Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nursery Deconstruction!

Before (after Scrappy was re-located downstairs)


Yup, our ceiling is now on our floor. Here's what JT is going to do (in 60 days):

- Finish taking off the ugly popcorn ceiling /scraping the walls
- Mud/fix dry walls and ceiling
- Sand
- Mud
- Sand
- Mud
- Sand
- Prime
- Paint
- Put up new trim
- Put in new carpet (yay! We think the carpet in there was original to the 25 yrs old. Ick)
- Put new shelving in the closet

It seems like a lot – well, it is a lot -especially since he really only has time to work on it on weekends. But, I have faith in him. And although I get a little antsy to see results right away, I know all the prep will be worth it. To prove it, I’ll post some dining room and living room before/after pics soon.

We also finally registered at Target this weekend. It was fun, but we still have some items to add. We’ll head to Babies R Us, too, just to see what they have. We’ll probably register for our bedding there but I’m not sure what else. Target had the main items (car seat, stroller, etc) that were fine for us.
Also, JT grilled tonight. It kicked ass. Hurry up, Spring!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Just plugging along...

The only updates are that my belly is getting bigger and bigger and she is moving more/kicking harder and harder. I feel like we are almost in the home stretch, which is kind of scary considering we don’t have a nursery, registry, or any other ‘ry’ ready to go yet. But after my next Dr Appt (on 3/3) I start going for appts. every two weeks instead of monthly. That just seems like they are keeping too close of an eye on me…as if she could come and any moment!

However, I’m not panicking because we are slowly but surely getting there. Even though we did nothing this past weekend. Instead, JT planned a nice relaxing weekend where we just had fun – no schedules, no work. We felt like it’d be a good thing to do before baby comes. So we went to Como Zoo (the baby Orangutan wasn’t on display….. boo!) and walked Grand Ave in St Paul. Then we stayed downtown St Paul for the night and went swimming and watched cable (I miss HGTV). It was very nice and I give kudos to JT for planning it all (but he’s always been good at that stuff).

So now that we had our ‘babymoon’ (JT’s word, not mine!! I don’t get why it happened before the baby and not after.) we will be ready to work this weekend. I plan for us to register somewhere (probably Target) on Friday night. And JT will work on the nursery this weekend. Other than that, I’m looking forward to my showers that everyone seems to be working hard on (Thanks Mel/Mom and JT’s Aunt Nancy!).

Oh, my manager just announced that she pregnant too. She’s due at the end of Aug. So I’ll be back at work for a month and then she’ll leave….so that’ll be interesting.

That’s all the news fit to type about.

Also, Sarah gets to go to Hawaii tomorrow so I’m allowed to call her a brat today. :P

Friday, February 8, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Time to spend some money....

Jeremy and I went baby shopping last night. Honestly, we had only been out once before really looking at things and got really overwhelmed. This time was better, but still overwhelming.

Here’s our thoughts:

Nursery Décor – We went to Babys ‘R’ Us, Target and even…wait for it…WalMart (I know, but we were desperate) and I wasn’t overly impressed with selections. I know that I can shop online, but I really don’t like purchasing from the internet. I’d rather be able to see and touch something before I decide to buy it.

However, Babies R Us did have a few options. I was pretty excited because browsing on their site they had hundreds of options! One of which I fell in love with. I won’t even share it because it doesn’t matter anymore. They only had about 20 options in-store and my fave wasn’t one of them.

Anyway, we found two that we like. I’ll admit…they are more ‘girly’ than I thought I’d go for. But they are so darn cute!! And we could still do the green walls.

Gossimer Wings

Lookat the little bugs!!! Jeremy really likes the colors in this one too.

Jungle Luv

This one falls into the jungle/animal theme I really like, but it sure is a lot of pink…

Anyway, the only issue we have with these is that the 6-piece set is really the only option. But all I really need/want is the sheets, quilt and bumper (although our baby classes told us not to use bumpers…oh well). I don’t need a valance, diaper thingy, and dust ruffle. But it’s all or nothing with these sets.


We peeked at Baby’s R Us for strollers and carseats…but damn, they just have so many. So we headed to Target and found a combo stroller that seems nice (it doesn’t hurt that it’s on sale this week, either) – I guess it’s called a Travel System. Basically the carseat attaches to the stroller and has a handle. So we could click the carseat in the stroller or take it with us as a carry along. We’d just need to get 2 bases for our cars.


The issue with cribs is that the ones at Babys R Us seem so pricey, but you can’t really look at the ones at Target. They just have stupid sample ones out that aren’t even the full crib. And they all had this stupid changing table dresser that ATTACHES to the crib. We didn’t like that. So moral of the story is… I think it’s going to be tough for us to find a crib and matching dresser/changing table.

There were plenty out there – any of which would probably be fine. I like the ones that are triple threats – bassinet, changing table and playpen.

What else do we need? We figured a highchair can wait a little bit…the baby won’t go in one until they can sit up…right? What else?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

How Big is Baby?

Baby T is currently the size of an eggplant.

When I saw this ( ) I was slightly amused and thought of Jessie (who is due in June and having a boy! yay!); she likes to keep up with what fruit her baby is being compared to each month. This one throws in some veggies to mix it up:


Week 4*: Poppyseed
Your little zygote is settling into your uterus...

Week 5: Appleseed
Average size: .32 cm**
Major organs are and systems are forming...

Week 6: Sweet Pea
Average size: .63 cm
Blood is starting to circulate...

Week 7: Blueberry
Average size: 1.3 cm
Baby's brain is growing fast...

Week 8: Raspberry
Average size: 1.6 cm, 1 gram
Little arms and legs are moving like crazy...

Week 9: Green Olive
Average size: 2.3 cm, 2 grams
A Doppler device might pick up a heartbeat...

Week 10: Prune
Average size: 3.1 cm, 4 grams
Arm joints are working, and soon legs will too...

Week 11: Lime
Average size: 4.1 cm, 7 grams
Fingers and toes are no longer webbed...

Week 12: Plum
Average size: 5.4 cm, 14 grams
Almost all vital systems are fully formed...

Week 13: Peach
Average size: 7.4 cm, 23 grams
Teeth and vocal cords are appearing...

Week 14: Lemon
Average size: 8.7 cm, 43 grams
Liver, kidney and spleen are continuing to develop...

Week 15: Naval Orange
Average size: 10.1 cm, 70 grams
Legs are finally longer than arms...

Week 16: Avocado
Average size: 11.6 cm, 100 grams
Eyebrows, lashes and hair are filling in...

Week 17: Onion
Average size: 13 cm, 140 grams
Skeleton is hardening, and fat is accumulating...

Week 18: Sweet Potato
Average size: 14.2 cm, 190 grams
Baby's moving like crazy -- feel anything yet?

Week 19: Mango
Average size: 15.3 cm, 240 grams
Vernix caseosa is coating baby's skin...

Week 20: Cantaloupe
Average size: 16.4 cm, 300 grams
Boy or girl, genitals are fully formed...

Week 21: Banana
Average size: 26.7 cm***, 360 grams
Taste buds are starting to work...

Weeks 21-24 (Month 5): Papaya
Average size: 26.7-30 cm, 360-600 grams
Nipples are sprouting, and face is fully formed!

Weeks 25-28 (Month 6): Eggplant
Average size: 34.6-37.6 cm, 660-1005 grams
Immune system is preparing for the outside world...

Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash
Average size: 38.6-42.4 com, 1153-1702 grams
Sleeping and waking cycles are establishing...

Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew
Average size: 43.7-47.4 grams, 1918-2622 grams
Growth is slowing, and baby may soon descend...

Weeks 37-Delivery (Month 9): Cucumber
Average size: 48-53 cm, 2812-4173 grams
Full term! Baby's finally ready for the outside world...

Cucumber at delivery?! Really?! How is a cucumber bigger than a honedew? Maybe because I don't buy cucumbers (worst. veggie. ever.) I don't really know how big they can get... ?