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I would like to win the perfect stroller

I spent months looking for the perfect stroller for us. Months!

Traditional travel systems were giant and heavy and a general pain to haul around. Most of them drove like…well…a crappy, cheap-plastic stroller. Chicco ones were much more comfortable and handled beautifully, but weighed 23 pounds. For just the stroller! The carseat was another 10 if you had that snapped in! Plus your child! You’re suddenly looking at about 50 pounds of stroller to push! Not to mention when you fold it up it is humongous, and there is no denying the fact that you can no longer weave in crowds when you are pushing something that massive.

So we looked at lightweight strollers (our original intent, anyway) and contemplated buying one of those, possibly after using a snap-n-go at first. But they felt so flimsy, like they wouldn’t hold up well. And they were a lot more money than an umbrella stroller…but didn’t seem to have that many more features. Plus the way they were balanced felt like they were unstable, and their folded size was still really long, if a lot narrower. And honestly, most of them weighed at least 17 pounds anyway, and when you were getting that much less out of them with regards to features, was it really worth spending more money (to buy a carseat separately and possible a snap-n-go) to have fewer features and save 6 pounds?

Every stroller we looked at we either disliked, or I’d feel like I’d want another stroller in addition to it.

And then, one day, while spending another period at Babies R Us “test-driving” strollers, a kindly stranger saw us and said, “Just go with Britax!” We hadn’t really considered these strollers before, but we decided to give another look at the Britax B-Agile, a three-wheeled stroller.

And oh. My. Gosh. It is PERFECT for us!

It is stable and sturdy feeling, like the traditional travel systems. But it only weighs 16 pounds. It collapses up extremely easily, with a simple push of a button and grabbing a handle, and it locks into its tiny collapsed size that is also easy to carry one-handed, even better than most lightweight strollers. It maneuvers like a dream, again like traditional travel systems, even one-handed, and the suspension is to die for. I was driving over hangers on the floor and barely noticing them. And, more like a lightweight stroller, it can easily be maneuvered through crowds or obstacles because of its compact, three-wheeled design.¬†On top of all of that, you can fit a Britax carseat into the included very low-profile adaptors and use it as a travel system (or you can buy another carseat and get the adaptor, but honestly, Britax carseats are some of the best so I don’t see why I would!). And even better, as an added bonus, it can be used as a jogging stroller once this little one is here and I can finally get back to jogging!

I am seriously in love with this stroller. It’s kind of sad how much I think about it. It is the only stroller I have found (in months of looking and hours of test-driving) that I’m not left with a feeling of, “This would work for most things, but I’d probably want another stroller as a back up…” It has the sturdiness, stability, and features of a traditional travel system. It has the light weight and small fold of a lightweight stroller (and, in my opinion, is even better!). And it can double as a jogging stroller (for light runners like me). What more can I ask for?

Well, there is one thing.

I would like to win it instead of having to buy it!

And in that vein, I’m entering over at Mommy Mandy’s blog in a giveaway for a Britax B-Agile and Britax B-Safe travel system!

And you can, too! Well, if you’re quick. It ends tonight.

Cross your fingers for me!

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22 weeks!

I’m feeling great, and baby girl is doing so well! She HATES dopplers, or any other such technology and will swim away from them. Which made my last midwife appointment pretty amusing, as she was sleeping when they found her heartbeat at a strong but slow rate, and then she woke up and wouldn’t stop wriggling trying to escape, making them chase her around my belly and raising her heart rate. We could also hear her kick at the probe on the doppler, and I could feel her kicking at the same time. Absolutely incredible!

My two youngest sisters in law know me and my love of snark so well. I have always loved my nerdy t-shirts, and miss wearing them now that I’m pregnant. So their Christmas gift to me?

Hehe. He.

And here’s my 22 week belly, which makes me feel ridiculously pregnant, but according to strangers still could be passed as being fat depending on what I’m wearing.

I love being pregnant! Seriously! I cannot wait to meet my baby girl…but after she comes could I just stay about 20-some weeks pregnant forever?

ETA: I should add, my sisters got the shirt from ThinkGeek, an amazing place for all things geeky! They also have some baby onesies I am dying for, but am too cheap to purchase!

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What baby clothes have taught me about gender

I had perused baby clothes sections before becoming pregnant and before learning my baby’s sex, mostly focusing on the boy clothes because I was looking for gender-neutral. And I saw so many cute clothes that appealed to the interests of me and my hubby! Now that I know we have a baby girl on the way, I’ve switched to looking at those clothes, thinking it would be easy to pick up a couple of cheap onesies to celebrate. My experience in baby clothes has taught me many things I did not previously know about gender:

  • Girls do not like dogs and boys do not like cats.
  • Girls are big fans of bugs of all types. (Funny, I always thought this was a boy thing…)
  • Girls do not like sports. Except maybe volleyball, if you’re lucky. Or ballet. Does ballet count as a sport?
  • Girls like pink. A lot. They refuse to wear anything that doesn’t have at least some pink on it. Exceptions may be made if purple is included. They definitely don’t like any shade of blue other than possibly teal.
  • Transportation (airplanes, trains, etc.) is completely uninteresting to girls.
  • Girls only like animals if the animals are wearing bows or mascara or shooting hearts or rainbows out of an orifice.
  • While boys are “Mommy’s little helper,” girls are “Daddy’s spoiled princess.”
  • Girls are also bratty, self-centered, and demanding, whereas boys are cute, tough and loveable.

I am scared for the message we are sending to future generations of girls from birth. When did this obnoxious trend start? I do not look forward to buying her appropriate clothes as she continues to get older.

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It’s a…

On Tuesday we had our first and likely only ultrasound, and it was incredible. Roughly 40 minutes of watching my sweet baby dance and getting a first glance of what my child looks like!

The tech went through and took all the needed measurements, and at the end we learned there are no warning signs and that everything looks good! We’ll get confirmation of this next week at our next midwife appointment, but I’m very happy to hear that baby is looking healthy! We have had no testing so far (by choice, we have been offered most standard tests except ultrasounds and opted out, and we could have requested ultrasounds), and so I was a slightly nervous wreck leading up to this anatomy scan to make sure baby was really doing OK in there! Seeing the four chambers of the heart beating away so strong, and the delicacy and strength of how they interacted, absolutely took my breath away.

But enough about that. Now to the part that you want to know.

It’s a girl!!!

That’s right, our first born will be a sweet baby girl, and we flat-out cannot wait to meet her. I had really kind of assumed she was a boy, and I was surprised when the tech told us she was pretty sure it was a girl in there. It took a lot of time and several shots to confirm (because she showed she was my daughter and was being a complete stinker), but we’re virtually certain she’s a she. I am blown away. I can’t wait to meet my little girl!

I love, love, love knowing that my belly dancer is a girl. I know that there is so much more to a person than their sex. But our sex is still a big part of our idenity. And I feel so much more connected to our little one knowing this important piece of who she is. Being able to talk about what she is doing. Being able to refer to my daughter. My daughter. That is crazy.

When we found out we were expecting on our anniversary weekend, my hubby and I kept listening to this song in shock as we drove around. After our ultrasound, I pulled out the CD and we listened to it on the way home. It makes me so happy to hear. It may have made me cry.

“I never thought that through love we’d be making one as lovely as she, but isn’t she lovely, made from love…”‘

The song even includes a fair amount of religious references, and I still find it perfect. Because I understand the sentiment deeply, even if I don’t believe in the specifics.

I already love my baby girl so very, very much! Grow strong, little one, I can’t wait to meet you in May!

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Baby’s gender?

I hopefully get to learn if baby is a boy or a girl soon. So excited! But in the meantime, let’s look at what the Old Wive’s tales say:

Carrying High/Low: Girl

Hubby’s Weight Gain: Boy

Heart Rate: Girl

Chinese Gender Predictor: Boy

Mayan Predictor: Girl

Acne: Girl

Morning Sickness: Girl

Mom’s/Dad’s Stress: Girl

Dreams About Gender: Boy

Hair Growth Speed: Boy

Boobie Growth: Girl

There we go, a fairly even split, but definitely weighted towards girl! Did I miss any?

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