My baby turned four months two weeks ago. During his 4th month wellness visit, our pediatrician suggested us to start feeding him solid food. He adviced us to introduce yellow or orange colored food like banana, apple, carrot, squash, avocado, sweet potato etc by feeding him just one-two spoonfuls twice daily.
We introduced him to Apple, banana, carrot, avocado, mixed vegetable purée. He relished Apple and banana purées the most.
Today, I prepared sweet potato purée. He enjoyed his meal😀. Sharing the recipe.
Sweet potato – 1/4 – cut into small pieces
Breast milk or formula- 1/2 ounce
Gerber Oatmeal Cereal- this is finely cut oats.
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My daily routine is boring as well as exciting. Despite spending eight hours glued to my desk, everyday at work, performing mundane tasks, I totally enjoy the quality time that I spend with my baby for the rest of the day.
Every morning, I wake up in the wee hours like 12AM/3 AM/5 AM etc (sans the alarm clock, yes! May God bless Motherhood- an inbuilt alarm clock) to see my baby smiling in his crib beside my bed. It will be his diaper changing time and feeding time. I carefully pick him up, and plant a kiss lovingly on his cheerful face, wishing him good morning. I perform the diaper-change ritual followed by feeding, and then rock him to sleep.
Having a baby surely comes with its share of pros and cons. Those sleepless nights, hair pulling, moments of shocks & surprises, freaking out, hand-on experiences, learning, unlearning, re-learning, making mistakes, lamenting, moving heaven to earth and running from pillar to post while trying hard to figure out why your baby isn’t calming down, despite you religiously following all the rules of the book: “how to calm a baby down”; and finally, being envious of parents who can pull it off together excellently – these are the cons of parenting. Some of the pros include – giving life to another human being, rejoicing and spending your quality time with another little living being, small triumphs and gratifications, watching his growth spurts, witnessing his fascinating milestones, receiving praises and accolades over successful parenting, and definitely the rejuvenation you experience when you see him smile.
Four months ago, I gave birth to a beautiful human being, having gone through twelve hours of labor pain which didn’t even recede despite anesthesia, and the only savior was epidural; followed by intense post surgery pain due to last minute cesarean, medicine to abate pain and inconsistent bed rest. It was even painful for me to hold my baby accurately and breastfeed him. I made a conscious effort always to carefully get up, walk, bend over and carry him fearing that I might exert too much pressure on my c-section stitches.
I had turned into a zombie with numerous alarms beeping on my phone for every three hours to remind me of his feeding times. I have even woken up at wee hours in the morning like 12 am, 3 am and 6 am – just to feed him, change his diapers, swaddle, sing and rock him to sleep. Several times, I have even pulled my hair out trying to figure out – What else should be done for his wailing to stop? Why wasn’t he feeding right? Why didn’t he have accurate number of wet and dirty diapers? Why wasn’t he sleeping right? et al. Our house had even turned into a war zone trying to find the other person to deflect the blame on.
Breastfeeding is the most “hot” topic of discussing during pregnancy and postpartum. Most pregnant women are hounded with these three questions all the time:
- When’s is your due date?
- Do you know what you are having?
- Are you planning to breastfeed?
Some women are more than elated to divulge details for the first two questions, it being not so personal; but definitely not for the third one as it is too “personal”. Why on earth are they obligated to tell the world if they are planning to breastfeed or not? What will the questioners accomplish with this data? How is it even important to them?
My colleagues at S hosted me a wonderful Baby Shower on July 30th, 2015.T,A and T were the three hosts who put together everything for this shower. T had asked me beforehand, what theme I would prefer and my answer was “Nautical”, so they made sure that they incorporated Nautical things into this shower.
P’s colleagues hosted us a “Baby shower” at his office on Aug 6th, 2015. Since the spouse was also invited, I had to go to their office too, to be pampered by their team mates. P picked me up during lunch and we drove to his office. After procuring temporary badge and sifting through security, we finally reached the conference room where the shower was being held.
With just 2 weeks away for the D-Day, I recently packed my Hospital bag with dire essentials. You never know when your contractions will start and you will have to rush to the hospital, so keeping everything handy surely does wonders 🙂
Here is what I packed my HOSPITAL BAG with. I have segregated them into 6 categories:
A) Clothing & Apparel –
- Tshirts and PJs – around 2 to 3 pairs
- Robe to keep yourself warm
- Night gown
- Sweater if you feel cold in air-conditioned hospital room
- Underwear – 3-4 pairs
- Socks – 2-3 pairs to keep your feet warm
- Going home clothes – a pair that you will wear when you take the baby home back from the hospital
B) Nursing Essentials –
- Nursing bras – 2 to 3 pairs
- Nursing Tops – will be comfortable for breastfeeding
- Nursing pads – to avoid stains due to leakages
- Nursing pillow – to assist in breastfeeding
- Nipple cream – for soothing cracks
- Breast pumps – if you plan on using it
- Formula – if you plan on using one.
Sorry was busy for a while and didn’t have time to update the blog. Lots of things happening right now.
Started my bi-weekly appointments from 32 weeks. Went in for usual fundal height measurement and heartbeat monitoring on Week 32 and Week 34. Everything looked great and baby was right on target! 🙂
Weekly appointments started from Week 36. On week 36, my OBGYN performed a pelvic exam to check for cervix dilation, effacement and baby head position! She could feel his head down. She also tested for “Strep B” by swabbing using a Q-Tip.
She said everything looks great and he cannot flip to breeach position now. That’s always good to hear 🙂
If you are one among those “over-enthusiastic, DIY & creative” parents who get immense pleasure by doing DIY stuffs for your baby, then, “Baby Room Painting & Decor” will surely be on your “Pregnancy To-Do” list!
P & I are so excited to create wonderful memories for our soon-to-be born baby boy and savor every moment of this wonderful journey. We had a spare decent sized room in our house, after examining it, realized it gets the perfect amount of sunlight, fresh air, is cozy, comfortable and best fit to be our baby’s room! We were thankful to our friends for lending a helping hand at this humongous project.
So excited to enter the Third trimester, with the onset of 29 weeks. Snapped a 28 weeks bump pic last weekend! So excited about the final lap of this wonderful journey!! 🙂
If your anomaly scan that is done between 18-20 weeks of pregnancy is normal, then, there will be no more scans further in your pregnancy, unless your OBGYN finds something unusual like – abnormal growth rate, or red bleeding. After the anomaly scan, all the doctor does is check your vitals and measure the bump.
We went in for our 26 weeks scan on May 27th,2015. The nurse took my vitals like height, weight, blood pressure and urine sample(to check for presence of sugar in urine. Please make sure that you avoid sweets and sugary stuff. Your urine should have 0 units of sugar). My OBGYN measured the size of my bump using a tape measure, by measuring the distance from my pelvis to top of the uterus (also called Fundal height). She said every centimeter represents each week. My bump measured 26 centimeters to represent 26 weeks of pregnancy! 🙂
Anomaly scan is a major scan which takes a closer look at your baby’s internal organs, development and the health of your uterus. It is a twenty minute scan which is performed between 18 weeks to 20 weeks of pregnancy. You can also get to know the baby’s gender during this scan, as the genitals will be clearly visible on the ultrasound.
On April 30th 2015, we went in for our Anomaly scan. Baby was hyper active and was moving around, bending and stretching, giving a tough time to the sonographer to get correct view and measurements. She also pointed that he was kicking vigorously on my bladder during the ultrasound.
She was able to check and measure the following in our baby:
1) Size and shape of his head and look for any abnormalities
2) Presence of four chambers in his heart- two antria and two ventricals; opening and closing of valves during each heartbeat; veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the baby’s heart.
4) Closer look at baby’s face to check for abnormalities like cleft lip.
5) Baby’s Kidneys- presence of two kidneys and free flow of urine through them
6) Baby’s spine – length and see if all bones align.
7) Baby’s hands and legs and count the number of digits.
8) She confirmed that it is a boy, by showing us his penis 🙂
The scan was great and everything was normal!
More details about Anomaly scan can be found here: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a557390/anomaly-scan-20-weeks
Hand crafted Pinata
On March 28th, 2015, (3 days after our “Elective Gender Scan”), our best friend couple threw us a “Gender Reveal Party” to announce the baby’s gender in the presence of our friends. It is a new creative way of revealing baby’s gender now-a-days. Some common ways include (1) Gender reveal cake (2) cookies (3) Cupcakes (4) Balloons (5) Spray paint (6) Pinata etc.
Pinterest is a great resource for numerous creative ways of “gender reveal parties and ideas”: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=GENDER%20REVEAL
Our best friend couple designed a hand crafted “Question mark” pinata using cardboard. After our scan,we had handed over to them, the sealed envelop containing the scan picture. The party idea was that one of them will fill the pinata with blue shredded paper, if our scan picture was a boy; or fill it with pink shredded paper, if our scan picture was a girl.
One of my coworker who owns a bakery, offered to bake a “gender reveal cake” for me. So, I gave her a copy of sealed envelop containing our scan picture as well. The inner part of the cake was supposed to be Blue, if its a boy; or Pink, if its a girl.
Party was a blast!! I pulled the pinata, while P cut the cake at the same time!! Continue reading
Usually, “Gender scan” is performed in US at 20th week, along with the anomaly scan. But, some hospitals offer an “Elective Gender Scan” at 16 weeks. It costs $40 and our insurance did not cover it, but still we opted for it, because we were too excited to find out the gender of the baby! 🙂 Our scan was scheduled on March 25th,2015!
How is it performed?
The sonographer will perform a trans-abdominal ultrasound where she will look for presence of penis or clitoris (3 lines) between the baby’s legs. Some sonographers cannot control their excitement and will announce the result excitedly; but, however, if you plan to get the results in a sealed envelop (like we did), you should inform the sonographer beforehand.
Our best friends were throwing us a “gender reveal party”, so we asked for the results in the sealed envelop. 🙂 Our baby was co-operative and she could find out the results within seconds.
We came to know that we were having a BOY! 🙂
Nuchal Translucency sreening (NT Scan) – This is an optional scan which is recommended by Gynecologists in the US to test for presence of Down syndrome, chromosomal abnormalities or congenital problems in the baby. This is usually recommended between 11th -14th weeks of pregnancy. It is mandatory screening if mother is above 35 years of age.
This screening involves (1) Ultrasound – where they measure the thickness of baby’s neck. Since the baby’s neck is still transparent, they can check for presence of fluid at the back of the neck, which enlarges the clear space in babies with down syndrome. Normal recommended measurement is between 1mm-3mm. Anything measuring above 3mm is treated as indicator of Down syndrome and the risk range is assessed based on maternal age and is provided to the parents. (2) Blood work. The results from ultrasound and blood work is combined and the presence or absence of Down syndrome in the baby is determined. They perform another blood test between 16th – 21st week of pregnancy to confirm the results.
More details about NT Scan can be found here: http://www.babycenter.com/0_nuchal-translucency-screening_118.bc?page=1
Even though NT Scan wasn’t mandatory for us, we opted for it and scheduled it on Feb 25th,2015. Fortunately, my ultrasound and blood work came back normal. My baby’s neck thickness measured 1.3 mm and was in normal range.