5 Months

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Ollie has been hitting quite a few milestones lately and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. It’s quite exciting but a bit sad because soon he won’t be a baby anymore. *Sigh* Tis life.

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His mature hair is coming in a bit curly *fingers crossed*. I can’t help but picture him being a curly-haired kid. But I’ll be happy if he’s an equal parts combination between G and myself. So far he’s looking a lot like his own person and I love it.

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He’s no longer happy reclining. He wants to be sitting and enjoys practicing. I can’t lie, I find it a bit amusing when he falls over.

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He is also no longer happy on his back. He rolled over from back to front in mid-July and he’s been determined to stay on his belly ever since. He now sleeps on his side. Doing so gave me heavy anxiety the first few nights but I’m over it now.

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He is OBSESSED with our cats. He’s always looking at them, especially Ludo since he’s always out and about. The cats are indifferent. But I think Ludo soon won’t be once he learns this wee person will be able to give him cuddles one day.

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He won’t stop sucking on his toes. So cute but so not helpful when trying to change his diaper. Changing his diaper has become a bit of an effort. He use to just kick but now he twists, crosses his legs, arches up. Oh boy.

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He’s making friends. I cannot wait to see how he and his friends interact as they get older. I’ve been loving the new moms I met at one of the coffee dates. One is the mom I was determined to befriend. She’s super nice and pretty much a go-go-go person. I need that because I find Ollie and I stay pretty much in our neighborhood (Um…I still haven’t learned to drive our manual car…yup). We need to start exploring more.

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The jumparoo is still a favorite. He looks at it longingly when he’s taken out of it (often because he’s tired and is ready to nap).

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Other milestones:

-He’s saying “Mama” a lot. Mostly when he gets upset when my husband is putting him to sleep. I don’t know if he knows I’m mama, but I don’t care. Sounds great to my ears.
-He’s showing interest in our food and tries to grab it. But really, he’s trying to grab everything lately.
-He’s getting better at his bedtime routine (bath, book, singing, rocking, bed). He’s also napping a lot better. He’s still waking up once to twice a night to feed but I don’t mind that so much.
-When my husband is holding him upright on his lap, he knows that when he bounces, G will lift him up in the air.
-He brightens up so much when he hears the music from our Music Together class.
-He knows how to use the instruments we’ve bought him (check it out here, and here). He’s a fast learner.

Soon he’s going to be half a year old. I’m looking forward to starting Baby-led weaning then. Hoping he will be sitting unassisted by then. I think he’s well on his way.

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Mommy friends needed. Apply within.

Man, the mommy world can be tough. Being a stay-at-home parent can be pretty darn isolating. Like a fool I thought I would instantly make friends once I started going out and about. Well let me tell you, I haven’t. I joined a mommy group and have yet to connect with anyone. It’s so weird. In London I was able to make friends with other expats so I assumed it would kinda be the same way here, except I’d have a kid in common instead of a visa. Nope. To make matters more awkward my self-esteem has taken a hit. Quite a few of the moms look like they stepped out of an athletic magazine. I definitely stick out like a sore chubby thumb. But putting that aside I still have hope I will meet my true mommy friend.

So mamas, how do you meet other like-minded mamas? I’m still holding out that I will connect with someone soon. Hopefully someone who will be staying home as well. From what I gathered a handful of the moms in the group will be going back to work. Great for them, but bad for me if I want to engage in some adult conversations during the day.

We recently joined a Baby and Me music class. It has been so much fun. I chatted with one mom who’s from Peru. She doesn’t know it yet but I totally want to be her friend. I can see us chatting over coffee, in Spanish (haltingly bad Spanish for me). *Sigh* I can dream.

I wish my college friends lived closer. There will be five babies among us by the end of the year and none of us live close to each. Sadness.

As much as I LOVE the weather here (warm sunny days all.the.time.) I miss Austin. It remains the place I felt the most at home since leaving NYC.

Here’s hoping some newfound friends can change that around. I’d love to feel at home and not living in some kind of weird limbo.

Week 38-Dropping like it’s hot

38 Weeks-Feeling nautical.

How far along| 38 weeks.
Baby’s Size| Almost 7 pounds and possibly about 19 inches long.
Weight Gain| +12.5 pounds.
Sleep| Sleeping well. Turning around can be troublesome but more due to the joint hip pain I get here and there.
Clothes| Feeling nautical.
Cravings| Sweets. And slushies.
Food Aversions| Nothing.
Symptoms| That damn burning hip pain comes around after I’ve been walking for 20 or so minutes. What an unbelievable pain. A few Braxton Hicks here and there.
Movement| I’ve never felt him up against my ribs until this week, one day. It was the oddest feeling. He hasn’t done it again.
Belly Button| In
Baby’s Sex| Little Greg.
Highlight of the Week| Baby dropped. My stomach feels and looks so much lower.
What I miss| No hip pain.

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This week I took a break from housework and made the baby some fitted sheets and finished his sling.

Crib sheets done. Nice, quick project.

The sheets came together super easy. What took time was getting that elastic through the casing. I must invest in bigger safety pins 🙂

He's a good sport, trying out the sling I made.
Next up are the crib skirts and some wee hats.

G had Friday off so we took advantage of the sunny skies and warm weather and headed to Half Moon Bay to check out the coast. The views were quite beautiful. Made for a wonderful afternoon.

Ooh. Pretty.

All this water makes me want to learn to swim.

The Hawaiian ice and yummy lunch didn’t hurt either :). Ate that too fast and didn’t get to snap a photo.

It’s been really nice to have some “us” time before baby comes. Hoping to maybe squeeze some more if little mister doesn’t decide to come early.

 

37 weeks- Progress

37 weeks

How far along| 37 weeks today or aka “full term”
Baby’s Size| Babycenter.com says, “Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel”
Weight Gain| +10…but after this weekend I am sure to be up a pound or so. I had massive Slurpee/Icee cravings and indulged.
Sleep| Getting some. The hips or back weren’t hurting this week.
Clothes| Fun times, a week ago or so I found that clothes pictured above still fit.
Cravings| Did I mention Slurpees? Hit the spot, especially with the warmish weather we’ve been having.
Food Aversions| Not much at the moment. Pickles are back on the ‘no’ list.
Symptoms| The heel isn’t hurting as much but the nerve/hip pain came back with vengeance yesterday afternoon. I actually thought if it got any more painful I might pass out. The fiery pain is no joke. I must find some stretches to do. I’ve failed to do that because the pain would show up for a few minutes and was manageable. Might as well work at getting rid of it.
Movement| He still likes to get down low at times (awkward). But doctor mentioned he has not dropped (boo!).
Belly Button| In
Baby’s Sex| Un nene.
Highlight of the Week| Seeing the floor. No really, the place was that bad cluttered. Don’t ever downsize from a 4 bedroom house and think you can make it all fit :). Stuff from London + stuff from Austin= Chaos. But with much determination my husband managed to break down a bazillion boxes and get it ready for recycling. Hurray! Again, seeing the floor is quite a highlight 🙂
What I miss| Getting up without much effort. I feel like a seal trying to come onto land when laying down or getting up, that graceful. Also, having a sewing shop within a bus ride away. I broke two seam rippers and ran out of a specific thread right when I was 8 inches away from being done with my sling (super cute, by the way). Now I’m stuck waiting for an order to come in.

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Being on the other side of the country, while pregnant, from all your friends and family is quite trying. I mean, seriously, I didn’t think it would be. But after finding myself with little energy to set up house and no one other than my husband (who’s been working overtime FOREVER!) to interact with I got the blues. I got blue over not having the perfect nursery (I blame you, Pinterest!!!). I got blue over possibly having the baby come into a wreck of a house (but I strongly think this won’t happen; we’ve made great progress) .

When bringing home a little one I imagined a wonderful welcome, surrounded by those you love. I got blue that there was no one else to celebrate the baby’s arrival except for my mother (if she arrives in time), my husband and myself. But at the end of the day all that matters is, yes, a healthy baby. So I wipe those tears and think happy thoughts. Time is floating away and soon we’ll get to meet our little man and that makes me quite tickled and happy.

35 Weeks-We finally bought the crib!

35 weeks

How far along| 35 weeks and 2 days. Only 33 days left. But who’s counting?
Baby’s Size| About 18 inches long and as heavy as a honeydew. I think that comparison might be true. He’s feeling quite heavy. Especially when I lay on my back to read. It’s a no go from now on. Feels like I’m caved in.
Weight Gain| +10
Sleep| Great since Greg got back from Austin. Except this morning I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep. I think I may have been a bit anxious about my doctor appointment? Can’t say for sure. Sadly didn’t fall asleep until 7:30 and had to get up by 8ish to get ready for the appointment. Boo.
Clothes| My clothes came in from London so I now have clothes to play with.
Cravings| Ice cream is still a favorite. I think I can do without a sandwich this week but I’m sure I’ll have one.
Food Aversions| Leftovers, same ‘ole, same ‘ole.
Symptoms| My left hip is still acting up (burning feeling from a possible pinched nerve) and for some reason I broke out like a teenager this week.
Movement| A clog dancer.
Belly Button| Still in.
Baby’s Sex| A wee boy child.
Highlight of the Week| Getting a few sorted for the nursery, like buying his crib and pack ‘n ‘play bassinet. And also washing his clothes. Next up, the hospital bag!
What I miss|My husband. He’s on a time crunch and working super long hours. I miss him. A lot. Unfortunately the overtime doesn’t come to an end until around our due date. Bugger

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We are swimming in boxes over here. We’ve managed to unpack quite a few. But it feels like when we empty one, a new one takes its place. Adding to the clutter is the stuff we bought for the nursery. They are not the smallest boxes. At least those will be dealt with this weekend. G will be putting together the crib and glider. And I’ll be cheering him on very enthusiastically. Nah, I will be tackling our bedroom. Since baby will be sleeping in our room for a bit I want to make sure the space is clutter-free and serene; the complete opposite of the rest of the house. I honestly thought I would be able to unpack and get everything sorted on my own but I quickly get stressed, overwhelmed, tired and distracted. In that order. If we had more storage space the unpacking would happen easily. But as of now we’re having to do some magic and make it work.

With the stress comes the need to de-stress, so of course I sew. I made Mr. Mix a pair of pants and a funked up onesie from a couple of my old T-shirts. Luckily he can wear it at home and no one will be the wiser 🙂

Upcycled an old T to make a onesie. It's wonky but it'll work.

Putting my old T-shirt to good use.

I have a few more T-shirts that will make some cute baby clothes. But I’ll leave them for later. For now I am going to work on making the crib bedding (a couple of fitted sheets and a crib skirt). That is, when I’m not tidying up 🙂

Sewing for babies

This spring not only will we be showered with our baby but with those of friends. I’ve lost count as to how many of my friends, new and old, are expecting. 2013 is The Year Of the Baby.

So instead of unpacking (as I should be doing) I decided to get baby gifts sorted. I’m horrible at keeping surprises, so if you happen to receive one of these, act surprised 🙂

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I don’t know how many I’ve made but I have 9 bibs and 3 burp cloths to go! I can see the light! Not pictured is the sweetest blanket. I figured I can keep that a surprise; I love it so.

How many bibs does it take?

I’m no expert when it comes to babies. The last baby I was around was my sister and she’s 22 now, so that was a long time ago. When I decided to make Chexie some bibs I didn’t have a clue as to how many I should make to start with. Some people say loads (20+) and others say a handful are fine (5  or so). The number comes down to how often you will do laundry, if you have a spit-upper on your hands and how often baby feeds. So I decided to make 12 and go from there. The best part about making these was how fast they came together and how cheap they cost me (not including labor, of course).

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With scraps and two fat quarters in hand I set out to make my bibs using this tutorial. I purchased some towelling fabric and in hindsight I should have just used towels we are no longer attached to. Oh well. You live, you learn. At least I bought some vibrant towelling that gives the bibs a bit more umph.

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Bibs make a great beginner’s project in that it’s fast and easy. But don’t fear if you are not a green sewer, you won’t be bored to tears making these. You get to work on your top-stitching skills and get comfortable sewing round edges. Win, win!

Chexie's bibs

So here’s the breakdown of costs. Initially I thought they each cost me £1.53/$2.46 a bib but after using cheaper snaps, it brought the costs down.

Towelling £6.74 (used 3/4 a meter)
Two Fat Quarters £5.60
Scraps (10 pieces) Free
Snaps (12) £1.00
Total £13.34 or £1.11/$1.78 a bib

Not too bad considering I get to use up my scraps and match baby’s bibs to my existing garments. Is anyone making anything for their baby or kids at the moment? I’ll be working on some blankets next.

What will it be: Nene or Nena?

I mentioned before that I was pretty sure in the beginning of my pregnancy that I was having a boy. I’ve always wanted a boy first and a girl second. There’s no deep rationale behind it. The idea stems from my brother and my birth order, that’s it. It worked well for us so I figured why not for my own chickees?

But lately, after a dream I had a month ago, I can’t let go of the feeling that maybe it’s a girl after all. But who knows? Well my mother seems to. She guessed my sister was having a girl and was correct. Now she believes me to be carrying a boy. If she guesses right I might suggest she play the lotto, just for kicks.

All this recent guessing had me thinking that I should start investigating old wives tales to see what each predicts. Next week we get to find out the sex so I’ll see which one of these were correct.

Following in a fellow expectant mama‘s footsteps, I decided to answer the questions in Parenting article to see what are my chances for a boy or girl. Please, humor me :).

1. Highs and Lows: “If you’re carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you’re carrying a boy.” Well. I don’t have much of a bump yet so let’s say Remains A Mystery

2. Be Still My Beating Heart: “According to legend, 140+ beats per minute indicates a girl, and below 140 a boy.” Well. I have only heard the baby’s heartbeat once and the midwife didn’t tell me the rate, nor if it was a strong one when I asked. Sometimes I am convinced my American accent is lost on the midwives here. I am always repeating myself. Remains A Mystery

3. Sweet and Sour: “Craving ice cream every single day? Some people believe this means it’s a girl. If you have to have salty or sour stuff, then it’s a boy.” The few things I have craved are tart candies and citrus flavors. But I have to give it to sweet. Girl!

4. Chinese Birth Chart: “This ancient method uses your age at conception and the month you did the deed to determine gender.” Boy! (I’d love for moms to do this test and tell me how correct it is!)

5. Potty Time: “Pee in a cup, mix a tablespoon of Drano in, and watch to see if it changes color. Green = girl, and blue = boy.” Yucko. Not doing it. Remains A Mystery

6. Even and Odd: “Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby’s sex by looking at the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one’s even and one’s odd, it’s a boy.” Girl!

7. Unlocking the Mystery: “This is one for a friend to try. Place a key in front of your preggo friend and ask her to pick it up. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she’s in for sugar and spice and all that. If she picks it up by the round part, it’s snips and snails.” No preggo friend to help with this one for now. Remains A Mystery

8. Spot on: “If you’re breaking out like crazy, blame it on your girl babe. The belief goes that girls steal their mother’s beauty, hence, those annoying zits.” No zits (thank goodness!). Boy!

9. Nice Ring to It: “Pop off your wedding ring — if you still can! — and tie it to a string. Hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, a little guy’s in your future. If it goes back and forth, you’ve got a girl.” When we did this test the site I used said the opposite: back and forth for a boy and swing in a circle for a girl. So I say Boy!

10. Queasy does it: “Sick as a dog during the first trimester — or still? Signs indicate you’re having a girl. Little or no morning sickness points to a boy.” No morning sickness for this mama-to-be. Boy!

So we have four “Boy” to two “Girl”. Which one is correct? You will have to stay tuned in to find out. That is, assuming Chexie isn’t feeling shy that day.

*I totally don’t think these things are true, just good old fun!