Two months left

Wow… We have less than two months left of this pregnancy now! So the plan was to post this over a week ago… But this third trimester is, well, exhausting, and I tend to get off track very fast. I like napping. A lot. And I constantly feel the need to rearrange my house. My husband says that the nesting instinct has kicked into overdrive. I say that’s completely possible, but it doesn’t help that we’ve only been in our house for two months, so I am still attempting to make everything feel like “home” while also preparing for our new family member.

So, what have I been up to in our countdown to Baby Babb?

Hospital tour

I attempted to schedule a hospital tour… But, they have them at night, which is great for the hubs’ schedule, but horrible for a mom in her third trimester, who, much like a bear, just wants to hibernate. Here’s hoping that the third time is the charm, and we actually make it to the next one we sign up for… I have a lot of questions, considering I haven’t given birth in almost a decade, and this hospital is completely new to me.

Packing hospital bag

I have been constantly attempting to pack my hospital bag… My car is ready, the carseat is installed, and Baby Babb’s bag is packed. I even threw a few items in a bag for the hubs… The only problem is, I can’t seem to pack one for myself because I use most of the items that are suggested to have in it… Like, ya know, maternity pants for going home in. That, or I just don’t have stuff yet. I feel sooooo behind. 🙁 I really hope that I get some gift cards at my baby shower and I can get a few of the things that I desperately need (like nursing pjs!)

Speaking of…

Baby showers

My first baby shower is this weekend!!! I am so beyond excited! The ladies from church got together and are throwing me an amazing baby shower (I will definitely be sharing pictures!). They have really worked so hard to make me feel extra special, which is awesome, because other than that, I have felt really yucky lately…

Stocking up

Yes, I have been stocking up… My boys ALWAYS used Pampers diapers, for two reasons. One, because I LOVE the Pampers Points program, and all the cool things that you can earn. Two, because my youngest would break out in a horrific rash if I put another kind of diaper on him. It only seemed logical to stock up on Pampers diapers this time around. I clipped a TON of coupons each month, with the help of friends and family members, and bought the smallest pack of diapers offered for the coupons (this is the best way to get the most bang for your buck with coupons, and if I have too many of a particular size, it turns into a great baby shower gift later). Amazon also helped me to stock up with a rewards program that they had going on for their baby registries… After a certain amount had been purchased off my baby registry, they GAVE me $150 in free diapers and wipes!

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I also took this time to stock up on things that we need around the house… Things like toilet paper (I love Charmin, and can get pretty awesome coupons for it each month too!), hand soap, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, and some nonperishable groceries. I tried to make it easy by just grabbing a dollar pump of hand soap and a small-ish pack of toilet paper each time I went to the store… And the other toiletries, I just bought an extra here and there since we don’t go through it quite as fast. We are pretty much set to not have to leave the house after we get home from having the baby… Although I am thankful that I have a mom and mother-in-law that will gladly run and get stuff for me if I really need it.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some pictures of what we have going on… But, just in case you don’t, here’s a few. 🙂

 

I did it! It’s finished! #BabyBabb has a swing! #fisherprice #snugapuppy #socute #nowimtired

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Oh, and an updated belly pic, of course! 😉

32 weeks, 2 days… Feeling huge. Less than 8 weeks until we get to see you #BabyBabb!

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Apologies Aren’t Allowed Here

That’s right. Apologies are no longer allowed at my house. I don’t know if it’s the halfhearted  “Sorry” that I’m sick of or if pregnancy has just really killed my patience, but I refuse to let my boys get away with a simple “I’m sorry” and walking away anymore. It ended today. Apologies aren’t allowed here anymore.

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Now, you probably think I’m crazy… But I assure you, I haven’t lost my mind. They’re not going to get away with murder, they won’t go uncorrected when they do wrong, they just will not have the option to simply say “Sorry” anymore, because I’m raising responsible little men, and they should know better than that.

When the youngest started acting up in school this past year, I started having him write apology letters to his teacher, and not a single one said simply:

Dear Ms. Moses, 

I’m sorry. 

Kyle”

Instead, he had to say “I’m sorry I (state what he did here)” and then state how he intended to correct and make up for his behavior in the future. My thoughts are, if I feel like this is the best course of action for his apologies to others, why not for family members too?

So from now on, apologies aren’t allowed here, not without an explanation of what they’re apologizing for, and a plan to make things right. Why? Because I’m raising responsible little men, not little turds. They need to learn to stand up and own their behavior and figure out how to make a situation right (if possible) instead of just walking away when they do something wrong.

If you like or dislike this post, make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think! I really appreciate all feedback! And, if you think I’ve lost what’s left of my mind, well, tell me that too…

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Halfway Through…

So, I never posted when I made it to the second trimester, but thankfully I did. I am now halfway through this pregnancy and know that I am having my third little boy.

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Halfway through pregnancy…

Now that I am halfway through my pregnancy, I have started making all of my checklists for everything that we need… Everyone assumes that we will have a baby shower, but since it is my third boy (even though his brothers will be nearly 9 and 11 years older than him), no one actually wants to throw a shower for me. I did make baby registries with Target and Amazon though, just in case.

On top of my baby checklist, we are also preparing to move in a few very short weeks, and I am learning all about what it’s like to pack a house up whilst being 5 months pregnant. The only request that I had made was to not move while I was 6 months pregnant… Boy did we cut that one short!

Halfway through pregnancy

We’re almost ready for back to school over here, and I am anxiously awaiting that, although I’m terrified of what I will do with my time once the boys are back in school and I am staying at home. Oh yeah, that’s right… I’m at home because it is nearly impossible to find a job while pregnant. Expect more blog updates after September 6th, as I will surely be going out of my mind!

I do have plans to really get to work on the online store soon. By soon, I mean to slowly start building stock in the next few days. I will be adding more baby clothes (starting with ones that I think are really cute that I want to make for Baby Babb) and I will also be adding more etched glass as well.

Well, I’ve got to get running… These kiddos are keeping me busy, and I haven’t packed anything today (Shhhhh… Don’t tell my husband!). I’ll be back to update one day soon!

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Oh Yay… The First Trimester.

So, yes, the shock of this pregnancy has finally passed and now I’ve gone full into the crappy feelings of the first trimester. Let’s see, how wonderful has it been? I’ve had the awful headaches, the all day nausea (it was a MAN that named it morning sickness, because that shit lasts ALL. DAY. LONG!), the puking, all of it. Yep, it’s like a hangover that won’t go away…

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And on top of feeling crappy, I keep being told that I can’t eat anything that I want to eat. No sushi, no deli meats, nothing worth having… And the coffee that I can still have the cups of? I can only drink half a cup before I start puking. 🙁

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When I do find something that I can eat, I can’t eat it because I am too nauseated. And I get nauseated because I can’t eat. Viscous damn circle.

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Is the first trimester over yet? I am soooooo ready to get to the second one. I want the honeymoon phase!

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The one good thing… All of my friends are busy dieting and getting ready for bikini season. Me, IDGAF. I’m getting fat and I don’t care.

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Yep. This is a wonderful first trimester. Can anybody out there sympathize?

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Oh Sh!t, I’m Pregnant!

Everyone always talks about unplanned pregnancies in teenagers, or even unmarried adults, but what about happily married, fairly financially stable adults? What about when you’ve been doing everything the right way to prevent pregnancy and it still happens? That’s right, we were working to prevent pregnancy, but Baby Babb has announced that he or she is coming whether we are ready or not. That’s right, I’m pregnant!

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How I announced my news on Facebook!

This is a timeline of how my past few weeks have gone…

  • 4/19/16- Man my boobs hurt.
  • 4/20/16- Ugh, cramps suck. Guess my period is coming early this month (it was due to arrive 4/24)
  • 4/21/16- Great. Everything smells awful and is making me nauseated.
  • 4/22/16- At least I’m not cramping anymore.
  • 4/23/16- When will this nausea end? Do I have a stomach bug?
  • 4/24/16- Oh no, where’s my period?
  • 4/24/16 (later that day)- I bet if I buy a pregnancy test, I’ll at least have some peace of mind.
  • 4/24/16 (even later)- Shit. Why are there two pink lines? There can’t be two pink lines. No. No. NOOOOO. Not happening.
  • 4/25/16 1:30 a.m.- Oh shit, I’m pregnant.
  • 4/25/16 3:30 a.m. (after hours upon hours of freaking out)- Wake the hubs up in tears and tell him.
  • 4/26/16- Can’t sleep. Still.
  • 4/26/16- Can’t stand the taste of coffee. Good one Baby Babb, I can’t sleep or drink coffee. What the hell? Do you hate me already?
  • 4/27/16- Called the doctor to make an appointment. Didn’t cry today.
  • 4/28/16- Cried because the smell of crayons makes me sick and I work in an elementary school, so crayons are unavoidable.
  • 4/29/16- Can’t stand the smell of anything sweet. It makes me puke.
  • 4/30/16- Cried because now I can’t get a Dodge Charger and I need something with third row seating.

Who knows what today will bring, but for now I am happily looking at baby things online and planning… Oh, and getting a headstart on a baby registry (don’t ask, I just have to keep busy).

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