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Thought I'd start the thread this month. Hope everyone is doing well, and feeling good.
Here's a rundown:
Rinydapooh (Corrine) - 10/31
SueK - 11/1 - girl
KLynn - 11/14
boots - 11/21
LaraW - 12/6
magdon - 1/10/04
Jorgan - 1/13/04
Hedy - 1/22/04
Erika (mrswaz) - 1/25/04
Amy - mid-February, 2004
melis104 - 3/1/04
nlh (Linda) - 3/5/04
SamanthaD - 3/7/04
Alaina - 4/16
Zelly - 3/25/04
Erin - 6/3
I posted on the "New Moms" thread that I will be joining them sooner than I had thought. I had my 35 week checkup yesterday and hadn't grown since the last one (at 33 weeks). They did a sonogram and non-stress test, and she is fine, but they are concerned that she hasn't grown in two weeks. So, I go for another non-stress test tomorrow, and then probably next Tuesday, at which point they'll measure me again. Right now, they're planning to induce me around 10/14, which would be 37 weeks.
I've been feeling very tired and really crampy lately, so I am ready to go. I'm already partially dilated and 50% effaced. I went 2 1/2 weeks early w/DD#1, so this time around won't be that much different.
Oh, and for a bit of trivia today....we've already chosen a name for her. It's a name she'll share w/someone else on this thread......:)
Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
10-02-2003, 08:20 AM
So can we guess the name for the baby? Will you tell if we get it right? :D ;)
Sue, I hope your induction goes well and glad to hear that baby is doing OK.
Things are going pretty well here - I go for my 31 week appt tomorrow. I am starting to see some of the other dr's in the practice, as there is no way to know who will be on call the day that the baby decides to make his/her appearance. This is the first of my 2-week visits. I suppose I'll do these for a while before I have to go every week. Does anyone know approximately when those start?
I had a conference a few weeks ago for work and after the first day was in my hotel room watching TV, and realized that I was having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. Like a lot. I think I counted about 8 in 30 minutes.
My dr. had told me to call if I was having more than 5 or 6 in an hour, and so when I realized this, I called DH to see what he thought I should do. I was 2 hours away from home in a hotel room.
I ended up getting in touch with an OB/GYN who was on call that night at a nearby hospital, and she convinced me to come in so she could check me. My contractions were all B-H and she said my cervix was soft, but not dialated. I was allowed to leave after about 2 hours.
Thankfully everything was OK and the contractions have quieted down quite a bit. I have been really trying to make sure I get enough rest. I was traveling last week and was so glad to get home. I laid down for a quick rest before dinner on Monday and ended up sleeping for almost 2 hours!
Hope everyone is doing well! :)
I'm glad to hear everything turned out okay while you were on the road. I'm sure that was pretty unnerving!
I had appts every two weeks for the 31, 33 and 35 week appts. Then at 36 weeks (next week), my doctor starts weekly appts. Maybe your dr does the same thing.
Yes, if anyone guesses the name, I'll tell you. We've actually had the first and middle names picked out since May, when we found we were having another girl.
10-02-2003, 09:43 AM
I am 34 weeks as of yesterday. It is wild to look at our list of expectant moms and see my name near the top! It seems like just yesterday I was announcing my presence on this thread.
I have felt really good up until the last few days. I have started having a hard time sleeping, and I have cramps in my legs at night. I have a feeling these last six weeks are going to creep by. But, everything with my pregnancy has been complication-free, so I am thankful.
Lara, my doctor starts doing weekly visits at 36 weeks. I don't know if that is standard or not. Glad your contractions settled down!
Sue, does it freak you out that you will be giving birth sooner than expected? I think I would be overwhelmed if I were you. I hope everything goes well for you during these last two weeks.
Hope everyone is doing well!
10-02-2003, 10:01 AM
I'm glad everything seems to be going okay for everyone. Lots of babies just waiting to make an appearance- it's so exciting.:)
Lara- I'm glad to hear your braxton hicks weren't anything serious. I found with Abigail that as I got closer and closer the more I did, the more I had them. If I'd spent a day walking around a zoo- I was certain to be inundated with contractions that night. Although my OB tells me they can be sign of labor- they most usually are not- and he says to call if they are 5 minutes or closer, and last for at least an hour. I'm sure your DR has some of his own guidelines for you to follow.
SueK- I'm wishing positive thoughts for both you and your little girl- she just can't wait to meet her Mommy.;)
10-02-2003, 04:00 PM
It looks like you need some new blood around here. It seems that I am expecting #2! I'm thinking my due date is about June 3. That only makes me 5 weeks pg, so I've got a long way to go. (S)he'll be about 22 months apart from DD.
I probably won't have time to post much, but I'll try to keep up.
10-02-2003, 05:33 PM
I get to join, too!:D I'm 12 weeks pg tomorrow - due April 16. This is first pregnancy, but second baby (DS is 7 months). I had an ultrasound on Tuesday, which was so neat. The baby was moving so much the technician couldn't get the measurements she needed at first and so we ended up spending about 1 1/2 hours in there. On Wednesday I had a doctor's appointment and we heard the heartbeat for the first time.
I'm so happy that I finally get to join this thread!
10-02-2003, 07:41 PM
Welcome Erin and Alaina- How exciting for both of you. And good luck. I certainly thought I was well prepared for the challenges of being pregnant with a toddler...let's just say it's been an adventure so far.
Alaina- How exciting to have already heard a heartbeat.:D Sometimes those things are tricky before 15 weeks.
10-02-2003, 07:57 PM
Congrats Erin & Alaina! The list just never stops growing...
Sue - Wow, a little sooner than expected but 37 weeks is a good time (I had my DS at exactly 37 weeks...). You must be excited. Did you and your doctor think you'd go early anyways since you did with your first? My doctor seems to think I'm going to go early but I know of so many who had their first early and their second on time if not late.
Lara, aren't the Braxton Hicks a little scary? I feel contractions now and get a little freaked out but they always seem to go away. I guess it's just nature's way of preparing us. You must have been really nervous since you were having so many. It's good you went in to make sure all was ok!
Not much new here, I'm looking forward to the weekend!
10-02-2003, 10:24 PM
Welcome Alaina and welcome back Erin! :) Isn't hearing that heartbeat the best? That is my favorite part about my checkups.
Jorgan, yes, those B-H contractions can be scary. I especially notice them if I get the least bit dehydrated, so when I notice them, I try to get some water to drink.
I just wanted to pop in quickly and say hello.
Hi Erin and Alaina -
Congrats on your good news! I edited my first post above to add your due dates. I'm sure we'll have other new people join us this month, too!
10-04-2003, 05:20 PM
Congratulations Erin & Alaina!
I had very little opporuntity to contribute on the September thread. I can't post at work & the weekends have been packed with activities. My brother & SIL just adopted a baby girl (they were able to be in the delivery room & everything) & she is just wonderful, so I have been visiting them as much as possible.
In other news, we had our ultrasound last week & it was a fabulous experience. The tech. was very thorough & everything looks great with our...little girl!!! I have a more specific due date too--February 19th.
Good luck to Sue & Corrine!
Have a great weekend :)
10-05-2003, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.
I hate being in this phase where nobody knows. Even DH keeps forgetting. :rolleyes: We had dinner with the in-laws yesterday, and there were so many times I could have let it slip, but I bit my tongue. SIL is having a baby mid-March, so we'll have kids roughly 2.5 months apart again.
I've already called the doctor once. I've got a cold. No biggie, but I've also had a low grade fever for 4 days. I didn't know when you needed to be concerned for the baby with a fever. She assured me that I had a LONG way to go before the fever got dangerous. I dug my pregnancy book out of storage (along with the baby name book and a pg yoga video) so I can look these things up.
10-05-2003, 10:05 AM
Erin - I hope you're feeling better. I also get confused as to when I should be concerned and call the doctor. With a 11 month old, I've gotten my share of colds! It's funny because before he was born I rarely got sick. Oh well, I'm sure it's just the beginning!
dearamy - congrats on your new niece! That's very neat they were able to be in the delivery room for the birth. Also, Congratulations to you on having a GIRL!!! How exciting!
My son has decided to not sleep very well the last two nights so needless to say I am absolutely exhausted. It's amazing how much harder it is to function on no sleep being pregnant. I'm off to ask DH to watch him so I can take a nap!
10-07-2003, 08:49 AM
I know some of the people on this thread are not first time Moms, and I was wondering if any of you know about a brand of crib called Jardine. It is sold at Babies R Us, and apparently is a sub-company of Cosco.
Cosco has not gotten great reviews of their metal cribs in the late 90's but the Jardine cribs are made of wood. They have the knee release on the side rail.
I looked at both Consumer Reports and epinions, but have not really been able to find anything. I have a copy of Baby Bargains, where they give Jardine a B, however, they said that it is a relatively new brand and didn't really have enough information. My copy of baby bargains is one release back, so I was thinking of stopping at Barnes and Noble and seeing if I could just look up that part, but I was also wondering if anyone here knew anything about this brand.
We had our first childbirth class last night. It is a small class - only 6 couples. One of the things that we did was split into 2 groups - Moms and Dad's and talked about what were our fears of childbirth. It was interesting to see the differences in the lists. The Mom's concerns centered mostly around getting the baby here, while the Dad's list seemed to be focused on what to do with the baby once it was here.
Sue, I think you said you had another dr. appt today with a non-stress test. I hope that goes well for you!
Lara- thanks for asking about my appt. It went well. They are going to induce me next Tuesday, Oct 14th. (That is, provided I don't go earlier on my own! :))
I haven't heard anything about the Jardine brand of cribs. Maybe on the message boards on babycenter.com they say something. I'll have to check into it and see.
I remember the birthing class we took the first time around. Toward the end, it was interesting to see who didn't show up each time because they had had the baby!
10-07-2003, 12:47 PM
Lara - I do know of the Jardine cribs you are talking about. I actually almost bought one last year for my first child but ended up going with another style. I also looked for reviews on the cribs and wasn't able to find anything, but that was a year ago. I do think most cribs nowadays have the knee release feature, the one we own does and it works well. For the most part I remember the crib looking very stable and looked like it was good quality. Sorry I can't give you anymore feedback or input!
I ended up missing my birthing class last year. We were going to take the all day condensed version (my husband had been out of town for two months) and I ended up giving birth to my son on the same day! (As I've mentioned before he was 3 weeks early).
10-08-2003, 03:51 AM
It's good to hear that y'all are doing well. Today is a big day. We go for our genetics counseling and level 2 ultrasound. I am excited and nervous. In the level 2 they inspect so much with the baby's organs. I have had a constant level of below the surface anxiety that something will go wrong with this pregnancy. Hopefully, today I will be able to put some of those feelings to rest once and for all.:)
On a lighter note, my DH and I have agreed all along that we would find what sex the baby is this time. I am now having second thoughts, so we may end up with one of us knowing and one of us not. I suppose though that with the length and level of this test I will probably just see for myself. I'll fill everyone in on the final decision and results.:)
One more issue, on the lighter side.....people at work still don't know. It is getting more difficult to keep the secret, but since I wear scrubs, my belly is hidden. I rushed to get a job after finding out that I was pregnant because I wanted to get interviewed and hired before I started showing. Here it is 18+ weeks and I'm really not showing and none of the other nurses at work knows.
Have a great day everyone!!
10-08-2003, 05:42 PM
Originally posted by erinl
I dug my pregnancy book out of storage (along with the baby name book and a pg yoga video) so I can look these things up.
Thanks for all of the good wishes, everyone!
Just wonderin what video you have. I took a (non-pregnant) yoga class and didn't like it. I felt like I was wasting my time - even though I know there are lots of benefits to it. :confused: I'm thinking that I might give it another try now.
We decided that we're not finding out the sex of the baby and have been harrassed a lot already!
Dearamy, congrats on your new little niece. We adopted DH and I was able to see him being born (DH had to wait outside the room) and am so thankful for that!
10-08-2003, 08:00 PM
Good luck with the Level II, Samantha. I'll be anxious to hear if you decided to find out the little one's gender.
We got another peek at our baby girl today, but not for a good reason. I leaked a little amniotic fluid on Monday & my doctor ordered an ultrasound to measure the fluid level. She looked adorable & we are anxiously awaiting the test results. I am a worrier, so the past few days have been hard. I have been afraid to go to work, just in case anything happens. I am a train ride away from home & just haven't felt comfortable getting back into my routine yet. Maybe tomorrow.
Hope you're all doing wonderfully!
I think I'm ready to jump in... (deep breath)...
I am pregnant with our first and due (I think) on June 12th. It's still so early so I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high! I'm in a slightly higher risk category for miscarriage, so I'm trying to stay calm and positive about everything. But mostly, we are sooo excited. We have been married just over 7 years and ttc for about 8-9 months. As I posted on another thread earlier, now we at least know we can get pregnant, so whatever happens with this pregnancy, I'm optimistic about our long-term chances. But we're hoping so hard that this one will be a "keeper"!!
I suspected I was pg as early as Friday...took the first test on Saturday and had a very faint line, so I retested on Monday and had a stronger line. The Drs office urine test was still pretty faint, but I'd been drinking a lot of water, and the blood test confirmed it. I'm going for another blood test on Saturday to confirm the hormone levels are rising.
I told DH on Monday night. He was out for the evening, so I made a nice dinner and set the table with candles, etc. I bought a cute pair of knit booties and a book for newly expectant fathers, wrapped it up, and put it in the middle of his placemat. When he came in and saw it, he was pretty confused!! :D But he knew as soon as he opened it. I think we are both finding it's hard to believe...I'm sure over the coming weeks it will become more real as symptoms start to set in. So far no strong symptoms...although I've noticed I'm really ditzy these days. I thought it was just because I'm distracted by the whole pregnancy thing, but I really can't concentrate...even have trouble remembering the day unless I think really hard. I guess my body is diverting lots of resources away from my brain! :o I know pg women lose IQ points during their pregnancy, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly!
Anyway, looking forward to joining you all and hearing your stories! I've been lurking since the beginning of these threads with the "Susans", so I feel like I know you already!!
10-08-2003, 10:58 PM
delurking to say "yay Jen!!"
10-09-2003, 03:19 AM
Good Morning Everybody,
Well, our Level II was yesterday. It was an interesting experience because the providers there really seemed to be pushing an amniocentesis. I am not fearful of needles and the discomfort of medical procedures. I do, however, have friend who lost a baby after an amnio and I just couldn't take that risk. One half of a percent risk of miscarriage(1 in 200)is so low, but this woman's grief was so strong. It really left an impression on me.
Anyway,the US went well. The heart, spine, ventricals of the brain, kidneys, aorta, ductus arteriosis, nuchal fold(skin at the base of the neck), and the boy parts all looked great and healthy. Yes it was a BOY. We (my husband, son and I) were are hoping for a girl to round out a male dominated household, but it just wasn't so.:D I am happy to have found out and I am thrilled to know that he seems so healthy. I must say though, that I really wanted to decorate a girl's nursery and buy little girl clothes.
Amy, I have become such a worrier, so I can relate to your feeleings. Do take it easy. Work can wait!
Jen, I read your news in your other post. Glad to see you here.Congratulations! As far as losing IQ points.... I am right there with you. This has not been a great time to orient to a new job. I am so absent minded. I actually woke up early to write out some priorities for work and home.:) But, here I am posting on the pregnancy thread instead.
Now..... we are on to the boy name game. I had a girl's name all set. It was "Sarah Paige". DH wasn't 100% sold of the double name thing, but I was not going to give. I know that we are in for 4 1/2 more months of "how about __________". :confused:
Have a great week everyone and take care.
Jen- congrats on the good news! Glad you can join us. :)
Amy - take care. I'm sure it's been hard to concentrate while waiting for the test results.
Samantha - Glad to hear the ultrasound went well. (I also liked the girl's name you picked out, but I'm biased because that is my DD's name. :)) We did not know what we were having the first time around, but I am glad that we did this time.
Well, I only have 4 more days left until I am induced. I have been cleaning and cooking (to freeze for future meals) up a storm this week and I feel ready, so I told her she is welcome to come anytime now! I have family coming into town this weekend and I'd love it if I had her today or tomorrow so they could meet her.
Okay, so you all have a few days to guess what I had mentioned in my first post on this thread (the name we have picked out is shared w/someone else who posts on this thread).
Have a good day everyone!
10-09-2003, 08:37 AM
Wow - lots of posts since last night.
Sue - I am going to start stocking my freezer as well. I bought ingredients to make a double batch of Lindrusso's Magnificent Marinara, and will freeze a bunch of it tomorrow. My goal is to make 2 meals a week through the month of October and the first part of November. Take care these next couple of days. I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday.
I'll take a guess at the name. Is it Samantha? :)
Amy - How scary to be leaking fluid! I don't blame you for not going to work - I probably woudn't either! I am thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed for good test results. Take care of yourself and the little babe!
Jen - Congratulations on your news!! Glad to have you join us! What a cute way to tell your DH! My DH was with me when I took my test, so we found out together.
Samantha - Glad your ultrasound went well and that it looks like you have a healthy baby boy! That is so exciting. I am surprised you are not showing at 20 weeks - you are lucky! :) Good luck with figuring out a boy's name. We don't have any ideas for a boy's name. We've only come up with a first name for a girl - can't agree on a middle name. Oh well, I am sure that will come soon enough.
Not too much going on here. Tomorrow night DH and I are going to Home Depot to pick out a paint color for the nursery. I am starting to really get freaked out about not having that done, but it just seems like we've got all this other stuff that has been taking our time in the evenings and on the weekends. This is the 2nd week in a row of stuff going on for one or the other of us each night. It is getting old!
Tomorrow I am going to be painting the dresser for the baby's room and also making a batch of marinara sauce for my freezer. At least I will feel like I am making some progress. I am also nearly done with a cross stitch for a friend's baby, so I can get started on a rug I am making for my Mom. I don't think that will take too long - I just want to get it done.
Yippee, its the end of the week! :)
Originally posted by LaraW
I'll take a guess at the name. Is it Samantha? :)
Lara wins! And your prize for winning is that you get to come to my house and change diapers for a day! Lucky you! :)
10-09-2003, 10:22 AM
Originally posted by SueK
Lara wins! And your prize for winning is that you get to come to my house and change diapers for a day! Lucky you! :)
Oh, what a prize. :rolleyes: Let me try to contain my excitement :p :p
Seriously, though, that is a pretty name. My cousin's little girl who turned 1 in July is named Samantha. She is pretty cute.
10-09-2003, 12:42 PM
So much news today! Congratulations, Jen! I am so happy for you:)
Sue & Lara--I am inspired by your cooking & freezing activites. I hope I have the energy & motivation to do that as I get closer. DH does not cook (besides a mean frozen pizza:rolleyes: ), so we will be in sorry shape if I don't get us stocked up. Sue, I think Samathan is a beautiful name. How exciting that you get to see her so soon.
Samantha, I am glad to hear that the level II went well & that you have a healthy little boy!
As for me, no more fluid thank goodness. I am still waiting for the results of the ultrasound.
10-10-2003, 01:22 PM
Amy, just wanted to say that I'm glad for no more fluid - hope your test results come back soon. Waiting is the worst, isn't it.
Fingers crossed for good results for you.
Luv to Cook
10-10-2003, 01:40 PM
Just wanted to delurk and say congrats to all the mommies to be! DH and I had our first in June and it is a blast, but I still love reading these pregnancy threads. I miss being pregnant...the end result is great, but I still miss those twists and tumbles in my belly.
Okay, back to lurking!
10-12-2003, 07:22 PM
Thank you again so much for the concern. My ultrasound came back showing the fluid level as normal, so my body has been able to replenish any fluids I lost. Yesterday, I felt confident enough to be out & about & ended up having another (very monir) episode of leaking last night. Tomorrow is my first day back to work & I will be doing everything I can to take it easy.
DH & I started planning the nursery this weekend--such fun!
Hope your week gets off to a great start!
Amy - glad to hear that the test results were good. I'm sure that's a load off your mind. Have fun planning the nursery!
10-13-2003, 09:00 AM
Amy, glad to hear that you had good test results!
Sue, are you excited to know that tomorrow you're going to be holding your little one in your arms?
10-13-2003, 09:35 AM
Amy - Great news about your results!
Sue - Is tomorrow really the day? You must be excited! Best of luck with everything. Oh, and I love the name Samantha.
Jen - Congrats and welcome!
Samantha - Congrats on having a boy, now you can go out and buy lots of cute little blue things.
I'm a little bit freaked out right now. Saturday I noticed I was spotting a little bit of pink. It wasn't very much at all but I noticed it a few times when I went to the bathroom. Then on Sunday I had more but it stopped by early afternoon. (We're talking very, very little, and it was a very light shade of pink). I wasn't sure of what to do since it was the weekend and my doctor's office was closed. Since it had stopped I decided to wait and call this morning. Well, my doctor is out today doing surgery so I spoke to someone else at their office and I have to admit they freaked me out a little bit. She scheduled me for an ultrasound tomorrow morning and then I meet with my doctor. She told me to not lift anything heavy and to stay off my feet and depending on the results I may have to be put on bedrest. I guess I expected her to say we'll make an appointment and leave it at that! I admit I'm one of those people who tends to not call the doctor very often and think "oh it's nothing" but now I'm a little bit scared. I'm generally not a worrier but now all I can do is think about it!
10-13-2003, 10:29 AM
Jorgan, my guess is that is probably a standard type of answer they give to anyone who is experiencing any bleeding until they can do the ultrasound and examine you. I am sure everything is fine, but it is probably better to play it safe and take it easy today until you can get your U/S done.
Good luck! :)
Yes, tomorrow is the day! Hopefully by this time tomorrow she will be here! I have to be at the hospital by 7 AM and they want to start inducing by 7:30.
10-13-2003, 05:30 PM
Sue....Good Luck! I'll be thinking of you during the day.
Jorgan....Please keep us updated. I hope that all is well.
Thanks for the welcome ladies!!
Sue - how exciting! It must be hard to imagine that this time tomorrow you'll be holding your new baby!
Jorgan - I'll be thinking about you. Still being so early in my pregnancy, I live in fear of finding the same thing every time I go to the bathroom (which is quite often these days! :) ).
Samantha - I can't believe you're over 18 weeks and still not showing! I'm not exactly the skinniest person, so I think I'm practically showing already... :rolleyes:
Things are still going well with me. I went for a second blood test on Saturday to confirm that the hCG levels are OK and will get the results tomorrow (this is a long weekend here in Canada). I still keep thinking there's no way we'll be lucky enough that everything will actually be OK! There are so many things to worry about! I have been feeling just a bit nauseous the past week...nothing serious, but makes me worried about what's to come! I hear that for many people, symptoms set in abruptly at six weeks, which is next week. I've also noticed some tiredness, and have been taking extra care to get lots of sleep and pay better attention to my body...something I'm not often so good about! My company's fiscal half is finishing up at the end of October, so the next few weeks will be very stressful as we all try to meet our group and personal objectives for the half. I will have to make a conscious effort to get out of the office at a reasonable time and not bring my stress home with me.
10-13-2003, 06:37 PM
Jorgan, I feel for you. I've noticed some pink on and off today, too. I finally called the doctor and they just said that if it's a miscarriage there isn't anything they can do. Take it easy and they'll see me on Wednesday for my appointment. I pretty much knew that, but it was still hard to hear. They told me to call back if the bleeding got heavier. I ended up telling my parents earlier than expected because I was at their house in Ohio when I discovered it.
10-14-2003, 08:41 AM
Just delurking...Erin and Jorgan, sending positive thoughts to both of you.
Erin, I had some pink spotting when I was about six weeks pregnant with Caitlyn. It seems like you are about the same, right? It stopped within a day or two. My doctor said it could be implantation bleeding, which is pretty common.
10-14-2003, 08:52 AM
Joanne, yeah, I'm about 6.5 weeks. The nurse mentioned that too. It's gotten a little heavier and redder, but I'm just going to wait until my appointment tomorrow. I'm suddenly feeling very calm about the whole situation. My mom is flipping out because of me and then my sister had her baby this morning. She was almost 28 weeks. I guess everybody is doing well. Of corse the baby is in NICU. Mom doesn't know which daughter needs her most, and we're both out of town. I told her to go to Becky.
Exciting morning, huh?
10-14-2003, 09:17 AM
Oh, Erin, what a tough time for your family. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.
10-14-2003, 01:39 PM
Erin, I am hope things are well with you and your sister!
Sue, Can't wait to hear how your labor went! Hopefully you are holding your baby by now.
I had my 36 week appointment today. The doc said my cervix is beginning to thin out, but no dilation. That was good news for me, because we are moving into a new house next week! We got a contract accepted (unexpectedly, since we gave a low offer), and all of a sudden we are packing and moving. I can hardly believe it, but it is exciting.
The baby weighed in at six pounds, and the doc said that it should gain .25 lbs per week from here on. So, it should be around 7 lbs or so. Sounds good to me!
Hope everyone is doing well!
10-15-2003, 10:53 AM
I thought I'd update my spotting situation. We had an ultrasound yesterady and everything looked great, we then met with my doctor who checked me. He found I was 2-3 cm and my cervix is thinning out. Needless to say I am on partial bedrest, on a drug (Terbutaline) to stop my contractions and had a shot of Betamethasone (sp?) both yesterday and today to help the baby's lungs develop. Needless to say I am a little bit scared right now. I am only 27 weeks along and the baby looked to weigh 2 lbs. 2 oz according to my ultrasound. I am praying that the medication and bedrest work and I will cook this baby for a longer time. I'm just going to think positively and pray for the best!
Erin - wow you have some news too! I also spotted on a few occasions in my very early pregnancy (about your time). It was scary because it was bright red but as you can see that turned out fine. You are in my thoughts and please keep us posted.
Also, how is your sister and her baby? Do you know how much it weighed and how they are doing? I'll be thinking of her as well!
I guess I'll have more time now to post on the boards!
10-15-2003, 11:36 AM
Jorgan, glad to hear that everything is OK with baby, but am hoping that those contractions stop! I hope that the shots and bedrest do the trick. Do you have to have more shots or just wait and see? Take care of that little one! :) I will be thinking of you and hoping that baby stays put!
Erin, hope your dr. appt today goes well and that your bleeding has stopped. How is your sister and baby doing?
10-15-2003, 01:06 PM
I'll be heading to the doctor in about a half hour, but I thought I'd update on my sister. She's an emotional wreck, but she's doing fine physically. The baby (still no name) is stable and they've already decreased his oxygen. He was 2# 2 oz (almost 3 oz!). My parents are flying down there next week. DH found some relatively inexpensive flights if I want to go for a weekend. That will depend on how today goes.
10-15-2003, 04:02 PM
Erin, hope your dr. appt went well, and my prayers are going out to your little nephew. I hope your sister is OK and glad that baby is stable.
10-15-2003, 05:18 PM
Well, no more baby for me. Hopefully, I'll be rejoining the thread soon. Doc said that we don't need to wait at all to try again. It's really for the best, and I'm doing surprisingly well.
10-15-2003, 05:25 PM
I'm so sorry, Erin.
10-15-2003, 06:25 PM
You and your family will be in my prayers.
Jorgan- I'll be sure and add you to the list too.:) I'm sending you positive thoughts and prayers that baby will stay in place for a while yet.
10-15-2003, 09:06 PM
Erin, I am so sorry.
10-15-2003, 11:14 PM
Oh, Erin, I am so sorry.
Jorgan, you & your little one are in my thoughts. It sounds like you're getting good care & I am sure everything is going to work out ok.
KLynn, Congrats on the house. I hope you get a chance to get settled in a bit before baby.
We should be hearing from Sue any day!
Take care everyone,
10-16-2003, 04:22 AM
Erin - I am so sorry for your loss, that must be very difficult to deal with. You and your sister are in my thoughts!
Also anxiously awaiting to hear from Sue...
I am hanging in there. I had my second shot yesterday and I guess that is it for awhile (I'll find out more at my doctor's appointment next Tuesdady). Yesterday I was having more Braxton Hick contractions but they seem to stop. It's weird because every little ache or twing or pain I have I start to get scared, it's hard to remember what is all a normal part of pregnancy and not. The one thing that is hard is my medication to stop the contractions is not letting me sleep very well. For the last two nights I've fallen asleep around 10 and wake up at 3 not to fall back asleep. I can't even take naps during the day. I'm hoping that will improve since lack of sleep is the last thing I need right now!
KLynn - Hope your move goes well, dont' work too hard!!
10-16-2003, 07:37 AM
Erin, I am sorry.
10-16-2003, 07:42 AM
De-lurking to say that I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Erin. I had a miscarriage between my two. Even though I was pretty early along in the pregnancy and had no reason to believe I couldn't get pregnant again, it was still sad - as soon as you find out you're pregnant, you can't help but start making plans and start dreaming about the baby and the loss is such a disappointment.
I'm glad to hear you're doing well.
10-16-2003, 07:10 PM
Erin, I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.
10-17-2003, 01:42 AM
Jorgan- Hang in there, that terb can really hype you up, but it does ward of the contractions.
Erin- I am so sorry.
Sue- Can't wait to here about your little girl.
10-17-2003, 07:20 AM
Thanks guys. Yesterday was kind of a bad day, but today is better. It's funny how attached you can get in only a couple of weeks. At least it did happen very early, and I didn't need a d&c.
10-17-2003, 06:44 PM
I rarely look at this thread, but I was trying to see if SueK had posted (I saw the other thread about Samantha :) )
Erin, I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
Erin - I am so sorry. I know what you mean, that even after just a few weeks you can get so attached! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Jorgan - hang in there!
KLynn - how exciting! I imagine it must be stressful (but so exciting) to be moving into a new house just in time for the baby. We just put an offer in on a house yesterday - it would be our first home of our own - and we're waiting to see how it goes! Things could happen quite quickly if the offer is accepted.
I am still doing well, although noticing slightly more nausea these days (I'm at just over 6 weeks). I've read that many times, symptoms start quite abruptly at 6 weeks so I'm waiting to see if anything will happen! I'm not really sick, but I've lost a lot of appetite - even though I'm starving a lot of the time, the thought of food makes my stomach turn. I'm also extremely sensitive to smells - we drove past a McDonald's last night and I thought I was going to be sick from the smell of oil. Fried, greasy smells seem to be the worst. But if this is as bad as it gets, it's definitely fine!
Finally getting a chance to get on the BB! Well, at 12:41 on Tuesday, Samantha Grace was born! She is a little doll. :) We were able to come home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon. She had her first dr's appt yesterday morning and is down to 5 lbs, 3 oz. We have to feed her every 3 hours until her weight gets up to at least 6 pounds, which might be awhile!
Labor was much better this time. When I had DD#1, our hospital did not give epidurals, but they do now. So, I was planning to get one, however, there was not enough time. They started the Pitocin drip around 8 on Tuesday morning, but I wasn't getting contractions. The dr broke my water around 10 AM and she was born a little less than 3 hours later! The anesthesiologist (I know I botched that spelling!) took too long, so it was too late to get an epidural. I did get a shot of Fentanol (I'm sure I messed that spelling up too)which did nothing to help the pain, but at least it numbed me, so they were able to stretch me during pushing so I didn't tear at all. It only took 10 minutes to push her out.
So, things here are going well. She just seems so tiny! I think she's going to have my coloring, while DD#1 really favors my DH. I do have some pictures I will post, but I'm terrible about figuring out how to do that, so I'm not doing it right now.
Erin - sorry to hear your news. Please take care of yourself.
Jorgan - hope you're still doing okay. Take it easy!
10-19-2003, 10:59 AM
Congratulations Sue! :)
DS#1 was a little shrimp - born at 5-6 down to 4-11 by the time he came home from the hospital, but he put the weight back on very quickly. He was a very hungry little guy (maybe he knew he was small) and ate every two hours, round the clock for nearly two months! Wore me out (I nursed him)! :D
Enjoy your precious new daughter. :)
10-19-2003, 12:29 PM
Congratulations Sue and DH, and welcome to little Samantha Grace! I think I told you that my cousin's little girl is named Samantha, but her middle name is also Grace! How cool is that! :D
Glad to hear that everything went smoothly - I am sure that she will be up to 6 lbs in no time.
I'll be looking forward to seeing some pictures of your new little one.
10-19-2003, 04:58 PM
Welcome to the world Samantha Grace!
Thanks guys! Lara- that is too funny about your cousin's daughter's name being exactly the same. Our DD#1 is named w/family names (both first and middle names), but we just pulled Sam's names out of the blue and liked the way they sounded together.
I just posted a few pics over on the "Congrats SueK" thread on the Other Stuff board. I got a cute one of her while she was napping today.
10-20-2003, 08:38 AM
Congrats Sue! It sounds like your labor was nice and fast. I love the names you've chosen, Samantha Grace just sounds so sweet.
Jen - thats' so funny what you said about McDonalds, this whole pregnancy the thought of greasy, fried food makes me want to get sick as well. That's not a bad thing! My morning sickness and nausea started right around the six week mark. It does pass though!
I am doing okay. I'm finding that bedrest is a very emotional thing to be on. One minute I'm fine, the next I am crying! I think it's hard because I have a lot of time on your hands to think about things. I had some bad contractions last Friday morning and also yesterday but the Terb. does seem to make them less frequent. I also think my body is getting used to it. I have my next doctor's appointment tomorrow, I'm really hoping I haven't made more progress!
10-20-2003, 05:04 PM
Jorgan-Hope you are hanging in there okay! Let us know what you found out at the doctor.
10-21-2003, 04:49 PM
Jorgan, just wanted to say that I hope you are hanging in there OK with the bedrest. Let us know how it goes at the dr.
KLynn, you must be getting close! Are you all ready?
I was 33 weeks last Saturday, and had a checkup on Thursday. My last 2 checkups they have checked to see if baby's head is down, and it is not. My dr. told me that if by 36 weeks baby still has not turned, that they will do an external version to try to get baby turn, to try and avoid a c-section.
I am a little freaked out today because at our childbirth class last night, the topic was medication and c-sections. The video we watched was about a breech baby who did not turn during the external version and had to be delivered via a planned c-section.
Hopefully the little peanut will do a summersault! :D
10-21-2003, 08:16 PM
Lara - good luck with the little one turning the right way! You still have some time and they do move around so much. How do they turn the externally? Is time going pretty quickly for you? Towards the end it always seems to go fast (or extrememly slow!!).
I had my appointment today and I have not changed since last week so that was great news! The terbutaline and bed rest must be working. I admit I was so relieved to hear that. Hopefully that will be the case for the next couple of months. It was actually nice to put some normal clothes on and get out of the house, even if it only was the doctor. He actually gave us the okay to go out to dinner or a movie. That sounds like a really good plan to me!
10-22-2003, 03:44 AM
Lara W,......This may sound kooky but I have heard about changing your position to get the baby to turn. By changing your position I mean basically hanging over the edge of the bed or couch. You may want to research this. Something you could try at home. The only problem with this method and with external version is that sometimes those stinkers just flip right on back around.
Jorgan,......Great news about the doc's visit and no change. I was on bed rest for two weeks with my last pregnancy and I read ALOT OF BOOKS. It was all I did. Have a great time at your dinner and movie!
10-22-2003, 10:14 AM
Jorgan- I'm glad to hear things are looking good! I was thinking about you last night and wondering how you were doing.
Lara- Don't worry too much about the baby being breech at this time. A co-worker of DH just had a baby, and his wife was 2 weeks overdue before the baby was born. And the baby was breech until a week prior. Most breech babies do end up flipping over on their own.
At least they do C-sections now for breech babies. DH was born naturally breech. The horror stories I had to hear...
I am starting to worry about everything. I'll have a few braxton-hicks at night, and I'll freak out until they stop. Or I'll get an intense cramp in the side of my tummy, and I get so worried that something is going wrong. I wasn't like this at all with Abigail. I'm also getting REALLY annoyed with people asking questions. I understand that people are curious, but they have no right to get upset with me if I don't care to divulge the names we have picked out. Or who knew that someone would go off on me for not finding out if it's a boy or a girl. Seriously, these people were steamed. I don't get it. I am about ready to lock myself in the house and not come out for the next 3 months.
Has to be hormones, I've been pretty crabby and cynical these days. I hope that passes soon.
10-22-2003, 03:41 PM
Lara, hopefully your baby will still flip, but don't freak out too much about a c-section. I had to have one after pushing for 2.5 hours and making no progress. It wasn't that bad. Also, if it's planned, then you are well rested going into the surgery and that helps a lot.
10-22-2003, 06:39 PM
Sue--I checked out the pictures on the Other Stuff board, so I got to see adorable Samantha! I am so happy for you.
Lara--I'll be thinking good thoughts for your little one to somersault into a better position. Either way, you are getting so close to being able to hold him or her at last.
Jorgan--Enjoy your dinner & a movie. I'm sure that will feel just heavenly after being confined to bed. I am on bed rest again this week (same issue--amniotic fluid) & I can relate to feeling that a trip to the doctor is a great outing!
Mrswaz--Hormones or not, I don't blame you for being annoyed if people are getting upset with you for making the best decisions for you & your family. DH & I opted to find out the sex & there was a woman at work who was just incensed that we would do such thing, particularly with a first baby. Whatever:rolleyes:
10-22-2003, 09:02 PM
Wow, it's been a busy month. We survived the move & I'm just starting to get things into somewhat of a routine.
Erin, if you're still lurking, I'm sorry for your loss.
Jorgan, glad things are going better.
And welcome to the Samantha Grace!
Everyone else sounds pretty good, I think, so hooray! Let it stay that way!
I'm at 28 weeks now, so I've moved to 2 week appointments. This helps because not only do I have my own new doctor to meet but her partners as well (it's a group practice so who knows who will be at the delivery). But she seems very nice & supposedly the others are too. I also had the "dreaded" glucose test which was not that bad. It tasted just like orange soda. And yesterday I had a second ultrasound. The tech was this grandmotherly woman who was having a slow day so she pointed out everything and printed out a bunch of pictures and kept saying things like "oh that's such a good baby! so photogenic!" I even got to see it yawn & suck its thumb. So a very nice afternoon. Oh yes, and this past weekend we bought a crib and mattress-- things are really starting to get real!
Anyone have thoughts/advice on when to start interviewing pediatricians?
10-23-2003, 08:05 AM
We asked some friends for recommendations about pediatricians, and made an appointment to go meet with one when I was around 32-33 weeks (I am 37 weeks now). We had a great visit with him, and it was nice to be able to ask all our questions and get to know him before the baby is here.
I am three weeks out and doing well, except a new development of carpal tunel syndrome. The doctor said it is really common - anybody else dealt with it? It is keeping me up at night, when it is at its worst. I am wearing a wrist splint, so hopefully that will help.
We move into our new house tomorrow! We have had lots of help packing, which has been a true blessing - sure couldn't be doing this on my own! I will be glad to get moved and settled - at least somewhat.
Hope everyone is doing well!
10-23-2003, 01:01 PM
KLynn- I have that crazy carpal tunnel syndrome too. Mine comes and goes, but it sure is painful! I find that if I can elevate my arm at night that it seems to help. The wrist splint also helps too.
I had my 18 week appt yesterday and everything is going well. We have our ultrasound next Wednesday, so needless to say I am counting down the days till we see the little monkey on screen again.
I still can't eat chicken, but luckily everything else I can eat. I am just so very glad that the morning sickness has gone away.
Hope you all have a wonderful week. I'll write more after our ultrasound.
10-24-2003, 08:01 AM
I have a question for everyone: Are you going to or did you get a flu shot this year? At my doctor's appointment yesterday, he said not to get one, but I keep reading that pregnant women in their second or third trimester should. :confused:
10-24-2003, 08:44 AM
Alaina, right now I am planning to get one in November, but will talk to my doctor first. I guess my thinking is that with the baby due in December, his/her little immune system probably isn't going to be that strong, and I'd hate to pick up something and give it to him/her.
Are you into your 2nd trimester yet?
10-24-2003, 08:46 AM
Alaina-When I went to my appt this week, my doctor advised me to get one. He said that anyone who will be in their 2nd or 3rd trimester during flu season should get one.
10-24-2003, 11:21 AM
Originally posted by LaraW
Are you into your 2nd trimester yet?
Yes - I'm 15 weeks right now.
That's exactly what I read, Zelly. I also read that pregnant women (in 2nd or 3rd trimester) are one of the groups of people that should "strongly consider" getting a flu shot along with elderly people, and some others I can't recall now.
Hmmm, guess I'll have to ask him again. Thanks for responding to my question!
10-24-2003, 01:26 PM
Alaina, that sounds like a good idea to just talk to the dr. again. He/she may just want you to wait until you are a little further into the 2nd trimester is the only thing I can think of.
10-24-2003, 03:09 PM
Sounds like the question for your doc is "why do you think that" instead of "what do you think." For what it's worth, my doc said they were fine but didn't seem to think it was necessary unless you were going to be around the public or lots of kids (& thus more likely to actually get the flu). So I was going to get one, but now I'm leaning towards not. I'm due in January so by the time I get to spend lots of time in public again (I'm thinking riding the bus, being downtown among crowds, etc.) the season will be over. Still leaves December though...
10-24-2003, 04:42 PM
I think he said something like "Just in case it would make you sick." But that doesn't really seem right. I didn't get sick from it the last 7 years I've had one. He did ask where I worked - I'm a SAHM, so maybe that's why.
10-27-2003, 05:13 PM
Hi, I am posting under an alias. I am about 5 1/2 weeks, so not ready to come out of hiding just yet.
I am just hungry tonight! It is so weird. I just want to munch. I am also totally into carbs. Meat, other than chicken once in a while, just doesn't sound good.
Was anyone else just plain hungry early in their pregnancy?
10-27-2003, 09:55 PM
I was hungry from the very beginning with my first pregnancy. This time around the urge to EAT didn't really kick in until the 2nd trimester. Both pregnancies, carbs and red meat are the foods that I enjoy. (when I am not pg, I don't care for animal protein much at all)
Good Luck. Can't wait until you can come out of the closet:) .
Hi, Shelby's mom! I was absolutely starving during my 1st trimester but I was trying to eat a ton of fruit/veggies/fish and not so much animal protein and carbs. I finally figured out that if I ate more carbs I would stay fuller longer and I was able to control my hunger better. I've talked to friends and we all agree, when you're hungry and pregnant, you can't ignore it! You've got to act immediately. Before pregnancy, my hunger would gradually escalate, during pregnancy when hunger hits, it's usually at a high "I can't ignore this" level.
On another note, DH felt the baby kick for the first time this weekend! He's absolutely over the moon about it! We went to see a play and were holding hands and I moved his hand to my stomach and when the baby kicked his head jerked around so quick, he could've given himself whiplash! It was too funny!
I've been feeling the baby about 3 weeks now (I'm in the 22nd week) and it just got a strong enough for DH to feel over the weekend I think. I have an active one! Yesterday it kicked all day and into the evening. I woke up in the middle of the night to let the dog out and he/she was still kicking!
I get updates from Baby Center each week on what's going on inside and a couple weeks ago it said the baby was about the size of a large sweet potato so we've been calling it the "little yam!"
10-30-2003, 04:51 AM
Well, I have some news... My baby girl Madeline was born on Saturday weighing 2 lbs. 7 oz. (I was 30 weeks along.) Saturday morning I woke up with painful contractions and more spotting. We got to the hospital at 1:00 and she was born at 2:07. I was at 7 cm when I got there and progressed to 10 cm in 1/2 hour!
She is doing well. They are hoping to take her off the respirator today, other than that she is doing great. The did another head ultrasound yesterday to make sure there isn't any bleeding in the brain so hopefully we'll find out good news today regarding that. They started feeding her breastmilk on Tuesday and that seems to be sitting well with her as well.
The last few days have basically been a blur. It's all been so overwhelming. Things have finally started to settle down a bit and I'm getting into a routine of going to the hospital, spending time with my son, etc.
I hope all is going well with everyone else!
Congrats Jorgan and DH on the birth of your baby girl- Madeline. What a pretty name. If it is any reassurance, we had two friends whose babies were born last year at this time at 31 weeks and 29 weeks, both came home from the hospital earlier than expected and both are hapy healthy almost 1 year olds now.
Sending lots of quick homecoming prayers your way.
Congrats Jorgan! Madeline is a very pretty name. I'm glad to hear she is doing well, and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers that she will get to come home soon!
10-30-2003, 08:41 AM
Congratulations, Jorgan! Prayers that little Madeline comes home soon!
10-30-2003, 08:43 AM
Congratulations Jorgan! Hope Madeline is home with you soon.
10-30-2003, 09:52 AM
Congrats Jorgan!Hope little Madeline comes home soon! I'll be praying for you!
We had our ultrasound yesterday. Still decided that we would not find out what the sex will be. I was worried that I would have to drink a lot of water, but when we went in, the receptionist gave me a glass and told me to drink 2 glasses of water, so that was not at bad as I had expected. Unfortunately I was not able to see some of the ultrasound. After we were about halfway through, I started feeling lightheaded...So I told the technician I wasn't feeling well and she had me lie on my left side for a while and gave me a cold washcloth to put over my head. She said that sometimes when you are lying on your back, it puts pressure on some major vein or something like that and reduces the amount of oxygen to you making that happen. It was pretty strange to get lightheaded lying down!!!:eek: Has anyone else experienced this?
She was able to continue and dear DH tried to give me a play by play of what was going on. Fortunately after a few minutes I was able to lie on my back again and see the screen. All in all it was wonderful to see the "bean". Got some great pictures and made copies for all our family.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
10-30-2003, 11:06 AM
Congrats & good luck to Jorgan & Madeline! A Scorpio baby is a wonderful child to have (hmm, wonder when I was born?) :)
Zelly, it hasn't happened to me, but a woman in my yoga class couldn't stay at the dentist because she kept passing out when they'd put the chair back, so I think it's pretty common. That's probably also why they recommend sleeping on your left side after 20 weeks, although I'd heard that was b/c the pressure on the vein was cutting off blood flow to the placenta/baby. Either way-- not so good. Not that I'm finding sleeping in any position terribly comfortable these days, and I've still got 10 weeks to go.
10-30-2003, 12:06 PM
Congratulations & welcome Madeline! I love her name too. I am so glad to hear that she is doing well & I bet she's just beautiful. Keep us posted on her progress.
My best to you & your family,
Originally posted by Zelly
It was pretty strange to get lightheaded lying down!!!:eek: Has anyone else experienced this?
Zelly- this happened to me a lot during my first pregnancy. I slept slightly elevated and on my side for the last month or so.
10-30-2003, 12:52 PM
Hi everyone! Jorgan, I hope things are going well! Sounds like good news so far!
I got a flu shot in my first trimester. I didn't know I was pregnant when I got it. I was probably about 4-6 weeks along. I told the doctor later because I was worried about it. I know they only recommend it after the first trimester. She told me it was no big deal and certainly nothing to worry about. Everything was fine. I don't know why a doctor was advise against getting the shot since you don't want to get sick while you're pregnant! There are enough challeneges to deal with!
10-30-2003, 07:51 PM
I hope little Madeline will be able to join you at home soon! I'm sure all her tests will come out fine, and she'll be thriving in your care in no time!
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