Saturday, October 31, 2009
Her crib isn't Dutailier like her dresser and chest of drawers are but I think the crib will look great with the rest of her furniture! Can't wait for the Dutailier furniture to come in!
Well, by FRIDAY afternoon (the 30th) ... all was not well in the world ... all of my symptoms had returned but worse ... excruciating stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea ... it was bad ... once again, I didn't get any sleep that night ... last night ... I just hung out on the couch ... I sat up most of the night because my stomach seemed to feel worse when I laid down ... it was horrible ... I finally got to sleep about 6 am and woke up around 8 am ... I remembered that I had to get to the doctor's office by 10 am to drop off my urine sample and to get my blood work done. I was still in pain ... though I felt better but I felt too week to drive and so I was forced to catch a cab ... got there, dropped off the urine, had the blood work done and I was fortunately able to see the doctor but I pretty much knew what she would say ... "Sounds like food poisoning ... drink lots of fluids ... if it persists, call your primary physician." Thanks ... but I've had it before and yes ... I pretty much know the drill ... you wait it out ... my poor baby girl ... I know she was starving ... I pretty much didn't eat anything the day before ... it was too painful ... today, I've been drinking water and 7Up and I had a little vegetable broth for lunch ... well tofu soup ... not to be confused with miso soup ...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
She also had a chance to read my little lady's ultrasound results from last week when I had the anomaly ultrasound at 20 weeks. It appears that my baby girl is totally "symmetrical" ... which she says is a little unexpected but great nevertheless. Apparently, its not uncommon for babies at this time to be measuring a little small or large in certain areas (head, legs, arms, etc.) but nope ... our baby gurl is right on track. Her heartbeat is great and yep as my doctor says, "still a baby in there." Also, my blood pressure was excellent ... as usual ... however, there's a BUT ... see below ...
Now ... for the not so great news ... after receiving answers to my usual list of questions, she asked how I was doing etc. One of my complaints, besides recent tummy ache and diarrhea (sorry folks ... I know ... a little too much info), I told her that I had experienced a couple of episodes of "seeing stars" which in my case, is typically associated with elevated blood pressure ... which I've been known to have in the past. But, since I've been pregnant, my blood pressure has been freakishly excellent. Anyway, she wasn't really too happy to hear about this and she said that in my urine analyses that I have with ever visit, there there is a little bit of elevated protein ... most recently +1. Long story short, she ordered a 24 hour Urine Protein Test ... fun ... so tomorrow morning, I start collecting my urine for the next 24 hours, I drop it back off at the doctor's office on Saturday morning, and at that time, I'll have bloodwork done. She said that sometimes, the little bit of elevated protien is associated with some minor kidney damage, sometimes, preeclampsia, etc. So, we'll have to weed through all of that.
I found this website about the test and elevated protein ... a little scary ...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
For years to come, you will rely on this great Caden Lane Spill Mat in bold Blue Moroccan print through all of life's little (and big!) messes! From eating to art projects, this great mat serves as a catch all that works to keep highchairs, car seats and floors as clean as possible through generally messy activities. Double sided and laminated, this awesome mat easily folds for storage. Measures 35" x 39".
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I swear it was hard to walk ... the pain ... whenever I was in the seated position for a prolonged period of time, the pain was almost unbearable ... felt like my uterus was going to fall out ... the pressure ... but then I could pretty much walk it into a dull pain ... wasn't as bad on Friday ... but bad enough to really be getting on my last nerve ... then today ... less pain but more consistent pain ... uncomfortable ... but bearable ... I read up and found the following about this "pain and pressure:"
Pregnancy can be a time of extreme discomfort. From aching feet to lower back
There are two major causes of pelvic
The second major cause of pelvic pain & pressure during pregnancy is the stretching of ligaments. As the ligaments that support your uterus thin and stretch, they can cause sharp, almost stabbing pains on the side of your pelvis. This pain can stretch all the way down to the thighs. The sciatic nerve may also be crowded, causing a painful or sometimes a numb feeling in this area as well.
There are a variety of things that you can do to help relieve pelvic pressure & pain during pregnancy. You might find that you can use heat, such as with a heat pack or a warm bath, to help relax your pelvic area. Some women have had success with pelvic massage. Sometimes, just changing your position can get your baby into a different spot, and thereby putting less pressure on your pelvis. Knee lifts can sometimes help with stretching ligaments, although you should always take care to do these in such a way that you maintain your balance and avoid the risk of falling. Pelvic rocking or hip squeeze exercises may provide some relief. If the pain and pressure are unbearable, or if they are frequent, you should speak with your health care provider.
We ended up purchasing the Dutailier Bed Room Set → 550 Series - La Petite Collection in cherry ... to match the crib that we purchased for much less ... again, I can't commit to one of those "grow with you beds" ... I just never found one that I could actually see being my daughter's headboard and foot board ... so, I went with a traditional crib ... that I love ... again, Not Dutailier ... didn't spend THAT much!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I can't believe that we're half way to the finish line (20 weeks!) ... pretty amazing that all of this takes place so quickly ... with each day I feel our daughter just a little stronger ...
Our baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, she's measured from head to toe.)
She's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So, I've been quietly sitting in misery ... the headaches ... they're so intense ... I haven't taken anything ... not any kind of medication since I became pregnant in June but this is becoming increasingly unbearable ... how long is this going to last!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This is always so confusing ... I've gotten used to telling people how far along I am in weeks but most want me to calculate it into months ... 4 weeks isn't a month ... more like 28 days ... so really 4.45 weeks is actually a month ... anyway, I found the chart above at:
Monday, October 12, 2009
I'm finding it hard to go to sleep at night ... I frequently go through bouts of insomnia ... I'm not proud but I'm a known worrier ... its much better in terms of my worrying ... I try not to let things get to me ... don't want to stress out the baby but the sleeping on the couch thing instead of going to bed is pretty bad these days ... usually, he would be the one to get up around 11 p.m. (he usually goes to bed around 9 p.m.) and insist that I go to bed ... no one to do that now ...
Week Nineteen: Genitals recognizable
|19 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 17 weeks) |
Her legs are reaching their relative size and with the increase muscle development occurring as well, I'm excited to learn that soon I'll start feeling much more than tiny flutter kicks. Our baby will increase its weight by more than 15 times between now and delivery. Crazy!
Other than that ... all is well ... but ... I've been eating like a beast ... I can't seem to get enough of anything ... I'm sure I've gained too much wait ... I don't know what's the matter ... its not only "sweet treats" but in general ... extra large helpings of whatever ... ahhh
Sunday, October 11, 2009
So, I decided on the Munire Savannah for the baby ... actually, we're going with the chest (in cherry in the left pic) and the dresser (in linen in right pic) ... which as you can see in the picture currently has the changing area on top ... I didn't want to invest in an actual changing table ... we won't use it for very long and then what would we do with it ... I didn't think it was the most economical purchase and so we opted out ... all of the furniture will be in cherry. I wanted to find a good quality furniture that would last ... now the crib ... I only want it to be safe .... I've had a hard time "committing" to a convertible bed as a potential long-term option and so, I've just decided to go with a really economical yet safe crib (to be determined) ... the Munire furniture will be a little bit of a splurge but my mom has decided that she'll purchase the baby's furniture.
1) Bugaboo (tried them out at Lazar's Juvenile Furniture in Lincolnwood, IL right outside of Chicago)
a) Cameleon ($979)
b) Frog ($759)
Obviously, the Cameleon is the VIP version of the two ... they look exactly the same but what does the Cameleon have that the frog doesn't have?
- The Bugaboo Frog does not feature:
- A height-adjustable handlebar
- Adjustable suspension
- The Bugaboo Frog has a smaller under seat basket for storage
- The Cameleon also allows you to change the fabric color of the stroller ... uh ... okay
- Graco car seat adapters work with SnugRide and SafeSeat (Step 1) Infant Seats
- Maxi Cosi adapters work with the Mico Infant Seat
- Peg Perego adapters work with the Primo Viaggio and Primo Viaggio SIP made in 2007 and later
Now, as for why ultimately, (baby is moving :D) I chose against the bugaboo ...
- both models fold into two pieces - the frame and the seat/bassinet
- the rear tires are air filled ... wasn't interested in filling any stroller tires
- didn't have as much undercarriage storage space as the stroller that I ultimately chose in the end
- does have a toddler board but I'm thinking that after a while, a 2 year old might grow tired of standing and riding on a board
2) Orbit (tried it out at the Land of Nod) - let's take a look:
- The orbit infant system also known as their "new parent starter kit" runs $900 and comes complete with stroller frame, car seat base, and the infant car seat - NO OTHER INFANT SEAT WILL FIT ON THE FRAME ... AND IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING MORE CHILDREN, THE INFANT CAR SEAT WILL NOT FIT ON ANY OTHER FRAME ... I hope that wasn't confusing ... you might have to read over that again ...
- As your baby grows, you must purchase the toddler stroller seat for $220 ... the catch here is that you still need a car seat for your growing baby ... that's another purchase
- That brings us to the toddler car seat which will run you about $360 - I will say that the toddler car seat will easily dock into the stroller frame ... of course you don't have to purchase their version of the seat but it does make it convenient to be able to doc the toddler car seat right onto the frame.
- Finally, there is no available "toddler" seat available that will doc onto the frame ... so you can't carry more than one child at a time ... we plan on trying for another child pretty soon after our first and so it was important to us to find a stroller that would allow for a second child to ride
- Converts quickly from the carriage (great for long walks in the park or around the neighborhood) to the stroller- once piece conversion - no additional bassinet component
- Seat can be reversed to face either direction
- Travel System-compatible-the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 car seat attaches easily to the frame using adapters (included)
- Multiple height adjustments
- Unique "Tilt-in-Space" comfort plus adjustable backrest
- Elastic net basket with bungee cord straps to secure items
- Easy to open and close
- Stands upright when closed
- Wheels designed with ball bearings and shock-absorbing springs
- accommodates 45 pounds
- Car seat adapters included for Peg Perego car seat (sold separately) - but I didn't want a Peg Perego car seat
- Rear wheels are pneumatic (air pump included)- again, not interested in putting air in stroller tires
- No toddler attachment available - when I contacted them directly, they indicated that it is "on it's way to consumers"
- After trying it out ... it's PRETTY heavy ... getting it in and out of a car constantly might be a bit challenging ... this seems to be one of the biggest criticisms ... 33.7 pounds - I've heard that every pound counts
4) Phil and Teds Vibe ($699 - tried it out at The Land of Nod):
- I really loved this one because I've seen it around town a lot and I really appreciate the "two kid" adaptability - BUT THE EXTRA SEAT IS REALLY TIGHT (small)
- the stroller easily adapts to an infant and a toddler
- using the doubles kit (to accommodate both infant and toddler w/attachment), the stroller folds without having to remove the extra seat (cool)
- full seat recline so that your infant can lie flat
- Infant car seat accommodation
- folds really compactly
- 22 pounds (as a stroller for one child)
- accommodates 55 pounds
- again with the air tires
- I've heard consistently that the shocks are "pretty bad" though it's sold as an "all terrain" stroller
- but the biggest issue for me was that your kids face away from you
- and honestly, I kinda wanted a bassinet
- Forward and rear facing
- will accommodate the Maxi Cosi Infant Car seat
- Bassinet available for long walks (extra charge)
- accommodates a child up to 50 pounds
- weighs 27 pounds
- he biggest issue for me personally was the lack of accommodation for a second child ... that was pretty much a deal breaker for me
- Only accommodates the Maxi Cosi Infant Car seat ... that's not the one I wanted to invest in
6) Teutonia: honestly, love the fact that you can "build" the stroller to your specifications but it seemed too complicated ... I wasn't interested in going through the process of making all of those decisions ... so I didn't get beyond, "cute, you can choose your fabric combinations" - as for the price ... varies depending on your choices of wheels, fabric, type of seat, etc.
- round foam and rubber wheels for the perfect smooth ride - no air tires (high performance extra wide wheels - not too wide to make getting around tight spaces problematic)
- the rubber-coated chrome finish tires never go flat
- one touch brake to brake the stroller and one touch to unbrake
- the seat for the child is really roomy ... actually 1.5 inches taller (torso) and which means more time that you will be able to use this stroller as your child grows
- Includes both bassinet and seat—completely interchangeable -
- the bassinet has great sun protection on it and a great waterproof latex mattress
- the bassinet is fully lined with organic soybean fiber and cotton
- there's also great padding for a smooth ride in the seat for your child
- Also accommodates two children comfortably - woohoo (known as the "rumble seat")
- Also available is an infant car seat (CHICCO, GRACO, PEG PEREGO)
- Easy one-step fold—with or without the seat attached
- Stands upright on it's own when folded
- Forward facing OR rear facing
- 4-wheel shock absorbing suspension
- even has an elevated seat/bassinet height brings you closer to your child
- Full-size easy-access basket and convenient cell phone pocket - really the basket is the largest that I've seen
- accommodates up to 50 pounds
- Frame and seat 24 pounds