Happy New Year!

In January Harper Dear was baptized. Jacob was on his best behavior as we had to sit in the front row of church. Why do they do that? We baptize infants in the Lutheran faith–so why make them sit in the front row? There is nothing more stressful than an hour of quiet time at church, two little kids, and the front row ūüėČ Hayden was fortunate enough to actually pour the water over Harper’s head, taking an active role in the baptism. Auntie Kate, Adam and Jane are Harper’s Godparents (and Jacob’s). Adam, Jane, and Charlie weren’t able to come, but we were trying to have her baptized before Papaw went out of town for work.

We also go serious about Jacob’s birthday and party prep. His birthday this year was Spiderman themed (and generically Super Hero), so we started by taking pictures of him in his Spiderman outfit for his invitation.

I finally got fed up with the play area in our living room. I tried to define the space with the foam letters on the floor, but the toys were still spilling everywhere. What’s a mom to do? Check out Pinterest! I saw some killer playrooms with Ikea shelves turned on their sides…allowing toys to find homes in the little cubbies. Hayden hates Ikea (what?!) so Gia and I went with Jacob. Two bookshelves (and some meatballs) later, we were on our way home. After we put together the shelves, Jacob decided he would put away his toys. Bless his heart–he put one or two toys in each little cubby and proclaimed he was finish. Never mind the piles of toys that still had no homes! After I showed him we had some bins, and every toy has a place, he was good about helping me to organize everything. I’ll say…since we put these together, toys are easier to find (all the cars in one bin; all the balls in another bin), and Jacob loves to help clean up.

Finally, we took (or tried to take) Harper’s 11 month photos. Although I didn’t get too many good ones of her on the blanket, I think I got some really great candids of her and Jacob playing. I’ll call that a win.

What a day! I’ve been off from work for 11 days because of all the snow. Today was my last day off and I was dreading setting the alarm again and actually having to go to work. But with all the dread, today was a “day of the baby.” Not sure why I started nesting today and not a week ago, but I have accomplished a lot.

First, mom (who has decided she wants to be called Gia…have I told you that?) realized the Babies R Us gift certificates we received for becoming “friends” on Facebook with BRU expire this weekend. I also had a ton of coupons from BRU that expire Saturday. I started calculating our savings on some of the big-ticket items from our registry, and Hayden and I decided I should go buy the breast pump. With the coupons and the gift certificates we were saving $62. And really, who else is going to buy me a breast pump? I sure as hell wouldn’t buy one for my friends!

I trudged to BRU in the snow for one of the most expensive items off the registry. Seriously, it wasn’t much cheaper than the CHAIR we register for. A breast pump…or a piece of furniture. Crazy. Anyway, I walked away with my fantastic bargain and some hangers for the clothes that have started to trickle into the house.

When I got home, I decided something needed to be hung on the hangers! So I started to do a little laundry. Seriously, I’ve never been so excited to do laundry in my life. We even have a “Kids” sanitary setting on our washer. I’ve read about all the chemicals that are on new clothes and it grosses me out. Now, I’m not one to wash my own clothes before wearing them, but Jacob’s? You bet your biffy!

The best loads of laundry ever!

After starting the first of three loads of laundry (someone at work gave me a bunch of hand-me-down clothes…that’s the only reason I have so many to wash), I put together the little bouncer I bought. It was also on my registry, and I had a coupon. I bought this earlier in the week and had to buy it because it is ALWAYS out of stock. There was one little box sitting on the shelf when I went looking, so I bought it (did I mention I had a coupon? Hayden, I saved us money!). Well, who would have thought one slim box would contain a bouncer that kicked my butt when putting it together. I do much better with directions that have words and not just pictures, but eventually I got it put together.

Bailey claiming the bouncer's cover as a bed

After the first load of laundry was finished, I put a crib sheet on the bare mattress, folded some adorable little onesies, and settled in for the night. I know the next few loads of laundry might not be as much fun, and one day I will hate doing this kid’s laundry. But today? It was a little piece of heaven.

Can you see my belly reflection in the door of the washer?

And Bailey? He knows something is up. I think I need to get a dog bed for Jacob’s room. Bailey needs a little place to call his own in that room too. We’ll be spending a lot of time in there really soon.

P.S. When I started to write this, I felt little Jacob hiccups for the first time! Too cute ūüôā

Hayden, my best friend, left on Saturday. ¬†Friday night the water-works began. ¬†I blame it on the crazy hormones raging through my body. ¬†That and I’m a little sad to have him gone for so long. ¬†I woke up Saturday and would just break into tears: when he was making breakfast, when I was giving the dog medicine, when the phone would ring. ¬†I was a mess. ¬†Hayden, in his infinite wisdom, said, “Let’s get you shopping or something.” ¬†[That’s one reason I married that man ;)]

I think about all the small things he’ll miss while he’s gone, but then I try to imagine ways to keep him involved. ¬†That’s why we both have video cameras, and digital cameras, and Skype, and phones, and email. ¬†Thank goodness for technology. ¬†We were in Target last week and I asked to stop by the maternity section. ¬†It was overwhelming. ¬†Neither of us knew what we were looking at, what the sizes meant, or how any of it worked. ¬†We walked out of the department without trying on anything or buying anything.

Since that experience was a little too much, I was worried about doing it alone when he was gone. ¬†When he suggested we “go shopping or something” I took him up on it. ¬†My lucky husband went to Motherhood Maternity with me. ¬†Bless him. ¬†He really is wonderful.

I wanted to get some shirts to wear to work. ¬†Before all this crazy stuff started happening to my body I had a small waist. ¬†That means most of my shirts are a little form-fitting. ¬†Once all my organs started moving north these shirts accentuated my expanding waistline. ¬†Hayden patiently waited while I tried on a million shirts, most of which I would walk out of the dressing room asking, “Doesn’t this just make me look pregnant??” ¬†To which he would remind me I was pregnant.

[On a side note, I had NO IDEA they had little velcro bellies in the dressing room to put on with your clothes. ¬†All the small things you don’t read about in books or online!]

I had so much fun shopping with Hayden on Saturday, my girlfriends said they would go shopping with me on Sunday. ¬†Please note, these ladies are saints. ¬†It was Sunday, of a long weekend, at the outlet mall, right before school starts. ¬†Parking was as difficult as Black Friday. ¬†Thankfully, the maternity store wasn’t busting at the seams with people.

My goal today was work pants. ¬†I found four pairs that should get me through for a while. ¬†I also picked up my Redskins t-shirt so I know I can support my team through the end of the season in style. ¬†Overall, it was a great trip. ¬†[And today I did try on the belly…it was very misshapen and looked like I was trying to shoplift a large kaiser roll.]

I was going to add some pictures today of the cute clothes I bought. ¬†But I realized Hayden took the camera cord with him. ¬†I’ll have to try to get one on ebay so I can download my pictures.