Monthly Archives: December 2010

Baby Shower Fun

This past weekend was my baby shower and it was just what I needed in the midst of my “woe is me” slump.  My besties did a fantastic job with everything… from the invite, the food, the decor… it was great and it made me feel loved. 

I wanted to share some of the amazing decor/crafts that my friend put together at my shower.  I always long to be crafty but generally fall short so my jaw dropped when I saw what my pal put together:

These were on every table at my shower.  My mom spent a good chunk of time trying to determine if these “cupcakes” were edible or not.  My friend, Theresa, folded these little creations from washcloths and baby socks!  How cute, right?  I am NOT that creative but feel like I’m going to have to “borrow” this idea for future showers that I host.

The “cupcakes” surrounded these magnificent cake pops:

Theresa made all of these (using Bakerella‘s recipe) and I think they were a hit.  I’ve eaten an obscene amount of these already and will probably crave them fortnightly.

And I almost died when I saw the cakes Theresa made!  Theresa is a fantastic baker and while I know these were a pain in the ass for her to make, they were nothing short of amazing.

That little owl topper?  SHE MADE THAT OUT OF SUGAR!  It was inspired by the invitation that my pal, Kristin, made:

My friends are so crafty!

And I was also really touched by everyone that came (even Kt made an appearance despite all the craziness that is happening in her life right now!) and a lot of the gifts that I received.  Apparently Kristin had set up a surprise for me in that she asked all of the guests to bring a children’s book and sign it.  I’ve always been told about the importance of reading to your child and am thrilled that I have a ton of books (personalized by my friends and family) to share!  We put up some shelves in the nursery and I’ll have to post a pic of how the books look on display sometime soon.

So – it was nice to have something to brighten my mood because I really needed it.

Also – I’m getting a hard time from family about how all I’ve requested for Christmas is stuff from the baby registry.  Honestly – outside of baby gear, we don’t need anything.  In fact, I’m in the process of trying to PURGE as much as possible!  We’ve accumulated so much crap over the years and have doubles of a lot of things from kitchen gadgets to scented lotions (seriously – I can’t handle scented lotions anymore).  I’d rather receive nothing but a hug than another pair of socks (especially since I just got rid of a giant bag full of them!).   I realize I sound like an ungrateful jerk right now but I’d rather people not waste the money on items that aren’t needed. 

In the same respect, Jeremy’s Christmas list is hilarious!  He’s asked for an iPad, a video camera, a surround sound receiver (that costs like $600!).  I guess he doesn’t share the same sentiment.  🙂

What are you wishing for this holiday?

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Fashion Bump Watch

Monday, November 29, 2010

a photo of what I wore

Repeat outfit!  I think this might be one of my favorite maternity outfits…

Top:  Old Navy Maternity

Pants:  Old Navy Maternity.  They make skinny fit pants for preggos!  My only complaint is that they’re super baggy.  These have an elastic type waist band that sits low (instead of a full panel) so I spent most of the day pulling up my pants.

Scarf & Belt:  Target

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

a photo of what I wore

Dress:  Old Navy Maternity.  It is difficult to see (at least on my screen) that this is a dark green color.

Tights:  I have no clue but there are patterned.  Look!

a photo of my tights

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

a photo of what I wore

Corporate Kim is back!  This is probably the last “corporate” look I’ll be rocking for the rest of my pregnancy… although I could be wrong.  I hate wearing suits with flats but I’ve reached a point where heels are just SO UNCOMFORTABLE. 

Suit:  Express (it is a black with gray pinstripe

Top:  Old Navy Maternity

Tights:  Target

Shoes:  Target – Merona

Thursday, December 2, 2010

a photo of what I wore

Top:  Gap Maternity

Pants:  Old Navy Maternity

Friday, December 3, 2010

I totally forgot to snap a photo.  Whoops!  I wore jeans with an Old Navy Maternity top (in purple).

Fun / Weird Pregnancy Stuff:  Holy heartburn and sciatica!  This week has been pretty uncomfortable for me.  And we also started our “childbirth education” classes which we’ve already deemed a complete waste of time and money.  I’ve also moved from having monthly OB appointments to bi-weekly and am sort of freaking out over it.  In the beginning of this pregnancy, I felt like things were moving SO SLOW (it is hard to keep a secret!) but now all I can think is, “holy crap – do we have enough time to finish everything we need to do?!”

I also put up the tree the other day and as we were decorating it last night I realized that this was the last Christmas we’d have where it was just the two of us (plus the dogs).  Crazy!

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Puddle of Emotions – Stupid Pregnancy Hormones

Jeremy will tell you that there was a point during this pregnancy where I was a roller coaster of emotions… but that roller coaster only went between happy and angry. 

Lately – I’ve just been stressed and yesterday I broke down and cried.  And cried.  And then cried some more.

As sick as I am of talking about it – the situation with my car is stressing me out.  I know that in the grand scheme of things, it is JUST a car and I still have my health and blah blah blah blah blah.  But when you factor in pregnancy hormones, you might as well tell me that my world is crumbling because that is how I feel.

I haven’t had my car since November 10th.  I keep hearing different timeframes of when my car will be ready from the auto body shop and the latest date sent me over the edge.  My rental coverage expires on December 13th (and that was due to some finagling I had to do on my part to extend it 4 days). 

So the latest date?  DECEMBER 23rd!  And that wasn’t even a guarantee.  They are “hoping” for December 23rd so that they don’t have it over the holidays. 

Wow.

And it made me cry.  And then that just set off a chain of events that eventually ended with me crying over the fact that I couldn’t comfortably clip my toenails.  It was a ridiculous site to behold and I know that it is funny… but at the time, it was just ANOTHER thing happening TO ME.

During my toenail clipping debacle, Jeremy offered to clip my toenails (and seriously – that is LOVE) but I cried and said that he would just end up hurting me.  So now I have some crooked, jagged toenails and a learned lesson of I should just pay someone to do my nails for me.

On top of the car insurance deductible, I received my bill for my emergency room visit… and then couple that with the upcoming holidays and Jeremy’s big 3-0 birthday – I feel like we’re broke.  Jeremy has assured me that we’re fine but I just worry and stress about money ALL THE TIME. 

Anywho – I’ve been Debbie Downer for the last 2 days and tomorrow is my baby shower so I’m really hoping I snap out of this.  Nobody likes a sad pregnant chick.

On a positive note (or at least I’m TRYING to be positive) – I am about 31 weeks pregnant.  I had my monthly OB appointment today and my doc told me that everything looked great and that I looked great.  I am now officially moving to having bi-weekly appointments with my doc until around 36 weeks where I will then move to weekly… and HOLY HELL TIME IS FLYING BY!

And I just found out that one of my besties is having a baby boy!  That makes 3 friends I know that are either having or recently just had a baby boy.  Looks like my little bambino could have some suitors!

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Catering To My Inability to Actually Call People – Holiday Cards

I am 7 months pregnant and I think only a very very small fraction of my family knows this… and all of this can be blamed on my inability to actually speak to any of them on the phone.  I don’t know what it is about being on the phone but I just hate it.  I never call them.  I never call them BACK when they call me.  I am a bad person.  I blame technology (because really – why call when you can just e-mail?).

Anywho – I think it is time to spread the joy to other members of my family.  I figured the holidays were a great time to do so in the form of a HOLIDAY CARD!  I haven’t sent holiday cards in a few years and when I do, I generally include a photo of my oh-so-photogenic dogs.  This year, I thought I’d include a photo of my little bean’s sonogram as well as my dogs awkwardly posing in a Santa hat… because nothing says, “Happy Holidays” more than humiliating my dogs.  (I kid, I kid)

I generally use Shutterfly as my go-to photo sharing site (outside of Flickr).  I started perusing their selection of holiday cards and loved these:

I love that this card is a fancier version of the “holiday letter”.  I’ve never actually written a holiday letter and am not sure I’d have much more to say than, “Can you believe it?  I voluntarily and willingly decided it would be a great idea to push a watermelon out of my girly bits!” but I love the concept.

I love this card too.  It is a similar concept but instead of a formal letter, you just list out things that you loved about the year.  I love that idea but don’t know if I have 10 things to list without sounding like a turd. 

But I’m also a little hesitant to send out a “Merry Christmas” card only because it seems more appropriate to say “Happy Holidays” these days.  Although this could help get rid of the myth that I married into a Jewish family.  For some reason, the majority of folks in my family thought I was marrying a Jewish guy just because of his last name (his family is not Jewish and they’ve argued that their last name is German).  Hilarious!

I like this card because you can add a short message and that is more my style.  Plus we can have a pic of the dogs, a sonogram pic and then I guess whatever cheesy pic I can pull together of me & Jeremy.

But then that got me thinking about all the future gifts and invites I can make through Shutterfly with a new baby!  I vowed that I wouldn’t be THAT mom that only gifts items with pics of her child on them but I’m pretty sure I will fall into that trap (perhaps not to the point where I’m getting a tie printed with her image).

I mean – how great would a calendar be?

Their wall calendars actually let you add PERSONALIZED dates to them!  This is perfect for my forgetful husband and my crazy parents (who I swear have removed their memories and replaced them with things related to the slot machines).

And what about birthday invitations?

OMG – an owl invite?  I just died.

And how cute is this card?! 

And I’m just going to go ahead and give myself a Mother’s Day Card

I couldn’t agree more, card… it really should be.

So which card do you like the best?

For those of you with family members spread across the country – how do you spread good news to them?

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