Weekly Check In w/o 8.2 — The Bump
October 2021 Moms

Weekly Check In w/o 8.2

Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 

Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of:

Team 💗💙💚:


Upcoming appointments:

How are you feeling?:



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TTC History

Me: 26 DH: 27

TTC #1 | June '18-August '18 | DD | Born April 21, 2019 | Due May 10, 2019

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TTC#2 | June '20-February '21 | DS | Due October 27, 2021

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Re: Weekly Check In w/o 8.2

  • Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 30w5d

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: a platypus 😂

    Team 💗💙💚: 💗


    Upcoming appointments: 8/12 for 32 week appt and TDAP! 

    How are you feeling?: I’m honestly just fried. I’m so tired and out of breath all of the time. Idk if height has anything to do with pregnancy lol but I feel like my abdomen is so short that baby doesn’t have much elsewhere to go. I’m only 5’1 so I just feel like I’m walking around with a bowling ball strapped to me every day. 🥲

    Rants/Raves: Rave- got my maternity pics back and I love basically all of them! She did a great job. 

    Rant: DH and I were talking to MIL last night, showing her maternity pics, and an updated photo of the nursery. DH told her we were waiting on our adorable mobile to come in the mail for the crib and she basically went into a big speech telling us to “stop buying things”. I tried to gently tell her when it’s decor that I’d like to buy those things myself but she basically kept insisting that people will buy us things that aren’t on our registry? It was odd. Like yes, people have already bought us things not on the registry, but I literally have received zero decor items. I think it’s just kind of a thing people understand, that the parents would like to choose the decorations? Then on top of that she said “what I’m trying to say is when you have two weeks left and you’re both panicking, we will buy you things.” Am I crazy or…. Why would we wait until I’m “panicking”??? I’m so lost. I think she’s under the impression that we need more help from them financially than we really do- but if she’s wanting to gift us something, I’m so confused on the waiting to do it until I’m panicking statement?? What’s the purpose? 🤷🏻‍♀️


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  • @chindimples04 omg that lake house thing would annoy me also! I guess the views will be pretty but… with the heat lately it would’ve been nice to get into the water! 
  • vampirinavampirina member
    edited August 2021
    @chindimples04 so many lakes in the Upper Midwest are seeing an increase in amoebas/bad algae because of the extra hot weather. Is that why? Or is it just always an unswimmable lake? Either way that blows. 

    @madiirosee is this her first grandchild? We had the first Grand on my H's side and she said/did so many nonsensical things at first. I think she wanted to be more involved than she could have been (bc its not her pregnancy) , and was also just nervous about her (grown) baby entering this new phase of his life, and didn't really know how to transition to this new phase of her parenting journey, so she was just... really weird for a good year or so... not making excuses for your MIL, but it made it easier for me to ignore her weirdness once I realized that. Hopefully your MIL chills out and realizes you guys got this. 

  • Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 10/23 28+2!

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: eggplant, must be extra huge because there's no way this kid is that small. 

    Team 💗💙💚: 💚


    Upcoming appointments: Tomorrow for.28 week check up and glocola. 

    How are you feeling?: tired huge and ready for Oct. 

    Rants/Raves: more house projects completed. We're so close to listing our house! Cross your fingers for us, Friends! Also DS (4) started tball and it was the most adorable thing. 


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  • @vampirina it is her first yes… but I will say i do think that because my SIL and husband who are due a month after me are not doing so well financially that she may be thinking we need more help as well? It is interesting and I agree with your point that she’s probably just not saying the right things always since it’s her first grand baby. I definitely was quiet and non defensive when she was talking. DH did most of the responding lol 
  • @galentine I thought we'd decided on a name. Ordered a onesie with her name on it, immediately panicked that I hated the middle name and cancelled the order. Now I'm worried we have to start from scratch because we don't agree on any other middle options 😅
  • @galentine we definitely do not have names and I'm weird not stressed about it but I probably should be? I'm more stressed about the house so I don't have time or energy to be stressed about the name. Maybe we'll get a nice nurse/doctor/ anesthesialogist/janitor at the hospital with a cool name we can borrow. 
  • Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 29+6 Oct 12

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: Barbie convertible

    Team 💗💙💚: 💗


    Upcoming appointments: 32 week scan and ob

    How are you feeling?: Good but huge and sweaty

    Rants/Raves: entering the 30s weeks is getting me all sorts or excited and anxious!!

    GTKY: Share a meme about your job!

    #sahm 😅

  • @gingermama46, I'm glad you were able to enjoy your girls weekend. Rookie mistake not taking an extra day off, though 😉 Always always take an extra day. My coworkers call it the "re-entry" day, as in, you need a day to re-enter the real world!
  • @galentine my friend told me the same thing!! Next time, we got home around 2 yesterday but I am still beat!

    Also the fact that you love Parks and Rec and Leslie Knope and are a government worker like her is just great, i love it  :D
  • Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 10/15, 29+4
    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: cauliflower

    Team 💗💙💚: 💙

    FTM/STM/TTM+: stm

    Upcoming appointments: Thursday!

    How are you feeling?: Really, really tired. I've taken a nap twice this week, and I've started having trouble sleeping through the night. Vicious cycle, I guess!

    Rants/Raves: had a family day at the zoo! [email protected] a lot of fun. My daughter spent most of the time being sad she couldn't swim in the water with the sea lions and alligators, lol.

    Questions: 🤷🏼‍♀️ @noprobalo I was actually planning to ask my doctor this week about covid precautions...like, what do I need to plan for, should we self-quarantine before the birth, I don't even know what else. So many things to think about this time around, especially with the recent uptick in cases in my area 😕

    GTKY: Share a meme about your job!

    I think most of us can relate to this meme after the past year and a half of shut downs and work from home policies! Lol.
  • Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 10/7 30+5 though still measuring a week ahead—I  am mentally prepared for a September baby but I need it to be like sept 30–I’ve never gone early but it’ll be my luck!

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: nearly a pineapple

    Team 💗💙💚: 💚 (there are so few of us!)


    Upcoming appointments: had one yesterday and next one is the 16th I think; will do my Tdap later this month; have to decide for the birth center if/when I want additional monitoring since I’m AMA — they said it’s up to me and gave me some evidence based birth resources to review; because I’ve had two totally healthy pregnancies at 33 and 35, I don’t feel like 37 is that different and the data I viewed is in line w that…but given that I’m measuring a week ahead and I know I ovulated earlier than my EDD indicates, I feel like my actual due date is a bit earlier so if I get to October and am still pregnant I may do an NST. I don’t know yet.

    How are you feeling?: fine except for hips hurting when I’m sleeping — lots of flipping back and forth leading to little sleep

    Rants/Raves: my kids are…making me feel like I’m a $hit mom; they’re pushing every limit (they’re 4 and 2) and are adjusting to transition since the 4yo just started pre-k after they’ve been together in daycare forever. DH was gone the last two days for work and I’m losing my effing mind. So much yelling.

    Questions: for my fellow AMA moms, what “extra” monitoring (NSTs or biophysical profiles) does your provider do? The birth center leaves it up to moms because there is not a national standard of what should be done—there’s some evidence that risk of stillbirth (while still tiny) increases from 35-39 but if you’ve had a live birth, your risk of stillbirth when 35-39 is still lower than a FTM … so I’m still torn on doing extra tests 

    GTKY: Share a meme about your job!

    This is what it has felt like! When I left to consult in 2019 I thought I’d have more flexibility and I do in a lot of ways but I’m super busy…and only ended up busier in the pandemic (a good problem to have but I really wish I could work part time and still make what I make)

    DSS: March 2006
    DD: July 2017
    DS: February 2019
    BFP #3 TW ended in CP March 2020
    BFP #4 - TW ended in CP August 2020
    BFP #5 - due October 2021
  • @cait32 I've only ever had AMA pregnancies, so I don't really know any different. I've had growth scans every month, but that could also be related to my weird uterus and history of IUGR. I passed on the amniocentesis 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • @cait32, it took me a long time to really buy-in to being Team 💚. I really did it for my husband. But now that I've likely had my last ultrasound (barring unforseen complications) and have had my final chance to find out, I'm feeling SO EXCITED! I cannot wait to find out if my DD is getting a brother or sister! The delivery room surprise will be so amazing!
  • @cait32 I got absolutely nothing done extra. I've never had an NST. I didnt have growth scans (my 4 year old was born when I was 35). Nobody has said anything about needing them now at 39. 
  • Thanks @demimondaine and @pizzaplz — my midwives explained that there hasn’t been any national standard set and that they’ve found that it tends to be sort of geographic (so hospitals in a certain metro area may start doing growth scans and/or NSTs at a similar time frame for AMA patients). When I wasn’t AMA, they typically would recommend doing an NST if you got to 41+3 because after 41 weeks it’s a toss up whether it’s better to let baby keep cooking or not. They said the basic takeaway from the current research is that if you’re ama, it appears that timeline might move up closer to 39-40 weeks, but they also emphasized that 35-39 yo is different from 40+ and FTM is different from STM+. I’ll link the article below. I’m not big on extra intervention but I also don’t want to ignore research. I’ll probably just see if I get into early October and make the call then. They emphasized that it is 100% up to me and IF there was a clear medical recommendation they’d urge me to follow that but because there isn’t they’re not pushing either way. They also said that IF I had extra scans that showed that maybe it was time for baby to get outta there, they could still try a foley bulb, castor oil, etc so I could stick with the birth center unless my body just wouldn’t cooperate. Considering the speed of my labors and how much I’ve dilated before labor with both kids, I’m not too worried about all of it. It’s just interesting how much variety they’re seeing practice to practice. 

    Here’s the article that rounds up the research: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/advanced-maternal-age/
    DSS: March 2006
    DD: July 2017
    DS: February 2019
    BFP #3 TW ended in CP March 2020
    BFP #4 - TW ended in CP August 2020
    BFP #5 - due October 2021
  • @cait32 Ah, maybe thats why. My son was breech so I had a c/s planned for my 39th week for at least a month before.
  • @cait32 I don't think much will be different for me this time around. They had me do an extra genetic screen early on and I have a quick u/s at every appointment. It hasn't been discussed, but I'm assuming I'll have NSTs starting around 37-38 weeks like I did with DS. With COVID and my frequent u/s's though, I wouldn't be surprised if they let me skip those or push them back until later.

    @noprobalo Your question got me looking into my hospital. So far our guidance was updated at the end of June to allow one extra support person/visitor (now 2 people). I wouldn't be surprised if they back-tracked that, but I'm OK as long as I have DH. I will try to remember to ask about this at my next appointment though. 

    Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 30+3

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: Platypus to which DS said "a platypus would not make a good pet because it is poisonous and could kill you." Technically, they're venemous, ya little know-it-all 🤣

    Team 💗💙💚: 💙


    Upcoming appointments: Aug 20th (should have had one this week, but my doc is letting me skip it since I am apparently the least high risk that a high risk patient can be)

    How are you feeling?: bigger than I look and super underprepared. The second one will just raise himself, right? Or my 5 1/2 yo will? 

    Rants/Raves: DS did a whole year of in person preschool and no one in the entire school got COVID. He's been in Kindergarten for a week and a half and I just found out one of his classmates tested positive. Thankfully his rapid results test came back negative. This is just triggering all sorts of anxiety in me. 


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  • @aztecash I must say, I have no sense for how big a platypus might be. Also, oof, that pun 😆
  • galentinegalentine member
    edited August 2021
    @aztecash, high five! I'm in accounting for a municipality and nearly shared this meme. Now I feel like someone else will appreciate it 😂

    ETA - confession time for those who know Parks and Rec. I'm really Ben Wyatt and not Leslie Knope!! 🙈

  • @aztecash He knows more than me, because I had no idea they were anything more than dangerously cute??

    Estimated Due Date/Weeks + Days: 10/15 - 29+5

    Interesting Baby Fact/Baby is the size of: Weighs as much as a trumpet

    Team 💗💙💚: 💙


    Upcoming appointments: Friday the 6th

    How are you feeling?: Huge, I just don't understand how I still have 2 months to go?? 

    Rants/Raves: Today is the big Great Wolf Lodge $84 sale and they don't have any dates that will work for me. Unless I want to bring a 3 day old. Boohoo

    Rave: My son started his new daycare yesterday! And good thing since all of a sudden they aren't sure what school opening will look like!!! ARGGGGG

    Questions: I'm still thinking about how I had "great fluid" at my 3d ultrasound despite not EXACTLY following their instructions. I wonder if it's too high? My OB didn't measure me last time. 

    GTKY: Share a meme about your job!

    I don't think there are any memes about my actual job. 

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