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Long..Kinda long..

So my stomach flu/food troubles passed within 24 hours with the help of immodium but with 5 lbs weight loss. Im back to feeling great, Im home, and life is good Smile Im organized and even done nesting. I'll be packing my hospital bag this weekend probably, purchasing the carseat, and washing up the baby's clothes. Hospital tour is Sept 15th. Don't worry, I'm not OCD or like crazy..I know I have three more months to go. It's just this third trimester is going to be busy and important as Im in nursing school and premed, raising four children, and my husband is getting his Phd with an equally busy semester.

Basically, I cant have this baby before 40 weeks if that makes sense and with so much to do..now is the time to get ready so I can focus on school which starts next week. When I'm not studying, I'll be resting, as experience has shown me that it's the most important thing I can do in my third trimester. I am still working out but focusing more on kegels and preparing for labor. I've had a csection, a vbac with epidural and fourth degree tear, and two unmedicated but induced vbacs. It leaves a vivid memory of how its not easy to get a baby out and as my belly grows..my body is reminding me that it'll be here before I know it.

My doctor wants a scheduled induction but I don't. It is my choice and they respect that, but they are concerned at the speed of my labors and the fact that I'm already dialating and effacing . For myself, I'm used to walking around at 4 to 5 cm at the end and fully effaced, and I did go to 6 to 10 cm under 2 mins last labor, however, I've always had enough time before 6 cm to get to the hospital, ya know? I think we'll be just fine and my babies don't naturaly budge before the very very end. Like I don't want them to check me anymore because I know when left alone, my babies arrive at about 40 weeks and some odd days regardless of any dialation etc. . Plus it's my last pregnancy ever, (God willing..tubal papers are signed), I want to enjoy it as long as possible.

How is everyone else doing? Also anybody starting to think about the upcoming holidays with a newborn? How will you be preparing this year?

sweetsriracha's picture
Joined: 03/29/11
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I'm SO glad you are over the stomach flu. I was concerned!

I'm not busy and I'm basically convinced he won't make an appearance until 41 1/2 or 42 weeks, so I'll start getting ready in late September or early October. I've developed a spreadsheet that details EVERYTHING that needs to be done - i.e. buy postpartum pads & granny panties - so if he were to come early, SO could jump into action.

I just put down a deposit on our birthing class today. We're doing birthing from within, it starts 17th September. I think after the first class, things are going to seem real and imminent!

Jenni Beth's picture
Joined: 03/03/11
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I'm so glad that your stomach flu has passed! Is this your first semester of nursing school? I could not even imagine trying to go to nursing school while pregnant, especially in the same semester that LO is due! You are either so brave or crazy or a little of both, lol! Biggrin I assume your school is in semesters too, right? Won't LO come before you are out? Are you going to take a brief absence? Are you taking a full load? Sorry for all the questions but I've BTDT for nsg school and I know how stressful it is, how much work is involved, and how easy it is to get behind and I'm concerned for you.

Jasmine...you made a spread sheet? You are so much more organized than I could ever be! WOW! I've started accumulating travel size shampoo, toothpaste, etc. So when I get back from my trip on Saturday I will start putting my hospital bag together with the intent of having it packed and ready to go by the end of September. I have made a check list..it is just plain old pen and paper though..nothing fancy Wink

sweetsriracha's picture
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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

Jasmine...you made a spread sheet? You are so much more organized than I could ever be!

...yeah. But (bless his little heart) if you knew my SO, you'd understand. The spreadsheet contains some pretty detailed meal-planning and easy recipes, too. Anything pertaining to home or hearth is my domain. We aren't traditional, but it just works out best that way. (I'm avoiding saying that the man can't cook scrambled eggs).

I think I'm also beginning to realize that the hospital bag might be more like a mega suitcase.

melody811's picture
Joined: 02/18/10
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I'm not doing clinicals this semester, just two nursing classes and some other classes. Yeah he's gotta stay in till 40 weeks Smile Haha, actually I'lll be working with my professors incase he comes sooner, although I really think he'll stay put. I can always take the one nursing class next semester, but I know from experience sleepless nights are a lot harder than the third trimester. Next semester will actually be light and then clinicals start next summer. I actually do some good work in my third trimester because I get insomina and huge spurts of energy. We'll see how it goes Smile At least I won't be going nuts wondering if everyday is the day for his arrival. Busy is a good thing!

Jenni Beth's picture
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That is good that you don't have to do clinical yet. And that is even better than your professors are willing to work with you if he comes early. Good luck! You can do it! I know how hard it is and the sacrifices you and your family will make. Be strong and take it one day at a time. I'm rooting for you!

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Joined: 04/06/11
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Wow it sounds like you have everything planned and mapped out pretty well for yourself! I wish I could be that "together" with things lol!

I have already had a holiday baby, as DD was born in December, so I'm not worried about that. I've already started my Christmas shopping as I know there will be no way that I'll be able to even think about that come the last weeks of November and especially not in December. My oldest's birthday is in five weeks, then I have DD's b-day, then Christmas presents for 6 children (DH has two sons from a first marriage), so I basically worked out how much I can spend on each of them and then split that up over these four months (Aug-Nov) and I do that much shopping each week, so that by the time Trystan is here I'll be done and won't have to worry about it!