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Baby Girl Clothing Spree

30 Oct

Baby Girl Clothes from Target

Now that I know we’re having a baby girl, it’s like a whole new pregnancy! I’m still planning to finish the blue and white striped baby blanket I started weeks ago since I made it for the baby and absolutely love the shade of blue I chose—stereotypes be dammed—but will admit that I did finally allow myself a bit of a baby girl clothing spree last Friday night, solo; then again over the weekend with Brian.

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So many people have commented that our child will probably be dressed to the nines (and that we’ll probably go broke because girl’s stuff is just so irresistible) but I was surprised by my restraint…and how little I managed to spend by strategically shopping off-season and clearance. What did surprise me was how much I favored pastels, minty greens, and patterns over the typical girlie pink stuff! Very interested to see how baby girl’s closet looks a year from now.

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Anyways, my first stop was Marshall’s, followed by Target where I totally cleaned up. I opted for larger sizes like 3-6 months, but did pick-up a few newborn items, like a mint green onesie with a tutu for newborn photos and a striped onesie with a pink rosette to possibly bring her home in! Then Brian and I hit Baby Gap after celebrating the baby and the house over crepes and a frozen Nutella hot chocolate at one of our favorite spots, Paris Creperie, in Brookline. Our big find at Baby Gap was a super soft, hooded bear suit that we can use in March/April while the temps are still chilly. I’m pretty sure I’ve had something similar pinned onto my “Baby Style” Pinterest board for almost four years now so it’s amazing to finally have a reason to buy it!

10153832_850252091184_994907682189305780_nThe meal was delicious and fun, but I think my heart melted a thousand times watching him shop for ruffled dresses as I poked through a stack of onesies!!

Newborn Preparation: Meals to Make and Freeze

29 Oct

Whisk and Cleaver Chicken Pot Pie

There has been so much going on the past few weeks between finding out we’re having a baby girl and buying a house, that I haven’t had much time to worry about focus on my pregnancy as I’d like. So I spent some time recently catching up on some of my Baby Center e-mails and absolutely loved this article with advice from parents, How to Care for Your Newborn Baby.

I think my favorite part of most projects is the preparation and planning because it means I can indulge my list-making and organizing obsessions. I was absolutely ecstatic when I read the tip to plan ahead for meals once your baby is here. Now I know family and friends will absolutely pitch-in to help us here —my mom started freezing her garden tomato sauce as soon as we spilled the beans about the pregnancy in August!— but I love the idea of having our favorite go-to meals right in our freezer or the ingredients on-hand for some of the simpler stuff we love.

On my list to plan for are:

Make-Ahead and Freeze

– Alyce’s pasta sauce (with pork, sausages, and meatballs) (2x)
– Sausage-stuffed shells
– Slow-cooker chicken and ginger with veggies
– Homemade chicken soup (3x)
– Bri’s potato leek soup
– Honey Bourbon Chicken
– Chicken Pot Pie (2x)
– Turkey Chili (2x)
– Mesquite pork chops
– Chicken picatta

Quick and Easy Meals

- Chicken tikka masala
– Girl Scout stew

I’ve read that it’s a good idea to have a “labor project” queued-up to focus on leading up to your due date, but if I’m being honest, I think my favorite part of post-delivery meal planning is picturing a meal prep schedule and pre-delivery grocery shopping list neatly fitted into a big, tabbed binder of organized amazingness!

What are your favorite make-ahead and freeze meals? Or quick and easy ones? I’d love to hear. 

Image via Whisk and Cleaver

Weekly Update: 18 Weeks

28 Oct

How far along: 18 Weeks (on 10/23)

Baby’s size: Green Pepper

Symptoms: Sciatic pain just in my lower right back; occasional sleepiness; breathlessness; visible veins in my hips and lower abdomen. I’m also noticing that when I roll from one side to another in bed, I feel a noticeable shift in my belly, as if a mass is readjusting and re-settling. It’s the weirdest feeling ever!

Sleep: Restful. Continuing to adore my body pillow. Fewer early AM bathroom trips too, thankfully, since I curbed the pre-bedtime water and juice-guzzling.

Wearing
Sweatpants, long-sleeve fleeces, t-shirts, and maternity jeans. My lower abdomen has gotten noticeably more rounder in the past few weeks, but I still don’t feel like I’ve “popped” so I’m more comfortable disguising the belly, lest it be mistaken for a burrito baby. That said, I’ve long past the point where my pants felt like they were fitting comfortably so I’ve completely embraced maternity jeans! I love the styles and washes of the few pairs I’ve picked up so far when I went shopping with my sisters. I’m trying not to milk the whole “maternity clothes” thing as an excuse to buy a new wardrobe, but a lot of the clothes are SO cute and so comfy. Who wouldn’t want to be in something soft and drapey, regardless of pregnancy?!

Loving
OJ, oranges, coffee-oreo ice cream

Hating
Brussel sprouts

Missing
Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, taking a nice long run along the Charles on a gorgeous fall day, my favorite teacher’s hot yoga class

Movement
Yes! After doing some pre-natal Pilates core work the other day, I was lying really still on the floor and felt a really subtle, fluttery “pressing” sensation for a few seconds. It was indescribable and unlike any sensation I’ve ever experienced. I’m wondering if all the abdomen contracting cramped her digs a bit, so she was reminding me “Hey there, I’m in here!”

Labor Signs:
Nope

Health + Wellness
Pre-natal Pilates is life-changing. Lately I’ve been mourning the loss of my normal gym and hot yoga routines so I’m thrilled to have found a workout I love that I can do at home. I’d assumed Pilates was a no-no since so much of it is core work, but the modifications are easy and I actually feel like I’m keeping my muscles toned. I’m less enthused with pre-natal yoga class to be honest though. I know the focus is much more on breath, stretching and opening up areas like the hips and pelvis, but I miss the heat and the exertion of a “real” flow yoga class. Maybe I’ll try doing some modified flows at home because the endless stretching just isn’t doing it for me right now.

What I’m looking forward to
Feeling more frequent, stronger movement and starting to “pop”.

Best moment(s) this week
So many, how can I choose?! Finding out we’re having a baby girl and walking out of the appointment grinning like two fools. Sharing the news with our families with pink-filled cupcakes (Brian’s family tuned in via a Google Hangout). Going maternity clothes shopping with my two sisters was hilarious and so much fun. And of course, having our offer on a home accepted about an hour before we headed to the hospital where we learned we’re having a little girl top the list of best moments this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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