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Due in July 2013 - newborns to the left of me, big bumps to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you babe!

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SlouchingPanda Fri 12-Jul-13 19:01:27

Hello shiny new thread!

Arking my place on the new thread. Thanks, Slouching. I hope we'll be filling this one with the new arrivals very quickly.......

dinkystinky Fri 12-Jul-13 19:07:28

<does pelvic floor exercises to mark her place>

SlouchingPanda Fri 12-Jul-13 19:08:08

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
QuinandThem - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Thinkingof4- DC4 -2nd July
Persuasion - DC1 - 3rd July
esme80 - 3rd july
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
MrsMillions - DC1 - 11th July
Cheekbyjowl - DC1 - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
Hai1988 - 12th July - DC2 - Girl!
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Evelynj - 15th July
Guavasforbreakfast - DC1 - 16th July
MiniPenguinMaker - DC1 - 17th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
MummyKanny - 18th July
Andrea75 - DC3 - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Orangebubbles - DC2 - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS (name to follow), born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - ?
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13

pocopearl Fri 12-Jul-13 19:12:09

Hello all marking my place on the new thread with some good news... had my scan and everything is within normal limits, top end but ok. sadly though i think its time to pack away the tiny baby stuff

dinkystinky Fri 12-Jul-13 19:15:14

Glad all was ok with the scan Pocopearl - must be a relief. I've never had a tiny baby, only relatively chunky ones but I've found my chunky babies to be pretty robust, which is always abit of a relief.

Abzs Fri 12-Jul-13 19:36:03

I think I may need some of dinky's cabbage leaves. I am wondering if last nights feeding issues might be related to having spent today with mahoosive engorgement. Also thinking vinegar is right about the thirst/foremilk: hot = thirsty = little and often.

Should be napping while he is, but he has timed it perfectly for the Tour highlights...

Pocopearl so glad the scan went ok, one less thing to worry about.
Dinky you seem to be doing really well, glad everything ok and cabbage has come into it's own.
Thinking cant believe your parents cant be forced into a bit of hard work( my dh's dad and step mil can be a bit like that but v cheery with it.- we've just put them off from visiting this weekend- nearly killed dh to tell them but i really couldn't cope with them sitting round drinking wine and being their when i am feeling ultra stressed.
Slouching hope the show is quickly followed up by more signs
Abz- you made me laugh re garden furniture, maybe i'll feel properly grown up when we get chairs for the garden- how's the building work over the road, hope it's not waking the baby up.
Phie- i think your mum is pushing it, hope shw comes round to your way of thinking.

I have been reading but preoccupied by move to suffolk yesterday. Finally all here in countyside, only prob is that during the stress of it my milk supply has massively decreased. Humphrey cried for 2 hours last night making his reflux bad too. I felt awful seeing him hungry. Things dont seem so bleek today as my amazing dh has driven back to london to fetch the milk in our freezer and fx should be on his way back now. I have started taking domperidone- ( as prescribed on that website dinky!) apparently i should see an increase in milk after 48hrs.
Also drinking herbal tea mix which is meant to help and tsking herbal supplement

What has happened to badmissm? I really hope she is ok.

dinkystinky Fri 12-Jul-13 19:53:35

Look at www.drjacknewman.com website I linked to on the last thread Abzs - the inverse pressure thing around your nipples for a minute before feeding works a charm (they can latch on after doing that - otherwise v hard for them) and varying position (football hold, cross cradle, biological nurturing, lying down feeding) also helps.

Princessllama - hugs and virtual chocolate winging their way to you. Moving is so stressful I'm not surprised your milk supply went down yesterday - make sure you're drinking lots and lots as well as eating well and fennel tea is good for milk supply (plus the other things off that website). You'll have a lovely summer in Suffolk and am sure Humphrey will relax into his new environments soon. Hope DH is back soon too with the emergency milk supply.

dinkystinky Fri 12-Jul-13 19:55:13

Ps re BadmissM - I suspect her hospital has terrible wifi connection and hope we'll hear from her over the weekend. She's been silent on FB too which is rare.

Also, re mllk supply - lots of skin to skin with baby will help stimulate it (even if he's not on the boob) - good excuse for extra cuddles!

MightBeMad Fri 12-Jul-13 19:58:10

Just marking my place...

Glad the scan was good, poco. Hopefully you feel more relaxed now. I've only had tiny babies - both of mine have started off on early baby then tiny baby clothes before growing into the newborn (I think DD1 was 3 months old before she fit into newborn).

princess I hope you & Humphrey recover from the move quickly. Moving is very stressful, so take it easy on yourself. I'm sure as you relax, Humphrey will too.

Looking forward to hearing from BadMiss.....

VinegarDrinker Fri 12-Jul-13 20:50:23

We've had to buy newborn stuff this time around as 0-3m sizes swamp B. And our lovely thoughtful friends and family have all bought bigger stuff! Got a bundle or two of summer rompers etc off eBay for a fiver - nice to have a bit of an excuse to buy something "new" for her (everything else is DS's), can't bring myself to spend more when she'll be out of them in a month or so though.

Thanks for the pelvic floor reminder! I agree we need a periodic PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES klaxon!

pocopearl Fri 12-Jul-13 20:53:42

Luckily we didnt buy the tiny baby things they were given to us by the in laws, and have been washed and ironed several times but never worn... maybe one day. Im heading for an early night after such a long day hope everyone else has a good night smile

CitizenOscar Fri 12-Jul-13 21:28:25

Marking my place... while doing some PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES

dinkystinky Fri 12-Jul-13 22:04:45

Esmes had her baby (on fb) and she's a bfmb! 11 lbs! <faints>

twirliedobbit Fri 12-Jul-13 22:09:55

Hey guys hoping to stick around this time, although hopefully be announcing news soon. Had period like pains all day now and eaten a whole pineapple to try to get things moving :-D
Princess llama, I have just moved too although as I was preggers was alot less stressful for me, just let the removal men do it all...I guess as you are only there for the summer it prob had to be a lot more organised than chuck it all in and sort it out at the other end! Am sure once you settle in your milk will settle too, like dinky says enjoy the cuddles

Quinandthem Fri 12-Jul-13 22:10:54

Hi ladies.

Congratulations to all the new babies and all the ladies in waiting.

Sorry for being AWOL for so long, by the time I caught up with the thread it I had to get off mn. Will read through soon.

Sophia Isabella arrived @4.38am on 10th July weighing 7.14

Bit of a speedy entry after being induced, 5 to 10 cm in 1.30 hours but sophia wasnt enjoying it - her heat rate went down to 85 bpm and she had done a large poo in the waters so the drs wanted her out quickly so forceps were used and she was taken to neo natal for a check up. Luckily she was perfectly fine and was back by the time I'd been stitched up.

Now back home and getting to know each other and coming to grips with breast feeding.

Planning another night of feeding as she's been asleep for most of the day.

Thinkingof4 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:27:59

Congratulations quin and esme 11lb!?!

Just marking place, off to bed now

Congratulations, Quin. Good to hear you're both home & doing well.

Congratulations on your BFMB, esme wink

MrsRoss26 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:47:39

Congratulations quin that's a lovely name, and weight. esme ouch!!

(Otherwise marking place) smile

scoutfinch1 Fri 12-Jul-13 22:58:39

Congratulations Quinn and esme! 11lb- wow

Quinandthem Fri 12-Jul-13 23:06:15

Wow 11lbs - I think my stitches just winced!

IcingTheCake Fri 12-Jul-13 23:23:01

Congratulations to all these babies popping out! Im having a very good couple of days and having the baby would really round off the week nicely grin my mum and me had a proper talk, and she said if ive gone to bed (i normally go to bed by 9:30) then shell have a glass of wine, so she won't be hungover ever and the odds of me going into sudden quick labour are low, which is fair enough and shes accepted that i won't let her be there if shes been drinking so the airs cleared now smile then i got a refund from my car insurance, a tax rebate and won a competition! It'd be just rude to end the good luck now, i must go into labour! grin

Thank you to everyone for your support re my mum, its much better now we've talked calmly about it smile

38+6 - so close, yet so far!

evelynj Fri 12-Jul-13 23:30:34

Thanks for new thread and congrats esme & Quinn.

Oats are good also for increasing milk supply-been meaning to make granola for ages for this.

Popo-so glad scan was good-my ds was 99th+ percentile but agree it makes them more robust.

Topdonkey-I'm in mon for elcs too-had one for ds & was all good although I am nervous again. For your bag take arnica pillules, apricots, windeze, peppermint tea, a sports type bottle & HUGE pants-m&s full briefs 2-3 sizes bigger than normal are good.

I had another meltdown today as in our new shower room the shower just started spewing out water all round the shower box. Bank hol here today & couldn't get plumber. Dh didn't answer his phone (he forgot to take it to a meeting-WTF?!) & had to get friend to come turn off the water. There is a load of washing paused halfway through & can't flush toilets & hoping my bro can sort it in morn, grrr! So annoyed at something else going wrong-even though it's not that big a deal, it's irksome that I wanted all the house changes done well before baby & it's literally still going to be ongoing!

At least dh off for paternity now...

And breathe. Sorry for another rant & hope everyone has a good nights rest.

Evelyn 38+5

IcingTheCake Fri 12-Jul-13 23:43:52

evelyn ahh what terrible timing! At least your OH is on paternity leave now though! I hope your water gets fixed soon! smile

Getting sharp pains down there, think baby is moving down to fully engage, really want it to lead to something but have a feeling its not going too - boo!

Silver15 Sat 13-Jul-13 01:47:37

Hello, just marking my place.

TomDaleysTrunks Sat 13-Jul-13 04:20:00

Marking place!

Fed up. Thought things were moving all yesterday but everything has stopped for last few hours. Getting occasional twinges and have some lower back pain but nothing exciting. So frustrating.

Congrats to Esme and Quin!

BB01 Sat 13-Jul-13 04:45:20

Marking spot!

SundaySunshine Sat 13-Jul-13 04:49:54

Congratulations quin glad allis ok with your little one, enjoy lovely snuggles MS good luckkk with feeding.

Congrats also to esme hope you are recovering well!

Hope things settle down for you princess, your DH sounds a star, mine won't even go downstairs to get mme a glass of water! Strangely no one took me up on the DH swap offer, but I'm considering giving him away for free!

Thanks for lovely new thread slouching may it bring many bundles of joy smile

SundaySunshine Sat 13-Jul-13 04:51:09

MS = and ??

shelley72 Sat 13-Jul-13 05:37:15

Marks place for later. Squeeeeezes pelvic floor...

Marking place, and saying congrats to the new arrivals. I've been up all night with period pains and am now completely bored. Running a bath at the moment to see if that settles them. I am playing at a local festival this morning (im the ease the hangover set smile) and my singing will be far better if I am not "ow" ing in the middle of phrases! Still hoping my bump remains a bump for a bit longer as he's been measuring small, attributed to the hyperemesis. Longer he cooks the bigger he gets which is better for him. Ouch ouch ouch.

Who has lovely plans for the weekend?

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 06:03:40

Congrats Quin and welcome to the world Sophia. If she's unsettled I really recommend steering a cranial osteopath - forceps/ventouse can sometimes cause some discomfort which a good c.o. can help with - though some babies don't need it.

Tom - baby is coming. Theyll start up again soon. Waves - sounds like its starting for you too.good luck both of you x

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 07:13:42

Evelyn - hope you get everything sorted today. How super annoying.

Busy day today as its ds1 and ds2s play day.

SlouchingPanda Sat 13-Jul-13 07:33:06

Well, I successfully managed to avoid giving birth yesterday and DH has now returned from afar, so today would be good! Sadly, no signs of anything at all. I know that I'll probably be begging for the pain to stop once labour gets going but at the moment just want something to happen!

Congratulations Quin and Esme on your little or not so little bundles of joy. Icing glad that you had a sensible chat with your mum - I don't think what you are asking us unreasonable in the slightest.

My weekend plans mainly revolve around eating thus ensuring a BFMB of my own!. Going to knock up some scones later for cream tea with a friend, then making a Thai curry for dinner, and won't be holding back on the chillies! The single most important thing is that we're off to pick up the new coffee machine (yes, the least exciting long-running thread saga continues) - so maybe it's best that junior hasn't made an appearance til that's up and running ;-)

40+2 (and getting a bit bored now).

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 08:22:51

I reckon baby panda is waiting till you've got proper caffeine in the house again :-)

VinegarDrinker Sat 13-Jul-13 08:27:00

Agree with dinky - clever baby!

IcingTheCake Sat 13-Jul-13 08:44:12

Oh tom it will be soon dont worry! smile And the stop start might mean you'll have a sneeze birth so it could be worth it grin

waves have fun at your festival today but it does sound like you might not get through it smile good luck!

slouching baby panda is definitely waiting until the coffee is in place, gonna have yourself an all nighter there wink

Going to have a day of chilling in the pool today grin very excited!

39 weeks today - almost term!!! grin

MightBeMad Sat 13-Jul-13 09:16:30

Morning all! Congrats Quinn and esme!! Good luck to the in the early stages. Anyone heArd from cheek?

Baby was 'very engaged' to quote mw yesterday but she warned me second babies can pop in and out. Sure enough, pretty sure he's not engaged this morning. Looks like I'm going to be waiting a while yet smile

38+1

Cheeseandbread Sat 13-Jul-13 09:19:04

Marking my place- congratulations on the new arrivals.

Dinky great levels that DS2 got for KS1- a clever boy you have there! You should be one proud mummy smile

Sorry those who have been having trouble with parents- icing glad yours seem sorted now.

Thanks for advice on breastfeeding/sleeping and I sympothise with all those having problems- I like hearing all the advice from those who have been there before...

I have another breast problem that I was hoping some experienced mummies might be able to help with. Juno has choked a few times when feeding and it's been quite scary. I've read some info on Kellymom about forceful letdown and how to combat it but wondered if anyone else had this problem and what you've done to help...?

Good luck to all those showing promising signs- hopefully we will have some more little ones before long!

BB01 Sat 13-Jul-13 09:34:03

Cheese, I have same issue with letdown. Have been advised to try lying back a bit more to see if that helps slow the flow. All very well and good until you need to leave the house!

Cheeseandbread Sat 13-Jul-13 09:44:39

Thanks BB01 I will try that. I tried to sit her up a bit befor but then she seemed to get air and nipple only- but I'll try and lie back and see if that does the trick smile

Also I was told by the hospital not to have a bath for 2/3 weeks because of stitches. I would really like a bath as a shower just isn't the same... dinky you have some good advice a while back about things to put in a bath like lavender and comfrey I think... Had anyone else had a bath yet after giving birth? How long did you wait?

Sorry for all the me me me...

TomDaleysTrunks Sat 13-Jul-13 10:13:20

Slouching baby clearly knows the importance of caffeine! Clever thing! grin

Thanks for all the positive comments ladies! grin At sneeze birth icing.

TomDaleysTrunks Sat 13-Jul-13 10:14:21

cheese never heard of no baths after stitches. I put witch hazel in after having stitches with DD. helped a lot. Maybe give post natal ward a ring and check that advice?

MummyKanny Sat 13-Jul-13 10:21:24

Marking my place too - thank you, Slouching! I hope this is the thread I make my announcement on. Getting a new coffee machine is very exciting, especially when you have been waiting so long. And I am stealing your Thai curry idea for supper! Yum.

Good luck to all those with feeding issues.

Congratulations to Quinn and Esme - 11 pounds, yowzers! shock

Dinky, enjoy today with your boys.

No real excitement for me this weekend, apart from a trip to the shops for some nursing bras. Hurray! DH seems to think baby will arrive this weekend but I'm not feeling any twinges at all (apart from the occasional period type pain) so I think he is going to be disappointed.. It's my birthday on Tuesday as well as my late grandma's, so think it would be nice if baby arrived then.

39+2

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 10:35:13

Cheese - I have a strong let down too. If Juno wants to come off the boob when it starts, let her and damp down the flow with a muslin - it will be less forceful when she goes back on. That's how ds1 coped. With ds2, I applied pressure above and below the areola with my hand to slow the flow which helped. Lying down feeding and biological nurturing position helped in early days.

Stitches - of course you can have a bath but no soap/bubbles. Some salt and few drops of lavender are good for stitches. Blot dry the stitches afterwards with clean mat pads. Don't get water near your boobs if sore! I also pour jug of warm water with a few drops of lavender and comfrey over the stitches and blot them off a couple of times a day to keep them clean.

Beginningofthejourney Sat 13-Jul-13 10:38:09

Cheese I had a bath a few days after birth just felt like I needed to have a quick soak, can't remember if you had c-section? I didn't so don't know if the rules are different?
Those of you with babies not settling I have managed to get Theo to sleep in his own bed for the past two nights by elevating his head, until then he had been sleeping on me! He is on medication for his reflux but I wonder if he was feeling sick/uncomfortable laying flat? Might just be that he is a bit older and nothing to do with his bed but might be worth a try?
Hope everyone manages to stay cool today

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 11:05:44

Mightbemad - J didn't engage till my waters went in the birth centre and was still a swift birth. So don't fret too much about baby disengaging.

Glad all sorted with your mum Icing.

I'm not due to have a baby but I've seen this on the active convos several times and really want to say - what a fantastic title for your thread!

Good luck/congratulations/hurry up and get out baby/as appropriate to everyone smile

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 11:22:54

Thanks so much Uptheairymountain - glad we've put a smile on your face with the thread title grin

SlouchingPanda Sat 13-Jul-13 13:24:35

Take a bow, Dinky (thread-namer extraordinaire)! grin

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 13:44:35

Good to know I have a fall back career as a thread namer ahead of me if the law thing doesn't work out :-)

I think I'm melting! (obviously, being a laydee, I don't sweat). I hope all of you still carrying bumps are keeping cool.

Andrea75 Sat 13-Jul-13 14:07:30

Too hot! Am indoors. Kids are doing hama beads unusually keeping them amused for AGES!! Dh is balanced on scaffolding on stais painting our landing. Extreme nesting. Just worried we'll end up in orthopaedics rather than maternity unit. Frustrated not to be out in sun.

Having on off twinges like some of you too. Less today but maybe that's because I've been sat down with my hippo ankles up. I have just about managed to get lunch for us. That felt like a huge achievement

SlouchingPanda Sat 13-Jul-13 14:12:46

Dinky - not sure it pays as well as law, but good low stress job with flexible working hours wink.

Totally - I'm sitting in the garden with my feet in a bucket of water <glamorous>.

Went out to buy a bikini top to labour in as delivery suite isn't air conditioned and I hear it's pretty unbearable in there (not that there's any imminent labouring going in, you understand) . Pretty sure I'll make it through to sweep #2 on Tuesday.

Hope all the babies are coping okay in the heat!

TomDaleysTrunks Sat 13-Jul-13 14:17:39

I've also had my feet in paddling pool. Too bLoody hot. Disclaimer; I'm not whinging, just an observation!

Right I'd better take DD to this birthday party!

Thinkingof4 Sat 13-Jul-13 14:52:56

Much cooler here today which is nice but I'm feeling fed up, tired, impatient etc! Why can't I just go into labour? Feels like my body is letting me down, silly I know. Can't wait to meet my baby

MummyKanny Sat 13-Jul-13 15:32:04

I have my feet on ice packs! There is no breeze outside whatsoever. Just back from the shopping centre was hideous. DH was a hero and schlepped around all the shops for underwear and toiletries without complaining.

Dinky - clearly there is no end to your end to your talents! And snap, I'm a lawyer too smile

Has anyone thought about placenta encapsulation? Not sure if it has been mentioned before but I've been looking into it and thinking it could be worth doing..

Much hotter here today, and I've not shifted the contraction/period type pains yet. Got through my set at the festival although there were a few dropped jaws when I announced I was doing a couple of instrumental numbers as the contractions were a little too strong for singing at that point. Took DCs for a quick swim at the beach after and now we are thankfully home.

MummyKanny I am planning on having a placenta smoothie - my doula is all prepped for it. I have my blender clean and ready, frozen berries in the freezer, and let the DCs finish some icecream yesterday so I have a tub to bring it home in. Basically I have had such a crappy time with full term HG, that I figured I will try anything to give me a post-birth boost.

Hope the babies are ok in the heat, and that fellow bumpees are finding coolness and shade and eating lots of ice lollies.

BB01 Sat 13-Jul-13 15:51:21

Beginning - interesting about raising baby's head. May have to try that!

Cheese - I was advised the opposite, to have daily baths!

BB01 Sat 13-Jul-13 15:54:38

Uptheairymountain - haha, we have had some good thread titles!! I can't take credit for any of them unfortunately.

Keep meaning to do a link to these. I found them really useful when my breasts were engorged. Sure you can get same effect DIY-style but these are nice and handy. http://www.amazon.co.uk/baby/dp/B002ISEQ16

Also thank you to whoever recommended cooling water sprays for labour. There were several things I was glad I had on the day but I honestly can't imagine how I would have survived without this!!! Also using it to wake me up/cool me down when up feeding baby on hot nights!!

BB01 Sat 13-Jul-13 15:55:04

And congrats on all the new arrivals :-)

MrsRoss26 Sat 13-Jul-13 19:08:02

waves I'm impressed you managed to perform through contractions! I hope baby comes soon for you smile

I wanted a quick whinge about the heat...the house was reasonably cool all week until today: there's no breeze, so it's at least 26C in the house angry I really could do with baby coming today, just because of discomfort!

wavesandsmiles glad you made it through your set at the festival without any dramas. There's no way I could stomach a placenta smoothie! shock I don't even think I'd manage the capsules. Hope it helps!

We have a book under the head end of the crib and I'm sure it's made a difference. Nights seem more settled and less vomity (apart from the immediate post-feed covering me & the bed type, those are still fairly frequent sad).

We walked to the beach this morning for a paddle then went out to an amazing ice cream parlour this afternoon. Think I might be a bit toasted, despite sunscreen & trying to stick to the shade. Keeping babies cool is tough work.

evelynj Sat 13-Jul-13 19:26:47

Oh mummykanny-think I would have gone for placenta encapsulation but possibly a bit late now-I had bad baby blues with DS but know my dh & family would freak out laughing at the thought of it, (makes it all the more tempting!)

Off for my pre-op tomorrow morning, eek! Had terrible panic last night that I had absolutely no energy & was no way I'd be able to cope with a newborn. Told dh & he was hmm so had to explain yet again that he better get used to me becoming illogical, overemotional, unnecessarily tearful & generally all round unreasonable. I don't know why he has to be constantly reminded but hey ho.

My wonderful bro managed to get a plumber out today to isolate the offending broken shower today so we have water again, (yay!) but faulty shower means we have to go back to bathroom supplier on Monday & sort it all out, grrr.

BB01-you get reflux pillows that look like maternity wedges or if you prop one end of the cot on some books/blocks, that should help with reflux.

Anyone with painful hips in the night, maybe try a pillow under your hips/bum-it's about the only place I haven't had one so far but tried it this morn for a bit & think it may have helped

Evelyn 38+5

Runswithsquirrels Sat 13-Jul-13 19:52:48

In love with Savoy cabbage today - oo the ease! Thanks Dinky for the recommendation.

esme80 Sat 13-Jul-13 20:51:27

Hi all, thanks for the kind words! Going to take me a while to catch up, but can say our Abigail Marie was born yesterday weighing a quite shocking to everyone 11lbs2oz! We had to stay in hospital for a while to test her blood sugar levels but are home now and very content. Birth went well, didnt get a home birth or water birth in the end, but got the hospitals active birth room very much like on OBEM. Very nice, I was all over the place and labour took 5 hours start to finish and only 4 pushes to get her out! She really is the most gorgeous chunky monkey!
Ok, off to try to catch up!
Congrats Quinn as well!

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 20:55:51

Glad savoy cabbage is helping Runs. Bb01 I had those discs with ds1 but have lost them over the years - provide similar relief to the cabbage without the faint aroma of a staff canteen :-)

Evelyn - good luck for tomorrow and Monday. All will be fine. Hurrah for your bro and the plumber too.

Not sure I could stomach a placenta smoothie or capsules either Totally - each to their own though.

Play went OK today though ds1 missed a scene (the other actors covered it some how) and was sooooo hot in the theatre. J fed or slept through the whole thing. We then had my sister, bil, mum, dad and mil over for pizza and bubbles and stuck the paddling pool in the garden for the boys to chill in. Ds1 has his karate grading tomorrow morning - am hoping its cooler for him.

Hope everyone finds a way to keep themselves, bumps and babies cool.

Camb79 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:07:27

Poco I had a similar thing a few weeks ago - having measure 0.5 - 3cm over at various times, the 36 week Midwife appointment showed I had 'grown' 9cm in 13 days. I got panicked, she said it was all fine, totally ok, but eventually she went and got a doctor who remeasured and it was 6cm over and they ordered a scan. The scan showed that, like my first baby, the new baby is 96th percentile on AC, HC and 75th on femur, and there is no extra amniotic fluid, which was what they had wanted to ensure. She's just a big baby. Baby number one was 10 '3 (4.6kg) and is now a tall, lean two year old. I was tested a lot for Gestational Diabetes, all negative. This baby is estimated at 3.2kg at 37 weeks, number one was estimated at 3.8kg at 37 weeks (also had a scan with her). So, all told, I think a big baby is all it is... I went for a c section on those grounds last time, and it was wonderful. Same again for next Thursday when I'm booked in for baby two. Try not to worry, if the 'liquor volume' as they call it is ok re amniotic fluid, then it's mainly just down to the total absurdity of using a strip of paper to decide how long your uterus is on any given week... Good luck!

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 21:11:32

Badmissm posting again on fb so looks like she and her little boy are home now.

Thinkingof4 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:44:38

icing glad your mum is being a bit more understanding

Evelyn hope everything goes well for the elcs, Im booked on Monday for induction so depending on how speedy it is we might have our babies on the same day

badmiss congratulations, bet its good to be home

dinky glad the play went well, can't have been easy in the heat

esme glad it went well, I love the name too! Can't believe she was 11lb 2 that's enormous!

totally that sounds like a lovely day, we might head to beach tomorrow for our last trip as a family of 5 before baby arrives

Well I did very little today, dh even cooked the tea. My overacting mind was on overdrive thinking about stuff today so I planned exactly how and where we should extend our house, and how we'll pay for it all!!! Dh slightly bemused at my nesting gone beserk but is broadly in agreement with my ideas. We've been talking about extending for a year but never taken things forward. I'm now thinking it might be better to do it while I'm on mat leave, esp if we have to move out for a while. Probably need to have the baby first mind you....

41+4

Thinkingof4 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:45:49

overactive even dyac

BadMissM Sat 13-Jul-13 21:56:00

OK, for those of you that missed it, I was admitted to hospital early, on Sunday the 7th..then spent two days on a steroid/glucose/insulin drip.. in the sauna of a delivery suite. Had quite eventful elective caesarean on the 10th (apparently I have extra blood vessels!).... lost quite a bit of blood, then all the canulars fell out (long story) . Finally, my son Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander was born at 2.34pm, by ELCS under general, on 10 July. He weighed 7 lbs or so (3kg 400). He is gorgeous.... photos to follow!

I've had no internet/clever phone for a week.... still a bit sore from everything, but was finally allowed home this afternoon....

pocopearl Sat 13-Jul-13 22:06:04

wishful thinking this evening have had several braxton hicks, at least i think they are coming about every 20-30mins and i have pain in my lower back. not sure if the pain is psychosomatic as desperate to not be pregnant tomorrow in this heat.

congrats Badmissm even though it was traumatic bet he is worth it smile

anyone heard any news on cheek

dinkystinky Sat 13-Jul-13 22:31:56

Congrats badmissm - glad you and Caspian are safely home.

No news on Cheek yet. Sounds like things are starting for you poco - good luck.

twirliedobbit Sun 14-Jul-13 04:35:09

Congratulations badmissm and caspian is a cool name!!

I am here at 4.30am unable to sleep. No pains or anything just can't sleep. So annoyed as I was so tired yesterday too....bet the kids'll be up in a couple of hours too.
Hmmmm what to do?
Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book thinking and start planning our house makeover....and more importantly how we are going to pay for it!!

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 07:26:05

Thai curry - tick
Pineapple - tick
Fully functioning caffeine delivery device - tick (hurrah!)
Braxton hicks that could crush a walnut - tick
Feeling like this baby is finally engaging - tick

But still no sign of baby...<getting impatient now>
DH off to the arse end of nowhere working away again so today's another bad day for any sort of labouring... but I'm so bored!

Congrats BadMissM - good to see you back (and the photos are gorgeous).

Any more news Waves? respect for getting through your set yesterday!

40+3... dum-de-dum...

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 07:27:36

PS Twirlie - baking is the answer to 4am wakes! But I feel your pain. Hope you have chance to nap later.

No more news from me, everything eased around 11pm and I had a brilliant sleep til about 6am. Just started getting cramps again so think I could be in for a long latent phase as I was with DS. Good thing too as DD woke up crying and after giving her calpol for temperature she said she felt sick. Grabbed my sick bowl and she promptly missed and vommed all over her blanket and my duvet. Poor little thing. I've just stuck the washing on. Should be playing again today but may give it a miss as it is further away and don't want to be stuck miles away with vomiting child and labour moving on. But if I give it a miss I'm quite sure I will curse myself and end up not having this baby for another 5 weeks.

Good news on the checklist slouching and congrats to you badmiss

Super hot here today and has been since I got up at 6. At least the washing will dry quickly smile

twirliedobbit Sun 14-Jul-13 08:04:16

Alas panda, I am RUBBISH at baking....cooking not too shabby but can't quite manage anything more than a banana loaf backing wise. I just fb-ed and mn-ted for an hour is so then went back to bed. Kids didn't wake till 7 so think that should do.
Hope things progress for you today too, especially now thT everything is in place- well except for dh! Is he close enough to get back if required?
Waves- sounds jut like me this time around. Other 3, waters broke then induced, but this time I feel like I've been getting cramps for days.... I think you would be wise to slack off today's festival though, can't imagine performing through these cramps and especially with a poorly girl in this heat.
Have nice days everyone, hopefully there'll be some further arrivals today!

cheekbyjowl Sun 14-Jul-13 09:21:16

hello. not had a chance to fully catch uo yet on new tgread but looking forward to hearing how all are doing. just wanted to say thank you so much for your encouragement and tips particularly on contractions. I went till 7am on paracetemol then drove to hospital where I expected to be turned away. nurses started to prepare the long labour speech but were surprised to find I had dilated to 5cm. turns out sprog (now a joseph) didn't enjoy contractions any more than I did and his heart rate dropped during each one..a buzzer was pressed and I think within 20min I was in theater under general anaesthetic and baby arrived safely. the care I had was amazing and God has been very kind to the three of us who are all healthy though dh says hes aged 3 years smile

a word of encouragement to others. as I had a emcs under GA I didn't get the chance to get skin to skin and he came out wanting breakfast and wss bottle fed before I came round. I was a little worried it might.make breast feeding difficult but the midwife showed me what to do and he's feeding from the breast like a trooper. so even though my preference wouldve been to get sts etc even if things are taken out of your control it doesn't mean that breastfeeding has,to be a no no. hope that reassures some people. we were discharged the next day and all just survived a very nervous first night without medics on tap smile

so joseph born 12th.july . 7 pounds 13oz xx

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 09:21:18

Alas, he's 180 miles away... but I have some very understanding friends on standby!

Also just heard that the hospital I'm booked at is full and maternity on divert. So all in all a good day for sitting back chilling with my legs crossed!

Runswithsquirrels Sun 14-Jul-13 09:32:41

Congratulations Cheek x

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 09:33:16

Cross post with Cheese - congratulations on Joseph's birth! Good to hear you are both doing despite a frenzied arrival into the world. Your poor DH - hope he is okay too.

photographerlady Sun 14-Jul-13 09:38:20

Congratulations badmissm cheek and caspian

Wow you ladies have been talking up a storm I need to pay attention more smile

Anyone else like me thinking they will be pregnant forever? I went to Bath yesterday for walking, New Forest on Friday I think I am just stir crazy and want to go into labour. Due dates on Monday I think I am just so impatient with my BFMB. Please don't be over 9lbs ;)

MrsRoss26 Sun 14-Jul-13 09:52:05

cheek thanks for sharing your labour /emcs story, what a whirlwind for you all, and what a relief that you and baby were ok. It's really useful to read about such positive outcomes, especially with bf post-surgery.

slouching are you pleased with the new coffee machine? You're all set for baby now, right? grin

photographer your message (on fb and here) has really given me a craving to head to Bath, but I'm reluctant to join the hoarded...today's conundrum!

pocopearl Sun 14-Jul-13 10:43:41

congrats cheek even if a little traumatic for you and your dh but I bet its all worth it smile flowers

sadly my regular bh last night was simply regular bh and my little dc is sitting a little too comfy where it is sad

have a lovely day everyone and try and stay cool, my feet are already swelling up again today so dh has brought a paddling pool which he has put in the lounge and already filled it up with a fan pointing at me. im spoilt

photographerlady Sun 14-Jul-13 11:24:07

MrsRose it's a lovely place to walk around. Very busy though we snuck in to the cinema for a movie to cool down midday smile

Congratulations, cheek! I love the name Joseph. So glad you & DS have bounced back from his dramatic arrival & BF is working out for you.

Sounds like a good day to keep your legs crossed & relax, Slouching.

Glad your DH is looking after you, poco

lancslass83 Sun 14-Jul-13 12:10:28

Congrats cheek and bad missM, sounds like both deliveries had their dramas but glad all ok.

Anyone else finding this heat making them itch? Waiting for latest round of liver test results and definitely more itchy but hoping it might be the weather rather than anything getting worse

Thinkingof4 Sun 14-Jul-13 12:55:14

Congratulations cheek definitely a dramatic birth but healthy baby and healthy mum at the end is the most important bit.

badmiss I'm glad you are home, must have been a long week stuck in hospital esp in this heat

poco and waves sending you labour vibes, can't be far off

slouching hope you are enjoying the new coffee machine, sods law things will kick off today when dh is away working!

Well the sun is back again today and it's hot! We went down to beach and met a friend by chance so the kids all played while we sat and enjoyed the sun. Think I'll stay in for the next 3 hours though as really too hot for me now.
Really strange to think that in just over 24 hours I'll be (hopefully) starting to labour and I'll be so close to meeting this wee one. Can't wait!!! (of course there is still a slim chance I'll go into labour myself before then...fx

Enjoy the sun everyone, keep cool
41+5

dinkystinky Sun 14-Jul-13 14:07:24

Glad both you and Joseph are OK Cheek. Sounds like a pretty dramatic birth story (as does Badmissm's)- hope poor dh is ok as is pretty scary having to stand by hoping all is OK but not being able to do anything to help. Do you have arnica to help with recovery post op? Glad you are home now x

Andrea75 announced on fb she had a little boy this morning - staying in for OBS due to meconium.

Thinking - sounds like you had a lovely morning.

Ds1 got a green belt at his grading today - so proud mummy again. just about to go have lunch in the garden (from farmers market) when J finishes his lunch. Paddling pool is out - am v tempted to go sit in it...

MightBeMad Sun 14-Jul-13 15:42:59

Congrats cheek and badmissm. Sorry to hear you both had a bit of a tricky delivery but gad it's all worked out okay in the end.

Paddling pools sound very tempting! Might have to go and buy one!

Lancs the heat is also making me itch a bit - like you I'm on alert for it - I have my next round of liver tests on Wednesday. I do think it's the heat though (fingers and toes crossed!).

38+2

PhieEl06 Sun 14-Jul-13 15:58:09

Afternoon all, marking my place on once again a greatly named thread, thanks dinky & slouching!

I've skim read through since my last post so although caught up there's no personals sorry!! Congratulations to all that have had babies though in the last two days, I hope you're all getting along nicely!

I had a bit of a fall last night, bump first & a nice bang to the head from the wall, although i felt fine, after the encouragement of our MN Facebook group I went to triage to get checked out, everything is fine & was popped onto monitor for 40 mins. I just have one hell of a black bruise on my head now! They did tell me though that I'm having regular "tightenings" which are being picked up on the trace & this could be the very early start of something but no signs yet. sad

I hope everyone is well & I promise to do some personals with my next post.
39+1 (how on earth did that happen!)

IcingTheCake Sun 14-Jul-13 17:12:12

Sorry im being a bit rubbish, i cant remember any of the things i wanted to reply too sad baby brain!

I hope everyone is okay and managing coping with the heat - whoever went to the beach im very jealous!

Been having lots of sharp pains 'down below' nothing regular, just think its her head fully engaging to be honest... But really painful hips at nighttime sad i know newborns aren't easy to cope with but at least i can share responsibilities with dp then!

39+1 - it has to be less than three weeks now!

Thinking - the countdown can begin!

dinky - congratulations to DS1! Farmers market lunch in the garden sounds perfect.

Glad everything checked out ok & baby is fine, Phie

We've had a lovely day - lunch outside with my parents then round to a friends house for afternoon tea in the garden. Going to have dinner outside again too. I can't remember the last time I ate a meal inside! grin

dinkystinky Sun 14-Jul-13 19:10:59

Esme missed your earlier post - glad you had a nice straightforward birth and are home now with Abigail.

Phie - glad you and baby are OK.

Totally - your all fresco day sounds great. We gave j a baby bath outside this evening as it was cooler in the shade than the house!

Thinking - you'll see baby v v soon now x love the extreme makeover nesting.

Slouching - baby must be waiting for dh to be back now!

Photographer - sounds like youve been making the most of the glorious weather with your trips - good on you! Dh and I got married in Bath - its a lovely place.

Icing - not long till due date now.

Poco, Waves and anyone else in the early stages - hope it all goes smoothly for you.

dinkystinky Sun 14-Jul-13 19:44:51

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Thinkingof4- DC4 -2nd July
Persuasion - DC1 - 3rd July
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
MrsMillions - DC1 - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
Hai1988 - 12th July - DC2 - Girl!
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Evelynj - 15th July
Guavasforbreakfast - DC1 - 16th July
MiniPenguinMaker - DC1 - 17th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
MummyKanny - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Orangebubbles - DC2 - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS, Luca, born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander, born 10.7.13, 7lbs or so (3.4kg)
Quinnandthem - DD, Sophia Isabella, born 10.7.13, 7 lb 14 oz
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13
Esme80 - DD, Abigail Marie, born 12.7.13, 11 lb 2 oz
Cheekbyjowl - DS, Joseph, born 12.7.13, 7 lb 13 oz
Andrea75 - DS, born 14.7.13

I believe there are several ELCS scheduled for tomorrow as well as Thinking's induction (and Persuasions shortly thereafter) so good luck to all those scheduled to meet their babies soon - and to all those winging it on the arrival times too.

Got to go - J yelling for service!

Thinkingof4 Sun 14-Jul-13 20:37:34

Yes could be a bumper day for babies! Good luck everyone

Supershiv1 Sun 14-Jul-13 20:39:10

Found you!

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 20:42:07

Well, this baby listened and has shown no signs of wanting to appear today. DH will be back at 9ish so I was hoping that things might start gently towards the end of the day... no such luck. I have turned into the very cliche of an overdue pregnant woman and scrubbed/cleaned/tidied and polished so much that I nearly fell over as the rug slipped on my shiny clean hallway floor.

Congratulations Andrea - glad to hear all is well.

MrsRoss - DH is pleased with the new coffee machine... I think that's what really matters but it does make a mean espresso! I fear that in the absence of any exciting baby news I have made myself out to be some total caffeine addict - we only had the old one cos we inherited it, but I did become rather partial to a pre-commute caffeine fix.

Thinking - good luck for tomorrow!

Phie - glad that you went to get checked over and that all is okay. How's your bruise looking?

Well fingers crossed that something might happen tomorrow. I rather suspect I'll be back for sweep number 2 on Tuesday though...

evelynj Sun 14-Jul-13 20:45:26

Congrats cheek!

I'm awaiting watching the White queen & really want some diet coke but wondering if that's a bad idea as elcs in the morn-does anyone know? I googled but it just said no pop afterwards.

Feel like I should eat now but went out for lunch-risotto & had some melon an hour ago & don't feel hungry which is a complete first for me!

Had a ton of jobs to do tonight before hospital tomorrow but think I've resigned myself to leaving the place as it's usual tip!

Hope everyone is coping & good luck to the others going in tomorrow x

Evelyn 38+6

SlouchingPanda Sun 14-Jul-13 20:50:49

Evelyn - diet coke will be fine tonight as long as you starve from when they've told you to. I couldn't drink it now though as it would keep me awake!

Shiv - hurrah! Nice to see you back.

dinkystinky Sun 14-Jul-13 20:56:46

Actually I think Persuasion is being induced today...

Not sure about coke before an elcs Evelyn - perhaps one of our resident medics can opine. Good luck for tomorrow!

evelynj Sun 14-Jul-13 21:02:44

Thanks guys-I've gone for the decaff tea & carrot cake option to be on the safe side!

SundaySunshine Sun 14-Jul-13 21:21:58

Congrats to cheek and badmissm glad you and babes are all ok and recovering well, sounds like you both had a bit of a time of it!

Hats off to Esme for getting an 11 pounder out in 4 pushes!! That's some going!

I really feel for those of you with bumps still, this heat is relentless, it must be pretty tough, sending you cool wet moss vibes

Damn! It's hot! There's just no air. L finding it difficult to settle tonight.

Hope you are managing better than me to keep cool

SundaySunshine Sun 14-Jul-13 21:39:39

Ooh good luck t those of you with elcs / inductions tomorrow smile

MummyKanny Sun 14-Jul-13 21:42:15

Good luck Thinking and Evelyn! Look forward to hearing your news.

Lovely to hear of all the al fresco dining.

The room thermometer has hit 28 degrees in the bedroom, no idea how we will keep baby cool in this heat...

Can I ask others what happened at their 40 week midwife's appointment? I've been told my usual antenatal clinic is full and I've to see my GP instead. I'm a bit nervous about this as last time the GP told me the baby was transverse when it wasn't hmm so I don't have much confidence.

MummyKanny Sun 14-Jul-13 21:44:41

Hello Shiv! How is Oliver doing?

Sending induction vibes to all the overdue bumps - hope all our babies arrive soon to enjoy the sunshine with us!

VinegarDrinker Sun 14-Jul-13 21:48:21

Good luck tomorrow evelyn Thinking and anyone else! Thinking - I have no idea how you have coped the last 12 days without losing the plot totally, especially with the weather and solo parenting your 3 boys! Anyway hopefully this will be the last night you go to bed pregnant (that sounds wrong somehow but YKWIM).

Hot, hot, hot here tonight again. Totally I think Naomi and Bethan may have swapped time zones - for the first week or more she was going 4/5 hourly overnight between feeds (so only really one night feed) and 2 hourly in the day. Last night she not only wanted to feed constantly she also wanted to be wide awake and playing at 3am hmm

dinkystinky Sun 14-Jul-13 21:52:04

MummyKanny - its 28 degrees in our bedroom too (at the top of the house). We're basically staying on the ground floor during the day (alot cooler) or co sleeping on the first floor in the spare room during the day if need be (abit cooler). J is in a nappy and muslin or nappy and light vest to sleep. We dont have 40 week appts for 2nd time plus mums where I am - from what I recollect of my 40 week apptment with DS1, they did blood pressure, wee check, palpated, checked engagement and measurements and booked me in for my 41 week appointment.

IcingTheCake Sun 14-Jul-13 23:52:29

Is it just me or is it wayyyyy hotter tonight?! I cant even go upstairs, i kept the blackout blind closed all day so as to not let the sun in, the fan is on but its just not making enough difference, im not downstairs with the fan on again, sucking ice cubes to try and cool down blush

Just want to labour now!! I love the sun but this is getting silly sad

Supershiv1 Mon 15-Jul-13 00:37:20

mummykanny Do you know what? I think I can see kight at the end of the tunnel, & that one day I might actually be able to take Oliver home. We're on day 93 of living in hospital now.
I nipped out today to the hospital 'it's a knockout' day for about 2 hrs and git really burnt as I've generally been in the ward during the nice weather. Exoressing keeps your tolerance to the sun low too.
I have a lovely line where I was carrying my bag. Nice.

Can't believe Oliver still wasn't due to be here yet and have bump envy - although nit in this weather.
I think Kate will give birth on 17th....my original EDD.
Love to all xx

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 00:56:38

Lovely to see you on here shiv Oliver is doing so fab! Cant believe he's not passed his due date yet! shock What a star smile

PhieEl06 Mon 15-Jul-13 01:37:35

Sending sympathies icing on pains but definitely agree that at least with a baby OH can do some of the hard work!

Slouching - bruise is black & painful, I look like I've been involved in a fight but better as the constant headache has now gone!

<Waves to Shiv> grin

Good luck to Evelyn & thinking & all others with inductions or elcs's today/tomorrow (depending on what you class this time of night), will keep you all in my thoughts & can't wait for news!

Icing I've found I'm cooler tonight but unable to sleep at all! Agree on wanting labour now! Very impatient now!

I don't know about our 4am wide awake club tonight, I came up to bed nearly 2 hours ago & I cannot get to sleep, even now I am not even tired, but want to sleep soon as don't want to sleep in tomorrow then get into a cycle of going to bed late & waking late because I hate doing that. Anyone else awake with babies or insomnia at the moment?

I hope you get some sleep, Phie. Going to sleep late & waking late might work out better with a newborn anyway - they're often a bit nocturnal to begin with.

wifey6 Mon 15-Jul-13 02:28:28

Lovely to read of the new arrivals..have been busy settling in to a family of 4 so haven't been on MN or FB for a few days now.
Hope all waiting for their babies are coping ok in this heat.

Quinandthem Mon 15-Jul-13 02:34:17

I don't know how people handled night time feeds without Internet phones.

Lying here with phone propped up on Sophia as she's drinking away. Annoyingly she was sound asleep and did a huge poo so needed changing - that was a good 40 mins ago. I think she's asleep on the nipple but when you try to move her she starts again.

Hope Monday brings lots of babies and cooler weather as we were struggling to keep her cool today

PhieEl06 Mon 15-Jul-13 02:41:21

Still not managed to get to sleep yet, at least you ladies have lovely newborn reasons to be awake, I am very envious! envy

Andrea75 Mon 15-Jul-13 04:55:03

Hi all. Catching up a bit. Got home yesterday at 10pm as only thin meconium in waters and ds2 is doing fine. Last night couldn't sleep as so hot so went to watch telly at 130am having bh probably quite regularly but didnts hurt so i ignored. Came upstairs at 3am laid in bed and felt a pop and woke Dh as waters had gone. Noticed they went clear. Called friend to babysit and went to hospital. New MLU was fable with air con and lovely natural rooms. Whilewe waited waters gushed oh the right glamour of pregnancy! They rushed me round to room filled pool but i was only 2cm so just laboured roundroom then they noticed the meconium! so monitored for gourd but baby kicked strap thinguyen off and it was so irritating! So contractions slowed. Mat unit on divert front 4am as so busy we were last in! slouching i think you live near? Hopefully mad rush over now so all clear for you this week!
Eventually at 7am there was a midwife free on delivery suite so i went down there with strong contractions being told not to push in lift!! Got g and a in delivery suite and at 824am baby boy with no name was born. Need to confirm name asap with Dh!! All in all it went well. Ds2 needed some o2 after being born but he is fine :-) thanks for fb msgs. Hope you all get newborn snuggled soon and weather cools off a bit!

Andrea75 Mon 15-Jul-13 04:57:24

Sorry for typos was feeding dc3 and updating. Not sure what "gourd"was meant to be!!!!

TomDaleysTrunks Mon 15-Jul-13 05:08:50

andrea thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like you did a fab job. Glad you are home.

Had sex last night to try and trigger things as sick of BH! Caused a small bleed, possibly a bloody show. Here's hoping something gets going. I really need to have this baby before Friday - DH is on call Fri to Tues morning unless I have the baby then his pat leave will start.
Off to catch up with rest. Will be back!

TomDaleysTrunks Mon 15-Jul-13 05:08:57

andrea thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like you did a fab job. Glad you are home.

Had sex last night to try and trigger things as sick of BH! Caused a small bleed, possibly a bloody show. Here's hoping something gets going. I really need to have this baby before Friday - DH is on call Fri to Tues morning unless I have the baby then his pat leave will start.
Off to catch up with rest. Will be back!

TomDaleysTrunks Mon 15-Jul-13 05:12:38

shiv glad you had a bit f a break yesterday and got to see the sunshine. I've also got some dodgy tan lines. Hooray for a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. smile

phie also wide awake! Glad DD is in crèche today. How's the bruise? You need to take it easy.

wifey congrats on new arrival.

How is everyone coping keeping babies cool? And how did people cope in labour in this heat? Bit anxious about that.

SlouchingPanda Mon 15-Jul-13 05:35:42

Thanks for sharing your story Andrea and glad you are home - looking forward to hearing the name. A friend had given me the tip off that the maternity unit was closed on Sat night - well done on making it in before 'lockdown'!! I hear it's open again now (and they've got some working portable aircon on labour ward) although may not affect me anyway as clearly I'm going to be pregnant for ever.

Phie - hope you got to sleep eventually.

Shiv - great to hear your positive news. I've been lurking on your other thread. Fingers crossed for head scan tomorrow.

DH back safe and sound, and apparently it's a rest day in the Tour de France, so I am told today would be an excellent day to go into labour hmm <TDF widow>.

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dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 07:03:52

Morning all. Shiv - glad you tracked us down. Andrea - glad you and ds are home - thank you for sharing your birth story.

Tom - there was no a/c in the birth centre when I gave birth and it was boiling - but didn't notice until a good few hours after the birth. A cool shower and lots of cold drinks helped. J is often just in a nappy and thin muslin swaddle or nappy and thin vest in this heat - which looks upset to be with us for another couple of weeks at least.

Ds2, while delighted with his little brother, has taken to doing nocturnal poos in his nighttime nappies. rather hoping this phase passes soon as didn't envisage having two sets of pooey nappies a night to change at this stage!!

elliejjtiny Mon 15-Jul-13 07:03:54

Congratulations to all the new mums and good luck to those being induced/c-sectioned today.

I've been up since 3.30am. First feeding, then pumping and sterilizing the bottles. Was just about to go back to bed when DS1 shouts from upstairs that he has no clean school trousers. He has about 10 pairs and only 1 is in the wash basket so where have they all gone?! Thank goodness for the 15 min cycle on the washing machine and the tumble dryer. Now the older 3 are all up for the day and no chance of sleep until tonight. Love having a newborn, love having 4 children but really need some sleep and lots of it.

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 07:29:58

Oh no Ellie - hope you get a nap in while the younger 2 are sleeping today - and ds1s school trousers turn up!!

Andrea75 Mon 15-Jul-13 07:37:54

slouching yes Dr told me air con was being ordered but hadn't arrived yet. You may be first to enjoy it! Here's hoping! MLU was v cool with air con but Dr said it"s too cool for babes. My lo felt cool in heat of post natal ward yesterday and midwife wrapped him up snugly. Now he's ok with one sheet and babygro i think.

Hope all the cs and inductions go smoothly today :-)

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 08:49:23

Phie - hope you get to sleep eventually! I keep getting people tell me i obviously dont understand how tricky babies are if i would rather she was here than not, normally by men! It's a bit hmm come back to me when you've been heavily pregnant in this heat and we can talk then!

Andrea lovely birth story smile im glad you got in before lockdown! Im praying my hospital doesn't getting full as they redirect to west Middlesex and im a snob I've heard it's not that nice there! grin

slouching i keep getting that from people the whole "any twinges? Because today would be perfect for me" tempted to reply with a swift fuck off baby will come when shes ready but i can't bring myself to reply so i just raise my eyebrows at them, passive aggressive me grin

dinky thats bad luck! Two pooey nappies for the price of one! grin hope it stops soon for you

ellie ah that cant be great, when they all need you at different times, minimises your odds of sleep! Hope you do manage to get a little rest today regardless!

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Thinkingof4 Mon 15-Jul-13 08:57:28

Someone couldn't wait for induction... Baby girl born fast overnight. She's called Morven and she's beautiful. A sister for her 3 brothers. 9lb 5oz!! Biggest baby I've had by far. Will post details later
Morven born 15/7/13, 9lb 5oz

MummyKanny Mon 15-Jul-13 09:02:18

Wow congratulations Thinking! Beautiful name too. thanks

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 09:06:47

Congratulations thinking what a lovely name and a nice big baby smile hope youre both okay smile

VinegarDrinker Mon 15-Jul-13 09:10:01

Ah fab stuff Thinking - congratulations!

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 09:13:49

Ah that's wonderful Thinking - glad you had a nice swift birth and welcome to the world Morven (fab name!). Bet your three big brothers are delighted with you x

MightBeMad Mon 15-Jul-13 09:16:21

Congratulations thinking and Andrea!! Good luck to the having inductions and elcs today!!

TomDaleysTrunks Mon 15-Jul-13 09:26:54

Congratulations, lovely news and fab name grin

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 09:37:39

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Thinkingof4- DC4 -2nd July
Persuasion - DC1 - 3rd July
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
MrsMillions - DC1 - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
Hai1988 - 12th July - DC2 - Girl!
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Evelynj - 15th July
Guavasforbreakfast - DC1 - 16th July
MiniPenguinMaker - DC1 - 17th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
MummyKanny - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Orangebubbles - DC2 - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS, Luca, born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander, born 10.7.13, 7lbs or so (3.4kg)
Quinnandthem - DD, Sophia Isabella, born 10.7.13, 7 lb 14 oz
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13
Esme80 - DD, Abigail Marie, born 12.7.13, 11 lb 2 oz
Cheekbyjowl - DS, Joseph, born 12.7.13, 7 lb 13 oz
Andrea75 - DS, born 14.7.13
Thinkingof4 (and now got them!) - DD, Morven, born 15.7.13, 9 lb 5 oz
Persuasion - ?
EvelynJ - ?

Its a baby-plosion - wonder who will be next...

twirliedobbit Mon 15-Jul-13 09:42:14

Congrats thinking and Andrea, so happy for everyone, wow these hormones are exploding today, crying at all this birth announcements!!

twirliedobbit Mon 15-Jul-13 09:42:42

these not this!

MrsRoss26 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:47:03

Congratulations thinking and welcome to the world Morven - a beautiful name (Celtic?) and very nice to have avoided induction!

Also...fed up with this heat, fed up with being huge, and fed up of my cankles. Come ON baby!sad Hopefully paddling pools / fans etc. are working for you all today.

38+5 and too far off...

photographerlady Mon 15-Jul-13 10:18:44

Morning. Due date here, late pregnancy waiting game is so boring now. Find myself out buying things I dont need and drinking loads of iced raspberry tea leaf smile

photographerlady Mon 15-Jul-13 10:19:34

Oh and congrats thinking!!

SundaySunshine Mon 15-Jul-13 10:22:17

Congratulations Andrea and thinking great news smile
Hope you are recovering well and enjoying lovely snuggles with your babes.

Shiv fantastic news about Oliver, that little man just amazes me. So glad you managed to get out on the sunshine, even if you did end up with interesting tan lines smile

I can't remember who was asking but a cool water mist spray is essential on the labour ward, gives DH's a good job to do whilst you're labouring too. The good thing about this weather is that I'm getting loads of skin to skin with L [smile[

dinky oh no! Not more night time poos.

Ach! I've got no clothes to wear on this heat, but just can't face the shopping centre, might be a good excuse to do some online shopping grin

PhieEl06 Mon 15-Jul-13 10:31:47

Morning all! Thanks for sharing your story andrea glad that everything was okay with the meconium situation! Good to hear your home too!

TomDaleysTrunks bit better thank you, looks lovely & purplish today instead of black! smile
dinky aww I hope DS2 manages to get out of nocturnal pooing soon, do you think there could be something on his mind which makes him do it?
Slouching & icing finally managed to fall to sleep at about 3 after eating half of one of those big Malteasers bars. blush Also getting those comments icing I have a new death stare though that seems to warn them away!
Congratulations thinking, glad you avoided induction! Bet the boys are delighted with their little sister!

I really thought last night the not being able to sleep was the start of something, unfortunately I'm still here & very much pregnant, everyone keeps telling me well at least if I go over there's a light at the end of the tunnel with induction but I don't think they get that I am so scared of being induced, knowing my luck that's what's going to happen & it's making me hysterical, sorry guys feeling very teary today!

Hope everyone else is doing well & popping out babies! 39+2

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 10:58:23

Phie i was terrified I'd have the be induced too, but honestly, look for the thread on positive induction stories- so many! They aren't all bad, it helped me relax a bit!

Im actually feeling happier than i have for a long time today, getting snappy with people asking if baby is here yet but if i take that out of it, im really quite content, i managed to shave my legs (only took half an hour) it sounds trivial but it just feels so lovely! grin

I hope everyone else manages to find something to enjoy today smile whether its a newborn or just some 'bump' time, starting to realise i won't have her all to myself soon! Not sure if thats a good or bad thing! grin

PhieEl06 Mon 15-Jul-13 11:07:12

That's the thing though icing even reading so many positive stories I cannot muster up any positive thoughts or feelings about it! I shaved my legs on Saturday & still so glad I did I feel less like a walking womb & more human!! smile

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 11:13:03

Hopefully it just won't come to that, but if it does, i hope its quick for you anyway and you have a nice birth regardless! smile I cant stop feeling my lovely smooth legs! grin

MummyKanny Mon 15-Jul-13 11:20:19

Ah sending hugs, Phie, I know how you feel! I'm struggling to keep my spirits up today. Running out of things to do while I wait for baby. Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy the peace, rest, go to a park, etc but I just want to meet baby now! I've just had a phone call from the plumber who said "oh it's your first baby, you're bound to be late" - NOT the right thing to say! angry

Sunday I think online shopping is definitely the way forward!

Ellie what a start to the week! Hope you get some good rest soon.

TomDaleysTrunks hope your baby arrives before Friday. I really hope my birth centre has air conditioning. DH's lunchtime task is to get some more cooling spray for the labour, I don't know if one bottle is going to be enough...

Right, need to get off the computer and head out in the sunshine. Perhaps some Vitamin D will get rid of the grump.

Have a lovely day all x

Abzs Mon 15-Jul-13 11:36:45

Congratulations thinking and everyone else. thinking I hope you escape the hospital sauna quickly...

Good name choice cheek grin

princessllama I think it was you who asked about the building work - it is still very noisy and there's no way I can keep the windows shut in this weather. I am working on the assumption that J will never have any problems with being distracted by background noise having this going on so early in his life.

AmaDablam Mon 15-Jul-13 11:40:54

Hi everyone
Just marking my place in the new thread and to say congratulations to Thinking and all the other new arrivals (or congratulations again if I've said it on FB - it's getting too much for my baby brain to work out who is who sometimes!!)

Nothing much going on here, just lots of BH's and general achiness. It's still the heartburn/reflux that's getting me down most at the moment and which I'm most looking forward to disappearing (hopefully) once baby is here. I thought it was meant to get better once baby had dropped but no such luck confused!

In my mind I want to do lots of nesting type stuff but my body is just telling me to rest, rest, rest and that is winning at the moment. Looking forward to this surge of energy that many get just before they go into labour - hope it happens for me or not sure how I'll get through it!

Thinking of those that are having inductions or ELCS (or indeed spontaneous labours) today and hope babes and bumps are keeping cool.

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dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 11:55:30

Abzs - its amazing what babies can kip through. DS1 slept through drilling outside his bedroom one morning and DS2 used to sleep through the road repeatedly being dug up outside our house (for no real reason I could see!) in his first few months.

Phie - no idea what's behind ds2's nocturnal poos - may just be abit of regression when a new sibling comes along. Am trying to encourage him to poo during the day again - he's mostly veggie and does 3 poos (if not more) a day! Please dont fixate on induction/no induction - there have been some really positive induction stories on this thread (think of Totally with her sneeze birth, and Sunday with her quick induction) for really valid reasons, so inductions if needed can be really positive good birth experiences.

Sunday - I'm living in jersey shorts, tshirts and maxi dresses from when I was pregnant. I'm still carrying alot of excess weight (at least 2 and a half stone) so dont want to spend any real money on clothes at the moment. Am spending money on stuff for the house instead - new parasol for the garden arriving tomorrow and garden lights too...

pocopearl Mon 15-Jul-13 12:20:04

Congrats on all the new babies and good luck to any arriving today! Im still waiting... keep thinking every little ache or pain or movement is a sign of imminent labour. Currently have my mum and dad round for the day (using my internet) so am hoping the stress will send me into labour smile hope everyone is keeping cool and the new babies are ok with all this heat.

MightBeMad Mon 15-Jul-13 12:24:36

Mammyk I'm grin at your plumber - don't worry, I'm fairly certain his qualifications don't extend to that kind of plumbing (or clairvoyancey for that matter!)

VinegarDrinker Mon 15-Jul-13 12:39:53

Losing the plot a bit with my MiL. She keeps inviting herself round/guilt tripping DH into "inviting" her round. How often and for how long do you reckon is reasonable for local family visitors? The problem is she's been here since 9am and shows no sign of leaving all day, despite being here on Saturday too. She'd be here all day every day given the chance.

We usually visit her deliberately so we have some kind of control over when we leave, I think we'll have to start doing that again before I flip out loudly and rudely and cause WW3, even though it means taking the 2 kids on 2 buses each way in this heat. It's still preferable to feeling invaded in my own house sad

MightBeMad Mon 15-Jul-13 12:44:53

Vinegar I think it's totally dependant on whether they're welcome/invited/useful visitors. As it sounds like your mil is none of the above I reckon visits of 2 hrs max, twice a week would be more than accommodating of you (and quite frankly, she should wait to be asked,but I appreciate you don't want ww3!).

VinegarDrinker Mon 15-Jul-13 12:56:52

She can be useful (took DS to the park for half an hour) but is mostly just really intense and follows me round asking how I am, how is B's feeding, sleeping, crapping etc in a head-tilty kind of way. Seriously tempted to just answer "we are both fine, same as the last time you asked 5 minutes ago".

Sorry, I know it could be a lot worse but it's DH's last day of paternity leave and I was looking forward to a chilled day of just the 4 of us.

waitingforwombat Mon 15-Jul-13 13:16:09

Vinegar - I'm having MIL stress too and I haven't even HAD a baby yet. On Skype yesterday she was asking about my mum's plans to "come straight down as soon as there is any news", and I made some non committal noises about how we might want some time just the three of us, and that my mum was happy to wait and see what we wanted to do and definitely had no plans to come and stay with us until we were ready. (My lovely mum had MIL from hell, and is therefore v understanding, and always comes bearing dinner from waitrose!)

Sadly MIL didn't take the hint and was talking about looking at places she can come and stay so that she is nearby (both parents and in laws around 2 hours away). I find it so hard because her heart is completely in the right place, but we are so very different and I am quite introverted and expect will just want to be very quiet for a few days, and not have MIL and FIL around - especially as they will be desperate for cuddles etc and I will be trying to establish BF, and they just don't entertain themselves or give us a break. (ie staying somewhere else means they will sleep there but spend all rest of other time with us)When "popping in" here before, I have gone for a nap/to the supermarket etc and they never take hint that this might be a good time for them to leave (or do something useful like make dinner/do the washing up/offer to go to supermarket for me).

I hate conflict, but I can see a nightmare family situation brewing, which is stressing me out no end. More worried about coping with this than actually giving birth (at least I get to do that without an audience!!). Husband remains all very chilled out about it, and I think has very rose tinted view of how easy its all going to be, and how excited he is about showing off his new baby rather than reality of no sleep/exhausted post labour/stitches and tears/sore nipples/hormones/just wanting some time to slob out.....

Congratulations, Thinking! Love the name Morven too. I've only ever known one Morven and she was possibly one of the kindest, loveliest people you'll meet (and no doubt still is).

Phie - try not to stress out about possible induction. It doesn't necessarily mean you'll need 'the drip' - I didn't for either of mine. With Naomi I sat on my ball having contractions whilst reading the papers with DH for an hour and the next thing I knew it was time to push! Didn't have any analgesia for either one. There's a real spectrum of what induction involves, so don't get worried over the worst possibilities. Try to stay relaxed - I'm sure it's what helped me. Needing/wanting a happydural if you do have the synto drip isn't inevitable either, but if you do feel you want it, then that's fine. Just take everything one step at a time. I think the more anxious you are, the more tense you become and the more pain you experience.

Vinegar my sympathies re:MIL. I'm really not looking forward to the arrival of the PILs, but at least this time they aren't arriving for a couple of weeks because of BIL's wedding. Last time they arrived at the hospital the day after & stayed for 5 days. It felt very intrusive because they stayed for the whole of visiting time for 3 days before we were discharged. I hope your MIL leaves soon. (or could you pretend you had an appointment to go to for you or B?? - maybe she'd leave if you went out)

pocopearl Mon 15-Jul-13 16:05:21

ment to ask the other day am i allowed to join the facebook group?

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 16:07:30

Feel bad for everyone re: in laws, ive told everyone that they may ask to come over but they will have to accept that no means no an if i say half hour tops, thats exactly what i mean!!!

poco ill pm you smile

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 17:09:25

Sorry to hear about the inlaw issues Vinegar and Waiting and about your parents driving you mad Poco. I think going to visit her next time sounds a wise move Vinegar.

I survived a trip to the supermarket with toddler & baby! Actually it wasn't bad at all. Had to go to the cafe for a BF and someone helped me with they tray of drinks. Other than that I managed it single handed. grin

Had a nice trip to the park this afternoon & sat under the slide to BF because it was the only bit of shade I could find!

Loving hearing about all the new arrivals. Congratulations everyone. Some gorgeous pictures on FB.

Thinkingof4 Mon 15-Jul-13 17:28:30

Sorry for those having inlaw issues, you have my complete sympathy!
We are home and all seems well so far

So here is my birth story
I woke about 2.45ish with a fairly intense contraction. After 2 or 3 more within 30 min I knew I needed to go in asap, so we phoned midwives unit and she said to come straight in. Contractions lasting a minute pretty much from the start, 3 in 10 minutes all the way in car (20min drive)
Was about 4am when we arrived and I was taken to triage and told someone would come and see me. 30 min later I was contracting every 2 minutes for a minute at a time and really needing g&a but not been seen yet. Dh was sent to find someone and I was immediately taken to delivery room and had a few puffs of g&a. Then waters went and I felt really pushy. Mw tried to examine me and I was about 7cm but v stretchy and I needed to push straight after.
Only pushed for about 3 contractions but mw helped me do this in a v controlled way -tiny push-breath- tiny push etc. So she was born quickly but no tearing only grazes.
Placenta followed soon after
Morven and I did skin to skin for ages and eventually she latched on like a pro! Clever wee thing
So whole labour from very first contraction was 2.5hours. She was born just over an hour after arriving at hospital and within 20 minutes of actually seeing midwife.
I think best described as very intense!! Amazing experience, my body did know what to do after all grin

I'm so happy, all blissed out. For those still waiting hang in there. The moment you meet your baby you will forget all the waiting, aching etc etc!!

And I wonder if Morven will end up being most overdue baby on this thread!!

Thinkingof4 Mon 15-Jul-13 17:44:54

Term plus 13 btw!

twirliedobbit Mon 15-Jul-13 18:02:51

Wow, we'll done thinking. I guess number 4 means your body remembered what to do!!
How did you cope with childcare for the other three? That's the bit that panics me. Have help on hand at drop of a hat but they will still be half an hour, worried that I will end up leaving it too late to call them, far too many hours of contractions resulting in nothing to jump on the first few!

Currently term + 3, but can see this one being another lazy little so and so....

MummyKanny Mon 15-Jul-13 18:06:03

Just popping on to say well done to
Thinking! Fab story and has made me even more excited about having my own birth story. grin

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 18:19:44

Ah, that's a beautiful birth story Thinking and a lovely speedy birth. Sounds like Morven was in a hurry to come when she decided it was her time grin

We've also had 2 more babies announced on FB group - Minipenguinmaker had a dd, Maya Grace, on 14.7 and OrangeBubbles had her DS by ELCS today, Harrison James.

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 18:22:21

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
MrsMillions - DC1 - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
Hai1988 - 12th July - DC2 - Girl!
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Guavasforbreakfast - DC1 - 16th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
MummyKanny - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS, Luca, born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander, born 10.7.13, 7lbs or so (3.4kg)
Quinnandthem - DD, Sophia Isabella, born 10.7.13, 7 lb 14 oz
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13
Esme80 - DD, Abigail Marie, born 12.7.13, 11 lb 2 oz
Cheekbyjowl - DS, Joseph, born 12.7.13, 7 lb 13 oz
Andrea75 - DS,Joshua Timothy, born 14.7.13
Minipenguinmaker - DD, Maya Grace, born 14.7.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Thinkingof4 - DD, Morven, born 15.7.13, 9 lb 5 oz
Persuasion - ?
EvelynJ - ?
OrangeBubbles - DS, Harrison James, born 15.7.13, 8 lb 8 oz

dinkystinky Mon 15-Jul-13 18:23:39

Twirlie - if it helps any, with DS2 I just knew I needed to call my sister (as my waters went but no contractions to start with). Same with DS3 - knew after had contractions 5 mins apart it was time to call our nanny to come over.

IcingTheCake Mon 15-Jul-13 21:47:38

Lovely birth story thinking smile

Silver15 Mon 15-Jul-13 23:13:50

Congtatulations Thinking.

This is not going to be a good night.

Poo leakage all over gro that had only just been changed. DH changed nappy on top of bed - big wee poured off the changing mat all over my side of the bed. I decided to sleep on the floor with the duvet instead of on the pissy mattress. Sitting on the floor feeding DD when a MASSIVE spider runs across her - so I dropped her blush! (only onto my lap, she's fine). It's not even 1am.....

Silver15 Tue 16-Jul-13 01:34:59

Totally, sorry to hear you are having a rough night. Hope things settle and you get some sleep.

SlouchingPanda Tue 16-Jul-13 07:46:35

Congratulations to MiniPemguimMaker, Thinking and Orangebubbles (and anyone else who's managed to sneak a baby out under my radar!). I love reading all your stories!

Sorry for those struggling with newborns in this heat. Sounds very tough indeed. Totally did your night get any better?

How are the rest of the still pregnant clan getting on? Sounded like things might be hotting up (no pun intended) for Icing, Phie and possibly a few others. Life is a combination of needing to put my feet up to combat the enormo-trotters and wanting to stay up and mobile to get this baby's head down. I'm getting super-bored and heading for sweep #2 later today. Given how uncomfortable the first one was I could really do with a strong G&T before I go... oh well. I'm hoping not to rival Thinking for most overdue baby but labour is certainly feeling no nearer.

40+5 and beginning to wonder if I have the gestation period of an elephant...

twirliedobbit Tue 16-Jul-13 08:41:25

Oooo I have my 41 week midwife appt today, wonder if she will do a sweep? I've never had one (waters have gone all three times with others) not sure I want to though!
I am meant to be going out for dinner tonight for a friends b day, not sure if it's a good idea or not, I tend to be very uncomfortable in the evenings, I guess I'll just see how it goes, they are def the type of friends who would understand me not going/leaving early etc.
Totally sorry you had a bad night, hope you managed to get some sleep? Otherwise, make sure you give yourself a day off today and try to sleep when baby sleeps.

40+4 - don't like these numbers creeping up sad

MightBeMad Tue 16-Jul-13 08:57:53

Morning all. Hope the night got better totally!

Congrats on the birth thinking. Sounds perfect (other than being at term +14!!)

Congrats to all the new arrivals (I'm struggling to keep up a bit so apologies for lack of personals).

Much sympathy with the over due ladies. Fingers crossed things get going soon.

I just has a strange experience with a lovely golden retriever in the street - she was out for a walk with her owner but once they'd caught up with me ahead if them (I move very slowly these days!) she refused to pass me and wanted to stay by my side; when I stopped so did she. I wonder if she knows something I don't....

MightBeMad Tue 16-Jul-13 08:58:26

Should say, 38+4, so not even due yet.

The spider made another appearance, but is still running wild on the bedroom. No sign of him this morning.
The rest of the night was otherwise uneventful apart from a big milky vom all over me, but I'm getting used to those.
Lots of laundry this morning....

I hope those of you still pregnant & struggling with the heat see some action soon.

VinegarDrinker Tue 16-Jul-13 09:09:05

Erm, B went 6 hours between feeds last night.! (I am 99% certain, although we co-sleep so v slim possibility I fed her without fully waking up) Obviously it was amazing to have that much sleep although my boobs were like boulders at 5am but should I be waking her? She's 2 weeks today. I think DS1 was well over 1 before he ever went that long overnight so it's all alien to me! She did feed absolutely loads in the day yesterday - hourly at least. And is catching up this morning!

Ooh MightBe! Maybe it's a sign!!

Wow, Vinegar! I think I'd leave her. DD1 was well over a year old before she slept for over 5 hours...

VinegarDrinker Tue 16-Jul-13 09:17:22

Yup, same here. I think at this age and for the first 6 months or so DS would only sleep with a nipple actually in his mouth.... hmm Obviously I've tempted fate by mentioning it now!

MrsMillions Tue 16-Jul-13 09:24:24

Hello! Long time no see! I've been a bit busy with my newborn DD and not even had a chance to lurk.

She arrived last Monday with a little help from forceps. We were in hospital until Weds with neither wifi nor 3G signal, but into the swing of things at home now.

My DPs came to visit at the weekend (staying at a hotel 5 mins away). Mum arrived bearing champagne and chocolate cake, just perfect! Got a bit emotional with them here, with both happiness and relief.

PILs coming this weekend and we got very close to WW3 sorting that out. All seems to be focused on their need to see DD with no recognition of either what the birth might have done to me or our need for a bit of space to get to know each other. Really didn't understand why they couldn't stay here (and there'll be 3 of them due to SIL). DH has been very straight with them and supportive of me though, so that's good.

Got to go now but for the stats list... DD Abigail, 8/7/13, 7lb1oz.

PS she had very long fingernails so we have actually used MIL's baby emery boards!

Persuasion Tue 16-Jul-13 09:29:52

Baby Felicity born 14th July (40+11) weighs 6lb 12oz. Came home same day. Sorry for so long AWOL I've been somewhat distracted!

I've just managed to catch up with everyone, congrats to all others with new babies, or was obviously a busy weekend for labour wards!

phie I just wanted to reassure you that for me induction was fine. Labour started by pessary and lots of walking. I got to 7cm with just paracetamol and breathing/relaxation. Then just some gas.

Full story will follow but she's just woken up hungry...

VinegarDrinker Tue 16-Jul-13 09:32:12

Awww congratulations to the new arrivals!

MightBeMad Tue 16-Jul-13 09:41:39

Congratulations persuasion and mrs millions!!! Hope the inlaws are a bit more sensitive when they arrive mrs m, and glad dh is fighting your corner. I think people who've never experienced a difficult delivery can't quite understand how debilitated you can feel for a long time afterwards (I think some of the ladies on this thread are experiencing it the other way around - having had a difficult first delivery they can't believe how well they feel this time around). Maybe when they see you they'll understand?

Vinegar - amazing sleep!! As long as she's otherwise well, no temp, plenty of wet and dirty nappies and no jaundice, I'd let her get on with it and thank your lucky stars grin

IcingTheCake Tue 16-Jul-13 09:51:03

Congratulations persuasion and mrsmillions grin

Isn't it strange how our parents forget what its like with a new baby? My mil has asked me to make her DS a cake for his birthday on 11th August, not just a normal cake, a complicated decorated one! Its only 3 weeks after my due date, so if im late i could have a week old newborn! Funnily enough i declined that one, even after the offer for her to look after my breastfeeding and brand new baby all day! grin

dinkystinky Tue 16-Jul-13 10:31:42

congrats Persuasion and MrsMillions on the safe arrivals of your dds - they both have lovely names and hope life as a family of 3 is going well now you are home. MrsMilions - I had a really difficult time after ds1s birth and it was hard for my parents and inlaws to understand until they actually saw me. Hopefully pils will be understanding when they arrive. On the plus side, I can guarantee things do get better and easier v v soon. Glad the emery boards came in handy.

Vinegar -- ds1 used to go for 5 hour stretches at night at 2 weeks after cluster feeding loads. Id say leave them unless youre worried about the heat and enjoy it while it lasts!

Mightbe - apparently animals can sense all sorts!

MarieKL Tue 16-Jul-13 11:55:26

Hi All, Sorry I haven't posted for so long. Congratulations on all the new arrivals and thank you to everyone who's shared their birth stories as well. I've really enjoyed reading them. I'm also enjoying hearing all the names. Lovely to hear from Shiv as well.

All those who are still pg have my greatest sympathy. I hope you're managing to keep cool and your LO arrives soon.

Big hugs to all those having trouble with in laws and/or parents. I hope the reality is better than the envisaged problems, or those overstaying their welcome etc get the hint soon.

We've had an amazing 11 days with our LO and his big brother, and I'm in a much better place than I was this time with DS1. Due to a bad experience iwith DS1 I've been formula feeding since day 2 but hormones have plummeted and given my milk has come in I feel rotten for not even trying so Following a night of tears because I felt so bad I have now decided to give BF ago with the hope that I can at least combination feed going forward. At the very least it gives me a good excuse to curl up with Alex and catch up on MN!

sending cool thoughts and birthing vibes to all those still with bumps and congratulations and calm to all everyone with LO.

dinkystinky Tue 16-Jul-13 12:00:42

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
Hai1988 - 12th July - DC2 - Girl!
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
MummyKanny - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS, Luca, born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
MrsMillions - DD, Abigail, born 8.7.13, 7 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander, born 10.7.13, 7lbs or so (3.4kg)
Quinnandthem - DD, Sophia Isabella, born 10.7.13, 7 lb 14 oz
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13
Guavasforbreakfast - DD, Lara Erin Ivory, 7 lbs 13 oz
Esme80 - DD, Abigail Marie, born 12.7.13, 11 lb 2 oz
Cheekbyjowl - DS, Joseph, born 12.7.13, 7 lb 13 oz
Andrea75 - DS,Joshua Timothy, born 14.7.13
Minipenguinmaker - DD, Maya Grace, born 14.7.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Persuasion - DD, Felicity, born 14.7.3, 6 lb 12 oz
Thinkingof4 - DD, Morven, born 15.7.13, 9 lb 5 oz
EvelynJ - ?
OrangeBubbles - DS, Harrison James, born 15.7.13, 8 lb 8 oz

Wonder who is next to pop...

Congratulations MrsMillions & Persuasion!

MarieKL it's great that you're going to give BF a go now your milk has come in, but don't feel bad for not trying right from the start - its hard work and even with all the effort in the world it just doesn't work out for some people. If you had a bad experience before then I'm not surprised that with the hormones on top of a bad history you used formula on day 2 - I think that's the hardest day both physically & emotionally. I think you need a lot of determination and luck to BF successfully in a lot of cases. All we can do is try.

twirliedobbit Tue 16-Jul-13 13:31:02

Wow lots more babies and all with lovely names, what good taste you all have.
Marie, well done for giving bf-ing another go, but don't beat yourself up about it either way, happy babies and happy mummies are the most important thing.

So just back from mw who couldn't believe I wasn't in labour as head is so low she couldn't feel it! She did a sweep, which was a little uncomfortable but now I am home it's really hurting, I feel like I am about to give birth without contractions, is that possible?!! Honestly feels like I am walking around with a baby half hanging out!
Just hope if anything happens that I get enough warning going to take at least 2 hours to get dh home and get us to hospital. Fingers crossed something happens soon....

Persuasion Tue 16-Jul-13 14:27:11

So here's the story: they put in the pessary at 6:30 Saturday as planned and with lots of walking and ball bouncing I was having mild contractions 3 in ten minutes by evening when DH went home. By 11 pm I was having 4 in 10 and had some paracetamol but was only 1cm. They got lots more intense but I really went into myself until at 3am I couldn't cope and suddenly felt like I was pushing! I told the somewhat surprised midwife who examined me and I was 7cm. Got rushed straight to labour ward and she was delivered at 6:40. I used a little gas and air but don't think it did much beyond give me something to bite on!

vinegar I also seem to have a sleepy baby who goes 4 hours between feeds. The midwife suggested I wake her up after 3 until my milk comes in and is a bit established.

totally I hope you got some more sleep. You did make me giggle though, I feel much better knowing others are also having body fluid explosions. On Sunday night we had a meconium explosion, while I was changing her she then peed everywhere and vomited simultaneously. Nothing to do but laugh really!

ReikiMummy Tue 16-Jul-13 15:40:14

Hi Everyone.... just caught up with the thread...

Still here... still pg... have loved it and so am a bit sad at the prospect of not being pg... but then will have a lovely cuddly new baby so yeah... a bit up and down and all over the place today.

Aches and pains in lower back, lower tummy, and down below for past few days... Sent Asked DP and DM to go shopping... feel a bit like I want people around - but also want my own space too....!!

Congratulations to all the new arrivals....

And a big... "We're nearly there!" to everyone still in the innings!

RM x

Shockingundercrackers Tue 16-Jul-13 17:48:48

Hello all... It's me,*specialknickers*. I've not posted here for aaaaages, but I've been lurking plenty. I was trying to limit MN addiction activity but fuck it, I've cracked and re-registered.

I literally can not believe how many people have had their babies already. Congratulations to everyone. Lovely birth stories and some fabulous names (*persuasion*, i'm gunning for a Felicity too if this little one's a girl, it's my mums name and has such a lovely meaning). I was due on the 9th, (11th on the list, which was my guesstimate, but clearly more accurate than the sonographer's). This is DC2 for me, so was hoping for an early one this time, but i'm a week over now with an induction booked for next Tuesday, I guess they come when they're ready. Been having lots of sharp pains, BHs and backache or weeks. I've stopped thinking "maybe this is it!" now and just try to ignore the discomfort.

How are all the innies coping in this heat? I'm absolutely wilting, it's regularly hitting 30 here and no sign of abating. Haven't taken DS to the park for over a week (nowhere to sit in the shade) so I'm feeling very guilty about that. Also getting a bit angry at people openly staring at my enormo-bump as I waddle down the street. There's nothing to hide under in these horribly stretched summer clothes!

photographerlady Tue 16-Jul-13 18:00:46

Hi ladies. How's the Fed Up Bunch doing? I slept in today and haven't felt like doing anything. Now curry takeaway on its way and still sulking. My feet are gigantic, I'm exhausted and have give up on today.

Congratulations persuasion and mrs millions

dinkystinky Tue 16-Jul-13 18:23:05

Welcome back Reikimummy and Shockingundercrackers (nice variation on theme there wink) - hope your little one decides to come soon Shockingundercrackers, it sounds like you're body has been warming up for the big event. I recall well the people staring at the enormobump days.

The heat is really quite something - its 34 degrees in our bedroom at present, which is just ridiculous. Jackson and I went for a walk this morning before it got too hot and have been camping out in our lounge with the shades down for most of the rest of the day. I like the sun but its abit too hot out there at the moment. On the plus side our parasol arrived today for the backgarden - it will be DH's job to put it together tonight when he gets back from work.

dinkystinky Tue 16-Jul-13 18:27:38

MarieKL - good luck with the bfing. Kellymom.com and www.drjacknewman.com are 2 really good bf sites I found which helped alot. Have you looked into peer supporters/lactation consultants in your area? I found with DS1 and again with Jackson that having the right support at the right time can make a world of difference.

Twirlie - that sounds pretty uncomfortable though hopefully means the baby will be coming soon. I think Schro had a similar experience - her waters went quite early on with DS2 as a result but labour didnt kick in for a bit afterwards. However, everyone's birth story is different as our bodies are all so different so hope you get the requisite notice to sort out getting DH home and off to hospital.

SlouchingPanda Tue 16-Jul-13 18:39:58

Still fed up, and right with you on the enormous feet! DH is cooking a hot curry and I'm drinking a spicy Virgin Mary in the garden.

Photographer - Had my sweep this afternoon (slightly less painful this time, thank goodness, but baby not v low at all) and booked induction for term + 12 which is a week today. Kind of good to know there is an end in sight, but 23rd of June seems a million years away from my actual due date! My consultant also said I had a "nice roomy pelvis" which is a huge compliment in obstetric circles...grin

Great to hear of new arrivals - gives me hope there might be an actual baby at the end of it for me too!

Icing - cracking work from your mother in law. Baking and decorating a fancy cake is clearly exactly what you'll want to do at that stage. Vinegar your tilty-headed mother in law with her incessant questioning sounds utterly initiating too. Mine is sadly no longer with us, but she would be just the same...

Congratulations to the new arrivals, and sorry for yet another whinghy post!

shelley72 Tue 16-Jul-13 18:53:19

Just popping by to say congratulations on all the new arrivals, I can't keep up! Hope those still waiting are bearing up in this heat. It can't be much fun but pregnancy won't last forever.

Nothing new to report here, still going with the feeding, have given up even trying to put F down in her basket - she much prefers sleeping on us as did her big sister. Bit scared to have her in bed with us as she's tiny. Other two a bit hot tired and irritable like me. Managed to get out for a bit yesterday (town and an end of reception celebration at school) and I'm paying for it today. Getting annoyed at my slow recovery and feeling like a crap mumsad

Sorry another whiney post. See slouching you're not alone !

Welcome back, ReikiMummy and Shockingundercrackers! It's good to have you back. I hope some more of the group will be put out of their misery getting newborn snuggles soon. This heat must be unbearable for you.

shelley DD1 would only sleep on us. We ended up using a hot water bottle to pre-warm the carry cot, which we propped up at the head end, and gently transferring her from our chests to lie on her front in the carry cot. (don't tell the HV!)

PhieEl06 Tue 16-Jul-13 20:05:55

Hello ladies, I haven't taken notes as I've caught up so personals are lacking, congratulations to those enjoy newborn snuggles!

As someone mentioned earlier, I thought something was going on last night as had cramps & Braxton Hicks, I went to bed optimistic & woke up miserable as I was still very pregnant & everything had tailed off! sad I've had nothing all day since but OH & I have dtd & I've just ate a spicy chilli, whether it does anything well, we'll just have to wait & see.

Thanks also for the positive thoughts & stories about induction guys, I guess most places/people make it sound like something to avoid at all costs unless absolutely necessary however I guess it can be an enjoyable experience, you ladies have proved that. Still want to avoid if possible though, so note to baby - GET OUT NOW!!

Hoping everyone is coping well in the heat & there are more babies on the way! 39+3

dinkystinky Tue 16-Jul-13 20:55:31

Persuasion - meant to say, lovely birth story,glad you had such a smooth birth. Hope that positive induction story helped you feel less scared Phie

MarieKL Tue 16-Jul-13 20:59:15

Thank you for all the supportive comments re feeding. I'll let you know how we do.

Slouching my second sweep wasn't that painful, and I was told there was no way I'd give birth before Monday. That was on a Thursday and our LO arrived on the Friday so fx for you.

Shelley town and a reception celebration at school sounds pretty impressive to me, no wonder you need an easier day today.

I can't believe how hot it is for some of you. So glad we now live near the coast in the North East and aren't in London. It's 25 degrees in our bedroom so dread to think what it would have been in our old flat.

Looking forward to hearing who arrives next.

cheekbyjowl Tue 16-Jul-13 21:38:36

I agree lovely names and wonderful to read of new arrivals. keep going those of you who are still waiting and especially those that are overdue. you'll be soon. thank goodness were not elephants!

vinegar joseph is also only feeding every 4/5 hours or so for 30 minutes though I'm trying to get him to do it more frequently.

Shockingundercrackers Tue 16-Jul-13 21:53:32

slouching we both have inductions for the 23rd... Let's see if we can shift these children before then... I'm currently sitting on a birth ball, having been for a long (for me, 20minutes, hills and everything) walk. Had accupuncture today but can't face any more pineapple / curry. I'm sure DH thinks this must surely mean he's on a promise at last but I'm knackered!

Going to watch the new Christopher Guest comedy in a min. That should fire off a bit of oxytocin (for one thing it's got Chris O'Dowd in it, and I have a huuuuge crush on him).

photographerlady Wed 17-Jul-13 00:00:34

Evening ladies. slouch have they mentioned what induction involves? Will they try the gel first or straight on to the drip?

I have a midwife app on Thursday and a bit scared of the monitored and drip route.

Abzs Wed 17-Jul-13 01:42:45

Hello Night Shift!

Think we are over tired here. Went for a short walk on the beach, which turned out to be an hour long epic. I don't recommend that sort of thing at two weeks, my joints etc hurt again and I think I got dehydrated because J isn't feeding well tonight though I feel like there's nothing left.

He's just gone to sleep on my chest, so fx for battery life and the kindle app...

cheekbyjowl Wed 17-Jul-13 02:15:50

hello abz. im sure theres.something left. drink plenty now. this J just took a while to settle and feed as its so warm so put the fan on and now.hes trying. glad of phone. it helps me not nap. oh sleep where for art thow?

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 06:58:00

Abzs - please try and take it easy for another couple of weeks - your body has been through a lot and is still adjusting so things that would have been a doddle previously are a lot harder. There will be milk in there, even if you're dehydrated right now And feel like therres no milk left. Drink lots as cheek has suggested, rest up and chill with J today. In another few weeks, you'll be able to do whatever you feel like with no concerns.

Cheek - hope you got some sleep OK.We have our fan on all night next to an open window and J and me in the superkingsize bed (dh has been relegated to the sofa bed as he's working and needs his sleep - though he has today off and has come down with a stinking cold so will be keeping him as far away as possible from J today, which is a shame) which works OK as we don't go up to bed till 10/10.30 by which time its no longer 32 degrees in our bedroom, just a balmy 29 degrees...

Hai has had her baby, a dd, over on fb after a quick labour after days of warm up/latent labour - hope that gives the innies suffering the latent phase in this heat some hope of speedy births too.

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 07:03:51

Photographer - I was a monitored and drip induction and it was fine while I had a lovely supportive midwife - she encouraged me to be active and eat, drink, chill to music etc. Sadly I didn't have as good luck with my midwives when shifts changed and got a negligent one - but that was purely bad luck on my part. My top tip to first timers - if you do not like your midwife in labour, you are entirely within your legal rights to demand a new one - i wish we had known that at the time.I know so many people who have had smooth trouble free inductions, births like ds1's seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

SlouchingPanda Wed 17-Jul-13 07:13:24

Morning all!

Shelley - thanks for indulging me in my whining. And you are not a crap mum! Am I right in recalling that you had a CS? Recovery is certainly not a walk in the park and must be so hard with other children too look after.

Marie - you have cheered me right up with your story of successful sweeps. Thank you!

Undercrackers - you're on! I've been walking, ball bouncing, curry eating, but it's too hot for any bedroom shenanegins! I also haven't been down the Chris O'Dowd route wink!

Photographer fingers crossed it won't come to induction for either of us. Induction in my hospital involves going in early morning and being examined to see if they can break your waters or whether you need the pessary. If waters only it's off to delivery suite for that, and drip/monitoring if contractions don't start in a few hrs. If pessary then that goes in, and it's a boring wait in the antenatal sauna ward til either you start to labour, or waters can be broken... so it's not inevitable you'll definitely need the drip, but is a possibility. I am consultant care for a few other reasons so wasvresigned to being monitored, but I hope you can get something more like the birth you were hoping for.

40+6 today. Come on baby!

lancslass83 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:34:31

Great stuff about hai, hope those waiting for induction manage to enjoy at least a bit the last few days.

I'm not sure if something's happening here or not - woke up un comfy at 5 am and then have had increasingly painful braxton hicks. Having tried to distract myself with work and then ironing i've given the tens a go which is actually really nice. Still assuming it'll all turn into nothing but as my plug went yesterday guess its possible this sill be the start....aargh

39+3

PhieEl06 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:35:14

Morning!!

Abz take it easy! As dinky said your body has been through a huge amount! Rest lots & fill your time with baby snuggles! I hope you & cheek managed to get some sleep in the end!

Thanks for the update dinky, congratulations to Hai! I become increasingly envy with every new birth!

Another thing I don't like about pregnancy... The awfully vivid dreams, I had a horrible horrible one this morning, woke in tears! sad
39+4, you know what you need to be doing baby!

lancslass83 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:35:26

Anyone know any good apps to monitor contractions?

MightBeMad Wed 17-Jul-13 08:37:46

Morning all! Gawd it's hot! Anyone got a crystal ball and can tell me when this heat wave will end?!??

Off swimming in the hope of cooling down.

38+5

PhieEl06 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:38:47

Cross posted with lancs, ooo sounds positive, I hope it's the start for you & a massive good luck! smile

shelley72 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:49:59

Yes slouching I ended up with an emcs after the little monkey decided she couldn't wait for me to plan a date. Went into labour with F just after watching the apprentice so maybe you could try that later?! I have never been overdue, (had my babies at 38, 39, 40 weeks exactly) so can't imagine what it must be like for you all.

Have had lots of help (though dh back to work now) but the slow recovery is getting me down. Just not healing as well as I did after birth of dd1, or as quickly. Unless I have forgotten how bad it actually was in the intervening three years. And it's best not to even think about how terrible I still look. and it's been nearly 3 weeks now sad

had a quick look and fab news on little Oliver, can't believe he's now 3lb! He's done so well, what a little star.

Sure there will be more baby announcements today…

SlouchingPanda Wed 17-Jul-13 08:53:46

Good luck Lancslass sounds promising - hope you beat the threat of induction at term!

scoutfinch1 Wed 17-Jul-13 08:53:47

Morning. Congratulations to all of the new arrivals. Hope you're all enjoying your cuddles and recovering well.

It has been good to hear all of the positive induction stories, after going to see the midwife on Monday I've been a bit worried about this so it is good to hear all of the positive experiences.

Started loosing plug last night so fingers crossed this is the start of something (39+2) I feel I might be getting over excited too soon though. Maybe the very long walk on Monday and pineapple have been doing the job.

lancs there is a contraction timer on the Pregnancy ++ app. I've nothing to compare it too but it seems like it will do the job.

Congratulations, Hai!

Fingers crossed, Lancslass. Sounds promising.

Cheeseandbread Wed 17-Jul-13 09:37:47

Congratulations to new arrivals- lovely names. Also living the birth stories.

Thank you to those who offered advice on let down and baths. I did enjoy my bath/ though not as much as usual because of the heat.

Jealous of those if you who are getting 5/6 hours sleep. The most Juno goes is about 3 and that had not happened the past couple of nights as I think she is just too hot!

DH is back to work today so it's just Juno and me...eeeeeeek!

shelley72 Wed 17-Jul-13 09:44:07

Ooh cheese I remember that first day on my own feeling well. Good luck. You will be fine smile

Cheeseandbread Wed 17-Jul-13 10:05:26

Thanks Shelly it's funny I just feel a bit nervous. Even small things like going for a wee... When DH was here even though he might have been in the garden and not with her I wouldn't have thought twice... Now it's a conscious decision- to wee or not to wee...

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 10:07:53

Shelley I agree with Slouchung - you're a great mum and town and end of reception celebrations in this heat would finish anyone off, let alone someone who gave birth 3 weeks ago. Be kind to yourself - you've done an amazing thing in growing and birthing F and it will take time for your body to recover.

Lancs - sounds promising - no idea re contraction timer apps Im afraid + I just guestimated. Hope all goes smoothly and swiftly.

Cheese - I remember well the first day alone fear. It will all be fine I promise - look on it as girls bonding time.

Can't remember what else I was going to say - hopefully it'll come back to me later. Going to take j for a little walk to the shops before it gets too hot I think...

shelley72 Wed 17-Jul-13 10:30:19

And if it's any consolation cheese I was left with all three dcs briefly yesterday and still had that feeling of utter panic. I even text dh to say I'm not sure I can manage to be a mum of three - though probably a little late to be worrying about that now!

ReikiMummy Wed 17-Jul-13 10:36:44

gah!! still waiting..... dtd this morning... DP now happy and bouncy - lol smile

bump very hard yesterday, not felt as many movements today, but there are some happening. just feels a bit different today. wonder if things are starting or if its just wishful thinking!??

is it too early for ice cream??

Cheeseandbread Wed 17-Jul-13 10:51:34

RekiMummy it's never too early for ice cream.

Shelly it sounds like you are doing a fab job to me! It's good to know that even experienced mummies feel the fear too.

Cheeseandbread Wed 17-Jul-13 10:52:15

Dinky hope your trip to the shops goes well.

VinegarDrinker Wed 17-Jul-13 11:03:58

I'm doing my first full day solo with 2 today too - and with immaculate timing DS1 has refused to have a nappy on and is insisting on toilet training himself! My poor nerves...

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 11:29:59

Reikimummy - I just had an icecream on my way home - never too early for ice cream.

Vinegar - good luck with the potty training. Can you hang out in the shade in the garden with ds and dd (that seems to be what my friends who potyy trained over the summer did).

twirliedobbit Wed 17-Jul-13 11:32:59

I found this one on google for the other night when things seemed to be starting, but not had much for it since then unfortunately!!
http://www.contractiontimer.com

40 + 5 :-(

ReikiMummy Wed 17-Jul-13 11:40:31

white magnum demolished!!! :D

Abzs Wed 17-Jul-13 11:46:56

What a morning. J woke up with dh and fed and fretted and wet/dirtied several nappies - so obviously was getting something last night. Then, mid feed, CatB brought me a very disgruntled sparrow and let it go in the bedroom. I've also had the man in to measure up the kitchen for new units.

On the plus side, J is now sleeping and MIL has done my ironing. I may even get to drink a cup of tea. Or go back to bed.

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 11:49:27

Bless mil - hope you get some sleep in now Abzs. I'd be freaking out about an injured sparrow in my room ( irrational phobia of birds - fine with everything else though!)

Mrsd77 Wed 17-Jul-13 12:19:46

Hi everyone! Permission to join you?! I've lurked on this thread for far far too long and have loved how chatty, positive and supportive you all are. I had an EDD of August 1st but my elcs date next week makes me a July laydee and it would be great to join you post-natally.

This is DC2 and do not know the sex though DS (4) is totally convinced its a girl!

This pregnancy has been a bit of a journey for us and I've struggled to totally relax into it. Now, with seven days to go I need to force myself to get immersed in the madness of it all. Been quite guarded with friends as to how I've been feeling for last nine months as very few people know the difficulties we've encountered since wanting DC2. DH is really encouraging of me getting involved in this thread as he's concerned that next week will hit me like a ton of bricks.

Congratulations to all of you who have had their babies and many best wishes to those who are waiting. This heat is horrendous but in spite of my gigantic feet and ankles, I still don't want to wish the summer away!

37+6

IcingTheCake Wed 17-Jul-13 12:28:20

Sorry guys I've been reading and not replying! Welcome to the new people smile MrsD of course you're welcome! It's a shame you haven't been able to enjoy this pregnancy too much, I know what you mean about not wanting to wish the summer away but struggling with the heat!

39+4

Not long now ladies!!!!! grin

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 12:34:11

Welcome MrsD - DS2 was convinced DS3 was a girl - and was wrong. He seems delighted with his little brother though so hopefully your DS will be equally adaptable if he turns out to be wrong. It sounds like you've been very worried throughout your pregnancy - hopefully with the end in sight, and your DD about to enter into the world next week, you can relax into it. Remember to congratulate yourself and do something nice for your body while still pregnant (massage - great for releasing water retention and banishing cancels, or a swim, or even a nice cool bath or haircut or doing your nails this week) - its doing a great thing and deserves a pamper now and again.

The last time it was really hot like this in July was when I was on maternity leave with DS1 back in Summer 2006 - I remember feeling so sorry for the pregnant women I saw walking around when out with DS1. Having had a week or so of the heat before J arrived, I can honestly say that I'm glad I wont be pregnant over the summer ever again (much as I loved being pregnant)! Its just a whole other world of hot isnt it. Hope all the innies and the outies and their mums are managing to keep cool in the heat somehow - looks like another week and a half of high temperatures are predicted. On the plus side the heat has meant I've managed to finally persuade DH to let us have a huge parasol in our garden which arrived today (only taken us nearly 3 years to get it) so may actually get to sit outside without melting now...

twirliedobbit Wed 17-Jul-13 13:18:10

Welcome MrsD, sorry to her youve not had the best of pregnancies, I know exactly how that feels, I had pre-natal depression with dc3, it's awful, and unfortunately I kept everything in and didn't let on (except to poor dh) until far too late, by then all my friends were giving the mad pregnant twirlie a very wide birth (No pun intended!) and midwifed offers of help were a bit redundant.
Good thing was that the min she was born it all disappeared and we have a very strong bond (sometimes she is overly klingy with me) but all those doubts and worries and bad tempers just vanished. Hope that happens for you too.

Dinky, I know exactly what you mean about the birds, I would've run a mile. HATE birds, although having to get a little better with our move to the countryside!

Absz, please can I have you MIL? Mine has gone on holiday for a few days (not that she would do my ironing anyway!!)

twirliedobbit Wed 17-Jul-13 13:19:02

Oh and please excuse the typos, bloody phones!

Andrea75 Wed 17-Jul-13 13:58:45

Hi lancslass with dc2 three years ago i used contraction master but no clever phone back then so used it on laptop at home. Was simple to use i think you can Google for an app. I did search before dc3 arrived and foundvit again butthis time didn't have time to use it as went straight in.

Am finding baby feeding and nappy app very useful as my brain is complete mush atm!

Mrsd77 Wed 17-Jul-13 14:09:37

Thanks for all the welcomes already! It's been tough bottling things up. In May last year I was diagnosed with a partial molar pregnancy at 12 week scan and it took some real soul searching to decide to try again. Thankfully we did! The sickness was hideous at the beginning but since I've been fit as a butchers dog.

Having elcs as my lovely consultant (been with him due to much gynae excitement since I was 14) didn't want me to vbac as this baby is on 97th! That's fine by me!! I have instructions as to what to do if I start to labour and I'm only ten mins from the hospital. Mum is just around the corner too so on hand for DS if need be.

Trying to get my head around feeding this time. Due to long, horrible labour, blood loss and a hungry young man, BF didn't work for me at all last time. I felt v guilty about it and beat myself up a bit to be honest. I'm trying to read up on how to give myself more of a fighting chance this time and also have an electric pump and ready made bottles at the ready in case I need to top up. DH has made me promise not to feel guilty about anything. Bless him!

Thanks for the pampering encouragement Dinky, though I don't often need it! Pre baby hair cut and eyelash and eyebrow tint have already been done. Now thinking about whether I can get away with not removing toe nail polish before cs! (That makes me sound horribly vain!blush)

Right, off for my third lolly of the day!

Abzs Wed 17-Jul-13 14:20:16

Sorry twirlie I realise I have done quite well in the MIL stakes and am not sharing! She is being a great help, as well as delighting in her first gc.

Hello everyone and congratulations to new arrivals smile I'm still niggling away here - stop start latent phase is not fun, especially in this heat, but hopefully it means I will have a very quick active labour!

Monday was interesting, had to go up to hospital for my IV meds and they did a check and couldn't find the baby's head confused Second midwife was called who also couldn't locate it, and they started muttering about possible breach position. Anyway, they let me go off so I could sit through the sweltering heat of DD's sports day, and then I went back up for the consultant to scan me. Baby's head is so deep into my pelvis that it can't be felt at all (despite both MWs saying it wasn't engaged as they couldnt feel it). So he is clearly ready to come, and I think I am ready for him to come too! DD had already been born at this stage, and if he hasn't appeared in 6 days I will be the "most" pregnant I have ever been. Currently 38 +1, and hoping I don't end up going overdue.

Secretly quite jealous to read of birth stories and newborn cuddles, feeding, nappies etc, but also a little scared that shortly I will be a mum of 3!

MrsD - glad you have been well pampered, and hope you enjoy your ice lolly smile

SundaySunshine Wed 17-Jul-13 14:39:22

Welcome to the lurkers, new and old. MrsD sounds like you've had a tough time of it, it will be wonderful to scoop up your lovely newborn in your arms and know that it was all worth it smile.

Phie, conversation has moved on a bit but just wanted to add to the others, I was induced this time and I had an absolutely wonderful labour. They started with a pessary, tthen broke my waters, and from that point my body took over and it was all go. Babies heart was monitored with a head clip so I didn't have those sticky bands over my bump, which was a relief. I had stitches, but they haven't hurt at all.

Congratulations to mrsmillions, persuasion , and hai, have I missed anyone? Hope you are recovering well and getting lots of snuggles smile

Dinky v jealous of your parasol sounds great

Cold refreshing vibes being sent out to all you innes hope you don't have much longer to wait x

MightBeMad Wed 17-Jul-13 14:42:10

Afternoon all! Well, I can thoroughly recommend wallowing in the swimming pool - it was bliss!! Now trying (and failing!) to find anywhere that has paddling pools in stock so dc1 can have somewhere to cool off too.

Welcome mrsd. I too had a lot of problems with feeding last time around. I'm hoping it will all fall into place this time, but if not, I've promised myself I'm not going to heap pressure on myself like I did last time (remind melt that in a few weeks pease!!).

Lancslass - hope all is going well!!

What feeding and. Spot apps are people using? I may download one in preparation.

Right, off to hospital for what will hopefully be my last set of bloods to check for return of the dreaded cholestasis. Wish me luck (though I won't get the results for a few days)!

38+5

Andrea75 Wed 17-Jul-13 14:56:25

Welcome mrsd glad you have joined us! I've found it so encouraging lurking on the thread and now contributing with so many who are in the same boat. Thank you ladies!

We don't have much family help here. Mil had hip replacement three weeks ago and they live 5 hour drive away anyway and my mum suffers from depression quite badly and isn't able to help. They live 2 hours away. Friends from our church have been bringing meals each evening for us which has been fab. In fact the rattles and babygro gifts are
lovely don't get me wrong but the food has been amazing and offers to help with older dd and ds
for playdates at friends so not feeling too low about lack of family right now BUT once Dh goes back to work and im juggling three kids over summer hols i think it'll be a lot different. I do wonder how I'll cope with three all at once. I know it must be possible and some of you have four (grin)
lovely dontvget me wrong

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 15:02:02

Mrsd, mightbemad - my top tip re bfing is to look out local help while still pregnant - find out local bf groups and pop in to be shown the basics while pregnant and check if they're running over the school holidays, find out if peer supporters in your area and connect with them (my fab peer supporter was the only reason I managed to bf ds1) and find out details of local lactation consultants - you probably won't need them but good to have the numbers in case you need to call on them in an emergency. If you're a second time plus mum, midwives tend to leave you to it as they think you know what you're doing so line up your support network now.

Not using any apps here Might be - just waking Jackson up when one of my boobs feels rock hard, trying to alternate between the two, and changing nappies every time I feed during the day or smell that poo smell. Good luck for your blood tests - keeping everything crossed for you.

Waves - sorry you had a scare on Monday. Sounds like that baby is truly locked and loaded!!

Thinkingof4 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:03:14

Wow I haven't posted for a couple of days and lots of new babies and bumps! Congratulations to all
My brain is officially mush so I'm not doing personals but hope twirlie and slouching don't have too much longer to wait!
Re contractions app I used one called contraction timer I think, it was free to download and very simple to use. Gave dh something to do!!

Do you really get a breastfeeding app??? Can't imagine what it's for, my strategy is just -baby crying?- feed/change/feed again.
Anyone else have a dm/dmil obsessed with timing feeds etc!! (oh she can't need fed again - yes she can, she's only 2 days old!!)
Anyway Morven doing pretty well with latch, my milk is coming in already but she is feeding a lot so not too surprising. Am a bit sore but using lansinoh which helps. Afterpains not as bad as I had feared, but taking regular paracetamol/ ibuprofen and still drinking rlt which is supposed to help too.

Shelley just wanted to add be kind to yourself, you are still recovering, looking after 3 kids and doing really well I'm sure

Also everyone else having first days on their own with babies good luck!!
And hope everyone else still waiting isn't getting too fed up with the heat

Thinkingof4 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:05:46

Xpost dinky glad your approach to bf is as scientific as mine!

Good luck at the hospital, MightBeMad

Welcome, Mrsd.

DH has a day of paternity leave tomorrow - it's DD2's due date. He needs to give at least 6 weeks notice for time off for his clinics and lists to be cancelled, so he booked one day for the due date and the rest of his paternity leave for August. It'll be great to have him around to help out with DD1.

I definitely wouldn't want to still be pregnant in this heat, but I really miss my bump & I'd love to start cooking DC3. (not going to happen for a while though, if ever sad)

Re:apps for timing contractions. DH used the stop watch on his phone to time the gaps between contractions as split times and just watched how long they lasted. They were about every 2 minutes right from the start. Not sure how it'd work out for a more gradual labour that went on for longer, but it was a simple way of doing it.

shelley72 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:06:49

Welcome mrsd. Sounds like you've had a tough time (not the same but we mc'd at 11 weeks between dc1 and 2 so know how difficult it is to find the strength to decide to try again). Glad you have and hope that happier times are just round the corner. Ds correctly predicted the sex of the baby, so you never know. And you have a 50/50 chance of being right.

There are loads of us on here bf now or with bf experience, with blips along the way so you have lots of support here should you need it. But you should never feel guilty about what's past. Ooh and I kept my shellac pedicure during my section so get that pampering session booked!

I saw my Nan and grandad today, who agreed that I looked far better today than last time they saw me. Think my mum may have had words !!! Seeing their newest g grandchild cheered them up I think. Still feel terrible though, especially as ds has come home from school saying he's not having happy playtime despite telling a grown up. I truly feel an awful parent.

Hope everyone is managing to stay cool in this heat. I'm literally stuck to a feeding baby !

shelley72 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:12:53

Glad I have a similar feeding steady strategy to others - F awake=boob, crying=boob, fractious=boob - you get the idea. Will see how much she weighs in at tomorrowshock

lancslass83 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:34:19

Welcome mrsd, thanks for all the offers re contraction apps, found a simple one via google that seems to be doing the trick. This labour is definitely a slow one, fortunately not too awful yet as a result but am a bit worried I might still have a very long way to go. Def getting more painful but managing with tens which suggests to me that it can't be that bad yet and lasting around 50 secs every 6 mins

IcingTheCake Wed 17-Jul-13 16:42:00

Oooh lancs still very exciting! And things might speed up for you yet! smile

Im thinking i can just will the baby out, surely if i want it enough, ill just go into labour?! grin

Shelley, just keep taking 1 day at a time.the kids must all be really fractious now at school as its so hot and so near end of term. My dd was exhausted and v teary by the time school ended for her. If all the other kids are like this can understand playground not being happy, i do hate it though when teacher knows and still no improvement, sad and angry making.
Mrs d hello! I had really rocky time bf with dd and ds, ran out of milk, sore nipples etc. this time milk started to run out but am on domperidone which, touch every piece of wood , is increasing my milk supply again- made me so happy.( I got v stressed about not being able to bf)

VinegarDrinker Wed 17-Jul-13 16:47:52

Lmao at the BFing "strategies" - mine is very similar. Coupled with a bit of self groping to try and remember which side I need to start on.

Another weigh in today - 3.9kg so up 350g from her birth weight already. At least the constant daytime feeds are going in!

VinegarDrinker Wed 17-Jul-13 16:50:41

Oh and DS is doing fantastically with his self toilet training - 3 wees and 2 poos in the loo with no accidents so far!

IcingTheCake Wed 17-Jul-13 16:55:59

Whoop! Go vinegar DS! smile

Mrsd77 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:14:32

lancs that is how my labour started with DS. Nice and steady for a whole day, went to sleep and woke up at 6 the next morning to full on contractions. Hope your experience is working for you too!

Thanks for bf guidance. The NCT bf lady who was in charge when I had DS didn't answer her phone (to many of us - don't think she just hated me!) but I will now defo look up lactation consultants in my area.

Just woken from my afternoon nap. So hot here I had sweaty eye lids! Yuk!

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 17:17:32

Glad the milk supply is on the up princessllama and that B is stacking on weight Vinegar And D's is being so successful with potty training himself. Have a lovely day tomorrow with dh Totally.

Shelley - its so hot I bet lots of kids are grumpy and fractious especially in reception. Don't feel bad.

Ds1 is off with his whole school to a beach in Kent tomorrow, ds2 and his nursery are off to a city farm, dh is off to lords and I will be stuck in all day with J waiting for my 10 day mW appointment.

VinegarDrinker Wed 17-Jul-13 17:25:08

dinky do your MWs do a community clinic? I've been opting to go to the drop in clinic rather than wait in for home visits so I can get it over & done with when I want - although we had the HV introductory visit today just at lunch time, so DS was not only running around naked but also getting more and more grumpy and attention seeking the hungrier he got! Not sure I gave a very good first impression!

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 17:48:25

Sadly I fall under the Brent midwives so no community clinic anywhere near me. At least its the last visit I need to sit in for.

Silver15 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:52:33

Welcome Mrs D.

No sign of baby here. Even the Bhs and pressure pains seem to have disappeared. I'm getting fed up of RLT.

Dinky what strength of EPO did you take? Also was it orally or vaginally?

Sounds like a good day in the Vinegar house! Well done B and DS!

I'm another one who lacks any formal 'strategy' for BF. if she's awake & crying or rooting she gets a boob stuck in her mouth. (after a quick squeeze of each one to try to figure out which one is fullest).

dinky - don't they at least tell you when they're going to call? The MW gave me pretty accurate timings For when they'd call round. They also called about 30 minutes ahead to check. I definitely wouldn't expect to be waiting in all day! Although the MW rang DH to try and find out where I was for the first post-natal visit because I didn't answer the home phone (I was at the supermarket), so maybe I was meant to wait in.....

dinkystinky Wed 17-Jul-13 19:39:06

Just normal strength EPO Silver15 - you can take up to 3 a day.Definitely take orally.

Totally - no they dont call beforehand round here - they just expect you to be in all day and get abit arsey if you aren't! As I had to tell the midwife at the last visit when 10 days post birth would be (she was insistent it would be Tuesday), they dont instil me with too much confidence at the best of times....

pocopearl Wed 17-Jul-13 19:56:33

I think baby has retreated back up no signs today, no bh, no pressure pains not even a twinge. Just normal baby movements. humph.

hope everyone else is having a bit more luck. smile

evelynj Wed 17-Jul-13 20:29:25

Hi all

Hope everyone is good & coping! Not caught up on all the activity yet but congrats to any new babies & welcome to new mums to be

We're home-baby Florence Heather Rose born on Monday morn at 9.50am, 8lb 12oz & she is absolutely fabulous! Birth was as good as elcs can be & staff at hospital have all been great.

She is the opposite to her big bro & super chilled, sleeping nearly all the time & feeding not that much but seems satisfied when she does so hey ho. I had an awful time bf DS so kept having them check my latch when she was on & they said it was fine. I have large nipples/breasts & done know if that is a factor but my word it hurts like hell when she latches on & not for the count of 10 as I've read somewhere but for a count of 20 at least, although it does settle after this. Maybe it's just getting toughened up.

Will check back to read missed posts when we're no doubt up at all hours having said how chilled she is.

Evelyn smile

VinegarDrinker Wed 17-Jul-13 21:07:09

Evelyn if it helps, I had some blistering and pain from latching from about day 4 or 5 for a week or so. Being anal about latch, using the rugby ball hold and plenty of lansinoh and we are feeding totally pain free now (day 15).

I have fairly big boobs and find I need both hands to BF a newborn - I hold them with the opposite arm and use the hand on the side I'm feeding on to support my boob, so the weight of it doesn't drag down in her mouth and create a crap latch. See cross-over hold here: www.babycenter.com/0_positions-and-tips-for-making-breastfeeding-work_8784.bc#articlesection2

Beginningofthejourney Wed 17-Jul-13 21:41:43

Congratulations on the new arrivals and lots of sympathy for those of you still waiting!
I just been trying to put theo down in his basket this evening but he's not having any of it! 1st time he was fast asleep as I put him down but he woke and screamed the place down! Can't see there is anything wrong with him as he sleeps perfectly well when I'm holding him. Not sure if he is old enough to be naughty?! Last night I spent 2 hours putting his dummy back in as he seemed to need to suck but can't really keep it in. I end up putting him in bed with me cos I'm tired, any ideas?

Congratulations evelyn. Lovely name and good size, fx she stays this good, sounds lovely
Dinky what an arse to have to stay in waiting, would do my head in. Great its the last time.
Begining i def dont think they are naughty At this age- research says learned patterns of behaviour kick in at 6 mths. I think they just feel more secure in your arms. Can you put him down in his basket in daytime for a kick to get used to it? Or try swaddling? Sonebody( totaly?) has a trick with hot water bottle but perhaps not in this weather! Dare i say it, cranial osteopathy is good for settling babies. Have to say humphrey is on my chest alot though i vowed not to do it

Also, begining, nuk have quite a good dummy for staying in- it's 0-6 mths white one with heart on avail from occado. Its smoother on outside part so doesnt catch on sheets/ hands etc

SlouchingPanda Wed 17-Jul-13 23:07:48

Congrats Evelyn and Hai (have we had the official announcement yet?).

Well, without wanting to get you all too excited, I'm possibly feeling a bit contracty today... certainly much stronger and more frequent BHs. Will see what tonight brings but going to try to sleep now although secretly hoping to be woken by some proper good going contractions.

photographerlady Wed 17-Jul-13 23:21:48

slouch good luck tonight!!!

cheekbyjowl Wed 17-Jul-13 23:44:57

good luck slouching.

mightbe Im.using an app called i baby I think. I thought it would help if midwife asked how he was feeding etc..

j has started cluster feeding...this is a new experience... im hoping he starts to like sleep in equal measures smile

pocopearl Wed 17-Jul-13 23:57:28

Baby has been moving a lot and I am now getting lots of pressure down there. No bh though but some minir back pain (think that is more when baby is moving) could this be it starting?

MummyKanny Thu 18-Jul-13 00:18:21

Hi all

Another outie to add to the list - Alice born on Monday weighing 6lbs 6oz. Not quite the natural birth I planned but she is here now and she is gorgeous!

I wanted the help of the professional mums out there - I'm having difficulty getting her to latch on and she is clearly hungry, although she has done 2 poos and 1 wee. She has been screaming this evening, rooting and sucking her fingers which I take to be a sign that she is hungry.

She takes the breast but doesn't latch on properly - she sucks at the nipple but not the entire nipple for about 5 seconds and then pulls off crying. Or she pushes away with her hands. I've tried both breasts, tummy to mummy, nose to nipple, tickling her chin, nose and cheeks but this doesn't seem to work.

I'm thinking of giving her a couple of spoonfuls of formula as it's breaking my heart to see her so sad. Any tips?

Good luck to poco and slouching! Will catch up on the rest of the thread later.

MrsRoss26 Thu 18-Jul-13 01:50:30

Congratulations to all the new mums grin on phone, so apologies for no personals. Reading all the birth stories is making me quite envy ! Although reading about all the latching issues I'm also almost glad baby hasn't come yet and I don't have to face this!

Is there a wide-awake club any more or have you all hatched? grin Am 39+0 and have developed what I suspect is PUPP which is driving me mad tonight.

Sorry for the me post...hopefully things will progress soon and I.can join all of the outies in blissed-out sleepless land wink

Congratulations, MummyKanny! I'm afraid I'm no help with BF advice - both of mine have just seemed to know what to do (as soon as they got past their initial too-sleepy-to-feed couple of days). I'm sure our technique isn't exactly 'right', but it works.

Fingers crossed for Slouching and poco.

Hope you get done sleep, MrsRoss. Awake BF, just waiting to see if she'll settle again - its easier to stay awake than be woken up after a few minutes.

Persuasion Thu 18-Jul-13 02:10:35

mummyKanny I'm having similar issues, particularly with my right side. I thought we'd got it sussed last night as she cluster feed and latched beautifully each time, but my milk had now come in and I'm having similar problems. I'm just persisting but it kills me when she screams. She find my right harder so over given up on using that side at night For now as it's too stressful. Have you tried expressing some off? I found that helps a little. Also ask on the breastfeeding boards, there seems to be lots of experience there and often people on in the middle of the night.

Congrats hai

Good luck Slouching and poco, and anyone else progressing! I'm so glad not to be pregnant anymore but F is certainly bringing jet own challenges, mainly feeding related. I could just sit and look at her all day though...

Andrea75 Thu 18-Jul-13 02:22:56

Thefeeding app I'm using just to remind me whether i last fed on l or r boob . A friend recommended it as atm both boobs arrived rock hard v quickly and i just forget ! If you wanted you could be v anal about it (!!) and record every sleep, poo, pee etc. I want be using it when the feeding and had boob phase has passed but its helping me right now.
How is everyone's night going? I just got a three hour chunk of sleep and Joshua is now having a feeding frenzy.
Congratulations on lthe new arrivals can't tag anyone personally on phone

Andrea75 Thu 18-Jul-13 02:34:27

Oops sorry several typos and auto correct mistakes. Boobs arriving rock hard?! They go rock hard half an hour after feeding. So looking forward to getting them back to usual size and no engorgement.

I find the first few days they struggle to latch as Boobs and nipples large and newborn mouth v small. It takes them a little while to work out how wide they need to open their mouth and i find like someone else said sorry can't remember who that i need both hands to hold baby and really direct their head/mouth etc. At first then in a few weeks they just get it and know what they're doing more. Joshua needs his cheek tickled a lot to remind him to suck too.

cheekbyjowl Thu 18-Jul-13 03:13:36

mummy I think the heat might not help so ive found lying down or laying back help him to position himself without a,struggle.

MummyKanny Thu 18-Jul-13 03:24:29

Thanks all, glad to know I'm not the only one with problems! I will persevere.. I managed to express some colostrum and gave her that, even though it wasn't much. I also fed her about a teaspoon of formula and she has finally stopped crying. Not perfect but I've not slept since Sunday night and have had a stop fly long labour in between so I was desperate!

I'm a bit worried because she passed meconium and inhaled some so I feel doubly cautious. Sure she is fine, just need to nail the breastfeeding!

cheekbyjowl Thu 18-Jul-13 03:46:37

yes do. sorry for brevity typing with one hand...this is the advice that worked for me...Spend a day settling togetger skin to skin. try to feed at first sign.of hunger as beyond that he gets too frustrated to latch. lie somewhere cool. try those two positions' ...they should be able to self latch (google

MummyKanny Thu 18-Jul-13 03:54:41

Thanks, will try laying down too. Tomorrow's task is skin to skin. Midwife arrives for a visit so hopefully that will help. Considering a lactation consultant if we get really desperate.

DH and I taking it in turns to sleep as baby is sleeping on her side. She cries on her back and we are both too tired to do anything else. Any other side sleepers out there?

SlouchingPanda Thu 18-Jul-13 04:57:50

Well, I'm still having really strong BH about every 7 mins, but it was the need for some jam on toast which got me up and out of bed grin... continuing to pass the show (sorry to those reading this eating breakfast) but I'm not convinced they're real contractions yet. I walked 4 miles yesterday and am planning to get back out there a bit later on to try to speed things along.

Off to bed for more sleep, I hope, but the dawn chorus has started and they are awfully loud!

Congratulations MummyKanny and my sympathies MrsRoss for your rash. Cold, wet flannels and lots of mouisturiser might help, but you may well need to see your GP if they don't...

41+0 (and really hoping today's the day!)

Andrea75 Thu 18-Jul-13 05:24:15

slouching hope you meet little one today!

mummykanny our baby and side sleeps a bit. Also had the meconium thing. He is ok on his back but sometimes i get him out of crib to feed and he's on his side. If he's just brought up some milk in his sleep its quite a good thing as he Isn't laying on his back sputtering. But i did wonder of there is anything i should do to prevent him getting onto his side??

I hope you got some sleep, Slouching and things get moving for you this morning.

SundaySunshine Thu 18-Jul-13 07:08:32

Mummykanny, if your milk hasn't come in yet she may not be satisfied by the colustrum, L was in a terrible mood the day before my milk came in. Also if you are engorged they find it difficult to latch on, it's like trying to hold onto a firm beach ball with one hand! I was advised to do loads of skin to skin which really gets the milk flowing.

On a similar theme, don't underestimate the need for a good wind. I've been told by mw, friends and a bf consultant that bf babies don't really need winding, but L is v windy (from both ends!) I've been using infacol at night to help because as soon as he was laid flat in his cot he started writhing and crying in discomfort, he settles much better now.

Dinky, I too have to wait in all day for CMW and HV it's such a pain, especially went they don't bloody turn up as happened on Monday.

Way to go vinegars DS! Self potty training is very impressive smile

Congrats to the new mums and strong labour vibes to those of you on the brink of something exciting.

L has a really stuffy nose and I hardly got any sleep last night for fear he might stop breathing. I've googled it and there doesn't seem much you can do about it other than spend the whole night worrying!

IcingTheCake Thu 18-Jul-13 08:06:45

mummykanny congratulations - love the name not just because its our first choice grin I really hope the bf gets easier for you soon, it can't be nice struggling through x

slouching hope the BH's have turned into something more now! Very exciting and fx you'll have a newborn to cuddle tonight grin

It is unreal how hot it was last night shock i ended up wrapping a plastic ice block in a flannel and sleeping with it under my face! Probably not too good for me but I was in tears felt like being in a hot car with the heaters going full blast!

OH has the day off today smile so ill let him have a lie in then think ill drag him out for a nice long walk and we can do some shopping! grin Sure hell be pleased! smile

Hope everyone is well! smile

39+5

photographerlady Thu 18-Jul-13 08:45:34

Congrats mummy.

Well woke up and still pregnant at 40+3, off to a coffee morning with the girls from my antenatal group all with their babies. Seems pregnancy forever is where I am at, maybe I can tempt her out before she goes to uni. ;)

Cheeseandbread Thu 18-Jul-13 08:51:23

Mummykanny I found feeding hard the first few days- especially when my boobs became engorged. The breastfeeding lady came to see me. She said imagin baby's chin has Velcro on it and attach that to the bottom of your areola- then the nipple should flip upwards and in... I also used lots of the nipple cream as I had sore nipples. I think the latch got better as my nipples got harder... Two weeks in and the latch seems to be ok now.

Hourly feeding last night because of the heat... Plus a squirting poonami all over me...

Slouching sounds like things are hotting up- good luck!

Mrsd77 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:18:11

Fx for slouching and lancs. Hope today is your day!

I was hot as last night too! Awake from 4 to 5.30 and really vivid dreams; it seems I was in the Apprentice final too! Ha!

Coffee with a friend this morning then an Internet shop this aft in prep for next week. Feel guilty at DS being at nursery at the mo. I worked four days prior to mat leave and I'm too huge to give him a lovely time at the mo. I know he's in the best place as he loves it but just conscious we've only six days left just the three of us. Being silly and sentimental probably!

Keep cool everyone. Hope mw has you at the top of her list Dinky!

Beginningofthejourney Thu 18-Jul-13 09:25:20

mummy I also was going to suggest winding, I find Theo does lots of head butting my boob when he had some wind. It is stressful the 1st few days but it does get easier!
Thanks for the dummy suggestions princess and other ideas, last night it took a while for Theo to settle in his basket but I didn't give in and get him out and he ended up staying in all night only woke at 12:30 and 5, sounds like he is just waking up now so good night! Better go attend to his lordship :-)

shelley72 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:53:06

Congratulations Evelyn (you have chosen a fabulous name wink) and minimizing on Alice (another beautiful name). 're the feeding, F was rather the same. Sounds obvious but has she been checked for tongue tie? That can cause problems latching, not taking enough of the breast and just nipple feeding. Hopefully the midwife will be along later to help you out. Hand expressing to reduce the fullness in the meantime is gentler on your poor nipples, sounds like you're doing a great job.

Good luck slouching and pocopearl - hope it's the start of something for you today. I'm too waiting for a health visitor visit today, just can't remember why she's coming!

shelley72 Thu 18-Jul-13 09:56:55

Minimizing??? Mummykanny I meant. Bloody auto correct!

Beginningofthejourney Thu 18-Jul-13 09:59:56

mummy I also was going to suggest winding, I find Theo does lots of head butting my boob when he had some wind. It is stressful the 1st few days but it does get easier!
Thanks for the dummy suggestions princess and other ideas, last night it took a while for Theo to settle in his basket but I didn't give in and get him out and he ended up staying in all night only woke at 12:30 and 5, sounds like he is just waking up now so good night! Better go attend to his lordship :-)

Beginningofthejourney Thu 18-Jul-13 10:01:27

Oops double post!

Mummykanny, humphrey sleeps on his side or his tummy or no sleep at all. In hospital scbu they were happy for him to sleep on side with towels rolled up behind back.
Sunday, are you sure lo might not be a little refluxy? Thinking of when u lie him down- maybe try propping up head of cot/ moses basket?

Begining sounds like a great night- well done. -am a little envious.
Slouching and others you are nearly nearly there, hold on. ( i got to the point of blind rage when everyone else had had their babies before me last time.

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 10:31:38

Congrats Evelyn and Mummykanny on the arrival of your beautiful girls and good luck Slouching and Lancslass and Poco for today - remember to keep well fed and hydrated to keep your energy levels up.

Mummykanny - J was the same a week ago last Monday - 5 and a half hours of latching in, sucking, coming off on the nipple, fussing, back on again. I had bf his 2 big brothers so knew something was wrong. I went to a private bf clinic the following morning for help, got a posterior tongue tie diagnosed and snipped that day, and we haven't looked back since. If you can afford it, get a lactation consultant in - very few midwives are trained to fully recognise tongue tie/latching issues. The advice from Vinegar (whose dd has a slight tongue tie) and Cheek (especially re skin to skin and don't let them get too distressed pure feed) and Sunday re burping them (especially if they are sucking with their cheeks rather than latching with their tongue) is spot on. Hope it all gets better for you both v v soon. Look at drjacknewman.com on how to soften the nipple area when engorged - will help them latch on properly

Beginning - swaddling and white noise helped ds1 settle in his own cot. Also put a muslin down your top then in the cot - will make it smell of you which will comfort him. I tend to cosleep for the first month or so while establishing bf then gradually transition them to their cot - be prepared for their sleep to be less deep in the cot at the start.

Andrea - J sleeps on his side too. Nothing I can do other than out him on his back but he always rolls back onto his side at some point. ds2 preferred side sleeping too.

Sunday - steamy bathroom and baby in bouncer can help with stuffy noses - but who wants to go through that in this weather ? Sadly too young for L to use snufflebabe vapour rub ( can use from 3 months I think) and nose prob too small to use those bogey suckers now.

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 10:33:01

Oh yes, elevate head in cot if possible Sunday was the other tip

twirliedobbit Thu 18-Jul-13 10:38:52

So 40+6 today angry guess this one is holding out for its commemorative coin!! No sleep again last night just way too hot, eventually went on the sofa at 2am and fell asleep just after 3.30am and up at 6 another cbeebies day in the shade again today me thinks, after taking the car to the garage for a service of course. I love how dh just books all these random things in the diary. Yes of course I can kill a couple of hours with a 2yo and no car in a boiling hot town centre!!

All those struggling with bfing, keep going, you are doing sooooo well and the first few days before milln comes in are def the hardest. I agree with hand expressing a little before trying to latch on, also gets the juices flowing easier.
Also for dummies, I found gently holding the dummy in place and stroking cheek or bit between the eyes/top of nose, helped them to relax and suck.

Good luck slouching and poco, hope you get to go in soon xxx

MummyKanny Thu 18-Jul-13 10:46:19

Huge thanks everyone. Feel so much better after a bit of sleep. She had a burp and a trump after winding which helped last night and then a few more teaspoons of formula. I'm having skin to skin now to help get my supply going. I've only managed a few drops of colostrum so far hmm. Hope midwife isn't too far away, due any time between now and 4:00 apparently... Tongue tie sounds like a possibility, I'm looking for a local lactation consultant now (anyone know any in North London?)

Good luck to Slouching, Lanclass and Poco! Will be thinking of you. Hoping all the other bumps come on soon.

Really am grateful for all your advice. I was at the end of my tether!

MarieKL Thu 18-Jul-13 10:54:16

Hi, sorry for the lack of personals but my brain seems to have turned to Colton wool.

Congrats to MummyKanny and Evelyn.

I'm waiting in for a HV too but she's said she'll be here between 11am and half past. I hope everyone else waiting for MW or HV don't have to wait too long.

Good luck for all those going sole with their babies for the first time, and especially those with other children. I'm dreading DH going back to work on Wednesday. No idea how I'll cope with two. In awe of you with three or more.

MrsD I really hope everything is much easier for you this time round. I had a really hard time with DS1 primarily around BF so much so that this time I was adamant I was going straight onto bottles. However on day 10 I felt really guilty for not even trying so I attempted it and 24 hours later I had sore cracked nipples and a crying baby so I'm now expressing a little but mainly bottle feeding and I think I'm happy with that and feel less guilty.

DS1 now trying to type and contribute to the thread so better go, but good luck to everyone in the early stages of labour, trying to bring labour on, and getting to now their LO!

pocopearl Thu 18-Jul-13 11:44:46

I resorted to having curry for breakfast with pineapple smoothie, pineapple and iced raspberry leaf tea. i think my poor dh is quite scared atm, dtd twice last night and woke him up early this morning to dtd, poor dogs have been walked this morning, having quite a few bh's. Am seeing my midwife at 4.45 this afternoon, evil cow wont do a sweep as am exactly 40 weeks today, if she dares to try to say baby is still only 1/5th engaged i may just cry, and give up and just assume baby is staying in there forever.

hope everyone else is feeling better hope all the bf is going well, and fx for everyone who's due date it is today or who is running a little overdue smile

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 11:52:55

If you did nct speak to your teacher - theory should be able to recommend someone mummykanny. Also try La Leche League.

poco I hope all of that sex, pineapple, curry & RLT has the desired effect!

It could be DH's lucky night tonight. I think the bleeding has finally stopped. I hope he's in the mood later because I'm gagging for it Just have to figure out what I'm going to do with N. I'd forgotten about trying to dtd when you're sharing a bedroom.

Thinkingof4 Thu 18-Jul-13 12:39:09

On phone so can't do to many personals but congratulations to Evelyn on your dd, plus all the other new babies!
mummykanny I'm in first few days of bf too, my milk came in yesterday which has helped my painful nipples but unfortunately Morven seems to bring up almost as much as she takes and because my nipples are cracked there is often a little blood in it which looks v dramatic but I'm not too worried about it. My poor boobs feel a lot more comfy now, and pretty much painfree once milk is flowing so I think latch is ok.
Another suggestion I have if she's fussing at breast is to express a drop of milk onto her lips so she'll smell it and hopefully latch on. It might also allow your milk to let down quicker so less frustrating for baby.
Hang in there, it's hard but will get easier and be worth it in a few weeks when more established
I seem to have another Australian baby here, sleeps all day, cries all night. The only way I could get her to settle was lying on my chest with me sitting semi upright. Not very comfy for me though!

C'mon slouching, twirlie and poco!!

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:01:02

Congratulations to the new arrivals. Hope it gets easier for all of you with bf. It's really helpful to read all of the tips before baby arrives, hope they stay in my head once she comes. Slouching if your still around or anyone else who could help how long were you passing your plug for? Sorry for TMI I started on Tuesday night and still going now. I wasn't expecting it to continue this long. So naieve and overexcited.

Good luck with the midwife poco

Thinking - DD1 would only sleep on our chests, so we ended up carefully transferring her onto her front in a pre-warmed (with a hot water bottle) crib. She only ever slept on her front. Before we perfected the transfer technique I slept with her on my chest in a big bean bag, which I found much more comfortable than trying to sleep upright in bed.

The other day I went out with only one breast pad (got distracted halfway through getting dressed) and ended up buying lanisoh breast pads because they were the only ones in the shop. They're amazing! With DD1 I used Johnson & Johnson after trying loads of different ones, but I'd never tried the lanisoh ones. Totally recommend them.

PhieEl06 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:05:58

Helloooo all, lots for me to catch up on so sorry if this is a huge post!!

Shelley your body has been through a lot, relax as much as you can & don't worry about your recovery time, give your body the time it needs!

Fingers crossed for ScoutFinch I hope it's the start for you!

ReikiMummy my DP is loving all the dtd lately, I think we have more in the past week than the whole time I've been pregnant, mine is very happy & bouncy haha!

Welcome Mrsd77, sorry to hear you haven't been able to enjoy your pregnancy so far but hopefully you can spend the next week really relaxing into it! Feel free to rant & share with us, I've found this MN group to be fantastically therapeutic & sounds like your DH is very supportive & thoughtful!

Agree with you waves about being jealous of all these lovely ladies & their newborns! Need my own now!

Thanks Sunday, it seems like everyone on this thread has had a positive induction so far!

Glad to hear you & Morven are doing well thinking!

Great to hear DS is doing so well with his toilet training Vinegar, at the moment DSIL is toilet training DNiece & having a horrible time of it, she's been trying to do it for nearly 6 months now but she's having none of it & keeps having "accidents" which IMO aren't so accidental! I guess some children do find it hard.

Hehe dinky I did giggle that everyone in your family has lovely plans, hopefully you & J can get some nice time outside in the shade & keep yourselves occupied whilst waiting for MW.

Silver15 everything has disappeared for me too, it's so disheartening so definitely sending my sympathies!

Lovely name Evelyn, can't remember whether I said congratulations on a previous post so congratulations maybe again! Great to hear your elcs was positive & you had a good experience with the staff. smile

No advice beginning I'm sure someone more knowledgable has come along already but just sending sympathies & hugs & hoping you manage to get Theo's sleeping sorted soon!

Good luck Slouching & poco really hoping its the start of something for both of you!

Congratulations MummyKanny, I love the name Alice & was a serious consideration for my short list but OH wasn't having it! sad Hope you manage to get BF/latch sorted!

I like your plan for your OH's day off Icing! smile

Awww Poco your post made me laugh! I really hope something starts for you soon, sending wanting-baby-out sympathies. thanks

So today I've given up of trying to get this baby out & resorted to the fact she's stubborn & will only come when she feels like it. I cooked a Pizza Express margherita pizza for breakfast (10am), I have a bit of backache but I don't think it's the start of anything, I just cannot get comfy anywhere other than my birthing ball. DSIL text me this morning saying she thinks I'll give birth tomorrow & she can "feel it in her bones" I personally think this is a load of shit, just accepting that it can be two weeks at the most now till induction so at least I'm going to have my baby sometime soon! All this taken into account though, I would like to have my baby today as I have a weird thing for numerical patterns & my birthday is the 6th, OH's the 12th & if Moo follows the pattern she needs to come today... I'm doubtful.

I hope everyone has a nice day, whether it be filled with newborn snuggles, trying to get babies out or just accepting that you're still pregnant!

39+5

PhieEl06 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:06:21

Oops that post is monumental, I'm sorry guys!

SundaySunshine Thu 18-Jul-13 13:06:50

Thanks all for tips on stuffy noses, I think I'll try elevating the cot a bit tonight see if that helps. He's also get a bit of a cough so it might help that too.

DD sports day this afternoon, I'm really looking forward to it, but it's going to be a hot one sitting in a field with no shade, at least there is a small breeze today though.

Hope everyone else has a good day, COME ON BABIES! Come out and give your mummies a big cuddle!!

TomDaleysTrunks Thu 18-Jul-13 13:08:30

Whinge alert!
Things I am fed up about

1. Constant sweating in this heat
2. Texts asking me if I've had the baby
3. Mates taking the piss as I thought the baby would be here by now
4. Toddler tantrums
5. DH stupid work rota and his 96 hour on call
6. The whole of SE Wales selling out of fans
7. But most of all: Braxton Hicks every day from 3-11pm which then trickle out to nothing, constant pressure in bum but no baby! confused

PhieEl06 Thu 18-Jul-13 13:18:03

Sending sympathies Tom, will/can agree on 1, 2, 3 & kind of 7. As for lack of fans, try freezing some damp flannels for 20 mins, I've found that cools me down!

TomDaleysTrunks. I think you have every right to feel fed up about each of those! I think you need ice cream.

Sunday. Take a big umbrella to try to create some shade?? Good luck to your DD. Make sure you both get plenty of ice cream too.

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 13:30:39

Tom - I reckon that when you go into active labour it will be quick. Do you have a paddling pool? I recommend wallowing in that in the shade as a good way to cool down.

Good luck to your dd for sports day Sunday. Hope you have a nice afternoon.

MW and HV have both been and J now chuckling in his sleep in his pram (just the cutest sound ever!) - just waiting for our cleaner to finish up and go so I can have a kip on the sofa too. Crazy exciting plans I know...

Scout finch - with ds2 I had a show on Sunday - waters went and he arrived in as hurry on the Tuesday night. With J I had a slight show on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday - he arrived in a hurry on the Sunday night. It means things are slowly moving on but no way of telling when active labour will kick in.

TomDaleysTrunks Thu 18-Jul-13 13:52:04

Thanks ladies. No more whinging now I promise grin. I have a paddling pool, that's the plan for this afternoon. Plus a quick nip to the supermarket for ice cream.

Anyone got anything else they want to add to the list? grin

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 14:18:11

Get some watermelon and coconut water too Tom - they're lush straight from the fridge (or freezer for the watermelon) on a hot hot day too.

Phie - hopefully you'll have a sneeze birth after this long latent phase. Hope you have a nice day planned.

Totally - I swear by the Lansinoh pads. Tommee Tippee ones are good too.

MarieKL - you sound in a good place (other than wrangling two children at once of course - that never feels like you're in a good place grin). Glad you're feeling a lot happier this time round.

Elderflower cordial? It's very refreshing.

And you could make elderflower ice pops.

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 14:23:13

Due date list (Innies):

CottonSocks - 24th June
Skelosia - DC2 - 1st July
Badgerwife - DC2 - 1st July
Cutandstick - 2nd July
Glup - 3rd July
PenguinsInThePantry - 5th July
Efme - 8th July
GeorgieWilson - 9th July
TwoOfThree - DC1 - 10th July
Specialknickers - 11th July
SlouchingPanda - DC1 - 11th July
Reikimummy - 12th July (DC1)
Thundercatz - 12th July
Twirliedobbit - DC4 - 12th July
LittleFlower888 - 14th July
Beaditsback - dc2 14th July
Mizar - 15th July
photographerlady - 15th July
Pocopearl - 18th July - DC1
Boostar - 18th July - DC2
MrsWildermac - 18th July
SingingMomma - 18th July
GingerJulep - DC1 - 19th July
Niktasha - 19th July
whitedaffodil - 19th July
Grannyapple DC2 - 19th July
Thinking positive thoughts - 20th July
Icingthecake - 20th July
PhieEl06 - DC1 - 20th July
AmaDablam - DC1 - 21st July
Lancslass83 -dc1- 21st July
butterflyexperience - 22nd July
AllYoursBabooshka - 22nd July
Isitme1 - 23rd July
Scoutfinch - DC1 - 23rd July
MightBeMad - 26th July
Cantreachmytoes - 24th July
MrsRoss26 - 24th July
Camb79 - 25th July
Sashabella0 - 25th July
BoyMeetsWorld - 27th July
marimba - 27th July
JessicaMLH - DC2 - 27th July
Lizincornwall - 27th July
LorrieJ- 27 July
TomDaleysTrunks - DC2 - 27th July
Silver15 - DC3 - 28th July
Wavesandsmiles - DC3 - 30th July
Trickybarmby - 31st July

Arrivals List (Outies):

SuperShiv - DS, Oliver, aka the little fighter, born 13.04.13, 1 lb
Emblosion - DS, Oisin Michael, born 27.5.13, 6 lb 1 oz
Beginningofthejourney - DS, Theodore, born 28.05.13, 6 lb 11 oz
Elliejitny - DS, Ezekiel, born 3.6.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Paolocee/Donna - DDs, Leila Poppy and Caitlin Liv
Princessllama - DS, Humphrey
Devilforasideboard - DS, Will
Schrosawmargerydaw - DS, born 21.6.13, Caspar Neil Ruaridh, 4 lb 8 oz
BB01 - DD Rosie, born 22.06.13, 4 lb 9 oz
Differentnow - DD Posy, born 22.06.13 8lb 4oz
OhGood - DS (no name yet)
NotprincessKate - Amy Rose, born 26.6.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Shelley72 - DD2, Florence, born 27.6.13
Twinklestarstwinklestars - DS, Max, born 27.6.13, 5lbs 3 oz
Gingerpanther27 - DS, Callum, born 27.6.13, 8 lb 4 oz
McKTastic - DS, Murray, born 29.6.13
Bigbelly4 - DD2, Constance Rose, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 4 oz
Chinainthegarden - DD, Clara Elizabeth, born 30.6.13, 7 lb 7 oz
TotallyEggFlipped - DD2, Naomi, born 1.7.13, 5 lb 8 oz
Vinegardrinker - DD, Bethan, born 2.7.13 (bang on her due date!), 7 lb 13 oz
Abz - DS, Joseph Robert, born 2.7.13, 8 lb 4 oz
Wifey6 - DS, Kyle, born 2.7.13
Cheeseandbread- DD, Juno Olivia, born 3.7.13, 7lb 2 oz
Tryitonforsize - DS, Gray Everett, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 6 oz
MarieKL - DS, Alexander, born 5.7.13, 8 lb 2 oz
MysteryMeg - DD, Edith, born 6.7.13, 8 lb 4.5oz
Pinkballetshoes - DD, Rachel Amelia, born 6.7.13
SundaySunshine - DS, Luca, born 6.7.13
CitizenOscar - DS2 (name to follow), born 7.7.13
Calmisthemantra - DS, Abraham John Anthony, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 5 oz
Dinkystinky - DS3, Jackson Rivan, born 7.7.13, 8 lb 7 oz
Marmitemad - DD2, Evelyn Grace, born 7.7.13, 7 lb 2 oz
Silverbirdie - DD, Edith Alice, born 8.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz
MrsMillions - DD, Abigail, born 8.7.13, 7 lb 1 oz
RunswithSquirrels - DD, Eden Rose, born 10.7.13, 9 lb 3 oz
BadmissM - Caspian Albert Sebastian Alexander, born 10.7.13, 7lbs or so (3.4kg)
Quinnandthem - DD, Sophia Isabella, born 10.7.13, 7 lb 14 oz
Tashtastic - DD, Georgia born 10.7.13
Guavasforbreakfast - DD, Lara Erin Ivory, 7 lbs 13 oz
Esme80 - DD, Abigail Marie, born 12.7.13, 11 lb 2 oz
Cheekbyjowl - DS, Joseph, born 12.7.13, 7 lb 13 oz
Andrea75 - DS,Joshua Timothy, born 14.7.13
Minipenguinmaker - DD, Maya Grace, born 14.7.13, 8 lb 14 oz
Persuasion - DD, Felicity, born 14.7.3, 6 lb 12 oz
Thinkingof4 - DD, Morven, born 15.7.13, 9 lb 5 oz
EvelynJ - DD, Florence Heather Rose, born 15.7.13, 8 lb 12 oz
MummyKanny - DD, Alice, born 15.7.13, 6 lb 6 oz
OrangeBubbles - DS, Harrison James, born 15.7.13, 8 lb 8 oz
Hai1988 - DD, Madison Alice, born 17.7.13, 9 lb 1 oz

Wonder who is next to pop...

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:29:46

Thanks dinky just getting impatient now. At least things seem to be getting started. Watermelon and coconut water sounds amazing too.

Tomdaley That sounds horrible, hope baby arrives too. I'm a bit worried now about the no fan situation. I'm in SE Wales too and having seen that the weather is going to be like this for at least another week I was going to get one today. Might have to look online. Hope it cools down soon

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:30:36

Thanks dinky just getting impatient now. At least things seem to be getting started. Watermelon and coconut water sounds amazing too.

Tom That sounds horrible, hope baby arrives soon. I'm a bit worried now about the no fan situation. I'm in SE Wales too and having seen that the weather is going to be like this for at least another week I was going to get one today. Might have to look online. Hope it cools down soon

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:31:34

Sorry, double post.

Oh dear. N is having a very unsettled day sad. She cries every time she gets put down and just wants to be held. She keeps falling asleep on people's chests. This is exactly what I was trying to avoid! She had been so content being put into her crib & carry cot awake and just drifting off to sleep, but since about 4am she hasn't wanted to be put down at all.

shelley72 Thu 18-Jul-13 16:29:39

Oh dear totally that could ruin your plans for dh later grin. I'm impressed you're even thinking about dtd already but then I'm old <hides thread from dh just in case>

In other news F has put on a whopping 11oz in 8 days and hv seemed happy with her. Didn't have the courage to tell her I still feel a bit sad though.

TomDaleysTrunks Thu 18-Jul-13 16:52:07

scout where are you? I'm in Abergavenny. Apparently b&q in Merthyr had a delivery yesterday if that helps!

pocopearl Thu 18-Jul-13 17:29:55

mean evil midwife wouldnt do a sweep, mean baby is only 2/5s engaged, and mean midwife is making me go up hospital now with high bp, protein, and swelling. fx a dr will do a sweep.

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 17:37:06

Tom I'm in Newport unfortunately so a bit further away but thank you. Fx there should be some in Newport or at least Cardiff

How are all the newborns coping in the heat? I just put the baby monitor on to check the temperature and it's 34 degrees in our bedroom! Really worried about bringing a newborn home now.

scoutfinch1 Thu 18-Jul-13 17:42:55

Poco fx for you

Well done, F, shelley. That's fantastic.

Fingers crossed, poco.

IcingTheCake Thu 18-Jul-13 17:51:21

Hope everything turns out okay poco fx for you x

OhGood Thu 18-Jul-13 17:54:05

Hi all - how are you all coping in the heat?? Terrible if you are still pg and equally tricky with a newborn.

Thomas (we finally named him...) is not that happy - gets floppy and lethargic - and so ironically having prayed for fab summer for last 5 years or whatever I am now a bit housebound.

How are you all coping? Any tips? We bought a fan, which is helping for feeds. Was considering offering him some water.

totally I second the lansinoh breast pads they are awesome.

Hang in there mummyk it's so hard what yuou're going through but you will get there, will get easier - was exactly the same first time round and while it did take a while it all fell into place at about 6,8 weeks and DD1 fed like a dream afterwards.

dinkystinky Thu 18-Jul-13 17:54:39

We are camped out downstairs in the shade or in the garden before it gets too hot Scoutfinch - only go up to bedroom around 10 at night when its no longer in the thirties (just!). J is spending a lot of time in just a nappy and a muslin!

Poco - hope you get your sweep and all is ok.

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