Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meet and Greet Thursday

I have today off of work from my nixed beach trip, so I decided to be productive and knock an important item off the baby to-do list...find a pediatrician! Since I don't know anyone very well here in my immediate area, I asked my OB for recommendations and she happily gave me a stack of business cards of pediatricians that she likes. Steve helped me sort through websites and we narrowed it down to two that we wanted to meet in person.

I have been compiling a list of questions to ask the pediatricians at our meet-and-greet appointment so I thought I'd share, just in case it comes in helpful for other future mommas.

   -What is the after-hours procedure?
   - Who besides the doctor will see the baby/make diagnoses/etc.?
   - What is the same-day appointment policy if the baby is sick?
   - What is your office's vaccination schedule? Do you offer other vaccines like the flu shot?
   - What hospital do you refer patients to when they need emergency or hospital care?
   - What is the general appointment schedule with a newborn?
   - Do you have developmental guidelines that we can use to look for early indicators of autism or               developmental disabilities? 
    - Do you come to the hospital to check her out once she's born?
    - If there are multiple doctors at the practice, do you generally try to keep the child with one specific doctor or is it more whoever is available?

I've already had one meeting today and I LOVED her...I've got the other meeting at 5 but really, I'm already happy with the doctor I met, so I'm relieved that I was able to find at least one that I liked today. Done and done  :-)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Products that DIDN'T make the registry

There are some parenting products that although tempting, I think we can do without. Today on the homepage, they had a slideshow of the most ridiculous parenting products, and I've pulled out the cream of the crop for your viewing pleasure. For example:

Plush "Pee and Poop" stuffed toys. This didn't make the list for many different reasons, the main ones being a) they don't match my nursery's pink and green color scheme, and b) I'd rather Baby Girl not think that it's okay to play with her feces.

The "Daddle". The theory is that you strap this onto the proud poppa and let the little one play horsie to her heart's content. Although it seems like a poor consolation prize to an actual horse, this would be pretty funny. Maybe I need to reconsider this one.

Sperm pin or Sperm earrings. I feel like I really missed a Father's Day gift opportunity with this one, but maybe next year? This would also be the perfect gift for that couple that just has to tell EVERYONE that they are trying to conceive, including monthly or weekly updates. Let your jewelry speak for itself- It's like wearing a Rotary Club pin, but better!

Placenta Teddy Bear. Yes, you read that right. People do some crazy **** with their placentas but this one takes the cake, I think. Not only do you have to cure and emulsify the placenta, you have to sew it in to the teddy bear. Most kids dream of Cabbage Patch Dolls or American Girl Dolls, but that's probably just because they haven't seen this cuddly little bear yet. Right? Yikes.

Sonogram Cuff Links. Another Father's Day gift missed opportunity, damn it.

Customized cardboard cot. This garbage-chic cot is perfect for the Eco-friendly-wannabe family that wants to LOOK like they're recycling, but this cot comes with the price tag of 250 euros...bringing your American dollar total to over $500. I'm thinking we got a pretty good price on our real crib, compared to this!

31 and ready for a Vacation

We hit 31 weeks today and I'm getting antsy. Steve finally took pity on the preggosaurus and went furniture shopping with me on Sunday, so our crib and glider are on their way! We also sweet-talked (or bullied, whichever way you want to look at it) Babies R Us into letting us go ahead and get our registry completion discount, so we were able to use that on the furniture and some of the other big ticket items that we needed. The discount was only 15% but when you're looking at a $2,000+ registry bill, that helps a lot! Normally they make you wait until after your last shower or 2 weeks before your due date, but with a 14 day delivery window for the furniture, we didn't want to cut it too close. That could be a good thing for other preggos to keep in mind if you want to get your discount early- we had to talk to a manager about it but they were happy to do it after we asked. Another trick that I've heard is to set your due date on the registry for a month or two early so they will mail your coupon early, but I didn't care to mess with all that.

We also swung by Homegoods and Target to look for bookshelves, rugs, and any other miscellaneous nursery decor items. Steve picked out a piggy bank for Baby Girl and we found a rug that will hopefully be big enough, but beyond that, we decided to wait until the furniture was here and set up so that we could see how much space we actually have to work with. That room looks smaller and smaller every time I go in there!! (cue brown paper bag breathing)

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday, and everything is looking good. Baby Girl is still measuring a teensy bit ahead according to my last ultrasound measurement, but if you go with the due date given by my temperature chart, she is right on schedule. The doctor will schedule me for another ultrasound at 34 weeks if she's still measuring big, just to get a better feel for how big she is and if we need to look at inducing labor early. Baby Girl is head down already, so hopefully she will stay that way, and she also amused me with quite the set of hiccups this morning around 3:30.

In terms of doctor's appointments, I'm now on the "every 2 weeks" schedule, and then at 36 weeks we move to every week (yikes!). Quite a difference from the "one every 4-6 weeks" schedule I was on during the first trimester! We also have 2 pediatrician "meet and greet" appointments on Thursday, so wish us luck with that. Steve and I will be taking a break from the baby focus this weekend since my beach trip got nixed and we'll be spending some quality time together at the lake house. Floating quietly in a lake right now sounds pretty good to me!!

Enough of my uninteresting babble, here's what the Baby Girl is up to this week:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up (yup). Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Friday, July 23, 2010

All the Pregnant Ladies!

Some of you might know that my favorite scene EVER from Glee is Kurt dancing to "All the Single Ladies"...a friend just sent me this video on youtube and it cracked me up! Homegirl is 38 weeks pregnant (she gave birth 7 days after this video) and look at her high-kicking it, Beyonce style!

Anyways, thought this was worth a watch, you might get a giggle too:

Fake Crafts Projects are the Best Kind

My mom and I braved our first baby consignment sale the other night, and although they didn't have anything on my list except books, we still managed to find "just a few" good things (ha). I was thrilled to see entire tables of boxes of books, most in almost new or great condition (better than some I've gotten on Amazon), all between $1 and $5. Baby Girl now has quite the little library, full of Dr. Seuss, Curious George, Babar the Elephant, and even a few French story books! Quelle chance!

The one thing that I didn't like about the books was that many had names written inside the cover...and since my daughter is obviously the most important child in the world, that wasn't going to work for me. So I set out to design some book plate stickers that I could use to cover up the old names, and write in Baby Girl's name, if she ever gets one.

My obvious lack of design skills quickly led to a Google search for free printable book plates, and I found this one:

via this awesome little website:

There are three different versions on the PDF, so I downloaded them, made a quick re-size in Photoshop, and printed them directly onto sticky labels. Thank you, Google, for helping me come up with a free, quick way to personalize Baby Girl's books!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cute Comments = a Happy Momma

So, I know I've posted several "Don't ever freaking say this to a pregnant lady!" posts, but overall, people have been pretty nice to me this pregnancy. Everyone seems really excited about the baby, even complete strangers, so as long as they don't ask insanely personal questions, I'm happy to talk with them about how the pregnancy's going and our plans for the name (or lack thereof), nursery (or lack thereof), etc.

Two specific groups of people are especially interested in the baby and Stevo got a dose of both last weekend, so I figured it was time for a post about them.

The first group I have dubbed the "Home Depot Heroes". Men at Home Depot are particularly aware and protective of the fact that I'm pregnant, and pretty much without fail, Steve gets some kind of mini lecture or admonishment to "do this project right because otherwise it won't be good for the baby!!". The Home Depot Heroes are also very concerned that I don't help with the projects, and I've been told on more than one occasion to put my feet up and let my hubby handle it. I don't need to be told twice!! This group also applies to any kind of car maintenance person although my experience with them during the pregnancy has been fairly limited.

The second group is one that I encounter on a more regular basis vs. just our Saturday morning Home Depot runs, and those are the Proud Grandparents. It doesn't matter if I'm at the grocery store, the mall, or wherever- Proud Grandparents LOVE coming up and talking about my baby and their own grandbabies. I've been shown more pictures of grandbabies in the last 4 months than I've seen in 4 years, and I think it's adorable how much they love showing them off. It's nice to see all these grandparents truly getting to enjoy these babies!

Last weekend we met a rare combination of BOTH a Home Depot Hero and a Proud Grandpa, and he was practically bursting with pride and excitement when he told us he had FIVE grandkids, before pulling out his phone to show us pictures of the newest little one. And then wrapped up the conversation with a lecture to Steve on making sure to fix that fridge leak right before it caused mold which could hurt the baby!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dirty Thirty? Flirty Thirty?

We hit 30 weeks today and I'm obviously feeling uncreative, haha. I've got some kind of throat/head virus so I've been kind of useless this week but the baby's still baking away. Let's see what she's up to:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (sounds right on par with her mother's vision, haha).

No other real developments this week...Kathryn sent out the CUTEST invitations for my shower so I'm super excited about that, and we're also finally going to start putting together the nursery soon.

Here's a belly pic that I snapped on the way out the door...I got spoiled with my own personal photographer and photo studio, but now that Angela's not at work anymore you guys will have to settle for my blurry bathroom shots!

          And yes, my belly button is now an "outie", as Steve so helpfully continues to point out. Thanks honey.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Forbes Family is Moving

Steve thinks I'm joking, but I informed him yesterday that I'm going to find a place in America where the average daily temperature is under 60 degrees, preferably with no humidity, and then move there. Forbes & Co would benefit from multiple office locations and the poor Preggosaurus would benefit from not wanting to die after being outside for more than 2 minutes. So really, it's a win-win. Now just to convince the hubby.

A quick google search assured me that there are in fact such cities. So for fun, let's take a gander and see where we could move to:

Coolest Weather

Large cities in America with a normal daily mean temperature for the year that's below 55 °F (12.8 °C):
City °F Daily Average
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 47.5
Chicago, Illinois 49.1
Cleveland, Ohio 49.6
Detroit, Michigan 49.7
Denver, Colorado 50.1
Boston, Massachusetts 51.6
Indianapolis, Indiana 52.5
Columbus, Ohio 52.9
Seattle, Washington 52.9
Portland, Oregon 53.5
Kansas City, Missouri 54.2
Baltimore, Maryland 54.6

 My vote is Boston...or perhaps Alaska. Let's go, honey!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Story Time

Gather 'round, boys and we're going to talk about contractions!

No, not real contractions. I'm talking about a fun little thing called a Braxton Hicks contraction. Now, all the old mommy pros reading this blog are probably like, "yeah yeah yeah, big whoop", but to gals (and their hubbies!) who have never been through this before, I want to help you avoid a "wtf was that!" moment.

A Braxton Hicks contraction is your body "practicing" contractions for when you really do go into labor. You generally start to feel them around 28 weeks (mine started a little early but not by much), although really they can start anytime after the 1st trimester. The nice things about the BH contractions are a) they don't hurt, usually and b) they go away if you move around. Real contractions (so I'm told) do no such thing and will indeed hurt and will go away only when they damn well want to.

What does a Braxton Hicks contraction feel like, you ask? For me, my tummy tightens up really hard for a few minutes or until I shift positions or stretch. They've never hurt but they can be pretty uncomfortable. My doc says that dehydration can make them more intense or frequent, so preggos, make sure to constantly drink water or gatorade, especially in the summer.

My only complaint so far with BH contractions is that I tend to get them around 3 or 4 in the morning, waking me up and making me turn over to get rid of it. Beyond that, I figure practice makes perfect and my belly can BH away to its heart's content!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Your test results are.....

Finally got the news about my glucose test that I took a week and a half ago- my levels came back completely normal, woo hoo!

Although I wasn't necessarily anticipating problems, I was starting to get nervous because the doctor had said if I passed, I would hear within a day or two. And I was NOT looking forward to the thought of a 3 hour in-office version of the test!

So, all is well and I will happily go back to drinking my juice. Everybody celebrate!

Monday, July 12, 2010

As if picking a name wasn't hard enough....

...At least the U.S. Government doesn't chime in too!

I ran across this article and thought it was interesting (and timely, given that we can't make up our minds about the name!). It breaks down laws in other countries where the government has dictated guidelines and protocols for "appropriate and legal" names for your children. You can read the full article in the link below but I'll pull out some of the best parts, for those busy readers out there!

* Baby names must be submitted for approval by the office of vital statistics in Germany. No gender-neutral names are allowed, and if your proposed name is rejected, you have to submit new options until one is approved.
* Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden all make it a legal effort to protect children from embarrassing or inappropriate names...examples of rejected names include Stallion, Sex Fruit, Superman, and Monkey.
* In China, names must be able to be printed and read by I.D. card scanners. This means that names must only use Chinese characters that can be printed by a computer, and even some adults are having to change or tweak their names to follow this rule!

29 and Feelin' Fine

Tomorrow will be the 29 week marker and I've been feeling pretty good. Although I admit that I get pretty uncomfortable when I sit for too long (or stand for too long, or lay down for too long...) and getting a good night's sleep is getting pretty sporadic. Poor Steve is getting used as a body pillow/punching bag at night (not on purpose!) on a regular basis but he's been a good sport about it. I've found that warm baths, yoga stretches, and making sure to keep up the exercise help to keep me more comfortable. I like swimming and walking at night when it cools off the best in terms of exercise.

Here's a quick baby update:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash- Steve's favorite veggie!) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

This past weekend was a lot of fun. Our wonderful Tennessee friends came down to the lake house and as part of the weekend held a shower for us and the baby. Jamie and Laura did such a good job and the games that we had the guys play were HILARIOUS. They had a race to see who could drink the beer out of bottles the fastest, and they also had to guess what kind of food was in a variety of baby food jars. Derek Thompson won the beer drinking contest and his grand prize was another jar of prune baby food, which he ate of course- what a good sport! Here's some photos:

Some of the other gals got a few pictures of Steve and me so when those get posted online I'll share them over here too. If I look okay, haha. Thank you to our wonderful friends for helping us feel so loved, and for sharing our excitement!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

28 Weeks and getting impatient

We're now at 28 weeks and beyond all doubt in the 3rd trimester (woo hoo!). I'm already getting impatient with the pregnancy but after a couple of slow weeks, it seems like time is picking up again so that makes me happy. Baby Girl is kicking up a storm in there- Steve was amazed last night at how strong and active she's gotten.

And because everyone would be sad without a update:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

One small step for fashionistas...

In case you haven't seen this already, Forever 21 has added a maternity line! It's very limited right now, but it looks perfect for inexpensive layering tanks and basic tops. Haven't tried it myself yet but given that a lot of other stores sell their tanks for $15-$20, I figured my other fellow preggos would be interested in this!

Forever 21 Maternity