Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nursery Virtual Tour

I am so happy to have the nursery DONE! Big thanks to Dirkey for helping me get that last 10% finished this weekend. Baby will probably be in our room for awhile, but I still wanted to get all the stuff organized and ready since I know I will not be up to it later. The dressers in there were all refinished by me at one time or another. I guess I like those colors because the baby bedding matches perfectly. It also flows with the beachy theme I already had going in there. I left one bed in there so it could still function as a guest room. I couldn't find my camera so the "after" is a virtual tour. Ignore my corny voice over! :)

Before - Hot Mess:

After - Ahh!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

shoppping and other randomness

Hey peeps. Just checkin in.

I'm trying to stay zen and not think about how much time I have left. My feelings on the matter alternate between, "Oh crap! I still have a lot to do." and "I am done being pregnant thank-you-very-much." That nesting energy has not come back and I am just tired. All the typical 3rd trimester complaints apply, but I was expecting them and have a much better attitude this time.

My darling boy has been really trying to torture me lately. Yesterday I think I cried about 4x's. Loosing it!

In other news I did some shopping. I bought a new pair of shoes for the fall with some Bday $$:

You all know how I love new shoes. I am a Birki's convert after this summer. I bought my first pair in the spring and have worn them about 6 days a week since.

I also snagged the diaper bag I had my eye on:

I searched out a coupon code and saved 10% + Free Shipping. Then I realized you can stack codes and used a referral code to save $10 if you add diapers to your order. So I got a $2 pack of pullups too. Sweet! They also sell the California Baby wash that we use on my sensitive skinned boy.

BTW, if you are a new customer at you can use my code "MAMAKNJ" to save $10 off your purchase of diapers. $49 min purchase, but that doesn't have to be all dipes. You just have to have some dipes in your order.

And picked up my favorite post-birth essential:

Earth Mama Angel Baby "New Mama Bottom Spray" Not glamorous but what can I say? I got a couple more of their Mama products to try out too. It's a safe bet. I've loved anything I've tried of theirs.

Anyway, this was a pretty random post. Hope everyone is enjoying what is left of the summer!

Monday, August 17, 2009

one month

This picture was taken last weekend. I think I'm much bigger in the belly this time. I'll have to look up some old pictures to compare. Feelin' kinda huge!

Can't believe I only have a month left, give or take. I know that our family is going to change completely with this new addition. It's exciting and a bit scary too.

This past week I have turned into crazy-nesting-organizing woman. My house is covered in clutter and it is driving me freaking nuts. I have just been tossing stuff in. the. trash. I never do that! (Landfill guilt.) I did get some more boxes off to Goodwill too. I still feel like I have so much to do and little time to get it done. Maybe I think having an organized home will make the transition easier somehow?

Thankfully this child has been a bit less energetic than W. (He used to violently kick me in the ribs and lungs all the time.) This little one squirms and moves around a lot, but without the violent jabs. Even though the 3rd trimester has me feeling better than I expected... and way better than the 1st and 2nd... I am done! One weird thing about this pregnancy is that I'm getting new stretch marks on the left side only. Baby's butt is frequently sticking out on that side and making my belly lopsided.

I have made significant progress on "the list" and have started collecting stuff from the wish list. This month I plan to stock my freezer with easy meals, continue with the house cleaning and set up the last of the baby equipment. If I'm feeling up to it, I'd like to plan a few fun outings for me and my little man. I am going to miss all the days when it was just us. I have really enjoyed our time together and I'm thankful for our three years together. He has been so sweet and funny lately. This a really fun age. Part of me doesn't want to share him, you know? I'm guessing that's a common feeling when you go from one to two.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Stocking the Freezer

Add some more to my to-do list! I want to get as many freezer meals together as possible to get us through the last month of pregnancy and the "babymoon" to follow. I have heard a rumor that my friends might be helping me out with this task. :)

Oh and I'm trying to avoid dairy because I have read a lot about that causing fussiness in babies. If I can in anyway minimize the colic that I experienced with W, I am going to try it. I'm also avoiding soy if I can due to hormonal reasons. Yeah, good luck, right?

Here's some of the recipes I've collected:

Shepherd's Pie

Crock Pot Chicken w/ Black Beans

Just Like Thanksgiving Chicken

Ham Rolls

Breakfast Burritos

Lactation Cookies - who knows if they do anything, but they sound yummy and there might be some truth to the ingredients being helpful for postpartum moms

Any other suggestions?


What's that saying? When life gives you lemons make lemonade?

The hubs way overbought on the limes for the corona this past weekend. So I had a bunch of limes on the verge of going bad , several lemons and a half an orange left over from the sangria. Use what you have, right? I juiced them and got about a 1 & 1/4 cups of juice. Mixed it up with about 1/2 cup agave and a little bit more honey. Filled up the pitcher with water. The boy helped stir and taste. What a fun and simple activity!

You could also dissolve some sugar in hot water and use that to sweeten instead. mmmm!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

i might be loosing it

or maybe it's just nesting?

I have been freaking out about misplacing some items. Then this morning W lost a piece to the brand new sorting toy that I got for him YESTERDAY. I looked all over the living room and that darn piece is no where to be found. He told me he put it in the washing machine, but I couldn't find it. Maybe he was just messing with me? Though he has been known to toss stuff in the wash when it's going. If it did make it into the wash it will be ruined. It's painted wood.

Here is the rest of my list:

*a stack of about 5 tie dye newborn t-shirts
*the twin sized duvet cover for W's bed
*pieces to another one of W's puzzles

Really. How does one loose a duvet cover???

I'm also in the midst of a major toy reorganization and destashing. We got lots of great new toys for W's birthday and it's time to weed out the old stuff. Of course I'd like to find all the pieces to everything before I post the stuff on Freecycle.

Blood sugar crashing and I desperately need to go grocery shopping... The insanity continues!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Have you heard of Flight of the Conchords? Love those guys. Season 2 DVD was released this week. (I love Netflix!)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Away We Go

The hubs and I rarely go out to the movies these days.

Hello expensive. Netflix or a Redbox is much more budget friendly.

Anywho, last week we were granted the rare opportunity of DH getting home before 8pm and W was with grandmom so we decided to splurge on a trip to the movies.

We saw Away We Go. It was pretty much what I expected... quirky, subtly humorous and a little artsy. I really loved how it looked at parenting and families from different angles. I had to laugh at the super hippie Maggie Gillenhall character wearing her baby in a wrap and shunning strollers. There was also a scene that dealt with reoccurring miscarriage. It was very moving and unexpected. Both DH and I thought it was done so well. Whoever wrote it must have had some personal experience.

Oh and we Netflixed Knocked Up a couple weeks ago. Very vulgar and crude as expected but oh so funny to watch while you are pregnant.


We got to see Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince too. It was just ok. Definitely not one of my favorite movies from the series. The whole thing was a set up for the final chapter, but I guess that was to be expected. Also, they are waiting so long between releasing the films that I keep forgetting what happened in the previous movie. The hubs kept making fun of how old the actors are looking. IDK, they still looked like high schoolers to me, but maybe that's just me getting old. :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

quote of the day

"Remember: When your child cries, whines, makes mistakes, or fails to behave, it is not a reflection of your lack of commitment, love or skill. It is not an indication that your child is lacking in any way, either. It is simply a facet of humanness. If children were wise and perfect they wouldn't need parents. . ."

From The No-Cry Discipline Solutionby Elizabeth Pantley

So true. Same goes with our Heavenly Father. We are clearly not perfect creatures at any stage of life. :)

the big 3-0

Today is my 30th bday.

I guess I should feel some great sadness at the death of my 2o's or something. Maybe I am supposed to lie and say I'm 29 from here on out?

It is a little weird to think I'm no longer 20-something. Afterall, I have been 20-something my entire adult life.

I like that I have no big regrets. I love my life and my family. I'm proud of what I've accomplished, eventhough it's nothing overly impressive. I guess I've always felt that I'm a little older than my years.

So bring it on, 30's!

Here's to a decade of raising my kids, focusing on my family and going wherever the Lord leads us!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pink or Blue?

Right after people ask, "When are you due?"
They follow up with something about the gender... did you find out yet? are you going to find out? what do you want?
Oh and my biggest pet-peeve, "Were you trying for a girl?"
Huh? How exactly would one do that? It's basically a 50/50 shot, people.

So yes, blog-o-sphere, we had planned to find out. I was really excited about the big ultrasound, but long story short we decided against it due to factors beyond our control.

I can honestly say, all I want is a healthy baby. My main motivation for finding out was so we could continue fighting pick out a name and make some gender specific stuff. You all know I'm a planner at heart. I wanted to know! Now that we are nearing the end, I can say I've accepted the surprise aspect and am kinda looking forward to finding out the old fashioned way.

The first time, I really had my heart set on a girl. I'm not a "girly-girl" at all, but I do wear make-up and skirts and enjoy being a woman if that makes sense. I have 4 younger brothers and no sisters. No female cousins my age either. The hubs only has a brother as well. So there are a lack of females in the family. I was disappointed after the u/s showed that we were expecting a boy. I was glad I had some time to bond with the idea of a son before he was born.

But now, I love my little boy so much that I know once I meet the babe it won't be a thought in my mind. Boys are so fun and crazy and are still very lovey-dovey. It would be fun for DS to have a brother to play with. And of course it would be cheaper. I do have a sneaking suspicion that boys are more work when they are toddlers due to their sheer energy level and natural curiosity, but my mom did say my little brother was the easy one, not me. No guarantees there.

Everyone keeps asking if I have a prediction. I initially had a feeling it might be a girl this time because the pregnancy has been so different. W keeps saying it's a girl too. I'm not sure how many chances I'm going to get at motherhood so I would like to experience having a daughter if I can.

On the other hand, I had a very vivid dream that it was a boy. And since I already have a boy, it's easy to say "he" when referring to the baby. So really, I don't know what to think!

I know that my relationships with each of my children will be unique and different regardless of gender. What's meant to be will be! One thing is for sure, the anticipation is killing me. I can't wait to find out.