our little late bloomer

Submitted by greg on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 23:42

Our due date was this past Sunday - 4 days ago - but so far no munchkin. Contractions have been coming sporadically getting stronger, but without any consistency. In spite of all our best efforts (spicy food, pineapples, spicy food that contains pineapples) there has been little progress.

And the fans are getting restless. The two of us are trying to keep our calm, but we can't help feeling anxious for some action. Frequent check-ins from friends and family are extremely sweet, but also remind us that the little man is not here yet.

Today at our scheduled appointment the midwife "swept the membrane" to help get things kickstarted. As we get ready to sleep tonight Nikki's having lots more contractions with greater frequency.

Are disposable diapers, diaper service, or home washed diapers better for environment and my wallet?

Submitted by greg on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 15:39

I think the question of whether they are cheaper and better for the environment depends on whether you use a diaper service or wash them yourself. At least in Colorado washing yourself the cost is about $1,000 for washing yourself vs. $2,500 for a diaper service and $2,000 for disposables. Once you factor in that the $1,000 is a one time investment in re-usable stuff, when you have a second kid the cost-per-kid of washing yourself drops to ~$650 (detergent and replacing any covers that fall apart). Washing yourself is a little more work, but it also means one less thing to buy at the grocery store and fewer trips to the trash dumpster.

From an environmental perspective...it somewhat depends on how you weigh the factors.

The Disposables angle

Pregnant cankle watch 2010: before

Submitted by nikki on Wed, 03/10/2010 - 22:51

So, my cankles (calf+ankle) are getting kind of big. We decided to measure them to see what the change is from before birth to after.

So, here we are at 39 weeks of pregnancy and...

  • Narrowest part of the cankle is 8 and 5/8 inches.
  • Thickets part of cankle is 14 and 1/4 inches.

In a few weeks we'll have to measure again and see how it goes!

Belly Bliss: A Place for all things Pregnancy in Cherry Creek North

Submitted by nikki on Sun, 03/07/2010 - 16:40

I always assumed Belly Bliss was yet another overpriced baby clothes boutique in Cherry Creek North, but it has been one of my favorite places during pregnancy.


Belly Bliss offers an array of yoga and pilates classes both during and after pregnancy. All the classes I've been to are great and around the same prices as other prenatal yoga places in Denver. An occasionally offered class is a partner yoga class, where you can bring a partner and practice poses that can help get you into a deeper stretch both in class and at home.

Cute Clothing and Baby Products

From maternity to baby clothes, cloth diapers, slings and other items a parent-to-be may desire, Belly Bliss provides a small but unique collection of items.

Special Events and Workshops

Sweet Beginnings: A Motherhood Boutique in Littleton

Submitted by nikki on Sun, 03/07/2010 - 16:25

Sweet Beginnings seems to offer very similar services and products as Cherry Creek North's Belly Bliss. Their classes offer anything from yoga to cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Services provided include support groups, massage, lactation consulting, and therapy. They also sell various products for mothers and babies.


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