11.25.2013

6 Month BumpDate

Shirt from H&M, shoes from DSW

6 months and I'm starting to feel guilty. By this time with Madison I had almost everything bought, her room done, and was super prepared.


 Poor Aiden, this is his pile which is mostly cute clothes and some chevron bedding. I want to cloth diaper, but haven't taken the time to research how many, what kind, etc.  I can't even decide on a stroller system! I need to hit up some second hand stores for some basics 1-12 months. His room is painted, but right now it's the playroom and some stuff needs to be moved into Madison's room. To do this we had to make room so we bought the Stolmen shelving system from Ikea.

fyi: Oliver did all of this, I sat and watched :)
It cost around $450, but it's a much better use of her closet and that way we don't need to have a dresser in there. Now I need to decide what toys we are keeping and what we are donating, I think we are going to buy her one expensive Christmas gift and not any toys. She really doesn't play with them that often.

This weekend was the annual Cookie Party, the past two years my Mom and I have thrown it, but we were just not up to it this year. Parties are a lot of money, time, and effort. Thankfully Amber's Mom threw one, Oliver may have cried without his cookies :)


I made Peppermint Patty Stuffed Ritz Crackers and they were really good, better dipped in vanilla than chocolate. The gist of the party is everyone makes 4-5 dozen and then you all swap so you go home with a bunch of different kinds!


We also made ornaments which was fun!


Our Mom's even got to vent about how hormonal and pregnant we have been lately :) I may seem like I'm always happy and up beat, but I've had a few days that even Oliver's given me a wide girth. Whew, nothing worse than a pissed off preggo. At least I get to do it with my best friend!


Sunday was cold and rainy, I just did a few miles around the neighborhood because I woke up with a sore throat and wasn't feeling really well. Later we bundled up and went to the grocery just in case we are froze in tomorrow. 


Sundays she gets to wear whatever she wants, every. single. day. with the boots.


I made some comfort food, Caprese Mac and Cheese. Aiden loves his carbs!


The rest was just a lot of hanging out by the fire with the family. 

32 comments:

  1. Wifessionals blog is doing a whole series on cloth diapering! She has some great info and all in one place. I know it's helped me determine if I want to cloth diaper or not

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  2. I did cloth diapers with my first, and my best advice is pre stuff them, and buy covers on eBay! I got some as low as 50 cents!

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  3. Yay for cloth diapering! A lot of my friends make fun of me but it actually has been really easy. We got the one size in bum genius and fuzzibunz. They are a little more expensive but my son is almost 2 and we haven't had to buy any additional from when we started. Keep your eyes open on Craigslist and eBay for used. You would be surprised at how many people buy them and sell them never used. Also, when baby starts on regular food, there are biodegradable liners you can buy that you can flush. These have kept my husband on board with cloth diapering. (No messing with the #2). :) Good luck!

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  4. Looks like fun!!
    Nicki
    beautifullyawkward01.blogspot.com

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  5. There are some great resources on the interwebs for cloth diapering. cottonbabies.com is a good place to start. We cloth diapered our first and currently with our 2nd. The one-size fits all are the most economical over the lifetime. I was about every 2 days so you need around 12-15 diapers to get through the 2 day cycle. There are usually diaper services too, if you don't want/have time to do your own washing.

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  6. I am literally over here drooling at that mac & cheese... ahhh, must have!!

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  7. Boys jack your body up ridic with the hormones. I am loud and crazy but I am not a crier. When I was pregnant with andrew everything made me cry: being happy, being pissed, being sad, you name the emotion, it would make me cry. Boy penises.... cant live with them....cant live without them....

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  8. We're cloth diapering also and based on several reviews online and recommendations from friends we're going with Bumgenius 4.0 (they are pocket diapers with inserts...you wash the whole thing). They are adjustable in size from newborn up to something like 35 pounds. We've heard they will give us the most bang for our buck because they're good quality and adjustable so you don't have to buy different sizes. Also, I don't think you use daycare, but if you do, the pocket diapers and all-in-one diapers are usually the only styles that daycare providers will let you use if you want to cloth diaper all the time. The bumgenius come in really cool colors too! (But, I'm still waiting for them to make a chevron diaper!!)

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  9. You look amazing! Love the polka dot shirt.

    And don't let yourself feel guilty! You still have plenty of time before Aiden gets here (if it makes you feel any better, I just had #3 and you've already done way more than I did to prep for him... poor baby).

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  10. I loved using cloth diapers with my youngest! Fuzzibunz were my favorite. They are an investment to begin with but save so much money in the long run! Definitely check out a cloth diaper re-sale site online. There are many and you can find some good deals. Or check eBay. I bought most of mine secondhand and then sold them for almost what I bought them for.

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  11. I LOVE those boots!!!!! And you look AMAZING!

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  12. I love those boots!!!!! And you look amazing!

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  13. Cloth diapers are the BOMB! Pocket diapers are so easy to use. We love Alva's and Sunbabys! and when we splurge we like Bumgenius. You can get diapers (as well as TONS of other mom related things) on co-op groups on facebook and get diapers way cheap. It's a great way to try it out. And the great thing is if they aren't for you you can sell them on cloth diaper groups or a local cloth store for probably close to what you spent! So you really have nothing to lose!

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  14. I've been reading into cloth diapering on this blog (http://www.wifessionals.com/search/label/cloth%20diapers). I'm not even pregnant, and came across it last week on accident. Just had it on my mind for "what if". And those cookies look yummy. I need to talk some friends into having a cookie party!

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  15. I did a Cloth Diaper 101 series on my poor little neglected blog a while back. Here's the link: http://fluffybabyshop.com/cloth-diaper-101/

    PS you are looking so super cute! Hope you're feeling great!

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  16. I love the new closet organizer! I totally need to do something like that in Emmeline's room. Only a few more months and IKEA will be open here in KC! It is sad how excited I am about that.

    Don't stress too much about Aiden's room, I'm sure it will come together eventually and look fabulous. :)

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  17. Your bump makes me smile and the family is just adorable. I am making that caprese mac n cheese - Mel loves her carbs;) HA

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  18. You'll get it all done!!!! And ohhh my gosh that mac look delish! Bookmarked that for later!

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  19. Awesome post! You look too darn cute with your prego belly! Glad I came across your blog today, I LOVE it.

    Much <333
    Halee @ haleewrites.blogspot.com

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  20. My mom told me yesterday that I am the bitchiest pregnant woman she's ever met. Gee, thanks mom.

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  21. I cloth diaper!! The research is far more overwhelming than actually doing it! Our local cloth diaper store has a newborn rental. That would be my recommendation. You can email me if you want. I'm about to potty train my youngest! Woohoo!!

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  22. Cloth diapers are totally the way to go, especially if you will be breastfeeding. I say this because you can throw the whole thing in the wash because breastmilk poo is water soluble and it disappears into the plumbing. I didn't cloth diaper with my first two, but did with my third (five years between the last two). I was a much better blogger then and had quite a few posts about cloth diapering. If I have time later tonight, I will transfer my cloth diapering experience onto my current blog and repost it for you. I started out with a trial (because I didn't want to committ to it). Here is the website for the cloth diaper trial (risk free $10) http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/
    My favorites ended up being the all in ones. Easiest. And I was able to resell them on Craigslist! (Who knew people would buy used underwear?!). You are still looking great! I am amazed you are still running and exercising without more aches and pains. You go, girl!

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  23. 6 months already!! You look great lady. Don't feel bad not having everything ready for baby Aiden. You're going to be a mom of 2 now and that involves a lot of juggling. You'll get it all done in time. We love cloth diapering. I have a 2.5 year old and a 2 month old and we've done it with both and had great success. I agree it can be a bit overwhelming!! We love CottonBabies.com and they have super fast shipping. I did a few posts on my blog about cloth diapering last time. Here's a link to one: http://dogcrazyblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/cloth-diapering-update.html
    Hope that helps some!

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  24. You must have H&M magic, I can never find anything cute in their maternity section!

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  25. If it makes you feel better, I am no further along than you are in getting prepared and this is my first baby!! As for cloth diapering, in all of my research, we've decided that the pocket diapers would work best because of the ability to double up, triple up, etc. And because you can buy them in one size that fit 9-35 lbs. I've found the cheapest ones on Amazon, but also ordered some from Zulily and bought some on consignment and ordered some new liners.

    Good luck with making your decisions, though! & you look great! :-)

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  26. I love these bumpdates! I'm about a month behind you and I love seeing what you get for Aiden and how you're decorating, and it's always fun to get a "day in the life" snapshot. You look great, and can't wait to see the finished nursery!

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  27. Lookin' good with that little growing bump! :) I love the cookie party! Tha's a great idea! Now you got me craving Christmas cookies... :) Happy Holidays!

    Julie
    www.justjuliejoy.blotspot.com

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  28. Cloth diapering seems really great, I've known a few people who do it. A big thing to consider though: unless you use an outside cleaning service (apparently they pick up, clean, and drop off your diapers for you or something to that extent) be prepared to run an empty load in your washer of the hottest water your machine can do and bleach after every diaper load. Unfortunately, washing the diapers will (not can, but WILL) leave behind fecal matter in the drum of your washer. Most adults won't get sick from it, but the baby might (wash diapers > wash his clothes > baby puts sock or sleeve in mouth/sucks on your clothes > fecal matter into mouth > potentially very sick baby) because his immune system is weaker. So as long as your prepared to do that after every load of washing cloth diapers so your entire wardrobe isn't poo-covered, I would do the cleaning service or just go with disposables!

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  29. I used to host an ornament party - you are right though, it does take a lot to host. I was involved in one cookie swap and it was so fun. Those "cookies" sound like a lot of work. I like to make cookie press cookies, I can make a ton super quick and easy, although they look impressive.

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  30. Hey sounds like an awesome weekend! We cloth diaper and I LOVE it! It was very easy in the beginning esp if you breastfeed at first! Now it kinda stinks literally, but we save sooo much money! I have bought alot of mine off of alvababy.com! I love that sight and wish I would have found it sooner. Cloth diapering is not nearly as complicated as everything makes it sound! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  31. Okay, I created three rePosts from my old blog to my new one. (Remember, those posts are TOTALLY from someone who had no idea what they were doing in the beginning, but it is SO EASY). Let me know if you have any questions ;-) Good luck!
    http://unworthyofblessings.blogspot.com/2013/11/reposts-from-my-previous-blog-cloth.html
    http://unworthyofblessings.blogspot.com/2013/11/repost-initial-prep-to-use-cloth-diaper.html
    http://unworthyofblessings.blogspot.com/2013/11/repost-first-impression-literally-of.html

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  32. I did cloth diapers. I actually tried a few different brands. I used Fuzzibunns, Charlie Banana, Bum Genius and even G-Diapers. Over all I really like the Charlie Banana and Bum Genius. I did the one size all in one. Wishing you well in the future adventures.

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