Ange - congrats on your boy! It is so great how these little beings slowly become real people and personalities to us....
We also had to go back for more measurements with our anatomy scan.
Daisy - your photo is great - definitely 3D! Our little one was moving too much to get one, so we got a 2D instead. Clearly a little thumb or hand-sucker!! Cute!
Baylorbear - Cord Blood Banking: I looked into this quite some time ago, but once I decided I wanted to have our baby's cord pulse until it stopped (also called "delayed cord clamping"), I forewent the option to bank, since it would not be possible anymore at that point. I understand the wish to have it banked, though. For me, I just chose to have the baby try to get as much of the best nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies cursing through it after birth in place of the option for cord blood later in life. That being said, there seem to be a number of companies out there, so happy researching, and I hope you find the best one for you!
Julie - I know that job loss and finances can be stressful (I have been going through that as well for a few months now), but if there is any way you can avoid having to find a job now and just enjoy these last few months, I say do it! It is so much better for your little one if your body is well rested and able to start nesting earlier. Of course, if you are stressed out of your tree about no job, then that isn't good, either, I realize! I had to decide between continuing to job search with a growing belly at one point, or decide to stop and try again afterward. Tough decision. But, being in Canada, our maternity benefits are, I think, different from yours in the States, so we may have more options here to take the time, too. Best of luck, either way you decide!
The hiccups - yes, Ange, they are neat, but now and again I find I can't tell the difference between those and simple frequent body movement - it takes really paying attention for a rhythm for a while. So, I rarely am sure now! However, I did get the newest kind of kicks: upper rib kicks/straight up and straight to the side kicks (I had no idea I could even feel it on the side of my body, just under my ribs, but I did!). Then, the sweetest little foot again, on my lower belly - I could feel its outline with my hand. Otherwise, though, I am not feeling any more distinct body parts like the head vs bum, or things like that.
I haven't been sleeping well lately. Not so much the pgp or pubis symphysis pain, although they play a role, too, but just plain not getting deep sleep, because I am constantly waking to roll over and find a new position. It isn't even my belly that is in the way! I think I must be getting woken up by movements and not realizing it at the time. ?
I finally have some clothes that fit my belly - mat pants, etc, except that they don't fit anywhere else.... and I have to keep hauling them up again over my hips - anyone else have that problem? I hope to "grow into them" fairly soon.
We have most of everything purchased (or given to us) except one of the major items - a car seat, which is one of the first things we will need. We are considering the one that fits from baby to larger toddler, even though at first I preferred the portable small infant seat style that needs to be replaced. I think we will be baby wearing more than not, so having a seat that is removable from the car is not such a big deal. And by the time we need a stroller, we will have the jogger that can take a 6 month-old.
Anyone else made final purchases on items?
PS - I got more info on the Disana nappies that I was interested in - was it on this board that someone had said they were interested? Anyway, the cute, covers for the prefold nappies that are knitted wool are $26 at the Canadian retailer I called, and the overnight, more absorbant wool covers are $35. Obviously, only if you are using reusable cloth nappies, etc.