Incase you missed the BIG announcement, Dan and I are thrilled to say that we are adding another bouncing baby BOY into our house! Let the chaos begin! I’m officially a “boy mom” which is a league all of their own, and I’m kind of proud of that. To think, my very own little family consists of three amazing little brothers is just, well, neat, and unique all our own.
Here is the video clip from Christmas morning, opening up the box our neighbor made for us with the gender reveal inside. Dan and I did not know at this point either, and the anxiousness in my voice was pure adrenaline. I wasn’t kidding when I said I couldn’t breathe … haha.
This video is extra long, filled with their rambles so feel free to fast forward!
So much to tackle! Ah, but thankfully – at the brink of 24 weeks, we have plenty of time … right? At mid-point during 21 weeks, up until now things took a turn for, well, crap. I’ll break it all down with my bump post NEXT week, but I am excessively thankful that the little man is healthy and doing well despite the challenging twist this pregnancy has taken! So I have been left “laying low” and slowing down these past two weeks, which as you all may guess is not in my dna. But, I’m doing it – for little mans sake.
Owen will be 5 this spring, just a few days prior to the baby being born, so it has truly been YEARS without baby stuff in the house. And how has SO much changed in just a few years? The new gear, the “must haves” it’s over whelming and exciting all wrapped into one. I have a master list of everything we need. And if I have taken one lesson from having two babies already is that you do not need as much as you think. I cannot tell you the bags upon bags of wasted baby clothes we’ve given away. So, this time around I intend to be far more intentional with my purchases.
Here is my GEAR list – and I have a ton more coming your way. But these are the few items I know we need, no matter what.
And here are a few of the items off of the list that I have been eyeing like a hawk –
mamaRoo : As some of my favorite bloggers have said, this is a baby must. A life saver if you will. And if you haven’t been introduced to 4moms brand yet, welcome to heaven. Their products are pure genius – and their style is just the icing on the cake. I despised having a bouncy seat AND a swing in our old house, it just felt like far too much gear in one spot. So, combining them both seems like a no brainer. Plus, I adore the height — seeing as we have a large dog, I’d like the babe to be sat up higher and not closer to the floor.
Lilly-Jade: I am a fool for a good diaper bag. Essentially they totally replace your purse, I swear I did not own a purse for nearly 4 years in between the baby stages. Hence why there are two on the list, I want a back up. This lily-jade bag is just gorgeous, feeling more like a purse than a diaper bag, and I love that. The price tag is a little steap ($195) BUT seeing as I’m the only lady in the house, I think I deserve it. The second black and white striped bag is by Hip Cub and seems like it would be my everyday on the go bag, with a much better price!
Infant Tub: this tub by 4moms is just genius. Temperature gage, clean water goes in – dirty water out. I’m sold – and the price ($49.99) !
Breeze Playard: Go ahead, watch the video and I dare you not to buy one! It explains it all. A must have for sure. I hated our old pack n’ plays, they were large and bulky and impossible to move room to room. This Breeze is the answer!
Boppy Pillow Cover: Who knows if I’ll actually take the time to order a custom cover, but this etsy shop was just too cute to not sort through. Girl’s got taste.
Solly Baby Wrap: Baby wearing wasn’t really a thing when Brody was a peanut. For Owen I had a basic carrier (old school) and now, these wraps are all the craze. They terrify me, it just seems so complicated. BUT I’ve heard nothing short of wonderful reviews and how comfortable they are to wear and how much the babies adore them. And seeing as this baby will be an early spring/summer newborn, wearing the babe at all of the boys practices will be awesome.
I’m so excited to start the shopping process. I told Dan by Valentines Day we’ll get the ball rolling, giving us 12 weeks (if he holds out for the full 40) to get our act together. My main goal is that by the beginning of April everything is set and we can relax.
Next on the list to tackle, the car seat + stroller. SO many choices, but I’d love to hear any reccomendations you mama’s may have! Leave me a comment and I’ll love you forever, promise.