Friday, November 7, 2014

A Review: Lifetouch School Pictures - Do Yourself a Favor and Just Say "No"

Nothing like spending your afternoon on the phone with a "customer service" rep.  Here is the complaint that I just sent off to Lifetouch...no doubt no one will ever see it as they don't seem to understand how the internet works.  Perhaps they should have hired better programmers.  Or they could have at least consulted with the inventor of the internet himself - Al Gore.

On September 1, 2014 I ordered pictures prior to my son's picture day through your website (order #...) and our credit card was charged the same day.  When we received his pictures we decided we would opt for the re-take.  On re-take day we turned in the original products we ordered (a CD and one sheet of wallets) and he had his picture re-taken.  Just today we received the new proof, but none of the products we ordered.  We also noticed that his last name (Eichenberger) was now misspelled as two words - Eichen Berger.

My husband spent quite a bit of time on the phone with one of your representatives attempting to remedy the situation as apparently there was zero record of our order anywhere in your system (despite our order number and email confirmation).  We were also asked which photo we would like on our CD and when we requested that whatever the original request was in the first order be chosen for this IDENTICAL order, we were told again that they didn't know what had been chosen because apparently anything done on the Lifetouch website just disappears into oblivion.

We then attempted to get the last name corrected and were told that it would have to remain incorrect as there was no way for them to fix the last name at this point.  This was obviously an issue as we chose to have our son's name printed on the wallets, and surprisingly we didn't want the incorrect last name printed on these photos.  This entire process has been utterly ridiculous and although there is no way Lifetouch even cares as they already have the entire market on public school photos, we wanted to let you know that this experience was certainly NOT worth our $36.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Fourth Pregnancy - Blah. Over it. (Warning: Lots of Complaining Ahead)

This fourth pregnancy started out like all the rest...filled with copious amounts of morning sickness and some seriously awesome weight gain.  Then three weeks ago tomorrow I started coming down with what I thought was a common cold...only what I didn't realize was that it would last forever at least three weeks (and counting).  In that length of time I have been to countless doctors and nurse practitioners, who of course all agree: this is just a virus, it will pass.

That's cool.  But I'm still waiting.  And not waiting patiently.  I am on my second week of having zero physical activity as I literally can't even walk from the parking lot to my barre studio (lame, I know).  And because I needed to spice up our sleepy (ha) schedule, I decided to fall on my abdomen last Wednesday and then was rushed to L&D for observation...with all three children in tow.  It was here that more bloodwork revealed that my anemia (which I consistently have throughout every pregnancy) has gotten quite a bit worse - YAY!  That and I officially have an "irritable uterus" - sounds vague and weird.

I *thought* it would be too weird to go through 4 pregnancies with zero complications, and so at every turn I waited for the shoe to drop.  Even through this unknown illness, the fall, and the anemia, I knew that I could still be WAY worse off.  Then came the glucose tolerance test.  Bahahaha.  Despite three prior pregnancies with glucose levels not even close to the cutoff, zero family history of both type 1 and 2 diabetes, and a BMI below 30, I officially have gestational diabetes.  Laughable, I know.

My first official appointment with the endocrinologist/nurse/nutritionist GD team at Vandy is this Friday morning and supposedly takes THREE HOURS.  I'm also looking at weekly appointments with them from here on out...plus the monitoring...plus the low carb diet (which sadly our entire family is now subjected to).  I'm trying to be thankful for all of the other possible pregnancy complications that (so far) we don't have, but it is difficult not throwing a pity party for one knowing that this diagnosis will affect our Thanksgiving plans (no travel) and potentially the birth of our child (increased pre-eclampsia risk if the diabetes can't be controlled plus an increased risk of c/s given that now there will most assuredly be an induction that may fail if they are concerned about size of the baby).

I'm trying to trust in the Lord's plan as it is ALWAYS better than my own.

Stay tuned for more riveting pregnancy tales...



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Loving ABC Kids Expo Right Now - An Update to My Baby Gear Wishlist

I'd like to give a big shoutout to Holly Schultz at BabyGizmo as well as the folks at PishPoshBaby for giving us some AWESOME sneak peeks at some of the amazing new products at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas this week.  My instagram feed is literally blowing up with awesomeness (read: I'm anticipating that my checking account is going to take a severe hit after this week).  Here are a few of my most favorite things...

Doona Infant Car Seat



Nuna Wind

Bugaboo Stand


Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock (HEY - no judging here.  When you have 4 kids 5 and under, something's gotta give...and most likely it is going to be child #4 in this contraption with children #2 & #3 "driving" the massive tractor-trailer-esque car grocery cart...Cole is on his own)

Fisher Price Newborn Auto Rock 'n Play


Siliskin Sippy Cup Top

Although not released at the expo, I'm also thinking I may look into this one since we have a long line of babies who crave background noise...

Baby Shusher

And I couldn't leave this post without mentioning the INCREDIBLE awesomeness that my two favorite brands have come up with...meet the Orbit Baby 02 All Terrain & Jogging Stroller and the Bugaboo Runner!



It saddens me that this will be the first time that I haven't purchased Orbit's newest, latest and greatest product, but if you know me you know that the only running or "jogging" I do is when a masked man is running behind me.

We probably won't be buying any car seats aside from the Doona for next year, but when the Orbit toddler car seat expires, I will probably replace with one of the new Britax Clicktight car seats...check it out!



And because I can't stop...I'm still considering this one - I mean who DOESN'T need a stroller that fits in the overhead bin??


Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby Names...At a Total Loss

I honestly *love* baby names...well...right up until I deliver.  At that point it becomes a race to actually DECIDE on one...permanently.  Although many (maybe most) consider it "taboo" to reveal possible names, Jake and I have always been pretty transparent about what we have considered when it comes to naming each of our kids.  Right now we have a ton that we are mulling over, including but not limited to the following:

Boys

*Lauren
*Callaghan
*Porter
*Theodore
*Finn

Girls
*Zella
*Liesl
*Gisele
*Minnie*Greta*Violet

I would really like to get this narrowed down to maybe three names per gender over the next few weeks, but knowing me, we will end up heading to the hospital with an even longer list of possibilities.  And we haven't even given a second thought to middle names...meh...perhaps they are overrated anyway.