Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top 10 Helpful Baby products

Ok, so I am not including the major things like: Crib, Diaper containment unit (although for what it is worth...our Diaper Genie Elite broke after 2 months and we now have a diaper champ), car seat and stroller since those are all rather personal choices.

1. Reusable Sterilizer bags - these things are GREAT! They come in a box of 10 at T@rget and you can reuse them up to 20 times. We use them A LOT! I also left one at each grandparent home so that there is one there at all times. It is SO easy...just put some water in it, throw your items in, and microwave for 2 minutes. Then you pull it out by the cool touch edge and pour the water out the drain and open the bag and VOILA! sterilized stuff. Seriously can't live without them.2. YoBaby spoons: Ok, I got one of these as a freebie in a packet of coupons and free stuff. When we started solid foods and cereal, I went and bought some of the normal rubber tipped spoons. After using the YoBaby spoon once and one of the rubber tipped ones...I called the YoBaby people and begged them to send me more of these. Turns out you can buy them on their website. They come in lots of 10 for like $3.00. Seriously, they are AWESOME! They are kinda flat so they are really easy to get into baby's mouth, especially at the beginning when coordinating the "open mouth, insert food, close and swallow" is hard. Kevin and I both prefer them and at 10 for $3.oo, you can't beat them!

3. Mesh feeders - there are a lot of different varieties of these. We use them alot. When I am slicing the fruit to make Rory's baby food, I usually have some little slices of peaches or apples that are kinda skimpy and so I throw them in a ziplock and put them in the freezer and then pull them out when I am trying to entertain her. Also, when she was majorly teething, the frozen fruit helped with that, and she was getting a yummy snack. We also put some table food in them when we go out of course (warning, it can be messy), but I like giving her a good wholesome piece of fruit too. She loves them too!
4. Chicco Hook On Highchair - we keep this in the car and use it ALL THE TIME now that she is a free sitter. Also, Rory and I travel a lot so it is handy when we go somewhere for a night or 2 and I don't have to worry about a highchair. We get compliments on it everytime we use it. People are amazed! Also, have you looked at the nasty high chairs in restaurants? They are gross. This thing folds flat and slides under the seat or you can detach the arms and it has a carry bag that it fits in.
5. Baby legs - I have already told you that I like these. Enough said. After the 400th diaper change where you have unsnapped and resnapped 645 snaps, you will see the need. Also, 3am is no time to be messing with a bunch of snaps. The less you have to mess with on a sleepy baby at 3am, the better. And they are cute and come in all different patterns.
6. Bath seat - we had a baby tub...I hated it, Rory hated it, it is a pain in the tushie. I got this bath seat and it is great! It folds flat and travels well. Also, it has 2 different positions so it reclined more when she was itty-bitty and sits up more for her now. Again, I hated the baby tub...with a passion. The only drawback to this is, it requries a full tub of water, unless you use it in a very deep sink. It is worth it though.
7. Baby Swing - We have the Little Lamb swing and I couldn't be happier. It goes both side to side and front to back and worked great! Some babies don't like the swing, but Rory did and it was a life saver for us. She had acid reflux so it was helpful to keep her elevated after feeding her for a half hour in order to keep her from spitting up. We just recently quit using it, when she discovered that she could lean over the edge and watch the ground go by.
8. Sophie the Giraffe: OK, so I asked about her in a previous post. I finally broken down and got her and wow is she worth it. Rory LOVES her and plays with her a lot. She is really easy to squeak and she is easy for her to hold on to. Admittedly, she is really cute too.
9. Avent Bottles - We use both the Playtex drop ins (which I love as well) but if I had discovered these earlier, we would have just used them. Avent is genious! All of their lines are interchangable. Since we use a sippy cup sometimes, it is helpful to be able to put a sippy cup lid with spout and a set of handles on a regular bottle. You can buy extra handles, which fit on the bottles, which makes it WAY easier for her to hold on to. They are pretty pricey, but they are worth it.
10. Quick Mix Pitcher-When making tons of bottles, it is helpful to have a pitcher. This pitcher has an agitator in it that you move up and down to mix the liquid. It really helps to get the lumps out, which you wouldn't think would be that big of a deal, but once you have had one get stuck in the nipple and you have to break and very hungry baby's rhythem, to unscrew the cap, dig out the clump and then replace the top at 2am, you begin to see that anything that you can do on the front end that makes it easier at 2am, it worth it. I got the smallest one that P@mpered Chef offers. Love it.
11. Bouncie Seat - Ok, so there are 11. The first 5 months of the kid's life, we couldn't live with out this thing. We didn't get a bouncie one, but we did get one that played music and vibrated and did calculus...just kidding. When she was little and sloth like, it was nice to have to put her in and take somewhere (like the bathroom-so I could soak in the tub) without having to wake her up or mess with taking the baby moniter and then walking my wet, towel clad self across the house to her room when she lost her pacie in her bed. We had to quit using it when Rory started kicking a lot and would bang her heels on the frame, it didn't seem to bother her, but it drove me crazy. Also, she figured out how to sit straight up in it, and I could just see her leaning too far forward and tipping over the front.
  • Ok, so I left off the Bumbo, which was really helpful, but we only used it for a short period of time since Miss Bee figured out how to arch out of that pretty fast. We still use it some times, but not a lot.

10 on Tuesday

  1. Kevin and I made Chili last night to have tonight. I can't wait!
  2. Rory is thisclose to crawling...if she can just figure out how to coordinate her hands and knees in motion...she will be a speed demon!
  3. We have been getting pretty consistent sleep from 7:30ish to 5:30ish. We still have to go in and put a pacie in her mouth sometimes, or move her back down to the bottom of the bed since she pushes her self up into the corner in her sleep. She will usually take a bottle and sleep until 7:00ish and then she is up for the day. YAY!
  4. We have transitioned to the convertible car seat since she out grew the length of the baby seat. She is no where near the weight limit (30lb weight limit, 30in length limit) but she was right at the length limit.
  5. We got the Britax Decathalon. I was going to get the Marathon but I have been bargain shopping for the Britax seats and I got the Decathalon on sale, in a discontinued fabric pattern, with an online coupon and wound up paying $15 less for it than the Marathon. I wound up saving about $120.00 off the original Decathalon price and got free shipping. Not bad!
  6. Rory LOVES the new car seat. It sits up higher and she can see out the window...she likes it.
  7. I am beginning to start planning for Rory's 1st birthday party. It is going to be fun!
  8. Rory and I will be in Decatur this weekend. I don't know which days for sure, but we will be there at some point.
  9. I turned on Mickey's Clubhouse the other day for Rory, hoping that it would entertain her long enough for me to go to the bathroom. I sat her down on the palate and came back after I had gone to the bathroom and put a load of clothes in the washing machine and another load in the dryer and she was sitting in the same position, eyes glued to the TV. HOLY COW! It is like crack for babies. I promptly DVR'd an episode...just in case I ever need it in a jam.
  10. Pics coming soon!

Friday, August 21, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRITNEY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I can't believe that you are 11 already! You are one of the brightest, most caring children that I know. You can do anything that you put your mind to and DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT!
  • All my Love,
  • Lauren

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's Official

The baby sitter just sent this picture to my phone:
It's official, I think that we have a crawler...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

8 Months

Ok, so the 1st picture is not so great...but I couldn't not post it...the feet crack me up. She rubs her feet together all the time...sometimes we refer to her as "Cricket feet" I can't believe that she is 8 months old...we are RAPIDLY approaching the her 1st birthday which I have already begun planning. This month, Rory has become quite the chatter box. She says "Ma-Ma" "Da-Da" "Ummm...Yumm" when you feed her lunch, and my personal favorite.."Uh Uh Uh Ohh" HOLY COW it is cute! She also tried to bark at the dogs when she sees them...it is more of a grunt...but it is funny!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Playtime on the palate.

Rory and I have been participating in a lot of playtime in the floor lately. For your photographic enjoyment, a look at all the types of floor play that we have been enjoying.

  1. "Mommy got tired of putting my PJ pants back on after the 3rd diaper change in an hour" Even pantsless---she is cute. Check out the bed head.
2. "Look at the pretty baby in the mirror play time" She LOVES this book, well actually she loves ALL books, but this one has a mirror on the last page and she gets a kick out of looking at herself. 3. "Mmmm, this wooden puzzle tastes good" playtime. I got her the 3 piece wooden puzzle the other weekend and she really likes it. She tends to gravitate to the crab piece, I think because it is red. Well that is it for now. Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

10 on Tuesday

I haven't done a 10 on Tuesday in a while so I thought that I would give it a shot.

  1. It is already August. I can hardly believe it! This summer has gone really fast.
  2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was good. Although it felt like a lot of set up and not a lot of action (except the end), it was good. I guess all the setting up is a necessity since the last book (2 movies) are so involved. I remember the book being the same way.
  3. HPATHBP was a "Date Night" for Kevin and I. We enjoyed dinner and a movie, although we really did miss Rory. We needed to get out just the 2 of us and reconnect...I think that it was good for both of us!
  4. I miss my Dad a lot. For some reason lately it has been really hard for me. I think partially because Rory is getting big and doing all kinds of cute things and it is hard for me to remember that he is not here to enjoy her. It just makes me sad I guess.
  5. The twins start high school this year. They had band camp last week and boy-o-boy talking to them about it brought back memories. It is hard to believe that I went through band camp over 10 years ago...holy cow...really...10 years? It doesn't seem possible.
  6. All this universal health care stuff is making my head spin. I AM for health care reform...I am NOT for government provided health care. I think that we should let the free market system work. Wasn't it basic 8th grade economics that says that competition is the motivating factor for affordability and quality. Better Health care=YES!, Communist Health care=NO!!!!!!
  7. Someone's birthday is coming up at the end of this month. I can't believe that she is going to be 11. I remember like it was yesterday when she was born. The big 1-1....it is all downhill from here Brit! Just kidding...hehe!
  8. Wow, 10 is harder than I thought that it would be!
  9. Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts? Don't read that wrong...I am not ready to decorate or actually do the shopping portion, but I have already started thinking about gifts for people...is that bad?
  10. I forgot my lunch today...bummer. I have a lot of errands to do on my lunch break today so the chances of me having time to pick up something are slim to none. Oh well...it isn't like I am wasting away or anything...I am afford to skip a meal or 2 or 20.

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