Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Loving ABC Kids Expo Right Now - An Update to My Baby Gear Wishlist

I'd like to give a big shoutout to Holly Schultz at BabyGizmo as well as the folks at PishPoshBaby for giving us some AWESOME sneak peeks at some of the amazing new products at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas this week.  My instagram feed is literally blowing up with awesomeness (read: I'm anticipating that my checking account is going to take a severe hit after this week).  Here are a few of my most favorite things...

Doona Infant Car Seat



Nuna Wind

Bugaboo Stand


Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock (HEY - no judging here.  When you have 4 kids 5 and under, something's gotta give...and most likely it is going to be child #4 in this contraption with children #2 & #3 "driving" the massive tractor-trailer-esque car grocery cart...Cole is on his own)

Fisher Price Newborn Auto Rock 'n Play


Siliskin Sippy Cup Top

Although not released at the expo, I'm also thinking I may look into this one since we have a long line of babies who crave background noise...

Baby Shusher

And I couldn't leave this post without mentioning the INCREDIBLE awesomeness that my two favorite brands have come up with...meet the Orbit Baby 02 All Terrain & Jogging Stroller and the Bugaboo Runner!



It saddens me that this will be the first time that I haven't purchased Orbit's newest, latest and greatest product, but if you know me you know that the only running or "jogging" I do is when a masked man is running behind me.

We probably won't be buying any car seats aside from the Doona for next year, but when the Orbit toddler car seat expires, I will probably replace with one of the new Britax Clicktight car seats...check it out!



And because I can't stop...I'm still considering this one - I mean who DOESN'T need a stroller that fits in the overhead bin??


Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby Names...At a Total Loss

I honestly *love* baby names...well...right up until I deliver.  At that point it becomes a race to actually DECIDE on one...permanently.  Although many (maybe most) consider it "taboo" to reveal possible names, Jake and I have always been pretty transparent about what we have considered when it comes to naming each of our kids.  Right now we have a ton that we are mulling over, including but not limited to the following:

Boys

*Lauren
*Callaghan
*Porter
*Theodore
*Finn

Girls
*Zella
*Liesl
*Gisele
*Minnie*Greta*Violet

I would really like to get this narrowed down to maybe three names per gender over the next few weeks, but knowing me, we will end up heading to the hospital with an even longer list of possibilities.  And we haven't even given a second thought to middle names...meh...perhaps they are overrated anyway.




Friday, August 22, 2014

The BIG Ultrasound

CAUTION: THE WORD "PLACENTA" MAY OR MAY NOT BE USED IN THE FOLLOWING BLOG ENTRY.  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Despite my reservations, the 20 week anatomy ultrasound seemed to go fine and I have yet to be called back for any "second looks" on anything - wahoo!  Everything seems to be about the same when I compare to the other three pregnancies...but I have been having a lot more lower back pain.  Initially I attributed this to the possibility of more kidney stones, which are obviously common for me in pregnancy.  The ultrasound tech got me re-thinking my hypothesis, though, because she mentioned that this time I have an anterior placenta (aka one that is located on the front).

Anterior placentas are common, but not as common as posterior placentas (those located on the back of baby, more toward the spine).  The past three pregnancies I have had insane amounts of movement...violent, jerky, painful movement that anyone and everyone could visibly SEE from across the room - and coincidentally those three pregnancies I had a posterior placenta.  This time around movement is far more muffled and *still* not visible from the outside.  And then comes the pesky back pain slash left sided kidney pain - could certainly be more stones, but I am now betting that this dumb anterior placenta has something to do with it as many women with this report more lower back pain (and more back labor, joy).

Hopefully the pain doesn't intensify...otherwise I'll be having yet another child who was significantly drugged with narcotics during part of their womb experience.  Nice.  So far only Asher has come out with no narcotics exposure...but he did get a full on CT scan while I was midway through my pregnancy.  Whoops.

Gender will remain a surprise...but Jake is thinking girl and I am thinking boy.  Vera has requested a girl, or more appropriately, "a grrrrrrrrrr" as she calls it.  Cole and Asher don't have a clue that they are getting a younger sibling...and honestly don't care, which is cool.  Either way we have plenty of clothes and gear and I'm already strategizing some new baby gear purchases...here are a few sneak peeks:

4moms Rockaroo (plan to sell our rarely used Mamaroo - let me know if you are interested!)
Zen Swaddle (weighted swaddling blanket)
Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit (already have it - for older babies 3+ months)
Bebe au Lait Muslin Nursing Cover (think Aden & Anais in a nursing cover - love!)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cole is Going to Kindergarten!

Cole just turned five this past month on July 16th and here in Tennessee, the kindergarten cut off date is August 15th.  As difficult as it is to let him go to "real school," we are taking the plunge and sending him off to Julia Green Elementary this year!  We have been incredibly impressed with the school from the very beginning, even going so far as to lease our current home since it is in their district.  He has been incredibly excited from the start and has loved our outings to buy uniforms and school supplies.

Tomorrow afternoon we go to his kindergarten orientation...with all three kids in tow (yep, we'll definitely be "that" family).  He will get to see his classroom and meet his teacher and I will get to find out about all the minute details I have been worrying about these past few months (how will he know to get at least one vegetable, even two, but not three when he gets in the cafeteria line to order pizza???)  We are especially thankful that this year Julia Green is part of a district wide student initiative grant that is giving every single student free breakfast and lunch each day :-D

Next week little Asher will be evaluated for what we *know* is a speech delay...he is 18 months and although he will gladly mimic the sound of Cole's lightsaber (pew pew pew...pew pew...), he has zero meaningful words...and zero motivation in gaining any.  Hopefully they'll be able to help us with a few exercises to get those words going.  Really anything would be helpful to prevent him from having world war 3 worthy tantrums because of not being able to express himself...