Five Things Friday #279 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #279

Happy Friday!

WHEW. What a week. Miles started daycare on Monday, the craziness of the election is still going on, and I had another follow up for my fun placenta issues. You can read about daycare as one of my favorite things (giving away that it went well) and I'll focus mainly on updating you about this pregnancy since it's  a good amount of info.

As of last week, we were looking at a c-section around 36 weeks. This week, it's been moved to between 34-35. Week 34 for me starts on Thanksgiving day, so it looks like we will now have a baby in 3-4 weeks. Yikes. Good news on the baby front is that she's fine -- measuring a little small, but they're not really concerned about that at all. Because she will be delivered so early, she will likely be taken to the NICU and if not there, still a high risk nursery. The c-section will start normally with only local anesthetic, I'll be given a vertical incision from my bellybutton downwards rather than the normal horizontal one because this allows them a better view of what's going on, and then they'll decide what to do from there. So the baby will be delivered and then depending on the severity of the accreta, they'll either work to separate the placenta and save my uterus or make the decision to remove it. If the latter is decided, then I'll likely be put under completely for hysterectomy surgery.  That's the gist of it and it's a lot to try and process. I'll also need to be admitted a couple days early so that they can start steroids to help her lungs develop a little more before delivery, so I'm not looking forward to being separated from Miles for so long. 🙁 I'm meeting with the doctors weekly now and next week I will meet with one of the surgeons, so I'm sure more info will follow in next week's post. I'm anxious to find out when we can actually schedule a delivery date because then we can start planning logistics and things. Thanks for sticking around to read about my placenta (ha) and for being here with me on this journey...and what a journey it is!

To lighten things up a bit, here are some of my favorites from this week (yes, there have been good things too!). 🙂 

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1. Miles starting daycare

I waffled back and forth on this decision for a couple months because every time I would go to decide, I'd become overwhelmed with options or I'd cry. Then I'd just stop thinking about it and act like when you're put in a group project and just want to do the whole thing by yourself because you know you'll do it right.

I knew that having him start daycare would be beneficial for him and me, but I also didn't love the cost of it. I wanted him to be able to socialize with other kids because he hasn't had any of those opportunities with the pandemic happening.

Finally, I made up my mind and he started an in-home daycare two days a week at a place that just felt right. There's only one other child and she's 6 months older than him. This week has been really great for him and he has had such a good time playing with all the toys and he's always babbling the entire way home when I pick him up. I wanted to get him started before baby #2 came along so that it wasn't a big adjustment that he would have to make in addition to a new baby.

I'm so happy for him to be able to get new experiences and also for me to have a couple days of time to myself to relax and get work done!

2. Banza Pizza

Banza recently came out with frozen pizzas made from chickpeas and sent me these four to sample -- three finished pizzas and one plain crust for us to make our own. I love their pasta, but as always with these types of alternative crusts, I was skeptical. We made one the first night and I'm serious -- it's really good. It tastes like pizza to me. I resisted trying their pasta for so long because I thought it was just a fad, but when I tried it and it tasted like actual pasta, I was blown away. I know they typically stock these at Target and Whole Foods, so keep an eye out in the frozen section if these are up your alley!

3. Magnetic Child Locks

Well, the time has finally come to childproof the cabinets that Miles can reach. He learned how to open them and has been very helpful in removing all the spices and putting them in other places around the house.

We did some research and found these magnetic locks that have been working really well. I didn't want big clunky ones that go on the outside, plus I read a lot about kids being able to figure those out and open them themselves at some point. These locks attach on the inside and open when you put a magnet on the outside. There are two magnets and we keep them on the fridge so that we always know where they are. So far they've been great and we really like them.

4. Brother Wireless Laser Printer

After surviving for so many years without a printer, we finally broke down and bought one. I LOVE IT. Before, since we lived in the city, if I really needed something printed I could go somewhere to print it or ask Neil to print it at work. Now that we are both home and NOT living in a city, neither of those options make sense.

Of course I left Neil to do the research since he is the more technical one and this one came in the mail a few days later. It's a laser printer which is great and my favorite thing is that it's wireless so I can print things FROM MY PHONE. I don't need an app or any software to be able to print - just pick print on my phone and BAM there it is. Now I just want to print things for fun. 🙂

5. Rakuten

Ok, I'm really behind on this one - like years behind when they were still known as Ebates. I finally signed up and realized that I should have done it a long time ago, but better late than never, right?

Rakuten allows you to earn money back when shopping at hundreds of places online. The cost is the same to you, but when you activate a browser tab through Rakuten, you earn a percentage of that money back that you spend. My favorite part is that there's a Chrome extension you can turn on so that if you go to a participating retailer's website, it will pop up a notification asking if you'd like to activate cash back. I'm not always thinking about going through Rakuten first, so the extension is really helpful in reminding me.

I just bought a mirror for over the fireplace (why are mirrors so expensive??) and earned 8% back on it. Very exciting! I'm sharing my referral link with you if you want to sign up and full disclosure if you spend $30, we both get $30 back. Definitely check out all the retailers and try it out like I wish I had years ago - ha.

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

2 comments on “Five Things Friday #279

  1. I will be praying for you and your baby girl. I hope everything will be going alright for you.

    I LOVE YOU ERIN AND MILES

    Your Aunt Mary👼😇💋💖

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