Babymooning in San Diego- Week 35

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This past weekend we threw some clothes in a suitcase, packed up a cooler and the Klevster and headed down to beautiful San Diego for our much-anticipated babymoon!

First up was Fiesta Island Dog Park. It was our first time there so I’m not 100% that we ended up at the right place buuuuut the parking was free and I did see at least one other pooch so I’m fairly confident we didn’t break any laws. The weather was lovely and the whole scene was very relaxing. It’s amazing what a little sun and fresh air can do. Tell me this isn’t the face of a very relaxed pup!

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After a few hours we decided to head over to the hotel for check in. Once we freshened up, we left Klevster to nap and it was Phil’s BBQ time! We’d been here once before about two years ago and Asaf swears it’s the best BBQ he’s ever eaten. I have to admit, it may have been even more delicious this time around (even though we waited in line for an hour and a half!).

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Finally, we headed over to Extraordinary Desserts in Little Italy and shared a cream cheese brownie and a single serving of their chocolate chocolate chip ice cream. I wish I had taken a picture of this drool-worthy masterpiece but we just couldn’t wait to dig in! We started eating this on the way to the car and polished it all off before we got back to the hotel! I stole borrowed this picture from http://www.foodtruckadventure.com. Here’s a nice write-up they did on ED.

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Although the weekend went by REALLY FAST we had a great time. It’s fun to think that the next time we visit, we’ll have a baby with us!

Speaking of Baby, he’s the size of a honeydew melon this week! His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. By the way – still in breech position!

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35 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I forgot to check the weight on my scale today but I went to the Dr. today. They said I’m up to 24 lbs now.

Cravings: Staying away from Mexican food this week since that seemed to really trigger the heartburn last week.

What I’m excited about: Friday is my last day at work! Woo hoo!

What I’m nervous about: Took my Group B Strep test today at the Dr.’s office. Tests always make me nervous!

New this week: For the last few days I’ve been experiencing achy feet. Only in the morning, as soon as I roll out of bed. I had a sneaky suspicion I might be moonlighting as a ballerina in my sleep so I looked it up. Alas, it appears I’m not alone. Several factors including weight gain, relaxin, edema and dehydration may be to blame. Ah the joys of pregnancy 🙂

Note to Baby: Next week is Mom’s birthday! Pizza and cake coming your way soon! xx

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Hooray for boobs! Week 34

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month! This campaign was funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services to bring awareness to new research which shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. They may even be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

Now, I’d like to think I’ve always had a healthy appreciation for my breasts but as I approach D-Day, I’m becoming increasingly amazed by their capabilities. I mean, I always known that feeding a baby was their intended purpose but up until now, I’ve just been using them to fill out tops and get free drinks! 😉 Which is why I decided that in addition to all the research I’ve been doing (read: Googling), I REALLY needed to enroll in a breastfeeding education class.

When I enrolled the email confirmation said that partners were encouraged to attend. So naturally I made Asaf go with me. All in all, we found the class to be very informative. Here are 10 things I learned:

  1. You shouldn’t use lanolin and gel pads together because this could irritate your nipple.
  2. Lactation consultations are covered by insurance! (Thanks Obama!)
  3. Breast Milk changes according to baby’s needs. (It’s literally the perfect food!)
  4. There are several popular breastfeeding positions including cradle, cross cradle and football (we practiced all four of these) but were encouraged to find whatever position works best for baby once he arrives.
  5. Latching is hella important! One sign of a good latch is a wide mouth baby with open or “flanged” lips (like a fish).
  6. Feed on demand early on to establish a good milk supply.
  7. Milk probably won’t come in for 72 hours but that’s ok because your baby’s stomach is so small that it only needs a few drops of colostrum during those early days to keep full.
  8. Always bring baby to breast. Not the other way around.
  9. It is OK to wake a sleeping baby to feed (at least until a milk supply is established).
  10. Breastfeeding will make you thirsty but drinking an excess amount of water will not result in more milk being produced.

I know that breastfeeding is not an option for everyone and I think that’s totally OK but I really hope that it works for me. After yesterday’s class, I’m feeling a whole lot less intimidated. Wish me luck!

This week the anticipation is certainly building. We can’t wait to have our little guy in our arms! He’s the size of a cantaloupe now. A little over 5 lbs and somewhere around 17-20 inches long, he is getting fatter and cuter practically by the minute! His central nervous system continues to mature while his lungs are already well developed. As for me…

34 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 25 pounds per my scale. 22 per the scale at the Doctor’s office. The nurse said I’d only gained one pound since my last visit and I had to resist the urge to hug her!

Cravings: Cheese! Quesadillas and string cheese are my current favorites but I also added a lot of parmesan into the spaghetti Asaf made this week.

What I’m excited about: Babymoon this weekend! 😀

What I’m nervous about: So far we’ve been unsuccessful in finding a dresser and a rug for the nursery. With these two items missing the room feels very “undone” which leaves me a tad uneasy. Craigslist/Ikea/Target/etc. be kind to me!

New this week: This week I felt a LOT better than last week. Thanks to all the people who reached out to me to tell me they hoped I felt better soon. Your well wishes worked! Hardly any Braxton Hicks contractions and only one nighttime leg cramp. Woo hoo!

Note to Baby: Daddy had a dream about you last night! He said you two were on a walk and you were on his shoulders. A friend of his said, “Hey! Cute kid!” We can’t wait for you to be here with us 🙂 Just 5 more weeks.

Week 33 – Mucus & Maternity Photos

I’m going to be honest with you, this week has been a little rough. I started feeling really stressed out Thursday and Saturday I began having some rather intense Braxton Hicks contractions. Also, (WARNING: this might be is definitely TMI) I’m pretty sure I’m in the process of losing my mucus plug. (I’ll spare you the details. Ew). Aside from THAT, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to sit, stand, breathe and/or sleep for any prolonged amount of time… And yet, I still feel like a major turd for complaining because the fact of the matter is, I’m so damn happy we’ve made it this far. 33 weeks down! 6 weeks to go!

Did you notice I said 6? Today I had a visit with my OB and she confirmed what I pretty much already knew, this stubborn baby of ours didn’t turn! And at this point, there’s a good chance he won’t. So we’re scheduled for a C-Section on September 12th at noon. They’ll slice me open and pull a baby out! How bizarre!

Anyways, I’m not all gruesome news today. I’ve got some nice stuff to share too. Maternity photos by the lovely Carissa Woo!

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They say Liam is about the length of a pineapple now (17-19 inches) and weighs nearly 5 lbs this week. Highlights include building his own immune system and learning to differentiate between light and dark/night and day. Let’s hope he’s working extra hard at that last one! 😉

My 33 week update:

Total weight gain so far: 23 pounds

Cravings: Fruit. Is it just me or is the fruit this summer especially good? Also, juice and occasionally an Oreo cookie.

What I’m excited about: Asaf’s Mom booked her plane ticket! She’ll arrive a few weeks after Liam comes home and will stay almost a month. I am looking forward to her help and also her cooking!

What I’m nervous about: Aside from the c-section news, my OB said I need to work on taking it easy and staying hydrated. If I push myself too much I risk going into early labor. 😦 I am considering taking my maternity leave one week earlier than I originally planned.

New this week: Braxton Hicks contractions. They’re no joke!

Note to Baby: You spend a lot of time tucked under my diaphragm and today you were hiding behind my belly button. I can’t wait to see what kind of mischief you’ll be up to once you’re out!