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 =)
 

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.