Catching Up Over Club Soda

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 23, 2015

What can I say? The drinks are pretty adventurous around here these days!

I’ve missed blogging! But the reality is that it’s the first thing I put on the back burner as we enter crunch time in the world of parenthood prep. So I thought perhaps we could meet for a virtual club soda date to catch up. Although if you’d like, I can make you something stronger!

If we were having a club soda date, I would tell you…

Weeks 27-31

My weekly photos seem to get progressively more ridiculous.

Today marks two months until the due date, although I’m always thinking in weeks these days. Less than nine weeks, to be exact.

Nine weeks! It seems like just yesterday I was nine weeks pregnant and we were seeing our little dude as a teeny tiny speck on the ultrasound. Let me tell you, that is no longer the case. He is all limbs and he likes to use ’em. A lot! This week I finally captured the craziness on video and managed to get clear shots of his knee (at least I think it’s his knee) pushing the limits of my abdomen.

It looks as crazy as it sounds, but he seems to really enjoy himself.

I know for a fact that this nonstop energy does not come from me, the baby who liked to sleep so much in utero that I arrived more than two weeks past my due date. That leaves one other culpable party who just so happens to love soccer. Hmm…

Honestly though, I love it. If his energy inside translates into his personality on the outside, then us parents are in for quite the treat. His crashing waves aren’t painful – that is, unless he happens to hit my rib cage. Then it’s not quite so ticklish and we have to have a little chat. :)

If we were having a club soda date, I would tell you…

cloth diapers

In other baby-related news, we’ve decided to cloth diaper! I am unreasonably excited about it (diaper changes! yes!), but we already know I’m a complete nerd so that’s OK. Like our plan for labor, cloth diapering has been on my radar for a long time. I hadn’t done much research on it though, and it can be super overwhelming. Fortunately, I had some great resources in my cousin, Lisa, and friend, Jill (thanks, ladies!), in addition to reading about fellow bloggers’ experiences, such as Jenna. It was through Jenna I first heard about Green Mountain Diapers, which not only sells a wide variety of cloth diapers at all price points but also serves as an incredible resource for new parents, with how-tos and FAQs that cover all the bases (and booties).

Our plan is to cloth diaper at home for sure, probably starting after the first week once the meconium has passed and we’re feeling more settled. We’ll also have them when out and about, but will likely use disposables when traveling. Of course, all of this is subject to change, but for now it feels like a good strategy.

I love the variety of adorable colors and designs (some of what we’ve gotten for the newborn stage is in the photo above), but what excites me most is the cost factor – it’s a bigger investment up front but in the long term should be very economical. Plus, I’ve read time and time again that as long as you’re doing it correctly, cloth diapering is really effective against leaks. Sign me up! I know it will be extra laundry but once a routine is established, I feel confident that it will be seamlessly integrated into our new lives as parents.

I’ll plan to do a more detailed post in the future about what specific diapers we’re using and how it’s going, if you’re interested! To kick things off, we’re trying a bit of everything in the newborn stage – prefolds, workhorse diapers (both with Thirsties Duo covers) and all-in-ones – to see what works best for us. Then we’ll plan to use that method in the bigger sizes.

If we were having a club soda date, I would tell you…


Our Christmas in Minnesota was a lot of fun! Yes, I realize it has been almost a month since the holiday, but I can’t resist sharing a few photos of our time with Barb, John, Adam, Susan (check out her awesome recap) and two of our nieces pieces, Claire and Molly.

Christmas Day was full of opening presents wrapped with (and wearing) pretty bows.


The girls had a lot of fun and received some awesome new toys!



The rest of the trip was full of bundled up walks to the park…


…gatherings with family…



…and gingerbread houses! Among plenty of other fun activities.


This photo is one of my favorites (courtesy of Susan). Twas a house built with love. :)

Photo Dec 28, 6 43 52 PM

Bobby and I were also so thankful to both sides of his family for giving us some great gifts for baby boy! We received an impressive collection of books to add to our library, as well as some adorable clothes and registry favorites. Plus, it was the perfect chance to catch up even more with family we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. I am truly grateful to everyone – Spidey is lucky to be so loved!

Photo Dec 28, 12 01 56 PM2

If we were having a club soda date, I would tell you…

2014 Books Stats

I exceeded my page number goal in 2014 – woohoo! I was aiming for 15,000 and ended up reading 15,865. I really liked having page numbers as a goal instead of actual books, but surprisingly found I read more books anyway as a result.

Since I’ve been majorly slacking on my reviews as of late, I thought I could at least list them all out for you and provide links if the title intrigues you. I’ve ordered them into categories based on how much I liked them. Yes, I’m a pretty easygoing judge. But I really did love most of them.

Top Five (I counted books in a series as one but this was still really tough)

Books I Loved

Books I Liked

If we were having a club soda date, I would tell you…


We woke up to a rare desert snowfall on January 1, 2015. It’s not every day it snows in this part of Arizona, much less sticks to the ground for the majority of the day. It was truly beautiful and made me optimistic that the year ahead is going to be something special. I still haven’t sat down to formally write goals, but highest on my priority list is a healthy, happy baby.

What would you tell me on our club soda date?

I’m going to do my best to check in more often!



1 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 23, 2015 at 8:54 am

Wow, I can’t believe you’re already at 30 weeks! So exciting! Also, I can’t believe how many books you read- maybe it’s because I’m inundated with school reading right now, but you are absolutely putting me to shame. :) (and now I’m just making excuses for myself, haha)

2 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:32 am

I can’t believe it either – time is flying! Haha, I know the feeling of not wanting to read anything else when you have so much school reading. I hope everything is going well for you!

3 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner January 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

Yay! I was so excited to see a post today. I love the idea of cloth diapering, and those prints are so cute! As always, thank you for listing your favorite books. I find that we have similar taste in literature, so I love having new ones to add to my list for the year. I put 75 as my reading goal, and my husband laughed and told me that was too low.
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4 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:33 am

Thanks, Chelsea!! I love that we have such similar tastes in books – and that your husband thought 75 was too low of a goal. :) That’s amazing! Can’t wait to hear what some of your favorites are this year.

5 Cara (Twinthusiast) January 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Hello darling pineapple baby! How cool about cloth diapers — my friend Lauren has done it with both of her sons and it has gone well. Love your book list — will have to refer back when I have more time to read (I loved the Guernsey book). Also wow you wrote a lot of reviews!
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6 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:34 am

I’m so glad to hear your friend Lauren has done it successfully with her sons! We had a productive weekend with the nursery, so it has made me even more excited. :)

7 Monica January 23, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I’m definitely down for a virtual (or real) club soda! Love seeing the progression in all of your photos and I’m anxious to see what’s in store for Week 40 :) Perhaps the fruit will be replaced by a real baby???

Also, quite an impressive reading list – I definitely would put all the Rainbow Rowell books and Cress on my “love” list as well. I’m starting “Code Name Verity” next.. I will let you know what I think :)

And as I mentioned before, the photos with the new lens look great!
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8 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:36 am

Haha! You know me well. I can’t wait to replace the food with the real deal! “Baby is the size of … a baby.” :)

Can’t wait to hear what you think of Code Name Verity! And thank you again for being my lens advice guru. Hope all is well with you and Mandu!

9 Laura January 24, 2015 at 8:55 am

Great post! We are all so excited to meet your little Spidey. Janet and I both used cloth diapers. It was inexpensive and convenient. For me it didn’t work with day care, so I provided disposable for day care. I had a huge diaper bag for all day outings and overnights. The combination of cloth and home made baby wipes meant no diaper rash for N1. With N2 the home made wipes made a big difference when the meds she was on for her kidneys had a bright red benefit. Needless to say I highly recommend making your own wipes. In addition to the benefits to the baby, they are easy to transport, economical, less waste, biodegradable in a reasonable time, and they take about two minutes to make.

Looking forward to meeting the little man that will give you the name”Mom”.

10 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

Thanks, Aunt Laura! This is great advice – we will definitely make our own wipes! I had heard it helped with no diaper rash and am glad to see that was the case. Plus, you can’t beat the economics and environmental benefits! So excited to introduce you to Spidey in just a few weeks. Love you!

11 Jill Felska January 24, 2015 at 1:07 pm

As if I wasn’t already, this post made me even more excited to see you in-person in just a short couple weeks! Can’t wait to see your baby bump and feel spidey kick IRL. :) Can’t wait to dig into all your reviews. I finished Elenor and Park recently and it was beyond incredible. Probably one of my favorite reads of all time. Reading Fangirl now! Definitely will be adding the rest of those I haven’t read from your list to my must-reads! xo

12 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

Can’t wait for you to feel this kicking craziness…TOMORROW! I’m so glad you liked Eleanor & Park and can’t wait to hear what you think of the others. :) xoxo

13 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

I was so excited to read your update! I love seeing your pregnancy updates. That’s great that you’re going to use cloth diapers. I think I’m going to do that too when the times come. Thanks for including your book list! I’m totally going to sort through those.
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14 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:38 am

Aw, thanks, Kelli! I’m so glad you like them – and I love that you’re interested in cloth diapering, too! Hopefully I’ll be able to share our success with the whole process in a few months. :)

15 Susan February 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Fun updates – thanks! Thanks, too, for the Christmas shout-out and all the awesome pics that you provided for my recap. I think we’re overdue for a fancy-pants camera. Maybe in honor of baby tres? :) Hugs to you, Spidey & Uncle Bobert!
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16 Jenn (eating bender) February 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

Thanks, Susan! I think a fancy-pants camera in honor of baby tres is a great idea. Hope all is well in Munchkrennland! :)

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