30 Week Update (wrote yesterday but didn’t publish for some reason)


We’ve moved!  The unpacking is going VERY slowly.  Being 30 weeks pregnant makes for a very slow lady.  I unpack one box and I’m exhausted.  I have to stop and take a break.  We are in love with our new house and are slowly getting used to living in a space that is twice as large as we are used to before.  We lived in a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco and then a two bedroom apartment in Seattle and now here we are with a four bedroom place in the ‘burbs!  It’s a lot of fun but will have some empty rooms for a while.

On the baby related front, we changed our minds about which room we will turn into Roo’s nursery.  It is one that is currently a green that is not a green that is attractive for a nursery.  Over the weekend we decided on either a pale green or pale lavender.  I think we’ll go with the lavender.  I love it and MH looked up the psychology of colors in nurseries and lavender is one that is highly recommended as a good nursery color!  I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of our nursery furniture and can’t wait for it to arrive!  I’ll try to take some before and after photos of the nursery so that I can keep a record of this first project we tackle in our home!

I had an OB appointment this week and everything looked great!  My blood pressure was low the last time but this week it is back to normal.  My fundal measurement is on track with 30 weeks and the heartbeat sounds awesome.  We are down to single digit weeks – only 9 weeks to go (64 days)!  I can’t believe it.  This pregnancy is flying by and I’m so excited to meet Roo!

One of my biggest anxieties about delivering Roo is the pain management.  Ideally, I’d love to have a vaginal delivery with minimal pain medication but I also am open to knowing that I might not be able to handle the pain!  I have a high pain tolerance but this might be an entirely different level of pain than I can tolerate.  That said, I’m worried about the anesthesia and its effectiveness and side effects.  I’ve had some bad reactions to it in the past and so I raised my concerns with my OB.  She said that the delivery of anesthesia for an epidural are different from other types and so I may have zero problems.  She suggested that I request to speak with the anesthesiologist as soon as I arrive at the hospital – before my pain management needs kick in (if they kick in) so that I can have a coherent conversation with him/her.  Having the conversation with my OB helped a lot.  I feel better already and I’m so glad that she listened to my concerns, addressed them and had a suggestion to help.  I really LOVE her!

Apparently, some insurance companies offer coverage for breast pumps.  I decided to look into it with mine.  Apparently mine does cover a breast pump but it requires a doctor’s prescription and it is only for a manual pump.  Darn it!  That means I need to pay out-of-pocket because I want an electric pump.  It’s OK.  I’ll get over it.  Are you one of the lucky ladies who got their breast pump covered by insurance?  I’ll try to do a separate entry on how I am choosing which breast pump I want based on my lifestyle.

Happy weekend, friends!!

How far along? 30 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain:
22 pounds since my first OB appointment – I lost .2 pounds since my last appointment
Maternity clothes? 
Yes and I really need to buy some new bras because my small boobs are popping out of my bras
Stretch marks? None, knock on wood with the help of lots of lotion
Sleep: Not too bad this week – just one night of bad sleep so far, knock wood
Best moment this week: Hearing Roo’s heart beating away!
Miss anything? Good sleep!!
Movement: YES – tons!
Food cravings: Nothing specific but anything sweet like fruit and candy!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope – but I do continue to have at least one gaggy moment a day
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  Almost all out
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and getting nervous about birth
Looking forward to: Roo’s arrival

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(early) 29 Week Update


Hi ladies (and any gents reading),

This update is a little early and may be the last for as many days as it takes to get Internet access into our new home.  We move tomorrow!!  The Salvation Army arrives this morning to remove a sleeper sofa that we are donating (our new sofa from PB arrives on Friday)!  The movers arrive tomorrow morning between 9-9:30am.  Wish me luck as I told MH to go to work as I’d rather have him at home after Roo arrives than to help with the move.  A friend is supposed to help me tomorrow once we get to the new house but I’m not 100% sure she can – it’ll be OK just exhausting!  We got the keys to the house over the weekend and have gone over several times with our little car loaded up!

We made a final decision on which room will be Roo’s nursery (the largest of the three bedrooms) and the one just down the hall from our bedroom – we’ll be able to hear her and get to her quickly as we stumble sleepily to get her 😉  We do need to paint her new room because it is currently an unattractive green color – we’re thinking either a pale yellow, cream or pale green.  We need to get some samples and see which we like best.

I also pulled the trigger on Roo’s nursery furniture.  We went with the K.endall Low Profile Crib and the C.atalina extra wide dresser from PBK.  We’ll get the matching bookshelf at a later date.  Once we decide on the room color, we’ll choose the glider fabric and go with the PBK glider as well.  I just needed to be done with it and I was looking at too many options.  Since I’ve been able to see the PBK items or at least similar things, I went with it.  We ordered the white pieces.  I also went ahead and ordered the converter for the crib so we don’t have to worry about it not being available when we’re ready to move her into the toddler bed.  It seems so far away but from I understand she’s going to grow up so fast before our eyes!

As we get further along and closer and closer to the actual birth, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my “birth plan.”  I’m sure it will change especially after our birthing class too.  I’ll write some more about it in the coming days but my largest concern is the use of any anesthesia.  I’ve had some bad reactions to it in the past and I’m worried how my body reacts to this too.  Again, I’ll write about it in the coming days.

I’ve also realized that I’ve done VERY little reading about becoming a parent.  The ONLY book that I’ve read is the Happiest Baby on the Block book.  I think I need to read some more.  Are there any breast-feeding books that you recommend?  Any other parenting books for infants that are must haves for a new parents’ bookshelf?  Thanks in advance!

So, I guess I’ll leave you with my latest stats below and I’ll be back online in a few days (hopefully) after the move is done!

How far along? 29 weeks, 4 days
Total weight gain:
22 pounds since my first OB appointment and growing
Maternity clothes? 
Yes
Stretch marks? None, knock on wood with the help of lots of lotion
Sleep: Terrible this week and I suspect through the end!  Though the last two nights have been pretty decent
Best moment this week: Not pregnancy related but getting close to moving into our new house!
Miss anything? Good sleep!!
Movement: YES – tons!
Food cravings: Nothing specific but anything sweet like fruit and candy!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope – but I do continue to have at least one gaggy moment a day
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  Almost all out
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and getting nervous about birth
Looking forward to: Roo’s arrival

28 Week Update


Well, well, well!  Here we are at 28 weeks and 6 days.  Only 8 more weeks until Roo is considered full-term.  I’m so glad because I’m ready to be a Mama to Roo and I’m ready to hold her in my arms.

This week, I met a new friend from an online group that I somewhat actively participate in.  She lives about 45 minutes from our house in Seattle and has a 6 month old baby girl.  Her baby is so freaking adorable!  Something during that visit clicked in me and I came home just wanting Roo to arrive as quickly as possible.  Her baby girl, Clara, is the cutest thing ever (until Roo arrives) and snuggled with mew when I held her.  I was so excited because I felt like I learned a lot from my new friend.  She is a cloth diapering mom – not hardcore but enough that I felt like OK I can do it too.  She uses gDiapers with the cloth and flushable insert.  I had been thinking about gDiapers but she really turned me onto them.  The company offers a package for 6 of them for under $100, so it’s a great way to start and try them!  She also helped me realize that I need a low profile crib.  Clara’s nursery was adorable and I would be a crazy copy cat chick if I went out and bought everything that they had in her nursery so I won’t do it but I do really like the look and hope to have a nursery as cute as hers for Roo.

Seeing Clara’s low profile crib made me realize that I needed to cancel my adorable crib order and start over.  Reviewing the measurements of the sleigh crib that was to arrive in a couple of weeks, I know that when it comes time to drop the mattress, there would be NO way I could reach Roo without a step stool of some sort.  The crib is too large for me.  So, I’m starting my crib search over.  I think I’m sticking with PBK but will now go with the Kendall Low Profile crib – still in white.  The matching dresser doesn’t get very good reviews so I think I’ll try to find something different – plus it is quite expensive so I might get something completely different.  The only concern that I have is the white at PBK isn’t a pure white, so the crib might not match any other white furniture that I purchase for her room.  What would you do?  Ignore the fact that the whites don’t match 100%?

So, I realize that I just wrote a lot about nothing relating to being 28 weeks.  Sorry!  But, I also realize that it somewhat does relate to being 28 weeks pregnant.  Roo coming into our lives is a reality and preparing for her arrival is important.  It is funny because I never imagined that I would have a nesting instinct and here I am today.  Nesting like crazy!  It must be the hormones.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share my search for a cost-effective but safe organic crib mattress.  The ongoing search for the “right” glider/rocker, etc.  How I’m building and growing my cloth diaper stash (so far I have 12 cloth diapers).  And so much more fun but might be boring for you.

Today, I packed two boxes.  One of some clothes and another of some of Roo’s baby things that we’ve accumulated.  Yesterday wore me out.   I only got about 3 hours of sleep the night before and went to work at PB for four hours.  Then we went and signed the paperwork for our house and I had zero down time.  This morning I couldn’t get out of bed.  I wasted about 5 hours napping and watching TV – The Borgias is a great series!  I forced myself to eat lunch and get some things done.  It’s been not a very productive day but I’m OK with it.

This afternoon I heard from a friend of mine, Beth, who is due a little more than one month before me with a baby girl.  She has been put on modified bed rest, so I’m sending her lots of good thoughts and hope that at her next appointment they will ease up on that bed rest!  Hi Beth!

How far along? 28 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain:
22 pounds since my first OB appointment – well there goes my goal of only gaining 25 pounds during the whole pregnancy!
Maternity clothes? 
Yes
Stretch marks? None, knock on wood
Sleep: Terrible this week – one night I only got 3 hours of sleep – Roo was kicking me all night and I just wasn’t tired
Best moment this week: Finding out that I passed the one hour glucose test!
Miss anything? Charcuterie and cheese plate!
Movement: YES – tons!  I’ve been asked to start doing kick counts each day to make sure Roo is doing OK – I don’t have to worry because she kicks me almost all day long unless she’s napping
Food cravings: Nothing specific
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope – but I do continue to have at least one gaggy moment a day
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out?  Half is out and other half is still flat
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and getting nervous about birth
Looking forward to: Roo’s arrival

Nursery – Glider vs Rocker


Buying of nursery furniture is nearly complete.  We have a crib ordered and we have the changing table/dresser ordered.  The last major piece of needed furniture is something for me to sit in while I nurse Roo.

We had been looking at gliders including the one that I shared with you on my last nursery update:

But then I decided to look at the PBK ones a little closer.  I went to the store the other afternoon and sat in both the glider that I like (see image below) and the wing backed rocker:

To throw a further wrench in my decision process, I also have added the PBK Sleigh Glider into the mix (it matches our crib):

And now I can’t decide.  I really like the rocker but will it be as useful and comfortable as a glider?  Gliders seem to be the preferred seating option by parents these days.  All of these options (except the sleigh glider) convert to fixed pieces of furniture once we are done using it in the nursery, so all three are potentials.  I’ve only had the chance to sit in the first two PBK pieces, so I can only speak to their comfort.  The other two are unknowns.

I’m kind of leaning towards the sleigh glider because I know it’ll match the other pieces of furniture.  It is also the least expensive – under $500.

I’d love your thoughts: what do you prefer?  A glider or a rocker?  If a glider, which of the three gliders do you like the best?  First poshtots.com glider, PBK comfort glider or the sleigh glider?  As a reminder, I’m getting a nursing stool instead of an ottoman to start to save on money and space.

Eventually, though perhaps sooner than later, I’ll add a nightstand and a book shelf to Roo’s room.

Nursery – Furniture Order


We’ve made a decision on two major components of Roo’s nursery!  I’ll place my order today at Pottery Barn Kids – I’m taking advantage of a sale that is currently in progress – fingers crossed that the sale is still on when I place the order 🙂

We’re going with white furniture.  I had originally fallen in love with the Jenny Lind crib but I decided that I wanted something a little sturdier and could last until Roo is older and/or we have a second child, if we’re lucky.  So, we’re getting the PBK Sleigh Crib:

We’re also going to get the PBK Catalina dresser with changing table topper:

A glider is the last major piece of furniture that we’ll need to choose and I’m narrowing that down soon.  Part of my hesitation to make a decision has to do with not knowing entirely what color the nursery will be.  We have three rooms to choose from in our new house and each are different colors.  All three would work as a nursery and have good nursery colors but I’m just not sure which we will choose – MH has a different idea in his head than I do 🙂

I like the PBK gliders but I feel like the reviews are mediocre for the cost and so I’ve been researching some other options.  My favorite thus far is from a website called PoshTots.com.  Has anyone heard of this website?  They have some really gorgeous furniture!  The reviews of their gliders are positive on other websites and I’ve heard that customer service is good but there are no real customer reviews on the actual website, so I’m going on pure trust.  Each piece of furniture is made to order so they are not returnable – yikes!  This is the exact glider (Regal Glider) that I’m loving right now:

Do you have a glider in mind or do you already own a glider that you love?

You probably notice that I am not looking at a matching ottoman.  I’ve read that ottoman’s can be a waste of money and that instead I should get a nursing stool, which are around $40.  So I’m doing that and will get the matching ottoman down the road if I change my mind.

Roo


I decided that I wanted to give our little one a nickname.  Because he/she is so active, I thought of Busy but they called MH’s grandmothers Busy and he thinks it’s odd to call our baby the same name unless we know that she is a girl.  So, we decided to brainstorm some other options and MH came up with Roo, from Winnie the Pooh.  I LOVE it!  Neither of us knows if Roo is supposed to be a girl or a boy in the story and clearly kangaroos are pretty active as is our little one….And, so, Roo, is our nickname for the time being.

MH and I both love Winnie the Pooh.  We bought an Italian copy of the Winnie and the Thousand Acre Woods when we were on our honeymoon in Italy.  Many, many years ago, I was in London visiting a friend who worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  The Museum has prints of the original Winnie the Pooh sketches by A.A. Milne and I picked up a number of them knowing that I would love to use them as the foundation for a nursery theme – I truly always dreamed of becoming a mommy.  A few of them are just pencil drawings and then one or two of them are full color drawings.  I just need to find (in one of the unpacked boxes from moving a few months ago) and show them to MH.  If he loves them as much as I do than we have our nursery theme and I can get them framed!  A Winnie the Pooh theme will be great for either a little girl or a little boy.  I think Roo will love it!

Speaking of nurseries, the offer that we put on the house was accepted last night!  In a short time, we’ll have a nursery to decorate!  We thought for sure that the sellers would counteroffer but they didn’t.  The house is a short sale so we are getting an incredible deal on a home that we probably couldn’t afford otherwise.  Because it’s a short sale, it’ll take a little longer to close on it but we have time and patience especially for this home, one that we can stay in for a very long time!  I am already dreaming of how we’ll decorate, where we’ll put furniture, what pieces we’ll have to buy, etc.  It’s a four bedroom, three full bath house.  It’s huge compared to the apartments we’ve lived in for the past 20-some years but with so many bedrooms, we have enough space for a nursery (next to our room), a guest room (in the basement) and one for my home office (on the main floor).  The home is a 1920’s craftsman home with a lot of character.  Once we get the inspection done, we’ll know if there are any red flags but at the moment the only “immediate” fix we know for sure we have to take care of is sanding and painting the outside of the house – we’ll hire someone to do it for us.  Other than that it is move-in ready!