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How far along are you/what size is baby?

Rants/Raves/Symptoms:

Anything baby-related this week?

GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring?

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    How far along are you/what size is baby? 32w - AH!! Baby is the size of a squash.

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms: My biggest complaint/annoying symptom has been relaxin and loose joints! I can feel my hip popping in and out of place as I walk. Last night I turned around suddenly to grab DS before he let himself out the back door of our house, and I totally pulled something in my right-lower back/butt cheek. I was hobbling all around the house the rest of the night. My rave - this LO has been moving SO much. Saturday night after DH and I got home from a graduation party, we sat on the couch watching my stomach move around like a wave pool.

    Anything baby-related this week? We had one of the windows in the nursery measured for a replacement yesterday. I picked a few more things out on Amazon last night, and I think I'm going to pull the trigger today!

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring? I'm waiting until 36 weeks to pack a bag, but I'm going to make sure I have the following - big brother pack for DS, gifts for L&D nurses, camera, phone/camera chargers, and comfy clothes for this LO and me to come home in!
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    How far along are you/what size is baby?
    33 weeks - LO is there size of a ferret

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms: 
    Sleeping sucks, only because I never seem to get enough. Restless legs are so frickin annoying! Overall, not too much pain as long as I don't stand for too long at a time. My body must be backwards from all you ladies; I get heartburn if I don't drink enough water! As soon as I start to feel it I go chug some water and it goes away. 

    Anything baby-related this week?
    Just passing time

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring?
    Sometimes it feels so soon, sometimes it feels so far away still. I have started getting the things I need ready for myself. Will most likely be packed in another few weeks. I plan to attach a list of last minute/in use items I want to pack, just in case DH has to finish he knows what I need. I have lists started for what to pack for baby, DH, and DD

    1) flip flops - I don't do showers away from home well. Don't want to touch the floor of that thing!
    2) stretchy nursing bras
    3) robe - gives the illusion of being put together without actually having to be dressed. 
    4) boppy
    5) phone charger
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    setoshsetosh member
    How far along are you/what size is baby?
    30 weeks- platypus, motorcycle helmet and zucchini, but he is still measuring ahead of schedule. 

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms:
    The heartburn is starting to annoy me, lack of sleep, manager not understanding it hurts to be on your feet for 8 hours and the rib pain has begun. 

    Anything baby-related this week?
    Had an appointment this morning, everything is good. Heartbeat sounds so much stronger! 

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring? 
    I plan to pack it in the next few weeks. I'm thinking phone charger, the onesie I was brought home in, snacks, pajamas and toiletries. 
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    How far along are you/what size is baby?
    31 weeks. Baby is the size of romaine lettuce. 

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms:
    Lots of braxton hicks, sleeping through the night hasn't happened in weeks, and lots and lots of nesting. 

    Anything baby-related this week?
    We just received our newborn stash of cloth diapers, so I'll be prepping, organizing, and putting them away. Our baby shower is also on Saturday. Can't wait to celebrate this new baby with everyone that will love them  <3

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring?

    I've started making a pile of stuff that will go in the bag, but haven't officially packed it yet. I'll be sure to have it done by 36 weeks. 

    1. Baby's coming home outfit. 
    2. Nursing bras/tanks. 
    3. The new lounge clothes I bought for postpartum. They are black, comfy, but look presentable for any visitors. Both at home and the hospital. I'm oddly excited about them. 
    4. My toiletries.
    5. Phone and charger. 

    Pretty exciting list huh? ;-)  
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    @soberkfell  We are only bringing the Labor nurse gifts with us initially. I did 4 tervis tumblers filled with lotion, nice chocolates, pens, and hard hard candy. Then the next morning, my husband will run home and get the postpartum breakfast baskets I made for those nurses. Its an assortment of biscotti, cookies, bottled iced coffees, granolas, granola bars, and a few other breakfast foods that I new would stay good until baby comes. What are you gifting to the nurses? 
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    How far along are you/what size is baby? 
    32 weeks, squash baby!

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms:
    Symptoms: still feeling good, but starting to feel more pressure / occasional pains in my pelvic area. Rave: I love that the baby responds and kicks to me touching my belly. Rant: I really think it's weird when people tell me "there is no way that baby is staying in there for 8 more weeks!" Do they want a prize if they are right?!?

    Anything baby-related this week?
    Had an appointment today.  Baby is still breech so if he hasn't flipped in two weeks they are going to schedule an ECV.  My midwife also told me to get upside down because apparently that sometimes gets baby to flip.

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring?
    Maybe in the next month?  Clothes for mom and baby, cell phone chargers,  watermelon water.... obviously I need to think about this more :)

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    How far along are you/what size is baby? 32 weeks - head of lettuce, squash, plastic scooter, naked tailed armadillo

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms: baby kicks and rolls are SO STRONG! I've also been more tired, have trouble sleeping (I feel like a beached whale when rolling over), and am having tons of braxton hicks contractions. 

    Anything baby-related this week? Childbirth class #2 (of 5) tonight. Probably done with cleaning and organizing until my shower next month. I've done just about as much nesting as I possibly can do.

    GTKY: We're getting closer to go-time! When do you plan to pack your hospital bag and what are the top 5 things you're making SURE to bring? I have started to pack my hospital bag already. 
    1.) clothes for me and baby for going home
    2.) charger for my phone
    3.) my pillow (I hate the plastic hospital ones)
    4.) chapstick
    5.) baby book for footprints

    Question for you ladies....is your DH/SO staying with you after delivery? We live about 10 minutes away from the hospital and are first-time parents, so the only one to take care of at home is our cat. DH is very tall and will be very uncomfortable sleeping on a cot in the hospital room, and would prefer to go home. I don't have a strong opinion either way because he said he'd just be going home to sleep and then come back the next day. I feel like I'm going to get a lot of negative feedback from other people for being OK with this though :-/
    Me (32) & DH (35)
    Married 10.10.10
    DD born 7.25.16 <3
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    @sboston06 I believe my DH plans to stay over night in the hospital with me because we also only have kitties at home. I don't think you should get negative feedback for being ok with him going home though. To be honest, I won't be upset if my DH decides to leave to get some real sleep or have some non-hospital food. :) We are both going to be tired and hospitals tend to be loud and uncomfortable.
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    @sboston06 I will be attempting to send DH to hotel room to sleep. We live an hour away so going home is less feasible, but yeah, someone should be getting some sleep and hospital rooms suck for sleeping in. 
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    WevilleWeville member
    How far along are you:  33w size of a ferret 

    Rants/Raves/Symptoms:  Not a lot of sleeping this weekend and my stomach has been a bit of a mess but otherwise all is well.  It is so crazy watching him move around, my husband can see it from across the room

    Anything baby related:  Doctor's appointment today, maternity photos on Friday and lots of nesting. Our reclining glider was delivered yesterday, I may move into it. Last night I washed all his linens, I need to figure out a way to make crib sheets neat

    GTKY:  I've thrown some random things in the diaper bag. Must haves clothes for him, clothes for me, camera, baby book, snacks
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    WevilleWeville member
    @sboston06 My husband is also tall but he'll be spending the night
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    @sboston06 my DH is very tall too - 6'7.  We live about 15 minutes away from the hospital and I actually told him I really wouldn't mind if he went home to get some sleep.  The chairs they offer at the hospital for dads to sleep in are way too small for him.  He said he wouldn't be going home.  I left it up to him.  Maybe he will end up going home the next day when other visitors are there to get some sleep.  The hospital rooms have really long and wide windowsills so he is actually thinking about bringing a pillow and sleeping bag to make a bed there.

    Don't worry about negative feedback!  You have to do what is the best for you two.  Don't forget that it wasn't that long ago when men weren't allowed in the delivery room at all!
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    @sboston06 this makes me so happy that our hospital has couches in the room that turn into an actual twin bed for dad. Id probably send my husband home too if he had to sleep in a small chair. We played around with the idea of my husband going home at night, our house is about 6 minutes from the hospital, but I think he'll be staying. Don't listen to the negative feedback. This is the first, of many, decisions you and your husband will make in regards to parenting that piss people off or people that have no right to an opinion will have one and voice it anyways. Do what's best for you guys!
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    @LDSJM123 - you make a great point about being the first of many decisions. We are going on a hospital tour in a few weeks so I will plan to ask them about sleeping arrangements then. I'm hoping it's something better than what I'm imagining, but otherwise I think I'll let DH go home. It's entirely likely that no one would even know about it because it would be happening in the middle of the night.
    Me (32) & DH (35)
    Married 10.10.10
    DD born 7.25.16 <3
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    soberkfellsoberkfell member
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    @LDSJM123 I love what you're making for gifts - I'll have to steal some from yours for ideas! My plan was to bring something for the L&D nurses... an assortment of candy with thank you letters. Then once we were settled in our room, I planned to have an edible arrangement delivered to the nurses' station.

    @sboston06
    My DH spent the night when we had DS, and I'm hoping he stays with me with this LO also; however, I wouldn't think negatively of anyone who agreed their SO would get better rest at home nearby. Our hospital has couches that pull out into beds, and DH is 5'9", so there wasn't much of a risk of it being too short for him. Having him there was more of a comfort for me because it was our first couple of nights as new parents and also sort of our last couple nights of being just us before we brought a baby home. Also - God forbid this happens - if something were to go awry with either me or the LO during the night, it was reassuring to know that DH would be there to help make any necessary decisions/be there for support. ETA: But, again, if your SO is staying somewhere close to the hospital, I'm sure they could be back immediately with a quick phone call. And, I also agree that you likely won't catch any flack from anyone unless you mention that your DH didn't stay the night... otherwise they won't know anyway.
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