March Updates

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from itsallnew. Show itsallnew's posts

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    Thanks ladies for your encouragement.  I have been addicted to sparkling water with lemon flavor, lemonade, hot water with ginger pieces, ginger ale and lemonade.  LilSprout- your advice about the life savers was great!  I picked some up the other day and they have been helping.

    I had an u/s yesterday morning (2nd one, and kind of early since the last cycle I had a chemical pg) but there is something in there and we definitely saw the heart beat.  I was bummed that we couldn't hear it, but it was still cool to see.  I am hoping that this nausea and sickness is just my body's way of adjusting to a healthy pg.  I am still feeling cautiously optimistic.

    Congrats to all the ladies moving along in their pregnancies and especially the ones with babies in position to come out!
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from SarahInActon. Show SarahInActon's posts

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    Its very exciting to read all of the updates from everyone.  And a few are getting very close to their due dates!

    I'm on week 20, so half way through.  My mom loves to tell me that I'm not as far along as I think and I'm pretty sure that's her way of being in denial.  And this is baby #2 so sheesh already, its happening so get with the program!  I've finally started looking pregnant and not just fat so that's a relief.  I've only gained maybe 2-3 pounds but no worries as I still had plenty of pregnancy fat from baby #1.

    I'm also relieved that all my first trimester issues have gone away.  I can go a whole hour without having to pee and my sciatica has quietly snuck off through I know it will come rip-roaring back as I move into trimester #3.
     
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    Hi All - Sorry to be so late posting our PC died and I have been feeling crazy w/o it!

    We had DS last Weds and everything went well, he is a beautiful healthy little boy.  He weighed 8 8 and was 21 inches, much bigger than they expected.  He lost over a pound in the hospital so we are working on getting so fat on his bones.  He also had an issue after his circumcision with bleeding and they had to test him for a blood disorder which was scary but thankfully everything turned out to be perfectly fine.

    The c-section was not quite as smooth as last time, I was actually naseaus unlike last time when I just felt sick.  That made the whole process more stressful. 

    The hospital stay was great, I really enjoyed every minute - the nurses as a whole were fabulous as were the specialists that saw him for the bleeding - they were really great at making us feel at ease.

    Now that we are home we are in a good routine, he feeds about every 2 hours during the day and at night we do formula and he goes for about 3ish hours. 

    DD has been really good with him overall she is just very curious with him. 

    I am feeling really good, not on any medicine and I have been driving for a couple days now.  I know I shouldn't but I am lifting DD w/o much discomfort.  So overall life is great and I really could not ask for anything more!  Hope all is well with every one and I hope to have a computer this week and get back to see how everyone else is doing!
     
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    Congrats on your LO KT!!  Glad everything seems to be going well now, you sound very upbeat! :) 
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from kiwigal. Show kiwigal's posts

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    Yay, KT! Glad to hear everything is going well with you, new DS, and the whole family!
     
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    Congratulations KT!  

    I was thinking of taking the breastfeeding basics class at ISIS, has anyone taken it and found it helpful?  DId your DH go with you?  

    I hope everyone else is doing well.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from kiwigal. Show kiwigal's posts

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    oct09--I did the bf'ing class at Isis and I was glad I did. (I took mine at the Brookline center with Kristen McGourty.) I LOVED the instructor. I found her very down-to-earth and very pragmatic. She gave lots of advice on how and when to introduce bottles and pumping (which was key for me as I was returning to work). Her bottle suggestions were right on the mark for us. She also talked a lot of using nursing to establish a nightime routine for infants. For the actual mechanics of BF'ing, you use dolls and a fake breast. That's a little weird and not especially helpful. It's one of those things that doesn't really make sense until you have an actual baby trying to latch.

    DH really didn't want to go to the bf'ing class, so I didn't push it. I don't think it was a big deal that he wasn't there. (He did always come to meetings with the LC and got a lot out of those conversations, though.) That said, there were only 2 of us (out of maybe 15) who didn't have our husbands/partners with us.

    Like I said, I really appreciated it. I think the instructor is key, though.

     
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    KT - Congrats!!  One of each :)  I hope you are recovering well.  I'm sorry to hear about some of the complications with DS - I'm sure that was scary!  I hope things are going more and more smoothly each day. 
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from Trouble30. Show Trouble30's posts

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    KT, Congrats to you and the family on the birth of DS!  Sounds like you are really right back in the swing of things.  You are my role model :)
     
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    Congrats KT, glad to here everything is going well.
     
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    Itsallnew - glad I could help!  I wonder if saliva has something to do with easing the nausea...  sour things like lemons/lemonade would produce more, as would sucking on hard candies.  And those seem to work.  I wonder. 

    ETA:  Grapefruit has also been my obsession this winter since it's in season!  Try that - it might help, too. 

    KT - CONGRATS!

    Wed/Kiwi - I'm also going to take BF basics at Isis and was wondering the same thing about DH.  I think he'll probably come...as long as he knows he's not the only dude in the class. 
     
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    Congrats KT on your little man!  I hope things continue to get easier and easier with each passing day. 
     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from SilverFestiva. Show SilverFestiva's posts

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    congrats, KT!! Glad to hear you're recovering well.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    Congrats, KT.  Glad things are going so well.  Just remember not to push too hard.  Take the help that's offered!

    Welcome, new folks!  I have to chime in on the lemon thing.  Ginger didn't help me much, but I even went so far as to carry lemonhead candies around in my purse.  Good news is, I didn't need them after about week 13-14.  Hope it passes for you all soon, too.

    AFM,  US this AM.  (I get them monthly, but am now 21 1/2 weeks).  DS is right on track.  All measurements look good.  I've gained back the 15 lbs I lost, but above pre-preg weight yet.  Holding steady.  Cycle 3 of chemotherapy last week, looking forward to making the switch after cycle 4 to the other type.  It's gone very well, all things considered.  Tricky to schedule the glucose test for next month, because I get steroids with chemo.  We'll figure it out.

    No one will give a final anser yet if I'll even be able to give BF a shot.  Depends on when I wrap with chemo (prob around wk 36-37).  But, then I need to have one removed a few weeks after delivery.  (Then radiation, and I'll have the other one off when I get recon on the first side).  I like the idea of BF for at least four weeks for immunity, but certainly don't want to him to get any residual chemo, so it may not be in the cards.  I was bottle-fed, and turned out okay, so I'll have to believe that he will be too, if that's the way we have to go.

    We're almost ready to talk about registering.   Hard not to be superstitious.  Best wishes to everyone for quiet weekends!
     
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    Congrats, KT!  So glad it went well, although sorry about the nausea!  Sounds like things are just great now, though, which is wonderful!

    Wed - DH and I went to the bf class at Isis and we both found it helpful.  I was glad he was there because in the first couple of days following DD's birth when i was a bit out of it, he was able to step in and help me with the different positions we had been shown, and he was able to encourage me when I was hormonal and thinking I wasn't doing it right (which I suppose he could have done whether or not he had come to the class!).  I thought the anatomy part of the class was interesting.
     
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    Wow Cookie, sounds like you are doing well and in good spirits. Hope you are feeling okay with the chemo.  I am sure you would want to give bf a try if you are able, but maybe you'll find that bottle feeding would just be easier after all you are going through. I think I am more nervous about bf than actually having a baby right now. (maybe my friend should not have told me that bf was harder than the birth...) You will find whatever works for you. Congrats on getting to 21 weeks and having a good u/s! 
     
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    Thanks for your comments about DH going to the BF class with you.  I think he was thinking he would be out of place.  I will let him know!  

    Cookie, glad to hear you are still so positive!  
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from SilverFestiva. Show SilverFestiva's posts

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    for anyone on the NS...I just discovered a Maternity Consignment shop in Salem! I got a nice nursing bra for $12 - they had a bunch of stuff, I can't say for sure if the prices are a great deal or not but they seemed low for the most part as long as you pay attention to brand. there are of course a lot of Target things and I would just assume buy those new since they are already low-cost. But it might also be a good place to bring clothes you're done with and try to make some money back!
     
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    Silver's post reminded me - there's a GREAT baby consignment shop in Salem called Gently Loved Baby... it's very neat and organized and they only accept things that are in very good condition.  My MIL got a jogging stroller for her house for some ridiculously low price and I got a 2nd glider, with ottoman, for about $100.  If there's something specific you're looking for you can tell themand they'll call you if it comes in, and they also let you put things on 24 hour hold for free.
     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from SilverFestiva. Show SilverFestiva's posts

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    OK so I know this has been covered before, but just curious b/c I'm now at the point where I wonder if I'm going to even notice when I'm in labor...I'm the kind of person who probably wouldn't...

    Do contractions or BH contractions or any kind of contraction feel like menstrual cramps? I've been feeling sort of very mild menstrual-like cramping today. Just curious if that might be what it is or if I just have a tummy ache.
     
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    Web MD gives a description of what they feel like vs. real labor pains...


    GL!
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to say hi.  I browsed through the posts, but don't have anything too exciting to add.

    Welcome and best wishes to the new additions!

    Congrats KT!  While we were at the hospital, our cable and internet went out and then I had laptop issues.  Perfect timing!

    Silver - My early contractions felt exactly like menstrual cramps... and then turned into the most intense/awful mentstrual cramps I could imagine!
    When I got to the pushing portion of labor and figured out how to tell I was having contractions by touching my tummy, I realized I had been having BH before and didn't realize it.  At the time, I though DD was in a position that made my tummy feel tight - like she was bracing herself- but the contractions I could feel during labor felt the same.
     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from SilverFestiva. Show SilverFestiva's posts

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    So I'm 1cm dialated and "softening nicely." I know it doesn't mean much, but it feels like an accomplishment! I have apparently been having contractions, at least.

    I'm ready to leave work...everyone is annoying me...let's get this show on the road, baby.
     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from ajuly09. Show ajuly09's posts

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    Silver, you're nearing the finish line! Hang in there!
    I have an AWFUL cold and it's not helping being 37 wks. pg.  As if sleeping at night wasn't hard before. That's my rant, I'll stop now :)
     
  25. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    I can't believe some of you are getting so close to your due dates!!  DD is 5 weeks today and I feel like we have found our groove (knock on wood).  I just wanted to repeat that things change and improve so quickly, so keep your chins up! 
    My worst days so far have been days where I had to get up and out of the house early - for a bridal shower, for example.  This week I vowed not to overdo it and be content with staying in all week.

    Ajuly - That sounds awful!  I had a cold starting around 38 weeks.  I was SOOO stuffed up until the day after DD was born when it completely went away.
     

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