Hooked on Nesting

Being 30 weeks pregnant, our house is on full mode nesting. From cleaning to organizing, to rearranging the baby’s room, all we’re doing is nesting. It really makes me picture a mama bird flying out, finding the perfect pieces of wood, feathers, and leaves, to make the perfect nest for her egg.

I thought since this is baby #2, it would be easier. NOPE. Not one bit. I know what I want to be done, and I know how I want it to be done, but running around after a toddler all day takes its toll on me. I have learned that making my list, and breaking it down has helped me in the past. For all you moms-to-be, here is my Most Important Categories list of nesting must haves: Sleeping and Feeding.

But first, a picture of Michael helping daddy out during our nesting time.

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  • Sleeping Must Haves

    • Bassinet –since the baby will be in our room for the first couple months, he will be sleeping in his bassinet. We love our Orbit Baby G3 system. The bassinet simply rests on the stroller base, which is capable of turning 360 degrees (hence the name Orbit). Michael slept in the bassinet for a good 4 months, lets see how long our new baby will use it.

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    • Crib — We got the same crib for baby as we did for Michael. The fact that the crib turns into a toddler bed, a twin size bed, and later, a full size bed, is worth every penny. Instead of having to keep changing beds as the kids are getting older, I simply have to change the attachments (which already come with the packaging of the crib). Score!! Why did I get a Crib already? My ideology behind it is the fact that while the baby is taking constant naps, it will be easier for me to put him in the crib and close the bedroom door so Michael can still run around the house and be his 2 year old self.
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    • Graco Pack ‘n Play— This specific item is a toss up because some parents love it and can’t live without it, while other parents think it’s a waste of money and space. I, personally, love it! When Michael grew out of his bassinet, but was still not ready to sleep in his own room quite yet, I put the Pack ‘n Play in my bedroom right next to my bed and continued using it as a bassinet. It functioned as a bassinet, while having tons of space all around him. During the daytime, while the baby is awake, and laying on his back, I will just roll the Pack ;n Play into the family room and always have my eye on him. Yes, it has wheels on 1 end to make for easy transport. Oh, and when I’m done using it as a bed, I can lower the mesh and take it outside and have him play inside the unit. I love items that have more than 1 use.
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  • Feeding Must Haves

    • Pump — You can get a pump either through insurance, or invest in one. I personally love my Medela “Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump”. The pump is hidden in a very convenient tote bag that you can carry around anywhere and no-one will know you’re carrying a pump. It’s powerful, pretty quiet, and highly recommended by any of the nurses that I spoke with during my hospital stay. Pump In Style® Advanced
    • Bottles— Since every baby is different, the bottles that worked well with the first baby may not work with the second baby. I have several different types of bottles ready to see which one baby will like best. I suggest getting 2-3 different brands to see which one your baby thrives on most.
    • Formula — I don’t know why, but every time I mention “formula” in public, women look at me and shake their heads. Why do other women judge when a mom uses the word formula? I mean, I understand that ‘breast is best’, but what if I am unable to breastfeed, or my child can’t latch on properly, or my breastmilk isn’t enough for my child? After all, isn’t “Fed is best” better than a starving child? I can go on and on and on about this topic because Michael wasn’t able to latch on, but I was somehow able to pump for him for 7 months. Even with pumping, and solid food being introduced around his 5th month, I felt he was still hungry. When I went out to buy formula for the first time, a pregnant woman came up to me and said, “You should really consider breastfeeding. It’s best for your child.” Consider breastfeeding? Really? I simply looked at her and said,

      “I hope for your child’s sake you have a more open mind when he or she is born because formula can actually save your child’s life if you can’t give them the ‘best’. I’d rather my child have a full stomach on formula, than be starving because my breastmilk isn’t enough for him. Good luck with your baby.”

      and I walked away with the two biggest containers of formula in my arms.

There are many other things I am doing to nest and prepare for baby’s arrival, but these two categories are my top priorities. While I can be stocking up on blankets, diapers, wipes, etc, I feel these small tasks will all fall in place when the time is right. If it happens that I need to make a #TargetRun, it’s ok. It will be an excuse to get out of the house: even if it is for a brief 30 minutes.

Happy Nesting, mamas!
Hermine-Jane

Hooked on Breaking the News

One of the most exciting news to break to family is baby news. Since both my parents, and Arthur’s parents do not have any grandkids, this is a very special announcement to both parents.

We had thought over and over again as to how we would break the news. The traditional ultrasound picture, little baby bottle gifts to the parents, and even the baby bibs for the grandparents, but they just weren’t “us”.

Arthur has really grown a passion for the quad-copters, and is getting pretty good at controlling the copter in mid air. We decided we would make a movie type of announcement. We started by filming the scenery in Los Angeles, along with the trees, sky, and the park. Very slowly, the copter lowers down and in the middle of the screen, we are standing with a poster that reads, “GUESS WHAT”.


We leave the the “guess what” part of the poster  showing for about 5 seconds, and then I turn it around to read “WE’RE PREGNANT”.


It took several seconds to click with our family members… but once everyone realized this was not a joke, and we were serious about our news, everyone started to applaud, cheer, and run to us and give us a squeezing hug.

After all our planning, we can both proudly say we had a great and successful announcement for both our parents.


                            

Hooked on 5 Weeks: Baby Chip

Guess who is going to have a beating heart by the end of the week?? Yup! thats right! Baby Chip is going to finally have a beating heart! I still cannot believe all this is happening to me.  I asked Arthur to think of a nick name for our little future baby, and we both couldn’t think of one. After thinking about it for a few days, “Baby Chip” came to Arthur’s mind when we were reading the daily baby scoop, and said “your baby is the size of a mini chocolate chip”. So until we find out if our little one is going to be a girl or boy, we will call it Baby Chip. 


Here is a computer generated image I got from www.babycenter.com  that shows what the fetus looks like at this point. How cool is it that this is happening inside me?! 


This is such an amazing experience that I am going through. It’s all true what they say, “you don’t know what someone is going through until it happens to you”. When my best friend was pregnant, she was the most positive pregnant lady I had known, and since it was such a new experience for the both of us, we spent many hours doing research, finding the most informational apps, and looking at pregnancy in a different view. We learned so much more about pregnancy than we never thought we would learn. And yet, now that I am going through my own pregnancy, it’s even more different than I could have imagined it to be. And, of course, just as I was there for my friend, she is there for me every step of the way: from the silliest questions to my biggest fears.

These are my thoughts/concerns this week:

  1. When does the baby bump start to actually show? 
  2. I wonder what my first appointment is going to be like.  I know I have chosen the right doctor for me becuase she had all the qualifications I was looking for in my OB-Gyn. 
  3. I’ve been going back and forward on my biggest fears, and deepest worries, and nothing too serious is coming up (which I think is pretty awesome!). At this point, my fear is the same as everyone else’s… THE PAIN!! 
On a total side note, I finally got the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and am excited to start reading it and getting my husband more involved with the pregnancy. 

What were your thoughts and concerns in your earlier pregnancy days? 

Hooked on Baby

What a Happy Happy day for us!!! Arthur and I are going to be growing our  family by 2 little feet!

We are beyond excited to announce that we will be expecting a new addition to our family by the end of September 2015. It’s official, we are pregnant!!

                                             
I don’t think it has really hit us yet, but we are slowly taking all of this in.
After going through several pregnancies for my cousins, and friends, now that it’s happening to me, I feel like my mind is blanking out and I feel lost. Maybe this is all the new excitement. First things first, we have to take this moment in, enjoy every second of this blessing, and prepare ourselves to be the best parents we can possibly be. 
Where to begin…. oh boy.. this is where it gets difficult…