Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My First Consignment Sale

Last night I made my first ever trip as a mom to the local children's consigment sale.  I had done my research, I knew what I needed, and I thought I was prepared.  Guess again! The instant I walked in I was completely overwhelmed.  There was stuff everywhere... people everywhere... and everybody but me seemed to be grabbing up items left and right.  I was in over my head and, like my trip to Buy Buy Baby, was beginning to notice my heart race as I saw thousands of items that the world says I need. 

I took a deep breath and tried my best to calm myself.  I decided to just do this my way and make my initial lap around the room to get an overview of everything (my standard first step in any shopping trip).  During that first lap, I'll admit I was disappointed by the looks of everything.  When I say disappointed, I guess I mean I was upset that things weren't completely new and exactly what I had dreamed.  So I entered step two of my night. 

I told myself that I needed to have more realistic expectations about what I was going to end up with from a consignment sale.  I knew this going in, but too much online shopping made me a little less receptive to the used items at the sale.  I also reminded myself that every single item for our baby or nursery does not have to be perfect.  Some things can be modified, some things can be downplayed, some things don't even matter at all because they aren't meant to be displayed.  Other things, I will not be willing to compromise on because I really want them to be perfect... like the crib set. 

So once I came to terms with those little facts, I made my second lap around the room.  I began with the big items area where they had high chairs, bassinets, bouncy seats, etc.  I noticed a bouncy seat that was primarily dark brown and had some green trim and some jungle animals.  Overall it wasn't bad looking and I thought it could work into my nursery plan, so I grabbed it up.  Then I circled past the little girl stuff to the back of the room where they had some bath supplies, bibs, nursing pillows, and other stuff on a table.  I grabbed a Boppy pillow for $5 (knowing it was a steal for the pillow itself).  So what if it had a pink cover on it.  I can get another cover and throw out the old one if I want.  I saw a bag of probably 10 bibs and picked it up for $2 (can't have too many of those, right?).  I also stopped at a rack of diaper bags and found one that was dark brown with blue trim... not terrible, super cheap, and I can afford to have it monogramed (if we ever pick out a name) plus having a couple of those isn't the worst thing either.

On the way back to the front of the store, I noticed that below the racks of clothes were more bouncy seats and some car seats.  I noticed a car seat that I immediately thought would look fine in Brian's truck and it was only $5.  I'd been struggling with whether or not to buy a stroller set with matching car seat, and this might have answered that question.  I'm not a huge shopper anyway (don't need it for the mall), it will be too cold in January to take a newborn out for walks, and I can always buy a cheap stroller at another sale when baby is big enough for a stroller without the car seat in it. 

I paid and took one load to the car, then went back in and found some more stuff (baby monitors, car seat head support, dishwasher basket, formula dispenser).  After taking that to the car and starting down the road, a set of Dr. Brown's bottles that I had passed up began nagging me.  So I turned around and went back to buy those bottles.  It was a set of probably 40 bottles, a slew of extra nipples, and some extra stuff thrown in for $40. 

Tallying up my spending for the night, I spent about $90.  From some quick online research this morning, I know that had I purchased all those items new (not necessarily the items I want, but the cheaper items from Walmart), I'd have spent around $375.  All in all I can't argue with that.  I probably won't remove any items from my registry at the moment (except for bottles).  If I end up with duplicates of things, I'll either return one or pick the one I like best and put the other in another consignment sale. 

If you are pregnant, have kids, or know someone with kids, this sale really is great.  There are tons of clothes, toys, baby gear, and more at dirt cheap prices.  I've put links to their website and facebook pages below.!/pages/Between-2-Friends-Children-Consignment-Sale/105325036187892?sk=info

To wrap up this super long post, I have to brag on my hubby a little bit.  When I got home, he helped me unload the car and then showed me what he'd been up to all night.  He'd been cleaning out his closets! I don't know what possessed him to start that (perhaps my constant nagging over the past few months or my threats to get rid of things while he wasn't home) but I'm so thankful that he did.  I was so happy to see him donating some items that he no longer uses and making some room to begin to empty Bean's closet.  Thanks, Sweetie! I'm so lucky to have you around.

23 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: The size of a papaya. I still need to go by Publix and figure out what that is!
Total Weight Gain: Weighed in this morning and saw a whopping 18 lbs.  I may stop weighing soon.  This scares me.
Maternity Clothes: I'm slowly acquiring some more maternity clothes though most days I'm still wearing regular clothes.  Last night I got in my latest shipment of 3 items from Old Navy Maternity... 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of grey slacks, and 1 blouse.  Now that I'm more certain about sizing, I can order more.  I'm really digging Old Navy's maternity wear. 
Stretch Marks: Not yet, but my belly is really itchy lately. I'm still buttering up in lotion regularly.
Sleep: Ahhhh... the miracle of sleep has returned.  I've been sleeping like a log this week and am very grateful for that.
Best Moment this Week:  Cleaned up at the children's consignment sale last night.  More on that in another post.
Worst Moment this Week: Seeing my scale this morning. I'm not mentally strong enough to continue to watch that number rise.
Food Cravings: Not really craving anything at the moment.  Though last night I saw some muffins on TV and thought that sounded like something I should be cooking this weekend.
Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Not feeling completely overwhelmed by most everything in life. Dang you hormones!

What I'm looking forward to: Next weekend we have a long weekend (thanks to Columbus Day) and we're going to head out to Arkansas to watch Auburn play.  Seeing Auburn play in every SEC stadium is on my bucket list, so crossing this one off sounds fun!

Weekly Wisdom: I was told last night that everything will be fine.  When the time comes I'll know exactly what to do and what baby supplies I do or don't have will be incidental.  This may become my new mantra.

Milestones: Still waiting on Brian to feel a kick.  They feel so big to me that I'm shocked when he can't feel them.  Soon maybe.
Baby's now the size of a papaya!

Baby's little face is fully formed...minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

22 Week Status Update

How Big is Baby: The size of a papaya.  What is that anyway?

Total Weight Gain: Weighed in again this morning.  Looking like it is 14 or 15 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much the same as before. Some maternity wear, some regular clothes, such is life. Those work pants are getting kind of tight even unbuttoned though.

Stretch Marks: Not yet, but my belly is really itchy lately.  Time to ensure I'm completely buttered up in cocoa butter.

Sleep: Better this week than last week, but still not exactly sleeping through the night.

Best Moment this Week: Having some "normal" days and nights with Brian and I both at home and working "normal" schedules.

Worst Moment this Week:  Blood pressure got a little high Saturday watching Auburn football.  In case you didn't see the game, they stunk it up bigtime.

Food Cravings: No real cravings this week... though thinking about it I could go for some Oatmeal Rasin cookies.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Having more than a week's worth of clothes that fit.  Probably about time to go do some more shopping for maternity wear.

What I'm looking forward to:  There is a big kids consignment sale the end of the month.  I'm kinda looking forward to finding some good deals.

Weekly Wisdom: This really is my kid... We had pizza for supper tonight and apparently he likes it because he is kicking like nobody's business right now.

Milestones:  Those little kicks are getting stronger and stronger.  I'm hoping that Brian will be feeling them soon.

Baby's now the size of a papaya!

Baby's settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

21 Week Satus Update

Taking a super short break at work to post this update.  It's the end of our fiscal year at work, so everyone is busy dealing with mountains of paperwork and trying to get projects out the door before the 30th of September.  No time for any long intros today. 

How Big is Baby: The size of a banana.

Total Weight Gain: Looking pretty high this morning after missing a week and all that eating out on vacation.  At the moment it looks like 14 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Pretty much the same as before. Some maternity wear, some regular clothes, such is life.  Those work pants are getting kind of tight even unbuttoned though.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: This week there hasn't been much sleeping going on.  I sleep pretty good for an hour or two then I'm up every hour for no reason and definately not sleeping well while I am resting.

Best Moment this Week: Vacation was nice, the Auburn game was fun, being home after 10 days away was wonderful!

Worst Moment this Week: Locked my keys in my car at work.  Thanks to Joey for bringing me a spare.

Food Cravings: We've been so busy that I really haven't had time for a craving. I hope things slow down the end of the week.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: Sleep... it would be nice to be comfortable through the night for a change.

What I'm looking forward to: I have a plan to sell some things out of our storage building in the near future.  I'm looking forward to having some extra cash to get started on the nursery.

Weekly Wisdom: God has a sense of humor.

Milestones: Definately feeling some movement in there.  In fact, at times it feels like there is a dance party going on.

Baby's now the size of a banana!

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ultrasound Pics, Gender Thoughts, And Post Vacation Update

The last week has been completely crazy.  Friday the 2nd, we had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound and then headed straight for Birmingham to leave for vacation Saturday morning.  Since nothing is free at Disney, I was without internet all week.  We arrived back in Birmingham Friday night, but then went to Auburn for the game Saturday so it was 9pm Saturday night before we got home.  Needless to say, I was too busy and exhausted trying to get laundry caught up, groceries bought, and grass mowed too even look at a computer yesterday.  So now that I've made it into work this morning, I'm finally getting caught up on e-mail and managing to post some pictures from our ultrasound a week and a half ago.  So here are the long awaited ultrasound pictures of our baby boy. 

Check out the profile with that big 'ol noggin.  Looks like he takes after his daddy!

That's the little foot that continues to kick me in the bladder and cause short notice trips to the potty.
 So at first I was a little diappointed that we were going to have a boy and not a girl.  I had tried really hard not to want one over the other, but deep down I guess I really wanted a little girl.   Everybody I know is having girls and I thought it would be fun to have another so that they could all play together.  Plus my mother-in-law had 3 boys (and at one point 2 step-sons), so I really wanted to bring a little girl into the mix for her to have fun with. 

Now that I'm getting used to the idea, it doesn't sound so bad.  The nursery stuff I have picked out looks a little more boyish than girlish anyway.  I guess our little man will just have to learn to play house and teach those girls that monster trucks can be fun too.  And maybe he'll be a great athlete and get that football scholoarship to Auburn.

Brian, of course, was thrilled to learn that he was getting a son.  He can't wait to share the fart jokes and have someone to help him irritate me.  I'm not so sure that I can handle two of them at once, but I'm hoping that I can get the advantage while he is little and maybe there will be someone to give Brian back a little of what he so loves to dish out. 

That is pretty much all for now.  I've got to get some work done and handle some paperwork that's backed up on me from vacation.  Hope you have a fantastic start to the week and I'll be back on Wednesday with the 21 week status update.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

20 Week Status Update

So this week I've been on vacation at Disney World.  We had a great time and are now back in Birmingham preparing to go to Auburn for the game.  I've prepared most of this post in advance, and I'll update the rest once we get home Sunday afternoon.  In the meantime, enjoy what I do know about what's going on this week.

How Big is Baby: The size of a cantaloupe

Total Weight Gain: Given the large ammount of eating that went on at Disney and the fact that I haven't been at home to be on my own scale, I'll skip a weight gain status this week. 

Maternity Clothes: Weekend wear consists pretty much entirely of maternity shorts and capris except for one pair of denim walmart capris that always fit big in the waist. For work wear, I'm in regular pants, unbuttoned with a belly band.

Stretch Marks: not yet

Sleep: I sleep really great about every other night.  The nights I don't sleep, it seems like I'm awake at 3am with my mind racing around thinking about everything from work to what's for supper the next day.
Best Moment this Week:  Great doctor's appointment on Friday the 2nd.  Big ultrasound and big news.

Worst Moment this Week: Just before leaving for Disney we smelled another skunk.  I think the neighbor's dogs have it in for my sensitive nose.

Food Cravings: We've been so busy at Disney that I haven't had a chance for a craving.  The up side is that I've gotten so really great food even if it wasn't specifically for a craving.

Gender: We found out at our last ultrasound... It's a BOY!

Labor Signs: too soon for those.

Belly Button: still there

What I miss: I typically enjoy a few adult beverages, especially while on vacation.  None of those for me this time though.  Fortunately, my new sister-in-law volunteered to drink my share for me.  How generous!

What I'm looking forward to: Auburn Football... what else is there this time of year?

Weekly Wisdom: No matter how much I'm freaking out over all the changes in life, I have someone else who is with me and every bit as scared.  I need to think a little more about Brian's feelings in addition to my own. We are going to need each other more than ever very soon.

Milestones: Half way there! That is good enough.

Baby's now the size of a cantaloupe!

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hello Bean!

We had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound today and learned that our little Bean was a he-Bean.  I was a little disappointed at first, but Brian was more than thrilled.  Mostly, he's thrilled because he doesn't have to pay for a wedding for Bean.  But after a few hours of getting accustomed to things, I'm beginning to get used to the idea of a boy. 

Other than the boy thing, everything looked great.  Bean is measuring about a week ahead of schedule, so we may move the due date up sometime later.  So that's where we are.  Oh, we're also off to Disney for a week of vacation.  So the 20 week status update will be a little late this week.  Have a great week everyone!