Tuesday, November 25, 2014

hello, third trimester!

Praise the Lord, we're in the home stretch!!!

how far along: 27 weeks, officially in the third trimester!

baby size: Two weeks ago, she was measuring 2 lbs exactly and just over 13 inches long. We'll find out again this week at my appointment with my perinatalogist.

baby's progress: So far, she's looking great!  

weight gain: Let's not even go there right now... I'm not sure where the weight all went but I'm still being told I'm "all belly" (I know I'm not...) but the scale seems to hate me. 

stretch marks: No, and thank goodness. Since the scale hates me, I'm sure if I started to get stretch marks, I'd probably cry my eyes out right now. 

sleep: I wake up after a couple of hours to pee, but it's not too bad other than that. I have started to get bizarre labor & delivery dreams. They're even weirder than some of my pregnancy dreams have been. 

movement: Lots of movement, especially in the evenings when I'm laying down more.

best moment this week: Austen put the crib together and I am almost done with her baby quilt! I am literally beyond excited with how it's turning out. It isn't perfect and I've definitely done a better job with other quilts, but I really love the colors and gold polka dot flannel as the back fabric.  

looking forward to: Her baby shower this weekend!! I can't wait to see family and friends that we love and celebrate her sweet life. Oh, and then get to share her name on social media (!!!). 

food cravings: Pineapple with raspberries. My grocery list to Austen said, "fruit - 2 pineapples" even though we're going out of town in the middle of the week. And always, chicken tacos. 

weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing weird, really. I had a moment on Sunday night where I didn't know if I wanted salad or strawberries. Then, I wanted strawberries on my salad but wanted Caesar dressing not a vinaigrette. I seriously stood in the kitchen for a good 2-3 minutes contemplating this with Austen (he deserves a medal for putting up with my weird food issues). Ultimately, I went with a regular Caesar salad. 

anything making you queasy or sick: Not too much. The nausea has come back, and one spell of morning sickness when I got soap in my mouth in the shower. I am well stocked on my zofran before our road trip because I really don't want to be "that pregnant woman" on the side of the road like I was for our Colorado road trip. 

labor signs: Nope

what I miss: Skiing. I follow what Brian Head, Utah posts and all their pictures of snow and the new lift have me aching to ski down the mountain. I also miss my work clothes like high waisted skirts. I'm tired of wearing the same pair of work pants and two pairs of jeans.

symptoms: Lots of kicks and elbow jabs. Lots of bathroom breaks, and now the reappearance of nausea combined with exhaustion. Whoo.

things that suck: Finding cute tunics that I can wear right now and wear after little pea comes. I don't know why this is so difficult for me, but I'm having the hardest time finding ones long enough! I really want to wear them with leggings so that I can escape my work pants an extra day or two each week, but covering the bump and being a work appropriate length is proving to be difficult. I keep stalking anthro for good ones on sale, and was recently told to look at Forever21 too. Anyone else have good places?!

things that don't suck: love feeling her little kicks, as long as they are not directed at my bladder. I can tap and move my belly around and get her to kick and wiggle back (I'm sure I'm really just pissing her off until she kicks), but I can't wait to go back to Texas where family can finally feel her! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

nursery sneak peek

I thought I'd share a few sneak peeks at the nursery since it's almost done, but not quite yet. There are still a few things we need left, like a nightstand, some wire baskets for under the changing table, and her crib skirt (but that's due to come today!).

We went with a focus on neutrals with radiant orchid and gold accents, and some little hints of outdoorsy elements. I wanted it to feel simple, not at all overwhelming, and to play up textures and layers of neutrals more than too much color or busyness of patterns. Her quilt provides the punch of color that the room needed, but isn't too overwhelming.

Her room has come together really well for being such a small space, and I'm happy with how it's turning out! Once we get everything together, I'll post pictures showing her space as a whole. :)

Only about 12 more weeks left to go until it's baby time... I'm finally starting to feel like we're going to be ready for her in time!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

baby gear for a steal

Several weekends ago, we had friends over for dinner and I showed them our nursery. It was chock full of baby gear that doesn't belong in there, like the highchair, mamaroo, and two strollers, PLUS all of the actual nursery furniture. One of our friends teased us when she heard the deals we were finding on great baby gear (since none of this was on our registry) that Austen would need to help them get good prices on their stuff when they get pregnant!

He seriously loves to find the best quality of baby gear out there, and then get it for a fraction of the cost. I thought I'd share some of the brands we're using, and then price comparisons and how to clean it up so it looks brand new! 

nursery furniture
the deal: I really struggled for the first trimester+ on spending somewhere near $1,000 in nursery furniture that I didn't love. I just couldn't pin point a style I liked and nothing seemed to be worth the money. I'm on a couple of Facebook "yardsale" pages for the Air Force Base and local area, and check them regularly, along with a website called bookoo (same idea). Towards the end of summer, I found a woman who was selling their whole nursery set for $220 because they had to considerably downsize during their most recent move and just needed it gone. It was less than a year old and really in great condition! Yes, it was probably sooner than most people get their nursery furniture, but for the price, it was worth cleaning out the nursery to make room for. Oh, and the family told us that the set came from Babies R Us.
the cleaning: The crib mattress was not included, which we would have replaced regardless (I'm a germaphobe about mattresses and our nursery is no exception). We did put the crib mattress on our gift registry. I was able to wash the changing pad cover and was gifted a new changing pad from the Boots & Booties military baby shower. I also detached all of the pads on the glider and threw them in the washer. The rest of the furniture was in great condition and really didn't need any other work. 

the deal: This summer, my sister told me about this amazingness while I went babysitting with her one afternoon. I was completely sold and convinced we would buy one if we weren't gifted it. If you have no idea what this is, check it out here and be blown away at how great it is! It's the only baby "swing" we're using (and thank goodness because who has room for multiple swings?!). At the same time as I found the nursery furniture, a friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post of someone selling one on a "yardsale" page. They generally cost about $250+ and we were able to snag it for just over $100 from a family a few streets over on base. 
the cleaning: Just like the glider, all of the pieces come off of this that baby touches, so it was easy to pop everything into the washer. 

the deal: Austen was so excited about this one! He did lots of research on highchairs and was convinced this was one of the best on the market. It reminds me of the boon highchair style, but with a few extra features (who knew highchairs had features?!) that sold me on it. I laughed because he hates the Kardashians, but told me that they do buy the best baby gear out there and this is the highchair both Kim and Kourtney use for their babies (just fyi for all of my reality tv junkies). These puppies are not cheap, though, so finding one on craigslist was the only way we were really going to be able to have one. He managed to find one from a local photographer for the casinos and said the experience of getting it was something out of a reality tv series. I didn't go because I was too busy sleeping off a headache. 
the cleaning: It's just a basic wipe down which makes life simple since there's nothing to throw in the washer. We have two seat pads: orange and gold, and the gold is a little more worn, so I want to play around before little pea comes to try and clean it up or preserve its quality better for our babies since the gold really is too cute.

BOB stroller
the deal: (disclaimer: I thought we got the BOB stroller from REI... turns out we got it from target because it was on sale, but REI would be another great option that I wanted to share!) We love the outdoorsy store REI and one of their many benefits is that they sell BOB gear. Both of us really like the company and knew we wanted to get a BOB stroller. While we actually ended up getting our stroller and car seat new (I do not recommend getting car seats used because you never know if they were in a previous car accident and their integrity is weakened), one of the benefits we were able to use from REI is that members ($20 lifetime membership) get back a dividend of what they spent in the store or online back in a gift card form each year. We also ended up getting a regular stroller, not a jogging stroller because I didn't want the bulkiness of a jogging stroller for everyday-use. Another option to save money on BOB strollers is that you can check out their garage sales that they have at the store every few months. The items people return are resold for a fraction of the price during these garage sales. From all that I've been to, there are always single and double BOB jogging strollers.

That's basically the jist of the baby gear we purchased ourselves. We chose to put a basinet, 4moms breeze pack-n-play, and crib mattress on our gift registry since we really didn't see those as being good secondhand buys. 

Austen's tip for shopping craigslist is that he checks it frequently and isn't afraid to try to haggle them down. I had to learn to not be afraid of getting something a couple of months earlier than normal or even when we'll need it because if it's something that doesn't pop up everyday, it's worth storing it for a couple of months if we can save a couple of hundred dollars. 

Anyone else have tips on how to find the baby gear for a fraction of the cost? Or how to get your energy back after work 8+ hours on your feet while in your third trimester? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

air show weekend

Last year we had no air show on Nellis AFB since the Thunderbirds tour season was canceled due to the government cut backs. This year, we were all pretty excited to have it back! My sister, Lauren, flew out to visit for a long weekend and the air show was top on our to-do list. Followed by nursery organization. 

First of all, when your sister comes in town, you have to take a bunch of pictures together - prepare yourselves now. 

On Friday, I dragged her to school with me and had her sit through a meeting with me and later grade some papers, in which, she decided she never wants to be a teacher. ;) That night, Austen, Lauren, and I went to The District at Green Valley where we had dinner and did some shopping. It was so sweet. One of my favorite moments was when we were walking by Janie & Jack, the children's boutique. Austen said, "Let's go in," and of course, their boy clothes might be almost cuter than the girl clothes. But once we found the little dresses, Austen said those are pretty dang cute and that we should buy one. I melted. He then picked out a little beret to go with little pea's dress. Then, I melted again. I'm glad my sister was there to ooh and ah with us over their precious baby outfits! 

Saturday was air show day! We spent a couple of hours there and then headed back to our house to watch the Thunderbirds show from the backyard while we snacked, then had slow smoked BBQ at our place with some friends.

I love air show weekend.

There are pictures of the plane that Austen's great-uncle used to fly (the F86 Saber - he has some crazy stories), the helicopter and rescue squadron demo, and the F22 display. When you're a Raptor wife, you don't go to the air show to see the Thunderbirds, you go to see the F22 display.

We wrapped up our weekend with some church on the apple tv and then shopping for nursery stuff at target. Lauren and I almost didn't go shopping on Sunday morning, but I'm so glad we headed out for a bit! We managed to find the perfect rug (finally) and happened upon a lamp base and shade that are just right. I need to still get the hubs to put the crib together and find a small night stand for next to the glider, but other than that, everything is pretty much done in the nursery! I'm starting to feel better about nursery nesting. Now, onto nesting in the other rooms...
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