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    Hi ladies! Sorry I haven't been posting regularly. I'm going to do a quick post now too and comment on just a bit of the convo.

    Jina, I love wrapping gifts elaborately too. I used to spend a lot of time and effort wrapping and probably will again one day but in recent years when I've been preggers or taking care of a little one(s) and on top of working I simply do not have the time and energy. I did it because I enjoyed it but when it becomes a burden more than part of the fun I don't think you should put it on yourself as something that has to be done. Throw those gifts in some pretty bags!!

    Also I completely agree with Alissa about kids fitting into your lifestyle instead of you completely changing everything for them. Yes, things will definitely change but you shouldn't loose who you and DH are in the process. Like for example, my kiddos will sleep in...it's no big thing for them to sleep past 8:30 on a Saturday. None of this waking up at 5:30 am not matter what and going bed at 6:30. We can go do things later in the evening without rushing home to keep a set bedtime and they don't melt down b/c of it. We just have never been that rigid with our schedule and they are used to it. I do think structure is necessary but it can be taken to too much of an extreme IMHO. I may have just gotten lucky have kiddos with personalities that allow us to do what we do but I feel like it's because we didn't change everything to follow a bunch of rules on how you should raise your kids and feed on a schedule and sleep on a schedule and all of that. IDK, I'm totally rambling now and I have to get back to work too. So, I'm out for now but will try to do better about popping in and actually posting not just reading.
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    I was told to jump in. I posted a little intro separately.
    Here's hoping I can stick around with you ladies for a while... and find some way to relax a little. I have betas next week, so hopefully that will help.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
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    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pico83 View Post
    I was told to jump in. I posted a little intro separately.
    Here's hoping I can stick around with you ladies for a while... and find some way to relax a little. I have betas next week, so hopefully that will help.
    Hi there. I saw your post on the DYSAL board. Can you get in for betas earlier to ease your mind some? Best of luck! I totally understand the emotional basket case that goes along with being pg after a loss.

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    I wanted to go in this week, but the MW wants to wait so they can use the betas to figure out when to do an u/s. I tried to talk her around, but it didn't work.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12

    TTA, but would welcome a surprise


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    I wanted to go in this week, but the MW wants to wait so they can use the betas to figure out when to do an u/s. I tried to talk her around, but it didn't work.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12

    TTA, but would welcome a surprise


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    Jina - my mom is awesome at wrapping presents. I can do a ribbon and bow and make the paper look decent, but they never ever look like hers. She usually attaches some sort of little something to the bow too, like a small glass snowman or whatnot to add to it, they're so awesome! However, I would definitely skip it this year if you're not feeling it. Besides, gift bags can be cute! And I totally understand your concern about having to change your lifestyle. Yes, it's a welcome change, I mean it's a baby! But it concerns me as well. I don't do things during the middle of the night, but that's the time of night I'm most worried about. I have to get up realllll early (330am) to go to work and if I've been up feeding or taking care of the baby, I just don't know how I'm going to juggle work and baby. I think it'd be easier if I had a 9 to 5 job, especially since I have NO IDEA who is going to take care of the baby while I'm at work. DH leaves around 530 to go to his work, so it's not like he's around either. So... I just won't think about it anymore LOL

    Alissa, I'm glad everyone had a good time. My little brother, when he was small, never had a whole lot of "friends" to run around with. However, I remember very clearly: He had come with a buddy of his. He introduced the other boy as, "My new best friend". I said oh! Okay! Well, what's his name? Stevie stood there a minute.. said.. I dunno, he's just my best friend. LMAO I joke on him to this day about that. I'm having honey sesame chicken for dinner. We had Stouffers last night, so I guess I'll cook tonight haha.

    AFM,
    Okay, I have a couple things to vent about (as usual). One, I was in line for Wendys...at the drive thru. (Yes, I love Wendys). This car comes up, going the WRONG WAY and sticks her bumper in between me and the car in front of me. I was like really? And sure enough, when the line moved, she had to semi turn around, but she totally cut in front of me. Seriously? What the freak is wrong with people? Two, I got a Christmas card from a friend of mine yesterday. I said something about it to DH and he said that's a woman thing. I said well I'm not sending them...he got quiet, then he's like we'll we are definitely sending them next year! ... I wanted to say, I thought you said that was a woman thing? But for some reason he seemed really irked that I hadn't sent any. He never made mention of sending any...? Three, I got home and let the dogs out ...and my little boy schnauzer freakin TOOK off after the neighbor. *eyeroll* He doesn't bite and he's little, but she picked up her leg and her bag like she was being attacked by Cujo. By the time I waddled my pregnant self over there, he had lost interest and instead was peeing on all the trees. I should have just stayed at work...lol
    Jessica, Tim and Baby Julie

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    Lynn! So nice to see you! How is your pregnancy going? Yay yay yay for passing the 12 week mark! How are you feeling? I'm so glad you stopped by to chat. I agree that some stability is important for kids, but so is the ability to be a little bit flexible. Life is full of plans and surprises, and it's really great to have kids who can roll with the flow somewhat (although they will definitely let you know if you are asking too much of them. )

    Pico - I can't wait to hear about your betas! I am hoping for great news for you. Like I said in the other thread, I think it is totally normal to be nervous after a loss, especially during the dreaded first trimester. I am hoping that it passes quickly and uneventfully for you.

    Jessica - LOL about Stevie not knowing the name of his best friend. I can totally see T doing the same. OMG I can't believe that someone cut in the drive through line at Wendy's!!! Who the heck does that???? They must be super busy and important, to feel entitled to just cut in line like that LOL about your DH being all concerned about Xmas cards. If he's that invested, he can certainly sit down and do it himself....

    AFM - Going to my MIL's house tonight for Chanukah (yes, that's still going on....8 crazy nights....) We are having chili and latkes, and my SIL is going to smuggle in the painting so that I can assess the damage. I'll let you know what happens with that. Then tomorrow I am going to work from home because I want to work on clearing out the office some more, and also I have to have a lasagna cooked and ready to go before 6 pm tomorrow, AND figure out and wrap a funny present for a White Elephant gift exchange. We are having my department Christmas Party tomorrow, and it's potluck (hence the lasagna.) Every year we do a White Elephant exchange, and we always compete to see who can come up with the funniest/most random/worst present. I think I'm just going to go grab something random out of my basement or something. I'm not in the mood to go shopping, and also don't have a ton of time.

    Anyhoo, hope that everyone is having a good day.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    Virginia, Congratulations again and I'm glad you are joining us over here. The really early part of being PAL totally sucks. Especially coming off the experience you just had...I was similar with my 3rd pregnancy b/c I had plenty of symptoms with my second preg / first loss. It was different from yours in that I didn't have a BO but I actually saw a h/b at 7.5 wks (it was too weak or slow for them to measure a heart rate via u/s though...not sure if that meant anything) and then it was gone at 11.5 wks but my nausea had only gotten slightly better in the previous week and many ladies on my bb were having the same experience but it was just normal decrease as they approached the second tri. So I was super nervious with my third and had a very similar first trimester with him as to the previous loss except the nausea didn't decrease until I got further along which seems to be more the norm for me. I hate to put any doubt in your mind but I'm also all about living with the reality as it is...I didn't find good beta's to take away a ton of worry for me. With my second loss my first HCG was after I started spotting and the result was around 6500 (I think I was about 7 wks) so I wonder if I had early blood draws done would it have shown an acceptable rise? I wonder the same about my first loss...there was a h/b at 7.5 wks and symptoms progressed normally to a point. Early blood draws may not have indicated anything wrong. So, for me, I just resolve myself to having to reserve some doubt until I reach a certain point. I had a good early HCG result with this one and I celebrated it and kept hoping for the best but knowing it wan't a guarantee, same reaction with seeing a h/b at 6 wks. I staying mostly positive now with a good u/s at 10 wks that showed a strong h/b and baby measuring a few days ahead. I really expect baby is doing well in there but still have my little what-if moments. I'm really hoping for hearing a nice strong h/b at my 14 wk appointment and then being able to stop worrying. I think we all worry to some extent throughout pregnancy and of course then a whole new set of worries once little one arrives. But for those PAL I'm talking about the difference b/w having those doubts in your mind and being able to mostly put it aside vs really having to believe that just getting pregnant won't necessarily result in having a baby in roughly 40 wks. It totally sucks and I'm sorry you have to go through it. I hope the next few weeks pass quickly for you b/c unfortunately, IME, the only thing that brings real peace about it is the passing of time and getting good reports that all is well as mini milestones along the way. We are here to support you through those feelings and worries along the way. I hope you find some comfort in being able to come here, get it all out and know that we really understand.

    Jessica, that is crazy about the Wendy's drive thru. Really what is wrong with people...I wish I knew :eyeroll:
    I'm not doing Christmas Cards this year either. IDK, I guess I'm not a very good conformist to the societal rules but I treat everyone with respect, am grateful and thankful to those who treat me kindly, try to always be a "nice person" but I just don't bend over backwards to keep up appearances. If life is too busy and frivilous (in my mind) things are too much of a burden I am all about letting it go. I'm not up to doing much right now between work and dealing with all the time nausea and the occasional vomiting and being sooo tired. I'm not putting extra burdens on myself to do all the Christmas stuff...to me there isn't a point in doing just to do it should be enjoyable. I can see where it sounds selfish but I'm coming from the point of view that I think so many people do what they think is expected and not from the right motivation. I don't think it is real for the person on the receiving end when it doesn't come from the right heart on the giving end. I'm sure I am not eloquently getting a point accross but just rambling...I tend to do that alot right now. So I will stop here. Also, I had to LOL about the dog and you waddling to get him. haha
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    Alissa and Lynn, thanks for that. It's really reassuring to hear from btdt moms that our lives won't be turned completely upside down. We're very easy going people so hopefully baby boy will be the same. I guess watching BIL and SIL with their kids really haven't helped my fears. Their lives revolve around their kids and their house is pretty much destroyed (mostly due to SIL's lack of housekeeping). We're very neat people and like our quiet house...lol. It'll be interesting for sure.

    Alissa, lol...I went and bought bunch of gift bags last night and it was so liberating to just toss the gifts in and stuff in some tissue paper! No cutting, taping, tying elaborate bows, attaching ornaments or tags! It usually takes me a few days to warp everyone's gifts but it only took like 20 minutes last night! Ha!

    I'm glad that yoy guys had so much fun at the Hannukah Festival! I hope you have fun tonight at your MIL's and fingers crossed that the painting is okay. The White Elephant Gift Exchange sounds like a riot. I kinda miss office parties...lol. I love that you're going to shop your basement! You'll have to show us what you find!

    Lynn, I'm sorry you've been feeling a bit nauseous and tired. I really hope that you start feeling better now that your entering the second trimester! I bet you hear a nice strong h/b at your next appointment. When is it? Oh and I'm so glad your posting here again!

    Pico, glad you joined us! I'm sorry your mw decided to wait on the betas. Are you getting them done next week? I can't wait to hear all about it!

    Jessica, I'm sure everything will work out...I mean, they always do, right? Is there a chance that you could just change your hours so that it'll be easier to find a care provider? Wow, what was up with that chick at Wendy's?! I would have honked at her until she got out of my way. Seriously, what is it about the Holidays that seem to bring out the crazies? Geez...

    Yeah...I'm totally skipping Christmas cards this year. I'm sending a few out to grandparents but that's it. I told M that I was going to skip cookies this year and he was fine with it but he asked if we could send some to his grandpa so I'm only making ONE kind and sending them to his grandpa. I almost feel like I can get away with more stuff...like, people will understand because I'm pregnant...lol.

    AFM, I had an appt. with my OB today and it was another uneventful appt. I'm measuring 32 1/2 weeks and baby boy's h/b was nice and strong at 160 which is kinda weird because it's normally around 140. Anyway, he is definitely no longer breech so that good news. I kinda figured he'd turned because I swear the thing under my rib is his foot! And my lower tummy just feels a lot heavier. I have another appt. in 2 weeks and then I get an u/s at 36 weeks which I'm pretty excited about!

    I had to run bunch of errands today and I met M for lunch and I'm still stuffed. I swear I didn't eat that much. It seems like I'm getting fuller faster and my appetite is shrinking. I thought I would be eating a lot more in the 3rd trimester...I guess not.

    Ugh! I went and bought some bread pudding at the cajun meat market and decided to get some ice cream while I was at Target and the stup!d lazy stonehead cashier forgot to put the ice cream in my bag! I am NOT driving back there for some freaking ice cream no matter how irritated I am...lol. Grrr....
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    Quote Originally Posted by pico83 View Post
    I wanted to go in this week, but the MW wants to wait so they can use the betas to figure out when to do an u/s. I tried to talk her around, but it didn't work.
    Well Boo Hopefully the week will pass quickly for you.
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    AFM,
    Okay, I have a couple things to vent about (as usual). One, I was in line for Wendys...at the drive thru. (Yes, I love Wendys). This car comes up, going the WRONG WAY and sticks her bumper in between me and the car in front of me. I was like really? And sure enough, when the line moved, she had to semi turn around, but she totally cut in front of me. Seriously? What the freak is wrong with people? Two, I got a Christmas card from a friend of mine yesterday. I said something about it to DH and he said that's a woman thing. I said well I'm not sending them...he got quiet, then he's like we'll we are definitely sending them next year! ... I wanted to say, I thought you said that was a woman thing? But for some reason he seemed really irked that I hadn't sent any. He never made mention of sending any...? Three, I got home and let the dogs out ...and my little boy schnauzer freakin TOOK off after the neighbor. *eyeroll* He doesn't bite and he's little, but she picked up her leg and her bag like she was being attacked by Cujo. By the time I waddled my pregnant self over there, he had lost interest and instead was peeing on all the trees. I should have just stayed at work...lol
    I have never sent out Christmas cards. I always mean to, but never do.

    ~Bonita~

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