How far along are you? How big is baby?
How are you feeling this week? Any new symptoms?
GTKY: What are your maternity leave plans? (How long, will your SO take time, too? etc.)
I am 25+1 today, so the size of a cauliflower, which seems smaller than the cantelope from last week, but whatever.
I am having back pain and some random thigh tingling and numbness. Also, I have to bee 458956 times each day, but for the most part, I am feeling pretty good.
We are going on a 5 day trip to Texas and I am praying that DS sleeps. He typically refuses to nap if we are out (and even at home sometimes). Also, it can take him hours to fall asleep at home, so all 3 of us in a hotel room could be rough!
I took this year off and am just subbing here and there. I plan to be off until at least next school year, depending on where we are at financially. My H is planning on taking the first 1.5-2 weeks if I have a c-section, maybe a little less if I go vaginally. Then, te plan is that he will take one day each week for a month or two to spend time with DS and take him on outings, so I am not dragging a newborn into cesspools of germs during cold and flu season.
25w5d - cauliflower
I am just SO SO SO tired all of the time. Heartburn is on the rise.
I am now working from home 2 consecutive days a week as per doctors orders due to my left foot/leg swelling. This is a good thing.
MH gets 8 weeks of full pay and needs to be taken as soon as the baby is born and needs to be consecutive weeks. Mine is a little more complicated. We have been trying to have a baby for 3 years. So for all that time, i have been hoarding vacation time and taking very little. My vacation time rolls from year to year. So it breaks down like this:
Week 1 - Sick time
Week 2-8 - Short Term Disability at 60% pay
Week 9 - Sick time
Week 10-21 - Vacation time
I know how lucky I am.
How far along are you? How big is baby? 24 wks 6 days, melon
How are you feeling this week? Any new symptoms? Eh just lower stomach pains these days mainly when walking, reflux all day night and that's about it
Rants/Raves/Questions/Dear Diary? Meh nope
GTKY: What are your maternity leave plans? (How long, will your SO take time, too? etc.) Well if I can afford which is iffy since I have to use 2 wks saved pto then get paid 8 wks by my firm, the rest will be unpaid. If I can swing it would love to do 16 wks since this is my last. I rarely take off working full time with kids so would like to really enjoy family time for this last go round. I will take my oldest out of before and after care so that just means we will save on that cost and I will need to drag my butt to and from the bus. Hoping for a much easier maternity leave this time. Going to plan in early December to make sure my boys are in camps the two weeks school is closed during the holidays. My husband doesn't get paternity leave so how it has always gone, I have a c-section, he is in the hospital for 4 days with my running back and forth, home for 3 more days then back to work!
lexidawg you have crazy leave! So jealous!
katy0990 awesome leave as well and you will be home through summer.
Married: 5/09 ~ TTC Since: 10/10 ~ PCOS ~ Progesterone from 10/10 - 2/11 ~ HSG on 3/18 - Clear ~ Started Metformin 1000mg & Clomid 50mg 2/11 ~ Metformin upped to 1500mg 4/6 ~ 6/7 Now going to SG and put on Clomid, Ovidrel, Gonal F, Prometrium, Estrace ~ IUI #1 7/2 = BFP!!!!!! March 6th our little man was born.
6/17/13 - Ovidrel, Follistim, Prometrium ~ IUI #1 7/2 = BFP! March 17th our St. Pattys day baby arrived
10/29/17 - Started process for IVF, got pregnant & miscarried a 2nd time since summer. 2/22 started stims - Menopur, Gonal F, Cetrotide - retrieval 3/6 - , PIO, estrace 3xday - FET 4/18 = Beta 1: 616; Beta 2: 1342 = BFP
25w3d, large cucumber or 13.6"!!
Feeling pretty good. No new symptoms but my crazy dreams have come in full force!
Rave: DS came up to me when I was making dinner Sunday night, hugged my legs, and said "I love you." Melted my heart. Usually he only says it when we say it to him first.
Dear Diary: Yesterday we got a message from daycare saying that after he finished his lunch, DS doesn't want to get up from the table and sits there watching friends eat because he's still hungry. She asked that we pack him a bigger lunch. I cried. I feel so bad. I can just imagine him sitting there after he's done eating and it breaks my heart. We didn't pack food when my MIL watched him, and he got to snack whenever, so it was different. I cried telling my mom last night and I'm crying typing this out now. *Sigh* I feel so bad. Obviously we've corrected that and it won't happen again but I just feel so bad.
Rant: Yesterday after running on the treadmill at the gym I was spraying down a rag to wipe the treadmill and some old fat guy comes up to me and starts telling me how I need to be careful working out while pregnant. This is not m first rodeo, I worked out until I went into labor with DS. I know what I am doing. I know what my body can and can't handle. Mind your own business. Then another old man (it maybe have been the same one, I'm unsure) came over to me while I was working my legs and tries to tell me what to do. I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING! I've been working out regularly for 9 years, this is NOT new to me. *eye roll*
GTKY: Maternity leave plans?
I will have use or lose leave at work at year end so I am hoping for my last day to be 12/18 or 12/19 or even that Monday. I will then take maternity leave for 13 weeks like I did with DS. I believe DH might get a week ff, at least I am hoping. That's what he did with DS.
@katy0990 They did not give him extra snack, I don't think. He had extra snack in his bag though. I usually send three snacks, just incase. I guess she didn't realize she could give him one with his lunch as well. By the time I saw the message it was nap time, so they were all asleep. DH took a pizza in after their nap though, so all the kids got to have pizza for their afternoon snack.
DH: 29, SA - Great
Married: June 12,2011
TTC #1: 1/2014
Diagnosis: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
Treatment: Clomid: 50mg, 100mg, 150mg - not successful and not monitored
Menopur 75ml (upped to 112.5ml), Ovidrel, & IUI IUI #1 8/31/2015
26+1, head of kale.
Haven't had a good night of sleep in so, so long. Feeling like a zombie. I just get SO hot at night, and constantly wake up in a sweat, even though I keep our bedroom at 70 degrees. I've also been having more cramps lately which kinda make me feel blah. They aren't too intense, just feel like period cramps. He's also constantly kicking me at night and that wakes me up. Just generally can't fall asleep, can't stay asleep, getting up to pee MINIMUM 5 TIMES (not exaggerating), and sweating, hot flashes. Ugh. I'm a mess.
Please let me get some sleep tonight! Also feel my piriformis muscle tightening again...but I've been slacking on (read: not doing) my PT exercises so maybe I better get back on that foam roller today.
I'm taking at least a year off while I figure out what I want to do next career-wise. My husband has 4 weeks paid paternity leave which is awesome, and I'm so excited to have him at home with me and spend time with the baby in that period. His work also takes a week long break first week of January (he works at a big university) so we're hoping to plan it so that the four weeks start after that week to make it 5 weeks total.
@lexidawg That is great you both get to take such a nice amount of time of leave!! I'm able to take 13 weeks (which will actually be 15-16 with use or lose time) thanks to accrued sick and annual leave!!
@katy0990 I hope your trip goes well. Usually DS sleeps better in hotel rooms, I think because the room is so dark.. He slept GREAT when we were in FL, slept in every day until 8-8:30. The first night he woke up once and cried a little, I think he was confused.. but I rubbed his back and he fell right back to sleep. When we went to the Bahamas, that was a different story, but it was warm, wasn't dark in the room, and the crib they had him in was super small.
@mcgeeva 16 weeks leave would be awesome. I wish our maternity leave in the states wasn't so crappy. I would love to take the whole first year off, but that's just not possible. I can only take off the time I am taking off because of how my leave accrues. I get 8 hours a pay period and then 10 the last pay period of the year, sick leave I get 4 hours every pay period. Sick leave can roll over from one year to the next in any amount, I can rollover up to 240 hours of annual leave a year. So since we started TTC again, I started saving up my leave. Otherwise there is no way I'd be able to take off the time I am!
@shevsky The amount of times I have to get up to pee some nights is insane. On the rare night when I actually sleep all night without getting up to pee I am impressed. lol
I’m 25wks, so she’s about cauliflower size
Honestly, I haven’t had any symptoms since 13wks...I consider myself VERY lucky. But it’s fun to feel her push against me she played push hands with the cat a few minutes ago which was damn adorable.
Umm...no rants or anything, but my husband and I are taking a small babymoon to Salem, MA in Oct. which I’m so excited about! We were going to go to FL, but since the algae bloom is still a problem there, we’ll wait til next year.
I am a stay at home Chaos Coordinator, so no maternity leave for me :P And I have no clue how long my husband gets off, he keeps forgetting to look it up. But I’m not worried, his boss is super cool and if all else fails will let him work from home for a while, if not permanently.
How far along are you? How big is baby? 25ish weeks - Cauliflower
How are you feeling this week? Any new symptoms? The regular, non-trigger related acid reflux is starting up.
Rants/Raves/Questions/Dear Diary? I failed my 1hr glucose test, so now I have to take the dreaded 3 hour one. I'm not surprised because I failed the 1hr (and passed the 3hr) with my first, but it still sucks and I do have some fear about failing the 3hr.
GTKY: What are your maternity leave plans? (How long, will your SO take time, too? etc.) I am lucky to live in a state that actually has some paid pregnancy leave and to work for a pretty great company! My disability will start 4 weeks prior to my due date. I will then have 6 weeks of disability (assuming a vaginal delivery without complications). Then I'll take about 12 weeks of leave through NJ's family leave law. So that's 22 weeks total. I will receive 100% of my salary for 12 weeks. The remainder will be unpaid. H owns his own business, so he will be home as time permits.
How far along are you? How big is baby? 24+1
Pretty good but I'm getting crazy Braxton Hicks everyday now.
We are redoing the backroom and turning it into DDs play room. It's turning out really cute but there's so much to do. We have plans to build her a little kitchen area and a stage area. And then there's the bathroom that is going to be our focus when DH is off for 2 weeks at the beginning of October.
I'm not really sure about me. I will have JUST made it 1 yr at Hallmark when baby is born ( and that's if he doesn't come TOO early). I need to ask my suoersuper about leave but I'm sure she'll just give me the number to HR.
As far as DH: he has vacation time he has to use by the end of the year. He has so much vacation left he's taking 2 weeks in October, the week after Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New year. BUT because that's when baby will likely be here that last week is contingent on when baby is actually born. He can take it early but that's literally the last week he can take it so if baby stays in there the whole time, then DH will have a week before baby is born and then he will use a week of 2019 vacation time when baby is here.
How far along are you? How big is baby? 26+1, baby is as big as kale, apparently.
How are you feeling this week? Any new symptoms? Feeling well, considering the craziness of life recently. My back has been aching since Sunday pretty much nonstop. I've been using the glider for some relief. I may need to sleep in it tonight. The usual pillow fort on my bed isn't working anymore because reflux, and propped up in sitting on the couch didn't work for my back, so.... meh. Those are pretty much my only complaints at the moment, which isn't too bad!
Rants/Raves/Questions/Dear Diary? Looks like chemo is going to be our next course of action against our dog's cancer. Not really looking forward to that. SO has been stepping it up recently and has been pretty helpful, so he gets bonus points this week.
GTKY: What are your maternity leave plans? (How long, will your SO take time, too? etc.) I'm basically going to be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my job starting the day before Thanksgiving. The cost of childcare is literally insane, so I'm going to try my hand at this SAHM thing and be a "chaos coordinator" like @mikinna. Makes no sense to pay my entire salary just so someone else can take care of my kid while I work to afford said kid-carer. SO will be taking about 2 weeks of leave, then has to go back for 2 weeks, then will be able to take another week or 2. He has a job where they basically need to work mandatory overtime to keep their salary because overtime is expected and calculated into their pay. If overtime drops below a certain amount, he will drop to a lower pay grade. So I'll be on my own for a bit pretty early on. Any advice from moms who've been in similar situations? How do you deal with a newborn on your own? The thought terrifies me.
@mikinna Yes! And they're men... they have no idea what pregnancy is like and unless they're doctor, they have no idea what they are talking about. I've had minimal symptoms as well, we're lucky!
@tunnel That is so nice you can take so much time off and 12 weeks of it is paid!!
@gorgeousariel That sounds like a nice playroom! I've been thinking about turning our guest room in the basement into a playroom for the kids and turning my office into an office/guestroom. It's not like we have guests often enough for it to be a problem.
@scaredunprepared I'm so sorry about your sweet fur baby. As far as being alone with a newborn, it wasn't terrible for me. DH went back to work after a week so I was alone with DS from 8-5:45 every day. I'd be bored some days though, so I 'd go visit my MIL or take DS and walk around the mall with him in the k'tan. In the beginning he pretty much just slept and nursed so I'd sleep when he did because I was exhausted.
I’m 25+3, according to Ovia, she's the size of a baseball glove
Very tired. Sleep is getting harder than it used to be. I am continuing chiropractor and acupuncture for the headaches I've had. It seems to be the only thing to help.
Nothing really. We have an extremely packed schedule coming up and I am dreading it. Weddings, birthdays, soccer, holidays, oh my! haha. I am just dreading how draining it will all be.
My C-section is scheduled for December 26th. My husband will be home for a week. I get 6 weeks fully paid leave and then they allow me to work from home (not a big workload) for another 6 weeks. So, 12 weeks total. I can't wait! Luckily we have family around who will be able to help out when needed.