I think we have the main level design finished! Well, for the most part. Might still move a few doors and such, and details like windows aren’t complete, but the floor plan itself is pretty solid for both the main and upper level. We moved around the pantry, mud room, and laundry room, taking a bit of space from the garage. I like it a lot better now, much more assessable. If you notice anything you think should still be moved around, do tell! We debated whether to finish the basement when the house is built or wait, and I think we’re going to do it all at once. Everyone tells me if we wait, we may never finish it, and that it can create quite a mess of dust in the house by waiting as well. So I guess onto designing the lower level now!
In other exciting news, the 4moms playard arrived yesterday! Initial thoughts are this:
- It’s heavy, really heavy, like 40 lbs. I think it will be great for travel, but Eric will definitely be carrying this item!
- Being it’s heavy, it feels very solid, great construction, and extremely sturdy.
- There is a very good reason it’s got ‘breeze’ in the name, as it really is a breeze to set up and tear down. I’ve struggled with several Graco pack an plays in my day, but this was super easy, only one hand required!
- I love the bassinet attachment for smaller babies, I can see this as very useful as a changing table and sleeping area for baby in the first few weeks, possibly months as I believe it recommends usage with babies up to 25 lbs.
- Granted, I haven’t actually used this with a baby yet, but so far, I highly recommend!
And since I was so impressed with the playard, I ordered another 4moms item this morning, as BuyBuy Baby was nice enough to send me yet another 20% off coupon. Again, I looked through my registry for something higher priced, since I had a coupon, and settled on the 4moms mamaroo infant seat. They make a rockaroo also, but the mamaroo has a few more features for not a ton more money. You know me, the thrifty shopper. HA! As soon as I get it, I’ll let you know my thoughts, but feel free to click the link to read more about it!
I’m still not sleeping the best at night, but I may have realized why. But tell me this, I’m only 12 weeks, is there really that much ‘baby stuff’ there yet? I’m a stomach sleeper, and already I just feel like something is there… Hard to explain. Like someone put a tennis ball under my stomach in bed. So odd! I did purchase a body pillow, but just a cheap one at Target, and I’ve been trying to train myself to sleep on my left side with that. We shall see.
Tomorrow is my side of the family’s Thanksgiving celebration, which will include Eric and me, my older sister, her husband, and their two children, and my mom and step-father. We are having a late lunch tomorrow at my mom’s home about 20 minutes from my own home, a traditional Thanksgiving spread of foods. My mom is making pretty much everything, but I always try to bring a side or two. So far I’m making one of my favorites, Gruner Salad. It’s cabbage with an oriental-type dressing and crunchy toppings. Very good. I alter the recipe a little though, as I double the topping, half the dressing, and use two bags of shredded cabbage. It’s fairly easy to make and always tends to go fast at holiday gatherings. Aside from that, I’m going to make a cheese dip too. I have a dip mix at home I purchased at a craft fair awhile back. I think it’s just mixed with cream cheese and sour cream and then baked and enjoyed with corn chips.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, there is actually a story about our plans this year… But I’ll save that for another post…
I was really hoping I’d hear from my doctor with the results of my MaterniT21 test today, as it was a week yesterday. Maybe yet this afternoon!