Getting closer!

My mother and S/O’s mother co-hosted a shower for me last weekend. It was wonderful, and I was blown away by the generosity of my family and friends.

We were so excited, we set up the crib as soon as we got home.

We also set up the play yard, and the My Little Snugabunny Swing. More pics to come later!

November 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

My poor neglected blog

Sorry that’s it’s been over a month since I updated! We were having some issues with our apartment, and have been trying to get maintenance to address them. Plus, I was a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding!

So, I had my growth ultrasound on October 6th. The baby measured about two weeks behind where he should be. They told me not to be too concerned, and try eating more protein. I’ve been having twice-weekly non-stress tests (results have been good so far), and they measure my amniotic fluid levels (again, results good). I have another growth ultrasound on October 28th.

We were also given FIVE BOXES of baby boy clothes, from a family that my new sister-in-law’s mom knows (did you follow that? lol). Newborn sizes through 24 months!

And I’m starting to pack my bag for the hospital. It’s starting to feel “real” that in a little over a month, we will have a little person!

October 21, 2011 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

My Traumatized Dog

My poor, traumatized dog.

I went out to the Just Between Friends Consignment event this morning and brought home . . .

A bouncy chair.

By his reaction, you’d have thought I brought home a giant poisonous spider/scorpion hybrid monster.

OMG! It plays music! It vibrates! Run for the hills!

Further adding to my theory that when we bring the baby home, he will run and hide in the closet, and not emerge for three months.

“Was he abused,” you ask?

No. Many people think that because their dogs are afraid of certain objects, that the dog was abused in its past, by that object, or something similar.

Very few dogs are truly abused. Observe a dog rescued from a puppy mill, and you will see an example of an abused dog.

My dog was probably simply un- or under-socialized as a puppy. Puppies go through a very important period in their lives, from about age 3 weeks to 12 or 14 weeks. Puppies who are exposed to as many new experiences, new objects, new people, new sights, new smells, etc., grow into confident adult dogs. That’s not to say that dogs who don’t get those new experiences are doomed, just that you get what I have — a dog that is afraid when it is exposed to new things, sights, smells or people. These dogs need a bit of extra positive reinforcement and encouragement when confronted with new experiences.

Dogs like mine will adjust more easily if changes are made, and new furniture/baby gear are brought in gradually, rather than all at once.

September 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

Third Trimester

I’ve hit the third trimester! I feel like this pregnancy is flying by. These last three months will be busy ones, as my brother is getting married in three weeks.

I have a definite belly. I feel him moving a lot. We’ve chosen our pediatrician. And I still feel like I’m completely unprepared! Maybe because we don’t have much “baby gear” yet.

We still need to figure out childcare, as I’m pretty sure I will have to return to work after the baby is born.

I need to start thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag.

I’m very much a Type A, list-making person, and having no control over when the baby comes is a little nerve-wracking for me.

September 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

New resource for pet-owning parents and parents-to-be

The American Humane Association (not the same as the Humane Society of the United States) has published a free, downloadable booklet called “Pet Meets Baby!”

American Humane was established in 1877 to protect children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today, they are leaders in research in human-animal interaction.

I read through the booklet, and was impressed with their information on preparing your pets as early as possible, and making changes gradually.  They also include information for a wide variety of pets — cats, dogs, rabbits, even birds.

Get your free copy at http://www.americanhumane.org/interaction/programs/humane-education/pet-meets-baby.html You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to read the booklet. Adobe Acrobat Reader is also free to download. Get it here.

September 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Childbirth class

So, apparently, I was a little ahead of the game in signing us up for childbirth class. The class that I chose is given by the hospital where I”ll be delivering, and is a general-information class, not geared toward any one “method” of childbirth (Lamaze, Bradley, hypnobirthing, etc.). Most of the women in my class are due late October to late November.

I chose the option of one Saturday class, plus three weeknight classes, instead of 6 weeknight classes.

We learned a lot in our first class, some of which I had already learned through reading books on pregnancy and childbirth, but it was nice to have it presented by a licensed nurse, and to have the opportunity to ask questions.

There was no pressure to “go natural” or to have an epidural. The hopsital’s C-section rate is below the national average, and there is no pressure to have a C-section unless medically necessary. The hospital is very pro-breastfeeding, prefers to have babies “room in” with their mothers, and is open to mothers with birth plans, as long as women understand those plans shouldn’t be set in stone, as anything can happen that would mean deviating from that plan.

We got a sneak peak at a labor and delivery room. We practiced relaxation techniques, and our coaches practiced massaging the mothers-to-be’s backs.

During the weeknight classes, we’ll get to hear from an anesthesiologist, a pediatrician, and a breastfeeding couple.

I know that it will depend on the instructor and how the class is presented, but I’m really getting a lot out of ours, and I’d recommend them to other parents-to-be.

August 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Milestone: Movement!

OK, I”m actually several weeks late with this update.

On July 7th (approximately 18 weeks along), while relaxing on the couch, watching TV, I felt a flutter in my stomach. I’d felt odd sensations before, but attributed them to gas bubbles. This was definitely NOT a gas bubble!

Since then, the little boy has become quite active, particularly at night, or after I’ve had my morning cup of coffee.

I can’t wait for D to be able to feel his son kick from outside my abdomen.

August 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

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