Monday, May 16, 2011

I am ready.

37 weeks
 I always wondered if you ever REALLY feel ready for a baby, whether your first or 10th. I mean sitting there a mere week ago ready to pop I still had no idea if you ever really get there especially given the fact that I've been more anxious this time around than I ever was while pregnant with HL.

I think I've kept myself in quite the stage of denial about the whole thing for the past 38 weeks. I've procrastinated on everything from ordering diapers to painting the nursery. I guess it just seemed like convincing myself that we had PLENTY of time to do everything was a better way to deal with the fear of the unknown of actually having two children. That was at least part of the procrastinating. The other part was making sure that I didn't rush myself along from point A to point B and end up missing everything in the middle as I've come accustomed to doing in life, it's not a good trait to live by and it's something I've REALLY been working on since becoming a mom.

38 weeks
So these whole 9 months have gone by at times quickly and at times slowly but it's all snuck up on me quickly lately. I mean finally, it was about time to get down to work! Otherwise this kid would've come home from the hospital to complete chaos, with no clean clothes, to a mommy on the verge of losing it.

And here I sit, 38 weeks and counting, 2.5 cms down (I'll take any progress I can get!), and I can finally say it has dawned on me...


Not in a 'I can't wait to get this thing outta me' kinda way but in a full out I'm ready for this next chapter of life to begin kinda way. I can't wait to meet this little guy, I can't wait to see HL finally meet his little brother, I can't wait to wash teeny weeny baby clothes, I can't wait to see first smiles again, aaaggghhh I am just excited.

I've finally moved on from the fear and anxiet and I'm just plain elated and excited now. It's like when you finally have all the Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree and you can sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and relax and then drift off to sleep excited to enjoy the next day with your loved ones. Like finally taking a deep breath. Now when I think about heading into the hospital my heart races for different reasons.

We have the carseat clean and ready to go, the pack n play is going up in our room tonight, tiny newborn diapers are stocked in the nursery, bottles are sterilized and waiting, my breastpump is coming today, so all that's left is packing the bags and heading out to get our little dude from the stork... if only it was that easy ;)

I am finally ready... something I wasn't sure was ever going to happen. Now prepared? That may be another question... but we are definitely ready whenever he decides to make his grand entrance :)

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Adventures in Couponing Week 3: 80-94% savings :)

So I've basically been working the coupon circuit here for about 3 weeks and it is getting easier... well, in some aspects it's getting easier. But I must say my savings on everything is pretty rockstar for a newbie, I mean our first trip to Walmart got us a whopping 94% savings! I spent $1.60 on $22 worth of stuff. I walked out with 5 things of deodorant, 5 packages of floss, Finish dish detergent packs, Snuggle dryer sheets, string cheese, and a few other goodies. That was a great trip, it holds the standard of what I shoot for now every week.

This week I decided to tackle our local drug store Walgreens... oh lord... I don't think I realized what I was getting myself into. Apparently all of the "coupon people" know that Walgreens is one of the hardest places to coupon, it's by far the most complex when it comes to using manufacturer coupons, store sales, instant value coupons, coupon booklet savings, and then register rewards... my best analogy is that it's like playing an intense game of Chess, every single move is calculated and complex. Sparing you the complicated details (because honestly I can hardly remember them all myself) I scored BIG. It did require ringing up 7, yes SEVEN separate transactions, carefully calculating which register rewards to apply to the next transaction, a call to a manager who ended up taking over the rest of my check out, and it took me over an hour start to finish but I'm glad I did it. My advice is that Walgreens is definitely worth it in the end if you get all of the pieces to line up right but it will involve the most prep work.

My next stop was to King Soopers to just grab a few things but they happened to have a TON of meat deals and lots of "managers special" (extra discounted) stuff so I got a lot more than I was expecting to.

Alright now for the goods, I got $250 worth of stuff for about $50, that's 80% savings. Pretty awesomesauce ;) especially considering that it's HARD to save big on things like meat.

My "haul" (have I mentioned how hysterical I think it is that the 'coupon people' call their shopping trips hauls? haa)
  • 4 12 packs of Cottonelle toilet paper
  • 6 bottles of Right Guard mens bodywash
  • 9 various packages of razors- Bic, Gillette, and Noxema
  • 1 tube of Crest toothpaste
  • 1 package of 90 ct. Gum Eez floss picks
  • 2 bottle of Comet cleaner
  • 1 large box of Sunsations dish detergent
  • 1 package of Printables printer paper
  • 3 packages of Scotch tape
  • 5 boxes of Kelloggs cereal
  • 2 packages of beer brauts
  • 2 packages of bacon
  • 1 package of Oscar Meyer salami
  • 2 packages of Jennie O turkey dogs
  • 3 packages of Bar S hot dogs
  • 2 packages of Pilsbury crescent rolls
  • 4 7Up 2 liters
  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing
  • 1 bottle of Lowrey's marinade
  • 2 tubs of Athenos hummus
I am pretty proud of my trip this week, got a lot of stuff that we will be using for a LONG time. Although the hubbs is wondering where in the heck this is all going to go... you should see the 'stockpile' we have going on after only doing this for 3 weeks (pics to come) it's great ha! But I can assure you there will be no shoving 100 cans of tuna fish and 4000 tubes of toothpaste under the kids cribs... I haven't gone that crazy yet ;)

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