Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baby Names

DH and I have come to a final decision about what our baby names will be. :)

If we have a boy:

Evan William R.

And if we have a girl:

Ashley Erin R.

The name Evan we've had in our minds since before we even started TTC, and it stuck. We added William, because that is DH's brother's name, and we wanted to honor him in some way. My brother and his wife will be the godparents. :)

As for Ashley Erin... Ashley just kind of came up, and we've always liked Erin. Neither name is associated to anyone in our family, and has no other meaning other than that we like the name.

So that's that! Can't wait to find out of this baby is Evan or Ashley!! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

First Adventure in Baby Shopping

Saturday was a really good day.  There was a huge consignment sale for baby/kids stuff around where I live, and a friend and I went to check it out. She bought a bunch of stuff for her son, and I only brought home one thing, but that's mainly because we don't know the sex of our baby yet. I'm sure there will be a little shopping spree in my near future though. :)

I ended up buying one of those little vibrating chairs for ten bucks. Hopefully when baby is born, he/she will love it as much as I'm told that babies do... But if not, then the chair will go to good use anyway because one of my cats, Noodles, has decided that he really likes it as a lounger:

It's a strange feeling to walk in to my house and see that baby chair sitting there... It's like I have to do a double take when I walk in just to make sure I'm in the right house! But it's also exciting. :)

When I got home from the sale, DH and I decided to go to Babies R Us for the first time just to look around for strollers. DH has been obsessed with the stroller from the get-go, claiming that it has to tiny, and it can't be a van etc.. etc... He's been looking at strollers on the Bugaboo website. He likes them because they are small..... He can like them all he wants, but there's no way we are ever going to pay $1500ish for a stroller!!!! Sooooooooo.... LOL We took a look at what they had at BRU, and we found one that we both liked. It's not inexpensive either, but at least it's under $500. We liked the Evenflow Eurotrek Travel system - Sunningdale. From this pic, it looks like it's vomit colour, but in person, it's actually a nice sporty looking green. :) We're not actually going to buy this until a bit later, but at least we have agreed on something we like.

I have to say that I really enjoyed shopping with DH. I thought he might be a bit weirded out by the baby store, but honestly, he was so cute looking at the clothes and diaper bags and stuff that were there. I think it was the first time I really saw him get excited about baby things. :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hormones + lack of sleep = MONSTER

I'm trying very hard not to get fired today. I'm cranky, moody, exhausted, and work is busier than it has been in the last 2+ years I've worked here! People keep asking me things, and I'm trying very hard not to just snap at every one. I think this has been the longest week of possibly my life, and I am just counting down the hours until it ends!

On the bright side, I do have an epicure party to go to tonight that my cousin is throwing, so it should be a nice way to just have fun and RELAX!!

Saturday, my friend invited me to some consignment sale thing for kids/babies.. I'm looking forward to getting a first glimpse in to shopping as a mom. :)

Only 4 and a half more hours left to my work day! PLEASE LET THEM FLY BY!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My first baby purchase!

I was on my birth month board (on thebump) today, and someone put up a promo code for a baby sling. The sling is free, you just have to pay the shipping. I live in Canada, and the company is in the states, so it cost me $16 to ship it, but that's still much cheaper than what I've seen slings go for here in stores, and I love it, so why not? :)

I bought this one (Autumn Blaze) from

Also, in other news....

Our original appointment for our 20 week scan was scheduled for October 11th, which is one day AFTER Thanksgiving (here in Canada). DH kind of pointed out that it would have been nice to have found out before the weekend when everyone is over for turkey.

I called the clinic, not really expecting them to actually accommodate my request to move my appointment 1 week earlier, but they did!!! So now my appointment is October 4th. I can't wait!!!

I'm thinking of copying some of the ladies on my birth month board by making a little 'gender reveal' cake. Basically, we make a cake with question marks on the outside and non sex-specific icing on the outside, but the inside of it would either be pink or blue. I think it's fun... DH thinks I'm nuts. Meh.. whatever, I'm going to have fun!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Baby longies! (& soaker)

2 posts ago, I posted that I was knitting baby longies and promised to get some pictures up here of what I was talking about. So without further ado, here is the long and the short of them. :)

 Starting with the short (should fit newborn-6 months):

Then the long. These should fit newborn-3 months, possibly a little bit more than that. :)

And last, but not least, same as the ones above, but slightly different colour of yarn, and these ones are bigger to fit 3-6 months. They stretch pretty big though, so they might fit longer than 6 months.

17 Weeks, 1 Day

It's beginning to look a lot like a baby... (sung to the tune of It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas) ;)

I can't believe that in only 3 weeks, baby will be half-baked and we'll finally (hopefully) be able to find out the sex!! I'm pretty sure as soon as I know what baby is, I'll get right to shopping! So far, we haven't made any baby purchases yet.

People have asked me if I have any 'intuition' as to what the sex of the baby could be. I truthfully don't think I have any, but I guess I've had some form of leaning towards baby being a boy. I'm not sure if that's just because we refer to the baby as 'he' most of the time just to avoid calling it 'it' though. I really don't care what the sex of the baby is, I'm just so excited to finally know. October 11th is the day of the scan. :) Let's hope baby cooperates!! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Little ninja!

Baby's been kicking up a storm this morning! :) I've been feeling little movements here and there, but this morning, I definitely felt some kicks! They were hard enough that I could see them from the outside (though oddly enough, can't feel them from the outside). Just little flicks about 3 or 4 inches below my belly button. Baby made my Monday :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Longies. :)

My friend came over last night to keep me company while DH worked super late. We're both knitters, and both expecting babies around the same time. (She is 4 weeks ahead of me). We've been knitting baby soakers. My friend cloth diapers her kid and intends to do so with the next one, and though I think cloth diapers are cute and everything, DH and I have decided it's not the way we want to go.... BUT... the soakers can be useful whether you are cloth diapering or not, and they're really cute, so I've been knitting a bunch of them. I will take pictures and post them on here at some point... I've been lazy.

In case you're wondering what a baby soaker (or longies) is/are (I had no idea what they were until my friend told me about them), they're basically just knit pants. They have to be knit out of 100% pure wool, because the wool serves as an absorbent layer. If baby pees or poops in the middle of the night, then the soaker kind of keeps it from getting on the bed, or anywhere else for that matter (like DH's shirt.. LOL).

They are often called soakers, baby longies or shorties. All the names just describe the styles. Soakers typically don't have legs, they just look like a diaper cover, longies have longer legs like pants, and shorties are basically the same as longies, just with shorter legs.

Okay... seriously, all this explaining now seems silly without pictures, so my next post will be the pics of the ones I've made so far. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Baby's still in there... :)

After a rather stressful morning (we had our standup meeting at work today, which ended up being inconclusive until October.... blah)... I was looking forward to hearing baby's heartbeat at my Dr.'s appointment today. :)

Dr. scared me a little when it took him FOREVER to find baby's heartbeat. He was even starting to get a strange look on his face, but he kept searching, and eventually found it. He said that the baby was being "sneaky". :) lol

I told that to DH, and DH's response was "greaaaaaat.... our baby's going to be a little troublemaker like me." haha

Oh probably. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Think happy thoughts

I will not worry about this, I will not worry about this....

The big guy where I work is calling a standup meeting on Monday for our entire branch. Last time we had a standup meeting, about 40 people got laid off.

I want to think that maybe they could tell us something positive on Monday, but we already know that our department has been told to cut another 5%. At this point, it won't happen through attrition, because most of the cut backs happened that way last time. They cut 80 positions, 40 of which were filled with people.

There's a good chance that I will not be affected by the cutbacks, but it's not impossible, which leaves me with a little doubt, and a lot of fear with a baby on the way!!

It really sucks. I got out of working in the private sector because they tell you that your job is secure in the government.... but since I've been here, all I've witness is insecurity, people losing their jobs, and I'm still on term after almost 2 1/2 years.

The best I can hope for is that I get to work out this term so that when I go on maternity leave I will get a top up on top of EI.

At least this way, they wouldn't be able to touch my position for a year.

Okay, now that this is out of my system, I will give no more thought to it until I actually find out what's happening!!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Growing. :)

Baby is the size of a navel orange this week, I'm apparently the size of half a watermelon, LOL Oh well, I adore my bump. :) I'm fully rocking out the maternity clothes now. I can't fit in to any of my normal pants, and all of my shirts have seemingly shrunk up my belly. The changes are exciting. :) Even DH seems to have more of a connection to the pregnancy, now that he can visibly see that there is a baby there.

I'm not sure what I'm feeling in there. Every once in a while, it feels like I'm having muscle spasms in my uterus. I'm assuming that it -could- be baby moving at this point, but I'm really not sure. I hope it is!! :)

I'm feeling a lot better now than before. I have more energy, I seemed to have nipped the overnight heartburn by propping my head up on pillows, and I generally feel pretty good! Only 5 more weeks until we find out the gender! I can't wait!!!! First stop when we figure out what it is is Carters! LOL I really just want to buy one little outfit just for fun. :)