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Thread: Babies Due January-March 2014
February 19th, 2014 09:56 PM #1056Senior Member
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Thanks Katie! I went back and read those posts. That's very helpful! I'll see what my progress is and go from there. Im hoping all these practice contractions are at least doing a little work that won't need to be done in active labor (hey I can dream, right!). For now I'm going to bounce on my birth ball and drink some red raspberry tea
February 20th, 2014 12:49 AM #1058Senior Member
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My pregnant self is still here! Still been having contractions. I'm assuming real ones mixed with Braxton hicks, like they said last time I was in L&D. Every day for a few hours, usually in the evening, they seem to get bad and regular. DH and I get so excited, and then they subside, or I go to bed and wake up fine. This has been going on for over almost 2 weeks! Ugh! There are still 19 days till my due date, and I want him to take his time to grow. But my ob keeps saying she doubts ill make it to 40 weeks since I'm so small and little guy is all run out of room! She guessed closer to 37 or 38 weeks.... Which is now!!! So every day I wake up hopeful, and every night I go to bed sad! I am so anxious for him to be here!!
In other news- I have a question. I've been waiting for this little guy to drop. Well today I noticed that there is this strange soft spot up by ribs at the top of my uterus. It's where his butt and legs used to hang out. Now it feels , well, sort of inflated I guess, like something should be there, but it just feels fluid filled and soft! Of course as a FTM I think that it's something horrible like my placenta explded or is swollen (laugh all you want lol). But then I thought- hey, maybe this us a sign he dropped! I'm going to ask ob at my apt tomorrow, but was just curious if any of you other mamas experienced this??
February 20th, 2014 11:05 AM #1060
@frances - Your poor husband. He deserves a Hero Award or something. Laying tile is not MY husband’s favorite job — he’s really good at it, but he doesn’t love it. And he definitely wouldn’t have been having fun with a stomach bug. Or being under boycott! Your poor man, I hope he feels better now and the grout behaves itself for him. How did your ultrasound go, are they freaking over Kurt’s size??
@Katie - I haven’t used an IUD, I looked into it a couple of years ago and it weirded me out that sometimes those things can get embedded in your uterus. It’s super rare but I decided it wasn’t for me. I’ve used the NuvaRing before though and I really liked it. It’s, well, a ring maybe 2 inches across, made of silicone or something like that, and it releases hormones. You stick it inside and it hangs out around your cervix. You have to replace it once a month, but even somebody without schedule can mark their calendar for once a month, you know? Anyway I never felt it, and my husband never felt it, it’s super easy, and if you decide you want another kid you just don’t put another ring in the next month. With the IUD you have to get the doctor to take it out again. If you are wanting to wait a few years then that’s probably good, but if you just want to wait a couple of years it might not be worth the hassle and expense of the IUD. Sorry I couldn’t be more help, maybe someone else has used the plastic IUD and can offer experience.
@truitree - Hi there, nice to see you!! I was so excited to see your birth announcement over in that forum!
@kenzing - Oh. My. I want to go to sleep just reading your work schedule. Don’t wear yourself out too much, yikes. The Wizard of Oz party sounds fun. I love theme parties. But yes, they are SO much work.
@vitamom - Ooh, good luck to you. My mom had the membranes stripped one time and thought it was terrible, so I’ve never had it done. I figure that babies come when they are ready to come! Hope it all works for you if you decide to do it!
@babylove - Ugggh, it’s terrible when you get to the point that you wake up all excited to have the baby and then go to bed sad. I’ve been having contractions every day for 90 minutes or more and I am so over it. I think that the “soft spot” on your belly is probably just due to your baby changing position. Maybe he turned sideways, I mean his side is out now instead of his butt, you know? So when you poke there you’re feeling fluid instead of a baby butt. He might have dropped down too, in which case you might be feeling your own guts in there. Forgot what those felt like, huh! LOL. I really think the baby has just dropped or moved. I’m sure there is nothing to worry about. Ask your doctor though, you will feel better! It never hurts to ask, and it always helps to not be worried.
It’s the same usual with ridiculous contractions here. Sixty, 90 minutes at a time, and they seriously hurt sometimes. Annnnnnnd…a big, fat nothing. I’m slightly paranoid that I’m not going to realize when it turns into real labor — which happened with my 3rd baby. The doctor’s office suggested that I pay more attention to the intensity than the timing, since that happened before, but wow it seems confusing. When you’re on your 5th labor it seems like you ought to know how to show goes, doesn’t it? The only thing that’s normal is that anything can happen, ha!
I’m wrapping up a lot of projects here. Kitchen, everything I had scheduled for this “phase” of the project is done save for a few trim pieces. On the crochet blanket I’m down to the last strip. Finished writing the “birth plan” document this week (it’s actually more like a listing of my medical/birth history plus an intro to all the support people I have coming). Working on the last of setup of changing table/baby clothes. I think almost all of the gear/clothes I’ve ordered recently has turned up, too. I got all the “sibling presents” wrapped and bought stuff for our little “coming home” party, just need to put together the little goody bags and put up some cookies in the freezer. I still have tons of things on my to-do list, but I’m glad to see most of the big projects finally coming to an end.
Today I’m hoping to fix up my new robe. I usually get a new one to take to the hospital, and wouldn’t you know there was a crayon or something in the dryer that got all over it when I washed it! So it would be nice and clean! Totally irritating. I’m just going to “go with it” and have the kids paint handprints on it or something. Then all those color marks will be intentional, right? And lots and lots and lots of cleaning today too.
Hope everybody has a relaxing day!Due March 3 - it's a girl!
Dulcinea Tesla nn Daisy
February 20th, 2014 10:10 PM #1062Senior Member
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I had no progress today at my appointment, 1-2 cm and 50% effaced still. I asked if she thought the membrane stripping was advisable and she said it won't hurt anything (I'm GBS neg, they won't do it if your positive). She said she really couldn't reach too much but did what she could. It didn't hurt, a little pressure is all which makes me think it won't work. I've been crampy all day and having insane BHs but nothing real. So blah.
@sara, such a cute idea to set up a little welcome home party for the baby! The kids must love that! I may just steal the idea
I hope your contractions subside until they are real both for your comfort and so when the main event ensues there is no question!
@babylove, I agree with Sara that he probably is either shifting sides or dropped down. I know my little guy flips from one side to the other. I'll feel his little butt on one side all day and then go to feel it and it's gone and soft there cause he swung it the other way
February 21st, 2014 10:07 AM #1064
Go ahead and steal it! Some hospitals do cute little "parties" for siblings with cake from a local bakery and hospital-issue ice cream. My mom always gave presents "from" the baby, too. My kids aren't allowed to visit at the hospital (on account of flu season) so we'll do the party at home. It's pretty easy to get a few party supplies and make things special for the siblings, without making yourself crazy.
Other times we have done things like take the siblings to the bakery and help choose a cake to have at the baby's birthday party, and they shop at the resale store for toys/pajamas for the new baby. This time the youngest is only 2, and he won't understand helping with preparations, so I've been picking things up on clearance over the last few weeks. I got "appetizer" size plates and forks in a set, so we'll have "tiny" food to go with it like cookies and fruit snacks. The presents "from the baby" this time are a board game for the eldest, dolls for the two youngest, and a dinosaur toy for the middle guy. I think they will have a good time.
Here's some of my progress on the robe fixup yesterday!
http://s8.postimg.org/6hq1e0y35/owlrobe.jpgDue March 3 - it's a girl!
Dulcinea Tesla nn Daisy