12.27.2009

Merry (belated) Christmas!


Hope everyone had a very merry christmas! After some very interesting travel stories, we all made it to NY and NJ for Christmas. Here we are in NYC on Christmas Day.

Back in Boston now until Tuesday morning. We have two dogs here and its been interesting to say the least. Red is older (8 or 9) and Cooper is still a puppy (1) and just wants to play all the time. Last night copper got so excited while they were playing he peed on the floor, so red decided he needed to mark his territory  and ended up peeing ON MY LEG! It's going to be interesting next year with two dogs pus a baby!

12.21.2009

I have pregnesia

Pregnesia = pregnancy induced stupidity. I am suffering from it at the moment and am wondering if I will ever get my brain back. I have also been ridicliously clumsy for the past month or so. I'd probably broken two glasses in my life from clumsiness and in the past month alone i've broken FIVE. I've been spilling things, dropping things and knocking things over. I've become a danger to myself and it has me very worried.

If you're wondering if this is real, oh believe me...it is. I've been saying the most obvious, stupid things recently. And then when I try to remember what I just said, I can't. It's awesome....

The snow ruined my baby shower!

Well...the holiday party on Friday night was a go, despite flooding and rain in Charleston, but my baby shower in NYC on Sunday was CANCELLED due to snow. I'd packed my car and was on my way to NYC but had to turn around an hour into the trip because there was a BLIZZARD in DC and it was moving north to NY. Uggh. So, the baby shower was called off and will hopefully be rescheduled for mid-January.

I debated for awhile about whether to cancel it or not but the weather just seemd to be too dangerous for people to travel and also for me to drive. The last thing I wanted was to end up 6 and a half months pregnant in a ditch on the side of the road somewhere. So, now I am back in Charleston, just hanging out again until the roads clear and it's safe to drive. It does give me a few extra days to pack, which is helpful because we are moving right when we get back on Dec 31/Jan 1st. Ahhhh!

The night before I left we had a holiday party at my house. Here are a few pics






By the way, there is a story behind the photo of Bo, Dustin and Chang.... he doesn't normally walk around like that.

And today i'm 27 weeks pregnant!!! only 13 (or less) to go....

12.17.2009

Ohh, hello....

Well...I hear there are some new readers here at Vinyasa Mama. A big HELLO to all of you (specifically Bo Benedict) and thanks for checking out the blog! And feel free to comment away, if you'd like!

12.10.2009

I love strollers!

After registering at Babies R Us this weekend, I've been on baby item overload ever since. We are now registered at Giggle, Pottery Barn Kids and Babies R Us. click on the names to the left if you want to check out the websites. There are so many options for every little thinkg you might need to do with a baby, so I've been trying to narrow down the essentials to find the most effective item (er...piece of equipment?) to meet our needs. Here is what I've come up with, so far for my most essential item, the stroller. Other items to follow in the next few days.

Stroller



You all know I LOVE strollers and have done a ton of research on these. It was especially helpful to be in Boston over Thanksgiving to see all these in person and also to see how people walking around with them and how they tend to use them on a daily basis. Overall, I am still all for the UPPAbabay Vista. It is more expensive (to the tune of  $689) then one of the nicer stroller at Babies R Us (such as a Graco for $375) but is made from much sturdier materials like aluminium alloy frame, rubber tires that are filled with foam so they will not go flat, shock suspension and a washable organic cotton liner. Every Graco I've seen is made almost entirely of plastic, including the wheels. As we live downtown and also plan to travel A LOT next summer, I want a sturdy stroller that will hold up to urban Charleston conditions (uneven sidewalks, concrete, sand, etc) and be lightweight and easy to travel with by car or plane. Additionally, the UPPABaby comes with both bassinet and a toddler seat, which are interchangeable, and many have said is especially helpful for an infant as you do not need to purchase additional travel carries, which can run you another $150 or so. And if that wasn't good enough, you can use your car seat and lock it directly into the frame, so you don't need to purchase or fiddle with any adapters. Oh...and the rubber wheels are also great for walking on the beach, the handle extends so a taller man can use it easily (Kyle is 6'3'') and you can flip the seat around so the baby can either be facing you or facing out.


Bottom line: I LOVE THIS STROLLER.

Stroller (runner up)

After a friends suggestion, I decided to give the BOB Revolution a shot. She was right, this stroller is pretty amazing and handles extremely well. You can literally push it with one finger and it turns on a dime. It also has rubber wheels and is excellent for any condition including walking on the beach. It's made from sturdy materials, has an especially large sun shade and is easy to fold. The price is a little expensive, but reasonable at $389. The best feature is that you are able to lock the front wheel and jog with the stroller - which is something that is important to me as I do run a lot.

But there are a few reasons this isn't my top pick...first of all, you can not use this for an infant unless you use a snuzzler (fuzzy insert that adds padding) or a car seat adapter. Also, when you do add the car seat, you must screw in an adapter frame to hold the car seat, which doesn't look difficult, but definitely takes away from the ease of just clicking it in and going. Also, as a toddler, the child must be facing forward and there is no option to flip the seat so they can face you. Apparently, most toddlers do like to face forward, but I like to option of seeing them if I want to, especially if they are sleeping. And finally, although the BOB does fold easily, it is not as compact or lightweight as the UPPAbaby, nor does it lock in place when folded, so you run the risk of it coming unfolded when you are trying to put it in the car or travel on a plane. Oh...and apparently you can jog with the baby until they are 6-8 months anyway....

Botton Line: I really like this stroller, but not for an infant. I would definitely consider once he is 6-8 months old if we find we need a second stroller.

Glucose Screening

We went to the doctor this morning for our monthly check-up and a glucose screening. I had to drink a bottle of bright orange water/juice 45 min before the test, which actually kind of burned my throat as I sipped on it. The results from the screening were a-ok and the baby does not have gestational diabetes. Just in case you were wondering...

12.07.2009

25 Weeks! But that means only 15 weeks left?!

I'm not sure which is more scary, the fact that we only have 15 weeks left until mini Mac enters this world or the fact that 15 weeks (which is 3 months and 3 weeks) no longers sounds like a lot of time to me. Hmmmm?

In baby lingo, everything seems to be measured in weeks. A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks, and each trimester is roughly 12-14 weeks, depending on who you ask. In real life terms, most people measure time in months (or years) so although 3 months and 3 weeks, sounds like an ok amount of time, 15 weeks sounds like it's going to fly by to my pregnant brain. That's only 105 days!! In that 15 weeks we need to:

- move!
- buy a stroller, car seat, crib, changing table, bottles, diapers, and about a MILLION other things
- set up the crib, nursery, etc, etc, etc
- find a pediatrician
- childbirth class
- decide on a name (or narrow down choices)
- stop freaking out about labor
- etc, etc

And that's just the absolute minimum. All are fairly involved - especially moving-  and will take some time, so I'm getting pretty nervous about having it all together before he arrives. Oh, and then there is the little thing called LABOR that absolutely terrifies me and keeps me awake at night. I'm hoping the childbirth classes will help settle my nerves. I think the thought of it makes me nervous because I still don't know all that much about my options, what my choices really are for epidural/no epidural and c-section/no-c-section, what the hospital looks like, what I can expect, pain, being in labor for an insane amount of time, etc.

My goal is have everything set up and ready by March 1st (haha, yeah right!) so I can chill out for the last few weeks and be ready if he arrives a little early. But we'll see....

I found this online checklist that seemed rather helpful http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-tools/articles/checklist-pregnancy-timeline.aspx?MsdVisit=1

I took a few pictures of my growing belly this morning. Sorry to any of you who would rather not see it. I understand, it kind of freaks me out, too.


I was pretty small for awhile, but now I feel huge. It's getting difficult to bend over and although my balance feels ok (thanks to yoga) I just feel kind of "off" when I move around. I'm also not one to complain about aches and pains, but my lower back has been killing me! It feels like I bruised my tailbone or went skiing/snowboarding and fell on my behind a million times. I now understand why pregnant women waddle. It's isn't from the belly (at least not yet) it's because your lower back hurts.

After experiencing all of this, maybe only having 15 weeks left isn't so bad after all?

12.02.2009

Mmmm...gelato


I've been eyeing this Talenti Gelatto stuff in Whole Foods for awhile now, but was always skepticle because
1) it's like $6 or $7
2) i'm wary of keeping ice cream/gelato around because I will EAT IT ALL....QUICKLY!

So, I've pushed my cart past it and moved on to the salad bar on at least a few occasions. However, on my last trip to Whole Foods (aka, my second home) I was in the frozen foods aisle, trying to avoid the ice cream, and this woman walked up and nearly cleaned out the stock on this stuff. As in 6 containers. The rest of her cart looked prety normal and healthy, so I was intruiged. She flashed me a smile as she walked away that (i'm assiming) meant "this stuff is amazing and I will sacrifice anything to indulge". So...I took it as a sign and decided to cave in and buy it. Plus, I'm pregnant, which is a free pass for things like this.

Well that woman was obviously on to something because this stuff is amazing. No...really...it's AMAZING. Plus, its all natural - the only ingredients are: milk, sugar, cream, eggs, dextrose, powered milk, chocolate, cocoa powder, vermouth and guar gum.

It definitely satisfies my chocolate cravings and the little mini chocolate chips add some crunch, which I like too. Tahitian Vanilla is next on my list to try :)

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