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Saturday, April 30, 2011

32 Week Bump Picture

I've been slacking on my pregnancy posts, so I'm going back and playing catch-up. Here's my bump pic from 32 weeks (8 months):

Sunday, April 24, 2011

3-D Ultrasound Pics!

I am so glad my husband and I decided to do this! It's so nice to have a face to put with the idea of "the baby" and it makes it so much real. I love this little guy so much. We've decided he has my eyes and nose and my husband's mouth and chin. Here's our little man:

We had to keep poking at my belly to get him to move his hand away from his face. He did NOT like that one bit, so he made the saddest little face:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How I got 180 diapers for under $2!

I have found that Amazon is the absolute best place to buy discount diapers online. I recently ordered 180 Pampers Swaddlers diapers and paid only $1.86! No tax, shipping was FREE and they arrived in two days. Here's how to get the best diaper deals online with Amazon:

1. Sign up for an Amazon Mom membership. It's absolutely free, and you automatically get 15% off diapers and wipes, plus tons of other baby discounts. Plus, you get a free 3-month Amazon Prime membership (normally $79 per year). This gets you free two-day shipping on any Amazon products. And every time you spend $25 in one purchase, you get another month added to your Amazon Prime membership.

2. Choose your diapers or wipes. Make sure you are logged in so that your Amazon mom discount is applied. Before adding your diapers to your shopping cart, click the "Subscribe and Save" option on the right side of the page. This will save you an additional 15% (bringing your total savings to 30% off!) .

The "Subscribe and Save" option allows you to choose if you want Amazon to automatically send you (and bill you for) these diapers every 1 month, 2 months, etc. Don't worry! As soon as your order ships, log into your account and cancel your subscription...it's that simple! I've ordered 2 different kinds of diapers and I've been able to easily cancel each subscription after they've shipped.

3. If you are expecting a baby or if you already have a baby, you have likely seen offers for free subscriptions to baby magazines. Sign up for as many of these as you can! Amazon often has 20% off diaper coupons in magazines like Baby Talk, American Baby, Parents, and Parenting the Early Years. I also found a $10 off coupon in a March 2011 issue! Best of all, Amazon will continue to honor these coupons for months after they expire!

I was able to use 2 of the 20% off coupons on my order. You can stack the coupons as long as they do not have the same first two letters. Look for a YT and a YJ code, for example. The 20% off is applied to the original price, not the discounted Amazon mom/Subscribe and Save price!

I also used the $10 off coupon I found. All 3 of my coupons were actually expired, and Amazon honored all three! Here is the actual invoice from my order:

Amazon Prime Member

Items: $39.54
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Promotion Applied -$7.91
Promotion Applied -$10.00
Promotion Applied -$7.91
Subscription Discount -$11.86

Total Before Tax: $1.86
Estimated Tax:$0.00
Order Total: $1.86

So...180 diapers for $1.86 = about $0.01 per diaper!

31 Weeks

How far along? 31 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 16 inches

Baby’s Weight: 3 1/2 pounds

Development: Most of baby's systems are mature enough for baby to survive in the outside world at this point. His lungs are the last system that needs to mature from now until delivery.

Weight gain/loss: Up 1 pound this week, up about 28 pounds overall

Best moment this week? We saw our little guy on a 3D ultrasound today! I will post pictures soon. I also found out that he is already in the head-down position.

Symptoms: Stuffy nose, terrible allergies, back pain, leg cramps, dry skin, daily baby kicks, swollen ankles and feet, indigestion, shortness of breath

Food cravings/aversions: sugary cereal and fruit

What I'm looking forward to: the 8-month mark is right around the corner!

What my baby and I look like this week:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cutest Dog Ever

The other day, I saw a man walking the most beautiful little dog. It looked just like a Siberian husky but it was about half the size.
I just had to Google it to see if there was such thing as a miniature husky. I discovered that it was probably an Alaskan Klee Kai. According to Wikipedia, the Klee Kai comes in 3 heights:
  • Toy size Alaskan Klee Kai are up to and including 13 inches.
  • Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai are over 13 inches high and up to 15 inches high.
  • Standard Alaskan Klee Kai are over 15 inches high and up to 17 inches high.

Wikipedia also explains that in dog shows it is a "serious fault" if the Klee Kai is between 17 to 17 1/2 inches tall, and over 17 1/2 inches is an "eliminating fault," meaning the poor dog would be eliminated from competing. That's harsh, man.

When my husband and I are leaving to go somewhere, we sometimes say, "Like the fat kid in dodgeball, I'M OUT!" Our new phrase is, "like a 17 1/2 inch Klee Kai, I'M OUT!"

Other interesting facts I learned about the Alaskan Klee Kai:

  • They are very clean, do not like to get their feet wet, and spend hours a day grooming.
  • They don't shed all year long. The shed twice a year.
  • They don't have the typical dog smell or dog breath
I'm totally a cat person, so this dog sounds like it's right up my alley. I'm in love!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

29 Weeks

How far along? 29 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: just over 15 inches

Baby’s Weight: 2 1/2 pounds

Development: Baby's muscles and lungs are maturing, and his skeleton is using lots of calcium to harden. His head is growing to make room for his developing brain.

Weight gain/loss: Up 1 pound this week, up 23 pounds overall

Best moment this week? I'm officially on Spring Break! I'm looking forward to having lots of time in the coming week for nesting and nursery prep.

Symptoms: Stuffy nose, sneezing (terrible allergies), back pain, leg cramps, dry skin, daily baby kicks, swollen ankles, indigestion

Food cravings/aversions: mostly just sweets

What I'm looking forward to: Spring Break! One more week to go!

What my baby and I look like this week:

Saturday, April 2, 2011

28 Weeks

How far along? 28 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 15 inches (about the length of a churro!)

Baby’s Weight: 2-3 pounds

Development: Baby's eyes now have color, although the color may change until 9 months after birth. He now has eyelashes, his brain is developing rapidly, and he's putting on fat.

Weight gain/loss: This morning, my scale told me I gained 4 pounds this week, but it's showing that I'm 2 pounds heavier than yesterday at the doctor. I'm not sure I believe that. I've gained just over 20 pounds total.

Best moment this week? Today was my baby shower! I got tons of clothes, a travel system, play mat, hamper, mobile, receiving blankets, baby monitor, and other various goodies!

Symptoms: Stuffy nose, sneezing (terrible allergies), back pain, back spasms, leg cramps, dry skin, daily baby kicks, and ugly swollen ankles

Food cravings/aversions: I made some delicious mint chocolate chip cookies and now that's all I want to eat.

What I'm looking forward to: Spring Break! One more week to go!

Milestones: I'm turning in my maternity leave request this week. I can't believe how fast this is all going!

What my baby and I look like this week:

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