Bryan is Here!!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back to the real world

So tell me, does anyone else have a husband who harasses you when you don't blog often enough?  Cause I sure do...and not just at home, NOOOOO he has to come on my blog and leave a comment and publicly harass me.  Oh well I guess it worked, cause here I am.  The good news is that in the new year I have switched my work schedule to 4 10 hour days, so I now have Tuesdays off until the baby comes.  At the very least, there will be a post every Tuesday.

So what's been going on in our household?  Well the primary thing is the MAJOR nesting that has hit both A and I.  I think I've mentioned this before, but in order to set up a nursery, we had to first re-do the office so I had somewhere to go with my sewing and crafting stuff.  The office is now complete, and there's only a few things left to clean out of the nursery so we can start painting up there.

A in our new FUNCTIONAL Office

We spent Christmas day and the day after with A's family in Southern IL.  Grammy (A's mom) was SO generous with gifts for the little man.  We got our new pack and play and the monitors I wanted.  Throw that in with the money my dad gave us for Nursery furniture and we're pretty much set for all the big stuff.  All I need now is to get the stroller/car seat from our friend who is giving us the one they used (assuming no recall problems) and then it's fun stuff!  I actually bought my first outfit last week, a Chicago Bears "Rookie" Onesie :-)  I'm going to warn you all now.  If you are a Packer fan, you may just want to stop following this blog.  There's going to be a LOT of Bears stuff on here for a while :-D

A got me a Doppler for Christmas!!!!  I was totally excited and it is so COOL to hear little Man's heartbeat any time I want!!!  It's a 1970's doctors office version, even has a sticker on it that says for use by or under the direction of a physician only!  It was so cool to be able to take it to his mom's house and let her hear the HB. 

I took the whole week between Christmas and New Years off.  Most of that time was spent working on the office and nursery, but it was apparently a much needed break.  I didn't get up before 9 any day, and it wasn't like I was going to bed later than usual.  I think my body just needed some extra rest.  Everything went great, except for the fact that I had a nose bleed almost every day.  It was so strange, I would sit up in bed and within a minute (before I had time to stand up) the gushing would start!  We have a humidifier in our bedroom, so I think the real problem is that I am not drinking enough.  Especially when I'm at home.  At work I do pretty good as long as I get off my duff to fill my water bottle, but at home I'm terrible.  Since Sunday I have pushed myself to fill (and empty) my 28oz water bottle at least 3 times during the day, and succeeded.  Lo and behold I have not had a nose bleed since Sunday Morning, so maybe I'm on to something here.  I do have a doctors appointment later today, so we'll also be able to rule out elevated blood pressure I will talk to him about other natural solutions.

The last big bit of news is that we've decided to Cloth Diaper!  I was really interested in this route from the get go, but A was very against it at first.  Then he did some reading about all the environmental impacts of disposable diapers and changed his mind.  We are generally environmentally conscious people.  We do little things here and there, Rain water collection for our garden, eating locally whenever possible, basic water and energy conservation, that kind of stuff.  We're really bad a bout recycling, but that's mainly because we don't have pick-up in our area and don't have a good way to keep trash separated from recyclables in our house.  I think that may be a definite project before baby gets here, but I digress.  Anyway, A's sister has been cloth diapering for years, and we talked to her extensively about what she likes and dislikes, but I'm curious about other people.  Those who plan on using cloth, what are you getting?  Those who have used cloth in the past, what did you like/dislike/hate?  We're thinking pre-folds and covers for home and pockets and inserts for travel/daycare (assuming the daycare we choose will accept them).  I would love an guidance anyone has, so send it my way.

I can't believe I'm at nearly 25 weeks already.  It's been going so fast!!  I have to say I love being pregnant, and I'm loving all the craziness that comes with it.  I'll leave you with the pictures we took this's crazy how much different I look!!!

24 weeks!

Oh I almost forgot!  if there's anyone who was a size 10-14 prepregnancy that needs some more maternity clothes, let me know.  I have a friend who gave me a bunch of stuff, and there's a bit that's too small for me.  If you can use it, you can have it for shipping costs.  There's some casual stuff, some business casual stuff.


  1. You look fantastic! And congrats on the awesome gifts. Our last big ticket items are the stroller, mattress, and bedding. I think. We have been inheriting tons of stuff :)

    As for cloth diapering, I have some GREAT info I can share from my research. We are doing pocket diapers because we don't have our own washer and dryer, with a mix of cloth inserts and biodegradable disposable inserts. We will mix with a brand of disposables called Tushies that are the most environmentally sound we could find. Shoot me an email so I remember to send you my info :)

  2. So this post is a couple days old but let me know if you haven't mailed off the maternity clothes yet. I was a 12 pre-preggo and am just entering my second semester. I would be very appreciate of any maternity clothes :) Please let me know if they're still available. My email is kickin_it82 at hotmail dot com. I know, it's ridiculous but I was young and in karate and thought it was awesome. :)


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