Monday, May 30, 2011

Carter's Outlet

Today we made our first baby clothes purchase(s)!

Courtney and I were having way too much fun buying for our new little bundles. Baby Cullen will be joining them in August so she was able to stock up on blue and doggie type duds while I shopped for gender neutral items. All in all, we got some AMAZING deals at the Carter's outlet in Tracy, California! The Carter's Outlet was also having a Memorial Day sale of 40 - 60% off on top of many already marked down items. It was marvelous!

From left to right:
  • Newborn size yellow duck onesie/pants/sweater set with attached duck booties and sleeves that can turn into mittens for $8 (orig. $18). The white and yellow duck hat was $3 (orig. $10).
  • Baby's 1st Thanksgiving bib for $1 (orig. $8)
  • 0-3 months super soft Baby's 1st Christmas white PJs with attached footies and a white Santa hat for $4 (orig. $18).
  • 0-3 months lavender hat with a fun flower for $3 (orig. $10)
  • 0-3 months Baby's 1st Christmas set with a red onesie/green pants/white bib and red Santa hat for $4 (orig. $18).
All in all, these items set me back $24, while retail price would have been $82! (I really spent around $35 because I found additional items for upcoming baby showers.) I'm glad we don't know what the sex of the baby is yet because I could have gotten into a lot of trouble buying more adorable things.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Today's Appointment

I have an appointment today! Here are some questions I have prepared:

  1. I'm flying out tomorrow- should I take anything before I fly?
    1. Nope, Zofran oughta do it.
  2. Should I stop sleeping on my back?
    1. There's no major cause for concern if I wake up on my back, but I'll begin to find it more comfortable as I progress. 
  3. My nausea is still as strong as ever, but the pills are working. Are there certain foods to avoid that would help it subside naturally?
    1. Spicy food and acidic foods like tomato sauce.
  4. Can I see if this kid is a dude or a chic today or will I have to wait?
    1. Our sex ultrasound will be on June 20th - the day after Father's Day!
  5. Are there things I can do now to make breastfeeding easier?
    1. Sign up for a class now!
  6. Are there things I can do now to make delivery easier?
    1. Sign up for a class now!
  7. Should I be taking anything else besides prenatals?
    1. Nope. Prenatals have the combination I need. She spoke against taking additional supplements because too much of certain vitamins and minerals can do more harm than good.
  8. I live in an older house with plaster walls and hardwood floors - are there hazzards I should be aware of with homes that are almost 100 years old?
    1. As long as I'm not stripping lead paint, I'm fine.
  9. When should I stop wearing high heels?
    1. When it starts to hurt.
  10. Where can I find a good pair of maternity nylon stockings?
    1. Lynchburg has a very small selection - she recommended ordering online (to which I responded, "this dress is from eBay so that won't be a problem."
  11. We just bought an Xbox Kinect - should I not be jumping around or is it okay if I'm already used to it?
    1. If it hurts, don't do it.

So there ya have it! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby Names

VlogBrothers are two of my favorite YouTubers - they are nerdtastically awesome! This video in particular summarizes our feelings toward baby names. Jonathan and I want something that's known, uncommon, and hard to misspell. I also wanted to pick names that could have fun nicknames. My name (Laura) never had any fun nicknames growing up, I acquired them later from children with speech impediments (i.e. Wowa, Lo, Lola, etc).

So far, our front runners are Joanna and Benjamin. Easy to spell, easy to pronounce, they go well with our last name, and they get fun nicknames!

Joanna - "God is gracious" This name is music to my ears. Even before Steven Sondheim wrote "Johanna" for the musical Sweeney Todd, I've always thought it to be a beautiful name.  It's also the name of the goanna (reptile) on Rescuers Down Under and a genus within the butterfly species!

Benjamin - "Son of my right hand" Benjamin is the son of Jacob in the Bible. I've also never met a jerk named Ben, they've all been great guys. (ha, been great guys..) I'm also a big fan of the nickname possibilities with the name Benjamin (Ben, Benny, Benji, etc).

For now, baby answers to JoJoBean or JuJuBee.

These are the top ten baby names for 2010 and thus names we are not choosing:
Girls: Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Emma, Chloe, Ava, Lily, Madison, Addison, and Abigail.
Boys: Aiden, Jacob, Jackson, Ethan, Jayden, Noah, Logan, Caden, Lucas, and Liam.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby is a Sweet Potato

Baby is a sweet potato!

I think each week I'm going to share a food comparison - its so fun :) This list on The Bump has them all listed so I can even sneak ahead and catch a glimpse of what size it will be next week!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

18 weeks - I feel the baby!

It wasn't as magical as the movies, but it was definitely hella exciting!! (Yes, it's so exciting that I used the word "hella"!) It feels like concentrated pressure, like a mini cramp that goes away after a few seconds. Woo hoo!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JoJoBean Blessings

God helped adjust my attitude. (He actually kick started it because I was doing a terrible job of changing it by myself).

Key Terms:
JoJoBean = combination of Joanna and Benjamin (potential baby names)
SnowBod = body like a snowman
TTC = Trying To Conceive

Despite the barfiness and light headedness, I am overwhelmed with blessings in this pregnancy. Little JoJoBean is growing and meeting all of his/her marks at every visit. Heart rate is great, weight gain is good, and no severe pain or bleeding.

Our families are THRILLED about our pregnancy - this is the first grandbaby for both families and the first grandchild for my parents. 

Lisa (my sister-in-law) is due a month after me so we've been able to celebrate and commiserate together.  She's been just as sick as I have so it's been awesome to walk through it with her. (we also were able to walk through our TTC year together). Christmas is going to be crazy!!

My belly quickly expanded into a volleyball while my arms and waist have shrunk. I never thought I would be one of those women who just "showed" in the stomach, I thought I would balloon everywhere. I'm rockin' this snowbod while I have it!

I have a job within an organization that promotes family. I wasn't afraid to tell my boss I was pregnant - I was thrilled to tell him!

We have a church family that loves us. I especially adore my small group - they're full of love, laughs, and wisdom.

God's good, man. God is so good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Don't let me forget about last year
Don't let me forget the tears of November
Don't let me forget the frustrations
The temptation is to ride this wave of preparation and elation, but

If I forget, I'll lose sight that Your grace is more than enough.
If I forget, I'll lose sight that Your plan is for us.
If I forget

Don't let me forget.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Good Weekend

At week 18, I will probably start to feel the parasite kick or punch me. Woo hoo!

It's weird - some days I feel very pregnant and other days I forget that I'm carrying another person inside of me. My day to day activities have been impacted but nothing has been derailed to the point of frustration. Just rolling with the punches (or kicks, whichever comes first)

Yesterday's Commencement went very well. I arrived at 6:15 a.m. and grabbed a quick breakfast before starting the funtivities before me. I was hoping that my duties as Club Seat Supervisor would be a relaxing one and I was quickly corrected by God's plan for my day. Lots of little extinguished fires later, 12:00 came and meant time to help transition Williams Stadium into the School of Business Ceremony. We loaded fake diplomas into a giant box contraption, used electrical tape to keep the wind from blowing the Business banner awry, borrowed sandbags to keep it from falling (again), and created new cards for graduates who lost them. The ceremony began, I ate a delicious meal of leftover VIP cuisine, and I was able to go home at 3:00 p.m. and sleep.

Today we celebrated Jonathan's 25th birthday! We drove to Roanoke with the intention of shopping at Motherhood Maternity, grabbing coffee and people watching, then eating a lovely dinner at Carrabba's. Coffee was replaced by Ben and Jerry's and our appetite was nearly ruined by those delicious creations of cold Heaven. After a brief food coma in the car, we were able to rejuvenate our hunger and eat a lovely meal at Carrabba's. The day ended with a slurpee from Sheetz as I drove home to the sounds of Jonathan snoring beside me.

I love my life!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

No Pastels Please

I know I'm having a baby, but I believe the word baby does not automatically mean pastel colors.
I have always preferred bright, jewel tone colors. Instead of perriwinkle and lavendar, I want blue and purple! Instead of baby poop yellowish brown, just give me brown!

It's okay, baby. I don't like pastels either.
I also think it's better for the child to be surrounded by beautiful, bright colors. I'm not a member of WINC (obscure movie reference - gold star to anyone who knows it!), but I do believe that certain colors can evoke positive or negative emotions. Pastels make me sleepy and yuppie. Bright colors give me energy and good vibrations! If someone gets me pastels, I won't get all hissy about it though. I'm thankful for all of the things God provides. I'm just voicing that I love bright colors.
 For the nursery, the main color scheme will be primary colors and then depending on the sex, we'll add splashes of purple or green to the mix. (I don't mind pink, but purple has always been my girlie go-to.) We already have some brightly colored accessories and art pieces that don't clash with our light wood furniture.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I love drugs

Some days, it's all I can do to roll out of bed and plop onto the couch.

Other days, all I can eat is half a banana.

Most days I'm able to function at about 70%.

Today is not most days.

My miracle drug Zofran was originally designed for chemotherapy patients and used to be extremely expensive, almost $100 a pill when first released. Thanks to the generic version, Ondansetron*, there's now $.50 a pill and a LIFE SAVER! I know pharmaceutical companies get a bad rap, but I am thankful when they make medcine more affordable so people can get better faster and continue to push the economy forward by going to work.

Ultimately I was hoping to be done with the nausea by now. My next appointment is May 28th - lets see if I'm better by then.

*Ondansetron (INN) is a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist used mainly as an antiemetic (to treat nausea and vomiting), often following chemotherapy. Its effects are thought to be on both peripheral and central nerves. Ondansetron reduces the activity of the vagus nerve, which deactivates the vomiting center in the medulla oblongata, and also blocks serotonin receptors in the chemoreceptor trigger zone. It has little effect on vomiting caused by motion sickness, and does not have any effect on dopamine receptors or muscarinic receptors.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

15 Weeks

Baby orange is in the hoooouse!

Baby is preventing mommy from seeing her feet, but that's okay. I know they're still there.

I've noticed that I'm laughing way more often now! My ribs were very sore all day because I had a laugh attack yesterday. (Something doesn't even have to be funny for me to laugh - I just laugh!) Allergies have calmed, nausea is still here, drugs are still good, I still adore dairy products, and California is quickly approaching!!!

I ordered two pairs of pants from Motherhood Maternity today - here's hoping they'll fit!