Yard play day 

Little man and I played in the garden this morning. He was getting his new clothes dirty so I stripped him down to his diaper. We (he) made dirt angels and we (I) checked all my newly blooming flowers. ūüĆļ He’s only interested in my flowers when I’m not looking. He’s even more interested in getting filthy and hiding his chalk. It was a good day. Cars were raced, animals were transported, in said cars. Zootopia played.  Songs were sung. I’m so lucky that snuggling is one of his new favorite things. Mama needed a nap after all the go go go. Maybe tomorrow. 

 

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Yard play day 

That’s MY Toothbrush¬†

I’m so so so happy you like to brush your teeth. You love to brush your teeth. I can’t make this up. We lucked out, I know. You loved watching me brush my teeth as a tiny baby. 

I know I started it. This thing that I now complain about. You were so curious about my tooth brush. So willing to let me brush your gums with my tooth brush. I figured it was good you were so willing to brush. 

You have 4 tooth brushes that I can think of. You’re favorite, is mine. It is not among those I count as yours. Because it’s not, it’s mine. If only you could use your own. I even tried switching our tooth brushes just to give you the color I mistakenly assumed you wanted. Your favorite color is which ever color I use. 

I’ve tried bright new fun colors. Giving you my “old one”. A lighting McQueen tooth brush that the two of us bought to make it more exciting and hopefully effective. You couldn’t care less about it. 

So my last resort is to get matching toothbrushes for you and I. I’ll try it all, just so you DON’T USE MY TOOTHBRUSH! 

That’s MY Toothbrush¬†

Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions

We have checked out many of these books. Many of them were suggestions from friends or family.  Some we found, some were gifts, many on this list are authors and illustrators we now love! Others are our own childhood favorites and old childhood books.  Look & read on for over 60 book suggestions and almost 20 different authors and/or series to choose from! Come back for more as I may update from time to time.  Also, check out more of our family favorites here. I hope you find some new books and probably some old books on this list that you will love as much as we do.

Our families two thumbs up books:

Little Books by Amy Kroger Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace

We happened upon this series at the library I love the illustrations and the simplicity.  The humor is sweet, maybe a little corney but great visuals none the less.

Critter Books by Mercer Mayer

These books bring back book-it memories! I was shocked at how much E loves these. His favorite is Just For You, it makes my heart melt.

Mac Barnett

These books are probably more for the adults.  Not that they are adult humor, but maybe for those with humor that is a little more advanced? Either way they are cute books and both of them, although, separate illustrators have great visuals as well.

Renata Liwska

We LOVE books with Wagons in them.  I think these books are stink-in’ adorable.  I love her illustrations too.  Can you tell we are a lot about the visuals in this house? They are fun reads with sweet messages too!

Janell Cannon

I had not heard of Stellaluna until this year.  Such a beautiful story, I can’t thank my friend Kennedy enough for suggesting this one.  I liked it so much I checked out Verdi too.  I liked Verdi but E man wasn’t into reading much that week, will try again.  They have Pinduli but I haven’t read it yet.  If you need a book that teaches a kid about learning who THEY are these might be some books to get!

Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems

These are cute books. We Love, I Will take a Nap.  Thank you Brooke, my pre-school teaching, sister-in-law.  Check out all the awards! Great for beginning readers!

Bear on Chairs Books by Shirley Parenteau

Sweet books.  I have a small inside joke about Bears on Chairs.  Maybe that will be a post for another day.  I saw Bears on Chairs in the library and I did indeed HAVE to check the publishing date. It was well before my inside joke, but it would have been awesome if I had inspired a book! That is probably why I like these books.  E likes books with bears.  Win-win in our house.  These are a few she has written. They have nice messages about sharing, caring and being kind.

Gosling Books (& others) by Oliver Dunrea

We received Gossie as a baby shower gift. When I was having a baseball themed b-day party for E’s first birthday, I wanted to give him some baseball books as gifts and double as decor.  I found Peedie, its more just about him wearing a baseball cap, cute still.  Gossie started me reading books in accents.  This series I read in mostly a British accent  (That’s about the only one I have). Also, this series made me fall in love with illustrators.  He also has a few bear books as well.  I figured you might get tired if I keep plugging all the bear books. Although, we really like them in this house.

     

Bear Books by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

      

How Do Dinosaurs… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

My cousin Meg suggested these.  I like them. They have great illustrations of all kinds of dinosaurs! So if you have a dinosaur or dragon lover like E, these may be good ones for your little reader.

Tatyana Feeney

Okay this is a hubs love.  He likes this illustrator.  Small Elephants Bathtime is my favorite,  Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble is good for a soon to be big brother or sister.  If we had read the title I’m sure we would have known, before we read it.  I guess we were rushing that day.  I’m not sure I loved Little Owl’s Orange Scarf but it started the series and we read the other two!

Little Blue Truck books by Alice Schertle

Truck lovers get your series here.  These are also great for learning animal sounds! The Halloween one is a lift the flap book, probably my favorite of these two that I have read.  Although, the first is great for learning about the importance of being nice and helping.

Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

I read a mini-adventure of this series and just wasn’t sold.  Although, people rave about the Pout Pout Fish books and after reading this one I get it.  It’s cute and fun to read out loud.  Hard not getting into it while reading this, which I’m sure your kids would just love too.

Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney

Love. Fun to read, rhythm and rhyme. Llama Llama Sand and Sun is short but is a touch and feel book. E sometimes goes in spurts of reading 6+ books a day to not wanting to read for a couple days.  Having a book like this or a lift the flap, and sometimes just an old favorite we haven’t read in a while, can get us back on track.

Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

These are popular.  The Duckling get a Cookie is probably my favorite of them that we have read.  I’m not sure I love all the squawking/yelling but, I think its because I’m not good at reading this series out-loud.  Good reads, with an endearing little anxious Pigeon.

Sandra Boynton

Books for littles! Great little board books.  Short and sweet.

Eric Carle

Don’t forget about the oldies.  We love Pandas specifically at our house.  So that is why I included this book on here.  It’s pretty much the same as Brown Bear but with endangered animals instead.

Pete theCat by James Dean

Suggested by my cousin V! Who’s neighbor or friends kids loved them.  And now my friend K’s little guy loves them, after I tipped her off to them.  I know the Pete the Cat series started off with one author and is now written by the original illustrator.  Some people I know, have more love for the old ones but I don’t think I’ve read one from the original series.  We’ve read these two and a couple others.  E loved Go, Pete, Go because it has wheels.  I loved Rock on Mom and Dad because after we read it he went to his guitar. Swoon.

Curious George by Margret & H.A. Rey’s

I sure hope nobody dislikes George.  E loves things that go and some how also seems to like George.  I can usually capture his attention with a Curious George book especially if it involves something he already has an affinity for, like wheels.  But sometimes I can also sneak in another subject like sharing or thanking or listening if I show him a Curious George.

Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray

I laughed out loud reading this book. I know, its bathroom humor. But, I thought this book was hilarious! I’m sure you’ve met a “Walter” before in your life and can feel for this poor family and their plight. Thank you for the laughs Uncle J.

 

Check Back for more.  I’m sure I will think of too many that I have left out. Night.

If you’re checking this out because you read one of my other blog posts about baby items and haven’t created a baby registry I completely recommend you put some books on your registry! It may spark the idea that guests get you a book instead of a card as it did some of mine! We were gifted many of our family members cherished books.  Create your amazon registry here.

Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions

Please use your spoon

Dear lord please use your spoon.

You know how to use it. You are actually quite good at using your spoon. This phase of not wanting to use a spoon has me oscillating between amusement and frustration minute by minute.

I see your excitement as the gooey yogurt squishes between your fingers and the how funny you think it is to lick them clean. The delight you get from ripping your pb sandwich apart just to play with the sticky peanut butter.  Brings me joy and high blood pressure.

Sweet boy. I’ll let you do it for now. Because you’re learning. I’m learning too. Learning you may always be my baby but you won’t always be little. So for now, be that little boy who gets to play with his food. But seriously DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING.

Please use your spoon

Baby E’s Nursery

**This is a slightly updated old post from a super old blog I moved over to this more mommy ish blog I’ve started** Only a couple links are affiliated the rest are for your shopping pleasure and ease.

Well, we had a little boy. ¬†I truly was worried about having a girl or girls until I found out I was pregnant. ¬†I was convinced it was going to be a girl, or girls since multiples run in my family. ¬†I know anyone can just say that but, I’m talking identical, fraternal and even the extremely rare identical triplets. ¬†I may have been hoping a tiny bit for multiples. ¬†I was thinking along the lines of a one and done pregnancy. ¬†I was floored when I we had the sonogram at 20 weeks. There was no question he as to whether he was a boy or not. ¬†Let’s just say I doubt I’m gonna have a shy one on my hands. ¬†She in fact didn’t even have to tell me it was a boy I was already wide eyed realizing what I was seeing. ¬†She announced, “well there’s your money shot.”

It was so neat to see him movin’ and groovin’. ¬†I had read before my appt. to drink lots of water for a better picture. ¬†That may have been old advice, but I think it worked and maybe even woke him up. ¬†He was wide awake. ¬†Covering his face as she tried to get a picture. ¬†Tilting his head back and kicking like crazy. ¬†It could have been the water or maybe the peanut butter toast and OJ. ¬†Or just maybe it could have been the starburst…I only had a few! Either way it was worth it. ¬†Here are the pictures of my little guy!

Face & Hands  Movin'

The grandparents came up and helped us paint his room. ¬†I did my best to make descions and include Dane in on the design process. ¬†My fondness for antiques and his for modern don’t always mesh. ¬†I’m not big on themes or baby decor. ¬†I want to do something that can grow our child. ¬†Dane and I decided on the color and many of the decorations well before we knew the gender, although we still have some furniture pieces to pick out. ¬†Here is the¬†design plan I created and for the most part went with.

Inspire Baby

 

1. Solar system mobile

2. My mom and I made these inspired by a pinterest project you can follow the links here: Alphabet

3. Babyletto Crib -the one linked here is similar the one we have is no longer available

4. Floral Medallion Rug

5. Geometric Throw

6. Robin Hood Watercolor Print

7. Peter Pan Watercolor Print

8. Golden Yellow Fitted Crib Sheet

9. Orange Tile Fitted Crib Sheet

10. Raindrops Fitted Crib Sheet

11. Windham 4-Shelf Bookcase

12. Gold/Yellow Mirror, I have this for years and couldn’t tell you where it came from but I found one similar here:

Versailles Gold Framed Mirror

13. Globe

14. Yellow Pillow

15. Blue Pillow

We ended up with everything on this except the two pillows and the raindrop fitted sheet.  I found two different pillows in target that they physically had in the store that I loved just as much as these two above.

¬†If you’re just in the planning phase good luck and have fun!

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Baby E’s Nursery

Baby gear must have list 



This is  a little collection of a few things you probably know you need for your new baby, but want an opinion as towhat to buy or put on your registry.  As well as few things you may not have heard of.  Especially if you or someone you know is having their first baby! This post is riddled with affiliate links, just warning you now. Also I have more ideas for baby shower gifts listed  here Baby Shower Gift Ideas for the Clueless.  See also Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions.


Sound Machine

Marpac Dohm Sound Machine. The sound machine isn’t something we even considered when creating a registry. It was one of those gifts I thought about returning.  But OH so THANKFUL we didn’t.  This is a lifesaver.  We keep a pretty quiet house so any noise is something E heard and still hears.  We take this on all of our trips too, older houses seem to carry more sound and when big groups of family get together noises seem to be plentiful.  This brings him a little home comfort and peace for all. 

Baby Lounger

Boppy Newborn Lounger – Geo. We were told about the lounger by family. They loved it and so did we. You probably have heard of the Boppy Nursing Pillow (adorable one with a fox and an owl here) which is also wonderful and quite the arm saver.  It was nice to be able to keep our newborn close everywhere while he was sleeping.  This is where he slept on some of his first trips too.  Not only are they cute but they aren’t super huge, they keep your baby at an incline and almost cuddle them, which is apparently awesome for colicky babies and babes who have a little reflux.

Butt cream

These are a few of our favorite butt creams we’ve tried.  They all seem to work great. my favorite part of these three, besides the working part, is that they don’t seem to linger on your fingers forever even after multiple washings. So you can eat you at some point in the day without tasting diaper cream.  Boudreaux’s is my mom’s favorite from when I was a baby.

  1. A & D
  2. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee
  3. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Aquaphor

Recommended to us by our pediatric doctor to help with little E’s eczema. And apparently mine and also the hubs.  Neither of us knew we had eczema until E came along.  You take care of yourself so much better when you have a child! Just to add I’ve never had any problems other than dime sized patches, my whole life that my mother explained as dry skin and that I needed to moisturize better.  The husband hasn’t ever had any problem until these last couple weeks, and the Aquaphor has helped him tons!

Gripe Water/Gas Drops

Mommys Bliss Gripe Water. Gripe water, we had a huge hiccup problem, supposedly hiccups can be a sign of tiredness and I DO believe it.  However, these seemed to cure our hiccups and they are all natural.  Plus this brand doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge because it doesn’t mold, like some of the others on the market.  The original is fennel flavored and not terrible tasting, yep I tried it. They also have apple, flavorless, and drops for constipation, which we haven’t tried but if the problem should arise for a future child I not hesitate to try this brand.

Car seat with base and stroller

We ended up with the Chicco Bravo Stroller Trio System.  It folds up fairly nicely and you can use stroller with or without the Car Seat.  I love that you can leave the base in the car add another for your husband or grandma or nanny’s vehicle so there is constant swapping and readjusting! You can buy it all separate or as a trio but we do love how it maneuvers and has couple cup holders and a basket down below for all those extras you need for baby! Or you know if you decide to take off your jacket or need a spot for a picnic blanket.

  1. Chicco – Bravo Stroller Trio System
    1. Carseat and Base
    2. Stroller
    3. Extra Base

Bottles 

Dr. Browns bottles these were recommended to us by family as well. The standard size (NOT the wide mouth) fit our Medela pump travel system. So I was able to pump directly into most of his bottles,  which was great.   Although, now they have some sort of options bottle (feel free to tell me more about them if you’ve used them)! They also now have them in colors, pink, blue, lavender. And for those of you who prefer glass over plastic they carry them in glass too and you can buy them with or without silicone sleeves as seen below!

  1. Wide Mouth
  2. Standard

We learned E did better with the wide mouth bottles when he was little because  he’d put the entire little nipple in his mouth and get too much air. Speaking of nipples having the bigger sizes on hand would have been helpful you will eventually need to graduate in size as your little one grows!  Here you can find Level 2Level 3, and Level 4 wide mouth nipples.

Boon Products

We saw these and thought it was just the cutest way to make decor out of the necessities.  I will say my favorite is the Silicone bottle brush because it keeps you from scratching the inside of your bottles which could create spaces for mold to grow! Yuck!

  1. Drying Grass
  2. Silicone Bottle Brush
  3. Boon Stem

Glider

We received ours on loan from a family member.  I guess they heard we were looking and offered it up.  I think that was a total a win-win.  They needed it stored and we wanted one.  We use it everyday for reading and rocking! We are so grateful thank you B family! This one here is similar to the one we use. If we buy one in the future I would go with the same model no hesitation, however if I sat in one of those big chair gliders and loved it I may consider going for a fluffy swivel glider type.  I just took a quick glance and saw they make swivel glider recliners! WHAT?!.

Muslin swaddle blankets

E was a hot baby.  So having muslin blankets that were breathable was awesome.  Some people swear by the Aden + Anais brand and they have some super adorable sets with prints like this indigo one. Check out this Winnie the Pooh set, or this completely heart melting Bambi set.  I am getting baby fever just looking at all the new prints.  Ours were from target, and I must confess I love them, I think they were/are Swaddle Designs brand.  This is a super cute woodland theme pack by them. I may get roasted for adding this but honestly I think this brand is softer than the Aden + Anais swaddles but that could just be the ones I felt and not consistent to all of their swaddles.

Diaper Bag

So when shopping around for a diaper bag I let D in on the selection process.  I wanted him to either have his own, or one that we could both be comfortable carrying around.  I showed him both the black & grey skip hop versions and he liked the grey?! I think I was partial to the black but I have fallen in love with our grey one.  It has a nice amount of pockets and isn’t too small or too big and has a couple spots for bottles or cups.  It also now comes in Stripes, what they call Feather, Chevron, and a cute colorful triangle pattern.

Sippy Cups

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup. I saw these before I even thought about getting pregnant and knew we had to have them.  I was amazed.  They aren’t 100% leak proof especially if you drop them but turn one upside down and you’ll see their magic work. I probably should mention E prefers to drink water or juice out of these and we have a completely different cup we put milk in that we go at our local grocery 4 for a $1.  He likes that he can take the lids off.  Which is why we only usually allow them for milk, at home and supervised.  He is actually proficient at drinking out of glass cups.  Yeah my MIL just thought it was crazy watching him drink out of a baby glass the other night while we Facetimed.  The Munchkin cups are our on the go and less supervised drinking glasses!

Milk Saver

Milkies Milk Saver. I breastfed and for those of you who will be new to this. Be forewarned the other boob with leak, while your nursing.  This little contraption catches it and saves it! Amazing! I bet you’d be shocked to kow how much you were losing into pads. Plus is saves money on Disposable Nursing Pads (this is the kind I preferred to me they felt less noticeable, and one thing as a new mother I had no idea I’d need right away), only thing is you have to buy more bags to store that extra milk in but thats a good problem to have! I will add I wish I would have had 2 so I wasn’t constantly washing and drying them in the beginning but I made it work with one! 

Wubbanub

I was so against those pacifiers with animals hanging from them.  I would NEVER let me child use one.  We got one as a gift from a couple of our closest friends.  I begrudgingly opened it one day.  The first time I gave it to E was more as just a toy to play with in the car.  He was crying and a put it in his carseat with him, he was very little at the time.  He quieted and when I glanced back he had managed to put the paci in his mouth and I was a changed woman.  When he got lost briefly my mom bought 2 more identical frogs on amazon, one for her house and one for mine incase I forgot to bring it over because I did that way too often.  See all the oh-so-adorable animals they have!

Well there you  have it my product reviews that I give my new mom friends. So here it is for all the world.  Good luck out there new parents!

If you haven’t yet started your registry for your new baby you can register on amazon from here! I get like $3 if you do. ūüôā haha

  1. Baby Penquin
  2. Dragon
  3. Elephant
  4. Fox
  5. Hippo
  6. Frog
  7. Turtle
  8. Monkey
  9. Lamb
  10. Dino
  11. Puppy
  12. Kitten
  13. Lion
  14. Tiger
  15. Longhorn Bull
  16. Duck
  17. Giraffe
  18. Little Mouse
  19. Owl
  20. Zebra

 

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Baby shower Gift ideas for the clueless

Holy moly my tiny squishy baby!!!


Before I became part of this Mom world I now live in, I had no idea what to get expecting parents.  Even with a handy registry list to shop from.

Now with a little mom experience under my belt, I take a look at what they have on their registry and pick one or two things from it. ¬†I also use my best judgement to pick out one or two things from my/our favorite everyday baby items. ¬†I try to go for the items I think they specifically would love but probably didn’t know about.

Check out my baby gear must have list blog post for more in depth reading about the following picks!

  1. Sound Machine
  2. Boppy Lounger
  3. Boppy Nursing Pillow
  4. Diaper Cream
  5. Gripe Water
  6. Carseat & or Stroller or an Extra Base
  7. Bottles, yes even for the breastfeeding mommy
  8. Bottle Nipples
  9. Bottle Rack
  10. Bottle Brush¬†– just don’t let your husband scrub a super sharp knife with it
  11. Muslin Swaddles
  12. Diaper Bag
  13. Milk Saver
  14. Nursing Pads
  15. Wubbanub – (tons of animals to choose from are at the bottom of the post here)
  16. Wipe Clutch
  17. Books Рsee my suggestions here
  18. Wrap Carrier

MY SELECTIONS

I try to make this a mix of utility items that will be tossed and an item or two that they will hopefully keep forever and cherish.


Here’s what I call utility or disposable items:

Diapers, Diapers, Diapers¬†and more Diapers. ¬† On average I’d wager that most babies will use about 4 boxes of NB size diapers and around 4-8 boxes 1’s. E grew super fast so he graduated to 2’s sooner than the average baby. ¬†(Something to consider when you buy diapers is that everyone goes for NB.) Then you have exhausted new parents lugging a tiny baby and boxes of diapers to the store with hopes they’ll exchange them. ¬†Please, please! don’t let me scare you into not getting the diapers just be mindful and attach a gift receipt to ease their tired heads. ¬†I remember a cousin of Danes who got us a box of 2’s and and giant box of wipes. THANK YOU, thank you! H family! We loved the Pampers Swaddlers, I have a sensitive nose and other diapers I could smell the pee even if it was just a tiny bit and I preferred the seeing the blue line to smelling when a diaper was wet.

Wipes and lots of wipes. Having them in bulk is so convenient. I’m not scared of HUGGIES¬†wipes, after that fiber glass drama. ¬†In actuality they are my go to wipes. I have nothing against pampers or even honest wipes. Huggies just worked for us.

Nursing pads. I had no idea I’d need them like ASAP after baby. I did make some reusable ones but wasn’t super comfortable wearing them in public. ¬†I really liked the lansinoh brand. I wish I would have tried some reusable, hopefully I can try them a next time.


Probably not on their registry

Nipples of the graduated sizes, Level 2 ,Level 3¬†and so on¬†for their bottle brand of choice. This would take a little digging into their registry to make sure you got the correct nipples for the corresponding bottle. However, I’m sure they’d think about how clever you were once they needed them.

Travel Wipe Pouch.¬†Now this one item is kind of disposable and kind of cherishable. I love our clutch and clean¬†travel wipe pouch. It will wear out with lots of use but don’t be surprised if they go out and buy a new one when it finally does. It’s¬†totally¬†worth the money. Its more durable than a ziplock that eventually gives way too and better at keeping kids out than the little containers I remember from the early 90’s that always seemed to break and dry out your wipes. ¬†Plus you can refill them!


Cherishable gifts.  (Or at least hopefully.)

Muslin swaddles.¬†Go with adorable prints that are timeless or fit the theme of the nursery or shower. ¬†Something that reminds you of the parents to be. ¬†Maybe a print that is completely one of a kind. Or go with a print is just so sweet you can’t resist. ¬†You never know what baby is going to attach to and I personally just think babies dragging around blankets is soooooo cute.

Books. I throw in one or two of my favorite kids books. ¬†Sometimes I may find one at the store that seems relevant to the parents to be, or fits the theme of the shower. We love the foot book, hand hand fingers thumb, the happy lion, Goosie, & triangle. I’m currently working on a top 10 or 25 kids book blog post. We love books at our house, see my post about Reading in our House, for a couple of our favorite books, or Baby & Toddler Book Suggestions for a ton. I know I have at least a couple blog posts in me about books so come back if you need more ideas later too!


 

Other Ideas that might be on their registry that are great to get

  1. Carriers I loved my boba wrap
  2. Carseat
  3. Stroller
  4. Diaper Bag
  5. Boppy and or Boppy Lounger

If you’re checking this out because you read one of my other blog posts about baby items and haven’t created a baby registry you can do that on amazon from¬†here.

Baby shower Gift ideas for the clueless