January 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
I promised a post about baby stuff I can’t live without. Btw, I’m typing this while Nadi is NAPPING 🙂
1. Bamboo baby bedding (we have these lovely sheets by BambooBaby). The heater in our house has a mind of its own and most often the house is either too hot or too cold. In addition to being naturally antibacterial, bamboo is also a wonderful temperature mediator and I find that when Nadi’s wrapped up in it, her body temperature feels basically the same regardless of what our heater is doing. Helps with her being such a good sleeper I’m sure.
2. Our stroller. Despite a few posts below where I toggle back and forth between the Bugaboo and the Phil & Ted’s, we didn’t buy either :). Instead, practicality won out (aka the Hus won out) and we got the Baby Jogger City Select. While it doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal I typically succumb to, it is pretty great and Nadi really likes it so that’s all that matters of course. We use it A LOT and have made great use of the many ways you can position the seats etc. Technically she’s still supposed to be in her car seat perched on top of the stroller at this age, the seat is so much more comfortable that unless she’s asleep in the car and I need to put her in the stroller, I put her in the seat. People used to put their babies in the backseat of cars in boxes for heaven’s sake.
3. Our aden + anais bamboo/muslin swaddle blankets. Nadi still likes to be swaddled for sleep and b/c she’s so little, she’s not outgrown the swaddle yet so we keep doing it. Yes, I’ll have to wean her off the swaddle at some point but that point is not today. She likes it. I’ll do it until she doesn’t.
4. Nadi’s Leap Frog caterpillar. While of course she can’t make full use of this yet, she loves to cuddle it and listen to the classical music that it plays. She even hit the #2 the other day when caterpillar stopped singing to her! Totally by mistake of course but she got a kick out of it and we had a little party in her crib to celebrate.
5. Nadi’s Eric Carle teether. Ours is a butterfly rather than a lion but she really likes this toy. We take it everywhere and she particularly likes to suck on the crinkly parts. Gives the nips a break now and again so… yay for that!
6. Nadi also really loves her Manhattan Toy Whoozit. This was the first toy she ever really showed any interest in and we didn’t leave the house without it for her first 3 months on Earth. We have the girl Whoozit but while out and about the other day, we saw a little boy with a boy Whoozit (dark blue face instead of pink). Cute.
There are also a few baby items I can’t live without the IDEA of, however we either missed the boat, haven’t caught the boat yet or the boat is too expensive. They are:
8. The Baby Bjorn high chair. Nadi isn’t too far off from giving solids a try which means I can pitch this chair to the Hus. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂
9. The songbird Grobag. Just love this but can’t justify the $70 price tag when I can get a Halo sleep sack at Winner’s for $20. Boo.
10. Last but not least, me loves the idea of the Puj foldable baby bathtub. Nadi loves baths but I only have a standard hard plastic bathtub for her and while we have a fabric hammocky-type thing that she lays on, she never looks very comfortable and I have to keep adjusting her as she slides down the hammocky-thing several times/bath leaving her neck cricked at a disturbing angle. While she’d be too big for this Puj now, bathing her when she was a newborn was totally daunting and b/c I didn’t feel I had the proper equipment, I tended to sponge bathe her instead. Nadi cried a lot when she was really little and given how much she likes baths now, I’ll bet something like this would have helped us all.
That’s all I have for today. We’re having our prenatal class reunion at our place later today so gotta prep the house! Peace out.
June 2, 2010 § 1 Comment
Well, we had another fabulous Doctor’s appointment today. We’re 24 weeks and 3 days along today and have a fundal height measurement (pubic bone to top of uterus) of 27 cms. What does that mean? We have a good-sized baby! She’s doing just fine in there and her heartbeat was a wonderful 140 beats per minute today. Sigh. Amazing how you can love a little bean so much. Speaking of which, the hus got “something in his eye” today while listening to our little one’s heartbeat. So cute.
So I think I’ve decided on a stroller after MUCH thought (read: obsessive nights spent online researching and creating tables with various stroller features for easy comparing). We’re thinking we’ll go with the… da da da da….
As a friend of mine put it, the Cameleon:
“…is the lightest stroller I have ever used. Didn’t need to get an umbrella one. I can steer it with one hand and all the fabric comes off and can be thrown in the wash. You can have the baby face you or away from you, reclined and sitting up straight. And the bassinet attachment is huge, you could have two babies in there. We just bought the wheeled board and [their two year-old daughter] loves riding on it so I can have two of them in it at once. The only downfall I can see is that it cost more than my first car…”
It’s true- these strollers are pricey and retail for around $1000 CAD. The bottom line: we can’t afford to pay $1000 for a stroller and are pretty sure we wouldn’t even if we could! We are looking for a used one on Used Victoria and Used Vancouver and also on Ebay so if anyone sees one, has one they want to sell or knows someone ready to let theirs go, pls let me know!
Ok on another note, I just heard that Tipper and Al Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage. Honestly, this made me feel so sad. Admittedly I’ve only been married for just over a year (nor do I have international recognition and a vice-presidency under my belt) and so I can’t relate to much, if any, of their situation but… why aren’t people able to stay married these days? In a recent article on canada.com, we are told that 38 per cent of Canadian marriages will end in divorce before the couple celebrates their 30th anniversary. I’m determined to be married to the hus until I die and to do everything in my power to keep our family happy and healthy. Do all newlyweds start out so optimistic and goal-oriented or do they perhaps not consider the magnitude of the step they have taken until things have gone wrong? Oh dear. I hope the Gore’s can pull together and work it out.
From doctor’s appointments to strollers to the Gores! I told you the ramblings would be random!
May 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
Hi everyone. I’m Rhiana and I am 23 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my first baby. I’ve long wanted to join the ranks of the many wonderful blogging mothers and mothers-to-be but was unable to get up the gusto to start. My pregnancy has been very uneventful so far and I was thinking that the ease and peace I have been experiencing somehow disqualified me from writing. I’ve since decided… I’m going for it! I hope you’ll enjoy my ramblings and let me warn you now, my ramblings are very often very random in nature 😉
So speaking of random, you may wonder about my choice of picture for this blog. Well, I feel as though this image represents how I’ve been feeling since finding out I was pregnant back in January 2010: beautiful, serene and a bit foggy! I’ve always been a very driven, focused person and this feeling of calm is definitely new for me. Needless to say, I’m loving it and while it can be exciting to move forward in your mind to when the baby will arrive, I am trying to stay present and not to get too far ahead of myself. Easier said than done I can tell you!
Being it that I’m just over halfway through my pregnancy, my mind has been going a mile a minute. I’m quite focused (read: obsessed) with my what-I-need-to-bring-baby-home list and have run it by basically everyone I know that has had a child, is with child or has read a lot about having a child. It’s not quite finalized but right now it looks like this:
- 5 sleepers (check)
- 2 sleep sacks (check)
- bassinet and bedding
- infant car seat (check- borrowed)
- baby sling/Bjorn (check- borrowed)
- bum wipes
- baby nail clippers
- nose aspirator
- 10 receiving blankets (have 5)
- 3 bibs (check)
- cuddly blanket for snuggling/nursing (check)
- 10 onesies (have 2)
- baby wash and lotion
- baby bathtub
- baby washcloths (check)
- 5 pairs baby socks
How am I doing all you Mum’s out there? Of course I also have a number of things I probably don’t need immediately (or at all, really).
Well, I think that is all I have for post 1. I hope to post daily and hope that my ramblings will be of use/comfort to all you mothers-to-be who may be reading this. Good luck and happy baby growing!