Baby To-Do List

So, this morning I was reading Kath’s post on what she needs to get done before her baby comes.

And, I’m not going to lie, I had a minor freak out. I am 35 weeks pregnant, and that means full term in just two measley weeks. While I have NO idea at this point if the baby will come early, on-time, or late, I realized….two weeks is NOT far away. NOT FAR AWAY AT ALL!

So I got out my baby to do list…which I haven’t looked at in a few weeks- and realized that I could put a strike through a few things!

We painted the baby’s room last weekend:

And, I think we have everything we need for baby, aside from the cloth diapers. My in-laws came last weekend and brought a bunch of stuff with them, hand-me-downs from my nephew, as well as a few remaining shower gifts.

I got to thinking about it today, and the ONLY things that are absolutely 100 percent imperative that we do before we can bring the baby home are: pack a bag for the hospital, for me and baby, and install the car seat.

Thinking that way, really took a load off!

The things that I WANT to do before the baby comes home are:

  • move the crib into the nusery (it’s currently in the kitchen–long story)
  • hang the curtains we ordered
  • secure the changing pad to the changing table
  • order, recieve, and prep cloth diapers
  • order and put up vinyl decals on the babies wall.
  • hang the bunting from my shower on the wall
  • make the baby a mobile
  • put together the bouncer
  • put together the bassinet (this literally takes one minute, but I am missing a part, needs to be sent from Idaho).
  • make cloth wipes
  • wash all of the blankets we have recieved as gifts
  • purchase a nursing tank
  • nursing bra
  • postpartum care for me (pads, witch hazel, stool softeners etc).

Even though those are all doable, and some of them are on the list for this weekend, it makes me feel better knowing none of them are do or die. I have already washed all of the receiving blankets, the cloth diapers I have, baby clothes  through three months, towels, wash cloths, changing pad cover, and my moby wrap. We also already have the crib and changing table put together, the toy/bookshelf set up in the nursery, and the swing cleaned and put together.

Whew. Ok. I feel better. I feel more prepared. At least in the details. Prepared to give birth? That is a whole other can of worms. Prepared to parent? Terrified.

 

 

Pregnancy: Nursing Bras

So, I am 35 weeks pregnant. At about 30 weeks pregnant, I started thinking about what I was going to do about nusring bras. I am hoping to nurse, and realize that my normal bras as just not going to cut it.

I have one reallllly stretchy sleep/nursing bra that I bought at the beginning of my pregnancy, when my breasts were too sore to sleep unfettered. I plan on taking that to the hospital with me, and laboring in it, as well as recovery, depending on how long that takes.

Beyond that, I just have regular hook in the back, underwire bras. NOT ideal for nursing. I spent some time reading pregnancy boards, and searching online, and to be honest…I felt a little lost. So many opinions, so few options for women with not only larger breasts, but a larger band size.  Also, the biggest question, what will happen after delivery? Will I grow several cup sizes or not? I don’t think I have even grown one full cup size in this pregnancy, but to be honest….I don’t know because I haven’t been properly measured. I’ve been limping along with sort of fitting bras. My rib cage has definetly expanded, and my breasts are fuller, but when you start with a DDD, large jumps aren’t as noticeable.

My other issue when researching nursing bras in larger sizes, was the lack of consistency in sizing. While most stores that I shop for bras at (department stores, lane bryant) use the A,B,C,D,DD,DDD system, some of the places online that I would need to order nursing bras from just used A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H. So….did that mean that I am currently (according to these standards) wearing an F? and what about the two Lane Bryant soft cup bras that I have that are G’s? What does that mean?

I then recalled a stroe called Bras Plus in my hometown of Reno. My parents still live in Reno, so I thought if Bras Plus carried larger size nursing bras, then I could have my mom buy one, in the size I think I need, and she could bring it with her when she comes to visit in two weeks. Saving me shipping costs. My mom went to Bras Plus, and gave the sales lady all of my info, and the woman pulled one bra for me.

Given my current sizing, the sales woman at the store selected a….wait for it and hold on to your hats, 40 I. Yes, I!  I was skeptical when my mom told me. I mean, that is bigger than my biggest bra, a Lane Bryant G. My mom put it in the mail so I could try it out, and I just got it yesterday. This is the bra, for those wondering. I tried it on, and the band fits great with room to get bigger or smaller depending on what happens next, but the cups are a little big (which made me feel vindicated) I think I’m going to ask my mom to go back and buy one size down, and then whe she comes out in two weeks, I’ll compare the two. Here is my conundrum….and something I won’t know until my milk comes in, but I like to be prepared….are my breasts going to get big enough that they will fill out the I? or…..is an H going to be sufficient???? And…when bras are 50 dollars a pop…I don’t really want to spend a bunch of time and money trying and returning.

But What About the Poop?

So, my husband and I plan on cloth diapering. Ok, I knew that in the event that we ever had a baby, I would want to cloth diaper. When the time came, my husband was, much to my amazement, on board. I “know” lots of people on the internet who cloth diaper, but only a handful of people in real life. I’ve had my family give me all the usual reactions, smirks, telling me that it will be harder than I think, and of course, the question, what about the poop? Well, technically the directions on a package of disposable diapers tells you to dispose of any solids in the toilet. I think it might be illegal (I could have also made this up) to throw human waste in the regular trash. Maybe not illegal, but you aren’t supposed to.

Anyway, for THOUSANDS of years women cloth diapered, because it was the only choice. Don’t get me wrong, I realize that disposable diapers make life much easier, but two main things about cloth are important to me:

1) the cost savings over time–a family will typically spend 2000-3000 dollars per child for diapering years

and

2) how much better they are for the environment. We’ve all seen pictures of the great pacific trash island right? Disposable diapers do not bio-degrade.

I am due in a little over 5 weeks (oh dear lord) and as of now, we only have 9 diapers. 9 is not going to cut it. I would ideally like around 18 to 24 diapers.

The diapers we have now are:

– 3 little gpants in size small.

These are for babies 8-14 pounds. They have a snap in plastic liner that come with the outer shell, and then you buy the inserts seperately. I recieved one as a gift, and purchased two more, with 6 inserts. I am confident that our child will come out weighing between 8 and 14 pounds, so I’m hoping that these will be useable as soon as we get home from the hospital.

-3 bumgenius 4.0 one size

I have two of the black print, and one of the yellow. These were a gift from my cloth diapering best friend. These are pocket diapers, and in theory fit 8 pound babies through potty training. I’ve read lots of things that say they are better suited to 10 pound babies. My baby might come out weighing 10 pounds…we’ll see!

-2 Marvels Kissaluvs all-in-ones one size.

These were also a gift, from my registry on diapers.com.  Here is a tip, if you don’t have cloth diapering friends, don’t register for cloth diapers, people will not buy them for you. Or maybe ONLY register for cloth diapers. Ha. I have this exact diaper pictured, but what I didn’t know (because I didn’t do SUPER thorough research) is that this diaper does not have a water proof cover. D’oh. It’s an all-in-one diaper, so other than needing an outer shell, it’s just like a disposable diaper, no stuffing, no un-snapping an insert. And the part that goes against the baby? SO SOFT.

And I have one, one size diaper that my very crafty, cloth diapering best friend MADE for me.

I plan to order 12 more diapers, from www.cottonbabies.com. Right now, my plan is to order the following from them:

6- bumgenius 4.0 in various colors

6- fuzzibunz one size diapers.

1 diaper pail liner

and 1 cover for my two kissaluvs.

I don’t really have a reason for getting 6 of the bums and 6 of the fuzzibunz, just that I think I might like them for different things. I’ve read several posts from different bloggers who use ONLY bumgenius or ONLY fuzzibunz, but part of me is afraid to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak.

Also, I would like to use cloth wipes. I can’t decide if I should just make them myself, or buy them from Etsy. I’m pretty sure they can be made by cutting and hemming flannel. Anyone know?

DINK no more

Have you guys hear the acronym DINK? It stands for Dual Income No Kids. And let me tell you, it’s the life. But, for me and my husband, this month that all changes. In April we will be SINK (what a terrible acronym!) Single Income No Kids, and by May we will be Single Income One Kid! Aagggh!

While my husband’s promotion and transfer to Wyoming were a good move for our family, and for his career, we have learned it is going to require a little bit of a financial change for us. I looked for jobs in Wyoming, looked and looked and looked. To no avail. Everything is either in an oil field or a mine (not the ideal situation for a pregnant lady eh?) or only pays 10-13 dollars an hour. I would like to state that I am not above a 10-13 dollar an hour job, in fact, I almost accepted one or two. Until I found out the cost of day care in Wyoming. Wyoming is surprisingly expensive. I know other “middle of the country” states that have a much lower cost of living, but not Wyoming my friend, not Wyoming. Infant childcare, in this town, is aproximately 1000.00 a month. ONE THOUSAND.  I realize that there are other places in this country where that is a normal, or even low-ish type number. But when the jobs pay 13 dollars an hour….how does one swing a grand a month?

Our financial situation is complicated by the fact that we chose to not sell our house in Idaho before moving. And by chose, I mean…couldn’t. At least, not for what we owe, thank you bubble/recession housing market. Don’t tell my husband but I should have listened to him when he said we shouldn’t buy a house in 2008. D’oh. But, it is what it is. The reason we lived apart from October through February, was so we could sock away enough into savings while we had those two good paying jobs, to be able to supplement our monthly needs with our savings account. It is a little depressing to have our savings account be at an all-time high, only to know that it is slowly going to dwindle until my husband’s bonus comes in November.

So, all of that being said….we are on a strict budget. Which, we have been on before. It’s not like we graduated from college making our 2011 Income. Ha. I worked as an AmeriCorp member for two years, which if you know anything about that program, means we were WELL under the poverty level. But we have gotten used to our cushy life, with the ability to spend our disposable income, pretty much how we see fit. We weren’t rollling in it, and we weren’t extravagant, but we didn’t have to worry. No, we worry. Or I worry.

So, I have been voraciously reading frugal mom blogs, and trying to figure out if there is a way to coupon with out becoming a crazy hoarder. Also, why are their never coupons for the food that I want to buy? I don’t want to buy 10 boxes of hot pockets for 10 dollars. I want fresh fruits and vegetables! Don’t get me started on the food system in this country, that is a whole other can of worms.

So, I am going to add a feature to this blog, about money. Our budgeting strageties, how I shop, how I clean, and well…hopefully how it is all successful!

Pregnancy: 34 week update

If this is true, my baby is going to come out addicted to Raisin Bran.  Seriously, Raisin Bran is the ONLY thing I ever want to eat for a snack.  Now, in the interest of health and not overloading on carbs, and trying to keep my protein intake high, I try to limit my Raisin Bran intake to 4 or 5 bowls a week.

So, Today I am 34 weeks pregnant! Amazing. I look back on my early second trimester, and 34 weeks seems so, so far away. And So, So, SO pregnant.  Here are some 34 week statistics:

Pounds gained: uh….33! Gaining a little more than I was hoping too. I think some of my most recent weight gain is due to the fact that since moving to Wyoming, it’s been so wonderful to be reunited with my husband, that we have been a little lax in the healthy eating department. Going out to eat too often, and enjoying plenty of treats together. But, at the same time, 33 pounds, in 34 weeks is not terrible, and again…I’m pregnant. I feel like I am making healthy good choices 80% of the time, and it is what it is.

Number of workouts per week: 5 or 6! I am proud that this number is still this high, this late in the game.  Again, it’s increased since my move, as I am back to walking to dog on a regular basis. Walking for the express purpose of walking is getting harder though as my belly gets heavier. By the end of a 20 minute walk, my belly is really tight. I am also doing pre-natal yoga at least once a week, and two strength workouts a week. The strength workouts are mostly squats, lunges, tricep dips, and wall push ups. I am also making sure to do pelvic tilts as much as possible.

Braxton Hicks Contractions: None that I know of! Somtimes part of my stomach will feel hard and tight, but I think that is the baby moving, not a contraction. THen again, I could be totallly wrong, and i’ve been having them for a while!

Dr’s Appointment stats: BP-looks good 118/80, no protein in my urine, and no excess swelling in my feet or hands. I’m still wearing my wedding rings. Also, at my appointment yesterday I was 33 weeks 6 days, and my belly was measuring 35 weeks! I feel so vindicated that it was measuring a week ahead. My midwife told me that is still in the “normal” range (which I think is plus/minus 2 weeks) but it made me feel good, because I feel SO HUGE.

Fun things on the week 34 docket: Breast feeding class tonight! 2nd part of hospital birthing class that includes a tour of L and D on Saturday, my inlaws coming to visit this weekend, painting the nursery, and a fun fundraiser in the community!

Things we hope to accomplish before delivery: finish nurser and NAME THE BABY! We are pretty sure we are having a boy, but if it pops out a girl,  I won’t be worried, we’ve had a girl’s name for ages!

Bellies and cribs, and aaggghhh!

Well, I am allllmost 34 weeks pregnant! I plan on doing an update on my pregnancy with numbers and symptoms and stuff on Wednesday.

Our internet was down all weekend, which actually led to a pretty productive weekend!

We got the crib put together:

Hooray! It looks great, and the quality is SO GOOD. We got this crib  at Walmart.com. I knew that I wanted this crib, every since reading John and Sherry’s post on crib hunting on Young House Love. I like the white one, but my husband detests white furniture. Luckily, I also like the espresso colored one! It was pretty easy to put together, well for me. I only helped, my husband did most of it, but there were no missing pieces, and nothing was scratched or dented. It’s AMAZING quality (minus the drawer) but I was prepared for that, as most of the reviews talk about the lack of quailty on the drawer.

I am so looking forward to FINALLY getting the nursery painted and getting the crib moved in there!

And, for viewing pleasure (maybe?) my 33 week belly shot, doctored by Instagram because I had no make up on. Ahh the beauty of editing!

How am I possibly going to get bigger?!?!

Nursery Update

In my last post, I shared some of my vision for our nursery. Well….it’s totally changed now. My husband has decided that he DOES want to do a theme, and he DOES want to paint. Which I am all for. But at 33 weeks pregnant, with only 4-9 weeks to go, we are cutting it a little close.

Here are some pictures of the nursery as it is now (the large pile of stuff in the middle of the room, has all been shoved there in preparation for the painting), please exucse the iPhone photos, my camera is dead, and the charger won’t be arriving from Idaho until next weekend!

This is the view looking in from the doorway. Nice big window, ugly yellow walls.

Ok, well I can’t seem to get the other nursery pictures to load…damn.

The new plan, is rocketship/space theme. This was based off of my love of these curtains by DwellStudio for Target.

Not my picture. But the exact same print.

I ordered curtains in this fabric. I am not getting bedding to match, as you can only purchase the set, and I’ve opted not to use bumpers and a comforter for the baby, so I would pretty much be paying for only the sheet. I had already purchased two sheets, a light blue and dark blue…and they were only 7 dollars at Ross. Score.

We ended up NOT getting the expedit bookcase from Ikea, but a 3 drawer Hemnes dresser instead. We will be using it as a changing table and dresser. We got the gray/brown.

For the paint we will be going with a light blue color from Sherwin Williams called Cloudless.

After we paint, and set up the curtains (hopefully this weekend) all we will need to do is put the crib together, and you know, EVERYTHING ELSE. Ok, not really….I’m being dramatic. I have already washed and sorted newborn and 3 month clothing, burp rags, wash cloths, towels, etc. The only thing I have to really do, is put the cover on the changing pad, secure the changing pad to the dresser, and order and wash cloth diapers. Everything else is just decorative details.

Speaking of decorative details, I think we are planning on ordering wall decals, probably from Etsy.

Progress pics, soon!

Pregnancy: What Workout?

 

Isn't this a classic picture?

Again, sorry I’ve been so absent around here. I guess my promise is posting will be sporadic at worst, and less sporadic at best. 🙂

I’ve settled into a routine here in Wyoming. A daily routine, but not so much a real workout routine. As you know, prior to moving I was still training with kettlebells 2x a week. Well, I haven’t been doing any kettlebells since moving here. I only own a 35 pounder, and while I know that would be ok to swing, and I’m comfortable with my technique, I’m not sure of the prudence of doing my swings/other things with out someone else around. Just to be safe. The dog can’t really call 911.

I have been regularly walking, at least 5 times per week, for at least 20 minutes, which seems to be the most I can do before I get some serious round ligament pain on the top of my belly. At this point, I’m not exercising to lose weight, but exercising to keep some modicum of fitness for delivery and beyond. I have also been doing Prenatal Yoga at least once per week, sometimes two.  Last week I subbed out prenatal yoga for prenatal pilates. I found a prenatal pilates video on youtube. The pilates was quite a bit harder than Yoga, which made me realize I have been skimping out on my favorite thing: strength training!

I finally got my butt in gear this morning, after a LOOOONG night of tossing and turning due to extreme hip pain. I know that some hip pain is inevitable in late pregnancy, but it made me think about the dis-service I am doing to myself by not getting in some regular strength training.

So, I created the following “circuit” for myself. It’s pretty easy, and again tailored for what I can do in my living room, with only my body weight.

Allison’s 32 Week Circuit

March in place:30 seconds

Diagonal arm/leg balance: 10 seconds each side, repeat each side 2x

March in place: 30 seconds

20 pregnancy burpees

Plank: 20 seconds

Downdog: 30 seconds

Malasana Squat: 30 seconds

Repeat 2-3x

Today I repeated 2.5 times. I did the whole thing twice, and then on the 3 time around I only did 1 diagonal arm/leg balance on each leg, 10 burpees, and for plank I did 40 seconds, but I put my kneees down.

It’s not going to win any fitness awards, but it helped me move my body in a way that I haven’t been diligent about doing. I picked exercises that I know are ok/good for pregnancy and birth. Birth….birth is on my mind these days.  A LOT.