Thursday, December 23, 2010

I have been sadly neglecting this blog

Anyway,  on Dec 4th we had dinner at Little Man's godparents and our wee Lamb was being held by her Uncle Jeebus when she reached towards me and said, "MumMuma."

It was so distinct and did not seem to be related to food and I commented on it to make sure everyone else had heard.

Since then she has been saying that and "Dada" at T. and myself on a regular basis!!!



And here's a video of her working on standing in the crib:



Also, we took some family photos and this is the one we chose for our Xmas cards - though since I did them late - they are only going to family since I can deliver them in person...









Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Good and the Bad

The Good:

Lambikins pulled herself to a stand all by herself in her crib last night!!!  Unfortunately I did not get a pic of the event but I'll post a cute pic of her I took the other day...


The Bad:

Little Man has been having issues with acting out at school, dealing with being bullied and now, apparently, bullying someone else.

He wrote a very inappropriate note this week and I had a call from the VP about it. Last time I spoke to the VP it was about ANOTHER note he wrote a few wks ago.

The first note was a list of swear words. Little Man said he wrote them down to prove that he knew them because some of the other boys were picking on him because he wasn't "saying swears."

The second note really disturbed me because he wrote about doing violence against another child.

When Little Man comes home today I am going to have to have a serious talk with him.

I am feeling really exasperated.

I get confused as to how much of this is or could be related to his autism and how much is just him being an 8-year-old boy.

And the bizarre thing is, Little Man is one the smallest kids in his class (of the boys AND the girls).

I have been thinking about looking into having him switch schools, but there are bullies and bad influences EVERYWHERE.

Little Man asked if I could home-school him but I don't know that I would consider that an option for him or not... I don't know that I have the patience for that and then I would worry about the lessened socialization since that is so important for a child on the spectrum.

Right now I am just LOST!

But here's a pic of my Little Man that I took the other day:

(see how adorable he is?)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

On a wintery day

This morning T. took the two big kids to meet Women's Hockey Gold medal winners, Cheryl Pounder and Becky Kellar.



Once home, we put 8-month-old Lambikins into her snowsuit (size 18 - 24 months) and brought her outside to check out the snow.

Here are some pics...






Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Updates for Lambikins!

Waving "hi" and "bye bye" -- did it for the first time on Monday.  I waved bye bye at her and then she copied me.

She doesn't initiate it yet, but she does it in response.

I still can't count her "mummum" or "dada" babbling yet since it still hasn't been definitely at the correct one of us.  Mummum happens more when she's hungry.

One of the theories is that she can't come close to saying Little Man's name yet and she wants to say his name first but who knows.

She's very vocal these days and on the move.  Still scooting and creeping instead of crawling and far more interested on working on standing than crawling.

Holding onto a chair the other day, she took 2 small steps and she's also done that holding on to my hands (just two small steps).

It's exciting stuff but she's also getting REALLY frustrated!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I am so proud of my Little Man!!!!!!!!!!!

On Saturday, he participated in his grading and advanced to an orange stripe belt.

Today in class, Sifu informed Little Man that because of his hard work, practice and focus, that Little Man is THE STUDENT OF THE MONTH!

I am super proud of him!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Halloween for Lambikins!

Yes here it is, Halloween.

I was thinking about putting Lam's Star Trek onesie on underneath her warm baby giraffe costume but the Star Trek onesie is currently missing and I don't even have a photo of her in it (maybe one on my phone but I can't figure out how to get pics off my super-old phone onto the damn com!)

Son is going out as Green Lantern this year (last year he was Captain Kirk) and we don't have Rhyme Girl this year since she's at her Mom's.

But I am going to post a pic of the kids from the past 2 Halloweens just because.

2008


















2009


















2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

4 teeth for Lamb

Yeppers, the other top middle tooth has poked through the gums!

And in food updates, Talia tried sweet potatoes for the first time this week, so she's had avocados, sweet potatoes and banana so far.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fun with Rhyming

Little Man just said, "If you ever want to call [Lamb] a drama queen you should call her a llama queen instead."

Because both Little Man and Rhyme Girl have been told to "cut the drama" before and Lamb has a toy llama that she plays with quite a bit.

That statement made me laugh this morning.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

7 months old

Wow, Lamb is a healthy 7-month-old!

She is getting better with the "mama ma mum" sounds but she still uses them generally rather than specific to myself and she also makes a sound that could be "boo" "blue" or "boob" and since she tends to make it and then open her mouth like a baby bird, I'm guessing it's actually "boob" but again, it's not specific or consistent.

Right now it is still more of her experimenting with sounds rather than definitely identifying things.

Little Man said his first word "mama" when he was 7 months and 1 day old so I am getting nervous re: Lamb not doing it yet.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's been tiring around here

The wee lamb isn't sleeping well, Little Man is staging a revolt against wearing coats, Rhyme Girl has been at her Mom's and due to my MIL being in hospital the other week and some other things going on, we had arranged with mother-of-RG to have Rhyme Girl this wkend but then MORG insisted we'd never arranged that and that she has other plans and such so no RG this wkend :(

Lamb has 3 teeth so far and I've finally been able to snap a pic that at least reveals the bottom 2. 



We've gone for a few nice walks on a nearby trail lately and, in other news, Little Man got his form stripe in Kung Fu.so he just needs a 2nd stripe and then he can participate in the next grading (which happens in Nov).

 OK back to my MIL -- she's doing really well, perhaps miraculously so, considering how bad it got for her.

That was really, really scary.










T. and I attended two autism-related seminars in the past bit re: Little Man though due to a scheduling change that I wasn't informed of I did not get to attend the non-violent crisis intervention training and I now have to wait until the end of January for it to be offered again (they are carrying fwd my deposit).







Next wk I am doing CPR training Mon and Tues night (as President of our Board of Directors here at the co-op, the costs are covered).

I have a Board meeting on Thursday and am also busy on Wed so T is in charge of the kids next wk in the evenings.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The kids

Lambikins is on the lamb! Escaping baby!

Our 3 trouble-makers

My handsome Little Man

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Avocado for breakfast?

Now the lamb has tried teething biscuits (mostly goobered them down and then got them all over herself) and she's had frozen spinach & frozen banana in a teether/feeder but this was the first time she's had something meant to be eaten rather than just being teething relief.





Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wee girl is 6 months old!

Her height/length is apparently 27 1/4 inches
Her weight is: 18.2 lbs
Her head circumference is 17 1/2 inches

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Creeping

OK, so it's hard to define when Lambikins started creeping as she was mostly moving backwards and seemed like it made her mad.

But she would pull up her knees and rock a bit and then cry and so on.

Well, on Sunday she moved forward slightly after a toy. Wasn't sure if it was accidental or on purpose.

Tonight, she went forward and it was definitely on purpose. So I will count today as her first day of "creeping."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Missing front tooth for Little Man

Well his two front teeth have been loose for awhile but while brushing his teeth this morning - surprise, out popped one of the loose ones!

He's very excited!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tooth #2 for Lambikins

right bottom incisor broke through gums to join the left bottom incisor

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FIRST TOOTH!

A tooth?  Really???
It's at the front of her mouth at the bottom and the entire top of the tooth is through, but the rest isn't showing yet. (BTW, I have not captured it on camera yet as our camera doesn't want to focus that close in).

She was SOOOO cranky today so I actually gave her a bit of frozen banana in this child-proof teether-feeder to chew on for a good hour.

(I linked a similar one - but the one I bought was from Shopper's Drug Mart).

There wasn't much left of the bit of banana by the end of it and she sure seemed calmer while she was sucking and chewing on it but I don't *think* I count this as her first time getting solids, do I?

*Attempting Jedi mind tricks* - "Mom, pay no attention to your finger.  No one is chewing on it..."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

first tummy to back roll-over

Talia finally rolled from her tummy to her back for the first time!

She's been doing back to tummy since June 30th.

Monday, July 26, 2010

4 month appointment

Weight 15.44 lbs,
Length: 26.5 inches
head circumference 17 inches

Next appointment is her 6 month on Sept 24th at 10:30 a.m.

Her soft spot is still there (though still small) but her HC is so much better the DR said there really isn't anything to worry about.

http://www.babycenter.com/baby-child-growth-percentile-calculator

Child Growth Chart Calculator

Based on the data you submitted, your child falls into the following percentiles:
Length = above percentile 95
Weight = between percentile 75 and 90
Head Circumference = between percentile 90 and 95

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Little Man - freelance entertainer

Little Man was just dancing and jumping around to some 80s music in front of Lambikins to amuse her. I laughed & he turned to me and said, "I'm just doing my job to keep Fridays entertaining."

What a kid! :>

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My little Lamb is getting bigger

She's starting to giggle - though I don't have very good video of it.



And she does this really funny thing where she lifts both her legs into the air and then thumps them down. It's amusing when she's awake but she also does it in her sleep and that is something I find downright hilarious!!




The other thing is her increased "story-telling" - where she gabs away making all sorts of cute sounds that Little Man sometimes thinks are actual words.

What makes me laugh the most is when, after being breast-fed, she decides she wants to have a serious conversation with my breast. So she'll grab me and then start babbling with a serious look on her face, pause, smile, babble some more et cetera.

Extremely adorable stuff!

My hilarious son

So, he opened a birthday card from T.'s parents and there was money in the card. He set the money to the side and then read the entire card out loud.

Once he had read it, he picked up the money, snapped the bills and said, "Aw sweet, I finally get to see Queen Elizabeth!"

He then added, "See I did get to see the Queen in _________ (name of our town)!"

As the Queen was in our town this month, but we did not take the kids down to try to catch a glimpse because the heat was atrocious.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Big girl bath

Tonight I was soaking in the moderately warm tub and I thought it might be fun to bring the wee girl in with me.

Had T. bring her up and carefully brought her into the tub with me and she LOVED it. All smiles and I even got 3 of her ever so elusive giggles (Little Man got one today and two earlier in the wk).

She kicked her feet and cooed and smiled and just really seemed to love it and I thought I was going to burst into tears.

I never did that with Little Man. He hated being bathed so much that I didn't start doing things like that with him until he was older (about 3 years old) because I was afraid with all his shrieking and flailing that he'd get hurt if I was in the tub with him so this was just an amazing first for me.

So my lil lambikins did an awesome job tonight.

*love*

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The first roll-over!!!!

My little lamb has been able to roll partway (back to side and side to back) for awhile but she hasn't accomplished back to side to tummy until TONIGHT!!!!

I am so proud of my little girl!

** there is a video imbeded in this post but it only shows up if you click on the post title and are just looking at this post. No idea why it's being this way?!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2 month appt stats + something to worry about

Height - 22.44 inches aka 57 cm
Weight - 12.103 lbs aka 5.49 kg
HC - 15.04 inches aka 38.2 cm

Child Growth Chart Calculator

Based on the data you submitted, your child falls into the following percentiles:
Length = between percentile 25 and 50
Weight = between percentile 50 and 75
Head Circumference = between percentile 10 and 25


DR said she was looking good, healthy and alert but he had one concern.

He said that her fontanel was about the size of his fingertip and that that was really small for her only being 2 months old.

He said that we needed to monitor it and if it appears to get smaller than a fingertip that we should come back in. But that he did not want to x-ray her at this point and expose her to radiation since it is still open albeit small.

I really didn't understand what this could mean but I googled it as soon as I got home and found:

http://www.answers.com/topic/craniosynostosis

Cranial deformity produced when the bones of the skull fuse too early. Pressure from the growing brain normally causes the skull bones to grow along the seams (cranial sutures) between them. If all the sutures fuse early, the head remains abnormally small, which can cause intellectual disability or blindness. If only one or some fuse early, the skull grows in other directions and becomes deformed. Surgery in the first two years to keep the sutures open longer minimizes these complications.

And now I am feeling extremely concerned and freaked out...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The wee lamb is getting bigger

Had a DR appt today. Next one is May 25th at 10:40 a.m. and she's supposed to get her first shots... a standard one and one that's new since Little Man was young called Prevnar.

Feeling leery about the vaccinations - going to have to do some googling.

Anyway,

Lambikins is up to 9.85 lbs (4.47 kg), is 21.8 inches long (55.3 cm) & her head circumference is 14.8 inches (37.6 cm) as of today (and she'll be 5 wks old tomorrow).

He listened to her heart and lungs, asked about her eating and her bowels movements and said she was looking good.

Friday, April 16, 2010

funny stuff

Rhyme girl and Little Man are sitting here talking about French.

Little Man suddenly said, "Matt says that people who speak French are HOT."

So I asked Little Man in what way...

Little Man: "I don't mean sweaty. It's like how I think Chinese people are hot... Matt thinks French people are hot. Like cute."

Then I asked him if his friends H. & P. (Male Asian twins) were hot.

Little Man: "No. Only girls are hot to me, Mom."

Then there was a question on baptism...

Little Man: "So like when Sarah got washed in church, she was baptized so what did it do to her?"

But the kids started arguing so I didn't have to answer.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2nd DR appt for the baby girl

She's 20 days old.

Weight - 8 lbs, 3.82 oz
Height - 21 and 1/4 inches
Head Circumference - 36.83 cm (14.5 inches)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Little Man and the new DR

Little Man is 4 ft tall and 48 lbs.

DR recommended getting Little Man an "angry pillow" so that when he's frustrated he can punch the pillow rather than hurting himself.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

1st DR appt

1st DR appt - 13 days old
weight - 7 lbs, 8 oz
length - 20 and 3/4 inches
head circumference - 36.4 cm

She goes back next wk @ 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It`s a GIRL!!!!


My sweet lil lamb was born on March 24th at 3:34 p.m.

7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 & 1/2 inches long

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Had a wonderful cuddle and conversation

This morning, Little Man bounded into my room -- wide awake and full of excitement because, as he put it, "I can't believe tomorrrow we'll have a baby!"

So he came in for a cuddle with me, possibly our last one of just the two of us, and we talked.

In moments like these, when he's doing his best to share his feelings and ideas and views of life and the world at large with me -- I marvel at my son.

He is sweet and funny and intelligent. His thought process is certainly his own and I can't always follow the connections he makes but he's interesting. His views are original.

And I am so honoured, proud and, frankly, blessed to be his Mom.

Ever since I had my Little Man I have felt that he has given my life purpose. That I was meant and chosen to be his Mom and that he would thrive and grow and learn because of our special connection.

And that feeling preceeded his diagnosis of autism.

When I look back at my childhood, the one main dream that I held onto was being a Mom someday.

When I was 13 or 14 and my family DR told my parents and I at the time that I would likely never be able to carry a child to term because of my heart issues, it tore me up but I felt certain he was wrong.

As a teen, I still envisioned myself of being the Mom of 3. Always 3. A girl first, then a boy and then a smaller child of indeterminate gender.

When I had Little Man, and it was so tramuatic and terrifying and I was praying that I'd make it through and be able to be there for my baby... and I was told no more babies... well, that time I did think that it was the truth. Especially because Little Man was a male and not the female child I always thought I was going to have first.

And here I am now, with my step-daughter, Rhyme Girl the oldest, Little Man and now this secretive baby-on-the-way.

It's what I always pictured.

But during my sweet conversation with Little Man this morning, I began to worry... Above all else in life -- I want to be here for him and I hope I am not risking that tomorrow when I go in for my RCS.

That being said, I cannot believe that the universe would give me this gift, this opportunity, this miracle of a baby that I am carrying just to take me away from all my kids but I wanted to write about how I am feeling anyway.

Bottom line: I love my kids. The one that was born from me, the one I shall birth tomorrow and the one I carry in my heart even though she's only been in my life as long as T. has.

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Edited to add: Yesterday when I picked Little Man up at school, he said, "I was hoping someone else was picking me up because that would mean you were in labour!"

He also told me, "I'm going to love the baby more than you will, Mom."

me: "Why do you think that?"

LM: "Because kids love things way more than adults do."

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One more addition:

After I wrote this post this morning, just before we left for me to take Little Man to school, he gave me the biggest hug and said, "I love you more than anything in the whole wide world. Than in the universe!"

And I hugged him back and said I loved him that same way. And that I would forever, no matter what.

And he said, "Even if you're in Heaven?"

And I said, "Yes, but let's hope I'm not going there for a very long time."

And he said, "OK, not for a thousand trillion years."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Little Man cracks me up

He sneaks into my room this morning, looks in the empty crib and exclaims, "Mom, you mean you didn't have the baby last night?!?!?!?!"

So I had him come for a cuddle while I reminded him again that when I have the baby - the baby and I will be in the hospital for awhile so he would KNOW when the baby and I were back home.

He was so disappointed.

Then we came downstairs and he counted the days on the calendar from now until my RCS and started talking in a very high-pitched voice, "Only 4 days until the baby! I am so excited!"

:>

38 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 38 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old.

That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby's nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

Some swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during these last weeks, but call your practitioner without delay if you notice excessive or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, or have a sudden weight gain.

Also let her know immediately if have severe or persistent headaches; visual changes (such as double or blurred vision, seeing spots or flashing lights, light sensitivity, or a temporary loss of vision), intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting. These are symptoms of a serious condition called preeclampsia.

3 Questions About... Preparing to breastfeed
Q1.
Why is breastfeeding considered the best way to feed a baby?

Breast milk is nature's most perfect food for babies. It has just the right proportion and types of proteins, carbs, and fats, along with almost all of the vitamins and minerals that a baby needs in the first six months of life.

Dozens of studies have confirmed the benefits of breastfeeding and new ones are published all the time. Here's a look at some of the highlights. Breastfeeding can:

* help protect your baby from diarrhea, respiratory problems, and ear infections.
* reduce your baby's risk for allergies, leukemia, and possibly obesity.
* reduce your stress level and risk of breast cancer.


Q2.
What can I do to prepare for breastfeeding?

You can set yourself up for breastfeeding success by reading about how to breastfeed and learning where to turn for help if the going gets rough. Here are four key things to know:

• Insist that you and your baby have skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth (unless either of you has a medical complication) so you can start breastfeeding as soon as possible. If you have a c-section, ask that your baby join you in the recovery room as soon as your surgery is done.

• Realize that nursing doesn't come naturally to every woman, and if you're feeling discouraged, you're not alone. Get help early while you're still at the hospital or birth center to make sure you and your baby get the hang of breastfeeding before you go home.

• Nurse your newborn frequently — eight to 12 times every 24 hours. And unless medically necessary, your baby shouldn't get anything but breast milk until breastfeeding is well established (for the first few weeks at least).

• For more information, see BabyCenter's comprehensive breastfeeding area.

Q3.
Does breastfeeding hurt?

Just because breastfeeding is the most natural way to nourish your baby doesn't mean it's always easy. For many women, breastfeeding can be uncomfortable or even painful at first. Don't suffer in silence.

Pain is often an indication that your baby isn't attached to your breast properly. Her mouth should cover a large part of your areola (the pigmented skin around your nipple). Your nipple should be far back in your baby's mouth.

If nursing hurts after your baby's first few sucks, break the suction by inserting your little finger between your baby's gums and your nipple — and try again until you find a position that's less painful. Talk to a lactation consultant before you leave the hospital to make sure your baby is latching on to your breast correctly. If your hospital doesn't provide lactation support or you encounter difficulties after leaving the hospital, you can contact La Leche League International for help.


Some women are totally comfortable breastfeeding in public, while others feel self-conscious. If you're worried about it, carry a jacket or extra blanket with you when you go out with your baby. That way, if he needs to nurse before while you're out, you can drape it over your shoulder and your baby's head for privacy.

This Week's Activity:

Start reading up on baby care. If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to switch reading gears from pregnancy to baby. You won't have as much time to read after your baby's born, so learn all you can about the first few weeks now. A good place to start is BabyCenter's Preparing for a Newborn area.

Monday, March 15, 2010

37 wk and 2 days OBGYN appt

My weight -- 296 lbs :(
My blood pressure -- 118 over 80

I've been told to go in for my pre-section bloodwork stuff this Friday since my section is scheduled for Wed the 24th.

baby's heartrate was 148 bpm.

I am tired and sore and cranky.

Can't wait till I have my sweet lil stubborn baby in my arms though :>

And the fun baby bpm site result based on doppler in my OBGYN's office says girl again...

babybpm fetal heart rate gender predictor

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Little Man has changed his mind

So there have been 2 occasions when we've been over at Tonya's and Little Man has referred to the baby-to-be as a "she" but then denies it when we point that out to him.

Yesterday, on the way to Kung Fu, he confessed that he thinks the baby is going to be a girl afterall.

Also my great-nephew, Dylan, who just turned 3 asked me, "is she sleeping?" when we told him the reason my tummy was so big was because there is a baby inside it.

Then, my 1-year-old great niece, Addison, came over and touched my tummy a bit later and said, "girl."

So - we shall see...

Trying to get Little Man to think about his choices...

37 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 37 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours.

Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some "bloody show" (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.)

Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn't yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you'll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby's movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

While you're sleeping, you're likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.

Home alone "I know some people are thrilled to show off their new baby. But all I wanted to do was curl up with her in my arms when I got home from the hospital. Next time I'll tell people ahead of time that we aren't seeing visitors for the first week." — Anonymous

Surprising Facts: Signs of labor

There's no way to predict when labor is going to start. Your body actually starts "preparing" for labor up to a month before you give birth. You may be blissfully unaware of what's going on or you may begin to notice new symptoms as your due date draws near.

Here are some things that may happen in the weeks or days before labor starts:

• Your baby drops. If this is your first pregnancy, you may feel what's known as "lightening" a few weeks before labor starts as your baby descends lower into your pelvis. You might detect a heaviness in your pelvis as this happens and notice less pressure just below your ribcage, making it easier to catch your breath.

• You note an uptick in Braxton Hicks contractions. More frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions can signal pre-labor, during which your cervix ripens and the stage is set for true labor. Some women experience a crampy, menstrual-like feeling during this time.

• You pass your mucus plug. The mucus plug is the small amount of thickened mucus that blocks the cervical canal leading to your uterus. The plug may come out all at once in a lump, or as increased vaginal discharge over the course of several days. The mucus may be tinged with blood (which may be brown, pink, or red), in which case it may be referred to as "bloody show."

• Your water breaks. Most women start having regular contractions sometime before their water breaks, but in some cases, the water breaks first. When this happens, labor usually follows soon. (If contractions don't start promptly on their own, you'll be induced.) Whether the amniotic fluid comes out in a large gush or a small trickle, call your doctor or midwife.

How can I tell if I'm in false labor or true labor?

Sometimes it's very hard to tell false labor from the early stages of true labor. Here are some things that might help you sort it out:

• False labor contractions are unpredictable. They come at irregular intervals and vary in length and intensity. Although true labor contractions may be irregular at first, over time they start coming at regular and shorter intervals, become increasingly more intense, and last longer.

• With false labor, the pain from the contractions is more likely to be centered in your lower abdomen. With true labor, you may feel the pain start in your lower back and wrap around to your abdomen.

• False labor contractions may subside on their own, or when you start or stop an activity or change position. True labor contractions will persist and progress regardless of what you do.

This Week's Activity:

Figure out how to install your baby's car seat. You can't bring your baby home without a car seat and it's harder to install than you think, so don't wait until the last minute.

Some car seat manufacturers have a toll-free number for you to call so an expert can walk you through the process. Or get a car seat safety inspector to help you. To find one in your area, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site or look in your local phone book.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

36 wk and 3 day OBGYN appt

Next appt Mon., March 15th at 1:30 p.m.

Informed them of my BH contractions (which stopped while I was at the office - though they'd been going on for 2 hrs prior) and the painful BH ones last night between 2 and 3 a.m.

Group B strep test result = negative

No concerns with results of fetal growth ultrasound, though he said the weight was 3042 grams (3042 grams = 6.70646202 pounds).

He also said it was good that we already had a c-section scheduled because of the baby being bum down.

My weight (*cries*) - 293 lbs so I am up 10 fucking lbs!!!! I mean I ate like crazy yesterday and on the weekend but still -- 10 fucking lbs?!?!?!?!?! *sigh*

OB said that I've been doing excellent with my weight this pregnancy and not to worry about it, but to let him know if I suddenly notice any swelling.

My BP was 124 over 70

Baby's heartrate was 151 bpm at OBGYN's office using doppler.

babybpm fetal heart rate gender predictor

Monday, March 8, 2010

can't stop eating today

It's 10:53 a.m.

I've eaten:
- 2 heated chicken breast sandwiches (on kaiser buns) with cheese
- 1 big bowl of Rice Krispies with lactose free skmi milk
- 1 chocolate pudding cup
- 1 bottle of water

And I still feel hungry...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

36 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 36 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.

She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.)

Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis.

This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you've given birth before, it probably won't happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently.

If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs!

You might also notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your practitioner and find out when she wants to hear from you.

As a general rule, if you're full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn't broken, she'll probably have you wait to come in until you've been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you'll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby's activity or think you're leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.

Even if you're enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it's best to avoid flying (or any travel far from home) during your final month because you can go into labor at any time. In fact, some airlines won't let women on board who are due to deliver within 30 days of the flight.

Eating in "Start collecting take-out and delivery menus from local restaurants. You won't have time to cook in the early weeks after giving birth. Even restaurants without a visible take-out business will usually accommodate a to-go order (especially if it's for a new mom!)." — Kristina

Surprising Facts: The stages of labor

For first-time moms, labor takes an average of 15 hours, though it's not uncommon to last more than 20. (For women who've previously had a vaginal birth, it takes eight hours, on average.) The process of labor and birth is divided into three main stages. Here are the highlights on how childbirth progresses:

The first stage begins when you start having contractions that progressively dilate and efface your cervix and it ends when your cervix is fully dilated. This stage is divided into two phases, early and active labor.

It can be tricky to determine exactly when early labor starts. That's because early labor contractions are sometimes hard to distinguish from the inefficient Braxton Hicks contractions that you may have been feeling for some time.

Unless there are complications or your midwife or doctor has advised you otherwise, expect to sit out most of your early labor at home. (Be sure, though, to check in with your caregiver to make certain.)

Early labor ends when your cervix is about 4 centimeters dilated and your progress starts to speed up. At this point, you enter what's known as the active phase of labor. Your contractions become more frequent, longer, and stronger.

The last part of the active phase — when your cervix dilates from 8 to 10 centimeters — is called the transition period because it marks the transition to the second stage of labor. This is the most intense part of the first stage, with contractions that are usually very strong, coming about every two and a half to three minutes and lasting a minute or more.

Once your cervix is fully dilated, the second stage of labor begins: the final descent and birth of your baby. This is the "pushing" stage of labor, and it can last anywhere from minutes to a few hours. (It's likely to be quicker if you've previously given birth vaginally.)

Your baby's head will continue to advance with each push until it "crowns" — the term used to describe the time when the widest part of your baby's head is finally visible. After your baby's head comes out, your midwife or doctor will suction his mouth and nose, and feel around his neck for the umbilical cord. His head then turns to the side as his shoulders rotate inside the pelvis to get into position for their exit. With the next contraction, you'll be coached to push as his shoulders deliver, one at a time, followed by the rest of his body.

You may feel a wide range of emotions now: euphoria, awe, pride, disbelief, excitement (to name a few), and, of course, intense relief that it's all over. Exhausted as you may be, you'll also probably feel a burst of energy, and any thoughts of sleep will vanish for the time being.

The final stage of labor begins immediately after the birth of your baby and ends with the delivery of your placenta. The contractions in the third stage are relatively mild.

This Week's Activity:

Create a grapevine. Make a list of all the people you want to hear about your baby's birth — with their phone numbers or e-mail addresses — and pass this along to a friend who can spread the news. That way, when you're ready for others to know, all you have to do is make one call. Include at least one person from work on the list, so they can spread the word there.

What to pack for the hospital when you're having a c-section
You're likely to be in the hospital for four or five days after a c-section. Use our list to make sure you have everything you need for your stay – and be sure to check out the suggestions from BabyCenter moms who've been through it.

We recommend packing your bag when you're eight months pregnant. Remember: Your body doesn't know you have a c-section scheduled. You could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your scheduled date.
For you

• A picture ID (driver's license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need

• A list of people to call and their phone numbers, your cell phone and charger, or, if you'll be using the hospital phone, a prepaid phone card

After your baby's born, you'll want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Make a list of people you'll want to contact ahead of time so you don't forget someone important when you're exhausted after delivery.

• Toiletries

Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup, and a hair band or barrettes. Hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own.

• Eyeglasses

Even if you usually wear contacts, you may not want to deal with them while you're in the hospital.

• A bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and a few pairs of socks

Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during your stay, but most will allow you to wear your own clothes if you prefer. Choose something loose and comfortable that you don't mind getting dirty. Your own slippers and robe come in handy once you're up and walking around.

• Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras

Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in. This can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. Once it does, breast pads can help absorb leaks.

• Several pairs of maternity underpants

Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital; others don't. You can't go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. Make sure the waistband is loose enough that it won't press on your abdomen at all. The hospital will provide sanitary pads, which you'll need because even after a c-section, you'll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home!

• Snacks!

Once the nurses give you the okay to start eating, you may be pretty hungry, and you won't want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own – crackers, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, or whatever you think you'll enjoy. A bottle of nonalcoholic champagne might be fun for celebrating, too.

• A book on newborn care

The hospital will probably provide you with a book, but you may prefer your own. Of course, the postpartum nurses will be there to answer questions and show you how to change, hold, nurse, and bathe your newborn if you need guidance.

• Whatever will help you relax and feel comfortable

Here are some possibilities: your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with the hospital's pillows), music and something to play it on, light reading material, a sleep mask to help you nap during the day.

• Photos of your other children

When they come to visit, they'll see that you haven't forgotten them.

• Gifts for older siblings

Some parents bring gifts for the new baby to "give" to big brothers and sisters.

• A notepad or journal and pen or pencil

Track your baby's feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby's first few days, and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.

• A going-home outfit

Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you'll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes. If you're going to wear pants, make sure the waistband is loose and won't press on your incision.

For your partner

• A camera or video camera with batteries, charger, and memory card (or film or tape)

• Toiletries

• Comfortable shoes and a few changes of comfortable clothes

• Snacks and something to read

• Money for parking and change for vending machines
For your baby

• An installed infant car seat

You can't drive your baby home without one! Have the seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle in your baby correctly.

• Baby clothes for the hospital stay

The hospital will provide diapers and some sort of clothing, such as a pair of pajamas or a sleep shirt. You can bring baby clothes of your own if you like. One-piece stretchy outfits that snap or zip up the front are easiest for diaper changes.

• A going-home outfit

Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn't have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure the legs on your baby's clothes are separate so the car seat strap can fit between them.

• A receiving blanket

The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you're there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather's cold.

What not to bring

• Jewelry

• Lots of cash or other valuables

• Medications, including vitamins

Let your doctor know whether you're on any medications. The hospital will provide them for you if your doctor agrees that you should continue to take them while you're there.

• Diapers

The hospital will provide diapers for your baby while you're there. Leave your supply at home.

• A breast pump

If you end up needing a breast pump for any reason, the hospital can provide one.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

35 wk and 4 day fetal growth ultrasound appt

So the tech didn't reveal much.

She said she'd tell me the gender if the baby revealed it -- but the baby did NOT reveal anything so Team Green carries on.

Apparently the baby is in a frank breech position (bum facing down). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breech_birth

Estimated weight at the moment is 6 lbs, 11 oz.

She didn't tell me baby's estimated length though.

And anything the OBGYN may want to discuss with me will happen at my next appt with him (which is Tues morning).

Baby heartrate was 147 during the ultrasound and Karen and I got to see baby waving its' fists on the monitor.

babybpm fetal heart rate gender predictor

35 wk and 4 day OBGYN appt

My weight - 283 lbs (** my home scale says I am GAINING but according to the scale in the OBGYN office I am losing... I am confused **)

My blood pressure: 118 over 76

Baby's heartrate: 137

He did the group B strep culture today and I have some paperwork for my RCS (set for 12:30 p.m. March 24th).

Apparently I will be in hospital for 3 days (not counting the day of my c-section) as that is his personal recommendation. Though he said if I feel fantastic after 2 days, that I might be able to be released early.

There is some bloodwork I need to have done at least 4 days before my c-section and I am not allowed to eat anything as of the midnight before my c-section date though I am allowed clear liquids until 6 a.m.

My next appt is Tuesday, March 9th at 9:45 a.m.

And I have my fetal growth ultrasound at 2 p.m. today so expect another update later.

Lastly (and just for fun) re: the baby bpm gender guessing site...

OBGYN office with doppler

babybpm fetal heart rate gender predictor

Saturday, February 27, 2010

35 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 35 weeks


How your baby's growing:

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same.

His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

Your uterus — which was entirely tucked away inside your pelvis when you conceived — now reaches up under your rib cage. If you could peek inside your womb, you'd see that there's more baby than amniotic fluid in there now.

Your ballooning uterus is crowding your other internal organs, too, which is why you probably have to urinate more often and may be dealing with heartburn and other gastrointestinal distress. If you're not grappling with these annoyances, you're one of the lucky few.

From here on out, you'll start seeing your practitioner every week. Sometime between now and 37 weeks, she'll do a vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (GBS). (Don't worry — the swab is the size of a regular cotton swab, and it won't hurt at all.)

GBS is usually harmless in adults, but if you have it and pass it on to your baby during birth, it can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. Because 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women have the bacteria and don't know it, it's vital to be screened. (The bacteria come and go on their own — that's why you weren't screened earlier in pregnancy.) If you're a GBS carrier, you'll get IV antibiotics during labor, which will greatly reduce your baby's risk of infection.

This is also a good time to create a birth plan. Using our form will help you focus on specifics — like who'll be present, what pain management techniques you want to try, and where you want your baby to stay after you deliver.

It will give you a starting point to discuss your preferences with your medical team. Childbirth is unpredictable, and chances are you won't follow your plan to the letter, but thinking about your choices ahead of time — and sharing your preferences with your caregiver — should take some of the anxiety out of the process.

Prep early for those first weeks "To streamline a chore like filling out birth announcements, address and stamp your envelopes now while you're still in control of your time." — Laura

3 Questions About...Arriving at the hospital

Q1.
How can I prepare for my arrival at the hospital?

Long before you go into labor, you and your partner should map out the most direct route to the hospital or birth center. Find out where to park, keeping in mind that you'll be leaving your car for at least 24 hours. Ask the hospital staff where you should enter if you arrive after-hours. Most hospitals offer tours of the obstetrical floor at designated times. Taking advantage of these tours will give you a chance to do a dry run before the big day.

Q2.
What should I do when I get to the hospital?

If you've preregistered, you should follow the instructions you've been given, which probably include breezing right by the front desk and going directly to the maternity ward. If you haven't preregistered, you can probably still head directly to the maternity ward. There's usually a check-in desk once you get there. The staff there will help you deal with any necessary paperwork.

A nurse may lead you directly to a birthing room and pair you with a labor and delivery nurse. If it's not clear that you're in active labor or need to be admitted for other reasons, she'll most likely bring you to an exam room first. Your caregiver will evaluate you there to see if you're ready to be admitted.

The nurse will ask you for a urine sample and have you change your clothes. Then she'll check your vital signs and ask when your contractions started and how far apart they are, whether your water's broken, and whether you've had any vaginal bleeding. She'll also want to know if your baby's been moving, if you've recently had anything to eat or drink, and how you're coping with the pain.

Your caregiver will check the frequency and duration of your contractions as well as your baby's heart rate. Then she'll perform an abdominal and vaginal exam. If it looks like you're not in labor or are still in early labor— and everything is okay with you and your baby — you'll probably be sent home until your labor is further along. Otherwise, you'll be admitted.

Q3.
What will happen once I'm admitted?

The nurse or your caregiver may ask if you have a birth plan. Even if you don't have a written plan, share your needs and preferences with the staff, including your feelings about using pain medication during labor.

Then you'll have blood drawn (to find out your blood type among other things) and an IV may be started. You'll definitely need an IV to get antibiotics if you test positive for Group B strep, for hydration if you can't keep fluids down, if you want a spinal or an epidural, if you need oxytocin (Pitocin), or if you have any health problems or pregnancy complications.

Your nurse or caregiver should also orient you, showing you where everything is in your room and where your partner can get ice for you. Don't be shy about requesting things you might need, like a rocking chair, a cool washcloth, or another blanket, or asking any lingering questions you might have. And if you're going to have continuous electronic fetal monitoring and are interested in how it works, ask her to explain which lines on the strip show your contractions and which show the heartbeat, and let her know if you'd prefer the volume on the machine to be turned up or down.

Talk to your caregiver about preregistering at the hospital. If you prepare the paperwork now, you won't have to worry about it on the big day.

This Week's Activity:

Prepare food to eat after your baby's born. If you cook, start doubling recipes and freezing half. You and your partner will be too exhausted to cook in the first weeks after you bring your baby home and you'll be thrilled to have healthy meals you can heat up fast.

If you don't cook, go around your neighborhood and pick up all the takeout and delivery menus you can find. You'll be grateful for all the options at your fingertips.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

34 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 34 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever.

Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you're under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond).

If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Blood can pool in your feet and legs, causing a temporary drop in your blood pressure when you get up that can make you feel dizzy.

If you notice itchy red bumps or welts on your belly and possibly your thighs and buttocks as well, you may have a condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP for short). Up to one percent of pregnant women develop PUPPP, which is harmless but can be quite uncomfortable. See your practitioner so she can make sure it's not a more serious problem, provide treatment to make you more comfortable, and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Also be sure to call her if you feel intense itchiness all over your body, even if you don't have a rash. It could signal a liver problem.

Slide your way to slumber "In the third trimester, turning over in bed is a nightmare. The solution? Big satin pajamas and even satin sheets — the slipperiness of satin helps tremendously!" — Carrie

3 Questions About...C-sections

Q1.
What are my chances of having a c-section?

About 30 percent of pregnant women in the United States give birth by cesarean section these days. In certain cases the surgery is scheduled in advance. In others, it's done in response to an unforeseen complication.

Q2.
W hy might I need a c-section?

You may have an unplanned cesarean delivery for many reasons, such as if your cervix stops dilating, your baby stops progressing down the birth canal, or your baby's heart-rate gives your practitioner cause for concern. A planned cesarean may be recommended if:

• You've had a previous cesarean with a "classical" vertical uterine incision or more than one previous c-section. (If you've had only one previous c-section with a horizontal incision, you may be a good candidate for a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC.)

• You've had some other kind of invasive uterine surgery, such as a myomectomy (the surgical removal of fibroids).

• You're carrying more than one baby. (Some twins can be delivered vaginally, but all higher-order multiples require a c-section.)

• Your baby is expected to be very large (a condition known as macrosomia).

• Your baby is in a breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) position. (In some cases, such as a twin pregnancy in which the first baby is head down but the second baby is breech, the breech baby may be delivered vaginally.)

• You have placenta previa (when the placenta is so low in the uterus that it covers the cervix).

• The baby has a known illness or abnormality that would make a vaginal birth risky.

• You're HIV-positive, and blood tests done near the end of pregnancy show that you have a high viral load.

Q3.
What should I expect during a c-section?

Typically, your partner can be with you during the surgery. If you don't already have one, your medical team will start an IV and insert a catheter to drain urine during the procedure, and you'll be given an epidural or spinal block, which will numb the lower half of your body but leave you alert and awake.

A screen will be put up so you don't have to watch the actual procedure. Once the doctor reaches the uterus and makes the final incision, she'll ease the baby out, lifting him so you get a glimpse of him before he's handed off to be cared for by a pediatrician or nurse. While the staff is examining your baby, the doctor will deliver your placenta and stitch you back up.

When your baby has been examined, the pediatrician or nurse may hand him to your partner, who can hold him right next to you so you can nuzzle and kiss him while you're being stitched up. Closing your uterus and belly takes a lot longer, than opening you up. This part of the surgery usually takes about 30 minutes. When the surgery is completed, you'll be wheeled into a recovery room, where you'll be able to hold your baby and breastfeed if you want to.

This Week's Activity:

Make a labor contingency plan. You may go into labor early or have a complication that requires you to be in the hospital longer than you anticipated. Give at least one friend or neighbor the keys to your house in case you need something and can't get home.

Line up people to do the following on a moment's notice:

• Take care of children
• Drive older children to and from school and to any afterschool activities
• Feed the dog, water the plants, get the mail
• Fill in for you at work or any other obligations

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What do you predict for the baby?

OK so a lot of people are on "Team Girl" though I don't know if it's more about just wanting the baby to be a girl or if there are actual instincts/impressions that baby will be a girl.

Team Girl
- Mom (me)
- Dad (T)
- Rhyme Girl
- Grandma Y.
- Sammygirl
- Karen
- Leah
- Tonya
- Liz K.
- Jennifer G.
- Kris
- Karyn
- Heather
- Beth C-M
- Hayley
- Christine H.
- Chuck C.
- Dee N.
- Gina W.
- Judy
- Carole
- Darlene M.
- Barb

Team Boy
- Little Man
- Jeebus
- Sarah B-S
- ~S
- Tracy
- Heather Y-D.

Birth date

March 24th (date set for my C-section)
- Little Man (though in October he guessed March 25th)
- Kris
- Heather
- Judy
- Dad (T.)

March 23rd
- Christine H.
- Tracy

March 21st
- Carole

March 20th
- Gina W.
- Heather Y-D

March 19th
- Mom (me) -- though I have March 13th in my head as well...
- Shayla (and she didn't know that this was the date I was thinking)

March 18th
- Sammygirl

March 17th
Grandma Y.
Dee N. (2nd guess)
Allison

March 16th
Chuck C.
Dee N. (1st guess)

weight guesses

9 lbs 9 oz
- Grandma Y's 2nd guess

9 lbs 8 oz
- Sammygirl's 1st guess

9 lbs 3 oz
- Chuck C.

9 lbs 1 oz
- Judy

8 lbs 9 oz
- Dad (T.)

8 lbs 8 oz
- Heather

8 lbs 6 oz
- Allison

8 lbs 4 oz
- Gina W.

8 lbs 3 oz
- Christine H.
- Heather Y-D

8 lbs 2 oz
- Mom (me)

8 lbs
- Dee N.

7 lbs 15 oz
- Tracy

7 lbs 14 oz
- Grandma Y. (guess #1)

7 lbs 9 oz
- Tonya

7 lbs 7 oz
- Carole

7 lbs 5 oz
- Sammygirl's 2nd guess (yes, I let her have 2)

7 lbs 2 oz
- Shayla
- Kris

6 lbs, 13 oz <-- not actually my guess - but I think it would be cool since it's my fav 2 numbers

6 lbs, 7 oz
- Karyn

Length

22 inches
- Dad (T.)

21 inches
- Mom (me)
- Judy

20 inches

- Gina W.

19 inches

- Heather Y-D
- Carole

33 wk baby belly pic

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thoughts from Little Man

The funny:

"Mom, how did you take your lunch to school in the OLDEN DAYS?"

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"Mom... why does it smell when I toot?"

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"Mom, that guy has to spend 50 years in BARS?!?!?"

me: "No honey, it said he has to spend 50 years BEHIND bars... in jail."

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The sweet and still a lil odd:

"Mom, I'll love you forever, even if we're in Heaven. Maybe there will be a coffeeshop in Heaven for us to sit at."

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The sad:

"Mom, what if there was no one in the whole world who loved me except for you?"

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The strange dreams:

"Mom, I had a dream that I went to school NAKED..."

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"Mom, I had a dream where you were kidnapped and I couldn't save you..." <--he was crying for this one

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"Mom, I had a dream that my friend Andrew and I were speaking a different language and no one could understand us."

--

Saturday, February 13, 2010

33 weeks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 33 weeks

How your baby's growing:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening.

The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.)

These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

As your baby fills out even more of your belly, lots of things might start to change: Whereas before you were sashaying, you may find yourself waddling.

Finding an easy position to sit in — let alone sleep — is becoming more of a challenge. And bumping into chairs and counters is par for the course.

You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists, and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist. Nerves that run through this "tunnel" may end up pinched, creating numbness; tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache.

Try wearing a splint to stabilize your wrist or propping your arm up with a pillow when you sleep. If your work requires repetitive hand movements (at a keyboard or on an assembly line, for instance), remember to stretch your hands when you take breaks — which should be frequently.

Many women are still feeling sexy at this stage — and their partners often agree. You may need to make some adjustments, but for most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their water breaks or their labor starts.

Bored with pregnancy? Try this! "Every time I start to get bored with my pregnancy, I lie down and rub my belly. Sure enough, my baby starts to kick, and I think about how wonderful it will be when I'm able to hold him." — Barbara

3 Questions About... Monitoring your baby's movements

Q1.
How often should I feel movements?

Your baby should be moving as frequently as she has for the last month or so. Every baby has her own pattern of activity and there's no correct one. As long as you don't notice any major changes in your baby's activity level, chances are she's doing just fine.

Q2.
Do I need to keep track of my baby's kicks?

For an added sense of security, many practitioners recommend that after 28 weeks, you formally monitor your baby's movements at least once or twice a day. There are lots of different ways to do these "kick counts," so check with your caregiver about how she wants you to track your baby's movements.

Here's one common approach: Choose a time of day when your baby tends to be active. (Ideally, you'll want to do the counts at roughly the same time each day.) Sit quietly or lie on your side so you won't get distracted. Time how long it takes for you to feel ten distinct movements — kicks, twitches, and whole body movements all count.

You should feel at least ten movements within two hours. (Don't worry; it probably won't take that long. Sometimes you'll feel ten kicks within the first ten minutes.) If you don't feel ten movements in two hours, stop counting and call your midwife or doctor.

Q3.
What should I do if I think my baby's movements have slowed down or changed?

Let your practitioner know right away if you notice a slowdown of your baby's movements. A decrease in fetal movement may signal a problem, and you'll need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby.

This Week's Activity:

Wash your baby's clothing and bedding. You know all those adorable outfits you bought or received at your baby shower? You should wash anything that will go near your baby's skin to remove any irritants in the fabrics. The gentlest detergents are those designed for babies and those that are labeled hypoallergenic or good for sensitive skin.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

32 wk and 4 day OBGYN appt

Grr Arrgh!

OBGYN was in extreme cranky mode today.

Remember though - I choose him for his skill IN SPITE OF his bedside manner...

Still no c-section date --- arrrgh! This was the 3rd now (I think) appt in a row where it was discussed that it still needs to be booked. Now he was saying probably sometime March 23 - 25th depending on when other ones are booked.

Since the 23rd - 24th is the date range we've been discussing since what - January? Then maybe it should have been bloody well booked already!!!

I've apparently lost 3 lbs since my last appt and he asked why I thought that happened and I mentioned the wicked night-time heartburn/night sickness and then he says, "Well what do you want me to do about it?"

So I pointed out that I thought he'd want to know. He told me to try Gaviscon.

Oh, and the waiting room was standing room only today.

HOWEVER -- the office is going to be closed for a wk while he goes on vacation sometime before my next appt so he'll HOPEFULLY be nicer next time.

Anyway, I brought up that he said at my last appt that I'd be having another U/S and he said they'd book that for me and I said, "Oh, OK."

So he says, "Well how else do you expect it to happen?" And I said that with my previous 2 ultrasounds, my family DR had given me the requesitions and had me book my own within a timeframe the DR gave me.

Nonetheless, they booked the U/S for me with no input on the place I prefer to go, and no input on the time so I have to go to a place on Pine St for 2 p.m. on March the 3rd.

The form they gave me just says that it's to check "fetal growth" -- but now I'm wondering, does that mean he's concerned about the baby's growth?

Oh and that same day, the 3rd, is also when I go for my next OBGYN appt - and that's at 10:45 a.m.

He's never given me my measurements or anything even though he measures me -- but he was so cranky today I didn't want to ask ANYTHING...

Stats for today were:

Weight - 285 lbs
Blood Pressure - 134/80

Baby's heartrate - 121 bpm. He said 120 - 160 is "normal" and I asked if I should be worried since it was so close to the low end of normal and he repeated that 120 - 160 is normal.

So I asked if that was his way of telling me to NOT worry about it. And he said, "yes."

So there we go.

And re: the baby bpm guessing site --

babybpm fetal heart rate gender predictor

Monday, February 8, 2010

Little Man lost tooth #2

It was a DS wkend for my Little Man and one of his bottom teeth had been quite loose.

On Saturday (Feb 6, 2010), he finally yanked the tooth out of his mouth while he was at his father's place.

The new tooth is quite visible and came in sort of behind the old one (the same way it worked with the first one he lost in November).

And he has another one that is marginally loose.

He's very excited :>

Saturday, February 6, 2010

32 wks info from babycenter.com

Your pregnancy: 32 weeks

How your baby's growing:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus.

You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb.

She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

To accommodate you and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant.

With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven't had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it's not preterm labor that's ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back.

Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

Get support from your partner "Sleeping is getting difficult. The only way I can get any rest is to lie with my back to my husband as he cradles my body. The support from him and a pillow between my legs is the best help." —Anonymous

Decision Guide: Who should be in the labor room with you?

Childbirth is an intensely personal experience, as is your decision whether to have additional family members, friends, or labor coaches in the birthing room with you. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare your guest list:

• There's no one right decision. In a recent BabyCenter poll, 44 percent of expectant moms said they preferred to have no one but their partner and medical staff in the room when they gave birth, while 37 percent said they brought an additional relative along and 16 percent requested to have a friend present. Only 3 percent of respondents asked for a doula or labor coach in the birthing room.

• Some husbands or partners may be confused about their role in the birth or reluctant to participate if others are present. If you bring outside relatives or coaches in, make sure your partner is on board with the plan.

• You may be under pressure from mothers or mothers-in-law who are eager to be present for the birth of their grandchild — regardless of your wishes to keep the experience private. If you want to be alone with your partner, don't be afraid to enlist hospital staff for support in carrying out your wishes and keeping relatives out of the delivery room.

• Labor and delivery nurses come and go according to their shifts, so if you'd like to be attended continuously by one person, a private labor coach or doula is a good option. In fact, some research shows that women attended by labor assistants have shorter labors, fewer labor complications, and healthier newborns. You should also give serious thought to having a doula present if you're set on having a drug-free birth.

This Week's Activity:

Start lining up helpers. Your friends and family will want to pitch in after your baby's born, but many new moms are too overwhelmed to direct household help. How to prepare now:

• If anyone offers to help during the newborn weeks, write down their name and number.
• Select one friend to set up a schedule so that all the friends who wish to help are given a date on which they can bring you a meal.
• Create a master grocery list so you can hand it off to a friend.
• Create a childcare or ride schedule for older children.
• Line up a friend or neighbor to take out your garbage, walk your dog or feed your pets.