Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm due in 3 days!!!

Can you believe that I'm due in just 3 days???? It seems like just yesterday I wrote this post ( The Surprise ) letting you all know my big news...and here we are 6 months later about to have this baby. 
Yep. I am about to have a baby!

I learned SO much from you all last week on ways that I can prepare to have a natural labor. Thank you so much for all your great advice! 
I know there's always more to learn about pregnancy, labor and deliver, but since I'm so close to being the mom of a newborn, my question this week is about caring for a newborn...

What is your best advice for a new mom caring for a newborn?
And here I am at 39 weeks and 4 days!

How Far Along? 39 weeks and 4 days...and I haven't popped yet!

Movement? Not as much lately, but she's still moving around. She likes to come alive at night while I'm trying to sleep. She also kicks a lot when her daddy talks to her. I think she likes him:)
Here's my attempt at a video of her moving in my belly. It's nothing like it can get at times, but better than nothing!
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Weight Gain: 21.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Nothing is really super comfy anymore. I'm sticking with my yoga pants during the day and a tank top or maternity shirt. I've been really hot so sweaters haven't been as fun to wear!

Best Moment of my week: I took a nap yesterday and it felt amazing. Sad that's the highlight of my week haha. That's when you know you are super pregnant!

Worst moment of my week: I can't really think of one. That's a good thing! 

Sleep: Still having a tough time sleeping. The past few nights I keep waking up to contractions!

Miss Anything: My body haha! I feel so large and just uncomfortable!

Cravings: I was craving banana nut muffins but I never got one...hmm

Aversions: eggs, peppers, onions, garlic. 

Gender: We are having a baby girl! I have the doctor check every time to make sure! You can read about her gender reveal party here!

Belly Button: Super out

Labor Signs: I am 2 cm dilated, was 50% effaced on Monday and she was dropped and engaged. Contractions off and on, sometimes as close as 8-10 minutes apart but not regular! I think we're getting close:)

Other Symptoms: Cramping, back pain, Sciatic nerve pain, swelling, heartburn, nausea, tiredness and anxiousness for our sweet pea to be born!

Mood: Tired and very happy to have a healthy baby on the way!

Looking Forward: to meeting our sweet baby! I can't believe it could be any day! I've been writing her little letters all along, starting on the day I found out I was pregnant! Here's one I added to my blog this week. Click on the picture to read...

And here's another peek at the nursery. I'm working on getting a post together with more pictures, so stay tuned!
And if you didn't get a chance to see our maternity photos, you can check them out by clicking here.

Thanks for following along with my pregnancy updates and for your sweet comments! I love reading each and every one of them even if I don't get the chance to reply!!

(I am on the lookout for guest posters while I take a break from blogging once our sweet pea is born. I would love for any of you who are interested to send me an e-mail at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com and let me know if you would like to be one of my maternity leave guest posters!)
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17 comments:

  1. Cuddle cuddle cuddle with that baby! Lots of the things that you feel are important (especially with your first) are not actually that important... you WON'T regret the time just sitting and bonding. If family/friends come to help, instead of passing the baby around, have them help by doing the laundry or cooking a meal... while YOU hold your girl. Can't wait to see that beautiful baby!

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  2. My best advice is "Let them." When someone offers to bring you a meal, hold baby while you take a nap, or by the grace of God do your laundry, let them. Blessings on the continued waiting game! Enjoy today.

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  3. My best advice is to get her eating and sleeping schedule in the right order! She should Eat, Play, then sleep. With my son I got into the habit of nursing him to sleep, which became a vary hard habit to break! He wanted to be nursed to sleep every time he woke up at night until he was 10 months old. With this next baby I hope to get into the habit of nursing her when she wakes up then letting her learn to drift off to sleep on her own after a little play time :)

    Oh and of course, sleep when the baby sleep; don't worry about a messy house; and don't feel pressure to do everything perfectly. There are no perfect mothers or perfect babies...just happy ones. Find what works for you and do it!

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  4. The best advice I could possibly give you is to sleep as much as you can after you give birth, the baby will sleep and you should too! Catch as many z's as you can! Don't be afraid to give her a bath, after a couple times she will LOVE it, I promise. I know she is little but you'll do fine. Have fun and enjoy it as much as you can, it goes by so incredibly fast! Also, take many, many pictures! Document their every move, you're going to be thankful later, I promise!
    -Becca
    faithloveandbabies.blogspot.com

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  5. EEEEK!! How exciting!! 3 more days!! (Ive got 15!!) Stay positive, take deep breaths, and can't wait to see what your beautiful girl looks like!!

    xxoxo

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  6. Ah, I'm seriously so excited for you! I hope your next post is to say that your little girl is here! Praying that you have a safe labor and enjoy being a new mama!

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  7. SoOOOOO exciting!!!! She'll be here before you know it! I somehow missed your natural labor update last week, I'll have to check it out cause I was super nervous about it but I got so much help and support I got through it :) Congrats!

    Annie @ http://thebees3.blogspot.com/

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  8. Congratulations. Advice - sleep when she sleeps. Let the chores weight and just snuggle the sweet little one. I'm a new follower so I don't know what all you've done to prepare for labor. If you want my unsolicited advice - just trust your body. You can try all the techniques in the world but when the time comes your body will just do it if you just surrender to it. I gave birth naturally to a 9 pound baby boy in August and I was blessed to be surrounded by a midwife and other people who just let me do what I needed to do. Good luck and I would love to guest post if you still need one! Oh, and don't be discouraged if she doesn't come in 3 days. My boy was a full week late with lots of false labor starts. I'd have hours of contractions and then nothing but then when the real thing came it happened fast.

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  9. What an exciting time for you! Praying for you and your hubby as you anxiously await her arrival :)

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  10. Best advice- Ask for help if you need it. Cuddle with that little baby all the time. Talk to her like she understands you. Read to her. Always carry a burp cloth. Take everything in stride!

    Just things I had to keep in mind when I had my little guy 6 months ago!

    Good luck!

    lifewithasideoflove.blogspot.com

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  11. My best advice is stay calm.... Your attitude effects the baby's and if you are anxious and nervous about everything then they are anxious and nervous. I tried to stay calm and relaxed with my little one and she has remained a very calm baby. My sister was the complete opposite and has a very wirey anxious baby. Also embrace and enjoy the newborn phase it was a favorite of mine and it goes so quickly..... Cuddle and hope your new baby as much as possible because before you know it they will be walking and not wanting all that cuddle time.

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  12. My best advice is to listen to all pieces of advice, but ultimately do what makes sense to you! And don't be surprised if what you expected turns out to be completely different! We did some things that everyone told us NOT to do, because it made more sense to us (which was perfectly fine) and some things we thought we would do we did totally differently in the end, and that's ok too! I loved getting advice, and definitely listened to a lot of it, but not all because in the end - You know your kid best, even if you're a first time Mom. This is one person that YOU get to be the expert on! :)

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  13. Don't stress with the whole breastfeeding!! Don't get discourage...you will get soooooo much advice on "how to" you will end up frustrated. If anything, go directly to your lactation consultant. Also, sleep when the baby sleeps...trust me, you want to be healthy for baby, daddy, and especially you...you may start to experience the baby blues or the lack of baby bonding you thought you would have in the beginning...but it will come. Don't be afraid to express how you are feeling to a trusted friend and mama. You and your baby will develop your own routine, especially with breastfeeding, latching, etc. Above anything, pray! I also would encourage you to seek out a MOPS group in your local area. They are a great source of encouragement.

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  14. Don't stress with the whole breastfeeding!! Don't get discourage...you will get soooooo much advice on "how to" you will end up frustrated. If anything, go directly to your lactation consultant. Also, sleep when the baby sleeps...trust me, you want to be healthy for baby, daddy, and especially you...you may start to experience the baby blues or the lack of baby bonding you thought you would have in the beginning...but it will come. Don't be afraid to express how you are feeling to a trusted friend and mama. You and your baby will develop your own routine, especially with breastfeeding, latching, etc. Above anything, pray! I also would encourage you to seek out a MOPS group in your local area. They are a great source of encouragement.

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  15. Happy due date! My biggest piece of advice would be don't take everything the baby books say to heart - the best 'book' you can read is your baby because they really all are SO different. Becoming a Mum is definitely a learning curve and it takes time to figure out a routine. And also - don't be afraid to ask for help! If you can get people to bring you meals (or get family/friends to chip in for a cleaner as your baby present for the first couple of months) or help in any way, take it while you can :) Hope bubba is here safe & soon for you x

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  16. I am not a momma yet (about 10 weeks behind you) so I don't have advice to offer yet. But I love the advice of the others! I also LOVE the video of your belly. As I was just typing out a post, my little girl was doing the exact same thing! Cannot wait to hear your little one is here!!!

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  17. Congrats on the birth of your little girl mama!! It's going to be hard at times these first few weeks, but just enjoy them. Soak up that new little baby. I know you will :) It is a BIG BIG adjustment to how you used to live your life, but it is the BEST thing that will ever happen to you, becoming a mom. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but they grow up so fast. My baby is 15 months old and I can hardly remember when she was so new and tiny! You will come to love this little one more than your could ever imagine. Rest when baby rests during the day, even if that means her taking a nap on your chest while you both sleep. Those were some of my favorite moments :) You will do GREAT! xo

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