Tuesday, November 12, 2013

30 Weeks: Things just got real

I hit the 30-week point in my pregnancy this week.  And let me tell you, things have gotten really real for me.

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I had Trenton at 38 weeks, and was induced with Charlotte at 36 weeks.  So, I could have less than ten weeks to go.

And I have pretty much nothing ready.

We got rid of most of our baby things before we moved cross-country from Virginia to California.  I’ve picked up a few things here and there on a couple military classifieds facebook sites, but now that I’ve started making lists, I’m feeling overwhelmed.  And add in Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Trenton’s 5th birthday – yikes – can someone throw something good into my eggnog?

In the past couple days I’ve finally ordered a few necessities that we’ll need right away once baby girl makes her appearance.  By Friday we’ll have a carseat and a bedside co-sleeper/basinet.  The baby will at least have a ride home and have a place to sleep at night (we still have our baby bed, but we’ll want the little princess to sleep in our room at first). 

Other than starting to freak a bit about having 138,368,092 things to do before baby girl gets here, I’m doing okay.  At my Halloween ultrasound, the diva was breech once again.  My doctor said that we’ll keep our fingers crossed that she decides to flip and stay flipped!  Things are starting to get harder with my baby belly growing – getting down to search under the couch for lost bouncy balls, painting my toenails (pedicure time!), etc.  Otherwise, I’ve been feeling good. 

I do have a couple questions for you other mommies out there about stuff that I still need to get for baby girl.

-Boppy vs. My Breast Friend?  Which is best?  Or should I just take a cheap route and use a regular ol’ pillow?
-Bath – I got rid of that big blue honkin’ bathtub, and I don’t want another one (we just don’t have the room for it).  I’ve seen some sort of spongy thing that goes in the kitchen sink for bathtime.  Should I go with that (what exactly is it called?) or just use the sink by itself?
-Bottles – We used Dr. Brown’s with Trenton and Charlotte, but they were a pain.in.the.butt.  But both of our kids had horrible reflux.  Should we go with Dr. Brown’s again, or is there another bottle out there that’s good for reflux (we’re just assuming that this one will probably have reflux too)?

Is there anything else that’s come out in the past four years that I’m missing that will make life with a baby easier?  Other than wine after all the littles are down for the night?

8 comments:

Jenn said...

I had one of those fold-up mesh-y bath things! We had a divided sink at Campbell though, and due to Molly's um... size, we never got to use it. What a bust. I think if you have a big basin sink it might work well though! I agree- I hate the big plastic tubs.

I recommend SwaddleMe swaddles and I don't recommend My Brest Friend. I never got the Boppy (since I ended up with the pump once again), but I could never get the Brest Friend pillow to sit right. Maybe don't take my word for it... I also couldn't get my kids to drink milk from my actual boobs so maybe it was some user error?? LOL

Gina Nussbaumer said...

Congrats Jenny! I have owned both the boppy (still have it if you want it), and the breast friend. In the end, I always used a regular pillow. It seemed easier and both Hannah & Maddie seemed more comfy lying on the pillow. Also, are you still interested in our carseat/stroller travel system? As for bottles go, we have tried everything out there....including Dr. Browns. They were good, but like you said, they were always a pain. We ended up using Avent -- both of our girls took to it readily. They're advertised to reduce "colic/fussiness", and there weren't any little parts to clean :)

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

I probably own every possible baby related thing out there right now. (I admit, I have a problem) I didn't BF but we still used the Boppy a lot when we first brought Savanna home (I also used it to prop her up in at the Hospital) She has ALWAYS liked to look around and with the Boppy she can do that. Not to mention it's great for Tummy Time! We still use it occasionally and she's almost 6 months old.

We tried other bottles and although they are a pain I think Dr.Browns are the best they have out there right now. They were a lifesaver when Savanna was brand new and having gas problems.Gripe water also helped us with this!

My daughter has used a bathtub since she was born but we're about to switch to just the mesh seat. It's SO much easier.

I also found out Rock N Play was a lifesaver. She didn't have reflux when she was little little but she still preferred to sleep sitting up. I was able to keep this beside out bed and rock her back to sleep . Wouldn't have traded that thing for the world!

Shannon said...

This time around, I am using Tommee Tippee bottles and we are having huge success. Since Alex will be going to daycare, we needed to find the best bottle to not interfere with breastfeeding. He gets at least one bottle of expressed breastmilk a day and no issues.

Also, I second the rock n play. Alex LOVES it and it's so compact.

Finally - you look amazing and I wish you a healthy and happy ten weeks or less!

Mrs.B said...

I've used the Boppy with both girls and it's still one of my favorites. Puj tub!!! We have one for Maddie, she loves it. She's never once cried while taking a bath.. We had a huge plastic one with Em and she would always scream in it.
I had Dr.Brown's with Em, Maddie refuses bottles so I don't really know what else is out there.
The Rock N Play is amazing, especially for reflux babies.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Third babies don't need anything, just ask poor wells! We just use a pillow around here, but half the time I'm holding him with one arm while making peanutbutter sandwiches and putting aomeone in time out. Gone are the days of quiet, restful nursing! We also skipped the tub with him and just hold him in the big tub with the boys (again, Soo different! Haha). We use the medela bottles. The only big thing for me that I didn't use much with the boys but has been a lifesaver now is the bjorn. It is really hard to not be hands free when we are always on the go with the big boys!!

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

I was not a big fan of the breast friend pillow. I only used the boppy at first for nursing but at least it has other uses later on, like lounging and helping a fledgling sitter, etc. We used Dr. Brown's bottles because B had horrible gas and they helped a lot, but they are definitely a pain to clean. You look great by the way!

Carah Tabar said...

I agree with Kate @ Daffodils: you absolutely need a good baby-carrier! The Ergo was my sanity-saver. I got it for Holden (#3) and I think the kid lived in it until he was about 6 months old! We still use it for Griffin sometimes (at 18 months!), and it's holding up perfectly. The Bjorn design has changed in the last couple of years, so I think it's more supportive on your back; one of my favorite things about the Ergo is that it carries the baby's weight on my hips rather than my shoulders, so my back doesn't get sore, even after wearing it for a long time.

We have that sponge insert for the bathtub-- but I don't remember what it's called. It works well enough, but I prefer the sink!

But mostly the baby doesn't need stuff: just you! :) God bless you guys as you move from man-to-man to zone defense!