Ryann - OMG I'm so excited for you!! And I just know Bella & Dylan are going to do great! Please post when you can to let us know how you're doing and I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!!
Kat - You look GREAT in your pic!!
Annashope - LOVE the glam shots! What a great idea to show off the bump in such a pretty way.
Leora - I love the names you've chosen for your sons. It's so nice that they've got special meanings as well.
Chris (and I think Leora mentioned possibly cloth diapering) - I will be cloth diapering. At this point, we're using disposables because we got some newborn and size 1 pampers at our shower. But once those are used up we'll move Maribel into her cloth diapers. We went with one-size pocket diapers with snaps so they function just like a sposie (I don't have patience for prefolds & covers) and should last until she hits 28-35 pounds, depending on the brand. We have 25 dipes in our stash - 12 BumGenius 4.0, 12 Sunbaby, and 1 Oh Katy and we spent about $270 for all of those. That should be enough to wash every other day. I make my own laundry detergent so that expense is negligible. For the ones we got they recommend 1 cold wash, 1 hot wash, and one extra rinse (other styles may require more or less washing.) The inserts will be dried in the drier and the diapers themselves will be line dried. Other "optional" supplies we got were a diaper sprayer (hooks onto your toilet so you don't have to do the dip and swirl), a wet bag for use in the diaper bag, and a hanging diaper bag (just throw the dipes & bag in the wash when ready to launder.) We'll also be using cloth wipes that can go in the wash with the diapers (for this I just bought some cheap cotton flannel, cut it into squares, and stitched a zigzag stitch around the outside so they don't fray.) You can either use these with plain old water or there are lots of recipes online that people use with the wipes & a little spray bottle.
Leora - You are looking FABULOUS!! Love the new bump pics!!
Margi - I'm so glad you're able to get out and about more. It must feel great after being on bed rest for so long!
Lou - about banking cord blood, we did not bank ours. To us it just seemed like such a large expense for something that could only be used to treat certain conditions. If it were cheaper, that may have changed our mind though. When we got to the hospital they asked if we wanted to donate it so we did that.
Karian - Good luck tomorrow with your u/s! Definitely let us know how it goes!
I know I missed a ton of you but Maribel's going to be waking up soon so I figured I'd better jump on while I can. She went for her 1 week check-up today and doc said she looks great. We'll go back in a week just to make sure she's gaining weight ok. She weighed 8lbs at birth, 7lb15oz on Friday when she left the hospital, and is back at 8lbs today. She's nursing every 2-3 hours and having plenty of dirty diapers so it seems all is ok, but they want to make sure she's at least a few ounces heavier by next week's visit.
Me 40, DH-31
DD-23 & DS-20 (mine from previous)
TL '96,TR '08, 1 c/p, 2 e/p, lost tubes & R ovary
IVF - BFP, Maribel born 7/5/11