Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Baby Must-Haves - 3 Weeks

So Alex is only 3 weeks old but there are already a few must-haves in our house.

1. Sleep Sheep (Toys R Us)

We love this! It might be more for us then for Alex. Ha ha, we turn this in to the heartbeat setting at night and it seems to help Alex. Sometimes if we go to bed after it has turned off we restart it to help us go to sleep!

2. Baby Log App (Apple Store)

There are lots of baby apps out there and this is just the one that we found. It is great, especially in the first few weeks. It helped me keep track of which side he nursed on last, when he nursed, diapers, etc. It was great when we went to the Dr's office because we didn't have pieces of paper to remember. We just started using the sleep option and only at night for right now but going to start using the sleep part during the day too. It also has places to logs weight, etc. Only thing I wish is that it had accounts so you could sync across devices (iPad and iPhone, etc).

3. My Brest Friend Deluxe Wearable Nursing Pillow (Toys R Us)

I tried the Boppy Pillow when we were in the hospital but I still had too much of a belly to make it work. My co-worker recommended this and the some people from work got it for me as a gift. It was a life-saver. It adjusts size to fit depending on how big you are, plus it stays in place and has great support for the baby to lay for feeding. Sometimes, if he falls asleep I let him sleep there for a bit if I'm entertained.

4. Changing Pad Covers (Toys R Us)

We have the changing pad covers that match our bedding set but we use these on top of that and it's great! They're much cheaper so we have a lot of them and they're easy to change out when they get pooped on (which happens several times a week unfortunately)

What does anyone else have as their essentials? We'll see what tops our list again in a few weeks as Alex grows!

And it's just us!

Well the last of family has left and it's just Alex and I during the day. We had a day last week where no one was here but Kurt worked from home so we weren't really 'alone'.

Today we're hanging out, getting things done and having some cuddles(waiting for the storm to roll in)! Glad to have him to myself for a little Hopefully we'll be back to semi-regular blogging tomorrow. I'm working on the birth story!

Meanwhile, I'm posting weekly/monthly updates on the baby blog, but thought I'd just do monthly updates here. I'm working on the 3 week update this afternoon! If you want to see those, you can hop on over: http://babychapmanonboard.blogspot.com/

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Newborn photo preview!

We had them done yesterday by Red Bridge Photography and she posted a preview already! Soooooooo excited, love it! Can't wait for the rest!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

(Hope to post more soon!)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Welcome Baby Chapman!

Alexander Michael made his way into the world, Tuesday, June 7th at 5:57pm. Coming in at 8lbs 5oz, and 21inches long!

Everyone is doing fine! Attaching a few iPhone pics, will post some more later!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
  1. Another year down.  Today is my 28th Birthday!  I'm thinking I won't be sharing with baby c, but I'm ok with that.  Everyone says that when you share with your kid that you don't actually have a birthday again.  
  2. My first Christmas in my new Strawberry toy box!
  3. If you can't tell my maternity leave has started already.  So far in a week I've read 2 books and sat at the pool, and written a blog post for almost every day!  I've been doing my best to stay cool and just relax but it's hard!
  4. I saw these sandals at Kohl's in Red and Green but found them online in brown.  I'd change my whole wardrobe to red and green I love them so much!  If only they came in black too! (They were on sale for $13.99 this weekend so I ordered them in every color and I'll decide what to keep/return!)
  5. I am starting a new quilt to keep me occupied until baby arrives.  Even though this quilt-a-long is waaaay over, I'll be doing this design since I have a jelly roll that I'm not sure what to do with.
  6. I got my hair cut today!  I figured it would be the last time in a while before baby arrives.  I'm terrible at remembering when I last had it cut.  Since I don't like how she styled it, you'll have to wait to the weekly picture to see it.  :-)
  7. My parents and my sister got me everything on my wish list (except the baby), for my birthday, I feel so blessed!  I cannot wait to use my mom agenda!  (I'm such a nerd)
  8. Remember gmail as a baby book?  Well I got an email address for baby chapman. :-)  I'm holding out on the name until his arrival though.  I love the video so much I wanted to share it again.  :-)
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    39 Week Update!

    How far along? 39 weeks - I'm still convinced we'll be holding out to at least 40 weeks (though I wouldn't complain if it was a little earlier)!

    How big is baby?  7 pounds/20 inches!  About the weight of a mini watermelon.

    Weight gain? 41lbs - No weight gain since last week!

    Symptoms? Swelling, definitely had a few contractions lately.

    Sleep?  Yuck!  Up at least 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom.  Thank goodness for naps.

    Food cravings? Still anything cold, lots of popsicles and ice. 

    Movement? Slowing down some this week.

    Gender?  It's a boy! 

    Clothes?  Maternity Pants and maternity tops and regular cardigans. 

    What I am looking forward to? Almost there.  My Dr. doesn't check your progress until 39 weeks, so we'll see how it looks Wednesday at the appointment.

    What am I missing? Standing, and sitting like a normal person.

    Milestones?  Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

    Other?  We unboxed the carseat and put one base in the car.  We also put together the strollers and checked them out as well.  


    Saturday, June 4, 2011

    We skipped spring (and Shutterfly)

    It's hard to believe that baby c will be here before you know it! I feel like it was just January and I was in Tahoe, at the halfway point thinking Spring would never get here and I'd be pregnant forever, ha ha.

    Spring may be the actual season that is upon us right now, but I'm pretty sure that Mother Nature missed the memo this year and NC just skipped right on to Summer. Have you seen the forecast lately?!?!

    It's been like this non-stop for the last 2 weeks!  Was so not prepared for that.  I was thinking that it would be a little warm at the end of my pregnancy, but definitely wasn't expecting the 90's.

    I'm sure you've seen this around the blogsphere before but I just thought I'd share as well.  With Spring comes so many events and while perusing Shutterfly I noticed all the great options that they had for these different events. Given the great promotion that they offer bloggers (sign up here for your chance!), I thought I'd share a little bit more. We have several birthdays coming up as well as Father's day and there are some great options on Shutterfly to help celebrate these occasions.  The options that they offer for cards are great!

    Like I mentioned last weekend, we are looking at birth announcements and I can't wait to get newborn pictures of baby c done so that we can pick one of the options I blogged about before. I'm hoping that the Spring weather returns so that we can take some pictures outside. These summer temperatures are a bit more than I can handle 9mo preggo.  I am also planning on taking all of my weekly updates and putting them into a book for a keepsake.

    Spring is usually such a great time of year around here, we can go for hikes/walks and just spend some time outdoors before the heat gets to us, but this year, that isn't possible, the temperatures plus the swelling is really putting a damper on things.  Hopefully we get a little bit of relief soon and we can enjoy some spring like temperatures of low 80's, rather than the upper 90's.

    Hope you're all having a great weekend and having some spring weather of your own to enjoy!  Oh and don't forget to check-out Shutterfly's great deal for bloggers too.