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my baby must-haves…

I was thinking about this post all day at work yesterday, but I got swallowed up in a book after baby g went to sleep… I apologize for the delay. he he.

first off, there will be nothing about cloth diapers in this post… they are a major must-have for me, but they deserve their own post… so, be on the lookout … ::big grin::

now, on with the show. we were baby geared up to our elbows when g was born. things bought, things gifted, AND things won! I thought we were the most prepared people on the planet… but it really is true what they say, you won’t know what you really need until baby g gets here…

and number one on my list is just that, something I had NO idea I would want/need/dream about… but it’s been really handy… and every new mom I meet I tell them they MUST get one… it’s going to be part of my baby shower basket from now until the end of time…

1: nosefrida nasal aspirator… when g and I flew to ca when he was 2 months old we both got super sick… thank god I had this little piece of heaven with me to suck the snot out of his nose… it puts the old school bulbs to shame! it’s definitely something I would spend the money on all over again… to me, it’s worth twice its weight in gold!

(nosefrida can be found everywhere… I got mine at jillians drawers.)

2: rectal thermometer… on the same trip I was super paranoid g had a fever… my peed had told me they would hospitalize him if he did indeed have one… and that a rectal thermometer was the most accurate for his age… poor guy, I was sticking this thing in his bum with nearly every diaper change… and let me tell you…. it did wonders for my peace of mind.

(vick’s rectal thermometer… amazon.)

3: humidifier… sensing a theme here? g was so stuffed up and wheezy… you can’t give them drugs at that age so this was the only thing I had up my sleeve… if it wasn’t a ohsonotcuddly inanimate object, I would hug it so tightly it wouldn’t be able to breathe. these things are a gift from god.

(vick’s warm mist humidifier… amazon.)

4: swing… finally she’s veering off into the fun stuff. we were given a swing from a co-worker of mine (love you J, btw!) at my last shower. I don’t know what we would have done without the thing. g is not huge on pacifiers… I swear this thing was the only thing (besides mama of course) that was able to soothe him during the times he was dealing with the dairy sensitivity. he would rock and listen to the music and after hours of crying nonstop… he would finally drift to sleep. it’s my favorite piece of “gear” by far… and he’s beginning to grow out of it… it’s making me a little sad inside.

(fisher price my little lamb swing… babies r us.)

5: bib… don’t ever underestimate the power of a good bib. when I was pregnant, we didn’t buy any bibs… because in my head, you didn’t need them until baby was eating solid foods and getting mess all over himself. I could not have been more wrong. my kid is a champion spitter and without bibs I would be doing TEN TIMES as much laundry. they have saved my sanity a time or two. although, they can be a tad frustrating in the laundry… do they have to stick to everything?

(I LOVE these chenille bibs… especially in this vintage alphabet print… the red pistachio on etsy.)

6: a stroller you can handle… this sounds redonkulous, right? you can handle any stroller… well, that’s what I thought, too… I HATE my stroller that came with my travel system. it’s gigantic, bulky, heavy… and hard to maneuver… when I got home from my first shopping experience alone with grayson, I felt as though I had just run a freaking marathon. RESEARCH YOUR STROLLER. and once you have it home, before baby comes… try taking it out of the trunk and unfolding it a few times… and putting. it. back… I will never forget the embarrassment I felt when I was in the babies r us parking lot, five weeks post baby… fighting with the stroller, trying to get it back in the trunk. never. again. I am so thankful that my aunt bought us a cutie stroller… that I use all the time… if I could go back, though… I would go for a more expensive, lighter weight travel system… (I drool over the orbit ALL THE TIME.)

(my dream stroller… the orbit… I don’t know where to get it… because I only have one in my dreams…)

7: a car seat you trust… this is a big deal. your kiddo’s life is involved with this one. I researched like crazy and ended up getting the one with the best safety ratings… it’s boring and predictable… but I had to include this, because, well… it’s definitely a “must-have”…

(chicco keyfit 30 car seat in romantic… got it a while back on diapers.com.)

8: a diaper bag you don’t mind carrying around… I was picky about my diaper bag… and I’ll tell you why… I have to carry it EVERYWHERE. I don’t want to be uncomfortable and I don’t want to be ashamed of the thing… I LOVE my diaper bag so much I got a matching wallet and I don’t carry a purse anymore… when I’m not taking g with me… I just tote my wallet and phone around. it’s rad. it’s easy. I’m happy I was picky.

(ju ju be packabe in cherry lemonade… most adorable bag ever… found in sacramento, ca at a little baby boutique, goore’s… but I’ve seen it on amazon, too.)

9: a monitor that does not suck… my first monitor sucked. hardcore. it was static-y… too loud… and when it wasn’t static-y or too loud… it was dead. I finally found one I like… and it’s got two receivers (a must-have if you have a two-story)… it’s a tad too quiet, but I’ll take that over too loud, anyday.

(graco digital direct connect monitor… I’ve got one with two parent units… babies r us.)

10: an organized changing station… before g was born we decided we weren’t going to buy a changing table. his room is relatively small… so I thought I’d rather him have more drawers (i.e. dresser) then a changing table considering I can just change him on the bed, in his crib… blah, blah, blah…. this sucked… and I quickly realized I seriously wanted a changing table. now that I have one… I can’t believe I ever thought I wouldn’t want/need one… I’m a dummie head sometimes – now, though… very neat, tidy… and I always know where my stuff is!!!

(stokke changing table… which I LOVE… got at jillian’s drawers on sale!)

Honorable mentions: comfortable glider (my craigslist find glider used to be awesome but now I wish I had gotten one of the plush recliner esque ones…) boppy pillow (I didn’t like this thing at first, but now that he’s bigger and HEAVIER… this thing is very helpful…) grandma el’s diaper cream (this stuff is the bomb. and it smells like strawberries)… under the head sheet saver thingys for the crib (I don’t remember exactly what these are called but they attach to both sides of the crib and keep the sheet clean from his spittle.) laundry basket (pretty obvious why these are necessary…) playmat (just a regular ole’ playmat with hanging toys… he ADORES this thing… so does mama…) mobile that’s not annoying (this thing rocks my world) and last but not least, turtle night light star thingy (without this, I would have to turn on the light! that’s no bueno!)

so… I’m sure I could go on for even longer… but I’ll spare you. I hope this helps some mama-to-be out there that is maybe as clueless as I was! toodloo for now!

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thankies… and etsy yummies…

as we all know, today is the stuff your face, watch the parade, laugh with family awesomeness we refer to as thanksgiving… for john and I it’s been a couple of lonely years on thanksgiving. the first couple of years spent in connecticut we had our feast alone. last year it was kind of awesome, because I decided to take it upon myself and make our meal… (thanks, martha!) considering I’ve not really cooked much in my life (last year was when I decided to teach myself…), it turned out pretty friggin’ fabulous… but I digress… fast forward one year, to now. we. are. a family. how thankful am I for that? um, pretty dang thankful.

god is good. that’s all I have to say about that.

this last year has given me a HUGE amount of reasons to be thankful… and here are just a few (don’t want to keep you here for days, do I?). my completely awesome husband who I’m so lucky to be married to. he’s also becoming such an incredible daddy. I’m really proud of him. (especially because he said he never saw himself having kids. but then he married me… that’s what he gets! hehe) GRAYSON. from the second I got pregnant with him I loved him. which is lucky considering I had a miserable pregnancy. it kept me going. thank god for that. our amazing family. I’ve been extremely blessed with incredible in-laws as well. both my MIL (and family) and my FIL (and family) are all uhmazing… and I’m so happy grayson is going to have four sets of fabulous grandparents and two loving aunts. he’s a lucky kid. I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to grow up with all of my grandparents and my great-grandparents. granny, (great-grandma, most uhmazing woman ever, who I adore) gave us a scare this past year. (she’s 91, fyi.) she’s doing better now… but it scared me and for a second there I was hating life that we lived over here… I’m thankful my husband has a job he loves and is getting his mba (go him!)… and I’m super happy his job enabled me to take three months maternity leave! oh, and we cannot forget my adorable pooches, elsie and baxter man. without whom, I may have a lot less stress and a lot less half-eaten chucks… but they’re worth it. (I’m curious why elsie targets my chucks anyway? nothing else is ever chewed up…)

needless to say, it’s been a great year. with the addition of grayson, I feel like john and I are moving in the right direction. it’s awesome. finally starting to settle into married life… and past a few gigantic bumps… we’re still here! hooray!

one of the newest additions to my bank of thankfulness is ETSY. I luff it so friggin’ much. it makes those painful late nights with little g… slightly less painful. here are a couple of the recent digs… tell me what you think…

this is the cutiepatootiehat seen in my six-week checkup post on grayson. it’s darling and john loves it. it’s his hat of choice for grayson right now and he had me order another one in the next size up and a brown one. the seller of these hats is totally awesome. she goes by “mama mac” and it totally suits her. totally cool chick. you should check out her shop. the hats are totally affordable and I can totally attest to the great quality. check her out: daddy mack hats.

this was a total impulse buy… and I’m totally glad I got it. it’s a diaper wallet. (not to mention completely adorable!) it’s just big enough to hold a couple grovia biosoakers, some grovia wipes, and my debit card/license, and my iphone. I’ve used it several times already. it’s awesome for when you’re just running out. it makes me a little happy inside. they are a little spendy, but in my opinion, totally worth it. plus, they have tons of designs… and they make baby bedding too… very cute shop… check em’ out here: everafter.

this onesie I couldn’t pass up. it’s from blink baby. she’s one of my favorites. I love the onesies she makes… she is also a very cool seller… it seems to be a trend on etsy. (part of the appeal)… the adorable hat, I couldn’t pass up. it’s made in maine…. which for some reason made it more appealing… new englander kinship maybe? plus, it’s hubby approved… which is always a plus. (too big for him right now. but looking forward to when I can see his cute lil head sporting this.) she’s got tons of cute ones… check em’ out – babbidge patch.

saved one of my fav’s for last… so originally, I ordered the longies (which are FAB btw.) for g to wear over some sustainablebabyish fitteds he has… but the seller accidentally sent me these ridiculously cute soakers. she messaged me and told me she’d made a mistake (before I even got them!) but told me to keep them… I tried to refuse… she wouldn’t take no for an answer. needless to say, it was a good day for me. please, please check her out… taryn stuff. she rocks.

if you’ve made it this far, congratulations… you’ve won an virtual air high five from yours truly. I hope I didn’t bore you to tears… but I could yack about etsy for about eighty hours, so consider yourself lucky. sorry about the picture quality. can’t find our good camera, had to settle for the iphone.

hope everyone out there has a fantastic thanksgiving… eat lots! it’s a get out of guilt free day.


oh and p.s. a huge thankies to my fabulous model, baxter… without whom, these pics may be a little less colorful.

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