The First Years Bottle Drying Rack

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When we were selecting items for our baby registry, Hubster and I didn’t think that we would need a bottle drying rack.  We thought it would be a waste of counter space.  For the first two months, we used our regular drying rack for all of C’s bottles.  The problem was that there were always bottles occupying the drying rack, which didn’t leave any room for dishes.

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5 Things You’ll Love About Pregnancy

1. It’s acceptable to wear stretchy pants on a daily basis.  Who doesn’t love the enveloping comfort of an elastic waistband?

2. You’ll be showered with gifts.  If you’ve been married, you might recall the joy of a gift registry.  You get to do that all over again – except this time you get to pick out all kinds of cute little clothes and accessories.

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C is 3 Months Old Today!

My big 3-month-old :)

5 Things You’ll Never Miss About Pregnancy

1. The incessant need to pee.  Seriously, there were some days that I could have camped out in my bathroom.  But our bed didn’t fit.

2. Not being able to see your feet.  I don’t normally look down when I walk, but the ability to see your feet is sometimes very helpful in preventing stubbed toes…or when scaling a flight of stairs.

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The Battle of the Nap

Two sides, equally strong-willed and determined, face off in an epic battle of sleep.  A refusal to give into slumber is met with an equal dedication to enforce the rules of nap-dom.  Screaming and a theatric conflict of wills ensue.  There can only be one victor.

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Things C Has Learned This Week

1. To scream.  SCREAM.  He’s always been opinionated and gone “from 0 to 60″ in the blink of an eye, but now when he decides he wants something he starts to scream his little head off.  There’s no warning to it.  People who hear him might think he’s being tortured or something.

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Free and Super-Cheap Items – Week of 7/24

Here are some of the awesome deals I found around town this week.  For more information on how to coupon at Walgreens (it’s the trickiest drugstore to shop in, but has fantastic savings!) or CVS, The Krazy Coupon Lady site has the best information!

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Diaper Genie II Refills on Sale at Target!

I *love* our Diaper Genie II.  I know it appears in some “Top 10″ lists of unnecessary baby gear; but in our tight living quarters, it’s great at keeping C’s smelly poo under wraps.

Refills are on sale this week at Target for $6!

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You May Look, But Don’t Touch!

It amazes me how babies bring out the best in most people.  Hubster and I smile with pride when someone comes up to look at C and comments on how cute he is.  I don’t even mind that it sometimes inconveniences me if I’m in a hurry.  But, today, a young man at Walgreens crossed the line.  He said, “Awww,” then came up and TOUCHED C’s belly.  Um…I don’t know you!  Get the heck away from my child!  My mind started racing as to what kind of disease this man potentially had, since he had a prescription in his hand.  Oy.

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Funny Commercial

I just stumbled upon this super cute commercial.  Enjoy!

This Week’s Deals Around Town

I’ve recently gotten into couponing and here are the deals that I found around town this week:

Buy 10 SmartWater (20 oz)  or VitaminWater for $10, get a 6-pk of 20 oz SmartWater free
There are B2G1 coupons on for VitaminWater.  I chose to get SmartWater, so ended up getting 16 bottles for about 62.5 cents each.  The savings will be greater if you use 2 of those coupons and get VitaminWater.

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Random Confession

Sometimes when C farts in public, I’m embarrassed and terrified that someone will think it was me.

…and if it ever WAS me, I’d probably blame it on him.

Postpartum Hair Loss

I had heard of the postpartum hair loss phenomenon, but I didn’t think it would happen to me.  When I had made it two months without it rearing its ugly head, I thought I was safe.  Perhaps it was when I stopped breastfeeding, or perhaps it just took that long for my hormones to start regulating…regardless, I’m now experiencing hair loss.

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Being Grateful for a Shower

It is after 10:30pm and I just got done taking my shower for the day.  Today was kind of crazy.

Between 8:10am and 8:25am, I woke up, made a pediatrician appointment for C, got myself ready and left for the doctor’s office for an 8:40 check-in time.  (Thank you to my wonderful Hubster for getting C dressed, or I never would have made it out the door on time!)  Naturally, after all that rushing we had to wait until 9:02 to get called in for the appointment.  The good news is that C does not have an ear infection!  His symptoms are just from his cold and other than that, he’s perfectly healthy.  He’s also a svelt 12 pounds, 2 ounces now!  ;)

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Instituting an 8pm Bedtime

After we got back from vacation this week, I’ve been working on instituting an 8:00 bedtime for C.  I was a little concerned about it, because he has never been one for a schedule.  To my surprise, it has been working very well!  We dim the lights, change him into a sleeper and change his diaper.  Then he gets his bottle, we turn on his white noise and put him to bed.  He typically goes to sleep within minutes.  Outside of one or two crying sessions or waking up around 9:30/10, it’s been great.

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The Incredible Disappearing Chest

I used to be pretty darn happy with my perky Ds.  Then I got pregnant and they got alarmingly large.  Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding…let me paint you a picture.

Have you ever blown up a balloon, not tied it and let it go?  It flies around the room, finally sputtering and dying, completely deflated on the ground.

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Being Sick and Caring for a Baby…

…it stinks.

C and I both seem to have come down with a cold after returning from our vacation.  C has some slight congestion and I think he has a sore throat.  Poor baby doesn’t like taking his bottles every time and doesn’t want to nap without being held.  Fortunately for C, I think the cold has hit me much harder.  Yesterday, I barely had a voice.  My sore throat and splitting headache are killing me, and I’m constantly in a cold sweat.

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Home Sweet Home

*Insert Relaxed Sigh Here*

We went to visit family and friends over the holiday weekend and just got home!

I love getting home after being away.  Anything longer than a 7-day trip gets a bit exhausting.  We LOVE seeing all of our family and friends and fill as many time slots on our schedule as possible.  But it’s difficult not having your own bed, bathroom, kitchen…your own routine in general – especially for C!  Hubster and I are both people who need a little alone time to be able to function at 100%.

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Happy 4th of July!

We were planning on trekking across the Midwest to visit family later this week, but when our air conditioning went out over the holiday weekend we packed up the car and headed out early!  Hope you all had a fun, safe holiday!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

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C’s 2-Month Checkup

We had C’s 2-month appointment with his pediatrician this week.  He’s doing great!  He’s 23 inches and weighing in at 11 pounds, 1 ounce.  I think he’s going to be a lanky kid, like Hubster was.

C was such a trooper during his shots (one oral, two in his left thigh, one in his right thigh)!  We were so proud of him.  I think I had a harder time than he did.  ;)

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The Postpartum Clothing Void

I was really hoping that by now I’d be able to comfortably fit into my pre-pregnancy pants.  I can button them!  I just can’t breathe.

I’ve been working out once/day (sometimes twice!) for the past few weeks and have lost inches…but not enough off of my waist.

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