Saturday, March 31, 2012

Madison loves Wilma








Things baby need: 0-6 months

When I was pregnant, I always wanted ideas on what we as parents actually needed and what was a waste of money. G&D did this in February and I thought it was a great idea so I stole it!


Layette/Open bottom and zippered sleepers

Layette/open bottom sleepers are a must for newborns. Who wants to unsnap and snap 20 snaps 10 times a night? Not me! Madison has been very active since the day she was born so she was only able to wear these a couple of months without the sleeper easing it's way up around her chest but we loved them while it lasted! Our favorite after that, became the zippered sleeper. This is made for the lazy person :) It's so easy and fast. We always end up missing a snap or snapping them into the wrong ones and have to redo the whole section.. Who knew?!

Bottle drying rack
This is the rack we have and I could use either another one or a bigger one. With my pump parts and bottles, this one isn't big enough to accomodate all that with bottles and lids. It is a must have though.


Breathable bumper
 I could kick myself for paying what we paid for her bedding set(bumper, blanket, crib skirt and sheet). I don't recommend it. Just buy a sheet and one of these breathable bumpers. If you can find a crib skirt to buy alone, buy it. It does make your crib prettier! :)


Monitor with voice activation
 This is the one we use and I really like it, except the range sensor beeps a lot and it's pretty annoying. I do like that it has the sound sensor on it so there's no white noise all night- it only goes off if she makes a noise.

Baby car mirror
If you have a baby in a car seat, you need one of these in each car you have. It allows you to see the face of a rear facing baby, which means ages newborn-2 year old.

Consignment Shops

95% of Madison's clothes/shoes and some toys came from consignment shops.  I just can't see paying $10-$20 for an outfit when I can get 3-4 for that much. As fast as Madison is growing and as many outfits as we go through each day, we need a lot of clothes. A couple of weekends ago, with the help of Alan's mom, Madison is now set through 12 months size clothing for $75. We got about 55 pieces of clothing at 2 consignment shops. I got 25 at one and she bought 30 at another.

Boppy pillow
 If you get nothing on this list, get 2 of these. Get one for every room in the house! We have 2, one for the living room and one for the nursery. It kept us from dragging one from room to room and I'm so glad! These things are a lifesaver and we still use ours to cushion her if she falls during sitting up. Make sure to carry it to the hospital too. Your, and everyone else's arms will thank you!

Swaddle
I have a love/hate relationship with these. I am not sure we would have gotten any sleep for her few months of life without these but then we had to break her of it back in February. 

Plastic backed bib
These are another must! Especially when baby starts eating solids. The cloths bibs will just soak right through onto his/her shirt and then what's the point?  

Toys

Crib piano
 I got Madison one at a consignment shop and she loves it. She will wake up playing it! It's really cute. She loves it.

Balls
This one has a ball inside that rattles and is really easy to hold onto with the holes all over.

This ball is super easy to hold and is flexible and it rattles! Madison loves to chew on it!

 Sophie the Giraffe is a must for teething babies. She's easy to hold, has lots of parts to chew on and it's dyes are completely safe and non toxic!


For the breastfeeding mom:

Medela pump in Style Breast Pump
 If you are nursing full time or exclusively pumping, this pump is a must! It's quite pricey but I got my money back within the first week. It even comes in a neat bag that looks like a tote and has a wall plug and a battery powered backup, which comes in very handy when you are going to be somewhere without an outlet during a pumping session.

Milk Storage Bags
 This brand is the best I've tried out of 3 brands. Whatever brand you choose, you need some of these to store extra milk!

Spandex Sports Bras
These are so handy! I tired the nursing bra with the little clasps and boy is nothing harder than holding a baby with one hand and trying to clasp a bra back together with the other. I finally gave up and started wearing these.


*Note: These are strictly my opinions and suggestions. Some of the images I used are not the brand I use. I found all images via Google Image Search.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Some recent pictures

I took these at my last Photography class this past Monday. They were taken at the college.

I have some sort of infatuation with trees

 




Same waterfall. Super slow shutter speed (1/10) to freeze the water.
Love doing this to water.


I am taking our Godson's Easter pictures this weekend and I'm nervous for some reason! I've taken plenty of pictures of him before so I'm not sure why. Hopefully they will turn out better than the pictures I've done before!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

6 month/Easter/Spring pictures

 These are Madison's 6 month/Easter/Spring pictures. They were taken 2 days after she turned 6 months, I've just been really slack in the blogging department. They were taken at the local Community College.

 When we sat her in this chair, I teared up. She looks like such a big girl in her dress, sitting
like a good girl. *sigh*
 


 

I wanted to recreate this maternity picture :
Baby in....

.. baby out....
Close enough. Should have done it when she was tiny.



This one shows you just how much of a daddy's girl she is. The only smile we got the entire hour!

I saw this pose on Pinterest and I'm glad we did it. It's one of my favorites!








Monday, March 12, 2012

1.5 goal done!

4) Start back exercising. We have been talking about getting a treadmill or stair climber in the next couple of months. Since Alan stopped playing tennis regularly and when I got pregnant, neither of us has really done any real exercise. I haven't truly worked out in a gym in roughly 10 years! Before getting pregnant, I would run/walk the neighborhood.


We got this elliptical last weekend. After looking for a couple of weekends and not really knowing what to get, we finally decided on this one. After bringing it home and unpacking it and managing to get it upstairs, we were missing a screw. We called to get it sent out and waited. Alan decided Friday to put the handles together and found the missing screw clung to the handle. We both finally used it Saturday and it's a lot more of a workout than I thought it would be! I'm starting slow at 20 minutes with no incline, but Alan did a preset workout at 25 minutes with up and down inclines.

Also, the decorating part. I have yet to put up curtains in the bathrooms since we painted last April. 


I lucked up and found the ones for our bathroom on the clearance rack for $7 each at Target. I wasn't even really looking for curtains but they jumped out. I have been on the lookout for gray and brown patterned hand towels and a rug since the walls are gray and the tile is brown with specks of gray. The curtains are a mix between brown and gray and actually look pretty good in there, and they were the right length. Still looking for artwork for here too.



I have a love/hate relationship with our kitchen. I love our tile backsplash but I don't think the color of the kitchen matches it. I have been going back and forth whether or not to repaint it a neutral color. We were talking about adding curtains in there to warm it up, but after looking, I didn't like any of the options that the store had. Alan liked the khaki colored ones we decided to get. After hanging them, I think I like the kitchen color less and I'm not loving the color of the curtains but Alan likes both. I'm on the lookout for artwork to hopefully blend the color of the walls, curtains, cabinets and back splash. Hopefully artwork will be the answer.




I bought these balloon valance curtains for Madi's bathroom. I'm not loving them either, but Alan says he likes them. The window in there is really small so it's hard to find a curtain the width we need(27") in the color I wanted(pale pink). This curtain actually goes with her shower curtain and towels. After hanging them, I don't like how bunched it is. We will keep them for now. We are on the lookout for artwork to hang to the right of the window.