Tuesday, April 3, 2012

26 Weeks: Week 25 was way too busy for a blog post

I am now 26 weeks pregnant – only 14 more to go!  My baby is now the size of an eggplant or a head of lettuce, depending on which website you visit.  Sorry for the delay in blog posts.  Last week turned out to be much busier than anticipated.  I actually sat down and wrote half a post a week ago, but then got distracted and never finished it. 

Here’s what happened last week:  Our houseguests (did I mention we had houseguests?  Aaron’s college roommate and his wife and 6 month old baby and their 2 cats moved to LA from NYC and needed a place to crash while they were apartment hunting) found a place of their own and moved out of our house.  I’m actually very impressed with how quickly they managed to do that.  Within two weeks, they arrived in LA, found an apartment, signed the lease and moved in!  I guess the main difference between their experience and whenever I was apartment hunting in the past is that they were able to dedicate all day every day to searching, whereas I was always looking on a lunch break or on the weekend.  Anyway, I will say this about them: they were very good houseguests.  Very respectful while they were here.  They left our guest room immaculate!  You would never guess that two cats were staying in that room.  They vacuumed and completely cleaned up after themselves.  It was also nice to chat with them and observe their 6 month old and learn some parenting tips.  We let them use the swing and Mamaroo that we already acquired.  Note to self: the swing needs new batteries.  Also, we learned that the bucket chair I’ve owned since law school is the perfect shape to plop an infant.

Three days after our houseguests moved out, my brother-in-law also moved out.  For those of you who don’t know, my brother-in-law has been living with us for the majority of the past year and a half.  He moved out to LA after spending a couple years teaching English in Korea.  It was great getting to know him better and spending time with him.  But he now has a girlfriend in the Boston area, and has decided his time on the West Coast is up.  My one complaint is that he didn’t really give us much notice about leaving.  In fact, the first time he mentioned he would be moving was last Friday.  He said he would be moving in “a couple weeks.”  Then Wednesday evening, I got home from work to find him lugging a very large suitcase to his car.  I asked him if he had a specific date he was planning on leaving and he said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you.  I ‘m leaving tomorrow.” Aaron and I ended up ordering pizza and playing a board game with him that night as our bon voyage treat.  We will miss him, but wish him the best on his journey across the country.

This weekend was oddly quiet at the Sherry house.  We went from having 5 adults, 3 cats and a baby in the house to 2 adults (plus 1 fetus) and 1 cat.  In a way, it’s nice because we can now focus on really getting the house ready for baby.  But then it means we HAVE to start getting the house ready for baby! 

And now, onto what I was going to blog about last week:  I went to a fantastic baby registry event!  It was hosted by Club MomMe.  For any other expectant moms in the LA or Chicago area, I highly recommend checking them out.  I had a great time at this event!  I even signed up to take a free pre-natal yoga class with them next month at the Lululemon in Santa Monica.  They also do some fun looking mommy and me events.

The event was held at Right Start in Santa Monica, which is a small, boutique-y baby store, specializing in higher end baby stuff.  The shelves were stocked with the Uppa, Bob, and Orbit strollers.  It was nice, though, to be able to talk to other moms about the Orbit (which is the stroller I was given) and find out how much they like it (a lot).  I also got to try on a baby carrier called the Ergo, which has been recommended to me by multiple trusted friends (all of whom have vastly different income levels, and all of whom have told me that this particular carrier is worth the money).  I will say, it was a very comfortable carrier, and it definitely reaffirmed my decision to follow my friends’ advice and place it on my registry.  One piece of advice they gave us at the event was to not bother registering for a highchair.  We won’t need a highchair for a long time anyway, and it can be better to wait until the kid is out and old enough to need one.  That way we can take the baby to the store and sit them down in various chairs and see what works for us.  I also got this same waiting on highchair advice from a friend, so I think we’ll go ahead and follow it – one less thing to stress about at this point in time.

Everyone who attended the event was given a gift bag full of goodies, including a bottle, a cheater swaddle called Swaddle Pod, some baby toiletries (nappy balm and baby shampoo) and a free photo session with a local Santa Monica photographer who specializes in kid and newborn photography.  At the end of the event, they had a raffle to give away various baby gear items.  I ended up winning a fantastic diaper bag!  Here’s a picture of my haul:

As Aaron says, the diaper bag “looks more like a rich lady’s purse than a diaper bag,” which is totally fine with me!  It’s Timi & Leslie and comes with a changing pad, a bottle storage container, a bag for holding wet and/or soiled clothes, and a smaller purse that I can take out and take with me for when I don’t need to carry all that extra stuff.  It also has tons of compartments for all the different stuff I will need to carry around with me.  It also works out well since Aaron and I could not agree on a diaper bag to share, and we had already decided to just get “his” and “hers” diaper bags.  Now he can choose whatever he wants!  (The ladies at the event also suggested a brand called Diaper Dude for “manly” diaper bags).

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