Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Newborn Must Haves List

This is my list of our most used baby items thus far.  For all you soon to be mommas I highly recommend adding them to your registry.  All items are linked so you can find them for purchase.  :) 

We use this for  daytime naps and to sit him in when I do things that require two hands like putting on clothes and washing my face must happen.  He is super cozy in it and the fact that it's super light weight allows us to carry it from room to room easily.  It also folds up for storage and travel with the touch of two buttons and washes well in the laundry,  which is a must for everything. :)

Choosing a swing is totally personal preference.   We like this one because it swings side to side or front to back, has multiple sounds including the most realistic "womb heartbeat" I've heard, has an iPod adapter, and the seat detaches and vibrates on it's own. We carry it outside or use it as our secret sleep weapon when he doesn't wanna sleep at night, vibrating knocks him out.
These are great for catching spit up or leaky diaper problems.  I suggest having at least three especially for those first few weeks.  We laid him lenthwise as seen above till about 4 weeks and now we place his head on them in case he spits up in the middle of the night.  We lay these on top of our Ultimate Crib Sheet.  (see below) and change them out every couple nights.  

You may be saying over kill on the bed linens we are using but I say life saver!  The Ultimate Crib sheet goes over top of the actual sheets and just lays in the crib.  You fasten it in using 8 elastic snaps that wrap around the crib rails.  It is organic and soft on the side where baby lays but has multiple thick layers of waterproof material.  Changing sheets in a crib isn't easy, and not something you want to do at 3am.  All big messes happen in the wee hours of the morning  ya know,  blowouts, projectile spit up, diapers that get peed out of, all the fun stuff.  So when that happens you just take this off put it in the hamper and you still have a sheet on your crib to lay your sweet little one until morning.  :)
Yes your changing pad has a cover but it's probably made of fabric, which will absorb all that pee that missed your face and landed somewhere else.  :)  So I highly recommend having these plastic backed liners to keep the big messes from spreading. 

We use ours for feeding and tummy time and I don't know what to do when I have to feed him with out it, I like having the extra support for my arms.   Call me lazy.  :) 

You see Henry wrapped up in these a lot.  They are large, stretchy and very breathable.  They kept him warm as a newborn and can be folded multiple ways to swaddle him.  We use them to cover up his car seat or stroller to to keep the sun off of him because they still allow some air to flow through when draped.  Love these!  I recommend at least two packs. 

We are so happy we decided to do a big comfy chair for the nursery.  This chair and ottoman glide with easy as well as swivel.  At 3am I may or may not nod off in this thing while feeding. :)  We ordered ours from BuyBuyBaby and had a huge book of fabrics to choose from.  This one we picked is white links.  

Newborn onesies with mitten covers   we had purchased the little mittens for their hands but they wouldn't ever stay on him.  In the hospital they had these long sleeved onesies with the mitten covers and we loved them.  So we ended up purchasing a pack when we got home.  I still like using sleepers with built in mitten covers at night because little man always wants to grab at his oh so edible cheeks.  
Give you two hands. Nuff' said. 
Burts Bees Baby  We opted for all Burts Bees lotions and washes for Henry.  We appreciate the fact that they are Paraben free, Phthalate Free, and is ooober good smelling.  :)  We use the Baby Bee shampoo and wash and the Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion during bath time.  The Baby Bee Lavender lotion is also equally yummy!  :)

 Whenever we are headed to church, dinner, or a place where I'll be away from Henry I pump to fill a bottle for him to use.  When the bottle and pumping pieces are used we wash, sanitize, and then place on this drying rack.  I love the way all pieces fit onto this rack, especially when you use the tree too.  We now have a permanent patch of grass growing on our countertop it seems, but luckily their is no  need to mow.  

Hooded towels are a must for baby bath time.  They are so cold and miserable when you take them out and having the hood to place on their head really helps.  We have several brands, Gerber, JJCole but these pottery barn towels are our faves.  They are as plush as a normal towel and really soak up the water but keep them nice and warm.  :)  Plus how cute is it to hold a baby elephant?  

These are our most used and favorite baby items thus far.  He is 8 weeks old and I'm sure we will have another "must haves" list over the next 8 weeks.  All babies and mommas are different and I'm sure there are items out there that others find helpful that maybe I don't know about.  It's always helpful to get advice though.  
What is on your must have list?  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Four Day Fabulous

Our four day weekend was spent with friends and family packing in as much fun and downtime as possible.  
Barry took off Friday so Henry and I had super bonus time with him.   B was so happy this included sleeping with little Henry on his chest more than once.  Such sweetness.
 We grilled out with Barry's  Mom, Dad and brother.  There was a lot of baby Oogling and yummy grill happenings.  

We took Henry on his first trip out of town up to Louisville to visit with friends and shower Mrs. Whitney Thompson, soon to be new mommy. 
 We looked at this face.......A LOT!
 It was so hot here that we had no choice but to let him hang out in his diaper after bath time.  :)  Oh Darn!

 We ended Memorial Day with a impromptu cookout at Alison and John's.  The Edwards got to relax with friends as they wait out the next two weeks for the arrival of their sweet lil' boy Locke.

 Woods entertained us all with his sweet laugh and adorable personality. 
It was a wonderfully spent weekend, and we are so thankful for the men and women who fight for our freedom.  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fotoreel Friday, On a Saturday

I just couldn't pass up the chance to share our week in fotos even if it had to happen on a Saturday.

He spent some QT with his lovely Auntie Sarah, who loves him dearly.
 He got to meet his beautiful aunt Paige while partying for Hugo.
 He ran a few leg races, powered by Dad.
 He went to vote for the first time. 
 Oh Politics! 
He started cooing and smiling a lot more.  Which makes our day!  :)
 He hung out in his fave cuddle position.  (Mommy doesn't mind it either)
 He routinely likes to come to hang out in the big people bedroom after his morning feeding to cuddle.
 Just love this view.
 And this one too.

 Basically he got cuter.
 And Sweeter.
 And simply more lovable. 
What a baby. What a week. What a blessing.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Friday over on 5OhWifey

Go Check out my latest post over here. 

I let you in on a few new mommy tips I've learned along the way.  
Happy Friday.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hugo's There?

Showering Kate and Chris with some baby Hugo love.

We had a lil' get together at the house last night for the Beautiful Kate and her precious baby.  She is so ready to meet him, and I'm so ready for Henry to have another fabulous little baby boy to make coo noises with soon! 
 We also discovered a new baby shower game to play.  It's called get someone paper pregnant.  This baby grew with each gift that was unwrapped.  :)  Kinda fun no?  I think it will be a new shower staple.  Thanks LaLa for making us smile.  You're gonna be missed our little Texas Queen.


losing an arm

No one ever told me that when you have a child you also have one arm temporarily amputated.   It is amazing the things I have learned to do with just one hand.

Wash my hand
Put on eyeliner and mascara
Fold laundry
Empty the dishwasher
Brush my teeth (putting toothpaste on with one hand is harder than you think)
Sweep the floors

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Top Ten -Music Style

Today I'm linking up for the LOVE OF MUSIC!   So much fun.  Mom2MemphisandRuby are at it again with their Tuesday#10.  Join up for the fun!


1. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You.  Sweet baby Henry
2. Coldplay- Paradise.
I am pretty sure I have found mine in my little family.

3. Who doesn't love Jimmy Buffet?  Takes me away to water somewhere.  This is my favorite Parrothead song.

4. Coldplay Clocks.  Probably my favorite song ever.
5. Lionel Richie- Dancin on the ceiling.
This takes me back to childhood.  Laying on my back in the living room with my sisters, feet in the air as we "danced on the ceiling".  

6. Beirut-Postcards from Italy 
Takes me back to our trip to Italy.  A place I knew I would love before we went and since being there I dream of going back.  There is something about that place that feels a part of me.  Even though I'm not Italian. :)
7. Tom Petty- Learning to Fly
Reminds me of life, Flying with my Dad, and literally trying to learn to fly.
8.  Coldplay Fix You.  Hmmm can you tell this is my fave band?  To me this song has a very personal and Christian feel to it.  I think of the day when "lights will guide me home", and the fact that God has already "fixed me" with the blood of his son Jesus Christ.
9.  Radiohead- Reckoner.  This song is just 100% wonderful music.  I have listened to this on repeat more times than I can count.

10. Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars.  Barry and I had a whirlwind of a romance from the beginning that brought us to walking down the isle after knowing each other 10 months.  This is our song, and the song we had our first dance to.

Monday, May 21, 2012

What's Up Weekend- Dates, leg rolls, and family

This is what weekends are for!

Date night on Dudley's roof top patio.  I"m officially obsessed.   
Being babysat by Gran and Pop

Handsome boys.


Admiring chubby rolls as we bathe a wee' babe.  

Brunch after church with fabulous friends at a new restaraunts opening day.  I highly reccomend Shakespeare Cafe downtown.  Great atmosphere and so many yummies on their menu I probably need to start going once a week.  

Getting cuddled on the couch while feeling the coolness of baby breathe on my chest.

Having family over to love on Henry.  (they will be your best friends when you learn to love waterskiing!)