Monday, September 29, 2014

14 Weeks

I know I'm only posting about our little South County bundle recently, but I hope to add a few more posts in as i'm feeling more normal to update you all on our finances.

We have still been eating out far too much, but i'm glad to say we are also making some good progress on operation baby nursery. 

We wanted to start price checking ceiling fans for the nook because South County Boy really wanted to put one in before painting so he's have more air circulation and a good breeze to help dry the paint, so we headed out to home depot to look around.

We ended up finding a cool unit we liked on sale that was smaller than the rest of the ones we have in our condo (an important factor when you consider how small the room is)...

We really liked this one with the primary colors on it. We got it marked down because they were out of them and we offered to buy the floor model because of the colors. We can flip the blades to white if it ends up not working out, but South County Boy really liked something he saw on pinterest a few months back because when the blades spin, you get a rainbow like affect.


$42 later and the room now has better air flow so South County boy can paint and Spackle now.It also looks like we are going to luck into a great deal on a gently used glider. Someone posted it on a Facebook group I follow so it looks like i'm going to score an $220 glider for $80. The neat thing is I sat in this at Target and thought it was comfortable the other day too. So it looks like i'll keep my eye out for a dark colored crib to match.


Monday, September 22, 2014

What a difference a week can make

Me at 12 weeks and a day or so...
(i'm a week further along now)
I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post and I’m glad to be heading into my second trimester for sure. It’s the beginning of week 13 for me and it wasn’t until last week that I found the energy to grocery shop and make and prepare dinner again. There were days and weeks where I was completely helpless and I truly felt bad for my poor husband who wondered what had happened to his awesome wife. While I was able to make it through the work day, by the time I got home all my energy was sucked up and I was good for nothing else than watching TV and going to bed at 7:30 pm. Hence the silence on my blog...

But I’m glad to report the welcome change! 

As my baby has gotten to a point where most of its initial creation development has taken place, I’m finally able to get back into a more normal mode… Still turning in at 7:30- 8:00 pm... but my energy levels are higher and i'm finally feeling more like me! We are hoping this also means we will stop bleeding our bank accounts with eating out and convenience meals and get back to cooking from scratch, too. We haven't gone crazy (no tapping of the emergency fund.... but no real saving money either these last 8 weeks)....

Hubs and I are on a good working game plan together though. We are attempting the cook once, eat twice method to give me a day off in between to veg out and nap a bit more or run other errands so i'm not getting too overwhelmed having to plan 7 dinners a week. And before you think he's slave driving his pregnant wife, ee have also switched over some chores so I can do ones that make a bit more sense and he can tackle the others. So my main focus is grocery shopping, dinners, and doing basic dishes (not pots and pans), and he's basically doing everything else including laundry, trash, pots & pans, light cleaning, home improvement, and tackling the bathroom. I married a good man who knows the value of partnership and helping his wife. (plus he really likes when I cook and he's willing to do more to get that one thing outta me since he's been gaining some sympathy weight since I haven't been cooking).

I've also bought some maternity clothes. Thankfully with the nausea on the low end now, I can still manage most of my gym workout pants since the waistband isn't making me feel bad now, but I had no actual bottoms that fit me. (It helped that I kept my fat workout pants from when I was in the 160's which are still baggy on my but were my go to pants for a few of the bad weeks). But my basic bottoms like my capris and jeans were just too tight... in both the legs and the waist so a belly band wasn't going to cut it. (I'm no longer doing the 10 plus mile walks each week so my legs have lost some tone and then add the pregnancy bloat and its no wonder they don't fit, lol). 

The few items I bought at a garage sale were really too big for me after all (one pair too small in the thighs after a week or two) ... and while I can make 2 pairs work, it takes a lot of effort to keep them up and I'm constantly having to tuck and re-tuck them in. As a present, my mom gave me $50 to buy a pair of pants and since we were able to sell one of our 1/2 marathon entries for $100 earlier in my pregnancy, I used that money to get 2 tops I can also nurse in, a pair of petite jeans, a pair of capris, and two pairs of leggings at Motherhood Maternity...  With the 2 dresses I got at the garage sale, a top from target, and some regular non maternity solid T-shirts I picked up in target that are long on me, I think i'm all set to go! (its a good thing my wardrobe functions for about a 10 lb shift in weight throughout the year).

In other news, our “goober nest” is coming along. We have finally removed all the items and the shelving units from the closet!! Now it just needs some paint, and some good measurements. We will need to get a rug that covers the whole room since the carpet is missing from some of the places where the shelves went down to the floor… and we will need to replace some of the base boards in there too since there are gaps…  Once we get that covered, we will install the ceiling fan and the baby gate (instead of a door). Then we can start to hunt for some bargain and hand me down finds hopefully.


The room is 70 inches by 63 inches, with the baseboards.


We already scored a free car seat and stroller. It’s a deep purple so it will work for a boy or a girl… but were not sure if we will keep it. It’s pretty bulky and heavy for me and we aren't sure if we can get another base for the car seat (which is something we want, a base for each of our cars)… But we will do our research and worst case, we will have a “spare” at my mom’s for emergencies and “just in case” possibilities.

EDIT:
Oh ya, CANCER FREE folks. When I went in for my test, there was nothing suspicious at all for them to even think about checking!!!! Clean bill of health and my future baby feeders aren't trying to kill me!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

$1,396.71 later... (and 2 trips)... but we finally left Ikea

Best part... paying a flat $59.00 to have everything delivered AND carried up the stairs. Best money ever spent considering I couldn't help South County Boy carry anything upstairs since i'm pregnant and he probably would have divorced me if he had to do it all by himself.

So what did we buy? Essentially in a single word:

STORAGE!!!!

Since we are staying in our condo and not moving with our upcoming bundle of joy, we finally bit the bullet and purchased the materials to put in a built in organizational unit in the living room... all so we can finally empty our walk in closet to turn it into our baby nursery. 

We also bought shelves and cabinets for our bedroom to hang above the desk...

and a new rug for the living room...

and if that's not enough, we then decided to pay $527.16 in lighting materials and wires to SCB's work to put in can lights in the living room, Re-do most of the living room electrical work.... and we added some nice track lighting to my clothes wardrobe... so its pretty awesome now...

But it took a ton of work. SCB spent a week assembling everything and playing up in the attic. 



Lots of elbow grease because no power tools are allowed with Ikea furniture assembly....


Thankfully my husband is willing to read directions...


By night one, he had the frames for the bottom finished... but not attached because he will need to re-do the electrical stuff first...



He put in recessed boxes and hid all the wires in the walls...


Then he hung the top cabinets...


Then SCB went to work on some stuff in the bedroom.... because the living room was frustrating him... and he was waiting on more cables to come in to finish the electrical.. Our old ones were a little too short to reach through the wall hole....

But somewhere between finishing the bedroom, he put in can lights in the living room and finished everything!!!



We still have to paint parts of the wall to cover up the holes we filled... but my living room is SWEET. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bittersweet Ultra Sound!


That's our baby! On Wednesday SCB and I went to the doctor and got a chance to see our baby for the first time. The baby is the bigger blob measuring at 7 weeks and 2 days in size, so its on track for an end of March due date.

We got to hear our baby's heartbeat too which was more exciting for SCB than seeing it since that made it feel more human like to him...

Unfortunately our first meeting with the little guy was a bit damper... before doing the ultra sound, they did a few other things, including a breast exam and my OB thinks he found a lump in my breast...

I have to wait 2 weeks to get it checked out with an ultra sound in the radiology department, so we have been a little blue and worried. We are hoping it is nothing but generally when a doctor finds a lump and its nothing (like a clogged milk duct, etc), its normally in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, not the first. We are praying and hoping that its just my body getting ready to feed a baby and not much else...



Other than that the fatigue that's starting to set in as I enter into the 8-9th week of pregnancy, I've been feeling pretty darn good. Over the weekend I was actually hanging out and napping quite frequently, which is something I never do, but I did have 2 busy days before it on Friday and Saturday so perhaps my body was playing catch-up.

So far the nausea hasn't hit me. Sure I've had a few days where I've felt like crap for a few hours but I thankfully haven't needed to go hug the porcelain thrown yet, so i'm grateful for the little one being so kind to me thus far.

Now that I've figured out how to eat while pregnant (at least for me), we are hoping to be able to cook a bit more from home than we have been.... but we shall see. South County Boy has been such a trooper helping me out with everything and being really kind and awesome. I feel so blessed and excited for everything.

The home prep continues and we made a huge IKEA trip as we make an effort to create more storage in our little place. Pictures to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Purge Purge Purge

Sorry the posts have still been a little too far and in-between. Tomorrow I get to go in for our first ultra sound and see our baby... We have an estimated due date of March 27th, but after tomorrow we will have our official count down.

We have already started prepping and planning for the little bundle... and by that I mean tossing out things left and right and getting rid of all kinds of junk so we can make room for the baby.

Physically I've been feeling really good so far. I haven't had to spend a morning in the bathroom and i've had no smell aversions yet, but I have had a couple of days where for a few hours I feel really cruddy, but it seems to go away after a little bit.

I need to get better about drinking more water when i'm at home on my days off though.I'm pretty good at work since I carry a water bottle with me and everything, but at home i've been a bit forgetful and I really need to make a point to fluid up better.

We had an old friend come by last night and I made pizza bread to the delight of all, and I was quite please with myself since a few hours before everyone was supposed to cover over, I wasn't having a very good afternoon -- it was one of those days with a few cruddy hours.

But were really excited to see our baby tomorrow. Ultra sound and baby bump photos to follow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I'm alive and here!!

Its been about a month and a half since my last post, and I'm sorry for worrying you all.... But with everything going on, the blog fell by the way side....

We took a week plus vacation to Nauvoo Illinois...

than we spent 2 weeks house sitting....

& then there was the amazing awesome discovery.... that I can't tell you all about until August 19th... so you'll have to be patient there...

but I promise to get back into the swing of things come August when things get back to normal and we're back into our little condo!