2.14.2010

Adventures in Registering for Baby Girl!

Matt has been at the Miami boat show this weekend, so I headed to Oxford to see my mom, Adam and Carmen!  On Friday, being the dutiful grandmother, my mom went with me to Babies R Us in Memphis to register for sweet Baby Girl!  My sweet friend Elizabeth sent me a list of items that I needed to register for and so with the list in hand, we were off!  We got to Memphis about 2 on Friday after having lunch with Carmen.  (In case you are ever in Horn Lake, have lunch at Wise Guys pizza!  Carmen took us there and it was the best pizza I have had since we were in Chicago in December.  It's Chicago style pizza and amazing!, but I digress...)  Anyway, we arrived at Babies R Us at 2, checked in to get our scanner gun, and we were off with the list in hand.  Of course, nothing is arranged in logical order in there, and its hard to find anything. I mean you would think they would have all the bath stuff on one aisle, but nope!  It's spread out over about 3.  Oh well, first up on our agenda was bottles and all that goes with it.  I bet your thinking, it's just bottles, how hard can it be?!  Well, there's about 14 different brands of bottles and each has about 3 different sub-types.  So I'm standing there, looking at my list, looking at the wall of bottles and feel this major feeling of being overwhelmed come over me.  So I take a step back, and a deep breath and make a choice.  I figure if I got the wrong kind, someone will tell me at my showers and I can return the bottles and get the right kind.  Next up, pacifiers....again no simple task.  Apparently some babies are really picky about their pacifiers and some don't care.  Some only like soothies, others like the avent kind.   So I'm supposed to pick out the pacifier that this baby is going to like without ever meeting her....great!  Again, my theory, if I get them at a shower, I'll open 1 package, let her try it out and if she doesn't like it, take the others pack and try a different kind....I think I'm seeing a pattern.  Parenting is going to be a lot of trial and error :)  So rather than take you step by step through our time at Babies R Us, I'll fast forward to the next time we checked our watch.  Remember it was 2 when we started.  It's almost 4:00 by this point.  So we decide to grab a seat, now we know why they have rocking chairs all over the store, it's not only so you'll buy one, but to give you a place to rest when you have hit the delirium stage of registering.  I sit down, take out my list, and begin seeing what I lack.  Well that was a fairly long list.  So after about 5 minutes of resting, we start again.  Luckily, we have learned our way around the store and are able to get finished by about 4:30.  We got to check out and I realize, I never found the bathtub I wanted. So I asked the lady about it, and of course, it wasn't with the bathtubs, it was over by the strollers??!!  So anyway about 4:45 we are ready to leave, with the bathtub in hand b/c it's on clearance and "may" not be there when people are buying for our showers.  I am such a sucker.  Oh well!  Mom bought a lady bug night light that shines stars on the ceiling!  It's pretty cool!  After Babies R Us, we headed over to Cotton Tails by Laurel Wood Mall.  Thanks Liz!  We walked away with some precious items.  Baby Girl got 3 outfits and 3 pairs of shoes!  They had baby Merrell's on sale, so we got a pink pair of those, and 2 pair of sandals, Red and Pink!  They are so cute!  After we closed down Cotton Tails, we headed back to Oxford for dinner at Lenoras!  YUM!  Saturday, we slept in and relaxed, but no trip to Oxford is complete without a trip to Oxford Kids Company and Neilsons.  Both were having great sales.  We got a cute Christmas jumper and a dress on sale at OKC for 60% off each.  and Neilson's had a sale too!  I got a cute pink fleece jacket for 70% off!  Man I love a deal, but when you get a precious waterproof micro-fleece coat for $17, you are doing something right!  Above is a pic of her coat!  Anyway, this sweet girl is going to have a closet full of clothes before she got here.   And some of the stuff, my mom brought me, was my stuff when I was little.  It's so neat to have my stuff mixed in.  I had some cute day gowns that are made of really light cloth that will be perfect for this summer.  Anyway, per the instruction of my husband, I better start getting my self together so I can get on the road before the snow hits...did I mention I am sick of snow....YUCK!  Bring on the warm weather!

Oh, also, today is Valentines.  My Valentine sent me a dozen beautiful red roses and I can't wait to see him when I get home!  Happy Valentines Day everyone!  Hugs and Kisses!

2.02.2010

6 months preggo...

So today marks the beginning of month 6 in this pregnancy.  I can't believe we have crossed the halfway mark and are on the down-hill side...not too much going on, yea right?!!  Baby girl is moving around a ton.  I feel her all the time which is pretty cool, except when I'm sleepy.  Sometimes it gets uncomfortable, but what can I say...at least she's moving around.  I keep making Matt put his hand on my stomach to see if he can feel her too.  I swear I can feel her when I put my hand on my tummy, but he says he can't yet.  Maybe it's my mind playing tricks on my hand.  Oh well!  I am finally starting to show a baby belly.  I finally look pregnant and not like I've gained 15 pounds...speaking of pounds, the doctor says I'm doing great on my weight gain.  7 pounds so far....so I think that's pretty good.  I have finally outgrown my regular clothes...and have started looking for maternity clothes.  I was happy to make it to 22 weeks before having to get into the stretchy pants.  But seriously, who designs maternity clothes...they are hideous...I have found 4 pieces I like...luckily, my sweetest friend Kimberly has a sister who was pregnant recently and said I could borrow her clothes.  Kimberly and Jenn, I am forever indebted to you for this.  Not only will it save me the trouble of searching for something cute, I won't have to go to the mall or shop online! 

Other than that, we are adjusting to getting ready for the baby.  I have finally selected fabric for the nursery bedding.  Now to put my art skills to use and draw out what I want.  That should be interesting.  But it's going to be pretty cool to tell baby girl that mommy's 1st grade teacher made her bedding.  Yup, you read that right.  My sweet 1st grade teacher and mom of some really good friends makes bedding and household items and has agreed to make my baby bedding for me.  Not only will she do a great job, but it's kind of cool and sentimental too!! Also, Matt and I went and began our baby registry a couple of weekends ago.  For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of going to Babies R Us, be warned.   Not only is it intimidating, but everything they have online isn't in the store.  Or at least that was the case with our Babies R Us.  We wandered around like chickens with our heads cut off looking at all the baby stuff,  decided to make some selections, only to come home and do more research, go to a different store and change our minds.  We only got through the big items before enough was enough.  But at least we have selected a car seat/stroller, swing, etc.  My mom is going to go back with me to do everything else.  Bless her and our sanity :)

Lastly, I know I keep referencing baby girl as "baby girl", but we still don't have a name.  We have it narrowed down to 2 names, but are having so much trouble choosing...I mean this kid is going to be stuck with this name for the rest of her life and I can't imagine having a 40 year old "Gracie Lou" on my hands!  When we have a name, I'll let ya know!