September 26, 2011

Baby Update - 32 Weeks

28 Weeks
Almost half way down with week 32! I cannot believe that I have less than 8 weeks until my baby is due to arrive. I can't believe it, yet at the same time, I can, because sometimes it seems like this pregnancy has been extremely long.

So far the third trimester has been an experience. Some say that the third trimester is much worse than the first, which I don't know if I agree with yet. Although I am far from comfortable, I was really sick during the first trimester so not being nauseous and being able to eat the foods I want have been nice. Although, with 2 months left I am sure I will be getting far more uncomfortable and unhappy soon.

29 Weeks
The worse things about the third trimester have been that I developed varicose veins. I had no idea what these things were and always skipped over the information about them described in all my pregnancy books. For some reason, I didn't think I was going to get them. Who knows why I thought this, but since I didn't know anything about them I didn't try to prevent them or to pay attention to getting them. Over the past week I've had a terrible time doing anything where one leg is up and one is down, like for example walking up the stairs. It's been painful, and my pelvis has felt extremely heavy. I also started working at my mother in law's dry cleaning business on the weekend to save some money for maternity leave, and I was finding it extremely difficult to stand for any length of time. I figured all of these sounded like normal pregnancy issues and that I was experiencing the same thing as every other pregnant woman.

30 Weeks
Yesterday was when I knew something was wrong. I couldn't even walk up the stairs without feeling pain and needing to stop and sit down for a second on the stairs. I also felt pain just going from the sitting position to the standing position. I finally went to the books and online to do my research looking up my symptoms. Of course when I read about varicose veins I knew that was for sure what I have. Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about them, besides not crossing my legs (like I could anyways), wearing loose clothing, not standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, and elevating my legs as often as I can. I have my 33 weeks appointment next Tuesday so I will definitely be talking to my OB about this!

This will be the second time this pregnancy that I have gotten something "rare." Apparently only 20% of pregnant women get varicose veins, and I was one of them. Also only 10% of pregnant women get PUPP, and I got that too in the first trimester. PUPP is in short a pink, itchy rash that develops on your belly and chest. Although I know I am very lucky to have not gotten gestational diabetes or pre-ecclampsia I still think this pregnancy is harder than I had expected it to be! I thought I was going to be a fertility goddess, a happy Buddha, but instead I'm just a sick, tired, Humpty Dumpty.

Not that I am not excited for little girl's arrival. I am very excited to meet my baby and  start taking care of her. Joey and I are getting ready by starting to wash all her things, cleaning the house and getting last minute things together. We have boxes of baby things that are reedy to be assembled, such as the high chair, pack and play, and an entertainment station for the baby. I still have one more baby shower this upcoming Sunday, which I am so excited for, and then Joey and I will begin to shop for necessities such as diapers and wipes.

Baby Wagner's room is complete now, actually overflowing will baby things that we aren't sure what to do with yet. Here are some recent pictures, although not very exciting!

Her letters that we made her are hung up, but I blurred them out not to spoil the surprise of her name!

Her infant seat is all set up and ready for November!

I'm loving the diaper caddy.

That's it for now, more next week after my second baby shower and doctor's appointment!

September 19, 2011

How To: Make Custom Wood Letters on the Cheap

Just like majority of, well, everyone, I love the wood letters that people put up in their baby's nursery. I had decided long ago that my baby was also going to have these but Joey and I held off on getting some because of uncertainty in the baby's name and also we didn't know what style we wanted. After searching online for months, literally, I decided that I was going to make them instead of buy them. At the lowest cost I found, it was still averaging $10-15 per letter. No thanks. The cheapest letters were also only painted, while the really nice ones could go up to $20 a piece. Holy cow, I have no idea how or why people afford this. So my next idea was that I was going to purchase the wood letters on my own from the craft store along with some paint and ribbon and make them. I did go out and buy all these things only to have my mind changed because 1. Joey and I agreed this wasn't very original and 2. I suck at painting anything more than coats of color. So back to the store I went to do a little return.

Our letters sat on the counter for weeks before Joey and I decided that we were going to try to Modge Podge scrapbook paper onto the letters. Joey and I headed out to good old Michaels and Jo-Ann fabrics only to be disappointed in the scrapbook paper selection and (for me) the cost. The only paper that we found that was close to what we wanted to match Baby Girl's room was in a book of 48 papers for $20 at Michaels. After getting that, the Modge Podge, paint, brushes, etc. it was going to be way more than I wanted to spend on my little arts and craft project. And also what the hell was I going to do with all that paper after I spelled out my baby's name?

But alas, this story has a happy ending. Very happy ending! As we were exiting the store, I happened to want to walk through the dollar section (yes, I am very frugal), and found adorable shelf paper that was exactly what we were looking for! We found 3 rolls of shelf paper in a green pattern, pink pattern and green and pink rose pattern that matches the baby's room perfectly.

Satisfied with our decision, we bought the other materials that we needed and went home to get crafty!
This is what we ended up needing/spending:
Wood letters: 2.99 per letter.
2 small tubes of white paint: .59 cents per tube...and I ended up only needing 1!
3 rolls of shelf paper: 1.20 per roll! What a deal.
Paint brush: .79 cents.
Exacto knife: 2.27 after using a 40% off coupon.

So as you can see, we spent much less than the cost to purchase these letters pre made. And the work wasn't all that bad! Here is what we did.
1. First off I painted the sides of the letters white-two coats. If I were to do this again I would have dried the letters on wax paper, not newspaper since some newspaper stuck to the paint on the back of the letters.

2. Because we used shelf paper instead of scrapbook paper there was already adhesive on the back, eliminating the Modge Podge/glue step which was very convenient! All we had to do was take the backing off of the shelf paper and carefully lay the letter upside down on the paper, pressing firmly, then trace the letters with an exacto knife.

Daddy hard at work.

3. Make sure there are no bubbles in the paper by smoothing it with your hand.

Voila! Done! Probably one of the easiest projects we ever did that ended up looking awesome!
Although our baby's name isn't a so called secret by any means, we still haven't gone public with it, in hopes that it will still be somewhat of a surprise when she arrives, so I'm only showing you one letter from her name. For the people who do know baby girl's name, please keep your lips sealed! Thanks! ;)

We are also thinking of skipping the traditional ribbons and just putting velcro on the backs of the letters to hang them "floating" on the wall. This is a good idea for us because we really don't want to put nails into the wall! 
More later,

UPDATE: Now that Noelle has been born, we can show all the letters! :)

September 17, 2011

...Hope She Likes Dance!

Just for fun I wanted to post some (yes, this is only some) of baby girl's dance themed attires. It's going to be a real shocker one day when she tells us that she doesn't like dance. Hopefully this won't be the case, since she is already dancing up a storm in the womb! Although we don't care what our little peanut ends up being or doing, we not so secretly hope she's a little ballerina! Here are some of her cute things that I never ever want to forget. Click on the images to see them larger!

You can find all these cute unnecessary things at Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Baby Depot, Baby Gap, Carters and tutus at Gymboree! I bought all the Old Navy tops for $4 a piece-they are on clearance now! Everything else I got also on sale. Mama never pays full price. ;)
More fun stuff later,

September 12, 2011

Baby Shower #1!

Yesterday, Sunday the 11th I had my first baby shower hosted by my good friends Jessie, Dawn, Annie and Gaotah! We couldn't have asked for a nicer day to have it! We feasted on Savoy's pizza and salads, along with Dawn's mom's amazing punch and a delicious as well as beautiful cake made by our friend Aime!

 The amazing cake that Aime made me! Loved it!

Dawnie's diaper cake topped with the softest baby blanket! 

Lots and lots of food!

We played some fun, different baby shower games including one where you pass around a pacifier with a straw and you aren't allowed to use your hands. No one was very successful at this game except Jessie!

Jessie was the winner! :)

Jess also had us playing Baby Pictionary which was fun! We had two teams play against each other and it was really fun to see people try to draw out sayings like "breastfeeding" and "poopy diaper."

I also got some awesome gifts for Baby Wagner that I am really excited about! It was so fun to "unpack" everything last night! Perfect ending to a nice weekend.

Thank you to everyone that made it yesterday and being part of my first pregnancy! Joey, myself and Baby Wagner are very thankful for each and every one of you! A special thanks again to my hosts, Jess, Dawnie, Annie and Gaots.

I'm looking forward to my next shower with more friends and family in October!
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