28 weeks pregnant

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No bump shot today. But here is an insanely cute picture of my current baby snuggling up to his momma & his future little brother =) He is already so protective of the baby!
 
 
How far along? 28 weeks and 2 days.
 
Total weight gain/measurements: 11 pounds total weight gain. Had my 28 week appointment today! I weigh 145. Up 2 pounds since last time, which is perfect =) I thought for sure I had gained at least another 6 pounds.. haha.
 
Maternity clothes: I just bought two “sleeping” nursing bras (aka the nursing bras that look like sports bras) and two regular nursing bras. As well as a nursing tank top today from Target. 4 bras and 1 tank top for $100, in my opinion, you can’t beat that! The stuff at Motherhood Maternity was far too expensive for me.
 
 
Stretch marks: Nothing significantly more than what I’ve had. Just a few on my right hip area.
 
 
Sleep: Oh Snoogle…I have a love hate relationship with you. Well, I guess it’s not your fault that my body is rebellious and can’t help but prefer the right side. I even went so much as switching sides of the bed with my husband (thinking that maybe I just preferred sleeping toward the middle) – nope, I still wanted to sleep on my right side). Such a pain. I am really trying to sleep on my right side though! Other than my position battle, my back and hips just get sore no matter how I sleep.
 
Best moment this week: Hearing his sweet little heartbeat again at my appointment today. It never gets old =) And having the doctor tell me she loved starting the day out with the perfect pregnant woman made me smile! I’ve had some rough patches, but overall baby is perfectly healthy, I’m measuring perfectly and our heart beats are perfect too!
 
 
Miss anything? Again…sleeping comfortably. Sitting comfortably, walking comfortably – let’s add those there, too.
I also miss not being so stressed! They tell you not to stress during your pregnancy, but it’s so very hard not to. I’ve had this intense feeling of unpreparedness and it is so unsettling.
 
 
Movement: Moving like crazy still. He has started moving for Daddy, too. Before, my husband would put his hand on my stomach and the baby would just absolutely stop all movement. He also LOVES when we read to him and moves the entire time. He got the hiccups last night, too, first time I’ve noticed it!
 
Food cravings: Chocolate milk!
 
Anything making you queasy or sick? Too much sugar still makes me nauseous. Had my glucose test today. And I actually liked the taste of the stuff they gave me to drink (mine was fruit punch – tasted like thick koolaid) but it was just incredibly sweet and I sat in the waiting room trying to hold in my nausea.
 
Gender: Still a boy.. I hope!
 
Labour signs: Nope.
 
Symptoms: Nausea. Acne. This huge belly weighing me down. And hip pain. Oh hip pain…That is just killer.
 
Belly button in or out? In but it’s practically flat.
 
Wedding rings on or off? On still. The only swelling I’ve had is my ankles.
 
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy. But again, if I get irritated or someone is rude to me, I have a hard time keeping stuff from flying out of my mouth.. ha.
 
Looking forward to: Again, getting his nursery finished. Told you I was unprepared! But my big furniture pieces should be coming in this week =)
 
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Going off my feeling of unpreparedness, I had a dream that me and my husband were in snowstorm/tornado natural disaster situation and were completely and totally unprepared. I took this as a sign – my subconscious was telling me to do something about that feeling haha. I’m in the homestretch and barely have a thing done (or at least that’s how I feel).
  • The baby is all set as far as clothes go (we have SO many clothes)
  • We’ve already got the car seat installed into my truck. We traded in my husband’s 11-year-old coupe for a 4-door, 3-year-old sedan (it’s a black 2010 Honda Civic, we couldn’t be happier! For once we agreed on a car…and we got a phenomenal deal). All we need is a car seat base for his car.
  • We need some more newborn disposable diapers, but also I need to stock up on cloth diapers!
  • We have a few things to return and exchange.
  • Got my birth plan worked out for the most part.
  • Need to tour the hospital still (setting this up to do after my appointment in two weeks, so excited!)
  • I put my hospital bag completely together today (doubles as my husband’s bag, too). Need to get baby’s bag completely set up next! We have some things in it but it’s not nearly finished. If you’re wondering, I bought a Retro Metro Bag from Thirty-One…LOVE it so far! And so does my husband…

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It’s also very stressful (and I get a bit obsessive sometimes…) to find products and things for my baby that are truly organic, non-toxic, and safe for him. I started reading The Honest Life by Jessica Alba today and I feel like we’re soul sisters. She gets me, haha. It’s a great book! And it has me feeling a lot less frustrated. My biggest issue with companies is their dishonesty and that was her biggest issue as well – hence when she founded her own company, she named it The Honest Company. I hate knowing that companies can throw the words “natural” and “organic” around without truly being so. She also gives some great pointers and recommends a lot of other companies, products, and websites.
 
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That’s all I have today. I’m thinking my next post will be a What’s in My Hospital Bag & Diaper Bag post =)
 

What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

Being 7 months pregnant, I consider myself somewhat “seasoned” in terms of some of the dumb shit people say to pregnant women. Here’s my list, of things people have really, actually said to me.

1. “You don’t even look old enough to have a baby.” Thanks for thinking I’m 15 years old and got a broken-condom surprise.

2. “You’re getting huge!” And taking it a step further saying “Dude, your wife is HUUGE!” while motioning a HUUGE belly and puffing out your cheeks is just…goodness, don’t even getting me started. I only gained 9 pounds at that point. If you’re going to call a pregnant lady huge, at least…never mind, just don’t do it, it’s not a good idea. There are plenty of other things to say instead like – “You’re a beautiful pregnant woman!” And just stop there.

3. “Moooo.” – As I walk by you, in my frumpy work clothes. (Yep, I heard you, douchebag.) This is actually the one that inspired this post. Yes, I’m aware I have a belly. However, I’m hardly a cow. I’m carrying a child, douche. You should probably enlighten yourself instead of getting drunk every chance you can and (SURPRISE) getting discharged from the military. You can call me a cow all you want, at least I’ll have a job in a few months. And a beautiful baby calf.

4. “Oh, you’re pregnant?! I thought you were just, you know, packin’ on the pounds.” Shoulda kept that thought inside your head instead of sharing it with me. As if I wasn’t already worried about the idea of people thinking I was scarfing down the ice cream instead of creating a baby. You confirmed it, thanks.

5. “Oh you’re not going to ____? You really should.” Insert any word/phrase there, including breastfeed, stay at home, go back to work, circumcise, vaccinate…the list goes on. Pregnant women are already moms, and everyone in the world knows how much parents hate being told how to be a (in your opinion) “better” parent. Let us figure out what is best for us and our child.

6. “Ugh, you’re so lucky! …” When talking to a woman who is 6+ weeks (give or take) farther along than you, don’t tell her how easy she has it if she doesn’t have -insert pregnancy symptom here-. Nope, I don’t have much morning sickness anymore. Instead, I could rattle off about 10 other symptoms I suffer from, but that’s just annoying. Just because I chose not to give you a detailed list of everything doesn’t mean you have it so much easier. It probably sucks for the both of us – I just don’t bitch and complain all the time.

7. “Are you seriously bringing another human being into this world?” Um, yup. What kind of question is that? From a total stranger? That’s all I have to say here.

8. “Is that what you’re eating? You should have ____ instead.” I’m sure you were just the most prefect-est pregnant woman in the whole wide world. Congratulations. I’d offer you a cookie but I probably ate it.

9. “You’re glowing!” Are you fucking kidding? Do you see my insanely disgusting forehead acne? You’re clearly blinded by the sweat glistening off my face from the hot flash I’m having. There’s a difference between polite flattery and blatant lying. I have never met a woman who raved on and on about her glowing skin during pregnancy. Anyone? Anyone?!?

10. “Oh just wait until the baby is actually here, it’ll be so much harder/worse/etc.” Shut. Up. I love you and respect you, all you moms, but the last thing a pregnant woman wants to hear is how she is going to go through 9 months of baby-creating to have it be worse. Come on. You remember being pregnant, right? I really hate how women always seem have their own pissing contest. Or, fallopian tube contest? Is there a female version? I don’t know.

There you have it. My own personal list of ignorant comments I have received in my 7 months of pregnancy. I work around too many intelligent people on a daily basis.

Baby’s Nursery

The baby’s nursery is starting to come together…and I mean that loosely. It’s not fully cleaned out, though it is for the most part. We moved our computer desk to the garage (we never used it anyway). And now I use my old makeup vanity as my computer/printer desk in the guest room. I rarely sit down and do a full face of makeup. Lack of time, yes, but also because of a lack of energy. And the fact that no matter what products I use, my face is a mess of breakouts so sitting down and doing my makeup is just so much less fun. Therefore, the vanity got transferred into plastic bins under my sink and I keep one little basket of essential makeup items on my bathroom counter.

Things that were stored in the now-nursery were transferred to the other guest room’s closet. Not all the boxes, but most. So basically, the nursery is now a mess of baby stuff instead of just a mess. I’ll take photos of the full nursery once we get the crib, recliner, etc. But for now here are some bits and pieces of Baby’s nursery and some other cute crap.

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Evidently, you can never have too many Boppy pillows. The one in the middle is a newborn lounger, while the other two are your basic Boppy pillows (the feeding/support ones). My mother-in-law was thoughtful enough to send two of the feeding pillows, considering that we have a two-story house and I will be feeding him upstairs at night and downstairs during the day. The cover on the pillow to the right is organic, score!

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Baby bath! Baby’s Grammy (my mom) loves bath time and when she came to visit a couple weeks ago, she went crazy with baby bath buys. This is one of them. It’s the Summer Bath Center & Shower. The little hammock-looking thing in the middle can fit into the sink for newborn bath time. It comes equipped with it’s own little removable shower spout, too. We’re gonna be fancy bath-timers.

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Pack ‘n Play. I just love owls! I don’t usually like cheesy animals on baby stuff. It’s just…tacky. This was also the pattern that our car seat was going to be in until I scored the same car seat for MUCH less, just in a different pattern.

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We already have a decent start on diapers…accidentally. I signed up for a free trial through The Honest Company (review coming soon!). They send you some diapers and some of their other products like shampoo and hand wash, for free, but then you are automatically enrolled in their monthly membership. You have 7 days to cancel. Obviously I don’t need the monthly membership for diapers yet, and didn’t cancel in time before they charged me and sent one box of diapers, wipes and other products. So…I’m stocked up on Size 1 diapers for now! Hopefully we like them. I also bought a pack of Earth’s Best diapers, in newborn. I plan on doing half cloth diapers, half disposables as I’m not yet sure of my post-baby working situation and I also just want to see how cloth diapering works out for us. If we like it, then we’ll move to full-time cloth diapering.

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This one is MY pride and joy. I put this 9 piece cube storage together (ClosetMaid brand, purchased from Target) all by myself. The hubs isn’t a Mr. Fix It and I usually end up fixing things around the house and putting things together. Initially, I had only bought 6 cubes (3 green, 3 brown). Then decided I didn’t like that look and wanted to fill it up, and bought 3 more cubes in “natural”. I like it much better now! This will be baby’s dresser. I don’t like that most dressers for nurseries are also nursery-sized (AKA awkward and smallish). So we’ll save the dresser-splurge for when the baby moves on up to a big kid room.

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Here’s a picture of his closet…boy, this boy has CLOTHES! That’s both sides of the closet packed full, in addition to the clothes that are in the cube storage. Here, there are sleepers hanging up. But I moved them to the cube storage, as well as basic onesies to free up some hangers and closet space.

Never did I ever think I’d be writing about babies and Boppy pillows. Evidently, when you’re pregnant, that is ALL you can think about.

My Cruelty Free Journey: Animal Testing 102

Back in March, I decided to start a blog post series about my cruelty-free journey. Specifically, I wanted to tackle common questions and assumptions about animal testing. In the initial post, I discussed mainly what animals endure during animal testing and briefly touched on the fact that animal testing is not necessary to create a safe product. That post is here if you’d like to catch up and read the intro. Today, I am going to talk about a few alternative testing methods (you know, the ones that I understand)…and question whether or not testing a product is necessary, period, if we trust the ingredients.

Alternative Testing Methods

Human skin: No brainer, right? But it’d be just as cruel to test a toxic product on a human as it is an animal (could you imagine tying a person down to rub chemicals in their eyes to see if they’ll be blinded or not?). Science is awesome, and we’ve come up with several ways of testing on “human skin” that isn’t dangerous. One way by using a human skin model (in other words…materials and substances that are similar to human skin are combined and tested on). Another way is by testing on cadavers. Donated cadavers, of course.

Micro-dosing: In this method, tiny amounts are administered to humans. This is actually gaining ground. I have actually heard of this method. You might have heard of studies in which people actually volunteer (and get paid) to test out a medication or some other type of product.

Like I stated above, there are a few other methods that I simply do not understand because I’m not a science-nut. I hate science. Anyway, one has to do with culture-grown cells being exposed to the chemicals/product and light at the same time and seeing if there is a bad reaction. I guess that doesn’t sound too complicated but I’m not going to pretend like I know what I’m talking about on this one.

Why do products even need to be tested?

You’re probably thinking – DUH, so we know we’re safe! But the underlying question is: Why do we create products with chemicals that we are KNOW are toxic and could potentially harm us? If a product is made with all-natural ingredients and is non-toxic, we are almost guaranteed to be safe, unless we are personally allergic to a certain ingredient. Wouldn’t you much rather know and understand an ingredient list? Seriously. Go grab your bottle of facial cleaner. Do you even know what the heck 99% of the ingredients really are? No? Then you should probably throw it away. Animal tested or not, those chemicals are not good for you. If a product needs to be tested to see whether or not it’s going to make you go blind…you shouldn’t be buying it anyway.

Those are my thoughts for the day. Next time I’m going to tackle deciphering animal testing labels/statements and why China sucks (sorry China- but I wouldn’t say that if you didn’t force animal testing).

I’m only as smart as the research I do in the internet. So, here are my resources:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cosmetic_testing/facts/alternatives_animal_tests.html

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-testing-without-torture.aspx

26 weeks pregnant

How far along? 26 weeks and 5 days…in the homestretch of the 2nd trimester.
Total weight gain/measurements: When I went in for my 24 week appointment, I weighed in at a whopping 143! Which makes a total of 9 pounds of weight gain.
Maternity clothes: I found a few shirts from Burke’s Outlet in town and ended up buying 2 pairs of shorts in a couple sizes up because I couldn’t find maternity shorts I liked.
Stretch marks: I have a little cluster of 2 or 3 stretch marks on my right hip, they aren’t red or purple though.. just a white-ish color. Not too bad!
Sleep: My Snoogle pregnancy pillow is back in action! I bought it a couple months ago, and about a week after having it my dog decided he would love to chew a hole in it. The hole is right by where my head goes. The pillow itself was expensive, but even the covers are expensive (about $30) so I just went without it for a while…well, I decided I NEEDED to use it again, sleeping is pretty uncomfortable for me at night and I always wake up sleeping on my back. I’ve been using it again for about a week (just bought a new cover) and while I still wake up on my back sometimes, it’s less frequent and I am so much more comfortable at night.
Best moment this week: Probably when I abruptly poked my belly and scared the crap out of him.. I could feel him jump and flail like “What the heck mom! I’m sleeping here!”
Miss anything? I miss sleeping more comfortably. But other than that, I am loving this stage of pregnancy except for a few yucky symptoms.
Movement: Sometimes I feel as if he has a lifelong dream of being in the Olympics and has decided to start training while still in the womb. This kid goes nuts. I’ve started doing kick counts (“just for fun” as my OB told me I wouldn’t need to start them until week 28-30ish). Apparently they are suppose to kick 10 times in max 2 hours. The first day I did it, he reached his 10 kicks in 4 minutes. The second time, 3 minutes. And they usually aren’t just little jabs or flutters.. they are full on uppercuts and big body movements. The ultrasound tech told me I had a squirmy one inside me, she was right!
Food cravings: Nothing terribly specific. I just like to eat a lot 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick? Ugh…nausea has not been my friend. I’ve noticed that if I have too much sugar, I am so so queasy. Also, because baby is getting bigger and womb space is limited, sometimes the pressure makes me very ill. Daddy was pressing on my belly about a week ago, which never bothers me at all, but when he pressed a certain spot (and pressed right where baby was) I felt like I needed to puke right there. Cute, huh?
Gender: Still a boy.. I hope!
Labour signs: Nope. I had Braxton hicks about a month ago a couple times and haven’t had them since.
Symptoms: Nausea! Shortness of breath. Acne. A bit of ankle swelling, which is a given considering I stand at work all day.
Belly button in or out? In but it’s practically flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On. The only swelling I’ve had is my ankles.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but don’t get on my nerves! I have a really short fuse when it comes to rude people and my big mouth might get me into trouble..
Looking forward to: Getting his nursery all set up. I’ve changed my mind about a dozen times on the theme, color, etc. And I think I’ve finally decided on exactly what I want. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to starting his book collection because if he’s going to inherit ANYTHING from me, I hope it’s a love for books!