Thursday, October 16, 2008

I LOVE IT!

I discovered a new blog thanks to Mrs. Preppy. It is called The Long Thread and it is exactly what I have been looking for! She has lots of projects and crafts and features an weekly "Make it Monday" where she shows a new project you can do! In times like this when you are stressed by work, the economy and even global and environmental issues, sometimes you just need a source of silly happiness and I think projects and crafts can be a source of relief or creative release!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Baby on the Brain!

Tomorrow marks 23 weeks down and 17 to go! That kind freaks me out because I am an inconsistent rounder. Big Guy is always laughing at the way I skip forward. I see 17 weeks to go and all I can think of is-- that is close to 12 weeks which was really no time at all!!! I have so much to do and so many decisions to make! It is a little daunting and after an unsatisfying stroller test drive last night, I started crying in the car. Big Guy didn't understand why I was so wrapped up in the stroller until he realized that it was the bigger picture that had me all worked up. The stroller wasn't the issue, it was the stroller decision- and how do I make the right one that represented ALL of the other decisions I have to start making! I just want to make the right choices and everything is so expensive that I can't afford to make a big mistake. I need to choose a crib that is safe and durable and pretty all in one and the same for the stroller and the car seat and I need to figure out childcare for when I go back to work, and I need to choose the wall color for the nursery which means I need to choose the bedding pretty soon as well.

Now I know some of you are thinking- hey, that isn't what having a baby is about, and believe me- I am well aware. I have the baby in my belly- I understand all of that! That isn't the part that worries me because I KNOW that I will love the baby and I know that we are going to do everything that we can to give him all that he needs and raise him to be kind and polite and loving and chivalrous and thoughtful and amazing- call me crazy but that doesn't worry me much because I know how much we love him already and he isn't even born! What has me stressed out is all the stuff I have looked forward to making just perfect and pretty and fun since I was a young girl. I have looked forward to picking out this stuff for so long that the decision now seems daunting! I just don't want to waste all of our money on a bad product and have to replace it.

On a less stressful note- I needed to cheer myself up by making some easy decision purchases, so I snagged these at a bargain!









I actually got the sweater in navy with red stripes but couldn't find the picture online.





The actual Polo I found had more Navy with the red and white stripes. Big Guy has the same shirt so I couldn't resist.

I had some questions for the Mums and Mums-to-be out there. Do you have any thoughts on my top two stroller pics. Please be gentle if you hate them both- but still give it to me straight.

My top three choices are the Uppa Baby Vista, the Quinny Buzz and the Bugaboo Chameleon. I really liked the Chameleon until I tried to fold it and unfold it. I am not strong/coordinated enough to do that multiple times a day. It seemed like that was a stroller for those who don't need to put it up and down much. Then I was really sold on the Quinny, but I was worried about functionality since there are many many moving parts, and the wheels are air filled- but I loved the way it worked and handled. Then I saw the Uppa Baby which seemed to combine the best of both strollers- its adjustments were smooth instead of jerky and awkward. It looks utilitarian yet preppy, much like the Bugaboo, but it folds up as easy as those BOB strollers everyone likes.


Top Choice: UPPA BABY. This seemed to have the look that I like- but with a little more ease of use. It looks like the Bugaboo, but acts like the Quinny




The Quinny Buzz: Easy to maneuver and unfolds with one touch


The Bugaboo Chameleon: Stylish and durable with lots of adjustments and millions of color options