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Welcome to your lodge!!! :blob3:

Congrats on making it to 33 weeks (going by your siggy)! I know you're planning delivery by 37 weeks, so tell us how things are going! Smile

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Welcome!

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Great idea to start early, Jackie!! EEeeeeeeep! Welcome to your lodge, Mia!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to read your intro! Smile

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Thanks everyone!

This pregnancy (like my last) has been a bit more eventful then I'd have liked, but things are good overall. I'll do a proper intro soon, but for those that don't know the details, I'm delivering at 37 weeks because I once again have cholestasis of pregnancy (or ICP). It's quite uncommon, but poses IUGR risks, some l&d risks, as well as a risk of still birth but still birth is as unlikely in an ICP pregnancy as a low risk pregnancy with proper monitoring and an early delivery. They just have you deliver at 37 (or as close to it if you need to go over for lung maturity) as possible because your risk in the last month is much higher and it can change overnight. I also had ICP with my daughter.

Today I had my second NST (I'll do two a week until delivery) and little man passed but was sleepy. I ate before hand but had to use juice to get him to move around. I noticed (heard) his heart rate slow a few times to what made me think of an adult heart rate and I noticed the OB watching him a couple of times but the OB said I passed and I know this OB would not hesitate if something was wrong. My fundal height was only 31 inches but I'm not too concerned. I have a growth ultrasound on Monday so that's sort of fun. Little guy was breech until last Sunday or so and I'm so glad he's flipped to head down (confirmed with in office u/s today). Footling breech was killing my cervix. I get enough crampy BH and back pain that I also had a Ffn and was checked for dilation today. No dilation thankfully. Repeated some blood work for ICP as I've been itchier but it's still "doable".

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I hate to hear that you're dealing with ICP again, but it's good that all the proper care you need is being taken. Hope this baby keeps doing well on NSTs and that things stay well so you can get as close to 37 weeks as possible! Smile

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Introduction

I'm Mia, I just turned 28 (!), am married to my best friend and we have a two year old named Emma. DH and I met at a friend's birthday party in 2008 (she and I are now best friends and our families are very close). When we met, I was in a 4 year long relationship that was completely toxic and should have ended years prior. I broke up with my ex a couple months later and always had my eye on DH when our friends threw parties, but we didn't talk much as we're both wallflowers like that and dating was something I was really afraid of because of my last relationship. I took a good six months or so to get over some things in my past and admitted to my friend (who's party I met DH at) that I liked him and she instantly wanted to play match maker saying she couldn't believe she'd never thought of setting us up before because we were "perfect" for each other. We started dating and hit it off well though we took it slow at first. Once we decided we wanted to "offically" be together as a couple (Spring '09), things moved fast. I moved in with him two months later. Despite my past, everything just seemed natural with DH. Everyone teased us about being "the next ones" as far as marriage and all that was concerned. We knew we wanted to get married but we weren't in any rush (though DH later told me he wanted to propose for my birthday in '09 but didn't have the money to do it the way he wanted).

On December 31st 2009, we got the surprise of our lives and found out we were expecting our first child with an EDD of 9/7/10. I was on the BCP and had been for years without incident and I never missed any pills so DH jokes that we're just "ultra fertile". DD's pregnancy started out like any other, loads of MS and cravings, sore boobs and bloating. Our one year dating anniversary rolled around and DH popped the question while we were on a camping trip, it was perfect. We had just found out we were having a baby girl two days before he proposed. I was shocked as I was so convinced she was going to be a boy. We started planning the wedding thinking we'd want to wait until DD would be about 6-8 months old as I didn't think I wanted to get married while pregnant. At around 22 weeks I noticed my skin was getting really itchy on my arms. I figured it was bug bites because it was summer and my OB told me not to worry but to let the practice know if I started having itching on my palms/soles. Within a week or two my whole body was itching so I was tested for ICP and found out I indeed had this rare pregnancy condition that effects less then 1% of pregnant women.

I'll stop there for now and let the rest of DD's pregnancy and birth be it's own post. Thanks for reading!

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I, too, am sorry that you are dealing with ICP again. Glad that you and this little guy are in good hands though. My tummy has also been measuring a couple weeks behind lately too, but they don't seem too concerned. Maybe it just means we get to push out little babes? I wouldn't mind that so long as they are healthy. Smile I enjoyed reading the story of how you met DH. It's funny you got pregnant on BC too! Although I can't say that I was taking mine like I was supposed to so it's really pretty much my mistake, but it was a very happy mistake to say the least. Can't wait to read more and follow your journey!

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Woot! I'm so happy that things are doing well so far. You handle your "more eventful than average" pregnancies so well Mia. Wishing you the best for what is left of this one!!!

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DD's Pregnancy Post Diagnosis

Once we got an elevated bile salt result for the ICP, I started talking with the head OB about our steps from here on out. The office I go to has OB's and MWs which are very NCB friendly. I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted an NCB and they were fine with that. I went out to another hospital 2 hours away to meet with the MFMS for their suggestions on when to deliver and treatment as my OB was thinking 39 weeks and all the literature I'd read said no later then 37/38 max. The MFMS agreed 37 weeks was best. Per the MFMS, we started doing NSTs twice a week and BPPs every three weeks. I was on modified bed rest from 25 weeks on as I was having crampy BH and had a cervical check (which was fine).

I asked about induction and how long we could put off a c/s. I was assured that if baby and I were doing well but the induction was slow going, we could wait 2-3 days before going down a c/s route which was a big relief. In the midst of all this I decided I did not want the stress of wedding planning while caring for a new baby so we decided to get married in July. We just had a small ceremony and reception at our favorite local restaurant with family and the couple who introduced us. I ended up going into PTL at 32 weeks. I was kept overnight for observation and my mw checked me. I was 1 cm dilated and 50-60 % effaced? I was given steroid shots to boost DD's lungs and was put on strict bed rest.

At 35 weeks, I went into PTL again. It was a Friday and I was just in for my normal NST. I felt off when I got there (dizzy, bad headache) and then I noticed I was having some contractions during my NST that I had to breathe through. The OB told me I appeared to be in early labor. I was having good contractions every 4 minutes for the last 45 minutes. She checked me and I was the same as before so I was sent to l&d. I was told they wouldn't stop labor at this point. 7 hours later I get checked again and I hadn't progressed so they decided to try and stop labor after all. They gave me something to relax my uterus and that just spaced them out a little so we went on to morphine which eventually worked. I was sent home to do a 24 hour urine sample. Joy. I'd also had PIH symptoms (BP mostly) for the last couple weeks.

At 36 weeks I was doing another 24 hour urine as I was contracting again but nothing had changed. I knew she'd dropped but with all the chaos that had been going on, I didn't want to spend another night in l&d if I wasn't having the baby.

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DD's Birth Story & This Pregnancy thus far

I'll copy and paste my birth story for DD from my old lodge.

Here's the short version:

Emma Lyn
Born on August 14th, 2010 (36 weeks 4 days)
5 lbs 5 oz, 19? long
born at 10:03 am

Went to bed feeling a little off but nothing worse then I'd been dealing with all week. Woke up at 3:45 am to broken water, was fully dilated at 9:00 am and pushed for just over an hour. Hemorrhaged after but thankfully I didn't need a d&c. I was so happy to have the NCB I wanted after such a trying pregnancy.

We knew we wanted kids around 2 years apart. We bought our house in December. We would have started to TTC then but I needed some eye "surgery" (laser stuff for a premature birth complication I have) so we had to put it off. I BFd until DD was 18 months (Feb '12) so my cycles weren't amazing. I didn't expect to get pregnant right away but we conceived in early April on our first cycle trying! EDD is 1/3/13, only 3 days before DH's thirtieth birthday. Biggrin

We went into the pregnancy knowing we'd do H17 progesterone shots to help me get to full term. Between my premature birth, preterm delivery with DD and ICP history, I was at pretty high risk for PTL to begin with. The shots would start at 16 weeks and go to 36. As for ICP we'd wait and see if I got symptoms and go from there (the reoccurrence rate can be pretty high). I tried eating as low fat as I could as I know that has helped many women avoid ICP in subsequent pregnancies. Unfortunately I started getting itchy again around 11 weeks and was tested at almost 14. The same OB who managed me before put me on Urso (a medication used to help manage bile salt levels and has protective qualities for baby) and said we'd go with the same game plan as DD: NST's 2x a week (though starting at 32 weeks not 28), BBPs and delivery at 37 weeks after a good amnio (if the amnio didn't put me into labor).

Here's the running list of "fun" stuff that's happened:
14 weeks - initial testing for icp, levels at the high end of normal
20 weeks - more blood work and dosage upped on meds, now in the offical icp range for levels though still lowish
22 weeks - was sent to l&d for observation because I took DD to a bouncy house and the on call OB didn't like that I had BH contractions even though I explained it wasn't patterned or anything. Ffn came back negative, about 50% effaced but not dilated.
24 weeks - levels up a couple points but all was okay.
28 weeks - kept overnight as I had awful cramps accompanied by contractions every 5-10 minutes. Same effacement no dilation. Nifedapine didn't stop the contractions so I was kept overnight and given morphine.
32 weeks - started NSTs. Had Ffn done on 11/15 due to my contractions while having NST. BBP and NST/Prenatal visit Monday with my favorite MW. Going to talk about stopping H17s as I have pretty bad reactions to them that aren't improving. Can take daily progesterone (vaginally fun!) instead.

Like most at this point, I get BH every day. Lately they've been more crampy then anything and the whole pregnancy I haven't been able to get Dec 1st out of my head. That makes a little nervous as it's just over 35 weeks and I want him to be as close to 37 as possible. If I hadn't had ICP again, I would have anticipated going over my EDD just to let him decide when to come.

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I feel funny blowing up this thread, but I figured this was an appropriate place to update on things.

Yesterday I narrowly avoided going to l&d for monitoring. I almost thought my water broke because I kept having little "gushes" that were clear. Baby's still head down (yay!) and it's not like I was having an excessive amount of pressure, but I just didn't know what to think. I wouldn't have called except I was also having a TON of BH contractions that were pretty crampy and I'd have some pressure with them. I know it's sort of stupid, but I lied about how many I was having (I said I was having them every 5-10 minutes but it was more like 3.5 for the last hour because I couldn't really lay down). The OB told me to put my feet up, drink more water (I'd gone through at least a gallon by that point) and go in if things didn't improve. DD got up at 5 am that day and refused to take a nap. DH also worked a full day. I did as she said once he got home and thankfully the BH did slow after about 45 minutes. I took about an hour nap. We had dinner and DH put DD to bed. I started getting more contractions again but they spaced out if I laid down. I'm just hoping they won't need me to go on bed rest because of it.

I just got a call from the OB I saw for my NST Thursday (who delivered DD). He said my Ffn was negative which was good, but my bile salt levels are definatly in the "true" cholestasis range. The lab test they do has a range where anything above 24 is definite ICP. My levels had been 16-18 for a while so on paper that was good but it wouldn't change treatment because of how serious ICP can be. In the support groups I'm in, most women's OBs use a test that is more sensitive and considers anything above 10 to be elevated. The thing that makes me nervous is a lot of literature I've read says 40 is when you start getting into a dangerous situation for baby any my levels from Thursday were 34.3 :(. It's comforting knowing we're doing all we can to monitor him at this point but it just makes me nervous as we got really lucky with DD. She was small but didn't have respiratory issues and despite latching issues from being early and jaundice she was perfect. Here's to hoping my BPP goes well tomorrow.

On a good note, my inlaws are watching DD for a while this afternoon so DH and I can check out the new Buffalo Wild Wings and do a little shopping for the kids.

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:grouphug: I hope things settle down for these last few weeks of wanted pregnancy. Try to take it easy!

And you're not blowing up your own thread. Have you not noticed how much I chat?! Lol

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Sorry this has been a bumpy road for you. Like Jackie said, try to take it easy. You are getting so close to the end now! And updating your Lodge is what you are supposed to do! Smile

I hope you and DH have a nice afternoon together. Tell us what you think of Buffalo Wild Wing. We had one open up here that I have not had a chance to eat at yet, but I'm curious. My MIL took DS and his friend to the movies this PM so I'm getting a little break too. I told myself I would clean our master bathroom, but instead I am on PO. Smile

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Thanks ladies. Claire, I'm glad you are taking a true break! Buffalo Wild Wings was way more sports bar then I realized. Yes we went pre game but we did not expect the crappy parking and 30 minute wait so we just said forget it and went to Longhorn as DH had never been. For two steak dinners and two beers (for DH of course) we did pretty good at being under $50 with tip. We did our grocery shopping and got a couple things for the kids before picking up DD at the in-laws.

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I'd totally forgotten that Emma was a surprise and that you'd had your wedding while pregnant! That seems like forever ago. Smile

Your support crew seems like they're really on top of things and very supportive of your wishes. Just a couple more weeks, little guy. We'd rather not meet you yet!

Is PTL a side effect of the ICP or is that a separate issue?

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I'm glad to hear it wasn't amniotic fluid but sorry to hear that you are in the "true" cholestasis range. Sad

And don't feel bad blowing up this thread, it's your lodge! Smile

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I'd totally forgotten that Emma was a surprise and that you'd had your wedding while pregnant! That seems like forever ago. Smile

Your support crew seems like they're really on top of things and very supportive of your wishes. Just a couple more weeks, little guy. We'd rather not meet you yet!

Is PTL a side effect of the ICP or is that a separate issue?

It DOES seem like a million years ago that we had Em and the wedding. Biggrin There are some things I would have done differently wedding wise but it was still such a kick *** year.

The PTL is both a side effect of ICP and a separate issue. I was born at 28 weeks (26 gestation) so that is an automatic risk for PTL. Emma's preterm birth also warrants the risk so it's three fold. I just keep telling myself it was always my body acting up with Emma, not her so hopefully it will be the same with this LO.

On a fun note, DH and I were talking about whether or not we'd have more kids after this. At this point, I can't imagine another pregnancy but I don't want to make any decisions about closing that door and I've always liked the idea of 3 kids (4 if we never had to work away from home hah). I thought for sure DH was going to be "done" because we will have one of each but at dinner he was saying he will be happy either way. Maybe part of that's because he's the third child ;)? Another LO wouldn't be at least until this one is a year or two old but it's still nice to know that DH and I are on the same page about the possibility.

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Emma turned out just perfectly perfect so its got to be something about your body chemistry/physiology rather than an issue with the baby.

You're one amazing mama already thinking about #3! I suspect it will happen one day if you're both already thinking about it.

KUP on your BPP today!

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I love that you guys are discussing #3 in the midst of this pregnancy. It really doesn't matter so much after the fact, but I know this part is hard on you. Keep it up, he'll be here so soon and those worries can fade. I think in a perfect world I would have 4 too, but I doubt that will be the case without a major oopsie.

I hope all looks fantastic today and baby boy isn't too sleepy.

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The BPP went great. His weight estimate was 5 lbs 11 oz. I would love for that to be true, but Emma's weight estimate was off by over a pound and I know the accuracy of those varies tremendously. I'm just happy he's measuring on track and my fluid levels were good as I had a lot of leakage on Saturday. My NST also went fine. I felt awful during it (dizzy, nauseous) but that's been fairly normal for me lately and I think it's more the fatigue and ICP then anything else as my bp was fine. They weren't thrilled to switch me, but I was allowed to stop the injections (I can still feel the one from two weeks ago and while last week's wasn't as bad as normal, it still hurts if anything touches it/my hip. My MW seemed to suggest that I won't get as much progesterone with the pills but obviously the pain wasn't worth it. The OB also okayed my upping my urso (which helps manage the itching/bile salts and gives him some protection) so that makes me feel a lot better about my numbers being so close to the severe range. My MW also mentioned doing an amnio at 37 weeks and then if his lungs are fine, induce right away. If not we'd wait a little bit but I doubt it will be an issue. I have total confidence that if we make it to an amnio, his lungs will be great and that the amnio could easily put me into labor anyway.

Here's a picture from todays BPP of his face straight on. Smile Hopefully it won't take forever to resize. Seeing his face made me feel so much more relaxed about everything.

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He is soooo cute! That's a great shot of his little face. Glad your appointment went well too. I'm sorry you have been feeling yucky, but I guess the good news is that pretty soon this will all be worth it. Smile

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Sounds like things went pretty well, all things considered! Your midwife sounds like a good one!

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What a cutie patootie pudge face! I'm glad everything went well!

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I'm sooo happy for you that things went as well as they could today! Smile

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Awwwww, what a sweetie! It sounds like you have a great attitude and are in really good hands. I also enjoyed reading about you and your DH, and your DD's birth. I am really looking forward to following you through the end of this pregnancy. Smile

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I actually got a little more sleep last night then I have in the last few days which was great. DD got up early (6:30 vs 7-7:30) but feeling rested, I was fine with that. Being mindful of how easily I get contractions, I did a TON of nesting this morning which felt great. It was just the kitchen, bathrooms laundry, dinner planning and some laundry but it feels nice to have things done.

Baby's being posterior more and more often since he flipped to head down a couple weeks ago. I'm not worried about it for birth yet as I know he's not likely to stay that way but it does cross my mind. Lots of BH this afternoon but DD has been good about letting me relax. BH are a little crampy and frequent but the pain feels like it's more from baby then my body if that makes sense. I'm sitting on my bum, downing water and timing them just because of the look on my MWs face yesterday but I'm not allowing him to come anytime soon.

Going to look on spinning babies for some stuff to do when we're closer to "induction" time (I REALLY think my body will just go on it's own, but if not I know the head OB who delivered DD is all about foley before PIT/medicated induction).

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That is great that your DD is letting you relax, that makes a difference for sure. How awesome that the head OB is about other induction options before pitocin!

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Yeah it's awesome. There are three other OBs in the office (and two other MWs). They're all good though one OB I don't know well as she just joined the practice. I know they won't push a c/s on someone unless it's really necessary. I know at least 50 people who've delivered at this hospital and 2 had c/s that they did everything they could to avoid, so I don't worry about my NCB wishes there.

I keep forgetting to bring it up at my appointments, but I'm thinking I have SPD. For about a month now, it feels like some has kicked or broken my pubic bone when I stand/move and my back has been killing me. I assumed the back pain was from him being posterior, but I read it can be SPD too? I read up on some pelvic floor exercises so I'm going to try those until I see my MW again next week. I don't know that the hospital nurses will have much advice for me at my NST on Friday though I'm sure they'll comment as I can't walk anything close to normal.

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Aww your little man has such a cute chubby face!!!!

I have spd and it sucks. They wont have much advice for you on that. My advice is take it easy, sleep with a pillow between your legs, generally if it hurts dont do it! And stuff like taking 1 stair at a time slowly, not spreading your legs too far apart. You're probalby not gong to cause damage but just makes it more achy afterward. See a chiro if you can. Mine started around 20 weeks and got really bad around 29. It's horrible now, but since I had it with Ds I know it goes away after birth so there's an end in sight!!!

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Thanks for the info Mona! I do have a snoogle that I love and would never sleep with out. I'm sorry you've had to deal with this for so long but knowing there's an end in sight helps!

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Glad your DD is letting you rest and that you feel rested. I know what you mean about the baby causing the crampy sensation more than your body. I think they sometimes move around and it causes BHs or a cramplike feeling. I hope that your body does end up going on it's own so you don't have to deal with the induction stuff, but it sounds like even if it doesn't then they will work with you which is great.

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Mia and Claire, I totally get the BH/cramp feeling from the baby more than the body. They're like half BHs or something. lol. I never know what to consider them when I think it may be from the baby.
I'm pretty convinced I have SPD. Everything matches up. Mine isn't too bad. As long as I bare through the pain in the morning I do alright during the middle of the day. If I'm in one place too long it gets worse. Which makes night time real fun. I don't have any back issues this pregnancy, but I had tons with Aiden. He was breech until 33ish weeks and then flipped and stayed OP. Wonder if that's part of your issue?

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Owie Mia I hope baby gets into a better position for both your SPD pain as well as for your delivery of course. I get baby induced mild BHs all the time too. Sometimes they lead to stronger crampier ones, but most of the time they just are there.

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Thanks ladies. Today the SPD hasn't been as bad but I've literally been sitting most of the day so that's helped. We had a nice dinner at my in-laws despite a couple of people not being able to make it and at my dad's place we got to visit with some close friends who we hardly ever see. Emma never got a nap but she crashed pretty soon after we got home which was nice.

Tomorrow we are going shopping but just for a few things. It's nothing specific to black friday but we're going to be around our favorite (and one of the less crowded) shopping areas when we get together with some family for lunch, so we figured we might as well see what we can get away with. If we do get any deals it would just be on kid stuff. We thought of looking at TVs because we'd like a new one but we don't need it and any spare money should be saved anyway for the kids/upcoming bills/savings.

I'm almost done reading Life of Pi. It's been on my to be read list forever and I love it. I want to see the film adaptation but we haven't gone to the theaters since the summer and before that was when I was pregnant with DD so we'll just wait until it's on DVD. The one thing that will be nice about being up all night nursing is I'll get tons of reading time in again.

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Have fun tomorrow! Hopefully the SPD stays better like it was today. Smile

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I loved Life of Pi! I was to see the movie too. Glad your SPD was better yesterday!

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I sat as much as I possibly could yesterday and the SPD wasn't as bad so that was nice. Today it's more like it's been but DH has been a huge help.

We got a replacement co-sleeper for 15% off without asking for the discount at BRU yesterday so we were excited about that. The city we were shopping in is smaller, so their BRU doesn't carry everything and the co-sleeper happened to be an unopened registry return. Our old one is okay, but one of the very top bars busted after we'd traveled with it (it's the arm's reach mini so it collapses like a pack n play) and DH didn't seem comfortable about using it again. I'm pumped to set that up tonight.

My NST yesterday took forever. He was awake at first but then fell asleep (I purposely ate a bunch of food and had coffee with cream and sugar) so we had to use juice and just wait it out. It makes me nervous that we've had those sorts of NSTs more then not, but I try not to let myself worry unnecessarily. We did get a ton of hand me downs from our friends so we have more then plenty of clothes for this little guy for a while. DH admitted today he doesn't feel like we're ready but he couldn't say why :ROFL:. I think he's just nervous to go through the whole newborn thing again.

I'm working on our Holiday cards while DD sleeps and DH ran out to home depot. I feel silly doing this so early but I know if I don't get it done now it's not happening.

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That's awesome that you got the cosleeper for 15% off! It's so fun setting that stuff up. I know what your DH means about not being ready but not being able to say why. I have moments where I feel that way too! It really is such an adjustment at first.

Glad your NST went well. Maybe it's a good thing that he's sleeping on them. Smile Maybe that means he will be a good sleeper! I wouldn't worry too much. I am sure he is just fine.

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I've decided this year our holiday cards will be birth announcements. This way when they go out late no one will notice or care. Lol

Sorry that baby wasn't moving for the NST. Mine didn't move much either at hers, but they scheduled it during a time that she's normally asleep. So I'm hoping the NST on Monday (if I get there) is much better since it'll be a more awake time for her. Is it possible for you to schedule them when he's normally more active?
but YAY for a new cosleeper! We've got the mini one too. Smile

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Yay for a new co-sleeper! I have the mini too, they are wonderful! I think it is really smart to get your holiday cards done now. I have yet to send out a holiday card so I'm just going to send out baby announcements LOL.

Sorry baby was so sleepy during your NST Sad

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Yeah I love the arms reach co-sleeper. Despite having a lot of troubles in the beginning of BFing with DD (her inability to suck/swallow/breathe at first) I am so pumped to BF again and the co-sleeper always made that so easy without me being paranoid about bed sharing.

Thankfully my NSTs are usually later mornings or afternoons when he's active. They purposely tell me to eat before hand to give him an excuse to move around. I remember them getting easier with DD as she got bigger so I'm hoping that will be the case here too.

We weren't going to do cards until he was born to do an announcement/card combo but I just decided to go ahead and we'll do an announcement later. It's nice having the option of doing it either way though. Smile

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I'm sorry he's worrying you by being sleepy. Hey, sleepy babies aren't so bad Wink Great deal on the co-sleeper! We used the mini as well and I loved it! I just saw one today at a consignment shop in a blue fabric with stars and I had to really fight myself not to buy it for Sprog.

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I agree sleeping babies are great, though this little guy likes to be up all night so I'm anticipating poor sleep for a long time like with Em. I have never seen an Arms reach that was patterned! That must have taken a good amount of will power to resist. Smile

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That is so smart to get your holiday cards done now! Oh my gosh, only 2 more weeks to go!

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I had a really nice NST appointment this morning with my favorite MW. Little guy was beautifully cooperative for the NST and we talked a bit about the whole amnio/induction and SPD. She said he probably preformed so much better because he's older and that makes it easier to monitor. I knew that but it's nice having their praise.

For the amnio she asked if the OB i usually see (who was behind the diagnosis both times and delievered DD) had given me a date for the amnio and I said no. She said she wasn't sure if they (the hospital) would want to do an induction starting on a Friday night (assuming I need a cervix ripener) as she said the amnio results wouldn't be back for a day. I remember with DD they always said they would have the amnio back the same day and deliver the next night (at 37). She said we'll have to see what the OB thinks.

I am hoping that if he doesn't think the hospital will like the idea of doing an induction on a Friday night (which boils my blood with stupid scheduling BS) he will tell them it's too bad if my amnio comes back good because it's crucial to deliver baby as soon as you know the lungs are developed. I'm not too worried with how much my body likes to go into labor and the fact that the amnio could push me over the edge. I mentioned my desire to not use miso for cervix ripening. My MW noted it in my file and said it shouldn't be an issue to use a foley or cervadil if I even need something for my cervix. She did say that the amount of miso they use is as minimal as possible (25 micrograms) and they won't use it if the baby is compromised at all (IUGR, low fluid etc) so that was nice but it doesn't change my mind. I'm glad that she was responsive to that.

She said she had SPD with her second too and just recommended as much rest as I could and a support belt if I want to try it but that it won't give total relief.

As for him being posterior 90% of the time, she said not to worry much because even if he didn't rotate into a better position, with him being delivered early it's easier for him to move/convince him to get in a better position. She said some patients have said doing lunges helped baby get in proper position and engage.

I'll share some pictures later of the blanket I'm working on for DS. It's simple as I've just started crocheting in the last couple of months but it's super soft and should be pretty warm.

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Sounds like some great info and answers! Glad to hear your boy got such great praise Smile

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I hate that the Friday night thing is even a factor, but this isn't a normal induction situation so hopefully they will just go along with it at the time without giving you any grief.

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Yes, agree with Shauna! Sounds like you got some really good info. Smile

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I hope that's how they'll see things Andy. I'm pretty sure he'd let me do an amnio at 36 and 6 if he really thought it was an issue as that's what we were going to do with Emma.

Went to bed last night feeling awful. No "real" contractions but lots of crampy BH and pressure and just felt nauseous after dinner. Figured it was the food but everything was fine with that, I just couldn't bring myself to eat much. Couldn't fall back asleep when DH got up for work (3:45 am) so I tried just meditating. Started timing contractions just incase. Still just BH and inconsistent times/lengths but lots of pressure with them and nauseous still. He's moved a little since I got up but not much. SHower did nothing. Hoping eating and drinking more water will calm things down.

The other day I was going through little guy's clothes and couldn't help but compare a premie to a newborn size. It kills me to think DD was swimming in premie when we brought her home (she got down to almost 1 lb loss during our hospital stay).

Here's the progress I've made on little man's blanket. Super simple pattern but it's fun. Biggrin

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So sorry you are feeling poorly, but I do think water is often a really good solution for that.
I so enjoyed seeing your blanket! You should share it with the Threads & Yarns forum!

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