Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

It's been such a long week and I'm exhausted, so I'll keep it short and sweet today. 

Jenna Bush Hager retweeted me this morning regarding her question of  "How long [of maternity leave] did you take?" You can see my response below. 

When this baby is born, I will literally be 30 days away from qualifying and receiving FMLA. Therefore, I will only receive 6-8 weeks of medical leave {depending on how he's born} and my pay will be docked during that time since I have to use hardship days. I also will have to use all of my accrued vacation days. I realize this is complete lack of planning on our part, but it just makes me sad how little time I'll have with this sweet baby. Thankfully, my mom and mother-in-law have offered to watch him and do whatever is necessary when I go back to work, and for that I couldn't be more thankful. 

However, going back to Jenna Bush Hager, she had a very interesting segment on the Today Show this morning about maternity leave that you can watch here. One thing that stuck out to me was that the United States' maternity leave was one of the worst in the world and equal to underdeveloped countries like Liberia and Papua New Guinea. How crazy is that?! 

I may or may not have ordered my Christmas cards on Wednesday. Sarah at Brown Paper Studios is amazing and has done our Christmas cards and designed some shower invitations for me in the past. Go check her out


I have never been to the State Fair of Texas and I have lived here all my life. Crazy, right!? I told Brandon I am just dying to go, so I think we'll be making an appearance in the next few weeks. I can't wait for Fletcher's corn dogs, funnel cake and lots of horrible {yet yummy} fair food. 

I am on the hunt for a pouf for the baby's room and can't find one anywhere that isn't atrocious in price. The cheapest one I've found {below} is $99 from The Land of Nod. However, I need one that's either a really soft baby blue or a taupe. If you know where I can find one of these, please let me know! 

Have any of you done a "Sip-and-See" as opposed to a baby shower? I am having a baby shower in Dallas, but my best friend {Hi, Lindsey!} brought the idea of a Sip and See up to me. I am really debating this versus a regular baby shower and would love some insight from y'all! I am such a Prepared Polly that the thought of not having what we need for him beforehand kind of gives me anxiety. And, do people bring more clothes as gifts to a Sip and See as opposed to a baby shower? I'm totally just curious and would love your opinions!!! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 



  1. I had a Sip-and-See with Maggie and really enjoyed it. We were living in El Paso while I was pregnant with her so my first trip home was after she was born (which was why we did a Sip-and-See vs a traditional shower) but I loved it! It was so much fun to have her there and everyone really celebrate HER, if that makes sense. Regarding clothes, I still got most of what was on my registry and not clothes or diapers so I don't think that had an effect on that at all. Hope that helps!

  2. I do think maternity leave in the US is ridiculous. We have to use all of our pto before we can get 6 paid weeks which means if baby gets sick after leave you can't call out of work!

    I have only heard of sip and see as more of a party rather than a shower. You should do both! Then you can have the gifts before he comes and just have the sip and see without gifts but celebrating his new life. Just my thoughts..

  3. How have you never been to the FAIR?! Did you never join any of the WS days at the Fair? I happen to be back in town next weekend for family time, but am happy that it coincides with Fair Season :-)

  4. hurts my heart to hear you have never been to the FAIR?! I literally have been labeled by my friends as a fair nut. It's amazing. Hope you can go!

    ps. world market has a charcoal pouf for $70


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