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I’m writing this while in a state of delirium; drinking coffee, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and side-eyeing Lad as he escapes to somewhere he probably isn’t supposed to be. One day he was flailing on his belly and the next he was crawling away from us and pulling up on everything.
When Lad was younger he would sit in a spot and cry for a toy and I remember thinking how great it would be when he could get it himself. Now, I sit him down in one spot and 2 seconds later he has disappeared and is busy pulling shower curtains down and eating a dead bug off the ground (true story).
It’s impossible to watch him 24/7 so Reese and I decided it was time to invest in some sort of contraption to wrangle him in.
Lemme tell ya. This thing is AWESOME. It’s 63″ across so it doesn’t feel so claustrophobic like his pack & play. It came in a little bag like one of those folding chairs, and praise the Lord it was all in one piece so I didn’t have to use brain cells to assemble anything. They’re in short supply and I have to ration them accordingly.
One of the main reasons we ordered this one and not just the regular fence like we had planned was because this thing has a tarp-ish bottom. Now we can take it outside and set him down and not have to worry about him getting sticker burs or eating dog turds. Win-win!
We’ve only had it for a week, but so far I’d give it an A. If it would have came with a Nanny I would bump up my rating to an A+, but this will have to do for now. Hehe.
Overall, I’d recommend it. It’s about $10 more than a regular kid pen, so that’s definitely worth it in my book. If you have a baby that likes to escape, or maybe if you want to leave the kid outside of the pen and crawl in there yourself to eat a banana in peace without some little hands with sharp baby talons trying to steal it from you, then I’d totally recommend this thing.
After little babe is born, life as you once knew it is no mas. Of course I mean this in the most wonderful way possible, but it’s like a landslide of emotion. And changes. And everything. And you have zero clue what you’re doing.
One of the most daunting things to me was actually leaving the house. We live pretty much a half-hour from everywhere, so there is no such thing as a “quick trip”. Going somewhere in the car means packing bottles, pump supplies, diapers…the works. Which is totally fine, but it was a lot to wrap my head around at first.
The first two weeks (give or take) after baby pops out of your lady bits are the roughest in terms of healing. (I’m speaking from the point of vaginal delivery; I have no idea how the recovery process from a c-section is, although I’ve been told it’s pretty painful mainly because of the location.) Anywho. I had my own little personal care kit in the diaper bag for when I had to go potty when we were away from home. It was a little angel baby.
Peri Bottle – this thing will be your bestie for the restie. There are some really cool ones that you can buy, but this one was the one they gave me at the hospital. Well – “gave”. I’m sure it was in a bill somewhere along with the mesh granny panties and pads large enough to wrap around a space ship. This little guy will make you feel nice and clean even on the most blah days!
Always THIN Pads – Not that the XXXXXXXL pads they give you at the hospital aren’t great and all, but it was nice to not have to waddle anymore after 9 months of doing just that. All this fancy technology we have these days, means they can make super absorbency pads that aren’t 4″ thick. Hallelujer! Also, do yourself a favor and grab the ones with the helpful wings. They’ll attach to your granny pannies better.
Baby Wash Cloths – This may be gross to some people, but the whole mess of what you’re dealing with down there is pretty gross, so I promise it won’t even phase you. Toilet paper is a scary thought (especially if you had to get stitches), so it was nice having something to “dab” down there to dry things up after using my friend, Mr. Peri. And you really don’t want to deal with a yeast infection (or any kind of infection) after giving birth, so it’s best to keep things nice and dry.
Add some snacks to the bag, a giant water bottle, and a sh*t-ton of other things and you’re ready to go run that errand in town! 😉
I carried this bag around with me for about two weeks after my son was born. After that, things got back to (almost) normal and I wasn’t scared of toilet paper anymore. Every body will be different, but every vagina will appreciate this little tool kit. I guarantee it!
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Hello friends! We officially have an 8-month old “big boy” (who likes to stand up in his crib and scream at the top of his lungs. Since we’re no longer in the “baby” phase, I’ve put up several things we aren’t using anymore. I didn’t cry, but I did say “Reeeeese! Remember when Laddy was a little baby and could fit in this!” several times. I also love referring to specific moments in time and say “remember when Laddy was only [insert months-old] and we [insert activity].” Reese absolutely loves when I do that. Just ask him. 😉
There are a few things that we use every day that I thought I’d share in case there are any other mama’s out there creeping up on “big boy” status. Some of the items are things we’ve used the whole time, and some are relatively new. We put up the dock-a-tot, piano kicker thing (with the awful music, thank goodness), baby clothes and baby bath tub. Somehow now we’re using bowls and sippy cups and t-shirts that show his chubby wittle tum-tum! It’s precious.
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Nose Frida & Saline Spray
We’ve used both of these things from the first month. I will say I recommend having some of the spray on hand for when your newborn gets his first bout of allergies (which will of course coincide with the very week your parents decide to leave the Country so you can’t call your mom in a panic). When babies are still fresh they can only breathe through their little nosies, so it’s very important to keep the nostrils free and clear! But be careful – there are two bottles and they are both very similar. One is ok for newborns and the other is for ages 2+. It’s part of our nightly routine to give a little squirt up the nose and suck out the boogs with our Nose Frida. I’m actually a little concerned for the college years because he loves the nose spray so much. We’re crating a monster.
This was originally suggested by our friend Mollie. Who knew babies needed one of these? Not me. We’ve been using this since birth to help with his allergies at night and you can tell a difference in the morning if we forget to turn it on before he goes to sleep. It is annoying to empty it every day, but it helps his cough, so it’s worth it. We use a cool mist humidifier, but there are warm mist ones. I don’t have experience with those, but I’ve heard they can mold easier. If you clean it out on a regular basis I don’t think there would be any kind of issues though.
About an hour before bedtime, I’ll go into Laddy’s room and turn on his diffuser with lavendar drops. If you want to use oils, just be sure you are using pure oils. There are quite a few out there that are cheaper, but they are filled with junk. Doterra and ACAI are both good brands that I use that are more affordable. I turn off the diffuser once he goes to sleep so it’s not running all night because it would probably be a little too strong. You don’t have to get fancy with the diffuser; you can find them for $10 or $80. I prefer the latter. At first I was putting the oils in the humidifer to make life easier, but then I learned that it’s not a very great plan for various reasons, so here we are.
I have mixed emotions about using a sound machine. I don’t want it to become something he can’t sleep without if we go places, but at the same time it does make life so much easier because he isn’t woken up by noises from the living room since he goes to bed a few hours before we do. If you use one, I would suggest getting one that will stay on all night. It helps him self-soothe himself back to sleep in the middle of the night too (which he was great at before he realized he could stand up and yell). We have this one, but I don’t think it really matters! I like it because it has a little nightlight on it and a projector for the ceiling. We haven’t used that yet, but I can see it coming in handy when he’s a little older. I know there are several out there that you can control from your phone too. #fancy
We sort of “forced” Laddy onto his little cow mainly for sleeping purposes. It was our thought that if he got attached to it, it would help him soothe himself back to sleep if he had something to cuddle. It has worked so far thankfully! And it’s really precious to see a wittle baby cuddle something. 🙂 I can’t find the exact one he has, but the brand is Jellycat Ltd. and it’s the softest thing in the world. But to be honest, I’ve hugged quite a few loveys in my day and they are all pretty cuddly and wonderful. So I don’t think you could go wrong.
We don’t have carpet so we were very excited when Santa dropped this mat off at our house. Lad is learning to crawl, so that means more face-plants. If we didn’t have wood floors this wouldn’t be such an issue, but his forehead appreciates the softer surface. My only complaint with this is that it does not make a perfect square and my OCD can’t handle it. I understand that with 26 letters this is just not going to happen, but maybe add some numbers or a few squares pictures. Please. Just do it for all of us crazies out there.
As much as I love the jogger stroller for our run-walks, it’s so nice to have a smaller stroller for quick trips. They are much lighter too, so you don’t get winded trying to get it in-and-out of the back of your car. I’m WAY excited for spring so we can start going to festivals and places. This stroller will be a game changer. It also comes with a little pack thingy AND CUP HOLDER for your “mom drink”.
We also have little teefies now, so he is drooling everywhere and sticking everything in his mouth. These little bibs have a rubber thing at the bottom so he can entertain himself for 5 minutes. They are also a nice fashion accessory, which Lad clearly cares about. (One of us has to look decent from time to time lol.)
One of the most recent items we added to our home was due to this:
Yep. I walked into his room and he was sleeping belly-down, with his legs sticking out of the crib, straight as boards. Obviously I had to take a picture. WHAT?! I never registered for a crib set because we didn’t know the gender, and then after he was born I never got around to it just because #momlife. Plus, everyone tells you to stay far, far away from bumpers and anything in the crib. Well what’s a gal to do when her baby insists on kicking his little legs out the side? This mesh thing has worked pretty good for keeping all body extremities within the boundaries of the crib. I’d recommend it if you’ve got a wiggle worm.
There you have it! Obviously we use a million other things on the reg., but those are all pretty obvious. This list was full of things that were given to us that make our lives easier. Life with a babe can be exhausting at times, so if there is something out there that will allow me to conserve the small amount of brain power that I do have, then SIGN ME UP.