Monday, January 26, 2015

The List...

I was going through some old emails and came across my lists of what to bring when you're going to the hospital to have a baby!
I want to make sure I don't forget and also share my ideas with friends and family... I know what you're probably, we're not pregnant again! HAHA
I still can't believe that Matt is almost 9 months, it feels like yesterday that we were using these things. 
... just a cute 1 day old pic of Matt for fun :) 
Snap n Go or the generic version of it - This is really useful especially in the early days because the carseat snaps into it.  And it folds up really small. Definitely a must have!  If you can find one that fits with the carseat I would really recommend it. 
Ergo baby carrier (and infant insert, for early days)  - It's expensive, but Matt loves it. It saved me in the early days when he was fussy. He loved being on me and he would fall asleep instantly in it. There are a lot of carriers out there and ones that are cheaper, but this one is awesome.

Bjorn Bouncer - Matt loved this bouncer, It folds up small and we couldn't live without it. There are a lot of bouncers out there but this one has the most bounce! haha

Sleeper - Matt loved the Snugabunny. He slept in this for the first 2 months. He didn't like being flat on his back in his bassinet and liked the shape of this. Highly recommend!

Soothie Pacifiers - Matt liked these and the WubbaNub.

Swaddle -  These were great to put him in to sleep. We swaddled him with a blanket during the day and used this at night. They make them with thicker material for the winter.

Baby swing - This is the swing we have.

Dr. Browns bottles.  These are the bottles we started with they slow down the flow to breastfeeding rate and prevented air from getting in. These are really good. I like the glass ones so the plastic doesn't get yucky.
My friends have had a lot of luck with the Comotomo - they are very good for breastfed babies I've heard.

Swaddle Blankets - these are my FAVORITE!! I would definitely get a pack of these I use them for everything. In the beginning I swaddled him with them and now I use them just as an extra layer over him in the carseat and wrap him in them... they are great!

Burp Cloths - I like these :)

Lansinoh Nursing Pads (for breastfeeding leakage)

Soothies Gel Pads (for nursing) - these give some relief between feedings

My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow.  This helped me SOOO much with breastfeeding positioning. Very important.

White Noise machineI like this one.

Diaper Genie II Elite: You have to buy the special bags, but it really works well.

Bathtub - Matt likes this one.

Snuzzler thing for the carseat - I used this in the stroller, you can also use in the carseat if it doesn't already have one.

Bundle Me -We have something like this for his stroller. 

Nursing Cover - I really like this one.

Activity Gym - This is great to have.

Changing on the go - this is great to have in the car.

Okay, there is my list! Next up a list of 6-9 month stuff. It's amazing how fast you go through these things. 

What are some of your favorite baby items?

Happy Monday!  


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Matthew William ~ 8 Months

Weight/length: All I can say is he is BIG! We'll find out exactly next month at his 9 month appointment, but close to 30 pounds and over 30 inches long.
Sleep: Sleep hasn't really changed much in the last month unfortunately. All I can say is he likes to cuddle with his mommy and daddy. He sleeps about 1/2 the night in his bed and 1/2 in ours. He's still breastfeeding at night too. Hopefully when he starts crawling he'll be so tired he'll sleep through the night. I've heard friends tell me that right around the 10-11 month is when they slept through the night, we'll see :)
Health: We're VERY lucky, although I don't want to jinx it. He's only had one cold over Thanksgiving, but so far so good. 
  Clothes: 18-24 top and bottom. I squeezed him into a 9-12 month onesie the other day and it barely made it under his bottom. Matt likes being naked :)

 Baby Gear/Accessories: With the holidays all of the new toys have been fun for Matt. Although I have to say it doesn't take much to entertain this little guy. He loves his rattle, especially the NogginStik - Developmental Light-up Rattle. It's pricey, but it has given him hours of entertainment. He's starting to like big stuffed animals and likes rolling around with them.

  Development: He's very good at baby yoga as we call it...very flexible in all ways. He's sitting up well - sometimes here and there he falls over, but he can usually brace himself with his arm. He loves rolling and has figured out how to roll accross the living room and all over. He's now pushing up on all fours, no forward movement YET, but rocking back and forth. I'm giving it only a few more weeks before he starts crawling - eeekkk! We've started baby proofing, because he now knows that he can reach up from his walker and pull on things.
Both of his bottom teeth broke through and it looks like the top ones are about to come through.

Eating: We're doing three meals a day now, plus breastfeeding. He loves food! Sweet potatoes, squash, fruit, quinoa, oatmeal, avocado, pretty much anything that I give him he likes. We introduced yogurt and he likes that a lot :) Next up is introducing meat.
 Crying: Not much crying - he's a good boy, we're so lucky!
Adventures: December- wow, so many adventures and fun holiday parties! We stayed local through the holidays, which was nice. Matt got to spend time with his Grandma, Janice before she went to Georgia to be with her other grand-babies. Nonnie and Papa spent lots of time with us over the holidays, which was really nice. Matt loved Hanukkah and Xmas, of course he loves all the attention, pictures, and presents. It will be fun next year when he really knows what's happening.

Matt went on the swing for the first time Xmas day!
Postpartum/Mommy feeling: I really can't believe he is 8 months. It feels like yesterday that he was in my belly. Matt's napping has been more consistent so that has made my life much easier. We're on a good schedule and when he naps well he's a happy boy. I injured my back two months ago, it's finally feeling better, so I'm ready to start exercise. I did the cliche new years thing and joined a gym! YAY. I'm excited for 2015 and watching Matt learn to crawl and walk. He's my little love bug and makes everyday so special.
Happy New Year 2015!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanukkah Festivities!

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah! I thought it would be fun to start some of our own family traditions and of course include the old ones. 
I grew up lighting the menorah, opening a little present, and on the first night we usually had latkes :)
Lighting the Menorah. My Grandma gave me the menorah above a few years ago - I love it! I want to order this whale menorah for Matt for next year - so cute, right?
We read this dreidel book, thanks to my sister-in-law Kristy! I love reading her blog :)

We ate yummy Latkes from Trader Joes. 
Who needs all that oil mess when you can just open a box and stick them in the oven - 10 minutes later DONE.

Who new Comcast had a digital menorah with Hanukkah music!
What are your Hanukkah traditions?

Happy Hanukkah!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Rainy Day = Yummy Ginger Cookies

This "EPIC' rain storm in California calls for some cookie making. 

Matt and I made some yummy Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies. Thanks to Nathalie for the recipe from the Baker Chick Blog.
These cookies are really easy and so delicious with a cappuccino or cup of hot coco - holiday delight :)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger* chopped into bits.
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar for rolling (white sugar works too)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then mix in the water and molasses.
  4. Gradually mix the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Stir in the candied ginger.
  5. Chill dough for 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  6. Shape dough into 1 inch sized balls, and roll them in the raw sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a parchment or silpat-lined cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

My little helper!

Rolling in the sugar...yummy


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Matthew William ~ 7 months


Weight/length: I'm thinking he's around 24 pounds and 30 inches long. We won't know exactly until his 9 month appointment.
Sleep: Teething!! Matt got his first tooth came through! This has definitely messed up his sleeping. Hopefully we can get back to longer stretches of sleep :)
Health: Had his first little cold right before Thanksgiving, but he didn't have a fever, so might have been the teething.

Clothes: He's wearing 18-24 on the bottom and 12-18 on the top.

Baby Gear/Accessories: This month has been lots of toys. He's gone from being interested in pretty much anything to really enjoying his toys. He's rolling around and scooting so he can now grab the toys he likes and play with them. I bought some Melissa and Doug blocks that he loves grabbing and rolling around with.
  Now that he's eating solids it's all the feeding gadgets. My favorite bib is this Baby Bjorn, spoon - Green Sprouts, and feeding on the go - Boone Spoon. 
We have the Stokke highchair, which is great and looks nice around our table.

We also just got the UppaBABY umbrella stroller and I love it! It's really light and easy to put him in and out of when I'm doing errands. 

  Development: Matt's sitting up...sometimes he'll fall over so we always keep a few pillows around. Rolling back and forth and a little scooting. He can get from the living room carpet to the kitchen by rolling. He's definitely pushing his butt up and doing can tell crawling is going to happen any time.

 Crying:  There's been more crying with teething, but that's how it goes. When he gets bored he now has a little's kinda cute.
  Adventures: November was a great month with all of the holiday festivities! We went to Santa Cruz for Thanksgiving and Matt got to spend time with both of his Grandmas, Papa, his Uncle Glenny, Aunt Sara, Great Grandma, and all of his extended family. Matt got to meet his second cousin Ari who is only a few months older. He tried baby food turkey for the first time and loved all the attention of being around family.

Matt has his first swim class this month. We're on class #3 this week. We love La Petite Baleen for swim classes in SF. It's a great facility and makes it easy for Mommy's with little ones.

  Postpartum/Mommy feeling: All I can say is it gets more and more fun everyday! Matt is my little buddy. We make each other smile, we giggle, we get frustrated, we make funny sounds, we sing silly songs, and the best part of it all is that it's unconditional love. During this holiday season we're so lucky to have such a special little boy in our lives.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6th Annual Friendsgiving!

We had our 6th Annual Friendsgiving two weekends ago and it was a success! It was Matt's first Friendsgiving and it was our first big party in our house. Here are a few pictures from the event. Of course I wish I had taken more pics of the decorations and a family picture...but, that's what happens when you're getting ready for 20+ people, cooking a turkey, and taking care of a 6 month old. 
 It's definitely harder to get ready for a big party when you have a baby. Here are a few things I've learned over the past few months about hosting with a baby.
1. Use any nap time a few days before to get things ready. Even if it's silly things like getting the vases out of the cupboard.
2. You can never start too early buying decorations and things for the party - last minute running to get things isn't the same with a baby.
3. Write things brain even at 6 months is a thing.
4. DAY OF... ask Daddy to watch the baby in the morning so you can get things ready and plan accordingly for feedings and naps. 
5. Wake up early so you can shower and get ready...feeling dressed and ready for your party always makes it better.
6. Enjoy the time with friends and let the baby be entertained by others :)
Cheers to Thanksgiving next week!

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