Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week 28!

Total weight gain/loss: -26.1
Next appointment: Friday
Maternity Clothes: I live in them.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: The last few nights weren’t great thanks to being sleeping in a hotel on a pull-out couch. But overall sleep isn’t a problem.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Definitely hiccups and lots of movement. A few more weeks and I will have to start counting kicks daily.
Food cravings: fruit, milk, nothing too specific.
Contractions: Just more Braxton-Hicks
Best moment of the week: realizing that I was feeling hiccups – so sweet!
What I miss: wine and not being tired all the time.
What I am looking forward to: Maternity Leave!
Milestones: hiccups!

"By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world." www.babycenter.com

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekend Recap

I am headed out to a work conference for the next few days, so I thought I would get a post in since you won't be getting my usual Monday morning weekly report!

On Friday I headed to the Traveling Treasure Chest Children's Sale in Rochester. I was pretty disappointed at what there was and also the prices. I was able to pick up a front baby carrier for Paul since he really wants one. I also stopped at Savers to see what they had for clothing. Many cute things that were gender specific, but nothing that was gender neutral. So far I have no clothes for Baby L, besides the lucky onesie.

Last night my mom, sister, and I hosted a bridal shower for a friend from our 4-H days, Amy E. It was so fun getting together with all the 4-H families again - we are a LOUD group! It was a full house with about 25 guests, and Amy got lots of great gifts to start her life with John in Colorado!

I will leave you today with a pic of Paul trying out the carrier with one of our cats, Josie. She was not to happy with being stuffed in there, but she tolerated it! Have a great start to your week everyone! M

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Place to Sleep

Last night Paul and I ventured to Rochester to look into purchasing a crib. I had a 20% off coupon for nursery furniture, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to buy one if we found one we liked. We looked at them all and while I wouldn't say that we fell in love with one, we did find one that we liked and was within our budget. The crib was priced at $279.99 and is what they call a "lifetime crib," meaning that it converts into a toddler bed, day bed, and twin bed. While we weren't specifically looking for a convertable crib, it was hard to find one that wasn't. With the 20% off, plus an additional 15%, we saved $97. Not too shabby if you ask me! We still need a mattress, but I'm sure I'll get another coupon in the next months!


I also had a 20% off coupon for travel systems. After consulting with my mom, we decided to buy the travel system that we wanted at a discount, she would pay me back, and give us the set as a gift. There was a new travel system in the store that wasn't there when we registered, so Paul had to check them both out to see which one he really liked better. He carried both car seats to see which one was lighter and felt better in his hands, he practiced pushing both of the strollers... it was too funny to watch him. We also checked to make sure that the car seats had all the features that the nurses in our classes had told us to look for. Paul finally settled on our original choice for a travel system, so we picked that up too. The original price for the travel system was $189.99. With the 20% off, plus an additional 15% off, we saved $66.50.


We also picked up a set of bottles since I had a coupon for buy one get one free, saving us an additional $13.


So 2 major things out of the way! Now the question is... where will we put this crib ;)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Baby Care 101

The hospital where we are doctoring and will be delivering offers prenatal classes to all expecting parents. Our first class was last week, where we covered infant nutrition. The 2-hour class consisted of about 1 hour and 45 minutes of breastfeeding information and about 15 minutes of talk on formula and bottles. I guess they really want you to give breastfeeding a try! We are planning on it, but also realize that for some people it just doesn’t work, so it would have been nice to have a little more information on the alternatives so we can make the best possible choices.

This week the class was on infant care. The class started out with us being introduced to Patrick, an 8-day-old, cuter than cute little peanut! We learned all about sponge bathing and giving tub baths. He was just so darn cute it was hard to concentrate on what we were supposed to be learning! We also learned about diapering, dressing, and burping. Then it was on to clothing and laundry, bedding, and car seats. We have already registered for a car seat, but I think I may have to go visit it in the store to see if it has all the things they told us to look for.

Overall, it was VERY educational and I felt like my head was crammed with information. I was also left with some questions though… so hopefully I will be able to research and get some answers.

Next classes are in May – 3 on Labor and Delivery, and 1 on C-section!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Week 27 - Third Trimester!

In my search for an official start date for 3rd trimester, I found varying answers… everything from 25 weeks to 28 weeks. I think I have waited long enough, and thebump.com included that in their update information for this week, so I think I will make it official – We have hit 3rd Trimester!!!

Total weight gain/loss: -27.2 Next appointment: April 2nd - starting to go every 2 weeks now.
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants 100% of the time. Very few maternity tops – I’m getting creative with layering.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: Some nights are GREAT – others, I have baby insomnia! Sunday night I woke up at 3:30 am and COULD NOT fall back asleep, so I got up, got the crockpot ready, did a little cleaning…and then just laid in bed until Paul woke up. I was ready to crash at 5pm that night though!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Lots of movement – and maybe hiccups… I’m not sure.
Food cravings: nothing specific. ***I'm changing this... canned peaches... don't ask! ***
Contractions: Dr confirmed the Braxton-Hicks… It is so weird when my whole stomach becomes a rock!
Best moment of the week: Listening to Baby L’s heartbeat again.
What I miss: reliable sleep
What I am looking forward to: Maternity Leave!
Milestones: Welcome Third Trimester!

We have Baby Class again tonight – this week’s topic is Baby Care. Lessons in diapering and bathing here we come!

PS - THANK YOU to all the readers that have come out of hiding lately - It gives me motivation to keep this up and post more frequently when I know someone cares - thanks guys!

Friday, March 19, 2010

26 Week Appointment

Yesterday was my 26 week appointment, which means it was time for another glucose test. I had one earlier because I am at a higher risk for gestational diabetes due to my weight. Needless to say, I was a little nervous - I really do not want to spend the rest of my pregnancy getting shots everyday. I drank my super-sugary drink and then waited for my appointment with Jana. I was on my own this appointment, as Paul had to work. Jana gave me lots of information on preclampsia and pre-term labor. She also confirmed my suspicion that I have been experiencing braxton-hicks contractions. As long as they aren't painful and I don't have several in an hour, it's fine. Then I got to hear Baby L's heartbeat again, 147bpm. That sound never ceases to amaze me - I love it! Then I was off to the lab for my blood draw! They told me they would call that afternoon if my glucose was too high so that I could come back in for the 3 hour test. I prayed that my phone would NOT ring!

My sister Carrie (who works in the same hospital) had the day off, but was heading to Red Wing anyway with her husband and 2 boys to run errands and asked me to meet up with them for grocery shopping and lunch. I LOVE spending time with these guys! Lunch was at "mickey-donalds" according to Colby, who is 3. Thanks so much guys for letting me bum with you - I LOVED it!

Then I headed home to wait for my phone to ring... and it DIDN'T!! I went online to check my My Chart, and my glucose test came back below the normal level!! Hopefully that is the last time I will have to worry about it!

Today I am heading to Rochester to meet up with Paul for another visit to our financial advisor. I look forward to what she has to say today! Then tonight it is off to supper with friends!

Happy Friday everyone! M

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Registry Review

Paul and I finally made it a priority to register for Baby L on Saturday. After a week of running around every day, it was nice to have a goal in mind, but no timeframe in which to accomplish it. First we headed to Babies ‘R Us. I have only been in this store a few times, but knew that the stroller we wanted was there. We set up our registry at the Registry Desk. They entered all of our information into their computer, where they screwed up both my email address and password that we had chosen. We weren’t asked to confirm anything, but when I went home and tried to log in, it didn’t work. Yep, they had messed it up – definite flaw in the system. We registered for all kinds of the normal baby stuff: stroller, pack n’ play, swing, bouncy seat, bottles, towels, etc. We did not register for any clothes though – I was NOT impressed with the selection of gender neutral items.

I had done my research, and knew the Dr Brown bottles came highly recommended. So I went fully intending to register for those. I looked at them, then took one out of box. I can’t even imagine trying to clean them! Lots of little holes and a skinny little tube… no way. I went for my second choice, Avent.

From Babies R’ Us we headed to Target. I was NOT impressed with their selection of anything. I realize they offer a lot online, but I really don’t see my shower guests shopping online. We registered for mostly the same things we did at Babies ‘R Us, so I will have to keep tabs on the registries and delete items if necessary. Again, so little to choose from that was gender neutral! We have 0 clothing items on our registries at all. So frustrating. Perhaps I need to check out another Target to see if they have a bigger selection, but overall NOT impressed!

Today I went on the Penny Pincher blog and found that the breast pump I want is on sale. I am tempted to just get it myself at a steep discount rather than wait to see if we get it as a gift… because seriously, who is going to buy us a $300 gift? Hmmm…

To make Paul feel included, I let him do the scanning. Honestly, I had in my mind what I wanted, so although I did ask his opinion on several things, most of the decisions had already been made by me. Thank goodness for online editing! Paul registered for 3 or 4 of items we only needed 1 of, or like 8 packages of wipes. They would dry out long before we would get to them… But I think he enjoyed the experience. I should also add the stroller color choice was ALL him!

Overall, registering was fun and fairly non-stressful. Now I need to go through my lists and make sure I really have everything.

**and of course I FORGOT my camera in my other bag... no pictures of Pauly with the scanning gun... sorry guys!

Week 26

Total weight gain/loss: -29.1
Next appointment: This Thursday!
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants 100% of the time. Very few maternity tops.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: sleeping is good once I find a comfortable position. And I usually stay there, it hurts to move around too much.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Lots of movement. No hiccups or anything that I can decipher.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.
Contractions: maybe some Braxton-hicks… tummy gets super tight and hard… then goes away. No pain though.
Best moment of the week: Registering on Saturday
What I miss: sleeping in any position I want.
What I am looking forward to: working on some DIY projects that I found…
Milestones: We are registered! And first baby class is tonight!

Only 2 more weeks until we hit the 3rd Trimester!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pregnancy Brain Stikes Again!

I have had my shirt on backwards all day... and I just noticed it... at 3pm. Oh well!

Being a Saver

Have I always been a saver? Well…kinda… Just not always with money! When I was in 3-5th grades we received classroom “coupons” for our penmanship grades. Of course, I have pretty good penmanship, so I received the maximum amount of coupons each week. I NEVER spent them… I just loved to see them accumulate! When I got to college, I was really, really good at spending money. Clothes, going out, stuff for my room – you name it, I bought it! When I got my first job out of college, I was single, living in a dumpy apartment, walked to work… I had no way to spend my money, so it accumulated pretty quickly in my bank account. I kinda liked that… and so I became a saver. It was even easier when I got married and moved into Paul’s teeny-tiny house. I wasn’t tempted to buy “stuff” because, frankly, there was no where to put it! Oh yeah, and I HATE clutter! So needless to say, I have gotten even better at saving more and spending less. (Paul has yet to work on this!)

So what does this have to do with pregnancy and Baby L? Like posted this weekend, we went to register for gifts. And even though the things we were registering for where gifts… there were things I could not bring myself to ask others to purchase for us when I knew I could do it on my own for much cheaper! One of these things is bedding… seriously, $200 for bedding? Let’s break it down:

Quilt – can’t use it, suffocation risk. So basically useless, and NOT my idea of wall d├ęcor.
Bumpers – shouldn’t use it… even the breathable ones have issues…
Dust ruffle – I don’t even have one of these on my bed… a necessity? I think not.
Pillow sham – babies don’t use pillows.
Valance or curtain – most sets only come with one. How many bedrooms only have one window?
Crib sheet – Finally! Something useable! And necessary! And super simple to make!

So needless to say, I am going to make my own fitted sheets… and a few in case of accidents! Bedding – check!

Another thing is a Boppy cover. Most of these cost at least $10, if not more. The 2-sided ones were $20-something. And I wasn’t a huge fan of most of the designs offered anyway. In the back of my mind I kept hearing, “I can totally make that.” So I looked for a pattern, and found one, which I will now share with you. This is from the blog: http://www.vanillajoy.com . and if I looked really hard… I could probably find a pattern for a Boppy too!

Check out Vanilla Joy’s tons of other patterns and templates too! She also has some tips on making and freezing your baby food. Paul has a crazy-huge garden, so this is definitely something we would like to try…eventually!

…Basically LOVE this blog… check it out!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

100 Days

Just a short post - but I wanted to get this in! 100 days until our due date!! Where has the time gone? It seems like just last week we were finding out the news ourselves and sharing with family, but in reality, that was MONTHS ago! I need to slow down and treasure these days, I will never have this time with Baby L again!

The thought is to start registering today. I'm not sure how far we'll get... but I have my notebook and pen ready! Hopefully I can get some pics of Paul with the scanner gun! :)

More friends have given birth in the last few days - I am so excited for when we get to welcome Baby L - but we are so not ready! I need to take each day as it comes!

Happy Saturday everyone! M

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Observations...

I have made some observations about myself the last few days:

#1 – I am so ready for Spring to get here and my wardrobe shows it! I am all about color (which is normal), short sleeves, and a spring coat. Yes, there is still tons of snow outside, but I am hoping that the warm weather and long days will be here soon!

#2 – I have spent more time online researching cloth diapers than anything I can think of in recent history. I didn’t even do this much research when I bought my last car!

#3 – I cannot wait to register. I have a mental list and a paper list, and I am so ready to unload them both so I can stop thinking about it! Paul is excited to register too and keeps reminding me that we need to find time to do it. But at the same time it all seems so overwhelming!

#4 – My blog reading has changed. I keep adding to my reading list, and today I realized there are some changes. Previously I kept up on lots of blogs about knitting, crafts, cooking, being 20-something and unattached. Now they mostly feature mommies and babies, or where to get good deals. Am I losing who I am?

#5 – I actually find pictures of babies cute. I used to think that all babies looked the same. Now I can’t wait to see what Baby L will look like!

#6 – Theoretically, 15 weeks left. OMG!! That is so not enough time to get things ready and yet it seems like June 21st is so far away!! I am torn…

#7 – I HATE doing dishes, but I LOVE knitting dishcloths.

#8 – I love my husband so much that it hurts me.

Thanks for listening…

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Baby Gift!

Baby L received their first baby gift last night! Jessica, a classmate of mine in grad school, brought a gift for Baby L since it was our last night of class and I probably won't see her again until I resume classes in the fall. It was so thoughtful of her - I definitely wasn't expecting anything! Baby L received a bath blanket, washclothes, traveling silverware, lotion, and baby soap. She did a great job with the colors too! Thanks so much Jessica!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Week 25


Baby's now the size of an eggplant! That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

Week 25
Total weight gain/loss: -29.3
Next appointment: March 18 Glucose test and meeting with Jana
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants 100% of the time. I actually put all my other pants away so that I would not be tempted to wear them again! I picked up another pair of khakis and a pair of brown pants that can be rolled up to make capris at Motherhood Maternity. Old Navy shirts came but I haven’t had a chance to try them on yet.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: not too bad, but getting up more to pee. It is getting light out earlier, which isn’t helping.
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: Today so far has been pretty slow, but Baby L was active over the weekend.
Food cravings: Milk is still the beverage of choice! oh yeah... and oreos!
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: absolutely not pregnancy related – final grad class is tonight!
What I miss: wine… and fruity drinks… oh how I miss you…
What I am looking forward to: Still really looking forward to registering – now we just need to find time to do it!
Milestones: We are settled on a girl name… but for a boy, we are at square 1.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Catching up...

A few things have happened in the last few days that I should probably document:

#1 – Paul felt Baby L move. At least, he “thinks” that is what he felt. One morning Baby L was just going to town in there. We were lying in bed, so I grabbed his hand quick before s/he stopped. Baby L gave several good kicks, and I was like, “There! Did you feel that?” Paul goes, “yeah… I think so.” So I am documenting it! I’m sure he will feel more as I get bigger and the fat layer gets thinner…hehe!

#2 – Somebody commented the other day that I have started to waddle. Really?!? – did you mean that as a compliment? Because I don’t think I walk any differently.

#3 – and to contradict #2 – Somebody couldn’t believe I am 6 months pregnant, “You are barely showing!” she said. It’s true, I don’t look much different than before – but Paul and I can tell a difference. So maybe I have always waddled – because I definitely don’t think I am big enough to be waddling!

#4 – First acid reflux or heart burn incident. I will say this is something I have NEVER experienced before, so it was a weird sensation and took me a while to clue into what was going on! Orange juice was the culprit. 2 tums took care of it.

#5 – I have on regular pants today with a hairband keeping them closed. It’s time to do laundry, nothing else was clean, and these pants were falling off me before. They were fine this morning, but now that my body has settled… so uncomfortable! If I wasn’t wearing such a tight shirt (and had an office with a door) I might just unfasten them all together. Oh well…

#6 – We are meeting with our financial planner tonight to discuss if we can afford Baby L. I think it’s a little late for that, what happens if we find out we can’t! But mostly it is just to help us allocate our money so we can afford these new expenses and continue to save. I’m sure it will be eye-opening!

...and I apologize that this blog has so few pictures. I'm sure after Baby L arrives there will be tons... and you all will be saying, "Mamie - write something already - we know what Baby L looks like!" Until then I will try to post pics when I have something that seems pertinent!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Week 24

Total weight gain/loss: -29
Next appointment: March 18 Glucose test and meeting with JanaMaternity
Clothes: I ordered 3 maternity shirts from Old Navy! They all got good reviews… we’ll see what I think.
Stretch Marks: Nothing that wasn’t there before!
Sleep: bought a body pillow, so hopefully this will make me more comfortable. Paul has also taken up snoring… more than once I have wandered out to sleep on the couch!
Belly button in/out: In
Movement: I think there is a trampoline in there…
Food cravings: nothing specific this week. I’m still never really “hungry”.
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: absolutely not pregnancy related – doing final presentation for grad class!
What I miss: wine…
What I am looking forward to: registering… I have started making a list!
Milestones: I think making it to week 24 is a milestone…

The bump.com was still comparing to a papaya (same as last week) so I went in search something else. I didn’t find another fruit or veggie, but I did find this picture of what is looks like inside my belly right now. It’ll work for this week! www.thebabycorner.com

Your baby is almost completely formed. He is now between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds and is about a foot long.
He will continue to gain weight in muscles, developing organs and the deposit of brown fat. The purpose of the brown fat is to retain body heat. Newborns are notoriously bad at regulating body temperature at first. This is particularly a problem for a baby born early. Changes are occurring in lung development so that some babies are able to survive. Surviving babies may have disabilities and require long-term intensive care. If your baby was born now, he would probably stay in the NICU until his official due date.
Your baby is totally unaffected by the Braxton Hicks, or practice, contractions you may be having as well. www.pregnancyandbaby.com