Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Wonders of Peer Pressure

As requested: The top ten baby products I couldn’t live without.

The Fisher Price Zen swing:

It can be adjusted to swing front-to-back or side-to-side, it plugs in, has music and the entire seat can be lifted out  and easily moved wherever you want. Also, the baby loves staring at his friendly friends on the mobile. In short, this thing has it all.

The 123 Swaddle swaddling blanket by SwaddleDesigns

If you have a baby that enjoys being swaddled, this blanket rocks. Especially if you have a BIG baby that doesn’t fit in the traditional blankets. This is made of a lightweight muslin to prevent overheating, its large enough to swaddle a toddler, and comes with instructions sewn on. My baby loved to be swaddled, but he kicked out of receiving blankets and grew too big for the (also awesome) Velcro swaddlers within weeks. I hunted for a larger size to accommodate my, er, healthy baby, and ended up ordering this. I am glad I did. He has yet to kick out of it, and he generally sleeps from 9pm to 6 am.

Playtex Ventaire Bottles.

After 4 kids, (one with serious colic) you can bet I have tried every bottle ever invented. These are the best. Period.

Zo-Li On the Go travel Formula and Snack Dispenser

Even if you don’t use formula, this thing is awesomely handy as a snack container. But if you DO use formula then you know what a pain it can be to go out for the day with all the car you have to carry around. This allows you to pack up to four bottles worth of formula powder in separate pre-measured containers and it takes up much less room than four bottles or a can of formula. It has a screw on top for easy dispensing, and best of all, its BPA free and comes from an environmentally conscious company.

The Cloud b Twilight Turtle

This was a gift, and it is one of MY favorite things. It projects green, blue (or a combination of both) stars on the ceiling and is the perfect non-blinding nightlight for those middle of the night checkups. And when the baby is awake it gives him cool stuff to look at.

The Boon Squirt spoon

A spoon that you can fill with baby food and squeeze to dispense. Need I say more?

The Diaper Champ

Babies poop a lot. This helps!

Infantino Tag Along Bunny

This was also a gift, and the  blue bunny is the babys bestest friend ever. He’s got a velcro tail and he lives on the handle of the infant carrier carseat. Everytime we put the baby in, his friend gets a HUGE smile. Seriously, he loves this thing.

Also: Feety Jammies and Bibs


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The ten things I should have blogged about.

If I wasn’t so busy squishing my adorably fat 16 lb 11 week old, I might have written these posts.

In Which my OCD Returns Full Force and I Reorganize the Entire House. With Pictures.

The Twenty Baby Things I Couldn’t Live Without.

Why People Should Shut up About Tiger Woods Already.

Earthquakes Suck. Send Money.

Holy Shit, he Slept Through the Night!

Please Don’t Build an Igloo Made of Pillows on Your Brothers Head.

What I do During my Husbands Business Trips. (And why he should take the credit cards with him.)

Poll: Should We Have More Kids?

Want: Ugly Sweaters Edition

The Obligatory Cute Baby Pictures Post.

Wait, I might just do that last one.


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New Beginnings

I’m all about the new beginnings lately. I have finally seemed to land on a combination of medication that has left me feeling somewhat human  and mostly pain and depression free. Some things still are not ideal, but I feel like I can start to work on changing them.  I’m starting over in many different ways.

First, I’m trying to find us an active playgroup.  I’m hoping I make some friends along the way because I desperately need to get out of my house, and it’s obvious I need people to talk to. And my kids need friends, children to grow up and share birthday parties with. This isolation has been making things ten times worse.

Second, it turns out, all this being sick and not eating has actually made me fat. Yeah.

I couldn’t figure out why even on a low calorie diet,  eating all the right things I just can’t seem to lose any weight anymore.  (I used to go up and down with no effort at all.) So I started tracking everything I actually ate and kept down, and it turns out, I’ve totally destroyed my metabolism and put myself in starvation mode. And when I AM able to keep food down, my body just stores it all. So I can gain, but not lose. And I just gave birth. So yeah. Fat. And in bad shape from being in bed for months after each procedure and on bad days. So, thanks to the advice of a friend, I did some research and discovered some interesting facts. Turns out, I’m doing it wrong. So, I’m starting over.

The first hurdle: EATING. Because of the pain associated with eating, I don’t usually eat until dinner time. and even though I eat a large dinner (And then medicate to compensate for it) it wasn’t actually enough calories. (It averages at around 600-800 a day.) So, I’m focusing on eating small, high protein meals every few hours, and getting up to 1200-1400 calories where I should be. It’s taking some adjusting, but I’m trying to do it in small steps. And I’m focusing on eating real, simple foods, which makes it pretty easy to figure out what i should and should not eat. Meat, Nuts, Eggs, Cheese, Veggies, Fruits, Whole Grains. Simple, identifiable foods. Also, lifting weights again to try and get my strength back, and getting back into my yoga routine, as well as walking.

I also embarked on a mission to reorganize the house, which has been, well… interesting. I’ve always had a touch of OCD and… well let’s just say: I don’t think my husbands sock drawer needs to be organized by color and size.

All that aside: There is no newer beginning than this, a new life, just begun, full of endless possibilities and dreams yet to be dreamed:

Thia post is part of  Crazy Hip Bloggers Take it Tuesday.


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Two months.

Ok, so I may have lied about being able to post more. I guess I am just not ready. Mostly, I have been too busy with this:

Isn’t he the most adorable, snortiest baby ever?

Some quick updates.

Yes, I am still on meds for the depression. Yes, they help a bit, the situations I’m dealing with are generally the same, but I am not crying about them on an hourly basis anymore, so that’s a plus.

Other than that, life revolves around the boy still. Not that I’m complaining. ( See above adorableness)

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