Friday, January 27, 2012

The Plan, Stan

So...on Monday, we had another BPP and growth ultrasound.

At 35 weeks, 6 days, Baby Free was clocking in at 7 lb. 4 oz.

90th percentile.


My blood sugars have still been all over the place.

(Which means placenta function is good, but not good to have baby marinating in lots of sugar. Maybe my child will be extra sweet?!)'s the plan.

Next Thursday (2/2) at 8 a.m. we have an amnio scheduled to check for lung maturity.

By noon we should have results.

Peri said we need a number above 70.

If it is....we will head to the hospital to induce!

I asked about statistics as this would mean Baby Free coming into this world at 37.5 weeks (which is pretty standard for diabetic pregnancies).

He said he'd give a 70% chance that baby's lungs will be ready. If they aren't...we will induce one week later.

He said with induction, and it being my first, there's a 25% chance of it leading to a c-section.

The "scheduled" induction time is at 3:00 on 2/2. They will most likely begin with a 12 hour dose of cervidil. Then around 3 a.m., if cervidil did it's job, we will begin the pitocin. When Dr. gets in around 8, she will break my water.

The nurse said she would "guess" Baby Free would be here around dinner time on Friday (2/3).

Granted, sometimes the cervidil needs to be done twice (which would be 24 hours of just that) or baby doesn't react well to pitocin, so a c-section is needed. So lots of variables.

But I'm so excited to meet our chubby-cheeked child!

The peri and doctor agree that it's safer for both of us to get baby out as long as baby is ready. The longer baby is in there, the harder my blood sugars are to control.

The longer baby is in high glucose, the fatter baby gets and harder their own pancreas has to work, which could result in a NICU stay for hypoglycemia.

Mr. Free and I have seen God's hand throughout this entire pregnancy.

I am nervous about all these events (amnio! pitocin!), but know that Mr. Free and I have faced some scary procedures through these past 2 years and God brought us through them just fine.

I know He is leading the path to meeting our little miracle!

On a good note, I've been having some on and off contractions, so a true blessing would be if Baby Free decided to come on their own before Thursday!!! Praying, praying, praying!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Our Changing Station Crib Topper

Since our nursery is small, I knew we wouldn't have room for a traditional changing table.

And I was OK with that.

I googled all over for options and stumbled upon this

The Oeuf Changing Station.

I loved the modern look and simplicity of design.

I did not like the price however.



So, I put Mr. Free and Grandpa Free on a mission.

This past weekend during one of my baby shower's, Daddy and Grandpa made this masterpiece.

Mr. Free thought adding some storage on the side would be beneficial for our small space.

We tested it out with the cloth diapers and they fit perfectly.

However, for the first bit we are starting with disposables and regular disposable wipes as we were gifted a TON.

Everything fits perfectly!

Look at all that storage!

I am thrilled with the results and so glad to have a custom solution for our nursery!

And the price?

Materials came out to a little less than a quarter of the Oeuf price!

And on Friday, the middle school art teachers threw Mr. Free a baby shower and gifted him some money for the baby. Mr. Free used that money to build this! Thank you art teachers!

Baby Free could be here as soon as about 2 weeks! Luckily things are coming together nicely!

I can't wait to meet my chubby cheeked baby!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A little overwhelmed.

Baby Free 34 weeks 2 days
6 lb. 3 oz.

Well, we met with the perinatologist today to review blood sugars as well as a growth ultrasound and biophysical profile.
Baby looked great.
Turns out our kid has LONG hair. Crazy.
One kidney looks normal, other kidney measuring 7.2 mm. Doctor said that he would be concerned if it was over 10 mm, so he thinks it'll be fine following birth. is measuring big. 87th percentile.
Borderline macrosomia.
Macrosomia is very common in diabetic pregnancies and simply means a big baby.
My blood sugars have been GREAT through out pregnancy, but the last 2 weeks they have been a roller coaster. This is very normal for diabetics, but frustrating too.
With macrosomia, a risk is that the baby will be born with low blood sugar.
See, my uterus is not the 'ideal environment' since Baby is growing amidst lots of glucose. Therefore, Baby's pancreas has been working overtime to keep Baby's blood sugar normal.
But once Baby is out, their pancreas may still be in 'over drive' and cause low blood sugar.
The perinatologist said that if this occurs, it could mean Baby is in NICU for a few days after delivery.

He said he thinks the best option is that in 2 weeks (gulp) have an amnio to see if Baby's lungs are ready for birth.
If Baby's lungs are ready.... Baby will be induced.
He said as long as Baby's lungs are good, it would be better for Baby to be out, then in.
The closer to 40 weeks we get the chance of stillbirth can increase and other complications.
He really wants a vaginal delivery as it will help Baby's lungs.

So we may have a baby in 2.5 weeks!
If Baby's lungs aren't quite ready, we will postpone the induction until they are.

All this was hard to hear.
First of all, this is SOON!!
MUCH sooner than I had thought!
Also, I can't help but feel overly guilty.
I wish my blood sugars were better the last few weeks...I've really been trying.
Thinking of our sweet baby in NICU just tears me up.
(Now I know, the NICU is a wonderful place and if this is where my child needs to be, then by all means that's whats best)

The thought of an amnio freaks me out.
The thought of bringing baby into this world in less than 3 weeks freaks me out.
The thought of Baby struggling after birth freaks me out.

Now, I am so, so excited to meet our sweet baby.
I just didnt anticipate hearing all this today.

I just have to wrap my mind around it all.

Please be praying that Baby Free's lungs will be ready when they should and that at birth Baby's blood sugars will be steady. I really want to have Baby near after birth, but just want Baby to be healthy.

So...anyone else have any amnio or induction advice? I'd sure appreciate it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks

Maternity clothes? Yup. Though I'm rebelling and wearing some non-maternity clothes that are super long just to shake things up. Like the shirt above...

Sleep? Pretty good. Again, doing the hip toss n' turn but that's the new normal.

Best moment of the week?
It's been a pretty quiet week here, which has been a blessing. I've enjoyed just spending time with Mr. Free, our family and friends. I know life is going to change (for the better!) in a few weeks so I'm just savoring this time.

Food cravings? Still orange juice. Mmmmm.....

Gender? We'll find out soon!

Belly button in or out? Still in! It's about to bust, but it's still in!

Movement? Definitely. As baby is starting to run out of room it's starting to get a bit uncomfortable. Baby likes my right side so most of the fluid is on the left. So when Baby moves, there isn't much cushion. But I love it!

What I miss? It's weird. Pregnancy just seems like the new "norm" for me. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that in a month or so I won't be pregnant anymore! I did tell Mr. Free I'm looking forward to sleeping on my stomach and a sub sandwich : )

What I'm looking forward to? Thursday we will get to see our sweet baby's face again! I can't wait! Then Friday the music teachers in the district are throwing me a baby shower and then Saturday is my family and friends baby shower! This baby is so loved!

Milestones? Being 34 weeks! Sunday I saw my mother-in-law and she asked if the baby had dropped. I said I had no idea. Then, my mom texts me and said that at church that morning she noticed it looked like the baby had dropped. This week at work I've had half a dozen people remark the same thing! I will say that when I sit it feels like Baby is more on my lap than normal. I'm *praying* Baby Free is making progress...since I will have to be induced by 39 weeks it would be awesome if Baby would be ready to go!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Week 33

How far along? 33 weeks 1 day

Maternity clothes? Umm....yeah.

Sleep? Pretty good. Still tossing and turning and throwing in a bathroom break again. Plus I've started the weird vivid dreams again.

Best moment of the week?

1. Seeing Baby Free again. (Notice I say this every week?!) Even though it was a regular ol' ultrasound (not the level 2 3D ones from the peri) it was still so neat to see our little one. For the 3rd week in a row Baby was playing with their foot. Again, bringing the foot up to the forehead, then grabbing the foot with their hand and playing with it. So super cute. And baby was practice breathing like crazy! Which is quite reassuring!

2. Ringing in the New Year! We had a great group of friends over and we munched on some goodies, chilled in our new basement and watched the ball drop. I'm totally excited for what all 2012 has to offer!

Food cravings? Let's see.... taquitos. You know, the boxed frozen ones from the grocery store? Yeah, I've had a serving like every day...
And fruity drinks. Like orange juice or smoothies.

Gender? The Dr. says one or the other... : )

Belly button in or out? Still in! Barely!

Movement? Oh yeah. More like rolls then definite kicks. It seems where I feel the most movement is where baby's butt is. They must be shiftin all around.

What I miss? Still nothing. Feel very blessed to be in this stage of life!

What I'm looking forward to? Our next baby showers next week! And we get another 3D growth ultrasound in a week and I'm so excited to see baby's face again!

Milestones? Being this far! 33 weeks....a month from full term!!!

On a complete side note.... I am having the most bipolar feelings about labor. *Most* likely this child be induced between 38-39 weeks. That's the typical protocol for diabetic moms. Some days/moments I am so stoked for labor. I'll view it as a rite of passage and am excited to see what my body can do. Then some days/moments I am in an utter panic thinking I can't do it! I am such a wimp and can't handle pain at all! Plus I have crazy anxiety to begin with so just don't know if I can do all this!
But I want my baby here safe so know *something* has to happen to get this child here!
Is this thought process normal?
Any reassuring thoughts? : )

Monday, January 2, 2012

Diapering: Our Plan

But we've done our research, and *so far* this is our plan to diaper our little one.
Our goals?


Since I will not be a permanent stay-at-home momma, but will luckily be home with this baby for the first 6 months, we've decided oncloth.

But in returning to work, we know it'd have to be an easy process for our nanny or provider. (Still have to figure that much to do!!!)

So after much research, we decided to go with One Size Pocket Diapers.

One sized pocket diapers are pretty pricey, but will last throughout their diapering days. They grow with the child and fit babies 10-35 lbs.
This was appealing with our teeny house and teeny nursery, to not have 18+ diapers in 4+ sizes to store.

With one sized diapers, you have the option of aplix (velcro) or snaps. While the aplix would probably be most user-friendly, they can wear out over time. The snaps are much more sturdy. So in the name of frugality, snaps won.

Another appeal of the one sized pockets, is the pockets! 'Pocket' refers to the pocket built into the back of the diaper to stuff with inserts.

Most diapers come with 2 inserts. A 'newborn' and 'regular'. BumGenius comes with microfiber inserts, but many rave about the bamboo inserts.

If your baby is a heavy wetter, you can stuff with both inserts. If they aren't and you want a trimmer fit, you can just use one.
I really like how it can be customized for your child.

We have registered at Buy Buy Baby and one thing that sold us on them over Babies R Us is that they carry the BumGenius 4.0's IN STOCK!!! Babies R Us they are online only. I'm hoping to receive a few as presents which would help us with our stash!

In the one sized world, BumGenius is probably king. They are the most widely available and popular.

Our plan is a stash of 18-24. If we have more, the better.
We registered for 18 BumGenius 4.0s at Buy Buy Baby.

We have also heard great things about Sunbabies, Alva Babies and Kawaii's. These Chinese-made diapers are a FRACTION of the cost of BumGenius.

BumGenius one-sized pockets are $17.99/diaper. (Thankfully Buy Buy Baby has their 20% off coupons regularly, making them around $14.50!)

But the Chinese-made selection range from $6-9/diaper and get a range of reviews. Some think they are better than BumGenius, some think not so much. I think a lot of it depends on the shape of your baby and which brand fits the best to control leaks.

Black Friday offered some GREAT deals and I snagged 13 one sized Kawaii's and 3 Bum Genius 4.0's.
We received 2 more BumGenius diapers at my shower, and then scored 4 more Bum Genius diapers on clearance at Cotton Babies during their Seconds Sale. (These diapers supposedly have minor defects, but I have yet to find them!)
So our current stash sits at 21 diapers and have only spent $200!

Since the one-sized usually don't fit babies well until they are 10+ pounds, we decided to just use disposables until they fit versus buying a newborn stash. Since we have no idea what the size of our baby will be, we feel this will be the most frugal choice.

Also, the disposables will give us a chance to segway into parenthood before laundry overload begins.

So...what about laundry?

Most usually wash their diapers every other day. Obviously the more diapers you have, the less laundry you have to do...but for the 'stink factor' I think every other day will be a good rule of thumb.

For laundry, most cloth mamas use wetbags vs. systems like a diaper genie. Wetbags keep the contents inside, but breathe so that there isn't ammonia or stink build up. Most have a home wetbag and a travel wetbag for changing while out and about.

We purchased 3 PlanetWise wetbags as they have great reviews and come in adorable prints. 2 are in the nursery in trash cans for everyday laundry, and 1 travel wetbag in size medium for the diaper bag.

The newborn poops is water-soluble so you don't need to do a thing to prep them.
Once baby is onto solid food, the poop becomes...well...more solid.
That is where a diaper sprayer comes in handy.
We registered for one at Buy Buy Baby and hope to get one.
This sprayer attaches to the water line in the tank of your toilet and hangs on the side of the tank.
When baby has a dirty diaper you can just hold the diaper over the toilet and rinse of what needs rinsing.
Then throw diaper into the pail and wash when its time.

Now with laundry detergent...
You can't use just any laundry detergent as it can cause repelling issues.
Here are the most recommended:
Rockin' Green
Original Tide Powder
Charlie's Laundry Soap

or make your own...which is what I plan to do.
In food processor, combine:
1/2 c. Baby Oxyclean
1 c. Borax
1 c. Washing Soda

I've stocked up on Dropps when they were on clearance and registered for lots of Baby OxyClean as I have all the other ingredients for the detergent on hand.
Now...what about wipes?

At first, I planned to stick with disposable wipes. But then... I changed my mind. If we are already doing laundry every other day for the diapers, we might as well have cloth wipes and throw them in with them as well.

BumGenius has their own brand of flannel wipes that we were able to register for at BuyBuyBaby as well. We have received 2 packs of them so far, so that totals at 24 cloth wipes. As far as getting the baby "clean"... you can either just wet the wipe with plain water, or there are a number of homemade "wipe solutions" to clean em up.
What about diaper rash cream?
Well, from what I've read, babies who are cloth diapered experience diaper rash much less than those in disposables.
When you do need to use rash cream, you cannot use traditional creams (desitin, butt paste, etc.) as these will create a waxy layer on the cloth causing the liquid to repel (not good!).
A few types you can use include California Baby (available at Target and Buy Buy Baby) and CJ's BUTTer.
I registered for some California Baby and ordered a few samples of the CJ's.
The CJ's is awesome because it's not JUST diaper cream. It can be used for all sorts of skin ailments and comes in fun flavors! They smell awesome!

Now obviously, we haven't tried this all out yet but I've done lots of research and can't wait to give it a whirl.
The savings is so motivating and the cute little fluffy diapers are inspiring as well.

I will be sure to update you on how the process goes!

Does anyone else cloth diaper or plan to?
I'd love to hear insight!