Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two Wonderful Years

I love you, honey! Something tells me year three is going to be the best one yet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 34

Week 34 made me realize how much I'm slowing down! I spent a busy weekend with two of my best girlfriends and - ooof! - I was exhausted by the end of each day. It was great, though, we enjoyed a blissful spa day at the Trump and shared many yummy meals. Such a treat!

This week also brought a huge accomplishment - my last full week at work! This pregnancy is timed perfectly with a number of Jewish Holidays, with at least one day per week off between now and my leave. The mindset of getting through only partial weeks is making this homestretch feel incredibly more manageable.

Also exciting, our childbirth classes at the hospital started this week. We signed up for four evening classes spread over a month versus the one-day marathon class. So far, I haven't learned anything new but it's definitely helpful to review all the basics. I think the class made everything feel that much more soon - especially when it was recommended that we be truly prepared: car seat installed,  hospital bags packed, hospital pre-registration complete, birth plans, etc. The nurse repeatedly told us to think of the due date as a "due month" - baby could arrive any time between weeks 37-41. Eeep!

And perhaps you noticed this week's photo looks a little different than some previous shots. We took maternity pictures! I can't wait to share them, but that will be a separate post. I'm so glad we opted to take a few photos. I didn't feel the need to go too crazy, but I know it will be great to have a memento from this time in our life.

Did you take maternity photos?

Monday, September 17, 2012

What's In My Hospital Bag?

Last week, I met a colleague for lunch. Her due date was just a few days before my own. The next day I received an e-mail saying that she'd had her little boy! Even though most babies don't arrive at 35 weeks, I suddenly felt as though it's really time to be prepared for our little one's arrival. So now, our hospital bags are officially packed.

1. Comfy Cotton Yoga Pants (2): As much as I love my Lululemon, I opted to pack two pairs of soft, breathable, loose yoga pants for the hospital. One pair of cropped, one full length.

2. Nursing Tanks (2): I've been told that nursing tanks are far more practical for the hospital than nursing bras. They allow you to be discreet when visitors are around and give you one less thing to manage.

3. Toiletries: My toiletry bag is ready to go! Items include: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair ties, etc.

4. Pillow: I'll be taking one pillow from home. One great tip I received is to make sure to bring a distinct pillow case so it doesn't get lost among hospital items.

5. Camera: This one is a no-brainer. I've got an empty SD card ready to go, and a fully charged battery. We'll also have our cell phones, chargers, and Mr. Fix-It will likely have a laptop.

6. Flip Flops: To keep my feet protected from hospital floors and showers.

7. Lanisoh Lanolin Cream: I've heard in the early days of nursing, you want to use cream every time you feed, no matter what.

8. Hairbrush

9. Straightner

10. Bath Robe: I splurged on a nice robe. Hopefully it will help me look a little more put together post-delivery. I also imagine I'll be spending lots of time in it in those early days at home.

1. Pacifier and Strap: Probably totally unnecessary, but I threw it in the bag anyway. I do think I'll appreciate baby's paci not rolling around on the hospital floor, though.

2. Baby Gown with Cuff (2): I packed two thinking they'll be good to have for when we're hanging out in the room before heading home. I made sure to choose gowns with cuffs so that we can protect baby's face from accidental scratches.

3. Booties: We have a hand knit pair from a family friend. They're just too cute and if baby is anything like its Mommy, it will perpetually have chilly feet.

4. Burp Cloths: Maybe superflous, but again, if baby is anything like its Mommy it will be a bit of a puker.

5. Going Home Outfit: I found a similar kimono-style outfit at Nordstrom several months back. It's super soft, gender-neutral, and timeless. I can't wait to put it on baby! And I'll admit, I also snuck a blue cap and pink bow in the bag so our baby can look like a boy or girl.

6. Boppy: I'm bringing the boppy. Great for hospital guests and middle of the night feedings.

7. Nail Clipper: Some newborns have pretty scratchy nails. If baby's need a little trim, we'll be ready.

8. Swaddle blankets: I've packed these exact two for our little one. I'm secretly thinking the purple will be for a girl and the teal for a boy. But of course, I purchased both knowing they're pretty neutral and they'll see plenty of use.

9. Baby Book: I'm bringing our baby book to the hospital in the event the nurses are nice enough to imprint baby footprints in it. Also, we can have family sign and if I need a project (ha!) I can start entering basic info. 

 And those are the basics! What was in your hospital bag? Have any packing tips for first time parents?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy iPhone Day!

iPhone 5 via Apple
Case via ChelseyEmery

Is anyone else as jazzed as I am about the iPhone 5? My 4 had seen better days, so I've just been dyyyyyying to upgrade. The 5 looks like it's going to be a solid device, and the upgrades to iOS6 are fantastic. My only complaint? Apple changed the charge port but didn't go universal USB. Shame on you, Apple - now we have to buy new chargers and we're creating more waste in the world as our old ones now have to be discarded. At least with a universal USB we could use all the same cords and cables for kindles, cameras, etc.

Out of curiosity, where do you fall on the black/white iPhone debate? I've always opted for black, but now I'm mixing it up and went white. I was swayed when I heard that white can be easier to find when digging through a purse. With a little one soon on my hip, I'm thinking I'll appreciate those extra 2 seconds not spent searching for my phone.

I CANNOT WAIT for these lovelies to arrive in the mail! And of course, my adorable case will be monogrammed with an "A". Happy iPhone Day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 33

Week 33 was calm and crazy all at the same time. Labor day meant a shorter work week, and Friday brought the start of a fun, girly weekend with two of my favorite friends. Work, on the other hand, was totally nuts. Just as I'm working to wind down my case load and terminate a few clients, things got busier than ever. I can't say much due to privacy issues, but people do funny things around endings. Some disappear, some want to squeeze in extra sessions, and others act out hoping to reinforce their importance.

This week also brought a light at the end of the tunnel. Turning the page to September on my calendar has felt like a huge accomplishment. I'm scheduling clients through September, and then I'll spend the first two weeks of October in the office wrapping up paperwork. This means I'll work through week 38, but by week 36 all my clinical work will be complete. Fingers crossed this means I'll have some quiet time at home before our little one decides to arrive. Funny enough, despite most first borns coming late, I keep hearing stories about early arrivals. "I had my son 3 weeks early - have your bags packed!"

These people must not know me very well. OBVIOUSLY I've had my hospital bags packed for a few weeks already. (I don't think this baby is making a break for it anytime soon, I just started to run out of baby-related chores once all the clothes were washed and folded.)

Baby and I also had an OB appointment this week. It was quick and easy: weight - down a pound, blood pressure - 110/70, fetal heartbeat - 150BPM, questions for the doctor - nope! It doesn't get more straightforward than that. I've also started rotating doctors for my appointments. The practice we're using has 7 OB/GYNS on staff, each of them being on call 1 day per week. This means the odds of my doctor delivering our baby are pretty low, so I'm slowly making the rounds to meet everyone. Of course, the reality is that the doctor is in the room for the last few minutes of delivery, and after enduring labor I imagine I won't care if a monkey delivers my baby. But who knows? Perhaps a friendly face will be comforting after all.

On to week 34!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 32

Whoa baby! Everyone who saw me this week, especially clients, couldn't help but comment on how big this baby bump has gotten! I have been feeling it too - bigger, slower, and less comfortable. I don't have any real complaints, I'm just undeniably pregnant at this point.

This week I went for a pre-natal massage. It was amazingly heavenly. I cozied in, all propped up on my side, and felt muscle tension just melt away. I haven't noticed feeling terribly tight or sore, but the massage made me realize how good it felt to really stretch and loosen up. I've also been back at pre-natal yoga which I really need to keep up.

Let's catch up on a few questions and answers:
  • How Far Along: 32 Weeks. Watching the calendar approach September was SO exciting.
  • Weight Gain: 15lbs. Woo hoo! 
  • Gender: Not finding out. Lately, I'm completely sure baby is a girl. Mr. Fix-It has still held strong with "boy" as his guess from day 1.
  • Movement: Holy Moses. This kid is ACTIVE. The kicks, stretches, and rolls are enough to propel me out of bed at night.
  • Sleep: Not the best. I have nights of amaaaazing sleep and then a night or two where baby is moving like nuts, I constantly have to go to the bathroom, and despite my best efforts at tossing and turning I simply can't get comfortable. 
  • What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach. I know I won't get to sleep through the night for a while, but the idea of at least being able to get physically comfortable is very exciting.
  • Cravings: Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream has been my favorite thing lately. I'm not eating it regularly, but OMG IT'S GOOD.
  • Symptoms: Big baby kicks resulting in sleepless nights. Bathroom trips resulting in sleepless nights. Limbs falling asleep resulting in sleepless nights. Basically, mama needs a nap!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Knowing that things are moving along as they should! Keep doing your thing, baby.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Baby Fix-It's Nursery!

I am SO EXCITED to share this post with you! Creating a nursery for our baby has been one of the most fun projects we've completed. I've already shared our inspiration and bits and pieces along the way, and now the room is officially complete.

I know you're really just here for the pictures, so take a peek!

Every time Mr. Fix-It and I walk by we just can't help but smile. I can not wait for our little one to fill this space!

If you're looking for something you see in the nursery, here's a list of resources:

Paint: Behr's Teal Ice
Furniture: Pali Brand, purchased at Beautiful Beginnings in Chicago
Glider: Quinn by Best Gilders, purchased at Beautiful Beginnings in Chicago
Curtains: DIY, "Taza Color Stripe in Yellow", purchased via Hawthorne Threads
Night Stand: Craigslist, refinished DIY
Bookshelves: DIY
Throw Pillows: IvieBaby via Etsy
Crib Bedding and Boppy Cover: IvieBaby via Etsy
Bunting: IvieBaby via Etsy
Prints: Frames purchased at IKEA, miscellaneous prints via Etsy
Changer: Cooshee by BabySmart
Mobile: HushHoney via Etsy
Growth Chart: KimsSister via Etsy
Monkey Bin: 3 Sprouts via The Container Store