Saturday, April 10, 2010

Maternity Fair

This morning, Hubs and I attended our first maternity fair. It was sponsored by the hospital where Bubs will make its grand entrance into the world.

It was very, very helpful for me. I met several lactation consultants who gave me some good education on nursing. One suggested mothers start self expressing at 36 weeks. Interesting. I can't get too much into detail because, well, I still gag thinking about boobie milk.

I also spoke with the gal who owns Lactations, which is a motherhood/nursing store in the area. That's the store that carries the hooter hider/nursing cover that I want. I found out that they have a registry, so I definitely plan on going there and picking out a few things (although, I realize that most people prefer buying baby items, not necessarily items for the mama, so I'm not sure how many people would go there to buy a gift).

I met a doula who is also pregnancy massage certified. Of course I took her up on her offer to "jump on the table" and get a quick massage. It felt SOOOOOO good. Ah man, did it feel good.

We also registered for all of the freebie baskets that were available.

And, the big news of the day is that Hubs won a high chair! He was the only man at the fair when we first arrived. He kept whispering to me, "one of these things is not like the other." Honestly, he didn't mind, though. He was interacting with the vendors and learning just as much as I was.

After we got home, I asked if he would put the high chair together (I realize that the baby won't be using a high chair for some time, but I can't stand having something and not having it put together!).

I like the wipes holder in the back. I hope I remember to keep it filled. It's a gender neutral pattern that we like, so we're very thankful to have won this!

All in all, it was time well spent.

Oh yea, and the Special Delivery dept of the hospital had a visual of how the cervix expands and thins during labor. I nearly passed out. Needless to say, I'm still in total denial that this baby will be coming out of me.

Until then, XOXO...


  1. Don't get too caught up in the grossness. I was disgusted by some of the videos we watched in our baby class, but when it was "time" I didn't notice any of it. The nurses and doctors do a really good job of hiding it all, and once the baby is born you don't notice anyone else in the room.

  2. So cool that you guys won a high chair!

    I don't think I even want to know what a cervix looks like.....

  3. I think we all did a field trip to that maternity store when I came out for JJ's shower. Seems to me it was you and JJ and Morgan and me. We went out to breakfast and then went there. We all ended up back at JJ's for dinner that night. You were fine then - in fact, I think you chuckled quite a bit that day!

  4. Score!! What a great item to win!

    I love that lady who owns Lactations! Isn't she awesome? She really knows her stuff. Speaking of which, I have an Au Bebe nursing cover that you can have. I don't know if you remember, but I used it at the park for the Cypert's Anniversary party, so you have seen it. It's black and white and very cute! Jack (and Abby both, actually) just hated being covered though and never would nurse properly with it!

    That's interesting about the LC who recommends hand expressing. I don't even know HOW you would go about hand expressing (LOL!)... but anyways, I did end up pumping when I was pregnant and thought that it may bring on labor (remember Jack was 6 days overdue and I did not want to be induced). And sure enough, I now have over 600 ounces of breast milk in my freezer. Huh. Wonder if it's related!