Rookie USA is Now Open!! #RookieUSA #Cbias #NYC

You may recall a previous post I had shared with you guys about #RookieUSA and their great gear for your rookie..well the store had it's grand opening recently, so my family and I had to go check it out!  Located in a great neighborhood accompanied by other great shops at 808 Columbus Avenue, New York, it was a quick 15 minute drive away from our home.  Without a shopping plan in mind, we headed out in excitement...
Doors were wide open with the "Grand Opening" sign along with someone standing by with balloons right across the way.  I was unable to get a good image of the front for you guys because of huge trees that are right in front of the store making it hard for me to, but I promise it was great! :P  You can find more images from our shopping trip on Google +.
On our way to the store, my son and I talked about what he may want to purchase from Rookie USA, he insisted he needed new sneakers.  He has been complaining that every shoe he had was too small for him just that week, so the timing was perfect.  Initially I was thinking hooded sweat shirts, cotton tees, sweat pants, but he wanted new sneakers.  When we finally arrived, I was delighted by the inviting atmosphere; lots of friendly sales people.  My son ran in there like it was a playground, surprisingly excited about clothes.  He let me shop around, and wanted to keep shopping even when my husband and I decided we were done.  Luckily, they had tons and tons of choices for footwear for my son!
It was fun to walk around and look at the neatly displayed merchandise, along with the mannequins my son couldn't get enough of.  He kept standing by them, pretending to be one.
If you follow Rookie USA on twitter or facebook, you have already seen great pictures of the awesome sneaker chandelier that I was able to see in person!  And if you aren't following, get to it so you don't miss out, they update often and will keep you "in the know."  
A store that I could let my son could pick out anything, and I'm sure it'll be great!  Brands like Levis, Converse, Jordan, can't go wrong.  He was all over the place browsing with me, even pointing out girls items for his little sister due in November! ♥  Overall great feel to the store which had cool fitting rooms marked as "locker rooms," tons of selection for casual and sports wear for girls and boys.  Totally unique in itself for being geared for children, but yet very pleasant for both parents and kids to shop.          
My son chose his favorite pair of sneakers from this wide selection of infant/toddler footwear, and it worked out! 
He wanted to put on his new Jordan's right away after checking out...  We'll be heading back soon I'm sure, so I of course recommend that you go check it out! 

*I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Rookie USA #CBias #SocialFabric

I Love It When You Kick Me... Third Trimester!

Her little toes at 19weeks...
These little feet have been kicking nonstop. 
I felt pregnant, I was pregnant, every test said so, every professional said so.  I looked down rubbed my baby-less tummy and gave it love, then a few months later found out the truth.  The completely unexpected truth that it was an abnormal pregnancy.

Trying to move on from that has proven more difficult then I thought.  Whole half of this pregnancy has been in half denial, counting the days to pass hoping nothing goes wrong.  But now I can say after tons of baby kicking and twirling I feel so much for this little girl inside my belly bump- I'm healing.  Every once in a while, I still turn around and say to my husband "we are really having a baby!" he gets why I say that, why it's such a big deal.  I can say I'll be all better when I share my baby's birth story with you all. :)      

I'm well into my third trimester now and couldn't be happier!  I have spent the past few weeks turning my home upside down, trying to feel ready for baby.  I don't feel ready, and I'm slightly freaking out a bit.  :P  It took for someone to point out to me how close my due date really is, I have only 2 months and a half until baby arrives..that is a whole lot closer than just saying "I'm in due in November."  Thanks to the many ultrasounds I got to see my baby girl, and the many appointments I got to hear my baby's heartbeat that kept me going.

My little girl kicks and twirls so much, sometimes I wonder if she ever sleeps, and makes me smile even brighter to think of a little active little girl in a few months.  My son has been so great, totally welcoming baby, always including her when he speaks of our family-already!  It's amazing how ready he seems to be to be a big brother!  He kisses the belly saying "good morning baby" and "good night baby" every day.  He even takes time during the day at times to hug his mommy and baby.  He speaks of how he will sing to her, and play with her.  I am in full joy because of him.

As for symptoms, I can't complain.  As long as baby and I are healthy, I can deal with symptoms.  I've had horrible heartburn, my legs get those painful cramps at night, my feet and legs swell up every night, my back hurts, I could always use more sleep, and so on but again no complaints! :)

But you can count on me saying "I love when you kick me" to my little girl in the meantime, until I can hold her in my arms.

Only thing left now is to really get ready for our baby girl.  I haven't shopped for her yet, and it's time to start getting ready, her due date will be here sooner than later.