Flashback

getting all 80s up in here

I’m pretty sure Jon was in a state of shock when I brought home these 80’s style pants.  He was all, “Floral…?  Floral maternity jeans?”

You better believe it, buddy.

Then when I paired them with a striped shirt AND WORE IT OUT OF THE HOUSE I expected him to walk ten feet behind me and pretend he didn’t know who I was.  But I’m carrying his child and all that jazz, so he sucked it up and walked beside me.

those are some bold pants

close up pants (non-maternity version)/top/blazer/ring/shoes

And on another husband related note, I was telling him how I woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible charlie horse (a common joy during pregnancy) and decided instead of focusing on the pain I would breathe through it like we’d been learning in our birthing class.

“And that’s just pain.  Contractions are pain with a purpose” Jon says, reciting back our teacher’s favorite line.

“That’s very true” I said, “But if you say that to me while I’m in labor I will have to slap you.”

Week 32

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week32 top / jeans / shoes

This weekend was yet another packed with baby tasks.  We went from having done literally nothing to being bombarded with schedules and to-do lists.

Saturday we had to go to Ikea (again) to pick up a couple pieces that were out of stock last weekend.  Then we had our second birthing class (of eight!!) Saturday night.  And finally, a hospital tour on Sunday.

Baby girl’s movement have gone from flutter like kicks to what feels like she’s run out of space and is stretching as far as she can.  I’ll see random body parts push my stomach up, and she’ll leave it pressed up while I try to figure out what limb she’s poking me with.

As the weeks go by we’re getting more and more excited to meet our little lady.

Luckily, we still have quite a to-do list to keep us busy until she arrives.

2012 Christmas Card

I’m going to go ahead and chalk twenty twelve up as the best year yet. Better than the year I got engaged, better than the year I got married. Just the best year.

Lately I have been having overwhelming feelings of realizing just how blessed I am. Blessed to have my husband, my health, my family and a daughter on the way. Blessed.

Thank you to everyone out there who is taking the time out of your day to read this. You don’t know how much you all mean to me. So thank you.

 

PS. Check back tomorrow to see how what should have been a simple Brooklyn Bridge photoshoot became by far our hardest Christmas card yet. It’s almost comical how much went wrong in the shooting of this year’s card.

Week 26

New York is officially in full Christmas mode.  The city is bustling with energy and I love every bit.  As much as I dislike the decline in temperature, I love the spirit of the city this time of year.

Jon and I have been trying to enjoy our time as a family of two (plus dog) before baby girl makes her appearance.  Just three more months until she’s due to arrive.

And we can’t wait to meet her.

Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Review

the baloney bug

This post is quite a doozy, and it took me a while to get up the energy to compile everything.  Fair warning: if baby stuff doesn’t interest you then you might just wanna skip this one…

I wanted to write a big blog post with a review of this event because when I was looking for information I couldn’t find *exactly* what I was looking for.  Here’s to hoping this helps out some other moms-to-be!

I had originally heard about the “Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower” from a friend a couple years back.  I remember she said how great of an event it was, and totally worth the admission price.  So when I saw something for it pop up on another baby site I started doing a bit of research.  I was already past the pre-registration date, so I paid $125 for my ticket ($100 if you get them early).  They do events twice a year in NYC as well as events in LA and Miami.

You can also buy a couples pass or an early admission pass.  I was perfectly happy with my standard pass.  The early pass got you early admission (obviously) and a Britax carrier.  Neither of those things were super important to me, and they even ended up letting me go in half an hour early with my standard pass.  Win!

I didn’t want to make Jon hang out in a room with hundreds of pregnant women, so I asked my friend Renata to come along (remember her from this post??).  She’s also due with her first baby in March, and happily agreed.

Okay, let’s get down to business.  Here’s all the stuff I went home with, broken down into what I thought were the most logical categories:

Diaper Pail:

-Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail: this was one of the things in the gift bag that everyone got for buying a ticket to the shower.  (I ended up selling this on eBay for full price.)

Lotions and Creams:

-Mustella zipper pouch with Dermo-cleansing sample, stretch mark cream and assorted smaller samples

-Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Bottom Butter (full size) and sample

-Mama Mio Lucky Legs

-Laura Geller spackle under make-up primer

-Grandma Minnie’s Mommy coddling all over lotion

-BabyGanics daily lotion

-Eco Store nappy balm

-Simplisse Lanolin-free nipple wipes

-Bio Oil Moisturizing Oil

Stroller Accessories:

-Maclaren insulated stroller bag

-Maclaren reversible stroller seat liner

(I sold both of these items on eBay for almost full value.)

Toys:

-Tiny Love “Frankie Frog”

-Sassy Freezies Teether

-Lansinoh Momma teether

-Maxi Cosi stroller toy

-Similac black and white picture toy with mirror

-Skip Hop “hug and hide” stroller toy

Breast Feeding:

-Lansinoh nursing pads, breast milk storage bags, nipple cream

-Boppy slipcover

-Simplisse nipple shield, nursing pads, breast milk storage bags, nipple cream

Formula Feeding:

-Enfamil reusable ice pack, insulated bottle bag, infant formula, ready to use newborn and infant formula with nipple

Bottles:

-Evenflo bottle

-two Mam anti-colic bottles

-Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottle

-Born Free Natural Feeding bottle

Sippy Cups:

-two Munchkin trainer cups

-Lansinoh Momma spill proof cup

Food:

-Happy Tot squeezable meal and toddler meal bowl

-Revolution Foods organic mashups squeezable fruit

-Ella’s kitchen squeezable meals in 3 flavors and yum yum cookies

-Popchips in 2 flavors

-Earth’s Best organic whole grain rice cereal

-Goji berry cookies

-Adora calcium chocolates

-Duane Reade mixed berry crunchers and strawberry fruit bar

-Nutrabella Belly Bar

-Peeled apple clusters

-Plum Organics teensy fruits

-Late July organic cheddar cheese bites

-Godiva chocolate box

-NurturMe dried organic baby food

Cleaning Supplies & Wipes:

-Lansinoh baby wipes

-Dapple dish liquid

-Eco Store cream cleanser

-Munchkin Arm & Hammer hand and face wipe

-Duane Reade organic hand and face wipe

-Clean Well disinfectant wipes

-BabyGanics face, hand and baby wipes

Clothes:

-Boppy maternity tank

-Diaper Bag Dailies baby tee

Oxo Products:

-Oxo Wipes Dispenser

-Oxo Cleaning Set

Jon and I are particularly smitten with some of the Oxo baby products we’ve seen (not to mention things from their kitchen line that we already use and love) so I was pretty excited about these two items.  The wipes dispenser seems really well designed (rubber no slip bottom, easy open) and is something I would have never bought for myself but am excited to have!

Totes:

I walked away with eight (yes, eight!!) reusable totes.  And the very next night my small group from church just happened to be making eight care packages for the local shelter which we got to put in these totes instead of plastic grocery bags.  Pretty sure it was meant to be…

Everything else:

-Dapple Baby’s Weekly Log

-Baby Einstein cd and book

-Scooter Magazine slinky

-Oopsy Daisy playing cards

-Seamless.com 10% off coupon and bib

-ProjectNursery.com measuring tape

-two Mam pacifiers

-Q-tips cotton swabs

-refrigerator magnet

-stroller tag

-PiyoPiyo bath towel

-Stroller tag

Raffle Wins:

Almost every booth at the event was having some sort of raffle, and at Britax they did live drawings.  I won the Travel Cart and EZ-Cling Window Shades, which they will be mailing to me (thank you for not making me have to lug that home)!  However, I don’t think I’ll actually need these items anytime soon, so I’ll be giving them to a friend who voiced some interest.

A week after I got home from the shower I got a call from J&R Jr. that I had won a gift basket and I should come pick it up.  I didn’t expect much, and I was seriously so excited to see everything that was in it!  I mean, there was a breast pump in there along with everything I think I could possibly need for breast feeding.  This was a major win!

All products listed are Lansinoh:

-Affinity double electric breast pump

-Manual breast pump

-100 disposable breast pads

-Comfort fit flanges

-Hot or cold breast therapy pad

-Breastmilk storage pads

-Soothies gel pads

-Latch assist nipple everter

-Lanolin cream

-Diaper rash ointment

-Baby wipes

-Feeding bottle

-Developmental drink set

-Soft spoon

-Straw cup

-Warm plate

Helpful hints before you go:

-Create a separate email address specifically for the event.  Every vendor you stop at asks for your email, and it’s nice to have one place for all of those emails to go.

-You must go to 20 booths and 1 seminar to get your gift bag.

-Stop at the booths that interest you.  Skip the ones that don’t.  Seems simple, right?  One of the blogs I found made it seem that the more vendors you went to the bigger your gift bag at the end.  Not the case.  No one even looked at my bingo card at the end of the night.  So don’t waste your time on the booths that don’t interest you.

-Bring return address stamps to make filling out raffles easier.  At the very least bring your own pen.

-There is a coat check!  I don’t know why, but I was really nervous that I was going to have to lug my coat around with me all night.  I guess the ladies in LA and Miami wouldn’t have to worry about this one quite as much, but it’s cold here!

-Bring a cross body bag, or something small and lightweight.  You’re going to be getting  a lot of stuff and weaving in and out of crowds.  You don’t need a big purse weighing you down.

-Make sure to find your way to the real food!  There were TONS of sweets there, and it was a bit overload.  Once I found the real food and ate something I felt much better.

-Get to the seminar just a couple of minutes early.  You want to make sure you can get a seat.  After all, the “I’m pregnant and need to sit down” excuse doesn’t really get you a seat in a room where everyone else is also pregnant.

Overall I had a blast at the shower and would definitely recommend it to any mom-to-be.  Now I just have to find somewhere for all of this stuff to go!!!

 

 

I was not paid or perked in any way for this review.  I just am hoping that other mommas find it helpful!

And That’s Why Being Nice Will Cost You $2

(edited to add some photographic evidence,for those of you that were curious)

Yesterday I was in Starbucks at lunch time fulfilling a hot chocolate craving and was catching up on Facebook while waiting for my drink.  A woman came up to me and asks to borrow my phone.

I’m going to say, it’s a strange request.  She didn’t preface her statement with, “My phone died, can I borrow yours?” or “I left mine at home.”  Just “Can I borrow your phone?”

So I’m all, “Um… um… if you’re going to be really quick?  I have to go…”  She promises to be quick and I hand over my phone.

Seconds later my drink is ready, so I grab it and start waiting for my phone.  Meanwhile random stranger lady is chatting, chatting, chatting on my phone.  I’m trying not to be rude and all, “Um, lady- you said you’d be quick” so I just stare into space.  I didn’t want to stare at her, because that would be rude and my parents taught me manners.

So finally she hangs up and I reach over to get my phone and she holds up her pointer finger in a “one minute” gesture.  Um, what?

She proceeds to dial another number and then talk EVEN LONGER than the first conversation.

Finally, after nearly five minutes I get my phone back.  Standing in Starbucks staring into oblivion while waiting for a stranger to finish using your phone  just might be the longest five minutes ever.

I shove the phone into my pocket and head out the door.  When I get back to my desk I look to see what the second number that she dialed was.  FOUR ONE ONE.  THE WOMAN DIALED 411 FROM MY PHONE??

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  YOU MADE A CALL ON MY PHONE THAT IS GOING TO GET ME AN EXTRA CHARGE ON MY BILL???  (You should really thank me for not writing the rest of this post in capital letters, because trust me, I’m tempted.)

I quickly Googled how much a call to 411 actually costs.  A DOLLAR NINETY NINE.  That woman talked on my phone for five minutes AND charged a two dollar call to it?  SERIOUSLY, YOU’RE KIDDING ME, RIGHT?

First of all, I have an iPhone.  And it’s 2012.  No one dials 411 anymore.  Google is literally at the tip of your fingers.  So is that pay phone across the street.

Secondly, she also had 411 text the phone number to my phone.  WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE.  Am I on hidden camera?  Who does that?

And you will never guess what number she looked up.  STARBUCKS.  I am not even making this up.  Standing in Starbucks she called 411 to get the number to Starbucks.

Sounds like this lady really needed her coffee.

Pink and Park Ave

similar coat/sweater/blouse

Yesterday I decided that I was going to pick up a box of Honey Nut Cheerios on my way into the office.  I can’t remember the last time I ate a bowl of cereal, but what mama wants, right?  So I head to the cereal aisle, grab a box and head toward the register.  As I’m turning around I catch a peak at a price tag that says $7.50.  IN THE CEREAL AISLE.  I turned back around to investigate more and sure enough the tag was for the Honey Nut Cheerios.  I’m not talking family size box, this was a normal sized box.  Seven dollars and fifty cents for one measly box of cheerios??

I was about to put them back because honestly, that’s just ridiculous, when I saw a promotional sticker that they were on sale for $5.

It might not be extreme couponing, but it’s something.

I Voted

Today I voted at the polls for the very first time.  This was the third presidential election I’ve participated in, but the first one I didn’t have to fill out an absentee ballot.  There’s just something so exciting about getting to go and fill out that ballot in person.

And I’m not going to lie, I was really excited to get my very first “I Voted” sticker. You know, you don’t get a sticker when you fill out an absentee ballot.  Unfortunately when I got to my voting location they didn’t have any stickers.  There was however quite a large cockroach running around.

I definitely feel like I got my full New York voting experience.

Week 22

Week 22 is one I don’t think I’ll ever forget.  I saw the hurricane devastate New York in ways I didn’t know were possible.  And then I saw the people of New York and of all over the country come together to start its restoration.

I am honored and humbled to call this city home, and I can’t wait for my own baby girl to get to love this place as much as I do.

Blue Pants and Brownstones

sweatshirt/pants/similar necklace/shoes

The Upper West Side has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan.  It feels like you’ve stepped out of the mayhem of the lower parts of the city and into stroller land.  Jon and I may have conducted an unofficial survey of which stroller appeared to be top pick of the Upper Westsiders.

Seriously, the perfect place to spend an afternoon.