Well, This one might get long…..I’m just warning ya…….don’t say I never looked out for you…..’cause I do……..and if you’re interested in baby “stuff”…..you might just want to keep reading……..or if you just want to know about all the stuff I have, and need and want……..can I use any more of these…………..can I?
I had a really hard time with picking out the crib set because I really wanted something that all matched, and yet I didn’t really want plain white furniture, and I also didn’t want to pay five million dollars for the set.Â These things are freaking expensive, and unless you go to a speciality store – it’s hard to just find a “set” in one of the local stores.Â We did find this set at Sears, but had to order it all in.Â We didn’t actually think we were going to be able to get this set because the crib was NO WHERE to be found, and it couldn’t be ordered in to arrive in the store until the end of July, and seeing as it’s possible that this little guy could arrive at the end of July…..that wasn’t really an optionas far as I was concerned.Â Jon called the store here in town, and surprisingly enough – they had THE ONLY one of this crib in the lower mainland……nice eh?
So, we did get the matching set of the Armoire and the Change table.Â I also anguished over the color of the wood stain.Â Was the cherry too dark?Â I knew I didn’t want the really light colored, blond wood, but did I want the medium colored wood, and which shade.Â I thought that I found one that I liked.Â It was called a walnut and was a dark honey color, but we couldn’t find the matching pieces that went with the crib.Â I finally went with these three pieces, and although I didn’t really like the type of crib (the back side is taller than the front side – it’s not very traditional, and I was looking for something more traditional as first) at first.Â I really like it now, and can’t wait to get the whole thing set up in nursery.
I’ve never had aÂ change table, and so this is a whole new experience for me.Â Can you believe it?Â ThreeÂ kids, ten years, and never a change table……I’m so excited…I’m a bit giddy.Â It’s a nice height too.Â I still need to get a change pad….it doesn’t come with that little piece, although you’d think with the price that they could throw in the pad as a bonus.Â
The Armoire and the Change Table are both on order and should be arriving on June 26th.Â Well within appropriate time limits for set up in the room.Â Another thing that I like about this set is that Iit will just grow with our little guy.Â That is a 3 in 1 crib, and converts to a toddler bed, and then a double bed.Â The change table converts to just a regular dresser if you take the railing off of the top, and the armoire will just be the armoire.
Next on my list of things that I have are these amazing breast pads.Â Just click on the picture toÂ go toÂ the website.Â It has a whole ton of information, but to summarize….these are reusable silicone nursing pads.Â They kind of “stick” to you and they don’t leak, they don’t show through your clothes, and if you had nice perky boobies than they claim that you don’t even have to wear a bra.Â That would never work for me, but I love the fact that they are reusable, washable, and don’t show through your clothes.Â On-line they are selling for approx $20US plus shipping.Â I bought these off ebay.ca for approx. $17 including shipping.Â Yah Me!
I’ve already posted about our travel system that we bought – that is the Infant Car Seat and the Stroller.Â It was our very first purchase for this baby……so I won’t repeat all the boring details about that.
My sister in law has lent us a swing, high chair, playpen, bassinette, and an umbrealla stroller.Â I was overwhelmed.Â A friend of our’s also lent us a swing, a baby bath tub, ad some clothes.Â Â Another sister in law gave me some of her boy clothes ’cause she is having a little girl…..I’m so excited for them.
I haven’t totally gone through all the baby clothes to see if I have everything – like undershirts and socks and sleepers – but I plan to do that after the Armoire and Change Table arrive.Â I don’t feel like going through everything and then putting it all back into boxes.
On to the NEED to get items……
We’ve or rather that should say I’ve decided that I want to cloth diaper this baby.Â I like the idea of paying a set amount for the diapers and not having to continually bleed out money for disposable diapers over the next 2 years.Â I’m also planning on using reusable cloth diaper wipes……read that to say rags for butt cloths.Â This is not to say that I won’t be using ANY disposables, because I know that I will……like if we go on holiday’s this year…there is no way that I’d take a weeks worth of dirty diapers home with me, and I’m not going searching for a laundry mat half way through either.Â I’d use disposable wipes during that kind of time as well.
Cloth diapering is not the same as it was 10 years ago when Geli was born.Â They have THE MOST AMAZING cloth diapers now.Â They are basically like a disposable, but you wash them…..no pins, no folding, no plastic pants.Â These are the ones that I want.Â They do have everything from the ones I’ve described all the way back to plain, old fashioned squares that you fold and cover with pants.Â Â I do already have some fitted cloth ones that you need a diaper wrap or plastic pants with, and will definately use those as well, but they are mostly the medium size and will fit a 15-25 pound baby.
I do have a ton of washcloths to use for wipes, but still need to order the diapers from Raised in Reusables.comÂ It’s a big wack of money to pay all at once, but they fit from birth all the way until they grow out of them, and like I said, Â in the long run – I’ll pay WAY less than I would if I used disposables…..I figure that they should pay themselves off in about 6 months or so.
I still need to find a diaper bag, and the one that I absolutely LOVED is not available any where that I can find…….sucks – so I need to keep looking for something suitable and that I like.Â That seems to be the biggest issue…..me liking it – when did I become so picky.Â Like I said in the previous post about the bedding….I’m not really into “cutsy”…….I still want to look like I’m a grown woman, and not a baby machine with all the cartoon widgets and accessories dripping off of me.
How to find the balance within a budget……..that’s the challenge, eh?
I do still need to pick up the little nit picky things like butt cream, Lansinoh Cream, a diaper pail, cotton balls, Q-tips, The Infant First Aid stuff (Tylenol, Rubbing alcohol, Gripe Water, Digital, in Ear thermometer, etc), a nasal aspirator, blah, blah, blah………I also need to get a couple of nursing bra’s, but I saw some on sale at Motherhood Maternity that I should really go and get.Â
Again, I’m picky – I MUST have underwire, and believe me when I say I MUST!Â Without the strongest support possible those bad girls fall down to my belly button.Â Okay!Â I probably should have TMI’d you all in advance, but come on – It’s nothing I haven’t shared with you all before and you know I’m all about the honesty, besides I wonder if any of you will have even made it this far.Â If you have – Don’t give up ’cause I’m almost done……really…..it’s the truth.Â
Back to the Nursing bra thing for a minute.Â My most favorite nursing bra EVER has been discontinued, and I’m a bit disoriented and terribly disappointedÂ by that fact.Â It was underwire, with extra support AND it snapped open in the front in the middle, and not at the top.Â It’s like losing a best friend.Â I shouldn’t be that upset, but I am – but no worries, I’ll get over it pretty quick….
Moving onto things that I WANT…..obviously these are things that are not so important as the above mentioned items, but still…….
I’d LOVE to get a sling to carry the baby in, and not just any sling, but a MOBY WRAP…….in chocolate.Â
That would be this brown color you see here.Â Basically this sling is a giant peice of stretchy material that you can wrap in a variety of different ways and can carry a baby from a preemie all the way to 35 pounds.Â The cool thing is that you can be hands free and the baby’s weight is evenly distributed across your back and body.Â Â TheÂ babyÂ can be worn on your front or on your back, and facing in or facing out.Â You can nurse in this thing, and it even looks cute just over top of your clothes…..meaning that if you tie it on before you head out to the grocry store you don’t look like a complete goof, and you’re ready to just slip your baby in leaving your hands free to push the cart and grab forÂ your other children as they flail down the aisle touching everything thay can see…..it’s a real bonus in my mind.
I’d also like to get a breast pump.Â This is one thing that i”m not firnly decided on.Â I don’t work outside the home and I’m fairly comfortable nursing anywhere, so it’s not like I have alot of reasons to use a heavy duty electric pump.Â I would like to have a bit of a stock in the freezer just in case, so do I get a manual (that I hate ’cause they make your hands cramp) or get a light weight electric……and if so…..which one?Â There are so many out there.Â I think if I had the choice I’d go with the Medela Single Delux Electric Pump, but it seems like an exravagance, and so we’ll have to just see how it goes.
I think that about does it for this installment of Baby produts.
I did have a Doctor’s appointment today, and I was going to lump everything all together, but I think that I’ll just quit for now, and if I can get a decent picture from tomorrow when I’m actually officially 32 weeks pregnant – I’ll tell you all about it then.
For now, I really need to go to bed.Â It’s 12:22am, and I have Xandra’s birthday party tomorrow!Â YUCK!Â The only good thing about that, is that after 4pm tomorrow.Â It will be done, and I’m so looking forward to that moment.
Well, If you’ve made it this far – I applaude you!Â I’ll let you few select people know that I’m going to be having a baby pool, where I’ll give away an actual gift to the person who guesses closest to the actual delivery date and time…..so keep that in the back of your mind, and I’ll officially announce it – in a much shorter post – coming up some time soon.
Oh……….If you have any really cool baby items or gear that I MUST take a look at, let me know by e-mail or leave the link in the comments so we can ALL know about them.Â I’m always on the lookout for baby things that make your life easier or just more fun!