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    It is now Thursday and I am exhausted!!!

    Monday night, I left work and decided that I really didn't feel like going anywhere. I've been getting heartburn now (never had it before) and it was bad on Monday, plus I was just so tired. I ended up not going to the class. I've also decided that I really don't want to take the classes anymore. They are on Monday nights and after work, all I want to do is go home and relax.

    Tuesday night, Rob and I went to watch his friends play baseball. The game ended at 8:30 but then they played a game of soccer until 9:30. Then we went to his friend's place until 11:30. When I got home I had to eat as I didn't have dinner so by the time I got to bed, it was about 1:00.

    Last night, we babysat his niece and nephew. They were great, like always, but so full of energy. Again, it was me playing with them until they went to bed. We didn't get home until 11:00 and then I couldn't sleep. It wasn't until about 12:30 that I finally fell asleep.

    It's been a crazy week. Tonight, we have nothing planned, Thank God!! so I get to go home and relax. Tomorrow is Friday, T.G.I.F. We also get to watch Sonja (my parents kitten) until next Friday when they move. They found fleas on her on Tuesday and the shampoo they bought didn't work so they took her to the vet's today. She is staying overnight but they want to spray and let it all clear out for a week so that no fleas come with them. Fine with Rob and I!! It'll be hard to give her back.

    I love you Hayley!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    I'm so tired. The exhaustion of the 3rd trimester has hit hard. I am now officially in the 3rd trimester. I have reached 28 weeks, only 12 more to go. It is coming way to fast!! There's still so much I need. I don't have anything except for some clothes and most of those are too big for her. I really need to get moving. It's been tough financially though. Rob's "friend" let him go again so now Rob is looking for yet another job. He needs to find one soon as it is tough only me working. 1 of my bi-weekly paycheques is enough to cover rent but come September when I go on mat leave, my entire pay for the month will just cover rent. I can't believe that this guy did it to him again. I am so mad at his "friend" as he totally screwed us over. Rob really needed that job.

    We've been watching Sonja since Friday and she is such a mischievous, playful kitten. Rob got the great idea to let her on the balcony, of course only when we're out there, but I am totally regretting it. We are only on the second floor so if she jumps she'll be fine, but I'm more worried about her jumping and running off more than anything. Well, Rob went to watch his friends play baseball last night (it was a late game and I need my sleep) so I was home alone with Sonja. I went to go on the balcony for just a minute when she ran right out the door before I could even get a foot on the balcony. I went to grab her but she kept running to the other end of the balcony. I spent 10 minutes chasing her before I was finally able to get her. I brought her in and didn't go back out so she couldn't get out. My parents are going to have fun with her as she cries and cries at the door until someone lets her out and they will be on the 4th floor. We'll see how they handle that.

    I feel so fat. People keep telling me that I am so small for someone who is due in 2.5 months but I still feel huge. My feet were so swollen last night. I also had to take my rings off last night as my fingers are starting to swell as well and I don't want them to get stuck on. It's also hard now to get dressed, especially putting on socks and shoes. I can't really bend over anymore so I have to cross my legs and put them on sideways. Plus, it's getting a lot harder to do any kind of exercise. I find I get tired a lot easier now. I try to go for a 15-20 minute walk everyday on lunch but it's getting harder and harder to do even that. And, it's just going to get worse.

    I haven't spoken to Dawn since Friday but I don't think she's had her baby yet. She was due yesterday. When I spoke to her on Friday she told me she's been having contractions every night but nothing consistent or hard enough to even warrant a hospital visit yet. I will call her today to see how she's doing.

    I have my glucose tolerance test on Friday, plus I get my shot of Rho-gam the same day. I am leaving work at 12:00 because of summer hours so I will go right after that to the hospital. I am not looking forward to it. A lot of people on my birth boards have failed the test so I'm nervous about that. I don't want to have to do the 3hr test. Plus, I am not looking forward to getting a needle in my butt. I have to though since I am RH negative. It provides me with anti-bodies in case Hayley is a positive blood type.

    I love you Hayley!!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    It's been a very hectic week!!!

    Friday June 30, I went to the hospital to get my Rhogam shot (being RH negative) and do my glucose tolerance test. The GTT wasn't bad, the 2 needles (before and after) that went with it were worse than the drink itself. The Rhogam shot wasn't bad either. It was more embarrassing than anything. I went to the assessment room in the hospital to get it done. I really don't like that room. I got to hear more women in labour again. Anyways, the nurse tells me to go into the bathroom where I had to pull down my pants and bend over the sink. Then she gave me the needle in my butt. The needle itself didn't hurt, but I could feel the Rhogam entering my bloodstream and that hurt, still not that bad though.

    Saturday, my parents moved into their apartment in my building. I spent most of the day helping them out with unpacking and cleaning. Sunday, we went to Rob's brother's house. They had a BBQ and cake to celebrate my birthday. It was a month late but still appreciated. His niece and nephew were adorable, like usual.

    I had my OB checkup on Tuesday. Everything went great! I gained another 6lbs, so I am up to 135lbs now. Hayley's h/b was 155bpm. However, when I got to work, there was a message waiting for me. It turns out that I failed my 1 hour GTT. They got the results right after I left the office. So this morning I had to do the 2 hour GTT. I will know the results in a few days. I really hope I passed, I can't do without my chocolate!!

    Dawn had her baby on June 28 at 6:00am. Vanessa Elizabeth weighed 7lbs, 4oz. She was due June 27, so she came 1 day late. Her labour was quick. Her water broke at 3:00am, she got to the hospital at 4:00am and gave birth at 6:00am. I hope Hayley comes like that.

    That's it for now.

    I love you Hayley!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    Yaaay!! I passed the 2 hour GTT. I don't have gestational diabetes!! I am so happy. My OB just called me to tell me that all of my bloodwork came back good. It is such a relief.

    Rob really needs to get a job. We are so broke and we don't have much time left. I have 4 paycheques left before I go on maternity leave and get only 55% of my pay. My entire paycheque now for 2 weeks is just enough to cover rent so with 55%, it will be an entire month's pay just to pay rent. On a happier note, only 38.5 work days left!! WOOHOO!!!

    My mum found the outfit that I wore coming home from the hospital. She's going to wash it and maybe I'll use the same outfit for Hayley's homecoming. I'd really like to use it but I'll have to get Rob's opinion on it as he hasn't seen it yet.

    I gave Rob's SIL my mum's phone number so that they can discuss my baby shower. My mum wants it to be in September since so many people are on vacation during the summer. I don't want it to be that late though. I want to be somewhat prepared. Plus, I don't want to go into labor halfway through my shower. Maybe Sandra will talk some sense into her. I also need to start looking for the things that I want. I am not a finicky person, generally I like everything so it shouldn't be too hard, but there are so many choices. The stroller is the one thing that I definitely want to pick out on my own since I need to be able to feel comfortable with it. Everything else I'll leave up to the buyer.

    Not much else has happened since I last wrote. The weekend was pretty uneventful. Italy won the World Cup yesterday but since I am not Italian that has nothing to do with me. I just thought I'd mention it as something to remember years from now.

    I love you Hayley!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    I can't believe how fast time is flying. It is less than 2 months now until Hayley gets here. I feel so unprepared. All I have are some clothes right now and that's about it. It doesn't help that Rob still hasn't found a job. I am totally stressing out. I know it's not good for Hayley but I can't help but be worried. I know I'll have a car seat and a bassinet as those are being given to me but I don't have them yet. All I really need is a stroller and those are expensive. We don't have the money to get it, everything I make goes towards bills, rent and food. My parents help us out a lot but they are getting frustrated. I got into a big fight with them on Thursday as my dad was trying to tell me that Rob is just using me which I know is not true at all. He is desparately trying to find a job, he's just having no luck. We ended up giving them back Sonja on Thursday. I miss her a lot. I know it's better as there is no way I could keep her with Hayley, but it's still hard.

    I am also stressing because I have no clothes that are comfortable to wear anymore. I go to work but I don't want to go anywhere else because of this. Rob's friends invited us to the beach last weekend but I didn't want to go because I didn't have anything to wear. On the weekends and at night during the week, I just wear Rob's clothes as they fit me but I look like such a bum. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the weight gain at all (30lbs so far) but I just want the money to get maternity clothes to fit my growing body.

    On a happier note, I have my 32 week checkup on Tuesday and I get another u/s. I get to see Hayley again!! I am nervous but excited too. I am nervous as everyone tells me I am too small to be due in 2 months so I hope she is not too small. At my last u/s at 19 weeks she measured right on and my belly is growing at every appt that I've been to and I am gaining weight so hopefully that means something.

    I am feeling Hayley move all the time. She also gets the hiccups a lot. Those feel so cool but they get annoying, especially when she gets them when I am trying to sleep. Sleeping is another thing altogether. It's so hard to get comfortable now. I really wish I could sleep on my back even though I always hated it before, go figure. She also decides to do her tumbling act every night at bedtime so I have to lay there a good half an hour or more until she decides to settle down.

    I am also getting the nesting instinct. Today, I just feel like cleaning everything. Our storage room got destroyed when Sonja was here so that's where I am going to start. I also would really love to start decorating Hayley's room but that's going to cost money so it'll have to hold off for a little while more. Plus, I don't have any furniture yet (change table, crib, dresser, etc.) so there's not much to do. I'll probably just clean it to satisfy myself for now.

    I'm sorry Hayley for complaining so much this week. I really hope daddy finds a job soon so we can be ready in advance. I don't want to leave everything for the last minute.

    I love you Hayley!!
    4 more days until I get to see you again. I can't wait!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    Well, again, it's been awhile since I posted. I just haven't been online in a bit. It's gotten busy at work so I don't get a chance to go online there either.

    I saw Hayley on July 25th. She weighed 4 1/4lbs which is excellent. The doctor said she was a little overweight for 32 weeks but that she'd be about 7.5lbs when she was born. That's perfect for me. She was also in the head down position already. He said she'll probably stay that way which is really good news. I asked him to double check to make sure she was still a female and sure enough, he showed us the vulva and said that he saw enough of those everyday to know that it is definitely still a girl. I didn't get any pictures though as she was hard to see. It's weird, I saw her a lot more clearly at 20 weeks then I did at 32 weeks. I guess it's because we could only see 1 part at a time as she is a lot bigger now . He tried to get a face shot but she was turned the wrong way, she was facing my back.

    My shower has been set for August 20th, woohoo. There was so much drama trying to pick a date. My brother's girlfriend is having hers on August 27th and after that it would be labour day, then a week before my due date which is too late. Rob's SIL can't make it on the 20th because they are leaving for vacation that day. That is dissapointing for me because I really wanted her there. My mum and her are the ones that have been most involved in this pregnancy. Also, my aunt who's pretty close to me can't make it either because she's going on vacation on the 18th. She has also been involved quite a bit in this pregnancy as well. She has been buying me maternity clothes and lots of clothes for Hayley as well. They tried to make the shower on the 18th which is a Friday night, but Sunday afternoon works best for most people so that's why the 20th was chosen.

    I went the other night to register at Walmart. That was fun. I went with my mum and picked out a stroller, crib, change table and lots of little stuff. We got to go around with a scanner and scan everything I wanted. I am having second thoughts about the stroller though. I don't know if it's the exact one I want. It could just be pregnancy hormones though. But, it's like my mum said, with Hayley coming in September and winter right after, how much am I going to use the stroller until next summer anyways.

    Well, sleeping has become a pain. I turn so much in the night trying to get comfortable. I keep getting cramps in my legs and then I have to turn over to try to get rid of them. I am also back to waking up around 3-5 every morning to pee. It had stopped for awhile but for the past 2 weeks it has come back.

    It's also really getting down to crunch time and I feel so unprepared. She's coming next month!!! 6 more weeks as of tomorrow, give or take. I only have 19 more work days. I am very excited about that. Rob might have a job starting on Tuesday, my fingers and toes are all crossed. We really need the money.

    Hayley, I can't wait to meet you.

    I love you Hayley!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    Almost a month since I last posted, too much going on getting ready for Hayley.

    I had a checkup on August 17th. Everything was good. I did the Group B Stress Test at that appt and I haven't heard back from the doctor so I guess everything went well. I have my next checkup on Monday (August 28th) but it won't be with my regular OB as he is on vacation. I will see one of his colleagues.

    I had my baby shower on August 20th. It was a blast!! My mum organized it and she did an excellent job!! I got soooo much!! The big things were a stroller, a change table and a swing. I also got tonnes of small things. We played some really cool games. One thing we did was have everyone make a card for her future birthdays (1-19). I am going to keep them and give her one at each of her birthdays. I am sure she will really love that. We also played another game where we had my brother walk around with a tray of baby items. Once he left the room, we asked everyone what he was wearing. Everyone was so shocked. They were ready to name the items, lol. My mum also put together an excellent slide show of my baby pictures. It was so sweet. She had the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride playing in the background. Everyone loved it.

    The only dissapointing part of the shower was the fact that none of Rob's family came except for his mother. His SIL was away so I understood that but no one else was able to make it. He's really upset by this and I am too. Some of his old neighbours did come so there were some people from his side, but it was mainly my family.

    We did the hospital tour on August 21st. It was a total waste of time. The instructor (who was just a hospital volunteer) spent more than 20 minutes explaining how to get to the hospital. We were already there, so anyone who didn't know how they got there must have been really stupid!! Then they showed us where to go which is the assessment room. I have already been there twice so, again, more pointless information. The only thing I didn't know is that there is a jacuzzi in each birthing room. Who knows if I'll even use it. Rob can't, haha!! I will also only be in there 24hrs for a regular vaginal delivery. They keep you 3 days for a c-section which I hope not to have.

    I only have one more week of work, I am so excited. Right now I am more excited about finishing work then I am about Hayley arriving. I know that probably sounds bad, but I am so tired and can't wait to finish work. I have been absolutely exhausted lately. Last weekend was the worst with my baby shower. I did so much cleaning leading up to it. My lower back was killing me pretty much all weekend. Although I have loved being pregnant, I can't wait until it's over and I get to meet Hayley and hold her in my arms. Rob still hasn't found a job and I am getting extremely nervous. He needs a job because we need the money. We won't be able to pay bills without him having a job.

    Tomorrow, I'll be 37 weeks, only 3 more to go, if I make it that long. I keep thinking she'll come early, but both my mum and Rob say she'll be late. They were right about the sex so they seem to have better instincts than me. We'll see though. I haven't had any contractions yet, at least none that I know of and she hasn't dropped yet but I know that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

    Well, that's my update for now.

    I love you Hayley! I really can't wait to meet you now!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    I AM OFFICIALLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE!!

    I finally finished work. It feels weird knowing that I am not going back for at least a year but it feels oh so good!!

    I had another checkup last Monday (August 2 with my OB's colleague since my regular OB was on vacation. It went really well. I weighed 147lbs so I've gained about 40lbs (starting was approx. 105). He also did another u/s. I was so happy and was not expecting it at all. Rob was a little upset that he wasn't there. He hasn't been coming to every appt since they usually only last about 5mins and there's no point in him being there. Well, he said she looked perfect. I forgot to ask him her weight and whether or not she looked close to coming, I was caught completely off guard. Everything else is good too. I start going every week now.

    My brother's girlfriend had her shower last weekend (August 27th). It was good. It wasn't quite as organized as mine but it still went pretty well. She got a lot of stuff too. A few of my family members that came to mine didn't go to hers. My mum was really pissed off because she told everyone that if they go to either mine or her's then they better go to both or not to bother coming to any at all since it wouldn't be fair. Jen still had a lot of people come to hers as she has a lot of friends.

    Well, not much else to report. I've still had no contractions and no other signs of labour so now it's just a matter of waiting. I need to get Hayley's room set up. Everything is just thrown in there right now. I also really need to pack my hospital bag. I've just been so tired but now that I'm home all day, there's plenty of time, unless Hayley comes soon.

    I love you Hayley!!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    I am now an aunt!! Hayden Earl William was born Sept. 14 at 1:14am weighing in at 7lbs, 4oz. Her water broke at 8:10pm on Sept. 13 and he was here 5 hours later. Lucky her!! I hope it goes that quick for me but with my mum having long labours I really don't know.

    I am upset that he came before Hayley but, what can I do? He also decided to make his appearance on the day that I wanted. Rob's Oma's birthday was Sept. 14. They also stole the name Hayden. I knew it was always a possibility but I was hoping they would change their mind.

    I went to visit them last night in the hospital. He is sooooo cute!! I am still so scared of holding babies. I don't know what I'm going to do when Hayley comes. I'll be too scared to hold my own daughter.

    Now that I am "officially" an aunt (Rob's niece and nephew don't call me aunt) I really want to be a mum!! It's not fair, she wasn't due until after me (the 26th).

    My poor mother came down with pneumonia on Tuesday. She is really sick. I feel so bad for her because I know how much she wants to be with her grandson.

    I had a checkup on Tuesday. She has dropped so it should be any time now. I keep talking to her telling her to come out but no signs of labour at all.

    I love you Hayley!! I know you're liking it in there, but please come out soon!!
    Jen, Rob, Hayley (09/15/06) & Liam (01/17/09)




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    Hey, I heard Hayley is here. Congrats to both you and Rob and Welcome Hayley. Post pics soon!
    Erin~Mommy to Patrick and Sean.





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