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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Half Baked

Twenty weeks down, twenty to go! I hope these next few months go as fast as the last few - I can't wait to meet my little one!

Here are some of the pictures from our ultrasound on Tuesday morning. All arms, legs, fingers, and toes are accounted for. The baby is measuring right on schedule and weighs 13 ounces.

These are pictures of the baby's face (kind of looks like Skeletor, actually) and their tiny foot. Right now the baby is sitting breech, but with the amount of movement I've been feeling, the doctor isn't concerned about them staying that way for very long.

And the obligatory belly picture!

How does a 13 ounce baby turn into an 8 lb. weight gain and not being able to wear pants with buttons or zippers? Not sure, but I love my little bump. :-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Project Baby Room (Part 2)

This past weekend was pretty fabulous. Not only did the crib get here, but I was able to knock a ton of stuff off of my crafty to do list, too! Woo hoo!

The crib arrived on Friday and proud Papa was super excited to put it together. When we were picking it out, I found it hard to find the finish we were looking for. Everything seemed to be either natural, cherry, or espresso, but no medium brownish walnut color. Thank you for carrying exactly what we wanted! A beautiful dark walnut finish that matched the other furniture we had in the room. We love it!

How weird to see a crib in our apartment! Once the crib was up, I finally got the motivation to finish making all the bedding for it. Even though I had bumper foam inserts and just needed to make the actual covers and ties for them, the whole project seemed to take forever! Thanks to a marathon of Sandra Bullock movies on ABC Family, however, I had some good background noise and eventually got everything done.

Going with our farm animal theme, I also made animal pictures from scrapbook paper to hang up on the otherwise bare walls.

And here is the finished product! I'm not 100% in love with the color that the walls turned out (they ended up a little more golden yellow than we thought they would), but it's fine.

Now to just finish making this baby and we'll be all good! 20 weeks down, 20 to go!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blow Out Sales = Crazy Pregnant Women

This morning, our local "Once Upon a Child" consignment shop had a huge blow out sale - anything on clearance you could fit into one of their plastic shopping bags would be charged as $10 total.


Yes, $10. Now, the prices there are typically reasonable (considering many things still have tags on them), but everything for $10? Time to get shopping.

I showed up before they opened at 10am and there was already a line of eager pregnant ladies and Moms (kids in tow). For a visual, I must mention that this is not a big store. Its a little shop with A LOT of stuff crammed into it. When they opened and handed out the bags the scene was a little reminiscent of Black Friday.

Despite not knowing whether we're having a boy or a girl, I think I made out pretty well. I ended finding quite a few gender neutral outfits (or at least what I would consider gender neutral). I even found things in the 12 months size that would work for a boy or a girl! I snagged 5 pairs of overalls, 6 pairs of jeans, 19 onesies/sleepers, and 12 outfits (tops and bottoms) between 0-12 months. Many items were name brand (Eddie Bauer, Osh Kosh, Gap, etc.) and some still had tags on!

And the rest...

Don't worry, you're not crazy. There are some outfits in there that are definitely for a boy or definitely for a girl. Towards the end of my shopping spree I had a little more room in my bag (somehow) and managed to squeeze in some adorable dresses and shirt/pant sets. I couldn't resist!! There aren't many and, hey, we'll end up using half of them.

My total came to $10.50 with $198.50 worth of discounts applied. Score. My mother would be proud.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Project Baby Room (Part 1)

Once we decided that we were on Team Green (we're waiting to find out the sex of the baby), I started working on the nursery. We're blessed to have a pretty good sized second bedroom in our apartment with a large closet. This means that our office/craft space could be compressed and not completely removed to make room for our little one and the inevitably ridiculous amount of stuff we'd need.

What color to paint? about yellow? Yellow it is. What about a theme? Now, that was harder. What could we do that was gender neutral, yet interesting?

Now, if I can go on a rant for a second here about nursery decor. As a disclaimer, I have to say that I have nothing against jungle themed nurseries or nursery accessories. They are often very cute and vary from earth tones to vibrant primary colors. My issue with said theme is that the market is FLOODED with it! Yes, you can find some other popular themes out there (ladybugs, geometric shapes, ocean animals), but the vast majority of baby stuff out there is jungle themed. WTF.

After seeing this adorable print at JoAnn Fabrics, we went with farm animals.

So far, we have my rocking chair from when I was a baby and Jeff's changing table. On my crafty to do list is crib bumpers, crib skirt, quilt, rocking chair pads/pillow, memory board, curtains, diaper stacker, Boppy covers, burp cloths, swaddling blankets, newborn mittens, and a ton of other little stuff. Ambitious or insane? I'm still not sure.

Thanks to taking a few days off for a little stay-cation, I actually got quite a few things done. I can officially scratch the diaper stacker, memory board, rocking chair gear, burp cloths, and bumpers (well, almost) off my list!

Aaand the rest of the huge pile of fabric I've got to finish all of the projects.

The crib arrives on Friday and I can't wait to put it together! More pictures to come as things continue coming together. Its my goal to get as much of the nursery done this summer as I can so I can rest and relax in the fall when I'm huge and not worry about anything.

Now, here's where the audience splits. Those of you without children see that as a perfectly respectable goal to have. Those of you with children, well, you're probably laughing your asses off. ;-)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

We've Got Ourselves a Soccer Player Here...

A few weeks ago when I was traveling to a conference in San Diego, I first began feeling little flutters and bubbles a few inches below my belly button. Maybe gas? Maybe baby? Over the following week, the bubbles became more consistent and I could confidently say that it was the baby! How exciting is that?! Whenever I'd sit still, I could feel these wonderful little bubbles dancing around, but every time Jeff put his hand on my stomach to feel them, they'd immediately stop. He thought I was crazy! Or at least that this kid was giving him a hard time already. Heh

Over this past week, the little tiny bubbles have become full blown kicks to my bladder and abdominal wall. I even felt a round of hiccups one morning! I am constantly amazed how quickly things change and how fast this baby is growing. Now, I'm feeling bumps, swishes, and swirls all the way up to my belly button. For some reason, however, Jeff still couldn't feel them. My theory (sorry, honey) is that he was just too impatient to sit with his hand on my stomach long enough to catch a good kick.

Thursday night, I was laying in bed getting some strong and consistent kicks. Jeff was laying next to me reading, so I grabbed his hand and told him to stay still for a second. He rolled to his side and gave me that, "Yeah, and?" look. I felt a little bump and asked him if he could feel it. Nope, nothing. What about that one? No. That one? Nope. Then came the wallop I was waiting for. Jeff's eyes shot wide open. I asked him if he felt that. "YES....." The next few were equally good and he just smiled, still in amazement. "That's the baby jumping around in there!" I told him.

His mind was officially blown.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Sweetest Sound

I have this distinct memory from when I was 10 years old. Mom was pregnant with my brother, Nick, and despite living in Port Jeff, she wanted to continue going to the OB that delivered Chris, Doug, and me - about an hour away in Nassau County. Come to think of it, I don't exactly remember why I was the only kid with her that day (because when you have siblings, its rare to get your parents alone).

We got up that morning, got ready, stopped by the deli for our favorite egg breakfast sandwiches, and headed to the doctor. After fighting our way through an hour of rush hour traffic on the express way we finally arrived at the doctor's office and after waiting for what seemed like forever (to a 10 year old, at least) she was called back to the patient room. Mom got up and walked towards the nurse and I stayed behind reading a book I had brought. She turned around and asked if I was coming. Um...sure? We walked in and after another long wait, the doctor came in. This was it! I wasn't exactly sure what this appointment would entail, but after a long morning of traffic and waiting, he was here and something important was going to happen.

The doctor pulled a little machine out of his labcoat pocket, squirted some goop on Mom's stomach, and pressed a wand down on the goop. Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub. Nick's muffled little heartbeat came from the speakers on the little machine. "That's his heartbeat!" Mom said. The doctor wiped off the wand and Mom's stomach, put the machine back in his coat pocket, and told her that he'd see her again in a month. "That's it?! THAT'S what we came all this way for?!" I was shocked. Mom laughed at my slight disappointment. What can I say, I was an impatient kid and after all that, I thought something cool was going to happen.

Its amazing how things change. Yesterday, I got up early, drove to the doctor's office, sat in the waiting room for what felt like forever (hey, some things never change), and when I was finally called back, I went back to a little room where (you guessed it!) I waited some more. The doctor finally came in and we chatted for a bit. He's very good at answering my ridiculous, neurotic questions. Finally, the moment I'd been waiting for. He pulled out the familiar little machine and goop (thank goodness they have warmers for that stuff now a days).

Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub. The sweetest sound in the world.