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Week 38, Day 6
August 12, 2010

If Men Are From Mars… Can We Send Them Back To Mars?



My husband has been great my entire pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, he has had his share of insensative “doi” husband moments as any man would not being able to fully understand or grasp the concept of what a woman goes through physically and emotionally during 9 months of pregnancy, but over all he’s been amazing.
He’s always there to support me and be there for me when I need him, he tries to comfort me when I’m in pain. When most men shudder at the thought of finding food cravings for their wives, he never complains once and does everything in his power to find me what I want, when I want it. He’s always checking up on me to make sure I’m ok. He has been super with finding and prepping the baby’s nursery with me and understands that I can’t do a lot of things I used to be able to do like the simple chores around the house so he does as much as he can and for everything he’s done for me I’m truly thankful! He really has been great! Who knew a 1 minute conversation could change all of that! Which brings me to the conversation we had last night…

Location, laying in bed…
Me: “can you rub my back?”
The Hubs: slowly starts to rub my lower back ….
Me: Not being satisfied, “actually, it hurts real deep, can you just press into my lower back instead of rubbing it?”
The Hubs: starts to press into my lower spine area with his fists …. and it feels great!
Me: “OMG yeah… that feels good”

Not even 5 seconds in and I feel the pressure releasing… he’s falling asleep!

Me: “can you press up higher?” trying to keep him awake so I can fall asleep first as I’m the one who has problems sleeping, not him.
The Hubs: quickly wakes and presses higher up my back firmly and it feels great.
Me: “Thanks that feels good!”

Not even 3 seconds in now and I feel the pressure releasing… he’s falling asleep again!

Me: Frustrated I say, “I need a prenatal massage, maybe I should get *insert name of my male friend* to do it for me, he’s great at massages”
The Hubs: “SURE”
Me: “Really, you don’t mind if he rubs me?”
The Hubs: “No”
Me: “Really? Even if he rubs my thighs? My hips? Naked?”
The Hubs: “Nope”
Me: curious ….. he’s never said this before. he would always say No, no one can touch you so I ask… “you don’t care if another man touches your pregnant wife?”
The Hubs: “Nope. It’s not like he’ll find you attractive, no one will find you attractive in this state”
Me: … I don’t know if I’m suppose to cry or die!

Which brings me to the point, all his hard work and efforts of being supportive, caring, thoughtful … flushed down the drain with 1 sentence! And then he throws in …. “uh… that’s everyone except me of course….”

Why is it every time I crawl my way into bed I want to punch my husband in the face???

Week 38, Day 5
August 11, 2010

NIGHT SCARE

The phone woke me up this morning. It was my mother and father in law … yes they both call me sometimes at the same time, they’re on 2 different phones but on the line together so they can both hear and talk simulationously. It’s quite cute!
My father in law called to ask for directions to my hospital. I was taken aback and told them I’m at home, not at the hospital, it’s not time yet! Apparently my husband called his parents last night and told them I was having contractions last night. shaking my head ….. I guess he forgot to tell them that if I was in real labour or at the hospital he’d let them know. They were up all night waiting to hear from us and decided to call this morning to check.

Truth is, we did have a bit of a scare yesterday. Contractions started in the afternoon and lasted till around midnight, and then calmed down only to be waken around 5am from slight contractions again. It was different this time around, really sharp pains, hip pains and pressure on my back. But no baby yet. I actually woke up this morning from back pains… from the feel of things, the big day is close!

I know some mothers-to-be who have no Braxon Hicks experience, but from what I’ve been told, false contractions are actually a good thing this late in the game. It’s the bodies way of spreading out the labour pains over a period of time in prep for the big arrival instead of 1 big stress on the body on the day of, so I should be thankful, and I am. 🙂

I’m actually really anxious and excited to meet the little guy now! It feels like I’ve been pregnant forever and I’m ready to become a mother and start my road to recovery. So, should we try natural ways to bring on labour for real??? Here are some tips to induce natural labour:

1. Nipple Stimulation, which is something I’ve been doing anyways to open milk ducts.
Nipple stimulation is the gentle rubbing or rolling of the nipple to encourage the start of contractions. The theory is that oxytocin, a hormone that causes contractions, is released in the body when the breasts are stimulated.

2. SEX, sad to say, but this is something I’ve been avoiding! The feeling of sex externally while feeling my baby move inside me internally really freaked me out. I feel like he can feel what I’m feeling and it just totally freaked me out! Sex as means of getting labour started is thought to work in three ways: firstly the movement may help to stimulate the uterus into action; secondly, sex can trigger the release of oxytocin, the ‘contraction’ hormone; thirdly, semen contains a high concentration of prostaglandins which help to ripen, or soften, the neck of the womb (cervix) ready for it to dilate when labour starts.

3. Walking, something I haven’t been able to too much of because of my crampings but the explanation appears to be that the pressure of your baby’s head pressing down on the cervix from the inside stimulates the release of oxytocin, hopefully bringing on labour. Also, just being upright gets the forces of gravity working for you, encouraging the baby to move down onto the cervix.

I’m really hoping this wkend we’ll have some fun news to share with everyone!!!

Week 38
August 6, 2010

9.5 Months

Not the most flattering picture, but this is what my belly looks like at 38 wks. It’s huge! And man is it round! Forget the watermelon, it looks like I swallowed a basketball! I didn’t think I’d get any bigger but for some reason, middle of this week I woke up and felt my stomach was a lot heavier. Not only that but it’s dropped and my bellybutton has pushed out. I have little red bumps on my stomach from scratching it so much, to the point where I make them bleed but no stretch marks, or anything majorly hideous. With 2 more weeks remaining I hope I don’t get any bigger.

Week 37, Day 6
August 5, 2010

Dreaming of Sugary Sweet Leakage

My entire pregnancy, I had a lot of questions, doubts and fears, but there was one particular fear that didn’t bother me until my 3rd trimester and once I started thinking about it, it was a constant subconscious struggle. I would dream about it almost daily and when girlfriends talked about it, I would cringe…

Breastfeeding.

For me, breastfeeding is a bond that a mother and child forms that lasts a lifetime. It’s something that no one else can do except me and allows me time to connect on another level with my child. It’s also a necessity. I know formula has come a long way and is perfectly fine for babies providing all the nutrients they need, but it’s still recommended if you can, to breastfeed your infant. My fear was that I wouldn’t be able to. I would have dreams where the baby arrives and the nurse is trying to teach me how to feed my child but nothing would come out. He would suck and cry and cry and eventually I would just sit there with him crying. In other dreams I would have strangers come and take my child and feed him from the bottle and it would tear my heart.

So imagine my excitement when I notice a sticky white residue on my nipples. At first I was surprised and kind of grossed out at the same time, but then I realize I am leaking colostrum, sometimes called premilk. Colostrum is a thick, yellowish or sometimes clear fluid that contains antibodies that help protect new babies from infections. If you choose to breastfeed, this precious liquid will nourish your baby until your milk comes in which isn’t typically until 24-48 hours after you have delivered. Colostrum has more protein, but less carbohydrate and fat than mature breast milk. It’s easy to digest and has just the right amount of nutrients a baby needs in the first few days after birth. The fact that I’m starting to leak it means that my body is producing and prepping to feed our little one. I was so excited I started to squeeze it out just to make sure I was right, and I was!

Breastfeeding is kind of a weird thing to fear not being able to do, especially when I know so many mothers who choose not to breast feed their babies because of pain, bleeding or just for other personal reasons but this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m still planning on pumping my breast milk and bottle feeding breast milk as well so daddy can feed as well, but when it comes to meal time, I can’t wait … it’ll be mommy and baby alone time!

The Ultimate Battle between ….
August 4, 2010


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Mom’s… which do you prefer?


I’ve been told that Huggies has better leakage protection for boys and Pampers for girls, but everyone I know, whether they have a little jack or a little jill use Pampers. I was originally leaning towards Pampers myself, until I came across the Huggies Pure and Natural.



The Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers are designed to be the disposable diaper’s answer to cloth diapers. And as a mom to be who originally wanted to use cloth diapers I really fell in love with this concept. The goal is to be gentle on baby’s skin with the convenience of a disposable diaper. Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers do this by using organic ingredients, particularly paying attention to the cotton that they used. In addition to what is added to the diaper, Huggies tried to pay attention to things to avoid. One big problem that many parents have with popular disposable diaper brands is the perfumes added. The Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers has no perfumes. They also have very few inks used in the diaper, as evidenced by the very mute designs on the diapers. The diapers are supposed to be hypoallergenic to avoid any signs of diaper rash or even irritation at the edges with the elastic. The interior of the diaper also has added aloe and vitamin E.

The only con I notice – they’re so hard to find!