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    Well I got my first back pain a couple days ago - at 33 weeks. I figure it was about time! A little cracking of the back now and then. No waddle yet.

    I would sooo love to be pregnant again - so far it's been just amazing even with the tiredness and now back pain. Just love it. Way easier with baby on the inside! hahaha!

    Our OB is super happy with my progress. I've put on 10kg total now and my bp has come back down, bloods are good (iron a little low) and even TSH came down. He said that my body is behaving like that of a 25 yo (and I'm 43!).

    Baby's head is now more on-track and not so big. Just a week ahead which is apparently fine.

    But OB is insistent on a c-section at 38.5 weeks if baby doesn't arrive before. No induction.

    As we plan on travelling when baby is 6+ weeks (hubby's cilent still has not paid us) I'm very worried about a c-section.

    Comments re c-sections please girls

    HIA

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    Hey @HavingitAll, i made a few (understatement) comments re: c sections and what to expect a few pages back, but by 6 weeks you should be fine to travel. Just take it easy. I found that after 6 weeks if I over did it I would bleed (just a bit)

    My sister had hashimotos and PCOS (still does) and reckons that when she was preg she felt the best she had in years! Must be all those lovely pg hormones, so glad you are feeling good!

    Ps: 10kg is awesome! I am 9kg up on my start weight of 72kg, but I was carrying an extra 10kg from the last pg so am about 20 over what I am "normally" ie: not pregnant!

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    My phone line at home has been cut by my fence guy. No internet, no phone, no mobile service...

    Sorry ladies I am going to be out of contact for a while... Good luck to everyone.

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    So, with 2 weeks and a few days left I have scheduled all the important stuff (hair dresser, mani/pedi and wax)! Got the seat in the car and sleeping stuff sorted, bag packed and kids organised. Oh and am planning a nice family meal the night before admission - cooking some of my fav chinese dishes.

    So the question is - are you doing anything special for yourself and your family to prepare for/before baby?

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    DH and I are going to try to get away for the weekend over Anzac day, just to have a break from all the renovations and preparations.

    I like the idea of a pedi and wax.

    Quote Originally Posted by KitiK View Post
    So, with 2 weeks and a few days left I have scheduled all the important stuff (hair dresser, mani/pedi and wax)! Got the seat in the car and sleeping stuff sorted, bag packed and kids organised. Oh and am planning a nice family meal the night before admission - cooking some of my fav chinese dishes.

    So the question is - are you doing anything special for yourself and your family to prepare for/before baby?

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    Just out of curiosity, how long is everyone taking off work once bub arrives?

    And how have you calculated how long you can afford?

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    We are lucky we can live on DHs wage if need be. I will start looking for a new job in 2016 - but will give myself that year to find the right one (lots of reasons for that including my current employment terms/pay/childcare)... so it is technically better for me to go back to work in 2017 for tax/childcare, but I don't think I want to wait that long for qual/experience currency and sanity reasons. SAHM is the hardest job I have ever had....

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    Ps: @ScubaGal - how did we calculate how long we can afford for me to be off? I have an electronic cashflow and all of our expeses both discretionary and non discretionary are outlined, so when we identify income against all of our expenses it tells us if we need more money (or need to cut back on discretionary costs) or if we can live. I say budget, budget and investigate if you will be entitled to any Centrelink support during/once any paid maternity leave runs out.

    I found with my 1st it was really hard to identify a timeframe upfront re: how long I wanted to be home vs how long I could afford. Lots of things change once you have a baby.

    Goodluck, i hope you can make it work however long you want to spend with your baby.

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    Thanks @KitiK - your advice is invaluable.

    As it will be LONG-HAUL to get to BrisVegas - 3 flights with terrible connections adding up to 36 hrs+ I still think 6 weeks after a c-sec might not be enough. So we might not be booking anything until not long before we fly (great! That'll cost a fortune!). Besides, baby will need a passport before we can book anything! That could take a while too.

    I've been an independent professional for most of my life I've only had an "employer" for about 5 years hobbled together of my 22 year career. There is no way we could afford to live off just one unstable income. I have insurance against sickness and all that but having babies doesn't count.

    It took all we had to get pregnant - 3 IVF. And the economyand clients have not been kind to us in the past 2 years.

    I will have to pull what weight I can before and after baby and I haven't been doing enough for a while now.

    That's why, since I won't be able to do much with that career and kids, I've spent the last few years working on my photography (I was a wedding and portrait photographer back in the 90s but now everything is digital!). Although I do what work I can in my profession I'm now a photographer, specialising in newborns.

    My photography insurance has just been approved so I've had no photographic sessions since December. I currently have two new mums on my list due before me, one of whom is expecting triplets, so I hope to be able to do those before baby arrives in 5 weeks!

    It is a wonderful thing to be able to give families these precious memories and hopefully when I'm well enough after baby (a newborn photographic session can be quite demanding) I can do 1-2 sessions a week.

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    My family desperately wants us to move to Australia but sadly it's just not an option, financially. With me being "the Australian" I must show that I can financially support my hubby and provide our accommodation - how could I possibly do that if I've just had a baby???

    We still hope to have a weekend away before Easter - must organise that! Just a few hours drive away.

    Had my first Braxton Hicks today! Felt very weird - like period pain that lasted for quite a while, baby squirmed a lot!

    HIA

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