Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tips to prevent SIDS

So, SIDS is scary. It's just one more thing that proves no matter how much I worry about random crap that there's no use worrying about (am I leaking amniotic fluid? what if the cord is wrapped around his neck? dang, I REALLY don't wnt an episiotomy...) having a BABY is going to be way scarier that being pregnant ever was... and completely take over our lives... and yes, I'm cool with that.

Aaaaanyway... here's some stuff I've learned recently:

1. This article: says the use of pacifiers reduces the risk of baby dying from SIDS.

And this one: even goes so far as to say they reduce the risk by 90%. 90!!!

I've read that use of pacifiers may cause "nipple confusion" when it comes to breastfeeding, but it just seems like that's a risk I'm willing to take, ya know?

2. Here's an article saying that ceiling fans decreases the risk of SIDS by 72%.

Glad we already have one in the nursery or else Nick would have Yet Another Project for this weekend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

30 weeks

Maternity clothes: Got a few more shirts while shopping with mom last weekend :-) So comfy.

Stretch Marks: New! Hiding under the belly where I couldn't see them! Nick said he actually saw them a while ago and didn't tell me.

Sleep: Finally got some good sleep the last two nights... I think the past few weeks I've had weird random things in the back of my mind that have been keeping me from really resting at night.

Belly Button: Slowly disappearing!

Labor Signs: Nothing new. Still have Braxton Hicks, but I have noticed that drinking more water has helped to at least tone down the intensity.

Best Moment This Week: Last weekend was awesome! Got to see my people all together and they all helped load me up on supplies at my baby shower!

Movement: He's a wild man! The other day I looked down and saw my belly do this thing kind of like when you drop a pebble into water and watch it ripple out... Nick saw it too. I love when he gets to see/feel that kind of stuff... he gets so happy!

Food cravings: The mac & cheese is starting to be less of a craving and more of the One Thing That Won't Make Me Feel Like Crap.

Gender: BOY!!

What I miss: Sitting. Here's a list of things that prevent me from doing this comfortably (in order from least to most annoying):

5. My baby boy crowding my ribs/organs. I love you, but KNOCK IT OFF!
4. My tailbone feels like I am sitting directly on it.
3. Lower back ache.
2. Swelling. Vagina swelling. Already.
1. Leaking. If I lean forward, it usually causes my boobs to leak a bit. Otherwise, lets just say that the "snail trail" can sometimes over power the pantiliner. TMI? Eh, deal with it.

What I am looking forward to: Decorating his room! I think we've decided to buy a dresser instead of refinish the old one, so I gotta go shop for that. And YAY, my bedding of choice was on sale last week and I ordered it and got it yesterday! Gonna wash it this weekend and start really putting together his room!

What I have learned: So this isn't a new thing, just a new application of an old thing. I tend to act more like a sane person when I remember to just "do one thing at a time, do it well, and THEN move on to the next." Thanks, mom!

Milestones: 3/4 done growing this baby! 2 months left! So exciting and scary at the same time!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Random Stuff From The Interwebs

1. ...and baby makes four.

Stick Figure Family at

2. A comic having to do with breastfeeding AND ninjas? Perfect! Click.

3. This was really fun to play with: It shows development of the baby and also where your organs get squished to as the baby grows. Watch the girl's boobs between weeks 8 and 14!

4. Check out this site to get your own version of Madame Zaritska's birth prediction. Here's mine:

"The day you deliver, outside will be bright. Your baby will arrive in the evening. After a labor lasting approximately 10 hours, your child, a boy, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and will be 17 inches long. This child will have medium hazel eyes and barely there red hair."

Um, OK!

5. Here's a "Chinese Gender Predictor" site, but FYI it was wrong for me.

6. Last but not least, a little tip I picked up about possibly making labor easier: drink tea! I may actually consider it, which is downright CRAZY if you know me and my lifelong aversion to tea. But, what the hell.