Healthy Pregnancy 2 - 34 Weeks
May 11, 2017
How far along? 34 Weeks
Baby Size: A butternut squash
Weight gain: 32.5lbs
Maternity clothes? I’m busting out of all my maternity clothes. Baggy PJs, workout clothes, and dresses for the win!
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: Big brother saying “Hooray!” when we tell him he’s going to be a big brother. Even though he doesn’t really understand it, and he is repeating it from a book we read to him, it is super cute.
Miss Anything? Tolerating water. I remember this with our first born as well – I just can’t stand the taste of water. I have an electrolyte water everyday, and enjoy some La Croix, but in order to be sufficiently hydrated I need to be drinking regular water as well, and it’s a struggle right now.
Movement: So much movement, especially at night and after lunch. He has a lot of jumping around to do and I can feel him all over my belly. It’s not as centralized as my first pregnancy.
Food cravings: Oranges and mangos. All day, everyday. Still.
Gender: Boy #2!
Looking forward to: Packing up and hitting the road to settle into our new place. We will have a little over a week of travel before we arrive to our new place, but we are looking forward to visiting friends and family along the way!
While we already have our first born and have been through the baby shower before, many of our friends are having their first baby. For some reason they trust our input and have asked us “what are the essentials needed for when baby arrives?” “What should we put on our registry?”
Of course, everyone is different and some of these things will vary, but there are a few things that I would definitely recommend to my friends that I was so happy to have, or wish we had sooner.
- Crib or Bassinet (including mattress & sheets)
- Pack & Play – This isn’t a real necessity, but a really nice extra to have. We got one with a changing table and set it up downstairs. That way, our little one could nap downstairs, and we didn’t have to go upstairs every time he needed a diaper change.
- Boppy – I found this incredibly helping with nursing and used it for most of the time I nursed our son, but especially at night. Beyond nursing, this was a great device for supervised tummy time, and for letting him rest at an angle after eating.
- Nose Frieda – I know people are so grossed out by this, but it’s much more sanitary than the booger suction gadget from the hospital (though I used that too, so no judgement here), and it’s SO EASY to used and gets out some really giant boogers. I found this to be a much more efficient device when it came to getting that boogery nose clear.
- Sleep Sheep – we wanted to have some sound to help our son fall asleep, but we didn’t want him to rely on noise to stay asleep throughout the entire night. This has a 20 & 45 minutes timer and four different sound options. It has velcro so you can attach it to the outside of the crib. As our son got older and it became safe, we were able to velcro it inside of his crib so that he can play with it when he wakes up.
- Halo Sleep Sack – we liked these over simpler swaddles because as our son transitioned from being swaddled to arms out, this was a much simpler way to keep his body swaddled.
- Rock & Play – we want our little guy to nap and sleep in his crib from the get-go this time, but this was such a lifesaver for me when I wanted to cook, clean, workout, or do anything quick where I needed both hands and full range of motion. I could keep it close by and rock it with my foot to help keep him calm, and still keep an eye on him while getting whatever I needed done. This was a lifesaver when it came to showering during deployment!
- Baby Carrier – This was how I went food shopping with just one kid, so I know it will be clutch when it comes to having two kids. I always hated lugging that car seat around, so the baby carrier was a much better option for me. Again, this gave me function of my hands and was a real life saver when my little guy was having extra clingy days where he didn’t want to be put down. I’m pretty sure all babies go through that phase, so it was nice to be able to get some laundry done or even go for a walk with friends, while still being able to comfort my little one.