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Hurricane Coming

Well, i live in New Jersey so i don't know if anyone has heard about this Hurricane Sandy that is supposed to hit late sunday and moving into monday and tuesday. i really hope it just turns into a bad rain storm - I don't live in Southern Jersey so i'm lucky in that respect...

I have a weekly doctor check up on tuesday and i'm holding out on calling up and making any decisions to reschedule until monday - because for all i know it could end up dying down, and then i will have moved my appointment for nothing, by monday i should know what tuesday will be like, right?

the other interesting thing that i made mention of in another post was the barametric pressure dropping - studies show that when that happens during hurricanes it can cause women near term or at term go into labor. my mother says that happened with me, although, i was only 2 weeks early - which isn't unusually early at all. i'd be 4 weeks early if that were to happen to me, and honestly i don't think it will happen but it is on my mind a little bit. DH and i are going to do food shopping early tomorrow morning to make sure we have everything and i'm hoping if it's really bad he can take off of work on the worse day, because he has about a 30 mile commute.

anyone else in line for the storm?

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I'm an hour from the coast in NC. Since all the military planes are still here, I'm thinking it'll be pretty easy going. Just expecting a few inch of rain and some wind gusts. I don't want a baby this weekend since the hour road to my hospital's city is just a two lane highway in the middle of farm land - it'll probably flood in some areas!

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risstopher, i could have written this! i live in baltimore and am so worried about going into labor because of the storm! i was reading in the paper that it is supposed to be one of the biggest drops in barometric pressure history! dun, dun, dun. no, seriously, it said that. AND, it's a full moon on monday night too! i am so afraid that the hospital is going to be overcrowded with women birthing babies that we won't get a room!

i also am just plain worried about the storm because we were hit bad with those derecho winds over the summer. we lost power for 5 days and it was over 100 degrees then. our basement flooded. this time, i feel like the flooding could be worse because there are so man leaves that will clog up the drains.

i am really hoping they are just hyping this story up but, yes, i am going out tomorrow morning to buy food. what kind of food would be good to get? you have to consider losing electricity...so you wouldn't want to get only things that need to be refrigerated. what do you think?

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oh no august, i really hope that you don't get flooded or lose power again Sad with hurricane Irene we lost power for a day, we live 2 towns over from where we were for irene, but still keeping fingers crossed for no power outage. i'm on the 2nd floor of a 2 family house that we rent so my chances for flooding are slim, we're close to a river but our street isn't in the zone that usually floods.

you know i was thinking the same thing, what do i get that doesn't need to be refridgerated or heated up? i know for sure i'm going to pick up water and fruit, most fruit doesn't need refrigeration. i guess you can also get protein bars, cilf bars, ect... just to be sure that you have something that will keep you full and have some nutritional value. cereals, peanu butter. i think the hard part is dinner foods because you always think to cook dinner and whatnot. the hardest thing would be all my yogurts for me - but if the power goes they can last in the freezer for at least a day just keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as possible and put the real important things in the freezer as soon as it goes out (hopefully it doesn't).

i'll try to think of some more foods and such, good luck!

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When does the pressure drop? before, during or after storming?

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I'm in souther ontario and apparently we may see it here, but probably not as directly as you guys! Geez I didnt know about the labour and pressure thing. Definitley hope that doesnt happen here!!

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My family was hit by hurricane Hugo back in... 89, was it? We had no electricity for two weeks! I remember we weren't expecting it to last that long, and by the time the power had been off for a few days we started cooking food from our freezer out on our gas grill on pots and pans. My mom cooked fried chicken, vegetables, anything really that we had in the freezer. We even had warm baths because of that grill, because she would heat up water on the grill by the kettle- or pot-full and then carry it to the bathtub. So if you have a charcoal or gas grill, or if you can get your gas stove to light without electricity (some modern ones won't), don't forget that you can still have warm dinners and a nice warm candlelight bath! Smile

For more short-term power outages, energy bars are a good idea. Lots of drinking water, and maybe some bread and peanut butter. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are very filling and tasty.

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I'm in southern VA, near the coast. They have changed their stories so MANY TIMES about this storm. My mom called and told me it's gonna be some HUGE storm and then my DH was like, no it's not...and the weather channel was like well it COULD be and my boss is like..you better be here regardless! LOL. I have myself scheduled for a 14 hour day Monday because I have SO much work to do that day - it would suck if I couldn't get to work.
Anyway, as far as food goes - you need water, obviously. Ice to keep things cold in coolers. Batteries for flashlights/candles. Canned goods - if you have a propane grill you can always heat things up when the hurricane is over. I've been through more hurricanes than I care to count. Irene knocked us on our @ss for a long long time, luckily I was one of the FIRST people back with power. Where I live now, I'm like..literally a block from the hospital, so if I lose power, I should get it back fairly quick.

I wish you all (and me) luck. I really hope all this hype is over nothing. And if I'm not mistaking, the pressure drops before the storm.

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Harmony - We got hit by Hurricane Hugo. I was just a little kid and my mom decided she needed to go to 7-11 to get some cigs RIGHT in the middle of it! They were open - she got her cigs and she made it back safe but I was SO WORRIED. I remember I sat on the couch and rocked back and forth freaking out.

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"babywings1" wrote:

Harmony - We got hit by Hurricane Hugo. I was just a little kid and my mom decided she needed to go to 7-11 to get some cigs RIGHT in the middle of it! They were open - she got her cigs and she made it back safe but I was SO WORRIED. I remember I sat on the couch and rocked back and forth freaking out.

My dad worked for the electric company back in those days, and his boss called him into work in the middle of the storm! He had to take the interstate to get to work, and he said that on some of the overpasses he was almost blown over the side. I can't imagine how scared my mom must have been for him. It didn't hit me until I was much older how dangerous it was for my dad to be driving what usually was a 20-minute commute downtown in the middle of a hurricane. :eek:

My sister also caught strep throat right after the power went out. It really could have been a crazy time in my life. But my parents both grew up on the coast and knew what to do. I don't remember it being very uncomfortable at all. Just exciting!

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My dad works for the telephone company in NC. He's a supervisor so he's always on call. I remember when Floyd hit, he was taking showers at his office because he couldn't go home because there was SO much work. His yard was a mess, but thankfully all the tornadoes left his house alone.

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everyone is freaking out here in baltimore. my husband spent the day raking leaves hoping that they won't clutter up the gutters and create flooding on the street. it's been a few hours and unfortunately, you can't even tell that he raked since so many more leaves have fallen since! today i got my order of girl scout cookies. good timing on those. i went food shopping today but didn't know what to get. i ended up buying a lot of cheese and apples!

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People have been freaking out here as well, only because we had really bad flooding during Irene last year and the area is just barely recovering.

We've stocked up on water and we don't have to worry about cooking because we have a gas stove and oven, so that helps a ton. We'll just cook up what we've got in the freezer if the power goes out. I am a little nervous about going into labor though. I haven't been feeling well this past week, and I just started having some painful contractions but nothing consistent.

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i'm worried as it gets closer, but i would have been worried pregnant or not. things like this are so unpredictable and i really just can't wait until it's over.
with all the schools and sate offices closing i really hope that DH doesn't go to work, from what it sounds like he is staying home; i just keep saying to him, "what if i DO go into labor and you can't get home from work and no one can get to me and i'm here alone in labor!" ... ha, i just don't want him to go - aside from me being pregnant it's just plain dangerous for him to be out driving... no one should be on the roads if it's declared a 'state of emergency' and i think it has been.

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"Risstopher" wrote:

i'm worried as it gets closer, but i would have been worried pregnant or not. things like this are so unpredictable and i really just can't wait until it's over.
with all the schools and sate offices closing i really hope that DH doesn't go to work, from what it sounds like he is staying home; i just keep saying to him, "what if i DO go into labor and you can't get home from work and no one can get to me and i'm here alone in labor!" ... ha, i just don't want him to go - aside from me being pregnant it's just plain dangerous for him to be out driving... no one should be on the roads if it's declared a 'state of emergency' and i think it has been.

I think you're being perfectly reasonable on both accounts. It's not safe for him to be driving in a hurricane, and it's not safe for you to be home alone and this pregnant during a hurricane. Although the odds are you won't deliver until way after the storm has passed, it's still safer for you to not be alone. If your DH absolutely must go into work, do you have any family or friends who could spend the day with you or you could see? That might make you less nervous about it.

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thank you

if he absolutely has to go to work i'd make him drive me to my mom's when he was on his way in, my mom lives a couple blocks away from me and she is a school secretary - her school is already closed Monday and Tuesday so she'll be home. I'm pretty sure he's staying home tomorrow, i'm just crossing my fingers that if it's very bad he also stays home Tuesday.

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how is everyone holding up so far? i'm wondering if any of us will go into labor today.

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i'm doing good - DH stayed home from work and his job ended up closing early anyway so that was good.

i woke up, showered, then i cooked and cleaned all morning - since i've been relaxing. so far we still have power and its just been very windy. i hear we're supposed to get hit with it hard tonight - so i'm crossing my fingers and hoping that i don't go into labor and that we don't lose power....

how are you doing august?

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Stay safe everyone in storms way!!

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I feel your pain! We lost power for 17 days when Ike came in on the Gulf coast in 2008. I hope you all are staying safe!

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omG, 17 days?

my personal experience with this storm is that i am GREATLY BLESSED... we lost power from about 3:00am to 4:00pm today. which wasn't bad because my sister was home (she's a school teacher and they didn't have work) and she had power and lives right up the block, so we went there all day today, by the time we got home the power was back. DH's job closed today too so he was home with me. my sister and mother don't have to go back to work until Monday so at least I will have people to keep me company for the next few days.

I had a dr. appt today but they called on sunday to cancel and postpone until tomorrow - i'm still to call before i go to make sure the office is open, so crossing my fingers that they are. i should be finding out if i am dilated tomorrow!

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Im glad everything is going ok, and that you are all staying safe. I purposely made my next appt for 10 days after my last one (its on saturday) just because a few extra days may or may not change anything. If Im dilating more, great, if not, no biggy. A few extra days just gives me time to let my body do what it needs to, and for me to not focus on progressing. Because, in the end, baby will come when it comes Wink

I was more concerned about it when i was having preterm stuff. But, as of tomorrow I am 37 weeks, which is considered full term. I have only made it full term with 1 other baby

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Glad you're okay and didn't get hit too badly, Marissa!

Yes, 17 days w/o power...but I took DS1 (I was pregnant with my 2nd baby at the time) to my parents' house in Dallas (4 hours north) and stayed almost the whole time. They had stations with MRE's and bottled water so we got some of those for the few days we were home before the power came back on. So we didn't necessarily rough it too much-but it was very inconvenient!