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Brenda Groth
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seeing the breastfeeding thread regularly..i would like an update on your pregnancy..do you know what sex your child is yet? due date? planning nursery etc? twins photos?
 
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thanks for asking! NO TWINS!!! Its a girl! I am 28 weeks along. My due date is february 23. So I have officially made it to the "point of viability" and the third trimester.  a bit of a landmark. my daughter was telling me yesterday that she wanted to take a pic of my belly again. maybe I'll let her do that today when she gets up.

I'm going back for an ultrasound on the 8 of december for them to check a few things. I'm mostly just stewing around the house at this point twiddling my thumbs and trying not to worry. i think it is time to be extra selfish and go blow a $100 on books to keep my brain from turning inside out over the next few months

not much of a nursery planner my first daughter didn't have her own room till she was 18 months or so. probably will be the same with this one.  my husband is refinishing a dresser/changing table for baby to keep in our bedroom and I am slowly collecting second hand baby things that are handy or neccesary like a car seat and a bouncy seat. I still have baby slings and carriers and some simple toys from #1.  that is about the extent of the prepping as far as those things go, I think I am about set except for a few smaller items that I am waiting to go to the 'big city' to get.

well.....one large item still on the list ops:.......a car. my van has some rather irritating issues.......well......actually its haunted by electrical problems that is.  its been in the shop twice in the past two months due to both a sensor gone bad and a big scary fuel leak that was like a sprinkler head under the dash spewing gasoline! it was obviously trying to commit suicide and I probalby shouldn't have foiled the attempt. it left me stranded last tuesday at the docs office due to the electrical issues.......sometimes it won't stay running right after I start it unless I beat on the dash. it also randomly turns on the windshield wipers and sometimes the accessories are dead. its no biggie if it does it at home and I can't get it 'fixed', I just hop in the truck.....but this time it did it while I was out.....

it didn't even work to smack the dash and I finally gave up cause my hands were getting sore hitting it so hard trying to jar the short !  I'm sure everyone in the parking lot just thought I was having a temper tantrum!  I finally gave up and just waited a few hours for my husband to get back to town to pick me up and take us home. but it miraculously healed itself over a few days. not the first time. its been plagued with this for years and because its an intermittent problem....that generally fixes itself after a ride on a bouncy wrecker......the only solution is almost a complete rewiring according to the dealership. since its only worth around a $1000 we can hardly justify working on it anymore and getting stranded with an infant is alot more bothersome to me then it is now....right now i can drive my old farm truck but squeezing two car seats in there is not going to be practical in the long run and its old and  gets pretty pathetic mileage and really needs some work itself. although (knock on wood) it always gets me where I am going. good 'ol Bessy. she's my fave.
 
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oh wow another girl, how exciting for you. I was the youngest of 4 girls..

one good thing..they can not only share a room but share hand me downs..being the youngest of 4 that wasn't always the greatest thing..but it was helpful for my parents.

as long as i had a few of my own things new i was happy.

the vehicle thing is scarey..one of our vehicles is sitting cause of a similar problem..left me stranded but if i would wait a while and try again..like 15 min to an hour..sometimes it would restart.

my pick up is a huge ford..and way up high..i can barely get into the passenger side..with the straps (hip replacement)..but i can't even get into the drivers side..just the way my body works and the vehicle is made..so i can't drive it..i was promised steps..years ago..they still aren't there.


my son was born in February (...so I'm familiar with being preggie in the winter..DO NOT FALL

I did fall down an entire flight of stairs and we still all came out ok.

keep us updated girl
 
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Brenda Groth wrote:

I did fall down an entire flight of stairs and we still all came out ok.




oh my gosh! glad it all came out ok. I fell in my empty koi pond last pregnancy. I'm such a clutz. I caught myself before really hitting hard but it woke me up a bit about how impaired being pregnant can make a person! i had to come in and get my stethoscope out to check the heartbeat after I got nailed with the electric fence the other day. I couldn't help but wonder......worry worry worry.

I'm being extra careful. I was joking with my doc about what what going to turn up next and suggested that the next time he saw me I might have a broken bone or something. so far got the hernia and a mystery allergic reaction ..possibly a new allergy to hazelnuts or pecans. I had hives/welts that drove be bonkers last weekend after I bought bulk in shell seasonal hazelnuts and pecans as I do each year (had nasty wheezy cough show up at same time which may or may not be a coincidence) and I have an 'amniotic band' found during a scan that will no doubt cause me endless worry.  a normal uneventful pregnancy would be nice. dh says no more kids....'cause he can't stand me being pregnant again I can't hardly stand up without him growling at me.

big trucks and bad hips don't combine. crack your whip and get some steps on that thing! I hope you have something to drive other than the truck and the problematic car.  I drove a big ford 1 ton crew cab for awhile. it had side steps and it was hard to get into if there was anything impairing physically going on at the time...of course little cars can present the same problem it just the getting out thats hard!
 
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Leah, I don't remember hearing about you falling into the empty koi pond. Oh my!
 
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yeah it was pretty stupid of me. it was empty and I can't remember if we were renovating or if that was when I decided to just fill it in. I know I didn't want it around with a toddler. I went to step across a narrowish part and thought I was stepping onto solid ground underneath the liner......but the liner was stiff and sticking out from the side of the pond wall and there was nothing under it but air! just about did a face plant square on a nice big rock. I still remember sitting in push up position with one leg in the pond with my face an inch or so from the rock and realizing how lucky I was. I got nothing more then a twisted up back for a few days.
 
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well in a couple months all the worst will be behind you and all you will see is that beautiful little babies face
 
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I got to see babies face yesterday! mil's boss just opened a 4d ultrasound clinic in tulsa recently and I got a freebee! she was hiding most of the time but we got a couple of shots of her face at an angle but not straight on. got to watch her try and suck on her hand. I may or may not be able to figure out how to get the pics from the cd to the puter.... I plan to try today just because I think its funny to be able to send a picture of a baby that isn't even born yet to people. its kinda weird.

It reasurred me a little but I also got the comment "your not very big for how far along you are" again which is what I got all the time with my other pregnancy and the docs were real worried that she wasn't growing properly. I have a diagnostic ultrasound tues where she will be measured. I might be on here alot more if I get put on bedrest again. that sucks. 
 
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looking forward to the pictures..i generally have trouble "seeing" things in those..
 
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Hoping you can get the pix posted, but I know how that goes. "Windows" OS isn't known for making it easy! They should have named it "Windows with shutters"!

Regarding the unsettling words from the docs, well, all I can say is your #1 girl turned out superb! 
No reason to believe #2 won't...regardless of what they're saying.

Doesn't make the next few months go any easier on you mentally, that's for sure.

Hang in there dear pal, & keep us posted!
 
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here is Shea Marie!



gwen. not like the ultrasound pics of old 'eh?

it will be fun to take a pic at the same angle after she is born to compare.
 
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Definitely NOT like those old ultrasounds! That's amazing, they can get that detailed of a picture from a camera that is outside of your body and is going thru layers of skin, muscle, fluid, etc. Pretty cool!
Hey there, Shea! Can't wait to meet you in person! 
 
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it is pretty fascinating. on the old style ultra sounds I can't make anything out either. but with this kind even my untrained eye could count all the fngers and toes! on one pic it looks like you can even see eyelashes! I can't wait to see her either....but.... just keep your fingers crossed that we don't see her outside until she is supposed to be outside OK !

 
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Fingers crossed! I can cross other body parts too, but then I'll be of no use to anyone!
 
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oh gwen you have plenty of uses beyond that!

whew. she is in the 13th percentile now. I just have to hang on to that 3 percent and not let it drop and there will be no cause for alarm. more eating and taking it easy. recheck in 3 weeks.
 
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EAT, EAT, EAT! I wish I could email you my appetite! SLEEP, READ, SLEEP AND READ SOME MORE!

I got a bunch of Nat'l Geographic's for you. So sorry I forgot them on our last visit. Holler at me when you (or DH) are in town again. I will bring them to you, where ever you are. I'll dig up every plant & gardening book that I have for you to borrow. Wish I had a better library than I do. 

Lastly...I got DVD's!!  The devil TV is a great time passer. All the Monty Python you could want. I know you're gonna want the "machine that goes PING" in your delivery room, after you see that movie! Then again, laughing too hard might not be a good thing. 

I'll have to see what documentary's I have...
 
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I think we are getting TV! normally I would consider that a bad thing but right now it would keep me from pacing around the house. sometimes I  "regain awareness" and realize I am walking around the house aimlessly. I do need an appetite I could use some of that, send it on down! a few bites of anything and I am finished.....though I make myself eat more.  I got to go at least 8 more weeks then I can become myself again. I have been warming up chocolate 'boost' drinks and drinking them like hot chocolate. that I can do. as well as yogurt drinks. 
 
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Just in time for Lost! The new (and final) season starts on Feb. 2nd!!!

There have been some really good shows on the documentary stations. I think TV is a good thing...in moderation of course!  Not that we're moderate about it in my house. Well, it's one of the safer addictions...I think!

Heating up those Boost chocolate drinks is a great idea! Keep up the good work! Our new mantra shall be...

8 more weeks...8 more weeks...8 more weeks...at least! 

Just thought about this...beware of commercials for a certain clothing store (only has 3 letters in it's name). They will drive you crazy! I was thinking that you were lucky, with only a couple channels, it greatly reduces the chances you'll see them. Soooooo obnoxious!!!
 
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she is absolutely beautiful...i am in awe..

and a staunch right to lifer !!
 
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Brenda Groth wrote:
she is absolutely beautiful...i am in awe..

and a staunch right to lifer !!


thank you brenda. at this stage most certainly I am a lifer.  but seeing what I have seen I think many pregancies should be ended if it is within the first trimester and circumstances warrant. life needs to mean life.......not torture. 

I miscarried at around at 10-12 weeks twice. one I needed a d&c for the other I miscarried naturally two weeks before conceiving little shea here (rather unusual) I never felt I lost "a baby". no funeral.  no desire to  have sad "birthdays". just a feeling that if there was something wrong it was best that it had ended prior to any meaningful development. and in the case of the most recent miscarriage, problems were detected very early by ultrasound and it was actually a relief for the pregnancy to end.

sometimes our brains know things bodies don't, and it is irresponsible not to act on that. just ask the 6 other "babies"  that were in the womb of my brother's drug addicted abusive birth mother.  in addition to the assault in the womb, my brother was starved (still the size of an infant) and abandoned at the hospital with a broken leg at around 1 year of age. it appeared he had been thrown by the leg or something simiiar due to qualities of the break). I consider it a good thing he was the only live birth of 7 pregnancies (that we know of).   I do think that some people need to have their tubes tied by mandate and that abortion should be an option. the alternative of unwanted, uncared for, abused babies is not acceptable to me.

 
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Very well put, Leah! I agree with you 200%.

"Life needs to mean life...not torture".

Indeed.
 
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i agree Leah, if the child is definately in bad shape, or the child of rape or incest i give exceptions..or the life of the mother.

i was raped when i was a teenager by a brother in law..i would not have had his child had i gotten pregnant..no way.
 
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Yeah...any moment now Leah is going to give that Dr. a knuckle sandwich!   Things were postponed because of Monday's snowstorm...that didn't happen! I imagine Leah will explain more on Tues morning.
 
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Unless her doctor has agreed to try something other than the pitocin today, I don't think so.
Have you read the latest installment she's posted in this thread?:

http://www.permies.com/bb/index.php?topic=3008.0

 
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Send your permie positive thoughts out to Leah! It sure couldn't hurt and it might even help! 
Thanks!
 
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Today is my sister's birthday, and my best friend's daughter just had her baby early this morning..... so I'm wondering about Leah - will it be 3 birthdays for Feb 13th or just the two?

Have you heard anything Gwen?
 
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Yes, Jamie! Shea was born on the 11th!

I'm afraid I threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the communication process by starting a different thread (reg. this) under another topic, but it got moved back to this "drivel' topic anyways.

Sorry, but I'm a stickler for word definitions (even if it's tongue-in-cheek), especially when it comes to something serious & MEANINGFUL!

http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/3152_0/meaningless-drivel/positive-energy-generator
 
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I missed the post!!!  It's the title of positive-energy-generator I just think equipment 

I agree 100%  I hate meaningless drivel for a forum title to cover everything else past permaculture

Shea's arrival is anything but drivel!

Pass on all our cheers and warm thoughts to Leah ♥
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Will do, Jamie! I know she'll appreciate all these good thoughts & best wishes from everyone. Thanks again!
 
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hi all! thanks for all the positive thoughts. here is a pic of the newest permie! 



I was stuck in the hospital for almost five days. Got to come home sunday. My bp went through the roof early in the week. I am home now on meds for it....hopefully the meds are temporary.  I think it helps just being home. Medical establishments don't exactly foster calm blood pressure lowering experiences. I'm mostly just resting and nursing for a while until I get some all clear for normal activity. bummer. Beats a stroke though I suppose. I think I almost gave my doctor a heart attack. I'm such a bad patient. 
 
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oh Leah you make a great baby! very cute.  keri says good job also
 
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Yay!!! So glad you are home & extra glad you posted a picture! Shea is a sweetheart, kinda looks like daddy in this pic! I've seen that expression on his face before! 

Sorry about the bp issues causing you to have to stay in hosp. No doubt staying in the hosp. only aggravated that situation. Hehheh! Glad to know at least one of that Dr's patients is keeping him on his toes! 

Congratulations, dear friend! Lots of love for ya! 
 
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thanks!

she should be concerned. she does have me for a mother ya know!
 
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Thank you so much for posting a photo Leah - she's just beautiful.
 





 
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I don't want to detract from the importance of the thread but I would like to add to Gwen's comment:
I'm afraid I threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the communication process by starting a different thread (reg. this) under another topic, but it got moved back to this "drivel' topic anyways. 

Sorry, but I'm a stickler for word definitions (even if it's tongue-in-cheek), especially when it comes to something serious & MEANINGFUL!


Within a Permaculture COMMUNITY (All be it an on-line one.) the decision to move the thread and the name chosen for the topic is regretful.
 
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