Attempting to buy for baby

I’m having a prego meltdown moment.

I called the West Coast Kids Winnipeg location last week to see if they had the Franklin and Ben Liberty crib in stock. They do not. The girl tried to convince me to go with the Jenny Lind. I told her were set on the Liberty. I also said we were coming to town at the end of the month and asked if would we be able to call back and order it to pick up then. She said yes.

I called them yesterday to order the crib. All Sales Reps were busy. The lady who answered the phone took my name and said they would call me back. I received NO call back.

I called again this afternoon. I was accidentally hung up on during the call transfer from the front-desk to the Sales Rep. I called back again and got through. The Sales Rep told me there was no way they could get the crib in before 8-10 weeks. I asked for a quote to ship it directly to us and she said she couldn’t provide it immediately on this call because she needed the box measurements and weight.

She also tried to convince me again to buy the Jenny Lind. When I mentioned that we liked the Liberty style better and the fact that it converts to a toddler bed without additional cost, she tried to sell me on another model of Jenny Lind with a toddler bed option that does not come in our desired colour (white). When I opted to change colours, the grey I selected was also NOT IN STOCK.

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The Franklin & Ben Liberty crib

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The Jenny Lind crib (model without toddler bed conversion)

Right now, I’m pending a call back from her with the shipping quote, but my guess is I will be ordering it from LussoBaby in Vancouver instead. I’m giving West Coast 48 hours before I place my order with LussoBaby. So much for the concept of wanting to support a semi-local business (as my head office is located 2 blocks away from the Winnipeg location).

Nothing pisses me off more than poor customer service especially when I was told something completely different a week ago.

So now, instead of picking up our crib, we are heading to Winnipeg to make an IKEA trip and visit with my work colleagues. I just am not sure the trip is worth it anymore since my Ikea wish list is seriously like only $100 worth of product. My husband is convinced we should still go, but we may make it a one night trip instead of the entire weekend.

I’m just itching to get the nursey going. I’ve waited so long for this and I can’t wait to have it all put together. My goal is also to have it done before August as my husband will start harvest then and won’t have much time to help before baby comes.

I also JUST received a call back from West Coast that they ran out of the monitor I purchased on sale through their website last week and it will be 6-8 weeks before I receive it. REALLY? I’m glad I’m on top of these things and baby isn’t due to arrive tomorrow! 

Sometimes it makes me laugh how trying to be organized can actually cause more stress. 🙂

21 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 21 weeks and 4 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Vitamin D, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250g at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required.

I’m very happy to say I have not taken a Zofran in over a week! Also, taking Magnesium will help to get the rear-end moving. It’s been a success so far!

Baby is the size of: Baby bok choy or a cantelope

Best Moments This Week: Things are just starting to feel more real. My husband talks to the baby more. I saw a cantelope at the grocery store yesterday and loudly yelled to Mike, “Hey, this is the baby this week!”.

Total Weight Gain: Definitely up a bit this week! Not puking has helped. I weighed myself earlier this week, and I think I was up another pound – approx 6.6 lbs total.

Maternity Clothes: I have the worst body for maternity clothes! I have decided that maxi skirts and regular pants + the BellaBand will be the way to go. I’m carrying my baby low, so most maternity pants dig in right where he sits. My new jean shorts were an epic fail on Saturday. They fit great when I stand but are way too tight when I sit. Lesson learned: I need to sit down and stand whenever I try anything new on at the store.

Symptoms:  Heartburn, only morning pukes and the occasional headache. Drinking lots of water and eating small, frequent meals seems to help the headache. I had a massage on Friday where she tried to move my ribs down as she said everything was squashed upwards. My heartburn has improved significantly since then!

Sleep: Fairly good lately. My pillow fort = wonderful

Food Cravings: Ice cream, fruit, Dairy Queen Cheeseburgers – this one is bizarre for me! I never ate any food except ice cream from there before I became pregnant!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Same ol, same ol – Taking too much of something in my mouth, eating too much in one sitting, brushing my teeth

Movement: I keep joking that our baby is definitely his father’s son as Mike secretly loves Top 40 hits – anything with a beat and a good dance rhythm. I’ve noticed that baby tends to move around if an upbeat song is on the radio. The first time I noticed it “Gernomino” by Sheppard was playing.

Stretch Marks: UPDATE: I don’t have the linea nigra! It must have just been the seam from the pants I was wearing diging in that day. Mike laughed when I told him to look at my belly and there was nothing there. I have noticed a few new strectch marks. I’ve switched to lathering up with coconut oil every night. My massage therapist also encouraged me to get further out on my hips as she’s worried I’m going to have some new ones appear there.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie, but my skin is definitely stretching. My scars from my ectopic surgery are popping out more.

Wedding Rings on or off?: On.

Happy or Moody?: I’m generally in a good mood these days. Getting overtired causes me to be moody.

Purchases for baby: Nothing this week!

Purchases for Momma: My diaper bag arrived…. and I LOVE IT!

Miss Anything?: Cuddling, riding my bike, bending over without a struggle,

Looking forward to: Buying for baby – I need to do a post on what we’ve decided on for our major purchases.

Kegels 101

Kegels are exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles stretch from your public bone (in front of your pelvis) to the coccyx (tail bone) at the back.

As I mentioned in my previous post, To pee or not to pee?, I have a regime that my Physiotherapist has given me to help strengthen my pelvic floor… and prevent me from PEEING myself during this pregnancy! 

This week, I have two kegel exercises to do twice a day:

1) Quick squeezes*: this action involves quick squeezing and letting go of the muscles. 10 sets of 5 quick squeezes with 10-20 seconds of rest between sets.

2) Hold squeezes*: this action involves squeezing up and holding for a specified period of time. 10 sets of squeezes held for 2 seconds with 4 seconds of rest between squeezes. 10-20 seconds of rest between sets.

*I made up these exercise names. I’m sure there is a proper terminology for them though!

The key is to ensure you are squeezing the CORRECT muscles. The first time I did the exercise, the Physiotherapist noted that I used my abdomen and glutes to help which is not the right way to do it.

Here are some guidelines to ensure you are using the right muscles:

  • Tighten and lift (pull upwards and inward) the muscles around your vagina as if to stop urine flow
  • Tight the muscles you would use to stop gas from coming out
  • Your abdomen and glutes should not be involved
  • No one should be able to tell you are even moving any muscles

She recommended I do them seated or laying versus while engaged in activity.

We also discussed posture and sleeping positions. She stressed the importance of not putting too much strain on my hips or pelvis. When sleeping on my side, my upper leg should be slightly behind the lower leg. As a stomach sleeper, I tend to roll forward and place my upper leg over the lower. I’ve tried her suggestion for a few nights and notice much less strain in my hips. I also explained that I tend to sit up to change positions in bed. She said that is actually putting extra stress on my pelvic floor. She suggested that I always ensure I am rolling over and getting up by supporting my body with my arms and legs. It’s almost like how I needed to support myself post-op after my laparoscopy surgery. I’m also making an effort to ensure my sitting posture to straight (not learning forward) and that I’m also not leaning more on one hip than the other.

Before bed, she also suggested I lay down with my feet together in the butterfly pose to stretch out my hips, inner thigh and pelvic muscles. I can also roll side to side to deepen the stretch.

The handout she gave me said it can take 4-6 months to see full effects but positive change can be noticed within a few weeks. Here’s hoping!

*Note: I am not a medical professional. If you think kegels might work for you, I highly recommend you discuss them with your doctor or physiotherapist. I’ve seen some mixed reviews online about how doing TOO MANY kegels will have a reverse affect. 

To pee or not to pee?

You may have caught on that I’ve been experiencing some urinary incontinance issues. Over the past year or so, the following situations have caused my pelvic floor to weaken:

  1. Persistent and excessive vomitting from 7 weeks pregnant to 18 weeks pregnant, plus the occasional vomit since then
  2. Being on pelvic rest for almost 20 weeks over the span of 2 pregnancies and 1 surgery recovery
  3. Lack of sexual intercourse (because come on – puking doesn’t make me want it and isn’t really a huge turn on for him either)

I basically started peeing myself during my major puking episodes. The excessive force of continuous heaving left my pelvic floor wide open for my bladder to empty itself. I do fairly well with coughing or sneezing standing up, but if I’m sitting down, it’s all over. This clearly is an inconvienance if I’m working, driving, or doing any other laid back activity. I’ve started wearing liners when I go out just so that I don’t end up with wet pants.

Today, I had my first apppointment with a Physio Therapist who specializes in Women’s Health.

I left with a variety of kegel exercises to do, pelvic releasing stretches, direction on how to roll over, sit up and get out of bed, and strict instructions for how to sleep. If I’m on my side, I can’t let my upper leg/hip roll foward over the bottom leg/hip to avoid putting stress on my pelvis, hips and glutes.

I’m hoping after a few sessions with her, I will notice an improvement and avoid any future issues that may affect this pregnancy or thereafter.

Wish me luck!

20 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 20 weeks and 5 days

Meds:
All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Vitamin D, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250g at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation)Gaviscon for heartburn as required, Zofran (only on days when I feel sick), Restorolax (aka Miralax) occasionally as needed

Baby is the size of: Belgian endive or a mango

Best Moments This Week: 

Total Weight Gain: +5.6 lbs at 19 weeks. Did not weigh myself this week.

Maternity Clothes: I have to wear a Bella Band or maternity pants. Still back and forth between regular tops and maternity tops.

Symptoms:  Heartburn is my biggest complaint these days. My nausea has subsided to early morning and if I puke, it’s often just stomach acid – GROSS! I carry a bottle of Gaviscon in my purse, but I’m thinking I may have to ask for something stronger than Ranitidine at my next OB appointment. Headaches come and go.

Sleep: Fairly good lately. My pillow fort = wonderful

Food Cravings: Ice cream, blueberries – the usual.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Same ol, same ol – Taking too much of something in my mouth, eating too much in one sitting, brushing my teeth

Movement: Can feel him more now! I ask my husband to put his hand on my belly if our baby is moving a lot. The other night he gave him a swift kick. That was the first time Mike has been able to feel him.

Stretch Marks: Hmmmm, I’m really struggling with this one. I may have a few stretch marks, but I’m having a hard time figure out if they are new or old ones. As I grow over the next few weeks, I should be able to give this a definite answer. The biggest change is: I’VE GOT THE LINEA NIGRA! I just noticed it yesterday and thought it was from my pants being too tight. Well it’s still there this morning! Still light but noticeable between my public bone and the bottom of my belly button.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie, but my skin is definitely stretching. I had some irritation beside my belly button, so I’m making an extra effort to slather on the belly balm. I’ve been using Organic Belly Balm from the Honest Company. It’s very moisturising but greasy.

Wedding Rings on or off?: On.

Happy or Moody?: This weekend was really rough for me. Work has been super busy. My family is well, my family (ha!). By the end of last week, I was overtired and emotional. I find it so much harder to get rid of any anxiety during pregnancy. I reached out to a friend who sent me some reiki to balance things out. I’m feeling much more grounded now (this also could be attributed to Mercury Retrograde and the good ol’ Full Moon tonight).

Purchases for baby: Baby received a onesie and a stuffed bunny as gifts this week from my sister-in-law and my Aunt.  I also purchased a piece of art that I found at a local coffee shop for the baby’s room.

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Purchases for Momma: Next month is my 30th birthday. I asked my husband to buy me this Timi & Leslie diaper bag as my birthday gift. We got it on sale for $20 off plus found another 20% off promo coupon. It came to $140 with taxes and shipping included.

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Miss Anything?: Bending over without a struggle, cuddling, not feeling bloated/huge, not having heartburn

Looking forward to: Buying for baby – we are going to order our crib and stroller by the end of this month. We are also planning a trip to Winnipeg to visit Ikea and West Coast Kids.

Conscious Conception Summit

I always like to share events, talks, webinars – anything that may be useful to the community. I think there is power in the concept of social sharing and I know with our busy lives, not everyone can follow everything online.

Today, The Conscious Conception Summit: Bridging Science, Spirit and the Art of a Fertile Life to Birth Your Divine Potential” is beginning. This summit is totally virtual and FREE to attend!

This conference includes an amazing line-up of speakers including many I’ve referenced before: Zahra Hadji, Heidi Brockmyre, Molly Nichols, Alissa Vitti…

The summit explores scientific and spiritual aspects of conceiving to help you discover and clear any possible hidden fertility blocks you may be holding on to.

You’ll discover:  
  • How to begin seeing the magic inside your journey as more than baby making but as a spiritual path as well
  • How and why conscious conception makes you a better parent and contributes to the creation of a “super child”
  • The Science of Healing
  • Powerful Meditation Practices to support you on your fertility journey.
  • Why we must reach beyond the quality of our eggs and into the quality of our life
  •  That conception should be (and can be) aligned and effortless, not from force or struggle
  • And so much more…

If this interests you, register today!

I won’t be attending as my schedule is jam packed this week, but I’d love to hear what you learn if you do listen in.