UPDATE! The whole reason that I thought this post up was for one helpful gadget in particular, and then I left it out! So I'm adding a sixth product to this post!
The main "invention" that has been a lifesaver during this little girl's life is the POCKET NANNY! The Pocket Nanny, by itzbeen is one of the coolest, most helpful baby products I was given. It's a simple thing really, basically just a timer. It easily keeps track of the last time her diaper was changed, the last time she ate, how long she's been sleeping, and then a miscellaneous button that I've used for tracking Gripe Water, or pumping, or the last Coke or glass of wine I've had. Not only that, it has a nightlight or it's backlit for convenience. This may seem unnecessary, but when sleep deprived, and fearful of forgetting something, this little handheld device is more precious than your cell phone!
Since we passed the 1-month mark, I thought it would be fun to document some of my favorite items that helped us survive. So here's a round-up of my 5 favorite products...
The best blankets for swaddling (or not), the Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddling Blankets. We have the "for the birds" set, and I love them! They aren't only beautiful, but the weight of them is perfect because they are light, and just the right size.
The MAM pacifiers were given to us by two of my "mom" friends who said they were the only pacifiers their children would take, and this is true for us as well. I debated the pacifier, and whether to give it to my breastfeeding baby, and was it too soon, and all those questions. Forget it. This was a lifesaver. She loves to eat, and she loves her pacifier. She definitely does not confuse the two!
These next two are both Fisher Price Snug-A-Bunny... one is the bouncy seat, which vibrates and plays music and nature sounds. This is where she spends her waking hours when I need to put her down.
The second is the Rock N' Play, which is where she sleeps at night, beside the bed. I like that it is on an incline, and rocks, and is convenient to the height of the bed!
I've already mentioned this in a previous post, but the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle is the only one that works for us, so far. So for that, I am grateful!
These are the top 5, but there are many other things that get us through our day! The changing table, the car seat, the stroller, the diaper bag, washcloths, clothes, burp clothes, breast pump, Aveeno baby products, Pampers, baby wipes, etc!
I know we have every reason in the world to be happy,
but this week started off sad.
First with my mom leaving town.
But then I didn't realize it could get even worse,
when our cat Theo died Friday morning.
He had been at the veterinarian's office most of the week
with an issue with his liver.
Your dad is taking it hard,
and has buried him in the backyard.
I want the world for you,
and I don't want anything to ever happen to you.
Stay safe sweet girl.
I miss my family. It's times like these that I wish I lived closer.
I want my mom.
Aunt KK, and Rosalyn, Nell, and Fieldon came to visit!
They were so excited to meet you, and everyone took turns holding you.
Kathryn took good care of all of us,
cooking delicious food for all!
Your granddaddy came to visit,
since he is leaving for China in a few days.
He'll be gone for 10 days, and wanted to see you before he left.
Also, his friend Nancy made you the cutest sweater, hat, and booties.
It may be a while before you can wear them, but they are super precious!
Fortunately, Thanksgiving is also this week,
and more family is coming back to town.
A big milestone this week was that your cord fell off,
and you got to take your first bath with Onnie, Aunt Allie, and Ellie's help!
On election night, I watched President Obama give his acceptance speech,
and then I labored most of the night with contractions every 7 minutes or so.
It wasn't until they were approximately 4 to 5 minutes apart that I woke up your dad.
It was supposed to be my first day of maternity leave,
I had planned to go out to lunch and have a mani/pedi,
but I'd much rather have you in my arms.
As we rushed to the hospital on that Wednesday morning,
I called your Onnie and Aunt Allie to get on the road,
since they had a 3-hour trip ahead of them.
We waited for confirmation from the hospital staff
that we were truly in labor before calling everyone else!
And so everyone else got on the road too,
including your Ronnie & Papa from Georgia,
and your Granddaddy, and Great-grandmama from Santee.
Papa Gene and Uncle Brad and Cousin Ellie made it in time as well.
As everyone waited in the waiting room,
and time was slipping away,
your Granddaddy was nervous that you wouldn't make it before midnight!
November 7th is his birthday as well,
and he really wanted to share his big day with YOU!
We had a lot longer than we thought we did to greet your arrival.
Even though we checked into the hospital at 6 am,
you didn't make your debut until 10:11pm!
Your short umbilical cord was keeping you from dropping,
but we didn't know what the problem was until after you arrived.
A C-section would have been safer for that torn cord of yours,
but we didn't know at the time.
I was happy to experience natural childbirth,
and although the pushing wore me out, it was so worth the effort!
I was even caught napping (snoring) between pushes,
Big news! We found out Friday that my blood pressure and protein are elevated again, and my doctor would like to go ahead and deliver sooner, rather than later! She is on-call this coming Friday, so is putting me on the schedule to be admitted to the hospital on Thursday night!
That means the countdown is on at 5 days! Of course, that's if nothing happens before then! I do have one more Non-Stress Test on Tuesday, but otherwise we are on for Friday!
I tell you this because I believe the "nesting" has kicked in this weekend. Once we started thinking of all the company we'll have coming into town and to our house, we started getting busy doing things around the house. The fridge has been stocked, the carpets and mattresses have been steam-cleaned, and we made a trip to Goodwill to donate bags of stuff! And that was just yesterday! Today, I planted the flower boxes out front, vacuumed the curtains, did laundry (yet again), and Brian has completely removed the guest bedroom door to sand/scrape it down and remove/repair the hardware in hopes of getting the door to close properly.
There are still things that need to get done this week, but for the most part, we got a good bit done!
Unfortunately, Brian decided to wait until I was in my pajamas to take my photo, but at least it's documentation of 39 weeks....
Mostly at this point, I'm feeling tired and swollen, and it shows! I'm very excited for the week ahead though! Can't believe she's almost here!!