March 2014 Babies & Mamas Part 5: Halfway There!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Was baby the sex you thought he/she was going to be? (wait to vote until you know your baby's sex)
    Yes - thought girl, is a girl! : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Yes - thought boy, is a boy! : (9 votes)
    23 %
    No - thought girl, is a boy! : (3 votes)
    8 %
    No - thought boy, is a girl! : (12 votes)
    30 %
    Had no feeling either way / Not applicable (team green) : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    ROLL CALL!

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 19w4d, due 3/17

    What are you loving about your pregnancy? The baby! I don’t feel her yet, but now that I know she’s a girl, I’m starting to bond with her a WHOLE lot more. 

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby yet? We’ve accumulated all kinds of stuff. We’ve been gifted a few toys and blankets already; we’ve bought diapers, clothes and other random stuff (like diaper genie refills and things like that) when I see it on super sale. We were also eyeing up a crib that happened to pop up on Zulily for $90 less than it cost at BRU, so we bought that too! Haven’t set it up yet, though. 

    Anything you’re currently researching about pregnancy/newborns? Nope, nothing currently. But I would like to start diving into some baby books soon. 

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet? No, and no.  🙁 

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)? I’ve gained a lot. 

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet? Oh yeah! Since the veryyyy beginning. 

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  Yep! My sister has been taking weekly pics of me. Once we get into the 30s, we’ll pick a week to do “official” maternity shots with DH. 

    BUMP LOVE Photo!: This is from 18 weeks because this entire week has been total insanity, and every time my sister and I try to get together, something else comes up. I’ll update with 20 after Sunday! 



    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @bananasareyellow:  Thank you! I love that your bump is starting to sprout now, too! I’ve told so many people about your late-sprouting bump vs. my early-sprouting bump, because I simply can’t get over how different pregnancy is for everyone. It fascinates me. And yeah, I hope I start to feel her soon. Doc said I would. The movement is absolutely what I am MOST looking forward to! 

     

    I do have an advice question for all you ladies… 

    I have an aunt who’s a smoker. And if there is one thing in life that I loathe, it’s smoking. I don’t normally see this aunt very often because she lives in Georgia (I’m in NJ/NYC). But, long story short, she’s here staying with my parents for a while at the moment. While I’m pregnant, and even in my non-pregnant life, my normal reaction would just be to steer clear of her WHILE she’s smoking, and go on with the rest of our day as normal. But now that I’m spending more and more time with her, it’s becoming overwhelming to me just how strongly she reeks of smoke every time she comes back inside (which is often; she smokes a lot). The smell itself, whatever. I can get over it. But it’s what comes with the lingering smell that has me concerned. Am I (and the baby) breathing in all kinds of toxins every time she re-enters the room and I breathe in the remnants of her smoking? And then, of course, my other concern is after the baby is born. I don’t want my aunt to hold her if she even REMOTELY smells of smoke. One of my friends said to me, “your baby, your rules.” But, I’m feeling guilty. Obviously I would never, ever tell her she has to quit smoking, or else she can’t hold the baby. I understand how addiction works. AND she has a lot of stuff going on in her life right now (hence the staying with my parents), so it would just be over-the-top mean of me to do that. Not interested. BUT, I do feel like I need to set SOME sort of boundaries. Does she have to take a shower and change her clothes every time she wants to hold my little girl? That seems extreme too! But I really, really, really don’t want my baby breathing in all the crap that’s emanating off of her. I just don’t know, guys. This is a tough one for me. But if anyone has any light to shed, please do! And if I’m overreacting, please tell me! I’m a FTM, so it’s one million percent possible that I’m making a huge to-do out of something that’s really not a big deal. 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I get way too excited about new threads!  It’s going by so quickly!

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 21w2d, due March 5th

    What are you loving about your pregnancy? Feeling baby kicking and flipping

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby yet? We’ve bought some cute clothes, started our registry, picked out furniture. Haven’t bought any big items yet though.  We’ve got the nursery halfway cleaned out, hopefully finishing that this weekend so we can start painting. I’d love to have the nursery painted and cleaned up and furniture ordered by Thanksgiving.  I’m overwhelemd with everything there is to do so trying to make to-do lists with deadlines.

    Anything you’re currently researching about pregnancy/newborns? EVERYTHING!  Big ones on the list are strollers, breastfeeding/pumping and sleep training.  After spending time with my newborn nephew, I realized I feel like I don’t know anything about babies!

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet?   Yes, they get stronger and more frequent every day! DH has also been able to feel them, too!

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)? Up 6 lbs as of yesterday. 

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?   Yes, have been for a few weeks.  I can still fit into all my shirts and a lot of my lower-rise pants, but maternity pants are just way more comfy!

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  No. I’d rather save the money for newborn photos.  Maternity photos are cute, I just know we wouldn’t really do anything with them.  Also, I’m not feeling all that great about my appearence these days – where’s my damn glow?!?!

    BUMP LOVE Photo!:

     

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @LoveMikey:  That’s a tricky situation. I don’t think you’re overreacting though.  Could you request she not smoke immediately before or during visits?  Second and third hand smoke are dangerous and I don’t blame you for not wanting to expose your baby to it.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 19w5d – March 16

    What are you loving about your pregnancy?  Getting excited for bb to arrive! The pregnancy itself… it is kind of funny to be getting so round!

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby yet?  We bought a stroller – the City Mini Single! Other than that, we haven’t bought ANYthing. We’re clearing out the room that is going to be the nursery, though. 

    Anything you’re currently researching about pregnancy/newborns? I did a lot of research about fetal MRIs last week because my doctor suggested we do one. I decided against it! 

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet?   Yes! I’m feeling lots of little kicks. DH has felt her twice, but she’s fairly shy when he tries to feel!

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)? I’ve gained about 13 pounds 🙁

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?   Haha, yet? I’ve been wearing them since week 10 or so! 

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  Nah

    BUMP LOVE Photo!:

     

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 20w3d due March 11

    What are you loving about your pregnancy?  I love the idea of creating my child and have him growing.

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby yet? I bought and outfit for him when I found out it was a boy, and we have slowly been buying cloth diapers to spread out the expense.

    Anything you’re currently researching about pregnancy/newborns? We are researching cribs and stroller.  I am trying to figure out what newborn books I want to get and read as well.

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet?   I don’t think I have felt any movement yet. 🙁

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)? At my last appointment it was about 10 lbs.  It is hard to say though because I had gained a little weight before I got pregnant, so I am not sure what I started at.

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?   Pants for sure.  I can wear a few of my old shirts, but the amount I can wear is starting to get thing mainly because of my now porn star boobs.

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  We may have a friend of DH who is a photographer takes some pics for our Christmas card, but other than that, no.

    BUMP LOVE Photo!: My bump last weekend in Chicago.  DH was planning on taking this pic the whole train ride up there.  He was so excited to take Hugo’s first picture in Chicago.

    Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/march-2014-babies-mamas-part-5-halfway-there?replies=1#post-

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 

    I am 19 weeks, 1 day.  Due on 3/20/14

     

    What are you loving about your pregnancy?  

    I’m actually really enjoying having a new bonding experience with my MIL. She is fantastic and we have always gotten along really well, but we haven’t really been able to form our own relationship independently of DH because she lives far away and we both hate talking on the phone.  But I know we both want to, and since my parents have passed away, it is nice to get to have excited grandparents still.  But, baby planning has been a lot of fun to talk to her about, and I think we’ll have our own relationship once the baby is born, which I am really happy about.  She’ll be a wonderful grandmother.  

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby yet? 

     

    We finally picked a direction to go in for the nursery (we are doing a Maryland theme because we are crazy about UMD obviously– but I want to keep it subtle and not crazy), but we haven’t bought anything yet except for the UMD baby socks I bought for our announcement photo.  MIL bought some clothes and blankets for us when she came to visit.  

    Anything you’re currently researching about pregnancy/newborns? 

     

     Nothing in depth yet. Have lot on my to do list– namely finding day care, a pediatrician, and booking a newborn care class at our hospital.  I’ve also been starting our registry, and it is HARD!  So many choices!  I was looking at swaddle blankets yesterday and it seems like everyone has a different opinion about the “only one that works”.  And it is like that for EVERYTHING.

     

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet?   

     

    I am starting to feel some moving around (for about the last week), but it hasn’t been strong or consistent enough yet for my husband to feel them.  I think he’ll be much more eager about it after our anatomy scan on Tuesday– I think that will make it a lot more “real” for him

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)?

     

     I think I’m up 6 lbs? I’ve been trying not to stess about it 

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?   

     

     Yeah.  Pants were a must starting about a month ago, but I haven’t bought much yet. Some of my regular dresses and shirts are still fitting.

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  

     

    No.  I don’t see us ever hanging them anywhere, so I’m good to skip it.  And DH HATES having pictures taken, so better to save it for a family photo when the baby gets here!

     

    BUMP LOVE Photo!:

    I don’t have one to share, but my bump is definitely visible now (I had my first stranger congratulate me the other day)– I haven’t been taking any.  I should do that.  Sometime.  But I should probably do daycare, pediatrician, and other stuff first, right?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @bananasareyellow:  Man I am jealous that you are 80% done with the nursery… We know what we want to do, but it is going to be a lot of work because we need to change the baseboards and window casing as well, so I think we have kind of been putting it off.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @bananasareyellow:  Is the fan a SIDS prevention method, or you shouldn’t have one?

    @MrsWBS:  I LOVE that sweater!  Where did you get it?!

    @onyx81:  Hugo!  What a great name!

    Post # 15
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    679 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    How far are along are you & when are you due? 20w3d today! Due March 11

    What are you loving about your pregnancy?  Now that it’s really round and obvious and not just chub, I love my bump! And most recently, I love the tiny baby kicks I feel – can’t wait til they are stong enough to share with DH

    Have you done/bought anything to prepare for baby  yet? Just have a babylist registry (awesome universal registry), we probably will wait til after the holidays to do the nursery setup because it will take over what is now our guest room.

    Anything you’re currently researching about  pregnancy/newborns? Not really, I have read Eat Sleep Poop from the library which was really good, I might actually buy it – definitely buying Happiest Baby on the Block!

    Are you feeling kicks/punches? Can SO/FI/DH feel them yet? Yes!! Can’t wait, I know really soon DH will be able to feel them, they are getting so strong!

    Weight gain/loss to date (if you care to share)? Ugh, I think 14 lb? But it’s held steady for several weeks!

    Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?  Yup, have been since 10 weeks or so (jeans) and then my boobs exploded and now I’m 90% maternity. 

    Are you planning to get Maternity Photos?  Nope, we’re going to do newborn photos instead.

    BUMP LOVE Photo!: Don’t have one on this comp and haven’t actually taken one in two weeks!

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