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June 2013 - thread 8 - hope babies aren't late!

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redwellybluewelly Wed 29-May-13 23:06:18

We were about to run out of room!

Hope everyone finds the thread ok smile

ginauk84 Wed 29-May-13 23:12:37

Marking my spot!

Steffanoid Wed 29-May-13 23:57:53

goodness the last thread didn't last long! I really need to sleep

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 00:04:29

Marking my place smile

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 00:08:34

Thank you i am going to keep trying he has had some good feeds the last one just finished he was on 25 mins and plenty of gulps! DH has just gone to change him as he was beginning to get sleepy and we need to cup feed him now.
Here's where the sleepless nights really begin totally worth it tho just hope it works!

joanna1990marie Thu 30-May-13 00:10:07

Im due on Friday but looks like I'll be gate crashing the June thread :-(

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 00:29:53

Wow, that went quick. We're obviously getting quite talkative smile

Yes red we should update the stats thread, I'm starting to loose track of all the babies already born. Or we could have a new one. I'm not sure how many of the people on the original list are still around...

Glad you've had some good feeds today Arlandria, hope it keeps improving so you can keep the mws happy and just get on with being a mum.

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 00:57:42

I hope so too as i am currently feeling like daisy the cow manually breast feeding after every feed ready for the next! Moooo! Lol

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 01:00:39

ha ha, try it with a double electric breast pump, then you properly feel like a cow hooked up to a milking machine grin

Hi everyone.
I need to have a catch up on last thread.
How many babies have we got now? I'm 37 weeks now so could be anytime for me, or could be 5 weeks (hopefully not!).
I really need this lo to start dropping, he's not engaged yet but this heartburn is driving me mad, and I'm struggling to breath too.
Anyone else awake at this stupid hour?
Who ever recommended the book on the kindle the antenatal group- thank you. I'm getting quite into it.

MadameJ Thu 30-May-13 03:19:52

Im up and about too....with stupid heartburn and trapped wind, trouble is with every twinge I am convinced baby is coming as I have never being this pregnant before so dont really know what to look for!! Hope everyone else is getting a good nights sleep and the new babies are feeding well and letting the new mummies get some decent rest. Im going to try and go back to bed soon and hopefully get some rest before dd decides its morning so nighty night x

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 03:50:22

madamej I am exactly the same re any little feelings or anything like that

welcome Joanna you've still got time to have your lo yet smile will send good thoughts your way

have just realised I think my heartburn is stopping, I know he's dropped and is engaging but I thought id have heartburn forever the rate it was going!

pinkbear82 Thu 30-May-13 04:39:48

hello stupid o'clock waking. ugh. so annoying.

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 04:54:44

OK I've got the antenatal group on kindle too - this thread is turning into a book club! Will save it to read during the long hours breastfeeding.

Olimoss Thu 30-May-13 06:30:59

Hi all - Joe arrived yesterday at 1110am, 7lb 2oz, nicely perfect.

Post-natal wards are as bloody hot as people say. I'm wearing my hospital gown as a skirt and a singlet vest on top! V glam.

Chelsea & West been terrific, also managed to bag an amenity room (cost stupid money, at moment don't care, is totally worth it) and looking good to get home on Friday. Elective Csection for the win!

Catch you all in a couple days. And congrats Maisie! Best of luck to those of you up next!

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 06:49:26

Congratulations, Oli :-) Cute name and a nice size too.

We've been warned about tropical temperatures...kind of dreading that bit!

I hope you do get to go home tomorrow, that'd be great.

I feel left out with no Kindle! Though I need to be cross stitching, not reading. :-/

We did rattle through the last thread somewhat.

The stats thread is quite out of date with people who've gone AWOL and some people aren't on it now.

How shall we update it?

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 07:13:32

Congrats oli, and lovely name. Hope you have a speedy recovery and get released soon!

Mrsbri - dh got me my kindle with last baby as he figured I could read while bf-ing as I only needed one hand to hold and turn the page. Has proved to be money well spent.

Am starting to worry a bit about this baby coming early. I started having bh early on and they can be reasonably strong, but several evenings in the last week they have been every five mins and tonight are particularly uncomfortable. I don't think they are proper contractions but am finding it hard to believe I've still got another 4 weeks to go. Does anyone know if bh get stronger as labour approaches or does it not really mean anything? I can't have his baby yet - dh is midway through various DIY projects as we get ready to put house on the market in a few weeks!

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 07:15:48

Maybe we should start a new stats thread, copy on those we know are still around and anyone not on can add themselves. As long as those who read but don't post often won't be offended if they accidentally get deleted from the list?!

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 07:33:37

If they're reading the threads they'll know what we've done and can re-add themselves :-)

I thought that was the best option, but can't do it at the mo as I'm on my phone.

Thinking I may have to kill DH. I've been awake for bloody ages as normal, made worse by a shitty cold / sore throat so I'm in pain and can't really breathe too well. He's just lying there snoring and just being asleep. I think he should be awake with me. Git! If he was sleeping quietly it may not be so bad, but the snoring really takes the biscuit!

And now baby has hiccups. Again.

Please come early / on time, baby, I can't do 5 more weeks of this!

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 07:40:29

Morning all. Marking place on new thread.
Congrats Oli smile.
I've had my morning dose of spatone, orange juice, nettle tea, fortified cereal, raspberry leaf tablets and evening promise oil! Now to get dressed, feel v lazy today!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 07:41:14

Congratulations oli! Lovely name and size and really pleased you're happy with how it all went!smile

I'm full of butterflies about scan today at the moment. I'm excited but so nervous. It's like the 12 wks all over again- though that seems ages ago now!

Thanks for new thread red!smile

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 07:42:30

X post with learner and laughing at evening promise oil! Bet DH wishes that existed here right now!grin

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 07:43:21

I hope your scan goes well, AmI. Is it purely to check position? Fingers crossed baby is facing the right way :-)

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 07:45:53

congrats oli thanks

woke up for 4 wees in the night, I have a feeling someone is pushing my bladder more than usual.
every single time I woke up was in the hopes that it was because id had a pain or my waters were going to go, but no such luck.

did manage to settle down in tge end yesterday evening after a sofa swap and changing sitting position all through zoolander, 5 mins after it finished we came to bed where it started again grrr

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 07:52:43

Evening promise oil lol - not a lot of that around here!

Babybeann Thu 30-May-13 07:53:53

morning. im new to this thread but due the 25th of june and wanted to introduce myself. i have a 15 month old baby boy called finley who keeping me very busy these last few weeks we are ecpecting a baby girl this time im 21 and just bought a first house.
im being monitered every couple of days due to high bp and the odd + of protine. i had PE with my last and was induced at 37 weeks and think this may be the case this time.

so helloooo. is there any one else with my due date?? ill race you ;)

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 08:20:39

Welcome babybeann I'm 19th June but you'll probably beat me!
You must be exhausted running around after such a little one. Hope you don't get PE again.

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 08:22:58

Congratulations Oli
Good luck AmI
Well after ten feeds and six cup feeds its safe to say i have had no sleep what so ever in between feeding expressing sterilising and cup feeding its time to start again once done it all lol hopefully the little man will show improvement today tho fingers crossed!
I am not beating myself up about it as much today if we get admitted its for the best for him still hoping it doesn't come to that

Babybeann Thu 30-May-13 08:36:07

hello learner yes it is draining looking after him. he had his jabs last week and still suffering with the, waking in the night and has gone off food. poor little chap. he is keeping me entertained as has just learnt to say 'poo' haha but goes pooooooo.

been reading the last few pages of the old post and cant belive babies have already made an apperiance. feels slightly real now maybe i sould pack my hospital bag!!!!!

pinkapples Thu 30-May-13 08:38:58

Congrats oli and welcome baby beam

I have just been woken by a barking dog (mine) and my dad at the door to check in. Does he not know the time and my recent lack of sleep! Obviously not! Hay ho! I'm up now will go and do a slow lead walk with the dogs which will impress them no end... not before trix has her drain out tomorrow

With dogs and babies its a wonder there's time for anything else just hoping little one stays put a week or so so that we can get dog sorted first

curiousgeorgie Thu 30-May-13 08:39:43

Babybeann - I'm the 25th June too and also expecting a girl smile I'm sure you'll beat me though as I'm scheduled for a c section on my due date and went two weeks late with my 2 year old so not expecting to go into labour beforehand sadly!

Congratulations Oli!! Join the Facebook group and post a pic grin

We should do a list like they do on the conception threads, with people copying and pasting and adding themselves.

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 09:03:28

Welcome babybeann That's 3 of us due on the 25th now then! And I'm pretty sure that's Sarah's birthday too! I've also got a little boy but he's 2yrs 4 months. I was induced last time for pe but right at the end. Bp has been up a few times but seems to be behaving itself at the moment thank goodness!

Mrsbri yes the scan today is to check that baby is pointing head down as my weird changing bump and mid wife's difficulty in feeling head at appt on tues led to her referring me just in case baby's flipped. It wouldn't surprise me with the auditions she's been doing to join the babyb babyforget acrobat troup! Although the position of hiccups encourages me! And I'm mostly wanting a check of the baby's sex if I'm honest. That and checking that all's still ok. I'm so paranoid this time around. ( who am I trying to kid- I was awful last time too!)

Arlandria I'm glad that things are getting better ( if not on the sleep front) and its good to hear that you seem to be feeling better too. Make sure you take care of yourself too!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 09:04:06

Pink- how is your dog doing now?

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 09:07:52

OK I did a new stats thread and updated it as best as I could. Its here
There's a few people who weren't on it, but if you changed names I may have accidentally deleted you - sorry!! Anyway go and check and add yourself back on. It's quite a short list now as I deleted anyone who I didn't see on the last thread, so sorry to those who had been reading but not posting.

Phew. Off to sleep now...

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 09:14:43

Impressive work aloha! Sleep well!

pinkapples Thu 30-May-13 09:21:02

She's alright thanks x

Still very sleepy but seems to be better now she's had her painkillers and antibiotics we couldn't give her any till last night so all yesterday she was whimpering but she is better today

I was never on the stats thread I couldn't do it will have another go :-)

pinkbear82 Thu 30-May-13 09:30:55

would a lovely kind one of you add me to the stats thread - my stupid phone won't let me do it angry

edd 5 June - team yellow.

thank you.

congrats oli - hope all continues to go well x

massagegirl Thu 30-May-13 09:32:58

Arlandria... Think we're in similar boats. Am trying hard to feed a reluctant, jaundiced baby who has lost weight. An currently trying the boob as much as possible, spent two hours this morning trying to get her to latch. In the end resorted to nipple shields and she had quite a good feed... I think, an also topping up with formula, and expressing..., bloody knackered and emotional.
Congratulations to the new arrivals. And to all you mummy's and mummy's to be look after yourselves, have realised we are on a big old roller coaster and whatever we are are all doing an amazing job!

Hawkmoth Thu 30-May-13 09:43:23

Morning all and congratulations!

Up for a wee every two hours then slept to past nine. Completely spaced out now.

Sarah2506 Thu 30-May-13 09:56:22

Ooh yes, 25th is my birthday!

Glad you are all enjoying The Antenatal Group- it's a good read right now. I like my NCT group but not as much as the ladies in the book!

Congrats Oli. Is he Joseph or just Joe?

My bump has dropped. Suddenly there is clear water between bump and boobs. This has made me feel so much more human. And means that today's job is to go and get measured for a nursing bra.

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 10:03:40

Congratulations on your boy Oli! (We seem to be quite blue so far?!)

Actually got some sleep last night, feel quite human...

AmI, hope all goes well today, always another place in the circus for baby smile

Congrats Oli!
I've got a scan tomorrow to check babies position, we may have a very large group of acrobats!
Yes the girls in the book are great, it's very real.

Babybeann Thu 30-May-13 10:17:44

wow the 25th is a busy day! its also dp birthday hes willing baby to come early as he says he'll be fogotton about every year if babys is the same day.

had mw yesterday, bp was high and a + of protine so off she sent us to hospital to get checked. they found no protine and said bp was fine!!!! grrrrr
feel like a yoyo last week the same thing happened. i dont want to be induced but everytime im sent in i get a little excited i may have a baby. ho hum!! got another check friday so we shell see.

anyone have anytips on how to prepare ds for baby?? hes just learnt to say baby which is super cute. i tried giving him a baby dolly but he hates it and just crys if i get it out!! i hope he'll like his sister.

wow messagegirl you must be kackered!!!

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 10:31:38

Have added you pinkbear smile

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 10:54:10

It is draining isn't it messagegirl :-( i have a breast feeding specialist coming to see me this morning my sister rang them for me as i was so upset and really struggling with the manual pump they loan electric ones out so hopefully things will be better

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 11:19:38

is it just me...that gets convinced every time I wake up or move my waters are going to break and have to frantically check only to be disappointed?
I really want this little one to arrive already, I want to meet him, patience is not a virtue I was born with!!

massagegirl Thu 30-May-13 11:20:48

Arlandria how sweet of your sis, the nipple shields have really helped this morning, actually feel like she's eaten! I have an electric one too. Good luck x

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 11:28:28

No steffanoid, I'm feeling pretty impatient and could feasibly have four weeks to go!

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 11:37:34

at least it's not just me forget! I think when we (hopefully) have another I'll know tge feeling im waiting for, it's because I dont know how it's gonna feel and each weird normal pregnancy feeling gets me excited thinking woo this is it, but it's usually just a bit of a crampy bump sad

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 11:45:46

Completely! Hard to tell what's going on most of the time... keep telling myself I will find out soon enough but I am ready now! Sod's law it will be the day I make plans...

rrreow Thu 30-May-13 12:08:53

massagegirl don't worry about the nipple shields. I think some little babies just have real trouble latching on to a nipple. I fed DS1 with shields for 6 months at which point I was finally able to ditch them and ended up feeding till 14mo.

Congrats oli!!! And yay for an amenity room. Post-natal ward is pretty dire in most places. Hope you and Joe are both doing well.

My itching has got worse sad am fairly sure it's Obstetric Cholestasis again as it feels exactly like last time. Am exhausted as I can't sleep, and when I do fall asleep finally I sleep very fitfully and scratch myself in my sleep.

Spent quite a few of my awake hours reading current research on OC (more research has actually been done since I had DS1 in 2011, so that's very helpful) and I am actually still wanting a homebirth as long as I go into labour before 39w. If I can tolerate the itching until I go into labour naturally that is. I do think I'll have a bit of a fight on my hands if I insist on homebirth but they only do the liver function blood tests at the hospital once a week so I wouldn't have results until next week anyway (at which point I'll be 38+3 or +5)

Feeling a bit despairing at the moment as I am so so tired but I have to be literally exhausted to be able to fall asleep and sleep through the itching. Was getting lots of uncomfortable BH last night with lots of pressure down low, am just hoping I'll go into labour SOON (now please!)

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 12:13:17

I think we should all send each other 'to into Labour's vibes and hope everyone's bh turn into more!
rrreow have you tried sleeping with soft socks on your hands like taped on? cause then you'd rub not scratch and break the skin? also a cool shower with no soap sometimes helps me when I have reactions to things, might help you?

Hawkmoth Thu 30-May-13 12:18:37

Rrreow, do you have anything for the itching? Even though mine wasn't OC after results they did give me Piriton which really helped.

pinkbear82 Thu 30-May-13 12:23:07

Thank you learner! thanks smile

UGH I decided to clean the fish tank...... I heard a strange noise and then gushing....... No not me, the bloody side of the tank cracked. confusedangry Cue wet feet, dog thinking new water feature to drink from and me phoning my dad to say the tank will be far easier to move and he can have the bloody fish.

Have used the carpet cleaner to suck the carpet dry(er) and have enough water in the tank to keep the fish in until dad can rescue them. Or I cave in and buy a new tank. Not sure which.

Today I was meant to be taking it easy with only a haircut planned.... Next time I get a good idea I'm ignoring it.

Sorry for ranting 'twas either that or possibly sit and cry and I decided I was wet enough already.

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 12:32:19

we just emptied our fishtank and our orphan fish now live in my sisters tank they are pretty to look at but they are ohs and he never cleans them out, well he does but nor often enough so he's having a break from them for now!

massagegirl Thu 30-May-13 12:38:59

Thank you rreow that is incredibly reassuring, she has fed soooo much better with them, feel like we've turned a corner after crappy breast feeding advice in hospital. I'd if you having the home birth? We were meant tk buy it didn't quite work out.. Am planning on Making use of the pool this week though.

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 12:47:52

Oh dear what a pain pinkbear. I hate cleaning out our fish tank too. Was bought for DS2's second birthday. He's now 4 and the little buggers still haven't died!

I've booked an acupuncture session for this evening for preparation for labour. Did it last time and labour was very straight forward so guess it can't hurt to try again.

Must unpack my pool and check it's all there too. Still haven't got my head around the fact that will be delivering this baby soon. Every time i call DH he's like 'are you ok?' in a panic. Baby has to stay put until after the weekend though as we have a house full for DS2's birthday party! Why did I think that was a good idea...?

massagegirl I wouldn't worry about using shields - I used them for a year with DD, who had an undiagnosed tongue tie. And used them with DS1 when he came home from hospital because his mouth was too tiny to latch properly, despite me learning deep latch techniques when he was in NICU.

Congratulations to Oli and Joe, and anyone else who has had their babies that I've missed!

I have a question for you all: last night I felt really ill - got very shivery and cold, even though I was laid on the sofa covered in a quilt, duvet, and had a hot water bottle. Violent shivers, teeth chattering etc and it lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Once I warmed up, I spent the rest of the night absolutely boiling hot. It's happened 2 other times since M was born. I need to tell the MWs, don't I? Any ideas what it could be? Don't feel like I have any signs of mastitis which was my first thought, and I've expressed after a couple of feeds to make sure M is emptying me out properly, that all seems OK. Csection scar is fine, no sign of infection there. Anything else? Thanks xx

massagegirl Thu 30-May-13 13:05:57

Thanks rue they've kept me sane today.
I'd call mw about your hot cold feeling crap. I had the same twice whilst in hospital... Felt awful cold sweating, shivers, fainty. They checked everything was fine and was my body just totally exhausted. Guess its a shock to the system. But def ask someone.

rrreow Thu 30-May-13 13:15:02

Steffanoid I've cut my nails really short! They usually have to be anyway as I play the violin (you can tell when I haven't practiced for a while by the length of my nails grin). Can't do the sock thing as it's especially itchy hands/feet that keep me awake, so putting stuff over them will make them warmer and more itchy (I have to sleep with my feet sticking out of the bed!). I will try a cool shower before bed tonight though. DH has also been amazing and giving me full body rubs which are SOOOO soothing. I really think they release sleepy hormones as he did it at 4am and then I was finally able to fall asleep even if it was fitful.

Hawk I took some Piriton earlier. Can't say if it helped as the itching isn't as noticeable during the day / when not in bed, but I'll definitely take one tonight before bed and hope it helps.

pinkbear Oh no that's all you need! How annoying. Enjoy your haircut though. Do they give you a head massage when they wash your hair? I love those.

rue hope you're feeling OK. It might be just exhaustion but best to mention it to the midwife in case it's an indicator for something they might know about.

OK off for my midwife appointment now.

SunnyL Thu 30-May-13 13:19:35

I'm 39 weeks today and I was convinced baby was coming last night. DH went out yesterday evening and I felt rubbish. Very sore back, exhausted and just a bit queasy. However after dinner of baked beans on toast (going to be a fab mum amn't I?) I started to perk up. I'd clearly worried DH though cos this morning he was convinced he heard me pacing up and down downstairs which got him panicking. Anyhow - all back to normal today and feeling great. It'll end up being another 2 weeks now won't it?!

Welcome to the world Joe!

ginauk84 Thu 30-May-13 13:40:17

Wow we are on page 3 already!!

Congrats Olimoss hopefully you will be home soon 

Babybeann welcome to the thread, I am due 27th so not far off you.

I am convinced I will need inducing so that makes me 42 weeks on 11th July so I am not expecting baby till then – I think if something happens naturally I will have the shock of my life lol! Although we are all prepared.

I don’t have a kindle and you have made me want one now, been looking at them online! Lol.

Baby is being really violent, I thought by 36 weeks they weren’t supposed to move as much, but my god I got really fed up yesterday evening as it blooming hurts! Today she has just started again!

We ordered some rattan furniture for the garden yesterday and it’s going to be about 4 weeks delivery – scary to think baby will almost be here then – hoping she will be here!!

Aldi have got a baby event on from today and a £5 off from Daily Mirror so am going to have a look round later to see what bargains I can find!!

massagegirl Thu 30-May-13 13:52:05

Gina I was absolutely convinced baby would be overdue, thought I'd need to be induced. She was a week early! No one was more surprised than me!

ginauk84 Thu 30-May-13 13:57:42

massagegirl hope that happens here! So desperately want to use the MLU, think you hear so many stories about 1st babies being overdue and needing inducing you just assume it will be the same. Hubby thinks I should get on a trampoline, lol!

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 14:05:24

Gina, they've got a travel cot for £20 it's a hauck one so a good brand, they've a blender thing as well but I've sent my mum off for the cot for me

redwellybluewelly Thu 30-May-13 14:33:50

Rue that sounds like an infection - I would get some advice - mastitis doesn't always show on the surface, or it could be a UTI?

We've got a sick DD - nasty cough getting nastier - my 3 days of maternity leave seem to be not as productive as I'd hoped, hate it when she is ill, 9/10 it ends in paramedics being called.

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 14:51:01

Pinkbear what a nightmare with the fish tank! Go and enjoy having a relaxing haircut! I'm having mine done on sun morning before my baby shower in the afternoon!

It sounds like those of you feeding little ones are doing so well- it's such a difficult time! Which shields are you using btw? I've ordered lots of different ones to try. Didn't have any last time as hadn't thought of them and switched to formula without as many different tactics being used as I would have liked.

Scan went well today! I couldn't see baby anywhere near clearly but sonographer was happy with everything! She's head down so that's good and it was senior sonographer who asked if we knew sex I said yes but confirmation would be good so she said that on her opinion I can safely start buying pink! Then showed me the distinct lack of boy bits where they would have been!
Head is within normal range and slightly larger than the average. All fluid etc good do I'm happy!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 14:52:12

And rue- definitely speak to midwife of only to our your mind at ease- its important to take care of you too x

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 14:53:09

Sorry red- missed that! I hope that your Dd gets better soon and doesn't get too ill

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 14:53:41

So sorry to hear about your dd Red. When is your CS date?

Gina it was my second that was v overdue, first was pretty much on time!

rrreow Thu 30-May-13 15:03:47

AmIGoingMad I have the Medela ones. Size small 16mm iirc (Not sure if bra size is an indicator but non-pregnant/bf I'm usually a B or C and have fairly small nipples).

Just came back from my midwife appointment. She said baby is quite low down. Just checked notes and it says 'relation to brim 3/5'. So that's halfway there!

I think she was a bit taken aback by my insistence on still wanting a homebirth despite possible OC but was supportive when I mentioned what I'd been reading and the fact that it was definitely an informed decision.

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 15:10:26

Pleased to hear your scan went well AmI - and a girl, how exciting smile You better get that name picked smile

Hope you're feeling better Rue, I hope you've had a bit of advice, sounds nasty.

BH going crazy, really want it to turn to actual labour!

Hawkmoth Thu 30-May-13 16:05:43

I've sent DH to Aldi today for the electronic thermometer. I've relied on a forehead crystal one up to now, but I just seem to get more and more paranoid with every illness my children pick up!

Been on my own today. Made DH a birthday card!!! Also cried in the shower for no reason whatsoever. I'm a mess.

37 weeks by scan dates tomorrow so operation waddle and curry will commence. Not going to comment on the other recommendation for bringing on labour (not pineapple) :D

curiousgeorgie Thu 30-May-13 17:00:20

Hawkmoth - I've gone for a digital ear thermometer this time too... And already used it on my 2 year old about 5 times, it's amazing.

Just back from the midwife and there's protein in my urine, my blood pressure is a bit high and I've been having migraines and dizziness all week. Have to see the consultant in the morning confused

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 17:18:32

Hey everyone, i know im coming along a bit late in the game but can i join?

Im 39+4 with dc1 and fully engaged symptom spotting like mad! But know it can be a while yet..

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 17:21:27

Welcome elsabel! Very exciting although I am envy at you being fully engaged... 38w here and still bobbing around! smile

Hope this means a new baby for you very soon! smile

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 17:22:34

Try not to worry curious, they will be totally alert and who knows, it may mean BABY very soon... smile

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 17:22:42

rrreow a fellow violiner! <waves bow across the ocean> I keep crashing my bow into my bump when I play on the E-string - it kind of bounces off! I have to remember to lean back and give myself more space.

rue sorry you're feeling unwell, it does sound like some kind of infection. Hope you can get seen.

Glad you had a good scan AmI and that your girl is still a girl grin

steff and whoever else was talking about thinking every pain being labour. It's not just first timers! I'm on number 2 but I still keep worrying with every twinge!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 17:28:13

I hope so...getting BH like crazy since i saw the midwife on tuesday and she ' massaged' my bump, apparently it can start things off and it seemed to do something, as id never had BH until she did that. Has anyone else had that??

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 17:28:19

Just realised it's June on Saturday - this shit just got real smile

forgetmenots Thu 30-May-13 17:29:23

Getting crazy BH elsabel, but not through massage (and baby not showing signs of coming!) - maybe she was gently encouraging them ona bit!

rrreow Thu 30-May-13 17:30:23

AlohaMama does your baby move a lot when you play? Mine moves especially with notes on the G and D string! Not nearly as much as DS1 did when I was pregnant with him though (and he's quite musical now at 2yo - apparently he wants to play the violin too grin)

Welcome elsabel hopefully not long to wait for you now!

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 17:38:09

getting period pains, had a bounce around on the gym ball
c'mon pains escalate and turn into labour! I told oh we're having curry tomorrow a medium should be spicy enough for me cause I usually have passanda,
my last nice paycheck from work tomorrow before it all goes downhill, going to be frugal with this one and treat it like it's the smaller ones, see how much I can save smile

learnermummy Thu 30-May-13 17:43:34

Welcome elsabel, not heard of anyone doing bump massage before! Was there a particular technique?smile

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 17:45:42

Yipeeee baby has gained weight! Not a lot .7 of a gram but she said in 24 hours that's really good and she wasn't expecting it so i feel more relieved!
I still have to top his feeds up every 3 hours.
Worth the sleepless night! Now back to the breast pump :-)

Hawkmoth Thu 30-May-13 18:02:48

My baby moves a lot to music, I also play and it dropping this week has been a godsend!

Arlandria, I hope they are using the same scales every time? The error on them is often substantial enough to make concerns where not needed so you need consistency, and preferably you don't want it to be calibrated halfway through a series of measurements.

Well done on getting a gain though!

arlandria666 Thu 30-May-13 18:18:10

Yeah it was the same scales he has fed loads though and lapped up the cup feeds just got to keep it up

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 18:37:25

Yay! Well done on the gain, Arlandria :-) It's excellent news.

And I have two very painful words for you: lightning crotch! Poor DH didn't know what to say / do!

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 18:38:38

Oh, yes, welcome Esabel and Baby :-)

Tell us more about the massage, Esabel!

SunnyL Thu 30-May-13 18:50:47

Not getting any major BH but getting what I term 'tight bits' when I'm out walking the dog.

Spent the afternoon making a nursing maxi dress for my friends wedding in July using this pattern here. Made it in bright red which is going to clash horribly with our orange pram but clashing is the new matching right??!

Now sitting in the sun eating crisps. I like maternity leave!

Spoke to MW who said to call gp cos it sounds like mastitis. Gp phoned me back and prescribed ABs over the phone so DH has been to pick them up and I've had the first dose.

Am seeing MW on Sunday, and gp said if I'm not feeling better by Saturday then to get back in touch.

Red hope your dd is feeling better soon.

rrreow Thu 30-May-13 19:19:03

DS is distressed because I have taken my belly button piercing out. Lots of "Oh nooooo", shocked face and pointing at my belly grin

redwellybluewelly Thu 30-May-13 19:20:16

I didn't take the ABs I was prescribed because it was caused by a blocked duct and I managed to ease it out but several friends who've had mastitis at our BF group say they felt better within 24hours so I hope that you also feel better quickly.

I'm also getting that lightening crotch - now every ten minutes for the past hour, without a doubt in my mind caused by having to carry DD a lot this afternoon. Called DH home from work 30min early as I simply couldn't cook dinner and look after DD. GP says upper respiratory infection, but could go either way and become a snotty cold or a more worrying chest infection. Given we've a week before we have a newborn in the house I'm praying she gets better quickly. Plus DH can do many things but he cannot look after her if she is ill, no instinct!

arlandria thats fantastic news, did they say how long you might need to combine feed for? Its so exhausting pumping and feeding! Hope you are managing to get some rest occasionally

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 19:21:20

well done arlandria brilliant news!

my bits are aching for want of a better word, feels like a lot of pressure around the area, had another bounce around on the gym ball, dp convinced me to okay a bit of a computer game that I like and now my fingers swelled back up sad

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 19:29:29

Well she felt my tummy and said baby fully engaged, then gave it a bit of a massage for about 30 secs and said she was getting the baby moving in hope of moving things along. She then said it should caused mini contractions, which it did instantly, my stomach started contracting and going hard, which she said is normal if the baby is ready to come out.

It seems to have caused something to happen but not quickly enough for my liking!

AlohaMama Thu 30-May-13 19:48:16

Well done Arlandria - keep up the good work!

rrreow - not sure if baby moves when I play, probably only when I stab her with my bow!! ds not so keen on me playing, he used to tell me it was too loud sad but I'm sure I'll eke some musical talent out of him somehow!! He does like singing to himself though...

welcome elsabel - sounds like you are nearly on your way!!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 19:55:44

I hope so aloha, but not getting my hopes up. I was getting some pains a couple of hours ago..which turned out to be wind! Very disappointed!

I know what you mean about the pressure steff i was getting that alot and put it down to baby engaging so its got to be good. Im sure the ball will do some good aswell.

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 20:09:06

Welcome Elsabel!

Thats great news Arlandria! Well done!

Rue I'm glad that you contacted them and that they've been proactive in getting you sorted.

With the bh/tightenings- I still don't think I've had any. But on tue with midwife she told me I was having a tightening when she was palpating, and the same happened with the sonographer today. I hadn't felt anything/ realised either time!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 20:14:33

Thanks amigoingmad. I hadnt noticed it either until the midwife pointed it out to me, i could have already had some and hadnt noticed cause didnt know what they feel like. How long do you have left?

DontmindifIdo Thu 30-May-13 20:22:33

Aha, found you! So I am now more pregnant than I've ever been, yesterday was the stage I went into labour and waters broke and today is the stage when DS arrived. So passed that milestone! Feel soo heavy and like bump is very low. It's been a very hard day with a very demanding toddler, and DH is out tonight so I didn't have him to help lift DS in and out of the bath, not good sad

Anyway, fingers crossed I actually make it to Tuesday for ELCS date. Oh fuck, I'm having a baby on Tuesday - and it's currently Thursday. (I really need to wash my dressing gown)

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 20:28:58

elsabel gutted it was wind! I think it's going to drive us crazy goimg woohoo this is it and then it being nothing

I am getting little niggles every now and again above my pelvic bone, I bet when it actually happens we won't believe it and be like nah nothing, I bet even if my waters break I'll just think I've peed myself!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 20:42:05

I know what you mean steff i am so busy symptom spotting im also too quick to rationalise every niggle that could actually be a sign of early labour. Pain = wind, back ache = sciatica, waters breaking = peeing myself, and so on! But hopefully very soon it will be labour!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 20:46:30

Elsabel I'm 36+2 today so a little while yet. A bit fed up of people saying 'oh you'll go early definitely' as its getting my hopes up and will find it really hard if I go to 42 weeks now!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 20:49:05

Yes i was the same, everyone kept saying id be early, now funnily enough everyones saying il be late..people always have to make a prediction with little to base it on and ive found it very annoying! Is baby your first? Do you know what youre having? Sorry youve probably already said in previous posts but im new smile

redwellybluewelly Thu 30-May-13 20:49:23

Don't mind I keep thinking this will be my last weekend as mum of one! I'm not getting a dressing gown, but I'm going into town to find a long cardigan

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 21:11:12

That's interesting re tightenings, AmI, as I'm not sure if the few contracting / period pain moments are the real deal or not as the bump doesn't tighten. The one I had the other day was so fierce though that goodness knows what it was if it wasn't a BH! It was enough to make me practice my breathing.

I'll see if I can get any info out of the midwife on Monday.

So many babies are here or coming soon. Very jealous!

Steffanoid Thu 30-May-13 21:37:30

feeling very sorry for myself, have got a pounding head so.I think paracetamol and bed it is for me!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 22:42:42

Aw stef- have an early night and hopefully you'll feel better in the morning.

Mrsbri- that's the thing. I've had a few brief moments over last few weeks where I've thought oo ouch for a second but nothing more than that. I generally put it down to baby moving or me moving to quickly. maybe thats not what is is after all! My bump is generally pretty tight feeling so maybe that's what they were feeling- haven't a clue really! Proof as was said on last thread that we're all first timers as we've never had this baby before! Let me know what your mw says tho- I don't have masses of faith in mine if I'm honest!

Elsabel I'm having a girl ( still will only really believe this when she's out!) and have a little boy already who's 2yrs4 months. Was induced 5 days before due date last time due to late onset of pre eclampsia symptoms so no idea what natural onset of labour is meant to feel like!

AmIGoingMad Thu 30-May-13 22:44:07

And red and dontmind- it must be a weird mix of excitement and 'oh my God !' to know your actual date!

MrsBri Thu 30-May-13 22:49:36

Yes, my bump is tight, and as baby shoves against it all the time, all I can feel is him under the skin!

Poor bubs is having to deal with me sneezing a lot. I can tell he's less than impressed. :-(

I'll mention all my pains to my midwife and report back!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 23:27:15

amigoingmad i am the same, were having a girl but am keeping the tags on everything weve bought until she arrives!

elsabel Thu 30-May-13 23:27:46

Hope you feel better tomorrow steff

SunnyL Fri 31-May-13 01:37:48

Just woke up with heart pumping, totally out of breathe with the adrenalin pumping because in my dream i was being chased by a polar bear through a Moroccan souk. Imagine if i went into labour now and try explaining that one to the midwife?! Baby clearly woken up by my mad dream too unless it is also running away from the imaginary polar bear.

DH would like baby to start making an appearance by 11pm Friday so he doesnt have to work the nightshift over the weekend. He's so selfless smile.

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 02:10:01

sunny that would be a great thing to tell the mw, imagine her telling it to others to try and start labour!

woo headache gone, am really glad cause twist are a tiny bit swollen and if it hadn't gone by the morning id have had to call up and probably go for extra monitoring, glad it's fine smile

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 04:21:39

And the most ridiculous reason for being woken at 3am is "mummy, my bunny upside down". Have been awake ever since.

Stef pleased headache gone, not had them so bad this time but first time had them really badly, I am lucky as I know I dont drink enough.

pinkbear82 Fri 31-May-13 04:30:46

red you and I both naughty on the not drinking enough front! I'm awful and try very hard to drink more but just struggle. Hope bunny stays the right way up and you manage a but more sleep.

yesterday was an 'everything's too much' day. ended up very teary and frustrated. today's a new day tho so keeping that in mind!

AlohaMama Fri 31-May-13 07:11:19

Ha ha sounds like a toddlerism red. The other week I had "I left my giant squid at the doctor" hmm at least that wasn't at 3am though.

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 07:47:10

Wow so much going on every time I come on now there's so much to catch up on

I too am symptom spotting but this is my first so no idea what I'm looking for :-) just hope she comes on time as I'm at the beached whale stage now and not enjoying it confused

MadameJ Fri 31-May-13 07:56:19

Morning ladies, today feels like an amazing day as im officially 37 weeks so not another premmie for me and im over the moon!! Hope everyone has a lovely day x

learnermummy Fri 31-May-13 07:56:49

Urghh am not looking forward to today. Have both boys all day and they've been running around like loons since 6:30! Have birthday cake to make along with prep for tomorrow's party and have defrosted meat that needs transformed into meals for freezer! Must get dressed!

AmIGoingMad Fri 31-May-13 08:06:11

Glad you feel better stef!

How's your daughter red?

Madame j- congratulations! That's a lovely milestone especially with previous experience.

Pinkbear I hope that today is a better day.

Learner- that sounds like a crazy day for a heavily pregnant lady! I hope things calm down/ you manage to get a nap!

I hope everyone has good days today and that those who want things to get moving start having some movement!smile

elsabel Fri 31-May-13 08:30:19

Glad you feel better this morning steff i had that a couple of weeks ago and out it down to the weather. Make sure you drink plenty today.

Thats a great milestone madame she can cone whenever now then!

Weird drean sunny must br the pre baby hormones to blame for that smile

Mawgatron Fri 31-May-13 08:45:04

Morning all. Glad to hear people are getting over various ailments etc- sounds like today is shaping up to be a good one. I'm off for lunch with some buddies today, which will be nice.

Even better, finally having my baby shower tomorrow- all my lovely friends have organised it behind my back, all I know is where and when it is. Oh, and that my sister is making wild garlic tartlets and strawberry cheesecake - yum!

Congrats oli and others who have their lovely babies. So excited. I have also been told by anyone and everyone that he is coming early (am currently 37+5), but we shall see.

Hears to a good day today!

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 09:42:57

Morning all!

Hope everyone is starting to feel better. It's glorious weather up here which always helps, doesn't it? My cold isn't really shifting much, but surely it has to soon?

Madame, well done on reaching term. It's a great feeling, isn't it? More so for you, I think?

Maw, the food for your shower sounds amazing. I love cheesecake SO much!

Planning on a relaxing day today, just pottering, after the last two busy days.

People have started asking if I have any news yet. Even people who've given birth recently, and late, so must know that it's annoying! I'm replying by saying I think it'll be a while yet. Hopefully that will stop them asking again too soon. :-/

Almost Homes Under the Hammer time. I'll get my Martin fix and then have a nice long bath, I think! :-)

Olimoss Fri 31-May-13 10:08:53

Just wanted to let you all know that Joe has been a bit poorly and it's been discovered he has something called tracheoesophageal fistula.

They can fix it with surgery which will be done today or tomorrow and he will remain in intensive care, where he is now, for 2-3 weeks after the operation. So after an exciting start we will necessarily prob be a bit quiet till we know how he's getting on. It's scary and difficult but we happen to have been in the best hospital for this sort of thing, so lucky in a lot of ways. Will keep in touch.

massagegirl Fri 31-May-13 10:09:47

Mrs bri am also loving homes under the hammer!
Mawg... Be careful I also had a surprise baby shower organised by my lovely friends and then baby came early two days before the shower! Sounds like yummy food!

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 10:13:38

Oh no, Oli.

I'll keep you and Joe in my thoughts. I hope he recovers well from his operation. Xx

learnermummy Fri 31-May-13 10:14:19

Oh Oli big hugs x puts my crappy day into perspective. Hope you're all doing ok and that Joe makes a quick recovery.

forgetmenots Fri 31-May-13 10:15:30

Oh Olimoss sad
I am sure little Joe will be just fine, but what a worry for you - do let us know when you can how you're all doing. Thinking of you.

Hawkmoth Fri 31-May-13 10:22:18

Will be thinking of Joe today x

massagegirl Fri 31-May-13 10:23:17

Oh no oil. Poor little joe. Hope it all goes well. Sending positive thoughts to you and your baby xxx

Sarah2506 Fri 31-May-13 10:32:38

Oli so sorry to hear that. Sending good thoughts and am pleased you are in the right place. Do let us know how you go, and much love to Joe x

Sunbeam18 Fri 31-May-13 10:40:06

Sorry to hear you and Joe are having a tough time, Oli. Will be thinking of you both x

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 10:49:14

Sorry to hear that Oli. Poor little Joe. Keeping my fingers crossed everything goes well for him. Glad to hear you're in a good hospital that is able to deal with it quickly.

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 11:08:16

I am sorry to hear that oli, I'll keep you and Joe in my thoughts and prayers, send good vibes your way

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 11:26:57

Poor joe sad hope your being looked after aswel

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 12:24:37

Gearing up for a lovely afternoon at MFAU because, surprise surprise, my liver results were elevated. I think I'll have a fight on my hands (as even on the phone they were immediately talking about induction) but have DH here with me for support otherwise I'm sure I'd just become a crying mess (I don't deal we'll with conflict!).

The Piriton made a difference I think, had about 8 hours sleep (although quite fitful and still itchy) which is very much preferable over 3 or 5 hours from the nights before.

Anyway, wish me luck!

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 12:28:29

good luck! if they can't provide you with concrete reasons on why you should be induced you can say no, lean on your dp to help you stand your ground

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 12:33:17

Oh Oli I am so very sorry, it truly sucks having a baby be well and then a serious problem discovered, pleased you are somewhere with a good paed surgical team and I hope Joe goes from strength to strength afterwards. Do look after yourself as well.

rrreow hope your stay is brief, although I also have the "baby may be better out than in" hanging over my head. Pre op in an hour, anyone want to place bets on how long we'll be kept waiting today?

DD is ok ish, she can't come with us today as we both need to concentrate so have had to leave her with SIL

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 12:36:47

Good luck, rrreow.

Are you going to take your bag, just in case, or leave it at home in the hope you can stave off induction?

I hope it all works out for you.

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 12:37:33

Good luck with pre op! We've been waiting for 45 mins so far (no appointment though, just fcfs)

Glad this is my second, I feel so much more sure of my rights and choices! Still have big problem with 'defying authority' though but that's not pregnancy related!

pinkbear82 Fri 31-May-13 12:45:28

oli - sending positive thoughts to you all and hope little Joe is soon on the mend. sending lots of hugs too.

my bff and I both had a very similar dream last night - in the fact that I didn't have enough time to get to the hospital and ended up having a home birth! apparently hers ended with me txting her while I drank a proper coffee!! Am now hoping this is not some kind of omen!

having a much better day today thankfully! have sat in the garden and repainted my toe nails and plan on reading this afternoon. first day in a long time I haven't felt tired just from getting up!!

hope everyone with appts get on ok and that they go the way you want them too - fingers firmly crossed for you!

MadameJ Fri 31-May-13 12:57:26

Sending hugs and best wishes to you Oli and I hope little Joe has a speedy recovery.

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 13:05:19

pinkbear how can you reach your toes?

thought the baby wasn't really moving, hadn't felt him this morning so played him some rock music and he had a nice dance away.
have had another sit on the gym ball and going on a few encouraging walks today and tomorrow if my hips allow,

people with appointments I hope they give you the answers and options you want smile

pinkbear82 Fri 31-May-13 13:25:57

hahaha steff - this is where having hyper mobile joints come in handy! it's not as neat as normal and I can't do a whole foot in one go but I still manage! smile

ginauk84 Fri 31-May-13 13:29:55

Olimoss sorry to hear about Joe, hope everything goes to plan with the op!

Hubby and I DTD last night and I suffered from such bad period type pain and lower back pain all night I wondered whether it may have triggered something but nothing happened.

Got to work today and lift was being serviced so had to climb the two flights of stairs which is not good with SPD, I could feel my pelvis sliding about all over the place!! Had my first leaving gift today as colleague isn't in next week - wow my last week of work next week!

Am not having a baby shower, been asked to bake cakes for my last day in work next week - should they not be giving me cakes? So a baileys and malteser cheesecake and a coffee cake is on order from the troops. They also suggested carrot cake but I don't DO vegetables in a cake lol, have never made one so won't be starting now lol!!

Such a beautiful day I want to be sitting in a beer garden with a nice pub sarnie and chips and a rose spritzer lol!! Am helping hubby at work all weekend so no time to relax in the garden hurumph.

Hope everyone's appointments have gone okay today, looking forward to seeing midwife next week to see where baby is!

ginauk84 Fri 31-May-13 13:39:02

pinkbear82 I have hypermobile joints also and was told this contributed to my SPD, though my mum also has hypermobile joints and she never suffered. Are you suffering from any SPD?

Sarah2506 Fri 31-May-13 13:43:28

Ladies having sections have you discovered the Snugglebundl? I thought it might be a bit of a gimmick but now it's been delivered I think it might be worth a shot. Have a look at their website, what do you think? I think it will be particularly handy for carrying her out to the car or just downstairs to the pram- we are in a second floor flat and I'm worried about being trapped!

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 14:19:27

Pink, I'm impressed that you can paint your toenails still. I just about managed to trim 8 of my toenails last week (I couldn't do the big toe and toe next to it on my left foot, for some reason!) and was chuffed to be able to do that! DH hasn't yet stepped up to the mark to finish the job, however. :-/

Gina, carrot cake is awesome. I made a really, really nice one the other week, and will definitely be making it again as it went down very well indeed.

I took a cake in for the troops on my last day in the office. Bought from Asda, not made by me! I wouldn't have even thought about it if DH hadn't asked if I was taking one.

Does anybody else have an intermittently helpful DH / DP? Mine is utterly lovely and helpful most of the time, but yesterday I ended up doing the vacuuming in as I was tired of telling him it needed doing and him not taking the hint. He knows baby hates how noisy it is, but just was not taking the hint, and I wasn't going to just tell him to do it as I shouldn't have to. Suppose he is being mostly great, so I can't really complain too much, it just annoys me somewhat!

I am considering a nap now. I was going to go for a little wander, but I'm exhausted, so may just go for the nap option instead.

MadameJ Fri 31-May-13 14:27:18

Well my fab day has gone downhill fast.......my sil was supposed to clean our old house top to bottom for me today as we have tenants moving in tomorrow and she let me down so have spent all day scrubbing floors and walls whilst trying to entertain a 2 yo. Now to top it off my dad has being taken into hospital due to chest pains and they think he needs a triple bypass!! I want to sit and cry but I havent got time- bleugh!!

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 14:32:29

Yay just got monitored and baby is fine. I saw a lovely doctor afterwards and although I'm obviously going against their advice by refusing induction she was really sympathetic, listened to me and understood my reasoning. Going to get ursodeoxycholic acid to treat the OC and will have to go in for extra monitoring and perhaps an extra scan to keep an eye on the baby.

All this talk of carrot cake, I've never made one before but I think that will be my project this weekend!

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 14:33:13

madame j thats crap!
hope your dad is doing ok thanks

Gina have you ever heard of beetroot brownies? they're absolutely amazing, you can't taste the beetroot, trust me cause I hate it personally, once you've tried them you won't ho back!

pinkbear82 Fri 31-May-13 14:40:50

Gina - my pelvis area is very clicky and I get a lot of pain around that area when first standing from sitting and getting in and out of bed. I have mentioned this to the MW but no official spd diagnosis - think because it comes and goes in I can still do things they aren't too worried.

Mrsbri - everyone I say I did my toes are quite impressed - its not overly comfy but I'm a bit stubborn! Lol. Could you accidentally catch your DP with the nails that are left to do and then do the innocent 'oh sorry that's the ones I couldn't do my self' flutter of the eyes......

I'll tell you what, I'm missing DP don't get me wrong, but having the house stay tidy and sorted and getting into my own routine is quite nice! I suddenly realised the other day it's going to go from just me, to me and baby and then DP home and then that means getting back into the swing of his girls re staying rather than just visiting again...... It's going to be manic very quickly. Not sure how I'll cope with it all at once...... But guess I will. Funny how we adjust to things so quickly when we have too.

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 15:04:21

MadameJ that's horrible, so sorry to hear about your dad. Hope things go well for him, keeping my fingers crossed.

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 15:12:22

Madame, I hope your dad is OK and that whatever treatment he gets really helps him.

And how crap of your SiL. That would really piss me off, I have to say.

rrreow, here is the carrot cake recipe I used, but I didn't use his icing recipe, I used this one without the coconut included.

I'm glad the hospital staff listened to you and have agreed with your course of action. Extra monitoring is the best compromise, isn't it?

And yes, Steff, beetroot chocolate cake / brownies are awesome too! Same concept as carrot cake really, isn't it? Though I always struggle to find raw beetroot and end up with the boiled stuff, which isn't quite the same :-/

More lightning crotch today and baby has settled in a very strange position for some reason! Maybe he'll move if I finally lie down for the rest I was going to have. :-)

learnermummy Fri 31-May-13 15:58:48

Love carrot cake. And parsnip cake lovely too. Annoyingly something went wrong with my cakes this morning (prob because kids 'helping') so will have to redo later.

Hawkmoth Fri 31-May-13 16:14:27

My SPD is not hurting anymore. Baby is right down now so not putting pressure on the rim. Pelvic pain replaced with constant period pains... I'll take that.

Sorry everyone's having a tough day.

Have had a nice lunch with DH and just waiting for the kids to return from their camping trip.

SunnyL Fri 31-May-13 16:21:24

Lying in bed after having a lovely morning spent down at my Dad's sailing loch chucking tennis balls into the water for the dog. Back is really quite painful now and I'm feeling wiped. If this the onset of the big event or just a back to back baby giving me jip? Answers on a postcard please ladies!

Sarah2506 Fri 31-May-13 16:25:31

I am very distressed. Walked into town. Bought Chelsea bun. Really looking forward to it. Walked home, sat in park by pond. Chelsea bun stale. What a waste of 3.5 mile walk. I appreciate this is not truly a drama but you know, little things:-)

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 17:11:05

Oh no Sarah I'd be gutted! Actually really fancy a bun right now hmmm maybe will buy some tomorrow

rrreow Fri 31-May-13 18:04:59

Aww Sarah I know how you feel, that's the type of thing that would really upset me (even when not pregnant, but especially while pregnant!)

Sarah that is very distressing, but good on you walking 3.5 miles. The furthest I feel like walking is to the car!
Anyone else's legs starting to resemble tree trunks? I've never had so much swelling in my feet and legs. Mw not concerned but its really starting to annoy me. Doesn't help that my hands and feet really start to itch when they get warm and swollen. I'm used to having such dainty hands and feet.
Would love to hear anyone's tips on treating or relieving the swelling/itch. My heartburn has also ramped up a notch. Drinking so much milk and gaviscon atm as even a sip of cold water sets it off. Again any tips? Hopefully once this lo starts to drop more I'll start to feel better but I'm just feeling thoroughly fed up of being pregnant atm. Sorry that enough moaning from me.
Hope everyone has some nice plans for the weekend. Weather forecast is looking promising.

Oli hope the op goes well and Joe is ok. Try to make sure you get plenty of rest too.
Madame sorry to hear about your dad. These things always have horrible timing don't they.

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 19:46:43

Nightmare, Sarah. I'd be very annoyed about that too. But I'm with Littlemiss on my walking capabilities :-/

Baby B has shifted position and is now more central so I can't even sit upright any more as it is too uncomfortable. I have also lost what limited bend I previously had.

His feet are now also wedged in my ribs all the time, and he keeps pushing upwards. Maybe DH is right and he'll push off the top to launch out of me! He's definitely been shoving today as I've had so much lightning crotch it's unreal. Maybe he's actually engaging. Or maybe he's just teasing me!

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 20:00:41

Well the AN clinic took three hours.

Still being denied skin to skin after CS but the SOM has agreed that I'll have some extra support in post natal and also that communication has been fairly poor.

What really surprised me is the speed with which it will all happen if things go to plan. Turn up at 7am and apparently will be in theatre by 8.30! Yikes.

Completely exhausted now, DH gone to get Chinese, DD has decided there is something in the wind and is flatly refusing to stay in her bed. Been fine in there for months and months hmm

MadameJ hope you have some good news soon about your dad
Rue how are you feeling?

DontmindifIdo Fri 31-May-13 20:12:09

Redwelly - I've been told no skin to skin after CS too, however I've been suggested DH can hold the baby to my cheek, so not full skin to skin, but cheek to cheek which apparently supposed to be better than nothing. Also our hospital is taking part in clinical trials for some special wrap cardie thing for extra skin to skin and will have extra breast feeding experts available - hopefully this time round I'll actually get help in the hospital - rather than having to beg for help on MN and only be able to bf due to getting very helpful advice from a few of the lovely ladies on here!

I've also been told arrival at 7:30am, first one will be in theatre at 8:45am (eek!) but that there's going to be 3 of us, all turning up at 7:30 and they'll decide on the day who goes in first. I really hope I'm in first, I'm going to be bored/scared/starving if I'm number 3!

ginauk84 Fri 31-May-13 20:29:03

Wow don'tmind how exciting!

Yes have heard about beetroot in chocolate cake/brownies and wondered what it would taste like - must try it one of the days but perhaps just test it on me not work lol.

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 20:51:02

Sarah I went to 2 shops for jam doughnuts with granulated sugar on them not powdered, ended up with ones with stupid powdered sugar, threatened dp with violence till he promised I can have one with granulated sugar tomorrow even though he thinks powdered ones are better. he's wrong.

I think it's so exciting that you guys get to know exactly what day you're having you're babies, im really envy im here trying to tempt fate going yes waters break now, go into labour, we're in a really awkward place, do it do it

Steffanoid Fri 31-May-13 20:53:37

Gina you can't really taste the beetroot, keeps them moist brings out the dark chocolate flavour too smile

Sarah2506 Fri 31-May-13 21:02:20

Granulated is far superior! Powdered is just messy! It's a bit like back in the day of frozen margaritas when I would like a proper rim of salt, not just a dusting.

3.5 miles is manageable only because there are numerous loos and benches along the way! And I walked very slowly. And with fairly bad back pain. I live in a second floor flat and so to get air I need to go out. Does rather compel me to get off my arse!

arlandria666 Fri 31-May-13 21:17:14

I had to ask for skin to skin in recovery and had to tell the midwife i wanted to breast feed as she hadn't even offered...i think the least said about my hospital care at the moment the better! after ds losing so much weight i am getting more angry that they chucked me out when he was only 36 hours old i had had major surgery AND had asked for help feeding! ggggrrrr! Rant over!
Have we got any more May babies yet ;-)

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 21:27:28

Ironically I'd move heaven and earth to avoid having an ELCS confused

But c'est la vie

Have now completely totally overeaten Chinese food!

dontmind I hope the BF support works out, thats one of the main reasons I wanted to ensure skin to skin on me ASAP because it is shown (research studies) that skin to skin within an hour encourages hormone release and stimulates BFing mechanism usually stimulated by natural labour. Although that said I seem to be producing a lot of colostrum already!

pink hows your dog?

Does anyone else's baby have a really active day then a really quiet one? He was really uncomfortable yesterday kicking my ribs etc but not as much today. He's still moving but just not causing me as much discomfort.

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 21:51:10

Sorry to those seeming to have issues but am very jealous of people knowing when their babies are coming hmm not that I'm bitter or anything

Dog is fine red had the drain out tonight and stitches next Friday just have to wait for the drain hole to close up and then the hair to grow back where she was shaved but apart from that she's ok still on lead walks tho and no chasing tennis balls as it was muscle surgery so she's not best pleased but hey go at least she's ok grin

Hope the surgery goes well for little one and like I said you are getting looked after...

And FYI I really fancy doughnuts now!

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 21:52:11

Yes little miss, either my little one has hiccups or someone has smuggled her a red bull in there she's been mad the last couple of days

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 22:03:35

Baby B will have a crazy day or two, then be a little more restrained for another day or so. I wouldn't say he's very quiet on those days, just a touch less active.

You could call triage and see if they'd prefer to monitor you, just in case. Better to be safe than sorry.

Oh, and I prefer the powdered doughnuts, sorry!

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 22:12:26

This baby moves on a three day cycle, manic day/not so manic/quiet/not so manic/manic/not so manic etc etc As always though, change in movements ring to check. DD used to sleep and feed roughly the same way.

Feeling like a very mean mummy tonight, MW told DH it was important I rested so I've retreated to our room and shut the door, DD can't open it. DD will have to go to DH in the spare room if she wakes - she does this anyway but I've been awake between 3-4hrs every night since Sunday with no option for lie ins or naps. I am shattered

Hopefully get some sleep to catch up, sending sleep vibes to everyone

redwellybluewelly Fri 31-May-13 22:13:28

Amd pink I'm pleased dog is doing well, any further evidence on the attack?

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 22:16:26

Yea baby is moving lots which is lovely to feel her grin any ideas whether its a sign she's on her way out? Hopefully so

Lots of BH aswel tonight so that combined might get things going tummy is really tight

pinkapples Fri 31-May-13 22:17:15

Nothin yet red its in the paper so fingers crossed someone knows who it is and phones in as there can't be that many Great Danes in the area

joanna1990marie Fri 31-May-13 22:28:11

My baby changes her patterns daily, I think it depends on how many times I've poked her during the night because I get paranoid if she hasn't moved within the first 5 mins of me being awake! Poor thing, she gets nudged all the time! Some days she thrashes about like a nutter all day and then others she's quiet in the day and has a long energy spurt in the evening, mw said to me all they ask for is 10 movements a day, which I think is shit because she would normally do that many before 8 am! If something doesn't seem right to you just go to triage, I'd rather piss off a busy mw than ignore my instincts.

joanna1990marie Fri 31-May-13 22:29:09

My baby changes her patterns daily, I think it depends on how many times I've poked her during the night because I get paranoid if she hasn't moved within the first 5 mins of me being awake! Poor thing, she gets nudged all the time! Some days she thrashes about like a nutter all day and then others she's quiet in the day and has a long energy spurt in the evening, mw said to me all they ask for is 10 movements a day, which I think is shit because she would normally do that many before 8 am! If something doesn't seem right to you just go to triage, I'd rather piss off a busy mw than ignore my instincts.

MrsBri Fri 31-May-13 22:44:28

The 10 movements a day is old guidelines for midwives, my friend told me last weekend. The new guidelines is that they should be telling us to contact them if there's a change in pattern. God knows why that particular guideline wasn't adopted immediately by all midwives.

I also have the morning panic when I'm waiting for Baby B to move! And the other day his movements were really muted for ages. If he hadn't perked up by lunch I was going to call. Luckily he did. Then turned into a nutter!

I'm very conscious of his movement and patterns. I don't count kicks though as he moves so much I can't keep up with him!

learnermummy Fri 31-May-13 22:44:34

Evening all.
Redwelly I hope you do get some rest tonight.
Sarah - pants about your bun sad.
Pinkapples - glad to hear dog is on the mend.

Mental day here. Not helped by burning my finger really badly on a cup of tea I'd reheated in the microwave - and then dropping and smashing my favourite mug sad, never mind clearing up the mess! Still, power ranger cake is now complete and downstairs of house is looking presentable to guests tomorrow. Will have to leave the rest til tomorrow as I'm just shattered!

MadameJ Fri 31-May-13 22:46:31

Well still no news really from my dad so sat watching crap tv. Having quite a few uncomfortable pains really low down but im hoping its just the fact I have done too much today rather than labour because with everything thats going on it really would be crap timing, but I suppose baby doesnt need to worry about that!!

learnermummy Fri 31-May-13 22:57:50

Sorry to hear that Madame, hope you get some news soon.

elsabel Fri 31-May-13 23:48:43

Sorry youre having a tough time madame hope things look up soon and your dad is ok flowers

littlemiss ive had days when baby less active and movements are much different nowerdays, more like wriggles and squirms rather than kicks, which midwife said is normal later on.

hawkmoth did you say your spd had improved since baby had moved further down? I have sciatica but had been better past couple of days and was wondering if it was due to baby moving position (and like everything else im feeling was hoping it may just be a sign of labour coming soon!) smile

arlandria666 Sat 01-Jun-13 05:45:35

another night of feeding and expressing feel like a milk machine!
fingers crossed its working...got the midwife coming later but if its anything like the phone call i was due to get yesterday it will never happen!

elsabel Sat 01-Jun-13 07:12:05

Morning ladies, sorry for tmi but ive been getting brownish/blood when goinf for a wee during the night and the odd period like pain low down. Could this be a show? Its not mucus like. Sorry know thats way to graphic for this time in the morning! But im a first timer!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 07:26:04

Your midwives sound quite rubbish, arlandria, but hopefully all of your efforts pay off.

Elsabel, I think you need to call the delivery suite if you have any sort of blood which isn't within mucus, to be honest. You need to see what they say.

elsabel Sat 01-Jun-13 07:49:40

Thanks mrs bri. Ive called them im monitoring it for an hour then am to call back and be seen if it continues.

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 07:51:25

I'm glad you've called them. I'm VERY risk averse and am straight on the phone to the team at my hospital if I'm even slightly unsure what's happening. Good luck. :-)

AlohaMama Sat 01-Jun-13 07:56:08

A bit late catching up here but oli so sorry to hear about poor Joe. Hope the operation was a success s and he recovers quickly, thinking of you.

Sorry to hear about your dad madame.

Just about to go to bed here having been touching up paintwork ready for our house sale. Its a race to get it all done before baby arrives, but dh is working like a trooper. Did give him the evening off to go and watch star trek though! Thankfully not too much more to do, then get the house clean and shiny and we're good to go. And after that,, then I don't mind if baby arrives.

Spent the morning with a friend who has a 12 week old and 2.75 yr old. Put the fear of God into me about how I'm going to cope with two! I'm not sure I'm cut out for this confused

SunnyL Sat 01-Jun-13 08:20:11

Morning all.

Thought it was all systems go last night. Had very sore back, waves of pain, nausea, running for the loo and a couple of contraction like feelings. Was about to call DH and tell him to come home from work (night shift) when it all died down. Kind of disappointed now despite the fact that i was hoping bubs would stay put until i could turn it back.

Maybe i'll jump on DH today and DTD and see what happens.

How is everyone else this glorious day? Its June now so any babies coming now are actually in the right month!

Sarah2506 Sat 01-Jun-13 08:20:44

I am rather jealous of the fact that most of you have people to call if unsure of what's going on- though I have been largely unsure of what's going on since October now! I have no one to call and never have, the community midwife team have a number but that's just for appointments and if I had a worry my options would be to make appointment or go to day unit. No out of hours phone number. I was thinking last night that I have absolutely no idea where to go or who to call in the event of labour starting pre ELCS. But this seems to be London maternity services for you. Next time I think I'll be more choosy and go to UCH despite the inconvenience!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 08:28:06

How disappointing, Sunny! I've told DH that we are going to be DTD in a bid to make baby exit! The hormone in sperm is the same as the hormone they use to induce apparently. My friend said we should have sex every 6 hours, ha ha, which is how often they use the pessary. Not sure we can quite manage that :-/

Sarah, that is really poor. I have about 6 different numbers to call for advice etc, depending on what I need and when. Sounds crazy that you can't contact anybody.

redwellybluewelly Sat 01-Jun-13 08:31:27

Sarah are there no emergency numbers on your notes? Mine has one inside the front cover.

And Sunny I hope you get the real deal sooner rather than later, I had over a fortnight of all night contractions (getting to 1 in 5min) at times but always fizzles out come morning.

DH was as good as his word last night, I did wake up at 2 when DD discovered that mummy's room qas iut of bounds. To be fair I suspect half the street woke up! So 10-7 with two short wake ups. Bliss.

learnermummy Sat 01-Jun-13 09:21:35

Think I'm the only one not willing my baby out early - I'm too busy!

Sarah there must be a labour ward number on there somewhere? If not make sure you ask community midwife asap.

Sarah2506 Sat 01-Jun-13 09:30:20

In an emergency I go to a and e. There is a labour ward number but I was hoping to never need it! I guess I would call them if I went into labour but certainly the attitude round here is that we don't like time wasters. I once made a midwife appointment with a week gap and not two and was told off.

pinkbear82 Sat 01-Jun-13 09:31:22

morning...... June...... seemed so far away in October last year, so much to get through and would take for ever to arrive and now it's here! yikes.

Sarah I ring the Labour ward if I'm worried, they either tell me who I need to phone or deal with me. find that reassuring!

Madame hope you get some news on your Dad today. everything always happens at once doesn't it.

oli hope everything is going ok and as expected and you are managing some rest too.

everyone else I hope the start of June brings us all a step closer to meeting our little bundles x

Hawkmoth Sat 01-Jun-13 09:34:06

Elsabel, yes my SPD has definitely improved. My pelvis still feels unstable but the pain is much less at the front. This happened with my other two as well, thankfully.

Anyhow.... We're having BABIES this month! Argh!

forgetmenots Sat 01-Jun-13 09:41:32

Can't believe June is here smile will be having a baby this month, oh my god!

Any time you want to make an appearance now baby, would be grand - I think I'm ready to meet you smile

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 09:43:16

Yep, forget, I'm telling my baby that too.

Wouldn't it be great if labour had a defined way of starting rather than being different all the time? We'd all have a much better idea what was going on then!

Morning all smile sorry I keep disappearing for hours/ days at a time - it's half term, can't wait till Monday! One back to school, one back to preschool... grin and our cat has been at the vets for a poss broken leg, turns out its "just" an infected bite from fighting, with poss abscess. She's home again now, and dd got to see the X-ray which is her holiday highlight. Bloody pets!

ABs for mastitis do seem to be helping, so that's good - I've not had the shivers since I started taking them. I'm convinced I have a massive difference in supply between right & left though, anyone know if that's possible? I can hear M gulping, swallowing etc on the right and he settles down fairly quickly into that nice rhythmic sucking. Not on the left though - I get lots of fluttery sucks off him, then he has a rest, then repeats. He is getting milk from that side, but I dunno, something seems odd. Any experience? Am planning to ask MWs tomorrow when m gets weighed again.

Red - my DH did skin to skin after my section, it definitely stimulated LO if not me, he about got eaten alive grin so LO was v ready to latch by the time we were in recovery. Also I hand expressed colostrum before it and my milk came in on day 2, just less than 48 hrs post op (can pinpoint it because I was sat on the hospital bed just sobbing for no reasons!). Maybe try that if you can?

Oli - am hoping that joes op goes/went well, will be thinking of you and him and I'm wishing you a smooth ride through nicu.

Sarah - bummer about the bakery. I'm missing my local bakery atm, we normally visit after playgroup once a week but I can't drive still so can't get there. Not up to superwoman walks either grin

Sunny (and everyone else wanting to go into labour!) - hope you get the real deal soon!

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 13:43:09

Good morning June! And what a glorious one it is grin currently lying in the sun with dogs as dh has gone on his motorbike with his friends for a bit...

I'm in the 'baby you can come now please' camp and will b starting the got curries and stair climbing next week

ginauk84 Sat 01-Jun-13 14:33:03

Weather isn't that great here in the west midlands - was hoping to do some sunbathing but it's a bit cloudy and there's a cold wind!

I am 37 weeks next Thursday so will be trying all natural methods to try to encourage her to arrive of her own accord. Saying that I am sure from my calcs my due date should be 1st July not they're 27th June.

I've been so greedy this week, don't think I've eaten a single healthy meal - pizzas, subways, chippy teas! Need to go back to eating proper food!

rrreow Sat 01-Jun-13 17:34:45

rue preference for one boob is quite common and it will affect supply in the other boob. A way of fixing that, if you want to, is simply to offer the less favoured boob more often.

elsabel Sat 01-Jun-13 18:05:53

Hi everyone hope youre all enjoying the sun, or those who are lucky enough to have some, its got nicr here the past couple of hours.

Ive spoken to midwife a couple of times today about spotting and cramps and she reassured me its ok aslong as not lots of fresh blood, and its probably the show or dilating. Im getting period like pains every half hour now, apparently it could be labour. Does that sound likely? my due date is tomorrow and would be lovely if she was bang on! (But trying not to get my hopes up!)

Steffanoid Sat 01-Jun-13 18:31:30

happy June everyone, elsabel thats so exciting I hope it is labour, went for monitoring this morning cause I hadn't felt movement since yesterday morning, he's fine, just being a lazy bum! there again im the morning for more ecg monitoring then a scan Monday,

had period pains all day radiating through to my back, did a lot of walking for me yesterday and today, had to sit in the car on the way home with my tens on, come on baby get a shift on!

elsabel Sat 01-Jun-13 18:34:14

Im glad babe is ok and youre reassured. Eek how exciting we may both be on our way!!!

Hawkmoth Sat 01-Jun-13 18:38:44

How exciting elsabel! Good luck for them ramping up!

Today one of my FB friends posted a load of stuff they were getting rid of, including a travel system. We were going to manage with a sling and then get a pushchair so as to save money but this one will do from birth to 15kg. It's been in a garage for a while but is in good condition. I'm so grateful.

Plus, since I didn't go to collect it I had one of those wonderful afternoon naps where you wake up an hour and a half later, not knowing where you are covered in creases from the sheets!

SunnyL Sat 01-Jun-13 18:56:36

Oh jealous now of both Elsa and Steph. DH and I have done our best today to get the blighter out. Nipple tweaking, DTD, raspberry leaf capsules, long dog walk, journey in my Mum's car (who is a bit of a crap driver) aaaaaaaand nothing!

DH took great pleasure in telling me though that his app says the best way of absorbing the hormone in sperm to get things moving is through the gut. Cue a 3 second pause from me as I work out what that means before I wallop him over the head. He says the offer is always there though. Selfless man isn't he?

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:04:12

Sunny, my DH has been telling me that for days. And my mw friend told me the same today. We agreed that sex was preferable. Every 6 hours!

Funny how the blokes find out that info themselves, but not so much about the rest of pregnancy. Then again, my DH knew about perineal massage, so he's clearly been researching!

pinkbear82 Sat 01-Jun-13 19:10:11

wow looking like June might just be starting with a bang for lots of you!

I too had a nap this afternoon if there was any doubt the dribble everywhere confirmed it!

sunny sounds like your Dh is being totally selfless wink I'm impressed he's done the research tho!!

spoke to dp today, told him curry, walking and ball bouncing is underway and pineapple arriving in online shopping on Monday. he quickly replied as long as I don't find someone to help with dtd he doesn't mind! grin

suddenly realised I really haven't been drinking enough the last few days, I'm quite bad normally but know I need to keep the fluids up and need to step it up a bit.

Hawk I've also had a nap, just woken up! Not sure I'll get any sleep tonight now but I must have needed it!!
How exciting possibly 2 babies soon!
I'm only 1/5 engaged (as of thurs) does anyone know how quickly I can be 5/5? I would love this baby to make an appearance sooner rather than later but can't see that happening somehow. DH wants him to come late as suits him with work etc.

X post pink bear. I also need to up my fluids, must drink more.....

forgetmenots Sat 01-Jun-13 19:20:39

Littlemiss I'm not engaged at all and mw said babies can fully engage with no warning - so I'd imagine it can be the same from any fifths!

SunnyL Sat 01-Jun-13 19:20:59

You know what I hate hate hate the taste of pineapple but told DH I would rather eat an entire pineapple than follow the advice in his app!

Off topic question. I've made a nice v-neck maxi dress to wear to a friends wedding in July. I'm now concerned that all the nursing bras I have will be too high cut and will show. Has anyone seen any decent nursing bras that don't come half way up your neck line? I'm not exactly small in the boobage department 34F before my milk has even come in. Am I on a hiding to nothing?

pinkbear82 Sat 01-Jun-13 19:22:55

Littlemiss we'll have to keep reminding each other!! wish there was a drink I really enjoyed and could drink loads of, but I'm just not big on anything.

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:23:23

Littlemiss, 1/5 is usually only 1/5 away from full engagement. So you're almost there. Though you can go into labour without being engaged at all.

Same as your waters won't necessarily go and you won't necessarily have a show! Useful, eh?

I've started to dribble in my sleep too. Not good, is it?!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:24:29

Oh, and re pineapples, you have to eat at least 7 to get what you need to assist. Which will probably give you the runs! :-/

pinkbear82 Sat 01-Jun-13 19:25:06

not much help sunny but could you have a vest top as back up to wear underneath just in case?
there must be some nice bras out there but I've not found any yet. I do miss a nice looking bra.

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:26:21

No warning, forget? Christ, the lightning crotch from nothing to full would probably send me through the roof! Though maybe that's what they do when they wait til labour. Ouchy!

AlohaMama Sat 01-Jun-13 19:29:51

Sunny if it's to go over a particular dress you don't necessarily need a nursing bra, just something that is stretchy enough to hoik off. Or one of those soft fabric strapless bras might work, I used to use those all the time particularly with strappy tops as nursing bras always seem to have such thick straps. Strapless bra may not be the most supportive but will be ok for a day.

Exciting Steff and Elsabel. Am watching with interest.....

forgetmenots Sat 01-Jun-13 19:31:14

Haha! She said literally you'd be contracting and feel a 'lowering'... Think that might be mw chat for 'lightning crotch'!

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 19:40:16

So jealous I want baby to come so much my family came down today 2x grandmas and grandads in preparation for baby coming their staying 2 weeks so would be a real shame if she didn't come due date in 10 days so fingers crossed! May even have to do THAT deed if that's the best way to absorb! Yup ill do it if it works it'll be worth it

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:42:58

Pink, without wanting to put you off, you'd need to do THAT deed repeatedly for quite a while to get enough! Enough to probably lead to jaw ache! :-/

Could always alternate with sex!

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 19:56:35

Yea your probably right mrsbri I'm sure hubby wouldn't complain tho at the size I am I bet he'd take that over sex at the moment

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 19:58:22

I've been giving sympathy blow jobs the whole pregnancy. We're going to try DTD now :-)

Anyone got any good ideas re positions for the heavily pregnant?!

AlohaMama Sat 01-Jun-13 20:16:57

We're the opposite MrsBri. I've recently stopped DTD as frankly the contractions afterwards were getting a bit uncomfortable and I didn't want to risk triggering anything too early. Now dh just gets my back as I turn over and pretend to sleep!! But lying on side worked for us, facing each other but kind of lying with heads away to allow room for bump iyswim. Enjoy wink

Steffanoid Sat 01-Jun-13 20:20:50

dont get too excited, tens machine did it's job and back pain gone sad good to know it works though!

oh got very excited, me too, but I think it was just tge walking crippling me, I did tell the woman at triage it'd be funny if I went in cause I was in labour rather than extra monitoring tomorrow, wishful thinking from me - she was quite rough when feeling for babies head, he's also had a movement surge since monitoring this morning, like taunting me!

with your dress if all else fails could you secure it shut a little more with a safety pin? then you could wear the scaffolding bra and nice dress and feel comfy grin

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 20:26:07

That's one I had in mind Aloha, thank you :-)

See how it goes!

thedevilisinthedetail Sat 01-Jun-13 21:04:07

Sex has always made me bleed when I've been pregnant before which is extremely off putting. Nearly at the point of just giving it a go though (always been told bleeding nothing to worry about) as I'm being induced at 39 Weeks on Monday (eeek!) so would like to go spontaneously before then. I had a sweep in Thursday and had a bishop score of 5 and 6+ is supposed to indicate a positive induction potential so fingers crossed the pains (very intermittent) it has bought on are building on that good start!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 21:07:31

It'll probably make me bleed too, devil, as my cervix is likely to take offence. But if it works, it's worth it. :-)

Good luck avoiding induction!

Steffanoid Sat 01-Jun-13 21:08:36

Mrs bri you could try the same idea but you facing away from him, spooning I believe it is called - no need to worry about bump that way grin

rrreow Sat 01-Jun-13 21:18:37

I prefer taking my evening primrose capsules over doing THAT deed wink I really want this baby to come tomorrow and I was hoping we could DTD tonight, but DH has been working all day (on his feet for at least 12 hours) and by the time he's back I doubt he'll have the energy...

The woman from my NCT class last time said that it's the core of the pineapple that you have to eat (basically the tough, flavourless bit), not the juicy outer bit.

Also what is this nice weather and sunshine everyone keeps talking about? Today has been overcast and cold pretty much all day here!

DH very kindly bought me some raspberry cider yesterday, but I didn't fancy it yesterday so I've had a bit with dinner and the rest is beckoning now. I think it's well deserved after a full day avec toddler!

Steffanoid Sat 01-Jun-13 21:46:54

also told dp how much 'fluid' id have to ingest as he suggested it and he said it made him feel physically sick, think I've got a winner smile

Sarah2506 Sat 01-Jun-13 21:46:56

Oh my goodness all this talk of DTD makes me feel queasy! Luckily the last thing either of us want to do right now, would be bad if one did and the other didn't!! Haven't done it in ages actually, months. I've no sex drive at all. Am I the only one?!

redwellybluewelly Sat 01-Jun-13 21:51:05

Re the pineapples, I tried everything and I do mean everything last time but two pineapples eaten back to vack give CHRONIC heartburn! Was months and months before I could even look at one.

ginauk84 Sat 01-Jun-13 21:53:26

I have been taking my evening primrose, raspberry leaf tablets, have always eaten pineapple regularly anyway, bounced on my ball and also DTD regularly anyway so there won't be much change for me really.

Hubby would say more of the DTD part but pelvis isn't up to that lol - by the way re positions I found me on edge of bed with hubby kneeling on floor and my legs wrapped round him is most comfortable wink

Has anyone seen the new baby mugging craze? Well seeing as we don't have a baby yet I mugged the dog lol! Http://teamstokey.blogspot.co.uk

rrreow Sat 01-Jun-13 21:53:37

I don't feel like it at all either Sarah. Last time was a few months ago.

elsabel Sat 01-Jun-13 21:58:13

Pains still gone steff ? Hopefully they return soon. Mine are coming around every 13 minutes, been using a contraction timer on my phone! Dp is getting very nervous! The pain is managable at the moment though. I hope this is it!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 22:00:21

I haven't done it since October. No desire at all. I probably would have done it, until I had those two bleeds and both of us decided it was simply better not to. Hence the sympathy blow jobs!

Now it's desperate times and I've told him that's what we are doing!

joanna1990marie Sat 01-Jun-13 22:04:53

There is always the way that doesn't get u pregnant....I had sickness till about 24 weeks so bj was not an option as it would have been my face doin the projectile thing....sorry tmi.I've thought about dtd lately but that's only because I'm 40+2 now! Dp doesn't fancy the idea due to me being absolutely massive!

joanna1990marie Sat 01-Jun-13 22:06:14

There is always the way that doesn't get u pregnant....I had sickness till about 24 weeks so bj was not an option as it would have been my face doin the projectile thing....sorry tmi.I've thought about dtd lately but that's only because I'm 40+2 now! Dp doesn't fancy the idea due to me being absolutely massive!

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 22:06:55

May try DTD this week is it awful that I just don't feel like it at all av something to do with the fact that I feel gross and huge and horrible all the time but if it will get baby out it'll be worth it

Thanks re positions x

joanna1990marie Sat 01-Jun-13 22:07:19

Sorry, don't know why it sent that twice, probably for extra embarrassment!

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 22:10:50

Also haven't done it in ages it's a nightmare I'm really quite scared that I've got used to not doing it I won't want to when baby's here... Ops fully that will change though and it's the huge weight/belly thing that's stopping me

On the subject of weight since we're in June and our baby's are coming!!!! Has anyone started to think about how to lose the baby weight? Sorry throw biscuitbiscuitif you like

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sat 01-Jun-13 22:14:24

Hello! I have been particularly rubbish at posting on here although I have read most of it! <waves to everybody!>

Just a quick one to keep the thread up-to-date but we had a little (well sort of, he was 9lb 2oz!) boy (called Robin) at home at 16.42pm today!

Started with pains about 7am, called the midwife who came at 9am and did a check and said 1-2cm, she went away and i pottered/had a bath etc.

She came back at 12.30pm and did another check and said 2-3cm, and another check at 2pm said I was 4cm. Things then sort of ramped up and I was 10cm at 4.30pm, then my waters went and baby was out in a few pushes at 4.42pm!

Have a tear and a graze so needed to nip to hospital (first class service though! Cannot fault the midwives or nhs here - went in an ambulance with baby to reserved room, stitches done, had tea and toast and then came home again!)

Alls well now, baby asleep and I'm going to catch up on The Voice/BGT!

Hope everyones well, and good luck for the rest of the month! smile

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sat 01-Jun-13 22:18:46

Oh, just realised, I may well have been under 'EddieIzzard...' username at the start! smile

rrreow Sat 01-Jun-13 22:21:24

Wow congrats Tea! Well done and sounds like you had a good experience.

pinkapples Has anyone started to think about how to lose the baby weight? Breastfeeding. I've heard it works for some people and not for others, but for me I went to below pre-preg weight while breastfeeding really easily. And you should've seen the amounts of food I was packing away.

SunnyL Sat 01-Jun-13 22:33:55

Congrats on new baby not at all jealous

Re weight. Now that baby has dropped i've got a horrible poochy bit of belly. Ruddy hoping breast feeding will suck all those kit kats and cadburys caramels out of me. Been so bloody badly behaved for months because everyone kept telling me i was neat. Now i have a summer of weddings to go to and regretting all that chocolate.

pinkapples Sat 01-Jun-13 22:47:33

Awww congrats on the new baby boy robin and again not jealous at all

Am naming to breast feed so hopefully that will help grin

Have been having some rather strong (what I can assume are Braxton hicks) pains this evening I don't think it's anything apart from irritating but its a bit exciting that something is obviously going on in there grin

Need chocolate!

ginauk84 Sat 01-Jun-13 22:57:36

Congrats tea sounds a lovely experience!

Re losing weight, Physio said to me if I breastfeed then it will take longer for my SPD to disappear and I wasn't overly bothered about breast feeding but was going to give it a try. Now I think I will choose to formula feed. Also have seen mixed studies etc about whether it is breast feeding that makes you lose weight, some say it's a myth, some say it's true - difficult to tell as everyone's metabolism is different.

I hope to just get on the cross trainer and go for walks and was thinking about slimfasting it too because a) wont be breast feeding and b) it's quick and easy food lol!

MrsBri Sat 01-Jun-13 23:05:54

Ooh, congrats, Tea! Sounds not so bad at all! :-)

no jealousy here either

Sarah I also have no sex drive, DH doesn't seem too bothered.
Tea congratulations!! Very jealous!!
With regards to losing weight, I'm going to try breastfeeding and hope for the best with the weather so we can get out and about with lots of walking with the pram.
Not sure how much meeting friends for coffee and cake will help but they do say you need extra calories with breast feeding.

pinkapples Sun 02-Jun-13 00:10:56

Well ill be walking the dogs 2 times a day (hopefully if I have the energy) and breast feeding should help if all goes to plan although I do have PCOS so losing weight may prove difficult but have always put it off as always wanted a baby and when I have her here I will have no excuse anymore confused so may have to make some effort going to drop her with grandparents as well for an hour or so so I can go swimming (as soon as I'm allowed obviously)

Steffanoid Sun 02-Jun-13 01:09:10

yep everythings stopped, had some acrobatics this evening, no more pains though,

congrats on baby robin smile

on the sex front we have twice since October, it's very difficult with the huge hard lump in.your bellyblush
om planning.on.walking and bc to get rid of some weight and see what happens from there

elsabel Sun 02-Jun-13 02:54:37

tea congratulations on baby robin, lovely name (were considering it for our little girl, i thikk its beautiful for both). flowers

Hopefully it starts up for you again soon steff and baby is giving you chance to get your energy.

pink hope your BH turn into something soon.

Im getting contractions every 10 minutes, and a smallish one every 5. Anyone else awake? Theyre stopping me sleeping now.

On the lsing weight front im hoping lots of dog walking and breastfeeding will work for me!

Sarah2506 Sun 02-Jun-13 05:25:05

Loosing weight may be more of a possibility if I'm not having two breakfasts every day, the first at 5am?!

I will be pram power walking as soon as recovered from CS. I will hope to BF but my understanding is that whilst it burns calories you have a ferocious appetite so it's harder to diet. I do regret my three stone. Wish it was less!

ginauk84 Sun 02-Jun-13 06:51:12

Awake early damn SPD, I have also put on about 3 stone so I regret that as it will be difficult to lose but hopefully we have a nice summer so can walk loads and do the garden.

Am awake thinking about cakes to bake for work & really want a raisin whirl from sainsburys (they're the best) last two occasions they haven't had any in! Perhaps that's a good thing - why do they have to close early on Sunday - could have got done after work otherwise!

MrsBri Sun 02-Jun-13 08:03:02

Elsabel, any news?

On the losing weight topic, breast feeding, cross trainer and walking are going to be key for me. I lost two stone the other year with walking and the cross trainer, so want to replicate that once I'm able to get exercising again.

DH is now muttering that 37 weeks is too early to trying induction through DTD. Hmmm...he needs to shape up. Easy for him to want to wait, not being pregnant!

elsabel Sun 02-Jun-13 08:34:50

Went to hospital in the night for checking and monitoring as was losing blood (not much but they wanted to check just in case). All fine, baby ok. Just things getting started so we came home, contractions still every 5mins, i guess theyre mild in comparison to how they will get but they still bloody hurt!! Im hoping this really is it and it doesnt stop and start.

Hows everyone this morning ? Its a beaut of a day!

AmIGoingMad Sun 02-Jun-13 08:38:44

Morning all! Sorry I've been AWOL for a couple of days and then loads to catch up on!

Oli- I hope that the op went well for Joe and that he's doing well. And that you are doing well too. Am thinking of you.

Madamej I hope that you've had some good news from your dad.

Congratulations tea! I hope we all have such positive experiences!

Rue- glad that the antibiotics are kicking in and that you've stopped shivering- must've been scary and unpleasant to say the least!

Sarah- same here on the dtd front. We're planning to go away for two nights this wkend but not sure that'll feature!

Georgie- is it this wkend you're moving? Good luck!

I've got a haircut and baby shower today so am very excited ! And the sun is shining!

Happy Sunday everyone!smile

AmIGoingMad Sun 02-Jun-13 08:39:38

X post! Oo how exciting elsabel! Keep us posted!smile

DontmindifIdo Sun 02-Jun-13 08:46:29

Elsabel - that sounds fabulous! good luck!

re the baby weight - my SIL is a personal trainer and has always said 9 months on, 9 months (or longer) off - not to rush it. I'm planning on breast feeding, it's basically my plan, that and walking lots. Was thinking once this one is 6 months I might try to pick up a cheap off road buggy second hand and do some long walks or runs. The big one for me last time, I lost lots of baby weight, looked great, gave up breast feeding at 5 months and didn't cut my calorie intake at that point, suddenly I went up 2 dress sizes and that took another 5-6 months to lose. This time, no breastfeeding = no biscuits - I can't do that again! (This is v hard because at every play date or baby/toddler group you'll be offered biscuits and/or cake)

redwellybluewelly Sun 02-Jun-13 09:28:17

I figure 9 months on, 9 months off. Myself and other friends have found that the hunger which comes from breastfeeding in the first months is like nothing else on this earth. Never never have I needed to eat that badly, not even in this pregnancy - but I ate completely the wrong things so simply put on a lot more weight. I started to seriously lose weight when DD was about 18 months using a lower carb diet, but the last half stone didnt go until I finished feeding DD whereupon it vanished overnight.

Something I did find (which I assume is just nature) was that trying to 'diet' when she was younger really affected my supply. I think Slimming World does a plan which you can start after the six week check. This time I'm intending on far more exercise - mainly due to toddler - in the first six months and then return to a LC diet. Although I do have four cakes generously portioned in our freezer.

Dontmind a relative of mine did what you did, lost any baby weight v quickly but then stopped feeding baby and carried on eating and ballooned!

MrsBri Sun 02-Jun-13 10:46:04

I'll keep my fingers crossed it is happening, Elsabel. :-)

No DTD for me today as DH decided it was a good idea to sleep until 10, with me lying next to him bored, hungry and pissed off for well over 2 hours.

Anyone would think it was hard work watching somebody grow a baby. :-/

maisiebeem Sun 02-Jun-13 12:34:30

Hello ladies, again I've got lots to catch up on! Arlo and I went back into hospital for couple of nights, as I was feeling very weak, (due to low iron) and he was very jaundice (turns out he'd hardly been getting any food from me! sad
Had a real bad case of the baby blues, was crying to everyone who came into my room at the hospital, even the lady who asked what I wanted for lunch!
We've come to the decision to stop bf, and just formula feed. Arlo is looking so much better for it, and I am far far far less stressed. I do have at the back of my mind this feeling that I'm letting him down though. I was addiment I would breast feed (despite having inverted nipples) and I just feel I've failed by giving up!

Hope all are well, and those who's little ones are hopefully getting a wriggle on out of them are doing so in as pain free way as possible!

MrsBri Sun 02-Jun-13 13:06:36

Maisie, you haven't let Arlo down at all. You're keeping him fed, which is what is best for him.

You're overflowing with hormones at the moment, so feeling blue isn't a surprise.

Just look after yourself and take care. You're doing what's best for your baby. :-)

massagegirl Sun 02-Jun-13 14:23:37

Aw Maisie. My little one has jaundice too and I'm struggling with the feeding too. I know that guilt but really you are doing the best by getting food into him.
The baby blues are crazy... Yesterday I cried a lot. Today is better. Look after yourself... Lots of cake and choc l reckon!
If he's on formula look at the positives, get your OH to do some feeds while you catch up on sleep.. Then Arlo will have a mummy who is rested and happy. X

Oh buggering bollocks. DS has lost weight again - 100g off this time, after putting on 250g last weigh in. So we're still not discharged from the MWs sad

Someone's coming to weigh him at home on Wednesday, then we've to go back to the hospital next Saturday too.

Have cracked and bought some ready made formula, am contemplating tanking him up on it before the weigh-ins...don't really want to but by god I want us to be discharged now. What to do...

Hawkmoth Sun 02-Jun-13 15:55:19

Sorry to hear that Rue. Are they measuring him as well? After a nightmare with DD I am so sceptical about different midwives and different scales, there can be such a difference.

massagegirl Sun 02-Jun-13 16:02:41

Rue I've got them on my case too. Weigh in tomorrow. Trying to feed like a crazy woman!

Steffanoid Sun 02-Jun-13 16:11:47

maisie dont worry about it, would you rather have him om your noon getting nothing or ff knowing he's getting food? you're doing best by him thanks

guys with the mw visits, its nice to know they're keeping a close eye on things, like someone else said try and make sure they're using the same scales each time

things will get better, positive thoughts coming your way

pinkapples Sun 02-Jun-13 17:22:15

Sorry to hear your having a hard time Maisie but like people have said don't feel you've failed as you are doing your best and its better that he's getting fed thanks

I am willing this baby out with all my might and it doesn't seem to be helping hay ho its my birthday on 7th so would like her to be before then if possible

pinkbear82 Sun 02-Jun-13 17:54:05

Maisie you are doing what's best, no one can question that. So please don't give yourself a hard time, too many people will happily judge for us, and we certainly don't need to be adding judgements ourselves. Judgeyness can just bugger off.

Babies can you all just hold everything in while you are next being weighed. Your mummy's are doing a fantastic job and just need you to tip the scales a little more. are they too young to bribe?!

Joking aside you are all doing fantastic, and I hope the next checks go ok and you can all relax a little. We spend 9 months worrying we are doing everything right while they grow on the inside and then the rest of our lives worrying they are doing ok on the outside yet have very little control......

Sending hugs to everyone

learnermummy Sun 02-Jun-13 19:59:41

Gosh have had a mega busy weekend with friends staying and there's so much to catch up on!

SunnyL I would recommend Anita underwired maternity/nursing bras. V comfy and look much like a normal bra.

Sarah, my sex drive is non existent too.

Congratulations on your new lo Tea smile.

Lovely weekend here with almost constant BBQs - my beef intake has been through the roof so must be helping my iron levels! Spent whole of today at a country show so completely knackered now!

rrreow Sun 02-Jun-13 20:27:32

I'm really hoping something is happening. TMI alert but I've had piles all pregnancy and they've just been irritating/itchy. But since yesterday evening one of them is incredibly painful (without having had a BM) and I'm hoping that is because the baby has dropped lower. Have also had quite bad pelvic pain and some back pain and I didn't over-exert myself this weekend. Every time I get BH now I feel a lot of pressure in my bum. So fingers crossed! Just pumping up the gym ball now and going to have a good bounce on it tonight while watching a film!

For anyone struggling to breastfeed: formula feeding is a brilliant alternative and I think it's great that it's available. If you've tried breastfeeding, you've tried and at this point in time taking care of your baby is the most important thing and you do that by feeding the baby and also by taking care of yourself. When I had DS1 I was so so against formula and I so desperately wanted to breastfeed that I made life really hard for myself. In hindsight I'm glad I persisted with breastfeeding, but I do think I made things really difficult for myself emotionally in the first few months and if it all happened again in the same way I would mix feed in order to preserve my sanity.

AmIGoingMad Sun 02-Jun-13 22:25:18

Maisie please don't beat yourself up over the decision to formula feed. The most important thing is that Arlo is being fed and provided with the nutrients he needs. He will get all of that from the formula and has already gotten some from you in whatever he has taken when feeding from you. I was like you with DS. Was devastated and felt so guilty when it really wasn't working out. I look back now on decision to stop beating myself up about it and to embrace the formula feeding and am really happy that I made the right decision for us both. I say this now as he's nearing 2.5 and as perfect as can be! Yes I hope to breast feed this little one, but if its not to be then I'm determined not to give myself such a hard time this time around. Please don't feel bad and remember that it's likely that the hormones are making things seen lots worse at the moment. Take care of you too!

Rue and massage- same to you! You're both doing really well and must be so frustrated. But just remember that the little ones have shown weight gains and this is just a blip for you. Admittedly a very frustrating one.

Rreow and elsabel- sounds like things are ramping up for you! Really exciting!

I hope that everyone's had good days? I'm hoping to finish work tomrw now instead of weds. With a bit of luck I'll be a bit better at keeping up to date on here then too!smile

pinkapples Sun 02-Jun-13 22:26:11

I've been really lucky with hardly any backache through the whole pregnancy today = backache to the max and I'm not even sitting funny or anything off to bed now where I will undoubtedly be up in a couple of hours for a wee hmm

SunnyL Sun 02-Jun-13 22:49:15

Pink i've been getting very sore back pain for the last 3 evenings. I'm hopeful it means babs will be putting in an appearance soon - after all I'm 39+4 now its about time we actually met.

AlohaMama Mon 03-Jun-13 01:36:02

A bit late, but congratulations tea - and yes I do remember you as EddieIzzzard!!

Sorry to hear about the feeding difficulty Maisie, just do what you need to do for a healthy baby and don't let anyone feel bad about whatever that is. It's not like you haven't given bf a good shot, if you can make it work, great, but if not don't feel bad.

It sounds like others might be gearing up for d-days. Nothing happening here, which is for the best. 37 weeks tomorrow, but just finishing up the last of the DIY jobs around the house. Once we can get a few bits of furniture sold the house will be good to show. And then baby can arrive...

Olimoss Mon 03-Jun-13 06:20:17

Still here, sorry, sorry.....

Big congrats to all the new arrivals. Numbers are building up!

Roller coaster here with Joe, but think hopefully on improve now after some setbacks including Dr prescribing wrong dosage of medicine and essentially giving him an OD. He's still in NICU but finally off ventilator and morphine so fingers crossed for cuddles today.

I do check in here regularly, just not much time to post at moment. Thank you all so much ofr your thoughts and wishes, people are just amazing.....

Chat soon.

AmIGoingMad Mon 03-Jun-13 06:37:37

Oh oli it sounds like you're both really going through an awful lot. I hope that he continues to improve and that they're looking after you too. Thinking of you x

learnermummy Mon 03-Jun-13 07:18:29

Oh Oli what a nightmare. Hope you get your cuddles today x

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 08:25:05

Goodness, Oli, you really don't need a Dr to screw up on top of everything else. :-/

I'm glad it looks like Joe is now on the mend.

Here's hoping you get your cuddles today. Xx

pinkbear82 Mon 03-Jun-13 08:55:43

fingers crossed for cuddles today oli - sounds like you both need them!!

Steffanoid Mon 03-Jun-13 09:24:23

hope today goes well and no more mess ups oli!

I have spent forever at this hospital this weekend, baby m decided not to move on Friday realised Saturday morning, came in for monitoring and again Sunday, little sod hasn't stopped moving since Saturday morning, got to my appt on Sunday for half 9, got seen at midday cause the receptionist didn't tell them I was there, another scan this morning to check fluid, all is ok, current est weight of 10lb4oz ! holy moly!

tge midwife at day assessment is just double checking to make sure tge doctor doesn't want to keep me in, I heard the word induction,

dammit they're sending me home, back to curry and gym ball for us!

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 10:16:30

Oh my goodness steff! You having a natural birth?

Noones given us an estimated weight the whole time only the sonographer at our 3D apt that said a "nice little 7lb'er" so hoping she was right grin

Bit of movement today but no pains sadly... God look at us all wishing labour here well all be regretting it soon! But just want to meet our little one

Steffanoid Mon 03-Jun-13 10:38:35

yep all natural with my little tens machine and g&a, im 5'10 and relatively strong/well built
im a glutton for it, the biggest thing is how much I cant move, usually feel bad but then oh says dont forget babies are usually 7lb ish so it's ok to feel like an invalid smile

midwife today tried telling me he wasn't big her reason for this is because he's followed his own growth line my reasoning he's big is because he's made his own line way above tge others haha!

Ha Steff that's what M did - he followed his own, unique, growth curve grin and came out at 10lbs 8oz... Totally sympathise with feeling like an invalid, it's hard work carting a heffalump around inside you all the time. Fingers crossed things start to move along soon for you.

Oli - hang on in there, hope you get your cuddles today. Can't believe the doctor cocked up Joe's dosage!

Nothing to report here - big 2 are back at school/preschool today so I'm having a chilled morning with just M to keep me company smile

arlandria666 Mon 03-Jun-13 11:18:25

DS lost weight again today when weighed :-(
last time he got weighed he had just fed for half hour today he was due a feed surely that makes a difference?i know when i have just eaten i weigh more!
they're coming to weigh him again tomorrow i have to increase top up to 30 ml i am so close to formula!!
if i was to express and bottle feed him how much should each feed be? I am exhausted and very emotional :-( and should probably be posting this in feeding i know :-(

massagegirl Mon 03-Jun-13 11:38:14

Arlandria, I completely understand your feelings, I'm the same. Add that next door doing loft extension and so far today non stop banging and drilling metal, baby not bothered but I feel like crying! Trying to feed her lots, in bed, skin to skin with formula top ups.

arlandria666 Mon 03-Jun-13 11:58:59

its so much pressure isn't it massagegirl DH is back at work Thursday i just feel like he hasn't had much chance to get to know his son :-( he does the nappies and does give him cuddles i just feel like the constant feeding expressing schedule is getting in the way of us being mummy and daddy :-(

massagegirl Mon 03-Jun-13 12:03:33

A ton of pressure. I just cried as gave her formula for the first time and she was so wide eyed and alert after it, gorgeous bit instead of enjoying it I feel guilty, may e she's really hungry and my breast milk is doing nothing for her... Argh. Same my partner back to work on fri. Boo.

arlandria666 Mon 03-Jun-13 12:43:16

they keep saying how well he looks how alert he is etc i know they have to follow guidelines just feel like they could be more supportive!

redwellybluewelly Mon 03-Jun-13 13:01:57

Those having feeding issues can I suggest you post in the Breast and Bottle feeding talk topic? Ive had and ive seen some great helpful non judgemental advice in there.

We had some fairly major feeding issues with DD as she was in a coma and the tube fed for a while, eventually the attempts to BF and express got too much for me but I couldn't bottle feed her, DH had to. We did manage to wean her from bottle and tube and she eventually fed until after her second birthday. I'm pleased that for us we persevered as she has had health complications and at times BFing kept her off an IV however I would have enjoyed the first six or so weeks of her at home far more and probably bonded quicker with her had I FF.

I am hoping very much this one will BF but that said I'm not going to be such a martyr to it.

redwellybluewelly Mon 03-Jun-13 13:03:06

arlandria in what way do you wish they were more supportive?

arlandria666 Mon 03-Jun-13 13:08:47

not so much support just mixed information i have seen a different midwife each time he has been weighed all of which have told me something different each time
i am getting there and DS has been pretty much on the boob or being cup fed since they left i will do my best to feed the little man up!

redwellybluewelly Mon 03-Jun-13 14:26:58

My reply got lost sigh.

Having spoken to midwives and breastfeeding supporters (LLL, NCT and my favourites the Breastfeeding Support Network) I fully empathise. Midwives are getting more breastfeeding training but its still very little and they rely on experience a lot. Unfortunately not all that experience is good. Hence the mixed messages. Have you been able to get any support from a breastfeeding counsellor via surestart or a phone helpline?

I remember the constant weighing. DD was on drugs which mde her swollen, as the drugs left her system she lost weight, which sent us into a spiral of needing to be under constant supervision and hugely stressful. Only once we asked about why she was less pufffy did one of the support workers realise tjat was why she was losing weight.

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 15:37:12

Good news for us today as Baby B is now ceph, long and fixed, so engaging. Thank god the lightning crotch wasn't it vain! She told me about 3/5, but didn't put that on my notes.

I've had my bloods re-taken in case of OC as I'm still itching but everything else seemed fine.

Have to go back next week to make sure we have blood results and everything is OK.

Measurements are fine now too, so no need to worry about growth now.

Just remembered I was meant to ask something, but no idea what it was. Sorry to whoever is waiting for an answer :-/ Never trust a preggo to remember anything!

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 15:47:17

Great news Mrsbri - get on a birthing ball to keep him there! I am so crossing my fingers that mine will have become a bit more focused! :-)

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 15:49:29

Good news from me to (although its not the birth of baby) that the police have found the dog and owner that attacked my dog so the dog warden will now deal with it and hopefully get him an order to at least muzzle it in public woohoo!grin

rrreow Mon 03-Jun-13 15:50:07

Snap MrsBri we're pretty much at the same stage then!

I think about 25% of people experience itching in pregnancy, but the percentage of people getting OC in the UK is about 0.7% so it's pretty rare (does depend on your ethnic background though, I think I'm more at risk because I'm half Sri Lankan). Most itching is harmless although incredibly annoying. Do your palms of hands / soles of feet itch?

rrreow Mon 03-Jun-13 15:51:08

Oh excellent pinkapples I'm so pleased that they've found him and will make him take responsibility. How is your dog doing?

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 15:57:29

They did say at the hospital that it was probably hormonal. The tests were just re-taken as precaution more than anything, I think.

Everywhere itches, including my hands and feet. The Piriton hasn't touched it, sadly. At least my hayfever has improved with it though!

And fantastic news, pink. Can you take any action to recover your costs from him now?

learnermummy Mon 03-Jun-13 16:03:36

Fantastic news pinkapples smile

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 16:06:48

Good news about your hayfever despite the itching

Dog is doing ok getting cross that she's still on lead walks but we can't risk the stitches in her muscle tearing so she's got another week of it sad

We didn't pay as we claimed on the insurance but well see what the warden says to be fair I'd be happy with it being muzzled so it can't do it to any other dog

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 16:15:37

At least you didn't have to pay. Your insurance co may want to try to recover it though, so it may be worth asking them.

Poor pooch having unsatisfactory walks. They don't quite understand it is for their own benefit, do they?!

Steffanoid Mon 03-Jun-13 16:22:14

brilliant pink, if nothing else they'll have to have a muzzle om it and should keep a check on it, I really dont get irresponsible dog owners

arlandria666 Mon 03-Jun-13 16:34:28

redwelly a breast feeding specialist from sure start came to see me last Thursday she was lovely she rang me today and got more tears from me she is fantastic tho she is coming to see me again Thursday. There are a couple of cafes local to me but one is tomorrow morning and the midwife is coming back to weigh him,if all is well there is one on a Wednesday morning which i may attend i feel like i have come to far to give up i really enjoy breast feeding (his feeding has been observed by 2 midwifes and the specialist) and DS enjoys it will keep on going and tomorrow morning will keep him constantly on the boob til they've weighed him! i am going to make sure DH is in tomorrow he was registering the birth today when they came, DH is tall and skinny and DS is very long, i think they should take that into consideration too maybe they just look at short dumpy me and think he should be the same lol!

mrsbri glad baby is finally in the right place! hopefully will get to see some more photos of the new arrivals soon! hurry up babies :-)

rrreow Mon 03-Jun-13 16:42:51

Check if you can't pursue compensation from the dog owner as after you make a claim your insurance premium is likely to go up next year (this happened to us when our cat had an accident).

thedevilisinthedetail Mon 03-Jun-13 17:39:27

They decided to induce me at 39 Weeks, i'm about to go for my first hospital walk around post pessary...hope it's not to long!

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 17:42:15

Good luck, devil! :-)

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 18:05:13

Wow devil exciting! Keep us posted grin

DontmindifIdo Mon 03-Jun-13 18:06:16

good luck devil!

I've just repacked my bags, C Section tomorrow! oh lord I'm panicking, someone is going to cut open my belly and pull the baby out tomorrow morning (or at least I hope it's the morning, I can't be doing with waiting round all day).

Big pile of Thai food for dinner tonight planned, currently letting DS eat treats while watching TV, it's his last day as an only child after all...

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 18:18:17

Bloody hell, Dontmind!

Exciting and scary all rolled into one.

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 18:29:20

Ahhhh more babies coming at least it's June now grin

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 18:41:40

Good luck devil and don'tmind! So exciting! smile

rrreow Mon 03-Jun-13 18:50:48

Good luck both of you!!

I had some period type pains earlier but they've gone away again (I think it's because of being too busy.. my body is like, ok not right now as I need to cook dinner).

pinkbear82 Mon 03-Jun-13 19:45:49

Good luck ladies!! How exciting!!

Officially due on Wednesday! Although by my dates its tomorrow but, I won't argue over 24 hours!! No signs of anything yet, apart from real pressure in 'that area' guessing that'll only get worse.

Everyone keeps telling me to keep my legs crossed in the hope that DP gets home...... I keep smiling sweetly and reminding them I am not in control and what will happen will happen.

Online shopping came today and I was pleased to see I'd ordered some muffins as a treat (think I did the order when there was. Lot of cake talk going on) so after having a bit of an energy boost since dinner I am going to go and enjoy a muffin or two with a nice glass of milk.

redwellybluewelly Mon 03-Jun-13 19:53:00

Good luck dontmind you're a hell of a lot more positive than I am! Hope they don't keep you waiting too long to meet baby. I'm also attempting to spoil our DD but she is being a little rotbag (I'm sure sensing our new arrival) and its making it difficult! DH allowed a very generous budget to get her a gift from baby and I may have accidentally doubled it grin

Also good luck to you devil I hope things go well.

pink thats fabulous news about the dog and owner being traced, I'm sure your insurance company will seek to recover damages?

arlandria sounds like you have a good contact there - I really hope that you get what you wish for, most BFing takes six weeks to establish and supply to settle so slowly but surely x

I'm still in denial, nesting has kicked in though and house is tidy and almost spotless. Saw MW today and baby 3/5 engaged, and bump nice and low. Had my pre op last Friday and was told none of my wishes (which the consultant suggested I think to persuade me to have the CS) can be met. This has been a rocky rocky road and I've also been let down by my community MW who assured me she would be there.

forgetmenots Mon 03-Jun-13 19:58:40

redwelly I'm shocked by that given your past experiences - have they given you any decent reason? Really hope things get easier, that must be so hard.

DontmindifIdo Mon 03-Jun-13 20:13:52

Redwelly - I'm just trying not to think about it too much, just not focusing on the birth itself but the moment I get into recovery and get to hold my new baby. I just trying to think if there's anything else that needs to be done tonight...

What did you want that you can't have?

AmIGoingMad Mon 03-Jun-13 20:20:02

Red they're not being supportive or at all helpful are they? Crazy when you think about your previous experiences.

Devil and dontmind- good luck! Very exciting!

Massage and arlandria I hope you get the support you need. So frustrating!

Pinkapples I'm so happy that they've tracked the git down! Bet he didn't see that coming.

Mrsbri- it was me you were going to ask a question for but I can't remember what it was either! Pregnancy brain does exist, no matter what the scientists say!grin

Well I made today my last day in work! So I'm off to buy raspberry leaf tablets tomrw and will start bouncing on my ball!

AlohaMama Mon 03-Jun-13 21:01:04

red - I can't believe after all this promise of support they're going back on everything they said. sorry you're being dealt with so badly.

good luck everyone on for tomorrow! and devil, hope things kick in soon!!

just back from my weekly appt, am now 2.5cm dilated (was 1.5 cm 2 weeks ago), still 50% effaced and baby is now engaged. not sure what that tells me. apparently i'll 'probably' be early. i just need 1 more week to be ready. i'd love to have the house finished and be able to treat ds before he looses his only child status. poor boy's entertainment is currently watching mummy and daddy do DI. which is fun. but not as fun as playing at the beach!

AlohaMama Mon 03-Jun-13 21:05:21

Oh and only 3 more days at work after today. Hurrah!!

Steffanoid Mon 03-Jun-13 21:10:00

good luck tonight/tomorrow guys, hoping for healthy speedy births smile

Good luck ladies looking forward to all the birth announcement soon.
I've got mw tomorrow so hoping I'm more engaged

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 21:33:40

AmI, it's good that we've both forgotten. I don't feel so bad now! :-) I'm back there next week if you remember and don't ask your own.

elsabel Mon 03-Jun-13 22:01:22

Hi ladies. My baby girl was born at 6.26 this morning weighing 6lb 15oz. Very long awful labout they had to do forceps in the end. Stil no name thoug, toying between mollie and robyn

Good luck devil and dontmind! Exciting times grin

pinkapples Mon 03-Jun-13 22:05:50

Congratulations elsabel grin sorry for the birth but you have your baby now hope everythings ok...

By the way I love Mollie x

Steffanoid Mon 03-Jun-13 22:13:08

congrats elsabel

im getting some weird feelings down there confused a bit like pressure, a bit like im about to lee myself almost but not if that makes sense

learnermummy Mon 03-Jun-13 22:16:04

Congratulations Elsabel smile. Love Mollie. Molly is on my short list.

Good luck tomorrow ladies.

Having a trial inflation of the birthing pool here - much bigger than i remember the last one being!

MrsBri Mon 03-Jun-13 22:16:18

Congrats Elsabel. I'm sure baby was worth the labour :-)

I love Mollie too.

AlohaMama Mon 03-Jun-13 22:26:57

Congrats Elsabel, enjoy the snuggles, they'll help you forget!!

redwellybluewelly Mon 03-Jun-13 22:36:16

Well done elsabel - baby here safe and sound, be gentle on yourself and take some time to recover, Mollie and Robyn are both very pretty names.

dontmind cannot have skin to skin due to lack of room although several others on the ELCS thread in Chat didn't have an issue and baby has to be taken off for checks rather than as my consultant said could be left on me. No.option to meet delivery team (again agreed would reduce anxiety) and no lowering curtain to see baby lifted out etx etc

I do better understand why they've said no to other things, like a clear sided cot (PN ward use wooden ones you can't see into and there are clear sided ones used in other wards) because of infection transfer, and also one MW offered an apnea alarm for first 24hours but paeds said no. CMW meant to attend but now can't. Just a whole host of promises ans reassurances whoch were made and now seems the peopple who promised them didnt tell the people who should be carrying them out. I have no faith left in this hospital at all.

SunnyL Tue 04-Jun-13 02:51:26

Congrats Elsa.baby out safe and sound is the best result all round.

Red sorry things are pish. Hope it doesnt stress you out but look forward to your little one too.

Just came close to first hormone induced midnight violence on DH. He is such a fidget in bed. He's been on night shift the last 4 days and i've been sleeping beautifically. Tonight i just counted him - he rolled over 9 times in 20 minutes. 9 times!!! Feel like getting some of those straps they use on mental patients and tying him to the bed. I'm now in the spare room in the huff with him.

elsabel Tue 04-Jun-13 03:01:45

Thanks everyone for your congrats. She is so perfect, and such a good girl, although keeping me up all nught wanting cuddles, but thats fine with me.

Let have some more babies now ive got the ball rolling...hope you are close steff.

suzyrut Tue 04-Jun-13 07:38:52

Hi all,

It has been months since I posted, but just wanted to drop a very very belated note to say that after 5 weeks of being in and out of hospital my daughter Beatrice was born on 26th April weighing 4lbs 5ozs. she was in neonatal for a week and a half because of breathing and feeding issues but has been home with us for 4 weeks now. I couldn't breast feed because of all the medication unfortunately but she's doing we'll and nearly 6lb now.

I will try to catch up with the threads but massive congrats to everyone who's delivered already and good luck to all those still due xx

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 08:04:54

Hi Suzy thanks congratulations on Beatrice thanks but I'm sorry about the rough start x

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 08:09:21

Congratulations Suzy and glad to hear you're home now and doing well after Beatrice's early arrival.

Sarah2506 Tue 04-Jun-13 08:37:52

Red that pretty much sucks though not entirely surprising. I went in with a list of requests, prompted by numerous things I've read suggesting they would be accommodated. But was then told no, it's the surgeons theatre and it would be up to him on the day. Things like lowering the screen just weren't an option. I didn't ask to meet the team or anything like that but suspect they would say they have no idea who is working that morning. I still don't know which hospital and which date I'm going in on. I have pre op on Thursday and hopefully will know more then but I'm not hopeful. The attitude seems to be that I have more certainty than most women in that I know roughly what will happen and I shouldn't push my luck asking for more!

MrsBri Tue 04-Jun-13 08:43:44

Congratulations, Suzy. I'd been wondering about you and whether you were ok. Beatrice is a lovely name. :-)

Babybeann Tue 04-Jun-13 09:20:54

morning everyone smile

congratulation to all the new arrivels!!!

having a hard time lately im being seen by mw 4 times a week and its getting a bit much. im having bp checks and sample checks. im happy that she is keeping a close eye as id worry if not. yesterday i had okay bp but a + of protine so ive had to drop a sample to the doctors for it to be sent away. feel like this baby is never comimg out im 37 weeks today and theyve been talking about induction since 33 weeks. when i have high bp they send me to hospital and i get there and do the bp manualy and say its not high enough to do anything go home. this has happened 4 times now.
feb up!!! i have to get my mum to watch ds at short notice and feel awful whem se has to finish work early. i was induced with ds and was really wanting to avoid it this time now i feel like it would make life alot easier on everyone if they did induce.
sorry for my long rant just needed to get it out.
but hay its june!!!!!

Congrats Elsabel and Suzy!! thanks

rrreow Tue 04-Jun-13 11:34:35

Congrats Elsabel! I love the name Robyn. Really like the spelling.

Congrats Suzy! Glad to hear your girl is doing well after what I imagine was a worrying first few weeks.

rrreow Tue 04-Jun-13 11:38:30

DH and I DTD yesterday evening, but unfortunately no result sad just some mild cramping overnight but I've been experiencing similar anyway.

Got a sweep booked on Thursday with my midwife. Then going into ante-natal for monitoring on Friday (and will have to seriously consider induction at that point I think). I'm just really hoping it will happen naturally today or tomorrow!

I am mentally preparing for the possibility of induction though. One of the positive points would be that I might be able to have a waterbirth (labour ward has one pool).

arlandria666 Tue 04-Jun-13 12:09:27

DS had a weight increase today! lets hope he continues to go in the right direction! he is currently milk drunk and 'sleeping like a baby' so i am going to catch up on some much needed sleep too!
congratulations on new arrivals xx

SunnyL Tue 04-Jun-13 12:24:40

Just back from MW. Naughty baby is still back to back despite my best efforts. Don't have my next appointment until I'm 41+5 when they will talk about options of getting baby out. Flipping hope I don't have to wait that long. Will be seriously peeved by then.

Apparently as well as getting on my hands and knees to wash the floor I should do the ironing to try and turn baby round. Funny how everything seems to involve housework!

pinkapples Tue 04-Jun-13 12:28:46

Ahhh that's good news arlandria let's hope it carries on grin
Congrats on baby Beatrice glad all is well now grin
Hubby and I also DTD last night to no avail I'm 39 weeks today and nothing! Apart I suppose from the HUGE ankles and sausage toes I seem to be developing!

After a morning of cleaning the study I am sitting down now for a well earned rest debating what to have for lunch pineapples anyone?

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 12:28:47

rrreow check they can offer a WB after induction, when I was declining induction with DD one factor was their refusal to let me have a WB. We didn't have MLU then but I know a few peers recently kept on main delivery after induction...

Hope the sweep workd though, I'd have moved heaven and earth to avoid induction last time and have a natural labour either time!

Steffanoid Tue 04-Jun-13 12:32:41

well done arlandria!

sunny I think it's because when we used to.have children women were doing tge housework a lot more physically ie doing tge floors on your hands and knees rather than with a long mop, and I think there were less cases of b2b babes and now we're a lot more chilled out.....confused

anyone else's feet and ankles feel like a sodding elephants? my feet are usually my favourite thing about me, now they're fucking huge sad my poor little toes are sore and I can't wear any footwear

id like this baby to arrive now please

rrreow Tue 04-Jun-13 12:42:32

redwellybluewelly I'm getting a lot better at demanding what I want rather than just saying yes to everything and going by their agenda. grin I probably sound like the patient from hell, but I've felt so powerless all my life (and in my last labour) I'm really trying to change that by trying to gather the facts and then making my own decisions. The only 'extra' thing they did when I was induced with DS1 was monitor his heartbeat, and I know they can do that in the water.

Apparently when you sit down you should have your knees below your hips to encourage the baby to turn the right way around (so no couch slouching..). My office chair is actually like that (and I spend about 6-8 hour a day on it) so I think that's contributed to baby being in the right position. You can do it on a birth ball as well though, just make sure it's pumped up enough. I also read that hypnotherapy (using visualisation exercises) can help turn babies.

pinkbear82 Tue 04-Jun-13 12:56:19

40 weeks tomorrow! If MW suggests any ironing for me I will just giggle...... Since moving 6 months ago we have no iron or ironing board.... blush

My Granny who is well in her 90s just called to see if baby had decided to make any movements, when I said not so far she tutted and said it was rude to keep people waiting especially when time isn't on their side!!! Gotta love her sense of humour. At the end I said take it easy and she chuckled and said ' I'm not the one having a baby!'

Well done on the weight increase - and to those of you being firm on what you want, only way to be.

Pinkapples I too am wondering about lunch, was thinking more stir fry then pineapple but perhaps we should all be doing pineapple curry while bouncing on a ball and keeping our knees below our hips and have the floor ready to scrub.....

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 13:28:26

rrreow I'm a dab hand at ensuring I try to find compromises (last labour led to brain damaged baby) ans yet the maternity/delivery wards still refuse to budge. Just thought I'd mention it. However as I know to my cost so far every PCT is different.

arlandria thats brilliantly awesome news, so so pleased, keep up the good work and hope you get some rest now!

Have graciously accepted that with only a few days to go I might just possibly need to relax today. Only issue is that someone forgot to tell the toddler.

Question - what snacks have you packed? I'm all out of inspiration and I've no idea what I'll fancy on a hot sweaty noisy post natal ward after surgery!

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 13:29:23

dontmind been thinking of you!

And how many muslins have people packed?

pinkapples Tue 04-Jun-13 13:38:36

I've packed Capri son and lucozade and then at the moment I have a tube of Pringles mainly for hubby and some chewits for me don't know what else

pinkbear82 Tue 04-Jun-13 13:44:28

I have lucozade too, and some bottled water (fussy taste), some jelly babies, oat biscuit/cracker things and some nut bars.

All easy and self contained - my mum will be the nightmare, she has awful allergies and has to take her own food - even when she's admiTted to hospital her diet is so specialist they struggle to provide for her. So we'll probably end up with a mini self catering van for her wink

Steffanoid Tue 04-Jun-13 13:53:16

I've got cereal bars, jelly sweets and drinks, like that flat lucozade and flavoured water.

I think the dog is bored waiting for the baby, he just jumped off my lap kicking my belly hard in the process I think he's as fed up of waiting as I am!

rrreow Tue 04-Jun-13 14:01:09

Muslins... I think I must go and check my bag.

Snacks wise I have cereal bars and a bottle of gatorade which should be fine if homebirth as I have the whole kitchen. If I do go in for an induction I will probably get some sandwiches as well and maybe some juice.

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 14:17:54

I've packed frusli bars, flat lucozade and will take a bottle of squash. Hospital water tastes horrid! I'm also thinking of stocking the fridge at home and getting DH to bring in a cool box of snacks such as fresh fruit.

And I was also recommended peppermint tea, even if drunk cold apparently it can help with wind?

Right. Toddler awake. Praying DH home early!

Hawkmoth Tue 04-Jun-13 14:59:25

Apparently I have to get out of bed and have a shower. I hardly think that's appropriate. Did not factor in a heat wave for a June baby. DS was August and I did just sit on the couch in vest and tiny shorts for a fortnight beforehand, I don't want to do that now!

Mind you, I've got indigestion so uprightness might be a good thing. Pfft. It's not like baby seems all that happy in there, I mean if it was happy it wouldn't be trying to break my ribs with its huge feet, right?

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 15:24:18

Hawkmoth I'm just wondering if you had your DS the year I had my DD, it was 32 frigging degrees in our city the week I went overdue and I melted. Remember it distinctly. Quite what possessed me to have another summer baby I don't know, 20 something degrees this week and the PN ward is going to be distinctly yukky!

learnermummy Tue 04-Jun-13 16:04:51

Afternoon all. Wrote a post earlier but it seems to have got lost.

Congratulations Suzy smile.

Hope labour starts naturally for you soon rrreow. My hospital can apparently do continual monitoring in the pool now.

More acupuncture for me today and a nice hair cut. Pedicure booked for tomorrow. Feeling more ready now!

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 16:36:23

Pfft all this moaning about the weather wink I have been sweating in 28-30 deg with NO WIND for 2 months now. Yesterday the trade winds (usually fairly consistent breeze here) finally decided to make a comback and I am so relieved. So nice to have a shower and actually feel clean for more than five minutes after.

Am I the only one that is trying to NOT have this baby right now??? I know I'm due later during the month (though ob is convinced I'll be early) but we've pretty much finished getting our house in order to sell and would love a few days to treat ds before his sister arrives. Something more fun that watching us to DIY. Besides which I still have 3 d left at work and want some time off after. Am avoiding pineapple and have prohibited dh from any nipple tweaking or DTD.

Sunny, hope you can get baby to turn, though ironing does not sound like the most fun way to do it!

Congrats on the weight gain Arlandria, hope that gets everyone off your back.

Hawkmoth Tue 04-Jun-13 16:56:29

Redwelly, DS will be four in August. It seems like we haven't had a proper summer since then! I know it's pathetic to moan about this sunshine, but pfft!

Steffanoid Tue 04-Jun-13 17:00:36

have got my elephant feet in a bucket of cold water, they're fucking freezing!
oh asked if I wanted to go out, he got a very annoyed look cause id just shown him my feet and told him they wouldn't even fit in my biggest flip flops, does he have no common sense

I.am an annoyed grumpy pregnant person

AmIGoingMad Tue 04-Jun-13 17:18:57

Congratulations elsabel and Suzy!

Hope you're enjoying lots of baby cuddles by now don'tmind!

And that's great news arlandria!

I'm with you with the heat hawk! I'm torn between wanting nice weather and wanting the temperature to just hold off a bit as I'm melting!

I just have a few more little jobs to do then I'll be willing this little one to arrive quickly! Really don't want to go over but who knows what her plan will be.

Had a cover midwife today as mine was on annual leave. I usually am a bit dubious of my one but today's made her look like the font of all knowledge!

Had to have a swab for discharge (tmi warning should probably have come before that sorry!) which they'll check for step b after history. Fingers crossed there's none of that!

My blood pressure was good though which is great after last time around!

On the snacks front I have pringles(any excuse!)cereal bars, snickers, lucozade and water. If I have to stay in DH can bring in fruit snack packs. I might add some glucose sweets to that though. Although last time I remember not being allowed to eat after they'd started either induction drip or antibiotics. I hope that doesn't happen this time!

Fingers crossed for some movement/baby turning for those who want it!

learnermummy Tue 04-Jun-13 17:19:17

Oh dear steffanoid hmm. Feel I must warn you that the swelling doesn't go down immediately afterwards unfortunately. Birkenstocks on widest setting were all that would fit me first pregnancy.

AmIGoingMad Tue 04-Jun-13 17:21:48

X post stef. Poor you that sounds awful! I know they're not the most attractive things but I used those pregnancy compression pop sock things at the end of last pregnancy. Granted that was a little easier as it was dec/jan but might be worth a try when you're in the house. Although you'd need to be careful of slipping over if not wearing anything over them.

pinkapples Tue 04-Jun-13 17:31:13

I think the same on the feet front may have to consider putting my feet in the mop bucket hehe

pinkbear82 Tue 04-Jun-13 17:43:43

Ah ladies sounds awful re the feet - I was sort of moaning to myself while standing to cook that I could feel them objecting. But nothing like your suffering with.

Only thing that looks more annoyed about the heat at the moment is the dog! He is huffing and puffing and flumping even more than me!

Mawgatron Tue 04-Jun-13 18:22:27

Am I the only one who is really enjoying the sunshine? Went for a lovely long walk down by the river today and it was GLORIOUS! Also Ben doing a bit of reading in the garden, although keeping the bump covered - got all paranoid that if it gets brown and then baby comes out and it shrinks it will look all freaky. Not that I envisage myself getting my tum out any time over the next EVER!

Congrats on ladies with babies, trying hard not to be jealous! I am ready now, feel like I want him here ASAP. Been doing some yoga ball bouncing and pineapple eating to try and encourage him along.

Steffanoid Tue 04-Jun-13 18:31:30

the bucket if water didn't work, was cool in the end though, tge dog however LOVED it (especially when I started throwing cupfulls on the patio - he thought it was a game and ended up drenched and very happy grin )

pinkapples Tue 04-Jun-13 18:47:02

Your not the only one maw I want our little baby here to the lack of ability to move is doing my head in and elephant feet definitely taking the mick... I've always had such dainty feet now their horrendous

Mawgatron Tue 04-Jun-13 19:04:36

My feet aren't too bad, it is my fingers that look like massive sausages! Looking forward to putting my wedding ring back on at some point!

I am a right mardy cow ATM though. Dh keeps coming in later than he says (only by half an hour or so) but because I have been alone all day I am all needy and naggy when he gets in. He is only trying to work as hard as poss before baby arrives (he is a decorator and self employed) so he can afford a few days off, and I know I am being unreasonable but I just can't help myself. Damn hormones!

SunnyL Tue 04-Jun-13 19:26:22

Mawg I'm loving the sun. Aside from the quick trip to the MW I've been outside all day. Contemplated taking the sewing machine into the garden (not the flipping ironing) but then fell asleep on the picnic rug. Hey ho! I do have the same problem with my silly dog though. She's roasting but can't tear herself away from us. Contemplating getting her a paddling pool but worried he might do a swan dive into it and burst it on first outing.

DontmindifIdo Tue 04-Jun-13 19:36:32

Hi all, just to say, after being team yellow and being certain it was a boy, my little girl was born this morning, Eloise weighing in at 7lb3oz via elcs

Redwelly, I couldn't get skin to skin, but did do cheek to cheek, and then skin to skin in recovery, about 20 mins later. She's been feeding ok, but v sleepy - its so hot and the air on isn't working trying to get her to feed more often, bet she wakes up when the temp drops tonight and I get no sleep!

DontmindifIdo Tue 04-Jun-13 19:38:00

Elsabel, I vote Robyn too!

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 19:43:53

Thats just brilliant news, been watching all day, how are you feeling? You're my trailblazer so keep me posted! We've a portable fan which were keeping in the back of our car just in case the wards are stifling.

(Can you tell yet I'm absolutely fecking terrified?)

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 19:50:50

Congratulations don'tmind and beautiful name. So exciting now, it's babies babies every day !!

rrreow Tue 04-Jun-13 19:51:22

Congrats DontmindifIdo!!! Beautiful name, my best friend in school was called Eloise.

Bit envy of all the people having girls

pinkbear82 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:16:59

lovely news don'tmind!

ginauk84 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:21:58

Wow congrats both on the new arrivals! My cousin is an Eloise and a colleague had a baby last week called Eloise - such a pretty name.

It's my last week at work hoorah!

Steffanoid Tue 04-Jun-13 20:24:50

beautiful name x

learnermummy Tue 04-Jun-13 20:42:57

Congrats dontmind smile. Love her name too.

Mawgatron I'm loving the sunshine too. Everyone keeps saying it must be too hot for me, but I'm just fine, particularly when have nothing particular to do like today!

AmIGoingMad Tue 04-Jun-13 20:52:26

Congratulations dontmind! Such a lovely name too! smile

Redwelly when are you going in? I can't remember but know its very soon.

Congrats don't mind, beautiful name thanks
I'm enjoying the sun, but struggling with the swollen feet. Really want to go out for walks but then I put my flip flops on and change my mind!

pinkapples Tue 04-Jun-13 21:07:33

Congrats dontmind! thanks Lovely name too!

I'm the same littlemiss want to walk the dogs so bad but just know ill regret it when I start so they hang out in the garden with me all day till hubby gets in to walk them

Seriously considering batch cooking though as I've been home 2 full days and by the time 5pm rolls round I really can't be bothered to cook so god knows what ill be like when I have a baby x

pinkbear82 Tue 04-Jun-13 21:11:39

just had to look back over today to see if we had heard from mrsbri - I see we did this morning. suddenly wondered if we'd be hearing any news from her!

cycle and oli hope your days are getting a bit easier - thinking of you both.

Sarah2506 Tue 04-Jun-13 21:15:22

I have just ordered a small fan from John Lewis to take in for my ELCS which I wonder/hope/fear will be Friday. Wonder if they will let me plug it in?! Guess can return it if not.

I enjoyed the weather- walked to midwife and then went to sit in meadow after. Was lush. Though I always forget that we burn so much quicker at the moment!! Got the cool community midwife not the simpering fool. She said sipping water the morning of CS would be fine. I like this advice!!

DontmindifIdo Tue 04-Jun-13 21:18:49

Redwelly, I'm ok but so tired, I wasn't expecting to be so sleepy! The staff were fabulous, although trying to get me up and about now, it hurts to get up.

Thankyou for all the nice wishes!

MrsBri Tue 04-Jun-13 21:30:29

Congrats, Dontmind. Beautiful name. I'm wondering if we will have a girl now as I'm convinced boy! :-) I hope you don't melt in there!

Pink, don't worry, nothing here to report apart from regular mild contractions. Not getting worse or closer together, so assuming it is prolonged BH. I've just been concentrating on the cross stitch which is now complete (apart from name, date and weight).

I also HAD to get my housework done today too for some reason. So it's been a busy day here.

I wish my contractions would just become the real thing or FRO. Going to have a bath now in the hope it eases everything.

So, whose baby is next?! :-)

Sarah2506 Tue 04-Jun-13 21:44:52

Btw did you see the heels Kate Middleton wore today? I'd topple over!

Sunbeam18 Tue 04-Jun-13 21:50:46

That sounds like pre-labour nesting, MrsBri! You might be next!!

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 22:06:40

Couldn't even wear shoes like that when not pregnant! The only way I can manage heels is if they're wedges so I've got some stability. I'm not cut out for high fashion me!

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 22:10:28

oops didn't see your post mrsbri - hope things go one way or another for you! can you sleep?

btw who said babies movements are less in later pregnancy. this one will not stop squirming i feel like i'm being pushed every which way inside. it is not making it easy to work not that i can be bothered now anyway

ginauk84 Tue 04-Jun-13 22:19:16

Aloha - yep me too, she moves more than ever and is so forceful with her movements it hurts!

I never wear heels either - have never been able to walk in them let alone being pregnant and unbalanced lol.

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 22:29:04

dontmind hope you get some rest and manage to wake sleeping beauty occasionally for a feed

ami I've never said when the operation will be grin only my DH and DD's carers know other than myself and medical staff! Given I know early on a CS was likely I wanted to keep at least some element of surprise for family and friends.

DD very upset and anxious this evening, we read her favourite stories and she was really upset at bedtime. The gift I ordered her from new baby arrived damaged so now the replacement won't be here in time. Gutted.

At least DH has tomorrow off to do chores, hopefully also go out to lunch and take a walk if not too hot.

MrsBri Tue 04-Jun-13 22:45:26

I'll have to find a picture of her heels, Sarah, as I've not seen them yet.

I don't often wear them as I'm already 5'11" so don't need them!

Aloha, I'm going to try to sleep now, but between the lightning crotch and thigh spasms I'm not sure how well it will go! And now my lower back is joining in. Hmmm. I hope it decides if this is it soon too, or bogs off :-)

I've taken a paracetamol. W00t!

And now baby appears to be trying to position himself straight up and down. This is the most uncomfortable I've been all pregnancy!

I'll let you know what's happening when I know :-)

Hawkmoth Tue 04-Jun-13 22:48:47

MrsBri... Agree re BH. I'm finding it harder and harder to appreciate them as practice and preparation. I don't mind the pain if something is actually happening, but days of niggly pain seems stupid and pointless. Grr.

Congratulations on the new arrivals.

My swelling got worse after giving birth, just for a few days. Try to enjoy the novelty of leaving fingerprints in your legs... Or not!

redwellybluewelly Tue 04-Jun-13 23:14:26

hawkmoth just saw your. Reply to me, Dd is a year younger than your ds. Was cooler bu the time we got out of nicu (mid August) but bloody wars the weeks leading up to it were just stupid hot - not enjoyable at all and certainly contributed to mt swelling up like a balloon.

Wonder how many more babies there mugjt be by morning? !

AlohaMama Tue 04-Jun-13 23:20:38

Urgh post-birth swelling, I remember that. No swelling all pregnancy then boom, big elephant ankles. Most distressing.

Hawkmoth Wed 05-Jun-13 00:12:41

Actually, there were a few nice days when we took DS away for his first birthday redwelly.

Going to be tough to sleep tonight. Someone has smuggled a half brick into baby and it's shoving it at me from the inside. I seriously can't think of another explanation for the size, shape and hardness of what's poking out of my belly right now.

rrreow Wed 05-Jun-13 00:21:20

Grrrr DH is snoring and now I can't sleep!

AlohaMama Wed 05-Jun-13 00:44:40

rrreow that's what elbows are for accompanied by innocent expression/feigning sleep

thedevilisinthedetail Wed 05-Jun-13 02:58:49

Edward born at 9.20pm last night. Back home and heading for sleep. Induction all good. I'll try and post full story later.

Steffanoid Wed 05-Jun-13 03:38:17

congrats devil I love the name Edward smile

pinkapples Wed 05-Jun-13 04:53:30

Awww congrats devil (also love Edward) and glad everything went ok for you

Swelling still going strong here even tho I had my feet up all day and now I'm up and can't get back to sleep! Not good on the upside went to bed at 11 and only just got up for a wee which is good as have been getting up 6/7 times a night so I'm very impressed

BH still coming and going but nothing to write home about just yet sadly and yes agree with baby being smuggled in some kind of implement to torture me with jabs here there and everywhere and solid lumps and bumps which I can only assume is a bottom!

MrsBri Wed 05-Jun-13 05:30:04

Congrats, Devil. Love Edward...it's actually our boy's middle name if we're team blue! :-)

Nothing more happened overnight, sadly. Though I think my bits have been assaulted from the inside as they don't half feel sore and tender. Hmmm!

I agree on the brick front too. I've never seen the position Baby B took up in the bath last night before. His arse is certainly bonier than mine!

Breast feeding class today. Perfect location for labour to start / carry on!

Pink, I slept through for about the same length of time. Nice, isn't it?

Steffanoid Wed 05-Jun-13 06:27:28

how you guys slept that long I dont know, I had the most restless night, accompanied by dreams of Christmas shopping confused

at one point I work every 1/2 hour, not even for needing the bathroom. Think im gonna be tired tonight!

AmIGoingMad Wed 05-Jun-13 07:11:46

Congratulations devil! Lovely name too!smile

Well it's a shame you non sleepers weren't in my house this morning. Maybe then you could have entertained DS at 5 while my body was still very happy to let me sleep! Currently watching peppa pig feeling hard done by ( me not DS!)

Redwelly I hadn't realised you hadn't mentioned the date but I'm thinking it must be very soon. Hopefully you can take some comfort from dontmind's experience which seems to have been positive.

Has anyone been taking raspberry leaf tablets? Friends keep saying I should and I've bought some now but can't decide whether to actually take them or not!

Am hoping for a productive day today ( although its very likely it'll include a nap) and ironing might be easier with the lions on- not sure how I'll concentrate on both at once tho!

ginauk84 Wed 05-Jun-13 07:43:11

Yes been taking raspberry leaf tea tablets for about 3 weeks - don't know if they are doing any good though?

Congrats on baby edward! smile

learnermummy Wed 05-Jun-13 08:00:12

Congratulations Devil! Sounds like it went very smoothly.

AmI, I'm currently taking 4 raspberry leaf tablets a day. Drank the tea last two times and tablets preferable.

I usually sleep fine but was very restless last night hmm.

learnermummy Wed 05-Jun-13 08:11:19

See the story on the news today that we should now avoid cosmetics, moisturisers, new furniture, plus many more to prevent our unborn babies coming into contact with nasty chemicals!!!!

MrsBri Wed 05-Jun-13 08:26:32

Maybe we should bring back confinement?!

It's bloody ridiculous all these things they say to avoid.

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

Congratulations Devil smile Hope everything went perfectly!

I'm so jealous of everyone not pregnant anymore!! SPD is making me wake up in agony everytime I try to turn over in bed and I'm just done now... My friend just had her son at 34 weeks and they came home the next day!!

Mawgatron Wed 05-Jun-13 09:03:49

Ditto on the spd night time trauma. It isn't too bad during the day but it is getting worse at night. Doesn't help that I a weeping more too- more get ups= more agony rolling onto my back and then sitting up and swinging legs out of bed...

In terms of cooling during labour, I have ordered this:

Haven't tried it yet but hoping it will be better than just a mini fan. Also, when I went on the tour of the mlu it was BOILING, and with the heat the way it has been I suspect it will be nigh on unbearable.

Got quite annoyed this morning about yet more scaremongering stories for us preggos. I mean really, as if there isn't enough shit for us to worry about without them adding loads more bollocks for us to be scared of.

Another non heel wearer here. I'm 5'9 and can't walk in them anyway (nothing to do with the fact that dh is pretty much exactly the same height as me either).

More congrats to ladies with babies!

Mawgatron Wed 05-Jun-13 09:04:20
forgetmenots Wed 05-Jun-13 09:15:40

Wow congratulations on all the babies, I am struggling to keep up! smile lovely news one and all!

Was awake most of the night with period pains and nausea, so can only hope something is going in the right direction...

learnermummy Wed 05-Jun-13 09:40:22

That fan looks good Mawg. I'm currently making do with one of the kids' sponge bob square pants fans!!

bunglecat77 Wed 05-Jun-13 10:01:51

Massive congratulations to everyone who's had their babies so far - very exciting! I wonder who's going to be next?

I'm really annoyed about this morning's news item too. So fed up of people saying 'do this, don't do that' without saying how risky it is. How is anyone supposed to make a decision about a risk without real research or data? Hate the way it all gets pushed onto us - I've had a real nightmare trying to get a prescription just for hay fever medication - can't imagine what it would be like if I had something more serious that needed treating.


elsabel Wed 05-Jun-13 10:12:23

Sooo we decided on Robyn Jessica. And i dont know why i said she was birn monday morning, it was monday evening at 6.26pm! She is perfect, very cuddly and doesnt like being put in mosss basket so nughts are sleepless right now but all worth it. Congrats to evrtyone else whos had their babys and hope others dont have too long to wait beforr having theirs xx

Congratulations devil smile love the name, we've used it ourselves!

elsabel Wed 05-Jun-13 10:13:00

Sorry for spelling mistakes...very tired!

SunnyL Wed 05-Jun-13 10:21:25

Congrats Elsa and Devil and any other new babies.

I've been taking the raspberry tablets for a couple of weeks. Other than rancid burps they they're alright. I don't suppose you will ever know if they are any good.

Yet another sunny day up here. Thinking of taking the sewing machine into the garden and making some curtains. Last time I got anything resembling Braxton hicks was after a day at the machine so maybe it can bring on labour? Certainly more entertaining than doing the ironing!

Hawkmoth Wed 05-Jun-13 10:21:36

Stupid advice. Are they going to come up with the money to bridge the gap so we can go organic, and take time off work for all the extra housework with vinegar and cooking from scratch? I think not.

I really despair of pregnancy advice. It's taking advantage of vulnerable women in every possible way. Of course, women who are 'too stupid' to look at the research and make their own judgement.

Rant over. Midwife later. Feel like shit. Stupid sinuses... See now I understand why I can't take decongestants, they affect all blood vessels, including ones to your placenta... Tinned food... WTF?

Rant really over.

learnermummy Wed 05-Jun-13 10:37:53

Lovely name elsabel, hope she lets you sleep today.

Not sunny here so cross stitching inside to day time telly. V jealous that you've finished yours MrsBri.

You sound like an expert seamstress Sunny smile.

This Morning has a feature later on eating your own placenta - any takers???