Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our Weekend (tick tock tick tock)

Omg, I'm so anxious for my doctor's appointment this afternoon!!
I'm dying to know if there is any further progression or if it's looking like I will linger here for a while.  
So, this weekend was a combination of trying to get as much done as possible while also making an effort to rest and relax... a delicate balance.
I have had this belly casting kit since I was around 20 weeks and figured it was now or never.  I think the finished project is a bit personal to share, but it came out great and it was a fun little project for K and I on Saturday night.
My "Before Baby To Do List" is nearly complete!  We decided to postpone the granite purchase and we have our electrician coming back tomorrow to finish up with a few light fixtures, but the rest of the work is done.  I am going to stop and give myself a pat on the back for a second because I am really proud of how far this house has come since we moved in less than 4 months ago.  I can't do that without also mentioning my parents and, of course, my husband.  We have all spent lots of time and effort pulling things together and I am really grateful.  I probably put more pressure on myself than necessary to get things done, but with a major life event around the corner, having a calm and comfortable home base is key for me.  
I had a $20.00 TJMaxx gift card and decided to use it on myself instead of the baby for a change.  I was able to pick up a new wallet and pair of sunglasses.  The wallet has a removable wrist strap which I think will come in handy over the next few months.  I really need a new handbag but I'm holding off because I'm not sure I will be using one along with my diaper bag.  I will probably just throw my wallet, keys, and phone in there.  
Sidenote: I am consciously savoring any and all solo shopping trips and errands from here forward as I'm aware of how limited they are!
I haven't really noticed any correlation between things I eat and baby movement... until now.  Gf is a little karate kid after a handful of chex mix muddy buddies.  Sugar rush, for sure.  I picked up a bag of this at the store Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
And last, I used iron on letters from Michaels to monogram this sweet bag hanging in the nursery.  It was a gift from some of the ladies where I work and was made by the same Haitian women who made the folk doll I purchased.  I love the extra sentimental value behind so much of what's in her nursery.
K has my car today and is taking it to have the carseat installed this afternoon.
My mom is coming over tonight to help me set up the guest room (aka "her room")...
busy times. 
Annnnd, I have moved my last day of work up to this Friday.
Let's see if we make it until then...
Ready or not!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Highfive

I guess you could say I've got a one track mind right now: BABY.
We have been hustling this week making sure everything is in order.
Nesting turbo mode.
So, here's a highfive for getting through the week!
Girlfriend is going to be looking cuuuute at the hospital.
I was hanging up some clothes last night and set these two aside for packing.
The left is her going home dress, a gift from her Grammy (my mom).
And the right is just a newborn footie that I think is the sweetest thing ever.
So excited to see her in these.
Bathtime ready!  
We chose the Fisher Price 4 in 1 Sling to Seat bathtub.  I like that it can grow with her from infant to toddler.  I hope that she loves baths as much as her mom does!
For me, maneuverability was pretty much my biggest concern when it came to choosing a stroller.  And that translated to a 3 wheel model.   It's easy to get bogged down in the semantics of safety ratings when it comes to baby gear, but this one has some of the highest.  I didn't finalize the decision until testing it in person.  I will say that one of the cons is that the car seat/carrier is heavier than most of the others that I tried, but it wasn't enough to overshadow it's good features.  
We ended up purchasing this ourselves from Amazon, using our registration completion coupon along with an additional 5% off and overnight shipping by activating a 30 day free trial of Prime.  All of this, plus the already reduced price on Amazon, saved us around 30% off retail.  For a big ticket item, that's a great savings!
 The one step baby food maker.  I chose this because it steams and purees, just set and forget.  We won't be using this right away but once we do, I plan to purchase this squeeze pouch station.  I had never heard of this until a friend mentioned it on Sunday at my baby shower.  I've noticed the prices on the pouches in the grocery store and I think making my own would be very cost effective.  

I looked at A LOT of products and this one had the best quality with the most features.  It has a Bassinet+Changing Station+Removable Bouncer/Napper.  I was totally sold on the multi-functionality of this, not to mention that the materials actually feel softer and thicker than any other play yard I've looked at.  We've got it all set up, just need to pick up batteries for the bouncer and the music/light soother components.  

So now it's Hurry up and wait, right?!
I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We Ready! (+ some Baby Shower pics)

As of last night, our hospital bags are packed.
Yesterday, at my 37 week appointment, I discovered I am already 3 cm dilated!  My doctor anticipates that I will be progressing rather quickly considering last Thursday I was at 0.  That's a big change over a few days and it makes me feel like a ticking time bomb.
One thing I'm glad I picked up over the weekend: my diaper bag.
I decided on this bucket bag style by Jessica Simpson.  I was thrilled to find something that doesn't actually look like a diaper bag but has the necessary features.  My initial plan was to purchase this insert to convert an existing carryall into a diaper bag, but I still felt like it lacked on functionality.
Problem solved:
 In other news, this weekend my girlfriends threw me the best baby shower ever!
The event was held at Triangle and the details were so sweet and special to me.
Spoiled. Rotten.
Carrie arranged all of the flowers, they were gorgeous!
And my girl Lauren made the funfetti cake you see below, professional status! 
 The food was fantastic.  To be honest, I forget about Triangle except for brunch, but this spread was awesome.  Special recognition goes to the shrimp tacos and the black bean egg rolls.  And the sausage dip.  
I get all emotional thinking of how lucky I am to have friends that shower me and the baby with such love.  I hope that they know how much I appreciate and admire each of them.  I can't wait until they get to meet her, SOON!