May 20, 2014

baby bump and weekend update

i'm currently sitting somewhere between 31 and 32 weeks.

and yesterday i had 3 people ask "how much longer" and another ask if i was sure there was just 1 in there.  i thought i was going to cry.  i'm feeling ginormous with 2 more months still to go.

on the bright side - the farmer's markets are in full swing - i was able to get tomatoes at $2 a lb and asparagus for $3 a bunch - all of which have now been consumed - i've noted to buy extra this coming weekend.

bill was kind enough to take care of our patio garden this weekend

bell peppers - which have done really well on our patio in past years - and mint that i love adding to tea

a hanging basket of basil to pair with my tomato obsession.

the fresh fruit and vegetables are welcomed after months of not feeling like cooking.  and since i currently feel like a whale - eating whole foods again at least makes me feel better about my current state.

blt salad found on pinterest : spring mix + cherry tomatoes + corn + feta cheese + bacon + avocado
lime dressing : olive oil + red wine vinegar + fresh squeezed lime juice + sugar

a little nursery update:

i purchased a crib skirt at PB Kids to finish off the crib

and Lucy's great aunt Jennifer got her a lovey

bill and i hung up the kitten prints above the crib

i just can't get over how adorably cute these are

the other side of the room is still a bit in chaos

but we now have a changing pad (and clothes to be put away!)

bill successfully installed the car seat base this weekend - so if lucy were to come early we are prepared!

i still need to organize the diaper situation

we picked up 2 dozen cloth diapers and 4 diaper covers to get us started for the first few months.

these are kind of old school - they are the prefolds - which are just really thick cotton that has been prepped for absorbency and the waterproof covers will go over top of them to hold everything together.  the prefolds are sized for newborns and should be enough for the first two months or three - depending on her size and shape.

my plan (ha) is to buy the fancier insert style reusable diapers and a few all in ones once Lucy gets a bit bigger.  after taking the cloth diapering class and talking with the staff at the diaper fairy it seemed the one-size-fits-all reusable diapers work best once my infant chunks up a bit.

i had thought about using disposables up until that time - but the prefolds can be used later for extra protection in insert style diapers as well as burp cloths - a win win in my book - so i pulled the trigger on the purchase.

i will admit that it took me a few tries to get the hang of wrapping a rectangle shaped cloth around a teddy bear.  there is a learning curve - especially dealing with the snappee (the blue piece that is used instead of safety pins).  but after a few tries i kind of got the hang of it.  and infants and babies lay flat and still like teddy bears, right?  good.  i'll be fine then.

things currently running through my mind:

1. my first baby shower is this weekend and i couldn't be more excited to celebrate
2. my sister in law is due a month before me, but informed me that she could go early based on her last dr visit- which is too much for me to process!
3. we need a plan on what to do with woodford when labor strikes
4. call prospective pediatricians
5. make a list of what to pack for the hospital

and that's only the top 5 things.  ugh.

8.3 more weeks to go!


May 8, 2014

week 30

today i am officially 30 weeks pregnant!!

and i'm beginning to think i'm going to need a chauffeur because i can only scoot my seat so far back and still reach the pedals. 

whenever i hear someone is in their 30-something week i automatically think they're almost done!

and i'm certainly feeling "almost done" despite having 10 good weeks left

eating dinner is difficult - i should probably sit at the actual dining table, but when i get home i need to put my feet up; my ankles are the size of softballs!  leaning over my plate is out of the question as then i can't breath - so eating is often done in the reclined position with my belly sometimes acting as a table.

and i'm serious about my ankle situation

for whatever reason my left ankle is always worse than my right.  the swelling makes getting anything done in the evening near impossible since i feel like i'm waddling or limping to walk across our tiny space.

but i have been trying to do tiny tasks when i can or the mood strikes.  this past weekend bill and i decided to try and organize some items that had been shifted around while laying the new floor.  we had a few baby clothes that had been purchased at consignment sales and my job was to remove the BAJILLION safety pins and tags on the clothes and wash, fold and put them all away.

i also dusted off MY old rocking chair - which has been patiently waiting for my own little girl to rock in one day.

it's also a jenny lind (which matches the crib and cradle) - gah! i love the spindles!  and the little piggy was found over at bill's grandmother's - the whole room is turning into a sentimental collection (really all of my decor through the house is) - which makes walking into the room without crying difficult.

this little guy?  a doorstop i rescued from a yardsale my granny had.  i apparently was obsessed with the thing as a child and couldn't dare see it go - and it has since lived in the house in one spot or another.  it's actually functioning as a doostop now, and since the nursery seems to be a menagerie of animals (kittens on the wall, pig in the rocker, and now peacock on the floor) i thought, what the heck!

i can't wait to show the whole room - but there's still a table saw on the floor and an ottoman underneath the window and i'm lacking some art work.

my other big accomplishment

putting together the jogging stroller and car seat that arrived at our doorstep yesterday!  i was too impatient to let bill help me (he was at work) so i huffed and puffed and dumped everything in the floor.

surprisingly it all went together with a few clicks.  we went with the graco jogging stroller travel system since we knew we wanted a jogging stroller, but definitely didn't have the room to store more than one kind of larger stroller - so one that was compatible with a car seat was a win win.  the graco system had great reviews and was budget friendly - i kept looking at the BOB strollers and couldn't believe the ridiculous price + NONE of the accessories (cup holders, car seat adapters, etc) were included - all sold separately.  so if you invest in the stroller and then decide you want the accessories, you could easily have $700 in...A STROLLER.  i just couldn't.  i'm the least speedy runner anyways - lucy and i will be performing more of a trot once she's big enough to "run" with.

in other baby related news - my baby app is telling me that my digestive process is slowing down,  and i made the mistake of buying fiber one brownies.  i ate like 4 in one afternoon.  don't judge me.  they are 90 calories each and TINY.  great for a small indulgence when dieting - horrible when you're pregnant and eat 4 of them.  i sounded like the little engine that could the other night and was surprised bill didn't go sleep on the couch.  must be love.

Lucy is now the size of a cabbage (wasn't she just the size of a head of lettuce?  aren't those 2 things similar?)- about 15.7 inches long and weighs about 3 lbs.

i'm starting to think she knows when bill is around or can tell the difference when he's touching my belly or i am.  bill got off work early the other night and we were watching tv.  i had him place his hand on my belly and almost immediately she started kicking and thumping his hand - big kicks that moved my belly.  we joked that she knew it was her daddy - but i secretly think she did know - already a daddy's girl!

odds and ends:
  •  mother's day is this weekend, and i've reminded bill at least 6 times.  i expect at least a card.
  • my mom and aunt are coming in this weekend...they're looking forward to shopping for lucy, i'll just be along for the ride :)
  • dr's appointments are now every other week - which makes me excited since i will have something baby related on the calendar almost every week
  • i want to pick up some nursing bras but have been warned that things could change significantly.  so my question is when do i pick them up or should i go ahead and buy a couple?
  • my breast pump came in, and my heart began racing - another reminder that this is real...also, it looked so medical and weird. 
  • i've been knitting diligently as well as working on sewing cradle sheets - can't wait to show them off!
that's about it for the week.  to all the mommas and mommas-to-be  - happy early mother's day!


May 1, 2014

29 weeks

happy last week in the 20's!

week 29 is here and making itself known!

i am constantly oscillating between feeling super on top of things (like i said the other day) to feeling like "oh sh!t - i still have x,y,z to do!" (i probably won't be happy until there's a carseat strapped in, a hospital bag packed, baby clothes and bedding washed, and house scrubbed clean one last time....all things that probably won't happen for another 6-7 weeks.  er, i mean we'll clean in between but probably not a good scrub until closer to go time and obviously the master bathroom should take top priority...ahem...)

after months of claiming a side-effect free pregnancy - my feet are now in a constant state of semi swollen and fat.  no matter how often i prop them up at work or how much water i drink, they kind of just puff up a bit until i get home and lay on my side for about an hour.

probably due to the extra fluid being retained in my feet, i'm now having to get up at least once a night to potty - which makes it really difficult to fall back asleep.

i'm convinced, if old sayings hold any truth, that baby Lucy is going to come out completely bald.  i've not had heartburn once!  BUT i've started to experience some indigestion.  which, is that the same thing?  i've heard of pregnant ladies complain about raging heartburn to the point they thought they were having heart issues.  mine feels like i need to burp or have something stuck in my esophagus - so if that is indeed heartburn, maybe Lucy will have a light fluff of hair?

i'm also starting to feel incredibly slow.  bill and i went to the cherokee triangle art fair last weekend - it wasn't too crowded but i constantly felt like someone was behind me waiting for me to walk faster.  bill usually walks faster than me anyways, but lately i just can't keep up and am constantly reminding him to slow down.  it was nice and warm out too - close to 80 - and in the shade with a breeze it was wonderful.  it wasn't until we got back to the car i realized how hot it actually was.  i had pretty much sweat through the seat of my pants.  very humbling - especially considering we were headed to the diaper class right after.

a few weeks ago i called to start my registration process with short term disability (i don't know how most places of employment do maternity leave, but where i work i get 6 weeks of short term disability paid leave but can take another 6 weeks off through the FMLA act - though it is unpaid unless i use vacation time).  so anyways, i've called and am talking to a representative - giving typical information.  she needed to know when my first prenatal doctor visit was, when i'm due, who my doctor was...etc.  we have clearly established i am pregnant and taking the leave for this reason.  so when she asked her next question i couldn't help but laugh and ask for further clarification.  the lady, very seriously asked, "what are your symptoms?"

...crickets.  and then laughter.  excuse me?- i said...and then laughed again - there's a baby kicking me from the inside?  there's an alien-looking being in my womb according to an ultrasound?

she seemed flustered at that point, never really acknowledging it was kind of a weird question.  i'm sure she was reading off a standard form that is actually used for real disability claims (not pregnancy) so she conceded and moved on.

i'm looking forward to the next 11 weeks - baby showers, my mom and aunt visiting and coming to shop, becoming an aunt, myself, again! in june

trying to get in extra cuddles and lovins with my fur babies, too!  i can't tell if woodford thinks we've created a fun palace for him in the nursery or if he knows something big is about to happen and he's protecting the space.
a few last items
  • i've bought a whole frozen key lime pie at the grocery the past 2 weeks.  i cannot get enough of the tart flavor.
  • sonic's diet cherry limeade. enough said. (this was a pre pregnancy thing too)
  • Lucy is now the size of a butternut squash - 15.2 inches long and 2.5 lbs
  • i hope to get in one prenatal massage soon..hint...bill...mother's day...hint.
  • i'm attempting to sew a couple crib sheets and cradle sheets
  • i'm really behind on my knitting and am semi depressed i haven't made Lucy anything yet
  • i wake up at least once a night with the panic of where i will change Lucy while she sleeps in our room (it's not even a big deal when i'm awake - but in my sleep i'm concerned?)
  • i'm trying to justify paying for an elective ultrasound so i can see Lucy with some fat on her cheeks!


Apr 29, 2014

curtains and sweater balls

it's tuesday and derby week.  which, if you don't know, means not a lot gets accomplished at the office.  i take that back - i'm actually getting a lot done in preparation for month end - but there's fun activities scheduled all week at work (run for the rose, a "boat" race, "balloon" race and so on) so it's more laid back around here.

i've actually felt very on top of things outside of work as well - i called and ordered my breast pump, all of my new mom classes are scheduled, i am registered at the hospital, and bill and i got around to hanging the nursery room curtains last night!

in real life i've gone on and on about these curtains.  they are from pottery barn kids - fully lined, blackout curtains.  i stroked them many a time in store.  the price tag ON SALE was about $60 a panel.  the window in the nursery is extra wide (two window panels are hidden by the curtains in this picture) which means i needed 4 panels to get a nice full look.  so $240 for curtains? 

no.  i'm cheap.

i was at a kids' consignment sale in e-town a few months ago and found 4 (!!!!) panels - for $50 total.  they look brand new - no wear, tears, stains, or smells - were probably in a kid's room for a short period of time.

i thought the green was fun - i probably wouldn't have originally picked it for the nursery, but at that price for that quality i said i could make them work.  which is the primary reason i went with navy walls - i love green and navy.

the room is slowly coming together - bill has called the cable company to activate the internet in the other bedroom so we can move his desk out of the nursery (we tried 2 weekends ago and realized the cable wasn't activated in that room)

so once he's out of there we can lay the quarter round and move the furniture in place.  above is the room looking in from the living room.  eventually we will have the same floors carry over into the living space...patience i tell myself.

i keep saying i just have the fun stuff to shop for now - a lamp, artwork, a cushy chair - OH! and also because i'm a cheapskate i thought i could get away with 2 packages of ring clips on the curtain rod. womp womp.  i clearly need one more package (check out the extra wide, droopy pleats on those curtains) - and weather permitting, i will head out at lunch to grab them (rod, clips, finials, and mounts all from home depot martha stewart collection).

my other "task" i gave myself as of last week was to visit the diaper fairy on bardstown road.  i HIGHLY recommend checking out emily's shop if you are interested, curious, or even doubtful of cloth diapering.  first and foremost, emily offers a laundering service and provides diapers - she is the only service that i know of in the kentuckiana area to offer the diaper service.  most recently she opened an actual store - or "cottage" that sells basically everything you could want - from all the well known cloth diapering brands and styles, to natural laundry detergent, baby wraps, environmentally safe baby toys, AND expert advice.

bill and i stopped in on saturday and once we were asked if we needed any help i basically said i was overwhelmed and didn't know what i wanted.  the sales lady was so nice and offered her help but also suggested the intro to cloth diapering class that was being held on sunday.  we signed up without hesitation and came back again the next day.

i learned so much and i think it helped bill to see and hear the process. i won't lie - he's still pretty weary of the washing process, which with our immediate budget to buy cloth diapers, we will be doing diaper laundry every 2-3 days (which is actually pretty typical - if you can afford it, you can definitely buy a huge stash and wash closer to once a week - but doing huge loads of dirty diapers sounds just as bad as doing smaller loads every 2-3 days in my opinion OR you could use the diapering service, but that kind of negates the money saving).

i'm planning a return trip in a couple of weeks to get a beginner stash going.  i think if i buy a few at a time it will make me feel better than dropping $200 at once on diapers.  that's my plan anyways.  and i hope to fill you in on what my stash will be made up of and get into the details of cloth diapering then.

as for now, one of the tips given at the class was to use wool/felt dryer balls (natural with zero dyes and chemicals - chemicals which could ruin or affect the absorbancy of cloth diapers) - which they sell, and i've seen sold online.  but seriously, for anyone who has ever knitted or crocheted or even accidentally washed an all wool sweater - paying someone else to make WOOL BALLS for you, is just ridiculous.

i came home last night and dug out some thrift store sweaters i once upon a time bought for felting.

if you don't have old sweaters or a yarn stash - head to your local goodwill or michaels craft store and look for 100% natural fibers.

(seriously, when was the last time you think old navy sold 100% natural anything...)

sweaters and yarn will tell you what percentage of fibers it is made from - we don't want anything that isn't natural

wool, lambs wool, merino, etc - all good - stay away from anything that says acrylic.  if there's a small percentage of acrylic (less that 30%) you might have some luck with felting - it just may take longer to achieve.

anyways, you can try and unravel the sweater in one continuous thread OR

employee someone else to cut strips of fabric while they watch the nba playoffs.  thanks bill.

i wound the strips tightly into softball sized balls.  i tried to keep the balls tight, and tuck in loose ends when i could.

i then cut up an old pair of panty hose and made a caterpillar with my sweater balls - tying knots between each.

dropped it in the wash with a couple of towels on warm.  washing with towels or a load of jeans really helps agitate the fibers.  and just a public service announcement - if you were ever curious as to why you ruined a sweater in the wash and not the dryer - it is because the actual washing NOT the drying causes natural fibers to felt. which is why wool sweaters and scarves say to hand wash - less agitation!

i then threw them in the dryer for 30ish minutes and cut them loose.

most of mine came out looking solid

but two had some loose ends that didn't quite felt all the way (i think i had got lazy and used too big of strips)

i'm planning to rewash those to get better felting.

so now - for cloth diaper drying - and all other drying - i can throw a couple in the dryer (or 3-4 for large loads) for chemical free, static free, all natural dryer sheets.  these will also help cut drying times (same concept if you've ever heard of throwing a tennis ball in the dryer).  if you really like your dryer sheets to be scented, you can add a few drops of essential oils to your sweater balls.

happy felting!


Apr 24, 2014

Hello Third Trimester!

it's my friday and this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous!

originally bill and i had planned to take a long weekend to asheville, nc - cabin booked and everything.

and then i started getting strong nesting urges and really preferred new floors over a couple nights away.  luckily the cabin stay was still 100% refundable and the money i had set aside for the trip went towards the floors and also momma gets to go shopping now!

and while i would love a short babymoon (maybe we can still swing a night or two away), i am actually quite relieved not to be going somewhere where my main plan was to do some sightseeing, walking, and light hiking.  whyyyy?  well as of last friday my ankles and feet have started swelling if i stand or walk too long.  i am also getting a burning stretching feeling right above my rib cage if i stand for even a few minutes - the belly weight is starting to take it's toll.

(please excuse the messy bathroom - it became a landing zone while we work on the nursery.  and yes i am wearing the hell out of that cardigan.  my soul feels somewhat at ease if i can squish my pregnant body into it)

i am now officially in my 3rd trimester (all my apps are different - one said 27 weeks, one said 27 week 3 days, and the other said 28 weeks marks the start).  i used to think the worst of women who would enter this phase of pregnancy hoping for early delivery - because i felt it so inconsiderate for those who couldn't carry to term.  but i get it now.  i'm still hoping to make it to full term, but i totally understand now.  i no longer feel pretty. i feel like a walking hot air balloon.  the swelling, how slow i walk, restless legs at night, etc - all kind of annoyingly miserable.  all completely 100% worth it.  but the next 12 weeks are going to be really trying.

lucy is now the size of a head of iceberg lettuce - 14.8 inches long and weighing about 2.2 lbs.  it's crazy to think she's going to more than triple that weight in 12 weeks.

some odds and ends - bill and i have been thinking more and more about life after maternity leave is up - whether my job will allow me a flexible work schedule for a few months is a possibility but not guaranteed. because we have a split work schedule, we will only need childcare for a few hours in the morning mon-friday, so neither of us is wanting to take lucy to daycare (or pay for fulltime daycare as many don't offer part time options) at least not for a year or two.  so we've been thinking more and more about a part time nanny if my flexible work schedule doesn't work out - or even after i go back to work normal hours.  ahem, if any family members would like to move or retire please let us know ;)

but anyways, the fact that we are pretty set on hiring a part time nanny has helped influence another decision i'm researching.  cloth diapers.  i had pretty much decided we would go the disposable route not wanting to mess with cloth and daycare - i'm sure many are open and willing, but i'm not a very pushy person, and frankly didn't want to add to my list of "things to look for in a daycare center."

so now i've gone down this rabbit hole of researching the many varieties, styles, solutions, brands - as well as trying to educate my husband on everything i read.  he's of the mindset that they will leak and be messy.  and they might possibly be.  but i've read many solutions, fixes, and opinions contrary to that belief. 

i've done some of the math, and cloth diapers work out to be close to a $300-400 upfront investment.  yeah.  a lot.  and also add in laundry detergent, electricity, water - cloth diapers aren't exactly the cheap alternative.

to go the disposable route, feel free to google "cost of disposable diapers" - but from my searching i've come to the conclusion that the cost over the life my child will be in diapers will be anywhere from 2-3 THOUSAND dollars. obviously that's not an upfront investment (thank goodness) but it does become a weekly/monthly expense to add to my budget.

add in the fact that we are hoping to have another baby - that's another 2-3 THOUSAND dollars which will all eventually go in the trash, whereas with cloth we wouldn't have any of the startup expense that go around.  i think disposables, if we choose to cloth diaper, will have their place once lucy can sleep through the night or when we travel - convenience can and will win out i'm sure.

which brings me to

1. scheduling a cloth diaper class for bill and i - more so for bill to see how it all works.  i'm willing to read all day long about the process, but i'm sure bill would rather see it in action.

2. taking a trip to the diaper fairy.  to see the different types of diapers in person - it's hard to gauge what i think will be best or how many of each variety i should plan on getting - as well as hearing their advice

3.  because the diaper fairy is actually a service - with a small store- that i'm hoping to use for the first few weeks after lucy is born!  they drop off cloth diapers and pick up your dirty ones to wash (which is probably more earth friendly as they will be able to do much larger loads than i can at home) at a cost of about $22 a week for 80 diapers.  my rationalization being we can try and see how we like cloth diapering without putting up the initial cost only to discover it's not for us.  it also saves us from having to buy the newborn cloth diapers - we would eventually buy the diapers that grow with baby from 8lbs-35 lbs.

still there?  tl;dr?  didn't mean to yap on and on about cloth diapering, i've just been researching it fervently for the past 2 days.

any momma's out there have any advice?


Apr 21, 2014

nursery progress and installing floors!

so i kind of hoped to have a bit more accomplished in the nursery by today

but since i didn't really have to do any of the grunt work - i'm not going to complain!

my awesome husband and brother-in-law signed up to run the derby half marathon this past weekend.  and for weeks all i heard about was bill "maybe going on a three mile run."  he finished a few 3 milers, but i think that was his longest distance.  but dangit if he didn't finish the half in 2hrs 30ish mins.

because he was so under trained, i threw a couple hissy fits about my floors being done this weekend, and that i didn't want to hear about him being too sore to do them.

without ever complaining about being sore or too tired once, the floors went down!  so i think we'll blame my hissy fit on the hormones and i will eat my words, because i am really pleased with their hard work!

the floors were ordered a couple of weeks ago from lumber liquidators, and i went to pick them up last week.  because we were installing over a concrete subfloor, we had to lay down a moisture barrier- basically plastic sheets.

we went with laminate - click lock floating floors

and while i didn't help, it looked pretty easy to install.  the major hold ups were the two doors and two closets in this room - lots of cutting!  but i think once we decide to install this floor into the living room, the process will go much quicker since there will be less jigsaw pieces.

another hold up the boys ran into - all the baseboards were glued down! so our choices were to possibly crack and break the baseboards as well as possibly need to patch drywall and/or have to buy new baseboards (which would be a continuing problem once we run the floors to the rest of the house) or butt the floors up to the baseboards and risk losing a millimeter or 2 of baseboard height.

the easiest solutions to me, was to butt the flooring up to the baseboards (as opposed to the walls).

i think once we get the quarter round down, you won't be able to tell/i don't care enough to maximize baseboard height.

we were able to move a few pieces of furniture in so i could see how the room was coming together and also to declutter our living room which has become ground zero for tools, supplies, and extra furniture.

i wanted to get some good pictures of the flooring + wall color.

lots of items still waiting to find a home/find their way to a yardsale.  we still need to paint, cut, and nail quarter round + install transitional pieces - all of which we ordered and have on hand.  i'm hoping those tasks will go a lot quicker and we can knock them out this weekend.  i was also hoping to have the curtain rod up - but the boys worked until 10 pm saturday night and it just felt cruel to ask for anything else to get done.

woodford has been a total trooper this whole time.  i was slightly worried how he would do with the moving and changing of everything, but he seems to love the new floors - probably because they're nice and cool.  the cat, on the other hand, wouldn't step paw into the room.

well, not until bill sent me this picture.  olivia + woodford both bird watching and in the nursery.  they rarely hang out like this - usually only when they're both exhausted.  i have a feeling they're going to get a lot closer once there's a toddler walking around.

i'm excited to have the major components of the room done/nearly done.  now i can go shop for fun accessories!

more progress to come!