Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Diaper Bags: A Plea for Help

As an avid reader of BabyKerf, Kath did a giveaway at the beginning of the year for Lassig Diaper Bags and since then, I've had my eye on these beauties for my future diaper bag purchase. I like how they're not so "mom" looking while still being reasonably priced, and from the website pictures, it looks like they hold a LOT.

But now I can't decide between three different bags! This is how I do things: I look at allllll the 52,000 options out there, narrow it down to a select few and then wax and wane forever on making an actual decision, if a decision is ever even made at all. It's a process, but it works.

So here are the three that I like the most from the site. Check out the links to each of these bags, inside they are carefully compartmentalized and hold a lot. Which one do you like the best?

 






I realize that this last one is probably the least practical of the three, because the straps aren't very long and I probably wouldn't be able to comfortably swing this over my shoulder...but I really like  the style of it! I worry that the light color the first one might easily get dirty. Also, all of these come with long straps so you can hang it from the back of your stroller if it's sturdy enough.


So help a girl out!! Which one do you like the best? Would/Did you purchase a diaper bag from Lassig or somewhere else?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks


How Far Along: 22 Weeks!

Baby is the size of: Spaghetti Squash

Total weight gain:
14 pounds!

Sleep:
Ok, but waking up with some hip pains. I'm sleeping with a pillow between my legs to help keep my hips in alignment, but it's not entirely working. I think it may be time to buy the Boppy Pregnancy Pillow.

Best Moment of the week:

First of all: Holding a 7 week baby at our friend's BBQ on Saturday! And I didn't even get a picture!!!! But rest assured, this was the cutest little baby ever and it was definitely an exciting experience. Plus, I only made her cry once! Haha. Her mother was a friend of a friend and was so incredibly helpful, amazing, and informative. She showed me how to swaddle, I watched her change a diaper, everyone passed around the baby, etc. We talked for most of the night, and I left the party feeling even more excited for our baby to arrive in November!!

Strong STRONG kicks - and I am now feeling them on the outside as well -though Chris hasn't yet :(
I tend to feel them the strongest in the middle of the day when Chris isn't around.

Worst Moment of the week:
Honestly, I can't think of anything this week.

Miss Anything: Nope! Well...being able to dress myself in the morning. Now, it takes me about 5 or 6 outfits before I find something that fits or looks good...

Food Cravings:
Nothing in particular - I really haven't had any weird "Pickles and ice cream" cravings or anything like that.

Anything make you queasy or sick:
No

Have you started to show?
YES

Gender: Team Green - I'm still convinced it's a boy, but starting to think about the possibility of it being a girl....

Symptoms:
Acne has cleared up this week - (probably because I finally started leaving it alone...hmm)

Workouts:
One night of yoga - two good days of walking, that was about it :(

Mood:
Goooooood, except for that time on Sunday when I cried after I weighed myself. I really wasn't even sad at all about the weight gain and I don't even know if that's why I was crying...I just...started to cry. It lasted like 5 minutes and then Chris had me laughing at something. It was a very passing mood-swing.

Looking Forward to:
Our next appointment this Thursday! We will be meeting a new doctor in the practice this week, and will have 2 more to meet after her. Any one of these 5 doctors in our practice could be the one on-call the night or day I go into labor, so it's good for me to schedule appointments with each of them before the big day! So far, I like the two doctors we've met very much, but am slightly concerned about one. He's very informative and helpful, his wife is due with their first child two weeks before me, and I have no issues with him whatsoever. The part that makes me uncomfortable is that he is only slightly older than me, and it's just a little bit weird to picture him performing the delivery given that like...we could have gone to college together, or he could be any one of my friends. I don't know, I try not to think about it....great, now I'm thinking about it. Am I being weird?

Maternity Clothes:
Yessss and I'm starting to worry that my pants may not last me the entire pregnancy like I hoped. We shall see...

Stretchmarks?: Yes

Rings on or off?
Band on, engagement ring off

This week I:

  • Emailed 6 potential maternity/newborn photographers so I can line someone up for the Fall!

  • Researched the HECK out of mattresses, changing pads, car seats, diaper pails, and some other items. My registries, though not complete, are certainly shaping up!

  • Chris set up life-insurance policies for both of us, which we completed last night with our medical exams. Once the baby is born, all we have to do is add his or her name to the policy as our beneficiary.

  • Literally spent 3 days straight planning a babymoon. I kind of felt like I was in a vacation-planning coma for 3 days - but things are shaping up. More on that later this week!

  • Worked with Smitten Blog Designs on a new design for the blog which should be up in the next few days! I'm very excited to unveil the new, updated look and I hope you all like it!

  • Had my 6 month check-up after my Lasik Eye Surgery back in January. I was worried about getting pregnant so soon after the surgery because they'd like you to wait at least 3-5 months. But I was still seeing fine with 20/20 vision and they don't need to see me again until 3 months after I stop breastfeeding!

Reading: Kyle Richards: Life is Not a Reality Show ;) She's from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.....what? Mama needs her guilty pleasures!

Milestones:

The baby's skin is reddish in color due to the developing blood vessels, and the skin hangs loosely from the body.

From the "What to Expect" App:
"Your baby's weight in the next four weeks alone should double (and you may feel as though yours is too)."
Um yes...this was the first week I started to feel "Preg.Nant" with a capital P. I'm really feeling those extra 14 pounds (which I think easily went up to 16 by weeks end) It's like carrying around the entire weight of my dog all the time. 
Isn't she the cutest??

Bumpdates: 

Linking up with Kristin for Baby Talk Tuesday

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pregnancy Time-Lapse

I don't have a post ready for today - busy weekend! So I thought I'd share this stop-motion pregnancy video that my friend, Maria, showed me this weekend. I have enough trouble as it is remembering to take "weekly" photos of my pregnancy. I can't imagine having to take them almost daily as this couple did! But this is a cute little video of a 9 month pregnancy in 2 minutes that recently went viral!

More tomorrow!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Gender Prediction Poll Results

Thanks to the 37 of you who voted in our gender prediction poll. I'm actually surprised that 41% think we're having a girl and 59% thing it's a boy. That's actually a bit closer than I thought it would be. But that's ok, that's what keeps it exciting :)


Gender prediction is a funny thing. Everyone has their "theories" on whether it's a boy or a girl and why. i.e. How high am I carrying? Did I have morning sickness? Does my face look fuller? Do my shoulders lean more to the right? Did my hair turn orange? Ok, I made those last two up. I welcome everyone's predictions whether they be for a boy or girl because it just makes it fun. Now that I've come to terms with not finding out the gender, I have to admit that it is kind of fun and exciting not knowing. It's preventing me from buying every cute boy or girl outfit or accessory I see, and I'm not having any trouble keeping things gender neutral so far. I'm definitely embracing our Team Green decision! 

For the first few months, most people who gave me their predictions said "I think you're having a boy" When I'd ask them "Why?" they usually responded with something like "Because girls take the mother's beauty, and you still look so good!" Mannny people said this exact same thing to me and it was very sweet and I won't lie...comforting, to hear.

But then...a few people recently started saying "Oh...I think you're having a girl!!"

Great...does that mean I look like shit? Is my beauty being taken from me?! If the standard is "boy means you are still pretty, girl means you aren't" isn't is just kind of insulting to tell someone you think they're having a girl?

Obviously, I don't go home and cry myself to sleep when someone predicts girl. Like I said before, this is all in good fun. I just find some of it funny and can't wait to prove some of these theories right or wrong this November!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Zodiac Sign: The Sagittarius

Only one more day to cast your vote in our gender prediction poll!

Last week my coworker asked me what zodiac sign my child will be. I hadn't even thought to look that that up! Unless the baby comes early, it will most likely be a Sagittarius which runs from November 22-December 21.
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From what I read, the biggest most pronounced trait of a Sagittarius is optimism, I love that!


Positive Traits:
Optimistic and freedom-loving
Jovial and good-humored
Honest and straightforward
Intellectual and philosophical

Negative Traits:
Blindly optimistic and careless
Irresponsible and superficial
Tactless and restless


Famous Sagittarius':
Beethovan, Winston Churchill, Dilip Kumar, Amy Grant, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Bruce Lee, Chris Avert, Lucy Liu, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill.
I loved this from astrology.com:
The great strength of the Sagittarius-born is their philosophical, wide-open and curious nature. These folks seek both knowledge and truth, and they are eager to share their explorations with others. Their optimistic and generous spirit makes them a pleasure to have around.

What zodiac sign will your child be? If you have a child, do you think your child fits the traits of his or her zodiac sign?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block


From goodreads:
In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries --an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying.

No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy.

Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.”

In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses:


My Thoughts:

The 5 “S’s”: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking). I read most of this book (up to page 175) Then, the last 100 pages I just kind of skimmed. This book was very informative and I imagine that when I actually have a baby will be very helpful. I'm glad I got a general sense of his techniques on how to quiet a crying baby, but until I actually have a baby to apply the techniques too....I couldn't really do anything with it. I think it would be worth it to purchase this book or even the DVD to have on hand in case I need it after the baby is born. There were some interesting tidbits in there though:
  • Breast milk is different over the course of a 10-15 minute feeding session. It starts out watery at first and becomes more creamy by the end. 
  • He refers to the first 3-4 months of a baby's life as the missing 4th trimester and says that babies really just need to be held and coddled as much as possible during those three months. He says there is no way you can over-coddle or spoil in the first 3 months.
  • Parents should use white noise machines, or even things like a hair dryer or vaccum cleaner to calm their baby. Babies are used to the loud whooshing sound of the womb and are actually comforted by these sounds at first. 
I enjoyed reading this book (at least the first large section that I read) and look forward to implementing and practicing the techniques taught here, once the baby is born.

Don't forget to cast your vote in our gender prediction poll! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bumpdate: 21 Weeks

Does this shirt make me look pregnant? That's my new favorite phrase
How Far Along: 21 Weeks! My shirt is so busy I thinks it's a little hard to see the full shape, but oh well!

Baby is the size of: a Carrot or large banana

Total weight gain:
12 pounds

Sleep:
Falling asleep fine, still getting pretty tired mid-afternoon, up to pee once or twice every single night. I feel like my bladder got way smaller this week, but it was also so hot so I was drinking more water than usual.

Best Moment of the week:
Lots of movement every day.
Picking a Baby Shower location and date! We looked at three restaurants this weekend, but Tavern 18 was a clear winner for us in terms of atmosphere, location and food. Our only concern with the place is their limited parking, but it will really be fine and we'll tell people to arrive early.

My mom found this panel of fabric at a little store in the Hamptons on Friday. She bought it to make a baby quilt and I think it's the cutest thing ever! I think I may use this as a starting point for colors, inspiration, and possible theme for the nursery!


Worst Moment of the week:
That time at dinner on Sunday when I looked at a picture of myself and said "ugh, I look HUGE!" and my mom responded with "Yea...and you're only half way!" LOLOLOL it actually was hilarious and we both burst out laughing, but I told her at the time that I would remember that comment and that I would most certainly be blogging about it!

Just the general heat last week in New York was really unbearable. I'm so glad that I wasn't 8 or 9 months pregnant during the heat wave. I can't imagine what it would have been like if I was. I'm glad the heat has broken and I hope August isn't any worse than what we went through last week!

Miss Anything:
I had a bit of a harrowing day on Saturday for reasons unrelated to pregnancy, so I kind of did want to kick back with a glass of wine. I had ice cream instead.

Food Cravings:
The usual pizza and cheese.

Anything make you queasy or sick:
No

Have you started to show?
Yes

Gender:
Don't forget to cast your vote in my Gender Prediction Poll!

Kate Middleton had a baby boy! Since Kate and I pretty much live parallel lives (both our parents married the same year as Princess Diana and Prince Charles, then Chris and I married a month after Will and Kate) I've decided that this means I am most likely having a boy as well. If I have a girl - she shall marry the new prince and I'll move to England to be part of the royal family. It's all planned.

Symptoms:
Leg cramps almost every morning when I wake up, swelling in my fingers (again...probably due to the heat). I've been getting heartburn pretty much every day during my commutes home lately. I thought maybe I was hungry, but even if I eat a little something before leaving work, I still get it. It's not really bad heartburn, but it is uncomfortable and I feel like it's getting worse and more frequent.

Also, unfortunately: Acne, acne, acne. My chest, back, and forehead I can't even talk about right now.

Workouts:
Yes! I missed yoga last Tuesday which really upset me. So, after sulking for an hour or two, I went down to the basement and did an hour of yoga on my own by finding some videos to do on youtube. It was great and I found some great videos to use whenever I want. This is one of my favorites so far. I did it twice last week and I did my Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project DVD twice last week as well. No good with the walking at all. It was too HOT!

Mood:
Very good! I'm feeling really accomplished after this weekend!

Looking Forward to:
Chris and I actually feel feeling a kick on the outside. Right now, I feel them often in my stomach, and I can sometimes see little kicks, but they aren't strong enough to feel by placing a hand on the stomach.

Maternity Clothes:
Yep, my mother-in-law got me a couple new shirts and gave me some of hers to borrow for the time being as well (one of which is the shirt I'm wearing in this weeks pic!)

Stretchmarks?:
Yes, and I'm starting to notice some more along my stomach. I still haven't gone to CVS to look for Bio Oil, as some of you suggested. I will try and get there tomorrow to finally pick some up!

Rings on or off?
Right now, I'm just wearing my band with no engagement ring.

This week I:
Picked a stroller and a car seat (more on that later), moved things out of what will be the nursery!! Major progress on compiling registries, and baby shower plans are moving along!

Reading:
Still reading The Happiest Baby on the Block by, Harvy Karp, M.D. 
 
Milestones:
Baby's eyebrows and lids are present, and it has developed its taste buds. The baby can taste what I am eating now, and they say that if I eat a good variety of foods, it should prepare the baby to be open to trying more foods during it's lifetime.

Bumpdates:
Week 20
Week 19
Week 18
Week 17
Week 16
Week 15
Week 14
Week 13
Week 12
First Trimester

Linking up with Kristin for Baby Talk Tuesday

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gender Predictions: POLL

Poll Time! We are Team Green: But it's still fun to guess! Many people have LOTS of predictions on what sex they think the baby is...so what do you think? Your "predictions" will be revealed on Friday!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review: The Night Circus


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

My Thoughts: 
I had to read this for my book club, and I had to really read through it fast because of all the other books I was finishing up first. I found this book to be very slow in the beginning. I had a lot of trouble focusing on it, had to reread a lot of pages, and it was a bit confusing getting alllll the characters down since it jumped around a LOT. Once the circus actually begins...it gets very good from there. This book was sooooo visual. I couldn't imagine any filmmakers even able to do the book justice on the screen and I can't imagine how they would even be able to pull off all the imagery and illusions! It definitely would be a Baz Lurhmann or Tim Burton movie. This book was a cross between Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and a bit of Twilight. But it's certainly more an adult book than all those others. All in all...I'd say this book was "ok". I will be curious to see the movie when it comes out (I heard that a film version is being put together)

Book club: We wore Black, White, and Red
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Post-Pregnancy Girdle!

Ok ladies, let's get real for a second. Has anyone ever heard of the "Post-Pregnancy Girdle"?

My mother-in-law mentioned this to me well before I was even pregnant. She knows someone who's had 4 or 5 children and has the flattest stomach ever. My mother-in-law finally asked her one day what her secret was, and she pulled out a girdle that she wore after each of her children.
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At first, I thought this sounded crazy...but then I read this article about Jessica Alba and other celebrities who are obsessed with their post-pregnancy girdles and the idea of "body wrapping." So I started to do a little digging around on the subject.

Wow. This is like, a real thing. And whether it's a gimmick or not - if it's giving me at least a chance at having a flatter, smoother stomach after pregnancy - then gosh darnit, I'm going to try it!

Just do a search on either amazon or even google for post-pregnancy girdles and you will find a whole SLEW of girdles out there promising to make you slim and trim post baby. Belly Bandit, Hipslimmer, and Hourglass Angel to name a few, will promise you a faster and easier return to your old body. Of course, this is not a "fix-all" solution and obviously results are best when combined with exercise and a healthy diet. Before you think I've fallen victim to a marketing gimmick, the thing is...I think the idea of this kind of makes sense. According to Bellfit on Amazon:
Begin wearing after birth on the day that you are discharged from the hospital. It's optimal to begin wearing Bellefit right after childbirth, however, it can be worn up to 6 months postpartum. Here's why: Still present after childbirth for up to 6 months are hormones secreted during pregnancy. These hormones, Estrogen, progesterone and relaxin loosen the abdominal muscles, the pelvic structure and supporting ligaments and joints. Bellefit works together with your body's natural process of recovery. The Girdle/Corset acts to retract the body by drawing in stretched muscles and provides medical-grade compression to your abdominal area.

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And according to the Daily News Article:
Wrapping or binding the body after a baby is nothing new in many cultures, and is rooted in traditions from all over the world. Japanese women wear a “sarashi” for binding, Latino women wrap themselves with a “faja,” and there are similar traditions everywhere from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and South America. In fact, North Americans may be the last people to this popular party.

I mean, think about it. For 9 months your stomach is being stretched, stretched, stretched from the inside-out. Why not compress, compress, compress, from the outside-in after the baby is born? It might be the most uncomfortable thing in the world, and I'm lucky that I will be giving birth just as winter begins: I can hide it under my clothes and I won't have to be uncomfortably hot with it in the summer, but I am very curious to at least give this a try and find a girdle that's right for me (haha never thought I'd be saying that!) Who knows...maybe I'll even finally get that bikini body I've always wanted?! ;)

So what do you think? Do you think this is crazy? (You can tell me if I'm crazy...I can take it...) Have you ever heard of the post-pregnancy girdle before? Would you give it a try?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chris and Corinne's Wedding!

With all the baby-talk going on lately, I never got to blog about our good friends, Chris and Corinne's, wedding last month! Chris and Corinne are very good friends of ours, and we were so excited to celebrate with them on their special day! I can't even believe they've been married a month already!

The wedding was held at Duck Walk Vineyards in Southold, New York. Chris and Corinne are both wine enthusiasts, and their wine theme was carried seamlessly throughout the wedding. One of my favorite elements that Corinne thought of was to have everyone sign a cork and place it in a little wire wine basket, instead of a traditional guest book. It was adorable!

Of course, what wedding would be complete without a photo shoot with your friends?
Meg, Kerry, Me, and Maria
Apparently: We're only friends with couples-
James and Maria, Me and Chris, Mike and Kerry and Juan and Meg


The ceremony was beautiful. I lovvved the baby's breath on the wine barrels that defined the aisle on both sides.
 

Corinne's father passed away when she was 14 years old. When her two older sisters got married, they carried this handkerchief on their bouquet, displaying a picture of their father. Now, it was Corinne's turn to carry this handkerchief so her father could still walk her down the aisle.

After the ceremony, we were sent into the tent for cocktail hour. They had a wide array of food from cheeses and meats, to amazing shrimp cocktail, orecchiette with broccoli rabe, rice balls, coconut shrimp, a carving station, raspberry brie and eggplant napoleon, just to name a few!

Chris and Corinne got all the groomsmen matching Vans shoes. The bride and groom had matching, customized "Wife" and "Husband" Converse to match!


After cocktail hour, we were sent into the main room of the vineyard to take our seats before they announced the Bridal Party and new Bride and Groom. Corinne made these simple and elegant centerpieces for each table, and they fit in perfectly with the wine theme!


Half of our table - most of the men were in the back with the rest of the bridal party waiting to be introduced.

We were then ushered back out to the tent to announce the bridal party and for a little dancing before dinner. The new Mr. and Mrs.!!


Chris and Corinne danced to Swept Away by Christopher Cross for their first dance. Chris kept singing the words to Corinne as they danced, it was the cutest thing ever.
 


And then it was time for speeches from the Maid of Honor (Marissa) Corinne's two older sisters (Nicole and ToniAnn), and the Best Man (Juan).

Then on to eating, and dancing, dancing, dancing!

I made Chris carry Corinne's baby niece, Maddy, so he could at least say he's carried a baby at some point in the past 5 years! Doesn't he look so good with a baby? This picture makes my heart melt. I may have also held her 2 (or 7) times over the course of the weekend...

Gotta get a shot with the beautiful bride! I loved Corinne's dress, it fit her body perfectly and she was an absolutely stunning bride!

For dessert, Chris and Corinne had a cupcake stand along with many Italian pastries, and my personal favorite: the Ice Cream Bar! They had a mini cake to cut for the cake cutting.

After dessert, Chris and Corinne danced with their mothers. Corinne danced to Carrie Underwood's He Is Good - which makes me cry every single time I hear it, so I started to lose it at that point. Then Chris danced to Through the Years by Kenny Rogers with his mom.

After the danced, they played a slideshow in honor of Corinne's dad, which certainly got the water works flowing for many people at the wedding.

Partying with the In-Laws!

Before we knew it, the night had ended and we boarded a bus to take us back to the hotel. The driver was a bit heavy footed on both the gas and especiallly the break. This did not make for good conditions when drink making on the bus - poor Kerry got drenched with drinks at one point - good thing she's a good sport!

Back at the hotel, we kicked up our feet at Hotel Indigo, where we were all staying. This hotel was really nice and they had great outdoor seating areas with little fireplaces all around. We ordered dominos pizza and hung out with the Corinne, after she put her not-so-sober-husband to bed! The makings of a great night and a fabulous wedding! 

The next day, we took a bus back home and Chris carried her across the threshold into their new home - where they are living together for the first time ever!

Congrats Chris and Corinne! We love you so much and can't wait for what life has in store for you both as a newly married couple!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

 
 
How Far Along: 20 Weeks! Half-way through pregnancy!!! (I literally took this photo last night at 10:45pm in our non-air conditioned, sauna-like house - our AC is broken!) I had to be sure to get in a 20 week pic - though I'm technically far closer to 21 weeks in this pic.

Baby is the size of: Banana

Total weight gain:
11 pounds

Sleep:
Sleeping well with nightly pee breaks

Best Moment of the week:
SO MANY!

1. We both saw the baby kick for the first time on Sunday night!! We were laying in bed watching tv and I could really feel kicks. They felt strong, so I lifted up my shirt to see if I could actually see them and all of a sudden I saw a kick by my belly button. I told Chris to come and look - and he could see a little kick too! They were very small and very quick - it was easier for me to pinpoint them because I could see it and feel it at the same time, but if you blinked, you could miss it. It was very cute and exciting!

2. Our 20 week anatomy ultrasound!! First of all, everything went fine at the appointment. The technician and the doctor could not see anything to immediately be concerned with. This appointment was actually at the hospital where I will be delivering, and it was my first time ever at this hospital, so it was totally eye opening to see exactly the steps we'll be taking and where we'll be going the day I go into labor. (AH!) The baby was not in the position that technician wanted it to be in so they both had a bit of trouble getting the right angle to look at the heart. They kept pushing on my stomach a lot to try and get the baby to move and had me lay on my side for awhile to see if baby would turn around. The doctor finally was able to get the pictures she needed, even though baby was being a bit uncooperative...sigh, difficult already ;)

I was mesmerized the entire time we were there. The ultrasound lasted at least 45 minutes and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. We could see hands, fingers, feet, toes, heart, head, everything (buuut I still couldn't see or tell if it was a boy or a girl at ALL) Chris kept telling me he definitely saw a little wee-wee, but he was just joking with me, he couldn't tell either.

3. On Friday after our appointment, we had a follow-up with our OB who went over everything they saw from the ultrasound. Everything was perfect. Our baby weights 12 ounces and is in the 55th percentile.

Worst Moment of the week:
Yesterday I had a swollen and painful vein in my left ring finger. The vein was really popping out, and sore to the touch. I googled what it could be and of course saw everything from "It's nothing" to "GO TO THE HOSPITAL NOW IT'S A BLOOD CLOT!" I know blood clots can be common in pregnant woman, so I thought maybe this was something Don't you just love self-diagnosis through the internet? I called my mother-in-law, who is a nurse, and she said that it shouldn't be anything serious but to call my OB just to make sure. I called my doctor and spoke to a nurse who said she's never heard of a swollen vein in the finger as anything to be worried about in a pregnant woman, to ice it, and if it lasts longer than a day, to call my physician. It was much better by night-time.

Miss Anything:
Sleeping through the night.

Food Cravings:
Cheeeese

Anything make you queasy or sick:
Nope!

Have you started to show?
ummmmm...what do you think?


Gender: Team Green - I'm still convinced it's a boy.

Symptoms:
Feeling tons of movement now! Everything from little kicks to flutters and movement. There is really not a single moment of any day that passes that I am not fully aware and cognizant that I am pregnant. It is every-present.

I'm getting side stickers really easily in my whole lower part of abdomen, so I can't walk very fast.

Workouts:
Yes! I didn't make it to yoga this week but I finally did two days of Tracy Anderson's The Pregnancy Project DVD's.

Mood:
I maaay have had two "emotional outbursts" this weekend. I still say they were justifiable. Chris may say otherwise...

Looking Forward to:
Deciding on a stroller and getting our guest room cleaned out this weekend, so we can start really planning out the nursery!

Maternity Clothes:
Full fledge maternity wear now. Loving my new Maternity Demi Panel Black Trousers from Old Navy. They are EXACTLY what I wanted!

Stretchmarks?: Yes :( Using the cocoa butter, but not sure if it's helping.

Rings on or off?
For the most part...still on, but on those really hot and humid days, it can be touch and go. It was NOT on yesterday as is evident in the below picture.

This week I: Did some more stroller shopping and research, am asking ALL people I know with a baby for their opinions on strollers and I am seriously getting suggestions that are SO DIFFERING! I thought asking people would help, but it's only made me more confused. Picking a stroller has been so much harder than I thought it would be.

Reading: The Happiest Baby on the Block by, Harvy Karp, M.D.

Milestones: 
Seeing the first kicks with Chris on Sunday night!

Bumpdates:
Week 19
Week 18
Week 17
Week 16
Week 15
Week 14
Week 13
Week 12
First Trimester
Linking up with Kristin for Baby Talk Tuesday

Monday, July 15, 2013

Grandparent Gifts

One of the great things about being pregnant and having a child is it opens up a whole slew of gift options for our parents. All of a sudden all grandparent items are relevant and they get a real kick out of them! For Mother's Day I found these really great signs through PaisleysParables on Etsy to give to our mom's for mother's day.

I ordered two and I think they came out really nice. I love this quote, and I just changed the wording a little bit. I love that it is now hanging in both our parent's kitchens!

 


I also got them these great "Grandpa to be" and "Grandma to be" pins from zazzle.com:

What cute things have you gifted your parents now that they are (or going to be) grandparents?