Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Randomness/Advice, please? :)

Okay, I'm not going to lie -- I am kind of freaking out! I am one big emotional, excited and overwhelmed happy mess! (Please excuse the randomness of this post) First off, thank you guys so much for your kind words on my last post! Keith and I weren't expecting our little miracle to show up so soon, but we are beyond thankful to be blessed by him or her, and by all of the people in our lives. Seriously -- our family and friends have drenched us in love and we are forever grateful. :)

As you guys know, Keith and I are in the process of moving from Charleston, SC to Atlanta, GA. Now that we've got a baby on the way this adds a completely new dynamic to our move and life. (AH!!! YAYYYY!!!!) We literally have so much to do (um, like pack!!!) in so little time (we are planning on moving in three weeks) but we are hopeful that everything will get accomplished. 

Another thing that I am thinking about is school. I am a senior with only two jammed packed semesters left...I should be able to make it through the fall without too much trouble, but my little one is due during my final semester. What do I do? Jump in and hope for the best? Postpone graduation for a year? Decisions, decisions...any advice??

To my Atlanta bloggy friends -- Can you guys recommend a great OBGYN? Anyone ever been to the Peachtree Women's Clinic? Also, any comments on Northside Hospital and Piedmont?

 Reading material anyone? 

Even though the hubs and I freaked out at Barnes and Noble and purchased way too many books, I still have a few questions. All of my lovely pregnant/mothers/knowledgeable friends...

1. I know that I can't get in hot tubs or take really hot baths...but how hot is too hot for a bath? I am used to taking super long, super hot baths, and while I've toned it down I still don't want to do anything that may harm Baby Christmas. Any advice?

2. Does anyone know over any safe, over-the-counter acne medication that I can use? I was using prescription strength topical creams, but I've since downgraded to a low percent of Salicylic Acid face wash and astringent pad -- can I use this? (I'm using Aveeno Clear Complexion face wash and Stridex Sensitive Face Pads) I am having one heck of a time getting a hold of my dermatologist and once again, I don't want to do anything that will harm my little one.

3. What about heavy stuff? Can I pick it up? Push it across the floor? Drag it??? We are beginning to pack up our house and it seems like every time I turn around I am struggling with a heavy box. 

*Sigh* I think that's all for now. :) I apologize for the random questions and felt great to get that out! 


Lauren said...

Oh girl, trust me...the freak out stage is completely normal! I definitely had the "What in the heck are we doing?!?" feeling for the first few days (or maybe even weeks!) As for your questions, the main thing I've heard about baths is just to not do anything that will raise your core body temp. Of course only you will know that...;o)

My acne definitely did a nice little flare up as well...and for a girl who fought acne her entire life (and still does) this was not a welcome part of the whole "expecting a baby" thing! I've been using Purpose face soap along with mild St. Ives scrub and it seems to be keeping it at bay for now...of course at 16 wks I'm hoping my little flare up is over! ha!

And finally, I would definitely avoid actually lifting anything heavy. I'm not sure what the doctors say, but everyone has been bending over backward to keep me from lifting...I would think that pushing or dragging would be fine, but even straining in that manner probably isn't a great idea!

So not sure if I helped you much, but I would also say that if you followed every single bit of pregnancy advice that is all you would do, all day every day. what your instincts tell you, and enjoy this entire process! God will watch over you, and that's all that you can have faith in!

I'maNolaGirl said...

Well, congrats!! Isn't it such an exciting (and overwhelming) time? Do you have a counselor at school you could talk to who might be able to provide you some advice or peace of mind with regard to adjustments they could make to your schedule in the spring semester? They've probably seen this issue arise before and might have some good tips!!

SydneysHome said...

Ok, friend-I'll-never-get-to-hang-out-with-in-person-now, my boss is 33, and she just had baby two. She went to Dr. McDaniel at Peachtree Women's Clinic, and she delivered at Northside. AND, she gave me that info without me mentioning that you'd specifically mentioned both places. So, I think that's a good indicator. Dr. McDaniel is a "he", she said, but he is a Duke med school award-winning physician and he goes to Haiti as a volunteer medical doctor. Another doctor she said some women like is Dr. Grogan, but, again, her pick is McDaniel. She did say that the practice is large, so you get the benefit of active, experienced clinic, but it is likely to feel "busy" when you're there. (She said she's willing to handle the latter in exchange for the former.) Hope this helps!

Anna Baur said...

I am not too knowledgeable about baby-on-the-way dos and donts...but my recommendation about school would be to either push through that last semester...if you stop, it will be hard to get started back up, and since your classes are online, you can still be around Baby Christmas. And then, you will have your degree ready to go before your Baby's next stages...If you really need a break to get acclimated to caring for your little one, one semester off should give you a "maternity leave," and maybe it wouldn't be so hard to get back into your last semester?? But in the end, you just have to do what you think is best for you, Keith, and the baby! You'll do great! And only you know what you can really handle at one time...let us know if you guys need any help! I'd be happy to come assist with anything :) Whew. That was long.

Callie Nicole said...

I'm not sure I can help too much - I know there's a certain temperature you can't go above - maybe google it? I avoided hot baths when I was pregnant or didn't fill the bath rub all the way so the water didn't reach my stomach - but I was always extra careful, probably more than I needed to be. I read to avoid salicylic acid while pregnant, and no, do not lift heavy boxes!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Fabulous news about the new addition to your family!
With regards finishing or postponing school. I would say FINISH!!! You just won't do it once baby comes along. At least by the time baby arrives, you can draw a line under school and know "mission accomplished!"

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