Monday, July 29, 2013

One More Month...

Give or take a week or so. (Yes I'm not that naive to think baby will be born on her due date!) We can hardly believe that our daughter will be here in just a few short weeks. Now it feels like time is flying, but when I think about it, I've been pregnant for so long...all year actually! I thought it'd be nice to compile a list of things I've learned during this pregnancy, just as a way to look back.

1) Sometimes there is no solution to cure morning sickness and the woes of first trimester! Looking back, I can't figure out how we survived.

2) Every pregnancy, birth, woman and baby is different! After hearing and reading a million different things, most of which contradict each other, I've learned you really just have to find what fits you and works for you and go with it. This will be something I have to remember once baby is here too...and I feel like others should remember too. ;)

3) Research and education of baby care and birth have been my best friend. Seriously, the more I learn, the more comfortable and confident I have felt. We took quite a few classes about birth, baby care and breastfeeding and every single one has helped us in a huge way!

4) Stop caring what others think. Sometimes I worry I over-post about the pregnancy or the baby, but I've stopped caring. Looking back, I love seeing all the pictures we took and posts I wrote. It's amazing to see our progress and look back on things.

5) Be that supportive, loving and helpful friend to my friends when they are pregnant with their first. There are certain friends and family that I have appreciated during this pregnancy more than they probably know! They are the ones who have given the best advice in a non-critical and open-minded way and were there for me during those rough emotional times when it can sometimes feel hard to relate to others. They have made me feel more part of 'the club of moms' than a rookie who is supposedly clueless. These people have given me the confidence and support I needed to know that I CAN do this! I so want to be that person to my friends someday and remind them of #2. :)

We just have a few things left to do around here before baby girl arrives. This past weekend my mom and I finished nearly all of the sewing for the nursery and we made a list of freezer meals to make this next month. We also completed everything we had left to buy for necessities (which wasn't much, we were really blessed by friends and family!). The two biggest things to do are packing our hospital bag and getting the carseat installed. In reality, those are the only two necessary things to do, but I'd also love to get those freezer meals made, the car cleaned out, nursery finished and the house cleaned. We'll see how far we get with that. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bump Watch: 34 weeks

How Far Along: 34 weeks

Size of the Baby: Pineapple (19 in to 22 in long, 4.9 lbs)

Sleep: Had to go buy a new body pillow because mine is completely flattened out! Starting to have hip pain at night, but the new pillow has helped. All I can think about is how excited I am to lay on my back after having this baby.

Best Moment of the Week: Telling our immediate family baby girl's name! We decided we were set on it and that it was time to share her name with them. It was exciting and somewhat emotional and now it feels like she has an identity in our families.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Eating late at night...heartburn!

Any cravings: I REALLY wanted pancakes one morning so we went to JP's Pancakes and I got some gluten free pancakes (haven't had any in about 2 years!). Best breakfast ever.

What I'm looking forward to: Having this baby. Yup, that's pretty much it. (Oh, and we are getting our stroller tomorrow, yay!)

What I miss: Lots of things, but trying to stay positive at this point since this is getting more and more difficult!

Nursery: We're hanging things on the walls this week and my mom and I will be busy sewing next weekend. Hoping to get pictures up in the new couple weeks!

I'm convinced this baby has her daddy's muscular legs! She likes to push her butt up against one side and push against the other side with her legs and it HURTS. I keep thinking there's no way she can get any bigger and my belly is done expanding outwards, but here we are 2 weeks later and I can't believe how much more it's expanded!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Cloth Diaper Stash

A few weeks ago we received our co-op order for our newborn cloth diapers to finish off our diaper stash! Well, we're done buying for now, until she grows out of the newborn sizes.

We decided that we want to try a variety of styles during the newborn phase to find out what we like and what we will want to invest more in. I've had a few people ask me how these diapers work, so maybe this list will explain it a bit? Also, if you're a cloth diapering mom, I'd love to hear if you think we are missing anything! Here's what we have in the stash:

Newborn Diapers:
• 3 Thirsties aplix covers, 1 Rumparooz snap cover (yep, that's the cute plaid one)
• 12 Cloth-eez organic prefolds: These are what most people think of when they hear cloth diapers. I've heard they are great for the newborn phase, they are cheap and they can also be used as burp cloths and inserts for pocket diapers later on. (to use with a cover)
• 1 Cloth-eez Workhorse fitted: A friend of mine highly recommended these and I wanted to try them without investing a ton of money into them. If we like them, we'll consider buying the next size up in the future so they last longer. (to use with a cover)
• 2 Bumkins contour fitteds: These were highly recommended at the cloth diaper class we took at Zoolikins so I decided to try a few. They simply slide into the cover and that's it. They also have a pocket inside of them so you can add a doubler for extra absorbency and you can stick the entire thing in a pocket diaper after the newborn phase. (to use with a cover)
• 8 newborn size diapers in a mix of all-in-ones and pockets in a mix of microfiber and bamboo with a mix of snaps and velcro (the snap ones have a snap down option for the umbilical cord). These are the ones we ordered from the co-op and since they were so inexpensive, I let myself order some girl specific prints and colors. These are supposed to be the easiest diapers to use, but will only fit her when she's really small. We're hoping they at least give us an idea of if we like AIOs or pockets.
• 1 fitted hemp: This is also from the co-op and I just ordered one so I could see how well hemp really absorbs. (to use with a cover)

One-Size Diapers:
• 2 Charlie Banana pockets: You can't see them in the pic, they're hiding behind the newborn AIOs. We received these for our shower and I've heard rave reviews about them so I'm anxious to try them. They probably won't fit her until she is at least 10 pounds or her legs chunk up a bit.
• 3 BumGenius pockets: We also received these at our shower and I have also heard rave reviews about them. I'm anxious to compare them to each other.
• 1 Kawaii pocket: Hand me down from a friend who decided not to cloth diaper. It's in a cute floral print, yay!
• 1 one-size pocket from the co-op. It was so cheap to order them, that I figured I should try a larger size one as well to see how they worked.

Other Items:
• 2 large wet bags for the changing stations, 2 small wet bags for travel. This is where the dirty diapers will go as they wait to be washed.
• 3 Snappis: Used to hold the prefold diapers together.
• CJ's Butter: The lady at Zoolikins recommended a tiny jar to use at first in case we get any diaper rash, but she says we really shouldn't see much with cloth diapers.
• Rockin Green: We're going to try this detergent for cleaning them. I've heard positives and negatives, but Zoolikins recommends it so I thought we'd try it.
• Glass spray bottle & Baby Bits wipe solution
• Lots of cloth wipes that we picked up at Ross (not pictured)

Also pictured are the blankets we received from our shower. We got a few flannel receiving blankets which will be great when it gets cooler out and to lay on the sofa and carpet. We also were lucky enough to get two packs of Aiden + Anais swaddling blankets which I'm super excited about! We plan to use them for swaddling, a lightweight blanket in the summer, nursing cover, etc, etc. The uses are endless with those blankets!

Nursery Progress

This weekend we finally received a print in the mail that we ordered from this Etsy shop! We were so anxious to get it in the wood frame that's been sitting on the floor to see how it looked in the room (we didn't even finish taking the price sticker off, oops!). We also just found the final fabric to complete the room (pictured bottom left) and we'll be using this for the changing pad cover and the quilt.

Things are finally coming together in the nursery, but we still have quite a few things left to do! Since I'm not sharing pictures from not until it is completed, I'll just share a list of all the things done and what is left to do:

• Crib: We've had the crib for a long time, we purchased the mattress, a fitted sheet and my mom and I will be sewing the adjustable crib skirt at the end of this month.
• Bookshelves: The painted Ikea spice racks are done, hung up and filled with books! The taller white shelf that is holding more books (we got a ton for our shower!) and other toys and trinkets is ready to be hung up, but just hasn't been done yet.
• Mirror: We hung up the Land of Nod mirror that we ordered, it is so cute and the perfect spur of the moment addition.
Dresser: We've had this set up for a while, but still nothing inside. The changing pad is sitting on top, but needs to be mounted on and we need to sew the cover for it. We have a yellow lamp and blue/gray rose frame on it as well. I was going to fill the dresser with our cloth diaper stash, but I realized we won't be changing her much in her room until she is a bit older anyways. Diapers will stay downstairs with a few night time ones in our room. Above the dresser we are planning a collage of frames where the above print will be. We have almost all of the frames and are going to work on getting them filled and on the wall this weekend.
• Rocker: This was the first item we purchased (we weren't even pregnant yet, but it was too good of a garage sale deal to pass up!). The floor poof/foot rest by the rocker is completed thanks to my mom and we are going to put together a pillow for the rocker that matches the poof. I love that hint of navy blue in a peachy pink room!
• Curtains: Mostly done, just need a few more clips and finish hemming them up.
• Closet: Not even close to being done. I still have to wash all of her clothes, but am waiting until our water softener is installed. I'll be hanging her outfits in the closet, separated by size, but the basics like onesies and socks will be in the dresser. We also plan on getting a few storage containers for the top shelf so we can throw clothes in them when she outgrows them. We really don't have much else to store in the closet right now and I have a feeling her dresser will be pretty empty for a while too. We really didn't receive too many clothes at the shower and I'm trying to be selective on what we buy until we know how big she is and what season we'll need to shop for in each size. Mike is convinced she has plenty of clothes, but I'm not so sure.
• Name: We have had the letters to hang her name on the wall above her crib for a while, but recently finalized the name. We still have to paint them in the same blue/gray color as the changing table and shelves and then we will hang it up.

Seems like a lot left to do, but it's really almost done! A few days of sewing, frame filling and arranging and we will be done!

Monday, July 8, 2013

3D Ultrasound

Today we had a 3D/4D ultrasound, it was so amazing! Our little girl is first of all, still a girl and also likes to snuggle up with her hands in her face. Luckily we got a few good frontal face shots without her hands in the way though. Friends and family are saying she looks more like Mike, I may have to agree! It was so surreal seeing her little facial features, watching her move around and even opening her eyes and mouth. To us she just looks exactly like our daughter and a mix of both of us.

This ultrasound definitely came at the right time. We hadn't seen her since 19 weeks and each week is getting more and more difficult. Her kicks have been so intense, so it was awesome to see what part of her is actually kicking me.

We're even more excited and anxious to meet this little beauty! :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bump Watch: 32 weeks

How Far Along: 32 weeks

Size of the Baby: Head of Lettuce (19 in long, 3.9 lbs)

Sleep: Laying down is the best thing ever now! Relieves lots of the belly weight. :)

Best Moment of the Week: Our babymoon/staycation! I'll possibly do a post on that soon.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not sure what it is (heartburn?), but waking up in the middle of the night with such a nauseous feeling.

Any cravings: Veggie sticks is my latest thing. Still loving dips and guacamole too.

What I'm looking forward to: Our birthing, breastfeeding and child care classes coming up in the next couple weeks.

What I miss: Life being easier when ordering at restaurants. I feel like such a hassle being gluten free and pregnant!

Nursery: We've started buying remaining items from our registry and also got the crib mattress. It's exciting knowing we're so close to being done! My mom and I plan on sewing a few more items this weekend so we can finish things up.

We officially decided on a name this past weekend while on our babymoon! We're so in love with it and it just feels "right" and that it fits her and us. We're still not sure when we'll be sharing though...could be when she's born! ;)