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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 11:56 AM   8291
Wicky78
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Thanks, Wish and Miki, for the positive vibes and excitement. I have labs scheduled for tomorrow morning, so I'm hoping I'll have my first beta results tomorrow afternoon sometime. I am trying to keep a level head, but after the last 48 hours, it's not very easy to do! I really appreciate having this forum because, without it, I probably would be completely stark raving mad by now! Watching everyone who has gotten their BFPs has given me hope and also showed me that it's not the end of the world if I never got my BFP. This has so helped me to be more zen about this process and made this month so much easier than prior cycles.

It is bittersweet since my brother is going down hill more quickly than we originally knew. My SIL is not big on communicating and has limited her updates/information to Facebook, but doesn't give much detail because it's a public forum. So we only learned last night that he is really weak, confused a lot of the time, and in a ton of pain. Thankfully, they agreed to Hospice, so he is under their care and maybe can get some relief. Sometimes I feel a little guilty being so happy about my own news when my brother is nearing the end of his life and his wife is barely coping. Yesterday I had the thought that my brother is likely to "meet" my baby before I do, which was somehow comforting and heartbreaking at the same time.

Wish, I'm so excited for you with the twins. I am looking forward to hearing about their antics when they get bigger!

Miki, you seem to understand your mom's MO and are working with it. I love your perspective that she is so concerned with appearances, she is trying to look like she's excited and supportive, which is a bonus for you and the baby. I hope that all the other people who really care about you and your LO show tons of love and support to make up for your mom.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 13:21 PM   8292
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I understand how you feel, wicky - not that I've gone through it but I think if I had, I'd feel the same. I'm so sorry about the state your brother is in and I hope he gets some relief soon. I do love that idea about him 'meeting' the baby first. I feel like my boys spent some quality time with their grandmother (DH's mom) before coming to us.



 
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Old Sep 13th, 2017, 21:35 PM   8293
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Wish- Hooray for your obvious bump! I bet you look great! You donít sound like you are complaining to meÖ from talking to people and from my own experience, Iíve discovered that pregnancy is very uncomfortable for most women! I seem to be facing similar issues as you are, with my inability to sit comfortably in my spot on the couch, and being very uncomfortable sitting at my desk. Unfortunately, no chair is working for me at the moment, so sitting in the lab is also getting to me. Standing is not so bad these days, but thatís up and down. Sometimes I feel pretty ok standing around, and sometimes I really have to keep sitting down. Iím now having very bad tightness in my upper back and around my torso, it feels like Iím doing a massive workout even when Iím just sitting down! I think I overdid it with the exercise the past few days. Iím ok with the chemicals now, thanks for asking! I just do what I can to maximize safety, and minimize breathing around them.

Wicky- Fx that you get a very good result from your labs tomorrow! Itís so sad about your brother; I really hope that he gets great care at the hospice and they comfort him and alleviate his pain to the best of their ability. I hope that you have good support to get you through this difficult time too. Yeah, I think that my perspective about my mom actually helps me see the positives, and it helps us to have a pleasant (albeit very shallow) relationship. The only way to keep my mom happy is to give in to her, so I have to find ways to feel happy about doing that!

Iím lying down a lot at the moment, I actually took the afternoon off work because of my back/torso issues. It feels like my whole torso is in a giant spasm. I hope lying down relieves it!



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 04:55 AM   8294
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Hi Ladies! It has been a while. I took my little trip and jet lag got me pretty good this time.

I read through what I missed, and the ups and downs... whew. (Hooray, Wicky!)

AFM, DH and I were apart during the window, so no chance this cycle. It's CD3 anyway. We are planning to not try for the next two months. While I was in the US, I bought some good vit C and vitex. I am going to concentrate on prepping my body.

While in the US, I bought some maternity clothes. It was stressful and a bit embarrassing, so luckily my friends were there for support. I didn't want to tell the whole story, so I said nothing. At Destination Maternity, I agreed to sign up for coupons. I wasn't expecting them to ask my due date. There was an awkward pause as I tried to calculate a logical date... I'm sure the clerk knew I wasn't pregnant yet. Oh well, she can go ahead and think I'm crazy. Then, I found a clearance rack at Target with several good things. I had those and a bottle of wine in my cart when I realized how bad that looked. My friend was with me, and she said she'd get the wine. But she has recently gained weight all in her stomach, and she found a pair of maternity jeans on the clearance rack that were so comfortable that she bought them! So... we ended up going through the self check-out and not drawing too much attention. Regardless of that stress, I now feel like I will survive wardrobe drama here.

On the kitty front, my baby has become quite ill. I don't know when it started, and I feel guilty for leaving him alone, even with a friend checking on him. We have been going to the vet for daily treatments. The vet suspects he has an underlying condition, but we won't know until he recovers from this crisis. He is responding well, but it's hard to see him suffering. I already love him so.



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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 06:36 AM   8295
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miki - could that be Braxton Hicks? or is it more constant than that? Make sure you're drinking enough water - I've heard just that simple things can cause some great strain on the body if you're not getting enough. I'm forcing myself to get through my water bottle (24oz) 3 or more times each day. I'm glad you're taking it easy when your body says to, though. It's good to listen!
I can't believe you're almost in the 3rd tri!! Where has the time gone already? 3 more weeks!

wicky - cannot WAIT to hear results!!! did you test again this morning?? anymore line porn for us? (taurus LOVES line porn )

all - so glad you had a great trip to the US! glad you were able to find some clothes. I went out on Sunday to find some pants/leggings b/c my regular ones are just too tight around the belly now. I went to Kohl's and Marshalls and neither had maternity sections! So I went to Target and they had like 3 racks and no idea if they had clearance b/c if they did, it was thrown in with the Plus Sizes and not organized, and I didn't feel like hanging out. So I just got a pair of jeans, leggings I wasn't thrilled with and a tshirt with the rouching on the sides. All full price - blah.

afm - I have a craft night tonight at my aunt's house, I can't wait. We are going to make these pumpkin decorations out of wine corks. They almost look like they could be trivets but I guess they aren't. Then it's FRIDAY! We are going to register this weekend, see "It" and then pop over to a friend's party on Sat, and then go hang out at a 5k our friends are running at a cool brewery in MA on Sunday and then watch football. And then next week I get to go to NC to see my family, leaving Thurs night!! I can't wait! Let the bump-rubbing begin!
Ohhh speaking of which, these little buggers would NOT go to sleep last night! They were rolling around in there for hours! This better not be indicative of their sleep patterns outside of me!



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 07:21 AM   8296
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Wish, the lady at Destination Maternity told me that all stores are removing maternity sections and only selling online. It seems they don't sell much in stores, so it's not worth the space. Also, almost all pants there were skinny! I hate skinny jeans, and I can't imagine wanting to wear them if/when I'm pregnant.



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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 11:45 AM   8297
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I was not on the skinny jean bandwagon for awhile and then I got on. So I miss mine! My 2 pairs I have now are just straight leg, though. Fine with me. But I definitely needed to try them on! I have longer legs and my friend's pair she gave me are a bit loose, so I wasn't exactly sure of my size. Annoying they are all going online only! if there is ONE time you aren't so sure of your size and your size changes with the wind, it's during pregnancy!

I forgot to say how sorry I am your little fur baby is sick! I hope it clears up quickly! I'm sure being a street cat for so long, they just pick up and share so many things, you never really know what you're going to get. He could have missed you too - my other cat would get so stressed if we were gone for a long time (a week or whatnot) that we'd have to deal with a little something when we'd get home.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 11:47 AM   8298
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I've been on a bit of a hiatus. I've been waiting for my fertile period. Plus, I had a busy week at work the week before last and then there was Irma . . . I'm a FL resident. So, things have been crazy.

Also, skinny jeans during pregnancy?! I don't think so! Comfort is key!



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 11:51 AM   8299
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hi TTC! how did you guys do with Irma? I hope no major damage. Where are you at? I have a friend in St A and they were still w/o power (and AC) as of last night, but I don't think they had any major damage to their house. I hope you're in a similar sitch.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 12:31 PM   8300
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I'm with you, Alleke and TTC on the skinny jeans thing. I don't like them any time, but in pregnancy?! No way! Also, I will be doing some maternity shopping soon because my bra barely fits and the waistband on my pants makes me want to hit someone by about 2 in the afternoon, just from the bloating and utie cramping!

So, the information we've been waiting for... blood work came back this afternoon at 34 and I go back Monday for 2nd beta. We are officially, honest to goodness, pregnant! And, since Taurus loves line porn and Wish asked, I'm attaching a photo of my progression on Frers. They are all 12 hrs apart beginning 9/11 in the evening, ending with last night, top to bottom. I am out of frers, so it'll be IC from here on out (which, by the way, showed positive last night, too, with only 25miu sensitivity).

Okay, going to make my pregnancy ticker



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