Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{baby d}: week thirty

Just a friendly reminder that I am posting my weekly recaps a week behind

Is anyone surprised that Harley made it into another weekly picture? Haha, what a dog. 

Feeling: last week was not a great week at all. My stomach was still not feeling great and no idea what caused it. Maybe baby girl sitting weird on my insides? I ended up taking a sick day on the Thursday and just hung out at home napping and watching tv.  Not being able to take anything (ie: pepto) while pregnant sucks!

Workouts: not a great week because of my stomach, but still got some walks in with Harley. 

  • had my 30 week check up at the maternity clinic. I mentioned my stomach issues to the doctor and she said it's nothing to worry about as long as I wasn't having cramps/contractions or blood in my stool. She said to come back in if I didn't start feeling better just in case. Heartbeat was in the 140's and belly was measuring as it should. Still crazy that I am now going every two weeks. 
  • Mr.D put the crib together, which is crazy to see when I walk into the nursery
  • baby girl received the most adorable package from Kristin. She is spoiled already! 

Questions for the mama's:
  • what type of breast pump do you have? Would you recommend it? 
  • what type of bottles have you tried and used? 
  • did you read any parenting books while pregnant? If I don't, am I going to be a terrible parent? Haha 
  • for those of you in Canada, can you complete anything for EI before you go off on mat leave? Or better to wait until I have started my mat leave/baby is born?


  1. Regarding the EI, you cannot apply until you have used up vacation time and/or the baby has come...but in my experience, i have never had to wait or anything so it always works out - hopefully it does for you too!
    I always used Playtex VentAir bottles and never had an issue with them...
    I read baby books for my first pregnancy but you will see once you have your baby, you may drive yourself mad comparing things to things that you read, so I would just go with the flow!

  2. Week 30 already?! I hope your stomach is getting better!
    I used a double Medela electric pump which was very worth the money and I loved it. We used Avant bottles, they were cheap and worked. I started bottle feeding within a week so she was used to them vs waiting (I hear too many stories of people waiting and babies not taking them). Oh and have Brian feed her! So she takes bottles from him :-)
    I read Happiest Baby on the Block and Baby Whisper. Both I recommend for sure but like everything gut comes first but make sure to check them out. I credit them to Avery being a great sleeper and us having her on a good routine.

  3. Oh and EI you can't do it till after but make sure your sin card is in your married name!!

  4. I used a single, manual pump and it was a chore to use it, but I didn't pump very often so it wasn't a big deal. It was the Avent one, though I can't remember the actual name of the model off the top of my head.
    For bottles, my kiddo only liked the Medela Calma nipples. They're stupid expensive, but they worked the best and she took to it after very little fighting.
    You're definitely not going to be a horrible parent if you don't read any parenting books. I didn't, and my kid is turning out okay-ish ;) Really, the only one I read/flipped through was the "Baby's Best Chance" book my doctor gave me during my first prenatal appointment and that was pretty much it!

  5. Good thinking Lindsey re:sin card, I'm going to look at mine today. Sorry to hear you weren't feeling great :( 30 weeks seems like an exciting milestone though! Hope your feeling better now. Our hospital uses medela pumps, but I'm pretty sure they are all similar

  6. Holy Moley! Week 30 already! I only made it to 34 weeks with my girls!

    I exclusively pumped for my girls for 10 months since they wouldn't latch at all. I would recommend having the best pump you can afford in case you end up using it more than you think you will. I had a Medela electric that had a really nice carry bag with tons of storage. It wasn't cheap, but it ended up being beyond worth it. I tried a little manual pump once for travel and it was absolutely horrible. Also - as long as you maintain the pump - you can always resell it afterwards. And buy extra parts. Just take my word for it. I had enough to use fresh parts each pump throughout the day so I could then just run them through the dishwasher on a sanitize cycle once a day instead of trying to manage twins and cleaning and steam sanitizing constantly.

    We used the Dr Browns glass bottles (with a couple plastic ones for travelling) They were awesome. They have a special valve system in them that helps prevent gas (which was really important with my teeny preemies).

    People had babies long before parenting books were around. I read alot, but honestly - Dr. Google is great for advice on a case by case basis lol

    You can't apply for EI before baby is born BUT you can probably fill out most of the forms in advance.

  7. You look awesome. Cute sweater. Harley looks huge in that photo!! ha ha 30 WEEKS!! CRAZY.
    We used the medela swing electric single pump. Worked well. I just hated pumping! :)
    We used the medela bottles too. She took to them easily, have Brian feed her to start with.
    Yup EI after you got off, you just apply online, super simple.
    I read a few books not front to back, Happiest baby on the block, Baby Whisperer...I think I have them if you want to borrow them. I googled most things. ;)

  8. 30 weeks woah! Looking amazing! :)

    Here are my mostly unhelpful answers to your questions:
    1) No pump yet, and not planning on introducing a pump until 8+ weeks (Josie is 4 weeks today!). I was convinced that we'd have to get a $400-500 double electric Medela pump but I have a good letdown and think we may just get a cheaper single pump to start.
    2) See above
    3) I didn't even read any pregnancy books while pregnant (let alone parenting books) and I was fine. Just remember that you and your husband were made for this, and do what you feel is right! And speaking from experience, the first four weeks are more about exploding love and survival than parenting. ;)
    4) I was told you can't apply for EI until after you finish your last day of work. All I did ahead of time was make sure both of my employers (since my company was bought out mid-pregnancy) were sending me or Service Canada my record of employment. I've been on leave almost 6 weeks and no cheques yet, which I hear is normal. :\

  9. For what it's worth you may want to wait until after baby comes to buy a pump. We shelled out $300 on a pump and then my milk never came in and even despite medication my son has been on formula from birth. Wish we would have waited, we'd be $300 richer! Also, most pharmacies rent Medela pumps, and you buy the package of parts and tubing that the milk goes through. It's a good way to test it out before you buy.

  10. Love your sweater!! Hope you feel better soon!!
    I used the. Medela pump and go. Love it!! Works great!! I used medela bottles for pumping, parents choice milk storage bags or the first years pump storage bags. Noah will use any bottles, but our preference was the dr. Browns, which helped big tine with his reflux and helps prevents gas. We also use avent bottles for juice and water. I just recent tried the latch bottle that converts to a sippy cup and it's pretty good too! I didn't do any reading and if anything came up I would google lol

  11. Sorry to hear that your tummy is still bothering you! Tummy trouble sucks as it's not something you can really ignore or push through. :( I hope you are feeling better this week. I love that striped sweater you are wearing in the weekly photo and I love how Harley usually makes an appearance as well!

  12. Sorry to hear that you are still having stomach troubles! I hope that this week is going better for you. I read way too many books and got annoyed because so many of them had a lot of fluff. However, I found Happiest Baby on the Block, Baby Whisperer and Be Prepared (which is geared for Dads) to be the best and most helpful. I used the Ameda Purely Yours pump, got it at hospital. It was way cheaper ($199) and worked great. I would have never thought to look but one of the nurses recommended it. As for the EI stuff, you can't do anything ahead of time which seems so silly. I had my husband do it and all the paper work for baby. I couldn't wrap my head around it at the time. It worked out really well for us and we'll do it the next time too. He did it right away and I didn't even notice the waiting period. I hope this helps!

  13. That sucks about your tummy. Hope you're feeling better.

    I read the girlfriends guide to pregnancy, which was a humorous book and the only one I enjoyed. What to expect was so technical, there was no way I could read it. I think you can read as much as you want but it's still not going to prepare you so if you don't read anything, you'll be just fine. Once baby was here, Baby Whisperer became a bible, so if you pick up anything that is my recommendation, for what it's worth.

    Pumps, I originally had a single pump that was just meant for the occasional session, then went through a couple different double pumps before finally purchasing the Medala double pump that comes with the battery pack. Super expensive, but it was the best one and I tired a lot of them. Well worth the money if you're going to use it. Also, some benefit plans will cover it or you can convince your doctor sometimes to write you a prescription for one to have it covered. I couldn't make that happen unfortunately. Also a lot of people will recommend renting one (lots of pharmacies will rent them out) but it's SUPER expensive if you're looking to use long term so best just to buy your own.

    Bottles, I ended up using the Medela bottles with the Medela calma nipple. It is a pricey nipple, but closest to a breast so there is no confusion. It makes the baby work to suck instead of just flowing out. Since Liam had a huge problem with choking when he drank, even though we were exclusively pumping and bottle feeding, this was the one that ended up reducing that choking the most. Worth the money.

    You can't do anything about EI ahead of time which sucks. But you can make sure you have everything you need ahead of time, like your ROI, etc so you can submit it all on your last day worked and reduce the time. I didn't have any problems waiting for my first payment which was good, but have heard horror stories about people not getting it for weeks.

    Hope that helps!

  14. mom - now GrandmaNovember 20, 2014 5:56 AM

    you are going to be amazing parents.... no book needed. You are a loving couple - who can only pass that love on to little miss sunshine.
    as long as you remember that "this too shall pass" parenting is a natural for you two.
    Harley is huge.... miss you all.

  15. We used an Avent pump but it only got used twice because I wasn't producing via pumping at all! We used the Avent and Born Free bottles when we started supplementing with formula down the road and goats milk eventually. They were both great!

    I read one book-- not necessary.

    I couldn't do anything EI related until after and then you have to wait a bit before your first cheque!

  16. I have no answers for any of your questions other than I know my friend Jen had to wait until her baby was born to get her EI stuff done.

    Love the sweater you're wearing! You look so great!

  17. Love the sweater you wore in the 30 week pic! Hope your tummy is feeling better :) I haven't read any books besides Baby Wise, just going to wing it!

  18. Love your outfit! That sweater is super cute!! You are getting so close!

  19. I didn't read a tonne when I was pregnant. If I was going to suggest a subject or two to read a bit on, I'd say breastfeeding (if that's what you're planning on doing) and sleep. Those are the two things that sort of consume you at first.

    As others have said - you have to wait to apply for EI, but make sure you talk to your work about the paperwork they need to submit and make sure they do that as soon as they are able to and make sure you get a copy just in case!

    I hope your stomach is getting better and not worse!



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