Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pregnancy Update: 31 weeks

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How far along? 31 weeks 2 days

Weight gain/loss: I'm up about 18 lbs I think. Not horrible. My goal is to not gain more than 30 lbs and I think I can do it!

Feeling:  Tired. Emotional. Unprepared. Yep, that pretty well covers it. I have discovered that I don't have a normal cleaning nesting instinct like most women, my nesting manifests in the form of shopping. I want to shop all day long and I want to buy all of the stuff for Connor NOW. It's driving me crazy to wait.

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Sleep: My heartburn has been horrible lately and it's worst at night. Even with taking Zantac, I wake up with nasty heartburn and reflux. I made Mike get out of bed at 6 AM this morning to get me Tums because it was so bad.

Food cravings: Pizza.

Gender: Boy.
Movement? He had a few quiet days this week during which I got a bit freaked out. But his normal movements have returned and I enjoy watching my belly bounce around. I don't enjoy the bladder punches however.

What I miss? Turkey sandwiches and being able to get off of the couch and bed easily.

Best moment this week: Spending time with Mike and Grace. I'm really trying to enjoy our last few months as a family of 3.

What I'm looking forward to: Hopefully finding out that my gestational diabetes screening test was negative tomorrow. I had it several weeks ago and am hoping that no news is good news.

Next Appointment: Tomorrow. It should be a quick, boring appointment.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Proud to be a c-section mommy

Some of you probably think I'm crazy already just from the title of this post. Trust me, I'm not. I've been contemplating writing this post for ages and have drafted it several times only to delete it because it's been written out of anger. Anger that often when I mention that I had a c-section with Grace I see someone roll their eyes. I hear people constantly tell me how awful c-sections are and how I should try for a VBAC. These people have no idea what happened during my labor or what complications I'm dealing with due to my health and this pregnancy. Instead, they hear the word c-section and automatically judge my decisions. I have explained in a previous post why I chose to do a repeat c-section with Connor and not a VBAC. It was not an easy decision and I know the risks that I am taking.

Let me stop for a second and say that I know that c-sections are overused. I know that many women are forced into them and that many women who could have vaginal births are coerced into having them. I am not unaware of those statistics. However, there are some situations in which a c-section is necessary, and I believe that I am one of those cases. I never once felt forced into one and my doctor would have let me continue to labor longer had I wanted.

So why do people automatically assume that I was one of those "poor naive girls" who didn't know what I was doing or was forced? Mike and I made the decision fully aware of the risks and I thank God that we did because I honestly believe that Grace would have spent a lot longer in the NICU than she did had I labored any longer.

So why does having c-section make me any less of a woman or a mother? Why am I looked down upon because I didn't push her out the "normal" way? I am all for having the birth experience you want, but that doesn't always happen and mothers need to stop judging each other based on it. Unless you were there in the room with someone, you don't know what happened to them or why decisions were made.

So, c-sections mommies, be proud. You did what was best for you and your child!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit Review

Grace and I have a busy schedule filled with lots of fun play dates with her little friends. As our kids became toddlers, the other mothers and I quickly discovered that the key to a successful play date is having enough food and snacks around. Grace gets grumpy pretty quickly if she misses a snack or meal time. However, most of my reusable containers were too big for her snacks and I didn't have any good way of keeping items cold. I would end up carrying a huge bag for small amounts of food that would quickly get too hot, certainly not ideal for zoo or park play dates. So I was excited when Rubbermaid sent me the LunchBlox Sandwich Kit! The Sandwich Kit includes a sandwich container, two smaller snack containers (perfect for yogurt or goldfish) and a larger snack container (perfect for fruits, vegetables and chips.)

The containers snap together around a great specially designed Blue Ice pack that works with the LunchBlox containers to keep lunches chilled on the go. I never have to worry about Grace's yogurt spoiling or the lunch meat getting too warm. The containers are compact and fit well into a lunch box or small bag.

The best part is that the containers are all microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe and BPA-free. These containers have made packing for our play dates so much easier and I know we will be using them for years to come!

You can buy The LunchBlox Sandwich Kit at, Target, Kmart, Kroger, Safeway, Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, HEB, other grocery stores and select Wal-Mart stores.

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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the LunchBlox Sandwich Kit at no cost in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.

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