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Christmas and the New Year will bring with them a flurry of sneeze births and we Brook No Argument! (part 14)

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MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 19-Dec-12 18:50:39

Thought I would treat us un a festive thread

<puts up tinsel and fairy lights>

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 19-Dec-12 18:53:22

Hope you all find it, can't link to old thread sad

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 19-Dec-12 18:59:01

<tut> I mean to a festive thread not un festive <gives up>

TheLittleFriend Wed 19-Dec-12 19:16:49

Thanks boo, just marking my place as dp is serving up dinner grin

Biscuitsandtinsel Wed 19-Dec-12 19:37:57

<Marks place>

<Admires tinsel and lights>

<lays out mulled non alcoholic of course wine, chocolate Yule log and stollen>

GreenOlives Wed 19-Dec-12 19:59:28

<marks place>

<eats whole yule log, washes it down with mulled wine>

<heads off to find Ranitidine>

Thanks for new fred Boo! grin

Ooh, very nice new thread.

I'm having a total failure to cope day today including #3 drawing on my friend's wall, being up 3 hours in the night and having to drive 2 other couples to a work do tonight. Darn my big car.

Right. Enough of that. Will have cup of tea and brace for action. As you were.

Yay! New Fred! Any Yule log left?

Whim, sorry you have had a trying day. And Boo, get well soon.

V exciting re the Christmas babies, but I'm pretty sure minigen will be in Jan. even if cs is decided upon on Friday, I suspect it will be booked for Jan. unless there is a cause for concern I suppose. I will be 37 weeks on sun, so happy to reach that!

Come on baby Stacks, Nut and Tock - you lot are next! Hope the acu does its thing.

Smeggnog Wed 19-Dec-12 21:13:00

<marks place>

<dislodges baby from boob>

<reattaches baby to boob>

Lovely new fred, boo!

Ooh, yes, who will have the first baby on this thread? Place your bets ladies...

I reckon stacks will be first!

itsMYNutella Wed 19-Dec-12 22:06:41

oohhh some yule log would be awesome! <yummy> goes back to concentrating on wishing baby out.... just marking my place smile

SparklySanta Thu 20-Dec-12 00:45:25

Marking place

Must pop back to the old fred and catch up, especially during this latest bout of preggo insomnia hmm

TheLittleFriend Thu 20-Dec-12 08:06:16

I hope stacks is first!

clickingtock Thu 20-Dec-12 09:51:41

Marking place - thanks for new Fred and sorry I made the other one so fat, didn't realise we were on post1000!!!

Better go, chaos. But will write soon. Money on Stacks first here... xxx

Smeggnog Thu 20-Dec-12 11:28:20

Morning. Massive post on post-grad thread, neighbour issues. All advice / opinions gratefully received.

Come on, babystacks and tinytock! Stacks I've heard many good induction stories, I hope yours is equally good if you have one.

Hope you're ok Gen, ELCS will be fine and at least you've got time to prepare and make plans for how you want it all to go. You can have skin to skin etc, a friend of mine even had a lower sheet so she saw her baby as soon as he was born, although obviously didn't see the actual CS!

I've thought about this and I reckon it will be Stacks, then Nut, closely followed by Tock then me

Smegs thank you for the positivity about CS. I had done some reading up and decided I would like to do skin to skin and also see baby being born. Will venture to post grad thread to see if I can help/advise re neighbour issues.

clickingtock Thu 20-Dec-12 19:05:22

Well - that's the due date order Gen - perhaps we could all make it a bit more exciting and unpredictable <lays down gauntlet> wink

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Thu 20-Dec-12 19:13:08

Are you trying to tell us something Tock do you have news that would alter Gen's prediction?grin

TheLittleFriend Thu 20-Dec-12 19:15:17

Hope everyone's well this evening?
I'm off out for dinner, despite feeling like crap.
Saw the Mw today, bp is still slightly raised but I'm sure it's due to being ill. I promised I'd go straight back at the slightest sign of any high bp symptoms. But good news, baby has turned head down! I think he did it yesterday pm, when his movements were really hurting!
Sorry to not name check. Brooking hard that mini stack arrives before he is evicted smile

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Thu 20-Dec-12 19:18:25

Yay for head down baby Little, now the rest you the brooking babies need to take note!

clickingtock Fri 21-Dec-12 07:31:26

Great news Little (apart from BP but am hopeful will right itself v soon) - just gotta get him to stay put now eh? You have to be a left-side obsessive (telly, bed etc). My baby's movements still feel somersaulty at 38wks... seeing MW today so hope the little tockcritter hasn't put a spanner in the works.

Boo - I wish I could promise to shake up the order of things a little but the show last week was just one big tease. Could be in for another 42wker... groan. Didn't mind so much with first as only left work the day before the scan due date so going over gave me a nice rest before birth. This time I just want the babster in my arms. V impatient indeed! wink

Have a feeling that Stacks may be rather busy right now... am betting a mince pie on it.

Well - it's the shortest day of the year and the end of the Mayan Calendar. Hope well all pull through.

x

Stacks Fri 21-Dec-12 08:39:01

tock unfortunately you lose the mince pie... Do I get it?

Still no sign of baby, today his last chance for a natural labour. Sweep yesterday was ok, cervix still closed and prosteirior, but she managed to reach and do something. No symptoms of anything after though, not even a show. So we had ourselves a hot curry last night, and still nothing.

I'm on my phone and making loads of typos. Will grab laptop later and post properly. Just marking my place I was too silly to realise you're all never that quiet, and the old thread was full.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 21-Dec-12 09:45:24

Right, I have had enough of being stupid hormonal wreck, I actually had a cry this morning because DH has had his first pay in his new job and decided to treat himself to a nice lunch, then (this is where I think I am abnormal) I actually started to worry that because he will be in his uniform someone might say something to him while he is trying to enjoy it (he is a traffic warden) and spoil it for him sad

I think only a slap from a wet fish will snap me out of it sad

Biscuitsandtinsel Fri 21-Dec-12 09:57:00

Oh boo bless you! Pregnancy hormones are the best aren't they! Making you do weird and wonderful things grin

Well done to your DH for getting his job sorted and hope he thoroughly enjoys his lunch. If I see any traffic wardens lunching today I shall be sure to wish them a merry christmas grin. I'm sure no one would say anything mean and of course he'd take his coat and stuff off to eat his lunch anyway so I bet noone would notice. xxx

clickingtock Fri 21-Dec-12 15:08:52

<wet fish slap, followed by warm mince pie - love - with brandy butter for Boo>Congrats on first pay cheque in new job Mr Boo.

Stacks - darn it but yes of course you get the mince pie, also with Brandy butter. You are allowed brandy butter, I am told, as it brings on labour. <ahem> Really hope the next few days bring you your bonny boy and it's all as smooth as these things can be. Excited for you that it is moving ahead now even if not in the ideal way.

Sorry to be annoyingly chuffed but tiniTock is LOA (optimal) and almost fully engaged so feeling excited and a bit less worried than I was last week when I could feel feet all over the place (ROA, I think) but had experienced the show so was thinking it could turn tricky for birth. MWs v positive about HB etc and was a v nice app with them which even DP attended (he's on a bit of leave now). Of course, I may be twiddling thumbs for a good while yet but at least I have a family Christmas (first ever where it's just us in our lovely home) to distract me. Feeling v blessed indeed.

Waves to Biccies. Hugs to all Brookers. xxx

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 21-Dec-12 15:32:41

Tock that is lovely news about tinytock, all engaged and ready to go smile

Thank you for the fish slaps and reassurance, he had a lovely lunch with no problems (I feel very silly now) blush

I had a coffee with a friend today and showed her my scan pictures and she said that she knew exactly what I was having (she didn't tell me though) because she could tell from the bone structure hmm sounds a bit odd to me!

Waves to all brookers, leaves out homemade shortbread and brew for all

clickingtock Fri 21-Dec-12 15:55:00

<nom, nom, slurp>

That's interesting innit Boo though prob' nonsense? My scan measurements for both at 20wks are almost exactly the same (this one has bigger tummy, bless) but they do 'look' different in the scan pictures. This baby is almost 'finer' looking, sharper features, than DS who was all nice and rounded/solid looking... I guess it's just that they are individuals (albeit siblings)?! I notice your friend has hedged her bets by not actually giving you a prediction of this one's sex! grin Get her to write it down in front of you and seal it in an envelope and save up for the big day!

clickingtock Fri 21-Dec-12 15:55:43

Obviously you have to look away as she's actually writing!

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 21-Dec-12 16:13:07

Tock is this one a UBB for you? if it is it would be interesting to know if the differences carry on 'down below' too grin I honestly think she is talking nonsense some people just like to think they 'know' you know hmm

Stacks Fri 21-Dec-12 17:35:37

There's all sorts of things I've forgotten to buy this Christmas - like yule logs, and mince pies.. I guess I've not thought that much about Christmas, because I've been focusing on baby arriving. I thought there'd be time after baby to come up with a shopping list of goodies etc to get delivered in plenty of time for Christmas. I'm guessing now though that there won't be any delivery slots for the main supermarkets. I bought some Ikea mulled 'wine' - it was labelled 'fruit flavoured non-alcoholic cocktail' but was surprisingly nice! We've run out now though, as DH was dubious of it's credentials. Went down really well with our friends though - especially the drivers.

I've had a bit of a funny day today. DH and I have been preparing for baby coming home - tidy up of all the rooms, unpacking the crib mattress and making up the crib bed. I think LO will probably sleep on me for the first few nights TBH, but it's nice to be prepared. For that I've also got out most of the spare/guest pillows to have on our bed so I can sleep mostly upright with baby on chest if needed.

Given how long I've had to come to the realisation I'm having a baby, it's suddenly a bit scary! Will this be our last dinner at home with just the two of us? Is this my last night of good reasonable sleep?

I'm also not really sure what to expect of the induction. I know the mechanics of it, and have read the leaflets and things. However I'm not sure if I've been booked in for inpatient or outpatient induction. Will I be coming home again at all before baby is born? Will they send DH away if nothing has happened and it gets late? Will they send me home to sleep too? I need to write all these questions down and ask tomorrow.

Oops, this has got a bit long already - I'm on the laptop and it's sooo much easier to type! However, the plan was to use the laptop so I could namecheck!

Olives thank you for the shiny new thread, it's lovely and Christmassy.

Whim I hope your evening is better than your morning. I hope the drawing was in pencil/something washable? I'm always the designated driver for things here, as I don't usually drink (even when not pregnant). I don't mind too much, but find it so much harder to stay out late when I'm not drinking, and know I have to stay awake enough to drive. I hope you have fun at your work do, even if you're the driver.

Boo hope you're feeling better soon. I managed to get another cold this week, again despite limited contact with the outside world and it's germs. I'm always nice to traffic wardens - I really don't get why people are nasty to them. It's not like they make you park illegally. Glad he had a nice lunch smile

Gen I hope they don't rush you into a CS soon, unless you're impatient for one of course. A Jan baby is just as lovely as a Christmas one, though a shame you won't get the pate and booze traditional at Christmas. I hope you've not been suffering with too much indigestion and things? I've found the last few weeks of this pg hard on my joints - they all seem to over extend now, giving me sore feet (the 'knuckles' spread out too far when I put weight on them) and now a sore hand too, along with the standard sore hips...

Smeggs lovely to see you. I hope LO is doing well. I guess I'll see you on the PN thread very soon! eek

Sparks hope you're well and the insomnia passes soon.

Nutella brooking you're LO arrives on time (or a little early?) and doesn't keep you waiting like miniStacks!

Little enjoy your dinner out, I hope you feel better for it. Really pleased LO has gone head down for you, but sorry it was so uncomfortable. They really can cause some pain when they get bigger can't they?

Tock the mince pie was lovely, thanks! Really glad miniTock is behaving well for you. miniStacks was in a great position at my scan yesterday, so my only problem now is getting him out of there.

Biscuits waves and hugs. Hope you're well, looking forward to Christmas?

I've been admitted to hospital! they're worried about risk of cord prolapse if I go into labour. plan to be made on Mon but prob section next week. posting on phone so won't write much! love to all and hope things get going soon stacks.

Stacks Sat 22-Dec-12 07:21:32

Oh Gen that's not ideal! Same thing happened to a lady on the December thread, though they just threatened to keep her in hospital till her due date (3 weeks) and do an EMCS if she went into labour... A planned section is better than that, but the risk must be quite low if you choose to wait a while? Though that means you'll be in hospital longer sad

You will get a perfect little baby soon though, the journey there is just a small part.

On that same note, I'm up having breakfast before heading in for induction. So far I think I'm just nervous, but I managed to sleep ok. Had cramps last night so hoping that means baby is close on his own.

Will keep in touch if I can.

GreenOlives Sat 22-Dec-12 07:44:10

Gen Oh no what a pain being stuck in hospital! But at least minigen is in the right place if he/she decides to start making their way out! I hope they can let you out for Christmas day though! Thinking of you, try and keep us posted.
Good luck today Stacks! smile Cramps last night sound like a good sign so Im brooking hard that DS will be a lovely easy labour and sneeze birth! grin Will be thinking of you too and looking forward to updates! Xx

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sat 22-Dec-12 07:57:21

Stacks and Gen all my brooking is for you both thanksthanks

TheLittleFriend Sat 22-Dec-12 08:04:29

Brooking super hard for gen and stacks xxthanks

clickingtock Sat 22-Dec-12 08:20:11

Oh Gen - shock- that's a tough one but sounds like you're in v good, cautious hands. Brooking for a good solution - and soon - and a happy Christmas for you and your family. Looking forward to miniGen being safely with us. thanks

Stacks - v excited for you and brooking that by the time they try induction you are already in labour, but if not I hope you have a good experience. I would be nervous too but it's good you're going to get your boy in your arms soon. Can't wait to meet babyStacks. thanks

Love to all.

xxx

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 08:27:54

<screeches in realising that brooking is urgently required>

Good luck Stacks - look forward to hearing all about it and enjoy those imminent newborn snuggles

Gen my love - I couldn't be brooking more for you! Undoubtedly a pooey time to be admitted but they will be taking the best care of you. Do you know what you would want from them on Monday? Would you prefer they schedule a date or wait for labour to start? How many weeks are you now? You're 37 or 38 or something aren't you? Take care my lovely and keep your wonderful positive outlook xxxxx thanks

<waves to everyone else>

BartletForTeamGB Sat 22-Dec-12 08:32:25

I've found you all! I was thinking the thread on "threads I'm watching" seemed a bit quiet!

generic, hope you are not getting too bored in hospital. Sounds like you are in the best place. Have you got lots of books, magazines, knitting etc to keep you occupied? Brooking for you. I have been to and assisted at a number of elective sections. They really are lovely, calm, relaxed affairs, with nice relaxed doctors, midwives and nurses, maybe nice music. They are completely different to the rush and hurry of a Category 1 emergency section.

stacks, based on friends' inductions, you are in from the time of the first pessary, but if nothing is happening overnight, they'll leave you alone to sleep and ask DH to go home to get some rest. A good friend of mine was induced for being post dates. She had the first pessary in the evening and was told that nothing would happen overnight so her husband was sent home. She was quite uncomfortable and couldn't rest, but wasn't in a huge amount of pain. Eventually about 3am, she was asking (well, begging) the nurses for paracetamol. They'd maintained for the previous few hours that there was no point examining her as the next pessary wasn't until the morning, but eventually did - and she was at 10cm. They had to call her husband, who then ran down to labour ward, where she delivered 30 minutes later! It really isn't always bad, and, as you said to generic, the important thing is not the journey but the lovely little baby at the end, who you are going to meet very very soon!

tock, I get a bit excited whenever there is a new FB update in case it is you with news. You will live-blog your entire birth, won't you...? wink

I was at the MW yesterday for a 31/40 check up and whooping cough vaccination. Everything looking good, although DS got a bit agitated about the blood pressure cuff hurting my arm even when I told him it wasn't. Going to see her again in a fortnight, growth scan the following week, and then she'll come to mine for a home visit as I think I'll book a HB again. Vomiting has been really bad though this week and my indigestion has been a lot worse, so the GP has given me some omeprazole so hopefully that will settle things down.

Yesterday wasn't a great day for all of those appointments (MW, practice nurse & GP) as it was a year since we'd had DD, but we went up to the hospital to look at the memorial book and it was lovely, in a very teary sort of way, to see her name written there.

In case DC3 isn't born at home, I've been reading the thread about the Bounty lady: http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/a1641617-just-had-a-run-in-with-the-maternity-ward-bounty-photographer#36140989 I've printed their code of conduct and will be sticking it in my notes! I am fairly chilled about most things and will have a very short birth plan that boils down to 'whatever needs to happen is fine', but I'm going to be clear that I want the Bounty lady to stay away!

Stacks Sat 22-Dec-12 09:12:20

Well, the ward has no beds so we've been sent home to wait. Nurse suggested it'll be a couple of hours, so just settling myself in the sofa. Feel really sorry for DH, he's really not a morning person and didn't get much sleep, so he's already struggling a bit. He's killing bad guys in his computer now though smile

Thank you for all the brooking, think I'm going to find an 'easy' film to watch to keep my mind off things and fall asleep to.

Bartlet sounds like a long tough day for you. Glad things were all looking good though. Really hope the omeprazole helps with the indigestion (and vomiting, though I didn't know it did that). I've been on it all through this pg, I'm a little worried this means LO will need it when he's born too.. Not least because my mum, dad and sister are all taking it, as is my FIL. Poor little tyke stands the chance of inheriting a dodgy digestive system.

Christmas movie, rom com or anime? Hmm..

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 10:08:03

Good luck Stacks thanksthanksthanks

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sat 22-Dec-12 10:26:21

Brooking for you Stacks thanks and love actually would be my movie choice smile

Gen hope you are relaxing lots and not too bored thanks

SweetieSnowball Sat 22-Dec-12 10:52:29

just popping in to add my Brooking vibes to those in need

Stacks good luck my dear, can not wait for to hear about those new born snuggles

Gen hope you get sorted soon too and don't let the boredom set in

and finally Tock I am still very excited for tinytock live birth thread too

wishing everyone else best wishes of the festive season, bye for now although I will be lurking grin

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 11:17:50

Yyy to love actually for a movie choice. Deffo. Love that film smile

clickingtock Sat 22-Dec-12 11:57:25

Bartlett - v sorry to think of your loss a year ago but so glad that one year on and things are looking v positive for you and your family. Sweet about your DS - is he a sensitive soul? Great news about the HB too. Brooking.

Stacks - hope the day flies by.

How you diddling Gen? Brooking.

Thanks to Bartlett, Biscuits and our star guest Sweetie - I will try to do a bit of live broadcasting grin but it's bound to be in the deepest darkest hours, if DS is anything to go by... Had some real crampy pains at night but still suspect this baby could drag things out for all of us so sorry to be a dilly-dawdler... Ho hum. Let's all have a lovely Christmas then tiniTock can make an appearance.

Doing charity fundraiser today - making hot choc for 60. Weather is terrible, wish I hadn't been so ambitious as I'm sure no one wants to come out and feed deer in the miserable rain...

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 13:19:15

Lots of hugs coming your way Bartlet thanks

Hope gen and stacks are both doing ok xxx

Stacks Sat 22-Dec-12 16:45:49

Hey. Well I'm back home now. Finally got the call to come in at about 2pm, then had a trace (all good, interestingly showing 'tightenings' every 7-9 mins consistently) before doctor came and put in some kind of tape thing. He was verging on brutal with how he did it. Hoping I don't see him again! Had another trace, and now back home for the night. Midwife and doctor don't expect labour within the next 24h, but if I do go into labour I just call them and go back to the ward.

So, home for dominoes pizza and a movie I think, with lots of ball bouncing. Oh, also, they're going to phone me at 3:30am to check how I am sad so early night tonight!

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 17:04:13

Good luck Stacks - like the sound of those 7-9 min tightenings! Could you feel them?

And hope that rough doc is do e for Christmas now and at home put of your way smile

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sat 22-Dec-12 17:21:30

Ooh Stacks that does sound promising.

Brooking that Stacks and Gen are also progressing/relaxing nicely smile

stacks hope it gets going soon!

Bartlett sorry aboutyour sad anniversary, hope you're ok.
Merritt. lovely to see you here and hope you join us properly soon.
thanks everyone for your thoughts. still no plan for me but sounds like I'll be here til mini gen is born. we'll just have to delay Christmas until we"re all back home.
tock how was your deer feeding?

oh dear sorry for typos. hate posting on phone! nice to see you was to sweetie?

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 20:44:33

It will be a lovely christmas whenever it is though because mini gen will be there to share it all smile. Fingers crossed it is soon though (or as soon as you want it - are you keen for them to get on with it or hold off for a bit?)

I just want to get on with it now I'm 37 weeks. it will be a v special late Christmas!

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sat 22-Dec-12 21:41:14

Gen your Christmas will be very special indeed with mini gen with you. I forgot to ask, how did they find the potential cord issue? What led to your admission? Sorry if you have already told us, can't scroll back text easily on my phone.

Any news from the other impending sneeze births??

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 21:49:31

In that case * gen* I am brooking they crack on ASAP for you my lovely thanks

thank you smile
boo it's because baby is transverse so cord can drop down and would come out easily if labour starts.

Biscuitsandtinsel Sat 22-Dec-12 22:26:34

Hopefully you're keeping yourself entertained while you wait for them to decide?

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sat 22-Dec-12 22:30:21

I see, well hopefully they make a quick decision to crack on and let you meet mini gen asap! Hope you're not too bored in there.

Blimey it's been busy on here. Brooking for gen and stacks and thoughts with bartlett.

Hope the deer appreciated the hot choc tock.

Remember I'm 5 hours behind you if anyone needs extra late night brooks!

Smeggnog Sun 23-Dec-12 00:57:30

Feeding DD2 so thought I'd see how you all are. Stacks hope it's all starting for you. Good luck!

Gen sorry you're in hospital, but at least they're taking good care of you. Brooking that all goes well and you soon have a healthy, beautiful Yule-tide baby. thanks

Smeggnog Sun 23-Dec-12 00:58:57

Bartlet I'm so sorry, it must have been a very difficult day for you. Thinking of you and your DD.

clickingtock Sun 23-Dec-12 08:45:31

Brooking for Gen and Stacks - Gen you are being v stoical, but a delayed Christmas sounds fab.

Waves to all.

Deer v frisky. We raised over £80 (I spent £15) so feel quite chuffed and there was a good show of support despite weather. Managed not to give birth in a deer pen too. grin

DS wants to share this with you bells http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRzhd3eUyO8

clickingtock Sun 23-Dec-12 08:45:59
clickingtock Sun 23-Dec-12 08:46:12
Stacks Sun 23-Dec-12 09:46:11

Morning all. Pessary doesn't seem to have kicked anything off yet. Except a really bad night of sleep. Had aching back and hips all night, but expecting the hospital to phone at 03:30 meant I woke up at that time. Was awake then till about 06:30 (when they still hadn't phoned) finally got to sleep and they called at about 07:30. Cue being awake again. Took me ages to get to sleep too, maybe 01:00. Really glad I had a nap on DH last night.

Much more worried about today now. I'm not sure if I'll be given a second pessary, waters breaking, or the dreaded drip. I'd been silly optimistic that all I'd need would be the pessary and labour would have started last night. I think it's very unlikely I'll be home tonight though.

Just have to remember, I'm there to get a baby! I'm kind of regretting accepting the induction now, think I should have added the 3 days extra from my EDD and got them to do induction after Christmas. I was so sure this baby would come before Christmas that I didn't think about waiting till after at this stage. Oh well, regret will get me nowhere. I'm committed now.

Gen hope they give you a CS date soon and you can plan your delayed Christmas.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sun 23-Dec-12 10:07:53

Oh Stacks poor love thanks hope you can get some rest before you head back in to hospital. I am brooking so hard that it all happens soon for you.

Gen brooking you have a plan in place today for your very soon birth.

Nuts you ok? Been very quiet the last few days

Oh bad luck stacks. I was relying on you to have a really positive induction to assuage my fears!

Extra brooking for you. I hope you manage to get some rest and then sneeze out a lovely baby in time for Christmas. There's something extra special about Christmas babies (and you can call him Jesus - we had one of those baby name books that said 'Jesus: The son of god, in the bible' by way of explanation)

I've swept the kitchen, made a loaf of bread and 'tidied' all my craft stuff (ie shoved it in a cupboard) in preparation for some friends coming for lunch. All the presents are wrapped, and if someone were to bring me a cup of tea and a mince pie, I might feel a bit festive.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sun 23-Dec-12 15:54:39

<hands Whims a brew and mince pie>

Right, were ready!! Done all the food shop today, it was not quite as bad as it could have been, and my db joined us to do a bit of his, there is something about me and my db that turns us into 12 year olds when we get together grin all presents wrapped, smug feeling in place! And DH has been told he can finish work early tomorrow smile

Brooking for our 3 Christmas sneeze births, hope you are all doing ok thanksthanksthanks

itsMYNutella Sun 23-Dec-12 16:11:35

Tock that video is super cute! Love the dogs going mad in the snow smile

boo We're all good here, thanks grin feeling a lot more zen this week. Have been having great sleeps and knowing that baby can't be that much further off (though I keep letting bump know it can't arrive soon enough) is helping me feel abut more relaxed about it all.

Having contractions but nothing regular, this morning there was some (sorry TMI alert) snotty goo when I wiped which (again, sorry but feel free to skip to the next paragraph wink ) I'm hoping was start of plug or mucous membrane perhaps; and not from dtd with DP yesterday afternoon hmm.

Been out for a walk today, must have been almost 4km in total.... Hoping the bean moves down! But it was lovely to be out walking with DP. We're both feeling sort of ready now I guess, it certainly feels calm chez Nutella.
Tomorrow is the big Christmas holy evening here so we'll do some shopping in the am (milk, butter ,eggs essentials for baking and Christmas pancakes smile ) then I think a roast dinner in the pm (good job DP loves an English style roast) and exchanging presents. Then 25th we're planning pancakes etc for breakfast- with some more gifts. Then we'll ring the hospital see if they can do an acupuncture appointment, hang around for the MW visit before getting ready to meet DP's family at a restaurant for a massive dinner.

Of course since the next couple of days are planned the bean will probably turn up in time to stop me having the big posh dinner DP and I are looking forward to grin

What do you ladies have planned?

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sun 23-Dec-12 16:43:27

Wow Nuts zen, calm, idyllic, your Christmas plans sound just perfect, not like the bedlam that is chez boo grin Toddly boo and teen boo think walking is a punishment. Brooking that pea nut stays put while you enjoy your Christmas thanks

clickingtock Sun 23-Dec-12 17:21:08

Nuts - sounds v lovely; enjoy your last Chrimbo as a child-free couple. Great that you sound so ready to welcome nutlet(te)... So are you not v engaged yet? Or just hoping a good walk might trigger the birth? Anyway, keep your legs shut for a couple of days then you're good to go eh? We've got an acupuncture app for next Fri' too. Friday - your due date - would be a winner birth date as far as I'm concerned though we're a bit unsure about the following Monday as it's a working day in UK and I don't really want DP to start his Pat leave in a week when there's a bank holiday. Never mind. These babies just come along when they come and that's that!

Well done Boo - sounds like fun Christmas activities. Hope you and the boys have a fab time together.

Whims - c'mon, festive spirit a-go-go - I don't imagine your boys will let you off the hook.

DS has just had his guardians over (two lovely men) and had such a great time decorating his gingerbread biscuits with them (ie, icing sugar snowstorm), and playing like mad and they got him a couple of brilliant books - first present opening.... They have such a lark together but DS is always really sad when they go.

Now DP is preparing a lovely ham a la Nigel Slater. And we've watched Peter Rabbit's Christmas tale at least 20x. grin I could do this staying-at-home-for-Xmas-because-of-late-pregnancy again, I could. Or perhaps not...

Will be checking in on everyone, especially Stacks and Gen.

TTFN... xxxxxxxx

nut, that sounds lovely. brooking that baby waits til it's convenient for your sneeze birth.
whim. happy Christmas!
tock, glad fundraiser went well.
boo, glad shopping was pain free!
no news here, waiting for consultant tomorrow.
oh stacks, hope pessary does the trick.

Stacks Sun 23-Dec-12 19:44:53

So, stuck in hospital now and DH gone home till tomorrow. This hospital gives you a 24h rest between each induction thing, so next pessary will be tomorrow afternoon. However as I'm now 42w they won't let me go home again.
Had same doc today as yesterday, who was again very painful with the internal exam. My cervix is still too far back to be easily reached, and not dilated. I am having tightenings every few minutes, so the hope is that these do something and I'm further forward tomorrow. Doc mentioned breaking waters if I was dilated tomorrow, so we'll have to wait and see.
I'm already tired and kind of fed up. With such a bad night sleep last night I'm hoping I'll be able to sleep here. Even with the 2 newborn babies in the room with me...

I'll go back and read now and post again.

TheLittleFriend Sun 23-Dec-12 20:07:21

stacks and gen I don't like to think of you both stuck in hospital waiting, but keep your eyes on the prize and remember that this will soon be a memory as you cuddle your baby's at home.

nuts that does sound like a lovely Xmas you have planned. Sounds like nutlet is planning on arriving soon though smile

We've had a lovely day today. Dd and I made decorations this morning, them we had friends over for lunch. Finished off by visiting more friends. Dd is now even more excited, if that's possible. We're all enjoying it though grin

Love to the rest of the Brookers. Hope no ones got to brave the shops tomorrow?

WinterSolstice Sun 23-Dec-12 20:36:31

Oh Gen & Stacks I'm brooking like crazy that you are both out the hospitals with your snuggly babies very soon! Looking forward to hearing both your news!

I'm just waiting for DH to hurry up and get ready so we can go down the road for a few drinks with the neighbours but he always takes longer than me to get ready! hmm Hope everyone has a lovely christmas and I really hope I get to join you all very soon x

TheLittleFriend Sun 23-Dec-12 20:43:42

Happy Christmas solars, hope you're moving over to this thread soon too smile

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Sun 23-Dec-12 20:45:06

Stacks and Gen brooking you don't have to be in hospital too long and you will be sniffing snuggly brooking babies very soon.

Solars your place is marked, you will be here before you know it, I am brooking no argument!! Hope you and DH have a fabulous time tonight, have an eggnog for me and happy Christmas to you both thanks

solars thank you and brooking you will join us soon!
little thank you too and your Christmas preparations sound lovely.
brooking for good news for stacks tomorrow.

Stacks Sun 23-Dec-12 21:36:51

Tock glad your deer feeding went well. Hope the weather wasn't too bad for you. The video is super cute, though DH didn't approve of me watching it in the middle of the tv program he was watching earlier smile. Sounds like you've had a lovely day today, hope the rest of your Christmas runs as well.
Whim hope you got a real cup of tea and mince pie. DH and I went and did the last pre-Christmas food shop today, and he let me buy mince pies smile unfortunately they're not here with me though. This induction hasn't been too bad really, I think I just fear the process too, so am desperately trying to cling to some optimism.
Boo glad you're feeling all festive too. It's really not long to go now us it?! Christmas itself has crept up on me, what with the baby distraction.
Nut sounds like wonderful plans for Christmas. Slightly jealous, as I'm starting to think my Christmas Day is going to be in here. DH really wanted a year where Christmas was 'just us', feel a bit sad I've kind of ruined it. However, it's not the day itself that matters, so like Gen we'll just enjoy a delayed Christmas together, with an extra special addition.
Little another wonderful sounding day for you! I'm looking forward to family Christmases in the years to come. There's something so idyllic about children and Christmas.
Solars happy Christmas! Looking forward to you coming over soon. You can have my spot, I've kept it warm for you.
Gen hope your hospital is looking after you well. We just got an evening tea, toast and biscuit round. I messages DH and told him to take notes! wink

I've spent do long writing this I'm probably already 10 posts behind..

itsMYNutella Sun 23-Dec-12 22:29:30

tock I'm pretty sure the bean still hasn't engaged yet... Although of course that doesn't have to mean anything I hope it at least gives me the next two days of eating enjoying Christmas smile

stacks double portions of brooking that your baby arrives promptly and then you won't even care about Christmas because you'll be so busy having lovely snuggles! - but you might be able to enjoy some other festive treats. wink

gen hope you get some good news tomorrow!!

boo and little I think it's lovely that your DC are so excited about Christmas. Hope they and you all have a lovely time!

I think the relaxing is being helped by not being at the ILs tomorrow. I miss my family Christmas (even though my family get together when possible and celebrate Christmas whenever; if we can't organise the actual Christmas Day together) it's odd doing things differently and at the ILs it feels very formal. It seems common in Germany to open presents in the evening after a late afternoon church ceremony, (which I've so far managed to get out of, I like Christmas carols but I like the ones I know in English- and I'm not bothered about the church bit) then they have dinner. Then you have two days of Christmas but without much to actually do hmm

That's why DP and I will open some presents on the 24th and some on the 25th grin. Obviously the packages my family have sent me have to be opened on the 25th. They also include essentials like chocolate digestives... If only decent sausages could be posted grin

GreenOlives Mon 24-Dec-12 06:03:04

Good morning ladies!
Any remedies for pregnancy insomnia please? I've been awake for nearly 2 hours now yet I feel sooo tired! I had a really busy shift at work yesterday so I thought I'd sleep like a log but twas not to be sad Im also getting a lot of pubic bone pain in bed at night - any tips for that from fellow sufferers? Right that's my moans over!
bartlet Sorry to hear about DDs anniversary.
gen Hope you get a plan of action sorted today.
stacks Hope things have started moving overnight!
tock Nice work on the fundraising! Still brooking that tinytock doesn't keep you waiting too much longer!
nuts You sound very relaxed indeed, hope you have a lovely German Xmas (and enjoy your English treats!) Choc digestives will be perfect energy providers in labour! wink
boo Bump is looking beautiful on FB! grin
Can't remember what else I was going to say - think I'll try and nap on sofa for a bit until the boys are up!
Happy Christmas to one and all! Xx

Stacks Mon 24-Dec-12 11:23:39

Quick update post. Managed about 4h sleep last night. Very noisy baby in bay next to me. His mum have up at about 3am and the midwives took him away to settle him. Mum and me (and the other two ladies I hope) then got to sleep through till woken by the breakfast trolley at 7.
Soggy cornflakes, warm milk and cold toast started my day. hmm

This morning trace in baby showed a dip in his heart rate for a little while. Midwife thinks cord compression. Doc and consultant have decided to accelerate process and transfer me to labour ward where they hope to break my waters. They've not checked cervix position or dilation today though, so it might not be possible without the gel first. Will have to wait and see. Stuck on continuous monitoring now though sad.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Mon 24-Dec-12 11:37:00

Stacks brooking for you, hopefully you will be meeting your brooking baby after a lovely accelerated sneeze birth very soon thanks

Gen brooking that your plan is put into place for your immediate sneeze!! thanks

clickingtock Mon 24-Dec-12 14:49:48

Good luck Stacks - getting v near. A Christmas eve or Christmas day baby for you. Well done for staying strong and + xxx

Gen - brooking for news for you and your baby tomorrow.

Green - full sympathy. I put something on FB that may be of slight help... Could still be a big wait for me but feeling very excited either way.

Nuts - I would say that gives you at least a couple of days. I'd be surprised if Nutlet(te) isn't a little bit engaged though. I am now 4/5 engaged (1/5 palpable) and apparently this is less usual with a second. Also you mentioned quite a lot of pelvic discomfort which suggests to me that baby is digging in - I am getting some v sharp/weird pains in tops of legs and can only guess that this is exactly what's happening. Anyway - it's all looking good for you and brooking that you get your Christmas swiftly followed by LO and a sneeze birth. (ps I'm also v relieved not to be spending Xmas with MIL.)

Solars - so lovely to see you. Will always be brooking for you! Have a great time with your DH.

Boo - enjoy the excitement, Little too. My DS quite low key but when he sings Jingle Bells it's enough to melt my heart. [frgrin]

Happy Christmas to everyone and see you after the festivities.

clickingtock Mon 24-Dec-12 14:50:25

grin grin grin

Biscuitsandtinsel Mon 24-Dec-12 16:27:52

Marry Christmas brookers.

Just wondered if anyone would like a very nearly new tube of lansinoh? PM me your address if so.

Have a fab Christmas and love to you all xxx

GreenOlives Mon 24-Dec-12 17:25:05

Me please biscuits if no one else has beaten me to it! Will PM you. Xx

Biscuitsandtinsel Mon 24-Dec-12 19:46:53

All yours olives

And of course I meant MERRY Christmas! grin

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Mon 24-Dec-12 19:49:55

Merry Christmas ladies, I will be lurking for new baby news and hope you all have a fabulous Christmas.

SparklySanta Mon 24-Dec-12 20:38:25

Merry Christmas brookers

Brooking for lovely baby news and insomnia free nights smile

TheLittleFriend Mon 24-Dec-12 21:03:04

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope Stacks and Gen get lovely snugly babies from Father Christmas smile

Happy Christmas all! I've had a scan and finally seen my consultant and she has let me come home whoop whoop! I'm going back on Boxing Day so she can try to turn the baby, so I still have a chance of a normal delivery! Still risk of a section if the turning doesn't work and will be we'll monitored to check baby isn't distressed by the procedure, but I am overjoyed! It's a Christmas miracle!

Hope everyone else is well and has a fab day tomorrow, especially stacks! Get sneezing girl!

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Mon 24-Dec-12 22:15:25

Gen I am so pleased for you that you are home for Christmas day. Take it easy and get everyone to take care of you. Brooking for a successful turn on Wednesday thanks

Stacks hopefully your having/well on the way to sniffy snuggle time thanks

Merry Christmas everyone.

Smeggnog Mon 24-Dec-12 23:19:35

Gen that's wonderful that you get to be at home for Christmas. Hope the consultant is successful and you get the 'normal' delivery you hope for. But it is all about having a baby - the method isn't so important, it's the result that counts!

Stacks hope you're on your way to meeting your little bundle of Christmas joy. Have you considered Noel as a name?! I suppose Jesus is just a bit too much? wink

DD1 is incredibly excited about Christmas Day - it's the first one that she's understood vaguely what's happening. I'm really enjoying watching her excitement, and the fact that when she gets overtired and insane as she undoubtedly will, her GP's will quite happily deal with the fallout that they caused by giving her shitloads of chocolate grin

Merry Christmas Brookers!

Smeg you are quite right and I do say that to other people re it not mattering how the baby is born. I think I was a bit carried away by the joy of coming home for a couple of days over Christmas!

Hope everyone is enjoying Christmas Day and thank you again for cheering me up these last few days.

Any news, stacks?

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Tue 25-Dec-12 22:14:38

Well, what a lovely day in the boo house smile I hope you all had a brilliant day too.

Stacks brooking you have your Christmas baby.

scarletfestivefingernail Wed 26-Dec-12 08:21:22

Merry Christmas everyone.

I just thought I'd nip in and read the birth announcements <double checks thread in case I've missed it>.

Stacks brooking for you. Your induction sounds pretty much the same as mine except I was allowed home at all. They were trialling the Propess at our hospital so I had to stay in. Very frustrating.

So pleased you were home for Christmas Day Gen. Brooking all goes well for you today.

<waves to everyone else> Hope you all had a lovely day yesterday.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 26-Dec-12 11:24:23

Happy boxing day ladies, I am in peeling hell again, mil coming for her dinner tonight sad had a really lovely day yesterday, hope not all did too.

<puts peeler down and waits for baby news instead> grin

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 26-Dec-12 11:25:24

blush you all did too, not not all did too.

Smeggnog Wed 26-Dec-12 12:41:58

Hello all, hope you had a lovely Christmas. We're off to the next round of rellies, then we have a break till Saturday. I'm a bit grinch-like now, next year we're going to hunker down in our own home, and if people want to see us they can make the journey. It's too much for this old woman now grin

DD2 slept well last night so I'm happy and well rested, yay! Amazed at her pooing skills, DD1 was a once every few days kinda baby, DD2 does at least 3 a day.

Have a lovely boxing day, boo despite the peeling.

Stacks I hope you're ok. Haven't heard from you for a while. No pressure, just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. thanks

TheLittleFriend Wed 26-Dec-12 14:11:57

Happy Boxing Day everyone. We had a lovely day yesterday, and today has almost been just as good, in a more chilled out way! Just settling down to watch Lady and the Tramp with dd now smile

Really hope everything is going ok Stacks, thinking of you x

Stacks Wed 26-Dec-12 18:44:09

Quick message to say baby Thomas was born on Christmas morning by a (not very) emergency CS.

He's lovely, healthy and very well behaved. Breastfeeding is going well, and we should both be home tomorrow.

TheLittleFriend Wed 26-Dec-12 18:48:50

Hurray, hurray, hurray!!! gringringrin

It's a Christmas brooking miracle!!!

Congratulations Stacks, can't wait to hear more when you're ready. Enjoy this precious time thanksthanksthanks

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 26-Dec-12 19:02:03

Oh Stacks that's brilliant news, congratulations to you on your new son thanks

SparklySanta Wed 26-Dec-12 19:02:50

Yay yay yay

Congratulations stacks amazingly perfect news!!!

GreenOlives Wed 26-Dec-12 19:03:32

Fabulous news stacks! grin grin grin That has to be the best Christmas present ever!! grin grin grin
Lovely name too! Looking forward to hear more about Thomas's arrival when you're all settled back at home. Xx

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Wed 26-Dec-12 19:09:28

Congratulations! thanks

congratulations stacks! great Christmas present!

Smeggnog Wed 26-Dec-12 19:50:22

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gringringrin

Congratulations Stacks! So happy for you! And welcome to the big world, Thomas, what a lovely name you have smile

Smeggnog Wed 26-Dec-12 19:51:24

Bother grin

thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

clickingtock Wed 26-Dec-12 20:09:32

So chuffed for you and your family, Stacks. Welcome to the world Thomas! thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Gen, so glad you got home for a bit of cheer.

So Nuts next and then....smilesmilesmilesmilesmile

Ps hope you are all having a fab time. I've had the best Xmas ever. Sad that DP is back to work tomorrow. sad Ah we'll, it can't last forever... <first ever post on Xmas ipadgrin>

cakes82 Wed 26-Dec-12 20:24:42

Congratulations Stacks

Loopyhasanotherbean Wed 26-Dec-12 21:13:07

Congrats stacks

Yay re iPad tock me too smile aren't they just the best thing ever!

Great news stacks. What a lovely Christmas present. Lots of love to you all.

itsMYNutella Thu 27-Dec-12 07:50:21

Congratulations Stacks! Not sure if I posted before or read and ran confused.
Due date today... Haircut booked for tomorrow. grin have had a few contractions but nothing really major or consistent. Although bean might have moved down hmm hospital for check up today (because Drs have too so much time off!). Fingers crossed they have time for some acupuncture too.
I've been swelling gradually for weeks but now my wrists & fingers are getting rather annoying! Come on bean, time to make a move... Please!!!!hmm

SweetieSnowball Thu 27-Dec-12 09:45:28

Congratulation s Stacks hope you are all home now enjoying those snuggles

clickingtock Thu 27-Dec-12 11:06:46

Yes Loopy, fab contraption! Shame about MN app.

Nuts - hope you pop soon. I'm just as impatient and a week behind. Wish the show hadn't been such a tease. Brooking for you that peanut isn't far away....

thanks & brew for all. This weather is a pain. We've resorted to Thomas TTE film @ TockTowers <yawn>

SparklySanta Thu 27-Dec-12 12:33:32

tock jealous of you both and I'm months and months behind you!!

My morning sickness is back with a vengeance!! So I've spent the morning on the sofa while mrsparks goes off to do an honest days work, well actually he is doing a half day so we're going to attempt to do some sales shopping when he comes home!!

I've had some perfectly wonderful Christmas presents! I asked my sister for a photo and frame of her kids, she gave me one, plus a matching one for a pic of SILs kids AND a framed picture of my first scan photo, all matching! So cute!!

Such a contented Christmas, but eager for next years now when I'll have a perfect little munch all of my own!! Mush over smile

BartletForTeamGB Thu 27-Dec-12 14:02:38

Congratulations Stacks! Great news!

Sparks, glad you had lovely presents. Next Christmas is going to be even more exciting!

tock, which TTTE film is that? While I have been in bed vomiting when DH has been at work, I've been showing DS lots of TTTE things on Youtube so I think I have seen them all. Hope minitock arrives soon though. Still planned for a HB?

Oi, nuts, be nice about doctors around here! wink (Coming from the doctor who abandoned her post last week for at least a year off...) Hope that you go soon too. Just a fortnight to go, and you will definitely have had your lovely baby!

Better go back downstairs and be sociable. Still at the PILs....

WinterSolstice Thu 27-Dec-12 15:35:01

Congratulations Stacks thanks thanks

clickingtock Thu 27-Dec-12 16:19:30

Bartlett - only 1 TTTE feature film I think. Dreadful US job from 80 s or 90s at best. Like a lot of DS purchases this was a charity shop job. He loves it so that's what counts. It's an hour's worth of entertainment. Youtube a good plan too. Sorry you're poorly, get well soon. Yes HB still a go-er: on Fri, @ MW app, tockbean was in perfect position but I can tell s/he's moved (ROA again I think)... Will stay + for now tho I wish I'd brushed up on my hypno birthing a bit more consistently. Still got til 3rd for scan due date so not OD yet, and show a week back, nearly 2, was obviously just a tease. How are you feeling about your HB? Are you on leave soon? Well deserved I'm sure. smile

Sparks - sorry re sickness how frustrating for you. Hope it's merely a blip!

Any updates from Stacks since her announcement?

itsMYNutella Thu 27-Dec-12 17:26:37

Sparks sorry about the sickness! I've had the odd bought of nausea but absolutely chuffed to bits not to have been puking (thanks bean, you've been very good on that score... but still, get out! grin )

Bartlett my Dr isn't back at work until the 2nd week of January (so from 21st- 7th Jan as hols I think; because her colleague was off the week before Christmas), it is a small (OBGYN) practice where just two of them work but only seem to do half days each (admittedly long half days...) and almost all Drs are shut on a Wednesday pm here. They also close between 12:00 and 15:00 most days for lunch... Perhaps you want to be a Dr in Germany when you decide to return?? smile
And!!! They have weird names for everything although the medical language for them is the same; when directly translated, some examples:
Cervix = "mother mouth"
placenta = "mother cake"

But my Dr is very lovely! as I'm sure you are too Bartlett

Check up at the hospital was fine. It was nice and quiet (fingers crossed they're not too busy when I have to go in) and the MWs were lovely, as always. They did the acupuncture for me too (I might have had a nap while the needles were in smile ). MW was funny; they're supposed to charge 10€ (which involves faxing this here, posting that there and in the end you get it back from the insurance dudes anyway) but she couldn't be bothered and said that since it's christmas it's on the house grin

The one thing I asked the Dr today is how far over can I go. Apparently they review at 40+8 and if everything is fine and I really want to hmm they will let me go to 40+10 but thats the max. So... you have a choice bean; you can leave on your own whenever you like; otherwise you will be evicted on the 4th or 6th Jan

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 28-Dec-12 10:34:50

Morning, just checking in to wish Gen a whole lot of brooking, hope you have a plan in place (or better still a snuggly new baby to sniff) smile

BartletForTeamGB Fri 28-Dec-12 14:31:40

Check out FB for Gen news!!!

grin

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 28-Dec-12 14:37:39

<Squeee> thank you Bartlet wonderful news!!!!!

BartletForTeamGB Fri 28-Dec-12 14:39:24

nutella, the timetable for your German doctors sounds great - perhaps we should move there! smile Unfortunately the only German I can say is, "Ich bin 12 Jahre alt" and "Dies ist eine Hexe" and even then I had to check out Google Translate for the spelling! Brooking for a sneeze birth for you.

clicking, I am on leave now. The MW will come round in a few weeks to talk about the HB, but she did say she was very surprised that a doctor was wanting to book one and even more surprised when she realised that DS had been born at home.

SparklySanta Fri 28-Dec-12 14:42:54

Ooooooh no fair, I don't have Facebook!!! But I'm assuming its something lovely and warm and snuggly?!!!!

clickingtock Fri 28-Dec-12 15:00:53

Ooh how lovely, Gen. So excited for you.

Why was MW surprised Bartlett? Not usually doc's territory? Why was DS HB a surprise tho?

Too busy today, making me confused

Any news Nuts? Xxxx

BartletForTeamGB Fri 28-Dec-12 15:02:10

Have sent you a PM, sparks.

BartletForTeamGB Fri 28-Dec-12 15:15:27

tock, I think doctors, including me until not long before DS arrived, are very nervous of HBs and significantly overestimate the risks. I only know of one other doctor who has had a HB but generally my friends have been very surprised/shocked that I would even consider it. I can't even have a sensible conversation about the HB studies that show safety without most doctor friends rubbishing the studies without even having read them! hmm The problem is that, after medical school when we have to do a certain number of normal deliveries (I've assisted at normal deliveries and at elective sections as a student), the only deliveries doctors get involved in are the complicated ones that have gone a bit pear-shaped.

The MW who delivered DS said after it was all over that she was surprised to see a doctor book a homebirth but she hadn't wanted to say while I was actually giving birth! smile So I just think that MWs don't expect doctors to go for HBs or to have done it before.

We are trying to be busy today, but DH is working much harder than me, so I should probably go and help.

My parents are both doctors, bartlet and still haven't quite got over me having HBs even though my brother was nearly born in the car

itsMYNutella Fri 28-Dec-12 15:58:21

Awww I'm guessing Gen has some good new squishy baby news! Hope it all went well and mum and baby are well?

Nothing happening here.... Had to wait in all day for an awesome (huge) parcel! Little bro sent (German) DP loads of crisps - which DP loved and they also sent us a loads of beautiful knitted things from little bro's DGF's Mum... So errr MIL once removed? Anyway, some pink, some blue and all beautiful! And a knitted teddy! Will try to post some pics later.

DP obviously got very excited about the crisps ate two packets (small normal size packets), then a cookie (which I cooked yesterday) and is now asleep on the sofa... I'm fairly sure men are only adult shaped, and miss some adult thinking ... So I'm tidying up and wanted to go out for dinner with DP but since he's had crisps and a cookie and keeps moaning about his weight (sympathy pregnancy weight gain <eye roll>) I'm not sure he's really in the mood hmm

itsMYNutella Fri 28-Dec-12 16:22:20

Although... He is probably tired because he was up late last night and awake early this morning because I am very hormonal pregnant occasionally... And getting fed up with a developing head cold... Bless him. He is a big soft sweety. Will try and do more sports with home in the new year wink poor DP. He's awake now and I owe him some cuddles.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 28-Dec-12 17:28:10

I want to divorce my DH for general twuntery!! angry he has been twunty in my hormonal opinion all twunting day!

itsMYNutella Fri 28-Dec-12 17:53:18

boo better not let my DP and your DH see this... they might collude against us... or are we already colluding against them??? DP offered to vacuum then decided he didn't want to... so I left the vacuum cleaner out for him while I cleaned the bathroom and did the washing up tidying the kitchen in general... he hasn't vacuumed... hmm

TheLittleFriend Fri 28-Dec-12 18:00:39

boo my dp is also twunty today, due to getting in at 2.30 steaming drunk [ hmm]

Loving Gens fb news, can't wait for more details.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 28-Dec-12 18:02:36

Stupid twunty men sad

sorry for slow update! DS born this morning by c section. his heart rate was dipping a bit so they decided to get him out sooner rather than later. good job too as he was a bit wedged under my ribs with cord round neck 3x. scary but all was well and he is gorgeous smile

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Fri 28-Dec-12 18:48:07

Ooh congratulations Gen thanksthanks

TheLittleFriend Fri 28-Dec-12 18:52:07

So happy for you Gen. It's always seemed like you've been a tiny bit ahead of me during the brooking process, through the bad times and the good. Now you have your lovely little boy, I feel very emotional for you, and slightly freaked that it means I'll have mine soon!

So Nuts and Tock up next, with Whims not far behind. Then its our turn, triple whammiers. Lots of excitement still to come! grin

thank you!

scarletfestivefingernail Fri 28-Dec-12 19:13:03

Huge congratulations Gen. I'm so happy for you. My very first brooking cycle buddy! So thrilled you have your baby at last.

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Fri 28-Dec-12 19:18:53

Congratulations Gen he looks lovely

Smeggnog Fri 28-Dec-12 20:00:08

Congratulations Gen! He's beautiful smile
thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

So glad you're both well. Thank goodness for modern medicine!

itsMYNutella Fri 28-Dec-12 20:45:26

Congratulations Gen!! Great to hear that all is (now) well and you have a happy healthy baby.

My bean is cosy where it is... But if anything changes I will let you all know smile

GreenOlives Fri 28-Dec-12 21:49:26

So pleased for you gen, so glad all is well. DS is gorgeous! grin Hope you're back home as soon as possible. Xx
The babies will be coming thick and fast over the next few weeks!! grin

Biscuitsandtinsel Fri 28-Dec-12 22:12:24

Bit late to the party but marvellous baby news from gen and stacks smilethanks

Good work girls! smile

Really really pleased for you both xxx

NewYearNewBoo Sat 29-Dec-12 16:49:22

:::::Twirls::::: Tis I, Boo, MissLToe seemed a bit out of season now, I will be looking for a permanent name change soon, I have decided that Princessishavinababyboo is a bit too .....erm....... in the news, cos there is an actual princess (sort of) having a baby sad Any suggestions welcome as long as I have my Boo!

Stacks Sat 29-Dec-12 19:20:43

Hi everyone. I'm at home with DS now, and a little... occupied. Hoping to get some time tonight to catch up and post from laptop.

Congrats Gen!

TheLittleFriend Sat 29-Dec-12 20:59:17

Ah, those little newborns do like to keep you occupied! Glad to hear you're home Stacks smile

Hope everyone is enjoying family life over the festive period. Anyone bothering to go out on NYE? I've never been a fan of it, pregnant or not, so don't mind staying in at all.

NewYearNewBoo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:13:03

Ooh baby snuggles on your own sofa grin that is great news Stacks smile

I'm staying in too Little I have never liked going out on new years, far too busy everywhere, plus baby sitters are very hard to find and I like the idea of starting the year as I mean to go on, my little family boo all together smile

WinterSolstice Sat 29-Dec-12 21:20:08

Gen awwww congratulations, lovely thanks

And glad you're safe and sound back home Stacks

Little that sounds like a perfect NYE to me!

Happy New Year to you all x

Stacks Sat 29-Dec-12 21:47:40

I've got in in my head that babies, especially brand new ones, need lots of close time. So DS has been with me constantly since he was born, with only the occasional nap in a cot/crib. He's a wee star and incredibly well behaved - breastfeeds for 5-20 mins, sleeps for 1-3 hours, check nappy and repeat. He doesn't cry much, except to protest at the time it takes to get from waking up to breast, and even then it's obviously protests rather than genuine distress.

I think lots of people would love to get 3 peaceful hours peace at a time with a newborn, and indeed, I do love it. However my activities while he's sleeping beside me are limited to one hand and a phone mostly. I'm also still very tired from the CS and hospital stay, so reading/posting on my phone becomes quite a challenge. Tonight I have DS on the bed snuggled against my thigh while I'm on the laptop, but at only 9:30 I'm already thinking of turning in for the night.

Quick birth story for you, of sorts in next post...

Stacks Sat 29-Dec-12 21:48:45

Started induction with the pessary on 22nd, put in at 3pm and sent home for 24h. No progress really expected by the doctors, and none achieved really. Examination next day showed cervix too far back to sweep and closed, trace showed DS was happy in there, and regular-ish contractions. Left for a 24h rest, but as now 42w I wasn't allowed home.
No sleep due to crying babies, and next morning was put on a trace. Trace showed I was having mild contractions, but less than night before. Then I decided to change position (sat up), which brought on some contractions but also a big drop in DS's heart rate. It would have been a bit of an emergency situation, but no one noticed at the time, and it was only seen on review of the trace a few minutes later - at which point DS has obviously recovered well. However, given the drop they decided to accelerate the induction and send me over to labour ward to get things moving asap.
Doc examined me and found I was 1-2cm, and cervix really far back. However she did a sweep and sent me off to walk around for a couple of hours to see if things progressed. I had quite a lot of bloody show, but no change on re-examination so she broke my waters. I was put on a trace and left for a while, and at some point it was decided to start the drip. I managed a couple of hours of the drip easily; contractions were very evident and quite painful, but TENS and walking around was sufficient. Then she turned up the drip by one more notch (about the 5th or so increase) and suddenly I was in agony every contraction. At this point I was about half way through the 'lets see what happens' stage, with 2h till and exam, and 8 hours till anything 'useful' was expected. So I tried GA which didn't help, and logically looked at the time remaining + current pain and decided I was going to end up with an epidural and it might as well be sooner rather than later!
Epidural was good, worked well, and didn't take away nearly as much feeling as I'd feared. I could still easily tell when I was having a contraction, but wasn't in pain from it. However, 25m after getting it in his heart rate dropped and Drs came rushing. Drip stopped, rest given, drip started, epidural topped up - and same again. 6cm at this point.
Consultant was phoned for advice and she decided best to get him out now. It wasn't an emergency, but it was very likely he'd keep having these episodes over the next 4cm + pushing, and so we'd end up with a CS anyway.
CS straight forward, DS born at 3:30am. He was given to Dr to check over and DH stayed with him, then had skin to skin while I was stitched up. I was given him in bed with me when taken out of theatre, and we managed to breastfeed in recovery room.

As he was a Christmas baby we also got given a present from the hospital, and the chance to be in the papers if he was the first born (he wasn't, someone beat me to it at about 1am).

NewYearNewBoo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:59:37

Wow!! Just wow Stacks you really did so well.

BartletForTeamGB Sat 29-Dec-12 22:01:03

Well done, Stacks. Sounds like you are doing a great job now and did a great job giving birth. You have had lots of surgery, I think, so I hope that doing a semi-emergency section rather than a real Cat 1 emergency one made things easier for them doing the op and for you recovering. Would love to be able to admire photos when you have both time and energy!

Boo, I looked up the Wikipedia page on "Boo". What about BooRadley? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo

Ooh little we're going out for new year: to a neighbour's 10 yo's bday party. Life on the edge and I predict being home with the boys about 9.

Glad to hear you sounding so positive stacks. Your lucky chap sounds like he's getting lots of lovely cuddles.

Hello everyone else. Mince pie?

GreenOlives Sun 30-Dec-12 08:09:19

Well done Stacks! Sounds like a bit of a prolonged ordeal but you appear to have taken it all in your stride and DS sounds very happy and chilled! grin Keep taking it easy with lots of rest and brew biscuit
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GreenOlives Sun 30-Dec-12 08:18:24

Also meant to say I am with the staying in brigade on NYE! I start work at 7 on New Years Day so even if I wanted to go out it wouldn't be very sensible with such an early start. Is it wrong that I take great pleasure in waking up the pathetic hungover people that litter our dept every New Years morning? Nothing gives me more pleasure than being all bright, breezy and loud as we get them up and out!! [evil] And giving them hospital gowns for the journey home when their own clothes are too soiled to put back on! grin Whims Your plans for NY sound good - at least you can say you're going to a party! wink

Stacks Sun 30-Dec-12 18:26:40

I'm going to go out on NYE to my SIL. It's a party for people with no other plans. I think we'll head over with DS early, stay for a little while to show him off and see friends. Then come home. I very, very much doubt we'll be there for midnight. Most likely tucked up in bed at home. It sort of counts though, right?

One thing is certain still , DH and I won't be drinking. Even not pg or on standby for the hospital trip smile

SparklySanta Sun 30-Dec-12 18:38:09

I'm team stay at home too, well technically I'm going to my mums but that doesn't count!! I can't stand all the hassle, and these days I have zero energy anyway!!

clickingtock Sun 30-Dec-12 19:50:37

Of course I will be busy having a baby on NYE gringringringrin Talking of which, Nuts update SVP...

SparklySanta Sun 30-Dec-12 20:48:22

tock that's a great way to spend nye and an excuse to never ever go out on nye again!! Brooking!!!

Twinkle is due on summer solstice so am thinking a trip to Stonehenge before hand might guarantee a sneeze birth!!!

NewYearNewBoo Sun 30-Dec-12 21:02:32

Booby is due may 3rd, I am hoping for a may day baby (same as my db) all those lovely birthday bank holidays, DH on the other hand wants booby to come a day late so he can call it Luke, may the 4th be with you hmm

scarletfestivefingernail Sun 30-Dec-12 21:43:20

<boak> at soiled clothes Olives. Do you work in A&E? You must see some hideous self-inflicted sights this time of year.

I'm a fan of staying in on NYE. We have done for years even prior DC. I like going out the rest of the year, just hate pubs on NYE.

Great birth story Stacks. I wonder if the next brooking baby will be 2012 or 2013?

GreenOlives Mon 31-Dec-12 07:35:42

I do indeed work in A&E Scarlet - unfortunately the self inflicted hideousness is a year round occurrence but it definitely ramps up a gear at New Year!! wink
tock Im loving your NYE plans! grin grin

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 10:16:22

Urgent brooking required for my Nan she's been taken in to hospital!! And in my heightened emotional state I'm struggling to hold it together!!!

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 10:26:17

Oh Sparks {{{{{hugs}}}}} and hand holding, brooking a plenty for your nan thanks. Do you mind me asking why she was taken in?

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 10:36:26

Pneumonia, she's been unwell for a few days but we thought it was a bug!!

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 10:42:48

Well they know exactly what they are dealing with, and will be taking extremely good care of her. I'm brooking she will be just fine.

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Mon 31-Dec-12 11:11:17

Brooking for you Sparks

Boo we were hoping that DD would come a little early and be a Star Wars baby too. She was only 25 days too late for that

Smeggnog Mon 31-Dec-12 11:21:21

Stacks wow that's quite a story! I hope you're recovering well, you sound very relaxed and happy. Have a very lovely new year smile

Sparks brooking very hard for your grandma - I'm sure they're taking excellent care of her.

Olives I think you need a vuvuzela to send those hungover poorly people on their way with proper New Year cheer grin.

We were supposed to be going to a friends' house for a celebration with kids etc tonight, but I feel so wiped out after Christmas week (and the obligatory cold) that we're staying home instead. Jools will help us see in the new year.

itsMYNutella Mon 31-Dec-12 12:19:42

Brooking for your Gran Sparkle! So sorry to hear she's so poorly. Big squishy hugs being sent your way!

Well scan on sat and sun showed too little amniotic fluid so they are now having a bash at inductionhmm Not much happening and I'm quite bored. DP is as awesome as ever and keeping me company and trying to help me relax and stay calm.
Otherwise not much happening. Much as I wish it would. Ho hum...

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 12:24:47

Urgent brooking for SparklyNan. Hope she gets well soon.

We are going out to friends' tonight with a number of families, so that'll be nice. We'll take DS's travel cot with us, but I'm not sure we'll stay until after midnight anyway as I am exhausted. It took me hours to get to sleep last night and then DS woke us (I think he has a wee cold) at 6am. I'm not needing any Gaviscon at the moment so that's good though.

Boo, DH could have almost have been a Star Wars baby. He wasn't but it does work out nicely that we can celebrate his birthday with a BBQ over the May Day weekend, so, yes, aim for that weekend!

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 12:26:00

Crossposted with Nut. Brooking for an uneventful induction and a sneeze birth. What birthday do you prefer? Hogmanay or New Year's Day? Just so we know what we are brooking for. smile

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 13:26:04

Ooh Nut a new year baby smilesmile good luck with the induction, brooking you get a lovely quick sneeze birth!!

I wrote the bit below and realise I am just ranting and getting it off my chest, you don't have to read it all, it was nice just to get it down!

Just got back from mw, they needed to re do my thyroid blood test, apparently a tsh count of only 0.38 is not ideal smile (I think 1.5-2.5 is what I am aiming for) although this time they did say that my dizzy spells are probably due to low blood pressure (99/68) and didn't blame my thyroid for once! they have also had a look at my care plan, the hospital want me to go in for blood test results at 24 weeks (I can now do that by phone) scan at 28, 32, 36 weeks due to my history of big babies, (Toddly boo was 10lb 3.5 oz, but mw said today that is probably not necessary at I am 5ft 10 and DH is 6ft 3, she would be surprised if I didn't have a large baby, and I gave birth with no problems last time) so she will ask about cutting that down to one or 2 scans and keeping some of my appointments with the community team instead of it all being done at the hospital. Sorry that is a lot of info, but I was getting a bit stressed about how many appointments was having at the hospital, it is miles away, DH can't always come with me and the clinic always runs late and parking costs a fortune

TheLittleFriend Mon 31-Dec-12 13:38:53

How exciting nuts, hope it all happens quickly and easily for you smile

Sparks, brooking for your gran, she's on the best place

Boo, that does sound like a lot of growth scans, hope they can cut them down for you

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 14:07:22

What you ladies do? Would you go visit her or stay away for risk of catching something? Considering I've only just got over the flu and have asthma!! I really want to see her but I really really don't want to be ill again!!!

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 14:14:23

I assume she knows your news, I'm sure she won't mind you not going for now, send love/cards/flowers with her other visitors so she knows you are thinking of her, and make a big fuss when she gets home.

clickingtock Mon 31-Dec-12 14:16:43

Nuts, so excited for you. Hope it goes smoothly. thanksthanksthanksthanksthanksbrewthanksthanksthanksthanksbiscuitthanksthanksthanksthanks

Sparks, so sorry for your Gran but hope they sort her out ASAP. hmm

Boo, brooking for simpler prenatal care for you. I have found going to MWs every fortnight inn local primary school fairly tedious so can't imagine how you must feel. Always extra annoying to pay loads for parking when that money could be spent one Lindt... wink

I have fought off a touch of tonsillitis after v stressful day on Fri but have nasty sciatic pain, guessing tinitock is v low now. Hopes for an early birth dwindling but I just have to enjoy the lull. Whims might beat me to it at this rate. All these brooking babies like to stay put don't they??!

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 14:17:41

"Just got back from mw, they needed to re do my thyroid blood test, apparently a tsh count of only 0.38 is not ideal"

Aargh! Why can no-one manage thyroid disease in pregnancy???

That sort of TSH is completely and utterly fine! Yes, check it again in 4-6 weeks after the last one, but it is nothing to worry about. TSH should be trimester specific anyway, as HCG is a very similar molecule to TSH so can falsely bring down TSH as measured in the lab for the first half of pregnancy. Just wanted to reassure you that it is nothing to worry about.

Ooh nut I hope you have a straight forward time and get a lovely baby soon.

And thinking of you and GrannySparks sparks. I would try to stay clear if poss - when,MrWhim had swine flu the hospital was most upset about me visiting. She'll understand. Can you,phone?

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 14:23:26

Sparks, I would visit her. You can't catch pneumonia. Obviously, in hospital and out, there is lots of winter vomiting, so keep following all the usual hand hygiene stuff, but I would visit if it was me.

tock, glad that your tonsillitis came to nothing. The sciatica will all be better soon when tockbean arrives but you have my sympathy until then.

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 14:33:00

Oh thank you Bartlet I was led to believe this was not a good result at all, and my mw just called, she said they will do the gtt at the community clinic so I don't have to go to the main hospital for that! smile having a much better day now.

clickingtock Mon 31-Dec-12 14:57:00

Thanks Bartlett, you are cheering us all up. How is your leave going? Enjoy your party tonight. Whims too. The rest of us will live vicariously. thankssmile<waves to Smegs, enjoy Jools>

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 15:15:27

My ball really helps my sciatica, but stopping picking up DS made a big difference, tock. I'm glad to cheer you up. I can't turn round in bed or go upstairs without pain, but I am telling myself that it will all go when the baby comes. I am quite excited about tonight, more so I can start saying, "I'm having a baby next month." [hopeful smile] (Surely the baby won't make me wait until March...)

clickingtock Mon 31-Dec-12 15:36:29

I'm telling you Bartlet these brooking babies like the warmth of the oven, you may well see the ides of March... I can now say my baby "is due on Thurs" but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll be dealing with another 40+14. Sigh. Need diversions and not sciatic ones. Poor you, it will be so fab for you when it's all over and you are snuggled up with your beautiful newborn. Xxx

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Mon 31-Dec-12 15:37:13

Got any Thinking Day plans Bartlet? Baby is bound to interrupt them smile

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 15:58:00

What if the baby arrives ON Thinking Day, Jen? Am I contractually obliged to call the baby Olave or Robert??? shock

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 16:05:30

What's thinking day?!

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 16:12:45

Were you never a Brownie or a Guide, Sparks? shock

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Thinking_Day

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 16:28:21

I don't think they had world thinking day when I was a brownie/guide!! But then u wasn't in guides very long so maybe I finished before they changed the name!!

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Mon 31-Dec-12 18:36:14

It's been going since 1926 so you must be really old Sparks if it wasn't around when you were a girl grin

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Mon 31-Dec-12 18:38:05

My DC is due next month but the beginning so it will be here by the 22nd. We are hiring the local secondary school and having an indoor campfire for the whole district

NewYearNewBoo Mon 31-Dec-12 18:48:27

Going to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR hope you have a fabulous night whatever you're doing and hope 2013 gives us all pain free sneeze births and beautifully behaved children smilesmilesmile

GreenOlives Mon 31-Dec-12 19:01:47

smegs Im loving your evil wake up idea for the hungover poorly people tomorrow grin grin
nuts Good luck lovely, not long now until lovely new born snuggles! It may be that the brookers will produce a new years day baby as well as a Christmas day one! grin Keep your energy up with lots of brew and biscuit
sparks Brooking for your nan! I would definitely visit her just use the hand gel etc. I know I've had a dose of Norovirus but that's the only bug I've got in pregnancy (touch wood!) and that's with working full time in hospital.
boo Glad appts are a bit less of a bind now, nothing worse than trips to hospital and lots of waiting around!
bartlet I was a brownie but I don't remember Thinking Day at all blush Hope you have a lovely time at your get together tonight and that sleep is a bit easier too!
tock Well it does seem that tinytock was teasing us with that early show - here's hoping the sciatica is a sign that things are moving in the right direction! smile
gen and stacks Hope you're enjoying your beautiful boys and managing to rest up a bit too! thanks
Waves to little and all the other brookers I've missed because this silly app will not let me scroll back like the old version did! angry
Things all good with me apart from normal third trimester moans! Hips and pelvis/pubic bone very painful in bed but bearable when im up and about and Ranitidine is still my saviour on the indigestion front! smile Baby olives still appears to be doing full turns inside so I have no idea from one day to the next if he/she is head up or down! Does anyone else have numb patches of skin on their tum? The baby's bum/head often seems to be on the right side of my belly and I have very much reduced sensation on the skin there which I presume is just because its so stretched? I just don't remember having it with DS!
Anyhow, time for bedtime story now so I must dash! Happy New Year lovely ladies - may 2013 bring health and happiness to all (and lovely babies!) grin grin grin

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 21:52:33

jen you're cheeky!!! I read the wiki link and it said something about it only being renamed as world thinking day in 1999 so I assumed there was something else which was then 'rebranded' I certainly don't remember them making a big fuss about it 'back in the day'

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Mon 31-Dec-12 22:08:18

It was known as just Thinking Day before, when I was a Brownie back in the late 80s/early 90s we used to celebrate it. We had to bring in a shiny coin for the collection and generally did international activities around that time to remind us that Guiding is all around the world

SparklySanta Mon 31-Dec-12 22:45:32

I vaguely remember doing something about France and the other sixes having different countries, maybe that was it!!

BartletForTeamGB Mon 31-Dec-12 23:17:59

Well, I am home and in bed. I couldn't quite deal with a big party tonight, so DS and I are in our respective beds while DH went back. I hardly slept last night, felt so tired but not sleepy, so hoping I'm asleep before midnight tonight.

sparks, yes, I seem to have missed the rebranding as well but sounds like you did do Thinking Day. Can jen and I tempt you back to Girlguiding? It is all Jen's fault that I have my very own Brownie pack after she started a thread here. How is your nan doing?

olives, glad you are doing well. I am on omeprazole and I think it is amazing! I've no idea where DC3 is, but I am seeing the MW on Friday afternoon so I'll ask her what she thinks then. The baby certainly has spells of wild wriggling and twirling.

SparklySanta Tue 01-Jan-13 00:20:20

I don't think wgrin have guides round here, it's far more 'gang culture' lol

Happy new year lovely brookers, bring on the 2013 babies!!!!

Where's everyone gone? Hope you all had good new years. Here's to a happy healthy and baby-some 2013.

BartletForTeamGB Wed 02-Jan-13 14:03:21

Hello, whims. I was wondering where you had all gone too! Happy New Year, Brookers!

babybartlet has been misbehaving the last few days and not moving very much. I had to keep lying down on the my left side to check that all was well and would get a little bit of wriggling, but then, this morning, there was nothing so I went up to the maternity hospital. For the first 45 minutes of the CTG, the baby hardly moved although the heartrate was fine but then, finally, woke up and had a good wriggle. Could have done with that a LOT earlier! He/she seems to be OP at the moment, so I'll need to spend a lot more time on my ball (sitting bouncing on it at the moment as I type.)

clickingtock Wed 02-Jan-13 16:09:37

Hope you're ok Bartlet. Just a sleepy baby putting on weight and v relaxed? X

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Smeggnog Wed 02-Jan-13 17:20:39

Happy New Year all. Hope babies & brookers are all well?

Bartlet DD2 was a bit like that, although had her moments of activity. I had to drink vast amounts of iced water in the MDU so that she would move during monitoring. Of course it turns out that she was just a very chilled out baby - still is! Hope it's the same for babybartlet. How many weeks are you now? <babybrain>

Any babies imminent? I feel a little spoilt lately with Stacks & Gen - more, more!

Blimey bartlet how stressful. Glad all ok.

I think nutella should be sneezing as we speak smegs, then tock then me in a fortnight. Busy busy!

Smeggnog Wed 02-Jan-13 17:56:52

Oh dear lord, I forgot about Nutella! blush Hope the induction went ok, and you're enjoying newborn snuggles nuts.

thanks

whims how's the US birth plan then? Is it all going to be very different to your previous births?

tock hope babytock is ready to go.

clickingtock Wed 02-Jan-13 18:13:58

Whims, are you expecting to go overdue then? Good for brain development, apparently. I remember you saying your other DC came after Edd. But it is only a guess date, isn't it?

Thanks Smegs. All fine here, bump seems to have grown a lot in last few days, v low and from what i can tell still LOA so can'tncomplain. Show was just a tease but I feel v relaxed and looking forward to seeing tinitock when s/he decides to make an entrance. So great that DD2 is so lovely and chilled. How is your health post-birth?

Brooking for Nuts, hope you're ok love. Peanut with us yet?

Waves and brew biscuit to all other brookers. Xxxx

TheLittleFriend Wed 02-Jan-13 19:08:02

Oh bartlet, what stress these babies can cause before they're even born! Glad all is well.

Whims, hope your NYE kids party was exciting. Any exciting Pre-labour signs yet?

Tock nice to hear you're feeling chilled. It's got to be good for the bump.

Smegs good to hear from you. Yes, another glut of babies coming up, it's very exciting around here right now. Brooking super hard for the ttc'ers to get lots of bfps, as lots of people are graduating.

Nuts I hope all is well and you're little one is here.

So, 33 weeks tomorrow and I'm feeling very unorganised. Really need to get some paint on nursery walls, clothes down from loft for washing, all other equipment down for checking, hospital bag stuff bought and packed..... And the list goes on. I'm sure I had all this done by now with dd! Please reassure me you're all the same grin

Yep, all others late: 6, 8 and 10 days by both dates and scans tock. I'm booked in for induction 3 days after due date, so yes, somewhat different smegs. The hospital is basically prepping you for a section from the minute you walk in, so I figured I might as well do it at my convenience. I'm petrified by the prospect though!

X post little. I'm due next week and we don't have a cot yet. Babe will have to sleep in a laundry basket. (we have actually ordered one. Yesterday)

GreenOlives Wed 02-Jan-13 20:09:19

Be reassured little that I am just as disorganized as you! grin I only have 4 shifts left at work now (last one is next Weds) so I keep telling myself I'll get on with organising when I've finished work hmm We shall see! wink

clickingtock Wed 02-Jan-13 20:47:30

Hello Little and Olives. 33wks'seems early to have everything organised to me. I only packed a just-in-case hospital bag yesterday (39+5)... blush lovely to think you will be on mat leave soon, btw.

Ooh Whims I'm brooking for you, don't like the sound of you feeling petrified. Hopefully all will go well as you're such a pro. Nowt wrong with a laundry basket, eh? So 16th is a big day for you? We will brook extra hard.

Haven't q got my head round the fact it's 2013. I think my edd tomorrow is making everything a bit surreal, but other than that life feels like a nice reliable routine ride and can't tell the difference. I'm sure a new baby will give me a good wake-up (and stay-up) call. Anyone else feeling a bit surreal and floaty? smile

Dying to hear from Nuts.

And agree we need to brook for the ttcers to move over here ASAP.

itsMYNutella Wed 02-Jan-13 21:10:40

Baby Theodor Ruben arrived yesterday at 7:19am (after a very long night and an epidural) he has lots of blond hair and is 3030g (6lb 11oz) and 50 cm long.
Not how I expected to celebrate NYE grin but we're very happy. He is tiny, and feeding well, gorgeous, perfect and smells fantastic. Finally know what everyone means about that new baby smell!! smile

Will try and bash out a birth story when we get home. But before we leave, because he was this hospitals first baby this year, the hospital boss will present us with a bunch of flowers before we go home smile.

Happy new year Brookers! Wishing you and all those awaited smile the very best of health and lots quick straight forward sneeze births!! X

NewYearNewBoo Wed 02-Jan-13 21:13:45

Aah Nuts huge congratulations, that's amazing well done, so pleased for you, another lovely little man with a lovely name, sounds like you did really well thanksthanks

Nothing beats new baby smell grin

TheLittleFriend Wed 02-Jan-13 21:15:02

Congratulations nuts, that is fabulous news. I LOVE his name smilethanksthanksthanksthanks

scarletfestivefingernail Wed 02-Jan-13 21:27:17

Congratulations Nutella wonderful news. I LOVE his name, if DD had been a DS our top 3 names were Theo, Reuben and Lawrence. Great choice!

So pleased to hear all is well Bartlet

Brooking that it happens for you in the next couple of days Tock

Solars Wed 02-Jan-13 21:28:11

I don't think we've met Nutella but congratulations thanks

Withalittlesparkle Wed 02-Jan-13 21:31:42

Congrats nuts love his name!! Prefect xxx

Another boy! I can't remember if we knew what you were having nut. Anyway, congratulations to you both, lovely name. Can't wait for our new baby smell!

JenFrankincenseAndMyrrh Wed 02-Jan-13 22:18:32

Congratulations Nuts thanks

BartletForTeamGB Wed 02-Jan-13 22:39:26

nuts, congratulations! Good name! (DS has one of those as a middle name.)

Anyone considering reusable nappies? We got this before DS arrived, but DH (wisely!) made me decide between reusable nappies and BFing in the first few awful weeks of DS not putting on weight, his tongue tie, my mastitis. I always intended to use them and never did and I don't think we will now. We don't have a tumble dryer and it is going to be wet and cold in February and we just don't have the space. I know I am a Bad Brooker! So, if only to assuage our guilt at using disposables....if a Brooker would like the pack in exchange for postage, then let me know and I will send it to you!

Amazed at little and the hospital bag packed already! I'll do mine at the end of the month. We are planning a HB if the scan next week is fine, so the bag can be to keep everything we'll need for the HB handy or to zip up to take to hospital. Even with DS, I didn't have much until 37/38 weeks. I figured that Kiddicare/Mothercare/John Lewis all did next day delivery so we had enough to get by for a day or two.

Smeggnog Wed 02-Jan-13 22:50:44

Congratulations Nuts! thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
grin

Lovely name smile

Smeggnog Wed 02-Jan-13 22:53:12

Bartlet Yes please! We kept meaning to buy reusables but got distracted by several big cost items. This would be great to help us get the hang of it.

Smeggnog Wed 02-Jan-13 22:55:14

Oops - meant to say thanks Bartlet. grin

BartletForTeamGB Wed 02-Jan-13 23:00:24

Excellent, smegs. Pm your address & we'll post them in the next few days.

musicalmrs Thu 03-Jan-13 01:02:13

Congratulations Nuts! Gorgeous name :-) Enjoy those newborn snuggles. (I'm not jealous at all, of course...)

clickingtock Thu 03-Jan-13 06:08:54

Nuts - over the moon for you. He sound abso gorgeous and I love the names too. thanksthanksthanksthankswinewinewinewinethanksthanksthanksthanks

Yes another lad for the team Brookers!

Bartlett I use those nappies and would love to have that pack. Please do PM me re' postage costs etc, thanks ever so!

Gotta read back and post properly. Xxxxxx

clickingtock Thu 03-Jan-13 06:10:10

Sorry - have just seen that Smegs beat me to it. X

Withalittlesparkle Thu 03-Jan-13 06:11:29

Oh my god, how did/does everyone cope with the tiredness?!?! I barely slept last night and now I've gotta get up for work!!

TheLittleFriend Thu 03-Jan-13 07:45:44

Bartlett, you must have misread me, that is a list of things I have not done. I certainly don't have my hospital bag packed! grin

BartletForTeamGB Thu 03-Jan-13 07:48:32

Phew, little, feeling much less inadequate now! smile

congratulations nuts! love his name and sounds like all went well. enjoy kissing and sniffing that little head!

just a quicky from me as on phone but all well here. ds is gorgeous and feeding well etc. dd is very sweet with him and I can't believe how lucky we are.

good luck to the next two brookers, tock and whim. then it will be the triple whammiers!

Frootloopz Thu 03-Jan-13 10:25:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

clickingtock Thu 03-Jan-13 15:19:21

Whim and I are UBBs. Her EDD is 10 days after mine but that doesn't really mean we might not go for synchronised popping...

I think Little is having a DS and the other 2 triplets are UBB yes?

Thanks for brooking all.

Frootz, what a wally tho great you have an answer.

Have postponed tomorrow's MW app for a week to avoid a hosp' visit (app usually in local school). Just can't face hospital and nothing has changed for me except I would of course like to pop asap but without intervention. What think you Brookers to this move?

Gen enjoy every minute. thanks Hope Nuts is too. thanks

NewYearNewBoo Thu 03-Jan-13 15:54:31

Tock I think it is a brilliant move, I am trying to wriggle out of as many hospital appointments as I can at the mo and be seen by my community midwife instead smile

Froot do you know what you are having? I am also UBB.

clickingtock Thu 03-Jan-13 16:24:49

I know it's a bugger for you Boo. Feel slightly vulnerable at 40wks but there's no need....

NewYearNewBoo Thu 03-Jan-13 16:50:25

I do feel a bit ungrateful, they are only trying to look after me, but so many appointments, and some are just not necessary, my community mw can do just as much better I understand what you mean about feeling vulnerable, I think this is also why I am trying to take some control back over my care.

TheLittleFriend Thu 03-Jan-13 17:36:04

Good to hear from you Frootz, I bet you were relieved to get your bed problem sorted!

Tock, I am a bit of a worrier, so would think there could be blood pressure or urine probs I wouldn't know about, which would prob stop me cancelling. However, i feel like that only because of high bp at the end of pregnancy with dd, so I please don't let me make you doubt your decision, you know your own body smile

clickingtock Thu 03-Jan-13 17:41:30

Little, I do feel conflicted but bp has been unswervingly constant. I think I've decided that I'll try to give birth instead of MW app. wink If I feel at all wobbly I can book myself in at hospital clinic. It's not far to go but I have a slightly OTT fear of going there, partly as I'm spleenless so need to avoid major bugs just that little bit more vigilantly. Thanks tho! smile

TheLittleFriend Thu 03-Jan-13 18:00:17

Tock, I'm loving your plan to avoid mw appointments. So unnecessary once tinytock is here winkgrin

GreenOlives Thu 03-Jan-13 18:00:19

Massive congrats nuts! grin thanks Enjoy sniffing and snuggling that lovely boy of yours! grin grin I too love the name - Theo is on our boys name list!
Waves to all as too tired to name check today after crap nights sleep and even crappier busy shift at work!

Can't blame you for wanting to keep clear of hosps tock - I'd keep clear of mine given half a chance! US obs like to be rather intrusive, so since 34 weeks I've been fighting having my cervix checked at my weekly appt. There's just no need! I tell you , I've never once had a midwife check my cervix, except the couple of sweeps I had.

All booked in for induction in 10 days. They seem pretty surpised I want to go over my due date!

Frootloopz Fri 04-Jan-13 09:37:40

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clickingtock Fri 04-Jan-13 10:10:19

That does sound annoying Whims, the sort of behaviour that could make your cervix q shy! V excited for you re' 9 days. Brooking.

Loopz, We mainly talk about he but also throw in a she now and again for good measure. There seem to be so many boys about at the mo'... Most of the people I know who have found out are having a DS. My DS still talks about his sister, we'll see if he has that toddler 6 th sense. If I remember rightly you have a DS toddler?

Another show here today but not taking it seriously after last time!

Hope all newborns and mums are snuggled up together. Off for haircut myself.

TTFN.

Frootloopz Fri 04-Jan-13 12:11:07

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Withalittlesparkle Fri 04-Jan-13 12:30:01

Er the rat smackers have a new PSEPP!!!! Thought I'd share!!

NewYearNewBoo Fri 04-Jan-13 12:35:18

Froot/Tock I have a ds Toddly boo, We also call bump 'he' but I think that is because of 2 boy babies already. And the Toddly 6th sense will absolutely be right in our house as Toddly boo started out saying I had a girl baby in my belly and now he is saying I have a boy baby confused

Good news for the show, looking forward to hearing all about your sneeze birth very soon.

TheLittleFriend Fri 04-Jan-13 13:02:13

<waddles to the ttc thread as fast as she can to see who has got a bfp>

BartletForTeamGB Fri 04-Jan-13 13:18:05

Yes, we have a UBB here too. I keep asking DS if it is a boy baby or a girl baby, but he keeps changing his mind. I think it might be a DD...

Ooh, I'm having my hair cut today too tock. We will be such stylish new mums!

TheLittleFriend Fri 04-Jan-13 13:30:21

Very jealous of the haircuts, mine looks awful at the moment. I've grown out my bob as I thought I wanted it longer, but now it's got no style to it, so I just put it up everyday. The cost of a haircut suddenly seems extortionate though hmm <moan over>

clickingtock Fri 04-Jan-13 15:13:43

Ooh who is diffed?! Sparks please spill the beanlets.

Whims, I feel ready for birth now the hair is under control. I've even put on a bit of makeup for the occasion - unheard of! Little, it's bobs all round here after growing from a short 60s job. But thinking not great for nappy changing as not q long enough to tie back, so you'll be at an advantage there.

blush Sorry Frootz, I do have an overripe imagination /crap middle-aged memory

Lol at mini boo hedging his bets, Boo. We've had a bit of that here but I would say 75% predictions of a girl from DS. However, I'm not convinced myself and it could deffo go either way.

We've had some v late contenders re names so a bit befuddled. With DS we had his name securely lined up. Maybe that's why this baby refuses to be born!

GreenOlives Fri 04-Jan-13 18:25:50

Tock we're having an issue with names too! Last time round we had a boys and girls name firmly decided upon but this time we have about 10 on each list with no firm favourites confused I am hoping that one will suddenly jump out as being "the" name at some point! smile How is everyone else doing on the name front?

NewYearNewBoo Fri 04-Jan-13 18:35:12

Name nightmare!!! We had one of each last time, sorted very early on and we were really happy, now we have a list of only 2 or 3 for each and I'm not sure 'the one' is there sad there was a real contender for a dd name but then in town the other day there was a right little madame, clearly spoilt pfb little girl with that name sadsad I need help!

Withalittlesparkle Fri 04-Jan-13 18:47:54

face is diffed!!!!!

boo what's on your list?

NewYearNewBoo Fri 04-Jan-13 18:56:28

We have Amelia/Millie pfb's name Isla and Mia or Adam, Finlay, Ewan or Logan. I like the boys names more than the girls and there are 3/4 names so at least more choice than I thought.

Ps, don't tell anyone the names, I promised DH we would keep it to ourselves grin

clickingtock Fri 04-Jan-13 18:56:46

I think face joined just as I graduated. Anyway that's great news! thanksthanksthanksthanks

Olives we are exactly the same as you - long lists for both but not q satisfied with them. I think we're more sorted for a girl but seem to have gone back to the drawing board for a boy. It's something to do with us having more than 1 DC is it?

Boo, you would never have a pfb so feel free to stick with your fave and don't be out off.

TheLittleFriend Fri 04-Jan-13 19:00:23

They're all lovely names Boo, I particularly like Finley on your boy list.

Like others, we had two definite names picked last time, but haven't decided this time, despite knowing its a boy. He'll probably be Jude or Flynn though, Jude if I get my way wink

Aargh names! We will either end up with a girl with 6 names, or a boy we'll just have to call Boy. Come to think of it, Boy has a certain rakish ring to it. Phew. That's that sorted.

BartletForTeamGB Fri 04-Jan-13 20:55:50

First names sorted here. My DH and his sisters all have 2 middle names so that's 3 names each, so lots of deciding. The girl's names are sorted, but not the boy's.

GreenOlives Fri 04-Jan-13 21:35:28

You see bartlet you are organised - at least your baby will have a name when it arrives! grin
Boo Really like your lists. Finn, Ewan and Isla are on our lists too! And DS would have been Amelie if he'd been a girl! Can't have Amelie/Amelia now as one of my best friends has called her DD it!
Like your choices too Little, and its only fair you get final say after carrying DS for 9 months!
Whims Boy is an inspired choice! I think you've done well not to use it before! ;-)
Tock Perhaps we need to see our new offspring before we'll "know" their name - people keep telling me stories about how they had to see their child first to see what they looked like and therefore decide on a name, Im a bit hmm about that as I think newborns all look very similar and its only as they get older they gain real personalities IYKWIM? I can't be taking too long to decide because we're off on hols in May so babyOlives needs a birth cert then a passport asap!

I did think I would call them Child A, Child B and Control for a while green. Maybe this one should be
Double blind random trial? Or if it's a girl, Anomalous Result. Actually auto text just tried to write Anomaly. Sounds like a girl's name to .me!

scarletfestivefingernail Fri 04-Jan-13 22:31:31

Ooh I love a bit of name chat. Despite having used my favourite boys name and favourite girl's name I do still have a bit of wobble when I read all the lovely girl's names. DS has my favourite boy's name ever and I've never regretted using it. But sometimes when I look at DD...I don't know, I just wonder if I should have put a bit more thought into it. I loved it first time round but got to use my boys name and then when I was expecting her I couldn't really think of anything I liked more. Lara was a close contender but we decided against it because we'd only just thought of it confused But since then I heard another lovely girls name. Sylvie. Anyway, she has her name now and I still like it. Those of you on FB will know what it is. I just wonder if it suits her I suppose. We don't use it that much, she's "baby girl" most of the time.

I really like Isla Boo and Jude Little

I keep checking in for the next arrival BTW. Any chance of one making an appearance over the weekend? grin

NewYearNewBoo Sat 05-Jan-13 08:46:51

Scarlet your dd has a beautiful name smile I'm fingers crossed for Tock sneezing this weekend, she did have a second show .............. brooking for you Tock

GreenOlives Sat 05-Jan-13 08:53:58

Scarlet As you know I also think that our DSs name is the best boys name ever! And it suits him so well smile I also really like your DDs name too - it is still a strong contender on our girls list!
Whims May have to add Anomaly onto my list - hope you don't mind? wink grin
Come on Tock give us a sneeze!!! grin
Happy weekend ladies!!

clickingtock Sat 05-Jan-13 08:54:14

Boy rocks but I won't steal it. wink

Like all the names being discussed here. We Brookers have such great taste!

Got DP to discuss seriously for 10 mins last night sad but we do seem to have resolved it so now we really are ready. Totally agree with - was it Little? - that newborns all have a rather similar look and there would be a lot of babies named Prune in this world if we followed that rule....

Scarlett, you will just have to have another DD. thanks

All v quiet here, tinyTock seems far too comfy. Will have to get DP a-shaggin' whether he fancies it or not as he can be a bit of a panda bear on that front blush but have had a couple of good nights' sleep so that's prob helpful. C'mon tt.

Whims, just over a week to go eh? Unless DC4 decides to put all your others to shame by turning up early!

NewYearNewBoo Sat 05-Jan-13 09:15:39

Scarlet I should have said of course your ds have a beautiful name too smile

Come on tiny Tock we mummy wants to meet you properly grin god luck getting Mr T helping with the eviction!

cakes82 Sat 05-Jan-13 09:59:54

The names sound good Boo my DD is called one of your list. Dunno if its true but those of you who feel more strongly towards a particular gender of names or have more choices of names for one gender might be having a baby of that gender. I found and liked girls names more and had DD.

Love all the name chat! We had a last minute change of heart about our chosen girls' name, but as you know, we didn't need it. If it helps anyone, we originally liked Beatrice, then changed to Violet. Little, I love Jude as a boys name and it was on my list. In fact all the brooking babies have lovely names!

Come on TinyTock, time to come out!

Whim, exciting your induction is so soon too!

I sort of feel like we cheated in having DS so early - I should still have a week to go. But don't get me wrong - I am very glad he's here and he really is the cutest baby ever all other brooking babies excepting. Ooh, there he goes now, so I'd better get off the laptop and give him a cuddle!

Hope everyone is well, especially the imminent sneezers. Must check out the grad thread soon when I have time. I just hate posting using my phone!

NewYearNewBoo Sat 05-Jan-13 20:19:12

Aaargh just told db a couple of the names (top contenders) he turned his nose up at them, and sil just looked at me blank like I was a gibbering mentalist shock sadsad

Frootloopz Sun 06-Jan-13 00:02:45

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ScrambledSmegs Sun 06-Jan-13 00:27:45

Ooh, BFP in the air! Exciting!

Love the names talk. Weirdly I was more enthused with boys names this time, although obviously love DD2's. DH chose it though. He vetoed all of my suggestions but I thought they were lovely - Rosamund (Rosa), Dorothea (Dora), Iris... Yeah, ok, old lady names. But I like them!

For boys we had a nice 'normal' name, but I really wanted something fancier like Nathaniel, Barnaby, Benedict. Or Burn, like Burn Gorman, the actor. What an awesome name that would be!

NewYearNewBoo Sun 06-Jan-13 08:56:41

Well it is the last time I will do it, hopefully the excitement of meeting the baby will make them forget how 'crap' it's name is (especially if it is a boy, it is having db's name as his middle name) I do love my boy name list too smile still not so settled by the girl names though.

clickingtock Sun 06-Jan-13 09:20:55

Our DS - Rowan - was nearly a Logan too. Won't use it this time as sounds too similar. Gen we have a name a bit like yours for a DS2 but you'll be glad to hear not exactly the same. wink We have more confidence about girls' names this time round...

Anyone wassailing today? I'm quite sad about taking deccies down. hmm

How are all the snufflers? thanks

NewYearNewBoo Sun 06-Jan-13 12:05:58

Aah I like Rowan, we would have it on the list but our friends have a Rowan too. I am a lot happier today, went for a spin class this morning and 2 different people told me my bump was beautiful and looked really lovely smilesmile

Do you feel like anything is imminent Tock or Whims wink

clickingtock Sun 06-Jan-13 17:40:02

Hello lovelies. Not sure if my waters have gone. Bit of a gush on the sofa after just having a wee (not enough to affect sofa tho, phew wink). Now pinkish in pad. Getting strong period pains every now and again. Finding it hard to believe baby might be finally on the way. Could be another false start, eh? DP is setting up pool. DS is after bangers and mash for his dinner. confused Hope we can get him happily in bed without things getting intense. Like I say could be a false start; I really don't feel confident about this. Last time the contractions were thick and fast from the get go....

clickingtock Sun 06-Jan-13 17:41:02

Ps glad you had such a nice compliment Boo. smile Bet you have a lovely bump. thanks

NewYearNewBoo Sun 06-Jan-13 17:50:21

Ooh Tock that sounds very promising indeed, brooking this is it and baby Tock is finally on its way. Good luck lovely thanks
And yes I have a very lovely bump, it is a brooking bump and we have the finest bumps around grin well not for much longer for you Tock

Stacks Sun 06-Jan-13 18:00:21

Exciting Tock!! What great timing for me coming back to find you all to lurk some more smile

MN with a newborn is quite hard. Lots of time to read while feeding, winding, jiggling. Not very easy to post though!

Love the name chat, we ended up with two names on our boy list, Euan and T - decided to wait and see him first before choosing. Not because he'd 'look' like one or other, just to see which name felt more right at the time.

Telling people your name choices I'd such a bad idea! Everyone has opinions and don't think twice about giving them. We had real trouble with our choices in the end, as I knew certain family members didn't like each name for some reason. It feels wrong to name a child a name their grandad hates, but one his nan has decided you will name him because she likes it best.

TheLittleFriend Sun 06-Jan-13 18:57:59

Really exciting Tock! And of course so much less likely to be a false start now, you are past your due date after all. I think you'll have exciting news for us by the morning gringringrin

Feel free to ignore this next bit, but I'm just so uncomfortable hmm. My pelvis hurts constantly, and I'm ending up sitting up for hours a night as its unbearable to lay down. I am really ready to have this baby now. But of course, he needs to stay put a few weeks longer.

On a happier note, my star of a dp decorated the baby's bedroom this weekend, and now that the pram has arrived too, it feels like we are actually a bit organised! Though the freshly decorated room has already been refilled with laundry, boxes of stuff etc, as the baby will be in with us for a while. I just didn't want dp to be decorating when baby is here and I need his help! wink

SweetieTime Sun 06-Jan-13 19:54:04

Good luck tock very exciting times my dear. brooking for a lovely sneeze birth

little sorry to hear you are so uncomfortable. sounds like you are all good to go for the new arrival

TheLittleFriend Sun 06-Jan-13 19:58:09

Nice to see you sweetie, good luck with everything you've got going on. I had a little read of the ttc thread, but couldn't name check everyone so didn't post. I'll be brooking for you xsmile

ScrambledSmegs Sun 06-Jan-13 20:08:00

Ooh, tock that does sound promising! Hope it all goes well and the next thing we hear from you is that you're enjoying snuggles with your newborn!

Ooh brooking for you tock. Hope it's another lovely relaxed hb.

Sorry to hear you're feeling down little. Iwas in terrible pain with my pelvis last time so I really feel for you. I slept with a giant tubigrip round my tum which was some help. Plus a complicated pillow arrangement.

Hello everyone else. No sign of a baby here.

itsMYNutella Sun 06-Jan-13 22:06:42

Just checking in to wish tock all the best!! Sounds like it might be it!!

Baby T is a star (when mummy doesn't eat spicy foodconfused oops).

And just wanted to say YY to not discussing names - at least with family! One of my brothers sent me a text saying don't name your baby Theodor and wishing me a merry Christmas hmm he is the odd brother tho.
And DP agreed to Theodor as long as we dropped the e at the end because they pronounce all the letters in German and then it would sound like a girls name... Found out today that we could have kept the e... Not that it matters! grin

NewYearNewBoo Sun 06-Jan-13 22:18:26

Aah, with or without an e, it's a lovely name Nuts, not really bothered anymore what db says, ain't his dc, they're mine and DH's and we will call them whatever suits us!

Tock just wanted to pop in and say hope you're too busy to update, hope you have a good night and meet tiny Tock in a sneeze!! Good luck thanks

GreenOlives Sun 06-Jan-13 22:25:54

How exciting tock! grin Brooking hard for an overnight sneeze birth! grin grin grin
little Really sorry to hear you're struggling sad it sounds awful. I've been having problems with pelvic/back pain which is definitely worse in bed at night but I can manage about 5 hours before I get up and head to the sofa to sit up and try and catch some more zzzzs! I hope you are managing to get some sleep though. Its really not too long now until our sneeze births!! smile

Brooking for you Tock! not long now!

scarletfestivefingernail Sun 06-Jan-13 22:52:55

Ooooh Tock it sounds as though your baby is coming! It must be the real thing. So excited for you, I love UBBs (I love all BB arrivals of course, I just get a bit extra excited when we don't know what we're getting grin) Brooking for a baby by morning for you.

clickingtock Sun 06-Jan-13 22:55:09

Our beautiful DD was born in the pool at 8.06pm. Amazingly she is the exact same weight as her bro was and they could be twins! She loves BF! We feel so blessed. She's called Astrid Rae Arthur (daddy's surname). Will write about all your news soon and can give a little birth story if wanted. Thanks for all the brooking. You did wonders ladies... thanks

scarletfestivefingernail Sun 06-Jan-13 23:30:35

Tock I'm soooo delighted for you. Congratulations! thanks What a beautiful name.
Yes to the birth story please, when you get a minute of course!

musicalmrs Sun 06-Jan-13 23:36:51

Tock, congratulations! Beautiful name smile I hope you're enjoying your wonderful newborn snuggles. Sounds like a true sneeze birth too?!

Look forward to hearing the story smile

ScrambledSmegs Sun 06-Jan-13 23:38:11

Congratulations tock! thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Had a feeling we'd hear from you again today, so glad I checked in grin. Such a lovely name smile. Sounds like you're doing great, hope to see photos etc on FB sometime soon. I must put a photo of dd2 on there soon myself [crap fber emoticon]

Is your DS going to meet her in the morning? So lovely that he gets to wake up and he has a baby sister in his home. I hope you all enjoy every minute!

Withalittlesparkle Mon 07-Jan-13 06:38:09

Yay congrats tock another lovely brooking baby with a beautiful name

NewYearNewBoo Mon 07-Jan-13 07:07:44

Congratulations Tock beautiful name, yes please to the birth story when you have a mo smile enjoy your lovely snuggles. thanks

SweetieTime Mon 07-Jan-13 07:31:08

Congratulations Tock thanks thanks thanks thanks sounds like a very speedy sneeze birth after all. So exciting for you all, lovely name too. Enjoy those new born snuggles

GreenOlives Mon 07-Jan-13 07:49:28

Wow tock - that's fabulous news! grin grin grin thanks thanks thanks thanks
That was so quick too - would really love a birth story when you get a chance grin
And Im so pleased that your sonographer hadn't given the game away after all! grin DS may indeed have a sixth sense as he was right about his baby sister grin Love her name too!

TheLittleFriend Mon 07-Jan-13 07:53:52

Tock, congratulations, a proper sneeze birth thanksthanksthanksthanks

And what an absolutely gorgeous name, Astrid is just stunning. Enjoy her xxxx smilesmile

congratulations tock! I love her name and so happy for you that you got your home sneeze birth. amazing that ds was right re his little sis!

Solars Mon 07-Jan-13 08:41:04

What lovely news to get up to this morning, Ticketytock thanks thanks and what a gorgeous name! Congratulations to you and MrTock, so very happy for you thanks

clickingtock Mon 07-Jan-13 10:30:00

Thank you so much for your v lovely messages, giving birth with Brookers on your side makes it all extra special. Lovely to see Solars and Sweetie over here too. <waves n hugs>thanks Yes, it's amazing that DS was right and sonographer was such a tease. grin

Wasn't really sure if waters did break but I suspect so as we'd just had a walk in the woods with DS and dog. Luckily DP and I had given each other an extra sleep earlier too. After that I was on yoga ball by fire and chatting with DS as DP filled pool but cx got quite fiery and I got into bath. Felt a bit more intense than first and realised I needed DP to myself; bit clingy. He was trying to cook tea for DS as well as get room/pool ready. Phoned friend to help get DS in bed and then i got in pool with v excited DS pulling up a chair and stroking my hair. he gave me a toy tractor! DP decided to phoneMWs. I think trainee arrived just before 6.30. Two more -,all really lovely. Was surging every 2 mins by then. Q loud birth and fierce cx compared to first so gladbsomeone had helped with DS. Somehow they managed to ck my bp, then baby's hr, that was about all the checking they managed as was hardly a break between surges and I started to bear down. TMI but we got to use free gift of sieve with pool this time. grinblush Was a bit sick and after 4 pushes she crowned and shoulders came straight away: she needed me to pick her up from pool (8.06pm). Eyes wide open and only a little bit of crying. DP had been brilliant, v calm and +. I cut cord after a while. Placenta came a bit slowly nearly an hour later while DP had skin to skin. Poor MWs had loads of paperwork but we drank tea and they were v complimentary about birth. Couple of stitches which we debated as necessary but went for it just in case. Astrid fed til 2am ! and has had big sleeps. Loves the breast tho I can tell it will hurt just as much as first time. Will soldier on. DS was v lovely this am, cuddling, kissing and saying she is cute. Wants her to play trains.wink I've had a bit of kip. Feel,in awe of having a son and daughter. Oxytocin high? smile

Sorry not short and pithy as intended.... blush

Sorry also for mememe, will read your news properly soon. Thanks again Brooksters. Xxxx

GreenOlives Mon 07-Jan-13 11:17:18

Lovely birth story! grin Everything sounds so chilled and you sound so calm and happy now - it's made me a bit emotional! smile Lots of love to all the Tock clan! xx

<waves to all> just popping in to say congrats to tock and what a lovely name! thanks thanks thanks

GreenOlives Mon 07-Jan-13 11:27:57

And I've just looked up Astrid in my baby name book and it says it means "divinely beautiful" - perfect! smile thanks

NewYearNewBoo Mon 07-Jan-13 11:54:06

Oh my goodness Tock what a lovely birth you had, well done you and DH!!! And how sweet is your ds is wanting to play trains with her grin

You are clearly a super woman tock. And I must say I'm more than a little jealous of your lovely hb. You can't beat going to bed in your own bed can you! And lovely name too. I think we might have reached consensus here with ours!

clickingtock Mon 07-Jan-13 15:30:53

Little and Olives, so sorry about pelvis pain. I hope a paracetamol here and there offers a little relief.

Olives - hadn't seen that translation of Astrid, how lovely. Thanks. thanks

Agree with everyone that you need to be selective about who you can discuss names with. My mum hesitated over Astrid last night but seemed to have warmed by end of call. Would have been harder when still pg.

Stacks - you sound happy and busy. How is DH getting on with fatherhood?

Boo, toddlyboo will be just the same I'm sure.

Whims, brooking v hard for you. Still 10 days tho I'm guessing you'd prefer a bit sooner?

brew For all; we're getting thru the red bush here. Xxxx

Frootloopz Mon 07-Jan-13 17:16:53

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BartletForTeamGB Mon 07-Jan-13 17:57:55

Congratulations and a wonderful story, tock. Really impressed it was so quick. I've been trying to decide about a birth pool at home for this one. I used it a bit with DS but he was born in our bed in the end and I didn't think it helped that much, but maybe it would help this time. I don't know! Tell me what to do!

I also love Redbush tea. It is our tea of choice whether or not I am pregnant.

We're not telling anyone names until the baby has arrived and we know what it is! I agree that people can tell you they don't like names until the baby arrives and then the worst they can do is, "Hmm, that's unusual..." wink

I am glad that tockDS has taken to his little sister! My DS is lovely and gentle around babies and loves holding their hands and cuddling them, but, of course, they always go home and I never hold them for too long.

Anyway, I am finding the whole pregnancy thing quite hard at the moment. I am vomiting again and have terrible sciatica. I can feel it right the way down my left leg and DS knows that I am exhausted and is playing up severely! Less than 2 months to go though. Sorry to be a grump!

tock, that sounds like a lovely birth story. so pleased for you.

bartlet, sorry you are suffering so much and hope these last few weeks pass quickly for you.

whim, you're next!

still going well with ds. he is adorable and I'm in that head over heels in love stage - aw!

NewYearNewBoo Mon 07-Jan-13 21:00:49

Hahaha, got to love my DH, conversation went as follows -
me: have you told work about your paternity leave yet, I think it needs doing by next week smile
him: not yet but we have ages I checked and I have to do it by 15 weeks before due date.
me: you do realise I'm 24 weeks this Friday hmm
him: of course, stop worrying, got ages yet shock hmm confused

his face was a picture when he worked it out grin grin grin

I am really sorry to hear about the pelvic/hip pains, I have no experience or advice just brew thanks brew thanks brew thanks

mwahmwah Mon 07-Jan-13 21:14:55

hello can I pop on? my little girl was born Saturday at 5.35pm after induction in the morning. gorgeous, 8lb 7oz, as yet nameless! dc number 3 smile

Withalittlesparkle Mon 07-Jan-13 22:19:13

Super quick post from team sparkle, had 16 week midwife check up today, All well with twinkle, turns out its a super wriggling baby as midwife spent ages 'chasing' it around with the Doppler, hearing the heart beat for seconds and then it'd vanish cus baby would move, this went on for 5 odd minutes before midwife declared defeat!!!

I've been told Im not immune to rubella, despite having my MMR which means injections after baby arrives, but that's no biggy just have to avoid people with Rubella!!

Oh and I'm Blood group A negative so I have to have an anti D injection at 28 weeks, although I'm not entirely sure what that means, but the midwife said it wasn't anything to worry about so I'm just having to put my faith in her!!!

Promise a less selfish post tomorrow

NewYearNewBoo Mon 07-Jan-13 22:27:33

Congratulations Mwah always lovely to hear about new babies, enjoy your snuggles smile

Sparks I was still a bit like that until the 20 week scan, now booby is kicking up a daily storm and kicking things off my belly I have definitely accepted it, even bought it some baby grows in the sales smilesmile really pleased you had a good appointment, but boo to the extra injections.

Congrats indeed mwah. And good to have a wriggler Sparks. How are you feeling bartlet? Sorry to hear you're vomming again. Is it tiredness related? I had one very sicky pregnancy, which was always exacerbated by tiredness. Hope it abates soon, nevertheless.

So I have a bit of a what would you do: As I'm sure you've all marked in your diaries / written on your fridges / synced into your google planner, I'm due this weekend, and have an induction scheduled for next Tues if there's no baby by then. However, my Ob seems to think she should check my cervix every time I go and see her. So far I've held out, but I have an appt on Thursday and was wondering if you all thought it might hasten things along? I'm not keen for any unnecessary rummaging, but then I would quite like to have a baby at some point. I have another friend due this week, and we're both convinced we're going to be pregnant forever in defiance of medical precedence.

So, go for the rummage or hold out?

TheLittleFriend Tue 08-Jan-13 07:42:37

Ah Olives, Bartlet, sounds like my triple whammy buddies are in just as much pain as me. Great to be able to say we've not got much longer to wait now though. We're next after Whims!

Hmm, would they do a sweep for you whilst they were examining you Whims? At least that might be more productive, despite being more invasive. Like you, I'd be keen to get things moving before Tuesday.

Great news about the wriggly baby Sparks. Not long before you can see it again at your 20wk scan smile

Congrats on your lovely snugly baby Mwah, we always love to here about them smile

Olives, Bartlet, what are your childcare plans for the big day? (Hopefully your ds will be asleep upstairs Bartlet I guess wink)
My parents will be having my dd, but I'm a wuss for leaving her, and never have overnight before blush

TheLittleFriend Tue 08-Jan-13 11:33:09

Just re-read my last post, sounds like I'm trying to get in to a 'who is in more pain' competition. I'm not, it came out wrong! blush

BartletForTeamGB Tue 08-Jan-13 12:04:01

I didn't think you were going for competitive pain, little! smile

As for childcare plans, I am hoping that DS can just sleep through it all upstairs and then we can just wake him up in the morning to meet his new brother/sister. If I go into labour during the day or if I need to be induced or admitted as an emergency or anything like that, then we have friends who will take DS. She is Dutch and all 6 of their children were born at home so they are very supportive.

whims, I'd go for the sweep. It might not do anything, but I did go into labour after my second sweep. Who knows if it was just coincidence but it made me feel like I was doing something to get things going!

sparks, lovely news re: the baby's heartbeat!

Frootloopz Tue 08-Jan-13 12:35:40

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clickingtock Tue 08-Jan-13 14:13:09

Bartlett, I couldn't do HB without water, but you are obviously made of stronger stuff. Our pool was £50 2nd hand but unused. Took about an hour or two to fill. You need a good, strong floor! Was q tough on DP as he had a lot to sort after MWs left.

Whims, worth a look down below? They shouldn't really do induction unless cervix is ripening a bit etc as it isn't really worth it. Hopefully mini whims will comply with your due date tho. Astrid came bang on 40wks after a carefully timed shagging weekend but +3 on scan edd. I also had q intensive acupuncture... Worth a try if you're apprehensive about induction? Brooking.

Sorry about back pains and sickness for some of you. V tough. I can report that most symptoms go quickly once you've popped, tho replaced by some other alarming indignancies and general bashed-upness... blush

I am over the moon but in cracked nipple hell despite lashings of lasinoh. Was the same with DS. Any tips <adjusts cabbage leaves in bra>

Should I be on the grad fred now? <lost>

GreenOlives Tue 08-Jan-13 18:48:27

No nipple tips tock but lots of empathy! I remember the pain of that oh so well from last time! I shall be watching intently for tips to avoid a repeat performance this time grin Officially you are a post-grad (but please don't leave us completely!)
whims I think I would go for the rummage option - you never know it may start things off!
little Definitely didn't sound like competitive pain to me either grin Us triplets haven't had the easiest of pregnancies but at least we've done it together wink DS will be looked after by my mum while im in labour. She lives in the same village as us so depending on time of day she may come here to look after him or he will go to hers. He has only stayed away overnight on a handful of occasions in his 4.7 years (only at my mum's) but im sure he'll be ok. He's used to me not being there because of night shifts and previous hospital stays so im not worried about that. Could your DD do a trial sleepover to get used to it before the real thing?

Ooh tock I feel your pain. The ends of my nipples have peeled off each time, although then they're fine. Paracetamol until they toughen up? And plenty of sympathy, obv.

You're welcome to stay here as long as you like, although I imagine the post grads will be equally happy to have you!

I'm beginning to wonder if heart burn can be fatal. I'm in agony! There just isn't enough gaviscon in the world. (and it costs $16 for a little bottle)

BartletForTeamGB Tue 08-Jan-13 22:58:06

whims, omeprazole is a WONDER drug! I have prescribed it so many times to other people but I never believed it would work as well as it does. I haven't touched Gaviscon since starting it. Worth asking your doctor about it?

Thanks bartlet. Gaviscon usually sees me right, but I've had a terrible time of it,today after eating Christmas cake at 4am. Hopefully tomorrow won't be so bad, and then it's only one hand's fingers to having a baby!

ScrambledSmegs Wed 09-Jan-13 09:46:04

Ouch tock, sounds painful! I've been quite lucky with bfing both times, it's not that bad - very lucky I know. However, an NCT friend who suffered badly swore by some sort of breast pad with silver in it, to promote healing. She said the pain wasn't as bad after she started using them. I haven't a clue where you'd buy them though, sorry sad.

And I haven't really joined the post-grads either. I feel a bit odd posting on there, I feel I know you guys much better, IYKWIM. Presumably when we all invade it will feel like home wink

ScrambledSmegs Wed 09-Jan-13 09:49:19

Oops. Fat fingers.

whims good luck for tomorrow - a few days after due date seems very early to me (13 days over here!) but I think it's worth it if you're happy. Brooking for you. Oh, and Omeprazole is great!

scarletfestivefingernail Wed 09-Jan-13 10:09:59

Hey you're all welcome to join us in post-grads, bring on the invasion!

NewYearNewBoo Wed 09-Jan-13 10:24:43

Hey all, quick question, does anyone else get nose bleeds?? I am averaging 2 a day at the mo sad they started when I was washing my hair too other day (head down over bath) now it goes off when I do anything like blow or rub my nose which is hard not to do as I have yet another coldsad Also worth saying I never get nose bleeds when I'm not pregnant.

clickingtock Wed 09-Jan-13 10:44:39

Boo, is your BP steady? My DMa had this in pg but nothing else amiss, hth.

Whims, poor you. I got it near the end but not badly. Is it an encouraging sign tho? Hope you can take Bartlet's advice.

Little, hope it's ok for your DD to have a night with gma. I think you'll be q distracted so should fly by. wink Olives, great that your DMa is so close. grin

Don't know where grads live so will stick with you guys if allowed.

Smegs - glad bf is smoother for you. Wouldn't wish this on anyone, but after classic day3 weepiness + pain, I feel a bit better this morning. Astrid feeds for ages but she does also sleep well. My poor boys are both down with a cold though, so not an easy time here. V lucky that we got the birth we wanted beforehand. smile

brewbiscuit For all. Xxxx

TheLittleFriend Wed 09-Jan-13 11:00:28

Ouchy Tock, I remember early breast feeding being agony. Not looking forward to that bit again. My dd used to feed for ages like your dd is, which I'm sure doesn't help.

Boo, no ideas about your nosebleeds, but I would probably say it warrants a call to mw, just incase it's a sign of anything they need to keep an eye on.

Olives, like you, we are very lucky and my parents are in the same town. So actually, dd will be staying put when the big day arrives, and my parents will come here to look after her. So i really am worrying for nothing! I'm just a bit of a control freak, I stress when I don't have absolute control. You can see how childbirth doesn't really fit very well with that wink

Gen, Smegs, I think your dd's are approx same age as mine (3y 4m when due), how are they finding being big sisters? Mine is extremely excited and talks a lot about how she 'can't wait to meet her brother', but didn't seem pleased when I was holding a baby at playgroup yesterday.

TheLittleFriend Wed 09-Jan-13 11:01:17

Dd is also at preschool for the first time since before Xmas, hence the epic post winkgrin

scarletfestivefingernail Wed 09-Jan-13 11:54:15

Nosebleeds throughout both pregnancies for me Boo. My mum was the same.

My blood pressure was always a little on the lower side, but I think the reason was really to do with being more congested when pregnant, plus the blood vessels expanding.

Little my DD is 3yr4mo and she is doing brilliantly. She has had some brief displays of jealousy but has been better than I expected. While I was pg she was excited but often said things like "I don't want the baby to come out" and like yours, didn't like it when I held other babies. She loves her little bro though and is always trying to kiss him!

Stacks Wed 09-Jan-13 12:59:27

Hey. I need you all to come over to grads.. or I can stay here too. I feel a bit strange being the only one really posting there with a newborn and all the silly questions. They've all been lovely though, so do come over sometime!

tock I feel for you. My nipples are really sore, especially my right one - it's like fire when he feeds! However, I think I'm still lucky as no cracking or bleeding, just pain. I really need to sort out T's latch, but am struggling. First HV visit today, hoping for some advice and maybe a referral to the clinic. Went to a breastfeeding group yesterday (where everyone knew each other, with their 6mo babies). Was a bit awkward but the HV that runs it showed me a new hold. It seems to give a better latch, but requires T to hold his head up on his own for the whole time, which I think he's a bit young for. There's another group I can do tomorrow, and a La Leche on Friday. Really hoping to find a comfortable hold that gives a good latch.

T woke up and interrupted my posting, then the HV turned up (T has put on weight, up to 9lb 1oz, from 8lb 8oz at birth grin) so I'm going to port now and read all the cross posts, then repost.

Stacks Wed 09-Jan-13 13:21:54

Oh, I don't think I said congratulations tock, a lovely birth story too. I'm quite dissapointed with how everything turned out with T - I really wanted a relaxed water birth and to experience labour and delivery. I'll just have to have another baby I guess. Though I won't be low risk next time after the CS, so no MW led care? Anyway, glad everything turned out so wonderful for you.

Gen glad to hear things are going well with you and DS. They are sooo adorable at this age.

Boo it's funny how the men don't really realise how soon babies come, even though they're intelligent enough to do the math. Hope DH got his leave sorted.

mwah congratulations!

Sparkle glad your check went well, wriggly babies are the best. Hope the anti d stuff is all stress free. I don't know much about it but it seems pretty common and so should all be routine and straight forward.

Whim I'd go for the rummage, it can't hurt well, it might, but not in the sense that sentence means. Hope you don't get to the induction either way though, brooking for a spontaneous pain free labour for you.

tripple whammies hope you all have miraculously better hips etc tomorrow. The last bit of pg is hard but worth it. Not long now!

Whim I hope the heartburn is temporary because of the Christmas cake. Otherwise I second the recommendation for omeprazole. I've been on it for years. I recommend starting on the lowest dose of 10mg though. Doctors seem to start you out on 20 or 40 mg, I cut myself right down from 40 to 10 with no recurrence of symptoms at all.

Waves to everyone else not name checked. Little T is sleeping on my chest, and just did a proper upset sounding cry in his sleep. I think he must be dreaming but I want to wake him up and tell him it's all ok sad I don't like that my tiny baby can dream a bad dream sad sad

stacks he's probably just dreaming you took a nipple away! Wait a month or two and he'll chuckle in his sleep and you'll cry at what a lovely boy he is.

Hope all the sore nipples clear up soon.

I thought I was going into labour last night, but it would appear excess gaviscon has a profoundly laxative effect.Fortunately I feel much better today.

tock the pg thread is in being a parent then pg clubs. You could go over there and make sure it's cosy for me!

NewYearNewBoo Wed 09-Jan-13 19:54:28

Ouch Ouch and ooh, it has been 15 years since I successfully BF'd a baby and I can't really remember Ouch about the pain (except for feeding through mastitis once shock), have already alerted DH to lanisoh and where to get it from. Big sympathy for the poorly nips.

Glad to hear all the few mummy's and brooking babies lie doing so well smile

I have an appointment with the mw next week, will mention the nose bleeds then, can't remember who mentioned bp, mine is stable but a little low.

ScrambledSmegs Wed 09-Jan-13 23:49:05

I've found a few breastpads which seem to promote healing and claim to soothe. Some do both!

Pure wool

Raw silk & wool

Gel soothing pads

Sorry if it seemed like I was boasting about lack of nipple pain blush - but to explain why I'm 'lucky' I had a shocker of an experience last time when a midwife stood over me, insisting that I bf a distraught and probably starving DD1 for about 5 hours straight when I was hooked up having a blood transfusion in the middle of the night. Finally the evil old witch midwife agreed that I had no milk, and agreed to feed her some formula for me, while I got a tiny bit of rest. But my nipples were in shreds. After they healed I had no more pain breastfeeding, and haven't ever since. I presume I've been preternaturally hardened by my experience hmm.

BartletForTeamGB Thu 10-Jan-13 12:15:45

Just popping in very briefly so can't write much but just wanted to say that I found breast shells very helpful. If anyone hugs you, they must think you are wearing a Madonna style corset with a pointy bra, but it kept fabric off my torn and bleeding nipples and allowed them to get some air and were better than ripping off the breast pads that stuck to the wound each time.

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I've been having a few minor nosebleeds as well, but nothing major.

Growth scan this afternoon, so will report back later. This is our final chance to find out the baby's sex but I don't think we will.

TheLittleFriend Thu 10-Jan-13 14:03:55

Gen, great to hear your dd is doing do well as a big sister smile

Stacks, hope you sort T's latch. I found in the very early days that dd's mouth just seemed too small! They seem to learn how to do it better after a while, but take all the advice you can get too.

Good luck with scan Bartlet. Has there been an issue with his/her growth, or is this still checking baby doesn't have a missed medical condition?

I had 34wk check with Mw today. All fine, and he is already on LOA position. Just got to keep him there for the next 6weeks!

Well I've just been for my rummage. Apparently I'm 1cm dilated, but the ob doesn't think that means much, so I'm still on for Tuesday. It's bookclub tonight and we're having curry, so I might put MrWhim through his paces when I get home and see if that gets things going!

Whims I didn't get to 1cm until day 3 of labour grin Fingers crossed jumping Mr Whim does the trick.

I've been watching One Born Every Minute and it is making me far too broody. I'm unemployed so can't afford another one sad

NewYearNewBoo Thu 10-Jan-13 17:14:32

Ooh, Whims hope the rat smacking does the trick!!

BartletForTeamGB Thu 10-Jan-13 18:14:01

whims, get back to that rat smacking! Hope it works.

34 week scan was booked for reasons that are not entirely clear as everything seemed to be fine. Unfortunately, the baby has grown a bit too much if anything and I've got borderline polyhydriamnios (excess amniotic fluid). Most likely reason (remember I do diabetes as my job!) is...gestational diabetes! Grr!

So GTT booked for next Friday morning and checking my blood sugars (I have connections to get blood sugar meters etc wink) 7 times a day until then! I saw my consultant who is very calm and reassuring about it all and expects it all to be nothing and is happy for me to email him with results and is even fairly positive about me having a homebirth. Just need to see what all the results are.

Anyway, I am a Brooker so it will All Be Fine! smile

Got to dash again but will catch up soon...

Yuck, does that mean more of that gloopy drink bartlet?

I heard a man describing something as being like smack the rat the other day. I did such a double take at him!

scarletfestivefingernail Thu 10-Jan-13 19:15:50

All will be fine Bartlet. Not long now...

whims apparently being 1cm dilated is normal for 2nd baby or more. The cervix doesn't fully close again after 1st baby so your might have been 1cm dilated for yonks. Fingers crossed the curry and the SWI gets things going.

Rubber I also felt a little broody watching OBEM last night shock. But I definitely won't be having any more. Main reason being financial.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I figured scarlet.

scarletfestivefingernail Thu 10-Jan-13 19:57:20

Something else that is never the same again eh whims? grin. Add it to the list.

Withalittlesparkle Fri 11-Jan-13 06:55:40

Am I the only person who watched OBEM and wanted to vomit? The babies bit was lovely but was there any need to do a close up on the blood coming out the woman's fru fru?!