Today marks 35 weeks that I've been carrying our girl as well as 35 days until her due date! I am so incredibly excited to meet her, but am I 100% ready? That's a whole other story...
Read below for my 35 week update for this pregnancy and a look back at how things were going my first time around at this same point!
I'll start with the not-so-great part of my nesting activities this week. One of the tasks on my decent-sized list of things to do before baby gets here was to sterilize (boil) all the baby bottles I had left over from our first child. I decided to go ahead and get this task taken care of so I could figure out how to organize all the bottles in our tiny kitchen.
On my last batch of about 8 Dr. Brown's bottles, I threw them in the boiling water then went to help my daughter in the bathtub. We got to playing and scrubbing, and half an hour later when my husband came home, I finally made my way back to the kitchen.
I had totally forgotten about the bottles. As I got closer to the kitchen, I could smell burning plastic. I discovered all the water had evaporated from the pot and it was emitting smoke like crazy. I turned off the heat, put on the vent fan, and used some tongs to pull a bottle out to see the damage. To my horror, half the bottle had melted to the bottom of the pot.
I had to throw the entire pot - 8 melted Dr. Brown's bottles included - in the trash and chalk it up to a pretty big loss. Those bottles aren't cheap, plus that pot was my favorite of all the ones we own. I still managed to sterilize the majority of my bottles, but dang did I feel stupid!
On to better nesting news: I purchased the beginnings of what I am going to call my 'breatfeeding/baby station' and I'm very happy with the look and what I paid for all of it!
This recliner was purchased before our first daughter for our master bedroom. The thinking was that it would be a comfortable place to spend time in at night without having to bring her in our bed or go out to the living room. It got a LOT of use for breastfeeding, bottle feeding at night, and just general rocking when she needed to calm down.
We found it at Bel furniture in their clearance section for less than $300. It's really comfy, like a giant pillow, and it made those long nights not as bad. It has been through a lot since we bought it and has some stains, tears, and the reclining function doesn't work as well as it used to. But that's why I'm thankful we didn't pay a ton for it - kids are ROUGH on furniture!
Next to this recliner are the pieces I bought in preparation for this new baby. The white side table is simple and only $59.99 at At Home. I wanted something small but with a spacious top surface and decent storage. I think this table fits the bill pretty well.
If you spotted the brown spot on the top part, just ignore that. My husband accidentally dinged it against the door frame as he was carrying it into our apartment. I plan to get some white paint to patch it up eventually, but for now it really doesn't bother me.
In another section of At Home, I found those pink and green plastic baskets (they had a TON of colors to choose from) for only $3.99 each. I thought they would look pretty on this white table, plus they can hold all the random baby things I need to stash in them.
The white basket on the top shelf was a Target find originally priced at $7.99. However, I had a Cartwheel 'perk' to redeem for $10 off any home goods purchase, so I got it for free! It's made of cloth but it's very sturdy and holds a little more than the baskets below it. Plus, I absolutely love the gold polka dot design!
I plan to write a post a little closer to my due date detailing how this 'breastfeeding/baby station' will function, but for now it's a cute little addition to our living room that did not break the bank!
In other nesting news, my mom purchased a double stroller for us from Amazon for a GREAT price and I am so thankful to have this for handling two kiddos! The model is the Graco Duo Glider Click Connect Stroller. It is compatible with the infant car seat that we already own, plus it has great storage underneath and isn't overbearingly huge (I've pushed one around a store to test it out - totally manageable!).
Last bit of nesting this week came in the mail from that giveaway I mentioned last week. I received 10 items from these various small shops and I love all of them!
So there is week 35 in an nutshell (sort of)! Can't wait to share more with you next week for week 36!