Wednesday, April 11, 2012

24 weeks and pouting

I'm a little pouty this week.  I was feeling good until Easter when a certain family member actually asked me if I was sure I wasn't having twins, cause I was HUGE.  'Cause that's what every woman wants to hear.  I don't care if I'm pregnant or not- "HUGE" is not an adjective I want used to describe me.  EVER.  So I've been moping around- eating grapes and apples for lunch and  going on walks and lifting weights in my car as I drive to work.  (Why not?  What else am I doing as I drive?  Paying attention?  LOL)  I do this as if I can become "un-huge".  My husband told me to get over it.  I'm trying.  But my HUGEness must be getting in the way of my sensibility.  (grumble grumble grumble)
Anyway-  enough feeling sorry for myself.
I did end up telling my OB that I did not want an epidural.  She was surprisingly open to it.  She said that she's had a number of patients "go natural" and do just fine.  She recommended finding some "meditative" state to get into and to keep an open mind because I have no idea what an actual contraction feels like.  Granted- I don't know what a contraction feels like, but I feel if I go in thinking that I can back out of the no epidural thing- I'll do just that.   I've decided my mind is pretty closed.  No epidural.
On a completely different subject:
I feel like I'm turning into a hippie.  We're not finding out the sex of the baby.  I'm having a "natural" birth, and I'm cloth diapering.  Next thing you know, I'll be growing my own veggies (already looking into planting a garden) to make my own baby food and using only "organic" products.  LOL.  We'll see.  I'll post more about cloth diapering because I know when I first mentioned I was doing this basically everyone though of the old school "flat" diapers with pins.  Well- things are totally different nowadays.  I've learned a lot by researching on line and I've actually taken time to educate others on cloth.  Obviously I haven't gotten to try them out yet but I'm pretty excited.
Here's something to think about:  "Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste (9)."  Even though it may seem as if each child doesn't contribute significantly to those numbers, that is a false assumption. Each baby diapered in disposables contributes about 1 ton of garbage, assuming an avg. diaper use of 2 years (from

Sprouts update:  Sprout is about a foot long and a little over a pound.  The lungs are developing more of the branches in the respiratory system and the baby is starting to "plump" up a little.  The brain is growing pretty fast now too!  Here's a representation of what size an average 24 week old fetus looks like in the uterus.


  1. Came across your blog while googling! First off, congrats from a stranger. Second, I love my cloth diapers. I use mommakittyunited's diapers, and I must say, snaps are WAY better than velcro ever will be when it comes to pockets.

    1. Thanks! Through my research I've found most people agree on the snaps- so that's what most of my stash is comprised of. May I ask what detergent you've settled on? That seems to be the biggest debate out there!