Saturday, April 5, 2014

PREPARING FOR BABY #2.


preparing for my #2 is a little different than with my #1. i have a frame of reference. i know what i like and what i don't. i know what gadgets make life a little easier and what is just a waste of an idea. and we just moved almost half way across the country. it makes preparing a little harder.

so i've come up with just a few things we'll need in preparation for baby jake's arrival:

vue cups: we got a brand new keurig for christmas this year. and it's the next up and coming thing for the company. they use vue cups instead of k-cups. it's actually nice. you can get bigger, stronger, and iced drinks and part of the cup is recyclable. i really hope they end up switching most of their machines to this system... because i think it's much more clever. i like all the teas and aaron's a fan of the caribou coffees. haven't tried the latte option yet, but i know he wants to.

muslin blankets: i only had a couple muslin blankets when rorie was born. we mostly had swaddling blankets- which i conveniently turned into cloth wipes. they shrunk in the wash and didn't really keep her swaddled well. enter the aden & anais muslin blankets. jaw drops at their awesomeness. they're big, soft, beautiful, and do. their. job. which is really the only thing i ask a baby product to do. i want to get this set and this set.

swaddle sacks: we absolutely loved the swaddlers we bought rorie. it literally helped her sleep well. we did a fantastic double-swaddle with the muslin blankets and the swaddle sack. absolute perfection. until she started rolling herself over while swaddled (and that was the end of the swaddle). since we had to blow our money on formula we don't have many. it will be wonderful to have a few more of these.

cloth diapers: we are still cloth diapering rorie and i'm very excited to keep doing it with jake. we have a few newborn cloth diapers that i didn't have with rorie so we can start from birth. we love bum genius 4.0s and are probably going to need a few more (and probably some more detergent). i don't foresee rorie being potty trained by the time we have the new baby. that's just a lot for mama & daddy & baby girl to handle. so more cloth diapers it is! i'm thinking of greens, reds, and blues for colors. what do you think?

bamboobies: i plan on nursing til i'm an old lady. breastfeeding didn't go as planned with rorie, but i've armed myself with knowledge and a bit of experience this time. i'm seriously in such a different spot education wise when it comes to breastfeeding and the problems that may arise. along with that... i know that i'll leak and need a quality pad to keep myself sane. i love, love, love bamboobies and plan have enough of a stash to keep myself sane.

crib sheets: we picked up a used mini crib that matches rorie's crib. it's really cute and it's a good investment for our family down the line. rorie will be in a crib until she can't fit in one anymore... that's just a guess, but i really believe it. and i'm  totally down with that. but little man will need a place to sleep too (i'm not equipped to co-sleep one bit- mama just can't get any sleep that way). so we're going to need some sheets. i think i want to make my own- since it's a mini-crib the sheets seem to be very expensive. lame. i've picked out three different fabrics. here, here, and here. if i've learned anything...it's to have 3 of everything. after that we're good to go crib-wise.

a new andy: well, rorie has andy... her little stuffed partner in crime, so of course we want jacob to have his own little friend. we've picked out beauregard the wolf (the name may or may not stick).

a few clothes for after baby: last time around i bought myself a few shirts to wear after rorie was born. i'd like to do the same this time around because it really helps you feel like a new person. and i'll need comfortable clothes that my weird post-baby body will fit into and ones that will simultaneously be easy to nurse in. i'd like to get a few of these shirts, maybe some of these, or these, and maybe a dress for when i'm feeling pretty.



and i think that will do it for the stuffs. i'm thinking i want to make a bunch of homemade snacks as well as buy some prepackaged ones for after baby is born. and i've made a pinterest board here of things i'd like to make to freeze. it's slightly difficult to find dairy-free freezer meals out there! it seems like everything under the sun is doused in cream sauce or cheese. oh well... i've found a few good ones i think. made two meals last week :)

***if anyone feels inclined to purchase a gift in preparation for baby jake's arrival we have two registry spots of items we really need. one is over at diapers.com. if you do buy off this registry, feel free to use this code: FFR19618220140306 to get an extra 15% off. pretty snazzy! and the other registry is at amazon.com. ***

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    1. thanks! the countdown has begun!

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  2. Carolyn got us some Aden + Anias blankets and I LOVE them so much! We have many blankies, but I have one of those in every room for sure. Also, we've learned that our Keurig is the best bottle warmer - we have it fill a mug with hot water and it heats a bottle in no time but doesn't get it too hot. It's fantastic. I also just bought two dresses for myself - my first post-baby clothes - wrap dresses so I can pump/nurse easily!

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    1. great idea on the keurig warmer :)

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