Three Month Favorites {For Baby}

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1. Look, Look!– I honestly thought books for babies was pointless, until I read amazing things about this book.  Babies see black and white best when they’re born, and then after a few weeks they can see red. I went ahead and ordered the book and lo and behold, she loves it.  It stays in the diaper bag for when we’re out and about and I need something to entertain her.

2. Honest Diaper Bundle– When I was pregnant I went back and forth trying to decide what kind of diapers to use.  I ruled out cloth pretty quickly, because as much as I’d like to be “eco friendly” it just wasn’t feasible for me.  My laundry is 3 flights down, and requires quarters.  To constantly have that many quarters on hand, plus the amount of trips I’d have to take down to the basement (1st wash cycle + 2nd wash cycle + drying + picking up = 4 trips to the basement) was just unrealistic.  Then I looked into a diapering service, which run about $140-200 a month.  That’s wayyyy more than the cost of disposables, so cloth diapering was officially out.

Since cloth was out I had to decide between eco friendly disposables and regular disposables.  I emailed some friends and asked how much they spent on diapers, and got answers anywhere from $50-80 a month (and found that some of my friends are seriously amazing at getting a good bargain.  Hello, Michelle!)

I quickly found The Honest Co. which is actually a company formed by actress Jessica Alba.  Everything is plant based, no harsh chemicals, and all diapers are biodegradable (well, if our landfills would allow for it…)  I ordered the free trial when I was pregnant and was sold.  The diapers are freaking adorable, delivered straight to my door for no charge and won’t hurt my baby’s bum?  Sold.

They cost $80/month AND include wipes.  That’s less than half the cost of cloth diapering and competitive to the cost of regular disposables (especially since this includes wipes).  I can feel pretty good about that decision.  Adelaide has been using them since birth and has not had one single diaper rash.  Consider it love.

Also, you get a $20 credit for referring friends.  Cough, cough use my link.

3. WubbaNub– Also known as the one thing I must never leave the house without.  The idea is the baby can hold the pacifier in their own mouth by holding onto the animal attached to the pacifier.  Adelaide didn’t really get the hang of that until she was about 2 months old, but it still helped hold the pacifier in regardless.  She’s not big on pacifiers in general, but she will take this one.  Currently she’s more interested in sucking on the giraffe’s ears than she is the pacifier, but whatever, it keeps her happy.

4. Swiss Dot Bow Sun Hat– This is one of the only hats that will fit Adelaide’s little head, and also keeps the sun off her face.  We have it in two colors and they never leave the diaper bag.

5. Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym– This was one of the things I thought I wouldn’t need, so left off my registry.  Then I realized I needed somewhere to put my kid down for a few minutes so I could get stuff done.  Like go to the bathroom.  Most of the ones we saw were really obnoxious, so when we found this one we immediately ordered.  She loves playing with the toys overhead, and spends tons of time staring at herself in the mirror.

6. 4Moms MamaRoo– Our biggest baby splurge yet (besides the stroller), but seriously worth every penny.  She’ll sit and giggle forever at the mobile, the white noise puts her to sleep almost instantly (there are 5 different sounds to alternate between) and it swings 5 different ways.  It also has an iPod hookup, but I’ve yet to use that feature.  This thing is the real deal.

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Three Month Favorites {For Mama}

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1. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads– I actually won a huge box of these at the Big City Moms Shower, and they’ve been great.  I’ve tried a few different types and these are my favorites.  They have little stickies on the back so they won’t move around once you’ve placed them and are super absorbent.

2. Boden Boyleg Swimsuit– I’ve been wearing one pieces for a few years now, but my mom boobs won’t fit into any of my older ones.  I think I bought and returned every one piece I could find online, and this one was my absolute favorite.

3. Xhilaration Lavada Slide Sandal– Seriously the cutest sandal and only $17.  No brainer.

4. Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF– I try to get out everyday and take Adelaide on walks, so I make sure to apply this every morning when I get up.  Then I don’t have to be worried if I forget to grab my hat on my way out the door.  (Because let’s be honest, I remember everything for the baby and always forget my things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten my cell phone.  That would have never happened before baby!)

5. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Tanks– I’ve tried just about every nursing tank I could find and these are my favorite.  I wear them under my normal shirts so I don’t have to expose my belly when nursing.  They fit and feel so much better than some of the other expensive ones I’ve tried.

6. Baby Hawk Mei Tai Carrier– I recently added this carrier into my rotation with my ring sling and absolutely love it.  It makes carrying Adelaide around a breeze, and I’ve gotten tons of compliments on it.  You can even create a custom one.  How awesome is that?

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Baby’s First Vacation

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We just got back from our friend’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, although I have almost zero photos to prove we were ever at the beach.  Between the pool bar and keeping sun off my delicate skinned offspring I totally failed in the photo department.

But Adelaide has a passport and a stamp in it, so that’s something, right?

I propped her up on the bed so I could use both hands to get ready for the wedding, and when I turned around she was smiling and giggling and making the best baby squeals.  She’s started making raspberries and it’s possibly the cutest thing ever.  The best is when she can’t quite get it right, and just sits there with her lips pouted and little bubbles all around her mouth from past raspberry attempts.

I can’t resist kissing her plump cheeks and telling her how much mama adores her.

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Changing Table Diaries

the baloney bug My life basically revolves around my kid’s poop.  What color is it?  Google it.  Is that normal?  Was that diaper poopy?  Did you hear that?  Ohmygosh, do you smell that?

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I seriously can not get enough of this face.

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Little Buddies

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Last week was only a million degrees in New York, so Tomi and I decided to take our littles to Central Park where there was plenty of shade and fresh air.  Tomi’s daughter, Abigail is only a couple of weeks younger than Adelaide and ohmygosh is just the sweetest little thing.

The girls don’t really notice each other yet, but instead spent their time at the park staring up into the trees and seeing what they could get us mamas to do.

Stand up and bounce them? Check.

Feed them? Check.

Pull out every toy and book in the diaper bag? Check.

Also, did you know that a picnic with two babies requires ten bags of gear?  For such small babies they sure do require a lot of stuff.

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Relaxing – Baby Style

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Whenever we take the stroller out Adelaide kicks up her feet and rests them on the top part of the stroller. Girlfriend just wants to kick back and relax. Who could blame her?

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National Zoo

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Last week Jon had to be in DC for work, so Adelaide and I tagged along.  We walked around the Smithsonian gardens (I didn’t even know they existed, but they’re gorgeous!), we rode the Metro (seriously, so much easier than the NYC subway!  There are elevators!  At every station!), we ate amazing food.

We took one night to go to the National Zoo, which is F-R-E-E.  Free.

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It may shock you to learn that Adelaide didn’t care about the zoo animals, but it was great to get out as a family.

And also because the zoo sells beer.

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New Developments

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Notice anyone trying to suck her thumb?  Little girl has been trying for the last week or so to be a thumb sucker.  She really doesn’t want the pacifier anymore but can’t quite find her thumb.  Although It’s pretty adorable watching her try.

I never really considered that I’d have a thumb sucker on my hands, since I never did.  Taking a thumb away from her is going to be a whole lot harder than a pacifier.  But really, it is the cutest thing ever.

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Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

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On the Road

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We’ve been living on the road for the last couple of weeks.  Adelaide and I have spent the majority of our time in Maryland at my parents while Jon was in California on business.  Then the three of us had a quick trip to Pennsylvania followed by a few days in DC and then back to Maryland.

It’s been quite the whirlwind and it’s almost time to pack up and head back to New York.  I sure haven’t missed having to carry a baby (and all the stuff the baby requires) up and down the stairs of my walk up apartment.  Or scraping up quarters to do laundry.

But I sure do miss that city.

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Smiles

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Someone started smiling and giggling last week.  It’s only the best thing in the world.

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