week forty

week 40

week forty

Still a few days behind but I’ve totally given up and honestly don’t know what day it is anyway, so I’m going with it.  The predictions for his arrival have come and gone, the original due date has come and gone, and the adjusted due date has come and gone.  Even the contractions and signs of labor have come…and gone.  Looks like a March baby for us!  Darn.  Also, I’m out of vegetables to compare him to.  He’s outgrown them all.  I think this might be the biggest baby on record.  They couldn’t measure him at the appt because “their equipment doesn’t measure that high.”  Awesome.

highlight of the week: One school semester is over and another begins!  Baby obviously didn’t care to make things convenient and make his debut during the break, but I’m trying not to hold a grudge.  And the best part about being more than 10 months preggo, is that I got to have a check-up with an ultrasound.  Husband snuck a peek at the screen and got to see the little guy’s face.  When I asked if Babysaurus looked cute, Husband responded that he looked “legit”.  I think that’s Husband-speak for cute.  I hope.
things I miss the most about not being pregnant: wearing my wedding rings.  Considering it’s the only jewelry I wear, I’m feeling pretty naked without them on my finger.
things I love the most about being pregnant: really having to stretch to find one this week….maybe the fact that it’s acceptable to take 3 baths a day.
cravings: wine.  darn.
things that make me sick: sitting up straight or laying down.  I have one position in my nest of pillows that’s comfy.
symptoms: nada.  nothing.  the only way I know I’m still pregnant is my ginormous belly.
things I’m looking forward to: spring break starts 11 March so hopefully that’s going to be a good day for a baby!

This week’s appointment:
Nurse: This baby isn’t going anywhere.
Me: I was afraid of that.
Nurse: Ready for your induction on Monday?
Me: No. I’m still not comfortable with that. Can we move it back a week?
Nurse: That’s really dangerous.
Me: I’m just saying if everything is okay, then let’s put it off for another week. I’ll come in every day to be monitored. I’m not trying to put anyone in danger, I just want to give him as much time as possible to do this on his own.
Nurse: (Now starts giving Husband the stare down) I guess everything is fine but if it were my wife I would insist that she not put the baby in danger and be induced sooner.
Husband: I’m going with my wife on this one.
Nurse: Fine, I’ll schedule you for the 11th.

Small victory for the Hunter family!

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week thirty-nine. and a story. and a nursery.

I went in to my appointment this week with an open mind, determined that it was going to go better. It didn’t. This time, though, I made Husband come with me for moral support.

Nurse: So your induction is scheduled for week 41.
Me: Oh? I didn’t schedule anything.
Nurse: I know. I did it this morning just in case.
Me: Well thanks but as long as everything is okay with me and the baby, I don’t feel comfortable being induced until after week 42. Can I just come in for a check-up at week 41 instead and go from there?
Nurse: There are increased risks with morbidity rates after week 41 so you’d have to come in every couple of days to go through a lot of tests.
Me: That’s fine. I don’t mind coming in every day if I need to, I’m just really uncomfortable with an induction already in the books for that early if there’s no medical need. Is there a medical need?
Nurse: No.
Me: Then please cancel it.
Nurse: I’ll leave you scheduled so that you avoid the risks and don’t have to go keep coming back every couple of days.
Me: Whatever.

Husband’s eyes kept getting wider through the whole appointment but finally it was over and we made it back to the car:
Husband: Holy cow, that was absurd. She really didn’t listen to you at all.
Me: See? I told you! You thought I was exaggerating.
Husband: You weren’t. That was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.
Me: Welcome to the last nine months of my life. Tell your kid to hurry up and be born.

week 39

week thirty-nine

Alrighty. New rule: they should not be allowed to make maternity shirts with horizontal stripes. Pretty sure it’s the least flattering look ever but also the most comfy thing I own and comfort wins over attractiveness at this point. Sorry, Husband. And it’s the end of week 39, but at this point, who really cares? Definitely not Babysaurus. He’s on his own timeline apparently.

highlight of the week: I feel like I’ve walked about 400 miles this week to try to help the little guy out. The fun part is Husband comes with me and we have lots of fun talks and are enjoying our last bit of non-parenthood.
things I miss the most about not being pregnant: being the size of a regular person. This whale-sized thing isn’t going over well.
things I love the most about being pregnant: Husband carries in the groceries for me!
cravings: chocolate chip cookies. I had to make my gluten-free chocolate chip pie. It was fantastic.
things that make me sick: pregnancy
symptoms: yes. I get so excited when my contractions get closer together and I feel like he’s ready. Then the next day he gets cozy again and I’m pretty sure I’ll be pregnant forever.
things I’m looking forward to: counting fingers and toes and seeing that little face! I think he’s going to look just like Husband.

In happy news, the nursery is complete and I’m pretty darn happy with the way it turned out. Poor Husband did a fantastic job with the furniture-moving (900 times) and crib-building and art-hanging.

So, without further ado, the nursery tour:

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I used some sweet crochet baskets from Ikea that Husband hung on the wall to hold diapers and supplies so they’re within arm’s reach of the changing pad but not on top of the dresser.  There’s a mix of cloth and disposable because we’re going to give both a try and see how it works out.  I only say that to tell you about this really cute wet bag that I ordered from Etsy and matches the room perfectly.  It’s unfortunate that it’s about to be filled with poop because I really like it for the cute factor alone.

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I’m pretty excited about most of the things we’ve accumulated and been gifted over the last nine months but right now all I know is the cute factor.  I’ll give you the functionality reviews as we use them and let you know what’s worked and what turned out to be the dumbest idea I’ve ever had.  I’m sure most things will fall in the latter category considering I know nothing about tiny humans.  Seriously.  I’ve never even changed a diaper so this is going to be exciting.  Don’t be alarmed though.  Husband and I watched a YouTube video about it so I think we’re good.*

*disclaimer: I say these things as jokes.  Yes, they’re true, but before we get phone calls from DCFS, know that we’ve enlisted lots of help and gone to every baby class we could.  And watched a lot of YouTube.  And read a lot of baby books.  Or at least Husband read lots of baby books.  I’m learning people get pretty touchy (and opinionated!) about things involving the care of babies so I can’t be as open with my comments about tiny humans.  Thus, now I have disclaimers.  Anyway, enough about that.  MOVING ON!

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Up is one of my very favorite movies and led to the theme for the room. I have a strong opposition to most themes and things usually associated with tiny humans (Mostly stuff involving batteries and lights and colors that are bright and crazy enough to give me a headache.  But that’s another conversation for another time.)  so we went with adventure and travel and maps.  Well, and giraffes because they’re just awesome. To make the artwork, I took a map and coffee stained it and used my favorite reference from the movie: Adventure is out there!

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I found the little pilot bear in DC at a museum and thought it was just perfect. Especially on the chest that stores blankets and other stuffed animals. The chest and pillow are both from Ikea.

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Husband deconstructed some pallets and stained the boards to make the wall art piece. I fell in love with these letters from Antropologie but they were really, really heavy and I had horrible visions of them falling off of the wall in the middle of the night and Babysaurus would be squished by a giant K. Yikes. So instead, I got these lightweight cardboard ones from Paper Source and just painted them pewter. Much safer. Pretty sure a cardboard U can’t do too much damage.

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This room used to be our office and we had the walls painted the grey/blue color when we moved in and the bookcase, chair, and most things already existed in the room and happily we’re having a boy so didn’t have to change much of anything.  (Truthfully though, I probably would have made the same room even if Babysaurus were a girl.) Anyway, we just had to add a crib, dresser, and the books in the bookcase needed a switch.  I think Baby Hunter will appreciate “Curious George” a little more than “A History of the Modern Middle East.”  Most of our things are from Ikea. Because Ikea is awesome. The picture on the wall is kind of hard to see but it’s this adorable print from Etsy.

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This rocking giraffe might be my favorite thing of all time. Hopefully the little dude thinks so too. The super-fluffy-most-awesome-rug-in-the-world is a close second.   I’m always tempted to take naps on the floor in there just because it’s the comfiest spot in the house.  The rug is from Costco but I haven’t been able to find any more like it.  Tragic.  I wish I would have gotten one for every room in the house.

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The mobile is my own creation and the tutorial can be found here. I also made the ruffled crib skirt using this tutorial and all-white muslin. And by “using this tutorial” I mean that I looked at the picture and made it up as I went along because I’m too lazy to follow actual instructions. I sew like I cook. It worked out. The best part is it covers the under-bed tubs where his extra clothes are stored.

So there you go! I tried to give links to most things people ask about but if I missed something, just ask!

the only three things i’ve accomplished today

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My to-do list for today is a mile long and involves things like laundry and homework. Baking and naps and movie-watching are not on it. So naturally, those are the only three things I’ve accomplished today.

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It’s beer-brewing day for Husband and I always try to have a little something sweet for he and his brew buddy to enjoy. Since I had already made berry cake this week, I wasn’t in the mood to get fancy but wanted to try something new. The boys’ favorite cookies are twix ones so I decided to take the same basic idea but with a twist.

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When Husband and Brew Buddy were left to their own devices last fall and wanted treats, I walked them through making chocolate shortbread via Skype but this way my first attempt at actually baking this recipe, not just directing through a computer screen. “Okay, more sugar.” “Less chocolate.” “That looks done, I think”

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I’ve started putting coarse salt on my chocolate chip cookies and Husband loves it so I figured I’d throw it in this time too. The men-folk gave these two thumbs up.

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salted caramel dark chocolate cookies

baker’s note: I’ve always been confused about cocoa. Dutch-Process? Unsweetened? Isn’t it just all chocolate? Apparently not. After a little research, I came across this simple explanation and when to use each kind. Just a little tidbit for you.
1 C butter, softened
1/2 C pure cane white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 2/3 C flour
1/3 C dark chocolate cocoa powder
Rolo candies, unwrapped
coarse salt (for sprinkling)

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together.
3. Gradually sift in salt, baking powder, flour, and cocoa and stir until dough forms. If you have the patience, now is an excellence time to refrigerate the dough. If you don’t, then carry on but know your cookies won’t hold their shape as well.  You can tell from the photos that I fall firmly in the latter category.
4. Take a little less than 1 Tbsp of dough and form it into a ball around a Rolo candy.
5. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle sparingly with coarse salt.
6. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until cookies begin to look dry.
7. Allow to cool and serve to someone who loves chocolate.

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all of the best ideas

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My mother-in-law has all of the best ideas. For starters, the epic berry cake was all her doing and now these scones.

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When she first said her new challenge for me was to make a lemon thyme scone, I was skeptical. Apparently, they’re quite a hit a Caribou Coffee but…Thyme? In a scone? With a sweet lemon glaze?

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I thought thyme was just something that you put on turkeys at Thanksgiving. Turns out I was wrong.

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She was right. They’re pretty darn good. Strange, but yummy.

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I ate one and wasn’t sure what I thought. So I ate another. I thought I liked it but wasn’t sure so I ate one more. Five scones later, I was hooked. Quite a phenomenon, this lemon-thyme blend. But I assure you, it totally works.

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lemon thyme scones

baker’s note: You’ll notice this recipe involves no eggs. Why? Because I forgot. Just plain old forgot to add one. I was very concerned about how they would turn out but baked them anyway and honestly, I like them just fine egg-less. But if you want to change your consistency a little, go ahead and toss one in between steps 3 and 4. (See-I told you I’m the worst baker ever!) I also added the lemon zest to the sugar and let it sit for about an hour in order to bring out more lemon flavor but I’m not sure how necessary it was.

scones:
2/3 C pure cane white sugar
zest of two lemons
1 C plain greek yogurt (sour cream would be fine, I just had yogurt on hand)
3 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme
1/2 C (1 stick) cold butter

glaze:
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
juice of two lemons
water, as needed

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In small bowl, whip together sugar, lemon zest, and yogurt. Set aside.
3. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and thyme. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until well-combined and dough is crumbly.
4. Gradually work in yogurt mixture until well incorporated and dough comes together.
5. Roll out dough until 3/4″ thick and slice into small triangles. Using a plastic knife is best because they don’t stick.
6. Place triangles on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until beginning to turn golden.
7. Allow to cool while you prepare glaze: just stir together lemon juice and powdered sugar. Add water as needed until desired consistency.
8. Dip cooled scones in glaze and allow to dry. It will take a couple of hours for them to dry completely, but my patience didn’t last that long.
9. Eat 5 and then tell me what you think.

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week thirty-eight

week 38

week thirty-eight

Another week closer!  Babysaurus now apparently weighs between 6 and 9 pounds and is between 18-20 inches.  Based on everyone’s predictions, he’s at the top end of that scale.  Probably fueled by too much chicken fried steak…

highlight of the week: the chiropractor is my new best friend and I’m not quite as miserable as I was last week.
things I miss the most about not being pregnant: not having strangers talk to me about personal things.  Apparently pregnant people are magnets for unwanted advice and opinions.
things I love the most about being pregnant: got to use the expectant mother’s parking spot at the mall.  Pretty sweet!
cravings: chocolate.  which is probably why I’ve gained 5 lbs this week
things that make me sick: laying down.
symptoms: mostly reflux and my feet are unrecognizable.  And a ton of contractions.  I get excited when they get closer together and then disappointed when they slow back down the next day.  Pick a plan and stick with it, Baby!
things I’m looking forward to: bringing home a baby!

week thirty-seven…?

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of my OB clinic and every appointment seems to get slightly more ridiculous. So much so that I leave every time wondering why I even bother. The good news is, the labor and delivery people at the hospital (and our doula) are awesome and I can’t wait to go into labor so they can take over. Anyway, here is this week’s gem:

Nurse: So you’re 36 weeks.
Me: 37 but I still feel like the date is wrong and I’m closer to 38.
Nurse: Since he still hasn’t dropped, you might even be more like 35.
Me: He dropped 2 weeks ago.
Nurse: Eh….let’s check….Holy cow, you’re right.
Me: I know.
Nurse: Wow, he is way down there.
Me: I know.
Nurse: It’s a good thing you haven’t had contractions.
Me: I have and am. I told the assistant that.
Nurse: Let’s measure. Well, he’s measuring 38 1/2 weeks.
Me: I know it’s not an exact science but he’s always measured closer to what I think my date is.
Nurse: Then where did this due date come from?
Me: No idea. They changed it somewhere in the middle for no reason I can think of.
Nurse: Me neither. I’m pretty sure you’re about to have a baby.
Me: I know.
Nurse: We base dates on the first ultrasound since that’s the most accurate.
Me: That due date was the 19th.
Nurse: Oh, I see that. I wonder why they changed it? Hmmmm….But we’ll keep your due date since it’s already in your file. So we’ll see you in 3 weeks. Tell the front desk I want to see you at 38 weeks.
Me: Which one? 3 weeks or at week 38?
Nurse: 38.

at the front desk:
Me: Hi. I need to schedule my 38 week appointment. So between the 11th and 18th.
Clerk: How about the 26th?
Me: I think the nurse wanted to see me during week 38.
Clerk: Oh, okay, so two weeks.
Me: Ummmm….I’m 37 now so it’d be more like 10 days.
Clerk: So the week of the 19th.
Me: That’s week 39. Is that okay?
Clerk: Oh ya. We just measure your blood pressure anyway. So the 26th?
Me: Do you have anything earlier?
Clerk: I guess the 20th.
Me: I’ll take it.

These people sure know their stuff. They’re all very nice and I’m sure just very busy, not actually unintelligent but I’m fairly sure that me and the Googler could provide better prenatal care. So pretty much I have no idea when we’re going to have a baby but I’m hoping it’s before the 20th. I don’t really feel like driving an hour to have my blood pressure checked. Babysaurus will get here when he wants to anyway. Which may be soon? Or a month from now. No idea.

week 37

week thirty-seven

We’ve made it to the end! Well, almost.  Feel free to come any day now, Babysaurus

highlight of the week: the nursery is done, the clothes are washed, the hospital snacks are packed! We’re ready to go!
things I miss the most about not being pregnant: shoes.  my pretty shoes that used to fit my feet.
things I love the most about being pregnant: i still love feeling him kick and move even at 3 o’clock in the morning.  I think I’m going to miss that.  But not enough to wish I were still preggo.  oh, and naps.  I love those.  Gets in the way of papers I’m supposed to be writing but it’s all good.
cravings: oreos and milkshakes.  but not oreo milkshakes.  I really don’t get it but it’s not helping my weight any.  I’m going to regret this when I’m trying to get back in shape.
things that make me sick: pretty much everything.  I did pregnancy backwards and now have nausea, heartburn, and the inability to keep all of my food in my stomach.
symptoms: all of them.  Biggest complaints are swelling, contractions, and reflux.
things I’m looking forward to: getting to dress the little dude up in all of his clothes.  I hope he doesn’t grow too fast so he has a chance to wear them all!

baby mobile

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I found this gorgeous mobile for Babysaurus’ room on Etsy and immediately wanted it. However, my crafty self (haha) decided I could make my own for cheaper. Why do I always get myself into these situations? After a trip to the crafty store, I sat down to commence my project only to have Husband interrupt me to say that small humans under six months like plain black and white shapes better. Something about them focusing. I don’t know, he read the baby books, not me. But not wanting to knock myself of the mother of the year race already, I changed tactics. Simple black and white shapes it is! Secretly, this is a relief because I was probably way in over my head to begin with and a should undertake projects in baby steps. No pun intended.

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This was probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. Thank goodness because I don’t even have enough energy to make it through a whole meal without a nap. All you need is plain felt (which is about $1 at the fabric store), embroidery thread, a needle (the embroidery kind there too), fluffy stuffing, and a frame hangy thing ($10), and bracket ($5). I got my frame here and absolutely love it. Maybe Babysaurus will too. Lightweight and easy to change out the shapes for when he can focus better and get more intricate shapes that I will lovingly and expertly craft. Haha. Who am I kidding? I’m never going to get around to that. But I digress.

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I wanted these to be double-sided so cut the same shapes out of black and white felt and the fluffy stuff to fill it. Using a blanket stitch, I sewed all three layers together. It looks a lot harder than it really is. The whole sewing part took about an hour and an excellent tutorial can be found here if you don’t know how to do the stitch.

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The wire frame already had clips so I just added a little loop to the top of each shape and clipped it in. Instead of hanging it from the ceiling, (which would totally work) I picked up a bracket that was meant for a hanging plant ($5) at the hardware store and sweet talked Husband into hanging it for me. Viola! Baby mobile for $20 that meets all of the baby book qualifications. Go ahead and order my MOTY (that stands for mother of the year-I just learned that yesterday) trophy now. Seriously. Do it quickly before I actually have a baby and mess something up.

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and then there were three (part two)

Hello!

I’ve had several requests for my files for the invitations from the baby-book-shower-extravaganza but alas, those were lost in the great computer crash of November 2012. As a hopeful substitute, I’ve scanned in the one remaining hard copy and am hoping you’ll be able to piece it together yourselves. If you would like for me to design invites and such for you, I’d be happy to do so, as well. Please contact me at chuckandwelly@gmail.com and we’ll make it happen.

I used Microsoft Word for everything because that’s the extent of my computer knowledge and even that is stretching it. There are probably some kind of copyright laws I’ve violated but considering I’m not making any money, I hope I’ll be forgiven. Clicking on each link should take to straight to the exact products I used. Follow along as best you can and feel free to ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Here goes:

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A. This is what the invitation looked like all assembled. I ordered these library card pockets from Amazon and the clear tiny envelopes are from Paper Source. I attached the clear envelope to the front and it held a little foldover card (approx business-card size) containing all of the pertinent details. The other parts to the invitation were slipped down in the library card pocket, which conveniently fit perfectly in the envelope. Bam!

B. All of the invite innards. I’m probably using innards out of context but it’s fun to say so go with it.

C. We asked everyone to bring a book to start Baby Hunter’s library. Larger version below.

D. The envelopes are from Paper Source (have I mentioned it’s my favorite store?!). I ordered a pack of each color so I could mix and match. I’m pretty much obsessed with anything they make so you can’t go wrong. They also sell these envelope liner template kits which I highly recommend everyone own. I had one from when I made our wedding invitations and it has really come in handy. It’s basically a piece of plastic to use as a template with your choice of paper. Not necessarily rocket surgery but the $13 takes out all of the guesswork and otherwise wasted time and paper while you figure it out on your own. And the simplicity makes it a perfect husband task. For the baby shower invites, I ordered an old Winnie The Pooh book from Amazon for about $.50 and used the pages to make liners. It hurt my heart to tear up a book, but it was totally worth it because these were adorable. Okay, enough about that.

E. The inside and out of the tiny foldover card I was telling you about in picture A.

F. Envelopes all addressed and ready to go! Turns out the post office is not very picky about how you address things and they’ll deliver your stuff even if you write at an angle all across the front. They’re nice people. I left cookies in my mailbox the next day as a thank-you.

AHere is the outside of the tiny card that lives in the clear envelope. I scanned in Eeyore’s picture from the old Pooh book and just cut and pasted into a text box in Word.

BThe inside of the afore-mentioned tiny card. You can see the fold line in the middle there. The pictures are also scans from Pooh, and using my computer genius, I copied and pasted them into Word. The fonts are from this awesome website.

DThe fun library card that was the focal point of the whole deal. I made a table in Word (again, it’s the only program I know how to use) and just made it blue and then put text in places with text boxes. And because I wanted it to look authentic, I bought a date stamp from the office supply store and hand stamped all of the dates in red ink. The total size of the card is approx 3X5 and it’s printed on paper I ordered from….(three guesses…) Paper Source.

EThis insert was also stuffed into the library card pocket and explained that we wanted lots and lots of books for Baby Hunter. I googled “Cat in the Hat” and found this image and typed some things over it using my trusty Microsoft Word and a text box.

CAnd the registry information. Again, Googling “Curious George” netted me the image and I typed around it. On a side note, if you need a baby registry, I totally recommend http://www.babyli.st You can put anything from any site (even Etsy!) on one registry rather than having separate ones at every store. They totally need to make that for Christmas list purposes as well.

Again, sincere apologies for losing the files. I was pretty upset about it too. If worse comes to worse, you can maybe just save these images and type your own stuff over the top? Obviously, I have no idea how computers work. Good luck!