Celebrating Firsts With New Pampers Swaddlers Larger Sizes #Giveaway

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

As this year is nearing the end I have to look back on everything that has happened in our lives this year while thinking forward to what is to come. We have celebrated a lot of special moments this year with the most important one being the birth of Aubrey.

We now have one in diapers full time again and one who uses them occasionally at night for bed wetting.  Ellie doesn’t weigh enough for the overnight pants for big kids, and training pants just don’t hold up well for her.  That means we’ve created a lot of memories this year in diapers, especially a lot of Aubrey’s “Firsts”.

Aubrey made her first trip home from the hospital in her cute little onesie and a Pampers on her bottom.  It was so hot that day I decided to ditch the little pants.  Now that Aubrey is a week shy of 6 months she has rolled over front to back, sat up for more than 5 minutes without falling over, found her toes, giggled at her sister, smiled at us, tasted her first bite of yummy food, and learned how to hold and play with her toys.  That’s a lot of firsts, but the one thing I’m thankful she hasn’t experienced in her first diaper rash thanks to staying nice and dry in her Pampers Swaddlers.

Aubrey loves her Pampers so much she wants to eat them!
Aubrey loves her Pampers so much she wants to eat them!
Pampers provide a great leak free fit for my chunky baby!
Pampers provide a great leak free fit for my chunky baby!
Dressed in softness from head to toe!
Dressed in softness from head to toe!
I love knowing she's dry with the indicator line
I love knowing she’s dry with the indicator line

Actually both of my girls made their maiden voyage home from the hospital in a Swaddlers, even preemie Ellie.  I remember how thankful I was at the time to find preemie sized Pampers after the Pampers at the hospital swallowed her little body!

Ellie getting her "sun tan" in the hospital rocking her tiny Pampers Swaddlers
Ellie getting her “sun tan” in the hospital rocking her tiny Pampers Swaddlers

Now I’m thankful those same Pampers Swaddlers I trust are available in size 4 and 5!  That means Ellie can ditch the diapers we’ve been forced to use at night that she leaks out of more than I would like and go back to something I can trust to keep her from soaking the bed while being soft on her sensitive skin at the same time.

Pampers wants to celebrate the addition of size 4 and 5 diapers in their softest diaper ever with 30 Days of Giveaways with really awesome prizes like the grand prize of free Swaddlers diapers and wipes for a year!  Prize bundles will be given away daily, so make sure you hop over to the Pampers Facebook page for your chance to win!

Pampers LogoWant to join me at the Pampers #SwaddlersFirsts Twitter Party coming up later this week for a chance to win even more great Pampers prizes? 

Date- Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 9pm EST

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3 “Celebrating Firsts” Prize Packs including:

Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll
Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
Baby’s First Words Book
Baby’s First Steps Push Toy
$50 Shutterfly Gift Card to celebrate all “Firsts” moments
Baby’s First Bath Robe

Grand Prize:

Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera worth $450

 Can’t join the Twitter party?  That’s okay!  Enter below for a chance to win a special Celebrating Firsts Prize Pack just for Everyday Randomness readers!

Celebrating Firsts Giveaway:

Prize Pack- Baby’s First Friend Plush Doll, Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box, Baby’s First Words Book (not pictured) Baby’s First Steps Push Toy, Pampers Swaddlers

The Truth About The Baby Blues

The truth is there’s no magic switch. You can’t snap your fingers and make things better in an instant, and this week I had to come to terms with that. I had to admit that I’m dealing with postpartum depression and need help.

Thankfully my symptoms aren’t severe, but I still have an appointment to sit down with my doctor to discuss it. Over the last week I’ve started to improve a bit, but I reached that point where I feel like it goes beyond your basic case of the baby blues. It wasn’t easy for me to admit it, but I realized I may need some help coping. I’ve dealt with depression off and on for years, so it’s no surprise I’m suffering now when my hormones and feelings are all over the place.

I’m very thankful for my wonderful husband. I don’t know what I would have done without him by my side over the last 3 weeks. He’s been my rock, the one person that has held me upright when I’ve felt like my world was going sideways. He’ll be returning to work full time tomorrow, and that means I’ll have to cope in ways I’ve avoided over the last 3 weeks, but we’ll make it happen even if that means curling up on the couch with my girls and watching movies all day.

It’s going to be okay, and being able to acknowledge that is a step in the right direction.

Have you ever suffered from postpartum depression? If so what helped you the most?

Oh Labor, Where Art Thou?

This morning I’m sitting here wondering if we can pee on a stick for a fertility test and again to determine we’re pregnant why is it so hard to invent a stick to tell us when we’re going into labor? I admit I’m getting a bit antsy over here waiting!

Even though this is my 2nd baby it’s my first full term pregnancy.  That has me on edge because I’m like a first timer sitting here waiting for things to happen naturally.  I didn’t go through any of this with Ellie, and now that I’m 36w + 4d every little pain, twinge, and tingle has me wondering what is about to follow.  

Is that cramp the beginning of  labor or the end results of this weekend’s grill-fest?

Yeah, I’ve become that chick, the hypochondriac over poop pains!  

I think I’ll feel a lot better after my checkup this morning.  I just have to make it through the next 2 hours without driving myself batty over every little tingle “down there”.  I’ll find out if my amniotic fluid levels are enough of a factor to go ahead and induce now or if we’re going to try to push it another 2 weeks to 39 weeks.  Last week the doctor was concerned but he wasn’t ready to induce just yet as long as my fluid didn’t drop any lower.  

Unfortunately it’s not as simple as drinking lots of water to try to increase the amniotic fluid levels because my low levels are caused by my blood pressure and medications.  It’s kind of a damned if ya do damned if ya don’t situation with the meds, but he did drop my dose a bit to see if that helps.  My fluid level didn’t come up any over the week, but Friday’s ultrasound showed it’s holding steady at a 6.  That’s still pretty darn low, though, so today will be the deciding factor.

No matter what happens today I’m going to keep reminding myself she will be here sometime in the next 2 weeks.  That’s the one thing I can be sure of.  So, Aubrey, I hope you’re ready to meet this big ‘ole world.  I know I’m sure ready to meet you!