home stretch

i’m 39 weeks and anxiously waiting the arrival of our little boy. every movement, discomfort, anything…. i’m hoping that labor is starting. a few new side effects have popped up these last couple weeks so i thought i would post another short update:

 

weight gain: 40lbs (i weigh much closer to 200lbs than i do 100… ugh)

belly button: looks like an actual button. it’s not an outtie, but I can see the “bottom” of my button

side effects: some lower back pain, occasional acid reflux, sore hand joints, i can sleep all day, swollen feet/fingers, stretch marks (!!!! i thought i was doing awesome with the bio oil. i didnt have any until about 2 weeks ago, and they appeared out of no where !!!)

cravings: sugar & hot cheetos

movement: baby feels too big for my belly, and likes to kick me in the ribs

 

I’d like for our baby to come before i have no option but to get induced, so we’re going to a restaurant that serves a “maternity salad“. supposedly the dressing causes labor to start. i assume it has some castor oil in it. we shall see!

Caioti Pizza Cafe: http://www.yelp.com/biz/caioti-pizza-cafe-studio-city

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bye bye bye

goodbye 2015, hello maternity leave! i’ve been on maternity for 1 week now, and have had a long list of things to do for my hubby. i’m 36 weeks, and i have the mindset that baby boy will come at any moment, so i need to act quick. first on my list: car seat installation!

who knew how complicated installing the car seat could be?! i’m in a group on FB that speaks about nothing but car seats and the million things you can’t do with them. i also heard that 90% of parents are using them wrong. why is it so hard??? to save our sanity and for peace of mind, i think we are going to hire a professional.

i’m also thinking about a baby photographer. we’re so bad at taking pictures of ourselves. we go on vacation and come home with like 3 pics. it will be nice to have someone else whose in charge of the pics. they’re expensive, but oh so cute!

last on my list is interviewing a 2nd pediatrician option. we met with the now famous dr. hamilton who created “the hold”, but the commute is bit longer than we’d like. with all the visits we have to make, it would be nice to find someone closer. but will they have the magic touch like dr hamilton???

my goal is to have answers to all of these by the end of the week. i hope….

 

if it walks like a duck

i’m 34 weeks and preparing for my maternity leave. it’s been really stressful trying to get answers from my HR on what i need to do. it seems like everyone’s suggestion is to go on leave, and figure out everything then. this doesn’t make sense!! how can i just stop working and hope i qualify to receive state disability?

on top of that stress, it’s getting harder to walk. i’m waddling around the office at a snails pace. the baby suddenly feels so much heavier and is putting a ton of pressure under my belly. i’ve gained 30+ lbs and i’m ready to be on maternity leave. Only 2 more weeks to go. Believe me, the countdown has already begun.

baby it’s cold outside

the past few weeks have been jam packed with baby stuff, birthdays, holidays and work. i’m preparing for maternity leave and that seems like a job in itself. not only am i training my coworkers on my what i do, but i’m constantly googling how to apply for state disability. everyone seems to have different ideas on how it works, and it’s impossible to get 1 single answer. sooo frustrating!

this past weekend i had my baby showers. yes, plural. i had the “grown up” event in the afternoon and the friends event at night. combining the 2 groups would have just been too stressful.

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i came home from the showers with way too much stuff. i have no idea what i will need, so i guess it’s good that i have a wide variety of things, but my little home is reaching it’s capacity. it’s ironic how baby furniture takes up so much room!

it’s also been extremely cold lately. at night it’s in the 50’s. that’s freezing for LA!

 

heart to heart

it’s been 2 months since our last ultra sound that viewed our baby’s heart. the doc is still seeing the same coarcatation of the aorta. i’ve had 2 months to digest this information, so it wasn’t a shock. as for next steps, we just have to wait for the baby to born to confirm. there will be a cardiologist on hand to perform an echocardiogram, and a chance that he will have to spend the night in the NICU for further monitoring. we’ll take everything one day at a time, and not assume the worst until told otherwise.

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