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BFP wishes CAME true - Thread Two!

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Kittenkatzen Wed 05-Jun-13 14:02:05

Thought I may as well start this given I'll be around for another (hopefully) 14ish weeks smile Hope I've not crossed posts with anyone!

Kittenkatzen Wed 05-Jun-13 14:06:22

I just wrote a big long post on the old thread that got lost grrrrr........anyway, the executive summary of it is;

ted ouch poor you, can you self medicate at all (maybe with wine)?

wee yay for the lovely scan news and double yay for having dates put forward, bonus!

red hope you manage not to puke in the supermarket - let us know how it goes!

mrsbri sounds uncomfy - hopefully it's baby wiggling into position to put in an appearance soon!!

I'm sure there was more but I've forgotton now....so <waves> to everyone else, hope you're all ok!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 05-Jun-13 14:24:22

Hi kitten thanks for the lovely new thread.

ted I really sympathise re the piles. I got them when I was in labour with dd. They mostly cleared up but are back with a vengeance due to this pregnancy. I wanted to get them banded as I am sick of them. Does it really hurt then?

mrsbri sorry you are uncomfortable but at least things are moving in the right direction (so to speak).

red best of luck in the supermarket

thingy any symptoms yet?

MrsBri Wed 05-Jun-13 14:46:38

Oh, sorry Ted, I missed your post.

It sounds really painful :-( I'm sorry the surgery hasn't provided the answer to the issues.

Kitten / When, it's really uncomfortable, but if it means exit is imminent then yay! :-)

RedRobin1 Wed 05-Jun-13 15:13:34

Liking the new thread title! Thread two smile

Supermarket was okay for the first half.... it was only when I got to the world foods aisle (thai, mexican etc) that I had to control the gagging. These used to be my fav foods once upon a time.... sigh!

Weird thing happened in the supermarket. A newborn baby was crying (it was so tiny - must have been 2-3 weeks old) and my boobs were zapping me like electric lightning every time that baby cried.... and they only stopped when the baby stopped crying. Then I got all mushy and was almost about to start crying as I realised I was about to REALLY be a mum in a few months time.....good lord! I am so hormonal right now.

thingy your Emma's diary comment made me giggle. I got my pack yesterday too. You get some freebies too from Emma's diary.

Quick question - I am debating NHS vs NCT antenatal classes. I am swaying more towards the NCT ones as put off by NHS ones in our area from friends/family. Did anyone find either of them useful and good?

mrs bri so good that you have such good breastfeeding support... will have to check what they offer in our area.

wee good news on seeing ickle baby chops ... when is your EDD?

MrsBri Wed 05-Jun-13 16:46:40

Red, I well up when I think that we'll be having our little baby soon. DH keeps telling me that my eyes have broken as I can be fine one minute and in floods of tears the next! Bless him, he's very understanding about it :-)

With regard to ante natal, I decided that I could not justify the money for the NCT ones and went to the NHS class instead. I found it good and very informative, particularly about what the particular hospital I am going to offers and its timings for such things as a sweep, induction, how long they leave you if your waters go and labour doesn't start, whether you get one to one care and pain relief. Having not been to any NCT classes, I don't know if they are able to give you that info (and you may not be interested anyway).

Not sure what Baby B has been up to today. I do know that it involves a lot of fidgeting. And my bits hurt. Quite a lot! Just want to meet him / her now...come out Baby B :-) 38 weeks tomorrow!

Kittenkatzen Wed 05-Jun-13 18:35:56

COME ON BABY B!!! grin

red I haven't done my NHS classes yet (was late sending my form back so they've only just managed to squeeze me in before EDD!) but have heard they are pretty good, and thy include DH too which he's pleased about. As for NCT, I've heard mixed reviews about my local group - by all accounts the course is informative but the group tends to be cliquey and apparently they can be quite pushy wrt natural births, bf, cloth nappies...all the competitive parenting stuff. So that coupled with the cost means I'm not doing it. Instead I'm doing Daisy Birthing classes, which so far have been lovely - a mixture of gentle yoga, relaxation and teaching of breathing techniques to be used during labour. They run NCT-style workshops which I'll hopefully do later on.

Kittenkatzen Wed 05-Jun-13 18:37:06

Just remembered, I have booked one NCT thing, a baby first aid course for DH and I in a few weeks time

Phew, thought I lost you!!

red - sappy urge to cry over EVERYTHING recedes (a bit) in 2nd tri but now I'm in 3rd tri the urge to coo and weep over everything is back in full effect. Have a Kleenex (oh and one for me too lol)

kitten / mrsbri - eep I never did first aid tho always meant to! Hope it goes well for you smile I never went to NCT classes cos I thought it was v pricy but i did go to NCT baby group with DS and it was really nice. iMHO nothing can really prepare you for going through childbirth because its like nothing most of us have ever experienced but I thought Simone Cave's Baby Week by Week guide was invaluable, short, straightforward parenting help from day 1. Planning to dig it out again for a refresher read actually!!

Loving todypays sunshine - spent all afternoon pottering in postage stamp size back garden with DS in paddling pool / pop up tent. Bliss!

tedmundo Wed 05-Jun-13 21:36:23

I have not read all this thread but wanted to tell when .. The banding has been utterly trouble free. It is the removal of the skin tags that has been painful. I spoke to the doc at the hosptal and she basically said that I just have to get on with it and it will take about a month to heal. Oh joy ....

I am self medicating on toblerone tonight.

Will go back and read properly now...

Thingymajigs Thu 06-Jun-13 09:51:28

Just had a panic in town. I started to feel very heavy cramping and then felt dizzy. Noticed a feeling of wetness suddenly and nearly passed out in town. Got home and the wetness was just lots of CM. This is awful. I can't wait until that first scan. I might pay for an early one actually. <and breathe>
Lots of sympathy from me ted. I got piles with my first pregnancy and its gradually got worse over the years. I dread to think how pregnancy will affect them now.

RedRobin1 Thu 06-Jun-13 10:30:18

thingy I still check the toilet tissue for any red or pink spots! It's hard to believe AF is not coming for awhile.

An early scan was worth every penny. It just made it so much real and stopped me worrying...although I still do. Didn't have any cramping in the early weeks but I started getting it this week (9w) and I really thought AF was going to start. It's a horrible feeling. But the cramping is totally normal - uterus stretching and making room for baby smile

Thingymajigs Thu 06-Jun-13 10:39:37

That scan must have been such a relief for you. I think I'll have to have one too because I'm worrying myself sick. With my first two I had no worries at all, I just felt like everything would be fine but I was much younger and less informed then.
All we can do is try to relax and wait it out and avoid Google... I should definitely start doing that. confused
Thanks for reassuring me red. I've got to go to work in a minute and didn't want that bothering me all day.

MrsBri Thu 06-Jun-13 10:57:33

Red, checking the loo roll never stops.

Until full term you don't want to see anything, thereafter you're impatiently awaiting your show / signs of waters breaking!

It's quite literally the most bonkers 9 months you'll ever have!

Alexandra6 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:12:39

Hi! Sorry I haven't been around, I've been busy worrying about the cervix stuff and a UTI so thought I'd avoid moaning and stressing on here and boring you all! With the UTI, the stupid hospital took 3 weeks to send me an "urgent" letter saying I have a UTI and need to take antibiotics. However I'd prefer not to take antibiotics unless I need to and surely a UTI could have cleared up in the time it took them to tell me? So hope I haven't made a massive mistake but I insisted they retest straight away and fast track results, so I will hopefully find out tomorrow morning if it's still there, fingers crossed it's gone but I'll take antibiotics straight away if it's still there.

On the cervix side, I have my next scans the week after next and if all measures up well, I'll be so pleased! Again fingers crossed it hasn't shortened as I can't afford much shortening.

Anyway I've been catching up on everyone and CONGRATULATIONS thingy, great news! I def recommend the early scan too. Oh and yes I can remember meeting a friend for lunch in a restaurant and literally running past her to the loo because I felt damp, was so glad it was just discharge! I'm always loo roll and knicker checking!

Hi everyone else grin

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 06-Jun-13 14:37:57

Thanks for that info ted I definately want the banding after this one is born. Last pregnancy I was worried about the state of my vagina post birth, it never occurred to me I should have been worrying about my arse.

thingy I know what you mean about suddenly feeling damp, it happened all through my first trimester. So panic inducing. If you can go for the early scan.

Kittenkatzen Thu 06-Jun-13 15:33:57

The damp panic still hits me now at 26 weeks I'm afraid....sorry!!! grin

Thingymajigs Fri 07-Jun-13 06:25:33

It seems to be pretty common then. I guess running to the loo is going to become a feature in the next 8 months then. Should help keep the weight down. grin
Good luck with the results alex. Its always a worry having to take medication during pregnancy so hopefully it has cleared up.
DP and I have decided to have a reasurrance scan at 7-8 weeks because we are a mess at the moment. So, only 2 weeks to go instead of 7. Is 7 weeks too early though? Would we definitely be able to see a heartbeat by then?
How is everyone?

Alexandra6 Fri 07-Jun-13 08:34:06

Thanks thingy I called the hospital and apparently my sample on tues came back clear woop! So no need for antibiotics as it seems my body has beaten it naturally! Better keep drinking lots of water in case it comes back but am pleased I don't have to take the drugs!

I waited for 8 weeks as heard it was better to and you def see the heartbeat then - I would wait to as near to 8 weeks as you can bear. Argh I remember the first few weeks, they crawl by don't they. The reassurance scan is well worth it though smile

I'm thinking about names at the moment, has anyone else pre-baby decided on names yet?

More or less gave myself heat stroke y'day - spent morning in stifling hot room in invigilating a gcse exam, was out doing messages and then out in garden with DS all afternoon in 25 degrees heat and then cooked dinner in hot kitchen. Couldn't eat a bite, sick to stomach and had to cancel on friends I was supposed to be meeting last night - avoiding sunlight today like a vampire!!!

Had really heavy CM this morning too - obviously it's a bit heavier just with being pg but for a couple of mins I thought I might be losing my plug. Sorry TMI but all seems to have settled down again now phew - 31 weeks is still a bit early for that!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 07-Jun-13 11:20:20

thingy 7 weeks sounds ok for a scan. If all is ok at 8weeks you have a 98% chance the pregnancy going well. Don't know what the stats are for 7 weeks. Best of luck, early pregnancy panicking is not fun.

little you need to take it easier, if I spend anytime in the heat I get really bad water retention (cankles [shudder])

alex glad the uti cleared up. How is the cervix doing? I've gone a bit mental with on the name front. Have decided the baby is a girl and have started calling her Aurelia, dh isn't impressed. We have the 20 week scan on Monday, am pretty sure it's a girl though.

RedRobin1 Fri 07-Jun-13 13:56:30

when I like your stats....and Aurelia is a lovely name for a girl!

Haven't ventured into looking for names but my all time fav name is Lara if its a girl.

thingy I had a scan at 7+1 and I could see the little heart fluttering away. I could not hold it back till 8!

alex yay on the UTI clearing up naturally! Glad you don't have to take more meds...

mrsbri hope the baby's head in your pelvis is not too painful....not long to go now.

littlemiss hope staying and abiding the heat helps! Glad it was just excess cm and not a plug! 31 weeks is too early!!

Where is that pregnancy glow? Will it come? I have acne and blotches, bags under my eyes, wind and gas, hair looks dead....please tell me the glow will come in the second trimester.....

Going to the hair dressers to sort my hair out. Anyone know what the guidelines on colouring your hair are? I have started getting greys and want to cover them up!

Kittenkatzen Fri 07-Jun-13 14:13:19

my ankles completely disappeared yesterday, I was horrified! DH thought it was hilarious and has started calling me "cankle woman" hmm. They're marginally better today and I'm glugging water and twizzling my feet under my desk like there's no tomorrow!

when is your DH not impressed that you've decided it's a girl or not impressed with the name choice? I think it's lovely btw!

red Lara is very close to our chosen name if its a girl smile (we both think its a boy though for some reason which is a bit tricky!). On hair colouring I think you're fine, but should be aware that your skin might be more sensitive than normal so maybe stick to high/lowlights to avoid having a reaction to the dye?

<stern face> at little for overdoing it. Hopefully the weather has cooled off for you today like it has here.

Hurrah for disappearing UTIs and early scan bookings

Alexandra6 Fri 07-Jun-13 14:22:45

Yes stern face at littlemiss over here too - take it easy smile

Lara is lovely. It is hard both agreeing on the name isn't it, especially with my DH as I think he gets a little bit bored talking names (I could go for hours!) so I'm thinking i might do a shortlist and run it by him when we're on holiday an he can't escape talking about it loads hehe I've also learnt a big lesson and am thinking maybe I should stop running names past other people as if they don't like them, it puts me off, but everyone likes different names and it's so personal so maybe it doesn't matter what other people think!

grin at cankle woman! (Sorry!)

red no real pregnancy glow here yet, I think I look tired and skin isn't great, but a slight tan is helping!

My bosses want to talk about my mat leave next week (I'm only 15 weeks), does anyone else feel a bit weird about leaving work and going back and how it will change while you're away? I'm also not sure if I can go back full time and if not whether there will be part time options. Any SAHM who can let me know what that's like in case I can't go back part time or get part time work, or anyone else planning to do that?

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 16:26:05

Yay, Alex, good news re the UTI :-)

And your employers ARE NOT allowed to talk about your mat leave with you yet. You don't have to tell them anything about your plans until you hand in your MATB1 (must be before 25 weeks). And THEY HAVE to assume you're taking the full amount. You aren't obliged to tell them anything at all! They're a real nightmare. And if they still haven't done a risk assessment then please do refer them to the HSE website which says they have to do one.

Littlemiss, yes you really need to go easier on yourself. Don't do too much in this heat.

Thingy, yay for an early scan. Mine was the best £50 ever spent!

Kitten, not good re your ankles :-( But typical bloke. My DH would say something similar. Men!

When, I love that name. What could your DH not like about it? Bet you can't wait til your scan?!

Red, second trimester is allegedly glowing time. I apparently looked great. Still felt like shit though!

And Baby B is causing A LOT of pain. He's got his feet lodged in my ribs almost constantly. Or, in the alternative, he waving them round just under my ribs. They both hurt. On top of that I have such bad lightning crotch I could cry! And my lower back aches. Please just come out baby!

Hello to anyone I've missed. :-)

Alexandra6 Fri 07-Jun-13 17:06:04

Thanks mrsbri - naughty baby B! I am 15 wks and thought I felt a kick this morning so we got excited but it kind of hurt like a sharp twang so I'm thinking maybe it was just wind?! blush grin

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 17:29:25

No, I had a kick about then, Baby B took offence to my jeans as they were getting a bit too tight by then!

Great feeling, isn't it? :-)

Alexandra6 Fri 07-Jun-13 17:47:23

Oh do you think it was a kick?! So exciting! I'm not 100% convinced as it did feel a bit painful - are the kicks painful at this stage?

Stupidly I've just been stressing about work and savings. Please tell me to get a grip and focus on the most important thing which is that I'm ok, DH is ok and baby is (hopefully!) ok!

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 18:30:17

Mine felt like an elastic band twanging against my insides.

And pregnancy just makes you worry. It is normal, but please try not to. Xx

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 07-Jun-13 19:45:48

alex it could easily be a kick (it does feel a bit like wind till they get bigger).

mrsbri sorry baby b is causing you pain, late pregnancy is no fun.

My work are pressuring me for my mat form too, I haven't received the bloody thing yet, I can't just pull it out if my arse, and I have told them when I plan to start mat leave. Useless bastards still haven't done a risk assessment yet

When do you get the mat form through?

Re the name Aurelia. Every woman I have suggested the name to loves it but the blokes aren't so keen.

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 19:57:12

I was given my MATB1 after my 20 week scan, though it would still be on time if you got it at your 24 week midwife appt.

Your employer has to be given it by 25 weeks' pregnant.

Employers who harass pregnant staff annoy me.

I discovered today that my employer forgot to start my maternity pay this week (it should have started on 4th June, and I get paid on 6th - yes, odd date - so should've had 2 days' mat pay this time, but didn't. When I queried it with work they said it was an admin error and gave me an extra 2 days' annual leave for free. Bonus! It means my mat pay starts bang on 38 weeks, which isn't so bad.

RedRobin1 Fri 07-Jun-13 20:30:41

Mine are pressuring me to initiate HR convos and agree maternity leave dates etc and I haven't even crossed the first trimester!

I don't want to talk to HR till after the 12w scan but they keep pushing me every week and I have just been fobbing them off.

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 20:36:28

What is wrong with all these companies?! Especially when it's HR departments doing it.

Tell them you'll inform them of your dates when you submit your MATB1, as you are obligated to do. Ask them, in the meantime, to advise what their policy is with regard to annual leave prior to / accruing during mat leave is, so you know whether you should be taking it all before you finish.

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 20:38:51

Refer them to this from ACAS. Hopefully they will back off:


Gosh we've got a fast moving second thread! I did try and post yesterday but it appears to have dissapeared! hmm
When you have made me laugh, there's alot of ass talk lol, I was lucky one of the women people hate last time and got no bad side effects the whole pregnancy and as dd1 came 3 wks early stayed small and avoided stretch marks piles etc, got bloody piles this time though and Sod's law wouldn't you know just after 37wks about a wk before dd2 came confused
Interesting to know that was a straightforward op though should they not improve naturally
Red- I did nhs too, I found that the info was ok about as good as I'd expect nct and to be honest I don't think much can prepare you as you don't know how your labour will be until it happens, nct is more about making friends from what I've gathered but I made a really great friend on my nhs one aswell so I don't see the benifit in paying hundreds of pounds more!
Alex great news uti has cleared and hope your cervix scan goes well
Wee great news you must be so chuffed with scan and can't wait for your news Monday when!
Thingy I've seen a hb at a 6wk scan but obviously the later you leave it the more you see ( that was the smallest blob) whereas I've had a 9wk and 10wk one and the difference in just 1wk was amazing!
Mrs b I had the zingers or lightning crotch too, you have my sympathy, hope baby b comes soon, I love how you always refer to it as him, how surprised will you be if a little girl does pop out? grin
Dd2 was a nitemare last night after lulling me into a false pretence of one easy feed in the night the night before, I was up from 2:30-5:30 confusedhmm
I'm in bed now!!!

MrsBri Fri 07-Jun-13 21:43:31

We've said we will be surprised but not upset if Baby B is a girl! :-)

I was lucky enough to get lightning arse this evening as baby changed position. Ouch.

Really bad BH too. Just wish he'd come now. We really want to meet him!

Thingymajigs Sat 08-Jun-13 07:34:57

Aww that does sound uncomfortable mrsbri. Hopefully it won't be long now. Come out baby Bri!
alex, I'm pretty sure the first kicks I felt were a fluttering sensation. Easy to mistake for bubbles of gas moving about in your abdomen. I don't think mine hurt as such until 24ish weeks. I bet it won't be long until you know that you've felt them. smile
Lots of sympathy for everyone dealing with difficult employers. I always found it annoying how men just never face the same risks to their careers as women do. I'm only a volunteer just gaining work experience so I'll be fortunate enough to avoid all these issues this time but I'm sure they still won't be happy especially as one was lining me up for a paid placement soon.
I just stepped on the scales to see how fat I was getting but I've lost 2 lbs. hmm So I think I need to up my calorie intake now. biscuit I'm sure its not a big deal as lots of women lose weight due to morning sickness anyway. I won't tell DP because he'd spend the weekend making me endless meals and snacks.

BelissimaLol Sun 09-Jun-13 22:43:33

Hi girls I wonder if you remember me? grin
Can't remember the last time I posted as MN got a bit much for me and I felt I had to get on with my pregnancy in RL lol.
Anyway I had a quick look and am delighted to see red and when on this side, plus a few newbies! And nic is ready to pop! How exciting gringrin
I'm 32 weeks now, 33 on Tuesday and currently feeling the size of a house. Trying to stay at work as late as I can but its becoming increasingly difficult.
I'm expecting a baby girl and I'm I've the moon! Nearly finished decorating nursery (won't go into details of builder nightmare but its taken 3.5 weeks so farangry) and started washing clothes etc. All very exciting and scary!!!!
Hope u are all well and pgs progressing without much stress (ha! As if!)
Lol smile

MrsBri Sun 09-Jun-13 23:04:20

Ooh, Lol, hello!

I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are as I'd not seen you about. So glad you popped back to say hi :-)

I'm glad you're doing well. And at least the nursery is almost done. And lovely to be having a little girl too.

I start annual leave at 33+1 and my mat leave started at 38 weeks. I should be nicely relaxed by the time baby comes. Anytime now please, baby!

You'd best pop back to keep us updated from now on!

Kittenkatzen Mon 10-Jun-13 07:18:50

Morning lovely ladies!! Just been catching up with all your news after a busy weekend. mrsbri sorry but I did have a little giggle about your employer/mat leave rage in behalf of everyone else grin You're absolutely right though, I understand they want to make arrangements but the harassment is awful.

<waves> at lol fab to see you, glad all going well with you little pink bump!

Hi lol is it really that long ago that you now 33wks < shakes head in disbelief> it's amazing, thanks for updating us its good to hear your doing well, little girls are lovely smile
And a certain someone gets to find out their flavour today aswell! Good luck when, hope little when is thriving and gives you a good flash x

MrsBri Mon 10-Jun-13 10:00:26

I know, kitty, I couldn't believe that Lol is that far gone either!

And can't wait to hear back from When today. Very excited for her :-)

MW for me today as she wants to monitor my itching, though my bloods were clear last week.

Not that I want anything wrong, but it would be nice to have some minor monitoring which led to baby arriving!

38+4 and so impatient!

robin - i have looked a lot glowier this pg than I did with DS but not until after I got out of first trimester if doom. Actually prob not until i stoppedbthrowung up at 16 weeks lol Love the name Lara, my DS is Dara!

lol - hello lady! I've been a slightly rubbish infrequent poster too, pregnancy, work, getting house sorted, runnung round after / toilet training a toddler & catching up with friends whilr I still had any enetgy left at all (its gone now!!) seemed to take up a lot of time! Good to hear from you again, we're almost due date buddies!! I have nursery done (well in fairness i didnt have to do much except clear it out & reassemble cot cos we just moved DS into a new room a couple of months ago and this is another boy in the way!), clothes washed & hospital bag packing is underway!

when - any news? Pink or blue? Hope little un is healthy & well, and you too of course!

mrsbri - agh, 38+4! No wonder you ate feeling so itchy, this heat must be a nightmare for you. I prescrube a nice cool bath & a boxset of some stupid tv to help you pass the time while you wait for things to kick off smile

thingy - i lost weight in both pgs cos of bad sickness but i seemed to pile it on in last 6 weeks lol not fair! Im sure this time will be the same and also DS ended up 8lb8oz so as long as its only a coupld of lbs you have lost try not to worry. A few biscuits def wont hurt tho!!

alex - I didnt feel either DS or this one properly kick and move til after 20 weeks, occasional flutter before that but nothing i cd be sure of. I was a postgrad student when I was pg with DS and it was hard to balance studying, taking leave, being a SAHM and getting thesis submitted when DS was only 4 months old but somehow it all worked out. DH was working vut i was only on a student grant and i didnt get a job til DS was nearly 11 months and I've only been part time since then so money is always a bit tight for us but the place I work is really fantastic and supportive about letting me work round family commitments or needing to take time off if DS was sick or at the start of this pg when I was so ill. I think part time hours and a more flexible, family friendly work environment are hugely important when you have young children so even tho we have no savings and occasional money stress i def wouldnt swap it. But thats just been my experience! Hope your work start being more considerate and dont put you under any more pressure.

Phew! Marathon post! But i think thats probably me more or less caught up after the weekend - sorry if I've missed anyone! X

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 10-Jun-13 13:04:23

Hi all, scan is not till 4pm. I am kicking myself for not booking a morning app instead (I'm so impatient).

Thingymajigs Mon 10-Jun-13 14:38:01

Just a quick post to say hope the scan goes well when. I booked mine for the earliest time possible so I wouldn't have to stress all day. Hope it goes quickly for you.
P.S has anyone had issues with hot flashes? I had to tell my boss today because I'd gone beetroot and dizzy.

thingy - no hot flashes but did get some nasty night sweats at the start when hormones were just flying around! At the min I am sleeping in just a t shirt / nightie type thing, no blankets, window open, fan on ha ha! Preview of menopause wink

Nearly 4pm now when!

Kittenkatzen Mon 10-Jun-13 17:04:40

Not really hot flashes but I did nearly pass out in hot places early on, and I seem to have inbuilt central heating these days!

Hope the scan went well when! grin

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 10-Jun-13 17:37:05

Sorry for the late update. All is well with baby. It's a boy! shock

He was a nightmare for the sonographer to scan. In completely the wrong position and everytime he moved he made it even worse.

MrsBri Mon 10-Jun-13 18:00:42

Yay, When! :-) How exciting. And fantastic that all is well too.

Is your DH happy?

I have night sweats and have done all the way through. They're worse in this lovely weather though. Boo! I am also generally warmer too.

I had the midwife today. Still 3/5 engaged, and we've confirmed that it is the head not the arse engaging! Baby B is in such an awkward position it was hard to find out what he was up to in there!

Back at the midwife next week, then it'll be sweeps / induction thereafter. Eek!

BelissimaLol Mon 10-Jun-13 18:12:50

Thanks for the welcome back ladies. It's like I've never been away! grin
Little miss when are you due? I'm due 30th July.
Kitten I know time is finally going quick!! It's funny cause when we were trying it felt like nic got her bfp aaaaaaages before me but now it doesn't seem that far! What are you having and when are you due?
Nic I could go early too as I have 7 weeks holiday to take however they allow me to take that at the end of mat leave which means more Rome with baby and on full time wage! So I will try to hold on as much as I can.
I had no morning sickness whatsoever so have been lucky! But am now dying with heartburn. Really annoying! Only thing that's helping me is lemon ice cream which is not good for my sugars but hey ho.
Nic you must be beyond impatient now. I'm already feeling like that now!
Maybe we could have a stats update so as we know who is where- I got completely confused nowhmm...

BelissimaLol Mon 10-Jun-13 18:13:56

More time and not Rome!!!!
And when exciting news on scan. It's so relieving when you see they are healthy!!!! And a little boy! Have you got names??

MrsBri Mon 10-Jun-13 18:59:08

I was surprised you weren't far behind me Lol! Weird, isn't it?

And yes, very impatient. I was fine until I got to 38 weeks, now I'm a nightmare! Ah well. It's going to be soon, however it happens.

Curry and DTD have had no effect though. Unfair :-)

I had to take my A/L this year, so finished early. Far too much effort to carry on anyway!

Do you think if I beg then baby may appear?

Kittenkatzen Tue 11-Jun-13 07:29:21

Ooh lol more Rome with baby - how very glamorous! wink I'm 26+5 now, due 12th September - and team yellow. Awkwardly we both have a feeling it's a boy, but can only think of girls names that we like! Have you got names picked out and ready?

Yay when team blue, how lovely! You have a dd already don't you? What does she think to having a little brother?

mrsbri hope babyb makes his debut soon...I'm impatient for you ha!

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 07:41:34

Well, I'll be induced 3 weeks today if Baby B doesn't come before then, so I really don't have long to wait, I suppose. Not that I want to wait that long!

The dilemma this week is that DH actually has some work, which has been few and far between recently, so now I'm torn between wanting baby to come, but not disrupting the work he's got. So, Saturday is great please baby! :-)

BelissimaLol Tue 11-Jun-13 09:15:41

Can't believe you are both team yellow. I could not wait that long to find out. Too anxious!
After much arguing and shouting we decided on Lara. She will have my mums first name as her middle name- but I have not told my mum yet! Then DH last name which is now my married name. I dont really like it though hey ho.
If it all goes well the nursery will be finished on sat. We bought a mamas and papas furniture set which is currently sitting in my garage! Have you ladies bought furniture sets? I also have a Moses basket and am planning to have her in our room for the first few months. Are you doing the same?
It's nice to be back chatting. Missed you girls grin
Nic- have you heard from pear? She must have had hers by now!!!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 11-Jun-13 09:23:02

lol Lara is a lovely name. I don't like dh's last name either but there's not much that can be done about it.

kitten I can't quite believe I'm on team blue. Not a clue what to call him, naming boys is a complete nightmare.

mrsbri oh bless you. Being massively pregnant is no fun at all. I remember being miserable with dd then suddenly I got my energy back and felt amazing. My waters broke 2 days later. Hope things get started soon for you.

Congrats when, you must have been really surprised! Was your dh very smug? He'd guessed a boy hasn't he? Did you manage to get all the measurements done or will you have to go back?
Lol I'm with you on finding out, way to impatient to wait!!
Pear was on a thread I was for quite a while and was due the week before me but dd2 was 10 days early, either way I'd think shed have had her baby by now and she was having a little boy grin
Maybe we should set up a private fb group? itd be nice to see baby's and hear names as I know some people don't want to out themselves?? Me and Nic are friends allready and its nice to get progress reports and put faces to names!
Hot flushes- I didn't have any in pregnancy but had them every night since, think its to do with milk but I've had to change bed sheets every other day hmm
( I'd love to spend abit of time in Rome with baby grin)

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 09:36:13

Lol, we were going to get a nursery set, but then moved into a house with built in cupboards in the nursery so a) there's no room and b) there's no need.

We bought a changing unit and a cot bed (after being let down by somebody who offered the one they were going to get rid of, but are still using :-/).

I also bought a wicker basket for the bedding etc.

Lara is a lovely name :-) We are using my gramp's name as our boy's middle name and my nan's name for the girl's middle name. At least I then get a family name in there too!

I've only told a few people our names, so most people don't know the sex or the possible name, which I love!

Lol, I thought we'd be tempted to find out, but once we'd been told baby was fine after the scan I really didn't mind and didn't want to know. Not sure what we will do next time. We will have to see :-)

And yes, Pear had baby Harry a few weeks ago. Day before his due date, I think. We email regularly as she doesn't come on here now.

I'll look out for the energy surge, When! I do have spells of activity. Usually for cleaning / gardening!

I also have to remember that no matter what my scan said, I'm actually 4 days behind the dates we are using, so baby is working to a different timetable!

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 09:39:27

I like the idea of a private FB group. I'm friends with Kitten too, so can set it up.

If people want to be added let me know your FB email / user name so I can add you as a friend and then to the group :-)

Kittenkatzen Tue 11-Jun-13 10:09:19

lol we started out looking at nursery sets, but in the end we've made use of some bits and pieces of furniture we already had. We've bought a beautiful cotbed from Izziwotnot that I'm ever so slightly in love with, and then we have an Ikea cubed bookshelf that I've ordered funky boxes for that we'll use for storage, and hanging stuff will just go in with our clothes for now as there is space. We've done the same as you and got a moses basket to have in our bedroom for the first few months.

when totally agree that naming boys is a nightmare - we can't agree on anything! There are lots of "nice" boys names, but none of them really seem to jump at you the way a pretty girls name does! We've also done the same as mrsbri and not told anyone our name choices - learnt that lesson early on when every name we liked was met with a <catsbumface> "ooh no I don't like that" from someone or other! I'm asking everyone for boys name suggestions though, just not telling them our chosen girls name! grin

Count me in for the fb group please nic smile

BelissimaLol Tue 11-Jun-13 10:34:28

Yeah I'm happy with fb group and to be friends on fb! Do you remember my name nic? If not I will on you so as its not out in the whole world!
Please send my love and congrats to pear.
I though I was having a boy but I think that was because I secretly wanted a girl. So I had to find out!
We have told the name to lots of people but always with a disclosure - dont tell me if you don't like it! - so have not had any problems.
Red how many weeks are you now? And thingy?? Who else is missing over here? I know twinkle is starting ivf and will join us soon gringrin- and res is over there still. What about fatas? Is she still around? Anyone else I missed? Oh it feels like coming home thanks

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 10:47:21

Lol, Fatas / Adsum has just found out she's pregnant again after an MMC! :-) Hopefully we'll see her over here when she feels able to cross over to us!

And hopefully everyone else will come over soon. I really hope winkle's IVF works. She's gone through so much :-(

I've PM'd you, by the way.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 11-Jun-13 11:03:38

Private Facebook group sounds like a great idea.

Nic can I personal message you so you can add me on?

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 11:23:45

When, I've added you (or who I think is you!) as a friend. Once you've accepted me I'll add you to the group :-)

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 11-Jun-13 11:28:02

Thanks you found me grin

Thingymajigs Tue 11-Jun-13 14:34:04

Oh great news when. Boys are wonderful. I have two boys, so I'm probably a bit biased but they are so loving. My (nearly) 10 year old is such a mummy's boy and still melts my heart every day.
Hi bel. I'm only 5+4 so its still early days. But have avoided morning sickness like you. Hope your heartburn settles soon.
How are you doing red? Has your sickness settled?

RedRobin1 Tue 11-Jun-13 16:25:58

I have missed loads... sorry work has been a bit crazy again and was too exhausted to post in the evenings.

<waves a big hello to lol>

lol we think alike! I love the name Lara too... but DH has his own list. So we are not at the arguing stage yet, but will soon get there in a few months time. so good to see you back here!!!

when fab news on the scan and a gorgeous baby boy on the horizon smile boys names are so hard... we've followed kittens advice and going to just not reveal our chosen names to friends and family until its born.

mrsbri goodness me! baby B is not out yet... right I shall be willing it to make a move and pop out soon enough! Oh and I hope you are not gardening missy! put your feet up <raising eyebrows and sternly telling you to step away from the gardening tools>
I have de-facebooked so don't have an account anymore sad

kitten how are you doing?

thingy 5+4 is too soon for ms. Mine didn't kick in till 6 weeks... and the bloody thing just wont stop. How are you doing otherwise? Any other symptoms... have you stopped peeing on sticks?

I have had a rough few weeks with just nausea and bloating... bloating was horrid, i could barely bring myself to eat any food. But today <whispers> I suddenly feel better and less nauseous... <whispers again> could it be the end of ms... oh please please please let it stop!

Thanks all for the info the antenatal classes - we might stick with the NHS ones after all. Will make sure we book onto them soonish. I got my 12week scan date in the post today smile get to see baby in 4 weeks time! woohooo!
PS. I am on team yellow too!

when - another boy for the thread hurray! I was v envy of everyone having girls to begin with but now I can't wait!!! My DS is so funny and apart from being a nightmare to toilet train and having the world's loudest voice, he is a very good wee thing so hoping his brother will be the same smile

lol - 8th August is my EDD so just a week after you grin

red - you can always splurge the money you save on not doing NCT classes on a lovely changing bag ha ha - i got a stroksak one the last time and it was so fab, insulated pockets for bottles, matching fold up changing mat inside. Bliss! And I only ever have handbags from Accessorise and places so it was a v nice treat!

Yes to FB group from me too - who do we PM to get added?

No other news - chronic heartburn, anemia, SPD and general third tri exhaustion are really wrecking me but with only 8 weeks to go I can prob just about cope. Would love to just go to bed and sleep for a week but still 3 weeks of work to go (and then full-time job running round after toddler lol)

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 16:48:22

Hey Red! :-)

So glad you're starting to feel better. I hope it lasts for you.

With regard to the NHS courses, it all depends where you live when you can book. I'd ask when you book in with the midwife. I wasn't allowed to even ask about being booked on until I got to 30 weeks! Think I was about 34 weeks when I went.

And no, no gardening today. I did mow both lawns last week, but nothing so far this week! It's easier than using our heavy vacuum cleaner :-) I have cleaned the bathroom and I'm on my second load of washing now the sun has come out too. But definitely no gardening!

And I love being team yellow. I can't wait to be told what we've had after the effort of labour / birth.

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 16:49:52

Cross post, Littlemiss.

PM me with your FB details so I can add you :-)

Kittenkatzen Tue 11-Jun-13 19:01:03

Hey red glad you're feeling better - quick stuff your face now while it lasts! grin I'm doing well thanks, apart from the absolute minger sat next to me on the train home who is currently eating a pack if garlic marinaded prawns with her fingers <BOAK> it's ok if I puke on her right??

MrsBri Tue 11-Jun-13 20:05:53

Puking on the prawns would be more effective as it would ensure she wasn't able to finish eating them! :-)

Thingymajigs Wed 12-Jun-13 14:45:27

Hi red, hope that was the end of your morning sickness. Surely its got to stop soon. I've just read that you are more likely to have a girl if you have ms. I don't know how true that is but I've never had it and I have two boys. So I guess I spoke too soon and there's still a chance it could kick in in the next few days. Now there's something to look forward to!
Symptoms are sore breasts, hot flushes, exhaustion, crazy mood swings and a general feeling of being completely overwhelmed by every little task. I feel sorry for my family having to put up with me atm.
Sorry to hear about the SPD little. It is so debilitating especially when you already have kids to look after.

RedRobin1 Wed 12-Jun-13 15:56:06

I don't know thingy I think I spoke to soon. All day nausea is back in all it's glory. A days respite was so good I can't wait till the placenta takes over.

My stomach is so bloated I have started showing a round bump! But I know for a fact it's all bloat and gas as baby is still somewhere down in abdomen! Did any of you have severe bloating? Any tips to ease it will be gratefully received!

kitten hope you threw up on those prawns...

littlemiss how far along are you now? I forget if its nic first or you....stats seems like a good idea!

MrsBri Wed 12-Jun-13 16:03:19

I had bloat, red, but I struggled to resolve it too, sadly.

I'd be grateful for suggestions for next time!

I think I'm next as I'm 39 weeks tomorrow. Eek.

BelissimaLol Wed 12-Jun-13 17:39:46

I had no MS whatsoever and am having a girl so maybe its down to luck. I'm paying it back with heartburn now though. Eating about half a tub of ice cream a day and chewing on disgusting gaviscon tablets!
Wow nic 39 weeks. That is scary!
Are any of you exercising? I'm still doing Zumba and dancing once a week each and starting to find it quite hard. Might pack in dancing at least as its quite far from home then see if I can manage Zumba another couple of weeks.
Who is after MrsBri? Don't tell me its me or I'll completely freak out grin

Kittenkatzen Wed 12-Jun-13 17:56:52

Sorry lol I think it is you next after nic! grin Then littlemiss no?

red yy to the horrid bloat. Weak peppermint tea helped me a little bit but not much.

I'm bored on the train home so will toddle off and start us a stats fred shall I? Will post a link shortly.

MrsBri Wed 12-Jun-13 17:58:57

I had MS. Not really badly, but enough to throw up every day at least once for about 10 weeks. I just built it into my routine. As you do!

It is scary Lol, but I just want to meet bubs now. Come out baby :-)

And sorry, but I've a feeling you're just ahead of Littlemiss, which makes you next!

MrsBri Wed 12-Jun-13 17:59:45

Nobody deserving a puking tonight then Kitten?! :-)

Kittenkatzen Wed 12-Jun-13 18:10:32

Thankfully not...the train is rammed, hot and I'm standing, not sure I could cope with garlic prawn woman tonight!

Stats fred here.... www.mumsnet.com/Talk/antenatal_clubs/1778102-BFP-wishes-grads-stats-thread

BelissimaLol Wed 12-Jun-13 18:16:53

OMG now I am actually panicking!! How can I possibly be next? There must be someone else before me. <bangs head in denial>
Thanks kitten added my stats. I'm sure someone else will come up with a due date before me!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 12-Jun-13 21:00:22

lol you are starting to get close, how exciting.

Adsum Wed 12-Jun-13 21:30:55

Thanks for adding me to the FB page nic! Lovely to see all your bumps and babies! wink

MrsBri Wed 12-Jun-13 21:35:31

And the stick that you pissed on :-) As well as your little boy!

BelissimaLol Wed 12-Jun-13 21:43:39

Nic have you found me on fb to add me?

BelissimaLol Wed 12-Jun-13 21:44:35

And good to see you here ads! It's like home. We are not scary like the other ante natal threads grin

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 13-Jun-13 11:26:11

Hi ads, good to see you here. I love your clear blue digi photo.

MrsBri Thu 13-Jun-13 11:36:17

No, Lol, I sent you a PM to say that my brain has (in)conveniently decided to forget your name. Did you not get it?

BelissimaLol Thu 13-Jun-13 12:56:05

I thought I replied!!! Just sent it again now x

MrsBri Thu 13-Jun-13 13:05:42

Oops! I've found you on Facebook now :-)

BelissimaLol Thu 13-Jun-13 13:37:53

Cool added a bump pic toogrin
Stay with us ads x

This thread is really heating up - lots of posts to catch up on!!

Added myself to stats thread and going to go get myself added to facebook group...

lol - be careful with gaviscon, i have awful heartburn too but rennies / gaviscon stop you absorbing iron as effectively and i am really anemic now! Prob would have been anemic anyway but those antacid things def make it worse so if you're not taking a supplement with iron in it too you might want to give it a try just to be on safe side!

Hi ads!!!

nic - Yep you're ahead of me in the queue! Can't believe we're all getting into the final strait now!!

red - i didn't bloat much at the start but my hands and feet swell up all the time now! with DS1 i was wearing crocs for last 6 weeks cos it was so hard to get my feet into anything else lol Heat doesn't help - when I look at pics of me from just before I had him and the 3-4 weeks after I am so swollen!! Mostly fluid retention but it's not fun!!

Also - ladies on team yellow... I was team yellow last time with DS1 and it was amazing knowing it would be a surprise!! Decided to find out this time and strangely...still very exciting grin Can't wait to meet him!!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 13-Jun-13 20:19:10

I'm very impressed with you ladies on team yellow. I'm just too nosey grin

BelissimaLol Thu 13-Jun-13 20:34:18

Thanks for the advice re gaviscon. I'm avoiding it anyway as I hate it. And having lemon ice lollies insteadgrin. They are working a treat!
I'm still taking pregnancy vits though which have iron.
When I'm too nosey as well! Could not manage not knowing!!!

Thingymajigs Thu 13-Jun-13 20:38:05

Me too when, I've just got to know as soon as scientifically possible. I'd find out now if I could.
I'm having bloating issues too red. I just feel heavy and bloated but no amount of water is helping. Let us know if you find a way to stop it. <waits hopefully>

Adsum Thu 13-Jun-13 23:00:23

Hey all! I'm too scared to join properly!! Feel almost a fraud as only 4+3!! Will lurk a bit and join in a bit until I feel more confident (is have a scan!!!) lovely to see and 'see' you all though! smile

RedRobin1 Fri 14-Jun-13 08:59:56

ads lovely seeing you here and you are pregnant and far from a fraud. Fx the early scan gives you a whole load of reassurance. When is it?

RedRobin1 Fri 14-Jun-13 09:14:19

thingy the sickness is back with the bloating - had a violent session of vomiting yesterday and just felt really down about it all. I want to enjoy the pregnancy and be ecstatic but just got no energy right now.

Had a chat with a friend in RL who said this will pass soon and I am almost near the end of the first tri.

Just a few more weeks to go - sickness, bloating and tiredness are a bad combo when they all come at once. Get so scared of hurting the baby everytime I am sick sad

Thingymajigs Fri 14-Jun-13 13:55:42

Aw red, don't worry, the baby will be fine. It'll take whatever it needs from you. The sickness sounds utterly miserable, I hope it passes soon. How many weeks are you?

BelissimaLol Sat 15-Jun-13 15:22:02

How are you all today lovely ladies?
I'm hoping MS has buggered off red and that everyone is enjoying the sunshine rain
Our nursery is FINALLY finished!!!!!!! Hooray!!!! Now DH and his dad are putting up the wardrobe and MIL is ironing baby stuff and I'm chilling resting for a bit grin

weechops Mon 17-Jun-13 06:51:37

Hey everyone sorry I haven't posted in a while. Wow so much to catch up on!

Congratulations adsum!!!

Would love to join the fb group and see piccies smile

Off to have a good read through now.

red - if the sickness gets much worse it could be HG. I've had it in all 3 pregnancies and it is vile. There's a good support thread on here somewhere which you should look out for, great place to get tips on managing bad sickness and to get support on feeling really down about it. I had 8 weeks of pure hell in January and February and it was so hard to feel excited and positive about being pg but it did eventually pass. Tablets from dr helped a bit and that thread helped a lot! Hope you feel better soon xx

Agh I am feeling foul today!! Normally work Mondays but I'm in Belfast and so is ... err.. Obama so traffic chaos here today and twisted boss's arm into letting me work from home today. Really getting nothing done cos DS is here too and I am feeling so wretched, tired, bad SPD, headache, nauseous etc. Not sure if it's just a bug maybe or just being 33 weeks pg and fed up, but not getting anything more productive than a bit of cleaning bathroom and getting a load of washing on!!

I've only had 4 hrs sleep for the past 2 nights...... That is all
Waves at friends then shuts eyes

Thingymajigs Mon 17-Jun-13 14:37:06

Sorry to hear that everyone is feeling crappy. Hope you catch up on your sleep kitty.
Time is passing so slowly. I'm only 6+3. confused Scan next Monday though so time better hurry up.
In great news, my previously sad deflated boobs have found a new lease of life. I've gone up a whole cup size already. I am loving this pregnancy.

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 17:06:48

Hello ladies :-)

I hope you've managed to get at least a nap now kitty.

Been to midwife and baby is 1/5, so good to go. He's also shoving VERY hard downwards. Think he's established where the door is :-)

Booked for a sweep a week tomorrow. Hopefully I don't need it!

BelissimaLol Mon 17-Jun-13 18:19:46

Hi all
Thingy the beginning takes forever!! I remember thinking "how can I possibly be 6+3 only????" It does go a bit faster towards the end as you start panicking and almost wishing you had more time to get ready
Nic so hopefully you are on your way now! Must be beyond frustrating to sit and wait and be kicked!!
I've got my 34 week check tomorrow. Not expecting anything exciting. My friend said my bump has dropped and as far as she knows that happens 5 weeks before birth. Is she making it up???

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 18:50:34

I hope that's not true, Lol, as my bump has barely dropped at all. But Baby B is tall and shoves his arse out of the bump constantly, so even though he has dropped, he can still fill the whole bump!

I don't think there's any set rules about anything from what I can tell!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 17-Jun-13 20:10:45

thingy ooh one week to go till scan. V exciting

kitty really hope you've had some sleep by now.

lol not sure about bump dropping 5 weeks before birth. When I was pregnant with dd it didn't drop at all. She wasn't really engaged until I went into labour.

msrbri glad he (I'm still going she) is heading in the right direction. Have you considered shining a light at your fanjango to give him more if a clue grin. Hope you don't need the sweep.

I'm really worried about my friend, she is only 33weeks and the babies heart rate keeps decelerating, she might need to be induced tonight sad

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 20:17:43

Goodness, When, I hope your friend and baby are OK. At least if she's being monitored she's in the right place for both of them.

And 33 weeks really isn't too bad these days either.

And as for the light, a friend of mine suggested the same thing!

Alexandra6 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:32:10

Hi all, sorry I haven't been around lately, I've been manic at work and had cervix panics (had to go to EPU on Friday as thought my cervix was opening and had a real panic, all seems ok though). I'm now desperately trying to catch up on everyone! Am off on holiday on

mrsbri sounds like baby B is getting ready! Exciting!

Alexandra6 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:34:03

Sorry baby brain!! Was meant to add in that I'm off on holiday on sat if all goes well with my cervix scans this week. And thingy time literally crawls doesn't it, has sped up a bit for me now but then crawls again if I'm having a worrying time! I'm trying to relax and enjoy the pregnancy a bit more!

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 20:51:18

That must have been so scary, Alex. Was it you or your midwife who thought it was opening?

I'm glad all is OK and I hope you get your holiday as planned.

RedRobin1 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:53:32

Thanks littlemiss it's not as bad as hg and it comes and goes. Some days are good and some are good. I am just counting down to the end of this trimester and then I can start enjoying being pregnant a bit more.

I try and take 5mins out in the evenings to just think about baby and feel so grateful and thankful that he or she is growing well in me.

thingy I know the feeling - it's like watching paint dry, although I am sure paint dries quicker wink hang in there - you are half way through to 12 weeks.

mrsbri I hope you don't need the sweep either! Are you 39 weeks now? Ooooo it's exciting!

when my brother was 33weeks and was in an incubator - so tiny and beautiful and he is now 25 yrs old and all good and healthy. Fingers crossed for your friend.

kitty did you get a few winks? I worry about how I will cope with the lack of sleep! Hope she has a long snooze tonite smile

alex gosh! You've had a horrendous time with the cervix scans-fingers crossed all is well so you can go on your well deserved holibobs and put your feet up!!

Waves at kitten lol and ted and anyone else I may have missed!

RedRobin1 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:54:16

Some are bad* haha wish it was all good!

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 21:01:37

Yep, red, 39+4 today. Eek! Proving everyone at work wrong who was convinced I'd go early. Boo!

I hope I don't need the sweep either. It's most disconcerting having a head feeling like it is lodged between your legs!

I hope unite sickness fades soon, red. It must be exhausting.

MrsBri Mon 17-Jun-13 21:01:56

Unite?! Your!

RedRobin1 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:26:17

ads how are you getting on? Did you get an appointment for an early scan? x

Adsum Mon 17-Jun-13 21:35:08

Hello! <delurks a bit> smile
Am still in denial-land! Forgot to call for the scan today so will try and do it later this week. Feeling very bloated and (tmi) constipated - no action there for 2 days now - I'm surprised I can fit more food in but tummy is all big because of it!
Also saw lots of friends/acquaintances this weekend so lots of small glasses of wine/half drunk ones so that nobody would ask me as I'm a dreadful liar and REALLY don't want to tell anyone apart from those who already know - unfortunately I haven't gone off wine!! Just felt v guilty but don't really think its enough to cause major damage shock

Hope sickness wears off soon tho red but it is a good sign isn't it?! X

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 17-Jun-13 22:06:53

Hi alex sorry to hear about the cervix nightmare, you must have been terrified. Hope you enjoy your hol.

Waves at ads over in denial land. Constipation sucks, I only ever suffer from it when pregnant. Hope you try your scan booked soon.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 17-Jun-13 22:13:59

All has gone quiet with my friend. I have a feeling that means she is currently being induced / having a c section sad

You guys are right though 33 weeks really isn't too bad nowadays

kiwi5 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:58:02

hi from a not very prolific poster!
barnaby born thurs eve. 7lb5oZ. very handsome!

labour was ok-very different to dd. back home and doing well. tongue tie but seems to be feeding ok.

altho i gavent posted very much sunce the early days of my miscarriage(may 12). i have gained muxh support fron u guys and very much appreciate ur humour and compassion.

wishing u very happy,safe, comfortable and uneventable pregnancies, births and beyonds.


Thingymajigs Tue 18-Jun-13 07:18:39

Congratulations kiwi! Barnaby is a great name, its on our list too.
My eldest had tongue tie as well and it caused a few issues so I'm glad to hear feeding is going ok. Give him a cuddle from us. smile
How is your friend doing when? 33 weeks is usually a safe date to deliver but its always worrying. The weeks of being stuck in hospital can be really unsettling too. Hope everything goes smoothly.
Sympathetic nods from me about the constipation problems ads. Eating lots of fruit, veg and porridge helps quite a bit.
Come on baby bri! Are you feeling any suspiciously strong Braxton Hicks yet?

Alexandra6 Tue 18-Jun-13 07:18:56

Congrats on your little boy kiwi

when I've been asking around about premmie births as was worried about that and it does seem that chances are good at 33 weeks (especially with steroid injections for the lungs etc). Hope your friend is ok. Sorry but what happened with her, been trying to catch up but must have missed that post?

mrsbri I'm excited for you! A friend of mine had a second baby the other day on just gas and air, said it was a good birth?! She said she really managed her breathing? Guess I'll learn all that at NCT. Wonder how much the good birth was down to her relaxing and breathing or whether it was just an easier birth.

Off for cervix scan today. Hi to everyone else smile

Thingymajigs Tue 18-Jun-13 07:21:59

Good luck with the scan alex. Let us know how it goes.

MrsBri Tue 18-Jun-13 07:31:07

Congrats, kiwi :-) Great name!

Alex, good luck with the scan.

Thingy, I've had two evenings over the last two weeks where I've thought 'this is it' only for the contractions to stop! I'm ready and waiting for the real thing now.

Come on out, Baby B! I do think he's having too much fun in there though. I just want to meet baby now and find out if it is a boy or a girl and get to know them properly. :-)

Wow there's alot of posts since I stumbled in yesterday, managed to stay in bed til 7:45 this morning ( 2 night feeds) but better then the 2 yesterday when I had to start the day at 5:30!
Congrats kiwi that's wonderful news, did you know you were having a boy? Glad the tongue tie doesn't seem to be causing you feeding problems

When how is your friend?

Alex good to hear from you, I was wondering about you the other day and hoping you wee ok, let us know how the scan goes

Red- hope the sickness goes soon, it will really all seem like a distant memory soon enough and you can enjoy the 2nd tri

Mrs bri itl be soon! Bet you can't wait now
Thingy just a week to go til scan exciting, it makes everything seem abit real doesn't it

Wee- nice to see you on fb

BelissimaLol Tue 18-Jun-13 09:57:20

Loving all the pics on fb! Red needs to join us now!
Hope you all have a good day. About to go to mw and be measured!

Alexandra6 Tue 18-Jun-13 10:46:06

Erm excuse my ignorance (it's my first after all and have no idea what I'm doing!) - what's tongue tie?

Hi kitty! How are you getting on?

Hi everyone!

lol / mrsbri - In terms of things 'dropping' if you don't feel the breathless, slowly suffocating feeling when you have the baby sitting on your diaphragm, that counts as dropping, even if your bump still looks pretty high. Should happen as early as week 32 / 33 and closer you get to birth, more pressure round pelvis / waddling grin In hospital I went to with DS they gave everyone a sweep at around 39+6 just to get you started lol It worked for me but it started off two days of fairly horrendous spurious, back to back labour confused But I guess it was better than going overdue or needing to be induced.

kiwi - big big congrats on your lovely new arrival! Hope all is going well for you x

Alex - Well they do say 2nd births are easier! (FINGERS CROSSED!) A tongue tie is a fairly simple condition to fix but can cause problems for latching on and if it isn't fixed it would cause issues with chewing and speech later on: www.nhs.uk/conditions/tongue-tie/Pages/Introduction.aspx

kitty - good to hear from you, i'm sure you're wrecked!!

Ads - No news is good news! I had loads of bleeding at start of this pg, not sure if that was cos I opted for ERPC after mmc but that was back on 1st Aug and I didn't get my BFP til start of December so I thought enough time would have passed. You def want the early weeks to be nice and uneventful!

when - hope your friend is ok

MrsBri Tue 18-Jun-13 11:32:32

Littlemiss, I've never had that because baby hasn't been in that type of position. I was discussing it with the midwife yesterday and she explained that the way Baby B has been and is positioned means I've not experienced it the way a lot of ladies do.

Baby wasn't even head down until 30 weeks, then only starting engaging 2 weeks ago!

But I'm tall and he's had lots of room to do what he likes :-)

weechops Tue 18-Jun-13 13:04:59

Kiwi congratulations! What a fab name too smile. My ds has severe tongue tie and its never been a problem, so I wouldn't worry about that.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 18-Jun-13 16:48:26

Congrats kiwi. I love the name, glad he is feeding ok

Update on my friend is good news. She has been sent home (still pregnant) and has been put on steroids just in case he shows up early, sounds like she's getting really good care.

RedRobin1 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:51:19

when that's good to hear! I am sure the docs have already told her but tell her to put her feet up (quite literally) to delay it by a few more weeks!

kiwi congratulations fab news smile love the name - how are you and baby barnaby doing?

MrsBri Tue 18-Jun-13 20:51:21

That's great re your friend, When. Let's hope baby stays put for at least another few weeks :-)

Alexandra6 Wed 19-Jun-13 07:37:19

when is it your friend's cervix or am I just presuming that as I'm obsessed with cervixes!? If so, bed rest might help keep it in (recommended more in the US but seems logical?) Good she's had steroids, that helps the baby get ready.

mrsb I'm looking forward to news on baby b!

Had my cervix scan yesterday and it went really well! The consultant said he thought it looked fine on the scan and not opening/dilating at all, and even said the length looks ok! Am going to go on my hols, try and relax and have my 20 week scan the day after I get back. Am thinking of cancelling my dildocam scan for Friday as I have this booked as a second opinion but it's only three days apart and as I had the scan at EPU on Friday, that's three scans in a week so a lot of scans for poor baby! If I cancel, it means I need to trust the guy's opinion yesterday and it will be three weeks between scans.

Agree on the name Barnaby - love it! We're thinking of names at the moment, trying not to get my heart set on anything as a best friend is having a baby while I'm on hols so I want to make sure she doesn't choose one of our faves smile we have a boys and girls name so far.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 19-Jun-13 09:42:07

alex that's great news about your cervix, have a fabulous holiday

My friends cervix is ok, the problem was the babies heart rate kept dropping. Hopefully he will be fine now.

Alex do you feel like he did a thorough check and was confident? I think over something so important they would air on the side of caution which to me says he would have been happy with what he saw and the fact that all the signs looked good, if it gives you more peace of mind you could still go on Friday aswell, I can't really imagine its going to do the baby any harm but as you said you've had 2 scans recently that have showed no problems so I think if it were me I'd try to just take it that it is ok go on Holliday and look forward to your 20wk scan when you return, I think a second opinion is only really necessary if he wasn't sure about something or it was inconclusive but that's just me, at the end of the day uf it helps you that's all that matters

Agree with kitty - it is v nervewracking in early stages of pg but too many scans really only serve to freak you out. A good friend of mine is an obstetrician and she said loads of her colleagues (and the midwives!) when they were pg and had a break in work would run off and give themselves sneaky scans on the sly but all it really did was make them worry more about stuff that ladies who'd only had the usual 2 scans weren't even thinking about. So def go on your holiday and enjoy, just look forward to your 20 week scan when there'll be lots to see!!

RedRobin1 Thu 20-Jun-13 16:58:32

littlemiss that made me chuckle so much I snorted some orange juice hehehe I can just picture a bunch of midwives sneaking off work and scanning themselves with ultrasound gear wink

I think these days hormones amuse me too easily...

Alexandra6 Thu 20-Jun-13 18:26:14

Thank god I'm not a midwife! grin

Thanks kitty good advice, I emailed the consultant this morning saying does he think we can leave it and wait until 20 weeks and he hasn't emailed me back. I was busy at work so didn't think about until now which means I might need to cancel last minute now which I hate doing! Will see how I feel in the morning.

It's going to be soooo good being off work for two weeks!!

How's your friend doing when?

I know it's annoying when people keep asking...but...any news on baby B?!

Alexandra6 Thu 20-Jun-13 18:27:12

Oh and I don't find the scans stressful at all, I feel amazing afterwards as I know my cervix isn't opening! Just don't want to keep blasting the poor baby with ultrasound every five mins!

MrsBri Thu 20-Jun-13 19:01:27

Hi Alex!

No news. Due date only has a few hours left, so not much / any chance now! But...my real due date by conception, not scan, is Sunday, so technically I'm not really late yet!
* clutches at straws *

Alexandra6 Thu 20-Jun-13 19:13:52

You will be giving birth while I'm sunning myself in Spain (sorry!!), will think of you and make sure you stick around so I can congratulate you when I get back grin

MrsBri Thu 20-Jun-13 19:16:56

Have a lovely holiday :-)

I'll still be here, don't worry!

BelissimaLol Thu 20-Jun-13 20:19:26

I came here to check on you nic! You'd been quiet so I was hoping you were in hospital!!
The only exciting news here is that I now have a wardrobe!!!!! Just put away all her clothes and dresses hand me downs and it all looks lovely! Next step is pack hospital bag. What are you ladies doing about this? Anyone thought about it!?
Nic what's in yours?
I'm clearly nesting. Decided to clean branch today and went round telling my staff off for being messy. My house is also almost back to normal after 4 months of decorating!

MrsBri Thu 20-Jun-13 20:35:24

I have 2 bags, 1 for during labour / straight after and 1 for the overnight stay.

Labour bag

Big nightshirt for giving birth in
Old socks in case I get cold feet
Lots of snacks and drinks
Battery chargers for phones as we can't plug them in
Bath bag
Nursing bra
Pair of big pants
Nursing nightie
Flip flops for shower
Bag of absorbent items for me
Bag with baby's first outfit / nappies / wipes / blanket
TENS machine
Change of top / underwear / toothbrush for DH

After bag

Further nursing nightie
Nursing bra
Lots of big pants
Remainder small pack nappies
Remainder pack mat pads
Breast pads
Light dressing gown
Clothing for baby
Clothes for me to go home in
Further baby blanket

I think that's it!

BelissimaLol Thu 20-Jun-13 21:28:09

Thanks for that list! Can't decide if I should do the same or a bag for me and one for baby. Have you hired tens machine? From what you have heard or read is it worth it? What about birthing ball? Have you bought it?
All these questions in my head are driving me insane. Who thought having a baby could be so bloody complicated? confused

MrsBri Thu 20-Jun-13 21:40:15

If you can only have one bag at a time the bags for you and baby won't necessarily work as you'll need both at the same time! The reason I did what I did was because of the bloody drinks and snacks! They take up so much bloody room!

And yes, my TENS is hired. It's cost 19 quid for 7 weeks.

And my ball is sitting staring at me from across the lounge. It's a Reebok gym ball I've had for years :-)

MrsBri Thu 20-Jun-13 21:40:53

And from what I've heard the TENS is well worth it, yes.

RedRobin1 Fri 21-Jun-13 09:46:02

Good luck nic hope baby makes a move before Sunday! When do you have to go in for a sweep?

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 09:55:31

Hi Red!

Sweep is on Tuesday, then again on Friday if that one doesn't work.

How are you feeling today?

Oh, forgot to put flannels and lip balm on my labour bag list, Lol!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 21-Jun-13 11:29:55

Ooh yes don't forget lip balm. Gas and air is pretty drying on the lips.

Do you feel any different Nic, I got loads of energy just before giving birth.

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 11:37:38

I feel rather weird / wiped out rather than full of energy! I've been OK up til now. I'm not sure if that means anything.

I really hope baby comes soon as I can't wait to meet them and DH is SO bloody excited. He's so sweet, bless him!

BelissimaLol Fri 21-Jun-13 12:39:40

Came in to have a rant moment. My boss appointed someone to cover me who I know my team will hate. She never even asked my opinion. Now I have to deliver them the news. I'm so upset its unreal confused

Alexandra6 Fri 21-Jun-13 13:24:50

nic thanks for the list, although seeing all the practical stuff there has made it all seem very real to me! So exciting for you that it's so close! My mum sent me a text saying she's bought her first baby present and can't wait to be a 'nana', so sweet - again makes it all feel very exciting and real, can't believe I'm actually going to give birth and have a baby! You can tell I'm a first timer wink

belissima how frustrating! Although on the positive side, at least they'll be glad to have you back I guess?

mrsbri - Make sure you have isotonic sports drinks (stop u getting dehydrated and giv u a bit of extra energy!) and a bag of haribo! Also - if you haven't already gone into labour by now lol - get your DH to pick up a present for the midwives to just keep in the boot of the car - tin of sweets or biscuits. You will (hopefully) literally never be more grateful to anyone in your whole life but a present might go completely out of your mind once the baby has arrived! Hope things kick off for you soon, v exciting!!!

lol - hmm My boss in her wisdom has decided not to replace me while I'm gone but basically split my workload among all my colleagues. It's maybe not the best decision since they will resent the extra work, it probably won't get done and I will have a big mess to clear up when I come back, and it's also unneccessary since my post is funded by a govt body so they would pay for cover for me but there is a loophole that means my post can be filled internally so the organisation will just keep the cash. It's kind of frustrating knowing things will go down the tubes in your absence but since the decisions are usually out of our hands all you can do is shrug (and sigh..and rant!!)

Had my 33 week check up today. All looking good, baby is head down and not back to back this time round, good heartrate, my blood pressure is nice and normal but baby looks like it will be another big un, up on the top centile. Not exactly a shocker after DS was 8lb8oz and 57cm long but I suppose I was hoping for an easier time with the pushing this time round. But I can forget that! Still...despite not particularly looking forward to the birth, v excited to meet new arrival, August can't come soon enough grin Also our 4th wedding anniversary today!

Thingymajigs Fri 21-Jun-13 14:56:49

Happy anniversary little. Glad everything is looking ok for you.
Try not to worry too much lol. Although annoying its probably out of your hands and is only temporary. Focus on all of that lovely maternity leave. smile
I'm so glad the weekend is here. Felt like I'd been beaten up yesterday with exhaustion and very sore boobs. I might just sleep all weekend. I'm sure my family can fend for themselves.

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 15:06:30

Happy anniversary Littlemiss. :-)

We have 4 bottles of still Lucozade Sport, 4 bottles of water and 6 cartons of apple Capri Sun. This is why my bag is so full!

Lol, try not to worry too much. I know you feel a responsibility, but you need to focus on baby and let work get on with itself.

Littlemiss, I haven't been replaced either. My manager is also pregnant and is also on mat leave, due 2 weeks behind me. With that in mind we ran the file count down with closures / transfers to other teams in the last couple of months. Someone who's just back from mat leave has taken over the remaining files and everyone on the team will mostly still be doing what they did before, with a few extra tasks that I used to do.

It's likely I won't go back to that team anyway, as I need to work somewhere else in the firm to make sure my training contract is acceptable to the professional body, and I don't want to do road traffic accident claims anyway, which I was doing. I don't care if the rest of them feel put upon as the majority as lazy anyway! :-)

I feel very strange this afternoon, but haven't quite managed to be sick. Think it would help if I was though. Hmmm!

Everybody send exit vibes to Baby B please!

Thingymajigs Fri 21-Jun-13 15:06:33

Can I just say that I am loving this pregnancy. I keep on getting silly grins when I realise there will be another member of our family soon.
It must just seem like I moan about being pregnant looking at this thread but the exhaustion is just a comforting reminder that I am finally having another baby. smile
Ok, now I'll go back to worrying about the scan.

Thingymajigs Fri 21-Jun-13 15:07:36

Hurry up baby B! I bet the heat must be tiring for you atm.

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 16:35:09

Thingy, I'm sure your scan will be fine. When is it again? Good luck :-)

To he honest I'm staying indoors as much as possible. I can't really walk far without aches and pains, so only go out if DH takes me!

It does look lovely through the window though :-) And feels nice if I hang the washing out. But I don't hang about!

RedRobin1 Fri 21-Jun-13 17:08:07

Come on baby bri get your cute little tushie moving and come out of your cosy place!!

yhingy don't worry about moaning on this thread - I embarrassingly did just that for the first 9 weeks! It's just we are so used to being active and pregnancy makes you feel like you have ran a marathon every day of the first few weeks. It will pass smile I am proof of that. I am feeling less tired now and more happy and finally being able to enjoy some food smile

BelissimaLol Fri 21-Jun-13 17:39:47

Yeah I will try not to worry. I'm upset she didn't even ask what I thought- and we are really good friends supposedly! Hey ho.
I will take lucozade too as well as water. And I have balm on my list which I can't find at the moment due to the mess in my house planning to pack it next week.
Good luck with upcoming scans. That is nerve racking! But try and relax grin
Mrs this baby needs to come out ASAP. I'm already uncomfortable so can't imagine how u must be feeling!

Mrs bri just how hydrated are you planning on staying in hospital lol, I think I had one lucosade which I had on the way and made me sick first time then had water and tea just supplied at the hospital, this time again I took nothing but dh got me a first cold from a machine at one point wink, don't know if your hospital is different but at mine you don't wear your own clothes to give birth either they put me in a gown both times so I've just had one pair of pjs for later

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 19:15:58

Well, it could take ages! And it's for both of us :-)

We have been told to take something to give birth in if we want to wear something. I'll probably end up taking if off it it's too hot. Though I may be having a water birth anyway. We shall see how it goes!

True although if its anything like my hospital and your not crowning the dam baby you'll be sent home to wait to suffer
I found the only thing you won't want to forget is a charger/ money and baby stuff and maternity pads although they even supplied those at mine, even breast pads are redundant Untill your milk comes in 3/5 days later, still good to be prepared for all eventualities grin

MrsBri Fri 21-Jun-13 20:16:58

Yeah, I don't think they want us there too early. But as we are 25 minutes away minimum (I've known it take 2 hours on a bad day) I'll be buggered if they're going to send me away! We can ask to stay if the pain is too much, so that will be my ploy to stay, ha ha :-)

I think it's best to have absorbent stuff as trusting DH to bring the right thing would probably be a mistake!

Thingymajigs Fri 21-Jun-13 20:43:52

I travelled for 25 mins to get to the midwifery unit with ds2 only to be turned away as I was "too early". As soon as I got home we had to go back again. confused Car journeys during labour feels a bit like being on a roller coaster. I'd definitely stick to your guns and try to stay. The midwife there told me that I wasn't in full labour as I was smiling and talking. She may have had a point.
Scan isn't until Monday morning when I'll be but I've read at least 50 stories of women having missed miscarriages this week so I'm pretty scared.
Glad you're feeling better red. smile

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 21-Jun-13 22:48:35

mrsbri my tactic for not getting sent away worked like a charm. As soon as they let me into my own room (it was a birthing room) I stripped off down to my underwear.
Cars and labour are not a good combination in my opinion, the 20 minute car journey was agony and there was no way I was getting back in that car.

Sorry so many are panicking about mat leave cover. I am in a similar position. Most likely not getting any cover so will be left with a load of crap to deal with on my return.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 21-Jun-13 22:49:35

Oh thingy I forgot to wish you luck with your scan. grin

Thingymajigs Sat 22-Jun-13 07:02:59

Ha, I was so tired I missed a bit of the sentence. Meant to say I'll be 7+3. Thank you when. smile

MrsBri Sat 22-Jun-13 07:35:16

I like that, When! I'm naked, so I have to stay :-)

MrsBri Sat 22-Jun-13 11:06:19

Ooh, When, guess what? Surge of energy here today! I'm only being limited because of my bulk, not my enthusiasm. :-)

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sat 22-Jun-13 16:42:36

Ooh surge of energy sounds promising.

My pregnant friend (33 weeks) is still pregnant which is great news, plus the steroids should have improved his lungs no end so even if he suddenly turns up he should do well.

BelissimaLol Sun 23-Jun-13 15:38:47

Nic come here and talk to us!!!!!!! I don't want to steal your thunder!!!!!!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 23-Jun-13 16:40:39

Lol at lol

MrsBri Mon 24-Jun-13 01:52:44

Ha ha! Sorry...I was recovering from a c section. Still am!

Little Amy Alice was born at 13.11 Sunday afternoon weighing 9lb 7oz! She wouldn't come down the birth canal despite me kneeling up and having gravity on our side, so we went for forceps, but she was too high, so I had a section instead.

She is sooooo beautiful. :-)

She hasn't taken to breast feeding yet though, so is on formula for now so she doesn't starve. I'm sure she will get it soon though.

I love my daughter so much and daddy is just ecstatic and emotional. :-)

MrsBri Mon 24-Jun-13 01:58:32

Oh, and 2-10 in about 3 hours with 0-6 on paracetamol and codeine, gas and air to 10, then pethidine to push!

Fast bloody labour!

Waters broke at 6.20 with meconium in, by the way and contractions started at about 7.30am with force! They would have induced me otherwise due to foetal distress.

Bit worrying, but all is well.


Thingymajigs Mon 24-Jun-13 06:07:14

Aww, congratulations! smile Lovely name and such a healthy weight too. Hope you recover quickly MrsBri.
I gave up FB over a year ago but I'm considering starting one up just so I can see all the cute baby pictures.

Adsum Mon 24-Jun-13 06:42:35

Congratulations!! That is a very fast labour and very little pain relief compared to mine!!! Glad you are feeling well and good luck with the feeding x smilewinewinethanksthanks

BelissimaLol Mon 24-Jun-13 09:18:25

Thank god you came grin! Was struggling to keep my mouth shut. She is gorgeous and bri looks absolutely in love too!
How long are u staying in hospital? Have loads of questions to ask but will give you time to recover first!
Once again congratulations.
I hope there is someone due before me? I'm 35 weeks tomorrow. Nesting like crazy at the moment. Doing my own head in!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 24-Jun-13 11:31:34

Congrats, seen the photos she is so cute.

You did really well with your pain relief, best of luck with the breastfeeding. My midwife told me loads of women she looks after give the babies formula for about 3 days then put them on the breast when the milk comes in.

Thingymajigs Mon 24-Jun-13 12:10:38

Right, I've created a FB just to share with this group. I want to see the cute babies! Not sure how I add or find you lot so if someone could PM me that'd be helpful.
How are you feeling now mrsbri? When will you be allowed out of the hospital?
Scan went well this morning. Apparently it was a very clear picture much better than they normally get at this stage although it still just looked like a baked bean to me. grin Good strong heartbeat, they could even see the babies pulse going through and I am so relieved. They put me at 7+1 which is only two days out of my LMP date. They did see some cysts and a hematoma but they said they were nothing to worry about. Naturally I'm worrying.

Congrats!!! Your little girl weighs more then my 5 wk old lol
Bet you were surprised when that fanjo poped out wink going to go and nosey at your pics now xx

Congrats thingy, just concentrate on the nice healthy hb, it's very common to have cysts etc and you'll probably find at 12wks they have gone so don't worry, it's good news!
Did baby b actually arrive on the due date you thought Nic ?

Congrats nic!!! flowersflowersflowersflowersgrin and also here's some wine for you!!! Your little Amy is beautifuuulll!!! And what a fast labour too (not bitter about my epic 2 day ordeal first time round at all lol!) So exciting!!! Continue to provide us with lovely photos on FB and updates on here about how it's all going!

thingy - Yay on the scan!! Doesn't sound like anything to be worried about and you're already well on your way grin

I had the BEST 2nd tri in this pg, so much energy, getting everything ready, family holiday and really excited about it all. I'm 33 weeks now and I've kind of hit the wall, lots of aches, pains and tiredness and the horrible throwing up has kind of returned, so hello broken blood vessels in eyes and feeling queasy all the time. Groans! On the bright side have not really started worrying about labour yet tho, so def silver lining!! Hope my nesting instinct kicks in again soon like yours lol!

RedRobin1 Mon 24-Jun-13 15:16:03

Aww congrats nic baby bri turned out to be a girl thanksthanksthanksthanksthanks

Amy is a lovely name and hope you are doing well!

thingy fab news on the scan....so pleased for you smile it's so reassuring to see the heartbeat and a baby in the early weeks. Made me believe it a bit more.

Congratulations again on your lovely daughter nic enjoy your special moments as a family!

lol you are up next....how you doing? Are you on maternity leave now?

BelissimaLol Mon 24-Jun-13 15:16:23

Oh you are not far behind me little! So I'm still guess hun I'm next?

Re fb group, its a secret one and as far as I know MrsBri is the only one that can add people! We may need to give her a few moments to recover - but pm her your full name and she will add you!
So my nesting obsession plan for the week is pack the hospital bag or at least get started on it. Then we have friends over at the weekend who will bring us a pram and car seat, and we also have ante natal classes. Time seems to be flying at the moment!
Good news on scan thingy. Don't worry about dates. Heartbeat is all that matters at this point. I had a scan at this very stage and all I had was a bean. grin
Hope everyone is well. I'm knackered and still planning to stay in work as late as I can!! Is it realistic to work until 38 weeks? I do work 5 min from home so no commute to speak of, and am the boss so can take a bit of a piss if necessary leave early when I can't stay the whole day!!!

resipsa Mon 24-Jun-13 16:17:00


These births never quite go according to plan, eh?

PS <whispers so not to offend - girls are so much better or at least easier (for the first 10 years or so anyway)>

Kittenkatzen Tue 25-Jun-13 07:29:08

Here you all are - I lost you! Hope everyone's ok, off to catch up with all the news smile

Kittenkatzen Tue 25-Jun-13 08:03:04

Ok some belated catch up messages...

Congrats again mrsbri, hope you're recovering well now. And it was a week ago now but gringrin at when's suggestion of shining a torch up your fanjita to show baby the way out - made me lol on the train!

kiwi massive congrats to you too, LOVE the name Barnaby! Hope you're both doing well

when hope your friend is doing ok still

red hope the ms has buggered off for good now, glad you're enjoying food again!

alex glad the cervix nightmare didn't fully materialise in the end, hope you're having a lovely holiday smile

littlemiss happy belated anniversary! Hope you did something fun to celebrate

thingy I can add you to the fb group if you pm me your name smile

Waves to everyone I've missed (in phone so it's a pita to keep going back and forwards upthread!

Kittenkatzen Tue 25-Jun-13 08:04:49

Oh and not much to update from me....apart from my lucozade test last week showed raised blood sugar levels so I'm booked in for a full GTT this Thursday - booo sad

Apart from that doing fine at 28+5, baby appears to have discovered my ribs in the last few days - ouch!

BelissimaLol Tue 25-Jun-13 09:59:40

Are you ladies having the whopping cough vaccine? I read on the NHS website that it is recommended that every pregnant woman takes it from 28-32 weeks and that the midwife should advise you of that!
Well mine has not said a thing to me angryangry
So I now called the gp and been told to get it done ASAP. Now sitting in waiting room. I'm really annoyed, how should I have known about this if they don't tell me?
Did yours tell you all?
Hope u all ok. Sorry for the rant!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 25-Jun-13 10:46:39

thingy great news on the scan, 7 weeks really doesn't look like much does it.

kitten your poor ribs, that sounds painful, best of luck with the GTT test

resipsa good to hear from you, hope you are doing ok. I really hope you are wrong about girls being easier, dd is having some truly spectacular tantrums at the moment. Really hoping for a chilled out boy this time.

little boo for the return if the sickness, you will probably have lost weight after giving birth with all the vomiting you've been doing.

lol definately get into your GP / midwife about the whooping cough jab. I plan to have mine.

Kittenkatzen Tue 25-Jun-13 10:51:02

lol yep I'm having the jab next week - there was a leaflet about it in my Bounty pack right at the beginning, and I'm pretty sure it says that 28-32 weeks is ideal, but up to 38 weeks is fine too so I wouldn't worry too much

RedRobin1 Tue 25-Jun-13 11:56:26

thingy my sickness never buggered off. It came back with a vengeance and now really struggling to keep food down. Off on holiday on the weekend and I just don't feel like going too far from the toilet. Going to see the midwife for some pills to help confused just want it to go away booooooo

little you have my sympathies about the sickness returning! I am totally fed up feeling like this. Just want to be able to eat and love food again. 4 more weeks till second trimester!

lol that sucks about the lack of info from the midwife! I have been told to get the whopping cough and will also receive an MMR jab after birth (how lovely!) as I don't seem to have immunity.

lol - I found out about whooping cough vaccine cos I was at my GP for something else (crazy bloodshot eyes and swollen up eyelids - glam lol) and she asked me how many weeks I was. I was probably around 25 weeks at that stage and she told me to make an appointment with nurse on my way out to get the whooping cough vaccine. I think it may have been mentioned v briefly in passing at my booking appt but not really explained to me or anything so if GP hadn't have brought it up I probably would have missed out on it too :-/ My arm was v sore afterwards, hope yours is ok!!! Re: mat leave - I'm finishing next week at 34+5. There's just no way I could keep going, I'm wrecked! I think the return of the sickness and having DS to run around after has probably played its part though, but still...can't wait to finish!!!

red - I went away overnight for my birthday in Feb and was more or less ok with sickness...til about 5 mins after i'd just eaten a huge, gorgeous hotel breakfast of pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee and had to sprint back up to the room and throw it all up. Groans! Hopefully sickness will settle for your holiday tho, not much helps but crackers and fizzy water do kind of get you through the roughest patches..

when - even tho i puked throughout with DS the super fast weight loss did not kick in for me, tho a friend of mine who was very sick as well was back in her TINY pre-preg jeans about 6 weeks after her DD was born. Not fair!!

Me and DS have been lazing at home this afternoon - bad mummy has been letting him just play on ipad and look at picture books. Tesco online shopping done and new changing bag ordered tho on the plus side grin

BelissimaLol Tue 25-Jun-13 17:59:10

Took the jab today and have a very sore arm!!!! confused
DH wants me to complain to mw but I don't know if I can be bothered! At least it's done now and I got to meet the nurse who will do baby's jabs.
Is everyone else taking the jab? There seems to be a bit of controversy about whether or not to take it, and I could not really understand why! It was a no brainer for me.

twinklestar2 Tue 25-Jun-13 18:46:24

Just caught up with this thread - congrats mrsbri!

weechops Tue 25-Jun-13 22:36:02

Well done mrsbri smile gorgeous photos and fab weight!

Hi to everyone. I'm on phone and its not letting me read back for some reason hmm.

I'm 16+2 eek and have my appointment on Thursday so hopefully get to hear the heartbeat for the first time smile then my ds 3rd birthday party on Saturday then off on holidays on Sunday. Dh gets home Thursday night after 3 weeks away and I can't bloody wait- I'm knackered!

MrsBri Wed 26-Jun-13 16:01:57

Hello everyone :-)

The hospital had god awful reception so I need to catch up now we've been allowed to go home.

The most surreal feeling in the world ever is taking your first child home with you.

BelissimaLol Wed 26-Jun-13 18:54:20

Hi nic just seen your photo!! She is adorable! smile
I have so many questions to ask but will give you time to breathe first!
I think I will be the same. Will get home and think "holly f**ck we have a baby!!!"
How is Amy doing? Any advances on bf?

BelissimaLol Thu 27-Jun-13 18:28:00

How's everyone doing? Very quiet over here!
Just bought a nursing chair. Found it on eBay and the owners live right on my doorstep. Paid 55 quid for a 200 quid chair in perfect condition!!!! Really happygrin

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 27-Jun-13 20:13:27

mrsbri congrats on getting home. I think the oh fuck I have a baby feeling lasted about a month with me.

lol well done on your bargin chair -envy

weechops Thu 27-Jun-13 22:02:59

Ooh bargain lol!

I had my 16 week appointment today and got to hear the heartbeat smile was luffly smile

So now it's a mad few days before we go on holiday!

Kittenkatzen Fri 28-Jun-13 08:46:12

Oh yay for being home mrsbri! Hope you're settling in well smile

Having a nightmare commute to work this morning so will be back to catch up properly a bit later

Kittenkatzen Fri 28-Jun-13 11:00:10

Ok I'm back....only took me THREE SODDING HOURS to get into work this morning, so that wasn't too bad hmm

Wen to the hospital for my GTT yesterday. Wasn't too bad (the blood suckers there are pretty good) but I was ready to commit murder having to spend the final two hours of my 14 hour fast sitting in the hosi cafe surrounded by people eating lovely homemade cakes, hot buttered toast etc!

nic hope everything's going swimmingly at home and you're not too sore from the section. Amy is gorgeous!

lol excellent bargain hunting work on the nursing chair, sounds fab!

wee glad the 16wk appt went well, it's so lovely hearing the hb for the first time!

<waves> to twinkle hope you're doing ok lovely smile and hi to everyone i've missed off.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 28-Jun-13 12:44:29

wee so pleased the 16 week app went well. Lovely to hear the heartbeat.

lol - I didn't get flu jab this time or last time, since it didn't seem (to me) to have been overly well tested for possible effects on unborn baby and swine flu was already on the wane by summer 2010. But like you i thought the whooping cough one was pretty much a no brainer. Hope your arm is less sore! And well done on your chair bargain! I used mine LOADS so they are well worth it..the rocking even helps with managing contractions!

nic - so glad you're getting to go home. Never will your own bed seem like such an amazing place!!!

kitten - When will you get your GTT results back? Hope you are getting lots of lovely hot buttered toast today to make up for fasting y'day and the awful work commute today!

wee - Ahhh congrats on scan and heartbeat! Woo hoo!! And have an absolutely brilliant holiday smile

twinkle - hello there! hope you are well?

Not much to report here - caught up with a group of good friends last night, had them all round for (v easy!) dinner. People about to head off on holidays etc. and then our new arrival will be imminent so nice to get a chance to catch up before that.

I've started taking delicious (ha!) apple flavoured Spatone instead of the iron tablets GP prescribed me. Still tastes gross and makes me feel a bit sick but much better than the iron tablets were making me feel so I guess i'll stick to that to help with anemia.

Also sorting out present for childminder cos next week is my last week in work and DS's last week with childminder (where he's been for last 2 years while i'm at work) before he starts at playgroup in September. She is on the other side of town beside where I work so there's no point in him going all summer since I'd have to drive him over everyday when I'm off work but the noise of DS just playing and carrying on is tough on the nerves tho grin I don't normally mind a racket either but I think it's the heavily pg hormones making my nerves are jangle lol

Kittenkatzen Fri 28-Jun-13 16:31:55

Just had my GTT results back - all clear, woohoo!! Very relieved and will be booking in to look around the mw led birthing centre soon in celebration! smile

littlemiss maybe earplugs are the way forward...?! grin

BelissimaLol Fri 28-Jun-13 22:18:16

Good news on scan! What is GTT? It's probably obvious but I'm quite thick! Guessing its growth related? How many weeks are you btw!? Think we're not too far from each other...
I've been quite uncomfortable today. Lots of BH and bump feeling tight and big!
Have first ante natal tomorrow. Not sure what to expect!
Question: do you think nesting can affect men a bit as well? My DH has been unusually domesticated rather than the usual lazy shit I love so much and been bulk buying / tidying up, and I even caught him stood in he middle of the nursery "just looking". It's all very cute if a little peculiar. Is it only mine? grin

It's just yours lol grin well it wasn't mine anyway still lazy
Gtt is blood test for gestational diabetes I think? Great news it's clear anyway kitten, that commute sounds the pits, when do you finish?
smile For 16wk heart beat wee , it doesn't seem like yesterday since mine
Mrs b, how are you getting on back at home, are you in alot of pain from c section or are you finding it ok?

Have you had anaemia badly little? Will you send ds at all to childminder when ds2 arrives? I still send dd1 to nursery 1 day a week for routine and to enjoy abit of 1 on 1 time with dd2

kitten - yay on the all clear! dairy milk to celebrate wink If I could get away with ear plugs I def would wear them at the min!!

kitty - my mum and MIL are both v close by and my mum has summer off from teaching while MIL doesn't work so I will have good babysitters in July / Aug and then DS1 will start play group near by 5 mornings a week in September so hopefully that will give me some good 1 on 1 time with DS2 and I think it will be really good for DS1 because he's just getting to the age where that kind of structured play will really benefit him. Hope e settles into his new routine ok! anaemia is ok, iron levels are low but I think feeling pretty wrecked at 34 weeks is normal enough lol Think spat one is helpin tho... how are you doing?

lol - I did make DH paint and put a new floor down in nursery when DS1 was due but I can't say I have noticed him nesting much this time tbh! Going to make him play with new car seat this wkend tho so at least one of us will have figured out how it works before we actually need to use it!

Argh been awake since half 4 - no idea why!! Pelvis and hips sore, weird dreams and..hungry!!!

Kittenkatzen Sat 29-Jun-13 07:10:41

Im 29+2 lol, think you might be a couple of weeks ahead of me? Awww bless your DH and his nesting smile mine has been the same to a certain extent - he's started coming to tesco with me each week, supposedly to help carry the bags but I know it's really because he likes to look down the baby/toy aisles! grin yesterday we somehow came home with a £25 (!) baby thermometer and something very cute called a foot finder!

Yep GTT is for gestational diabetes - round here you have to do a 1hr lucozade test at 28wks...mine came back high so I got sent for the full glucose tolerance test which involves 14 hideous hours of fasting and being drained of about 10 gallons of blood <disclaimer: I may be exaggerating slightly about the blood...>

littlemiss I've been waking up starving too for a few days now, most disconcerting as usually I can't face food for at least a couple of hours. Who wants to eat at 4am??

kitty how is DD2 settling in? I bet she's getting big now right? smile

BelissimaLol Sat 29-Jun-13 08:35:01

Thanks for clarifying GTT! I had no idea. My sugars were also a little high on my 28 week check so last time we did it again. So I'll find out on tue if they are at normal level. Did you have a scan to see baby as all or just the horrible bit?
I'll be 36 on tue so a little ahead of you.
Exciting news all around from everyone. Sorry it's hard to reply individually on phone!

What on earth is a foot finder?? Are you worried you might misplace them wink
We are getting on well thanks although dh has been off with me so I've been abit spoilt, the real work will start on sat when he's back on full shifts! I'm hoping dd2 will be on just 1 night feed by then but at the minute she's steadfast about wanting 2, we were doing very well last night 7-1 with no wake up when dd1 woke up as shed lost her bunny in the covers ( they look so cute when they have a comforter like a teddy they want with them 24/7 Untill you realise how filthy they get and what happens if you misplace it!) that woke up dd2 I thought well she may well not wake again after this one, a nice big feed but aparently 2 hrs later ( just 1hr since she was asleep and 30 minutes for me) she was practically starving confused no amount of persuasion would change her mind!
The only perk being she slept til 8, and she's getting quite good at self soothing so going to sleep even if we put her down awake touches wood
Next step convincing dd1 she wants to use her potty she doesn't

MrsBri Sat 29-Jun-13 10:25:08

Hi all!

Great news about hearing the heartbeat, wee :-) It's an amazing moment, isn't it?

Kitty, I'm not in too much pain really. The wound site can sting a bit though. And my innards feel like they've been properly rummaged around in and achey / bruised. Which they have been and are, I suppose.

I've ordered a bed nest to rent as we are struggling to settle Amy at night and we are both exhausted. DH needs to get more sleep as he has a physical job, so we are hoping that helps as she loves being close to me in bed.

She is also a boob monster. She will feed for 2 hours, have an hour break then go back on for another hour. It's exhausting and my nipples are stinging a bit! :-/

It's just amazing having our baby at home and she's adorable, even if we are sleep deprived!

Kitten, great news re the GTT :-) Lots of cake for you now!

Lol, not long left for you now. How exciting.

My DH didn't really nest. He did love standing in the nursery though :-)

BelissimaLol Sat 29-Jun-13 14:21:42

Hi nic
Lovely to see you here! What is a bed nest??? Each time I think I've learnt stuff something else comes up and I've no idea what it is! confused
I'm getting less scared now time is approaching and more and more excited! Just don't think I can cope with being 2 weeks late though!
My tens machine arrived today. Have not played with it yet.
Sun is out in London and we have friends over for the weekend who will bring us lots of presents so it's all good!
Hope everyone has a lovely sat grin

Nic baby a is probably just building up your milk supply, the first two weeks are the hardest with bf then it does get easier, nipples definatly stop hurting after that time as they toughen up!
In terms of settling her, maybe try to get her to settle herself in the day so she gets used to it when your not knackered and can deal with the crying easier, I didn't but lots of people find swaddling helps too
If she's waking alot at night for food make sure you are waking her every three hrs in the day for food, it's tempting to let them sleep but if they have a long stint without food in the day they won't at night and will wake more then

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sat 29-Jun-13 16:55:44

kitten great news on the GTT test, celebrate with cake grin

lol re husband and nesting, if men get the nesting think too then mine seems to be immune sad. Nursery is still a junk room.

nic Amy sounds so cute. Kitty is right, she is probably just trying to set up a decent milk supply. Be warned though they often have a growth spurts until almost 3 months old. You may find she turns into a boob monster again. (After that breastfeeding is easy peasy).

I'm off out tonight, very rare for me. It's my brothers fiancées third hen do, this one is the northern arm and mothers are invited too so it should be less raucous than your typical hen do.

Yes when is right, I think the growth spurts are surposed to be 2-3 wks then 6 then 12, who knows for sure but you definatly find every few weeks or so the baby wants to be fed what feels like every hour, it doesn't last long but on the day your like you seriously can not be hungry again?!?shock

Enjoy your night out when grin I can't remember the last time I got drunk, seriously!! I don't think I've had a proper feel sick, can't remember session since having kids!

Kittenkatzen Sat 29-Jun-13 21:01:10

smile kitty - a foot finder would appear to be brightly coloured socks and wristbands with rattly/crinkly animals attached for the baby to grab at. Toys you can't drop in other words! Glad you're getting on ok - good luck with the potty training!

Amy sounds just lovely nic!

when have a fab evening!

MrsBri Sun 30-Jun-13 00:58:56

Thank you for the advice :-)

The midwife came today and Amy has lost 7% of her birth weight, which is fine. Just got to start gaining now.

I asked for breast feeding help and she corrected a couple of small latching issues, which has really helped. Though Amy never just has one side. Usually she has both sides twice before stopping!

The midwife also said that I should put something smelling of me in the Moses basket, so I've put a nightie in there tonight. I'll see how that goes shortly! :-)

Kitty, I'll try the daytime settling thing next week. Give her a chance to get used to it this week.

Hope you had a good night out When.

Lol, a bed nest is a cot which attaches to your bed so baby is right next to you, but not in with you. A co sleeping compromise kind of.

weechops Sun 30-Jun-13 08:22:51

Well that's us getting ready to jet off to sunny Majorca for 2 weeks smile Hope everyone keeps well and I will talk to you when I get home. Slightly excited eek!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 30-Jun-13 14:56:26

mrsbri that's great news on the weight loss, I completely forgot they lose weight in the first week till I read that blush

Night out was good I was only there got the first half of it. The other girls did very well and finished at 3am, I think it got a bit more raucous once the pregnant woman and everyone's mum left (seriously at the start of the night the average age of the hen party was 50).

BelissimaLol Tue 02-Jul-13 18:11:32

Hi girls
Very quiet down here!
Well had my 36 app today and mw was not sure if baby was breach or not so I had a presentation scan. Turns out she is not breach but is back to back so hopefully she will twist soon! Definitely a girl though which is good news. She also poked her tongue out during the scan which was adorable!
How's everyone else doing? Any news!?

Kittenkatzen Tue 02-Jul-13 18:44:26

I'm here! smile

Eek 36 weeks!! Hope littlelol turns for you soon....in my birthing class they recommend a move to help encourage b2b babies to turn. You get down on all fours, push your bum back to your heels and then sweep down, forward and up again - apparently the feeling of your spine against theirs can make them turn, plus the gravity factor of being on all does with your bump hanging down.

Nothing to report from me...did think baby was trying to make an early exit through my belly button last night though!

Adsum Thu 04-Jul-13 09:57:19

Hello?! Are any of you lot still around?! Or busy nesting!? grin

I had a scan this morning...

MrsBri Thu 04-Jul-13 10:48:28

How was it, Adsum? :-)

Adsum Thu 04-Jul-13 10:56:47

Hi Nic!
How are you doing? Hope the feeding is going well! The first few weeks really are exhausting aren't they?!

It was good - 7+2 with a little flickering heartbeat! I was a bit surprised as expecting the worst of course - just relieved now - today I am pregnant! shocksmile

Thingymajigs Thu 04-Jul-13 10:59:57

Yay! Great news adsum. smile
I had a scan at the same time as you. Not a lot to see is there? But well worth it to see that little heartbeat.

BelissimaLol Thu 04-Jul-13 12:57:39

Thats great news girls!!!! I found that first scan pretty amazing even though it was just a little baked beangrin
I had a scan too to check for breach. Good news baby is head down but is currently back to back which apparently makes labour harder confused
Also confirmed def a girl which is a massive relief since I've got so much pink stuff it's unreal!
I'll be full term on tue which is quite exciting.
Nic how's baby doing? Seen DH with the pram and its quite sweet x

MrsBri Thu 04-Jul-13 12:59:30

The feeding has taken over my life! I love watching her feed though. The sound of the gulping for the hind milk is awesome!

The lack of sleep isn't great, but she's worth it. :-)

It's a jelly bean more than a baby then, isn't it? Amazing that in 5 weeks it'll look like a proper, mini, baby!

MrsBri Thu 04-Jul-13 13:01:02

Baby is great, Lol. Love her so much and she's so funny / cute!

Great news on the scan. Are you really excited now?

BelissimaLol Thu 04-Jul-13 14:29:43

Yeah I'm excited now! Two more weeks at work after this one and then its just waiting for her to come!
When is DH back at work?

MrsBri Thu 04-Jul-13 14:43:17

We aren't sure. It could have been this week but the main contractor is being an arse. Maybe next week.

He's had patchy work the last few years. It's actually worked well for this time though!

Wow your working til quite late then lol! I had finished just after 35wks!
Great news on the scan adsum still want to call you fatas as Italy's me smile I'm so glad it's going well grin
It's great you've been able to carry on bf Nic, it's hard work but very rewarding, I cried the first time we have dd1 a bottle lol

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 04-Jul-13 15:13:34

ads great news on the scan, so pleased it all going well for you.

lol I can't believe you will be full term next week. I also can't believe you are working right up to your due date. I finish when I'm 34 weeks and it can't come too soon.

BelissimaLol Thu 04-Jul-13 17:43:32

Yeah I'll be working until I'm 38+3 out of choice really. Work near home and can take it easy if I need to. Then it means more time with baby. Today I had all my dates confirmed. Start mat leave on 22 July and back in work on 23 June so 11 months exactly. Including holidays i'll have 5 months on full pay and 6 on mat pay so hopefully it won't be as bad as I thought.
I like calling you fatas as well grin
How many weeks are you now when?
Yeah nic I'm excited now. Can't wait to see her!

fatasbutter Thu 04-Jul-13 18:17:18

Ah feck it! Back by popular demand! wink

Yes it was a relief a bit - still convinced it could be a disaster but trying to just enjoy today! Felt sick most of the day today (yay!). How many weeks are you thingy?

It's amazing to think everyone else is so far ahead now! And already popping! Soon you will have to move to a new Fred for grad mums!!

Thingymajigs Thu 04-Jul-13 18:39:27

I'm 9 weeks tomorrow going by my LMP but the scan put me back by 2 days. So either 8+6 or 8+4. Those two days seem to be of huge significance at this stage. grin
The sickness is a great sign fatas although I hope you don't get it too badly. Luckily I seem to have gotten away with a mild undercurrent of nausea when hungry but that's it. I'm now panicking that this means something is wrong but I won't know until the 12 week scan.
Aww bri, that is so sweet. I have such happy memories of my dc's feeding and watching their eyes close as they drift off. Can't wait to see that again.
I'm very impressed you are working for so long lol. Its great of you can so you get to spend more time with baby. I wimped out by 32 weeks in both pregnancies as it involves being on my feet all day.
Does anyone know if I need to take a urine sample to the booking appointment tomorrow? I got given some pots but it doesn't specify which appointments they are needed.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 04-Jul-13 19:28:12

Hello fatas I never did get used to adsum sickness is horrible but good smile

lol I'm 23 weeks, will be 24 on Sunday. I just wish time would go a little quicker, not enjoying work at the moment. A lot of what I do is planning 3-6 months ahead and I'm finding it hard to stay focused, also I really can't be arsed blush

thingy midwives have a bit if an obsession with urine. I think I took a sample everytime I had an appointment.

BelissimaLol Thu 04-Jul-13 20:00:17

Yay welcome back fatas grin
Don't worry about MS hun. I had none whatsoever. Have not puked once. And now have an active jumpy baby! I still freaked out over 12 week scan and I think that's the case whatever happens!
Time does go slowly though. I feel I have been pg my whole life! Think it only goes faster in this last few weeks!

RedRobin1 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:41:12

Yay fatas great news on the scan! So happy for you and liking the old name again.

nic lovely to read updates about Amy. Hope the sleepless nights are worth every moment with her.

Hello lol, when, kitten, kitty, thingy!

Sorry I have been awol... I have been suffering from horrendous ms but not enough to be classed as hg. I was able to keep liquids down but no food after 11weeks. Started getting nose bleeds and low blood pressure and finally got prescribed some strong anti sickness pills - just had my first meal without throwing up and it feels lovely. I envy people who have no nausea. Got quite depressed with it all.

On the plus side 13 weeks tomorrow and get to see baby at scan. DH is so excited and keeps feeling my tummy. I have started showing with a cute bump prodding out smile I forget the good bits with the ms taking over. Really can't believe it there's a baby in there!

Oh red, how horrible you've been plagued so badly with ms hmm I feel so sorry for anyone who has it like that, it's so depressing! I'm glad they've prescribed you meds now, lets hope it's on the turn for you and let us know how you get on tomorrow, so exciting!
Yeay fatas, I never did get used to adsum either wink

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 05-Jul-13 12:46:29

Poor you red hope the sickness subsides soon. Very exciting seeing the baby at 13 weeks.

I think I might have an ice cream now. Weather is amazing.

Thingymajigs Fri 05-Jul-13 14:31:59

How did the scan go red?
Sorry to hear that you felt so down. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to live like that for weeks on end.
It is lovely isn't it when. So glad the weekend is here.
Thanks for the info on the samples. Midwife was oddly happy that I had bought one with me. Now I wait for the scan date.

RedRobin1 Fri 05-Jul-13 15:11:33

The pills don't seem to be working today so will see if they can give me something stronger.

Saw baby today and it was so worth all the sickness just seeing my baby on the screen moving its arms and legs. I was instantly in love and just wanted to cry. It's so cute, can't stop staring at the scan pics. Lovely little thing smile

Thingymajigs Fri 05-Jul-13 17:19:40

Aww that's so sweet. smile Glad it went well. Did they date you about the same as you thought?

RedRobin1 Sat 06-Jul-13 13:39:36

They dated me even earlier...so due date is now 7th Jan.

MrsBri Sat 06-Jul-13 19:55:11

It's an amazing feeling, isn't it Red? There's nothing else on earth that can make you as excited and utterly petrified at once! :-)

RedRobin1 Sat 06-Jul-13 20:41:39

It is amazing nic still can't believe it the little baby is inside me and moving around. I could just sit and stare it all day if I had an ultrasound machine at home...lol I can't wait till 20w to see it again!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sat 06-Jul-13 21:47:24

red that sounds fantastic. It is amazing seeing them moving, you can't feel a thing but they are in there kicking away, it's so lovely.

RedRobin1 Sun 07-Jul-13 21:01:07

Is anyone else melting in this heat? Summer and heat waves are over rated! I am glad I will be heavily pregnant over winter. The heat isn't helping the nausea and sickness though. I am actually praying for rain to cool it all down wink

lol how are you doing? How many weeks are you now?

thingy how are your symptoms? Did you get a date for your 12w scan?

BelissimaLol Sun 07-Jul-13 21:53:27

Hi girls
Yes I am absolutely melting -- and I was born in one of the hottest countries in the world-- so I think it's the hormones!
Red ill be 37 on tue so I'm well excited now!
Great news on scan. It really is amazing!
How was everyone's weekend?
I had ante natal class followed by the most amazing baby shower. My friends spoiled me like I did not guess they ever would! Got a travel cot from my amazing best friend, a baby gym which I already have, door bouncer and so so many clothes its unreal!
Feel very blessed and happy today grin

Kittenkatzen Mon 08-Jul-13 07:26:13

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had lovely weekends in the sunshine? We went to the Cotswolds for what will most likely be our last child free break!

Good to have you back fatas - you just don't look like an adsum to me grin

red sorry to hear you've been so poorly, it sounds beyond crap. Hope the meds are working for you now though.

thingy I'm the same as lol and haven't puked once (famous last words...!) I worried loads too but hopefully you'll feel better after your scan and then come and join us in the "thanking our lucky stars to escape ms" corner!

Awww lol your baby shower sounds lovely, hope you had fun getting spoiled rotten!

fatasbutter Mon 08-Jul-13 11:02:14

Lol @ kitten - so I do look fatas then?!! winkgrin

Alexandra6 Mon 08-Jul-13 11:09:07

Hello all, I'm back from my hols now so back online. Had a lovely, lovely time in Spain - totally relaxed and chilled, went swimming, enjoyed meals now my aversions have really calmed down. Was so good for me to be off dr google! My only slight stress is I've had sharp pains in my right side coming and going since sat night, am hoping it's round ligament pain even though it's not related to movement - has anyone else had this? Have my 20 week scan tomorrow so will mention it then, excited about the scan.

Been scanning the thread for news, slight overload for my baby brain but nic congrats on baby Amy! We're considering that name too as one of our choices! Happy for those with the good early scans and lol your baby shower sounded great too. Will try and catch up on other news!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 08-Jul-13 13:35:15

lol baby shower sounds fantastic. Glad they spoilt you.

red I'm melting too. I don't do heat at the best of times and I just feel awful in this weather. If I'm on my feet too long I get hideous water retention and my ankles feel like lead weights.

kitten very envy about the Cotswolds, it's so pretty there.

alex glad you are feeling nice and chilled out, sorry about the pains, it's most likely round ligament pain.

Alexandra6 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:40:45

Thanks when how are you doing? You must be getting proper kicks now, you're 23/24 weeks right? I loved feeling some little movements on holiday!

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 08-Jul-13 13:52:42

Hi alex not doing too bad thanks. I'm 24 weeks, times going slow though. Been getting proper kicks for a week or two now. He's strong enough no to make the bump move, espec in the bath.

Really fed up at work, it always goes dead over the summer. Last year I took the whole of August off and it was bliss. I am working all through July and August. My work diary is empty which is very depressing, still 16 weeks will come round quicker than you think.

Thingymajigs Mon 08-Jul-13 14:48:47

lol, thats so sweet for your friends to throw you a shower. I hope it catches on more in the UK.
red, I haven't got a scan date yet. They request one at the 9 week mw appointment here so it takes a while to come through but hopefully by end of July. Have you felt any flutterings yet?
I am suitably jealous of your holidays to Spain and the Cotswalds kitten and alex. Hope you had a great time. Ours is next month in Cornwall with the kids and a weekend for just DP and I in Wales for our last childfree holiday.
when, I always think theres too big a gap between the 20 week scan to the birth. It just seems to drag.
I could win an award for the fastest appearing bump. blush 9+3 and my boss keeps mentioning my tummy. There's no way to take that inoffensively. I just hope it calms down or I'll look ridiculous by my third trimester.

RedRobin1 Mon 08-Jul-13 15:55:45

So envious envy of everyone planning holidays. DH and I will have a weekend away before December as our last child free holiday.

I got really excited yesterday and started making lists like a crazy pregnant woman..but I proudly admire my lists now which are split into baby things, newborn stuff, things that I will need and all that nesting sort of stuff.

DH and I will go pram browsing one weekend too. Can I ask what week in your pregnancy did you start buying stuff? At 14weeks is it too early to be shopping for a pram?

when must lovely to be feeling the kicks and strong ones too.

thingy no flutterings yet. And I had a round tummy at 9 weeks too but more from the bloating than anything. Blimey! You are 9w already? Times gone fast.

Kittenkatzen Mon 08-Jul-13 18:46:19

Argh blush sorry fatas that's not what I meant!! <removes foot from gob>

when boredom is so frustrating isn't it?! And I guess there's only so much shopping for cute baby stuff a girl can do...hope it picks up for you at some point soon

thingy shock at your boss - have you told work already or is it just rudeness?!

red we bought our pushchair, car seat and Moses basket at, erm, 7wks! In our defence it was the January sales and the hormones/excitement latched on to the bargain hunters in us and I just kind of happened!

I've also caught the list writing bug - I have lists of "things still to get", "things to go in labour bag", "things to go in post labour bag", "things to go in baby's bag" and "things already bought". That last one includes details of all the baby clothes sorted by type (sleepsuit, vest, short sleeve etc.), size and how many of each we have.

I think I need to get out more blush

Thingymajigs Mon 08-Jul-13 19:04:54

Oh I told her early on because I had dizzy spells and she had me doing all the heavy lifting. Such a strange thing to say though. I've become very self conscious now. I'm a healthy bmi and can't eat much atm due to bloating but my tummy keeps expanding. confused

Lol at looking like a fatas grin I know what she means though lol
Alex glad to hear you had a great Holliday and your 20wk scan is tomorrow!! How exciting, did you have your second opinion scan before you went away for your cervix or did you leave it?
Red I think I shoped from the beginning in the sence of looking but waited till I paid and ordered till around 20wks but if you see a good bargin that's a different matter
I'm enjoying the weather in the day as lots of playing In the garden but nights are never nice in the heat are they, I'm always a snuggle up under the douvet kind of girl!
Kitten very envy of holl's, I'm never going to get another child free till I'm old sad

Alexandra6 Mon 08-Jul-13 21:18:11

I did kitty, and he said it looked near enough normal on that scan!! Feeling excited about tomorrow, and just a teensy bit nervous. How are you doing? Can't believe I've just had my last child free holiday - we got lots of sleep while we can, loved the dark shutters in the villa!

red I'm 20 weeks and have only bought a cute stuffed monkey toy so far, not very practical! I'm planning to do all my shopping at around 28/30 weeks but lots of people start earlier.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 08-Jul-13 21:23:35

I don't think I will be doing any shopping. My cousin has just lent me two enormous bags of baby clothes (for a boy, we have loads of girl stuff).

The alarming thing is that's just the 3 to 6 month stuff. I'm not kidding its enough even if I were having triplets. Lord only knows where I'm going to store it all till the nursery is finished.

When I have enough 3-6 month stuff to dress a whole grade at nursery confused it's really an unnatural amount to have acumalated!
Alex glad the second opinion tallied with the first, it's always worth checking it out for peace of mind

BelissimaLol Mon 08-Jul-13 22:37:35

How exciting Alex to have your scan! Will you find out the sex?
I was also given an absolute huge amount of stuff from mainly two friends who have little girls. Think my baby has more dresses than all of us put together!
Think I started buying at around 22 weeks and have not stopped ever since!
Today I've been off work so spent whole day nesting tidying up and sorting out baby gros and hospital bag. I must have about 20 newborn and 30 0-3 months!!! But not as many on bigger sizes.
Quick and silly question! At what age do babies notice bath toys! I've been given a huge bagful and need to decide whether to put it away in loft or not!

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 07:43:55

Can I ask you ladies for some name opinions please? Thought I'd test it out somewhere friendly rather than throw myself on the flames of the baby names board!!

So DH and I have agreed on a girls name, which we're keeping to ourselves as we don't want to be put off it....boys names,however, have been SO much harder! We have decided on Thomas as a middle name (family name)...but do you think we could use Marcus with it? Or is Marcus Thomas too rhymey?

We're nowhere near set on Marcus so I won't be offended by anyone saying don't do it - it's just the best we've managed to agree on so far!

Meanwhile I'm still trying to talk DH round to Milo, which I love, but he's not keen...

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 07:45:14

Oh, forgot to say good luck for your scan today alex, can't believe you're 20wks already!! smile

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 09-Jul-13 07:59:42

I like Marcus Thomas, wouldn't say it's too rhymey seriously considering pinching Marcus off you

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 08:19:56

grin when I'm happy to share!

Alexandra6 Tue 09-Jul-13 09:45:54

Thanks for the good luck! Just had it and all looked good except the head was measuring up small on the chart, so they need to get me back at 24/25 weeks to check again. She didn't seem too concerned (unless she was being nice!) but of course I'm a bit worried! She said the brain looked good and everything else and the baby was drinking which was so cute. Was anyone else told their sizes were below average for anything? Mine is ironic as DH and I both had huge heads as babies!

I like Marcus Thomas, lovely name!

I wasn't told anything was small but the measurements on my notes were small on some and big on others, from what I've gathered off other girls who have had extra scans its always been fine and there is alot of room for error I know of them giving weigh estimates that were 2lb off!
I really like Marcus too it's not something you hear often but not too unusual, milo is cute aswell mind but I found if dh doesn't agree you rarely get to change their minds, I loved cleo for dd2 and dh was having non if it hmm

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 10:25:40

Thanks girls, Marcus can stay on the maybe list then smile. kitty I love the name Cleo but gave it to my cat...kind of regretting that now!!

alex as per kitty some of my measurements are on the smaller end of the little chart they put in my notes but nothing was said. In fact the only comment they did make was that my baby had a "fat little tummy"! I'm sure all is well and you're getting a lovely bonus scan to boot smile

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 09-Jul-13 11:42:51

I wouldn't worry too much alex. The scans aren't always brilliant at guessing size and some people just have small heads. My family all have small heads, makes hat buying tricky.

Thingymajigs Tue 09-Jul-13 14:25:32

Marcus is a great name. smile Not overused either. I'm not too bothered about having an unusual name but ds2 is one of 4 in his class so it'd be nice to avoid that this time. For boys we like Arlo, Dexter, Benedict, Caspar (DP is yet to be convinced) or Zachary (but Dp's friends baby is called that so he has vetoed it.) As I have two boys I doubt we'll have a girl but I like Lucia, Penelope, Naomi, Eliza or Beatrix.

Thingymajigs Tue 09-Jul-13 14:27:19

Oh I love Cleo too. Its on our name list which is quite extensive at this stage.

RedRobin1 Tue 09-Jul-13 15:20:22

I love Marcus - it's such a fab name.
Thingy I have Naomi on my list too smile

Does anyone have any views on Natasha? DH and I love it and the only one we've agreed on but is it quite old fashioned?

alex don't worry about small wad measurements - from what little I know I think babies grow at different rates and speeds after 12w so it will be fine.

We've decided to wait till 20w to shop for baby things. The list stuff is getting obsessive kitten know where you are coming from with all them lists!!!

Alexandra6 Tue 09-Jul-13 16:00:17

Ooh I'm loving this name chat! The cat comment made me laugh earlier - I took a week and a half choosing our cat's name so you can imagine how indecisive I'm feeling about our baby's name! I also like our cat's name and kind of wish I'd kept it as a baby option, although it's Cassie which reminds me a bit of Rodney's wife in Only Fool's and Horses!

Anyway I love Natasha, very pretty name - it's my little stepsister's middle name and she wishes it was her first name!

We have chosen our boy's name and we're debating the middle name and whether to use my dad's name, Bradley, for the middle name. What do you think of Bradley as a middle name, can't remember if I've asked before?

Girl's names we like are: Isabella/Isobella, Sophia, Amy, Lauren and Chloe. What do you think of those?

RedRobin1 Tue 09-Jul-13 16:30:27

alex in order of preference


I am struggling with boys names - just can't think of any we like. I love James but DH prefers Jamie.

I love Bradley - it rolls off he tongue nicely and sounds really good.

Red, Jamie was my boys name, it's a name not used really now but I think it's lovely and I like Jamie Oliver lol
Also like Benjamin
I think Bradley is nice particulally if its got a family link too
From the girls I like Lauren the best aswell ( it's my sis name) but its not so popular now, I like all the names on the list but if in honest wouldn't go anywhere near Isabel, Isabella, bella or any derivative purely because its so popular. When I looked at the top 100 girls names last year I think there was 2 versions in the top 5 and I know lots of people who have used it, it's the whole twilight thing isn't it, that's not to say its not a really pretty name though its just whether you want your dd to be 1 of 5 others in the class iyswim, it was the same with the name Harry, that's one of my favs but the same for popularity

Alex I really like cassie to lol, I'd never have thought of it but now you've written it I'm like that's a lovely name and I've never heard of one ( you definatly shouldn't have given if to the cat) lol I'm lucky I only believe in pet names if you get me so my 3 are Pepsi, dolly and tinky I'd never want to use those although Chantelle did lol

Oh and really like Natasha too, we talked about that and also Natalie I preferred Natalie but only because I liked the shortened version Tilly thought it was abit prettier sounding then tash but there wasn't much in it

Alexandra6 Tue 09-Jul-13 17:00:32

Damn our bloody cat ;) Should have thought this through wink I would LOVE to give my mum's name to our baby as a middle name if it's a girl but I absolutely HATE her name (won't say it in case anyone is considering it but it's not a popular name these days anyway). It's a shame as would have loved to have done that for her!

Yes I love James and Jamie, great names. I also wanted Benjamin as an option, but DH didn't like someone in school called Ben so vetoed it! I really like Lauren too, it's funny as I never had it as front runner until recently so have surprised myself with that one.

I think Chloe is DH's fave out of our girl's names. I don't know any Chloe's funnily enough.

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 17:53:19

Another vote for Lauren and Naomi here! Also love Isabella, and esp the nn Bella but ignoring the Twilight link that's my other cat's name. Doh!!

Agree Bradley works really well as a middle name - particularly as it won't get shortened to Brad which isn't as nice imo.

Natasha I'm in two minds about - you know it'll get shortened somehow, and I'm really not a fan of Nat (especially with the glottal stop you hear round my way!) so it would depend if you force it to be Tash/Tasha instead! Lovely name generally though, I don't think it's old fashioned.

alex we came to an agreement on the family naming front - if it's a boy he'll have my dads middle name as his middle name, and a girl will have mil's middle name as her middle name smile

Kittenkatzen Tue 09-Jul-13 17:53:29

Another vote for Lauren and Naomi here! Also love Isabella, and esp the nn Bella but ignoring the Twilight link that's my other cat's name. Doh!!

Agree Bradley works really well as a middle name - particularly as it won't get shortened to Brad which isn't as nice imo.

Natasha I'm in two minds about - you know it'll get shortened somehow, and I'm really not a fan of Nat (especially with the glottal stop you hear round my way!) so it would depend if you force it to be Tash/Tasha instead! Lovely name generally though, I don't think it's old fashioned.

alex we came to an agreement on the family naming front - if it's a boy he'll have my dads middle name as his middle name, and a girl will have mil's middle name as her middle name smile

BelissimaLol Tue 09-Jul-13 18:02:47

I love Natasha and Lauren. I love Lara too. And Isabella. What about a more exotic Gabriella??? I love that name!
I never thought much about boys names as we waited until the scan to start arguing!!! But I like Louis, Antonio, and other exotic sounding ones!
On other news I'm full term today. 37 weeks. Eek.

Chloe is gorgeous aswell!
My dh also vetoed Benjamin as he said they called the Benjamin he knew benjaminge! Very mature I know lol

Agree with kitten on the nat part tash much nicer!
My friends little boy is called Luca, I really like that too also Finlay!
We are a bunch of cat lovers arnt we

Alexandra6 Tue 09-Jul-13 18:21:36

Oh my god I'm lying in my garden after work and my baby is kicking and I can feel it on the outside for the first time!!! It's amazing! Can't take my hand off my belly! I even saw it move. Awww grin you can tell it's my first baby by my ridiculous excitement although not sure I could ever get bored of this!

Benjaminge grin

Hang on lol I thought 40 weeks was full term?! What's this about 37 weeks? What does full term mean? Congrats and eek good luck, not long now!

RedRobin1 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:30:44

Awwww alex that sounds so lovely. I can't wait to get to that stage where I can feel kicks. Very envy and excited for you.

Haha we had the same debate about nicknames being Nat or Tash and we love Tash and Tasha.

Alex you never get tired of it grin

Oh and yes full term is 37wks and onwards so if baby is born after 37they are classed as full term not a prem

Kittenkatzen Wed 10-Jul-13 06:27:12

One of the September ladies posted a link to this on fb yesterday, thought you girls might like it too - I think it's bloody brilliant grin


Thingymajigs Thu 11-Jul-13 06:32:19

Great video. smile I remember a 19ish woman shouting at a breastfeeding mother in a cafe for being "disgusting" and "putting her off her meal". I always wonder if she grew up to regret that or is still anti-BF.
lol, I love Gabriella. Although I dislike Gabby. I also love Peter but not Pete. And Penelope but not Penny. It's a shame that the nicknames tend to put me off. Oh, also on my name lists are Willow, Mary (although this is the bookies favourite for the Royal baby). Boys- Charlie and George.
How is everyone coping in this heat? I'm very glad I'm having a winter baby this time. With ds2 we had a heatwave up to 33ºc a week before he was due. I spent a lot of time crunching ice and not moving.

Kittenkatzen Thu 11-Jul-13 07:38:28

Is Mary the bookies fave for the royal baby then? My money's on Alexandra smile

Kittenkatzen Thu 11-Jul-13 07:41:15

Hit send too soon...

Agree the nicknames can make things difficult - I love Patrick but Pat/Paddy sound awful to me and Patch is cute but doesn't work much past age 5 or so!

Willow is lovely though and hard to ruin with a nickname smile

Thingymajigs Thu 11-Jul-13 07:46:24

Well I heard that on a mumsnet thread so its possibly not true. I love Alexandra. But a definite no for me as I already have an Alexander.
Patrick is a great name. I've never met a dislikable Patrick either.

Alexandra6 Thu 11-Jul-13 10:14:38

Funnily enough Alexandra isn't my real name (just mumsnet name) as when I was ttc, I wanted to call a girl Alexandra if we had one so that's why I chose the name! I do still really like it but they would always be Alex, which I do really like but prefer the longer version. It's so true you have to think of the nickname as that's what will be used every day! Although my stepsister is Charlotte, and everyone is calling her Charlotte rather than lottie or Charlie, that could change though. I really like Charlotte and Mia but both are used already by close family!

I was trying to explain to DH you have to like the nickname and he said it was fine as you can just say people have to call them by the full name - but I was trying to explain it just doesn't work like that, 9 times out of 10 you'll end up with the nickname over the years!

Willow is lovely but doesn't work with our surname, like it though.

I am hoping the royal baby doesn't get any of my shortlist names especially the boy's name as we only have one front runner!

Well I'm hoping its not Alexandria as that what I've just called my dd blush
So funny the names come up as I picked it because that's what my parents almost picked for me and I always wished they had, I'd not heard anyone use it recently so thought it was a good choice, if the royal baby gets it I'm doomed!!!! We use Ali for short, will likely be Alex later but as she looks abit boyish anyway I didn't want people thinking she's a boy lol
I like lexi aswell but friend has a dd called that!
I'm the same about Gabrielle, love that hate gabby! You do have to think about the nn!

fatasbutter Thu 11-Jul-13 21:11:24

Hello all. Just thought I'd pop my head in and let you know I'm still alive but feeling dreadful! That is all.

Apart from yay! I'm feeling dreadful smile

resipsa Thu 11-Jul-13 21:14:36

DD's middle name is Lauren grin

Alexandra6 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:46:54

Poor you fatas it usually does get better! I felt rough early days but now feel back to normal from around 17/18 weeks (two weeks ago).

Can I ask a question? Is anyone else worried about how the baby will affect them work wise/financially? Lately I seem to think about money a lot, and how I've only got three months to save for my mat leave/baby and the fact I'm not sure my job pays enough to justify going back to work unless they can be flexible (I'm a bit worried the agency might close next year as well or at least downsize). I'm very lucky DH has a great job but I'm aware that could change anytime, keep telling myself he's really employable, but it doesn't stop me worrying! Then I get annoyed at myself as I want my baby sooo much and can't wait for it to be here and I tell myself off for stressing about work/money situations which haven't even happened yet! Does anyone else ever feel like this?

RedRobin1 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:47:56

fatas yay! How far along are you now?

lol is it time yet?

<waves hello to res>

RedRobin1 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:48:25

Hi res

RedRobin1 Thu 11-Jul-13 21:54:15

fatas sorry you're feeling dreadful. I can't say it will get better as I am 14w but still chucking up. But praying and wishing frantically the sickness will go away soon.

I'm on anti sickness meds and only just started feeling a bit human this week after taking them.

Alex I think anxiety is natural with everything in pregnancy, I worry about money and cutting back but found we did mange fine last time, I think you naturally are more careful and you have the time while off to shop around etc
Do t worry about your job til after the baby and your in the swing of it, I think itl be more clear what you want to do
Fatas sorry your feeling blurr but hopefully itl pass soon, did you get it with ds?

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Fri 12-Jul-13 11:19:51

Hi res Lauren is a lovely name. Hope you are well.

fatas sorry you are not feeling too good. I'm feeling a bit shit too, it's this bloody weather, I'm not good with heat at the best of times my ankles seem to have merged permantly with with calves.
Some of my friends have just started Ramadan this week, goodness knows how they are going to cope.

alex financial worries are a bit of a nightmare. I've been really lucky with dd. My mum and aunt have done most of the childcare which has saved us a fortune.
They also look after my grandparents which is a lot of strain on them (my grandparents have a large unpleasant streak running through them and it really gets to my mum). And I'm not sure if they can cope with looking after the new baby once I go back to work.

I keep offering to put dd in nursery for longer but they are insisting they want to look after her.

Hi everyone

Been AWOL for a week or so, busy finishing up work (woo hoo maternity leave!!), getting things ready for new arrival (argh new car seat! Argh second seat needed for buggy!) and weathering extreme heat at 35 weeks pg. Only 2 more mw appts to go, one at 37 weeks and one at 39 weeks when I can have a sweep woo hoo!!!

Away to catch up with what everyone has been up to now x

Love all the name chat on here!!!

alex - I was a postgrad student when DS was born and I decided to work part time after he was born, not starting til he was 11 months. Last 2 years I have been part time but I'm thinking of not going back to work after this one. The time goes so fast that I just want to enjoy it with my DSs. We will be broke for a couple of years though but hoping what we will save on child care and only needing one car will really help. Money stress and anxiety is completely normal tho, def not just you!!

lol - DS was back to back, he turned himself finally during labour and was born the right way up. Back pain during labour was not great fun but he did arrive naturally...eventually! Hope baby turns for you smile

nic - glad feeding is going better x

And ps) red - I was on the meds too but sickness did eventually start clearing up at 16 weeks. Still comes back if I get too tired or hot. It's a pain! Hope you and fatas feel better soon

RedRobin1 Fri 12-Jul-13 18:13:43

Thanks little part of me wishes I had gone for the meds sooner. Feels like such a relief to not vomit everything.

I thought you were offered a sweep if you go overdue. Just wondering - is it better to have them done earlier?

BelissimaLol Sat 13-Jul-13 12:51:34

Hi ladies
Enjoying my last Saturday at work which is actually quite lovely as our air con is great!!!!
Had an area party last night and my boss gave me flowers and vouchers which made me quite emotional. She is lovely and really helped me when I had the miscarriage.
Next week is my last week and I'm feeling quite sad. Odd I know but I love my team and will miss them even though I'll off course love being with baby!
Loving the name chat. I've chosen mine already grin
Glad sickness is better red!
Thanks for the little. Lets hope she will turn. I'm trying and failing not to worry too much!

red - At hospital I went to for DS everyone had an appt on their due date to see registrar and if you hadn't had the baby they offered you a sweep and/or booked you in for induction 10-14 days later. I had a sweep at 39+6 and started long labour the next day and finally went on to have DS at 40+2. If it's your first baby a sweep (apparently) doesn't usually work until full term because you need to be at least a little bit dilated for it to have any effect. For subsequent babies though apparently they can give you a sweep from 37 weeks on so the hospital I'm at this time offer them to anyone fairly low risk at 39 weeks if they want them. No guarantee it will have any effect tho unfortunately! This baby seems likely to be around 9lbs and SPD is killing me so sooner rather than later would suit me fine!!!

lol - In a way it is easier to encourage a baby which is breech to turn than one that is back to back but there is a good article over here about why having a back to back baby isn't such a bad thing smile midwifethinking.com/2010/08/13/in-celebration-of-the-op-baby/

36+1 today and feeling significantly further along!

RedRobin1 Sat 13-Jul-13 17:54:25

ah! That makes sense little I am sure by the time I get to full term I'd be wanting this baby out by any means necessary!

Hope you and lol are staying in in this heat!

I went out for 2 hours and felt so nauseous inspite of drinking plenty of water when out and about. I can't wait for it to cool down slightly. I don't cope very well in the heat even before pregnancy.

lol sounds like a lovely finish to work before you go on maternity. Excited for you as you get to meet your little one soon smile

BelissimaLol Sat 13-Jul-13 18:06:21

Yeah I have one more week left. Last managers meeting on wed and then dinner with my team on Friday. Don't think I'll do that much work this weekgrin!
After my endless nesting I think I'm finally ready for her to come. Everything is tidy and washed. Only thing missing is baby!
Oh got a lovely present from my aunt who is thousands of miles away today! Bedding, towel and some lovely cloths. She chose a white one with some little pink crowns and said as far as she's concerned that's the real royal baby. Very cute!

resipsa Sat 13-Jul-13 23:26:02

Oh lol you sound so...bloody happy. Wishing you a trouble free birth! Enjoy it all. They are priceless (just had 2 weeks off with DD and back to work on Mon so feeling all sentimental).

BelissimaLol Sun 14-Jul-13 12:29:38

Thanks res. I'm full of emotions this week!
Had a date with DH last night and we went for a lovely Italian meal. The man has mellowed!!!
How's everyone and the heat!? I was born in a tropical country and can prob handle it better than most people but last night I struggled! Ended up with a cold towel over my bump then slept blissfully!

RedRobin1 Sun 14-Jul-13 14:46:22

It's hot hot hot! lol cold towel is a good idea! We've drawn curtains and blinds everywhere in the house. We get a lot of sunlight in the living room and bedroom which is nice in winter but unbearable in this heat. Things are much cooler now in the whole house.

Going to go for a drive with DH now. Pushchair browsing. Could I ask what pushchair everyone on this thread has? We have our hearts set on the stokke xplory.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 14-Jul-13 15:45:37

lol cold towel on bump is a great idea, I may pinch it for later on in the summer.

Heat is getting to me, my ankles are hugely swollen and I'm not sure if this is related or not but I have had diarrhoea for 7 days straight. Not sure if I should go to GP about it or not.

Thingymajigs Sun 14-Jul-13 15:48:02

I have seen some amazing looking Stokkes. smile They are out of our price range though especially as this is our last child. The Uppababy Vista has great reviews on here and I like the Bugaboos too. Ours will have to be able to cope with long walks everyday and face both ways with a decent shopping basket without being massive. Tricky pushchair to find.
Have a realistic think about how you will use it day to day because there will always need to be some sort of compromise. Oh and also see if its as useful for an older baby/toddler rather than just for a newborn. Good luck with the search.
Not long to go now lol. I'm getting excited for you.

BelissimaLol Sun 14-Jul-13 15:55:16

We were lucky to be given a bugaboo chameleon (I think) from our close friends! It has the carry cot as well as the chair for when she's older. And it also attaches the car seat which is great. It has front and rear facing too. I know they are massively expensive though and not sure if I would have invested the money on it, but am willing to give it a try for free grin
My friend loves it and said its the best thing she had. Lets see!
Yeah def go for cold towel. I almost want one now!!!!

When I think I would if its persisted for 7 says, make sure you stay well hydrated, I bet a cold towel would be nice on swollen ankles although have to admit I'm a sun worshiper so love it! I am not carrying around another person though
I have the icandy peach, I love it, looks good, really easy to manoeuvre front and real facing plus the car seat etc etc, what really swayed it for me though was I knew I wanted another child and close in age and it can be adapted into a two so you buy it as a single but if you need to add to it there is an adapter you buy and another seat and it becomes a twin buggy with whatever mix you want, carrycot and chair, car seat and chair, 2 chairs etc etc plus it stays a single width, I hate wide double buggys so think about your needs when buying aswell,

lol - Awww it's all happening now!! I have just a bit more cleaning to do and then like you...all ready grin V hard to keep house nice with toddler running round wrecking it but at least nursery is pristine!

red - when we were in Greece with DS in 2011 everyone seemed to have a Stokke! they look v cool smile We started off with a Maclaren XLR which I loved cos it was so handy for getting in nd out of the v narrow hall of house we lived in then, in nd out of shops, on and off bus etc. Have Britax B Dual now tho and also really like it, suspect I'm just easy pleased tho! Hope your initial pushchair hunt went well

Not so hot today ladies! Have had lovely long weekend with DH off to help out with DS and have done loads of fun stuff, jobs round the house & napped a bit! friends having a bday party for their 2 yo DD later so may make an appearance at that tho all of a sudden bump is huge and no clothes fit so tempted to just lie on sofa covered in old towels!!

Kittenkatzen Mon 15-Jul-13 07:47:16

Morning, hope everyone's had a lovely weekend?. Bit of a mixed one for me unfortunately - we did a baby first aid course and went to see the mw led birthing unit, both of which were fab (and the birthing unit are happy to take me if all stays well, yay). But I also found out that my dad has cancer sadsad. Everyone's known for a while it seems but hadn't want to worry me...but he'll be having an op at some point before the baby comes so decided it was time I knew. Apparently the consultant is confident that its been caught early which is good, but obviously I can't switch off the worrying.

Onto cheerier things....lol sounds like you've got a lovely last week planned, hope you enjoy it all!

red I loved loved loved the Stokke Xplory but our budget couldn't stretch sadly...we've gone for the mamas & papas Mylo instead (in lime green grin)

when sorry you're feeling poorly, must be horrible in this heat. If its been 7 days I'd say it's definitely worth a trip to the docs. Hope you're staying hydrated.

Oh kitten thanksthanksthanksthanks how worrying for you, I hope everything goes well

Thingymajigs Mon 15-Jul-13 08:30:59

oh kitten, that must be so worrying. I hope everything goes well. The consultant sounds positive so I hope that offers a bit of comfort. thanks

Thingymajigs Mon 15-Jul-13 08:34:25

little I like the Britax range as well. especially the b-smart and b-agile. There's so much choice though its bewildering. I hope to get one second hand quite easily as I work in a second hand baby shop and DP has lots of friends who had babies a year ago.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 15-Jul-13 08:56:41

kitten thanks your poor dad. Hope the consultant is right about catching it early.

Off to the doctors this morning, not really sure what they are going to do for me but at least I'll get checked out.

BelissimaLol Mon 15-Jul-13 11:14:49

Oh kitten. I'm praying for your dad. If they caught early its positive!
Have 38 week check with my crap mw today. Feel so hot! Slept naked and must have looked like a beached whale! confused

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Mon 15-Jul-13 14:21:54

I'm sure you looked fine lol in this heat, who cares anyway.

My cousin just asked me to be godparent to her little boy. The christening is on 27th Oct. My due date is 27th Oct grin. You only have a 5% chance of giving birth on your due date so I think I'll be fine.

RedRobin1 Mon 15-Jul-13 15:37:27

oh no kitten such worrying news about your dad. I found out my mum had cancer earlier this year and know how heart breaking such news is. But like your dad she too was early stage so is recovering well post op now and her reports have come back clear. Fingers crossed, all will be well with your dad in the end. It's good to have caught it early flowers

lol haha i am imagining a naked pregnant lady in my head, I am sure you looked fine.

when ooooo its on your due date. will keep my fx for you to be a day late! or else you'll be rushing through the ceremony grin we have my nephew's first birthday party on my due date... so I guess I'll be hoping to give birth a day later and not in front of an audience!!

PS. cold showers are sooooo refreshing in this heat. I just went out for a quick 5min walk to the shops and now feeling nauseous. This weather has got to change.... Please let it be a tad cooler!!!

Thanks girls for your pushchair choices..we are def going to check out the Britax and Uppababy ones. You are right....there's just so much choice. I think the decider will be what fits in my car boot and what's easier for me to fold and lift into the boot. I have zero upper body strength blush and a bad back so can't be doing with heavy lifting.

BelissimaLol Mon 15-Jul-13 18:37:44

And the sexy images will continue!
Baby is back to back so I was told by mw today that I should spend time on all fours with birth ball for support to see if she turns. Called DH to let him know and all he said was "wow. Sexy. "grin

Kittenkatzen Mon 15-Jul-13 18:45:18

Famous last words when! grin

lol loving the mental image of you draped over a birthing ball for the whole evening! Fx the little madam turns for you.

Oh and you're not alone in stripping off to sleep - I've been sleeping in just pants and a sleep bra for weeks now...would take them off too if I could but our cats tend to get up on the be in the night too and it freaks me out slightly!

Thanks for all the kind messages about my dad, appreciate the support thanks. Trying to focus on the positives of catching it early for now.

weechops Mon 15-Jul-13 19:02:14

Hi everyone we are back home finally smile Had a fantastic holiday, and even got a bit of a tan for a change smile

kitten you must be so worried about your dad. Definitely a positive thing that it was caught early though.

We have my 20 week scan to go to on Friday. So excited to see the bean again, and hopefully find out boy or girl smile

RedRobin1 Mon 15-Jul-13 19:45:14

Teeeheeehee lol get down on your fours you saucy minx! I don't know why I am laughing because this will be me in 5months time! Eeek

RedRobin1 Mon 15-Jul-13 19:46:15

Welcome back wee and good luck for your 20w scan on Friday x

Oh a sexing scan, exciting!!!
An I the only one who always sleeps naked?! Apart from knicks ofcourse, because that would be wrong! I walk about like that all the time I'm sure dozens of the neighbours have seen meblush

kitten - oh so sorry to hear about your dad sad I'm sure if the consultant is being positive about it being caught early that all will be well, but v stressful for you all right now. Hopefully his new grandchild arriving will keep your dad's mind off things as well

wee - glad you had a lovely holiday!

thingy (& red) - fx for you! I think Maclaren and Britax are just two good, reliable, well tested ranges that have been around for so long and are so widely used that you can't go far wrong with them, tho other brands will have much fancier add on features. But if what you want is safe, reliable, durable and within budget those two are the ones that get my money!

lol - I used birth ball loads with DS to get him to move from breech into transverse and finally the right way round tho of course he stayed back to back!! Trying to use it again this time but DS's fav hobby is to shout LAUNCH and roll it at me, DH or innocent bystanders like a boulder! I'm wearing staniy leopard print maternity leggings over my HUGE bump today and i've been sleeping in just a vest and undies for last couple of weeks. I'm not even going to lie to myself that there is any way this can be construed as sexy!!

A woman stopped me in Tesco to ask how far overdue I was lol Still 3.5 flipping weeks to go til EDD. I am massive but bump is really low now so I look pretty crazy grin Tesco online deliveries only now!!

RedRobin1 Tue 16-Jul-13 09:48:53

eeeek little only 3.5 weeks! how exciting... I am envious of all of you in the last trimesters as it starts to feel so close to meeting your little ones.

My sickness has <frantically searches for wood to touch> calmed down <touches coffee table wood several times> and I am thinking I might finally get to enjoy this pregnancy that I have waited for almost a year.

Other mindless chit chat - I dreamt last night that I gave birth to the cutest little baby boy and my sister was cutting the umbilical cord. How bizarre!

Also I have been sleeping in DH's cotton boxers - so comfy and just a slutty vest top - bought some loungers from homebase yesterday and it was so good to sit in the garden and enjoy the breeze.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 16-Jul-13 10:24:29

red glad the sickness is getting better, I want to be further along too, can't wait to get this pregnancy over with.

wee sounds like a great holiday, so exciting to have another scan, fx he or she behaves well for it (mine was in completely the wrong position and it took ages).

I still have diarrhoea and have to drop off samples of poo for three days in a row. Major pain in the arse, I work from home but go out visiting customers, so this is kind of doable and I can still work and drop the samples off. Am out with the boss tomorrow though which I am really not looking forward to.

red - so glad you are starting to feel better! Take it easy and keep a back up supply of anti nausea meds tho cos severe early pg sickness can come and go, even months after I was feeling better this time round and with DS I could over do it or get overheated and then pukeapalooza!! As long as your prepared for the occasional relapse tho it's not so bad. Hope you get to have a fab second tri now smile Jealous of your new loungers!

when - so sorry you are still suffering and at work too! Hope it clears up soon and won't be anything too serious. hope you can keep your fluids up in the heat

So glad to be off work, I thought I was beginning to hit the wall a couple of weeks ago but this weekend I really did hit the exhaustion stage on Sun night and now I am just lying here watching DS do imaginative play with his cars and garage, no motivation to finish unloading dishwasher zzzzzz

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Tue 16-Jul-13 13:15: