Treating your Sick Baby

This morning I woke up an hour earlier than Marcos for a change 🙂 Oscar’s on-call work phone went off at 6am which woke us both up but I am glad for that because it gave me some time to myself before I had to go on Mom duty. So I brewed some coffee and drank it in bed with my 2 furry boys while Oscar handled the emergency situation at work and Marcos slept soundly in his crib.

Marcos has been sick all week. Last Friday, he came down with Croup. Croup is a viral infection that infects the voice box and the wind pipe. It causes your baby’s upper airways to swell and a cough that sounds like a barking seal. It came on suddenly on Friday night and it was very scary! My poor little man woke up in the middle of the night coughing and crying because his airways were inflamed and it was hard for him to breath. He also had a mild fever. It was 101 degrees which is mild according to the doctors but not to this Mom. I called the pediatrician immediately while my husband calmed him down. After verifying that Marcos did in fact have Croup, she called in a prescription for us at 11pm. It was an oral medication called prednisolone and she  recommended Tylenol to reduce his fever. She also recommended that we sit in the bathroom while running a hot steamy shower to help open up his airways and to use a cold air humidifier next to his crib which we did. We also calmed him by taking him outside so he could breath in the cold humid Florida winter air which so far has been all of our best friends.

The croup only lasted a few days but now its turned into a nasty cold with a wet cough, wheezing and a runny nose. Oscar and I have been taking turns staying home and treating his cold all week. We had a couple of visits to the pediatrician’s office to monitor his breathing and current condition. They couldn’t identify the illness as any specific virus but they prescribed an antibiotic based on his symptoms to alleviate the cough.  They also prescribed albuterol to be administered through a nebulizer for his wheezing which he hates! We had to use a nebulizer back in November when he had RSV and each time we use it he screams and writhes and rolls his body like an alligator which kills Oscar and I but it really improves his breathing and clears out the phlegm which causes the wheezing. We are also giving him benadryl for his runny nose at night as well as saline and suction through a nose frieda…fun!

We are starting to see improvements in his sleeping, eating and overall mood which is such a relief!! It’s hard to see your little baby so sick. Even though I have been told over and over again that this will help Marcos build his immunity, I can’t wait for this to be over and for my little man to get better. I know getting sick is inevitable, especially during the winter months and when your little one is in day care but it is still very stressful for everyone. I can’t even imagine how scared Marcos must be. And its not like he can tell us what is going on with him so its scary not knowing what else may be hurting him. 😟💔

I have been keeping a stress journal that keeps me grounded and sane throughout tough times like these. In my journal I write down what is worrying me, what I am thankful for, my saving grace, daily prayer and my to do list. This has really helped me keep things in perspective and prioritize. It has also reminded me to take care of myself and remember what’s truly important which is your family and health! I love this quote below by Iain Thomas.

For additional medical advice I turn to books like Baby 411, Dr. Sears Baby Book and What to Expect the First Year. They are very helpful and informative on how to treat Marcos at home for common illnesses while also informing me on other signs of infection to look out for like ear infections (while not scaring the crap out of me). Note to self ===> Stay away from the mom chat rooms!! It also helps to know what other developments and milestones are taking place at the same time so you can focus on that and not let a cold or virus hold you back (if possible).

My family is also very supportive and helpful. I am so thankful that they live 10 minutes away and can provide an extra hand and cuddles when needed.

I wish I had all kinds of brilliant and sage advice for first time parents on what to do in these situations. I am new parent and am always questioning myself. I guess the best advice I could give you is to stay calm and positive, listen to your doctor and also trust your instincts! I am a pretty laid back person but when it comes to my son,  I would much rather over react than under react.

I hope if you are reading this that your little one(s) are on the their way to feeling better and that you are comforted by reading about my experience. I know it helps when I read other mom blogs and know that they have gone through the same thing and kept their sanity.

Well I am going to sign off now . Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take care of yourselves!

XO
Mrs. Nice

 

 

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Marcos’s Birth Story

Marcos Andres Dominguez arrived on April 1, 2017 at 10:22 p.m. weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. These past eight months have been the most exciting, blissful, exhausting and stressful months of my life but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.

Each time I look or think of my my son I feel so much joy and love and a desire to be the best Mother and person that I can be.As I type this, he is sleeping peacefully in his crib. As I watch him on his monitor, I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, handsome and healthy baby boy who smiles, giggles, waves, babbles, and completely melts my heart every day.

Marcos’s Birth Story

On Friday evening, Oscar and I went to go see the movie “Logan”. We knew it would be a long time before we could go to the movie theater together so we went out for a date night. I had just finished my last day at work because I was 39 weeks and knew that Marcos could come any day now.  We got home late and I had trouble falling asleep. I think I finally fell asleep around 1:30 a.m. only to be woken up a few hours later feeling some light cramping and pressure in my lower abdomen. I remember thinking to myself “Could this be it?” Could this be the day? Or is this just Braxton Hicks?” I went to the bathroom a few times but nothing was happening so I figured that I should probably get back into bed and get some rest.

I managed to get another hour or two of sleep then a little after 7:30 a.m., I started to feel uncomfortable. I got out of bed and googled “the first signs of labor” into my phone.  Then I sat and rocked on my exercise ball for some relief, played some Hall and Oates and started timing and logging my contractions. I woke Oscar up around 9:30 a.m. and told him that I was having contractions since they were really starting to hurt and I didn’t want to be alone anymore.

Oscar and I hung out in the living room together to try and relax while I timed my contractions. They were about 10 minutes apart. I remember thinking to myself that this better be the real deal because I was very uncomfortable. My contractions were getting pretty intense and I was also getting some sharp pains in my back which were alarming and there was nothing I could do to cope with the back pain. Luckily they only lasted for about 45 seconds but they were coming every four to eight minutes and they HURT!

Oscar called my OB/GYN because we were unsure as to why the back pain was happening. I remember being instructed to call only when I experienced contractions that came every five minutes and lasted for a minute for more than one hour but the back pain had intensified so we called the doctor just to be safe.

The doctor told us to head to the hospital with our bags so she could check me out. I showered before we left while Oscar packed up the car with our hospital bags. A warm shower felt good, but by the time I got out and started to get dressed, my contractions significantly intensified. I found myself folding over and holding onto the dresser and the wall as I tried to deal with the pain. I remember throwing up a few times before we left and thinking to myself…”this is gonna be a looong day!” We headed out the door to the hospital around 2 p.m. By then my contractions were eight minutes apart.

When we got to the hospital, we were sent to the triage room while I was hooked up to a monitor and asked a bunch of questions by the nurses. I can’t remember everything, just that I was in a lot of pain and I did not want to be sent back home. They left Oscar and I to wait in the triage room for an hour to see if I dilated. I remember the pain getting really intense and crying out “I can’t do this!” My wonderful husband took my hand, reminded me that I can do this and continued to comfort and encourage me while we waited for the nurse to come back.

After an hour, the nurse came back with my OB/GYN to check on me and told me that I had dilated three centimeters and we would be welcoming our baby today!! Hoorayy!! That was music to my ears!! 🙂

Oscar and I spent the next 60 minutes getting registered and prepping for the epidural. Oscar had to do all the talking because I was in so much pain I couldn’t speak. I had to motion my social security number with my fingers as the pain of my contractions and back labor was just excruciating.

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After the epidural, the pain was more manageable but the back pain started to creep back. Also, the epidural seemed to work better on one side than the other so Oscar and my Mom took turns giving me back rubs to help me with the pain. Its hard for me to remember all the events that took place between the time I received the epidural and the delivery but here are some key details:

  • The epidural definitely helped with the contraction pain as monitors showed when they were happening but they barely registered with me.
  • Eventually, the external baby heart monitor was not working and they had to insert an internal heart monitor to better monitor the baby’s heart rate.
  • The external heart monitor could be heard in the room and we started noticing the heart rate slowing with some of the contractions. At first we didn’t know that the sound was the baby’s heart rate.
  • During one contraction that was paired with a shot of back pain, our doctor came in, looked at the monitor strip, and spoke with the head nurse off to the side of the room.
  • After the doctor left, Oscar asked if there was something wrong and that was when we were told that the sound we heard slowing down was the baby’s heart rate.
  • The next contraction saw another drop in heart rate, which is when the doctor came in and called a need for the emergency c-section.

The C-section operation did not take long and Oscar remained by my side holding my hand the whole time. I laid very still, went into my “zone” and prayed for my baby. I couldn’t feel a thing but I was awake and I heard the doctors talking while they were operating. And I heard them say that my baby’s neck was wrapped around my umbilical cord! Poor thing. I was scared but I had a feeling it was going to be OK. And then…I heard him. I heard my son crying.  Oscar and I watched the nurses clean him, test his vitals and wrap him up in a blanket. I remember Oscar and I saying to each other….”there he is, that’s our son” and we were both crying while we watched him taking his first breaths. I am crying now as I type this.

The nurse brought my bundled up baby to me while I was lying on the delivery table. I wasn’t able to hold him yet since I was still strapped on to the table so I rubbed my cheek against his little face so he could feel me and smell me. That was not what I wanted for us but I was so relieved that he was delivered safely and I knew that we would have plenty of time to bond. I was taken to another room to recover while Oscar and my parents got acquainted with our boy. I will never forget Oscar’s face and reaction to the birth of our son. It was a wondrous moment and he was practically skipping and prancing into the nursery.

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I will never forget our very first night as parents. We were so exhausted from the entire day and couldn’t wait to go to sleep and get some rest but wait….we are parents now. We have to take care of our newborn baby! The nurses brought Marcos into my room and bathed him and then gave him to for skin-to-skin contact and to start breastfeeding. After that, he woke up about every two hours to feed. Oscar changed his diapers and brought him to me each time he woke up because of the surgery.

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The next morning with my son was absolutely surreal! I just couldn’t believe that he was sleeping next to me and no longer in my belly. When I held him in my arms the next morning I sang to him “You are my sunshine” and I cried happy joyful tears.

We had to stay in the hospital for a few days so I could recover from the surgery. Marcos stayed in the room with us the entire time. The recovery was hard but the more I walked around and moved my legs the better. During my second night in the hospital I was suffering from post-surgery gas and bloating from the air that got sucked into my abdomen during the surgery. It was very painful but I still had to get up out of bed to breastfeed my son. Despite the pain, I got myself up and breastfed my son without my husband’s help.  Afterwards, Marcos looked at me with this happy and appreciative look in his eyes like he recognized me and knew I was his Mom. It was the best feeling in the world. That was when I officially felt our bond and I knew I was gonna rock at being a Mom!!

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With each day I got better and Marcos was healthy. We took him home on a Tuesday and celebrated with a homemade quiche, salad from my Mom and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Then we celebrated our Anniversary a couple days later as a family of five 🙂

This is the end of the birth story but the Mommy and Daddy adventures continue. I plan to document my journey into Motherhood so stay tuned for more Marcos blog posts in the future!

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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 33, 34 and 35

Hello! Hello! I hope that you have been enjoying my pregnancy posts. I look forward to posting about my baby shower, nursery and delivery very soon! As I type this my baby boy is sleeping in his bassinet. He was born on April 1, 2017 (which is why I haven’t posted in a while). I look forward to sharing my delivery story on the blog very soon!

Oscar and I were very busy getting our home prepared during these weeks. We had our baby shower and set up the nursery. Oscar rearranged the office to make it an office/guest room and cleaned out the garage so we could store all of the diapers and wipes we received at the shower. I cleared out the guest bathroom to make room for all of baby Dominguez’s medicine and bath time products and washed all of his newborn baby clothes. Whew! It was a lot of work but for a very exciting cause!

Baby’s Growth:

Week 33: Baby is about 4 pounds and is the size of a pineapple!

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This photo was taken at my baby shower while I was channeling my inner Beyonce 😀

Week 34: Baby is about 4.5 pounds and is the length of a butternut squash!

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That’s a HUGE belly!!

Week 35:  Baby is 5 pounds and is about the size of a coconut!

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How am I feeling?

I am feeling much better now that I’ve got my anemia under control. I haven’t had many other pregnancy symptoms and I feel pretty good. I am just very tired the bigger my belly gets and am easily out of breath.

Once in a while I do feel some tightness in my upper belly area. I am not sure if it’s from the baby moving, or if its gas, or if it’s my uterus contracting from Braxton Hicks. My Doctor said that it’s nothing to worry about. I am not a high risk pregnancy and as long as the tightening sensation doesn’t last over an hour, everything is fine. When that happens I just get up and walk around and it goes away.

Leaning and bending over really stinks so I squat when I have to pick something up off the floor. At least I am getting some kind of workout, right? I am also feeling some plantar fasciitis in my feet so I try not to put too much pressure on them.

Weight Gained:

23 pounds

Belly and Baby Movement:

My baby is kicking and rolling around like crazy and that’s good. I hope he is just as active outside the womb as he is on the inside. He is especially active at night when Momma is resting and during meetings at work.  My belly has become quite the spectacle during our staff meetings as my coworkers are getting a kick out of watching it move from side to side. It’s funny and kinda weird at the same time.

Belly Button – In or Out?

It’s popping out just a little bit 🙂 I guess that means he almost done! LOL!

Pregnancy Related Purchases?

I bought some nursing bras and tanks from Target along with some sandals and comfy PJ’s for my hospital bag. I also purchased the brest friend nursing pillow.  I was very impressed with Target’s selection of comfy lounge wear. If you need a place to shop for your hospital bag I would recommend Target. It was a one-stop shop for all of my hospital bag purchases.

Sleep:

I love how people tell me to get as much sleep as I can since I won’t be getting any when the baby arrives. I wish I could but it’s very hard when you have a big ole belly and can’t get comfy. It’s soooo not fair!! Oh well. I have no idea what my sleep schedule will be with a new baby in the house but I will be so relieved to have my body back and be able to sleep in a more comfortable position even if it’s only two to three hour stretches at a time.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

Everything looks good. I am very reassured that everything is coming along smoothly and on schedule.

Looking forward to:

  • Meeting my little man!!!
  • Having my body back
  • Enjoying a beer or a cocktail

Things I’m Loving This Week

Hello everyone! And hello spring!

I am so enjoying this gorgeous weather and feeling so grateful that I don’t have to spend the last weeks of my pregnancy in the hot summer heat.

I am also grateful that my baby boy is healthy and in his optimal fetal position (head-down) for birth! I am currently at 37.5 weeks and am feeling anxious, excited and nervous each passing day. In the meantime, I am practicing my calming and assuring labor mantras and enjoying the last days of work!

Speaking of gratitude, I wanted to take some time to list some of the wonderful things that I’ve encountered this week that have made me smile.

Cherry Blossom Trees

I had no idea that Palm Beach had Cherry Blossom trees!! I went to grab a bite to eat from the Island Bee and since it was a gorgeous day, I thought I would eat my lunch in the nearby park. Low and behold as I walked up to the park entrance, I noticed a gorgeous row of Cherry Blossom trees! I had never seen them before and have always wanted to. I thought I would have to go to Washington D.C or Japan to see them but nope they are here in the same Town where I work! Ahhh!! I snapped a bunch of photos and then sat down on a bench to eat my lunch while marveling at the spectacular trees. The weather was cool and breezy so there were some pollen and petals floating in the air around them. It was truly magical! 🙂

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Chai Moments Chai Tea Lattes

I haven’t had any desire for coffee but I do drink it from time to time out of necessity. My nights are pretty restless and uncomfortable with this big ole belly in addition to multiple trips to the bathroom. Plus allowing an overly affectionate doggy sleep next to you doesn’t help either. But I digress….

Lately I’ve been enjoying a warm cup of Masala Tea from Tea India Chai Moments. It’s got the perfect blend of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and other spices. I picked up a few boxes at an Asian Festival that took place over the weekend. One in each flavor: Ginger, Masala and Milk Tea. Each box contains 10 packets so I bring an extra one to work with me when I need my tea fix.

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Baby/Doggy Wraps

MMmmpph…hahahaha! I couldn’t help myself and had to share this. My hubby and I were curious about how to use the baby wrap so we watched the video demo and decided to give it a try. As we were trying it on, a curious Guinness who was close by and whining for attention from his parents got placed in the wrap! Haha!! I just love my doggy’s expression. He looks so cute and funny being worn by his Dad.

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Power Pressure Cooker XL

My husband and I finally caved into that dang infomercial and bought a pressure cooker. We got the 8 qt power pressure cooker XL which came with the copper chef pan and a veggie slicer.  We thought it would come in very handy for us with the baby coming and working full time. So far we have only cooked 2 meals but we were not disappointed. We cooked a whole chicken with sliced veggies using the chicken/meat setting then walked away and 40 minutes later it was done. The smell was amazing and the chicken was moist and fell right off the bone! So our first dinner was a success! We also used it to cook moros y cristianos (rice cooked in black beans). Honestly, the dish came out a little mushy and a little bland. The blandness can be fixed but next time we may just have to cook the beans separately or use less water. Sometimes you just gotta learn by trial and error. We still love our power pressure cooker and will keep it on our counter top.

What I love is that we can use it to prepare Make-Ahead meals and that it’s a quick one-pot system where you can drop all of your ingredients in, walk away and then come back to a perfectly cooked meal with very little dishes to clean up. I also like that we don’t have to worry about thawing out our meats ahead of time. And you can make everything from soups, bread, casserole, meats, beans and lentils, steamed veggies and even breakfast bowls. It’s a huge help when you are busy and working full time. I can’t wait to use it more and will definitely share some recipes in the future!

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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 30, 31 and 32

Hello my friends! As I type this, I am in Week 35 of my pregnancy. Crazy, right? Well at least to me it is. It feels like it was just the other day that I was announcing my pregnancy to everyone. Now I’ve got about four weeks to go!

I feel great and am happy to be coming down the home stretch. I haven’t gotten HUGE but I am definitely uncomfortable. I am also very anxious to meet this little being that keeps moving around in my belly all the time!  🙂

Baby’s Growth:

Week 30: Baby is the length of a rutabaga!

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Week 31: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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Week 32:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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How am I feeling?

Hmmm…let’s see….during these weeks I’ve had to deal with iron-deficient anemia, constant heartburn, and restlessness. I can deal with the heartburn and sleep issues but the anemia is something I have never had to deal with and has caught me by surprise.

Anemia during pregnancy is common and it occurs when the body doesn’t have enough iron to produce adequate amounts of hemoglobin (the protein found in red blood cells). Hemoglobin is what carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. In iron-deficiency anemia, the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to the tissues throughout your body and it makes you feel weak and tired and low on oxygen.

There are random times when I can feel my heart racing like I’ve had way too much caffeine. I also feel out of breathe, light-headed and fatigued.  I tried different Iron supplements that were prescribed by my OB/GYN and even a gentle over the counter one but they all made me nauseous so I would recommend that you be careful with iron supplements if you are  expecting. They can be very hard to digest.

I informed my Dr. about the issues I was having with the supplements and they found a good one called VitaFOL Fe+ which is an all-in-one iron and pre-natal supplement that did not make me throw-up and I started feeling better within the week after taking them.

 Weight Gained:

I have kept my weight gain pretty steady at 20 lbs. Every one tells me that I am tiny and that I am all belly which is good but I feel huge! I eat little meals and snack all the time so I know my lil baby should be gaining a half pound to a pound a week right now and is well fed 🙂

Workouts:

I am no longer able to do yoga so I just continue with my walks and do some light stretching during the day. I also got a pre-natal massage. Man was that a treat!

I miss working out but I feel so big and my balance is off. I also have no desire to hit the gym when I know that I can just go for a walk outside. The weather is gorgeous right now so I am taking full advantage.

After the baby is born and my Dr. gives me the green light, my plan is to workout a couple times a week in the gym and work out at home. I also can’t wait to go for walks with my son in the stroller or in my baby wraps and the hubs and the dogs 🙂

I don’t want to put any pressure on myself to get back into shape immediately. I want to bond with my son and enjoy my maternity leave. I am a healthy eater and I enjoy exercise but now I’ll just have a different reason and motivation for staying in shape. So I can raise a healthy and active boy 👦⚽⚾🏀🏈🏄🎣
Belly and Baby Movement:

Baby D is always on the move! Especially at night. He must be having a dance party in there or something.

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Top concerns:

Finding a good day care and a pediatrician.

Sleep:

Hahahaha!! What is that??

Thoughts about my son:

I keep fantasizing about my son being this perfect little being who sleeps through the night and doesn’t get too fussy and is happy all the time. I hope that is his temperament most of the time but you never know so we will just have to wait and see.

Looking forward to:

Taking my maternity leave for 12 weeks!! 🙌👶🍼☕👍😄

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 27, 28 and 29

Baby’s Growth:

Week 27: Baby is the length of a rutabaga

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Week 28: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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Week 29:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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How am I feeling emotionally?

Week 27: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 28: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 29: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

These past few weeks have been very pleasant. The weather has been gorgeous so I’ve been doing a lot of walking outside during work and with my pooches at home. I feel so fortunate that I haven’t had any major complications with my pregnancy and that my baby is healthy. I am also grateful that I have a supportive husband and family. My friends are amazing and so is my job! I think all of these things are so important for a healthy pregnancy.

Thoughts about Labor and Delivery:

I am trying to ready myself mentally for labor and delivery. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about the stages of labor so I know what’s going on inside my body.

I took a Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Combo class at the hospital where I will be delivering. I also took a tour of our hospital’s birthing suite.

I also found some great content on Lucie’s List about natural birth and infant care.

Over the past seven months I’ve been focusing on keeping my baby healthy in the womb. I still am of course, but now I’ve got to educate myself on how to take the best possible care of my little man once he arrives into this world. Fortunately, I have experience as a nanny to a 3 month-old. Her name was Juliet and I took care of her from 3 months to a year. I learned about swaddling, feeding, tummy time, the importance of a routine and a sleep schedule. She was a great baby and I took care of her like she was my own.

I know all babies are different and have different needs but I know that I will be able to apply the things I’ve learned from my nanny experience to my baby.

Weight Gained:

I’ve gained another 3 pounds over the past few weeks so that means I’ve gained a total of 20 lbs! I should be gaining a pound a week until the baby comes.

Milestones:

I hit the third trimester mark!! Woot woot!!!

Thoughts about my baby:

I think about him all the time! What’s he going to look like. What is he going to be like as  a baby? Will he like the sleepers and the pack n’ play that I picked out for him? Will I be able to breast feed him or will he need formula?  Will he be a good sleeper like his Daddy or a fussy and stubborn sleeper like his Mom?

Top concerns:

Balancing work, motherhood and marriage. Obviously Motherhood is my top priority. My work day ends at 5 so I am going to dedicate the time afterwards to bond with my son on the days I have to work until he goes to sleep and then catch up with the hubs afterwards. Some days or weeks are very stressful at work but I have to mentally leave work at work and when I am home be home with my husband and baby.

Joys:

Hearing his heartbeat during my doctor visits, feeling him move inside my tummy, and rubbing my belly as I sing him a lullaby. I also get excited when I visit his nursery. I’ve purchased a glider and a changing table so I love to visually imagine what it’s going to like in there once I get more stuff for the baby and my shower gifts.

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Last visit to OB/GYN:

I had a great visit at my last check-up and I got a negative test result for gestational diabetes. Woo hoo!

Looking forward to:

My baby shower!

 

 

 

 

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 24, 25 and 26

Second Trimester: In addition to my weekly pregnancy update, I am going to talk about dealing with work stress while pregnant, starting a registry and healthy remedies for heartburn issues related to pregnancy.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 24: Baby is the length of an eggplant!

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Week 25: Baby is the size of a baseball glove!

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Week 26:  Baby is the length of a butternut squash!

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How am I feeling?

I am feeling pretty good except everything I eat gives me heartburn 😦 I eliminated coffee and chocolate from my diet which helped a lot. And a friend of mine gave me a recipe concoction for heartburn which is just a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and let me tell you it has worked wonders!! ACV has so many healing benefits and powerful compounds that aid in acid reflux, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, and support weight loss. It’s a remedy for just about everything! Here is an interesting article if you are curious about learning more:
20 unique uses for ACV.

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There was one day where I must have contracted a GI bug because I threw up everything I ate! It was miserable. I was starving but couldn’t eat or else I would throw up. Luckily it lasted only 24 hours so I made sure to drink lots of water and fluids and got lots of rest.

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Weight Gained:

I have only gained one pound these past few weeks which means I’ve gained a total of 17 pounds. My baby is getting bigger and bigger each week and I can actually feel my stomach stretching.

Pregnancy and Work:

These past few weeks have been a little rough. Two out of the three people in my department have been out unexpectedly with medical issues this month and this happens to be the busiest time of year for our department. Fortunately, other staff members have helped out tremendously but I have been heavily burdened with taking over some of the more specialized tasks that my boss handles while dealing with my already heavy work load.Working late hours and under high stress is no fun when you are exhausted and pregnant!

The most important thing is that my co-workers are doing fine and they were able to come back to work after the New Year. I am glad that I was healthy enough to get us through the holidays and hold down the fort while they were out.

I coped with the stress by rubbing my tummy and humming a little melody to my baby anytime I felt bad. I would also take some time for myself and go for walks in the afternoon and late evening after work. At night, I would sing Christmas songs and practice singing lullabies to my little man while I lay in bed because I read that he can hear my voice so I would sing him some soothing melodies before bedtime. Here is a good article that I read that helped me cope with work stress: Work Stress During Pregnancy.

Milestones:

My husband and I were able to feel our baby’s first kick together. We were laying on the couch one morning on the weekend watching a soccer match and the baby was really active so I placed his hands on my tummy. He love it and was so excited. I am so glad that he can feel his movements and join in on the fun 🙂

Purchases:

We got a crib!! My mother bought it for me as a gift. It’s a convertible crib that converts to a toddler bed and a twin bed as the baby gets older.I think it’s perfect!

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Nesting Situation:

My husband and I have been getting rid of a lot of stuff in our house. Right after the holidays, we cleaned out the office, garage, bathrooms, and old guest room (which is now the nursery) so I’ve been able to visualize and prepare the baby’s room which makes me very happy 🙂

We also went to buy buy Baby and started a registry. The staff there was so helpful to us. They helped us pick out a stroller and offered their suggestions on other useful nursery items like white noise machines, types of baby bottles, a diaper genie and other baby gear. They also gave me a swag bag with free samples and coupons which was really nice. We also registered on Amazon.com and have been getting a lot of good recommendations from friends. Lucie’s List has also been very helpful to me recommended baby products and registry basics when I do my online research 🙂

Thoughts about my baby:

I had a dream about my little man! In my dream I was home cooking dinner and he just appeared in my life so I fed him, changed his diaper and soothed him back to sleep. I remember holding him in my arms and feeling him fall asleep on my shoulder and he telepathically told me that he loves me and thanked me for taking for taking such good care of him. It was such a wonderful dream. I feel like we have already met so now I am just waiting to get more acquainted with little man after he arrives.

Top concerns:

I really don’t have too many concerns right now. Everyone has been so supportive to me throughout my pregnancy. My family, friends and co-workers and even strangers. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I think of everything I have to do at home and at work to get ready for baby but I am just trying to take it one week at a time and go at my own pace.

Joys:

My husband, family, friends and my doggies are my greatest joys. They bring so much happiness and positivism to my life that I don’t know what I would do without them.

One of my Mama friends recently gave me all of her professional and casual maternity wear! I was so grateful. This makes getting ready in the morning so much easier for me. I’ve got plenty of options now for dresses, pants and tops and I don’t have to go buying all these maternity clothes for myself now which is nice because they are expensive. I love it when Mamas help out other Mamas and I look forward to returning the favor.

Names?

We have some names picked out but I don’t think I will know for sure until I see my baby after delivery. I will tell you that so far my husband and I are a fan of names that start with the letter “M”.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

I was told that Baby is a half pound over the average size/weight of babies around this time in their gestational age. I don’t know why that it is but I don’t think that’s too bad.  I think that every pregnancy is different and my baby is just the size he needs to be.

I took a glucose test to see how I digest sugar and to test for gestational diabetes. I will know the results in five business days. Normally I would be very worried because I am a worrier but worrying doesn’t do anything so I am going to just wait. I feel like everything is fine but I look forward to hearing the results. I will take any action necessary in order to ensure mine and my baby’s health.

Looking forward to:

Putting up the Christmas tree, listening to Christmas songs, baking some goodies and to next year at Christmas where there will be a little person crawling around the house wearing Christmas onesies!

Final Thoughts:

As I am nearing the end of my second trimester, it seems like my pregnancy is going by so fast. My baby will be here very soon and it won’t be about me taking care of him in my belly anymore. He will be here in my home living and breathing and depending on me and his Dad for survival. I have all the faith in the world that my hubs and I will take good care of our little bundle. I have never been so ready for something in my entire life.