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Leaving Your Baby for the First Time!

So I can’t believe Xzavier is 7 weeks. You want to check out some really cute pictures of him? Check out his tab True Adonis.

On my first day leaving him while I went to class I almost cried when my mom took him. L  So we decided to do a Vlog today to try something new and so you could see my little man in action. Check us out.

Again, if you have any tips for new moms going back to work and/or school comment and share.

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Coming Back Soon!

Sorry i haven’t been posting but I was under a lot of stress during the end of my pregnancy. I am now the mother of a beautiful 1 month old little boy! I will  continue to write about how hard it was to stay in school while pregnant as well as how I am adjusting to life as a new mother and a college student. I am so excited to get back to blogging about my greatest accomplishment, MY SON! (Still feels weird to say that I have a son!)

Comment and tell me how you adjusted to becoming a new mother and saying “my son” or “my daughter” for the first time.

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Childbirth Classes

As if college classes weren’t enough….my obsterician has recommended attending some childbirth classes as well!

Picture from mynaturalchildbirth.org

I have always saw women and their partners take childbirth classes on television shows and movies and always knew as a first time mother I definitely want to consider them but in my special case they are coming highly recommended.

There are many different classes that you can take and depending on your birthing plan you may want to take more than one. For instance, I have already started taking a birthing class as well as a class titled Dancing for Birth and I still have to find a breast-feeding class to take. Adding three more classes to my already full-time schedule seems crazy but doctors assure me that it is worth the stress and at least these classes have no homework.

So how do you decide what classes are right for you or if classes are even necessary? A few things to take into consideration:

  • Are you breastfeeding?
  • Is this your first time giving birth?
  • Are you planning on giving birth natural, epidural or c-section?
  • How comfortable are you and your partner with caring for a newborn?
  • Are you giving birth at home or in a hospital?
  • Are you trying to continue to exercise while pregnant?
  • Are you trying a birthing method you’ve never done before?

What will you learn in childbirth classes:

  • How to recognize when labor starts
  • Natural pain relief methods
  • Breathing techniques
  • Watch videos of women giving birth using different methods
  • Help the fathers know what to expect
  • Newborn care
  • What to pack in your hospital bag
  • Possibly breastfeeding techniques
  • The benefits of different birthing styles
  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • Stretches and exercises that are helpful during pregnancy and labor

What types of classes are there:

So with all of these choices it is best to choose what is best for you and your partner. Every class is not for every woman. For instance if you are choosing not to breastfeed for whatever reason and class on breast-feeding is not necessary. Momformation and Parents.com both recommend that you research what classes will be best for you.

I love both of the classes I am taking and I don’t know how to breastfeed so I’m ready to learn in the class that I will be starting soon.

What classes did or didn’t work for you? Comment and let me know.

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Parenting: Who Knows Best?

The book my sister gave me.

One of my older sisters suggested that I get a parenting book of some sort since this is my first child. She gave me one of the books that she already had and said it can help educate you about all that you need to know about becoming a mom and caring for an infant. While I was reading the book that she gave me at work one of my older co-workers told me I chose the wrong parenting book. My co-worker suggested that I read a parenting book written by Dr. Spock because he wrote “the Bible on parenting.” Well since I had never heard of any other Dr. Spock than the one on Star Wars and since this co-worker is a man with only one child who is now an adult and he did not raise her I decided to challenge his “knowledge.”

 
The parenting book that I have heard the most about is What to Expect When Your Expecting but that was not the book that my sister gave me to read. Now, a great alternative to parenting books are e-newsletters that can be sent to your e-mail as often as every day giving you advice on parenting and updating you on the growth of your unborn baby or child as he or she grows. There are many different parenting e-newsletters that you can sign up for. The hospital you go to for your prenatal care might even have one.

 
So the question remains: With all of these options which give the best advice?

 
Well the truth is there is no right or wrong way to parent a child. Every child is unique and different techniques will work for some children but not others. However, parenting books and newsletters can be helpful when it comes to keep the baby alive and healthy especially for first time parents. They are also great to reference when trying to determine how to handle something that you’ve never encountered before. Instead of deeming any one or few publications “the best” we’ll just go with the most popular.

What to Expect When Expecting

Image from supercoolbaby.com

90% of pregnant women read this book.

The Daily Kick

I really like this e-newsletter from parents.com sends you advice on very interesting topics throughout your pregnancy.

The Baby Book

While I have never read this book it is highly recommended and a best seller on amazon.com. It gives you parenting advice from birth to age two.

Baby Center Pregnancy Bulletin

This e-newsletter gives you the same information that you get from Baby Center’s smart phone app but it is easier to get to other articles when using a computer.

Baby and Child Care

This is Dr. Spock’s book that was claimed to be the “Bible on parenting.”

Pregnancy Weekly 

This is a weekly e-newsletter that I have never tried but I have heard is really good.

Where are you getting your parenting advice from? Comment and let me know. 

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Water Birth

Image from Babyzone.com

While some women don’t start considering birthing plans until they are further along in pregnancy, some choose early because it will affect the hospital that they choose, the doctor that they choose, or there are medical concerns that force them to start considering early.

Birthing plans are just meant to give you, your doctors and your spouse an idea of what will go on during the birth. However, circumstances may change and deviate you from the original plan so be prepared for change.

There are many decisions that come with a birthing plan and there are even websites that give you templates of what to include. Baby Center suggests that you give a copy of your birthing plan to your obstetrician to keep and one to put in your file as well as keep a copy in your bag that you will take to the hospital once you go into labor.

Many websites suggest different components of a birthing plan but the basics include:

  • Transportation to and from the hospital
  • Labor Preferences
  • Pain Medication
  • Delivery Preferences
  • After Giving Birth
  • Post Partum

I was forced to think about my birthing plan very early because of medical and hospital reasons. I have Scoliosis and when I was 13 years old I had spinal fusion surgery so I have two titanium rods and 7 pins in my back. This condition is preventing me from getting an epidural, the standard pain medication given to women in labor. Therefore I must meet with an anesthesiologist to talk about other ways of sedating me if an emergency cesarean section is needed otherwise I will have to have the baby natural, no pain medication at all.

Knowing all of this made me and my fiancé decide that we would like to try water-birth. In water-birth you have the baby in a pool of water but you can still have doctors and midwives present. There is only one hospital in Cleveland that offers water birth and I originally was not being seen at that hospital. Therefore, I had to make the decision early on so that I could switch hospitals and my obstetrician. In addition, I will need to take birthing classes to prepare for the water birth.

Many women have said that I am crazy for choosing water birth and natural birth all together. I try to explain I was forced into natural birth but there are many benefits for both the mother and the baby. The American Pregnancy Association’s blog has a great post on the benefits of natural birth. There is a good article on Baby Zone about water birth. In the article it tells how water birthing can help with pain and reduce the risk of needing procedures such as an episiotomy. I have heard nothing but good things from women who have chosen water birth in the past and I will be the first in my family to choose this birthing plan so I enjoy the thought of being unique.

So as I previously stated babies are unpredictable and birthing plans don’t always go as smoothly as possible. Momformation has a post about what to do if you have to deviate from your birthing plan.

Have you chosen a birthing plan yet? What birthing method are you using or did you use and why?

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Smart Phone Apps for Pregnant Women

Photo from askamum.co.uk

When I found out I was pregnant I immediately downloaded BabyCenter’s Android application to my phone. It tells me about my pregnancy week by week and gives me a different tip or checklist item every day. I have found the app very helpful thus far especially being this is my first pregnancy.

I have read several blog posts and articles about this topic lately. Cell phones are a part of everyday life for many people. So now there are a wide variety of smart phone apps, both for Android and iPhone. Pregnancy Blog dedicated a post to the top 5 smart phone pregnancy apps. MyPregnancyBaby focused only on iPhone apps while bestandroidappsfor listed the Android apps.

I saw a lot of apps that I thought looked interesting. Here are the apps that got the best reviews:

  • Babble.com: One of the best perks is that it is free. Another feature that people liked was that it shows you 3D pictures of what the baby should look like and the app is easy to use.
  • Baby Center: This has an app for both Android and iPhone and it is free. I found it easy to use and so did many others. It gives you week by week information about your body and baby.
  • Kick to Name: A app that many found cool because the baby picks his or her own name by kicking the screen of the phone. This is a fun and creative way to come up with a list names if you are having trouble.
  • Pregnancy and Baby Care: This app gives you tips your pregnancy, baby, food and much more. Not only is this app free but it also can be used after you have the baby.
  • Pregnancy Tracker from What to Expect: This app is said to go with What to Expect When Your Expecting, a popular book that is suggested for all pregnant women. Like most of the pregnancy apps it gives you information about your pregnancy week by week and counts down to your due date. This is another app that is on both Android and iPhone.
  • Contraction Timer: More convenient for women in their third trimester, this app times contractions for you. All you have to do is hit start or stop timer.
  • Pregnancy Lullaby Lite: An Android app with a bright light and it plays music. This is for women who want to play their baby music from the womb because of the myth that it will make the child smarter. If nothing else, the music could at least calm the mom down.

All of the apps that I listed here are free and as I stated before, some are available on both iPhone and Android. I say start trying them for yourself and decide which one you like the best. Baby Center works for me so I will continue to use, possibly in conjunction with some other apps such as the Contraction Timer.

Did or do you use an app that I didn’t mention? Comment and tell me about it.

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My Baby’s First Kicks!

16 weeks

Since I first started telling people I was pregnant they have been asking me if I am excited and my answer has been no. They all tell me that I will get excited once I finally feel the baby move. Well now I’m 16 weeks and I am obsessed with detecting the first movements.

My doctor always tells me that I might be able to detect movements early because I am so small. Last week I thought I felt a few kicks but this week I’m sure I’m feeling the baby.

According to Babycenter the first movements feel like popcorn, bubbles or butterflies. This article also says that early movements are difficult to distinguish from other bodily functions such as gas and my own heartbeat especially during your first pregnancy. When asking friends they agreed with Baby Center’s description and added that it kind of feels like when your stomach drops on a rollercoaster.

I honestly believe that I have felt movements and it feels like gas but also like tapping. I don’t feel them very often but when I was reading a post on Momformation a mother-to-be reported that it was about a week in between her baby’s initial movements. Also, in the Baby Center article that I read it said that later in my second trimester the movements will become regular but for now feeling the movements every now and then is perfectly normal.

My fiancé is jealous now because I can feel the baby move and he can’t. Originally he was more anxious to find out the sex than feel the movements but now he is trying to rush both milestones. I know once he can play with the baby from inside the womb I won’t get any me time because he will always being trying to make the baby move. Bitter sweet!

I think I am going to have to agree with the majority of my family and friends and say that feeling the baby move is definitely getting me excited. I can’t wait to start reaching other milestones in my pregnancy now. I pleased to say that my nausea has nearly diminished and I’m starting to get a little more energy.

However, there are a few skeptics trying to rain on my parade. I have had a few women tell me that I can’t possibly be feeling the baby move already. While these women have experienced pregnancy before they are also bigger than me and everyone always tells me that every pregnancy is different so I do not know why they would assume that I’m making things up or “jumping the gun” as they say.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I will leave the verdict up to her.

Comment and tell me when you first felt your bundle of joy move and what it felt like.