The Second Time Around

We’ve pretty much got all the basics covered for baby number two (plus having another girl helps eliminate a lot of buying new stuff, too!), but with the baby gear world constantly improving, there’s inevitably some new items on the market that I can’t wait to put to use.  So, in addition to the items we still have from Anneliese’s registry, here’s my wish list for Baby G #2.

 

1. 4Moms Breeze  We actually don’t own a pack ‘n play!  We always borrowed my sister’s or used our Phil & Teds Traveller.  The Traveller is great for airplane travel (or anywhere you need a light, small crib), but is sort of a PIA to put together for short stays (i.e. naps or overnights at Grandma’s).  And since my sister is having a baby the same time as me, we decided it was time to invest in one of our own.  If you’re like me and wait until baby is already past the point of nap meltdown to set up your pack ‘n play, a crib that takes 10 seconds to set up is worth it.  My only complaint is that it’s a little heavier than most pack ‘n plays, but we won’t be using it for anything but car travel anyway so it’s not a huge concern to me.

2.  Covered Goods nursing cover–  I love that this nursing cover is stylish (it doesn’t look like a big sheet!), and offers full front AND back coverage.  Bonus: you can drape it over your car seat and use it as sun/germ protection!

3.  Cybex Cloud Q car seat–  I’m REALLY hoping this car seat is released by the time #2 is here.  I saw this at the ABC Kids Expo this past September and even though I was only 6 or 7 weeks pregnant at the time, it was the one thing I knew I’d be buying for the new baby.  The Cloud Q has all the same safety features of the current Cybex Aton Q infant seat that makes the car seat tech in me giddy (load leg! telescopic linear side-impact protection!) but the new Cloud Q adds another great feature that solves the “how long should I leave the sleeping baby in the car seat?” question (answer: only during essential car travel!).  It is the first ever infant seat that (when used on a stroller) can recline completely!  See exactly how it works here.

4.  Halo Bassinest–  When we brought Anneliese home from the hospital, she lasted roughly 2 days in a Rock ‘n Play next to our bed before we moved her to the crib in her room.  The angled recline of the RnP coupled with me waking up at every. single. noise she made, I quickly decided the crib was a better option.  But this time around we also have another child to worry about waking up in the middle of the night.  But I didn’t exactly want the new baby sleeping in our bed with us, either!  Enter the Bassinest- baby can lie flat in it, it swivels 360 degrees, and we can move it as close or far from us as we want while baby still has her own safe place to sleep!  Plus I found one in practically brand new condition on Craigslist.

5.  ShugaBebe nursing pillow–  I also came across this at the ABC Kids Expo and loved the idea of it.  I tried the Brest Friend pillow with Anneliese and hated it.  It was hard, way too big for a newborn (which is when you really need a nursing pillow) and I found myself throwing it on the ground half the time.  I love that you can adjust the firmness of this pillow, and that it doesn’t wrap completely around your body.

6.  Sakura Bloom ring sling– I was specifically looking for a something I could use to baby wear starting at the newborn stage.  I found Ergo type carriers are great starting around 4-6 months to toddler age, but I wasn’t loving them for the newborn age.  I tried a wrap a few times with Anneliese when she was really little, and although it worked fine once I got her in, the fabric drug all over the ground while I was putting it on and it was not quick by any means.  A ring sling seemed like the perfect solution, so needless to say I’m excited to try this type of carrier this time around!

7.  Breastfeeding Made Simple–  I made it no secret that breastfeeding Anneliese was stressful and I gave up way sooner than I should have.  I was convinced she was not getting enough milk and quit about 2.5 weeks in.  However I soon realized how much work bottle feeding is (I’m having flashbacks of washing ten million bottle parts every night), not to mention the nutrients only breast milk can provide, so I am determined to make it work this time around.

8.  Orbit Baby stroller–  The sidekick board is the #1 reason I got this baby.  It’s the only stroller that allows a rider to stand on the side of the stroller, which is great for us tall people with long strides.  Anneliese only rides during long outings, and isn’t even a full time rider some of those times.  So I’m hoping to get away without a full double stroller (and even if she does need to sit, I can always baby wear the newbie and put her in the stroller seat- we won’t be using the car seat that Orbit offers).

9.  Valco Hitch Hiker–  This is the stroller board we’ll be using for our other strollers (Bugaboo Bee+ and Baby Jogger Versa).  It sits up higher than most stroller ride on boards which allows you to place your foot underneath while walking (which is way better than a stubbed toe every other step!).

10.  Motorola MBP36 camera–  We already have this baby monitor with one camera for Anneliese.  I’ve debated on whether or not I really need a camera in both girls’ rooms, but it’s nice to be able to spy on Anneliese when she’s playing in her room too, and since our monitor allows for two cameras, why not?!

11.  Puj Tub–  I figured we’d just use the standard big blue plastic tub we used for Anneliese in our kitchen sink, but then I had a reality check and realized we won’t have 30 minutes and four hands to bathe the baby every night, and the idea of being able to wash her in the bathroom sink while Anneliese is in the tub seemed genius.

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Who Run the World?!

We found out earlier this week at my 16 week appointment that we are having another GIRL!  My sister who is also pregnant with her 3rd baby (due 2 weeks before me), found out a few days before me that she is also having a girl!  She already has two daughters, so that makes a total of 5 girl cousins between us.  Of course we would have been happy either way, but if it was a boy he would have been so outnumbered!  This will also save us a lot of money in the decorating/clothing department (but of course we will buy her a few new things of her own, too).  We also have no idea for names this time around (Anneliese was named after Chris’ grandma, and we decided on her name pretty quickly), so let the suggestions commence!

 

 

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And Then There Were 4

It feels like I’ve already been pregnant forever this time around since we told our close friends and family right away (at not even 5 weeks pregnant), but we are expecting baby #2!  We find out in a little over a week if it will be another girl or a boy, and he or she will make their arrival in early May (my due date is May 8; the new baby and Anneliese will be a month shy of 3 years apart).  People keep asking me if I have a preference on gender, and that question just makes me uncomfortable every time it’s asked.  I mean, we want a baby.  Are you going to give it back if it’s not the gender you want?  I just don’t get the question as a whole.  But to answer it, another girl would be great since we already have tons of girl stuff, but I wouldn’t mind buying new stuff for a little boy, either!  Although my gut tells me it’s another girl…

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Anneliese is Two!

She’s actually been two for a little over a month now, but Momma is a slow blogger.  Everyday she reminds me that she is no longer a baby, and is a full blown toddler (or dare I even say little girl?!).  She says new words every day (and loves to repeat everything we say… which is sometimes not so great!), knows her colors, can sing her ABCs and read all 26 letters, can count to 10 (in English and German!), and loves to sing twinkle twinkle little star at the top of her lungs.

 

 Photo credit: Cheyenne Wilson Photography, taken at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

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A Camping We Will Go

We just returned last night from our first real camping trip with Anneliese at Chevelon Canyon Lake (she’s been to Lake Powell before but I don’t consider that true camping as we had a houseboat on the lake).  Chevelon Canyon Lake is just past Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim for those familiar with the area, but it takes about an hour and an off road vehicle to get to Chevelon from Woods Canyon Lake (the “roads” are VERY rough).

There isn’t direct access to the lake, meaning we had to hike about 3/4 mile from the staging area to our campsite.  Here we are heading down with all our gear, and Anneliese on my back.The hike down wasn’t really too bad, and it only took about 15 min to get to the lake, but it was pretty steep.  We managed to get everything down in one trip, not including the canoe that Chris and our friend John hiked back up to bring down.

We set up camp right along the edge of the lake, and with the exception of one other campsite with two people, we had the whole lake to ourselves (the number of people who can access the lake, and then crazy enough to hike down all their gear is slim, apparently).  There were 6 kids (all under the age of 6) and 6 adults in our camp.  They had tons of fun playing ourside, especially gravitating towards a pile that was obviously an old fire pit.  They were all filthy within 10 minutes of being at the site, so we just let do whatever the wanted and them totally cover themselves in dirt.

Being that we had to hike down everything we would need for camping, we packed as minimally as we could (with children).  We knew it would be chilly at night (the forecast called for the low 40s), so I put Anneliese in fleece footie pajamas, a fleece sleepsack, a cotton sleep sack on top of that, and a beanie for her head.  I also put a down blanket between the crib mattress and the tent bottom (we brought this Phil & Teds Traveller- it’s lightweight & folds small) and thought we’d be good to go.  We put her to bed the usual time and she went right to sleep (as was expected seeing all the playing she did and lack of nap that day), but no longer than 2 minutes after we crawled into bed a few hours later, she was awake.  Her arms and hands were freezing.  Remember we also had 3 other tents of kids/adults near us, so I pulled her into my sleeping bag (a mummy bag barely big enough for one adult) in hopes to minimize the crying and get her back to sleep.  Well, she did fall back asleep, but on the only way we both fit in the bag was with her laying on top of half my body.  Chris tried to get her to sleep in his sleeping bag but she wasn’t having it.  I knew there was no way I would get any sleep that way, so we put my fleece jacket on her, on top of all the sleepsacks, and put her back in her bed, and she quickly went back to sleep.  For 15 minutes.  She woke up again saying “I want to take it off!” over and over, so I again pulled her back into my sleeping bag, where we ended up staying the whole night.  She slept pretty well after that, I on the other hand got maybe 1 hour of shut eye (Christoph snoring next to me didn’t help the cause, either).  Ugh.  I decided somewhere around 2am that I definitely was not staying another night (we’d planned on camping for two nights).  I’m sure it would have been fine if we had a sleeping bag or something else to keep her (more) warm, but we didn’t and I wasn’t going to bank on it being any warmer the next night, and I am not used to this no sleep thing anymore!  I checked the weather when we got home, and it was 32 DEGREES that night!!

We did manage to get in a trip on the canoe out on the lake the next day before a storm started to roll in.  The boys tried fishing but didn’t catch anything; apparently it’s a pretty tough fishing spot.

We decided to head back out after lunch.  Hiking the 3/4 mile back up to the car was pretty rough.  I was pretty sure my heart was going to explode.  Chris again had to hike the canoe back up the trail, so we decided to make two trips with our gear back up since he was going to have to make two trips anyways.  We carried all our gear up the first trip, then we hiked back and I carried Anneliese up while Chris and John brought the boat up.  All in all it was a fun trip, but I now know that backpacking (at least with a child) is not for me.  I am already planning my beach vacation. 

:)

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