Yay! I've been anxiously waiting for the August thread -- I got waaaaay behind on the July one. I just can't keep up.
Kim - What stroller did you order?
Grace - Roree wasn't very active when I was pregnant with her. Anytime I was moving she was still, the movement put her right to sleep. She only moved when I was laying down at night, or if we were alone and she could only hear mommy and daddy's voices. She's still shy so I guess that's all it was, lol.
Jessica - I can't wait to see the blanket your aunt and cousins made! I love family gifts like that.
Kate - That moses basket is really cute. I didn't know they made stands for them!
Alyssa - I didn't pump often when nursing Roree ... but a good pump is definitely worth its weight in gold. The nicer the pump the easier it is on your nipples (and believe me, you don't want to be harder on them than necessary!). I am not a fan of manual pumps.
AFM - I hit the 2T on Friday, which is also my birthday, and we're going to make the "BIG" announcement then. We've told all of our parents now; my parents don't get too excited about things but were happy for us, and Caleb's mom is very excitable and gave us a good reaction. We've also bought Roree a big sister book and read it a couple of times. I'm really not too worried about her though, she loves helping with the 6 month old I provide childcare for, she even likes to help give her bottles.
I am starting to show a bit more than I thought I was. Nothing too obvious yet, but I definitely look pretty pudgy to anyone looking, lol. And I normally have no pudge, so I'm sure I'd be getting some questions soon if I didn't announce!
Kate- Yay for a moses basket! I remember my friend had one of those that she used for naptimes in the living room, it looked sooo cute. I'm sure you'll like it a lot!
Jess- good luck with the u/s!
Alyssa- For while you're home with baby the manual pump should be sufficient. I only ever had a manual pump. In the early days when I had excess milk I was typically able to express quite a bit with the manual pump, I always pumped right after nursing James when I already had had my milk "let down", I always had trouble getting my milk to let down without James. If you want a pump for when you go back to work, the manual pump would not be sufficient. It's only slightly more efficient than hand expression. If I were you, I would get a manual pump, and then when you know when you'll go back to work you can decide about a bigger pump. A manual pump is nice to have IMO even if you have a bigger pump, because you can use when you're out and about if you need to relieve engorgement or something like that, it's nice and small compared to electric pumps.
AFM- I have to say the second trimester really is a honeymoon period, I've been feeling really good and getting tons done around the house etc. I would be happy to just hang out in the second trimester for a while. I'm excited to have the baby here, but am not really excited for the added stress and the miserable end of pregnancy, so I think I really wouldn't mind just stalling for a while at 4 months pregnant :-) Maybe after I find out what the baby is though... I'm pretty excited for that. 2.5 weeks to go...
Jessica - it's best to have the after due date mentality, that way you don't get so frustrated as due date comes and goes, or if you go early, it's a pleasant relief and surprise.
Kim--I love that you have a stroller thing! So far the only one I'm planning on having is a BOB. It blows my mind that people assume others are pg, even if we are. It's such a loaded question.
Cheryl--Good to see you around!
Grace--I've only gained 9 pounds, and I've got 7 weeks left. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. Your midwife will get over it. ;)
Kate--That moses basket is gorgeous! I could see it becoming a cat bed in our house though. They seem to think they own every basket that isn't already full. How was your appointment today?
Jess--I'm getting so excited for you! I can't wait to hear which name you use for Peanut!
Alyssa--Good luck deciding on a pump. I need one, but I'll only be out of work for 8 weeks. Blah.
Devin--How cool to make the big announcement on your birthday! Make sure to let us know how it goes!
AFM--It's hot, and my back, butt and ribs hurt. Ok, not my butt, but the base of my tailbone. I wound up popping tylenol last night when I couldn't get situated in bed or on the couch. As for my ribs, it's because there's a butt wedged in them. I keep pushing it trying to get it to move. So far, it's not working. ;)
OH! I'm only throwing up about once a week now, and most of the time, a smell triggers it. Apparently I got the 8 month-long m/s. Go figure.
We started working on the nursery, only to have a piece of drywall tear, so now there's a giant hole in the wall. So now I have baby furniture in random rooms, and a hole that will be fixed next week maybe. It could be this week, but DH is going to the beach for a bachelor party.
This is my shower month. I have one for the next THREE weekends. A little excessive, I must admit. I'm kind of dreading them, just because I literally don't have anywhere to put stuff. I don't like the overwhelming cluttered feeling; I can't get things done. I want to be able to organize as I go. Oh well.
I've also been thinking about labor, and figuring out what my fears are. I need to sit down with DH (maybe tonight) and discuss some of this stuff. It REALLY worries me that DTD has never really been comfortable for me. If it hurts, how will a baby feel?
That's about it for me. I'm just trying to get things settled at work, just in case I go early. My mom was due Sept. 23 with me, but I came the end of August. DH has decided this one will follow suit. I'm hoping not. I would much prefer going late.
Wow...that was really long and random. Sorry about that!
Kim- Yay for a new stroller. I haven't decided what I am going to do yet. Luke is still going to need to be in a stroller so I will probably end up getting a double stroller. I'm not sure, I haven't looked into it much yet.
Grace- It sounds like you got a great deal on CL. I should check CL more often for stuff. Luke is a really good sleeper at night, usually 9-10 hours, but a lot of days doesn't nap during the day. When I was PG with Luke he hardly ever moved around. I am glad that you are feeling well, I can't wait for the 2T!
Kate-I looked at the link for the Moses basket, that is pretty cute. I've never heard of it before. Hopefully you will get your energy back soon!
Jessica- The zoo sounds like a lot of fun. I want to go at somepoint this summer.
Alyssa- I think that is a good idea to pick up small things that you will need for Evan. I tried doing that and then forgot about it, so I ended up getting everything at once for the most part :)
Devin- Yay for almost being in the 2T! I bet you can't wait to make the big announcement. I am thinking we will make ours at the end of the week.
Liz- That stinks that you are still throwing up.I think that is a good ideal for you talk to DH about your fears when it comes to L & D. Your EDD is on my birthday :) I was born 5 weeks early though.
AFM- I had my first apt today. The doctor gave me a prescription for Prozac to see if that will help with my anxiety. No EDD yet. I go Friday afternoon for my dating u/s. If everything looks well then we will make the announcement to the rest of our family/friends. The only ones who know now are my parents and siblings, and DH's parents.
I've been having some MS. It is more like all day nausea. I don't remember it lasting this long with Luke, so hopefully it will be over soon.
Luke is 4 months old as of today. I am not sure where the time has gone. He goes Friday also for his 4 month checkup. Hopefully he will do just as well as he did last time. The shots didn't seem to bother him at all.
DH, Luke and I have been fighting this viral thing for about 1.5 weeks now. We are all feeling a lot better than we were, so hopefully it will be gone soon. Luke hates getting his nose cleaned out.
This weekend we are putting Pergo floor in our Dining room, and then this fall we will probably re carpet everything except for Luke's room because that was just recently done.
My Aunt from SC is coming up for a visit this weekend, she will be her for about a week and I can't wait to see her. It has been about 2 years since I have seen her. We are really close so I am pretty excited :)
Liz - Make sure you share nursery pics when you are done. I love to see them. Sorry about all the aches and pains. Have fun at all of your showers.
Cheryl - I am sorry to hear about the virus that you are all sharing. No fun at all.
Jess - I am wondering how you are making out at the MW's today. Well I hope.
Devin - Enjoy telling everyone and have a great birthday.
Alyssa - I went back to work w/ Ray at 7 weeks and I had a manual pump (we didn't have the funds for an electric). I had the Advent one, it worked well as long as I removed the cushion cups. However it was a total PITA as it took so long some days. I vowed the next time around to go electric. So I am reading your suggestions and taking notes.
AFM - My appointment went well today. None of my fears were realized. I've gained 6 lbs. so far and the baby had a nice steady fast heart beat. I got back in 4 weeks for my 16 week appointment (but I will be a few days shy of that, but no biggie).
And since we're talking strollers. We've agreed on this one:http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3955968
It has all of the features we were looking for (adaptor for KeyFit 30 car seat), reversible, reclining, and "jogging" style. And Ray loves driving it.
Thanks to everyone for the pump advice. I think I’ll get a manual pump, and then if I go back to work before I stop breast feeding I’ll consider getting an electric.
For a stroller, we just got the Graco version of the Snap & Go. We really wanted something that was not very bulky and easy to fold up, and that seemed to be the best choice. Once Evan is too big to take around in the car seat, we’ll get a lightweight umbrella-type stroller.
Devin – congrats on hitting the 2T soon!
Grace – glad you’re enjoying the 2T! For some reason the beginning of the 2T for me wasn’t great, but the past couple weeks have been okay. I hope the 3T isn’t too bad for you this time around.
Liz – I’m so sorry you’re still dealing with m/s! Yuck!! Well, not long now before it will (hopefully!) go away for good. Wow – three showers in three weeks? That should be fun!
Cheryl – Good luck at your u/s on Friday! I had all day nausea in this pregnancy too – not fun. Hopefully it will go away soon for you. Happy 4 month birthday to Luke!
Kate – glad your appointment went well today!
AFM – we bought a couple more things for Evan today – a nightstand that will go beside the glider, a couple books, and some receiving blankets. I also decided to knit squares with the letters of his name and make a wall hanging. I’ll post pictures when it’s done!
Tomorrow I hit the all-important 24 week mark!! I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going after how slowly the first few weeks went :D