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November 2012 - it's here at last, we're ready for you babies

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StuntNun Fri 02-Nov-12 17:03:01
Lane81 Fri 02-Nov-12 17:29:58

Marking spot. This MUST be the thread that my baby arrives on!

<marks place>

They've just started administering the pessary to the 2 ladies before me but they have clinical need so I'm going to assume they'll be done now and I'll be done in the morning.

Marking place- come on babies this is your month we don't want dec babies thank you!

ShellyBobbs Fri 02-Nov-12 19:01:51

Bet this one moves slower with more and more going to post-natal. Come on babies grin

TheDetective Fri 02-Nov-12 20:06:29

TheDetective WILL give birth on this thread. Oh yes.


Marking my spot as well! smile
Feeling so so tired...

kirrinIsland Fri 02-Nov-12 21:14:25

Marking place.

Elizadoesdolittle Fri 02-Nov-12 21:20:22

Marking place

blonderthanred Fri 02-Nov-12 21:27:41

Looking forward to watching all the lovely babies arrive in this thread!

This is our thread ladies grin

Joining very late but DD 2 expected 23-11-2012. Have another DD who is 4. Living in the Netherlands, currently have high blood pressure and am on 24 hr urine watch as have protein present, so could be moving to post natal thread very soon. Sunday is D day !
I was on June 2008 threads last time round.

StuntNun Sat 03-Nov-12 06:41:48

Welcome Parofleurmapu, can we call you Fleur?

I managed to sleep on my left last night by turning back from my right every time I woke up and I have finally got baby's foot out of my ribs! Phew! I wonder how long it will be before he swings back to his accustomed ROA position?

jaylee89 Sat 03-Nov-12 08:28:12

marking place

this has to be our thread ladiesssss!

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 08:31:17


My wish list:

>I getto go post natal before the end of this thread
>this occurs all by itself without a kick start
>DS goes back to waking up at an acceptable time

I thank you.

DebussyHead Sat 03-Nov-12 11:15:52

Marking place. 39+3 today and have sweep booked on 7th, my due date. Been trying to keep up with threads but failing as they move so fast.

Hope all goes well for you Tits and your baby is here by tomorrow!

Good luck other mummies to be! I had maternity reflexology yesterday to 'balance hormones' and encourage wee one out. Here's hoping!

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 11:25:51

Marking my spot (and hopefully not marking anything else if waters go, except with a show/mucus plug!! wink).

Hi thanks for welcome, you can call me Fleur buts that's my daughters name, was Paro before. Paroflmapu is a combination of all our names and the pets too!
I am 37 weeks so nearly there but good be sooner than I think, good luck everyone

wellieboots Sat 03-Nov-12 11:31:26

Marking place

Wishes for this thread

1. That bubs arrives without the need for induction
2. that bubs arrives in any way possible
3. that I stay sane while waiting and don't scream at the next person who asks me what's happening!

Am I right in thinking we're still waiting for our first Nov baby? Has to be tits turn, surely?!

kalidasa Sat 03-Nov-12 11:48:17

Hello everyone. Another late joiner. Reckon I probably won't make it on this thread as only 36 weeks - not due till 30/11 so may be a December baby. Have had totally horrendous pregnancy (hyperemesis from days after conception (still being sick) and have been on crutches with SPD for the last two months as well). Just started mat leave and a bit freaked out by the whole thing. Desperately want pregnancy to be over so that I stop feeling sick/can walk again finally, but also don't really feel ready as have been so unwell for so long that I feel more ill than pregnant - not sure I'm ready for an actual baby! We have a crib and a buggy and some clothes but nothing else yet (no nappies, blankets etc etc) and I haven't packed a bag either. Can't get out so need to do some serious Amazon shopping this coming week, while also trying to get some work projects finished off at home. Anyone else incredibly unprepared?!

tits is being induced today so fingers crossed we have our first November baby soon!

MissMummy1 Sat 03-Nov-12 11:57:01

I'd like one more thread before baby arrives please! Or 9 more days at least (at our rate that's probably 2 threads, although anyone else notice how the antenatal thread is slowing down somewhat as you all graduate?) Anyway 9 days left at work until I qualify for maternity allowance!!!! gringringrin

MissMummy1 Sat 03-Nov-12 12:01:53

Welcome Kalidasa and Fleur (gorgeous name for your dd btw!)

Kalidasa the sickness is so debilitating isn't it? I know I haven't had it nearly as bad as most people but had solid ms for the first 4/5 months that has now returned with avengance the past couple of weeks. Luckily no SPD this end so really feel for you suffering with both. Is this your first? I'm due 29th and although we have almost everything (still need moses basket mattress and my changing bag --that he still hasn't bloody ordered for me--) I'm not feeling even remotely prepared emotionally!

Am I the only person still working (if you can call my MNetting and eBay browising from the home office that!) ??

I have had the 24hr pro pess inserted, I really hope it doesn't take 24 hrs for contractions to start but with a rubbish closed cervix it probably will, but at least I'm on my way! smile

BarmeeMarmee Sat 03-Nov-12 12:31:37

Hi everyone-marking the new thread. Hi Kali - there's a name I recognise! Enjoy the Amazon shopping-a lot of mine was done there this time.

Anyone else any sign of any movement today?

Good luck tits !! How exciting!!!

There has been a November baby on the last thread!!!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Congratulations! Glad it all went well for you

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 12:38:25

Can I just begin the new thread with a TMI question?

I have really bad piles this pregnancy as a result of DSs birth, never had them in my life before, anyway I do all the right stuff like drink lots of water and use Anusol. Anyway, and here is the TMI Bit......as I have now got to the stage of pregnancy where my body keeps clearing out, sometimes twice a day, wiping can be a bit uncomfortable. So, can I use those andrex bottom wipes that are moist?

I only ask as I vaguely remember a conversation about 52 threads ago about maybe not using that kind of thing, but toilet paper, even the aloe Vera one that I use, can be a bit unforgiving.


Hahahahahaha I was advised once the pessary was in to abstain from sex shock do I look like they type of lady that would get it on in the cubicle with a pessary in, monitor on and in severe pain?!

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 13:02:29

Can we ake from that the pessary is in place?

StuntNun Sat 03-Nov-12 13:05:33

Welcome Kalidasa and Paro. Things are getting too exciting here with the baby anticipation. I have so many appointments on at the moment I don't know when I'll be able to fit labour in. Currently a week Tuesday is free so I can at least get my hearing aid fitted and my saxophone lesson on the Monday. Who would have thought maternity leave would be so hectic?

georgee Sat 03-Nov-12 13:20:07

OOOOPPS!!!! Sh*t, Shelly, so sorry about nipping in there on your last post!!! Had completely lost track of the number of posts left on the thread and was just waffling aimlessly!! blush

I'll keep away from the last page on the thread this time ...

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 13:28:46

Sophia I'd just use baby wipes, I always do when I have a poo as I like to feel nice and clean, just remember to have a packet of nappy sacks at the side to pop them in as you shouldn't flush any wipes.

Bloody got beat AGAIN to finishing the last thread, hope I'm not here to try to finish off this one grin I know I will though.

Actually had a pretty good nights sleep and didn't surface until 11am shock! And am really, really happy to report that although horrid rash now covers about 70% of my body, it doesn't seem quite as itchy today. I bought some Aqueous cream yesterday, lovely big pot for next to nothing, slapped it everywhere last night after a baby oil bath and it seems to have calmed it. I think it's actually drying out as it seems to be drinking the cream.

Got to drag myself to a bonfire tonight with the nippers, really can't be arsed with that but hey hum.......

Madam Congratulations on your little one, can't wait to see the piccies grin

Welcome to Kalidasa and Paro Always nice to get others on here.

Hubby has been doing my nesting for me this morning, he has COMPLETELY gutted the kitchen and cleaned absolutely everything, including every plate, cup and bit of horded crap. He's also filled some bin bags but he's taken them straight outside and said I'm not allowed to see what he's thrown! He's even chucked all out of date tablets lol!

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 13:30:17

Hahaha Georgee, it's become a tradition that I DON'T get the last word. Detective beat me last time, honestly it would be an anti-climax for me if I did grin

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 13:30:28

Bahahaha @ Shelly!!!! wink

Barmee I knew I recognised your name - Kalidisa too - from the hyperemesis thread. I've been very lucky this time as my first pregnancy was 22 weeks of it, this time it stopped by 14 weeks pretty much. I really thought I was in for the long haul...

Tits thank actual fuck for that!!!!!!!!

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 13:32:11


Ok so, baby is now banned til Tuesday, I don't mind going in to labour Monday though! So, thinking reflexology for mon/tues. Gotta be better than a shag, right?!
Not sure where to find said reflex

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 13:33:09

Lol grin

Oh yes, sorry Tits at last, a bit of fanjo filling of the right kind grin

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 13:33:29

Stupid iPhone!!

Anyway, not sure where to look/find it. But I'll have me a google later!

I think I can claim half the cost back from my health cash plan thingy. I got £60 for the night in hospital sunday! Bonus!

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 13:35:53

Mine's only allowed out on a Friday or Tuesday, this would give me a nice run as my others were born Sat, Sun and Mon. The longer this goes on, the more I don't want a night labour either.........

Currently been sat on the sofa doing numerous crosswords and checking MN for 2 hours. Keep getting sharp pains through my fanjo sad and aching underneath my bump...thinking this may be baby engaging even more or should I get checked?

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 13:39:08

We must be the fussiest pregnant women ever grin

katkit1 Sat 03-Nov-12 13:48:50

ShellyBobbs good to hear your husband has taken on the nesting - neither of us have any nesting instincts in this house -will be 38 wks on Monday (I think I've forgotten to nest) phew!!

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 13:53:27

I nest through DP! I see, he does grin Well, some of it. I do bits... Usually the bits he did badly...!

I would urge you all to conserve as much energy as possible!!

I'm off food shopping now and I'm quite ashamed at my shopping list! It consists of the easiest meals ever, and lots of things that won't go to waste if we are otherwise occupied grin. Think hot dogs (veggie!) and baked potatoes. That's pretty much it!

Comfort foods, me?!

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 13:56:46

Am now on a raspberry leaf tea fest..... I have reflexology on Tues detective have been living it.

Come on baby.nhowever I would like it to be office hours. Thank you.

Catbag Sat 03-Nov-12 13:58:19

Afternoon ladeeez grin
Just marking my spot. The antenatal thread moves so fast!

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 14:06:38

When I'm in the house on my own, I only eat fruit and bowls of porridge, I luvz it smile

It seems all nesting has ground to a halt since United kicked off with Arsenal, just so unreliable grin

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 14:10:08

Sadly the only fruit on this weeks list is bananas. To go with squirty cream grin

Bad Detective!

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 14:16:58

Haha, or ice-cream mmmmmmm, banana splits..........grin

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 14:17:32

It's ok! I've redeemed myself! Just got some toffee a

TheDetective Sat 03-Nov-12 14:20:17

It's ok! I've redeemed myself! Just got some toffee apples!

Next stage of nesting done, thought clearing out the freezer would be a 15 minute job, turned in to a 2 hour defrosting session.
I was getting a bit ridiculous yesterday Sophia I must have swept/hoovered the kitchen floor 5 times as bits just kept appearing. It needs doing again now.
Wish I could have one of those robot hoovers so I could set it to Hoover every day.

Congratulation Madame! thanks Love the name Seth.

DH is now up and waiting for the tesco man. He's brought his duvet down to the sofa. The PIL are supposed to be coming tomorrow for lunch/tea. They sort of ended up half inviting themselves as they've got a new carpet cleaner. I've put my foot down as we're not really in any rush to have any carpets cleaned, plus DH is shattered with working so much. Plus I really can't be bothered cooking a meal and hosting someone on what could potentially be our last child free Sunday. Just got to wait for DH to ring and tell them. We'll be seeing them tonight at a family party anyway.
Do you think my reasoning sounds justified or should I be sucking it up and having them over? I really can't be arsed

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 14:24:36

It appears that today I am having a clear out once every meal has been digested.

Sorry TMI, but who's else to share the potential excitement of that with.

Obviously I could just be dellusional as usual.

Bikini wax done phew! I'm suitable for baby to come now, it hurt quite a lot but think that's more because I haven't been since the end of June so had a fair bit of growth blush
Lots of twinges and discharge today, have been on my feet alot. Now home having a chill out afternoon, might go to bed for a nap soon.

kissyfur Sat 03-Nov-12 14:44:02

Blimey 3 pages into the new thread already!

Congrats to madamegazelle and good luck tits any twinges yet?

Been doing a bit of nesting here today too, nothing compared to fatima tho! Going to attempt to hoover out my walk in wardrobe now! Not looking forward to the sneezing that will occur as a result as its so dusty in there blush

A wee bit crampy although it might be wishful thinking.
DP is at Tesco freaking out apparently, and erm getting the car cleaned?!

Elizadoesdolittle Sat 03-Nov-12 15:14:09

Congratulations madame and our first official November baby. Welcome to the world Seth smile

Just back from a trip to bluewater. Got quite tired so only managed the top floor. I wanted to get DD some clothes but its virtually impossible to go clothes shopping with her so I think it's back to online. I did manage to pick up a baby annabell for her though so wasn't a wasted trip. Now just got to brain wash her and hope she doesn't remember seeing me pay for it and bring it home. It's supposed to be from Father Christmas!

Just time for a quick cuppa before we head off to a firework party. Once that's over baby can come. DH has given it strict instructions to arrive tomorrow or Monday. Since I'm not due for another week yet I think that's wishful thinking.

Detective (or anyone else) since I'm not able to mobilise and walk around like I want, does anyone know the best position for aiding things along whilst non mobile? I was thinking of putting the back of I the bed up and trying to prop myself in my knees and kind of flopping over it so gravity will still be working with me, or making DP stand next to the bed and leaning against him up on my knees/squatting??? Would all fours make use of gravity??

Also erm... Ouch!

Clarella Sat 03-Nov-12 15:18:39

Hi ladies, sorry not been on probably a few threads for a while - hope all are well!

Due 26th Nov and told fully engaged last wk at 36 wks - had mild lower back cramps then and getting a bit today too. Would that be classed as a niggle?!

Still v unprepared due to tail end of building work and trying to get decorated but thinking that'll run out! Just realised don't have a changing mat or nappy bin but plenty of snacks and ribena boxes in the freezer blush

Is it ok to use tens from 37 wks?

I don't have a changing mat in my house or changing bag either, this poor baby will be changed on a towel at this rate. grin

I never did round to stocking the freezer (unless we count frozen mash and jacket spuds)

I'm not sure about tens although I assume you could use it at 37 weeks if you went into labour.

tits are things progressing slowly then?! Sorry I cant be of help about being immobile and trying to push things along.

Clarella you've just reminded me I still need a changing mat! Thought I had everything and was feeling pretty proud of myself.

Clarella Sat 03-Nov-12 15:24:00

Ooo titsalina are you in labour (sorry about to catch up on threads)

Looking at my active birth book, can u pile up a mountain of pillows and go on hands and knees with hands higher it flop upper chest on to the pile if tired? Can then rock back onto heels squatting some times too?

Clarella Sat 03-Nov-12 15:32:14

Plus can I just check the andrex wipe q - had to use throughout preggo for same reason, been my saviour, blush - too late now but why not?

Wow after a few complaints of back ache my DH has finally suggested a,trip to mother care - its been wicks, screwfix, b and q or jewsons for 8 months.

WaitingForMe Sat 03-Nov-12 15:38:46

Ooh knicker checking excitement. Discharge heavier and a bit pink!

Feeling a bit crampy but I'm sure that's hopeful thinking!

Not too slowly considering its a 24hr release pessary and it went in at 12, I'm just forward planning. I naturally get very antsy when in pain so last labour I spent the time pacing and rocking, bouncing and it really helped to have a super quick labour.

I'll certainly try pile'o pillows when I need it. My aim is to get into established labour before the 24hrs is up so I don't have to have drip and ARM.

Welcome newbies

Congrats madam. Seth is such a cool name smile

tits all fours is a good position for helping things along and you could also give birth like that if it's comfy for you.

This things inside me isn't half beating my cervix!
Keeps having big jerky wiggles and I keep getting shooting pains in my fanjo.

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 15:57:21

Tits I naturally found myself collapsing onto all fours when walking into the hospital with each contraction (refused the wheelchair offer from DH as needed to move iyswim) so I would imagine if you can do that without too much pain, that would be a good position to adopt. I don't know what positions cause you pain, but if you could manage to 'rock' or sway your bum (imagine trying to wag a tail) that could help too??

Think I'm getting my hopes up too much as I have had BH on and off all day, with some tighter feelings at the lower front of my bump & into my back, but they're irregular and not painful. Have had a busy day, although lovely seeing DD enjoy herself with Granny, so its prob just that.

Congratulations Madame lovely news and great that we have our first official November babe.

Fx Waiting. Live labour thread do we think??!! smile

Me too fatima (TMI) and cant keep off the toilet. Not diarrhea just loose bowels. Have been 3 times already today and am starting to feel like I need to go again. Im sure I havent eaten enough food for this amount to be coming out confused

Im thinking of going to the fireworks display tonight...Will be a nice 40 min walk there and an uphill walk back....decisions decisions.

Good luck tits I hope you find a position comfortable enough and its over pretty soon

jaylee89 Sat 03-Nov-12 15:58:39

tits you have to solemly swear to us now that we get hourly updates.......lol

live birth on here tonight please thanks [grins]

Had a nap so feel bit better but hate that feeling when you wake during the day after a nap and feel a bit sicky.
Doesn't help I've got a yucky cold still sad

Good luck tits hope it's going ok for you there.

I can't find madames announcement but congrats to you!

WaitingForMe Sat 03-Nov-12 16:40:06

I think I'm just attention seeking Chunky sad

I think Tits is our girl for live updating.

pikz Sat 03-Nov-12 16:44:07

Congrats madam and good luck tits

Lots of tightenings here but nothing I think is anything at all. Wish it would just hurry up.

Sophiathesnowfairy Sat 03-Nov-12 16:51:26

Good luck tits and waiting

Congrats madamme

Belgrano Sat 03-Nov-12 17:14:33

Hi ladies I'm fed up! 6 days overdue now. Had a small show this morning but nothing more and no sign of baby moving to LOA either-think its stuck back to back actually. Induction booked for thurs-sob. Had sweep on thu and have another go with a sweep on Tue. Come ON baby. I want my home birth!
Hope you're all ok. Titsalina have they induced you yet?

kirrinIsland Sat 03-Nov-12 17:21:31

Yay tits - hope things get moving properly soon.

Tmi warning - I've had some blood, so I've put a pad on to monitor it. I phoned then labour ward to check but they said it's fine and to call back if anything changes. Trying not to get my hopes up that this is the start of something - it's probably a show? I never had one with DD so not sure what I'm looking for - wan't gunky though? I'm a bit achy but that only started once I knew the blood was there so probably all in my head grin

Ooh kirrin that's exciting (obv as long as there's not too much blood!) keep us updated.

Had the tiniest bit of jelly like blob when I went to the loo earlier, think I've had it before too, not sure if I'm losing my plug in v tiny pieces.

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 17:54:13

We could have a race for the 2nd Nov baby here then!!! It's all getting exciting grin

I have it in my head that the first sign I would get would be the show, like with DD, but I suppose that's not a given...

I have had BH all day long but they're not 'going anywhere', although maybe getting a bit more deliberate but I refuse to get my hopes up, esp as I'm not due for another 16 days.

Don't dismiss it yet chunky I've been getting strong BHs too, I've got 17 days to go but hoping I won't get that far.

Am supposed to have another consultant app a week on mon an really don't want to go so she's got 8 days to shift!

Update - it hurts, the baby is trying to kill me :D <disclaimer, it's progressing fine and mostly all in my back, oh joy>

Evening ladies - wow what a lot to cath up on

congrats madam love the name Seth!!!

How exciting tits fingers x'd it all kicks off soon xx

Well I'm 39 weeks today and the house is the sparkliest it has ever been so am well prepared for Dottie's arrival!!! Took the dog for a walk up and down a few hills and then went for a yummy carvery then ordered DH a "topless" ice cream instead of a bottomless one - oh the shame!!!! I want my brain back!!!!

Have tried everything to shift this lil madam but she's gonna come in her own sweet time - either tomorrow or next Saturday is good for me lol!!!!!

Hope there's a flurry of babies making an appearance very soon xx

GTbaby Sat 03-Nov-12 18:46:32

Marking place. Not that ill keep up. Just about read post natal thread n that's very slow grin

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Nov-12 18:48:32

Topless icecream! Hahahahahaha!

Huge congrats to madam. Seth is such a lovely name as well. I hope you are all home and tucked up soon.

Lots of exciting things going on with you ladies! BH, bloody shows and the like. All I have is major stomach cramps whenever I try to haul myself off the sofa. I can't straighten myself up for ages and have to do it in tiny steps. Ah well.

I am soooooooo tired. How much sleep can one woman need? I fancy a cup of tea but can't face dragging my arse off the sofa and DH is busy working at the dinner table. glenda I am extremely impressed by your energy to go walking. Good on you!

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 18:50:34

"Enjoy" it Tits iykwim!!! Each one is a step closer to baby... smile

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Nov-12 18:50:48

Hia GT!

How's things? I did read the graduates thread the other day - but scary really!!

Does babyGT have a name yet?

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Nov-12 18:52:44

Oh yeah! tits!!!! My yoga teacher talks about each contraction as a wave that you will never see again - whatever is still to come, that much has been done already. I have no idea if I will find this helpful in the actual event but in mentally preparing for it I find it massively comforting

pikz Sat 03-Nov-12 18:54:18

Is unexplainable anger at DP for just being a man a sign of labour? He's driving me bonkers.

MissMummy1 Sat 03-Nov-12 18:59:39

DH been in bed "dying" all day. I'm more bored and lonely than I am when he's offshore - at least then I can make plans! Can't help but feel a bit sorry for him though, pregnancy hormones, what have they done to me?!

All seems to be getting a little exciting for some of you! Do keep us posted!!

The highlight of my day was my birthing ball arriving. Sooooo comfy to sit on if nothing else!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Sat 03-Nov-12 19:13:18

Hello all, thanks so much for the well wishes. We are at home now, and very pleased to be. Am sore and emotional but much better prepared for that this time. Good luck to everyone else and look forward to more baby news soon!

SwissArmyWife Sat 03-Nov-12 19:14:05

Marking place!

tits I am so excited for you! Come on baby bumsquash!

Congrats madame and welcome to all the newbies smile

Nothing happening here apart from BH's and had a bit of a trickle of fluid yesterday but may have just sprung a small leak as haven't had any more. My mum is convinced I'm going to have the baby on Thursday and she's usually right lol. I want my baby this weeeeek!

GTbaby Sat 03-Nov-12 19:15:25

Pikz towards the end of labour I was quite chilled with DH. Even let him go home for a nap after my waters broke as mw said it could still take a while. Lol HOWEVER was snapping at DH for everything for few days before ( might have been the frustration of bring in hospital for 2 days)

No name yet. Well actually we have decided. (Not like any of u will bump into my family n spoil my plans) We are announcing it tomorrow as its DH bday n his family r over. On the cake it says "happy birthday daddy. Love from harjun" the cakes been ordered so as far as I'm concerned that's his name. Harjun. No one (pil) can change our minds. grin

tits if ur still reading. Is ur Pessary really uncomfortable? Mine was. Really irritated me n felt like I was very swollen. Was very VERY surprised to see it was literally a price of string blush.

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 19:35:10

DH has a "really bad headache" and had to lie down at my PIL house. DD & I luckily are getting dinner made for us here. I am partly irritated by it because I think it is partially self-induced (DH didn't eat or drink much this morning before going to play hockey) & partly because I now feel like I can't give birth as I don't think I could deal with a pathetic poorly DH as well as contractions (I realise that the latter is highly irrational & unreasonable but still...) Feeling slightly angry about it. Stupid really.

ShellyBobbs Sat 03-Nov-12 19:37:51

Hubby has come back from shopping with no mozzarella sad

daisychain76 Sat 03-Nov-12 19:53:01

Marking place. That‘s a fab way of revealing the name gt. Weird to think l should have been 39 weeks today, but instead he‘s 6 weeks on Monday! Looking forward ro lots of lovely baby news this month smile

Yes very swollen feeling down there! Was slightly uncomfortable going in.

Currently flopped over back of the electric bed waiting for a ctg to be free So I can see if these are real contractions because they're all in my hips and fairly quick.
Then they'll examine me but the ward is suddenly alive with labouring ladies.

mrswee Sat 03-Nov-12 19:56:52

Evening ladies! it all getting very exciting on here! good luck tits!

I finally start mat leave on Wednesday at 37.1 weeks, it's been a long time coming... still two more days at work to go.. not that I'm counting or anything

Was at the MW on wednesday... she said my baby is bloody back to back and although she wasn't at all arsed bout it, I was also measuring 38 weeks at 36 weeks. I was always bang on with DD.

I am trying to be positive but DD was back to back and I was labour for wait for it... a grand total of 6 days almost to the hour. contractions 4-5 mins arapt constently for most of those days.

So I am really hoping I can get this one to turn the right way but I have an antirior placenta so I'm guessing it won't what do you think detective what are my chances of a better birth this time even with an OP? will this effect my chances of using a birthing centre? (it's within the hospital grounds)

shelly only one thing for it.... send him back out, or call a pizza!

jaylee89 Sat 03-Nov-12 20:16:42

wooo tits am literally shaking pom poms for you here ....grin

Wow daisy I can't believe he's six weeks old already!

Sounds like lots more babies are imminent with all these shows and Braxton Hicks. I'm guessing tits is next but who will it be after that? 38+1 and no signs today. Baby is obviously not in a hurry to come out. I'm due on the 16th but keep telling myself he'll be here by the end of the month then if he arrives before that it's a bonus.

One of my neighbours just congratulated me on being pregnant and said he had no idea until he saw the car seat in our car a couple of days ago grin

StuntNun Sat 03-Nov-12 20:31:06

Chunky my DH managed to get sunstroke the day before DS2 was born then my labour started at around 2 a.m. So I was already exhausted before labour even started. I'd say there's no danger of the same thing happening this time.

I'm starting to panic about coping with pain since all these odd contractions started. I get one to four and then they stop. Should I read the Juju whatsit Birth Skills book or is it too late to start that now?

Cx coming thick and fast hopefully this means pessary can come out and I can go upstairs and have this baby

WaitingForMe Sat 03-Nov-12 21:41:44

Well I've had to change my panty liner but frankly if this is my show it's pretty unimpressive (not sure what I was expecting).

I've got lots of under bump tightenings which are new but I'm still very hmm

NCT teacher was adamant actual early labour is very different from BHs, tightenings and 'is this it?' wonderings.

mrswee Sat 03-Nov-12 21:45:21

Go baby tits!!

(that's a sentence I never thought I'd write on mumsnet!)

kirrinIsland Sat 03-Nov-12 21:49:03

Same here waiting Thing is, with DD I did know, without doubt, that I was in labour so I can't believe I'm not sure what's happening second time round?! I guess I'll know soon enough if it's the real thing, so I'm just going to go to bed now and see what the morning brings!

tits good luck - hopefully there'll be some baby news by morning!

georgee Sat 03-Nov-12 21:51:19

Stunt, I've been exactly the same today with just a few twinges, thinking 'Oh gawd, how am I going to cope ...'. I read Birth Skills last time (YW did that I think and was really successful with it it sounds like) but it didn't work so well for me. I wonder if anything would have done though under the circs, TBH. I just panicked when the contractions kicked in properly with no gap between them. So I suppose I'm going to try and counteract that panic/adrenaline this time around - I'll be putting a punt on the relaxation/natal hypnotherapy path! Which is basically slow, deep breathing when it comes down to it, talking to other women who have benefited from it. And then I'm having all the drugs I can get if it doesn't work.

Tits you're doing brilliantly, sounds like the induction's working well! You sound happy, if that makes sense! Must be such a relief for things to be happening, finally. Crossing fingers for a speedy and straightforward delivery! x

WaitingForMe Sat 03-Nov-12 21:52:07

That's a good point kirrin! I should go to bed and get some sleep while I can just in case.

And go Baby Tits grin

Pessary out as was overstimulating. Cx calmed a little so are more manageable, 2-3cm dilated and waters are bulging.

pikz Sat 03-Nov-12 22:27:31

Come on tits woooop!

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Nov-12 22:27:41

Come on out babytits!

GTbaby Sat 03-Nov-12 22:31:53

Any one thinking about buying mama n papas basic Dont. Lol. The back of my lo baby grow is already bobbling! N i have worked out he has only worn it max 3 days. Based on He is three weeks old on Tuesday n I know i have only washed 3 loads of his clothes. Not impressed. Luckily they were a gift or I'd b very annoyed.

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Nov-12 22:33:43

I have taken myself off to bed. I was having really nasty stomach cramps which got much worse when I tried to move. Stupidly I googled it and it came up with wind or a placental abruption.

Obviously I convinced myself I was having the latter. Baby wasn't moving much which made me all the more convinced.

Thankfully the cat worked her magic, rubbed her head on the bump and was responded to. Genuinely, when the cat runs against the bump the baby pushes out.

Then I went to the loo and had some wind.

So, crises averted in the crisp household.

Am sitting in bed listening to some neighbours having a bonfire party. This seems to have consisted of letting off hundreds of pounds worth of fireworks in a garden the size of a parking space then drinking massive amounts of booze. They are now playing dance music and shouting. Same as they do when the sun shines, when it's a bank holiday and pretty much every occasion you can think of. Awesome

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 22:44:26

Come on out baby Tits, your time is up!! grin

I'm very confused about what's going on with my body too. I figured I would know 2nd time around as it all seemed so straight forward with my DD. However, I had tightenings every 10mins for about 40mins then it stopped - they were more than painless BH but not cx iyswim.

TMI but seeking advice. Went to loo, wearing thin panty liner as v moist down there. It seems I've 'seeped' through my panty liner/around outside & slightly stained my white pants. It smelled a little sweet but not like wee, and seemed a little dark in colour to be wee. I assumed your discharge in pg was quite thick & any "show" would be 'globby'. I have put a thick maternity pad in as I figured things would show up clearly on that, but any ideas what could be going on?!! Anyone else had similar? blush

All this 'is it? isn't it?' is doing my head in, and although I know this isn't IT it, I keep wondering if its the early stages. confused and slightly angry

Oh and DH still has a bit of a headache but its better. Sounds like he had a migraine, which is perfect timing clearly!! I kept wondering how I would have the baby at home if he's zonked out in our bed...hmm

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 22:45:35

Sounds like fun Pass on all counts. sad

Dixiebell Sat 03-Nov-12 22:46:19

Good luck tits, baby news by morning please!!

DS has nasty cough and has been up for last 90 mins crying & coughing. Been sitting in with him, managed to sneak out but keep getting the odd "where's mummy gone?". Please just let him sleep now!! DH in meantime has created a little nest in study with spare mattress. Not enough room to shut the door so I guess he won't sleep through DS's shouting tomorrow like he did this morning! Bed to myself, ahhhh....

Dixiebell Sat 03-Nov-12 22:49:45

Could it be waters seeping, chunky? That smells a bit sweet... My waters seeped with DS before breaking 2 days later. Keep pad on to check is best.

Chunkychicken Sat 03-Nov-12 22:57:09

Thank you Dixie. I did wonder if it could be that... Do I DO anything, apart from the pad? I mean, obviously if the waters went, went, I'd call the MW etc etc but if they're seeping, is it worth calling?

jenbird Sun 04-Nov-12 00:09:34

HI all,
What an exciting thread. At 37 + 4 I can't see babybird being born on here.
Congratulations madame and good luck tits.

Chunky if I were you I would call them. They may want you to go in to be checked. With dc2 my waters went in a slow trickle due to a UTI and I ended up being induced to prevent infection.

With all of my previous labours my waters have gone but I then generally have a window before things kick off. With dc3 I was on a monitor ready to be sent home as wasn't having any contractions, he was asleep so didn't move so they kept me on for another 20 mins. Had 2 contractions during that time. He was born 45 mins later! Really hoping for a warning this time too.

I have no twinges at all really. Baby is very wrigglesome though. For those on number 2 with twinges I have to say that with dc 1 and 3 I had no real build up to labour until it had started and then was very textbook (show/waters/baby) but with dc2 I thought she would be born from 36 weeks. Loads of painful BH's and cramps but no show and waters only broke cos of UTI. Dc's 1 and 3 boys and dc2 a girl. Can you go into labour differently dependent on gender???

Will have to keep checking on here for new arrivals. Really should go to bed earlier too!

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 00:17:18

Go baby tits! smile hope for some baby news in the morning smile night all

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 00:27:48

I've not caught up - sorry. I'll catch up in the morning!!

Just wanted a self indulgent whinge sad

Been to my mums for fireworks this evening. Except the fireworks were indoors, not out!!! Mums husband has 2 daughters, we are all of similar ages - me 28 (today!!), them 30, and 32. We all have children, oldest has 3, and the other has 2, and me obviously 1+1! All have partners.

So we were all there, and about 10pm an almighty row kicks off. The two sisters aren't talking after a fall out earlier this year, but they both attend stuff, just don't talk. It has never been 'awkward' until tonight.

It ended in tears (yes, mine!) and the men (not my DP!) hurling insults and going for each other. I nearly ended up calling the police. The children were all in the next room, with me and DP.

Oh it was just awful sad I've never been in that kind of situation before. They had all drunk too much so clearly judgement was not rational. But still... sad

Oh, and we just got home to find the dog on the sofa watching the TV with a sock in her mouth. And she has pissed on the carpet.

Happy frickin' anniversary/edd/birthday!

WHAT A WEEKEND!! No wonder baby wants to stay in!

(On the more positive side, got an email from manager at 9pm tonight she has no life letting me know that the statement she wants is from an incident form not a complaint, so clearly I must have written an incident form. Less worried now, but still, not nice - considering it was weeks ago!)

Fell asleep for 3hrs blush I managed to flips self into all fours. Contractions tailed off as waters began to trickle.

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 02:30:59

Fingers crossed for you tits

StuntNun Sun 04-Nov-12 03:13:29

Sorry to hear you had a rubbish evening Detective.

Sounds like things are getting somewhere Tits if your waters have broken. I'm sure the contractions will get moving again. Are you getting enough pain relief now.

I'm awake at stupid o'clock because DS2 had a nightmare and is now taking up all the space in bed and generating heat. That's the first time he's ever come into our bed because of a nightmare. Thanks a lot to DH for putting on the Two Towers and leaving him to watch it by himself hmm obviously a 12 is really suitable for a 6yo! I went downstairs when I heard him crying but it was already too late and he was watching really scary stuff on his own.

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 03:27:11

<hands out matchsticks>

What was your DH thinking stunt? What a total dafty.

detective sounds horrid.

Nice one tits!

Well. Here am I on yet another ten minutely wee cycle. I came to bed at 10:30 but I am still lying here having had not a wink. No matter what position I am in baby kicks, grabs, bounces or squeezes my bladder causing a sharp pain and n immediate need for a wee. I go sitting down, standing up and repeat at least three times before coming back to bed. This happens about every 10 minutes. I am about demented.

The neighbours are still partying - I should join them,

I am so hacked off the even DH's sleep breath is making me furious. Poor soul - all he is doing is breathing and I want to kick him in the shins

I suppose I have no reason to get up tomorrow so I can sleep all day if I want. Doesn't stop it being bloody irritating if nothing else.

confused why does laying flat on back make cx ao much worse?

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 04:19:46

Is it because you are working against gravity? No actual idea I'm afraid but virtually mopping your brow

Who knows but everytime I get comfy on my knees the contractions stop everytime I am put on my back to be monitored they ramp right up again, I thought it would be a good thing using gravity to pull him down. I think I'm going to labour ward to have my waters properly broken and the drip around 6am. <terrified>

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 05:23:03

tits horaay for contractions/surges!!! baby will be here in no time!

georgee Sun 04-Nov-12 05:29:57

Yes it really will be today Tits so hang on in there, you're doing great!

Another one up - just about to hit the hay again after 2 hours of DD just 'not being tired mummy'. Forced her to watch Strictly on catch up, she was comatose by the end!! Hoping now to get a decent lie in. Catch you all later!

Izzybuzzybuzzybees Sun 04-Nov-12 05:51:42

Haven't caught up yet but I'm up feeding...again so thought i would mark place.

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 05:56:58

Hope you're doing ok tits sounds like you'll be meeting your baby today!

I'm up again with terrible pain in arms and hands. I know it's nothing compared to labour but jeez, it hurts sooo much! Just want to cry! All I want to do if lay down but every time I do my hands are going numb within seconds sad

ValiumQueen Sun 04-Nov-12 06:22:53

Marking place and quick message for pass the electric beds are fab. Essential with a section. Wish I had one at home! They provide bedding for baby, nappies, cotton wool etc for changing, mat pads and formula. The food was not too bad. Porridge gross but filled a hole. Showers wonderful.

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 06:36:28

Thanks Jenbird. I'm a bit clueless as to what is really going on though now. I put a maternity pad on (thinking easier to spot stuff than with a blue lock-away core type thing) and although it is slightly damp, it could be normal 'leakage'. I can't tell exactly what it smells like because the pad itself stinks (I checked with the unused ones!!) and there is no obvious stain/colour (other than the expected iyswim). I do feel like I'm getting trickling down there when lying down and baby's kicking, but no extra 'gush' or fluid when I stand - I assume it would collect and then gravity would help it out. The only explanation I have is that baby kicks/BH force little bits of discharge/wee out. Oh the humiliations of pregnancy??!!! I will monitor though - seeing MW Mon morning anyway, so will mention it.

Detective that sounds pretty scary & a shit time. Drink's in, wit's out as they say... Hopefully the rest of your weekend will be less eventful.

Tits I can only assume that when you are on all fours baby's head isn't in quite as good conact with the cervix, so cx tail off. Bloody painful flat on your back though. You can do it!!!

Pass no advice, although I rarely wake up for a wee, I do need a wee as soon as I wake (plus the panty watch as described earlier) means I've been awake for an hour now. I REALLY hope DD sleeps in until 8.30 again today so I might be able to nap before then.

Kissyfur sounds horrible. My MIL has normal carpel tunnel and has to lay on her front with her arms hanging over the end of the bed when it is bad. Not an option with a baby bump but is there anyway you can prop yourself up slightly so your hands dangle lower than your shoulders?

Oooh good luck tits!

I've had a poo nights sleep, maybe be to do with DH back in our bed. Had a few cramps during the night but nothing exciting. I'm now up watching 'Sweet Home Alabama' and writing a list of things I still need to do. Suddenly feeling like i'm not prepared at all.

Has anyone kept a tally of how many girl vs boy babies there's been so far?

Dixiebell Sun 04-Nov-12 07:19:14

chunky, when my waters seeped last time they only did it once, in middle of night. I wore pad for whole next day but didn't get any more until they properly broke 48 hours on. I'd give MW a call once you're up just to check, but expect tgey'll say keep monitoring pad. Good your seeing her tomoro anyway.

Good luck tits all sounds under control your lovely baby will be here in no time.

kirrin any progression for you?

chunky could be waters, ill be well jel if it is!

Had the shittest night in the history of the world. Woke at half 1 to wee and couldn't get back to sleep til FOUR AM!! This stupid stinking, wretched cold is absolutely pissing me off now plus I think my body will hold off having this baby til the cold has gone so I'm sitting around waiting all the time gah!

WaitingForMe Sun 04-Nov-12 08:07:21

I managed to sleep until 5.30 when cramps/tightenings woke me up. They're pretty mild now and certainly not regular (although the fanjo pain is eye watering).

Pregnancy book suggests I'm in the latent stage which can last ooh forever.

Argh completely all stopped. sad

My body is wanting to move and walk but I can't. Going against every natural instinct is horrible especially for it to have no effect.
I can't see them having any choice but to ARM and drip but I know from past experience I won't be able to cope with the sudden ramping up of pain.
My body is already too battered and exhausted from the previous week. sad

Feeling like the failure right now.

blonderthanred Sun 04-Nov-12 08:22:18

Tits, please don't feel like a failure. I went through induction last week and the pessary + 2x prostin tabs didn't dilate me at all. I went in with 1cm and 3 days later was the same despite contractions. Cervix was too posterior for ARM. So you are doing a lot better than me! Yes you may need the epidural to cope with the drip, that's what I was prepared for. But I never got to that stage. You have been through so much emotionally, I was wrung out and I hadn't had the added stress of being strung along in the way you have. I agonised over whether to have the CS and lots of people said, when he's here you won't care how he got here. And they were totally right.

It sounds like you are going to need the next stage of induction but you have got to that point and that in itself is an achievement. I felt like my body was letting me down and that I should be able to control it. But I know now it wasn't, and I shouldn't. Sending lots of positive thoughts and oxytocin your way.

jaylee89 Sun 04-Nov-12 08:25:50

awww tits thats terrible. you are doing so well though my love.

ive never had asistence with labour so i couldnt imagine what you feel/going through. just remember we are all here for you to vent your anger on.

best of luck sweetie.

tits you are not a failure. You are bloody exhausted and need a bit of help, that's all. I'm sure you will be having newborn snuggles very soon.

Woke up this morning and was going to take DP to work as we had heavy rain but I can't find my car keys anywhere. And I don't have a spare set. Shit.

StuntNun Sun 04-Nov-12 08:39:06

Chunky I'm exactly the same and keep thinking my waters are breaking but when they broke in previous pregnancies they trickled constantly whereas at the moment I'm getting a little squirt here and there that's easily absorbed by a pad.

Tits it sounds like the induction drip and an epidural are necessary at this point. If that's what is recommended then your baby will arrive today which is success and you'll have lots of women on here jealous of your newborn snuggles and an end to the wretched spd.

kirrinIsland Sun 04-Nov-12 09:02:24

tits there is no failure - so long as your baby arrives safe and well and you are ok then you've done a good job.

I've had contractions on and off all night but nothing especially painful and certainly not regular so I don't think I'll be having newborn snuggles anytime soon. I think, like waiting , that I am in the latent phase - whatever that means! Could be anytime now or ages away. Hopefully now I'm up and moving about things will progress a bit faster!

DH your cold sounds miserable - hopefully it will bugger off soon sad

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 09:10:15

ahhhh now I see how our threads go do fast! it's all the middle of the night chat from sleepless ladies!

I'm not too babd with sleep this time but that is down to hypontheraphy.. my friend has been giving me freee sessions building up to the birth and I have been listening to some downloaded on my phone... never fails to send me to sleep when I listen in bed.

and now on instruction on my hypnotherapest friend, I have been doing self hynonisis to prepare for what I will need to do during the birth.
This really helps keep me relaxed and takes my mind of the 'i must get back to sleep' stuff and helps me mamange the aches and pains too.

you can download lots of hypno stuff fairly cheap or even free from amazon or the app store.

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 09:14:01

Georgee To help avoid you going into that panic when you contractions go full on you can prepare now when listening to your natal cds and still in a hynotic state.
Write yourself a short statement saying something positive along the lines of 'when I give birth I will stay calm, relaxed and in control and breath through the tightenings' (don't mention pain or negagtive elements like I will not panic) look at the paper and repeat your statement 5 times before you listen to your cd, every time you listen and as the cd ends or even during repeat it 5 times again while imagining yourself calm and coping. This is what I am doing in self hypnonsis. Your unconcious mind holds on to suf=ggestions so it will stay with you and help you cope. It's not hippy stuff, it's more like CBT really, just drummimg and alternitive thought into your mind to counter act on your negative and flight and fear thoughts.

what are you doing for your birthday on friday? I'm quite excited as DH has jus told me to keep the day free and he very rairly does surprises...

tits you're not a failure, just do whatever you need to do to get baby out safely that's all that matters.

kirrin hopefully not long for you then!

I've just hoovered the whole place and now have zero energy I don't know what possessed me to even do it, my nesting urge must be overriding my cold/ tiredness!

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 09:26:34

Got a good lie-in!!! smile

Thanks. Might call the assessment ward and see what they say.

Good luck Tits you're not a failure at all. Your body has been through so much already and it must be so hard to accept doing something so unnatural to you (I.e. lie down etc when you want to move). You and your DP should decide how much you are willing to accept/go on with and if you need an epidural/CS, its NOT a failure (& it might not be your 'ideal') but to get baby here safely ASAP and you can start getting over the SPD, it will be worth it. All the best of luck & hugs.

georgee Sun 04-Nov-12 09:39:28

Thanks mrswee, I have the Maggie Howell VBAC Natal Hypnotherapy CDs (which send me to sleep too!) but it would be v handy to have some sort of statement that I can memorise and use at the time. Your friend sounds very good!

DH will be taking so much time off with this and that in the next few weeks that he can't be around on Friday. One of my friends has suggested a visit to (whoo-hoo) Ocean Terminal to check out their new softplay and go to Pizza Express with the DCs. I think she's forgotten it's my birthday actually but I might as well do that as anything! I'd pretty much written this birthday off really. I'm sure we'll do something like a takeaway in the evening. Your birthday sounds very mysterious and exciting, good for your DH! I find the weather's usually fairly good on our birthday - last year not so much (we went to the Zoo then!).

This is a phrase I never thought I'd type either but I'm really feeling for you tits. Whatever happens I really think you'll have your baby today. Sending positive thoughts your way. xx

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 09:44:47

Called MW. Said to keep pad on & call if I'm leaking more, baby moves less or I'm concerned. Didn't make me feel like I was mad, which was nice!! smile

jaylee89 Sun 04-Nov-12 09:57:37

39 weeks today and hoping this baby wants to arrive anytime NOW

im so fed up of literally throwing myself around the bed to turn over i feel like a baby rhino. want to be able to bend over without having to squat and to be able to get off the sofa without using a catapult. please god im begging you let it be with in the next few hoursssssss!!!

having a depressing day today feel very hormonal and frankly fucking fed up.

sounds liek things are hotting up for some of you .......please dont Q jump lol i want to be next grin

Cacacaz Sun 04-Nov-12 11:11:25

Congratulations Madame

Tits you are not a failure, you have shown amazing strength with everything you have had to cope with, don't be hard on yourself!

It's my due date today, no sign of imminent labour, I had some back pain last night which I was hoping would be the start of something. I have a midwife appointment on Wednesday, where they will make plans for induction. Apparently I can't have a sweep until I'm 5 days over, which will be Friday my 30th birthday, at the earliest! Not exactly how I planned spending the day.

georgee Sun 04-Nov-12 11:25:49

Hey Cacacaz, it's mrswee's and my birthday on Friday too! Crossing fingers for lots of lovely babies on that day! Obviously they'd all have to be called Caz, George or, erm, Wee. Bad luck if it's your sweep day - hopefully the baby will make an appearance well before then!

Quick update - no change in dilation over night, I'm next in line to go and have waters broken and drip put up, I'm going to pre discuss pain relief, I know from past experience I won't be able to cope with the sudden intense contractions so I'm hoping by being prepared it might help.

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 11:26:44

cacacaz your birthday is on Friday too! that makes 3 of us!

georgee I used Maggie Howell cds for DD's birth. The birth it's self was hellish witha 5 day build up and so not completely condusive to hypnobrithing, however I stayed clam throughout the whole long and difficult experience and only had a mini panic when I was being preped up and DH was taken to get gowns on, I manged to pull it back really quickly with a few deep breaths and a re focus and I put that all down to the cds.
I am not naturaly relaxed and generally I stress and panic easily so it was a complete contrast and I really believe it did me the world of good and also preventing any lasting mental trauma!

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:27:14

cacacaz wow what a way that would be to spend your 30th!! I felt kinda sorry for myself on mine, I was 30 weeks with dd, but of course looking back it was lovely really!! We managed to go out for a posh meal.

I've got a grump on, hopefully I will wake up tomorrow feeling a bit perkier.

Sometimes my mind wizzes around and I cant stop listing everyone who is pissing me off! It's no good as it winds me up no end!!

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:32:52

Lots of birthdays all in nov - so many people boning and making babies in feb!! haha. I felt kinda wierd when I realised my bro has a nov b-day and so does my nephew!!!

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 11:32:59

tits good luck.
I doubt very much they will have any argument against giving you an epidural for the drip. I was induced with a syntocin drip when my labour with DD failed to progess over night. I for a brief time was addiment I didn't want an epidural ( obviously with no idea what I was about to face) and they were practicaly begging to have one before it all kicked in. I lasted about 40 mins with opiates and then said I needed to have an epidural too. they were only happy to oblige!

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:33:19

omg - that was supposed to say bonking.

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:34:04

I have a crumb under the 'k' so you have to press it real hard. blush blush

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 11:34:48

pasties it must be because everyone is skint after christmas so staying in and entertaining themselves! hehe

pikz Sun 04-Nov-12 11:37:13

iheart that just made me spit tea! Brilliant!

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:38:07

mrswee there has got to be a reason!! I like to blame valentines day for this baby - it sounds almost romantic, except we cant quite remember doing it, and I spent the rest of the month saying 'I cant face another baby right now!?' (because dd was waking up 2 or 3 times a night and we were done in).

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 11:38:42


Not long up - first time I've not been up at the crack of dawn with some long day of 'stuff' planned on my birthday! Got a few nice presents, a big bottle Badedas bubble bath - my favourite! From DP - it just so happens to be HIS favourite too! DS got me the 2nd series of Glee... I didn't finish watching the first series I got for my birthday last year. However DS has, so I'm sure he will enjoy watching this series hmm... the kid thinks I'm daft! Got a bracelet off my mum, and a giant box of Thorntons chocs off SIL! And of course, my camera - but I knew about that, so it isn't a surprise! I love surprises!

DS only woke when we did - for the first time EVER! 11am! What is this?! I just noted his first spot on his chin this morning too! That is my baby! ARGHHHH!

Ooooh, bacon butty arrived...brb!

Catbag Sun 04-Nov-12 11:39:27

pasties I proper snickered at boning grin

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:40:09

grin grin

Catbag Sun 04-Nov-12 11:40:40

Happy birthday detective!

Iheartpasties Sun 04-Nov-12 11:41:44

Lets laugh a few babies out this morning !! smile

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 11:44:52

Boning is more appropriate anyway grin

I've now got South Parks Chef in my head singing 'feels like making luuuuuuuurve'. No idea why...!!

I'm not laughing my baby out... not today!

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 11:45:07

Thanks Cat!

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 11:45:58

Lol @ pasties boning! Hahaha!

Morning ladies. Sodding hell I am knackered. I am so glad I don't have any kids - I have no clue how people function like this.

Anyway, onward and upward.

Thanks to VQ for the hospital info - lovely to have some insider knowledge. Nice to hear the showers are lovely as well.

Woke up earlier to the sound of DH cleaning the bathroom. He must be nesting. He is great with housework - generally does most of the cooking and cleaning - but bathrooms are my domain. He has gone out to do some work then get some shopping. He told me he will vacuum when he gets home. I wonder if dragging the Hoover up the stairs might get things moving? I hate hoovering the stairs - I am sure the thing is deliberately trying to wrap itself round my legs.

tits what is failure in this context? You can only succeed. I know you are scared of the waters being broken so I really hope you get some comfort and reassurance.

Right - might drag my ass off for a bath.

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 11:46:38

Happy birthday toooooo yooooooo detective!

ShellyBobbs Sun 04-Nov-12 11:46:50

Still in bed after no sleep last night, the rash is now causing me to swell, even my eyes. Fucking lovely! Hubby has also just realised that technically I could be another 3 weeks, he says financially this would be better, would anyone object if I ripped his throat out? Good luck Tits you'll be fine.

Catbag Sun 04-Nov-12 11:49:01

Shelly Not only do we not object, we demand that this course of action be taken. He sounds like my DH <<rolls eyes>>

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 11:49:43

Happy birthday detective!

Day 2 of man flu and man is down. All sympathy for him gone and I'm now racking my brains for a way to amuse myself today. Already cleaned the kitchen (twice blush ) and made bacon and pancakes for breakfast he wasn't sick enough to resist scoffing half of mine as well! . I need to get out of the house - total cabin fever!

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 11:50:11

Oh god shelly neuter him for that.

shelly three weeks would be better for me financially as well but sod that! I don't want to go a week over. We were forced to buy new sofas after the dog chair eating incident so are on a tight budget this month.

DP wants him to come next weekend because he has a week off starting tomorrow and will take two weeks paternity leave so he would get three weeks off in a row.

Boning grin

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 11:55:21

Oh and good luck tits - I'm sure you're doing amazingly xxxx

This is defs a valentines baby for us. I was in the middle of a shitty stressful final uni placement and valentines day was the only time he was allowed near me! Mainly because we both forgot so I gave him sex and he gave me an 'IOU puppy'. My body clock and the pill decided to have a laugh at our expense and 9 months later we've got a baby instead! Obviously a hundred times better and after the initial 'oops' we we were both delighted. I still want another puppy now next year though grin !!!

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 11:57:37

DH has made it clear baby is not allowed to come before due date so he can get a straight run of paternity and shore leave off until new year hmm. Anytime after the 12th is fine with me as I will get MA! We can cope without it, but it will certainly make my online shopping addiction things easier for the next few months and let me take more time off work!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Sun 04-Nov-12 12:04:14

shelly you poor thing. Yes, your DH needs a swift kick to the groin!

Happy birthday detective.

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:05:04

<Flexes fingers in attempt to catch up>

Sorry for not replying to posts yesterday!

Tits Any position which aids gravity is good. Whatever you can manage. Perhaps try sitting on the ball with legs together, leaning on edge of bed with some cushions under arms/head? All fours - defo. Those would be my first choice!

It is strange though, as I feel the BH's far more strongly when lay down, when I get up they aren't as noticeable. But it is the 'pain' you feel more when lay down, not how effective they are on opening your cervix - at least that is my rationale! Good luck today, I was hoping you may be holding a baby by now...?!

MrsWee I wouldn't give it too much thought to be honest, first babies in OP position are difficult to move because of the tight uterine muscle. Subsequent babies are easier to shift, and are probably still shifting about quite easily. To reassure you - I was in hospital for 24 hours and palpated 3 times, once baby was LOA, once ROA, and the other complete OP - that was on waking in the morning. Which I think is its default position in the night! Try working out the position yourself? Does your bump change from soft to hard down one side? That is how I know (as well as feeling) which position he is in. When OP my bump is softer, and not as prominent. When OA, it is hard down whichever side the back is on, rounder and fuller! Oh, and I have an anterior placenta too. My suggestions would be to keep upright and focus on optimum positioning as soon as early labour starts. This is my plan - considering this baby seems on a pivot!

Also, yes, the chances are strongly in your favour for a better labour this time - even with an OP baby! It will be quicker, it is highly unusual for it not to be!

Have I missed anyone?!

Just got a facebook picture from MIL posted to my profile - and OMG!!!!! It is THE most amazing cake surrounded by cup cakes - I'm pretty sure its white chocolate, coconut and rasberry with sponge cake. She has made it. I want to go round NOW!!! Happy freakin' birthday for the pregnant fatso food monster!

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 12:19:58

Happy birthday detective! That cake sounds amazing grin

tits no way are u a failure, don't be so hard on yourself hun

shelley ow that sounds awful u poor thing, hope u feel better soon

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 12:21:56

pastiesyou really cheered me up, feeling pants today.

tits you are doing a Great job, there s nothing you can to to control your body and how it responds to what is being done to it so try and just go with it. Easier said than done, note to self : remember what you preached when you are in the Same situation!

Feeling low, really uncomfortable today, woken up in night with sharp stabbing in in bump which was really tight. Then every hour for loo. Baby so low and can feel it burrowing down sending shooting pains through fanjo, i can't bend down, lean over, barely walk, tightenings, BH, and in my heart I think I will go over and have another two weeks of this.

WOE IS ME! sad

Thanks for listening. Off to bed with natal hypnotherapy.


Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 12:22:42

Oh happy birthday detective hope you have a great day thanks

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:25:44

Sophia Feeling the same - and even worse... THERE IS NO END FOR ME!!!

Declining induction doesn't seem like such a good idea when there is no end date to this! But I know it would be worse for me to have an induction based on my medical history! So I'll just suck it up and whinge.

The baby moved earlier, twice, and my entire body jerked with it it was so strong, DP asked me what I was doing! It was the baby - not me!!!

LOL pasties that made me laugh in Tesco!!

I had the tiniest bit of blood when I wiped earlier, nothing since though just lots of discharge. Few twinges but nothing major, hoping for it to happen sometime this week though.

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:37:30

Everytime I fart, I get a BH grin

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 12:39:01

Poor you Shelley and yes, your DH needs some sort of punishment!!!

Happy Birthday Detective smile

LOL Pasties grin

I sympathise Sophia.

Haven't had any movement on the leakage front; damp down there, but not soaking (think more than panty liner, less than pad). Still getting frequent irregular BH that feel a bit 'insistent' at times (like now, where it feels like my whole bump is lifting and rising up my body, like being pulled by a rope and the sensation radiates around my sides) and I had weird 'fluttery' breathing/heart racing moments in bed this morning with them too - think you had this Detective?

If this is IT I just want it to get going!!! I can wait a while longer (only 38wks tomorrow) if I need to - although pref not 4 more wks."Crap or get off the pot" springs to mind!!!

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:47:48

Yes, that describes mine perfectly. They are like that when I lay down, more on my back (even propped with pillows!)

Sadly, this describes them for the last 4 sodding weeks! ARGHHHHH!!! So.... I reserve judgement!

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 12:47:57

Sitting in my jammies as all of my clothes are in the wash.

All my toilet-time has resulted in a bleedy bottom. I had a fraction of a second where I thought "a bloody show?!" But no just a bloody arse.

Happy birthday detective. That cake sounds heavenly - can you post me a slice pretty please? grin

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 12:49:48

Oh, and I'll tell you what, I am never having this baby. Ever. It is not coming out. It doesn't want to and my body seems happy to have a permanent resident.

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:54:08

I keep having to calm the rising panic in my throat of, OMG this baby is coming in the very near future, I have to give birth to it, and suffer the concequences!

I am getting nervous now. Might need to go do my natal hypnotherapy to calm me!

I wish I wasn't a midwife sometimes!!

Although, having not been a midwife last time, and being one this time, it has really given me lots of food for thought. I've learned a lot - pratical experience! Even though I had a baby before, it is just 'different' this time.

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 12:54:59

There will be no cake left grin Or if there is, it is MINE mwhahaha! Oh god, I can't wait for it!

I've already text DP today to tell him to bring some potatoes home. Will text again and tell ask him to bring cake as well.

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 13:00:29

Good plan grin

I'm going to eat the whole food shop I did yesterday in one day at this rate! I've only been up 2 hours FFS blush

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 13:00:40

Have cheesecake in the fridge. Feel sick though sad

I ate a whole cheesecake in ooh about two minutes the other day blush

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 13:11:09

DH was very sensible and bought a pack with two slices in.

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 13:25:39

Really want cake now...envy

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 13:29:39

I'm going to bake a cake and it's all your fault!

TheDetective Sun 04-Nov-12 13:34:14

I just tried posting the cake picture on FB, can anyone see it!

Cake cake cake mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

ShellyBobbs Sun 04-Nov-12 13:43:36

Happy birthday Detective grin

Not feeling sorry for myself now, I hate it when I'm like that!

I've told hubby that 'fuck it, I might as well wait until Dec 15th then when I get paid hey? I'll only be over a month overdue.' Think he got the message to STFU, he revised and said before Tuesday then? No, I'm only having it on a Friday or Tuesday and can only start in labour before 6am that day or after 9.15am so it doesn't interfere with the school run. Do any of them listen?

He's gone to his mums now to pick up 2 of our nippers, I think he's actually done it just to escape me grin

kirrinIsland Sun 04-Nov-12 13:59:55

Happy birthday detective smile

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 14:12:48

LOL Shelley if only a natural/vaginal delivery could be scheduled right?!!!

It would be handy to have the baby tomorrow or the day after for childcare reasons...hmm How can I inform baby of this do you think?

georgee Sun 04-Nov-12 14:16:05

Happy birthday Detective!

Thanks for that mrswee, that's really encouraging!

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 14:17:25

Chocolate fudge cake or basic sponge? His lordship doesn't like chocolate cake so more for me!

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 14:17:34

well I've baked two huge chocolate cakes today! one for home and one for work because I'm leaving on tuesday and I am the only one who ever brings in cake so i thought I'd treat them once more before I go... and myself of course, I get to eat cake at home and at work! No wonder my ass is so big.. I was blaming it on being pregnant but lets face it, pregnancy does not actually make your ass bigger... only your belly!!

Happy birthday detective that cake sounds amazing!Thanks for the reasurance, it is very helpful, I need to stay positive, that is really the most important thing! I have been blowing up the birthing ball today and am just going to sit on that from now on!
when I feel around the baby feels quite solid all over and high up possibly with it's back to the left right now and a suspicious lump near the top right, which I have been convinced is a head as my DD was breach until 38 weeks... but so far my MWs have said the don't think it is the head... I guess it could be a bum but it feels more head like, it's not always there and often it feels oblique or transverse! I think is does a lot of moving around still! The MWs have been having a very hard time feeling the position and also finding the heartbeat because of the position of my placenta so we will have to see at the time.

I am doubting I'll get much of an oppertunity to sit on my ball while DD is around, she will decide it's hers as soon as she see it!

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 14:17:58

Owww just had a really bad pain on left under side of the bump when walking round sainsburys. Had to sit down and leave DP to do the shopping. It's gone away now but was a bit frightening at the time. Any ideas what it could have been? Baby has been moving around quite a lot, movements are a bit painful sad

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 14:21:29

georgee there's lots of youtube videos about how to breath through contractions, I was watching them last night. Really helpful. My hypnotherapest friend hasn't had any kids so I guess isnt experienced in tha side of things but I've been looking it up myself so I am prepared.

pasties I blame valentines too... it was early march but the only time I got to wear that underwear I got for valentines!

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 14:24:39

Kissy is had that yesterday. Could it be wind? Mine was crippling - couldn't straighten up.

Could it also be to so with the way the baby is lying? On a muscle?

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 14:25:24

And a honeymoon baby here. Which was the 15th so pretty much valentines day!

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 14:29:56

I thought it might be that pass after what you said yesterday. I googled placental abruption too but I thought if it was that it would still be hurting?

My bump feels very achy today. I also keep getting a pain on my left hand side but its level with my belly button, not under the bump. It comes and goes.

pikz Sun 04-Nov-12 14:40:51

First two Nct babies arrived yesterday and this morning....am so pleased all healthy and well but I. Have to admit quite a lot of jealously...I want mine too!

Elizadoesdolittle Sun 04-Nov-12 14:51:48

My DH and DD made a cake earlier. A chocolate and orange one. Is currently cooling on the rack and smells yummy. Going to have some with a cup of tea in a bit.

Just got back from a walk to the park with DD on her scooter. It's very brrr out there. No sign of baby making an appearance. It currently has hic ups again!

Happy birthday detective enjoy your cake.

ShellyBobbs Sun 04-Nov-12 15:09:02

Anyone else finding the birthing ball way too uncomfortable to use? I have for the last week. I feel like I'm sat on the baby and can feel every bit of it when I sit on it, like I'm squashing it back up there, don't know how anyone can use them in labour.

Busy upstairs, looking like its bit happening today :'(


WaitingForMe Sun 04-Nov-12 15:44:12

I lean over mine Shelly. I have a giant square cushion resting on it then kind of flop over it and wiggle my arse. I am very seductive these days, especially as my top rides up and shows the stretch marks under the bump.

Happy Birthday Detective. I've been grumpy all day but DH brought home doughnuts. I really don't know why he puts up with me!

Fucking car won't start sad The last thing I need right now. Have looked up the fault and apparently it is common with this type of car and the part costs £350 plus labour to replace. I haven't got £35 never mind £350.

tits it's getting ridiculous now. Every day they fob you off, I feel so angry on your behalf.

Peaky1 Sun 04-Nov-12 16:12:34

Ugh, I have nothing in my locker today. Where has my energy gone?!

Had to stay at my parents last night as our one and only toilet decided to block and break (worst nightmare Pass ?) Actually got a good night sleep there though.

Today I have been mostly horizontal (still am right now) despite a good night sleep and 2 hour nap this avo. In my head I need to get moving/bouncing/shagging to get this overdue baby moving but I CBA! Someone tell me this is still a great position for starting labour. I'm twattishly fooling myself that my body is conserving energy for labour later tonight. C'maaaan baby! Also c'maaan mummy and get your arse upright!.......nah

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 16:19:00

Just had some chocolate chiffon cake as its my brothers birthday smile was yummy

DP has had a major rant. 3rd day of promising to be done, 3rd day of no pain relief, 3rd day of no blood thinning medication and 3rd day of being told sorry but too busy for you now.
Still getting really weak, pointless contractions when laying down only.
Another day wasted away from my kids, my home, my life. I'm really reaching the end of my fight now. I'm tired, frustrated and weary.
Yet women go into labour everyday and come in ahead of me with "more need" tomorrow will be Monday and all the planned inductions/sections will start again and once more I'll be pushed down the cue until the day is over again. Well and truly had enough.

Jims Sun 04-Nov-12 16:55:36

That's rubbish tits really hope that you get action sooner than tomorrow.

Happy birthday detective

so having had a clean house and full fridge last week there was no action. So i'm going with the empty fridge and dirty house approach now. Plus the toilet infill pipe has sprung a slow leak today. I'm not sure the AA home emergency response person was quite expecting the response 'i'm due on wednesday and booked for a homebirth' when he asked how imminent it was. I was playing the i'm heavily pregnant card at the time! At least they're coming in the morning and it's not actually that bad so we could have cold water upstairs if someone keeps an eye on it. Since the insurance was a freebie with breakdown cover, i can't really complain anyway!

Oh tits it sounds awful for you, just want to come up and there and shake some sense into them!

jims my supreme nesting streak has gone a bit wayward too! Still keeping on top of the kitchen and hoovering.

My dad is now on call for when she decides the time is right, he reckons by thurs/ fri she'll be here so we shall see!

Catbag Sun 04-Nov-12 17:37:59

tits I am SO angry for you right now. This is completely outrageous and I don't know how the hospital staff can see this situation as anything but. I am worrying about your mh right now, because if I had gone through what you have been, mine would be definitely affected. What appalling treatment angry

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 18:00:11

peaky the thought of that is bringing me out in a cold sweat! What a nightmare!

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 18:14:00

Baby is moving but ONLY when I prod/poke/encourage. Do I phone the MW? confused WWYD?

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 18:14:57

Oh and Tits that's truly awful. When is your need considered greater??!! Agonizing pain counts for nothing I guess...

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 18:29:45

chunky if you are at all worried, give them a call. I rang about the weird pains I had earlier and they reassured me - that's what they are there for smile

StuntNun Sun 04-Nov-12 18:37:56

Just wondering, Detective, why your medical history means you shouldn't be induced?

mrswee Sun 04-Nov-12 18:46:34

chunky just call them, you will only worry if you don't and you will also spend all night poking your tummy!

tits I'm sorry your are stilll having such a rubbish time!

apple our car almost died at 5.30 am yesterday when DH was on his way to work, he had to call the AA and spend £81 on a part just so he could get to work.... but we also now need to go to the garage and have other stuff fixed because the part went due to other stuff. We don't even have enough money to buy baby stuff we still need, basics like blankets but I guess we can't be without a car either... it would be very hard to get to the hospital without it or for DH to get to work! you have my sympathy!

When we had DD, we didnt have a car and we spent £25 a time getting a taxi to hospital.. 4 times in a week.. we actually wouldn't be able to affrod that this time around.. I'd have to call an ambulance!

Sadly pain is never a priority, as long as me and baby are healthy they don't give a monkeys, DP expressed extreme concern for my MH but they just keep saying that they're busy and can't help.
It's annoying that they stop inductions over night, I think we should have the choice, I'm willing to be woken up anytime in the night/early morning if it just gets done.

The amount of women having first babies that have walked in here and been induced and delivered within hours or come in and gone into labour spontaneously is vast and my stupid body was given the kick, it started really well then wound down into these crappy mild "tightenings"

kirrinIsland Sun 04-Nov-12 19:10:49

chunky I've had that today, I called the labour ward and they told me to come in. I spent half an hour attached to a monitor and everything is fine. I would rather do that and have them think I'm a bit paranoid than leave when there is actually a problem. Just call and ask for advice.

Still nothing really happening here. I was so sure things were kicking off so I'm gutted that it all seems to have ground to a halt. Still got some bloody discharge but I think it is just a show.

Catbag Sun 04-Nov-12 19:11:57

mrswee We were stuck in the same position when I was having my eldest and we lived about 30 miles from the hospital. My partner tried to ring an ambulance and they told him that they'd charge him £50 as it wasn't a medical emergency! He ended up sprinting barefoot (at 2am) three streets away to beg a lift off our friend's lodger!

The AA man came out and couldn't get it started sad He tried loads of different things but reckons it's to do with the car not reading the key card. He didn't tow it away so I've no idea how much it will cost but I can't afford it right now whatever.

We are quite lucky I suppose because we live a 5 minute walk from where DP works and my mum and dad have got a car each and have said I can borrow one of theirs for as long as I need it. DP is off this week anyway and the food shopping is being delivered tomorrow so it's not a major disaster. Just a hassle I could do without.

Lilliana Sun 04-Nov-12 19:27:53

Was hoping to come back to find tits had had her baby, so sorry things seem to have stopped.

Just caught up the last 10 pages and now no time to post! First day of mat leave tomorrow so will try to do better

Baby has hiccups and everytime she has one it pushes against my cervix, not painful just shows how low she is. I'm dtd tonight I don't care I've got a cold!
Also bought hot chilli sauce for one night this week! Eager beaver I'm only 38 weeks on tues!

blonderthanred Sun 04-Nov-12 19:46:58

I'm really sorry Tits it all sounded so hopeful. I do know how you are feeling trust me. I am surprised they stop everything overnight, I had one of my procedures at 11pm. Although obvs it meant that if it had worked, DH would have been at home.

I am also really surprised they did not take any notice of your DH talking about your MH. It's appalling and shoddy. I hope to goodness things change overnight. Sending best wishes.

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 19:54:42

Off to hospital to get checked. Prob nothing but better safe than sorry. Rubbish signal so may not be able to report back until later.

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 19:56:35

Good luck chunky

MissMummy1 Sun 04-Nov-12 20:06:42

All the best chunky!

Quiet baby day here too but I've felt some movement and it's not uncommon for me to go a whole day with nothing (midwives have said this is perfectly fine with the way my placenta's lying and the strength/now numbness from my torn muscles) so not worrying too much. Can hear a strong heartbeat and movements on doppler so that's good enough for me! Sometimes wish I was able to feel a lot more like most pregnant women - I feel I'm missing out on something!

Good luck chunky I'm sure it will be fine but you are doing the right thing getting checked.

tits I am in a right fuck off mood and if I knew what shoddy hospital you were in I would be tempted to call them and give them piece of my mind. It is appalling.

* a piece of

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 20:44:52

Honestly. What a total heap of bullshit tits is having to put up with. The second minitits is out I hope the whole tits family go apeshit. They are 'too busy' to worry about someone's mental health? What a crock of shit.


Best of luck chunky - better safe than sorry. kirrin and kissy what did they say was up? Are they able to identify anything or just tell you there is nothing to worry about?

I am having more pootractions. Proper making me wince and giggle with pain - does anyone else giggle when in pain? When DH was trying to help me get my rings off I was near hysterical with giggles.

My DH came home with some M&Ms for me. Yum yum.

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 20:48:48

Do any of you other hangers around keep doubting your labour bag and rechecking it or thinking of other things to put in?

Or is it just me?

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 20:54:05

Agreed pass it's shocking what tits has been going through. Am angry about it!

The midwife I spoke to didn't think it was anything to worry about, she said baby had probably kicked me hard or moved into an awkward position. I mentioned I had googled placental abruption and she said not to worry about that as there would be other symptoms, said to keep a close eye on things and if bump went hard, or there was any bleeding, or if movements decreased then to ring them again. Tbh I think it was probably wind blush

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 20:57:05

Yeah kissy those are the symptoms I read about. Quite scary really as the symptoms are pretty generic.

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 21:05:50

pass kissy I had that in the middle of the night too, like a sharp stabling pain in my bump and I couldn't, move, my bump was really hard, but it eased off after a bit of wind. blush

Baby has been moving around today though so I haven't been too worried.


StuntNun Sun 04-Nov-12 21:11:49

Being a boring old statistician I calculate that my chances of having this baby tomorrow (39+4) are 6%. I think I'd better stop worrying about every twinge if those are the odds.

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 21:14:09

How do you work that one it stunt

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 21:17:28


kirrinIsland Sun 04-Nov-12 21:24:09

pass they offered no explanation - just said the baby was fine, and to keep an eye on things and call back if any changes.

tits I can't believe the level of care you are getting. A major complaint is needed once you are out the other side of this sad

Alamaya Sun 04-Nov-12 21:45:30

Matthew Stuart born 4/11/2012 at 10.45am. Unexpected homebirth - 1hr labour including the first contractions. Unexpected footling breach with cord 3xround neck. was sooo lucky hes fine. 6lb 13oz xx

Sophiathesnowfairy Sun 04-Nov-12 21:49:39

alamaya that whole sentence is amazing. Congratulations and you must be so relieved.

Lane81 Sun 04-Nov-12 22:17:33

Congratulations alamaya! That sounds like an intense/scary time, so glad all worked out well!

Haven't had time to catch up-congrats to anyone else whose baby came over weekend!

StuntNun Sun 04-Nov-12 22:18:42

Wowee Alamaya congratulations on your safe arrival. I didn't even know babies could come out feet first!

Sophia I found a website collecting data on births related to due date then excluded all the data before 39+4 then reanalysed the remaining data to get a percentage.

katkit1 Sun 04-Nov-12 22:28:59

Alamaya Wow! Congratulations and welcome baby Matthew to the world, what a quick and scary birth - v.glad to hear all is well - Congratulations.

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 22:38:11

My goodness alamaya that sounds like an incredibly intense experience. Welcome to the world baby Matthew.

I am having another evening of incredibly sharp pains up my bottom. I've just been to see if I could have a poo and it felt like the world was going to fall out of my fanjo. Every evening for the last 3 days I have tightenings as well. All very irritating really.

kissyfur Sun 04-Nov-12 22:45:58

Blimey alamaya!! That must have been so frightening, glad baby matthew is all ok, congratulations!!

Chunkychicken Sun 04-Nov-12 23:12:52

Congratulations Alamaya. That must have been shocking (for everyone) but glad he's here safe & sound.

All well here with ChunkyChick. S/he were being a pickle and very sleepy at first, so was monitored for about an hour, but by the end, we were back to rib-kicking bladder-bouncing duties. Have been told to call again IMMEDIATELY if I am concerned about blood/waters/pain/movements but otherwise could be one of those things.

S/he had been quieter the last couple of days, and there is definitely variety in.movement depending on position (think its harder for me to feel some movement if baby is in pure LOA, rather than twisted more OP), but today was very odd.

Who said about laughing with the pain?? I did that when baby's head seemed to be burrowing down and causing really sharp fanjo pains and it was hilarious and agonizing at the same time!! I couldn't walk, it hurt so much, but I found this hilarious.

Pass I sometimes get that without being pg!! blush

Passmethecrisps Sun 04-Nov-12 23:36:52

Me too chunky. Stabby bottom pain has always been a 'thing'

Glad you and the chick are fine

ComradeJing Mon 05-Nov-12 00:10:31

Wow... congratulations Alamaya. What an entrance!

Oh Chunky I had that yesterday! It felt like someone had punched me in the pubic bone and I was exactly the same being caught between laughter and agony. DH and had a shag a couple of hours earlier and I told him I would kill him if that kicked things off.

DH has just left for a really important work trip to Thailand. I couldn't say anything but didn't want him to go but with recent relocation to Sydney & the state of the business here he HAD to go. DD and I watched his plane taking off from our apartment which has views of the flightpath. I loved it <geek> DD couldnt give a fanjo.

SIL arrives tomorrow so that if I do give birth someone can stay with DD.

Bloody apartment upstairs started renovations today. Drilling is vile. Need to take DD out to get away from the noise but CBA.

Like an actual firework - Johnathan arrived in 26 minutes out of nowhere at 2.39am weighing 7lb3oz - amazingly worth it. smile

Peaky1 Mon 05-Nov-12 05:36:59

Congrats Tits! In 26 mins?! shock Did they put the drip in or break your waters then?

No they came in to declare 'induction a failure' then left me all day with nothing, no monitoring, contractions or anything. I got one almighty contraction at 2am from nowhere which popped the waters, told them to be put back into bed and told to sleep. I then got contraction after contraction on top of each other and repeatedly mashed the call bell to be told to wait while they handed over. Screamed bloody murder until they examined me at which point they bundled the bed into a lift as he crowned in the corridor and was out in one. Very scary but I'm so glad it's done, he's perfect. smile

Iheartpasties Mon 05-Nov-12 05:51:44

Alamaya Oh wow, was that your first baby? Congrats on the homebirth. How was it for you? Precipitous births can pretty full on hope you are keeping well. And mega wow at it being a footling breech! DD was an unplanned homebirth, and l;abour was 1.5 hours. Congrats to you again.

tits that was fast, good work!!

wellieboots Mon 05-Nov-12 05:53:14

tits HUGE congratulations grin grin grin

You have been to hell and back with this pg, and especially in the last few weeks - and it doesn't look like your care was any better for the actual birth sad angry

BUT you have your little boy now, I hope you are able to get home quickly and start enjoying your new life together and that once you've had some time to "come tee" as we say in Scotland, that there will be strongly worded complaints to anybody and everybody. But for the moment, just enjoy your beautiful little boy - well done you! smile

SwissArmyWife Mon 05-Nov-12 07:00:26

My goodness!! Some very eager babies!!
Absolutely amazing. Congratulations alamaya
and tits, wow it sounds like your little boy was definitely on your side, 26 mins?!You must be so happy and relieved that it is all finally over.

I do hope I have a quick labour!

kissyfur Mon 05-Nov-12 07:09:37

Oh wow! Congratulations to you tits on the arrival of Jonathan! 26 minutes now that is fast!! Hope the pain goes away now and you can enjoy these special early days smile

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Mon 05-Nov-12 07:10:07

Bloody hell tits, what an ordeal after everything else. Really hope you recover quickly and well and can enjoy it all from now.

georgee Mon 05-Nov-12 07:10:47

Hoorah for you Tits!!! You showed them with your self-made birth! Your body knew what it was doing after all - good thing you were in the hospital! How absolutely brilliant, really enjoy this time with little Johnathan.

And Alamaya, what a story to tell little Matthew when he's older! Must have been terrifying at the time but what a fantastic outcome. Well done you!

Loving all these stories, keep them coming everyone!! By the time my baby's born I'll have heard of every single permutation of birth that can possibly happen!

Quiet day planned here - guys coming to put in cavity wall insulation so we're staying in, but an old friend's coming round this evening for a takeaway so I'm looking forward to that. Plus of course I'll be checking the thread every five minutes as usual!

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 07:18:49

Wow tits that's brilliant. I hope you get some relief now.

Pissed off to the max this morning. A whole night of good contractions, one about every ten minutes, was thinking this has got to be it. But no, after a night of it, mostly spent awake, has just slowed down to nothing but a dull constant ache and I now have a full day of a poorly toddler. I haven't even had a show to cheer me up. sad angry

StuntNun Mon 05-Nov-12 07:22:48

Congratulations on the birth of little Johnathan Tits and that's a great weight too. I'm sure you can't believe he's here at last and a firework baby too, what a great day to have your birthday. I hope the SPD pain goes away quickly, does it usually clear up soon after the birth? On another note you certainly have more fuel for the fire, your complaint is going to be quite something. Tits we were all rooting for you so Johnathan's safe arrival has made a lot of grumpy hormonal women very happy. Well done to you and MrTits, I hope you get home soon.

ComradeJing Mon 05-Nov-12 07:36:27

That's amazing tits congratulations.

Congrats tits - Very strange as I woke up at 2.35am on my clock to go for a wee and whilst I was having a wee was thinking to myself 'I wonder if tits has had the baby'

Congrats Alamaya on your arrival also.

I do hope my arrival is as quick as the rest of the november babies popping out!

WaitingForMe Mon 05-Nov-12 07:44:05

Congratulations Alamaya and Tits.

Are there many of us left?

kirrinIsland Mon 05-Nov-12 07:56:09

Congratulations tits and alamaya - quick work from both of you! Wishing you both all the best.

My contractions, such as they were, have completely ground to a halt - now back to nothing again. I really though it was going to be this weekend.

kirrinIsland Mon 05-Nov-12 07:57:34

Cross post Sophia - frustrating isn't it!

Clarella Mon 05-Nov-12 07:58:41

Congratulations tits, it must be such a relief to finally have him here! - I'm shocked at your treatment though.

Wow congratulations too alamaya , what a birth! Glad all is well.

Hope people don't mind me lurking; originally on this thread then decamped to Dec as due date changed but then changed again to 26th Nov - we've had one surprise over there but its helpful to be reading everyone's experiences here at the mo is helpful as I over analyse every fixing pain and leak! 37 wks today smile so I'm sure I'm fine, here's hoping more of you ladies get going properly soon!

A sure fire way to get baby to come on time or before; we've gone and ordered carpets as they were a ridiculously fab price and we've lived on floor boards for 3 years probably to be installed 3 days before due date confused

Catbag Mon 05-Nov-12 08:04:15

Bloody hell tits- you weren't joking about what happens when your waters break. It must have been quite scary for you, but I'm so pleased that Johnathon is here safe and sound finally. Well done you!

Does this mean that your DH wasn't there when you gave birth?

pikz Mon 05-Nov-12 08:12:02

Well done tits so glad he is here safe and well done alamaya that is quite a birth...

Another one down on the Nct group too....I'm blatantly still going to be here in December...

blonderthanred Mon 05-Nov-12 08:23:24

Wow Tits!and Alamaya those are quite some birth stories. Very glad all is well and your LOs are here, see you on the PN thread for much feeding and poo discussion!

Iheartpasties Mon 05-Nov-12 08:23:39

My friends is going in for a sweep tomorrow, and my other friend is going to be induced on thursday if nothing happens before. I am booked to see the midwife on the 7th, I am just flabbergasted that this baby hasnt arrived yet! I literally laughed when the midwife booked my appointment as I was <so sure> it would have arrived before then. Oh dear now I just cannot get my head around it still being inside!!

Huge congratulations Alamaya & Tits well done to you both!!!!

I've had enough sad had the most awful backache yesterday from about 4pm with a very tight bump and baby doing the cha cha in there, so had a nice hot clary sage bath followed by DH massaging my lower back cos it hurt sooo much but was a constant pain. Managed to get comfy in bed and watched a spooks with some Munchies while I had some mild contractions - thinking wahey this is it, I'll have a few hours sleep while they are mild and hopefully wake up in full blown labour!!!! Hmmmmmm 7am the alarm goes off and apart from backache still nothing nada!!!!!

This is baby no 3 so why do I feel like a complete amateur??? My waters broke first with the others so there was no mistaking labour where as this bugga is sending me loopy with every twinge!!!!

Am going back to bed to sulk!!!!!

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 08:59:31

wow congratulations Tits. Hope both you and he are doing well and that your pain is going/gone soon.

I felt strangely jealous of the clearly heavily pg woman brought into the assessment unit last night - her waters had gone and she was clearly pg enough for that not to be an issue iyswim. I felt like "at least she knows her baby will be here soon". blush

I had on and off period pains from early this morning, so I feel like it can't be that much longer. No doubt I will be posting here in 2wks, having booked induction etc. as I'm 38wks today...

WaitingForMe Mon 05-Nov-12 09:07:21

Same here kirrin. Everything has stopped. I slept right through the night and today feel absolutely nothing. At several points over the weekend I was noting the time between them!

I'm quite happy to be waiting again though. It was being in the midst of symptoms that weren't going anywhere that I struggled with. Now at least I can get on with some work and do stuff!

Netguru Mon 05-Nov-12 09:16:11


Congratulations. I had exactly the same experience as you and when I read your posts saying you felt a failure massive alarm bells rang. After a five day labour which left me feeling like you, I got very bad PND. My mh team likened it to PTSD. Take very good care of yourself, little luxuries, lots of cuddles for a long time.

Lane81 Mon 05-Nov-12 09:35:12

Congratulations tits despite the traumatic time, I am so glad he is really here! Enjoy the first few days of cuddles!

I've decided my baby is coming Saturday, one day after my due date. So have organised lots of plans for this week, so I can stop feeling like I am waiting for her to arrive!

Congrats alamaya and tits fab news!!

Nothing to report here, dtd didn't do anything (didnt think it would!) still got a stinking cold, ds is v unwell he just wants to sleep v unlike him.

Hope all is well with everyone else.

StuntNun Mon 05-Nov-12 09:52:49

Lane Saturday is good for me too! I like the 10/11/12 date!

I'm watching OBEM. Is this a good idea. I downloaded Juju's Birth Skills on to my phone last night, I hope I have time to read it several times before I go into labour.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 10:21:50

THANK FUCK FOR THAT Tits grin and congratulations!!! Did someone put a rocket in your fanjo grin I think I need me some of that!

I am bored now. I gave baby a talking to this morning. He is very much allowed to arrive in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. So this means I need to labour this evening!

Maybe I should stop being a fussy cow and he might want to come out grin To be fair, any time now is fine by me! Before next weekend would be great!

Poor DS got himself upset this morning, because he has a proper little zit on his chin! His first spot... arghhhh! He said people will laugh at him at school tomorrow sad I think we are going to have to get him a book on growing up! He knows things, but we've never given him the full 'talk'! I guess this is the start of things to come! I was 10 when I began puberty. Well, technically I started changing about 8, but was 10 when periods/bras began!

ShellyBobbs Mon 05-Nov-12 10:24:05

Alamaya congratulations on your safe arrival.

Tits AT LAST, massive congratulations! Hope you are both well and the SPD starts to die down.

Saturday is my due date by scan. Like you Pasties I can't believe I'm still here either with it being my 4th and the last 2 coming early, I really do think that I'm going over with this little one! It does feel like it's trying to break out through my fanjo bone most of the time though grin

Congratulations Alamaya and Tits! thanks

And tits make sure you put in a formal complaint as soon as you feel well enough, I wanted to put in a formal complaint about how we were treated when it was discovered DH couldn't have children naturally, but after weeks of being upset and angry we got swept along in our private IVF treatment and then I felt it was too late, now I wish I had as I wouldn't want other patients to be spoken to like we were. Obviously concentrate on having snuggle time with Jonathan and making sure you're ok first smile

We had a lazy day yesterday, DH finally caught up on his sleep although I only got a few hours Saturday night. I made DH take me to town for a Gingerbread Latte and a subway grin I had thought about going for a walk but it was freezing.
DH managed to tell his parents that's we were too tired for them to come over so we didn't have to do sunday tea for them. But in typical DH fashion, he got away with that by saying 'can we do next Sunday instead?'. I ranted at him because I don't want to do next Sunday either.

I feel bad but I don't want to make plans incase I go in to labour and have to cancel them, then they'll know i'm in labour and I don't want them to know.

Keep having period pains and some painful BHs(?) but think it's just my body playing with me. I'm only 37+3 but i'm getting impatient already grin

Oh and detective, I dreamt last night that you gave birth grin

Lilliana Mon 05-Nov-12 10:27:44

Huge congratulations to Tits I'm so pleased your little boy is finally here. Was your DH there? How are you feeling now. Look after yourself and hope your post natal care is better.

Wow Alamaya that must have been scary, glad everything is ok and enjoy the baby cuddles.

Haven't slept for most of the night but as it is the first day of mat leave I guess it doesn't matter!

I do have a list as long as my arm though but it might take me until past my due date to get it all done. 38+2 today but don't feel that baby is in any rush to go anywhere so will probably still be here in 3 weeks time.

Now I guess I should think about getting dressed...!

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 10:37:27

Tomorrow 6/11/12 is my EDD by MY dates. I'm pretty damn certain of the date of conception, so maybe baby will be nice and arrive then grin

However, the early scan I had (6 weeks) gave me an EDD of 9/11/12. By 12 weeks it was 6 days earlier at 3/11/12.

DS arrived at 40+7 by my period date (unsure of conception date!). However, it was 40+13 by the 12 week scan date. Which is what the midwives (and me) went by - til 38 weeks until I was told by the Consultant he was changing it to my dates! I was very fucking pissed off at losing 4 days at that gestation!!!! Plus it changed from 24/2/02 to 2/3/02 - a whole different fucking month. At 38 weeks! No one should ever do that to a pregnant woman!!! I just ignored it in the end grin as it made no difference really. DS did look very overdue though, he shed a whole new skin. So who knows what was right...?!

So fuck knows when this kid will arrive really. Different partner too. So it's anyones guess! ARGHHHH!

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 10:38:00

I want a speedy labour like tits (without the shit care) - wow what a pro! Congrats on your gorgeous son! Take care of yourself and as soon as you're feeling up to it give them hell for the way they've treated you!

Congrats also to Alamaya - you're so brave. Well done and take care of yourself xxx

Am I the only one STILL working?! 1 week exactly left till I qualify for ma. 1 week until operation 'get baby out' commences! I'm so over being pregnant... I kinda wanted a firework baby though - my cousins birthday is today and as kids we always got to go to see fireworks and do fireworky things. It's clearly not to be for this one though! 12.11.12 is the official date my accountant would be happy with this baby coming - I like that date too I think. <saddo>

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 10:38:08

Unless I look like Tits then, your dream was sadly mistaken grin

ShellyBobbs Mon 05-Nov-12 10:47:23

My dates give me 14/11/12 which I know are spot on too.

MM That may be a tad too fast for labour, fast labours are great but even my 1 hour one last time left me shaking like a drill, they are not all they're cracked up to be. A nice 2 hour one would be perfect for me grin

A need a poo, but currently I have one day of proper poos then the next day of rabbit poos. Today is rabbit day so will try and wait a bit until porridge has brewed it a bit more, but then I know BH will start any time.

Got some homemade soup on the go in the slow cooker and bought some lovely crusty bread, can't wait till that's done. Also cherry pie and ice-cream for afters. Yummy!

Oh, Ever is coming home today, she's been on the PN thread grin

Iheartpasties Mon 05-Nov-12 10:54:13

shelly hows the itchiness, sounds dreadful.

My due date is 23/11/12 but by the 7 weeks and 12 scan scan it was measuring 3 days ahead but they didn't bother changing the dates seeing as they know with certainty that it was conceived on 2nd March.
By 20 weeks it was measuring a bit further ahead and by 32 weeks 2 weeks ahead so i'm hoping that means it will be cooked early rather than just a big baby smile
I had my WC jab two weeks ago tomorrow so anytime now would be fine for me

I kept getting BH that made me want to poo yesterday, then when I went to poo that brought on more BHs (TMI sorry) Bit uncomfortable trying to poo with a rock hard tummy

ShellyBobbs Mon 05-Nov-12 10:56:46

The same. My feet looked horrendous last night they had swollen up that much. I have to put aqueous cream on every hour to keep it at bay and it's everywhere now sad But thanks for asking grin

Izzybuzzybuzzybees Mon 05-Nov-12 10:58:29

Congratulations tits I'm so glad to hear that baby is here safe and well. 26 minutes is super amazing!

I'm stuck in the house today waiting in the midwife arriving. I hate that they don't give a rough time you just need to sit and wait and wait!

I haven't ventured into the post grad thread yet.i fear if I type my birth story I will never stop! It's long and eventful!

Iheartpasties Mon 05-Nov-12 11:04:28

fatima You just never know when these babies will decide to arrive!!

shelly sounds terrible! You poor thing. You are such a calm type - I would be going nuts!

izzy have you had plenty of opportunity to talk you birth through with your partner or family?

Elizadoesdolittle Mon 05-Nov-12 11:17:53

Huge congratulations tits. I'm so glad your baby is finally here safe and well. Enjoy your newborn snuggles.

Well I'm 39 weeks today. I dropped DD off at preschool over 2 hours a go and achieved absolutly nothing since, apart from doing online shopping! Got a fairly quiet week lined up, but trying to get out and about a bit so that I don't feel I'm just stitting around waiting for labour to start. I'm feeling quiet tired though so don't want to push myself too much.

WaitingForMe Mon 05-Nov-12 11:19:02

I'm still working in a sense MM. I just drafted a brief to confirm a project outline to one client and submitted a set of ideas to another. But I haven't left the sofa house for work for over a fortnight.

I swing between hating that I won't ever truly stop and have a clearly defined maternity leave and appreciating that that means it won't actually end and I'm essentially going to be a SAHM as long as I like.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 11:21:18

I'm dripping with sweat!!!!

I am sat here with a thin dressing gown on and nowt else. I've resorted to taking my arms out of it, and wearing it like some kind of bra around my boobs! Pulled it up as far as modesty allows! The patio doors are open, the heating is off, but the sun is fucking streaming through the living room window and heating me up like a boil in a bag.

URGHHHH! I'm contemplating siting here naked, but then I read that thread yesterday where it was considered disgusting to be naked about the house so maybe I shouldn't grin

Right, i've decided i'm going to spend the day cooking and baking. Going to walk down to Morrisons for some ingredients, stretch my legs. And then obviously I get to eat al the things I cook grin

Detective Was it the husband thread? I think most people were cringing at the potty-training toddler look rather than full nudity, but then it did digress in to controlling and weirdness. I have to admit, i'd rather a fully naked or full y clothed man than one with his willy dangling below a t-shirt. I don't think i'd even fancy Robert Pattinson dressed like that grin

blonderthanred Mon 05-Nov-12 11:31:13

"Tops but no bottoms? That's ruder than nothing at all!" - line from a sitcom a few years ago that DH and I are fond of quoting.

Passmethecrisps Mon 05-Nov-12 11:49:23

Good morning!
Welcome to the world the eagerly awaited babytits!

I actually slept last night! Woohoo! In actual fact I probably got the same number of hours as normal but at least 4 of them were undisturbed. My goodness gracious me what a difference it has made - I feel like a new woman today.

Mind you, would anyone be surprised that I did worry on waking that baby hasn't been moving and that is why I slept. Honestly, I am never happy.

DH took it upon himself to book us in to relaxation classes today. I think he is getting quite excited. He was telling me this morning about the appointments he has today and tomorrow but he has left his diary free for the next fortnight.

My due date is tomorrow. My dates made it Thursday so it would be awesome if it could let me snooze another night then it can come.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 11:56:44

Yes Fatima that's the one!

I must admit, I was going to post, but thought better of it! I'm a naked wanderer about this house! Even though DS is 10, and hasn't been seen naked for at least 4 years, he doesn't flinch at me! DP doesn't walk around with the toddler look though grin given as he isn't DS's dad, that would be inappropriate!

I don't generally sit around in the buff. But I don't consciously cover up just because DS is around! If I got a hint of embarrassment though I wouldn't do it! I just don't see it as an issue if no one else does! I'm quite happy to sleep naked, walk to bathroom in the morning, even downstairs to iron clothes. I do usually have underwear on by the time I'm ironing though grin

Both DP and DS walk in on me on the loo all the time... although they don't do it to each other!

DS is planning to be here for the birth, so who knows what he is going to see (was planning on wearing a button up shirt in labour, or a bra in the pool but nothing on bottom half). He isn't seeing the bottom end anyway, I think just being in the room is graphic enough! I'm glad that he is used to seeing his mum in varying states of undress though, as this is one less thing to have to consider! I don't for see any issues with him being around me breastfeeding either. I don't think he will find it strange or unusual which I guess some kids his age would do.

Funnily enough, he wasn't so bothered a few weeks ago about being here for birth, but as I've got closer to the day, he has become more determined to be here, and worrying that he might be in school and miss it!

I never really gave it any thought before reading that thread confused

I have to admit, todger below tshirt is a bad look though! In attractiveness stakes!!

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 11:59:27

I want to know what Fatima is cooking!

I'm contemplating lunch. When there is a full weeks worth of food in the house, I find it reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally hard to make a decision on what to have grin

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 12:18:31

Detective our weeks food shop is about 4 days overdue. We're on a massive use-up so we can fill the freezer/cupboards when we eventually get round to doing a food shop this week. Lunch today is cheese and bacon toasties and dinner will be the roast chicken we were going to have yesterday but forgot to take out the freezer!

I sleep naked and don't mind walking to the bathroom etc in the nude if we don't have anyone staying. I lived with 2 guys when I was at uni so not in the habit of going full nude, they were quite used to seeing me in my undies though blush!! Dh would be a full on naturist if he could. I sometimes need to remind him we don't live in the sticks anymore and letting it all hang out will have us put on a list! (particularly when he liked to stand at the window in our old apartment with his binos watching the boats....)

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 12:23:20

So baby is wriggling like a good 'un but according to the MW this morning, wriggled him/herself back up so is 'free' & not engaged at all!!! Wouldn't mind, except I thought things seemed to be kicking off this morning, and I'm still only measuring 36cm (the same for the last 3wks) which I could accept if baby was engaged iyswim...

This baby was measuring on the 90th centile/highest line on the graphs from my scans, so it seemed to me to be nearly a week ahead of my 'official' dates. I too thought that (given DD was born @ 39+3 & always measured on the mean/spot on) this might mean an earlier delivery. Plus head being down & engaged early, it would be sooner rather than later.

Oh and "Nothing worse than a naked man in socks" is a favourite quote in the Chunky household!!! The t-shirt + todger look is pretty yuck too... We just do naked here - sleep naked, wander around naked, except currently as I NEED to wear knickers & a sleep bra to bed.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 12:55:42

I don't do many weekly shops, usually shop day to day, or 2/3 days at a time. Before I was pregnant I did them more often, but after never knowing what I wanted day to day, with hyperemesis and the fussiness that then followed, it was easier to just get stuff as needed!

However DP works for Morrisons, although his store is a small town centre one. I have to drive out my way to go to a big enough store to do a weekly shop (IMO!). We get a 10% discount, so I figured while on maternity leave I really ought to save money and go and get the discount! Plus they have a voucher offer on for christmas, and 15p off a litre of petrol. My weeks shop actually came in after discount as £75 (will need to spend about £6 tomorrow on a few fresh bits) but we have another £6 off the petrol, plus the voucher towards the christmas shop. So saved quite a bit. Especially when you consider we easily spend £15-20 a day on food when going day to day blush.

Every penny counts now grin And food is going to be the biggest way for me to save costs!

Decided on a veggie sausage butty. DS wanted to do it, so he is. While I sit on my bum! Ace!

Tell you what though, when this baby comes, this house is having a full on spring clean after. I just can't face doing it now, but I so want to! DP helps so much when reminded but it just isn't the same as when you have done a proper job it yourself. I'm really wanting to conserve as much energy as possible though now, as I am facing an uphill battle to have a vaginal birth, and am doing everything I can to make sure I am prepared for it!

ditsygem Mon 05-Nov-12 13:26:43

Congratulations tits! I am so happy your baby is finally here and I hope your SPD recovers quickly.

39+1 today and I think nesting is finally kicking in! woo! I have so far blitzed the kitchen in a mega clean, cleared out the fridge, done 2 loads of washing, emptied all the bins in the house. After a sit down for lunch (jacket potato and cheese - yum) I am off to clean some more. (this is not at all like me but I am quite enjoying it!)

Really hope this baby comes this week or over the weekend - I really don't want to go overdue.

fatima your cooking/ baking day sounds yummy I'd do something like that I just never have the energy! What will you be making?

I've just wolfed down cheese on toast, crisps, half an apple, a wagon wheel and a cereal bar I'm so hungry! I could still eat more...

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 14:02:32

DH I feel your pain grin

Nothing seems to fill me!!

I'm knackered now after my baking grin

I've cooked a creamy chicken and butternut squash stew which has been transferred to the slow cooker to keep it cooking. I've also just put a parkin in the oven, yum!
I'm going to do mash, roasted butternut squash and some chargrilled lemon courgettes to go with the stew.

I'm not normally this good though, this weekends meals consisted of pizza for lunch on Saturday, hot dogs at a party Saturday night, subway yesterday lunch and then mixed kebab and cheesy chips last night blush So I thought I shoud make something descent for a change.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 14:36:26

Jealous grin Sounds bloody gorgeous!

I'm still miffed that our meal out last night in an expensive restaurant was mediocre at best, and the £10 takeaway we got on the way home filled me way more, and was much more enjoyable!

I hate going for nice food and being so disappointed with it! Not when it isn't something we do very often anyway!

We are having my favourite for tea! Baked potatoes! Before going to watch fireworks! I'll blast this baby out or deafen it!

I'm sat here waiting for DP to show any interest in putting up the very last item in the babys room. The curtain pole. We got the curtains yesterday! He knows I'm desperate to get them up to see what it all looks like. But he seems in a grumpy mood, and I don't want to nag him. He knows this was the one thing that needed doing today! Yet he is playing his stupid game! I might just go do it myself. It needs 2 of us though! But if I stomp to the shed to get the drill, he might get the idea? No?!

At least it will get me away from DS who has turned from super helpful to super grumpy in mere minutes because he is doing his homework.

ShellyBobbs Mon 05-Nov-12 14:39:45

I've just put spuds in the oven for tea, can't wait to eat them now.

StuntNun Mon 05-Nov-12 14:56:39

Fatima please explain chargrilled lemon courgettes. They sound delicious.

Despite my best intentions I have achieved nothing today, haven't even loaded the dishwasher, and now I'm back in bed. We have people coming to view the house tomorrow and it's a bombsite. But it was lovely and tidy on Saturday for visitors. I'm fed up of tidying up just to have it completely destroyed by DH and the kids.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 14:58:57

I just mentioned the curtain pole and got a shirty 'if you want'.

I think DP has PMT grin

He still hasn't moved though!

Stuntnun A friend used to do them at uni. You mix some olive oil, lemon juice and pepper (and whatever else you want) in a bowl. Then finely slice some courgette, i'm going to do mine with a potato peeler. Then soak them in the oil mix then pop them in a hot frying pan or on a griddle pan. I'll let you know how the turn out smile

I've only just got round to having a shower,seemed pointless getting dressed so I'm in a huge t shirt and no bra.

We're poorly and not going anywhere so it's justified grin

At least if baby decides to come tonight I've got clean hair!

Yay tits congratulations. Enjoy some time with your precious little boy first then prepare to kick some butt.

I'm feeling really down today. Not sure why. My car, DP and a mixture of things sad I keep crying and can't seem to stop myself.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 15:31:02

I've just put away 2 weeks worth of washing and am knackered. Kitchen is a bombsite after I let dh make toasties for lunch (toasties ffs - how is it possible to make so much mess?!) and I wanted to steam clean the bathroom. No energy left, and we really do need to go to tescos at some point... he can't be trusted to go alone

I think man nesting has commenced though. Albeit (unfortunately) not in the house but he's spent most of today sorting and tidying his garage. I see no real progress, but judging by how full the recycling bins are he's clearly been decluttering it somewhere!!

We were going to see fireworks tonight but decided against it. We're both still fluey (hin obviously SO much worse than me hmm) and last year we had to walk miles and hang around for hours. It's very cold here too but fc we'll be able to see some of the displays in Edinburgh from across the river!

kirrinIsland Mon 05-Nov-12 15:53:27

apple bloody hormones have a lot to answer for. Have you got something to do to keep you busy - try and keep your mind off things?

DH when I though labour might be starting on sat eve, I had a shower and washed my hair in preparation! Sods law it will start out of nowhere and I won't have time to make myself vaguely presentable...

My due date is 7th according to my scan but the 10th according to me, so why on earth I'm getting so impatient I don't know!

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 16:05:26

I feel like DH & I should have a shortlist of names but we don't.... Is that weird? I guess I've just been so birth/house/decorating/pg orientated that the baby actually having a name when s/he is here isn't a priority!!! Perhaps if we knew the sex it would be different?? hmm

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 16:09:58

Chunky we've only just in the last week realised we still don't have any possible girls names!

Just been asked if I'm likely to go into labour tonight - apparently he's dying and NEEDS some medicinal whisky.....

I've got yet more clothes I've got to hang up in the baby's wardrobe and I need to sort my hospital bag. I've got everything to go in it but they are all over the house at the moment so need to do that. I don't want to be rushing around doing it when I get contractions.

My Ocado shopping is coming later and I have ordered a few treats so that should cheer me up. My mum has put me on her car insurance policy for a month and will be bringing her car round for me later so at least I'll be able to go out if I want. It's so isolating without a car. Especially when we only live in a tiny little town with maybe 10 shops if that.

I think a lot of it is hormones - poor DP hasn't done anything in particular to upset me. Just little things irritate me sometimes.

My scan put me back 6 whole days! So I could either be 38 or nearly 39 weeks but either way she's not shifting yet!

I do feel like she's so low now though, the underneath of my bump feels v heavy.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 16:53:05

Apple feel for you re the lack of car. There are NO shops in our village, just 2 pubs, a cafe and an expensive restaurant hmm. Oh and deep sea world.... I always feel totally isolated when DH has my car at work!

I'm in such a sulk today lol - the house is the cleanest it has ever been, everything is ready for baby, shopping all done - there is nothing left for me to do except watch episodes of weeds and I'm quickly running out of them!!!!

Wish I could go to sleep and wake up in labour!!!

apple Hope you're feeling better. Shall I send you some of my parkin?

Kirrin I'm getting impatient and i've over two weeks until my due date grin

MM Medicinal whiskey hmm DH rang me from work on friday to see if he'd be able to work Friday night or did I think I was going to go in to labour as I was officially full term. I consulted my crystal ball and he worked

WRT names, we're winging it. DH has 4 boys names he likes, I have 6 I kind of like. 2 of them are them same. Girls, no idea. We'll just see when it arrives and hope something jumps out. If not it'll be nameless for a while.

I've just done the hospital bags, things were half sorted but like apple in random piles. I'm going to go through them again with DH tonight so he knows where everything is. When I go in to labour I just need to add a pillow, maternity notes, dressing gown, iphone chargers, juice from the freezer and a couple of magazines.

Will I look like I'm going on holiday though. I've split things up in to different bags so when we turn up to hospital we'll have a small suitcase on wheels (like this), a washbag, a changing bag, a pillow and DH will have an oversized hangbag/overnight bag full of snacks etc.

There'll then be a holdall with extras in the car.

Will I look ridiculous?

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 17:25:05

I had a nice walk to our library and back (renting a DVD for me whilst there - ooops!! grin) while DD napped & DH DIY-ed the baby's room some more but having drunk hot choc, eaten a yog & mince pie & fallen asleep on the sofa, I feel thoroughly knackered & out of it. It was only a 20mins walk ffs!!!

Thanks MM glad we're not the only ones!!

Think it is hormones Apple. You're very close to 'the end' & its hard feeling that mix of vunerable, bored, incapable & stuck at home. I don't feel like I want to go far from home alone, as its tiring with DD and if it all kicks off etc but equally, I was going stir crazy stuck in on Friday.

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 17:31:05

Fatima less is def more. We looked like we were moving/going on hols with my DD but I was in there 2hrs before she was born, so didn't need most of it. Most of the time (unless there's a issue) they'll encourage you stay at home for as long as possible. Plan to have a small 'labour' bag and bag for DH to get through until baby is born, small bag for baby & a few bits for after - the rest can stay in the car until they're necessary. And tbh, I cannot imagine being able to read between contractions - if you can, you won't be in hospital (unless being induced) and after baby is born, you will prob not want to. Oh and final one, get DH to pack your bag, otherwise he won't be able to find anything should you need it.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 17:31:12

Dinner tonight really is a mish mash of the last of everything we have in the house! So, roast chicken with a couple of rashers of bacon thrown on for good measure, homemade homegrown dauphinois spuds (made without cream as we have none and 3 different varieties of cheddar - could be interesting...) and some steamed veg. I don't even have enough milk or flour to make yorkshire puds! sad

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 17:33:04

Oh, despite planning a home birth, I have 3 bags packed; one for DD, one for baby (boots free changing bag) and one for me (flight bag, standard 'carry on luggage' type size). That's it. If DH wants anything else, he can bring it in a small bag, & I'd take my v-shaped pillow too.

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 17:46:15

We've just finished the fucking curtain pole.... I don't need to add anything else here, do I? hmm

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 17:46:51

mm i think i could do with a medicinal whiskey neve mind your DH grin

chunky that is a good idea about DH packing bags. Xx

Ok I am goin g to show my ignorance here. Even though I am on number 4 I have always had a show after a sweep, never on my own. So, today a I have had too graduate from pant liners to slim maternity towels and some of the discharge has been pink tinged, and mean tinged, Is only slight. [Confused] what is this, is this the start of a he?

Also I am having quite strong cramps, but I think they are irregular. If they carry on I will use the the contraction timer thingy, but it could just be a joke my body is playing on me. I am cynical that I can do the on my own!

Passmethecrisps Mon 05-Nov-12 17:47:12

We have two wee bags - one hold all sort of thing for me and the boots changing bag for baby. If need be DH can whizz home and get stuff.

Best laid plans are that we put bags and baby seat in my car - 5 doors. On the way back from wedding last week is developed a crazy noise which means it has to go back into the garage despite having been there just a week ago! Doh!

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 17:48:12

* obviouslyaaa not a he but a show, my toddler is climbing all over me.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 17:55:05

For the first time in my life I've managed to pack quite lightly for hospital. Probably because I hate hospitals and want to spend as little time as possible there! I have a holdall for me and DH and when I EVENTUALLY get my changing bag will have that for junior. If need be I've left space in our bag incase we need to grab anything last minute. Will also pack another bag nearer the time to keep in my car incase we have to stay in longer than planned.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 17:56:23

Nearer the time - ha <clearly still indenial that we're having a baby this month>

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 18:03:20

I only have two bags this time, but I thought I would make a handy pile at home incase daddy needs to grab stuff. Think I should do that tonight after toad in the hole. Yum.

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 18:04:35

Sophia my show wasn't much more that a thickish pink-tinged glob of discharge with my DD and I did have period-pain type cramps for a short while (hr or 2) before, and then infrequent contractions after. DD was born about 12hrs after my show.

kalidasa Mon 05-Nov-12 18:06:30

I'm still working! (Can't remember who asked, sorry.) I'm only actually going in once more (to teach a seminar tomorrow) but I'm still working pretty much full time from home and will continue doing so until the baby arrives I think. Have several projects to be getting on with. (I'm an academic and the whole work/life distinction is a bit vague . . .) I'm actually quite enjoying it at the moment and hoping to finish up two or three things before the big day. It helps to pass the time anyway. I had imagined I would spend my time at this stage shopping, swimming and meeting friends for coffee but as it is what with the crutches and the sickness I can barely leave the house so I might as well work instead.

My due date is not till the end of the month so I hope it's OK that we are nowhere near prepared. We did go on a 'labour ward tour' yesterday (slightly depressing, but the midwife was very nice). But we are several stages off packing a hospital bag - I mean I couldn't pack one even if I wanted to because we don't have half the stuff. Must do an Amazon order this week!

Hmm well the suitcase on wheels isn't full, could fit my wash bag inside that so it's one less thing to carry, my wash bag also has plenty of room in it but I luffs it. Then baby's things are just in the changing bag.
DH doesn't want to go home at any point so we'll have the holdall in the car with extra stuff that we probably won't need, but just incase I want to stay in longer.
I'm just worried i'm going to leak blood all over my pjs and need loads of changes of clothes so I daren't pack too light. How many clothes/nightwear do you have in your labour bag?

The magazines probably won't get used, it's just so if I get panicky then DH can read me nonsensical gossip to distract me

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 18:10:54

Yummmmm toad in the whole. Having a weird Thai-inspired rice dish for dinner tonight, that DH is cooking. Not really up for it tbh but haven't had to cook, so that's a bonus. Did Cottage pie last night and had LOADS left that went in the freezer.

Was SO sure things would kick off today after the pains in the night, but nada. Plus, if baby isn't even engaged any longer, I guess it won't be for a while. Oh well, have something planned nearly every day this wk, including taking DD to toddler group on Wed and getting her photo taken (dead easy for Christmas presents then grin), which I don't think anyone else is available to do if I'm in labour, so hopefully can keep my mind off things a bit.

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 18:15:27

I remember the blood loss being heavy and NEEDING the big pads but I don't remember leaking vastly. If you can change the pads often, you shouldn't need too many changes of clothes Fatima - at worst, it'll be when you're sleeping and you'll prob not have to be in too long. I have a change of clothes to go in, in/give birth in, a spare dark nightie to give birth in/wear after and a pair of dark pjs. But then I don't intend to be in at all!!

Lilliana Mon 05-Nov-12 18:50:19

All I have managed on 1st day of mat leave is school work! Hopefully all done now so will start on the house jobs tomorrow.

Fatima I'm similar to you, I have packed a change bag for baby and have got DH's cricket bag for me (not yet packed.) Have also got the boots bag for DH and food! Not sure if it is too much but would rather have too much than miss something.

We have no water atm so can't even wash the dishes or make a cup of tea sad Hoping DH's boss gets home soon and sorts it out.

kissyfur Mon 05-Nov-12 18:58:59

Evening ladies

Had a nice day today, DD had her first morning at her new playgroup, which she loved smile I took a walk into town while she was there (we live a 5 min walk from our town centre) but I only managed a couple of shops then was so knackered I had to come home! Back and hips were really aching too, definitely getting to the 'too pregnant to do much' stage!

Had a belated send off lunch with my workmates today too and they got me some lovely mamas and papas baby grows and a soft toy duck for the LO grin

No signs of anything happening baby wise here today, 10 days til my section date! It can't come quickly enough tbh! Think I will attempt to put the bedside cot up tonight.

Hospital bag wise I have one for me and one for the LO. Am trying to pack light this time as last time I took loads that I never used.

ha ha I'm laughing at the thought of my husband's cricket bag Liliana. It's huge, not sure what he keeps in there but I could seriously live in it grin

I think i'll be ok, the holdall should remain in the car all being well.

Tea was lovely, DH ate it super fast and had seconds so he must like it.

MissMummy1 Mon 05-Nov-12 19:16:25

I have a dark nightie to give birth in, 2 other ones that are front opening and debating throwing in a pair of dark cosey jammies. Have a pair of maternity leggings to wear home as they're uber comfy!

Has anyone else packed a change of clothes for their other halves? Was going to stick something in the emergency bag in the car for dh but now contemplating putting a nice top in our bag for him to stick on for the first few photos.

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 20:02:02

mm. I haven't, I figure he can take card f himself. Is that selfish?

Defo a show. Definately contractions of some sort, whether they develop into anything we will see.

Number 2 silly question, should I call anyone or can I jut plod away at home until I can't bear it?

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 20:03:04

I'm feeling a bit scared now.

WaitingForMe Mon 05-Nov-12 20:05:36

DH is taking a spare set of clothes MM. The birth unit is really warm and I've insisted he take a set of summer clothes. He'll go in in jeans, top, trainers then change when he gets there otherwise he'll be boiling. He'll then change back into his jeans and top to go home. It's all in the man bag that he didn't want but now loves and uses every single day

Spent the whole afternoon researching different reusable nappies. I know it's been covered on this thread before, but I really can't keep up with all you guys and the rate at which the thread moves!

I think we're going to go for the Little Lamb OSFA nappies, does anyone have experience with these?!

kissyfur Mon 05-Nov-12 20:45:40

Oo exciting sophia! Don't be scared you'll be fine. I'd ring them and see what they say if you're unsure - good luck!

Oooh good luck Sophia, sounds like things are getting started with you!

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 21:04:16

Contractions seem to be about every 6 mins. Am hoping I can stay at home till the morning, but I think I will text my babysitter just in case. Have just rechecked the labour bag for the umpteenth time, not a lot in that, some slippers, wash stuff, hair bands, homeopathy stuff and tens. My mind draws a blank at the other bag!

Ooh exciting Sophia. Give them a ring now if you're feeling nervous.

WRT DH, we're doing similar to Waiting. The birth centre is hot so they've said to bring shorts. SO he'll go in whatever he's wearing, then in his snack bag he'll have shorts, t shirt and flip flops.
I've also popped a change of underwear and clothes in the "stay in the car holdall" in case we decided to stay for a night and he wants to freshen up.

I've been reading a thread about giving yourself internals confused, has anyone here done it? Does anyone poke their cervix? Detective What about you what with being a midwife and all?

Good luck sophia!!

fatima I was going to ask that question but then thought if be the only one and feel embarrassed. After reading the other thread I had a go but couldn't feel anything/ don't know what I'm looking for. I just seemed to go on and on...ill give it another go tomo grin

kirrinIsland Mon 05-Nov-12 21:15:14

Does having a show mean labour is imminent? I've had bleeding since Saturday (confirmed as a show by my midwife this morning) so I'm starting to feel a bit cheated that nothing has happened yet!

Sophia sounds exciting! 6 mins is pretty close together isn't it? I can't remember at what point they advise you to go in?

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 21:28:49

I don't think it does really, it could still be weeks, but the only time I have ever had one before is after a sweep and then things have happened in the next 24 hours. I had that funny night as well last night with what seemed like contractions that tapered off if the morning.

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 21:29:47

I can still talk through them so think I should be ok confused

Peaky1 Mon 05-Nov-12 21:37:22

Sophia - I've been told to go in when they are 1 contraction every 4 mins. Don't go in pain levels, everyone is different! Hope it all goes well! smile

Peaky1 Mon 05-Nov-12 21:37:55

On pain levels, not in pain levels!

blonderthanred Mon 05-Nov-12 21:41:19

Good luck Sophia. I think you can call the labour ward to let them know, even though you won't be going in yet. Especially if you are feeling anxious.

Peaky1 Mon 05-Nov-12 21:42:46

AND that counts from the start of one to the start of the next one (rather than timing the gap of respite). Exciting! I'm jealous!

Misslaughalot - there's a bunch of threads on nappies that I use and VQ and Blonder are usual suspects there too. I can't check for sure on my phone unless I lose this message I've typed but I think the nappy board is in the 'products' section of Talk. I've bought LL OSFAs but as you know already I've yet to test them!

jenbird Mon 05-Nov-12 21:57:05

Good luck Sophia.
Kirrin A show means things are heading the right way. I was told it could be weeks but with D's 1 he was born 4 days later and with Ds 2 it was 12 hours later. Could be anytime.....or not!

I am 38 weeks tomorrow but the builders are coming so need to wait until at least Thursday really. My ds1 would have been born this Friday in this pregnancy but don't feel like anything going to happen soon. Did have slight panic that nothing was ready yesterday so everything is washed now at least.

Feel pretty good at the moment too so not wishing the time away.

Chunkychicken Mon 05-Nov-12 21:59:47

I was just going to say what blonder said Sophia - if you are having regular contractions then you should let the ward/assessment unit know, just so they can manage their patient load etc and reassure you if you're feeling anxious. But don't feel anxious, you have done it before, it'll be fine and then you'll meet baby!!! Good luck smile

Sophiathesnowfairy Mon 05-Nov-12 22:04:41

I have spoken to labour ward and they seem pretty chilled at the mo. they said if the bleeding was just like blood not mucus to call again, it is hard to tell as the pads are quite absorbent but my interpretation is that as it is Blood tinged rather than just blood is ok. Am keeping an eye....

blonderthanred Mon 05-Nov-12 22:10:02

Misslaugh I have also bought the LLs but DS is just too teeny at the moment and even on the smallest setting they seem loose - I know VQ already has Jacob in reusables but I think they may be small sizes not osfa. DH is v keen to use them but even he agrees we are a bit overwhelmed at the moment & we'll look into options in next few days.

Dixiebell Mon 05-Nov-12 22:12:48

Poor DH is still on train home from London 4 hours after he got on it...it's an hour's journey but train kept breaking down. Were both looking fwd to a relaxed evening with Downton and early night. Now waiting for him to get in still and he hasn't eaten yet. Nightmare. Good thing he's not rushing home because I'm in labour or something...

Lane81 Mon 05-Nov-12 22:36:31

Ooo how exciting sophia maybe another baby by morning?

jenbird we also have builders in damp roofing and knocking down a wall...they were supposed to be finished by now! The baby can't arrive till the end of the week!

We've gone for Little Lambs, my friends rave about them. I've been practising, they seem straight forward. There's a sale on their Facebook page at the moment and I got a nappy bin+laundry bag (throw bag+nappies into washing machine in one go) for £8 on Amazon...

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 22:46:08

I tried to find my cervix a couple of weeks ago grin

Turns out, I either have short arms, short fingers, or a huge frickin' bump. Or maybe a combination... I couldn't find it. Well, reach it should I say!

I've got more gloves and lube here... maybe I could give it another try grin

Just got home from fireworks. Got stuck in traffic. Got one of those BH's that makes you wonder if things are starting. I was driving. Was considering asking the police if I could be let through. But then lady in labour driving may not go down too well... and I wasn't in labour. Damn it!

Got home and the dog has had a bloody party while we've been gone. I think.

Clary sage bath ready and waiting... off I go!

TheDetective Mon 05-Nov-12 22:46:39

I'm rather jealous Sophia BAAAAAH!

But good luck grin!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 00:52:51

Cervix lost, presumed missing. Buggery.

We both tried to find the sneaky sod.... Nope! I can't reach and DP wad clueless grin

I wouldn't sweep myself though, just interested to know where it's up to.....

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 00:54:51

I'm not a very good detective if I can't locate my own cervix, am I?!?!

blonderthanred Tue 06-Nov-12 01:09:06

Have you tried a magnifying glass?

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 01:26:42

OHMIGOD! How horrifying! A blown up version of my lady jungle.... Urghhhhhh! I'd rather leave the cervix MIA than face the horrors of what lurks beneath!!


Baby is now crazy active meaning I can't sleep sad

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 02:13:48

Grrrrrrr contractions have slowed down, I have been trying to grab snatches of sleep as they were quite intense and I really wanted to last until morning but now they have slowed down. I am currently ball bouncing now try and get things started gain!!!

georgee Tue 06-Nov-12 02:45:04

Grrrr for you Sophia, keep bouncing! Or get some sleep! It's definitely going in the right direction though!

Up because cold is worse - thought I'd got away lightly but now it's a horrid cough with suddenly the full complement of snot too. Was going to meet a friend in town today, with PILs looking after DD, but instead I'm going to stay in bed and try and shake it. Poo. At least PILs will still babysit, bless them.

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 03:02:54

Stay snuggled in the duvet georgee.

I have gone to once every 10 mins, but quite painful when they arrive.

georgee Tue 06-Nov-12 03:17:14

Well, it sounds pretty hopeful to me! Off to try to sleep again now but will be crossing fingers for you! smile

Iheartpasties Tue 06-Nov-12 04:34:45

Hi ladies,

Good luck to you sophia, pretty exciting to think you are in labour, but of course not knowing how long it will be must be quite hard.

I am fucking fed up today and totally over it. Everything is fucking annoying and getting me down! I just feel like I cant even leave the flat so have been a hermit for the last week and it's very boring. I cant do much while I'm in because everything hurts and is too exhausting. I'm basically feeling sorry for myself and I am annoying myself with it!

My mum gets here in a week and two days, but she sets off on the 13th (I think). I'm not sure when her flight is to be honest. I haven't spoken to her since I was in the UK for easter - and it's very annoying. It's fantastic that she is coming out to help, but why cant she pick up a phone and ask if I am still alive????

The dishwasher has stopped working. Brilliant! And we are still trying to find someone who can put a new kitchen in the house in the UK for us - fun times. I just need DH to take care of it, but he is dragging his feet. Nagging him about it is 'so much fun'.

wellieboots Tue 06-Nov-12 04:52:58

Good luck sophia!

I hear you pasties, I am so over this, and can't seem to even get the baby to shift into position yet! I think they will want to induce me on Friday rather than leave me until next week. But I am terrified of induction, it was SO not the plan sad and isn't it so fricking hot today!

I feel for you, I feel stuck in the unit and all that you've just described, but at least this is DC1 and I haven't got to worry about another DC who needs entertaining! My mum is arriving 2 weeks today. I had hoped to have more time for us to settle at home before she arrived, but we shall see...I am going private so will be in for at least 4 nights, 5 if I end up with an emcs. At this rate, I'll not be out of hospital more than a couple of days when she turns up! Poor mum - it will be great to see her, but....

pikz Tue 06-Nov-12 05:24:59

Can't sleep...feel sick. No idea where that has come from.

Sat up watching Downton...

Iheartpasties Tue 06-Nov-12 05:25:04

I know two ladies who went into labour just after finishing some baking! That can be a real sign of things about to kick off! Makes me chuckle reading about all the baking going on just recently on this thread.

wellies why is it so hot!? When I was preg with dd it was over jan, feb and march, and it was record breaking temps, I some how coped!! DD never got in the 'right' position so do not loose hope. I'm also not sure if this baby will even be here when mum arrives, I had planned on two weeks as a family before she arrived!! anyway these babies are laughing at us smile

It's all worth it, some days I could weep tears of joy at how much I love dd, so it has to be worth it!!!!

Hope things are kicking off a bit more sophia

I'm 38 weeks today, in my preg with ds he was born in 5 days! Can't see this one shifting by then though.

Might help if I got out the house and did something though, might go to tesco and double up my vouchers for Xmas presents/ nappies.

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 07:52:52

sad really has slowed down. I decided sleep would be a good thing last night, I have a few contractions this morning but nothing like the nice strong regular ones last night. Why is nature so cruel. Back on the ball. Any ideas welcome!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 08:06:15

Awww crap sad I'm still pregnant.

Longest pregnancy ever. Well, it feels like it. GRRR!

So who's over 40 weeks now? I reckon if I go over 40 weeks you'll have all had your babies!

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 08:22:49

I am hitting the hardcore homeopathic remedy hmm

detective are you descending into the slightly crazed frame of mind? My sympathies are with you, they way I am going you still have time to go into labour and deliver whilest may body continues toying ith the idea. (This Isn't new to me really my track reord is beginning to show I get stuck on a loop in early labour.)

mrswee Tue 06-Nov-12 08:37:24

Morning bumpy ladies!
wow congratulations Alamaya and Tits your babaies were very keen as it turned out!
Sophia do you have a breast pump? there are videos on you tube about expressing to induce labour and also videos showing labour reflexology points. Worth looking, these things propbably only really wok when you are ready to go.. you seem very ready! good luck!

I stupidly attempted to run for a bus with DD yesterday, she fell, I dropped everything.. DD hurt her finger though that was better quickly, I did my upper back in and also hurt both my ankles because I was wearing flat shoes. I was hobbling about all day and could bairly walk by the time I finished work (an hour late grrrr) not much better today WOO HOO LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!! just wish I hadn't have been so stupid and I had left myself a little mobility to do all the stuff I need to do now that I won't be working. sad

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 08:37:48


40 weeks tomorrow. I have a real feeling that this will go on forever.

I am very [jealous] of sophia even if things are slowing. Must be deeply frustrating to be so close mind you. Good luck sophia! Bounce that baby out!

kalidasa Tue 06-Nov-12 08:41:51

I have checked my cervix a few times. It is still pretty easy to find which I guess means it's not thinned out at all yet! But I used the 'fertility awareness method' for contraception for years, and also used a mooncup until I got pregnant, and you need to be able to find your cervix for both of those so I already had an idea where to look . . . I'm guessing that it would be harder to check yourself as it begins to disappear unless you were sure about where it had been before if you see what I mean.

At work today for the last time! A bit sad about it and a bit nervous about maternity leave . . .

Well I thought I'd found it the other day but then I could reach Ben further past it so not sure it was confused

Also need to go to the loo and nothing happening grr!

YokoUhOh Tue 06-Nov-12 08:51:51

Congrats to all who've had their LOs already smile

I'm 37 weeks and found clear jelly discharge and some wetness this morning. The baby is wriggling in a downwards direction... Phoned the midwife, who said it's probably the start but could be any amount of time before 'proper' labour kicks in.

Anyone experienced this? Any advice?? Thank you!

BarmeeMarmee Tue 06-Nov-12 08:52:07

Detective I know exactly what you mean, that's how I feel. Remind me how pregnant you are now?

Insomnia plus SPD and seemingly renewed hyperemisis nausea today-not a happy bunny!

YokoUhOh Tue 06-Nov-12 08:53:35

PS apologies for intermittent posting - I just can't keep up with all the developments and don't want to get on your nerves!!

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 08:55:00

That's so frustrating Sophia but the little I know about the biomechanics of it all suggest that as soon as you start getting anxious or focussed on the timings, the contractions get 'shy'. You need to get the oxytocin going again, so lots of nice cuddles and feeling loved and content, nipple twiddling, clary sage snorting and bouncing on a ball or going for walk... All at once!!! wink You never know, it could all kick off again soon, like Tits... Good luck.

Ouch Mrswee. Hope it feels better soon. And you Georgee.

I haven't even thought about my cervix since TTC, let alone tried to find it. I suspect my fingers will be too short with the bump in the way...

Last night I woke up completely after just a couple of hours sleep sad I got up to wee just for something to do!! I read for ages, DD started yelling but was still asleep, so I tried to fet back to sleep, but it wasn't very restful. I think the combination of feeling hot & sweaty, lying on the plastic backed mattress protector and getting BH all night means I'm constantly on 'watch'. I wish I could just relax and enjoy these weeks a bit more!!!

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 08:59:07

Yoko It could be the mucus plug, which means things are heading in the right direction, but it could still be quite a while. Anecdotally I know people have had the show weeks before baby arrives or in my case, about 12hrs with my DD. If you get blood or any sudden pains etc, then get in touch with your MW immediately, but otherwise, try to relax and see what happens.

YokoUhOh Tue 06-Nov-12 09:01:53

Wowsers Chunky, so it could be imminent or relatively far away confused ... I've got builders knocking down a wall in my house today, this could get interesting...

Ok I tried finding my cervix again it felt high up but in sure I can feel the baby's head through it! It's really hard and rounded just how I imagine she's lying, it gave me a BH afterwards too.

StuntNun Tue 06-Nov-12 09:40:50

I think we all have trouble keeping up with the thread Yoko. Things are a bit quieter over on the postnatal thread.

I have a viewing of my house today so FC this one will want to buy it. This DC3 will have to share with both his big brothers otherwise. Hopefully once the mad clean up is done I'll be able to relax until the baby arrives. I'm fed up of cleaning and tidying, it took an hour and a half for me to tidy the boys' bedroom yesterday, just the rest of the house to do now.

TMI alert but I've had three 'bowel movements' already this morning. That isn't a sign of imminent labour is it? I wish I had known that was coming back in the first two trimesters where I was bunged up! blush

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 09:46:15

Sophia - descending? Went a long time ago grin

Barmee 40+3 today.... sad

I feel 'weird'. Nausea and stomach cramp. But not uterus cramp. Definitely in the bowel/stomach. Going back to bed for a bit. Tried to poo - thought that might clear it off, but all I managed were spectacular farts that even the dog backed off at. hmm

I'm tired too. Ace!

BarmeeMarmee Tue 06-Nov-12 09:53:47

detective I'll stop moaning then -"only" 39+4 today. Hope you manage to get some rest.

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 09:54:14

chunky as soon as DH gets off his conf call I will make him walk me round to costa and the bottle recycling place holding my hand! Oh the romance. grin

I am seeing my reflexologist later too so let's see if she can sort my life to for me.

stunthope all goes well with the viewing

ShellyBobbs Tue 06-Nov-12 09:54:50

Pasties So sorry you are feeling all shitty, I know what you mean about the energy levels, I have an underactive thyroid that gets the better of me sometimes and all I can do is just sit on my arse for the whole day.

Sophia Fingers crossed for you, bet by this time tomorrow you're having baby snuggles.

I really need to shampoo my carpet again (remember the flea infestation a few months ago by my big fluffy cat?) well I found another flea again this morning grrrrrrrrrr angry. I feel like shaving her naked, I use frontline religiously every 4 weeks, flea powders and sprays. It now means that stupid pregnancy hormones will make me shampoo every carpet in the house and bleach every surface instead of just giving everything a good hoover and chucking the hoover bag which would be fine this time of year!

Also on the rash front, it's looking good. Still covered from head to foot, but instead of waking with the usual angry red raised rash, it's a bit pinker and very dry, I didn't need to get up in the night to apply cream either (usually have to do this at least 3 times in a night from 1am - 7am), so it is probably a reaction to some virus I've had rather than an allergy.

Oooooh look at this post, it's all about me. Hope everyone else is OK grin

WaitingForMe Tue 06-Nov-12 09:55:45

It's DHs second interview today for the big job. He got a bit nervous last night as it seems so perfect so I was saying all the right things about things being meant to be but I REALLY want him to get it! I'm quite anxious about some of my client work and it'd be so nice to feel less pressure on my business. Could I please ask for some finger crossing again? (Maybe for us on one hand and Stunt on the other?)

Still getting pink mucus discharge but very gradually. It's been three days now confused

ShellyBobbs Tue 06-Nov-12 09:57:07

Detective Hope you feel better soon. I felt like my bum was going to be sick last night confused and that's the only way I can describe the feeling, it wasn't poo or anything.

Peaky1 Tue 06-Nov-12 10:16:43

DH I'm 40+6 now and have an induction looming on Saturday. I also have a sweep today and another growth scan/consultant appointment on Thursday. I'm hoping the sweep will get things going before the rest of the intervention starts but we'll see. Baby wasn't even engaged last week but I've been feeling the downward pressure for the past couple of days so I hope that's a good sign!

I'm starting to accept that he'll be here when he's here rather than reading into every twinge I feel. I have just been upsetting myself. As a result so far I had a great night sleep last night and I'm much more cheerful and energetic today!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 10:18:18


Errrrrm, maybe I was wrong. Ouch.

georgee Tue 06-Nov-12 10:25:40

Ooh, detective, that ouch sounds hopeful ... keep us posted ...

Well now seems the cold/cough is the least of my worries. DD came down with vomiting this morning (4 times so far) so I expect we'll all get it before the week is out. Bucking the trend rather but I feel quite glad the baby's not here yet - hopefully we'll all get a chance to recover from our various ailments before s/he makes an appearance!

Lilliana Tue 06-Nov-12 10:29:05

Waiting I have everything crossed for you and your DH. When will you find out if he got it?

Sophia hope things get moving again soon.

Sorry to those who are in pain or fed up, not long for any of us now!

We have water again! I no longer have an excuse not to get on with some jobs.

Peaky1 Tue 06-Nov-12 10:30:44

Shelly I'm glad that rash seems to be calming slightly. I cringe with sympathy every time I read an update!

Pasties Sorry to hear you're feeling shitty. It's so easy to get cabin fever on top of all the usual gripes isn't it? I really want to go car shopping today to get it sorted before the baby arrives but at 40+6 with a sweep today I think it's a bit of a dumbass idea plus the sales reps won't appreciate my waters breaking inside their cars if I was lucky enough to go into labour. I hope you feel more cheery soon. Perhaps we should start telling jokes are sharing stories that would make us laugh (like the poo/fart thread that had me in stitches a while ago)

Waiting best of luck to your DH today!

I cannot even imagine trying to find my own cervix shock

ditsygem Tue 06-Nov-12 10:37:58

Detective that sounded a promising ouch, keep us updated!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 10:48:55

Trying to decide if baby is just teasing me, or I need a poo. Probably still a poo. Really should just try and sleep.... gaaah!

kirrinIsland Tue 06-Nov-12 11:03:32

peaky I'm going for the same approach - not reading anything into every twinge - and I feel so much better for it. The weekend was too stressful and disappointing what with trying to guess what was coming next, and in the end it was nothing!

Still getting some bloody show, it's been since Saturday, and not really how I expected it to be.

Good luck to your DH waiting

Lane81 Tue 06-Nov-12 11:05:00

yoko I also have builders in knocking down a wall today! Glad I'm not the only one, people think I'm mad- am 40 weeks on Friday, but it will be ages before we could do anything once she is here!

georgee same here DD started vomiting last night, and continued pretty much throughout the night... I slept with her in the spare bed, so I was next to her. DH had to get up at 6 for work. We're having a sofa day today, feel exhausted!

YokoUhOh Tue 06-Nov-12 11:18:26

Lane massive sympathies, it's such a pain in the arse! We tried to get them to come earlier but they were busy...

peaky good plan! Hoping something happens before your induction then fx for you.

I've just been for a walk along the beach/ round town with ds. Felt like I should do some form of exercise. Now I'm scoffing an iced bun with a cuppa tea grin

Trying to catch up, started writing this post at 10am so I’ll post and carry on reading.
Detective and DH21 Glad it’s not just me grin I tried to rootle the other day and couldn’t reach anything, I think I managed to reach it last night but only just.
Detective Last time I had a smear they couldn’t find my cervix, I had to put my fist under my lower back, then cough and eventually they found it. I remember thinking “Good god, how big is it up there? A cave?” grin
Talking of magnifying glass, I used the small bathroom mirror to help myself do my lady garden ast week, got a bit of a fright when it had flipped round to the magnifying side shock

Pasties Sorry you’re feeling crappy, can you go for a walk, get you out of the house? DH has been having the car for work so when we went out on Saturday I felt like I’d been cooped up for ages. Sympathies with the broken dishwasher, don’t think I could live without mine.

Sophia Sorry things have slowed, I’m reading Ina May and in a slowed birth there a woman had a husband and a friend suck her nipples, not sure if you’d find a volunteer to suck your other nipple hmm but maybe tweaking them or a breast pump like mrswee suggested?

YoKo It does sound like the show, or part of it, keep an eye on it.

I want a show <sulks>

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 11:56:57

I dreamt I had a show last night. No such luck just wet knickers from coughing suddenly.

Please, please someone tell me that a sore throat, stuffed nose and general feeling shiteness is a sign of impending labour rather than it just being a sodding crappy cold <ever hopeful face>

Oooh DH21 sounds interesting. I think I can feel the head, not through my cervix but just pressing again my vagina, feels a lot narrower. I was telling DH that I don't think he'd fit in there (sorry TMI)

Waiting Fingers crossed smile

I had a good nights sleep again! That's two in a row. I got up twice for a wee but managed to get back to sleep. Going to have a lazy day today I think. There's not much left to do around the house, well not that urgently needs doing. Might go through our finances and make a spreadsheet [geek]

It's DHs birthday on Saturday so trying to think of something to do. He's not bothered, said I don't need to get him anything and the baby's his present, Think I might see if my sis and BIL fancy going out for a meal with us

pass hope it's a sign of labour because I've had a crappy cold since last thurs/ fri. It's really starting to get on my nerves!

fatima lol I know what you mean about nothing else fitting there! (Still trying tho just in case it starts something off!)

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 12:27:33

fatimaa friend? confused

shelley I am glad that your rash is improving, but the flea infestation must be a bit of a pain, I second the shaving motion.

detective would be so great to have a friend in the "latent" phase, I'd lonely in here!

Good luck to waitings DH, hope all goes well today.

Just had an hours reflexology, was very relaxing and had four contractions during the session so was extremely excited. They are proper stingers, breathe throughers, not BH so I know I am heading in the right direction, just at snail pace. <goes off in search of some raspberry leaf tea to help things along>

ValiumQueen Tue 06-Nov-12 12:30:26

detective DS has put on 6oz since Saturday thank fuck! No more weighing until 6 weeks. HV lovely.

In case anyone has not seen the post natal thread, my son had lost too much weight, and I was getting pressured to give formula. There were no signs he was unwell, so I refused. He is doing fine now, (was all along, but is now gaining weight) so if you experience similar, do not feel bullied to do something you do not need to do unless they can convince you there is good reason to do so.

Miss you guys, but I just cannot keep up with your chat!

Brockle Tue 06-Nov-12 12:47:10

Grrr.. looks like I am entering the rumoured DC3 long latent phase. Period like pains every ten minutes last night and getting stronger then nothing. Woken in the night with dull back ache and pains then nothing so no sleep after that. The odd contraction today but nothing definite. I could be like this for the next two weeks (38 weeks today) or more.

At first it was nice to feel something was happening. Not now.

Fingers crossed it is soon for detective and sophie smile

Peaky1 Tue 06-Nov-12 13:01:21

Just found a family bag of mini chocolate fingers unattended in the cupboard. You snooze - you lose! Yes, this is the most exciting thing that has happened to me today so far.......already feel quite sick from eating them like crisps for the past 10 mins sad

Peaky1 Tue 06-Nov-12 13:03:00

Glad your son is piling it on now VQ. I look forward to the support and experience in the post-natal thread if and when I have a HV telling me I'm not doing something right!

I've just eaten 3/4 of a box of choc fingers, they're so more ish!

Really need to sleep but ds is running around like a loony because he had a random early nap in the buggy/ car so I couldn't sleep at the same time grr!

Dixiebell Tue 06-Nov-12 13:18:04

37 weeks today.

Just eaten a whole pizza and bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes with cream . Still hungry. Considering cuppa and fondant fancy....

Good luck to everyone with signs & symptoms!

Lane81 Tue 06-Nov-12 13:34:14

Us too yoko but they could only do today, it will be worth it in the end, right?

I also have a cold passme some people do say that they had cold like symptoms before labour?! But I think mines just a cold!

Elizadoesdolittle Tue 06-Nov-12 13:47:29

Ahhhhh am struggling today. Took DD to her swimming lesson this morning and was all just a bit much. I find it hard to get dressed/undressed in the best of conditions but we go to a private pool so doesn't have the usual changing room facilities (ie chairs!). And the walk back used to take me around 15 mins but was at least double today due to my snail like pace. Really hoping I don't have to do it pregnant next week.

Got a house viewing tomorrow evening so am trying to get the house as straight as I can incase I go into labour tonight (wishful thinking). But DD is making mess as quickly as I tidy so am giving up!

Hope all those with niggles/labour signs go on to full speed ahead baby time. This waiting period is so frustrating isn't it.

No new babies yet! Disappointing lol

I have had quite bad back ache since yesterday afternoon, which went on through the night and is the same today. Also had period pain/cramps but nothing consistent or regular. My stomach is really tight, and the pressure in my fanjo is ridiculous to the point i struggled to lift my leg up to get into the car! (Vauxhall Corsa so quite low)

Im in 2 minds whether to go and get checked or wait and see if anything else happens. Have not had a show or anything.

Also had a phone call off the School at 12.45 regarding DD sad She was diagnosed with a chest infection and swollen throat glands yesterday but they said she'd be fine to go to school with her medication etc. I told her not to run round too much as this bring on her cough even worse. However its impossible to tell a 4 year old to not run around at playtime/lunchtime right? Evidently this resulted in her choking to the point of her being sick and they wont have her back at school til Friday, given that she doesnt spew beforehand. sad Shes lively as you like!

We are currently in bed whilst DP who has 2 weeks holiday off work has himself some xbox time. Me playing bingo on laptop, DD playing on her leappad.

Had so much to do today too! Even woke up motivated enough to start, but the school through the spanner right in the works

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 14:03:21

Just while I catch up, your first post made me LOL Fatima grin

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 14:07:16

My DD is asleep having an early nap, so Sex and the City 2 DVD is on and I'm settling in for a bit of r&r for the next 10mins whilst DD remains asleep at least smile

charlee doesn't sound nice for your dd sad hope she gets better, you all sound chilled out though!

chunky jealous of you watching SATC2 I'd much rather be doing that, instead ds is watching too much cbeebies.

Just had 3 rather uncomfortable to the point of painful BHs roughly 10 mins apart.

chunky I sat and sobbed my way through SATC2 (3rd time I had watched it) and munched a whole packet of Jaffa cakes when I realised something wasn't quite right - cue a trip to tesco and 3 pg tests later and here I am lol!!!!

My only jobs for the day were to Hoover and mop front room and do a couple of washes, instead I've slobber on the sofa watching all manner of crap!!!

DD is at an after school club so am going to drive to school and pick her up in my jamas shock what a slovenly hussy!!!!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 14:40:29

I have no idea what is going on... And I have to go on the school run in 20 mins which means driving for up to an hour depending on traffic.

Feck. There is no pattern to this, not that I'm really timing anything. It just feels like very early days. Can sleep through it but they are definitely uncomfy.

Nobody else has popped yet? shock i'm sure it won't be too long though, some of you have promising signs.

I'm feeling much better than yesterday. My mum dropped off her car last night so at least I can get out and about if I want to. Someone is coming tonight to look at my car so we can at least find out what exactly is wrong with it and roughly how much it will cost.

Enjoying a lazy day today watching movies and eating chocolate.

eversomuch Tue 06-Nov-12 15:11:23

Hi everyone, quick post to announce the arrival of baby Spencer on Friday, 2nd November at 15:33, weighing 3540g and absolutely beautiful.

We are now home after an extended stay in hospital. S is fine but I lost nearly 2l of blood during the surgery, so received a transfusion right afterwards and then stayed through the weekend to recover. Taking it very easy right now.

Hope everyone else is doing great. Congrats to all the new arrivals I've missed over the past few days and I hope the waiting isn't driving the rest of you crazy!

kirrinIsland Tue 06-Nov-12 15:15:45

Congratulations everso - what a lovely name! Hope you are feeling ok now.

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 15:18:02

I got about 45mins before DD woke up, which isn't the worst thing in the world. She's now cuddled up next to me eating her lunch with the promise of some sweets (because 2yo miss nothing do they, so her eagle eyes saw my remaining cadbury heroes) for after.

Glad things are a bit better today Apple.

Sods law detective if you stay at home, nothing will happen...

DH I had that Sat (followed by the leakage/excessive discharge) but nothing since. Hope your LO doesn't keep you on tenterhooks like my pickle seems to be doing...

Glenda I LOL at some of the SATC2 I've seen so far - perhaps a bit more upbeat than SATC1? Either way, loving the fact I can rent DVDS from my local library.£2.50 for a wk isn't too bad either imo.

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 15:20:00

Congrats Everso hope you're on the mend and your little DS is being a little angel.

Hope you don't mind but i've spent a few hours minutes going through previous threads and I've updated the stats list here
It now contains babies born so far and any newbies that I could spot in the last few thread. I've tried to go through posts to get names/weights etc so sorry if I've missed any or if any details are wrong.

Can you tell i've been bored grin

ditsygem Tue 06-Nov-12 16:03:09

Wow! well done fatima that is really interesting to see, although I don't like how far down the list I am in terms of due date - I feel like I am ready for him to arrive, but looking at the list its alot of ladies turns before mine to meet their little ones!

chunky hmm been to the loo three times today and slight increase in discharge so poss things v v v slowly gearing up (massively wishful thinking)

Congrats everso seen pic on fb he's gorgeous!

pikz Tue 06-Nov-12 16:05:24

Congrats everso smile

Don't think I'll be on there fatima I'm due the 20th with a boy. Aged 30 and first child.

SwissArmyWife Tue 06-Nov-12 16:07:47

Congrats everso I hope you are getting lots of rest and enjoying your gorgeous boy smile

40 weeks on Friday and hoping he hurries up! Had MW appointment today and she has booked me in for a sweep on Wednesday. She asked me if I'd rather wait until 42 weeks - ummm no!!
She said she has magic fingers and the last sweep she did was at 3pm, the woman had her baby by 9pm the same day.
Anyway fingers crossed he'll arrive this week.

Have just scoffed half a tin of pineapple with chunks of cheese to go with it, could eat it again! I'm so hungry all the time these days!

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 16:13:59

Brilliant idea fatima. I had thought about this myself but seeing as I have been so busy sleeping I didn't get round to it. Great job!

I must get up off the couch and do something other than sleep. I am annoying myself.

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 16:14:47

Oh blimey and of course, congrats due date buddy everso. Spencer is an awesome name. Fabulous.

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 16:20:23

That's excellent Fatima I was just thinking earlier whether a stats update had been done...smile

I keep getting under bump sharp 'nervy' pains. Should I be concerned or just put it down to ligaments/baby descending into my pelvis as I walk?

DH can empathise with the wishful thinking/hoping for the slightest sign!!!

I've added you pikz

Today on cooking with fatima I have baked some butterfly buns smile
Not sure about tea though, might do pizza and chips or something easy.

TMI ALERT I got a bit worried an hour or so ago as I didn't think i'd felt any movement this morning. Went for a huge poo! So huge I thought it might be the baby blush Then immediately after she started wriggling about. Wonder if my giant turd had been squashing the baby? grin

pikz Tue 06-Nov-12 16:27:36

Am laughing at the thought of a giant turd squashing a baby! :D

Crossing everything that everyone's twinges including mine are true signs of labour. Am bored of being a hormonal pregnant woman who had breakdowns about milk.

fatima can I come live with you so I can eat your yummy food?! Also I can sympathise on the poo squashing the baby feeling! I go daily atm, sometimes more than once and she still wriggles around loads afterwards, she really must be running out of room now.

Great job on the stats list smile

Lane81 Tue 06-Nov-12 16:32:41

Congratulations everso! I'm sorry you had a difficult time but hope you're enjoying being at home now!

Thank you so much fatima so interesting to see who is left-there's still a good few! It's helpful to remember who is overdue etc.

swiss I have my sweep booked for Tuesday...I wonder if they'll arrive the same day even if its not due date!

Jims Tue 06-Nov-12 16:46:21

Well I've sat watching TV and playing with the internet for most of the day and am quite bored now. Had to wait in for Tesco who were on time but the AA repair people were supposed to have turned up to sort the leaking toilet out between 12-4 and I'm still stuck in waiting for them. Oh well.

Congrats to everso, hope your recovery goes ok.

Have had the odd few, sometimes painful, BH but nothing sustained so far. Really really just want to get on with it now. I know my due date is technically tomorrow but that was after I pushed for a later one due to long cycles and wanting to avoid an induction so am feeling overdue even if not according to my paperwork. Am now wondering whether that was my best decision since I'm starting to get the 'just want the baby out' grumps - way more than last time when I was happy to sit it out for longer. Maybe I'll phone my midwife and beg for a sweep later this week.

In better news my platelet levels have come up a bit so there's no immediate risk of my homebirth going out the window.

DonnaDoon Tue 06-Nov-12 16:54:03

Gosh Well done Fatima that must have taken you an age to read back and type up...You ve done good....All us with newborns barely have time to read let alone post now lol x

kirrinIsland Tue 06-Nov-12 16:55:52

Brilliant job Fatima - thanks!

Dixiebell Tue 06-Nov-12 16:57:10

Baby brain & body: went to Sainsbury's, did a massive shop, took ages and my back was aching, then realised in the queue I didn't have my purse. Duh. Had to ask them to hold my trolley while I drove back home to get it. blush Then finally paying for my stuff I managed to drop a box of eggs which smashed all over the floor. blush

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 16:57:16

Well the drive was ok in the end - but still getting all kinds of random pains! It is a mix of BH's, backache, pelvic pain/pressure, and some contraction type pain (that I remember so well from DS! No memory loss for me!). It happens frequently, but no pattern at all.

Went for a walk round Asda which made things come on stronger, but I felt a bit of a tit as I kept stopping and closing my eyes! Then I went faint when I tried bending over, and felt very nauseous. Gave it up as a bad job and came home! So now, I'm bouncing on the ball, which is making typing interesting to say the least!

Having one now, makes me wince a little, but not enough to even bother taking paracetomol. So I conclude this baby to be a little git who is just tormenting me.

I've been singing to him... 'Baby can I hold you tonight, baby if I told you the right words, oooh, at the right time, you'd be mine'. Defo staying put now, poor child doesn't need me singing!

Any change Sophia?!

Jims Tue 06-Nov-12 17:24:07

oooh detective that sounds promising. I just got cheered up by going to the loo to discover slight discharge - nothing like a full on show - but more than I've seen so far in this pregnancy. It's the little things that matter at this point! Oh and I've finally been told the repair man will be here by 6. I just wish they'd told me earlier so I could have pootled down to the library to return my overdue book.

The only productive thing I've done all afternoon is answer a phone survey about our water supply and was given a £5 boots voucher in return, not bad for 20 mins 'work'

Feel like I could poo again, really 4 in one day is a bit much.
Really want this baby this week I've got no plans it would brighten up this miserable weather.

My friend is 33ish weeks and had a growth scan yesterday, said she'd text me after and she didnt. I've text her twice today and still no reply now getting worried.

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 18:29:10

Well I've well and truly cleared out now shock so let's see if it all stops!!! Fecksake!

Lilliana Tue 06-Nov-12 18:32:06

Great job fatima it must have taken you ages. I kept wondering about the stats but was too lazy to actually do anything about it!

Congratulations Everso love the name and hope you are ok xx

Have managed to do a few more things off my list but shattered now. DH is off cycling so I'm alone and bored!

I better not go in to labour today, I've just noticed I've got my knickers on inside out and they've been like that all day. No point changing them now smile

Evening ladies, home now, able to walk a lot better the grazed and swollen fanjo aside

Johnathan is an angel, he's struggling with wind so after feeding which he is great at he spends all his time grimacing and rolling his eyes about.
The boys adore their new brother and we're all happy to be back home together. We've only had 1 dirty nappy today though although he 'feeds' a lot, I don't think I have milk properly yet though so I'm not sure what's going on. We'll get there though I'm sure. smile

My Internet is down at home so I'll be checking in when I can. Happy, labouring thoughts to you all smile

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 18:47:59

Yay Tits that is fab news! Apart from your internet - get back on here quickly!!

I have decided I don't like having 2 threads! I miss everyone sad

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 18:48:56

Fatima inside out knickers is better than the no knickers look I've been sporting today!

DP turned all my big white knickers grey. I have a night of bleaching knickers ahead....

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:52:55

detective I am so glad you are here with me! I am getting contractions now and again and they make me wince and I have to breathe through but I can manage without pain relief.

I feel really shit, everyone is on standby to look after DS, DH stayed at home today. And nothing is happening, I feel pressure to perform but I have no control. Then I feel like everyone will just be annoyed with me.

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 19:03:15

Feeling the same Sophia I sent DP off to work as he doesn't work far away. Plus I know what they are like - they would have started his paternity leave the bastards! (They've already stopped any of his regular overtime since I was 37 weeks twats not like we need the money or anything) hmm

And then I know this can stop and start for days weeks/months ARGHH!

DP off for next 2 days, and short shift friday, so at least school run will be covered I guess! Then it is just a case of my body doing what it bloody well knows it has to! Evil body!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 19:05:41

DP just text me as he has finished work. He said 'I love you'. I said 'Hurry the fuck home I need to whinge and I'm fed up'.

I'm sure he will be breaking all speed limits getting here hmm

Poor DP!

Lol they can't win when we're heavily preg and hormonal!

Baby is head spinning on my bladder again making me wince, it stings!

Lovely to hear from you tits and glad you are healing well.

I'm getting lots of period type pains this evening but I had this 10 days ago as well so not hopeful. Only 38+4. Boo!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 19:16:36

It is like living in limbo now...! Like a ticking time bomb... BOOM!!

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 19:20:31

I,ve just told DH unless it ramps up amazingly he should go to the office tomorrow. Was a bit different today he was supposed to be 100 miles up the m40.

This has happened before, was like this for 48 hours with DD2 doesn't make it any less frustrating.

Is good you have cover for the school run detective that should help you to be able to relax a bit.

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 19:21:10

welcome home tits glad Jonathon is doing so well.

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 19:21:56

I wish i would go BOOM

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 19:52:47

DP got home in a record 18 minutes.

I think he was worried... awwwww!

I've had my whinge. He said I'm all antsy. Hmpf. I feel bad because he is on edge - but I can't make something happen!!

Sophiathesnowfairy Tue 06-Nov-12 20:01:14

That's how I feel detectve

ShellyBobbs Tue 06-Nov-12 20:14:27

Right, that's all the carpets shampoo'd, if I see another flee then the cat is going, I'm sick of it!

Sophia It was just the 1 flea I found this time, but in summer we had an infestation from the stupid cat.

Peaky Thanks, yesterday it started to split everywhere too, so was getting quite worried, full of little cuts now grin

Nearly completed my blanket, it's the first thing I've ever knitted in my life apart from a dishcloth once when I was 10. It is very shit and uneven, but I'm secretly very proud grin

Good work on the stats list Fatima, must have taken yonks!

WaitingForMe Tue 06-Nov-12 20:31:36

Thanks for the good wishes. DHs interview went well (he thinks) but someone expected to be on the panel wasn't and instead they're scheduling that interview for some time next week. This is not good for our mental health!

I spent the afternoon at a friends' and she kept thinking I was going into labour (she has two kids) so I feel a bit better about all the stopping and starting. I was feeling like it was all in my head but she says I moved like a labouring woman. Her 3 month old is an absolute delight, really can't wait to have my own.

Ah wow, good luck to all of you who are experiencing first symptoms! Hope things get properly going for you all soon!

Was round at DP's mums today, and she was babysitting his nephew who is 20 months old. He kept coming over to my tummy, putting his hands on it gently, then resting his ear on it like he was trying to listen in! So cute to see from a little one who can't quite talk yet! Am looking forward to when they can play with each other!

Ds keeps saying the baby is coming here soon and knows all the things like Moses basket, swing, clothes are all for the baby.
I feel like I'm keeping HIM waiting now because I keep saying she'll be here soon and obv in his mind its a lifetime!

He'll prob be jealous or not fussed when she does eventually get here anyway!

Dixiebell Tue 06-Nov-12 21:39:39

DH, same with my DS (he's 25 mths). He's very patient tho. Keeps saying 'mummy got big baby in there...not come out yet'. And 'must be gentle'. So sweet, I hope it lasts once DS2 arrives...

Elizadoesdolittle Tue 06-Nov-12 21:40:54

Fab work on the stats lists fatima. It's great to see a list of arrivals all in one place as I lose track of who has had their baby and I love seeing all the names together.

I can't believe it's only the 6th today, god this month is dragging!

Thanks for all the thanks re. the stats list. It kept me occupied for a few hours so all good. Can't believe I missed tits off though blush

Going to go to bed as I have the worst back ache ever sad Hoping I get another good night's sleep

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 22:22:44

I really hope that things move along for your both detective and sophia. It's pretty frustrating waiting anyway but with things starting then being really slow you mustn't get any peace.

I am on my ball just now and have had the first of the 'any news' texts. All mean well. Have a growth / position scan tomorrow so fingers crossed the midwife was feeling shoulders not head . . .

I feel much better since being at yoga. It really does help even if it is just to take my mind off feeling like a heifer. Cold symptoms have almost completely eased - very weird.

Passmethecrisps Tue 06-Nov-12 22:23:43

Fingers crossed for a good night's sleep fatima. It makes such a massive difference.

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 22:27:37

Well, the clear out earlier hasn't stopped anything.

But it hasn't changed anything either!

God damn it!

Think I'm going to go to bed soon, and sleep til I hopefully get woken up by a baby popping out on the bed grin

10 days until my due date shock

jenbird Tue 06-Nov-12 22:37:57

Well I have been a bit fidgety since last night. I don't think anything will happen soon but I do feel like my body is revving up. Had a backache and been a bit gripey today and generally feel a bit under the weather. Was going to make dh dtd tonight but he is out playing squash still and I am knackered now! Who said romance was dead!

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 22:44:27

Detective my DH asked me last night if anyone had ever slept through labour... hmm bear in mind this is our second child!! It would be good if you could though huh??!!!

I don't have yoga next week (no class) & the next week, I will officially be overdue (by one day). It was weird leaving, with everyone wishing me luck & saying they hope we don't see each other again in that class etc. I hope, in the nicest possible way, I won't be there in 2 wks!!!

TheDetective Tue 06-Nov-12 22:52:10

I woke up in early labour with DS! I woke about 8am, with very uncomfortable tightenings - more uncomfy than this, every 5-6 minutes, regularly.

I wouldn't mind the same thing happening again. So I can just 'know' rather than be in limbo land!

It is possible to sleep through the mild tightenings though, yes!

Chunkychicken Tue 06-Nov-12 22:59:07

I don't think he meant the early stages (he didn't see me with the latent phase and to be fair, my labour was really quite short but still...!!!) hmm

Anyone else still up watching the US election results come in?

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Wed 07-Nov-12 00:49:42

I am Misslaughalot - DS grazing so making most of it and watching. I find US politics fascinating but not always easy to understand.

Me too, although my love of The West Wing has helped me to understand more than I thought!

Dimbleby and Vine on the BBC also doing a sterling job explaining!

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Wed 07-Nov-12 00:57:24

Yes, west wing addiction here too - definitely helps!

GTbaby Wed 07-Nov-12 01:03:52

If u like west wing check out new show on more 4. Scandal. Very good

Just popped into say hi.
Can't get over how much LO has changed.
Tip. Take a face pic of ur lil one every day. I have one for every day he has been here so far. Kept in one folder on phone. So I can scroll thro them.
I also email the pic to myself everyday Incase I loose my phone!
Obviously I take more the a pix aday. Lol
Wonder how long I can keep up taking the daily pic lol

I've heard good things about Scandal, might have to catch up on it during ML.

A good tip about the daily pic. I've seen some great YouTube videos where people have stitched them together to make a film of baby's first year!