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I suppose we ought to start on April since it's the 2nd now, haha. Wink Can't believe I'm having a baby next month (honestly, I think it will be this month, just a hunch)... Wow!

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Wow, April already!?

Mary - yay it's almost baby time! lol at the crying, I think we all get that way in the end.

Virginia - Sorry about all the potty issues. That would be so frustrating... Yay for a new jogging stroller!

AFM - I think I'm going to stop pumping at night. No real supply issues, per say, but sometimes Benjamin doesn't eat the greatest. I've been giving him one 4-5 oz bottle every evening for awhile, which means me pumping before bed, after Benjamin eats in the middle of the night, and first thing in the morning after he eats to get the extra milk. If he has this one bottle per day he gains weight okay - about 4-6 oz per week (I make little babies, heh), but if he doesn't get this bottle he tends to gain 2-3 oz per week, which is just too little... However, lately now that he's older he's nursing a lot better and looks like he's filling out more, so I wonder if that's true anymore. I don't go see the LC weekly for weigh ins anymore, so I won't know until our 4 mo appt at the end of the month. I may keep pumping until that time, just to see where his weight falls, and decide whether to keep pumping in the middle of the night or not. It just doesn't seem worth it since I pump right after feeding him. Most nights I only get 1-1 1/2 oz because he eats so well. Every so often I'll get more if he's extra sleepy and doesn't nurse as well... So you can imagine how frustrating it is to be sitting downstairs awake every single night when I'm getting so little.

I am considering just dropping all this pumping business, though. Not all at once, gradually, for obvious reasons. It's just so much for work a grand total of 4-5 oz. The thing is, he eats quite well. Lots of gulping, tons of wet diapers, regular poopy diapers, etc. I think I just make babies with a really good metabolism. Xander was the same way, just a slow gainer. So really I should just stop worrying about it unless he falls off the charts or something, which I don't think will happen.

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Yay for April, now some tell Mother Nature I don't appreciate all this SNOW! Seriously!

Nothing new to report, didn't get to see my dad yesterday cause my mom was sick (nothing serious), she took the day to rest. Should be going and seeing him today. I know it sounds odd but i want to talk to him even though he is sedated, let him know i love him and miss him, we normally visit my parents house every couple of weeks. I know it probably will do more for me then him but anything to help.

Natalie went to a sports club yesterday, they do 4 sports over 10 week, she really enjoyed it, this week concluded the soccer section. The next two weeks are t-ball, followed by mini basketball then hockey. I put her in the sports club to see what she enjoys most, I'll enroll her in what she likes most over the summer.

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Lauren: kuddos for getting up to pump at night for this long! I'm 99% sure I would never stick with it this long, but I'm a baby and need my sleep at night!!

Mary: can't believe baby day is around the corner for you! I wasn't pregnant yet when I signed DD up for preschool last summer and still got a bit choked up. That being said, preschool was the best thing I've done for her and her social skills have gotten amazing, aside from the actual stuff the learn about which I'm pretty impressed with as well. Sorry you're feeling under the weather today Sad

Virginia: woohoo for a free jogger! GL with the clean-up. And yikes to Oliver not wanting to keep diapers on, sounds like a huge PITA! Hope you find a solution soon.

Amanda: glad to hear your dad is stable. Lots of positive vibes for him in his recovery :vibes:

Katie: WTG Evan! We still don't have Brekke trained at night completely even though she's been day trained for like a year now. My DH wet the bed until he like 7 so we may have a long term issue on our hands with her; she'll do great for several nights in a row then fall off the wagon for a few. It's frustrating but what do ya do?

After a week, Dane is doing *okay* in his toddler bed. He has a hard time with the freedom and tends to get out and lay by the door and kick it. The last few days I've just let him fall asleep there and then move him into his bed. We're leaving town for a week on Sunday so I'm sure that'll just mess it all up again since I'll be putting him in a pack and play on the trip (no other option really). Oh well. Hopefully he'll have it figured out by the time the baby gets here. He sleeps in it great once he's asleep even if he wakes up at night.

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Mary - are you going for the last day of the month again? Wink

Ashley - you're getting pretty close, too! 31 weeks. wow.

Amanda - I hope you get to visit your dad soon. GL.

Lauren - Have you considered pumping before he nurses? That way you'd get milk easily and it would be the watery stuff. Sure he'd have to work harder, but it's easier for a baby than a pump to get the milk out. And he'd get the really good thicker milk.

ETA: any creative ideas for how to tell the kids? If things go well at the u/s Monday we'll finally be telling them.

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Virginia - I am secretly aiming for April 30th, hahaha. It will certainly make it easy to remember all their birthdays if they're all born on the last day of the month, haha. Not that I should have any trouble with that since I'm a sentimental fool and remember dates for everything. April 30th also happens to be my parents' 30th wedding anniversary, so that would be extra cool.

I'm not sure on ideas for telling the kids. I can't even really remember how we told Sean. I think the first time we talked to him about it was early on when we were playing with the doppler at home... Explained to him that there was a baby in my belly and the sound was its heart beating. I still don't think Calvin entirely understands what's going on.

Lauren - Good luck with the pumping situation. I don't really look forward to it again. I've been dreading going back to work and pumping. I had a routine down in my old store for pumping at work, after doing it for 2 babies there. But being at my new store, I have to go through the whole "new and awkward" thing again. Blah. I guess I have a few months before I need to worry about that, but I hate it.

Ashley - Glad Dane is doing pretty well with his toddler bed. I hope you've got a good routine before baby comes. That's what we're trying to work on here, too.

Amanda - I hope your dad is doing better and that you get to see him soon.

AFM - Sick AGAIN. WTF??? We got to bed sorta late Tuesday night because the kids weren't cooperating. Finally got to bed, then I woke up at 3-3:30am feeling REALLY nauseated. I took some zofran and a pepcid, then went and laid on the floor next to the bed. Couldn't bring myself to get back in yet. DH rubbed my back a bit. Ended up with diarrhea.. Fun stuff. I figured I'd be okay, so I got up at 6 when my alarm went off, still felt sick, but got ready for work. It was too late to find someone to cover my shift. I felt like I was going to throw up, so I found an empty plastic shopping bag to take with me. It's a good thing I did... I made it close to work, probably 5-10 minutes away, and I had to pull off on a side street to throw up, OMG. So horrible!! Thank goodness for my plastic bag. I had already told my coworker I was sick and asked her to come in early. She said she could be there at noon, and I had told her that was okay. After I puked in the bag, I texted her back and told her what happened, said I don't think I can make it till noon. Thank goodness, she agreed to leave right away and made it there shortly after 9, so I was only at work for about an hour, and then today is my day off. I came home from work after that and literally laid in bed the rest of the day. I got up a couple times to pee and that was it. I slept most of the day and pretty much all night too. Ugh. Feeling better today as far as the stomach stuff goes, but still just drained of energy. I had a NST this morning, which I was glad about because baby was lethargic. Thankfully, he did well on the NST. The nurse commented that I had lost weight since my last visit, so I told her it was probably from being sick... I'm sure it was. I had only a few saltines yesterday and a little bit of water.

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ETA: any creative ideas for how to tell the kids? If things go well at the u/s Monday we'll finally be telling them.

You could buy them a few baby things and let them guess the surprise? Like some tiny diapers, a pacifier, etc? Not sure if they would "get" that but it might be fun for them to open things.

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Mary - I'm so sorry you're sick! That sounds absolutely awful. Sad I'm glad the NST went well, though.

Virginia - I don't think we even really told Xander in any special way. Just started talking about the baby in my belly when I started to show. Whatever we did worked, because he seemed to know what was going on by the time Benjamin got here. lol As for pumping before I feed him, well he goes to bed at 6:30-7ish and doesn't wake up to eat until 3:30 am, so he eats pretty much everything I've got going on in there! That's why I only pump about an ounce... He seriously eats and eats and eats, so I don't really want to pump first and take too much out. More on pumping below...

Amanda - that sports thing sounds awesome! Glad Nat had a blast.

Ash - oh how sad about Dane lying by his door! You'll totally laugh about that years down the road, especially once he has kids of his own.

AFM - I didn't pump last night. I opted to bring Benjamin back into bed with us to nurse on-and-off all night after I fed him at 3:30. That worked great. I feel like a real human being today after getting almost a full night of sleep, so I think I'm going to give up the pumping at that time. I just can't handle it anymore. I don't plan on making it a habit of bringing him into bed with us at that time, but I may for a few nights to adjust my supply slowly. I'm hoping to eliminate the rest of the pumping in the coming months, though I won't start eliminating any other pumping sessions til after his next doctors appt to see what he weighs.

We finally got a gorgeous day outside! We spent a lot of time outside after nap and it was wonderful. Ah vitamin D!

I think Xander officially has allergies. I suspected he would since last year he kind of did, but this year it's obvious. Poor guy has a really runny nose. At least he's 3 and will be able to take some childrens allergy medicine. I hate to give him meds, but he's miserable and since I have horrible allergies too I know how much it sucks. At least it only lasts about a month...

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ugh, m/s is staging a come back. I've been so tired and more nauseous again.

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Lauren: bummer about Xander's allergies. Brekke has them too but my DH has HORRIBLE allergies to pretty much everything aside from foods (thank goodness) and has been doing the allergy immunity building shots for years to help them so I expect our kids to get them. Maybe once every few years I'll get hit with spring allergies but that's it. We finally got some nice weather that past few days too...sooooo much nicer to be outside with the kids than stuck indoors! Today is pouring rain though so guess we're on lockdown.

Virginia: *hugs* Sorry the m/s is haunting you again Sad Hope it's short lived. Mine lasted until 14 1/2 weeks this time and I was so over it!

Baby has been head down for about a month now, but somehow yesterday he was kicking right where his head should be and killing me! Seriously don't know how people with breech babies function getting hit in the cervix by strong feet, heads & hands are bad enough! So I'm not sure if he was being a contortionist and had just moved on an angle or if he fully flipped for a while, but he seems to be back kicking my ribs this morning which I'm thankful for on many levels.

I couldn't sleep last night (didn't help DD was having bad dreams and couldn't settle for almost 2 hours) and when I can't sleep, I think about baby names and seriously nothing seems to fit this baby. GRR! We have about 4 names we are considering at this point but I just wish something felt right. Maybe something else will just magically appear here in the next 2 months like it did with Dane or when we see him one of the names will fit. Actually, one of the names I think we could easily agree on but I have a hold up with the fact that I have a [horny, irresponsible] little cousin who had a "secret" baby with some random chick about a year ago (we didn't know about it until after he was born and this is the second time for him in this situation) and the mom named him this name we're considering. Very likely we'll never even see this kid, but my aunt and grandma do from time to time and I think it would be strange for my grandma to have 2 of her only 5 great grandkids have the same name...what do you think? DH says it isn't that big of a deal.

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My m/s has never really cleared up before 14 weeks. Last time it took until 16 weeks for me to get off the zofran.

Ashley - my mom and her older sister were both pregnant at the same time. I was born several months before my cousin and my mom named me after her mom. My aunt flipped out because she had been planning to use my name for her kid. My mom told her to go ahead and use it, too. She didn't, and it would have been a little weird for me if she had. But I saw that cousin 2-4 times a year growing up.

Then, when I was pregnant with Raymond, DH's cousin had a baby girl and used the exact name I wanted for a girl. Same first, middle, and last. They live across the country and I've only met the cousin once years ago. We're unlikely to see them often, but DH still doesn't feel comfortable using the name (not that it's ever really been an issue since we have boys).

So... it's a tough call. I'd say if you both really like the name then keep it in the running. If there's another you like just as much, maybe it could help sway you towards that name instead.

ETA: Mary and Ashley, we need more belly pics! I'm going to take one and try to get it up (if the boys let me). I feel like it's been ages since we saw new ones from either of you!

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Ashley - Tricky situation with the naming. I don't think I could do it, but I'm weird about not wanting to know ANYONE with the names I pick (that's why it's so difficult for me to find names, because I also don't want them to be overly weird names, haha). You might not really ever see the kid again, but will it be weird if you see your cousin who is the dad?

Lauren - Glad you got a good night of sleep. I hope it continues! OMG, I love sleep so freaking much. Wish I could sleep right now.

Virginia - Sorry the m/s is striking again. I lucked out of it with Calvin, but with Sean and this baby, mine held on for a solid 16 weeks or more. Ugh. So miserable.

AFM - I'm feeling way too pregnant today. I'll be 35 weeks tomorrow, and I feel like I can't possibly go on another day. I think being sick the last couple days, then having to go stand at work all day today certainly did not help the situation. I'm not convinced I'll make it to my due date, to be honest. I had a lot of contractions today at work. Baby was REALLY active through it all. It felt like he was going to simultaneously pop out through my cervix and kick a hole through my abdomen. OMG. I can't even really blame the contrax on dehydration, because I drank A LOT today at work. Anyway, just resting for now, but I don't have a day off until Tuesday, which is when my next OB appointment is. I sorta managed to skip an appointment, so it will have been a month since I last saw my doc, lol. Oh well. I've still been doing NST's twice weekly, which I figure is more extensive monitoring than anything he'd do in 5 minutes in the office.

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I hope the contractions stop again, Mary. He needs to stay put another 2 weeks!

DH is working later tonight. Honestly, I'm kind of happy about it. He's been coming home just in time to help put the kids to bed then he gets dinner then he wants to hang out and talk. I've put myself on pelvic rest until the SCH heals (except that I do still BF, which I guess isn't really allowed under pelvic rest) so I feel like I should at least stay up and talk if he wants. So I've been getting to bed later than I'd like. But tonight... the kids are in bed, I pulled out a book I haven't read for a long time, I'm going to go take a nice bath and get to bed. I hope.

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Virginia - Sounds like a nice peaceful night. I think I'm long overdue for one of those. I was up at 3am puking again. I swear I'm puking more in the 3rd trimester this time than I did in the first with any of my pregnancies. I went to the hospital again, just because it's not making any sense to me. I've been worried that it's baby/pregnancy-related. But my labs were normal again. Just seems unbelievable to have a stomach bug three times in the span of about 3 months. WOW. Anyway, I'm missing work this weekend. My boss has to hate me. I feel like such an idiot when I miss work, and between these stomach problems and Calvin's arm, I feel like I've missed a lot lately. Oh well. Such is life.

I got to see some fun stuff while I was in the hospital. One girl came in right after me and her water had broken. She was younger, 22, and on her 3rd child (wow, not wasting time!) and she was giving her man a LOT of attitude, lol. She said she had a t-shirt shoved down her pants to absorb the fluid. I was mildly jealous, hahaha. I never get to go into labor on my own. That said, she did say that her first two were inductions and this was her first time going into labor on her own.. So maybe there's hope. Wink

And then as I was leaving, a new mom was being wheeled out to the car to bring home her new baby. OMG, it was so little and precious. I had forgotten how freaking tiny they are when they come out. It gave me just what I needed to get through the next 5 +/- weeks. As I was laying in the hospital feeling like horrid crap, hooked up to all the monitors and IV's and whatnot, I began to really, REALLY dread labor and delivery. But seeing the new sweet babe reminded me of what it's all for. Smile

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Mary I have been following on FB I hope you're doing better!! That pregnant and that sick is an awful combo Sad

Virginia - I hope you're feeling better hoping Monday is great and you can spread the word on baby #4!!

Lauren - You are woman for pumping middle of the night that long! I don't have any advice though b/c I'm apparently from wet nurse lines and my boys were total chunks until about 15 months when they both fell back to around 50-70th percentile in weight. I actually have ~150 oz in my freezer I need to just throw away. Rory still nurses before bed but I think I'lll probably wean him completely in the next few months.

Amanda - I hope your dad is doing better!

Ashley - Glad the bed transition is going OK

Man it's been a long week. My company had lay offs for the first time ever (literally in 80 years first time ever) and it has totally whacked out the dynamic at work. I wasn't touched (only 34 people were so we're not talking major #s but some of the people were long time well respected contributing people) I was actually kind of promoted but it has just created this atmosphere of stress and judging. Looking at people and wondering how they survived when others didn't. It's just messy and ugly and nothing we've ever dealt with. From my end it has only further reinforced that I need to keep my career in perspective and do what I need to do to move it forward, any company loyalty I had was definitely impacted.

To boot Rory got croup this week and daycare called the day they were laying people off. Ugh luckily DH left to get him and stayed home with him. He's doing much better today though and all seems on the mend

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Katie - I hope the croup clears up. It can be scary!

Mary - I hope you feel better soon. Maybe you're getting really sensitive to certain foods or something?

I've started to feel occasional BH. Woohoo. Always starts around 12w for me. And maybe some more little tap type feelings. maybe.

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Virginia - Glad this pregnancy seems to be going along normally, aside from the SCH. Hopefully it managed to clear itself up.

Katie - I hope Rory feels better. Boo for the work layoffs. That's how I felt when my work laid off like 13 pharmacists from my old district. Ugh. Some of them were understandable, others were like, "WTF, why would they get rid of that person?!" That's part of why I get so stressed out when I have to take sick days, like, "Oh no, what if I'm next??" Then again, would they really get rid of a 35-week pregnant woman? That sorta screams law suit to me, haha.

AFM - I've given up on food for the rest of this pregnancy. I can make it 5 weeks on bland diet, right? I need to find a bland source of protein. I know you generally avoid dairy with stomach illness, but I was reading about plain yogurt and how it can benefit. I suppose that makes sense with the active cultures in it. I'm not really fond of the taste of plain yogurt, but it's bland enough and would have some protein. All I've really got otherwise are dry toast, crackers, bananas, applesauce, maybe pretzels or boiled potatoes if I can stomach them. I'm just trying some plain rice right now. Can't even really stomach ginger ale. Gatorade goes down okay, but gives me HORRIBLE heartburn. I swear I just give up until the end. *Sigh*

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Hello all -
Just being lazy this morning. I suppose that's for the best. I need to rest and regain some energy. I feel hungry, but eating is a sore topic. Funny, I was on track to gain way more weight with this bean than the others, and now after being sick so much over the last month, I'm pretty much on par with the others. Of course, I'd rather just gain some extra weight and be able to eat whatever the heck I want. Blah. I told myself I wouldn't do it, but I'm officially wishing the pregnancy away. I want to see his face, feel that super-soft newborn skin, and let my body return to some shred of normalcy. I think this is the earliest I've ever felt "done" but I feel like I'm there already. I'm sure it's mostly just because my morale is low. I'd be gung-ho for another 5 or 6 weeks (lol) if I felt better, could eat/drink whatever I want, etc. Yes, even drinking is a chore. I'd kill for some awesome freaking Mexican food slathered in that fatty white queso sauce now, but of course that would just come right back up, haha. So I'll lay here and think about eating some plain mashed potatoes or something.

ETA: I can tell I'm sitting around more than normal, because I'm the only one here chatting, haha. I have the most unbelievable heartburn. It doesn't respond to pepcid or zantac. OMG, I can't wait to give birth! I've managed to keep in some food today... 2 small bananas, small amounts of applesauce and mashed potatoes, most of a can of chicken noodle soup, and I just tried a small bowl of cereal (which was really daring, and the jury is still out on that one). Better than yesterday, I guess. I'm dreading work tomorrow. I'll probably just take another can of soup or cook some rice or something to take to eat at work.

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Virginia - You could do a craft with the kids that somehow is related to baby. Maybe have them all paint their own I'm going to be a big brother shirt. That could also be your announcement for family by giving a picture of the boys in the shirts.

Sorry about the M/S I was never spared it with either of my pregnancies so I feel for you.

Mary - Spring has been pretty rough for sickness in our household too, hope everyone is better soon.

Lauren - Sounds like you are figuring out a good night routine. Sorry to hear Xander has allergies.

Ashley - Good luck with the name. My grandma and great aunt (who are sisters) used the same name with their sons. My aunt asked permission first though. So I don't think there will be too much issue with using the same name.

*AFM*

My great aunt, who is a nurse, came up on the weekend to see my dad, she believes the local hospital could be doing more for him. Her and my mom are going today to have a talk with the doctors, they might try and have him transfered to a different hospital to get better treatment. I really am glad that we have someone in the family that is a professional in the medical field.

Provincials for Dana's hockey team didn't go so well, they got eliminted pretty quick. We got to see the Canadian Women's Hockey team kick Finland's teams butt 8-0 that hockey game was fun. The weekend over all was pretty good.

The animals were well behaved while we were away, I always worry about them so that was good too.

Was sick last night, pretty sure it was food poisoning, cause I was ill and then nothing all night or this morning.

Today I am in the office, should be working but having a difficult time for lots of reasons, lack of sleep over the weekend and my dad being in hospital are two of them.

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I need a hair cut, my bangs are awful, still too short cause the last girl butchered them, the back is too long so that needs trimming up. I'll ask for Krys since when I had her she did my hair PERFECT, she also knew exactly what I wanted, maybe she can fix the hack job from last cut.

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I was over on the birth boards looking at 2009 (Natalie's year of birth) and a lot of them are closed, when opening the 2014 boards they closed February 2009 it's kinda sad. I do keep in touch with some of the ladies from the group over on Facebook though.

On a more happy note, I've known most of you ladies on here for 5 years can you believe it?

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I did a big update over on October about my u/s today
http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/october-2013-779/nt-scan-probable-gender-705656/#post9066477

ETA: I'm also curious, since it seems like most of us are on our last or about to TTC our last baby (DH and I are pretty sure this will be the last one) what are your BC plans after you're "done"? I'm still feeling very uncomfortable with the idea of anything permanent, and wary of something like an IUD.

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DH got the snip so we are done. My advice don't do anything permanent if either of you are unsure. I had to deal with a lot of negative emotions after DH got the big V. I know that we did the right thing but it was still very difficult.

Congrats on a good scan and another possible boy.

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Hi ladies

Do you mind if I rain on your parade? lol.

I feel like chatting Smile

Soo, I have been on preg org since September 2007 (when I found out I was preg with DD) and even though I only have her and she's almost 5, I still post here a lot. My BB was June 08 and it actually is busier than a lot of the more recent ones - I love that - although we do keep in touch and facebook.

I am totally ready for number 2.

I have had a few times where I have thought I would be pregnant and to my disappointment haven't been.

We go on vacation in 6 weeks and we have finally decided that is when we will start trying officially Smile

I am sooooooooooooooooo excited about and DD of course is so ready to be a big sister. I won't feel complete until I have at least one more Wink

xx

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Welcome Kristi! How exciting that you're about to TTC soon, yay! We always love to see new BFP's in here (more pregos to stalk, haha). Your DD is almost exactly a year older than my DS1. He was born June 30, 2009. Don't they grow too fast?!

Virginia - Soooooo relieved that your u/s went well! I'm so excited for you that the SCH's disappeared. That has to be a huge relief. WOW for likely another boy! What is it with us and our amazing boy-making powers? Hahaha. Wink As for the post-baby BC, I'm in the EXACT same boat as you. I'm 100% against anything permanent at this point... Just not ready to make the commitment. I like the IDEA of an IUD, but in practice, I am wary. In fact, there's a girl on my Feb 2011 board who is newly pregnant and she had the Mirena in. They did an u/s, baby is growing just as it should, but they have no clue where the IUD is. It has either managed to fall out, or the doc told her it's a possibility that it punctured through the wall of her uterus and is floating around in her abdomen somewhere. :eek: They would have to x-ray it to find it, but for obvious reasons, they're going to put that off until either the baby is born or if she were to start having a complication. CRAZY. So anyway, I'll probably just stick with the progestin-only pill for a while. It's the only pill I've taken that doesn't give me massive side-effects. Only downfall is you've gotta be religious about taking it at exactly the same time each day or it's more prone to failure.

Amanda - I was thinking about that recently! I can't believe I've posted here most days for over 5 years now. WOW. Addicted much? Hahaha.

AFM - Had my OB appointment today, 35.5 weeks. Did my GBS swab (fun, fun) and my first official cervix check. Cervix is closed, but "soft" he said. I've never been told my cervix was "soft" before, haha. I'll assume it's at least minor progress in the right direction. My belly is measuring small and baby has been measuring about 30th percentile in my other u/s's, so he scheduled another u/s for me on Monday just to make sure baby is maintaining his growth curve and not falling off the charts. I don't think that's the case.. I've been so sick over the past week that I haven't been able to eat or hold much in, so I assume that's the reason for the smallish belly. I'm feeling a bit better today, feeling like I want to eat again, but a little gun shy. I had a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast and it seems to be staying put. I'll see the doc again Wednesday.

The kids were sick with it yesterday. It started in the middle of the night, just as it did with me, and they were both puking all night. Sean seemed to get it worse than Calvin. I carried a bit of a low-grade fever with mine, and Sean was also. He was hot yesterday before I left for work, and DH said he was hot in the middle of the night also. He feels nice and cool today, though... He keeps touching me with his ice cold hands. They're both acting a lot better today, so I hope it is over with faster for them than it was for me.

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I thought this was kinda neat.. A girl from my Feb 11 board went in yesterday around 6:30pm for an NST, and ended up going into labor DURING the NST. How crazy is that? Haha. She ended up having her baby about 3 hours later via c/s (not sure why, if she was just a repeat c/s or if it was something else). I thought that was an interesting way to go, though. That board has had 2 babies in the past two weeks, AND one of my college friends just had a baby yesterday.

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Welcome, Kristi! Yay for TTC soon.

Mary - oh yeah, I can't do hormonal BC (it gives me m/s), so that's out, too. We'll probably end up using FAM/spermicide again. Which is what leads me to believe we'll end up with a 5th someday.

We told the boys. They are super excited. Raymond is really hoping it's a girl (I told him is probably a boy) and says he wants to name her Sarah. Too cute. And I'm feeling huge for 12 weeks. I guess it's probably because it's #4. I've never showed at all this early.

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Yay! Glad the boys are excited! How did Alex react? Just curious since he's the closest in age to Sean. Sean is excited, but I think the concept is still a bit abstract to him. He gets that there's a baby in there and asks when it's going to come out ALL the time, but I'm sure he has no clue what to expect. I'm sure he doesn't remember when Calvin was born. I'm anxious to see how he acts once the baby is here. I hope he doesn't experience a lot of jealousy or any sort of resentment towards the baby. Same with Calvin... He's used to being the baby. He's my little cuddle bug. He has recently started climbing onto my lap and wants to be held like a baby laying in my arms. I hope he's not sad to lose his "baby" status. But at the same time, he LOVES babies, so I think he'll mostly be amused with the LO. I suppose we shall see.

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Alex is excited. He's still a snuggler and loves Mommy time, and he doesn't remember Oliver as a baby. But I made a photobook for each of them about pregnancy/birth.coming home and so he's familiar with the concept from those. I'm not sure he understands like Raymond does, and he's not as overjoyed, but I expect Raymond's enthusiasm to fade a tiny bit when we verify that it's a boy. Oliver has no clue and tends to be a jealous one, so it might be challenging. But, he'll be 2 1/2 when baby comes, so hopefully he'll be fine.
The older boys have been asking when they will be able to feel kicks. And Alex asked how the baby would get dinner... and where it came from. That question hasn't occurred to Raymond yet.

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Awww reading you guys talk about babies makes me want one even more so!

So you both have boys only? Amanda (I hope I got the right person?), you might get that little girl this time around! Wink

Isn't it sucky we even have to think of BC..... if only the MEN could take the pill to stop producing sperm then we'd be sorted haha.

xx

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Virginia - Glad the boys are taking the news well. Smile You make me want a 4th, hahaha. But we are definitely done after this one.

Kristi - Hah, it would certainly be an interesting world if the men were in charge of the BC. I don't know if we would end up over-populated due to them being irresponsible, or underpopulated because babies tend to freak men out, haha.

AFM - I had a NST this morning. It was probably my best one yet, woohoo! They were pleased enough with what they saw in 10 minutes, but they have to keep me at least 20, haha. I don't think I have another one until Monday because my schedule is wonky. I'm anxious for my u/s on Monday... I love hearing their estimates of how big the baby is. It just makes it feel more real after so many months of "baby weighs X ounces", now it's like "pounds + ounces" Smile

ETA - Calvin just stripped his diaper off, peed on the floor, and said "potty"... I wasn't ready for him to PT just yet, but he's starting to seem a lot more ready. Yikes. I still don't think he's 100% there in the readiness department, but he does seem a lot closer than Sean was at this point.

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Kristi - Welcome, and good luck with your TTC journey. Virginia and Mary both have boys, I make girls (have two and am done).

Mary - Glad the NST went well. Biggrin Too funny about Calvin, sounds like he might be an easy one to potty train.

*AFM*

Can't really chat too much have about 5 days of work to do and less than two days to do it. UGH! While still having to emotionally deal with what's going on with my Dad. Sad

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Hey all! Welcome Kristi!

Virginia yay! And four boys (possibly) awesome!

Mary glad you had a good test you are getting so close

Amanda did I miss how your dad is? I am paying catch up

Nothing permanent until after a possible third here. If we have a third dh will get a v

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Hey all! Welcome Kristi!

Virginia yay! And four boys (possibly) awesome!

Mary glad you had a good test you are getting so close

Amanda did I miss how your dad is? I am paying catch up

Nothing permanent until after a possible third here. If we have a third dh will get a v

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My dad hasn't made too much progress. Doctors aren't saying anything.

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Amanda - Sorry for no good news on your dad. I hope things turn around soon. :bighug:

AFM - OMG, the births have officially started on my birth board!! The first was born yesterday evening. The girl had posted a thread about possibly leaking fluid, but she wasn't sure if she was leaking or peeing herself. I could tell it was totally her water broke, though, because she had soaked through TWO big pads. Even if you did suddenly have some bladder control issues from baby laying on it, I really doubt she could have filled two pads in the amount of time that she did, haha. Anyway, I woke up this morning to see her baby announcement on fb, which she made last night, but I didn't see it because I had to work the late shift. It's so exciting that my birth board mamas have started! She was only like a week ahead of me... Yikes!

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Amanda - :bighug:

Mary - exciting! It'll be your turn soon.

Kristi - yep, all boys (probably). I'm still amazed because in my family boys are pretty rare and in DH's it's an even split.

AFM: Oliver had a stomach bug last week, Raymond had one yesterday... and I'm just hoping it was the same one so we only have one more left to catch it. Ugh.

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Virginia - Exactly the same here.. Boy are really rare in my family. In fact, I just found out yesterday that my cousin is having a girl. She is the one who was supposed to find out a few weeks ago, but baby wasn't cooperating. EVERYONE in my family has girls. My DH's family is pretty evenly split. Then there's us... 3 boys, hahahah. I guess someone has to even the score.

Good luck with the stomach bug. We've had three separate ones tear through this house just since Christmas. I am SO glad it's finally warming up outside. Maybe getting out and getting more fresh air and a little more space from each other will clear up this junk. I'm really hoping for no more illness during this pregnancy. It's miserable.

AFM - Working 2p-10p tonight, then ALL day tomorrow, 8a-10p. Thank goodness that's my last double shift before mat leave. I already know it's going to be miserable physically. I was in pain just being there the normal 8 hours yesterday. I have a 3-day weekend after that, which is nice... Except I had to switch a day to get Monday off. It's getting harder for me to schedule all my appointments... I have 2 NST's, an OB appointment, and an u/s appointment all next week, and I'm working 8-4 every day (same hours as my OB's office). My day off is Thursday, and Thursdays are my OB's surgery days, so I can't see him that day. So the only day that remotely worked was Monday. So I had to switch a shift with someone and I'll have Monday off, but work Thursday, which will put me at 7 days in a row, which is going to suck for my pelvis, but oooh well.

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It's crazy that you have so many appointments!

I have to say, stomach bugs always suck, but it's getting a little easier. Raymond and Alex are getting better at making it to the bathroom in time. Thank goodness. The problem today is that we really need to do some grocery shopping. I was supposed to go yesterday (we're out of bread!) but there's no way I'm taking sick or likely to get sick kids to the grocery store.

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Blah... Yeah, can't imagine trying to shop with sick kids. A little girl puked a HUGE amount in my pharmacy the other day. Not fun. Hahaha. Her mom was so sweet about it. She had put the little girl in the bathroom, then came to tell us about it and was all offering to clean it up and apologizing. My tech was equally super sweet about it, told her don't worry about it, we'll take care of it, go take care of your daughter. I hope if my kids ever puke in public, the employees are that nice about it. Smile

AFM - Holy crap, my due date is a month from today!!! I totally forgot until just a little bit ago. Sean is all going on about his birthday, and he said, "Mama I want my birthday to be in 13 days." I said, "Well, your birthday is not in 13 days, but maybe your little brother's will be." EEK!! It's still a bit early, but only a day earlier than when Calvin was born... So it is feasible. Part of me wants to go a little early because I've hit the miserable stage and I'm totally done with work at this point. But at the same time, I really want to go into labor on my own. I don't want it to be another situation where I'm induced for whatever reason. The longer I bake, the better the odds of going into labor naturally.

My body seems more eager this time. The night before last, I was awake about 4 different times with something that can best be described as menstrual cramps. Felt just the same. Definitely something different for me.

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I hope you go into labor on your own this time. It's so much nicer than being induced.

AFM: Thursday afternoons have become my "day off". The ILs take the older boys to a couple activities and Oliver naps. Usually I nap, but today I spent 3 hours cleaning our first floor. Some de-cluttering, vacuuming, mopping... and it's still not done! I didn't even do anything in the kitchen except the floor. So there's probably another 2 hours there before even thinking about the upstairs or the porch (which has become our "quick, just throw it somewhere other than the kitchen!" storage.) Ugh.
I'm not nesting, just admitting that I'm finally well enough to try to catch up on the house cleaning which hasn't happened at all for that last two months. DH better be really darn impressed and grateful because I'm exhausted and my back really hurts now. And soon Oliver will wake up and the boys will get home and I'll have to get them dinner and get them to bed. Unless DH gets home on time for the first time all week.

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Virginia - glad you get a little time even if you spent it cleaning today!

Mary - You are so close and I'm so jealous. you ladies are KILLIN' me Wink

Amanda - thinking about your family I hope your dad is improving

AFM - it's my Friday Smile 3 day weekend here. Tomorrow Rory has a doc apt in the AM and then we're taking the boys to a Disney live thing at a local theater we'll see how it goes Wink Could be GREAT could be a lot of fighting us about sitting but hey something to do.

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The pneumonia my dad got was resistant to the antibiotics he was on so they switched things yesterday, they did an x-ray and ultrasound today and will do another tomorrow to see how things are progressing. Not much else to really say.

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Keep us posted Amanda I hope the docs can get it figured out Sad

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Amanda - I hope the new antibiotics lead to rapid improvement.

AFM: 2nd trimester! Yahoo I feel like I've been in the first tri for 10 months since it was 10 months ago (to that day) that we started TTC and I've spent more than half the time since then pregnant. I've been feeling wiggles today, the m/s is letting up (only 2 half doses of zofran yesterday!) and lo and behold I've found myself thinking "maybe one more after this one would be fun. I could do this again someday". Oh my, how quickly I forget. DH is pretty sure we're done after this, though.

I've had so many people make comments in the past few months about how nice it must be for me to be done having kids and just raising them (wow, you've got your hands full. It must have been hard when they were all little, but at least it will be easy for you now and you got it out of the way young. etc). I'm wondering what all those people will think when they realize I'm pregnant again. Including the one who made a comment like that this morning! And I'm dreading the "I'm sorry" comments when people find out it's another boy. Not that we're saying anything until after the 20w u/s. And it's so hard to come up with another boy name. Dh doesn't even want to talk names until we know the gender for sure, but I was looking through some and don't really feel strongly about any of them.

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Virginia: I had those comments with my two since we had a boy and a girl. "Perfect, you got a boy and a girl now you can be done! You're so lucky!" was pretty common. As if getting both genders was the ultimate breeding goal or something. So I got a lot of "Oh I guess you weren't done" or similar comments once we started sharing this pregnancy. People have a comment no matter what. Congrats on hitting the 2nd tri!

Amanda: lots of positive thoughts for your dad :vibes:

Katie: Hope the Disney thing was fun Smile

Mary: hoping your body kicks things into gear a little early for you. I can't believe your EDD is so close. Congrats on officially being over with your double shifts!! Yahoo

We've been in Mexico all week and heading home later today. It's been really nice to be in warm weather after the most frigid winter we've had pretty much ever but I'm definitely ready to be home. Dane learned to climb out of his pack and play the first night here (great timing)and won't stay in a bed so we had to lay with him in our bed almost every night until he went to sleep then move him to the PnP...huge pain. I'm ready to get back home to my routine and where I have the hospital & my doc down the street if needed...it's been slightly nerve-wracking to be here where if something went wrong, I wouldn't exactly want to go to the hospital even though we're in a "nice" area. So just a 3 hour flight with the kids to conquer still...

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Ashley - I hope you had fun in Mexico! It will be nice to get back to the comforts of home, I'm sure. It will probably be a while before we're daring enough to venture too far with the boys, haha.

Virginia - Glad you're feeling better! I wish I had some of your energy for cleaning. I REALLY need to do some nesting, but ugh... I just don't have the energy at this point.

Katie - How did the Disney thing go? I'm enjoying a 3-day weekend too, but then I have to work 7 days in a row. Boo!

Amanda - I hope the change in antibiotics helps your dad. KUP.

AFM - Holy pain. I don't know what is going on with me, but I was cooking lunch today and out of nowhere starting having MASSIVE menstrual cramp type pain. It was just down in my lower uterus, not the top so much. It didn't really feel like contractions, because I didn't seem to feel like my belly was getting hard the way it does with contractions. However, one of the instances of pain did hurt all the way around my hips and into my back. The pain has been happening off and on ever since (probably 1.5 hour). TMI... Went to the bathroom and had diarrhea, but I'm still having the pain, and it doesn't feel intestinal in nature. It feels like it's coming right from my uterus. Who knows? I hope baby isn't planning on coming already. I'm so not prepared. Maybe I should pack my hospital bag soon.

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Hi All

Ashley - Mexico sounds wonderful right about now. This week is supposed to get warmer but ugh I feel like this is the winter that refuses to END!

Virginia - sigh people and their comments....I know they don't usually mean to create issue but ugh. Everyone assumes I'm done and I may be but I may not and I am sure if I get preg again there will be a lot of comments

Mary - Ugh your poor system you can't seem to stay healthy Sad I hope you're feeling ok!

AFM the Disney thing was fun! Very kid oriented perhaps a bit over priced for the degree of simplicity it was (basically people in disney get ups dancing to pre recorded music) but Evan had a BLAST so that makes it worth it to me Smile Rory did well too, all in all a success. It's been a lovely 3 day weekend and I've caught up on some work so it's good. Monday is back to the grind....blah!

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Mary: Hope that pain is leaving you alone...sounds like your body is gearing up maybe?? Crossing my fingers. I had a lot of cramping and contractions with Dane from about 37 weeks on but unfortunately they just made me miserable and didn't do much otherwise. I think since you have less than a month, definitely get that bag packed Wink

Katie: Sometimes overpaying evens out with your kids really have a blast! Glad to hear you caught up on some work - that always feels great!

We made it home. Not the best flight, we were pretty much the last to board and people had shuffled seats before we got there so DH wasn't as close to me as he should've been and was sitting next to a very large gentleman who insisted he sit in the aisle seat (it was one of the smaller planes with 2 seats-aisle-2 seats) so basically I got stuck with both kids the whole time. Even better was that the guy in front of me seemed to not consider that a pregnant woman with a toddler on her lap could use all the space I could get and had his seat reclined the ENTIRE flight. And DS was just annoyed the entire time that I wouldn't let him run around. Oh well, we survived. It's nice to be home!

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Mary - umm... I'd get that bag packed. Sounds an awful lot like contractions to me. I always had way more pain in my hips than anywhere else. And I've always had diarrhea shortly before going into labor. GL with your NST today (right?) When is your next appointment?

Katie and Ashley - I'm glad your trips went well!

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Virginia - I have lots of boys names :D, though two of my top ones are common. Liam, Christopher and Julian.

Ashley - Yay for getting away to warm weather, I totally understand though wanting to be home.

Mary - My Pregnancy with Nat gave me wicked gas (felt like I was in labour), since I deliver really quick we were in the hospital for observation every time. I'm hoping for you it's a sign that you'll be in labour soon. 4 more days until you are full term. o.O

Katie - Glad you enjoyed the Disney thing. Was this a production done by Disney? (like Disney on Ice). We took the girls to that a year and a half ago and they loved it, even Dana who is older.

*AFM*

I preformed a miracle Friday got done what I thought would take a few days in little time. YAY!

No progress with my dad.

Since hockey is over we had a pretty quiet weekend, which was nice.

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