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#51 BoysGalore+1girly

Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

Welcome and congrats on baby #4 April.
I'm glad you found us

Leisamd.where did you get your belly support from.
I've never had to use one before but the time is so different my belly/back kills at times

Bmcmi..lovely name choice.i like all your names on your list though

Aurora mone..wow 16 weeks already I remember when you first joined at the start of your pregnancy

Lena good luck with your naming debates as well

#52 TheFirstNoel

Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:56 PM

Boys Galore - I just picked one up from baby bunting.  It's called an 'upsie belly' - http://www.bellyband...psie-belly.html

I was a little skeptical (especially for the price :omg: ), it just looks like fabric + velcro really, but wow, it's been amazing.  I was getting so sore, pains across my belly just standing up for a couple of minutes, they have completely disappeared!

My midwife fixed the obstetrician drama thank goodness!  All good now!

#53 BoysGalore+1girly

Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:47 PM

Thankyou very much leisamd

#54 bubba boo

Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:56 PM

Bmcmi- I hope those awful bh's have eased up for you.

Leisamd- glad the midwife fixed up the on dramas. So far I've only had to deal with my midwife for my homebirth but the hospital will be booked in soon so I'm sure the fun will start then lol.

Finally had my ultrasound (I didn't have the 13 week one so was hanging out for this one). Thankfully everything looks good, bub did not want pictures taken when the lady turned on the 4d so it's definitely one of my kids lol.

#55 TheFirstNoel

Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:35 PM

Aww congratulations on the good scan bubba boo! Half way there now!

Yes, I was quite unimpressed with the ob. It turned out to be a complete non-issue, as I had explained to her! She was just very unsupportive & negative with absolutely no reason to be. Anyway, sorted now thank goodness!
Hope it's smooth sailing for your hb plans!

5 weeks to go here now, feeling enormous!

Edited by leisamd, 29 August 2013 - 05:36 PM.

#56 6lilhillbillies

Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:43 PM

Foxyretrogirl, congrats!  It is lovely that your little man will have a brother as well as sisters.  Love his name :)

BMCMI - Eloise is a lovely name. It is on our list also but our list is long! Also, how do you find the steelcraft Agile? I have been looking at it online. It looks good. I am a bit of a pramaholic, have had over 20 and this is our last baby so may as well treat myself to  new one ;)

Little Poppet, I have never heard of a manduca. You have intrigued me so I must remember to google.  I have 3 slings, an ergo, and two ring styles but I have never really gotten into to baby carrying due to back problems, however there is no doubt that they are invaluable at times.

Lena, Nathaniel is a lovely name :)  Our Nathaniel is 14 now and I have only ever met 1 other.  Our Nathaniel gets called Nate at school and it seems to be a pretty cool nn. He loves it anyway.

Leisamd, I hope that you do get your home birth. My sister in law has had 5 homebirths and I know that it has been lovely for her.

I have been going OK. Only 14 weeks but sciatica has flared up badly after being fine for over 2 or 3 years. I was in the maternity hospital today in emergency as I had severe pain in my pelvis.  Baby was fine on scan and it seems pain (which is getting more frequent and severe, but which dies down on its own)  may be from hernia mesh that is moving due to stretching. Hopefully it settles on its own.

#57 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

bubba boo - Great news on your scan! BH's are driving me nuts. 6 days of them so far. Pretty sure I was having contractions Monday night. 7-12 mins apart for HOURS. They weren't increasing in pain but were pretty regular and lasting about 45 seconds. I slept through them easily but every time I woke to pee they were still going.

catbat - I like the Agile so far. It's nice & light, easy to steer, easy to fold. The basket is a pain to access but we went from a Strider Plus to a stroller so I haven't had basket access in quite some time.

AFM - Feeling sore and sorry for myself. Lots of whinging this week. I'm exhausted and pelvic-grindy.. Mum had my little two today and I lazed around, still tired! I'm guessing the BH's have my body working overdrive & zapping me of what little energy I have.

Also, in regards to BH's - should I be concerned about the pressure I'm feeling with them? I don't feel like I'm going to push a baby out but definitely feeling pressure.

#58 littlepoppet

Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:20 PM

Hi Everyone,

Welcome April2014!

Catbat - nice to be in the company of another pramaholic! I'm but an amateur compared to you, I have had around 8 and I always love looking to see what's out there.
Sorry to hear about the sciatica. Thought I had that recently but think it's something else. What are you doing to relieve the pain?

BMCMI - you must be exhausted. Hopefully the BH's will ease up a bit before the real thing.

Bubba boo - always nice to get a good scan result!

Leisamd - glad everything was sorted. I love the idea of a homebirth but don't think I have the courage to go through with one. Mind you walking into an unwelcoming, sterile hospital room to give birth sends me into a cold sweat.

AFM - Had my 34 week ultrasound last week. Was so looking forward to it and took my 2 eldest kids along also. It was over and done with in about 10 minutes. The sonographer was pretty abrupt and acted as though she couldn't wait to finish. Was a bit disappointing as was hoping to get a glimpse of the little one's face. Oh well. The main thing is that everything looked as it should.

I am currently in pain though. I have damaged my lower back, through left buttock and into my upper left thigh. My lower back had been hurting for some time but I figured it was general pregnancy strain plus carrying around my youngest. I took all the kids on a big walk on Saturday (which was a pretty silly idea in hindsight) and could barely make it home. I was literally crawling on hands and knees for the rest of the day to ease the pain. I am now able to hop along somewhat. I have seen an osteo who tells me it's muscle pain but nothing seems to be helping. I have my mum here helping take care of the kids as I can't walk.

So, does anyone have any ideas about what I can do to ease the pain? I had an appointment with my shared care GP earlier in week but he didn't provide much assistance in regards to this. I have tried relaxing, panadol which does nothing, panadeine extra which makes me light headed and nauseous, heat packs, osteo. Even tried on a belly support band at osteo appoint today that didn't help. Just feeling a bit frustrated about it, particularly as all I want to do is spend good quality time with the kids before next one arrives.

Sorry for ramble but any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Edited by littlepoppet, 30 August 2013 - 04:26 PM.

#59 Moment of Clarity

Posted 01 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

Hi all! I am finding it hilarious that I am writing in the large families group, but here I am!

I am 8 weeks pregnant with number 4 which was a big fat surprise and took some getting used to the concept, but I am now really looking fwd to meeting this little person who is very determined to be here.

We have a boy 8, girl 6 and girl almost 3. This little one will be here in April.

Littlepoppet that back pain sounds horrible - it sounds a bit like sciatic pain not sure if you googled stretches for sciatic pain or yoga positions that might help relieve it. I am a big fan of acupuncture but unsure if you can try that late in pregnancy? Hope you get relief soon.

#60 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:46 PM

littlepoppet - How's your back feeling? Glad your scan went well even if the sonographer had a terrible bed side manner!

Moment of Clarity - Congratulations & welcome!

AFM - 35 weeks. Really on the home stretch now !

#61 littlepoppet

Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:08 PM

Hi All,

Welcome Moment of Clarity and congrats! Seems to be quite a few of us who didn't exactly plan #4! Number 3 for me was also a bit of a shock but I always knew I wanted 3 children. Four, however has taken some getting used to. I'm now very excited though!

I thought the pain I was experiencing might be sciatica but looks like it's just muscles that have seized up and can't relax. I've been prescribed a very low dose of valium so will see if that helps over next couple of days. Also going to see a physio specialising in women's health. At least the weather is lovely at the moment!

BMCMI - 35 weeks for me too! Really want to enjoy these last weeks of pregnancy - if only my pain would subside. It's annoying because I feel really good otherwise. Still not too heavy or uncomfortable. Plus this is definitely our last!

#62 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:24 PM

LP - The weather is gorgeous isn't it. Not sure where you are but here in Melbourne has been beautiful, more nice days to come too. I hope the valium & physio work wonders for you.

Our #4 was a surprise too. I actually laughed hysterically when it dawned on me that surely we knew better after 3 kids. I'll be getting the implanon in once baby is out, we can't afford/stay sane with #5 any time soon!

I'm feeling a bit over it. I'm exhausted, my pelvis is grinding & hurting, especially of a night which is why I'm so exhausted. I need rest but there's so much to be done lately that it's all a bit overwhelming. I set the bassinet up today, it's in DD3's room until the baby arrives then we'll bring it into ours. Need to repack my hospital bag as I've undone most of it over the last few weeks anyway. Appointment on Thursday with the midwives, hopefully all is well and baby is finally head down.

#63 Moment of Clarity

Posted 02 September 2013 - 09:56 PM

Poppet and bmcmi I feel for you both. I am noticing how much harder this pregnacy is already on my body - I certainly don't feel as light and bubbly as I did with my first and second. I am not sure how I will feel at 35 weeks!

This was definitely a surprise baby for us, we had decided three was it. Two failed contraceptive methods and now we have this little one on the way. The way I figured it was baby obviously wants to be here and we are a loving and fortunate family so even if it might be hard for a few years we can weather that.

We have never found out gender before so probably won't this time but I've always found that one of the tough things not knowing!

Hope everyone else is well.

#64 Aurore Mone

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

Evening lovely ladies,

Welcome Moment of Clarity, congrats on number 4.

BMCMI & Poppet, hope you find some relief soon and can enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy. You are both definitely on the countdown now (am a little envious :smile: ).

Catbat, hope the pain has eased for you as well.

17 weeks here, had blood tests today to check my thyroid levels, again :angry: . Appointment with the midwife on Friday, hopefully my thyroid is behaving, I really hate having to ramp my medication up so much, it gives me heart palpatations. Apart from that all going well though just as a question, has anyone else had insatiable thirst ?  I worked out I have been drinking 3.5L of water a day in addition to nearly 1L of milk. I still can't drink any tea, coffee or other hot drinks, I am not drinking any soda or the likes. I expected to need a bit more due to increased blood volume, etc. It just seems a lot compared to my normal fluid intake.

#65 6lilhillbillies

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:53 PM

Nice to see lots of posts on here!

BMCMI - those BH do sound exhausting. I know the pelvic instability is also tiring as not only does it hurt, you wear yourself out trying to move in certain ways to avoid it, but it always seems to get you in the end!

Hello Little Poppet! I have had a ridiculous amount of prams. I do actually now regret the amount of money I spent on them, although in the past we could afford it, I would hate to add it up. Mind you, back in the old days when I started 14 years ago, no one paid over a thousand dollars for a pram, which seems more and more common now.  My most expensive was a Phil and teds with toddler seat, which was about $600 6 years ago and even that I was horrified. I have had a few pegs, Maclarens, a strider, a Bertini, 3 Valcos and a few random buys.  This time I only need a single and am thinking around $400 max.

I am sorry you have similar back issues. I have tried exactly what you have mentioned. The hospital has given me a script for panadeine forte, which make me feel ill also. I haven't filled the script but after being unable to walk all fathers day ( boy did I feel guilty) I think I will have to take it when desperate. I also crawl and limp and hop around, fun huh?

Welcome Moment of Clarity.  I smiled when I read you were amazed to be here. It must be a bit of a shock :) this little one must be very determined to join your family!

Aurora Mon - thanks!  You are two weeks ahead of me, so still due in Feb?  I hope your blood tests go well. Heart palpitations sound awful and a bit scary.  Have you booked your 20 week scan? I keep forgetting to go in for my referral. We are nt sure if we should find out the gender. I want to, but don't want to tell anyone as I have to have a c/s so it is nice to have everybody get a gender surprise!  But I am bad at fibbing and hate how everyone asks if I found out and having to fib.

I still can't quite believe I am pregnant. After the dramas of the scar ectopic last year, and then the clomid, then the spotting early on, it seems to good to be true. I just feel fat and silly with my limping around with sciatica.  Maybe when my bump looks real instead of like I have just packed on the weight!!!

#66 littlepoppet

Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:47 PM

Wow what a nice little flurry of posts. I will post again now as I find if I don't keep up I tend to disappear for a while until I find the motivation to get back on board!

BMCMI - Yes, I too am in Melbourne. A bit of sunshine definitely increases positive thinking! The husband and I need to have a serious chat about contraception. After #3 I believed he was to have the snip, but it never happened and I think he's chickened out. Think I'll go back on the pill as I've never had any side affects and anything else makes me anxious.

Sorry to hear you are suffering so much too. It really does make it so hard to get things done and NOW is the time they need doing!!

Moment of Clarity - Does sound like your fourth little one wants to be in your lives! I agree (or rather, I'm hoping) that the first few years will be difficult but then the fog will clear somewhat.

Aurore Mone - I hope your thyroid behaves for you. I can't imagine heart palpitations feel very nice at all so understand you would rather avoid increasing medication. In regards to liquid intake, I probably don't drink as much as I should. I tend to drink limited amounts of water through the day and realise by the evening I am in fact very thirsty so make up for it then. Pretty silly really as it just makes me need to go to the toilet more through the night.

catbat - I have probably spent too much on prams but some I got given, or sold for purchase price, or bought second hand etc. I currently have a phil&ted sport with toddler seat which was my very first pram. I will use this as my car pram when bubs arrives as I can squeeze it in behind 3rd row of our territory. I also have a mountain buggy duet which is my walking pram. I have a mamas and papas urbo which I use when I only have my youngest with me and just a light, cheap umbrella stroller. I feel a bit lost at moment as I don't need another pram but I miss the excitement of deciding which one I will get next. I know it's very sad but it's kind of my outlet.

Fathers day was a non event at our place. Thankfully the kids had gifts from child care/school to give. I had breakfast/dinner cooked for me and spent much of the day in bed! I like to think that my husband had quality time with the children which is the most important thing!!

Do you have anyone helping you out with the children? You sound like you're in a similarly difficult/painful situation to me. I am blessed to have my wonderful mother helping me out day after day otherwise not sure how I would cope.

Goodnight to all

Edited by littlepoppet, 02 September 2013 - 11:51 PM.

#67 TheFirstNoel

Posted 03 September 2013 - 07:10 AM

Welcome & congrats Moment of Clarity!

littlepoppet - your back pain sounds bad!  I had similar with my 2nd pregnancy, by the end it was a vicious cycle, as my muscles had seized up so much from the pain that I just couldn't physically relax them.  I tried physio.  What worked was a massage!  It was amazing, because it allowed my muscles to actually relax again, and allowed me to remember how to relax them when the pain started up again later.  I was actually able to sleep after that without painkillers.  It hasn't been as bad these next 2 pregnancies, I was super careful with #3 to keep active (my elliptical machine seemed to realign my back really well) and this time I've just been lucky - but spikes of the pain come every now and then (after vacuuming mostly :glare: :lol: ) and I go back to the relaxation I learned.
On the homebirth thing - I actually had pretty good hospital experiences all round, I'm more worried about not making it in time - we made it with about 10 minutes to spare last time!  So I figure a homebirth with midwives that I know (and ambulance/hospital backup if needed) is at least an equally safe option!

I actually have a midwife appointment today at the hospital to meet the backup midwives too.  Then from next week they come to appointments at my house!

We also had a contraception talk yesterday, still not sure about anything!

35 weeks here too.  I do feel quite heavy and getting very uncomfortable.  Getting excited now too though, so is DH!

Everything is all set up ready to go - which is spurring the excitement!  A friend gave me her Valco pram and it's pretty cool!

My MIL is taking some time off after baby arrives to help with my olders - so I "have time to bond & cuddle the new one" :wub:  I'm blessed with an awesome MIL!

Hope you all have a great week!

#68 *Lena*

Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:55 AM

Congrats Moment of Clarity!!

Poppet and bmcmi- I hear you on the aches and pains. I am 35 weeks in 3 days too and although I am no where as big as I was in my lat pregnancy (measured 5-6cm ahead from 20 weeks) I am just over it. I just ordered a support belt to try help and also a belt to use from after I have my c-section to try help recovery as I will have to pick up my then 16 month old I will have no choice.

Liesamd- So jealous you are organised. I am so far from being organised and I am nervous about it.

Catbat- Love your kids names. Nathaniel is still my no.1 choice. I have never met one and I like that even you with a son has only met one other.

I am another with a surprise no.4 I was on the mini pill, had not missed one, been late, sick or anything. It was just meant to happen. DH keeps saying he is going to get the snip but I have strong feelings he will chicken out. I am thinking the mirena but since I have never had a natural birth from reading just yesterday I think I will go under to have it in

They have moved my c-section date to the 9th from the 2nd October. I am sooooo p*ssed off and stressed about it. It was all working out well. Mum and dad had the time off to look after my kids, I had booked a motel for them to stay in while I was in hospital (can't give birth at my local hospital). Now my mother can't have the Friday off bc my best friends is being induced that Friday and her mother is going to be there for it and they work together and only one can take the time off at a time. My dad has 4 broken ribs and a cracked sternum so I don't feel I can leave a 5, 3 and 16 month old with him all day. So I am thinking I am going to have to discharge myself the day after the c-section to look after the kids. Being later means it is very possible DH will be going on harvest very close to me having baby so thats more less help. It freaks me out having baby 2 days before my due date as I went into labour over a week with my first. It has totally stressed me out. I have an appointment tomorrow so will try changeit back but I think I have bucklies.

I had contractions for 3 hours on Thursday night every half an hour lasting 60 seconds they were getting stronger but not any closer to gether then they just stopped. Had them again Sunday night but 20 minutes apart but just stopped again. LOTS of braxton hicks too though.

#69 littlepoppet

Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:01 PM

Leisamd - Thanks for sharing your back pain experiences. I'm thinking I may just book in for a nice gentle massage and see if that helps. I went to the physio today and came out of it with a set of crutches which definitely help with mobility. I also have tape on my lower back and had a back ultrasound that was meant to decrease inflammation and bruising. So we'll see. So far I feel the same and to be honest don't have a lot of faith in any therapist at the moment. Feel like I'm handing over money for nothing.

Great that you're so set up in anticipation of bub's arrival. We've done nothing. Though we just ordered a new set of drawers to accommodate everyone's clothes and my friend is dropping around my car capsule on thurs. I hate being unable to move much as I so want to organise rooms and set things up properly.

Will be very nice having the midwives come to you in lead up to birth.

Lena - Why has your C-section date been moved? I can totally understand the frustration when it's difficult to organise care for the other children. I'll be counting on my poor mum again to help out. My husband will get a bit of time off work so he can alternate with mum with coming in to hospital to have newborn snuggles and caring for the other 3 cheeky moneys at home. My sister is due with her second child 5 weeks after me but there is the possibility that she may need to be induced early which also happened with her first. So we may be competing for mum's assistance at the same time!!

#70 bubba boo

Posted 04 September 2013 - 11:27 AM

Wow life got busy for a week and the posts exploded here. So many surprise babies, mine isn't a surprise, dh and the kids were planning this one within 1/2 an hour of my third being born.

Congrats moment of clarity

Little poppet- have you tried a chiropractor? They can be a bit hit and miss but a good one can really help. I'm off to see mine on fri and I know within 5 mins he can have me back in place lol.

BMCMI- I had horrible pressure and bh with my third. The only things that helped was keeping well hydrated and rocking on one of those big exercise balls

Lena- I too get how difficult the date changes must be. All my family is interstate and with the last 3 dh has been back at work within 2 days of the birth. We survived but it makes that newborn period very hard. All I can suggest is tv is your friend/ babysitter lol.

Edited by bubba boo, 05 September 2013 - 06:06 AM.

#71 BoysGalore+1girly

Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:15 PM

Lena..why did they change your date...that's not nice
I hope you can sort something out

Nice to see so many new faces and lots of posts
I don't have time to reply to everyone at the moment but ill be back

8 weeks till c/s date. ...yay

#72 Moment of Clarity

Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:24 PM

Hi all. Hope everyone is travelling well.

Highlight for me today - being able to drink normal tea with breakfast without wanting to vomit. The degree of severity of morning sickness and number of existing children in the house has a strong positive correlation...

#73 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 08 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

36 weeks! Will pop back in tomorrow to catch up properly, we seem to have a rush of posts then a lull.

#74 ~JASB~

Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:46 PM

Soooo close now BMCMI and LP!  I will be stalking you both :)  Quite a few of you getting close now.  

I can't help but still check this thread - 9 weeks after giving birth!  I still can't believe he's here :)

Good luck to you all xo

#75 TheFirstNoel

Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:03 AM

Yep 36 weeks here too.

I'm so sick. Want to cry, take some strong drugs & check out for a while. At least I can do the crying part- trying not to cough this baby out!

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