Monday, August 31, 2015

3 C's - Cribs, Clothes & Car Seats

Hello Monday!
AKA my least favorite day of the week. (Unless you end up being a holiday, of course.)
I have been a busy little bee today...
I started with work. Blah! I am slowly losing my motivation to be there. Who isn't though? I am noticing myself getting more and more annoyed with certain things and then I allow them to stress me. Ya, need to stop stressing. Not worth it.
After work, I ran (not literally) over to Kohl's to make a return and purchase some new panties with my Kohl's Cash. Line took forever because some lady was claiming she didn't get her Kohl's Cash on August 2nd... Come to find out she did receive it and then proceeded to spend it on August 8th. Neat how the computer tells them all this information. The manager even printed it out for the lady but she still wasn't believing it. Figures I would get behind her and there would only be one cashier.
Once home, I ate dinner and bought this lovely crib online from Babies R Us before the 15% off ended this evening.
I kept going back and forth on which one I wanted, but I ultimately chose this one for price ($400), color and the availability of rails. The Baby Cache crib I was interested in had horrible reviews from people stating the rails were either discontinued or were taking over 4 months to order. Not good considering the crib cost $500 and then the toddler rails were a little over $100.
This crib is the Sorelle Vista Elite. It is convertible and allows for 3 position metal mattress support. Both of which I was interested in when making my selection.
Now the question is do I want to re-paint my newly painted dresser???
With crib shopping out of the way, I have been working on updating my Target Baby Registry and typing this blog up. Oh wait - that was after I unloaded the dishwasher, moved the laundry and cleaned the kitchen counters. I still have two loads of laundry to fold and put away but that can wait until tomorrow.
Energizer bunny that is my husband made our dinner, went to the gym and is now mowing the lawn. Did I mention he had to be at work early this morning and maybe got 4 hours of sleep last night? I don't know how he does it. I would be dead to the world, complaining of a headache and moaning my sorrows to him. I NEED my 7 hours!!!
On Friday (?), my baby boy received his very first baby gift from our family friend, Kathy.
I am confident we will get many years out of this car seat.
I looked up the reviews and they are all very promising. Now I need another one for our other car. 
Thank you Kathy!!!
Over the weekend, I made my husband go to three Kohl's and two target's with me in the search for new maternity clothes. Lucky me, I stumbled upon some clearance items.
You are looking at 6 shirts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of black yoga pants, 1 pair of capris, 1 pair of shorts, a bathing suit and 2 black sweaters (not maternity) which I paid a grand total of $160.
Awesome deals! That's 13 items!
I think I am set with maternity clothes now. Even if I'm not, I refuse to spend anymore money. I do still need to buy nursing bras and nursing tanks. I have been pricing them and will be making a purchase within the next few weeks. I don't want to take an chances with my little boy coming early and me being unprepared.
On Amazon, if you have an Amazon Mom account (free with Amazon Prime), they had where you could create a Baby Registry and once completed, you could request a free baby welcome packet. So I did - on both mine and Matt's account.
Check out everything we got for free:
This was all in one box. Nothing made in China! Thank you Amazon!
I also recently signed up for Similac and Enfamil per other people's suggestion for free product samples and coupons. I hope not to need any of these items, but I would rather be prepared in case my son doesn't take the breast or I don't produce enough milk or whatever the issue is. I figure I can always give what I don't use. Rumor has it both of these companies are generous with what they give out. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

30 Weeks

Sick of indoor shadows... but now have to contend with the sun.
I think I'll take them later in the evening for now on.

How far along: 30 weeks
I can hardly believe you will be here in about 10 weeks. Meaning, I am 3/4 done with being pregnant. YAY!
Fruit-size comparison: Two websites say cucumber and one website says large cabbage. Take your pick I guess - both of these items are less than the length you currently are and weight less than the 3 pounds you allegedly weigh so I am very unsure how they are making their comparisons.
Length is: 15-16 inches  head to heel. You won't be getting much longer while in mommy's tummy.
Developmental milestones: You are becoming more round and less frail since you are gaining more weight. Your brain is maturing at a fast rate too. Your chance of survival outside of my tummy is getting better and better, but I hope you stay in there a bit longer.
Weight gain: As of my 29 week appointment, I have gained 24 pounds since my 6 weeks appointment. I am just over 200 pounds which makes me a tiny bit sad. That's okay though... I am creating a healthy baby boy and I WILL lose the weight after you arrive. I don't want you to see me as your 'fat' mommy and I definitely don't want to set a bad example for you. Your daddy has worked extremely hard to get healthy and I am determined to do the same. I'll have to say 'goodbye' to M&M's which will be hard for me.
Sleep: No issues falling asleep initially. It's the going back to sleep part after going pee when I have issues. I wake up with my mind going a mile a minute even when I try to make it blank. Not sure how to stop this though.
Best moment of the week: We have been taking miscellaneous birthing classes at the hospital... prior to this, I think your daddy thought I was being a bit overbearing when I was telling him I didn't want you in daycare for the first year... well, I overheard your dad on the phone with his mom telling her he didn't realize how much could go wrong. I am happy he has finally realized too many scary scenarios exist and I only want you under our care for at least the first year.
Movement: I feel you all the time! I especially feel you before lunchtime and in the evening after I have ate dinner and at night when I am in bed laying down for the night. I guess you could say I feel you more (or at least notice you more) when I am not really moving.
Cravings: Nothing really. If someone mentions a certain food, I tend to want it, but usually, I can manage just fine without whatever it is.
Gender: You're a BOY!!!
Belly button in or out: Still in and hopefully staying this way.
Wedding ring: Both rings are still on and not tight at all.
Anything making you queasy/sick: Nothing.
What I miss: Not feeling winded after walking a short distance. I miss my tummy not feeling tight. I, sadly, assume this will get worse with time.
What I'm looking forward to: Holding and meeting you. I already know you'll be the cutest and sweetest baby I'll have ever laid my eyes on, but I want to know exactly how you look.
Labor signs: None yet.
Symptoms: Luckily, I am feeling great and have no pregnancy symptoms with the exception of my tummy and pants feeling tight.
Nursery: We did finally go look at cribs at Babies R Us this past weekend. We want to make sure we get a good solid one, but I hate to spend too much money on one. I am a bit frugal in that sense. You'll find out soon enough.
Emotions: I am extremely happy. Every time I feel you move makes me happy. Wait, I shouldn't lie to you... sometimes, at night, when I am trying to sleep, you kick or push me and it keeps me awake and/or makes me need to pee. I do wish you would sleep while I sleep, but you don't know any better. You probably don't even know I am trying to sleep. I like to think if you did know, you wouldn't wiggle around so much.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Birth Plan

I am very fortunate that my hospital provides a template birthing plan. We can check off items that are important to us and can add in additional things as needed. Our teacher/nurse in our birthing class stressed the importance of using this form opposed to our own since the nurses are already familiar with this one. This allows for our wishes to be better and easily known by the staff who are assisting us bring our baby boy in this world.
Obviously, this is only a guideline of our wishes. Everything might be different if/when things change during the actual labor and delivery of our sweet baby boy.
And since I am neurotic, I have mine ready to be placed in my hospital bag after I make a few copies of it. Yes, I do realize I am only 29 weeks pregnant, but as I told you before, I like to be prepared.
Here's how mine is looking:
I would like to have intermittent fetal monitoring, with physician permission. I think this is smart - would make me feel more at ease to visually see that everything is okay with our baby.
Before possible epidural, I would like to walk during labor, with physician permission. They say walking helps bring out the baby quicker.
I am open to an epidural. In la la land, I would like to think I can do this without any medicine. In the real world, I fear I don’t have a strong threshold for pain and will want this procedure. On the plus side, our hospital will not give you an epidural unless you have a pattern of active labor.
I am NOT open to IV pain medicine - i.e. analgesics. When we learned of the side effects during class, this does not seem worth it to me or baby.
I am not concerned with positioning for pushing. I'm willing to do whatever is easiest on me, my baby and the staff.
I want pushing with medical direction. This is my first baby... I have no clue what to do and prefer the experts to guide me the best way.
I want my baby place on my chest immediately after birth. Thankfully our hospital encourages this therefore, assuming nothing is wrong with our little boy, this will happen.
I would like my partner to cut the cord after it stops pulsating. Matt says he wants to do it and I was told me and our baby boy won't feel any pain so why not?
I would like to hold my baby skin-to-skin as soon as possible. Again, this is normal practice at our hospital.
I would like to breast-feed as soon as possible after delivery while in the labor room. Also normal practice.
I do not want my baby going into the nursery. I would prefer him to stay with us. Plus, we were told this is highly encouraged.
I do not want an episiotomy unless medically necessary. I learned from my class that they prefer not to do this since a natural tear heals quicker than having them cut me.
I would like a perineal massage. I still need to read more about this, but seems like a good idea to help prepare that area.
I would like a local anesthetic during repair of tear/episiotomy. Duh! I don’t want to feel a needle going through my skin as they sow me up.
I wish to exclusively breast-feed. I really hope this works out for us.
I wish to breast-feed; however, if it is medically necessary to provide supplementation, I would like to provide expressed breast milk before formula. I don’t want my baby boy to starve - this is a no brainer.
I do not want my baby given a pacifier. At the very least, I want him to get used to breast-feeding before we give him one. I am hoping he never need it though.
I would like to meet with a lactation consultant as soon as possible. Why turn done any help offered to me?
I want my baby circumcised. Might as well get this done now opposed to later. I hate to think of him in any pain, but at least he will be too young to remember it.
I don’t have any visitor limitation requests. As of now, very few people will know when I am in labor.
I do not wish to have medical students involved in my care. I might change my mind on this. BUT I fear with the additional people in the room, I might feel overwhelmed.
Cesarean Delivery:
I want my husband present. Double duh! I need a calming face.
I want photos of the baby as soon as possible. Yet another reason to have my husband there. LOL!
In the event that baby requires special care:
I would like to provide breast milk and pump as soon as possible. Same reasons as before.
I want my husband to accompany the baby if transferred to another hospital. I doubt he will be transferred somewhere else since I very carefully made sure we were at the right hospital.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hospital Tour and Birthing Classes

Hmmm... where to begin... where to begin...
Tuesday and Thursday we had a 2 part hospital birthing class followed by a hospital tour. I learned a bunch of things, took a bunch of notes and plan on having my birthing plan and hospital bag (mostly) packed by the end of the month. I have already made lists of things I want included and now just need to follow through to get my tasks completed.
I'm going to explain all this backwards since it will be easier for me...
Our hospital tour lasted approximately 30 minutes and our teacher/nurse was very informative. I'm glad we had her opposed to someone else. Not that I can really compare her to anyone else, but I'm sure you know what I mean.
Here's what I learned: (Might be a bit jumbled but this is really for my own memory.)
They do not offer pre-registration.
Registration is done on the labor and delivery 2nd floor only. When we get there, they will ask me questions to evaluate where I am in reference to delivery.
I'll go straight to a delivery room if they believe I am going to be delivering our baby boy sometime today. If they need to make sure I am in labor, I will go to the OB Emergency room. (Sounds more intimidating then it really is according to our teacher/nurse.) If they need to do some sort of monitoring, such as monitoring of blood pressure, I will go to the outpatient area where most moms go home from since they aren't usually ready.
Two waiting rooms are to the right of the check-in desk and the labor and delivery and all other places I, the mom, might go are through locked doors on the left.
Within labor and delivery there are 19 rooms with a huge nurse's station in the middle. This area makes the number '9'.
All rooms/moms are allowed to have up to 3 guests at any given time. Badges will be given to us to give to our family to come visit us.
I'll get full say on the temperature and the lightening in my room.
The room is covered with computers, monitors for me and baby, an IV pump, epidural pump and infant care area. All rooms also have their own bathrooms.
I asked and was told these rooms are near sound proof with the door shut. Guess we will find out soon enough.
Bottom portion of the bed can come undone for delivery.
During delivery, I will have a team of three people - the OB, OB technician and a nurse. Baby will have his own team off to the side.
During delivery, the OB will use a giant space ship looking light to ensure he/she can see everything easily. I can have any other lights off if wanted.
The nurse will up the room temperature if needed to ensure the room is warm enough once our son is born.
Immediately after he is born, he will be placed on my chest for skin-to skin contact for about 45 minutes. During this time, they will clean him, suction him, allow the cord to finish pulsing and then cut it, give him Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes of life and ID him (on arm and leg which will match mine and Matt's).
Not sure when, but he will be diapered and given a hat before being placed for skin-to-skin or maybe during. I can't remember.
After this, I will then be able to breastfeed him for the first time.
He will THEN be weighed and measured.
At some point, he will also be given antibiotic eye ointment, vitamin K shot, newborn screening test and a hearing test.
Because of all this, we will remain in the labor and delivery unit for 1.5 to 2 hours after delivery before moving to the post-partum room.
The post-partum unit is on the third floor. We will get a behind the scene ride in my bed/walk to the room on the third floor but family will have to go back to the first floor, walk out of the elevator and go right past the Baby Bistro store and get on Elevator Set A. They have to switch elevators because the post-partum unit is located in a different tower then the labor and delivery unit - it is located in the newer part of the hospital.
Here, all visitors will be checked in, given a cold/flu screening and given the room number (if needed). They will be given a bright pink visitor badge indicating they are authorized to be in the area. It is suggested you limit your guests.
The post-partum rooms are much smaller than the labor and delivery rooms. The sleeping device aka bed, is also much shorter than the one in the labor and delivery room. Matt might have issues sleeping on it.
This is where we will have a one on one demonstration on giving our son his first bath. She told us we could take as many pictures as we wanted during this time.
He will also have any additional testing done here. At some point, they will take him to be circumcised too.
My nurse will also by our son's nurse. BUT, while here, my OB will come visit to check on me and his pediatrician will come to check on him.
I will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I think Matt will be on his own for food unless I share. She also mentioned the nurses have a giant stack of take-out menus for any craving I may have.
Our fake baby even had fake boy parts!
I wasn't expecting that when Matt took off his diaper!
Before our hospital tour, we learned how to swaddle a baby and how to change a diaper. Matt did very good on both of these things. Somehow, I already knew how to swaddle a baby, but I went ahead and took notes for later just in case. And of course, I knew how to change a diaper from years of babysitting when I was younger. However, I have only ever changed girl diapers. I assume boys are a little different. Especially considering she told us we could wipe our little boy in any direction unlike girls who should be wiped front to back.
Within our two actual birthing classes, we were given good handouts and I took additional notes to help me remember everything. I like to be well prepared and informed.
For example, we learned:
How to time a contraction
When to go to the hospital
What to expect in each stage of labor
What medical pain reliefs can be given
What is an episiotomy
What is lochia
What his poop will look like
Breastfeeding basics
And much more.
Lots of information in such a short amount of time.
Monday, I have a breastfeeding essentials class. Maybe with all my newfound knowledge I'll be a pro at all this. Hey, you never know!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

28 Weeks

*I'm going to start addressing these to my son. I am planning on printing them and placing them in his baby book. I think this will be a neat thing for him to have and enjoy one day. If he doesn’t enjoy reading them, maybe his future wife or children will get a kick out of them. *

How far along: 28 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: You are the size of an eggplant. You weigh approximately 2.5 pounds and will continue to grow 0.5 pounds each week until you are born. Whoa! If you actually grow 0.5 pounds a week and I actually deliver you the week you are due, you'll be 8.5 pounds! Let's hope that’s not the case. I wouldn't mind if you are a little smaller than 8.5 pounds when you are born.
Length is: Approximately 14.8 inches or 37.6 cm head to heel.
Developmental milestones: You are still growing thicker skin and your bones are starting to harden more.
Weight gain: According to my doctor's scale on August 7th, I have only gained 1 pound from my last appointment on July 9th. However, to be fair, it should be noted my July appointment was in the afternoon and my August appointment was in the morning after I had fasted for 12 hours and only had 12 ounces of a sugary drink inside of me. Since my first visit with the OBGYN doctor on May 8th when I was 14 weeks, I have gained 14 pounds total. From the first time I kept track of my weight at the fertility clinic, which was on March 12th at 4 weeks, I have gained a total weight of 20 pounds.
I'm going to go over 200 pounds which I hate, but I just keep telling myself I am growing a strong healthy baby boy.
Sleep: This varies greatly. Some nights, I sleep great and only wake up once to pee. Those are the best nights! Other nights, I have a hard time falling asleep and/or I wake up several times throughout the night and then have a hard time falling back to sleep. I was also told by my husband I snored in my sleep Monday evening - August 10th. Evidently he tried to wake me up to get me to stop but I just fell back to sleep in the same position and continued to snore. According to him, I was snoring so bad he was forced to move to our guest bed. Once there, I heard him run into something and went to check on him. He was fine. He still slept in there though. Made me feel a little sad. Luckily, I haven’t snored since that night therefore daddy hasn't had to sleep in there again. Must have been the way I was sleeping???  
Best moment(s) of the week: No gestational diabetes, excellent blood count, only gained 1 pound, you measured right where you should and your heartbeat was strong. A wonderful doctor appointment! Another highlight has been feeling you move around even more then you had been moving. I know this will start to slow down soon, but I am enjoying it in the meantime.
Movement: You move all the time! Usually you'll move for a few minutes at a time and then slow down and start again. You seem most active while I am sitting at my desk while working and during the evenings. You are such an active baby boy! Daddy and I are convinced you are going to be strong.
Cravings: Nothing new here. I am interested to know if you will end up liking the foods I have been constantly eating while pregnant. I guess time will tell on this one.
Gender: You're a BOY!!!
Belly button in or out: Still in and I'm hoping it stays in.
Wedding ring: I haven’t had a change with this... wedding rings are on and loose.
Anything making you queasy/sick: Nothing thankfully. I hope this lasts throughout the rest of my pregnancy. Being sick is defiantly no fun.
What I miss: Nothing when I have so much to look forward to in the near future.
What I'm looking forward to: Holding you in my arms and kissing you all over. I am very curious to see who you look like - mommy or daddy.
Labor signs: None thank goodness!
Symptoms: I am having swelling in my feet every single day. Usually manageable, but sometimes very painful. Your daddy is sweet and rubs my feet whenever I ask without complaint. I am very glad my hands haven’t swelled. Would make my job at work a bit harder.
Nursery: Your dresser is painted. I am still waiting a little longer for it to no longer smell like paint, but I am making a plan on what needs to go where within the dresser. I have also been looking online for whale vinyl cutouts for your dresser and maybe the walls. I like that they are removable which makes it convenient for when we decide to sell the house and move (hopefully) to a different state.
Emotions: I'm feeling wonderful! I feel very blessed to get to experience pregnancy even on days when my outlook could use a little help.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blue Dresser For My Boy

You just gotta love three day weekends. I know I do! Duh! Who doesn't? The only thing better than a three day weekend is an even longer weekend. Too bad those don’t happen very often. Unless you take time off work which I can't really do since I am saving up my days for maternity leave.
Friday I was off for my doctor appointment. I hated to use a full day of leave, but since my doctor's office is nowhere near my work office, it just made sense to call it a day instead of wasting time and gas to go in for 3 hours. Instead, I went to Lowe's and bought primer and paint to paint this dresser I bought for my son's nursery off an online yard sale website.
This was immediately before painting the dresser.
Dresser = $30
Paint = $13
Supplies = $0 (already had everything I needed)
TOTAL = $43
Phone pictures never captures well in the house with crappy lighting. I will take quality pictures when I show off his entire nursery in a couple of months.
I did 2 coats of primer followed by 3 coats of blue. I had picked out a slightly darker shade of blue, but I am willing to settle with this color. I refuse to paint another coat. That’s me being lazy!
That evening, when we took the dresser into the house, it still felt a bit 'gummy' to the touch which made me concerned. However, the next day, it seemed normal with no splotches and looks great! I haven't put anything in it yet because it still reeks of paint fumes, but I am looking forward to organizing it with everything that needs to go inside it. I want to make my own dividers once I know what and where everything will be placed. I am also wanting to find some cute whale cutouts to stick on the drawers to add a little something. I had thought about adding knobs, but unless I find adorable whale ones that I can't live without, I would rather not. Why waste the time and energy to do it when it is already cute and functional as is?
Aren't they cute??? He's gonna look adorable!
The outfit with the crab is from Sam's Club for $2.81 - I couldn't resist.
Saturday, Matt and I relaxed all morning before going out to meet a lady who sold me this adorable Thanksgiving outfit and bib for $5, dinner at Penn Station (we had a coupon) and some shopping at Sam's Club. *Side note - this will hopefully be our last year with Sam's Club (I just renewed our membership). It seems like we get annoyed each time we are there and the customers are rude and pushy too. Costco is a MUCH better store, but is a bit far from our house. If they stayed open later then 6PM on Saturday I would have renewed this membership instead.
We went home to put everything away and then went back out to Kroger. We both agree, grocery shopping on a Saturday evening is peaceful. It's the best time for us to shop. While at Kroger, I rented Insurgent from Redbox and we watched it when we got home. I liked it, but it didn’t do the book justice. I doubt I'll ever watch this one again meaning it was a little disappointing.
Sunday, we went to church, ate a very yummy lunch at Pieology (very similar to Blaze), looked at a few cars at a car dealership (wanting to trade in our truck for something with a backseat for our baby) and then went home to watch more Covert Affairs episodes on Amazon Prime. A while later, we went to Lowe's for wood (Matt is re-doing his trailer since the wood was rotting), Wal-Mart for my essentials (Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream and bubble bath) and Auto Parts to pick up a few items Matt had ordered online.
Sunday flew by since we stayed busy all day.
And before I knew it, stupid Monday was here again. Blah! I hate Mondays! At least I have a bowl of ice cream with M&M's to look forward to in my very near future. As in the moment I finish up this blog post and hit 'submit'.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

127 = No Gestational Diabetes

Surpassed another pregnancy hurdle on Friday... I do NOT have gestational diabetes and my blood count was excellent according to the doctor!!!
Whoo hoo!!!!!
Friday morning I woke WAY earlier then I had wanted to since I was not allowed to drink or eat anything prior to my appointment and having my finger pricked. That sucked. I was hungry and thirsty right away. I think I woke at 7 with no intention of leaving the house until 9AM. *Sigh* I managed to stay busy so I wouldn’t think about eating/drinking and then I left on time for my appointment. I wanted to be parked in time to drink my sugary fruit punch drink there and then go into my doctor appointment with time to spare per the doctor's office instructions. Easy. Didn't have any issue with traffic and easily found a parking spot.
When it was time, I drank the drink and then surfed the web all while sitting in my car. Good thing it wasn’t a hot morning and I was in a cool parking garage. Because of this, I was able to have the car completely off and the windows rolled up. I think my hospital is a safe place, but I felt more secure being able to keep the doors locked and the windows rolled up.
I went into the doctor's office and wrote down the time I finished the drink so they knew when it had been exactly one hour to prick my finger and test my levels.
Let me just mention the drink... it wasn’t bad at all. It definitely tasted like popsicle syrup, but I had no issues getting it down and keeping it down. I'm not sure why everyone complains about it. Of course, I was fortunate to get my drink ahead of time which allowed me to have it cooled in the fridge. I had read online about people complaining it was warm. I suppose that might have made it harder to get done. Not sure. I also tend to prefer sugar to salt so maybe my body is used to mass amounts of sugar? Again, I don't know.
After checking in, I sat down with the two forms they gave me to read and sign; I didn’t even finish them before I was called back. Morning appointments are awesome what with the office being nearly empty opposed to afternoons where it is sometimes very crowded. I guess that shows you how far behind they get come the afternoon. Unfortunately, I'll be sticking with afternoon appointments due to my work schedule. I'm trying to use as little leave time as possible in order to have my entire maternity time as paid time off. Remember, I have been saving my leave for YEARS!
Per the doctor appointment usual steps - I peed in a cup, had my blood pressure and weight taken and then went into a room to wait for the doctor before having my finger pricked. While waiting, I read some of the book I was reading on my Kindle app. Time flew and before I knew it, I was being measured by the doctor followed by listening to our son's heartbeat with the Doppler.
I was told he was measuring right on time and his heartbeat sounded good and strong. Awesome news!
The doctor and I then went back to the nurse's station where the nurse cleaned my finger, pricked it (didn’t hurt so bad) and put my blood into 2 slides. The doctor told me my sugar level was at 127 and my blood count looked excellent and she could tell I had been taken my vitamins.
I was ecstatic with the news!!!
I was nervous about the finger pricking and the possibility of having gestational diabetes. I worried for absolutely nothing!
I treated myself to Chick-fil-a after my appointment and then went home to paint my son's dresser. More on that later though.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Booty Wipes Galore

Wyatt laying on our baby boy.... he kicked him but I don't think Wyatt knew what was going on.
It's not fair how quickly the weekends pass by. It almost seems like I blink and all of a sudden it's another Monday. Followed by a long Tuesday. Then Wednesday. Then Thursday. Finally comes Friday. And before you know it, here's Monday all over again.
I need a job where I can work four 10 hour shifts. I truly think I would be much happier with my life. Or better yet, I need a job with less hours and the same amount of pay. LOL! If only that was a possibility. Just imagine the possibilities!
Friday evening we went to dinner at Chipotle - we had a buy 1, get 1 free coupon. Cost was less then $7. Such a bargain! While out, we went to 2 different Targets and 2 different Kroger stores.  I was on the hunt for clearance baby items and a few groceries from Target and baby wipes from Kroger. We did score a baby onesie with the Batman logo on it for $2.80. He'll look so cute in it!
Saturday we left to go meet Matt's sister half way to give her a TV we were no longer using. While in the area, we decided to drive the extra 30 miles to Owensboro, KY to cross off an item from my summer bucket list. We ate lunch at Moonlite BBQ. YEARS ago I had seen it on a food TV show and had been wanting to try it. Well, it wasn’t really worth it. A bit disappointing. At least I can say "been there, done that". My favorite item was the mashed potatoes and Matt's was the bread pudding.
After lunch, we went to Kroger and Target before heading home. Once home, I took a nap. Big mistake. I always wake up feeling worse when I wake up. Usually a nap is 3 hours for me, but Matt woke me after an hour and 15 minutes thinking maybe I need less sleep to feel better. No such luck. I was grumpy all evening. And tired. Don’t forget tired. Makes me wonder how I am going to sleep when my baby sleeps. I'm probably going to be one grumpy you know what for a few months after he arrives. I apologize in advance if I am.
We decided to go to Kroger and get our grocery shopping out of the way that evening opposed to going on Sunday. Kroger at night is nice because hardly any other customers are there, but they are also stocking so you have to avoid the carts full of merchandise and contend with empty shelves. The pros outweigh the cons to us though.
After my previous Kroger trips during the week and 4 more Kroger trips over the weekend, we now have 91 small packs of wipes (56 and 72 count packages). We are FULLY stocked for at least a year! Maybe two!
Spent $95.54 (Got back $15 in coupons for future purchases) = $85.54 after taxes and coupons

74 packs of 72 count = 5328
17 packs of 56 count = 952
Total = 6280 wipes
$0.013621019082803 per wipe after tax
(Even better deal if you aren’t counting tax.)
For the record, I never once cleared the shelves... there were always some left over. But two Kroger stores we went to were cleared out.
I am unsure where exactly I will store all these wipes, but I am happy to not have to worry about buying anymore for a very long time. Maybe our child will be amazing and we can have him out of diapers before we run out of wipes. HA! Maybe! I'm going to make it my goal and aim for it.
Sunday, we looked all over our garage and in the house for the wheels to our guest bed rails. We were not successful. Meaning, our nursery did not get cleaned and organized from when we took the furniture (except the mattress and box spring) out of the room. Instead, I cleaned and organized our house. I did everything from dust to vacuum to organizing kitchen cabinets. While I was cleaning and organizing, Matt took apart all the wood from the trailer and now just needs to purchase new wood to re-do it.
FYI - Lowes only charges $0.25 per cut on wood. This is why we didn’t buy our wood while there yesterday.... Matt needs 100% exact measurements to have them cut the wood. Will be easier and quicker then Matt cutting it. Well worth the few dollars it will cost.
After Lowes, we went to Walmart for a few items then went home for dinner and a few episodes of Covert Affairs.
And as you know it is now Monday. One day down, three to go for me. (I'm off on Friday for a doctor appointment.) I'm just counting down the days until the weekend. Which reminds me, I need to make a list of things to accomplish this weekend. I tend to get more done when I have my goals written out.