24 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Bumps and Blessings

The Making of A Mindful Maternity

24 Weeks Pregnant

This week’s adventures included a camping trip last weekend and a cold.  We camped at Davidson River Campground with friends and it was super relaxing.  I actually felt pretty comfortable sleeping in the tent.  I had 2 therma rests and 3 pillows-no roughing it for this mama to be!

My exercise this week has been limited to walking while we were camping and a few yoga poses thanks to a cold.  This is my second pregnancy cold and it stinks (to quote Papa bear from The Bernstein Bears, “I never get sick. ” Well, almost never).  Today I’m feeling better.  I’ve been napping, using the neti pot , and drinking warm orange juice (It sounds yucky when you aren’t sick, but it is really good when you’re sick.  Dilute half a cup of oj with 1 cup of hot water).

This week the baby has gained half a pound so she weighs about 1.5 pounds and is about 8.4 inches.  Her ears are fully functional so we’d better watch what we’re saying.  My four year old has said a couple of times this week that she is ready for her baby sister to come out and we’ve been talking about how she can be a great helper.  One of my favorite activities this week has been curling up and reading my pregnancy books.  This week I’ve been reading A Wise Birth by Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldmen and Birthing from Within by Pam England.  I also came across this great home birth video that you may want to check out  Jaya: A Celebration of Homebirth

This journey continues on and I’m enjoying the process and amazing changes occurring in my body.  Next week I go to the ob for my glucose test and I’m sure I”ll be doing some more reading and yoga!

Live Well,

Laura

Preparing for a New Baby Sister

Baby Bumps and Blessings:

The Making of a Mindful Maternity

The Ultrasound

Last week we had our 20 week ultrasound.  I”ve already revealed it is another girl, but what was so neat was that we took our oldest daughter who is 4 with us.  She was so interested in everything and when we got home she remembered that the ultrasound tech had told her that the baby’s head was an oval shape and that was a good thing, so she was looking at our heads to determine the shape.  So far, she is excited about being the big sister, but as a Mom I’m a little worried about how she’ll feel once the baby arrives.

I was four when Martha was born and I can remember waking up one morning and my Mom wasn’t home and I was sooooo mad!  I threw a huge tantrum!  I can remember the day Mom and Martha came home and I was so excited.  This excitement went away when I was told to leave Mom alone so she could rest and someone took the yellow stuffed chicken out of the bassinet that I had put in there for Martha to play with.  After that I don’t remember much about her, maybe Mom nursing her here and there, until we were older.  We always got along pretty well and are now great friends and sisters so I hope number 1 and number 2 will have a strong relationship.

How did you involve your older children in preparation for a new baby?

Live Well,

Laura