Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Six Week Survival Guide

Somehow, Baby Fix-It is already 6 weeks old! What?! I know! Those first weeks are harder and more wonderful than I had anticipated. So, here is a roundup of things that made those hard moments more wonderful. We've gotten a lot of use out of many baby products, but these 8 have proven to be the most essential.

1. Quinn Swivel Glider: We purchased our glider through a local Chicago boutique, Beautiful Beginnings. The best advice I have is to not cheap-out on a glider! Your bum will thank you. I have spent countless hours feeding and rocking Baby Fix-It in it. I've also "closed my eyes" and woken up 2+ hours later in this chair. It has gotten use every single day, and I'd buy it again without a doubt!

2. Cooshee Changer: The cooshee has become a craze in the past year. They're sold out everywhere, and I was only able to score one by ordering directly through the manufacturer. I'm so glad I did! My child has pooped, peed, and spit up on the changer repeatedly. Being able to wipe everything down versus dealing with additional laundry (at 3am, no less) is awesome. Every couple of days I give the changer a good scrub down to ensure it's nice and clean. Also, Baby Fix-It LOVES it! One minute he'll be all fussy, and as soon as we lay him down he's happy. We call it his "happy place".

3. iPhone: This one is for me. As much as I love feeding my baby and gazing into his eyes, sometimes I need to keep myself entertained. I have no idea what women did before smartphones - meditate perhaps? - but seriously, I get a lot of reading done on this thing and random hours of the day and night. Plus, I feel like I haven't lost all connection with the outside world.

4. Boppy Pillow: I wasn't a huge fan of the boppy in my nannying days. I found it awkward and uncomfortable. I'm not sure why this was the case, because now it has literally saved my back. I looooooove the boppy. Perhaps my previous discomfort was because I was bottle-feeding then versus breastfeeding now. (Maybe someone can weigh in on this?) Anytime I have to feed the little guy without the boppy I'm a little sad.

5. Snugabunny Swing: I don't love the idea of having to undo anything when it comes to parenting. But this swing has been a lifesaver. We owe 4, 5, and 6+ hour sleep stretches to this glorious creation. For now, Baby Fix-It does his first stretch of sleep in the swing, and then we move him to the crib after his first night feeding. So far it's working well, and I remind myself that I won't be sending him off to college in a swing. (Cue visual of me and Mr. Fix-It installing a hammock in a dorm room for our son). One tip: if you're buying a swing make sure it has a plug! Battery operated ones are just plain stupid.

6. Uppababy Vista: We love our uppababy! Baby Fix-It currently fits wonderfully in the bassinet. He's snoozed through many walks and meals in it. It's also perfect when we're out and about on the road - click in the carseat and we're good to go. The stroller handles beautifully and I think it's extremely well made. Plus, I have a personal hatred of umbrella strollers, so I'd like the Uppababy to be our one and only stroller. In fact, I already have the rumble seat for when we're talking baby 2!

7. iBaby Feed App: This was recommended to me through a friend of a friend. If you're breastfeeding, download this app. It's SUCH a great way to keep track of feedings!

8. Miracle Blanket: The miracle blanket is king. I love our A&A muslin blankets, and the flannel swaddle designs ones are great, but when it comes to keeping a little, wiggly, houdini baby tightly swaddled all night, you NEED one of these. Make sure to read the instructions, too! We initially weren't even using the arm flaps correctly. I've found the miracle blanket so essential that we ordered an extra in the event of a mid-night spit-up/poopsplosion. It's that good.

And since I love a good product list, I'll make sure to compile some of our favorite products moving forward, too! For the first 6 weeks, though, these are our absolute must-haves! Do you have any newborn products you swear by?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Currently Loving: A 2012 Holiday Wishlist

 I haven't done a Currently Loving post in FOREVER! This probably has a lot to do with the fact that the past year hasn't had much to do with shopping for myself (save for some maternity clothes). With Christmas on the way, I decided it was a good time to put together a list of a few things I've been coveting. Here's hoping Santa reads my blog!

1. Frye Paige Tall Riding Boots: I spotted these in grey a few months back, and fell in love. I've wanted a pair of Frye's for a while now, and these are perfect. I'm ultimately thinking the black will be the most practical. How do I not own any black boots?! Also, they're a bit pricey but I've heard that Frye's last forever and are really top notch.

2. Sephora Gift Card: Mama needs some new makeup. For serious. Oh wait, I no longer have time to sufficiently put on makeup. Any chance there's some new, magical stuff that just appears on your face?

3. Kate Spade Earrings: Guaranteed to jazz up a casual outfit, no? Plus, not too expensive!

4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Preppy Nylon - Natasha' Crossbody Bag: Seems like a great option for when I don't want to carry a full diaper bag. I have some great shoulder bags, but with the little guy having something crossbody seems to make a lot of sense.

5. Michele Signature Deco Two-Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial: Admittedly, this one is a stretch (at over 2k!). Really, I'd just like a two-tone watch. But, hey, may as well dream big!

What do you want this year?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happenings via iPhone Pics

Here's a glimpse at life with our little guy! What's new with you?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 40

Week 40 was certainly the most exciting one yet! Baby boy was born at 39 weeks and 3 days gestation. The days before his arrival were spent soaking in as much rest and relaxation as possible. Of course, if I really knew what sleep deprivation meant I probably would have found a way to hibernate those last few days!

Just after my 39 week OB appointment, a plan had been made with to induce on Monday, October 22. (Everything looked great, but not passing my due date had been part of the plan from day 1 based on the nature of the pregnancy). Mentally, having a "finish line" in sight was amazing. I held out some hope of going into labor on my own, but also felt as if a huge weight had been lifted in not having to wonder about the "ifs" and "whens".

By Saturday evening my Dad and sister had arrived in Chicago (my Mom had come the week before), and we spent Sunday making the most of our last day before baby. At the recommendation of friends, we went to the movies, went out for dinner, and wandered the city a bit. I felt calm and happy despite the looming unknowns. As the day wound down, Mr. Fix-It and I headed back to our condo and parted ways with my family. We made plans to meet up at the hospital the next day, and we were going to try to get a good night's sleep and enjoy some time together. Mr. Fix-It and I spent most of the evening in disbelief that we were really going to meet this baby. Finally!

Somehow I did manage to sleep that night, despite having some nerves creep in about the induction process (and the general prospect of labor and delivery). It was all starting to feel surreal. We climbed into bed early, and set our alarms were set for 4:45am the next morning...

(Mr. Fix-It and I are still deciding on the details of what we'll share on the blog as related to our little one. I'm working on coming up with a blog-nickname for him, so please don't use his name in the comments. We don't want our kid google-able just yet!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

One Week Ago...

One week ago, just around this time*, I became a Mom.

That moment. That moment of meeting this little, beautiful, sweet person - it will forever turn me into a sentimental mess. Those 9 months of guessing if he was a boy or girl, wondering what he would look like, just trying to imagine who this sweet child was all came together in the most powerful moment I have ever experienced. The only word I can use is "perfect". The moment I met my son was simply perfect.

The birth of our little boy has changed me in ways I have only just begun to understand.

My heart has grown in a way I didn't even know was possible. But I do know that there is a now a place that belongs only to this baby boy. And it will be his forever.

* I attempted to write this post last night - when he was officially one week old - but instead I opted to sit with Mr. Fix-It, holding our baby, and soaking it all in. And crying my eyes out.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's a...


Our little guy arrived on Monday, October 22 at 8:30pm. Labor and delivery were wonderfully smooth and easy. We have been loving on this sweetie since he arrived. Follow along on instagram or twitter (@thefixits) for updates and lots of pics and I'll be back here soon to post more.

Monday, October 22, 2012


It's official - we will be meeting this little one SOON! Any final guesses? All of a sudden I'm convinced this baby is a boy. It will certainly be a surprise! Things may be quiet around here for a couple of days, but we're looking forward to sharing some exciting baby news. Thanks for all of your love and support!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 39

My first week of maternity leave wound up being much more exciting than I bargained for! On Monday, I enjoyed myself - lounging around, preparing a few things for baby, but generally laying low. Tuesday morning I had my weekly non-stress test and OB appointment. That's when things got interesting.

During the non-stress test I had two contractions. I noticed some activity on the monitor, but baby kept on moving and its heartbeat was chugging away. I didn't think much of it, but when the nurse came to read the test she took her time looking it over and then left the room. I sat around waiting for a while and was then informed I needed to follow up with a BPP (bio-physical profile). Luckily, Mr. Fix-It had just arrived to meet me for the OB appointment, so I called him to come join me in the antenatal resource center. We had a second ultrasound of the day, and baby cooperated immediately - the tech was able to see what she was looking for (movement, "breathing activity", etc). Everything was just fine. However, during the original non-stress test baby's heart rate was dipping with contractions so they were worried s/he may be in some distress.

We headed downstairs to my OB and she let me know she had just received the results of my test and wanted me to follow up with an extended non-stress test to ensure that everything was truly ok. If the heart rate continued to dip, we would have a conversation about inducing that day, or even a c-section if necessary. Mr. Fix-It and I both simultaneously got goofy grins on our faces and glazed over.

We went down to OB Triage and got hooked up to the fetal monitors. Mr. Fix-It called my Mom to keep her posted, and she was on a flight within an hour. If baby was coming today, she wasn't missing the big event! Baby passed the second test with flying colors, and we were sent home soon after lunch time. It made for quite the eventful morning!

The rest of the week was spent running errands, relaxing, and hanging out with the Grandma-to-be. Everyone is getting REALLY excited about this little one's arrival - on to week 40!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 38

Week 38 (October 12 specifically) was a BIG milestone that I've been looking forward to for, well, since August. Week 38 meant the start of maternity leave! I spent the final two weeks of work semi-frantically wrapping up paperwork: client notes, transfer summaries, discharge papers, assessment reports, treatment reviews...the list goes on. Each night I'd review all the tasks I had to complete the next day, feel overwhelmed and anxious, and beg baby to stay put until at least October 13. Thankfully, little one cooperated.

Finishing work also meant no longer having to commute. I'd replayed a few scenarios in my mind of making my way back to the city while in labor. I wasn't entirely worried that I'd be in the situation, but really, you never know. I've had times where it's taken me just about two hours to get home. So I figured it's always best to have a plan. (And don't even get me started on the challenges in bladder holding during that drive). I'm done - amen!

People have started asking if I was feeling that things were "getting close". Physically, I've felt mostly the same. Baby's head is still low, I have occasional cramping, but I don't have any sort of sixth sense that this baby is showing up at any second. I think we're hanging tight for a bit longer. Mentally, though, YES. And no. I have these moments of thinking about how different things are *just* about to be, and then I also realize I'm in some bizarre state of denial. I swear I walk around totally forgetting that there is an actual baby on the way. Seriously, some nights I'll lay in bed and think to myself, "there's not really a baby in there". And then I wake up and have a quick moment of panic and think, "ohmigod, is the baby still there?!", and I check my belly and confirm that I am still, in fact, most likely quite pregnant. I was joking to colleagues that I may need to self-refer for a psych eval.

The reality is, though, getting to this phase of pregnancy just seems so unbelievable. Spending months and months imagining this tiny human in your life as a distant, unreachable thing suddenly shifting to a real, actual thing that IS HAPPENING is just more that I can comprehend. I don't think it will all entirely come together until I actually see this little one and hold him/her in my arms. We are SO CLOSE!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 37

This kid cracks me up. Seriously. This week we started our now-weekly non-stress tests. (It's a simple 30 minute test where two monitors are attached to Mom's belly and baby's heart rate, movements, and contractions are monitored.)

(You sit in a chair and look something like this)

So, the funny part is that our baby LOVES to kick and push whenever pressure is placed on my belly. For the entire test our kid had a field day pushing and fighting the monitors. The nurse asked me TWICE to sit still because the belts kept shifting. I had to laugh and blame the baby. Sorry, kid! You're FEISTY!

In other news, my observation of the week is that my food tolerance has shifted. I'm noticing that complex foods sound completely unappealing. As in, the more ingredients in a dish, the less I am interested. An apple? Great. Yogurt with granola? Yum. A savory dish with all sorts of herbs and marinade? I couldn't even take two bites. I vaguely remember reading a reason why this can occur, especially as your body prepares for labor. Of course I'm forgetting now, but I can tell you that if you offered me a bowl of chili I might dry heave a little.

As for this baby's arrival? Your guess is as good as mine. I've been feeling crampy here and there, which supposedly means my body is revving up a little. Now that this munchkin is full term, I'm starting to get antsy. I fully realize, however, that we're not at the finish line just yet and this little one will arrive whenever it is good and ready!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Maternity Photos!

It's so wonderful to have talented friends! A while back fellow Weddingbee blogger, Mrs. Snapdragon, aka Penny, asked if we might "swap" photos. She had an upcoming event that she wanted documented, and in exchange she would shoot a session for me and Mr. Fix-It. While I wasn't available to photograph her event, I still took her up on the offer for a maternity shoot! So, basically, I totally owe her!

A few weekends ago, Mr. Fix-It and I got up on a Saturday morning, showered, and did our best to look pretty. (And yes, my pink accessories and his blue sweater were intentional. He's convinced we're having a boy, and my guess changes like the wind, but that day I was voting girl.)

Here are some of the highlights of our photoshoot by Lake Michigan!

I'm so glad to have these photos! I'm sure in just a few short weeks we'll look back and barely be able to remember when life was just the two of us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two Wonderful Years

I love you, honey! Something tells me year three is going to be the best one yet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 34

Week 34 made me realize how much I'm slowing down! I spent a busy weekend with two of my best girlfriends and - ooof! - I was exhausted by the end of each day. It was great, though, we enjoyed a blissful spa day at the Trump and shared many yummy meals. Such a treat!

This week also brought a huge accomplishment - my last full week at work! This pregnancy is timed perfectly with a number of Jewish Holidays, with at least one day per week off between now and my leave. The mindset of getting through only partial weeks is making this homestretch feel incredibly more manageable.

Also exciting, our childbirth classes at the hospital started this week. We signed up for four evening classes spread over a month versus the one-day marathon class. So far, I haven't learned anything new but it's definitely helpful to review all the basics. I think the class made everything feel that much more soon - especially when it was recommended that we be truly prepared: car seat installed,  hospital bags packed, hospital pre-registration complete, birth plans, etc. The nurse repeatedly told us to think of the due date as a "due month" - baby could arrive any time between weeks 37-41. Eeep!

And perhaps you noticed this week's photo looks a little different than some previous shots. We took maternity pictures! I can't wait to share them, but that will be a separate post. I'm so glad we opted to take a few photos. I didn't feel the need to go too crazy, but I know it will be great to have a memento from this time in our life.

Did you take maternity photos?

Monday, September 17, 2012

What's In My Hospital Bag?

Last week, I met a colleague for lunch. Her due date was just a few days before my own. The next day I received an e-mail saying that she'd had her little boy! Even though most babies don't arrive at 35 weeks, I suddenly felt as though it's really time to be prepared for our little one's arrival. So now, our hospital bags are officially packed.

1. Comfy Cotton Yoga Pants (2): As much as I love my Lululemon, I opted to pack two pairs of soft, breathable, loose yoga pants for the hospital. One pair of cropped, one full length.

2. Nursing Tanks (2): I've been told that nursing tanks are far more practical for the hospital than nursing bras. They allow you to be discreet when visitors are around and give you one less thing to manage.

3. Toiletries: My toiletry bag is ready to go! Items include: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair ties, etc.

4. Pillow: I'll be taking one pillow from home. One great tip I received is to make sure to bring a distinct pillow case so it doesn't get lost among hospital items.

5. Camera: This one is a no-brainer. I've got an empty SD card ready to go, and a fully charged battery. We'll also have our cell phones, chargers, and Mr. Fix-It will likely have a laptop.

6. Flip Flops: To keep my feet protected from hospital floors and showers.

7. Lanisoh Lanolin Cream: I've heard in the early days of nursing, you want to use cream every time you feed, no matter what.

8. Hairbrush

9. Straightner

10. Bath Robe: I splurged on a nice robe. Hopefully it will help me look a little more put together post-delivery. I also imagine I'll be spending lots of time in it in those early days at home.

1. Pacifier and Strap: Probably totally unnecessary, but I threw it in the bag anyway. I do think I'll appreciate baby's paci not rolling around on the hospital floor, though.

2. Baby Gown with Cuff (2): I packed two thinking they'll be good to have for when we're hanging out in the room before heading home. I made sure to choose gowns with cuffs so that we can protect baby's face from accidental scratches.

3. Booties: We have a hand knit pair from a family friend. They're just too cute and if baby is anything like its Mommy, it will perpetually have chilly feet.

4. Burp Cloths: Maybe superflous, but again, if baby is anything like its Mommy it will be a bit of a puker.

5. Going Home Outfit: I found a similar kimono-style outfit at Nordstrom several months back. It's super soft, gender-neutral, and timeless. I can't wait to put it on baby! And I'll admit, I also snuck a blue cap and pink bow in the bag so our baby can look like a boy or girl.

6. Boppy: I'm bringing the boppy. Great for hospital guests and middle of the night feedings.

7. Nail Clipper: Some newborns have pretty scratchy nails. If baby's need a little trim, we'll be ready.

8. Swaddle blankets: I've packed these exact two for our little one. I'm secretly thinking the purple will be for a girl and the teal for a boy. But of course, I purchased both knowing they're pretty neutral and they'll see plenty of use.

9. Baby Book: I'm bringing our baby book to the hospital in the event the nurses are nice enough to imprint baby footprints in it. Also, we can have family sign and if I need a project (ha!) I can start entering basic info. 

 And those are the basics! What was in your hospital bag? Have any packing tips for first time parents?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy iPhone Day!

iPhone 5 via Apple
Case via ChelseyEmery

Is anyone else as jazzed as I am about the iPhone 5? My 4 had seen better days, so I've just been dyyyyyying to upgrade. The 5 looks like it's going to be a solid device, and the upgrades to iOS6 are fantastic. My only complaint? Apple changed the charge port but didn't go universal USB. Shame on you, Apple - now we have to buy new chargers and we're creating more waste in the world as our old ones now have to be discarded. At least with a universal USB we could use all the same cords and cables for kindles, cameras, etc.

Out of curiosity, where do you fall on the black/white iPhone debate? I've always opted for black, but now I'm mixing it up and went white. I was swayed when I heard that white can be easier to find when digging through a purse. With a little one soon on my hip, I'm thinking I'll appreciate those extra 2 seconds not spent searching for my phone.

I CANNOT WAIT for these lovelies to arrive in the mail! And of course, my adorable case will be monogrammed with an "A". Happy iPhone Day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 33

Week 33 was calm and crazy all at the same time. Labor day meant a shorter work week, and Friday brought the start of a fun, girly weekend with two of my favorite friends. Work, on the other hand, was totally nuts. Just as I'm working to wind down my case load and terminate a few clients, things got busier than ever. I can't say much due to privacy issues, but people do funny things around endings. Some disappear, some want to squeeze in extra sessions, and others act out hoping to reinforce their importance.

This week also brought a light at the end of the tunnel. Turning the page to September on my calendar has felt like a huge accomplishment. I'm scheduling clients through September, and then I'll spend the first two weeks of October in the office wrapping up paperwork. This means I'll work through week 38, but by week 36 all my clinical work will be complete. Fingers crossed this means I'll have some quiet time at home before our little one decides to arrive. Funny enough, despite most first borns coming late, I keep hearing stories about early arrivals. "I had my son 3 weeks early - have your bags packed!"

These people must not know me very well. OBVIOUSLY I've had my hospital bags packed for a few weeks already. (I don't think this baby is making a break for it anytime soon, I just started to run out of baby-related chores once all the clothes were washed and folded.)

Baby and I also had an OB appointment this week. It was quick and easy: weight - down a pound, blood pressure - 110/70, fetal heartbeat - 150BPM, questions for the doctor - nope! It doesn't get more straightforward than that. I've also started rotating doctors for my appointments. The practice we're using has 7 OB/GYNS on staff, each of them being on call 1 day per week. This means the odds of my doctor delivering our baby are pretty low, so I'm slowly making the rounds to meet everyone. Of course, the reality is that the doctor is in the room for the last few minutes of delivery, and after enduring labor I imagine I won't care if a monkey delivers my baby. But who knows? Perhaps a friendly face will be comforting after all.

On to week 34!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pregnancy Week by Week: Week 32

Whoa baby! Everyone who saw me this week, especially clients, couldn't help but comment on how big this baby bump has gotten! I have been feeling it too - bigger, slower, and less comfortable. I don't have any real complaints, I'm just undeniably pregnant at this point.

This week I went for a pre-natal massage. It was amazingly heavenly. I cozied in, all propped up on my side, and felt muscle tension just melt away. I haven't noticed feeling terribly tight or sore, but the massage made me realize how good it felt to really stretch and loosen up. I've also been back at pre-natal yoga which I really need to keep up.

Let's catch up on a few questions and answers:
  • How Far Along: 32 Weeks. Watching the calendar approach September was SO exciting.
  • Weight Gain: 15lbs. Woo hoo! 
  • Gender: Not finding out. Lately, I'm completely sure baby is a girl. Mr. Fix-It has still held strong with "boy" as his guess from day 1.
  • Movement: Holy Moses. This kid is ACTIVE. The kicks, stretches, and rolls are enough to propel me out of bed at night.
  • Sleep: Not the best. I have nights of amaaaazing sleep and then a night or two where baby is moving like nuts, I constantly have to go to the bathroom, and despite my best efforts at tossing and turning I simply can't get comfortable. 
  • What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach. I know I won't get to sleep through the night for a while, but the idea of at least being able to get physically comfortable is very exciting.
  • Cravings: Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream has been my favorite thing lately. I'm not eating it regularly, but OMG IT'S GOOD.
  • Symptoms: Big baby kicks resulting in sleepless nights. Bathroom trips resulting in sleepless nights. Limbs falling asleep resulting in sleepless nights. Basically, mama needs a nap!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Knowing that things are moving along as they should! Keep doing your thing, baby.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Baby Fix-It's Nursery!

I am SO EXCITED to share this post with you! Creating a nursery for our baby has been one of the most fun projects we've completed. I've already shared our inspiration and bits and pieces along the way, and now the room is officially complete.

I know you're really just here for the pictures, so take a peek!

Every time Mr. Fix-It and I walk by we just can't help but smile. I can not wait for our little one to fill this space!

If you're looking for something you see in the nursery, here's a list of resources:

Paint: Behr's Teal Ice
Furniture: Pali Brand, purchased at Beautiful Beginnings in Chicago
Glider: Quinn by Best Gilders, purchased at Beautiful Beginnings in Chicago
Curtains: DIY, "Taza Color Stripe in Yellow", purchased via Hawthorne Threads
Night Stand: Craigslist, refinished DIY
Bookshelves: DIY
Throw Pillows: IvieBaby via Etsy
Crib Bedding and Boppy Cover: IvieBaby via Etsy
Bunting: IvieBaby via Etsy
Prints: Frames purchased at IKEA, miscellaneous prints via Etsy
Changer: Cooshee by BabySmart
Mobile: HushHoney via Etsy
Growth Chart: KimsSister via Etsy
Monkey Bin: 3 Sprouts via The Container Store