Joel, Sisu, myself, and little bebe-to-be are all doing well. I’ve not been keeping up with these posts because it seems we’ve been sick a long time. We became sick sometime around Christmas and we’ve been kindly passing it around as each of us gets healthy again. On top of the constant cold passing I’ve also had a UTI, which was probably lingering for some time before it became apparent. I’ve only recently had symptoms clearly pointing to a UTI. The midwives have linked the pain in my right side and some fluid retention in my right kidney to the UTI, and I’m hoping that with the UTI clearing up the pain won’t return.
I’m getting to the point in my pregnancy where wearing the support belt is going to be helpful. I’ve worn it a couple of times, but with all the pressure on my bladder it was counter-productive. I can’t wait to actually feel “better” from this wretched UTI.
I’ve been continuing to carry Sisu around on my back via our Ergobaby Carrier while pregnant and it’s kind of nice because it evens me out a bit when she’s on my back. If you or yours are expecting a baby and you’re looking for a good carrier which is going to hold up over time and wear, I highly suggest the Ergobaby. We started using ours when Sisu was around 6 months and it’s kept us free and clear of strollers with a happy kid along for the ride. I still plan on using my homemade moby-wrap for when baby number two is a newborn. Ergobaby has an infant insert, but I really love how my homemade moby is nice and snuggly.
There are tons of blogs with long lists of things for women to do before baby arrives. This is one such list.
I read a lot of these lists pre-baby and really benefited from their suggestions. I wanted to compile not only the advice I followed and liked, but also advice I wish I’d followed. I came up with a LOT of advice, so I’ve categorized it for you. Without further ado:
Except. You know. When you go into labor shortly after they arrive.
On August 13th I had minor cramps, referred to as Braxton-Hicks contractions, which I began to notice around 6pm. They were annoying and uncomfortable, but otherwise without need for mention. Joel and I went to Costco to get some last minute things before our scheduled c-section on the 15th. We wanted to have some simple quick foods to cook after arriving home in non-perishable form. And I wanted to get out and get some air. I had no idea I was starting labor. Continue reading →
During week 31 I realized my third trimester had kicked it into high gear, so to speak. Up to this point, most changes had come on slow and I gradually adjusted. But there’s a lot of discomfort to be had in the third trimester due to the size of the baby alone, and I believe that makes coping with any new changes all the more difficult.