The Best Mother’s Day Gift – Baby News!

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2011

If you are a mom, what might be one of the best gifts you could get on Mother’s day? OK, obviously, there are 101 answers to that question, but I think for MY mom, the answer would be a grandchild. And guess what…this Mother’s Day, she got one! Well, she’ll have to wait until October because I’m only 16 weeks along, but she was still super excited — as was the rest of my family and Dave’s family.

Want to know how we told them?

Well, my immediate family got together for a big Sunday dinner, and after dinner my mom opened her gifts. Our gift was the last one {see picture above} but when she opened box #1, this is what she saw:

  Yup, we wrapped up a bunch of boxes inside each other, but the last box had a very old photo album inside.

This is the exact same photo album and note that my mom gave to my Grandma when she was pregnant with me. I just changed the month to October so it would fit our due date. We haven’t had an ultrasound yet so we didn’t have any pictures to put in the album, but she got the idea and quickly jumped up and gave Dave and I a huge “congratulatory” hug. That’s when the rest of my family realized what was going on… and the chaos began!   Later that night, Dave’s parents stopped by and we had a “special” gift for his mom too!

Again, we didn’t have any pictures to put inside — but they immediately realized what was going on and were super excited. Since I’m not really showing yet, we probably could have waited a bit longer to tell people, but Mother’s Day just seemed like such a fun day to spread our good news…and neither of our parents expected anything!

OK, so now to answer a few questions:

Since Sunday, we’ve only told a handful of the people in our lives {well, until now I guess!} — but even still, I’ve already been asked the same questions over and over again. So I’m just going to save you all the trouble of asking, and save myself a bunch of time!

1. Have you been sick?

Nope. I feel SO fortunate that I really have not been sick {don’t all hate me at once!} There have been a few times where certian smells bother me, and I did have a couple of days where all I wanted to eat was grilled cheese, but other than that, I have felt great. Praise the Lord!

2. Are you going to find out the gender?

Seriously, do you even have to ask?? yes, Yes, YES!!! I can’t handle that kind of uncertainty! And yes, we will share the gender with everyone too.

3. Do you have ideas for the nursery yet?

Actually, yes! You can see a bunch of my ideas right here!

4. Was this planned?

Well, not exactly — which is kind of ironic since I make my living being all “planned” and “organized”. I suppose some things are just better left unplanned! We are still super excited though.

5. Are you tired?

Yes! I was absolutely exhausted for the first couple of months. Thankfully, I got a chance to relax on our Spring Break vacation and I’ve been trying to get to bed on time — but even now, I’m still pretty tired.

6. Are you finished with all your house projects yet?

Definitely not! However, the plan has always been to be finished with “round 1″ by the end of June, and we are still on track to do that. Then, we’ll try to wrap up a bunch of odds and ends before school starts again — which should give us plenty of time… I hope :)

7. Are you going to quit your job(s)?

Nope, that’s the beauty of working from home! Currently, I generate a large portion of my income “sitting at my computer” so I won’t have any trouble keeping up with those responsibilities.

There are still plenty of times when I have to leave my house for my organizing business and other work obligations, but I can often set my own hours and should be able to plan that for when Dave is home.  We’re also not against daycare or hiring a babysitter for 1 or 2 days a week.

I LOVE working so hopefully I’ll be able to make everything fit. If not, I’ll reevaluate when the times comes.

8. Have you had any cravings?

Honestly, since I was never really sick, I’ve been craving ALL foods! I’m hungry all the time and often eat 5 square meals a day!  Now, for those of you who know me, this is actually not that abnormal.

I’ve always been a frequent eater and I carry snacks with me wherever I go. But since I’ve been pregnant, my hunger has risen to a whole know level! Fortunately, I have not gained any weight yet — we’ll see what happens at my next appointment.

9. Is Dave excited?

Oh gosh — yes! He’s been so antsy to tell all our friends and family…and seriously, he’s going to make such a great dad! I had to practically put a muzzle on him to keep him from blabbing the news until now.

10. Are you going to let your house turn into a pig sty?

Absolutely not! Yes, I’m sure our home will be a little more “relaxed” and I know there will be days when I don’t feel like picking anything up. But Dave and I are both super clean and organized and there is just no way we could let things get totally out of control! Plus, you have to remember that I actually LIKE to clean :)

  And now the fun begins – doctor’s appointments, shopping, baby showers, picking names, etc. etc. Don’t worry, I’ll post lots more pictures in the coming months {maybe even a few belly pictures once I actually have something to show}

But now I have a question for you:

What are your MUST HAVE baby items? What do I really NEED and what can I live without?

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  1. Heather


    I just had my first baby 4 months ago. There are plenty of items that you don’t need. This would include lots of toys, wipe warmer, bottle warmer. I definitely have some must have items for my baby. She loves her swing and sleeps in it every night. She also loves her mobile and sometimes it’s the only thing that will calm her down during a colicky cry. I love Aden and Anis swaddle blankets, they are great to use for everything. We couldn’t live without our infant car seat carrier (rather than a convertible carseat) it is so nice when they’re itty bitty to leave them in the car seat and especially since it will be cold when yours is tiny it’s nice to put car seat cover over it. It’s best to get a car seat cover with elastic around the edges rather than one that goes under the baby for safety. I also love to wear my baby in a ring sling or woven wrap. She loves to be able to look around when we go grocery shopping. I also could not live without my Medela pump in style advance. I don’t leave my baby often but it is nice to be able to leave some milk with my husband if I want some mommy time. A baby does not need a lot. I also love my cloth diapers. They have saved us a TON of money already! They are so much nicer now than they used to be. It is such a heavily marketed thing and so easy to get caught up in it all. I bought a bedding set for my baby because it was cute but would recommend you not spent a lot on it. The baby shouldn’t use these so it’s just for decoration. I am sure you can do cute things without even having a bedding set! Take whatever people will give you as long as it isn’t recalled. Expenses add up quickly! Congratulations!


  2. Gina


    I have three little ones, 10, 8 and 3. Each one of my babies were uniguely different but the three things we never did without were the Baby Bjorn carrier, the bouncy seat (no bells, whistles or vibration neccessary… the simpler the model the better) and the swing. I can also recommend (as you probaly know already) some companies that hold large community baby consignment sales. There are top brand deals for pennies at these events. I’ve gotten Ralph Lauren and Gap dresses for $4. Kids grow so fast often many items are new with tags! Its a great way for mom to trade in their baby items for the next stage!


  3. Megan Camp


    I just came across this post about what you THOUGHT you needed for a baby but didn’t. If you have time, there’s some good suggestions. Of course, everyone is different and what works for some doesn’t work for others but I found it interesting.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Megan! I’ll look into that link!


  4. Amanda


    Sorry – thought of something else and don’t think it was posted by any others.

    Babies R Us sells waterproof sheets or liners in the bedding section – they are about 1′ shorter than the crib mattress, white, heavy cloth that is machine washable. I can’t remember where I read this tip, but since my son was born, we made his bassinet & crib as follows:

    mattress pad + waterproof liner + crib sheet + waterproof liner + crib sheet.

    1) Protects the mattress pad and reduce number of washings.
    2) Middle of the night accidents of all varieties – strip the top sheet & liner, put baby RIGHT BACK IN A CLEAN BED!

    You could do more layers, but 2 was all we had patience for. It took a REALLY big mess to get throught the liner, and since you have to lift the mattress out of the crib to change sheets, saved an annoying chore for a better (saner, less sleep deprived?) time on many, many occasions. We’ve used the same 4 liners in rotation for 3 years – no stains, don’t appear to have shrunk, and still doing the job so they certainly last. We wash them cold with his regular clothes & bedding and machine dry.

    Safe travels.


    Andrea Reply:

    Oooo, that’s a good one Amanda.
    I LOVE your idea for layering sheets and liners…so cleaver. I may need to blog about that some day when I actually put it into practice. Thanks for the great tips!


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