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If you have been around here awhile, most of you know that getting pregnant was not the easiest thing for Justin and me. It was a lot of long months, a lot of tests, and a lot of medication to figure out what was going on. But now that we are pregnant, there are a lot of things running through my head, like any first-time mom.
How will the dogs handle the new baby?
Right now, our dogs are our fur-babies. They do everything with us, and are constantly getting belly rubs from both of us! Bringing the baby home will be a big transition for both the dogs! It will be an interesting transition for all of us! Any tips on how you introduced your dogs to your new one?
How will we get on a schedule?
Most of you know my husband is a Deputy Sherriff and doesn’t have the normal 9-5, Monday- Friday schedule. He has the opposite of that. Getting on a good schedule while I am on maternity leave, and then when I get back to work worries me a little. He could be working thirds (11 pm – 8 am), or even seconds (3 pm- 11 pm). I know we will just have to roll with the punches as they come!
Read about my second shift Blues Here.
How will Breastfeeding Go?
As a first time mom, we all know no one can answer that question, but it sure would be nice if someone could give us some idea on how it will be. I told myself, I will try as hard as I can, but also not be mad at myself, if it does not work out. I think it is important to put a little pressure on yourself. But then also to remind yourself, it is okay if it does not work out. It will not be the end of the world, and your little baby will be just perfectly fine either way!
How Can I Help Prepare for the Future?
This answer is easier than I thought it would be to find, after looking into cord blood banking with Cord Blood Registry (CBR) Your baby’s umbilical cord is made of tissue and contains blood, both of which are rich sources of powerful stem cells. Preserving your newborn’s stem cells may give your child or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies and potential future applications, like regenerative medicine.*
(Source is from https://www.cordblood.com/stem-cell-research/cord-blood-uses-and-research )
During this crazy time of preparing for the baby, CBR makes it super easy to get started, with 5 simple steps:
- Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
- CBR ships you a collection kit
- Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
- Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
- Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
If you are pregnant, know someone who is expecting, or just want more information for the future I suggest watching this video that helps break down how it all works or head on over to www.cordblood.com. You can also receive a promo code for, $200 off of the initial fees by filling out your information here!
It is so hard to believe Baby Knight will be here in less than 3 months! We are so excited, to bring this baby into the world!