From here: Spotting week before AF every month - anyone else? to here: ! I've made some wonderful friends in the TTC thread, now many of us have their bumps & I would love to stay in touch with you girls without clogging up the TTC thread with our baby & pregnancy talk as its not fair on those still TTC...
If you've been on the thread please join me! If not & you were a spotter & are now a success story you're also welcome!
Thank you, for the new thread. It was a great idea. Hope more pregnant ladies/mommies will join and stay in touch!
How are you feeling, MrsP? My back is killing me, breathing is getting harder and heartburn is my worst enemy. All in all, not doing too bad considering my friend, who is 20 weeks preggo, had just stopped puking every day and going to the hospital for IVs to keep her nourished. I was spared and I'm thankful.
How are you handling everything, daydream? Do you manage to get some sleep? I've been allowing myself to sleep in more often. I know it will all be over soon. This girl might end up being an owl. Every night, as soon as I get in bed, she starts performing her somersaults and won't stop for hours. I tell my husband she is probably already packing her stuff and getting ready to leave soon and see the world.
Eeee Katie can't believe how far along we both are! When do you finish work? I'm hanging on another 5 weeks, can't wait to be off! Us UK ladies are very lucky with maternity leave & I plan to stay off til Jan 2014! I had the new whooping cough jab yesterday (not sure if you have that over there?) and I've woken up this morning to a very sore arm! Baby P is good during the night and doesn't move that much at the minute during the night - hoping its a sign of things to come! But it goes crazy during the day! I have a desk job & it squirms & bashes itself off the desk during the day lol, & around 8pm when we settle down for tea it also goes wild. I had problems with my back early on & bought a pregnancy pillow which has helped. I'm starting to get sore sitting at work though Yeh I have a friend who's had it bad compared to me, though she's not been hospitalised, but the terrible sickness she had in first tri comes back every now & again & she gets terrible heartburn. I usually get heartburn every day but only mild. I've heard it's a sign of hair?!
Daydream how's Harrison doing Hun? How's the bf'ing going? You got new pics in your journal? Will have to take a peek. We will be asking you all the labour questions when it gets closer!
Got to get showered & off to work now, catch you girls later xx
Hey ladies, hope you don't mind me stalking, even though I haven't been hanging around here long. The spotters thread is the only thread I really follow on bnb, so I'm hoping to get some helpful tips from you ladies!
Things here are good with our little guy. He sleeps well from midnight on to the morning. My DH has been giving him a bottle of my breast milk for the midnight/1am feeding so that I'm able to go to bed around 9 or 10. Then I take over for the 4am wake up and 8/9 am wake up. I haven't had a night where I didn't get enough sleep since around the 3 week growth spurt. Being able to split the work with DH helps a lot, but I think we'll have to change the routine when he goes back to work after his leave. Katie - definitely sleep in while you can. I slept a lot during my last few weeks of pregnancy and it was heavenly. Your body is gearing up for labor so probably why you need the extra rest.
Our Bf journey has ended up great, though it was rough at the beginning. Before my milk came in poor LO was starving at wanted to be at the breast 24/7. Well during that time his latch was shallow and he really tore up my nipples. Then when my milk came in, it was way too much and I had such a forceful letdown that he would just pull off and scream. I was able to get in to the lactation consultants that day thankfully and they gave me a nipple shield to let my nipples heal and to help block the stream of milk so LO could drink it easier. I used the shields for a couple weeks until my nipples were completely healed. Then started giving my bare breast again, I had to be very diligent on making sure he latched deep enough and had his lips turned outward, but now we're doing so great. No problems and he even takes a bottle and doesn't have nipple confusion when it's time to breastfeed again.
Otherwise things are well, he gets fussy in the evenings, we've battled diaper rash, which is better now. Our new thing that were seeing a doctor for today is he has a mass in his groin which we think might be a hernia. It doesn't seem to hurt him, but from my googling I'm worried because they say it will require minor surgery. I'm trying not too get to ahead of myself until we see the doctor, but the thought of my little guy being cut open is killing me. I'll let you guys know how it goes today.
Oh no daydream hope your LO is ok! I think hernias are pretty common though, is it similar to an umbilical hernia? Glad to hear he's sleeping well & brill he's managing bottle too! My irl friend used nipple shields & she found her LO took the bottle much better. I'm hoping to express so I can get out the house a little bit, I imagine solely bf'ing is so tying & tiring!
Hi cat, glad you're joining us! Hope your pregnancy is going well!
Daydream, I hope the mass is nothing serious, let us know what the doctors say. Interesting to hear about you bf experience. My mother in law brought me a book from her NICU on breastfeeding and I was surprised to read about all the issues that may come along, shallow latch, torn nipples, strong flow... I thought you just stick it in baby's mouth and you're good to go.
MrsP, after we moved I decided not to look for a fulltime position, since I was already pregnant. I can work part time from home though, so that's not an issue. That's why I've been able to adjust work schedule to my needs and sleep in when I want to. I did get a pillow too and it somewhat helped my back. Regarding heartburn and baby's hair, I always considered it an old wife's tale, I'll let you know how hairy she comes out I can't believe how close we are getting!
Here in the hospital, will have surgery tomorrow. It's apparently the most common pediatric surgery. I've read everything to get informed, trying to reassure myself. Surgery is the only option so nothing else we can do. It's an inguinal hernia, diff than umbilical. Trying to be a strong momma.
daydream - Sorry to hear about the surgery. Good to know that it is common though. I hope everything is fine.
Also, thanks for sharing your BFing experience. Having a hard time BFing is something that worries me. I'll have to buy a book to try to prepare myself as much as possible.
My pregnancy is going well. I didn't have terrible symptoms - a little nausea but not bad, mainly just REALLY hungry all the time, which seems like it may be calming down a little bit now. The worst thing is that I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping. I'm taking benadryl every now and then just to get a full night's sleep sometimes.
We did have our first u/s yesterday - a NT scan. It was great being able to see the baby, and my OH was especially excited because he wasn't at the appointment 2 weeks ago when I heard the heartbeat. When the scan first started, the baby was moving around a lot, but about halfway through, it decided it was time to chill out and not move for awhile. It frustrated the tech, because it wasn't in a great position to measure the fluid. It was pretty funny. We also heard the heartbeat, which was 170, and saw two legs, arms, and hands. So far, so good!
I haven't gotten the official results of the NT scan, but I saw that the measurement was 1.0, which seems good. They'll have to combine that with the blood test and hopefully call me soon. I don't know how long it takes to get the results.
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