Friday, April 17, 2015

Sabatical and Under $300 Double Strollers

Apparently sometimes I take 3 months off from blogging, you know, it happens.

Ducky has been keeping us on our toes, we refinanced our house, and we have been preparing for the arrival of Baby #2. We still haven't come up with a good nickname for him yet.

After work, I manage to get in a good hour or so of actual "me time" after Ducky goes to bed, and I get just too tired to function. Lately I've been spending most of my time researching double strollers. It's become a problem, I'm legitimately dreaming about strollers now.

We bought the Joovy Scooter X2 as our "daily walk" stroller. When we actually start our daily walks, we'll really get to test it out. For now my blood pressure is misbehaving too much to risk going on an actual walk. We've got it all put together and are planning a review once we can use it. So far my experience with their customer service has been AMAZING! They have actual people that answer the phone without any sort of phone tree to reach them. You can even tweet them and they'll respond! Excellent customer service scores all around.

We're looking at Sit-n-Stand and double strollers. Ducky will be a maximum of 16 months old when this little guy is born. We've got 2 months to go and it is crunch time. I've narrowed it down to the Joovy Ergo Caboose, the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight, the Graco Ready-2-Grow, and the Contours Options Elite. I was interested in the Kinderwagon Hop as well, but I'm starting to doubt the longevity of that one. Ducky definitely shows signs of wanting to be independent and I think will really enjoy the option to sit/stand as soon as she is able (of course we'll wait until she's the recommended 2.5 years old though since I'm a sucker for safety). Obviously we have a bit of a budget restriction, so I'm thinking only strollers under $300.

I've watched youtube videos and other bloggers reviews. I'm lucky enough that there's a store nearby where I can test out 3 of the options, but one is being discontinued (the Ergo Caboose), and it is elusive. I might just have to spend an afternoon there with my infant bucket seat (a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect), Ducky, and Hubbs and just give them all a serious test drive around the store.

Does anyone have experience with any of these strollers, pros, cons, absolute deal breakers? 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

16 Weeks

Well, exciting things have been happening. OK, not really.

Hubbs is obnoxiously excited because the Seahawks are returning to the Super Bowl. This is very big news for him. I swear he almost died from stress a few times during the game.

I found out this baby will not be born in July, but will definitely be born in June. My BP is already starting to misbehave and is hovering around 140/90. Hurray for "Chronic Hypertension" (aka high BP before 20 weeks). After 20 weeks, I'll graduate to "Gestational Hypertension". They're going to start meds if it starts to hit 150/100. They have definitely decided they are not going to let me go past 38 weeks, so I'm looking at an induction around 37 or 38 weeks.

Since I had an emergency induction with Ducky at 38 weeks, it might be nice to have a planned one this time around. Assuming of course my BP behaves enough to let me make it that far. They've already done the baseline tests for liver function and 24-hour urine, and those all looked great. Here's to hoping everything stays on the up and up.

Ducky has been extremely fussy lately. She's refusing to nap unless held, and even then she barely naps for 30 mins. I think she's getting a molar coming in, in addition to the cold/cough she's been rocking all week. Poor little thing is just miserable.

I've been home sick from work the last few days. I had a fun run-in with vertigo. Super dizzy, which lead to being nauseated, which totally lead to me puking in a trashcan at work while running to the bathroom. I then peed my pants from all of the puke. Best day ever. Needless to say, I went home and stayed put for a few days.

Here's a super fat-looking belly pic!
The belly has definitely popped. Hubbs made the ever so sweet comment at work on Friday "Well, you definitely look pregnant", I know he meant well, but seriously. That's like, "Oh, you're looking especially fat today". Interestingly, I'm still down about 28lbs from when we started this whole weight loss thing in August, but gosh, I do look huge!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Picture Post

This is what I ate for a good portion of today. I mean, there's no little reseal tab thing anywhere on the box. Clearly that means I'm supposed to eat the whole box in a day right? Right?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sick Day

Bah. I've missed days already. This is why resolutions are lame! To be fair, I've been sick, so I'll give myself a bit of a pass. I left work early Friday because I was feeling like garbage. Turns out I had a fever of 101, which thankfully went down with tylenol, otherwise I would have had to go to instacare. I spent the next few days coughing and blowing my nose constantly. Now my voice is gone and I can't speak at a volume louder than a mouse, so there's that.

So I stayed home from work and had myself a little internet browsing and Jane Austen movie marathon. I finished the mini-series version of Pride and Prejudice that I started over the weekend then moved on to the movie version of Sense and Sensibility. Totally worth it.

I spent the rest of my day researching health insurance options through the marketplace because we lost our work insurance. Something that is totally awesome when you're pregnant. Luckily I still have my secondary insurance. Now I have to plan my insurance around the hospital I want to deliver at. Ugh. While it's more convenient to just go with the same one as last time, I kind of want to try out a different hospital. It's a bit smaller and more personal, plus I've heard great things about their room service, so what's not to like?
I spent the rest of the day researching breast pumps and watching breastfeeding videos. I seriously tried with Ducky, but with her jaundice and not gaining, my BP meds and her terrible latch, we just never got the hang of it. We met with multiple lactation consultants and nothing helped. I tried fenugreek, mother's milk tea, lactation cookies, gatorade, everything and nothing worked. I tried 2 different hospital grade pumps and my boobs just hated them both. I even tried a manual pump and it did nothing. Eventually, Ducky needed to go on high calorie formula because she'd lost so much weight. This time around, I'm hoping to have better success. I know all of the techniques, it's just a question of putting them into practice. Luckily, we have a lot of time to prepare. Well, 5-6 months, but you know, that's a lot, right?

Thursday, January 1, 2015


I like the new year. I think I just like new beginnings in general. The new year is like freshly fallen snow, it's perfect, pristine, and no one has trudged their feet all over it, ruining it's beauty.
I've never been one for resolutions, I always break them, but I like that a new year brings new opportunities and experiences. Like starting a new school, a new job, or moving to a new place, you get a fresh start. The new year is everyone's opportunity to get a clean slate, and start over refreshed and renewed.
This year, I do have some goals. Successfully birth a human and to support Hubbs in his career goals. He has a few irons in the fire, and it'll be a little while before he's able to decide between them, but I will support him, even if it means he'll miss the birth of our 2nd child.
I suppose I can go ahead and make the resolution to blog more. I think I've failed at that one a few years in a row now. I will make the effort to follow through. The last few months, I've tried to keep up with NaBloPoMo, but time just seems to run away from me and the month is over before I know it. Perhaps now that things are slowing down at work, and I'm almost out of the 1st trimester, that things will get a little closer to normal.
I wish you all luck with your resolutions, and hope you stick around to see if I manage to stick to mine.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Somehow, yet another month managed to run away from me. Time is going by so quickly.

2014 was a pretty amazing year. We had our first child. Bought a house. I turned 30. Got pregnant with baby #2. I really think we grew a lot this year and learned so much. Sure we're still trying to figure out what the heck we want to do with our lives, but we still have time to figure that out.

I'm really looking forward to 2015. We have a lot of big plans. Some of which definitely include actually keeping up with blogging. There are some days I just don't even log on to my computer, which is something I need to remedy.

I wish all of you a wonderful new year and hope to see you around in 2015.

Monday, December 8, 2014


We've announced #2 to our family and friends at this point. I'm still hiding it from work, but we'll tell them once Hubbs and I figure out our plans for the near future.

They've taken it surprisingly well. My mom is still in shock and can't wrap her head around the idea of two grandbabies when she just got her first one. My dad is obnoxiously excited, which is great. We haven't heard from Hubbs' parents yet, but I think they're excited to have i don't even know, grandbaby #9. (Their #8 will arrive 3 months before ours)

His siblings are all happy for us, although they have both said "good luck" about the whole having 2 under 2 thing. We will have the distinction of having children the closest together of all of them, so go us. I think we can handle it. Well, really, we'll just have to figure it out. lol.

I had to turn in my first 24-pee jug. Yes, my old friend is back. Apparently the OB wants to get a baseline, so we know later if my numbers start increasing drastically. I had to do so many of those last time, and I was really hoping to avoid them this time, looks like no such luck. Seriously, terrible, annoying pee jugs. At least this time when I turned it in, the lab tech didn't ask "are you suuuure that's a full 24 hours?" so that's a win.

Tomorrow we have this holiday breakfast for work, Hubbs and I are super excited to stuff our faces full of yummy all-you-can-eat country club buffet goodness. I've been dreaming about Belgian Waffles. If there's a Belgian Waffle station, I'm going to eat like 7 and not even care. So good.

Hubbs and I have been trying to stick to our Paleo/Primal diet. My OB said since I'm so fat, I can just keep losing the whole pregnancy and it won't hurt the baby. Ok, he said it nicer than that, but that's ok. At this point, I'm down 22lbs from just 4 short months ago and feeling pretty great about it. Of course, Hubbs has lost 30, but he had less to lose. I'll beat him eventually. We've been having a few more carbs than we should lately, but overall, we're still eating pretty healthily. Go us!