I love your intro stories, especially how you & DH met, so cute!
I know this is a little belated but welcome to your lodge! I love your intro story with DH and what great births you had thus far! It's always hard when a wrench gets thrown into things at the end of a pregnancy, but I hope the baby will navigate things well enough to go into labor on your own. I hope you're having a blast at the reunion! Looking forward to seeing what your little surprise is .
Just checking in at the end of a long day...we just got back from the reservoir near my relatives place. The kids had a blast digging and playing in the sand, making mud castles, and swimming in the lake. We are all showered and about to go down to dinner. Its been a good day so far but all the walking has been tough on me. Pushing DD2 in the stroller back and forth and walking more than usual has made me extra tired.
I talked to one of my cousins today though who is a very experienced midwife and she made me feel a lot better about my situation. She said that a cord prolapse is very rare and the small percentage when it does happen is usually with breech babies or twins...my baby is head down so the chance of that is even slimmer. Plus she said that ultrasounds can be off in their measurements so I shouldn't be as concerned about the size of the baby and shouldn't worry about the cord issue as my baby will probably drop in the next little while and then it will be even less of a chance of a problem. So I feel a lot better about my baby and his/hers safety. She also suggested that I put a belly band on to help hold in my stomach muscles better and that will help with my baby's positioning and also helping with the baby engaging and getting ready for labor. And she also suggested that I don't lounge in recliners or on comfy couches like I have been as that doesn't help with baby's positioning at all either. So I am going to try to sit more upright and start wearing a band. Hope that helps.
We are having fun at the reunion but I have been tired and sore. Going to go eat dinner...more tomorrow.
I am not a health care professional so this is just what I was told. I am retaining a bit of extra water according to my mw. She suggested I make a tea out of corn silk and drink a cup or two of that. Evidently corn silk is a natural diuretic. It might be worth asking your mw about. My mw noticed my belly is quite large and very, well, squishy and mentioned that because my last came breech that I might just have had too much fluid then as well which is what led to her flipping during labor. She's not really worried about cord prolapse because that is a very minor risk but is concerned that too much fluid might encourage a well positioned baby to get into a bad position with so much room to swim.
Glad to hear you're having fun at the reunion!!! It's got to be nice to get away and you're probably looking forward to DH joining you tomorrow
The end of another long reunion day...I am still in one piece although very sore and tired. We are going home tomorrow and I am very much looking forward to my own house and especially my own bed. My lower back, bum, calves, and feet are killing me. All this extra walking and exercise I am getting is really doing a number on me.
I had a couple interesting adventures today...went on a hike for a bit and a lot of it was uphill. That was tough. The only reason I went is because I was told it was flat terrain...I will probably be even more sore tomorrow.
Then my uncle took DH, my two girls, (DS was at the archery field) and I in the jeep to go on a tour of the property. They own around 300+ acres. It was beautiful scenery and a fun adventure but a very bumpy ride on their homemade jeep trail/road. I would be surprised if that had put me into labor. But I am still pregnant.
Overall, it was a good day. Sitting next to DH in bed who is already sound asleep. It was a great time, but we are looking forward to going home. I can't believe its almost August and our month to start having our babies. I am glad that I didn't go into labor while up here though cause I tried to pack a hospital bag and couldn't find half the stuff I needed and didn't have enough time to look for it all before we had to head up here. So I really need to get home and pack it once and for all so I feel more prepared.
Hope you are all doing well with your LOs if you have already had them, or your pregnancies if you are still pregnant. More later...
I am finally home! We had a good time but its so good to be home. I am really looking forward to sleeping in my bed tonight. I am still very physically sore so it will be nice to relax and try to unwind a little today.
I still have some things that need to be done for the baby. Gotta pack bags, and move the bassinet into our room.
Tomorrow morning my siblings and I (including the two sibs who live in other states but are in town right now) are heading over to our mom's house to have a serious talk with her about their lives and the situation they are all in. My mother is extremely frail and sick and is not getting any better. She had a stroke in December and hasn't not recovered well cause their situation is so bad.
They are currently taking care of their daughter (my younger sister) who has down syndrome and its just not working. My sister is a lot to handle and my mom can barely take care of herself, let alone my sister. So we want to step in and intervene and try to come up with some other solutions so we can help my sister, my mom, etc.
So I have to do that in the morning and it will be a stressful, emotional meeting. Then I will come home and try to work on some things in the house, and Tuesday visiting with my sister and her kids at a park before they head back to CA...so that will be a busy day. Then Wednesday is my DD1's dental appt. and I will be there with her all morning, then have my doctor appointment in the afternoon, so that will be busy also. I don't feel like I will have a full day to just relax and rest until Thursday. Sigh...
Also, in talking to my cousin over the weekend who is a midwife she indicated that a lot of times health care professionals tell you that you should take NSTs and things just to cover their own butts cause they are required to do so...just in case something were to go wrong...you couldn't sue them cause they covered all their bases. I asked her if she thought I should do the NSTs cause it will be extra money that we will be billed...and she said she thinks I am fine and baby is fine and that I don't need to take the tests if I don't want to. My midwife also called and left a message telling me that it was all up to me and I didn't have to do it either.
We are just stuck with a lot of extra bills right now, including my $1000 hospital bill from when I went into the hospital last month for my kidney infection, and I am trying to avoid more bills if I can help it. I feel like my baby is ok. He/she is moving every day, still feels head down, I will get heart beat checked each week at my regular appt. so I don't know if NSTs are necessary. I am just confused about the whole thing...
Why exactly are they wanting the NST's, just because baby is measuring big? I may have missed that part and I'm sorry if I did.
Pretty much yeah. Its because baby is measuring big and because I have a lot of amniotic fluid. But I know that ultrasounds can be off by several weeks. And my cousin told me that the chances of a cord prolapse are very slim especially with a head down baby, and my baby has been head down for a few weeks now. So I don't think its necessary. I feel like it would just be giving my money away when its not needed. I feel movement all the time and I feel good like I know my baby is just fine. Plus I am down to weekly appointments now so every week I will hear the heartbeat. Based on all that...I am thinking the NSTs aren't necessary...