I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.
Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 4-5 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.
You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)
If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box
What BirchBox says: Fekkai’s encapsulated shine-release complex imparts softening olive oil into each strand throughout the day. Hair looks healthy, smooth, and oh-so-shiny. Rub a quarter-sized amount between palms and distribute through dry or wet hair, focusing on mid-lengths to ends.
What I say: hmm.. Not sure. I used it and haven't noticed a difference, but I also did not notice anything bad about this product. So I will keep using it and update you
Due date 01/25/2014. Delivery date: 01/18/2014
9 lbs 5 oz
21 inches long
I am so excited to share William's birth story with you all.
I absolutely love hearing and reading birth stories, I think because they are all so different. Everyone has a story to tell. :) So I hope you enjoy .
I had my 39 week check up on Thursday, I was 2cm dilated. Which wasn't much change from last weeks doctor apt, where I was 1.5 cm. So I really didn't think much about it.
I had my OB strip my membranes.
My sister flew in on Wednesday, so on Thursday after my doctor apt, we went to to "walk" the mall for a few hours and then out for lunch.
After a few hours I was exhausted, I had cramps and was spotting.
That evening, I had a pineapple, and used a breast pump for 20 minutes to stimulate contractions.
I went to bed very crampy and had irregular contractions. I really did not think much of them. I mean, I just started to "try" to go into labor. I figured a few days of walking and breast pump use would send me into labor..... Little did I know.
I kept waking up during the night with contractions, they were very regular too, they were coming 5-7 minutes apart. They were painful, but manageable with breathing.
Finally at 5:30am I gave up on sleeping. It was Friday, So I figured I might as well start my Shabbat preparations instead of trying to cope through the contractions in bed.
I cooked, and cleaned all the while working through the contractions.
I found it very helpful to lean on the counter during a contractions and kind of swing my hips side to side.
After I was finished with all of my shabbat preparations, I took a nap.
After my nap, I saw that my contractions were not coming very close anymore. They were were coming 10-12 minutes apart now.
We had dinner and spent time with the family as we usually do on Friday nights. The contractions kept coming 10-12 minutes apart but were getting very painful now. I had to lean on something and breath through them.
Finally I went to bed at 9:30pm. I woke up with contractions at 11:00pm, the contractions were now coming 3-5 minutes apart and were so painful, I could not lay in bed.
I labored on the floor, on my hands and knees for a bit.
I decided to try to get in a hot shower and see if they go away. I was in the shower for a good 30 minutes, until I have used up all of the hot water. It was wonderful to relieve the pain in the shower during a contractions, but I noticed that while I was in the shower, the contractions kept coming every 3 minutes- one after another.
I got out of the shower and hubby asked what I wanted to do. I told him that we should go to the hospital and get checked, since the contractions were not going away.
I thought that I may be sent home, since just the day before I was only at 2cm, but I figured that I better check, because there was no way I could sleep that night with these contractions.
We got in the car, the seat warmers felt wonderful on the back during the contractions, I remember driving and looking at the clock to see when another contraction will hit, they were 5 minutes apart on the dot.
We arrived at the hospital and I was checked at 1:30am. I was 4 1/2 cm dilated!
Plus I was marked as "high risk" because of my previous C Section and size of my babies, so they didn't waste any time.
We were admitted and taken to our room.
I could not walk and It was so uncomfortable to labor in the hospital room.
I am so glad I labored as much as I could at home.
The contractions were so painful, I could barely manage to breath trough them, I kept waiting for one to end and then another one began.
Every where I go, people are asking me when I am due. I don't blame them, It looks like I have a basketball in there, doesn't it?
How far along:
37 weeks and 5 days!
Our little boy will be here in 2 weeks!(give or take a bit.) I am honestly so excited. I can not believe we are so close to meeting this little guy.
35 pounds! Yeah, scary. I don't even bother getting on the scale anymore, but the doctor says that I am fine.
Baby boy is about 19 inches long and weighs 6 1/2 pounds.
My pelvis is feeling numb with pain and feels swollen.
For the past 2 weeks, whenever I lay on either of my sides (during the night or for a nap) And when the baby moves his head, I get a shocking, almost electric feeling in my pelvis. I have no idea what this is, I don't remember this with my other two pregnancies.
OB says that the baby might be pressing a nerve.
I have also been having a lot of period like cramps and back ache, down below.
After I posted my Hospital Bag post, I got a request to share my thoughts on my diaper bags. I would love to, since I heavily rely on reviews myself.
After two kids and another on the way, I have gone through a few diaper bags and I kind of know what I want and look for in a diaper bag. As you can see, all of my diaper bags are very neutral. It doesn't matter if I have a girl or boy, I will not buy a pink or blue diaper bag. It is MY bag, I will be the one carrying it (a lot of times instead of a purse), so it needs to be neutral.
The other thing that is very important, it needs to be comfortable, roomy and easy to clean.
Amazon has this in the black color, I got this bag at Nordstrom 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter.
I used this diaper bag with my daughter and my son.
Magnetic flap closure.
Adjustable shoulder strap.
Exterior slip pocket; mesh zip pocket under flap.
Interior zip and mesh pockets.
Two insulated bottle pockets.
Coordinating Memory Foam changing pad and zip pouch.
Lots of pockets and a changing pad. Am I the only one who finds those changing pads useless? I always keep a receiving blanket to change my baby on, I feel those changing pads are so small.
There are a ton of pockets everywhere.
It is easy to clean the bag, I have even thrown the whole bag into the washer and dried it outside.
I like the fact that it is a messenger, and it is easy to carry with a small baby. The messenger strap is very soft and does not dig into your shoulder. I love the insulated bottle bottle pockets to keep drinks cold/hot.
I am now 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. So exciting that we are almost there! I can not wait to meet this little guy, see what he will look like, dress him in teeny-tiny clothes, cuddle him and rock him. We honestly can not wait. Both times I went into labor before, my water broke and things just went crazy after that. Intense and crazy. So this time I packed my bags early. So lets see what I am packing. My robe (for laboring in) since those hospital gowns have a nice big slit where everyone can see everything.
My Pjs and slippers.
To wear after I deliver.
My going home outfit consists of: Knit legging/pants, nursing bra, underwear, loose knit tee, long cardigan, flats/socks.
I am also bringing 2 nursing tanks (to wear under PJs), socks