Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
(Check back in this weekend for the song share link-up, and then next week starts the Mommy Makeover Challenge on Monday!)
We made it to 26 weeks!!! I am really excited to say that there are less than 100 days left in this pregnancy; we are in the double digits, and as I'm writing this, I will hit the third trimester in less than 5 days.
I was completely hoping to come here for my next update and write all about how wonderful and amazing it was to finally be released from Maternal Fetal Medicine's care... sadly, that is not the case.
We went in for our 26 week ultrasound check up at 26 weeks and 3 days, as a last check in on the placenta and the problems they'd seen at our 18 week ultrasound. The placenta and uterine wall looked great. Baby girl's head size and shape, as well as abdomen/stomach size and shape were completely normal at this point. Baby girl's weight was at 1 lb 15 ounces, so almost hitting 2 lbs, again right within normal limits. While everything else looked completely normal, the MFM doctor came in after the tech and told us that at the 18 week ultrasound, baby's arm and leg bone length was in the 40th and 50th percentile, but now they were in the 8th and 10th percentile. She mentioned that while those measurements can be completely normal, because each baby does not develop like a textbook curve says they should, it could also be a sign of dysplasia, and that they'd like us to return for another ultrasound in 4-6 weeks to reassess at that point.
The doctor didn't seem to be worried- she said that she was sorry to even have to tell us that information, after everything else we've been through in the pregnancy thus far, because this is such a little thing- but that she'd want to see us back again for one more check.
Have I mentioned yet that I really, really hate ultrasounds at this point?
In about 5-6 weeks, I'll do another bumpdate (probably around 32 weeks pregnant) with an update from that ultrasound and also check back in on the rest of the pregnancy information. Now, onto the fun stuff.
When they did the ultrasound this week, they mentioned that baby girl was lying breech at this point, which I could have told them without the fancy equipment. She has been, for most of the time since I've been able to feel her, feet and bum down, legs kicking into my bladder and right hip area. At the ultrasound, she was in the exact same position, with her face looking out to my right side. This is definitely a completely different feeling from little man, who was head down for the entire pregnancy. When he kicked, it was into my ribs and could literally knock the breath away from me for a few seconds. It is a totally different feeling when they kick into your bladder and you feel like you're going to lose control down there for a few seconds, lol!
I feel about as big as I did last time around at this point, but really feel as if it has come on all of a sudden. There are still some days where I can wear a blousey top and people give me a little side eye but don't comment on my bump. But the days in which I wear something tighter or fitted I have been receiving a lot of comments. At one of my jobs the other day, I was asked (while wearing a more fitted shirt) if I thought I was going to make it until December. (I will be posting sometime soon-ish on all the lovely comments I've heard so far this and last pregnancy- make sure you tune in for that post, it's going to be fun times had by all as we celebrate the lack of pragmatic skills in our general society.)
I haven't really been getting specific food cravings lately, but I feel hungry all.the.time. There are days at work where I can barely make it until 10 and I'm looking for a snack (after eating at 6a). And as hungry as I am, my goodness am I twice as thirsty. There have been days in which I've drunk over 100 ounces of water like it was nothing, and still been thirsty. I've been keeping one of two 32 ounce jugs of water around constantly, whether at home or at work.
Thankfully, the issues with my blood pressure have seemed to resolve and my blood pressure is back in the normal range. I believe at my last doctor's appointment (not at the MFM appt, thankfully they don't take my blood pressure- I'm sure it'd be really high before the ultrasounds) my blood pressure was somewhere around 115/70.
My body seems to be handling the pregnancy well, although there are certainly times where I've needed to stop and rest, even though I always push too hard to get things done. I've also had to don my compression stockings for my 10 hour shifts at work or else my legs and ankles are huge and aching by the end of the day. I think I can justify it now to myself though, as our temperatures here have been dropping, and it is almost October. ;)
One last and major update I'd like to share is that we have officially secured our doula again for this baby's birth, and DH & I could not be more excited. Since she became a midwife in between little man and this babe (she was in training while she was our doula for little man), we weren't sure if she'd be able to join us. We found out just this week that she will be joining us for baby girl's birth and it really puts a sense of calm in my heart knowing that I will have the same support team of DH and our doula present during this birth, just as I did last birth.
To all my pregnant mama friends, how are you ladies feeling?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
While not entirely tragic, if you'll notice, I'm in yoga pants and a knit top (my usual at home) with no make up on, no bra on, and a pile of hair on the top of my head. (I'm pretty much hanging my head in shame that I've shared this with the world wide interwebz at this point...!)
I don't ever look decent enough during the day to run an errand, go to the park, or even walk around the block for that matter. By the time little man wakes in the morning, I get him changed (into real clothes each day, for whatever reason I put him in real clothes, but not myself), fed, cleaned up from breakfast, and a quick period of reading books and playing, he is ready for his nap again. Then, during his nap, I typically do laundry or iron. I often say to myself, "Okay, self. After the ironing is done, go get dressed." But, alas, that never happens, and he usually wakes when I'm on the last few shirts. (Seriously. How do they know when you're about to be done with the not-so-fun stuff? They always do!) And, then I go get him up, get him lunch, and I'm still schlumpy. So, we do a lot of playing inside unless I specifically plan something for that day.
And, that's kind of sad.
So, I've made up my mind. Just like I ran the Clean Food Challenge back in the beginning of this year, I'm going to host an entire week of a Mommy Makeover Challenge. It will start October 1st, so you'll have a little time to prepare or take pictures and write posts in advance if that's easier for you. I'll post a check-in every day where you can link up your blog and we can all hold hands and do this together! :)
Here are the rules:
1. Get dressed. This doesn't have to be anything fancy, just get yourself to the point where you'd be comfortable leaving the house. If that includes make-up or doing your hair, great! If that just means you get out of your husband or significant other's ratty old t-shirts and sweats and into your own clothes, perfect!
2. Stay in this outfit for the majority of the day. I'd say after dinner is probably a pretty good time to grab those pj's again if you don't have anywhere to go at that point!
3. Take a picture of yourself and what you are wearing.
4. Write a blog post about it, telling our readers what you did differently. Then head over here to check-in as many days as you can in the challenge week to link-up your post. I'll be posting for seven days in a row!
Some questions you can use as a template are as follows:
Day of the Challenge?
How long did it take you to get ready?
What did you do differently than normal?
Did you go anywhere outside of the home?
Where did you go/what did you do?
Did you feel any differently?
I need help getting the motivation to get out of my husband's basketball shorts, so get ready to link up and help me stay motivated, starting October 1st!!!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|Here is a prime example of how often I get out. I went to look for a picture of myself out relaxing with a friend. The last one I could find was obviously time-stamped from 2005. Back when cameras actually time-stamped pictures, lol.|
Friday, September 21, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
|All he needs now is his pocket protector :)|
While I always look forward to what new and cool thing he'll do next, I really just LOVE this stage. He is so sweet and helpful, but still cuddly and little. He is independent enough that he can do some things on his own, but really continues to rely on myself and DH for the majority of things he does. He can tell us what he needs in most cases by his words, cries, pointing, or movement, and it is so wonderful to finally know what he is thinking. If babies stayed this way forever, I'd have a million!!!
Monday, September 17, 2012
We have been using the bug repellent spray from California Baby, which is made of citronella, lemongrass, and other essential oils. I like that this has no harsh chemicals in it, although it does say to use only as directed by a physician for children under 6 months of age. Because this is a scent based product, it does say to apply frequently and generously, and make sure you do a gentle mist over baby's head/hair to protect them from head to toe. I will definitely be using this when we're outside in the cooler fall days!
2. Shut off the lights more often.
I have become a master at this one. Both DH and I are really guilty of leaving the lights on all day long, walking away from a room with lights and a fan on. Since my post in April, I've been turning everything off as soon as I leave a room. There is one exception, though, our laundry room/kitchen area. I leave 1-2 lights on there when our dogs are in that area during the day or at night, because otherwise they wouldn't be able to see their food. We need to install motion sensor lights in our laundry room :)
3. Get a few plants to keep inside.
I'll admit, I started really, REALLY small on this one. For mother's day, our DCP and DS made a little potted flowering plant for me, and I figured that was a great place to start. I made myself the bargain that if I could keep that alive all summer, then I could purchase a few larger plants come the end of the year when it is cooler and the house doesn't get as much fresh air. Well, it lived! I think this is the first plant I haven't killed within a month of having it! So, soon, I will be off to pick up a few more plants for around the house.
|My still-living Mother's Day present :)|
4. Open the windows more often.
This one was an easy fix for me, but not so much for DH. It was also difficult to pursue this resolution this summer, because it was just so darn hot outside that opening the windows was out of the question most days. But, as it has gotten cooler, I've been opening our windows a ton, and actually, so has DH. Even yesterday, he opened up a bunch of the windows without my prompting! I'll take that as a win, for certain!
Did you make any resolutions for yourself this summer? Did you follow through with them?
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
(There were also little footies, but those didn't stay on quite as long!)
This year, we needed to actually purchase a costume for little man. While he is so little, I have a few requirements for Halloween costumes. I want the costume to have as few pieces as possible. The less he can take off himself, the better off we are! I'd love the costume to be soft and comfortable. Some costumes with plastic pieces and crunchy fabrics are great for older children who understand the whole dressing up bit, but for littler ones, I personally prefer them to look cute but be comfortable at the same time. (Thankfully, hats are never a problem for us as little man really likes wearing his hats.) I also want it to be something that is easily washable, in case of random spills or poopsplosions. Mostly, I want it to be cheap. I don't mind spending just a bit more when they are older, and can use their Halloween costumes for dress up throughout the year, but at this age, he's not going to be pulling out old costumes and playing dress up. By the time he does, these costumes won't fit any more. So, the less expensive, the better, since he will only be wearing it one time.
Now enter in my favorite thing ever- Consignment stores :)
Our local consignment stores have begun to run sales on Halloween costumes for the past week or two. I checked around at a few stores, and found one that had a GREAT selection of baby, toddler, and children's costumes. And I was able to find this costume below, from Carter's, for only $4.
For whatever reason, I couldn't find the actual same costume on Carter's website (I think it has been discontinued?), but the costume I bought does not have feet, so little man can wear his shoes and walk around just fine. It also has a cute little monkey tail in the back. Retail price of this costume new? Around $35-40. So, I got this costume at up to a 90% discount. Beat that, Zulily! :)
So, since some of you may be out scouting for tips on consignment Halloween costume finds, here are a few helpful tips I've heard along the way:
- Check all zippers, snaps and buttons. My amazing cousin recently gave me this tip, and it has saved me a few times since from purchasing clothing/costumes that don't close properly.
- Watch out for stains. On cheap clothing for a dollar or two, I'm more apt to chance it and guess that I can get a stain out. For Halloween costumes, I tend to stay away from anything with a stain, for a few reasons. The first is that if there is a stain on it in the resale shop, chances are they haven't washed it or even tried to get the stain out, which means whatever stained the clothing has been sitting on it since it was worn the last Halloween. And that kind of grosses me out. Also, because I'm cheap, if I'm spending more than a dollar or two, I want it to look great!
- Only purchase costumes that you can wash. I always check the tags and labels to make sure it has washing instructions, and it doesn't look like a costume that will fall apart if I try to wash it. This seems like a common-sense tip, but we buy costumes for our children from regular stores all the time that can't be washed well, and I'd prefer to get out any chemicals from the manufacturing and shipping processes prior to my child wearing that item.
- Make sure all the pieces are there. Again, this seems like a common sense recommendation, but there were a few costumes I looked at that were very cute, and had a bag full of hats/tails/footies, etc. where everything looked great, except they were missing one key piece, like one of the two footies. Not necessarily really noticeable unless you are really scouring through the bag.
Hope these tips help!
What are you planning on dressing your children up as for Halloween?
Monday, September 10, 2012
Based on my blog and Facebook page pictures, you guys know I've been working on little man's toddler room recently. Our plan is to (hopefully) get him moved into his toddler room with toddler bed prior to the new baby coming in December.
Since DH and I met on the rowing team in college, we thought it'd be fun to make little man's toddler room into a nautical/rowing/boating themed room. Here are a few pictures of our progress below:
|Room decor and colors|
|The beginning of an AWESOME quilt my aunt is making for little man|
|And my favorite part, the fish|
Saturday, September 8, 2012
|25 weeks pregnant with little man|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This is what the main screen looks like above. You can click when you are feeding the baby either a bottle or breastfeeding while timing how long it takes them to finish a bottle (you can specify the amount of ounces) or the breast (you can time each side). You can log in every time they have a wet or dirty diaper (as well as put in specifics here if you are watching for coloring - like in the beginning when you are watching the color of their stools as they finish passing meconium). You can long in from when they start to sleep until they finish sleeping with just a quick press of a button, as well as many other factors. My favorite part about this application is that the little panel on the bottom of the screen tells you when they last nursed, how many times they'd nursed that day, how many diapers they'd had that day, how long they'd been sleeping/how long they'd been awake, etc. It was such a quick and easy reference to what your child has been doing, and immensely helped me clarify questions/concerns at some of our pediatrician appointments.
The above picture is just another view of how you can visualize their activities.
This picture is an Android screen-shot of how the timing page for nursing looks.
One of my most favorite things about this application is, that if you log in on the same account, multiple people/devices can input data. When I went back to work the first few times, DH would be with little man on the weekends while I picked up extra shifts. He was able to pop things into this app that little man was doing, and it would immediately show up as a notification (that I'd allowed) on my phone. It was so reassuring to see that, yes, while I was away, little man did eat, sleep, and interact like he did while I was at home. We also were lucky enough to have a friend nanny our son for the first few months of my returning to work during the week, and she was able to make a few quick clicks and I would immediately know what they were doing. She really liked the application as well, because (in her words) it allowed her to spend less time writing about what they were doing and actually just be more present with him. Our nanny even used the application after she had her son as well! :)
As I mentioned, Baby Connect is available through the web (for free), through your iPhone (for $4.99), through your iPad (for $4.99) and through Android (for $4.99). This includes unlimited number of caregivers logging information, unlimited number of events per day, and unlimited number of children allowed on the app. We will definitely be using this for baby #2 in December! We found it to be so useful, we did purchase apps for both DH's phone, my phone, and the iPad (for our nanny to use while we were gone).
Definitely go ahead and try it out at the Baby Connect website for free and see if you like it, but as a perk to my readers, Baby Connect is giving away two iPhone apps and two iPad apps for free to you! That is a total of FOUR winners for this awesome product giveaway! Enter below to win!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
– Dewey 2001
I don't mess with or worry about vitamins or supplements. I don't obsess over him not eating as many vegetables as I would like, all mainly because I know he is still getting a large amount of the vitamins and nutrients he needs from my milk. In addition to all of the aforementioned vitamins and minerals breastmilk provides, it also shifts to have a higher fat content when your toddler is between the ages of one and two, which is really important because a higher (good) fat ratio is important in their growing diet to meet their needs.
While breastfeeding a toddler, you also continue to reap the benefits of decreased risk of illness and shorter illnesses when they do get sick. Breastmilk continues to provide immunity and protection after the age of one. And while we're talking about better health, continuing to breastfeed your child is good for YOU as well! Mothers who breastfed (in some cases, the longer you nursed, the less of a risk you enjoy) have been found to have decreased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes (if you did not have gestational diabetes). So, not only are you helping your child to be healthy, you are helping yourself to be healthier at the same time!
Additionally, there are some studies that suggest cognitive skills, mental skills, and social skills are positively influenced by breastfeeding, in some cases the longer your child nursed, the more benefit they obtained and the higher they scored on certain assessments. With everything I do for my child already, I consider it to be just one more thing I personally do to aid in his health and development.