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on still being pregnant aka things that don’t work to induce labor


the last week of pregnancy @ohbotherblog

So, ask any pregnant woman: the last few weeks of pregnancy suck. You’re the biggest you’re going to be, you’re probably swollen, you feel so full of baby you could burst, you feel ugly pretty much all the time, you don’t really have an appetite, people are literally asking you several times a day whether you’ve gone into labor yet (spoiler alert: no). There’s the disappointment of getting up to pee three times in the middle of the night and not having your water break any of those times, haha. For me, I’ve also been having pretty real-feeling contractions for three weeks and this kid’s head is already so far down in my junk, I swear I feel like I’m sitting on him.

So here’s where I am:

How Pregnant: 39 weeks, 5 days
Due Date: March 23 (I know, I know, but Holden was born at 39 weeks, so sue me for seeking the same release.)
Cm Dilated: Three (3), as of yesterday
Cervical Status: “Thick”
Doc Says:

  • She stripped my membranes yesterday, which is where she uses her finger to separate the amniotic sac from the bottom of the uterus (feels just as good as it sounds), in the hopes of stirring up hormones to help the cervix progress.
  • She said his head is “right there”—uh yeah, I know it is.
  • My cervix is not yet effacing so she told me to walk and bounce to move it along.
  • I have another OB appointment on Monday, where I will have a Non-Stress Test (NST) and a check of my amniotic fluid levels. From there we’ll figure out what happens next.

I’m not one of those women who glows during her pregnancy or feels like a gorgeous earth goddess. I’m not nesting. My house is like Crazy Town—Holden’s terrible twos have decided to come early and Sally (the dog) is so protective of me that she sits guard in front of me while I pee. So yeah, I’ve been doing stuff to try to get this kid moving and get us out of Pre-Baby Purgatory.

the last week of pregnancy @ohbotherblog

and so, I present…

Stuff that does not work to induce labor:

  • Having the doctor strip your membranes
  • Spicy food: Mexican, curry, triple-chili powder chocolate cupcakes
  • Third trimester tea
  • Pedicures/foot massages
  • Labor Cookies
  • Scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees
  • Sweeping the floor
  • Skipping
  • Bouncing on a large ball
  • Walking miles and miles
  • Running on an elliptical
  • “The thing that got you into trouble in the first place”
  • Anything to do with your nipples
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Jumping off the bottom step
  • Squats and lunges
  • Dancing
  • Full moons
  • Walking miles and miles

the last week of pregnancy @ohbotherblog

I’ve been told eating Eggplant Parmesan works and a friend gave me a recipe for meatloaf that she swears induced both of her labors, so maybe I’ll give those a shot. But otherwise, I guess I’m going to put a fork in these ridiculous experiments. I’ll still continue to walk and bounce on that damn ball, though.

I’ve felt all along that this baby is going to be a sweetie, so maybe he’s just that content to hang out inside me until his time comes. Maybe he’s a little mama’s boy in the making. Maybe he’ll be that chill in real life? (Doubtful, I’m sure.)

In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy being part of a terrible twosome, even if this little miss has been driving me a bit batty these past few weeks.

the last week of pregnancy @ohbotherblog

labor cookies


Labor cookies to induce labor @ohbotherblog

As it is 6am on the second day of my 39th week of pregnancy (and also St. Patrick’s Day – aw, what a cool birth day, right? RIGHT?!) and I am wide awake standing in my kitchen, it’s obvious that Baby Gatsby has not yet arrived.

I’ve been up since about 3am. Around 5am, I made my way downstairs to sit on my bouncy ball and Google “ways to start labor” and came across this recipe for Labor Cookies. I’m clearly not sleeping any time soon… so why the hell not?

Labor Cookies
Yields 2
A spicy ginger cookie to (allegedly) get labor flowing
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  3. 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 8 tablespoons (or 1 stick) margarine
  9. 1/2 cup granulated sugar (will also need extra sugar to roll cookie dough in)
  10. 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  11. 1/3 cup molasses
  12. 2 egg whites
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and cayenne pepper in small mixing bowl. Set dry ingredients aside.
  3. Then blend margarine in large mixing bowl. Stir in brown sugar and granulated sugar slowly. Add the molasses, then the egg whites. Finally, add the dry ingredients to your mix.
  4. Roll dough into ¾ inch balls. Roll cookie balls in sugar to lightly coat each cookie. Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
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I cut the recipe in half because I figured a dozen should do me.

Also, let’s be real: I jerry-rigged the hell out of this because I have no cloves, cayenne pepper or molasses, haha. Apparently the ginger is key so I threw in a ton of that, used chili powder (because who doesn’t want oregano and garlic flavor in their cookie?) and substituted honey and extra brown sugar for the molasses.

Whatever. Beggars can’t be choosers.

what’s in the hospital bag?


packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

I pretty much had no idea what I was doing when I had Holden. I mean, I seriously had to ask the nurse when I would know to change her diaper. That, coupled with the fact that I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl, meant I really didn’t have a clue as to what to pack for the hospital.

So here’s what’s coming with me this time.

Gatsby’s Bag

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

  • Ridiculous(ly adorable) baby boy sleepers and jammies
  • Teeny baby hats
  • Swaddle blankets and a burp cloth
  • Ridiculous(ly adorable) photo props – hats, “Just Born” onesie sticker and little tie (awww)
  • Wishful thinking?

My Bag

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

packing for the hospital, baby #2 @ohbotherblog

  • The boppy pillow and Hooter Hider for nursing
  • Toiletry stuff
  • My maternity uniform of nursing tanks and black lounge pants
  • Robe and comfy pants
  • Phone charger and Anker portable charger
  • The “Gatsby” charm to add to my necklace

Okay, kid. Let’s do this.

psa: preg-approved razor


Preg-approved razor @ohbotherblog

I may be a little odd in that I’ve been super concerned about making sure my legs and… stuff… are clean-shaven, despite being about to pop out a kid any day (seriously, any day, kid).

I think it’s because (one of) the last things I want when I’m lying in that hospital bed is to look over at my knee, literally up by my ears, and see hairs all over it. Yes, I’ve given birth before; I realize I’ll probably be focusing on other things, but still. I want to be fresh in those stirrups.

With Holden, I was lucky and the hair on my legs actually stopped growing during my pregnancy. It was awesome. It did not happen this time.

So it was a little serendipitous earlier this week that I ran out of my usual Schick Quattro refill cartridges and found I had my Schick Intuition Plus Renewing Moisture Razor and some cartridges tucked away in a drawer, left over from a vacation or something.

Oh my god. This is like the safety scissors of razors. I was able to easily clutch it in my swollen baseball-mitt hands and maneuver it to areas I haven’t even seen for several months. It’s been glorious.

Anyway, just thought I’d share for any other pregs out there. Schick didn’t pay me to say this or anything, but they sure are missing out on a hell of a target audience. Schick: call me.

prepping for baby #2: padsicles, part two


In a previous post, I talked about the genius idea that is the padsicle. Now 34 weeks along, I’m getting a bit more serious about delivery and baby prep, so I decided it was time to make these suckers.

I used Tall Mom, Tiny Baby’s “recipe” for these ice-cold relief pads and made a few tweaks. So I present:

The Padsicle


  • The biggest freaking sanitary or incontinence pads you can find
  • Aloe vera
  • Witch hazel
  • Gallon freezer bags
  • Tall Mom, Tiny Baby recommends jojoba, lavender or tea tree oil. I couldn’t find jojoba or lavender oil at my CVS and I wasn’t into the thought of putting something as minty/eucalyptusy/medicinal-smelling as tea tree oil on my lady parts. And I was impatient and wanted to make these, so I forewent the essential oil on my padsicles.

post-partum padsicles @ohbotherblog

The Process:

  • Open the pads, but keep them on their backing plastic so you can re-wrap them.
  • Pour two tablespoons of witch hazel over the pad
  • Pour one tablespoon or so of aloe vera and mush it all over. I used the actual tablespoon to spread it out.

how to make padsicles: witch hazel and aloe vera @ohbotherblog

A fantastic friend of mine texted me before I made these to warn me that it’s not a more-the-merrier situation when it comes to the padsicle ingredients… meaning that the pad absorbs the ingredients and if you put on too much, the pad is less likely to absorb what you really need it to… if you get my drift.

  • Wrap the pads back up, and pack them inside a freezer bag.
  • Slip those bad boys in the freezer and they’ll be waiting for you after you get home from pushing that watermelon through your hoo-ha and you’ve run out of the ice pack-mesh panties-pad sandwich materials that you stole from the hospital.

Padsicles ready for the freezer @ohbotherblog

Tall Mom, Tiny Baby recommends sitting on a towel when using the padsicles. Duly noted.

Alright, Baby G, one step closer to being ready for you!

birth of the cuff belt


My friend Hilary, the super fashionable shop owner of Arthur & Daughters in York, PA, occasionally likes to stroke my ego and ask me to model for her. But when I get to wear gorgeous clothes and have my photo taken by The Susquehanna Photographic, how can I say no?

This time, I had the pleasure of wrapping A&D’s new private label cuff belt around my belly bump. The belt is handmade by Hilary’s dad, is $59 and is available in white or clear at her shop on Beaver Street in downtown York.

Arthur & Daughters cuff belt @ohbotherblog

Cuff belt from Arthur & Daughters @ohbotherblog

Cuff belt from Arthur & Daughters @ohbotherblog

Cuff belt from Arthur & Daughters @ohbotherblog

Cuff belt from Arthur & Daughters @ohbotherblog

a “great” gender (and name) reveal


So along with the nontraditional reveal for the gender reveal party, we went with a nontraditional theme as well… to go with the nontraditional name we’ve chosen for our baby boy. See if you can guess it before I tell you…

My mom’s friend made us this adorable “Hello Old Sport” chalk art sign that we displayed on the dessert table (which will eventually hang in the nursery).

Hello Old Sport Chalkboard Sign for a Gatsby Party and Nursery @ohbotherblog

JUST A VINTAGE SOUL Signs by Sue •Hand•Lettered• •Original•Designs• •Custom•Orders• •Special•Occasions• •Made in the US•of•A• ~sjavitt@gmail.com ~717-495-3423

The cupcakes were painstakingly handcrafted by Jess at Ladybug Baking Company.

Great Gatsby Cupcakes for a Roaring 20's Party @ohbotherblog

Sensing a theme?

An impromptu “photo booth” added to the fun.

Great Gatsby Photo Booth @ohbotherblog

Any guesses? I suppose it’s not entirely a surprise: I hinted at it months ago, even before I was pregnant… but baby #2’s name will be:

Gatsby William - baby boy name @ohbotherblog

Gatsby William. I guess I should start preparing for him to dislike his name, like I will probably have to for his sister!

an illuminating gender reveal party


Because we didn’t find out what we were having with my first pregnancy, I was pretty excited to hop on the gender reveal party train this time around. I’ve been to some super cute gender reveal parties where the big reveal was done with cakes, balloons, even a poem. So I, of course, wanted to do something a little different.

Sparklers played a fun role in our wedding reception, so I thought it might be cool to incorporate sparklers into the gender reveal.

Sparklers during your first wedding dance @ohbotherblog

(Yes, we’re dancing in a pool.)

I found colored sparklers online at weddingdaysparklers.com. They come in red, blue and green. I went ahead and ordered both red and blue to make sure I had them in time for the gender reveal (because I found out on Wednesday; I assumed I couldn’t order the correct color and have them arrive by Saturday without paying a rush).

Colored Sparklers for a Gender Reveal Party @ohbotherblog

I placed the correct-color sparkler into a basket for use during the big reveal. Luckily there’s no exterior indicator of color on the sparkler, so it was able to remain a surprise. Once it was time, we headed out to the back porch, armed with lighters, to see if the sparklers would light pink or blue.

Mr. B was finding out at the same time everyone else was, so we gave him a bit of a head start.

Colored sparklers for a gender reveal party @ohbotherblog

As you can see from the photos and the video, the blue color was faint at best (does this count as a Pinterest Fail?). You really have to wave the sparkler around to see just a hint of blue. I lit a red one as a test and it’s just as difficult to detect. So you got the point, but it wasn’t immediately obvious. If you’re set on a specific color for, say, a wedding, I’d probably skip these brand of colored sparklers.

I’ll share more on the baby’s name and accompanying party theme soon!

(thanks to Katlyn Marie Photography for the fantastic photos of the moment!)

baby #2 is a…


Blue Sparkler Gender Reveal Party - boy @ohbotherblog

I’ll post details about the gender reveal party tomorrow, but I figured I’d share the news tonight! Baby #2 is a boy!

(photo credit: Katlyn Marie Photography)

halfway – then and now


I’m now 20 weeks and 3 days pregnant, which is just over halfway through this pregnancy (I actually had Holden at 39 weeks, so I could technically be more than halfway, but you get me).

Here’s a then-and-now shot so you can see how my belly is progressing this time around.

20 weeks pregnant - first pregnancy and second pregnancy @ohbotherblog

I don’t know if I mentioned before, but I used The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly during my first pregnancy and I bought myself another one for this pregnancy because I’ve found it to be a great tool to record the weekly happenings of being knocked up.

The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly @ohbotherblog

(photo from babble.com)

Looking back on my first pregnancy, I can see that I was just starting to feel the baby move at 20 weeks, my belly had just started to pop out and my gums were bleeding like I was Dracula.

This time around, I feel the baby move pretty regularly, the belly has been out for quite a while and my gums are relatively blood-free.

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo every week with the fruit or vegetable that represented the baby’s size that week. I’m totally slacking on that this time around, but in case you’re wondering… the baby is a banana this week!

Pregnant 20 weeks - baby is the size of a banana @ohbotherblog

And yes, I had my 20-week ultrasound today. Yes, I found out the sex of the baby. No, I’m not telling you what it is yet; you’ll have to wait until Sunday!

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