Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Week 29 - Getting all geared up

This week, we decided to take stock of all that we have ready for the baby and also my emergency bag to the hospital. We've been really lucky as my sister, aunties and friends have been giving us some items to start us off:

1. Baby crib - loan from friend
2. Bath tub - from Sis
3. Pram (upcoming Christmas present from Sis)
4. Three bouncers - have not seen any of them yet to choose
5. Almost 120 cloth diapers (hand-me-downs from Sis, friend and auntie)
6. A mini wardrobe for the newborn (hand-me-downs from his cousins)
7. Bottles and bottle warmer from Sis
8. Pillow and bolsters to be sewn by Grandma

Don't we look all set for his arrival already?? I had a good time looking through the old baby clothes - they are very sweet looking coz they are so cute, tiny and soft. After we ran through this inventory, we went out shopping for some stuff to supplement these:

1. 3 new suits - blue, white and yellow with some fav cartoon characters i.e. Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse.
2. Bath towels and hankies
3. Grooming products for this could-be metrosexual
4. Nappy liners
5. Rubber sheet
6. Rubber pants
7. Cotton for cleaning

I wanted to get more clothes and also some soft toys but Hubby reined this shopaholic back to earth to hold on till later. We also got some stuff for my hospital bag (not so fun stuff so not worth mentioning here!).

Now that we've got some things started, I'm a bit more relieved now esp since walking too much is a problem that we may not have the energy to look for them later.

Next week, we'll be bucking down to practising breathing exercises and coaching strategies for the labor room. A friend lent us a book on Lamaze so I'm all set for being armed and ready for the big day!

BABY NOTES: Your baby is now about 10.4 inches from crown to rump, or a total length of about 16.7 inches from head to toe, and weighs about 2.7 pounds. He or she continues to be active and grow; however, you may be feeling fewer kicks and punches. This is because even though your baby is getting larger and stronger, he or she also has less space in which to gain momentum for these movements.

Your baby's brain is developing billions of neurons (important for later learning) at an amazing rate no wonder her head is getting bigger now! To meet his nutritional demands which peak this trimester you'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron.

His bones, in particular, are soaking up lots of calcium now, so drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, like cheese or enriched orange juice). And get enough fiber in your diet to help prevent constipation, which can lead to hemorrhoids, a common occurrence in late pregnancy.

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