Baby Barrett #2 (38 weeks in the making)

(Read with caution. Pregnancy Posts may have T.M.I.)

How far along? 38 weeks, due May 6th

Total weight gain: 27 pounds

Maternity clothes? Of course, although some are getting tighter.

Sleep? Occasional heartburn disturbances, insomnia for about an hour or two every night, and occasional sciatica pain – One night this week I couldn’t change positions because the pain was so bad. Thankfully, it’s only occasional, and almost over.

Miss Anything? Not really, just ready to get into our new routine with a new baby

Movement: a little less active now, baby due to size or position low low low and ready to come out 😉

Food cravings: Shrimp Po-boy all because of a coupon text I received this morning.

Gender: It’s a boy! We actually found out at 15 weeks because it was OBVIOUS! If they told me girl at 15 weeks, I wouldn’t have believed them,  but with a boy, it’s pretty hard to deny. We announced it to our family on Thanksgiving.

Name: Linkin Jude

Labor Signs: I have felt a total of one contraction. That’s it. Just one. I’m thinking this one may just surprise me with his timing. We are, however, already 3 cm dilated and just waiting at this point. Baby Linkin is sitting really low, and he’ll let us know when he’s ready I guess.

Belly Button: It’s an outie, but I’m used to it now so it doesn’t bother me. Some of my friends comment things like “I love your belly button,” which is super odd to me, but funny I guess.

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, anxious, and excited! A little jealous of friends who’ve just had their babies tho… I just CAN’T WAIT until it’s my turn!

Looking Forward to: The challenge of a natural & drug-free labor – prayers appreciated!!

Next Appointment: Next Thursday, if we make it until then 

 

My Hospital Bag for Labor & Delivery

*This post is very detailed with feminine topics so please read at your own discretion. 

Knowing what to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery can be quite the task – especially if it’s your first hospital delivery. I remember with my first, I packed WAY TOO MUCH (just in case, you know). This time I think I’m a pro!

Here are some links that I found helpful in this process…
Hospital Bag Checklist
What’s in a Bag

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Here is my bag all packed and ready to grab and take with me to the hospital when I go into labor. The bag is the Suite Success Tote, a hostess exclusive from Thirty-One Gifts. It’s a fabulous bag with LOTS of storage and organization. It has SO MANY pockets, even a thermal pocket to keep things hot or cold and a place for a laptop. It’s amazing! In fact, it’s so amazing that I just replaced my entire set of Vera Bradley luggage with this one bag! I love my Vera Bradley, but it just doesn’t have the organization I needed, and this bag holds a ton of stuff!

I’ve included pictures and descriptions of what I’ve packed with a complete list at the end of this post for your convenience.
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I’m not a big fan of nightgowns, but a cute nightgown and robe is definitely preferable compared to that awful hospital gown. I think this is going to look so much better in photos, because I do want to be in photos with my newborn. I was in very few when Lawson was born due to being self-conscious about how I looked after delivery so I’m trying to avoid all that this time. I also bought a new, cheapo pair of flip flops to have in my bag to take with me. I have my favorite pair of flip flops already, but I wear them pretty often so I can’t really pack them. If they’re available when we get ready to leave for the hospital, I’ll probably grab them… but the last thing I want to be doing when I’m in labor is searching for my misplaced favorite flip flops. Baby brain is a real thing, folks, so I’m prepared just in case.
Tip: Be sure to try on any new things you buy to see how they fit you. The cute nightgowns I found were all really low-cut (like this one) so I attached a safety pin to the tag to have with me so I’ll be more comfortable.

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Mostly self-explanitory…
-Sample tinted moisturizer (from a magazine): This is what I use as my foundation so even if I forget to grab my make-up bag, which is one of those last-minute items, I’ll still have a little saving grace.
-Rubberbands to pull my hair back
-Sample size Deodorant
-Sample size cleanser
-Lip balm
-Sample size facial scrub
-Hand sanitizer
-Moisturizer
-Pack of gum – I don’t remember from my last delivery, but I read somewhere that we moms develop extreme bad breath during labor so this is for me to help my nurses out 🙂
-Sample size lotion
-Sample size toothpaste
-Sample size body wash
-Sample size shampoo
-Razor
-2 brand new toothbrushes and travel tubes (One for me, and one for hubby – so we can continue to use our current ones and not forget these when the time comes.)

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-My favorite pajama pants, a large maternity plain tee (which will be easy to nurse in), and d.i.y. nursing tank I made
-My least favorite pairs of underwear (in case they get ruined because that’s very possible after delivery)
-2 Nursing Bras
-2 Pairs of Socks
-Yoga pants and Nursing Top to wear home (I should probably pack some matching shoes for this outfit, lol.) bag3
-Boppy Pillow (for nursing support) – Some say these aren’t the greatest for nursing and actual nursing pillows are a must, but it has always worked just fine for me.
-Nursing cover – I can’t even begin to tell you how many doctors and nurses came in while I was nursing Lawson when he was born. At least this way, I can keep some of my dignity.
-Lanolin cream
-Pouch of nursing pads, including the gel soothing kind
-Dermoplast Spray -This may or may not be provided by the hospital, but it definitely helps with the healing process.
-Squirt Bottle – This may be provided too, but it’s nice to have for bathroom trips after baby is born as the area is quite sensitive.
-Chocolate reward for mama
-A few sanitary pads – Just a few, these are provided by the hospital too.
-My pill crusher – I can’t swallow pills after very many attempts and tries throughout my life. I’ve accepted this fact, and I’m okay with crushing pills and mixing them in ice cream or something. However, one of my PP nurses made me chew up my pills after I had Lawson. It’s a terrible memory I have of a terrible nurse, so I’m trying to avoid that this time.

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-Notebook and Pencil – for writing down any instructions from my doctor or nurses when we leave the hospital and also for keeping up with feeding sessions and diaper changes. I used an app on my phone with Lawson, which I mostly loved, but it gave me headaches from time to time, when my phone froze and I couldn’t recall the info I needed so maybe pencil and paper will be more reliable.
-My Birth Plan – As you can see, it’s one-page and very simple. I think my nurses will appreciate the fact that it’s direct and to-the-point so it will be easy for them to glance at and follow.
-My index card with a few last-minute items we don’t want to forget

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What I’m NOT packing in my Hospital Bag…
-My breast pump – My lactation consultant told me that before my milk comes in, there isn’t really enough to pump anyway so it’s kind of pointless. I happen to agree, and it’s one less thing to remember.
-Laptop, magazines, anything for entertainment purposes – We had no time for any of this with Lawson’s birth and delivery so I doubt we will this time either.
-Photo props and outfit for newborn photos in the hospital – Believe it or not, I did pack these things with Lawson, but I didn’t like the photos taken at the hospital. Even with their best setup, there were things in the photos like the belly-button tie, hospital bracelet, and prick of the foot that I did not wish to have documented. I took the newborn photos again myself after we returned home.
-Baby Book – They sent everything home with us that I needed/wanted to include so there was no need to bring the actual book. I just kept it together and worked it into his book in the following weeks after his birth.

What I’ve Packed in my Hospital Bag…
-Nightgown, Robe, Flip Flops, Tinted Moisturizer, Rubberbands, Deodorant, Cleanser, Lip balm, Facial scrub, Hand sanitizer, Moisturizer, Pack of gum, Lotion, Toothpaste, Body wash, Shampoo, Razor, 2 brand new toothbrushes and travel tubes, My favorite pajama pants, a large maternity plain tee, Nursing tank, my least favorite pairs of underwear, 2 Nursing Bras, 2 Pairs of Socks, Yoga pants, Nursing Top, Boppy Pillow, Nursing cover, Lanolin cream, Pouch of nursing pads, Dermoplast Spray, Squirt Bottle, Chocolate reward for mama, A few sanitary pads, My Pill crusher, Notebook, Pencil, My Birth Plan, and an Index Card with Things Not to Forget that we’ll have to grab last-minute since we use them daily

My “Don’t Forget” List…
Hairbrush, Blow dryer, Straightener, Makeup Bag, Pillows, Blankets, Boppy Pillow, Wallets, Phones, Chargers,  Big Bro Shirt, Big Bro Prize, Nurses’ Gifts, Snacks, Car seats, Linkin’s baby bag, Lawson’s overnight bag, and Daddy’s bag

Well there ya go! This wraps up my post about my bag for labor & delivery. If there’s time before I go into labor, I’ll be posting about “What I’ve Packed in Baby Linkin’s Hospital Bag” and Baby Linkin’s “Fleet Little Fox” Nursery Tour. Stay tuned!

Baby Barrett #2 (36 weeks in the making)

(Read with caution. Pregnancy Posts may have T.M.I.)

How far along? 36 weeks, due May 6th

Total weight gain: 23 pounds – (That’s 20 pounds LESS than I weighed at the end of my pregnancy with Lawson!) I have and still do feel fabulous… I think it’s because I’ve kept it under control with cravings and not “eating for two” this time around. I learned my lesson with how hard it is to lose the pregnancy weight afterwards 🙂 I still have a healthy weight gain for this pregnancy, and my doctor says that there’s nothing to worry about.

Maternity clothes? Of course, although some are getting tighter.

Sleep? Heartburn is only occasional and not too terrible (it was awful with my first pregnancy), and I have only had one nightly leg cramp throughout this pregnancy (I had MANY with my first pregnancy). I’m sleeping fairly well, although sometimes I wake up for a snack or to use the backroom. If it’s one of those nights where I just can’t fall back asleep right away, I get up and do something productive like sewing!

Miss Anything? I guess I miss putting on my own shoes. I’m asking hubby to do it these days, and he wishes I would just wear slip-ons instead of my cute sandals. 😉

Movement: IOh yes, all the time.

Food cravings: Salads have been amazing this pregnancy, and lately I’ve been craving milk too.

Gender: It’s a boy! We actually found out at 15 weeks because it was OBVIOUS! If they told me girl at 15 weeks, I wouldn’t have believed them,  but with a boy, it’s pretty hard to deny. We announced it to our family on Thanksgiving.

Name: Linkin Jude

Labor Signs: Not a single sign of approaching labor… I’m mentally preparing myself for a late baby just in case. 🙂 I thought I might have felt a braxton hick contraction a few weeks ago, but I really think it was just some gas pains. My doctor will begin checking for dilation soon, but I’ve asked him not to tell me how I’m progressing if any at all. I think it just messes with my mind a little, and I get over-excited too soon. I’m patiently waiting until my little man tells me he’s ready to come out!

Belly Button: It’s an outie, but I’m used to it now so it doesn’t bother me. Some of my friends comment things like “I love your belly button,” which is super odd to me, but funny I guess.

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, anxious, and excited! A little jealous of friends who’ve just had their babies tho… I just CAN’T WAIT until it’s my turn!

Looking Forward to: The challenge of a natural & drug-free labor – prayers appreciated!!

Next Appointment: Wednesday, then every week after that

The nursery is pretty complete, except for the glider that I am re-covering. My bag is packed, and I’ve stocked up on household goods like toilet paper and detergent so we won’t have to run out to get those things with a newborn. I guess I’ll try to do some freezer cooking over the next month and just continue to grow in excitement for our newest little one’s arrival.  I may practice some “big brother” things with Lawson to get him ready for this big event in his life too.

Now…. we wait! Stay tuned for a post of our Nursery Reveal and a post about what I’ve packed in my hospital bag.

Baby Barrett #2 (30 weeks in the making)

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How far along? 30 weeks, due May 6th (Baby is now the size of a large cabbage.)

Total weight gain: 12 pounds – Our lifestyle is totally different than what we had when I was pregnant with Lawson so we’re mostly eating pretty clean. I find myself craving fresh fruits and veggies this time instead of carbs and peanut butter. I feel amazing!! Most days, I wouldn’t even know I was pregnant – other than the round belly and the little kicks I feel throughout the day.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Sleep: I’m sleeping pretty good, although I did have one night recently where I was just awake for no apparent reason. I feel minor heart burn when I lie down, but nothing compared to my pregnancy with Lawson. I also took a marvelous nap on Sunday, and I think this may be about to happen a little more often as I near the end of the pregnancy.

Miss Anything? I’m finding it to be a little harder to bend down and pick things up, which I am constantly doing with a toddler around. I also dislike not being able to cross my legs as easily in church… it makes sitting for a long length of time pretty uncomfortable.

Movement: I’m feeling lots of little kicks, and yesterday I felt him have the hiccups for the first time. Food cravings: A salad with lots of toppings like from Ruby Tuesday or Pizza Inn, a salad from Longhorns, and green beans from Bonefish Grill 🙂

Gender: It’s a boy! We actually found out at 15 weeks because it was OBVIOUS! If they told me girl at 15 weeks, I wouldn’t have believed them,  but with a boy, it’s pretty hard to deny. We announced it to our family on Thanksgiving.

Name: Linkin Jude

Labor Signs: maybe a Braxton Hick Contraction or two, but I really can’t remember how they feel so it might just be stretching of muscles

Belly Button: pretty much an outie most of the time now (It still really weirds me out.)

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: The moods seem to be leveling out.

Looking Forward to: Fixing up the nursery!

Next Appointment: Today, then every two weeks

We keep talking about “the baby” and telling Lawson about what’s coming, but I really think he has no clue. I’ve been nesting so we’ve been doing a little organizing in the nursery recently. He’s my little helper, and I keep talking about it being “the baby’s room”. Any tips on how to REALLY prepare him for what’s coming?? I’d love to know your input!

Baby Barrett #2 (25 weeks in the making)

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How far along? 25 weeks, due May 6th (Baby is now the size of an eggplant.)

Total weight gain: 7 pounds… I think that’s a little less than I’m supposed to have gained at this point, but I have no doubts that I’ll be able to catch up! 🙂 I’m not using the “I’m eating for two” phrase to just eat as much as and whatever I want. We make healthy choices in our house (with a few splurges of course!), and I always eat when I’m hungry.

Maternity clothes? Oh yes, no going back now. Maternity clothes till the end!

Stretch marks? Not from this pregnancy, but some faint remains from the last one

Sleep: I’m still sleeping pretty good. Right now, I’m up to using 3 pillows! One night this week, my hubby stole one of my pillows (Usually “ours”, but during pregnancy I get possessive “mine”) so I laid awake thinking of a clever, but nice way to get it back. I knew he didn’t mean to take it and probably didn’t realize it, but I needed it. 🙂 I waited until he turned over and yanked it from under his head mid-turn and replaced it with a different one. That was the best I could think of, and then we both went back to sleep. Win!

Miss Anything? Hmm…. I missed my last pre-natal visit if that’s what you mean. It’s the one where my doctor told me “We won’t be doing much at this appointment – no tests or anything so it’s a good time to discuss your birth plan.” I took that as a good reason to not even schedule one this month – He never should have told me that. I’ve had no issues, questions, or complications so I figured it would be okay. It’s also a 45 minute drive for us and with me being a full-time SAHM now with no income, we thought it would be a good idea to save on gas. We’ll have the dreaded Glucose Test at the next visit though – yuck!

Movement: This baby seems a bit more mellow than with my first pregnancy, but I do feel him move all the time.

Food cravings: Peanut butter is tasting good again, just like pregnancy #1. I’m also quite fond of Wendy’s Frosties, even in this cold weather.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I gag a little when I brush my teeth. That’s pretty much it though at this point.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Name: Linkin Jude

Labor Signs: too early for all that

Belly Button: innie/outie (It weirds me out with this pregnancy too.)

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy

Looking Forward to: decorating the nursery! I just ordered a cubical shelf to organize the closet – woo hoo!