Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 39 Weeks

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 As Chandler Bing would say, could I *be* anymore pregnant? Sheesh.

All of our hospital bags packed. I had my one and only contraction, around 2 a.m. one night, and it was enough to motivate Brent to pack his bag bright and early the next morning.

Our fancy camera is charged, ready with an empty SD card.

Our house is relatively clean.

I've created an email list of all the friends and family who'll receive our first announcement. Last time I was rattling off names to Brent while recovering in my hospital bed.

My Facebook wall is partially CLOSED because as I vented on my wall last week, there's little that irks me more than someone other than the birth parents posting the first baby announcement on a Facebook wall, with tags in a status or congrats wall post or a shared photo or whatever. It sounds silly to even have to warn people not to do, but I see well-intentioned people do it to other people seemingly once a week. It's happened to numerous friends, and folks, it is NOT cool. Like I said, my wall is partially closed but only because I can't figure out how to lock it down completely. Soon, though. SOON.

I appreciate that we are blessed to have so many family and friends -- both in real life and cultivated online -- who are excited for Mimi's arrival. However, I've started responding to inquiries with this lovely URL: http://www.haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com/

I've realized that I didn't expect to make it this far in my pregnancy. Em was a week old at this point! I go back and forth from wanting to meet this little gal already to trying to relish these last moments of calm before the newborn storm. What's most frustrating, I think, is that I'm sleeping like crap. I was up nearly half a dozen times last night, if not more. If I'm going to have sleepless nights already, I might as well have the company of a newborn, right? Thankfully I'm able to nap during the day while Em is in preschool, but that probably adds to the vicious sleepless cycle.

At my appointment today, my doc seemed genuinely surprised that I hadn't delivered yet. He'll be out of town this weekend, so naturally I'm expecting to go into labor while he's away. We'll see what our little gal has planned.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mimi's Room

Mimi's room is finally put together enough for me to share with you.

Room
View from the door

crib
The crib and the sheet, which launched the little "theme" we have throughout. We're ordering a larger-flag custom bunting from the same Etsy seller who did the bunting along the top of the wall, with Mimi's real name embroidered (once we're 100% about what that actually is). That will go above the crib.

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We're excited to have enough room to keep our futon. I'm still undecided on what to put on the wall above, but I have some ideas. And that crocheted blanket over the futon? A BEAUTIFUL handmade gift made when Em was born, from long-time pal, Kiraa

Dresser/changing table
The dresser/changing table. The mirror needs to be hung, but we'll keep it low so Mimi can entertain herself with her reflection during changes. That chair in the corner, which was in Em's nursery and was great for middle-of-the-night feedings, doesn't rock at all on Mimi's carpet. It might get moved to a different part of the house, just to keep things a little open in there. 

Art
I picked up this little piece of art, which I still need to frame and hang, from Zulily. You can find more of the artist's work in their Etsy shop. It was hard to restrain myself because I honestly adore so many of the pieces in the shop. They're sweet for a nursery but I can see them working in her room as she gets older. 

Closet
The closet, just so you can get a sense of the entire room. The inside is organized but nothing exciting to see. It's filled with diapers, wipes, baby carriers (I may or may not have half a dozen different carriers), diaper bags, tubs of Em's old baby clothes, and some hung clothing. Most of Mimi's clothes are organized in the dresser, ready for her to rock!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 38 Weeks

38 weeks (and one day)
Yesterday I hit the 38-week mark, which is the exact point in my pregnancy when Em debuted. I was strolling the aisles at Target in the afternoon, thinking, "This is when my water broke last time. Please don't....or do....or... I don't know!"

I won't lie -- the past few days have been dragging, and I'm trying to remind myself that it could be up to another THREE WEEKS before her arrival. So simmer down now, Nanette. It's strange to be running errands like each day could be my last "free" day out of the house for a while, but it could be just because we don't know when she's going to decide to arrive.

My hospital bag is packed. Em's bag for Grandma's and Grandpa's is almost done. Brent's? Well, he might be thinking about starting to try to pack. We'll see.

Mimi's car seat (and her base in Brent's car) are installed, and Em's seat has been moved from the middle to behind the driver's side. I think it's heightened Em's excitement because each time we drive anywhere she asks, "When is my sister going to get here?!"

The other day while I was setting up Mimi's room, Em came in and said she was going to play with some of her old baby toys we've relocated there. I told her sure, and as she pulled it down from the shelf, she said, "Mommy, you better ask her if it's ok." Then I suggested she ask. So she yelled at my belly, "Baby sister! I'm going to play with your toys, ok?!"

Then I died from cuteness.

In all seriousness, though, I've had some waves of guilt about how our dynamic is going to change with another kid. Brent may or may not have walked in on me having a crying fit last week, feeling guilty that Em isn't going to be the center of our everything, worrying how she's going to adjust, how I'm going to continue to make sure she knows she's loved and give her the attention she needs and deserves. And it's not just Em. I worry about balancing my attention and giving Mimi all she needs, too. Part of me knows that it's going to be just fine, but part of me still panics about it all.

Normal, right?

Despite my fits of worry, I'm feeling as ready as I can be. We're all looking forward to welcoming this little one into our family -- whenever she's ready.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 37 Weeks

37 Weeks

Other than the photo of me in labor with Em, this pic above at 37 weeks today may be the most pregnant photo of me in existence. The last belly pic I took with Em was 36 weeks, 6 days. She arrived promptly at 38 weeks, before we had a chance to take the next weekly pic.

My new doctor doesn't subscribe to the same theory that my Portland midwife and other LA doctor did about Mimi's potential early arrival just because Em was a little early. So while I'm still nesting away and prepping for the baby, I'm trying not to be of the mindset that she will likely be here by next week.

Having said that, my doc did see at my appointment yesterday that I'm already 1 1/2 cm dilated (10 cm is the magic number before the baby is delivered). That is no indication of impending delivery, but seeing as how I went from 3 to 9 cm in about an hour with Em, I had Brent cancel a one-day trip up to San Francisco this week. And no more traveling for him until after Mimi's arrival. Women can walk around 4+ cm dilated for WEEKS before having their baby, but my body's track record isn't necessarily in that camp.

My doctor was a little confused when I asked about the difference between Braxton Hicks (your body's "practice" contractions, which don't typically hurt) and real contractions, but then he remembered that I didn't have to pay attention to contractions with my first pregnancy because my water breaking was what sent me to the hospital. If this one starts off with contractions, we're to head to the hospital when they're 10-15 minutes apart, unlike the standard 5 minutes apart with first pregnancies. Second deliveries can move much faster than first, and I'd rather not have Mimi en route to the hospital.

In addition to prepping the house for a new baby, I've been prepping my car and myself. I took my car in for a thorough wash, which was much needed after our Portland-to-Los-Angeles roadtrip. Side note: Rainy Portland understandably has much fewer car washes than Los Angeles. I missed that about LA.

I'm going to try to get myself an appointment for a haircut this week, and now that Em is in preschool full-time again, I was able to get away for a pedicure this afternoon.

As I've been running around town, picking up last-minute baby essentials and doing other errands,  I've had this increasing fear of my water breaking in public places. I know it wouldn't be the end of the world, and it's all a part of Mother Nature, yada, yada, but I still cringe at the thought of having to inform some poor Target employee that there's a clean up required in aisle 7, and um, pay no mind to my dripping pants. Gah.

When I left my appointment yesterday, the doctor said, "See ya at your appointment next week. Or at the hospital!" Wild, folks. It's just so strange to be counting down the days at this point. We'll see if you get another weekly update from me or if it'll end up being THE update of all updates.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Girls Crochet Headbands review & giveaway!

I've always been a sucker for cute accessories. One of my first retail jobs was at a popular, teen-filled accessory store at the mall, where most of my paycheck went right back into. It's no surprise that my love of accessories has been passed onto Em. She has an obscene amount of headbands and barrettes, but that didn't stop me from jumping at the chance to review some adorable accessories and an outfit from Girls Crochet Headbands.

Things have been a bit hectic, as one would imagine, relocating back to Los Angeles, prepping for the baby and finding Em a new preschool (success on all of the above), but I finally managed to wrangle Em to model some of the site's items we received. Our little diva thought it was too bright out, hence the sunglasses. You should see her rider -- man, this kid is demanding! Heh. 

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I love this little white headband, which you can attach any barrette to. Em is pretty self-sufficient with her headbands, but sometimes she struggles to keep her barrettes in place. This is the perfect solution, and I'm excited to get more use out of her dozens of clips. All the clips featured in this post are from GCH, by the way, like this cream flower, this pink flower, the red version of this Hello Kitty clip, and this red flower. And some of them are attached to these sweet elastic headbands above. 

hats

She's not a big fan of hats, typically, but she was happy to sport this pink kufi hat for me. 

Dance party!

A girl can never have too many tutus, am I right? She fell head over heels in love with the two tutus we received. She's made them a requisite part of our nightly dance parties. 

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A couple months ago I found some sweet lace rompers online for Em's upcoming baby sister, but they weren't available in Em's sizes. I was STOKED to see that GCH had them not only in Em's size, but for a smokin' deal. Here she's sporting the watermelon one, along with some heart leg warmers. 
romper

It's a shame our kid has no personality, huh?

Now's your chance to win some goodies for yourself! GCH is giving one of my readers a $30 gift certificate to accessorize your kiddo to your heart's delight!

To enter
1) Mandatory: Head over to the Girls Crochet Headbands website and look around. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite GCH item is. Make sure you include a valid email address so I can notify you if you win. 

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Contest ends 11:59 p.m., Friday, January 18thI'll draw a winner via random.org. If I don't hear from that winner within 3 days, I'll choose an alternate winner.

As an added bonus, today until February 11, use coupon code: nannersp20 (case sensitive), and get 20% off your entire order!

Disclosure: GCH provided me with the items above for review, but the opinions are all my own. 

CONTEST CLOSED! Congrats to Shannon for winning the random drawing! 

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 36 Weeks

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(Ignore the strange lighting. We had some issues tonight, and this was the best.)

This week shall forever be dubbed THE WEEK I SUDDENLY FELT HUGE!

I feel like a penguin as I move from Point A to Point B. Waddle, waddle, waddle. 

Em keeps scolding me when I attempt to help her out of the car or into shopping carts. "Mommy! You're not supposed to lift me -- your big belly, remember?!"

If I lean the least bit forward, and sometimes when I'm sitting up perfectly straight, I'll get sudden foot jabs in my ribs.

Baby girl has a tendency to kick me in the cervix, which is not a pleasant feeling to the lady bits, I assure you. It mostly happens when I'm walking, and sometimes when I bend down to reach something.

Today Em was distracted as I read her a story. She was too busy watching my belly jump. 
Watching my belly jump as I read her a story #latergram

I often make a similar face myself while watching Mimi move.

Loving her doll-sized @mobywrap & excited to wear it while Mommy wears her baby sis in hers.
In my nursery prep, I unearthed this doll carrier -- a tiny version of the popular Moby wrap -- that I'd received when Em was too young to use it. She was quite excited to put it on and is looking forward to wearing hers when I wear mine with her sister. 

The nursery is still coming together, and I have a million little things on my to-do list. I should pack my hospital bag soon, but in an effort to keep Em busy today, I had her help me put together these little snack baskets for my future labor & delivery and postpartum nurses as a thank-you. I'm delivering at the same hospital as last time, and the nurses were great. I always intended to go back with some sort of thank-you, but never did. I'm hoping the baskets will help duplicate that good care ju-ju we had last time. 

Made these little snack baskets to thank my (future) L&D and postpartum nurses. I have yet, however, to start packing my hospital bag. #nestingprioritiesoutofwhack

I had some more doctor drama and ended up having to switch again as it turned out it'd be much more cost-effective for us to choose a different plan with Brent's new job, one that my first replacement doctor isn't a part of. The new doc is part of the same group that delivered Em, though, and I'm sure they'll be just fine. Our first appointment with him is tomorrow.

I'm trying to relax about everything that needs to be done between now and then, particularly because it's nothing that will prevent us from taking good care of our sweet girl should she arrive early. However, my mind won't stop racing at night and it's led to some insomnia, which is a cruel joke by Mother Nature. As exhausted as I may be, I know I need to take advantage of all the sleep I can get now before it's back to a schedule of life in 3-hour increments between feedings. No rest for the weary, I suppose.

So close! 

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 35 Weeks

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35 weeks, folks! 

And how 'bout a quick look back at how far we've come?

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Since Em arrived two weeks early, the docs I've seen during this pregnancy agree that Mimi will likely arrive the same time or perhaps earlier. (Although I've been told not to get irate if I end up making it to 39-40+ weeks after all.) My 40-week due date is February 5, but I'll hit 38 weeks on January 22, so that's the date I have in my head as "must finish ALL THE THINGS!"

We are getting settled in our new rental home, which we ADORE, and we're working on organizing things for Mimi's arrival. We bought a dresser to serve as a changing table, too, and went with the same one we bought for Em -- the IKEA Hemnes 3-drawer dresser, if you're curious. Em had fun helping Brent assemble it.

Assembling the dresser/changing table

I've decided on a slight theme for Mimi's room and have ordered a couple things accordingly. I'll "reveal" it all here once things get a bit more done in there.

I also ordered a new changing pad (Em's was trashed after 2+ years of heavy use), some more refills for our Diaper Genie (diaper pail, for the uninitiated), and the very popular Rock 'N Play, which wasn't around when Em was born. Moms everywhere seem to swear by it and its magic capabilities to keep babies asleep, so I'm excited to put it to good use.

Because Em's infant seat will expire soon -- car seats have expiration dates, again, for the uninitiated -- we picked up a new one of those. And because this is our last kiddo, I got to choose the pinkest, girliest one I could find. It's a fun little perk amongst our sea of gender-neutral gear I chose for Em.

I'm experiencing the typical 3rd trimester exhaustion. Thankfully Brent's new office has been closed for the holidays between Christmas and New Year's, so he's been working like crazy to get us all unpacked and settled before he returns to work. Timing worked out perfectly in that regard, and he's earned his sainthood twice over for it.

He also was sure that Santa brought me the one thing I asked for: a prenatal massage from my favorite LA spa. After waking up with a sore back this morning, I decided to redeem it this evening. It was heaven.

I've been thinking a lot about Mimi, and I'm over the moon excited to meet her. I wonder if she and Em will be one of those sets of siblings who look NOTHING alike or one of those sets who look just like twins but years apart. Genetics are crazy, so who knows? I feel more laid back about her arrival, having lived through life with a newborn once already, but I wonder if she'll get here and it'll be back to life as a "GAH! What do we do NOW with this tiny human who won't stop yelling at us?!" Not to mention that we just can't be always 100% focused on her since we also have a wonderful 4-year-old in the mix.

We haven't decided on a name, although we do have a couple frontrunners and a middle name that I love and think works well with both of our top two names. Brent's mom has this amazing and extensive family tree in their dining room, and I took a look over Christmas to see if there was anything we should consider. Nothing stuck for us, although we had a good laugh over a female ancestor named Direxa. I can't even imagine...

My pregnancy workouts have slowed to a halt since our move. The nearest location for the gym I was a member of in Portland isn't convenient, so I cancelled my membership. It's still valid through the end of January and I contemplated making the trek so I could attend a Zumba class or two. Then I remembered it's the beginning of a new year, which means it'll be a zoo. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll need to bust out some of the prenatal yoga DVDs I have and hopefully attend a local class with another pregnant pal of mine who goes to a studio she loves.

Less than 35 days left!