28 Weeks – Exciting Stuff!

I’m 28 weeks along this week and into the 3rd trimester – I can’t believe I’m already in the home stretch of this pregnancy!  I also can’t believe that it’s already the end of October… The last two months of the year always fly by because of the holidays, so January will be here before I know it!  And considering Baby will be full-term a couple of days after Christmas, who knows?  I could end up with a Baby before the end of the year!  Scary!!

I’ve had lots going on this month!  We got our first gift off of our Baby Registry – our crib!  Aunt Barb in Texas sent it to us and we were *very* excited to get it set up in the freshly painted nursery!  It even inspired me to finally start my sewing projects.  I finished the Crib Skirt a couple of weeks ago and I’m really happy with the way it turned out!


I love the way that all of the colors look together so far in the room!  I’ve started the curtains – well, I started them a week ago and they’ve been sitting in my sewing room waiting for me to get back to them.  I really need to get a move on!  I need to do the curtains, the window shades, and the covers for my glider cushions.  I think I originally thought that I’d have them all done by the end of this month, but that was not to be… I’m now hoping that I can get motivated enough to do them in the next three weeks and at least have it all finished before Thanksgiving!  I really need to focus and get this stuff done before Christmas Season really gets underway!

Beyond the nursery, I’ve been preparing for Baby in other ways.  I read “The Happiest Baby on the Block“, which I borrowed from the Library and copied the DVD companion too (don’t tell!).  It has a lot of useful sounding tips on how to keep Baby calm in the first 3 months and from what I hear they work!  While I was at the Library last night, I borrowed “The Organized Mom“, which I picked up because while I was flipping through it I saw it gave specific tips and floor plans on how to best set up a nursery, “Creating Your Birth Plan“, which I’m hoping can give me a not-too-biased overview of all of the options out there when it comes to giving birth so that I can get and idea of what kind of birth experience I’m hoping for, and “Laugh and Learn about Newborn Care“, which is a DVD which goes over things that are taught in the Infant Care class that is offered at Bellevue that we couldn’t sign up for because of conflicts with Alex’s schedule.  I told Alex that I got that for us to watch together when I got home last night and he totally rolled his eyes at me, but then I caught him reading the back of the DVD case later, so I think he’ll tolerate watching it – LOL!  I bought “One Year to an Organized Life with Baby“, which has weekly assignments (which I need to catch up on since I bought it so late!) on what you should do to organize your house, finances, and baby prep needs.  I’m looking forward to digging into that book because this is the one time in my life when I haven’t felt overly prepared and organized for the big event coming – I think I’m avoiding thinking of the scary stuff and I need to stop!  To that end, I’ve made appointments to visit a daycare and a pediatrician’s office – two things that we need to decide on soon!

The other big way that I’ve been prepping for Baby is car shopping!  When I bought my Subaru Impreza in 2008, I thought that it was a car that could grow with me – it was still a small car, which I was hoping for because I was so used to driving my Beetle, but it had a hatch back that I thought would be big enough for baby gear.  Unfortunately, I had no idea how big car seats are.  When I started to shop for car seats, I realized that getting an infant seat, and later a rear-facing convertible seat, in the back seat of my car was going to be a *tight* squeeze.  So I started doing research on a new car.  Well, not a *new* car, but a new-to-me car.  I’d bought my Subaru brand new and I definitely loved having a brand new car for the first time in my life, but the second you drive it off the lot it’s a used car.  And since I wanted to buy something bigger than what I had but not increase my car payments at all, I figured that going for something used was probably my best bet.  I Googled, “Best Compact SUV” and found a listing on USNews.com for the best affordable compact SUVs.  The Toyota RAV4 came in at number 1 and the Honda CR-V came in tied at number 2.  I did a lot of research and narrowed my choices down to those two options.  Alex and I went to a dealership this past Sunday that had a 09 CR-V and a 09 RAV4, both in black, and both with around the same number of miles.  We test drove both of them and I decided on the RAV4.  We were able to work out a deal that I was happy with and on Wednesday, I picked up my new car!  When I got in the car and drove away from the dealership, the Baby started kicking a lot.  I said, “Oh, do you like this car, Junior?  I hope so – I did this for you!” LOL!

The other fun thing we did this weekend was the Firefighter Appreciation Mass and awards brunch afterward hosted by the SPFA.  Alex did a reading at Mass (and he really had a tough one where he had to say Thessalonians a million times) and he did a great job.  At the brunch afterwards, he got an award along with his partner for a save they had at a fire on Stanley St earlier this year.

Overall, it’s been a busy month – and especially a busy week this week!  I’m really looking forward to this weekend because my baby shower is tomorrow!  So exciting!  It randomly snowed yesterday and I guess there is snow predicted for tomorrow, so I hope that doesn’t deter anyone from coming!  I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone!

The days are just flying by…

Alex's 30th Birthday

Diptic

So even though I was totally embroiled with work all day, I couldn’t let Alex’s birthday go by without him having cake. So while he was out golfing and I was monitoring processes for work and in between emails, I baked a pumpkin spice cake. Alex’s favorite cake is carrot cake, but I didn’t have any carrots, so I kept googling until I found a recipe that I had all of the ingredients on hand for. Alex loved the cake and I think it turned out pretty well. :)

Our 4th Anniversary

Alex and I have been married four years today! It’s really hard to believe it’s been that long – it seems like our wedding was just yesterday! Sigh – what am awesome night that was. Our wedding ruled!

We planned a low-key night for our anniversary this year. Even though it was low key, Alex still made it special. When I got home from work, I found three beautiful flower arrangements that he made for me using flowers from our yard. They were such a gorgeous surprise! He made us a fabulous dinner as well: roasted chicken with leeks and a wild mushroom risotto.

We’d planned on trying to catch Hair of the Dog at their free show at Jumpin’ Jacks tonight, but we only just finished dinner and since we’re not sure how much longer they’d be playing, we decided to stay home. We’re about to head out for a walk and then have some Butterfinger Trifle when we get home.

It’s been an excellent night – and an excellent four years!