Friday, April 29, 2011

I Spy

Our shopping stash, as it stands now. Let's see what we can spot...answers coming!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Baby Prep: the Nusery

One the biggest things we have to figure out is where baby will sleep. After mulling over the options, we decided that for the first 6 months baby will sleep in our bedroom. Then, after the Boards*, M's office will be converted into the nursery. BIG DECISION No. 5- No Nursery for Now. At that point we'll have to figure out if M will be delegated to the "service quarters" (currently used as storage) or perhaps take over the guest room. We'll see.

Meanwhile, I plugged in our room measurements and spent some time juggling around our theoretical furniture to see how we can add a crib and bookshelves we already own into our room and still have everything fit. It didn't work a lot of ways, but here are the options:

This one is how we have it now, except that it will be a lot more crowded on the left side, and I will probably have to switch to sleeping on the left instead or right side.

This will require more maneuvering, specifically, moving the dresser to M's side, and again making it more crowded, but it does seem feasible.

I'm leaning towards option number 2, but we might have to actually try things out once we a crib to see if things really fit that way. Ha! Unfortunately 2 walls are almost useless (one with built in closet and balcony to the front, the other with bathroom and closet).

The best thing about this situation is that we're really not going to be investing in a whole nursery. All we need is a crib, and a changing pad to put on our dresser, plus figuring out the storage situation (but that's another post for another day). The bummer is that I kind of wanted to make some art for the room or something and we might have to wait a while for that.

*Step 1 USMLE, the Medical School Boards

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The One Good Thing...

about giving up coffee-

is that whenever I wake up I'm totally awake. No more morning groggy. :-)

But the rest of the time I really miss it: the sweet smell, the routine of preparation, the savoring and the pick-me-up of course. At least I'm awake enough to write this, in the early morning sun.

This is the only other post from my old blog deemed worthy enough to make an appearance here. It is also still totally true and relevant.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Crazy Party Thoughts

I think at a certain point of being pregnant, you start to feel like you really need to get ready for baby NOW. Or like, YESTERDAY. And you start making lists and checking things off, and considering all the different alternative plans for what might happen after the birth and how to guide your loved ones to take care of stuff the way you would. Well, I definitely reached that point.

And for some reason, it's been totally channeled into our baby naming party. I know it's going to happen one week after the birth. I have a feeling I'm going to look and feel like a mess. But I still want to give Baby Boy a great party. So now everywhere I go, I see party stuff.

Costco: "oo look they have paper goods, we'll need to come back here".

Pastry shop: "oh look, they make kids cakes" [tastes sample] "and they're yummy too, we should order the cake for the party here".

Party store: "I like this shop" [thinks: come to get candy and decor here...]

Goes to lunch: [I need to remember to invite this girl...maybe I should make a guest list, hmm]

Walks down street: "I wonder if we could have the reception here...or should I just move the furniture in the house?"

So that's the current crazy. Anyone else have a totally random must-prepare-before-baby-arrives obsession?

Friday, April 22, 2011

In Other News

This week we're coming home again to visit good ol' Uncle Sam! I'm going to try my best to keep up the daily posting and maybe clue you in to our purchasing missions: Successful or Impossible, we shall see.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Walking Around

How to carry Baby Boy has been one of my biggest dilemmas.
On the one hand, I think I need a stroller, or at least at some point I will.
On the other hand, I've been told by several people here that it'll be easier to carry Baby Boy than maneuver the sidewalks here.
On the third hand I don't want to be confined to "only" a carrier.
On the fourth hand bringing down a stroller is going to be a PITA! I dunno.

I really want a Moby. But it's 40 USD for a piece of fabric. But I went to the fabric store, and the fabric was 32 USD, so maybe I should just get a Moby Wrap?

And I want a Baby Jogger. I'm obsessed and convinced that I need one. Except I probably don't.

And so, my friends what to do? what do I really need for the first 3 months? Can the stroller wait or will I totally regret it?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stuff I Want

So they say that the only things you need for a newborn are a place to sleep, a carseat and a boob. But we all know that's a little extreme. So we add some must-haves: diapers and wipes, clothes, blankets, and a place to hang out during the day. But we want to be a bit comfortable, so we add some toys, a nursing pillow, a stroller and/or carrier, a changing pad etc.

Here's some of the stuff I want, that's not a must-must, but would be great to have:

A baby jogger stroller + parent console (might have to wait for the next trip):

A nursing pillow + covers (could just use any old pillow):

A pump + some bottles (presumably can be skipped if I exclusively breast feed):

Swaddeling blankets (can probably be found cheaper, but these are supposed to be the BEST):

Changing pad (could just change on the floor...)

A play mat of sorts (could just use an old blanket w/home-made toys)

Also, toys, books, a baby monitor, and maybe a bouncer or swing???

And the really unnecessary:
Cloud b Sleep Sheep (could just download a few white noise sounds to our ipods):

An Itzbeen timer (just seems like it will make life a bit easier):

So that's the run-down. I'm really hoping we can manage to buy most of this stuff. It's a little difficult without any shower in the planning (or rather one that will be attended by other medical students and/or their wives), but I think we'll work it out, or fore-go some of the "stuff".

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baby Prep: 700 Peso Workout

We are preparing for baby boy in other than material ways as well. One one those has been joining the local JCC. That would be BIG DECISION No.4. It's kind of a bummer on our budget, but it does house a small gym, so if we use it a few times a month I guess it's not too bad. Mostly it is a pain, and I'm not sure how long we're going to remain members after Baby Boy is born. It might just be a few more months. Who knows? Maybe we'll actually get something out of the membership; right now it just feels like money down the drain a.k.a. a 700 peso workout.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pregnancy Preparation

Ok, I might be a little strange in this, but I really haven't wanted to read too much about pregnancy. Mostly I find it is way too scary; so many things that can go wrong; so many gory details; and so much judgy-ness.

I have definitely read up on what to not eat (caffeine, alcohol, raw fish, unpasteurized dairy), things I should do (excercise, kegels, vitamins), and a bit of this and that on the forums I check out (WeddingBee Babies, Bump and Baby, Baby Center) once in a while. But somehow, in a very unlike-me fashion, I did not pick up a single book on pregnancy. Instead I just check out some articles as I come across them and basically try to relax.

I wasn't sure if I could do it and I've had a bit of book-withdrawl*, but happily I picked up some baby related books and I think that in the long run, those are probably more practical. Plus, I'm married to a medical school student, so if I have a question I have him look it up in the professional literature. Finally a perk to have a study-enclosed studying husband!

*This is the book I picked out, but in the end didn't order.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dinner Discussions and Diapers

So we went over to some new friend's house for dinner, and it was awesome on many levels. Firstly, they were probably the coolest people we've met since being here (and it sucks that they're leaving in just a few months). Secondly, we have a lot in common: interests- wise, school- wise (for M), and baby-wise. Thirdly, they are just a few months ahead of us in all these aspects so it was a great great learning experience from people that have dealt with a newborn and haven't had time to forget what it's like.

Amongst other things, we got to talking about diapers, and they are the first people we actually know in real life that are using them. They are totally doing prefolds all the way through, more specifically the Econobum system. So it definitely got me re-thinking what we should do and get.
And I've changed my mind a little, but totally for the better. With this trip coming up I decided to only get prefolds. I know that we will be visiting the States at around the 2-3 month mark for Baby Boy, and at that point I can bring the all-in-ones if I still covet them like I do now.

So the new shopping list will include:
Green Mountain Diaper prefolds- 18 newborn, 12 small
Econobum prefolds- 18 infant, 6 one-size
(also 2 newborn covers, 3 one-size covers, and a snappi)

I'm hoping that these will suffice nicely until the three month mark, and some of them should go on to almost 6 months, so that should give me time to evaluate how things are going. Also, this is going to be inexpensive, (to the tune of less than 200 USD, which is less than we would spend on disposables for that amount of time here), and lets me spread out the costs a bit to next semester.

The other thing I realized is that we really should just start doing the cloth from day 1, or as soon as the meconium has passed, so that we get used to it and that's just it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


So I'm always asked what my cravings are, and honestly it comes down to one thing: SUGAR!

Cakes I used to look at or take a small piece of are now mysteriously inhaled. Chocolates I would like to save for a while longer, too bad. Cookies? sure! Pie? ok! Waffles at 10 pm- lemme just go to the store to get some...But mostly, it's all about the fruit.

In the last month, I have consumed: pineapple, papaya, pears, grapefruits, oranges, apples, mangoes, cantalope and WATERMELON. Lots and lots of watermelon!

I seem to have lost all form of self-control. At least I don't crave fast food or fried junk... :/

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More Diaper Talk

Ok, so I thought I should share practically what I'm thinking of actually doing. I must say that M is still a bit hesitant, but we're going over to some people's house that cloth diaper and hopefully seeing them in person will take care of the final convincing (or totally backfire). We'll see...

Anyway, after researching this topic to death, I think that I'd like to do this:

First couple of weeks- disposables. Poor baby will still have umbilical cord, and circumcision scarring and we'll definitely have a grandma or two around so I think we'll just go with the main-stream manner.

First couple of months after disposables run out- prefolds with covers. This seems like the easiest way to get a good fit, and it's a lot a lot cheaper than fitteds. For such a short time, I don't want to make a huge investment. So I think I want to go with:
Green Mountain Diapers Newborn Prefolds
Bummis Super Brite Covers
and maybe get a couple of

Once Baby Boy hits 9 or 10 pounds- all in ones. I want to keep it simple. I KNOW that I don't want to stuff diapers with liners. To me it's kind of like folding socks or something, an annoying laundry related task and I just don't want to deal with it. Plus once Baby Boy is older and more fidgety, something that only takes one step seems like a big advantage. This is the current pick:
BumGenius Elemental All-in-Ones
and also one of these
Diaper Sprayer
and maybe some of these
Disposable liners

All in all, it looks like it's going to be a pretty hefty investment (like 700 buckaroos). The fact that we have to import everything with us doesn't help, but I gotta just decide and go with it because in a couple of weeks will be our last visit Stateside before Baby Boy makes an appearance.

Monday, April 11, 2011


This is a new thing for me as of the last three weeks. I took a few naps way back in trimester numero uno, but it was kind of an oddity, mostly I just lay on the couch. Now, ever since I started walking morning 5k's (not everyday), and it started getting really hot here a la 90 degrees, and I can't seem to stay asleep after 7am, I've been getting tired enough to nap.

So I'm trying to embrace this. I'm not a fan of missing daylight hours, but staying up is even worse, and I realized that when I'm tired and I don't sleep I'm totally useless. (sidenote: What will I do when I'm sleep deprived with an actual human to take care of???) So in the spirit of keeping up with housework and doing some menial errands while I can still walk without a waddle, I'm gonna do it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Prep: Diapers

I came across the notion of cloth diapering on the blogosphere, oh so accidentally, and I was immediately enthralled. I started reading up like crazy about all the different types and terms. Mostly I find it really appealing to a) not be putting plastic on baby's butt, b) not be buying tons of disposable diapers. I really much rather be doing more laundry than, spending cash on what will become lots and lots of trash. So for me it was pretty much a no-brainer.
Then I had to get M on board. And I think that more than the environmental/natural fibers arguments, the money we will eventually save started getting him on board. And the promise of maybe easier potty training is just a cherry on top.

So BIG DECISION no. 3- is to cloth diaper. Now we just have to figure out the details- what type, where to buy, how to make sure we've got everything we need down in Mexico.

So far my favorites seem to be one size, all in one, no extra steps like putting in liners or stuffing or clipping or covering. The only issue is to figure out what to do for the first month or two when they will still be a bit too big. That, and how to install a diaper sprayer, and what laundry detergent to use. More chatting on this topic to come. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Baby Prep: the Car

So this post is one of the only baby-related posts that went up on my old blog before I abandoned it. I thought it was fitting to get the whole picture though, so I'm going to run it again.

So far the Mr. and I are pretty chillaxed about the baby thing. Somehow my feeling better now, combined with an exciting semester coming up has left us mostly relaxed about the whole thing. But since we have just under 6 months to prepare, we've been slowly tackling task by task. Probably the most daunting thing is that M will be starting another semester when the baby is due. So we want to be ready and not stressed during the 8th/9th month when M will have finals.

Our BIG DECISION no. 1- is that we're not going to move. We really love our little casita here, and its location in town. While we may re-visit this at a later point, for the time being, we're going to play around with furniture and make it work in the space we have.

Consequently, BIG DECISION no. 2- is to get another car. M has to go to clinic that's basically in the ghetto. And next year he's going to be in the hospital (that's also out of town), all day, every day. So we got him a car, perfectly suited for driving around town:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

All Caught Up

Well here we are, more or less, all caught up. New developments throughout month 5 have included:
  1. returning reflux and no more citrus for me (still having onion/garlic and then just dealing with it)
  2. total sugar-holic-ness especially fruit (watermelon, cantalope, papaya, pear, apple, pineapple, have all made appearances)
  3. a little trouble bending over resulting in awkward side-bends
  4. exercising a lot more (walking 5 ks 2-3 times a wk + yoga dvds) because see the next one-
  5. getting fat (let's not sugar coat too much)
Here's a recent pic at 24 weeks:

Up ahead: stuff we're doing to get ready (not much), stuff I think I need to buy (more than I want to), me getting fatter. Toodles!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's a...

This was the exact email we sent everyone. Just like that, as is. I was going to figure out how we should tell them that we found out after making such a big deal of wanting to keep it a surprise. But M was like "OMG you're so fat! Let's take a picture". So I said fine, and then had this idea to just write on the picture and send it out, thus avoiding the whole conversation aspect while still conveying the news.

Luckily it was just fine; everyone responded quickly and excitedly! And while I was debating until the last minute at the doctor's office if we should just go for it or not, M had been wanting to know for a while, more than a month now, and so I just let it be. And now he's even more excited, because in his words he was "getting attached" to the idea of a boy. So now it's all talk of tennis or soccer, and I'm just working on narrowing down a list of names.

*week 23

Monday, April 4, 2011

Coming to See the Bump!

That's what they said when they told us they were coming. My in-laws, that is. And so it was. After we got back from the awesome wedding weekend, I pulled into high gear for some serious spring cleaning. We did some serious re-stocking shopping, fixed up a few little things in the guest room and bathroom, and we were good to go.

And it was totally a cool visit because A) they were our first visitors in Mexico, B) they brought me a bunch of stuff I had ordered online, C) we genuinely had a good time together.

M was in school or at clinic most of the time, but the three of us went to the fancy mall, and toured the campus, and went to see tequila made in the town of Tequila. And luckily they speak Spanish so they ventured on their own in our neighborhood a couple times and that was good. One day, M took the "day off" and we all went downtown together to the Centro Historico, and ate lots of good Mexican food. So it was a success! And they saw the bump! which is apparently why they came, and I was happy to oblige.

*Yup, we're up to week 22!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Sober Wedding

We're going to the USA! YAY to the home of Target! But first we (I) had to prep.

Shopping for maternity clothes is kind of a bummer. Shopping for them in Mexico is worse. And shopping for a dress to go to a wedding is just about the pinnacle of awkward. But with a still fairly small baby bump, I hit up the mall and I had to make it or wear yoga pants to the wedding. But I found something- yay! And with a little help from a seamstress we were in business.

The weekend was fantastic. Honestly, it was so exciting to be Stateside that even though we didn't have a ton of time, we sure as hell got a lot done. And we ate a lot, a lot, a lot. That's something you must be able to relate to if you're reading this blog. :) So even though I was kind of a bossy hormonal brat, everyone went along with it. We did some sight-seeing, and hanging out with friends we haven't seen in a long while, and it was kind of awesome in so many ways.

Being totally sober was actually only strange when the music was bad. (And I was definitely the only one sober in that room of 200 people). Because when we were eating or dancing it was cool. But then the music gets not so great, and a la Bar-Mitzvah it is the awkward should I keep dancing? should I sit down? ahh the age-old question I didn't think I would be faced with for at least another 13 years give or take.

*If you're keeping track, we've made it to 21 weeks.