Happy Full Term Today!

Happy Full Term Today! - Girl Nesting

Hello 37 weeks – Baby #2 is now full term!!! We made it. I’m fighting back tears over this awesome milestone, this is huge…and so am I. Ha! I – have – GROWN! I am a little bigger than I was with Zoë, a lot more achy than I was too. Second pregnancy is not easier than the first, my guess is they don’t tell you to not scare you. Well, I’m not going to keep it a secret. Make sure you have a warm bath to live in the second time around. 

Nesting in this house is mostly being done by my partner in crime Michael. He has painted, replaced, cleaned, moved, drilled, set up and taken down more than I can count. After weeks of this he finally came to me yesterday and announced, “Everything is done, feel free to have the baby now” and winked. Thanks…would love to! I’ve been having contractions on and off for days, along with Braxton Hicks that don’t let up for as long as a half hour. My last doctors visit they found me dilated at 3 centimeters, that was last Thursday. On Saturday I lost my mucus plug followed by intense contractions like never before…but then it stopped after 40 minutes and I fell asleep for hours and hours. It’s Wednesday now and the discomfort is at an all time high, so I am keeping this post very short. For those ladies who are interested, the mucus plug (also referred to as the bloody show) is often followed by labor shortly after (or hours after), but it can also stall for days or even 1 to 2 weeks. God give me strength I’m getting closer to a week now.

This is it (as far as I know), the last time I will be pregnant. Have I cried about it? Uh yeah, ugly crying at it’s best. Despite me being the biggest complainer ever, these past 37 weeks, I will miss this. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have experienced the baby bump. Despite my odds, these girls, my daughters are a real example of the miracles in this world that can happen. Proof to never give up your dream. Take on the challenges that come your way because you never really know what can happen. To quote my first miracle, my daughter Zoë, “Just do your best”.

Thank you God for blessing me with my ultimate wish come true, twice.

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Baby Shopping Guide: Baby Products We Used The Most And Will Be Using Again

Baby Shopping Guide: Baby Products We Used The Most And Will Be Using Again - Girl Nesting

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The question I get asked a lot is, “which baby products did you actually use the most?”. People don’t want to buy products that are going to be a waste of money. You will find that when baby arrives you don’t really need everything they said you needed. Granted this varies with each family, but there are products that you do definitely need and will be happy you made a priority on your baby shopping list.

A month ago Michael and I pulled these items out of storage to use again for baby “S”. The best thing is that they lasted throughout baby #1 and are in great shape and ready to go for baby #2. They are durable, washable and all of them helpful. This is my quick list of baby products we loved and used the most with Zoë. 

1.The Bugaboo Cameleon3 stroller is my absolute favorite! I love the modern/urban design of Bugaboo. This stroller grows with baby and it’s extremely durable. In this walking city of Chicago I have used this stroller almost every day since Zoë was born. We recently upgraded our canopy cover to the Extendable Tailored Fabric Set in Grey Melange for baby “S” which just makes the stroller feel brand new – LOVE that!

2. Bugaboo Universal Footmuff is a lifesaver in a cold climate. Our daughter loves her hot pink footmuff and so do we because it keeps her warm and safe in freezing temps. In Zoë’s words, “it’s cozy”.

3. 4moms MamaRoo = Grateful. This brilliant machine rocks your little one to sleep like you do with 4 built-in soothing sounds to choose from, or connect it to any MP3 player – AWESOME.

4. Boon NAKED Collapsible Baby Bathtub is the best bathtub in my opinion. It collapses flat and hangs up for easy storage. We actually used this tub until age 3 1/2 as a little “pool” on the deck (lol). 

5. Boon Grass Drying Rack was used constantly in this home for bottles, pacifiers, baby spoons and more. It’s cute, tidy and helps dry all those little pieces.

6. BabyBjörn Spirit Original Baby Carrier is SO VERY HELPFUL! This is a must in your life with baby. Michael really loved using it as well, this was the perfect way for him to bond with our baby girl. He got to carry her around, nothing like I did for 9 months ;). This carrier helps with keeping your hands free for multitasking in the kitchen, walking the dog, airports and more – it’s awesome.

7. Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat. Very important purchase, the car seat is the first baby product your baby gets to know from the time they leave the hospital. I like this one because it has a built-in cover for the cold months – very important here in the windy city. Also, this car seat is adaptable to our Bugaboo stroller – that is very useful.

8. Ubbi Diaper Pail White – There are no words for my love for the pail except for AWESOME! It’s great because it locks bad smells tightly away. My good friend Colleen gave us this gift at our baby shower, she was honored to give us the gift that would probably be used the most – that it has been (LOL).

9. Boon Orb Bottle Warmer is easy to use and it also warms baby food! Yep, versatile – you want versatile when shopping for baby products, saves you time and money.

And there you have it, the stuff we used the most 🙂

Shopping Land of Nod For A Shared Bedroom

Shopping Land Of Nod For A Shared Bedroom - Girl Nesting

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Hey there everyone! As you can imagine Zoë is very excited to become a big sister and share her room with “her baby” as she often puts it (adorable). The first 6 months or so Baby “S” will be in our room, but we do have the crib all set up for naps across from the toddler size bunk bed in her room. One day these two are going to outgrow their sleeping arrangements and so I find myself already planning for when they will need a slightly bigger bed. It’s a small room, so space-saving multifunctional furniture with lots of extra storage is a must! Even though I have time until this day (years actually lol) I do know this for certain, Land of Nod is our first and last stop – no question. The bunk bed above is perfect for a smaller room. The ladder is close to the frame as not to take up floor space and the large deep drawers are a lifesaver with girls clothes…so many clothes!!! The dresser is also a changing table when needed and the shelves are perfect for books and puzzle pieces that could easily take over the house. Keeping the large pieces white keeps the space feeling light, adding pops of color makes the room a fun and pretty space to live in. Now how about that igloo! That’s for me 😉 

 
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Hello 3rd Trimester!

Hello 3rd Trimester! - Girl Nesting

 We did it, hello 3rd Trimester!!! I woke up smiling and with tears in my eyes this morning. This is huge, I am 28 weeks today, the beginning of the final stretch. Baby’s lungs are mature enough to survive if born now and that right there is the best gift of the 3rd trimester.

I’m feeling pretty big these days…I have grown! Zoë tells me her belly button has popped and mine is almost there too (lol). She says she’s having a baby dragon – kids are so cool. I’m having a lot of restless nights lately. Baby has been practicing turning which is crazy uncomfortable but also a step in the right direction – do what you need to sweetheart, I will survive. I can’t wait to meet her, the anticipation is stronger than ever; which is very normal for the 3rd trimester as my body and mind prep for delivery. At the same time I’m trying to tame that anxious feeling down and get this girl as close to the finish line as possible. We had ourselves another scare and trip to the hospital after trick-r-treating on Sunday. Walking and standing too long is my kryptonite. I dilated a half a centimeter the first time they checked, than two hours later it closed. Relief!

Last night I was ready to get up and start browsing baby stores online for strollers, but we have decided to stick to our Bugaboo and add-on the Bugaboo Comfort Wheeled Board for Zoë. She recently turned 4 and is much more independent these days. I love that Bugaboo has come up with this option for the older child, she can actually sit down in the back while I push the baby in the bassinet. Pretty cool! Our first pregnancy we were searching all the products in preparation for baby. This time we have the luxury of using what we have – gotta love that!

It’s not easy to sit still while my toddler is playing and enjoying life. These are after all the last couple of months (or less) that she will be an only child. There’s something kind of heart wrenching about that, an end of an era.

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It is also the beginning of a new.

The Last Week of My 2nd Trimester!

The Last Week Of My 2nd Trimester! - Girl Nesting

A very happy 27 weeks today! This is the last week of my 2nd Trimester and I can barely believe it. We are now so close to the finish line. I am totally ready to meet this little squirmer who constantly keeps my company. One more week and I will be starting the 3rd Trimester – WOW! The final chapter. That means 13 weeks left to go – so we better finalize which double stroller we’re going with (ha!).

We had our scare with contractions a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been staying away from decaf coffee’s and teas. I’m also taking it easy, as much as a mother can thanks to Michael and my Mom. Our lives will be changing again very soon. All I can do is get my mind ready for the constant juggle ahead, “I got this, don’t show any fear. They smell fear“, that’s basically it.

My role in this house makes me laugh at times. I laugh because I never could imagine myself in this role. In our home I am the rule maker, the peace maker, the one who makes sure everyone is behaving (yes, at times that includes my hubby), I’m the one that they all come to when they tattle on each other (yes, that includes my hubby). I pull my hair over it but I love it. A mother’s job is constant. Even in my sleep I’m going through my list of “to do’s” and have my ears always open in case someone needs something (including our 11-year-old Pug who lately has been the neediest one of them all). My family loves me and sometimes they even fear me. When they don’t act right I give them the “dreaded talk”. I love each of them with my whole heart. Soon the newest member of the family will be in my arms at last. My heart will swell even more, more than I could have ever imagined possible.

“Feed Me and Tell Me I’m Pretty” t-shirt by A Pea In The Pod ~ I LOVE it! 🙂

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