wow! Em - great news on the u/s!!! I can't believe how big he is! Having never had a baby, does that mean when he is born - he will be the size of a five-week-old baby? No wonder you're worried about giving birth!
AFM, we got my first sonogram scheduled. I was having some mild cramps and it worried me - because I'm taking Crinone, so why on earth would I have cramps? So, I called the nurse. She put my mind at ease (for a couple hours at least) and said, "Let's go ahead and get your sonogram scheduled while you're on the phone". YAY! It's April 29th - 8 days away.
Also, I've decided to put my big girl pants on and quit whining about being pregnant and having a m/c. I want to enjoy every second that I can - this baby and pregnancy have absolutely nothing to do with any of the previous ones, so there's no reason this baby should suffer with a neurotic mom. That's my attitude today at least. It may change tomorrow and I'll be a blubbering mess again.
But Christi - we will be here to listen no matter how you are feeling from day to day.
And - can you post a picture of yourself? I know you have one in your signature and your avatar, but the both look completely different to me, so I want to see which one is more accurate :P HA
Christi, I had cramping until 6weekish (close to 7 weeks). I think it's normal and related to implantation. But it's great that the nurse scheduled the u/s and put your mind at ease. Can't wait to see it.
And yeah, I am still working on my IVF bloat :P 15 more pounds to go and I am DONE!
gorgeous photo Christi! And yeh, I'm still paranoid and neurotic and I'm 33 weeks! I don't think it ever goes away
Thanks everyone for your support. Yes I am TOTALLY freaked out by what the anaesthetist said! He was really great though and I feel comfortable that he will do what he can. I am looking into getting a doula (hypnobirthing isn't available where I live!), it's all money though! *sigh*.
My OB asked if I just want to book a c/s, I know that the spinal block works for me, they just like to avoid using that in a vaginal labor/birth. I don't know if I'm more terrified of a c/s or a failing epi! We have decided to induce as planned (either the 24th or 25th May), see how I go. I may cope a hell of a lot better this time *fingers crossed*. OB said that if I get into the swing of labor and decide that I DO want the c/s he'll do it. We both think that rushing into a c/s for a reason that may not occur isn't the best choice for me. I TOTALLY understand why other women choose to do it though!
As for the big baby! Sophia measured 3 weeks (I think) ahead at her 34weeks scan. Her femur was off the chart! She was born at 9lb 11 @ 38 weeks. That put her in the top percentile for weight and height. I don't know if it made her the size of an older baby, but she certainly has always had to wear sizes for older kids. She's now 26 months old and wears a toddler size 4! She's the height of your average 3 year old. I also have trouble getting shoes for her because her feet are incredibly wide. DH is 6'7 and has HUGE feet, I'm tall too. so its definitely in her genetics. Predictions are that this baby will be at least as large as she was, probably bigger.
Great photo Christi. You guys are a cute couple.
Christi, you guys are such a beautiful couple! And ya gotta love the IVF bloat.... :P
Em -- we are booking the same doula we had for DD's birth, though she was a student at that time and we had her services for free. This time we're gladly paying to have her for this birth. But consider finding a student doula -- they have to attend a number of births as part of their training, so they would be free or cheap. Look into it! there must be a doula's association in Oz you can start with. Even if you can't take a course like hypnobirthing, just having an experienced person there to work with you at every moment is SO comforting, and the more you are at ease, the better you can cope with the contractions (working epi or not!).
Christi -- I too had some cramping at the beginning of my pregnancies, but they did feel a little different to me, not like AF, but just like my uterus was letting me know something was there. I felt it was reassuring, but I know everyone experiences these sensations differently. My feeling is that if you're on the crinone, you know it's not AF, so it _has_ to be more implanting going on. That's the only explanation. But don't worry if you need to freak out or be neurotic. We're _all_ neurotic. Really.
Christi-good to see you here! And funny about Spanx! I tried them while stimming, too...didn't work enough!! I was crampy until about 6-7 weeks...then it went away and I freaked out.
Jenn-Way to go on the weigh loss! Any tips?
Emily-Oh boy! You are going to have one big baby!! Do they sell Stride Rite shoes in the UK? My son also has extra-wide feet and we have to buy Stride Rite's $50-60 USD shoes....ugh! I couldn't even find him snow boots for day care and play b/c his feet are so wide, even Stride Rite doesn't make extra-wide snow boots! They figure they make them wide enough for thick socks...not fun! But Crocs work great for summer!!
Tamika-Your girls are beautiful!!
I set up my 1st tri screening for 5/10 and so I am looking forward to that. Thinking about taking Gabe to it so he oculd see the baby...he said he wanted a baby sister again last night...I asked him what he would name his baby sister and he said....."Chocolate Candy"...so funny!
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IVF #1: July-2006: Sweet baby boy, G, born April 2007 (3dt of 2)
FET #1 (from IVF #3): Sweet baby boy, N, born November 2010 (3dt of 2)