I don't have much time to write today as I need to leave work in about 20 minutes so that I can take the girls to the doc for their 15 month appointment. But I thought I would pop in and post before the weekend because lord knows I will most likely not be back on until Monday. A busy weekend planned-- a baby shower for our friend and his wife on Saturday and working on the girls' room. Other than that, I am going to TRY and get at least a little bit of rest. But yeah, right.
I am having some bad heartburn today and I have already bee to the bathroom4 times today. Ugh. I hate that! I don't mind it so much when I am at home, but at work it sucks because the bathroom is SO far away. :doh: Other than that, I am still amazed by how much I have dropped! I can't get over it! My maternity shirts fit nicer, I have less problems sitting, less joint pain (which is weird because in the pubic area you would think it would be opposite, but it was actually NOT painful to get up this morning like it usually is!) and I feel so small compared to what I did! I can't believe the difference in size between this time and last time! I know I have already written about this like 800 times, but hey, who cares?
Oooh, I wanted to order a nursing bra today, but I can't figure out what size to order! Since I am ordering it, I would hate to get the wrong size and have to send it back-- it's so annoying! I am ordering one from the Bravo Bras site that Mama Nye mentioned on our birth board. They look WAY comfy and I am excited to get one! I also ordered a baby monitor yesterday since the one that we have sucks and we will need a good working one for the girls' new room since they will be so far away from us in the house at night, now. I think they will be fine, btu I want to be able to hear and be woken up if one of them starts screaming at night or something like that! I think that tonight we will go to Menards and buy the paint, and DH ordered the wallpaper border that we found on e-bay this morning. It is way cute. So we will egt there... I am feeling a little more prepared everyday, but still have a long way to go. I have to find those breast pads that I liked last time, too... I can't seem to find them from alst time, so I have to remember what brand they were so I can get more. They were so nice! Ooh, and I should take out the breast pump and get that all resterilized and ready to go... sheesh, I keep coming up with more to add to my to-do list.
Anyway, I love you all, have a great weekend and for heaven's sake, take time to relax!!
Dayna-- sounds like your house looks like mine did when we were redoing the floors in the DR-- it drove me NUTS! I don't know how you live with it on an ongoing basis! How many rooms are you adding on??
Kelly-- I hope Kevin finds what os right for him job-wise... it can be hard. Tell him to keep his options open and to remember that he may like the new job more and more as he gets to know the people and gets to know the job better. It's always an adjustment to get through the first few days...
Nicky-- Have a good stress-free weekend. Good luck on dealing with your parents... I hate dealing with parents, they can be such a PITA! I am with you about the St. Cloud thingie... if we have a bad winter you may have a tough time copmmuting over the winter... but then again, maybe we'll have no snow and a very mild one! Let me know if I can help you out in any way!
have a great weekend everyone!
35 weeks 3 days
Well, it is 6:15pm and I am still sitting here at work. I need to hang around to complete a budget report that my bosses are meeting about right now. The meeting they need it for is tomorrow morning, so I told them I would stay to make any revisions they come up with in the meeting. DH didn't want to hang out alone all night with the girls so he went to his parents for dinner. So there is no pressure to get home, I guess.
I am feeling pretty good today. Baby has been moving almost constantly today! It's weird. She has also had the hiccups a few times. This kid is gonna have the hiccups 8 times a day when she comes out, I swear. Last night she was pushing out against the front wall of my uterus, I thought she might bust a hole through it! I could barely move it hurt so bad! I didn't think that I would have to deal with that again this time-- I thought I only had that problem last time cuz there were two in there... I guess I was wrong!
It was a very, very busy weekend, but good! On Friday afternoon the girls had their 15 month appointment which went very well. Gabby is about 25 lbs. and 31 inches tall and Belle is 22.5lbs. and 30.5 inches tall. Their development is going well and the doc was very impressed with them. They each got one shot and then Gabby had blood drawn. Then from there we went shopping for diapers and stuff and spent a lot of money at Wal-Mart :roll: but I got a Swiffer WetJet and a Swiffer Duster! I know it is stupid to be so excited about two stupid pieces of cleaning equipment, but hey, I'm nesting! Then we went to Target to pick up a baby shower gift for our friend's shower on Saturday. Then we went home, had dinner, and left again. This time we went to Home Depot to get the rest of our flooring stuff so we could finish our laminate floor in the back. By the time we got home the girls were exhausted so it was an easy bedtime on Friday! YAY!
On Saturday Rick mowed the lawn and then we all went to our friends' baby shower. It was for Steve and Tonya. Tonya is due 4 days before me with their first baby. It was a fun afternoon and the girls got to run around like little rugrats since it was in a dance studio so there was lots of room. They tired themselves out again, so we went home. We hung out and took it easy until they got a bath and went to bed. Then Rick and I started painting the girls' new room. The paint is very bright, but it's way cute! I was excited! But it needed a second coat, so we had to do that on Sunday.
On Sunday, Barb came over to help us get the molding and joints finished on our floor (YAY!) and I got the 2nd coat on the paint in the room. It was SOOOOO nice to get it all done! Then we went out and filled up the girls' little pool since it was ROASTING out! They had fun for a while, then we went in and had dinner, cleaned the hosue up and then vegged for the rest of the night. I feel soooo good about getting that all accomplished! I can't wait till the wallpaper border shows up so I can get the room finished so we can start moving the stuff in and get the nursery set up for the new baby.
Anyway, gotta go-- the bosses are out of the meeting and I have work to do so I can go home! YAY!
Hope you all had great weekends!
35 weeks 5 days
Well, I had my 36 week appointment this morning. Everything looks good. It appears that I gained another pound or two, and my blood pressure was 117/76 or something like that. I didn't keep track very well... I had my GBS test today so I will get the results of that next week, I assume. Dr. Chow also checked my cervix and I am not dilated or anything at all yet. Which is good, I guess, but he said that I will haev to do some progressing as far as my cervix goes in order to go ahead with the induction on the 6th, so I hope that SOMETHING starts happening soon. Baby is still head down, which I could have told him and we are both healthy. We talked about the induction and tentatively decided that it would be started sometimes around noon or so. I can't go in the morning since there is some big meeting all the docs will be at, so Dr. Chow will not be available until after it. So if all goes as planned, this baby should be born sometime that night. I have appointments scheduled with a midwife, Deb, for the next two Thursdays and then a final appointment with Dr. Chow on the 4th to make sure I am ready to go for Friday the 6th. It all seems so close, now!! You watch, I won't dialate at all and will not be able to be induced on the 6th...
I have been feeling pretty good. Very tired, though. I can definately feel the last few weeks are going to be hard. I have a hard time being comfortable in any position, whatsoever, now. I simply forgot how hard the last few weeks can be. Last night I didn't feel well at all. At work in the afternoon I got this HORRIBLE stomache ache! I thought I was going to die. Finally about 3:45 I gave in and called Rick to have him come pick me up and bring me home. I went home and went to bed for about an hour and felt a little better after that. This stimache ache felt like nothing I had ever had before... I thought I may have to go to the bathroom, but that wasn't helping, and anytime the baby moved, which was almost constantly, it would make it that much worse. My tummy was hard as a rock-- it was almost as if I was having a very hard contration that would not release... I'm sure that's not what it was, but it's the best way to describe it. Anyway, it went away, so I am good.
RIck had his last day at his old firm yesterday adn starts his new job on Monday. He is excited and seems happier than he has in a long time. I think that is great! I just wish the timing weren't so off on the job change. I am worried that he will not get hardly any time off to be home with me and the baby after it's born, and I am thinking that it is a bad time for an insurance switch, being I won't have any insurance cards, adn I can't pre-register with the hospital until I have all the right information. Oh well. I hope that his first day goes well...
I have been trying to work out my maternity leave with my company, and it comes down to this-- I was going to take 6 weeks. But if I only take 6 weeks, it will be all STD which will pay 60% of my pay. But I also have 4 weeks fully-paid maternity leave that my company provides. If I only take 6 weeks, I will not get that maternity leave which is like 4 weeks of free vacation time! I asked if I could have that be the first 4 weeks of my leave and then use STD for the last two weeks I would be out and they said no! Isn't that messed up??? So basically, they are telling me that I take 10 weeks, or I lose my free 4 week fully-paid benefit! So, I guess after thinking about it for a while, I will be taking 10 weeks off instead of 6! It just seems like such a long time, but my company is telling me to do it! It's longer than I took with my twins! Anyway, I need to call HR today to get it started now that I know what I will do. My poor team will have a long-term temp for 10 whole weeks and I will not be back in the office until Mid-October. How weird. I am also going to supplement my 60% STD pay with some PTO, which I found out I can do. So if I use one day of PTO a week for that 6 weeks, I will be at 80% pay instead of 60%, which will help. So complicated... GRR.
I also have to try to be involved with a decision about the admin on my team. There are 2 of us assistants and we work for 13 people between the two of us. Each team usually has an administrative team leader who has extra responsibilities. As far as I understand, there is no real recognition or pay raise that goes along with this job. They usually give it to the person with the most seniority, but I just started in Feb. and Peter, the other assistant just started in June. So, we are both so new that our boss wants to meet with us to discuss who wants to take on the role. She sent us an e-mail with the "job description" and it is this:
Team Leader Responsibilities
1. Provide leadership and support for other team assistants through coaching, mentoring and training.
2. Trouble-shoot minor day-to-day support staff performance issues (i.e., adhering to established work hours, personal phone use, etc.). Act as liaison between bankers and support staff for performance problems and/or recognition, as appropriate or necessary. Report to Administrative Manager any issue or recognition requiring senior level attention.
3. Assist with managing daily workflow and staffing for team.
4. Coordinate support staff vacations and other planned absences to ensure sufficient support staff coverage.
5. Maintain the team’s client management database. If appropriate, coordinates and monitors the team’s marketing and research mailings to ensure they are done in a timely manner and that sufficient backup coverage is in place.
6. Assist in coordinating annual industry team conference and/or other major client events. For industry conferences, coordinates all banking one-on-one meetings, coordinates the production of the pitchbooks and other material needed for conference. Attends conference-planning meetings. Also, attends and works at the conference as required.
7. Assists with the interviewing and hiring process for staff additions.
8. Participates on Task Forces to provide input from investment banking on various internal policies and procedures, as requested.
9. Works with the Administrative Manager in defining, designing and implementing new policies and procedures to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the department.
Basically, I am not sure that I want the extra responsibilies, and I am apprehensive about taking on this role right before I go out for 10 weeks! But I feel like I may be missing an opportunity if I do not take it. Peter seems to be ambivalent about it... so who knows what will happen. Peter and I have a meeting with our boos to decide our fate on the 22nd. I'll have to let you know what happens.
On to other things, the girls are doing well. I got word from the Pediatritian the other day that Gabby's blood tests came back with very high Thyroid levels, so we need to adjust her meds again. It may explain why it has been so hard to get the little bugger to bed lately! The girls have both also started to go through some seperation anxiety in the mornings when we leave for work. It is so hard to leave them when they are reaching for you and screaming and crying as you are trying to walk out the door. I guess i can say that luckily I will only have to deal with this for a few more weeks before I can be home with them for 10 weeks again.
The border for their new room arrived in the mail today and the monitor arrived yesterday. So once I get that border up (maybe tomorrow night) we can start getting the girls moved into that room to get them used to it. We also still need to clean out the closet so we can get their stuff in there so we can get the baby's room going. But, it's a never-ending list of things we need to do on so little time and energy... what's new. I am determined to go downstairs and get the bassinet so I can start putting that together tonight. We have a SD picnic tonight, but it only goes until 8 so I think I can get that done. I also want to get the carseat pulled apart and washed so we can get that ready to be installed, too.
We took the van in for service today to take care of the awful noise it has been making for a long time. Hopefully it will get fixed quickly since it is the only vehicle we have that we can fit the carseats in now that we got rid of the Jeep. And hopefully it is something covered by warranty. Cross your fingers!
Oh my, I think I have rambled enough...
Dayna: I can't wait until you have your appointment next week-- I really hope the doc can give you some much needed answers!!
Kelly: Sorry that Kevin seems to be not very happy with the new job and that the hospital job may not be a good choice... maybe there was a good reason he got the job he did and it will all get better the longer he is there.
Nicky-- girl we need to get together again soon! So much to talk about!
Love you all, have a great day!
36 weeks 4 days
Holy cow. I am 3 days away from being 37 weeks. I just can't believe how fast the time is flying. I wish that it would fly faster at times, though... LOL I feel like crap. Tired, worn out, both emotionally and physically. And now I have a sinus cold to add to it. The cold is really making it hard for me to get any good sleep. The baby is in constant motion and can really give me some pain and pressure at times. But that's a good sign, so I'll take it! Every day it is exponentially harder to get out of bed than it was the day before. I forgot how hard the last few weeks are on your body and mind.
We had a busy weekend last weekend. We finally got the girls moved into their new room. Here is the lowdown: Friday we got the kids in bed then hung the border in their new room, cleaned the carpets in that room and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Then on Saturday we went to see the VP speak at the Convention Center—it was a pretty cool experience. It was MC’d by Sean Hannity. He’s hilarious. I even got to shake Cheney's hand-- we were right up front. Then we went from there back to our house, got the girls’ cribs moved into their new room and moved some other things in there. Then I went and picked up the girls from grandma’s house. We spent the rest of the day trying to get some stuff done around the house—Rick mowed the lawn and I relaxed a bit and played with the girls. Then dinner and stuff and the girls’ bedtime—first night in the new room! They did really well.
Sunday we spent the morning trying to get more house crap done and started cleaning out the closet in the girls’ new room (where we had all of our clothes—we moved them into dressers in the basement) and then a friend called to see if we wanted to go to the car show at the Fairgrounds. So we did that for a couple of hours… it was hot and a lot of walking. The girls were really good, though. Then we went home, our friend came over and we played with the girls and played playstation games for a while. Then I cooked dinner for all of us. Then Dan (the friend) went home and DH and I booked it on getting the girls’ closet finished. We didn’t get any of their stuff in there, yet, but it was empty and ready for stuff! YAY! There is a ton we didn’t get done… my goal was to have the nursery ready by the end of this weekend, too, but it didn’t happen. I still need to get the room cleaned, vacuumed, organized, move the furniture, get the carpets cleaned, assemble the bassinet, etc. I will be SOOO happy when it is finished! I already feel better now that the girls are moved, but I will not be happy till it is ALL done!
Sunday night I was totally worn out. And I kept yelling at my girls when they would get into things. I felt so bad about it that night that while Rick and I were holding them as they fell asleep for the night, that I was telling them that mommy was so sorry for being so impatient with them and for yelling so much, but that I just couldn't help it. And I warned them that it probably wouldn't get any better and may get worse the first few weeks after the baby was born since mommy would be getting no sleep and would be extra emotional. By the time I got done with my spiel, they were sleeping and I was balling... Ugh. I hate that.
Last night I finally started moving the girls' clothes into the new room and realized that my kids have a TON of clothes!! And a bunch of it is hand me down stuff that is way cute but that they have never worn! I also found a whole bunch of stuff hanging in their closet that still had the tags attached... LOL How pitiful!
Anyway, tonight will be more of the same. More work on the rooms and then hopefully to bed early. I have been very busy at work so I really haven't been able to read anyone else's journals yet this week, so I willhave to do so now and respond later. I love you all and hope that you are having a good week! HUGS!
36 weeks 5 days
Wow... the pressure today is tremendous. There are times when I don't think that I can get up. I am also having a hard time getting enough air in me today... it's like my lungs just have no room to expand. It seems to be getting better as the day goes on, but the pressure is getting worse. Must have to do with how baby is moving. And BOY IS SHE MOVING today! Holy cow! Other than that, I am feeling pretty crappy as far as my cold goes. I hate that. I just want a clear nose and head so I can concentrate on TRYING to feel not so tired and crappy every day. I don't mean to whine, but I need to whine. LOL
Last night was uneventful. The girls were good and were in bed at 8 as usual. I did nothing last night on the house or the room. I ran to the grocery store to pick up some milk and a few basics for the girls and DH cleaned up the living room and kitchen while I was gone. Then we went to bed and watched TV. Like I said, very unexciting.
Nicky-- Don't let Earl get to you. I swear that he knows that he can get to you and so he does it on purpose to make himself feel better. It kills him to see you doing well and getting on with you life, I am guessing. So chin up, girl, and don't let him keep doing that to you! Can't wait to see you at lunch!
Dayna-- Haven't seen you post today, but I saw yesterdays and Monday's. Glad you had fun rafting and great news about TTCing again very soon! I hope that the doc gets his wish and you are pregnant right away again! It will have all been worth the gallons of blood you donated to the cause! LOL
Kelly-- Wow, what a rafting trip! You were brave to have gone through the Olympic section of the river! Good luck on getting your pool ready to go... sounds like it has been a lot of problems, but think about how nice it will be to swim in once it is ready to go!
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Dayna, finally saw your post for today... in answer to your question:
My energy comes from sheer panic and desperation!! LOL And from the fact that I don't have a choice-- my DH is lazy! LOL
WOW! 3rd post today! Can you tell I have nothing to do at work today?
Here are some of the pics that Melissa took of me and my girls at our photo shoot when I was 31 weeks preggo...I will post a few more as soon as she gets them to me.
Pregnancy pic at 31 weeks...
Belle looking oh-so-serious and Gabby not paying attention. LOL
Amused... Belle on left, Gabby on right.
YAY! I am full term, now. LOL 37 weeks... it sounds so official! Well, I had an appointment yesterday with Deb the midwife. It was the first time I met with someone other than Doctor Chow, but that was okay because she was quite nice. Dr. Chow is on vacation through next week, so I will be seeing her next Thursday, too. I am hoping that the baby doesn't decide to come while Dr. Chow is out, but if she does, she does. Anyway, the appointment was pretty routine. I found out that I tested poisitve for GBS, which really bummed me out. Not sure why it bummed me out, but maybe because it came as such a shock to me since I tested negative last time. One of the girls on my birth board said that she was neg. for her first child, positive for 2-4 and negaitve again for her 5th child. So I guess that it is something that can come and go. So anyway, that means that I will have to have antibiotics during labor via IV. Kind of sucks, but Iwas gonna have to have an IV anyway, if I was having an epidural, and I am sure that I will. Other than that, my BP was fine, baby's HB was fine, measured fine. I am now 1cm dialated, but still quite thick and long, I guess. but it's progress from last week when I wasn't dilated at all. But the baby has moved up and the head is no longer engaged which kind of bums me out. It would explain why I haven't been feeling as much pressure, but have had more problems breathing. Today, though, I have been feeling pressure again and no probs breathing, so maybe she moved back down again. So anyway, next appointment on Thursday of next week and then after that I only have one more appointment left on the 4th before I am induced.
Sinuses are still sucky, but not as bad as they have been, so maybe I am on the road to recovery. I hope, I hope, I hope. I am sick of having plugged up ears, though!
I got the rest of the girls' clothes moved into their new room last night. Man, they have a lot of clothes!! So now I can start getting the nursery done officially. I am excited to get it finished! My goal for the weekend is that room finished and my bag and the new baby's bag packed for the hospital. Then I will be ready!!!! I can't believe I am saying that, but YAY! I need to get a few things still like a new hamper for the girls' room and some basics for the baby, but it's all so minor.
Other than that, just getting prepared mentally, and hoping that I can get things straightened out with owrk and stuff before I have to go out for maternity leave. I am getting excited now!!
Talk to you all later... once again, I haven't read journals today OR yesterday so I will catch up on them now!
37 weeks 3 days
Well, I am simply exhausted today. I can't seem to shake the exhaustion at all anymore. I used to be able to have some energy for at least part of the day, but that's all over, now. It is going to be a long couple of weeks before the 6th... I am feeling fine, just achy and tired. My sinuses are clearing up slowly, but surely. So that is good, I guess. I feel like everything about me is saggy today... my mood, my eyes, even my boobs. LOL I swear. Last night didn't help the tiredness, though. Belle didn't sleep well and kept waking up screaming so we finally had to go in and get her and bring her into our bed. I never sleep well at all when she is in bed with us. Finally at about 4:30am I took her back into her crib where she slept the rest of the morning. I had a really hard time getting up this morning because of it...
This weekend went okay. Dawn and Kylee came over on Friday night and SIL Katherine spent the night which was nice. We worked on the baby room while they were there. We got the room rearranged a little, the closet cleaned out, the floor vacuumed, the bassinet put together and the 0-3 month clothes pulled out. I still need to get the clothes washed, the rest of the girls' stuff moved out (their books and shelves and stuff), the carpets cleaned, the changing table organized and the infant carseat washed, installed and ready to go. Then I also have to get all of our bags packed-- one for me, one for the baby, and one for the girls to go spend a few days at IL's house. DH can fend for himself. LOL I have enough to do.
Anyway, on Saturday we worked on getting the house cleaned and I went grocery shopping. Then we had some friends come over and we spent the night haning out with them. Ruthy, Tonya and I took the girls to the wading pool at the park. The girls had a BLAST! I can't wait to bring them back there! Afterwards, Ruthy and Dan left and DH and his friend spent the night playing playstation while Tonya and I talked babies. She is preggo and due on the 9th of August. I told her about PO... I am kind of hoping she joins and starts posting on the boards. We also made plans for the boat next weekend. The guys are bf's from high school and their 10 year reunion is next weekend. It's on a boat... a dinner cruise from Harriet Island down the Mississippi. Tonya and I are both going to go meet all of our DH's friends while we are 38 weeks pregnant and huge and tired and uncomfortable. not entirely looking forward to it. But at least I will have Tonya. LOL I told DH that everyone is gonna laught at he and Steven. They were bf's in HS and they are both bringing their exactly the same preggo wives to the reunion. I think that it would be great if Tonya and I both went into labor while on the boat... that would teach our DH's to bring us to this darnned reunion! :biglaugh:
Then on Sunday I took the girls to visit my mom and then we went to IL's for dinner. It was a nice day all around. Then of course, came MONDAY! GRRR. I hate weekdays right now. I just have to keep reminding myself that after just 8 more days of work, ummm, make that 7 since this day is almost over, I will have more than 10 whole weeks off. So that will be nice.
Oh, and I have another exciting development in the works, but I'll wait to see what happens before I get to excited.
Nicky-- glad you had a decent weekend and got to relax a bit. I was thinking of you this weekend!
Dayna-- I always get a kick out of your posts on Mondays... your first line is your usual mantra... it becomes comforting to know that your je's on Mondays always start off the same way! I hope your day got better and everyone quit being so PO'd at everyone...
Kelly-- Very cool that you found a solution to the lactose thing! YAY! I would die if I couldn't eat cheese and stuff like that... especially now since I have been living for the stuff lately! SOunds like you had a nice, relaxing and productive weekend. I jope you hear good news from the doc after your appt. today!
Here's wishes for a really good week for everyone... i think we all need a fabulous week to happen to us right now!!!!!!!!
...was yesterday afternoon. I gained one pound, BP was 92/60 (back to low which is good-- it was about 110/80 last time which was HIGH for me!) and baby's HB was good. I am still measuring great and the MW determined that the baby's butt is sitting under my ribs and it's back is on the left side of my uterus. The baby is still head down and has dropped (duh!) and is slightly engaged. I am dialated to 1cm (no change from last week), but now I am also effaced to about 50% which is a big change from last week. It was pretty uneventful. My OB gets back into town on Sunday night, so that makes me feel better. I give this baby permission to appear anytime from Monday on!!
Oh, and the temp who will be filling in for me at work started yesterday, so now if anything DOES happen, I don't feel so unprepared work-wise... (I was stressing out over that for some reason!)
So that's my news... I am pretty sure I will make it to my induction date a week from today!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!
As for everything else, I got the girls completetly moved into their room now, except for ONE shelf of stuff. We need to get them a bookshelf or something and some wall shelves to put their stuff back up and on display. Also, the nursery is ready to go. I just need to clean the carpets in there, now, and I am deciding on whether to move the glider back into that room since there is a ton of room in there now that the girls and their cribs are out. It actually looks REALLY bare!! I also packed the baby's bag last night. I need to just get mine packed, now and make sure the cameras are ready to go, etc. I still want to get a couple of things: a new diaper bag, a baby book, etc. by the end of the weekend. My mom said that she would buy the baby book for me, Ijust need to go pick one out and buy it and she will pay me for it.
We also need to get the carseat ready-- I still have not done that. We are taking the van in to get cleaned inside and out this weekend, and then we will switch the seats around and get the carseats all in there together, I think. i still haev to figure out how we are going to arrange them all, but I'm sure we can work it out.
Tomorrow night is DH's reunion and I am pretty sure that Tonya will be there, too... from what I hear, no impending labor for her yet. Good. I still have to figure out what to wear... apparently the guys are going casual, so I think I will wear my summer maternity dress. DH thinks it's too dressy :roll: but it's WAY comfy. I don't think it's that dressy at all.
Last night I went and spent $93 at Target. I bought a HUGE box of baby wipes, a HUGE box of diapers for the girls, another pack of newborn diapers (we have 2 packs of newborn and one pack of size 1 now), some breast pads, other pads , and a few odds and ends. I also bought the girls a gift for when the baby comes home. It's a WAY TOO AWESOMELY CUTE talking vaccuum cleaner. I am so excited to give it to them! YAY! but they won't get it until they come home to the baby. It is to let them know that they won't be forgotten.
MIL is keeping the kids for a couple of days fro us while I am in the hospital, but she said that she will bring them to the hospital the day after the baby is born so the girls can meet their new sibling. She (as well as I) is hoping that the 5 of us can have some alone time as a family for a little while at the hospital so they girls can get introduced and get a feeling for he baby. Then maybe it won't be such a shock when we all get home. I am still torn over whether to bring the girls home the same time we come home from the hospital, or if we should wait and have MIL bring them back later that night or the next day. I just don't know what is the ebst way to handle it. I also feel kind of selfish because I think that it would be easier for the first night at home to not have to worry about the girls. But I just remember how horrible and hard the first night home was with the girls, so I am apprehensive! I will let you know if I ever come to a decision... :roll:
Anyway, enough of the novel. I will come back and update more as soon as I can!
38 weeks 3days
Good morning! I am still at work... I was hoping that something would happen and I wouldn't be here today... :roll:
Oh well, at this point I would like to make it all the way to Friday, now, so I can have my one day off on Thursday before the baby comes and I can get a bunch of errands and housecleaning done! I had some pain, pressure and other signs that I thought may have been getting me closer to labor this weekend... we'll see. I guess I won't know unless I go into labor before Friday. I believe that I lost a piece of my mucous plug and it has been incredibly hard to SIT lately... it just throbs down there when I am sitting sometimes. NO relief besides standing up or laying down... and standing up can be torture, too!
My weekend was pretty good. I am obsessed with cleaning so anytime I was at home and not sleeping that's what I was doing. Laundry, ironing, vaccuuming, carpet cleaning, mopping, rearranging, etc. We also went to the Ikea store and got bookshelves for $15. We put them together and put one in the girls' new room (anchored to the wall, of course) and one in the office dowstairs. Then I finished moving the girls stuff over and got it all arranged, got the toys all moved to their bedroom and out of my living room and kitchen (YAY!) and went through them to pull out the baby toys that they don't need anymore. Then I cleaned up and washed the infant seat so that is ready to go, cleaned out the van and took it to be detailed, reinstalled all the carseats and did a few other things--oh, and I also cleaned a huge chunk of our basement!! I still need to do a whole lot more, but at least the important stuff is done! What I still want to do includes rearrange the linen closet, clean out our cupboards, clean the bathroom, clean my bedroom, deep clean the kitchen and the living room... and I guess that is it! Doesn't sounds like much, but it is!
On Saturday night was DH's 10 year reunion dinner cruise on a paddleboat. We had a nice time with our friends and basically did not really talk to anyone else... I think it's funny that DH and his two friends even decided to go since they didn't talk to more than 3 other people the whole night! But it was a nice relaxing night out... kind of like a date... before baby comes. The weather was beautiful and cool and the river was calm. I had never been on a river cruise at night, so it was a very nice experience. I got some cute pics of DH and I, and also of our friends... I will try to post a few, but it will take time as we do not have an internet connection on our main computer right now-- the cat chewed through it. So we just have the laptop at home. Which means that I will have to upload the pics to our PC, transfer them to disk so I can get them on the laptop, THEN I can get them on preg.org. A lot of work, but I do want to post my belly pic, so I want to do it!
Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. Besides that I spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening with 2 VERY crabby toddlers who would not nap and cried and whined about EVERYTHING! GRRRR! I ended up staying up very late... I am having a hard time getting myself to go to bed lately-- I am kind of an insomniac! But then of course I don't want to get up in the morning... :roll:
So the countdown begins now!!! Only 4 more days and I will have a new little baby in my arms! I am so excited, and SO nervous, now! Not of delivery, but really about how the kids will do. I guess only time will tell!
38 weeks 5 days
Forgot to post this on Wednesday, so here it is... LOL
My 39 week appointment went pretty good, I guess. I have not made any more progress, so I am still at 1cm and not terribly effaced. My OB told me that he would rather I was further along before the inducement, but said he would do it anyway, but that it may take a while. He gave me the option of waiting, but since I have everything so arranged with work and all, and since this is my last day, etc. I said let's go ahead with it anyway.
Blood pressure is good, baby's HB is great, measuring just fine. I am scheduled to ggo into the hospital at 12:00 noon on Friday! So this is it!
Personally, I can't believe with ALL the pain and pressure and stuff that I have been experiencing that I am not more dialated, etc. than I am... neither can my OB! :shock:
Well, I made it. It is 1am Friday morning. I am scheduled to go to the hospital at noon. I just cannot sleep right now. I know that I should be getting a good night's sleep so that I am well rested tomorrow... I will try after this je.
Last night the hospital called me to go through the pre-admission questions and it suddenly got very real for me! I am gonna have another baby today! It will be a relief to finally be done with the uncomfortableness and the pain, but i know that it is going to be a hard day and I will miss being pregnant in the end.
Today I spent the day clenaing my rear end off and trying to tie things up before Friday. My mom spent much of the day with me, too, which was nice. She is actually out sleeping on my couch right now since she can't drive. SHe is just spending the night here so she can go to the hospital with us tomorrow (well, today, actually!) and we will not have to take the hour to go pick her up and drive back. Mom and I went to Target tonight and I picked up another pack of baby diapers and a trash can for the baby's room. My mom also bought me a diaper bag. It was marked 12.99, but rang up for $3.24! WHOA! WHat a deal!! LOL I love it! As for cleaning, my whole house is immaculate, except for my kitchen. It is the ONE room of the house I couldn't get to before my body started giving out on me and everyone else in my house wanted to go to bed. SO I will tackle it tomorrow morning, as will DH and my mom. I also want to finish folding the last of the clean laundry.
My kids went off to IL's tonight. I miss them already. I kind of wish we would have kept them home so we could have one more night as a family, but then I wouldn't have gotten half the stuff done that I did and I would feel so stressed about the messy house. So it was a good thing. I hope that they deal with the major changes up ahead for them well. We will have to see!!
I got some great news today-- my friend Kirsten called me to let me know that she is pregnant!! YAY! SHe and her husband have been trying for a few months now, and she made it! YAY! SHe should be due somewhere around April 11th of next year, which is awesome!! I am thinking that I will try to throw her a baby shower since she threw one for me when I was pregnant with my twins.
Well, I had best be trying to get some sleep. I will come back and post a final entry in my pregnancy journal as soon as I can which should include my birth story if everything goes right! YAY!
Wish me luck! Love you all!
Well, it's time to wrap up this pregnancy journal. Deborah Margaret was born into the world at 1:05am on Saturday morning, August 7th, 2004. She shares both my mother's name and birthday. Here is my birth story to end this journal... it's been a great 9 months!!
I went in for my induction on Friday at 2:00. I was supposed to go in earlier, but the hospital called me and asked me to come at 2 since they were so busy and were waiting for some beds to open up. So after I checked in they got me into a room and it took 4 tries and three people trying to get my IV placed before they finally called anesthesia to get it placed for me. It took the anathesiologist two tries before HE even got it. So nothing got started until after 3:30pm. The day was quite boring as we waited for my contractions to get strong and regular. By about 5:00 I was having contractions every 2 minutes lasting a minute each but I was barely feeling them. So my OB came in and broke my water at about 6:30. I was dilating very slowly and when he broke my water I was only 2 cm.
Once my water was broken, my contractions began to get stronger so I asked for an epidural. I had to wait a while for the epi because there was an emergency C-section going on, so when they finally got there to place it, I was very happy to see them. But once the epi was placed, my blood pressure began to drop over and over again, so they had to keep giving me some drug to keep my pressure up. My doc checked me after a while and I was still only dialated to 3, which was getting frustrating. By this time it was about 10:00pm and nothing had happened yet. The baby's heart was starting to decelerate with each contraction, so I was starting to panic that I was going to end up with a c-section which I did NOT want. My doc said not to worry and that he would check me a little later.
After resting for a while and panicking about the baby's heartbeat :roll: the doc came in around 12:30am and cheked me once more. I was 8cm finally and he said that he would let me go for another hour and then I should be complete and the baby would have come way down. So he left the room and the nurse helped me roll over. As soon as I rolled over I felt a TON of pressure and the baby's HB dropped WAY down. The nurse gave me some oxygen and watched the HB for a few minutes. I couldn't deal with the pressure so I moved my leg a little and shifted and the baby's HB came back up. The nurse was concerned that the cord was being cut off by pressure. I told her again that the pressure was intense so she decided to check me again and immediately said we needed to call the doctor back into the room. As soon as I had rolled over, the baby had moved down and I had immediately dilated all the way to 10 and I was complete. So the doc came in and checked me himself and began to get things ready. He asked me to push for him once and then said "STOP! You're gonna have a baby in about 2 minutes-- do NOT push." So they quick tore the bed down and got everything all the way ready. I pushed once and then the second time I pushed the OB told me to stop. The head was out and I was tearing so he said that we were gonna take it slow. Well, I never had to push again. Her body slipped out on it's own and Deborah Margaret was born.
She was born at 1:05am on Saturday, August 7th. They weighed her and told me how much she weighed and I said WHAT??? They repeated it-- she was only 6lbs. 2oz! I was totally in shock about how small she was-- she was only 3oz. bigger than my twins were when they were born! She is 19 1/2 inches long so she is very skinny. She has a FULL head of thick hair and is totally beautiful!!
All in all, it was a totally easy and wonderful experience, once again. My little squeakers is breastfeeding like a little champ-- she latched on immediately and my milk came in on Sunday already! I am so happy about that because it was one of my biggest fears after the experience I had with it last time! She eats every one to two hours, though, and I can't seem to get her to spread out, so I haven't gotten a lot of sleep. She rarely cries... she is so quiet and just squeaks all the time so I have been calling her Squeakers. All of her clothes are totally gigantic on her, as you may expect, so she has been hanging out in t-shirts and booties and diapers that barely stay on. :biglaugh: