Baby Gear for Baby #2

I love(d) looking at new baby gear lists and must have items that other people enjoy.
This time around was no different. I wanted to see what things I may need since we will have two kids and what new things have come long since Kenley was born (less than two years ago!).
We didn’t need much since we had so much saved from the first time around,
but there were a few things that I knew I wanted that I didn’t have the first time around.

The first thing that I wanted (and definitely needed) was a double stroller.
I am the first to admit I have a stroller obsession.
The two strollers I looked at (and agonized over) were the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller
and the Baby Jogger City Select Stroller that can convert to a double stroller.
In my opinion, there are pros and cons to each stroller.
Before I definitively decided on one stroller over the other, I found the City Select with the second seat in excellent condition on Craigslist for $280 less than retail.
I immediately jumped on that deal since one of the biggest cons to the City Select was the price.
In the short time that we’ve used it, I can honestly say that I love this stroller. It can be used as a single stroller or a double stroller, which is a huge pro!
There are several ways to arrange the seats in the stroller,
which I am excited to do once Crosby gets a little older.
After the little man had arrived, we decided to get the car seat adaptor for our Chicco Keyfit 30, which we have used so much. It was definitely worth the money.

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One thing I wish I would have known about with Kenley was the
Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper.
Crosby slept in this for the first six weeks in our room before he moved to the pack-n-play.
It is very light so we always move it from room to room, where ever we are.
I ended up getting the exclusive Target print, which I immediately fell in love with, on sale for $40!

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Likewise, I also wanted to try the Boppy Newborn Lounger, but I was not willing to pay full price for it since it seemed to have such a short life (hence the word “newborn” in the description).
I was so excited when I found one at a consignment sale for $10!
Crosby took many, many naps on that pillow. We still use it during his awake time but I’m not sure how much longer he’ll lay on it.

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I figured I would be wearing baby #2 more than I did with Kenley.
Mostly because I knew how much easier it is to get stuff done and also because I figured I would need both of my hands if I had both kids by myself.
I had a Moby wrap that I really didn’t use much the first time (since I had to watch the YouTube video instructions just to put it on), so I wanted to try a different wrap for when he was teeny tiny.
I went with the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier (I got the Breeze)
and used it about every day for the first two months until I went back to work.
We took a lot of walks in the evening, so it was great to stick him in there and head out the door.
I found this carrier to be so much easier to put on than the Moby wrap.
I will continue to use it, but now that he’s a little bigger, I am excited to stick him in the ERGObaby Baby Carrier, which I loved using with Kenley. I had contemplated getting the infant insert for the Ergo, but decided that the wrap would be less bulky to wear around the house. I can also throw it in the diaper bag too, which is a huge plus!

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Some of the essential items we used with Kenley had to be replaced too,
most of which were feeding and diapering items.
I got all new pump parts for my breast pump. Once I pulled them out of storage, I knew it was a must.
Same with bottle nipples, bottles, and pacifiers. I waited to get these items, so I was able to get some boy colors for the little man.
I still stuck with our favorite brands since Crosby likes them as much as Kenley:
Tommee Tippee Bottles and NUK Pacifiers.
I knew there would at least be a little bit of overlap time where we would have two kiddos in diapers, so I knew we needed another changing pad. Lucky for me, I also found that at the consignment sale too, so I didn’t have to buy a brand new one.
I got five new cloth diapers on sale when I was pregnant and I just ordered a few more for him since I realized how worn our other diapers have gotten over the past 2 years.
I had no problem buying new ones now, knowing they will get used for the next 2+ years.
Plus, I could not resist buying the adorable boy prints!

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Did I miss anything that you used the second time around?

Our Hospital Bag(s)

Now that Crosby is over a month old, I figured it was high time to share what we packed in our hospital bags.
I mentioned that I intentionally did not pack a lot this time around.
We brought way too much during Kenley’s birth and while our hospital stay was much longer,
we didn’t use or need half of what we brought.

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For mommy:

Nursing gown + robe
Fuzzy socks
Nursing tank + yoga capris + hoodie
Coming home dress (maternity)
Flip flops
Lanolin cream

I lived in my fuzzy socks. It was freezing in the hospital and they were so comfy and warm!

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I was planning on wearing home a maxi dress that I brought, but opted for the yoga capris, nursing tank, and hoodie.
I had no desire to look cute a mere thirty-some hours after giving birth. Luckily, the dress didn’t take up too much room.
This time around, I did end up wearing my nightgown and robe that I brought from home, unlike last time.
Recovery wise, I felt so much better this time around, so after I showered, I definitely wanted to get into my own clothes.
The lanolin cream is a MUST HAVE in your bag (and in life for the first two weeks).
For what it’s worth, I also have learned that the Medela brand is better than the Lansinoh brand.

For daddy:

Hoodie

Greg literally had the clothes on his body. When he was getting dressed for the hospital,
he grabbed the jeans I had packed for him out of the bag, so he didn’t even have a change of clothes other than the hoodie.
I think a pair of pajama pants would have been helpful since he slept in his jeans, but he didn’t mind.

For baby:

Two nightgowns (with mittens)
Two aden + anais swaddle blankets
Gender specific coming home outfits (two since we didn’t know the gender)
Infant car seat

I had completely forgotten to pack a little hat and headband in the bag, so that was on the list for my mom to bring with her.
Luckily, we got an adorable hat from the nursery nurse after his bath, and we didn’t end up needing a headband.
My mom also brought baby finger nail clippers, but we didn’t use them in the hospital either.
I nail clippers or baby nail files are both good to have.

Toiletries:

Contacts + glasses
Makeup remover wipes
Tinted moisturizer & powder
Hair product
Toothbrushes + toothpaste

Misc:

Two iPhones + chargers
iPad + charger
DSLR camera + charger
Books for Kenley (present from the baby)
Thank you gifts for nurses

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I really wish I would have done little gifts last time around. The nurses were so appreciative of them,
just as we were so appreciative of our nurses!

Other than our cell phone chargers, we didn’t use the iPad charger or my camera battery charger,
but I would definitely pack them again, just in case we were there for longer than expected.

I had every intention of bringing my breast pump and Boppy pillow to leave in the car,
but in the rush to get out of the house after my water broke, those did not make it.
The good news is that I would not have used either, so I’m glad we didn’t bring them.

Another thing that I forgot from last time was the amount of stuff that you bring home from the hospital.
Other than baby, we also brought home all the diapers and free stuff we could get our hands on.
Not to mention tons and tons of paperwork and any gifts you receive.
I would recommend leaving a little space in your bag (or bringing an extra bag)
to haul home all that kind of stuff.

There you have it!
Anything I forgot?

39 Weeks [Round Two]

39 weeks and 2 days.
Hopefully this will be my last pregnancy update,
but who really knows? This baby is on their own schedule!
It’s hard for me to believe that we’re still five days away from our due date.
I feel like I have been pregnant for…ev…er.
It doesn’t help that I had convinced myself that I was further along this entire time.
This baby sure showed me!

Our bags are packed and ready to go.
I made a point to pack significantly less this time. Two small bags, max.
After we’re back and settled, I’ll share what I used/didn’t use/wish I would have brought.
Here is a peek at the coming home outfits we’re bringing.

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I have had a random burst of energy the last day or so, getting things done around the house.
This includes making thin mint puppy chow to satisfy my intense craving for sweets.
And why stop there? We also made chex mix!

Waiting for baby + major sweets cravings = thin mint puppy chow. #39weeks

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I have been 1 cm for the past two and a half weeks which is less than exciting.
Braxton Hicks contractions are strong and frequent, but regular contractions are sporadic.
My feet have been SO swollen the last week and I can only wear flip flops.
If the intense groin pain I’m having is any indication of labor, then I’d say I’ll deliver soon,
but I don’t think that’s the case. Other signs of labor are nonexistent.

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Here are a few tidbits of our pregnancy journey.

What I could have not lived without:

Peanut butter
Sparkling water
Decaf coffee
Skittles
Pickles
Chipotle
Coconut oil
Lots of pillows
Tervis Tumbler water bottle
Pedicures
Yoga

What I will not miss:

Maternity clothes
Heartburn
Groin and pelvic pain
Waddling
Gaining weight
Frequent trips to the bathroom

What I will miss:

Feeling this squirmy baby inside of me
I hope this is something I will never forget

What I am looking forward to:

Running
Having a beer
Sleeping flat on my back
Being able to see my feet
Losing weight
Wearing my wedding rings
Being able to get out of bed with little to no effort
Trying hot yoga

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And most importantly, holding this baby in our arms!

38 Weeks [Round Two]

Just two weeks shy of our due date
and I thought for sure we would have had this baby by now.
That shows how much I know, especially considering my doctor told me
yesterday that haven’t made much progress and he doesn’t expect anything
to happen any time soon… so, we wait.

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Overall, I am feeling pretty good.
The heartburn has completely disappeared in the past two weeks,
probably because this baby has dropped, even though I have felt low for a while.
I am still having pelvic and groin pain when baby moves just in the right spot,
but I have been sleeping a lot better too.
I am definitely not complaining, but I don’t think labor is right around the corner.
The Braxton Hicks contractions, however, are still frequent, strong, and somewhat painful.

I am measuring at 38 weeks and didn’t gain any weight from last week to this one.
The baby’s heart rate is still in the 130s, but I’m trying not to associate that with my gender guess.

Random cravings I have had recently include slurpees from 7-11 and Skittles.
I could have eaten Skittles and Chipotle every day this pregnancy, but I have refrained.

We have gotten some things done around the house in the last couple of weeks.
One of my biggest concerns was getting both of our cars cleaned inside & out.
I know that is really random, but it was really stressing me out.
Thankfully, that is done and it looks like we have two brand new vehicles.
The car seat has also been installed, so we’re good to come home from the hospital.

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Items on the agenda include celebrating a second birthday, a prenatal massage,
picking up a couple more items for the hospital, and a haircut.
I’ll be working through next week or until the baby comes, whichever happens first.

36 Weeks [Round Two]

It’s October!!! The best month of the year, and the month we have another baby!
(Do you hear that baby, this month!)

It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I don’t anticipate that changing.
Let me quickly run down the third trimester pregnancy symptoms that have been going on here:

Heartburn
Foods are quickly making their way out of our dinner rotation,
Mexican and BBQ to name a few. After a great night celebrating a friend’s birthday,
filled with Mexican food and fried ice cream, I was paying for it around 2am.
I learned my lesson. I’m starting to be more aware about what I’m eating.

Lots of pain
Specifically in my lower back, pelvis, groin, and tailbone.
This baby knows exactly the right spot to hit to send sharp pains everywhere
and stop me in my tracks.

Uncomfortable sleeping
I have been sleeping at a slight incline for a couple months now
because I am a total back sleeper. I cannot lay on my side because I wake
up a couple hours later and my hips are throbbing.
Last time, I honestly had no problem sleeping (even though I thought I did at the time),
this time has been way worse. I’m sure the heartburn doesn’t help,
but I just can’t get comfortable, or every time my bladder is full,
I have a Braxton Hicks contraction. And… without fail, I wake up between 5:50-5:59am
EVERY SINGLE DAY…. when my alarm goes off at 6:00am. How annoying is that?

Other
There are some other not pleasant things happening,
which I am hoping are signs that labor is not far away.
But, I am also not going to get my hopes up… and I’ll spare you the details.

Now on to the more fun stuff…

My last appointment was at 35 weeks, baby’s head is down,
but is not low, so I’ve been bouncing on my exercise ball,
encouraging him or her to go ahead make their way down.
I have had one real contraction and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions.
At one point, I was worried I wouldn’t remember what contractions felt like…
oh, I remember. No worries there.
I’m still feeling a good amount of movement (and hiccups), but I think
baby G2 is staying in the same spot.

I feel like I have a very long to-do list still, and I’m not sure how.
Every time I have crossed something off, I feel like I’m writing two more things down.
Greg and I are worried about very different things, which is probably a good thing,
but also annoying at the same time because I think my worries are more important,
even though they probably are not.

The car seat has sat on our floor for the last two weeks, but it will be installed soon.
Our hospital bags are out, and I’ve added a few more items to them,
but they are no where close to being done.
I purchased some new feeding and pumping supplies, which prompted me
to drag out all the old stuff to toss and start sterilizing the new stuff.
These are items I hope we don’t need right away, but I can’t imagine taking the time to
sterilize things when we have a newborn and a toddler running around, so I’m doing them now.

Finally, I have taken pictures of the nursery and will be sharing it tomorrow!
Thanks for being patient!

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The time has come. Cast your vote.
Blue or pink?
What do you think?

34 Weeks [Round Two]

I am still standing by the fact that this third trimester is moving by pretty slowly,
but I’m also trying to enjoy it as much as possible as this will probably be
the last time I will feel a wiggly baby inside of me. However, it’s not easy some days.

At 34 weeks, I feel very much like I did around 37 or 38 weeks last time.
I have had that all too familiar “the baby is going to fall out” feeling,
and I still have six weeks to go! Braxton Hicks contractions continue,
literally, right now as I type this. They have again woken me up a few times,
but it’s nothing more at this point (thank goodness).
My feet are hurting more and more.
I am not swelling (yet) like I did last time, but my feet just ache at the end of the day.
I am starting to have lower back and tailbone pain,
so I’ve broken out my exercise ball to sit and bounce on. It helps while I’m sitting there,
but then it’s right back at it again. I will really start to use it as we get closer to delivery.
My rings still fit, depending on the day, but more often I can wear them all day,
which, to me, means I’m not that swollen. Woo hoo.

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Now on to the fun stuff… yoga is awesome. I really enjoy it, and I feel really good the next day.
If I could go twice a week, I totally would, but the class is only offered on Monday evenings.
It’s really a great way to begin the week.

We have registered at the hospital, so they are expecting us whenever the time comes.
At my appointment last week I asked when we should think about that
and the nurse said that most do it around 28 weeks and after, so I figured it was time.

I have washed all of our new baby clothes
and the ones I’ve pulled out from Kenley’s stash that I know we will probably use.
It’s not much right now, but it’s plenty to get us through
and I have vowed to myself (and my husband) that I won’t buy any more baby clothes.
I, however, have no idea what he or she will be wearing home from the hospital,
so I may need to buy just one or two more things.

We have also washed and assembled some baby gear and we may install the car seat soon.
I know it seems crazy early for that, but I would rather it sit in the car than on the floor.

I have laid out a total of two items that will be going to the hospital with us… I consider this a good start.

The room is coming along beautifully. We got so much done this weekend,
and we may even be at a stopping point until the baby comes.
I am excited to share with you where we are and what I’m thinking in terms of gender specific color.

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Baby G2 is still very active and the poor things has the hiccups at least once a day, sometimes more.
My doctor thinks (s)he is head down, but he’ll continue to monitor the position at each appointment.
I still don’t know how it’s possible because baby seems to be all over the place, but I’ll take his word.
I don’t have much of an update from my 33 week appointment.
We were chatting away while he measured my belly so I have no idea if I’m ahead or not,
all he said was “good” and we moved right along. He was also very vague about baby’s heart rate,
which gives me nothing to go on. He said it was between 130-140 bpm, good.
I guess no news is good news, so I’ll take it!