Archive | December, 2010

DIY Project

30 Dec

Or at least a “do-it-himself” success for MJD!

While I provided moral support, MJD took to the ladder last night and hung curtains. He’s the best! The room is starting to come together, the bassinet arrived, I’m finally going to start washing all the clothes, sheets, and towels. I have to say that I am very impressed about everything we have accomplished during our time off.

Now that we have the furniture and a lot of the basics, we can start decorating (curtains were a big step!). We have a matching crib skirt and sheets from Land of Nod, and some new art work that is being framed, and hopefully it will all be done some time in January. Hope you like the direction it’s all going!

Hard at work!

Decorating has begun

Is this considered nesting?

22 Dec

Just gave away more than 10 shopping bags worth of clothes, shoes, books, and purses. I feel so accomplished. Somehow we still don’t have room for my remaining shoes and bags though! At least there are a few empty shelves for baby now.

Next step, clean up a bit and shove a bunch of baby stuff into the still unorganized baby room, and we should have space for all of our family to chill this weekend in the living room. Who knew how huge these bounce chairs and swings would be? This little baby takes up more room than we do and she’s not even here yet!

Look at those bags!

 

Stress Relief

22 Dec

Tonight was our final baby birth class – we came home exhausted and overwhelmed by information. There so many tips and facts and possibilities to remember, and we just needed a break. So we watched the Office and took pictures of our decorations (or at least I did the latter!).

A stress reliever:

Santa Time

Other Stress Relievers:

Getting holiday cards in the mail

Listening to Christmas music at work

Hot Chocolate

Hopefully the pregnancy body pillow that MJD just ordered me from amazon

The smell of our wreath when we get home

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite charity?

17 Dec

Every year around the holidays MJD and I try to give back and donate to different charities. MJD almost always gives to the same place, but I tend to vary every year, and lately try to give to our community in DC. But this year, with babies on the mind, I really wanted to give to other families that needed a little help to care for their babies.

As I was starting to look around, a friend in Chicago reached out to ask for help supporting a local organization, Bundle of Joy Diaper Bank, in her community. The organization is collecting 100,000 diapers for low-income families.

Did you know diapers are on the “no buy” list for food stamps because they are considered a paper product? So families can’t get access to diapers for their babies.

At this time in my life, as I buy fancy leg warmers and embroidered newborn caps for our impending arrival, the thought of families struggling to afford such a basic product is so scary. I mean we are blessed to be able to afford diapers, wipes, organic baby wash, etc…and I am in a near panic that I won’t get everything in time or I won’t get the right thing, I can’t imagine the stress of not being able to afford it.

Anyway, I just want to share an article about the organization in case anyone else is on the look out for a group like this. If nothing else, it’s made me remember how lucky I am – even amidst the lists, the nervousness, and the unknown!

 

Kale, Fried Artichokes, Top Chef

14 Dec

While in Miami we ate at Michelle Bernstein’s restaurant Sra. Martinez, and boy was it good. If you’re heading to Miami I would add it to the list of spots to try. First of all, it’s in the design district, so it’ll get you out of South Beach for a night. Secondly, do the chef tasting menu, you’ll get a mix of everything. The staff was great. The food delicious. We didn’t really eat one seafood dish and the chef sent a replacement…not everyplace does that.

MJD’s fave was the kale..who knew. Another vegetable I can try at home though to spice up the rotation. My faves ranged from the obvious – the bacon wrapped fig (why is that always so good?) to the large prawn to the oxtail pasta…delicious. Of course, I couldn’t sleep that night as I am an enormous pregnant lady who ate her weight in tapas, but it was worth it.

We also spent a lot of time in Miami talking baby names…it’s such a tough decision. I mean you are giving this little person a name to live with forever…and don’t we all remember having issue with our names at some point? So you just want to pick something that will have the least negatives…nothing too common, nothing too out there, nothing with too crazy a nickname, and nothing too long that you need a nickname. The list could go on and on and on.

Anyway, the discussion continues. It might go on right up until we meet the little one. I am such a planner though…it stresses me out not to have a decision. But maybe she wants a say in the decision!! ha! We tried saying names at my tummy but didn’t get much reaction. Maybe she’ll be more invested once she’s out here and has to use the name! I wonder how many parents say a variety of names to there little three hour old baby and hope the baby decides!

Birthday in a Fog

13 Dec

So, we’re having a baby. It’s been incredible, unreal, amazing and scary of course. I’m actually writing from Miami where we are ending our “babymoon” or our last trip pre-baby. It looks like we’ll be in DC from now until we are a family of four (Artie the doodle, of course).

Tomorrow is my birthday and we plan to celebrate by getting a Christmas tree…or at least that’s how I want to celebrate and the hubbie has agreed to assist me! Next year, we’ll have a little baby to decorate for and buy gifts for — so crazy! We don’t know too many other interfaith families, but I hope we meet them through the baby. It would be nice to have friends who also want to celebrate all the holidays! It’s an odd feeling how all of a sudden my birthday has taken a back seat to focusing on this little girl that we haven’t even met yet. Don’t get me wrong, I still want a few cards and a suprise, but I keep forgetting the day is even approaching. It’s as if December and I’m sure January are covered in fog. The only day on my mind is Feb 1.

I am going to go convince MJD to take a bet on when she will actually be born. But what are the terms of the bet – I can’t think of anything else that I want!

What I’ve been doing

12 Dec

It’s been a crazy year, but I have much to share.

Countdown to February 1…