Friday, November 21, 2014

Back to Bradley

Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley, M.D.
Published
: May 20, 2008 by Bantam
First Published: 1965
This is the 3rd childbirth book I've read in recent months. You would think it would start to get repetitive, that you'd have the same ideas and principles drilled into you over and over again, but I haven't found that to be the case. The just isn't the how-to book that Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way was nor it is full of empowering birth stories like Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Instead it's much more scientific and shows not only where the Bradley Method came from but why it happened.

I thought it was fascinating hearing what childbirth was like for the majority of women back in the '40s and '50s. As much as you may hear people complaining about hospitals today, reading this you realize how far we've really come. I know that husbands are almost expected in the delivery room now and also know that 100 years ago the father would likely be pacing the living room as his wife gave birth, but never really gave thought to how that actually changed, and it was really interesting to read.

This isn't necessarily the perfect book though. It is a little jarring to read Dr. Bradley constantly comparing how women and animals give birth. I understand the reason for it, and while I wouldn't take it out completely, I didn't need to hear it over and over. The book also is written more towards the coaching partner audience. There was still a lot I was able to get out of it, but it would have been nice to feel like I was reading a book meant for me.

Even so, I think this is my favorite out of the childbirth books I've read. I just think the scientific aspect of it all really spoke to me. But yet, I wouldn't recommend it as the only childbirth book to read. I'd probably still stick with Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way which is a lot more practical. But if you have time for a second, then definitely this one so you can understand where all those practices came from.

4.5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

37 Weeks Bumpdate

37 Weeks
How Far Along: 37 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A bunch of Swiss chard

Maternity Clothes: With the cold weather I have about 5 long-sleeved shirts that still work. But enough to rotate through a work week. Although given Louisiana weather I'm hopefully that we'll have a few warmer days in the coming weeks where I can mix things up a little better.

Nursery: There's still a few final things I want to do before the big reveal, but it's getting closer.

Stretch Marks: Thankfully, still none!

Sleep: Still pretty spectacular. I guess my body knows what's about to go down and is doing it's best to stock up.

Movement: It's funny because these past few weeks I keep saying all the time, and yet even so, it's moving more this week than it did the last.

Cravings: I've already decided I'm having a slice of pumpkin pie next week, and well... can't wait to make that happen.

Symptoms:Things have actually been a little better this week. The only real complaint is that sometimes the baby gets a little too low and the pressure/pain is a little un-fun.

What I Miss: I'm not really too sure here. I'm definitely a bit over testing my blood sugar, even though I realize in the big scheme of things it hasn't been very bad.

Looking Forward To: At this point most things have been taken care of. There's still a few final details like packing my hospital bag, pre-registering at the hospital, and buying a new baby friendly car, but honestly if the baby arrived at this point I think we could survive.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mailbox Monday (98)

I'm thinking I just might get to my 100th Mailbox Monday post before the baby arrives! It'll be close, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. For now though, these are the books I've brought into our home this past week.
Mailbox Monday
Purchased
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Mauren Johnson
Like every other Clare book that comes out I had to go and purchase this as soon as it came out. Now I know these have all be released electronically as short stories, but since I still refuse to own an ereader this is my first chance to read them all.

Borrowed From a Friend
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Yet another newly released YA book. While these books wound up not being quite what I expected, I did overall enjoy it. Plus the last one ended on quite a cliffhanger, and I can't wait to see how the trilogy ends.

From Paperback Swap
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvery Karp, M.D.
Out of everything I'm most apprehensive about having a baby, loss of sleep is on the top of my list. I've always been one who needed a ton of sleep, and I'm not quite sure how I'll be able to function without it. But I have heard great things about this book and how it can actually get babies to sleep. I'm really hopeful about it, and hopefully not only do I enjoy reading it, but find it to be useful as well.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, November 14, 2014

The End of the Mennyms?

Mennyms Alone by Sylvia Waugh
Published
: September 1, 1998 by Avon Camelot
First Published: November 19 1996
Series: Mennyms #4
Without giving to much away, this book is completely different than any of the other Mennyms books. At least the second half is like none other in the series, while the first half is exactly what you'd expect. While this is somewhat of a surprise, I do think it's something that made sense and probably needed to happen for this series.

I do love all the coincidences in this book. There's several characters that reappear from earlier books in the series, and while it was obviously intentional by the author, they all feel like such a lucky break. Plus it's fun to check in with these others characters and see what became of them.

Growing up, I always assumed this was the last of the series. It wasn't till college when I learned there was one more! But while I do love the last book and think it is needed to wrap up a few loose ends, in some ways I do think if this had been the last it would have been a beautiful and somewhat poetic to end the story of the Mennyms.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Showering the Baby-to-Be

As I mentioned in one of my recent bumpdate posts I recently had my baby shower.
Wearing my Crown
Dressed up wearing my crown and corsage
The party was at my sister-in-law's and hosted by her along with a close friend.With no one knowing the gender the decorations pretty much fit either possibility. There was even pink and blue punch for drinks, so you could guess the gender based on your drink choice.
Pink Punch
Sadly I only have a photo of the pink punch
We did play a few games including one where people had to answer questions about me and another where everyone guessed how big around I was. Which basically means I couldn't really play, too bad since I'm sure I would have crushed everyone!
IMG
With a group of friends
And of course there was all types of different foods including some of my favorites feta, olives, and chicken salad sandwiches.
Food Table
Then there were the desserts! So props to me, right?
Cake Pops
I may have had a bite of a cake ball and a small slice of cake, but I didn't go completely crazy and avoided all the cupcakes!
Cake & Cupcakes
Of course there was also the reason we were all there in the first place, to shower the baby-to-be with gifts.
Opening Presents
Honestly though, it all feel a little surreal. Like how is it possible that I'm here at my baby shower? And am I really about to have a baby? Somehow I'm finding that it's actually true, and I'm not quite sure I'm ready. Thankfully I still have a few weeks to go (hopefully!), and even more fun another baby shower to attend at work. Maybe that one will actually feel real... but I'm guessing I'll probably still feel like I'm at a party for someone else.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

36 Weeks Bumpdate

Less than a month to go! Or really, less than a month till my due date, because at this point the baby could really arrive at any point. It's a little crazy to think about. I'm not quite sure I'm ready for it to all go down! But I guess I'll have to be.
36 Weeks
How Far Along: 36 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A head of romaine lettuce

Maternity Clothes: Back in June I bought a warm winter maternity sweater, and this past week, for the first time, it was finally cold enough to wear it.

Nursery: No more progress since last week, but it's pretty much together. There's a few final things to do like move a few final box out of the room and vacuum again. Plus I'll need to wash all the clothes and sheets, but looks like an actual nursery now.

Stretch Marks: Still none!

Sleep: It's definitely hard to turn over to the other side when I'm trying to fall asleep. But once I'm asleep I'm pretty much good through the night.

Movement: All the time. It seem to get especially active on my afternoon drive home from work. I guess the movement from the car wakes it up a little? Who knows!

Cravings: I'm not sure if this quite fits under craving or what I miss, but they did bring the gingerbread cookies back to Subway and they looked amazing. Good thing I haven't seen the gingerbread loaf at Starbucks yet, since I'm not sure I'd be able to resist it.

Symptoms: There are still the same ones I've been mentioning the past weeks (swollen ankles, heartburn... although neither of which is really that bad), but my biggest complaint is that my stomach just feels really heavy.

What I Miss: See cravings above... basically getting through this next month without gingerbread is going to be miserable. But I definitely have some ideas for Christmas and New Year's desserts I'll need to be making.

Looking Forward To: My breast pump shipped yesterday and given the ordeal it was to order I can't wait for it to be here. For those that may not know with ACA, health insurers are required to cover breast pumps. Unfortunately it took to few phone calls and e-mails to my insurance company and the provider to confirm that I was actually eligible and they were in-network, but it looks like it all worked out. Plus a second, maybe slightly more exciting event, next week is my work baby shower.
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