Tuesday, January 10, 2012

17 Weeks

This past Sunday we headed to our local Babies R Us to start our registry.  My goal was to do only a couple sections to start, so we wouldn’t stress out over anything.  We actually ended up picking more items then I thought we would, including some of the big things, like the pack and play, the stroller traveler system, the swing and the video monitor. 

The hardest part was choosing the stroller and car seat.  There are many options to consider and there’s only so much they tell you at the store.  We figured just going with the traveler system would be easiest, but I knew I wanted a stroller that was easy to maneuver in stores and had good storage, and unfortunately the traveler system strollers tend to be less compact.  I was deciding between two Graco models and finally decided on one by the time we left.  However, once I got home and started researching more, I saw tons of reviews on Babies R Us and Amazon on how the system is good but the stroller is big and bulky.  I didn’t think it seemed that bad when testing it in the store, but that was the number one complaint people had.  So I did a lot more research over the weekend and found another model that Chicco makes which gets really good reviews.  It’s actually cheaper on Amazon, so I added that to our registry as I decided to register for a few other items there, as well.   I was able to check out the system in person today as Babies R Us sells different color versions of it.  Here’s the system – it also worked out that we like these colors better anyway:

image courtesy of Amazon.com

It’s frustrating that after so many years, all these companies still can’t make the “perfect” stroller/carseat/etc???  Haha, I guess it’s just hard to please everyone.  I have to also remember to take these reviews with a grain of salt, as I tend to not be as picky as some people can be about things.  Though, I think doing research is worth it, because I came across the same issue with trying to find a diaper bag.  I went during lunch today to Babies R Us to check out their stock and I found a messenger style I LOVED.  However, once I checked the reviews again, everyone said that the zippers and seams in the bag fall apart after only a few months of usage.  This was a very common complaint so I decided not to go with that style.  That meant more research on Amazon and I finally found this style that I really like and that others recommend.  It’s more of a purse than a diaper bag!  The size is deceiving, it’s a lot bigger than it looks:

image courtesy of Amazon.com


  • How far along?: 17 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: onion
  • Total weight gain/loss:  +8 to 10 pound range (though, at the doctor’s office last week it was closer to +12…I’m going to stick with the home scale numbers for now) 
  • The Bump: Oh it’s there! 
  • Symptoms: Getting hungry/nauseous in the early AM again which means I have to snack on a few Wheat Thins to tide me over until I eat my oatmeal at work.  Sense of smell has gotten out of control, as well.  Some back pain, but not bad yet.
  •  Food Cravings:  Nothing in particular.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: The butternut squash mac & cheese I made the other day…it was really good but the smell of the leftovers bothered me after. 
  • Sleep: WEIRD dreams.  I had a horrible nightmare last week (not baby-related).
  • What I miss: Some of my old dress pants.  Not a fan of wearing the same 3 pairs of work pants over and over again. 
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet:  No new ones discussed or thought of this week.
  • Movement: Definitely some flutters and pokes, but no kicks yet :(
  • Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants or leggings every day.  Mixture of tops.
  • Labor Signs: N/A
  • Best Moment of the Week: Starting the registry…it was good to at least get a jump on it.  And hearing Baby C’s heartbeat at our follow-up appt last week – it’s just reassuring that everything sounds good.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: 20 week ultrasound scheduled for February 3rd…if Baby C cooperates, we find out the gender!!!
  • 17 week picture:


    What I wore to work…maternity sweater from Target (on clearance for $13) and maternity dress pants from Target

    Week17 010



    1. Choosing baby stuff isn't easy! I got the Graco system and my only complaint is the carrier is pretty heavy.

    2. You look adorable! We started our registry, but only online because the husband HATES going to stores and wandering around forever. I'm really tempted to just take my mom. We picked out our crib and travel system so far. I'm really bad with trying to read reviews, but I get frustrated because nothing is perfect and people have complaints about everything. Oh well, I picked what I wanted, haha!

    3. Haha I actually started our registry online that AM to look at some stuff so I was prepared before we went to the store! I feel like we'll go to the store again in a few weeks once we know the gender to register for nursery related stuff but other than that I'll probably just register for a ton of stuff online. And the reviews are so hard to go through - sometimes I wonder if it's worth it!


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