Week 36 Update [Possible Breech Baby?]

Oh…my…goodness. 36 weeks! It really feels like Lil Bean has run out of room. My stomach has gotten right lumpy looking in spots and when he moves, you can certainly tell!

I had another doctor’s appointment yesterday. Everything checked out well. Lil Bean Bean and I are both perfectly healthy except for one thing – Lil Bean might be breeched.  A breech baby is one that hasn’t quite moved into the optimal position (head down) yet. Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births (according to the American Pregnancy Association). I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday so that we can take a look at how Lil Bean is positioned to see for sure.

Even though hearing that Lil Bean might be breeched is not the best news to get, it’s not the end of the world. It just means some adjustments might need to be made to how we thought the next month might unfold. If he is breeched, Lil Bean can still turn (in fact, if he is breeched, I think he just turned last weekend to be so as he made a whole lot of commotion) and there are things we can do to try and get him to turn. All-in-all, we will do what is best for Lil Bean’s health (and my health) so if it has to be a C-Section in the end, then so be it.

Robb and I actually a little excited to get another ultrasound. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Lil Bean and I’m looking forward to seeing how he’s changed. Plus, it’ll be nice to make sure that we don’t spot any other potential problems.

Robb and I had a date day this past Saturday – probably one of our last because of his on-call rotation. We went up to Virginia to return a few baby items, went out to lunch to Olive Garden, then went and saw Thor: Ragnarok (not my favorite Thor movie by far – I wish that the movie had been a little less science fiction-y and took in more of the Norse legend).  It was great getting to spend time out and about with him. We also picked up some organizational items for the house and some items to complete Lil Bean’s nursery.

Not quite the best photo but I do love showing off the belly! | 36 Weeks

One of the items we picked up for the nursery was a cheap cubby hole and some canvas bins. Initially we were going to put it in the closet (replacing a plastic drawer and file cabinet that already existed in there) but after Robb dragged everything out, I thought that maybe it would look better under the shelves that I had him rearrange earlier in the week. I’m so happy now with how the nursery has turned out. This was about the third time that I’ve had Robb rearrange everything but it now looks like a cohesive unit (and I think he like how it looks now too). We also added in a rocking chair to give us something to sit. I’ll do a proper post on the nursery soon.

I spent Sunday cleaning (possibly nesting). I had received some new cleaning products in and was excited to try them out. C’mon. How many people can really say that they are excited about cleaning? But for some reason, I couldn’t wait to clean.

Keep your fingers crossed that Lil Bean’s in the right position come next Tuesday!

Grove Collaborative [Review]

It’s only fortuitous that I stumbled upon Grove Collaborative during my prime nesting time. Just ask Robb. I don’t really like cleaning but all of a sudden, I found myself excited about cleaning products and getting our house spotless before Lil Bean arrived. Ever since we started dating, I would occasionally get bitten by the organization bug (typically when he’s out of town so that he doesn’t see what I’m tossing as I’m cleaning the pantry or linen closet) but that has certainly increased during my pregnancy.

I think that he’d love it if I didn’t come up with a new project for him to do every time I started organizing something.

I’ve always been a little funny about my cleaning supplies. I prefer products that are non-toxic and have not been tested on animals. Not that we’re introducing a little one into our home, it is even more important that I focus on that. I do make a lot of my own products, such as toilet bombs and a linen spray but it is nice to have some other options around the house, especially if I’m feeling lazy.

Enter Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative is an online service that allows you to pick out the best natural products and have them delivered to the door. They are a Certified B Corp which means that they have passed the most rigorous standards for businesses that prioritize social, environmental, and community well-being (other companies include Patagonia and Seventh Generation). Not only do they featuring cleaning supplies but they also feature items for children (such as toothpaste, vitamins, and diapers) and other personal care items.

There’s no fee to join and shipping is a flat rate of $2.99. They do have a VIP program that provides you with free shipping along with some other perks (such as free items) but you really can’t beat $2.99 shipping.

So here’s what I got:

Can you believe that I got all of this for only $20.91?? I receive a free four-piece gift set with my first purchase AND they added in the glass spray bottle as an extra bonus.

  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Surface Scrub (Lavender)
  • Glass Spray Bottle: I can’t wait to use this spray bottle for one of my own cleaning blends.
  • Method – Tub & Tile Spray (Eucalyptus Mint): I was running low on energy by the time I started to clean the shower but this spray smelled amazing and I think it made a difference. I still need to get down and dirty with the shower.
  • Full Circle – Grunge Buster Grout and Tile Brush
  • Method – Daily Steel Cleaner: This item is the one that I was most excited about receiving. All of our appliances are stainless steel and they always end up so smeared with fingerprints and general grime. After using the cleaner just once, I was amazed at how shiny our appliances were!
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Hand Soap (Lemon Verbena)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Dish Soap (Apple Cider)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Multi-Surface Cleaner (Lemon Verbena): I decided to use this cleaner on our pantry shelves as I was organizing. I love the smell and it isn’t overpowering.
  • Walnut Scouring Pad

While some of these products do contain fragrances, they are non-irritating, non-toxic and fully biodegradable. Until I get to the point where I make all of my own cleaning supplies, I feel like this is a step in the right direction!

Use my referral link to get an extra $10 off your order after signing up.

2017 Must-Have Gift Guide for Expecting Moms

When you’re an expecting mother, you can sometimes lose sight of yourself among the preparations for your upcoming bundle of joy. It seems even more so if you are having a baby close to the holidays. One thing that my mom has tried her hardest to do during my pregnancy is to make sure that I haven’t been forgotten. For my birthday, she picked out gifts for me, not for Lil Bean. The same can probably be said for the Christmas holiday as well.

So I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas perfect for giving to the expecting mom in your life! These gifts are perfect for the upcoming holiday season or whenever you want to spoil that mama-to-be.

She deserves it.

Here we go!

Black Floral Pajama Pants from PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity has been my go-to for cute, comfortable clothing throughout my pregnancy and their pajama pants absolutely ROCK! The print is gorgeous, the fabric is so soft that the pants feel like butter against your skin, and the drawstring allows you to adjust the waistband as needed.

You can’t go wrong with pretty much anything from PinkBlush Maternity. Seriously.

Want more ideas on what not to get for a new mom? Then you need to see this gift guide from Priscilla at Multiwear.

Floral Bouquet from The Bouqs

When you’re pregnant, there will be days when you just aren’t feeling your best. Sometimes all it takes it a sweet little bouquet of flowers to brighten your day and The Bouqs has been my source for flowers for quite a few years now. The arrangements change frequently throughout the year and what I like most about the company is that they really work to build a relationship between the growers and the florists.

[Bonus: Order November’s Bouquet of the Month – the Chai Bouq – and Save 10% using coupon code NOV10! Valid 11/1-11/30]

Ecocentric Mom Gift Subscription

Ecocentric Mom box

I’ve waxed poetic before about how much I love receiving the Ecocentric Mom Monthly Subscription Box. The boxes are a mix of practical and pampering items tailored to the stage of motherhood. The contents vary every month but include some of the best non-toxic, organic, natural and unique products for moms, their babies and their homes.

[Bonus: Get 30% off your first monthly box with coupon code GETSTARTED]

Lavender and Calendula Hand Salve from The Southern Belle’s Garden

Filled with nourishing oils such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and my favorite, kukui nut oil (which is known for its soothing properties helps sooth sunburns and chapped skin), this salve is perfect for dry skin. The added bonus of lavender, lemongrass, and cedar wood essential oils creates a relaxing sensation as you apply this salve to your hands. It’s a great pampering product to gift.

Looking for more of the best gifts for new moms? Alyssa over at Feathers and Stripes has some great suggestions.

Guided Pregnancy Journal from Studio Oh!

Time WILL fly by when you are pregnant. I’ve tried to keep up with my pregnancy journal the best that I can but even I have slacked off at times (right about the time I started blogging more up here actually). This pregnancy journal from Studio Oh! is super-cute and a great way for any pregnant woman to keep track of some of the most memorable moments of her pregnancy.

Milestone Pregnancy Cards from Our Green House

As I have learned during my pregnancy, it is amazing how quickly time will pass by. These cards will help a mom-to-be document the special moments of her pregnancy. The set includes a card for weeks 8-40 of pregnancy as well as other special moments such as “first kick” and “pregnancy cravings.”

Better Grip Yoga Mat from Clever Yoga

These yoga mats come in a wide array of colors and are made from premium 100% Recyclable and ECO friendly TPE material which is UV resistant, odor-less and free from PVC, Phthalates, Silicone, Latex and other toxic materials.

Kinesiology Tape Pro from Mytape

An odd choice, but I know that this would make a great stocking stuffer for any expecting mom. Kinesiology tape (which you’ve probably seen mostly athletes wear up until now) is a safe alternative to medication that can help to relieve many pregnancy symptoms including swollen feet, back pain, sciatic, etc. It serves to lift the skin and help promote better blood circulation to relieve pressure on pain receptors.

Amazon Gift Card

This is a no-brainer. Even though a lot of people think that giving gift cards might be tacky or impersonal, I LOVE to receive gift cards. It allows me to purchase what I really want. Get that mom-to-be a gift card to her favorite store and let her pick out what she really wants.

So there you have it – some of my top picks for holiday gifts for expecting moms. I hope this gift guide gives you some wonderful ideas for the holidays and after!

This Gift Guide is in participation with a Gift Guide Blog Hop. For the full list of Gifts for new or expecting moms, click here.

Week 34 & 35 Update [3-Hour Glucose Test]

Last week was something. I went to the doctor not once but twice!

On Monday, I alarmed the people at work because of how bright red my face was (I choked on my lunch which more than likely had something to do with it and that had also given me a bit of a headache) so I went to my doctor’s office. When I first arrived, my blood pressure was 140/80 so they let me sit for about 10 minutes quietly and checked my blood pressure again – thankfully it had dropped back down to my normal range. They also checked my weight (down a pound from my last appointment), listened to Lil Bean’s heart rate (perfect), checked my legs/feet for swelling (they were fine), tested my reflexes, and decided to take my blood to run Preeclampsia Labs, just in case. They said that everything seemed fine and that I seemed okay, it was probably just a mixture of the headache and anxiety from all the fussing around me that caused my blood pressure to go up.

Then Wednesday was my normal (i.e. scheduled) appointment. Everything went great there. My blood pressure was spot on, my weight was good (I had regained that pound), Lil Bean’s heart rate was good, and my belly was measuring on par. They did mention again about taking the 3-hour glucose test (as I had failed my glucose test by one point previously) so I decided to get it done. Lil Bean’s health is what matters most to me.

35 Weeks

The 3-hour glucose test was SO boring. I definitely recommend that you bring something to do while you are there. I brought my laptop, two books, and my journal to keep me occupied because I was there from about 7:30 until 12:00 basically (thankfully I arrived early because the place where I went is walk-in only and by midmorning it was packed). During the last two hour-long waits, I ended up taking brief naps in my car (after setting an alarm) which was nice because I went to work after.

Basically this is how my 3-hour glucose test went:

  • The first time they took my blood, it was my “fasting” level to gauge what my normal blood sugar level is. I hadn’t had anything to eat since 9 p.m. the previous night – no water or anything – so it was nice that I got there early.
  • I drank 100 mg of the glucola mixture (orange flavored this time, I actually like it better than the fruit punch) and went back to the lobby to wait.
  • After an hour, they drew my blood and I went back to the lobby to wait again (or rather, my car for nap #1). I know some people have had issues with the glucola drink (nausea, headaches, etc.) but I had zero issues with it.
  • After another hour, they drew my blood again and I went back to my car for nap #2.
  • Finally, after another hour, they drew my blood for the fourth time and I was free to go!

Even though I did bring snacks with me for after my test, I beelined it straight to the water fountain and then the cafeteria. At this point, I felt great, just starving. I ended up eating a turkey burger and french fries and it tasted like the best thing I had ever eaten.

EDIT: I received my results back on Tuesday morning so I thought that I would do a quick update on my results – 

Fasting: 85 mg/dL (Standard Range: 70-95 mg/dL)
1 Hour: 169 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-179 mg/dL)
2 Hour: 139 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-154 mg/dL)
3 Hour: 105 mg/dL (Standard Range: 65-139 mg/dL)

At this point of my pregnancy (35 weeks), I feel like we are in the home stretch and I am preparing myself that Lil Bean could come at any time. There are still a few things that I need to get done before his arrival:

  • Car seat installation – This is priority #1!
  • Pack my hospital bag
  • Oil change for my car – Scheduled
  • Prepare a couple of freezer meals – Robb spent the weekend defrosting and cleaning out our big freezer (it needed it) so we have a decent amount of space available. I want to have a couple of freezer meals stored away for us to quickly grab when we are starving but exhausted. A few weeks ago, I helped Robb process a deer into ground venison but since he went on and seasoned all of it, he wants to kill another deer for us to have unseasoned meat to put away. I’ll use the unseasoned ground venison instead of ground beef until it runs out which will certainly help us save on our grocery bill.

Ecocentric Mom – October 2017 Pregnancy Box

Ecocentric Mom is a monthly subscription box for moms who want to discover the best non-toxic, organic, natural and unique products for themselves, their babies and their homes. Boxes ship around the 25th of each month and make the PERFECT gift for a mom-to-be or new mom! At $27.99 for one month, the box is suitable for almost any budget.

I couldn’t wait to receive my Ecocentric Mom Pregnancy box and as soon as it arrived, I tore into it. October’s theme featured products geared towards a Healthy Home.

My box included:

  • “Simon” Hedgehog/Owl Toy by Lilliputiens – This fun, reversible toy is machine washable and is perfect for attaching to strollers and play gyms. I can’t wait for Lil Bean to be able to one day get his hands on it! Retail value: $24.99
  • Natural Hydrating Lip Gloss in Raspberry Rose by Pure Lano – I love the color of this lip gloss and the way it felt on my lips (it’s non-sticky). It’s the perfect shade for fall and the case includes a light and a mirror for easy application. Retail value: $24
  • Organic Coconut Oil by Coconut Karma – This coconut oil comes in a portable package (with a re-sealable cap) to help you continue your habits like daily oil pulling, coconut oil coffee drinking, and hair and skin moisturizing, even when you’re away from home. Retail Value: $5.33
  • Wool Dryer Balls by Ecocentric Mom – Even though I already have a set of wool dryer balls, I don’t mind having another stash. I love using wool dryer balls – they reduce wrinkles, soften fabrics, shorten drying time, and can be mixed with essential oils to make your laundry smell great. They are a great all-natural and chemical-free addition to your laundry routine. Retail Value: $16.95
  • Botanical Luxe Bath: Freshwoods + Spearmint by True FormulationTrue Formulation handmakes all of their products with absolutely zero chemicals, preservatives, and fillers  to provide a luxurious bath experience with a blend of oils and an accompanying botanical mix to help relieve stress, soothe aching joints, and stimulate circulation. Retail Value: $18
  • Laundry Suds: Citrus by Lilac Moon Company – Lilac Moon Company is a mom owned business, which I love! They create everything in small batches, including this liquid laundry detergent. I made my own laundry detergent, but I couldn’t help but to use this right away. The citrus scent provides the perfect perk to your clothing!

I actually loved everything that I received in my box even though I don’t have plans to use some of it right now. I love the care that Ecocentric Mom takes when they are choosing items for their box. I’ve tried a couple of other subscription boxes during my pregnancy but prefer this one because their ideology aligns with my own. Plus, I feel like I certainly received products with a value higher than the cost of the box.

That being said, I’m really trying to save every penny that I can for when I am on maternity leave, so I decided to take a month or two off until I see what my budget will look like post-baby.

 Ecocentric Mom box