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34 weeks - 6/18/13

34 weeks – 6/18/13

(yes this post is over a week late ūüôā – and yes I should do my hair before taking my weekly picture)

How far along?: 34 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of an?: Butternut Squash (yum) or cantaloupe
Maternity Clothes:¬†nope – seems silly to buy anything now ūüôā
Baby Purchases:¬†we had our two baby showers! So much fun and wonderfully gifted from all of our friends. ¬†Then we went shopping for everything we didn’t get at the showers. ¬†So baby Brody has everything he’ll need plus some. ¬†I’ve also bought the large majority of our cloth diaper stash as well as the accessories that are needed to go along with them!
Sleep: Great!
Symptoms: I have to pee ALL THE TIME!
Miss Anything?:¬†all the usuals ūüôā
Movement: everyday mostly at night
Food cravings:¬†I had the craving for cauliflower…weird.
Mood:¬†Happy! ¬†Probably moody as well ūüôā
Rings: Wearing a larger ring
Belly Button: out
Gender:  Baby BOY!!
Pregnancy Workout:¬†absolutely nothing – I should walk but I don’t feel that ambitious in the morning and it’s way to hot anytime after 9am
Pregnancy Pet Peeve:¬†people who think they know it all about babies…dude I get that I’m a first time mom and I might not know things but lets be honest – I’m going to do what I want regardless of what you tell me – so I’ll ask when I want advice! (then at least I might actually listen to what you say) ūüėČ
Pregnancy Updates:¬†Well they’ve said that my diabetes is doing so well that I only have to finger prick twice a day – whoo hoo!! And I seem to be able to eat a little bit more carbs and still be okay as far as blood sugar goes – so I ATE PIZZA…so good.
Best Moment this Week:¬†did you hear…I ATE PIZZA! ¬†Also, our two baby showers were awesome! ¬†So much yummy food and fantastic festivities. ¬†Plus lets be real everyone loves playing with baby things.
Looking forward to:¬†Going to Cville this weekend and seeing my friend and adorable ‘niece’!
BabyCenter Update:¬†Your¬†baby¬†now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her¬†fat layers¬†‚Äď which she’ll need to regulate her body temperature once she’s born ‚Äď are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her¬†lungs are continuing to mature¬†as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.


– Brody’s beautiful crib – I made the bed skirt!

– His car sheets along with his little sea horse buddy (he doesn’t have a name yet).


РUnfilled shadow box РI want to do something like this http://craftersadd.blogspot.com/2010/03/baby-shadow-box.html but less girly


– the tree wall

– I want to do this in the white frames –¬†http://www.shopmilkweed.com/2011/07/nursery-art.html?spref=fb¬†maybe next week!


– changing area


– Other side of dresser


– an organized closet!


– neatIMG_0205 IMG_0206

– Brody will be rad like his dad


– Turtle night light! ¬†It puts stars on the ceiling – I’ll be honest I like sitting in there and looking at them.


– Diaper changing basket


– still need to figure out how to fold baby pants…


– burb cloths and blankies


– the cloth diaper collection (at least those that have been washed – the others are still in the package in case we don’t like that brand we can return them!)

– extra inserts


– the adorable bookshelf – books and storage! ¬†plus somewhere to put my drink when i’m sitting in the chair!

– wall art!


– straw art


– ready for his first year!


– and hand and foot prints!


– humidifier that used to be in our room ūüôā


– saving up for his first car…hahaIMG_0223 IMG_0224 IMG_0225

– I added the trucks to his curtains

– chair – its comfy


– diaper pail – gotta have that!


– garden view


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I’ve noticed that when I tell people we chose cloth diapering…I don’t always get a positive reaction. ¬†Actually, most of time time I get disgust or at the very least confusion.

So I thought I’d take the time to explain why we choose to cloth diaper. ¬†I’m pretty excited about it ūüôā ¬†We are registered for a combo of Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, and Charlie Banana pocket diapers. ¬†All three of these brands have very faithful followers but we will only wash a few of each initially to see if we prefer one type in particular – then we could always exchange the others. ¬†And if i’m washing diapers, I might as well wash wipes too!!¬†Last week, we bought five Lotus Bumz brand diapers because Zulily was having a sale!

1) Money

This is how I convinced Brett that cloth diapering was for us. ¬†I’ve read tons of articles about the price differences between disposable and cloth. ¬†This is one of the easiest to read. ¬†http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/07/09/cloth-diapers/

Basically using disposable diapers costs about $2,000 during a child’s diaper using age, while cloth diapers costs around $750. ¬†In my case, I’m hoping to lessen that $750 by getting most of my cloth diapers at showers. ¬†So the only diapering costs we’d deal with would be those costs to launder the diapers.

These costs are even more dramatic when multiplied over multiple children. ¬†I plan on having a few ūüėČ and most of the good cloth diaper brands hold up very well for multiple children – so you can just reuse them!

2) Skin Care

Cloth diapers have been shown to be much better for babies with sensitive skin.  I think it has something to do with the breathable cotton next to babies bum instead of disposable diaperstuff.  I have a pretty bad case Eczema and have since I was very little.  Brett also has dry skin.  Disposable diapers contain something that converts pee to a gel Рin my experience any contact with chemical goo normally causes a eczema flare up for me! So we are pretty sure our child will have skin issues of some sort so this is an added bonus for cloth diapers.

I’ve also read where cloth diapering helps prevent diaper rash…so we’ll see!

3) Environmentally Friendly

Think of all the trash you are saving. ¬†I can’t lie and tell you that Brett and I are the most earth friendly – We own a Keurig coffee maker and¬†definitely¬†create extra trash that way. ¬†And we aren’t the best at remembering to recycle. ¬†However, I hate taking out the trash and I love doing laundry so I can’t say that I will miss the trash of disposables.

4) Blowouts

Having not had my baby yet, I can’t say that I’ve¬†experienced¬†this. ¬†However, my niece (best friends little girl) has had a few so I’ve heard. ¬†So I did some research on how cloth diapers handle the poop explosions. ¬†I was worried that their elastic might not be able to handle poop as well as that stretchy stuff in disposables. ¬†From what I’ve read cloth diapers handle those fun poop moments a lot better than disposables. ¬†So fingers crossed that we won’t have too many episodes of a poop covered baby.

Other Reasons to Cloth Diaper

– These are not your mom’s diapers. ¬†Their are no pins or folding – they are basically like a Rolls Royce version of a disposable diaper

– Whether you cloth diaper or disposable diaper, you cannot avoid the poop. ¬†So the extra minute of spraying off poop and dumping the diaper in a diaper pail to wash later – really isn’t that much extra work! ¬†And that time washing diapers (which really you put it in the washer and turn it on…not that hard) – will be saved because you won’t have to cut diaper coupons or make late night runs to the store!!

РLets be real Рthe cloth diapers are so much cuter!! AND they come in pretty colors.  So excited.  These are a few we ordered from Lotus Bumz.

So I know that Baby Boy isn’t here yet, but I’m so excited about cloth diapering. ¬†I will definitely do a follow up post after he’s here and we’ve used the diapers to let you know how things are going!

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32 weeks

6/4/13 - 32 weeks

6/4/13 – 32 weeks


How far along?: 32 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of an?:¬†Jicama (which I hadn’t heard of until yesterday when Paula Dean used it on her show! – It looks kinda like a turnip root)
Maternity Clothes: nothing recently
Baby Purchases:¬†we have gotten some goodies off our registry like our awesome crib that Brett’s parents bought us – and Brett and I bought a dresser from a thrift store that matches it wonderfully! ¬†So baby boy is on his way to having a finished nursery!
Sleep:¬†Pretty good – my eczema has been flaring up so I’ve been scratching a lot…itchy itchy
Symptoms: nothing
Miss Anything?:¬†brownies…sprinkles…donuts…potatoes…pasta….bread…biscuits…oreos….
Movement: everyday mostly at night
Food cravings:¬†well since I can’t have carbs – I eat a lot of meat and cheese – My favorite is Mexican; steak, cheese, sour cream, quacomole
Mood:¬†Happy! Excited! and perhaps moody at times ūüėČ
Rings: Wearing a larger ring
Belly Button: out
Gender:  Baby BOY!!
Pregnancy Workout:¬†unpacking and cleaning…I need more motivation to get this house put together!
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: the babies r us registry website Рit is not very well organized.
Pregnancy Updates: Had my first appointment at UNC. ¬†It was so different from UVA. ¬†The main hospital is HUGE and we had to park in a parking garage across the street – so we had left 40 minutes before appointment thinking that would be ample time…and we got there right on time b/c it took so long to park and walk over (granted I walk slower). ¬†But once we found out where we were going…everything was great. ¬†The doc who saw me was so nice and spent at least a half an hour with me. ¬†I received a crazy amount of praise for my blood sugar figures so go team NO CARBS!! ¬†So hopefully I can keep this up and avoid medication all together. ¬†She did say because of my family history, I have a larger than normal chance of having diabetes after pregnancy – lets hope not because I have a lot of things that I want to eat eventually…brownies…donuts…potatoes…pasta…
Best Moment this Week:¬†Well since it’s been so long since I’ve posted…the best moment in the last three weeks was that we agreed on a baby name!!…wait for it….

Brody Luke Pettett

Looking forward to:¬†Our showers this weekend. ¬†We have two awesome showers for Brody – I’m so excited!
BabyCenter Update:¬†By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of a jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she¬†fattens up¬†for survival outside the womb.

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