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Kelly's Pregnancy Journal

Week 21
~ Getting Ready For Baby

Well it's been a wonderful week. My cousin gave birth to a beautiful little girl yesterday, her first baby! She was a whopping 9 pounds, born at 38 weeks! But from the sounds of things the labour and delivery went great, and both Mum and Baby are looking wonderful and healthy. We went to visit them yesterday afternoon, and Levi loved looking at the baby and saying "Bubba, bubba." He has also been really into pointing to my tummy and saying "Bubba, bubba," so maybe some connections are being made in that little head of his, and he is starting to understand what is coming up. I hope so!

Something that is not so great is the list Brandon and I made of the things we need to buy in the next couple of months or so. It is a long and expensive list! Included on the list of things we need before baby comes, is a bigger car, and bigger chest of drawers, so we can put Levi and babies things in the same chest to save space. There are also things that need replacing, unrelated to the baby, such a vacuum cleaner (ours is truly on the blink!), and dining room chairs (we inherited ours from Brandon's great-grandmother, and on two out of the four the upholstery has completely come off!). So we are gearing ourselves up to try and tackle our list one by one. As a matter of course, we try to be as frugal as we can. We try and buy things second-hand if possible, and try to be honest about what things we need and what things we really just want. We have a lot of fun though, searching for bargains and coming up with cost effective ways of living, so hopefully we'll be able to get through our list without breaking the bank too much!

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A breast pump is also on the list of things to buy. I breastfed Levi until he was over 12 months old, and I invested a lot of time in getting it right, and making sure it went well, and I am really glad that I did. I really want to breastfeed this baby well also, but I'm not sure how it will all work. I certainly won't have the luxury of spending hours at a time seated on the couch breastfeeding like I did last time in the early days, and I am concerned that I won't be able to able to rest as much either, and so therefore compromising my supply. So, I am hoping that by pumping in the morning, I will be able to keep a store in the freezer for the evening when there is less supply, and for other times when it is all turning to custard! I have been doing some research, and it seems that a lot of people find the Medela Mini Electric Pump good. If anyone has any thoughts they would like to share with me about this that would be great!

Well that's all for this week.
 ~ Kelly

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