Sunday, July 24, 2011

Booky Wooks

Friday night after dinner (and before the cupcakes) we ventured up to the Borders in Schaumburg. In case you haven't heard, the retailer is closing all of its stores and currently have some pretty great deals going on. We didn't get there until about an hour before they closed, and the place was still packed! We definitely weren't the only ones looking to score a deal.

After browsing around for a half hour Ant and I had picked out nine books between the two of us. Here are the books I got.


All books that will help us raise our little guy. I'm especially excited to read the Baby Sign Language and Games Babies Play books. Ant went in a different direction when picking out his books, and just picked books that "looked good." See, I really am the practical one!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Homemade Sprinkles

I'm sure quite a few of you have heard of Sprinkles Cupcakes. The cupcakery started out in Beverly Hills, CA and was quite a hit with the rich and famous. Last year they opened a bakery in Chicago, which Ant and I visited on my birthday back in January.

While we were at the cupcakery we picked up a red velvet mix so we could make the cupcakes at home. The mix sat on our counter until yesterday when we decided to make them.


We followed the directions exactly... why mess with perfection? I'll be honest, I got quite frustrated with the recipe and was just about to throw in the towel when Ant stepped up and took over (I know, I'm such a bitch for making my hubs make his own birthday treats!). The recipe called for 1 1/2 sticks of butter instead of oil. I'm sure that butter is the key ingredient to making the Sprinkles taste oh-so-delish, but it's a freaking nightmare to work with!

Along with the recipe for the actual cupcakes, there was a recipe for the cream cheese frosting.Which we made completely from scratch by the way, no mix to get us started! And like the cupcakes, the frosting required another stick of butter (damn you, butter!). Here's the finished cupcakes!


We decided against adding the little fondant circles to the tops of the cupcakes because, well, those things taste like shit.


The cupcakes on the other hand, tasted AHHH-MAZING! I was very surprised at how close our cupcakes tasted like the ones fresh from Sprinkles. It's that damn butter! I don't know if I would recommend anyone using this particular cupcake mix, just because the butter was so hard to work with and created quite the mess on our counters, but they sure do taste good! If you're interested, you can order the mix here.

Okay, the baby is requesting another cupcake. Must give my growing boy what he wants!!

Birthday Dinner

Roselle doesn't have a whole lot to offer. Basically, if you need something you have to go to one of the surrounding towns. Which isn't that big of a deal considering Bloomingdale and Schaumburg are both just 10-15 minutes away. However, we have found one little gem in our teeny tiny town. We tried Impecca back in February and just loved it (click here to see my original review), so Ant decided he wanted to go back for his birthday dinner.

Much to our surprise, downtown Roselle was hoppin' tonight! We had to park a couple blocks away from the restaurant because there was a car show going on.


This picture doesn't do a good job of showing the crowds, but there really were a ton of people downtown. The car show reminded me of the one in Wheaton, my hometown. The Roselle car show seemed a bit bigger than the Wheaton one and there was even a Neil Diamond cover band playing.

When we got to the restaurant Ant ordered an Impecca Signature Martini and we munched on some fresh bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese.


After the bread Ant enjoyed a cup of broccoli cheese soup and I had a house salad.


For our main courses Ant selected Roasted Chicken pizza, and I ordered the same thing as last time, the Lemon Basil Marinated Chicken, which was just as good as I remembered.



When we got home Ant and I made some homemade Sprinkles cupcakes, which I'll spotlight in another post. But believe me, they were delish!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Half Baked Belly

Here's this week's belly shot!

20 weeks 6 days

Today was my first day wearing only maternity clothes, and boy are they comfortable! I still just feel fat these days, but my baby bump is becoming more pronounced. I'm thinking in the next two or three weeks it will look like a real bump!

I've got a few other blog posts lined up for this weekend, so it will be a busy one on TAW!

Click here to check out my crafty blog, La Georgia Paperie.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Boo!

This morning Ant and I went to Old Navy. I had a 25% off coupon that expired today and wanted to get some maternity pants. Most Old Navys don't have maternity sections in-store, but the one closest to us actually has a small section, so we lucked out! I was in desperate need of some maternity pants. The past month I've just been schlepping around in yoga pants. Yoga pants are all well and good, however, I was honestly getting a little depressed wearing them every day. I have some jeans that I can still wear, but they are super uncomfortable after like an hour.

So, maternity pants were a much needed item. I ended up getting two pairs. One pair of flare jeans that were $25 with the coupon and another pair of skinny jeans that were on clearance for $21. I'm wearing the flare jeans right now and OH.EM.GEE. They're incredible! I just might have to retire zippers and buttons from my wardrobe from now on and always get maternity pants, haha!

We also picked up a cute little Batman onesie that was on clearance (surprise, surprise!). I usually don't like character-themed clothing, but this one is kind of distressed for a vintage look, so I like it. 


This evening I met my dad and (future) step-mom at Costco to price out their diapers. I have heard good things about the Costco brand and wanted to compare them to the prices on Amazon Mom and Diapers.com. I was really surprised to find out that some of the Huggies diapers and wipes were actually cheaper per item than the Costco brand! I haven't checked out the online prices yet, but when I do I'll let you guys know what the best deals are!

We were only at Costco for about 45 minutes but let me tell you, my feet were KAH-ILLING me when I got home. And I wore my most comfy shoes, too! Uggh. But I was able to pick up my favorite turkey roll-ups for dinner, yum!

Happy Birthday, Boo!

Tomorrow is Ant's 27th birthday! Like I mentioned, all of our baby buys from yesterday counted towards his present. But, of course I got him something else to go along with all the practical baby stuff.


I got him the Kodak Easyshare m52 point and shoot camera. I ordered it from Target.com during their Black Friday sale last week. I realize the camera looks a little more magenta than Ant would probably like, but I swear it looked red on the internet! It came in this morning, so I let Ant open it early. I've never had a Kodak before (I'm a Canon girl), but it seems like a decent camera for the price and really easy to use.

The coolest thing about the camera is that it has some really neat filters built right in. You can get a vintage looking photo with the camera, no PhotoShop needed! There are also a ton of different modes to take the best pictures in any situation (portrait, sport, panorama, sunset, fireworks, sunlight, etc.). Another neat feature is the capability to share photos and HD video to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with just the touch of one button! But, probably the best part is the size of the camera. It's smaller than Ant's cell phone, so it'll fit perfectly in his pocket!

This camera is perfect for an amateur photographer. I was half tempted to get Ant a DSLR camera, but they're a little out of my price range and I doubt Ant would want to take the time to learn how to use it. So, this little point and shoot is perfect to record anything and everything our little guy does when he's born.

It's hard to believe this will be the 6th birthday Ant and I are celebrating together! He even still uses the first birthday present I ever got him.


Sorry if the wallet is offensive to anyone, but it's a nod to Ant's favorite movie, Pulp Fiction. I think I paid $40 for it off some random website, and it's held up quite well after all these years.

Not sure exactly what we're going to do tomorrow night, dinner somewhere nice probably. Along with homemade Sprinkles cupcakes :).

Happy Friday, everyone!

Baby Buys Video

This morning Ant and I did some baby shopping! We hit up both Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us and got some good stuff. Here's a video I filmed showing everything I got, followed by some pictures.


Buy Buy Baby stuff:


Babies R Us stuff:


This stuff basically counts for Ant's birthday present, which is on Friday. I'm a practical person and I like to give/receive practical gifts. Last year for Sweetest Day I gave him drinking glasses and pots and pans because it was right around the time we were looking at condos. However, I did get him a fun present along with all the baby buys, well, I think it's fun anyways! I think he'll like it too, especially since he'll be able to use it with the baby, but he can also use it alone.

Speaking of birthdays, I need to make two birthday cards this week, better get started!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Clearance Chic

This morning we had to make a quick trip to Target, we needed some TP. And of course we stopped by the baby department to see if we couldn't find anything good for our little guy. We were able to pick up a few things, all on clearance!


Clockwise, from left:
1. Circo long-sleeved body suits (3 pack) 3 months- $5.58 (was $7.99)
2. Circo shorts 9 months- $1.35!! (was $4.50)
3. Oshkosh onesie 6 months- $2.38 (was $7.99)

So, pretax we paid $9.31 for stuff that originally cost $20.48! I just love the orange, tan and blue onesie, it's one of my favorite baby buys so far. And next week I am so excited that a new Once Upon A Child is opening up not too far from us. If you've never heard of it, OUAC is a consignment shop, similar to Plato's Closet, that specializes in children's clothing, gear and furniture. Can't wait to check it out!

20 Weeks- Half Baked!

Here's my 20 week vlog.


Monday, July 18, 2011

It's A...

BOY!

Yep, we're having a boy! I was sososososo wrong! But, am sosososososososososososo excited! I can't wait to meet our SON! 

Thank you to everyone who commented either way on Facebook, it was fun keeping you all in suspense! It was very obvious today at our anatomy scan that we are having a son. Even if we didn't want to find out, we would have! As soon as the doctor put the probe thing on my belly there were the goods! He isn't shy in the least ;). 

After our doctor's appointment we went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and ended up buying a couple of boy outfits, which I'll show in my next vlog, which should post later tonight or tomorrow. 
 
And everyone loved the cake over at my dad's house. My dad was the one to cut in to the cake and yelled "it's a boy!" as soon as he saw the blue cake. 

Oh, and if you're interested, I just used a Betty Crocker white cake mix, 1 1/4 cups of water, 3 egg whites, 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce and about 10 drops of blue food coloring. So, relatively healthy, right?
 
Ahhhh, I'm just so excited!

Anatomy Scan

Today was quite an exciting day! We had our 20 week anatomy scan, which involved a pretty detailed ultrasound. And yes.... we did find out the baby's sex, but I won't be posting that until at least tonight!

Baby Z is looking good! It's heartbeat was 152bpm and he or she weighed in at a healthy 13 ounces, nearly one whole pound! As of today I am 20 weeks and 2 days pregnant, but Baby Z is measuring 20 weeks and 5 days, which would give us a new due date of November 30th. However, since the change was just a few days, we're keeping our original due date of December 3rd.

Our doctor also looked at the umbilical cord, which does in fact have three vessels (some only have two, which can be some cause for concern) and my placenta really isn't posterior or anterior (back or front), it's basically on the top of my uterus! I knew I didn't have an anterior placenta since I've been feeling the baby move around so much for so long, but hearing that it was up so high was interesting.

Unfortunately we didn't get the greatest ultrasound pictures. Baby Z was hiding it's face so we didn't get a good profile shot, which I was really looking forward to. Oh well. One thing is for sure though, this baby can move! Aside from finding out the sex my favorite part was seeing our little one move around so much. I drank some orange juice right before the scan to ensure maximum movement, and oh goodness did it work!

Tonight Ant and I are going over to my dad's house for a mini gender reveal party. I can't wait to let everyone know! Here is how we are revealing the sex.

Lopsided cakes are the best kind of cake :)

I dyed the inside of the cake either blue or pink to signify if it's a boy or a girl! It's kind of cool, right? I made the letters using my Cricut and the font from the Birthday Cakes cartridge. And yes, I realize there's supposed to be an apostrophe in the "its," but I thought it would look silly on a stick of it's own, so I went for a grammatically incorrect cake. 

I think that's all I have to update on right now, but like I said, I will be revealing the sex probably later tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned!

And, if you're a mom or mom-to-be check out the free samples section of Target.com today, free Huggies diapers! I don't know how many you get, but thought I'd pass along the info if anyone is interested.

The Name Game

Seeing as how our anatomy scan is TOMORROW, we need to get serious about naming this cantaloupe-sized baby in my tummy. Since I've convinced myself we're having a daughter, I've really only researched girls names. But, we do have some boy options on our short list as well.

I am proud to admit that I am a name snob. I give the side eye to almost every baby name I've heard this side of 2001. To get a Lindsey-approved baby name, I've compiled a list of things to avoid when choosing a name for your child.

1. I don't want to have to question the sex of your baby based on their name
     ex. Avery, Taylor, Riley, Hayden, Peyton
2. Replacing i's with y's in perfectly acceptable names
     ex. Abygail, Sophya, Ayden, Olyver
3. Misspelling a name so it "fits better" with the nickname you plan to use
     ex. Jaxson= Jax, Maddyson=Maddy
4. Using a name that is historically a surname
     ex. Cooper, Carter, Madison
5. Trendy -aden names
     ex. Jayden, Brayden, Caden
6. Made-up names
     ex. Brynlee, Nevaeh 
7. Names with horrible meanings
     ex. Grayson=son of the gray haired man, Mallory=unlucky


Keep in mind that the examples I gave are not an all inclusive list, there are many more baby names that could fit in to each of the categories (and many names can actually fit in to multiple categories). See? Name snob.

Don't think that I hate you or your baby if you give one of the aforementioned names to your child. I know many of them are quite popular and will probably have to face the reality that my daughter might very well date a Brayden or Jaxson (Lord, help me if she does!) one day. Naming your child is a very personal decision that shouldn't be taken lightly, and one that you should make with your spouse or partner. Don't let others (including me!) influence the name of your child, if you like it, go for it!

So, I bet some of you are wondering which names are on our list? 

Whoa now... not so fast! Our first major decision after finding out about our pregnancy was that we wouldn't be sharing the baby's name until he or she is born. Why, you ask? Well, there are a couple reasons. The first one is, admittedly, silly. I'm sure some of you remember the Friends episode where Rachel gives birth but can't think of a name for her daughter. Well, Monica reluctantly tells Rachel her favorite baby name, and yep, you guessed it, Rachel "steals" that name for her daughter (it's Emma, btw). Now, I know that no one really "owns" a name, but if I heard the name I picked out for my child on someone else's child, I'd be pissed. To make it even sillier, I don't even know anyone that close to me that is pregnant.

Any who... now to the real reason. As I mentioned above, I think naming a child is a very personal decision that only needs to be discussed between mom and dad. It's inevitable that not everyone will love our baby name choice. I don't want to hear from other people that it's "the worst name ever" or "how could you do that to a child." Obviously, if we've chosen it, we don't feel that way, and don't want to second guess our choice. My hope is that once the baby is here people will be too busy doting on our newborn to say much about the name we've chosen.

Now, since we're not divulging the actual name of our future child, I will shed some light on the style we are going for. Fortunately, Ant and I haven't bickered too much on names yet, as we seem to be on the same page most of the time. One thing I am kind of regretting now... naming my cat Pearl. I love the name Pearl and think it would make a great name for our potential daughter, but it would be too confusing having two Pearls in one house. So, Pearl is off the table. Without saying much more, Pearl is in the same vein of the other names we've been looking at.

We still have over five months to make our decision, and who knows, we might pick something completely different from the names we're currently considering. Two things are for sure though, the baby will have an easy to pronounce name with only one spelling and won't be one of the trendy names (no Addisons or Graysons here!).

Name stealer and Snoogle stealer!

So, stay tuned for our big name reveal, which won't come until at least November (hopefully!).

If you've read this entire post, congrats, you won! I reward you with this, a funny blog post about some terrible baby names (read the comments too, they have some more winners!). I must say, I echo her sentiments.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Old Wives Tales

In honor of our anatomy scan tomorrow (SQUEEEEE!) Ant and I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on some of the gender predicting Old Wives Tales. We didn't do all of them of course, but here is a selective list and our results.

1. Chinese Gender Chart
     The ancient Chinese came up with a chart that has been estimated to be 90% accurate in predicting the sex of your unborn child. For the most accurate results, you are supposed to use your lunar age (mine is 28 even though I'm only 26) along with the month of conception (March). Check out the chart here.
Results: BOY
(my results are actually the same with my actual age and lunar age)

2. Heartbeat
     The OWT says that if your baby's heartbeat is over 140 beats per minute it  is a girl, and if it's under 140 bpm it's a boy. Since we decided against purchasing a home Doppler, we only have our doctor appointments to go off of, but both times we've checked the heartbeat has been 160+.
Results: GIRL

3. Shape of Belly
     This OWT claims that if you're carrying the baby high with a big belly you're having a girl, and if you're carrying lower with a smaller belly you've got a boy in there. I feel for being half way done my belly is relatively small. I have put on inches all over my midsection, but I still feel like I'm in that "too many donuts" phase. 
Results: BOY 

4. Acne
     If you've noticed more acne on your face and body while pregnant, you're having a girl, and if you've noticed less, you're having a boy. I've definitely noticed a significant decrease in acne since around 8 weeks (initially I did notice more). My dermatologist even commented on how clear my skin looked at my appointment back in June!
Results: BOY 

5. Clumsiness 
     If you've noticed that you've become more graceful with pregnancy, you're going to have a girl, and if you've suddenly become more clumsy, it's a boy. I had to consult with Ant on this one. His response was "Well, I've definitely heard you say 'oww' more these days." Haha, I guess I have been a little less coordinated as of late, I keep running in to doors and walls :). 
Results: BOY 

6. Morning Sickness
     A pregnancy with no morning sickness signifies you're carrying a boy, and one laden with morning sickness indicates a girl. Now, I definitely did suffer from morning sickness. Once or twice a day for three or four weeks. Is it weird that I don't think I suffered too terribly? But, I did have morning sickness. 
Results: GIRL 

7. Meat and Cheese Cravings
     If the mother-to-be craves meat and cheese during her pregnancy, count on a little boy. One of the first major cravings I had was for red meat. Even though I had given it up for a year, I gave in to my cravings and have indulged in beef on a few occasions since becoming pregnant (I fully intend to eliminate red meat from my diet again once I give birth). And during the height of my morning sickness one of the only foods that sounded good to me was Kraft Dinner, I went through boxes and boxes and boxes of the stuff! 
Results: BOY

8. Color of Urine
     Moms-to-be  with dull yellow urine will be Team Pink and bright yellow will be Team Blue. This might be TMI, but my urine really has been super bright yellow! Like, unnaturally neon-colored! I've heard it could also be from your prenatal vitamins, but even on the days I forget to take them I have neon pee. 
Results: BOY   

9. Ring Test

 
     Put a string through your wedding ring and hold it over your baby bump. If the ring swings side to side you're carrying a girl, and if it goes around in a circle, you're carrying a boy. We tried this OWT twice just to make sure, and both times it was clearly moving around in a circle.
Results: BOY

Final results: BOY: 7/GIRL: 2

So, all signs point to Team Blue! However, my mother's instinct still says Team Pink, so we'll just have to wait until tomorrow to know for sure. I don't know when I'll post the results here on my blog because we do want to tell our families first (I'm not sure how many family members read this, but just in case!).

If you're interested in trying any of the OWTs for yourself, His Boys Can Swim (nice name, huh?) has a pretty comprehensive list.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Holy Belly, Batman!

Well, I wouldn't say that I've "popped" per se, but I'm definitely getting bigger! Here is this weeks belly shot.

19 weeks 6 days

I can not believe that tomorrow I will be HALF WAY DONE with my pregnancy! And our big anatomy scan is on Monday! The main purpose of the anatomy scan is to measure all the limbs and organs to ensure they are developing properly, and a bonus of getting the scan done is being able to find out the sex of the baby! I am still rather confident that we will officially be joining Team Pink on Monday!

Tonight we just went to Qdoba for dinner. We had a BOGO free coupon, so for the two of us to eat we only had to pay $10, what a steal! After dinner we went to the Carters store for the first time to look around. OMG, I am in love with Carters! They have the most adorable baby clothes! I can't wait to go back and buy some nice things for our little guy or gal. While there I did manage to pick up a couple small things because I just couldn't resist.


We got the little mittens for $6 and the booties were on clearance for $5.59. We also went to Wal-Mart and saw that the Huggies wipes were on sale for about $2.50 for a 72 count box.

We're currently watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Blu-Ray; tomorrow night we're going to see Part 2. I can tell you now, I will be an absolute wreck after it's over! And how amazing is Fleur Delacour's wedding dress in Part 1?

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I love the black phoenix details, just beautiful! 

In honor of our anatomy scan on Monday, I plan on doing some of the Old Wives Tales this weekend, so watch for a post on that, should be a fun one!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Try Some Thai

It's no secret I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to trying new foods. I don't like "weird" foods and prefer blander tastes. I like really good food, but at a fancy restaurant I usually order the simplest thing on the menu. While Ant isn't the most adventurous foodie I know, he's always willing to try new things.

Tonight Ant had a taste for Thai food. I'm sure it's no surprise that I've never tried Thai food. I was a little reluctant, but after looking over The Happy Elephant's menu, I decided to try the Garlic Lover with chicken. It was basically just chicken, broccoli and carrots in soy sauce (or something similar), but unfortunately I didn't taste much garlic. My meal also came with some white rice, so I ate it like stir fry (which you guys know I love!).

My chicken Garlic Lover with rice

Ant got an order of Pad Thai and chicken pot stickers. He liked the Pad Thai and loved the pot stickers.

Ant's chicken pot stickers and Pad Thai
While I don't think I would have ever ordered Thai food on my own, it was pretty good! And definitely not "weird." If I'm ever in the mood for stir fry I would definitely order from them again, a much better alternative to the Stouffer's meal we tried last week.

What foods were you hesitant to try and ended up loving?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Your Daily Dose of Cuteness

Here are a few recent pictures I took of my cat, Pearl. Enjoy!




As you can see by the last picture, even if I wanted to take a nap this afternoon, I couldn't!

19 Week Vlog

Here's my 19 week update! The video is a little choppy, which is a little annoying, but the sound isn't off. Sorry about that!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gouge My Eyes Out

This post really has no purpose, I just need to distract myself. I'm currently sitting in the living room with my husband being forced to watch the stupid Home Run Derby. OOOOMMMMGGGGGG. I don't understand the appeal of this thing. But oh, my husband sure does! He brings up the one time when he went to the Derby (like eight years ago) at least once a month. Every year we just have to watch this and the NBA draft. BO.RING.

Now, I enjoy going to baseball games. I've gone to one a year with Ant every year since we started dating. Well, except this year. He actually went to a game this past week with some of his former coworkers. I was invited, but declined against it this year (blaming everything on pregnancy is fun!). However, I hatehatehate watching baseball on TV.

I would go occupy myself in my craft room, but I'm waiting for a Stampin' Up! order to come in this week before I do anything else to my pregnancy mini album, which is coming along nicely!

Well, this post didn't take long to write, and I don't have much more to say. So, I'll leave you with a vintage picture of Ant and I at a White Sox game a couple years back.

circa 2009. I miss being a blondie!
Check back for my 19 week pregnancy vlog, which should be uploaded later tonight!

Friday, July 8, 2011

More Baby Buys

Here's my 18 week picture.

18 weeks 6 days



Something is definitely going on around my midsection these days! We ended up going to the Olive Garden for dinner, yum! When we sat down our waitress gave us a small sample of a white zinfandel, and I happily enjoyed my two sips of wine :). After dinner we went Target to see if we couldn't find any other good baby buys. We decided to go to a different Target tonight, which also seemed pretty picked over. However, we did find a few things.

Cameo appearance by Pearl

Clockwise, from left:
1. Circo Cardigan Set 3 months- $5.98
2. Circo Hat and Socks Set (2 of each)- $3.48
3. Circo Bibs Set (4 pack)- $4.88
4. Carters Pants Set 9 months(2 pairs)- $5.58

For everything we paid $19.92 (before tax). Full price we would have paid $29.96. The cardigan set was actually $6.98, but it was missing the onesie that originally came with it, so we got an extra $1 off. Here's a look at what else came with the set.


We'll just put a blue or pink onesie with the set to complete the outfit. I think we're pretty set on gender neutral stuff for now, as we will hopefully be finding out the sex in a little more than a week! I asked Ant tonight if he for sure wants to find out at our anatomy scan on the 18th. He said  that yes, he does want to find out. I do too, as I'm a planner and it will make things easier to prepare for our little arrival. But, we both agreed that if we are blessed with another child one day that we would like to keep the sex a secret until the delivery room.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Target Baby Buys

Along with making my own YouTube pregnancy vlogs, I watch a ton of other ladies doing them as well. This week one of the ladies showed off some great purchases she got at Target. So today I went and checked out Target to see what kind of deals I could find. The Target I went to was kind of picked over, but I still managed to pick up a few good things, take a look!


Clockwise, from left:
1. Infant/Toddler Hangers- $1.02 (not on clearance)
2. Chicago White Sox 0-3 months sleeper- $6.48
3. Halo Sleep Sack 0-6 months- $13.83
4. Circo Pants 3-6 months (2 pairs)- $4.88
5. Circo Long Sleeved Onesies 3-6 months (3 pack)- $5.58
6. Circo Sleep n' Plays 3-6 months (2 pack)- $5.58
7. The First Years Breastflow Bottles- $10.11

For all that, I paid $47.48 (before tax)! Before the trip I set a limit for myself of $50, I'd say I did pretty darn good! If I bought everything at full price I would have paid $71.14 (before tax).

Everything I bought is pretty gender neutral I think, even the White Sox sleeper. Plus, baby girl will only be sleeping in it, so it's not that big of a deal.

Ohhh Antie Poo... I bought the White Sox sleeper as a surprise for you, but wanted to show it off. So, if by chance you see this post before seeing it nicely displayed on the counter for you, just know that there will be another non-baby related surprise for you as well. Why the surprises? Ohhh, no reason, other than I'M A BAD ASS WIFE. You're welcome!!

A note to other moms wanting to find the Breastflow bottles on clearance at Target: I bought a "repackaged" box. So, I don't think they're really on clearance, sorry! The box had been ripped, but I made sure all the parts were there and nothing looked broken or used before buying them.

Tomorrow Ant and I plan on going out to dinner for our usual Friday night date night, and might stop in to Target again to see what else we can find. If we do, I'll let you guys know what we get!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two Fails

The Stouffer's meal for dinner was okay. I prefer my own chicken stir fry, but it certainly was a quick meal, which was nice. Ant said he'd eat it again, but I'm not sure if I'd even buy it again. If anyone has any good frozen food meal suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Fail One

So tonight after dinner I felt like a McDonald's vanilla cone. Who doesn't love those things? Damn, they're good, and low fat too! Fun Fact: Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing a listeria bacteria infection due to their lowered immune system. And guess which delicious frozen treat can contain this harmful bacteria? Yep, you guessed it... soft serve! The risk for developing a listeria infection is extremely low, even for pregnant women, so as long as it's from a reputable place (like Mickey D's or Dairy Queen) I think it's fine.

So, like I said, I wanted a vanilla cone. There are two McDonald's pretty close to our house, and Ant said the further one now had chocolate dipped cones, similar to the ones at DQ. It sounded good to me, so off we went. OMG... worst decision ever. The cone looked like a big blog of poop, not like the cute little swirly cones from DQ, and the chocolate shell didn't even cover all the ice cream. So, on the way home the stupid thing was dripping ALL OVER MY HANDS. Few things surpass my hatred for sticky hands; I can't stand having them or seeing other people have sticky hands (yes, I know I'm about to be a mother to a child who will inevitability have sticky hands just to spite me). Plus, the chocolate shell was way to thick to break, so every time I tried to eat some the cone dripped more.

When we got home I ran to the kitchen and threw the cone in a bowl and ate it with a spoon. I honestly don't think I've ever enjoyed eating ice cream less, it was a disaster. Moral of the story, don't get the dipped cones from McDonald's, they're horrible!

Fail Two

Ant and I got married back in December, and at the beginning of the year I went and got everything squared away to change my name. I really didn't want to, but Ant kind of pressured me in to it, so whatever. In one day I went to the court house to get our marriage license, the DMV for a new drivers license and the social security office to apply for a new social security card. About a week later I received my new social security card in the mail. It has my same social security number that I've had forever along with my new name. I thought that was the end of that, and then proceeded to change my name on my bank account and at work, both without any problems.

My dad is an accountant and did our taxes for us this year. We got refunds from both the state of Illinois and the federal government. The Illinois check came without any problems, however over three months later, we still have yet to receive our federal check (which is a lot more than the state one). So, I talked to my dad about it and he gave me a website to check on the status. The website said they were unable to find any information on our refund.

So tonight we gave the IRS a little phone call. Apparently my name really hasn't been changed, which is why we never got the check. Back when I filed for unemployment I had to file under my maiden name, and should have put two and two together a lot sooner, but I'll blame this pregnancy brain of mine. So, long story short, we have to refile our federal tax return. Because they do have it on file that we filed before the due date we won't be penalized, but this time we have to mail everything in (as opposed to doing it online) and I have to send in a copy of my social security card so they can verify that I did in fact change my name. What a hassle! So, we won't get the check for at least another six to eight weeks, uggh.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Holy Movement Batman!

This afternoon I was getting a littler nervous because I hadn't felt the baby move all day. Now, usually I feel the baby the most during the evening hours, but the past few afternoons I've felt at least a couple little kicks. Well, little one more than made up for the lack of movement this evening! She/he was like a little ninja in there, karate chopping everything in sight. I am thoroughly enjoying this stage of pregnancy for this reason, the kicks are noticeable but not too hard as to where they hurt yet!

If you watched my 18 week pregnancy vlog, you might recall how I said that I'm not getting out of the house enough. This afternoon I managed to get out for ohhh, maybe 10 minutes! Hey, it's better than nothing! I still hadn't done anything with the bags of clothes I gathered to giveaway about a month ago, so this afternoon I dropped them off in one of those clothing drop bins. I had wanted to give them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, but those drop bins are just too convenient to pass up! I honestly don't even remember what the charity was, I just hope it's legit and does something good with my clothes. 

While putting the bags in my car, I found my old pair of Teva flip flops! A few weeks ago I purchased a new pair of Reef flip flops because I thought I had ruined my Tevas. Apparently not, they were sitting pretty in one of the compartments in my "trunk" (what do you call the back of an SUV?). So, now I have 2 pairs of flippy flops to chose from this summer. 

Dinner tonight is going to be a quick and easy one!
 
 
 
I bought this Stouffer's Easy Express meal a couple weeks back and plan on trying it out tonight. According to the bag it'll take about 12 minutes to cook in a skillet, not too shabby! I've not tried too many Stouffer's products, so I'm not expecting a gourmet meal or anything, but hopefully it'll taste good enough. 
 
Okay, home skillet time! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

18 Week Update

Here's my 18 week pregnancy vlog, which I recorded last night.


Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hi There, Fat Ass

I feel freaking fat this week, uggh. Here's this weeks picture.

17 weeks 6 days
And, I definitely didn't switch up my pose like I said I was going to, oops! For dinner tonight Ant and I just went to Chili's. Lookie at what I got!

'Rita time!
I was jonesin' for a margarita tonight, so I ordered one... virgin of course. I fully intended to order a frozen marg, however, my mouth thought differently and ordered one on the rocks. Damn pregnancy brain. It was still tasty, and I pretended I was enjoying it with my friend Jose :).
After Chili's we went to Wal-Mart where Ant bought me Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Blu-Ray, yay! My favorite HP film is Prisoner of Azkaban, which was also my favorite of all the books. Fun fact: in college I had a beta fish named Lupin, named after the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in the book. Lupin was a very well traveled beta fish, I took him on an airplane with me... twice!
When we got home Ant watched some silly James Bond movie while I watched season 4 of The Office and organized my craft room (I swear, it really is a never ending process!).
I leave you with a cute picture of Pearl from this afternoon, when she found a new hang out spot.


She slept there all afternoon!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My First Born

Some of you might not know that the gestating fetus in my belly is not our first "child." I am actually a mom to a 4 year old!

Try and tell me this isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen. You can't, you just can't!

When I was 14 my family "rescued" a Birman named Dawny from a breeder my mom knew. Dawny was 5 when we got her, and unable to have any more kittens. One of Dawny's kittens actually became a national champion show cat, you can read about him here, on our breeder's website. The story doesn't paint Dawny in the best light, but she really was a great cat!

After I graduated college I knew I wanted another cat, and just had to get another Birman from the breeder Dawny was from. The timing was perfect. I contacted the breeder in May, and a litter of kittens had just been born. Ant and I went in July to pick out Pearl (I got her name from the Landlord viral video with Will Ferrell). She's the one with the H.U.G.E. eyes on the bottom right.

Picture courtesy of Bojacat Birmans
Pearl was the runt of the litter, but also the most active out of the three (they were all girls). Plus, she was totally goofy looking, which I loved! I brought her home that September, when she was about 4 months old, and we've been inseparable ever since!

Pearl has such a big personality and cracks us up on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorite things about her.

-She hates being alone. About 90% of the time she has to be in the same room as us. Although she's not a lap cat in the least!
-For a cat, she's pretty uncoordinated. I've seen her take more spills and tumbles than I care to remember.
-When she sleeps she has to rest her head on something. Usually it's a pillow, and she uses it just like people!
-No matter where she is in our house, as soon as I open the sliding door she will be in front of it within 5 seconds. She looooves getting the fresh air and looking outside!
-From a standstill she can jump about 5 feet in the air. She does this on a regular basis when we point a laser pointer at the wall.
-She has never once chewed on a pair of shoes.
-I try and give her a bath about once a month. So you think she'd be used to it by now, but she always makes the most pitiful howl when she's in the water, it just melts my heart!
-If I'm eating something with meat or cheese in it, she knows that I'll give her a little bite if she wants (which she almost always does).
-The only time she really ever bites me is right after I get out of the shower. And she'll go to town on my hands!

And my absolute favorite thing about her is...

-Pearl refuses to drink out of bowls. Exhibit A:


Literally 95% of her water comes straight from the sink. I don't quite remember how she discovered the water in the faucet in the first place, but once she did find it, her bowl days were over! She probably picked up this habit around 9 months old. Until recently she would just run in to the bathroom anytime she heard one of us in there and hop up on the sink. But now if she's thirsty, she'll go in there and just start softly meowing until someone turns on the faucet for her. I'VE CREATED A MONSTER! Of course we do keep a bowl of water out for her so she can drink when we're not home, but she only uses it when she's uber desperate.

I will say I'm a bit nervous how Pearl will act when the baby comes. She's never been around babies before, and I don't really know anyone who would want to use their child as a guinea pig. I've read that a lot of cats just ignore babies, so I hope that's what Pearl does (although I don't think she will). I guess we'll just have to wait and see in December!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

17 Week Pregnancy Vlog


I didn't mention this in the vlog, but I have definitely been feeling little Pickle moving around in there! It kind of feels like a very soft finger flick. Every time I feel it I get giddy!
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