The Swan Life: February 2017
Hey internet readers! This is Lucy, back to push JW aside for one post and fill you in on the swan life from my perspective. I never thought I’d have a picture of a tree budding for my February post, but here we are enjoying consistent 70 degree weather! Thanks for sticking with me and allowing me take over at TGS once a month.
From Child to Children
Anyone for a baby update? I’m about 35.5 weeks along and doing great. Literally right around the time for me to post about our March update I’ll be either very pregnant and ready to pop or a mom of two. Will it be two boys or one boy and one girl?! I’m starting to get pretty anxious to find out myself.
I’m super excited to say we officially have a potty trained little boy! It has been a long process, but neither JW nor I really felt pressured or rushed to get it done. Don’t get me wrong, it is amazing to have him out of diapers (wearing them only at nighttime now) before the second kid comes around, we just never set that as a specific goal. We honestly didn’t have any great trick or plan to potty train him. We relied on his daycare teacher a bit and the other kids in his class (half of whom were already wearing underwear). We bought a book about a baby saying bye-bye to his diapers and using the potty… and read it every night. We knew it was ingrained in our son when he started “reading” the pages for us (really he had memorized them). The addition of some fun Thomas and Ninja Turtle undies helped a bit too.
I wish I could classify this transition as a complete savings, but in about a month we’ll just shift that cost from one kid to the other. But hey, it’s better than paying for 2 kids in diapers! We also got a collection of random sized diapers from my brother and his wife back when we visited them for Thanksgiving. They aren’t sure if they’ll have more kids in the future and if they do it won’t be for a while. Thanks to them we acquired a large bag of size 1, 2 and 4 diapers. Any little bit will help… am I right parents?!
Seeing that we’re expecting our second child (and we’ve done this whole parenting thing before) we haven’t spent as much time reading/going to classes/etc as we did the first-go-round. We did, however, take our son to a siblings class at the hospital. It was offered on the weekend, completely FREE and something that would help get him excited and ready to share the house. He was definitely the youngest kid in the class, but he looked so proud to be holding the fake baby doll. At the same time JW and I both agreed our first born will need lots of help holding the new baby.
We enjoyed a couple visitors this past month which was so nice to have people come to us rather than us travel to see them. I guess we have a good excuse this time… JW’s brother and his wife came from Atlanta one weekend. The following weekend JW’s parents visited for a couple days. Having them over did throw us off our normal routine (we did not workout like we’d normally do), but we did stay true to meal planning. Instead of eating out every meal while they were here (which can be easy to do) we ate out one time for each visitor. It’s always fun to experience and show off some great restaurants near us, but we prefer to balance eating out with some fun cooking at home all together. The best experience was the FREE pancakes we got at Tupelo Honey Café. All we had to do was download their app and redeem the coupon. Seriously, it was that easy. In return you got a small 3 stack of blueberry pancakes… perfect for our son. In essence it was a “kids eat FREE” type of situation.
I should also clarify, “staying true to meal planning” does not equate to trying out new dishes. I failed on my monthly goal of trying two new recipes in February. The only one true new recipe was some shredded chicken taquitos. Now I shouldn’t downplay this recipe as if it was a flop. It turned out great and I’m happy to report my (almost) 3 year old was a fan. I’m always on the hunt for meals that can easily be made on the weekend, but stretch into the work week and these did the trick. I cooked them up, not as a weekend meal, but only to be reheated during the week. Worked like a charm. We’ll see what March brings in terms of new recipes.
No Technician For This House
JW saved us big time this past month… and by big time I mean $39.99. We are going to transition our son into his big boy room (and get him the heck out of the crib), but in his big boy room we had the internet router and modem hooked up. I moved the equipment to another room and called our internet provider to get some help because the modem wasn’t getting a signal. Turns out both of our other coaxial outlets weren’t activated so they wouldn’t receive a signal at all. The lady over the phone said our only option was to schedule a technician to come out and activate the other outlets… which would cost us $39.99. What a racket, huh? Well JW didn’t take that for the only option. He looked up how to activate the outlets on YouTube, went outside to the cable box and with a little trial and error, figured it out for FREE! Take that internet provider!
Maternity Clothes On The Cheap
As I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy I feel like my wardrobe has shrunk tremendously. I work at a corporate office and the general work attire is full suit or dress/skirt. Trying to stay on a strict budget while purchasing maternity clothes I stuck with the basics. I looked for tops that could be worn on the weekend and to work during the week. I also limited the number of dress pants and tried to match those to suit jackets I already own. I found great success in Old Navy shopping online. I’m not even sure if all stores carry the maternity line, but shopping online was perfect for me. This past month I was also loaned a bag of maternity clothes from our neighbor who had her baby in January. Going through the clothes it has allowed me to mix things up a bit… you know, to avoid feeling like I’m wearing the same dress week after week. I look forward to paying this forward and lending to my next pregnant friend.
Dunkin’ Donuts For The Win
A couple weeks ago I was looking at my Dunkin’ Donuts app. Not sure why exactly since I hadn’t actually bought anything from there for a while. I’m glad I was taking a look though because I noticed under the offers section one that read “UNC Tarheels Win, You Win.” Huh? I wasn’t sure what this meant exactly so I clicked into it. Turns out the day after every single UNC men’s basketball win Dunkin’ Donuts gives away a FREE medium coffee in our area. I told JW and since then we’ve gotten a few free coffees to enjoy thanks to a team we care nothing about. An extra special thanks to UNC for being so good this season too! This also reminded me back to when I was on maternity leave with our son. Every day after the Atlanta Braves won a game Dunkin’ Donuts gave the same FREE medium coffee. We all know there are a ton of baseball games in a season, right? That was the perfect timing and way to get me and our son out of the house for a morning stroll. I hope they do that again this summer since I’ll be on maternity leave again!!
I guess my theme of the month was getting things for FREE. What did you cash in on? Any FREE offers you couldn’t pass up? Are you a morning coffee drinker? Found any great deals from Dunkin’ Donuts in your area?