I’m so busy I can’t keep up with my blog….

So what do I go and do?

Start my own business.

Haha. Oops.

I’m now working as an independent consultant for Usborne Books & More and I love it!

I’m having a blast, I’m earning income while staying home with L and I’m getting to share books and spread literacy.

No complaints here!

One of these days I’ll post more about it but I’m loving being able to contribute to my home life and spend time with my favorite little man. Plus I have something that’s all mine and it’s a really nice feeling!

Hope everyone is having an awesome week!

Siggyforblog

Keeping up with a small baby is exhausting….

Well we moved to California and are finally settling in. W is back and work so it’s just me and the dude all day.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come. Before I was so frustrated and apprehensive and not confident in myself that we stayed at home. I didn’t want to deal with nursing, the car, the crying, making sure I had all the stuff, etc.

Now we are doing so much better and I’m steadily becoming more and more confident in myself as a mom and at least being able to run an errand and take care of him.

Nursing has been the biggest challenge we have had, but that is for another post I’m working on.

Now that W is back at work, it’s been different after having him home for a month. But we’ve managed to survive and not burn the house down. I’ve even been able to do a little laundry and cook dinner almost every night. All other cleaning has gone out the window since someone is a terrible napper.

We also had some small wins this week. L loves to go out and explore so I made sure we went out every day this week. Wednesday we went out for groceries and after parking realized I was starving and never going to make it through the store without lunch. So we had our first lunch date out just the two of us and he did great! I put him in the Beco for the grocery trip and he took a nap and was happy as a clam.

Yesterday we stretched our legs at the exchange just to get out and again – nap in the Beco!

Today was our biggest adventure as we went to Michael’s to look for some crafty supplies. He did great in the car ride there, fell asleep even! Then we Beco’d and he napped while I poked around. (yay for being near a craft store again!)

The ride home was awful — but I’d say the rest was a win.

It’s crazy to me that I think running one single errand and leaving the house for an hour or two at a time is an accomplishment…but for us, it really is!

Parenting is starting to become a bit more what I had thought it would be like, cruising along with my blue-eyed tiny side kick!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Siggyforblog

Moving – baby edition

This is how we’re surviving in an empty house with a newborn.

We are in the process of moving to California (yay PCSing).

So if you are keeping score, c-section, newborn and moving nearly all at once! Yikes.

The movers picked up our furniture early so it will meet us in California. Meaning we had to sort what we needed to keep for us, the pets and L who wasn’t quite yet 2 months yet. He will be just over 3 months when we fly back to the mainland.

We are allowed 2 suitcases each but I managed to fit most of L’s things in a carry on sized suitcase with a few exceptions.

Here’s what fits in his bag:

  • 3 swaddles
  • About 5 newborn outfits (he was wearing that size when I packed)
  • 5 0-3 month outfits
  • 2 3 month outfits
  • 2 outfits in different sizes for the plane
  • 4 swaddle blankets
  • About 8 receiving blankets (he spits up a lot and I’m not doing laundry everyday).
  • Rattle
  • A couple other toys
  • Wash cloths, 2 towels and travel size baby wash
  • Baby first aid/grooming kit
  • Baby monitor
  • two books so we could read to him

 

We also kept all our cloth diapers, cloth wipes, changing mats and wet bags. We have enough where we can wash diapers every 3 days. I still have room in his suitcase to fit some of this.

Other items we kept that don’t fit in his suitcase.

  • Pack N Play
  • Stroller
  • Car seat and base
  • Diaper bag
  • Beco
  • Pump, a couple bottles, storage bags and brush
  • Boppy

I know it seems like a lot but we have used all of it. We also borrowed a swing from a friend.

We found a used rocking chair on base we bought soil handsome place to sit for late night nursing sessions.

The one thing we have missed the most is the diaper change station part of the Pack N Play  and the caddy that attaches to the side. Instead we have a mat and our supplies on the floor.

I also miss having a baby bath tub. Our sinks are not conducive to bathing him in one of them without an additional vessel.

So right or wrong, that’s how we’re surviving with a newborn in an empty house!

Siggyforblog

Favorite Baby Products: Stroller and Car Seat

So far we love love love everything about our travel system!

Stroller: W is very active and has to be for the military and my goal is to to run marathon by the time L is 1. We knew we needed a jogging stroller to fit those needs so we looked at the Bob strollers. We picked the Bob Revolution Flex. So far we love it. It’s called Flex because you can easily adjust the handle bar up and down which really helps keep us both comfortable when pushing it since we have a foot difference in height.

Neither one of us has taken it running yet so we still have to test that out. We have taken it on some decent walks and out shopping with us and it is a very smooth push. Braking is easy and turning is a breeze. I feel very safe with him in it. Once we figured out where all the buttons are it is easy to collapse and open up. However it is fairly heavy; 9 weeks post partum from a c-section and I struggle lifting it into our truck. It also does not fit in the cab and has to go in the bed. We purchased a truck cover for items like this and even at the Bob’s collapsed size, it pokes up into the cover.

The Bob also doesn’t come with a snack tray for the baby. We also bought a separate add on that you hook onto the handle bar for cup holders and a place to put phone, keys, etc.

Car seat: We wanted a travel system for the ease of getting L around so once we decided on the Bob it really narrowed down car seat options. We decided to go with the Britax B Safe. With this car seat we had to buy an adapter to be able to hook the car seat into the stroller so with that it works great! It’s easy to take in and out of the stroller.

I really like the car seat itself. It’s not too terribly heavy, it’s a good fit for him and it fits nicely in our truck. We have to put him in the middle seat due to air bags on the sides of the cab so with me only being 5’2″ it’s definitely hard for me to get him in and out but that’s not the car seats fault. Snapping him into the base is really easy. And you can hear the audible click when you get him secure.

There is a release system at the front of the seat that allows you to loosen the straps to make getting baby in and out easier. Then you pull the strap to tighten. I definitely struggle with this part and it seems like his shoulders get very tight while the lower part remains loose. Again I feel this is user error because W doesn’t have the same trouble I do.

One issue I have with the car seat is that is not compatible with many products outside of Britax or Bob. Since we are moving we wanted to send our stroller ahead and get a cheap universal one to use in the meantime, but I couldn’t find anything reasonable that the B Safe worked with. The Snap N Go seems to work with some Britax products but not the B Safe. Since I was busy with L and the move I did not do a ton of research on this, but what I did read indicated that it was not very compatible with anything else I also did not have time to go to a store and test anything out.

Here’s what our Bob and Britax B Safe look like together:

Bob Stroller and Britax B Safe car seat

So far, that’s how I feel about these products, we’ll see how his growth and my ability to run add to this later!

Hope you find this helpful!

Siggyforblog

Favorite Baby Products: The Swaddle

During pregnancy I did a ton a of research on baby products ranging from strollers to diapers. I went off recommendations from friends and from my hours worth of online research. Now I want to share some of my favorite things that we have used so far.

One of the biggest life savers has been the Easy Swaddle from Aden + Anais. This thing is idiot proof. I am horrible at swaddling. I couldn’t get the hang of it in baby classes on plastic dolls and I really can’t do it on a wiggly and very tired and angry small child.

So this swaddle is amazing. My sister in law sent us a gift set from Aden and Anais and so W and I thought we’d try it (we love their Muslin swaddle blankets already so let’s test the swaddle).

(Please ignore the very unhappy look on my unwilling participant in the step by step below).

To use the swaddle, you first get their little feet and legs into the bottom part.

Easy Swaddle step 1

This swaddle uses snaps, so you snap over each shoulder.

Easy Swaddle Step 2

Then you tuck down the right arm and fold the flap on your left over it. You pull it across their body and tuck down their left arm.

Easy Swaddle Step 3

Then you take the long flap and wrap it over the left arm, right arm, around the back and snap it in front.

Easy Swaddle Step 4 Final Product

This keeps both arms complete tucked in. He has wiggled out of it a couple times but I believe that was user error in me not getting it tight enough.

The only downside is that there is no way to see if his diaper is wet or dirty, you have to completely unswaddle. I noticed the SummerInfant ones have a slit so you can check the diaper but he ninja’d his way out of that swaddle immediately.

The material is very light weight and gauzy so it’s not too hot but definitely keeps them warm and snuggly.

Just wanted to share this awesome find, I would recommend it to anyone!

(My husband gives this product 10 spit ups out of 10 spit ups!).

Siggyforblog