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Start talking ladies! This board needs to get moving!

I'll start. This morning, I have a love-hate relationship with my coffee (and no, I don't plan on giving it up so I don't want to hear it). I need it. . but it involves energy I don't have to get up and MAKE it. And then wait for it impatiently while it brews. And then doctor it up. And then some mornings I'm angry because I ran out of creamer and don't have my car so I can't go get more. And it makes me miss my Monster drinks that I love so dearly. Jason will be going on a Monster Rehab rojo tea run after my labor.

And now I'm craving Greek food, which cannot be found in my small town. I need spanakopita and souvlaki and REAL tzatziki, not the crap this fake gyro place makes with RANCH.

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Taylor--you seem to be having a lot of new cravings--I'm sorry you can't get real Greek food where you live--that is SO frustrating to not be able to eat what you REALLY want! As for the coffee issue, I haven't ever drank it, so I can't relate, sorry!

AFM, I have pictures to upload to pg.org, but I dread using Photobucket to do it, so it hasn't happened yet. AND, we paid off our student loan today!!! HOORAH!!! I'm so happy to be done with that! Next up...doctor bills, dentist bills, and a small credit card balance...then I will feel SOOO much better!

Oh, and this is the last day of summer vacation! I am excited for the kids to go back to school--it's time! Smile

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Taylor I so feel you on the coffee thing. I hate if I've run out of creamer or even coffee. It kills me.

I love good greek food, and surprisingly there are good places around here. DH is into it too so we try to have it when we can. How gross someone trying to pass off ranch as tzatziki!!!

Lisa - Hurray on the loan! Few things feel better then that! It has taken a long time for me to learn that when you have bills you can't just pay off, you have to just accept the way it is and know you're doing what you can. Biggrin

AFM things aren't too bad. Not sure if I'd shared this in another thread or not, but on Friday I had to go to L&D and get evaluated per the head OB in the office I go to (who also delivered DD). He's a play it safe sort and was concerned that I'd been having so many BH contractions (and some real ones) that week. Earlier in the week, I attributed it all to stress and a day when I didn't have as much water as normal. Friday when it started I was timing them because even with increasing water and sitting/laying down it wasn't stopping. It'd get better but if I got up I'd feel a lot of pressure and it'd get worse. Thankfully DH got home early so I was able to just go to l&d while he watched DD and I didn't have to get family to watch her and worry them. Thankfully my cervix was fine and my anatomy u/s showed it was at a 4 which he said was good. I wasn't told to go on bed rest, but he told me to take it easy as much as I could this weekend and keep up with the laying down and drinking water. It's been better though it doesn't take much to feel uncomfortable so I'm taking it as easy as DD will let me until my next monthly appointment next week. My babies always do great, it's my body that's annoying in pregnancy. Heh.

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Lisa, that's awesome about the student loan Yahoo Great job!

Taylor, sorry you're unable to really fulfill your cravings. That stinks!

Mia, sounds like your body is being a little difficult, but I'm glad to hear that your doctor wanted to be safe and check everything out. Hopefully you won't have to go on full bedrest Smile

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Mia--I'm so glad you were able to be monitored and find all is well! Sounds like you have a good doc taking care of you! Hopefully you will continue to be okay. KUP!

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Taylor - wish you were here, we would make Greek together. I have a Keurig Coffee Maker that has been out-of-use for the last few months and is finally in operation again. I also have some frap's in the fridge for emergency situations. I understand your love of caffeine/coffee.

I also have been having BH. I have an appt next Tuesday and I think it can wait, as usually I am fine. My cervix is already shorter than yours, but it is unlikely I am going to be anywhere near term when I deliver. 4cm is great! I am definitely taking it easy and drinking my water...

Tiffany

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Mia, I have the same pregnancies- semi complicated, long, and full of issues but then my labors are freakin super short and easy.
And it's not ranch exactly they use here, it's tzatziki with a ranch base- not greek yogurt. It's so gross.

I made white chicken enchiladas last night and they came out awesome! Lately, everything I've cooked has come out awful but I think my crock pot is being weird. I got a new vacuum last night too. . I'm one of those people that get SO excited to get household things and appliances for no reason/birthday/Christmas.

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I never really drink coffee or anything with caffeine but with this pregnancy when I get a headache that really is the only thing that helps.

You dinner sounds yummy! Yesterday my husband made lo mein for dinner it was good!

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Taylor that sounds good!

Thanks for all the thoughts ladies. Tiffany, I am always nervous about the cervix thing. I didn't start dilating/effacing until 33 weeks, but I was only 1 cm and 50% until I had her. I hope things go really smoothly and as with as little complications as possible.

Like Taylor, I too had a really short (active, inactive was a week) labor with DD, and I'll be amazed if he doesn't want to escape between the H17 shots ending at 36 weeks and our amnio/induction at 37. I just try to focus on what's important, be happy I"m not on full bed rest and know that the end is in sight. Biggrin A few friends have just had babies and it's still so surreal to think that we're all going to be experiencing that in a few short months!

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Mia, Hopefully your LO will stay put until your induction!

Taylor, your dinner sounds delicious!!!

AFM, I have my u/s tomorrow and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I just want to know if LO is healthy and I'm so excited to see him/her on screen Yahoo

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AFM, I have my u/s tomorrow and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I just want to know if LO is healthy and I'm so excited to see him/her on screen Yahoo

TOMORROW?!? Yay! I'm so thrilled for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes. Biggrin

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dang this board is going again! so excited about your u/s holly! i bet you'll get wonderful news!

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Thank you!!! I sure hope so. I think I've convinced DH to do a gender reveal party, but we are going to find out together tonight. I'm going to have the tech write it down. Then I'm going to pick out something blue and something pink and ask the cashier to put the correct one in the bag before I pay.

If we do a gender reveal party, I've found the cutest owl themed things on Pinterest. I hope he really means it!!

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I love gender reveals! I don't have the willpower myself but they're so cute! I wish I had the willpower to go all 9 months not knowing but I can't even get Jason to discuss names until we know.

I think you're having a girl Holly- are you going to tell us? Or make us wait? On my last board, I knew my induction date but the only one I told was my birth buddy (also my closest friend on the board and still a close friend now). I brought my laptop with me to the hospital so keep it going because I was induced with Cervadil the night before and she wasn't supposed to announce it til the next day. It was so hard! I KNEW I wouldn't be pregnant after 39 weeks and my mom and sister flew up here and I couldn't say anything as it would give me away. It was alot of fun though.

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On another note, because I'm a SAHM now and I haven't fixed Brandon's sleep schedule yet (he was on my third shift schedule so I could get sleep) I have 4-5 hours in the morning where NO ONE is awake and it's so awesome. So Jason got me Sims 3 and ALL the expansion packs. That game is like crack, if you've never played it. It's like playing dollhouse/house as an adult!

Does anyone else ever play this?

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Holly that's awesome that DH is more open to the party. I LOVE owl themed stuff, especially for kids!

Taylor - That's awesome that you get some solid down time! That's such a precious thing especially as a SAHM. I haven't personally played the sims games in a long time, but my brother loves them and restricts himself to school vacations (he's a teacher). It's nice to have something you can just do mindlessly to pass the time. Biggrin

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When I was a nanny I remember that getting up at 6 and having my cup of coffee and reading a book in complete silence was my favorite part of the day.the baby would get up between 7:30 and 8 and the 3 year old would be up around 9:30 like clockwork each day. So I knew if i didn't get my hour and a half to two hours each morning I wouldn't get a break until 8:30 or 9:30 that night. I'm going to put my kids on that schedule if I can because it helped the baby sleep all night. Even at 6 months old. But I'm definately going to make sure I get at least and hour of peace and me time in the morning.

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Holly--I can't wait to find out what you are having! So glad your DH is open to the gender reveal party--sounds like fun to me!

Taylor--Glad you get some down time--that's the best!

I am avoiding cleaning my house today. I just.don't.want.to.do.it. Smile I have been hanging out with the 2 little girls doing whatever today...and looking for baby names. I don't know if I told you all, but when I had my u/s, the baby kept it's legs closed the whole time. The u/s tech said she thought girl, so that's what we've told people, but I'm not so convinced...so we are still looking for boy and girl names. I don't know why it is so hard this time!

What do you think of the name Drew for a girl?

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First real day of work was yesterday. It is kind of awkward after 3 months off and a new computer system, but I know I will get the hang of it eventually. I am always thinking of stuff to do when I get home... i.e. wish I had done this, or asked that...

Still have a few days of orientation left. Next week I start seeing patients in the hospital which will be crazy. I am kind of excited to get things started, however. And nervous. Also, even walking around the hospital is getting more difficult - so this is a crazy time in my life to start a job - but honestly, things only get busier from here.

Doctors appt Tuesday.

Lisa - just noticed you have a boy named Hayden. We are probably going with that for Twin A. I think Drew is fine for a girl's name though I have known more boys with that name.

Hope you guys have a good day. It is 6:15. I need to get dressed and head out for the day.

Tiffany

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Drew for a girl makes me think of Jessica Simpson naming her baby girl Maxwell. I have a brother named Drew (not Andrew, just Drew) so I'm biased to thinking it's too boy. But I really love naming girls boy names although it irritated me SO much when naming Brandon because ALL the boy names were suddenly "too girly" because of the trend. My favorite is Ryan for a girl.

My sister's childhood friend just found out she's having a boy. I say childhood but I've known the girl since she was born too, she's just my sister's age. So now my sister TOLD me to send all my boy stuff to her. Umm. .what? No. I will send her a few things IF she wants them and all I even have are clothes. If she just found out the sex then she's due the month I am- WHY would I give her anything else?? And I'm sorry but shipping large amounts from TN to TX is insanely expensive here. So unless one of them is paying for me, it's not going to happen at all. But who does that? I don't think the girl put my sister up to it. . it sounds like Macy's doing.

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OH! And we have a full name now. You ladies know I was searching for a significant middle name. My aunt, who I am an identical twin for (both mentally and appearance), just passed away from going into a diabetic coma (they think). It came out of nowhere. So it makes Lorelei's name very long but so is my older DD's. She has my last name whereas Brandon has Jason's and so will Lorelei but we're going to give Ali that choice to change hers when we actually get married next month. My last name is very Italian and three syllables so Ali's name is fairly long as well.

BUT that means we have a name. It came to me and felt right, like that was why we couldn't agree before now. Her name was Marybeth as one word as well.

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Tiffany--good luck at work! I LOVE the name Hayden! When we were trying to come up with a name for DS, my DH came home from work one day and said he'd thought of it...I just knew that was the name!

Taylor--that's a bit annoying that they want you to send your friend your stuff...I personally hold onto it for the next kid, but I am slowly going through and getting rid of stuff. As for the name, congratulations! I like it! I'm sorry to hear about your aunt, but what a great way to honor her!

AFM, my sister-in-law had her baby yesterday afternoon! I'm so excited for her--they have 6 boys, and this is their last...and it's a GIRL!!! So fun! I've been working on my to-do list today and I've gotten just about everything done! I just feel so tired again...I'm ready for a nap!

Oh, I know Drew is more of a boy's name, but I like the names to be a little different. I kinda like it for either boy or girl...we just can't decide on a name this time...ugh!

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Lisa - It's hard getting used to the idea and maybe you have an inclination against it for a reason? To me, boy and girl parts are totally different in a u/s but that also depends on how good of a shot they get. I really like the name Drew for a girl. Smile

Tiffany - I'm glad your first day went well. It's nice that you have a few days left to get used to things before you're in action.

Mariah - You may be surprised and have your LO set up their own little schedule. Smile It's definatly important to have alone time or at least just down time with DH every day that you can (when they're not super small of course). It makes a huge difference.

AFM I'm excited DH doesn't have to work tomorrow though he has to do some work at our old house that shouldn't take too long. DD STTN last night for the first time in a couple of weeks (thanks 2 yr molars! & toddler bed transition) so that was amazing. I even managed to get up before her (which hasn't happened in a couple of weeks). I had to get my vehicle checked because the battery was dying. We just got it last year and while it's a 2000, it is in amazing shape. Thankfully it was just the battery (we thought the starter connections might have gone) which was the original! I didn't think car batteries lasted 12 years.

Hoping to do something fun together as a family this weekend though I don't really want to spend money. We've been talking about going to an apple orchard or something like that soon.

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Lisa, I like Drew for a girl. It reminds me of Drew Barrymore!

Taylor, I love Maribeth. Your daughter has a beautiful name!

Mia, going to an apple orchard would be fun. We're gearing up to head to the pumpkin patch in a few weeks and I'm super excited!

AFM, we're having a few friends over tomorrow to watch the ISU/Iowa game. Go Clones!! I'm looking forward to hanging out and eating yummy food!

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I have so much to do today. Laundry (oh. . my. . God. . there is so much of it to do) and dishes. Yeah, yeah. . dishes shouldn't be so bad but mine are. We have the worst dishwasher and everything has to be basically hand-cleaned and then ran through it and then on a rinse cycle again. It takes FOREVER.

Even my coffee isn't the doing the trick today but I can't put them off anymore.

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aw im sorry taylor! i did a lil cleaning yesterday vacuum, dishes, kitchen and trash.......im not really supposed to do any of that cuz im on bedrest but i just had a random nesting moment and my hubby wont be home till monday night so i HAD to do some of it!

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Holly - I hope you have fun with the game. Smile

Taylor - I love the name combo you picked! I always loved the name Enzo for a boy, and DH likes is but he says it wouldn't fit well with his (german) last name. I come from an Italian family too if you couldn't guess by my name. Wink I'm sorry about the cleaning. We just got a dishwasher a few months ago and it's been a lifesaver. I think DH was ready to hang himself with how often I griped about it as the dishes just piled up so fast and our sink isn't the largest. It's SUCH an adjustment with being a SAHM and getting used to the idea that the house isn't always (or most of the time?) going to look how you'd like it to.

Lisa - Hurray for a new niece! They must be so thrilled and overwhelmed after 5 boys.

Mariah - I'm glad you kept busy but I hope you're able to stick to your bed rest better and that the day flies by for you so you can enjoy your time with DH. I always hate when DH has to travel for work. When I was on bed rest with DD, it was so easy to find excuses/come up with things to do that weren't obeying my bed rest but at the same time I couldn't just let it sit there. DH did all he could but that's a tough battle to deal with especially when you have nothing to distract you from it.

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Mia it sure is! i hate it, cuz DH does all the housework right now but since he is gone for nearly a whole week i had to do something. but i seem to have found a mind meltingly time consuming thing that i can be on my but for lol

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Ughhh i totally need a dishwasher because its like where are all these dishes coming from ??!!! So i kinda have a dilemma but then i dont .. So as most of you know im having a boy and dh and i made a pact that he names the boy and i will name the girl and since i was sooooo friggin sure this baby was a girl i didnt care what he names him .. Sooo now my sister tells me that my other sister tells her that my dad was sad about my son not being named after him but its like 1st off its MY BABY 2nd i didnt name him and 3rd shouldnt he just be happy im giving him a grandchild ? Like why do people feel like irs ok to try to tell me what to do ? Ughhh i feel bad that he feels this way but then again i shouldnt since dh and i made a decision on who will name which sex .. Then i tell my sister well DH father name isnt part of the baby name either soo whats the big deal ? Should i feel bad or should i just leave it alone ?

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Tasha- leave it alone. I know it is hard because it is your dad, but it is really inappropriate for him to be disappointed about this and needs to get over it. Anyway, from my experience it wont be the last time family weighs in on how they wish you would do something differently. I had to develop thick skin to deal with it.

Tiffany

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Tasha- that is EXACTLY why this little girl is NOT named after any moms or sisters. While neither mom would have said something, the sisters (3 in total) would have because they are petty, catty, and nitpicky. . well two of them are. They'll get over it.

Mia- I'm 1/2 Italian, 1/2 Cherokee. I don't look like either one. I have dark red hair that I try desperately to cover with dark brown dye (it turns red within 2-3 weeks) and green-gold eye color (Cherokee eye change color). And I'm light skinned, though I tan extremely easily. My brothers and sisters all have dark hair, eyes, and darker skin. I look just my aunt but with different colors. My mother is blonde and blue eyed and she's the only one like that in her family too. It's so weird.

My kids are blonde as well. . .although Ali has gray eyes and Brandon has deep, deep brown like Jason. I just want ONE freakin baby that looks like me!

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Tasha, I'd leave it alone. DH and you made a decision and your family needs to respect that decision. I know my mom was really upset when we announced the name of our first daughter, but it was purly because she didn't like a nickname associated with it. You'll find that friends and family will share their opinion with you and try to make you feel bad or guilty about your decisions. Stand stong and don't let them make you feel bad!!

Mia, we had a great time watching the game. The other lady here and I spent more time visiting and eating than we did watching the game. Hubby and I were excited that the Cyclones won, but it was a pretty dull game Smile

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Anyone else watch Grey's Anatomy or True Blood? I spent the morning watching the finales to the seasons I didn't really watch. I'll watch season 8 of Grey's on Netflix but it wasn't even necessary for the finale, which is weird. And True Blood. . .Good God. I stopped watching with my heart in it when they made Bill king and apparently he's an evil overlord?

I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse books but Bill is barely even IN them anymore. I don't understand why Charlaine Harris is letting them destroy her series into meaningless shreds.

Just venting.

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I used to be a huge Grey's junkie, but haven't watched it lately. I did tune in for the season finale last year and OMGosh! I will definately tune in to the premiere.

DH and I also love True Blood, but we're behind. We buy them when they come out of DVD, but we need to get season 3. The last one we saw, Bill was proposing to Sookie and was then kidnapped. I have the books too, but am only on book 4. I need to get back into my shows!!

The shows I like are Smash, Glee (although I didn't watch the end of it last season), and anything on food Network. I also saw the premiere of Revolution and that was pretty good. I just don't have a lot of time so I miss a lot of things. I try to catch up on Hulu, but don't have a lot to sit and watch them either.

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I don't watch Glee anymore but I do check their videos on Youtube for various songs. We only have one computer, a desktop Jason has modified entirely for gaming, and so we fight over control for it when he's home. We're going to a used local gaming store this week to buy a used PS3 controller to make Netflix work on the TV instead- it's too much money for pay for Xbox Live every month even though the Xbox is 10x easier to use for it.

I discovered Bones about 6 months ago and I'm on season 5 when I get Netflix back. I love that show! I'm behind on Law and Order SVU too- I missed the entire end where Chris Meloni left and season 13.

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Tasha--I would just leave it alone as well. After having all of my kiddos, I've learned to stick to what I like and not worry so much about what others think--even family. When we had our first, my mom practically made fun of the name we had chosen. It kinda hurt, but I had to ignore it...and her name fits her!

Holly--sounds like a fun weekend! I love when Dh and I get together with friends and I can just sit and visit (and veg)--it's so fun and so relaxing!

I watch a lot of Netflix. DH works rotating shift, and when he is on nights, I watch Netflix (we don't pick up any stations at our house, nor do we have cable). I like to watch White Collar (I just finished that one), Cake Boss, DC Cupcakes, I just started Flashpoint. We get the dvds as well and I LOVE Castle! I am so excited because the next season comes out on Netflix tomorrow!!! I think DH is just as excited as I am!

I picked up a free toddler bed from a friend on Saturday. We are going to put Shay in a bed so she is used to it when baby comes--and I think she is ready for it...I'm just not excited about the fight it usually is to keep her in it. Wink

We had some family friends over last night for dinner and games, and I laughed so hard that I cried! It was so.much.fun!

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I just mowed half of our lawn, and I think I should be done for the year. By the time I was done my belly was pretty tight and not so comfortable...Now to drink a ton of water...

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Lisa, sounds like you had a great weekend! Hopefully putting Shaylee into a toddler bed won't be too big of a challenge. We just put Cameron in his last Monday. It was a struggle that night, but each night has gotten a bit better and last night he went down without a fight. Hopefully she'll transition pretty easily for you!

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Thanks Ladies !!! I really do appreciate your input!!

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Brandon is STILL sleeping with us. I need to get him out but truthfully, I want him there. We have a full size bed pushed next to a twin to make a large bed, lol and Brandon and I take the bigger side since Jason and I keep different hours. I'm a morning person, he's a night owl. It actually will work very well with baby girl- when Brandon was a newborn, I went to bed at 10 and since Jason stays up until 5-6 am, he took night shift with the baby and I got allllll my sleep- and so did he, since I woke up with him and let Jason sleep in. It works very well as long as I'm a SAHM.

And I should know better than to eat while watching Bones. I thought I'd become immune to the gore and blood but I was eating a salad (a large one) and a particularly gruesome episode came on. I don't think I'll be craving salad much more.

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Taylor-
That is really cool how you were able to take different shifts with the baby.

We like netflix too. I think with that and hulu plus we would not need cable but we have not made the leap yet. I hardly watch tv these days. But winter is coming.

Doctor appt today. Hope it goes well.

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Tiffany, how did your appointment go? Been thinking about ya!

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Lisa - I hope the toddler bed transition goes well!

Taylor - I don't watch either show, but my brother was telling me all about True Blood when I was pregnant with DD. I really want to watch the Walking Dead too as a good friend of mine has recommended it and I always hear great things. We have cable at the house but at our old house we didn't. We just used hulu (before there was hulu plus) and netflix and it worked out well. The only annoying thing was not being able to watch new seasons when everyone else was and hearing spoilers.

Tiffany - I hope your appointment went well!

AFM - We just started with Emma the toddler bed other week (can't remember if I've mentioned this). It's been tough because she started teething again (2 two year molars at once) just after her birthday so all my hard work to get her to put herself down was squashed and we're back to rocking her to sleep (I had a couple nights where I put her down, she woke up and went back down without being picked up if I was there). I"m not into the CIO method, so it's just keeping my eye on the prize. Naps are the hardest but it's getting better. She just gets so excited about her bed she needs a good chunk of time to wind down. My goal is to get her in bed and not in a chair to read books then bed before DS comes. I do need to get her some bedding. She seems to like the idea of a pillow and I want her to get used to using blankets again. She hasn't wanted one on her since she was under 1 year old and she gets cold easily even with the heat on. She's just a peanut!

I am starting to research childcare options for when 28 weeks hits and I'll need NSTs 2x a week and growth ultrasounds bi-weekly. We would like a babysitter in the sense that it'd be nice to have someone to rely on aside from family for date nights and things, but we've also thought of doing a part time childcare center/preschool scenario. Our BFFs just started their son in pre-school and he loves it (part time). We're going to shop around a little and see what will be the best investment. If we do the PT school, my mom was saying we could keep her in it (I'd just do 2-3 days a week for a few hours a day) when John is here so she'd get socialization and I'd get some down time with the baby. That sounds nice in theory, but I've been at home with Emma since she was born so of her not being with me, even for a short while is a struggle.

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My DS is the height/weight of a 3.5 yr old- he's as tall as our door handle, almost 40 inches and about 39-ish lbs. 3T clothes, 4T pajamas (to get more wear of out them), and size 8 toddler shoes. Whereas my DD is almost 8 years old and she's 4'11" and 51 lbs. I'm so short- where they heck did these tall kids come from?

My point is, we have a town home and our bedrooms are upstairs. If I move DS to a toddler bed, how do I keep him IN? Shutting the door is pointless because he's tall enough to open them easily and babyproof guards DO NOT work. He knows how to unhinge them to get them off. He can also open gates. We have one installed in our kitchen gateway that doesn't come off and it's such a PITA and he can figure it out half the time anyways.

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I should mention, 90% of all babyproofing is not Brandon-proof. He can unhinge door guards, take out socket guards, crack cabinets locks with enough force to break them. Open four different kinds of gates. He's a climber and very mechanical and observant. He's never been one of those kids that tries and tries until he gets it right- he watches for awhile and then figures it out and succeeds on usually the first shot.

I'm also a terrible mother- he isn't potty trained. He thinks it's a game and not a good one. He's in six 6 diapers, he doesn't have a choice! I don't know how to motivate him. Candy, stickers, etc. . .it doesn't work!

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First- doc appt went well. My bp has been lower lately. Doc wasnt too concerned about the cervical length shortening. He gave me a hard time about breastfeeding (i said I would try), about working full time after (maybe I will do 80% time) - but I am our only income and we need insurance and other full time benefits. I didnt tell him that when I get no sleep I get psycho. Our plan is to hire a full time nanny and have DH get the nighttime feedings and take a nap during the day. There is still a lot of other household tasks to do, and if he got busy we would need a nanny and a housekeeper. I seriously have no time to shop. I get contractions when I walk too far. Our plan will be to do it all ourselves over the weekend unless I have to work. Anyway, I know this all sounds luxurious- and it is. I had no help stayig home with a very colicky #1. And I was fine. And we took turns at night. It may end up being more help than we need.

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Taylor, you're not a terrible mother. Cam isn't potty trained yet either and I am not going to push it. When he's ready, he'll do it!

Tiffany, glad your appointment went well!!

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Taylor - I wish I had some advice about how to keep DS in bed! We installed an extra tall (and can be extra wide) swing gate on DD's door, but it's annoying because it's exactly as tall as the door knob so you can't close the door completely (it still closes enough it's just noisy). If DD could undo it we'd be in trouble too as our bedrooms are upstairs. I agree with Holly about PTing when they're ready. It must be frustrating with him still in diapers, but I bet when he does pick it up he'll go pro in no time. Smile

Tiffany - I'm glad the appointment went well though it's tough trying to figure out how to make everything work times two. It must be stressful getting contractions so often and so easily. I hated that with DD it made me feel useless and then came the bed rest. While it's just a short period in your life, it's tough to get through when you want to be able to get things done more quickly.

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I had a routine check up this morning. Everything looks good. I gained another 6-7 lbs, though...I guess I shouldn't be surprised cuz of the amount of sugar I am craving...Ugh! Heart beat was 155. I had to take 2 youngest with me...#5 is a walking tornado, so I will find someone to watch her next time. Wink Good thing I took some snacks.

Ever since school has started back up, I feel so tired all the time...anyone else?

How is everyone feeling these days?

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I'm glad your appointment went well too Lisa! I usually have DD with me and today at a monthly appointment I had her stay with some family which was a nice break! It's tough staying on top of them especially in the waiting areas.

My appointment went pretty well too. I got my Rx refilled for the ICP, found out my blood levels that were taken at 20 weeks were still in the normal range, but double what they'd been at 14 weeks so that made me feel better about it not "being in my head". My OB/MW don't think that, but it's tricky having symptoms and not having the blood work match up yet. It's a good thing in that the lower my numbers stay, the less risk to the little guy. Their scale says I gained 5 lbs this month, measured right on, his heart rate was 140s. Biggrin Have my GD and ICP bile levels scheduled for next month. She wasn't sure if we'd start NST's again at 28 weeks or wait until 32. I need to figure out if we want to find a babysitter or put DD in preschool for a couple of hours a couple days a week for appointments.

I too feel like a train wreck any day we have a lot going on. It doesn't help that DD's been really awful with sleep because of her molars (her dentist told me today that at night the bones push so that's why they wake up screaming sometimes from teething).

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Lisa, glad you had a good appointment! I totally hear you on leaving other kiddos at home. I try to avoid taking mine with me because the fight, whine, and argue the entire time and it's more stressful than a doctor's appointment should be.

Mia, I'm so glad they're keeping a close eye on you. That's a tough call on what to do w/your DD, but hopefully she will adjust to either scenario easily. I had an NST with Cam and I don't think it'd be fun to bring the little rugrats. Are you leaning more towards one choice over the other? I can't believe you'll be 28 weeks at your next appointment! I feel so far behind!

AFM, I'm tired all of the time still....I never did seem to get my energy back, but with returning to work, I'm getting my butt kicked. I absolutely love what I'm doing this year, but I'm exhausted. There is a big difference in the independence level of a 2nd grader and a 5th grader, and I find that I'm on my feet more often. Like I said, I love it! I've wanted this grade level for years, so I'm thrilled, but it's a bit of shock to my tired baby-making body! I'll survive though. DH lets me take naps on the weekends when he's home Smile

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