Third Trimester Must Haves

I am writing this one 7 months postpartum (life with a newborn has a way of making you wildly busy!) My third trimester brought on sciatic issues but overall wasn't bad. These are a few things that helped me get through it!

My Varidesk was sooooo helpful. Being able to stand while I edit/email was crucial. 

Packing my hospital bag was something that gave me a feeling of comfort. You really don't have any control over when you will go into labor so making sure my bag was packed by 32 weeks honestly just took away some of that anxiety of the unknown. (I will do a post next showing specifically what I packed in mine!)

Two words, BATH-BOMBS. Lush to be exact. Back to the backache stuff, it was so nice to soak in the tub to relieve some of the aches and pains.

Did I mention my back ached? Hah. A prenatal massage is something every pregnant woman should get to experience. 

I love Dreft laundry detergent. The smell of it on newborn clothes makes me want to cuddle fresh baby. Doing some laundry prior to baby's arrival is another thing I could do to reduce my anxiety over waiting for her to come!

Last but not least, my beloved Netflix. I was pretty tired chasing a toddler around during my third trimester so I am not ashamed to say Clark has some new shows in his queue. A few favorites are Beat Bugs, Dino Trux and PJ Masks. If you want to watch a weird show for toddlers, check out Gon. Thankfully he has forgot about that one so I haven't had to sit through it in a while. Some of my recently favorite binges have included Glow, The Crown, Grace & Frankie and Riverdale.

Third trimester is all about relaxing as much as you can and doing final preparations for the sweet little nuggets arrival!

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Ada's Birth Story

 

It has taken me a while to post this, life with two littles doesn't leave much time for blogging!

Ada's birth story is almost exactly how I'd hope a labor and delivery could go. What makes it all so unique though, is that my sister in law and I were due on the exact same day with girls.

Two weeks before our due dates, on January 4th, my sister in law had her daughter Dorothy sometime after 10pm. We got the text message around 10:30pm as we were crawling into bed. I was just about to fall asleep when I had my first contraction. I wasn't sure if that is what is was at first. (With Clark my water just broke, I wasn't dilated or contracting at the time.) I got up, went to the bathroom, walked around a minute then laid back down. 15 minutes later I had the pain again. I got up, went downstairs and called my Mum. I figured if this was really it, I would let Reid get as much sleep as possible. My Mum and I talked for a few minutes, I had a few more contractions, called the labor and delivery number and realized this was it. At first they weren't consistent enough so I wasn't sure, but the intensity grew so that is what made me realize it was time.

When I woke up Reid, he jumped into action. He was grabbing his belongings to pack a bag but I told him to slow down and take his time because things weren't too consistent yet. About 10 minutes later while he was brewing coffee and taking his time like I said to, I had multiple painful contractions in a short period of time. Suddenly I had a fear that I'd have the baby on route 48 so I told him to drop everything so we could leave.

It was around midnight at this time and I couldn't wait for my Dad to arrive to watch Clark so I called our neighbor Steph who had already assured me she would sleep with her phone close by in case we needed her. She answered on the second ring and knew it was baby time!

Steph walked over, we left with my Dad on the way and my Mum to meet us at the hospital. After getting settled in and checked by the doctor, things seemed to move quickly. (Not a luxury I had with Clark's labor.) We arrived at Forbes a little before 1am and Ada was safely on my chest at 5:10am. 

I got an epidural again which didn't go as smoothly as my first. I couldn't get myself positioned right during contractions but eventually it was done. Sadly it only worked on one side and I needed to move myself to my right side so it would work better. That was one of the most painful parts of the labor. I was having multiple contractions in a minute and I just couldn't get comfortable enough to turn. When it was time to push the whole process took 20 minutes. To me this was incredible considering I pushed with Clark for 4 hours. Things were calm, I was joking with my doctor in between contractions and I felt at ease.

We had a healthy, strong, 7 pound 5 ounce and 20 inch baby girl. Ada Louise Wellock. Named Ada just because we liked the name and Louise after my grandmother, (her middle name.)

The only part of this labor that was scary was shortly after the placenta was out I wasn't contracting like I needed to to stop the bleeding. I passed a few very large clots, they put me on pitocin and had to push on my uterus to make it contract. I was thankful my Mum was with us so she could be with me during this time but Reid was able to stand with Ada as the doctors looked her over. Eventually the bleeding was under control and we were moved to another room to cuddle our sweet girl. Soon after that, visitors started to arrive and Clark got to meet his baby sister. It was love at first site all around.

I can't thank my Mum enough for taking these photos. It means so much to us.

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Second Trimester Must Haves

 

The second trimester of this pregnancy came slowly but then was gone quickly!

When I was pregnant with Clark I bought a grey maternity dress from Target. The Liz Lange line there is basically what I lived in but mostly this dress. I wore it alone in the summer with flip flops and continue to wear it with sneakers and a sweater or boots.

The Bio Oil helps with stretch marks for sure. I don't know if it's helped me not get them on my belly but I have been fortunate so far. I use this on and off with the Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion.

I got a really bad head cold and since there isn't much pregnant women can take, this Crane Cool Mist humidifier was a life saver. (We have one in Clark's room and one for the new baby!)

This pregnancy I have also been congested pretty much the entire time. Whether it's just hormones or my allergies (and I can't take my normal meds for that,) saline spray is something I found safe but super helpful.

Heartburn came in full force this pregnancy. Tums are my best friend.

This is where starting to sleep on your side is important, the Snoogle pillow helps me do that since I'm a back/belly sleeper normally. Couldn't get a nights sleep without it!

A new purchase this year is the Blanqi maternity support leggings. I know it's a splurge but honestly the support in them in SO helpful since I've started to have some sciatic issues this time around. Right now they are having a half off sale. RUN don't walk for these buttery leggings.

Check back for my third trimester must haves, along with what I am packing in my hospital bag!