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By LilFlightTest (Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 12:22:16 PM EST) (all tags)
Almost done. Just 7 more weeks.


I'm back to being exhausted by 2pm. My discomfort is no longer nausea, but shortness of breath and inability to reach my feet.

on the plus side, though, baby has finally turned, and has assumed proper exit position. That doesn't mean the kid can't turn back, but it's unlikely at this point. If baby hadn't decided to cooperate, I was looking at an ultrasound with an attempt at version, or a scheduled C-section if things continued to be upside down- both things I wanted to avoid if possible. Good baby.

Junior is still quite active, even with the space restrictions. My belly continues to writhe and bulge with the movements of its inhabitant. It's just a lot more uncomfortable when there are tiny feet and/or knees jammed up into my ribcage. Up til the recent turn, baby also delighted in kicking me in the crotch (please note: In office meetings, it's hard to explain why you have a startled look on your face when the above is the cause).

One negative- up til 2 weeks ago, I'd had pretty much no stretchmarks. Between then and now, the whole bottom of my belly got stripey. At this point I can't even see the bottom of my belly, so I don't often have to see it, just in places with mirrors.

counterbalancing positive? I still seem to be carrying in a fairly compact fashion. I always hated those women who appeared to have swallowed basketballs, just because I knew I would never be able to be that cute while pregnant...yet somehow I managed to be one of them (crap, does this mean I hate myself?). If you walked up behind me, you might wonder if I'd put on a couple pounds, but you wouldn't be able to tell that I'm pregnant.

so, overall, pretty happy, but I'm getting to the point where I'm just ready to be done. We have to set up the baby's room yet (though we won't have the furniture for a couple weeks) and finish some minor renovations to the living room. Anyone want to come paint? We have a new couch on the way, probably just in time for my water to break all over it. I'm all set to begin training my sub at work, hopefully I can pass along enough info in the time I have left so things won't implode while I'm out. I'm not so worried about what's going to happen while I'm gone (I won't care, I'll be at home with a warm fuzzy baby), more about how big of a mess I'm going to have to clean up when I return. It took me nearly 2 years to get things to the point where they run pretty smoothly; I really don't want to take a step backwards.

now, if you'll excuse me, I have some drawers to line with contact paper, and fabric to cut for baby quilts.

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Sounds great by littlestar (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 01:51:44 PM EST
Where are the pictures please!! We wanna see baby belly!!

*twinkle*twinkle*


should be by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 07:49:16 PM EST
one in your inbox right now!
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I'm not a geometry major, but . . . by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 01:58:53 PM EST
if babby's head is lodged against your cervix, how is babby kicking the crotchal area?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Reading comprehension 101 by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 02:28:54 PM EST
Up til the recent turn, baby also delighted in kicking me in the crotch
In American colloquial language, "Up til" means "prior to".

HTH, HAND.


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Thanks for the assist, man. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #4 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 02:50:16 PM EST
I started thinking about vah-jay-jay and just lost my fucking mind for a minute.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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No worries mate by FlightTest (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 02:57:13 PM EST
Happens to all of us from time to time, especially where vah-jay-jay is concerned.


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dude by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:23:57 PM EST
if I can concentrate thru the entire diary....

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I think I hate you. by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #8 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 04:11:33 AM EST
I grew out of all my maternity shirts around the 34 week mark and wheneveI ventured outside people stared pityingly at me as if wondering how I wasn't falling right on over.

Good luck for the last bit. I hope it goes well.

(Stretchmarks seem inevitable. I got to 40 weeks without one, but at 40+1 I woke up and my navel looked like the Eye of Sauron.)

i'm growing out of my shirts too by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #9 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 09:54:46 AM EST
but i suspect that's a bit inevitable given that i'm taller than the average person, and my doc also says I have a longer torso than most. plus my boobs are waaay bigger than those shirts are meant for, so all that takes up extra inches on top, and leaves them short on the bottom.
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I'm 5'2. by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #10 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 10:35:16 AM EST
It was allllllllllll belly, and in retrospect I do wonder if my ankles swelled as much as they did to provide a more secure base.

Do you have a belly band? That might help your shirt shortfall, or find a couple of super cheap tube tops and use them on the underneath bits instead.

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no, but by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 10:49:11 AM EST
my pants all have the belly panel plus I wear camisoles under pretty much all my shirts to prevent bra show-through. No skin is exposed but I'm noticing a gap between where my waistband would be and where the shirt ends. I did buy one more shirt the other day, just to have a slightly larger group of shirts to choose from for the next couple weeks. If I could get away with wearing my husband's button down shirts to work, I would, but unfortunately I think that would violate the dress code.

so far my ankles don't seem to be swollen too bad, just my fingers, but I'm wondering if that's partly because it's not summer. I'd probably be very swollen if it was hot out.
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I never understood by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 07:34:25 PM EST
the deal with "the baby turned!"  During my last exam (where they decided to induce me) The Dude turned three times

I wouldn't even worry about the baby turning until I was in labor.  Seriously, you're 7 weeks out!  SOOO much can happen between now and then. 

Steps by duxup (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:04:19 AM EST
I figure folks are comforted by seeing that things are progressing correctly.

Our baby never turned.  They expected he should have or would soon but instead he refused and we ended up in a bit of a car race to the hospital and c-section.  The baby not turning wasn't likely the cause of the eerily labor but it did complicate things.

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but at 7 weeks out by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 11:23:07 AM EST
do you even need to worry about it?  many times the baby doesn't turn until you're actually in labor....so why even think about it at 7 weeks out?

on a related note, why don't doctors even attempt breech births anymore? 

i don't understand anything.  :(

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Well money I'm sure by duxup (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 12:02:16 PM EST
I think for the most part the ultrasounds are checking to make sure there aren't any obvious issues so they may as well check the obvious, position of the baby, just to have that info.

I know when we called the hospital when Mrs. duxup wasn't sure if the labor had started or not they asked about it.  That was part of the queue for us to come in.   I suspect that leads to your next question about breach.  For us I don't think they wanted the process to even start breach since like you noted many places don't even try breach births.

In our case the nurses and doctors told us they don't do breach births at the hospital we were at because of "outcomes" and so forth.  I wouldn't be surprised if money, lawsuits and other factors play into it.  Having said that when Mrs. duxup can't even catch her breath, they can't keep the baby's heart rate on their monitor and things were moving far faster than they expected.... I wasn't about the debate them.  Some non medical folks who aren't apart of the terrible "the system" on the internet would preach to me otherwise but fuck them.

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i get it by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:03:33 PM EST
out of nowhere i had a fever come on, and the dude's heartbeat shot into the highly dangerous zone....and stay there.  while i'm not happy with my c-section, it was the right decision.  i'd make the same one again.

a friend of mine went to see her doc on her due date.  seems her doc always scheduled appointments for the due date.  she was 0 cm dilated and 0 effaced and not in labor.  doc was doing a belly-feeling exam and noticed baby had not turned.  he said "this baby is breech!  we need to do a c-section!" so she had a c-section that day.  WTF? not even close to being in labor, but get that baby out!  doc has a tee time early tomorrow!  even worse, the doctor did a vertical c-section.  who does those anymore?  when she told me all of this, i was absolutely horrified. 

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Holy what the by duxup (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:20:04 PM EST
Yeah when you're in trouble you can't do much, but we got lucky I think. Despite all the drama they were able to do a good clean c-section, not a vertical (wow).  Also I was happy the MD in the OR for that unit that day was a woman.  I'm sure there are some great guys but I think you're fairly likely to get a woman who might be more concerned about how things work down there after the job is done than maybe some old man.  Perhaps unfair but I was happy either way.

No signs of problems and they raced to the c-section?  That is weird.  You'd hate to think he'd do it for some dumb reason but dang.

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no ultrasound by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #18 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 06:31:01 PM EST
just prodding. According to doc, the more time the kid spends head down at this stage the more likely they are to stay that way. I know that doesn't mean we're all set to exit and whatnot, and that turning is still possible, just..less likely. it seems to make docs and nurses feel better to know that the last time they checked, things were where they should be.

most hospitals don't let you try breech anymore because the head is the wide part...and if you get everything out but the head and THEN discover the head won't fit, you're in trouble. liability thing, bad outcomes, etc. same reason many won't let you try for a VBAC, even though a lot of research indicates that it's not as bad as they've always thought.
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