Babies + Burgers

March 3, 2012

That Pumpkin hung around on the porch all morning – even took a nap in our chairs!! Good for Pumpkin, bad for allergic husband.



Mid-morning I set out to the Cville Birth Expo to gather information about local resources.


I met my friend Holly there with Baby Finn, and also ran into Lynsie from Body Pump – who is I think 39 weeks and hanging in there!


I got a lot of good information on pre-natal yoga offerings, doulas, cloth diapers and even baby sign language [which is a long time away, but so cool!]


After the expo, Holly and I met Hillary and her friend visiting, Emily, for lunch.


We had a lovely ladies lunch out on the patio of Bizou.


I ended up ordering the burger


And I was pleasantly surprised to find a reasonably sized burger, a satisfying portion of fries and a good-sized salad on the side! So interesting that I didn’t want to order a salad for lunch, but once put in front of me it tasted good. Matt was right! The fries tasted great as well.


After lunch Holly and I went to Petit Bebe, a neat maternity store on the downtown mall, to check out strollers and things. She is such a great resource to talk to! I learned all about her Uppababy stroller and love its versatility and giant under-basket!


I don’t know if it’s too soon to start thinking about strollers, diaper bags, cribs and the like, but I sure am excited about them already.

Hoping to go for a workout walk later this afternoon – it’s so pretty outside!

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1 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Baby expo- whoa! I’ve never heard of such a thing! What a great idea- and very helpful I’m sure!
And I don’t think it’s too early to think about any of those things- go for it! It’s not like you’re going to run out of stuff that you need/want to get by the time the baby is born.


2 Cm @ Lazy Healthy March 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Looks like Pumpkin needs a can of tuna.


3 Marci March 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

All of the baby gear is very overwhelming. Take them one at a time for research, sit on your decision a while, and then once you decide, be done and move on! Poll friends and all that, but then make your own decision!


4 natasha e March 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

It’s NEVER too soon! I have a Peg Perego stroller that I love for everyday use as well as a jogging stroller to use at the park or non-paved terrain.

And baby sign language rocks! My 16 month old can combine 3 signs to communicate “more cheese please.”. It is so helpful in her being able to communicate her wants and needs. She is also in speech therapy three times a week due to multiple ear infections that resulted in bilateral PE tubes. Since she couldn’t hear correctly for months, she stored words wrong as she was aquiring language. So for words like “trash” she says “tra,” etc. Needless to say, sign language has come in very handy and from what I unserstand the area of the brain used for sign language is also the area that develops language so hopefully all this will go towards spoken language soon.


5 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love that there is a sign for please :)


6 Erin March 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

My son always signs “please” even though he can now say it. :)


7 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot March 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Oh baby things! Such little creatures but they sure need a lot of items 😉


8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm

sounds like a baby-filled afternoon! I hope you found some great stuff at the expo!


9 Tami March 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Baby signs is great, my kids are 8 + 6 and they still use some of the signs every now and then. Please help more eat drink thank you and potty were our go to signs that we taught them


10 Morgan March 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I don’t think it’s ever to early to think about those things! I am not even trying to conceive and still have fun reading baby blogs, looking at baby stuff, and thinking about when the time comes what I will do with baby…but maybe I’m more into babies than most?!


11 Katie March 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I think a jogging stroller was our first baby gift when I was about 12 weeks – definitely not too early. I couldn’t live without it! Happy weekend, Kath.


12 Ashley March 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Baby sign is amazing. Check out Signing Times, it’s a great resource.

Also, I know you walk a lot, obviously, but I NEVER used a stroller. I bought a super expensive Phil and Ted ( when my second child was born and it was such a waste. My maya wrap ( was all I ever needed. With my first, I traveled long distance every three weeks (New York to Utah and back) and after the first trip through security with the stroller, I never did that again. I’m sure you’ll get exactly what you need, but don’t feel pressured to buy all the ‘stuff’ because a lot of it you don’t need.

I had my babies at home with a midwife, nursed them exclusively, co slept, signed, EC’d, cloth diapered when necessary and used slings – it was a pretty amazing journey and I wish you and Matt all the best on yours.


13 lynn @ the actor's diet March 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

it’s gorgeous here too now – sorry you missed the glorious weather!


14 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I don’t ususally order a burger…but your burger looks amazing! I think I am always turned off by the bun…however, that bun looks perfect!


15 bethany March 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

You got a photo of a Boba Carrier!! How cool :) lol I work for Boba so that made me happy!


16 Emily March 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

a restaurant with decent portion sizes??? thats one in a MILLION these days…lucky you found one :)


17 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

What a fun baby expo! Who knew so many local resources exist? I hope my community is as involved and active as yours when I need a baby expo, some day.. 😉


18 susan March 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Just found your blog again after not having checked it out for a few months! Congratulations on your soon-to-be baby!
We have the Uppababy Vista and love it! So light and easy to get around, plus the bassinette is great for the beginning, when it’s better for the little ones to lie flat, rather than in car seats.
I’ve now seen it on sale on for something like $499, which is an awesome deal! I think we paid around $700 for it (Canadian dollars, though…).
I would love to go to a baby expo, too! I have to see if they have something like that in our area!


19 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

$499 is a great deal! My store matches online prices, so I will definitely shop around first :)


20 Elizabeth March 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I adore how excited you are! And I am loving Baby Kerf as well! I am in no way ready or interested in having a child yet, but I am enthralled with all of the information you’re talking about in each post. Thank You for being so candid! :)


21 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm
22 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

It must be exciting to think about buying thing for the baby. That burger looks so great!


23 Amy March 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

wear that baby in a carrier and then by a maclaren when they are a little older. Free the baby from the bucket!!


24 Lollie March 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

OMG totally agree. We used a Didymos from the time #2 was about 30 minutes old and he’s been back wrapped or belly wrapped since! He’s 2.5 and we’ve traveled a ton (Sweden, Morocco, Germany, Italy, NYC, etc.) and thank goodness all we ever brought with us were Didymos wraps. It made life so easy. I am so thankful for where I learned tons of wrapping tips.


25 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for the site recommendation!


26 Cait's Plate March 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

That burger and those fries look SO delicious! And Emily (? I think that’s who I’m trying to get at, the girl at the right on the photo) looks like she could be a Younger sister!)


27 Macrae March 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Just wanted to let you know that a baker from Great Harvest Bread just got selected in the show the Voice! Christina picked him! Just thought you might be interested and you could pull for him :)
Oh, his name is Lee Koch from CA.


28 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Oh wow!! I just saw him in concert when I was in Temecula last week!


29 Macrae March 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

Fun! He must have had to keep it all a secret since the show hadn’t aired. Hope he does well!


30 Mom March 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Ha! Wait till Dad hears he is going to have to learn baby signs. Sign me up though–I’m ready!


31 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Definitely in salad mode today!!


32 Tracy March 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Baby sign language is fantastic! Helps them to communicate without frustration. I’m convinced it really helped my son developmentally. You’re going to be great parents!


33 Lisa @ The Splattered Apron March 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

We have the UppaBaby Vista and LOVE it! Especially for the bassinett that comes with it for use up to 3 months. I would highly recommend it!!


34 KathEats March 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Another good review! Thanks!


35 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Baby sign language is so cool! A friend of mine taught her daughter just a few words, and even that is so cool to see her do!


36 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I love reading all of your posts. Your life seems so happy and full of events and visiting with friends. I love seeing that :)


37 j3nn March 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Buying baby stuff is so wild! Makes you wish these things existed when we were babies.


38 Liz March 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I highly recommend spending the time to give cloth diapers a chance. I use the organic Flip system by Cotton Babies with my five month old, and I’m loving it! Also, baby wearing makes strolls through parks and crowded places alike more pleasant. ( Added bonus, the weight of baby helps burn calories, I understand!)


39 Angel7 March 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Do you think you will use cloth diapers on the baby? It seems like a lot of work, but better for a baby.


40 KathEats March 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

Yes, that’s the plan


41 Mary March 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I have a 4 week old and we use the uppababy. I am in LOVE (with baby and with stroller)!

Just a tip…the 2012 model is $700. We got the 2011 model (which is nearly identical) for under $400. Try to get an older model to save money on the more expensive strollers!


42 KathEats March 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

Great advice. I might be able to get the 2011 floor model from my store too – that would save a ton but I’d have to act fast!


43 Khushboo March 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

Baby sign sounds so cool!


44 Sarah B. March 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

Keep your receipts on everything you buy baby! We didn’t open a ton until my son was born and we knew we were going to use the stuff. I had all this stuff that I thought I would use and never did – if I didn’t use it, I just took it back. So glad I didn’t open all the stuff!


45 Kelly March 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

LOVE our UPPABaby Vista! Its seriously the best stroller on the market (in my opinion). We have gotten several friends hooked on it. They are made locally to me, just south of Boston, so we were able to go straight to the factory and get it for almost half price!


46 KathEats March 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

Glad to hear it’s a good one. Saves me tons of research time to have 4 friends with great reviews


47 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

It’s never too early to look into what your choices will be. Research is good.


48 Lauri March 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

We went with the BOB revolution stroller, mostly because I wanted something I could use as an ‘everyday stroller’ and a ‘jogging’ stroller without having to buy TWO separate ones. I also love the look of 3 wheeled strollers for some reason… We plan to use the Baby Trend Snap N Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Stroller with our Chicco Keyfit 30 carrier for the first few months and the ERGO baby carrier ( Go to the thrift store and purchase an old playpen, stroller, crib, etc (I paid less than $5 bucks for my items) and then trade it in at Babies R Us for a 25% off one item coupon. We saved $50 bucks on the chicco keyfit30 car seat this way!!

Happy Shopping!


49 Mandie March 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Seriously $500 for a stroller? I could find an old car for that price…..


50 Melanie P March 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Love love love our Uppababy. Especially as much walking as you do! I’m due 7/31 and will be getting my Uppababy retrofitted for a rumble seat (I have the 2008 model which doesnt automatically fit a rumbleseat. I bought it from another mama for $200 with a brand new bassinet – wahoo!!). Anyway love following the BERF since I’m pregnant again and wanted to throw my two cents in about the awesome Uppababy.


51 KathEats March 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

We’re due the same day!


52 Katie March 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

It’s definitely not to early, research and buy while you have the time and energy. While it’s fun to do all the final preparation and organizing, it was much easier to do things like shop, carry, assemble, paint while in the first two trimesters than the last. Have fun getting ready for the baby! We were very happy that we invested in a quality double jogging stroller and Britax car seats that our kids (5 and 6) are still able to use.


53 Deirdre @ Oh Well March 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I have the UppaBaby and LOVE it. The bassinet is great and if you get a wooden stand (search Amazon for a cheaper off brand) it works great for a napping spot in the living room.


54 Henri October 16, 2013 at 1:07 am

Can you tell me what was done to retrofit your uppababy vista? I am thinking about it for my 2007 so I can get the rumble seat.


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