Figured it's April should get a thread started here.
Mary - I'm glad work went okay.
Lauren - good luck with this cycle!
Amanda - I hope they just got the files mixed up!
AFM: 6dpo and feeling pretty confident we'll get away with this cycle. With my pregnancies my temp was always up by now and it's still in my "lower post-O" range.
wow, where is everyone?
Lauren - how are you doing? Did you O yet?
Amanda - did you figure out what was going on with your DH's bloodwork?
Katie - how is Rory sleeping?
Mary - I hope AF hasn't been too bad.
AFM - 8dpo. Temp up the past two days. Could go triphasic tomorrow (but that's happened before and I haven't been pregnant). I've had some weird symptoms - uncharacteristic cleaning yesterday, a dream last night of the sort I usually have while pregnant... yep. that's about that.
DH has a crazy week so I've been taking the kids at night and it's been rough. Last night DH got to bed around 1am, Alex was up at 1:30, he woke Oliver, who was then up for 2 hours. Then Alex was up again at 5:45. Ick.
It is quite in on these forums, hope everyone is good. For those that celebrate Easter what are you doing this year? I really don't want to get any chocolate for the girls since they still have some left from Christmas. I want to get the girls something consumable (like bath stuff) or useful (like clothing).
Virginia - Sounds like the night was pretty rough, hope the boys take it easy on you today.
DH is getting the doctor to retest, he's a bit skeptical of the results, he is still seeing a dietitian to see if there are any changes he can make just in case the test results are right, it's going to be tough for them to find too much wrong with his diet he eats pretty healthy (with a few minor vices but not many).
I can't believe how fast kids grow up, Dana came to me the other day and informed me she got AF, how is it one of my kids is that old???
Dana has a hockey tournament this weekend, we let the coach know that we wouldn't be available Saturday evening (Easter dinner with family) so she's off for the day, she'll only have to play on Friday and Sunday (if they make it to semi-finals).
I'm doing OK, been tired lately, my long weekend starts tomorrow so that is more than welcome.
Yeah, it's been pretty slow around here...
Amanda, I'm glad DH is getting the doctor to retest. I can't believe Dana got AF, it must be crazy to realize you have a kid old enough!
Virginia, oh my! What a nail biter! heh
AFM, I haven't O'd yet, but I'm close. I feel pretty fertile this morning (watery CM and pretty open and a little crampy), so I'm hoping I will O tomorrow, maybe Friday at the latest? Of course I've had so many wonky cycles lately that it's hard to say - for all I know my body will freak out and close up shop on me again and make me wait 2 more weeks! haha.
Amanda - wow. What a milestone for Dana. Good luck with the raging hormones. I hope DH's retest comes back fine and enjoy your long weekend!
Lauren - I hope you O soon!
AFM: Oliver is doing a sleep strike. There's no apparent reason (maybe teething, but even pain meds don't help much). He was up 2 hours last night as has barely slept (maybe 30min) so far today and it's after 3:30pm! ugh. Of course, he has to do this during DH's super busy week.
here's the chart again
Raymond just asked again whether there's a new baby in my tummy. I wonder if the kid can smell progesterone or something. He asked me right after O last cycle, too.
Virginia, wow do you really have EWCM for that many days!!????? *jaw drops* I've actually found that since having Xander I don't get nearly as much fertile CM. I'll get 2-3 days TOPS of watery or EWCM. That's it. And while I used to get gobs of EWCM, I now only get a small amount. Just enough for me to know it's there! It's one of the things that is starting to worry me since I didn't get pregnant right away. Guess I'll bring it up with my dr if we keep missing the eggy.
I really hope you get some good sleep soon!!
I thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiink I might have spotted a little bit of EWCM earlier. It's still mainly watery, but there was one little tiny glob. Not much. We BD'd last night, so I guess it couldn't been that - but I personally think that looks different than EWCM. Either way, I'll cover my bases and BD again tonight! Man I hope I O soon and we don't have a crazy long cycle like last month! That was way too much BD'ing in such a small amount of time. I want a nice easy cycle that ends with a baby! PLEASE! heh
TMI I checked my paper chart just because it looks crazy on FF. The first day of that stretch is marked as "EW at cervix" but the others were all much more than that. I honestly, almost never get dry days, either. I am BFing still so my O is a little delayed. Normally I O around CD16, so that might have added a couple days this time. I usually have 5-6 days of it, though. Drives me nuts.
AFM: officially triphasic today. I gave in an tested, BFN as expected. I'm nervous about testing tomorrow, though. We should be safe since we were preventing, but... I almost wish I weren't charting. It's too "pretty". Maybe I'll wake tomorrow to a huge temp drop. I'd like that.
(ETA: of course, if I am pregnant I'll be happy. It'll just take me a little bit to get used to the idea, especially since the timing wouldn't be ideal.)
Virginia - GL how ever it comes out IT is a pretty chart!
Lauren - GL catching the egg!
Amanda - Wow for Dana, and I saw on FB Natalie is reading your kids are getting big
Hi Anyone I'm missing! Life has been a circus here. Remember when I said everyone was healthy? REmember that? It lasted about 5 minutes. Then DH brought home the plague and everyone but me fell victim. Rory is back on the albuterol nebulizer, Evan's nose is running off his face and DH is coughing and hacking up a storm. Somehow so far I have avoided it. Rory had his 4 month check today and was 15 lbs 15oz and 27" just a little smaller than Evan was. We skipped shots though b/c he's been sick. Assuming he gets better we'll do those next week. Tues daycare sent Rory home sick and then yesterday my mom watched him and he cried for her literally ALL DAY LONG. Sigh. He's totally high needs and my mom isn't the greatest with babies to begin with. Sad to say but had he been allowed he would have been happier at daycare with Marisol his "teacher" who he loves. But I had a madhouse day at work and DH is at an important client so we made due. Work is a circus b/c we're at fiscal end and we're right on the edge of hitting out budgets -- and our bonuses are dictated by hitting budgets soooo everyone is running like mad. Not much sleep, cranky sick kids, sick DH, crazy work....I'm beat!
Katie - oh my. I hope things get better! Sounds rough.
AFM: bit of a temp drop and BFN. I'm pretty sure I'll be seeing AF today or tomorrow.
Raymond woke up soaking wet last night (through a pull-up) and then threw a fit for an hour. Thankfully DH helped, but because he helped he went into work late and probably won't be home until after bedtime tonight. ugh.
Katie, oh man I'm so sorry to hear that everyone is sick again! I'm always the last to get sick, I think it's a mom thing. I think we're genetically hard-wired to get sick last so that we can take care of everyone else til they're better. Then we get sick and there's no one to take care of us because our DH's used all their sick time on themselves and the kiddos obviously aren't going to help! haha. At least that's what always happens to me.
Virginia, sorry Raymond woke up wet and upset today. That's never a good start to the day...
AFM, pretty sure I'm o'ing right now or just did a bit ago. Mega o pain at the moment. We've BD'd every night for a few nights and will again tonight for good measure. I'll know for sure sometime whether or not I actually O'd. *patiently waiting* Enjoying a final few glasses of wine right now for 2 weeks - 10+ months! (hopefully the 10+ months). I don't know why, but this month feels really good! I feel much more fertile than I have in months (since I wasn't sick like last cycle) and I've just had a lot more EWCM then I have in awhile. I hope that's a good sign and that this is the month!
Lauren - Yay for feeling like it's a good cycle! I hope you're right.
AFM: got a crazy HPT this morning. I'm pretty sure it's a BFN, but unfortunately can't get a good pic (darn cloudy day). From left to right it is pale, the has a pink smudge about the width of a line but only half the length, then a pure white line, then a little lighter pink, then the control. Lined up with an OPK I can't tell whether the test line would be the white area (my guess) or the smudge. I have another which is clearly BFN, but I'll be saving the weird one to try to get a pic later and share on DYSAL. I've never had one like that.
We will now add double ear infection to Rory's list of ailments Poor baby. Thurs he had a good day, Fri he seemed ok but I noticed the nebulizer wasn't really helping like it had before and then this morning he was wheezing, crying and refusing to nurse so I decided we needed to get back to the doctor. He went like 6 hours refusing to nurse from 3-9am and crying and the nebulizer did nothing. So the double ear infection is probably impacting his nursing, I promptly gave him tylenol for the pain (incredibly he has no fever). He's on steroids in addition to the nebulizer of albuterol and antibiotics. My poor kiddo. I have noticed a breathing difference already though with the steroids and the tylenol must have helped the pain b/c he nursed and fell asleep. DH is out picking up the antibiotics so we'll get him started ASAP.
I am so tired. He actually didn't have a horrible night until about 5am when DH took over but I think the multiple nights and crabby days are just adding up. Hopefully he's on the mend soon and we can all get back to a good routine.
Katie - I hope your little guy is feeling better. It is so hard when they are sick
Lauren- GL this cycle!
Katie - Sorry to hear you have a sick household again, hope everyone is back to healthy soon.
Lauren - :goodluck:
Dana's team didn't do so well in their tournament, got eliminated early on so it freed up Sunday. We went to the Ontario Science Center instead of hockey which was nice, everyone enjoyed themselves.
The girls enjoyed their Easter baskets, I got Natalie some paints and papers as well as a book for her tag reader. Dana got some PJ's, earrings and a teen magazine. Got both the girls coloured bubbles and Reeses Pieces. They also go lots of treats at my sisters house Saturday night when we got together for Easter dinner.
Today is just a pretty quiet day, the girls did some painting this morning, hope to take them outside to blow some bubbles and go to the pet food store this afternoon if things warm up. Also getting some cleaning done around the house, why does it seem to never end?
Amanda - Wow, crazy that Dana got AF... You're officially entering a new stage, eeek!!
Virginia - What's new? Anymore HPT's? I looked at your shart, and it looks like you marked the start of AF, but it has been so long since I charted that I'm not sure, haha.
Katie - Boooo for sick babies. I hope your household can catch a break soon.
Lauren - Best of luck!!
AFM - We've been busy with family visiting, egg coloring/hunting, etc. I got to talk to my uncle the contractor yesterday about building us a house... I'm so freaking excited. I was looking at his website at some of the beautiful houses he has built, and I just want to start NOW. He said on average, it only takes them about 3 months, which is awesome! I expected like a year-long affair. We really, really need to find our land now. And sell this place, of course. The hard part is finding land in the school district we want that can connect to city water. We want to live more rural, but we really, really still want city water lines as opposed to well water.
Katie - poor Rory! I hope he feels better soon.
Mary - I'm glad it looks like you can get your house built! I'm curious, why do you want city water so badly? I grew up in an area where everyone had well water and it was fine. I'd probably prefer a well, given the choice.
Hope everyone had a good Easter. Ours went well. AF showed yesterday. Finally. I'm amazed I had a competent LP. Looks like the spermicide works (well, not that one data point is good research). So I'm "enjoying" my first real AF in 20 months.
ETA: babyhalfoff.com has lunette menstrual cups today! I have a (different brand) menstrual cup and I highly recommend trying one.
Lauren - your chart looks great so far! Looks like have you BDing bases covered, too.
AFM (long science-nerdy digression So, I did something kind of stupid this morning. Way back when I got pregnant with Oliver I bought some FRERs and they came with one of those fertility tests. This cycle was my first real chance to use it... and it was set to expire next month. Well, I got a "high FSH" result which supposedly indicates low ovarian reserve. That struck me as odd since I'm 28 and given my family history should have a good 25 years before I hit menopause. Would you believe Google turned up no good dumbed down info on how BFing affects FSH levels? I ended up reading a couple scientific papers and... for the nerdy ones here (Mary) here's an attempted summary of what I found (combining the results of several papers into a theoretically coherent picture): Normally FSH stimulates follicles to grow and the ovaries to release estrogens. The estrogens in turn inhibit FSH release. Breast Feeding causes prolactin to be released. Prolactin acts on FSH receptors, decreasing receptor density and therefore decreasing the ovarian response to FSH. Therefore, the ovaries release less estrogen which exerts less inhibition on FSH production potentially leading to an increase in FSH. I think. I could be wrong about that. But, I like the conclusion. I know prolaction levels fall significantly during the first year BFing, but since I BF on demand, tend to make lots of milk, and just got AF back recently I think I can blame the test results on BFing. If they aren't too expensive I might pick up another fertility test in a few months and see if it has changed. If I'm BFing less at all.
Virginia - Too funny that you did that... I took one of those fertility tests when Cal was about 8(?) months old, and got the same results and I read around about it and came to the same conclusion! hahah.
As for the city vs. well water thing, my main hang-up is that there is a lot of mining in the area and I know some people have had their water supply cut off by all the earth-moving. I don't know how common that is or if the odds are high... But then those people have to buy giant external tanks that they have to carry in a truck to the water department to refill. My parents live right next to the water department place where people have to refill and it looks like the most giant PITA. It was a big relief to us when we were connected to the city line when I was maybe 10-11 years old.
AFM - I applied for a job yesterday. I'm a little nervous about it because I heard back from them really quickly. The guy said my resume looked good, but he asked if I was aware that I'm 100 miles away, and he asked if I'm planning to relocate. I responded to his email and told him we are planning to relocate, but then I haven't heard back from him today. I guess I'm nervous since his first response was so fast and now it has been 14 hours (lol) with no response. Anyway, the job sounds great. It is in a pharmacy that dispenses for long-term care facilities, like nursing homes. I used to work in a similar pharmacy in college. The schedule is supposed to be four 10-hr shifts a week, every 4th Saturday, no Sundays. It's not exactly in the area where we wanted to move, so I'll either have to commute about 45 minutes, or else we'll have to change our plan for where to move.
Mary - GL with the job! We're on well water and it's no problem at all but there's a solid water supply and no real worries in our area. People water the lawn and all that stuff with it. I hope things work out!
Virginia - you're too funny! I bet you're right your conclusion sounds good!
Amanda - how are the girls? I can't believe Dana is already old enough for AF!
Lauren - Hope you caught the egg!
AFM - Rory is finally feeling better I think! He slept well the last couple nights and finally ate normally last night (by normally I mean often lol). He was crabbing at me this morning while I was getting ready but it wasn't sick screaming baby it was his normal fuss at mom b/c I want to be picked up stuff. Hopefully it continues! Saturday my mom and I are heading to NYC to see my sister and to see Newsies on broadway. My sis and I watched the Disney movie WAYYYYYY too much as kids so we thought it would be fun to see the broadway rendition I'm excited to have a day together, we really haven't had a day with the three of us together in 5+ years!
Mary - whew. it helps know you got those results, too. Have you considered taking another now that you're not BFing to confirm it was the BFing? I'd kind of like to do that but I suspect I'll still be BFing when we conceive #4. The job sounds great and the well water thing makes sense.
Katie - I'm so glad Rory is starting to feel better! Have fun in NYC!
AFM: Raymond has been waking up dry almost 50% of the time for the past 10 days! Oh my goodness! I think it's the cloth pull-ups letting him feel when he's wet. I hope this works.
Katie - Enjoy you time in NYC. Sounds like fun!! Glad Rory is feeling better.
Virginia - I hadn't even thought of testing again, haha. As long as I'm still regularly O'ing, I'm happy. I don't even think my mom has hit menopause yet (she just turned 46 on Easter day), so I'm not too worried yet.
AFM - Glad it's Thursday today. I'm ready for the weekend. I'm hoping to box some stuff up that we don't use and to get started on putting things into storage for when we sell our house. Even if I don't get a new job in the very near future, it will be nice to have that dirty work out of the way when we are ready to sell this house.
Mary - I forgot you mom was so young! She has the same birthday as my sister.
So, Oliver woke from his nap with a 103F fever. Ick. He's acting pretty much fine, so I'm guessing it's a virus, maybe Roseola. Lovely since we have a birthday party to go to Saturday. Hopefully my inlaws can babysit if he's still not well enough (the host has a 3 month old, so I don't want to bring a sick baby.)
Virginia - boo to the fever! I hope it's a virus that passes quickly!
Mary - GL packing things up! My house is like a playland circus. UGH. I'm looking forward to Rory getting older and being able to put the baby stuff away again. Swing, jumparoo, pack n play etc. they take up so much room!
I'm pretty sure my family tends to be a bit on the early side for menopause. Not anything scary early but on the early end of normal.
We still seem to be on the mend here. YAY for that. Rory is still coughing but generally happy. I got some cleaning in today for the first time in way too long. Sick kids = messy house! Now Rory is napping in my lap.
Katie, glad everyone is on the mend! I cleaned the crap out of my house today, too! It's the first rainy day we've had in ages, so Xander wasn't bugging me to go outside all morning. heh.
Mary, hope all the packing went well!
Virginia, sorry Oliver is sick. At least he's acting happy, though.
AFM, Just waiting around... I'm 6dpo today and don't have anything too exciting to report at this time. Some weird cramping in my uterus that isn't the normal type of cramping I'd get, so that's good. I've also been a little more emotional the last few days, like things making me tear up. That's not normal behavior for me, but it's not something I'd look at as a pregnancy symptom either. I looked at my notes from when I got pregnant with Xander and I didn't get any real symptoms til 7/8dpo besides cramping and tender nipples. So we'll see what the next few days hold! If I get any symptoms I plan on testing on Tuesday. If I have zero symptoms I'll wait til AF or Friday...
your chart looks great, Lauren!
Lauren - Good luck! I hope to see some pee stick pics soon!
Virginia - How is Oliver? I hope he's feeling better.
Katie - Same post as Virginia's, but replace Oliver with Rory. Too many sick babies around here lately.
AFM - Pretty productive day... Went to grocery store, got oil change, lunch at Panera, took like a 2-hr nap (yes, I TOTALLY count that as productive!). It's rainy and blah here today, but supposed to get up around 80 degrees tomorrow, so I do look forward to that.
Ahhh! Just saw the announcement up top about the 2013 birth boards being added. It actually got me a little excited. Right now with the daunting tasks of selling a house, buying/building a new one, getting a new job, etc... TTC is not even a thought in my mind. But then yesterday, another college friend gave birth to a new little girl (they were team green). The baby was born on her daddy's 30th birthday. So anyway, that started a mild twinge of baby fever and then I see the 2013 birth boards!
Lauren - GL! I'm excited for testing time for you
Virginia - Hope the boys are all doing better!
Mary - YAY for 2013 babies lol None for me that year....I've done '09 and '11 but no '13. Maybe '14 but we'll see.
AFM - NYC was SO much fun. While watching Newsies the movie on repeat as a kid wasn't necessary to enjoy the play I'm pretty sure at least 75% of the audience fell in to that category. It was clearly a late 20s early 30s audience and people were clapping before songs started. Nothing like the typically a little stuffy Broadway crowd. I've seen other Disney productions -- Lion King, Aida etc on Broadway and they definitely didn't have the same feel. We also visited the 9/11 memorial which was beautiful and sad all at once. And we had some lunch and enjoyed a lovely day. It was very fun, a nice break from home and good time spent with my mom and sis. Now I'm waiting for dh to get home from the golf store (he's obsessed with his new clubs lol) and then taking Evan for a much needed haircut!
Katie - Glad you had a good time! It's so weird, I swear I've never heard of Newsies! I'm going to have to look it up and watch it, hahah.
AFM - World's worst sleep two nights in a row. I swear I don't know how much more sleep deprivation a person can take. I really hope Calvin cuts some teeth soon. 13 months and he still only has 7 teeth (and one of those is pretty recent). I swear Sean had all kinds of molars and cuspids and everything else by now. Little dude is SLOW with the teething and I just want to get it done! It wasn't just him, though... I just felt weird, restless, insomniac last night. The previous night, it was because the bar was loud. Soooo hate that place.
I'm procrastinating this morning... MUST get ready for work. Blaaah... So tired.
Lauren - boo to your temp drop! 9 dpo would be early for AF, right? Maybe it's implantation?
Mary - I hope Cal gets some teeth soon. Oliver is working on his molars now. It's no fun.
Katie - glad you had fun!
Oliver's doing better. He perked up quickly. We had a crazy weekend. B-day party for a friend's 2 girls at a petting farm Saturday and a family expedition all day yesterday. whew. While we were out yesterday I saw way too many pregnant women (One had her husband taking maternity photos so I offered to take a few). Definitely set off the baby fever. Spring is pretty good at doing that. But... 6 months isn't that long. I can wait.
Katie, glad Rory is feeling better. I haven't heard of Newsies either and I thought I knew every Disney movie!! Glad you had a fun weekend with your mom and sister!
Mary, sorry about the crummy sleep. Boooo! GL finding the motivation to get ready for work. If you find any, send some my way!
Virginia, so glad Oliver is feeling better! OMG how did you already see my temp? I literally just put it in before coming here! HAHAHA! Anyway, yeah big temp drop - BUT 1) I was up for a minute before I took it because DH woke me out of a dead sleep saying we needed to get Xander, and I went on autopilot and went into his room before going "crap!" and going back to take my temp (but they say that usually raises your temp, so, um...) AND 2) I had the exact. same. thing. happen when I got pregnant with Xander. Huge temp drop at 10dpo (I'm 9/10dpo right now - chart says 9, but I'm more like 10 because I O'd late at night and technically O'd the day before it says I did). Anyway, I had the same thing happen before, then my temp skyrocketed and I was pregnant. This hasn't happened to me in the last 3 cycles, so I'm actually looking at it as a really good thing. Usually my temp doesn't drop til CD2 after AF has already started.
So yeah, I'm still in baby! I think I'll test tomorrow unless I get some spotting or something today. If that happens I'll hold off until I get AF or it's Friday. Whichever comes first. I've been having a lot of cramping. Sometimes it feels like AF-type cramping and other times it feels completely different, more like pulling. But then it'll feel like AF cramping again. So I don't know. No other symptoms at this point besides feeling completely unhinged. I've been such a mega B the last few days. I'm snapping constantly and just not in a good mood. BUT I can get in that mood before AF too, so I can't really look at it as a pregnancy symptom. By this point with Xander I had had some nausea, sensitivity to the smell of beef and curry, super sore breasts, etc. None of that this time. But that doesn't mean anything since every pregnancy is different. I'm just trying not to think about it much and will take whatever comes.
Katie - Glad you enjoyed your trip to NY. I went to the Lion King production in Toronto when Dana was about 6 and it was wonderful, lots of parents with kids, plenty of fun.
Mary - Sorry to hear about the rough sleep, hope Calvin's teeth come through and you get a peaceful night one day soon.
Virginia - Your weekend sounds busy but fun.
Lauren - Yeah pregnancy symptoms can be sooo different, I know my pregnancies were drastically different from the get go.
Dana's hockey season is finally over which is a relief cause the coach is an @$$. They had 3 guarenteed games this weekend for the Provincials (2 Friday, 1 Saturday), our understanding was that he would play Dana in goal for the first game and then put the other goalie in for the second, it makes sense so no one is fatigued for a game. Anyway he decided to play the other goalie for both games on Friday, the girl tied the first game and lost the second (probably cause she was tired from the morning game). when DH went to ask the coach why, so he could explain to Dana the reason behind her not playing the coach got snappy with him. Unfortunately on Saturday DH brought us to the wrong rink (20 minutes from where we should have been), and the game ended up starting early so Dana was late, she did get to play half the game and did alright but her team was so outplayed that they lost that final game. Though the actual hockey stuff was crappy Dana did get to hang out with her team mates, she enjoyed that time so it wasn't a total loss.
Tryouts for next years team start next weekend, though after the tryouts are over we are free for the summer.
Nat's been moody lately screaming and taking fits on a regular basis, no real reason, guess its just the age/phase.
At work today really should start getting some stuff done.
Lauren - sounds like it's an awesome sign! I've never had an implantation dip. All your other symptoms sound good, too. I sometimes temp a little after getting up and it doesn't really make much difference for me.
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Congrats again! Super excited for you. Are you hoping for a boy or a girl? I can send blue vibes your way, but if you want pink vibes I'll steer clear.
AFM: we had Oliver's 1 year photos taken this morning. I almost didn't do it because we just did family pics last month. But... I did it for the others so I figured I had to. He was awesome. Almost every photo the woman took was wonderful. It was tough to narrow them down. Of course, after spending a long time choosing his outfit I mostly order pictures taken in just his cloth diaper.
Just realized I'll probably O right around Oliver's birthday... just like I did want Alex turned one and I got pregnant within a day of his birthday. Still not ready.
Lauren - Again Congrats! Look to me for pink vibes.
Virginia - I am sure those 1 year pics will be well worth it down the line. Funny that you picked a lot of unclothed pics. Better be careful around Oliver's birthday if you aren't ready to be preggo again.
Virginia - Love the new siggy pic. It cracks me up, hahaha. Glad the photo shoot went well.
Lauren - Congrats again!!!
Amanda - Will Dana have a different coach next hockey season? Seems like you had nothing but problems with this one.
AFM - Exhausted. It has been a hell week at work. I'm supposed to be in my 9-day week, but thank goodness I signed up like a month ago for a voluntary day off this Friday. So that will split it into two 4's with a day off in the middle. SO much better. I swear I need it for my mental health.
Enjoy your mental health day, Mary! I think I need a few of those. DH has been working late nights most of the time for the past 3 weeks. And we were busy all Easter weekend and all this past weekend. I haven't had a decent chance to catch my breath in almost a month! Thankfully, it's 7:15 and the two big boys are asleep. Oliver's crying in his crib, though. He usually just goes down, but not tonight. Of course.
ETA: Lauren - I asked Raymond if you were going to have a boy or a girl. He said girl. His record for guessing is great... as long as you take into account that he has been 100% wrong with every guess he's made.
Mary - Sorry to hear your week has been rough, glad to hear it's not 9 days though.
Virginia - Hope oliver settled down so that you got some R&R tonight.
Dana will have a different coach next year and if he does end up coaching Bantam we won't put her on that team. He's a highschool teacher too and if in grade 9 she ends up with him we will withdrawl her from his class, yes thats how much I dislike the guy.
After Nat was in bed I just mucked about on the internet taking it easy. I'll watch Game of Thrones and then head to bed soon.
Amanda, I'm glad Dana will get a different coach next year!
Mary, horray for bonus day off!
Virginia, love the new pics. haha. Thanks for the prediction, Raymond! haha. Honestly, I have no preference as to boy or girl. It'd be nice to have a girl because it'd be nice to have one of each, but at the same time I think having two boys would be a lot of fun - plus I have tons of clothes!
AFM, not much going on. I have one more test and will probably use it tomorrow just to "make sure" before I run to the doctors office to verify my pregnancy. They just use in IC type test there, so I didn't want to go when I was 10dpo on Tues, just in case it didn't register. I'll be 13dpo tomorrow, though, so it should show. Then I can schedule my first appt, which won't be until 7/8 weeks. I have to take Xander with me, though, so that should be interesting. He HATES the doctors office and cries the second we walk in the waiting room. I'm hoping if I explain to him that we're there for ME and that no one will touch him that he'll be okay. Plus he'll get an Elmo sticker from reception. hahaha.
Mary - yay for a mental health day breaking up the 9 day stretch! 9 days is brutal!
Amanda - definitely protect your daughter, I'm all for not subjecting kids to people who are nasty. Hope that all works out
Virginia - OMG your siggy pic! I LOVE IT! They all look so big though! You're going to have to TTC soon Such a great pic though.
Lauren - CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! I'll go post in the other thread too but YAY for a new prego!
AFM - nothing exciting here. Boys have stayed healthy, Rory goes tomorrow to have his ears rechecked and get his shots if all is well. He's a rolling machine now so I can no longer leave him on our bed unattended (I used to leave him there while I showered in the morning etc). Our weekend is quiet. DH bought new golf clubs (I have heard about NOTHING but golf clubs for weeks......I get that it's an expensive investment but seriously I don't care about drivers and irons and whatever else) so he's hoping to get out golfing at some point.
Amanda - I'm glad Dana will have a different coach next year. I hope she has a much better season.
Lauren - GL with the doc and Xander. Can you bring some little gift for him (if the sticker isn't incentive enough)? Alex will do almost anything for a matchbox car. I actually brought Raymond to all my appointments when I was pregnant with Alex. It wasn't too bad, but he was younger and has never minded the doctor's office. He loved hearing the HB on the doppler.
Katie - yay for healthy boys! GL keeping up with Rory.
AFM: got some sleep last night, but I was up 3-4 times with the boys. Hopefully tonight will be better.
In the siggy pic I had spent the day running the big boys around playgrounds and such in the hot weather. So, they crashed on the couch around dinner time. I couldn't resist the chance to get an easy pic of the three, so I put Oliver with them. Yeah, Katie, they are big. It feels kind of weird to have that first bday coming and not be TTC. But, I like the idea of a little more time between them.
I have my 2 year old pulling me away from the computer, but just wanted to say CONGRATS LAUREN!! GL taking DS to the doc's office with you (and don't worry - my DD went through that phase, but has gotten much better after going to a bazillion dr appts for DS)
Virginia, sorry the boys were up so much. That's gotta be rough!
Katie, hope Rory's appt goes well. lol at your DH and his golf clubs.
AFM, Doctors appointment went well. Xander was a good boy because I told him that I had to go pee pee for the doctor. So the ENTIRE time we were in the waiting room he kept excitedly saying "Mommy pee pee Cocktor" (he didn't get the D right, haha). So that was cute, though embarrassing. haha. However, he saw our usual nurse for all of 2 seconds and almost started bawling. I guess I know the problem! She's the one that gives him shots! HA! She's this older woman and she's very hot-and-cold. She's either in a great mood and super nice or she's a total B. Guess what her mood was today? She acted like I was absolutely insane for even coming in there to confirm my pregnancy (even though it's what I was told to do) and then after she said it was positive she had to throw in "oh, but it was very very faint" and kind of shook her head at me as if she was implying my pregnancy was doomed or something. It's like, um, I'm 3w6d, of course it's faint! You use IC tests! She just had this tone with me the whole time. I only wanted to confirm now so I could set up my appt. Those slots fill FAST and I need a morning slot, so I wanted to do it asap. But due to her mood she wouldn't let me set up my appt before 12 weeks! TWELVE! WTF? I got in at 8 weeks last time! I mentioned that and she was like "well we can't even hear the heartbeat until 11 weeks and we just don't do appts before 12." Keep in mind I was not being pushy or anything, I was being a normal nice human being. I wasn't pushing for an early appt or anything. I just don't know why she had to be that way with me... So I don't even see my doctor until JUNE 22! I will be almost done with the first trimester! Now for me this isn't a huge deal, I KNOW how to take care of myself during pregnancy... But what about other moms-to-be that are clueless and aren't able to check the Internet for information on diet, exercise, self-care, etc. You're having these women go through their entire first trimester with absolutely no guidance. I don't get it, but whatever.
Sorry, rant over. haha.
sorry the nurse was such a pain, Lauren. You could always call back later and try to reschedule.
AFM: CD13 and my body is doing absolutely nothing. I kind of like it. Oliver has been nursing a lot, so I should probably thank him.
I'm feeling pretty crummy right now. It's probably the stress and lack of sleep over the past few weeks. But, a few weeks ago DH was trying to decide whether to take this week or next off from work (he has vacation to use up) and he scheduled this week then I pushed him to change it because this was school vacation week (not for us, but most in the area) and I though it would be better to be off when the big kids were in school. So, he changed it. Now this week the weather has been beautiful every day and next week they're forecasting rain every day. I feel terrible.
ETA: okay, so I just remembered what I wanted to type. DH and I have been invited to a wedding. This is big news, since the only weddings we've attended were our own and my sister's. We're pretty popular folks. :rolleyes: So, how do I decide what I should wear? I know nothing about style or dresses or anything. Is it acceptable to wear the bridesmaid dress from my sister's wedding? I think it's this dress (or close enough) in pretty much that color. Maybe a little more teal http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-Satin-Dress-with-Sweetheart-Neckline-83259_Bridal-Party-Bridesmaids-All-Bridesmaid-Dresses
I hope it still fits (I was 8w pregnant) I should probably check that, huh? Oh, and it's an evening outdoor wedding in late June.
Lauren - Sorry your nurse was a big B. Don't let her ruin your excitement! I think with Sean, my first appointment was at 8 weeks, so it's not like you're abnormal in expecting to get in sooner than 12 weeks. After the m/c and then all the bleeding with Calvin, I pretty much spent my entire first trimester in the doc's office with Calvin. :roll:
Virginia - I would think that dress is appropriate. I'm in my SIL's wedding here in about 4 weeks. It's the first wedding for us since our own webbing 3.5 years ago, hahah. It's kinda nice to be a bridesmaid, so I don't have to worry about what to wear. I hope your DH's vacation ends up a nice one.
Katie - LOL at your DH's fixation on the golf clubs. My mgr at work always asks me if my husband golfs, because he's all into golf and wants to talk about it. Hahaha... So that reminded me of him. And no, my DH doesn't really golf.
AFM - My day off work was okay. Sean was a crabby butt for the first half of the day. We were up too late last night, so it's probably our fault more than his, but it made for a less-then-fun morning. I made veggie soup for dinner and Calvin loved it. He was chowing, hahaha. Oh, and we got a check for almost $400 for over-paying our escrow, woohoo... Like finding money you forgot you had. We'll put it into the savings for our next house. We're motivated to get out of here, but the hardest part is finding me new employment. Oh well, we have plenty of time, especially if we're going to build a house.
Lauren - I think you're totally right, that seems late! My doc always does an early apt to review history, go over the basics etc etc It was lame for me but necessary for many I'm sure! And Evan came with me to most my apts. I kept him strapped in his stroller though - if not he'd have been all over the room. Sit still isn't really his gig! He's getting better though he's come to the ped with Rory a couple times and basically sat in place when asked.
Virginia - I think it depends on the wedding. Evening, outdoor, late June I think that dress would work. Satin is typically a more formal evening fabric so if it's a really low key wedding you might be over dressed.....if it's formal (DH in a suit) to black tie I'd think you'd be fine. I always complain to DH when we have something like this b/c he is always safe. He can always wear a suit and be ok. I have a plethora of levels of dressed up I COULD be and it's stressful! Luckily most of our friends have fairly laid back weddings so it's not so hard to figure out. THe last wedding we went to was a lesbian couple finally able to marry after 15 years together, they didn't wear dresses, not your typical wedding
Mary - YAY for found money! That is the best. I'm sure you'll find something and like you said you have time. Might as well save now DH loves to golf....he doesn't have a ton of time TO golf but clubs last a long time so he'll get plenty of use out of them. I just want him to share his love with someone who cares LOL
The weather is so nice here! We've been out playing and enjoying. I think we;re going to go this week and order a playset for the yard. I'm excited. They will come install it etc. Evan will LOVE it. Oh I LOVE summer!!
Virginia - honestly, I think that dress is a little too formal unless, like Katie said, you know this is a fancy schmancy wedding and everyone is going to be in suits and stuff. Most outdoor summer weddings I've been to are more laid back and most guests are wearing sundresses and the like. Only the wedding party tends to wear fancier stuff. You might want to ask some other people. Even just flat-out ask the bride if need be!
Mary - horray for extra money! Glad you got to add to the house fund.
Katie - I'm sure the boys would love a playset!
AFM, got a big glob of brown CM this morning, so that sucks. I had the same thing happen with Xander a few times, so I'm trying not to worry. As long as it's brown and not very much I'll look at it as normal. And like I said, it's the CM, not straight up blood if you kwim. Fingers crossed that it doesn't turn into anything more. Especially because my in-laws are here for the weekend and I really don't want to deal with that while they're here. They went with DH and Xander to tumbling, so I get a little bit of alone time to just sit here and relax and drink tons of water.
Lauren - I hope it's just some old blood left over from implantation. You gave me flash backs to my pregnancy with Calvin when you mentioned you didn't want to deal with it for your IL visit. My SIL and BIL-to-be were in town visiting from St. Louis when I hit the peak of my bleeding with Calvin. They were supposed to stay at my house for Labor Day weekend. They showed up late Friday night, like near midnight, and it was right then that my bleeding started. It was HEAVY and scary, and my m/c was fresh in my brain. So I trapped myself in my bedroom like a hermit the next morning while DH entertained them and our kids, and occasionally brought me food/drinks. We made them go stay with MIL and FIL for the rest of the weekend. I was able to get in to see my OB on Monday, even though it was Labor Day (I was worried they'd be closed). My bleeding had stopped by that point, and it never came back. I was around 13 weeks at that point.
Katie - Yay for a new play set. I was soooo excited last year when we ordered ours. I hope it's easy for us to take with us whenever we do get to move.
AFM - Thank goodness we managed to get some good sleep last night. I was at the point of sleep deprivation where I start to get super evil, hahaha. The bar was HORRIFIC on Friday night, but thankfully they were pretty quiet last night. And the kids slept well... They must have been exhausted too, because they both passed out on my lap on the couch at 7:30-7:45pm. It was sweet. Sean was curled up under my left arm. Calvin was on my right, sleeping on his belly with his head on my lap. Soooo sweet. Then they pretty much stayed out until 8:45 this morning!! I needed that!
Lauren - I hope it's nothing. Early pregnancy is so scary KUP
Mary - ugh to the bar! BOO! I'm glad it was quiet last night. I know you cosleep (slept?) w/both boys -- are they both still sleeping with you? Just wondering if you had any luck transitioning either one and if so HOW (and when). Lord love a duck Rory does not sleep on his own. I usually do get him down in his crib for an hour or two in the early part of the night (like 9-11) which gives me a couple non-kid hours at night but since he got sick when he wakes up around 11 he will NOT go back to bed on his own. Prior to getting sick he was sleeping on his own from like 9-1 or 2 straight.....but that hasn't happened in a few weeks now. The other night I thought I'd prepare myself for battle and get him back down in his crib. He woke up at 10 and i thought he would go back down if I just stayed consistent. Well at 12:30 after 2.5 hours of Rocking him, settling him, putting him in his crib, letting him cry for 10 minutes then going back in I gave up. He is stronger willed than mama He likes to eat all night long too. Evan was such a good sleeper and Rory is just awful LOL