Thursday, February 28, 2008

Play yards, bouncer chairs and stationary entertainers.

I've been starting to put my registry together and I've been researching these three product categories. I've found people who say they have such and such a product and like it, but I can't really find anything telling me what types of features are useful and stimulating vs. unsafe or superfluous. Is this the kind of product you buy because its pretty and besides general appearance they are all the same, or are there features that make one stand out from the rest? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Things are getting real!

So last night I had two big 'this is real' moments. The first came while I was shopping at Baby's R Us for the multitude of baby showers I'll be going to in upcoming weeks. After I finished my registry hunting (my Baby's R Us is NOT very user friendly), I went and decided it was about time to make the first purchase for my own little one. It was a bit of a shock to stand there in the clothing isles and realize I was not purchasing for someone else, that I would have MY OWN baby to dress in the clothes I was picking out. It was all I could do not to cry right there in the store. Sean wasn't with me because he was studying but I can assure you he did not have the same kind of moment I did when I showed him what I bought. Instead he told me he didn't like one of the outfits I picked out. Oh husband!

The other big moment came hours later while I was hiding out in the bedroom to allow Sean to finish studying. For the first time the baby kicked repeatedly! I got kicked (or headbutted probably) once before but it wasn't a repetitive action so I never got to really concentrate on it. Last night I got three solid kicks, which stopped as soon as I called in Sean, and then returned for two more blasts that again stopped as soon as I made noise. Poor Sean just wasn't in the right place at the right time.

I'm sure things will rapidly start getting more and more real as we near the finish line and do all the nursery prep but this was certainly the most real it has been so far.

For those who have kids or are pregnant, when did it first start getting real for you?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ultrasound pics.

Caution graphic photos of baby parts to follow!


Here are some of the ultrasound images from today. We didn't get any 'classic' profile shots of him because he wanted to look at us the whole time but we tried.






This is the closest we got to that classic image. It is sorta 3/4 view so its hard to make everything out but the head and body are clearly visible with the leg curled up in the fetal (how fitting) position.





This one is the skeleton shot of the head face on. You should be able to make out the eye orbitals below his larger than average brain (okay I'm being silly but his head is measuring 1 week larger than the average baby, apparently nothing to be concerned about). That's his arm up by his head. He is a feisty little guy, he kept looking like he was trying to take a swing at us with that arm. Very fun to watch.






And finally!!! THE PARTS. This one is a little harder to 'read' if you aren't used to looking at these suckers. Imagine you are looking at a photocopy, the image is oriented as if the baby is sitting on the glass of the photocopier with his legs points to about 11:oo in the image. In the space between his legs you see the penis. Above his penis is his little fist as if to say 'back off its mine'.

At first he was being a little shy about spreading his legs, to the point where the first ultrasound tech thought he was a girl. So for about 2 mins while we waited for the Dr. to come, we thought we might be having a girl. He got a little braver for the Dr and we got the image above that very CLEARLY shows that he is a little boy.

To answer the next question on most minds, we don't have a name picked out. I don't want to name the baby until we see him for two reasons: One: I want to have something to surprise people with the day of his birth and Two: I want to get a look at him to make sure it feels right before I commit. Besides, at the moment we have more than one name we like, so it will be easier for me to narrow it down when I see him. At least that is what I'm thinking now. When we settle in on some front runners I'll pass along the info so you can give your opinion... and if you hate all the names I probably will ignore your opinion. =).

Its a....

BOY!! I knew it all along. I'll post the sonagram pics later but the office was running very late and now I'm running very late. All is well, we are thrilled.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Baby bump 20 weeks


Woa baby! Each picture shocks me a little more. I don't feel that big, but then I see the picture and yikes! Tomorrow is the big day!! I'll try to hop on and post the news as soon as I get back to school.

Choosing a car seat.

There are a whole bunch of websites that try to help parents pick out the safest car seats. The book "Raising Baby Green" By Alan Greene indicates that the organization with the strictest safety standards is the Consumers Union (consumerreports.org). Unfortunately this website requires a subscription so its not easily accessible to everyone. The book says that the Consumers Union uses higher speeds and tests both front and side collisions, and thus has better results than some of the other companies. The two car seats that performed the best were: The Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide with EPS. As it turns out, the February 2007 crash-test results were withdrawn because they appear to have been performed at speeds higher than intended (70mph instead of 38), however I figure that if the seats safe at 70mph its probably safe at 38mph. I'm looking forward to this years test results.

So far I have found that the Graco SnugRide is easier to locate in stores, but you have to read the fine print to find out if it has the EPS foam or not (all 2007 models have it). Plus, it comes is a very wide variety of fabrics. I've read some regular consumer reviews and most people seem very happy with it. I think its on the heavier side for an infant carrier but if its a matter of safety a few extra pounds are acceptable in my book. If you have any other information about car seats, I would love to hear it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

'What do you/ did you miss most?'

People keep asking me what I miss most of the things I've had to give up while pregnant. Here are my top three:
1. Advil Sinus
2. Lattes
3. Sangria from Pio Pio

1. I often have sinus congestion headaches that one Advil sinus kicks without a problem. I probably have allergies but have never bothered to look into it because its just an easy fix. Being pregnant I can't have the drugs so I just have to deal with the headaches. I've been lucky really, they aren't as frequent as they were before I was pregnant, but knowing what would fix it and not being about to fix it is frusterating

2. I gave up coffee drinks when I found out I was pregnant. I was a dunkin ditties (donuts) every day kinda girl and not having that nice hot creamy latte in the morning has been a bit of a bummer. Especially when its really cold. Although I guarantee I'll miss iced coffee more come summer time.

3. If you have had the Sangria (and aren't Kristeen) at Pio Pio you understand why I miss it. It is a little piece of heaven and we have gone to the restaurant 3 or 4 times since I've been pregnant and I only allow myself the slightest of sips. Most other alcohol I can live without, but there is just something about that meal that requires the sangria.

Leave me a comment with what you miss/ed (or think you will miss) most while pregnant??

Next post. CAR SEATS.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Crazy week.

I had hoped to start blogging about baby products last week but we unfortunately got some sad news on Valentines Day that Sean's grandmother passed away. It was a fairly unexpected death, but she lived a long and happy 87 years. She died of a heart attack and went quickly while in the company of family and paramedics. She always said she had been born at the perfect time and really was very pleased with her life. The services were Monday and Tuesday, and while she will be missed I have no doubt she is happier now in the company of her beloved relatives who passed before her.

As if that weren't enough, we also had car trouble as we attempted to go home at the end of an emotional few days. The ignition on our car has had a 'trick' to it the last year and a half or so in that sometimes it doesn't turn and you have to tap/hit the key a few times to get it to move in the ignition. Tuesday it could not be coaxed into turning and it had to be left at a mechanic on Long Island. Sean's brother was sweet enough to drive us back to NYC and stay overnight on his way back to Atlantic City.

We can't really complain, the car could have picked a lot worse places to stop working and while it was unexpected we got to spend a few more hours with family before finally getting home.

Only 6 more days before the we know the baby's sex!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Let's Share!

I'm not sure if I was born this way or if it is a product of my education but I'm a researcher. Not just in terms of the fact that I'm a graduate student and thus I do research. When it comes time to buy, try or visit some/thing/one/place new Sean (and hes more thorough than I am) I research as much as possible so we can make an educated decision. Having a baby has brought about a whole new set of decisions to tackle and as usual I've been spending hours reading books and searching the Internet to find the out what products I think will be 'best' for the baby and my family. At the same time I've been reading up, I've been discussing a lot of products with a few friends. It seems we are all spending tons of time researching the same things and wouldn't it be better if we share some of our knowledge! So in between the health reports I'm going to be blogging about some of the products and techniques I'm looking in to and see if anyone has any good suggestions or special knowledge about them. Things like, car seats, diapers, breast pumps, baby bottles, vaccinations and whatever else comes to mind. Hopefully I won't be the only one 'talking'. =)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Baby bump. 18 weeks.

I saw my neighbor in the elevator today and he once again told me I'm too big for only 4months and that I look 6 or 7 months pregnant. I know he isn't trying to be insulting but sheesh, I'm starting to feel a bit freakish. I can't seem to win, I've been 'too skinny' since I was old enough to understand the words and now I'm too big. Well screw it I'm pregnant! I'm allowed to gain weight, in fact I'm supposed to! So there. (ok I'm done now)

I still feel great. I'll admit I get a little more winded going up stairs than I used to, but I'm close to 20% heavier than I was 4 months ago so that is to be expected. I'm feeling the baby more and more although its still not frequent by any means. Sean and I are both looking forward to finding out the gender and getting things started with the fun stuff of registering, picking out bedding and painting/decorating (Okay maybe Sean doesn't think that's the fun stuff but I do).

That's all.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Healthy baby!

The blood work came back normal, so there are no neural tube defects to report. I wasn't really worried since the number one cause of neural tube defects is lack of folic acid in the mothers diet during early conception, and I was taking vitamins when we got pregnant, but its still nice to know everything is a-okay.

Apparently some of the weight pool participants are getting nervous, thinking their guesses are too low. I honestly don't plan on keeping up the pace I've set to date, I'm already starting to get winded going upstairs as it is. =)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Clean bill of health

Baby and I had another doctors appointment this morning. It is always reassuring to get to hear the munchkins heartbeat since I only feel him moving once every two weeks or so. They took blood to check for neural tube defects and I'll have the results in about a week. I have now gained 20lbs!! Which is about 4lbs heavier that I 'should' be at this point (according to my own calculation based on various sources),but my doctor said there is nothing to worry about at this point and said the cruise is probably what put me over. Somehow she guessed I was having ice cream everyday!
I am just starting to get to the point where my shirts don't fit very well. More and more often I put on a shirt and I've got some belly hanging out.
Finally, the news you are all waiting for. The anatomy ultrasound has been scheduled! On February 26th at 11:30am Sean and I will go and find out the sex of the baby, as long as the baby cooperates that is. Just three short weeks until we get to start picking out bedding and furniture for the nursery. Yeah!