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Sloths, slugs and heffalump bumps-july13

(974 Posts)

Hope this works

Photograph- have no experience with mat forms unfortunately.
Notprincess so glad no protein keep going.
Enjoy dorset dinky and the massages. Happy holidays to al of you getting a break
Esme hope the bh settle, glad the baby is in the rightplace.
I am still the itchiest lady on the planet. Poor dh did actually search everywhere in london in middle of sunday night but no joy for open chemist. Just seen obstetrician and i do have choleostasis. Bit shocked. Best case scenario is take the meds and get to 40weeks on the day and be induced. Just have to wait and see if respond to meds, if not will be induced in 1-2 weeks. Suddenly have to get myself sorted faster- nanny, work etc. still at leastnot just sign of madness all the itching

photographerlady Tue 28-May-13 14:31:00

- sets up camp -

Hope the itching improves, princess.

I just ran to an emergency at work - I've become so unfit in the last 8 weeks, but it's great to know I can still manage it, just!

Runswithsquirrels Tue 28-May-13 15:01:19

Thanks for the new thread Princess.

It's now pouring with rain here in London, but the last two days have been lovely so can't complain. We went to Mothercare on Oxford Street to test drive our choice of pushchair. We decided on the Bugaboo Bee for weight etc but it seems so low. However all the others have enormous wheels and won't fit in our tiny boot so Bugaboo Bee it will have to be!

Still have had no BH and 35 weeks today. Am now completely convinced baby will just appear without contractions or pain smile

photographerlady Tue 28-May-13 15:05:01

runswith I am in London too today and its nonstop rain, not looking forward to that mad dash to the station later after work.

Runswithsquirrels Tue 28-May-13 15:52:45

That mad dash where people never notice you are carrying one extra human being about and either walk straight into you or wait until you move out of the way. Ah, London!

MummyKanny Tue 28-May-13 16:21:11

Ooh thank you princess for the new thread - love the title.

Runswith, I decided to go with the Bee too after much deliberation. Which colour did you go for?

How is everyone doing? I am 32+5, the days are speeding by. I finish work at 37+1 so am willing the next few weeks away! I am in London too and the commuting is starting to take its toll.

This is probably a silly question but - does anyone know what size nappies to get? I'm so confused! It seems sensible to me to get some size 1 and size 2 ones but I have no idea how many of each to get to start with.

What is everyone's view on cot bumpers too? I'm really not sure about them, I've read that they weren't recommended due to the potential limit to the air flow to the baby, but everyone seems to have them!

dinkystinky Tue 28-May-13 16:36:57

Hello all and thanks for new thread Princess llama - I have a child free hour now while kids are off doing crafty stuff (ideal for a rainy day) in kids club and dh is off having his massage. At the end of my massage they used a minty mama mio foot gel on my feet - supposed to be v good at easing puffiness and felt like bliss - would recommend to anyone suffering from swollen feet/legs.

Princess llama - at least now you know what is causing the crazy itching and having an action plan in place - though am sorry its heaping unnecessary stress on top of all the stress you have right now. Sending you hugs, portion and anything else that might help you feel better right now.

Mummykanny - get a couple of packs of size 1 and see how you go from there. Supermarkets/pharmacies will be open post birth and you can see how quickly your baby is growing. Would avoid cot bumpers I'm afraid - they are an unnecessary cost and potential risk zone.

Photographer - all mat leave etc policies should be available in writing to you as part of your handbook/terms and conditions.big they haven't made it available to you yet, get a copy asap and use it to chase your boss up.

dinkystinky Tue 28-May-13 16:37:50

Hmm big should read if - damn you autocorrect!

dinkystinky Tue 28-May-13 16:39:10

PS Runs - am using my humungobump as a battering ram in rush hour - is proving surprisingly effective!

MummyKanny Tue 28-May-13 16:40:57

Thanks, dinky - I seem to be forgetting that shops will indeed be open once baby arrives! Hope you're enjoying your break - foot massage sounds like absolute bliss!

Runswithsquirrels Tue 28-May-13 17:58:50

MummyKanny - going for the bright yellow. I love yellow and like the way it stands out.

BB01 Tue 28-May-13 18:44:03

Marking my place!

Abzs Tue 28-May-13 18:44:41

Had my 34wk appointment yesterday with my GP (per policy up here) and true to current form forgot to ask for a prescription for more iron tablets and had to go back. I remembered on the way out of the practice door.

I also had the first of the NHS ante-natal classes. Was supposed to cover what to expect in the first few days/weeks, but I don't feel like I learned anything really. Two more on friday - feeding and relaxation techniques. Then two next week on labour and birth. No hospital tour here - infection control cited as the reason.

MrsRoss26 Tue 28-May-13 19:52:55

Hi all, seems like the further we go the more mixed bag we get in terms of issues. The choleostasis sounds like a real pain; I hope those wanting an induction get it soon. How did this swing round so quickly though? It seems like yesterday we were talking about morning sickness, now we have Oliver with us and at least one on the way today!

Having hit 31wks (now 31+6) I seem to have hit the tiredness wall, and have started getting more dizzy spells. Today I ended up lying on my office floor to shake it sad must remember to eat smaller meals!

Thanks for the new thread too, the bumps are definitely getting bigger! I have a wedding this weekend and can really recommend Seraphine for a great fit - thanks to JLewis the price was reasonable too, even for a 1-wear item.

MummyKanny Tue 28-May-13 20:09:37

Runs - snap! It's a lovely colour - will look fab in the sunshine and will cheer everyone up in the rain smile

Totally agree with the tiredness, it's unbelievable how it has just hit me out of nowhere. Lots of nice baths and yoga over here.

DH just asked me if I was sad about coming to the end of the pregnancy - what do others think? I have loved it so far and I'm sure I'll miss the bump (and having little chats when nobody else is around!) but the excitement of meeting BabyKanny wins hands down!

BadMissM Tue 28-May-13 20:24:00

32+2 today.... am acquiring a humungobump to rival Dinky's!

Very tired too....

waves to everyone

Beginningofthejourney Tue 28-May-13 20:27:32

Just catching up with the threat with strict instructions to sit with my feet up as I just (tmi coming up!) got out the shower and 'wet' myself and it was straw ? Waters! and now having some tightening! Really want to pack my bag better and dry and straighten my hair (vain I know!) but think I should stay put for now! Hoping this bubba listens to the instructions to wait until June but will keep you all posted!
33+5!

CitizenOscar Tue 28-May-13 20:45:35

Hi everyone!

Hoping people with choleostasis and other pregnancy worries are doing ok.

I started annual leave on Friday before ML and feels weird I won't be going back for ages! On holiday now, and off to a wedding. It's outdoors mostly so really hoping it doesn't rain! Won't be able to drink through it unlike everyone else. wink

Have mini hospital bag with me & really hoping I don't need it. (34 weeks ish now.) feeling big & unwieldy but otherwise pretty ok I guess.

Cot bumpers really aren't necessary btw. Re ML they have to write to you but as far as I know it's not a case of them approving it; it's your right to choose when you go etc, so I think they just have to acknowledge your plans. Might be wrong though.

Beginning have you called your MW?!

Beginningofthejourney Tue 28-May-13 21:43:34

Yes called triage, they want me to come in if leaking continues...looks like I'm going in, there is not loads but enough and 'period pains' have continued, assume them to b contractions, although hoping they are BH! Just distracting myself on here...or in denial!

MummyKanny Tue 28-May-13 21:46:42

Ooh Beginning that is so exciting! Hope you're feeling okay?!

MrsMillions Tue 28-May-13 21:51:45

Eek Beginning, keep us posted and good luck!

Dinky - my shoes are feeling tighter so that foot rub stuff sounds fab, will keep my eyes out for it. Car is a 5-door Polo, practical but will still fit in our garage. Just had a v painful 1 hour phone call to arrange bank loan for it - after using savings, bonuses etc to buy everything else so far, decided not to deplete further (MrsMillions name is hope not reality!!) and that this was better than garage finance, but despite it being our existing bank with all our details on their system they seemed to need our life story...that's the credit crunch for you, far more questions than I was ever asked about our mortgage. Grrr. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

My belly button was trying to pop out earlier this evening but seems to have relaxed since. Suspect it's only a matter of time before it happens properly.

DH made pancakes for pudding tonight, very tasty, could fancy a few more over coming weeks! Just had lemon/sugar on them first, then I broke out the Nutella.

Yay to no protein, Notprincesskate. But Princessllama sorry about the itching diagnosis (not going to attempt to spell it at this time of night).

MarieKL Tue 28-May-13 22:02:12

Hi all, sounds like a lot has happened in the last few days.

Princessllama thank you for the new thread. I really hope all the meds are effective and you manage to do everything you want before baby arrives.

Beginning hair straightening is very important smile Let us know how you get on.

Photographer citizen's quite right, they should acknowledge to confirm your dates but it's up to you when you go. If you're using annual leave first I'd check that's been approved. You'll accrue annual leave whilst on mat leave too so worth checking if depending on your holiday leave year you can carry any accrued annual leave over, though you've probably done that already. I know in some organisations even if you're on mat leave you need to get permission to carry over! I'd say definitely worth chasing your manager and or HR.

Runs I didn't have BH with DS and I haven't had any this time round either. My baby is going to appear by stalk through the hospital window, Dumbo style smile

Totally I'm very impressed with the running. Great you can still do it.

Really feel for all those communting into London. I did that when pg with DS and it wasn't much fun.

Can't remember who went out and brought more maternity clothes recently but I entirely understand. I'm not planning on being pg again but I'm sorely tempted to buy more clothes as so feed up having nothing to wear.

I hope all those away, or with weddings coming up have a great time, and all those feeling shattered manage to get the rest you need.

dinkystinky Tue 28-May-13 22:59:05

Beginning - how exciting, fingers crossed all goes well with you. Keep us posted.

Emblosin posted on fb - she had her baby (a 6lber) yesterday at 5 after a fast spontaneous labour. So that's two babies in our group and we aren't even in June yet!

IcingTheCake Wed 29-May-13 07:15:05

beginning oooh how exciting! Hope you got on okay last night, do we have newborn snuggles today i wonder? smile
Im on my phone so i cant name check but the lady with the itching, im so glad youve been diagnosed now! Takes away a little frustration ill bet!
Been getting a sharp pain in the top of my bump, like i have a thorn there, always the same place and its getting worse each day, does anybody know what it could be? GP was v dismissive about it.
Hope everyone is keeping well, no more surprise babies!! smile
32+4

MrsRoss26 Wed 29-May-13 07:38:05

Blimey good luck beginning! grin

SilverBirdie Wed 29-May-13 07:56:16

Morning all. Just going to catch up on what I missed last week when we were on holiday. Had such a lovely week and lots of help with Ds which was very welcomed. His sleep has got ridiculous though and still isn't settling in his new bedroom though the sharks seem to have disappeared now so I'll wait to hear what it is that's scaring him this time sad

I am getting some brutal movements and kicks... Don't remember Ds being this mean but he probably didn't have enough room grin
Think I'm about 33 weeks confused and seeing mw next week so will discuss vbac options again. Still not sure what to do.
We're totally sorted for clothes now. At the last count I got 26 0-3 babygros/rompers and none bought by us. I think we have even more little dresses. If anyone is a Hello Kitty fan you're welcome to some hand me downs.... Just shout.
But..... We've still got no moses or car seat so feel a shopping trip coming on. The pram is at the end of our bed at the mo..... This house is stupidly chaotic as we're converting the garage to an office for Dh so everything that was out there is now inside. I'm going crazy surrounded by mountain bikes and random man shit tools.

Sorry to blab on about us..... Going for a catch up now

Hai1988 Wed 29-May-13 09:26:55

Hey morning all, just catching up on the thread ain't checked in a while being lazy, fb is just easier.

Very exciting beginning good luck and try to keep us posted smile

Im just fed up now, so uncomfortable and having restless nights sleep which are apparently keeping dh awake now.

Wanna get house organized not only for baby but cud be moving soon if my housing association gets a wriggle on, no idea if were gonna be able to move before due date or have to wait till after atm, which is a bit stressful but trying to not let it bother me.

Pretty much done all my shopping and ready for Lil one, just gotta get steriliser which best friend has kindly offered to get me smile
Hospital bag all packed and ready to go, just gotta wait for the arrival now, might keep myself occupied by washing all the hand me down clothes today.

Hope everyone's well
33-5

Abzs Wed 29-May-13 11:17:03

Icing I have that sort of pain too, sharp and in the top above my tummy button. I've been getting it for a few weeks. Seems to be occurring with BH or Small stretching out. No explanation for it here either, even though I mentioned it when I was in the hospital.

Beginning Best of luck. Hope you are all okay.

I've had yet another fluff for brains moment. My CD of inspection photos that I need to finish my work this week is currently in DH's laptop on a rig a couple of miles from the Norwegian border.

IcingTheCake Wed 29-May-13 11:34:24

silverbirdie hope your ds starts sleeping better soon, it could be something in his diet? If i ate anything sugary after about 6pm i would sleep terribly as a kid

hai i hope your housing gets sorted out soon, must be a pita sorting it all out last minute, just relax with lots of chocolate!

abz yeah i think mine is when shes stretching or getting squashed but mines only an inch or two under my bra line, super high, strange

photographerlady Wed 29-May-13 12:02:50

Good luck Beginning and keep us posted!

Abzs can your DH email you the photos??

I figured it was about time we started to do something about the fact that we're moving house on Saturday, so I chucked a load of clothes into a box before I left for work this morning. I get the feeling it's not going to be a very organised move.....

SilverBirdie Wed 29-May-13 13:29:55

Icing I hadn't thought of that blush
We are quite strict with food but its easy as he's not fussy and loves veg but it was my birthday yesterday and he helped me through my cake! I will definitely keep a check and watch/hope for some improvements.
He does drink fresh apple juice not water which was essential when he was being treated for Plagiocephaly as he dehydrated so quickly so I might water the last cup of the day down even more.

Can I join the FB group pleeeeeease? smile

Cheeseandbread Wed 29-May-13 13:33:48

Congratulations Emblosin and good luck Beginning!

Dinky your massage sounded lovely. I hope you are having a nice time in Dorset. I know someone else is in Dorset too but am on phone and can't scroll back- hope you are having fun too. I love Dorset/ all those nice walks along the coast hunting for fossils.

Silver I get some big kicks too sometimes.

I had a trip to the day assessment unit yesterday after my midwife appointment. I've been feeing a bit damp down below recently, more than usual, and mentioned this to the midwife who sent me along to get checked out. They monitored bean's heartbeat and had a little look down below but no waters were leaking- they did a swab to be sure. I was impressed with how quickly they saw me.

32+4

paolocee Wed 29-May-13 13:39:44

Greetings ladies, long time no speak - I treat this place like a hotel etc etc.

Slight worry with OH. The Two Ronnies are doing fine but we had a regular midwife visit this morning in which they discovered - out of the blue - that OH had high-ish blood pressure (140/90) and has protein in her urine. They're concerned that it may be preeclampsia. So am I - she usually has ludicrously low blood pressure.

We're going in for an ultrasound tomorrow morning (on her 40th birthday!) - why I'm not sure. Any ideas, thoughts?

paolocee Wed 29-May-13 13:40:13

She's 33 weeks on the money, BTW

notprincesskate Wed 29-May-13 14:01:17

Afternoon paolocee sorry to hear that your OH is showing signs of pre-eclampsia. My guess for the scan would be that they want to check the growth as PET can cause growth retardation, they may also look at how well the placenta(s) are functioning. 33 weeks is great tho especially for two. Fingers crossed for some positive news tomorrow. You can look at the NICE guidelines to get some idea of what they might do next, but might not be relevant for you, as your in Sweden right.
Hope all goes well.

paolocee Wed 29-May-13 14:10:52

Thanks princesskate. what would constitute good news in this situation? Would they be ready at 33 weeks? They're around 1.9kgs each.

Abzs Wed 29-May-13 14:21:12

Totally No! There's probably 1000+ photos of bits of building details covering a mansion house and its estate. I don't know which ones I need until I realise I don't have a particular detail drawn and have to check it. He's posting it though, assuming there's post going on a flight in the right direction today.

notprincesskate Wed 29-May-13 14:43:31

That sounds like a good size especially for two. I can only speak from my own experience and knowledge I gained from that, I'm not an expert on pre eclampsia by any means!. I would say obviously the best news is that its a false alarm, and if not then bloods etc that are likely to be taken show that its just mild, which would likely mean admittance to hospital for monitoring and then to keep the two ronnies cooking for as long as possible, I believe 2-3 weeks is about average, which would get you to 35/36 weeks, which would be fantastic.- in my situation I ad protein and high BP at 28/29 weeks, got admitted for observation and eventually delivered by emcs at 31, DD weighed 1.5kg, the plan was always to get me to 34weeks, but kidney function started to fail and baby showing signs of distress so they popped her out, 5 weeks in SCBU- mostly for feeding/putting on weight.
Not trying to scare you just give you a balance of what might happen, I'm 34 weeks now, ave had one scare with protein in urine, to which they said basically not to worry I'm pretty much cooked just a bit smaller and they would deliver now if need be......DH was also born at 34 weeks, also a twin they both weighed around the 2kg mark, with no problems 34 years ago.
It is an anxious time, but you (as in your OH and babies) are almost home and dry.

notprincesskate Wed 29-May-13 14:45:17

Oh should stay she is likely to get steroid injections to help mature babies lungs, that can sting a bit!

IcingTheCake Wed 29-May-13 14:45:19

silver might be worth keeping an eye on smile my parents took a while to clock on with me because it wasnt obvious sugars iykwim? Ill pm youmy name if you add me on fb i can add you to group smile

paolocee Wed 29-May-13 15:29:20

Thanks again notprincesskate. Wow, that sounds daunting. So much for her birthday plans....

Sashabella0 Wed 29-May-13 15:45:14

Exciting news from some of our ladies. Can't believe babies have stared arriving already.

I had some very sad news. My grandad who brought me up died on Saturday. The family live 300 miles away from me and DH and I were driving up when we got the news. He came back down to London on Monday and I'm currently in a train coming back to London now. Will have to travel back up north for the funeral next week. I've taken great comfort from the fact it was quick and dignified. He leaves behind my nana they were married for 61 years.
Quite an achievement!

I'm still going to the festival on Friday. I need to keep busy and he would have wanted me to enjoy myself. Right need to think happy thoughts as I'm now in tears.

Cheeseandbread Wed 29-May-13 18:52:08

Sasha so sorry about your grandad. Thinking of you xx

BB01 Wed 29-May-13 19:12:45

Sorry to hear about the complications Paolocee. Don't have any advice I'm afraid but do let us all know what happens.

Sasha so sorry to hear about your grandad. Must be really difficult for you and I'm sure even more so if he brought you up. Agree he'd want to you to go to the festival so hope you enjoy it and it takes your mind off it for a while

Thinkingof4 Wed 29-May-13 19:15:02

emblosion congratulations! Can't believe we have another baby!

beginning good luck, keep us posted

princess thanks for new thread and hope the itching is a bit better

sasha sorry to hear your sad news, it's good you have other plans to keep you busy

abzs how frustrating, hurry up postie!

paolo hope tomorrow goes ok and your wife is still able to enjoy her birthday.

dinky hope you are having good weather on your holiday

notprincess good news re no protein!

Well I now only have 1 day left to work, and given that I have stinking cold and feel dreadful it can't come soon enough! Only a half day too, on Friday (day off tomorrow). I think vinegar and photographer finish this week too? Plus someone else maybe? blush
I will have to do some baking tomorrow to take into work on Friday as it seems to be the done thing here if you are leaving- which is great as it means steady supply of cakes which I will really miss when I finish. Actually there are lots of things I will miss about work but its definitely the right time to stop as I'm a heffalump, very breathless and clumsy ++ which is not a great combination really!

35+1

MrsMillions Wed 29-May-13 20:25:40

Paolo - Thinking took the words out of my mouth (or my fingers), fingers crossed for tomorrow for you all and happy birthday to your DP.

Sasha - so sorry about your Grandad, but wow at the length of his marriage. Am sure it will be tough for you all but remember the happy times with him, and hopefully in a few weeks your new arrival will give everyone a happier focus.

I'm tired and achey this evening so very glad I've only got tomorrow to work before holiday. Bit concerned about the final 5-day week when I get back but think late starts might be the best way around it.

So sorry to hear about your Grandad, Sasha. He will certainly have wanted you to enjoy the festival. I hope the weather's good for you.

Good luck tomorrow, paolocee & I hope your wife can relax & enjoy her birthday. Wish her a happy birthday from us!

dinkystinky Wed 29-May-13 20:44:38

Sashabella - sending you big hugs and condolences on the loss of your granddad. A quick dignified end sounds as good a way to go as I can think of. Am sure the anticipation of meeting your little one very soon will help your Nana, and the rest of your family, see some light on the horizon in the midst of this sad, sad time.

Paolo - those twins sound a great weight! Hope all OK with OH and both the scan and her birthday go swimmingly.

Thinking - hope you recover from your cold soon.

Abzs - hope you get those work photos soon. How annoying!

Silver birdie - hope Ds sleeps better tonight.

Totally - bet it feels good to have made a start. I hope the rest of the packing is equally quick and stress free.
Off to legoland tomorrow for 2 days - weather looks abit dodgy tomorrow but hopefully will make for a quieter park.

cheekbyjowl Wed 29-May-13 22:05:47

peeing on the proverbial post to mark my place. Will catch up on posts now x

mysterymeg Wed 29-May-13 22:49:11

sasha really sorry for your loss.

beginning best of luck!!

emblosion congratulations!! He's gorgeous!

Paolo all the best for the scan.

I am going to bumps and babies tomorrow. Bit nervous as not sure if anyone from my nct class is going so don't know if I'll know anyone. Then midwife in afternoon. Interested to see if my ginormous bump is measuring as big as it feels!

wifey6 Thu 30-May-13 07:34:51

Hello all...lovely shiny new thread smile

IcingTheCake Thu 30-May-13 10:25:52

Sasha what horrible news for you! Such an achievement being married for so long though, i hope this weekend takes your mind off it smile

Anybody else really struggling with sleep at the moment? I cant have any water for an hour before bed or i cant keep it down and i still have to sleep propped up, the heartburn itself isnt as bad but sicking up all the time is worse to be honest!
Go home from my holiday tomorrow confused wish i could stay for another week! Been so nice just relaxing with OH smile

32+5

elliejjtiny Thu 30-May-13 11:39:11

sasha so sorry to hear about your granddad.

icing I'm struggling with sleep too. Heartburn isn't too bad but I'm so huge I'm struggling to get comfy and then I need the loo at least once in the night

dinky enjoy legoland. DS1 asked if we can go for his birthday, 3 days before my edd. I said definitely not but maybe next year

beginning keep us posted

paolo good luck for the scan today and hope your DW is having a good birthday

emblosion I've said this on facebook already but congratulations again

abzs hope you get the photos

mysterymeg hope you enjoy the bumps and babies group. I went to one when pregnant with DS2 and really enjoyed it, especially the foot massage sessions

I've got my "essentials" bags packed (the optimistic bag for labour and first 3 hours, and the pessimistic bag with extra clothes, nappies and pads in case we are kept in for longer). Just need to put in some nice extras, books in case of long induction, nice bath stuff. Not sure what else, my mind's gone blank. I dug the moses basket out yesterday and it was looking a bit dusty and bedraggled so I've washed all the drapes, bedding etc. Just hope it dries soon. Also knitting like a mad woman hoping to finish the blanket in time. Not sure who was saying about buying clothes but yep I've done that. Got a stretchy dress, some decent pj's and more leggings. Also managed to spend £100 on the mothercare website last night on last minute "essentials". Someone hide my bank card!

34+6

Persuasion Thu 30-May-13 11:53:08

I've found you and finally caught up! I've been a bit rubbish at posting recently, but I'm watching with interest! I also had a list of comments but thinking pretty much said it all.

Congrats to emblosion, good luck to beginning and to all others with problems various!

I'm good, no news apart from being the size of a house shock

35 + 1

Icing - every night I wake up about 90 minutes after I go to sleep with reflux about to aspirate. Apart from that, I haven't really had much heartburn. confused
I'm also still waking to pee or drink a couple of times in the night and can't sleep much past 5 either. My body must be preparing me for sleep deprivation with a newborn.
Looking forward to hopefully getting a good nights sleep in a few years.......

MrsRoss26 Thu 30-May-13 12:56:49

Sasha so sorry to hear that news.

Paolo great to see you on here again - I hope the results of the scan show only positive things and MrsPaolo and the babbers stay happy for a bit longer yet!

Icing I've not had any significant heartburn problems, but am getting up on average 4 times a night now. I can't not drink before bed though - I'm so thirsty! Have you got yourself a megabottle of gaviscon/equivalent?

Ellie that's why I'm trying to stay off the internet at home! It's so blinkin' tempting to spend, spend, spend on baby as there are so many 'essentials'. We have yet to buy the car seat, but once that's banked I think I'll relax a lot more.

Hi to everyone else! I have just under 3 weeks left at work now and feeling rather glad about it. It's getting increasingly hard to stay motivated and awake! Am 32+1 now and can't believe how much bigger we can still get.

PhieEl06 Thu 30-May-13 15:40:31

Afternoon ladies, I feel like I've dropped off & neglected you all slightly but just been busy, keeping up to date on Facebook as its easier on my phone!

Beginning I hope all is well!

MrsMillions although your post was two days ago, you have me craving pancakes!!

Have posted on Facebook but if you're reading, congratulations emblosion.

So sorry to hear about your grandad sasha, thinking of you!! Xxx

Spending my day relaxing today as yesterday had to leave work & go to a&e as was struggling to breathe & kept nearly fainting, my boss's words to me last night were "I do not want to see you until next week." Taking advantage of this as its full pay! So had a lovely bath & going to sort my baby things out in a bit, unfortunately this will have to be done down my nans as my mom & dad are doing up their bedroom at the moment & the soon to be nursery which did have everything stored in has been cleared out to make way for their things! Nothing like a bit of homely disruption!

Hope everyone else is doing well, will be checking back more frequently now & won't neglect you all!
32+5

Gingerpanther27 Thu 30-May-13 16:06:47

Have been lurking on here and fb, just forget to post so not been ignoring everyone ....can't name check very well as on phone but can I get sort of answers or opinions please? I'm currently at my maternity unit and possibly in preterm labour - they can do a test if they do a speculum exam which would give them a much better idea if I am or not but after been through a few very shit days I don't have the ability to cope with one and I feel really guilty about it and part of me feels selfish and I don't know what to do...advice please? 34+4 x

photographerlady Thu 30-May-13 18:46:19

Beginning hope things are going well.

Phie rest up dear!

sasha sorry to hear about your granddad. Hope you and yours are ok.

Good luck to all those finishing work tomorrow.

Small update on my nightmare week - felt fine Tuesday at work but around 6pm I was curling over in pain every 10-20 mins with BH. I managed to get into bed and in the morning called off sick and rang the midwife. She put me on two days bed rest and said to come in if the pain gets stronger or my waters leak. So yesterday and today I have pretty much slept. Risked my chances to go for the food shopping but constant sharp pains in my bump and pelvic area. MW thinks its BH and stretching of my pelvis. I am going to sleep it off tonight and head in for a half day tomorrow (my last day before leave).

Cheeseandbread Thu 30-May-13 18:49:03

Hi Ginger I had a speculum exam on Tuesday as I was feeling a bit damp. They made me cough while examining to see if my waters were leaking- they couldn't see anything so took a swab to be sure. It felt slightly uncomfortable but wasn't too bad. If it will tell you more it might be good to go for it. Sorry you've had a bad couple of days.

Cheeseandbread Thu 30-May-13 18:50:56

photographer sorry you've been feeling pains- make sure you rest x

Gingerpanther27 Thu 30-May-13 19:45:40

I had a speculum just before I turned 26 weeks and. I found it really hard and invasive but I do have reasons

MummyKanny Thu 30-May-13 20:48:44

Poor photographer, that can't be much fun at all. Hope you are looking after yourself and treating yourself to lots of nice baths.

Ginger, I've had to have a couple of speculum examinations. They are never much fun but I find the key is to relax as much as possible - it's over a lot quicker that way! Good luck.

I'm really starting to feel the weight now. Moving around is becoming harder. 7 weeks to go!

33 weeks exactly!

dinkystinky Thu 30-May-13 20:59:01

Ginger - sorry you are going through a worrying time. Think of a speculum investigation as akin to a smear test as that's pretty much what it is,

Photographer - rest up lots and keep really well hydrated (as lack of hydration can make BH worse).

Phie - hope you're OK. Enjoy your enforced days of relaxation.

Ellie - legoland is great but no way I'd be doing it at 39 weeks either! The boys are loving it - kept all a secret, including the fact we are staying in the legoland hotel, till we arrived on site today and their faces were priceless. Another day at the park tomorrow then back home tomorrow night.

photographerlady Thu 30-May-13 22:02:26

Thanks ladies. Last day of work tomorrow so going to have a careful waddle commute to London and pack up my desk. Goodbye three hour commutes and roll on maternity leave.

MarieKL Thu 30-May-13 22:09:44

Sasha really sorry to hear your news. I hope you enjoy your time away and have fun in his memory.

Ginger It's so hard when for whatever reason you find these things difficult. Unless medicially necessary can you postpone and see if you feel stronger tomorrow.

Phie lovely to hear from you. Glad your boss is so understanding. I hope the rest helps.

Photographer Ouch! here's hoping they ease off tonight so you can get through your last day at work. Good luck to all those finishing tomorrow. I can't wait but slightly worried I won 't have time to complete my handover!

Dinky Legoland sounds brilliant. I went there years ago with a friend and half way round we realised we were probably the only adults there without children! Had a great day though.

I'm also waking up several times a night, combination of needing the toilet, leg cramps and DS waking! Feeling the weight as well so can't wait for mat leave to start.

Off to bed soon but quick question for anyone who's had a c-section before. Can you wear PJs after? I'm trying to pack my hospital bag and struggling to find a nightie that fits my bump without exposing my breasts so thinking PJs are a better idea in case I have to stay in on a postnatal ward, but worried if I have an emergency c-section PJs will be entirely unsuitable! Random worry I know but any advice gratefully received.

dinkystinky Fri 31-May-13 06:37:02

Marie - my friends who had csecs wore PJs - they were v loose bottoms that came up well over the bump though. Re leg cramps - coconut water and bananas will help fend them off but the absolute best thing is magnesium phosphate pillules - I take 4 in the morning and 4 before bed and haven't had any leg cramps in 2 weeks ( was starting to get them in bed before that ) - another plus point of the mag phos is it seems to be keeping my bowel movements regular (tmi but if I can't share on here where can I ?)

Happy last day at work before mat leave day Photographer

Oops - the thread fell off my radar in the last few crazy weeks at school, SATs time is manic! Finally recovering from half term illness (seems to hit me every time, my body keeps me going until the first day off then collapses!) Job for this morning: catch up with all the chatter!

33+3 - 2 weeks tip maternity leave grin

Cheeseandbread Fri 31-May-13 09:10:11

Hello again Guava I have 2 weeks left too grin

Reports and SATs marking for me today... Currently hiding in bed with the cat.

Photographer I hope your last day goes well- I think some others are finishing today too? Hope you all have good last days xx

I can't wait for mat leave!!

(Bean seems to be getting more active at night now- anyone else? This on top of my 4 trips to the toilet each night does not make for much sleeping... Just preparing me I guess)

Anyone heard from beginning? Hope all is well if you are reading this beginning flowers

32+6

Phew, caught up on the new thread at least!

Princess hope your itching has improved and it sounds good that you might be able to get to 40 weeks! I was tested for OC too but like someone else said it came back negative and low iron. Hope the meds work!

MummyKanny I've seen something called an airflow wrap instead of a bumper, really thin so if baby's face presses up against it they can still breathe, but stops trapped arms and legs. Will prob steer clear anyway to be on the safe side.

Beginning and Ginger hope everything's ok and that little ones hang on a bit longer! No advice from me as first timer, can do virtual hand holding though!

Marie I succumbed to shopping temptation when visiting my sister in London this weekend, bought a couple jojomamanbebe wrap tops and a topshop dress - canNOT afford that kind of splurge but was sick of having no variety or anything nice to wear! Plus my sister is a model, I felt like a sack of potatoes next to her in my normal maternity clothes... Got lots of compliments on the dress if anyone needs a confidence boost - top shop, navy and white fitted maxi dress.

Paulo hope your OH is ok, keep us posted.

Sasha really sorry to hear about your grandad. There have been a few deaths/major illnesses in OH's family in the last year or so, MIL said how nice it was to have the baby as a positive focus for everyone.

Not much new with me, feeling heavy and occasionally crampy, MW says BH shouldn't hurt so it must be baby doing larger movements? Have had bad cough and cold for days which has made it worse, I'm sure my stomach muscles are totally destroyed now confused

33+3

SlouchingPanda Fri 31-May-13 10:05:05

Just catching up. Day off today which means I'm sitting on the sofa in my dressing gown eating ice pops and watching Helicopter Heroes. grin

I am suddenly feeling even more enormous. I have proper old lady cankles at the end of the day and am considering installing a winching system to help me get out of the bath. I am tired and teary and need a rest. Like Guavas and lots of others, I have two more weeks to work and it can't come soon enough. Photographer hope you are celebrating tonight!

Sorry to hear Sasha's news and hope all those feeling rotten and rubbish are resting and recuperating.

Congratulations Emblosion on your beautiful boy, and Shiv if you are still here I'm loving reading Oliver's updates on FB and hope he continues to grow stronger.

34+1 today and off on a buying spree...

photographer - hope your last day goes smoothly. Enjoy mat leave!
Still 3 weeks to go for me.

We're moving house tomorrow and I've only packed 2 boxes. Luckily my amazing parents are coming to help - it's their wedding anniversary & they're helping us move then looking after DD on Sunday when DH & I go to an antenatal course (we didn't have time before DD & we'd like to have a bit more of a clue this time around). It's going tk be a bit of a crazy weekend!

Anyone else's appetite suddenly increased again? My munchies are well and truly back. Also getting loads more BH the last couple of days.

elliejjtiny Fri 31-May-13 11:13:52

princess hope the itching improves. I find a bath with one of these in helps my eczema when it gets bad, you might find it calms your itching.

photographer enjoy your last day

ginger have you tried listening to music or reading a book during a speculum exam? I find if I'm distracted by something then I don't tense up. Still embarrassing but at least it doesn't hurt.

mysterymeg Fri 31-May-13 11:18:59

Bumps and babies was good but disappointingly no foot massage ellie

ginger hope your little one is hanging on on there.

Midwife appointment was interesting yesterday. Being sent back to the consultant to discuss induction. Midwife suggests induction at term but he may suggestthat it's done earlier. Looks like I'm having a baby! Starting to sink in - scary stuff.

34 + 0

photographerlady Fri 31-May-13 11:48:49

totallyeggflipped hope the move goes well and that everyone else is carrying everything. smile

mysterymeg only a few short more weeks to go!

SlouchingPanda enjoy all the shopping, I made the mistake of looking at items I like for 3 months onwards.

I waddled my way into london and so far going for a stretch every hour to try and appease the cramping. Office is closing at 3pm to take me out drinking (humorous, work thinks its so humorous..) so only a few short more hours to go.

Great that you get an early finish, photographer. Is it sunny in London? A 'mocktail' in a sunny beer garden would be lovely.

Thinkingof4 Fri 31-May-13 13:16:03

Ginger and beginning hope things are going ok

totally good luck with the move!!

photographer enjoy drinks after work!

I have now finished work, hooray! I'm so knackered so mostly just feeling relieved to be done. Took a half day today which made my last day fairly straightforward
Sorry on phone so can't do any more personal replies, but someone mentioned upthread about heartburn getting worse and I'm definitely in that camp. Gaviscon beside my bed helps me through the night and got the sachets to use during the day. Quite strange because bump is very low so I don't feel stomach is squashed confused

Anyway sun is shining and I now have a few hours to myself to get us all packed ready for a wedding tomorrow grin grin

photographerlady Fri 31-May-13 13:28:54

Enjoy your leave Thinking

Totally magically the sun has come out in london, lets see how long it lasts, will have a mocktail on your behalf.

VinegarDrinker Fri 31-May-13 16:25:08

I've just cycled my lovely riverside commute for the last time and now sitting on the sofa drinking a homemade banana milkshake (yummy and so easy: frozen banana,milk and vanilla essence in the food processor) and trying to actually let it sink in that I've left work for the last time til 2014!

Think I'll relocate to the garden in a minute smile

Hooray to Thinking and photographer too.

Hang on in there, everyone else!

Gingerpanther27 Fri 31-May-13 17:07:10

Still not sure if officially in labour yet but ctg is showing contractions and they are getting worse in intensity and feels like baby's head is even further down now.the pain relief isn't quite as efficient any more either. They've also given me steroid injections just in case and currently stuck on a drip, anyone who's not a first timer think it could be labour? X 34+5

IcingTheCake Fri 31-May-13 18:41:56

No help here im afraid ginger but sounds very exciting smile

OhGood Fri 31-May-13 19:41:17

Hi all - I know I dropped off the thread ages ago but I've finished work (woooohoooo) and the builders are (nearly) out the house (woooooohoooo x a million) so we have our downstairs back, and I am going to have some time to spend just being pregnant. Well, and bringing everything back downstairs / organising madly / getting dust out of everything etc. And spending some good time with DD.

It sounds like I have missed out a few early arrivals - congratulations to all involved and I hope all's well with LOs, especially very earlies. Will have a look for the stats thread. And ginger goodness are you going to be next?? Good luck if so.

My baby's breech at the mo - anyone else?

cheekbyjowl Fri 31-May-13 19:47:33

I don't meet the qualifying criteria ginger but sounds like it doesn't it? exciting!

cheekbyjowl Fri 31-May-13 19:49:16

ohgood yes at 34 weeks. hope this little lady (or man) is for turning!

MummyKanny Fri 31-May-13 21:41:46

Ooh congratulations to all those that are on maternity leave now! Let the nesting-fest begin! I still have four whole weeks of work left, grump. It is becoming a real chore now.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and has lots of exciting weekend plans grin

MummyKanny Fri 31-May-13 21:49:32

Oh and Ellie - I absolutely love those bath things from Lush! They are brilliant, keep my skin nice and soft. Would highly recommend.

Has anyone heard anything from Beginning? Hope she is okay!

dinkystinky Fri 31-May-13 22:01:44

Evening all - finally home now and pleased to be back in my own space. Ginger - it does sound like labour is starting for you from what you describe - I hope the birth goes smoothly. Thinking of you.

Thinking, vinegar and photographer - congrats on starting your mat leaves. No work till 2014 sounds like an awfully long time doesn't it - but it will fly by. Along with quite a few others I have another 2 weeks to go till mat leave. Think I should be OK to last out till then - 2 days of waddling up and down legoland hills and steps hasn't made me feel any different so reckon Bean is going to be another late arrival like ds1.

Good luck with the move and antenatal class Totally - your parents sound like stars!

OhGood - welcome back. Bean was breech but is currently head down at an angle. Spinning babies website has good suggestions on how to encourage a breech baby to turn.

Cheeseandbread Fri 31-May-13 22:30:15

Good luck ginger

Glad you're home safe and sound dinky and not too worn out by the sound of it.

The hospital called earlier with the results from my speculum swab on Tuesday- no waters but they found some group b strep (a natural bacteria that comes and goes but can be dangerous for baby) this means they will need to put me on antibiotics via a drip when I go into labour. Anyone experience this before? Also I was hoping for a water birth does anyone know if this means I won't be able to have one now...? The midwife on the phone didn't seem to think it would be a problem but she didn't sound certain.

Hope everyone is having a relaxing Friday night.

paolocee Fri 31-May-13 22:36:44

Thanks for all your good wish wax. In hospital now - OH has had several tests and all show mild preeclampsia. She's being monitored for one more night before they decide what to do. The Two Ronnies are in fine fettle.
When we arrived at the hospital we were offered a CHOICE of two rooms. We went for the one with the jacuzzi. grin

I hope you all have a lovely Friday night.

dinkystinky Fri 31-May-13 22:37:02

Cheese - a friend from my Feb 09 thread had this. Being on a drip meant she had to be on labour ward, not birth centre, so she had a dry birth - I think it depends on hospital policy and if there is a birth pool on the ward and your mW, but hopefully one of our stealth medics can properly advise.

paolocee Fri 31-May-13 22:37:58

Whilst I am happy with the all the good wish wax I'm also grateful for the good wishes!!

evelynj Fri 31-May-13 23:04:14

Hello all

Just popping up my head to say howdy-I'm due with number 2 on 22 July, planning c-section as had with first & now think I'd like same again (control freak coming out...). Finished work & enjoying mostly laziness with periods of pregnancy rage particularly with workmen delays as having bathroom added downstairs & taking forever.

Likely to be lurking &'posting more now as getting so tired.

Looking forward to hearing more of the birth stories & frustrations of waiting etc from everyone ;)

BadMissM Fri 31-May-13 23:28:02

Paolo Hope OH is doing OK and that the Two Ronnies are fine xxx
Jacuzzi sounds lovely.....

Dinky Welcome back!

Ginger Sounds like labour to me....

Me.... 32+5, scan yesterday showed LO apparently at size of 35 weeks, weighing about 5 pounds. Damn consultant absent again. Now have 2 appts next week, another the week after, don't see the consultant for her 'decision' on the LCS til 20 June. Just have to hope haven't given birth yet....

MIL in meltdown, DH arsey, house falling apart, washing machine died today just when I thought I might have enough saved for a tumble dryer.... DD's foot going sodding septic as practice nurse completely ignored hospital's instruction to change dressings every other day, and has only changed it once a week..... GRRR!

Badmissm- bummer! I hope tomorrow is a better day. Washing machine collapse at this stage would send any of us into meltdown. I hope they pay attention to dd's foot now. I remember you saying district nurse only changing dressing once a week.
Ginger- hope allgoing smoothlysounds like you are in labour. Good luck
Paolo- room with a jacuzzi- it could only be scandinavia- luxury and quite right too! Hope your partner is still doing ok.
Well done to those finishing work- i am almost there and has made me feelcalmer.
Strep b- cant remember who it was- bet there is a thread on mnet that will tell you all you need to know.
Elliej- nothing is working for itching. Thank you for the link- i try to stay away from all bath stuff as produces more problems for me. I am so ao itchy. Tonight its doing my head in. Piroton seems not to be working or meds. I thoughtmedswould have kicked in by now. Thank goodness dh is now in same country, although at this stageseparatebeds might be helpful. Have finallypacked hospital bag, made playlist for birth, sorted work cpd etc and sent presents in advance to various nieces/ nephews etc for their birthdays. Just have to to sort my tax stuff and build pushchair now.

paolocee Sat 01-Jun-13 04:54:27

Oops, sorry, the jacuzzi comment was a joke. Not even the Swedes have such luxury in their maternity rooms. As far as I know.

dinkystinky Sat 01-Jun-13 08:08:15

Paolo - hope OH and the babies are OK. Sounds like they are monitoring her closely - my prediction is the Ronnies will be here in 3 weeks time...

Ginger and beginning - hope all going OK with you and your babies.

Evelyn - welcome. Add yourself and your baby to the stats thread (see link on first post on thread).

Princess - you sound ready for the new arrival.So sorry the itching is driving you crazy still.

BadmissM - I would have screamed! Pals for hospital consultant and practice manager to complain about the practice nurse for sure. Appliances online and appliances direct (both online) do great deals/prices on washing machines/driers (discovered them when redoing house 2 years ago). Quick delivery too.

SlouchingPanda Sat 01-Jun-13 08:10:54

Paolo And there was me thinking that it's not too late to transfer my care to Sweden if jacuzzis are the norm! I'll stay put now. Glad to hear the Two Ronnies are well and hope that Mrs Paolo is ok.

Cheese - different places seem to have different policies on GBS and water births, so it will very much depend on policy in your hospital. The antibiotic drip isn't likely to be continuous, they'll hook you up to it for about 15mins every 4h so it may be possible to get in the pool between times. Hope it works out for you - might be worth giving your labour ward a ring to get a definite answer.

BadMissM hope today is better for you, and good luck to Ginger and Beginning - any news.

My shopping trip yesterday was completely fruitless. I went to get some hooded towels from mothercare, but they were rather cheap-looking and thin so I held off. I tried on a few maternity bras there too and ran away traumatised by their horridness. Think I'll push the boat out for some Hotmilk ones when the time comes.

Bargain hunters:my local Aldi had packs of 3 muslins for £3, wipes for 78p and various other baby things. Might head back there later to pick up some nappies.

I am still a bit shock at how pregnant I look all of a sudden. I used to stand in front of the mirror sticking my belly out... now I stand with my bump out of the reflection trying to remember what I used to look like!!

Happy Saturday all! Mine involves shopping and a statistics assignment. One likely to be a whole lot more fun than the other... although with the town centre on a Saturday, you never know!

34+2

esme80 Sat 01-Jun-13 08:10:57

princess Im sorry your still so itchy! I would have imagined that the medication would have helped! Being this pregnant is uncomfortable enough, without having something else on top of it. Hope you can find something that makes you a bit more comfortable, it sounds like youve tried a lot...

dinkystinky Sat 01-Jun-13 08:54:07

See Slouching - the good thing about having a humungobump from early on is I'm used to it by now. Spent large parts of our holiday reassuring total strangers that I have another month to go till due date and am fine. Aldi nappies meant tone pretty good. Hooded towels - I love the skip hop ones (3 animal themes - ds1 is monkey, ds2 is owl and bean has a duck waiting for him/her) - soft and huge (ds1 is a tall 7 year old and still uses his) you can get them from great little trading co and often 15-25% discount sales on - just need to keep an eye out for them.

VinegarDrinker Sat 01-Jun-13 09:01:56

Morning all.

Re. GBS as slouching says it varies from unit to unit. Where I work now they are fine for you to labour on the MLU and in water (just need to cover the cannula with waterproof dressing). Ask your local labour ward.

Re towels, We got given a couple of hooded towels but tbh always just used normal ones. They do look cute though!

Had a crappy night's sleep. We coslept til 6 months or so but DS has been fine in his own room since about 1... Until this week hmm He has woken v upset and really wanted to come into our bed for the last two nights running. Hope, hope, hope it's just a random blip. I do quite like co-sleeping usually but not when huge and uncomfy anyway, plus we only have a normal double and there isn't space!

I've also got a left ear totally blocked with wax (can't hear out of it and constant high pitched ringing), tried Otex drops but that has made it 10x worse and the whole ear is now painful and throbbing. Necking paracetamol and using olive oil drops but if anyone has any other tips before I can get hold of the Drs and beg the nurse to syringe it asap please do share!

Cheeseandbread Sat 01-Jun-13 09:51:06

Thanks very much for the advice regarding group b strep. I'll ask my midwife what the hospital policy is re waterbirths when I see her next. I had a little look at Dr Google but was told by the hospital to steer clear as there are lots of horror stories... DH has also banned me from further looking... I've decided not to mention it to anyone- apart from you guys as I don't want to worry family.

What lovely weather today! Just had breakfast outside in the garden with DH. This is one of our last free weekends pre beans arrival... So strange to think that.

I hope those going shopping today have fun.

Still sending good luck vibes to Ginger and Beginning

33 weeks today!

Cheeseandbread Sat 01-Jun-13 09:52:18

Sorry you are feeling poorly Vinegar sorry I don't have any advice on the ear front but hoping someone else does x

BB01 Sat 01-Jun-13 10:10:58

Vinegar it may sound crazy but tug your ear lobe down and yank it a few times. Always seems to give me some respite albeit temporary!

paolocee Sat 01-Jun-13 10:45:23

Sorry dinkystinky but they've just told us that they're going to deliver the 2Rs by C-section tomorrow at noon.
Yikes!

Cheeseandbread Sat 01-Jun-13 12:07:47

Wow Paolocee how very exciting! Good luck to you the two Ronnies and Mrs Paolocee!! X

Runswithsquirrels Sat 01-Jun-13 12:29:20

Good luck Paolo and Mrs Paolo! These babies will come early, won't they! X

SlouchingPanda Sat 01-Jun-13 12:39:25

Twins! grin Good luck to all four of you!

Thanks for the towel advice - hooded ones do look cute, but as my mum said, she just used normal towels and we turned out ok! She is still adamant I need a baby bath though hmm and was horrified when I said I was thinking about getting a big rubber bucket which would at least be useful afterwards. I can see this one is going to run and run...

Re GBS, I know you said you didn't want to Google (v wise), but my local hospital info leaflet links to this website which you might find useful.

SilverBirdie Sat 01-Jun-13 13:58:16

Ooooo more babies arriving! Hope all goes well Paolo exciting times.
vinegar we are in the same position with Ds who's always been a wonderful sleeper. The last two weeks have been exhausting so I've given up work early. You have my sympathies but sadly no words of wisdom.... Nothing but co sleeping us working here.
Had my first blub today. Not sure if its entirely warranted or hormones... Just feel like my family are all so flipping busy and make zero effort anymore. I'm close to my twin sis but all I get recently is text updates on her pregnancy (22 weeks ) and she gave me recycled wedding presents for my birthday sad I'm not materialistic but nothing at all would have been nicer. Last time I met up with her she didn't even acknowledge ds. No hug or hello just couldn't wait for me to go to the shoe shop to give her a second opinion. Lots more things adding to it all and me finally booing sad
Ahhhh well...... Parked up outside Mamasandpapas factory shop waiting for Ds to wake so I'm going to get some retail therapy!
Mw on Thursday so might make some decision re: vbac or elcs... Lots if bhicks recently.

Abzs Sat 01-Jun-13 14:03:52

Does anyone with small DCs who are fascinated by diggers want to swap houses? For, say, the next three years? The contractors prepping the site over the road for infrastructure have been here three weeks now and the noise is really staring to get on my nerves. I know it can't be done without noise, but when the rock crusher started up at 7.15 this morning I could have cried. Instead I Facebooked a photo, and considered starting a Twitter feed just so I could hashtag them...

whitedaffodil Sat 01-Jun-13 14:21:10

Hi all, the thread dropped off my list but have enjoyed catching up with the news. These babies seem to be coming now don't the ... paolo's two will certainly add to the list.

On GBS I've just done the self-take swab test through TDL (the doctor's laboratory). If you contact them they will send you a pack and the cost is £35. My hospital don't believe in testing and that's fine, but I'd rather get a negative and put it out of my mind (here's hoping) and I'm suspicious of some of these NHS policies as being cost-based. Results due in a couple of days.

Am also looking for glass or stainless steel baby bottles, green kid stainless steel look good but they won't tell me which steam sterilisers they're compatible with (they must KNOW,surely?) as obviously the microwave ones won't be much use! Anybody else used or looking at them?

Can't wait to finish work next Fri and focus properly on what still needs to be done!

Cheeseandbread Sat 01-Jun-13 15:13:17

Slouching thanks for the link on GBS! I haven't got a baby bath either... Not sure if I'm going to get one.

Silver sorry you are feeling down. Hopefully a bit of retail therapy will cheer you up.

White daffodil a mummy friend gave me a glass bottle the other day. She said it was better for expressed milk as plastic can interfere with the nutrients... I didn't know this.

I love sunny days... On a picnic rug in the garden at the mo watching DH garden smile

Good luck team paolo. Amazing how many are coming now.
I wonder how ginger is?also how oliver is getting on this weekend. I saw emblosion's baby is doing well. - is there another on way too?
White daffoldil- i think it was you re bottles, i have done extensive research and the best bottles seem to be nuk ones although there are loads on the market. They should fit an avent steriliser as far as i remember but a bit of a fiddle. Last time i ended up using milton steriliser- which is just a big container with milton tablet and water in- easy peasy- i always rinse in hot water after too though just in case of milton chemicals.
Would you believe on top of the vile itching everywhere dd and me both now have nits- i am like a crazy women waving headlice treatment round- i will not go into labour with headlice.
Good luck with the house moves
Vinegar- sorry about the ear- when it happens to me sometimes i try to make a vaccuum by using a finger in ear and wiggling then taking finger out with pop- yet another sign i'm going crazy probably
Abz- so sorry about the builders- what a nightmare even on sat am. Maybe you could find out when earth works will stop?

dinkystinky Sat 01-Jun-13 18:39:10

Hope all goes smoothly tomorrow Paolo - pop on and let us know how you and OH and the twins are doing.

Abzs - check with your council. There should be planning/noise restrictions on building work in residential areas - no way would they be allowed to start work at 7.15 around here.

Vinegar - ugh re the ear. Olive oil drops are best to soften the wax - could also try holding hot water bottle to ear too as can help alleviate the pressure. Sleep regression v common in toddlers pure birth of sibling - ds1 was great sleeper generally but crap before ds2 arrived - they know change is coming and are looking for reassurance. Keep reminding yourself this too is a phase that will pass.

Princess llama - I swear by the nitty gritty comb for those itchy critters.

Silver - hugs to you. Sometimes people don't realise how they are coming across. If you are close to your twin, can you speak to her about how you're feeling disconnected from her?

Had nice day today - walked down to Portobello road (via several playgrounds) with my boys, met old school friend and her mum for lunch (hadn't seen her for 6 years) then amble home. Dh currently pressure washing our patio while I supervise ds1 and ds2 eating ice creams ( trying to run down freezer so can defrost it tomorrow). Have pregnancy yoga and puppet show to look forward to tomorrow - along with quick stop at office to bring home suits/shoes/bulky stuff I can't get home in rush hour.

Discovery of the day as i passed the mirror post shower - with humungobump and outy belly button, my silhouette currently bears an uncanny resemblance to Snoopy. Hope that cheers up anyone feeling blue x

BB01 Sat 01-Jun-13 18:39:13

Good look Paolo and Mrs Paolo!

dinkystinky Sat 01-Jun-13 19:30:10

Princessllama - I think Shiv is posting on her other thread how Oliver is doing and updating on FB too. On FB, she's said Oliver went on to CPAP but is now back on BPAP after some bad gases and is due a blood transfusion which might help with things - she's also had a few skin to skin cuddles (complete with photos) which look v cute indeed. My mum does that wiggling in the ear thing - but with a hair pin! Not sure I'd recommend it though...

photographerlady Sat 01-Jun-13 19:53:49

Wow we are going to need a post-natal thread soon at this rate

Good luck tomorrow, team paolo!

House move is stressful, but we're surviving. Still loads left to do, but we're all too knackered to do anything more today. Apart from DD who is still awake & fighting sleep....

Abzs Sat 01-Jun-13 21:36:15

Dinky - I've reported via the council's automated system. 7-7 is permitted on weekdays, but unless they have been granted an exception 6:45am on a Saturday is not. I'd like to know who was consulted if they have been...
Am already imagining marching across the road and presenting a screaming Small to the site manager.

Team Paolo - forgot to wish you luck as I ranted this morning. Good Luck to the four of you!

MrsMillions Sat 01-Jun-13 21:41:02

Just a quicky from me as fighting sleep but good luck tomorrow Team Paolo!

CitizenOscar Sat 01-Jun-13 21:55:31

Cheese - re group b strep - I had positive swab last pregnancy and would have been able to have water birth at our hospital (if pools hadn't been already occupied). Turned out just to need a dose of antibiotics on arrival but not by drip so had very little impact on my labour experience. They did pay special attention to DS after he was born and gave him antibiotics as they thought he might have an infection.

The only problem really was that the cannula (and DS's cannula) made BF on one side a bit more tricky as they got in the way.

It really wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared when I read the leaflet.

Hope that helps.

notprincesskate Sat 01-Jun-13 22:30:36

Just popping in before bed, good luck team paolo and ginger hope things are going in the right direction for you.
I do need to know though, who has told theses babies that its already July, its not, it's only June!
We've now got a tummy tub, rather than a baby bath to save space, looks interesting, not sure if we'll get on with it, we also have hooded towels, gt ours from ikea, not really a necessity, but DD used to look so cute in hers we got a couple more for this baby.
I did have a whole list of people to namecheck, but my bed is calling now, sorry, but will say hope all of those who have had a rubbish day today or problems, that things improve tomorrow, will see if I can improve on my advice tomorrow wink. Only last thing to say is those thinking of doing some bulk baking, don't make my mistake and do make sure you have space to freeze everything you cook, I'm now struggling to get it all in doh.

MrsRoss26 Sat 01-Jun-13 22:30:44

Evening all, just popping in to say I hope all goes well for the two Ronnies and MrsPaolo tomorrow, fingers crossed for a quick cs and recovery.

We've had a very long day, starting with me painting the bathroom at 8am hmm and then on to a wedding. Am very glad to be home and tucked up! I hope the weather is treating you all as well as it has for us today smile

MarieKL Sat 01-Jun-13 22:40:02

Dinky thank you for all the advice. Will go searching for supplements tomorrow. Smiling at you looking like Snoopy and enjoyingnyour updates about London. Makes me really miss it until you remind me about the Tube!

Paolo Amazing news, good luck for tomorrow. Ginger thinking of you. Let us know how you get on.

good luck to Totally for the house move and everyone else having work done. Badmiss we used Applicances Direct as well and they were really good. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

Vingear Have you tried Hopi candles? Nt sure if you can use them in pg and I suggest having someone else around to help you light them but the few times I've tried them they've really worked.

Congrats to all those starting mat leave and Hold in there all those with a few more weeks to go.

Sorry not to reply to everyone else but like Abzs fighting sleep so off to bed.

Supershiv1 Sun 02-Jun-13 00:55:41

Cooo-eeee. Marking place you jibber jabbas with your humungo bellys (only jealous).
Good luck to those ready to pop. Am sure you will be fine. X

Thinkingof4 Sun 02-Jun-13 07:46:50

Just quick message to paolo and Ginger good luck and looking forward to hearing more baby news today!

hi shiv <waves> hope Oliver is doing well

On phone as have been at wedding, yesterday was very busy but a beautiful waterside ceremony, lots of lovely food and a bit of sunshine so couldn't have asked for any more!!

Cheeseandbread Sun 02-Jun-13 08:21:57

Citizen Thanks for sharing your experience. Fingers crossed things will be straight forward for me.

Dinky I liked your snoopy comparison smile. I've got something to give others a giggle too. Last night thought I'd be a bit romantic and tried to fit into some nice underwear all my new bras are basic, functional and either black, white or beige I ended up laughing at myself in the mirror as I looked ridiculous trying to squeeze into my 34A bra... DH came in and asked what all the laughing was about... Then he saw me and we both started laughing together... Not a very romantic start ...

Good luck to team Paolo today. Anyone heard from beginning or ginger are they on the fb thread?

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Cheeseandbread Sun 02-Jun-13 08:23:26

Shiv hello! Hope Oliver is getting stronger. Sending virtual hugs and good vibes your way.

VinegarDrinker Sun 02-Jun-13 08:27:55

Good to "see" you shiv - and lots of vibes for Oliver.

Good luck today Paolo and the Mrs.

Another shitty night's sleep here with earache, cricked neck and heartburn. Ah well, the end is in sight!

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Persuasion Sun 02-Jun-13 09:31:50

Good luck for today paulo. Good luck also to beginning and ginger, and anyone else on the way, these babies really can't tell the time shock

Lovely to 'see' you shiv - I hope all is well, keep popping in, we'll all be joining you soon at this rate!

Abzs I hope it's sorted soon, definitely sounds the right thing to report it. It's just so thoughtless, that sort of thing gets me all righteously angry.

I hope the move goes well totally - we've had the last week off work and making the ikea flat pack nearly killed me (to finish the final bits around the house before baby comes), I can't imagine moving house at this stage. Make sure you get someone else doing all the hard work and you have a good seat to give directions from!

I hope you're feeling better soon vinegar, sounds like syringing is going to be the way forward.

I'm feeling quite sorry for myself today. I've pulled a muscle in my back, and it keeps almost getting better, then it suddenly gets worse again. It's been about 3 weeks, I've seen the GP who can't suggest anything beyond paracetamol, rest and a hot water bottle. They all help a bit but it's so sore again today and I just want to cry sad And it's frustrating because the PIL have been visiting this weekend, which has been lovely, but probably means I haven't rested as much as I should, so I only have myself to blame for it being bad today. And humungobump means I can't really compensate for it. Anyone with any ideas would be most welcome!

Ok, small rant coming, feel free to ignore but i need to offload somewhere other than poor supportive DH: The other things I need to complain about (in no particular order) are heartburn, insomnia, night time peeing, the return of greasy hair and spots, and my parents telling me how massive I am-including my mom telling me my bum has got fat (I'm in the same jeans as at 12 weeks, so objectively not true but angry especially as I am quite sensitive bout my weight although thy don't seem to have noticed)

Right, rant over! The good news is only one more week at work grin

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dinkystinky Sun 02-Jun-13 11:36:55

Thinking - sounds like a lovely wedding.

Cheese - your bra story made me chuckle too. Thanks for sharing!

Persuasion and Vinegar - sorry you are both feeling so rough. Persuasion - ouch re your back. Have you tried heat on the affected area to see if it helps? Try to remember to squat to pick things up and not carrying a handbag if poss too. I occasionally have shoulder and upper back problems and those things help. Re the other gripes - if its any consolation we all know how you feel. I've lost count of the number of people who have told me I'm massive (to be fair I am - I look like someone has stuck a Zeppelin on my front!) But keep reminding yourself the end is in sight.

cheekbyjowl Sun 02-Jun-13 12:47:27

hi chums

hello shiv and oliver , looking forward to hearing about two ronnies, ginger and beginning. what did emulsion/emblosion (never get it right) call her little boy?

re: wedding what a great day for a wedding. glad you had a super time. wells done on getting the bathroom done...hard core!

re: back pain. have you tried cold press too if its inflamed? I find it conforts less than a hot water bottle but helps more

re mat leave: horray to you all. enjoy your time off and rest well. still about 5 weeks for me but its a good thing as weve had an offer accepted on a house and want to gets the paper work done before mat pay. plus we need someone to buck this early arrival trend right? im happy to volunteer im not at all ready to be a mum.

dinky glad you had a great holiday. how is your ds1 now. has it settled at school for him?

who was it contemplating a move to iceland? what happened with that decision? x

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Gingerpanther27 Sun 02-Jun-13 15:43:20

Can't remember who asked but yes I'm on the fb thread I've just not posted on it, update is basically contractions have slowed down now and baby is deciding going to be lazy and cling on in there (think homer Simpson style) I have been given steroids just in case but now have suspected blood clot in my lung

bigbelly4 Sun 02-Jun-13 15:55:16

just marking my spot!

Persuasion Sun 02-Jun-13 16:20:12

Oh no ginger. Are you feeling unwell with it or are you okay (as far as can be anyway)? At least you're in the right place. I hope it's all a false alarm.

Thanks dinky and cheek, for the sympathy and the suggestions. I've been finding the hot water bottle quite helpful but hadn't tried cold, so I've been to boots and got a cold compress to try later.

Welcome back bigbelly. How are you getting on?

SlouchingPanda Sun 02-Jun-13 17:01:24

Things I have done for the last time this weekend:

1. Painted my toenails
2. Cycled my bike

There simply isn't room for me to bend over to to them any more. Thank goodness it's warming up as socks were ditched a while ago.

In other news, I am thinking of getting my scrubs embroidered for the final two weeks of work.

I am 34+ weeks now
Yes, it's my first
I'm going off work at 36 weeks
Yes, I am excited hmm
No, I don't know what I'm having
No, I'm not having it here
Yes I would like to sit down, please!

I know everyone means well, but it would save me a lot of time!

Special thanks to Cheese for cheering me right up with the bra story. I have put all my old ones that don't fit in a box in the loft never to be opened again ... I have three left sad. Popped in to look at Hotmilk bras yesterday but as I don't know what size I'll end up, I held back for now. Tis only a few weeks...

Paolo - hope the team are all ok. I am on the edge of my bouncing ball waiting to find out if the Two Ronnies are, in fact, the Two Ronnettes. Good luck to all imminent birthers... I think we need a sweekpstake on who will be the last one standing what with all these early birds!

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MummyKanny Sun 02-Jun-13 17:42:41

Hi all, hope you all are enjoying the sunshine! Amazing how many babies are early, clearly want to make the most of the summer! Hope you are all doing okay. How exciting, it doesn't seem like that long ago that we were moaning about morning sickness and wondering when we would start to show..

Have had a productive weekend, ordered a few more baby essentials (like a nice robe for me - I consider that is an essential wink) and did a little more tidying. Weekends are now pretty much dedicated to baby things so pleased to have made some progress.

DH and I are on our way back from the first of our natal hypnotherapy classes (second and final one next Sunday). DH is grumpy that he missed the bulk of the sunshine but it's just too bad smile I found it pretty useful, it is closer to meditation than hypnosis and a lot less airy fairy than I thought it would be. The deep breathing exercises were pretty effective. I think it might be worth picking up a CD on eBay/gumtree if you're unsure about a class but open to the theory of it. Next week we are looking at applying the relaxation techniques to the different stages of labour which is likely to be a bit more useful. Anyone else had any experiences?

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MummyKanny Sun 02-Jun-13 17:45:11

Oops, got ahead of myself, am 33+3.

paolocee Sun 02-Jun-13 19:08:16

The Two Ronettes arrived at 1pm today, weighing 5lbs and 4.5lbs respectively and beyond the bounds of bonny. Mrs Paolo is currently recovering from severe preeclampsia in intensive care but should be fine.

Paolo is currently girding his loins in preparation for a life of servitude to his three lovely girrrls. (Father Ted reference for all of you there). He is very tired but knows this is only the beginning.

Thanks for all your good wishes and good luck to all of you for your imminent births.

BB01 Sun 02-Jun-13 19:23:43

Congrats Paolo!!

Cheeseandbread Sun 02-Jun-13 19:45:47

Wow congratulations Paolo!! flowers

Congratulations team paolo!

IcingTheCake Sun 02-Jun-13 20:10:05

Aww congratulations! I hope MrsPaolo has a quick and speedy recovery and you get lots of newborn snuggles smile

SundaySunshine Sun 02-Jun-13 20:14:15

Just a quickie to say congratulations to Paolo & mrs Paolo sounds like a nice big glass of wine is called for smile. Wishing mrs Paolo a speedy recovery.

Back from holiday now, will catch up with everyone's news tomorrow as I'm knackered and off to bed. Good night all x

notprincesskate Sun 02-Jun-13 20:14:36

Congratulations team paolo, hope mrs p makes a swift recovery.
ginger sorry to hear you're having a rough time, fingers crossed its just a bump in the road.
Have just overheard DH talking to BIL on the phone, telling him how massive I am shock and I thought I looked reasonable, although catching sight of myself yesterday, I probably have to agree I am now massive........ Good job my bum is balancing out my bump, else I might topple over. Not quite sure how my picture in my head of myself, can look so different to my reflection.
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dinkystinky Sun 02-Jun-13 20:24:32

Congratulations on your little girls arriving Paolo - I hope they and your OH recover quickly from the birth, and you're all home soon x

Ginger - hope you are doing OK. Are you still in hospital? What is the treatment plan re the blood clot? Thinking of you And hoping you and little one will be OK.

Runswithsquirrels Sun 02-Jun-13 20:40:02

Congratulations Paolo and family! X

Hope the blood clot turns out to be a false alarm, Ginger.

Abzs Sun 02-Jun-13 22:15:03

Congratulations to Paolo and his lovely girls! Wishing Mrs Paolo a swift recovery.

All quiet on the western front today (for that is what it looks like).

Any tips on how to scratch an itchy back when both arms cramp trying to reach? I'm going for copying the cat and squirming while laying down.

I went to a class on self relaxation and hypnosis on Friday. It was quite interesting until the tutor mentioned earth energy, then my inner woo alarm bells went off. Worth having been to though, I think, for the techniques around calming and focusing. Did I say this already? Having a bit of a deja vu feeling.

Abzs Sun 02-Jun-13 22:18:33

Notprincesskate - snap. 35+0, looking massive front and back!

CitizenOscar Sun 02-Jun-13 22:39:37

Congrats Paolo! Hope you all get home safely & can start adjusting to the new normal! smile

Feeling huge & unwieldy now (35 weeks). On maternity leave but looking after DS1 so not much rest yet! Really hoping DS2 arrives on schedule or perhaps a little early... Not sure I can waddle around much longer!

But shouldn't complain because am otherwise well, just uncomfortable.

Best wishes to all those suffering more & those with newborns to squish already.

MarieKL Sun 02-Jun-13 22:47:15

Congratulations Paolo and Mrs Paolo. Enjoy getting to know your lovely girls.

Ginger thinking of you and hoping the suspected blood clot turns out to be just that.

Persuasion feel free to rant away. Ongoing back ache plus all the other niggles just aren't much fun. I hope you manage to find some relief soon.

Cheek really exciting news on the house. I hope the rest of the process goes smoothly.

I'm defintely with everyone who is feeling huge. Love Slouchingpandas idea for the scrubs. My current reply to anyone asking me if I know what I'm having is 'a baby I think but could be a kitten'. That's if DS doesn't get in first with his 3 options, long hair, short hair or no hair!

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 06:18:53

Cheek - such exciting news about your house offer being accepted. Fingers crossed all goes smoothly. Thanks for asking about ds1 - I think he's settled down abit at school. First week back now so I guess time will tell. He has strong dyspraxic and dyslexic tendencies (while being a bright boy) so it may be that those aren't helping much either.

Slouching - not long to go now!

Abzs - can you scratch that itch on the corner of a wall? Or a tree - like Baloo from jungle book? Re relaxation class - as with everything to do with parenthood, my top tip is to take from it what you personally find useful and ignore the rest. I did hypnobirthing for ds2's birth - some was a bit full on so I ignored that and focused on the relaxation techniques and mantras I personally found useful. Glad you had a day off from the earthworks.

VinegarDrinker Mon 03-Jun-13 08:30:53

Congratulations Paolo and MrsPaolo!

Slouching - hah, I am with you on the embroidered scrubs! Especially "no I'm not having her here, please don't take it personally".

In awe of those dealing with house moves at this stage!

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 12:54:56

I see from FB that we've had another thread early arrival - doubtless the new mum will be on shortly to update us. What is it with all these early babies? Never had so many early babies arrive among friends expecting when I had DS1 or on my antenatal thread with DS2.

shelley72 Mon 03-Jun-13 13:54:43

afternoon all, made it back from holiday in one piece (just) and just trying to catch up on the thread now. congratulations on your new babies to emblosion, paolocee and the other mystery new mum (am not on FB). hope you are doing well ginger and beginning. i cant believe all of these early babies - they are so impatient smile. hope those who have now finished work are enjoying their maternity leave in the sunshine.

as for me, i honestly dont think i will make it to july either. had another unexpected trip to hospital whilst on holiday after a bit of an accident, all was / is fine with the baby. im a bit bruised and battered but was ok once the shock wore off. you have lovely midwives ladies in cornwall. think i frightened my DCs though, DS in particular was a bit strange around me afterwards. he is a worrier bless him.

had my 36 wk appointment today and saw a different MW who cant be sure that the baby isnt breech so i am booked in for a presentation scan next week before final decision re VBAC v ELCS is made. makes sense i guess - though i am still terrified of the thought of going through a section again, even though we all made it through unscathed last time. this week i am getting myself organised and making meals, packing bags etc ready. am feeling a bit scared and sad that i may only have two weeks of being pregnant left EVER shock

Thinkingof4 Mon 03-Jun-13 14:10:23

Congratulations paolo on the safe arrival of your girls and to the other mummy on FB (not on there so not sure who it is)
Ginger hope you are being well looked after

Hope totally got on well with move I too can't imagine having to pack/unpack a whole house at this stage!!

vinegar hope your ear is feeling better, I'd keep going with olive oil and hopefully that will sort it

Another one here struggling in the heat, and starting to feel enormous, but only really when the sun comes out. It is great to have good weather though as much easier to entertain the wee ones outside.
Less than one month till due date now eek!
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dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 14:11:13

God Shelley - I hope you and the baby are ok and your bruises are fading fast and not giving you too much trouble. Falls when pregnant are pretty scary. Sending you hugs and virtual chocolate biscuits.

Try and look on the presentation scan as another opportunity to see your baby rather than focusing on the final decision. Have you had a look at the natal hypnotherapy for VBAC or for Csection cds? Might help you with your concerns and anxieties about the way the baby comes out. But ultimately both you and your baby will be fine, whichever way they make their way into the world.

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 14:13:33

Thinking its exactly a month to my due date from tomorrow! Am planning on getting the kids paddling pool out from when maternity leave starts and wallowing in it like a hippo if the summer actually starts in earnest before this baby arrives.

notprincesskate Mon 03-Jun-13 14:34:22

Does anyone have any experience of having their waters broken as a means of starting labour? At my vbac appt I agreed that if I went into labour naturally then I would try for a vbac else I would have a section booked at around term, in all honesty with the information that the consultants were giving me I thought I had very little chance of getting to term let al

notprincesskate Mon 03-Jun-13 14:43:57

Ahh phone.... Let alone going into labour, I asked and the consultant agreed that they wouldn't induce me as previous section and the risk that the vbac would fail anyway. Now I'm 35 weeks and starting to think I might actually get there after all, (after spending the last 15 weeks worrying unnecessarily!)
Anyway I asked about the possibility of being delivered at 38 weeks due to the GD ( i think thats the NICE guidelines) and whilst this is a possibility, they also said as its only diet controlled they could leave me, and then not induce me but break my waters as I'm keen on having a vbac- I don't really have strong feelings either way, apart from not really wanting to labour for hours and then to be sectioned anyway as baby not really ready to be born. Surely breaking my waters is a form of induction and what happens if it doesn't start labour? I'm going to ask m/w next time I see her but wondered if anyone had any experience or advice?

OhGood Mon 03-Jun-13 16:33:25

Congrats the paolos - hope MrsP is recovering and your little twins are doing well.

persuasion is it a pulled muscle or PGP? I totally did my back in a few weeks ago and luckily found a white witch of a chiro who got my pelvis back in place and helped. it's awful and I sympathise.

notprincesskate it sounds to me that breaking your waters is exactly a form of induction.

Cheekbyjowl have you got any views on ECV?

I am a bit anti, partly because there's a risk and partly because this baby has been in exactly the same position for months and I just don't see him moving now. Need to see what a scan says though. Apparently there is a doc. at the hospital in Oxford who is a total guru at turning them, so I am going to beg for a referral to him if it comes to it.

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 16:35:30

NPK - having your waters broken is a form of induction. When I went in to be induced with DS1, I was 2 cm dilated already - what they did was break my waters and then hook me up to the syntocin drip to make my existing contractions (which had been going on unbeknownst to me all day) much much stronger. Once you're on the drip, you're not as able to move round lots - though you can still sit on a ball/move around on the bed etc.

BadMissM Mon 03-Jun-13 17:54:49

Paolo CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, Mrs Paolo and The Two Ronettes thanks thanks thanks thanks

Me...33 weeks today. Feeling amazingly humungous, and at 32 week scan last week, they told me he was measuring at least 35. DH laughing at fact bump should pull me over.

Bit tired, have to keep stopping (which is annoying/frustrating). MIL driving me insane. Since she broke up with 87 year old bf, she is spending all the time at our house. Not so bad, but she expects to be entertained, and that I travel about with her...I don't get a free bus pass, and am tired! She also talks through any TV programme she doesn't like, and drives DH mad! I've also got so much to do before LO arrives!

Cheek Hope house goes OK!

Slouching You need to do those scrubs!

Shelley More scared about possibly having to go through a VB again....but they won't make a decision on my ELCS...

Falls v scary when pg, hope all OK now xxx

Dinky You might get to use that paddling pool now!

NPK They are still hesitating to make a decison on mine and I'm on insulin for the GD now..... even though NICE clearly says 38 weeks....

Let's see how many of us hang on into July!!!

Sashabella0 Mon 03-Jun-13 18:01:14

Congratulations Paolo!

Thanks got all the kind words regarding my grandad. Funeral is this Thursday.

I went to the Wychwood festival and had a lovely time. Was dancing in the silent disco until midnight on Friday and Saturday night! Camping wasn't too bad an air bed is great support got a bump!

Currently waiting for my 32 week scan.

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cheekbyjowl Mon 03-Jun-13 19:12:22

on phone so sorry for what I've forgotten. also the guys next to me on the tube have been at ther waccy backy...so will blame them for lack of clarity! thank you for the good lucks on the house grin

who is the new mummy?

badmiss maybe you can line up some potential new suitors for your mil? so you can relinquish your wingman duties.

ohgood I haven't looked into it too closely I'm afraid. ive had to google what a cervix is so have decided to leave most of the medical decisions up to midwives/drs advice as I'm truly clueless. i think that if they think a ecv is possible then I'll give it a shot to reduce the need for a cs.

Abzs Mon 03-Jun-13 19:52:39

Feeling huge in the sun here, too. But measured me and I appear to be 35, which I am. Think the remaining 5 weeks' growth will have to be outwards or sideways, as the space between my pelvis and ribs is feeling full. Maybe I could encourage it to head for the ever expanding backside; there's plenty of room there.

I have a scan tomorrow to check that Small is heading downwards enough. Definitely head down, but still quite diagonal, though the somersaulting phase is over now. Handstands are the new thing from the feel of it confused

Gingerpanther27 Mon 03-Jun-13 20:29:33

Congrats to palao and the two ronnettes :-) update.to say no blood.clot and baby has got
comfy again but still having contractions and still in hospital

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 20:37:35

Hurrah for no blood clot Ginger but sorry you're still stuck in hospital. Hope you're managing to get some sleep.

Glad you had a good time at the festival Sashabella and hope that Thursday goes smoothly and you all get to remember your granddad and say goodbye as you would like to.

Badmissm - your mil would drive me mad too!

IcingTheCake Mon 03-Jun-13 20:55:20

Yay no blood clot ginger !!

Great news about the blood clot (or absence of!) & that you're doing ok, Ginger

npk - when I was induced with DD all they did was rupture my membranes & I started contracting shortly afterwards. No drugs required at all.

Sasha - glad you enjoyed the festival. Will be thinking if you on Thursday.

DH & I have hidden a load of boxes in the spare room & pretending they don't exist. Loving our new house. We have a tiny decking area out the back & it's a total sun trap - we ate all our meals out there today smile

Back to work tomorrow. Only 3 weeks left. Just hope I don't join the early baby club - I really need some time off before the baby gets here to sort things out. (like a hospital bag!)

dinkystinky Mon 03-Jun-13 21:17:57

Glad you're loving your new house Totally - fab having a spare room to hide boxes in! Ds1 and ds2 loved making forts with our packing boxes when we moved.

Ellie has asked the fb lot to update the thread as she can't mn from hospital. Her waters went on Saturday and as the baby was head and one foot down she had a c sec today - baby born weighing over 7 lbs. He is in NNU due to the cleft lip and palate and on cpap to help with breathing. Ellie and her boys have managed to have cuddles with him today though.

dinkystinky Tue 04-Jun-13 09:15:59

Latest delightful pregnancy symptom seems to be an urge to do nocturnal pools - lovely! Between that, ds2 and his bad dream, dh and his tossing and turning, ds1 wetting the bed and the obligatory we trips not much sleep was had in the dinky household last night.

dinkystinky Tue 04-Jun-13 09:16:29

Poos - damn you auto correct!

VinegarDrinker Tue 04-Jun-13 09:19:02

Awww congrats to ellie - I know she was wondering if he would come early, due to the polyhydramnios. Lots of strong breathing vibes for mini ellie and hope the cleft turns out to be at the less severe end of the spectrum.

I'm sitting at home with a cup of tea, having dropped DS at nursery. First work and toddler free day in goodness knows how long! I'll have 2 days a week to myself now until the baby shows up and it feels like a huge luxury! Trying to plan out all the things I've mentally planned to do "when on maternity leave" while trying to shake off the anxious feeling that I should be somewhere doing something! Definitely going to make time for some gardening sitting in the garden drinking iced lemonade today.

dinkystinky Tue 04-Jun-13 09:29:06

That sounds like my kind of gardening Vinegar - enjoy!

mysterymeg Tue 04-Jun-13 09:37:40

Still feeling crappy here. Baby has discovered my rib cage is fun to bounce off and the reflux is awful now. Does anyone have any tips re reflux??

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IcingTheCake Tue 04-Jun-13 09:53:34

Sorry you had such a crap nights sleep dinky!

MysteryMeg i woul suggest you he plenty of fluids in the day and restrict yourself to only tiny amounts of water or milk at night, take gaviscon, sleep with extra pillows so your head is definitely higher than tummy, dont eat late and try to have a bigger lunch/smaller dinner, when it feels like its getting bad, stand up and walk around, chewing gum can help as it gets your tummy going and digests whats in there

IcingTheCake Tue 04-Jun-13 09:54:07

Gah on my phone so lots of spelling mistakes sorry!

photographerlady Tue 04-Jun-13 10:27:53

Morning all.

Dinky Sleeping seems to come in waves. Last week couldn't sleep at all and this week (aside from the 2-3 bathroom trips) I'm knocked out. You well stocked in pillows?

Vinegar enjoy the quiet afternoon smile

Shelly sorry to hear about your fall hope you are feeling much better.

Paolo congrats!

Cheek congrats on the house

And I will join everyone whose feeling huge sad

SundaySunshine Tue 04-Jun-13 11:15:10

Wow, more babies! Congratulations ellie

I sympathise with you Dinky I'm having a hard time sleeping too. Mainly down to DH snoring and DD refusing to sleep in her own bed, night time loo trips, reflux, achey hips, and a four day old headache. Feeling quite sorry for myself!

Shelly, oh dear, that sounds scary, hope your ok now.

Good news ginger glad your blood clot worries are over.

totally well done on your move, not sure I could have done that. I'm having trouble just getting stuff into and out of the loft .

Three days of work left, doesn't sound much but not sure I can manage even that, feeling really crap today sad

Hope everyone else is ok.

36 + 4

I just realised today how good I've been feeling for the last few days. I feel like I have a bit more energy than I did before, even though I'm totally worn out by the evenings. I think it's due to the sunshine! I've really been able to enjoy being pregnant smile It's a shame I'm in work now & can't enjoy it. I hope everyone on maternity leave is enjoying the sun!

MrsRoss26 Tue 04-Jun-13 13:46:59

Paolo massive CONGRATULATIONS! Fantastic news about the two Ronettes, I hope MrsPaolo is recovering well and you both get to take your little bundles home soon for lots of cuddles.

Well done on the house move totally and great stuff on the lack of blood clot ginger. Here's hoping the little ones all stay in a wee bit longer, even though they seem to be slowing us all up!

I have 2 1/2 weeks left at work and leave can't come soon enough. Am totally knackered and unproductive, and trying desparately not to be! NCT classes start tonight and I'm hoping everyone is friendly, and doesn't put my DH off baby groups entirely. He's convinced they're all going to be boring baby-centric hippies!

Huge sympathy to everyone struggling with the waddling and sleep deprivation now (*Dinky*, Sunshine, Photographer). I'm increasingly immobile and probably not helping myself: nesting is really kicking in and led me to mow the lawn yesterday. Vinegar - make the most of sitting for now. That's what we're meant to do on leave!

IcingTheCake Tue 04-Jun-13 13:48:07

SundaySunshine try to do as little as possible at work and maybe sit in the sun on your lunch break? I've been making sure i have at least an hour o just sitting outside with a cool drink because it really really helps!

Totally ahh bet you can't wait to get on mat leave! I've been sitting in the sun since lunch, its been bliss smile

SundaySunshine Tue 04-Jun-13 14:51:28

Thanks all, doing just that at mo. Had nice relaxing bath this morning and am now sitting in the dappled shade in garden with a large cool drink, 'tis bliss. I think a week of cold wet Kent and chasing an over excited three year old up, down, and around and around all the castles Kent has to offer ( there are loads of them!) really took it out of me. Yesterday I did a day of work experience in the career I hope to change to after maternity leave, so I had to be really focused but it was a tough battle against exhaustion. So the plan is not to do anything at all today apart from gaze at my amazingly unkempt jungle of a garden and wish that friends/family/wiling gardeners lived a bit closer to help out smile

Oh and my lovely OH pointed out whilst I was in the bath that I have a collection of stretch marks hidden under my bump that I knew nothing about sad

Sunday - give your OH a kick from me. How very dare he point out stretch marks?!

I'm on call today, so won't be seeing any of the sunshine (well, I can look out the window, but it's not the same). Hoping it's still sunny when I'm off on Thursday & at the weekend.

Gingerpanther27 Tue 04-Jun-13 19:02:53

My boobs just started leaking shock

BadMissM Tue 04-Jun-13 19:49:42

I am soooooooo tired. Had great plans, have so far managed to move one shelf of stuff in the bedroom after having to sit down 83 times.... need to move and put stuff away otherwise there is no room for the moses basket.... arrgh! With MIL dilemnas, wasted last week when I would have had DD at home to help, and when I still appeared to have some energy left. Hospital tomorrow (Diabetic clinic....). Need to do my roots so am not scraggy inch-long roots woman if I give birth too soon! All I've seemd to do today is fall over with exhaustion!

33+2 tday.....

Supershiv1 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:06:53

Crikey. Is that 5 july babies already arrived now? Does anyone on a computer wantbtobstart a births thread or have we been updating the stats thread (I can't as on phone).
Congrats on the twins PAOLO. flowers

Thinkingof4 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:48:51

Congratulations to ellie hope wee one is doing ok in nnu

dinky nothing worse than not sleeping, I had a couple of weeks like that due to my cold but it's a bit better now and I'm sleeping again. Sending you sleepy vibes

sunday hang in there you will be finished before you know it

totally glad the move went well, hope the unpacking goes well

badmiss hope clinic is ok tomorrow, is there any decision re elcs yet?

vinegar hope you had a relaxing day. Like you this was my first child and work- free day for a long time so I took the chance to buy all the stuff I need for my hospital bag so I might just get it packed this week!

I wanted to buy a wee gender neutral outfit for the baby but couldn't find anything I liked, very little choice. Feels like I'm in the minority in not knowing in advance what we are having. If anyone has seen anything nice let me know!

Thinking - boots had some nice stuff. I got a bright multi coloured striped grow from there. Some of the mothercare & next stuff is ok too. It's 'boys' stuff, but I think it would be great on a girl too. I like bright baby clothes. I think M&S do a cream/white range for those of us who don't find out in advance.

BadMissM Tue 04-Jun-13 20:54:44

thinkingof4 Morrisons have a new baby range.... nice, bright, unisex colours, and good prices.

Still no decision on the ELCS and unlikely to have one for at least the next 2 weeks unfortunately....

MrsMillions Tue 04-Jun-13 21:29:15

Congratulations to Paolo and Ellie. Hope Ellie and MrsPaolo make speedy recoveries from births, Ellie's little one is well looked after, and 2 Ronettes are doing well - good luck with your house full of women Paolo!

My bump has been very chilled in the sunshine today, just enough movement not to worry, but not as much as usual, until dinner time when the party started - maybe as it had cooled down a bit by then.

Managing not to kill the MIL (thankfully not as bad as MissM's, just woefully dull), she has bought the baby a money box today and put some pennies in - very nice of her but the design wasn't one that struck me as saying "buy me buy me", think she just wanted to buy something.

Sasha glad you made it to the festival and had a fab time.

VinegarDrinker Tue 04-Jun-13 22:05:29

Thinking I did the same today - although mostly online through sheer laziness!

Have ordered this www.welovefrugi.com/baby/baby-girl/babygrows-bodies/rainbow-spot-babygrow/ for the baby - it's a bit pricey but I love Frugi stuff and it's likely to be the first and last new thing she gets, poor thing!

dinkystinky Tue 04-Jun-13 22:13:33

Thinking I got a lovely bright aqua romper suit with a fox on it from zulilly for Bean (we don't know what we are having either) and some primary colour striped vests from m+s that are cute as well as the r2d2 vest from etsy. The baby will be in all ds1 and ds2s old stuff otherwise. Thanks for the sleepy vibes - could do with them!

Sunday - hope the next few days at work pass quickly for you.

Ginger - on the plus side, at least you know they are working :-)

MrsMillions - mil has, at last count, bought no fewer than 8 money boxes for the boys. Maybe its in the grandma to be handbook as some sort of rite of passage...

Badmissm - you're always so busy maybe today was just your body making you chill for abit, hope tomorrow is more energy filled and your trip to the clinic is uneventful.

Abzs Tue 04-Jun-13 22:45:11

Busy day today. Scan first thing. Small is now right way down, but growth measurement today - by abdominal circumference - is nearer 38 than 35 weeks. At the clinic appt though I was passed back to mw led as everything else is normal again.

Went into town and did some shopping. Got one of those thin primark shirts, and a couple of maxi dresses for wafting about the garden in over the next month. Treated myself to lunch at the art gallery.

Class on recognizing labour and birth partners role this evening. Dh is offshore again so he'll have to read the handouts.

Was so tired I forked out for a taxi home and then put my feet to soak with half a nice lush bath bomb.

Abzs Tue 04-Jun-13 23:10:02

Thinking - I got primary colour Bodysuits from tesco.

Gingerpanther27 Tue 04-Jun-13 23:16:56

If boobs are leaking after going into labour -labour then stopping obviously - is it a possibility that it could start up again soon? Or is that just me been stuck in hospital too long therefore thinking up dafter stuff than usual? Haha thanks dinky 35+2 x

VinegarDrinker Tue 04-Jun-13 23:19:28

I don't think it signifies anything tbh, ginger. Are you still having contractions? Any sign of being allowed home?

dinkystinky Wed 05-Jun-13 08:23:55

Glad all good at scan Abzs and worries have passed. Sounds like you had a good if tiring day.

Ginger - like Vinegar says I don't think it signifies anything of itself. How are you? Have the contractions stopped now?

dinkystinky Wed 05-Jun-13 08:25:17

PS thanks all those that sent sleepy vibes - I actually slept quite solidly last night!

mysterymeg Wed 05-Jun-13 08:51:34

Thanks for the tips icing found some more pillows last night and it was much better.

Sunday my stretch marks are under bump too. I noticed them in the mirror got all upset and asked DH why he hadn't told me lol. They can't win these poor menfolk really can they?

Did anyone brave it outside yesterday? I nipped (haha more like waddled) into town yesterday. Could NOT cope with the heat. Felt like I was going to faint. Horrid weather!

34 + 5

IcingTheCake Wed 05-Jun-13 10:33:44

Dinky glad you got a better nights sleep smile makes all the difference!

Mystery youre welcome, glad it helped smile ive been sitting in the sun which is looovely, wouldn't go out walking anywhere in it though! grin

I honestly don't see how I could be pregnant for another 6.5 weeks, 8.5 if shes late! I feel like I've been ready for ages, and just want her here now, but i suppose they come when they're ready, not when we are grin

33+4

dinkystinky Wed 05-Jun-13 10:59:49

Mysterymeg - am still hitting the tube at rush hour which is extra enjoyable in this heat. Only another week and a half of it to go.

MrsMillions Wed 05-Jun-13 16:28:39

Dinky I can't believe you have 8 moneyboxes from the same person! Can understand that different people might have the same idea, but repeating it yourself! In our case the added irony is DH works in financial services so we'll be making sure baby has their own savings account as soon as possible to get whatever paltry interest we can - anything's better than nothing.

This morning I made the most of being on holiday to stay in bed for 30 minutes after waking enjoying the kicking party inside...knew it would stop when I got moving and after yesterday's chilled out baby I wanted to bond with those wiggles. Helped me dodge the MIL too. Have made chocolate birthday cake for FIL and done some Pinterest pinning, so quite a productive day. Not looking forward to working next week, even if it is for just 5 MORE DAYS gringrin!!

MrsMillions Wed 05-Jun-13 16:31:01

Mystery - I spent quite a lot of yesterday outside, about half of it sat down though, and all of it with a hat on. Found myself feeling quite dizzy in the sun a few days back, so hat has been a very helpful purchase.

dinkystinky Wed 05-Jun-13 17:27:18

I know MrsMillions - and she's a widow on not much money so I'd prefer she keep her money and spend it on herself, but also know she adores the boys and buys these gifts (and many more) through love so we now have a burgeoning money box collection. On the plus side, we're getting to use them so boys can collect english money in one each, euros in one each, dollars in one each and pretend money in one each grin

Thinkingof4 Wed 05-Jun-13 19:38:27

Thanks for all the suggestions re unisex baby clothes, the frugi one is just too adorable, think I may have to buy it!!

VinegarDrinker Wed 05-Jun-13 19:47:01

Isn't it? I never buy Frugi stuff full price normally, but I couldn't resist!

cheekbyjowl Wed 05-Jun-13 21:53:00

checking in on my way back from work. I'm actually more surprised to find no birth announcements than I am to read of new arrivals with this threads going rate smile do we know what they called their babies yet?

dinkystinky Wed 05-Jun-13 21:59:02

Ellies is called Ezekiel, mini Shiv is Oliver, no idea re Ronnettes names and Emblosions nipper is still awaiting a name Cheek.

IcingTheCake Wed 05-Jun-13 22:09:08

Emblosion's LO is called Oisín smile

Gingerpanther27 Wed 05-Jun-13 22:18:54

Freedom!! Finally out smile vinegar and dinky yes I'm still getting contractions but no baby popping out to say hello yet so got the usual advice from a maternity ward. At least they've slowed down now so I can get about and I'm not that badly in pain that I'm requesting painkillers. I still manged to quite happily polish off a KFC after a week of hospital food though wink

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 06:10:54

Yay for being home Ginger! Hope you had a great nights sleep in your own bed!

BB01 Thu 06-Jun-13 07:10:21

Glad you've been let out Ginger!

paolocee Thu 06-Jun-13 07:59:40

FINALLY decided on names.
A VERY fraught negotiation process.
We went for Leila Poppy (the second name a tribute to a baby my sister lost) and Caitlin Liv.

Thanks so much for all your good wishes. And, YAY for Ginger's escape!

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 08:13:06

Yay Ginger! Bet that KFC was a godsend after a week of cardboard crap wink

Paolo those are both lovely names, and a lovely tribute to your sisters little girl smile hope your enjoying the newborn phase smile

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:57

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:57

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:58

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:58

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:59

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:11:59

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:12:00

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:12:01

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:12:02

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 09:12:02

beautiful names. all of them. emblosion is from n.ireland I'm guessing, and leila and caitlin are very pretty...and ezekiel is just cool.

ginger glad you've escaped. I've never heard of contractions lasting so long, I feel sorry for you and hope you have a speedy labour when lo is ready.

im also feeling larger by the day. I find myself bending down to pick something up then sitting down on the carpet for a while to compensate for my over exertion.wink

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 09:35:14

Ah those are lively names Paolo. Hope OH and the girls are doing well. Do you have a date in sight to return home?

Cheek - must be an echo in here:-) try to bend from the knees at this stage - less exertion and good strengthening practice for labour or do as I do and employ small people (is ds2) to pick things up for you. Fortunately ds2 is happy to be paid in grapes for his services :-)

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 09:36:01

Hmm, meant to say Lovely names Paolo!

MrsRoss26 Thu 06-Jun-13 10:14:47

Cheek: I second Dinky's advice on bending - though this is incredibly undignified, it's far less uncomfortable!

Paolo: those are beautiful names smile

DH brought home our first outside table & chair set last night, and I'm really looking forward to test driving it tonight! Hoorah for 4 day weeks...

33+1 and really hating the puffy feet/cankles already.

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 10:24:49

Yep bending at knees definitely helps, I find doing the dishwasher and washing and things like that are the worst because you have to constantly bend and straighten.

Anybody else not had even the tiniest nesting instinct yet? Or is it too early?

33+5

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 10:36:22

To be honest Icing I never really got nesting instincts with DS1 or Ds2 - v much doubt I'll get it this time round either. Am getting the urge to pee instinct whenever I walk for more than a couple of miles though!

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 10:50:15

Oh good! Not just me! grin I was wondering if maybe i was just not getting 'the vibe'

Thinkingof4 Thu 06-Jun-13 13:40:10

Blimey cheek you don't half go on grin

Loving all the baby names, suddenly all starting to feel very close...

dinky glad you've had a better sleep, I'm with you on the needing to pee thing, very annoying

Re nesting, I think I have officially started. I spent yesterday emptying and reorganising our bathroom cupboard, and have also been furiously planning several other cupboards reorganisation! Not normally top of my agenda. However today it is hot and sunny and having already done a (short) sponsored walk with wee ones this morning (which basically meant me carrying ds3 for half an hour hmm I am now too tired to do anything else practical and plan to drink tea and munsnet for a while

Speaking of tea, anyone else on the raspberry leaf tea? I'd kind of forgotten about it but have ordered some online to start drinking over next few weeks. Can't remember how many cups a day it's supposed to be though!

Finally big yaaay for Ginger getting out of hospital!! Enjoy your time at home, and lots of resting!

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 13:44:36

Ahh thinking you just reminded me i need to get raspberry leaf tea!! Any recommendation for a good one? And I think you start at a cup a day and work up to 3 cups but dont take my word for it grin

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 13:45:30

Am starting on the raspberry leaf tea this week as am now 36 were Thinking - one cup a day, ramping up a cup a day as each week goes by.

Anyone interested in sorting out birth buddies? Basically means pairing people up (ideally with due dates as far apart as poss), they pm each other mobile nos, then when one pops, they can text their buddy the news so they can update the thread? If you're interested in it, let me know over the next week or so and will sort out a buddies list.

shelley72 Thu 06-Jun-13 13:46:32

me! me! i have the nesting thing going on. its driving me mad because a. my back / hips hurt every time i bend or do anything at all really, b. the DCs make things untidy again within 2 seconds of being back in the room, c. i'm still trying to get everything back to normal after half term d. DS is coming home with dirty uniform every sodding day at the minute which means i never actually catch up and e. i do not have enough child free hours in the day to get on top of things. the state of the house is making me rather depressed sad. wondering when i will ever manage to get it sorted out before the baby arrives, which could be a lot sooner than the july date i had in my head!

i dont remember this nesting thing kicking in with DD at all. maybe it will go away again soon grin

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 13:46:58

Ooh dinky thats a good idea smile I'd be up for it if others are smile

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 13:47:57

Icing - the loose leaf version is stronger than the teabags from Holland and Barratt - you can get it from neals yard pharmacy or online (inc Amazon). Is abit of an acquired taste so drink it hot with honey is my top tip.

VinegarDrinker Thu 06-Jun-13 13:48:51

The only instinct I have so far is to sit on my arse grin

Trying to force myself to do a good spring clean though!

Oh, and I really should start on that hospital bag...

Which reminds me, TENS arrived today. DH ordered in on Fri coz I was so dependent on it last time and he started to freak out it wouldn't arrive in time! Need to read the instructions as last time my sister's BF had to work out how to use it for me once I had already gone into labour... (You may be getting the impression I am rather too laid back for my own good!)

36+2 today

shelley72 Thu 06-Jun-13 13:51:50

i thought my TENS machine was fab the first time round - until i later realised that i had actually had it unplugged for four hours. still pressing the button must have taken my mind off the contractions grin

VinegarDrinker Thu 06-Jun-13 13:57:36

Hah, I was super sceptical prior to last time, but found a v cheap deal so decided it was worth a try. I wasn't convinced it was doing anything until I took it off to get in the bath, immediately started yelling and swearing, jumped straight out of the bath and demanded it back on!

Much later on when I was fully dilated in hospital, I was still using it. One of the pads fell off and I noticed immediately and again started yelling and swearing! (I was very quiet and focussed otherwise, bit like my own spontaneous version of hypnobirthing I think).

IcingTheCake Thu 06-Jun-13 13:58:26

Haha that did make me laugh Shelley.

Is 100g enough loose tea leaves? Its so difficult confused

Icing I'd be really shocked if I get any kind of nesting instinct. I'm just not a tidying/housework kind of person unless it's completely necessary. (I do clean up after myself and DD though, my house isn't a complete sty - I just don't really do housework.)

Loving all the names!

dinky - you're doing really well if you can walk a couple of miles without needing to pee! I keep having to run off between patients at work to empty my bladder because I'm worried I won't last through anything longer than a quick operation! I also don't feel I've walked further than a mile for a long time.

Vinegar I'm putting my hospital bag on my to-do list. Off to buy maternity pads and a mini shower gel this afternoon. (if I remember) Must sort out all the baby stuff & crib soon too. Maybe I'll save that for next week (or the week after) though.

VinegarDrinker Thu 06-Jun-13 14:09:21

Oh yeah, we haven't got anything down from the attic yet..... <lazy icon> I suppose the car seat, sling and a couple of babygros would probably come in handy at some point. Oh and we should really put the cot together, too.

<continues to sit on sofa>

BB01 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:10:56

Brill choice of names, Paolo! Every Leila I've ever met has been beautiful, clever and lovely. Never met a Caitlin but love that name too

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 14:16:45

100g should be fine Icing - you only pop a teaspoon worth in a strainer anyway.

Totally - walking, pregnancy yoga and a once a week pt session (which will stop at 38 weeks) is just about all the exercise I'm doing now - am determined to keep it up as much as poss as need to make sure my left knee, where I had an acl repair op a year ago, is as strong as it can be before birth. Am usually abit of a camel when it comes to wees so habit of a surprise to find myself needing the loo so much more often all of a sudden.

Loving the tens stories - neither tens nor gas and air did anything for me - but then maybe I was doing it all wrong!

SlouchingPanda Thu 06-Jun-13 16:21:52

Can't wait - one more week to go until I can embrace the sitting on my arse nesting instinct. grin

This week's news is that my ankles have gone AWOL and have been replaced by those of an 80 year old lady.

35+0 today - whoop! Another one ticks by...

photographerlady Thu 06-Jun-13 17:48:39

R.I.P ankles slouching smile

photographerlady Thu 06-Jun-13 17:50:55

Icing as far as RLT I buy mine loose from Napiers on amazon. I like the taste and 500g lasted me over 2 weeks. (Cup a day). I just use a tea bomb and let it soak for 7 mins

MrsMillions Thu 06-Jun-13 18:07:39

Loving the names everyone!

I've just had to have a nap after my very strenuous day sitting on a steam train then a boat travelling the length of Windermere. Hard work smile - don't know how I'm going to manage the office next week.

Escape the in-laws tomorrow morning, hurrah! Just me and DH for these final few weeks and I'm hoping for a bit of nesting to kick in when mat leave starts.

35 weeks today

MrsMillions Thu 06-Jun-13 18:08:38

PS any good tips where to get TENS machine pads from? A friend gave me her machine but I need new pads for it.

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 18:15:55

sorry for all the repeat posts. it's all about me don't you know me me meee wink I think I left my thumb on the post button when I joggled (pregnant running) to the bus

wow shelley we should get you a powerless multi purpose remote control and you'll be dandy throughout labour. how funny.

dinky a personal trainer? that involves gyms ...you are super pregnant woman!

rip ankles indeed! I tried to paint my toes the other day. I went for a sort of half lotus angle of attack then hoisting the foot over the back of the sofa...no chance... they can't be reached. I will have to take my talons to a salon.

cheekbyjowl Thu 06-Jun-13 18:18:38

slouching mrsmilions heres to 35 weeks!

Persuasion Thu 06-Jun-13 18:42:44

Arghhh, stupid phone just lost my massive post. Short version is: hi everyone, I love all the baby names, and thanks to all for making me feel better after my moan at the weekend but particularly to cheek (I think it was you) for recommending a cold pack for my pulled back muscle, it's made it a million times better!

I'm afraid that's all I can cope with retyping now. Did I mention how annoying my stupid bloody phone is grin

SundaySunshine Thu 06-Jun-13 19:21:21

Wahoooo! Last day of work tomorrow grin it will only be half day (have antenatal in pm) and I'm sure largely involving cakes, coffee, sporkel, and ping pong. Not too strenuous then smile

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 19:55:20

What is sporkel Sunday? The mind boggles.

Sorry to hear of those disappearing ankles - the good news is that they do come back after the baby arrives. Also - with the warm weather - check your fingers for swelling. I've removed my wedding ring and engagement ring as they were starting to feel abit tight.

Persuasion - glad the back is feeling better.

Cheek - not a super pregnant woman at all - its just it helps me deal with stress doing some exercise (though the amount I get done nowadays in a session is pitifully little!).

SundaySunshine Thu 06-Jun-13 20:11:13

That should have been sporcle a quiztastic website that can be quite addictive fun.

elliejjtiny Thu 06-Jun-13 21:34:58

I'm home! Thanks for doing the update whoever it was (brain has gone to mush) Ezekiel is likely to be in special care for 2 weeks while he wakes up and learns to feed. Felt really guilty for leaving him and coming home today but the lovely midwife said I'd be better off coming home and spending some time with my other boys than sitting on a ward where everyone else has their baby with them and goes home after 24 hours. When Ezekiel is nearly ready to come home I can stay in the parents accommodation while I get used to looking after him full time.

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 21:46:29

Glad you're home Ellie - bet your boys are delighted to have you home. Ezekiel will be back home with all of you very soon x

VinegarDrinker Thu 06-Jun-13 21:50:03

Hooray for being home ellie - how is Ezekiel (gorgeous name) doing? How severe is the cleft?

Thinkingof4 Thu 06-Jun-13 22:16:28

Brilliant news ellie congratulations again! Bet your boys are delighted to have you back

sunday hope tomorrow goes well

Re tens I found mine really useful each time so far but I think using it early in labour for me has been most useful, then g+a when things get more intense. I think I saw some tens pads for sale on amazon mrs check which size they are though as you need bigger ones for labour I think?

I found some old rlt in cupboard (just tea bags ) and had a cup this afternoon then had major braxton hicks for a while after - probably just coincidence though!!

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Yay for being home, ellie.

We got a baby names book out of the library while we were there today. DH has made a list of boys names he liked from the book. I hate all of them sad. I think we need the baby to be a girl.

MarieKL Thu 06-Jun-13 22:31:52

Ellie, so pleased you're home and Ezekiel is doing well. I'm sure the next 2 weeks will fly by.

Love all the other names too. Looking forward to hearing what all our other babies are called. Dinky, I like the idea of birth buddies, but still have no idea how to PM!

Ginger, so glad you're home. I hope the rest of your pg is as uneventful as possible. KFC sounds great as well. I've already told my DH we have to come home from the mat ward via MacDonalds as I really really really want one of their milkshakes!

Yay for all those finishing work tomorrow. My first week on mat leave is flying by. Really need to pack my maternity bag at the weekend as will be 37 wks on Monday.

Loved the Tens stories. Mine's on order so hoping it will arrive soon. MrsMillions, there was the option to order spare pads with my tens machine from boots but not sure if you'd be able to get them independently.

Persuasion glad your back is more bearable now.

Health visitor phoned today to say hello and arrange to visit as she'd been informed I've just moved into the area (we moved in over a year ago confused) and I was pg again! Has anyone else been contacted by their health visitor?

Sorry not to reply to everyone else but shattered so heading to bed.

MummyKanny Fri 07-Jun-13 07:20:38

Congratulations Ellie! What a lovely name. Hopefully you'll all be home soon.

Welcome home ginger, bet it is great to be home.

Marie - I am loving milkshakes too! Might get myself one as a Friday treat.

I neeeed to get me a TENS machine! Had some chronic lower back pain in the night and some cramping - it faded pretty quickly but was enough to wake me up. If it was a braxton hicks contraction then it hurt!

Had a scan yesterday and relieved to discover that placenta has moved up so a normal delivery should be fine grin baby is a little underweight, not sure whether I should be concerned about that with 6 weeks to go... She estimated the birth weight at around 7 lbs, not sure if that's normal. Although i'm pleased that it has a smaller than average head circumference, hopefully that'll make for an easier delivery!

I also tried to sneak into the birth centre to take a look but all the rooms were taken. Found the midwives to be pretty mean but totally understand why they don't want people wandering around.

Three more weeks left at work. Hope they all go as fast as this one. DH has been doing some serious nesting! Baby's room is almost ready. I am only 34+1 so have tried to prepare him for a long wait until it is used.

Happy Friday all!

dinkystinky Fri 07-Jun-13 09:13:37

You need to borrow a new baby names book Totally - if all else fails, play the actually giving birth card!

Marie - nope, havent heard from health visitor yet - but the ones where I live are useless. The HV where I lived when I had DS1 was lovely and gave me a call before I gave birth, so maybe yours is lovely too.

MummyKanny - if you have a car with heated seats, I found that they are really good for shifting lower back pain and cramps! Though neighbours may be abit hmm about you sitting in the car for hours on end in the middle of the night not going anywhere grin

I have to go to a "how to give birth" talk at the birth centre on Monday - its a prerequisite for everyone giving birth there (or intending to do so) even though I've done it twice before and once before there. If you're booked into the birth centre, maybe they'll do something similar at your birth centre too. 7lbs is perfectly normal - full term babies range from 5lbs to 10lbs (and beyond) so 7lbs is bang in the middle - and dont worry about baby being slightly behind the curve at the moment, they grown in fits and spurts and its normally the last 6 weeks they spend putting on weight anyway.

photographerlady Fri 07-Jun-13 09:19:14

Well its been a busy week. I assembled the pram, decorated the LO room and washed about 1/3 of everything I wanted washing. I still have to sand and paint the cot, was a hand me down but pretty solid so wanna keep it. DH is off working on a big project so I am trying to lighten his "can you do everything for me husband" load. Plus now I am off work I have to keep busy.

MummyKanny glad to hear the scan went well.

topic:Babynames the one we went for we love but have been noticing that its semi in fashion at the moment. DH just said we love it so lets go with it.

Ellie hope the little Ezekiel is home with you soon.

topic: Tens mines booked to arrive the last week of June, so around 27 weeks, obviously I am hoping thats enough time. Can't believe how fast things are going all ready!

Abzs Fri 07-Jun-13 11:06:10

Marie my HV rang me while I was in town on Tuesday to arrange a home visit before my due date. She sounded nice, but said she'd call me back on Wed and I haven't heard from her since <goes to find wherever phone has been left lying out of earshot>

IcingTheCake Fri 07-Jun-13 11:42:47

MummyKanny I had bad back pains and cramps last night too, found that i had a really restless nights sleep as i was so uncomfortable and would wake up in pain every little while, they were pretty infrequent though, its frustrating because i wont mind when im in labour but having braxton hicks is like a pointless pain it feels like sad hope youre feeling better today smile

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dinkystinky Fri 07-Jun-13 17:11:52

Yay, my deal has completed. One more to go and one more week at work to go. Off to regents park open air theatre tonight with DH to see to kill a mockingbird - hope the current sunny weather holds.

Photographer - sounds like you've been keeping very busy since starting mat leave!

SundaySunshine Fri 07-Jun-13 17:38:52

Congrats on getting home ellie and ginger

Whoop to Dinky on closing your deal smile Hope your last week goes smoothly. The open air theatre sounds great, I'd love to go to something like that.

Glad your scan was good mummykanny

I was thinking the same as Shiv, we should update the stats thread with the new arrivals, as I can't keep track of them all!

MummyKanny Fri 07-Jun-13 18:07:04

Another week at work done! Three more to go. You'll all have to help keep me motivated as I feel like the only pregnant person still working! If I had a pound for every time someone asked "are you still here?!" confused

Icing - it's so true, such a pointless pain! I've only had two so far over a couple of weeks but I imagine they will get more frequent. I tried to use my natal hypnotherapy techniques but was more concerned that I was actually going into labour shock

Congratulations Dinky! Final countdown for you. I love the Open Air Theatre, fab treat to start the weekend.

Hope everyone else has exciting weekend plans?

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dinkystinky Fri 07-Jun-13 18:15:59

Thanks MummyKanny -am loking forward to it. Its the start of a weekend of "culture" as we're taking DS1 and DS2 to go see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday afternoon too grin You'll find those 3 weeks start to fly by.

Persuasion Fri 07-Jun-13 18:31:32

dinky your weekend sounds great, I'm feeling quite jealous!

I wasn't planning on using TENS bit as well as all the stories on here I've heard several people recommend them recently so I'll have to think about it again.

I've been having rlt now for a few weeks. My braxton hicks are definitely getting stronger and more frequent but I don't know if that would have happened anyway. Still, it doesn't do any harm and anything is worth a go as far as I'm concerned!

It was my last day at work today. I'm having mixed feelings as I won't be going back. Right now (on the train) I'm mostly just relieved I won't have to commute into London anymore, I actually thought I was going into labour in the tube station yesterday blush

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Runswithsquirrels Fri 07-Jun-13 19:54:30

Hello all. I'm still at work for three weeks and two days unless I pop sooner. Things that are happening there at the moment and the plans for the future there make me glad I'm not going to be there for a while. MummyKanny people keep acting surprised I'm still there too. Honestly, I'd get so bored at home!
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MarieKL Fri 07-Jun-13 22:03:59

Thanks to Dinky and Abzs for the reassurance about the HV. Abzs I'm the same with my phone, though even worse, I keep putting it on silent and then forgetting where I've left it!

mummykanny really pleased the placenta has moved, and baby sounds like a good weight. I hope you and Icingthecake get a better nights sleep tonight.

Yay for completing your deal Dinky. Good luck to all those with three or more weeks to go. Persuasion it must seem very strange knowing you're not going back. I don't know if I'm going back or not as on a fixed term contract which has only been extended to cover my maternity leave but they may restructure in the next year in which case there may be a role for me. I'm hoping once baby comes I'll be so busy I won't have time to think about it!

Photographerlady I'm in awe of everything you've managed to do. I'm about two thirds through all the washing but that's it!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

VinegarDrinker Fri 07-Jun-13 22:22:31

Right, we now have a bedside cot. No hospital bag still, or stuff from the attic, but that's quite enough for one lazy day! Oh, I did also get a load of newborn/0-3 "girl" clothes plus a bouncer and a bundle of newborn TotsBots/prefolds all for free at the monthly "Swap Shop" at DS's nursery.

Still can't hear out of my left ear and have permanent tinnitus. Have an appointment for syringing a week today and I am literally counting the days. It's driving me potty.

Re HVs, I didn't meet mine til after giving birth last time. Then hardly had anything to do with them tbh.

VinegarDrinker Fri 07-Jun-13 22:23:24

PS dinky hope the weather is holding in town, I love the Open Air Theatre, haven't been in years though.

dinkystinky Fri 07-Jun-13 23:52:34

Weather was fine thanks Vinegar and play was standing-ovation excellent - would really recommend it to any one! Well done on the cot and clothes - sounds like loads achieved today. Sorry blocked ear and tinnitus driving you mad - just think of the relief when you get your ear syringed out! They have a kids show - dinosaur zoo - on over the summer at the open air theatre and babes in arms are allowed in too so tempted to take my boys to it.

Persuasion - hurrah to start of mat leave and a new phase in your life (and no more London commutes)!

Abzs Sat 08-Jun-13 10:34:58

Vinegar I hope the ear syringing works for you. Tinnitus is very wearing. I've had pulsatile tinnitus since the winter. You get used to it after a while...

Consultant reckons it's my Eustachian tubes that are congested, but as antihistamines didn't work I've been stuck with it. My voice sounds like it's about to go and I'm a bit more cloth eared than normal. An uncommon but not unusual side effect of pregnancy she said.

I am currently relaxing in a hunting lodge up a glen in perthshire, while dh and some friends run up and down big silly hills. Just waiting for the sun to come back out again.

notprincesskate Sat 08-Jun-13 17:17:17

Not sure what happened to my post yesterday, it was only to say yay I managed to paint my toe nails, although I have no idea what they look like close up, but it does mean I can continue to wear my flip flops! Seriously had to pay with it, with some serious heartburn tho.
Hope everyone is getting to enjoy some sun this weekend, I think I've gone a little mad OH is out or the day, and I've decided that the spare room, which will be a bit of a combo room until the baby needs a cot, just has to be decorated or at least made to look a bit more 'baby' otherwise it doesn't seem fair as DD had a whole nursery........anyway pretty sure that DH will go a fair bit mad when he gets in, and I am we'll aware it is totally NOT necessary but even so I don't seem to be able stop that thought process, I suspect by the end of the week it WILL have been decorated- not thinking much just a coat of paint and some stickers on a feature wall, but still, is anyone else on dc2 or more feeling a bit sad that they don't seem to quite get the same treatment as dc1?
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BB01 Sat 08-Jun-13 19:23:27

Enjoying reading the preparations everybody has been up to. Today's job for us was playing round with the carseat base and adaptors. All seems easy enough luckily! Well done on the deal Dinky. Great news!

VinegarDrinker Sat 08-Jun-13 20:04:12

That was another job I did in labour last time BB blush

The big news here is that I managed to self syringe the gunk out of my ear - hooray! (& sorry for TMI)

dinkystinky Sat 08-Jun-13 22:20:53

Notprincesskate - ds1 was in our spare room, without any nursery decorations, for 18 months. Infact it was only when we did up the house 2 years ago that we got round type decorating the boys rooms with decals - so baby being in with us then the spare room is following a tried and tested pattern!

Hurrah for the self syringing Vinegar - must feel sooooo good to get rid of the tinnitus!

CitizenOscar Sat 08-Jun-13 23:12:27

Notprincesskate - I don't feel sad that DS2 isn't having the same treatment in terms of having a room prepared cos that's not the kind of thing he'll even be aware of. But I do feel a bit sad that he won't get quite the same individual attention that DS1 (as 1st grandchild on either side) has got. Also worry a bit as DS1 is so lovely - if DS2 has a trickier personality, he might get compared unfavourably. Hopefully he'll be delightful too wink

Hope everyone has been relaxing and/or ticking off tasks from their lists today.

I've been feeling baby very low in my pelvis, making it uncomfortable to walk, but otherwise he seems quite snug & settled in there. Not expecting an appearance any time soon!

dinkystinky Sun 09-Jun-13 06:16:23

CitizenOscar - I was worried about that too when ds2 came along (esp as ds1 was born just before fil died and his being there helped mil and sil pull through those sad times) but a it turns out I needn't have worried. The boys are v different personalities but both totally adored by both sides of the family, mostly for their quirks and differences! I bet it will be the same in your family as dc2's personality comes out.

Cheeseandbread Sun 09-Jun-13 08:12:58

Morning ladies,

Congratulations to the new arrivals and I'm loving the names. Ellie I hope you get your little man home soon.

Dinky well done on the deal!

Things have been a bit manic over the past week with work- lots to do before I go... Only one week left now...

I went into London yesterday for a hen party which was fun (picnic in Hyde park then chocolate making). I didn't stay for the meal and clubbing as it takes me 3hrs to get home- and being heavily pregnant I didn't fancy it.

It was funny being back in London- I used to live and work there. On the train journey up I got chatting to different groups of people, being pregnant seems to draw people in to speak to you... It was lovely. But once in London you are invisible! I forgot about that... I wasn't looked at once on the tube or offered a seat. I feel for those of you still commuting on the tube- at least in my car I can move the seat back, even if it is slightly uncomfortable.

More school work for me today...

Anyone else having strange dreams about baby at the moment?

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

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Cheeseandbread Sun 09-Jun-13 08:41:15

Vinegar I'm glad your ear is better- well done for the DIY approach!

Persuasion Sun 09-Jun-13 08:55:04

notprincesskate this is my first so I can't really comment on dc2, but our 'nursery'is totally neutral because we're planning on moving in the not too distant future and didn't want to have to decorate again, plus baby is going to be in our room to begin with anyway. We did give it a coast of neutral paint but it desperately needed that anyway!

Glad you're ear is better with some diy vinegar!

Cheese it sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday. I'm off to London today with DH to meet friends for a final pre baby catch up and maybe a potter around a museum if I feel up to it. I don't mind that though, a weekend is totally different to the weekday commute, and it'll be fun one I'm there! I'm definitely taking my notes though just in case, several people at church yesterday were convinced I'd have had the baby by next week shock I know it's unlikely but it's still made me feel a little twitchy!

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Cheeseandbread Sun 09-Jun-13 09:06:30

Persuasion you are further on than me but even I feel strange... When people ask when baby is due it is no longer months away but "next month!" Eeeeeek! I hope you have fun looking round the museums- haven't done that in ages- lots of fun!

Liking hearing about everyone's preparations- we still need a car seat but the pram is assembled in the living room. The cat decided to use it as a bed the other day...

SlouchingPanda Sun 09-Jun-13 09:47:41

Hurrah for ear-fixing and general organisation! I will be making a list of all the things I need to get done, but the actual doing will have to wait until I finish work on FRIDAY! grin Thankfully as you lot are so organised I just have to look at what you've all done already to remind me what I need to achieve!

Just had the most delicious illicit pregnant lady manna breakfast of poached eggs, asparagus and hollandaise on toast. I'm expecting a visit from the MW any time now, so was desperately trying to wolf it down before she arrives. Hope I haven't got runny egg on my chin!

Otherwise all boring good here. I'm wearing a black and white stripy jumper today so bear more than a passing resemblance to a heavily pregnant zebra!

35+3 and did I mention I finish work on Friday!!?

Abzs Sun 09-Jun-13 10:28:34

Vinegar - yay for unblocked ears! wanna come do mine

Cheese - CatB is the same. Looked most upset when I turf ed her out of the pram and then the car seat. As if to wonder how it possibly can't be for her, when it's the perfect shape and size...

Had to retreat to bed last night as being thumped down the way while having bh was more than could take.

36+0 and getting a kick in the ribs for complaining.

Yay for unblocked ears, vinegar!

We rent so have never decorated a nursery or bedroom for DD and I sometimes wish we had our own place so we could stencil the walls or something to make her room a bit more fun.

We've spent the morning trying to make a bit of progress with clearing the crap from our move. Managed to sort through masses of papers that have moved house with us 5 times in the last 3 years & chuck most of it out. Feels great.

I also managed to find a bag to use as a hospital bag. It now contains a packet of maternity pads. Progress! Next job is to make a list of everything else to go in it.

MrsRoss26 Sun 09-Jun-13 16:41:26

slouching your breakfast sounds amazing grin I had to content myself with dh-prepared pancakes (oh the horror) wink

I am still shamefully behind you all in prep for the baby, but did pick up a tin of paint for the nursery and a changing mat today. More than a little pleased with how cute the mat is grin

Sorry for not name-checking more, fb is mostly keeping me up to date and my memory is appalling. Has anyone started an arrivals thread yet?

I've definitely entered the gull-on hormone stage now; the worst night's sleep last night has made me alternately grumpy and weepy. Feeling huge now too. Mustn't whinge, but can't stop! Help! 33+4

VinegarDrinker Sun 09-Jun-13 16:51:58

Thanks, everyone. Being able to hear is awesome, and the reduction in pain and pressure is just fab! (Obviously I couldn't recommend it as medical advice, though!)

Unfortunately DH and I both woke up feeling really poorly - queasy, achy and feverish. I initially put it downto general pg related nastiness but obviously if DH has it too, it can't be! So we've been spending today taking turns to nap and lie on the sofa whinging, poor DS has been a star and CBeebies has been a godsend.

It has reminded me how spoilt we are normally as we have 3 grandparents and my sister all locally, who would normally take him off our hands if we're ill, unfortunately this is the one weekend they are all out of London!

Anyway sorry to continue whinging! Hope you are all feeling better than I am :-)

36+5 - nearly 'term'!!

SundaySunshine Sun 09-Jun-13 18:48:51

Sorry to hear you're poorly vinegar if it's not one thing it's another!

I'm feeling h

SundaySunshine Sun 09-Jun-13 18:53:22

Ah stupid phone!
I'm feeling huge too, because I really am!! Had productive day today though, rejigged bedroom to make room for cot , made said cot ( with 'help ' from very enthusiastic DD), and got car seat down from loft. Feel exhausted now and getting major BH for my efforts. Glad I did it now though as don't think I would be able to in the near future.

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dinkystinky Sun 09-Jun-13 19:15:59

Oh no Vinegar - DH has come down with a D&V bug and his initial symptoms sounded like yours and DH's so really hope you manage to fend it off. Hope you all feel better soon.

Sunday - we spent a couple of hours last night sorting out crap in our bedroom in readiness for the baby. Rather glad we did as DH has been fit for not much today - 2 hours of looking after the boys (who played/watched tv so he didnt have to actually do anything other than lie vaguely in the same room as them with a sunday paper I got him and some water) while I was at pregnancy yoga totally wiped him out, bless him. Totally - sounds like you had a super productive day. I LOVE getting rid of old paperwork! A sort through our files ( 10 at last count - aargh!) is top of my list when I start mat leave - what a thrilling time I'm going to have hmm Sounds like you've been nesting with a vengeance NPK - and am in awe at you painting your toe nails.

Slouching - your breakfast sounds fab. I'm a huge fan of dippy eggs (cooked in cold water until boiling then left in the water for another 3 minutes so all creamy) and asparagus too! Not so much a fan of the hollandaise though. Hope last week at work flies by. I finish work on Friday too!

Hope you had a lovely day at the museum with friends Persuasion. Cheese - you're definitely at the stage in pregnancy when you can ask for a seat - I just make my way to the nearest priority seat and ask if I could please have a seat pointing at the sign - and on the odd occasion that doesnt work, Bean helps out by whacking the nearest seated passengers paper at random intervals through the bump.. Glad you enjoyed the hen do but 3 hours travelling sounds exhausting! I think it depends where in London you are, and which Londoners you encounter, as to whether or not people are friendly or not re pregnancy (or life in general).

dinkystinky Sun 09-Jun-13 19:18:32

ps rather glad we've washed most of our baby stuff as we appear to have a baby bird in our garden (fallen out of a nest in next doors gutter) hiding behind our planters so have declared our garden a no go zone for all of us so the parents can keep visiting to feed the bird - rather hope it gets big enough to fly out soon as the neighbourhood cats prowl the wall along the back of our garden on a regular basis...

photographerlady Sun 09-Jun-13 19:39:34

totally we rent too and I picked up some wall stickers, they peel off pretty easily and created a sea theme border with then in the babes room.

waitingforwombat Sun 09-Jun-13 20:23:54

hello all!

I've been lurking around for months but never quite got round to posting. Just been to weekend of nct classes and finally starting to feel a bit more real so thought I'd finally bite bullet and post!

Can't believe the babies are already arriving and how organised some of you are! I was really pleased to have finally finished painting nursery this weekend but no carpet fitting slots available til 38 Weeks so baby will have to stay put till then ( also when i'm finishing work!) as we clearly can't sort furniture until carpet is in...

Hope everyone has had a relaxing sunny evening and topped up their vitamin d levels!

Waiting for wombat (due July 21 so 34 Weeks today)

VinegarDrinker Sun 09-Jun-13 20:36:40

Welcome wombat! I wouldn't worry about nursery not being ready - advice is to have them in with you for 6 months anyway.

DS's room was a junk room til he was over 1! (We didn't even buy a cot til he was 3m) It Still isn't particularly 'nursery' like and tbh by the time we do get round to decorating it specifically he will be well out of the cutesy baby stage! I know some people love doing all that stuff but baby really doesn't notice!

Thanks for the sympathy. All members of our household are now tucked up in he'd, fx for a decentish night's sleep.

MrsRoss26 Sun 09-Jun-13 20:37:03

Hello wombat smile fingers crossed for either early carpet-fitting or a patient baby! We don't seem to be setting a good example so far...

dinky I hope babybird stays safe!

Those of you who have sorted a car seat already, can I ask what you've gone for? We'd like a 0+1 but with isofix, and they seem few and far between sad

VinegarDrinker Sun 09-Jun-13 20:42:10

We have the MaxiCosi Cabriofix from DS, no Isofix though (we don't have a car so needs to be able to swap between Mum/MiL's)

dinkystinky Sun 09-Jun-13 20:52:03

We have the maxi cosi cabrio fix too - just got an isofix base for it (didn't use one for ds1 or ds2 - just used seatbelt) as will make life easier with 3 in the back. I figure I'll sell the isofix base and car seat on when no longer needed and most group 1+ car seats are isofix now too.

Runswithsquirrels Sun 09-Jun-13 21:20:05

Another one for the Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix here. We also got the isofix base to make life easier and hopefully safer. It also fits into our pushchair with adapters.

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 07:10:15

I see MN are running a web chat with someone I went to school with tonight - not entirely sure how I feel about it. He was a dick as a teenager!

Grannyapple Mon 10-Jun-13 08:40:49

Ha ha dinky-you went to school with Richard bacon? I can imagine that he may been a bit of a pain at school smile.

Grannyapple Mon 10-Jun-13 08:45:34

Oh we've got a maxi cosi pebble with isofix base (car seat also fits on our pram)..bought it thinking we would use it for next seat up but ended up getting a maxi cosi axiss after N was 1 as it rotates so that car seat is facing you for putting them in car seat (made life a bit easier). But I like the base too as that also made life easier...just release a button & lift car seat out...jobs a good un!

We have the maxi cosi cabrio fix too! Found the isofix base made it much easier to put the car seat in & out of the car. It also fit onto our buggy, but we didn't use it on the buggy that much.

IcingTheCake Mon 10-Jun-13 09:14:16

I really need to practice putting the carseat in the car, ours is a second hand one that we know the history of, my uncle used it for my cousin but only took it out a couple of times because someone bought them a better one grin i dont think ours is an isofix base - i know it sounds stupid but how can you tell? Does it just have isofix written on it? blush Cant tell im new to this!! Haha

Seeing the midwife today after a rubbish nights sleep - including waking up at 3am and remembering that i had an appointment today at all, so that should be real fun grin feel bad for her, tired and hormonal pregnant woman. I've got a sudden fear of being induced, and i know its unlikely to come to that even if i go overdue a bit, but i suddenly decided i can't go through with an induction after reading so much about them confused anybody else had this?

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BB01 Mon 10-Jun-13 09:51:45

Icing, hope you get more sleep tonight! I really wanted to avoid an induction but consultant wants to induce on due date at latest. We're tempted to try to get them to back down and just get monitored every day instead but we may end up just going with it. I felt much better after I read a thread on Mumsnet about positive induction stories (sorry if I already told you this - forget who is who on Facebook!!) and it made me feel a bit better. Sounds like induced labour can be very positive or sometimes not so great just like non induced labour.

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 10:07:08

yup Grannyapple. He was expelled for sneaking out and joyriding a parents car, bet he didnt declare that on his BP application grin

Icing - I think all mothers to be as they reach the end of their pregnancy are hit with the fear of giving birth/being induced. Its normal and natural. You dont have to be induced if there arent pressing medical reasons and I do know some people (including Totally on here) who had good quick inductions so please dont let THE FEAR put a dampner on your day. As BB01 says, each birth is different - some are great, some are not so smooth - but its the fact you are holding your little baby in your arms at the end of it all that you need to focus on.

MarieKL Mon 10-Jun-13 10:12:56

Vingear glad your ear is better, but sorry to hear you and DH are poorly. Dinky I hope your DH feels better soon. Abez was it you with the ongoing ear ringing? Sorry can't scroll and can't remember but whoever it was. I hope it gets better soon.

Great to hear everyone is making progress on preparations. I am too but very, very slowly. I'm a bit sad DC2 isn't getting as much attention as well. Their bedroom will remain our spare bedroom until they move out of our room and the only new things they have are a few clothes others have brought, but I figure they won't know the difference and will be loved just as much when they arrive.

Icing I hope you get a better nights sleep tonight. Can't remember who was asking but I'm having strange dreams too though not necessarily about baby!

Have my sister and her DS staying with us at the moment which is great but trying to convince my DS to go to preschool this morning was not the easiest task!

IcingTheCake Mon 10-Jun-13 11:41:15

Yeah I think I might try to put off induction, im not opposed to a sweep or having my waters broken just if they use an chemical or injection or whatever should probably know what it is i dont want grin midwife wasnt so bad, was so overheated in the waiting room so very tired by the time i saw her, she basically said re the induction that if it comes to it theyll do it?! I was a bit like er not without my say so thanks confusedbut apart from that, measuring just above 50th centile so all good on that front and shes still head down, head resting on my pelvis so in a good position to engage when ready - hopefully soonish as i cant even keep water down at nighttime so really would like some room back grin

Got offered a free Moses basket from a friend, we'll obviously need a new mattress but we were thinking of giving it to inlaws with new mattress and bedding so baby can nap there? We live with my parents at the moment so they don't need it and we already have the cot set up so im not taking it down now grin just thought it might help them feel more 'involved' they have a spare room so plenty of room for it, but would it be a bit pushy? I wouldn't want them to think we were being a bit presumptuous as to them looking after her?!

Sorry really long post, just needed to babble on to be honest grin

Hoping everyone else is okay! Only next month shock

shelley72 Mon 10-Jun-13 12:11:38

Just catching up whilst I have time. Sorry to hear so many of you have been poorly, it's awful when both you and your dh are ill and you still have the children to look after. hope everyone is enjoying their maternity leave so far.

We also have the maxi cosi with the isofix and it has been really good so far, though we have yet to try it in the car with the other two seats. That's a job for the weekend - sorting out the seating arrangements. As well as having our last child free meal for a while.

Can't remember who mentioned it, but I think it's normal to worry about not having everything in place for dc2, and also to worry about the impact on your first dc. Honestly you will be amazed at how your standards slip one the second comes along grin.

I have just finished packing my hospital bag, though I've not packed my dressing gown, presents for the children or any snacks yet and already the bag is full shock I think i may have to re pack though I'm not sure what I can leave out.

Counting down the days til my next scan, though I don't think the baby has moved at all. I think I may ask to leave me as long as possible just in case it does decide to turn (probably unlikely).I also really wanted a July baby!

MrsRoss26 Mon 10-Jun-13 12:50:59

Thanks shelley, icing, totally, granny, runs, dinky and vinegar! You're all stars grin This doesn't make life much easier however! Am going to have to actually visit some shops and test some seats out in-store. Blinkin' thing is confusing us both.

Icing I too had a rubbish nights' sleep, having woken just before 2 with a horrendous tension headache. Was rather worriedly checking for puffiness etc. in case of pre-eclampsia, but it settled at around 3am so I could get back to sleep. I hope you get a more settled night tonight, being tired at this stage is not helpful! Great news on baby's position too.

Marie - how are you even entertaining still? I can only just put up with tea at the in-laws at the moment, and am flat-out refusing to see a bunch of people who would require actual social skills now.

Shelley well done on packing! I would've thought you could get away with a mini coolbag for snacks?

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 13:06:28

MrsRoss - all infant car seats are much of a muchness. I'd say get a group 0 one and change up to a 1+ one in a years time - your baby may be a travel chunderer (like DS1 was) so we were delighted to bin his car seat and get a new vom free one when he outgrew it. Does your polo have Isofix in it? If so, if you get the isofix base then its a case of just clicking your baby in the car seat on and releasing a button to release them - much easier than faffing around with seat belts. But Isofix maxi cosis work in cars with just seat belts too.

Shelley - sounds like you're mostly sorted. Am leaving presents at home. Could you put them (and dressing gown) in a bag somewhere for DH to bring in if you end up needing to stay in with baby?

Icing & MrsRoss I'm joining you in the crap sleep last night club - woke at 2 and just couldn't get comfy. Finally managed a bit of a doze on & off for an hour at 5:15 before DD woke up. Very grumpy today as a result.

Icing, as dinky says, I had a pretty positive induction. People love to share their horror stories - its more dramatic & interesting, but it's perfectly possible to have a simple induction. Lots of women are induced and don't need/want a happydural or end up needing assisted delivery or caesarean. Look for the positive induction thread BB recommended.

Had a growth scan this morning because bump measures a bit small & DD had IUGR. All ok & this baby appears to be normal sized, so hopefully that means no need to wash the early/tiny baby stuff grin

MrsRoss26 Mon 10-Jun-13 14:00:06

Thanks for the advice dinky. Will take it on board smile

Thinkingof4 Mon 10-Jun-13 14:05:31

icing I've been induced twice and had quick straightforward births each time so don't fret if that's being talked about, it can be fine!

vinegar hope you and dh are feeling better today, at least your ear is fixed!

Re carseats we have the maxi cosi cabriofix too, with easyfix base- totally recommend getting the base as it makes life much easier!

Re nursery decoration- ours has never been decorated, it has been used as a nursery for the last 6 plus years!! We just keep it all pretty neutral can't be bothered to change it

Re poor sleep I was up about 4 times in night to pee!! Grrr so annoying!

Anyone else stil suffering from clumsiness? I managed to drop my iPad at weekend and completely shattered the screen sad not sure if it will be covered by insurance, and I only got it at Christmas sad
It actually still works, just have to be careful not to get any shards of glass stuck in my fingers!!!

Lovely sunny day again, just waiting for my parents to arrive (said they would be here at 1pm...) not feeling massively enthusiastic about their visit...

Enjoy the sunshine everyone

shelley72 Mon 10-Jun-13 14:11:30

I am almost sorted I think and dinky i think I will be in hospital 24 hours or so (all being well) if I end up having an elcs so was planning on taking some nice food and things to drink.

we still have names to agree on, what do you do when you just dislike everything each other suggests?! We are aiming to have a short list and then see what the baby looks like when it arrives (and of course once we know the sex).

Also has anyone thought about if they would like music when they give birth? And what are you choosing?

IcingTheCake Mon 10-Jun-13 14:17:35

totally, dinky and thinking thats reassuring to hear people do have good inductions, thank you, I hope it doesn't get to that point for me but I guess if it does ill have to see how I feel nearer the time

Persuasion Mon 10-Jun-13 15:51:35

dinky 'happydural' made me snort, was it a typo, a Freudian slip or deliberate? grin

icing this is my first, and I also feel nervous about the possibility of going overdue and having to be induced, I think it's pretty normal to worry. The positive induction stories thread made me feel much calmer about it.

Shelley I have no idea about music in labour. I really hadn't thought about it. Think I'll take my iPod and see if I feel like anything. I've been using natal hypnotherapy so was planning on listening to the preparation CDs in the early stages to get myself in the right mindset.

Today is my first day of maternity leave, and it's great! I've got a list of jobs which is keeping me busy, had a nice walk into town to pick up a few bits and am now going to bake a cake and defrost the freezer nesting, me, never the woman in Holland and Barrett suggested using several raspberry leaf tea bags in the bath as well as drinking it, has anyone ever heard of this? confused sounds slightly mad to me!

We had a lovely catch up with friends over lunch yesterday, but never made it to a museum as we were too busy chatting!

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dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 16:01:41

Twasnt me with the happydural - was Totally, our resident anaesthetist, so doubtless totally deliberate! Never heard of raspberry leaf tea bags in the bath - though have heard of other stuff being added if you're in early labour (lavendar, clary sage etc.).

IcingTheCake Mon 10-Jun-13 16:34:15

persuasion i think I may have to give it a little read, problem is i go from being scared to in denial of course she won't dare be late grin I suppose the outcome is always the same really smile hope your enjoying your first day of mat leave! Never heard of raspberry tea bags in the bath, cant hurt i suppose? grin

Forced myself to tidy the living room today - a proper pulling all the sofas and tables out job, took an hour and a half to do half - the half that just happens to be the one my dad and brother sit on hmm the other half isn't nearly as bad but will do it tomorrow before moving onto the kitchen, were having the whole family over on Saturday (30+ people) and i told my parents I'd tidy the house if i could use their booker card to buy the food and drink grin dont know why i had the crazy idea to invite the whole family over but hey, should be fun! smile
Weekend is here! Hooray to those who start maternity leave now smile

IcingTheCake Mon 10-Jun-13 18:11:02

Ignore last bit on last post its Monday, completely the opposite of a weekend, i was quite shocked to discover this! confused

Shelley we're still struggling to reach a proper agreement on names. Boys names seem to be particularly difficult to reach a compromise on. DH wants to use a family name from his side, but I hate all the names he suggests & my argument is that he already gets his family surname. If there's going to be a family name in the mix, it should be from my side. I'd only use a family name as a middle name, but DH wants to use it as a first name. I'm hoping we can reach some kind of compromise to get a short list before the baby arrives......

Persuasion & dinky t'was indeed deliberate. I can't help calling them happydurals!

Cheeseandbread Mon 10-Jun-13 19:25:06

I'm being naughty and sneaking on while I should be report writing... Icing I wish it was the weekend!!!

I had my 34 week appointment today and discussed birth plan- midwife said I will need to be on the labour ward rather than midwife led unit because of antibiotics needed for group b strep- bit upset by this sad might still get a birth pool as they have one in the labour ward though.

Hope everyone has had good Mondays- will pop on later before sleep.

shelley72 Mon 10-Jun-13 19:43:56

totally so what makes them happydurals? i ask because i was SO stressed at the thought of having a c section with DD that i am sure the anaesthetist (who was lovely) put something very nice indeed in my spinal block. to try and calm me down. how could i find out? i would love to have her again this time and more of the same please she even let me eat (lightly) on the morning of the section as she didnt believe in starving pregnant ladies!

the name thing is so hard isnt it? the only name that DH has come up with that i dont mind so much was actually the name of my paternal GF. but then i dont want to risk upsetting/offending my lovely maternal GF who is a fab grandad and great grandad. i like quite safe traditional names, and 'old lady' names from my great grandparents era. may have to sit down with the baby name book again i think...

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 20:36:15

I think people are so happy to get them they tell Totally that Shelley :-)

No agreement on boys names here either - girls name sorted but boys name we are miles apart on.

Cheese - I'm sorry you had a disappointing mW appt. Having a birth on labour ward doesn't mean you can't use water or have the birth you want though. Good luck with the report writing.

hello, am sitting on the birthing ball surrounded by all the things that i should be doing. feels most peculiar to know it's all happening tomorrow. have been inundated by texts wishing me luck (some people are brilliant aren't they, not badgering with phone calls, funny though, as it's all my favourite people who i wouldn't mind speaking to!)
my kind friend has just delivered 2 bags of tiny babygros. i was not prepared and only have huge ones as i tend to have 8lb plus babies. this will be a novelty.
i found the link bb talked about on mnet positive induction and was fab, turned my brain around. am still hoping for a bit of time in water although water birth is out as is non managed 3rd stage due to the cholestasis. if i can avoid the 4 hr drip after the birth that they recommend i will be happy.
we are still slightly tussling over names-i know one of you has an aurelia which i think is brill but dh is fixed on another name.
i am far more concerned about how we will cope with 3rd baby than i am about the birth.-prob change by 7am though!
cant remember who was talking about playlist for birth?-i found last time that anything classical was rubbish but loved aretha and nina simone. have added blurred lines song today too-far from whale music!
am so itchy and feeling sicky that tomorrow seems a great time to be induced.
vinegar-glad you sorted your ear. sorry for your poorly ears abz.
elliej-glad you are home and ezekiel is doing well.

shelley72 Mon 10-Jun-13 20:42:42

Ooh good luck princessllama. Didn't realise it was tomorrow for you. Hope you manage to get some rest tonight!

VinegarDrinker Mon 10-Jun-13 20:47:38

Oooh good luck for tomorrow princessllama !

dinky he seems like a twat as an adult too so I'm not surprised! Only read the thread title but he's an author now?! Of what?!

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 21:06:45

Best of luck for tomorrow Princessllama - will be thinking of you and hope all goes really smoothly.

Vinegar - no idea!

VinegarDrinker Mon 10-Jun-13 21:09:33

Ok just had a nosy - he's written a memoir apparently! Tbh he isn't coming across badly IMO.

Disaster has struck here - finally got my birth ball down from the attic but absolutely no idea where the bloody pump is. Grumble grumble grump!

Good luck for tomorrow, princessllama!

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 21:11:53

Can't you use one of your bike pumps Vinegar?

VinegarDrinker Mon 10-Jun-13 21:14:28

I thought it just used a normal bike/football pump but apparently I misremembered. Only £4 for a replacement on the website but just annoyed as it'll take a few days to arrive.

Trauma no. 2 this evening - I now officially have an outie. DS and DH think it is hilarious sad

dinkystinky Mon 10-Jun-13 21:19:13

Be out and proud I say Vinegar :-)

Thinkingof4 Mon 10-Jun-13 22:26:16

princess good luck tomorrow, my sister is having a baby tomorrow too! (elcs)
Babies are arriving all the time, v exciting grin

Cheeseandbread Mon 10-Jun-13 22:33:56

Oooooooooh good luck Princess

Vinegar I have an outie now too blush

Thanks for the reassurance Dinky I just had the midwife led unit in my head as a relaxing place and the labour ward as somewhere with machines and wires... I haven't even been in to look yet so it's all in my head... I need to book a tour of the hospital. Hopefully it will all be fine.

Sleep time for me, sweet dreams everyone.
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cheekbyjowl Mon 10-Jun-13 23:12:07

just catching up but reading posts newest first. for a moment I thought dinky was suggesting the bike pump for vinegars ear...which seemed a little extreme! birth ball makes more sense And glad less drastic measures cured the earsmile

princess good luck. ooooo aurelia is a fantastic name, reminds me of love actually...you should keep encouraging your dh to agree it... just in cases smile . will look forward to the update in the morn.

totally you should trademark the happydural name and sell it to gsk or something. it sounds like something I want

shelley I've missed an update somewhere, whats happening are you planning an elcs as the