5 Months

Geez, next month we will have a 6 month year old.  That’s half a year old!  Holy crap.  I’m telling you, time is flying faster and faster.  But hold on, gotta come back to the 5th month before I blink and it’s gone 🙂

Dillon had his first bowl of rice cereal at 16 weeks…and LOVED IT.  This boy was born to eat!  He chose the right family, smart boy.  I’ve experimented with the texture and found a box of rice cereal with apples.  The regular stuff seemed so bland, the apples spices things up a bit.  The directions tell you to start of soupy so they can gain tongue control.  But I found that thickening it up has made it MUCH easier for Dillon to learn how to keep the cereal in his mouth and swallow.  Every once in a while his tongue will push it all out, but c’mon it’s only his 10th time eating from a spoon, ever…I’ll cut him some slack 🙂

6/19/13 was a glorious day for baby D.  He got to eat his first baby food!  Decided to start him off with sweet potatoes. They are super healthy and super orange, so a win/win situation in my book.  His first bite was funny, his face was like “Wtf is this stuff?” But then he realized it was food and would open his mouth for more as soon as the spoon left the bowl.  Honestly, I thought feeding the baby would be a lot harder than it has been.  And I really hope I did not just jinx it.

He rolled over from back to front and front to back at 18 weeks, but he doesn’t like to do it all the time.  But when we peek on the video monitor, he’s been practicing in his sleep, and will even sleep on his side sometimes (video monitor = best entertainment/safety investment so far!).  We are so proud of our roly poly.  And he gets SO excited whenever he rolls over, it is the best.

Rolling Over Update at 22 weeks – Dillon will start rolling the second he is laid on the floor.  I mean really, we should enter him in a rolling around the room contest.  It is so funny because he can only roll to the right. So he has graduated from “Dill Weed” to “Tumble Weed”.

Dillon has discovered Maple and Maple is warming up to Dillon.  D gets SO happy and excited anytime Maple comes in range of sight.  They are going to be best friends.  Maple is putting together what happens when D is in the high chair, so it really is a matter of time.

And my little guy now has 2 bottom teeth coming in!  The first one broke through at 20 weeks.  I swear, he is going to college tomorrow.  First teeth, then keys to his first car. Stop growing! And hot dang do teeth hurt.  I’ve read and received lots of advice on how to deal with this and have tried it all.  The most impossible common one being “Don’t react at all and just set him down.”  Sorry, if you’ve can control whether or not you yell “OUCH!”, your kid aint biting! haha

My goal was to breastfeed to 6 months and we have almost made it.  So I’ve made the decision to go ahead and introduce 1 formula bottle during the day.  I’m hoping to be able to do a breastmilk and formula hybrid.  We will see what actually happens.

Teething hasn’t bad that bad.  The biggest issue has been night-waking.  But I think we’ve finally got that nipped in the bud.  After giving him a dose of infant Tylenol, he slept 11 hours straight! And slept another 2 after feeding him and even took a 1.5 hour morning nap.  Little one was tired.  Who wouldn’t be after waking up every 2 hours for several nights?

iParenting

According to Mr. Webster the definition of “parent” is:

  • one that begets or brings forth offspring  
  • a person who brings up and cares for another 
  • an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring 
  • the material or source from which something is derived 

And the definition of “parenting” is:

  • the raising of a child by its parents
  • the act or process of becoming a parent
  • the taking care of someone in the manner of a parent       

If only parenting was as simple as it’s definition.  The definition of parenting could actually take up the whole dictionary if you ask me.  Just look around the web at all the advice and guides to parenting books…people make money trying to explain parenting!  The reality is, you can find advice and opinions that point anyway you want them too.  Of course there are the obvious do’s and don’ts of parenting.  Like don’t leave your baby alone in the bath tub or do hug and kiss your child every day.  Then there are somethings that come up after experience and after you’ve been exposed to a new perspective.  And you realize the only way to be a good parent is to make certain sacrifices for the well being of your child.

Before having a baby my husband and I always made comments like “we are going to make our child play outside” or “our child is not going to be one of “those” children who is glued to an iPad.”  Simple enough right? No.

What I’ve realized over the past couple months, as my baby has become more and more aware of what we are doing around him, it’s inevitable that he will use technology more than we’d like…unless we set an example, starting now.  My husband and I are always on our phones, ipads, or watching TV.  I’ve even noticed during feeding sessions, that I am playing on an app, Dillon will look at me, wondering what I am up to, realizes whatever I’m doing is more interesting than what he is doing, and so he wants to check it out.  So even from his extremely young age, he is starting to learn and see how often we use our technology.  How can we expect him to play with toys and play outside, if we ourselves are always playing with apps? Well guess what, our phones are NOT more interesting than what he is doing.  I want him to know that I think he is more important and by far more interesting than whatever is going on on my phone.  We’ve got to set the example.

We’ve always gone on walks and of course we play with him all the time.  And we would NEVER choose a phone call or playing a game over taking care of him. This is not at all suggesting that we do that.  But I would like to challenge myself to “put down the phone” or “put down the iPad” whenever I can.  Especially during feedings…I want to focus on Dillon, and make sure that time is HIS time.  It is OUR time and it will only be OUR time for so long. 

This is part of parenting.  Recognizing something that will influence the life and personality of your child, deciding if it’s sending the right message, and doing something about it if it is not. And setting an example for how you’d prefer them to be.  You are never going to prevent every little thing or bad habit so there is no use in stressing over it.  But when you’ve realized an area that you could work on to better your child, you best do it!

So this is me, challenging myself to be a “parent” and not an “iParent.”

4 Months

Is it just me or is every month going by faster and faster?  It seems like before I know it, this boy is going to be a year old!  Things have gotten SO much better.  In the early weeks when people told me it would get better, I had such a hard time believing them.  But, they were right!  Things are awesome now.  I think the missing link was me going back to work.  

Being back at work has made me so happy!  I love waking up in the morning to an adorable and giggly baby, getting ready, dropping D off at daycare, going to work, interacting with adults, eating lunch without the fear of a baby going nuts-o, picking up my adorable giggly baby at the end of the day, and just hanging out the rest of the night until bedtime.  It’s exhausting, but I love it!  I always knew I was a people person, but if these 4 months have taught me anything it‘s that I NEED to be around people.  I get my energy from other people and being alone all day is just really hard for me to do.  I wouldn’t trade the first 4 months though, I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband, my baby, my family, and my friends…what an awesome and rewarding experience! 

The only downside to being back at work is me having to pump more.  If you would’ve told me before I was pregnant that I would LOVE breastfeeding, I would‘ve called you crazy.  But seriously, I love it.  Even though breastfeeding is a full-time job in itself, it is something between me and my baby.  That only we share.  It is our time and I love when he looks up at me.  He is just so darn cute!!  Pumping on the other hand is just so…not personal or intimate.  It’s more like work.  But it has made me appreciate the times that I can feed Dillon even more than I did before.

Pumping is going well though, so I can’t complain.  It’s nice to be able to pump what I need to send to daycare plus an extra bag of milk to freeze.  I’ve got a nice stock pile going and it makes me feel good to add to it!  I’ve been getting a few blocked milk ducts lately and I think it has something to do with how much I’ve been pumping all of the sudden.  I‘ve been making sure to “empty” the boob and apply heat when needed.  But the other day I could not get any relief and it freakin HURT!  So I went to my favorite baby momma advice site (http://www.babycenter.com) and did some reading on the message boards.  And came across the “white dot” method…holy crap did it work!!!  I’m talking INSTANT relief.

Then there’s my galactocele.  This lovely, 4 cm, cystic milk bag, lump, thing in my left boob.  When Nate and I first found this lump we freaked out.  I immediately made an appointment with the OB, which lead to an ultrasound at a radiologists, and then another radiologist appointment to get it drained and biopsied.  But then they recommended to wait until I was done breastfeeding because the risk of infection is much higher and they didn’t want me to develop a milk fistula (sp?)…so they did a mammogram (ouch, but if I can handle popping out a baby this wasn’t bad at all) to verify it was a galactocele.  And they pretty much did.  So now we just leave it be, hope it doesn’t grow bigger or get infected, and it may go away on it’s own once I’m done with the boob juice.

Speaking of being able to pop out a baby…does anyone else compare everything that MAY hurt to labor?  I’ve found myself thinking “this can’t be any worse than labor” or “there is no way this could hurt more than pushing a baby” and I can instantly relax.  Like when getting blood drawn or a mammogram.  It’s like nothing is that big of a deal now that I‘ve experienced labor…and even that wasn’t so bad!

Dillon has to be the cutest baby in the entire world!  Or is it just me? 🙂

I can’t believe how much he has changed since we came home from the hospital.  Looking back over the pictures, I can hardly recognize him in them!  He is so darn cute, I can’t stand it.  He has finally started to laugh.  And they are the big cackling laughs, they are the best.  He is very stingy with them though, it’s hard to squeeze one out of him.  But once he does, man, it’s so great!  He is super smiley and loves everyone.  He has gotten so curious about everything and puts everything in his mouth.  He even tried to eat my cheek the other day…weirdo.  He also has this cute AMAZEMENT look that he does.  When Nate or I click our tongue, Dillon looks at us like “OMG that was so cool!!”  or “WOW!   I can’t believe you can do that, how do you do that?”  He has figured out how to kick and splash at bath time, so we will be moving the little tub into the big tub.  He loves for us to squirt him with water.  He is almost ready for the stroller without his car seat and he’s been loving the lightweight stroller, woohoo! 

We love putting Dillon in his highchair and eating dinner as a family.  I can not wait to start him on solids, which will probably be at 4 months.  We’ve noticed he’s been really interested in what we are eating, has been salivating like it’s his job, and I’ve noticed he’s gotten more control over his tongue lately.  So I think he is almost ready, but I don’t want to start him too early.  The pediatrician gave us the OK at his last appointment to start at 4 months with rice cereal. EEEeeeeeee!  He’s growing so fast.

(16 weeks, he had his first bowl of rice cereal and loved it!! And he also got his first ear infection, but has handled it like a boss!)

I find myself imagining Dillon learning all these new things and accomplishing milestones.  I don’t want to hurry him in growing.  But I am SO excited to start feeding him foods and trying new foods out.  I’m looking forward to him rolling over for the first time, HE IS SO CLOSE.  And wow, when he can sit up or crawl.  Gosh, just dreaming over him learning these new things is so fun and amazing.  I was so proud and happy when he could grab his own hands, who knows what rolling over will feel like.  It has to be good 🙂

Having a baby really teaches you to enjoy and appreciate the simple things.  Like grins or your baby whacking a toy for the first time.  Who know something so simple could make you so happy and delighted?  I‘ve got to cut myself off, I could type forever about this kid!  Enjoy the pictures:

  

3 Months

I remember in the beginning thinking it would take FOREVER to make it to 3 months, and here we are!  What a journey it has been.  Things have definitely gotten better.  I still struggle with anxiety sometimes, but I’m hoping that will ease up as time goes on and we get onto a routine.  Another huge part of my anxiety and feeling overwhelmed is being alone so much and on the weekends.  It would be SO nice if Nate and I could have the same days off for once in our lives…one day.  And I’ve learned that I get my energy comes from being around other people, so when I’m alone and isolated, it really drags me down.  But what seems so crazy to me is feeling alone even though you have a baby…a person with you at all times, but can still feel so lonely.  Anyhoo, enough with that!

Dillon is still growing like a weed, happy and healthy!  He weighed in at 16 lb 5 oz at his last check up! haha  And we’ve gotten the OK from the doctor to start him on solids at 4 months…rice cereal.  We’ve been putting him in his high chair already which has been awesome.  We are able to all eat at the table together again and as long as we are talking (or entertaining) Dillon has a great time!  He is obsessed with this caterpillar toy…I’ve already gotten 2 replacements.  His hair is still coming in but we have no idea which color it is going to be.  His head is tie-dye at the moment.  His giggles are starting to happen more often and longer, we are still waiting on him to burst out laughing, he is so close!  He grins all the time and they are my favorite.  I don’t know how anyone would make it as a parent without those smiles and giggles!

We’ve been putting him in the jumperoo and he absolutely loves it.  He has been waiting for the freedom to jump around, so we decided to give it a try.  I’ve only let him stay in for 15 minutes because I don’t want him to get overtired.  We roll up a blanket behind him for extra support.  He is pushing up with his arms during tummy time and is starting to like tummy time (YEY!).  He bats and grabs on to toys, play time is becoming more and more fun each day.

He has started daycare and has done marvelously!  The teachers have all commented on how happy he is and how well he has done…like he’s done it before!  So that takes away some of the mommy guilt.  I start work on Thursday and of course I have my reservations on that, but I’m hoping it will be a great thing.  Dillon also has his first cold and probably corresponds with starting daycare.  Holy snot.  Somehow, D makes sniffles and sneezes so darn cute though.  And he has always laughed when he sneezes, so it is funny that he is giggling his way through a cold…except when I suction his nose.  He gets PISSED…then sneezes.  It’s pitiful!  He loves listening to stories and loves looking at the pictures.  It has amazed me how alert he has been his whole life.  He is mellow about it though thank goodness.

There is so much advice out there and I’ve realized that is a part of what intimidates me.  So I’ve decided to cut back on the baby books and Googling.  I’ve gotten this far by going off of Dillon’s cues and my instincts, and he is happy and alive!  So my goal now is just to have a happy and healthy baby…and do things at a pace that doesn’t stress me or him out.  So much of parenting is trial and error. If and when he is ever NOT happy, then I’ll figure out how to get him back on track.  So until then poof be gone intimidating, anxiety-causing books!

First time in the highchair

Murica

Jumperoo

Visiting Daddy at work! Aka sleeping.

Meeting Roy!

When he discovered his nose…!

2 Months

Wow, time flies.  I can’t believe little Dillon is 2 months old!  His check up isn’t for another week, so I’ll have to update his stats then!  But this little HUGE booger is growing stronger every day.  He loves standing on our legs and trying to push off.  His grins are the best and he wants to giggle so badly.  I think he will do it in the next week or 2.  It’s amazing how much more into things he is…you can tell when he is studying something.  It’s also cool how the simplest thing to us is so new and interesting to him, you really have to appreciate the simple things with babies.  He is a great sleeper, but the stretches aren’t consistent yet.  The first one is always the longest but it is anywhere from 5-8 hours.  Then the next stretch goes down from there.  But getting up for only 1 feeding has been awesome!  We are looking forward to seeing his personality develop, we think he is going to be a ham 🙂

This past month was probably the hardest month of my life.  No one warns you about the first 6-8 weeks of having a newborn and how you are going to feel as a new mom.  I’m so happy to say that we’ve turned the corner and things are going great now!  So to other new moms out there, hang in there, it may not seem like it, but things will get better, the first few weeks are temporary…I didn’t believe it at the time, but it’s true.

Now…I have to be honest…I am now taking Zoloft.  I was embarrassed when I first took it, but quickly realized, it was the right thing to do.  The way I had been feeling for 6 weeks…well…I didn’t like it, and guess what, I don’t have to feel like that!  I would encourage any mother to be honest with her doctor about how she’s feeling because even if you don’t feel depressed, you could have a form of post-partum depression.  That’s what confused me, I didn’t feel depressed, but I was feeling very overwhelmed, had anxiety about the long hours alone, and couldn’t sleep.  It is not in my personality to worry about things and not be able to control how I’m feeling, so I knew something was out of whack.  After talking with the OB, I felt so much better and relieved.  She made me feel even better when she told me she had experienced PPD with her 3rd child, so she knew exactly how I felt and assured me it was beyond my control and not to be embarrassed.  After 2 weeks of taking medicine, I feel great, confident, and am having a blast with my baby!  

Month 1

I can’t believe Dillon is a whole month old.  It feels like just yesterday we brought him home from the hospital.  So much is happened in one month, I’ve almost forgotten what it was like pre-baby…almost!

Labor and delivery couldn’t have gone better.  I was induced at 41 weeks, labored for 9 hours and pushed for 30 minutes, so I really have nothing to complain about.  All of the OB’s at our doctor office were impressed by my experience, which makes me feel like a bamf.  The only part of labor I was not prepared for was the BUTT PRESSURE.  My tailbone 4+ weeks later still hurts.  And our nurse (loved her!) was surprised by my ability to pee every 10 minutes.  She had never had a laborer request a catheter.  During her shift change, she warned the next nurse that anytime I said I had to pee, I really had to go haha!  But I can honestly say, labor and delivery is the easy part compared to raising a baby.

**The bags I packed for the hospital…I didn’t use a single thing I’d packed for myself…except my tooth brush.  I wore the hospital gowns and disposable underwear the whole time.  I did forget to pack boxers for Nate…whoops!  So next time, I’ll pack a bag for Nate and that’s it!

The one thing I was nervous about before having our baby was breastfeeding.  I’d been told about so many horror stories, I was so freaked out by it.  But Dillon latched on within 6 minutes of being in the world and my milk came in that same night!  Dillon has been the best eater ever since and with the help of a nipple shield the first 2 weeks, breastfeeding has been a piece of cake.  Now we are working on getting on a schedule, longer feedings, and longer times between feedings.  Wish us luck.

Sleep.  That is what we are missing.  I’m sure things could be worse, but I know they could also be better.  Right now he sleeps 4 hours, then 3 hours, then maybe 2 hours before he is up in the morning.  Sometimes I can rock with him in the glider for another hour or so in the morning.  Which is fine with me because I can doze in and out of sleep for a bit.  But the 4, 3, 2 for momma is more like… 3, 1, 1…at best. Now that we are past 4 weeks, we’re hoping to see an improvement in the sleep department.  We’ve had 2 random nights with a 6 hour stretch…need more of those!

We did manage to move Dillon into his crib at 3 weeks.  And he took to it the first night thank goodness.  We did this earlier than I thought, but it was a good decision.  Incase you didn’t know, babies make a ton of noise when they sleep.  Squeaks, coos, and grunts.  And it is so hard to get any decent sleep when every noise sends off an awake signal to your brain.  So at least the little sleep we do get, is better sleep now.

Dillon loves bath time.  I thought he would scream and cry during bath time for a while, but nope, he loves it!  Loves naked time and the warm water :).  He has great head and neck control already.  We can’t believe how strong his neck is this early.  He is getting better at tummy time everyday.  From week 1 he has loved looking at anything colorful.  It is so neat to see his sight gradually improve.  Even though he seems to be looking at the same things everyday, we can tell he is able to focus more and more.  He has been in size 1 diapers since week 2 and has outgrown newborn clothes and fits in 0-3 and some small 3-6!!

One snag we’ve run into…we noticed his manlyhood still had a…hood.  Which is not normal if it has been snipped.  Decided to take him in to have it checked, and what do you know, he has to have the circumcision redone.  Either soon with a local anesthetic or when he is a year old and will have to be put to sleep.  There is a weight limit to doing it now which is 12 lbs.  And meatball is a whopping 12 lb 9 oz as of today.  So we are crossing our fingers they will make an exception because of how young he is.  Either way, I hate to hurt my baby 😦 but we can’t leave his peepee like it is.  The bright side is, at least this is a cosmetic issue and not a serious medical problem, so we are thankful for that.

Still haven’t made it back in the kitchen…one day grasshoppers.

Up and at’m.  Leaving for the hospital!
Dillon – 8 lb 7 oz, 21 inches, 4:34pm!
*Insert your own creative and funny caption here*

First walk.

The only picture taken at his newborn photo session…

9 lb 5 oz of cute!

First bath!

First night in the crib.  This is what we woke up too!

12 lb 9 oz of cute!

Week 39, 40, and 41

Week 41
Week 40

Week 39


How big is baby? The size of a watermelon, jackfruit, and beyond! 

Baby Development FYI: In month nine, the average fetus is about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.19 inches (wow!). But you really won’t know exactly how big your baby is until his birth.  He’s continuing to grow hair and nails.  And he’s keeping up that lung development, too.


My body has been invaded, how’s that going?  The last 2-3 weeks have been ridiculous to say the least.  Physically, mentally, emotionally, you name it, it’s been a ride.  I’ve literally had every “sign of labor” happening and still, no labor.  Including one false alarm last weekend to the hospital.  I thought my water had broken.  I was so sure of it…but nope…not water.  Which should get added to the “not so fun things about pregnancy that no one warns you about!” list.  Talk about the worst butt pressure.  It doesn’t matter if I’m walking around or sitting still, my bum feels like it could pop off at any moment.  And then there is also the lovely hip/pelvis/hm hm pressure and pains as well.  The cramping is getting old.  They are like period cramps only worse and more tender.  I’ve had strong braxton hicks contractions for 3 weeks up until 4 days ago.  They’ve switched to the labor contractions, but they are not increasing in intensity, frequency or length.  Lets see what else…oh, I lost my mucus plug, AND had the bloody show…still no labor.  I’ve had my membranes stripped twice, not pleasant, and still, no labor.

What’s been on my mind?  Waiting on labor to start has been harder than waiting to find out the sex of the baby.  Honestly, this whole time, I could’ve cared less if the baby was boy or girl.  I really don’t have a favorite that I’m hoping for, so it hasn’t been killing me (or Nate).  But holy geez.  Waiting on labor is no joke.  What’s the worst thing you can do?  Google and read message boards.  It’s so hard to resist, but don’t do it.  They give you a lot of false hope and some can scare the cheetos out of you.  What I’ve learned is, there are no “signs” that labor is about to start.  Everything that someone swears means labor will happen in a few hours has happened to me, and labor hasn’t happened.  You just have to keep your mind busy until it actually happens.

Oh and cervical checks…such a waste.  I’ve had 4 now, and each time, I’ve been told something completely different.  Including going backwards at my last appointment!  Is that even possible?  Next time, I’ll opt-out of the cervical checks.  Until I’d like my membranes stripped which in that case, I’ll ask them to not tell me any measurements.

I know many are wondering and many have asked, when am I having this baby?  Anytime between now and being induced at 6am Tuesday!  I’m hoping for this baby to come on its own.  I’ve always looked forward to the frantically driving to the hospital in the middle of the night moment.  But I’ve mentally prepared myself for that not happening.  And I’m okay with it.  I know the end result is a baby, and by that point, I’ll forget about how it actually got here.  ***Please*** Do NOT share any induction horror stories or anything negative about the process.  After…Friday 2/8 feel free to share, but until then, only positive vibes people 🙂

This time next week, I’ll be a mom.  That still cracks me up.

Crazy Cravings:  Just my main staples.


Highlights: Getting my hair done, a pedicure, eating yummy food, hanging out with 
friends, and enjoying life as is at the moment.

And I’m looking forward to the next post being all about the arrival of the baby!!

A Parent’s Prayer

A friend posted this on Facebook last year and just loved it from the first time I read it.  I find myself reading back over it all the time and I would like to get it printed and framed for the baby’s room.  This prayer seems applicable to any situation you may go through with your child as they grow up.  It serves as motivation, comfort, and reassurance.  


A Parent’s Prayer

Lord, as I live this day, renew in me
the ability to laugh at my children’s antics;
the time to share their moments of pride;
the need to praise their separate strengths;
the faith to trust their growing judgement;
the patience to understand their changing moods;

the virtue to forgive their disrespect;
the openness to learn their ways and styles;
the ears to hear what they are saying;
the insight to embrace their doubts and fears;
the tenderness to understand their broken dreams;
And the wisdom to accept that their lives are built
just one day at a time.
Amen

Hospital Packing List

We are bringing 1 carry-on size rolling suitcase and 1 extra bag for the snacks.  My goal is to bring as little as possible so I only have to unpack as little as possible.  And why not take full advantage of what all the hospital provides…you pay for it anyway!

And so I won’t have to search and create another hospital list the next time we get pregnant, here is the list I came up with to pack for the hospital.
 
Chapstick
Nursing tank top
Nursing pads
Travel size toiletries for both Mom and Dad (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, tooth brush, brush, mouth wash, deodorant)
Snack of choice for Mom (Oat meal creme pies)

Snack of choice for Dad (Nutty Bars)
Hard candy (Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers)
Vitamin Waters
3 Hair rubber bands
Small camera 

Camera charger
Phone

Phone charger
2 pairs earphones (one for Mom and one for Dad)
Ipad
Iphone / Ipod Docking Station or Speakers
2 light cardigans
2 pairs pajama pants/shorts
Boppy Pillow or Breast Friend (just bring 1!)
Underwear
1-2 change of clothes for Dad
Going home blanket for baby
Going home outfit for baby
Mittens for baby
Going home hat for baby
Going home socks for baby
Going home burp cloth for baby
Carseat

Extra Information 
 
The hard candy –  once you get to the hospital, you can’t eat while you are in labor.  The hard candies you can suck on and will help take the edge off.

The vitamin waters – same reason as above.  Some hospitals may restrict you to water only…I’ve heard of some hospitals still allowing the Vitamin waters.  If not, you’ll surely drink them after you deliver!

**I’m not packing a going home outfit for myself.  I’m going to wear in what I will go home in.  Since they make you change into a hospital gown once you get there anyways.

Iphone / Ipod Docking Station or Speakers – this is optional, you don’t NEED this.  But, I’ve heard from a few friends that they were able to hear women in labor in neighboring rooms.  This could add to your stress or straight up freak you out.  So being able to jam out to whatever music or noise you choose vs. a screaming woman in labor that isn’t you… sounds like a better option!

2 pairs of pajama pants – these are for after you deliver.  And from what I’ve heard, these can get ruined.  So I bought 2 pajama pants for $5 each at Walmart.  That way, I won’t feel bad about chucking them in the trash before we leave the hospital.  I would also suggest getting black or dark pants…if you need further explanation on why…email me!

**The hospital provides a “spray” for your on-the-mend hm hm.  All of my friends have told me to make sure you do NOT leave the hospital without it!  It provides the best relief and healing.

**Some items you may want to grab once you’re ready to go to the hospital.  Keep a list of these items with the hospital bag for when it’s needed.  That way, if you are gleefully freaking out about it being time, you won’t forget something you needed!

 


Week 38

Week 38 Belly - The Not So Desperate Chef Wife



How big is baby? The size of a pumpkin! 

Baby Development FYI: Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. Her head is now about the same circumference as her abdomen.  She may have about an inch or so of hair already.    She’s slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.


My body has been invaded, how’s that going?  Feels like I’m walking around with a bowling ball hanging between my legs.  It doesn’t look like I’ve dropped, but I can definitely tell the baby has lowered.  I wouldn’t call them cramps, but I’ve definitely been feeling…activity…in the lower part of my uterus and South Dakota. When I walk around I get a funny spasm on both sides of my pelvis.  It hurts, but it makes me laugh at the same time.  Then there is the ever intensifying lightening crotch.  It happened while I was in the grocery store the other day, and it was stronger than what I was used too.  So my instinct was to grab my crotch and hold on.    Thank goodness there was another woman shopping in the same aisle who thought nothing of it!  The extreme exhaustion has hit again, but I’ve been praying for the nesting to kick in any day now.  My house needs it.

What’s been on my mind?  Whether or not to get my cervix check at my appointment this week.  A) Who would voluntarily want something or someone to go up yonder?  B) Even if you’re dilated or effaced, you could still have another 3 weeks, but I would still get more ancy.  C) If I wasn’t dilated or effaced at all, I would feel discouraged.   I decided to get checked anyway out of curiosity.  To break the ice of getting “checked” so it wouldn’t be such a shock when they do it a million times at the hospital, and honestly, it wasn’t bad at all!  And I did want to know if what I had been feeling all week was due to progress my body was making.  

Crazy Cravings:  Rolo McFlurries!!!  So dang good.  Mini chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s.  And pumpkin seeds also from TJ’s.


Highlights: Doctor’s appointment.  I’ve gained 0.4 lbs since my last visit (woo).  I’m currently 1 cm and 50% effaced. The OB said I’m measuring on the small side, but in the normal range…which I’m ecstatic about, because I really don’t want to push out something larger than the bowling ball I use (8 lb ball).  And, the OB did confirm (again) I could pop any time now!