Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
|A sleepy little man after nursing into a nap. This was from the very early days, he still had brown hair back then.|
Monday, August 27, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
These things were/are awesome. After swaddling with these blankets, I rarely use anything else for a swaddle. These seemed to be the only blankets that were large enough but stretchy enough (without losing their shape) to hold little man in a swaddle all night. Not only that, but we still use them. On a cooler summer day I'll throw one of these over little man outside or during his nap when it is warmer but I still think he needs something to cover him up.
2. Moby Wrap:
Little man LOVES being worn, and as a newborn he functioned similarly. There were days where my back would hurt so badly from carrying him around all day, until I realized I should have been using the Moby all along. Once I learned that the Moby Wrap was perfect for, well, most anything I needed my hands for during his first few months, my back felt much better and he was so much happier than if I were constantly trying to set him down.
3. Prefold diapers used as burp cloths
We purchased several packs of prefold diapers specifically to use as burp cloths. Because little man had reflux and was CONSTANTLY spitting up (some days I wonder how he even gained weight), we were always in need of a burp cloth. Prefold diapers (we went cheap with just the Gerber brand from Target, not what I'd use on his bum, though) were the perfect absorbency for the many, many spit ups he had in a day, as they could clean more than one spit up, and I wasn't washing 345,658,237 burp rags per day.
4. Footed Sleepers
Little man pretty much lived in footed sleepers for the first few months of his life. No mess with matching clothing items, no constantly having to find/replace discarded socks, and constant snuggly warmth. Some of our nicer footed sleepers even have fold over cuffs for the hands, so that at night we were able to keep his hands warm without worrying that his mittens would never actually stay on his hands. Plus, to be honest, while he was a really small babe, I didn't do a lot outside of the home, and I was in my pj's too :)
What baby items did you LOVE? Are any of them on this list?
Saturday, August 18, 2012
We made it to 20 weeks! Yay!!! Here's what's going on with us lately:
Right now, as I type this, I'm 20 weeks and two days. It will be a few days before this post comes up on the blog, so I may be a few days behind. I'm not going to actually post my weight or weight gain like some bloggers do, because that's my business :) but I will say that it is less than I had gained with little man at 20 weeks.
I have a ton of stretchmarks from last pregnancy, but surprisingly, they are looking more and more faded as my belly gets bigger. I actually notice them much less on my pregnant belly than I did on my post-partum belly.
As you read previously, we officially found out that we're having a girl a week or two ago! DH is completely overwhelmed by the amount of pink that has entered our home in that short time period, but I am getting really excited about all the adorable baby dresses and shoes that girl clothing allows for. I didn't know what I was missing last time around dressing little man, but goodness are baby girl clothes so much cuter!!!
I have been having crazy cravings this time around. I've actually continued to eat much more meat than I ever would my previous pregnancy or prior to being pregnant with little man. But the random, odd cravings that hit me in the middle of the day or at night are funny. One night recently, I REALLY wanted Doritos. The next night I wanted DH to drive to the movie theater to get me some popcorn. Since it was almost 10p and our local movie theater is at least a half hour drive away, he didn't go, but man the cravings have been odd!
We've been asked several times since finding out if we are having a girl what we will name her. DH and I go back and forth on this one, because we have a terrible time agreeing on baby names. With little man we were really undecided until very close to the end. We know for sure that this babe's middle name is going to be Elisabeth. We're just not sure about the first name yet. My favorites at the moment are Ana, Anna, and Mae. I'm sure that will change about 1,249 times before I deliver.
I am actually feeling a bit more prepared than I did a few weeks ago, thankfully to a lot of leg work on my part. You saw my post on the JBF sale and my newly growing collection of baby girl clothing, so I'm feeling like I'll actually have something for her to wear when she gets here. I also have been working a TON on little man's toddler room, which I will be doing a post on in the future not only to share all the projects I've been working on, but also to highlight a few of the products I've purchased for his new room.
Overall, I'm feeling MUCH better than I did during the first trimester, although my blood pressure has been pretty low lately, (I think my last check was 100/60, and the one before that was 90/60) and I've been feeling somewhat dizzy at times. If I plan well, move slowly, and eat well, I tend to feel less of those symptoms. I have noticed with all this heat that I've been swelling quite a bit. At the end of the day my already cankles turn into thigh-looking-ankles. I've also had to retire my wedding rings. This seems so soon to me, and I'm hoping once it cools down a bit more that I will get them back on for a month or two more.
My next ultrasound with the MFM department (maybe my last with them?) will be in 6 weeks, so I will likely update again then!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|I purchased at least 3 more sleepers (maybe more?) but they've already been washed and are currently in use. We needed little man sleepers that much! :)|
|S'cuse my toes :)|
|The zip-up bear suit!!!|
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
|Chairs, sideboard, table, and glass-front cabinet at far right all from IKEA.|
|Sideboard from IKEA, mirrors from Crate & Barrel|
I tend to change my mind, a LOT. I'll start off with one style in mind, and then want to switch it up later. IKEA's prices allow me to do just that. Also, we're a growing family. I'm not looking for heirloom quality furniture right now. I'm looking for the 'let's get us through a couple of rowdy kids' type of furniture- items that I won't cry over or mind too much if they get knicked, dinged, or damaged in any way. I'm looking for things that are easy to install, easy to use, and easy to clean. For example: the parsons chairs you see above all have chair covers that velcro to the bottom of the chair. Someone spills something offensive on the chair? Off comes the cover and into the wash it goes. It's that easy.
However, more recently, IKEA and I had a little run in.
My pregnant self, my toddler, my pregnant friend (due in September), and her toddler drove up to IKEA the last time I was visiting their family. (The nearest IKEA to me is 3+ hours away) The main goal was to get toddler room furniture for little man as it just recently dawned on me that I am almost halfway through this pregnancy. (Really??? Already!?!? Okay, deep breaths, I still have time to get ready.) I was specifically looking for a toddler bed, dresser, and table/chairs set for his toddler room.
There were several issues with our trip. The first was that we were not able to find anyone to help us move the boxes from the warehouse area down onto our cart. We actually had to have another customer help us reach items we couldn't. Because, you know, it's normal to have two pregnant women with their older babies just climbing up into the racks to reach things.
The next issue was that while their website listed the toddler bed as being in stock, when we reached that aisle, it was not, in fact, in stock. There were two boxes to the set, and only one of the boxes was left. My pregnant mama friend took the cart and her ready-to-be-done toddler up to the front to wait in the long line while I checked with the salesperson about finding out if they had any in the back. They did not. I asked if they could ship the item to me for free since I had driven 3+ hours to get to their store when it said the item was in stock and he said no.
While all that was happening, my friend did reach the front of the line with my items. She proceeded to ask the male clerk at the register to please either scan the items in the cart or help her unload them, so that her very pregnant self (again with toddler present) would not have to lift all of the heavy boxes in and out of the cart.
Unknowingly to me, while I was speaking with the salesperson, the clerk was making my extremely pregnant friend lift every single item out of the cart onto the belt and then put them all back in the cart by herself while he watched and refused to help her.
By the time I reached the front of the store, she had already finished the transaction of the items I did buy and we were out to the car. Where there was again, NO ONE to help us move the items to my car. And, actually, several IKEA workers passed us while both of us (obviously pregnant) were loading my car and did not stop or offer to help.
I was pretty much appalled by the treatment of two pregnant women with their children, especially since IKEA claims to be a very young-family friendly store. So, after talking to the salesperson at the store who would do nothing for us, I went home and called their customer service.
I spent over ONE HOUR just waiting on the line to speak with a representative. (Mamas, can you imagine, out of all the stuff we have to do in our day, spending a full hour away from cleaning, making meals, reading stories, doing laundry, etc. sitting on hold on the phone? Ugh.) Once I finally was connected to a person, while she apologized for our treatment, the only consolation she offered was an apology. At this point, after spending an hour waiting, I was steaming mad and not willing to take a measly "I'm sorry" and walk away. I asked to speak to her manager.
She in turn connected me with a 'senior advisor' in their 'escalations' department. (The third IKEA representative I'd spoken with thus far.) This representative was much more willing to listen than the previous two and passed along my information to the store manager at the store where the problems took place. This woman was to call me within 72 hours.
A week passed.
I emailed back again to the escalations advisor I'd spoken with previously. She did not respond back, but then a day or two later I received a phone call from the manager of the specific store.
Thankfully, this woman was EXTREMELY apologetic about the entire situation, discussed what was being done to remedy the problems we had while we were there, and discussed what she could do personally for me to make up for the poor experience we had there. She reported that she was unable to ship the item to me for free as they do only their own local shipping, but that she would send me a $150 store credit for whenever I returned or if I'd like my friend to go back and pick up a few items for me.
I am thankful that I finally got through to someone, and that they did respond with some service recovery. I do really like IKEA products, and wanted so much NOT to have to swear off their store/brand forever. I think the moral of this story is, for me, don't give up. If I would have walked away from the situation after 1) having the problem, 2) talking to the in-store salesperson, 3) sitting on hold for an hour, 4) speaking with the telephone customer service rep, 5) speaking with the escalations advisor, or 6) never hearing back during well past the specified time range, I'd have just sworn off the store and the terrible customer service and poor service recovery I'd experienced up to that point. Toward the end of the ordeal, I didn't care if I had to talk to the CEO, someone was going to hear me and respond regarding the situation that occurred.
Thankfully, they finally did. And we'll be going back up sometime soon to pick up that toddler bed. And maybe a toy or two to make little man feel better for the long drive. And maybe some meatballs.