Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I know. I'm a little behind, but things have been crazy at our house for the past five days. My parents got here on Wednesday night and watched Drake while we went to small group.

On Thursday, my mom and I went shopping in the morning then got food ready the rest of the day. My sister and her family came down as well as Jason's sister and her boyfriend and Jason's dad. There were 13 of us for dinner. We managed to sit all the adults around our dining room table and then a card table for Drake and his cousin, Reid. The kids didn't eat too well at their own table so we'll see how this works next time. I was horrible about taking pictures but did get a couple of the two kiddos.

A HUGE thanks to my mom for all her help with the laundry and dishes!

My sister, mom and I even did a little shopping on Thanksgiving night. I wanted to hit Babies R Us as we were running low on diapers and they had a great deal at $10 for a big box of them. Of course, by the time we got over there - a little after 9pm - the line was wrapped around the back of the store and it just wasn't worth. We also went to Meijer (awesome cereal deal like I mentioned in my weekly grocery post - I just had to get two more boxes. :-)), Walmart (that was RIDICULOUS!) and CVS.

Unfortunately, I had to work on Friday and Saturday - a planning meeting for an event in January. We went to church on Sunday morning and then hung out around the house.

This week is going to be just a crazy between small group, a going away party, IMAGINE at our church, and a birthday party on Saturday. My tree might get up one of these days. :-)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Good-bye 1st Trimester, Hello 2nd Trimester!

Woo hoo!! I'm so glad to be in the 2nd trimester! Overall, I've been feeling great. There were about two weeks where I felt nauseous but never got sick. And, of course, I have had the usual hungry and tired all the time symptoms although that is getting much better. At our first official appointment, the nurse practitioner asked how much weight I gained with Drake and when I told her, she just said, "Let's try to keep it at 25-35 pounds." I'm right at 7 pounds so far which I'm pretty happy with especially since we just had awesome Thanksgiving food. 

With Drake, I always wanted a doppler but never got one. I was able to borrow one from a friend this time. I found the heartbeat on the doppler at 12 weeks 4 days and the doctor found it right away at my appointment last week. Now, I can, too. I love hearing it every night...especially until I start feeling movement.
 10 weeks
12 weeks
14 weeks

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Great Grocery Challenge


Meijer: OOP $45.94, Saved $41.26! 
Meijer had an AWESOME deal on cereal this week. I got 10 boxes for about $1.30!!

CVS: OOP $.59, Saved $20.74!

Weekly Totals: OOP $46.53, Saved $62.00! (57% savings!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OB Appointment

The day finally came to have my OB appointment where we could hear this baby's heartbeat!

I actually heard it on the doppler for the first time on Friday night at 12 weeks 4 days! I couldn't believe it. I was so much further along when we heard Drake's. Of course, when Jason got in the room after putting Drake down, I couldn't find it again. I did find it again on Sunday night, and this time Jason heard it! At home, it's been in the 160s.

My appointment went well. I forgot how quick they are. She found the heartbeat right away - 150s. I go back in four weeks and we scheduled our ultrasound!! (January 11th)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Great Grocery Challenge


Walgreens: OOP $7.71, Saved $7.96! 
(Not bad considering I had no RRs.)

CVB: OOP $.03, Saved $8.76!

Meijer: OOP $42.08, Saved $42.00!
***I think 3 trips to Meijer in 3 days is my record. :-) No, I didn't plan it, but it just sort of worked out that I was there that many times...oops. I'll probably be there twice this week, too, since they have an awesome cereal deal on Thanksgiving day.

Weekly Totals: OOP $49.82, Saved $58.72! (54% savings!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Still here...

I haven't posted much lately, and I guess it's just because there hasn't been a lot to say.

Drake is feeling MUCH better thank goodness. He continues to amaze us every day at the new things he learns. He is talking up a storm...one of the ladies in the nursery even commented on it last weekend. I'm trying to start planning his birthday party. Since his birthday is so early in Feburary, I always need the invitations done by Christmas so they can go out in early January. It was a big debate for me, but I think I'm going with Dr. Suess. Last year just seemed so much easier because I knew I wanted to do monkeys. This year I was debating between Hot Wheels, Mega Bloks, Elmo, etc. I think Dr. Suess won out because I just found so many cute ideas!!

This weekend is our last quiet one for a while. We have no plans which is AWESOME!

My next doctor's appointment is almost here! I go on Wednesday afternoon and can't wait. I got a doppler a few weeks ago but still haven't been able to find this little one's heartbeat. We didn't hear Drake's on the doppler until 16 weeks so I'm not really worried, but I sure want to know that he/she is growing right on schedule. I've just gained about 5 pounds which I think is pretty good. I gained 45 with Drake so hopefully this pregnancy will be a little less since I'm sure it won't come off as easily.

We're talking about what to do after the new baby is here at the end of May. Will I go back to work? Will I stay home? Try to find something part-time that fits with our schedule? I am just struggling with this right now. I know we've got some time and either way, it's going to be tough.

We're having Thanksgiving at our house this year. I have to work on Friday and Saturday so we didn't want to travel...it's just too much for one day. It should be a nice time with some of my family coming and Jason's immediate family coming over as well.

I'll update after our appointment next week!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Great Grocery Challenge


Kroger: OOP $14.30, Saved $26.34

Walgreens: OOP $0.69, Saved $18.78

Walmart: OOP $3.19, Saved $8.89

Meijer: OOP $32.18, Saved $46.24

Aldi: OOP $1.50

Weekly Totals: OOP $51.86, Saved $100.25! (66% savings)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Great Grocery Challenge

Meijer: OOP $35.47, Saved $31.11!
CVS: OOP $4.66, Saved $21.14!
Dollar General: OOP $2.04, Saved $4.80

Weekly Totals: OOP $42.17, Saved $57.05! (57% savings)