Sunday, April 17, 2011

26 Week Update

I've made it through week 25 and now it is full steam ahead into week 26 for me and the beanette. Here at the Ripps house, things have been pretty business as usual. James and I are both ready for school to be over though, that's for sure. Only 6 weeks left! We did have a little excitement here on Friday night with a late night ER trip. James caught a softball to the face at his game and ended up needing 5 stitches.

In baby news, the beanette is using me as a treadmill lately which makes for some interesting movement viewed from the outside. I also felt hiccups this week. That had me cracking up when I realized what it was. Other than that, she is just growing right along. I remember to actually take a picture this week too!

The stats of the week:
How far along: 26 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Yea, let's not talk about that.
Symptoms: Poor sleep and heartburn and lots of movement. Still have my energy though :)
Maternity clothes: Absolutely.
Stretch marks?: I blame genetics on this one.
Sleep: Only when I am cocooned in pillows.
Best moment this week: Hiccups. Too cool!
Movement: Definitely. I am starting to catch on to her sleep/wake cycles.
Food cravings: Nothing specific, but I am hungry all. the. time.
Gender: All girl!
Innie or outie: Innie, but getting more shallow.
What I miss: A solid nights sleep. That would be great.
Milestones: She can likely hear other people talking now. James is reading Dr. Seuss to her at night.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Week 24 Update

I'm pretty sure we have a future Olympic gymnast on our hands with all the movement going on in there! Beanette is rocking and rolling many, many times a day. One of my new favorite activities is staring at my belly to watch it move around with the punches. James can feel her now too, if he has good timing. She responds to his voice now too.

We had a midwife appointment on Monday, and all looks well. She is right on track and I'm doing great too. We have another appointment in a month and then I start going every 2 weeks after that! How has time gone by so fast???

Good news is that we are to the age of viability, so, if the worst was to happen and she came tomorrow, she would have a shot at making it. (Anyone see Greys Anatomy last week? Ya, not good to watch when you are 23 weeks pregnant) Still, I would much prefer the Beanette to stay in there and cook for a good while longer. I mean, her room isn't even ready yet!

So onto the stats for the week:
How far along: 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Yea, let's not talk about that.
Symptoms: Other than my rapidly expanding belly and random punches from inside, I'm feeling really good!
Maternity clothes: Absolutely.
Stretch marks?: I blame genetics on this one.
Sleep: Hit and miss. Last night was good. Night before, not so much.
Best moment this week: Getting the crib!
Movement: All the time. It's cool, yet slightly annoying at times.
Food cravings: Taco Bell tacos.
Gender: All girl!
What I miss: People letting me pick up 20 lbs without freaking out. I'm pregnant, not decrepit.
Milestones: She is over a pound and a foot long! (Now I want some Subway....)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Offbeat Choices

We have come to realize in the world of baby-rearing, we are consistently edging towards the land of hippy-dom, as James would put it. I would prefer to consider us more enlightened, but that seems to relegate the rest of parents to unenlightened, which is certainly not what I mean. So instead, let's think of us as offbeat.

Offbeat choice #1
Midwife and Birth Center

"You aren't going to a doctor or a hospital????" (insert shocked gasp here)
No. We aren't. Reasons for this are plenty, but the gist of it is that James and I don't see pregnancy and birth as a medical condition, just as normal and totally natural phases of life. Midwives are fully trained and completely capable of handling the care of woman in a normal pregnancy and birth. Just as a birth center, or your own home, is totally equipped to handle a normal birth. Being our first, I feel most comfortable at the birth center over home simply due to its stone's throw proximity to the hospital should an emergency arise. It is extremely common in other countries for midwives to attend births over doctors unless there is a complication. Those countries also have lower infant and maternal mortality and lower c-section rates.

"But can you get an epidural there?
No. I can't. And I don't want one either. We will be going au'natural for this baby. Again, for lots of reasons, but the biggest one is that I believe that it is better for mom and baby. We have already begun our natural birth classes to start preparing me. Please though, don't try to tell me about how naive I'm being because that doesn't help anyone. I am making an educated and fully informed decision on this one.

Offbeat Choice #2
Cloth Diapers

"You know that you have to wash those, don't you?"
Yea, I'm aware they get washed instead of tossed out. For us, they are the more economical choice as well as the more environmentally conscience. Plus they are so dang cute! I feel bad for moms with ugly white disposable diapers with little cartoon characters. I get tons of colors and patterns to choose from. For those of you who haven't had to pick out diapers in a while, much as changed in the world of cloth diapering in the last however many years. Now-a-days, you can buy diapers that go on and off just like a disposable without pins and then just gets chunked in the wash when you are done. See...
They are pink! How can you resist?!

Babies who are in cloth also have less diaper rash and fewer blowouts since fabric is so much stronger, yet gentler. Less weird pee sucking chemicals coming in contact with my baby's tushie sounds good to me too.

Offbeat Choice #3

What is that crazy contraption anyways?
While more common now than it used to be, wearing your baby to the grocery store instead of bringing her in a car seat does get you some side eyed looks. But, wearing your baby promotes bonding, reduces SIDS, and gives mom 2 free hands. Plus, it’s pretty hard to kidnap a kid strapped to you. We are planning on using 2 different kinds to start with. The first is the Moby wrap.

The Moby is a long piece of stretchy fabric that you wrap around in different ways to hold the baby. It is really good especially for newborns that like feeling all cozied up to mommy or daddy. We already have this one thanks to Uncle Chris.

The second one we are still planning on getting is the Ergo, as in ergonomic.

The Ergo is a soft-structured carrier that is better for baby and wearing than the more popular Bjorn. It distributes weight much more evenly so you don't end up with tired shoulders and it allows the baby the face inwards to avoid overstimulation.

We still might try out some other types of carriers too like slings, but for now, this is what we've got.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Great Nursery Plan

Now that we know it's a girl kicking Mommy in the bladder at very inoportune times, nursery plans are definitely underway! Yay! We can't actually do anything to the nursery until mid-May when Aunt Penny moves into her place when Uncle Steve gets here, but that doesn't stop me from stockpiling nursery decor. So, here's the grand plan!

The Furniture

We bought a basic wood dresser at a resale shop awhile back and will be painting it white to match the crib. It will have these adorable knobs from Anthropologie I picked up.

The Bedding

These fabrics will make up a quilt, bumper, crib skirt, and curtains that my sister and I will be making.

Wall Paint

We are going to be adding some touches of galvanized metal and using the fabrics also as art on the wall. I can't wait to get started on it!

March Update

March was such a busy month for us!!!

Things we did in March:
1. Found out we are expecting a girl!
2. Went to the Houston Rodeo!
3. Made many hair bows for our little girl!
4. Took a cruise to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras!
5. Had brother-in-law Steve come for a visit!
6. Leigh was nominated for teacher of the year!
7. Picked out nursery bedding!
8. Went cloth diaper shopping!
9. Bought our crib!
10. Planted all our spring and summer veggies!
11. Fixed up our front flower beds!
12. Started our birthing classes.

I'm sure there are about a million other things that I forgot too, but you get the idea. Basically, we've been busy, so I apologize for the lack of updates. I'll be writing some posts in the next week or two to expand on some of those we did.