Friday, November 29, 2013

How Pregnant Women are Similar to Stoners

Happy Friday Folks!
I hope everyone had an absolutely fabulous Turkey Day and that you are all still in your food induced comas today.
I'm out and about today enjoying the fact that I don't have to sit in an office chair in front of my computer listening to people complain about the unsatisfactory temperatures in the office place today.
So, I figured I would leave you with a lovely little anecdote that I came up with, when I realized that being pregnant is a lot like being a stoner.
And here's why: 
Every so often, KG and I get together and hit up Target for some work provisions.
We get some quick things for lunches, breakfast, snacks, etc.
There are two problems with this scenario.
1) We usually go AT lunch time, so I'm hungry. Always a bad decision to shop for food when you are hungry.
2) I'm pregnant. Which means that I want a whole lot of stuff to eat at different times. I don't know what I'll be in the mood for when the hunger strikes and it has to be the right thing, or forget it.
These trips usually lead to me unloading the cart at the register and realizing that my selection resembles that of what a stoner would buy on their shopping trips.
Case in point:
Three different types of Goldfish? WTF?!
Which got me thinking... being pregnant IS a lot like being a stoner.
Well...without the fun of being high.
I mean... not that I would know... never touched the stuff...I just heard about it on an after school special. (Do they still have those?)
So, I looked it up. And here's the comparison.

6 Signs of Marijuana Use

1. Loss of train of thought during conversation.
I can't even tell you how many times I have been in the middle of a conversation and said, "Wait, what was I talking about?" Pregnancy brain is real people. And it makes conversations difficult.

2. Increased appetite.
Umm... this is a given. Sometimes I feel like I could eat and eat and eat and NEVER be full. And then I have one more cracker and I think I'm going to die. It's fun. See picture above if you need to be reminded of my eating habits.
3. Lack of energy, loss of motivation.
Yeah, this is pretty much every day. I wake up tired. By the time I get home from work, I'm exhausted. The last thing I want to do is ANYTHING. Ever. And now it is cold out? Forget it. I'm not leaving my couch until Spring!
4. Inappropriate laughter.
Up until last Wednesday, I couldn't tell you the last time that I had a good night's sleep. It was well over 3 weeks. I don't know if you have ever gone that long sleep deprived (I'm sure the other Mama's have) but it REALLY starts to do a number on you. Not only did I want to punch small animals, and cry in a corner, but I was so delirious that I would just laugh at the most ridiculous things. I mean, I'm usually good for laughing at an inappropriate moment out of sheer awkwardness, but this was like fall to the ground, tears down your face laughing.
5. Legal or financial problems.
Financial problems are very real. Our savings account is rapidly declining due to all the work we are doing on the house and we are feeling a certain tightness on budget that we haven't felt in a long time. Once we start getting snow and then taxes and bonuses, we will be fine again, but there's going to be a month or two where things are going to be tight. Reeeeeal tight. Let's not even get into how expensive things are going to be when Bugsy gets here. Looks like I'll be losing all of my baby weight on the Ramen diet!
6. Paranoia.
I spend most of my days thinking that absolutely every person I meet is staring at me and my large stomach. Seriously, the entire world is staring at me and thinking I am a huge cow. Also, every strange feeling I have HAS to be something wrong with the baby. It has nothing to do with my body doing things that it has never done before. Nope. Totally something wrong with the baby and then I think of our survival rate if I went into labor right now. Yikes.
See? It's pretty spot on. I'm pretty sure that if I didn't have the ever growing midsection that there might be an intervention in my future. But then again, they also found a large comparison between Toddlers and Drunk people, so I'm guessing that most parts of Motherhood and Children have a lot of similarities to drug and alcohol use.
Have a good weekend folks!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So What! Wednesday

Linking up with Shannon for So What! Wednesday!
This week I am saying So What! if...
* I am officially losing my mind. I was baking cookies last night and couldn't find my spatula. When I found my wallet in a weird place on the counter (amongst all of the baking stuff) I went to my purse on a hunch. Yeap. Wallet was with the baking stuff and the spatula was in my purse. (This however, is NOT a new thing for me. I once looked for my remote for 3 days before I found it in my purse!)
* In true losing my mind fashion, I was doing something on my Ipad last night and noticed it kept moving. I had it resting on my belly and apparently Baby P was playing soccer with it. So, I stopped what I was doing and watched the movements for a minute. And then promptly forgot what I was doing before.
* I planned on spreading out my to do list over the past few days. Sunday was supposed to be grocery shopping and some cleaning. Monday was baking. Tuesday was prep for everything that needed to be made Wednesday. And Wednesday was supposed to be finishing up all the baking/cooking and a light clean of the house. Instead... I did nothing on Sunday. Shopped at lunch on Monday (thank you cold temps for turning my car into a freezer). Cleaned half the house last night, baked cookies, and marinated the chicken wings. BUT, I still have a shit load to do today before people come over tonight. I ALWAYS wait until the last minute! WAAAAAAH!
* I was mad at Big A for being home late last night and we didn't get to do what we planned on. And then halfway through my attitude I started kicking him with my feet and joking around with him. I was too tired to keep up the charade so I just dropped it. Although he probably thinks I'm Cybil now and is scared of my mood swings. At least I went from mad to happy, not the other way around.
* I'm in love with my cheap Target body pillow. Seriously, I would marry that shit. After two $40-$50 "pregnancy pillows" that sucked the big one, this was a god send! I sleep better just knowing it is next to me!
* Early Release Days, Holidays, and Time Off Work make me nicer. I just sat in the lunch room and talked with three of my coworkers that I NEVER talk to (and one I don't particularly like) for almost half an hour. About pretty personal things. See? I AM a nice person, I just need to not be working for it to come out. :)
* Sometimes, I think about my life and the people I have in it. And then I think about the people who aren't in it anymore and I wonder if things could have been different. If I could have been different. But, then I realize that I've done everything I can and that at some point you have to cut the people from your life that are damaging it. My life is SO much less stressful without these people in it and the fact that I do not feel one ounce of sadness about it should show me that I've done the right thing. (Heavy for a So What!, but it has been heavy on my mind)
* If I begged and pleaded (and eventually just put my foot down) about the color I wanted the upstairs bathroom painted and now that it is time to paint it almost... I don't like it. It just isn't perfect. I need perfect.
* It would be absolutely amazing if I won that giveaway that Shannon has on her blog. With all of the house redos and baby things, an extra $350 would be amazing! I know I just won a whole bunch of turkeys and Red Sox tickets, but any chance my luck could continue for just a little bit more? I promise I'll be good!
Once again, my So What's are a monologue rather than a quick list. But then again, would you expect anything less? I'm off to spend the last 30 minutes of work doing... I dunno... probably blog reading. And then I am off to attack my to do list!
I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving and a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bumpdate: 23 Weeks

November 19th – 25th, 2013
So what has been going on this week?
Had a doctor’s appointment this week. Everything looks good and the heartbeat is nice and strong!
How far along?
23 Weeks.
Maternity Clothes?
Yep. I’m going to be screwed for a jacket pretty soon though. No clue what I’m going to do for the Winter. I REALLY don’t want to buy a coat. NOW TAKING MATERNITY WINTER COAT DONATIONS! Kidding… sort of…
Stretch Marks?
None yet. Crossing fingers I don’t get any. I switched to a lotion. I liked the oil, but the smell was starting to bother me and I didn’t like how it made me sticky. It makes my skin super smooth so I hope it works!
This kid is crazy. I’m pretty sure that he spends his time stretched out to the complete max. Things feel tight. I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the end!

Food cravings?
Nothing really still. I ate two jars of pickles last week, but I wouldn’t kill a guy over them.

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness?

What I miss:
Wine. Italian subs. Sleeping on my stomach. Not being tired.  

Just some pain in my ribs. Mostly on the right side. It’s pretty uncomfortable 80% of the time. I have to sit in a weird position for it to feel better.

Best moment this week?
I’ve gotten more into my belly this week. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m dying for a waist line, BUT I’m embracing the bump. I like to feel around for where he is. Although Big A tells me not to poke him so much!

I decided to start walking more and then the weather turned to frigid. I plan to get my ass back on the treadmill, but the week of Thanksgiving isn’t the week to start. My doctor is “concerned” about my weight gain (which I totally understand number-wise, but I honestly don’t know where it all went. I did measurements and everything is still the same size other than my boobs and belly. So… I don’t know how to not gain weight in my midsection…)


Much, MUCH better. I still wake up sometimes, but I am able to get right back to sleep for the most part. Dog Bones is doing better with his pacing, but every so often he gets kicked out of the bedroom. I only have 4 months left of sleep and I’m not wasting it. He’s only objected once and whined at the door. We let him in (because we are pansies) and he chilled right out. Maybe he’s learning!

What I'm looking forward to?
Hopefully not getting yelled at about my weight at my next appointment. I can’t wait to hear his heartbeat again! Although, they scheduled the glucose test for the same day which is convenient, but it is also my birthday, so that’s a double-edged sword. I’m looking forward to a week of family and friends and getting started on December. Sorry people, but I’m in the Christmas spirit and I’m looking forward to January 1st since it marks the year of the BABY!   

The bump is here to stay!
Linking up with Kristin over at Mama and Mou!

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 = A Big Fat FAIL

Happy Monday Folks!
I'm a bit bummed today. I mean, my weekend was alright, and I'll get to that in a minute, but I'm bummed.
I tried to put together our Christmas cards this weekend and ran into a little bit of a problem.
We barely took ANY pictures in 2013.
There's a picture of us from a wedding in May (not really card worthy though) and a couple cell phone pictures from other people.
That's it.
It's been 11 months. We have been to countless weddings, parties, events, etc. We went on vacation. We went away for Big A's birthday. Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
This was a big year for us.
Our first year in our house. Our first year married. Our last year before we become parents and what do we have to show for it?
We didn't even get our annual Chevelle picture. Our first EVER picture together was when we had been dating for maybe a month and a half. It was Summer Nationals (which WAS a giant car show that they had every year around the 4th of July and now it is just a joke) and I met him at night. I trekked all over the place to find him since I had never been there before and I finally did. And my friends immediately bailed on me (I don't blame them. We had been walking forever). It was a big moment in our relationship. We got a picture in front of his car.
And have, every year since. For the past 6 years. And now we missed the 7th. Granted, we didn't end up going to the Summer Nationals this year (since they moved it to Connecticut and it SUCKED) and we had the 4th of July party at our house, so it was a little more downscaled than the one we used to go to. BUT, still. I can't believe we missed it.
I'm so upset. We have no pictures to remind us of this year.
I have plenty of bullshit pictures of my nails, or something I saw that I liked, or the dog, but none of us. Or all of us.
I talked to Big A about it yesterday and told him that wasn't acceptable. Especially since we will have a baby next year. There is NO way that I am looking back on the first year of my son's life and wondering where the pictures are. I mean... I know that it probably is unlikely that I will forget to take pictures of my baby, but still.
We really need to make sure that we are more into taking pictures. When we are old and gray, all we will have are those memories. I love looking back at pictures of us from over the years. And now? Nothing.
I'm wondering if we could still salvage a picture with the car, but I think Big A might have it all covered up for Winter. Plus, it wouldn't really be the same. Ya know.
Anyway... I'm done whining. I'm just super bummed. Maybe we can take some nice ones at Thanksgiving to use for the card!
In other news, Friday night, we went out to dinner for a friend's birthday. It was a nice little night. Although I felt bad that we couldn't hang out after. I turn into a pumpkin and Big A had to work on Saturday, as usual. But the dinner was nice.
Saturday, we went to the annual Turkey Shoot. Which is another event that isn't as much fun when you can't drink. Especially since everyone else there was ridiculously hammered. Aaaaand then there's me.
BUT... I did end up winning 3 turkeys and a pair of Red Sox tickets. So the weekend wasn't a total loss.
Yesterday, I deemed it too cold to get out of bed. I made cinnamon rolls and coffee and we had them in bed while we watched a movie. Eventually Big A got up and was a valued member of society and Mr. Fresh and I stayed in bed watching TV until almost 3:00.
After that, I made some lunch and transferred myself to the couch. Where I stayed until it was time to go to my parents' house for dinner. I begrudgingly left my nice warm house and headed my PJs. It was a delicious dinner, I'm glad I went. Oh yeah... the company was alright too. Hehe.
After that, I trekked myself through the cold home and returned to my couch with a cup of hot chocolate. And there I stayed. Until it was time for me to go to bed. Which I was all prepared for, since I never got out of my PJs.
It was delightful.
I didn't get anything done that I wanted to get done, but whatever. I enjoyed the day. AND I slept all the way through the night, so obviously the relaxation was a good idea.
That's all I got for you today. I'm just trying to make it through the next 2 1/2 days and then enjoy my long weekend! Woo hoo!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday's Letters

I normally express my gratitude for Friday in the beginning of these posts, but honestly, I can't even complain about this week. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am loving that it is Friday, but this week wasn't all so bad.
Dear Target, I already loved you, but oh man you are pretty much my most favorite EVER. I looked all over for a body pillow as a last ditch effort before I purchased the ever so coveted Bump Nest pregnancy pillow. You were the only place I found one. And OH MY GOD. I'm a whole new person. Two nights of sleep (I slept until 5:20 this morning without waking up. And seeing as how my alarm goes off at 5:30... yet I'm always late for work, that was pretty much ALL NIGHT) have made me a whole new person. I no longer want to punch small animals. Hooray!
Dear Black Friday Sales, do me a favor? Please have the crib I want on sale. I mean, I know I'm a cheap bastard, but we could really use to save some bucks right now. If ANYONE sees that the Storkcraft Venetian convertible crib (in ebony) is on sale anywhere, or know of a store that sells it that has a great coupon, PLEASE let me know!
Dear Pops, thank you for everything that you do! Seriously, you have done so much work on the house, I can't even begin to tell you how thankful we are. I can't wait to see how everything looks when it is done!
Dear Mommies, I have a doctor's appointment today and it is the first time that I have a bunch of questions that I want to ask. Would it be totally nerdy if I brought a note pad? I always remember things when I take notes.
Dear Office People, get into the Holiday spirit. We are decorating our desks. Deal with it!
Dear Society, why must you make it so women have to do all of these insane things to stay "attractive". I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time last night. Oh my god, did it hurt. And it makes your eye water like a bitch. I mean, it is better than waxing since my face doesn't blow up, but still...OW.
Dear Weekend Plans, please be fun. It takes a lot for me not to get exhausted these days, so I think if I'm having so much fun then I won't notice that I'm essentially sleep walking. Sound good?
Dear Pregnant Bloggers, you and your to do lists are making me want to make a to do list. But seeing as how most of you are close to giving birth and I have so much time, my list would be ridiculous. It might be more trouble than it's worth. Yikes.
Dear Self, why don't you focus your effort on Christmas cards? Pick a damn picture and get those bad boys ordered. You may even be able to get them out before Christmas. I know! Crazy idea. (Also, you're still an idiot for last year. Wedding thank yous AND Christmas cards at the same time? Whose genius idea was that?)
Dear Big A, I kind of want to get a Christmas tree soon. I could maybe wait until the first weekend in December. But this whole last minute thing isn't for me. The tree is too much effort to only have for a week or so. Let's get into the spirit! It's our last Christmas before Bugsy (today's nickname for Baby P) and we should enjoy it. Although I wish I could enjoy it with some wine...
Dear Mumsie, I think we need to go shopping for a cute outfit for Thanksgiving. And again for Christmas. I know you hate shopping (hehe) but do you think I could twist your arm?
Alright, that's all for today. I'm off for my doctor's appointment. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giveaway Winner and Some Catch-ups

First things first...
The winner of the Tiny Prints Giveaway is Betsy! Congratulations!
Betsy, I sent you an email. Just send me one back (within the next 24 hours) and let me know the info is right and I'll send it along. A new winner will be selected after 24 hours.  (Sorry to be a pain, but you wouldn't believe how many people enter and then bail and you can't get ahold of them!)
I FINALLY got a relatively good night's sleep last night. I woke up twice. Once to go to the bathroom and another time apparently just for fun. BUT, I fell right back asleep both times. Rather than staying up forever. I purchased a $20 body pillow from Target and it seems to be doing the trick. It is so cozy. I mean, the thing is huge, but it is cozy.
Renovations on the upstairs are coming along. The bedrooms are almost done so I'm going to do a whole before and after thing with them when they are. Then I'll show the bathroom when it is done. And then the nursery and our bedroom once everything is all moved in.
Big A and I had to pick out a medicine cabinet, a light fixture, and a programmable thermostat last night. The electrician is coming today and needed to know where he needed to move the plugs and such to. (There's a wiring issue that needs to be fixed so we are just having him move the plugs while he's there. Otherwise Pa Dukes would be doing it). I thought it was going to be difficult, but we were in and out of Home Depot in 20 minutes. We didn't get the most perfect things ever, but we got what we good and with a little elbow grease, they should be lovely. (We bought a super cheap medicine cabinet in white, rather than a more expensive one in black that was triple the price. I'm going to paint it with the same paint I'm using for the vanity and then it will definitely match. And for $40, I don't mind painting stuff!)
I can't wait for everything to be done! I'm turning our current bedroom into an office/storage/my space room. I'm looking forward to being able to spread out a little more. There's an entire floor of the house that we haven't used, so this will be like having a whole new place.
We have a busy weekend coming up and I'm not sure how I'm going to survive it. I see a long day on Sunday of me sitting on the couch watching Lifetime movies. Haha. We have a friend's birthday party Friday night and then an annual Thanksgiving party that we go to every year on Saturday. Plus, all the thousands of things my mom and I fit into Saturdays. I'm going to be one tired lady. Hopefully, I can drag Big A home not too late and then I won't have to turn into a giant mess!
Other than that, the week is winding down nicely. I have a lovely eyebrow threading appointment this evening that has promised to blow my mind. And then there's one more day between me and my wonderful lover... the weekend.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So What! Wednesday

Linking up with Shannon today for So What! Wednesday!
This week I am saying So What! if...
* I have no clue what pictures I am going to use on our Christmas cards this year. STILL. I mean, I know I have time, but I don't even want to look. I don't think we did anything photo worthy this year. Ugh.
* I'm whatever about my appointment today, but I'm excited that Big A and I are meeting for lunch and he is coming with me. He's made it to most of the ultrasounds, but it is hard for him to make it to the other appointments. He's off on Wednesday, so I asked him if he wanted to come with me. They are usually quick appointments and you get to hear the heartbeat which he has only heard from a recording on my phone. And he said yes! Which I thought was super cute, since I honestly would have been OK if he said no. (And it was the "yes I want to" kind of yes, not the "I'm afraid that you will kill me if I say no" kind of yes! Haha)
* I made my dad stay at my house later so he could help me bring the groceries in. I didn't really "make" him, he was still working, but I made sure he stayed. I just couldn't fathom bringing everything in by myself. Except then I just drove on the front lawn and backed my car up to the front door and it took two seconds. I should enjoy that while there isn't snow on the ground because it isn't happening after that!
* I made a whole list of new recipes to try that I found on Pinterest and I didn't like the first one I made last night. It was a taco pasta bake thing and I just don't think that tacos and pasta go together. Ya know. It was just, meh, and I didn't end up finishing my plate. (Which is probably a good thing for my weigh in today)
* I hulk smashed a brand new gallon of milk the other night. Big A JUST bought it and I slammed it into the fridge door by accident. I remember thinking "wow, I'm surprised that didn't break... oh my god, why is there milk everywhere?!" Then I couldn't move because every tiny movement made more milk spill. So I had to stand holding the milk (because I REFUSED to waste it all) over the sink and dial Big A with my elbow since he was out in the garage and have him come help me. I just laughed at how ridiculous the whole thing was.
* We still have our pumpkins on our front porch. And corn stalks on our light post. We should probably take the corn stalks down since they look terrible now, but I'm leaving the pumpkins until after Thanksgiving. They are still in good shape, so why not?! (Stole this one from Shannon)
* I refuse to put my maternity clothes with my regular clothes so they just sit on top of Big A's bureau. I need to get some sort of tub or something to put them in. I just refuse to completely overhaul my clothes. OR I could get Big A to finally clean out his bureau and steal one of his drawers! GENIUS!
* I really just don't want to go back to work after the baby is born. Only for like, a year or so, but I just don't want to. Unfortunately, there's no way that could happen. We couldn't live on one salary and my work has amazing benefits and great insurance. It would make more sense for Big A to stay home and do side work out of the garage. But that's not going to happen. Plus, that still wouldn't solve that I want to stay home. Wah!
Alright, that's it for today. Head on over to Shannon's blog and link up!
PS: Last chance to enter my Tiny Prints $50 gift card (and free shipping) giveaway! Winner will be announced tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks

November 12th – 18th, 2013
So what has been going on this week?
Nothing too exciting. Busy work week, but that’s about it.
How far along?
22 Weeks.
Maternity Clothes?
Yep. Except for when I need sweatshirts and stuff, then I hit Big A’s stash. Mine are a bit too short now. L
Stretch Marks?
None yet. Crossing fingers I don’t get any. Although, I’m playing Stretch Mark Roulette since I’m only using the oil every so often.
He’s definitely bumping around in there. On Thursday (11/14/13) Big A felt him for the first time. It still isn’t super big movements, but you can definitely feel him.
Food cravings?
Nothing this week. I went to Target to get some work snacks and left feeling like a stoner, but that was more because I was hungry and couldn’t decide between which Goldfish to get.
Nausea, vomiting, or sickness?
What I miss:
Wine. Italian subs. Sleeping on my stomach. Good sleep.
Just not sleeping again. I can’t get comfortable and if I sleep on my side then my shoulders hurt. I found a special position last night where I am kind of on my stomach and kind of on my side. It was super cozy. Of course this was at 4 in the morning after we just got power back. Yeah. That was fun.
Best moment this week?
Big A feeling him for the first time. It was cool for him to finally be a part of it. Ya know.
I need to get on this before I gain 6,000 lbs.
Ugh. I’m never sleeping again apparently.
What I'm looking forward to?
My appointment tomorrow. Love hearing that heartbeat. (Don’t love having to schedule my glucose test) Big A might be coming with me if he can. He’s never heard the heartbeat, so it would be cool for him to come. Only one more monthly appointment after that. EEK!   
Big A kindly mentioned that the bump was definitely out last night, so no one should have trouble seeing it. Isn't he sweet?

A comparison. I remember when I thought I was fat before this. Do you see that skinny bitch in that first picture? I want to go back in time and slap her.
Linking up with Kristin over at Mama and Mou!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday's Letters

I am SO glad it is Friday.
This week seriously kicked my ass. So did last week. But I think this week kicked my ass more because of last week.
It's been fun. Apparently I decide that I can't just do one earth shattering thing at once. So while I am currently growing a human, I decide to take on a whole shit load more of responsibility at work. Which mean overtime. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the money, but seeing as how I am over the day before I even get here... staying late kind of blows.
Anyway... you're here for Friday's Letters. So I will get on with it.
First though... don't forget to enter my Tiny Prints giveaway that I posted yesterday! Everyone knows  that Holiday cards are pretty effing expensive (at least the good ones are) and 50 bones could definitely help you out. (Plus FREE SHIPPING!)
Now... onto the good stuff.
Dear Big A, I'm so glad that you finally got to feel our little dude bopping around last night. He was SO crazy yesterday, I was hoping that was a sign. We will have to try earlier before he settles down too much. Although, once we both went to bed, he was moving again. He's a freshie already!
Dear November, I can't believe you are already half over! Ridiculous. Although, I'm kind of looking forward to you being done. I'll be 24 weeks when you're over and making that milestone makes me feel a little better.
Dear Intuition, cut it out. Seriously. I'm rarely wrong when you rear your ugly head and it normally isn't something that I want to know. This time, I just have the overwhelming feeling that I will be having a scheduled C-section. Not an emergency. Not after days. For whatever reason I think he is going to be breech (he was at the last ultrasound, but they said he would probably/hopefully flip and it was common) or high blood pressure, or who knows. It's just the feeling that I get.
Dear Dunkin Donuts, I apologize for accusing you of stealing my money. I thought that you gave me change for a $10 when I gave you a $20, but that was a receipt from a different day. This is what I get for breaking the rules and going to you THREE times this week (four if you count the afternoon coffee on Tuesday) instead of just one.
Dear Chicken and Fried Rice, you were OK. I was hoping you would take better. I think I need to play with the sauces I use a little bit. Although... you were not nearly as much fun as the chicken and fried rice at the hibachi restaurant. Oh, how I would love to just set shit on fire and be like "BAM! Cooked!" Oh the dream...
Dear Christmas Cards, I don't know what I'm going to do for you. I don't have any professional pictures from this year, so that's out. I don't even know if I have any good pictures of us. Then I contemplate putting a picture of Baby P, but is it weird to put an ultrasound picture on a Christmas card. Like... "Hey, Merry Christmas, here's a picture of the fetus growing in my uterus". I think if I feel it is weird, then it is, so that's out. Ack. This is the worst. Next year I will make sure we have professional pictures. Looks like we will be keeping KG busy. She better not decide she doesn't want to do pictures anymore.
Dear House, I can't wait to decorate you for Christmas. I feel like last year was a little forced since we were painting and moving and such, but this year I am happy to take my time (instead of randomly grabbing some things and throwing them around the house one night). I'm looking forward to a real Christmas tree (AND one in our window because we loved the way it looked). AND to put up Christmas lights. We've never put up Christmas lights before! Eek!
Dear Mumsie, let's craft the hell out of Christmas! Yaaaay!
Dear Work People, please don't comment on what I am looking at on my computer. At least pretend like you aren't looking over my shoulder. I wish I had an invisibility cloak over my cube. Or an electric fence. Ya know... either or.
Dear ADD,  you strike again. I have no idea how long I've been gone from this post, but I have since found a DIY tutorial for a Christmas wreath, convinced my mother we need to make them, came up with two Christmas crafts I want to do in addition to the wreath, updated the Facebook event for our Pre-Turkey Day extravaganza, and here we are. Woah.
Alright, I think I'll end here. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to enter my Tiny Prints giveaway! Winner will be announced on Thursday!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tiny Prints Holiday Card Review & Giveaway!!!

Can anyone believe that the time has come to start thinking about the Holidays? I mean... Thanksgiving is in two week! TWO WEEKS! Ridiculous, right?
Honestly, I don't even know where this year went. I feel like we were just celebrating the New Year as husband and wife, in our new house, enjoying some champagne (oh man I miss champagne), and we had the whole year ahead of us.
Now? Well... now there's only 47 days left in this year. I'm not going to lie though... I'm excited for this time to fly. Then it will be 2014 and that is the year of the BABY! Eek!
Anyway, since my Christmas card list is ever growing... (seriously, I think I'm up to 65 now... how do I know that many people...) I'm always looking for the best product and the best deals.
These people have outdone themselves. Since I've spent the better part of the last few years with save the dates, wedding invitations, thank you cards, etc. etc. I've gotten to know quite a few websites and Tiny Prints is one of my faves. I mean, look at all of the gorgeous options they have.
Here are some of my favorites:
I mean... seriously?! Gorgeous.

I love multi-photo cards because I can never pick just one!

I love their "clear card" options. While I LOVE the designs that they have on the back on their cards, sometimes simplicity is best.

Then of course this gorgeous style that folds. Every year I want to write little notes to everyone and then realize that I send out 8,000 cards so I hate myself by the 20th or 21st card. BUT, I still like to send notes.

I love this one. Although, I want to copy their picture and I think in my large state, Big A might not want to pick me up.
The bummer part about this year is that we don't have any professional photos to use. The past two years we had Engagement pictures and then our Wedding pictures. That's OK though. We will have professional pics with Baby P for next year, so I can make it through this one!
Another great thing about Tiny Prints is that they have about a million different style (OK... a million is an exaggeration, but they have so many new styles this year, it is hard to narrow it down to just one).  They also have so many options to choose from: color, paper, format, and now they have different trim options too. From square, to rounded, to scalloped, there probably ARE a million different cards that you could make with all of their options.

And don't even get me started on their matching options. I'm a sucker for add-ons. Matching address labels and envelope liners. Sign me up.

I was DYING to do envelope liners for our wedding invitations, but it just wasn't in the budget. Maybe it is time to fancy up my Christmas cards.
They also have some awesome photo gifts that you can get. I'm thinking everyone I know is getting a newborn Baby P ornament next year. Well... at least the Grandparents!
I mean...seriously...I could just die from the cuteness.
And lucky enough for you, Tiny Prints is offering to give away a $50 coupon code (with free shipping) to one lucky Down at Fraggle Rock reader! You lucky ducks!
Also, check out the Twitter party going on today (November 14th) from 2:00-3:00 PM ET from @Resourcefulmom. You can find more information here (including the awesome prizes they are giving away).
* I was not compensated for this, but I was offered a product in exchange for my review. All opinion listed are my own. I would NEVER endorse a company that I didn't absolutely LOVE!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bumpdate: 21 Weeks

November 5th – 11th, 2013
So what has been going on this week?
Nothing much. We celebrated my dad’s birthday, started painting the nursery furniture, and picked colors for the nursery and our new bedroom when we move upstairs. Although… now that I think about it… that sounds like a LOT!
How far along?
21 Weeks. I prefer to think of it as only 19 left… sounds smaller.
Maternity Clothes?
Yep. Except for when I need sweatshirts and stuff, then I hit Big A’s stash. Mine are a bit too short now. L
Stretch Marks?
None yet. Crossing fingers I don’t get any. Although, I’m playing Stretch Mark Roulette since I’m only using the oil every so often.
He’s moving around in there. On Sunday (the 4th) I swear I felt him from the outside. It was such a weird feeling. I haven’t been able to feel it again though.
Food cravings?
Still nothing continuous. I’m such a stereotype though that I’m digging pickles. I finished the jar I had at home and was a bit sad. I’m trying to eat a bit better though and I’m feeling a whole lot better. My body needs fruits and veggies more than ever!

Nausea, vomiting, or sickness?
What I miss:
Alcohol. A waist line. SLEEP. Ya know. Same ‘ole same ‘ole. I should just leave this every week and add to it. Haha.
Sleep is getting better thanks to getting the dog a bit more under control. Although my dreams have been CRAZY. Big A had to wake me up the other night because I was having a nightmare that felt so real that I was screaming in my sleep. It was terrifying. Still some stretching pains and at night I feel like he is sitting in my ribs. I don’t know if it is him or if he is just pushing things around, but it is always on my right side and MAN that hurts!
Best moment this week?
Just continuing to think that we are that much closer to our little man being here.
I need to get on this before I gain 6,000 lbs.
Much better. THANK GOD!
What I'm looking forward to?
The holidays. I’m excited to see everyone. I’m excited to get this year done with so we can move on to year of the baby. I’m excited to stuff my face at all of the festivities without caring (as much) about what I’m eating. I have a doctor's appointment next Wednesday and then I only have ONE more until we get down to the 2 week appointments. (DREADING the glucose test though) And March 2014… that’s a BIG one!   

Feeling a little better in this one. Not feeling as "puffy" as last week!
OH...and this happened today...

Our first snow! It didn't last long, but I was excited.
Linking up with Kristin over at Mama and Mou!

*Also, make sure to come back Thursday for a $50 Tiny Prints giveaway!*