Last week I had my ultrasound and glucose tests.  I am happy to report that the placenta has been pushed out the of way, and a scheduled c-section is now off the table *happy dance*.  Now I can go back to worrying about contractions and normal childbirth.  This baby is extremely painful every time she moves and if I get up too quickly, I'm plagued with stabbing stomach pains.  All of this unexpected stabbing pain makes me think about those contractions and how much worse they will probably be than with the other 2.   NOT looking forward to them coming.  In fact, childbirth would be so much easier without the hours of contractions that come before the push.  Ok, so yes, I'm whining!  But don't get me wrong, I am still completely thrilled that I don't currently have to think about having my stomach cut open and my insides pulled out to deliver my baby.  So incredibly thankful!  But still, I'm a wimp and I'm not looking forward to pain of any form :)

I'm still waiting to hear about my tests results for the glucose test.  It's been a week and I've heard nothing.  This is unusual.  Generally they post the results within a few days online or you get a phone call.  I've received neither.  I'm hoping this just means that the staff or lab is behind or being lazy.  Until I hear a definite I'm trying not to think about it too much....

I'm planning on trying a lot of new things with this baby.  Many of which have come a long way since my last go round 5 years ago.  Some of them being more "eco-friendly", hippy'ish" and others because I just want to try.  
  • For example: glass bottles...  I've always wanted glass bottles.  When I had Ethylwolfe, I couldn't find them.  When I had Kennakat she wouldn't take to anything.  And so with this one, I'm really hoping to give glass bottles a go.  But then I wonder, how will I feel when the baby lobs it across the floor and it shatters into a million pieces?  Will I be so determined to stick with my plastic free ways?  
  • Another example: washable diapers and wipes.  I shuttered at the thought when I had E. "how gross" I thought.  Then I had Kenna and it wasn't until I bought her potty seat that I discovered that they actually made cool looking washable diapers.  Not those terrible historic things of the past that looked terrible and leaked.  So I thought, if I have another baby, I'm gonna give it a go.... and now that the baby is coming, I have mixed emotions about my stand.  Watching youtube videos on how to care for them with graphic images of pooh that I swear I could smell through the computer screen was enough to think 'screw the landfills, there's no way I'm washing one of those!"  When I told the hubby my plan he said there is no way he would even change one of those, ever.   (we'll see about that.)  It all made me think more of what I wanted to accomplish -cheaper diaper bill, less waste, and I've now come to a compromise - washables at home, and disposable when we're out.  Mainly because I really don't want to carry rank smelling diapers in my diaper bag :)  
  • Also I' want to use washable wipes while we're home.  So I thought about that and my current attempts to get better at knitting and crocheting, so I set off to make tons of little square baby wipes (washcloths).  I purchased some really soft 100% wool, machine washable yarn yesterday and so far I've got 4 made.  I'm thinking 20 will do the trick.  It's quite hilarious to see how I'm really not equipped or able to make things unison.  My "squares" -especially the crocheted ones- are hardly that at all.  I can't count my stitches worth anything.  But this is good practice for me.  perhaps by my 20th washcloth, I'll be much better....or perhaps I'll end up ordering them off etsy, or begging my friends that know how to knit and crochet better than myself....I know where you live people!  _Ok back to my original train of thought... after I started putting time and effort into these yesterday, I concluded that I really didn't want baby poo on my pretty washcloths, so I have decided that I'll use disposable wipes for the messy jobs and my cute -sweat and tears- handmade lopsiloo wipes for the pee.  They make wipe warmers for washable wipes, so that's on my 'have to have' list.  It will keep them damp and warm and ready to go.  
  • Then there is the baby bedding issue.  You see, I always wanted a cute bedding set for the crib, but before E was born, a friend went out of her way to buy me a used set from a second hand store, she was really proud of how cheap she found it for.  I'm in no way against 2nd hand.  But the bedding was not what I had in mind at all and well, I hated it.  But I kept it, because well, it was a gift, it was thoughtful, and I'm cheap.  I can't very well buy a replacement when I already have one.  So for 2 babies, I kept the baby bedding that I hated and that was that.  7 years later, I still have that bedding that I hate, I am no longer friends with that person, and I say whatever to  frugality, I'm getting the baby bedding that `I` want!  I may actually have a theme *gasp*.  So I fell in love with a certain set years before getting pregnant with this one and I said, if I ever have another, this is what I'm getting, occasionally I checked to see if it was still there.  So guess what, while I was waiting to find out if I was having a girl, they sold out of it.  I've been looking on craigslist and ebay but haven't had much success.  Woe is me.  So now I'm stuck between searching for that and pondering over the idea of vintage baby room to be shared with her sister.  I'm thinking a nice vintage quilt and a granny stitch blanket.  But things aren't cheap if you dont have a granny to inherit them from, so I'm thinking maybe I can make my own quilt.  Forget the fact that I can hardly sew, I'll just dive head first into a nearly impossible task.  So I'm still pondering over that and how exactly one goes about making a quilt in a very easy way, that doesn't look really cheap and ugly.... I'm still searching on pinterest and youtube tutorials :)  But that idea would tie in nicely with the vintage theme that I already wanted to do for Kenna's room.  Anyone got any vintage "stuff" they want to throw my way?? :)

When I went in for my ultrasound, the lady started in 4D.  There were some really good poses from the baby, but she didn't snap the pictures soon enough to get them.  She did get this one, and I think it actually turned out well, even though I hate how creepy they look, I really liked this one.  I guess it helps that the baby is much bigger and more developed.  Doesn't that look like a hand next to her??  And she looks just like her siblings (go figure, it's like they are related or something!!)  When the lady (someone please tell me what they call the ultrasound person) did the measurements, she said she is almost 3 ibs already.  She asked how big my daughter was when she was born and I told her 9ib 3oz.  She said, 'well, it looks like this one might be even bigger!  Currently she's in the 75th percentile for weight....." GREAT!  Now I get to look forward to popping out another large baby!!  :)  But I'm glad she's growing and is nice and healthy -chunk and all :)

I'll be 28 weeks on Friday.  I can't believe how much time has flown by already!  In 12 weeks my world will be completely rocked!  It's exciting and daunting at the same time!  I feel like I'm expanding at an exponential rate, every day larger, every day I waddle more, every day I breathe a heavy sigh and chew on my Tums to keep this dreadful heartburn down.
And here are the projects my idle hands have been working on...
4 down, 16 to go: From left to right: Green Knit with small needles, blue crochet, Purple knit with large needles, and green crochet.
a super tiny scarf I'm knitting for the baby in hand dyed merino wool
A scarf I just finished knitting for KennaKat from the scraps of another project. Just barely had enough. Hand dyed merino wool -super soft :)
11/21/2012 06:50:07 am

I seriously thought of using glass bottles this time till I saw how much one costs and you need more than one. Hopefully I will be able to pass down our cloth diapers! Love the knitted wipes! Def agree you should only use them on pee diapers... if you have any that are just pee! We go through lots of wipes with the many blow outs these days! And yes, this baby does look like the other 2! :)

Katie McMinds
11/21/2012 08:09:42 am

The price of all diapers has gone up a lot, but evenflo sells a pack of 3- 8oz for 10 and 6 -4oz for 10, which isn't bad..I'm sure we'll go through a lot ;)
and I can't wait to get your cloth diaper hand-me downs :)

11/21/2012 07:03:59 am

She's beautiful!!! And yeah, I'd do the cloth diapers about a million times before I'd do cloth WIPES. Some of their diapers are just so gross, I'd die without tons of disposables!

Shanna Searcy
11/21/2012 12:30:38 pm

If you do decide to do a vintage themed baby room, you may have to look I weird places to find the right quilt. I actually found a gorgeous lavender and green quilt style throw that fit Emma's toddler bed perfect (same size as crib) at believe it or not Cracker Barrel!! I went kinda French country/Shabby chic and mixed and matched prints and flouncy laces. Turned out cute and cheap.

11/22/2012 12:57:22 am

I am SO made. I just typed a very long comment here and it disappeared before I could make it so I'm going to call you with my comments. Bah.


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