We are talking baby names today … and you know what?!?!  With less than 5 weeks until her due date, the husband and I have yet to decide upon a “real” name for our little Jellybean.  Friends, family, coworkers and even strangers ask about the baby’s name, to which we respond “not sure yet”.  There are folks who think we are fibbing and others who just want us to decide so they can call her something other than Jellybean.  While we do have about 5 names on the list of possibilities, a front runner just hasn’t revealed itself yet.

In fact, I actually have serious reservations about picking a name prior to meeting our little girl.  My fear is this: we decide to name her Ashley … tell everyone … meet her and she doesn’t look at all like an Ashley, but like a Charlotte instead.  Then we have to tell everyone we are switching her name to Charlotte.  While the rational side of me knows things like this happen ALL the time and it’s not a big deal the other side gets nervous just thinking about it.  Picking a name is a HUGE decision.  I mean our baby girl is going to have this name literally for her entire life (well unless she opts to change it).

I have some friends who named their child super early in their pregnancy.  They shared the name with everyone or in some cases just a select group of family and close friends.  A part of me envies their ability to make a decision, stick with it and not have “buyers remorse” {so to speak} on the name they selected.  Often I find people will announce their baby’s name on Facebook after making a selection.  Other friends keep it a secret from everyone and only share once their baby’s name once s/he has arrived.

The husband and I have kind of split the difference between keeping the names we like a total secret and sharing them with everyone.  We decided to share the name possibilities with immediate family only.  For us that includes both sets of parents, our sisters and brother-in-law … actually as I write this I think my sister’s boyfriend knows the names as well, but he is the only exception to the “rule”.  He kind of gets an honorary place with the immediate family due to his BF status.  Anyways … prior to sharing the names we made our family agree to two things: 1) they will NOT share the names with ANYONE 2) they can’t comment on the names.  While I think (and hope) they abiding by rule #1 there have been a few slip-ups with rule #2, which is fine.

The husband and I have tired a variety of methods when picking out baby names.  We have gone to baby naming websites, the social security office website and reviewed family names.  A lot of the names we liked initially have been in the top 100 baby names for the last couple of years, like Riley and Peyton.  We were easily able to find two family names that would be meaningful to both sides of the family, Jean and Patricia, though we weren’t immediately drawn to those names.  It was suggested we pick a name stating with J – because of her nickname Jellybean – however none of the J names have spoken to us.

So what will Jellybean’s real name be?  I have no idea.  Maybe it will be one on the short list or possibly it will be one we haven’t even discussed yet.  Honestly I am just not sure, but for now we are “OK” with the big day arriving and not having a specific name picked out for JB.  Else, to everyone’s surprise, we will just go ahead and name her Jelly. =)

How far along were you when you decided on your baby’s name?  Did you keep it a secret or share with friends/family?  Any baby naming book or website recommendations??

**Disclaimer … any names included in this post are NOT on our short list of names for Jellybean.  Let let guessing begin!**

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This pregnancy seems to be just flying by, but feels so long all at the same time.  Thank goodness for maternity/stretchy shirts and pants because my little one just keeps growing and growing.  This picture was taken at the very end of the 7th month … HELLO jelly belly!

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Pregnancy Tidbits from Weeks 28-31

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Pants – I now sit down to put my pants on … ohhhhh so sad {blushing}.  While I can successfully get dressed without sitting down it just feels “safer” and much easier to sit down.  So my tush meets the bed or couch when the pants come on or off LOL.  I feel like someone once told me – or I read it somewhere – that one of the most common household accidents is people hurting themselves while putting on their pants.  Have you heard that or am I making it up?

Wedding Rings – Are now off *extreme sad face*.  I absolutely LOVE my engagement ring and wedding band.  Although I can still get the rings on/off, my fingers are just swollen enough to make the rings uncomfortable.  The husband finally convinced me last weekend to stop wearing them.  It makes me sad every time I look at my hand.  I don’t know why I miss them so much, but I do.  It just feels too early to have to take them off.

Cravings – I am over my coffee obsession.  I crave something sweet after each meal … ummm yes that does include breakfast … though I do restrain myself, most of the time {evil cackle}.  Even just a couple peanut butter M&Ms can curb the craving.  Jelly and I just love sweets.

Daddy Approved Clothing – Jellybean now has a daddy “approved” outfit … the husband said monkeys were a must. Little did he know his mom would find a PINK monkey outfit.  How cute is this outfit?!


Tidbits that Haven’t Changed

Gender – Jellybean is STILL a girl!  Why “still” you might be asking?  Since finding out the gender of our little one people have told us numerous stories of the ultrasound technician saying the baby was a girl and then on the day of the baby’s birth … BOOM it’s a boy!  I’m pretty confident about Jellybean’s gender as we’ve been fortunate to have it confirmed by three different technicians at three separate appointments.  So … JB is still a girl!

Due Date – December 23, 2013.  Even if she’s late I’m praying for a 2013 baby and not 2014 :)


Swelling – My feet and fingers have entered sausage town … population 20!

Congestion – The stuffy nose and night time snoring continues.


Jellybean’s movements are getting stronger by the week.  Sometimes the kicks are so strong it startles me.  It shocks me (and the husband) how such a tiny little ~3 pound person can produce such a strong punch!

Maternity Clothes

Same as the 5th and 6th month – 90% maternity clothing with a sprinkle of my old clothes, sweat pants/shirts.  The husband’s t-shirts are now tight around my belly so I’ve stopped wearing those.  My husband is by no means a “big” guy so while it’s a little sad his shirts don’t fit around the belly anymore it isn’t shocking either.

Missing Anything?

Not worrying about what I consume.  I’m fortunate not to have food allergies so having to inquire about what’s in food or worry about how it is prepared.  Pregnancy has given me a whole new level of respect for people with food allergies.  I’m looking forward to not having to worry about what types of food I’m eating.


Making progress on the nursery – The room has been painted.  Dresser, nightstand, rug, crib and glider were purchased (just waiting for all the pieces to be delivery).  Now we just have to focus on wall decorations.

Looking Forward To…

Thanksgiving – My FAVORITE holiday is right around the corner and I can NOT wait.  My parents and sister will be making the trip to DC since I can’t travel to Massachusetts.  While this year won’t be exactly the same as what we are use to, it will be great to all be together for the holiday.


Not being prepared – I feel utterly unprepared for our new life/reality.  While the nursery is slowing coming together we don’t have diapers, a changing pad, onsies or any of those basic items.  It was a conscious decision to hold off on purchasing this stuff, but I think the time has come to get some of the basics into the house.

Premature Labor – I am scared about going into labor early.  The doctor asked me at my last appointment (31 weeks) if I had any contractions.  I said no, but honestly I’ve never had a contraction … I’m assuming if I had a contraction I would know it, right?  Just being asked the question made me realize how close to Jelly’s due date we are getting!

That pretty much rounds up my 7th month of pregnancy.  Just 8 “short” weeks (plus or minus) until we get to meet our little one.  I’m so excited!!

Any pregnancy tidbits you care to share?  I would love to hear them!






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It’s Freebie Friday!  I know, I know, usually it’s Photo Friday.  Honestly, I just couldn’t find a photo I was excited about this week.  Figured it was better to switch it up than share a picture that was just meh.  Back in February I shared all the details from my friend’s Little Man / Mustache baby shower.  One of my favorite details was the chocolate mustache party favor tags:


The tags were one of the DIY projects I did for the shower:

The chocolate mustache party favors were displayed during the party and added an extra bit of decoration!  Double duty items are never a bad thing, right?


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Happy Friday! Have a fabulous weekend.

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Today, let’s chat rocking chairs slash gliders for the nursery.  For someone who get motion sick ALL the time (cars, planes, boats), it’s a little weird, but I love chairs that rock/move.  The husband and I discussed purchasing a chair for the nursery pretty early on.  I spent a lot of time looking at chairs online and trying to determine which would be best.  While online shopping is great and I’m a huge fan of not having to leave the house to make a purchase, there are somethings – like chairs – where it is just SO much easier to shop for in person.

My in-laws were in town visiting a couple weekends ago and offered to go crib shopping with us.  For someone who prides themselves on being a planner and getting things done ahead of time I’ve been a complete slacker/procrastinator on the nursery purchasing front!  I hang my head in shame as I admit … there is a VERY good chance the crib won’t be here by Jellybean’s due date.  At least I know she will be in the bassinet for a few weeks, which makes me feel a little less guilty.  Anyways, while we were out looking at cribs the husband and I took the opportunity to check out chairs for the nursery as well.

It was great to sit in the chairs and figure out what we were really looking for.  There are just SO many options: glider, recliner/glider, rocker, etc. it was honestly a bit overwhelming.  The husband and I knew we wanted a chair for the nursery that would look good if moved to another room, like the living room or tv room, in a few years.

Here is my nursery chair inspiration board:

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Glider Story Time / Rocker & Glider Story Time / Swivle Glider Land of Nod

Recliner Story Time / Rocking Chair / Wingback Glider Pottery Barn Kids

Regardless of which chair we purchased an ottoman was a must have.  I love elevating my feet, plus I’ve heard when you are feeding late at night being able to put your feet up is ideal.  I was kind of partial to the glider/recliner/ottoman combo options, however in the end the hubby and I decided upon a simple glider with matching ottoman.  While at the store I went through the fabric book a couple of times making note of potential options.  My MIL and husband gave their input and we slowly started narrowing it down.  The store owner was hilarious when it came to choosing a fabric.  He told me “Don’t be shy.  Order as many swatches as you want … I do a lot of business with this company.”  With that we ordered a couple gray, white and cream sample fabrics.  Last week the fabrics arrived and we finally made a decision to go with one of the medium-dark gray fabrics!!

The chair is our second big purchase for the nursery!  It feels like we are finally making progress on the baby’s room and we are just 9 weeks away from her bid debut (hopefully).  Just like with the dresser, I think I will wait until the “big” Jellybean nursery reveal post to show you exactly which chair/color we chose. =)

Did you purchase a chair for your nursery?  If so was it nice to have and what type of chair did you get?

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