Only a dream
I had a dream last night that I was featured in a tabloid magazine for gaining a ton of weight. It was like, “103?! Not anymore! Pregnancy causes Meggan to balloon out overnight!” or something of that nature, accompanied by a terribly unflattering paparazzi photo of me. Delightful!
I assume this dream was because we had another appointment yesterday, and let’s just say I am not following the guidelines set out for me for weight gain. My body enthusiastically gains weight at the slightest provocation, so housing a small child sends it into fits of blubbery glee and sends my midwives into awkward conversations involving blaming it on the holidays. I mean, yes, I did eat way more cookies than I should have in the last couple of weeks, but this is basically the way my body works. I’m not upset about my weight, and while I do think the number is a tiny bit alarming, I swear I could live off bags of salad and my body would find a way to gain weight so I am not freaking out.
Baby sounds good, heart rate is around 150 or so which is right within normal ranges. I asked about my feet swelling and was told to keep doing what I’m doing and make sure to get up and walk around occasionally at work. They also mentioned getting an extra ultrasound to confirm Baby’s growth! I had no idea I’d be able to get another one. My midwife said we’d talk about it at my next appointment.
I also have to re-do the glucose test since the first one was just to be on the safe side. At least I know what it’s like now, so I won’t be freaking out about it ahead of time. Really hoping I don’t fail this one! I passed the first one with flying colors but who knows what has happened since then.
Part of the weight thing might also be because I am hungry ALL THE TIME. I eat breakfast and immediately want another bowl of cereal. I eat lunch and I think about how many more lunches I could eat. I’m trying to be reasonable and drink water to fill me up, but I hate never feeling full.
I’m starting to think that maybe I should have some clothes for Baby to wear once he arrives, but how do I know how much clothing I need, and of what sort and sizes? I assume Baby will live in onesies for quite some time, but if I want to buy a totally adorable but somewhat expensive baby sweater, how do I know what size to get it in so he’ll get the most use out of it? I don’t want him to suffer through wearing bulky sweaters in the middle of summer so I can get my money’s worth.
I have read Amalah’s article about how to dress a newborn which addressed some of those issues, and I’ve also heard to wait until someone throws you a baby shower and then fill in the gaps from there. This makes sense to me I suppose, but I desperately want to buy a cute sweater. I had to forcibly pry myself away from Hanna Andersson sweaters a couple of weeks ago but OMG they are having a sale now and I just got paid… ARGH.
Also, since I know how to make both bibs and baby pants, it’s INCREDIBLY difficult for me to purchase any. This is regardless of whether or not I think I’ll actually make a bunch of bibs and/or baby pants, because lord knows I am great at procrastinating, so Baby might end up bib-less and pants-less. Unless I get my act together.
Lots of onesies are a good plan. Also clothes in general that are super easy to get off for diaper changes. I started watching Zorina at 3 months and diaper changes were totally traumatic for her so I made sure to dress her in bottoms that snapped off, or little baby sack things with a drawstring. Also the http://www.babylegs.com/Leg-Warmers.aspx are super awesome to use with onesies when it isn’t too cold or under pants when it is colder. Zorina is still able at 18 months to use the same pairs she used as a wee baby. Bibs are good, especially ones that will be slobber absorbent once your little one starts to teeth. Zorina required a bib more or less 24/7 during that time.
I think babies need little mitten things to wear for awhile after they are born so they don’t scratch their faces.
Regarding the weight- I think that Adam felt very good about his baking abilities at Cameron’s birthday party as you tried most of what Adam baked.
Aww that dream is funny and cute, I think. I’m glad the appointment went well. I am getting so excited! I wish I could help you regarding baby questions but I’m going to be in the same boat wondering all these things one day!
That was an entertaining dream! Can’t say I have any tips on dressing newborns, though…
Happy new year!!
I can’t believe you’re 25 weeks! I know people have probably said this to you already and you’re all like “bah, it’s going slow for me” because that’s how I was, but your pregnancy totally feels like it’s going way faster than mine did. Hello Jem, physical impossibility :p
With regards to clothes, just make sure you have a couple of both newborn and 0-3 month sizes because you can never be sure what size baby you’re going to have (even growth scans have been inaccurate before!) Also, be careful because I’ve found that some 0-3 months sizing is smaller than others, depending entirely on the shop.
Anyway, I’m dressing Isabel in the simple stuff for as long as possible because you don’t want extra clothes getting in the way when they’ve done a huuuuuge poo and it’s leaking everywhere (ps. if you’re thinking of breastfeeding, BF poos are QUITE RUNNY; advance warning!) So it’s vests and sleepsuits for her. I know terms differ between US and UK, so here’s what I mean:
vest – http://bit.ly/8aQmhR
sleepsuit – http://bit.ly/6Q1AXG
OK, that’s enough rambling for one day
I was worried about clothing, too. After the baby shower, we had SO MUCH and in every size imaginable. All of the newborn and 0-3 stuff looked so small so I took a variety of outfits in varying sizes with me to the hospital. Turns out, my baby only fit into the smallest of the small stuff. Some brands in newborn size are STILL too small for him and he’s almost 3 weeks old. I guess baby clothing sizing is the same as for women – it makes no sense! My baby has been sitting around in onesies and little T-shirts for 3 weeks now and I’m sick of it! There are so many cute things he has to wear, but nothing fits! We have so much winter stuff that I have a feeling will never be worn because he won’t be in even a 0-3 size until after winter! I can’t wait until he grows!
And I’m with Jem – your pregnancy seems to be progressing so much more quickly than mine did!
Thanks for the advice, ladies! I finally gave in and just bought some stuff (at Hanna Andersson and Target) and tried to hazard a guess at what might fit in the right season. Target had a bunch of baby clearance items so I grabbed some cute things for cheap.
BreAnna, I LOOOOVE those BabyLegs things! I have a bunch of them on my registry but I haven’t bought any yet.
It seems like time is going by fast for me too, to be honest. Like, I swear I just started out! But no! Apparently I am over halfway and am almost in the 3rd trimester! I think it might be because I’m doing weekly updates and weeks go by pretty fast – if I were saving it for monthly I think it’d feel like longer of a wait.
When I was pregnant, I bought a few things but I knew I was going to get a lot of clothes at my shower so I didn’t go overboard. And don’t bother buying a lot of newborn clothes, they grow out of those in a blink of an eye (if they even fit in the first place!).
Another glucose test? Yuck! I only had one and I hated every minute of it. It’s torture that they are making you go through another one. If you passed the first one, I’m sure you’ll do find on the second!
I’d say to buy in newborn or 0-3 months sizes. But when you get something you really like, buy a size up since they go through the sizes so quickly. Also, most baby clothes in stores are 100% cotton and will shrink down. I know that I bought 0-3 month onesies and then ran them through the wash, so now they fit newborn size.
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! More than halfway there. =D