Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Yay! First "big" item for baby!

OH and I went shopping yesterday and found a gorgeous crib. The things I was looking for in a crib was that it had to be: safe, convertible, and be able to fit in my room. I think I got two out of three, because this crib isn't a mini crib, but it's very nice so I'll have to get rid of some of my furniture to make room for baby. This is what the crib looks like..

I haven't set it up yet. My due date is February 15th, so I'm thinking it's going to be put together some time in January when I have my baby shower. Now I have to decide on what kind of bedding I want. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Choosing A Name for Baby

   Before I found out the sex of my baby, I was focusing primarily on boy names. I didn't come up with much, only narrowing my choices down to about 2-3 names. How easy that was, because there was very few boy names that I liked. Then, I moved onto picking out girl names and boy oh BOY, how tough it was! It's very easy to compile a list of girl names for some reason. My list I had was VERY long. I had at the least, 20 names that sounded good to me. Having a long list of girl names made it no easier to pick just one, it only made deciding that much harder.
   Once I knew I was having a girl, I had to do some major narrowing down of my list. I want the name I choose to have a meaning, but also sound good as well. So I went through each name, picturing how it would sound for me to call her, "Hope", "Sophia" or "Schuyler". When I did narrow it down to the names I liked, OH was opposed to them. That made this whole name picking business that much harder! He suggested some that I didn't like as well, as they were too common. His family also had their suggestions and dislikes of names, and mine did too. That made it no easier on the both of us, so we chose to accept their suggestions, but not care so much if they didn't like a name that we did.
   So after a while of going back and forth, both of us saying no to the others suggestions, we finally decided we would go the route of doing the "name-to-face". So now, I really don't have to narrow down much! When she arrives, we'll go through each name, to see which one fits her. It can be a little stressful at times, trying to find the perfect name for baby, and one that OH will like as well. OH and I don't have much to debate about now that we decided we'd wait until she gets here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

No more Herky-Jerky

   Fortunately, for this be my first pregnancy, I have minimal complaints. Not too much going on.. but if I had to complain, I would swear I'm like a fire breathing dragon at times! Angry, no. Heartburn, yes. Besides that, there's one other symptom of pregnancy that can get very annoying and that is RLP: Round Ligament Pain. A few months into my pregnancy and I noticed my pelvis started to get very achy, usually upon waking and "attempting" to get out of bed. I had to sit up and move very slowly, one leg at a time until I was out of bed, to avoid yelping out in pain. Turning in bed and changing positions during the night was also very painful. So I started working out. I was active on and off before I became pregnant. My regimen consisted of Zumba dancing, Turbo Fire workouts, and everything in between.
   So I started my Zumba back up, making sure I wasn't going full paced like I usually do, keeping my heart rate at a reasonable level for baby's sake. So the morning after my workout, I woke up, swung my legs out of bed. "Hm? No pain?" I thought. I was surprised, so I started to walk. Still no pain. "Thank GOODNESS!" I said to my self. Working out solved my pain problem, and made me feel less lazy, haha. These days I workout at least five times a week, still dancing with my big belly, and it keeps me energized and feeling good. There are certain moves I wish I could do but I have to remember:

-Consult with your doctor first, before starting your exercise regimen

-Starting at week 19, no flat on your back positions, upside-down "bicycles," shoulder stands, deep-knee bends, back bends, jumping, bouncing, or herky-jerky dancing

-Workout at a pace that you are able to carry on a conversation, if you can't speak normally while exercising, you're over doing it. Pace yourself.

-Stretch before and after workouts

-Stay plenty hydrated

-Stop exercising if you notice: dizziness, a headache, shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, or vaginal bleeding. If these continue after you've stopped exercising, call your healthcare provider.

   I feel that if I stay active during my pregnancy, I'm definitely going to have an easier time getting back into shape and remaining active after as well. Another helpful pain  and stress reliever is YOGA. It's my best friend right now. I was into yoga as well on and off before pregnancy, and so when I found I have these aches and pains, yoga is what I turn to for quick relief. Currently, I'm sticking to basic poses, mostly anything to relieve pelvic pain. It feels incredible, even if you don't have any pain!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Best Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

Trying to get comfy in bed and sleep through the night can a trial and error type of thing during pregnancy. That's how it has been for me. Before I became pregnant, I was such a belly sleeper. Ahh, the good old days when I didn't have to worry about squishing my babe, though I learned I'm not really squishing her, but putting extra pressure on my uterus, which doesn't sound good at all. Before I really started to pop, I was comfortable for a while, still lying on my stomach. Then it got to the point where I had to stop that. I tried my sides, but woke up in the middle of the night with aching in my hips that hurt so bad, and as much as I wanted to roll over on my stomach, I couldn't. So I chose my back. That was comfortable for a while until I learned that I couldn't do THAT anymore as well! Nearing the end of my second trimester, back sleeping is a definite no-no, as it decreases blood flow and oxygen to the baby. I should've trained myself to start sleeping on my sides before I got too far along in my pregnancy, but I was enjoying "belly time" wayyy too much. :) So now what's a girl to do?

   Well I modified the stomach position; I lie down, kind of on my side, kind of on my stomach, but not entirely. I keep one leg straight and draw my other, knee up and propped up on a pillow. So comfy, and it's not putting pressure on my uterus.
   Another thing I found most useful was the pillow between my knee while lying on my LEFT side, and thank goodness, it proved to be successful. No pain in my hips! So really the best sleeping position in pregnancy, is primary the left side; baby gets some good blood flow and all the good stuff, lying on the right side is okay as well, but you want to try to sleep on the left side as much as possible.
   There's also the body pillow that you could use to try to get comfortable. I haven't tried one yet, but I have tried wedging myself between pillows and wake up to find them on the floor!
  Something else I tried, but know I won't get to do for long is; get a thick enough pillow to lie on, so that I'm lying on my pelvis, but the pillow is right below my belly, and another thick pillow to put a little below my chest, so that I'm on my breast and the pillow ends just below/just above my bump. It was comfortable enough for me, but I'm a weird sleeper anyway. :P

Time Flies!

So in the last four months, I haven't been up too much surprisingly. Not too much to complain about, just trying to stay healthy and active during this pregnancy, and afterwards of course. So let's see ..

October 3rd:
  I received a call a couple weeks before that had me worried up until the day of my scheduled anatomy scan of the baby. I was shown that there was an elevated level of AFP and that there was a chance that my baby might have spina bifida. I went to the hospital to get the anatomy scan on the baby and also to find out the gender. Exciting, yet nerve wrecking, seeing as OH and I were rooting for a boy.
  So there I was, lying on the table, as the U.T. began going over my belly. "Do you want to know if it's a girl or a boy?" OH and I said yes immediately. "Boy, boy, boy, boy, boy" I kept repeating in my head, I know OH was doing the same. "Looks like a little girl." the tech said. I had mixed emotions at first. Before I was seen, I kind of started hoping for a girl and thinking of all the pros of having a girl, just so I wouldn't be as disappointed if it turned out I was in fact having a girl instead. A little girl. Hm.
  Then I started to think about the spina bifida test results. The U.T. had gone over every part of her body and hadn't mentioned anything that she saw out of the ordinary of a healthy baby girl. Turns out, someone had mixed up my due date, so the results ended up being WRONG. That, was a relief. After my appointment, I went back to pondering the idea of a girl. OH sighed as we stared out of the window of hospital. "Now I'm gonna have to be a mean, protective, father to keep the boys away." he said. I agreed on that. Out of everything, that was the one thing I worried about.
  As long as it's been, that's about the best highlight of the past months. More to come!

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