Tuesday, March 31, 2015

3/31/15 - The Stroller / Car Seat Debacle

Things have changed over the years and everything has gotten way more complicated.

Strollers don't look like this anymore:

Car seats aren't like this anymore:

And I'm pretty sure this is deemed "unsafe":

As Julia and I work on building our registry, it's very easy to get overwhelmed. Because there isn't one safe stroller out there. And the car seat element just complicates things.

Now-a-days, there are stroller bases:

That come with a stroller seat:

And interchange with an infant car seat:

The idea is that you can pop off the stroller seat and attach the infant car seat for ease during travel or if the baby is still asleep after a car ride.

But you don't want to always rely on wheeling the baby around in the car seat because BABIES ARE GETTING FLAT HEADS! Which can also be caused by other things like THEIR CRIBS.  God there is so much to worry about.

So apparently you want to keep the car seat in the car and transfer the baby into the stroller seat for a walk, etc.

SAVINGS ALERT: Some stroller seats are ready to use from when the baby is an infant because they fold back.

NON-SAVINGS ALERT: Since the stroller seats are obviously not car seats, you still need to buy an infant car seat for your car. And it will only last you 6 months to 1 year if you're lucky!

CAR SEAT OPTION: You can purchase a "convertible" car seat that can last from newborn through all car seat ages.

But there are mixed reviews on this approach and as far as I know the convertible car seats are NOT compatible with most stroller bases.

This is quite a racket, I know.
Someone pass me a drink...
of sparkling water, calm down.

After trying out different options, we are looking to register for the NUNA MIXX STROLLER with PIPA INFANT CAR SEAT.

Then when Blackbird has outgrown the infant car seat in a year or less, we will buy a convertible car seat for him to enjoy for several years. We will leave that solely in the car and he will be wheeled around in his stroller.

I have definitely found the stroller / car seat items some of the most complicated to research and learn about.

Can't we just do this anymore?!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

3/29/15 - Bump Up The Jam

Tonight we had an amazing dinner with friends and then went to the grocery store.
Just another romantic Sunday at our house!

Only problem is.....

Despite the fact that we had just eaten dinner AND dessert, everything looked and sounded incredible.

OREOS (since when did they come in minis?! GENIUS!)



My poor wife had to keep pulling me away from all of these items.
If he could have, Blackbird would have reached out and grabbed them all!

Here's our little boy this week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3/25/15 - Week 24: Ear Of Corn

Today the baby is the size of...

Are you kidding me?
Today it hit me.... 
He's huge! An ear of corn is inside me! 
This is unbelievable.

This week his once see-through skin is becoming more opaque and he's filling out those cute cheeks by gaining some more weight. 
He weighs 1.5 pounds this week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

3/23/15 - Decaf Part Deux

Today some of my lovely friends from Philadelphia were visiting and we went out to lunch at Urth Caffe.  I had already read that they have DECAF coffee via the SWISS WATER PROCESS!

(The SWISS WATER® Process is a taste-driven, 100% chemical free, water decaffeination process.)

Oh yes baby, that means it's time to order a DECAF LATTE!

We waited patiently for our drinks and food to arrive at our table, and then they placed my latte in front of me.

It looked like this:

And I thought, oh how cute - two leaves.
(i.e. not that exciting.)

Then my artistic friend pointed out....

We turned the mug around...

...and revealed a BABY BLACKBIRD!

I could not believe it.
This was meant to be and trust me that latte was f&*$ing delicious!

Here's my baby Blackbird this week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

3/20/15 - Bigfoot

There are many things that no one tells you about pregnancy.

How about this one:
Throughout your pregnancy your feet could change in size by 1/2 to 1 whole size LARGER.


And I'm due in the summer so I'll already be hot and swollen from the heat!

I might get to the hospital looking like this:

In other news, yesterday I wanted nothing more than to eat a Dairy Queen blizzard while lounging in a pool. Is that too much to ask?!

Well, my brilliant friend sent me a video and I was able to make a blizzard at home!

To. Die. For.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

3/19/15 - Check UP

Today we had a doctor's appointment and everything is looking great. We even got to see baby Blackbird for a minute and I saw that heart beating and he was moving around!

Yesterday I was feeling some sharp pain in the lower right side of my uterus and it would only last for a few seconds. I told the doctor about this and he said it's completely normal and it's my uterus stretching. How fun!

But the best news of the morning: THE PLACENTA HAS MOVED UP!

Only a slight part of it is near the cervix but it has definitely moved and our doctor isn't worried about it at all. It has until I'm 32 weeks to move more and we all know it will.

In two weeks from today, I go back for the infamous GLUCOSE TEST along with an ultrasound to see how baby boy is growing.

The glucose test is to detect gestational diabetes and you can count on an entry about that for sure!

Thanks to an incredibly generous friend, baby Blackbird got his first taste of Philly food today!

Campo's Deli in Philadelphia delivered cheesesteaks "wit Wiz", peppers and onions along with Herr's potato chips. 
I'm in heaven right now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3/18/15 - Week 23: Grapefruit

Today the baby is the size of...

(My other site said a grapefruit, and I'm sorry but there are no 8-10" grapefruits out there!  
So we put two together and he's even longer than this!)

Today marks the start of my 6th month of pregnancy. Somehow this is the last month of my second trimester. Then we are headed towards the finish line!

Little Blackbird's face is fully formed this week and he will start to fill it out with a little extra fat. His lungs are starting to mature and he is also forming nipples... How exciting!

I also learned that by the end of this month, my uterus will be the size of a basketball.



I'm having a nesting surge and am likely driving my wife insane. I feel like there is so much left to do!

But I'm trying to remind myself that it will all get finished and little boy really doesn't need much once he's here. He will need lots of love and we've got him covered on that front!

Monday, March 16, 2015

3/16/15 - Bump Around

Week 22 baby!

This little boy is growing and I'm still feeling great!  I can feel him moving every day and it's so exciting.  Now the movements are getting bigger and when I look down, I can see my stomach actually move when he pokes me!

He's also loving his Mozart melodies on the way to and from work in the car.  His favorite songs involve the flute... we might have a musician on our hands!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

3/15/15 - My Birthday Weekend

This weekend was my birthday and I was so lucky to celebrate it with friends.

On Friday night for my actual birthday, my loving wife took me out for an Italian dinner. Only to the place that is known for making THE BEST spaghetti.

It was absolutely incredible. I'm staring at this picture wishing it would come alive. The pasta was homemade and the tomato sauce also had some olive oil so it wasn't heavy. It was amazing.

Then we shared a vanilla caramel budino for dessert. 
It was TO DIE FOR. 
It was so good, I didn't have time to take a photo of it.

It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time.

Then I had a fun party with friends on Saturday at a gourmet sausage place. All in honor of my last childless birthday!  It's crazy to think that this time next year, we will have an 8 month old! And hopefully I'll feel a little confident by that point (as confident as you can feel with an 8 month old) and Julia and I can go out for dinner while we have a babysitter. 
Oh how everything is about to change!

My birthday weekend ended with a bit of torture. 
And by torture, I mean yoga.
Yes, I went back.

The class was actually good and we did a lot of nice stretching moves in the beginning.

Thank god there was only one set of planks. The instructor said we would do them again, but she must have forgotten!

So, things were going well until she opened it up to the room. 
"Is there any last exercise anyone feels like they want to do?"

This is my second yoga class ever, lady. 
The only exercise I want to do at this point is walking to my car.

Then some chick at 37 weeks pregnant suggested THE WHEEL.

Are you f&@*ing joking me?!  
That looks insane as is but with a BABY BUMP?!!!
Are you nuts?

Luckily we didn't do that and moved on to something else.

All in all, it was quite a great weekend being surrounded by people I love and knowing how loved our little boy will be once everyone gets to meet him.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

3/11/15 - Week 22: Spaghetti Squash

Today the baby is the size of...

Little boy weighs ONE WHOLE POUND! Which helps explain my popping baby bump!

This week he explores his sense of touch and can feel his legs and wrap his fingers around the umbilical cord.  He also has eyelashes and eyebrows by now and if there is any hair on his head, it's bright white!  The pigment comes later on, don't worry!

He's still sleeping 12-14 hours a day and when he's not, he is having a mini-boxing tournament in my belly!  I love feeling him move all around and when he starts poking me, I put my hand on that spot to let him know I'm right here.

Loving this guy!

Monday, March 9, 2015

3/9/15 - The Vegan Secret

If you told me years ago that I would have a blog containing back to back entries about YOGA and VEGAN food, I would have laughed in your face.

Well, here I am. A changed woman perhaps!

Last night we had dinner with friends at a vegan restaurant and it was DELICIOUS!!!

And the best news is: you don't have to ask if anything is pasteurized because it's all not real! 
It was plant based food containing no animal products. So no real meat, cheese, etc. 
Which means it's all SAFE for the baby!

Here's this week's baby bump with me and my little vegan lover. You know he loved the vegan lasagna!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

3/8/15 - Prenatal Yoga

For those who know me, I'm just not into yoga. So the fact that I took my first yoga class today is pretty big news. But come on, it was prenatal yoga so it can't be that bad, right?!

Well......everything got off to a great start when me and two other girls all waited in the wrong room for the class to start. None of us had been there before and thankfully the instructor came over to our waiting area for something else and happened to ask if we were there for class. Some of these yoga places are run by hippies and you might just need a little more efficiency in there! Like signs would have been helpful to explain what is going on!

So we walk next door to the other studio and the pregnant chicks start piling in. One after another the room got FULL! Tons of ladies having babies laid out their mats and we all had to move over to make space.

Then we spent almost 15-20 minutes going around the room stating our name, how far along we were and if we were experiencing any pain. 
I was last. 
By the time it got to me, the instructor had just checked the clock and was like, "Oh it's late!" 
And I'm like, "Oh no shit!" 
So we finally started...

And this shit was hard!
I thought it was going to be relaxing!

There was a lot of stretching in the beginning but when the instructor said the word PLANK, I almost walked out. 
Are you kidding me?!

I've done Pilates before, so I know what planks are. 
And they suck.

(Note: No one smiles while they're in this position...)

Now imagine doing that with a baby bump.
Some chick in the class was 38 weeks pregnant doing this! I'm thinking that child is gonna walk the plank and come right out of her by the end of this!

I somehow survived the planks and was able to do the exercises to the best of my ability.

Then at the end, we sit upright and the instructor asks us to close our eyes and think about our bodies and what feels different.

I'll tell you what feels different... 
I need some lunch and a nap ASAP!

I think once I get more used to the exercises it will be more enjoyable and I can relax into it a little more. I signed up for 6 classes and sat in my car while my arms were still a little numb. 

This is gonna be an adventure for sure, so get ready, Baby Blackbird!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3/4/15 - Week 21: Papaya

Today the baby is the size of...

(We didn't have a 7" long banana so we are going with the other site that has him as big as a papaya!)

I'm so happy to report that since this past weekend I have been feeling fabulous. My round ligament pain is very minimal and doesn't even happen every day. I'm hoping I stretched out enough to be able to enjoy a few weeks of feeling good!

This week our little boy starts swallowing some amniotic fluid each day to practice digesting. So he is getting a taste of whatever I eat. They say that babies might have a tendency to like certain foods later on because they were exposed to them in the womb. So this little guy is about to become a huge lover of pasta, pizza and anything ITALIAN!

And apparently he sleeps up to 14 hours a day... Must be nice!!!

Last night, Julia and I were watching TV and I felt him poking me so I grabbed her hand and put it on my belly. After a few seconds, he moved again and she felt it! She pulled her hand back so quickly like, "OMG he's in there!" I'm so happy I got to share that moment with her and have her feel a little bit of what I've been experiencing on a daily basis!

Monday, March 2, 2015

3/2/15 - To Do Or Not To Do(ula)

Julia and I met with a doula this past weekend and I wanted to share our experience.

Doula - here's the official Wikipedia definition:
A doula (/ˈduːlə/), also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance, and emotional support. The provision of continuous support during labour is associated with improved maternal and fetal health and a variety of other benefits, including lower risk of induction and interventions and less need for pain relief.

My wife and I have spoken to some of our friends who have used a doula and we immediately felt like it was something that could be a great idea for us.

This is our first baby and we want the transition into parenthood to be as seamless and stress-free as humanly possible.

Birth Doula:
I'm so beyond lucky to get to work with an incredible woman who will be our birth doula. She is a close friend of mine and she will be present during the birth of our son while we are in the hospital. She will help prepare us for that big day by recommending childbirth classes, educating us on breastfeeding, formulating a birth plan, etc and once we get to the hospital, she will be our biggest advocate and supporter. She will help keep us calm (or try to!) during the labor and she will try to help us achieve our birth plan. You never know what might happen throughout the labor and delivery, so she is there with our best interests at heart to guide us through the process.

Postpartum Doula:
So this weekend we met with a postpartum doula who will help us for a little while once we come home from the hospital. She will help me with breastfeeding and she will help educate us about our baby in finding out what he needs. During night time sessions, she will let us sleep and will bring the baby to me when he's hungry and then let me go back to bed. During daytime sessions, she will help us individually go out into the world with him so we can feel confident during that first run to the grocery store while navigating the car seat, stroller, etc by ourselves.

The doula's role is to empower us. And that sounds so comforting and I know we will learn so much from these women throughout this process. When Julia has to go back to work, our postpartum doula can come back and help me while I'm home and trying to heal from the delivery while on little sleep. She will help with dishes, laundry, etc to help run the household so I can focus on our little boy.

Whether a doula is right for you is a personal decision. We feel very fortunate that we can have these women help us welcome our son into this world and help us transition as smoothly as possible into the realm of mommyhood!

As they say, it takes a village.

Here is this week's bump photo!

And I think my wife was jealous of my bump cause she wanted to get in on the action...