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My husband and I are expecting our first baby any minute. Okay, in four weeks, but technically she could arrive tonight if she wanted to (and we wouldn’t complain if she did). Mother’s Day and Father’s Day hit at that in-between time for us – technically we’re not parents yet, but we sure have done a lot of work preparing for baby girl’s arrival. And so we discussed it and decided that yes, indeed, we were going to celebrate both holidays this year.

Plus, let’s face it, we just love any excuse to celebrate.

My husband thoroughly spoiled me on Mother’s Day (hello prenatal massage gift certificate!) and I have some surprises up my sleeve for him this weekend. What about you? Did you celebrate Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day) while you were pregnant?

And, because I’m new at this – what were some of the BEST Father’s Day gift you or your kids ever got your husband? We’ve created a Pinterest board with some last-minute homade ideas for the kiddos, but we’d love it if you would share your ideas as well! Link to your blog post with your own idea, or summarize it in the comments below.

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Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be in July who will be delivering right here at North Hills.

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I’ve officially entered my third trimester, and after six months of almost round-the-clock nausea, no energy and feeling like my body has been invaded by aliens, I must say that now I feel pretty good. I’m actually starting to enjoy this whole pregnancy experience, especially when I feel my baby girl kick and am reminded that I have a special life inside of me.

But in the midst of my newfound pregnancy enjoyment, I’ve also encountered something new. It’s the everyone wants to comment on your baby bump stage. And I mean EVERYONE.

Most people are very kind. In fact, it’s kind of like being a celebrity – I’m now big enough that it’s very obvious I’m pregnant, so people open doors for me, dote on me, tell me I’m glowing and that motherhood suits me. I love these people.

But then there are the others… the ones who make comments that in any other circumstance would be highly inappropriate. Like the two people last week who told me, “You’re so big, you MUST be having twins!”

Nope, there’s just one precious baby girl in there.

And then there are the others who insist on telling me I’m too big, not big enough, that I waddle, that I’m carrying high or low. Or, simply, that I’m so much bigger than (insert name of other person due around the same time as me).

I know I’m not the only one who gets this, so I asked some friends on Facebook to help me come up with a list of the:

Crazy things people say

10. When I told someone I wasn’t having twins she replied, “Maybe there are THREE in there.” – Kelly

9. During my last pregnancy, my own mother told her friend I was starting to resemble Shamu… right in front of my face! – Adriane

8. (Stranger): “You look like you are about to pop.”
    (Me): “I still have 10 weeks left.” – Camille

7. “We’re going to have to wheel you out of here in a wheelbarrow.” – Jean

6. “Oh, you are having twins! Wow, better you than me!” – Kimberly, mom of twins

5. “Are your twins natural or did you take hormones?” Not sure how this would be anyone’s business. –Kimberly, mom of twins

4. As a mother of two boys, when people found out my third was also a boy, the sad voiced/disappointed, “Awww…” or the “Are you going to try again for a girl?” question really made me mad. As if I was not as happy and blessed with my last boy as I was with the first. – Callie

3. A lady told me, “You know, I have a pregnant mare at home that looks just like you… she is about to have her colt any day.” I still had at least four months to go. – Stacy

2. “My daughter-in-law is due almost exactly the same day as you and she’s not NEARLY that big!” – Ashley

1. After looking at how VERY large I had become, someone bragged to me, “I only gained 18 pounds during MY pregnancy.” – Vicky

My favorite post came from Stacy, mom of two. She told me:

“The last two months of my pregnancy I would wait to go to the grocery store until late in the evening, in hopes of avoiding as many people – and their comments – as possible. One particular evening, I was walking into the store and a lady went out of her way to tell me I was the most beautiful pregnant woman she had ever seen. Whether she meant it, or not, it sure did boost my spirits. Since then, I have tried to make an effort to compliment pregnant women I see.”

Wouldn’t we all benefit if we took the same approach? Pregnancy is such a miracle – and a blessing – but it’s also a lot of hard work, and the more we can band together to encourage one another through it, the better we’ll all be.

What about you? What’s the craziest – or nicest – thing someone has said to you during your pregnancy?

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Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be in July who will be delivering right here at North Hills.

Need an OBGYN? Check out our “Meet our OBs” section on the blog.

safe to sleep

I can remember when my first of four sons was born how anxious I was each time I went to check on him in the crib.  I knew about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) but, back in the mid-70’s, there was not anything known that would reduce the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly.  Even today, without a clear reason or known cause, SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age.

In 1994, research gave us evidence that putting infants to sleep on their backs reduced the number of SIDS deaths.  The “Back to Sleep” campaign has dropped the rate of SIDS deaths by 50%.  This past year, the program was expanded to include new information on safe sleep practices for infants, the “Safe to Sleep” campaign.  These 3 simple recommendations of the campaign will provide a safe sleep environment for your infant to further reduce the risk of death from SIDS and other sleep-related causes.

1.       Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.

2.       Put baby to sleep in a separate sleep area in the same room where you sleep.  If you bring baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back into a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable play area when you are finished.

3.       Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. Remove all loose bedding, soft objects and toys.

Please share this information with anyone caring for your infant and with other parents.  This education will save infants’ lives.  For more information on SIDS, visit www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS

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Jill Frost is the Interim Education Director at North Hills Hospital. She has been working in Women’s Services – both Labor & Delivery, and now childbirth education – for 33 years. In addition to delivering thousands of babies in the Northeast Tarrant County area, together Jill and her husband have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Now that I’ve finally come out of my first trimester fog, my husband and I are starting to think about our nursery. Thankfully my sister is an interior designer so I know I’ll have help – but there are still so many decisions to be made.

Recently I posted a question on my Facebook page about gliders vs. stuffed rockers, and boy was I surprised at the number of responses I received! Not only did my friends give me great opinions on the chair (I went with a glider), but I got all sorts of other tips on baby gear I need for my nursery.

We’re on a budget and also want to be minimalists – we are trying to avoid having too much gear, but we want to make sure we invest in the items that will make life easiest. Which is where you come in – what’s your best advice to me, a mom-to-be, when it comes to designing a nursery? What do I just have to have, and what mistakes did you make that you’d redo the next time? Please leave your advice in the comments, and hopefully other new moms can also get some great ideas.

 

Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be next summer.

saltines

I never knew that Kate Middleton and I would have so much in common. Not exactly the part about living in a castle and having an unlimited clothing budget. But the Duchess of Cambridge and I do share one unique gift – having round-the-clock morning sickness with our first babies.

That stuff isn’t for sissies.

Don’t get me wrong – I am absolutely THRILLED to be expecting a little bundle of joy next summer. My husband and I were delighted when we found out we were pregnant, and can’t wait to hold that precious boy or girl in July.

But I should have known I was in for a wild ride, since my first “sign” of pregnancy was when I mistakenly thought I’d gotten food poisoning. Only this food poisoning was different, because I just couldn’t shake it. And that’s how I’ve felt ever since – like I have food poisoning, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s been like that for two months now.

So like any first-time mom, I’ve solicited advice from those women who have gone before me and been through the same thing. According to one online article, morning sickness affects 75 percent of women, so I know I’m in good company.

Here are my go-to nausea remedies:
Crackers (in my purse, in my car, next to my bed – I don’t go anywhere without them)
Sour candies (a friend gave me Preggie Pops, but almost any sour candy will do)
Ginger tea
Ginger Ale, Sprite
Any sort of plain carbs – bagels, toast, pasta
Broth-based soups
WATER – I’m amazed at how much better I feel when I drink nothing but water.
Small, frequent meals – Big portions make me sick, as does an empty stomach (especially in the morning, which is why I keep crackers next to my bed).
Gatorade
Salty chips
Sea sick wristbands (I used to think it was hocus pocus, but they really do seem to help.)

All of those, plus an anti-nausea medication have kept me going. I’ll admit I get overwhelmed when I think about possibly feeling nauseous for another few weeks – my only way to cope is to take one day at a time.

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And in the meantime, I will dream about the day I go from “green” to glowing. Since I’m 11 weeks along, it should only be a little while longer.

What about you? Any other suggestions for morning sickness fixes, from one mom to another?

 

Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be next summer.