Month: June 2012

So much to do!

So much to do!

The heat is on. The heat of less-than-5-weeks-until-the-due-date, anyway. And the due date is just a reference point, not a hard-and-fast rule! ARGLE BARGLE! We’ve got soooo much to do and so little time to do it! The main project we’re trying to get accomplished […]

BONAFIDE!

BONAFIDE!

I received this quaint little piece of paper in the mail yesterday. I received my diploma from Kirkwood late last week, but that was a little anti-climactic compared to this guy. I was telling Kevin last night that I’m sort of amazed that I was […]

Garage sale haul!

Garage sale haul!

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This weekend was pretty righteous, as far as garage sale hauls go. I managed to swindle my way into getting a bunch of stuff that’s pretty awesome (and cute to boot!) for not very much money. Setting out with $40 and my pal Alicia of Culinary Bliss, we started relatively late in the garage sale game, around 8am, and decided to hit two different city-wide garage sales: one in University Heights, a self-contained little community surrounded on all sides by Iowa City; and North Liberty, a little suburb to the north, who also happened to be having their “Fun Days”, a yearly event with carnival rides and a car show.

There wasn’t a ton to be found in UH, although Alicia uber-scored with lots of pricey, barely-worn shoes for $20. I would have been fighting her for some of them if they’d been in my size! North Liberty proved to be the best place for me, though, with several mostly-baby sales. I manage to pick up, as seen above:

  • a Bright Starts bouncer seat
  • an LL Bean bag that’ll work really well as a diaper bag
  • a toddler down comforter with a really cute flannel hippo duvet cover, and a flannel receiving blanket
  • two trays for storing breastmilk in the freezer in an organized way
  • a Boppy (courtesy of Alicia, thanks!) and a bag of bottles

I managed to score all of that for $18.25. Can you believe it?! It might seem a little silly to those of you who are either well-versed at the magic of garage sales, or who couldn’t give two shits about good deals on baby stuff, but I’ve officially gotten the taste for (garage sale) blood. My baby shower is next weekend, so we’ll see what kind of awesome stuff we’re given then, and then after that, the GAME IS ON.

Oh yeah, we stopped by a barn sale outside of town today and picked up this little bit of awesomeness for a very unbelievable deal of a price, too:

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I can’t wait to see what we do with it!

A nurse is born

A nurse is born

So, I guess this means it’s time to change careers, huh?

Weighty matters

Weighty matters

Somebody made a comment on a pregnancy/motherhood message board that I read today that really resonated with me: I don’t so much trust my body, though. It’s hard to be fat and pregnant and not feel that the other shoe is bound to drop at […]

OMG, SHOES (Pt. II)

OMG, SHOES (Pt. II)

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Baby’s first pair of shoes! It’s probably a little premature, but come on! We found these at a garage sale today for 50¢, so basically we had to buy them. The same garage sale had baby Keens, but I figured we should stop at one pair. For now.

Hello, garage sales! I have the feeling that it’s going to be really difficult not to buy entire swaths of clothes and toys at garage sales this summer, so I really think we should pace ourselves. Plus, we’ve got that whole baby shower thing coming up. Speaking of that, do you have any advice for what to put on the registries? I’m kind of skeeved out by registries to begin with, because gift-grubbing seems weird and resentment-making. But at the same time, I don’t mind having parties, and people are probably going to buy us stuff, so why not have a list of things we need, right? We went to Target today to play with that little barcode scanner thing, and I’ve been working on an Amazon list, and we both felt kind of lost. Like, we know we’ll eventually need bottles when I go back to work after maternity leave, but what kinds of bottles is it going to like? And we need a car seat and crib, but HOLY CRAP those things are expensive! And so on and so forth.

Honestly, I’d love to get most of our stuff secondhand and from places like Etsy, and I know a lot of things we’re just not going to know we need until after the baby comes. But really, do you have any words of wisdom for things that we’ll need and won’t need? Please share!

Let the swelling begin!

Let the swelling begin!

Oh, pregnancy. You’re killing me! So, I’ve started to swell. I’d say that it really started in my hands, or at least my right hand, my mousing hand. In healthcare, we call it “dependent edema”, which means you start retaining water in places that sit […]