Well, here we are with only less than 5 weeks to go until we meet this baby boy! I'm excited, to say the least, but I still don't feel completely ready. Just yesterday I started thinking about what I should pack for the hospital. I grabbed a cute robe at Target, but I'm thinking I need some new slippers and we definitely need to shop yet for a newborn outfit to take him home! I have outfits and hand me downs from Judah, but I want to pick out something special just for him coming home. Suggestions??
And, really, what else should I pack for the hospital? I can't remember what I brought with me when I had Judah. I know it was more than enough, though, and I could've packed a little lighter. 🙂
I've also been spooked by the idea lately that we have another child to take care of this time during our hospital stay. With no family nearby and being fairly new to the area, we need to make arrangements soon on who will watch Judah for us. I'm really praying I don't go into labor right smack in the middle of the night so we can avoid waking anyone up. Don't get me wrong, we do have wonderful friends here already that I know will be more than happy and willing to help us, but really, who wants to be woken up in the wee hours for anything?? ha!
We are also going to follow your advice on going to Build-a-Bear to make a teddy bear gift for the baby from Judah. Hopefully this week! He still shows signs of being very excited for his baby brother's arrival. I hope he still feels like this when we actually bring the baby home!
Funny story: Last week, a couple came over to our house to buy our coffee table off Craigslist. They arrived carrying their baby in an infant carrier. Judah ran to the door and yelled "Mommy! Baby Wally came! Baby Wally came!!" (He named our baby Wally, after Wall-E the movie. That is not his real name, though!) It was so sweet to see him so excited, but at the same time it broke my heart to have to tell him, "No, Judah. That's not your baby brother. He's not here yet." Sweet boy!!
In my last pregnancy update, I listed a few things that we needed to get done yet. Out of that list, we have accomplished a few things. Judah's room is just about done. We built his bookshelves and now I am waiting on his bedding that I recently decided to splurge on a little. It arrives this week and will complete his room. Yay!
The nursery still needs decorations hung and shelving of sorts. Still trying to figure that one out. I did order my stroller that I'm also hoping arrives this week! More on that later, but let me tell you I'm thrilled with my choice without even testing it out yet. And, you all helped me with my decisions, so thank you!!
And, since you all are so great with your suggestions, here's what I'd love to hear from you next:
- I'm in desperate need of a glider/rocker for the nursery. As much as I love the Pottery Barn ones, they are not in our budget. So, tell me, what do you recommend? I want padding, comfort, and to be able to rest my head back (so it can't be too short).
- Baby swing - recommend one? Not needed? We have the room in our house, so that's not an issue as it was for when Judah was a baby. But, again, our budget is not huge.
- Needing a new bouncer. To be honest, I haven't even researched these yet at all. So, load me up with your recs!
I'm really depending on you, friends! I know I have a lot of readers here who are experienced moms with great taste. 🙂
This Week On Seeded at the Table:
This section highlights the recipes posted recently on Seeded at the Table and other updates to the blog, if any.
Here's what we made since the last Saturday Seeds post:
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert - Great for company or potlucks, this dessert is a strawberry delight worth sharing!
Thai Chicken Pizza - A sweet yet spicy Asian sauce, combined with fresh vegetables and herbs, makes this a favorite in our pizza rotation!
Cadbury Creme Egg Scones - Cadbury Creme Eggs, for breakfast.
Here I will share with you my favorite things of late, along with other snippets that have caught my eye from some of my favorite blogs and websites.
Method Bathroom Cleaner - In a previous post, I mentioned that I love Method's all-purpose spray cleaner in French Lavender Scent. The same day I picked that up for the first time, I also picked up Method's bathroom cleaner. After using it for a few months now, I can genuinely say that I love it. It's non-toxic, but actually cleans and SMELLS fresh. There are so many non-toxic or "greener" products that leave no pleasant smell or even an unpleasant fragrance. This tub and tile cleaner wins all categories for me.
Snoogle Total Body Pillow - If you are pregnant and having trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position, get this pillow now! 🙂 I got this early on in my pregnancy and have used it every night. My sleep is so much better since I got it. There were a few trips where I forgot to bring this with me which resulted in horrible rest. It is my life saver. You might think it's pretty expensive, but in my very humble opinion, it's worth every penny. (Although, I bought mine with a gift card.) 😉 It doesn't take up as much room as it appears. We do have a king size bed, but I even used it on a full size while traveling and it was great.
Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow - I am one of those people that wishes I was good with make up and colors. When I want to wear multiple shades of eye shadow, I need help. In college, my best friend (who also took the pregnancy photos above) was pretty much my make-up artist, stylist, image consultant, etc. 🙂 She lives 6-7 hours away now, so that doesn't help me! That's why I was ecstatic to find this affordable Maybelline eye shadow that I've been using for probably half a year now. It is labeled to tell me where I should apply each shade of color, leaving me no guess work.
My Life as a Professor's Wife, Mom, Christian and Food Blogger:
Want more insight into my life as a Professor’s wife, mom, Christian, friend, relative and food blogger? Then, read on! If not, ignore this section. 🙂 This is a place for me to write what is on my mind and journal some of the crowning moments of my week.
Let's see, what did we do this week? A whole lot of nothin'! All three of us have been taking our turns being sick. Yuck. Judah started us off with a great 3 year check up appointment, then the two days later developed a fever and cough that lasted for a few days. (I swear he picked it up at the doctor's office.) Ben had either a stomach bug or food poisoning. And, now we both have colds and coughs.
But, before the sickness settled in, we did get to take Judah to a local Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday. (And, in fact, while I'm typing this he's on his way to another one with his visiting Nana and Papa!) I seriously get a kick out of these Easter egg hunts where they basically have hundreds of eggs just thrown around the park lawn, not hidden at all. The kids love it!
We also managed to finish Judah's book shelves as I mentioned above. I'd like to share a DIY step-by-step of it. Is that something you'd be interested in? I would probably have Ben write the post since he's the one who built them. I just painted them (FIVE coats!)
What are your Easter plans? This year will be different for us as we now meet for church service on Saturday nights for our new church plant. Since we have only been meeting for a couple of months and our church is still small, we do not have a normal Easter service planned. Actually, it will be a normal weekly service while we still focus on Christ's resurrection. But, really, we should talk about the Resurrection more than once a year anyway, right? That's why I love this church so much. We actually do focus on it every week.
Ben's parents are in town, so we got to have a little date night last night while Judah stayed home and dyed Easter eggs with Nana. I plan to use those eggs for Italian Easter Bread this Sunday. Have you made it yet? SO yummy!