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    Melissa - I am still working. My last day is set for next Monday. My company gives you the 2 weeks before your due date off, and then 8 weeks after you give birth. Very generous, but if you give birth early, they don't roll the "two weeks before" over to after the birth, you just lose them. So for that reason alone I kind of hope to go the full 40 weeks or at least close to it. LOL I want my extra two weeks, darnit! I totally missed them with T. I'm also using 4 weeks of vacation time after Rocket is born, so taking a total of 12 weeks off to stay home with him.

    Oh my gosh, I think that if Rocket came on the same gestational day as T, that would be......tomorrow!

    Kim - So how did it go with your second? Were you able to skip the epidural and handle the pain okay? I have been trying to do sort of "mental preparations" for it, but I also feel like a huge slacker because it seems like so many women really prepare in depth if they are planning on a med free birth, and I've spent most of the time ambivalent about it, like "I want to skip the epidural this time....maybe....unless it really really hurts....then again maybe this time it would be better, maybe last time was a fluke.....maybe...."

    Lisa - OMG, don't freak me out like that! I kind of need to believe that this baby is weighing in at a petite 7 lbs at the moment. LOL! T was 7 lbs 6 oz when he was born, and almost 21 inches long. He was all skinny and lanky. Totally cute in a kind of pathetic way. LOL I guess that's how I picture this guy too - all long skinny monkey arms and legs and toes and fingers.

    Missy - Thanks! Great idea about stocking up on easy dinner options. I may hit up the store tomorrow and take that suggestion.

    Haha about debating all of my choices. I just don't see what there is to debate, since all of my choices are absolutely perfect.

    Actually, do tell me what you think about the name though - the name we have picked out is Reid Valentine. I love Reid, but the Valentine part I'm still ever so slightly on the fence about. The reason behind Valentine is that it was DH's grandpa's middle name. DH and his grandpa were close, and I think he was the one person in his family that DH always felt the most connection with, as far as personality, interests, et cetera. He has since passed away, so DH asked me if we could use the name Valentine as a way to honor him. Plus, according to DH, "Valentine" is a "kick a$$" name. I'm not so sure about the "kick a$$" part of it, but I do think it's sweet that DH wants to honor his grandpa that way.

    BTW, DH's grandpa's first name was "Frank" (short for Francis) so he was literally "Frankie Valentine." Tragically, he never realized his dream of being a 1950's teen idol....

    So, Reid Valentine?

    Here are some pics to keep you entertained, that I just so happen to have on my photobucket account from my phone. Sorry if any of these are huge. I think I resized the nursery ones (have to do that at home) but the other two are "original size" which is almost life sized, for some reason.

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    T (pretending to smash his guitar because DH is playing Guitar Hero, and all of that rock music gets T pumped!)


    Me, a couple of days ago
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Okay, i LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Reid. Why? Because that's Ben's middle name Spelled the same way. Like you, I don't think Valentine is kick a$$, but it IS sweet your DH was close enough to his grandpa to want to honour him that way.

    eta - your belly is awesome and you're a pretty petite girl, aren't you? you just look all baby and not much else, except for boobs.

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    I LOVE the name, seriously! I love family names and that is definitely a cool one. And you look great! Thanks for sharing pics
    CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
    SOPHIA 8/11/08
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    Alissa

    "I want to skip the epidural this time....maybe....unless it really really hurts....then again maybe this time it would be better, maybe last time was a fluke.....maybe...."
    This was me....EXACTLY. And in reality, my birth with Aodhan went SO fast that I had a split moment decision once i got to the hospital to get it or not. THey had told me when i got there that it was going to go fast. It was easy to use that as an opportunity to dive right in and say "I'll go without" because then i was committed. And they were right. I didn't particularly enjoy it or think Holy Sh*t that was awesome! But you know...i never thought that would be the case. AND i'm pretty certain at some point during transition I was saying to myself "I should have gotten the epidural" But I did it. And afterwards i truly did feel awesome, and my recovery was a million times better than the first time around.

    Now all that being said....3rd pregnancy i had an epidural, 4th pregnancy i had an epidural and BOTH of those, it was a thousand times better than the first time.

    5th....i got there and said "gee i don't know let me think about it" (I think i did that the 3rd and 4th time too). And then 20 minutes later i was like "OH **** yes, get me the epidural" They called the anesthesiologist...they told me he was coming. 10 minutes...20 minutes...30 minutes no doc. probably 40 minutes later the nurse says he's ready and the OB shakes her head at the nurse and says "Tell him he can come in and catch the baby if he wants to"

    And again...i felt better after the 5th then i did after my epis. However I never felt so amazingly better, nor did my babies ever act significantly differently that I ever ruled out an epi 'the next time'.

    Now Aodhan and Cecilia were both my colicky babies....and they were both the no epis babies..hmmmm. JUST KIDDING there's no correlation between that its silly to even suggest that!....i think.

    lol i kid, i kid.....mostly.
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    Emma 08/31/01
    Aodhan 07/24/03
    Lillian 03/04/05
    Nathalie 07/01/07
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    Kim, I'm reading your post, and looking at my two playing together, and reading your post, and am pretty sure I could never, ever, ever handle FIVE. Don't know how you do it. Or, anyone who has more than two, for that matter. I like the man-on-man D we've got going on in this house.
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    One of my best friends has 5 boys and when I visit her (she lives far away from me) I am AMAZED at the amount of food they go through there. That's the thing that gets me...the food, and the laundry! LOL But I think a big family is so fun.

    I am all about the epidural...but I also have the pain tolerance of a gnat. With my 2nd the anesthesiologist told me he wouldn't give me the epidural because I had had a prior back surgery, and I seriously started hyperventilating. LOL I was begging him like a drug addict begging for crack....I was like PLEASE I cannot do this without an epidural! I am a total wimp.
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    Zone defense! I has it LOL.

    But no really....I think with having a baby, your craziness and 'hecticness' go up an amazing amount....and then it goes up a little more with two..and then three more, and then it levels out and the chaos doesn't increase as much.

    Emma is 11 and yesterday I left her home while i picked up two of the others and she started dinner prep while i was gone. It was great. Things change so quickly!

    Alissa, I love the name! Valentine is daring, which is different than not appealing. I like it and given the back story, I think I'd jump in and do it! Your belly! You look awesome. And T! Holy cow he's big! I guess I haven't seen a pic of him in a while...love the guitar smashing face LOL
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    Alissa, I love the name Reid Valentine!! I especially like the family tie. We do that for middle names too and it makes them more special in my mind than just any old middle name. I like that Rocket and Reid both start with R too I'm getting so excited for your birth! How has the HypnoBabies going?
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    and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12



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    I think that the name is terrific! Reid sounds super sweet and the sentiment behind the middle name would totally melt me since it seems that it is important to your dh to acknowledge his grandpa's role in his life that he wants to pass along to your son. Yes it is unusual today but I think that adds in a plus factor. I believe that it would be a strong name for the future man he is going to grow up to be. Perhaps someday a future generation will wish to honor *him* by continuing to carry on the name.

    LOVE the pictures... and you look amazing! ALL baby!

    TFS!
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    Alissa, don't worry about the weight. It's all about the head and shoulders, and not the weight, right? The rest just kind of slides out. Eww. That sounded so gross.

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