Well Beginnings from Walgreens…

Hey there!  It’s been a while.  I know I owe a birth story post and some of our maternity photographs.  I will most definitely get to that.  In the meantime, I received a few products that I neglected to post about since I’ve been very busy getting adjusted to life as a mom with a newborn.  So I am going to post about these products first and then I will get to posting about my new life as a mom.

I am a member of Mom’s Meet and they graciously selected me to try a few of Well Beginnings products exclusively sold at Walgreens.

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I was sent samples of Well Beginnings pack of size 4 diapers, wipes, baby wash and Walgreens Pediatric Electrolyte solutions.  The entire Well Beginnings line of products is sold exclusively at Walgreens.  The diapers that I received obviously are way too big for my daughter to try at this point.  She is currently in newborn diapers.  So I didn’t get a chance to try the diapers.

The Size 4 Jumbo Diapers (31 count) have a stretchable waist and side panels that wrap around the baby and offers leakage protection.  The soft inner layer contains natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe to soothe the baby’s bottom.  The price for the Size 4 Jumbo Diapers is $8.99.  These diapers are available in Newborn to Size 6 and they are satisfaction guaranteed.

The Newborn, Size 1, and Size 2 diapers contain a wetness indicator which turns blue when wet.  As a new mom, I can say that I really like this feature of diapers.  The wetness indicator immediately lets you know that it is in fact time to change the baby, which since being a new mom is a great feature to have in a diaper.  Since I was unable to try the Size 4 diaper, I went to purchase the Newborn diaper.  I have to say that I was impressed by the fact that these diapers contained vitamin E and aloe.  I notice that my daughter was getting irritated from other diapers and when she tried these, they did not irritate her sensitive skin.  I like that it is gentle on baby’s skin.

The Baby Body Wash, is made in the USA which I should have mentioned that the Diapers are made in the USA as well.  The wash can be used all over the baby’s body.  The body wash is not drying because it’s 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced.  It is milder than baby soap.  The tear-free formula is tested hypoallergenic and is dermatologist- and allergy-tested as well as paraben- and phthalate-free.  The cost for the baby body wash is $2.99.

Mike and I used the baby body wash on our daughter when bathing her.  We are very conscious of what we use on her skin because it is quite sensitive and has been very dry.  This body wash did not irritate or dry her skin out which we both liked.  I like that the body was has been tested by dermatologist and is allergy-tested.  I feel safe using this product on my baby and know that it is not irritating to her gentle skin.

I also enjoyed the Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes that I was sent.  As I mentioned, our daughter’s skin is quite sensitive so I am always looking for products that won’t irritate it or make it worse.  The wipes are made with Tri-Form, a unique 3-layer fabric, specially designed with 2 quilted cottony soft outer layers for superior and gentle cleansing.  The inner layer is strong and thick to prevent tearing or stretching, keeping your hands clean.  The wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, dermatologist-approved, and made in the U.S.A.  For a 72 count of these sensitive wipes, the cost is $2.39.  I keep these wipes in her diaper bag so that I have them on the go.  They do not irritate her skin and I know that they keep her clean.

The last item that I was sent that I was unable to test out was the Pediatric Electrolyte solution.  This solution restores fluid & electrolytes lost during diarrhea & vomiting to help prevent hydration.  I have experience using electrolyte solutions for myself when I was a child due to my stomach problems.  I’m hoping that I won’t ever have to use this for my daughter but I feel confident in knowing that it is a trusted product and that I have it just in case I ever need it.

Overall, I was highly impressed by Walgreens line of baby products.  I use their Ology laundry detergent all the time and I now enjoy using these Well Beginnings products as well.  If you are looking for a new baby product to try, I highly suggest trying out these.

Have you ever tried Walgreens Well Beginnings products?  What is your favorite baby product?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

SURPRISE!!…

Surprise is an understatement!  It certainly has been a crazy couple of days.  You might be wondering why I haven’t posted my 38 Week Recap.  Well that is because our little girl had her own set of plans of when she was going to arrive.  I ended up going into labor last Thursday night unexpectedly.  After 20 hours of labor, our beautiful baby girl was born on August 15th (exactly one week from her expected due date and I was 39 weeks) at 6:37pm, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 20.5″ long and I officially became a mother.  I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions these past few days and have fallen in love with this little girl who has literally wrapped Mike and I around her fingers.

I never thought it was possible to love someone as much as I love our little girl.  I have so much that I want to talk about and discuss about her birth story and how everything happened and how I am feeling now.  I can’t wait to share that with you.

I am so thankful that we were able to take maternity photographs so that we have those memories to look back on especially since she came early.  I am also happy to say that I was healthy and over my sinus infection.  I don’t think I would have been able to go through everything that I did being sick.  So I’m really thankful the medicine made me feel better so quickly.

I will most definitely be back once I gather all of my thoughts to share her birth story with you.  I am still debating on whether or not I am going to share pictures of her on here or her name.  I still need some time to think about that and discuss with Mike whether or not we want to share that information about her.  I do definitely want to share some maternity photographs, her birth story and post about how I am feeling postpartum.

In the meantime, thank you for following along during our pregnancy journey.  It truly was an experience that I will never forget and I will cherish each and every moment that I had while I was pregnant and cherish these moments with our daughter now that she is here even more.

Talk to you soon!

 

 

37 Weeks!!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I hope you had a great week.  I don’t know why I only update on Fridays now.  I’m going to change that because today is my last day of work.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t over the moon excited about this.  It truly means that our baby is going to be here very soon.  I was allowed to take a few weeks before my maternity leave officially starts due to the state laws of where I work.  So I decided to take two weeks before my due date in case something happens and because I need the time to prepare especially since I’ve been having some complications.

This week has been really hard.  Mike ended up getting a sinus infection and had to get an antibiotic and then I came down with the same exact thing.  I was trying to let it go and take over the counter medications that I was allowed to take but they weren’t doing anything.  My OB office was getting nervous since I am so close to my due date about me delivering being sick.  So I finally decided to go to the doctor and I do in fact have a bad sinus infection as well.  I am now taking an antibiotic  that is safe to take when pregnant.  It hasn’t kicked in yet because I am still feeling miserable but I hope it does soon.

Anyway, let’s get started on my 37 Week Recap!

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Fun Facts About the Baby At 37 Weeks

  • Your due date is very close now, but doctors don’t consider your baby “full term” until 39 weeks. Spending the next two weeks in the womb allows your baby’s brain and lungs to fully mature.
  • Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.
  • Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How far along?  37 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A bunch of Swiss Chard

Stretch marks? No, I’ve been extremely lucky in this department!

Sleep: Sleep has been worse since I’ve gotten sick.  My nose is super stuffy and I have to change sides that I am sleeping on multiple times a night in order to breathe.  I’m thinking about getting those breathe right strips and seeing if that would make breathing easy.  I do have a humidifier running right by my side of the bed but it doesn’t appear to be working.  Hopefully I will have nasal relief soon.

Best moment this week: The other day, the baby was literally doing a dance routine in my belly for about 2 hours straight and she would respond to my touch or poke by poking me back.  It was so cute and makes me even more excited to finally meet her.  I ordered a few prints that I am going to hang up in her room so I am looking forward to doing that this weekend.

Miss Anything?  No, not really.

Movement: As I mentioned above, she is extremely active.  I know that babies movement is supposed to slow down at this point in pregnancy because they are running out of room but my daughter seems to be doing the opposite.  That is perfectly fine by me because I love feeling and watching her move from the outside of my belly.  It is by far my favorite part of being pregnant.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s, Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries, Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant, Arby’s roast beef sandwich (random!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: I have a lot of braxton hicks contractions.

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? Partially out.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy but I’m just hoping and praying that I will not go into labor until I am over this sinus infection.  I really do not want to deliver being sick.  I’m getting very anxious and excited about meeting her.  I cannot believe my due date is two weeks away!  It’s getting very exciting.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, printing out the art for her nursery walls and framing it and hanging it up, our baby basics class next week, maternity pictures tomorrow!

So there you have my 37 Week Recap!  I still can’t believe I am only 2 weeks away from my due date.  It felt like it was so far away.  We are finally going to do maternity pictures tomorrow.  We aren’t going all out and didn’t hire a professional photographer.  My friend who loves taking pictures and does it as a hobby is going to take some pictures for us.  I didn’t want to make a big deal about it.  I just wanted a few pictures of myself and with Mike, of me pregnant to remember this pregnancy by and to show our daughter when she is older.  I’m looking forward to it.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

36 Weeks!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I can’t believe it’s literally been a week since I last posted.  I just haven’t gotten around to posting lately.  I’ve been focusing on taking care of myself and getting things ready for the baby.  It’s hard to believe that we are just 3 short weeks away from my due date.  After everything that I’ve been through, it doesn’t feel real that she will be here in 3 weeks or less.  It still feels surreal to me.  It also makes me realize that my entire life is going to change within the next three weeks.  It’s a positive change and I am welcoming it with open arms.  So let’s get started on my 36 Week Recap.

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Fun Facts About the Baby At 36 Weeks

  • Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.
  • She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath.
  • Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
  • At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.

How far along?  36 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A head of romaine lettuce

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep is hard.  I find myself waking up every hour to use the bathroom.  It’s harder and harder to get comfortable. I will fall asleep for periods of time and then I wake up.  The best sleep I get is when I first lay down.  I can usually stay asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour.

Best moment this week: Getting her swing, bouncer, and rocker that she is going to sleep in put together and starting to pack my hospital bag.

Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my side, and tuna fish (I know some women eat it while they are pregnant but I stay away because of mercury levels).

Movement: She is a VERY active little lady!  I can feel her foot perfectly on my side and I can tell where her butt is.  She makes very strong movements and I swear I will never get tired of feeling her move.  It’s the highlight of my day and I wait for it every single day.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s, Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries, Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant, Arby’s roast beef sandwich (random!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just heartburn.  I’m managing it as best as I can.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: Not so sure about this one.  I will talk to my midwife today about it.

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy but I’m getting very nervous about becoming a mom.  I just hope that I will know what to do and I want to be the best mom that I can be.  In two weeks, we are taking a Baby Basics class that should teach us all the basics that we need to know.  I’m praying that she won’t come before then so that we can attend this class and learn last-minute skills that we need to know.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, ordering art to hang up in her room and getting the nursery finalized soon.  We are almost there!

So there you have my 36 Week Recap.  I’m getting more and more uncomfortable as the days pass which is expected.  I’m also getting very excited because every day that passes means it’s one day closer to meeting this little lady.  I have my OB appointment today so we will check and see if there is anything progressing.

I’ve been taking it easy with work.  I go in a few days and then I work a few days from home.  I’m just trying to play it as safe as I can be because that is what my midwives want me to do.  I’m glad that next week will be my last week of work.  I will feel much safer being home in case something happens.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

35 Weeks!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I haven’t been feeling very good this week and have had some pregnancy complications which is why I haven’t posted this week.  I had a scare on Monday and went to the doctor and was put on partial bed rest.  Luckily, I’ve been able to work from home this week which was really nice that they could accommodate me like that.  I have a follow-up appointment today to check things and see if I will be able to go into work next week.

I’m not going to get into specific details of what happened but it’s really scary when you start feeling things or noticing things that you never felt before.  I just want to make sure that our daughter is safe and that I am doing all I can to protect her.  I feel thankful that I will be turning 36 weeks tomorrow which is considered full-term.  I want her to stay in my belly until her due date but it’s comforting knowing that at this point if she does come early, she will be okay.  So let’s get started on my 35 Week Recap.

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Fun Facts About the Baby At 35 Weeks

  • Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds.  Because she’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same.
  • Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How far along?  35 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A honeydew melon

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep is pretty much the same.  I toss and turn a lot to get comfortable but I find myself now falling asleep for hours at a time which is an improvement from last week.  I also find myself getting up more frequently to go to the bathroom because her head is resting on my bladder.

Best moment this week: Finding out that the baby is okay and hearing her heartbeat.  I don’t think I could ever get tired of hearing that sound.

Miss Anything?  Laying comfortably on my side or sleeping on my back.

Movement: She has been moving around like crazy.  I often feel her knee and feet and I can figure out where they are poking out from my belly.  My favorite part of the pregnancy is feeling her move.  I remember at the beginning when I kept waiting patiently for her to move and I never thought it would happen and now it happens all the time and I love it.  It makes me so happy to feel her move.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches, Potato Chips, Nectarines, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s (haven’t had this in YEARS, might need to give into the cravings), Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries (haven’t had this in years either!), Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still heartburn.  I’m used to heartburn though because I’ve had acid reflux all my life but pregnancy has intensified it.  She better have a full head of hair ;)

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy and am counting down the days until she is born.  I’m getting nervous about labor but I think that is normal at this point.  We still have some things to finish in her nursery; mostly it’s just hanging things up on the walls.  So I feel a lot less stressed that we have the majority of the things set up in her nursery.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today and hopefully deciding on her name soon.

So there you have my 35 Week Recap.  This has been the scariest and most stressful week for me because of my scare but I feel good knowing that she is in good hands with the doctors looking after her and me doing all I can to protect her.  I just cannot wait to hold her in my arms and tell her how much she means to Mike and I.

I’m looking forward to us putting together her swing, bouncer, and cradle rocker this weekend and starting to hang things up on the walls.  Her nursery is coming along nicely and I think she will feel comfortable and loved in her room.

I hope you have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

34 Weeks!!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday!!  I had intentions of posting a few days ago but I was having some computer trouble so that is why I am posting my weekly update today.  My favorite day of the week!  I love Fridays especially in the summer because I only have to work a half day!  I’m looking forward to leaving early today.  I have some things planned for today which should be really nice.  I just have to get through a few hours of work.

Anyway, this week I turned 34 Weeks!  Let’s get started on my recap!

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Fun Facts About the Baby At 34 Weeks

  • The baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long.
  • Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever.
  • Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.
  • If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

How far along?  34 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A cantaloupe

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep is very hard in general.  I fall asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour.  I’m either tossing and turning to get comfortable or I’m using the bathroom.  It’s just uncomfortable in general to sleep because it’s hard to sleep on your side with a growing belly.  I have my belly propped up on a pillow but every time I turn, I have to move the pillow.  It’s quite disruptive.

Best moment this week: Our baby shower!  It was the perfect day filled with great people and delicious food.

Miss Anything?  A glass of champagne, maybe?

Movement: Movement is incredible.  Her movements are very strong and they hurt sometimes.  Yesterday, she kicked or punched me so hard that I swear her foot or hand was going to go outside of my belly.  Her head is nestled down in my pelvis so I feel a lot of her legs and arms moving.  Her head presses down on my bladder a LOT which is a very strange and uncomfortable feeling.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches, Potato Chips, Nectarines, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero

Anything making you queasy or sick:  I have really bad heartburn and that can make me extremely nauseous and uncomfortable.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy.  I’m a little stressed because we still have a decent amount of things that we have to purchase for the baby.  I also have to purchase what we are going to hang up on the walls and start hanging them.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment next week and maternity leave!  Cannot happen soon enough!

So there you have my 34th week.  It’s getting more and more uncomfortable because of my growing stomach and because I’m getting closer to her arrival.  I still have a lot to get done but I am really thankful that I was able to take 2 weeks off before my maternity leave starts.  That should be really helpful and I’m looking forward the opportunity to rest a bit before becoming a mom.  It will give me time to prepare the house, her room and myself.  I need that.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

Our Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower!!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is going well and I hope you had a great weekend!  I have to say that this past weekend was one of my favorite weekends so far this summer!  I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  It was our baby shower on Saturday and this was something that we had been planning for a while now and everything turned out exactly the way that I imagined.

Our prep started on Friday once I got home from work.  Melissa, Mike and I were running around getting everything together.  We went out and got last-minute items that we needed.  Then Melissa and I got busy in the kitchen while Mike started decorating.  It really was a team effort and I have to say the three of us really work so well together.  It made me appreciate all of those moments when the three of us were together preparing for the shower and for this little person that is going to bring even more love into our family.  We did a lot in a short period of time and I was happy regarding the progress that we made.

Mike and I finished some details in our home before going to bed on Friday night.  I was so nervous and excited that I could barely sleep Friday night.  I woke up nice and early on Saturday and did more decorating and more food preparations.  Before I knew it, Melissa and my mom arrived and they took over the kitchen helping to prepare everything and make everything look so beautiful.  Melissa and I came up with the theme and worked so hard to make it something to remember and that our daughter could look back on and see how much all of us love her.

I wanted the theme to obviously be Disney related since we are Disney fanatics but I didn’t want to use the overdone Princess theme.  I wanted the theme to continue into the nursery and I started browsing ideas and fell in love with the idea of Winnie the Pooh.  So the baby shower was Winnie the Pooh themed and her nursery is also going to be Winnie the Pooh.  I have so many ideas for her nursery and I can’t wait for them to become a reality.  I will most definitely post pictures when it has been completed.

Anyway, let’s get back to the shower!  Everything looked beautiful and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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The happy parents to be!

The happy parents to be!

Our favors were Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzels!

Our favors were Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzels!

As you probably know, the Philadelphia area is known for our soft pretzels so what better way to tie in the area of where we live and our love for Disney than a Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzel!  I thought it was such a unique idea.  Melissa and I went back and forth trying to figure out ideas for the favors and Melissa suggested this and it was hit!  Everyone loved them and not to mention they taste great and looked so adorable!  I couldn’t have been happier with the way that they turned out.

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The cake also turned out great!  I was so impressed by our local bakery.  The baker drew the Winnie the Pooh free-hand and did an incredible job! The cake looked so pretty that I hated to cut it.  Speaking of which, we still have not eaten Pooh’s face.  It’s way too cute to cut!

Overall, I have to say that the best part of the shower was being surrounded by both of our families and friends.  Our daughter is going to come into the world with so much love and so many people who care about her and cannot wait to meet her.  The conversations were great and were filled with laughter and love.  I took in every single moment of that shower and had to stop myself at times to watch everyone and realize how blessed we are.  I couldn’t have dreamed a more perfect day!

So there you have our baby shower recap!  I will be back tomorrow with my 34 week recap.  Have a great day!