WOW! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts on yesterday’s post: Meet Jonny | Stroke Survivor. I’ve always known what an inspiration Jonny is, but I was definitely overwhelmed with the response that his post received. In just a few days it will mark the ten-year anniversary when he had his stroke. We didn’t even mean for the timing of his post to coincide with that big anniversary, but it makes it extra awesome that it does. Such a celebration of life! The little man in my belly is definitely celebrating his amazing daddy-o.
Celebrating and growing, huh? I feel like I’m getting bigger by the day! Time is definitely ticking and April 30th is drawing near veeeery quickly. Alright, the details and then let’s have a [clean] diaper discussion!
Baby Itz: 34 Weeks
Baby’s size? Cantaloupe. (No wonder I feel/look big!)
Maternity clothes? Love ’em. I’m seriously not giving them up post-baby.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Ehhh, I’m up a lot throughout the night either going pee or tossing and turning. I still have really good energy throughout the day though, so I’m not complaining.
Best moment this week: So many. Life is wonderful right now. I feel so blessed and Jonny’s post yesterday just made me incredibly proud of Baby Itz’s father.
Miss anything? Raw cookie dough still. If you follow me on Pinterest you probably know that as I’ve pinned several edible eggless cookie dough recipes.
Movement: Yes! Sometimes he really jabs me!
Food Cravings: No cravings, but really hungry all the time. I thought at some point Baby Itz will take up more room in my stomach so I get full faster? That doesn’t seem to be the case.for me. I eat. A LOT.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: Doctor confirmed I am having Braxton Hick contractions. No big deal and totally normal.
Symptoms: I am feeling pretty big and I know the next month and a half I’ll continue to grow. I’ve also been pretty warm lately. Makes sense since I’m an oven for Baby Itz!
Belly Button – in or out? Not a full outtie, but itz definitely showing through my tight shirts! <– true again!
Wedding Rings – on or off? On!
Happy or Moody? Happy!
Looking Forward To: In one week is my next doctor appointment and we get to have an ultrasound! Absolutely cannot wait to see Baby Itz!!!
Diaper Discussion – Let the poop talk begin! Just kidding. We’ll wait for lil man to arrive before that starts. I want to discuss two topics in particular here. The first being cloth vs. disposable diapers as I’ve gotten several questions on this. The answer? We’re going disposable. In a perfect world, I would say cloth. I like the idea behind them. I like that they’re supposedly better for babies and definitely better for the environment. However, I am also practical and cloth diapers will not be practical for us. After the summer, I’ll have to go back to work, and frankly, disposable diapers are more convenient. That’s that. Of course, itz not set in stone and my mind could be changed, but for now that’s our plan.
Second diaper discussion topic: How will Jonny change a diaper one-handed? This is something we’ve been thinking about for awhile. We’ve discussed a lot and tried to come up with some techniques. We’ve scoured the internet, but surprisingly there’s very little on there. Most of the information is about people who have some use of their second hand which is not the case with Jonny. Upon the recommendation of a wonderful nurse who is teaching us in our baby class, we scheduled a session through our insurance with an Occupational Therapist. We had our first appointment last week.
Unfortunately, it was kind of a let down. The OT didn’t really have any strategies for Jonny and told us it would mostly be a process of trial and error, which we knew already. We weren’t totally surprised as Jonny’s situation is pretty rare. Does this worry us? No. Like everything else, Jonny will figure out a way, and eventually we will make our own videos and tutorials! As you can see from the above picture, Jonny uses his mouth for a lot of things to compensate for his left hand. In this practice scenario, he used his head to help turn the baby doll; we laughed when I asked him how soon he thinks it will be before Baby Itz pees in his face?
We did learn that diapers with velcro will probably be easier than the kind with the sticky tabs. That way Jonny can redo it in order to make it tight enough without ripping the diaper. Besides that, itz kind of hard to practice on the baby dolls because they obviously don’t move. That won’t be the case with the real Baby Itz!
One more quick baby bump picture:
What tips do you have for Jonny learning how to change a diaper one-handed? Cloth or disposable diapers?