Is this the 90’s?


I saw this meme the other day and thought it was funny because it seemed as though everyone was talking about Pokemon Go and I was super out of the loop. After all I have a (almost) 6 month old baby and a full-time job. I’m busy!  Some days I’m lucky if I have time to shower.

I never got into the cards when I was a kid, I think I thought them too boyish at the time so I really didn’t know anything about what the game entailed but my husband came home Friday with Pokemon Go downloaded which got me curious… Continue reading

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The Great Purge Has Begun

This week I started going through my closet because it was packed full of clothes, at least 80% of which either don’t fit, haven’t been stylish for a long time, or are stained.  We had an issue with our washing machine awhile back and tons of our clothes ended up with stains.  Some of them eventually washed out after many washings but there were a few pieces I have held onto for years and hopefully threw into the washer on occasion only to be disappointed when they came out still stained.

I love being a mom but my life is different now.  I simply don’t have the time to stand in front of my closet for 20 minutes each morning looking through tons of clothes that just don’t work for me anymore.  My little boy is a pretty good sleeper but he also has a good internal alarm clock which usually gets him about about 20 minutes before I would otherwise wake him each day.  Since I’m now getting ready with a baby crying for my attention it’s time to do something about my mess of a closet!  I’ve already purged about half the items that need to go, the rest I will hopefully get to this weekend.

But now the hard part begins.  I have to rebuild my closet on a very limited budget now that baby boy is eating up all our discretionary income (and then some!).  I have tried rebuilding my wardrobe in the past but stores have such a terrible selection of plus sized clothing and I get super overwhelmed with choices online so I usually just give up after a few days of not being able to decided.

I did find three shirts this week which I am excited about (two of them are below).  I think I’m also going to try some leggings or jeggings for the first time.  Well the first time since I was about seven which is the last time leggings were cool!  Haha.

It’s felt nice doing something for myself for once.  I’m kind of sick of being “that mom” running around in sweat pants with greasy hair.  I wouldn’t trade Theodore for anything in the world but I’m definitely experiencing whole new levels of exhaustion.

Teddy’s Closet – June 2016

Finding fun, fashionable clothing for little boys isn’t impossible but it does seem to require significantly more digging than finding cute clothes for baby girls.  Even more importantly is finding clothes that fit into our budget.  We now have to pay for child care, diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, toys, etc. and we have to do it all on the same income we were living on pre-baby.  So when I say I’m looking for affordable clothing I don’t mean like $75 for a pair of jeans.  All prices are currently between $7 and $19.99!

Some of these have already made their way home with us (the Carter’s romper, AC/DC onesie, and Oshkosh B’gosh bibs) and others are on my wish list to be fulfilled as our budget allows.

Something tells me the hubby is going to be OK with me buying the Batman t-shirt as well…

The Registry Low-Down

I can’t believe how many people I’ve met in the IF community have finally gotten their BFPs lately!  I’m so excited for them and wanted to share a few baby items that we loved since making a baby registry can be daunting, even if you’ve been planning it for years, trust me!

  1. If you like sleep, like even a tiny bit, swaddle blankets are where it’s at!  We bought both the blanket type and the velcro type.  For our baby the velcro type worked best it seemed like they were capable of swaddling tighter which our baby needed as he fought it quite a bit those first few weeks (now he loves it and puts his arms down for us right away).  He was a winter baby so we had a couple Halo Microfleece swaddles in a small size and now that it’s getting warmer we bought him a couple Summer Infant cotton swaddles.  They aren’t cheap but for us they were worth their weight in gold!
  2. We have a two story home and the bedrooms are upstairs so we love our Diaper Genie.  It’s much nicer to only have to run dirty diapers to the outside trash once a week or so.  The more expensive version has a foot peddle which can be convenient but the cheaper version, the Playtex Diaper Genie Essentials Pail, is actually much better as containing the smell, which is the whole point.  

     

  3. When I was pregnant I kept hearing babies usually either love the swing or the bouncer.  We registered and received both.  Our baby greatly preferred his swing and was useful for his more challenging days.  Yes, I felt like a lazy mom sometimes but 1) he loved it so much! and 2) on occasion he was inconsolable by anything else.  We loved this Fisher Price Cradle ‘n’ Swing – My Little Lamb.  My son LOVED the mobile with lights on this one.g6
  4. Before Theodore was born I really thought we’d only use a Pack ‘n’ Play when we visited family but since both of our parents live 5-6 hours away we knew we would need one for sure.  It turns out this is one piece of baby gear we literally use every single day.  Ours has a bassinet that flips over to a changing station.  Both come in very handy and we have it set up in our living room.  We really liked his Graco Pack ‘n’ Play Playard Portable Napper and Changer but there are plenty useful versions.g7
  5. I originally got the Boppy because I thought I would be breastfeeding.  I wasn’t able to breastfeed because of supply issues but I still use my Boppy to more comfortably position my baby for feeding.  There are other brands of breastfeeding pillows that are probably just as good but I’d definitely recommend some type of feeding pillow.g5
  6.  We tried to live without a humidifier but our baby’s skin was so incredibly dry without it.  I can’t speak for others humidifiers but this Crane Cool Mist Humidifier works well and is so quiet!
  7. NoseFridas are kind of gross.  You literally suck the snot out of their little nose but it works, unlike those crappy bulbs, and when you’re kid is sick you’re pretty much willing to do anything you can to make him or her feel better.
  8. The Phillips Avent Soothie pacifiers were the kind our hospital (and I think most hospitals) use.  He liked it so we bought a few more.  I wasn’t overly keen on the idea of pacifiers but it’s easier to take away a pacifier when it’s time than it is a thumb.  
  9. If you’re planning on bottle feeding some sort of bottle drying rack is essential we liked this one by Muchkin.  If you’re planning on pumping I’ve heard the Boon Drying Grass works well for drying pump parts.
  10. Also, at some point you will need some diaper rash cream.  Some people use it every time they change a diaper.  We liked this Burt’s Bee Diaper Rash Cream.  It works and it smells really good, the downside is it’s kind of expensive but our first tube has lasted us 3 months.

     

  11. Lastly, an infant car seat.  Yes, you will need a convertible car seat at some point and could, technically, skip the infant seat step but they are so much more convenient!  It’s nice to be able to situate the baby inside when it’s raining or cold out.  It’s also nice to hold the baby when at a store or restaurant.  We got this Graco Click Connect 35 for my car and a convertible seat for my husband’s car.  About twice a week we kick ourselves for not just biting the bullet and purchasing a second base for the infant seat for his car since it’s larger and more comfortable when we are all going someplace.
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One thing I realized when I was registering was every place wants you to buy as much as you can so they often recommend way more than you really need of things.  For example, a lot of places recommend 3-5 sets of sheets and 2-3 mattress protectors.  I bought 3 sets of sheets and 2 would have been plenty.  We have one mattress protector and haven’t had any issues with not having enough.  Also babies shouldn’t sleep with a blanket until they are over a year old so you don’t NEED a whole bedding set.  We chose to get one anyway because it matched everything else we bought and we didn’t want to have to try to find something that matched later on.  

Lastly, if you’re bottle feeding, and likely you’ll have to at some point, even if it’s just once in a blue moon, don’t get overly attached to a brand of bottles before your child is born.  We bought bottles and extra nipples in higher flows for when he gets older.  He liked any bottle just fine but they leaked terribly and his stomach seemed more upset by them then it does with his new bottles.  Currently we use Dr. Browns Options bottles.  They also leak a little but it has really helped his tummy.

If there is anything you’re on the fence about and want to ask if it was helpful for our baby feel free!  Or if you want to add something you thought was amazing and other moms should know about!

Theodore’s Closet – April 2016

These are some of the looks I’ve been swooning over lately.

 

I’ve been trying to cut back my purchases but some of this stuff is too cute!  The grey Oshkosh B’Gosh sweater is for his 4 month photos in May and the H&M anchor overalls are for his 7 month photos in August.  I’m so excited to have some more professional photos of Theodore taken by the very talented Rachel Manzke Photography.  My little Theodore’s newborn photos are being featured on her site right now!

My goal for May is making it to the H&M store across town to find Theodore the Ramones t-shirt because, well, everyone needs a Ramones shirt.

Someone Take Away My Credit Card

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Teddy- Month 2 Update Wearing one of only five outfits we purchased ourselves in size 0-3.

When I found out I was pregnant I imaged dressing my baby up in cute little dresses with matching headbands.  I hoped for a girl simply because baby boys clothes are pretty much awful.  What is with everything having either a zoo animal (usually a monkey) or a fire truck?

It only took a couple of days before reality hit and I realized there is a lot more to babies than cute clothes.  Really as long as my baby was healthy that was all that mattered.

We decided not to find out the sex of our baby ahead of time and I’m really glad we didn’t.  I had the most incredible reaction when I heard my husband say that our little baby was a boy.  Honestly I can’t imagine having a girl now.  I love my baby boy with my whole heart and I’m pretty excited to find some clothes that are too babyish for him.

Now someone take my credit card before my husband cuts it up!

On the way…

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Mr. Steal Your Girl Onesie from Cozy Bee

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Sweater from H & M

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2 Piece- Raccoon outfit from My Baby World

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Circo Triangle Pant from Target- OK these hubs will be excited about, they are similar to pants I’ve found and loved on Etsy that were a bit out of our price range and these are only $4.50!