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Guess it's time for a new one. Here's hoping this month goes well for everyone.

Katie - For me AF has changed in some way with each kid. It definitely got heavier after Raymond. After one of the others it switched to "turning off" at night. Except CD1-2, I only get AF from about 10am to 5pm now, but it can be super heavy during that time. TMI I use a menstrual cup and this past cycle I easily filled it in an hour or two (including lots of clots). It's supposed to hold about 5 teaspoons. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that makes it pretty heavy bleeding. honestly, I've never really talked to the doc about it because I know my mom had very heavy periods and she and I have both had doctors comment on our large placentas (no kidding) and now I've had one comment on me having "a lot of tissue" with the m/c. I figure I inherited a tendency to make very cushy linings (along with the large placentas). I usually just take my extra iron twice a day for the first week of my cycle. I hope it lightens up soon.

AFM: I Oed around midnight on Halloween night. Woo.

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Virginia: ooh spooky! GL in your 2ww :vibes:
Katie: ITA with what's been said, PP you get all kinds of strange AF especially the first few cycles.

Told our parents. I asked them all to please not tell people yet but the only ones I know who won't are DHs parents. Everyone sort of had lukewarm reactions too but I guess that was expected except the in laws who are thrilled. I thought my dad would be more excited but I think they just think we're insane. Oh well! Anyway, my m/s is trying to slowly kill me so thank goodness for the prescription my doc gave me because otherwise I can barely function. Pretty sure this pregnancy has been the worst, definitely worse than my last. Looking forward to 2nd tri.

DD had a blast trick or treating and DS wasn't that into it but insisted he carry his own bucket even if I was carrying him. Lol. They got a lot of candy but I have it stashed for rewards. I'll try to get some pics uploaded today.

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Sorry the m/s is so bad, Ashley.

Here are my halloween photos!

The boys. Raymond is in the back as an orange dragon, Alex is the stegosaurus, and Oliver is the bumblebee.

And our pumpkins. Raymond drew the face for the winking one and I carved it. I carved the goofy one as Alex described what he wanted. The top two were just me having fun.

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Virginia, I love the pumpkins! I love the big pumpkin that looks like it's eating the smaller one, hahah.

Ashley - m/s suuuucks. I hope yours is short-lived. I think I'm finally over the hump for mine. I still get nausea, but not so bad and not as often.

AFM - My car is off being fixed, ugh.. I stopped on my way to work to fill up the gas tank on Wednesday, and my car didn't want to start after that. I was able to rev the engine a bit and get it started and I got to work. On the way home, it was fine until I stopped at the grocery store, but when I left there, my check engine light came on. I've been driving the van the last couple days. They said I need a new "solenoid" or something like that? Cars aren't my thing, lol.. Said it was going to be 300-some dollars, which sucks, but i suppose it could be worse. Ughhh... I just hate spending money on that stuff.

ETA: Damn me for down-playing my m/s. Now I feel like death again. Ugh... It's ALWAYS worse in the evening.

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

I woke up from a call from work that my license hasn't been updated in the work system. It's showing expired and if I don't fix it, I won't be able to work, blah, blah, blah. It's really entirely stupid, just another way to be micro-managed. If they wanted to know if my license was up to date, they could easily check the state board website and see that it is. Of course it isn't something I can update from home, so it's going to have to wait until Monday. Grrrr.

ETA: Here's a funny (slightly gross). I found some cheapo HPT's under the bathroom sink. I thought I had used them all, but a few were buried in the other random junk in there. So I took one out, intending to pee on it. But I didn't have a cup to pee in, so I got another great idea. I'll dip it directly into the toilet (lol). I knew that the urine had to be SUPER dilute with all the water in the toilet, and I wanted to see if I'd get a BFP. And I totally got an awesome BFP line! I'm oozing HCG! Hahaha, love it. Smile Now I'm curious how dark the straight urine line would be. Need to find an appropriate cup for peeing.

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Got to love the "oozing HCG". After the m/c I diluted some 1/1000 and still got a BFP. I didn't try before, but I should have since I was over 100,000.

Got my CHs today. We DTD O day and the 5 days before. I had good EWCM. I had a great temp spike. And I'm just not feeling it this time. I guess we'll know in a week.

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Virginia - I hope you're totally wrong and get a 10 DPO blazing BFP for a sticky bean! LOVE the costumes, adorable

Mary - what a PITA with work! UGH

AFM - I'm feeling frustrated with some rescue related stuff, sigh. Sometimes I wonder why I add the extra work to my world. I have a FT job, kids, my own dogs and occasionally being on the board of the rescue is exhausting. Long story short the 2 founders are trying to back away in to a more "retirement" roll but when they have an opinion they still want it to stand. I disagree with them right now on a specific dog and it's getting exhausting to go back and forth. Not helped by the fact one of them is basically a mute who gives 1 word responses and the other is an exceptionally verbose beat you with words attorney. I LOVE them both but neither seems willing to hear where I'm coming from and the rest of the board doesn't seem to want to get involved. In other news I applied to another job today...one I think I would actually want....wonder if they'll call....

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Katie - Ugh, that sounds like a pain... Good luck with the job possibility, I hope they call you!

Oh, I called work back about the license thing... It was my freaking Illinois license.. Duh! I let that thing lapse a loooong time ago. The girl who wanted my spot was the one who called me to leave me a voicemail about it... I'll bet she was all excited thinking I was working illegally or something, hahaha...

Oops, I realized I didn't share pics of the boys in their costumes. Calvin was a prisoner (with tattoos on his arms, lol) and Sean was a mail man.

Sean insisted on wearing two hats, but it was freezing, so that was a good thing. There was a cute little hat that went with his costume, but it didn't work out with the weather.

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Got home today from a hockey tournament and am exhausted! I'm sure the time shift doesn't help.

Adorable Halloween costumes for the boys Mary and Virginia. I'll have to get mine up on Tuesday.

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Adorable, Mary! I totally thought Cal was Sean at first!

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Thanks girls! They had a blast trick-or-treating, even though it was freezing and wet outside. We made it to most of the houses in our little neighborhood before Calvin started getting fussy and we headed home.

Virginia - I see you're 5 dpo... Are you still feeling "out" this month?? I hope it's a BFP! Your timing was great.

Amanda - Yes, I'm not loving the time change yet either. It gets dark SOOO early. I dread it tonight when I go to work. My new store is generally pretty slow in the evenings anyway, then when it gets dark so early, it takes FOREVER to get to 10pm.

AFM - I had a 3-day weekend which was wonderful. We didn't visit any family, which is sadly a good thing... our parents, well mostly DH's parents, expect us to devote every single weekend to them, so it's really nice when we get a free weekend here and there. Friday, I had my car fixed.. $400 bucks and DH doesn't even act convinced that it's fixed. Grrreat. I guess we'll find out on my way to work today. After that, we had yummy lunch at Cheesecake factory. LOL, we hadn't been there in the past 6 months, probably, and we had the same waiter and he remembered us. Hahaha.. Weird. Saturday and yesterday were mostly lazy days. I did lots of cooking and baking, so that was fun. Smile

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I'm glad you had such a good weekend, Mary! 13 weeks. Wow.

Yeah, I'm still not feeling it this month. My temp pattern doesn't look like my pregnancy charts so far. My temp rose too quickly.

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Mary - Glad you had a mostly lazy weekend,it's nice to be able to have no real plans.

Virginia - Sounds like your timing was good, hopefully your gut feeling was wrong.

*AFM*

It's pretty quiet in the office today, so it's a bit of a relief from having to stay home and watch Nat.

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I finally caught up!!!!!! It took foreeeeever!

Mary - hope the car is totally fixed. Love the pics of the boys! Glad to hear your boss took the news well - any word from the big guy yet?

Virginia - I hope things work out this month. Not much longer til we know for sure!

Katie - sorry about the issues with the dog rescue. I hope you get a callback for the new job!

Amanda - yay for a quiet day in the office! I could use a nice quiet day! lol

Ash - horray for telling family and getting it over with. Sorry your family was only lukewarm about it. I think anymore people expect you to have two kids and then be done, so when someone decides they want a larger family it isn't as celebrated, which is such a bummer.

AFM - I am so exhausted! I have spent every day playing "catch up" since we got back from our parents over a week ago. I just can't seem to get ahead! I've also hit nesting mode, so it's driving me crazy to not have everything perfect! lol Plus I get so tired and worn down after just a little cleaning, so I can't do everything I want to do all at once. It is driving me insane!!!

Halloween was fun. Xander loved Trick or Treating! It's a good thing our city does it for two nights, though, because he'd get too cold after 40 minutes. So he was able to hit a few extra houses. He's so slow going from door to door, so really he didn't get very much candy (which is a good thing, heh). And now he still has to dress up as Handy Manny. haha. He keeps dressing up just to play around the house, it's too cute.

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Lauren: glad Xander had fun trick or treating! ITA with what you said about people's reaction past baby #2. GL with your nesting Smile I need some of that around here!

Mary: glad you got a lazy weekend. Our parents are the opposite lately and fall off the face of the planet on the weekends...meaning no babysitters! :roll:

Virginia: chart looks great, crossing fingers for you!

Amanda: hey if you have to go into work, might as well have a relaxing day Smile

I'm so over being sick and tired all the time although I remind myself it's for a good cause. I just have zero energy and it's so hard to keep up on everything. And if I take my nausea meds, it's even worse but then at least I don't feel like death. Oh well, it's only temporary, right? Hard to remember that.

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I hate vivid, realistic dreams. Well, at least the kind I've been having since O. Two have been particularly disturbing. First was the dream that my mom ( 58 ) found out she was pregnant and lost a baby boy the same day. In the dream she was past 20 weeks. Very, very realistic and it took me a long time after waking to convince myself it was a dream. Last night it was that my (real) little brother had been diagnosed with some horrible disease and didn't have long to live. Again, I've had trouble shaking the sadness. I just passed a picture of him in the hallway and wanted to cry, even though he's absolutely fine and having a great first year at college. Ugh. Dreams like that are pretty routine for me while pregnant, but it seems a bit unlikely that I could blame it on that at only 5dpo. It's got to just be the normal progesterone.

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Good Luck Virginia. And I agree on the dreams. I hate them too.

I hope all of this m/s stuff goes away for you ladies. Even though it's a good sign it still sucks.

Glad to hear everyone had a good TnT. We did a little bit around the neighborhood but Madison got tired pretty quickly. Must of had a rough day at daycare.

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Virginia: scary! I always have strange dreams mostly when I'm in the process of waking up and it's almost like I hallucinate and see things in my room or wherever I'm at (happens a lot when I'm not out of town). So I wake up screaming or jump out of bed half asleep from time to time. Drives DH nuts. But yuck about those real-life scary dreams. DH has those a lot and they shake him sometimes.

Molly: glad she had fun even if she was tired!

As promised, here's a pic of my kids in their Halloween costumes (football player & cheerleader for my alma mater). I'll leave it up for a day or so before I pull it. Sorry it's kind of blurry, I'd just gotten a new lens the day before and hadn't gotten it down yet. Oh well. It was warm enough on Halloween that they could go out in just their costumes. Usually it's either snowing or in the 30's on Halloween so it was a pleasant surprise.
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Ashley - Cute kiddos! I can't believe how big they're getting!!

Lauren - Woohoo for getting the nesting urge. I always wish it would hit me, but it never has... Hahahaha... It's awesome that you guys do two nights of TorT. That would be nice for me since my work schedule is erratic and I'm always afraid I'll have to miss it. It would give me more chances to go.

Virginia - I hate those dreams. I've been having a lot of really vivid dreams lately, too. Your one about your brother reminds me of a sad story. I was talking to the manager of my pharmacy about our competitor pharmacy that I worked for as an intern. He knew all the pharmacists that I worked for at the time and informed me that the one woman's son has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. When I was there as an intern, he was just starting his first year of college, so he's probably only maybe 25 years old right now. He said he just went to use the bathroom one day and couldn't urinate... Went to the doctor to find he had a very aggressive cancer. SOOO sad. I'm so sad for them. She was very much a control freak and a bit hard to work for/with, but she was a VERY nice person and loved her children to death.. So it sucks to know they're going through that. Ugh... Sad

Amanda - Nice quiet day in the office sounds nice. This week has been hell so far. Monday, our computers were down for HOURS, and we weren't able to bill any insurances (omg, nightmare). Then today, our cash registers were down most of the day. All we could do was take cash. If they wanted to buy anything from the store, we had to manually calculate the sales tax. We couldn't take any credit cards or checks. Ugh. PITA.

Molly - Hello! What did Madison dress as for Halloween?

AFM - Feeling like death tonight. I think it's mostly exhaustion from the last two hell-days at work and the fact that it was a late night followed by early morning. I just feel extra nauseated and tired. Ugh...

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Lauren - Glad Xander enjoyed Halloween and he's getting lots of wear out of his costume.

Ashley - Hope the you feel better after the first trimester, it can be tough. I'm sure you are counting down the days. The ickyness is so worth it though.

The kids look adorable in their costumes. It's been a while since I've see pics of them when did they get so big?

Virginia - Yeah vivid dreams suck, I've had a few really disturbing ones, some got me out of bed to check on the kids.

Molly - Glad Madison got a little bit of trick or treating in before giving up.

Mary - Hope you feel better soon.

*AFM*

Cleaned my basement floors yesterday, I am reminded why I hate doing it, our rec room is so big it takes FOREVER! Have to do bathrooms tomorrow, I hate that more than the floors, I wish I could afford a maid.

Natalie has a cold and she was miserable from about 4:00 pm onward yesterday, crying at the drop of a hat. Still stuffy this morning but in a way better mood.

I do need to get Dana to clean her room more, OMG that kid is a SLOB! I wasn't the tidiest as a teen but things weren't nearly as bad as her room.

At work today, again it's quiet so no complaints.

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Amanda - It sucks that Natalie is sick. I hope she feels better soon and it avoids the rest of you. I hate, hate, hate it when my kids are sick.

AFM - My schedule changes have officially been approved! It starts december 1st, we'll work every other weekend, but I won't have to work more than 6 days in a row, and we'll alternate nights and days each week, so no more staying till 10pm and having to be back right at 8am. Yay! Perfect!

ETA: Hahaha, I can't resist posting about this. My dad has a relative... To be honest, I don't even know exactly how we're related. I think she's like my grandma's cousin's kid or something, no idea... Pretty distant. I see them once every few years if I make it to the family Christmas party/reunion on that side of the family. Well, she had friended me on facebook at some point. She and I are like POLAR opposites in our beliefs in politics and religion. I just generally ignore her, but she CAN'T ignore me. Well, I posted something that rubbed her the wrong way, and she sent this 4-paragraph private message to me on fb, LOL. My DH wanted me to ignore it, but I can't ignore it! So I decided the best method would be to keep my response concise and polite with a little undertone of *b itchy*... HAH. Here's my response:

We can certainly agree to disagree. That's why America is great... We all get the opportunities to cast our votes and we each have the right to speak freely. Thank you for the congrats. We're looking forward to May. Smile

She had congratulated me on the baby at the end, hence that part.

It's just annoying to me, because as a rule, I don't respond to my friends' posts that I disagree with. There are plenty, believe me... I just ignore them. I have a few very good friends that I'm on the opposite ends of the spectrum with, and we can speak civilly to each other, ya know? I would never consider it an option to confront someone in such a manner and try to force my beliefs on them. Crazy...

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Can I asked you if it was in response to the "Defeated" image you posted? I skipped posting that one cause I did think it might cause trouble with some of my more republican friends. My mom offended some people with her comments on US politics. I'm back to posting cute kid, dog and kitty pics on Facebook, that's what it's for right?

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Just wanted to check in quickly. We're all doing fine. Still feeling like this cycle will be a bust. I guess I'll test tomorrow, 9dpo, because I'm pretty anxious to know and there's a chance I'd get a positive then if I actually am pregnant.

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Amanda - Yes, it was to that one. I wasn't posting it so much to flaunt the "defeated" part, but more like, "OMG, did these people REALLY say these ridiculously stupid things? It's no wonder they were defeated. You just don't say things like that and expect people to want to vote for you." But anyway, she is on the entirely opposite end of the spectrum from me, sent me a message that was almost condescending, as if I had been fooled into believing the way I do, and as if she was going to somehow "enlighten" me. I have my opinions, and I'll share things on my page if I identify with them, but I never seek out people with opinions that are different from mine and try to sway them. I respect their right to their own opinions, I don't post or respond to them, I just let them do their thing and ignore them. ESPECIALLY if it's someone I barely know. I've seen this woman maybe a half dozen times in my life, and I have never really talked to her because she's older and would just talk to my parents or whatever. So anyway, to me it was like "Why on earth do you think you have a right to send me a 4-paragraph private message about anything??" I know she'd also try to push her religion on me if given the opportunity, too.. It's just the way that whole part of the distant family is and it makes me insane, which is why I'm glad I don't have to see them much, haha.

Virginia - I hope, hope, hope for a positive test for you!! Biggrin

AFM - Day off today. I think I'm going to run to target and see if I can find a few pairs of maternity pants. I told myself I would NOT buy anymore maternity clothes since this should be the last, but I HATE all of my pants. I refuse to buy anymore motherhood pants because they're all like 3 freaking inches too short. And I'm NOT tall. I'd consider myself a pretty average height, maybe 1 inch above the average. I'm getting to the point where my bigger regular pants are getting tight in the belly, and I've been wearing mat pants here and there. I think they'll be the norm for me soon.

I listened to the heartbeat last night for the first time in a while. It was 158-159 bpm. Smile

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Mary - are you really sure it will be the last? has your DH given up his desire for 5 kids?

I looked at some old charts.
With Raymond I tested at 10dpo and got a BFP.
With Alex I had a BFN on a FRER at 9dpo, at 10dpo FRER was - at 10min and + after a few hours, at 11dpo it was clearly +.
With Oliver I had a cycle like this where it wasn't super clear which day I Oed (I could have Oed early the 1st) but got a BFP at 9/10dpo after a couple days of BFNs.
With the m/c I didn't test until 11/12dpo (again, slightly ambiguous O day) and got a blazing BFP.
So... not so sure I want to risk the disappointment tomorrow since I'll be 8/9dpo. Maybe I should wait until Saturday. And get disappointed then instead.

I'll confess, I temped twice on the 1st (woke early and a little late) and got 98.2 and 98.3. I put 98.3 because that gave me a 10/31 O day. The 98.2 would give me an 11/1 O day. Given the my O pain was around midnight, well... who knows. It doesn't really matter except for the testing.

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Hahaha... I'd say I'm mostly sure this will be the last. When we announced to my mom and dad, I told them it would be the last (mostly because I'm sick of everyone asking if/when we're going to have more when I'm not pregnant), and DH expressed a bit of disappointment or something, even though he's totally the one who made me think 3 was it. I'm pretty sure 3 is it, because DH is adamant that they'll each have their own bedroom, and when he looks at floor plans for our next house, he looks at 4-br plans. One for us, one for three kids. I'm bittersweet about it. I haven't really made it to the enjoyable part of pregnancy yet. I still feel sick a lot (like right now, in particular). So there are times when I'm happy about not being pregnant again, especially earlier on with all the fear of bleeding and m/c. I think I'll be good to stop at 3, but we'll just have to see.

I think your chart looks good so far. It's still early yet. Good luck!

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You know, I feel pretty strongly about giving the kids their own bedrooms, too. But, I'm not sure it will be feasible. My plan is to find a place with large bedrooms and have them share. When they're teenagers we'll split the rooms with bookcases or something to give them some privacy.

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Mary: woohoo to your new work schedule. That will be sooooo much better for you!! I think that is a perfect response. I hate discussing politics with people. Utah is a VERY red state so I avoid the subject at all costs as I tend to vote for democrats *most of the time*. My FB was raining down after the election with how the US is going to fall apart in the next four years and very few people who were happy with the results. I just get a kick out of how politically active people try to appear when really they only know a handful of things about the candidates. My stepmom is VERY outspoken about politics and I avoid the subject with her altogether because she tries to force her opinion on me like you said and everyone ends up irritated with each other. Anyway, enjoy your day off. I am really hoping to avoid buying much maternity this time too but will be bigger in the cold weather so I'll have to cave in and get a few things.

Virginia: really crossing my fingers for you! Chart looks promising. :vibes:

So I need some suggestions. DD's preschool does a drop off system where you drive up and they get your child out of your car and into their class for you. They have a small parking lot so that's one reason and also they feel it is safer and more efficient. Anyway, she was doing okay with the drop off for a while and lately totally freaks out and cries and carries on when they come to get her out. But if I walk her into her class, she skips in happily and doesn't look back. Do you think I should cater to her and keep doing it this way or tough love her into doing it the "right" way?? I'm at a loss because I feel like I'm letting her "win" but on the other hand it seems worth it if she goes without complaint.

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I tend to stay pretty quiet politically. I'll admit I really obsessed over the election and stayed up watching results, but it was partly because I'm a data nerd and partly because I was using it to distract me from the 2ww. Wink

Ashley - I have major preschool envy. Ours is awesome but doesn't have a parking lot (just a small, awkward driveway) so even today when it's snowing/sleeting/raining/windy I have to park on the street, take all the kids out of the car, walk then to the door, drop them off, then go back and buckle the remaining one(s) in the car. Do you stay in the car at drop off? Maybe you could get out and help get her out of the car and give her a hug and all.

AFM: I forgot, I have had a few symptoms. I've been dizzy and lightheaded off and on the past few days. And Oliver had his 18m visit Tuesday. He's a little over 28lbs and 34.75". Wow. He is tall! It won't be long before everyone thinks he and Alex are twins.

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Ashley - I like Virginia's idea. Maybe just step out of the car with her to say goodbye, but don't walk her all the way in? If that didn't work, I'd probably just go with it and walk her in. It would be worth it to me for an easy drop-off, and I'm sure it's just an age thing. She'll eventually get over it and go in just fine.

Virginia - Woohoo for some symptoms! Oliver is definitely bigger than Calvin, haha. Calvin was 26lb 3oz at his appointment, which ended up at about 20 months, not 18 months. He was 33" tall. The doc told DH that those were 50th percentile measurements, but now I'm left wondering if she used his real age at the appointment (20m) or what the appointment was supposed to be (18m). She plugs his values into her laptop for the growth curve, so I assume it was right, but I'm not sure now.

AFM - Holy crap, I can't believe I'll be 14 weeks in 2 days. My doc's office considers 14 weeks 2nd trimester. WOW. 2nd trimester already?! I can't believe it still. It doesn't feel real yet. I've seen the little one move on the u/s screen, I've heard it's little heart beating, I'm outgrowing my pants. But it doesn't feel real. I can't wait to feel movement. I expect to within the next 2 weeks or so based on my past experiences. Smile

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I'm catching up here Smile

Mary - A long ranting private msg would definitely require a response from me. I tend to be pretty liberal especially socially (fiscally I'm kind somewhere between ambivalent and liberal) but I live in a a state so blue they call it for Obama the minute the polls close LOL I have very few socially conservative friends but that's probably pretty common around here....on the fiscal side though I had a lot of dooms day people. I tend to block people from my feed that get over the top on either side though, I don't want to be preached at on FB even if I agree. I can not believe you are almost hitting the 2nd tri - FANTASTIC!

Virginia - I can't wait until you test Smile

Ashley - I'd probably do whatever created the least drama and see if I couldn't wean it back, if you have to walk her all the way in now so be it but see if you can scale it back. I don't know if it would work but i'd probably be a wuss about it LOL

AFM - my first full week this week....first full week of work in 3 years! It actually hasn't been bad. Our new norm! But it does keep me busy!

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Mary - I hate when people try to push their political opinions on you like they're the only right ones. Ugh. I would've been p!ssed to get a PM from someone... Congrats on the second tri (almost)! If your pregnancy goes half as fast as mine seems to be going, your baby will be here before we know it!

Katie - good luck on your first full week!

Ashley - I'd try some different ways of getting her to go with the staff from the car. I agree that getting out of the car and giving her a hug, etc. is a great idea. Maybe a sticker chart? Like every day that she goes to/from the car without issues she gets a sticker, and after 5/10/whatever stickers she gets to pick out a prize? Get a basket full of cheapie gifts/treats/money/whatever for her to choose from?

Amanda - Boo cleaning! I have certain areas I hate to clean, too.

AFM - All I want to do is nest (clean - DEEP clean) and I keep running out of steam before I can get much of anything done. It is SO frustrating! I feel like I'm not going to get anything done at this point. Ugggggh!

Xander's eye has been a little red for the last day, though it's not quite as bad today. I'm hoping it's just a scratch and not pink eye or something... Just in case we've been hand washing fiends, though. Guess we'll see!

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Virginia: wow he is tall! Dane weighs almost the same as Brekke but hasn't quite caught up in height although I give it 6 months. Smile I like your suggestion on getting out and giving her a hug to see if that helps. That might solve our problem. That sucks you have to get the kids out! The only time this kind of sucks is when I pick her up I have to wait in a line for 10 minutes because everyone tries to get there early but if you don't get there early you can't get through the line within the time frame. So 10 minutes of slow moving and DS gets bored.

Mary: woohoo 14 weeks :woohoo: I almost commented on your Zofran post last night on FB without thinking. That sucks. My insurance is weird about it and makes me try Phenergan first but that has been working fine for me granted I only take half a 25 mg pill so I don't get too tired but it makes a huge difference with the nausea. I'll take slightly sleepy over sick any day.

Katie: congrats on your first full week of work! Did the boys seem to notice?

Lauren: sorry your energy and nesting drive aren't in sync. Hopefully our right that Xander doesn't have pink eye, ugh. The rewards system is a good idea also. She's stubborn and hard to bribe but maybe I could get her excited about something.

We've had lovely fall weather here all week and here comes the snow. We've had high winds for the last 24 hours and now we're getting a rain/snow mix. Good thing I just got DS a snowsuit and boots. Oh I forgot to take DD to gymnastics AGAIN yesterday. :doh: I'm trying to move her to another day that she doesn't also have preschool so it isn't so crazy on Thursdays.

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Ashley - Oops, I realized my siggy still says "no fb comments".. It's fine now. Everyone knows. EVERYONE. Hahaha. I'm slightly jealous of your snow. We didn't get hardly any last year, so I'd like to have some this year. But at the same time, I don't really want any reason for the hour-long commute to work to get any longer. And we just got my car fixed, but I'm still a little nervous since it was acting up. It's definitely not a "winter" vehicle, so it makes me a little nervous too.

LOL... Can't believe you forgot gymnastics again... OOOPS!

Lauren - I always get the way you are in late pregnancy. I *want* to nest and clean everything, but just don't have the energy. I doubt it will be any easier this time around with two little ones to chase after, haha...

Katie - Glad your first full week of work has gone well!

Virginia - Did you test???

AFM - Nothing too exciting here. Just passing time before work, waiting for lunch to be done. It's a bit early yet, but I haven't eaten in like an hour, so I'm overdue for a meal... Hahaha.

One of my college friends is having a baby today. She was induced, not sure why. I'm sure she won't have the baby before I go to work, though, boo! She just posted a picture of herself and her DH on fb, and the caption said, "Still smiling, but contractions are getting stronger" or something along those lines. So she's not really in the thick of it yet.

ETA: I guess they just induced her because she was close to going on her own? She was 4cm 80% when she got to the hospital. If I manage to make it that far on my own and my doc wants to induce me, I'll punch him in the face. LOL, okay no I won't, but I'll politely decline.. Because seriously, it's just a matter of time at that point, and I'd love to avoid pitocin drip just ONE time to see if I can tell the difference.

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Mary - Good luck on the maternity pants, I am tall and managed to find some at Motherhood, which is odd cause if I go with standard pant sizes they are normally too short. If you were in my area I'd drop the pants off for you that I have they are COMFORTABLE, I even wore them PP.

Hope the pregnancy seems more real soon.

I gave birth 100% natural with Dana (kinda happens that way when you don't make it to the hospital O.O) the pain was bad but managable (6 hours of streight labour), with Natalie I had Pitocin and was begging for pain killers 30 minutes in (thankfully I gave birth after only 1 hour). So if I was healthy there would be no way on this planet they would be allowed to give me Pitocin, it hurts a million times more. From my point of view those 6 hours of manageable pain were far better than the 1 hour of feeling like death.

Virginia - Good luck figuring out if you are going to test, cheapies aren't easy to come by here so I would test after my period is late.

Ashley - Most care centers/preschools I've had experiance with would prefer to do what makes the child ease into the class simplest, I say walk her in but talk about her going in with a staff member, and make it her decision when she is ready to go in without you.

Hope you can get the gymnastics schedule changed.

Katie - Glad your first week back went ok. I haven't worked full time in almost 4 years, I think it would be overwhelming.

Lauren - Sorry you are feeling so worn out, but you are growing a baby, so you are doing lots of work.

Hope Xander doesn't have pink eye, thankfully it's not nearly as contagious as people think, I've never caught it and Dana had it a few times when she was little.

*AFM*

We are in a 3+1 bedroom house I'd actually prefer a 4 bedroom so we could have a proper office on the main floor. We just have a zoo of animals instead to make up for not having any more kids :D, the plus side is they don't need their own rooms and are willing to share.

The weather here hasn't been too bad a bit cold but fairly clear, we apparently got snow last weekend but by the time we got home on Sunday it was all gone, haven't had any since. It's supposed to be pretty warm this weekend getting into the double digits (in celcius) on Sunday.

Working today, then the girls are off to Nana's for the night so DH and I can go see Skyfall (the new James Bond movie), Daniel Craig is probably my favourite Bond, though I haven't seen some of the earlier ones in YEARS!

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Of course I tested. BFN. But, I'm 8/9dpo. I expect tomorrow to be pretty definitive, but Sunday is a possibility, too. I'll let you know if I get a bFP, but might not bother to log on if it's another BFN. Everything has been pretty normal this cycle and our timing was great (even excessive) so I'll be pretty bummed if it's a BFN again.

Mary - Heck yeah, you'd be able to tell the difference! I hate pitocin. Alex's labor was by far the easiest and least painful, even though I had epidurals with the others and not with him. I only had the pitocin with Raymond because he was in distress (turned out I would have had a c/s otherwise) and with Oliver because my water broke and labor wouldn't start. I never want it again.

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I'm an oddball I had pitocin with Evan and was terrified after reading all the warnings on here but it didn't make anything horrible for me. I didn't have any with Rory no real difference that I could tell. No pain meds here with either kiddo. I hate pushing and that sucks no matter what LOL Contractions aren't so bad in my book but pushing is no fun. Perhaps I feel that way though b/c I had giant babies. I'd like to give birth to a nice little 6 pounder who didn't have 37cm head and 39 cm shoulders, pushing might not be so awful then! LOL

Full week done! It wasn't awful. Evan was tired tonight but nothing crazy. It was a good week all things considered and next week I get paid for doing my entire job which is kind of nice! Happy weekend!

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Well, I hope I get to go into labor on my own this time so I can see for myself, haha. I think for myself, it's mostly mind over matter. My pain with Sean was horrible as hell. I can't imagine having done that one without pain relief. But with Calvin, I was honestly handling the contractions REALLY well... I was just scared of the pain, so I got the epi. It's like the fear of pain is worse than the actual pain for me. Even with Sean, I was doing OKAY... It was bad, but I was surviving. I got scared.

Amanda - Enjoy the movie! You'll have to let me know if it was good.

Virginia - I hope the tests turn positive!!

Katie - Woohoo for a full-time pay-day! :woohoo:

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Even though I went into labor on my own, they gave me some Pit when I got in my room but it was slow. Either way, I didn't have any terrible effects that I know of from it. All I know is I got my epidural quickly and life was great.

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I'd love to go into labor on my own for once to see what that's like. But on the flip side, it was pretty nice getting an epidural before I was even started on Pitocin last time. The only pain I had during labor was in my stomach pushing because he was laying weird and it was killing in my midsection to curl around him to push.

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all BFNs. I might not be on here much for a while. I adore you ladies, but all the pregnancy news is just too much. I need to focus on something other than TTC for a bit.

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"pico83" wrote:

all BFNs. I might not be on here much for a while. I adore you ladies, but all the pregnancy news is just too much. I need to focus on something other than TTC for a bit.

:bigarmhug: Totally understand. So sorry Sad

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Sorry Virginia. Sad That really sucks...

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Sorry to hear Virginia, I promise I'm not going to be sharing any pregnancy news of my own.

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So I've been trying to talk DH into going back to the place we went last time for Calvin's early gender scan. He was all hesitant, then I mentioned it yesterday, and he was all about it (lol... men). Anyway, so I called the place and tried to schedule a time, but no one answered. They have an answering machine or voicemail or something, so I left a message, but no one has returned my call. They advertise really long hours on their website, like 9am to 10pm, but I'm thinking maybe they don't really stay open that late if they don't have appointments booked? I seem to remember having to leave a message for them to call me back last time, and they called the next day. So maybe someone will call today? It was so much fun... I want to do it again! They let us watch in 3D and gave us some pictures of that, even though we didn't pay for it... So that was neat.

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Glad to hear your DH is willing to get the early U/S, so exciting. Maybe they go on a skeleton staff at night so answering the phones is a bit more difficult.

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Hope you get it scheduled Mary. Sounds like fun! My DH would never go for paying out of pocket just to look at the baby, but then again, the whole pregnancy thing doesn't really excite him. I've tried talking names with him a bit already and he just doesn't have a lot of input yet and probably won't until I'm hugely fat and we NEED to pick a name LOL. I know he's still really set on the boy name we didn't use last time (Corbin) so I'll probably let him use it if the baby's a boy. For a girl though, I have no idea. We generally agree on girls names though so hopefully we can decide on something at some point. I'm still leaning towards being team green this time so we may have to come up with two names (if he doesn't beg to find out the gender that is).

I have a dr appointment tomorrow and crossing my fingers we'll get to see the baby again. I've gained close to 3 lbs since my last appointment 3 weeks ago so LOL we'll see what he has to say about that!

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Ashley - Don't even get me started on weight gain. I don't know my exact number, but it's shameful. I'm embarrassed to go to my appointment. Woe is me. I have to eat constantly, though, or I get extremely shaky, dizzy, and nauseated. *Sigh*

I've tried to think of names here and there, but I refuse to put much thought into it until we know male/female.

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Ashley - Hope you get to peek at baby today. DH and I both times had no issues with boys names but couldn't think of girls names easily, and go figure we had girls.

Natalie Rose and Dana Nicole are my girls names. I also liked Marian and Alexis for girls.

These are the names I had picked out for boys for both kids.

Liam
Owen
Juilan
Christopher

Mary - Have you tried using hard candy to calm the nausea?

*AFM*

I'm pretty stressed about Christmas this year, more just the money that ends up spent. Anyone have hints on easy to make inexpensive Christmas gifts?

My aunt is getting my parents a Tassimo brewer (like a Keurig), so I was thinking of making them a basket with some cookies, some mugs and of course cups for the brewer.

Not even sure what to get my sister and her spouse, the only thing they are into right now is racing RC cars and it seems to take priority over family events, that really ticks me off, so no way on this planet (or any other for that matter) will I get her stuff for that.

And I have the usual trouble thinking up stuff for aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Good thing is that we already told DH's side we aren't doing gifts for adults this year, we also aren't expecting anything. That sort of thing doesn't fly with my side. Sad

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Funny you should mention hard candy. I haven't used it just because I haven't had any, and I never think about it until I want it. But there have been several times where I thought to myself, "I think I'd feel better if I had a hard candy to suck on..." I need to buy some when I'm at work. Or more fun... Maybe I could try making some of that Christmas hard tack candy. I've never made it, but I love it when other people do, and I'll bet Sean would like it (AND be not allergic to it).

I'm considering calling the u/s place this morning to see if we can get an appointment for the early gender scan, but part of me feels like I should just wait. I don't know, for some reason I just feel like waiting. I'd like to do team green, but DH won't have it.

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Appointment went great. Baby was moving around like crazy, love it! If you want to see pics, here's my BB post.

Amanda: I'm totally stressed about Christmas. I just hate spending money and picking gifts. I LOVE giving presents if it's something I"m exciting about, but I feel like Christmas is just whatever random crap I come up with at the last minute. An inexpensive present I like to do is a throw blanket, a few boxes of candy, a few bags of popcorn, and movie rental. Easy enough. Or cookies/brownies in a jar & a spatula or something.

Mary: hard candy sounded good to me until I had some. Too sweet, makes me sick. I did get some Warheads the other day because the sour is soooo great right now, but after I almost kill myself with sour it gets too sweet. Ugh.

Okay how freaky is this... so my MIL watched my kids while I went to my doc appt today so I was talking to her when I picked them up. We haven't really talked much about this pg is person yet, but she goes on to tell me that a few weeks BEFORE we told them, she had a dream where she was with her her dad who passed about 2 years back, and the only thing she could remember is him telling her we were going to have another little boy. WTH?! Totally crazy right? So she is like, if this baby is a boy, I'll pass out! LOL. So kind of interesting. Funny thing is that DH & I were talking about giving this baby a MN after him if it happens to be a boy. Anyway, makes me wonder big time. I bet once DH hears that story, he'll start pressuring me to find out the gender as soon as we can.

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