Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Wives Club Baby Shower

The Wives Club had a little baby shower for me and it was pretty nice overall. Verenice hosted at her house, and Fran brought some decorations to make it festive. We had some salad and chips for lunch, and some of our usual conversation. Then it was time for presents and everything was really sweet. Some of the girls made home-sewn gifts, which are awesome because I would never have those things otherwise and I'm a total sucker for the one-of-a-kind stuff. I also got some baby toiletries, and breastfeeding supplies and clothes, so definitely everything will be very useful. The only thing that was missing were some games, but Yari made a delicious cake, and all I can say to that is Yum! So it was definitely a good time and we brought home a scrumptious mango as a favor mmm...





Monday, May 30, 2011

Body Heat

For the first 6 months of this pregnancy, I honestly enjoyed having a body temperature several degrees warmer than usual. During our mild "winter" I wasn't really cold. In the breezy mornings and evenings of spring, I didn't need to worry about bringing a sweater. When entering stores with lots of AC I didn't feel uncomfortable. And so overall, it was kind of nice not being cold.



The month of May, however, is most definitely the hottest month in Guadalajara and it has been a doozy! I'm hot all day. If I take a nap in the afternoon on the couch I practically overheat and end up sweaty and awake. I don't like doing laundry after 1 pm because it's so hot on the third floor that once I come down I'm stinky. I'm a fan and decaf cold coffee addict, whereas last year at this time, I didn't even bring a fan downstairs. And the worst part- instead of me stealing M's body heat, he has to stay away from mine. :(

Friday, May 27, 2011

Heading Home with your Newborn


I finished this book quite a while ago, but I think that it was a great introduction to the world of baby. It had a little bit about everything: feeding, diapering, playing, bathing, etc. Mostly it reinforced a lot of what I would intuitively do/think, which is nice because the book is endorsed by the American Pediatric Association. Being that it's written by doctors who are also moms, there's lots of advice on what's "normal" and what is a cause for concern. So even though I definitely don't remember all the little tidbits (and there were a few chapters that were pretty useless), I think it's a great reference to have around the house to look at before the google monster makes you crazy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby Brain

M said I need to post about this, and he's probably right. Since becoming pregnant I have become a complete airhead. I've become clumsy, forgetful and an all around ditz and it's starting to get old. Up until now the biggest consequence of baby brain was forgetting the baking powder in a cinnamon cake that I planned to bring over to a dinner party. Luckily it was early enough that I had time to make a replacement, but that's pretty bad.

I may have topped it though on a recent trip to Walmart. We were leaving the store, and M reminds me to get out change to tip the bag girl. There were a bunch of bag kids on break, that we were passing, one of them a girl which I had just seen joining the boys. So I assumed this was the girl who bagged up our things and gave her the tip. M turns around "what are you doing?". Turns out our bag girl was still by the register we had payed at, and I never even thought to turn around and look...oy the baby brain.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Expo

Guadalajara has a large and active expo center that brings in lots of events to town. We've been to both a book expo and special events attire exposition and both were huge impressive affairs. So when we heard that a baby expo was coming to town, we were both interested to see what it was all about.
Let me just say up front, it was pretty much a bust. Mostly we were disappointed by the size; the expo was just too small, with not enough vendors showcasing goods. We still have some things to purchase, but although prices were discounted compared to department stores here, they were still 50% more than in the US.
So what did we end up with? Two new fabric grocery bags, several cream samples, and one lead on a crib.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

32 Weeks

Getting bigger all the t-ime, bigger, bigger, big-ger...*



*sung to the Beatles, It's getting better all the time

Monday, May 23, 2011

You're pregnant and I have cravings

That's what my hubby said at dinner time several days ago. He wanted pancakes. So we made them, but together. Or rather, I taught hubby how to make them and talked him through the steps. This is a very big accomplishment, and I have already reaped the rewards. This past weekend, hubby made pancakes, for breakfast, while I was still sleeping in bed. Sweet!



Waking up to the smell of freshly made pancakes= heaven.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Poang Love

One of the best things we picked up in Houston, was this tiny little piece on the right:



Yes, it is the missing part of our Ikea Poang chair, that we have tried to pick up twice before, and both times ended up with the wrong part. But not this time!



Consequently, one of the first tasks I did the day after we got back from our trip, was finally complete the Poang. It couldn't have come at a better time. That chair is the only one I can stand to sit in for more than 20 minutes without having to re-adjust or developing butt/back pain. Ikea for the win!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

8 to 9

It's no secret that as you get bigger, being comfortable gets increasingly more difficult, particularly in bed. As a result, lots of nights I wake up in the middle of the night, for seemingly no reason, and then can not fall back asleep for hours on end. If this happens more than a couple of days in a row I start walking around like a complete zombie.

BUT, very often between 8 and 9 a.m. I get some amazing rest. It varies; sometimes I sleep best between 7:30 and 8:30. But either way, I am so so so grateful for that short nap of fabulous rest, especially when I've been awake and trying to fall back asleep since 4 or 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

31 weeks

This time, we were in Houston, and things were good.

We spent the end of our vacation with a little more relaxation and culmination of shopping that resulted in the picture seen here!

Currently:
  • I feel huge!
  • My belly got heavy. So I bought a belt, and that seems to work to alleviate the pressure a bit when I am walking. Unfortunately, it's not so comfy when sitting down.
  • GERD, is my new friend. No more OJ, spicy, onions, garlic, tomatoes...all my loves are being booted out of my life for now.
  • Constipation, also back.
  • Lower back pain is a new buddy that hits from walking too much, sitting too much and anything in between.
  • But, I feel good, and more excited than I've been.
  • I love having baby stuff around; it feels more real.
  • People have become very very nice and accommodating to me, and that I love.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Car Seat Adventures

Our time in Houston was marked mostly by shopping, a little bit of relaxing, some royal-wedding viewing (in parts), and one awesome purchase: a bag. But not just any bag, a bag that holds a car seat. It was pretty funny watching M walk around the house with this thing.



It did, however, come in very handy for our flight back when we checked in with all our luggage and this free extra piece. Actually the lady wanted us to pay for it, because she said we needed to have an infant with us for it to be free. BUT that is not Continental's policy. So even though she'd been working there for 15 years, we got our free check in. Although I can understand her- because really how many people travel with a carseat but no infant?

Friday, May 13, 2011

My new BFF

His name is GERD. Some of you may know him by his colloquial name, acid reflux. But really he prefers his full name- Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux Disease.

He's kind of a kartzia (=tick=parasite=pain in the behind). He comes and goes as he pleases. He likes to show up when I'm trying to relax after a meal, or when I go to bed at night.

The only one that can control him is Uncle TUMS. Unfortunately TUM's BFF is Mr. Constipation, so I don't like to let him stop by the house too often. Inevitably if one comes over, the other tags along.

So that's where we're at. I've been trying to avoid GERD by cutting out his gang of co-conspirators, Mrs. Tomato, Mr. Onion, Baby Orange and all their friends. But life is strange without them. It's a catch 22.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Greeting Card Art

One of the reasons we went to Boston, was to close up shop in my parents' apartment. They are planning to move out in about a year, and the likelihood that we'll be back there is pretty small. So once we got back from our big city adventure, I got to work. I sorted and sifted through clothes, and paperwork, and years of accumulated memories and junk. We got things down to just one box of stuff to send with them, one box to leave in Houston, and just a few items to take back with us to Mexico.

One of the things I found was a whole lot of greeting cards my dad got over the years from donations. Since he wasn't planning on keeping them we sifted through, and thanks to the World Wildlife Fund and some Ikea frames, I now have nursery art. How cute are these???



I also found a couple of random cards, and a little keychain holder I painted in the old days, to make another set of art!



It looks like we're all set. All we need now is a nursery to hang them in...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

30 weeks

This time we were in the Big Apple for the shot:


On the steps of the Met at Midnight! How awesome is that?

New York was amazing as always, we ate really well, we saw family and friends, we walked all the way down 5th avenue on Easter observing crazy hats. Did I mention we ate? Yeah, it was a good time. Hubby and I had some quality time together, just the two of us, my favorite! We reconnected, and talked about things and life and our future. It was really great and truly a vacation feeling that we don't get too often.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yet another reason I love NYC

Cupcakes!

When the pregnant woman wants a cupcake, she can get it, and a darn good one at that!


These lovelies, Baked by Melissa, were absolutely delicious! Although in all fairness, I found them waaaaay too small, in that the craving wasn't exactly satisfied even after 3 or 4 of them. No good. But still yummmmmmmmmy!!!!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stroller Scouting

New York City is most definitely one of my favorites! It is also a fabulous place to stare down people with strollers and see how they handle in the streets. Everywhere we walked, we were looking at the UppaBaby, and the Bugaboo, and the MacLaren, and of course the Baby Jogger (my personal fave). Here's a picture of me, and my (hopefully) future stroller:


M was pretty shocked when I told him that some of these nice ones we saw run around 900 buckaroos, so suddenly $240 didn't seem so much for a stroller.

The following week in Houston, we stopped by a retail store to take a look in person, and confirm that it is the one we want. I told M to walk around in the store with it, and he began to do swirls and spins, calling it a "trick stroller". I'm pretty sure that means it's daddy-approved, although I did tell him afterward to walk around pretending there was a child in it. Still, it's a winner in our book. All we have to do is figure out how to get it here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

29 weeks

I'm rewinding a bit, to recap the last couple weeks when we visited the good ol' USA.

Here's a bump shot, since it's been a while:


We arrived in Boston freezing our butts off, and prompting an immediate trip to the mall for some winter clothes. The linen pants were just not cutting it in 40 degree weather. H&M and Old Navy came to the rescue, and I pretty much got a full wardrobe for less than $150. I got some quality time with friends and family and only the inclement weather made for a bummer. Luckily, we had a mood lifting trip to NYC coming up!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

GD

After reading some other blog posts on the subject, one of my biggest fears was failing my gestational diabetes test. I have to say that with my sugar intake I was a bit worried.

Anyway, when my doctor gave me the referral to the clinic to get the one-hour glucose test a few weeks ago, the anxiety built for the better part of two weeks before we went in to do it.

Once there it was pretty much as bad as I expected it would be. I'd been fasting since the night before, and needed to pick up a glucose bottle for the test to be done in our local clinic. We drove around to 3 pharmacies that didn't have it, until we finally gave up and went to the big clinic where they have it on hand. Let me just say, by this time, I was really hungry. I had the first fasting blood test, and then was sent home for 40 minutes. Wanting to stay as far away from the kitchen, and still somehow pass the time, I opted for a morning shower. M was worried I would faint in the shower, but it worked out ok. So we drove back to the clinic, and I drank a cup of disgusting syrup, and then had to sit around for an hour. The chairs were uncomfortable, there was no wifi, and I was definitely feeling sorry for myself. The only thing that made it better was that with the rush of sugar, at least I didn't feel like I was going to faint anymore.

The next day, we picked up the results and I had just barely failed. :( M and I both got into full on research mode of the results, and both concluded independently that I did not have gestational diabetes. At most, I needed to chill out with the sugar. The only fear I had was that the doctor would send me in for the 3 hour test to confirm this; it sounded like complete torture.

By some small miracle, the doctor agreed that I did not have GD and since I am pretty skinny, for the time being I was excused from the extra test (fingers crossed he doesn't change his mind any time soon)! He said to chill on the bread.

And we say: if only he knew, it's not the bread: it's the skittles, and melon, and chocolate, and cookies. Chill I will!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Scary Stuff

When people were inquiring about why we were buying baby stuff in the US we had a multi-faceted answer. Let's not be all high and mighty, our main reasons were financial. Customs taxes in Mexico mean that everything made in China costs 3 times as much as it does back home (and in our world a lot of stuff is made in China). But no less important to me, are safety regulations. Frankly I just don't trust the Mexican inspection standards. It is way too easy here to buy officials off.

So anything that involves safety, like BPA-free bottles, breast pump, and of course our car seat, I opted to get abroad. This week M sent me an article on BPA that is pretty scary. To really do our job of avoiding environmental pathogens, we probably need to stop eating canned food, change all our plastic containers to glass, and stick with eco-toys made of wood and fabric. I don't think we're ready for that commitment yet, but it certainly makes you think.

Here's the article: BPA Linked to Wheezing in Babies

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So Cute

An overheard conversation hubby had today with his best friend:

M: We were just talking about you...

Friend A: really?

M: you know the whole swaddling thing?

Friend A: Sure

M: I was looking at pictures that Friend B posted on facebook and told D "look the baby is swaddled"

Friend A: Yeah I saw those pictures

M: But D said is wasn't a very good swaddle, the pictures that your wife posted are a good swaddle...

Friend A: Haha, I thought the same thing. You know, there's a book on how to do it...

M: Which one? The Happiest Baby on the Block?

Friend A: Yup that's the one!

M: Yeah I'm on chapter 6!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Shopping Success!

I know I last posted a total teaser pic, but now that we're back home I am happy to report that our shopping sprees (yes, there were multiple trips) were a huge success.

We got diapers and covers and liners and rash cream and even custom-made wipes!


We hit up Ikea for some storage boxes, and a changing pad, and mattress pad and sheets.



We got our groove on at TargeƩ with a baby monitor and bottles and lots o' little stuff.


And of course, our Amazon deliveries arrived like nobody's business: the carseat, rocker, boppy and so on.

Everything went so well, but I'll be back with details of our trip because that was fun too!