11 January 2013

Weekend linkage

"Goodbye, feet!" said Alice.
Pregnancy happenings: I seem to have lost my feet. Tadpole, on the other hand, is making good use of hers. Sometimes my upper abdomen resembles an overactive lava lamp. Bubbles here, bubbles there, and hey, what are you doing under my ribs? I rather enjoy it.

I just bought a Moby wrap off Craigslist, and while I'm very excited, I am also a bit intimidated by the prospect of wrangling 25 feet of fabric. I am sure I'll get the hang of it, but . . . any tips from you babywearers?

Putting together baby registries is way too much fun. Shopping without the sticker shock. :) What were/are some of your must haves?

Also, Tadpole acquired another aunt this week, because my little brother got engaged! woooooo


Yes, exactly.

This apron is spot on.

We just discovered a nice new wine: AlbariƱo by Martin Codax. As I said last week, a $25 bottle is a huge splurge for us, so if you're a wine snob you may find something to complain about here, but I thought it was very good. And it has a pretty sweet label. So, obviously.


  1. Wonderful! You will love your Moby...I loved mine and I don't even have my own kids. (: Did the one you got off Craigslist come with an instruction booklet? Moby has a great little booklet that clearly shows all sorts of ways to carry your baby. I think they also have instructions on their website, but if you don't have the booklet and want it, you're welcome to borrow mine.

    1. Yes, it did come with that booklet, thank goodness :) I am looking forward to experimenting with it!

  2. My friend (the one whose baby has taken over my blog because she is SO CUTE) had some of the awesome lava lamp stuff you are describing. For awhile that little baby was so active that Amanda had a hard time walking round.

    But it is probably fun to feel those wiggles! : )

  3. Our young mom's group had a baby wearing demo night where everyone one brought their own favorite carrier (and sometimes baby) and showed everyone how to use it. It was fun, and informative, and let me try out an ergo without sinking $200 dollar into it. It was especially nice for previewing the ever intimidating moby - I mean, I knew some positions strangle kids, and some were perfect, but which were which???? Maybe it's something young moms in your area might be interested in if you have a group already, or friends at church would like to do.

  4. I LOVE my moby wrap too!! I love how they just curl up inside it when they are little and it still works great when they get bigger. I also found it very nice for nursing modestly in. . . . at least when they're little. It takes a little bit to get the hang of it, but not long. You'll be whipping it all on in 30 seconds before you know it. :-) The website has video instructions too if you find it easier to watch someone do it rather than look at pictures in a manual.
    And a WHITE wine. I'm surprised! :-) I thought you were more of a red wine fan. Stephen and I have been enjoying this one lately http://www.trapiche.com.ar/english/vinos_roble.html and it's usually only about $10/bottle. I see that pregnancy hasn't completely stopped your alcohol consumption anymore than it has mine. ;-)

  5. Oh, and as for "must have" baby items, I tend to be a bit of a minimalist so I don't have too many MUST haves. The Moby wrap is one I would have recommended. I also think that the life factory bottles, while not a MUST have, are just absolutely ADORABLE! Savemart is actually carrying them right now for cheaper than I've seen them anywhere online. My husband got me one of their water bottles for Christmas and I am absolutely loving it! I've always preferred drinking out of glass over the taste of stainless steel. One "must have" that you probably won't hear about from most people, but which I absolutely won't be without is a NoseFrida snot sucker. http://www.fridababy.com/shop/nosefrida/ I know, I know, the concept probably sounds really disgusting (it totally grosses my husband out every time he sees me use it), but this thing works GREAT! Trust me, when you have a little baby who can barely breathe and then can't nurse because he can't breathe through his nose while he's nursing and those little aspirators do next to nothing to help him, this thing is WONDERFUL! It really clears stuff out of there and the snot never gets anywhere even remotely close to your mouth which is what people always get grossed out at the thought of. I use it all the way up until they learn to blow their own nose. Chase is almost two and just got over a cold and I was using it on him numerous times a day. Thus ends my soap box on my favorite snot sucker! :-)

    1. Oh yeah, I saw those things recommended somewhere! They do look weird, but when has looking weird ever stopped me? ;)

  6. Oh, and this is my absolute favorite baby blanket . . . super soft and snuggly. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2611723&prodFindSrc=search I also found this little bed super handy when going to caregroup or visiting friends when I wanted a place for my baby to take a little nap, but didn't want to lug along a whole pac n play. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12319232 (my babies never slept well in their car seats . . . probably because I let them be belly sleepers). I'm not sure it's worth paying full price, but for $5 at a yard sale it was a great investment. You can usually find them on ebay or maybe craigslist.
    Okay, I'm done filling up the comment section of your blog now. :-)

  7. Moby wraps have always intimidated me. We have an ergo and a ring sling (from here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lilpeeperkeepers?ref=ss_profile )
    Honestly, we haven't used the ring sling much, since Emma as a newborn hated to be swaddled or restrained in any way. But she recently decided she likes the ergo, so we use that for walks and vacuuming and doing laundry.

    I LOVED registering for baby things. Our registry is here, if you want ideas. (just because I simply loved looking through people's baby lists. Obviously there are things on there that we like better, and some we don't use that often.) http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&id=2UFAOL5IRPLDQ&type=baby

  8. Never used a wrap, but love the Ergo. Inga is 16 mo old now and I still use the Ergo for walks and chores and teething comfort. Sam also likes using it. I used the Ergo from birth so I also bought the infant insert. You can even nurse rather discreetly using the Ergo.

    Other baby musts: -Baby Bjorn travel crib (this depends on how much travel you do) -The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding -BamBoobies nursing pads -nursing pillow -nursing cover -lanolin -Desitin -baby chair that either vibrates, bounces or swings -lots of sleep n' play outfits, so freaking easy and warm! -blender/food processor/grinder + ice cube trays for making baby food -higher end car seat, they are actually way easier to use! (I like the Britax brand, worth the price.)

  9. i could never get Finn to ride in the Moby wrap. He always wanted to face out :(. I'm hoping to get some use out of it with Littlest One and also recently got a mei tay style carrier for very cheap.

    Some things we loved from our baby registry:
    -these munchkin silicone freezer cupes were absolutely invaluable when making your own baby food. You spoon in the food, freeze it, and pop it right out in a perfect serving size. http://www.target.com/p/munchkin-fresh-food-freezer-cups/-/A-13296088
    -These Gerber Spoons and Forks are perfect for toddler eating http://www.target.com/p/gerber-kiddy-cutlery-spoons-set-of-3/-/A-12367263#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=gerber%20spoons
    -the Chicco 360 hook-on seat is really good if you have a small kitchen or for traveling. We used it instead of a high chair in our condo.
    -we love our Chicco car seat as well, great safety ratings and easy to use.
    -a vicks filter-less water vaporizer works great to help prevent snuffly noses in winter time
    -I loved that with my bebe au lait nursing cover, I could see the baby, but no one else could see in.

  10. Callan only likes the Moby to sleep in, unless he is facing out. But there are videos all over YouTube, which is how I learned to use it. I loved the Moby for when he was a newborn and I needed the snuggles before going back to work. :)

    As for must-haves, a nursing cover is really the only thing I can think of (other than lots of blankets, burp rags, and onesies!). I couldn't get the hang of a blanket and was forced to nurse in public really early on; the nursing cover is a life saver.

  11. I just remembered...a little bathtub thing. We have a mesh one that is really lightweight and folds up. Callan squirms so much in the tub, I would say it's the one thing I honestly wouldn't want to do without.