Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Checklist and Registry {Second Baby}

I've already started thinking about what I'm going to need and want for baby #2. We really aren't going to need much, but there are a few things that I've been considering. Some of it is a stretch and not necessary, but maybe I'll splurge somewhere. This baby shouldn't have all hand-me-downs, right? Also, I've decided to go ahead and create a registry at Target and Pottery Barn Kids. I figure I should take advantage of the perks like the $50 coupon savings booklet and 15% off completion offer.

The Nursery:
Crib/Crib Mattress- We are going to get an extra crib that my parents have since they have two at their house. I'm actually going to put Owen in it since it has a dark stain and then I'll put the white crib in the new nursery. I just feel like white is more gender neutral. We will need to buy a new crib mattress to go with it though.

Twin Bed- We are also getting a twin bed that my sister has been using in her apartment. She's moving out mid December after she finishes school. I'm thinking we'll set up the twin bed on the other side of Owen's room since the rocking chair will be relocated to the new nursery. It'll be nice to be ready for the transition to big boy bed whenever that comes. 

Crib Bedding: Crib Sheets (2-3)/Crib Skirt/Bumper pad- I've already picked out a crib sheet that I love and ordered the skirt and bumper pad from carousel designs. It arrived a few weeks ago. I've shocked myself by already having this done.

Waterproof Mattress Pads (2)- Since we aren't planning to move Owen out of his crib, we will need a couple more for this little one.

Dresser- I'm planning on moving the white dresser from our dining room into the new nursery to double as a changing station.

Changing Pad and Covers (2)- I'll probably just pick these up at target or buy buy baby.

Sound Machine- We love the one we have for Owen. We'll just grab a second one. Here's a link to it at Target.

Diapers- Since we won't use our cloth until this one is over 10 pounds, we'll need some newborn and size one diapers on hand.

Wipes- I love pampers sensitive wipes. It's all we use. Made the mistake of buying huggies once and it was a terrible mistake.

New Wet Bag- I've been wanting two wet bags for a while but haven't got around to buying one. With another baby on the way, I realized we are going to really need it. We purchased our second bag from Planet Wise. Here's a link.

New Pump Tubing- I'm hoping my new hospital has pump kits. I guess I should ask about that before delivery. It's nice to get insurance to pay for it.

New Pump Bag- This is one item that I'm thinking of splurging on. I absolutely hate my pump bag that I used with Owen. I had the messenger style bag by medela. It wouldn't have been my first pick because it doesn't zip shut, but I bought it off Craigslist. It is way too big (like it barely fit in my locker at work) and inconvenient because it doesn't have one of those nifty zipper compartments for easy access to the pump. Also, there are some really cute pump bags out there. They can be a little pricey. The prices I've seen range anywhere from $100 to $185. I'm considering bags that I've found on Etsy. Here is the link to the one pictured below.

Isn't that bag so much cuter than the bags that come with breast pumps these days? My only concern is that it too seems to be messenger style and I'm not sure it zips closed. Apparently she customizes though. These breast pump companies need to get on it and make some cute bags.
Milk Storage Bags- I used target brand with Owen and they worked great. They are also cheaper than a lot of other brands.

Bibs- I'm planning to purchase these after the baby is born (so we know what colors to buy). The bibs we've used with Owen are really ratty and stained.

New Diaper Bag- I've already got one (SkipHop brand) that I never used with Owen. It was given as a gift and I loved it too much to return it so I kept it since I knew we'd have other children one day. I'm sure we'll continue to use the old ones as well since they are in pretty good condition.

Double Stroller- I've done a little research on this. I have loved our Bob stroller for running and walking at the nearby parks, but I'm not sure what to do when I have two little ones. Plus, since I'm planning on having Owen in a preschool/mothers day out program next fall, I don't know if I'll need it. I'm wondering if I should consider something that's doesn't put the kids side by side. I've heard some complaints that the double Bob's are too wide. However, I've also heard that tandem styles can be unstable and prone to tipping over. Given that I always use the stroller outside (ie. not trying to get through tight isles or doorways), I'm thinking that wide shouldn't be a bother. So I'm back to thinking about a side by side double stroller but don't want to break the bank.

This is the baby trend expedition double jogger. It's priced at $189.99 at Target right now. The reviews are looking good. I like that it comes with cup holders and a compartment for keys/phone on the handle bar. I'm considering it after talking with a friend of mine who said that her sister in law loves it.

Infant carrier- We bought a bjorn carrier a few months after Owen was born. I liked it okay. The hard plastic in the back got uncomfortable very quickly for me. I didn't do very good research before Owen was born about baby wearing. For example, I didn't realize that having your baby in a face out position isn't actually a good position for baby in a lot of carriers (including the baby bjorn). I'm looking into Ergo carriers and Boba carriers this time. I'm thinking that baby wearing may be more of a necessity with child #2.

The ergo carrier pictured above is the new version which does allow baby to face out and maintain a knee even or above hip and C-shaped spine position. I also like how the ergo and boba carriers put the weight of the baby on your hips (similar to when you go backpacking). This means that my frame and not my muscles are what holds the baby. Both carriers also seem to have a good amount of padding in the shoulders.

Second Carseat- We will re-use the infant carseat carrier that we used with Owen, but then we'll need another one for later.

Soothies- Soothies are the best! Click here for a link. They are little gel pads that stick to your nips in the early days of breastfeeding. They do exactly what they say they do- soothe. I only used them for the first week and a half or so. I plan on stocking up with about 3 packs since each set lasts 3-4 days.

Breast pads- I still have my organic washable pads that I plan to re-use, but I'll need to grab a small pack of disposable for the early nursing days. I remember the engorgement and leaking as my body was adjusting and figuring out how much milk it actually needed to produce. Also, I preferred the flat pads as opposed the ones with creases in them. Target brand wins again in my book.

Colace- I had a bottle of this handy last time and I'm glad I thought ahead that way. I plan to do the same this time. It's a good idea to keep things nice and gentle on the postpartum tush.

Pads- I prefer Kotex brand because they have a more cotton like feel. I made the mistake of having a different brand handy when I got home from the hospital. I don't remember what it was, but they stuck to my rear and my stitches. Let me tell you, I only let that happen once before I was headed to the drug store to find a different option.

Some New Breastfeeding Friendly Tops- I didn't realize how picky I would be about breastfeeding before Owen was born. I just didn't put much thought into it. I quickly realized that I hated having to pull my shirt up to feed. This fact sent me to Target 6 days after Owen was born so that I could find some good tops. That was the fastest shopping I've ever done in there.

Mothers Milk Tea- I still have a little bit of this left from Owen, but I'll probably grab another box. Some people hate the taste, but I kind of liked it. I loved sipping on my tea while Owen was snuggled up nursing.

Raspberry Tea- I actually purchased this tea during my minor freak out after my 36 week appointment where my doctor told me that Owen was likely already 7 pounds. I drove all over town after that in search of this tea. I was freaked that Owen was going to stay in until after 40 weeks and be absolutely huge. I was only able to drink a cup (maybe two) that afternoon and evening. By the next day, I calmed down and didn't drink any and then my water broke that night. I ended up being left with an entire box of tea (well, minus a few more packs that I passed off to my friend Laurie who was still pregnant). However, I enjoyed drinking it during my maternity leave. It's supposed to help tone the uterus and decrease postpartum bleeding. Plus, I liked the taste.

There may be other items that I decide to replace after we get going with this little one but I think that does it for now. I'll have to update later with what we actually decide to splurge on and what we decide to forgo. After all, these little babies really don't need all these crazy gadgets. Some of it sure does make life easier though!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Little Blue Truck Birthday Party

As I mentioned yesterday, we had Owen's party last Thursday. One of his favorite books from the past year has been Little Blue Truck. We decided to go with that as our theme. I placed one of the invitations in a frame by the front door to help remind people of the "theme".

 Patrick designed the invitations. He did a great job with it!

We served up two crock pots full of chili along with pigs in a blanket for the little ones who probably wouldn't eat chili. I added a chocolate fountain to the menu after coming across our chocolate fountain while cleaning out for baby number two. We've never used it even thought we've had it for our entire marriage. I immediately decided we were breaking it out of the box.

We used small cake doughnuts to represent the line, "His heavy duty dump truck tires were sunk down deep in muck and mire". I also added some strawberries and thick pretzel sticks just because who doesn't love those dipped in chocolate?

Patrick's margaritas were present again this year. Adults only though! Love that he made a sign this year after last year when one child walked up and thought it was lemonade. Luckily, we caught him before he drank any. We learned our lesson.

And of course, there was cake. I ordered cupcakes this year instead of a sheet cake. There were way too many left over. I think everyone got their sugar fill from the fountain. Owen really enjoyed his though. Well, the icing anyway:)

I enlisted Patrick's mom to make cookies as the party favors again this year. This time they were little blue trucks and little red 2's. They were so cute!

I think that about wraps up the party info. Owen had fun and I think everyone else did too. It was so funny to compare his response this year to last year. He was definitely way more interested in opening his presents. Also, he totally nailed blowing out his own candle. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

22 weeks

November 22, 2014

This week was a lot of fun and busy! Owen turned 2 on Tuesday, on Wednesday I got the pleasure of hosting my dgroup for a Thanksgiving feast, and Thursday was Owen's birthday party here at the house as well.

Photo thoughts:
I'm pretty sure I'm bigger than I was with Owen at this point. Just second pregnancy I guess. My tummy muscles know what to do! Also, I feel like the girls don't seem as out of place. I think the belly helps balance things out:)

Pregnancy symptoms:
Varicose veins are looking terrible and painful at times. I'm so thankful that I don't have to wear shorts. I don't remember them hurting with Owen. It makes me sad to look at them but I try to remind myself that it's part of bringing life into the world and totally worth it. Heartburn is manageable with zantac. Sleep is great. Baby moves a lot. 

Boy or girl: 
We had a total of 9 little boys at Owen's birthday party. Among our friends that joined us, there wasn't a single girl. As we were sitting around watching them play, people began to speculate that maybe this baby is a girl because surely the odds are in our favor.

Food aversions/cravings:
I've decided I'm just picky and take forever to figure out what I want. Breakfast is pretty consistent with eggs on Ezekiel bread or oatmeal with blueberries. Lunch is hard. Sometimes I eat Owen's leftovers which usually consists of Publix brand chicken nuggets, apple slices, cheese, and carrots. Sometimes I make tomato soup. Every Wednesday, I eat a sandwich from Ashley Macs because my friend Mandy picks it up for me on her way over for Bible study. For dinner, I've been most enjoying the Publix baby kale salad kit. I have a hard time eating meat at night. If I'm going to eat meat at night, I prefer it to be steak. Also, if it's spicy, then it's even better. Of course, that doesn't really work that great with heartburn but I make do. We went out for Chipotle the other night and I almost devoured my entire bowl of brown rice, black beans, and steak (with a huge dollop of guacamole on top). It was so good. Hmm... Might need to do that again soon. Also, I should note that a cup of hot chocolate is a daily afternoon occurrence. Nothing too fancy- just good ole Swiss Miss.

Best moment of the week:
Hmm... This is hard. We had a lot of fun this week. I'd say Owen's birthday party. I busted out the chocolate fountain that we've had since we got married but never used. It was a hit even though I don't think I quite nailed down the consistency of the chocolate. It was a little on the clumpy side.

Looking forward to:
Thanksgiving. We had originally planned to travel to see my family, but a lot of their plans got shifted around. Plus, I have to work Friday and Saturday night after Thanksgiving. Now we are just going to stay here in town. I'm sure we'll be spending time with Patrick's family now. While I'm sad that I won't be seeing my family until after Christmas, I'm thankful that we get more of a down week coming after this week.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

21 weeks

November 15, 2014

Photo thoughts:
I don't really have any thoughts on this one. I'm looking a little pregnant and pretty much always rocking the maternity clothes.

Pregnancy symptoms:
Heartburn is back every night. Zantac helps. No other symptoms besides lots of movement, a bigger belly, and the typical weight gain (5-6lbs at this point).

Boy or girl:
I still think girl most days.

Food aversions/cravings:
My main frustration is that I never know what I'm going to want to eat. I'll plan a menu for the week that sounds good at the time, spend the money on groceries, and then the night that I'm supposed to make the food comes and it just sounds terrible. It's frustrating. I eat plenty and there really isn't anything that I won't eat at this point. I just never know what is going to sound good.

Best moment of the week:
Sleeping almost the entire day on Thursday. Haha. It was amazing. I'm not really sure what had me so exhausted but I was thankful that Patrick allowed me some extra sleep by getting up with Owen.

Looking forward to:
Next week is a busy week. I have put a lot on my plate, but it's all good things that I'm excited about. Tuesday is Owen's birthday, Wednesday I have a Thanksgiving feast with my dgroup girls (I'm making the Turkey and dressing), and Thursday is Owen's actual birthday party that we're hosting here at the house.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 years

Dear Owen,

Your Daddy and I burst into your room this morning singing "Happy birthday" and then we showered you with balloons while you sat in your crib. You weren't sure what to think at first. I think we actually might have scared you. You are much more accustomed to gentle morning snuggles in our bed while we read you a couple of books. This morning was different. After a couple of startled seconds out of you, you began to dive into the balloons in your crib. You loved them.

I made you pancakes this morning. You simply call them, "cakes". You devoured three and a half plus an entire banana before you requested to be let down from your high chair.

After a morning shower we headed out to run errands. You wore your "birthday boy" pin that your Daddy and I bought for you last night at Target. Everywhere we went you proudly exclaimed that you were, "Two!" Well, except for the one lady that you told you were three.

You amaze me. Watching you grow has been a joy. Sometimes I still can't believe that I'm your mommy. Two years feels fast and yet the day that I welcomed you into my arms seems like light years ago. I'm not sure who cried harder, me or you. I do know that I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. That moment was magical.

You are napping now but I wanted to take a moment to write down these thoughts as well as these snippets of your second birthday. When you wake up we'll wait for Daddy to get home and shower. Then we will eat dinner and give you a birthday present that your Daddy and I worked hard on. We can't wait to see how you react.

I realize that you won't remember this day, but it doesn't matter. I just want you to feel that you are loved. Always. Forever. Happy birthday sweet boy!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

20 weeks

November 8, 2014

We ended this week with a trip to Auburn (without Owen). It was a pretty bad game, but Patrick and I had a lot of fun visiting friends, family, and catching up after a busy couple of weeks.

Photo thoughts:
War Eagle! haha.. Didn't get a bump picture. We were just too busy. However, I've got some pictures of us with family that show my whole body. I wasn't wearing a tight shirt though so the bump is still a little hidden.

Pregnancy symptoms:
There has been lot of movement in there lately. Patrick can feel it now which is always fun. I think he actually felt it right around 19 weeks, but he was sort of unsure about it. However, I caught some crazy moving on video and showed it to him later. It seems like every time I grab his hand and put it on my belly, the movement stops. Apparently, Daddy has a calming touch. However, this baby got to dancing pretty good this past weekend and he felt it for sure this time.

Boy or girl:
Feeling boy vibes now, but I think it's just because the tech called the baby a "he" at one point during the ultrasound. It could've been a total fluke. I mean, Patrick will refer to the baby as "he" as well and he definitely doesn't have a clue.

Food aversions/cravings:
I ate pork this week and I loved it! Big moment for sure. Highly recommend the pork and greens plate from Saw's BBQ Soul Kitchen. Yummy.

Best moment of the week:
Getting to peek at our little one! I did good and looked away when the tech went to measure the bones in the legs. I didn't want to risk catching a glimpse. We get to have another ultrasound at our next visit since the baby had some isolated choroid plexus cysts. I'm not complaining. If they want to make sure they disappear, then I'll just enjoy getting to see my baby again.

Looking forward to:
We are in the midst of party planning (not that we're doing anything fancy). Owen turns two in a week! I'm excited. We're just planning a low key night with friends and family here at the house. I'm probably going to serve up chili like I did for his birthday last year. I love having people over, especially the people that know us, love us, and have been with us the most during the past two years of parenting Owen. We have some amazingly loving friends who we really just couldn't do life without. Okay...we could, but we don't want to!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

19 Weeks

November 1, 2014

Can't believe it's November or that Owen will turn 2 this month. Also, 19 weeks? This is happening fast!

Photo thoughts:
We moved back to the dining room for the photo. The bump is definitely growing! I feel like it is almost non existent in the morning and then it's really poking by the end of the day. Strange disappearing belly baby. Also, I'm wearing the shirt that I wore to the hospital before I had Owen. Yep, it's maternity as are the jeans.

Pregnancy symptoms:
I have had a little bit of it all... Lately, I just feel frustrated with being in the "in between" state. It's hard feeling fat but not pregnant. I'm not really needing maternity clothes or necessarily looking pregnant enough for them but, oh my goodness, elastic waistbands feel soooo amazing! I busted out the maternity jeans for my retreat last weekend and I've decided that there's no looking back. Don't care.

Boy or girl:
I'm still feeling girl vibes. I think the nausea (only thrown up twice though!), the lack of zits on my face, and sweet food cravings have me thinking that something is different this time. I had zero nausea with Owen. My face broke out around 10 or 11 weeks with him and I spent the rest of my pregnancy combating the problem. Also, I ate my normal foods for the most part (with the addition of a glass of chocolate milk towards the end of my pregnancy). This time the nausea got pretty bad at times. I can still start gagging from bad smells and I usually have a strong stomach (nurse remember?). Also, SWEETS. I need them every day. Gestational diabetes might be in my future... just sayin.

Food aversions/cravings:
My aversions are slowly disappearing and my cravings are increasing. Hello crazy appetite! This baby must be experiencing a growth spurt. I've indulged way to much I'm afraid. Weight gain may look a little different with this pregnancy.

Best moment of the week:
There were some great moments this week. I guess taking Owen trick or treating was the highlight. It was so much fun and I was so thankful to be off work to experience it with him. He picked out his pirate costume for the occasion and we went with friends. Owen was confused at first and wanted nothing to do with carrying around a bag until after the first house. Once he realized that people were going to put candy in that bag, he held it with a death grip.

Looking forward to:
Anatomy scan is next week. Even though we aren't finding out what this baby is, I'm pretty excited to peek in on our little one.