Baby on Board!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Beach Baby!


Baby and I had a great trip to Seaside, FL this past weekend for my friend Julie's wedding. She was such a beautiful bride and it was great to see all my Tennessee friends again! I had a funny moment on the way there because this was the first plane ride for baby since he was only six weeks old. About ten minutes into the flight after we had taken off, he was kicking so hard he was making my shirt move! It was cracking me up - I had to tell the guy next to me since I was laughing and rubbing my belly =) Baby either loved the airplane ride or hated the altitude change!

I woke up one morning in Florida and was like, "Whoa! I have a belly now!!" People told me it would happen overnight - and it sure did for me! I even took a picture in the mirror and sent it to Eric! It was funny because when we saw each other on Wednesday (after being apart for eight days), he definitely noticed my expanding tummy! And everyone else seems to be noticing too - every day this week I've had customers say, "I didn't know you were pregnant!" And then they're shocked to find out I'm 6 1/2 months along! 

I'm 26 weeks today and feeling great. No major updates, changes, or cravings to report (although, no more eggs)!  We've narrowed down a couple of our favorite names, but no final decisions yet. I think we're still trying to decide if we're going to reveal the name before baby comes or just wait. Attached are my 25-week picture and my 26-week picture. Glad my baby is growing! =) 

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Baby Essentials!

As promised, thought I would show ya'll some of the things we registered for as we prepare for baby! Registering for a baby is so much more fun than registering for a wedding - let me tell you! I was so overwhelmed and stressed out with our wedding registry - even managed to walk away with a funny story about having a complete meltdown in the towel section! I think the difference between the two experiences is shopping for yourself vs. shopping for your sweet little baby. Knowing the little guy is going to be solely depending on Eric and I to take care of him, I wanted to pick only the best things for him. Things that would keep him safe and happy! Overall, I am thrilled with our registry...I really like everything we picked out and can't wait to put everything to good use!
We went with the Graco Lauren Signature Convertible Crib in the French Vanilla color (aka creme). I like both the dark wood and white wood, however I wanted something cozy and warm for the nursery. This color is exactly what I was looking for. Cribs can be so expensive - so this is a great mid-range brand that doesn't compromise safety for price. As the name states, it's convertible and will convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and both a full size headboard and footboard. We also registered for the matching changing station that is featured in the picture. 

Car Seat/Stroller:
This is probably one of my favorite things on the registry - maybe because I know it's one of the things I'll use the most! We decided on the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat - this is what baby will use till he's roughly 30 lbs (or too long to fit)! Chicco is a wonderful baby brand that emphasizes safety and convenience. I'm also happy we found a neutral color scheme - I think it's real sharp looking for our handsome little man! We registered for the matching Car Seat Carrier Stroller...all we do is simply click in the car seat and we're ready to roll! The cool thing about this stroller is the one-handed folding system - no lie, Mom and I tested this in the store and it works great....and it's extremely lightweight and will fit perfectly in our small cars =)

We received good advice from several people that bottles are pretty much a trial-and-error process with baby and you won't really know what works until he's here. That took some pressure off because there are so many choices! The majority of bottles we registered for come from the Tommee Tippee brand. These bottles are designed with a super-wide nipple that naturally flexes and stretches like a breast and the natural shape lets babies latch on easier. They also have an anti-colic valve that lets babies feed at their own pace with reduced risk of gas and colic. We will give it a whirl and see what he likes!

Everything Else:
My favorite thing to register for was all the cute bath stuff - I mean, is anything cuter than little hooded towels?? Eeekkk!! There were even Finding Nemo hooded towels - one of my favorite movies! =) With the burpcloths, bibs, pacifiers, crib sheets, video monitor, sleep sacks,  and swaddle wraps, I think we are as ready as we'll ever be for BABY!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Walking On Sunshine!

24 weeks! It feels great to hit the six-month mark and am embracing my round little bump! My mom was here this past weekend and we had a really great visit. We went to the beach, ate lots of yummy food, and bought a whole bunch of flowers for our house. She also treated me to a whole new maternity wardrobe!! Kristen was kind of enough to pass down all her maternity clothes so I was off to a great start, especially for summer. But, I was still in need of basic staples for work and had SO much success at Motherhood Maternity. I was able to find a couple pair of dress pants, a nice pair of jeans, two dresses, and a few shirts...I feel like a whole new woman! Being comfortable is 100% the most important thing...and now that maternity clothes are so cute it's a win-win.

How Far Along: 24 weeks!
Size: Baby is now measuring around 12 inches and weighs about 1.3 ounces - about the size of a banana!
Cravings: I've put my tomato fix to the side and now I'm all about EGGS! Little background, I very much dislike eggs. Always have. One day last week, I saw an egg bagel sandwich on a food blog and thought, "I have to have that...NOW"! So, I proceeded to the grocery where I picked up eggs, bagels, and cheese - and have since had an egg bagel sandwich every single day. Haha! The simple pleasures =)
How I'm Feeling: I am feeling great - hard not to when it's 80 degrees outside! It's been so nice having family visit the last couple weeks...thanks to Aunt Kristen and Ginka, little baby already has a start to his ever growing wardrobe! Next weekend, I'm flying to Destin, FL for my friend Julie's wedding and I cannot wait to be reunited with all my Tennessee girlfriends! Julie is going to be absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy I can share this special time with her.

Thanks to everyone who's been following the blog! Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend!