Decisions, decisions

Who knew there were so many little things you had to put so much thought into when you get pregnant? Honestly, I didn’t!

First there are things like names, and cloth diapering and breast feeding.

Then you get into all the other aspects, like jogging strollers versus standard versus travel systems. Then there is the car seat, the crib, the mattress, pumps, bottles, nipples and so much more!

If someone can please explain to me how I am suppose to know what type of mattress or bottle or nipple my son would like, I would love that clarification. And it isn’t like there are like one or two options to choose from. There are dozens. I went to register at Babies R Us and I think my head nearly exploded.

Here are some things off our list that we have tackled and we finally made some decisions on!

The first one was a crib. We happened to get really lucky and right after Wes got home from nine weeks of training and we checked out some and lo and behold, there was a crib someone was selling! So we did some serious Googling and research and picked this gem up for about 1/6th of the price.  Note, for anyone who is about to yell at me this is NOT a drop gate crib — just so we’re all clear!

Eventually Wes and I made our way to Babies R Us….poor Wes. He had never been in that store before and it is highly unlikely he will ever return to it. But we made it and played with strollers and car seats. We did a lot more research and decided that a jogging stroller would be best for us. With his job, obviously he has to work out a lot. And my goal in life (very short term here) is within 12 months of meeting little guy, to run a half marathon. So we picked the Bob Revolution Flex stroller.

We picked this one because it is one of the highest rated stroller brands. We specifically decided on the Flex because it had all the capabilities we were looking for. PLUS the handle bar adjusts up and down a bit so that should make up the foot of height difference between Wes and I to make running comfortable for us both. Win win! Our stroller was actually delivered two weeks ago (thanks Mom!!). It is currently sitting in a big box waiting for me to open…which Athena is happy about because she has a new place to lay.

After we had the stroller picked out, it definitely narrowed down our choices in car seats because I wanted one that was compatible with the Bob, see a chart here if you are interested! But having the ability to pull out baby’s car seat and plop it onto my stroller was a huge must for me. So again, we did lots of research and comparisons and have picked out the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat.

While I was highly confident on our stroller choice, I’m not as confident in the car seat. Having to choose an infant one, or one that will last as long as your child needs was a bit overwhelming. I can barely think a few weeks ahead, let alone what it’s going to be like to have a 5-year old. But hopefully this is the right choice and we will love it! The Britax works with an adapter from Bob that allows the car seat to be snapped into the stroller for ease of moving around. This way I don’t have to wake him up each time we get in and out of the car.

As seen in my post last week, I finally decided that I was indeed set on cloth diapering. I have not yet figured out if we will start at the beginning or wait a week or two before using the cloth diapers, I still have some researching in that area to do. I picked up some pre-folds and snappis today, just need a couple covers but with these I can start cloth diapering right from the beginning.

Another thing I knew I wanted to do was to take weekly pictures with a chalk board. I already did a separate post with all of my pictures up to this point. It’s been neat to mark off each with with something commemorative. I’ve also been keeping a little pregnancy journal From Pea to Pumpkin which has been fun. It asks a different question about how I’m feeling physically or about pregnancy in general and gives me space to write thoughts and important things to baby.

Catch Up on my weekly pictures!

Here are the weekly bump/chalk board pictures I promised!

They are from Week 6 through Week 20. I will note however I did miss Week 8 with my chalk board. And also week 18 is a little weird but it worked!

6Weeks

6 Weeks along and my first picture with the chalk board we made!

7Weeks

7 Weeks

8Weeks

8 Weeks. I was traveling and at my favorite Sister in Law’s wedding on October 5th so I was quite far from my chalk board. Totally worth it. Plus I had a really hot date.

9Weeks

9 weeks!

10Weeks

10 Weeks and feeling a bit better!

11Weeks

11 Weeks and moving along!

12Weeks

12 weeks I really like this shirt OK? And these shorts too!

13Weeks

13 weeks and reppin’ Nevada

14Weeks

14 Weeks – time to go to baby’s first Marine Corps Ball!

15Weeks

15 Weeks and the first blump signs are showing!

16Weeks

16 weeks – is it blump or bump?

17Weeks

17 Weeks – It’s a boy!!!

18Weeks 18Weeks2

18 Weeks, a first for us both, our first 5k! We walked it but still had fun!

19Weeks

19 Weeks — is this bump ever getting here?

20Weeks

20 Weeks and half way done! I like to say there’s no bump….but I’m wearing the exact same shirt in this picture and in my 6 Week picture – I think there’s a difference!

Anyways thanks for taking this little photo journey through the last 14 weeks with me!