Friday, July 21, 2017

Traveling with a baby part II








Almost 3 years ago, I wrote one of my more popular posts (Here) about traveling with a baby

We took our first flight with baby M about a week ago. It was a combined 6+ hour flight with a layover. I am still not an expert but with two children who flew early and  what not this is what I have learned.


1. STILL WEAR YOUR BABY
if you have a ring sling you will have to take it off and carry your baby thru security so a soft structured carrier  (ssc) is better for this instance. Alot of SSC's require an infant insert under a certain weight so look into that.
We have only been using the ring sling so far.  Learning how to breastfeed and move has been a huge thing with baby M. He is a mover and a shaker and this has been very helpful. 
Also, on take off and landing some airlines will have take the straps off of your carrier they claim you are not suppose to be attached to the baby


2. Check your accommodations and see if there are things you don't have to bring 
This trip we brought everything: stroller, car seat, rock n play, etc.
There are hotels that will provide a pack n play. 
Also, uber or car rentals also have car seats but it's a take at your own discression.




3. Be comfortable.
I have had better luck at breastfeeding with baby M than I did with W and one of the reasons is because I go to breastfeeding support group. In this group I was recommended to get a haakaa and a  travel my breastfriend feeding pillow.



First, the haakaa is my absolute favorite thing right now. It's a silicone hand pump that you place on the other breast while feeding and collects the let down. 
You can purchase it Here

4. Don't forget about your self.
I am constantly covered in spit up and just have a general dishelveled look about me. Bring an extra shirt for your self just in case

That about does it.
I would love this hear how you fly and your pointers.

~Steph~

Friday, July 7, 2017

Comparing pregnancies

A common phrase used for pregnancy is..
every pregnancy/labor/baby is different.
I know this is something I say to my patients on a regular basis because what works for baby A doesn't always work for baby B and vise versa.


(I want to say these are around the same weeks for comparison)


Since this is my second pregnancy I do not have a lot of experience, but though that it would be fun to do a comparison of some common pregnancy symptoms.

A: is my pregnancy with W (girl)
B: is my current pregnancy (37+weeks with baby boy) 

Nausea/morning sickness: 
A: vomited once most likely due to food poisoning 
B: vomited once most likely due to a 24 bug

Heart burn
A: none
B: yes, I have actually had to take tums. It could be worse. 

Acne
A: no
B: none

Stretch marks:
A: yes on my thighs and stomach
B: none

Swelling
A: yes EVERYWHERE
B: on occasion and mostly just in my ankles (joints) the left more than the right

Food cravings
A: spicy (I don't normally do spicy) chicken wings and milk (I also don't drink a lot of milk)
B: fish- I have been eating my allotted two cans of tuna every week 

Headaches:
A: none
B: yes, especially the first half of the pregnancy 

Fatigue:
A: all the time, I always felt like I couldn't catch up
B: I am sleeping more than my norm (while working 5-6 hrs/day),  but I feel more energized after 7 or 8 especially having to chase a toddler all the time 

Discomfort:
A: my hips and sciatica that I was going to the chiropractor regularly around 6-8 weeks and getting monthly massages if not more for relief
B: residual hip pain I have been to the chiropractor 2 x and gotten 3 massages

Weight gain:
A: 28 lbs and weighed more at my 6 week apt
Weight was everywhere
B. 18 lbs and weight was mostly in my belly and butt

Emotions, moodiness, etc. 
A: super moody during pregnancy
B: mostly happy, some moodiness. Pretty emotional postpartum

So, I think that about covers it. Everything you wanted to know about my pregnancies

~Steph~

Monday, July 3, 2017

Introducing..


Birth story to eventually to follow

Thursday, June 8, 2017

39 weeks

This week we made our induction appointment for Monday.
It was not an easy decision based on what happened last time, but baby is not showing a lot of motivation of getting out anytime soon and they are still worried about him being large.

If you wanted to recap on how I was doing with W at this time in pregnancy go Here

How Far Along: 39 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +20 lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: nesting and getting things checked off my list that have been there forever

Miss Anything: freedom

Movement: yes, but movemnets have changed now that he is head down

Sleep: meh! Sleeping is overrated. I sleep better when P is gone because I get the bed to myself and all my pillows 

Food: Fruit  

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: too much dairy is giving me whisked heartburn/reflux

Have you started to show:  Yes!

Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Some Braxton hicks, but nothing consistent 

Belly Button In or Out: um.. both? It's right on the edge 

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: meh!  

Looking forward: Snuggling, holding, kissing MY baby. I am done.


~ Steph ~












Friday, June 2, 2017

38 weeks



It's birth month for this little one. 
If you wanted to recap on how I was doing with W at this time in pregnancy go Here
How Far Along: 38 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18 lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: nesting and crossing things off my list. I also hiked 4x last week, it was quite exciting 

Miss Anything: the ability to go. Like go do things without planning or not being able to do them by myself

Movement: yes, but move,nets have changed now that he is head down

Sleep: meh! Sleeping is overrated

Food: Fruit  

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Spiced foods & too much dairy

Have you started to show:  Yes!


Here is a good belly pic for those following

Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Some Braxton hicks, but nothing consistent 

Belly Button In or Out: Innie, but barely. Thank goodness for deep innie to begin with

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: meh!  

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about him


~ Steph ~












Thursday, May 25, 2017

37 weeks

I AM  FULL TERM.. woo hoo!
If you wanted to recap on how I was doing with W at this time in pregnancy go Here
It's so hot right now

How Far Along: 37 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18 lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: getting things done and spending time with W


Miss Anything: the ability to go. Like go do things without planning or not being able to do them by myself

Movement: yes, but move,nets have changed now that he is head down


Sleep: meh! Sleeping is overrated

Food: Fruit  

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Smells of meat 

Have you started to show:  Yes!


Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Some Braxton hicks, but nothing consistent 

Belly Button In or Out: Innie, but barely. Thank goodness for deep innie to begin with

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: meh!  

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about him


~ Steph ~








Thursday, May 18, 2017

36 weeks

One week til full term.. woo hoo!
If you wanted to recap on how I was doing with W at this time in pregnancy go Here
Baby is head down and measuring 7lbs 6 oz (89th %tile) from ultrasound today

How Far Along: 36 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +17lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: Started maternity leave this week.. yay never ending lists of things to do


Miss Anything: the ability to go. Like go do things without planning or not being able to do them by myself

Movement: yes, this baby moves so much more than Willow. 
I have noticed he moves more when I eat better

Sleep: meh! Sleeping is overrated

Food: Fruit and cold things 

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Smells of meat 

Have you started to show:  Yes!

Gender predictions: baby boy 


(This one shows a little more belly)


Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button In or Out: Innie, but barely 

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: meh!  

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about it 


~ Steph ~






Friday, May 5, 2017

34 weeks

Single digit weeks.. woo hoo!
If you wanted to recap on how I was doing with W at this time in pregnancy go Here


How Far Along: 34 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: Being super busy this week and nesting is in full force 


Miss Anything: not having to pee every few minutes

Movement: yes, this baby moves so much more than Willow. 
I have noticed he moves more when I eat better

Sleep: meh!

Food: BJ's pizza and there homemade root beer.. my super craving 


Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Smells of meat 

Have you started to show:  Yes and I feel like I have doubled in size from last week to this week 

Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button In or Out: Innie still, but barely 

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: happy 

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about it 


~ Steph ~





Friday, April 21, 2017

32 weeks

Here is my 32week update

If you want to compare where I was with W around the same time, go Here

I started to take pictures without my shirt on because I like the way it looks.
I like that it shows my imperfections and flaws, but also the real me.



How Far Along: 32weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +15lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: Getting ready for the baby shower, meeting with our doula and nesting (starting baby laundry) 

Miss Anything: being able to go do things like I use to without thinking about it such as hiking with 40 lb W, which I am starting to not tolerate 

Movement: yes, this baby moves so much more than Willow. I have noticed he moves more when I eat better

Sleep: I have been doing ok, but sometimes baby doesn't get the memo we need to sleep especially at night

Food: carbs especially when I eat super healthy

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Smells of meat 

Have you started to show:  Yes and I feel like I have doubled in size from last week to this week 
(see photos) 

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Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button In or Out: Innie

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: mostly happy 

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about it 


~ Steph ~

Saturday, April 8, 2017

30 weeks

Here is my 30 week update 
And my tired face 


How Far Along: 30 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +14lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: Hiking and enjoying the beautiful California weather

Miss Anything: being able to go do things like I use to without thinking about it such as hiking with 40 lb W, which I am starting to not tolerate 

Movement: yes, this baby moves so much more than Willow 

Sleep: I have been doing ok, but the body pilllow helps 

Food: salty everything especially French fries

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: Smells

Have you started to show:  Yes

Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Nope, but dr said I was having Braxton hicks when I work or walk too much 

Belly Button In or Out: Innie

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: mostly happy 

Looking forward: Snuggling baby, I have been dreaming about it 


~ Steph ~

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

26 weeks


Here we are again, another update.
Things are going well with no major complaints.
I really do love being pregnant

If you want to see how I was doing at the same stage preggos with W, go Here


How Far Along: 26 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +11lbs (from the drs apt this week)

Maternity Clothes: I have a few key pieces that I am mixing with my current wardrobe 

Stretch Marks: No

Best Moment this week: being on a staycation for a total of 3 weeks and spending 3 days at Disneyland last week

Miss Anything: being able to go do things like I use to without thinking about it such as hiking with 40 lb W, which I am starting to not tolerate 

Movement: yes, this baby moves so much , I feel like he is using my bladder as a trampoline 

Sleep: I have been doing ok

Food: salty everything 

Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: A big piece of meat like chicken or pork chops.. no thanks 

Have you started to show:  Yes, it's there

Gender predictions: baby boy 

Labor Signs: Nope 

Belly Button In or Out: Innie

Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore 

Happy or Moody: Happy and I have a lot of energy 

Looking forward: The baby shower and all the upcoming things to do before he gets here

~ Steph ~

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

22 weeks

Since you guys loved all the bump updates last time, here we go again.

I am using the same set of questions as last time for reference you can always go back and check on my pregnancy with W.


How Far Along: 22 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +7 lbs (from Drs apt this week) and I am measuring a week ahead as of right now and the last we checked baby was in the 92% tile
Maternity Clothes: I treated myself to some on my birthday but also living in my LLR leggings
Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet.
Best Moment this week: spending time with the fam and W starting school
Miss Anything:sushi
Movement: Yes this baby moves a lot
Sleep: meh! I have never been a good sleeper
Food: Loving salty food
Anything Making you Queasy or Sick: nope
Have you started to show: yup.
Gender predictions: IT'S A BOY!!

for comparison
 
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button In or Out: Innie
Wedding ring on or off: I don't wear a ring anymore
Happy or Moody: Mostly happy
Looking forward: Everything. It is still early, but I am looking forward to it.

~ Steph ~

Monday, February 6, 2017

Updated

Hello world..
 here's what you missed in the last 5 months


For Halloween 2016, W was a rainbow ( I made the costume), P was partly cloudy with a chance of rain ( or he had his head in the clouds) and I was a thunderstorm ( not pictured)



W wearing my sisters dress from when she was a baby


 My batman princess :)


Biggest news of the new year, we made another baby coming June 2017. Look for updates.


Enjoying hiking and family days outside in the California sun


W being a big girl and exploring at the old LA zoo site


IT'S A BOY!!!


Little miss  carrying her baby on a hike.


And W started her first day of preschool. 

Looks like you are mostly up to date.  

~ Steph ~
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