28 Weeks

Officially 28 weeks and counting. Into my third trimester. Just now ordered some belly bands so I can continue to wear my pants/shorts this summer without buying new ones. Funny how your priorities change. I used to spend $50 on a pair of shorts and well over $100 on nice jeans. Now it’s all about frugal.

I even downloaded & bought (for $2) an Aldi’s freezer plan meal. It’s 22 meals under $150 at Aldi’s. I just prepped them a few days (which took ALLL DAMN DAY) but now I know to read through the instructions in advance and have my own system since hers was a little erratic. But they’re prepped and in the freezer. Going to try those over the next month and see if they’re any good. My sister and one of my boyfriend’s SIL were interested in trying them, so if they do turn out really good I’m definitely going to get a group together and hopefully cut down on the time. I did these 22 meals by myself and I know research wise usually having a group cuts the time in half because each person can be assigned a task. So far, the spaghetti and meatballs were delicious! Can’t wait to try the others.

I’ve gained about 10-11 lbs and am officially 7 months pregnant (3 more months to go!!!!! YAY!!!) Baby seems to be having a blast in my tummy, rolling around, kicking, punching. I don’t know what in the world is going on in there whenever she is active, but people say it means you’re going to have an active baby/toddler. That doesn’t surprise me because I remember being very active when I was younger.

So far I’ve been marking things off my checklist for baby.

Waiting until after my baby shower in 3 weeks to make a list of must-Haves we still need.

STOCKED on diapers, I need to stop looking online at different ones though because I just want to keep buying more, now I understand why they say it’s so addicting. So far I’ve scored most of mine from ALVA, a few used ones, a Kooshies, bun genius, jamtots, rumpkins, & recently ordered a few from glowbug. 2 thirsties covers. Still in my Need list: GMD newborn inserts, blueberry cover, bummis cover.

I’m going to TRY to make myself stop and only order them once she’s outgrown the newborns. It’s a lot harder to find used covers than it is the pockets & AIO so I think I’m going to order those new.

Otherwise, I’ve been waiting for comic con to be over so I can get my boyfriend back and get this house ready for baby. The kitchen is pretty much almost prepped for painting (he needs to spackle and sand) I need to wash the walls and get the remaining chunks of wallpaper off. We have the paint and primer, just waiting on the time to get it done now.

The upstairs 4 bedrooms still need painted ( all have wallpaper border up still) & the 2 upstairs bathrooms. Hopefully my mothers boyfriend really can come over and spray it and have that all done in 2 days. I’m thinking of setting aside 2 days next week to get the wallpaper border down (when my mom brings the crib and changing table she’s going to bring a ladder), then I can just tape the woodwork and let him at it. The walls are in MUCH better condition upstairs since they weren’t completely covered in wallpaper (THANK GOD)

Our goals have definitely changed, now we just want to finish painting and my personal preference is to finish our master bath so we can have a bathroom for us and one for baby. The smaller bathroom down the hall is just jam packed and I’m starting to hate it. Ugh.

Carpets and flooring are waiting until next tax season.

Otherwise though, I feel like I’ve done a good job preparing for baby.

I’ve gotten almost EVERYTHING for baby for well under $500.

Diapers I mainly got one size fits all so they will last from a few weeks old to 2 years. SAVED SO MUCH MONEY THERE!!!

Pretty much covered on clothes from newborn-9 months and got ALL of that for $160 at yardsales. I’ve also negotiated with my sister to pay her $40 a tote or large bag for her babies old stuff, since her baby girl will grow out of them a month or two before I will need some. Win win!

My mobile is almost finished, just need to put a top on it and hang it, but of course that has to wait until the room is painted. (UGH I HATE WAITING)

Also starting to get to the most uncomfortable stage of pregnancy that I’ve had so far. She moves so much it makes me nauseous and she’s ALWAYS moving around so I lack appetite just because it upsets my stomach. So any of these large projects are just going to have to wait if we don’t get started on them soon. The painting I want done within the next 3 weeks so hopefully I can push myself to getting it finished.

I’ve also been walking the dogs everyday mainly for my exercise and to try to train them a little better. The chewing has not improved, anything you leave out and leave them unattended with they chew it up. (papers, books, bean bags, EVEN A PRINTER, a baby coat, rugs) WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU DO ABOUT THIS?!?!?!

Anyway, that’s enough of my ranting. I’m going to possibly try to post specific posts about baby & mommy in one by itself, DIY-ing, home improvement, etc. But i just don’t know if I can get my mind organized like that!

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18 Weeks

Just now starting to show a little bit of a bump, mainly it is really my uterus sticking out above my bladder, but I’m carrying really low so most days I don’t even notice it. Awkward are the people that know that I’m pregnant that ask if I can feel it moving around in there yet and if they can feel it too.. Ummm no. Do not touch me please. I don’t even have a bump yet, even then I don’t want you to touch me. Respect my personal space. I’m very limited with my patience towards others in my private bubble. I’m not a very touchy person and I feel very awkward, even reacting very negatively and aggressively to get people out of my bubble.

However, I can feel the baby move now WITHOUT having a hand over my womb. It’s different than most people describe it but it’s a strange feeling to describe so I know they gave it their best efforts. Kind of like a hollow tapping. WEIRD. A little over 2 weeks until we find out the gender and have our first ultrasound. It kind of sucks that I know exactly how far along I am because of regular periods that we still have not had a sonogram or ultrasound, so this first one will be of a pretty well developed baby, not those weird peanut posts people put up. I’ve also refrained from posting too much about my pregnancy on social media, since I find it annoying when people non stop post about their baby and every photo is of their disgusting, dirty, snotty kids. No thanks. I don’t find that very cute. **Rolling my eyes over here**

Lifting tomorrow, I’ve switched to doing a full body workout so I don’t exhaust myself, apparently it’s not very good to do since your baby needs all of the nutrients and protein, not much room for growing your own muscles. I’ve gained about 4 pounds. I haven’t been keeping track of my waist size, but all of my pants and clothes still fit me pretty well other than bras, which unfortunately I’m about to have to go up a size for the 3rd time. WHEN DO THEY STOP?!?!

So far so good still, really easy pregnancy. I’m pretty high energy now, but I’m still short of breath, less volume in your lungs while you’re pregnant so I can never get that REALLLYYYY deep breath to let it all out. I’ve started doing a yoga video as well. I CAN work on improving flexibility so I’m going to stick with that through my pregnancy and maybe it will work out positively for me! 🙂 Even my boyfriend wants to try it.

Remodeling our house has come to a stand by. Some days I really just don’t feel like getting up and tearing down wallpaper. There really isn’t much to do, I think I could get it all done in one day, I’m just being lazy and I like to cook and clean on my days off too.

BUSY WEEK ahead of me, going to do blood work tomorrow morning, got a date with my boyfriend and some coworkers for dinner, a gym sesh planned.

I also have waxing appts for brazilian and underarm, I went ahead and paid for 6 underarms, get one free, it ends up saving you money and that way I don’t have to worry about it I can just schedule my appointments and get them done. I work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday also have a dentist appointment, it’s apparently important to get your teeth cleaned and an annual check up with the dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Have a date with one of my boyfriends sisters to get MUCH NEEDED pedicures. Ugh I HATE clipping my toenails. My big toenails are always uncomfortable and I cut them too short, digging out ingrowns, and then when they grow out too long they hurt too.

We got our dogs neutered about 2 days ago. They’re sacks are swollen and they’re supposed to stay as calm as they can, however they don’t want to seem to listen to me tonight, with this lovely weather they want to run around in the yard and play, and we can’t let them do it for another 5 days or so. Otherwise though, I think they’re recovering ok. I was a little worried at first with how much bruising and swelling they had.

I even soaked up some sun for an hour this afternoon in the nice weather and moved all of my spring/summer clothes over. I can’t believe how many clothes I own……. I still have clothes at my townhouse I rent and the walk in closet here at my boyfriends house could overflow…I haven’t even moved shoes…I think I found out what I’m a hoarder with.

My niece turns 12 on St. Patrick’s Day, her birthday party is this Saturday and I’m driving up to my sister’s house to celebrate and give my sister her shower gift since the roads were too bad for me to make it to her baby shower. She’s due March 27th but they think she’ll go sometime this week.

Pregnancy definitely makes your life choices, priorities and decisions change. I’ll tell you that much.

I’m still eyeing the prize of a pitcher of margaritas for my birthday in August, but I’ve definitely been trying to strengthen my familial ties, and ensuring that my presence and friendship is worth it to those who matter. It’s also been ALOT more easy to save money, which I am horribly bad at. I’ve been trying to take 10% of my paychecks and put that into savings on top of any extra money that I earn that I do not immediately need. I did have a little spending spree when I got birthday gifts, my Vera Bradley diaper bag, massages for me and my boyfriend, etc. So I spent more money than I wanted to and now I’m being stingy, doing all of my research before I buy something and trying to get it on sale, use coupons, etc.

So hopefully if any good thing comes from pregnancy it will be me being better at handling money and bargain shopping LOL

Random Catch up

So I’ve been doing homework for a few hours. Earlier today me and my significant other spent hours deep cleaning the house. As in, I washed and detailed ALL of the woodwork, windows, dusted, swept, mopped, cleaned the banisters, door frames, washed the doors, some of the walls while he sanded the spackle and washed the walls in the living room. As I decide to take a break what I do is: check my email. Then, I have nothing else to do. I don’t even know where to browse around or anything at the moment. It’s one of the first times in my life where I just sat here and was absolutely blank about what I wanted to do or rather look at than my homework. WEIRD. I’m still technically procrastinating because I’m doing all of the small posts/quizzes while I have about 500 pages to read, 3 papers to write and a list of things to compare and contrast all due Sunday at midnight for one class. :/ But I’m hoping to get through the reading tomorrow night and Saturday night since I work those mornings and hopefully start on the papers Saturday night, leaving Sunday night to finish and post them. Hopefully not too much wishful thinking otherwise I am going to be up all night.

Anyway UPDATE:

I moved in with my boyfriend maybe like a month ago. We found out we’re having a baby so I pretty much just stay here all of the time. He owns his own house and I rent a townhouse with two other girls. He works alot so like this weekend, he’s working overtime every night, I’ll see him for around 3 hours and that’s it.

While at his house we still need to get all of the wallpaper and backing down, sand & wash the walls, paint. Then we are installing hardwood floors in about half the house. Our goal date to finish all of this is Easter weekend, so about the first week of April. The upstairs bedroom only have wallpaper bordering so those won’t be bad. After that’s done, we’re getting new carpet. & that’s about as far as we thought other than starting on the baby’s room. I’m currently 14 weeks right now.

Still lifting every once in awhile but it’s gotten really hard and almost too much for me, I’m really short of breath and my heart beat gets WAY too high even with lowering the weight, lowering the reps and taking long breaks in between sets. Cardio kills me so I’m trying to find a place close by that offers yoga. Any suggestions from mothers on even a person to follow on youtube for help? I have a yoga mat and a large tv with a roku as well as a place to do it if I could find a good person?

So pretty much the delay in all of my blogging has been because of some BIG changes in my life and not too much time to think about anything else. So tonight while I was at a loss of what to do to take a break, I decided to update my blog. Maybe I should just make this into my mommy blog for the time being. Since this is an anonymous blog about my life. LOL