Thursday, October 25, 2012

32 Weeks - Beginning the Diaper Collection

We decided we're going to use cloth diapers with Baby for many reasons.
1. No nasty chemicals on babies skin
2. They're better for the environment
3. Less expensive in the long run
4. They're cuter!

Just to name a few.
After tons and tons of research, I decided to try out 2 brands. Gdiapers & Swaddlebees. Both have great reviews but are very different.

The Gdiaper is a 'hybrid' diaper. It comes with the option to purchase cloth and/or disposable inserts. The cloth are made of hemp, cotton & micro fleece. The disposables are flushable, compostable and can be thrown in the trash but WILL break down until traditional disposable diapers. I could go on all day but if you want to know more about them visit their website (gdiapers.com)

The Swaddlebees we purchased are the Infant Simplex All-in-one. They're all cloth, a PUL outer shell with Birdseye cotton inside. (http://www.swaddlebees.com/All-in-One-Diapers)

I ordered the small sizes in both of these for now. After we get to try them out I might like one over the other and just pick one brand to stick with.

So here's the beginning of the collection!




Here is 32 weeks and 3 days!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 Weeks - Baby Shower & Nursery pictures!

I don't have much to gab about this week other than we had our shower on Sunday, and it was amazing!

Also today I took at trip to UIC medical center to meet with a midwife there just in case of transfer.


So heres a couple pictures...

The nursery is coming together!


My rocking chair! This came from my grandma's house! It's so comfortable!


The closet is still a wreck! But Levi washed all the baby clothes!


Bump at 31w 3d


Shower pictures







Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 Weeks - Hiccups and Peepee Tents

We hit the big Three Oh! Only 10 more weeks until our little man's due date. I can not believe how fast the last 30 weeks have gone. I imagine that time might start slowing down now that we're getting so close to meeting our little muffin.

Late last week the little mister started getting the hiccups a lot! I'm sure all the mothers out there know what this feels like, but for those who aren't mothers, let me describe this strange feeling to you! First off, we know that mister is head down and him having the hiccups all the time confirms that, because that's where I feel them. They feel like little muscle spasms. Not like kicks, and I can only feel them internally. When baby kicks or punches I can see and feel them externally but not theses little annoying taps of the hiccups!

He gets them quiet a few times a day now and according to my "what to expect" book they "don't cause the baby discomfort" But who figured that out?! Who went into someones uterus and got their baby to tell them this?

I got a little gift for baby AND daddy this week. Our friends keep reminding Levi about how he's going to get peed on. And that he better remember to cover up the little man's wiener while changing diapers & giving baths. We'll I found these little gems on Etsy...

We'll have to let you know how well they work once we get to try them out!


Finally, this week I'm finishing up getting my shower favors done. I know the shower is supposed to be done by everyone else and that I'm supposed to sit back and just enjoy it, but I wanted to get involved. So I put myself in charge of favors, my personal way of thanking everyone for coming to celebrate our baby! I'm not going to post what they are until next week after the shower. Let's just say I had fun creating both of them!

So with out further adieu, here is the 30 week bump!


Monday, October 1, 2012

29 weeks - Hip Hip Hooray!

11 weeks to go! and 12 weeks until Christmas. I'm hoping this little man comes before Christmas!

So far I've gained 12lbs from my pre pregnancy weight and 10 inches around the midsection! With 11 weeks to go, if I gain by the book (1lb a week) I should gain 11 more lbs. But who's counting? Not me.

Last Thursday I went and saw Debbie for my 28 week appointment. We heard a strong 'typical' boy heart beat of 136 bpm and she felt around the bump and confirmed that this little boy is head down already!!! Let's just keep our fingers crossed he doesn't randomly decide to flip over. I'll have to refrain from handstands and cartwheels. Debbie also took blood to test my glucose levels and iron levels. She called this afternoon and told me the results...

"Everything looks perfect" The best words an expectant, home birth planning mother could ask for! Debbie only has a 7% transfer rate because she is extra cautious with who she lets have a home birth. And gestational diabetes is one of the things on her 'no home birth' list. But now I don't have to worry about that one!

So here's the bump at 29 weeks, I can't believe how big it is (but I say that every week)

And this week, I worked on a secret project, plus another little project...


I got a 'C' made out of wood and painted it and added some ribbon. I'm considering going back and getting the rest of the letters to spell out babies name but I'm still undecided. I originally bought the C just to go on his bedroom door. (Yes the stripes are a little crooked but it's ok!)



The Maternity Jean Battle is over... I hope

I've never in my life struggled to find a comfortable pair of jeans, until now.

At the beginning of this pregnancy it was warm out, I bought so maternity shorts from Target and Motherhood. I thought they were the most comfortable things I had ever worn. The were still a little big on me at first so I had to pull up the belly panel from time to time, but I didn't care because it was so comfortable otherwise.

Well fast forward to the weather cooling off suddenly and rapidly. I needed to find some long jeans. I hadn't thought about it because it had been such a long hot spring/summer. So I went to my first choice of Target... FAIL! Their smallest size (2) was too long, too big in the butt and even the belly panel was too big.

So I started my search online. I ordered 2 pairs on Old Navy's website after reading reviews that they were awesome, I ordered one size 4 skinny jean and one size 2 boot cut. I got them, tried them out and thought that I had found my jeans. After wearing them for more than an hour I realized the panel was WAY too tight and uncomfortable on my bump. The skinny jeans aren't as bad but still they weren't as comfortable as my beloved maternity shorts.

Remembering I had a pair of hand me down jeans in my drawer I tried those on, worn them for a couple days and quickly realized, maybe my belly just didn't want something hugging it. The panel wasn't too tight but just uncomfortable once again, AND they were too short. Which wasn't the biggest deal but I just wasn't comfortable!

So back to the internet I went, found this off maternity site called sweet pea maternity. Ordered a pair... the panel was cotton with an elastic at the top... not comfortable at ALL!!! And they were way too long.

I went back to Old Navy because they had a sale, I finally decided to try a different style. The under the belly elastic panel. They were on sale for $22 and $19. So I ordered 2 different pairs of boot cuts.

HALLELUJAH!!!! This is it! Finally a comfortable pair of jeans, both of them. They're a little loose but my belly doesn't feel squished! The battle is over! Unless these suddenly get too tight, short, or I decide they just aren't as comfortable as I thought. But I don't see that happening! *Fingers crossed*


(I'll have my weekly update when I get my glucose test results back)