Monday, August 23, 2010

Shop 'Til We Drop

I thought it might be time to give you an update on some products that we are LOVING in our house... especially as Mr. James gets bigger.

  1. Teething Tabs 125 tabs Teething Tabs 125 tabs - These are all natural, and are life savers - I swear by them... we put them in James' night time bottles to help him not feel any pain during the night. Sometimes when he acts like he's hurting - we'll put them in his day time bottles too... and our wonderful sitter is equip with a bottle of them to use as needed too.
  2.  Gerber 2 Pack Thermal Blanket, Sage Gerber 2 Pack Thermal Blanket, Sage - Not only are these my favorite fabric of choice when I was a small child, but these blankets seem to be our answer for keeping fuzz out of James' fingers & toes. He used to constantly have fuzz in the creases of his little fingers and toes from the other blankets that we used, but these don't seem to shed very much. I've bought them in just about every color combination now that would be suitable for boys... but of course I'm going to need to double/triple up on them for when Tyler comes.
  3. Gerber Rice Cereal with DHA - 8 oz Gerber Rice Cereal with DHA - 8 oz - We've been given the instructions to start the little man on some solid foods now, and this actually was one of the tricks that got us through the stomach virus as well. We've been putting a heaping teaspoon in James' night time bottles to help him get through the night, and it seems to help some... of course not as much as we'd like, but it took him a little while to regain the 1/2 pound that he lost while sick. He's now gained that back - plus another 1/2... so I think we're good to start with the cereal in the bowl.
  4. Munchkin Multi Bowl - 5 Pack, Colors May Vary Munchkin Multi Bowl - 5 Pack, Colors May Vary - Of course no little guy can think of starting cereal without some colorful bowls to get the party started!! I've been told that I can't use the pink one... hahaha!
  5. Bumbo Baby Seat, Blue Bumbo Baby Seat, Blue & Bumbo Seat Play Tray, Ivory Bumbo Seat Play Tray, Ivory - We'll be using this initially to get the little guy started with eating - I think it'll be a little easier than a high chair because I can get even closer to him... and with Tyler being in the way a bit - any amount of closer I can get... is a good thing!
  6.  Graco Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat, Brunswick Graco Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat, Brunswick - Speaking of Tyler... we'll be ordering this for our newest little man to come home in... it appeals to my love of sage green and argyle... so what's not to love?!
  7. Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller, Brunswick Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller, Brunswick - the boys will likely be using this during the fall, that is of course if it'll fit in Mommy's car... we've tried everything to find the dimensions of the double stroller while it's folded, but haven't had any luck yet - so we'll have to call Graco or we'll have to go over to Babies R Us and test out another pattern in the same line... unfortunately Babies R Us doesn't carry the Brunswick line.
     
  8. Graco Duo Dinner Highchair, Brunswick Graco Duo Dinner Highchair, Brunswick - We hadn't gotten James his highchair yet so we're planning to get him this one. Not sure if he'll move into something else by the time Tyler needs to use a high chair, but we'll get a second one so that they're matching if needed after the first of the year.
     
  9. Graco Pack 'n Play Playard With Newborn Napper Station, Brunswick Graco Pack 'n Play Playard With Newborn Napper Station, Brunswick - Because I'm a big matchy dork... we are considering selling the stuff that we got for James just so that everything is in the same exact pattern... I don't know if we'll do it, considering the very limited amount of time that we've actually used the Pack 'n Play that we have... but maybe you start using them more when they get bigger? What would you do if you were me?
  10. Bright Starts Ingenuity Portable Swing, Kashmir Bright Starts Ingenuity Portable Swing, Kashmir - We bought this for James to use whenever we need to go to his grandparent's house... because he has such a deep love for his swing, but he hasn't taken to the different motion of this one too well... so it might just become Tyler's swing. Either way - we knew we'd need a second swing with the new baby coming... so now we've got two. Heck - we might need a second portable one if we ever want to leave the house after October!  
I think it's starting to settle in that Tyler is coming soon - so we're getting a few things ready for him... it's hard because we have a strong feeling that he'll be born bigger than James, so we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. Likely we'll get some size 1 diapers stocked up around here, and just go run get some newborn size if we need them once he's born.

We are also going to make an attempt at breast-feeding as well... but I'm MUCH more comfortable with the idea of pumping and feeding him from bottles... so we'll be going that route once we get home from the hospital. So ladies of the interwebs... what should I be looking for in a pump? Would you buy it ahead of time? Knowing the expense of a good pump... should I wait a week or so and see how it goes? I've heard of several Moms lately that have had trouble with their milk supply and other issues preventing them from being able to breast-feed, so I guess I'm nervous spending $300 on something that we might not be able to use. Help me out ladies...