It is has been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted an update on pregnancy #2, and I have a myriad of excuses you don’t want to hear. The most common are: I didn’t fix my hair or put on make up so I can’t take a picture or Jed’s not home so I can’t take a picture. I apologize for the photo quality above, but I cannot procrastinate another day or this child will be here. Poor second child, already lacking the documentation of the oldest child. It stops today. I’m 32 weeks along and feeling great most of the time. Here’s the rundown:
Have you ever shopped a BIG consignment sale? We are thrift store regulars, but have fallen in love with the world of big consignment sales. This time around I’m consigning at the upcoming Rhea Lana sale in Frisco and hoping to make money. I’m also planning to shop. When you consign you get to shop early, and let me tell you that these sales get competitive. I’m hoping to find a birthday present for Bear, as well as summer clothes for both kiddos. To see details about the Rhea Lana Frisco sale or find a RL sale near you check out the website here.
So, you might be thinking that the big sale atmosphere is a little intimidating. The first time around is, but you get the hang of it. Everything is marked down to at least 70% off retail, so the prices are fantastic. I also feel good about helping other families to clear out their stash and make money, all while saving money myself. We all win. These sales are especially great for pregnant mamas because you can find maternity clothes AND tons of newborn to 6 months clothes because they wear them for such a brief period of time. I’ll give you a few tips to succeed at a big sale like Rhea Lana.
1) Arrive early. Do your research and find out if you can get an early shopping pass. Most sales have these available online for pregnant or expectant adopting mamas. You can also volunteer or consign at the sale and get to shop REALLY early. Whatever your time slot is, get there before it starts because there will be a line.
2) Bring a collapsible laundry hamper. Trust me on this. You want a lightweight carrier for all your finds. That way you can toss everything you like into the basket and sort through it while you are in line.
3) Bring a list of everything you are looking for so you don’t get confused or forget something important. I would break it down like this: big items to look for first (strollers, ride on toys, playhouses,etc); small toys; clothes by age/gender/season. For instance, I’ll be looking for a tricycle, board books, summer shoes in size 6 & 7, 0-6 and 6-12 month soft leather girl shoes, and 3T summer clothes for Bear. I will have a list of everything detailed and in my purse, so my pregnant brain doesn’t have to concentrate too hard.
4) Come back for the Half Price Sale. Most big sales have several half price time slots at the end of the sale, so again check online and find the time slot for you. Everything will drop from 30% of the retail price (70% off) down to 15% of the retail price. Heck yes.
So, a few things have been happening around here lately. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (which you definitely should) you know that we bought our first house, moved in, and have baby #2 on the way. You know, just a few small things. It has been crazy, exciting, stressful, and great, all at the same time.
The house is 1970s one story cutie that backs up to a creek and needs a LOT of work. I’ll post before and after pics of each of our projects as we check them off our list, but it is going to be a looong process. So far we have dealt with major plumbing issues, residual cat dander and pee, and some serious wood paneling. We’ve asked ourselves many times, “Why did we buy a house again? and have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer. We know deep down it will all be worth it eventually, but on most days I feel like we will be surrounded by boxes FOR-EV-ER. We are doing most of the work ourselves, and let me just tell you that HGTV makes it look way too easy. This junk is hard. Crazy hard. If you’re interested in coming over to remove wallpaper, I’ll love you forever. I’ve decided to affectionately call the house the Duck Creek Ranch, so that it will grow on me a little faster. Why Duck Creek Ranch? We live on a super cute creek filled with ducks, it is a ranch style house, and everyone in Texas loves a ranch.
For the first time ever, we hired movers. I’m a bit of a gypsy and have moved at least once per year since the age of eighteen. I’m now 33. That’s a lot of moves, people. I once could move all my worldy possessions in the back of my car. Alas, those days are gone. It took weeks of packing, 3 guys + us, a BIG moving truck, and many hours to get all of our crap into the new house. I was pretty much useless because of my first trimester sickness and generally being pregnant, plus herding a toddler. Poor Jed worked all day at his teaching job and then came to DCR every day after school to work until 9 or 10 pm. He is the best, that man of mine.
I can’t believe I’m already almost half way through this pregnancy. We found out the gender last week and have been slowly revealing it to family and friends. I’ll share it on the blog tomorrow, so vote now in the gender poll. After all, you have a 50% chance of being right. Mini Bear is growing well, and I’m feeling so much better now that I’m firmly in the 2nd trimester.
How many times have you moved? Share your craziest moving story in the comments.
I shot a few pics of The Bear in his t-shirt after I finished it, and sent them out to friends and family that live far away, with the caption, “The Bear has an announcement.”
It took some of our friends and family a bit to figure out they had to read the shirt to get the announcement.
Later we put the shirt back on The Bear to go see some of our friends at our regular Taco Thursday dinner. Such great reactions.
The Bear also wore his shirt to my Young Life “retirement” party to share the good news with all our YL friends.
Finally, I used the the pics to announce the pregnancy here on the blog.
To make the shirt, I used a plain navy blue shirt that was already a part of The Bear’s wardrobe. I have a collection of vintage felt and embroidery floss from and estate sale purchase years ago. I used orange felt and navy blue floss and an embroidery needle that was waaaaay too big to stitch the design. I fastened the felt into an embroidery hoop and stitched away after drawing the words with an disappearing ink pen. I used the hoop as a guide to cut out the circle, and then stitched the circle onto the shirt. Done.
I’m sharing this design over at Prudent Baby’s Embroidery Contest and at some other fun craft parties.
You can buy them off Amazon for $6-7, or at your local CVS for $11.
What morning sickness cures have you tried? What worked for you? What didn’t work?