This and that

20 Jan

Ladies, I have found second trimester nirvana in the form of the Leachco Snoogle Loop Contoured Fit Body Pillow:

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Seriously, you all were so right. What was I waiting for?! I thought it was too expensive but four months of real sleep is worth any price. And I was worried about taking up too much room in our queen sized bed, but this actually takes up LESS room than having a pillow on either side of me. DH was admittedly a little dubious when the GIANT box arrived at our house but now he’s happy to have some bed real estate back, if not a bit jealous of my pillow. (He “tried it out” this morning while I was in the shower and apparently fell immediately to sleep for 15 minutes. It’s that good!)

I’d recommend this any knocked up lady out there. It’s not perfect. For example, the stitching inside the inner top loop where your neck goes is a little taut, but it has to be to keep the pillow snuggled tightly on either side of your body and can be avoided by repositioning your head a little. The white cover is a little rough but it’s not so bad. The level of comfort this brings outshines this pillow’s few flaws by leaps and bounds!

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In other news, I registered today for a tour of the hospital where we’ll deliver (we’ll also be taking a tour of Children’s hospital at some point), and a childbirth preparation class. I was a little hesitant about taking a birth class for a few reasons. First of all, I went through a time early on in our TTC journey where I was borderline obsessed with natural childbirth. I researched it, watched birth videos, read endless birth stories, read Ina May’s books, etc. I was sure I would get pregnant easily, have a normal healthy pregnancy, and deliver my child naturally at home. Infertility and the course of this pregnancy has obviously changed all that.  Am I sad? Disappointed? Definitely. But also much more focused on getting a baby AT ALL than any of those things.

All this is to say that I not only felt like I knew a lot about birth already, but also that I didn’t want to take a natural childbirth class and get myself in that mindset (i.e. get my hopes up) if we end up needing a Cesarean.  But I happened to find a class that kind of covers everything, from labor signs to natural breathing techniques to C-sections, which I do think will be helpful to just prepare mentally for whatever our childbirth experience ends up looking like. Both DH and I will attend the 3.5 hour class on a Saturday in April.

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I guess I’ve sort of been trying to put this out of my mind, but we did have another long, painful ultrasound at Children’s last week where they thought they saw some dilation of  Turtle’s bowel inside his body. This can potentially indicate a blockage in the bowel, which can mean some further complications once he’s born that I’m not ready to think too much about right now. To be honest, I don’t fully trust some of the people who do the ultrasounds at Children’s and really just want my MFM OB (Dr. Kind) to take a look at our ultrasound in a few weeks to tell me for sure. Until then, I won’t worry. And even if Dr. Kind does see something, a lot can change over the next few months. So I’m not going to freak out. Much.

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10 Responses to “This and that”

  1. Cristy January 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I had to giggle about DH’s response to your pillow. Only a matter of time before all partners are insisting that the ladies purchase one of these.

    I think your plan with wait for Dr. Kind’s input is wise. You guys trust him and I imagine he’ll walk you through what you’re seeing much more thoroughly.

    Glad to hear things are moving along! Yeah for hospital tours!! I hope the class is an informative and great experience, too.

  2. I borrowed a snoogle from a friend and it is amazing. She has a really nice, soft pillow case for it. No clue where she got it, but something to look into. Putting it on the pillow is quite the experience;-)

    That sounds like a great class that will be useful no matter how Turtle decides to comes into the world.

  3. Theresa January 21, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    That pillow looks freakish and super comfy all at the same time….
    Thinking of you and the turtle.

  4. Courtney January 21, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Pregnancy pillows are AWESOME! I may get the one you suggest – it looks like it takes up less room than the one I’ve been eyeing. B is already not sleeping well at night due to our ultra firm mattress (he picked it, and I told him it was too firm for him – but perfect for me) – I don’t want to put something in the bed just yet that will make his nights even more frustrating. HA!

    I like your plan on not worrying (much) until you talk with Dr. Kind.

  5. Keisha January 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Corey named my pillow and claimed I was having an affair with it.
    Good call on waiting to talk to the person whose opinion you value and trust.

  6. Jenny January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Ohhhhh, the Snoogle….I bought mine last week and I’m already deeply in love with it. I woke up this morning and it occurred to me that I hadn’t felt that comfortable, well, ever! I really didn’t want to leave it to go to work. I almost shed a tear…

    I’m glad you’re not freaking out (too much). I think it’s a good idea to wait to wait for your doctor’s opinion. I’ll be sending good thoughts Turtle’s way. 🙂

  7. Seagull January 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Told you the pillow was the best thing ever. It’s my favorite and glad it’s helping you out on the sleep front. GL with the follow-up u/s. you are so strong and brave for your little one!

  8. sams January 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    OMG, I MUST have that body pillow! I am so uncomfortable at night (well, all the time, really) – waking up multiple times with terrible back and hip pain! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • sams January 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      I just bought the pillow – now to look for a pillow case!

  9. trufflelove January 24, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    I kinda want one now! 🙂

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