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Holy guacamole! – 36 week update

7 May

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Baby’s gonna be here around the end of the month!!!! Eeeek!  I still have so much left on my checklist to get around to doing!

Last weekend was the big baby shower in the town where I live.  Omg, so fun!  My aunt got us into a nice cafe and bought cheesecake and we played games and omg there were so many hugs… and can I just say, I’ve got some really crafty friends – I’ve received four hand made blankets and the cutest baby bonnet for baby!  (And a Jedi Build-a-Bear!)  I also had several friends say they’d come over and help me decorate and/or paint the nursery and a friend who got her mom, who happens to be an L.C. to offer “whatever nursing items” I may want – score!

That was last weekend, so today I had to finally go and make returns and start to reconcile what I still need from the registry.  I got a lot of wonderful things at the baby showers, but unfortunately a couple of multiples and impractical items (like 3 identical bulb aspirators, or long-sleeve bodysuits in newborn size when I live in south Texas and baby’s due in early June…)  First I stopped at Babies-r-Us – grooooooooosss! I was there for about an hour and a half and honestly, I should have sold my gift card to someone walking in the door… I ended up overpaying for a diaper bag (the entire diaper bag shelf was unmarked with prices, but it is cute) and was quite disappointed to find that all of the stuff that I really wanted that I knew I could buy from B-R-U, is only available online… I did decide on a pack-n-play/bassinet that I could use a coupon on (seriously, their coupons have a crazy list of exemptions), so it wasn’t a total bust, but I would have never been in there if I didn’t have the gift card, so… eh.

That wasn’t my only stop… I needed to go to Target.   The guy at the  customer service desk was really helpful and patient.  He processed 3 different return types for me- one with their “bought from registry” list, one with the receipt (yay! gift receipt!) and one with about 10 different items (including two of the aspirators) that had no record of being bought at the store (no receipt, not marked as registry, but luckily everything eked out to just under their $70 dollar limit for this kind of return) – then checked to see if one of my recent packages from online could be returned in store (it couldn’t), and then put about 10 gift cards all on one gift card.  Whoa, that’s service!  I walked around FOR-EV-VER, but it ended up that only thing I got for baby was a diaper changing pad and an extra pack-and-play/bassinet sheet… I did some things for my “hospital bag” which I’m probably going to pack tomorrow morning.  I have some interesting things going in there, so that’s a whole other post.

I’ve just spotted a huge spider in my house of a worrisome size… so… I’ll finish this later? I need to Google this little guy… *le sigh* I think we need to get an exterminator out here… Great, another thing to add to the checklist…


Doctors’ Appointment Update:

13 Mar

I finally get to confirm that we are indeed expecting a little girl!

Oh no! Bring on the pink! (I spent the entire afternoon working on my registry – ugh!)

The appointments I had Thursday went as expected.

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Birth Intentions – Draft numero uno

7 Mar

I’ve been working on my birth intentions.  I’m a bit of a procrastinator – I tend to pretend it’s because I want everything perfect, but honestly, I think I just wait too long and get overwhelmed into producing inferior results.

Anyway, I spent several hours Saturday looking for recommended plans/hospital scenarios for diabetic women and found very little.  (I did find some a couple of small journal articles on prenatal care for pregnant diabetics that I hope to share here soon!)  It was a nice reminder about how little our unique situation is overlooked, even as it becomes more and more common.  No one wants to be a diabetic, no one wants to be a diabetic mom; but until the health situation changes in America, and we seriously ALL start changing our lifestyles, the numbers of pregnant diabetics (type 1, 2 and 3/GD) is only going to rise.

Without further ado, here is my one-pager for my primary birth intentions (notes in italics):

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4 Mar

I feel like I’m finally making these huge strides towards preparing for the birth of and homecoming of the Salty!Baby. Yesterday I bought the HypnoBabies course, and today, after months of saying that I would, I did my intake interview with the assistant director of a local non-profit doula group so I could have reduced cost access to doula care (I already knew who I wanted to be my doula, I just needed to sign-up for the program!).

Birth check-list:

  • Have an OB I trust – check!
  • Have my labor and post-partum support team assembled (aka birth cheerleaders) on board:
    • husband – check!
    • mom – check!
      • shore up plans for beginning of visit – can’t do until see OB on Thursday.
    • doula – check!
  • Buy and study the HypnoBabies CD course – first part down!
  • Register for the baby’s things – check!
  • Prepare room for baby – over the next 9 weeks
  • Gather supplies like diapers and blankets for first few weeks – in the next eight weeks
  • Prepare with childbirth course – check! we will start 8 week course in April (cutting it a bit close, but we’ve been reading and will have HypnoBabies, too.)
  • Prepare for breastfeeding – check!
  • Develop a plan for leave from work – I have the info at least.
  • Create birth plan and refine with doula – this weekend!
  • Attend out of town baby showers – April
  • Pack bag – end of April…
    • toiletries
    • clothing for labor
    • clothing for post-partum
    • layette
    • snacks for birth support team and myself to nom on during labor…
  • Look into chest freezers (rental?) and stock up on low-carb and protein rich meals for post-partum period – in April
  • Be at least 39 wks –  I’m closer than I’ve ever been *wink*


About 13 weeks until go-time. OMG! YES!

I bought Hypnobabies!

3 Mar

Bit the bullet and bought the HypnoBabies self-study course on Amazon while on my lunch break. I can’t wait!

I won’t say that I intend to have a completely pain-free or even medicine free birth, but I know that I’m tightly wound.  Knowing that, I need to put as my tools in my calming toolbox as possible.  Over and over in my reading, doula training and in the childbirth classes that the doula group I’m associated with teaches, the underlying message seems to be, keeping mom calm keeps labor going smoothly.  And that’s all a girl can ask for, right?

The makers of HypnoBabies claim that the benefits of their program include:

  • Most of our moms use fewer drugs or no drugs, which means less risk of side effects for you and your baby, due to elimination of the Fear/Tension/Pain Syndrome, and using post-hypnotic suggestions. (I’m not so much worried about the side-effects of the drugs that I would consent to, but the fact that I’d have to limit my range of motion during labor and birth in order to receive an epidural and the ability to move is not something I’m willing to compromise on.)
  • Most Hypno-mothers have shorter labors since there is less resistance of the birthing muscles when pain and fear are minimized or eliminated.
  • Hypno-Moms generally have much more energy throughout first and second stage, due to your total relaxation throughout the birthing process.
  • The birthing environment is much more calm and peaceful when you, the natural childbirth mother are comfortable, relaxed and confident.
  • Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis. (This one seems a little dubious, but still, when nothing else works, what’s the harm in listening to positive suggestions to encourage your baby to move into a more favorable position?)
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature can be lowered and nausea, back and hip pain eliminated with hypnosis during pregnancy and labor.  (This is what I hope to benefit from the most.  I’m very fearful of pre-eclampsia because  my cousin had a horrible experience that went from hospital bedrest, 2 inductions (first didn’t take) and eventually a cesearean.  And I know my anxiety leads to elevated BP.)
  • There are fewer interventions for failure to progress and therefore fewer complications during labor for our mothers and babies.
  • The deep relaxation in Hypnobabies sessions has also helped many a nervous birth partner to enjoy their partner’s pregnancy and childbirth, and the skills that the Hypno-couple learns for relaxation and hypnosis will benefit them for the rest of their lives. (My husband is already great at calming me, but if I can make it easier on him and my other birth support (mom and doula), I certainly would love to try!)
  • As a Hypno-Mom, you are easily “deprogrammed” from the usual negativity of childbirth stories and scenarios you may have heard or read, by way of training in Hypnobabies classes and audio CDs which have positive messages and hypnotic suggestions. This automatically allows you to have a much more positive attitude and confidence in birthing. It is truly a gift that you are giving yourself, an amazingly easy way to enjoy your pregnancy more and actually look forward to your baby’s birth!

My kit should be here by Monday or Tuesday, just in time to be broken out before my next OB and MFM visits.  I’m so psyched!