Saturday, May 30, 2009

Essential Baby Products

In the past few weeks, and especially days, I have been "nesting." Yep, getting all the baby things back out that have been hiding in the back of our garage. Washing all the new girlie clothes and cleaning and organizing every space of this house in preparation for our little one's arrival. Even though I have been through this all before, it still amazes me all the little things that a tiny baby requires. Of course there are items out there that some of think is "essential" but I tried to keep it to a minimum and only buy things if we absolutely felt we could get through the baby phase without them. I mean, really, you could go absolutely insane "thinking" you must have this, you must have that only to really find out that it was a waste of money. I thought I would compile a list of the top 5 items that I felt were "must haves" during the infant stage.

Dr. Brown's bottles
Kaiden seemed to be very gassy from the beginning and after trying several different formulas we finally settled on a lactose free one that seemed to keep most of his spitting up at a minimum. We still had to stop him every 2 ounces or so to make sure to get burp up before finishing the bottle. Otherwise...forget it...we would be wearing the whole dang thing in a few minutes. At first I wasn't too concerned with the name brand of bottles and mostly just stuck with the cheapies from the drug store. As I started to get out more around other moms with infants and saw the EVERYONE was using Dr. Brown's bottles I started to do a little research. In a desperate attempt to curb my son's spit ups, I broke down and bought a few and ended up kicking myself because I didn't buy them sooner. Although he still had issues with spit up, these bottles seem to make the whole feeding experience sooo much better as he was not getting so much air. In my opinion, a must have.

Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
I mean honestly, with all that is going on with your newest addition who wants to stand there every night and boil a pot of water to soak your bottles in? With these bags, you add 2-3 oz of water and plop all the bottle (and pump tubing) into them. Microwave for 3-4 minutes and all the little germies are killed. A time saver in my opinion. They were also fantastic when we traveled as the hotels that we stayed in had a microwave for easy sterilization of all Kaiden's bottles.

Cheap wash cloths
Instead of going out and buying expensive "burp cloths" I went to Walmart and spend $3.00 on a pack of 18 white wash cloths. We used these for spit ups since they were pretty frequent around these parts. I have continued to use them for drool, washing up after a meal, tears, bloody lips, boogery noses and always have one in the diaper bag for things that get all over. Now, don't get me wrong, they are certainly not the softest thing you can use, but as long as you are wiping excessively on their face, then they certainly serve a purpose. For a fraction of the cost.

Bouncy seat
A life saver for me. We have the Rain forest Bouncy seat by Fisher Price. A friend of mine gave this to us when Kaiden was about 4 months old. I couldn't believe that I had lived without it for that long. This particular one has animals that move and lights and music that plays. It was a savor for me while I got a shower, made dinner, did some laundry, etc. Kaiden would be fascinated with this for a long duration of time. I am assuming that it is much better than the bouncy seats that just have a few stuffed animals hanging from them. The kid would definitely get bored with that after a short time.

My theory is that you can never have enough onsies. Especially in the newborn/early infant stage. With all the spit ups, leaky diapers, formula spills, drool and, eventually, food dribbles I was always changing Kaiden into a new onsie. And here in Arizona, in the dead of summer, there is not much else that anyone would want to wear. Make a onsie in an adult size and I'd be a happy camper. Not particularly stunning to look at, but a happy camper none-the-less.

So there you have it. If you are having a baby in the near future, don't get wrapped into all the items out there that you think you must have. In the end, the kid won't know the difference and you will definitely get by without them.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pregnancy Update: Week 36

Here we are. We hit the big goal! 36 weeks. From here on out it is just a waiting game as to when this little pumpkin wants to grace us with her presence.

My last OB appointment on Thursday I found that I was 2-3cm dilated and still 50% effaced. She also said she could feel kiddos head right there. And yes, I would believe her since she feels, at times, that she is just going to fall right out of me. So, gosh, that could mean that delivery is a few days away or I could go for another couple weeks. It's always such a guessing game, eh?

I have been back to regular activity for a week or so now. I am definitely slower, but I welcome the chance to get up and walk, sit up and, dare I even say, clean. I never thought I would miss cleaning. In fact, one day I spend the entire day clearing out two junk drawers, organizing my closet and doing laundry. Yes, I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day, but I had reached such a euphoric state from cleaning and organizing that it made it all worth it.

I have been having some contractions. Of course, mostly at night when I am trying to get some much needed shut eye. But they don't last more than 2-3 hours and are still very irregular. Usually when I get up to move around or drink a few glasses of water they go away. So, I think by that, we are going to be looking at a delivery date sooner than later. I hope sooner, as I am not quite sure how much more my skin will stretch.
Here I am at 36 weeks preggo...
I am pleased to announce that hubs and I finally agreed on a name. Ironically enough, it is the name that we have both liked pretty much since we found out that we were pregnant with a little girl. So that is a huge relief!

Stay tuned for the arrival of our little princess!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More Things Baby

So what else do you talk about when you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your newest addition?

Anyways, there has been a lot going on in our household and for some reason I haven't had a minute to blog myself, or even get a chance to read other's blogs. So I have a ton to catch up on! I feel so out of touch with the outside world that I hardly know what day it is or what I had for breakfast this morning. But I am sure that it probably wasn't that good for me as I am trying to savor all the ooey gooey goodies that I can while I am still can. Cause it's gonna be back to eating right and working out as soon as this mama delivers.

So, where do I begin? Hmmm....well, let's start with this past Tuesday at my baby shower! A friend of mine called me the previous Tuesday and said that she wanted to throw me a shower but time was getting slim. Besides the fact that I was still on semi-bed rest and didn't know when and where she was going to do it. So, she asked if we could have it here at my house...the next Tuesday night! Talk about last minute planning! But, hey, I am usually up for anything, so I gave her the green light. I didn't have to do a thing except be ready for the guest to show up at 6pm. Simple.

It ended up being a wonderful evening and tons of fun! I must say that our little girl will surely be the best dressed in town. How fun are baby girl clothes?!?!?!

Then on Thursday I had my weekly OB appointment. I was to get my LAST progesterone shot. Can I get an AMEN?!?! At this appointment I found out that I am 1cm dilated all the way through and 50% effaced. So just increasing my activity from the previous week has pushed me right along and things are starting to happen. Who knows though, I could stay this way for a couple weeks, but then again we could be welcoming her into the world any day now. And although I am officially back to "regular activity" she does want me to take it easy a bit to at least try and make it to Wednesday when I will be 36 weeks.

Yesterday we went crib and stroller shopping. Yes, we still don't have a place for this little one to rest her tiny head except for the pack and play that we will probably use for the first few months. It's all so overwhelming to me. This crib does this. This dresser has 5 drawers compared the 7 small/non-functional drawers on this dresser. This stroller weighs more than you and me combined but is a front to back style while this stroller sits side-to-side and doesn't have cup holders. My head is spinning. It's all too much. And, seriously, what did people do before double strollers?

All in all I think we are pretty ready. The bags are packed and ready to go. And dare I say that we even have a name picked out! I think hearing the "you are 1cm and 50% effaced" bit helped us to finally get our butt in gear and narrow down our options. And wouldn't you know it, it's gonna be the name that we liked right from the very beginning but were too afraid to "commit" to.

So now we just sit and wait. And hopefully stock up on sleep. Cause we all know that will be a looong time before we get a good night of 8 uninterrupted hours of some shut eye.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ode To Moms

Before I was a Mom-
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom-
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom-
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put them down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom-
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom-
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Mommies!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Slacker Say "What?"

Go ahead. Call me a slacker. Just not to my face, please.

Man, has it really been that long since I provided you all with my most intimate thoughts here on blog diggity? Sorry to say that I really have had a lot to blog about, but let me tell you that every time I actually make an attempt to type my thoughts I am overwhelmed with feelings of pure and utter exhaustion and can't even bring myself to muster up the energy to actually type anything that isn't nonsensical bibble babble.

So I guess to spare you a novel here I will do another bullet point random post.
  • I am 34 weeks and 2 days pregnant today. Can I just say that I feel every day of this pregnancy. Last night our little princess kept kicking me in my pelvis. And hard too. At one point I actually yelled "Owwww!" out loud cause it hurt so bad. But my OB said that, again, I can increase my activity a bit more. No more cervical changes this week. And she isn't going to do any more Fetal Fibronectin's cause once I get to 36 weeks she could care less if I went into labor. Well, not that she doesn't care, but you get the point. All the milestones will be hit then she is free to grace us with her presence at any time.
  • Kaiden is starting to really say some actual words now. There was a period when the nurse that visits us to track his development was concerned that he wasn't saying anything....except a bunch of babble. We even had a speech therapist out to the house for an evaluation since he wasn't even saying Mama/Dada at 16 months. But within the past two weeks he started coming out with "Hi Mama/Daddy," "Bye Mommy/Daddy," "Elmo," "Car," "Baby," and even makes the sound for "uh oh" when he drops something. It is so funny to see him change so much in such a short period of time. Precious.
  • Can I just tell you how hot it is here? It's hot. There. That's the last you will hear me say anything about it. Until, of course, it reaches 120 and we are stuck in our home like prisoners with a rambunctious toddler and newborn. Then I may have to whine about it a bit more.
  • I have decided that the cookies at Paradise Bakery must be a little piece of heaven here on earth. I mean, seriously people, can a cookie get any better than that? And what makes it even better is that they give it to you for FREE every time you get a meal. I just want to bathe in a tubful of their chocolate chip cookies. I think I deserve it.
  • I just checked my FEEDJIT and someone from NY actually found my blog by googling, "16 year old boobs grew enormous overnight." Well NY, congratulations on that. It took me 31 years to see that happen. And, unfortunately, they won't stay around for much longer as after this pregnancy they will likely deflate back to the size of peas. Thankyouverymuch.
  • My husband sent me 18 red roses yesterday for Mother's Day. It was so sweet. They came with a box of chocolates too. But since it is 100 degrees here now the chocolates were all melted all over the box. Don't think that I didn't call them right up and tell them that they needed to send out a new box of chocolates. Cause I totally did. They should be here soon. And they better not be melted again, cause I will totally call back and request another!

Well, I am going to take a nap while I have a chance. I promise that I won't take this long of a break again. Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!