This is my amazing story of pregnancy, I’m quickly approaching the end of one chapter & preparing for the next. He’s almost here!
In this photo, I’m 35 weeks.
I had the pleasure of attending an event, “Before you Pop!” held at First Impression 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience. It was a wonderful gathering of many beautiful pregnant women invited to share the experience of what this studio offers. A close friend of mine, Jennessa – the owner of First Impression Massage, invited me & the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only did I have a 4D sonogram made, I was pampered with an amazing massage as well as had this wonderful photo taken of me by photographer, Brandi Craig.
I’m currently 37 weeks along & now playing the “waiting game.” I’m slowly starting to dilate. I’ve been taking it easy & honestly I’m really enjoying it. My husband has been waiting on me hand & foot which I could really get used to… I know this is all going to change really soon so I’m relishing these last days of relaxation. I’m having a baby for the first time, so I don’t think I can really prepare myself for whats to come until I experience it first hand. One thing thats for sure, is that there is all sorts of advice that has been coming my way from all generations which is greatly appreciated. I’m elated for this day to arrive.
Some things I’ve had to check off my list in this stage of the game to prepare for the big day are:
- Hospital Tour
- Sibling Class for Adam
- Choosing the right pediatrician
- Packing a bag for the hospital
The hospital tour & sibling class were scheduled together. Adam had a great time learning the joys brotherhood, which was how to swaddle, changing diapers & holding a newborn. He’s going to be a great big brother. The hospital tour was fantastic. We will be delivering at Northside Hospital. They have a reputable maternity ward with an incredible process of the whole birthing experience. They have it down pat. We are required to stay 48 hours after he is born. There is a very large delivery room that we visit first then once he arrives & I’m able to get on my feet, they move us into a recovery room. I know I’ll be anticipating our departure to the comforts of our own home.
The location of Northside is about 17 miles away so the pediatrician we chose is located just down the street from our home. They do not have one on call to the hospital we are delivering in, yet I’m assured with confidence that the hospital pediatrician will be just fine to oversee Reid’s first days of life. The choosing process in finding the right pediatrician included a few main factors.
- Years in practice
All of these fall under our radar & with that, we found the right practice.
What to pack? There are several lists out there to refer to in this matter. The usual suspects, toiletries, comfy clothes & nursing bras. The best thing on the list is to include Reid’s coming home attire. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to choose my sons first outfit. Pretty awesome!
Now onto another important topic at this point & that is what am I eating these days? Honestly nothing I’m truly proud about, although I’m not going to beat myself up for it. I see this as an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of eating well with a little fluff on the side. This will pose as a challenge to how I get back into my post baby body. I know it will take some time, perseverance & patience. I’m truly ready to get started so that I can hit my personal goal. I’m so excited to share the next chapters with you as to how I take on this feat.
Hospital food = not so great… So my plan is to pack my Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System. Along with my superfoods I’ve been saving for consumption until Reid arrives to ensure he receives all the nutritional benefits I can offer. I absolutely love my magic bullet. It’s so portable & with a few bananas & ice provided by the hospital, I’ve got myself some goodness right at my fingertips. I’ll also pack some grapes, (I’ve been craving them like crazy, they have a totally different flavor to me these days, all of which may change soon) homemade granola & trail mix. This should hold me over for nutritious snacks until my other half can hit the store while camped out for a few days. I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes. I’m excited to change my diet completely to strictly whole foods, all of which promote healthy breast milk.
Speaking of, I had a breastfeeding class today. That will be in a post by itself labeled delivery & breastfeeding. (It will be my next pregnancy post.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading what I’ve written here so far, stay tuned for more as I continue to write about this amazing journey of my life.