Baby Swartout!

coming to our home, summer 2010

baby stuff March 31, 2010

Filed under: preparations — jen @ 8:51 am

A few weeks ago we started an Amazon registry for a few hard-to-find things or things that were better priced online.  But last weekend we started the real deal at the big stores – Babies R Us, and the newly opened Buy Buy Baby.  BBB was great, although a lot of their stuff was crazily priced ($35 for one simple hooded towel … it was cute, but not THAT cute), they also had the basics and some better options (car sun shade 2 pack for $10 woohoo).  But the best thing was that the story was laid out nice and easy to shop (just like their parent company, Bed Bath and Beyond).  The stroller section was also fantastic, with the stroller we want and lots of other options BRU doesn’t carry.  On top of that they were all out so you could try them out without having to try to get them off a shelf.  Seriously, at BRU they have a bunch on a shelf that is above waist height for me.  If not for Tim, how would I get those down???  Also had tons of carseat options.  So, mommies to be (and future mommies to be), I highly recommend you check out Buy Buy Baby if you’ve got one near you.

Realized we still hadn’t researched or decided on high chairs or car seats … but at least now we can just go online and add/change whatever we like.  What a big production!  Much more work than the wedding registry since safety is such a concern, not just looks and durability…

oh baby….


26 weeks March 29, 2010

Filed under: the bump — jen @ 7:56 pm

It’s hard to believe I’m already at 26 weeks.  We started some baby registries this weekend, Tim built the dresser/changer and put in a super cute light we picked up at Ikea (

As many of you have requested … here is the latest full-out belly pic!!! Strangers are starting to notice, and I didn’t realize why until I saw this tonight…


Re-arranging March 12, 2010

Filed under: updates — jen @ 3:18 pm

Last weekend we bought some new furniture so we can have better storage and move stuff out of the baby’s-room-to-be.  We got it all built thanks to help from my dad & pam but we haven’t done much since.  Need to attach it to the wall and really move stuff out.  Then it’s time to pick up the paint and build the dresser/changer we wound up buying at Ikea.

I’ve undertaken a project to make sure all of my CDs are loaded on the computer and am getting rid of all the ones I can part with, which was more than I realized.  Need to order some storage boxes to store what’s left in, and then the shelf holding them all can go downstairs – one more item we can clear out!  Now we just need to find a corner desk that doesn’t look too “office-y” so we can move our computer to the living room, and we need to sell our old bed, tv, and tv stand.

So many little pieces and I feel like we never have the time to do them!  We should have at least one free day each of the next 2 weekends after this one so hoepfully we’ll make some progress and I can post some photos!

I’ve been feeling good though my belly is definitely getting bigger and my hips are aching.  I’m getting a prenatal massage this weekend thanks to a bday gift from janet, so I hope that helps!


baby clothes March 1, 2010

Filed under: updates — jen @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday we hit the Carter’s Outlet in Brattleboro, VT on the way back from visiting some family and bought outfits for the baby – the first ones we’ve purchased!  It’s tough, because there really isn’t much out there that qualifies as gender neutral.  We snagged some great finds though, including Halloween and Christmas outfits for about $2.50 each thanks to clearance, a sale on top of that, and then a 20% discount.  So excited to add these to the outfit we were given at Christmas and a bunch of gender-neutral stuff my sister in law gave us that our neice had used.

I think we’re pretty well settled on the “sunbeam” color for the room but need to start clearing things out and re-organizing a bit.  I think this weekend holds an Ikea trip so we can get a few pieces to help us rearrange things a bit.  Pretty excited to actually start making room for the baby!