Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Only 1 more day to save 20% on My Three Cuties Gifts!

Hey Ladies,

My Three Cuties special discount (20% off) for EITB fans/subscribers ends tomorrow!  

Get your baby gifts now!  

Here's the link: www.mythreecuties.com

Enter EITB at checkout!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Introducing Oli G.

Sorry I've been incommunicado...been a little busy over the last week.  Olivia Grace (aka Oli G) came into the world on Monday August 23rd at 9:07 am.  7lbs 4oz.  20 inches long.  She's amazing, but her hunger is insatiable.  She was back up to her birth weight by her two day appointment!  

Sophie is loving the new addition but wants to be a little too helpful at times (Thus far she's tried to pick her up by her sleep blanket, put a hat on over her hat, feed her a bottle of whole milk, and share her heavy Thomas the train with her.)  

More to come once I get a routine going.  I can tell you right now though -- it's a totally different experience having #2 -- in a good way.  I'll explain later.


P.S. Sorry for any confusion with the Cleverly Candid Mini Session post.  I forgot to say contact Stephanie directly.  I've edited it!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Check out this deal with Cleverly Candid Photography

One day only... September 25th CCP is going to do mini sessions! AMAZING location, beautiful hints of fall and some special "extras" to make these sittings incredible! Email Stephanie for details and to sign up for one of only 8 slots!  Contact Stephanie at stephanie@cleverlycandid.com


Check out what people had to say about Cleverly Candid Photography in my post on Maternity Photography in the DC area!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

529 Kids Consign Fall Sale -- Wednesday August 25

Ok ladies I just picked up the cutest Gap jacket and Tea Collection dress for Sophie from 529 Kids Consign.  Going back soon for a winter coat and another dress I saw! At present they have a great selection of clothes and outerwear (so much they can't fit all the items on their website!) from Carters, Gap, Tea Collection, Hanna Anderson, Jacadi, Columbia, Mini Boden and many more!

Check out their gently used and new designer children’s and maternity clothing and 
accessories in person on: 

Wednesday, August 25th
 at Food Matters

Located in Cameron Station at: 
4906 Brenman Park Drive 
Alexandria, VA 22304 
5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

And The Winner Of The My Three Cuties Gift Basket Is...

...Lisa Scanlon of Alexandria, VA!

Congrats Lisa! And thanks for the entertaining entries! 

Remember that all EITB fans and subscribers get 20% off My Three Cuties products through September 1.  Just enter EITB when you check out! 


Oh and if you want to take a guess at when I will finally pop, go to the August 18th post and enter your guess.  I've got a handmade baby blanket for the closest guess!

Still here.

Yup.  Still here. Annoyed and done thinking the event is imminent.  Evidently she likes it in there and isn't ready to come out.  I don't blame her.  

I'll be back later with the winner of the My Three Cuties Giveaway.  

Thursday, August 19, 2010


12 hours later and I'm still home.  Nothing.  Nada.  Bubkis. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Don't Think It's Going To Be Long Now

So, I'm 3 centimeters dilated and 80% effaced.  I'm pretty sure that if I sneeze too hard I'm going to have the baby.  That was at like 3 today.  I am desperately trying to hold out till after midnight so my favorite Ob can deliver my little one.  I know, ridiculous.  But who knows -- I might hold out for a few more days.  Doubtful, but possible.  My Ob told me to call the office when the contractions were about 8-10 minutes apart regardless of whether my water's broken.  She told me to tell them that I "give birth really fast"  when I talk to them.  I found that pretty funny.  But I guess they try to keep people at home as long as possible.  

So since I received this news three hours ago, I've dropped off/picked up dry cleaning, packed the rest of my bag, packed Sophie's bag, cleaned the wire hangers out of my closet (I had a mommy dearest moment-they were driving me crazy), played with Sophie, bathed and fed her and made arrangements with a friend and a sitter to watch her if I go before my mother can get here on Friday.  And now, I'm writing this while timing contractions (12-15 min part now).  Yesterday, I finished my marathon nesting by picking up diapers, wipes and juice boxes at BJs before my coupons expired and...weeded.  Man, this is very different from when I went into labor with Sophie.  All I had to do then was take a shower and get dressed! 

Doing this random stuff got me thinking about where I get my weird habits.  I can conclude without any doubt that I get them from my mom.  How do I know this?  I was just thinking about what my mother was doing before she gave birth to me.  She was gardening...even after her water broke and...wait for it...even stopped at the supermarket on her way to the hospital to pick up the ham for my baptism because it wasn't going to be on sale when she got out of the hospital.   Yup, the apple don't fall far from the tree.  

So if any of you are the gamblin sort, feel free to guess when I'm gonna pop.  I've got a handmade blanket for anyone that guesses the day and approximate time.  I'm 38 weeks now.

Ok, talk to you soon (fyi contractions have subsided)


August Giveaway: My Three Cuties Gift Basket-Only One More Day To Enter

Just a reminder- if you are fan/follower/subscriber and are pregnant or have a baby 3 months or younger -- you can enter to win an awesome My Three Cuties gift basket (1 big cutie blanket, 1 small cutie blanket, a hooded towel and 2 burp cloths in the fabric of your choice!)

Just let me know what the worst or strangest baby gift you received was in the comment section! You have till noon on Thursday to enter!


Monday, August 16, 2010

EITB's August Giveaway: My Three Cuties Gift Basket

Speaking of cool/useful shower gifts...When Sophie was born, a friend of mine gave me a couple of the cutest burp cloths from My Three Cuties.   I absolutely love them!  Not only are they cute, but they're extremely durable as well--I just washed them to get them ready for baby #2 and they are in fantastic shape!  I received a number of other burp cloths for my shower and they paled in comparison!  (My Three Cuties burp cloths are made out of cloth diapers so they actually stay put on your shoulder and cover a large area!)  In addition to burp cloths, My Three Cuties also carries beautiful handcrafted baby blankets, hooded towels, pacifier clips, grab and go bags, and toddler belts in your choice of fabrics! Oh and it's a local business!

This month EITB is giving away an awesome gift set courtesy of My Three Cuties!  The gift set includes a big cutie blanket, a small cutie blanket, a hooded towel, and set of 2 burp cloths!  Oh and the winner gets to choose the fabric they want from the My Three Cuties website!   My personal favorites are the sock monkeys and apple blossoms! (retail value: +$130)

Check out My Three Cuties products online at:  http://www.mythreecuties.com/index.htm

So here's how to enter: 
1) You must be a Facebook fan or an EITB follower/email subscriber to enter.  
2) You must be pregnant or have a child 3 months or younger.
3) Oh, and you need to live in the DC, MD or VA (DC Metro Area)
4) Let me know what the worst/most useless or strangest baby gift you've ever received (or if you haven't had your shower yet-what's the worst gift a friend's received).
5) Enter by Wednesday, August 19th at noon.  Winner will be announced Friday, August 20th!

But wait, there's more:
** My Three Cuties is also offering a 20% discount to all EITB fans/subscribers until September 1.   Enter EITB at the checkout! http://www.mythreecuties.com/index.htm

Local boutiques carrying the My Three Cuties line include:
Appleseed, 115 S. Columbus Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. 
A Show of Hands, 2204 Mt. Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA. 
The Artisans, 1368 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

Clutch Registry Items: Local Moms Weigh In

Does registering have you completely confused? Not sure if you’re registering for the right stuff?

All of the baby stores in the area can provide you with an extensive checklist of the things they think you need for baby.  To be fair, they do cover most of the important stuff -- but they also manage to throw in minute crap that can cause you to go a bit overboard (and insane) when registering.  So, instead of reinventing the wheel and creating my own registry checklist, I asked moms in the area the following question, “What was the most useful baby gift you received that you’d recommend to others?”  The response was pretty overwhelming.  Some of the items below are on the big box store checklists, but there are a number of other excellent recommendations that the checklists don’t cover at all!  Hope this helps as you create your registry!

I’ve added most of these items to EITB’s Recommended Products Store so you can check them out.  http://astore.amazon.com/expect-20.  If the item is from a specialty store, the link is included below. 

Thanks to all the moms who participated! You guys rock!

Here’s what they had to say:


Ultimate Crib Sheet.  “If you have a crib with slats on all four sides (and not a solid wood back) I highly recommend this crib sheet.  It’s a sheet and waterproof pad all in one.  Snaps to cribs slats – which makes changing it soo easy—especially in the middle of the night!” (Beth H., Jennifer L., Meighan W.)

Ah Goo Baby Plush Pad. “I received this as a gift when I had my son 16 months ago and I am still using it. In addition, I have given it to other expecting mothers…and they are in love with it as well.” http://www.ahgoobaby.com/  (Diana D).

Angel Care Monitor.  Not just your ordinary baby monitor. Keeps track of movement.  If you tend to be paranoid about baby’s breathing…this might be the gift for you.  (Heather S.)

Breathable Bumper.  Keeps baby’s arms and legs from getting caught in slats and also keeps pacifiers from falling out of the crib. (Marie N.)

Fisher Price Rock & Play Sleeper. “A godsend. This has been where my baby has slept from four weeks until now since she is such a spitter-upper. It allows her to stay elevated in a safe place after eating when she falls asleep immediately (the sleeper is certified for sleeping), and we find ourselves using it as another seating option in addition to her swing and bouncy chair. It's about a foot and a half off the ground so it's nice on the parents' backs! It rocks - manually - and is just the perfect thing for a newborn. I can't recommend it highly enough, and I expect it may be my standard shower gift from now on.” (Emily C.)

Sheet Savers.  Ok these are like mini versions of the ultimate crib sheet. (Beth H.)

Sound Machine. (multiple moms)

Snuzzler.  Holds baby in car set when very small.  Keeps baby’s head from slumping down. Very cozy and warm.  (Cara L.)


Sleep blankets

Aden and Anais. “These are the best swaddle blankets in the whole wide world. I am still using them for both of my kids, 16 months and 3 years, as regular blankets.”

Miracle Blanket. “It's amazing - swaddles babies up so tight they have no choice but to lie there and sleep! Wonderful in the beginning when you are just trying to get them to go 4-5 hour stretches. Love it.” (Kelly K./Melissa B.)

Halo Sleep Sack. (Jennifer L., Stacy P.)

The Woombie! (Maureen)

Larger blankets

Bunny Tail Blankets.  “Love these! -- the perfect stroller blanket” http://www.bunnytailblankets.com  (Lexi K.)

Little Giraffe Blankets/ Bath towels (Gail C.)

Mr. Bobbles Blankets. “Received one as a gift for my first child.  Loved it so much bought one for the second! They're made by a local mom in Silver Spring.” http://www.mrbobblesblankets.com (Ashley M.)

My Three Cuties Big Cutie Blanket.  So cute and soft. A local Alexandria company. www.mythreecuties.com (Colleen M.)


Snap & Go Stroller. You are probably going to be tempted to buy a stroller system when you register—it just seems like the thing to do.  But know that you have other options!  The snap and go is essentially a frame with a storage bin and wheels that you snap your car seat into.  Ok it’s the not prettiest thing, but it is so light and easy to use (and has a cup holder!) -- you will love it!  When little one is ready for a real stroller at 6 months or so, invest in a cool one that is lightweight—travel stroller systems are notoriously bulky and heavy!  (Magin B., Anastasia, Kristen C., Cara L.)

Baby Swing (Maxine M.)
Bouncy Seat (Kristen C.)

Ergo Baby Carrier. "the BEST for big babies . . . saves your back from lots of pain." (Meighan W.)


Burp Cloths.  “Get good burp cloths, you’ll need them! Buy a package of cloth diapers instead of the crappy things they sell as burp cloths.  Cloth diapers have some weight to them and will stay put on your shoulder. They are also much larger than regular burp cloths and cover more of your clothes-protecting them from the inevitable and frequent spit ups!” “Also, consider buying extra wash cloths, they’ll come in handy!” (Cara L., Dayna B., Anastasia D., Kristen C.)

Day & Night Bottle Warmer.  Keep this in your bathroom or the baby’s room for nighttime feedings. It’s a cooler and warmer in one.  All you do is take your cool bottle out and drop it into the warmer.  No running to the kitchen in the middle of the night…super convenient! (Andrew L.)

Towels. My husband picked up stack of bar towels from Costco. I used them for everything from burp cloths to wiping up baby after meals.  My daughter is two and I still use them to clean her up after meals!  (Nancy H.)


Lanolin.  The girls are gonna get a bit roughed up—this helps them from getting too severely chapped/cracked. “Start using it before you need it!” (pack it in your go bag)  (Anastasia, Nancy H., Kristen C., et al)

Nursing pads.  “Get the good ones, like Lansinoh, that stick in your bra.”  (Purvi, Karen L)

Itzbeen Baby Care Timer.  Cause you’re going to be tired/dazed and will often forget to look at the clock when you’re nursing. Timer has three or four other functions to track feedings, diaper changes, etc. (Lisa S.)

Hands-free Pumping Bra!  (Kathleen W., Dana L.)

Cooling Breast Pads (Gail C.)

Nursing Cover. aka hooter hider. (Allison H.)


“One of the best shower gifts I received was an already packed diaper bag!” (Magin B.)

Diaper Genie Refills. “If you are getting a diaper genie—put a lot of refills on your registry.  No one will buy them but you can use your completion discount to buy them at a discounted rate after baby comes!” (Emily B.)

“Disposable diaper changing pads and the little baggies to put dirty diapers, dirty/wet clothes in while you are out.” (Sally D.)

Extra changing station if you live in a house or town house with multiple floors (Stacy P.)

Case(s) of diapers (Stacy P.)


“Little Tummies Gas Drops! They soothe any baby!” (Sarah T)

“Little Tummies Gripe Water!” (Cara L.)

Best gifts people received that weren’t on their registry

Baby Briefcase.  An organizer for all things baby from receipts to baby’s important  paperwork. (Beth H.)

Home cooked meals from friends after baby was born! (Multiple Moms!)

Maternity Photo Session. (Amanda S.)

“One of my friends gave me an emergency basket with EVERYTHING - Tylenol, Motrin, Mylicon, Desitin, along with a ton of other goodies that really saved me when my kid got sick for the first time!” (Saralyn T.)

“I got a gift card for Picture People. Since a year of pics were practically paid for, I kept going every four months or so. I still take my kids twice a year. It has become a tradition. Also, at my shower there was a basket of things to help get me through delivery and the hospital stay. “(Courtney C.)

“A consultation with a lactation consultant and a post-birth doula.” (Magin B.)

“I started giving my close friends who were becoming first time moms a welcome back from the hospital kit. It is a plain brown box filled with the things that you might not have known that you would need and might not want to ask your hubby to buy. Extra strength pain relievers, Tucks wipes, deluxe maxi pads, etc.” (Liz M.)

“Donated leave from my co-workers so I can extend my maternity leave” (Sarah C.)

“A gift card for a cleaning service to use after the baby is born” (Sarah C.)

“Gift cards for a food delivery service.” (Sarah C.)

“Infant massage class/ mommy and me yoga classes.”  (Sarah C.)

Book of advise from family (Pat)

“Inchworm bottle labels with baby’s name” (if going to daycare) (Gail C.)

Grocery bag of healthy pre-made and easy to prepare meals. (Stacy P.)

Support from a life/parenting coach. (Beth M.)

Favorite Books Received

Happiest Baby on the Block
Nursing Mothers Companion
Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child
Baby 411

Have another recommendation to add? Feel free to add it in the comment section below!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New to the blog? Check out the Start Here page!

It took me a while, but I finally realized that this site is not all that easy to navigate if you haven't been following along for a bit.  If you're newly pregnant or just new to this blog, I recommend checking out the Start Here page.  On this page, I've listed links to my informative posts and organized them by trimester.  Hope this helps!  


Monday, August 9, 2010

Childbirth Education Classes

In the third trimester necessities/recommendations post, I recommended taking a childbirth education class.  Some people have asked where they can take childbirth classes in the area.  Well, it turns out there are a lot of places that offer classes and there are a lot of classes out there.  Most of the hospitals in the area offer classes, but there are also classes associated with some practices and organizations.  Some of the places offer natural birth classes, but most don't.  I'll follow up with natural birth classes at a later date, but if you refer to the Natural Birth Series posts you'll find several options.

Oh and ideally you should start researching classes early in your second trimester since the classes aren't offered all the time and you'll want to know what the schedule is ahead of time. Plan to start a class when you are 24-28 weeks along.  So then if it's a once a week class for 6 weeks you'll be able to finish the class before giving birth--which in my humble opinion is preferable! Classes range from $60-$300 per couple depending on sponsoring organization and length.

Oh and if you know of a class I missed or if you've taken one of these and loved/hated it -- let me know!

Hospital Sponsored Childbirth Classes

INOVA Health Source (INOVA Hospitals)
Locations: Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks
Phone: 703 750-8800

Classes Offered:
Baby Care
Breastfeeding for Success
Childbirth Express (abbreviated course)
Childbirth Preparation (longer course)
Childbirth Refresher
Cesarean Preparation
Twins, Triplets & More
New Moms Group
Infant Massage

For classes at INOVA Loudon – contact www.thebirthinginn.org

Virginia Hospital Center
Location: Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-558-5000

Classes Offered:
Saturday Prep for Childbirth
Breastfeeding Support
Postpartum Support
Hospital Tour

Georgetown University Hospital
Location: Washington, DC
You need to call for more info on dates and times
Phone: 202-342-2400

Sibley Hospital Childbirth Education Classes
Location: Washington, DC NW
Phone: 202 537-4076

Classes Offered:
Baby Care Skills
Baby & Me
Preparing for Labor and Birth
Preparing for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding: The Next Time Around
Comfort Breathing & Relaxation
One Day Intensive Refresher
Hospital Tour

Holy Cross Hospital
Location: Silver Spring
Phone: 301-754-8800

Classes Offered:
Ah…it’s a baby, now what?
Becoming A Father
Birth by Cesarean
Childbirth-Just the facts
Chidbirth Revisited
Make Way for Baby ( 2 session to 6 week class)
Sibling Classes
Prenatal Yoga
Hospital tour

Individual Practice/Private Organization Childbirth Classes

Confident Birth
Laura Maupin
Certified doula who teaches a range of classes, including Lamaze.

The Baby Duck
Melody Kisor
(703) 217-8733
The Baby Duck offers a variety of classes ranging from childbirth education and labor pain management to infant safety.

BirthWorks Childbirth Educator– Susan Messina
Washington, DC (Palisades)

500 Montgomery Street
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
703 739-2832
* Momease conducts childbirth education classes for George Washington University Hospital

Classes Offered:
Childbirth education
Baby care
Baby Massage
Parenting classes for couples and single parents
Doula Services also available

Physicians for Women
Prepared Childbirth Class
4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Phone: (703) 370-0400

Susan Lucas
(301) 588-7771
Their classes are based on the Birthing From Within philosophy.  Offer either a 4 week refresher or 6 week newbie class. Classes are offered in Silver Spring, MD

Birth Options Alliance
Provides listings of prepared and natural childbirth education options in area