Pregnancy – Surviving Your First Trimester

Tips to survive your first trimester of pregnancyPregnancy – Surviving Your First Trimester. It’s not always a smooth ride during pregnancy and surviving the first trimester. My first pregnancy was pretty easy. I was so lucky. I was still dancing for various projects all over New York City and was always moving. This really helped my body stay in shape and strong and my core was supported by these dance muscles which in turn made me have a lot more energy and feel great.This time around, it’s quite different. I haven’t moved with that professional dancer intensity, since having Thomas and my body has …softened a bit.

The second pregnancy, your body remembers… like the “north” … the body remembers. and even before we realized we were pregnant.. this amazing body of mine was already settling into the 9 months of growth. My belly popped around 18ish weeks and there were a lot more symptoms that tagged along this time around.

My first trimester was a bit rough. Not Princess Kate rough… but pretty rough. I couldn’t sleep, I started having pregnancy migraines, restless legs, and nausea. This summer while in Florida with our family, there were many nights that I just couldn’t sleep. Tossing and turning all night from discomfort.

While most of these symptoms cannot be avoided, you can do small things to help ease the discomfort.

Tips to survive your first trimester of pregnancy

To survive the first trimester of pregnancy you can try to:

  1. Drink tons of water. I would cut up limes and lemons and add to my water. It’s easier to drink with a little flavor but the sour flavors of the limes and lemons really helped soothe my nausea.
  2. Get a maternity pillow or any pillow and place it between your legs. This is crucial. I sleep with a million pillows all around.
  3. Try sleeping at an angle. Laying flat was a bit of a challenge for me just because of nausea and discomfort so again, I piled up pillows all around me to stay slightly at an angle when sleeping.
  4. Ginger biscuits! I could not stand the smell fo ginger tea but ginger biscuits were my saving grace! The crunchy kids because I also didn’t want to eat too much. So small bites of these biscuits always helped.
  5. Find your support system. I am so fortunate to have an amazing husband who is always making sure I’m comfortable and fed and feeling ok. The kids have been brushing my hair or putting lotion on my belly or legs which is also so soothing. My friends have been really wonderful by checking in, offering advice and lending an ear. You need a support system throughout your pregnancy. You need people around you who will just listen to your woes about your body aches and be sympathetic. This is so important. It’s always nice to have people who are willing to listen to what you are going through but so much more while pregnant. Those emotional pregnancy hormones don’t mess around!

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That’s all I have! Yaa! for this sweet preggy babe! Please share your preggy tips with me!

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Lil Helper – REVIEW

Sometimes I wish I had a clone… often times I find myself feeding Thom with one hand, snuggling Lily with the other and petting Jonah with my feet while folding laundry with my teeth… Ok the laundry part is not real because I don’t do laundry!

But really, parents… it’s a juggling act right.

So we need a little help every now and then.

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Have you every propped up your babies bottle while he’s feeding? I sometimes prop it with a blanket or a small stuffed animal just to have a free hand.

Lil Helper to the rescue!

Lil Helper is a BPA free baby bottle holder. Created by a multi-tasking Dad, Li’l helper was designed to complement a baby’s natural gripping instinct making it simple for them to grab on to.

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Thoms has really enjoyed using the Lil Helper. He loves the little rattle at the end and since he has JUST started grabbing onto things, he’s kinda loving holding onto his bottle. Almost proud!

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I don’t let him have it all the time because he is really young and I like to hold him while he feeds but when I’m cooking or playing with Lily and I have Thom nearby, I set his bottle on the Lil Helper and he is perfectly happy being with us and I have both hands free to play with Lily… or fold laundry..or eat.. or just be!

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The Lil Helper is also great while I stroll around the mall during this bitter bitter BITTAH cold few months in New York.

The silicone handles make gripping easy for Thoms little tiny hands and little rattles on the edges keep him entertained. You can toss this in your bag and use it at restaurants, parks, anywhere really. Just keep an eye on the kiddo at all times. We have a whole plethera of baby bottles all different sizes and they all fit in this contraption!

One big thing to note – Thom still spazzes out from time to time, his 4 month self doesn’t have full control over his limbs yet. The Lil helper is very light and we sometimes give it to him without the bottle just for him to grip and shake.. occasionally it bonks his head but no harm done. it’s so light that it doesn’t hurt him.

This is a parent MUST HAVE you guys. It really helps me multi task and it’s one of those… ‘why didn’t I think of that’ items. So glad this came by my desk to review!

* I was not paid for this post but was sent product for purposes of this review*

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4 months

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Thom turned 4 months yesterday! Time flies when you are loving a smushy babe!

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He is developing a personality that is mainly smiles and winks and shy little flirty looks.20130405-112615.jpg

Happy 4 Months Thom… it’s wide wonderful world you are a part of!

 

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Sleepless nights and jellie bellies

I’m pretty convinced that Thom has started teething or “gumming” or a growth spurt in his mouth or something because between the extra amounts of drool that compete with Jonah’s slobber and the restless nights and the chomping on everything in sight… he’s been a bit of an eatie monster lately.

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He hasn’t slept through the night for 2 nights now. he gives us about 4 hours each night, which I know is good but he’s been clocking in a good 7 -8 hours for the past few weeks. He won’t let me put him down so I have him strapped onto one of the many body harness things I have and we just walk around and jam out to some old skool hip hop while toning my arms and working on some plies!

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This no sleeping business is making me one grumpy mom. Being home with a newborn is tough on the ole noggin. Not much going on in the conversation department and the repetition of cleaning and changing diapers can play mind tricks on ya.

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But then I look at this jellie bellie and that smile and it’s all erased.

This time is going to go by so fast.  This little guy is 15 weeks already. I mean 15 weeks ago we were all anxiously waiting to see what was going to come out… and as Lily says, ” I’m so glad he is the one who came out”. { but when she’s mad at him for crying and disturbing her sweet slumber… she is quick to say, ” i wish he was not the one who came out”. }

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Well Thom my little man-man…I’m glad you’re the one who came out too!

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A whole lotta this going on

I don’t look forward to Mondays.

Our weekends are just such fun with everyone being home and sometimes we see my bro and my sis and my siblings-in-laws who live nearby…

… fun times.

And then Monday comes around and Lily heads off to school and Matt’s off to work…
Just me and the little man man. It can get pretty boring and lonely pretty quick.

And then I go though my pics and find this…

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And I realize that these days are flying by waaaay too fast and my Mondays are not going last much longer.

Hold the littles tight everyone because these moments will escape you soon.

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Baby’s first year – 3 Months

This little man is 3 months young this week. 3 months already. I can’t believe it!

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He’s started chattering… and his smiles are glorious. He looks at me as if I were THE most beautiful girl he’s every seen. ( he hasn’t been out much;)

He still doesn’t do much in the entertainment department. Sleeps, eats, smiles and poops. That’s about it.

Thom is pretty chill, doesn’t really cry and has these HUGE pouty-lip moments where he is thinking about crying but then changes his mind, when he wants my attention he lets out a big giant… pterodactyl style screech!… too cute for words.

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His face absolutely lights up when Lily walks into a room. And if he hears her talking he stares right at her and tries to talk back.

He has discovered his hands these days… well maybe not discovered but has a wee bit of control over them, They don’t just bop around and hit him in the face all the time…although I have to say that was really cute too.

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Since he can see farther than his arm these days…he is making friends everywhere he goes. Kinda like, ” hi there, I can see you. and hi, I can see you too”.

With his smiles and his soft coos, this little MOTO is a charmer!

Happy 3 months Little Man-Man!

 

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10 weeks young

What can I say… he’s a modest little man-man!

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Skintags, and kidneys, and ultrasounds oh my!

A little P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement) if you will…

Thom was born with a skin tag on his left ear. This apparently set off warning alarms to our doctors. “he might have a kidney issue” the Dr. at the hospital said.

You see the ears and the kidneys develop at the same time. So in recent years, medical research has found that there could be an issue with the kidney if the child is born with a skin tag on his ear.

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We had the first ultra sound done a week after Thom was born and the doctors saw something in his kidney. They wanted to keep an eye on it so we headed back to the Urologist today for round 2.

Fortunately it was not anything to be alarmed about. Apparently very common. There is a little bit of pee in his kidney and the Dr. just needs to watch it.

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Round 3 in September.

I didn’t know about this whole skin-tag/kidney thing it’s apparently the new big thing in baby knowledge. So if your kiddo has a skin tag on his/her ear go get it checked out!

*I am not a doctor. Do not take this as medical advice. I’m just a gal with a blog*

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It’s in the way he smiles

This little man smiled at me today… in response to my silly faces and it just melted my cold heart!

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Most days when I go through my bag of tricks to coax a smile out of him,  he kinda smiles but I’m never sure. He usually stares at the blank wall or down the corridor and starts smiling… at nothing… Creeeeeepy! (cue ghost sounds now)

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My little sweet man. I hope you always smile through life!

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La Leche League – FAIL

So basically at the end of my FIRST La Leche League meeting, I walked away from it feeling like everything I’m doing is wrong.

Since I was having so much trouble with breastfeeding, my friends recommended I attend a La Leche League meeting. So I did.

After getting the welcome speech, the leader asked me if I had anything I would like to chat about. I told her all about my breastfeeding struggles. I told her about how I stuck with it for 2 weeks until I realized that the baby just wasnt getting any food… the baby was crying I was crying… it was not good… And after lots of research and talking to my doctor I decided to supplement with formula. The leader said, I should feed all day all the time and the milk will come. So I asked her if she recommend a certain brand of formula… she kinda snickered and said, that’s like asking me if Burger King is better than McDonald’s. ( Ummm. McDonald’s. Duh! )

Then I said, I gave the baby a pacifier the other night because I just needed some sleep. And she said the baby is going to have ear infections and tubes in his ears because studies have shown that babies with pacifiers have ear infections.

We talked about pumping and according to her.. I should be attached to my pump all the time… LIKE ALL DAY. because you never know. This is impossible.

After all this, I asked her for her advice. Anything she can recommend, maybe I am doing something wrong. I mean this WAS a La Leche League meeting right? She shrugged her shoulders and said, I don’t really know. I didn’t have these problems. It all depends on the baby. 

She asked about my delivery experience and I told her all about it and how amazing it was. With a sweet smile she said… that’s a lot of drugs. The baby was born with a lot of drugs in his system. Maybe going natural would have been better. So that was a fail too.

I don’t “baby wear’ enough. My sleep training is wrong…the baby is ONE MONTH…  I haven’t started the sleep training yet… I should dance in circles in the rain and chant something is Sanskrit. I don’t know.. she read me my rights on all the things I was doing wrong!

UGH!

Now before I go off having a hissy fit… as if i haven’t already… let me say… this is nothing against the La Leche League organization. They have a TON of valuable info online and I have found their website very helpful. I think I just caught a dud meeting.

I spent the day pretty bummed out. It really is not easy being home all day with a newborn and not really having anyone to talk to and then the added frustration of not being able to produce milk and just boredom really.

Will I try another meeting? Not at this location. I might head to another neighboring town. But it does seem like the la Leche Leaguers are pretty holistic naturalists… who maybe might judge my formula feeding, drug induced delivery and have somethings to say? Not sure I want to go down that road.

*I know a ton of women who have had really positive experiences with La Leche League. And I have to emphasis that I DID find their online resources very helpful. Just caught the wrong leader.* 

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