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The PESH are rooting for a cluster-diff! Over 3 years of hard fought baybee wins.

(1000 Posts)
HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 04-Feb-13 22:59:16

The Not-list:

BESH BAYBEES

dontrythisathome, girl born March 25 2010.
Cheggers, twinz girlz, born April 2010.
FannyPriceless, boy, born June 8 2010.
CurlyCasper, girl, born June 24 2010.
CUNextTuesday, boy, born June 29 2010.
AlpinePony, boy, born 1 July 2010.
Carrots, boy, born July 2010.
IggyPiggy, girl, born July 2010.
Cosmosis, boy, born Sept 5 2010.
Backinthebox, boy, born Sept 7 2010.
Skatergrrrl, girl, born Sept 10 2010.
VAG, boy, born Oct 2 2010.
Silversky, boy, born Nov 1 2010.
SomethingSuitablyWitty, girl born Nov 2 2010.
Honeymoo, boy, born Nov 11 2010.
okiecokie, girl, born Nov 12 2010.
ReginaMonologue, boy, born Nov 13 2010.
Lightspaperstandback, boy, born Nov 14 2010.
Maswera, boy, born Dec 24 2010.
PollyPoo, girl, born Jan 5 2011.
MrsFC, boy, born Jan 7 2011.
ChoChoSan, girl, born 6 Feb 2011.
Ginhag, boy born 11 Feb 2011.
Muser, girl, born 15 Feb 2011.
CluckyKate, boy, born 18 Feb 2011.
Perfect Dromedary, boy, born 23rd February 2011.
Casserole, girl, born 19th March 2011.
Medee, girl, born 26th March 2011.
StiffyByng, girl, born 17th May 2011.
Scorpette, boy, born 21st May 2011.
Rocketleaf, girl, born 23rd May 2011.
TwinkleToes, girl, born 7th June 2011.
Laurielou, boy, born 9th June 2011.
Orchid, girl, born 24th June 2011.
Ginfox, loving the new mega-boobs, due 12th July.
LadyGoneGaga, girl, born 24 July 2011.
Mrbitey, boy, born 29th July 2011.
Macaroonmum, boy, born 28th July 2011.
Owlbooty, boy, born 18th August 2011.
Ocarina, girl, born 6th September 2011.
Mountie, boy, born 27th August 2011.
Truffkin, boy, born 25th November 2011.
Islegrin, boy, born 14th December 2011.
Barbiesbeaver, girl, born 6th January 2012.
BrownB, girl, 2nd February 2012.
Alpinepony, ?13th February 2012.
KatandKit, boy, born 13th April 2012.

blonderthanred, boy, born 26th October 2012.
FriendofDorothy, boy, born 14th December 2012.
QueenRollo, boy, born 21st January 2013.

Need dates:

Rollerbaby, No pink here, expecting boy due March 20th 2012
IveBeenExpectingYou (CockDodger), A very active baby girl, due March 28th 2012
Silver, hoping for an easier sneeze, due mid-July 2012
Starryeyedmole, regretting recently investing in scales
cakeandcava approaching walrus proportions, DC1 EDD 21/10/12

LazyMachine (38) DC1 EDD 9/2/13
CamelKnees (34) fat and fatigued DC2 EDD 22/04/2013
HaveALittleFaith (31), getting rather rotund, DC1 EDD 23/4/13
fertilityFTW (34), weepy and whiny, DC 1 EDD 21/5/13
bluer, (33), peeing and puking, DC1 due 22/08/2013

Welcome to our new home! Right, time to get that baybee out lazy!

FriendofDorothy Mon 04-Feb-13 23:10:48

Ooo shiny.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 04-Feb-13 23:24:41

<outs out throw cushions and a birthing ball for lazy>

I am so very tired. Why am I not asleep?! Time for bed I think!

bluer Tue 05-Feb-13 07:31:21

Well done! I'm just up after weird baby dreams to find lots of snow again...bugger!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 05-Feb-13 09:19:16

Yup, tonnes here too and still throwing it down! I have the car booked in for 1.30 and was planning to walk to the hospital for training. confused I might rearrange it! I really don't want to go anywhere. Rather hoping boss will ring and say training is cancelled...

blonderthanred Tue 05-Feb-13 09:51:06

No snow here... Lovely blue sky.

I'm sitting in bed with a small boy who needs to poo. Yoga later! It's a varied life I lead.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 05-Feb-13 09:58:43

It's stopped here now and is sunny. Phew!

You wouldn't want it any other way though, right, blonde?!

snowqueenrollo Tue 05-Feb-13 10:36:16

<<makes self comfy>>

faith can I have a snow update late on weds if it's still hanging about? Our Consultant appt on weds has been cancelled, and rearranged for 8.45am Thursday......I'm already weepy at the thought of that. I've not been getting up much before 9.30 since A arrived as I've been catching up on sleep. We'll have to leave home about 7.30 on Thurs am.....

I have managed to squeeze into a pair of pre-preg jeans....it prompted tears this morning. I hate shopping anyway....but now I have no choice because all I have that will fit is sumemr dresses and skirts....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 05-Feb-13 10:45:30

Course, snow problem grin terrible I know! The main thing will be the route you travel. I wouldn't come along side the river (hairy) but the slightly longer routes should be ok. That luffly yellow thing in the sky is currently working on the white stuff smile

In your position, I'd be looking for short term clothing solutions, mostly joggers! Easy pull on clothes to make life easier. Is there a sports direct near you? (I guess it's not your normal style but as a short term option until everything settles down...)

I'm still sitting on the sofa watching Homes under the hammer. I'm loathe to move!

snowqueenrollo Tue 05-Feb-13 12:13:15

we'll be main road from H'castle onwards....have a 4x4 and HOLB actually knows how to drive it (he used to off-road as a hobby) so as long as it's not too dreadful we can usually get about.

Do you know what......I'm still bleeding a little post-natally. I'm SO uncomfy from having to wear pads....can't wait for the loss to stop so I can get rid of this itchy irritated feeling.

JethroTull Tue 05-Feb-13 16:13:03

<peeks head round door, closes it again as far too scared to come in>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 05-Feb-13 16:55:45

Maybe we could create a holding room for early differs before they actually feel able to venture in here? S'alright jeffers, you know where we are when you're ready.

Well I guess you're allowed a 4x4 since you actually live in the country queenie. Especially if he actually knows how to drive it then I'll make no comments about Chelsea tractors smile

blonderthanred Tue 05-Feb-13 17:14:42

I'm wearing maternity trousers and leggings and I ain't ashamed! Got some lovely wide leg ones I live in. Don't think anyone can tell and they keep my tummy warm, bonus.

Mostly choosing clothes these days on whether they provide easy access to my breasts anyway.

snowqueenrollo Tue 05-Feb-13 17:56:01

blonde yep.....i dragged some stuff out of a drawer the other day and then thought 'there's no way I can breastfeed in that'.....so i need some bf tops that are a bit more stylish than my ratty old long sleeve t's.

faith we're only a few hundred yards from the main road, but the first winter we lived here we got properly snowed in. Couldn't even get HOLB's car off the drive......so as soon as we could we bought a 4x4. We did buy a pick up, as we need to buy wood/coal etc so it made sense for us.

bluer Tue 05-Feb-13 19:42:18

Well it would appear that all my lovely pupils have guessed i'm pregnant...because I was off class last Monday morning. Apparently someone whose mum is expecting has knowingly told everyone that that is when women go to midwives...wouldn't mind but the reality is that I was at the garage with my stupid car! Oh well at the min I look a bit rotund so it was only a matter of time a
hey Jeff <waves>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 06-Feb-13 22:31:38

You could probably fob them off for now bluesy?! I am very rotund now!

queenie Tis chilly here but no snow forecast so I reckon you'll be ok...hope the appointment goes smoothly.

I only have one more long day to work (tomorrow) hooray! I do believe I've been having Braxton hicks today confused. It's just too hard on my body!

bluer Thu 07-Feb-13 03:37:30

Ah I suppose so but I am very bloated which isn't helping matters, since I lost the weight etc and now it's just my tummy seems more obvious! Ooh at last the end is in sight for work! I was off yesterday...really dizzy and tired and now I can't sleep. Got a parents night to do tonight and I am so tired at the thought.

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Thu 07-Feb-13 14:35:12

<sniff sniff> Do I smell a lazy baybee?!

Huzzah!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 17:36:12

Like the name adjustment blonde smile

Wahoo another ESH baybee has been borned! Oh my life it's my turn next! shock

Ok so I'm officially freaking out sad been to see the paediatrician about the codiene. Now the reality is at present it's not too much risk to Pickle but it can cause breathing difficulties and they can have withdrawal symptoms. Therefore they'll put an alert on my notes for when I come in to have the baby and we'll have to stay in for 48 hours after the birth to monitor Pickle. confused I feel like I'm putting Pickle at risk by taking these meds now and am stuck between just wanting to stop the painkillers and knowing I can't manage without them....I am determined to cut down as much as possible. I think it'll be easier when I'm only working short shifts and when I go on mat leave. I just feel a bit pants about it all. It's frustrating that I waited so long for an op and got diffed just before they fixed. I know it'll ultimately be ok, I just feel like I want my baybee to have the best chance possible and I'm not giving it that by taking the drucks sad

FriendofDorothy Fri 08-Feb-13 18:24:50

Right faithy. Let me give you a bloody good talking to.

Bearing in mind that my whole working life has been working with people who are opiate dependent, including many women who are on heroin, methadone and other significantly stronger opiates than codeine.

Here are the facts...

1) You need to take the codeine at the moment.
2) The chances of your baby being born opiate dependent are pretty slim.
3) Pickle MAY have withdrawal symptoms but it probably won't.
4) Withdrawal symptoms are an art not a science (as in, people can be on shed loads of opiates and the baby has no withdrawals or vice versa)
5) Pediatricians are always cautious and generally they know bugger all about opiate withdrawals.
6) You need to take the codeine at the moment.

Any help?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 19:30:58

Yes, thank you dor smile I do think the needles have helped and I've been pushing my limits by having more caffiene and fizzy drinks lately which I know that makes the pain worse - my pain was massively improved in my first trimester (when I couldn't stomach tea and hasn't rediscovered my luff for coke!) so I have resolved that after the weekend (once I've finished the remainder in the house) I will cut them out again and see how I go. I bought some elderflower cordial to treat myself instead smile
He did say the amount I'm on is low risk and they have these plans in place for the minority that need it rather than it being expected. Just made me a bit wibbly! I'm tired too.

I'm meant to be going back to the homeland Solihull tomorrow to see my mates. But the weather forecast is dire for Sunday. Normally I'd stuff it and go - I did last year! - but at nearly 30 weeks I'm much more cautious. I want to see my friends but I can't really be arsed to travel and am very worried about getting stuck over there! confused Planning to decide in the morning.

FriendofDorothy Fri 08-Feb-13 23:21:54

I meant to ask you how much codeine you are on.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 23:31:55

I'm prescribed up to 30mg, 4 times a day. I usually take 3 x doses of 30mg and 1x 15mg, or 2x 30mg and 2x 15mg.

I am soooooo itchy, have been for a couple of days. Mostly round my buzzwams and belly, bit on my Lower back and thighs. I have not had any omega 3 for a week -ran out and only got a new supplement today. Do you think that's why I'm itchy? My skin is just dry? I switched from bio-oil to diprobase tonight.

Did those who have had their baybees have Braxton hicks? I think I've had them the last two days but would like RL experience descriptions as the net is confusing me...

FriendofDorothy Sat 09-Feb-13 17:37:45

Worth checking with your midwife or GP about the itching - I know that it can possibly the sign of more serious things during pregnancy (probably not though so don't start panicking!)

As for the codeine - I wouldn't panic too much about it. You're not on stupid amounts.

Second Dor on the itching. A friend had itching through her last trimester that drove her crazy but was nothing - however better to be on the safe side & get it checked.

Btw my nn is my original MN one, I really need a new one but can't decide. Faif yours is extreme! I am not used to you without a bit of Faith in there somewhere!

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 12:41:26

How's everyone doing? ! Been sick again this morning...just as soon as I think hooray it's gone! Hah! Well is snowing here again and i'm having a couch day!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Feb-13 15:32:25

Ok, I'm back to normal. Was meant to be temporary NC!

trueblue mine has never fully gone! I was sick twice this week confused. Less frequent though from about 14 weeks though smile

I got to cuddle a baybee today. He is luffly, all blonde hair and blue eyes! He's about 12 weeks old. Very strange to have him in my arms while Pickle kicked me from the inside smile She had a quiet day - course when I was miles from home! Was on the verge of getting attention when she finally started moving. Little monkey! Back to normal today.

I'm still a bit itchy but not as bad. If it continues, I'll go on the GP on Wednesday when I have a day off.

JethroTull Sun 10-Feb-13 15:41:53

Is it normal to be this tired??

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Feb-13 15:52:42

So tired you just want to cry?! Yes. Very normal. I prescribe warm baths and early nights!

welcome jeffers

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 15:52:43

Jeff I found I was absolutely shattered the first few Weeks...strangely I thought as I was off work for xmas and we weren't doing much. The tiredness hopefully goes eventually but i'm still sleeping loads. I have found going to aerobics helps strangely enough!

Totally normal. I had experienced nothing like it.

I'm not going to state the obvious though...

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 15:54:36

Lots of baths faith for so long that mr df came in paniced after about an hour as it had finally occurred to him that I might has fallen asleep and downed!

FriendofDorothy Sun 10-Feb-13 16:09:51

I would get gone from work and sleep in the bath for at least 45 minutes every night! I was stupidly tired.

JethroTull Sun 10-Feb-13 16:38:37

I thought baths were Not Good until after 12 weeks? I've just been fast asleep for an hour on the sofa.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Feb-13 16:43:16

Baths are fine as long as they're not too hot - sudden changes in temperature are bad for baybees.

I have just hung sone curtains. We bought them about 18 months ago (before the fire). I am not very good at hanging curtains confused Didn't help that I'd bought the right length but MSB put the rail as low as possible hmm I had to wonderment them to the right length! Ah well, they look good now!

JethroTull Sun 10-Feb-13 16:55:30

We bought new curtains for the spare room months ago. I put one up & then managed to pull the string out of the other one. Left it lying about thinking that I'd wrecked it & would have to buy a new pair. Came home last week & our amazing cleaner had hung it up. She said she was sick of looking at it!!

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 17:05:50

I started off with baths that were lukewarm instead of my usual boiling but I quickly upped the temp when I realised it would unlikely be a problem...they're warm now but just not as hot as I used to!
Curtains...well a still have the boring curtains that the previous owners left in most rooms...I keep thinking we must change them but curtains arms so expensive!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Feb-13 17:16:32

I couldn't find the end to some of string but cobbled it together.

JethroTull Sun 10-Feb-13 17:25:44

I'm petrified of Doing Anything Wrong. Being tired seems to be the one symptom I have. My boobs just feel 'different'. And I'm starving all the time grin

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 17:36:30

Yeah the being scared thing is still with me too...I haven't died my hair and when another pregnant workmate was going on about still eating runny eggs I nearly cried with jealousy! I know the likelihoodof getting salmonella from a lion egg is really really slim but I just can't bring myself to do it.

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 17:36:52

Or dyed my hair even..

FriendofDorothy Sun 10-Feb-13 21:49:02

I had baths all the way through. It was probably the only place I was truly comfortable.

I also are runny eggs. I love them and decided I couldn't live without them.

Silly eh?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Feb-13 21:57:07

I have been having baths, usually 3 times a week (MSB runs me baths for when I get home from work!) with no concerns. I had runny eggs this morning. The only eggs I have been extra cautiously well cooked were from my Aunty-in-law's chickens. I was fine.

Ok, I'm still mega itchy. Seems to be worse at night. Have slathered in cream and hoping it'll settle but I do think I might have to get this checked out confused. Also <tmi warning alert> my, ahem, fanjo is quite swollen. I had this after we did the sechs but this is spontaneous (no sechs been had for a while!). I'm going to try to sleep and ignore it all and hope it settles down.

My only bending of the rules was a runny egg or two.

JethroTull Sun 10-Feb-13 22:09:54

I had a fried egg sandwich last week <rebel>

I also forgot to take my progesterone tonight until now <irresponsible>

Faith itching limbs & swollen fanjo don't sound like a pleasant combination. Are you planning on seeing the doctor? Hope you get some sleep.

bluer Sun 10-Feb-13 23:16:53

Mmm seems like eggs may be on the cards after all! <mouth waters>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Feb-13 08:23:00

I think you need to exert realistic caution. Like I have avoided Brie etc but not too previous.

I'm now officially on clear fluids til 12 when I have my abdo ultrasound. I'm not really worried about it. The pain has never got as bad as when I was as admitted, although it has come and gone a few times. I've decided the itching is definitely worse at night which can be an indication of certain problems so I think I need to see the docs. Especially worse between my buzzwams?! Falling apart, aren't I?!

House needs a bit of tidying but I'll see how much time I've got before the scan/work once I've got up.

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Mon 11-Feb-13 17:58:51

<pokes head round door>

<enters with confidence>

This win WILL result in a baybee <determined>

Room for another?

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Mon 11-Feb-13 17:59:47

Pst Can we just discuss the hair dye thing? Due to get mine done on Saturday and normally have shit loads of bleach put in. Blonde you see.

bluer Mon 11-Feb-13 20:02:34

Welcome bugs!! I think the hair dye is fine...I decided to wait till 12 Weeks just in case but all the girls at work have it done and they're all fine grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Feb-13 20:12:36

Woo hoo! Too right there's room bugs. This time, it will be different. lazy is your example of how it can be and now she has a snuffly baybee.

How friendly are you with the hairdresser? I would tell mine re diffedness in advance - confidentially. The only real ishoo is it can mean the colour takes better and goes too bright!

I am still itchy, worse at night, so will see if I can get an appt before work tomorrow - would you ask for MW or doc though?

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Mon 11-Feb-13 20:15:14

Thanks for the advice faith - I've known her 10 years and she knows about the 2 x mc's so I'll text her tomorrow and pre warn her.

The biggest difference to last time is that I got the BFP, although faint around 11/12dpo so before droid was even late.

JethroTull Mon 11-Feb-13 20:26:35

My SiL is my hairdresser. She said she would just comb the colour through rather than slap it straight on my roots.

I POAS again tonight. It was a digi one and I got a week further on result than last time. I'm still petrified. I almost feel like a fraud at the moment.

FriendofDorothy Mon 11-Feb-13 20:51:42

I'd go for the doc faithy.

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Mon 11-Feb-13 21:03:40

jeff GP has hidden my sticks. I asked him to. The bastard.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Feb-13 21:26:44

Yeah, dor I think it'll be easier to get an appointment and possibly cream if I need it. Suspect they may do bloods too.

bugs it's probsbly a fair plan but I tested pretty much daily to start with. Excellent news that the piss sticks are getting darker. I took photos of my sticks. MSB said it was yucky to keep the sticks in the bathroom where I had my collection hmm

Well done jeff, great about the digital stick. I was scared I'd be exposed as a fraud at my 12 week scan! Like ha, you're not diffed! It's only now my belly is undeniable and not only can I feel Pickle kicking but you can feel (and even see it!) from the outside that it really seems real.

JethroTull Mon 11-Feb-13 22:15:36

How many weeks are you now Faith?

Bugs I've convinced myself for now that there's no point in using any more sticks. I wanted to do the digi one to see the weeks increase but that's it now. 2 more weeks until our early scan.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Feb-13 22:29:14

I am 30 tomorrow shock 3/4 of the way there...

I still have one pee stick in the house that I found restraint and did not use. I only did one digi. I think they are too inaccurate and expensive to keep using as a gauge of increase of hcg and I didn't want the head f**k.

FriendofDorothy Mon 11-Feb-13 22:42:10

I have kept my collection of piss sticks. Think they might go in the bin at the weekend when we clear the bedroom ANC moved into our house!

bluer Tue 12-Feb-13 06:52:28

I've kept the two positive ones I got...but the lines were very faint and now I can barely see them!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Feb-13 08:03:14

I added my photos to my 'What to expect' photo diary before I starting taking weeks pics of my diffed self.

Itching woke me up in the night confused Very unpleasant. Will GP when they open at 8.30.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Feb-13 08:52:55

Jeepers, 20 minutes trying to get through and can only get an appointment at the end of surgery so might have to wait/be late for work. Bloody ridiculous! You'd think they'd sort the system out better....hmm

LazyMachine Tue 12-Feb-13 09:52:26

We're here! LazyBoy is currently milk-drunk and snoozing across me. Mmmmmmmmmm...so so yummy.

I can't tell you how happy I am to see you here Bugsy and Jefe.

Re. the hair dye - it's fine nowadays. Even the overly cautious NHS website okays it. Things have changed in the hair dye world and there have been vast improvements in the chemicals being used. Anyway, in the studies that have shown any significant rise in pregnancy loss it's only been people who have prolonged exposure to the chemicals - the hair colourists themselves. But even then, the 'significant rise' is somewhat questionable.

Re. food. This time round I ate what I wanted (except Brie, but had a whole slab of it last night to make up for it!), I drank wine and Guinness on a regular basis (several glasses pints per week), and I took hot baths. And LazyBoy seems just fine so far!

LazyMachine Tue 12-Feb-13 09:55:26

I've still got my very large cache of positive piss sticks, too. (As well as the 6-7 OV sticks that I randomly continued to wee on well into my third trimester!!!!)

blush

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Tue 12-Feb-13 17:30:59

Blue its reassuring the hear that yours were so faint. The ones I did were IC's and superdrug own brand. The line on the IC's were almost invisible. The lines on the Sdrug ones clearer but still really faint. I haven't done any more since and will try to avoid doing any at all. I'm quite terrified of them tbh.

bluer Tue 12-Feb-13 18:55:29

We had the whole is it a line? Discussion...first we thought it might be, tried another and there want and then got a faint line the next day. I think once you get a positives you should stop testing...one friend of mine did and worried herself crazy as to getting darker or not etc. I think you just have to have faith that it's there. Same reason i'm not buying a doppler...I know I'd drive myself crazy if I couldn't find the heartbeat etc.
Congratulations lazy!
faith poor you...our surgery usually sees you the morning you call .. The benefit of being rural!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Feb-13 20:36:28

Finally saw GP after a 20 minute wait! hmm Essentially it's heat rash. Prescribed me cream which I need to collect. I put some Oilatum on at work and that was better.

On a positive note, I'm coping much better at work on the short shifts, physically and stress wise so I'm really glad I made the change smile

IIRC lazy once described Internet cheapies as the work of the devil. I do believe (in retrospect) that after a couple of tests to confirm, you simply have to trust that you are diffed unless shown otherwise.

bugs will they offer you an early scan? How do you feel about that? I know last time it was less than reassuring sad

JustplainoldBuggerlugs Wed 13-Feb-13 11:15:56

Yes I've got one at ACU to check whether its a multiple due to clomid. At the moment I feel fine about this but Will probably be a wreck the nearer it gets. Its 2 weeks today at 9am.

I know from my past experience that no amount of sticks or boobie prodding Will change anything. If it sticks it sticks.

I feel more in control each day and slightly more relaxed about it all.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Feb-13 11:23:27

Well every day is a step forward, isn't it bugs? As of now, you are diffed.

Eurgh. I am office based today. Meant to be picking up a project I was doing in my old role once a fortnight. Fine when I was asked back in December but I've only got 6 weeks left at work so finding myself wondering what the ruddy point is?! I thought being on the ward was tough but sitting at a desk just means the time is dragging.....think I need proper food. I've just crunched sugar lumps to keep me going (despite eating some chocolate and a packet of crisps already! Goodness knows how I'm still only 8-9lb heavier than when I got diffed?!) grin

FriendofDorothy Wed 13-Feb-13 11:47:19

I'm just about to book The Little Mister in for swimming lessons. Time is seriously shifting on!

I only threw out my piss sticks when I had to move my bedside table to make room for the cot.

I had a look at the CRESH thread but it's been pretty deserted for over a year. So hopefully us graduates will still be welcome here even though it's going to be full to bursting with newly diffed ESH.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Feb-13 18:48:34

D'you reckon that's a sign of a long term TTC-Er?!

I reckon the lack of CRESH postage is due to the group in t'other place but I quite like the idea of reigniting the CRESH on here because I don't know that many of them over there...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 14-Feb-13 09:38:32

Well the cream definitely helped and I slept much better last night smile except for when the baby woke and was kicking me, in the night! Cheeky monkey!

bluer Thu 14-Feb-13 21:31:08

Oh that's good faith! I had a truly crap sleep lay night..up at twelve, two, four and then awake and up at six. I'm a total crabit cow today!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 14-Feb-13 21:39:08

Is it just sleep not being forthcoming or your bladder blue? I read a tip on here that your bladder kind of goes into overdrive and while you may need to go once, actually it can hold it for the next couple of hours. Sometimes I just try to ignore it.

I have proper overdone it today. Cleaning hmm (always a bad idea), swimming and then did the sechs for the first time in a while My bump feels big and hard and I am getting low down pressure again. I got this pressure at work but not had it since doing the short shifts. Not too bad now I'm just sitting and scoffing chocolate but a bit disconcerting!

<waves to a lurking jeff>

bluer Thu 14-Feb-13 22:57:51

It's a but of both...the need to go wakes me but I've always had sleep issues. Once I wake my brain goes into overdrive and I am up anything from half hour to two hours. I'm actually much better now...when I was younger I would wake for three or four hours a night sometimes!
All the girls at work have developed proper bumps in the last few days it seems...I can't decide if I have a start or whether it's just bloated! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 14-Feb-13 23:00:43

With the bump, I was insisting mine was just bloat/muffin top at 13 weeks, til I tried to suck it in and couldn't! smile

I've found Avon's pillow mist and using a maternity pillow both really helped with my sleep (I can have sleep trouble at times).

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Feb-13 12:58:18

I am so mardy today! Jeepers, it's a good job I'm not around people much. The stereo dad bought for Christmas had broken. Not cheap at £80+ so I want it replaced. He says he gave us the receipt....I don't now where the receipt, box, manuals, anything relating to it are?! Desparately hoping they are all together in the loft but I have a horrible feeling we binned the box MSB won't let me go in the loft on my own so I have to wait til he comes home! Honestly I dunno what's the matter with me. I felt stroppy with the ruddy window cleaner!

Off to be needled in a min so hopefully I will calm down after that?!

bluer Fri 15-Feb-13 17:06:16

Oh what you getting needled for?
I've been Moody...having not been sick for a few Weeks this well has hit hard...four out of last five days. Is it strange I wonder or just coming and going normality?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Feb-13 18:23:04

My sickness was just the same. Every day for a few weeks, then eased, then would trigger off every few days. Even now I'm still sick probsbly once a week. Puked on Tuesday when I found a satsuma in my work lunch bag at work! envy

Needles are for the abdo pain I've had for nearly a year. I will summarise in case you don't know Basically last March I started with abdo and kidney pain all of a sudden. Had antibiotics, didn't help. Cautious GP thought it might be my appendix so admitted me. After 9 days of faffing surgeons they discharged me with a ?kidney stones/? Ascending UTI (so UTI that tracked to my kidney). After 6 weeks, it had improved and deteriorated again. I got a urology referral and the specialist side it's either a kidney stone that's stuck below my bladder or my urinary tract has narrowed - the kidney pain is basically extra pressure on my system. Western medicine approach is to stick a camera up there and either clear the kidney stone or pop a stent in to widen the gap. Sadly the op date came through for September and I got diffed in August. They're not keen on giving pregnant woman anaesthetics so I was told to keep taking the painkillers and wait for the op after the birth. The needles have helped to dial down the pain and I have cut down the painkillers smile I was a bit skeptical but it really has helped!

Still mardy but improving!

bluer Fri 15-Feb-13 18:55:35

Ah I see! I'm on for an early night...going bridesmaid dress shopping tomorrow! My dsis gets married in sept grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Feb-13 19:24:21

Sleep well smile

bluer Sat 16-Feb-13 16:59:05

Got a gorgeous dress! At least it looked gorgeous in the size 14 I tried on....but we've ordered a 24! I know i'm a 12 at the moment and wedding stuff is always ordered bigger but I actually felt like crying haha. The other bridesmaid is a teeny tiny eight..i'm going to be a whale <sobs into hands,>
On an up note we looked at the cutest cutest little dresses and suits for newborns <beam>

FriendofDorothy Sat 16-Feb-13 18:56:25

Hurray we have moved house today. Moving with a 9 week old is quite trying!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Feb-13 19:14:48

Aww blue you will be heavily pregnant! My wedding dress was a size 20 even though I'd lost weight and got into small size 14 stuff by the wedding!

Congratulations dor! It'll seem crazy initially I'm sure but how ace that you're finally in! grin

Well MSB got upset today that I was planning everything for the baybee and not including him hmm We had a (very minor compared to the old days) row til I explained I had no clue and was making it up as I went along! smile Think we're ok now. Not the best day - I thought I was on a late til work rang me at 7.20 to ask where I was! shock Wrote my off duty down wrong. Got in about 50 mins late and spent the rest of the day catching up. Yuck!

bluer Sat 16-Feb-13 21:03:11

Did I tell you i'm due 25 days before my sisters wedding? ! An unknown size quantity but i'm booked for fitting two days before wedding!
dor we moved three years ago and it was exhausting so I can only imaginewhat it must be like! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Feb-13 21:23:32

Oh you'll have dropped! August due date <slaps forehead> I was thinking its a month before you were due....it's been a long day <continues to feel sorry for self>

bluer Sat 16-Feb-13 22:02:31

Oh poor you <orders an early night>
Mrdf is not into talking baby stuff at the moment and it's nearly causing argument as I need to talk iyswim!

EuroShagmore Sun 17-Feb-13 13:38:05

Right, I'm going to be brave and dip a toe into the thread. I'm not ready for the list yet. Maybe if all is well at the 6 week scan. Gah.

JethroTull Sun 17-Feb-13 15:43:36

I feel exactly the same Euro! Our early scan is a week tomorrow. Can't come soon enough.

I'm exhausted. Just about to have a snooze. Again. That's it though for symptoms.

bluer Sun 17-Feb-13 16:04:06

Welcome <waves>
Jeff tired seems about right...i'm still in the process of napping sporadically and always feel tired. Still it's half term this week so lie in potential grin

EuroShagmore Sun 17-Feb-13 16:37:05

Exciting Jeff! I thought you were further ahead of me. My scan is a week on Thursday, all being well. My clinic does it at 6+1.

I'm not tired, but I have developed ridiculous insomnia. And ginorma boobs. KFZK looks like all his christmasses have come at one. The soreness comes and goes.

I'm peeing on sticks every other day (on the basis that HCG should double ever 48 hrs or so, so I should see a change) and they are getting darker, but I still don't quite believe it.

JethroTull Sun 17-Feb-13 16:45:50

Our scan will be 8 weeks. I find the weeks thing very confusing. So according to various sites tomorrow I am 7 weeks. But it's only been 5 weeks since EC so why 7 weeks?

I didn't really have boobs to begin (lucky to fit in a 32 A) with but they are looking slightly rounder!

Euro any sickness yet?

EuroShagmore Sun 17-Feb-13 18:38:36

The weeks thing is odd. If you use a digital test, it will say 2 weeks when your period is due, but the drs would say 4 weeks. I think it's so that if people don't know when ov/EC is, they can date it by the last period. Which is I guess what people have to do for years and still do in some cases. I think that makes you two and a half weeks ahead of me. I would be 5 weeks on Weds next week if I get that far.

I never had much in the way of boobage (storm in a B cup) but currently my cup runneth over! KFZK has always been a boob man, and I think finally he doesn't feel shortchanged!

No nausea yet. Because of my low HCG at my blood test, I would like more symptoms. But I vaguely remember my mum saying that she never got morning sickness. I would like to check with her, but I have decided not to tell her unless we get to 12 weeks. She has been really odd throughout all the infertility stuff, and if I were to tell her now, I think she would find the next weeks stressful as she had 3 mcs, so I have decided to leave it. I have sore boobs, insomnia and the pee sticks are getting darker, so I guess I should accept I am PUPO and try to stop worrying. Is it just tiredness for you?

JethroTull Sun 17-Feb-13 19:24:50

Tiredness, insomnia, sore boobs on & off and this morning I heaved when I was clearing up remains of last nights tea.

I want to be positive. But I almost feel like I will jinx it. I am so nervous all the time. I'm dreading going to the scan.

EuroShagmore Sun 17-Feb-13 20:53:36

I'm also terrified. I've only ever been to one pregnancy scan and that was one of my mum's when she found out she had mc'd, so I don't exactly have happy memories. I also think unless I qualify talking about it with "if this works out" or similar, I will jinx it. It must be so wonderful to be an instadiffer and to just be able to enjoy it. One day, in a moment of bravado, I added myself to the October AN thread and the positivity of some of the folks on there is just completely alien to me.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Feb-13 21:01:38

My main symptom now is how very large I am hmm Seriously, there's a very hard bit near my belly button which is either a head...or an arse! smile
Mostly in the first trimester I was tired and emotional (I recall sobbing, proper belly sobbing at Gavin and Stacey!) and from about 5 weeks, muchos puking, but lots of people aren't sick. I know my sister wasn't!

The dates is confusing and tbh, a bit medical archiac (obviously thought up by a man). Your medical pregnancy dates are from your last droid. My GP actually gave me a due date that is now a full week later than my scan dates because he assumed I had a 28 day cycle hmm Obviously I only had a 26 day cycle and my dates put conception around CD11! Whereas you can know when you conceived to the day and that's what pregnancy tests will tell you. You're officially diffed for two weeks prior to conceiving. Make sense of that!

It's totally normal to not really trust or believe it. I think I held my breath til my 12 week scan.

Even in my email to staff I put: "all being well, I will be on maternity leave from October" - couldn't quite bring myself to say the words in case it made it all disappear. And that was at about 14 weeks.

bluer Sun 17-Feb-13 21:21:11

Even now at nearly 14 Weeks i'm not out of the habit of saying - if we're still pregnant in... Etc I think it's hard not to feel like jinxing. It was a reason why I was so annoyed at my manager outing me at work when I was seven Weeks!

FriendofDorothy Sun 17-Feb-13 21:41:10

I never stopped with my pessimism. I refused to believe that it would happen until I held him in my arms. I always thought about what might and could happen.

Hang in there girls smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 18-Feb-13 18:27:15

MSB made me stop menkulling after a certain point. It made him mardy. I even deleted the MMC stats from my bookmarks <proud>

I am so very tired tonight. I worked the early shift. Happily I am not back in til the late tomorrow. That's day 3 of 7 done! I also have a delightful cluster of pus-filled spots around my bra line under my arm. Had it in the summer and the antibiotics the doc gave me then made me want to cut my stomach out confused I am applying witch hazel to it and trying not to pop the spots!

Ps well done for venturing in here euro. We've reserved a naice dark corner for you and jeff to hide in! smile

bluer Mon 18-Feb-13 19:53:05

Evening all! feeling guilty as I didn't make my regular exercise class after work today...we had staff meetings and by the time I got home I just felt so tired I couldn't go back out! Been getting shouting pains in my fanjo or cervix if and on today...they actually made me yelp. God i'm going to be a nightmare in labour i'm such a wimp. Looked said pain up on net and seems to be it could be the baby sitting funny? They seem to have stopped now

EuroShagmore Mon 18-Feb-13 21:22:28

Thanks ladies for the reassurance that the menkulling is normal.

I'm having a hissy fit today because someone on another thread mentioned that IVF pregnancies are automatically considered "High risk" and referred to consultant-led care. WTF? I have had enough of being prodded and poked. I'm perfectly bloody healthy. Just cos we needed a bit of help to get sperm to meet egg shouldn't mean I am high risk. Grrr. Luckily KFZK is fully supportive of me rejecting it (unless some good medical reason for it arises).

<climbs mountain and wails "I just want to be normal">

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 18-Feb-13 21:31:08

I would have thought early days/post transfer was higher risk but other than that it'll depend very much on the health of the woman? Surely there's so many varieties of reasons that people need IVF.

It's like stats for me though - I'm 'high' risk due to my BMI when I got diffed. I saw a consultant at my first scan and they said GTT and if that's normal, low risk pregnancy.

Pickle appears to be having a party in my uterus hmm

JethroTull Mon 18-Feb-13 21:55:01

I don't know if that's true Euro. My clinic told me if everything is ok at my scan I will be discharged & treated like any other differ on the NHS. There's nothing to say IVF pregnancies should be different - like you say it's issues with Getting Diffed rather than Being Diffed surely?

EuroShagmore Mon 18-Feb-13 22:27:28

Maybe it differs from area to area, Jeff. That would be very welcome. The idea of being forced to go to extra appointments and refused access to the MLU horrifies me. I'm going to try not to worry about something that hasn't happened yet though.

Yay - pickle party!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Feb-13 10:32:51

Word to the wise - don't scoff biscuits before doing your pee sample for a midwife. There will be glucose in your wee and you will get told off! confused oops!

EuroShagmore Tue 19-Feb-13 14:21:42

I'm wheat free at the moment, so biscuits are a long-distant memory! (I had the ?chem preg? when I gave up wheat in November to see if it gave me more energy, so I tried it again for this IVF cycle. Of course, I am now too scared to eat toast, in case a wheat intolerance is the missing piece of the puzzle. confused <runs away from baguette>

JethroTull Tue 19-Feb-13 19:11:39

I am usually pretty bloody healthy. Am known for being slightly obsessive about my 5 a day etc. however I've had a 'must have a Big Mac' niggle for a while now so I had one today. It made me happy for the rest of the afternoon.

I couldn't do wheat free. I am all about the bread.

LazyMachine Tue 19-Feb-13 20:26:11

I menkulled all the way up to 39+4 and now I'm menkulling about LazyBoy at 12 days old! It never goes away...but it DOES get better. (ps. I never once heaved, so don't worry if you're not puking. TOM's theory is that no puke = boy.)

Looking forward to all the upcoming scans!

I just realised that on the next PESH fred Not List I'll finally officially be 'on the other side' of diffedment. smile

LazyMachine Tue 19-Feb-13 20:26:43

Mmmmmmm...Big Mac.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Feb-13 20:35:41

Yes you were about to pop as I wrote it lazy, but we ran out of room on the last Fred!

They were GF biscuits - co-op triple chocolate biscuits, ruddy delicious. I've been GF for about 4 years now. I have generally cut down the sugar <hides ice cream MSB handed me as I came in>

I hate my job today. No matter how hard you work, it's never good enough. It's crap sad I wanted to cry as I left.

Midwife says the low down discomfort I've been having are a sign of an irritable uterus and it means I've overdoing it when it happens. It generally happens at work confused only 23 shifts to go...hmm

EuroShagmore Tue 19-Feb-13 21:16:01

Lazy I'm pretty sure that my mum said she didn't puke with me. <checks for boy bits - maybe that has been the problem all along?>

It must be a great feeling to be on the other side of the list. smile

I didn't know that faif. Are you coelic? There is a theory that a significant % of unexplaineds are coelic. I read that when googling afer the weird stuff happened back in Nov.

faif any chance you could finish early?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Feb-13 21:28:56

Blood tests came back negative for coeliac. Never had a colonoscopy though...but there is definitely a link between my IBS and wheat consumption. I'm not free from IBS when wheat free, but I'm loads better. When pregnant, I can't take my IBS medications so gluten free and probiotics are the only way to manage it.

I think I will only finish early if I am too ill to continue. It's only just over 4 weeks anyway now. I don't want to finish any sooner really because I want as much time as possible with the baybee. I'll be going back too soon after 6 months anyway sad
Not all days are like today, but my work environment is just ridiculous at the moment. I take things too much to heart as well I think.

FriendofDorothy Tue 19-Feb-13 21:48:01

No puking for me either. Maybe the boy thing is right.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Feb-13 21:49:05

Much puking for me with a ??girl on board. I'm sure I've read HG is much more common when diffed with a girl too.

FriendofDorothy Tue 19-Feb-13 21:55:16

My sister also says her hair was amazing when she was pregnant with a boy and sure with a girl. She is sure it was related to oestrogen levels.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Feb-13 22:05:25

Ah but my hair is amazing! My hairdresser was commenting on it last time. Never been so lustrous!

FriendofDorothy Wed 20-Feb-13 00:30:41

Gah. The Mister has been out for a curry with his work colleagues tonight. The smell of curry coming out of his pores us revolting and it makes me feel sick. Also he is mildly being an arse which irritates me.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 20-Feb-13 09:34:48

MSB drank more beer last night so I am somewhat sympathetic dor. Course that made him snore hmm. After a blissful dry January, he seems to be making up for lost time!

Only 3 shifts before the weekend....I can't be arsed to go to work! Or do anything at home before I leave....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 20-Feb-13 10:44:34

Oh vom envy this morning went thusly: decide to cook spag bol, find mince in freezer, defrost mince, sniff mince, retch into sink, bin mince, cook meat free tomato sauce for dinner. Yuk confused

snowqueenrollo Wed 20-Feb-13 15:04:49

littleprincerollo has a cold. He's hoarse when he cries and all snuffly and chesty sad he's sleepy at the moment but i fear I may have a disturbed night. And we're at the hospital tomorrow for his 4th cast. Fortunately it's the one near us and not the 'big' hospital so it won't eat the whole day up.

bluer Wed 20-Feb-13 17:53:08

Have had such a stressful day at work and one of the worst department meetings in my ten years at school...one Lassie walked out crying, another just walked out and I left the room at one point as I could feel my stress going through the roof. Why so managers feel they can lie, not listen and demand ever increasing unreasonable expectations I don't know! Sorry for rant but I can safely say this is the first time I've missed drink....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 20-Feb-13 22:22:35

Aw poor lickle Prince sad he's in the wars, isn't he? Hope the cast refitting went ok and he recovers quickly.

That sounds awful blue! I thought as time went on I'd care less about work (in a 'ah well I'm not here much longer' way) but actually I take things much more to heart! I hope management see sense soon.

I had a better day today but I did have to refuse to do a couple of things and sit down when the uterus spasms became intense! confused I felt bad but I'm 31 weeks pregnant now and it's starting to take its toll on my body. Better to sit a couple of things out than drop the sprog at work, right?!

bluer Thu 21-Feb-13 07:22:01

Too right! I think that's also why i'm annoyed at work as four of us are pregnant and don't need the extra stress! We've decided to speak to union...i'm annoyed causer i'm off today and tomorrow for half term but I've had bloody dreams about work and now i'm still bloody going through it in my mind.
On the other hand it's made me decide to stop at 32 Weeks and not go back after summer. Plus I've also decided that I will be going part time...basically i'm hating out at the moment which is sad as I love the kids etc!

EuroShagmore Thu 21-Feb-13 12:18:13

blue that sounds horrible! But it sounds like you ahve made the right decision.

Faif it sounds like you are doing the right thing. It won't be good for you or them if you overdo it.

bluer Thu 21-Feb-13 12:53:21

Well on a positive i'm back from seeing the financial planner and it turns out we can knock...wait for it...FOUR hundred quid a month off our current mortgage! That means that proper part time will be a reality rather the dream! Feel like doing cartwheels...we were getting properly shafted by rbs

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 21-Feb-13 21:46:27

That's good news blue smile Ours will come down next September which will help. We plan to overpay a bit since we actually own very little of this house!

Can I whine please?! I'm so miserable sad I spent about 29 weeks of this pregnancy being grateful/delighted to be diffed. Every symptom was just a sign of diffedness and awesome except the terrifying spotting But now it is hard work. I am utterly miserable. If I walk more than a few feet I have contractions. Work is manic. I am being out on with junior nurses so I have to do jobs they're not qualified to do, as well as my own workload. MW says sit down when the contractions kick off but I am literally struggling to keep going. I had relatives be critical of me and a housekeeper suggest I do whatever I can to get out of helping with dinners total bs. Every comment I take to heart sad

We've got tickets to the baby show in that there London Town on Saturday but I dunno if I can a. Face the travelling or b. walk round it! Do you think I could get a wheelchair on arrival and get MSB to push me round?!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 21-Feb-13 21:47:17

Ps sorry for whinging but when I tried to MSB he asked if he could have a happy wife. I said no, not at 31 weeks and after shift 6 of 7!

EuroShaggleton Thu 21-Feb-13 22:05:07

Could you have SPD? The comment about the wheelchair made me wonder...

Whatever it is, it sounds shit. Have you seen the thread on pregnancy with everyone having a whinge? You might find it therapeutic!

Good news about the finance, blue

bluer Thu 21-Feb-13 22:19:12

Oh faith that sounds so rubbish...will the doc not sign you off? Have you had a risk assessment done?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 21-Feb-13 22:48:08

I've had a risk assessment done and updated. Boss is aware and is happy for me to have a chair whenever I need it. It's just very challenging because my job is so physical. The last week the uterus has been very irritable! I'd rather not go off sick but will play it by ear.

euro do you mean could I 'have' SPD? Or are you asking if I have it? I don't think I do, my hip isn't too bad, niggles at times. But 'having' SPD might be one way to borrow a wheelchair! Actually I think irritable uterus would be recognised at a baby show!

I will endeavour to sleep now and cheer up tomorrow! smile

EuroShaggleton Fri 22-Feb-13 11:16:35

I meant genuinely could that be what is causing the discomfort. I know everyone gets uncomfortable in late pregnancy but you sound particularly uncomfortable (especially since the painkillers you are on are probably masking a lot of it). Maybe it is something more than carrying the bump around that is ailing you?

Hope you are feeling cheerier today anyway.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Feb-13 15:38:33

I don't think it's hip pain. My pain had massively improved thanks to the needles actually. I have cut down from 4 x 30mg doses of codiene a day to an average of 2 x 30mg and 1 x 15mg <proud> Baybee will be less pickled than anticipated! Hips don't tend to bother me. Get the odd ache in the right but nothing of significance.

Work is mental again confused (I'm on my break, dreading going back out!). Only 4 hours til the weekend and only 4 weeks til I finish though grin if I make it that far!

How are the newest differs feeling? Sinking in yet?

snowqueenrollo Fri 22-Feb-13 17:33:27

faith please keep an eye on the irritable uterus. It's what rendered me sofa/bed bound from 35 weeks and I know someone else also had problems with it and had baby before due date.
As an example of how bad I was I would have struggled to get from the main door of your workplace to the toilets behind the seating area, that would have set off intense pains and only complete rest for half an hour would have settled it.
Don't want to scare you but would rather you were cautious about it.

LittlePrinceRollo is much better today, though yesterday was awful and last night not much better. I feel better too but now HOLB is suffering and I collected a BigPrinceRollo who also has throat lurgy so it's going to be a slightly grumpy weekend here I fear.....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Feb-13 21:59:26

My MW was a bit hmm about it. I think I may have to finish work earlier than planned. There are times when they seem to kick off as soon as I walk! Today my colleague was asking me something and I simply had to stop dead and breathe into it, it was so intense. I'm off on Tuesday so I might go to the GP for advice. Work today was horrendous. I'd say its one of the worst shifts I've ever had, pregnant or not. My boss did take me on one side and check I was ok. It's just the pressure of the hospital as a whole having a knock-on effect on us. There's simply more work than I can physically cope with and I'm not sure anyone actually realises that...

I'm glad littleprincerollo is improving smile My Dad has severe man flu at present!

bluer Sat 23-Feb-13 07:06:11

if your doc signs you off sick you can only be made to start maternity at 36 Weeks I think? Although it may be different up here, we already get free prescriptions, NHS dental, eye checks etc...my pregnant sil who lives in England couldn't believe it!

EuroShaggleton Sat 23-Feb-13 16:55:33

Your SIL needs to do some more research I think. I'm 90% sure (thanks to MN) that you can get a prescription exemption form and NHS dental during pregnancy here. No idea about eye checks though.

snowqueenrollo Sat 23-Feb-13 17:18:37

I was offered the form for Maternity Exemption at my booking in appt, and sent it off straight away. It covers prescriptions during pregnancy and a year after the birth, including dental and eye checks. It's like a little credit card.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Feb-13 17:20:18

Yup my MW gave me a form at my 9 week appointment and I've enjoy free prescriptions since. Seeing as I've been taking lots of meds, this is marvellous for me. It's free til the baby is 1 as well! Definitely get dental too.

I'm not sure where I'd stand about having to take mat leave early with pregnancy related sickness...I will do some research. If I have to, I have to. In 4 weeks I'll save the annual leave I've got booked for the of the mat leave anyway. Still getting the symptoms when I walk any kind of distance.

We didn't go to that there Landan. 'twas too much and MSB is trying to take care of me. Instead we went into town, had brunch and then had a rather productive time - had MSB's watch strap adjusted so he can finally wear it (Christmas present!), bought a chest of drawers for the nursery like this but it was reduced from £150 to £80 ready made smile Also impressed that it fit in the boot of our new car without needing the seats down! Big car! Now the nursery feels nearly finished. Tis good but a but scary!

FriendofDorothy Sat 23-Feb-13 17:41:46

I dream of free prescriptions! envy

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Feb-13 18:01:39

dor I think of you whenever I contemplate seeing a GP. I can't imagine paying for the privilege! I've certainly got my money's worth out of the NHS in the last year!

bluer Sat 23-Feb-13 20:47:44

Ah what I meant was all non pregnant people get the free prescriptions, eye tests etc. so you don't really need the maternity form! Well if you needed a filling it something the form would save you but check upS and tests are free four all!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Feb-13 20:51:57

When I was at uni all over 23s(?) got free prescriptions in Wales too! Yes it's only really a perk of the pregnant/Mums of baybees in England it seems.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 10:32:17

<crawls in>

I just slept for 11 hours! shock Clearly I needed the sleep! Bless MSB, he is busy ironing and has put sausages in the oven for breakfast. Today I luff him very much smile I poked my head round the doors of the rooms we rearranged yesterday (spare room and nursery). They look great and I am delighted!

EuroShaggleton Sun 24-Feb-13 10:55:08

Ah I see blue

faif relegated KFZK to the spare room last night and had the best night's sleep I have had in a fortnight. I still woke up a few times (mainly when I rolled over onto my boobs - ouch) but managed to get back off to sleep for a change.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 15:59:44

MSB was on a course Tuesday and stayed over Monday night. I thought I'd be scared at home...I slept like a top! Thursday night I rolled on my back. I got a little poke in my shoulder. Goodness knows how much space I was taking up! I stirred, apologised and rolled over confused Me being diffed is not doing MSB's sleep any favours either hmm

Today we have been washing baybee clothes. They are very small (and I won't buy any 'tiny baby' stuff. Can't quite believe we will have responsibility for something that will fit in them?!

jeff how you doing about tomorrow? <squeezes hand>

bluer Sun 24-Feb-13 20:26:19

Yes good luck tomorrow jeff!
I have just been doing a maternity clothes fashion show for mr df...my two lovely friends both gave me their complete wardrobes yesterday...I have more tops than I know what to do with, three gorgeous formal type dresses suitable for weddings etc, five lovely maxi dresses that just show figure off nicely, Jeans, four pairs, leggings, work trousers, cardies and a swimmy. My friends rule...I won't have top buy anything much really.
Getting excited about baybee clothes too now although yet to buy any.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 20:41:30

I didn't buy any clothes for baybee Pickle until 14 weeks and even then was cautious. Just gradually bought bits. Now seem to have a fair amount! Maybe once every fortnight I'd buy some.

I inherited the majority of my maternity stuff from my sister which has been excellent. All I really bought were work trousers (eBay specials) and a couple of jumpers (DNephew was a September baybee so she didn't need many warm layers when large, unlike me!). Saves you a fortune! smile

bluer Sun 24-Feb-13 20:54:38

Yes my friends were both pregnant over the summer so no jumpers etc but hopefully I won't need them!
I think i'm waiting till twenty week scan and gender before buying any clothes. I'm starting to pram browse...need something that is compact as we both have small car! And something good with off road country lanes!

JethroTull Sun 24-Feb-13 21:02:46

Thanks for remembering Faith. I'm very nervous. We have spent the weekend relaxing in a very posh hotel & eating nice food. It's definitely helped me to calm down, I had a meltdown on Friday morning & was convinced it was all over. Just crossing my fingers that we hear a heartbeat. I might start to believe it's actually real then...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 21:03:46

My car is a vw polo (we have purchased a Vauxhall Vectra estate for MSB since finding out I'm diffed which is essentially a boat. It is in fact larger than the can he used to drive for work!) so we needed something fairly small ourselves. We chose a babystyle oyster - it's wheelbase folds in half rather than concertinas. Have a look at the thread I started here for the options that might work for you.

bluer Sun 24-Feb-13 21:06:52

Ah I have a polo and he
Has a fiesta! I saw the oyster and thought it might be good!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 21:23:08

It was the best price we could get although we looked closely at the Graco Evo too. We spent ages pushing them round the shop, folding and unfolding. Decision was made when I couldn't put the Evo back to its upright position! smile

bluer Sun 24-Feb-13 21:41:56

My friend suggested a baby jogger or a quiny but I haven't looked at either yet! Will go to the pram centre next weekend I think!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Feb-13 22:02:46

Quinny buzz will only fit in the boot with the wheels off. I had visions of it pouring with rain while I wrestled trying to get it in the boot and it put me right off! Baby jogger is definitely an option. Definitely go to a big pram centre - we went to Kiddicare - and ask their advice and try a few. Avoid mothercare - they will try to sell you a Mothercare pushchair! Even though they sell the oyster they never suggested it to me confused

bluer Sun 24-Feb-13 22:06:30

Will try the big pram centre I think...may put Mr df on the task as he loves comparing stats etc!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Feb-13 09:50:17

Oh MSB is like that blue! Does his research! He got bored with the travel system though...the Which? Website is quite good because it gives you the folded sizes online.

Anyone want to go into work for me? No?! Only 20 shifts to go...

JethroTull Mon 25-Feb-13 18:31:42

Had 8 week scan today. Saw an actual heartbeat!! Could make out a head and arms too. It was amazing.

So I've been discharged from the private clinic and am now just an ordinary differ grin grin

bluer Mon 25-Feb-13 19:44:43

Congratulations jeff! That sound is amazing isn't it! So happy for you! Proper pesh now grin

How wonderful. My doctor said an 8 week scan is the best indicator of a successful healthy pregnancy. Nothing to beat seeing that heartbeat. Congratulations!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Feb-13 21:04:29

95% chance of a successful pregnancy! smile does it feel more real now you've seen an actual baybee with a head and everything?

EuroShaggleton Mon 25-Feb-13 22:08:18

Brilliant news Jeff!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 12:51:16

So I waddled in to see the GP today. I am in a right state if I'm honest. Every time I walk I get womble cramps and what appear to be contractions at times. I took some wee (as you do, they are obsessed with your wee when you're diffed) and it was positive (I knew it would be, I did one at work yesterday) so I'm on antibiotics. He suggested I take some time off to recover given that I'm now 32 (!) weeks pregnant. My sickness record is awful though so I'm already dreading my return to work! confused

EuroShaggleton Tue 26-Feb-13 13:29:07

Doesn't pregnancy-related sickness have to be treated differently by employers?

I hope the anitbs do their thing soon. Rest up.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 13:40:39

I am hoping so. If I wasn't diffed I'd probably be ok to carry on at work whilst taking the antibiotics. At this point of diffedness though I'm not taking any chances so maybe it is different? I'm already bored but CBA/can't stand the discomfort when I move so Buffy it is smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 18:34:25

Oh dear, I am stressing a tad. GP rang to say he cocked up by not checking my blood pressure today (I did wonder afterwards!) so can I pop into the surgery tomorrow to get my BP checked but he's confident it's a UTI because my urine dip had protein in it but mainly because the 'leukocytes were glowing'. Cept my leukocytes are always flagging in my urine dips because I have so much discharge hmm. My feet have BESH increasingly swollen in the last couple of weeks (I can't get my boots on any more). I am a bit paranoid that if my BP is high tomorrow they'll say I might have preeclampsia?! Soothing words please!

bluer Tue 26-Feb-13 20:40:48

I don't know much about blood pressure etc but try not to worry...easier said than done I know. My mum had it with both pregnancies and me and my sis were fine so I guess it may be possible to be mild iyswim?
The worry never ends does it? I read something on here today about sticky blood and miscarriage and now i'm paranoid that I haven't been tested add fat add I know. I must stop looking online. I must stop looking online.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 20:45:27

Nope I don't think it ever ends...even when they turn 21! smile

bluer Tue 26-Feb-13 21:13:54

It's what all my friends tell me...not helped by fact i'm a natural born worrier!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 21:22:14

I have generally relaxed more since the 20 week scan though. I was quite well and contented through most of my second trimester. smile

FriendofDorothy Tue 26-Feb-13 21:41:03

I worried all the way through. If I wasn't worried about bleeding I was worrying about pre-eclampsia.

It is the one thing that puts me off being pregnant again. I want to enjoy The Little Mister, but I am scared I will have a horrid pregnancy and miss out on so much.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Feb-13 22:15:06

Then again dor, you might find you're so busy with the Little Mister that you don't have time to worry! Especially if there's a small age gap smile

Pickle just punched me in the bladder (I presume punched if she's head down). It was really quite unpleasant!

There is always time to worry.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 10:11:15

Such a waste of our time though! I'm off to the docs in a min to check my BP. Wobble cramps are slightly better (although I've done very little so far today) but these antibiotics are horrible and repeating on me confused Yuck.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 10:11:30

Womble cramps. Not wobble!

EuroShaggleton Wed 27-Feb-13 10:21:10

Ouch faif. Naughty Pickle!

BTW, my friend had pre-eclampsia quite severely near the end and they induced her. She had a natural delivery (with an epidural) that seems to have been pretty untraumatic, and both she and baby were fine.

Dor I'm impressed that you are already contemplating a second at this stage! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 11:05:06

Hurray, BP was pregnancy ridiculously low normal! They do 3 readings and it was about 120/70, 110/60, 105/60. One less thing to worry about for now and will keep chowing down the antibiotics. Good call not going into work though because being at home is fine, walking back from car into house after popping to docs the fanjo pains started again.

Congratulations on hitting 6 weeks euro! smile

I started watching the penguin programmes (had them recorded) but found eggs being stolen and the one penguin nearly dying too traumatic (genuine tears) so I will have to stagger watching them! Such a preggo!

snowqueenrollo Wed 27-Feb-13 16:13:57

I cannot watch the penguin programme...caught a bit of the one with the cormorants and just found it too distressing.

I am SO ill.....at the GP in just over an hour, but not sure what he will give me as I'm breastfeeding. I have reached the point though where as much as I would like to avoid taking anything which may come through my milk I am in danger of becoming so ill I have to drop the b/f for my own health. I could seriously bang my head against a brick wall the sinus pain is so bad now. I just feel dreadful and night feeds are traumatic for me, and LittlePrince must be feeling my stress because he's not settled well.
HOLB home today and I feel more relaxed knowing he's here if i need help and Little is now fast asleep in his moses basket.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 16:20:17

<gentle hair strokes rolly>

Not long til you see the doctor. Hopefully they can offer you antibiotics that will be ok with breast feeding. Would be gutting to stop but like you say, you have to think about both the health of you and LittlePrince. Good to know HOLB is there and Little is sleeping now smile

snowqueenrollo Wed 27-Feb-13 16:29:36

well i'm allergic to the entire penicillin family so it narrows down my options somewhat....possible that i'll be given a steroid nasal spray for the the sinuses which should be fine.
I don't normally get ill, if I do I ride it out - but obviously my body is under strain from birth/breastfeeding etc and I don't have the reserves to see this one off, so I do need help this time.

EuroShaggleton Wed 27-Feb-13 16:54:36

Aw rollo that sounds horrible. I hope you will get some relief soon.

JethroTull Wed 27-Feb-13 18:56:27

I am almost at breaking point with tiredness. We are a happy bunch today aren't we?

Rollo hope the doctor has managed to help you.

bluer Wed 27-Feb-13 20:41:19

I'm happy! I think, think, I felt movement today! A buzzing feeling...it did it a few times and felt odd. If it wasn't movement then I have a funny tummy grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 20:54:43

Ah blue how exciting! smile I drank lots of cold drinks because that was what made Pickle wriggle to start with! How many weeks are you now?

jeff you have my sympathies. Crawling into work then crawling hind to bed. Plenty of early nights. Sod the housework etc. can Mr Jeff forgive me, his initials have popped out my head! cook?

I swear this baybee is trying to escape hmm

bluer Wed 27-Feb-13 21:04:27

15 Weeks so I thought it might be too early but I've felt it off and on today...if it's not baby I don't know what it is!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 21:34:43

I started to think I felt movement at 17 weeks. Like being tickled from the inside!

On a happy note, we looked at shift options for me coming back (providing work agree it!) and MSB has agreed to me dropping to 35 hours a week (otherwise on long days I'd have to do an extra shift apngj to make my hours right). We have devised a plan so Pickle will only have to do 1/2 a day in nursery a week smile

bluer Wed 27-Feb-13 21:49:39

Ooh that's good! We'll be on three days nursery if I can get part time...more than if like but we've no family or support here!

EuroShaggleton Wed 27-Feb-13 22:35:32

blue how amazing to feel something! I am very jealous. smile

faif I hope you are feeling better.

This is a long way off for us, but our plan from the start has been for me to take 6 months, and then for both of us to try to drop down to 4 days a week for a while, so sproglet would only be in nursery for 3 days. That is dependent upon both employers agreeing though. If not, KFZK would have an absolute right to take the rest of "my" year under the new parental leave rules so we might do that - I am the higher earner by a fair chunk at the moment so it would make sense. Who knows how it will all pan out though. It is in the far distant future for us!

FriendofDorothy Wed 27-Feb-13 22:39:24

I felt movement really late probably because I am fat I had an anterior placenta.

I am managing to take 6 months maternity leave and then will be going back to work 30 hours a week. Currently The Mister works shifts and my Mum is happy to be flexible so she will look after The Little Mister when The Mister is at work.

I have to say that I am loving life as a Mum although my body seems to be falling apart. I have a sore knee, horrible tendonitis in my left wrist and sore shoulders. I am going back to Pilates tomorrow which will be the first proper exercise I have done in ages. Goodness knows how I will cope!

bluer Thu 28-Feb-13 06:24:56

Is it 6 Weeks today euro? ! Time will stay flying once you get to the 12 Weeks scan...I felt it dragged till then and now it's going so quickly. Although the manic period at work is on just now so that may be why!

JethroTull Thu 28-Feb-13 07:20:39

Euro is it your scan today? Thinking of you.

I can't allow myself to think of more than a couple of weeks ahead at the mo. maybe after 12 weeks I might be able to actually plan.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 09:44:41

Good luck euro! Hoping (and praying to my Deity of choice) for a wriggly baybee with a pounding heartbeat.

I dreamt I had the baybee. It was a girl and I had her at 32 weeks so she was tiny and looked a bit like a sea monkey. She got the idea of Brest feeding though. Very surreal to wake up and still be pregnant!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 01-Mar-13 16:52:39

Well I'm definitely on the mend, I can now walk and not always have contractions. I was cynical but maybe a combination of resting and the antibiotics for the UTI have done the trick, although the antibiotics are giving me terrible heartburn!

Have managed to clean the bathroom and kitchen (significant progress). Rang in fit for work from Monday. Can't wait to finish though. 3 weeks today smile

FriendofDorothy Fri 01-Mar-13 23:25:56

Ooo we just did the sechs for the first time since The Little Mister was born. I was scared it was going to hurt but it was fine.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 09:10:46

That's good news dor! smile Are you settling in to your new home?

FriendofDorothy Sat 02-Mar-13 09:12:01

Yes it's lovely to be in our house. Poor Edward though has a horrible cold and woke himself up when he couldn't breathe properly. I think it must have scared him because he was inconsolable. Horrid sad

Any advice on what can I do to ease his congestion?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 09:15:38

You can get saline spray that's safe for baybees (Dsis has already made sure I'm stocked up) which helps with congestion. Poor fella!

bluer Sat 02-Mar-13 10:10:55

Oh poor wee thing dor I keep seeing something about vicks on soles of feet on here?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 10:20:34

I think Vicks on soles of feet is more for coughs...

JethroTull Sat 02-Mar-13 18:33:53

I cannot stop burping. Is this just me or is it a symptom of a differ?

Dor poor LM. Bet it's quite scary.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 19:37:09

I have struggled with the gas both ends jeffers! I found the only thing that helped was having a daily probiotic. I used to have activia but all through my diffment I have found the thought of yoghurts envy. At about 10 weeks I actually retched walking past them in the supermarket so Yakult have done the job.

JethroTull Sat 02-Mar-13 20:43:41

The burping is getting embarrassing. It's like I get full really quickly as well. I've started to not want to eat loads of stuff this past week which is definitely not like me. Still, I've not had any puking so am counting myself lucky.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 20:54:15

I have had that the majority of my diffment (occasional days when I can't stop eating but) generally full really quickly, small meals are the way forward. I put a combo of that and the fact that I'm so active at work down to why I've only gained 8lb by 32 weeks! smile

bluer Sat 02-Mar-13 21:40:18

Well went pram window shopping today....the oyster was the first one I saw and I think I've decided already! Mr df loves the fact I don't faff...same when I picked my wedding dress, I always know what I like right away! He sort of preferred the uppababy vista bit he really didn't like the price! Going to hold off till the gender is revealed and pick the colour!

bluer Sat 02-Mar-13 21:41:41

I've gained eight pounds already...worried as i'm the same size as the other girl st work and she's a mirth ahead!

FriendofDorothy Sat 02-Mar-13 22:01:04

Don't worry too much about how much you gain. As long as it isn't excessive you will be ok.

I trued going back on Slimming World but the amount of milk I was producing reduced significantly. I am trying now to eat healthily, avoid the cakes and do plenty of exercise.

I would rather be able to feed my darling boy than be thinner!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 22:09:24

blue don't worry too much about weight - I was obese when I got diffed and advised to try to gain up to a stone max.

I do think the oyster is a good choice. We chose the red colour pack with a view that we might be really lucky and win a second baybee at some point.....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 02-Mar-13 22:32:42

X-posts dor (started writing one then changed location before finishing it). Did doing SW really deplete your milk supply? shock I didn't realise it could affect that! I'm sure minimal cake and BF will be good for you and obviously is best for little mister!

I've had a nice evening. MSB is out on the lash (have warned him he will need to stop drinking soon in anticipation of driving to the hospital) so I went to my sister's. had cuddles/watched Toy story (2 for a change) with DNephew then watched a comedy DVD when he's gone to bed. Very civilised! smile

FriendofDorothy Sat 02-Mar-13 23:32:24

I don't know whether it was a coincidence but I definitely felt like my supply was affected.

bluer Sun 03-Mar-13 02:42:42

Part of me knows bit to worry about it but the other part keeps thinking I'd just finally got to the size and toned shape if been dreaming of for years! Although its easier for me in some ways...the girl st work has always been slim and so now if anyone mentions the bump she gets upset and says she's fat and yukky!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 09:16:25

I took me a while to find the balance between trying not to lose control but also accepting that some weight gain is inevitable. I've been dieting (well in the last year following Paul McKenna) for so long that it actually felt liberating to not be on one, not to feel bad if I did enjoy something. I am still eating too much sugar but have tried to cut down a bit! Your concept of 'healthy' changes when you're pregnant. It's not about being super fit or skinny (although there's no reason why you can't still exercise and eat well), its about eating well and listening to your body.

We have our first ante-natal class today - midwife who comes to the house. I'm nervous/excited! Might go to the tour of the maternity unit this afternoon so we feel prepared!

bluer Sun 03-Mar-13 09:28:34

Oh that's exciting! ! mr df is keen to do the nct class...I don't want to spend the money! He's not very sociable and doesn't tend to gel with other men...as far as I can gather most people use them mainly for the social aspect...I've been arguing the nhs ones will do the same job...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 09:33:25

No NHS ones here! NCT wanted an 8 week commitment and two week day sessions which just wasn't practical so this was our best option. 1:1 sessions. I'm getting quite nervous about the labour so hoping this will reassure me!

How much are you local NCT classes?

FriendofDorothy Sun 03-Mar-13 10:26:21

We did the equivalent of the NHS classes which were pretty good. I also couldn't be arsed to fork out for NCT although I have heard they are very good.

The weight thing is a tough one, I can have quite an unhealthy body image so it took me ages to realise that the weight gain was an essential part of the process. I just tried to eat relatively healthily..

bluer Sun 03-Mar-13 10:31:03

I'm not exactly sure but I think it'd be a few hundred! I just think if we get the nhs free then surely that must be enough!
The weight thing is a head thing...mr df is loving the bump and keeps touching it...also so far it hasn't put him off the sechs! I was worried as he was never as bothered about starting a family but he's taking it all well so far!

bluer Sun 03-Mar-13 10:34:05

All I've gained from a girl at work is you meet what she consider to be a better calibre of people at the nct...quite the snobby attitude that put me off actually. I live in one of these places that has its had so far up its own arse! What she doesn't seem to click is that my background is somewhat different to hers and I don't judge people on whether they have money or not.

FriendofDorothy Sun 03-Mar-13 10:39:59

That attitude is exactly why I didn't want to do the NCT classes!

bluer Sun 03-Mar-13 11:13:49

Yeah i'm happy with most people but I can't be doing with the competitive element that posh people bring...you know the whole what brand of baby clothes, we've bought a thousand pound travel system as the spare type thing

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 13:20:18

Yeah I've heard the same with NCT. I obviously won't meet people through my classes but I plan to go to babybels (musically stuff) and the mother and baby group at the village church so will meet people through that.

The session was good but am facing the reality that I am actually going to have to do the labour part!

JethroTull Sun 03-Mar-13 14:30:34

Some of my friends have met lovely people through NCT.

I'm already worried about putting on weight. I've always trained really hard, running, boxing, circuits etc. stopped hardcore exercise 2 months before I started IVF & only walk everywhere now. It's weird knowing my body is going to change.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 14:35:01

How you feeling jeffers?

MSB is back in bed confused He had a big drinking sesh last night - you know it's not going to be pretty in the morning when he rolls in at 1 saying I'm home but I'm going to eat my kebab before I come to bed! He's preparing for a couple of weeks' time when it'll be minimal booze intake in case I go into labour!

JethroTull Sun 03-Mar-13 14:49:56

Faith I feel totally exhausted! Fine when I get up until after lunch then it's a struggle to keep my eyes open. Had my booking in appointment with the midwife last week. It's all starting to feel a bit real.

I'm still petrified something might happen. A lovely girl at work had a MC last week at almost 9 weeks. Makes me panic. I'm trying to shut myself in a bubble & not think about it but when it's that close to home it's horrid. She's such a great girl. My heart breaks for her.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 15:09:38

Just keep hanging on to the fact that your scan showed a baybee with a pounding heart jeff....it gets a lot easier when the baybee starts kicking the crap out of you on a regular basis smile
The exhaustion is crap. I became a little too reliant on coke on my shifts! Probably not recommended though!

JethroTull Sun 03-Mar-13 17:06:55

It's got worse this past week. I am ticking the days off until my 12 week scan now. grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 17:12:00

I'm ticking off the days til my mat leave! 15 shifts/19 days smile

JethroTull Sun 03-Mar-13 19:48:32

That is getting seriously close Faith! Any plans for mat leave?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 03-Mar-13 19:54:23

Tantalisingly close! Mostly batch cooking. I think we need to eat up the freezer contents in the next couple of weeks to make room for pre-cooked dinners. I have also been rather ambitious and bought a huge cross stitch which I will try to get to grips with. I have done a few but probsbly a quarter of the size!

FriendofDorothy Mon 04-Mar-13 21:12:00

Uh oh. We have rapidly disappearing cookies in the house!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 04-Mar-13 21:29:17

Mmm biscuit envy
I've just had post-work cheese on toast! Tired but survived. Still protein and leukocytes in my urine dip despite only having a couple of antibiotics to take confused

FriendofDorothy Wed 06-Mar-13 21:53:23

Argh. I worried my way through pregnancy and now I am all worried about cot death sad

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 06-Mar-13 22:04:40

Anything specific dor?

I am worried because I'm having Braxton hicks ?? despite relaxing in bed....it never stops, does it? (The worry that is).

FriendofDorothy Wed 06-Mar-13 22:11:39

Something on OBEM set me off.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 06-Mar-13 22:34:12

It's perfectly normal to be anxious but you know it's actually very rare and that you're doing everything right to minimise the risks for the Little Mister - not drinking, smoking before bed, lying him on his back, you didn't smoke during pregnancy. Do you have a monitor on him?

FriendofDorothy Wed 06-Mar-13 22:51:45

No monitor but he sleeps in the same room as us and snores like a warthog!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 07-Mar-13 09:06:26

And had he woken all smiley again this morning?

My BH stopped when I settled for bed (phew). Might have been because I cleaned the kitchen before I got into bed...bit crazy I guess but so nice to get up to this morning!

Only 12 shifts to go! smile

FriendofDorothy Thu 07-Mar-13 09:08:30

Yeah of course has. I feel super drama-queenish at the moment about silly things I think!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 07-Mar-13 09:12:41

It'll be the hormones. He is your PFB. You're allowed to be worried about him smile

Last night L was sleeping better than he has for a week and breathing very quietly. So I poked him. Obviously.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 07-Mar-13 18:35:31

How did he react blonde?! Did he react?

jeff - re your comment on the BESH thread re discharge - I have had bucket loads since early on. Quite disturbing. Get through two pant liners a day minimum. Often yellowy, sometimes even a bit green hmm
MW and CRESH said unless its itchy or smelly it's normal!

I have bought Pickle a teeny tiny coat today smile and a couple of 'newborn' baybee grows in the hope that s/he might be under 9lb!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 07-Mar-13 18:39:36

Oh and I bought myself some post-birth trousers....a size up from normal but with elasticated waist! I recall my sister having a lot of swelling (she had an EMCS to be fair) but I thought it would be nice to have some non-pregnancy clothes!

Oh he just snorted. He does go so pale when asleep though. Translucent skin and blue eyelids. Scary child.

Faith I have a feeling that given your fixation with pant snot and all its variations wink, you are gonna love the poo aspect of motherhood. Ah the joys of discussing colour, texture, frequency...

JethroTull Thu 07-Mar-13 20:05:48

Pant snot. Mine is all progesterone related. I'm shoving these bullets up me twice a day, I'm sure most of it leaks out!!

I'm very emotional right now. SSG is away & I've found it really hard without him. That's not like me at all. Coping with my crazy dog on my own has been hard.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 07-Mar-13 20:18:13

I am looking forward to having my own snuffly baybee ignoring the prospect of no sleep I'm glad L was contented though smile

jeff how long does that continue? The bulleting?

blonde don't forget my profession. I am far too familiar with poo as it is. The only difference will be the bottom size (and hopefully the poo size but I am not naïve to the amount that little baybees can produce). Yes poo watch will be interesting!

Ah yes of course. It is such a delight. I sometimes text TBI to give him updates. Well, I say sometimes. Most days. Currently we are doing a special on pea-green playdoh. Thank you hypoallergenic formula.

bluer Thu 07-Mar-13 21:27:11

Oh I missed a poo discussion! Mr df was shocked when we looked at the baby book I got him as there are pics of dirty nappies to show you things to look for confused

I never looked at any pictures. They keep telling you it should look like scrambled egg and you think, wtf?! But then it comes and you look and you're like, oh I see...

But the meconium which was described as 'tarry' seemed more to me like a giant sea slug emerging from my perfect newborn.

See, this is why I have forgotten how to have normal conversations.

FriendofDorothy Thu 07-Mar-13 22:17:04

blonde - glad you also have a translucent baby. I sometimes have to get really close to check The Little Mister is still breathing!

My baby's poo looks like chicken korma still. Gross.

JethroTull Fri 08-Mar-13 08:35:49

<fingers in ears. La la la la la>

fertilityFTW Fri 08-Mar-13 08:50:30

Hello all,
Just wanted to drop in and say we were pleasantly surprised by our first NHS antenatal class this week. Very informative, midwives seemed great and the crowd was fun and friendly - all first-timers, so maybe the nerves opened us all up!
At 30+2 now - with a very active young lady who has her foot lodged under my ribs and her fists aimed at my bladder. Fun. Getting lots of BH contractions - you can totally see the baybee shape when bump goes tight. All is all, still feeling immense amounts of gratitude for being diffed, and very impatient to meet little luff.
Hope all is well with you all - must catch up on thread reading as have been away in my head lately and totally unable to focus!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 08-Mar-13 08:59:19

FTW! How luffly to see you! smile I'm struggling to hold on to the 'grateful to be diffed' camp and more in the 'get this kid out of me soon!'.

4 baybees borned on my ante-natal thread now! Course I'm a bit behind being due the latter end of the month but my goodness, it seems very real and soon!

fertilityFTW Fri 08-Mar-13 09:13:32

I can't wait to hear your fresh new squidgy baybee news lovely faith! It is soon! Eeee!

Still feels reeeeeally far away and abstract for me still. But the wheels are in motion - the baybee paraphernalia is growing into a wee mountain and my mum, who lives in a land far, far away has got a visa to come hold my hand and I am over the moon about that!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 08-Mar-13 13:09:03

2 weeks (and hopefully 2 hours if my colleague will swap shifts with me) til I start my leave!

I went for a swim again this morning. Managed 25 lengths this time (20 last time). I felt luffly and light again smile Then came to pick up DNephew from play group since Dad (who normally picks him up) is away. We've played pairs and snap and watched Toy Story again

bluer Sat 09-Mar-13 07:51:52

Hey ladies i'm having a wobble. ..16 Weeks and i'm starting to overthink the lack of symptoms at the moment. did anyone else feel like this? I've put on a few pounds but about 8 in total since bfp, I sometimes look like a bump but not always, no sore boobs, no nausea...reassure me please!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 09-Mar-13 08:47:22

Totally normal blue! I think it's the hardest time in some ways. No real symptoms, you have more energy...I found by week 17/18 though I could really discern movement which was massively reassuring.

I have an upset stomach and no idea why. Was really bad last night. Agonising stomach cramps. Settled to let me sleep. Off to work in a couple of hours confused

snowqueenrollo Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:30

I have a never ending virus, herbalist friend is bringing some stuff round later to help my body fight it off. LittlePrince has also had the virus. It's been pretty miserable here. Then I broke the washing machine by shutting a t-shirt sleeve inbetween the door and the seal.....bought new seal but cannot fit it ourselves despite trying and they can't get an engineer to us until Tuesday. 2 adults, one grubby 7 year old and a baby.....and no way to wash clothes.

FriendofDorothy Sat 09-Mar-13 16:43:33

bluer I had very few symptoms for ages.

No nausea, no heartburn, vomiting etc. Just generalised knackeredness.

I didn't even start feeling movement until quite like due to being fat and having an anterior placenta!

Hang in there.

Dor I'm sure it was just your placenta, I am the same size as you.

Faith hope you are ok with your tummy. Not much room left in there so things do go a bit funny sometimes I think.

bluer Sat 09-Mar-13 18:08:14

Thanks! Feeling slightly better as saw my dad and step mum today and they could see the change in me apparently! Oh faith i'm very prone to upset tummy and it's awful...last time was when I was staying at the inlaws and had to flush the toilet about nine times in the night <cringe>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 09-Mar-13 21:02:15

I'm not exactly waif-like either dor. Also convinced it was your placenta. You seem to be enjoying the walks at the moment?

My upset seems to have gone as quickly as it arrived. Most bizarre. Wondering if I accidentally ate gluten...? Probably never know. Just hoping that's the end of it and glad to be feeling better (although something of a lack of appetite after projectile puking last night!).

blues I'm glad you've had a nice day that's made you feel better smile

queenie I hope the herbal stuff knocks this ruddy virus on the head!

FriendofDorothy Sat 09-Mar-13 21:21:33

We are loving getting out and walking at the moment. I am so grateful to be living in Guernsey at the moment. The walks are lovely and it is bliss to be so near the beach.

I was just thinking how different Mother's Day is going to be for me this year.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 09-Mar-13 21:26:20

Ok, sappy/weepy moment - MSB has 'done' Mother's Day from Pickle - flowers, chocolates and a card with the scan photo on from funky pigeon! grin Sadly I have to go to work in the morning but still grin I miss my Mum so much, especially being diffed (so many things I'd like to ask her), but this is a much better year.

I saw your pic dor, can't believe it's spring over there. It's trying to snow here! How's the house coming along?

Oh that's so lovely Faith. TBI did a card last year but it was very early days for us. I'm not sure if he has thought to do more than a card this year but I am hoping for a fuss.

I will be thinking of you tomorrow Faith as I do every year think of those of my friends who have lost their Mums. I am so grateful to have mine. I have got her a card & pressie from L. Lots of love and thanksthanksthanks to you.

Also will be thinking of all the PESH and CRESH and how lucky we are, and hoping for lots more BESH to be joining us soon. xxx

FriendofDorothy Sat 09-Mar-13 22:10:12

I am going to rip The Mister's bollocks off if he hasn't thought to get me a Mother's Day card! He's working a night shift today and tomorrow though which is a bit shit as he will be asleep all day sad

I am definitely thinking of those people who haven't been as lucky as us though. I feel truly fortunate and have been writing my blog in advance of Mothering Sunday.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 09-Mar-13 22:28:01

Thanks blonde. It's been the toughest day in some ways, especially when we were struggling with TTC. I find it every odd as it was something we'd always celebrate with Mum but I always remember her and remember how blessed I was to have her for so long smile (She actually had an ectopic pregnancy when I was 20 months old which was on the verge of rupturing, we were fortunate her GP was so vigilant, I might not have remembered her at all). I got a brilliant Mum for 26 years which is more than a lot of people get.

Ooh dor I hope he's done well!

I really hope there'll be more BESH in here soon. It's been a heart breaking time recently...

bluer Sat 09-Mar-13 22:33:51

Oh faith that was so lovely of your mister...I miss my mum too so mothers day is normally a non event.
That's so nice blonde...I think people often forget its not a great day for everyone.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Mar-13 10:24:32

I see from t'other place he remembered dor! smile
Happy Mothering Sunday (yes I'm a pendant) to the CRESH. I will be posting something on t'other place when I finish work (currently on break!) to remember those who find today tough - I have friends who've lost their Mums, those who MC'd, and my lovely friend whose baybee was born asleep. A bittersweet day sad

FriendofDorothy Sun 10-Mar-13 11:14:42

I think you might be a pedant not a pendant! ;)

Yes he did remember. I am blessed indeed.

So us he. He gets to keep his bollocks! grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 10-Mar-13 15:34:08

Oh the irony blush

Well done big Mister! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Mar-13 09:40:54

Oh I am so tired this morning. Off to work around 11 and a bit worried I'll fall asleep in the mean time! I could do plenty round the house.... But no! smile

FriendofDorothy Mon 11-Mar-13 18:02:37

Oh I am sad if my statuses have upset bugs.

I do remember how hard it was to see other people's good and positive news, and sometimes I find it hard to be able to share the good stuff without upsetting people.

Talk about rock and a hard place. sad

JethroTull Mon 11-Mar-13 19:08:48

I am scared hags. I have had cramps on & off all day. I feel like someone has pulled a belt round my waist far too tight. Is this normal? I can only speak to a midwife between 9-10am. I called the Pregnancy Assessment unit & they said I need to speak to my GP, I can't get an appointment this week. I'm a wreck.

bluer Mon 11-Mar-13 21:03:22

Oh Jeff! That's awful you can't get seen. I had some cramps etc and so did my friend....there's a lot of growing etc going on so its probably normal. My midwife said only to worry if it was spotting etc. sorry i'm by no means an expert though x

FriendofDorothy Mon 11-Mar-13 21:04:52

I don't know Jethro. Are you going to call a midwife tomorrow?

bluer Mon 11-Mar-13 21:08:42

dor you are totally allowed to be a proud parent. I agree that fb is the way in which family keep up with the little ones progress etc. the only reason I joined fb was to see my friends kids growing up as I live far away. I haven't put scan pics up as I have some friends still ttc etc and its hard to get the shock of yet another baby out of your minds without prior warning but I will put pictures up from time to time when we get there!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Mar-13 21:22:37

jeff how many weeks are you? I had these from about 13 weeks, especially when I was active. Relatively high up (top of bump). Is it easier when you rest? I get that it's utterly terrifying and you should be checked out but it may well just be ligament stretching type things. Every twinge is scary when you're early days Er and late it seems

dor it's a tricky one. I think you said your peace piece?! eloquently on the BESH thread earlier. Thing is, you are a Mum and bloody proud to be one. Also, you're on mat leave and most of your life does revolve around your baybee at the moment (and so it should!). I think it's always clear how grateful you are for your blessings (especially your Mother's day one yesterday). I guess it's kind of an impossible situation - as bugs says, she likes being your friend on FB and your posts are amusing (they make me smile) sometimes it makes her losses all the harder. But equally you're entitled to put photos and statuses about your son. No idea what the answer is.....sorry.

Ok - mememe....I'm so frigging tired. My legs and feet are enormous. Good job my work shoes are big. I can barely get my trainers on. Work was mentally busy and I was in a really heavy bay (lots of confused patients). BH have been very painful at times along with the electric shock to the cervix type symptom. Off to see my MW in the morning. Will ask her advice.

bluer Mon 11-Mar-13 21:33:40

Oh faith not long now though!
I ditched work early today...been feeling woozy so went to get checked out. Had to sit down during class and tell the kids to -- shut up and leave me the fuck alone -- be patient and I'll get to you. Honestly thirty of the wee souls all demanding onetoone...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Mar-13 21:35:52

I only have 9 patients but one would not sit still, bless him! Yes only have 9 shifts left anyway....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 11-Mar-13 21:36:30

Are you drinking plenty? I found I got woozy if I didn't drink enough because of low blood pressure.

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 03:29:15

I think i'm drinking enough but an going to make a conscious effort to up fluids! Bloody insomnia has kicked in though grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Mar-13 10:44:03

Do you have a maternity pillow blue? That's really helped me.

Back from the midwife for my 34 week appointment. Generally good news - measuring at 33cm, good heart beat. No glucose or protein in my wee today. Potentially crap news - I mentioned that bump is wonky with a big lump by my belly button. I thought it was arse, she said it might be head and Pickle might be breach! MSB has been dispatched to buy a gym ball and she will review in a fortnight. If the lump hasn't moved she will organise a scan....

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 16:52:20

Can you turn them then? <displays shocking lack of knowledge off pregnancy etc>
Will need to try a pillow I think!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Mar-13 16:57:15

Sitting upright with the pelvis slightly forward can encourage them down. I still think it might be its arse that its clearly inherited from me!

Do investigate, I couldn't believe the difference blue.

jeff how's things? Did you speak to the MW/GP?

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 17:25:10

I will...was so stressed at work todayI felt weak and sick. Have decided a few days off might be good for me as per doc recommendation. The problem with teachers is we're so used to dragging ourselves in regardless add there's a tremendous sense of guilt, especially this near the exams, but i'm tired of people saying I look crap etc. i've got to remember there's someone else to consider now.
Jeff hope your feeling better today!

JethroTull Tue 12-Mar-13 21:06:36

Yes, spoke to MW this morning two was lovely & reassuring. She said lots of stuff goes on between 10-12 weeks & unless I'm doubled over in pain or bleeding then to try not to worry. Phew.

Dor it's a fine line like I said in The Palais yesterday but you made your point about FB being a different forum.

Blue sorry you are feeling shitty. A couple of days off sounds like a good idea.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Mar-13 21:29:45

Oh I'm glad you're reassured jeff smile so ruddy scary being diffed, innit? I started to worry about Pickle this morning not being wriggly en

Definitely w

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Mar-13 21:31:47

Argh! ....being wriggly enough but now my belly is bouncing up and down!

Definitely wise... To take some time off Blue. Sometimes being diffed is a bit overwhelming on the body and when you're in a job that's flat out if you can't take it easier at work, it's best to have time off. I'm really glad I had that time off a couple of weeks ago.

I'm officially 34 weeks today! smile

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 21:32:06

Oh Jeff that's good! The midwife I spoke to a few Weeks ago put my mind at rest as I was getting electric shocks up the fanjo...its a stretching etc she said!

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 21:37:16

My dad said I was bring silly letting work stress me and that if better watch I didn't get my card marked for being off when I want sick....then I started crying down the phone and he changed his tune quick smart! He's such an old fashioned man sometimes.now he's saying I should stay off! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 12-Mar-13 21:39:45

'Pregnancy-related sickness' is treated differently anyway. Rest up and see how you go.

bluer Tue 12-Mar-13 22:07:17

Spoke to Mr df who is working away and he agrees and says I need a rest so i'm writing tomorrow off. So tired i'm dozing off on the couch. Night!

fertilityFTW Wed 13-Mar-13 08:37:25

Hope everyone's feeling good this morning and tums and niggles have settled.

Glad to hear the MW was reassuring Jeff!

I've got the protruding little head by the bellybutton too faith - her bum's been in the air for weeks and weeks (and legs positioned for kicks under the ribs!) so I'm sure that's the head - MW says that's cephalic so I thought it may be a good thing if it stays that way. Got a birthing ball so have been sitting on that when at the computer (working from home affords me that leeway) so hoping that helps - apparently scrubbing the floor in the weeks leading up to D-Day will help with positioning (not sure if this is a ruse though hmm).

Feet and ankles have swollen up to hippo proportions - so weird to see, little balloons! Anyone got joint pain in their fingers? Is that fluid retention squeezing the nerves or something? It's pretty uncomfortable. Have MW appt. on Friday (not that she's super helpful - I keep telling GB that 'Mumsnet is my MW') - will run it past her anyway.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 10:32:21

FTW my feet and ankles have swollen massively in the last couple of weeks. About 5 weeks ago I realised I couldn't wear my boots any more. Now even my trainers are tight! I'm just glad my work shoes are roomy. Today my hands feel tight and swollen but they are very dry. Mw has advised me to look out for signs of preeclampsia. I have a BP monitor at home and am checking most days!

MSB forgot to get the ball for me yesterday hmm. Today I'm on 8-4 so I'll pop and get one on the way home. I am stood up 7.5 hours/day 5 days/week though so would think that encourages head down?! Ah well, if Pickle is breach, she's breach. MSB said last night he'd prefer me to have a c-section so everything remains ok down there. Never mind that its major surgery! hmm

blue I hope you've got your feet up. I'm glad Mr df was supportive.

fertilityFTW Wed 13-Mar-13 11:04:55

Don't know how you do it faith! I'd be in tears constantly at this point having to stand for so long. Sending you a big hug.

I feel the same way about delivery - whichever way suits the wee one is fine really, all have pros and cons.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 11:24:50

I do it because I have to! Someone at work said the other day I couldn't do this job pregnant hmm it's my job! I have no other! I have a chair and sit whenever I can. If I really struggle I'll just say I need to sit down. I'm better now I'm on short shifts. today I have an office day which is nice but a bit odd really! Brain hurting more than body!

Ironically had been worried about Pickle's movements so of course now this baybee is kicking/punching like a good in! smile woke me in the night too!

fertilityFTW Wed 13-Mar-13 11:37:09

Aww! That's kids for you, eh? Prompting masses of luff and irritation simultaneously!

I wonder when they'll start running out of room and slow up with the wiggles. Must be just a few more weeks now.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 11:48:29

Definitely get less squirming and more kicks now.

bluer Wed 13-Mar-13 14:07:21

Been laying about doing nothing much...brilliantly relaxing and actually forgotten about the stress at work. Shame it'll be waiting for me tomorrow or whenever smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 17:36:20

I'm now bouncing on my gym ball. Pickle seems to like it! smile actually it's quite comfy. Bouncy bouncy!

blue I'm glad you've chilled. Don't rush back if you're not ready!

bluer Wed 13-Mar-13 18:40:32

Well the doctor just called there and I am anemic...makes the dizziness and general tiredness make sense!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 18:45:36

Oooh no wonder you've been feeling rough! Is it iron supplements then?

bluer Wed 13-Mar-13 19:45:18

Yes! I've been taking a pregnancy supplement with iron but I've to get additional iron tablets too and hopefully I'll pick up....its not like me to miss work so i'm pleased to know that it wasn't just me being precious and\or lazy grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 19:51:31

Yes, Tis a medical reason!

JethroTull Wed 13-Mar-13 21:26:41

Glad you've found out what's wrong Blue & good that it can be resolved.

Faith you must be exhausted!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 13-Mar-13 21:30:11

Oh yes jeff. Shift 6 of 6 tomorrow. Today had been luxurious though, I must have spent 95% of it sitting down! smile

Lets now add difficulty breathing when lying on my back to the list of symptoms. Can I have this baybee now please? I'm a bit tired of growing it. I am quite mardy (poor MSB!).

How's the aches and pains jeff?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 14-Mar-13 19:56:00

I have pains...aching down the inner side of my right wrist, from my thumb down and on the inside of my right ankle. dor is this similar to what you have? It's very strange. Rather unpleasant too!

FriendofDorothy Thu 14-Mar-13 21:27:42

Maybe. I have De Quervains tendonitis in my left wrist. Very painful. I thought it was getting better but it isn't sad Physio has started trying to treat it with acupuncture as well as everything else now!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 14-Mar-13 22:00:34

I am a big fan of the needles. Spoke to the in house physio (aka my sister) who said it might just be exaggeration of RSI - well the hand is my dominant one and the leg is definitely not being used normally and I've had a niggly hip on that leg - due to my ligaments loosening. Good thing is I've already got any pain relief I need to hand (though I've just realised its 12 hours since I took any! Yay!).

FriendofDorothy Thu 14-Mar-13 22:37:47

Any problems I have all seem to be down my left hand side. At the moment I have a sore thumb, sore shoulder and sore left knee.

I feel like I am falling apart a bit at a time!

JethroTull Fri 15-Mar-13 08:03:13

Is this generally what happens to differs? The falling apart bit?!

I'm fine thanks Faith. Think it was stress related. Had a manic week at work which culminated in doing a massive pitch presentation yesterday in London. Got home at half 9 & went straight to sleep. Had the best nights sleep all week & have woken up feeling like a different person. grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Mar-13 09:22:14

Yes jeff, I think it's just such a massive strain on the body! I mean the body is clever in that it gets you prepped for birth by loosening your hip joints but it loosens everything else too! Plus you're carrying all the weight up front.

I'm really pleased to hear you're feeling better jeff and that you slept well. I know I was really suffering and feeling like crap and wasn't sure I'd finish work. 3 days after the doc gave me antibiotics and a few days rest and I felt like a different woman!

Well operation shift the Pickle seems to be working. Spent some time on the ball the last two nights and the big lump has moved round to the other side! I will persevere! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Mar-13 20:44:00

I feel very sad tonight. Why do I feel sad? Ruddy hormones.

MsJupiterJones Fri 15-Mar-13 21:46:44

Are you watching Comic Relief?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Mar-13 21:54:15

Um, yes, on and off....that's not what made me sad though. I can pinpoint it...to when we realised the new dishwasher we had delivered was dented. We are getting a replacement but somehow that not going the way I expected has made me sad

Have we met Jupiter? Are you a NChanger?!

I am now annoyed too. I have a friend who had a baybee in December. I have strong suspicions she was an instadiffer (she got diffed just as she handed in her dissertation and I imagine she had it all meticulously planned) hmm She is making comments on my FB posts about having baybees...all this Ooh you don't know what you're in for^/^Enjoy the peace while you can!. She knows we TTC'd for a long time. I know nothing can really prepare us for our world being turned upside down but actually I'm ready for it. I've been waiting to be a Mum for years. AIBU to be really wound up by her comments?

FriendofDorothy Fri 15-Mar-13 21:59:01

Just tell her to fuck off Faithy smile

I had loads of people tell me that sort of stuff and it really wound me up.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Mar-13 22:04:29

She's a good friend. I don't think she realises how smug and superior she sounds!

FriendofDorothy Fri 15-Mar-13 22:24:39

Tell her then.

I am watching Comic Relief and sobbing my way though it. It feels so different this year. I think of my beautiful, strong and healthy boy asleep in the next door room and seeing those beautiful children on the screen makes my heart break.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 15-Mar-13 22:30:52

I'm finding it too much. I'm watching Huge Ackman instead. Yum.

I'm rather inclined to hide baby related statuses from her for a bit not that I do that many I'm certainly not in a place to be confrontational tonight.

FriendofDorothy Fri 15-Mar-13 23:06:22

I have just realised that a year ago yesterday I had my hycosy and started on Clomid.

JethroTull Sat 16-Mar-13 07:40:44

I watched a bit of comic relief but there wasnt really a comic side to it. Dor why did watching it this year feel different to any other?

Faithy hope you are feeling ok today? Just hide her posts, you have enough to deal with, without other people telling you how you should feel.

I have a massive cold sore. Probably related to all the work stress of this week. Meh.

MsJupiterJones Sat 16-Mar-13 07:53:10

Oops. Tis I, Blonder. Just experimenting.

It is sometimes when those householdy things go wrong when you think, Really?? and it can get you down I find. Dishwasher that broke the camel's back. Not that you're a camel! Also hormones. Hope this morning is brighter and better. thanks

Can I be honest blush and say I thought you were being humorous with your status about being on holiday? I don't know what else she has commented on but presume hers was one of those comments. Tis very annoying when people are smug and knowing about parenthood esp when instadiffed so I'm sure you are justified but she may have thought she was joining in on a joke? I nearly put a response myself but glad I didn't. wink thanksthanksthanks

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Mar-13 08:13:34

I was bring humorous! But technically, I have 4 weeks annual leave before I actually go on mat leave so officially it is holiday. The other week though I put about sleeping for 11 hours and again I got a Enjoy it while you can!. I felt like replying, Why? Does having a baybee leave you sleep deprived?! smile MSB just keeps telling me to let it go.

I feel a bit like a camel...or maybe a penguin. I'm better after sleeping.

I quite like the NC joops.

jeff you are in the horrible zone where you feel under the weather all the time added in with being stressed at work. Hopefully you'll feel better in your second trimester!

MsJupiterJones Sat 16-Mar-13 08:52:56

Ah I see... Fuck 'er then.

Not sure if I will keep this moniker or keep searching. This one might be too identifiable to any RL spies <bristles with self-importance>

We have our first baby cold atm so lots of snuffly wakefulness. Also he is trying to type something on my phone. Possibly A-goo-oo-ha-ah as that's mostly what he says. Maybe he's saying hi to Pickle?

Love to all the PESH thanks

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Mar-13 09:45:20

Ah poor boy with the snuffles! Pickle is only just waking up. To be fair, I got a (very random) call at nearly midnight from someone I haven't seen in years. No idea how he even got my number? Course being woken by the phone gave me an adrenaline rush which sent Pickle crazy! I had to put my phone on Do not disturb cos the idiot tried to ring me again (even though I said 'I'm pregnant and I'm knackered, please go away!'.

MsJupiterJones Sat 16-Mar-13 13:22:46

Bastard! And calling back again, how rude! If anyone even texts me later than 9pm now I get in a grump. This from the woman who used to stay up till 2am most nights.

Great that you have 4 weeks off before the due date, I was meant to have 3 but due to early induction it shrank to 2 and then I was ill for half of it. So I hope you do enjoy it and get to do all those last minute things. Is your hospital bag packed?

FriendofDorothy Sat 16-Mar-13 20:52:16

I found watching Comic Relief different this year because of The Little Mister.

I thought I was compassionate and empathic before but it was when I watched the bit about the little boy called Victor who died of malnutrition and the parents couldn't afford to keep him in the morgue so his body went into the laundry room.

All I could think about was how fortunate I am to have a little boy and I am so grateful that my body provides the milk to feed him. I looked at those mother's on the TV and they looked desolate.

After that I went to bed to feed the boy and I cried and cried.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Mar-13 21:34:37

Yes bag is packed jupiter! I have plans to rejig it and need to pack an entertainment bag for MSB - I'm thinking snack and PSP and films on the iPad. He bores quickly!

dor we are indeed very blessed.

I am very, very uncomfortable. I've worked today and found it tough going. Always have BH at work but today I've had lower back ache and droid like aches. Bath hasn't eased it and despite having been in bed for half an hour the BH (jeepers I hope they are BH!) are still coming and going.

JethroTull Sat 16-Mar-13 21:50:30

4 & a bit weeks to go Faith < marks BH pains down on spread sheet> Hope you manage to get a good nights sleep. How many shifts left now?

I think I have the beginnings of a bump grin

Dor do you think that being a mum has made you more compassionate then?

JethroTull Sat 16-Mar-13 21:52:47

Faith get MSB to pack his own bag! You've got it all on with actually getting that baybee out!!! And he can't possibly get bored at the birth of his child. SSG had better never mention boredom.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 16-Mar-13 22:05:53

5 shifts to go jeff! Finish on Friday smile

I've been having BH for ages - maybe since about 28 weeks. Generally at work and I put it down to being very active at work.

I know what you mean about getting bored but I imagine they'll be points when it's quite quiet and I'm just cracking on with the labouring. Snacks will be very important!

Start of a bump! How exciting! Do get SSG to take a weekly picture starting in the next few weeks. I luff looking at mine. We've managed nearly one a week. Amazing to see how the body accommodates a baybee!

FriendofDorothy Sat 16-Mar-13 22:08:05

I don't know whether it has made me more compassionate or whether I am just more hormonal!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 09:25:47

Probably a bit of both dor!

So I said to MSB about planing what to put in a bag for the hof

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 09:29:08

Probably a bit of both dor!

So I said to MSB about planing what to put in a bag for the hospital. He said Oh I'll just pack a 6 pack of Relentless hmm I pointed out it was a terrible idea because it would give him peaks and crashes. Also it is vile, stinks and makes his poo (tmi!) smell really rank. Which made me say Oh so it's good to be approved by you!. Err, yes, I'll be the person pushing a baybee out of my fanj. he is annoying me today

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 09:29:20

Made him say..

JethroTull Sun 17-Mar-13 10:37:35

I don't think he fully understands that it is all your effort that will bring this child into the world Faith! Why would he need an energy drink? He's not going to be doing anything.

Dor in the nicest way possible, I think there are millions of very compassionate people in the world who aren't parents. I wouldn't say I was particularly compassionate & I don't think having a child will make me more so. Maybe I'm fooling myself. I've had 36 years to become 'me'. Is having a baby going to change me? It's made me think though. I'm going to do some more digging with my friends that are parents.

JethroTull Sun 17-Mar-13 10:38:47

And hurrah to only 5 shifts Faith. grin

FriendofDorothy Sun 17-Mar-13 11:23:13

Jethro maybe I wasn't clear. I don't think it had made me more or less compassionate, but it definitely affected me more this year. It gave me a different perspective I think and somehow that made my response much stronger.

I certainly don't think you have to be a parent to be compassionate!

JethroTull Sun 17-Mar-13 11:29:57

Ah good. I'm glad you clarified that Dor, thank you.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 13:14:55

Nope I'm not sure he does get it jeff. I think he anticipates a long labour with me whining at him that he needs to stay awake!

Compassion is an interesting concept. For some people it's natural, kids or not (Mother Teresa springs to mind!), for some people, being a parent makes no difference. Maybe the difference for you this year dor was that you now understand how it feels to be a mother and how heart wrenching it would be to not be able to do anything for a poorly child?

MsJupiterJones Sun 17-Mar-13 14:18:21

Make sure he takes a toothbrush and/or mouthwash! My friend's DH nearly missed the birth because she got angry about his breath being bad mid-labour & sent him out to get some.

Maybe it's not so much compassion as empathy? After my friend (different one) had her DS she said she couldn't read anything about sick/dying children any more. Tbh I thought she was being overdramatic and my guilty pleasure has always been Take A Break but I have to say I am the same now, it's not even a conscious thought of 'oh how awful' or 'what if that happened to L', just instant mascara wreckage (if I had actually worn mascara in the last few months). There was an ad for Barnardo's before Christmas going backwards through a young man's life to his neglected/abusive childhood and it was actually like being punched in the stomach, I don't know how else to describe it. So I do know what Dor means.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 14:20:28

Spare toothbrush! Excellent plan.

FriendofDorothy Sun 17-Mar-13 20:17:08

My gorgeous boy is trying to feed and smile at the same time.

It's so cute!!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 20:30:09

That's adorable (if unlikely to be successful!).

I think my hamster is going to die soon. Rubbish baybee substitute but I am more upset than I anticipated! He's 2 (ish), survived the fire! He's losing fur and squeaking. If he carries on this week, I might take him to the vet..sad

bluer Sun 17-Mar-13 21:15:16

Oh no faith I luffs hamsters...they are the cutest rodents by far. I would love one but mr df says no! 2 is a good age...one of mine only lasted a year!

MsJupiterJones Sun 17-Mar-13 21:33:06

Oh no Faith I'm sorry. Is he definitely poorly, it's not a reaction to you being pg? <hopeful>

L does the social feeding thing, he is so distractible now. It's super cute but makes feeding take ages sometimes, I have to keep quiet so he doesn't try to chat. One night I swear he just kept licking my nipple then looking up and giggling for about half an hour.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 17-Mar-13 21:43:51

He's been drinking lots for a while. The fur loss is sudden but not uncommon when they're old! He's still collecting food so maybe it's not imminent....I'll see how he goes.

I can't believe I'll have my baybee in 8 weeks max! shock

joops aw giggling baybee! He is very handsome, I luffed the pic today! smile

FriendofDorothy Sun 17-Mar-13 21:46:45

Does anyone know at what age babies can sit in a buggy rather than lie down?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Mar-13 07:18:55

dor in my head its 6 months but I might be making that up?

Aargh my last chance to lie in before Saturday and I've been awake since 6! My buzzwams are very itchy too.

I am getting increasingly worried about the lump in the bump. I suspect it's too large to be a bum. Back on the ball before work...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Mar-13 07:20:39

Oh but on a positive note, I'm 35 weeks today! How time flies smile

bluer Tue 19-Mar-13 07:37:02

Eek! Its getting close now faith! ! Must be exciting. I'm at the half way point nearly...getting nervous about the scan in a few Weeks but i'm also desperate to know boy or girl! How can people not find out? ? ! It's driving me potty!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Mar-13 07:50:15

Yes not long! I'm pleased I've got this far to be honest! I got a bit worried about early labour at one point...at least I'm nearly term now. I think I'll be more excited when I've finished work. I can't wait for Friday afternoon! smile

Do you have a feeling of what you're having blue? I think you're having a boy.

MsJupiterJones Tue 19-Mar-13 15:41:27

I think it's 6 months Dor but I know plenty of people who have swapped earlier. Most buggies have an 'almost-flat' option if you wanted to try it. L gets his best naps in the pram so I am in no hurry to change!

Oh I am getting so excited for you Faith! I was just reading Baby Names threads and wondering what yours will be. PLEASE tell me she will have Faith as a middle name?! (Unless she comes out with an unexpected appendage.)

JethroTull Tue 19-Mar-13 19:27:41

Did all of you that have laid know your babies names before they were born or did you have some to choose from & then match the name to the baby?

JethroTull Tue 19-Mar-13 19:28:27

Roll on Friday ^Faithy*!

bluer Tue 19-Mar-13 20:48:49

I think it's a boy too for some reason...i've not really considered agirl at all...I just came imagine it for some strange reason. Well hopefully be finding out soon

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 19-Mar-13 21:25:07

I do wonder if its the association between your MN NN with 'blue' in it though?!

jeff I think might be a girl....

Wahoo 3 shifts to go! Work is mental. Lots of patients who are hard work and demanding and I just can't run round after them!

Oh, want a laugh. Tonight MSB said I can get his tea ready for when he gets home every night while I'm on mat leave because I'll be at home doing nothing hmm. I responded by telling him he had no idea what it's like to be a parent! smile What a wally!

FriendofDorothy Tue 19-Mar-13 21:58:14

We had a few names to choose form, but I think I knew all along what it was going to be.

bluer Tue 19-Mar-13 21:58:39

Ha...mr df made a similar comment the other day. I really feel a bit sorry for him...he has absolutely zero baby experience and I think he may be going into this completely unaware! I think he's in for a shock when it finally clicks that life will change. He's going on about garden plans etc that will require a lot of time and energy for example!
Maybe I'll have to change to pinkr grin

MsJupiterJones Wed 20-Mar-13 06:26:47

I have only just started cooking again and L will be 5 months next week. Some most days I don't even get around to having lunch before TBI gets home from work never mind starting on dinner!

Re. Names, we chose two boys' names and two girls' names before we knew which he was. Then chose from the two boys' names when we met him. But there was always a front runner. His middle name was decided years ago as it is a family name from my side.

However, in a morphine-induced haze the night after he was born, I came up with a new name which I thought was the best name ever. TBI vetoed it but it grew on him so it's now a second middle name (the clue is in my username...)

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 20-Mar-13 21:43:29

morphine induced haze baybee naming! grin love it! We have a name we are pretty set on if it does turn out to be pink. I have no idea what we'll call a boy if it pops out with a winky....we had a boy's name all set, last week he said he doesn't like it any more! shock I'm hoping it'll just seem natural when the time comes.

I have 15 hours (2 shifts) left to work. Last lot of uniforms are ironed! Felt very strange to realise next time I iron I'll be back in non extending uniforms!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Mar-13 06:10:26

Well that's the last 5.45 alarm for a while well until my baybee wakes me demanding milk
<hopes stays Pickle stays put for a couple of weeks>

LazyMachine Fri 22-Mar-13 06:55:07

We named LazyBoy at around 28-30 weeks. I'm a complete control freak little prone to organisation and was much happier when we'd sorted out his name!

LazyMachine Fri 22-Mar-13 07:01:59

Happy Last Day of Non-Baybee Work, Faife!

JethroTull Fri 22-Mar-13 07:16:23

Yay! Last day at work Faith - hope it's not too busy.

JethroTull Fri 22-Mar-13 07:19:32

We haven't talked about names, or where the baby might sleep or anything really. I am too scared that by talking, out loud, about stuff, it will jinx it. 12 week scan is on Monday & I'm hoping that might make me less terrified!!

bluer Fri 22-Mar-13 07:41:50

Happy last day at work faith! !
Jeff we were exactly like that, I think it's normal especially when you've waited and hoped etc. part of me is scared about the 20 week scan in case anything is wrong. We're holding off on the name chat till then but we did buy a pram!
Hope your little one isn't as camera shy as ours was...although seeing them face in and waving was amazing!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Mar-13 15:58:16

It was...sh1t, Er literally! Lots of poo! Very busy confused but I'm done! Wahoo! Now if Pickle can just stay put for a bit I can get around to relaxing! smile

MsJupiterJones Fri 22-Mar-13 17:50:57

Congrats Faith!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Mar-13 18:23:01

Thanks! grin

Oh jeff, brimming with positive thoughts for you. Remember the odds are in your favour after the first scan. Only 3 days to go. <proffers cod of comfort>

FriendofDorothy Fri 22-Mar-13 20:03:01

Ah I have just zoomed my way round the NCT nearly new sale. Bought some lovely clothes smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Mar-13 21:27:01

Sounds good dor!

I am starting a cold. Bloody brilliant timing although I guess I could still be at work?! Curled up in bed with a hot chocolate. I did splurge and have a rose wine spritzer. It was delicious. It contained so little wine the bottle doesn't actually look like its been opened and poured from hmm

MsJupiterJones Fri 22-Mar-13 21:49:55

Oh no that's what happened to me! Look after yourself. thanks

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 22-Mar-13 22:01:52

I have always had this affliction, push through to the end then crash and get ill. I frequently get colds on holiday! Ah well, it'll pass! I bought breath right strips so hopefully I won't snore too much (poor MSB!).

JethroTull Sat 23-Mar-13 13:29:55

Did you get a good nights sleep Faith? What are you doing with your first day of mat leave?

Bluer sorry I can't remember - did you have IVF?

We are actually going out tonight. I need to stay awake later than 8.30pm. Going to go back to bed for a couple of hours this afternoon in the hope that it will work!

How's everyone's weather? Loads of snow here.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 13:45:28

Sadly not the best night's sleep with the sniffles and mouth breathing. Was awake at 7 too - my first chance for a lie in in a week!shock Ah well, had a nice lazy morning with bacon sarnies. Now waiting to do the tour of the labour ward! MSB is getting a bit fidgety and we've only been waiting 15 minutes. I've just told him this does not bode well.

Have a luffly evening jeff. Hopefully being out will push you to keep going but it might be worth having a snooze this afternoon! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 15:49:25

I have realised from the tour that I know a fair amount about the set up already (been to visit a few people after they have laid and saw baybees being borned by c-section when I did anaesthetics!). Also I am a lot more laid back than some of the other women on the tour! At least now MSB is familiar with the environment.

There was a chap walking round with a teeny tiny baby. The reality of that being us in a few weeks hit home! shock

bluer Sat 23-Mar-13 17:12:45

No ivf...had been told I wasn't ovulating and hormone levels were 12 for progesterone but somehow one stuck! That was after over a year trying but it's such a relief that everything worked as the doctor I saw told me miscarriage was more likely with the low levels...but wouldn't give me anything humph!
I think i've got the cold...my throat is on fire although I think heartburn has added to it

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 17:41:37

Miracle baybee...mind you, I guess they all are really!

That's how I started blue. I wondered if heartburn was making me worse but then I couldn't stop sniffing. Then it came with full force. We are enjoying a chilled afternoon watching Homeland. Not seen it before but like to just watch a box set every now and then. I've been trying to sit on the ball but I've got abdo pain (but like droid pain) so I've stopped.

bluer Sat 23-Mar-13 20:46:33

Ah homeland is good! Been watching some old films...the cold is definitely getting worse..swallowing is very painful now!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 21:46:51

I prescribe plenty of fluids, paracetamol and rest blue!

Seriously, I think this baybee is trying to kick/punch its way out of my cervix! Nice to feel movement but OW!

On a pain killer related note, I have only taken 15mg of codiene today smile This is from someone who a few weeks ago was on 30mg 4 x a day. Do you think cutting down to that means I and the baybee are no longer addicted? I have done it very gradually so no withdrawal symptoms unlike the first time I tried before I was diffed. I was ok until about 8.30pm when the pain just got too uncomfortable but I certainly don't need it like I did. My reading suggests most causes of harm are done to either withdrawal (which I'm hoping we won't have if I'm taking so little) and breathing problems in the last 4 weeks (and if Pickle is on time and I'm taking so little that might be avoided too?). Obviously I am on for the hospital birth and in for the 48 hour monitoring but can I have a gold star for trying to do the best for my baybee?!

FriendofDorothy Sat 23-Mar-13 22:12:15

The chances of Pickle having withdrawals are next to nothing in my professional opinion. You just aren't taking enough codeine.

I am also taking codeine at the moment to try and manage this tendonitis which is horrendous. I am hoping it doesn't affect breastfeeding too much!

MsJupiterJones Sat 23-Mar-13 22:16:41

Faith you can have two gold stars.

I know nothing about the subject but sounds like you are doing brilliantly, just look after yourself.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 22:44:44

Fanks grin I taking what I need to to manage the pain (its there but the needles seem to have dulled it. Much easier to cope when not at work.

Dory my paediatrician said even when I was taking up to 4 x 30mg daily I absolutely could breast feed and if anyone questioned it to contact him and he'd set them straight! smile

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 08:30:25

faith it sounds like you know totally what you're doing and looking after yourself and pickle!
I fell asleep really early and managed a full night! Lost my voice though! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 08:35:36

Ha I'm not sure I really know what I'm doing! When the pain was severe, I had to take the codiene every 4 hours or I wouldn't be able to keep on top of it. Initially the acupuncture meant I could stretch out the painkillers. Gradually it was like Oh I haven't taken any for hours!. Now it's a conscious choice to avoid unless I feel I need them (but regular paracetamol is still helpful). I'm just pleased I could cut down.

blue glad you managed a good night's sleep! Rest today and hopefully your voice will come back. Can't really do your job without it!

<squeezes jeff's hand> what time tomorrow? You ok?

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 09:55:54

<gets pom poms out for *Faith> good work on the codeine! You've done an amazing job of reducing the amount.

Blu hot water, honey & lemon is my fail safe cure for sore throats. That & gargle with aspirin grin

Scan is 10am tomorrow so I don't have long to wait.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 10:06:30

24 hours to go! If all looks ok, are you going public?

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 11:00:19

Thanks guys...sent mr df to the shops for honey...and chicken soup. Slightly concerned as when he does the shops we end up with no fruit or veg but tons of junk.
Yea Jeff so exciting! I know out won't feel like it but it seems like a quick twelve Weeks!

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 14:38:32

Quick?? It's been agony. I've been crossing the days off the calendar. I know what you mean though, other people's pregnancies always seem to whiz by to me.

Faith quite a few people know already because they knew about the IVF but yes, I'm going to tell my team at work tomorrow if everything is ok.

MsJupiterJones Sun 24-Mar-13 15:31:46

There's a book by Zoe Williams called What Not To Expect When You're Expecting where she says exactly that, other people seem to announce a pregnancy and two minutes later there are baybee pics on fb whereas your own is the length of a PhD.

It's an ok light read btw but I was a bit disappointed, I like ZW but it wasn't for me at all.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 16:31:15

I think it's seemed ages for you jeff! Seems a long time from your first scan to this one. Time goes more quickly from 12- about 30 weeks. Then it slows as you wait to finish work!

I am nesting. Tis official! Have started tidying and I mean deep stuff like dressing table, cleaning the drawers, washing my hair brushes and make up brushes! Also had the second ante-natal class so feel prepared about natural labour smile

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 16:35:58

Faith are you hoping to go sans pain killers then? My needles woman has given me a contact that specialises in hypnobirth - not sure whether it's all a bit woo but I think I might meet her to see what I think.

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 16:44:56

Oh I know it seems like ages to you...it did for me! But to me it seems to have flown for you! Do you have a due date yet?
I'm gearing up for my step mums done wedding on thurs...my friend has given me her Tiffany rose dress that she wore as bridesmaid st my wedding...which I can't believe was nearly two years ago..she was five months then and now her wee man is a proper 16 months! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 16:56:50

Oh gosh no! By natural I mean not c-section although I'm prepared for that eventuality because this MW felt my bump and said she wasn't convinced I wasn't breech herself. My MW will make a decision on Tuesday based on how I feel but I'm on my ball right now!

My birthing plan is as follows: start with paracetamol and a bath at home, sit on birthing ball a lot, gas and air at hospital. Consider diomorphine. Loathe to have an epidural but will consider it if I'm really suffering. Have baybee cos it's that easy! Skin to skin straight after if everything is ok. Ta da!

blue that sounds good. Are you on good terms with your step family?

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 17:04:17

I like 'sit on birthing ball a lot'!!

EDD is 7th Oct. Day after my birthday...

One of my close friends is getting married in September - if I get that far I will be huge at the wedding. I may have to wear a tent. grin

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 17:25:31

Oh yeah...step mum has been on the scene for ten years, she's great! It's a bit different with her kids as we've never spent much time with them, just new year dinner etc but I'm so touched to be invited. The nice thing about her is I know she's over the moon about the baybee and has been good at getting my dad over the shock etc! He's really happy but I think he thinks I'm too young grin

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 17:41:59

How old are you Blu??

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 17:46:29

jeff you'll be the size I am now! smile

Ah it's good you have a good relationship with them. I didn't get on with Dad's lady friend at all confused

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 18:28:42

Haha I'm 33 but apparently it's still taken my dad by surprise...guess you're always someone elses baby!
Yeah we've been lucky..I would hate it if my dad was with someone I didn't like,b really difficult!

FriendofDorothy Sun 24-Mar-13 18:43:57

Faith that was exactly my birth plan with the addition of a planned water birth, although I didn't get past paracetamol and gas and air because it was so quick.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 19:32:32

Sadly no water birth option for me because the pool at the hospital won't be built in time. There is one at the next hospital over but it's an hours drive and I don't think they'd let me give birth there because its MW led and obviously there's still a risk what with the codiene consumption. Also if I'm going to be in for 48 hours I want MSB to be up the road not an hour away! Maybe next time....next time I'm hankering for a home water birth!!

I am suddenly having panicks that Pickle will have health problems or disabilities. Is this normal?!

33 is not too young bluesy!

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 19:33:17

Can I ask you all a question? Did you have the NT test at your 12 week scan? I'm so undecided. SSG says the results don't really tell you much but he's an engineer who likes absolutes. My mum is saying to not have it because I've said that it wouldn't make a difference. WWYD?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 19:46:47

We did. I was pretty clear I wouldn't want an amnio because of the risk but we wanted to have an idea of the possibility of disability during the pregnancy. Probably more for MSB than me...

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 20:23:17

Must be the evening for wittering about things we can't control Faith!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 20:27:38

After being awake since 6, it's been a long day!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that its nigh on impossible to trim your bush evenly when you can't see it for baybee bump confused

FriendofDorothy Sun 24-Mar-13 20:37:14

I didn't have the NT on the grounds that it only gives you the likelihood of a higher risk or not. If you want guarantees you have to go for an amnio which I wasn't prepared to do because the risks of miscarriage are higher than the risks of having Downs Syndrome. Also, whatever the results I wouldn't have had a termination.

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 20:42:58

My distinct lack of sleep last night plus no sofa snooze this afternoon has definitely made me more worrisome this evening! So I'm off to bed! Night all.

MsJupiterJones Sun 24-Mar-13 20:53:09

I had the NT & blood test Jeff. I thought it would just happen as part of the scan but the mw had quite a serious chat with us, almost trying to put us off. I said we wouldn't have the amnio and we wouldn't terminate anyway, but I wanted to have an idea of how worried to be iyswim. It came back low risk 1:5500 and that gave me some (not total) peace of mind.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 21:20:32

Mine was 1:3000 ish. With me they were more like Now you understand what we're looking for, yes?!

I hope you get a decent night's kip jeff.

JethroTull Sun 24-Mar-13 21:42:59

Thanks hags. Makes me feel a bit better seeing some numbers like that. I know that my risk is higher as I'm older (I think). Hopefully tomorrow will be fine & I will see an actual baybee grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 21:46:23

Yes, Tis amazing. Pickle honestly looked like s/he waved to us, then stretched and put her arms behind her head! One chilled baybee back then!

MsJupiterJones Sun 24-Mar-13 22:01:42

Will be thinking of you.

bluer Sun 24-Mar-13 22:23:46

We didn't have the test...I wouldn't have done anything anyway and wouldn't risk the amnio.
Hope everything is fab tomorrow Jeff!

FriendofDorothy Mon 25-Mar-13 07:23:22

Good luck today Jeff

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 07:39:38

Good luck jeff <squeezes hand>

JethroTull Mon 25-Mar-13 08:04:28

Thanks. Dreamt that the guy from Homeland was the sonographer!

bluer Mon 25-Mar-13 08:26:59

Damien Lewis mmmmmn
Good luck!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 08:38:30

Really? You fancy him blue? Does nothing for me...

bluer Mon 25-Mar-13 10:47:52

Yeah he was my secret crush of shame! Us Scots love a ginger you know grin
Went to work but felt so rubbish I had to leave...nice of my boss to make me feel guilty as others were off and she's a lot to do. It's different when it's one of her friend though...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 10:52:05

Ah of course! Well let's hope jeff had a radiographer who knows what they're doing anyway...

How rude of your boss! shock bad enough trying to work when you're ill, awful when you're pregnant and ill! I had similar when I was at the same point in pregnancy as you and I just had to veg for a week to recover!

bluer Mon 25-Mar-13 11:02:27

Yeah when it's her two pregnant friends it's all sympathy but when it's me it's carry on as normal. She's mad because one of her friends has to cover my class this afternoon and I should know how tired she is...I feel bad enough. I don't go home lightly but I literally couldn't think our even stand up.

JethroTull Mon 25-Mar-13 14:42:32

Just nipping in quick whilst at work to say scan was fine & miniJeff was wriggling around. Got a good photo too. I am very relieived & might even start to believe I am going to have an actual baybee grin grin grin

bluer Mon 25-Mar-13 14:48:51

Yippee! ! So so happy for you Jeff!
It's amazing to see isn't it? !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 14:50:13

HOORAY!!! Well done jeff and baybee jeff. <dances round with nipple tassels on> grin <smacks selfs in eye and returns to the sofa>

bluey put it to the back of your mind and concentrate on getting well. Some people have awful double standards.

I have been productive today smile I have booked in with the dentist, booked MSB's car for an MOT, exchanged a stereo that broke (despite having no box or receipt. Thanks Argos!), bought a toastie maker - guess what I had for lunch?! Sadly this snottiness has moved to my chest so now I will relax!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 18:48:34

Is it the hormones? I bought this toastie maker. I deliberately chose one with removeable plates...I thought. Got it home, used it, plates aren't removeable. Cue me going into a tailspin about how rubbish I am. Must have done the wrong code in Argos blush woe is me.

MsJupiterJones Mon 25-Mar-13 20:03:08

Blimmin delighted for you Jeff. What a brilliant day in your life that you will remember forever.

<wipes away little tear, those damn hormones don't ever leave the system it seems>

JethroTull Tue 26-Mar-13 07:07:17

Thanks Hags. I definitely feel more confident now. SSG posted the scan pic on FB last night. I explained to him afterwards it's not really the done thing for a PESH but he is so excited I didn't have the heart to make him remove it blush

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 07:53:05

ah I think it's lovely he's so exited too...and you've earned that fb post!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 08:28:04

Oh I did it! confused but with an explanation about it being a hard fought win and how grateful we were. It was amazing actually how many other people admitted they had had fertility problems too.

I hope now you can relax a bit and just trust your sticky bean to grow as if should. I remember that sense of relief!

FriendofDorothy Tue 26-Mar-13 09:37:01

I did it too and was very clear that it was a hard fought win baby.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 09:51:42

dor yours made me weep! smile

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 10:00:32

We didn't...only because I'd already told everyone I wanted to know! ! Plus Mr.df is quite private and didn't want to. I heard him chatting to his friend last night and he admitted it didn't really feel real yet but that he was really exited. That's more than he tells me haha! I know he is though...he keeps patting my tummy!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 10:03:41

Whereas MSB was like Everyone else has had their moment, I want ours! We did ring close family first though! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 10:05:18

How are you feeling blue?

I'm pretty chesty/wheezy. Pretty sure it's viral but yuck. Ah well, off to MW in a minute and then getting my hair cut and coloured (so I look pretty in the photos with the baybee!).

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 10:21:34

Ooh nice...I got mine cut the other day! The hairdresser trends settled on how thick its got!
Dreadful nights sleep with blocked nose and horrible dry mouth. Having a house day...no way was I going in in case I felt I couldn't manage again. Plus after yesterdays treatment I'm more inclined to put myself first.

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 11:44:49

Hey hags...when you first feel movement can it go away for a few days and come back. Def thought I was feeling things properly since last weekend but not feeling much at the moment.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 12:03:22

Thing is, it's not just you now blue, it's about putting yourself first for the sake of your baybee. Have a chilled out day. You may find taking paracetamol helps just to get over this (if you're not already taking it).

Well I've seen my midwife. Lump is still there. She's not sure...baby is well low in the pelvis so it could be a bony bottom. She's organising a scan for me so we know for sure. She admired my laid back attitude! I basically said that c-section wouldn't be my first choice I just want to get Pickle out safely. She also weighed me which wasn't too traumatic because my weight under a stone <proud but can only put it down it being so active on the ward>

jeff how does it feel to be 'out'?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 12:06:51

Sorry x-posted blue. Yes, absolutely. I felt movement for the first time on nights when I had a cold drink, then nothing for days. At some point (about 19 weeks?!) it started to get more regular.

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 12:28:34

Ah I thought that might be the case! Think its cause I'm lying about doing nothing I keep waiting for it grin
Getting caught up in the walking dead and the following today!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 12:34:14

In the early days, I found Pickle moved more if I had really cold or hot drinks and if I had caffiene (it went ballistic if I drank proper cold coke, but I was drinking way too much coke so I gave it for lent!). Also if I ate sugary snacks. Hmm I really don't know how I'm not the back side of a house!

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 12:59:33

Mmm I have coke...may have to try it in the interests of science wink

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 13:55:24

Feeling a few wee flutters now...strange how the paranoia sets in eh? Went for a nice cup of my fancy tea that my mil got me for xmas...loose leaf orange pekoe yum! I'd been putting off using but, as with the fact I'm back on runny eggs, caffeine twice a day is now on the list!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 15:52:34

That sounds good blue! smile

My scan is tomorrow morning so we'll see what it reveals!

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 16:04:54

Fingers crossed for you! At least you'll know for sure...maybe the ball bouncing has worked!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 16:11:37

We might even get to find out the sex too!

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 16:23:57

Oh I thought you knew? Girl no?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 16:29:45

Not for certain because its legs were crossed at the last scan. Hopefully it'll be more obvious this time! smile

bluer Tue 26-Mar-13 16:34:50

Ah! Glad I hadn't made that up! Ours was very camera shy at 12 Weeks so in hoping legs aren't crossed at 20 grin

JethroTull Tue 26-Mar-13 16:55:23

How exciting Faith!!

Glad you are relaxing Blu - I ignored the advice re runny eggs, I love poached eggs & figured that as long as the whites were completley cooked I would be ok.

We're saying at the moment that we're not going to find out at 20 weeks but maybe if when we get to the point I might feel different.

FriendofDorothy Tue 26-Mar-13 17:18:47

I thought you knew you were having a girl faith.

I ignored the runny egg advice too. I felt like such a rebel!

I have become a really snobby mummy.

One of the chavs mummys from my ante-natal class is going on on FB about weaning her little boy who is about 16 weeks. Apparently weaning means licking bread and chocolate. She says she is weaning him now because he won't take his bottle. Poor little bugger sad

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 17:24:16

At the scan the baybee's legs were in the air. What she said was Well I can't see any boy bits.. so we have been calling it 'she' but it would be useful to know!

dor- I know someone who has a baybee the same age and has started him on porridge etc and posted photos on FB. My judgey pants were pretty high!

I too have been known to partake in a few runny eggs.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 07:48:22

I won't need a full bladder for this scan will I? Pickle must be pretty huge by now...

FriendofDorothy Wed 27-Mar-13 08:04:52

Nah it'll be fine. I'd have pissed the bed if I'd have to have a full bladder!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 08:13:33

It'll be full after 10ml of water anyway! I'm up for at least two pees a night now. Nights seem very long!

MsJupiterJones Wed 27-Mar-13 10:01:14

No you don't need a full bladder. Hope all goes well. L's bum was sticking right out & I was convinced it was his head but no. Anyway even if it comes to it a planned CS isn't the end of the world, I had a pretty good experience & still had skin to skin and all that jazz straight away. Recovery not too bad either.

We're at the airport off to visit the ILs for Easter. Apparently having a cute baybee gets you through security much quicker, who knew?!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 11:16:41

Hooray we are head down grin lump is bottom and legs it seems. Baby is measuring about 50 centilitre so on the dinky side. She was pretty sure it is a girl too! Phew smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 11:17:01

centile!

bluer Wed 27-Mar-13 12:51:02

Ah that's great news...puts your mind at rest and lets you know to buy pinks'

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 13:09:24

Yes. Very ressssuring as well because my friend lost her DD around this time in pregnancy so I'm reassured to see a healthy heart in there smile MSB now has to get his head back round a natural birth!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 13:09:57

By 'natural' I mean vaginal....and baybee coming when it's good and ready..

bluer Wed 27-Mar-13 13:15:41

Oh your poor friend sad
Are you going to be keeping him up the head end then? !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 15:16:39

Yes it was beyond awful sad

MSB is firm that he is staying at my head. Doesn't even want to cut the cord!

FriendofDorothy Wed 27-Mar-13 16:53:22

Hahaha The Mister was fascinated with my nether regions. He cut the cord and even checked out the stitching!

bluer Wed 27-Mar-13 17:02:22

Ah dor is he normally ok with that sort of thing? Mr.df is what you call squeamish! Tbh I'm happy that he's up the head end but I get the feeling I'll be past caring by that point! He's already said he doesn't fancy cutting the cord...it makes me a bit sad and I don't fancy doing it either!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Mar-13 18:04:53

MSB refers to it as the 'business' end. He hates all things medical, will be bad enough for me to be in hospital! I will encourage him to focus on helping me breathe and get through it!

My luffly Dad has been round to help me with cleaning. Behind the bed is clean (mega ew before!), hall cupboard space is clear so Hoover is now easy to get in and out, he's cleaned the inside of the windows and I've done a couple of drawers in the kitchen. He's agreed same time next week! smile I do feel like the house is coming together now which makes me happy. Nesting differ, I am.

snowqueenrollo Thu 28-Mar-13 11:50:04

HOLB is a bit squeamish....though he said he found it distressing to see me in such obvious pain and he could do nothing. Hard to explain to him it is an endurable pain to a greater degree because of why you are experiencing it.
The m/w asked him if he wanted to look as baby was crowning and the head emerging, to see his little face first but he declined. He said to me that he thinks my lady bits are beautiful and he didn't want to see them being all mangled!! He did cut the cord though. I left it to him if he wanted to....and when the m/w asked him he said no to begin with so I asked my doula to do it instead (i wanted it to be cut by someone other than a medical professional, I would have done it myself if need be), but then I think he came down to earth a bit and said actually he would like to. It meant a lot to me as with BigPrince the m/w cut it because my ex refused.

FriendofDorothy Thu 28-Mar-13 12:08:25

I am starting to think that The Mister is quite hardcore. He was fascinated with the business end of things!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Mar-13 12:24:33

We have been going over the principle of endurable/finite pain. MSB has unfortunately seen me in lots of pain and distress twice before - last year when I was in with my urology problems and 3 years ago when I had a horrible virus (to be fair, the latter was worse). I am encouraging him to think that labour will be endurable because I know I can cope with severe pain and indeed both those episodes lasted a lot longer than I expect labour to! I do wonder if MSB will actually get drawn in to the 'business' end when the time comes because curiosity re the baybee will get the better of him?!

I am at the delightful ?! point in pregnancy where in some ways I am knackered - was up inhaling steam at 3am - and partly want this kid out now while the other half of me is slightly terrified at the prospect. Not so much the labour now but the actual being a parent....

Luffly to see you around these parts again queenie.

blue how are you feeling?

jeff did you tell your colleagues?

FriendofDorothy Thu 28-Mar-13 12:35:15

It seems to me that being a parent, whilst not exactly easy, the sheer magnitude of it means that it is entirely possible to live completely in denial and assume everything is fine!

MsJupiterJones Thu 28-Mar-13 15:13:59

I know exactly what you mean Faith. I remember even in theatre thinking that.

When we still thought I was on for a vaginal, TBI said, I'll stay up the head end with you. I laughed like a drain at this. IT'S ALL ME, I said. I may have said this repeatedly, with increasing hysteria, for about two weeks.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Mar-13 15:46:21

Oh <sob> hamster looks awful and I'm taking him to the vet, probably to be PTS. I am too pregnant to cope with these emotions! My sister is coming with me! sad

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Mar-13 17:03:55

RIP Smokey sad

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Mar-13 23:24:24

Oh my, SIL and her DP are visiting. Tonight he declared we must have another on the grounds that its selfish to have one etc etc. I explained it took so long to get Pickle we didn't know how it would pan out with DC2. Seriously though, can I have this one first?! I luff the idea of two but I dunno how easily that would happen and I actually don't want to rush it! I like the idea of non-diffed SFF for a while! Why do people have to impose their views on you all the time?! <prepares to be bombarded with parenting advice shortly>
NB they have no DCs yet or any imminent plans confused

bluer Fri 29-Mar-13 05:08:48

Hi all! Oh faith poor wee fella sad
I'm on my sixth night of coughing, choking and nose blowing. I would kill for a decent nights sleep...last night was the worst and I ended up in the spare room. I saw every hour.
Went into work on wed and was sent home by my boss (proper boss and friend) whilst the other one Sat there making me feel bad as apparently everyone is tired etc. therefore implying I was being a wimp and pain.
Spent today at wedding with my dad and sis etc. was a lovely day but I spent a lot of time in my dads room between ceremony and dinner as I was too shattered. Got to see the first dance and then mr.df whisked me home, well two hour drive anyway.
TodayI experienced the compete stranger stoking your bump thing...many many times! Even men...mr.df suggested I start grabbing boobs or balls grin

MsJupiterJones Fri 29-Mar-13 14:50:29

Sorry about Smokey Faith.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 29-Mar-13 17:07:42

Aw thanks smile I feel ok about it today. A little sad not to see him when I got up at 7.30, stupid pregnancy insomnia but it's better than seeing him suffering.

I'm with you on the symptoms blue. I'm still snotty a week down the line. I've got some relief using a saline sinus rinse (disgusting but satisfying!) but am not sleeping well.

Today I went to see my old neighbour who still lives in the apartments I moved from. Very weird going back there! Luffly to see him though. Then went into town to meet MSB and his sister and DP. Wore me out though, now having a little rest! Oof.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 30-Mar-13 21:52:44

Oh, the reflux! Does that stop when you drop the sprog? (Those who've been there done that?!). Today we stayed in and I have rearranged the kitchen cupboards. Much better! smile my sleep pattern is completely gone but I managed a snooze for about an hour this afternoon. Maybe I won't sleep so much tonight but I'm guessing now it doesn't matter since I'm not at work! I'll take sleep whenever I can get it.

FriendofDorothy Sun 31-Mar-13 03:52:16

I slept terribly towards the end off pregnancy. I think it's why I felt better after having the baby - whilst I was getting less sleep the quality was better!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 31-Mar-13 08:31:55

That's what I'm hoping for dor! Although I've adjusted my maternity pillow (you can use it different ways round) and I did sleep better last night. I stirred and thought Wow first time I've slept past 7.30 in 10 days, then I remembered about the clocks! confused

bluer Sun 31-Mar-13 21:57:05

Hey all...hope everything well! I'm in the lake district with a distinctly dodgy connection and no phone signal...we're here for a well with pil and mr df brother and wife. Fun so far ;)

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 01-Apr-13 11:41:18

Aw I luff the lakes! Whereabouts are you?

Well I feel rubbish. Tired, sick, moods all over the place! MSB is clearly finding it frustrating although coming through when I need him (e.g. Getting me a chair when I had a one-off contraction!). Pickle's movement has changed too. I rang the ante-natal assessment centre who said based on what I was saying its ok because I'm still getting plenty of movement. She reckoned the change in sensation (kicks feel less hard!) may be because Pickle is starting to engage. All I really want is to get some food batch cooked and then I'm happy to drop this sprog.

JethroTull Mon 01-Apr-13 13:11:06

Loved your photo on t'other place Faith your bump is so neat! The last few weeks must be hard. Focus on the batch cooking to distract yourself, what are you making?

I bought some maternity clothes this weekend, well SSG bought them for me which I thought was very sweet. Just some leggings & a couple of tops from Top Shop. I felt so much more comfortable in them rather than trying to suck my expanding belly into my skinny jeans grin.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 01-Apr-13 13:15:48

Fanks jeff! I'm trying not to overdo the bump images/statuses etc because I know it's tough both for the TTCers and I have a couple of friends who had late losses but every so often it's nice to pop one on. I'm feeling better after a sit down, something to eat. MSB has tidied the garage (after much grumbling) so now we can get the spare freezer! I'm off to buy tonnes of tupperwear in a minute!

I moved into maternity gear around 14 weeks myself. Under bump were comfier at that point but its such a relief, isn't it?!

JethroTull Mon 01-Apr-13 14:29:08

I lost about half a stone towards the end of last year with all the TTC/IVF stress so had to buy new trousers & jeans. Now I can't fit in them! Well, I can but after a couple of hours I want to undo the buttons!

Batch cooking sounds like a good idea. We only have a small freezer though. Could put a larger one in the cellar. We sat down earlier & went through our finances. Scary stuff. Are you planning on going back to work Faith?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 01-Apr-13 15:17:04

I had lost weight too when I got diffed but that meant that I had room in my trews for a few weeks. I can't imagine MSB ever venturing into Topshop, not even to buy me maternity stuff! Well done SSG!

Yes I'll be returning to work. Not dwelling on that but it'll be around October time. I will see what happens about jobs. In some ways it'd be easier to go back on the ward but I will see if there's anything interesting out there when I go back..

I've just been to Poundstretcher and bought lots of bits and bobs, things to help with the tidying/nesting. Place looks better already! smile

MsJupiterJones Mon 01-Apr-13 17:10:15

I had a moment of realisation a month or so after L was born of how lovely it was not to need the loo all the feckin time. And don't know about reflux but the heartburn had dissipated pretty much straight away too. What a relief. Hopefully will be the same for you Faif.

Bump pic is ace and as others have said v neat indeed.

bluer Mon 01-Apr-13 17:46:55

We're in troutbeck in a cottage! Been to ambleside and bowness and chilling about. They've got the spaniel with them so plenty of walking!

FriendofDorothy Mon 01-Apr-13 17:55:18

Oh not needing the loo all the time is the most amazing feeling!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 01-Apr-13 19:19:48

Oh I can't wait for that! smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 08:33:56

blue we spent our honeymoon just outside Ambleside and luffed it. We usually go to the Lakes every week the first week of May but, um, we might be a bit busy this year!

I stirred this morning with a horrible sense of foreboding - my head said I don't even feel pregnant any more.... Clearly I was asleep because I woke with the usual cramps/backache/giant bump. I've had a cold drink and Pickle is wriggling/squirming. I think it's because my friend lost her baybee around this time. I've trying to use positive thinking.

On a positive note (!), I'm 37 weeks today and I haven't taken any codiene for two days - yay me! grin

bluer Tue 02-Apr-13 10:12:15

Yes its beautiful! Although a put family has died just on the lake where we are sad
I have never had much of a problem with my mil but its staying to annoy me. Breastfeeding us odd apparently, and now she's telling me that the baby only sleeps in your room for the first two Weeks! ! I said recommended advice is 6 months and she pooh poohed me and continued to explain to sil that that was nonsense and you need to understand that there's a lot of fuss over Sids for nothing. I have left the room to calm down. poor sil is very easily led and is actually listening to her.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 10:28:23

Yeah I heard about that on the news...very sad sad

Sounds wise to walk away blue. SIDS risks are small but why take the chance?! Things have changed since she had children! We'll have Pickle in our room to start with and see how things go. I know my sister found it quite hard to put DNephew in his own room to start with!

MsJupiterJones Tue 02-Apr-13 15:24:46

Yay Faif you are full term hurrah!

I had the same stuff with SIDS, my MIL wanted to sleep L on his front or side too. I just said enthusiastically how isn't it wonderful that there are all these advances in research and SIDS has been reduced by 75% due to people following the guidelines. Some stats from the website can help. But if she doesn't believe in SIDS what can you do?

I am dreading putting the boy in his own room. Just love waking up to his face.

bluer Tue 02-Apr-13 16:37:59

Drives me crazy! At two Weeks there's no way! Plus I'd need to keep getting out of bed to feed <chilly>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 17:20:06

Oh help, I'm having terrible anxiety. I think I'm worse now than I was before my 12 week scan. I've had some milk and Pickle is wriggling...kicks are less oomph but everything I've read suggests this is normal - pattern hasn't really changed and its still definitely regular. Why am I so anxious?! Do you think there's anything I can do?

JethroTull Tue 02-Apr-13 17:24:56

Faith breathe. I've just read that drinking milk is a good way to get baybee to move. Why do you think you are anxious? List all the reasons. I always find a list helps.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 17:29:28

I've just had milk and it did make Pickle move. I'm anxious because my friend's baybee was still born at this point in her pregnancy confused sad She wasn't in any high risk category (non-smoker, doubt she drank etc..) I don't know a huge amount of detail of why her baybee died so its just proper freaking me out....I know Pickle looked healthy on the scan last Wednesday and there's no reason at all that this won't all be fine...I do have a history of anxiety and I wonder if its just rearing its ugly head. Almost like the pregnancy has gone too smoothly and I'm waiting for the worst to happen?

JethroTull Tue 02-Apr-13 17:41:29

And that's completely natural to be worried Faith. Terrible things DO happen but that don't then equate that terrible things will happen to you. You had a house fire right? That doesn't mean that I will definitely have one. Saying all of that is easy - a girl at work had a mc when I was 8 weeks. I couldn't focus for about a week. I was convinced it was going to happen to me too.

Have you got any relaxation techniques / cd's etc? When I was stabbing listening to Zita wittering on actually helped.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 17:46:28

Well MSB had just come home so we've had a cuddle and a chat. He's offered to take me to get checked out but I've said I am feeling normal movement and enough, just not as hard as it was so I think we both know I'm ok really.

Yes we had a house fire - that did not help with my anxiety issues! - and I know that's pretty rare....I will go back to my mantra of There is no reason to believe this will be anything but a healthy pregnancy which helped in the first trimester!

bluer Tue 02-Apr-13 17:51:54

Oh faify I'm sure everythings just fine and pickle will be here before you know it! <unbeshy hugs>

JethroTull Tue 02-Apr-13 17:52:08

Good that MSB is being supportive. Put your feet up & keep repeating your matra.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 02-Apr-13 18:37:58

My friends are visiting (well he is like my little brother) and MSB has cooked dinner (Mmm spag Bol). I tried but he insisted I sit and relax. The overwhelming anxiety has passed. I think it's an understandable fear but I can't let it consume the rest of my pregnancy smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 03-Apr-13 09:35:42

Morning all. Thanks for the reassurance yesterday. I am feeling much better this morning. I've true with the cheap ass app Doppler and found a heart beat and I've decided to properly count the kicks and keep a record and have had 10 kicks in half an hour and she's still going!

How is everyone else doing? blue are your sniffles subsiding? Mine are now but it's taken nearly two weeks!

bluer Wed 03-Apr-13 11:26:32

Last night was the best asleep I've had in Weeks...6 hours straight! Still sniffling everywhere right enough.
Glad you're feeling better! We've been having a lovely time and the weather is nice today...tempted to have ice cream!

JethroTull Wed 03-Apr-13 20:26:20

Glad you're feeling more positive today Faith.

Is insomnia a differ symptom? I had it straight after my BFP but apart from greeting up to wee have been sleeping ok the past few weeks - until a couple of nights ago when I suddenly started waking up about 3am and not being able to get back to sleep for at least a couple of hours. Then when I do it's almost time for the alarm. Rubbish.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 03-Apr-13 20:34:03

Ah I'm glad you slept better Blue. I hope the sniffles recede shortly. I am finally feeling more human in that respect!

Yes, Jeff it's definitely a differ symptom. Just to mess with your head after the total and utter exhaustion of the first trimester you may now find that sleep eludes you! I realised I don't think I've slept through for a year now - what with the urinary symptoms and pregnancy I'm always up to pee. Two nights ago I said to MSB it would be nice not to have to get up. Then I stirred at 4 and hadn't needed to wee and panicked that something was wrong! confused back to normal last night...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 13:24:56

I am so very tired. I dunno why? We didn't have a late night or anything...I slept the usual amount (although I had a very harrowing dream in which I gave birth to twins - one twin died and so did I - I was looking over our bodies quite hysterical). I had a Tesco delivery this morning which then entailed me cleaning the fridge out before I put food in it (of course). Maybe at 37 weeks pregnant that's sufficient to wipe me out?! In a couple of hours I am off for a Mani/pedi/massage/facial so hopefully I'll feel good after that....

MsJupiterJones Thu 04-Apr-13 15:02:45

Horrible dream Faith. You feel so wrung out after a dream like that don't you.

I think the tiredness is normal, your body is carrying your baybee and working so hard just doing normal things, plus all the night wakefulness. Don't worry it all gets better though. Once the baybee's about 6 months anyway wink

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 18:48:03

Ah yes, I look forward to it getting better! Well I've been for my beauty stuff and I do feel better. Very pampered and relaxed! smile

FriendofDorothy Thu 04-Apr-13 19:17:45

I had several horrible dreams like that faith. I put it down to mental hormones!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 19:29:02

I think it was a combo of OBEM where her baby needed lots of rubbing to get crying and watching One Tree Hill when Brooke is pregnant with twin boys. Weirdly in my MSB I wasn't with MSB, the baybees Dad was a loser who wanted nothing to do with them so I was shouting (Er, despite being dead!) to give the surviving twin to my sister! hmm Guess its just brain imagining worst case scenarios. Guess I am fortunate to wake up and realise I have what I do?!

MsJupiterJones Thu 04-Apr-13 20:54:29

May I say you are looking radiant.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 21:03:50

smile especially today after my facial! Honestly, I've had my hair done, nails all done and the house is pretty much clean. Just the batch cooking to do over the weekend and this baybee can pop out!

How's things in the jeff corner?

JethroTull Thu 04-Apr-13 21:58:57

Love that you are all prepared & pampered Faith. I've made a mental note to do the same!! You looked fab on your photo.

I'm ok thanks. Still not sleeping well but other than that I'm good. My boobs are looking massive - for me anyway as I normally struggle to fill an A cup. How do other women cope?? I just feel like my boobs are in the way all the time grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 22:32:50

I have moved into E cups since about 11 weeks! shock it's worth going to be measured now jeff, mine don't seem to have grown much since the first trimester.

Try pillows between your legs and under your bump to get comfy at night, that helped me until I got my maternity pillow at about 17 weeks.

Yes the pampering is a brilliant thing. My Dad bought me vouchers to get my hair cut and coloured and the mani/pedi (saving the massage til after I have the baybee) and I've saved them til mat leave when I really valued them. Now I feel all pretty and the facial properly chilled me out! smile

FriendofDorothy Thu 04-Apr-13 23:25:04

I slept so much better when I got a Dream Genii pillow.

I got measured early on and went got the Bravado bras. Very comfy.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 09:46:45

Eurgh I feel rough. Had really bad cramps last night - did wonder if something was starting but it settled after an hour or so so I let MSB sleep. Really didn't sleep well! Stomach is achey but up high rather than low down. Just gonna have a quiet day but try to get my batch cooking done this afternoon! I have a feeling it might not be too long now!

MsJupiterJones Fri 05-Apr-13 14:19:43

That's exciting Faith although sorry about the roughness. Take it easy now!

JethroTull Fri 05-Apr-13 15:22:31

<marks Faiths symptoms on spreadsheet> How would you feel about pickle making an appearance sooner rather than later?

I got measured on Tuesday & have gone up to a C cup! Unbelievable. I'm still finding M&S vests with built in support the most comfortable though. Guess it's because I just don't wear bras very often.

I had the results of the NT screening & am low risk.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 16:39:18

Well I had a naice morning - asked my friend to come to my house instead of going out because it just felt like too much. Then out to lunch for my Dad's birthday. Now feel very full! Having a little lie down before MSB gets home.

I dunno jeff....I am a huge mix of emotions. I'm so tired of being diffed, can't sleep, reflux is awful, cramps coming and going but I do feel nervous about going into labour already! I have bought the meat for my cooking so will get that done tonight/tomorrow then try to chill <ignores current cramp situation>. Holy crap I'm having a baybee soon!

I keep worrying something will go wrong too. Trouble is, I actually find it scarier to still be pregnant in that respect. Confused I am.

I'll go off to do my birthing affirmations while I snooze to tell myself I trust my body to do this birthing malarkey.

Tis good that you've been measured and are comfy.

bluer Fri 05-Apr-13 17:09:02

Getting exciting now faith! ! ! Very it all seems quite surreal.
Re the boobage mine went up a size on the first trimester and stopped thank goodness ...there aren't many places do 34G easily. I'd love to be a C cup! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 19:18:58

Well I calmed down after doing some affirmations although I am really uncomfortable laid down now!
I then got up and cooked. One huge chilli, bolognese, macaroni cheese (yet to be baked but the basics are cooked) and a big beef stew is in the slow cooker. Tomorrow I plan to do a cheese and potato pie (ran out of oomph tonight!). I am happy now that at least we won't starve or rely on pizza/takeaway when Pickle arrives. I dunno why but that was hugely important to me! smile

Blimey blue G cup eh?! I was a 36D which was ample before....how are the sniffles? I feel about 95% now although I think that might be hayfever.

bluer Fri 05-Apr-13 22:13:08

Yeah...was double f...all the women in our family seems to have large chests. Its a pest as not many places do pretty bras in large sizes. Even m and s maternity in our town only does up to an e I think!
Sniffles are almost gone thank goodness!
nothing more satisfying then a big batch cook!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 22:24:54

I was small til I was 16 and it was like they literally grew overnight. I distinctly remember looking down in the shower and thinking Where did they come from?! grin All big boobed on the female side of my family too.

I reckon by the time I've finished tomorrow we'll have enough meals for about a month smile so satisfying!

Glad you're starting to feel better!

JethroTull Sat 06-Apr-13 09:52:15

All these boobs! I've always been a 32 or 34 A. Cannot imagine what it must be like having these all the time!

Faith do you portion your mega cook off into tupaware to freeze? I like the sound of having meals for a month at my disposal.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 06-Apr-13 11:16:55

Yes jeff that's exactly the plan although I grossly underestimated how many tupperwears I needed. I've used 9 already but need probably the same again!

Oh what bliss, I slept! MSB went in the spare room for both our sakes. I slept (with the wee exceptions) from 11ish (wee stops at 1.30 and 6) til 6.30, got up to eat, then fell asleep on the sofa so went back to bed about 8.30. Woke at 10.45! MSB slept most of the night too so we both seem brighter. Probably try the same again tonight.

bluer Sat 06-Apr-13 19:11:11

I must be exhausted...bed at ten and woke at seven....no pee stop! a thing unheard of even before pregnancy! ! !

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 06-Apr-13 19:31:30

No pee stop?! envy I was pleased to skip the 4.30am bladder call this morning. I thought I'll be gobsmacked if its not 4.30 then proceeded to be gobsmacked! smile

Well we've been to the shops and bought a few bits and all my tupperwears are now full. Something like 20 tupperwears now! smile Chilling on the sofa now. We have nice plans for tomorrow - it's the local 10k and I've got family and friends doing it. We're supervising our nephew when my sister and BIL run, then it's off to the pub where we're meeting up with my friend who is at a wedding in the area today. Really looking forward to it!

JethroTull Sun 07-Apr-13 18:28:49

Have you finished your batch cooking Faith?

We went into Mothercare yesterday, we were just passing & thought we'd go & have a look - SSG is now obsessed with researching buggies / prams / travel systems etc.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 07-Apr-13 19:10:51

I plan to do the cheese pie tomorrow - I only have the dentist booked in, what fun! But yes, everything else is frozen in the new chest freezer. Had a lovely day with friends but absolutely stuffed from pub grub now! smile

Ah the 'research' mode. I think it hits them all at some point!

bluer Sun 07-Apr-13 19:31:32

We're just in research mode too! Decided on nursery set in mother care today ...now mr.df is trying to work out the best mattress!

JethroTull Sun 07-Apr-13 20:32:58

I'm just going to leave it to him to decide on some options I think then choose the one I like. I'm very indecisive. Blu what nursery set are you getting? There was some nice stuff in there. I did have to explain to SSG that the baybee doesn't go into their own room straight away though and that a Moses basket in our room will be required. His repose was hilarious.... "But we'll never get any sleep".... Me: " we won't get much sleep for about 2 years?!!"

Faith what is cheese pie pliz? Like a pie with cheese in? I am cheese obsessed so need to know how easy it is to make!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 07-Apr-13 20:47:33

We won't get any sleep! Arf grin MSB questioned why the Moses basket would be my side of the bed....I explained I would be getting up to it in the night since it would be feeding from my boobies.... hmm

Tis nice to get the nursery set up even though they won't sleep in there for ages. I really like sitting in ours already. It's very tranquil.

Cheese pie. Tis my Mum's recipe. Dead easy, so yummy! Basically: boil spuds (I just tend to do lots!) along with chopped onion in the water. Mash spuds with plenty of butter, hardly any milk. Add lots of cheese (ideally a combo of Red Leicester and cheddar) and here's the key ingredient a teaspoon of mustard^. Bung in the oven until it crisps over. Serve with salad. Yum yum yum. Freezes and reheats really well too! I have always luffed cheese but have been a bit obsessed since my second trimester smile

bluer Sun 07-Apr-13 21:33:30

Decided on the summer oak...I actually wanted all wood as they white never grabbed me but when I saw it I liked! Mr df also like it the best...with the sale and quidco it comes to just over 400 which seems ok!

FriendofDorothy Sun 07-Apr-13 22:41:22

We didn't actually buy much nursery furniture. We used an old chest of drawers and a baby changer which someone gave us. I would recommend getting something like that because it really saves your back. Otherwise we have a second hand cot and nursing chair. Nothing new really.

Today was The Little Mister's thanksgiving service. It was absolutely lovely. Pictures here.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 07-Apr-13 22:48:41

We didn't either. We bought a chest of drawers with the changing top, only cos it was half price ex-display! and mil has bought a cot bed (course it won't be used for months yet!). We inherited a futon on which I may well do some night feeds.

Dor it looked like a luffly day smile what a smiley boy you have!

FriendofDorothy Sun 07-Apr-13 23:34:12

Just learn to feed lying down faif. It makes such a difference!

bluer Mon 08-Apr-13 04:19:31

My dad and step mum wanted to get us the furniture...I couldn't decide between just getting cot and a chest of drawers but we have very little storage and its an empty room so thought the wardrobe would be handy. we don't have stairs so there's no under cupboard...in fact we don't have any cupboards (reason I bought a pretty Hoover! )
Ah after some good nights sleep the insomnia stays again. Got a big day shopping in Glasgow today grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 08-Apr-13 16:17:52

The shopping sounds like fun bluey! Lt us know what you've bought.

MSB is a bit OTT. He got all panicked this morning because he couldn't get hold of me....I was in the supermarket but apparently in late pregnancy the body does crazy things and you could be collapsed on the kitchen floor hmm He has also requested that I don't scrub the bathroom floor because it might send me into labour and his colleague is on leave this week! grin

bluer Mon 08-Apr-13 19:46:44

Well saw my lovely friend today for shopping...wanted a bump pillow...she's got one to lend me! And a breast pump, and a baby carrier! And, most excitingly, a luffly Co sleeper cot! She's brilliant ;)

FriendofDorothy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:09:31

Ooo a co-sleeper. I would be tempted by one of them next time.

MsJupiterJones Mon 08-Apr-13 21:21:06

I luff my NCT Bednest.

bluer Mon 08-Apr-13 21:21:48

Tis lovely looking! I like the idea but was put off by the expense in case the baby doesn't like it etc..
Well the scan is tomorrow! Excited and nervous in equal parts!
faith does that mean he'll scrub the floor? <ponders various household tasks to palm off onto Mr.df>

bluer Mon 08-Apr-13 21:24:57

That's the one Jupiter!

FriendofDorothy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:29:19

I too wondered whether he would scrub the floor. Take advantage.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 08-Apr-13 21:37:25

He might do it. But not on derby night (big Man U fan).

JethroTull Mon 08-Apr-13 21:37:32

Faith cheese pie sounds immense. We do a version in a pastry case called Homity Pie. Mmmmmm.

Right wise PESH I'm totally lost on the Bednest & Cosleeper. Can someone enlighten me? Also is it normal to still feel exhausted at 14 weeks or do I just need to HTFU?

FriendofDorothy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:47:06

A bednest is a crib that attaches to the side of a bed so that your baby is in their own little space but you can get to them easily. Like this one.

FriendofDorothy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:48:26

My inlaws are visiting me and my father-in-law is a MASSIVE Man U supporter. In fact he has been a season ticket holder for over 50 years and tonight is the first Man City/Man U match he has missed in that time.

I think we have progress on his priorities!

MsJupiterJones Mon 08-Apr-13 22:01:17

Jeff this is the Bednest. It was particularly great when I was recovering from CS but I love the whole thing of being able to co sleep without worrying and waking up to L's face every morning.

I am a bit evangelistic about it so with stfu but it is the best thing I bought (and I got it on eBay less than half price).

MsJupiterJones Mon 08-Apr-13 22:01:49

*will not with.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 08-Apr-13 23:08:51

We have got a Moses basket....mostly because it was free from my sister hmm.

Yes cheese pie is immense. We had it for tea.

I have had epic indigestion since lunchtime. Never known anything like it. Previously suffered with the heart burn but this is vile. MSB and I had a row tonight about lots of stupid stuff. Well not really a row. No actual shouting but just all tense. I cried lots (obviously, hormones are a-raging). We have talked it through. I think mostly its just emotions running high. I feel like I'm waiting to sit an exam but I don't know when the exam will actually be....

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 08-Apr-13 23:23:18

Oh dor, this is the big in-law visit that caused a furore when planned yes? Did all the details get smoothed out then? How is the house now?

FriendofDorothy Mon 08-Apr-13 23:30:08

No that visit is planned for June. This visit was for The Little Mister's thanksgiving.

The June thing has been resolved by the inlaws staying with my parents.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 13:10:02

Ah glad that's resolved.

Well I've been to see my MW this morning. My BP is up sufficiently for her to be concerned...so instead of meeting up with rolly as planned sad I'm off for monitoring at 3. MSB's boss had agreed he can leave to be with me smile I've been struggling with anxiety the last couple of week so it's difficult to say if the anxiety had pushed up my BP or if the anxiety is my gut saying that something isn't right...I've decided to stick my bag in the boot of the car. Better to have it and not need it I figure.

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 15:29:43

Just saw this Faith, thinking of you. Hope all is ok x

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 16:01:58

So far, so good. Am on a monitor but hr seems ok. MW said she's a happy baybee.

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 16:38:34

Oh that's great to hear. Have you got those lovely pink and blue elastic bandages holding the monitor on? Ah such fond memories, I was hooked up to one for nearly a week. Hope you get sent home again soon.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 16:48:26

Yes that's what I've had! For about 30 minutes. She's happy with the heart rate and movement. No contraction action but didn't expect any. Had bloods done and they'll call me if there's a problem but they're sending me home now smile

Dunno if I said but Pickle is engaged so I don't think it'll be too long before she emerges!shock

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 17:03:45

So exciting, can't wait to meet miniFaith!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 17:52:21

Yes she can come out now!! smile I can't say how relieved I am. My anxieties about everything had been escalating and this has put my mind at ease. Can also see why my luffly mw has been voted midwife of the year. Totally calm but reassuring. Back to see her for a quick check up on Thursday smile

FriendofDorothy Tue 09-Apr-13 21:06:01

How exciting faif.

I feel really rubbish tonight - I still have a bad headache and yesterday I was feeling really sick.

The Mister suggested I do a pregnancy test - just to make sure. I am not having any period so wouldn't know if I was updiffed! I doubt I am though.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 21:10:11

Wouldn't that be ironic dor? Any signs you might have ovulated? Make sure you're well hydrated.

FriendofDorothy Tue 09-Apr-13 21:24:00

Some EWCM.

Can't stop myself furtling to see if there is any!

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 22:07:18

A friend who had IVF for unexplained infertility then conceived again within 4 months of her DS's birth & I've heard other similar stories, it's a super-fertile time. Would be wonderful Dor but do take care of yourself.

No chance of that happening here wink

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 22:21:37

Do you plan to try another win another baybee joops? At some point in the future?

Ah yes, the fanjo furtling. Not something to be done when diffed - major ouch.

Oof this baybee is squirming on my cervix! Tis rather an unpleasant sensation!

How are jeffers and bluehue doing tonight?

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 22:37:34

Oh yes please, I hope so. Had CS so they advise to wait at least 9 months. We will probably start ttc again when he is 1. I've had no periods or signs of ovulation yet, hoping this is just due to bf and my body hasn't forgotten how to do it again, that was my problem before (although we were lucky enough to win DS the only time it seemed to remember the whole 'release the egg' routine).

Fab that you have got such a great mw Faith. Maybe no furtling for you but have you indulged in a bit of er perineal massage? With the help of MSB?

bluer Tue 09-Apr-13 22:38:48

I'm good! Had the scan and joining team pink! Very excited! !

MsJupiterJones Tue 09-Apr-13 22:49:26

How fab Bluer! That's great. Are you going to name change?!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 23:00:55

Congratulations blue! We are redressing the balance - so many boy BESH baybees....I presume everything looked ok at the scan? I luffed the 20 week scan, the detail was incredible!

Haven't started the perineal massage as yet. Not sure if MSB would be up for it?! Will float the idea tomorrow.

I'm sure it's just the bf joops. It'll kick in again I'm sure.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 09-Apr-13 23:01:32

Not that boys are a bad thing!!!! smile

pinkr Tue 09-Apr-13 23:32:33

Thanks guys! Name changed as appropriate!
Everything was looking good...saw the mouth opening and closing etc.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 10-Apr-13 08:26:05

<removes foot from mouth last night>

grin pinklaydee! Do you feel more relaxed now you've had that scan?

pinkr Wed 10-Apr-13 10:13:04

Oh yes! Mr df said I was shaking when the scan started...but I was grinning madly when we left!

MsJupiterJones Wed 10-Apr-13 11:02:23

No offence taken Faith, by me or L.

I had a theory that boys were more likely for ESH as we are likely to know when we are ovulating and do the sechs on that day (well in fact all the days in a 3-mile vicinity) and so all the speedy male sperms get first dibs on the egg, whereas smug 'I can't be pregnant can I?' instadiffers only had sechs the once during their period and did the withdrawal method or some shit, so when they drop the egg there are still some naice gentle polite girl sperms wiggling around.

Obviously this theory is now BLOWN OUT THE WATER. Or your girls are going to turn out to be really strong swimmers. grin

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 10-Apr-13 11:06:11

Course our baybee was probably made from the sechs well before I ovulated. Actually it's all confusing cos according to my scan I conceived the day before I even saw ECWM! But yes, I do think that basic principle applies to the BESH.

Pink grin <-- is that you today?!

MsJupiterJones Wed 10-Apr-13 17:38:33

According to my scan we conceived on the one day that week we did not do the sechs, which just happened to be Valentines Day.

Love the nc pinkr!

FriendofDorothy Wed 10-Apr-13 17:43:35

Well, I'm not pregnant.

Can't decide if I am disappointed or relieved!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 10-Apr-13 18:04:02

Provably both dor?! It would be a very small age gap! My friend had just two years (and maybe a couple of weeks) between her two and she said while she wouldn't change them its very hard work!

I now have a tens machine, hired from the midwife that did our ante-natal classes. I do believe I'm ready to have this baybee smile

MsJupiterJones Wed 10-Apr-13 18:17:15

Oh I am sorry Dor. Would have been v exciting although obviously v hard work - one of my birth quiche got pg again v quick and is suffering with morning sickness. Did you test or did the droid return?

Great that you have got a tens Faith, really useful for the early stage contractions. Have a practice beforehand with MSB if poss! (Before your perineal massage grin)

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 10-Apr-13 18:34:35

Yeah he said no chance to the massage! Might change his mind if I go massively overdue and become a nightmare to live with grin

I spoke to a couple of people who said they weren't convinced the tens helped until one removed it and for the other the battery ran out then they knew it was helping! So definitely up for anything that might help labour pains!

FriendofDorothy Wed 10-Apr-13 19:00:01

I tested.

No droid visitations yet.

Thank fuck goodness.

fertilityFTW Thu 11-Apr-13 13:31:19

smile at NC pinkr. Little girl expected here as well.

Been busy washing and ironing the cutest little loads of laundry. Makes my day to see all the little bits lined up neat, clean and ready for bubs. GB put up lovely Ikea chest of drawers that will serve as upstairs baybee stuff storage and changing station. Will put up cot and station in downstairs living room as well to save running around. I still have to give lovely eBay bargain co-sleeper a scrub and pack the hospital bags - have everything together now though, whew.

LO was extended breech at 32wk scan - though MW has said she was cephalic at every appt. Another MW appt. tomorrow, so let's see what she says this time - having a 36wk scan where they'll tell us what they're going to do with us I expect. Hope it's a normal delivery, really want to try the pool in the MLU - would rather go straight to CS if not as opposed to ECV and/or instrumental/intervention etc. Not that you have much choice at the end of the day - bubs gets to decide.

My mum arrives from overseas to baby me next week - can't miss the arrival of her PFB's PFB grin - am super excited about having her here.

FriendofDorothy Thu 11-Apr-13 14:32:37

Enjoy the ironing whilst you have time. In my works baby clothes get washed and folded. They only get puked or shat anyway!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 11-Apr-13 14:42:34

How exciting fertility! Luffly to see you! smile ironing though?! Ironing baybee clothes?! Mine have been washed and dried...I had no intention of ironing?! Only things that get ironed in our house are my work uniforms (ha none of that for ages!) and his work stuff.

FWIW they thought Pickle was breech but she just has a bony bottom! Hope the scan goes ok and you get the birth you want.

I've been to see my MW. BP is down from last visit, still a bit up from what it has been. We discussed pre-eclampsia, she's not unduly worried but I know what to do if I'm worried over the weekend. I'm actually much better in myself but have the option of being referred for counselling if I want it (at the moment I don't but I'm glad to know the option is there). I'm booked in for Tuesday and she's going to take a swab because I <tmi warning> have so much discharge and am very sore downstairs. Couldn't do it today cos I'd applied cream to try to ease it. I've also bathed with Badedas. I'm now sitting in Dunelm Mill coffee shop treating myself smile

fertilityFTW Thu 11-Apr-13 15:17:35

Ah, just for the first batch - it's pretty pointless I know. Nothing gets ironed in our house either except for GB's work clothes. But I totally enjoyed it (and I loathe ironing!) - reminded me of my mum ironing clothes when we were little, loved the smell of hot clean clothes <getting really sappy now>

Are your feet still swollen faith? How did you resolve the footwear dilemma?

I had to resort to flip-flops, but then got mad chilblains all over my heels - I almost ripped my feet off, the pain/itching was so intense. DH dragged me in to A&E and they got mystified by the incandescent purple welts - but my luffly GP diagnosed them the next day - said she'd never seen them on heels before!

FriendofDorothy Thu 11-Apr-13 15:52:29

I bought some cheap UGG-like boots which I wore in the latter part of my pregnancy. They were about the only thing I could bend down and pull on!

fertilityFTW Thu 11-Apr-13 16:18:05

Ooh, good call, Dor!
<waddles off to google chepa Uggs>

fertilityFTW Thu 11-Apr-13 16:18:41

eep.

that should be 'cheap'.

FriendofDorothy Thu 11-Apr-13 17:34:47

In the summer I lived in Birkenstocks.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 11-Apr-13 17:35:19

Yes my feet are still swollen although better than when I was working! I have three pairs of shoes that fit - my running trainers and a couple of slip ons. I have these in cream and they are very comfy! I am all about shoes that I can put on without actually bending over smile

fertilityFTW Thu 11-Apr-13 18:13:13

Ooh, I like those flats faith Am usually a 4 - but worried 5 will be too big in another month....and there's no 4.5 <looks at puffy feet sadly>
The search continues...

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 11-Apr-13 19:31:27

I'm usually a 6.5 and wearing those in a 6 despite the puffy feet!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 12-Apr-13 14:33:41

So I popped into town (well I saw my friend for coffee and then did a couple of bits) and I went to try on some nursing bras. Man they were ugly. I'm going to look online at the ones you recommended dor. Anyway I caught sight of my bump in the mirror and literally went shock. Everyone says how neat my bump is but suddenly I think it looks huge!

fertilityFTW Fri 12-Apr-13 16:52:34

You'd think after giving birth a nice looking bra for those hardworking boobs would be just the ticket - no idea why they are by far the ugliest things out there.

Well, MW confirms LO is definitely still breech and says prepare to be told it's a CS at Tuesday's scan/consultant appt. Blurgh - feel like I've wasted all these months mentally preparing myself for the wrong exit. Totally not prepared for surgical recovery.

<sighs>

Oh well.
Scouring ELCS hospital bag lists now.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 12-Apr-13 17:04:46

I know I was looking at all the pretty bras with a envy face.

Sorry to hear baybee fertility is still breech. Are you trying to turn her round? Tried spinning babies website etc? Isn't there still time? I know what you mean about the preparation - I felt frustrated when I though Pickke was breech, especially having paid for ante-natal classes!

So I'm a bit gutted. We've carefully planned out my potential working hours so that Pickle only needs to be in nursery one half session a week. Now I find out our chosen nursery (where DNephew goes) expect you to do two sessions a week for continuity....by why would be pay double for nursery when we don't need it?! The other nursery will end up costing more per session because we'd have to drop Pickle off an hour earlier (if she went to DNephew's nursery my sister could take it) but its still cheaper than two sessions for the sake of it! She's not even born yet and it's very confusing confused....

snowqueenrollo Fri 12-Apr-13 18:12:32

how long is a session and could you afford the two? I'd be inclined to be forward thinking about it to be honest. If it will be more convenient in the long run to call on your sis to pick up/drop off then I'd go with that nursery. At some point you may feel glad of that extra session to get housework done unhindered. I remember very well that even as he grew and got a little more independent BigPrince still made getting jobs done very hard.....we couldn't afford nursery before the free sessions, but it would have been really useful to have that time.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Fri 12-Apr-13 18:23:31

A session is a half day and bearing in mind the other nursery would cost more it'll be an extra £60 a month (minus child care vouchers tax bonus whatevers). I dunno, MSB and I need to talk it through but he didn't get in til 1 last night after work social so he's currently napping!

pinkr Fri 12-Apr-13 18:49:23

Well I wrote a comment yesterday bit for some reason it hasn't uploaded! Still grinning about the pink!

FriendofDorothy Fri 12-Apr-13 21:45:14

I have a relatively pretty nursing bra like this one. It's itchy and uncomfortable.

I am far happier in the rather dull but splendidly comfy Bravado bras'

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 13-Apr-13 19:05:42

Well either I just pee'd myself or......smile oh crap, I'm going to have a baybee! I can't get through to the ante-natal assessment unit though confused

FriendofDorothy Sat 13-Apr-13 19:06:48

Wooohooooo!!!

Come on out faithbaby your time is up!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 13-Apr-13 19:07:11

Eek!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 13-Apr-13 19:07:32

All over the sofa (thank Goodness it's leather eh?).

FriendofDorothy Sat 13-Apr-13 19:13:01

Mine went whilst I was on the loo which was convenient. I even heard a pop.

Now stay calm!

MsJupiterJones Sat 13-Apr-13 20:49:08

Wowsers!

pinkr Sat 13-Apr-13 21:38:29

Ooohh! So exciting! ! Good luck grin

FriendofDorothy Sat 13-Apr-13 21:42:23

If you're as quick as I was you'll have a baybee by midnight! ;)

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 14-Apr-13 00:11:44

Not as quick as you dor! Bloods checked due to protein and leukocytes in wee and all fine. Home now with plan to rest, back in morning for induction if it doesn't kick off overnight (but having intermittent contractions so who knows?!). Night all!

colleysmill Sun 14-Apr-13 00:16:13

Shameless hijack of thread but hope you're ok faithy

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 14-Apr-13 10:01:25

I haff laid my baybee. All a bit mental. Basically went from 1cm to fully dilated in two hours. Born 7.22 weighing 5lb 4oz. Dinky but fine. More details later. Pliz to inform the BESH smile

fertilityFTW Sun 14-Apr-13 10:19:18

EEEEEE!! Congratulations Faith! So thrilled and excited for you!
<does a little dance!>
Hope you are in the pink of health as is Pickle!
flowers

MsJupiterJones Sun 14-Apr-13 10:20:35

Oh my goodness Congratulations Faif and welcome to the world miniFaif! Look forward to hearing more & seeing pics.

Sounds like you had a dramatic time, hope tea toast & support is plentiful xx

MsJupiterJones Sun 14-Apr-13 10:22:51

Oh my goodness just seen her and the name! So so delighted, wonderful girl xx

fertilityFTW Sun 14-Apr-13 10:33:01

Ooh, where are the pics? I think I've missed something!

FriendofDorothy Sun 14-Apr-13 10:49:33

Wooohooo. Awesome news. Praise God!

pinkr Sun 14-Apr-13 10:57:06

Aw faith am during on the train to Glasgow shedding a lickle pickle tear! Do so happy for you! thanks

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 14-Apr-13 13:05:09

Thanks all. Am very sore but elated! smile

JethroTull Sun 14-Apr-13 14:06:18

Faith saw your photos on t'other place & she is a beauty. So so pleased for you. You have An Actual Baybee grin grin

fertilityFTW Sun 14-Apr-13 15:17:31

Got all wibbly with joy walking past the pickle aisle at Waitrose....awww, Pickle is here!

colleysmill Sun 14-Apr-13 17:31:57

Hello been up to see faithy and can confirm baby is very very gorgeous - rinky dink but totally squidgy smile

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 14-Apr-13 19:18:56

Er, Colleys is one of my nearest and dearest wink

I can't stop staring at her....her blood sugars are stable so no more of that! Done three breast feeds now, taking a while to get the hang but just fed for over 20 minutes so I think we're getting there! smile

Should we not be inviting fertility and pink to the party in t'other place?

pinkr Sun 14-Apr-13 20:02:38

Oh its the other place Facebook? I'd love to see pics!

fertilityFTW Sun 14-Apr-13 21:03:49

Me too! Am totally up for a party - feel super celebratory!
<attempts a joyous jig, fails miserably to stay balanced>

WrenNatsworthy Sun 14-Apr-13 22:22:46

Just popping in to say congrats to Faith (it's me, MadameBoolala). Yay for a teeny tiny pink baybee.

cakeandcava Mon 15-Apr-13 03:33:21

Congtatulations Faith!! Well done you smile
Enjoy the babysnuggles. The coming weeks are a bit mental but totally wonderful...

<waves to everyone and returns to occasional lurking>

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 15-Apr-13 18:51:33

Thanks! Feel a bit all over the shop but she's awesome! Still getting the hang of feeding (normal for a dinky baybee it seems) but so far all Obs ok and neonatal checks passed. We will be heading home when feeding is well established (currently bf but having top ups from cup). I'm actually fine with that - I don't feel ready to do this on our own yet!

JethroTull Mon 15-Apr-13 20:57:17

So pleased for you Faith every time I read your comments or see her little face it makes me beam from ear to ear!! A little squidgy baybee!!

fertilityFTW Tue 16-Apr-13 08:50:59

Hope all is well faith and you're getting happily high of of the new baby smell! Do post an update when able!

Am off for 36wk scan and consultant appt. later today - to see what exit babyFTW is veering towards - am certain she's still extended breech (MW said as much as well) - wonder if they'll book a CS date today? Not keen on an ECV from what I've read so far - would much rather risks, no matter how minimal, are limited to me rather than baybee.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Tue 16-Apr-13 13:40:33

Hello all. Staying in hospital today, still trying to establish feeding. She barely slept last night - cluster feeding instead til she had a whopping 28ml this morning but still fussy in her sleep. Staff took her off me a couple of times to settle her and let me sleep then MSB rocked her for a couple of hours! Just had some lunch (both of us) so will see how we go. Exhausted is not the word....

fertilityFTW Wed 17-Apr-13 08:23:20

All booked in for an ELCS second week of May. Feel a little bummed, but hey-ho - at least I have a date to obsess fixate focus on and hopefully a luffly squidge at the end of it all.

Going to order a couple of those Bravado bras you'd mentioned Dor - did you find there was a significant size change between 36/38wks and the milk coming in?

How's the day shaping up faith? Thinking of you and little, hope you're home and have managed to sneak in a few windows of rest.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 08:59:14

I feel like I have a different baybee. She is feeding 2-3 hourly, latching well then topping up and sleeping in Between feeds. Preferred sleep location is on me but we achieved sleep with her in a side cot and me wrapped round her - the nursery nurse was laughing saying I was practically in there with her! Gradually pulled out and we've both slept for a couple of hours at a time. She even woke me for food this morning. I'm starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of things and what she expects/needs. Phew. Won't be returning her after all

Sorry it's got to be a c-section. I have to say as I was pushing a back to back baybee out I really, really wanted one! It'll be ok I'm sure. I've seen planned c-sections and they are lovely, calm experiences.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 09:00:15

I feel like I have a different baybee. She is feeding 2-3 hourly, latching well then topping up and sleeping in Between feeds. Preferred sleep location is on me but we achieved sleep with her in a side cot and me wrapped round her - the nursery nurse was laughing saying I was practically in there with her! Gradually pulled out and we've both slept for a couple of hours at a time. She even woke me for food this morning. I'm starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of things and what she expects/needs. Phew. Won't be returning her after all

Sorry it's got to be a c-section. I have to say as I was pushing a back to back baybee out I really, really wanted one! It'll be ok I'm sure. I've seen planned c-sections and they are lovely, calm experiences.

fertilityFTW Wed 17-Apr-13 09:05:00

Aah! That sounds wonderful! Am so glad to hear it, must be such a relief to have some quiet time in between feeds and 2-3hrs sounds textbook perfect!

MsJupiterJones Wed 17-Apr-13 10:25:03

Wow that's great Faith. Sounds absolutely perfect.

Fertility I ended up having a CS and it really was a wonderful experience, yes recovery is slower but the anaesthetists and midwife were fantastic and the joy and bonding was incredible. Do ask if you have any Qs. There was a thread on bfeeding after a CS recently which had lots of advice (including mine!).

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 11:15:11

Well if she can keep feeding like she had been they're happy for me to stop the top up feed. We might just be able to go home later! Only thing is my blood pressure was up so they'll check it again in a bit.

I have a feeling we'll need a bed best for this cuddly monkey!

fertilityFTW Wed 17-Apr-13 11:15:13

Oh, MsJones! Any info that comes to your mind based on your experience would be great. I've just been so wrapped up in MLU birth plans that this has really taken me by surprise.

I'm also surprised to find myself a little bit frightened (have never had any medical issues and have a bit of an issue with canulas - make me panic!) though am generally pretty okay with blood and gore.

And I guess there's the feeling that I'll be unable to 'participate' in the birth - is that silly?

Did you get skin-to-skin right away? Could you point me towards the BF thread by any chance? - it's a big concern I have. Am off googling recovery tips - do let me know if you have any of your own!

MsJupiterJones Wed 17-Apr-13 12:36:16

I just re-read my message, should point out I meant joy & bonding with DS not the midwife!

This is the bf thread. I'll have a think if I have any other tips. But yes I did have skin to skin straight away and it was wonderful to have that, I would definitely request it.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 13:13:20

I think that immediate skin to skin is the best feeling, ever. No matter what route your poor baybee gets dragged out and is quite agitated and upset. The second they put baybee on you something clicks - like this thought goes through their head of Oh I know you and you feel them relax. It's awesome! <cries a little>

fertilityFTW Wed 17-Apr-13 14:16:57

That's a great thread MsJones, thank you!

Oh, I'm aching for that moment faith! It feels like I've been waiting for her forever. <gets teary>

MsJupiterJones Wed 17-Apr-13 14:32:51

Shit that made me tear up Faith. Perfectly put.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 16:42:40

I can't imagine anything will ever compare to that moment...,

Argh don't think we are quite ready for home. Faithlet hadn't BF since 8am despite repeated attempts/approaches, just no! I topped her up and then she wailed like a banshee. Finally got her on the boob and she's fed for 15 mins on side, 5 the other. Hard work this malarkey. They've suggested we stay in tonight but move from Transitional care (she doesn't really need it any more!) to the post natal ward so they can get me practising using a pump so if I do cup feed I can actually give her my expressed milk. Feel like two steps forward, one back but I guess it's progress and its much better than it was yesterday...,

snowqueenrollo Wed 17-Apr-13 22:26:30

faith i spent all afternoon at Clinic 11. wasn't expecting to be there so long, would have brought that book to drop off with you if i'd known....

FriendofDorothy Wed 17-Apr-13 22:36:05

I didn't find a massive difference in size fertility. Plus the bravado ones are multi sized so have a bit if leeway IYSWIM.

FriendofDorothy Wed 17-Apr-13 22:38:43

Very impressive that you are getting so much help faith. I certainly didn't feel that there was that much support over here.

HadALittleFaithBaby Wed 17-Apr-13 23:27:08

Oh this is so tough! This baby is unbelievably hungry. The expressing was a roaring success - got over 50 mls off. She had 1/2 that, nearly settled then almost settled but poo clean up woke her. 20 min bf, then rest of EBM, now on other boob. When will it end?! Screaming in between. I will try snuggling her down into cot again. I want the loo but that's a while off I fear!

fertilityFTW Thu 18-Apr-13 07:43:13

Thanks Dor! Have ordered a couple, fingers crossed.

Wow, faith - I think I knew how theoretically tough it's meant to be, but your accounts are really driving it home. Hope you had a good night though!

fertilityFTW Thu 18-Apr-13 08:17:00

Holy crap! The bras just arrived - how is that even possible?! Instant delivery - guess they appreciate the urgency of the heavily updiffed! Just tried them on and they are SO comfortable - I feel like a new woman! Thanks Dor!

HadALittleFaithBaby Thu 18-Apr-13 09:37:24

Don't worry, not all baybees are as tricky as ours ftw. Just try to grow yours as big a possible!

Still finding things tough - essentially cluster fed again overnight. I did sleep because the staff took her and cup feed her and settled her. The expressing has been successful so she's had two cup feeds of EBM and one formula top up.

Then she'd gone 4 hours without feeding and wouldn't latch. Had a chat with one of the TC nurses and agreed to try a nipple shield - worked a treat! Good 10 min feed. Now having skin to skin waiting for MSB to arrive. I'll hand her over to him and set myself up as a dairy cow to express again in a minute. Probably staying another day to establish feeding.

fertilityFTW Thu 18-Apr-13 09:49:19

That's a great support set-up you have there faith - I hope our lot is as helpful! Did you get yourself an amenity room or are you in a bay? Comfortable otherwise?

HadALittleFaithBaby Thu 18-Apr-13 15:20:49

Oh they're awesome. We have midwives looking afte the Mums and then the transitional care staff - neonatal nurses and nursery nurses - supporting the babies. So if I need painkillers I ask my MW, if I want feeding advice I ask the TC staff. The TC staff will take her for a couple of hours so I can sleep!

Well the nipple shield is going well! Currently feeding about every 30-45 mins (!) shock generally for short periods but currently been going for nearly an hour! She seems to be getting more and more settled between feeds too - she even slept in her cot for 15 mins so I got a snooze! MSB has gone home for lunch and to fetch some stuff.

We're in a bay of 7. I don't mind, the noise was bad the first night but I have one of the noisiest babies here!

pinkr Thu 18-Apr-13 17:04:35

Wow sounds like you are getting great support...the hospital I'm due to go to just kicks you out according to other girls I know. I'm hoping I'll be able to get into the midwife led unit at our local hospital after the birth for similar support...know one hotel who did it but it dependshow busy they are.

JethroTull Thu 18-Apr-13 20:07:14

The care in your hospital sounds amazing! Where are you? <nosy> Glad it is getting a bit easier, the stories of BFing have terrified me to be honest.

Like Pink our local hospital actively promotes a 12 hour exit post birth. I'm trying not to think that far ahead.