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September 2014 Chat Thread

Where did the summer go? I can't believe it's labour day already.

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Haven't been on in a while so here is an update.

My grandma passed last week, I am sad about it because she is gone, but am relieved that she is no longer suffering and in pain.

In more positive news.

Tomorrow is the start of a new school year, and Natalie has a new teacher which I am happy about, this is not normal for senior kindergarten but her teacher moved on to other things. The assistant teacher is still there so there is a familiar face, and I found her fantastic, hope her and the new teacher work well together.

Dana is also starting school tomorrow, she's going into her second year of high school (grade 10). She's grown a tiny bit over the summer and is slightly taller than me now, she's getting so big, but I think she is done growing in height.

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So sorry to hear about your grandma Amanda. Those losses are never easy. Your girls are getting so big! I totally think of Dana in like middle school - crazy to imagine her in her second year of HS!

I'm just counting the day LOL We are so busy it will fly by. Now that Evan is in soccer we're basically running Thursdays and Fridays for that. It will be easier once the baby arrives and I'm home.

I also started wondering about au pair vs nanny....so we're researching that too. We'll see if we can find someone who feels like a fit. I can think of a lot of pluses and a lot of potential pitfalls (like someone we don't like living in our house haha). We'll see I need to talk to the consultant and see what I think....

Coming up on 37 weeks....any time now little one! Let's not be late like your brother!

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We don't have middle school here, though I like the idea. What grades are the middle schools there?

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Amanda - sorry about your grandma. DH's grandma just passed a few days ago, too. It has been expected for a long time (Alzheimer's for 20 years!). Good luck with the teachers. Raymond started school today and Alex starts tomorrow.

Katie - I'll send labor vibes! I think 39w is the perfect time to have a baby. But I can understand you getting antsy. I know several people who have had au pairs and loved them. Good luck making a decision.

AFM: 2-month-expired spermicide isn't a big deal... right? :rolleyes: It's a good thing we'd be able to handle it if we had a fifth. I feel like it's onaly a matter of time.

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Amanda - schools are typically kindergarten (and increasingly pre-k) through 5th or 6th then middle is 6/7-8th then high school is 9-12. But different areas vary depending on the size of the district. They might combine more or less if they are really big or really small.

Virginia- I'd say five is just a matter of time for you Wink

I am crampy today. I'm brushing them off as BH but it has been most the day. It isn't getting painful and I haven't had any more plug. I shouldn't have an issue sleeping though so I think it is just my body practicing....

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Amanda - I'm so sorry about your grandma. I totally understand what you mean about being sad that she's gone, but happy she isn't suffering anymore... I can't believe Dana is getting so old!!! I love the pics on FB, your girls are growing so big and both seem so happy and strong.

Katie - sorry about getting rear-ended! I'm glad you're okay and that the boys weren't with you. What a total pita that it happened with someone uninsured! Ugh! I still can't believe you're almost due! I swear I missed most of your pregnancy because we were laptop-less for so long and I never checked in here on the tablet... Good luck getting everything ready! Don't be too shocked if baby comes early. I swear I was in denial for 8 hours of labor when I was having contractions with Benjamin at 39 weeks. I was in total denial... Xander was 2 full weeks late and I never ever imagined I'd have one early. lol.

Virginia - I would think just being expired two months wouldn't really be that big of a deal.......... but you never know. lol

AFM - Xander is doing really good with year two of Pre-K. Last year was a total nightmare getting him used to school (lost of tantrums, etc.) but this year it was absolutely no change at all. He's just happy to be back at school with his friends. But both kiddos got sick last weekend. I figured it'd come soon. It's like school starts and BAM kids are sick within a week. Hopefully we're not sick as much this year, though, since Xander already has a year of school under his belt. We'll see, I guess!

Balloon Rally this weekend (lots of hot air balloons, kids loooove it) and DH's parents are coming to visit. Should be fun!

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I did finally get to sleep and no further progress. It was an entire afternoon of annoying bhs that were never really painful but were consistent! I am itching to meet this kid Smile

Lauren glad year two is going well! Balloon fest sounds fun!

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Hmm. I was really, really tired by dinner time last night, so this morning I gave into the whim to test. I'm only 8dpo, and I figured a BFN would be good for me. But... I'm not sure. I'm not sure it's a BFN and I'm not sure it's not. There is definitely a line there. I'm just not completely sure it's pink. Eek. Maybe.

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You better keep us posted Virginia!! Smile I can totally imagine a BFP for you - it would be nice timing! Would be a unique birth month from your others I think - later in May looks like it would be a month away from Oliver.

I'm feeling puffy. I didn't really swell much with the other two but I'm feeling a bit more swollen this go around. Nothing alarming just uncomfortable.

Evan went golfing with DH today. DH said he did a good job not getting frustrated. The pictures were so cute. I took a nice nap since that is what Rory did. I'm waking multiple times a night so a nap was a nice treat.

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Good luck with the swelling, Katie.

I'll definitely KUP. Honestly, it looks like my early, faint BFPs did at 9dpo with several of my pregnancies. But, it also looks like a test did one cycle where I wasn't pregnant (or had implantation fail around 10dpo). If I were TTC I'd be super excited. But, I'm not ready to call it yet (of course, at 8dpo). We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'm not sure how DH would take it (he'd accept it, but not be thrilled). I feel like 2-3 months from now would be a lot better. We're still settling in and I have some furniture to stain other non-pregnancy friendly tasks.

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I think I got a faint positive this morning (on a cheapie) but I haven't been able to replicate it. I know, from when I was testing out my m/c 2 years ago, that they routinely show positive at a HCG level around 10. So, I figure maybe I have a few that are just way too sensitive. :shrug:

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I have a couple EPTs I wish I could send you for tomorrow Smile I didn't go testing crazy with this pregnancy. I did the Pregnant/not pregnant, it said pregnant and I didn't test again. Of course around that time we had all sorts of craziness with the house we were selling so I could only really stress out about one thing at a time! And this has been such a nice pregnancy. If people were all pregnant like this they'd probably all have a ton of kids. I will say I got up at least 5 times last night to use the bathroom, he was apparently sitting just right to make me urgently have to pee every 1-2 hours!

We got the last of all our needs to be hung stuff up today Smile YAYYYY! Moving is a lot of work!

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I'm trying not to stress it. I figure I should know tomorrow.
I wish I had pregnancies like that, Katie. We'd definitely have six if I did (even DH agrees).

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After three days of faint lines, I'm going to call it as either nothing or a very early CP. The most obvious line was at 8dpo, as were the most convincing symptoms (chocolate aversion?! That was my first symptom with Arthur). So, if it was anything it's definitely not going anywhere. I'm kind of disappointed, but also relieved. I think I'd like another, but I don't know how I would do m/s again. I start to get anxious just thinking about it.

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Well I'm glad you're not too disappointed. I do wonder how long you'll wait to really try Wink

I have had a crazy week. I knew it was going to be a rough one and I have been looking forward to getting through it. Big work function thing for the last 2 days. I survived, YAY! And now it's onward to wrapping things up for baby's arrival Smile Man after that slight spotting/plug and then a day or two of constant BHs I was starting to feel a little positive he might come earlier vs later but this week has been a whole lot of nothing. 38 weeks tomorrow....any day not little one! Of course we're still debating names so many it's better he waits LOL

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Sending you labor vibes, Katie!

I'm still kind of on the fence about a fifth. DH has made a few comments suggesting he feels the same. I think we'd both be content if it just happened sometime. I just don't know if/when we'd actually decide to TTC.

I had baby fever hit me like a punch to the gut a few days ago. Oof. Completely out of the blue, too. Fortunately it didn't last long.

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Evan had his first soccer game tonight and one of the other moms had a baby about 2 weeks ago. Seeing the little baby boy totally made me want this kid to get the show on the road! I'm ready to snuggle a little guy again. And I've started leaking colostrum like crazy. Apparently supply will be ample again. I've had a couple painful contractions/BHs today. Nothing consistent and my stomach has been upset - one of those hard to guess if the cramps are b/c my stomach is upset or is my stomach off b/c I've had some cramps? Ah the joys of waiting!

I've been interviewing au pairs via Skype. One gal was not nearly fluent enough in English. The next was a little young but I wanted to at least talk to her (she was from Australia so English was no problem). If the kids were all a bit older she might have been fun but as it is I think it would be a bit much. THe 3rd was tonight and though her English isn't amazing it was perfectly suitable to ask her questions and get responses I could understand (she is Spanish speaking). She was very nice and answered things well. I feel positive about her. DH is a little worried about someone living with us. It's not like we have a mansion. But for a year I think it will be really helpful. If we don't wind up loving it we can always transition after a year - Evan will be in kindergarten, the baby will be 1, we can adjust. So we'll see! Our life is never boring Wink

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I hope things are moving along for you, Katie!
We've been getting slammed with back-to-school bugs. Arthur spent the weekend with a fever and didn't sleep for 3 nights straight. We all have colds. I thought we were finally getting past it, then Oliver spent all morning vomiting. woo hoo. At this point I don't know if we're dealing with one, two, or three different viruses!
When the kids are all healthy I feel like I could handle a dozen. When they're all sick I wonder how anyone ever manages more than one or two. An au pair sounds so nice right now!

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Still pregnant Smile Not shocking. I did have a couple hours of contracts Tuesday night but they never got closer than nine minutes apart and didn't get longer than twenty or so seconds. I was hoping but it does off and nothing much since. So we wait!

I hope your kids are feeling better!! We actually did choose an au pair! We are both excited and nervous. I am hoping it is a great fit but it will be an adjustment I'm sure.

All else is going well....just waiting to meet this little one!

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:lurk: I was checking expecting to see a birth announcement from you Katie! Sending ELV's your way! (& congrats on the au pair!)

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Thanks for checking in! Still nothing exciting to report Smile I feel good and while I am anxious I have also been reminding myself this is likely the last time I will be pregnant so I am trying to be patient and enjoy the moment. I won't mind being done with work this will probably be my last week regardless....

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Happy Due Date, Katie! I hope you're snuggling a sweet (brand new) baby boy! If not, sending tons of labor vibes.

AFM: CD15 and I have zero fertile signs. I have no idea why. I Oed CD18 last cycle. Late, but not terribly so. I don't really mind not being fertile, but it does decrease the chances of an oops. And it's just plain weird. I actually took another HPT yesterday, but still BFN, as would be expected given that my temp dropped and I had AF.

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Still pregnant. I'm starting to get really antsy and uncomfortable but I'm holding steady. Wednesday on my due date my BP was way high (well for me like 155/85 I don't run high at all) but I was running late and generally rushing and stressed. They had me come back Friday and they took blood work and Friday BP was normal and blood work was all fine. They are having me come back again Monday and will check BP and if I'm ok with it do a sweep. Well they would have done one Wednesday but I was hardly 1cm. Sigh. My babies love to hang on. SO they are hoping Monday I'll be a bit more ready for that. If I go until Friday I'll get an u/s to check fluids and a NST. So it would save me a lot of time, energy, driving and hassle if this baby would come tomorrow. But he doesn't seem inclined to do so!

Any fertile signs Virginia? How is your sister feeling and how is the new house?

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my computer is on its last legs, so my posts keep getting deleted. I'll try to be quick this time.
Katie, I hope baby cooperated and is here by now!

AFM: feeling very fertile. My body kicked in suddenly a few days ago. DH says no way to TTC, so my hopes for a July/August baby are unlikely to be realized. The house is awesome, but probably does fit four kids better than five, although we do have room for up to six (at 2/room)
My sister is doing well, as far as I know. I have been trying to give her space.

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Elliot Robert Muller arrived at 12:47pm yesterday afternoon 10 lbs 12 oz (just like his brother Rory) but my shortest baby at 20.5" He has hair! My other two were baldies and it looks like it might be dark like mine vs my two blondies. I will give a little birth story since there really isn't a birth board to share it on Smile

I woke up at 4am with a contraction and it seemed stronger than the on again off again stuff I'd been having. I decided to go to the bathroom and go back to sleep. 4:30 I was up again and it seemed more real. I played with my phone a bit and they kept coming so about 5:30 I finally got up and got DH up. Told him I thought it was real labor Smile I called the birth center to let them know and they told me about 7 minutes apart to head in. So we got the dogs out and showered, packed some stuff got the boys up and by 7ish I decided we should go. We arrived there a little after 8 and I was right at 5 cm. We were all there, I got one dose of antibiotics (+GBS, again, ugh) then we went for a little walk. I started to feel like the contractions were getting really strong around 11 and the midwife seemed a little skeptical but when she checked me I was 9 and with a push pretty much got to 10. Apparently I don't labor like a normal person, she called me stoic Smile I warned her I was a wimpy pusher though. So about 12 we started pushing in a few positions, she was trying hard to get my water to break on its own. They don't typically break water for starters and then they try not to move labor faster when there's a +GBS and the second dose of antibiotics isn't in. I needed 4 hours for it and didn't make that. Finally they decided I wasn't going to get my second dose and the sac was holding things up and they broke my water. He was literally born one minute later. As soon as it broke he came right down and out. I mean it felt a little more dramatic and painful than that but he really did come right out. DH juggled between the boys in the family room (which was right outside our room) and me pushing. It actually wasn't hard or stressful at all! I'm not big on husband support during labor, I labor through contractions pretty much internally so the boys weren't freaked out and they were able to come in and see him the instant he was out. DH was able to take a picture and cut the cord. Since I didn't get 2 doses of antibiotics the technical recommendation is 12 hours at the birth center post delivery but they let me sign a release and leave after 6 hours since he was eating well and both of our vitals were good (a nurse follows up here at our house today). We got to the birth center about 8:15am and got home about 8:30pm! I had no tearing or stitches, my midwife said I should have tons of babies because I'm a labor rock star Smile The boys love him! We're working on not touching his face and being gentle but I'm so happy with how interested and sweet they are being. Evan had a pre school field trip today that he really wanted to go to so we sent him to school per his request. Tomorrow we may all stay home. Elliot nurses like a champ and last night he gave me one 4 hour stretch of (much needed) sleep. He was on my chest but whatever I will totally take it!! So we're a family of 5 now Smile Not caught up to you yet Virginia but working on it Wink

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Congratulations! Sounds like a pretty much ideal delivery. I'll second your MW and say you should definitely be having tons of kids. You totally rock both pregnancy and delivery.

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Yes well we'll see about a 4th Smile I'm not saying definitely not but Evan has been in one of those phases where he challenges EVERYTHING so we need to get through that with adding a baby successfully! He's such a fun kid but lately at home he's been in to pushing all the limits. So frustrating and the more frustrated we get the more he tends to do it vs when we can find positive things to encourage. Both big boys wanted to go to pre school this morning. It is only a half day today so I sent them in. Elliot had a fantastic night last night. He coslept and slept 10-4 then like 4:30-7. So great! No idea if that will be routine but I'll take what I can get!

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All my babies slept well the first night and then were on the newborn schedule after that. Hopefully Elliot will stay a really good sleeper for you! For me, Oliver is the challenging one. Raymond was, too, for along time, but has been much, much better since he turned 5, and even better since he turned 6. They like to try to assert their independence around 4-5 and it's tough.

By the way, I don't think you can call yourself a wimpy pusher. You have huge babies and you can push them out. There's no way you're wimpy. I feel like we labor similarly. I tend to internalize and just deal with it, as well. But, I wish I could be up and about so soon after labor like you. There's been something every time which made me end up in bed for the whole 2 day hospital stay. With #1 and #4 is was anemia/shock, #3 it was being sick and pretty much spraining my ribs, #2... well, if the darn nurse had listened to me I wouldn't have fainted and been ordered to stay in bed unless someone was there to help. I felt pretty good once I had lunch.

Still super fertile. No obvious oops moments, but we're only using spermicide, and I have trouble trusting that it will work. I'm still really on the line about a fifth. For now, my approach is DTD a lot while fertile and see if the BC fails.