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30 June 2014

34 Week Bump Update


  • How far along: 34 weeks! 
  • Gender: We're having a girl!
  • Weight gain: Well apparently my scale has actually been correct these past few weeks. I knew it was common to lose some weight right before labor, but I guess I just thought 34 weeks was a little early. I've lost 3.6 lbs. this week, which puts my overall weight gain at 3.2 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: Because I've been on bed rest for the majority of this week, I've been wearing nightgowns and big t-shirts. However I did get all dolled up for my shower on Sunday night! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet, still using my coconut oil! 
  • Belly button in or out: In. 
  • Sleep: With the exception of having to use the restroom about every hour and a half....I've actually been sleeping really well lately. And a lot. Maybe it's because I'm in bed/on the couch most of the time these days but I've been sleeping the majority of the day away! I'm hoping it's because Daphne is working hard to develop those lungs and gain some more weight!
  • Best moment this week: Two big moments this week! Because I've been experiencing early labor symptoms, our doctor wanted to do a sonogram to measure her growth and make sure baby girl is happy in there! So we got to see our little girl again, granted she didn't hold still long enough for them to get a good picture for us, but she is quite content and I can't wait to kiss those sweet cheeks! And then obviously another big highlight for this week was our baby shower! Loved celebrating Daphne Anne with our sweet friends! 
  • Worst moment this week: It wasn't really a 'moment' but I've just been experiencing a lot of emotions + anxiety this week, with having early labor symptoms. My hubby has been so great, but let's face it, life has to go on for him and I'm stuck here in bed just trying to get my mind off of the fact that I'm on bed rest because my baby wants to come earlier than she should! Literally all of my devotionals this week have been speaking of God's perfect timing, trusting God's plan and His sovereignty. So we trust that God's got our little girl. But it's still a big prayer of ours that she holds out until at least week 37, so her lungs are more developed! Prayers are appreciated! 
  • Miss anything: Still pretty uncomfortable, and my back hurts a lot these days. 
  • Movement: Oh yeah, she's having a grand ol' time in there and moves all the time. I do cherish those moments when I'm assuming she's sleeping and I try to take a little nap myself. It's hard to nap when you've got weird alien-like movements and spasms going on on your bladder. We also discovered that Daphne has dropped and her head is so far down that the sonogram technician couldn't get a good measurement, she commented about how I must need to go to the bathroom a lot. Thank you Daphne. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, moodiness (it's been really hard to reign in my emotions this week!), hunger, indigestion, difficulty breathing, frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, menstrual-like cramps, diarrhea/loose stool, more mucus, light spotting, leaky boobs and sore feet. 
  • Cravings: No weird cravings. However, I did ask my hubby to make me an omelette at 11:30 pm this weekend. He looked at me like I was crazy, but then that boy made the BEST omelette for me, he's a keeper. 
  • Queasy or sick: I only feel nauseous when I'm suuuper hungry.
  • Looking forward to: We're taking a babycare basics class at our hospital this week and I'm so excited to learn + feel better prepared to take the best care of our girl! I'm also excited to watch my hubby change diapers -- that man cracks me up. 
Thanks for reading! I also packed my hospital bag this week, if you haven't already read my post, go check it out!

28 June 2014

Hospital Bag: What I'm Packing



I've always been terrified of not being prepared for events.

I remember having nightmares as a kid that my Mom would wake me up on the day we needed to leave for church camp and I wouldn't have time to pack everything I might need.

We needed an entire uhal + conversion van in order to move everything I had packed for my college dorm room. I'm excessive, I know. But it makes me feel prepared and less anxious.

So obviously, I'm no different when it comes to packing my hospital bag for labor + delivery.

I went ahead and packed my hospital bag (I'm currently 34 weeks) because I was just recently put on modified bed rest due to some early labor progress and I just felt better knowing that it was taken care of. Most Moms don't usually pack their bag until they're 37-38 weeks.

I started researching 'what to pack for the hospital' at like 12 weeks pregnant (am I type-A or what?), I've also contacted several Moms (first time Moms, second time Moms and Moms who had just given birth) to find out what they brought with them to the hospital, what they actually used and what the hospital provided.

Since obviously every hospital and every Mom is different, I've tailored my bag to suit my own needs + comforts. This is the exhaustive list of everything that is currently packed (with some commentary) + what I will throw in the bag right before we walk out the door.

Note: This is not a "hospital bag necessities" blog post, this is obviously more than just the basics. You don't need everything listed here, I just thought it might be helpful for other Moms to see what I plan to bring to the hospital!

I plan to do an updated hospital bag blog post after we've delivered, that covers what I actually used, what I wasn't told my hospital provided, and what I wish I had brought with me!

Toiletries
- shampoo/conditioner (I packed travel sized ones for both me and hubby to use to take up less space)
- body wash for her (travel size)
- body wash for him (travel size)
- deodorant for her (travel size)
- deodorant for him (travel size)
- blow dryer (I packed a small portable one to take up less space)
- hair brush (small)
- burts bees chapstick (apparently this is more essential than I realized, our Lamaze instructor mentioned bringing chapstick several times, because Moms can get dried out with all the breathing through contractions)
- hairspray for her (travel size)
- hairspray for him (travel size)
- hair ties/headband/bobby pins
- dry shampoo
- make up remover wipes
- face wash
- face toner mist 
- face lotion
- burts bees cleansing towelettes 
- roller ball perfume
- toothbrush/toothpaste for her (travel size)
- toothbrush/toothpaste for him (travel size)
- mouthwash 
Toiletries to pack:
- hair product for him
- razor + shave cream for him
- razor for her
- straightener

Meds/Oils
All of these items will need to be packed right before:
- other daily prescriptions 
- essential oils (I plan to bring all my everyday oils)

Tech Stuff
- camera/charger
Tech Stuff to pack:
- phone/charger for her
- phone/charger for him
- computer/charger

Makeup
All of these items will need to be packed right before: (it may seem excessive, but these are the items needed for my '5 minute face' look -- apparently I'm a little high maintenance)
- foundation/brush
- concealer/sponge blender
- powder/brush
- blush/brush
- bronzer
- eyeliner
- mascara
- setting spray

Momma's Clothes
- 1 regular nursing bra 
- leggings (I've had some Moms tell me that they loved their leggings and others have told me that with all the bulkiness going on 'down there', leggings make you look ridiculous) 
- cotton briefs (I purchased a package that I plan to throw away after use)
- 2 pairs of socks
- cardigan
- 2 black comfy nightgowns (I anticipate that I will want to wear the hospital gown most of the time, but I thought these may be nice to have just in case)
- flip flops 
- going home outfit (maxi skirt, black nursing t-shirt)
- robe

Daddy's Clothes
All of these items will need to be packed right before:
- 3 pairs of underwear
- 3 t-shirts
- shorts
- flip flops

Comforts
- small portable plug-in fan
- Everybody Loves Raymond (just in case I would like to have some comedic relief/distractions)
- washcloths (to wet my mouth if needed - it was suggested to us by our Lamaze instructor to bring rags from home because we'll be breathing through them and the hospital ones smell like bleach)
- massage lotion (our Lamaze instructor reminded us that a light, fresh scent is probably best since many women have a heightened sense of smell during labor)
- focal point (a picture of my husband and I - not sure if I'll end up using this or not) 
- sleep mask (I read somewhere that it might be difficult to sleep after delivery if you deliver during the day, we'll see if I actually end up using this)
Comforts to pack:
- pillows (our Lamaze instructor reminded us that the hospital pillows have white covers, so if we don't want our pillows to accidentally get thrown in with theirs, we should have some kind of color/design on the covers)
- blanket

Post-partum/Nursing
- my brest friend or boppy
- colace
- new mama bottom spray
- nipple cream (boobease, earth mama angel baby)
- nursing pads (lasinoh disposable, lasinoh gel pads, bamboobies cotton pads)
Post-partum/Nursing to pack:
- coconut oil (I plan to use this for whatever; nipple cream, face lotion, soothe my eczema, baby's needs)

Randoms
- tissues
- gum

Food
All these items will need to be packed right before:
- protein bars
- protein powder/mixer bottle for dad

Paper
- hospital documents/folder (we pre-registered at our hospital, but it can't hurt to bring the docs)
- baby memory book
- notebook/pen
Paper items to pack:
- planner
- wallet

Baby
- burp cloths
- woombie (I'm bringing several different swaddlers for my hubby and I to practice)
- sleeper 
- 2 different kinds of pacifiers (our hospital is very pro-breastfeeding and doesn't recommend/provide pacifiers during the hospital stay - I have several friends who breastfeed successfully and gave their babies pacifiers early on, so we're bringing our own just in case) 
- Ava Baby wash, lotion, diaper cream (this is an all-natural, non-toxic brand that was given to me at a shower, I love the way that it smells and I love that it's super baby-safe)
- presentation outfit (this was suggested to me by another Mom as a cute outfit to put baby in when you know you will have visitors)
- take home outfit
- photo shoot outfit
- baby socks (2 pairs)
- mittens
- headbands (I'm bringing quite a few options in case some are too big/too small)
- 2 hats (I'm not sure which size will best fit her, so I want to have options)
- dreft stain remover pen (her photo shoot outfit is a white dress - this may be a lost cause)
Baby items to pack:
- car seat

+ Big tote bag to bring home everything the hospital provides/gifts.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any recommendations/tips please comment below!




23 June 2014

33 Week Bump Update


  • How far along: 33 weeks! 
  • Gender: We're having a girl!
  • Weight gain: So my scale is still saying that I weigh the same and it just can't be true. I have a doctor's appointment this week so I'm going to weigh myself there and then I'm pretty sure I'll be tossing out this old scale. 
  • Maternity clothes: I purchased some more summer items this past week! The green maxi dress and black tie-dye maxi skirt aren't maternity, but they are amazingly comfortable. The black shorts however are maternity and full panel and I just love them. They are the only full panel maternity bottoms I own and I am in love with them. I've decided that it's not as bad as I thought to be pregnant in the summer because I can wear maternity shorts and maxi dresses the whole time! I also purchased a maternity bathing suit (I've been putting it off for weeks now, because I didn't want to be that huge pregnant lady at the pool. But, I found one at Target that doesn't make me feel like the whale that I am). 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet, still using my coconut oil! 
  • Belly button in or out: In. 
  • Sleep: It's getting harder and harder to change positions during the night, and I have had to get up to use the bathroom more often (I've been drinking water like it's my job these days -- apparently dehydration is the #1 cause for pre-term labor!). It's been hard to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, and Daphne usually saves all her best kicks and turns for right when I've fallen asleep. 
  • Best moment this week: This week has been full of great moments! I had my first chiropractor adjustment, I wish I had started going at the beginning of my pregnancy. I go back this week for another adjustment. He also suggested that I purchase an exercise ball in order to do my pelvic tilts more efficiently and take the pressure off my back and hips. It has changed my pregnancy. I am so mad that I didn't purchase it earlier! I also purchased this personalized pacifier clip with a great deal through Brickyard Buffalo and it finally arrived this week! I'm obsessed with it. 
      
  • Worst moment this week: I got a really upset stomach this weekend. Being 33 weeks pregnant and having an upset tummy is absolutely no fun. Thankfully it didn't last too long and wasn't debilitating. 
  • Miss anything: Being comfortable. I've had a lot of Braxton Hicks this week and it's just hard to breathe and find a comfortable position. 
  • Movement: She's running out of room but she still finds the space to squirm and shift. 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue (I sleep all. the. time. nowadays), moodiness (I've been so cranky this week! It feels like I'm back in my first trimester of crazy hormones!), tight belly, hunger, indigestion, difficulty breathing, Braxton Hicks contractions, leg pain, sore feet and itchy belly. 
  • Cravings: I haven't really had any specific cravings but I have had intense hunger at weird times. For instance, we were leaving a friend's house this week and had just eaten dinner and on the way home I was starving. We ended up stopping to get stuff to make tacos. So, I had tacos at 1 am. 
  • Queasy or sick: I was nauseous over the weekend and used my peppermint oil (as usual) as well as lemon oil in my water. It took about 15 minutes to really work, but I was finally able to fall back asleep. 
  • Looking forward to: Our baby shower this weekend! We have already been so blessed by the prayers and excitement of our church family and can't wait to celebrate our precious Daphne Anne with them! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

16 June 2014

32 Week Bump Update


  • How far along: 32 weeks! 
  • Gender: We're having a girl!
  • Weight gain: Well I think my scale is broken because it says that I haven't gained anymore weight this week. That's just impossible. So until I get a new one or something my overall weight gain so far is still 6.8 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: Well...we're lucky if I wear pants around the house these days. But seriously, when we go out I wear a maxi or my maternity shorts, I feel like I've gotten so much bigger this week! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet, still using my coconut oil! 
  • Belly button in or out: In. 
  • Sleep: I found out this past week in my Lamaze class that I've actually been using a specific position to sleep that relieves back pain/labor! I just knew it was finally comfortable! I've been putting a pillow between my knees and tilting on my side/laying on the pillow. I've had to get up to use the bathroom more this week and I've needed that 4 a.m. cliff bar almost every night.
  • Best moment this week: I gave my husband this monogrammed tie clip for Father's Day this weekend! The look on his face when he opened it was priceless. It was so fun to surprise him! He's so excited to become a Dad and I can not wait to see him with Daphne! 
  • Worst moment this week: On Saturday night after dinner, I started experienced a stabbing pain in my left side. I think both the pain and the fear that something could be wrong made me pretty emotional. We called the on-call doctor and he suggested lots of rest and lots of water. I think it was nerve-wracking for both me and my husband because we simply had no idea what to do! It definitely puts things into perspective (for me at least!) that our due date is quickly approaching! 
  • Miss anything: I'm pretty uncomfortable most of the time and I've been finding it harder and harder to breathe. Thanks Daph. 
  • Movement: She's a pretty consistent mover and shaker, which I'm grateful for! 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, tight belly, hunger, indigestion, difficulty breathing, mild acid reflux, Braxton Hicks contractions, leg pain, sore feet and itchy belly. 
  • Cravings: I had simply mentioned to my husband that I could really go for some baklava one night and the next day he came home with a slice of baklava from a local greek restaurant!! I tried not to eat it all in one bite...the hubs got MAJOR points for that one! 
  • Queasy or sick: Neither. Just feeling fuller, faster. If I have had any indigestion or tummy aches, inhaling peppermint oil seems to make me feel better. 
  • Looking forward to: Taking a tour of our hospital! During one of our Lamaze classes, we'll take a tour with the class and I can't wait to see what to expect. 
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09 June 2014

31 Week Bump Update + Maternity Pics


  • How far along: 31 weeks! 
  • Gender: Girl! Sweet Daphne Anne...
  • Weight gain: Didn't gain any more weight this week. Overall weight gain is 6.8 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: Nothing new. My maternity shorts from Target are my FAV during this Texas summer! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet, still using my coconut oil! 
  • Belly button in or out: In. Weird TMI fact about me is that my belly button is unusually deep, I feel like it should have popped out by now, but it just keeps on stretching! 
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty great this week! I'm so grateful for it! I still get up 1-2 times a night to use the bathroom, but I fall asleep quickly. And I haven't even woken up with intense hunger either! All in all, it's been a great week for sleep. 
  • Best moment this week: My husband and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary this week! We celebrated by using our gift card to Pappadeaux (there's nothing like a free meal!), where they gave us this complimentary dessert that was PERFECTION. We took home the leftovers and I proceeded to finish off the whole thing, seriously so good. We also exchanged gifts this year, I found this keychain for my hubby and he gave me the most beautiful necklace in the world. I'm obsessed with it. 
     
  • Worst moment this week: I wouldn't say it was my worst moment this week, but we attended our first Lamaze childbirth class. It was very informative and I'm super excited to be learning more about this birth method and I love going to the classes with my husband! However...we did watch a real birth video this week and I just...can't
  • Miss anything: Being comfortable. And being able to breathe! Baby girl is all up in Momma's lungs!
  • Movement: I didn't realize it until my Lamaze class this week but I have actually been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions! Daphne is always really high up and she likes to put some rather large body part up near my ribs and under my breast, so I had been assuming that whenever the top part of my belly was hard...that it was Daphne! But I learned that Braxton Hicks don't always make your whole belly hard, sometimes it just hardens at the very top of your uterus. I feel a little silly that I didn't realize it! 
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, tight belly, hunger, indigestion, difficulty breathing, mild acid reflux, mild constipation, leg pain, and itchy belly. 
  • Cravings: I actually didn't have any super weird/strong cravings this week! My hubby is thankful. 
  • Queasy or sick: Not really. I just get 'full' much quicker nowadays! 
  • Looking forward to: Printing off + displaying some of our maternity pictures taken by the amazing Jake Ford Photography! He sent us the finals yesterday and they are simply AMAZING! I am always so impressed with his work. Here are just a few of my favorites! 






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06 June 2014

What Yo' Momma Didn't Tell You About Pregnancy


I know that I've shared a lot of my pregnancy journey here on this blog, but I was thinking the other day that there are experiences that I have yet to disclose + moments that I haven't shared about the prego life that I just wasn't expecting to experience. Disclaimer: This post is a little TMI, continue reading if you dare. 


1. Don't assume you'll just be nauseous in the morning. My nausea lasted me all day err' day for 6 weeks. Literally ALL DAY. ALL NIGHT. 24/7. This particular symptom could've been because my doctor had me on progesterone supplements. I was told that they can intensify pregnancy symptoms. 

2. There should be a word more severe than 'nausea' because when I think of experiencing nausea I think 'oh, my tummy hurts I'm just gonna drink a sprite and be on my merry way!' No. NO. The nausea during pregnancy is a 'can't-eat-can't-drink', 'everything-I-smell-see-or-envision-makes-me-sick', 'even-sitting-up-in-bed-or-reaching-for-the-saltines-sends-me-running-to-the-bathroom' kind of nausea.

3. For the first few appointments, you'll be lucky to get out of there in less than 2 hours. My husband and I were shocked at how long we were having to wait, and our office doesn't have internet access! Just be prepared with water, a snack and a book.

4. Oh the constipation. I literally didn't poop for daayyyys during my first trimester and when I did....tears were shed. Drink prune juice, take Colace consistently and drink lots of water.


5. Take everyone's experiences with a grain of salt. Even mine! You will experience pregnancy in your own way. For instance, everything I read said that first-time Moms can't typically feel movement until 20 weeks or later, it made me question whether I was feeling movement or not. But I most definitely felt movement as early as 16 weeks.

6. Just because you're in your second trimester does not mean you're done with the nausea + getting sick. I was so excited to be done with the terrible nausea of the first trimester and was blindsided by the worst nausea at 17 weeks.

7. Buy those maternity pants whenever you feel like it. You know your body best, don't let anyone make you feel guilty for wearing comfy maternity pants at 12 weeks. Every woman carries differently. So maybe Suzie-Shmo didn't need maternity jeans until she was 6 months but this Momma needed them at like 12 weeks! You're creating life, do what you want. 

8. The glucose drink really isn't that bad. I really psyched myself out about it, and honestly it wasn't that bad at all. And apparently I had the worst flavor, red. Don't stress about it.

9. You tend to leak...both north and south. I'm just gonna leave it there. 

10. Water is like magic. I know everyone says when you're pregnant, you need to drink more water...but seriously, drink more water. If your ankles are swelling up - drink water. If you're constipated - drink water. If you have heartburn or acid reflux - drink water. If you have a headache - drink water. If your skin is dry and patchy - drink water. If you're having ligament cramps - drink water. If your legs are hurting and sore - drink water. 'Nuff said.

11. Watch out for anxiety + depression. Personally, I felt pretty depressed during my whole first trimester. I was just so sick and I couldn't go anywhere or see anyone, it was cold out and it was just the perfect breeding ground for my depression. I didn't start feeling anxious until late into my 2nd trimester, I would count kicks and google symptoms, I was so worried that something was wrong. My husband and I have really been praying against the anxiety and I can feel the Lord delivering me from it.

Ladies, don't be ashamed if you experience these emotions. Talk to your hubby. Talk to a girlfriend. It's totally normal, but that doesn't mean that you should deal with it all alone. My Mom's enthusiasm about our pregnancy, was a tremendous uplift to my spirit and encouraged me a lot. Don't hide these feelings from your support system. You'll want to be as physically healthy and emotionally healthy as you can to take on the new challenges of Mommyhood! 


Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear some of your unexpected pregnancy symptoms/experiences! 

02 June 2014

30 Week Bump Update


  • How far along: 30 weeks! Um. We have 10 weeks till our due date. Whoa. 
  • Gender: Girl! 
  • Weight gain: +1.2 lbs this week. Overall weight gain is 6.8 lbs. 
  • Maternity clothes: I haven't purchased any new maternity clothes (although I did purchase these super comfy Sam and Libby sandals and these adorable sandals). But I've been practically living in these comfy shorts, and maternity t-shirts. It's starting to get super hot here in Texas, I foresee a couple new maxi skirts are in my future. They are so light and breezy, and they don't have to be maternity, so I can wear them after Daphne gets here! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet, still using my coconut oil! 
  • Belly button in or out: In. But it's practically flat! 
  • Sleep: Still having a hard time actually falling asleep, but sleeping well when I do get to sleep. I have jolted awake around 4:30 every night absolutely STARVING. I've been keeping Cliff bars by my bedside table, so I just unwrap one of those and all is well. 
  • Best moment this week: The highlight of my week would definitely be when my incredible husband painted my toenails for me! Daphne is so high that I can barely bend down to get something off the floor. He was so sweet, although not super thrilled, and did such a great job! Best hubby ever. 
  • Worst moment this week: I did a really dumb thing. On Saturday night, our church had an after church social and by the time church had ended, I was....how do I put this....borderline "hangry" (that's what my husband and I call 'angry hunger'). So I proceeded to eat 2 and a half corn dogs, which were delicious. But they were still corn dogs. So Saturday night was a little rough, it was entirely my fault, but it was still a rough night. I inhaled some peppermint oil, and my sweet husband literally stroked my hair and rubbed my back till I fell asleep (ya'll, he's the bomb). But I will never be eating another corn dog for the rest of my life. 
  • Miss anything: I have a feeling that I'll be saying the same thing every week until Daphne gets here. I miss being comfortable. I don't know how to describe it but my belly just feels exhausted. Daphne is so high that it's hard to breathe sometimes, and like I've said before, I've mastered the waddle. 
  • Movement: I have such an active little girl on my hands! Although she's running out of room, she finds a way to dance and shimmy all the time!
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, tight belly, hunger, indigestion, difficulty falling asleep, mild acid reflux, mild constipation, leg pain, and itchy belly. 
  • Cravings: I had a craving for something sweet this week and this 50 cent ring pop hit the spot! 
  • Queasy or sick: I felt pretty sick on Saturday night, again entirely my fault. But again, peppermint oil has been my lifesaver! 
  • Looking forward to: My husband and I will be celebrating our 4 year anniversary this week! I still can hardly believe we've been married that long! I also can't wait to give him his anniversary gift! 
Thank you for stopping by!