Things have been crazy the past 14 days. We have already learned so much. There was a lot that we had ready to use for baby and other things we hadn’t even opened/washed yet. Things I found to be used the most were his newborn onesies with the mitten cuff, swaddles, and boppy. I have also gotten a lot of use of my medela pump which was completely covered by insurance!
Speaking of pumping, breast feeding has been the hardest task so far. In the hospital, Luca kept falling asleep while I was nursing and then waking up every 30-60 minutes to eat again, and I felt like he wasn’t getting enough to eat. The nurse suggested I pumped to see how much we were getting and to feed him sometimes by bottle. We found that to be a little less painful on me and good because Andre could feed the baby too. Once at home, I pumped as well because it seemed to be faster and again, less painful. However, I ended up with mastitis possibly from overproduction from pumping or from not being able to heal from constant feedings. I ended up meeting with a Lactation Consultant which was amazing. She confirmed that Luca was latching well and that we were doing things right, but suggested we slow down on pumping after the infection was gone and focus on breast feeding. She also gave me a nipple shield to try and protect me so I could finally heal. 3 days later and I am feeling much better. I don’t think I will stop pumping completely because I like being able to have extra milk in case he doesn’t get enough at one feeding with me and so daddy can help at night as needed.
The other hard thing for us was swaddling at first. It is definitely an art form! But Andre has truly mastered it and get Luca back to sleep easily when he swaddles him (not so much for me!!) And sleeping– Luca is sleeping in his crib all night long! Sometimes he sleeps 2+ hours at a time and we have even gotten some 4+ hours. We are really lucky as he’s an overall easy baby. Hopefully that stays true!
9/1/2017 – 36 Weeks
Baby’s still about 20 inches long, but he’s probably up to about 6 pounds in weight this week. And it’s just about all systems go for baby. His lungs and respiratory system are just about ready for the outside world. If baby were born today, chances are good she’d be able to breathe on her own. Baby’s digestive system is ready for action too. Up until this point, baby’s only been drinking amniotic fluid, but once the first drops of colostrum hit baby’s system, the digestive system kicks into gear.
We’ve got just about 4 weeks to go (or until the due date!) So Andre and I decided to take one last weekend away to the beach for Labor Day Weekend. We went to Siesta Key and rented a cottage that allowed our other son (Harvey) to join us. It’s much harder to walk to the beach at 9 months pregnant, but I did my best and Andre was patient with my slow walking. It was so nice to have time to relax on the beach, sleep in, and not worry about anything. The water felt amazing and to enjoy some nice book-reading time was great too. We are some delicious food and had a little too much ice cream! I got one more maternity swim suit as things are starting to become too tight again (lol). This one I got off of amazon and I loved how it fit!
Here are this weekend’s pictures:
8/25/17 – 35 Weeks
Babies are on average 5.5 pounds and 20 inches long this week. Back at 20 weeks, baby was only about 2% body fat. Now that number’s closer to 15%, and it will reach around 35% by birth. Expect a soft, squishy little chub! Something else that stays soft is baby’s skull. This is to accommodate baby’s rapidly growing brain, but more importantly, to make it easier for you to birth the little guy! The soft skull will change shape, or “mould,” during delivery, which accounts for the cone-headed appearance some babies get. But don’t worry, baby’s skull reverts back to its normal shape within a few days.
One thing I started was packing the bag for the hospital. Anywhere from 35-37 weeks you should start packing your bag just in case the little one comes early. You can pack two bags- one for the delivery room and one for the baby/mother suite following. But what is it that we actually need to pack?
- Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and a birth plan (if you have one). Most hospitals will let you pre-register online!
- Eyeglasses (if you wear them)
- Cell phone chargers
- Two or three pairs of warm, nonskid socks (for walking the halls before and after labor)
- A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause
- Chapstick and lotion (hospitals are very dry)
- Headband or ponytail holder
- Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
- Non-perishable snacks and change for the vending machines
- Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
- Loose, lightweight clothing (maternity wards can often be hot)
- Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity sizes, and flat shoes
Other Optional hospital bag checklist items for mom
- Very light reading (think magazines and newspapers, not War and Peace)
- Earbuds to listen to music or speaker system
- A comfy pillow from home (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
- A few pairs of maternity underwear; hospital should give you some disposable pairs
- A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human)
- Breastfeeding pillow
- Nipple cream
- Some basic makeup and make up remover if you want some pictures taken
- Sandals for the shower
- Swim suit for the shower if you want the nurse or someone to assist you.
- Medications (hospital provides you with them, but you can also bring your own).
- Dry shampoo
- Portable fan
- Exercise ball (the hospital should have some, but you may want your own).
Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby: the hospital will have a lot of the stuff that you “need” but here are some things you still need and some that you may just want.
- Approved infant car seat
- A coming-home outfit (bring clothes in different sizes to make sure they fit!) Remember the hospital will be cold and so will baby!!
- Warm blankets (for the ride home)
- If you have a preference on diapers, formula, bottles, bring those things as well.
Hospital Bag Checklist for Partner: You’ve meticulously gone through the hospital bag checklist for mom and baby—but don’t forget about packing a bag for your partner! Since you’ll both likely be spending a night or two (or more) in the maternity ward, gather up some overnight essentials—plus a few things to keep your partner occupied (labor can last for a good long while). Here’s what to put in your partner’s hospital bag:
- Cell phone, laptop, chargers
- A change of clothes (underwear, pants, shirts, jacket in case it’s cold)
- Toiletries: toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case and solution
- Entertainment, whether it’s something to read, listen to or watch
- Camera or video camera with batteries, charger and an extra memory card
- Any daily prescription medication
Here is this weeks photo. What in the world is a Durian?!
7/7/2017 – 28 Weeks
What’s Baby Lama up to this week? Oh, not much. Just adding billions of neurons to that beautiful brain of his. And what is he doing with all this brain power? He is dreaming! He’s filling out his body and my belly now too. He is around 2.25 pounds, and almost 15 inches from head to toe. With any luck, baby is settling into the perfect position for birth now. He currently lies low, but we are not sure where that beautiful head of his is. He is also blinking now!
This is the time that swelling and fluid retention cause changes in pregnancy. Many women experience “cankles”, swollen fingers, and rounder faces. So far my rings still fit and my ankles aren’t swollen, but let’s hope it stays that way. Summertime in Florida is not the idea time to be pregnant, but here we are!
Here are some great ways to decrease swelling if it does affect you:
- Avoid standing for long periods.
- Minimize outdoor time when it is hot.
- Rest with your feet elevated.
- Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible.
- Wear supportive tights or stockings.
Call your doctor if the swelling:
- Moves up your calf and leaves an indentation when pressed, or is sudden or severe in your face, hands or feet. If this happens in your third trimester, it could mean that you have pre-eclampsia.
- Occurs only in one leg, particularly if your calf is red, tender and lumpy. These can be symptoms of a blood clot in your vein (thrombosis).
Here I am at 28 weeks! The third trimester has officially begun! Fatigue has a good chance to return now and increased back pain may begin. Other symptoms include snoring (from that swelling), leg cramping, and oh boy- frequent urination.
6/16/2017 – 25 Weeks
Baby’s skin is getting a bit of color this week—not because of pigmentation, but because capillaries are forming and filling with blood. The little guy is plumping up a bit as well. He’s developing that adorable and squishy baby fat, and as a result, his skin is looking smoother and less wrinkly. His hair is even developing color now! Will it be blonde or brown?!! Also, my uterus is now the size of a volleyball! And it feels like a volleyball at times, as the little thumper inside me practices his serves, spikes, and dives.
At 24 weeks, we were supposed to have our 6 month appointment and glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. Since we were busy having fun in Indiana, the appointment was moved to today. I had to drink a “sugary” water drink and then have my blood drawn an hour after….stay tuned for the results! And the results were good…. no further testing needed 🙂
I made some headway on the nursery this week since we have gotten most of his bedding and decorative gifts now. It’s really fun to transform our boring guest room into this place that will become his. I know a lot of parents say the baby never actually sleeps in his room, but my plan is to have him not only sleeping in there, but hopefully sleeping through the night by 3 months. I’m sure you’re thinking “yeah, right… good luck with that”, and, of course, things never go as planned, but one can only hope.
I’ve been reading up before bed each night. It’s taking some time to get though the book because after a page or two, my eyes close on me. The book I chose is called:
6/3/2017- 23 Weeks
Baby is over one pound now! But he won’t be content weighing just 1 pound for long. He will double in weight over the next month. And then double again. And most likely will double his weight again in the months following. This week, baby’s sense of hearing is getting sharper. He’s rocking out to the soundtrack of your heart, and getting used to loud external sounds like a barking dog or police siren. Also, blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing.
Average weight gain at 23 weeks is 12-15 pounds. Every person is different though! At 23 weeks I am about 10 pounds heavier. Healthy eating and daily exercise is super important.
Here are the best types of exercise during pregnancy:
- Brisk walking
- Indoor cycling
- Weight lifting
The doctor told me that if I did it before becoming pregnant, that I could continue to do it during pregnancy, but to not start anything new (such as cross fit). I have continued my workouts (stationary bike for cardio followed by weights), but decreased the amount of weight some. Fatigue was really present for me during the first trimester, so I just had to remind myself to keep moving.
Here are some of the best foods to consume during pregnancy:
- Dairy products
- Sweet potatoes
- Broccoli and dark, leafy greens
- Lean meat
- Fish liver oil
- Whole grains
- Dried fruit
- Water, lots and lots of water!
May 28, 2017 – 22 Weeks
Baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises still lack pigment. If we could see inside my womb, we would be able to spot the fine hair that covers his body and the the wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas – essential for the production of some important hormones – is developing steadily.
The baby bump continues to grow and my clients and parents continue to talk about this growing belly. I saw a client the other day for another therapist who told me very seriously, “You like like your pregnant.” I thought kids were honest before, but now they really crack me up. I had another kiddo around 5 who asked me if I was pregnant. When I asked him why he thought that he stared at my tummy and got nervous to tell me the truth (haha). The rest of the people/kids just stare at me without comment.
We took a nice break at the beach this weekend. It was nice to take naps in the sand and swim in the water to cool off. I even got a maternity swim suit to cover this “bump”. I’ve been feeling well and still able to do most things like bending over, carrying laundry baskets up the stairs, etc, but I do notice it getting more difficult. Baby is busy kicking still which is nice reassurance that all is still going well in there. We won’t see the doctor again for a few more weeks.
dress from Pink Blush