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06-24-2008, 08:53 AM
December 2008 Mommies
Getting our Winter babies!
Mystikal, cactus, LKMang, rubyslippers, portlandbride, springprincess, leannalam, Eight, J&K2003, ilovemysoldier812, PG-Rated, elenitsa, ds2003
lawyerwifemom, Ilovemygeek, IzzyJune2006, Traciann, luvalwaysMandy, cherry, A-lo, JessicaT, mauibride1, smellycatsgirl
bluejeanbaby, dusthappy, maplekitty, stacy654,
Welcome, and Congratulations!
Please post all updates in red for ease of finding! If we can't see it, we can't add it.
Info to include:
Me: Name, age (birthday)
DH/Signicant Other: Name, age
Finding out the gender?:
Your Threadmistress are luvalwaysMandy and Mystikal! Please PM us with any issues regarding the thread.
When posting, please put how far along you are in the subject line.
*Thanks to all the Mommy-to-be threads for helping with thread layout and links!*
First Trimester! (http://www.constantchatter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40893)
06-24-2008, 08:54 AM
We Have 28 Mommies!!!
Me: Amanda, 31
DH: J, 31
TTC Date: 8/07
BFP Date: 3/29/08
Gender Prediction: not sure yet, thinking boy
Finding out the gender?: YES!!!
Other children: DS 2/06
Me: Sandi, 27 (Aug 11)
DH/Signicant Other: Norm, 29
Married: Jan 4, 2003
TTC Date: We weren't.... I was on BCP's!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BFP Date: May 6
EDD: not sure yet.... guessing the end of Dec.
Gender Prediction: thinking girl
Finding out the gender?: absolutely
Other children:Tyler (July 04) and Brayden (Aug 07)
Me: A, 32
DH: S, 31
TTC Date: 1/08
BFP Date: 3/25/08
Gender Prediction: boy, I think
Finding out the gender?: I'm not so good at waiting, so yes.
Other children: just a dog whose life is about to get a little more crowded
BFP Date: 04/22
Gender Prediction: no real "feelings" yet
Finding out the gender?: mos def
Other children: DS, almost 8 mos
Me: Carla, 30 (Oct 15)
DH: N, 34
TTC Date: Oct 07
BFP Date: 04.19.08
Gender Prediction: none
Finding out the gender?: hopefully not this time
Other children: Noah (06.12.06)
Me: Dustie, 31
DH/Signicant Other: Doug, 28 (yeah, I scored a boy toy!)
TTC Date: Jan. 08
BFP Date: April 30, 08 HPT, May 2nd +blood work
EDD: 1/9/09, but will be induced at the end of December
Gender Prediction: ?? who knows, but crossing fingers for healthy first, then boy
Finding out the gender?: Better believe it!
Other children: Allison 11, Taylor 9, Kane 10 months
Me: Jane, 35
DH: Jim, 34
TTC Date:10.2007, miscarriage 12.2007; 2.2008
Finding out the gender?:most likely
Other children: the four-footed variety (Marvin the Dog and Mookie the Cat)
Me: Lena, 33
DH: V, 43
TTC Date: 9/07
BFP Date: 4/22/08
Gender Prediction: Husband wants a boy
Finding out the gender?: YES!!!
Other children: DD 3/06
Me: Rachel, 25
DH: Trevor, 25
TTC Date: Dec 2007
BFP Date: 4/8/08
Gender Prediction: I'm thinking girl
Finding out the gender?: Absolutely
Other children: Daria, 17 months
Me: Shawna, 20
DH: Eric, 21
BFP Date: 4/6
EDD: According to when I O'ed it would put it at 12/19?
Gender Prediction: Boy, Dh thinks girl
Finding out the gender?: Yes
Other children: just our yellow lab and pug
Me: Izzy, 35
DH/Signicant Other: J, 29
Gender Prediction: ?
Finding out the gender?: yes
Other children: Annabelle, almost 2
Me: J, 30
DH: K, 34
TTC Date: 2/08
BFP Date: 4/5/08
Gender Prediction: boy?
Finding out the gender?: for sure
Other children: DD 1/06
Me: Jessica, 30
DH/Signicant Other: Hub, 30
TTC Date: 11/07
BFP Date: 4/21
Gender Prediction: early guess - boy
Finding out the gender? Yes!
Other children: none! first pregnancy
Me: Leanna, 28 (31st Dec)
DH: Andy, 28
Married: 16 April 2006
BFP: 24 April 2008
EDD: 23 Dec 2008
Gender Prediction: Girl!! (Hopeful)
Finding out the gender?: Definitely!
Other children: A gorgeous white Siberian Husky, Cosmo
Me: Lauren, 30
DH/Signicant Other: Ed, 30
Married: May 2002
TTC Date: January 2008
BFP Date: March 28, 2008
EDD: December 2, 2008
Gender Prediction: I'm guessing GIRL!
Finding out the gender?: Yes!!
Other children: a spoiled dachshund
Me: Heather, 40
DH/Signicant Other: Rich, 39
Married: April 2001
TTC Date: uh, oops!
BFP Date: March 23 (Easter!)
Gender Prediction: none
Finding out the gender?: yep
Other children: Rachel (5), Wyatt (3) and Meredith (21m)
Me: Mandy; 24
DH/Signicant Other: Ross; 26
Married: YES (11-06-04)
BFP Date: April 1st!
EDD: unknown; late nov, early dec.
Gender Prediction: none
Finding out the gender?: Yes
Other children: Paige (5-25-04) Hunter (10-17-05)
Me: Sarah, 27, bday Jan 7
DH/Signicant Other: DH Curt, 30
TTC Date: We weren't!!
BFP Date: 04/15/08
Gender Prediction: oh gosh...havn't a clue yet!
Finding out the gender?: Not sure yet
Other children: DD Robyn Abigail 10/05/06
Me: K, 38
DH: C, 36
TTC Date: 1/06
BFP Date: 3/23/08 after IVF#2, D3 transfer of 3 embryos
Gender Prediction: boy
Finding out the gender?: most definitely
Other children: DS, 2, conceived via clomid/IUI
Me: Tracy, 28
DH/Signicant Other: Keith, 27
TTC Date: June 2008...yeah...I know...we were careless!
BFP Date: 4/8/08
EDD: 12/18/08, based on chart
Gender Prediction: no idea!
Finding out the gender?: Nope
Other children:just a lab and cat!
Me: Rachel, 28
DH/Signicant Other: Joe, 34
TTC Date: 2/2008
BFP Date: 3/17/08
Gender Prediction: don't know
Finding out the gender?: undecided
Other children: Julia Edythe, 6/29/06
Me: Angela, 32
TTC Date: We were being pretty low-key about it, so we don't really have one - maybe Feb. 1?
BFP Date: 4/29/2008
Gender Prediction: none
Finding out the gender?: Definitely
Other children: none
Me: B, 34
DH/Signicant Other: P, 32
TTC Date: we weren't, but weren't really preventing either
BFP Date: 4.5.08
Gender Prediction: is it wrong to say I'm crossing my fingers for a boy??
Finding out the gender?: Yes!
Other children: DD1 - 5.12.05, DD2 - 9.24.06
Me: Heather, 35 (10/01)
DH/Signicant Other: Kurt, 34
Finding out the gender?: yes
Other children:this is number 1
Me: Jen, 27
DH: Michael, 27
Married: December 14, 2002
BFP Date: April 21, 2008
EDD: December 27, 2008
Finding out the gender?: Yes
Other children: One angel baby January 14, 2008 and our furbabies
Me: 26 (August 10-almost 27!)
DH/Signicant Other: 25
Married: April 8, 2006
TTC Date: March 2008
BFP Date: April 2008
EDD: December 21
Gender Prediction: It's a boy!!
Finding out the gender?: We found out on Thursday!
Other children: This is our first
Me: Stacy 29, will be 30 5/2
DH/Signicant Other: Brian, 29
TTC Date: Off BCP 06/07
BFP Date: 04/09
Gender Prediction: I am not sure, have no real "feelings" yet
Finding out the gender?: Brian is insisting
Other children: 2 black labs, ack, no human kids
Me: traci, 33
DH/Signicant Other: t, 38
Finding out the gender?:yes
Other children: DD, 3
forever in our prayers: chimichanga, Melissalovespugs, fats, hokiegirl, Dan's*Girl
06-24-2008, 08:55 AM
11/29 - Mystikal
1 - IzzyJune2006
2 - LKMang
5 - A-lo
6 - cactus
7 - lawyerwifemom (Being induced on 12/1!!)
8 - luvalwaysMandy, portlandbride
11 - Ilovemygeek
12 - traciann, motray36
15 - portlandbride
16 - J&K2003
20 - Ilovemysoldier812
21 - springprincess
23 - Eight, PG-Rated, Leannalam
27 - JessicaT
28 - ds2003, smellycatsgirl
30 - cherry
6 - bluejeanbaby
9 - dusthappy (but will be induced at the end of December)
06-24-2008, 08:56 AM
9/22 - Mystikal (OB)
9/25 - Motray36 (OB)
9/26 - IzzyJune2006 (OB)
9/29 - Smellycatsgirl (OB)
9/29 - LKMang (OB)
10/2 - Motray36 (hospital tour)
10/2 - Cactus (U/S)
10/2 - Lawyerwifemom (OB)
10/6 - Mystikal (OB)
10/7 - JessicaT (OB)
10/7 - Motray36 (childbirth class)
10/8 - Leannalam (U/S)
10/10 - ds2003 (OB)
10/11 - Mystikal (childbirth class)
10/15 - Mystikal (BF'ing class)
10/18 - LKMang (BF class)
10/22 - Smellycatsgirl (BF class)
10/24 - Smellycatsgirl (childbirth class)
11/1 - Smellycatsgirl (hospital tour)
11/17 - LKMang (hospital tour)
Motray36 - October 11th
LKMang - October 25th
06-24-2008, 08:58 AM
Weekly Pregnancy Updates:
American Baby (http://www.americanbaby.com/) * Baby Center (http://www.babycenter.com/) * BabyZone (http://www.babyzone.com) * iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com) * StorkNet (http://www.pregnancyguideonline.com) * Very Best Baby (http://www.verybestbaby.com)
Baby's First Site (http://www.babysfirstsite.com) * Baby Gaga (http://www.baby-gaga.com) * La Femme Bonita (http://lafemmebonita.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi) * Lilypie (http://www.lilypie.com) * SnugglePie (http://www.snugglepie.com) * Ticker Central (http://www.tickercentral.com) * Ticker Factory (http://www.tickerfactory.com)
Miscellaneous Informative Sites:
American Pregnancy Association (http://www.americanpregnancy.org) * Baby Names (http://www.babynames.com) * Baby Net (http://www.babynet.com) * Safe Fetus (http://www.safefetus.com) (for a list of safe drugs during pregnancy) * Consumer Reports Report on Car Seat Safety (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/baby-toddler/travel-gear/car-seats/car-seats-2-07/overview/0207_seats_ov.htm)
Maternity Shopping Sites:
A Pea In The Pod (http://www.apeainthepod.com) * Baby Style (http://www.babystyle.com) * Belly Basics (http://www.bellybasics.com) * Bella Materna (http://www.bellamaterna.com) * Fashion Bug (http://www.fashionbug.com) * Gap Maternity (http://www.gap.com) * JC Penney (http://www.jcpenney.com) * Lane Bryant (http://www.lanebryant.com) * Mimi Maternity (http://www.mimimaternity.com) * Mom's The Word (http://www.momstheword.com) * Motherhood Maternity (http://www.motherhood.com) * Old Navy (http://www.oldnavy.com) * Target (http://www.target.com)
Babies 'R Us (http://www.babiesrus.com) * Baby Center (http://www.babycenter.com) * Baby Depot (http://www.babydepot.com) * BabyStyle (http://www.babystyle.com) * Buy Buy Baby (http://www.buybuybaby.com) * Sears (http://www.sears.com) * Target[/url/ * USA Baby (http://www.target.com) * WalMart (http://www.walmart.com)
Baby Shopping Sites:
Baby Age (http://www.babyage.com) * Baby Ant (http://www.babyant.com) * Baby Bazaar (http://www.babybazaar.com) * Baby Box (http://www.babybox.com) * Baby Center's Store (http://www.babycenter.com) * Baby Depot (http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com) * Baby Dilly (http://www.babydilly.com) * Baby Dream (http://www.babydream.com) * Babies 'R Us (http://www.babiesrus.com) * BabyStyle (http://www.babystyle.com)* Baby Universe (http://www.babyuniverse.com) * Carousel Designs (http://www.carouseldesigns.com) * Dimples and Dandelions (http://www.dimplesanddandelions.com) * Dreamtime Baby (http://www.dreamtimebaby.com) * Elegant Baby (http://www.elegantbaby.com) * Fisher Price (http://www.fisherprice.com) * Gap (http://www.gap.com) * Graco (http://www.gracobaby.com) * Gymboree (http://www.gymboree.com) * In The Treetop (http://www.inthetreetop.com) * Land of Nod (http://www.landofnod.com) * Little Showoffs (http://www.littleshowoffs.com) * Net Kidswear (http://www.netkidswear.com) * Nursery Depot (http://www.nurserydepot.com) * Old Navy (http://www.oldnavy.com) * One of a Kind (http://www.oneofakind.com) * One Step Ahead (http://www.onestepahead.com) * Pokkadots (http://www.pokkadots.com) * Signature Baby (http://www.signaturebaby.com) * Target (http://www.target.com) * The Baby Marketplace (http://www.thebabymarketplace.com) * The Children's Place (http://www.thechildrensplace.com) * Tutti Bella (http://www.tuttibella.com) * Wendy Bellissimo (http://www.wendybellissimo.com) *
Delivery/Birthing Options (OB, Midwives, Doulas, birthcenters, etc.):
American Association of Birth Centers (http://www.birthcenters.org) * American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (http://www.acog.org) * American College of Nurse-Midwives (http://www.acnm.org) * Childbirth Connection (http://www.childbirthconnection.org) * Lamaze (http://www.lamaze.org) * Bradley Birth (http://www.bradleybirth.com) * Birthing From Within (http://www.birthingfromwithin.com) * Birthworks (http://www.birthworks.com) * HypBirth (http://www.hypbirth.com) * HypnoBirthing (http://www.hypnobirthing.com) * Association of Labor Assistants & Childbirth Educators (http://www.alace.org) * International Childbirth Education Association (http://www.icea.org) * Waterbirth International (http://www.waterbirth.org) * DONA International (http://www.dona.org)
Ameda (http://www.ameda.com) * Breastfeeding (http://www.breastfeeding.com) * Boppy (http://www.boppy.com) * KellyMom (http://www.kellymom.com) * La Leche League (http://www.lalecheleague.org) * Maternal Concepts (http://www.maternalconcepts.com) * Medela (http://www.medela.com) * Mothering (http://www.mothering.com) * ProMoM (http://www.promom.com) * Whisper Wear (http://www.whisperwear.com)
Bright Beginnings (http://www.brightbeginnings.com) * Enfamil (http://www.enfamil.com) * Similac (http://www.welcomaddition.com)
Diapering Info: (some have coupons & contests)
Cloth Diapering (http://www.borntolove.com) * Huggies (http://www.huggies.com) * Luvs (http://www.luvs.com) * Pampers (http://www.pampers.com)
Rosie Baby (http://www.rosiebaby.com) * The Hip Hugger (http://www.thehiphuggeronline.com) * About Babies Inc. (http://www.aboutbabiesinc.com) * Maya Wrap (http://www.mayawrap.com) * New Native Baby (http://www.newnativebaby.com) * Prenatal Cradle (http://www.prenatalcradle.com) * Baby Wearer (http://www.thebabywearer.com)
Cord Blood/Stem Cell Info:
Secureacell * Viacord * Cord Blood * Cryobank * Lifebank USA * CorCell * Cryo-Cell
2Peas1Pod (http://www.2peas1pod.com) * 5StarBaby (http://www.5starbaby.com) * BabyGrams * [url=http://www.babyjcards.com]Baby J Cards (http://www.babygrams.com) * Bella Baby (http://www.bellababy.com) * Celebration Cottage (http://www.celebrationcottage.com) * Classic Card (http://www.storkavenue.com) * inababycarriage (http://www.inababycarriage.com) * InvitationBox (http://www.invitationbox.com) * MetroBaby Cards (http://www.metrobabycards.com) * Mommy's Miracles (http://www.mommysmiracles.com) * My Gatsby (http://www.mygatsby.com) * Naptime Cards (http://www.naptimecards.com) *PhotoStamps (http://www.photo.stamps.com) * PurpleStork (http://www.purplestork.com) * Simply To Impess (http://www.simplytoimpress.com) * Stork Grams (http://www.shopbirthannouncements.com) * Tiny Prints (http://www.tinyprints.com)
Jewel Kids (http://www.jewelkids.com) * Lifetime Mothers (http://www.lifetimemothers.com) *
06-24-2008, 08:58 AM
Belly Shots 1
Mystikal - 14w2d
LKMang - 19w
Motray36 - 17w
06-24-2008, 08:59 AM
Belly Shots 2
Mystikal - 28w
06-24-2008, 08:59 AM
Ultrasound Pictures 1
06-24-2008, 09:00 AM
Ultrasound Pictures 2
06-24-2008, 09:02 AM
POST AWAY LADIES!
06-24-2008, 10:03 AM
Mystical So sorry about your loss. *Hugs*
06-24-2008, 11:41 AM
Mystikal - I'm sorry for your families loss.
06-24-2008, 11:43 AM
all is well on this homefront. Since I still have not found jeans I like that fit well, I’m wearing my prepg jeans with a rubber band. I thought I had moved on from these jeans, but I just love jeans and have not found a replacement. I do have jeans skirts that have sorta filled the void, but not completely. Gotta get back to work.
06-24-2008, 12:06 PM
Wow, a 2nd trimester thread - I can't believe we are here already!
sleeping - I'm a back sleeper so Ive been having trouble sleeping on my side. I got a body pillow, which helps, but my arm and shoulder hurt every morning!
Mystikal - Im so sorry. You, DH and his family are in my prayers.
Izzy - Yeah for sleep and a weekend of R&R!!
TM Not sure what's giong on with my pics, they are showing up on my end. I will try some other things!
06-24-2008, 12:31 PM
Mystikal - Your family is in my prayers! *hugs*
Wow, pretty exciting to have a 2nd trimester thread!
ds2003 I found a pair of maternity jeans at old navy that i just love. i can't believe how comfortable they are. Really wish I could wear jeans at work!
06-24-2008, 01:01 PM
When do most people feel the baby move?
06-24-2008, 01:10 PM
Lkmang – I will have to try ON again. The last time I tried the on, I felt like I was between sizes. The L didn’t leave me much room to grow and the XL was way too big.
Ilovemysoldier – I’ve read that most feel the baby b/w 16 and 20wks. With DS it was around 18wks. If the placenta is anterior, as in Mystikal’s case, it can be longer before you feel the baby.
06-24-2008, 01:12 PM
Ilovemysoldier812 I think they say that you may start to feel movement around week 16. With DD, I was certain that I felt movement at week 17, which I think is still considered on the early side.
I just did some online shopping at Old Navy. I can't wait to get some clothes. Despite having all the maternity clothes from my sister's two pregnancies and mine, I really feel in-between right now.
06-24-2008, 01:41 PM
I'm very sorry, Mystikal. My condolences to you, your DH and your ILs.
06-24-2008, 03:23 PM
Mystikal~ so sorry for your loss.
I'm 17 weeks and still no movement...I'm chubby so I'm pretty sure it will take me longer to notice.
06-24-2008, 05:34 PM
Thank you for your thoughts, everyone. They are appreciated.
Ilovemysoldier with DD I didn't feel movement until about 20 weeks. They say you feel it earlier with a second pgcy, but because my placenta is anterior I haven't felt anything yet this time. It's almost like I'm not even pg!! :eek:
06-24-2008, 05:41 PM
I've been feeling weird flutters so I was curious.
Mystikal- Have you told DH it's a boy? Any names picked out?
06-24-2008, 06:39 PM
Mystikal So sorry for your family's loss.
06-24-2008, 07:05 PM
ilovemysoldier812-with my first pregnancy I didn't feel movement until 20 weeks. I also had an anterior (in front which kinda cushioned the movement) placenta which is why it took me longer. I am 15 weeks/16 on fri and haven't felt anything yet.
mystical-so sorry for your loss. hugs to your family.
I have a dr appointment on friday and I am beyond excited to schedule my ultrasound!!!!
06-24-2008, 08:20 PM
smellycatsgirl, glad your DH is on the road to recovery. How scary!
Mystikal, sorry to hear about your DH's father.
My dr's appt today was uneventful (a good thing!). We heard the h/b and scheduled my next appt and big u/s for 7/29. Can't wait to find out the baby's sex!!!
06-24-2008, 08:52 PM
ds2003 - I am having a problem with pant sizing at ON. The jeans I got are a small and fit great right now, but I don't think they can last for the whole pregnancy. I also bought a pair of small capris, washed them, and now there is no way they fit anymore! I'm going to try a few mediums and see how they fit. I always thought they should have maternity sizing by how far along you are, not just size!
I am getting a little nervous that I haven't felt any movement yet. I'm guessing it happening and I'm just not noticing it yet.
06-24-2008, 11:52 PM
Mystical - I am so sorry for your family's loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
06-25-2008, 06:19 AM
OK... wow.... I finally got back onto the internet and we already have a new thread!!! Happy second trimester girls!!!!
I don't think I could catch up with shout-outs but I'm glad everyone seems to be feeling a little better.
Mystical - I'm so sorry for your loss... our prayers are definitely with you and your family.
Life has been absolutely crazy with us lately. My husband is in the Coast Guard and just got transferred to Michigan. We are still waiting for our house to sell to move up there so, for now, the boys and I are in my in-laws guest cottage. It's ok, but we miss DH terribly. This is the first time Tyler really gets that his daddy is not here and it's sooooo hard. Thankfully he has a school in Yorktown he will be going to in July (about 2 hours away) so we will be able to see him then. Please send a little prayer or two that our house will sell quickly and our family will be back together.
So I've had so switch doctors and it's weird because this is kind of my temporary doctor since we are hoping to be in MI by the end of the summer. They seem to be fine though and I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday.
I am so anxious to find out what this baby is. I really have a gut feeling that it is a girl. I had a strong feeling with both of my boys that turned out to be true so we'll see.
Anyone else just have that feeling that you just know????
I've even bought a few sale items I've found (nothing that's not exchangable) and OMG shopping for a girl is so fun!! Of course I will be thrilled either way. I ADORE my boys, so the more the merrier. I'm so jealous of those of you that are finding out soon. I won't be until the end of Aug.
I wanted to pass on too... Restoration Hardware has baby stuff now. Maybe some of you already knew this, but it was news to me. It is BEAUTIFUL and their prices seem comparable to Pottery Barn Kids. Their website is www.rhbabyandchild.com
That's enough rambling for me... have a great day ladies!!
06-25-2008, 07:30 AM
QOTD – Anybody dealing with dizziness? Last night at work, right after I ate dinner, all of the sudden I felt really faint/dizzy. I had to go in the back and sit down for a little while and drink some water. It’s happened a few times (and usually after I eat). I’ve read that it is normal during pregnancy (and I saw the Nov 2008 mommies discussing it), but it is still scary. I have a drs appointment tomorrow so I will bring it up then. Maybe I’m not drinking enough?
Bluejeanbaby – Hope you are reunited with your DH soon! I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you and your boys.
I totally agree, shopping for a girl seems like so much fun! I have to stop myself from buying cute little sundresses. Two nights ago I had a dream that I am having a boy. I can’t wait to find out!
I have been waiting a few months for Restoration Hardware to finally open their baby store. Their bedding is just beautiful!!! Don’t know if it will be in our budget, but I love it!
06-25-2008, 07:35 AM
I have a question for the RO....
Have you begun looking at double strollers? I didn't need one with Brayden because they were three years apart and Tyler rarely used the stroller anyway. With this one, B will only be 18 mos so I will definitely need one but am at a total loss. I have a hard time pushing a single stroller without running into things :rolleyes: so I don't want anything too big. I've tried looking at the double stroller thread and online and am just so overwhelmed. Here are a few I've come up with that I liked for different reasons, but I'm still at a loss....
Phil and Ted
Love the size... basically the size of a single and looks super easy to manuver
Seats can be turned in all directions... don't know if it can take an infant carrier
Can take and infant seat... don't know about the side by side... I may take someone out with it.
So far the Phil and Ted is by far my favorite I have heard good things about it. It is also the most expensive (especially since I like the new models the best:p) and I'm not sure how it will do with an infant
I know it's super early, but I'm such a planner... anyone have any thoughts?
06-25-2008, 10:59 AM
QOTD- I'm always dizzy. I usually drink a whole bottled water and feel ok. I get dizzy when I'm either hungry or thirsty.
Bluejeanbaby- I hope your family is together again soon. I know how you feel, DH is in the army and I hate when he's away but we have never had kids with him being away. He leaves in January 09 for training then is being deployed in February so I get to experience it all alone. I'm such a planner too. I think the first one looks pretty neat.
My evil MIL is coming tomorrow to stay with us for a little while. I don't know how long because she got a one way ticket. I don't know if I can put up with her for more than 2 days!:)
Anyone else obsessed with looking at baby stuff online? I'm such a planner too that i have everything picked that I want if it's a girl or boy.
06-25-2008, 06:56 PM
QOTD - Dizzy
I get really dizzy/nauseous occasionally. Usually if I've been sitting and stand up really quickly. My dr said it's probably low blood pressure. Still sucks, though.
I don't think we'll be getting one. I really wanted to use a sling with DD and never did, so I think that's what we're going to do this time.
Ilovemysoldier that's probably movement you feel. The first time I felt DD move I was watching American Idol and I remember it felt like this little tap-tap-tap down really low and lasted for about three minutes or so. At first I was annoyed and was like "what the hell IS that???" then I realized it was my baby and got so excited! :D
06-25-2008, 08:06 PM
Swinging by to ask a quick weird question - I was leaning backwards stretching my back yesterday (not far at all...im not flexible) and there was a bulge running down the center of my upper abdomen, from above my belly button to below my ribcage. It wasn't overly noticable from any angle but mine - it just kinda makes my stomach pointy-ish. It goes away and doesnt hurt at all, and if I touch it just feels like the rest of my stomach. Has anyone had or heard of this?
06-25-2008, 10:38 PM
Well girls, hopefully tomorrow I will be finding out if it's a he-tus or a she-tus! Of course, priority #1 is that s/he's healthy, but I'm also so so curious about who's hiding in there. Since DH is still away (still! But we're more than halfway done now), MIL is going to come with me to the appt (she's visiting from out of town this weekend). I'm nervous, but excited--just hoping everything is still fine.
I was brave enough to post these in the Belly Shots thread (why not? I've watched everyone else do it for years!), so here you go, for your viewing pleasure. Any gender guesses? These were taken on Sunday.
Man, I'm happy to be pregnant and all, but I am so self-conscious about how I look right now. I wonder if it will be like this the whole time or if I'll eventually get used to it.
06-26-2008, 12:50 AM
cactus- I would say girl.
06-26-2008, 06:44 AM
cactus - I think you look amazing! I'm going to guess girl as well. I remember the first 20 weeks or so being the worst, especially with my first, for my self esteem. You know you're pregnant, you feel pregnant, but don't necessarily look pregnant to the outside world. Don't worry... VERY soon you will have a nice big round belly and it will be obvious to the world and I think you'll be surprised about how good you feel. Good luck at your appointment... I'm sooo jealous!!!
motray36 - I haven't ever heard of anything like that, I'm sure it's nothing, but I might just mention it at your next appointment.
Ilovemysoldier812 - I would guess that you are a little dehydrated. Being pregnant in the heat you have to drink A LOT of water. I've had two summer babies and definitely remember getting easily dizzy. I'd keep a bottle on you all the time if you can.
Oh my gosh... I'm a super planner too. Both of my boy's rooms, etc. were completely planned before I knew what they were. It's just so fun! It's the same this time around, just don't get to plan quite as much stuff. I've decided I'm re-doing the nursery though regardless of the gender... I should get SOMEthing right!?!?!
I'm off to take the boys to the beach today. I hope you all have a great day!!!
06-26-2008, 06:52 AM
QOTD - Have any of you started narrowing down names?
If it's a boy he will be Jack after my grandfather. Not sure of a middle name.
I'm not completely sure about a girl's name. I have always LOVED the name Lola, but my sister gives me a lot of grief about it. What do you all think? I also like Gabriella and we could call her Ella. Either way the middle name would be Grace for my Grandmother
06-26-2008, 07:35 AM
Cactus you look great! I'm going to guess GIRL. Can't wait to hear! :)
Bluejeanbaby I actually just updated the first page. Check it out! :)
06-26-2008, 07:35 AM
Oops, names: As you can see from my sig we decided on a name last night. Reuben for my FIL and David for my dad. "Ben" is my grandpa's name, and I always wanted to name a boy after him, this is good enough for me. :)
06-26-2008, 08:09 AM
cactus No idea on you. But since I like to be a little differenent and usually wrong, BOY. And I agree that once you start looking really preg you'll like your body more so!
QOTD No names yet. This is usually a difficult thing for us. We'll wait till we know gender before even discussing.
06-26-2008, 08:26 AM
bluejeanbaby- I like Lola! I made the mistake of telling mil the boys name and she said she didn't like it. Not that I care, but I don't know why she had to even express her opinion. Last time, we didn't tell everyone the name until dd was born, and I think that is the way to go. Once she was here, we didn't hear anything negative about her name.
we have several girls names, but nothing we can decide on. I think once we know what we are having we will be more serious about names.
06-26-2008, 09:42 AM
motray I'd say it's probably nothing to worry about. Last time I ended up with my abs all crooked and a linea negra not even straight. There are bulges here and there. If nothing hurts, I suspect it's just the way your internals have decided to shift.
double stroller We don't plan on getting one. DD will be 2.5 yo and is pretty good about walking, we seldom use her stroller these days. I plan to use a sling with baby too.
cactus You look like an early second trimester mommy-to-be! It's normal to hate our bodies. It took me about 8 months to get comfortable with the changes last time. This time around, I think I'll be comfortable in another month.
baby moving So I think I am starting to feel things but I am not sure. It's subtle and few and far between. I suspect it will be more obvious in a couple of weeks.
Name We've had our boy name picked out forever, Sebastien, but we had a girl last time. We're waiting to find out the gender before we start that discussion again.
Leg cramps OMG... with DD I would get these calf cramps almost regularly while sleeping. I got my first one this morning after waking up. I hate those! I probably better get used to it.
Crib I just found out yesterday that DD's crib is part of a major recall. We need to figure out how to get a replacement. http://www.jardinecribrecall.com/
06-26-2008, 10:36 AM
I had my drs appointment today. Everything went well (except for having to wait an hour to see the dr!) I have gained 3 lbs since my last appointment, which she said was excellent. She said I should be able to feel some movement this week or next week. Can’t wait for that! The heartbeat sounded good and we even heard a little kick on the doppler. I asked about the dizziness/faintness and she said it’s totally normal and to try to space out my meals throughout the day. She said if you eat something very sugary/full of carbs, you’ll probably feel faint/drop in energy about an hour later. Good to know it’s normal! I also had my second blood test for the sequential screen test.
cactus – You look fantastic! Good luck tomorrow at your u/s and I can’t wait to find out what you are having!!!! I am leaning towards girl too! When I was in the drs office, there were so many pregnant women with cute bellies, and I just feel fat. Can’t wait to look more pregnant!
bluejeansbaby – I love the name Lola!!! Adorable! And I like the nickname Ella for Gabriella.
Mystikal – I love the name Reuben David. Such an honor for FIL. And Ben is a great nickname (and even better that it is your grandpa’s name too!)
Traciann – I like the idea of not telling anyone the name until the baby is born. I can’t believe how many people like to give their opinions on names!
IzzyJune – I saw that huge recall! I bet a lot of people are going to be out buying next cribs.
QOTD – If it’s a girl, she will be named Kathleen Patricia, after my mom & aunt (& most of my female family members). If it’s a boy, my husband is going to pick the name. I felt kind of bad that I “stole” the girls name right away with no discussion, so I told him he could pick the boys name. I definitely have veto power, though! If it was up to me, my 2 favorite boy names right now are Elliott and Luke. DH is not a fan of either.
06-26-2008, 11:11 AM
QOTD: We have a girl's name picked out, but we haven't been able to agree on a boy's, so we figure we'll wait to find out the sex. If we can avoid that argument, so much the better. :)
Here's my question: Have you all started talking about baby showers yet? I know my family will want to have one for me up north, but my schedule is so crazy that by the time I have a free weekend, I'll be 32 weeks along. How safe is it to travel after that? I would be going six hours by car. I think the best time would be September, but is that too early? I'd only be six months then.
06-26-2008, 12:44 PM
Traciann - I think you are absolutely right about waiting to tell the name until the baby is born... too many people want to give their opinion. I love the name Lola and it's one that my husband and I actually agree on so I guess I shouldn't let other people's silly opinions stand in the way.
PG-rated As far as a baby shower, with this being my third, I won't be having one. I'm sure that we'll probably get gifts from family, but no official party. I would be careful about planning a shower far away at 32 weeks. You might be ok, but some doctors may not like the idea of you traveling that far at that time and, to be honest, riding in the car for six hours may be way too uncomfortable. I don't think a shower at 6 months is crazy. I had my shower with my first at about 6 months because we were moving and that was the most convenient time.
06-26-2008, 03:15 PM
Dizzy – It may be dehydration. I got dizzy shortly after finding out I was pregnant. I went to medical at work and it turned out my blood sugar was super low.
Names – we have no agreement on boy names. For girls we are pretty set on Maci. We also like Sydney and Gabrielle. We have no plans of telling anyone the sex or the names. We like keeping secrets. It is fun.
Double stroller – I used a sling for DS, but my mom likes using the stroller. DS still LOVES the stroller. I plan on slinging #2 as well, but if my mom has them both, she won’t use the sling. I’ve been looking at the BabyPlanet Unity and Chico Trevy and one other that I can’t remember.
Weight gain – I’m hoping I’m not up my much
Telling more coworkers – One of the guys I work with closely with, asked if I’m expecting. I knew the question would eventually come. Of course I told him yes, then went on to tell him that I’ve actually enjoyed this time where I knew people were wondering but they wouldn’t ask. It was great. I could see the questions on their faces.
Baby shower – SIL wants to through me another one but I don’t see the reason why. We have everything. The only things I’m interested in are a double stroller, BPA free bottles and clothes if we have a girl. Since we are not telling anyone what we are having, then a shower makes no sense for me.
Pg-rated - Unless you have a medical reason, there is probably no reason why you can’t travel at 32 weeks. 6 hrs is a long car ride so if you decide to do it, I would schedule some extra time so you can stop and stretch along the way. Check with your insurance. Mine will not cover the birth is you are voluntarily out of the area after 36 wks. I went to a wedding at 37 weeks 2.5hrs away but knew that I could get to an approved hospital within an hour. I even asked my doctor about it and he was fine with it. He is the one who mentioned I should check my ins company policy.
06-26-2008, 08:20 PM
bluejeanbaby I have the Phil & Teds and it's a really great stroller. That being said, I didn't get much use out of it. My baby hated the newborn position on it and so I rarely used it when she was little. By the time she was old enough to sit in it (5 - 6 months) my older DD didn't want to sit in a stroller. It was good to contain both of them if I had to but mostly I used the bottom seat for holding items since the basket is pretty small. I also reccomend using a sling. I have a few different ones that I've used as they grew.
Names We won't really discuss it until we know the sex. Having two girls though it will be easier for me to come up with a boy name.
Dizzy usually if I haven't had enough water.
Weight gain I'm SO happpy I have only gained 3 pounds so far! This coming from someone who gained 50 lbs. with each of my pregnancies. I'm hoping the trend for me continues!
Baby shower No shower since this is #3 for me and I live very far from family and most friends. If we have a boy we will probably get a lot of clothes from my relatives, though. Otherwise we are all set.
06-26-2008, 10:39 PM
...it's a bouncing baby BOY!
Bring on the frogs and snails and puppy dogs' tails!
And now I can enjoy a big butt *and* a boy...who knew?
Thanks for all the guesses, ladies...that was fun!
06-26-2008, 11:35 PM
cactus - YAY! Congratulations! I can't wait to find out what we will be having.
06-27-2008, 04:17 AM
Awww, congrats cactus on your son!!!!!
06-27-2008, 07:40 AM
Yey cactus CONGRATS! I was actually right!:) Boys are fun.
06-27-2008, 08:33 AM
cactus - congrats on the boy
06-27-2008, 09:05 AM
congrats on the boy Cactus
06-27-2008, 11:22 AM
cactus - Congratulations on your new little man! Boys are a blast!!!
06-27-2008, 01:01 PM
hi everyone, i haven't been here forever! missed you guys :p
cactus, congrats on the boy! as others have said... they are SO fun. btw, you look great (belly shot).
mystikal, i am so sorry about your FIL. how tough on your family. congrats on your boy... one of each, how great.
ilovemysoldier... hope your sickness is getting better. it's not fair if it's still sticking around!
hola to everyone else!
let's see... things have been crazy with me. i've been working on a big... "project", for want of a better word, at work which has been very stressful. i've worked the past three weekends and late into the evening for the past 3-4 weeks. i have one more weekend to go and it all should end next thursday. i can't wait... it has been tough physically and emotionally (loads of pressure), not to mention exhausting! that's mainly why i haven't posted in so long... after work i just have nothing left. i've also been travelling loads, at least once a week - ugh.
i've still been feeling sick. actually, i was fine yesterday and today so far (knock on wood) too, but otherwise still icky. i did stop taking the zofran though, as i felt i didn't need it desperately anymore. unfortunately, last wednesday night i forgot my unisom (was tired and just spaced out) and oh boy... i was SO sick on thursday. couldn't keep anything down, couldn't work (not good in my current situation), etc. it was awful. i'm thinking this crap has got to lift soon!
i had my NTT and everything was fine; measured 0.122 and it's supposed to be under 0.35 or something. the doctor tried valiantly to check the sex and while we couldn't see anything dangling (he/ she certainly was not shy about spreading their legs!), we of course couldn't be sure this early. so we'll see... i am really DYING to find out this time. my next appointment is july 27. i probably won't find out the gender until early august though, i'm thinking.
i've gained 6 lbs (gulp) so far. by this time with DS, i'd only gained 2 lbs. then again, i started off 4 lbs lighter than with DS. i ended up gaining 44 lbs (:eek:) with DS, which really freaked me out, although it was all gone by 3 weeks post-partum oddly enough.
other than the continuing nausea and food aversions (i can't wait until i regain my love of food - right now fruit is the only thing i really WANT all the time), i've still been quite tired and have been feeling the occasional twinge. i do feel as though i'm showing a bit (and i haven't "come out" at work yet, although friends and family all know). it's that awkward in-between stage though, where i also could just look like i've been hittin' the pie a little hard.
okay, i wrote a novel :) have a great weekend everybody!
06-27-2008, 06:35 PM
Cherry don't worry about the weight gain. I had gained 10 lbs at 10 weeks and it tapered off and as of right now (18w tomorrow) I am at 10.5 lbs gained. :)
I just wanted to drop off my most recent belly shot, taken tonight at 17w5d. DD had to be in the picture with me:
06-27-2008, 08:56 PM
cherry-I hear ya on the fruit!!! I just bought a bag of peaches and nectarines at Super Target. As well as on the vine tomatoes. Yummy. I will also hang my head in shame and admit I have had Long John Silver's Chicken planks for the last two days. Its a random craving for sure.
congrats on your boy catus!!!
you look great mystical! congrats on your son.
I had my dr appointment today. Everything looks good. Heartrate 150. and my ultrasound is scheduled for July 24th. I got to find out last time at 18 weeks, but I guess the way my appointments fell this time it will be at 20. I am soooo impatient, I want to know now!
06-27-2008, 09:14 PM
Cherry and Traciann- I'm with you both on the fruit. I crave peaches! I just bought some at the grocery store.
Mystikal- Very cute baby bump.
06-28-2008, 01:44 PM
Funny about the fruit cravings...at the dr's on Thursday, I was a little wigged out by my weight gain (all of which I knew, but it's weird to see it on your chart in writing, you know?) which while only 10 pounds total, was about 7 in the last 5 weeks which sounds like a lot (I'm 17 weeks). The dr didn't bring it up, but I asked if I should be concerned about gaining too much too fast. She said I was in the normal range and shouldn't really worry, but that if it was stressing *me* out and I wanted to try to keep a handle on it, I should watch my carbs (I'm like, "Yeah, watch my carbs go in my mouth is more like it!"). She said that even things that are healthy (like fruit!) can be problematic in mass quantities b/c pg women just are very sensitive to carbs and sugar. So she told me to eat more veggies instead of fruit...and when I told this to my other pg friend we were both just like, "But fruit is so much *better!*"
Funny. I guess I'll just keep eating fruit and gaining a lot of weight. ;)
06-28-2008, 03:12 PM
So funny about fruit!! I have been eating apples and peaches like crazy! And after all the talk a while ago about cherries, I bought a bag last week and ate most of them right after I brought them home. So good!
06-30-2008, 12:12 PM
Interesting about the fruit - that's been my secret for controlling my weight (I was severely overweight before starting this pregnancy, so I'm supposed to gain as little as possible). I've been substituting fruit for my constant sweet cravings, and it's helped a lot (I've only gained 1 pound so far).
06-30-2008, 12:54 PM
TMI - Okay, so the increase in discharge is normal, right? Mine really started up this weekend and it worried me a little, but then I remembered that a lot of you are having it too. Uggh, just lovely.
I went to a concert on Saturday and I finally felt my little one moving!!!! It was pretty exciting (this baby is gonna be a country music fan, I just know it :D). I paid for my fun night on Sunday. Uggh, I was in bed most of the day. I don't know if I ate something bad, but I just felt horrible, trying not to vomit. (On a plus note, I felt a bunch of little "taps" from the baby!) I am feeling better today, just a little dehydrated.
Hope everyone is doing well. I can't believe I have less than 2 weeks until the big u/s!!!! It looks like there are a few of us getting our u/s in July. It's gonna be such an exciting month!
06-30-2008, 02:36 PM
lkmang- I just ask my dr on friday about this, and its very normal. I didn't have discharge with my last one, but this one, yuck!
cute pics ladies. I don't have that kind of courage :p I'm pretty tall so I tend to carry closer to my body instead of out front so I just look chunky.
congrats on the boys mystikal and catus! boys are fun!
I can't wait to find out what color to shop for, but my dr. doesn't do the big u/s on low risk pregnacies until 21 weeks. So my u/s is July 25. I've also started feeling little waves from the baby, I can't wait until they are stronger and more frequent. The moving is the only part of pregnacy that I like :)
Hope everyone is feeling well!
06-30-2008, 07:48 PM
Way TMI - So, I am having some weird symptoms and I think I'm going to call the dr tomorrow. Along with the increase in discharge, I've been having a weird feeling in my vagina/perineum area. It almost feels like a pressure, but there is no pain and I don't feel it all the time. I'm going to see how I am tonight and if it gets worse, I might go to the ER, but I would much rather see my own doctors if I can. Any ROs experience this? My sister, who is a nurse, thinks its the baby growing and pushing around in there, and I definitely feel like the baby is larger. This along with the intestinal issues I had yesterday are making me feel pretty uncomfortable/nervous. And I just keep feeling the discharge. I'm hoping they will be able to see me tomorrow to do an internal. I'm trying not to get nervous about it, but it is tough. :(
07-01-2008, 04:51 AM
LKMang I hope everything is okay. Please keep us updated and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It must be scary and unsettlng
Movement I really hate haing this anterior placenta. I still haven't felt anything and I was so looking forward to feeling movemnt earlier this time around. :(
So I'm back to work today after taking the last week off for FIL's funeral. As much as I don't want to go back I think it'll be nice to get back into a routine, and at least this is a short week wih Friday off
Hope everyone has a good day!
07-01-2008, 11:59 AM
LKMang - I have been having some weird pressure in my vagina, as well. My OB said that pressure down there was normal, but I would definitely talk to my doctor about it. I see the doctor next week and I am going to ask for an internal.
07-01-2008, 01:04 PM
lkmang, yup, me too--I have it too (every once in a while). I think it's pretty normal, but it doesn't hurt to ask. :)
07-01-2008, 01:18 PM
Thank you guys! I went to see the doctor and everything looks good. My cervix is long and completely closed and the heartbeat sounded great. Such a relief! She said it could be the start of a UTI and she was sending my urine sample to the lab for further testing. I was seriously convinced something bad was happening with my cervix. She said they would measure it when I go for my u/s next week. Thanks again for the reassurance that this is normal. Everything with pregnancy is new and scary and I have no idea what is normal or not! (Of course it doesn't help when you search the internet and find tons of information about what could be wrong)
07-01-2008, 03:10 PM
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I just feel like there's so much going on that it would take me too long to write.
I decided to write right now, mostly because I am being tickled! I feel this cute little kicks in my lower belly. I suspect it's baby though they are still very soft. It could actually be hickups but they don't feel very regular.
DD had a fever from Friday morning until Monday morning. We were glad it finally stopped, but she is still acting clingy and whiny and not completely sleeping well. Needless to say it was a long weekend. It meant that we could not attend a friend's 1st birthday party and that I attended a funeral by myself on Saturday. My friend's husband passed after a 10-month battle with bone cancer. They have an 18-month old. How sad!!!
Aside from that it was SUPER hot in Seattle this weekend. Hot by our standards given that very few people have a/c around here. We managed to keep the house temp in the low 80's despite 90's outside.
I am tired, very tired but doing ok. I feel HUGE! In comparison to my first pregnancy, I feel like I am 6 months along and not just 4.
I received the triple screen results in the mail (kinda surprised the doc office didn't call, which they usually do) and it was negative, so that's reassuring. In two weeks we have the big u/s! I can't wait to find out if we're having a boy/girl so I can start planning and organizing.
I'll do SO on the most recent posts because I don't know how far I can go back...
lkmang I've been having pressure on/off too. Nothing that feels out of the ordinary to me. It's interesting how the second time around everything is so different and a little less stressful. I'm glad you got reassuring info from your doc's office.
The discharge has been there for me all along from very early on. It was the same with DD. For me, it actually causes some discomfort and I tend to have yeast infections because of it. It makes BD painful.
Food I've been eating probably too much, though I am having to eat smaller portion. When I eat full meals, I feel like my belly is expanding and stretching by the minute. The scale is starting to oscillate but I think I've only gained about 3 lbs so far, which I find reassurring (not too different that with DD, though I am bigger, go figure!).
Mystical You are glowing. That's an adorable bump you have.
cactus Congrats on the boy news! (kinda late with this one!)
07-03-2008, 04:40 AM
Izzy thank you! :) I feel great, except for the fact that I think I'm waddling already. lol.
It's been slow in here, where is everyone? I just wanted to post and say I'm pretty sure I felt the baby move last night. I was so excited. I have to say it was disappointing to hear that I have an anterior placenta this time around, as feeling DD move was my favorite thing about pgcy my first time. I was afraid I wouldn't feel anything until really late, so I am happy.
Oops, DD is awake already, and I can hear her upstairs asking for an "acaple". (A popsicle. lol.) Have a good day, all!
07-03-2008, 08:30 AM
Uggh, talk about a bad week. Yesterday I went to work finally feeling good and I ended up leaving feeling just horrible. I have some kind of sinus infection/flu. I would think it was just a cold but my body aches so much and I'm pretty sure I had a fever last night. Geez, what else can my poor body take. I am taking tylenol and drinking fluids and sudafed was on my approved list of medicines, so I might try that tonight or tomorrow if I'm not feeling any better. I called out sick from work tonight, luckily everyone saw me looking bad last night so they don't think I'm playing hookie on a holiday weekend. I'm gonna try to find the neti pot and see if that helps. Uggh, this is one of the downsides of working with the public.
07-03-2008, 02:27 PM
Lkmang – I hope you feel better soon.
Mystikal – congrats on feeling the baby
I had an appt this morning. We heard the hb and scheduled my next appt and u/s for Aug 7! Yippee.
07-03-2008, 03:23 PM
Hard to believe I'm coming up on 18 weeks! Holy cow...I'm actually starting to imagine that one day soon there's going to be a baby at the end of all this!:eek:
There hasn't been much action with me, except that I feel like I'm getting bigger every day. I weighed myself this morning (I'm trying to do it weekly and no more) and it looks like I'm up around 12 pounds so far--and I *know* that's not all baby! Oh well. My friend, who is due exactly 4 weeks ahead of me, said that she experienced a growth spurt right around now too. Along with feeling huge, I've been super-tired and very hungry. I hope Baby Boy is getting what he needs. I don't think I've felt any movement yet; last weekend I thought there might have been something bubbling in there, but it was probably just gas and since it's my first and I have an anterior placenta, I'm trying not to get worked up. My DH will finally be back in about 3 weeks (I'll be almost 21 weeks by then and I was only 11 when he left) so I'm hoping we'll have some fun little kicks going on by then.
I hope everyone has a great long weekend--I am heading up to Northern California tonight with a group to visit my friend's family's farm for the 4th...I'm just hoping there's pie!
ds2003, yay for more u/s action!
lkmang, I hope your weekend isn't spoiled and that you feel better soon!
mystikal, I'm pretty excited to feel the baby move too--I'm hoping for soon! Happy belated birthday to your DD too (I was looking at the date in your sig)!
Izzy, so sad about your friend. I don't know what I would do if it happened to me.
TM, I scheduled my "big" u/s (even though we already know the gender, this is the comprehensive anatomy scan) for July 29.
07-04-2008, 10:47 AM
UPDATED TO HERE!!!
Please remember to post all updates in RED. Thanks! :D
07-04-2008, 02:55 PM
Happy 4th of July everyone!
Izzy- sorry about your friends husband.
Mystikal- So exciting you got to feel the baby move!
LKmang- I hope you feel better today.
Cactus- Exciting news about DH coming home. Where is he again?
MIL is finally gone! It was a LOOOONG week and it just stressed me out. She's supposed to be coming back out here in December when the baby is born. I really don't want her to be apart of this baby's life. She said some really mean things about it while she was here. She said she hates it already because it has me apart of it. There was a bunch of other mean stuff she said but I don't know if I feel comfortable posting that stuff.
I have a doppler that I've only used twice so far but I recorded it with my cell phone so I could send it to my parents. I sent it to my email so I could try and post it here. How would I do that?
07-04-2008, 07:03 PM
ilovemysoldierthat is HORRIBLE what your MIL said about your baby. I would stand firm on not having your MIL come stay with you once the baby is born. Its a stressful time just getting it down and learning about your baby. You do not need the added stress from her.
I got to hold a newborn today. Oh.my.goodness. I do not remember dd being this tiny! So, so precious. Hard to believe I will have a newborn in less than 6 months!
I hope you feel better LkMang!
my big ultrasound is July 24th!
07-05-2008, 04:18 AM
Happy belated 4th ladies! I hope everyone had a good day.
Izzy~ so sorry about your friend.
Mystikal~YEA for movement!
LKmang- I hope you are feeling well.
ilovemysoldier~ That is just HORRIBLE....I don't blame you for not wanting to deal with MIL in your baby's life.
I'm feeling well and excited for the anatomy scan 07/21/08.
I am comfortable in maternity clothes, but not really liking how most look on me.
There still isn't a lot of movement, just a few flutters and twinges here and there.
07-05-2008, 09:54 PM
Mystical- Congrats on the movement!
LKMang - I hope you get to feeling better soon. I swear by the neti pot when my sinuses start acting up.
Ilovemysoldier812- I am so sorry that your MIL is being a PITA. I have the same problems with my MIL. Hang in there and if you want to talk just message me.
As for me, my hubby is home now and although he's still in pain it's really nice to have him back. He's on medical leave until Tuesday so he will be able to be at my appointment on Monday. I am thinking about having them do a quick U/S to check my cervix's length. I just don't want to wait until August for that. I am hoping that maybe we will get to see the sex while we're at it, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July!
07-06-2008, 06:46 AM
Cactus thanks! DD's birthday was pretty good. I can't believe my first baby is two! :eek:
Izzy I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's loss. That is awful. :(
ilovemysoldier that is absolutely horrible about what your MIL said. Did your DH say anything to defend you? That woman would not be allowed in my home after saying something like that about me/my baby.
smellycatsgirl So glad your DH is home. I hope he's feeling much better soon.
We attempted to go to the fireworks last night, but DD was completely freaked out by the noise so we left after only five minutes. Also last night I was trying to get DD to relax and have some quiet time since she wasn't going to bed at her normal bedtime and she rammed her knee into my stomach. I was in a lot of pain for probably an hour or so after that. :( I feel much better this morning, though.
I'm not ready to go back to work tomorrow. Blah.
07-06-2008, 10:00 PM
Mystikal- The sad thing is No he didn't. We were arguing and she got into it.
07-07-2008, 09:04 AM
Back from a week long "vacation"! I must say, I am glad to be home :)
The first night of the "vacation", MIL and I got into a 2 hour long arguement about baby shower(s). Long story that I won't get into...but I do have a
baby shower question: I've reluctantly submitted to the idea of having a shower (again, long story...I really dont want one for my own personal reasons...but am not universally opposed to them...so no judgement here!). MY MIL is insisting that I have 2 seperate ones to accommodate all of the people she would need to invite, which would require me to have 2 showers, in one weekend at locations over an hour apart (I live 5 hours away and cant take a long weekend). My mom is insisting that I don't have 2 because its too much for me. They have both put it on me to come up with a solution. Any sugguestions?
LKMang - Im sorry to hear you aren't feeling well :(
ds2003 - yay for the HB!
cactus - Ive been really tired and hungry too...I read somewhere there is a growth-spurt around this time, so maybe thats it!
Ilovemysoldier - Im happy for you that MIL is gone! Im so sorry you have to deal with that and that DH isn't defending you :(
Traciann - it still hasn't hit me yet that there is a baby at the end of this tunnel!
smellycatsgirl - hoping your appt went (is going!) well.
07-07-2008, 09:20 AM
Belly Shots then I have to catch up. Then I'll post! :)
07-07-2008, 03:06 PM
My appointment went well. We got to hear the HB again and it was 166 bpm. I have lost about six pounds from my last visit, though. He said it was normal to have fluctuations; especially with all of the stress going on lately. My next appointment is August 7, 2008 for the BIG U/S and then another appointment on August 14, 2008 with my doctor to follow-up on the U/S.
07-07-2008, 03:07 PM
Motray – how many people is MIL thinking about? Can you have 1 really big shower?
Mandy – wish I could see your pics. I’ll have to wait until I get home.
Ilovemysoldier – I’m sorry you have to go through that with you MIL. I would tell DH that I will not spend any time with his mom unless she changes her attitude toward you. DH may get upset but it should force him to confront his mom.
Baby shower – SIL is insisting on throwing me another shower. We told her we don’t really need anything. I think we have convinced her to just come up and clean our house. I would prefer that over any gifts. She still wants to brings gifts and I have to give her a list of things we need. I started a wish list on BRU online. It isn’t very long and consists of bottles (BPA free plastic and glass ones), long sleeve bodysuits, double stroller, breast milk storage containers, nursing pads, bottle brush, car adapter for my breast pump and a convertible car seat. There are some high ticket items on there, but hey she asked.
07-07-2008, 03:11 PM
smellycat - we are due on the same day and are having our big u/s on the same day.
07-07-2008, 05:38 PM
ds2003 - That is so neat! How have you been doing so far?
07-07-2008, 06:13 PM
Hi All!! I just joined the forum as recommended by my sis-in-law.. I'm still new at all of this.. but I thought I'd introduce myself and meet everyone!!
Me: Leanna, 28 (31st Dec)
DH: Andy, 28
Married: 16 April 2006
BFP: 24 April 2008
EDD: 23 Dec 2008
Gender Prediction: Girl!! (Hopeful)
Finding out the gender?: Definitely!
Other children: A gorgeous white Siberian Husky, Cosmo
I'm almost into my 16th week but sill not eating very well. No real appetite... I miss eating... :o
My next appt is 18 July and a level II U/S on the 30th!
07-07-2008, 07:01 PM
Glad to hear everyone had a good 4th of July. Man, where is the time going? I feel like summer is almost over already!
I am FINALLY starting to feel more normal. I broke down and went to the drs today and she thinks it's a viral infection and hopefully I'll start to feel better tomorrow. It was really horrible. I seriously went 2 full days/nights getting a total of 2 hours of sleep. I don't know how my body was still functioning. Hopefully I will be able to go back to work tomorrow. I tried to go in on Saturday, but they sent me home right away. I must have been a sight! This one really knocked me down and I've decided to slow things down for a while. I had 2 concerts/1 road trip planned for this week, but have decided to cancel them both. I just can't do what I used to do and I really need to put my health and this baby first. I never really realized how much energy it takes to make a baby grow!
I have my big u/s on Thursday!!! I can't believe it is here already! I'm so excited to see the baby again and hopefully we will find out what the little one is! Here is my belly shot:
Any guesses? I am really going to need some restraint and not run out and buy baby clothes, especially if it's a girl. I'm so excited I could burst!!!
cactus - I totally agree, I feel like I'm getting huge. I seriously am starting to feel some of my organs getting pushed up already. I just imagine how uncomfortable we are going to be feeling in a few months. And it makes sense about the growth spurt. I keep feeling like I've grown in just the past week. Glad to hear your husband is coming home soon! You must be excited.
ILovemysoldier - I cannot believe your MIL. I'm so sorry you have to deal with her. I would absolutely put my foot down and say she isn't staying with you once the baby is born. Talk about added stress. BTW great idea about recording the heartbeat! I have to do that next time I have the doppler out!
Smellycatsgirl - Glad to hear DH is home. He's gotta feel better just being home!
motray - Uggh, a shower dilemma. I can totally understand not wanting to have two, especially since you don't even want one! I was also thinking maybe you could have one huge shower and just get it all over with.
luvalwaysMandy - cute belly shot! It's so amazing to see the changes in a week!
ds2003 & smellycatsgirl - Your due dates are the day before my birthday! In fact my mom said I was due on the 28th and was a day late. Great time to have a birthday :)
07-07-2008, 09:31 PM
ilovemysoldierthat is HORRIBLE what your MIL said about your baby. I would stand firm on not having your MIL come stay with you once the baby is born. Its a stressful time just getting it down and learning about your baby. You do not need the added stress from her.
Seconding this, ilovemysoldier. It is so hard (and worth it, but so hard) adjusting to having a new baby that I just can't imagine that it will be a healthy environment for you or for baby if your MIL is a part of it. :( Just my two cents.
07-08-2008, 07:26 AM
Shower - MIL has about 50 on her side. I have a small family, so I would add 6 from that and no more than 10 friends. One huge one would be my preference as well at this point - but MIL doesnt believe that there is enough space at either house to accommodate and both families refuse to look at other possible venues. Bleh. I talked to my mom last night and told them to duke it out and leave me out of it. Just let me know what is decided and I will show up!
u/s - The big u/s is Friday morning (I have to schedule them early or I will go bonkers all day!!). Even though we aren't finding out the sex, I'm still super excited to go on a little body tour. Plus, I am paranoid and want to make sure the peanut (turnip now, apparently) is doing ok!
luvalwaysMandy - so cute - I love to see the progress!
LKMang - glad you are feeling better - hopefully it will just keep getting better :D
ilovemysoldier - I agree with the above posts - from what I hear, this is going to be one of the most amazing/difficult/wonderful/overwhelming times in your life and it would be so unfair to you and the baby if you were spending your time dealing with her rather than enjoying this new chapter in your life!
07-08-2008, 09:21 AM
Thanks for all the responses on MIL everyone. You guys are all right and I tried explaining it to DH but he just keeps saying it's my mom.
Cute belly shots LKMang ( my guess is a girl) and Luvalwaysmandy
07-08-2008, 11:10 AM
motray - when are they planning to have the shower? If youi have it early Oct, you may be able to swing having it outdoors. If at all possible I highly suggest having it at you own home. We had my sorta surprise shower at our house it was so convenient. We didn't have to lug gifts home and its great for friends and fam who want to see the "baby's room". Most my friends are now doing the same thing. If you do have it at your home, make sure your fam does the setup AND cleanup. You don't want to be left cleaning house.
07-09-2008, 09:52 AM
Lovemysoldier Seriously keep that woman away from you and the baby! My DH and I decided to have no visitors (other than short meet the baby visits) in the 2 weeks immediately following the birth of our first child. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. I know some women long to have their mothers around, but I am not like that. I was much more comfortable getting the hang of things with Mom at the other end of the phone rather than in my space. I could walk around with my milk stained shirt and leaky boobs and learn to breastfeed without concern or inhibition. My DH and I learned to be our own little family during that time and lean on each other as parents. Maybe it is time your DH told his mom that his primary responsibility is his wife and child? I wish you luck!!
Too much has happened for me to catch up with shout outs, but I have been reading along and wishing everyone well.
We had our Level II ultrasound yesterday and we are in fact having a GIRL. A very cute, very healthy little girl with a long neck and a jawline that reminds me of my first born. I guess my son is going to have his pick of girlfriends from among his sisters' friends!
The best news was that by all measurements, this baby is totally healthy and growing right on target. She's about 8 ozs right now. I feel very blessed and lucky to get a healthy baby 4 times over, especially since I've had all of them at 35+!
We just got back from a very relaxing week in Cabo. The kids had a great time living in the pool and by the beach. I even had time to read a whole entire book and get a massage!
07-09-2008, 10:58 AM
Can't edit the title.
FWIW, I'm 19w2d.
lawyerwifemom Congrats on the good u/s results. How exciting that you have a healthy girl in there! One more week until we find out. I cannot wait!
07-09-2008, 11:00 AM
I have to admit that all these vacations are making me jealous. I am so ready for vacation. My next vacation is in August for my family reuinion in VA.
I have to agree with lawyerwifemom that it is nice having time alone with just DH and baby. I also loved having my mother there. My mom stayed with us for about 3 weeks after DS was born. Then we were alone for about 5 weeks until my family reunion that year. She came back with us after the reunion and stayed for about 2.5 months. I went back to work at the end of August so she watched DS until he started daycare at the end of October. I have to say that if you do have family come visit, especially for a long period of time, make sure they will be helpful. You don't need another person to just wanna hold the baby. My mom was very helpful. Our house never stayed so clean. I had no problem BFing in front of my family. I would just let it hang out at home. If we were out, I was more discreet.
Not much else is going on here.
07-09-2008, 11:33 AM
Thanks to all of you non-first-timers who have advice about family, etc. right after the birth. It's actually something I'm pretty anxious about--we live really far away from all our parents (and my parents are divorced and remarried, so there is an extra set) who are on the east coast and in the midwest, so I'm imagining some kind of mad convergence when the baby comes (and our wedding stressed me out for this reason too, so my anxiety is not without grounds!). I'm wondering if it would be better/easier if we just asked for everyone to wait and come around Christmas/New Years which would be hopefully a couple of weeks after the actual birth.
The other consideration for us is that our baby will be having a bris (Jewish circumcision ceremony) which has to be 8 days after the birth, so maybe family will try and plan visiting us around that.
Ugh...so many things to figure out!
Keep the stories and advice coming, ladies! I am totally a befuddled first-timer!
07-09-2008, 02:15 PM
After some increased abdominal cramping and vaginal pressure I am going in for an U/S tomorrow to measure my cervical length for possible Incompetent Cervix. I am currently 15w 4d now. My doctor said it could be just normal cramping from uterus growth, but he wants to be safe and do this just to make sure. Keep your fingers crossed that everything will be fine. With the M/C earlier this year I am scared to death.
07-09-2008, 02:53 PM
smellycatsgirl, I really hope everything is just fine! I'll be thinking of you.
07-09-2008, 05:34 PM
smelly, I'm in a similiar state. I've recently had an increase in cramps which started to make me worry. I've been having more headaches nearing the end of the day as well, but I'm guessing that's mainly due to the heat... hope all is well for you tomorrow!
07-09-2008, 07:11 PM
lawyerwifemom- congrats on your healthy baby girl!
smellycatsgirl i hope everything is ok. please keep us posted.
vistors-we had my mom help for a week, and it was WONDERFUL. it was hard to adjust to the sleeping schedule, and dd cried for hours on end in the middle of the night. I remember many times handing dd over to my mom the minute she walked in the door and I would go straight to sleep. my mom was a true help though and did whatever I asked or needed her to do. My MIL is a completely different type of person, more into herself and would not be helpful to me at all (she hardly pays attention to my dd when we do see them!). That is why she is not being invited to come stay with us. :)
07-09-2008, 07:19 PM
Everyone's belly shots look great. Mandy I can't believe how much you popped in a week!!!
Smellycatsgirl I'm sure everything will be fine, but I would definitely be freaked out, too. I think you're doing the right thing going to the dr. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you tomorrow.
Visitors aside from the people that came to the house just to visit for a few hours here and there we didn't have anyone stay with us. Granted, DH took a week off of work, and my mom only lives 10 minutes away, so there were a couple times I had to call her. That worked well enough for us...
Looks like we have some ultrasounds coming up in the next week. Exciting! I can't wait to see my baby again on Monday...I am still having a hard time believing he's a boy. I NEVER thought I'd have a son and I just want an extra confirmation. (As well as everything being healthy, of course.) Lately I've been freaking out that there are going to be horrible things wrong with him. :(
OMG, I've been feeling this baby move so much lately. I love it. I had forgotten just how incredible it feels to get those kicks...I completely skipped the flutters stage and went right to the little nudges. lol. It's great.
07-09-2008, 10:07 PM
Can my appt and u/s be moved from August to July
7/29 - J&K2003 (appt and level II u/s)
07-09-2008, 11:05 PM
Does anyone know anyone know why my post are so delayed? By the time they are up, everyone is already on a new page... :(
07-10-2008, 02:32 AM
smellycat - i hope all is okay. please keep us updated.
07-10-2008, 10:10 AM
I'll post some pix and do SOs later, but I had come in here and share our news!
We are having a BOY!!!!!
I can't believe it! Everything looked good. The u/s tech said he was very photogenic :D
07-10-2008, 10:14 AM
family visits - since we live about 4 hours away from our families, they will be coming up for Christmas (as long as Im not 2 weeks late!). In-laws may be coming right before Christmas and my mom is coming the week between Christmas and New Years. They are all helpful, so Im not too worried about it...but I am an introvert and need my alone time too!
smellycatsgirl - you are in my thoughts today!
Mystikal - So exciting about the nudges :)
leannalam - No idea - sorry
me - Well, u/s tomorrow. Im so excited!! Time is flying so far this trimester, maybe becuase I don't feel like crap :p Here's my 17w bellyshot (let me know if it doesnt show)....
07-10-2008, 10:31 AM
Does anyone know anyone know why my post are so delayed? By the time they are up, everyone is already on a new page... :(
Most new users are put on moderated posts until they reach a certain number, so the lag will go away after awhile.
motray - That was smart to tell your mom and MIL to work the shower stuff out themselves.
smellycatsgirl - I hope everything is OK.
Not much to report on my end - I have my 16-week appointment tomorrow. Also, I may have figured out our daycare situation, which would take an incredible load off my shoulders (wait lists for infant care in this area are 12-18 months). But I won't really relax until we have everything settled.
07-10-2008, 10:40 AM
lkmang - congrats on the boy!
motray - are you planning to attend the mom's groups at MOGA. I believe they are on Tuesdays in the Tolland office. when I was out with DS, they were in the Manchester office. I went almost every week and it was a great way to get out of the house. If you do go, then maybe we will get to meet. If you plan to BF, Robin, who is the LC and runs the mom group, is excellent.
07-10-2008, 11:05 AM
PG - thanks! I saw some message about the mods, but I figured it was like a few minutes... Guess I'll have to up my post count.
lkmang - congrats!!
I thought I'd repost the information below since it got buried a few pages ago... :rolleyes:
Hi All!! I just joined the forum as recommended by my sis-in-law.. I'm still new at all of this.. but I thought I'd introduce myself and meet everyone!!
Me: Leanna, 28 (31st Dec)
DH: Andy, 28
Married: 16 April 2006
BFP: 24 April 2008
EDD: 23 Dec 2008
Gender Prediction: Girl!! (Hopeful)
Finding out the gender?: Definitely!
Other children: A gorgeous white Siberian Husky, Cosmo
I'm almost into my 16th week but sill not eating very well. No real appetite... I miss eating... :o
My next appt is 18 July and a level II U/S on the 30th!
07-10-2008, 03:24 PM
Welcome Leanna! I must have missed your post with the delay.
07-11-2008, 11:23 AM
PG-rated - hope you have a good appointment today!
ds2003 - A friend had recommended that I go- she loved it. I will probably go...like you said, it will be nice to get out of the house! It would be fun to get to meet too. :) I had my appt today with your primary - he seems really nice! His nurse was laid back and friendly too, which I like.
leannalam - a belated welcome to you :p
me - Had my appt and u/s this morning. Everything looks great! Baby has all the needed parts (we're opting to not see all of the parts ;)) and is measuring on target.
07-11-2008, 11:44 AM
It's so quiet in here these days.
Just thought I'd drop by with my current status. I am counting down the days until our big u/s. 6 days to go!
I am starting to feel the baby kick and move more regularly now, though it is still very soft. This morning ~3am, I could actually feel it on the outside. DH is looking forward to feeling the kicks. I also felt those kicks on the bladder this morning, fun! :rolleyes:
I have been really tired this week so I suspect maybe there's a growth spurt going on in there. I feel so much bigger every day. I'm barely halfway there so it is becoming very hard for me to imagine how I will get through it all.
I took some belly shots this morning but haven't yet uploaded the pictures. I'll have to come back.
I'm enjoying reading everyone's update. Please keep posting!
07-11-2008, 12:22 PM
congrats on your son lkmang!
congrats on a good ultrasound motray!! It will be such a fun suprise at delivery.
07-11-2008, 01:33 PM
Eeeeek, I signed up, posted a few times and then stopped! Darn that evil first trimester!
I have finally rejoined the land of the living after spending many weeks on the couch or slumped in my office from the constant nausea (no puking, though) and horrific acid reflux (that is still more or less around).
However, things took a turn for the better around 15 weeks and I have been feeling almost human these days. Victory!
I have much to catch up on, but we had our first of two anatomy scans (the second will be at 21 weeks in August) on Wednesday and we found out we are having a BOY!
I was dead certain it was a boy and I was right, crazy. I figured, we have a male dog and a male cat, had to be another boy...well...something like that...
I have a doctor's appt next Wed, July 16. I am dreading stepping on the scale, but I have been able to start running again and hope to be able to continue running for a bit.
Anyone else a runner or exercising?
Anyway, off to read more, hope all are well.
07-11-2008, 04:08 PM
ds2003, motray, traciann - thank you all for the welcome!
I'm getting pretty excited about my u/s next week even though I may not be able to see anything until my level II. I have felt a little tapping on my lower abdomen, but not sure if that was the baby.. or just some weird feeling.
07-12-2008, 08:20 AM
Congrats on your BOY LKMang!
Congrats on a healthy baby Motray. I haven't done the surprise thing for any of mine. I don't think I could stand not to know!!! I'm sure you will enjoy finding out in the delivery room!
Thanks for all the good thoughts on our little girl.
Good luck with upcoming appointments PG, Izzy and Smellycat. I'm looking forward to hearing good news from all of you!
Hello to everyone else . . . .We're off to Water World!
07-12-2008, 02:52 PM
My appointment for the emergency U/S went fine. My cervical length was perfect according to my doctor and the baby was very active. About every pic we saw the baby had a fist or a foot in the air. :D The doctor says the pain and pressure that I have been having is mainly just from my uterus stretching and growing. He even suggested a chiropractor in our area for me to get an appointment with to discuss what she can do to help relieve some of the back pain. I'll post the U/S pics soon!
07-12-2008, 05:15 PM
IzzyJune2006 - that so exciting about being able to feel the baby from the outside!
lawyerwifemom - hope you had fun at Water World!
smellycatsgirl - Im so glad to hear everything went well and that you were able to see an active little baby!
07-12-2008, 05:24 PM
smellycats - thats good news!! I have a lot of back pains too... it's getting quite difficult to sleep on my back nowaday and last night, I often felt the need to pee, but would only have a few drops... I hope it's not UTI.
07-13-2008, 03:19 PM
Happy weekend, everyone...
Like I've been saying, there is pretty much *nothing* going on over here--which is so great, after feeling so junky for the first few months. I think I'm finally starting to understand the whole "honeymoon period" idea.:) I know I'm bigger, because things that were swimming on me a couple of weeks ago are starting to be, um, a little more snug, but nothing is uncomfortable or hurting yet so I'm totally fine with it. There have been a couple of times over the last week or so where I *think* I might have felt a little movement, but I'm so unclear about what it feels like that I have no real idea. I do know I have an anterior placenta, so I'm trying to be patient. I am a little jealous of you ladies who can already feel your little acrobats!
I went to my first "official" prenatal yoga class this morning (I have done yoga for a long time, but have just been going to regular classes and modifying poses so far) and I have to say that I liked it more than I thought I would...I was slightly nervous about it being kind of "fruity" and new-agey with not enough actual moving going on, but I'm pleased to say that although there was "sharing" I sort of liked that part and there was lots of yoga too. My good friend is due a few weeks before me, so it was also nice that we went together. There were ladies all the way from 9 or 10 weeks along to 38 weeks--and it was kind of cool to be around all those pregnant women. I have to say I felt the sorriest for those first trimester people who just said they felt sick and miserable--it's not my style at all, but I totally just wanted to give them a hug and tell them they would feel better eventually!
So my QOTD is what's everyone been doing to stay active? What do you plan to do as you get bigger and bigger? In addition to yoga, I try to get to a spinning class at least once a week, and having a dog who needs lots of walks keeps me pretty active during the week...but I still feel like a sloth sometimes.;)
smellycatsgirl, so glad everything is fine!
izzy, this is going to be an exciting week for you! I wonder who's in there???
motray, cute little baby! Congrats on everything looking good...I admire your will of steel for not finding out--so much to look forward to at the birth!
pg, that is so great about potentially figuring out childcare--I hope it does work out.
07-14-2008, 08:31 AM
Water World was great fun. I went on most everything, though I did skip one tube ride that had a big "Expectant Mothers should not ride" sign. The kids had a total blast. And my just barely 2 year old made it a whole day with no diaper (just plastic swim pants under her suit) and told me when she had to go #1 AND #2. My other 2 have been 3-3.5 before training. This gives me hope that I may just have one in diapers come December!
I think I am officially in full time maternity now. I do have a couple "trendy" non maternity tops and dresses that are so billowy that they might as well be maternity, so I don't think they count as regular clothes.
I have an OB appointment today. Just the heartbeat and measurement.
Exercise I was a regular runner before pregnancy and did my 3rd marathon last October so I was planning/hoping to still be running now. But I really slacked off about 6 weeks ago and haven't run in the past month. I am actually planning to start up again for short 2 miles runs because I have been feeling a bit funky and frumpy and I did a short jog beside my bike riding son and felt great! I am still mountain biking once a week but starting this week I will be opting for the flatter non technical trails. My belly has popped out enough that I bet it has an effect on my center of gravity and balance, even though I still feel very comfortable on the bike. I've been swimming with the kids most every day though and that feels good.
Cactus I've done a bit of yoga with each kid and really enjoyed it.
Izzy Thinking of you this week!
07-14-2008, 09:19 AM
Eight - Congrats on having a boy!! Hehe.. I have a strong feeling mine's a girl. I so understand what you mean about the first trimester, unfortunately, I had the nausea plus the puking. Every other the day in fact... :( I'm so glad that's behind me.
Has anyone tried using the Chinese calendar to predict? Was it right? Just curious.
07-14-2008, 09:33 AM
I posted a page or so back, but because of the delay for my posts, I am not sure if it has shown up!
Anyway, I had asked about exercising in my post as well. So timely.
lawyerwifemom, I started running again a few weeks ago and have been able to get my mileage up to about 4 miles, but I am slooooow. Which is fine. Did you run with your other pregnancies? For how long were you able to run? I am hoping to keep it up for a bit and then maybe switch to some aquacise classes at the gym (I am a lousy swimmer). Was wondering what is reasonable to expect for running while pregnant.
07-14-2008, 12:35 PM
Ok... I have to say that I am thrilled to be at the halfway mark! I do feel big and I am now becoming more uncomfortable (back pain, more difficult sleeping, more difficult eating, etc), but it's moving along. 3 more days until our big u/s! The cool thing is that my sis (15w along) is having her amniosentises done on Thursday as well. We'll be big sharing news.
smellycatsgirl Glad everything came back looking good.
laywerwifemom Water World sounds like a blast! Congrats on the success with PT. I think we're still a ways away. :(
cactus It is not always obvious at first. It's still early it seems because I felt some last week and then nothing until this morning again. Today's were definitely little kicks. Kinda cool. :D In the beginning when it's faint, it's like someone is taping or brushing a finger gently from inside. I think it's distinctive enough from bowel movements or gas, as they say, because of where and how it feels. Gas has to travel while these are usually in a spot. It's hard to describe.
Exercise I am guilty of using tired, working, mom to a toddler, no free time as an excuse not to exercise. There just aren't enough hours in the day. I have made it to the gym a few times during this pregnancy doing some light stepping and yoga. I don't particularly like this yoga instructor during my pregnancy, so I'm intending to do it at home with a prenatal yoga dvd, but haven't yet. :o
I tend to be very active in day-to-day activity. DD has regressed these past few weeks insisting that I carry her everywhere. So I have this extra 25 lbs load to carry up and down the stairs several times/day. If that doesn't count as exercise, I don't know what does.
I've been biking on/off. We took a family ride yesterday with DD in the trailer. It was a fun way to exercise, though it was a little too warm.
07-14-2008, 01:42 PM
Smellycat – glad all is well.
Lawyerwifemom- Water world sounds like a lot of fun on a hot summer day. I’m not much for water rides, but DS loves the water. He gets that from my mom.
Movement – I’m pretty sure I’ve been feeling movement for about a week. It is not regular yet. DS was super active in utero and still is. I hope this one is as active in utero, but am not sure if I can handle two highly active kids in general.
QOTD, exercise: What is that? I have not been very active. I have done a Yoga Mama DVD once so far. I need to do it more because I can use the regular stretching.
Looking forward to hearing more gender news. We have 3.5 weeks before we find out. I can hardly wait.
My family reunion is also in 3.5 weeks. We leave the day after my u/s. I look forward to my reunion every year. It is the one time per year that I see most of my family members since we are spread out.
07-14-2008, 04:24 PM
leannalam I had been meaning to reply. I've been having a lot of urges to pee (usually not much coming out) in the past couple of weeks and I'm also worried about UTI. I have not had any other symptoms so I've been waiting for my next checkup to ask the Dr to test. I suspect it's probably the baby applying pressure on the bladder.
ds2003 The family reunion sounds like fun. Great timing for you to announce the gender if you find out!
07-14-2008, 04:50 PM
Izzy - I would probably do the same at my appt on Friday. I'm guessing it's not because usually it would come with a burning feeling, but to be on the safe side...
Exercise - very lacking in this area though I did just get a yoga DVD... now if I can only have the willpower put it into the player and pick up the remote... :P
ds - woo! sounds wonderful! Family reunions are always fun! I miss my family terribly. They're spread throughout the world (Asia and UK)... the baby coming is a good reason for them to visit though...
07-14-2008, 07:11 PM
ds2003 The family reunion sounds like fun. Great timing for you to announce the gender if you find out!
I'm sure my family would love to know, but we aren't telling (at least no one IRL).
07-15-2008, 07:47 AM
Ugh sorry about not updating on myself and the thread too. If Mystical doesn't get to it today, I'll do it when I get back from DD dr. appt.
07-15-2008, 10:17 AM
U/S Update So, like I said yesterday everything is looking good. Ben had some measurements that were a bit ahead of where he is, but they said it’s no need to worry. He weighed 14ozs and was pretty active. HB was 148-153 and we got to do some 4D stuff at the end. I’ll try and post a pic or two tonight when I get home, but my scanner doesn’t work so I have to do pictures of pictures. Lol. I know this will probably sounds weird, but he looks NOTHING like DD did at her u/s..he’s still freakin’ adorable, though! :D My weight gain is only 10.5 pounds from my first dr appt, by this time with my DD I had gained 20+, so I’m thrilled. :D
07-15-2008, 10:23 AM
mystikal - glad all is going well. i can relate with you on the weigth gain. I had gained 16 pounds with DS by this point. So far, I've gained 0.
07-15-2008, 02:25 PM
I finally have had enough time to post the pics from the U/S last week!
ds2003- We're due the same day and I haven't gained a pound either. My last appointment I had actually lost six!
07-15-2008, 04:59 PM
Ugghhhh! It seems I'm the only one gaining a ton of weight around here. I'm up about 20 lbs or so. I know I would be more alarmed about this except I think I was up the same amount at this time when pregnant with DS. I was able to lose the weight without difficulty. I hope the same is true this time!
I had a 12-week u/s and things look good. They *think* it is a GIRL, although it took a lot of convincing to get them to make the prediction. My "big" u/s is in 2 weeks, so I guess we'll know for sure then.
lawyerwifemom I ended up seeing Dr. Hobbins in Denver and he was really nice. When I talked to my OB about possibly having my 18 wk u/s in Colorado Springs instead of Denver, she told me "Gosh, it you were lucky enough to get in with Dr. Hobbins, I would go back to him!" Apparently, he is known as the best in the state.
07-15-2008, 05:20 PM
mystical Yeah for a good u/s.
smellycatsgirl So adorable. Amazing how they look so comfortable in there.
mauibride1 I think you have the right attitude about the weight gain. Everyone is different. It's awesome that you were able to loose it all before.
Question: Have you started doing Kegels? I keep forgetting. I know these can be so important, I have to keep reminding myself.
I really feel like this baby is so low. Is low boy or girl? I can never remember. There is constant pressure down there. We'll see what the doc says on Thursday. I've had the gender prediction from my co-worker who's apparently never wrong... boy. She has predicted twins to a co-worker before and was right! We'll know for sure in 2 days!
07-15-2008, 07:38 PM
Updated to Here!!!
Welcome Leannalam! We now have 27 mommies!
BOYS are outnumbering the GIRLS so far by 3-to-1.
Good luck to those that have u/s coming up!
Please check the first page to make sure nothing was missed in the update!
07-15-2008, 07:43 PM
Here's a picture from the u/s:
I have my next appt Aug 11. They won't be doing my glucose screening until 28 weeks, so the appointment after that. Hopefully I pass this time, but I doubt I will. lol. :o
Kegels nope! I didn't with DD, but I really should this time around, as I've been peeing a little bit every time I sneeze or cough. lmao. It's rather embarrassing, not to mention uncomfortable when I have to walk around in wet undies at work. :o Okay, that was TMI, I'm sure.
We are a very slow bunch lately...we must all be out enjoying the second trimester energy surge. :D I can't believe in less than 8 weeks I'll hit the third trimester. Yikes!!
07-15-2008, 08:06 PM
Mystikal, um, yeah...the wet undies thing is really bugging me too--I'm actually glad to hear someone else mention it. :o
Izzy, I never remember the low-high wives' tale, but I am *definitely* high and I'm having a boy. I wouldn't use me as an example though because people who look at me still think I'm having a girl, I think.
07-15-2008, 08:25 PM
great u/s pics.
kegels- I do them from time to time. With DS i did them religiously starting at like 24 weeks. I'm trying to get back in the habit. I guess I slack at them because I don't have an issue with leaking.
07-15-2008, 08:29 PM
mystical and cactus- me three. its so embarrassing. i did not have this the first time around.
07-15-2008, 10:01 PM
Weight - Overall, I have not gained or lost... Initially when I found out, I gained about 7 lbs but lost it all since... I hope I do gain some weight in the next few weeks, if not, I'm going to start to worry.
Thank you all for the welcome!!
07-16-2008, 07:45 AM
Mauibride I'm glad you had a good experience with Dr. Hobbins. He really is a compassionate and kind person. I was a little sad when I saw him last week and told him it would be the last time I'd see him. I've been to him for each of my 4 babies! (and luckily gotten good news each time). And congrats on your probably girl! They were right about mine at the NT when they said it looked like a girl. How far along were you at your NT?
I went mountain biking with my women's group last night and, man, that was hard work! I can tell my balance is changing. But I am so glad I went. I felt so great afterwards and today too. Bummer though that I don't get to share the ice cold after-ride beers. Our team is sponsored by New Belgium and I sure love Fat Tire!
07-16-2008, 08:33 AM
My ultrasound was great. The technician was so nice and really spent a lot of time letting me see everything. The room was really small, so they had to take me back by myself first so she could get all the measurements, then she brought my husband & mom to the room. I was kind of bummed that they didn't get to see the whole thing and I found out that it was a boy before them, but it was also kind of neat to see their expressions when we found out.
Here is a picture of the "goods" :)
I am still kind of in shock that I am having a son. I always thought I would have a little girl. I am nervous/excited about it! I'm also kind of bummed that my husband gets to choose the name, but so far I am liking his picks. Right now, the front runner seems to be Bradley.
I have been feeling so tired lately. I seriously think I am still getting over whatever sickness I had last week. I cancelled my plans for this weekend so I can just rest more. It is supposed to be really hot & humid out and I was supposed to go to an outdoor concert. Not a good idea.
I am hoping that my mom will be able to come stay with me for a little while after the baby is born. She has been going through cancer treatments, which have been going really well *cross fingers*. She has been out of work for almost a year and is supposed to go back in October, but I'm hoping she can take a few days off when the baby comes.
I still haven't felt a ton of movement. Every once in a while I feels some little "tapping", but nothing consistent. I know he's moving because during the ultrasound he looked like he was running a marathon. My husband was like, can't you feel that? I really can't yet. Hoping that changes soon.
I am so excited, Friday my mom & I are going for pedicures then over to Babies R Us just to look around. I am getting the registering fever, but I want to look first, then research.
motray36 - Did your family figure anything out about your shower? I know there will be conflict with mine and I am seriously putting off thinking about it! Having it outside would be great. Cute belly shot & ultrasound! I give you credit for having the gender be a surprise! I originally wanted to, but I was fooling myself into believing I like surprises. I really don't! It will be so exciting for you at the delivery!
lawyerwifemom - Glad your u/s was good and congrats again on your girl! Cabo sounds like a relaxing vacation. And water world sounds awesome!
Welcome back Eight! I have bad acid reflux too. Have you been taking anything for it? I have been on Zantac, which helps some, but I really have to watch my diet. I was doing so good, but lately I have been going crazy with the cookies/sugary foods and I have been paying for it. Congrats on your boy!!!!
smellycatsgirl - Sooooo glad that everything is okay. Your ultrasound looks great!
cactus - Glad you are feeling good finally. Hope it lasts until the end! I am starting to get the uncomfortable feeling and I really can't imagine what it's going to feel like in a couple months! I feel like I am waddling already. I haven't gained a ton of weight, but it seriously all went to my stomach.
Izzy - good luck at your ultrasound!! I have been having the same thing as you, the urge to go and not much happening. I doubt mine is a UTI because last time they sent my urine sample out to a lab and it was fine. I think you are right, it's just the baby. And my baby is really low. I definitely feel lots of pressure. And I am having a boy! Can't wait for you to find out.
Mystikal - Glad that Ben is still looking good! How did the 4d pictures come out? They are really amazing. I have thought about paying and having them done. Congrats on your weight!
07-16-2008, 01:29 PM
All the ultrasound pictures are great! We don't have any of our's scanned.
We have quite the progession from 4 weeks through 10 weeks and then a 12 week and 16 week. Crazy to see.
LKMangCongrats on your boy!! I have to say I felt the same way upon hearing it was a boy. I knew (weirdly) from day one that it was a boy, but I always pictured myself with a girl. I think that is why I knew I had to find out b/c I knew I would have to adjust to the reality, no matter which way it went. Not that I was upset, just that I need to have in my head which way it will be. Having a boy seems to really fit our family. Well, me, my husband and the dog and the cat.
Oh, sorry to hear acid reflux is bad for you. It sucks. I have been on Rx meds for a few years and am still on it (aciphex, 2x times a day). I also have added in zantac. All with my ob's ok. I have the head of my bed propped and I have started acupuncture again. Both seem to help, but who knows. Before I used to get some relief, now not so much.
Wet Undies: So far have not been hit by the wet undies monster. Though, umm, discharge has been, well, prolific.
I was supposed to have a doctor's appt today -- find out the results from the blood work taken at the ultrasound last week. But it was moved to tomorrow afternoon (7/17). I will find out how much I have gained. At my 12 week appt, I had gained 4 pounds. I had to eat constantly b/c of the nausea.
Speaking of which: I am still constantly hungry. I read somewhere that only an extra 300 calories are needed a day. Umm, I am fairly certain I am far exceeding those extra 300. I used to eat every couple of hours before getting pregnant (meal then snack then meal, etc), and now it is even worse! Anyone else? I see what people write they are eating in that thread on what pregnant women are eating and I think I double the amount most are eating!
Also, a lot of you are farther ahead than I am...but I have been hit with the serious NEED TO SHOP. I guess that's what happens when one finds out the sex at 16 weeks. My husband and I went on a recon mission this weekend to Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby and a NYC baby store to see what gear we wanted. Have not registered yet, though.
Is it too early to be doing this stuff? I can't help myself!
07-16-2008, 04:18 PM
Just a question--I have been noticing some very mild cramping over the last couple of days...I haven't felt any cramping at all in weeks, and I'm just wondering if it's normal for it to just kind of pop up. It's not painful really; I'm just noticing it. Should I be concerned? Has this happened to anyone else mid-pregnancy?
Hopefully it's nothing! Thanks ladies.
07-16-2008, 04:31 PM
mystical and LKMang Cool u/s pics. Isn't it great when you get to see the "goods"? LOL!
lawyerwifemom Sounds like a fun biking ride! Isn't it difficult to try to limit yourself from what you would consider normal physical activity? I find it a little easier when you're alone, but in a group, I never have the guts to ask others to slow down.
cactus I have to say that at this stage, I get all kinds of "pains" everywhere, including some cramps. The way that I've been judging them is based on the perceived location. So at 20w, my uterus is supposedly barely at my navel, so any kind of pain that comes from above, I figure is digestive and try to ignore.
So far the only lower ones I've had are what I refer to as ovary cramps based on location (who knows if there's such a thing). There practically the same as the ones I get when not pregnant, so I'm not sure if that helps you.
These past few days, I've been feeling bloated and constipated. I've started doing those pelvic tilts that I should be doing all along. It really helped to relieve the discomfort and even cramping I was having.
07-16-2008, 05:16 PM
LKMang I never thought I'd have a boy in a million years that I would have a boy. My mom had all girls and I thought for sure I would, too, so it's taking some adjustment and getting used to, but I'm still totally excited. I can't completely understand where you're coming from!
cactus I've been getting some cramping lately, too. I think because I haven't been drinking enough water. :o (Oops!) It's down low and I usually get it when I'm walking. Kind of wondering if they are braxton hicks, but I think it's too early for that?
07-16-2008, 05:30 PM
Cramps - I've gotten a little bit of cramping too and I'm pretty sure its due to not enough water.. especially in this bizzare heat! However, I have heard of some having contractions as early as 16 weeks... mild ones of course.
Anyone have any idea at what post count that the delay posting stops? I realize that a lot of my posts get lost 2-3 pages back. Feel as if I'm in a time warp. :P
07-16-2008, 06:52 PM
Took this belly shot this morning:
07-16-2008, 07:46 PM
Eight, Izzy, and Mystikal – Thank you for making me feel better about adjusting to the whole “having a boy” thing. I had bought a couple little dresses a few weeks ago and over the weekend I put them away, and I actually cried a little. And of course my husband was like, wow you are taking this harder than I thought. I think I am mostly just scared to have a son. I grew up with a sister and a sister-like cousin. I feel like I have been surrounded by girls most of my life and have no experience with boys. And Eight, I had a feeling it was boy from very early in the pregnancy, but it was still a shock. I totally understand wanting to know beforehand to kind of get used to it. A part of me is disappointed because I really wanted to name the baby after my mom. That has been hard for me. But I am still excited to know what he is and I keep telling my husband that it will be easier for me to relate to him once he has a name! I gave him another week to finalize the name :)
cactus – hope everything is okay. I have been having new pains over the last couple weeks. I kind of attribute it to the baby/uterus growing. When is your next drs appointment? I would give them a call if it continues. I know when I had a scare, the only way I was going to feel better was to be examined by the dr.
Mystikal – such a cute belly shot. I love that dress!!!
Name Question – Are any of you looking at what your baby’s initials will be? Right now I’m pretty sure our son will be named Bradley. With our last name, his initials will be BS. Uggh, how important are initials? I don’t remember if we used them a lot in school.
07-16-2008, 08:51 PM
Pain I think what most of you are describing is round ligament pain. The ligaments that hold your uterus in place are stretching and moving as your uterus grows and pops out from behind the pelvis/pubic bone. About a month ago, mine were really awful. Especially if I moved too fast. They have really let up now. Braxton-Hicks can start this early too. You'll feel your uterus get really hard when they come. Most often, they are completely painless at this stage but could feel like mild cramping as well. Just tell your OB if you are getting more than 4 an hour. And drink up (water of course), cause that can help.
Izzy I hear you! I almost didn't want to go last night because I was feeling like I'd slow people down. But I kept up and wasn't even the last in our group. Though I thought I'd die on a couple hills and tried to take it slow and easy so as not to get my heartrate up too high for too long! So, for the time being, I'm gonna keep at it.
LKMang Your feelings are so normal! I have to say, I had a slight preference for a boy this time since I'd have loved my son to have a brother. So I had a minute or two of "bummer" feeling at the NT when the doc guessed (correctly) that the baby is a girl. I love having a little boy. He is such a love bug and so cuddly. Except when he's swinging his sword at me:rolleyes:
07-16-2008, 08:56 PM
lkmang, I had a tiny bit of "Oh, it would have been fun to have a girl...and the clothes are so cute!" but I was another one who just *knew* it was a boy from the very beginning. It's funny--I think a lot of women go through this kind of thing. But I think it goes both ways...my SIL said she cried the night she found out she was having a girl because she just thought that raising a girl would be so *hard*--and having been a girl herself, she just didn't want to fail her daughter in any way. She thought it would have been easier to have a boy. It's interesting; that's not how I would have thought of it at all, but it was her perspective.
The initial thing is funny...I always think of my own brother as an example, who grew up with the sort of unfortunate initials of PP. And then later on his middle initial of M became a strange part of the package too, as then his initials are awfully close to P(I)MP.;)
I do think about it sometimes--one of the names we're considering would give him the initials of LSP, which sounds like L(I)SP to me. Maybe I'm totally overthinking it.:)
07-16-2008, 10:20 PM
I have not checked in lately, but I have been reading along. Wanted to pop in and say we found out today that we are having a girl! :D There is going to be way to much cuteness going on in our house! Everything else looked great on the u/s so we are thrilled. The only problem is that we had a boys name all figured out but no name for a girl. We are leaning toward Allegra, but we still don't know. Naming your child is such a big decision.
Everything else is going well with the exception of some sciatica. Anyone else dealing with this? Mine is not too bad yet, but the thought of dealing with this until December is daunting.
07-17-2008, 06:28 AM
ilovemygeek - congrats on the girl
lkmang - i wanted a girl the first time to so i can relate. Wait until your son is here an you may almost forget that you even wanted a girl...until you are pregnant again of course. Now with #2, I'm torn for wanting a boy or a girl for different reasons. So right now I'm just praying for a healthy child and will happy either way.
initials - i do pay attention to initials. Kids can be cruel. I don't want to put any ammo out there for other kids if I don't have to. Our last name starts with C so I will be avoiding intials like F-U-C and D-I-C.
3 weeks to u/s. YEAH.
07-17-2008, 08:10 AM
Our big U/S is the 24th. Can't wait!!!
I don't seem to get on here as much as I want to, and I think I've mentioned it before, but if not, I'm on livejournal a lot. So add me there if you want. I'm luvalwaysMandy there too.
07-17-2008, 08:34 AM
UPDATED TO HERE!
That's right, we are on the ball now! :)
We now have 3 BOYS and 2 GIRLS.
07-17-2008, 11:43 AM
I wonder where IzzyJune is? I hope her u/s went well, and can’t wait to hear if she’s having a boy or girl!! :D
ilovemygeek congrats on your GIRL!!! How exciting. I was convinced I was going to have all daughters.
LKMang thanks! I found it at Motherhood Maternity, it was on sale for like $10!
QOTD-Names this is something that’s a really big deal with DH. My #1 pick for DD was Eden Elizabeth, but our last name starts with a K so he vetoed because her initials would have been EEK. Now her initials are JEK. DS’s initials will be RDK, so we’re safe.
Can I just say how sick I am of having people ask when I’m due and then say “you’re going to have a big baby!” Ummm, no, I’ve gained 10 pounds so far, my DD was only 7.5 lbs, I just show sooner and get bigger faster because I’m only 4’11” and there’s no place for it to go. Common sense, people. Ugh. It’s so annoying. :mad:
07-17-2008, 01:05 PM
Still here. The appointment is in 3 hours... (West Coast!). I'll likely post the results in the morning.
07-17-2008, 02:29 PM
Back from the doctor's. Everything fine. I am now up 12 pounds. I hope that slows down as I move on. I feel better now and can eat better now that the nausea passed. And I am running again. I hope I can slow this down.
The cab ride back was not air conditioned and the traffic was bumper to bumper the whole way and it is in the 90s outside. Fun.
leannalam - Welcome and yeah, the posting delay is frustrating.
lkmang- I think we are living parallel lives here. We had planned to name a girl Katherine Helen, Helen is my Mom's name. I really wanted to do that. I very much understand about the adjustment to thinking Boy.
Ilovemygeek - congrats on your GIRL!
Mystikal and luvalwaysmandy - Great belly shots. You both look great.
Names- I never really thought about initials. We are pretty set on one boy's name. We actually had been more set on the boy's name than a girl's name, so yet another thing that makes sense about having a boy. We are virtually certain his name will be Maxwell James (James is my husband's name, and the middle name of his father, who passed away three years ago). I don't think I have shared the name with anyone in real life.
Izzyjune - good luck at your ultrasound!
07-17-2008, 07:49 PM
Quick drop by...
We're having another girl!
We were both surprised and a little shocked that it wasn't a boy, but we are happy that everything looked good on the u/s. Her weighed was at 14oz, HB at 153.
07-17-2008, 08:55 PM
Izzy, aw, yay! Congrats on Girl #2! She looks very cute. ;)
07-18-2008, 07:20 AM
Izzy congrats on your GIRL!!! I had a feeling it was a girl! :)
eight thank you! I'm feeling really good!
leanna you didn't have much of a posting delay last time, so hopefully the kinks are worked out. ;)
I'm just glad it's Friday! lol.
07-18-2008, 07:40 AM
Ilovemygeek – congrats on your girl!!!! And I agree, picking a name is so tough!! My sciatica was acting up last week, but I feel pretty good right now. I wish December would hurry up and get here!
LuvalwaysMandy – cute belly shot! Your u/s is less than a week away! How exciting!
Eight – glad your drs appointment went well. And I give you SO much credit for running! I am in such bad shape, I get so out of breath just walking up steps. I love the name Maxwell too. So cute!
Izzy – congrats on your girl!!! The u/s pix look great. I have been curious about what “girl parts” look like on an u/s :)
My husband has narrowed the name list down to 9 right now. I have had to use my veto power on a few names, but I like everything that is left. Hopefully we will have our son’s name by next week!
I’m so excited, today my mom and I are going for a pedicure, lunch, then a trip to Babies R us! I’m really anxious to start looking for stuff. I know there will be a lot of research going on in our house during the next few weeks.
QOTD – For working mommies, when are you planning to stop working? I know for disability in my state, we can take up to 4 weeks before the due date. I know its early to think about this, but I’m trying to gage what date to tell my boss.
Forgot to update, my next dr appointment is 7/24.
Have a great weekend everyone! I know its gonna be a hot one on the east coast. Stay cool!
07-18-2008, 08:02 AM
Mystikal - Its a toss of the dice apparently. I think the post go up whenever the mod comes online to approve the newbie's post. But it's alright, I'm getting use to it now.
Ilovemygeek - congrats!!
Working mommies - Originally, I had planned to work all the way until my OB would say stop, but because we're moving and taking a 2-week vacation in Sept (my DH deserves a good break after his MCATs), I planned to quit and stay home. We decided for me to be a SAHM. My boss got wind of this from my co-workers and asked me to stay on and said to take whatever leave I needed but was hopeful I would come back to work for as long as I can. So now, I'm not sure if I want to work until the end of September and quit because my drive is already 45 mins to work now and after moving, I'll be at least an hour on good traffic days or do I just keep working? We could use the money obviously with the school loans my DH is going to incur... sigh.
I have my appointment this afternoon!! I hope I get some good news! Will update soon!
07-18-2008, 08:03 AM
Yay!! The post delay is over! In case anyone new wants to know, it lasts for the first 10 apparently.
07-18-2008, 08:39 AM
Izzy – congrats on the girl
Lkmang – good luck with your BRU research. It can be difficult the first time around trying to figure out what you really need and will actually use. Every baby is different so you can ask us for opinions and get varying answers.
Names – For this reason alone, I am hoping for a girl (the cute clothes are another incentive). I’m hoping for a boy as well, but for other reasons. We will struggle with another boy’s name. We are going to wait until we find out in three weeks. There is no need to open up that can of worms (discussing boy names) unless we have to.
QOTD, When are you planning to stop working? : I will be working up until the baby is born or my doctor/MW tells me to stop. I can take up to 2 weeks before, more if medically necessary. I won’t though because my maternity leave pulls from my sick time. If I run out of sick time then I go on Short term disability which is 60%pay. I would prefer 100% pay. I’m already thinking of taking a few weeks of unpaid time so that I can be home for 16 weeks so I want to get as much 100% paid time off as possible. Also, I felt great at the end of my last pregnancy and would have just been bored at home. For the last week or so of work, I worked only half the day in the office and the other half at home. My dr cut my hours because my blood pressure was high. Half days are nice as the near the end because I would take a nap when I first got home. If that happens this time, I’ll probably just use sick time for the remaining hours if DS is home with me. I’m due Dec 28th and am already planning on taking off the 3 days before Christmas. The company I work for is closed from Christmas to New Year’s every year so if I don’t go early, I’ll have about a week at home anyway. My mom will be here by then so I won’t be bored and I’ll also get to finish prepping for Christmas.
07-18-2008, 08:51 AM
Izzy Congratulations on your little GIRL!
I've worked right up to delivery with each of mine. It helped to pass the time, since it seems like the last month takes forever, and each of my kids so far has been 2-3 days overdue. This time, I am not working other than chasing my 3 kids.
07-18-2008, 10:00 AM
Hi everyone! Sorry I'm behind - for some reason I havent been getting my email updates :(. I re-subscribed so hopefully that will help.
Eight - Glad the doctor's went well!
Izzy - Congrats on your girl!! The pictures are adorable! I love the feet ones - my tech didnt want to take a chance of the baby spreading its legs :eek: so I didn't get a cutesy feet picture.
LKMang - Have fun today on your trip out with your mom :). I am not looking forward to the East Coast heat wave - but DH is on a boys weekend camping trip, so I cant complain in my AC!
leannalam - good luck at your appointment tomorrow!
working - I am working until Thanksgiving, so about 2 weeks before my due date. Then I will be off until mid-April (combined paid and unpaid...DH travels a lot during that time, so its just easier for me to be home), go part-time until Sept-Oct, then go back full-time at that point. We are going to try to work it out so that we can put off daycare (really expensive here :() as long as possible!
shower update After 2 weeks of MIL not calling my mom back :mad:, they finally were able to talk last night. I am having 1 shower, at my aunts house, in October. MIL is expected to keep her guest list down to about 15. She's not thrilled, but "wants to do what ever we want." At least the drama is over for now and a decision has been made!
07-18-2008, 10:51 AM
motray - great that things turned out for the good regarding your shower. daycare expensives are what make having a baby expensive. Keep looking for daycare options. The prices range drastically from place to place. 2 years ago, we were quoted $180 to $393 per week for infant daycare. I'm sure I could have found some that cost more, but I knew some places were really expensive and didn't even bother calling. We didn't chose the least or the most expensive. Now we will have 2 in daycare. I told DH that he needs to find a better paying job that does not require him to travel so much. :o) We will see if he listens.
07-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Updated to Here!!!!
BOYS and GIRLS are TIED with three each!!!
IzzyJune I didn't post your u/s photo on the front page, please let me know if you would like it posted. :)
07-19-2008, 01:47 AM
Update - The OB appt turned out to be not very eventful. I guess since I'm doing my level II in slightly over a week, she decided to forgo it this time. She did however let me listen to the baby's heartbeat...a good 160 beat/min. It all seemed so surreal and sometimes I feel I'm just not ready and it's not happening. Even worse, I don't feel as connected to the baby as I see others are... is this normal?
07-19-2008, 10:54 AM
Hi there, does anyone even remember me? I am finally back. I did read through this entire new thread (exciting!) and wrote a page of SOs but then my husband shut down the computer and they are lost. So I'm very sorry, but I can't do them all over again. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to read all the updates and I am especially thrilled for all the ladies that have found out the gender - congrats!!
My vacation was extremely fun and relaxing, although the many hours of travel were really trying, but it was definitely worth it. We did a lot of swimming, eating and sleeping which was perfect for a pregnant lady. It was very, very hot so that was kind of tough for me, especially in the cities. I think a city vacation while pregnant is sort of a bad idea so I'm glad mine was half city, half island. Of course it has been total madness since I have been back.
baby updates - I got the results of my integrated screen this week and the risk is super low. Something like 1/8000 for down syndrome so I am totally delighted to hear that. We have our big u/s in just over a week - the 28th! I can't wait to find out. I think it will probably be a girl. The u/s tech at my NTT said she really was not allowed to guess, but said 55% girl, and last week my acupuncturist when pressed also guessed girl. Of course we have nothing on a girl name but I am going to wait for the real u/s before I start stressing out about that!
working mama - who knows. I did start talking about my leave this week with my manager who is super supportive. It will probably be 4-5 months, largely unpaid (except for STD and CA state insurance). Of course my company is re-writing the maternity policy right now and making it LESS generous so that is just SUPER. I originally thought I would work until I went into labor, but my company also has a peculiar sick leave policy, where it is use-it or lose-it, calendar year, so I think I will probably use some of the 2008 sick days to take some time before since I won't be able to roll them over into 2009. How lame is that? So maybe I will work up until the 19th and then take the week of christmas off. And then I'll probably take a few of my other 08 sick days around thanksgiving maybe. And then maybe go back to work around May-ish, nice and poor.
exercise - I am late to this one but I am really trying to get back into it. My office finally opened up the fitness room while I was on vacation so now I can elliptical after work which is convenient. Whoever said they were spinning (I think that was cactus?) man, I am impressed. I feel really, really out of shape. I am still going to pilates but I am probably going to switch to pre-natal yoga soon. Fortunately my neighborhood is preggo central so the yoga studio near my house offers 8 pre-natal classes a week, very convenient for me!
motray - I'm glad your shower got resolved. I can relate because I have had some major shower drama going on as well. It's not resolved yet but I'm over it and it is too long and sordid to even bother typing up.
izzy - those are just the cutest pics! Congrats!
leanna - late welcome :)
everybody else - have a great weekend!
07-20-2008, 07:01 AM
Leanna sometimes it takes people a while to feel connected with their pgcy. Have you felt the baby move yet? If you haven't I know that a lot of times that brings reality home for you. If you have, then fine. I started feeling really connected to this pgcy when I started feeling him move, and then (this is going to make me sound HORRIBLE) when I found out he was a boy and not a girl like I was positive about I kind of lost the connectedness (is that a word?) and had to start all over from scratch. It's not that I don't want a baby boy, healthy really is my main objective here, but I have never been around little boys and I don't know how to handle them, and I think that makes it harder for me. So, while I am feeling somewhat connected, it's still not as connected as I think it would be if I were having a girl. Make sense, or did I just ramble on? lol.
Jessica Glad you had a good vacation! Can't wait to hear the results of your u/s when you have it. I'm really glad to hear everything looked low risk. :)
Well, I hit 21 weeks yesterday and I didn't even realize it till the end of the day. Yesterday was just very difficult for me as I think the mood swings and excessive pgcy hormones are starting to kick in. DD was in a funk as well and I just couldn't deal with it. We did end up getting some good quality time in the afternoon when we went outside and played in her sandbox, wading pool, and sprayed each other with the hose while DH BBQ'ed, but the morning was just really, REALLY bad. I did NOT miss these mood swings. lol.
07-20-2008, 08:30 AM
I think we've finally got baby movement over here! I'm pretty excited about it (if that's what it even is...) because I know I have been on the late side to feel it. But it's pretty fun to imagine him bubbling away in there.
I'm still feeling good, overall. My body is fine; my sleep has been craptacular the last few nights, so that sucks and I'm hoping it's just a phase--I was hoping not to start not sleeping until much later in the pregnancy! Oh, and my boobs! Holy heck--who do these belong to? They are ginormous! I was in Victoria's Secret the other day and I asked for them to measure me (not so I could buy bras there; so I could know my size and go buy some $5 bras at Ross!)...and apparently I am now a 36C!:eek: This may not sound like much, but bear in mind that I was a 34A pre-pregnancy. And they're still growing. Sheesh!
My husband gets back on Friday! It's been 10 weeks--I'm kinda wondering how sharing the bed is going to go. ;) It will be great to have him back. And I'm hoping maybe he'll cook for me, because I'm kind of thinking that Spaghettios and Garden Burgers are not the best nutritional choices for me right now. Oh well.
I'll come back later and do SOs...I'm starving!
07-20-2008, 09:11 AM
Hey ladies! Not much going on here but I thought I'd chime in.
IzzyJune Congrats on your GIRL!
leannalam I also am not feeling very connected to this pregnancy. I don't know if it's because it's my third or because I can't really feel the baby move yet or what. Maybe once you find out the sex you will feel more connected. That really helped me in my last two pregnancies.
motray36 Glad your shower drama is over!
cactus Yay for your husband coming home!
JessicaT Sounds like a nice vacation. It's great you got your results back and that they put you at low risk. I'm sure that is a relief!
Mystikal Mood swings are NO FUN! I feel for you! Glad you had a good afternoon.
Baby names We won't even really discuss them until we know the sex. No reason to get all excited about a name just to find out we can't use it! And since it's the last kid for us, no using it later. :)
Exercise What's that? Does running after a 22 month old and 3 year old count??
Working Mama I just started my own business in January renting baby equipment and winter is my busiest season. I will take some time off when the baby is born but hope to be back in it within a couple of months. I may try to hire some help.
I was working when I got pregnant with my first a took two weeks off before she was born. It was great! I got some stuff done and didn't feel so rushed when she came.
Have a good Sunday everyone!
07-20-2008, 11:41 AM
Mystikal & portland -Thank you so much for the encouragement and sharing! It is my first, so I really don't know how I should feel. Most people around me are so excited about it, sometimes even more than I am. I think I'm more nervous and scared. Unfortunately no, I haven't felt the baby move yet. I'm hoping that will help in some way to get me connected. As for the gender, I think I'm going to react just like Mystikal. I really want a girl, not that I won't be happy with a boy and as long as it is healthy, but I feel more attached to my nieces than my nephews (though they're all from my DH's side.)
cactus - Happy days are ahead! It's always great to have your loved one with you! Haha, I'm tempted now to go to VS and see how much I've grown too. :p
I had a great day with my DH yesterday. Went shopping a little, had some asian food cravings satisfied, walked around Ikea and looked at baby room furniture. But now he's back to his books. :( Hope everyone had a good weekend!
07-20-2008, 01:35 PM
Thank you so much for the encouragement and sharing! It is my first, so I really don't know how I should feel. Most people around me are so excited about it, sometimes even more than I am. I think I'm more nervous and scared.
I wrote almost the exact same thing about six weeks before my DD was born. I had completely forgotten about that until I read your post. Hang in there, once this baby is born you won't believe how quickly you fall in love!! :)
07-20-2008, 02:50 PM
As for the gender, I think I'm going to react just like Mystikal. I really want a girl, not that I won't be happy with a boy and as long as it is healthy, but I feel more attached to my nieces than my nephews (though they're all from my DH's side.)
Also, you will probably feel guilty for wanted a certain gender and disappointment if you get the other one. DON"T feel guilty!! It's totally natural. I sooo wanted a boy with #1 and was disappointed when I found out she was a girl. With #2 you could have heard crickets chirping in the room after the tech said she was a girl. There was just total silence. My husband and I were both really disappointed.
Now, I wouldn't change it for the world. I LOVE waking up in the morning and saying "ladies, what are we going to do today?" I was pretty much a tomboy, anti both pink and purple. Now, I love frilly, girly stuff. I just bought them the most beautiful tutus in hot pink!
If you would have told me before having children that I would be happy with two girls I wouldn't have believed you. Hell, if you would have said I'd be having 3 kids I would have told you that you were out of your mind. But look where I am.
Sorry, didn't mean to write a novel, just wanted to let you know that it is okay to feel disappointment, you'll totally get over it. I think that too many people hide the way they feel or are ashamed and they shouldn't be.
07-20-2008, 07:14 PM
I got my first gifts for the baby today - from my mom. :) They are two ADORABLE sleepers, and of course, she got something for my DD, too. She couldn't forget her. lol. It was so exciting, and kind of made it feel more "real".
DH and I are in a bowling league and bowl every Sunday. Well I went out with my friend Friday night and we bowled 4 games. I woke up in the middle of the night to pee and I could hardly walk, my lower back and crotch hurt so bad. I felt like I had been kicked in the crotch several times by someone wearing steel-toed boots. :eek: Of course we had to bowl today and it was feeling a bit better, but I'm really sore again. Of course, I powered through and bowled my best game ever today. A 191, and my average is an 87. I was so freakin' happy!! lol. Little things, right? Ugh, back to the grind tomorrow...
07-20-2008, 11:50 PM
leanna - I have been feeling the same way. After the miscarriage earlier this year, I just haven't gotten too excited. Part of me is just too scared to. I haven't felt the baby move yet and we still won't know the sex for another few weeks. I am hoping that by then I will feel a little more connected, but I honestly don't know if I will ever be as excited as everyone else.
07-21-2008, 04:40 AM
I just wanted to post that last night while the babe was moving around I saw a little thump from the outside. Just one, but it was so cool, and if seeing movement from the outside is anything like feeling him move then now that I've seen it I'll see it every day. lol. They say that until you hit a certain point feeling movement regularly won't happen, that it's sporadic, but once I felt Ben move once I felt him every day. I can't wait for DH to be able to feel him kick, and for DD to see it. :D
07-21-2008, 05:04 AM
Mystikal Very cool. I haven't seen anything from outside. But this weekend both my oldest daughter and my DH felt the baby move.
NamesI think we have a name for the baby! I've been pretty apathetic about the names on our short list of overlapping names. All are pretty, but a little too popular and I was just feeling "eh" about them. They were: Hannah, Samantha, Grace, Annette and Amy. I really like Grace--which was the frontrunner-- but with our 2 syllable last name it sounds too blah to me. Also, I couldn't come up with a meaningful middle name and I prefer Grace as a middle name. Then yesterday, I realized that a name on my list that DH had rejected actually means "from the fields of Heather". Heather is my name! So I asked DH about it again and he likes it! And the kids like it! So our baby girl has a name:
Now each of the kids will have a first or middle name from "family" . Rachel Elizabeth is Elizabeth from a long line of women on my side (me, mom, gma, ggma), Wyatt shares the middle name David with DH, and Meredith's middle name, Jayne, was my late MIL's middle name.
Personally, this is what helps me feel connected to the baby and why I have always wanted to know the sex. Now that she has a name, it feels like she is a unique little person for me to love and get to know.
07-21-2008, 05:26 AM
lawyerwifemom- congrats on choosing a name. I like your choice. it nice that you have keep a family connection with each child in choosing their name.
Mystikal - I can relate to the crotch pain. You've irritated the area where you pubic bone meets. I did the same thing when I went bowling while pg with DS. When I told the MW what I had done, she asked me what was I thinking by going bowling. I used to bowl regularly but at that time I was not. I stopped bowling because with the pain I could hardly walk. I've got the pain this time, but I think it is because I was holding our medicine ball between my feet in the air while playing with DS.
Not much going on over here. I went to NJ on Sat for a for a friend's baby shower. She is due in about 5 weeks. I was almost 38 weeks with DS when I went to her wedding. DS was born the following weekend. I saw pics from the wedding and I was just huge.
DH leaves for the Netherlands today. He was supposed to leave yesterday but missed his flight. He will be gone for 2 weeks. DS has been doing well with DH traveling, but I don't think he will take it well this time. Lately he's been asking for "papi" whenever we get home and he's not there yet.
Enjoy your week
07-21-2008, 05:31 AM
leanna- i felt much more connected to DS when i started to feel his movements. Prior to that, I don't recall how connected I felt. We were very excited because it took us a long time to get pregnant. We took belly, pics and I really helped me to realize that there really was a baby in there before I felt movements. I could see my belly change and grow. I think the connection will come. It just happens at different stages for people.
07-21-2008, 06:17 AM
leannalam - I feel the same way, but have felt much better since reading everyones responses to you! When everyone gets all cutesy and asks, "Are you so excited," "Have you started shopping yet," etc., I feel like I have to fake excitement. Not that I'm not happy...I'm just not overflowing with pregnancy joy :p. I'm glad I'm not the only one (or a horrible mommy-to-be!).
movement - I'm hoping once I can start really feeling the baby move this will all become more real to me! When I start getting antsy, I will lay down and push on my stomach until the baby taps, just so I know he/she is in there and ok :o
Baby names - We're narrowing slowly but surely...DH needs to get his butt in gear, he wants to do some searches and widen to pool before we keep narrowing, but he's in turtle pace!
Mystikal - yay for the cute sleepers, seeing movement...and for the 191!!
lawyerwifemom - Woo-hoo for the name!! Its beautiful! (It was on my list, but DH vetoed :( so I'm glad someone gets it!!)
ds2003 - Wishing you the best while DH is away - mine travels a fair amount, but for short times, so I can kind of relate. Although, there's no little one yet to miss him, just me! Did you do all of the classes they offer through the hospital? I'm trying to figure it all out - DH wants to go to all of them.
In general... Things are going pretty well. I can't believe its almost the 1/2 way point! I'm starting to see the darker veins that some people were mentioning earlier in the thread - so much for lower cut shirts I guess! My hair and nails are growing at super-fast pace....I am really tired of cutting my toenails every 10 minutes, and am not looking forward to not being able to reach them easily! But hey, if that's the worst of my problems, I'm grateful!
07-21-2008, 07:42 AM
Motray – We didn’t take any classes at the hospital. We had planned on taking the infant/toddler CPR class but we never signed up. I think we are going to sign up for that this time and possibly the sibling class for DS. We did take classes at MOGA. If I remember correctly, we took Birthing, Breastfeeding and Baby Care classes. We were also taking a Bradley Method course so we could have skipped the birthing course and possibly even the breastfeeding course. The only reason we took the birthing course was because Robin also went over hospital procedures and such during the course. I chose to also take the Breastfeeding class since Robin is the LC at MOGA and I thought it would be a great way to get to know her before hand.
07-21-2008, 08:06 AM
Motray and ds Thanks! I am so happy we found a name we could agree on that isn't in the top 10. And it actually has a lawyerly connection too. There is a famous contracts case involving a Hadley.
Motray I took a birth prep class with DH for our first child. It was 6 weeks, once a week, all couples. We kept in touch for several years after the babies came and it was a great experience --especially for DH since he wasn't doing all the reading and obsessing that I was! I also took (w/o DH) a one evening long bf class that I found encouraging and helpful.
07-21-2008, 08:31 AM
I *think* we picked out crib bedding!
I love the ocean/beach theme and I'm hoping that once we move, my cousin and I will do a mural for the baby. Is it too early to be picking this stuff out? We went to Babies R Us twice this weekend and I have been reading my Baby Bargains book like crazy. I'm hoping to recruit my sister and couple friends with new babies to figure out what I really need.
Name - The list is at 9 names right now. I am really hoping that we will have a finalist in the next couple weeks. Right now I think the top 2 choices are Bradley and Cedric.
Baby movement - I can't say that I have felt it consistently yet. Sometimes I will feel something, but I am constantly questioning whether it is the baby or not. I know that he is changing positions because I can definitely feel when he moves right on my bladder. And when I wake up in the morning, he feels a lot higher. Also, I think it is just crazy how much the uterus grows. I can't imagine where it will be in a few months!
Feeling connected - I totally agree with you leannalam, I haven't felt totally connected to this baby yet. I honestly can't wait for December and him to be born!! I figured out I really just don't enjoy being pregnant. I can't wait to take care of and love this little guy. But I think it has a little something to do with the gender. I'm hoping to feel more movement soon and maybe that will help. I wish I would just get over the shock of having a son already! And portlandbride is right, I feel SO MUCH guilt over it. It is nice to know that others have felt the same.
I work at a library and last week I got my first baby gift from a patron - a set of peepee teepees. Omg they are the cutest things ever!
ds2003 - I have to find out how disability works because I have a feeling they will use up my vaca/sick time before I can officially go on it. That will definitely affect my decision. I'm trying to imagine how I am going to feel at that point, cause I'm starting to feel uncomfortable already.
motray - glad your shower has been worked out! Oh no, you are getting the blue veins too! I have had them for a while. As much as I hate the sun, I feel like laying out and see if they tone down a little.
JessicaT - so glad that your vacation was relaxing!! And what a relief to hear that about the super low risk. Look forward to hear what you are having!!
Mystikal - I have been having crazy mood swings too! My husband was amazed how I could just turn on the water works over something silly. Man, it is just tiring! I have been getting the "kicked in the crotch" feeling lately. Nice bowling score!!! I can't wait to see movement from the outside! I think that is just so cool.
lawyerwifemom - Love the name Hadley Grace!! So cute!
cactus - woohoo, finally your DH is coming home!!
07-21-2008, 10:28 AM
lkmang - I can't remember when we registered, but I don't think it is too early. If you select new items you shoudl be okay, but if you choose some older one that have been out for a while you run the risk of it not be available later. Just keep an eye on things.
chiropractor - I have to say that if you have discomfort, I hightly recommend seeing a chiropractor. I started going at about 29weeks when i got this pain in my but like sciatica. My chiro told me that it was not my sciatic nerve that we bothering me. She gave me an adjustment and told me some stretches to do. In a few weeks it was almost gone. I went twice a week in the begiining and then once a week until DS was born. I felt great my entire pregnancy and owe it to my chiro and the stretches and pelvic tilts I did. I also got a lot of massages from DH as a part of the Bradley Method training.
07-21-2008, 02:49 PM
Hi, everyone! Sorry I haven't been around much lately. My 16-week appointment went really well, and last week I finally "popped" - I'll have to start taking belly shots now! My Level II u/s is scheduled for 7/31.
I'm bummed that I haven't felt the baby move yet, but I know it's early. I hope I get to feel it soon, though!
Work schedule: My office shuts down for the week between Christmas and New Year's, which is super convenient for me. I get four weeks of maternity leave and I have 13 weeks of sick time banked. So if I deliver before Christmas, I'll take those days as sick time, then the holiday break, then four weeks of leave, then another 7 weeks of sick leave (I may take the last week as vacation time instead, assuming it's OK with HR). That should add up to just about 12 weeks out of the office. If I go late, I'll work until our break starts, and then I might try to negotiate to come back a little later (I'd have to work from home a bit, but that's fine).
07-21-2008, 02:52 PM
Thank you all so much for the encouragement! I feel better knowing I'm not the only one that feel like this. We'll definitely know the gender on the 30th and really looking forward to it. I'm kind of preparing myself just in case it is a boy too... :rolleyes:
Names Before we were really TTC, we actually started thinking of names and narrowing it down. And since twins run in my family, we even had back ups in case, but it turned out to be only one. So we've narrowed ours down to:
Girl - Kaitlyn Alexandria
Boy - Keagan Dominic
lawyer -Hadley Grace is a really beautiful name and even better that it has meaning to it!
07-21-2008, 03:20 PM
Hi Ladies! I love the name choices...Hadley is beautiful and my niece is Katelyn! We still haven't discussed names although our big ultrasound was today and It's a boy! So now the discussion can begin in earnest. Everything looks good and he's measuring a little ahead. I'm not as connected as I thought I'd be although, that may change now that we know who he is a bit more. It's still horribly hot here in NJ and I'm just GRUMPY as a result.
07-21-2008, 03:37 PM
I am feeling so big and uncomfortable these days. I think I gained 2 lbs this week (+8 lbs so far). My quickest gain ever. Comparing to my first pregnancy pictures, I guess I don't look too different, but I feel terrible already and it seems like there is still so much time to go. It is so difficult to care for DD the way that she wants. We think she may be sensing the baby and asking for a double dose of mommy these days. It's just so uncomfortable for me to carry her. I am also at the point where I try not to bend over to pick up things anymore. Ok... enough of the self pity venting.
With three pages to catch up on... I don't know if I can do SO's! I'll go by topic.
That's always been a hard one for me too. Especially this time around since we were hoping for a boy. I kept asking DH this weekend why we decided to have a second child. I am starting to feel physically and emotionally loaded. I don't know how I'll make it to December.
To make it even harder, we only had a boy name picked out so far. So we are back to square one with picking names. Why does it feel like such a chore? Shouldn't this part be fun? It's important to me that the name be of French origin so that's our main inspiration. Please post suggestions! Our OB suggested her own name, which we like, Josephine. The backup for DD was Juliette.
With DD, the middle name was easy because I had a dream/vision of roses, early during pregnancy, so Rose is her middle name. With this one, my early dreams were of lightning and stars. So far we came up with Claire or Stella.
I'm so sorry to those that have travelling husbands. I am truly lucky that DH doesn't travel and works from home most days. I complain that he doesn't have a regular schedule, but he's always around so that makes up for it.
It turns out I have an anterior placenta. So I don't often feel the movement, but sometimes do. Kicks are usually felt on the lower sides for me.
I'm jealous of everyone taking a vacation this summer. I'm trying to save up as much vacation time for the baby, so I'll be working all summer. Please enjoy your time off twice as much for me.
Unless our policy changes before December (which it might because we will be separating from the global company), we get 5 weeks paid and the rest is vacation or unpaid time up to 12 weeks. I don't have enough vacation saved up so I need to look at our budget to figure out how much unpaid time I can take. With DD, I was back at work at 11weeks, so I'm hoping for at least as much.
I don't think it's too early to register. I've created a registry a while back (mostly as a shopping list for myself). I've already bought a co-sleeper and I'm looking to update our bottles with glass ones.
Question for RO's: What baby items do you need for the second one?
My list so far is: a sling (didn't have one with DD but really wanted one), glass bottles, cotton diapers (intend to go full time with this one), new crib bedding, new crib to replace our recalled crib, and a new car (:eek:) that will fit two car seats. Should I add anything else to the list?
Looks like most of our babies will be Sagittarius. Do you believe in the personality predictions? So far this one is telling me that I'll have another energetic and exploring child... I will certainly have my hands full. DD is a gemini and her personality fits the profile to a T!
07-21-2008, 05:33 PM
izzy - my RO list has glass bottles, car adapter for my breast pump, double stroller, breastmilk storage containers, nursing pads and a convertible carseat. There really isn't a lot since we can pretty much reuse everything from when DS was a baby. I'm thinking of turning it into a registry since SIL wants me too.
07-21-2008, 06:00 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments on Hadley. I'm starting to think of her that way.
Izzy my dad's wife is native French and my three half sisters all have French middle names: Dominique and Sandrine (and Benedictine but that one I wouldn't suggest!). I like Josephine quite a bit!
Leanna The name Kaitlyn is very pretty. I love the name Kate but it is already taken in our family. I think K names sound very strong and capable.
gear I seem to keep paring down with each child and have gotten rid of the high chair (we go straight to a booster), the swing, the changing table (we had two cribs and sold the CT/Crib combo), wipe warmer etc. I think I will be replacing my Avent bottles with glass and replacing some worn out sippy cups, but otherwise, I think we're good. I didn't buy a double stroller until #3 came along btw. I used the stroller and the bjorn or made the older one walk.
07-21-2008, 06:44 PM
UPDATED TO HERE!
Congrats on your BOY rubyslippers! :)
BOYS have edged out the GIRLS 4-to-3!
Good luck to those that are having their u/s this week!
07-21-2008, 07:25 PM
rubyslippers - congrats on the boy
gear - we don't have a high chair either. We also went straight to a booster with no problem. A booster is so much easier to clean and takes up less space.
07-21-2008, 07:36 PM
rubyslippers Somehow I missed your announcement! Congratulations on your little boy!
07-21-2008, 09:29 PM
My RO list:
Cloth diapers. (didn't with dd and started late with ds)
Borrow a bassinet from SIL
Depending on the sex borrowing/buying season approiate clothes. (dd is a may baby and ds is oct. so if it's a boy will prob. have most clothes handled. if a girl not so much)
New bedding...maybe. (not a need more a want. I still have the other kids' sets)
Breast pump (considering breast feeding this time. Couldn't with dd, didn't try with ds)
ETA: picking a name!:)
07-22-2008, 12:41 AM
rubyslippers - congrats on the boy!!
lawyer - Thanks! Yes, in fact it was my DH that first picked the letter K to begin the kids' names with... It seemed to make the name more dynamic no matter which gender.
My snoogle just arrived today!! I hope it actually helps my backaches...
07-22-2008, 08:07 AM
leannalam - very cute names :) I hope the snoogle works for you!
rubyslippers - congrats on your BOY :) DH just got back from a weekend of camping in NJ and he said the heat was aweful...hope you get some relief soon!
IzzyJune2006 - go ahead and self-pity vent - its part of what we are here for! Hmmm, French names...Aveline, Genevieve, Madeleine. I like Josephine and Juliette too!
registry - I started registering for stuff online, but didn't make it public yet. I still have to physically go to the store too, which is a little overwhelming, but I think I have prepared myself!
Cloth diapers - I'm glad to hear that there are some people here trying it - we are planning on giving it a shot and registered for a bunch.
Surprise gender - Is anyone else keeping it a surprise or am I the only one who is going to be suffering through this for another 20 weeks? :p I thought there were some....
07-22-2008, 08:57 AM
Yikes, lots to catch up on.
rubyslippers Congrats on your boy!
izzyjune I like the name choices you have listed. And the ones that Motray posted. Very feminine and classic. I can appreciate the feeling emotionally loaded. It's like the books pay lip service to such feelings, but not much more. Vent away, hopefully, it will help.
I always consider people's (and the soon to be baby's!) signs. Heh. Sounded like a cheesy pick up line. I am a cancer and I am pretty spot on for the typical cancer personality. For some reason, I am slightly fascinated by it all.
registry We haven't started one, but we have done several recon missions and have narrowed done a lot of things.
This weekend we broke down and bought our stroller. It is the orbit baby system/stroller. Kind of looks like a mini weber grill on wheels, but is fun to use (at least I hope).
We were thinking of registering after our 21 week ultrasound -- is that too soon?
I plan on working until the end, though it all depends on what my firm lets me do re my remaining vacation time. We are only allowed to carry over five days. By December, I should have about 18 days left (depending on what I use between now and then)...I don't think they will let me carry that time over into the new year to use as maternity leave. So if they don't, and the baby doesn't come early, I will carry five days and use the rest of the time in December. I think.
As for leave...we get 6 weeks paid and then I have to use vacation or disabilty (NY State allows for disability for pregnancy, including after birth. Though, it doesn't provide much.). All together I should have 12 weeks. If I am allowed any time after that, it would all be unpaid.
We live in an apt building and don't have a washer/dryer in our apt. There is a laundry room in the basement, though the washers aren't the greatest. Has anyone had any experience using cloth diapers and not having a washer/dryer in one's apt/house? I want to use cloth, but am not sure about the feasibility of it all.
07-22-2008, 11:35 AM
rubyslippers - Congratulations on your BOY!
We have started one online, but haven't made it public. It's been more or less a list for me to look at to remember what we have liked.
My husband and I are definitely wanting to do cloth. The only problem is that we don't have a dryer that works right now and have been using the laundry mat to dry our bigger loads. I would dry outside, but where we live during the winter it gets to -60 sometimes!
We have been talking about having it be a surprise. After the m/c earlier this year we just don't really care as long as the baby is healthy. It's been met by a lot of opposition, though. Some of it down right rude. Like, we won't buy anything for your baby unless we know what you are having and that's from the IL's! :mad: (Anyone that knows me, knows that we both have a lot of problems with his parents.) My husband said that even if we do find out he don't want to tell them. He said he won't be forced into making a joyous occasion into let's make a deal. :rolleyes:
07-22-2008, 12:48 PM
smellycat - i agree with your DH. don't make the IL force you into a game. if they won't get you a gift for that reason then so be it. Let them be petty but don't let them change your minds. If they buy off the registry then why does it matter if they know or not. I'm almost certain that if DHs family knew we were having a boy that we would have ended up for a ton of blue clothes.
07-22-2008, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the congrats ladies!
In NJ you get 4 weeks before and 6 after (8 after for a C section.) I will be taking a full 12 weeks, and then taking a look at things since my 2009 vacation/personal/sick will all be available.
I've started very slowly listing the things I can select without too much thought, diapers, onesies, etc. The bigger items we will have to look at before selecting.
07-22-2008, 06:48 PM
Maternity leave...my situation is pretty grim, and fairly up in the air. I work for a small company (~10 employees) so we miss out on a lot of the bigger FMLA-type coverages. My understanding is that I am entitled to 6 weeks (all unpaid) through my job. I can get disability from the state that I believe will cover those 6 weeks (8 for a c/s and more if a doctor thinks you qualify for more) at around 60% pay. I have a couple of weeks (maybe 8 days?) of sick time for 2008 and then there will be more in 2009 (good thing about a December baby, eh?) and probably only random days of vacation here and there. I did have a conversation with my two bosses at my annual review which was a week or two ago where I (boldly, I thought) told them that I really was uncomfortable with the idea of a 6 week maternity leave, and would they be open to the possibility of me extending that time if it was also unpaid. They said they were, as long as we can calendar the time I will be out long in advance.
Soooo...I just need to figure out how to finance staying home for a little longer. This is complicated because I am the breadwinner (DH is a PhD student and so makes a pittance, but at least we're not accruing debt) so it's really hard for us to do without my salary for long. Not to mention I just got to the bottom of my insurance mess, and it will cost us roughly $4000 in prenatal and delivery care just to have the baby in the first place. But, it is important enough to me that I get to have at least a little more time with my newborn, so we're going to have to make it work somehow, even if it means we eat PB and J for a couple of months.
Currently, I'm thinking I will use sick time to stop working at Thanksgiving (assuming the baby doesn't come before then) which will give me a little over a week before my due date. Then I'll hopefully get to take at least 12 weeks (but I'm really hoping we can swing 16--dream big, right?) after the birth. Some will be partially funded by disability, some by 2009 sick time.
As for what happens after that regarding childcare, one option for us is to have both me and DH do full time care one day a week (my bosses also said they were willing to talk about 80% hours for me) and then look for a part time option for 3 days. People ask why DH doesn't just act as the full time care provided since he is often home working during the day, and my answer is simple: Because then he will *never* finish this ^$%#$@ dissertation! And the cycle will continue. I'm hoping that this is our situation for Kid #1 and that by Kid #2, he'll be earning a much bigger income and our options will be a little better.
Phew! I didn't think I had that much to say, but I guess it's complicated!
07-22-2008, 07:41 PM
maternity leave yeah, I get 6 weeks (or 8 if I end up with another c-section). Unfortunately I just started this job in January so I don't qualify for any FMLA. :( I will get 80% of my pay, though. I would love to get 4 weeks off before the babe is born, it would give me some time to get things ready and spend some one-on-one time with DD...
Registry/RO since we are having a boy this time around we need lots of stuff...especially since things we bought with DD were very girly. We will have a swing, a jumperoo, and a crib, but that's about it. I would like to get a carrier this time instead of using a stroller - I'm looking into a Moby, but I'm not sure. We'll need a carseat and bedding and clothes and I'm looking for a really good pump so I don't have to rent one from the hospital again.
One thing I'm curious about if there are any RO's out there that had a winter baby before...I know you're not supposed to have an infant (especially a newborn) strapped into a carseat with a coat on. We have an infant carrier with DD and had one of those plush liner things that zipped up and kept her warm so all she needed was a hat. If we aren't planning on having one of the infant carriers this time what are we supposed to do about taking a newborn outside in the cold? :confused:
07-22-2008, 08:09 PM
ds2003 - Trust me, I totally agree with him. As of late, things have gotten bad between his parent's and us. It's come down to us not wanting them around our baby anymore. We just don't need all of the drama or the hatred.
Mystical - I have been wondering the same thing of what we should do when it's cold out. Where we live it gets to -60 with the wind chills in the winter. During our first winter here it was -45 actual temperature. I am so worried of frostbite in these temps and everyone just seems to have their in full snowsuits and the cover when they go out.
07-23-2008, 05:30 AM
Mystikal - are you going straight to the convertible seat this time? The only thing I can think of right now is to warm up the car, put him in a coat/bunting of some sort, take him to the car, remove coat and put in carseat. I wonder if they have any type of covering that has a hood and only requires you to put in the arms. For the legs there would be a sack area (like the sleep sacks) and doesn't require you to put the legs in separately. That may save time. We have to warm the car now in the winter since we take off DS's coat once we get to the car, but putting a coat on an off a toddler is much easier than with an infant. At least the toddler can help. is there any possibility of getting a infant carrier for DS? Is DD's infant carrier girly?
For DS we didn't use one of those zipper liners. Instead, we put a blanket around DS and then put on this carseat cover thing that zipped up the middle and had a flap around the face whole. It was held on my elastic and very easy to put on and take off. it was also great in the rain because the outer cover was weather resistant.
breast pump - mystikal, I'm sure you will get varying opinions. I have and love my Avent Isis Duo. i like that the control is at your figure tip and that you manually pump the first few and then press the control for the pump to repeat what you did. I also have a Medela PIS that is okay but don't like as much as my Avent.
cactus - my DH also works for a company that is too small to have to comply with FMLA. I hope you are able to work out something and take some unpaid time.
mat leave - i informed my DH over the weekend that I would like to take 16 weeks leave which means 3-5 weeks unpaid depending on if I have a repeat c-section. My plan right now (assuming vaginal birth) is 6 weeks sick leave (sick time), 2 weeks FMLA family leave (sick time), 3 weeks vacation and 5 weeks unpaid. That leaves me with 1 week of vacation. Since DC will be born in 2008, I can only use my 2008 sick time. This would suck if I hadn't accrued enough sick time, but in this case I have. What is nice about where is work is that when I go back to work in 2009, I get all my sick time back.
07-23-2008, 09:16 AM
I have been feeling some (I assume) heavy-duty round ligament pain the last couple of nights. It really just feels like everything is stretching. I have also been feeling a lot more movement from the little guy. It is so exciting.
Name list – has been reduced to 6 names. I like them all and its gonna be tough to narrow it down more. Thankfully, DH has decided not to tell any of his family members the possible names. I know if his dad said he liked one of the names, it would immediately be taken off the list!
Maternity leave – I *think* I am going to take 2 weeks before the due date, then the 6 weeks I get after for disability. I work part time and I’m hoping I can make my schedule strictly nights/weekends, so DH will be home and I won’t have to worry about day care for the time being.
ds2003 – I think I’m going to keep an eye out for a coupon from BRU and just buy the bedding ourselves. Right now that is the only thing that I am set on having.
leannalam – Love the names you picked! I love Keagan and wish it sounded good with our last name, but it just doesn’t. And I have to ask, what is a snoogle and is it helping?
rubyslippers – Hi fellow New Jerseyian! Hope the rain/storms helps cool things off a little! Congrats on your son!!!!!
IzzyJune – I agree, I am starting to get the “uncomfortable in my own body” feeling. I definitely look bigger. Now patrons are starting to ask me when I’m due. I love the names Josephine & Juliette. They are so pretty.
Mystikal – Did you think it was worthwhile to rent a pump from the hospital? We have been considering renting for a month or so to make sure it works out for us/we find a pump we like, and then buying. How long did you rent for?
07-23-2008, 01:00 PM
20w5d. We find out tomorrow!!! Any guesses!?! I'm really excited!
07-23-2008, 01:53 PM
Good luck tomorrow Mandy. What are you hoping to have?
I still have 2 weeks to go. I keep torturing myself by reminding myself that it would only be one week if DH was not traveling.
07-23-2008, 02:46 PM
Good luck Mandy!! Can't wait to find out what you're having!
07-23-2008, 06:00 PM
Good luck Mandy!! Can't wait to find out what you're having!
ds2003 Thanks! I'm not particular either way. I'm thinking it might be a boy though!
07-23-2008, 09:23 PM
rubyslippers - late congrats on the boy. it’s all so exciting.
lawyerwifemom - i love that name. so unique and feminine. i love grace as a middle name too!
eight - i have the same laundry situation you do. i am leaning towards not doing cloth for that reason, which totally stinks because i really want to do it. i might register for some though since we are planning to move next year and once i have my own washer i’ll definitely do it.
smellycatsgirl - if you don’t want to find out, don’t. i think it’s pretty trendy right now, i have several friends IRL that did not or are not going to find out. tell your IL’s too bad for them, it’s not their decision.
cactus - can you consider working until you go into labor? i know, not the greatest, but i have several coworkers that have done that so they can maximize their time off after. i think you should stay out for more than 6 weeks if there is any way you can make it work. that is a tough situation to be in.
LKmang - i love that bedding. so cute! I have two girlfriends that have recently both done aquarium theme nursery though, so i don’t think I can do one too, but that bedding is very tempting.
Mandy - love the belly shot as always! can’t wait to hear your news.
me - nothing new to report over here. still waiting for monday’s appointment! i find the registry concept totally overwhelming, like it is going to take me an entire day just to pick out a carseat and that is only one item. so, i am ignoring it for the moment. lalalalalalala!
07-24-2008, 06:25 AM
Mandy - great belly shot
Jessica - I think it took us like 4 hours to register for DS and I pretty much already had a list of everything I wanted. DH got more into it then I expected and had to look at almost everything. Have fun with it and try to avoid Saturdays unless you get there when they open. Then you may avoid the crowd.
07-24-2008, 07:14 AM
good luck Mandy! I am also having my ultrasound this afternoon. :)
07-24-2008, 07:44 AM
Mandy I think you look great! I'm guessing GIRL for you. Don't know why. Hope everything looks good!
Traciann good luck this afternoon! I hope everything looks healthy and that baby cooperates if you want him/her to. ;)
LKMang by the time I rented the hospital pump my supply had pretty much tanked. (I had a lot of issues with BF'ing the first time around and I'm hoping to be much more successful this time.) I think renting for a bit to make sure it's going to work for you is a good idea. :)
So, Ben didn't move hardly at all yesterday. I was getting pretty nervous and considering calling the dr office this morning when he started kicking me directly on the bladder and he hasn't stopped yet. I guess he's okay. ;)
07-24-2008, 10:00 AM
Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been doing shout-outs (I suck at them), but congrats to everyone on their Level IIs!
Eight and JessicaT - I think I mentioned in the 1st-tri thread that I'm in the same boat for laundry, and DH has refused to do cloth with our current setup. However, I think I've sold him on gdiapers, and I think that's a reasonable compromise.
I have a question for you all: Should I give up eating peanuts/peanut products? MIL and BIL are both (mildly) allergic, so DH asked if I should avoid peanuts for the rest of the pregnancy. My book says I only have to worry about it if the allergies run in my side of the family. But I was talking to my mom, and she pointed out that I've inherited all of my airborne allergies from my dad. So now I'm worried - I love peanuts! In general I've been pretty easygoing about food, but I don't want to trigger a reaction in the baby if it can be avoided. Any thoughts?
07-24-2008, 10:03 AM
Man, the registry thing has me completely befuddled too! DH and I took forever even picking out things for our wedding registry (and I had one of those men who *needed* to be in on every decision!), and that was much lower stakes, I think. An added wrinkle is that we don't have a lot of extra space (probably won't have a nursery at least for the first 6 months--baby will either room in with us or share part of the office) so really, I don't want to register for a lot of extra stuff that won't be absolutely necessary at the beginning.
I know this is kind of a weird question, but are any RO's willing to share their actual registries (I don't know if that's something you'd still have a link to or if BRU or wherever just deletes them after a while)--you can PM me if you don't want to post the link here. I just am having trouble even figuring out where to start!
Good luck to ladies having u/s today!
07-24-2008, 10:49 AM
pg-rated- i wish i had the answer but my guess is that you will find contradicting opinions. My DS had a slight milk allergy and I was told that it could have been because I drank A LOT of milk while pregnant. I think that if it is a concern then you should give it up if it gives piece of mind.
cactus - I use to have a list of what items were on my registry but i'm not sure where it is. I think I started from the suggested list you can find on the BRU website or pretty much any pregnancy magazine or website. I then went through the list and crossed off anything I knew I didn't want or need. Afterwards, I went back over the list remaining items to try and justify why I need them. You will sometimes find that you can repurpose some items to avoid unneeded extras. We skipped the highchair and went straight to a booster seat. I heard some say that they used the bouncy seat until babe could sit in the booster. DS wasn't really on solids until he was 8 months so by then he could sit in the booster with no problem. We didn't get a bottle or wipes warmer. The sink in our bathroom is large so we also didn't have a baby tub. Something that may be nice in the dry winter is a humidifier. We still use ours.
07-24-2008, 10:58 AM
cactus - We skipped full crib bedding set. All it pretty much does is make the crib cute. Most of the items are useless. I recommend some fitted sheets and some blankets. If you really want a bumper, get it, but it is not necessary. We didn't use one. Also, if you want a pack-n-play, really think about what extras it really has to have. We got one of the cheaper ones with changing area and we never used it. It was easier to change DS on our bed or on the changing area in his room. If you have a large house and will have it in a remote place then it may be useful.
That concludes my few cents of info for now.
07-24-2008, 11:20 AM
PG-rated- I remember hearing that Julia Roberts didn't eat peanuts during her pregnancy. If I were you I would probably still eat peanuts/products during the pregnancy. I would be more cautious for the baby, and not offer peanuts until the age of three to be on the safe side (or whatever the reccommended age to introduce peanuts are) since there is a family history of allergy.
Catus I don't still have my registry as DD is three, but I would be happy to put a list together of what was most helpful/useful to me. We have a small house, so I was pretty anal about having too much stuff. Like we didn't buy a swing at all, until DD was 3weeks and it was deemed a necessity.
07-24-2008, 12:11 PM
traciann and ds2003, thank you! Any info you have is so helpful!
Yeah, about the space: we are in a small-ish 2BR apt and we are not planning to move for the first 6 months at least. We have a very small bedroom where we sleep (made even smaller by our huge bed) and I think we can fit a cosleeper or small bassinet in there. The second bedroom is a combo guest room/office. There's a queen bed in there that will be probably taken out, but the desk and the big bookshelf are staying (believe me when I tell you there is nowhere else for them to go!), and the room will still have to be used as an office for at least part of the time, as DH works at home a fair amount. So basically, anything we need for baby will need to fit in an area (along a wall) roughly the same size as a queen bed.
I kind of have a feeling for the first couple of months he will be in our room, but I would love to have the option of giving him a place of his own to sleep sooner rather than later...but we're still unsure about getting a crib at this point and might go with a PNP after he outgrows the bassinet/cosleeper.
That should give you some idea of why I'm looking to be a pretty minimalist parent at first! I hope I'm not being too naive. :confused:
07-24-2008, 12:12 PM
...We have a small house, so I was pretty anal about having too much stuff. Like we didn't buy a swing at all, until DD was 3weeks and it was deemed a necessity.
Same here except I have a DS. We didn't use it all the time or even everyday but it came in handy at times
I would also like to add that my baby carriers were priceless. It may take some time to find out what kind you like but they are so worthwhile and worth the money. When DS was fussy, I would put him in my carrier and go on with what I had to do. I wore him more than once while raking and shoveling snow.
07-24-2008, 12:15 PM
Had my drs appointment. Everything was fine. I gained 2 lbs this month and the dr is happy with everything. Good heartbeat, although he was moving around like crazy in there. I talked with her about the lightheadedness/dizzy spells and she said it was probably low blood sugar. I need to start eating high protein meals and less carbs. Also, I asked about where my stomach is :) Every time I eat, I feel this huge pressure in my upper chest. She said that my stomach is starting to get pushed up higher because of my expanding uterus. I told her, I can’t image what it is going to feel like at the end! She said I might be feeling it already because I am petite and there isn’t a lot of space to go.
Next appointment is August 21st. The appointment after that I will have my glucose testing.
Can’t wait to hear from Mandy and Traciann! Hope everything goes well!
JessicaT – I agree, registering is totally intimidating. I get very overwhelmed in BRU.
cactus – we did not have a wedding registry, but my husband is also the type that wants to be involved in every decision. We went to BRU so I could show him the bedding sets and he seriously couldn’t believe how much stuff there was. He went a little nuts about, why do we need all of this, where are we going to put it. I told him, do you have to come register? I’m trying to make it fun. I was really looking forward to registering, but now I’m just conflicted about it all. I did buy the book “Baby Bargains”. Anybody else use it? A friend of ours who recently had a baby said it was very useful. I am planning on using that and the reviews on the BRU website to decide. I am trying not to choose stuff just because I think the pattern is cute. I was having the worst time trying to figure out the whole stroller/car seat thing, which I think I have figured out.
I’m another first-timer who would LOVE a list of essentials from the ROs.
PG-rated – I have limited my peanut/peanut butter intake for my pregnancy so far. I used to think that I had a very mild allergy to peanuts, but I now think the symptoms may have been related to my reflux. I don’t know of any definitive research that shows the effect when pregnant.
07-24-2008, 12:15 PM
That should give you some idea of why I'm looking to be a pretty minimalist parent at first! I hope I'm not being too naive. :confused:
You are not being naive. Most of the stuff we use is for convenience not need.
07-24-2008, 01:18 PM
cactus - Babycenter.com also has some good lists of what to buy for the baby by age and level of necessity, complete with justifications. Since we're in a similar boat (1-br. apt., probably staying put for a year), I really need help prioritizing.
07-24-2008, 01:47 PM
hi everyone, once again long time no post! we just got back from 3 weeks or so in europe visiting family and (for me) doing work trips. it was great, but exhausting, and we are glad to be back.
me - i am soooo happy to say that my m/s FINALLY seems to be behind me. i still get a little queasy when i'm tired (which lately has been a lot, with work travel, jetlag, etc.), but i actually enjoy food again. haven't tried pizza recently (pizza and i did not see eye-to-eye when i was at my sickest), but otherwise it's open season on eating around here! i'm a little nervous on weight gain but eh...
i had flu last weekend and forgot how un-fun that is when you're pg and can't load up on the theraflu, nyquil, etc. thankfully it was short-lived.
i have a doctor appt tomorrow and think (but am not sure) that it's my big U/S! i really, really hope so as i'm crawling out of my skin with anticipation. i seriously may cry if i don't get an US :rolleyes:
otherwise, i am feeling movement now - less of the small "taps" i felt at the start last time, and more actual moving around, if that makes sense. i feel really huge - i'm wearing the gap 5-pocket "transition" maternity jeans that i wore up until about 22 weeks last time, but this time i think i may be out of them in the next week or so. luckily, i have loads of maternity clothes to wear from last time, and from my best friend who gave birth in may.
mandy, traciann - hope your USs today went well! looking forward to hearing what you're having.
LKMang - glad you posted about that "tight" feeling. i get it too. i carried really, really high last time (until i dropped at the end). of course, it didn't stop me eating everything in sight. where there's a will...;)
renting pumps - i bought mine (a medela PIS) about a week before my due-date from BRU. they have a 30-day return policy on them if they're unopened. it meant if i opened it i couldn't return it but i was willing to accept that. it's a really great pump.
registries - i am sort of opinionated on baby "stuff" so i've been reading along. i totally agree with ds2003 that so much of what we get/ register for is out of convenience, rather than need. we lived in a small 2-bedroom when we found out we were pregnant (though we "unexpectedly" moved to a slightly bigger place when i was 5 months along), but either way i'm not too big on loads of stuff, so in case it's helpful for cactus, LKMang and other first-timers here's my list of what i needed/ used:
bedding - i didn't go for a bedding set; they seemed way over-priced and while very cute (i do regularly fall in love with them), somewhat impractical. instead i bought some soft, good-quality sheets, and accumulated some really cute blankets as gifts and hand-me-downs. my sheets (on recommendation) were from land's end and they are really excellent quality. we also got the miracle blanket, a swaddling blanket, and loved it - will be busting it out for this baby too.
furniture - we got a crib and changing table/ dresser combo. DS started sleeping in his crib, in his room, from 4 months, so in retrospect we could have waited a while to get it. until then he was in a bassinet next to our bed in our room (it was a hand-me-down, like a lot of our stuff).
diaper genie - we got this and regret it... while it was great to have a way to dispose of those many, many dirty diapers in the early days, we didn't like how you are required to purchase the refills. they're kind of pricey. we stopped using it when the diapers slowed down a bit and i'm not sure if we'll dig it out this time around. to me, if you're going to get a diaper thingie, the diaper champ seems a better option.
crib mobile - i actually thought this was a good purchase as from a few weeks old, DS liked chilling out under it and looking up. it was also good for tummy time.
my breast friend pillow, boppy - i used both of these. in the early days when i was getting the hang of BFing and positioning, the breast friend was totally invaluable (and i was so attached to it i couldn't barely get my son latched without it). i used the boppy from the start for tummy time. from about 2-3 months on, i mostly used the boppy.
pump - as i mentioned above, i got the medela PISA. it ain't cheap, but it was really efficient and easy to use. i also used the medela freezer storage bags (not really a necessity but i liked them as they didn't leak and were easy to store efficiently).
bottles - we were using other bottles, but after the whole BPA thing switched to born free. to start with i'd recommend getting 4 bottles and a couple different types of nipples. we didn't get a bottle-warmer, but i have heard they are useful.
high chair - we waited to get our high chair until we needed it, when DS was 6 months. we got the chicco polly and like it.
car seat - we have the graco something-or-other and will soon switch to the britax marathon.
stroller - we were gifted the peg perego pliko 3 stroller and love it. (will need a double stroller now!) i also cannot recommend the baby trend snap n go enough. it was one of our most used items because you can pop a sleeping baby in their car seat straight into it without waking them up. it's small, affordable and for us was a must-have.
carrier - i was a slacker and never really mastered the whole carrier thing. we were gifted a baby bjorn and used it about 10 times. this time around i do plan to look at wraps/ slings. cactus, the pump station in santa monica are experts on wraps/ slings and carry most of the main options. they are really knowledgeable and will help you decide what works best for you.
swing - for us, a swing wasn't a necessity so if space is an issue i think it can be skipped; however, for colicky babies i think it's much more of a necessity. having said that, we got the graco swing as a hand-me-down when DS was about 2 months old and did use it quite a bit (still do occasionally).
seat - we were given a baby papasan and really liked it; it was very handy when baby is very tiny, and cosy and comfortable.
baby monitor - i don't really consider these necessities unless your place is very large, but we used ours and liked it (we just got the $20 fisher price cheapies) for peace of mind so we didn't have to anxiously listen out for cries!
bath - we got the first years bath and liked it. more recently, we were given a safety first tubside bath seat and it's great, although only useable when baby is bigger and can sit/ hold itself up, etc.
other odds and ends:
happiest baby on the block - though quite an unintentionally funny DVD (we thought), this was great and we lend it to our new parent friends (and i'll be re-watching it before this baby arrives).
burp cloths - for us, the best burp clothes were the gerber cloth diapers that you buy at target.
humidifier - this really isn't a necessity but DS got a couple of colds in his first 3 months and we got a hold-cold humidifier for peace of mind. wouldn't recommend getting this unless it becomes a necessity due to snuffliness, etc.
sorry this is such a general and incoherent list! these are the main "must-haves" for us, but i know they vary from person to person. i'll come back and add more as i think of them.
07-24-2008, 02:31 PM
Cherry, THANK YOU! That's awesome. I'm definitely going to be checking out The Pump Station soon on recs from friends and SIL...
07-24-2008, 02:37 PM
Glad your back cherry and are starting to feel much better.
I think cherry has a good list. You just have to remember that every child is different and what works for one may not work for the next. Here is more info that cherry’s comments helped me remember.
We used disposables on DS from time to time and now that he is potty training that is all we use. We’ve had no problem with just throwing the dipes in the trash. When it is poppy, we try to put most of it in the toilet and that significantly helps with the lovely aroma. When they are infants, BF poo is much more pleasant smelling than Formula poo.
I agree with cherry, my brest friend is much better than the Boppy for BFing. The Boppy did have its place later for propping up DS.
DS hated the Baby Papasan but loved the Infant/Toddler Rocker. The next one could be a complete opposite.
I highly recommend one that you can push one handed. We bought our Travel System the Combi EX (or something like that). It is great in the fact that it is compact and folds like an umbrella stroller but it does not maneuver well single handled. This is why we also registered for the Maclaren Triumph. It is great single handed and I love it. Our Combi has been in the closet ever since DS was out of his infant seat.
To tag on to what cherry said, if you can find a place to try out different kinds, go for it. I bought and tried ring slings, pouch slings, wraps and ended up loving the mei tai. I have 3. I think DS also preferred being vertical and not horizontal. I still have my ring sling but sold the others (of course not my mei tais). I will be giving the ring sling another try with this one.
I really need to stay focused on work but it is rainy and gloomy and I'm just having one of those days.
07-24-2008, 04:14 PM
Mandy and Traciann where are you guys?? :D ;) :p
07-24-2008, 04:55 PM
Here I am!!!! Its a GIRL!!!!!!
We are super excited. :) The baby looks good, measuring right on time. Heartrate was 143 and she weighed 10oz. Something I didn't know was that at 12 weeks I had placenta previa. Yikes! but thankfully it has resolved itself, and its now anterior. I was kinda thinking that was the case because I haven't felt too much movement yet, which happened with my last pregnacy. it was sooo precious, we got to see her stretching her arms out above her head. it definatly feels more real now that we know its a girl and we have seen her moving all around.
anyway, I will put a list together later, I have to finish up a something for my summer school class.
07-24-2008, 06:09 PM
Traci - congrats on the girl. The tally is staying even.
07-24-2008, 07:17 PM
congrats, traciann! great that it's a healthy girl. (i forget, does that mean you now have one of each?)
i am getting sooo excited for our big US tomorrow...
07-24-2008, 07:44 PM
Traci – Congrats on your daughter!!! Glad that everything looked good!
cherry and ds2003 - thank you sooo much for the lists!!! It definitely helps to hear recommendations from real people! I am printing them out!
I am trying to decide what to register for now. I know I won’t need a highchair for a while, so I’m thinking about not registering for it so that my family/friends will buy something I need earlier. My sister (who just had her son in January) was lucky enough to have a family/friends shower, plus her work collected a huge amount of money and almost everything was bought on her registry. That is probably not going to happen for me, so I feel like I need to be choosey about what I put on there.
cherry – Welcome back!! Hope you get your u/s tomorrow! I was also feeling the baby actually moving last week. All of the sudden I could tell he was on my bladder! This week I am finally starting to get more “taps”. Also, I’m so glad you like the snap & go stroller. We have (finally) decided to go this route and my aunt wants to take me shopping and buy us a “good” stroller. We will definitely look at Peg Perego (and Maclaren – thanks for the recommendation, ds2003!)
Good luck tomorrow at your u/s, cherry!
07-24-2008, 08:15 PM
It's a GIRL!!
07-24-2008, 10:39 PM
traciann & Mandy - congrats to both of you on having a girl! All the mother and daughter bonding days to look forward to!
LKMang - A snoogle is actually a body pillow. It was recommended to me by my sis-in-law and I decided to try it out after reading reviews online about it helping with aches and support. It seems to help a little with my backaches, but the actual usefulness is only suppose to come later on in the 3rd trimester when the tummy gets much bigger and needs support. My husband does complain though that it takes up 1/3 of the bed now... :p
Not much to update except that my tummy seemed to grow over night...
07-24-2008, 11:13 PM
Wow, lots of girls today! Congrats, traciann and mandy! There are lots of exciting big u/s appts around now...hard to believe we're all at this point.
leanna, I actually have a DOUBLE snoogle--my SIL loaned it to me and I've been using it for a couple of months now and believe it or not, it really has made a difference. But yeah, I would say it takes up a full half of our king bed! :eek:
Exciting news--my husband is coming home tomorrow...I haven't seen him since May 17! I feel like he's coming home to a completely different looking person. I will let you know how he reacts.
07-25-2008, 06:40 AM
drive by posting...
Congrats Mandy on the girl.
Cactus, I know you must be very excited. I know I will be next week and DH will have only been gone 2 weeks.
07-25-2008, 07:19 AM
Friday! Thank goodness! We are headed down to Philly this weekend for my parents' 50th Anniversary party and then for a few days at the NJ shore. Oh, I hope it is nice weather b/c I am sooo looking forward to beach time.
Jessica and PGRated-- yeah, the more I think about it, the more I just don't think we will end up having the time to keep on top of cloth diapers with no washer/dryer in our apt. I have been checking out the gdiapers. I guess I have plenty of time to decide. I really like the idea of using cloth. We contemplated getting a portable washing machine that hooks up to the sink or something like that, I just don't know how well it would work or how much space it would take up.
Oh, PGRated-- I swear I read something not too long ago that changed the recommendations on peanuts from saying not to eat, to there was no real evidence linking eating peanuts during pregnancy to allergies, but I could be wrong. I haven't eaten many nuts or peanut butter in general during pregnancy but, like LKMang, that has to do with my reflux and not b/c of allergies. Oh how I miss peanut butter! And reeses cups!
Cactus-- Great news on your husband returning. That is a long time to be apart.
Traciann & Mandy-- congrats on your girls. The girls are making a comeback!
Cherry-- glad you are feeling better. I really think it took me until recently to really feel more like myself again.
Thank you for the product reviews, Cherry and ds2003. I was only planning to register for a few things and just get things as we need them. Like several others, we are in a one bedroom and I would rather not store things. I have no idea if this is a wise plan or not. I just can't tell what is necessary or not.
We have a dog that will be very very interested in the diapers (sigh, gross, I know, but he also has an unnatural love for the cat's litter box), any recommendations on what is a good locking diaper pail? Though, he destroyed our locking simple human trash can (plastic) so maybe we just need to throw things away right away. Our garbage/recycling is on the same floor as we are, so I guess maybe I don't need anything?
We are borrowing a swing and a bouncer from a friend who had a baby last year and we have our stroller/car seat (I think I said this before -- we got the Orbit). We can get a bassinet with a rocker-thingy for the Orbit and the bassinet snaps into the stroller frame and as well as the rocker-thingy, and the car seat also snaps into that. Looks like it might be a useful thing to have, but of course, if the kid doesn't like it...
I think we will use something like an arm's reach co-sleeper for the first few months, but I am still not sure. So mancy choices.
07-25-2008, 08:56 AM
Eight – we are headed to the beach this weekend too. So, I’m with you on wanting warm and dry weather.
Cloth diapers – We will be CDing, but I can understand not doing it if you don’t have a washer and dryer. I need to look into G-diapers for when we are traveling, because I usually use 7th gen disposables.
07-25-2008, 09:09 AM
UPDATED TO HERE!!!
Congrats on your GIRLS Traciann and luvalwaysMandy!
Girls are beating Boys 5-to-4!
07-25-2008, 09:44 AM
*delurking*eight- I have a doberman and he has yet to figure out how to get into our diaper genie II!
07-25-2008, 09:54 AM
yes, this will be our second girl. My dd found the ultrasound pictures last night and wanted to take a picture of her sister to bed last night. This morning she woke up upset, and when I asked why, and she said she lost her picture. I don't know how much she really understands because she is three, but it was still precious. :)
Here are my picks on baby stuff.
carseats: Graco snugride/ Britax marathon
stroller: zooper swing/ maclaren volo. Really I used the Volo a lot longer than I used the zooper. If I could do it again, I do the Snap n Go frame (whatever version) and then get a Maclaren.
Packnplay-I just have a basic model, and it worked fine. I really only used it for traveling. I might use it more with the second one.
Swing: papsan cradle swing. like I said I didn't buy one in the beginning, but dd ended up sleeping in the swing until 5 months. really this could be a wait and see item if you don't have room because some babies really don't like it.
Bouncer: we had a fisher price one.
Gymini-we had one, it was nice, and it folds up flat. its a short lived item, and could have been happy with just a blanket and toys on the floor.
Diaper Pail we had a basic one, but got rid of it once she started eating solids because after that poops really stink so they went out to the garage trash can.
changing table we have one, and used it until dd started rolling over so much we moved to the floor. some babies never mind...my 2 year old neice still uses the changing table. I would get a changing pad and several covers (like 3).
baby monitor we have a sony, I hate it because it beeps out of range quite a bit. I don't really need it, but if you have a larger house you will. my friend has the video monitor and loves it. its pretty neat.
baby bath we have a eurotub, and love it. she used it from birth almost to 2 years. Its pretty big, but we just kept it stored in the second bathtub where we used it.
soap/lotions I would get 1 bottle and go from there. you never know if they will have sensitive skin or not.
bottles unless you are bottle feeding from the beginning, I would only get a couple of one type until you know they take that particular one.
breast pumps I have an Ameda Purely Yours. I was really happy with it. You might want to check with your insurance because mine covered the cost with a perscription from my ob. i would also get breat pads and cream if you plan to beastfeed.
Baby Bjorn- we borrowed one, and didn't really use it a whole lot. I might use a carrier more this time with the second baby.
bumbo/exersaucer/jumperoo I didn't buy one simply due to space issues, and was just fine without them.
highchair we have a fisher price healthy high chair. I have been really happy with it. I didn't like giving up our regular chairs to use a booster, and I liked having a bigger tray to let her play with toys while I was cooking. We do have a fisher price travel booster which was really nice for going to parents/grandparents/friends, etc. I also LOVED the baby bjorn bibs once they were eating solid food They have a catcher at the end for food, and were plastic so you could clean them off easily.
Medicine/Health kits I wouldn't bother with. I would buy a bottle of infant tylenol, motrin and gas drops to have on hand when needed. the bottles in those kits are small anyway. we use generic brand alot. also the only thing I ever used out of those health kits was the nail clippers, and you can buy those seperately. I would say to get a humidifier if you don't have one. You will use one eventually as babies get colds, so it will be nice to have on hand when they do.
boppy I didn't use it in the beginning to nurse, but eventually switched and used it until I stopped nursing her at a year. so it was essential for me!
cartcover- I loved mine, it was wonderful for grocery carts and eating out highchairs.
That is all I can think of right now. I did use Baby Bargains for quite a bit of my purchases, so its a great book. I also bought their Baby 411 which gives alot of great information on feeding, sickness, really anything you can think of. It was a great resource for me.
Ask away if you have anymore questions. There is so much out there now its easy to get overwhelmed.
07-25-2008, 10:20 AM
So the girls have taken the lead.
ROs…are any of you planning to have or have had a 2nd+ shower? My SIL wants to have another shower for me. DH and I have been trying to convince her that we don’t need it and don’t want it. She wants me to give a list of things we need and I’m trying to debate if I should just break down and make a registry. I was going to just do a wish list with either Target or BRU but that may be too complicated for her since she can’t pull it up in the store and some of DH’s family does not have a computer. I am able to come up with a few things that we really need/want.
Here is my RO list of wants/needs:
Double stroller (leaning towards BabyPlanet Unity Sport)
BornFree glass bottles
JJ Cole Bundle Me (for the stroller)
JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket (I have one, love it and now want a 2nd one)
Lansinoh Nursing pads (my fave ones)
Couple of Blankets
Evenflo Convertible carseat (we love the one we have)
Avent breast bump accessories
Avent Via breast milk storage containers
Munchkin bottle brushes
07-25-2008, 10:59 AM
It's been a crazy week for us. DD was sick. So I don't think I can catch up on individual SO's.
Congrats to the new girls joining the group! Go team pink. ;)
I'd been meaning to send you this link. I enjoyed reading this article about cycling during pregnancy. The little story at the bottom was reassuring to me.
Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Motray36, two of the names you suggested are my mom's and my sister's! I have a very big family (lots of aunts and cousins), so most common names are already associated with someone and it's kinda weird to me to use the same name.
I am all for the minimalist approach. We sold our house after DD was born and moved in with IL's until our new house was ready. So we had to fit our stuff into one bedroom. I used Baby Bargains a lot when making my registry. It was VERY helpful, especially about cribs and carseats. What you really need are: carseat, feeding solution, safe sleeping solution, diaper solution. Everything else is for convenience and may or may not be useful based on your baby or your lifestyle. Here's our list.
Carseat: Graco snugride based on reviews. Moved up to a Britax Roundabout.
Feeding: BF, I'm a wohm so I also got a PISA. If you WOH, you need an electric double pump. If you stay at home, I'd suggest a very basic manual single pump for emergencies (surprinsing how relieving some pressure can feel so good at times). If you FF, you need bottles. Again, there's no solution that works for all. Don't buy too many until you know your baby will take it well.
Sleeping: The first few months, DD slept in the pack and play or mostly in bed with us. The pack and play has gotten very little use since then. This time around I bought an arm's reach co-sleeper on Craig's list. The crib was not necessary at first for us, but once the baby grows bigger, you'll need one (we had DD more consistently in her crib around 6 months old).
Diapers: We used disposables for DD. I've been experimenting with cloth so I feel comfortable doing cloth for DD2. We had a diaper genie and used it for the first year, then we just stopped and I can't say that it's a bad thing. In hindsight, we probably could have done without the genie. We now dump the solids in the toilet before trashing the diaper. FYI, did you know it is illegal to send human waste to landfills?
My convenience must-haves:
A nursing stool. I bought a dutaillier glider on ebay for a steal and also found a shermag ottoman with the nursing pull-out. While the glider is comfy and fun for rocking a baby to sleep, I'd say it was not necessary. For BF and pumping, I ALWAYS used my nursing stool.
Lansinoh cream. A must if you BF.
Nursing pads. Also a must if you are leaky.
My brest-friend. I used it a lot. Not sure if it was necessary but I'd recommend it.
We bought the feeding chair a few months later. We got the booster style that straps on to a normal chair. Worked well and didn't take up much space.
The exersaucer got A LOT of use once she was older. I bought a used one on Craig's list for very little money.
Bouncer. We never succeeded in making her nap in it but she did spend some time in it.
Mobile (tiny love based on reviews). It kept her busy for brief periods, which were long enough to keep me from going insane at times.
Stroller: I found a new MacLaren Global (discontinued model) on ebay that allowed to snap in the infant seat. Once she was able to sit up well, she didn't like the stroller much until I bought a cheapy umbrella stroller. We use that one a ton!
Wipe warmer. Didn't use it all the time but most often in winter.
Humidifier. We used it a lot. Would still be using it if DH hadn't broken it by accidently kicking it in the dark.
Baby bjorn. We used it some. We both work and don't go out much, so the strollers and carriers didn't get much use. This time I plan to buy a sling in which I can BF. I carried DD so much without any aid. It will be impossible to do the same again with a toddler.
Baby monitor. We still use ours quite a bit. It's a sony with rechargeable battery (based on reviews). Nothing fancy. Works great.
Used a baby tub once. Didn't like it. Most times one of us would get in the big tub with DD to bathe her. They don't need to be bathed everyday (it's not good for the baby skin).
Never tried a swing. Not sure if it would have worked.
Changing table. We didn't buy one. At first, we mostly used the disposable pads while in the family room or the pack and play changing station in the bedroom. The foam changing pad was setup on the bathroom counter. At the IL's it was on the floor. I'm still changing DD on the pad on the floor of her bathroom morning and nights. Any other time during the day we change her wherever we are. There's extra diapers and wipes in the family room.
Quilt (i.e. bedding). I finally bought bumpers for the crib when we were sleep training because her crib was in our room and she could see us, which was a problem. It was used as a visual block.
07-25-2008, 12:48 PM
popping in to continue the trend... we're having a girl! we are thrilled (but it is so surreal to imagine having a girl around after doing the boy thing! i am sure we'll figure it out, though ;))
happy friday, everyone!
07-25-2008, 12:54 PM
another girl....congrats cherry.
07-25-2008, 02:26 PM
Cherry, traciann, & Mandy - congrats to you all on the girls!!!!!!
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