Holy crap it's 2 weeks till Christmas eve!!! So much left to do I'm going to end up running around like a crazy woman next week to finish it all up I can feel it... yikes!
This week is DD's first appointment (tomorrow) with OT, 3 days of volunteering at the school for their Christmas Bazaar, plus skating and brownies (girl guides), oh and it's snowing so the little bit I managed to go out and get this morning will be it for the day, roads are horrible and people do NOT know how to drive...
Next week is the school concert and turkey dinner, a doctor's appointment and then school is out... yikes!!!!!!!!
Anyone else still have Christmas stuff to do?? Or am I the only slacker? I thought I was doing so well too I had my cards out for Dec 1st and everything.....
Wow - Crystal, don't worry....... I haven't even DONE our Xmas cards yet, let alone sent them out!! I am so behind, it's crazy - and I can't believe it's only 2 weeks away?? How did it come up so fast?!?
So this week we have:
prenatal class on tuesday, dance on wednesday, NST and U/S on Weds, staff party on Thurs (mine), Dr's appt on Fri, staff party on Friday (DH's), maternity pics on saturday, and tree decorating party at my mom's on Sunday.
Next week we have:
prenatal class on Tuesday, dance on Weds, GD clinic for check up on Weds, DH starts new position at work on Thurs (his contract ended in November, so he's been doing casual work at the hospital, and he got a permanent full time position, but doesn't start until Dec 20th!), my Year End for work is due Friday, and family from out of town on Saturday.
Then X-mas week:
24th is my brother's B-day and X-mas with my dad, 25th is Xmas at home, and making my first solo Xmas dinner, 26th is Xmas at my moms, then the 29th DH's family invited themselves down for Xmas celebrations (and a second full Xmas dinner) at our place.
In with all of that, I still have to do all my shopping, make and send Xmas cards, trying to finish the Xmas gifts I'm making, visit some friends, enjoy going and seeing the lights downtown, trying to do some shopping without DH (we're only doing stockings for each other, no big gifts this year)........Thank god I'm going on holidays as of the 21st, and not going back to work until the 2nd! I *SOOOOOO* need some time away from work!
I'm exhausted just thinking about how much else there is to do! We did however put up our tree last night, and watch DH's favourite Xmas movie of all time....."The Muppet's Christmas Carol". Yup, the one with Kermit the Frog!
How's everyone else's holiday prep coming? Please tell me I'm not the only one this far behind?!? I have a feeling that by the time I actually get everything done, it'll be mid January and I'll have missed Christmas!!
Crystal, I'm jealous you guys are getting snow!! But I know what you mean......living on the coast you get that awful heavy, wet 'coastal snow' and it seems no one knows how to drive in it! If we get more than 3 inches, the city all but shuts down! (.....granted, we have a large population of elderly people, so I'm all the happier if they stay off the roads )
Jo I forgot all about checking out lights, we usually would go to the Reserve, where 90% of the houses go Griswald. This year we need to find a new neighborhood to check out, I even promised DD, thankfully she hasn't mentioned it yet... eek
We're on the Bay de Chaleur in Northern NB, the city is used to large amounts of snow, the streets will be nearly half as wide come February and snow banks higher than most homes. Today we got about 10 cm and suddenly everyone lost their senses, in the 30 minutes I was out I was nearly hit 2x, once from behind and once because the guy making a left turn on the other side of the street didn't feel like waiting for a break in traffic and cut me off... makes me excited for winter... sigh....
I'm only making a small dinner, probably a roast beef, keeping it simple since we'll be leaving for a week starting on boxing day, I have no desire to lug leftovers with us and my IL's will have plenty I'm sure!
My cards and my tree are the only things I've managed so far!
Just started xmas shopping here, and we do it all online. Oh, and we don't do xmas cards. LOL I have really been procrastinating lately. I do not even have everything I need ready for baby. She doesn't even have a bed yet. Ugh.
Both of my sons' birthdays fall one week before and 2 weeks after Christmas, so we are always really busy this time of year. Plus, my 7 year old is doing bball games, I work full time, and I am in graduate school full time. Whew. I am tired just thinking about it! Can't wait til the holidays are over (even though I love this time of year) bc that means we are close to meeting out babies!
My DD's b'day is NYE, so I feel ya on the birthday stressers too, since people are usually away or have plans we throw her a party earlier in December so she can have kids there too. She ends up with 2 parties one for her friends and one for family (typically a brunch on her real b'day) with 30 to 40 people. Our families are all really close lol
This year she will be going to visit her bio dad for the night on NYE so we're kid free for the first time since DH and I met. What will we DO with ourselves?? Need to find a party I think!
I really hope I don't end up going to 41 weeks... I'm getting to the point I feel done as well. she pushes so much on my stomach I can barely eat and the heartburn is horrible. Nothing makes it better either.
I've been researching some of the old wives tales and natural ways to induce labor, I plan to ask my OB about them for when I hit 37 weeks. I know some say if your body isn't ready nothing will work but it might be worth a shot...
So far the top contenders are Fenugreek, Evening primrose oil, Black cohosh, and raspberry leaf tea. I tried castor oil with DD1 and won't use that again, it caused extremely painful contractions for 12 hours, severe diarrhea and vomiting, and at best I dilated 1cm. Not worth it.
I definitely will not be going to 41 weeks! I plan to have my 40 week appt and if she's not here, asking to be induced. I will probably also start playing around at 37 weeks just to have fun... I agree if you're body isn't ready nothing will work anyways, just make you miserable. Tell me more about the things you mentioned. I have only heard of castrol oil, and that does not sound appealing to me.
I had a great induction with my last one, so I am not afraid to ask for that. But would insist I go until at least 40 weeks before I do... something about the # 40. Makes it more OK in my mind.
They won't induce here until 41 weeks unless there is a medical reason (baby too big because of GD, high BP, and such) so I'm really hoping to go on my own this time! One way or another....
Fenugreek - used frequently to increase milk production in breastfeeding women, and to help uterus get back to normal size quickly after birth. It causes uterine contractions so it's not recommended for use until full term is reached or after baby is born. It's occasionally used to induce labor although from what I have read it's not used often. I think most MW's wait and use traditional medicines for that.
Evening Primrose Oil - starting at 35/36 weeks caplets can be taken at an increasing dose (up to 2500 mg/day), it softens and ripens the cervix to prepare your body for labor, many women will insert the gel caps as a suppository up by the cervix. Can cause some contractions and is not recommended from O until late pregnancy. It's high in prostaglandins (like semen) which is why it's supposed to help bring on labor. I won't use it as a suppository, I'd rather BD and get the same effect lol.
Raspberry leaf tea - helps strengthen uterus to prepare body for labor, won't bring on labor but it can help have an easier and faster labor. This can be taken throughout the 3rd trimester but listen to your body, I have a 3rd trimester tea that only contains it, it's not entirely raspberry leaf tea, and I found that it increases intensity of BH so I'm holding off for a few more weeks before I'll drink it again.
I am still researching the black cohosh but it looks like it does something similar to EPO and helps ripen cervix, more info is needed here though.
Then there's the old wives tales - sex, nipple stimulation, long walks, Chinese food, bumpy car ride, a Guinness (not sure how exactly this one is supposed to work lol).
Considering I was induced last time at 37.5 weeks (high BP) and I was already 1 cm and 80-90% effaced, it would seem my body was ready, (no pitocin just prostaglandins inserted by my cervix) and I had a huge baby @ 8lbs 4oz and 22 inches long, I'm hoping to go by 38 weeks this time. DH is a much bigger guy than my ex and was over 9lbs when he was born so I'm guessing DD2 will be a pretty big baby... lol she was already measuring bigger at my last u/s and my uterus is measuring 3 to 4 weeks ahead (and NO weight gain for me).