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I am now 36 weeks!  My weekly update from babycenter.com says that next week my baby will be full term.  Yikes!  Everyone around me keeps saying “Oh, I bet you are ready for that baby to come…” and my reply is “Nope!  I’m hoping to go until April 27 (my due date).”  Here are my top ten reasons why I don’t want the baby to come early:

10.  Our dresser/changing table hasn’t arrived yet.  Once it gets here I feel like I will be able to start sorting clothes, and getting organized.

9. We need to finish setting up the nursery. Yes, I know that the baby isn’t even going to use the nursery for a few months, however I so badly want it to be ready to go so that I can put things away.  This will definitely help me to feel more ready!

8. I need to organize all my gifts from my baby shower.  We were blessed to have a beautiful shower about a month ago and I got so many great items!  However since we don’t quite have our nursery set up, everything has been put into the closet of the nursery.  I have no idea what I need for clothes, onesies, blankets, etc.!

7. I have not finished (started) my thank you notes for the shower.  I have a lofty goal of getting them all done before the baby comes…

6. We haven’t gone on our ‘baby-moon’.  Erik and I carved out a night for us to go away together… originally we planned on doing a weekend away however with our work schedules (he has been doing some big implementations, and I have to be around for Easter events) we can only manage 2days/1night.  But that’s ok…even one night away will be great!

5. We haven’t completely decided on names.  We have the basics picked out but we need to agree and decide on first and middle name combos, etc.

4. Work.  I am not ready to go on maternity leave.  I still need to find volunteers, set up schedule, and determine who will be doing my tasks while I am gone!  Things are starting to come together… but I don’t feel ready yet!

3.  I still need to figure out this hypno-birthing thing and develop a birthing plan.  We have been taking hypno-birthing, which is great (several friends and family members have used it), but I don’t feel like I have it all figured out yet.  I need to finish the book and set up my basic plan of action for my labor. Erik laughs at me because everytime we do guided visualization in class to help us relax I tell him later how my mind wanders everytime I close my eyes and I can’t seem to focus.  I think that I’m going to need something to look at to focus on… like Bible verses on index cards that I can read over and over again and focus on during my ‘surges’.    We also took a waterbirth class and are very open to using it as an option based on several positive experiences that our friends have had.

2. I haven’t packed my bag for the hospital yet.  What in the world do I need to bring?  What will I fit into?  Is it bad if we bring our extra large suitcases to the hospital?

1.  How in the world am I going to know how to take care of a baby?  Although I love kids, I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to a newborn.  Yikes!

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This year I have started to try to get my food shopping more organized.  I have begun creating a weekly menu, shopping every Monday, and attempting to stick to a budget each week.  I have also been stockpiling, which means I’m paying attention to sales and trying to use coupons to stock up on items we use regularly when there is a good deal.

I  have been inspired by some money-saving-grocery-recipe-type blogs that I have come across, however I am no where near as good at this as these women are.  Plus, living in New England, I just don’t think I have access to the deals that they do.  Some of these women feed their families of 12 on like $30 a week.  Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I just don’t know how they do it sometimes.

My goal has been to spend $50 a week on food, which includes any stockpiling I might do.  Although, there have been some occasions that I might allow myself to go over if there is a super good deal that we will use for several weeks (like when granola bars were on sale… I think I ended up with close to 18 boxes).  $50 a week for our family of 2 is approximately $3.60 a day for each of us.  This budget isn’t set in stone, but it has been what I have been using as a guide.  I might adjust things in the future but for now this works for us.

As I have been reading these coupon/grocery blogs I was frustrated that some of our New England stores weren’t represented.  I have been shopping fairly exclusively at Market Basket which seems to have the best deals and sales.  Sometimes there are some good deals at Hannafords also.  I’m going to try to share the deals I find for myself at Market Basket here each Monday along with our menu for the week in case anyone needs some ideas!

Menu (I only plan 4 meals a week – Thursday is leftovers, and we improvise on the weekends)
Monday – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup or Panera (before hypno-birthing class)
Tuesday – Sloppy Joes
Wednesday – Veggie Soup & Rice
Thursday – Home Group Potluck
Friday – Pizza

Market Basket Deals 3/29
Oranges – $3.49
Del Monte Sloppy Joe Sauce – $.99
MB Soda – $.69
Smart Ones – 3/$5
MB Orange Juice – 2/$4
Hannaford Deals 3/29 ( I have a store coupon that I need to use this week)
Eggs – $.97
Grapes – $.89
Ham – $.79lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – $1.99
Wheat Thins/Triscuits – 2/$3

 

 

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Yesterday I received my diaper bag in the mail!  I ordered it from a friend who has started to make a variety of handmade crafts and sells them in her Etsy shop.  She made one for a friend several months ago and I have been coveting my own ever since.  I also purchased another item from her that I can’t share right now because it is a gift, but I’ll show that too, once the gift is given. 

How great is this bag?

 

Take a minute to visit Adrianne Designs and poke around to see the great deals on these gorgeous items!

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Okay, so there is probably no one left checking in on my blog.  It has been months since I have posted… life has been busy… and I have been lazy.  I’m attempting to jump back into the habit of posting a few times a week but it may be a slow start.

So, you ask, what have I been doing since Christmas?  Here are a few things that have been going on…

  • I am now 35 weeks pregnant!  Yikes, just writing that down freaks me out.  We are taking hypno-birthing classes, getting the nursery ready, and trying to enjoy these last few weeks of being child-free.  I’m feeling huge and have trouble getting up from the couch and out of bed.  It seems like my ankles are swelling up more often and I have to go to the bathroom about every five minutes and I’m quite forgetful… but other than that, I’m doing great!
  • My best friend(and preggo bud – we were due 2 weeks apart) was diagnosed with cancer this month.  She is an amazingly strong woman with a faith that I envy.  Within days of finding out her hip pain was due to a malignant tumor on her femur, she delivered baby Ethan by c-section at 34 weeks and then had her hip replaced three days later.  She and baby are now home recovering and getting healthy before she begins 9 months of chemo in April.  I must admit that this had rocked our world in the last month as this family is one of our closest friends.  Here is a picture of us at Mass General just a few days prior to her c-section:

  • After Christmas we made a trip down to North Carolina to see some extended family on my side.  We drove whole way which wasn’t so bad because I watched the entire season 9 of Friends on my laptop.  I love that my grandparents totally do it up for Christmas:

 

I’m looking forward on keeping everyone up to date over the next several months as we go throug many exciting changes in our family!

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