Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Packing Begins


Days are flying by like crazy, just thinking about it makes me nervous and excited at the same time. I want to hold my baby girl and see her tiny face again. Last time I saw her was during my Anatomy Scan, I was 22 Weeks then. Now, at almost 33 Weeks, I'm in the Homestretch. What more can I do than to get packing, you'll never know when you're ready to pop. 

Packing is something that I really don't mind doing, I've been traveling a lot, and have move a lot of times that it's something I'm so used to. But packing for a hospital bag is a different ball game, I guess. I have to google some guidelines on what is necessary to pack during this time.

So, what's in my Hospital Bag or What will I be bringing at the hospital?

For me:

**Birth Plan - I'm planning a Natural Birth and this is something I strongly wanted. Although, sometimes it might not go as planned, it's still very helpful to let your medical team know what your preference is.
**Socks and Comfy Slippers - It's gonna be cold in the hospital for sure and it's also gonna be around winter, not that it's gonna get so cold here but weather is very unpredictable in Pensacola.
**Maternity Tank Tops - I bought two just in case.
**Maternity Bras and Pads 
**Toiletries - Soap, Shampoo, tootbrush, toothpaste, facial wash, deodorant, moisturizing cream, lip balm - That sums up for me. I don't do make-up but if you do you might also want to bring that with you.
**Hair Ties and a Brush - I have crazy long hair and it would not be nice to be all sweaty(during delivery) and have my hair everywhere. I can't even imagine.
**Glasses which is like attach to me anyways, I'm blind and I can't leave the house without them.
**Bath Towel - according to my sources hospitals do provide but they are very thin. I really don't know what kind of towels the hospital will provide but just to be safe, I'll bring my own.
**Robe to keep me warm
**Comfy Clothes during labor, after delivery and upon going home.
**Undies that I'm not scared to get damage/stained
**My Nook Tablet - I'm not even sure if I can still read during labor but who knows. =P
**Phone and Charger
**My Camera and Charger (if ever my camera's battery is half empty, but I doubt it since I have dual battery)
**Nursing Pillow
**I might even bring an extra pillow for myself to keep me comfy.

For the Baby:

**First and foremost, the car-seat. Hospitals will never let you leave with the baby without a designated car seat. I did call my hospital and check with them if they are okay if the car-seat is convertible. It was a relief to hear them say it is as long as it's installed properly and that it has the correct requirements for an infant/newborn.
**Going Home Outfit and some extra - I have heard from different parents that they have change their baby's clothes a couple of times. So, I'm bringing at least 3 pairs of baby clothes.
**Swaddle Blankets
**Receiving Blankets - I know the hospital provides one but it's always nice to have some extra.
**Hats - just in case we need a clean one.
**Baby Wipes
**Blankets to keep the baby warm while in the car seat.

For the Dad:

Since we don't live that far from the hospital and we have a dog, my husband can just go home, take a shower and tend to our dog after delivery. But during labor he might be there with me the whole time good thing we have my in laws so they might be able to help us with our dog.

I do have to pack something for him still such as clean clothes, toiletries, pillow and blanket.

Luckily, the hospital that I'm delivering has a Starbucks, 24-hr Subway Restaurant and Wendy's. Also, it is located right next to a MALL. Food is not scarce in that area.

I think that's about it for now. All I'm just wishing and praying is to have a safe delivery and hopefully it will go as planned.

How about you, What was in your hospital bag?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stuff for the Little One

 This week, our house has been bombarded with baby stuff. The important baby stuff.

Last Sunday, my in-laws decided to drop off the Car Seat for our Little One. Originally, my MIL wanted to buy the Stroller, but I was too hesitant to give her that task, since I was too shy to give her the price of the stroller that I've been eyeing on. So, I talk her into buying the car seat instead which is price lesser than the stroller. She did agree and said "Whichever you want." My MIL bought the car-seat that I wanted, I'm so happy and so excited to install it in our car soon. It's the Graco 4Ever featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection all-in-one. For those of you who are wondering, I intend to baby wear. I also love this car seat cause it can last for years to come. Which I think is a good investment.

**By the way, I know not everyone has a good relationship with their in-laws. But I'm so proud and happy to have a mother-in-law like her. She's such a blessing. I certainly adore her.

Then, the stroller that I ordered online finally came in. It's called the City Elite by Baby Jogger.
Another awesome thing that came in was the Breast-Pump that I ordered through Aeroflow Healthcare and was 100% covered by my Insurance. It's a starter set by Medela, this is so awesome, whenever I go back to work after my maternity leave. Here's to hoping I have good milk production.

Today, we finally decided to buy a new mattress for the Crib. The Crib was actually given to us for free by my Sis-in-law's friend who happens to be getting rid of their baby's crib since she's getting bigger. I got the crib awhile back and I'm so pleased with it. It still looks like new which is awesome.

This week was very productive for us and it surely add to that feeling that everything is getting real by the minute.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Baby Registry and then some...

Since it's getting near and the baby shower is fast approaching, Baby Registry is something to prepare for - Well, I guess that's what you do here in the States and other Countries, but from where I came from, registry is something that is unheard of or maybe it is but only for the Rich and Famous.

What do I really think about this?

I have zero complain about opening a registry, in fact for me it might help those people who are willing to give something on your shower.

It bothers me that there are some people who gets upset when they don't get what they put on their registry or someone might have purchase it but did not mark it off the list. Makes me sad for them, how are you complaining when this is something that you should be thankful. There's a lot of people out there who can't even afford a diaper, and you're getting all these items for free. Why can't we just be grateful? If you truly don't like the item or you already have one, might as well, sell or maybe try to exchange it or maybe do something for it to make it useful, give it to someone who need it. I'm certainly not use to people complain about such things when there's always solution. I also overheard someone complaining, that "they are getting free food, and they can't even make the gift right." This one is really upsetting. For me a shower is something that people want to do for you to celebrate your pregnancy and your baby. Having people you care celebrating it with you is already a nice gesture, gifts are just "icing on the cake". Gifts should be given wholeheartedly. They can be there and not bring me anything and I'm still gonna be thankful that they are there to show some love. In this busy world, time is precious and for them to give their time for you is already a gift.

It amazes me how people are getting upset over silly things. Is this what you call First World Problems?

I know some do plan their own showers and might be expecting something specially with all the planning and money they put in it. But is being upset of not getting what you wanted really the way to go? What if those people, can't even afford what you have in your registry at that moment, or they found something less expensive. Why can we just look into the other person's perspective and be realistic.

I think that we should all just be grateful of what we have at this moment, there's a lot of people in this world who will never experience such kindness.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Baby Shower: This coming December

I got a mail today. It's an Invitation to my Baby Shower from my Sis-in-Law. Pretty Cool! I technically never had attended a baby shower before, so this will be my first and it also happened to be mine.

I was not at all hoping or expecting a baby shower, but I'm so much blessed to have people around me suggesting and are willing to host a baby shower for me.

At first, I was a little hesitant. It felt weird that someone is willing to host a party for me. I seriously have to convince myself to accept it by consulting my close friends (who are a thousand miles away from me) and my husband.

Then, I found out that my co-workers wanted to host a shower for me at work. Wow! I was so overwhelmed.

Although, we just move here a year ago, I'm so pleased that there are people who are willing to do this.

Now, I'm so excited, for my two showers, not because of the gifts, but the thought of people who are willing to celebrate my pregnancy. It's the thought that counts.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Belly Progression

I started doing a Weekly Bump since I hit the 20-Week mark. It amazes me how big of a difference it is in a span of 10 weeks.

10-Week Difference

This might sound weird or maybe not, but I really do love my belly. I feel like with all the people that surround me, I often hear them complain about something during their pregnancy. I, in the other hand feels the opposite. I feel really good most of the time, I feel lucky and blessed. If there's something that I really need to complain about, maybe my emotions. Crazy hormones! I find myself, crying over silly commercials or something that I read which really does not make sense. I guess that's what you call the "joys of being pregnant"... =)

Looking at my belly, and thinking that I'm already 30 Weeks.. I only have 10 more weeks to go and this baby is coming out to see the world.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time Flies!

November is here but before that, What happened the week before today?
  • WORK was definitely dragging, I'm so caught up I've ask my co workers if they need help and I'm still bored, I just want to get out of the office. Really! I was so looking forward for the weekend. 
  • I took my 2-hr Glucose Test on Friday, since I did not pass the first one. Hoping I pass this time.*Fingers-Crossed*
  • My mom's birthday was on the 30th, It's been awhile since I literally saw her in the flesh, 4 1/2 years to be exact. Although, mom and I are like cats and dogs, I miss her 
    • It was my mom's 52nd Birthday, I swear she does not even look a day like 40. I'm not kidding, she does look so young, I guess she just knows how to handle stress. =)
  • Halloween 2015! Well what about Halloween? Nothing really, I spent the day out of the house, the hubs was at work since Friday (Duty for 72 Hrs), while I spent the day to myself, which is I call me time. I don't really like shopping, but I like to look around. Although, it was raining, this pregnant lady, drove around town like I own a gas station. I was definitely, avoiding Trick-or-Treaters. I even went and watch a movie by myself. After that, I was still not satisfied that I decided to rent not one but 2 movies from RedBox. 
  • Sunday was pretty much random. Went to Target (again!) just to look around, which I usually do. Groceries and went home to get ready for the next day.

So, what's up with November? 

It could only mean one thing, I have less than 3 months before my Due Date. Time does fly! I can't wait to meet my little one. I have too much emotion right now. It's not easy but I'm trying to be positive as much as I can. I'm very blessed to have a problem-free pregnancy, I feel like with all the people that I talk to about their experience with pregnancy most of them describe it as being sick all the time or in pain. I'm glad I did not have those, although, my hormones occasionally kicks-in and make me so emotional.

Looking forward to...

A Baby Shower, my SIL decided to host one for me. yey!

My Favorite Holiday of the year. "CHRISTMAS"... I love Christmas so much, there's just something about it that makes me giddy. I love how people are during this special day. I love the music and cold weather. I know, it's not yet December but I just can't help it.

I have too much to look forward to this coming months. Hopefully, all goes well.