Monday, April 23, 2012

29 Weeks: Dancing Baby

I am now 29 weeks.  Baby is the size of a butternut squash.  My little butternut squash has been very active lately.  Baby hiccups have become a daily occurrence.  For those of you who don’t know, baby hiccups basically feel like a heartbeat in your belly.  They aren’t strong enough to be felt from the outside, but Aaron put his head to my belly last night and said he could hear them.

The other night, I was sitting on the couch, and all of a sudden, I saw my stomach shift back and forth from side to side!  It was the first time I’d really seen any movement from the outside . . . and it seemed so dramatic!  I took some video so Aaron could see it (he wasn’t home yet).  I won’t share that video here, though, because, really, you don’t need to see the alien movements within my big, swollen, pasty-white belly.  Every night since then, I sit staring at my belly, willing it to move in the same creepy, yet awesome way (and I mean the true meaning of awesome – as in awe inspiring!).  Aaron likes to joke that baby is dancing in there – which makes sense, given baby’s mom.  :)

Speaking of dancing, my Mehtropolis (the dance company I used to dance with) friends threw me a shower yesterday.  It was so much fun!  I love this group of girls so much.  They are like family to me.  We danced together for over five years, and even after the company dissolved and we all moved on to other projects/stages of our lives, we’ve all remained close.  Even though we don’t see each other on a daily basis anymore, I still consider these girls to be family.  It was great to see them again! We’re no longer in our early 20’s, we’re all growing up, getting married and having babies (two other Mehs are pregnant right now too!), but our time dancing together will forever live in a special place in my heart.

It was a nice, chill, baby shower.  The only game we played was decorating onesies and/or bibs.  Then I got to choose my favorite one.  It’s really hard to choose a favorite when such talented ladies created them!  I also loved getting motherly advice from the other girls who are already moms.  For example, one of the gifts was a swaddling blanket – all the other moms immediately said, “Ooh, that is the best thing ever!”  So I know it must be good if 100% of the moms at the shower say so.   Thanks to Kristi and Claire for organizing such a fun afternoon!

My Mehtropolis Girls (and some of their kids)

The Pregnant Mehs

Saturday, April 14, 2012

28 Weeks: It's Officially a Girl!

Well, here I am in my third trimester now!  It all feels like it’s going by so fast!  I had a slight panic attack last weekend when I realized I have only 3 months left before the little one is here.  But we do have a bassinet and some baby clothes, so if for some crazy reason the baby came out tomorrow, at least we have a place for it to sleep and it wouldn’t go naked.

Today was a very baby focused day.  I woke up early and went to a pre-natal yoga class hosted by ClubMomMe at the PumpStation in Santa Monica.  I am so glad I went to that class!  I feel so much better about myself when I exercise.  Though, I will say that one thing I learned today was not to look in the mirror in an exercise class these days.  My belly looks so big to me!  Fortunately, it seems that (so far), I’m just gaining in the three B’s, as one of my friends likes to call it, belly, butt and boobs.  As long as I can keep the weight gain to those parts of my body, I should be ok.

After the pre-natal yoga class, Aaron and I went in for our 3D ultrasound.  We went to a place called Baby View, which was recommended to us by one of our friends.  3D ultrasounds can be crazy expensive, but this place is pretty reasonable.  We got the Grasshopper package, which was $99 and included a 20-minute session, 12 black and white images, 3 pages of color images, a DVD and a CD of the images. When Aaron and I walked into the ultrasound room, we were greeted by two plush leather recliners.  On the wall was a big screen tv/monitor.  It was a very comfortable, spa-like atmosphere.  The ultrasound tech spread the cold gel on my belly and dimmed the lights.  All of a sudden, an image of a little hand giving a thumbs up came on the screen, and “What a Wonderful World” was playing on the speakers. 

I said to the tech, “Oh great, you’re going to make me cry now.”  Then we all laughed, and it alleviated any tension in the room.  We told the tech that our number one goal for this session was to confirm the gender, since the little one was not being super cooperative in the last ultrasound.  After listening to the heartbeat and seeing some tiny feet and toes, the ultrasound tech did some searching around for the gender.  I had to roll over on my side a little and then we had to poke my stomach a bit to get the baby to move into a position so we could see what we wanted to see.  Finally, the baby moved into the correct position.  While we didn’t get a clear picture to print out, we did finally get confirmation: It is definitely a girl!!!  Now I just need to convince Aaron to let me get some pink stuff.  :)

We also got some fun pictures of the little one’s face:
As great as the still pictures are, the DVD was by far the best part of the package – it contains all the moving images that can’t be captured in a still.  You can see the baby’s heart beating, and its eyes blinking, and its little feet kicking!

After the ultrasound, we decided to go to Babies R Us and see if there was anything we wanted to add to our registry.  We still need to find a crib bedding set we like.  Most of the ones we’ve seen so far are either too pink, too “boy” or just too expensive.  So we might end up just registering for some plain sheets and then filling in the rest later.  Babies can’t use blankets anyway, so really all we need are sheets for now.  One thing I find interesting about Babies R Us is how vastly different some stores are than others.  And by “different,” I mean that some are waaay better than others.  The Babies R Us that we went to in Woodland Hills today was really more of a “let’s shove some baby stuff in the corner of a Toys R Us.”  At least the Northridge store is half Babies R Us, half Toys R Us.  The one in Van Nuys is twice as big as the Northridge store and is a dedicated Babies R Us – no sharing with the bigger kids.  Still, the best one I’ve seen is in Mira Mesa, the part of San Diego I grew up in.  It used to be a Toys R Us, and now is solely a Babies R Us.  It has by far the best selection of any Babies R Us that I’ve ever been to – it even has maternity clothes!  After seeing the dismal selection at the Woodland Hills Babies R Us, we decided to go home and do some more research and then add stuff online if we want.

For those of you who would like to see a picture of the bump, here is a picture of Aaron and I last Sunday on Easter.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

26 Weeks: Week 25 was way too busy for a blog post

I am now 26 weeks pregnant – only 14 more to go!  My baby is now the size of an eggplant or a head of lettuce, depending on which website you visit.  Sorry for the delay in blog posts.  Last week turned out to be much busier than anticipated.  I actually sat down and wrote half a post a week ago, but then got distracted and never finished it. 

Here’s what happened last week:  Our houseguests (did I mention we had houseguests?  Aaron’s college roommate and his wife and 6 month old baby and their 2 cats moved to LA from NYC and needed a place to crash while they were apartment hunting) found a place of their own and moved out of our house.  I’m actually very impressed with how quickly they managed to do that.  Within two weeks, they arrived in LA, found an apartment, signed the lease and moved in!  I guess the main difference between their experience and whenever I was apartment hunting in the past is that they were able to dedicate all day every day to searching, whereas I was always looking on a lunch break or on the weekend.  Anyway, I will say this about them: they were very good houseguests.  Very respectful while they were here.  They left our guest room immaculate!  You would never guess that two cats were staying in that room.  They vacuumed and completely cleaned up after themselves.  It was also nice to chat with them and observe their 6 month old and learn some parenting tips.  We let them use the swing and Mamaroo that we already acquired.  Note to self: the swing needs new batteries.  Also, we learned that the bucket chair I’ve owned since law school is the perfect shape to plop an infant.

Three days after our houseguests moved out, my brother-in-law also moved out.  For those of you who don’t know, my brother-in-law has been living with us for the majority of the past year and a half.  He moved out to LA after spending a couple years teaching English in Korea.  It was great getting to know him better and spending time with him.  But he now has a girlfriend in the Boston area, and has decided his time on the West Coast is up.  My one complaint is that he didn’t really give us much notice about leaving.  In fact, the first time he mentioned he would be moving was last Friday.  He said he would be moving in “a couple weeks.”  Then Wednesday evening, I got home from work to find him lugging a very large suitcase to his car.  I asked him if he had a specific date he was planning on leaving and he said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you.  I ‘m leaving tomorrow.” Aaron and I ended up ordering pizza and playing a board game with him that night as our bon voyage treat.  We will miss him, but wish him the best on his journey across the country.

This weekend was oddly quiet at the Sherry house.  We went from having 5 adults, 3 cats and a baby in the house to 2 adults (plus 1 fetus) and 1 cat.  In a way, it’s nice because we can now focus on really getting the house ready for baby.  But then it means we HAVE to start getting the house ready for baby! 

And now, onto what I was going to blog about last week:  I went to a fantastic baby registry event!  It was hosted by Club MomMe.  For any other expectant moms in the LA or Chicago area, I highly recommend checking them out.  I had a great time at this event!  I even signed up to take a free pre-natal yoga class with them next month at the Lululemon in Santa Monica.  They also do some fun looking mommy and me events.

The event was held at Right Start in Santa Monica, which is a small, boutique-y baby store, specializing in higher end baby stuff.  The shelves were stocked with the Uppa, Bob, and Orbit strollers.  It was nice, though, to be able to talk to other moms about the Orbit (which is the stroller I was given) and find out how much they like it (a lot).  I also got to try on a baby carrier called the Ergo, which has been recommended to me by multiple trusted friends (all of whom have vastly different income levels, and all of whom have told me that this particular carrier is worth the money).  I will say, it was a very comfortable carrier, and it definitely reaffirmed my decision to follow my friends’ advice and place it on my registry.  One piece of advice they gave us at the event was to not bother registering for a highchair.  We won’t need a highchair for a long time anyway, and it can be better to wait until the kid is out and old enough to need one.  That way we can take the baby to the store and sit them down in various chairs and see what works for us.  I also got this same waiting on highchair advice from a friend, so I think we’ll go ahead and follow it – one less thing to stress about at this point in time.

Everyone who attended the event was given a gift bag full of goodies, including a bottle, a cheater swaddle called Swaddle Pod, some baby toiletries (nappy balm and baby shampoo) and a free photo session with a local Santa Monica photographer who specializes in kid and newborn photography.  At the end of the event, they had a raffle to give away various baby gear items.  I ended up winning a fantastic diaper bag!  Here’s a picture of my haul:

As Aaron says, the diaper bag “looks more like a rich lady’s purse than a diaper bag,” which is totally fine with me!  It’s Timi & Leslie and comes with a changing pad, a bottle storage container, a bag for holding wet and/or soiled clothes, and a smaller purse that I can take out and take with me for when I don’t need to carry all that extra stuff.  It also has tons of compartments for all the different stuff I will need to carry around with me.  It also works out well since Aaron and I could not agree on a diaper bag to share, and we had already decided to just get “his” and “hers” diaper bags.  Now he can choose whatever he wants!  (The ladies at the event also suggested a brand called Diaper Dude for “manly” diaper bags).