Still Pregnant…

Ugh… 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. The boys only ever made it to 38 weeks, so as you can guess, I’m feeling uncomfortable, and a little hopeless that Baby Babb will ever get out.

The TMI starts here… 10 days ago, right after I got my hair done, I lost my mucus plug. I thought that this was surely a sign that he would be here in a matter of days. Last weekend, after we still had no baby in sight (and very few contractions) we started trying “natural” ways to induce. This mostly included eating pineapple, walking, lots of squats, and sex. When I went to the doctor on Tuesday, I was told that I was 70% effaced and 2 cm dilated. While that wasn’t the wonderful news that I was hoping for, I was still pretty excited.
I’ve spent the week walking  (waddling) my tail off, and doing everything I can to convince this kid that it’s time to come. I have contractions, and they even get regular and as close as 5-6 minutes apart. But as soon as I sit down or get into the car, they either completely go away or start getting further apart…

I’ve given up. I’ve decided that this baby is going to be like his daddy and either on time or late for everything. As far as I’m concerned, I may have wasted money buying his cute little Christmas outfits, because at this point, I wonder if he’ll even be here. I’ve cried at least a dozen times in the last 24 hours. I’m tired of being pregnant, I’m tired of hurting, and I’m tired of not holding a baby in my arms. I know I should be patient, but it’s hard… really hard.

So, those are my thoughts this morning…

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Baby Babb, please get out! 

If you follow my blog, or follow me on Facebook, you know I’m pregnant. 38 and a half weeks pregnant right now to be exact. I have officially reached the “OMG I’m so tired of this” stage of pregnancy…

The above photo was taken this week. Baby Babb and I initially made a deal, that he would stay in long enough for me to get my hair done. As you can see, I made it… But he’s decided that he’s not coming out yet.

Yesterday, I started really trying to encourage him to come. I don’t think I spent more than 5 minutes off my feet. I cleaned, I danced, I walked and walked. I did squats. I’ve had contractions for weeks… And after all that yesterday, not a single contraction. Last  night,  I sent the hubs to the grocery store and told him to come back with fresh pineapple and pineapple juice. We’re going to give that a try, along with some good old fashioned sex.

Why? Because it’s time for us to meet Baby Babb… So, guess what Baby Babb, you are being evicted. Please, kindly, get out!

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Two months left

Wow… We have less than two months left of this pregnancy now! So the plan was to post this over a week ago… But this third trimester is, well, exhausting, and I tend to get off track very fast. I like napping. A lot. And I constantly feel the need to rearrange my house. My husband says that the nesting instinct has kicked into overdrive. I say that’s completely possible, but it doesn’t help that we’ve only been in our house for two months, so I am still attempting to make everything feel like “home” while also preparing for our new family member.

So, what have I been up to in our countdown to Baby Babb?

Hospital tour

I attempted to schedule a hospital tour… But, they have them at night, which is great for the hubs’ schedule, but horrible for a mom in her third trimester, who, much like a bear, just wants to hibernate. Here’s hoping that the third time is the charm, and we actually make it to the next one we sign up for… I have a lot of questions, considering I haven’t given birth in almost a decade, and this hospital is completely new to me.

Packing hospital bag

I have been constantly attempting to pack my hospital bag… My car is ready, the carseat is installed, and Baby Babb’s bag is packed. I even threw a few items in a bag for the hubs… The only problem is, I can’t seem to pack one for myself because I use most of the items that are suggested to have in it… Like, ya know, maternity pants for going home in. That, or I just don’t have stuff yet. I feel sooooo behind. 🙁 I really hope that I get some gift cards at my baby shower and I can get a few of the things that I desperately need (like nursing pjs!)

Speaking of…

Baby showers

My first baby shower is this weekend!!! I am so beyond excited! The ladies from church got together and are throwing me an amazing baby shower (I will definitely be sharing pictures!). They have really worked so hard to make me feel extra special, which is awesome, because other than that, I have felt really yucky lately…

Stocking up

Yes, I have been stocking up… My boys ALWAYS used Pampers diapers, for two reasons. One, because I LOVE the Pampers Points program, and all the cool things that you can earn. Two, because my youngest would break out in a horrific rash if I put another kind of diaper on him. It only seemed logical to stock up on Pampers diapers this time around. I clipped a TON of coupons each month, with the help of friends and family members, and bought the smallest pack of diapers offered for the coupons (this is the best way to get the most bang for your buck with coupons, and if I have too many of a particular size, it turns into a great baby shower gift later). Amazon also helped me to stock up with a rewards program that they had going on for their baby registries… After a certain amount had been purchased off my baby registry, they GAVE me $150 in free diapers and wipes!

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I also took this time to stock up on things that we need around the house… Things like toilet paper (I love Charmin, and can get pretty awesome coupons for it each month too!), hand soap, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, and some nonperishable groceries. I tried to make it easy by just grabbing a dollar pump of hand soap and a small-ish pack of toilet paper each time I went to the store… And the other toiletries, I just bought an extra here and there since we don’t go through it quite as fast. We are pretty much set to not have to leave the house after we get home from having the baby… Although I am thankful that I have a mom and mother-in-law that will gladly run and get stuff for me if I really need it.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some pictures of what we have going on… But, just in case you don’t, here’s a few. 🙂

 

I did it! It’s finished! #BabyBabb has a swing! #fisherprice #snugapuppy #socute #nowimtired

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Oh, and an updated belly pic, of course! 😉

32 weeks, 2 days… Feeling huge. Less than 8 weeks until we get to see you #BabyBabb!

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Apologies Aren’t Allowed Here

That’s right. Apologies are no longer allowed at my house. I don’t know if it’s the halfhearted  “Sorry” that I’m sick of or if pregnancy has just really killed my patience, but I refuse to let my boys get away with a simple “I’m sorry” and walking away anymore. It ended today. Apologies aren’t allowed here anymore.

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Now, you probably think I’m crazy… But I assure you, I haven’t lost my mind. They’re not going to get away with murder, they won’t go uncorrected when they do wrong, they just will not have the option to simply say “Sorry” anymore, because I’m raising responsible little men, and they should know better than that.

When the youngest started acting up in school this past year, I started having him write apology letters to his teacher, and not a single one said simply:

Dear Ms. Moses, 

I’m sorry. 

Kyle”

Instead, he had to say “I’m sorry I (state what he did here)” and then state how he intended to correct and make up for his behavior in the future. My thoughts are, if I feel like this is the best course of action for his apologies to others, why not for family members too?

So from now on, apologies aren’t allowed here, not without an explanation of what they’re apologizing for, and a plan to make things right. Why? Because I’m raising responsible little men, not little turds. They need to learn to stand up and own their behavior and figure out how to make a situation right (if possible) instead of just walking away when they do something wrong.

If you like or dislike this post, make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think! I really appreciate all feedback! And, if you think I’ve lost what’s left of my mind, well, tell me that too…

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Halfway Through…

So, I never posted when I made it to the second trimester, but thankfully I did. I am now halfway through this pregnancy and know that I am having my third little boy.

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Halfway through pregnancy…

Now that I am halfway through my pregnancy, I have started making all of my checklists for everything that we need… Everyone assumes that we will have a baby shower, but since it is my third boy (even though his brothers will be nearly 9 and 11 years older than him), no one actually wants to throw a shower for me. I did make baby registries with Target and Amazon though, just in case.

On top of my baby checklist, we are also preparing to move in a few very short weeks, and I am learning all about what it’s like to pack a house up whilst being 5 months pregnant. The only request that I had made was to not move while I was 6 months pregnant… Boy did we cut that one short!

Halfway through pregnancy

We’re almost ready for back to school over here, and I am anxiously awaiting that, although I’m terrified of what I will do with my time once the boys are back in school and I am staying at home. Oh yeah, that’s right… I’m at home because it is nearly impossible to find a job while pregnant. Expect more blog updates after September 6th, as I will surely be going out of my mind!

I do have plans to really get to work on the online store soon. By soon, I mean to slowly start building stock in the next few days. I will be adding more baby clothes (starting with ones that I think are really cute that I want to make for Baby Babb) and I will also be adding more etched glass as well.

Well, I’ve got to get running… These kiddos are keeping me busy, and I haven’t packed anything today (Shhhhh… Don’t tell my husband!). I’ll be back to update one day soon!

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