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Baby stuff

I currently have 5 friends who are expecting babies. Some are about ready to have their babies, some are just in the beginning months (bless your hearts!) I have a few friends with teeny, tiny newborns as well.

I’ve been getting lots of emails with questions about baby things, products, pregnancy, etc. I often ask myself why I’m being asked and then I realize that “Oh yeah, I’ve had three…I guess I might have some opinions on the matter.”
So, without further ado, Baby Stuff I Can’t Live Without.
If you are a woman in your childbearing years you should be taking these daily. They strengthen your uterus making labor easier and the recovery quick. While most women will tell you that the afterbirth pains are worse with each delivery, my third was the easiest by far. I was taking two capsules every day until the last three months of pregnancy, then I took four a day. I shudder to think what my posterior labor would have been like had I not been taking these. As it was, a posterior baby, with bad back labor was done in only 5 1/2 hours. Not too bad. The after birth pains were almost non-existent. Take them. You’ll thank me later.
Cushy, soft, and so absorbent. Prefolds are easy to make, but if you have your hands full (like me!) and don’t own a sewing machine (like me!) buy these. Lexi wears them daily.
Aaaah. The Bumbo! It makes the occasional visit to restaurant possible and gives you two free arms during meal time. (Well, not really, because you have to feed the baby with one arm and feed yourself with the other…) We love this.
I realize the walker has had bad rap in the past few years, but I have two of my three girls have been very independent from the start. Having the walker has been a lifesaver. I don’t think I would know how to raise a child without one. (I don’t own this particular brand)
I’ll be honest, this gets painful to wear after about 30 minutes. As I mentioned above, I’ve had two very independent girls who simply refused to face in when being held. From two weeks of age the cradling stage was OVER. They wanted to see, go and do. I recently purchased the Ergo which is known for not being painful in the shoulders, Lexi is still too small for the Ergo, so in the meantime it’s the Bjorn. I wear her while washing diapers, cooking, folding laundry, you name it!
And now, Baby Things That You Don’t Really Need:
1. Teethers.
Wash, peel and freeze a whole carrot instead.
2. Baby food in jars.
It looks and smells gross. Make your own whenever possible. There are always exceptions.
3. Strollers. That’s if you live in Paraguay. There are hardly any sidewalks here and the ones that are here are not friendly to strollers. If you live elsewhere, go ahead.
4. Electrical socket covers, weird things that keep doorknobs from turning, rubber safety gadgets that keep cabinets from opening…etc.
Train the baby to obey your commands starting from six months or so. Otherwise, if I come to your house I won’t be able to open any doors or cabinets. 🙂
Your turn. What one baby product can’t you live without and which one did you buy and then later realized you would never use?
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Linkage

Why You Can’t Loose Those Last Ten Pounds – Don’t eat plastic. Wow!

Etsy Headquarters – I love Etsy and I really love their office. Can I work there??
Tasty Kitchen – My new favorite site for recipes.
And because I like (okay, fine, love) pretty pictures, here are some of my Flickr finds. Pictures not taken by me.

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Linkage

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Some links I’ve been enjoying:
Jim’s Pancakes – Cutest pancakes ever.

ListBean – Another great place to make lists. I love lists, I just never do anything with them.

What Katie AteMy latest food blog crush

Bloesem KidsThe pictures here make me swoon. So many great decorating ideas! (If you have kids that is.)
Above picture taken with my new LensBaby. I got it for Christmas and I still have no idea how to use it, but it’s been fun pretending that I do.

The Bee’s Knee’s

I’m smiling because I Abbie took this picture of me and I think Abbie is the bee’s knee’s.

I have a lot of reasons to smile, such as, I was recently given 15 free Bum Genius diapers for my little Lexi. I think Lexi and her cloth diapers, are the bee’s knee’s as well.
Elena makes me smile every time she asks if she can “give my baby sister some love”. Elena is definitely the bee’s knee’s.
Also, using the phrase “the bee’s knee’s” makes me smile. It’s goofy and cute and what in the world does it mean?

Links I like

An Open Letter to the Hollywood Magazine Types – Thank you, Shannon, for putting my thoughts into words.

Black and White Holga’s of New York City – I want a Holga so bad. I really, really do.

Audrey Hepburn – Oh, Audrey, I just think you’re great.

Coffee Table Play Mat – How cute. Hmmm…I need to make one of these!

Sunday Suppers – In my dreams I make meals like these and then photograph them like that.

"Set the table" Placemats

We made these placemats in hopes that it would help Elena learn how to set the table. Very easy using these templates, I cut them out with different colored scrapbook paper (cardstock would work too.) Then I glued them on and laminated the whole thing to make them last longer.

It worked! I no longer have to set the table, Elena does it all by herself and we end up with all the right utensils instead of three knifes a piece for a bowl of soup. 🙂

Potatoe Lady Bug


Aren’t these the cutest? Instructions here.

My Purse and it’s contents.

Brenda tagged me for this purse meme….cute!

Rules:

1) “Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. No, you cannot go up to your closet and pull out that cute little purse you used back before you had kids. I want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house.”

There’s my large yellow purse with lots of pastel colors. I carry it around the most because it’s BIG and it can take all my camera equipment with me everywhere. It totally clashed with what I wore today, but whatever. That’s how I roll. My camera is a priority.
In my bag:

  • A Nikon D70 with the 55mm lense on
  • A Nikkor 18-55mm zoom lense
  • My wallet (empty)
  • My flipflop key ring with house keys.
  • Two crumpled up lollipop wrappers
  • One small plastic bag with a piece of leftover chipa in it.
  • My celphone in it’s cute Croc carrying case.
  • My Blackberry (used for scheduling, appointments, etc.)
  • And, very weird, a piece of “Happy Birthday!!” wrapping paper. (Don’t look at me, I have no idea how it got in there.)

2) ” I want to know how much it cost:) And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, I’d love to hear it.”

I think it cost about $8.00 or so. I bought it at HiperSeis, a grocery store here in Paraguay. No cute story, just saw it, and wanted it.

3) “Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why you’re showing everyone your diaper bag/non-diaper bag.”

I tag:

Aunt Pam

Jayde

MJ

The Lemonade award

* Put the logo on your blog or post.

* Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

* Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

* Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Taza and Husband – She makes me want to move to New York City! And buy a Holga camera!
6 Year Med – A medical blog, very positive. She’s funny and a great writer.
Nie Nie Dialouges – Mother of four recovering from a almost fatal plane crash. She is being treated for sever burns and remains very upbeat.
Soule Mama – Beautiful pictures and very creative.
* I realize I’m supposed to nominate ten people, but Brenda already nominated my other favorites. I’m afraid I’m going to break this rule (I’m known for that sort of thing.) Thank you Brenda for this award!