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Showing posts from February, 2012

Flower Pom-Poms

My sister-in-law and I have been discussing baby shower/bridal shower/decorating stuff the past few days.  I have like 5 weddings this year, and everyone she knows is popping out a baby it seems!  (Grace--I'm thinking cute wedding decor on the cheap here!)  Paper lanterns are cute, but a little pricey.  A 3-pack can be bought for about $5 at Hobby Lobby, but we were having some issues finding some cheaper alternatives for the pom-poms.

This tutorial by Martha Stewart is exactly what I did as a kid to make some flowers.  However, at 20 sheets of paper per flower, that's around $2.50 each flower.  And I even checked at my local dollar store--they were more expensive on tissue paper.  I'd like to make more of a statement than my budget would allow (i.e. there's no way I'm going to spend more than $10 on little paper flowers--especially not for just 4 of them).  Hannah suggested coffee filters (which would also be a bit more resilient than tissue paper--my childhood po…

Post #300: Introducing--Miss Molly

Whew!  Apparently, Molly gets to be a momentous post--#300!  I didn't realize that I'd posted that much!  Sheesh!  Poor thing, though, she does need a special post.  In the midst of all this flurry of new house, lots of trips, holidays, and baby on the way, I realized that I forgot Molly in blog-land!

Here she is!

We got her (after much pleading on my part) when Dan's family came to visit last summer--but now he's best buds with Molly.  And I have to work to get a little attention!

 Joey had her on the leash and ready to go home in no time!  She was the only dog in the pound that actually got the whole concept of "fetch."  And the only one that understood the fine balance between wanting to be around you without trampling you, and not being too aloof.
 Molly and her "Auntie" Hannah.
 New little family.
Waiting to go outside--even on the first day.  I'll have to put some updated pics of her up. She was 20 lbs when we got her--up to a whopping 4…

Nursery--on the cheap! (con't)

In my previous post, I said I'd post what everything cost.  I did a lot of shopping around and also bought in non-babyland things.  Not only am I not a major fan of all the cutesy baby decor stuff, they just don't stay that age long enough--then you have a resin based lamp of a Disney Princess that you can't make coordinate with anything when they decide they don't want anything pink or purple ever, ever again!

Also, I did a lot of "shopping" around our house.  Surprisingly, Dan and I have accumulated a TON of stuff--including furniture.  How we ever put it all in a one-bedroom apartment, then downsized to a single room for 9 months is beyond me!  We now have a 4-bedroom house, plus garage and I have a whole room upstairs full of STUFF!  Anyway, I moved a bunch of the furniture around, mixed up the rest of the house (which always feels fresh), and went shopping in my bins of decorating nick-knacks upstairs.

Here's the break down....

Crib and Accoutrements…

Drum roll please....

So the nurses at work have only been BUGGING me to find out what the baby is for weeks.  I get to work at 6a.m. this morning and they were practically begging to bust out our ultrasound machine.  A 15 minute phone call of pleading and bargaining with Dan later (he was pro being patient for the real ultrasound--and he must REALLY not like doing drywall mud), he was there and the two of us and 5 of my ER nurses were piled in a room trying to see the "money shot" on our fuzzy, ghetto screen.  I finally took over, and managed to FINALLY get a shot--it's weird being upside down and backwards when you're ultrasounding yourself!  Little bugger was jumping all over in there just as I would almost slide into view, but once we got our shot, it was undeniable.

IT'S A BOY!!!!

From our quick look, baby seems to be growing fine.  Good 4-chambers to the heart, in the 140s, gastric bubble, I think I saw a bladder bubble, (good for GI/GU health), normal shaped head and femur leng…