The Three Rs

I’m home in the Maritimes for a couple weeks to visit my family. While I am here, Mom and I are getting some baby shopping done. We picked up bibs, receiving blankets, crib sheets, swaddle blankets and a few outfits. And of course Mom gave me some baby gifts. She wrapped them and used my old doll’s bassinet to present them:

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Up until a few weeks ago, Andino and I hadn’t done much to prepare for baby girl’s arrival, but now that I’m (almost) 25 weeks, we’ve decided to start buying things. Our first big purchase was a crib, mattress and changing table from Sears online and they should be arriving early this week. While I’m away, hubby and his brother are working hard to paint baby’s room (and our bedroom and the hallway). They are putting in crown moulding and installing new lighting and window treatment. I’m sure it’s going to look great when I get back! I am so lucky that hubby has a great sense of style when it comes to these things, because I definitely don’t!

We had been looking into strollers for a long time, but we hadn’t found one that we both agreed on and was within our budget. I really wanted a BOB stroller because they are consistently rated as one of the best for all-terrain. A brand new BOB sells for $480 + tax and we were hoping to stay at or under the $400 mark so we kept looking. I’ve been checking kijiji regularly to see if I can find some good deals on baby stuff. I LOVE a good deal. Did I ever mention that I bought my wedding dress second hand? I knew I wanted a lace gown but lace is expensive and I didn’t want to pay $2000 for something I’d only wear once. We found my dress second hand for $500 and it was perfect. Anyway, back to the stroller. I found a good deal on a second hand BOB stroller here in N.S. so I bought it and I’m bringing it back to the prairies with me.

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(After taking these photos we scrubbed the stroller and now it’s clean & fresh) Even though we can afford all brand new baby gear, doesn’t mean we are obligated to spend an arm and a leg on stuff. As we all know, babies grow so fast they outgrow things before they are even broken in! Plus, I’m an environmentalist, so I’m all about the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). I’m not buying EVERYTHING for baby second hand, but whenever I can I will.

I’ll be home in the Maritimes for another 9 days and I’m sure hubby will notice I’ve gotten bigger when I get back. After 20 weeks, my bump really started to grow quickly! Here I am this morning at 24 weeks & 5 days:

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When I get back from vacation, I only have 12 weeks of work left before I start my Maternity leave. Actually, I’m taking 2 weeks vacation time first and starting my Mat leave June 1. Things are moving so fast now and baby girl will be here before we know it!

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