Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 15

15 weeks and I feel like I'm bumpin'!

I think in another month or so it will be something I cannot hide with a flowy shirt.

I officially bought new bras this week!  Huzzah!  It was honestly pretty depressing buying giant super full coverage bras, but my mom kept reminding me that this is just temporary.  It's nice to have some that actually fit now and I got them pretty cheap at Vanity Fair.

My mom and I also popped over to the Care & Share and thrifted some super cute baby clothes for $1 a piece.  Most of the items looked brand new.  I found a maternity shirt and a pair of work pants too.

I'm starting to plan the theme for the nursery and have been discovering that basically every company that makes baby crap thinks all baby girls should only like the color pink (see pic of baby clothes above).  Come on!  I'm obviously doing a purple nursery.  I fell in love with these sheets on Etsy but there's no way in hell I'm paying $80 for a piece of fabric that my kid will probably just ruin.  I'm going to use the pattern and the pops of green as inspiration.

Here's some more of my Etsy inspiration.

I ordered these four 12x12" prints on Amazon for $25, so that's a start.

This week we officially signed up for a birth class!  Much to Dave's dismay, I have decided that I want to shoot for a drug free birth so I wanted to do something more thorough than the classes offered by the hospital.  I started looking at Bradley Method classes but the availability wasn't great.  I was pretty disappointed, but then my coworker told me I should look into Hypnobabies, which was actually created by a previous Bradley instructor so it covers all the same material about pregnancy, birth, and beyond plus the whole hypnosis thing.  The name sounds super woo-woo and I wasn't really sure at first, but I did some more reading and it piqued my interested.  From the website:
In the past, the word “hypnosis” conjured up images of stage hypnotists re-creating Elvis, or people clucking like chickens. Now it is common for hypnosis to be used therapeutically in the practice of medicine, in creating anesthesia for surgeries and dental work, and for personal therapy sessions. 
When learning how to use hypnosis for childbirth, you are taught how the vertical and horizontal uterine muscles work efficiently together when the body is deeply relaxed. The depth of relaxation needed to facilitate an easier, more comfortable birthing can easily be achieved with hypnosis. Women learn these skills in classes, and practice them at home every day until the baby arrives.
By learning and practicing Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, hypno-mothers are able to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create their own natural anesthesia and direct it to wherever they need it. She has total control over her body, and is an active participant in her birth process. She is aware of everything around her, and as birth progresses, she naturally goes deeper inside herself, trusting in her body’s innate ability to give birth with ease and comfort.
Dave is super skeptical but he supports his crazy wife ;)  I'm sure I'll post more on the class when it starts in May!


  1. LOVE the nursery theme...good to know for your shower gift ;) and I looked into those classes too! I have a great book to lend you if you're interested. It's all about mindfulness during birth whether you are drug-free, have an epi, or have to have a C-section. It's a wonderful read and really calmed me down about the whole thing.

  2. The classes sound wonderful! It was a few years ago (Jodi is almost 15) but my Lamaze instructor actually called the breathing techniques a form of self-hypnosis. He (yes, he) was a radical. LOL! I was all set up for a water birth, and then needed an emergency c-section to deliver my breech baby. Go figure! Anyway, no matter what choices you make, the actually birth is the first time you realize that your little one is "running the show." If she's anything like mine, better get used to it, because she will be doing that for many, many years.

    1. Haha I'm sure I will have a feisty little one calling the shots :) Can't believe Jodi is going to be 15, wow!

  3. Yay for baby girls! Doesn't it just feel so much more real when you find out the gender? I mean, ok, not that it doesn't feel real before (ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE SICK) but there is just something so cool about knowing...you are going to have a DAUGHTER! Excited for you.

    I also dragged Garrett kicking and screaming to our hypnobirthing class but he hung in there and in the end I think he found it really useful. You learn A LOT (aside from the hypnosis) that I don't think you learn in any of the hospital classes. And I found it INCREDIBLY USEFUL during labor. Despite the fact that I ended up having to have a c-section, I really credit hypnobirthing to helping create (what I thought was) a really wonderful birthing experience.

    1. I keep calling the baby "it" just out of habit, and I'm like NO she's a she! Haha. I agree, it definitely makes it more real though.

      I've heard that the hypnosis techniques are great for outside of birth too... any time you feel anxiety, at the dentist, when you can't fall asleep, etc!


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