stuff no one tells you #3

we had our last prenatal class that included a tour of the hospital. we saw the labor room and the room you recover in. there is a BIG difference between the two. the labor room has mood lighting and is spacious. there is a couch that converts into a bed for daddy. it looks like a hotel. after your baby is born, you are put into a closet with a roll-away bed. congrats! here are some other things i learned:

  1. a birth plan seems like a good idea. there are sooooo many decisions you have to make. i’d like to make them when i’m not in pain
  2. after birth, you can swell even more
  3. after birth, you may lose hair
  4. once you get to the hospital, you can’t eat anything
  5. aroma therapy is offered for pain management
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bullseye!

While googling “baby registry”, i saw a few blog posts about a free goodie bag you receive when you create a registry at Target. Really?? I just need to spend 5 mins adding things to a registry to get free stuff?! And so i did.

 

Here’s the catch, you have to go into a Target store to pick it up. NBD. They don’t ask you to prove you created a registry, and no purchase necessary. Score!

 

So here are some of the things I received in a Target re-usable lunch bag:

Philips Avent 4oz bottle

MAM newborn pacifier

Pampers wristlet/clutch & travel size baby wipes

Honest Co sample of newborn diapers and wipes

Lasinoh sample of breast pads and breast milk storage bags

and TONS of coupons and samples

part trois

my second trimester didn’t fly by as quickly as the first, and now that i’m in my third trimester i feel like i’m still so far away. for the most part, i feel like things have gone smoothly and we have made some progress on our preparation. here’s a little recap of my pregnancy:

weeks: 28

due date: 1/26/16 Aquarius

weight gain: +20lbs (doc said i’ll gain another 10+, hooray)

belly button: innie, but looks like it may pop

side effects: some lower back pain, tired but no time to nap, occasional acid reflux

cravings: chocolate and ice cream

movement: baby starting to punch and kick, no more butterfly flutters

nursery: done! will post pics soon

28 weeks

stuff no one tells you #2

just got done with our 2nd class, and holy moly there is definitely stuff that people “forget” to mention. we all know labor can take hours, and there’s a ton of pain but then you get an epidural. there’s a million other things that happen in between.

  1. the ring of fire can happen to your vagina
  2. if you get an epidural, they have to put in a urinary cathetor
  3. there will most likely be tearing and stitches needed
  4. after the baby is born, you still have to give birth to the placenta
  5. your milk can take between 2-5 days to “arrive”, but luckily you have yellow cheese you can feed them through your boobs (colostrum)

i’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad, that i know this before going into labor….

stuff no one tells you #1

we attended our first prenatal class this week. it focused on our anatomy, and the changes that occur when you go into labor. we also started practicing some breathing techniques. here the things i learned (and remembered)

  1. most women’s water breaks at the hospital
  2. every mom is scared about pooping during labor
  3. to check how far you are dilated, a nurse spreads her fingers in your cervix
  4. the “bloody show” is a real thing

fear of your water breaking in public

halloween recap

last night we did some halloween reconnaissance to find the best streets in our neighborhood to trick or treat. we hardly receive any trick or treaters at our house, so we didn’t know if our area was popular. since we love dressing up and celebrating halloween, we wanted to make our sons experience just as special (so we’re prepping for next year). we knew there was a house that went ALL out with decorations, so that was our first stop. they had music and fog and moving zombies. spiders that were triggered by motion detectors to jump, and a ghost that flew across the sky. that house put all the others to shame. it had a huge line for candy, and parents taking tons of pictures of the front lawn. needless to say, the reset of our neighborhood is filled with kids, just not our street 😦

since we were out and about, we left our candy on the front porch with a homemade sign. we came home to some candy, so maybe it worked.

santa's watching
santa’s watching

here are some “mean” notes for your enjoyment:  http://www.someecards.com/life/holidays/notes-for-trick-or-treaters

oh, i almost forgot! we start our birthing classes tomorrow. things are getting real.