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Thursday, January 4th, 2007
11:06 pm - awww

princessbunny
This is so cute I could just die



$30 is a bit much for something that gets pooped in though.

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Monday, January 1st, 2007
9:52 pm - a question!

angelpez
Hello! I have a weird question and I hope someone can tell me I'm not nuts!

This is my 2nd pregnancy and I'm eleven weeks pregnant. I can already feel the baby moving around in my stomach and kicking me! I can't even believe it. I felt little butterfly kicks with my 1st baby at around 14/15 weeks, but it was nothing like this. I know it's actually movement because I know what that feels like since I've been pregnant before. It's not gas! Is this normal to feel this so early the second time around? I'm scared that there are two in there! Like seriously freaked out that there might be two because I feel like it's way too early to be feeling this. Did anyone else feel their baby kicking this early? I don't have my first appointment until the 9th and it's driving me crazy! I've been sitting here and for the past twenty minutes I've been getting kicked! And I've also had this vibrating feeling for the past week that goes from my stomach all the way to my lower region. It's so weird.

Yah, so I'm paranoid and I hope someone can tell me that they had just one baby and it kicked early! ;)

Thanks!

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
8:02 pm - For the record...

lneef
The gestational diabetes test= not so bad! I was dreading it and it turned out to be nothing. (And I'm a giant wimp!)

The drink is only about 16 oz., and it tastes like the orange drink they served to us when we were kids, though maybe a tiny bit thicker and more intense. My nurse apologized for it not being chilled but it didn't bother me at all, chugged it right down. I did not get nauseated in the least. Sat around for an hour (had my checkup while I waited), they took blood (this doesn't faze me, as I used to donate regularly), and I left. Results soon.

So, horror stories aside, here's at least one good story to keep in mind if you're not looking forward to this particular experience. The worst part was turning down cake at work the day before. (I didn't have to fast, just avoid sugar...)

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
9:00 pm - taking the plunge

princessbunny
I've bought 28 diapers, will try to get 10-12 more off eBay sometime in the next 4 months.

10 Fuzzi Bunz + inserts
12 BumGenius pockets + inserts
6 BumGenius AIOs

Boy that's a lot of money upfront. I just keep reminding myself how much I'll save in the long run.

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12:56 am - cloth diaper question

princessbunny
if I don't want to do laundry every single day, how many should I have on hand to start?

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
4:38 pm - update...or going over your OB's head

princessbunny
Since my OB is so all about deferring to the perinatologist, I called the peri's office and told them the situation. I figured they'd tell me they couldn't make any diagnosis over the phone, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

The nurse got on the phone with me and I told her what I was measuring and that I'd had the cerclage done, but that my OB wouldn't go against the peri's initial ruling of complete bedrest.

She said that with a growth of nearly a centimeter and a cerclage in place, they would be comfortable putting me on modified bedrest.

By their chart, that would mean limited activity and two hours up, two hours laying down, two hours up, two hours down throughout the day. I am not even going to do that much, but it's nice to have the official go ahead!

I even did a little dance when I hung up the phone. No hopping, just tail shaking.

This means I can go to the movies!

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12:53 pm - No definitive answers :/

princessbunny
So when I was diagnosed, my cervix was 1.9 cm. The perinataologist, who my doctor totally defers to as "the expert" put me on complete bedrest, and told me it was not going to improve, it would only stay the same or get worse.

So the fact that 4 days later my cervix was 2.5cm makes me not have a whole lot of faith in the Peri, even though my OB feels that his word is law. Even though when the peri saw me, there was a very different picture than there is now.

I had the cerclage 12 days ago. Today I had an ultrasound. The baby is fine and super wiggly. My cervix is measuring 2.7cm.

3 is the start of "normal" range. Anything over 3.2cm is considered good. 2.7 is not bad at all.

However, my doctor has pretty much absconded all responsibility and left it up to me if I choose to get up or not. He will not give me an opinion. I said "what if I am only up for less than three hours a day, don't do anything strenuous, no lifting, etc...and then we see how it looks when I come back in two weeks?" and he says it's my risk to take or leave.

So basically if anything happens, it'll be my fault and not his. Not that things can't go wrong even if you're on full bedrest, but if something does go wrong and I'm not, that's guilt I'll have to live with.

The perinatologist is in Pensacola (2+ hour drive) and doesn't want to see me again until mid-January, so I can't get an opinion from him. I know if I call they will just say they can't diagnose anything over the phone.

So I am kind of at an impasse. For now, I have to go to the dentist this afternoon. And I am going to the Christmas party on saturday even if only for an hour. Other than that, I guess I will just see how I feel and take it day by day.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
10:09 am - Hm

princessbunny
When did it become taboo to use the word playpen? Now we have to say play yard. Or play den.

Was pen too much like jail? Or an animal enclosure? When did it become a bad word?

Yes, I am THAT bored.

Bedrest sucks.

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
12:30 pm - baby is a football fan

princessbunny
I have felt the baby move three times now, twice was during football games.

The third time, today, was the first time it was totally unmistakable! I am laying here on my bedrest, watching the Saints and I felt a few little twitches. I was thinking "Hmm..is that the baby?" and then *WHAM* I got a KICK! I shouted, it was so strong, and totally took me by surprise. Sean came running over to put his hand on my tummy and see if it would happen again (it was strong enough that he would have felt a little pulse from the outside) but that was all the baby had for the time being.

Still, it was very exciting. What a funny feeling.

I hope baby is a Saints fan and wasn't cheering for the 49ers, or we're going to have to talk.


:D

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
1:03 pm - home from surgery - all is well

princessbunny
My surgery yesterday morning went very smoothly, they had been going to give me a spinal, but ended up deciding to put me completely under which I was THRILLED about (who wants to be awake for something like that, much less get a shot in the back and be numb from the waist down for 2 hours if you don't have to be?)

Aside from a blinding headache (which I had actually had since I woke up) I really wasn't in any pain afterwards, some mild crampy pain but nothing unbearable. They decided to keep me overnight since Sean was out of town so I'd be on my own if I went home. They gave me regular doses of percocet for my head and my saint of a hair/nail girl brought me Sonic for dinner since the hospital food was inedible and her spa is almost right across the street. I just watched teevee and read all night, I didn't even need help to the bathroom after the first time. They checked the baby's hb several times and it was 146-154 which is where it always is. I woke up this morning feeling 100% and they sent me home.

My doctor wants me to stay on total bedrest (only up to use the bathroom and shower - and I can keep my dental appointment tuesday) until my appointment on wednesday morning, as long as things still look good on the u/s I should be able to be on a much more modified bedrest, allowing me to basically have a normal life , I'd just have to lay down for a few hours at a time several times a day. What pregnant woman wouldn't be okay with that?

Anyhow, I am feeling a million times better than I did after my initial diagnosis on monday. What a week it has been!

It was also kind of cool because after surgery I was moved to the L&D ward, so I got a preview of where I'll be staying when I birth the little bunny. Now I know I need to bring extra pillows (which I am SO GLAD I thought to do yesterday) and snacks because, aside from breakfast, the food sucks. The nurses are all really nice, out of five there was only one who wasn't super friendly.

So I am hopefully in the homestretch of this full time laying down thing.

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Friday, December 1st, 2006
5:03 pm - princessbunny news!

angelpez
Hi! I just wanted to let you all know that Lily had her cerclage surgery today and she's doing well! She'll spend the night in the hospital tonight and be home tomorrow! Everything went great!

Thanks to you all for your well wishes and prayers!

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006
8:23 pm - baby pictures

princessbunny
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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
1:48 pm - update

princessbunny
Okay, I saw my OB this morning. I begged him for a cerclage, basically saying that I understood that it was not a cure-all, and that I would still have to be on mostly bedrest, but that if I had to do something now and again, I understood I'd have a better chance with the stitch in than without it.

For example, I have a lot of dental work that needs doing, I am actually at risk and in pain if I don't. I didn't want to start on it when I was TTC and was told not to do it during the first trimester. So my initial appointment is not until next week and from there will likely be 3 or 4 more trips. This can not wait for me to recover post-birth, it has to be done asap.

He agreed that I should have a cerclage if I am not going to be able to do 24/7 bedrest for 20+ weeks, though he again stressed that I must be on bedrest as much as possible. Scheduled me for surgery friday. I am going in thursday morning for him to measure the cervical length and make sure everything looks okay for the procedure.

Unfortunately Sean is going to be out of town from thursday to saturday, so this is going to be an adventure. My friend is taking me to surgery and she lives just around the corner so she can come and go and check on me. Still it sucks that he is going to be gone.

I don't feel as dire as I did yesterday. I am still struggling a lot with giving up my independence and dreams of being Mrs. Cute Pregnant Girl walking on the beach in pretty maternity dresses, or going to Mexico for one last pre-baby holiday. I'm upset about not being able to stay fit or have a sex life (I am not allowed to have an orgasm, period) and it's still a blow being absorbed, and I'm fighting depression over it all. But after finding a super support group of women in the same boat,and reading their success stores, especially that many of them have successfully carried subsequent babies with a preventative cerclage and little to no bedrest has given me a better long-term outlook.

I am trying a free trial of Everquest for the Mac, we'll see how it goes. I'm not very good at these kind of games! I went with this over WoW to start because it's free for now.

Thank you all so much for your support, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
7:39 pm - well...

princessbunny
I had my ultrasound today.

The good news is that the baby itself is fine and healthy, gnawing merrily on its umbilical cord.

The bad news is that, once again, I'm pretty much a failure at pregnancy.

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X-posted to my personal LJ

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
12:38 pm - i need a sling...for Lola

princessbunny
I can't get anything done because seriously every time I sit down, Lola is in my lap, draped over my belly. I feel so bad getting up and disturbing her, so I sit way longer than I need to. Then I move her and she looks all hurt. The moment I sit down again, she's back. And half the time she's taking up one of my arms too.

I swear I'm just going to buy a sling now and stick her in it. I believe she would actually sleep in it, and then I could at least have both arms. She weighs 8lbs, it'd be good practice.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2006
6:52 pm - *poke*poke*

princessbunny
Either the baby bunny was poking my insides for fun, or s/he's an OSU fan and was cheering about the outcome of the Ohio State v. Michigan.

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2:51 pm - He's four months old now!

sarahjewel
Wow, Seamus is 4 months old already!
He's *huge* too. I find out just how huge next week I think. He was 15lbs10oz @ his last Drs visit, at about 3 months. So we'll see! heh

Here are a few recent photos. Here's him in his new Fuzzi Bunz diapers! :) I was experimenting w/ them and the inserts and such, hence why he's got a huge butt. haha

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He's been chatting up a storm, and when I make "ma ma" or "da da" sounds at him he studies my mouth and starts moving his around like he's trying to figure out how to copy me. hehe So cute.
He's also learned that tickling is fun, not just uncomfortable. He doesn't mind the back of his head and back rubbed like he did when he was younger.
His favorite fingers to suck are his index and middle fingers on his left hand. :D AND he's no where near as fussy as he used to be. I can actually GO places now with him without him freaking out. :D Yay for being able to leave the house! :D

x-posted

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Friday, November 17th, 2006
8:43 am - fertility at the spa

princessbunny
I heard a bit on Regis & Kelly about how a lot of resorts and spas are "cashing in" on people having a hard time TTC and how fertility has become a big industry.

Sure enough, I got an email about the new Caesar's Palace spa in Vegas, and what's listed under couple's treatments?

Couple's Lunaception*
Enter your private herb garden and spa suite with your companion for this special fertility-heightening experience. Relax side by side, synchronizing your breath during your massage above Venus "Goddess of Fertility" idols. Freshly prepared teas and hand-selected fresh herbs melt away everyday stress, unlocking nature's reproductive potential.

*Note: Available only during specific lunar phases. Check with spa representative for available dates.


What do you think? Exploiting people who are struggling and willing to try anything? Or helping them?

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006
8:15 am - bits & bobs

princessbunny
* I envy everyone having dreams about their baby. I have a lot of vivid dream, but they're about random celebrities, people I haven't seen in years, my mom, etc... no baby. I'm not even pregnant in them.

* I am definitely pregnant out of them! Laying in bed this morning, I realized that previously, if you extended a line straight out of my bellybutton, it would hit the ceiling. Now it would go to a point on the headboard slightly above my head.

* I am so anxious for my genetic screening & Level 2 u/s to finally come. 10 more days. I haven't seen the baby since 8w2d, by then I'll be 17w2d. It will be nice to finally see it looking like a baby, and I will feel a lot less worried if we pass our genetic screening and everything looks healthy.

* They say it's 75% for women correctly "sensing" what they are having. Which means I have a 75% chance of either, because pretty much every day I feel different about who's in there. I know so much of it is in my head and not in my gut. Because I have such a strong preference, I just don't trust myself. I envy everyone who "just knew" because frankly I don't have a clue.

* I really want to go on a vacation before the baby is born, since it will be our last chance for a while. If we do go anywhere, it will have to be in February when Sean is between jobs. Not a great time to visit a lot of places. I want to go to Mexico, but I doubt I'll be able to convince Sean, he has a weird anti-Mexico prejudice (having never been there). I'm trying to come up with somewhere he'd get excited about. That won't be totally frozen solid in February.

* Lola sure does love my belly!

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
1:50 am - pic post

mbuzi
So, I'm still in a different state from them, because we cannot all be together just yet. But, in order to keep myself sane, I am going to post new pics for you all.

I don't think Adam knows it, but keeping me updated on the daily happenings of his parenting life is the only thing keeping my spirits up right now. It's been 3 months, 1 week, and 2 days since I lost Alana and seeing Adam's two monsters growing and being happy makes me smile, but also hurt just a tiny bit. Biologically they aren't mine, but I love them dearly and I cannot wait to be there for them.

Also included is one pic of what I've been up to. (Keeping myself out of trouble by getting involved in other people's projects.) I'm a semi pro photographer, but I finally took the plunge and modeled for a photographer friend of mine who just got a new lighting setup. It was a ton of fun. But that's not baby related lol.

Adam emailed me one day last week and told me it was pouring where he was, and asked for some indoor-activity suggestions. I told him he should build a fort with the boys. They LOVED it. Apparently, they went into Jake's (the 2yo) room yesterday, and when it was too quiet adam went to investigate. He discovered they had built their own fort in Jake's playpen!! So, he took a pic of that too. I've done a little editing to all the pics. Enjoy!!

cmon in, we all like pics of little monsters!!Collapse )

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