Friday, December 9, 2011

Let the Nesting Commence!

Picture this...

It is early on a chilly morning.  You wake up and realize it is Saturday.  Woo Hoo!!!!  Then you look down at your obviously pregnant belly and gasp!  I'M ONE WEEK AWAY FROM MY THIRD TRIMESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

How did this happen so fast?  I just got over the 1st trimester sickies and now I need to start getting things in order before this kid shows up. I am having a Braxton Hicks contraction.  Heartburn too?  This kid is gonna kill me.  Well, not really but I think all women who have been pregnant feel that way at some point.  And most, not all, get that crazy OCD nesting urge at some point. 

We make our lists, check them 100 times, inventory our kid stuff and/or tweak our registries.  That is the process I am currently in.  And really, we are in great shape.  There will be one difference however this time around.  We are going to cloth diaper.  We started with the cloth diapers for our son when he was around 18 months or so.  It is something I am believing more and more in for many reasons and the direction I plan to take for this soon to arrive baby.

If you are not familiar with cloth diapers, there are sooooooooo many different options out there.  Not to mention, they have come a long way from what they were when we were growing up and disposables really were not an option.  This is why I'm blessed to have my good friend Nicole.  I call her my cloth diaper guru.  She runs a cloth diaper business out of her home and is a fabulous teacher and resource.

I have decided at this point to stock up on prefolds, snappi's, diaper covers and a few fitteds.  I'm going to be trying out different brands and products and I will come back to report exactly what I have and how I plan to use them.  Then, when baby comes late February or sometime in March, I'll be sure to report on what I like and what is/is not working for us. 

I'm really excited about this.  I don't hug trees.  I eat meat and don't really buy into what we have been told about climate change and global warming.  BUT.....I do believe we are to be as good of a steward of the planet as possible.  This is one way to do that for our family.  Not to mention, cloth diapers are super cute and they reduce the amount of chemicals that come in contact with your child.  For me, that is a total win even when you consider an extra load of laundry 3 times per week. 

Sharon Underwood is a SAHM of one awesome little 2 year old boy Derrek.  She and her husband live in a rural town in Nebraska.  Through mutual friends, Sharon and I have learned quite a bit about raising our families "naturally".

Routine, routine, routine.

Routine.  That is the perfect word that described my visit Wednesday.  Blood pressure checked and good (which I am happy about because I get pregnancy induced hypertension with all my pregnancies so far).  Weight checked; actually lost a pound!  I could stand to lose a few more, but as long as there is no gain yet, I'm happy.  The appointment marked 14 weeks.  WOW!  I again was surprised to hear that.  My brain cannot keep up with the timeline.   

Okay, so doctor waltzes in and does his normal greetings.  Asked if I have any concerns; nope.  Then he said, "You probably could tell me what to do."  HA!  That made me laugh.  Pretty much.  I've done this enough I really know what to expect.  With that said, we listened for the heartbeat.  What a wonderful sound.  Now that NEVER gets old.  

Up next on the agenda is a quad screening blood test.  I know lots of moms deny these tests, but I am a planner.  I like to know everything going on.  I know there is the whole risk of negative results, but being a planner, if something is wrong, I need to know.  So this is to be done between 16-18 weeks and so the next appointment is on the 28th which puts me right at 17 weeks.