Wow, 27 weeks gone already!?!? I can’t believe there is only 13 weeks left… it seems like such a small number!
I went to my second baby class (as I like to call it) today + the topic was breastfeeding. I have known for a while now that I will be breastfeeding, but still had a lot of questions. I’ve heard many moms say that it was too hard, that they weren’t producing enough milk, that it is stressful, etc etc. I’ve decided to just keep repeating the mantra that my lactation consultant reiterated today, “It is natural, but it doesn’t come naturally to mom.” A newborn comes into the world knowing how to suck + will even find it’s way to breastfeed on it’s own. I think there are soo many rules + stigmas around breastfeeding that it gives new moms (and even not-so-new moms) anxiety about the procedure. I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to stress or get anxiety over something I haven’t even tried yet, so I actually feel really calm going into this.
We watched various videos about the correct latch on method + having a good support system. I also learned some new things, which may sound ridiculous, but you really don’t think about it until you are pregnant for the first time. Things such as, breast milk is not produced by the stomach, so eating spicy foods doesn’t make your milk spicy… also, up to 2 (4 oz) alcoholic drinks can be consumed without affecting the breast milk. That was a complete new one for me as I just assumed no drinking allowed while breastfeeding.
Today was also my day to be tested for gestational diabetes. I’ve been dreading this test as I’ve heard the solution you drink is terrible, it makes you feel fatigued + nauseous… all sorts of icky feelings. Sure enough, here comes the midwife to ask me which flavor I prefer, I chose orange over fruit punch. Honestly, it didn’t taste as bad as I had come to believe it was. It tasted just like a melted orange popsicle. Now I suppose my love of gummy candy could have possibly made this more appealing to me than others who don’t eat candy, but I didn’t think it was that terrible. As I was sitting in class I could see the drink hitting the others in the room. Some were gagging, some looked like they were going to be sick (some actually did get sick), some just looked miserable. I didn’t feel anything. I’ve also heard of this sugar crash you feel a few hours after the test is done… I got nothing. I seriously think I’m pregnant with a super baby because I’m breezing through pregnancy with no issues when it seems like others are struggling (knock on wood!).
Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Skirt, Earrings + Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe / Watch ~ Sprout
What was your experience with breastfeeding? Was it easy for you? Hard? Impossible!?!
Today starts my 26th week of pregnancy. Yesterday while shopping I received my first ever, “when are you due?” from a complete stranger. It finally made it feel like I was actually pregnant for the first time! It is almost like getting a new hair cut or wearing a new outfit, it doesn’t feel “real” until someone else notices without you telling them. I almost didn’t know what to say because I’m not used to being asked when the baby is due.
After searching for a boxy-type crib in white for the nursery, one of the girls in the Ravelry group for August 2012 babies posted a picture of a crib that was exactly what we were looking for. It was delivered yesterday + I can’t wait to put it together. It will be nice to see the nursery looking more like a nursery than a spare room. We found the crib had a matching changing table, which we also ordered… hopefully to be delivered soon!
There are soo many small projects around the house that need to be started, let alone finished before the baby arrives. We have been dying to have a one basin sink in our kitchen for a LONG time + finally purchased one yesterday. Husby was soo sweet to install it today + it looks great! He is definitely a keeper.
Top ~ Motherhood Maternity / Jeans ~ Loved by Heidi Klum / Earrings + Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe
As today marks my 24th week of pregnancy, I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by, but also how far away our little one’s due date seems. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when Tyler + I found out that we would be having a baby… I cried in hysterics, mainly because I was in shock. It seems that no matter whether you are planning pregnancy or not, it still comes as a blow how much is about to change.
I recall when I was in high school + how I always thought, “I’ll never be like my parents. I will be different.” However, looking back, I am grateful for how my father raised me. He gave me a good work ethic + although we didn’t have too many rules in our house, I didn’t push my luck. It must have been hard for my dad raising 3 girls + I knew that the less I did to stress him out, the more freedom I’d be able to keep. I also recall Tyler’s mom doing everything she could to provide for her 3 children the best she could; often holding multiple jobs, putting dinner on the table + cleaning up after them even when she was dead tired.
I’m grateful that Husby + I were raised with similar ideals that will make it easier for us to agree on how to raise our little one. Not to mention we were friends long before marriage was even an idea in either of our heads. I feel like that bond gives us a lot more respect + admiration for each other. Can you tell I like him… just a little bit?
We can’t wait to see our little girl’s sweet face! In fact, I can’t even wait to see my sweet husband’s face… he is away for work currently + all 4 of us girls are missing him badly!
Dress ~ Khol’s / Earrings + Boots ~ Charlotte Russe / Scarf ~ Handmade
In my search for cute maternity clothes, I decided to order a few tops from Old Navy. This “tank top” is definitely fitting me more like a dress… at least until baby gets bigger + makes it shorter. The little one is finally starting to make her appearance on the outside though! A tiny bump she is at 23 weeks, but she is a cute one.
Maternity Ruched Scoop-Neck Striped Tunic ~ Old Navy / Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe
Miss Toki Wartooth decided she wanted to come spend some play time with me + get in on the photoshoot. She is such a lover!