Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
How Far Along: 31 Weeks. Only 8 or 9 weeks left!
Size Of Baby: A pineapple! She's growing a half a pound a week now.
Maternity Clothes: Still squeezing into all of my old clothes :) Making a run this weekend to get some more leggings and summer dresses!
Weight Gain: 20 pounds (ah!)
Stretch Marks: Nope *knock on wood* no signs of them!
Sleep: Hit or miss at this point. Some nights I don't wake up at all, other nights Im up all night with cramping/hip pain.
Best Moment of the Week: Finishing our patio and grilling out all weekend :)
Movement: Slowing down a little bit but once she gets going, she loves to kick my ribs. And still having hiccups 3 times a day.
Cravings: Enchiritos from Taco Bell, hot tea, and lots of food from back home that I can't get here :(
Gender: Baby Girl ! Name reveal soon!
Belly Button In or Out: Some days its out and others its in. Lets hope it stays in?
Wedding Ring on or Off: On!
What I Miss: Not being out of breath after 2 minutes of walking or standing.
What I am Looking Forward to: Seeing our baby girl on Monday on ultrasound, and Paris in 2 weeks!
Labor Signs: Tons of Braxton Hicks every day!
Symptoms: Feeling exhausted all the time and crampy here and there.
Nursery: Still getting there! Just waiting a couple more weeks then ordering whatever is left on our registry. Then I think I can feel like the nursery is organized and completed!
Emotions: Nervous and excitement that we only have 8 weeks left!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
With less than 10 weeks until this baby girl is here, we have FINALLY planned our 'babymoon' vacation...
It is literally only 5 hours away by car, so why not finally take advantage of this?
We will be driving up for the weekend, spending a day or two sightseeing, and one full day at Disney Paris!
I am beyond excited and nervous because I'll be 34 weeks pregnant, trying to waddle around everywhere.
I'm hoping it wont be too rough and I've ordered a maternity support band to play it safe.
Also, you better believe I'm making Hubs push me around in a wheelchair at Disney all day while he gets to go on some rides with his friends!
Any advice on what places are a must-see when visiting there? Besides the Eiffel Tower of course :)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Notice anything new around here?! I was SO sick of my last layout that I had to do something about it,
and I am finally really happy with the outcome :)
Thinking about giving your blog a makeover? I'd love to help, and right now is the best time before this baby gets here and my time will be spent changing diapers and (hopefully) napping! Email me at email@example.com to get started. You can see my full portfolio here.
Here are some of the latest designs I have done:
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Friday, April 26, 2013
How Far Along: 30 Weeks. Yes I showed my bare belly up there, and I'm proud of it!
Size Of Baby: A cucumber. I really hate these veggie comparisons. But she is almost 4 pounds!
Weight Gain: 19 pounds!
Stretch Marks: Just bought another type of cocoa butter so I switch off twice a day!
Sleep: Restless leg syndrome has started this week. I wake up with a creepy, crawly, super itchy feeling in my legs and arms. Luckily its only once a night so not ruining my sleep too much.
Best Moment of the Week: Our hospital tour. :)
Movement: Someone is definitely running out of room. She has been head down for a few weeks and the kicks to my ribs aren't very fun. Neither is feeling hiccups in my butt area everyday lol.
Cravings: This snack right here. At least once a day. Muenster cheese, cucumbers with ranch, and sun-dried tomato Wheat Thins.
Gender: Baby Girl ! Name reveal soon!
Belly Button In or Out: Slowly starting to poke out. Feels super puffy nowadays.
Wedding Ring on or Off: On!
What I Miss: Easily being able to get out of bed, shave my legs, and put on shoes.
What I am Looking Forward to: Paris next month! We are going to Disneyland Paris and staying near the Eiffel Tower. Then meeting our baby girl a month later :)
Labor Signs: Still having Braxton Hicks a few times a day. But thats it :)
Symptoms: Starving all the time! Baby is putting on fat now so she's taking all my food from me.
Nursery: Still getting there! I have been organizing the changing table and made a spot for her bottles in the kitchen cabinet.
Emotions: Less than 10 weeks left and wondering where the time has gone?!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A lot of people have been asking, and I will not be delivering at a military base hospital,
as the closest one is over an hour away. This idea scared the crap out of me at first, but after our tour of the German hospital I chose to deliver at, I couldn't be happier. Not only is it literally 3 minutes away, but they are all about babies here. All about making sure the mom is as comfortable as possible and that her baby doesn't leave her side unless absolutely necessary.
The differences that stick out most in my mind are:
-Doctors don't deliver the babies. Midwives do. And they are there every step of the way for you. I was terrified of this idea at first, until I was told their midwives are so well trained, that they can do a C-section at a patients home if needed. Mind blown.
-You are not confined to only laying on your back after all the monitors are hooked up to you. Any position that will make you comfortable is perfectly fine. They even had these tied sheets hanging from the ceiling that helped with moving around and you can even give birth while being propped up in one. I wish I could have taken pictures to explain better.
-After delivery, the baby isn't given a bath until the next day, they are just wiped down at first. This way, that protective layer the baby is born with will not be lost right away and the baby has time to develop immunity on their own. The more natural way.
-There is no nursery like back in the states. The baby stays in your room with you from delivery until you leave the hospital. If you need to take a shower or to take a break, your midwife will come in and help you. Everything that's needed for after baby is born is stored right there in the room with you.
-As long as you are not high risk, you are allowed to eat while in labor. You need any extra strength you can get during delivery so they bring you all-organic meals, and believe in making you as comfortable as possible.
-They HOPE you will stay for at least two days overnight. This way you can get all you need from the lactation consultants, ask as many questions as needed, and you aren't thrown out wondering whats next?
As first time parents we are excited about this.
-Despite all the horror stories I have been told, you CAN get epidurals here. They personally believe in the more natural way but if you want pain meds, you can have as much as you'd like. They also do 'walking epidurals' here, which mean you are able to take a few steps if needed and have complete control of your bowels. Score.
-The one thing I TOTALLY forgot about is how Germany has no AC. So when I'm delivering in late June/early July, I will be in a hospital room with no AC. Sounds horrible. But we are allowed to bring fans from home. Germany also doesn't do ice, so that we will need to bring from home as well.
The tour put my mind at ease so much about delivery and what comes next. We can't wait to meet our Bubby who will be here in less than 10 weeks!