Kostas is Greek and it is pronounced k-O-stas not like cost-tas :) For this baby we have Marek picked out. It is pronounced like Merrick just spelled differently so no one can shorten it :)
Originally Posted by Marite13
With Kostas' birth I knew I wanted to go natural with no epidural or medication but I didn't really have much of a plan other than a doula and being mobile (the latter which got squashed by the pushy OB...) This time I have been doing the home study of Hypnobabies and there are labor tubs at the hospital I will be at so I fully plan to utilize those! They don't "allow" waterbirths in them, but I'm going to see if I can pull one of anyway :) hehe
Asha!! So glad to see you over here!
Originally Posted by -Asha-
The IL's are "nicer" to me now but there is still a lot of under-handed comments and stuff which Kostas is starting to pick up on and shying away from MIL more... it's pretty sad actually, although I'm sure she will just say its my fault anyway :(
They aren't coming to meet the baby until MARCH because they "don't want to have to share us" with my parents. Which is code for "we just don't want to spend Xmas with Shauna's family"... even though my family has bent over backwards to make them feel welcome and included in the past :(
We originally planned on staying on the Kenai Peninsula for Xmas with my parents but decided to come home 12/17 and have a quiet Xmas just the 4 of us. We are not telling his parents because of the sh**t they have pulled about not visiting the Peninsula. So they will just have to wait until March to meet him. :rolleyes:
I'm very familiar with Kostas as a Greek name and with Marek as a Polish name. :) Both very handsome names!
Do you feel at all organized and prepared yet? I hope you are fairly relaxed, happy and comfortable!
I'd like to hear a bit about where you and DH are living these days and where you have both been working if you care to share. I haven't heard much since you were working in day care.
Ugh. That's really sad about your ILs. We have both sets of family wanting to know why *we're* not traveling to them for Christmas. Neither will come to us! Every trip home is a stressful balancing act for us because they live 20 minutes from each other but refuse to do anything together. We too are staying home for a quiet Christmas.
Can't wait for hypnobabies to help us rock our births! :D
That is madness! Freshly postpartum mom and brand new baby?! You definitely should not be having to go to anyone!
Originally Posted by alwayssmile
So I finally heard back from the Dr about my 24 hour urine protein test. My level was 170 and they don't get concerned until it hits 300. So yet another bullet dodged LOL.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is also my last day of work!! Kostas and I fly out Thursday morning from our little Southeast Alaskan island to the Kenai Peninsula! I am so ready to just BE where I am going to be for the birth of this baby and not have to worry about the possibility of being medevac-ed out. Plus, I am starting to get so much pressure and pelvic pain that I am ready to be done working. I have no doubt I could keep going but I will definitely enjoy being done at 37 weeks :)
YAY for your last day of work and for getting to your birth place soon. :D
So my last day at work was cut short. I came down with the flu and have had a pretty miserable day. I'm starting to feel better and getting ready to finally eat something (soup) but I still need to pack tonight... Its hard too because DH is out of town and I could use his help tonight :(
On the upside I had my 37 week appt today and I had great BP (100/60), no protein in my urine and I am GBS negative! Woot!
We are living in Southeast Alaska now on an island. It is a really great community of about 3,000. DH is a police officer here and I am a preschool teacher at the Children's Center here. It has been probably the best move that we have ever undertaken and I think we are going to stay here for good.
Originally Posted by gardenbug
I feel mostly prepared. I really nested the heck out of the house and it is pretty darn clean and organized which feels great. When I get off the plane tomorrow on the Kenai Peninsula I will definitely be more relaxed and happy. LOL!
YAY for a good appointment!!! BOO to being sick. :( I hope you feel better very soon.
I know a Marek- he's English, but of Polish background- and a VERY good guy. :) Lovely choice!
Ooh, I hope you feel better soon! I know what you mean about getting to the place where you're going to birth. I left for the States from Laos at 30 weeks, which is not that late in a pregnancy, but, I was SO ready to not be half a world away, and in a place where I would have to be medivac-ed out as well! I hope you're settling in nicely now!
And yay for such a great appt!
Can I just say as well, that it sounds like you guys are really happy on your island home, and it just sounds kind of idyllic! Police officer, preschool teacher, two little boys... sounds really great!
I feel like I haven't been able to get on here and say hey in awhile! What a great birth story! Sounds like you were a trooper thru all the pain and being made to stay in bed, etc. I am interested to hear how Hypnobabies works for you this time.
I love the name Marek for your LO. I knew a guy in high school with that name and I have always loved it.
Yay for making it to 37 weeks! Yuck to being sick. :( I hope you feel better soon. I was sick the past couple days too. Not sure if it was anything other than a virus, but it stinks being sick and in the last month of your pregnancy.
I am finally here! After almost 12 hours of travel yesterday we are finally here! I am so relieved. I must say though, I feel like I have a travel hangover or something... Yesterday I felt pretty much back to my normal self after the flu the day before but today I feel nauseous again with some diahrea and my neck aches. Plus I had a miserable night of sleep last night too. :(
5 more days until DH gets here! I am definitely counting down the days becauser A) I do NOT want to labor/birth without him, he's my rock and B) I do not want him to miss the birth of his baby either.
It is so wonderful getting to spend time with my parents and siblings though. I am in heaven for sure. As is Kostas! He has been a ball of energy non-stop since we got off the plane last night. :)