Pregnancy: 32 weeks

The weeks are flying by now! We’ve hit 32 weeks already! Here’s what’s been going on.

Weeks: 32

Age of Toddler: 28 months ( 2 years 4 months old)

Baby’s Movement: We have a boxer in there! Baby is getting so strong and still very active. We can now identify elbows. Pretty crazy stuff going on in there 🙂

Baby items we bought: We have all of Lilly’s clothing, toys, bedding and cloth diapers still, so we’re pretty good here. But there are still a few things that we bought or had to get since it’s a winter baby.

  • Bought an awesome car seat cover for $8 at a second-hand shop
  • Bought a “sleeping bag” for the stroller for $4 at a Children’s sale (POMBA)
  • Bought random sleepers for the winter months as Lilly was born in June they are all short-sleeved

Belly Button: Flat!

Challenges:

  • Putting on my sexy compression stockings. It’s already hard to touch my feet but putting it on before I get out of bed is like a mini workout for me! ha!
  • Managing a full day of work, stuff at home (dinner, dishes, laundry etc) and finding time to be active.

Cravings:

  • Skim milk by the glass! (I never drink milk on its own, being lactose intolerant, milk hasn’t been a love of mine)
  • Apples (maybe because we just went apple picking)
  • Protein: skim milk, yogurt, chicken, salmon, cheese ….

Exercise:

  • Prenatal Yoga at home from You Tube
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Ball exercises

Gender: Unknown, it’s a surprise for us 🙂

Maternity Clothing: Starting not to fit as well as before 😦 But rediscovered my belly bands.

My Mood: No so emotional the last two weeks, pretty happy.

Preparation for baby #2:

  • Lilly – reading her lots of “BIG SISTER” books, talking to her about changes that will take place and what she can do to help us bathe the baby, put it to bed before she goes to sleep etc.
  • Baby’s Room: see still to do below
  • Ordered “Newborn” cloth diapers. I bought 1 cause it was so darn cute and have ordered the rest. We tried to put Lilly in cloth diapers right away however she was so small 6 lbs 13 oz and dropped to 5lbs 11oz. She didn’t fit into our “one size fit’s all” diapers until she was two months. That was a lot of disposable diapers.

Sleep: Is pretty chopped up these days. I can manage about 3-4 hours in a row and then wake up to pee or have to roll over – which if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know how painful that is for me. I’m okay with not sleeping for long hours, I just don’t enjoy the pain that comes will rolling over to my other side.

Some nights I pass out between 6 – 7 pm – pure exhaustion.

Still to do:

  1. Pack hospital Bag.  Yes, I’ve already started this one – have a few random things in the bag.  I packed Lilly’s a few hours before I went into labour (had a few signs it could happen soon) and wrote our birth over dinner that night.
  2. Write birth plan – review with our Doctor.
  3. Finish cleaning up the “baby’s room” – about 75% done. This was our spare room, so I’m looking for places to hide put stuff away.
  4. Purchase random items, cloth diapers (and prep them) and a few other things.
  5. Remember how to put baby’s seat in the car (do this early November – just in case).

Symptoms:

  • Exhaustion (went to bed many nights between 6pm and 7:30pm!)
  • Nausea is increasing again – that’s just not fair
  • Ligament pain is decreasing
  • Upper back pain is increasing out of nowhere!
  • Heartburn is increasing
  • My feet/legs are swelling if I am sitting or standing too much – now wearing fancy compression stockings! Pair that with my sexy maternity (lower) back brace and I’m one hot mama-t0-be 🙂 Don’t be jealous.

What I am worried about at this point:

  • Going into labour early (again). Lilly was born at 36 weeks, 2 days.
  • Working too long. With Lilly, I was put off work at 35 weeks (Friday) and went into labour Sunday night.
  • What to do with Lilly when I do go into labour/head to the hospital. Lilly’s birth was…umm…rather quick. Not really knowing I was in labour, my water broke at 10:30pm, we got to the hospital around 11pm and she was out at 2:22am (it was a natural birth).

Difference in Pregnancy:

Not sure if there is much of a difference at this point.

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If you missed it, my 30 week update.

Next update: 34 weeks – woah!

Things I am loving at 23 weeks pregnant

I’ve been pretty bummed out about not running the last few weeks but have so many other things that I am loving at 23 weeks pregnant:

  • Cold fruit – specifically watermelon, red grapes and oranges
  • Belly kicks, punches, rolls and hiccups – this baby is getting active 🙂
  • Ice cold water – can’t get enough
  • Lilly’s trying lots of new food: pesto, pad thai, broccoli trees, snow trees (cauliflower)
  • Cool temperatures in the morning (not so much later in the day/evening, humidity is terrible when you’re pregnant)
  • Evening walks by myself
  • Potty Training (I haven’t washed cloth diapers in over 2 weeks)
  • Lilly loves the potty AND big toilet
  • Raisin Bran and skim milk – seriously, I can’t get enough
  • It’s only taking Lilly 1 hour to go to bed (bath, books, cuddle, crying, cuddle, crying, asleep)
  • Prenatal Yoga at home
  • Fit Pregnancy Magazines (that I bought when pregnant with Lilly)
  • Fit Mom DVD Workout
  • Taking two weeks vacation – glorious idea
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Started reading a book that is not work, baby or pregnancy related: Where We Belong – Emily Giffin. I even managed to buy it 40% off plus tax free – whoop whoop!
  • Vegan Pesto – might be addicted
  • Slight Olympic hangover but looking forward to watching the Paralympics August 29th

What’s your favourite summer work out?

Any big changes for your kids this summer?

For those preggo’s out there:

What are you loving right now?

What foods are you craving? Or what did you crave when pregnant?

 

Cloth Diapering at Day Care (AMP Post)

When it’s time for you to go back to work you will need to find a sitter or day care facility for your little one. Both can be a challenging step. Do I want to work again? Can I be away from my child all day? Oh no, what about cloth diapers; will I have to buy disposables for day care??? Lots of questions to figure out; so let’s get started.

First off, you should start looking for child care around the six month mark; some families do this before the arrival of their baby. When you find a day care facility, in home sitter or you hire a nanny, you should set up an interview and test the waters. You want to make sure the facility or person you are going to leave your little one with is the right fit for you.

Second, go prepare with questions to ask. There is no wrong answer but be prepared to receive an answer that doesn’t quite meet your values. Ask if they are okay with Cloth Diapering. If not, then you have three options:

  • By disposables.
  • Find another sitter or facility.
  • Educate the sitter or staff on how to cloth diaper.

Third, educate your sitter or day care staff on how to cloth diaper. When we interviewed our in-home sitter we brought along our diapers, wipes and wet bag. We changed our daughters’ cloth diaper in front of her. We showed her how they work; snaps and Velcro and then what do to with the cloth diaper once it was soiled or wet. After our little demo our sitter said that it was very helpful for us to go through that with her. She also asked if we wanted her to wash them in her laundry before the end of the day!

Fourth, there will be challenges. We’ve had a few challenges with leaks. Our sitter has worked with us to come up with a solution until we had no more leaks. She didn’t ask that we switch to disposables but worked with us. We also provided 1 – 2 disposables just in case of an emergency.

Our sitter provides a daily report each day. This report consists of what they eat, activities they did such as crafts and outside play. More importantly she includes when our daughter has a bowl movement and when she had her diaper changed throughout the day.

The key is to be flexible and open to support your child care provider as they are the one’s your little one will be spending a lot of time with. If cloth diapering is important to you, spend the time interviewing the right person or facility that will take care of your child. Spend the time educating them, be flexible and expect a few challenges.

As posted on AMP Diapers Blog April 3rd 2012.

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