Baby Things

I really did think I was going to post more about “baby things,” but exhaustion and swelling happened pretty early on in my pregnancy and sadly, the two are still here. So I’m going to attempt to do a small update as coherently as I can before I completely pass out from exhaustion.

Getting the room ready:

Truth be told, John and I didn’t really start working on the nursery until the middle of my second trimester. Now, waiting that long wasn’t really my choice, but I am pretty dependent on John these days when it comes to moving furniture and painting. I had to ask him several times before he finally got a friend over to move the spare room furniture into storage and paint the room (I’ll post pictures of the nursery… it’s almost done just missing the glider!).

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can you believe how swollen my feet are?!

Shopping for baby clothes:

I also didn’t start buying clothes for the baby until we found out the gender at 20 weeks. Carter’s and Janie and Jack are my two favorite places to shop for baby clothes. Carter’s has great sales, but I also highly recommend checking out Ebay and Totspot. It’s amazing how many people are selling baby clothes brand new with tags! No joke, I bought the baby a beautiful camel toggle coat by Janie and Jack off ebay, brand new with tags for $30 shipped and the coat retailed for $200 and a Carter’s sleep sack, blue with elephants, brand new with tags for 54 cents and $3 shipping! Even though I love clothes, I haven’t bought that many for the baby. I know babies grow quickly, so I’m hesitant to buy too many items. But trust me when I say, Wallace has more than enough to last him the first 6 months.

Toys:

I know babies won’t really start playing toys until they are 4-5 months old, but we have bought a few plush toys, think stuffed animals and this ball from Carter’s, and been gifted some as well. But when it comes to toys I’ve been holding off while I do research on the best toys for babies that will help develop skills and jump start the learning process. I did buy these super cute shakers off Amazon and have my eye on these other toys for no reason other than they are just so cute ( Fox Bandana Buddy / Roll Around Hedge Hog  / Sort and Spin Fish Bowl / Alphabet Stack and Stick Zoo )

Car seat and Stroller:

After a great deal of research and talking to friends with babies and small children, we decided to go with the UppaBaby Mesa car seat and the UppaBaby Cruz Stroller. While I actually can’t say too much on this topic yet because Wallace isn’t here yet and we haven’t used them, I can tell you that the car seat is super easy to remove from the base and snap into the stroller frame and vice versa. The car seat is light weight, a mere 9lbs, and the stroller is so easy to push, maneuver, and fold up, that they are well worth the money.

Swaddle blankets:

Same as above, we haven’t used these yet so I can only say a few words on them. My friend recommended the brand Aden and Anais to me and I’m so glad she did. These swaddle blankets are super soft, a great size of 47” x 47”, they wash well, the fabric is breathable, great price, and the signature prints couldn’t be cuter.  Apparently these blankets get softer the more you wash them as well. For whatever reason, I really wanted a particular set Liam, the Brave, which had superhero dogs and paper airplanes, but couldn’t find them in stores. Luckily Amazon had them in stock and I was able to get a set of 4 blankets for $40

While I’d love to write more and share more fun things we’ve purchased, I’m exhausted and going to head to bed. Thanks for stopping in and bearing with me during the long silence 😦

Happy Friday!

 

Snow Days as an Adult

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The Lake behind our house. I took this picture on Sunday and the lake was half frozen and half slush

Friday we were hit with a pretty insane snow storm. It started snowing around 10am on Friday and didn’t stop until Saturday night, maybe around 9 or 10pm. I’ve heard various reports on how much snow we got, but it is close to 18 inches! If I stand in the middle of our yard the snow comes up to my knees!!! I remember in high school and college really loving snow days because I knew, or thought I knew, that once I was in “the real world” snow days would disappear forever. Turns out I was wrong and I couldn’t be happier to be incorrect about something. The last few days have been interesting because we haven’t stuck to our normal schedule at all, but I thought I should still share an update on what John and I have been up to over the last three days.

FRIDAY: Friday I had the day off I had scheduled  a doctors appoint and it was my birthday, but other than that no plans.  John’s boss decided to close the office with the impending weather and John was able to work from home. I moved my doctors appointment to 9am which turned out to be a smart move because it was snowing pretty hard by 10am when I left the doctor’s office. On the way home I did run into A.C. Moore and buy some yarn, I’m attempting to knit Otis a new sweater, and then did a quick stop by the grocery store as well. Oddly enough there was bread and milk, but no soup, powder doughnuts (which I was there to buy), or orange juice. John and I celebrated my birthday, sort of, we couldn’t go out to dinner because of the snow, but he did give me my gifts and a Cold Stone Ice Cream cake. We then took Otis on a walk, he refuses to use the bathroom in the snow so it’s always a long ordeal, and hung out on the couch and watched tv and a James Bond movie.

SATURDAY: I got up and made waffles for breakfast, John’s request, then made some taco soup for dinner, some snow day treats for us to munch on throughout the day, cleaned the kitchen, started Otis’s sweater, and worked on The Frosted Pumpkin cross stitch sampler for Wallace’s room. John and I took Otis on two long walks because, again, getting him to go to the bathroom in the snow is a huge effort, then we watched Bridge of Spies and spent the rest of the night just hanging out.

SUNDAY FUNDAY: Well, not so much Sunday Funday for me. John and I took Otis for a walk first thing in the morning. The sun was out, a plow truck had come through, and other dogs were running around so we knew Otis would use the bathroom quickly. When we got back I realized my hands and legs were terrible swollen. In fact, my right hand was so swollen I couldn’t hold a fork. I immediately began drinking tons of water, this usually helps, and put my feet up on the table to wait for the swelling to go down. Eventually I took a 3-hour nap then spent the rest of the day in bed or on the couch online shopping for the baby, we finally picked out all the furniture and decorations except for the glider, and whining to John that my right hand hurt it was so swollen. I left the safety of the bed for one more walk with Otis, dinner, and random moments to do laundry. I can’t lie, I really did enjoy our snow days and I’m not too thrilled about having to go to work today seeing as there is still about 18 inches of snow outside and people are unpredictable when it comes to driving in snow and ice, but like a kid in school, I’m hopeful we will get sent home early. #fingerscrossed

Red + Gray

We are currently snowed in, which isn’t too bad because I can hang out in sweatpants all day. However being stuck indoors can create other issues like pigging out on junk food and cabin fever. In an effort to fight boredom I was going through my closet and I came up with a what I’d be wearing if I weren’t pregnant outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying being pregnant, except for the swelling and struggle of finding maternity clothes I really like, but at the same time I can’t wait for Wallace to get here so we can finally meet him. To those of you fighting the snow, please be safe and enjoy your time indoors. 🙂

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Cashmere Turtle Neck / Watch / Scarf (last year similar linked) / Light Gray Tee / Bag / Skirt (limited selection of colors left) / Boots / Brown Tights

 

A Few of My favorite “Pregnancy” Items

I am currently 24 weeks into my pregnancy, and I’m so lucky to not have any problems or complications. There are some days I feel huge and then other days where I don’t feel pregnant at all. For some time now my co-workers, friends, and family were saying that I didn’t look pregnant. To be honest, this somewhat depended on what I was wearing. I’ve been favoring lose fitting tops and either an open cardigan or vest lately. I guess the loose clothing was hiding my bump. I suppose from head on I don’t really look too pregnant… I’m not sure. Either way all this you don’t look pregnant has changed within the last few weeks and I have rounded out quite a bit and I’m happy to say I’m developing that pregnancy sway/swagger J

Since this is my first pregnancy I’m figuring most things out as I go, not to say I’m not texting my friends who have had babies like crazy. My poor friend Liz, I think I text her every day. But being the amazing soul that she is, she always answers and says it’s never a bother and loves talking about pregnancy and babies. Anyway, I wanted to pop in and post some links to a few items I have really grown to love and have helped me with my pregnancy. If anyone has any recommendations for products they used and love, I’d love to hear them.

 

  1. Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion– Luckily I don’t have any stretch marks, and I don’t know whether it can be contributed to good genes or this lotion, but either way, I use this stuff twice a day every day. Once in the morning when I get dressed and then again after my shower before bed.
  2. Cetaphil Lotion– my grandmother gave me a jar of Cetaphil a few years ago when I was visiting her and complaining about my dry skin. I stopped using it for a while, for whatever reason, but then I noticed that pregnancy was giving me dry skin so I started using Cetaphil again. No problems since. Side note, if you have a Costco membership you can buy 2 huge bottles for $9!
  3. Clinique smart custom repair serum– I just love this stuff; it’s worth every penny. I’m getting my mom some for Mother’s Day. Shhh don’t tell her
  4.  Yetti– my sister’s boyfriend gave her one of the thermoses for Christmas and I got one soon after. This is a great gift regardless of the holiday, but it’s even better for pregnant women because it really does keep your cold drinks ice cold. Perfect for water considering how much one is required to drink in a day.
  5. J. Crew puffer vest– I took inventory last weekend, I have 6, yes 6 J. Crew puffer vests. I love these so much. The vests are great for layering and aren’t super puffy, which keeps me from feeling like a marshmallow. Pregnancy style can be a little tricky and I feel like wearing the vest can add a little interest to my outfits that I’d otherwise be missing.
  6. Open cardigans– same explanation as above.
  7. Birkenstock clogs– my stomach is making it harder and harder to bend over and tie shoes. So I’m relaying more and more on flats and moccasins. But for those days where my feet are a bit swollen or I want to go casual, I head straight for my Birkenstocks. I love that I just slip my foot in. #theeasierthebetter
  8. Heating Padno explanation needed.

Maternity Wear

One thing  I have struggled with since becoming pregnant is finding maternity that I actually like. I’ve always been picky when it comes to my clothes, so it’s really no surprise I’m picky when it comes to my maternity clothes as well.  After countless hours of shopping I finally decided the best thing to do is just buy a maternity item or two as I find them and deem them worthy of my closet. I have a few tops, sweaters, pants, and dresses that will get me through two weeks no problem. I’m constantly on the hunt for a few more items, particularly pants, but I’m really in no rush. I know as my bump continues to grow I may have to alter what I’m looking for. Plus I’ll be pregnant through winter and early spring so I may be adding more spring dresses later in my pregnancy. Below are a few of my favorite items I own and a few that I’m thinking about purchasing. If you have any  recommendations on maternity pants, not jeans, I’d love to hear them. I can only seem to find cropped pants, which I don’t like, or pants made from fabric that feels really cheap.

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Row 1 Left to Right: Green top / navy & pink topPink top / White top/ Plaid top

Row 2 Left to Right: Black lace dress / Black dress / Gray Henley dress / Gray dress with trim / Red pants / pants

I own the black lace dress, green top, pink and navy topred pants and plaid top and LOVE them. all are easy to wear and care for and are high quality. The fabric feels great. I also just ordered this top and these jeans. I’m counting down the days until they come because I can’t wait to try them out.

Gift Guide for College Student- Female

I love Christmas! It really is one of my most favorite times of the year.I worked at J. Crew for 10 years and this is actually my first Christmas not working there, so it’s a little weird for me.  One of the things I loved about working Holidays at J. Crew was helping people pick out gifts. I think it’s so much fun to come up with gifts or gift sets for others…even if I didn’t know the person being shopped for. I decided that I would try to put together some Gift Guide Ideas and share them here on my blog. I guess it’s my way of still trying to help others shop around the Holidays. Plus, I think the gift guides are fun to make.

Below is my first Gift Guide for this year. I decided to create a guide for those shopping for a female college student. When I worked at J.Crew there were 5 tried and true groups shoppers needed help shopping for and “the college student” was almost always one. Hopefully this well help a few of you out.

I’m going to make an effort to post more regularly. Now that I’m finally in my second trimester I’m not as tired and even manage to stay up past 8:00pm! #smallvictories

college gift guide (girl)

 

Stocking Stuffers:

  1. Passport Cover
  2.  ID tag
  3. Bracelet
  4. Socks

On the Way to Class:

  1. Bag – Don’t forget to monogram it!
  2. Owl Pushpins
  3. Fitbit Zip

Stay Cozy in the Dorm (because who isn’t in their pjs?)

  1. Slippers
  2. PJ set
  3. Lounge Pants – tons of colors and patterns! Available in shorts too

 

Absence

uggg so sorry for all the silence lately. Between a job promotion and getting ready for a baby things are a bit chaotic. I promised myself I’d sit down and write a post, even if it was a small one. I decided to do a little update on a few things that are currently going on.

  1. As I shared in a previous post, I’m pregnant! John and I are so excited to be expecting our first little bundle of joy. I will say I am amazed and put off my the #1 question I’ve been asked since our announcement, “Congrats! Was the baby planned or an accident?” Did your parents fail that badly in teaching you manners? 1. never ask that. It’s rude. 2. PLANNED I’m 29 years old, I know how to be responsible.
  2. John and  I have decided to do the nursery in gray and white and then add blue accents if it’s a boy and pink accents if it’s a girl. We won’t find out the gender until right before Christmas. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until then.
  3.  We haven’t bought any baby clothes, really. We bought a few gender neutral onesies and some baby socks.We have, however, developed quite a nice book collection for our sweet baby. Naked but well read.
  4. Despite being 16.5 weeks pregnant I’m not fully into maternity clothes, yet. I am in maternity pants, but I’m lucky enough I can still wear a large amount of my non-maternity tops. I guarantee in the next two or three weeks I’ll probably be strictly in maternity tops. I’ve been a little shocked at how hard it is to find maternity clothes I really like. I’m going to do a post on some of my favorite maternity items I have purchased so far. I will say that this belly band was a life savior for me until I was big enough for maternity bottoms. It really helped me during that in between time. Plus they are super comfortable and machine washable.
  5. In an effort to clear up some closet space and create some storage room I’m doing a massive cleaning out of my closet. I’ve listed a fair amount of items with more to come. So please feel free to check out my items for sale and submit offers! https://poshmark.com/closet/mld303
  6. Finally, I am just going o leave this article called the 3-7-14 Shopping Rule here. It’s a great rule and makes a lot of sense. Enjoy!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all of you hitting the road!