It has been so beautiful out lately so we decided to head to the park with some of our friends (Alayna’s godparents). It was Alayna’s first time and she loved being outside! We didnt stay long, but it made me excited for more trips when she’s old enough to run around! Here are some pictures that just melt my heart! She is seriously the BEST thing that has ever happened to me.
Ps. If you live in Ridgecrest, you know that this weather doesn’t last long so you have to take advantage when you can.
I decided to do monthly favorites for each month (or a combination of months). Since I’m 5 months late, Ill combine the first few into 1 & 2 months and then a 3 & 4 month favorites. I always love hearing other people’s opinions on what “got them through” certain months, so i figured it would be fun to create my own.
Safety 1st Car Seat – This car seat is great. We made a list of car seats we liked and went to a Babiesrus to buy it rather than buy it online. After looking at a few that were on our list, we loved this one. It felt much nicer than alot of the others and came in all black, which is what I wanted. It was on the lighter side of car seats and had great safety ratings.
Swing – For the first couple of months, we used the swing MANY times. We would put her in it knowing she was still being soothed. Now that she’s older, she LOVES the lights!
Boppy – This pillow is amazing. I used it from day one in the hospital. I sometimes even wished we had two… that’s how much I loved it. Its not only helpful for breastfeeding, but you can use it for tummy time sometimes. Alayna liked doing some of her tummy time on this because she could still see around her. And when they start sitting up, it’s a great support!
Graco Baby Monitors – We decided to get two monitors because we have a two story house. We wanted to have one for upstairs and one for downstairs and it has worked out pretty well. I like knowing that I can hear her no matter where I am.
Waterproof Changing Pad Liners – These are great for using on the changing pad and even in the crib! It saves you from having to wash the changing pad cover and the sheets a million times, especially with the amount of spit up that happens when they are this young.
Bouncer – Sometimes the swing just doesnt seem practical when you want to have the baby in the same room as you but you dont want to drag the swing all over the place. The bouncer is so easy to move around. I used this alot when I needed to shower and she was wide awake. I’d bring her into the bathroom with me! Now I use it for feedings since she’s still a little too small for a highchair.
A few other things that are not on the list have to do with breastfeeding. If you plan to breastfeed, have some lanolin available for your nipples. My favorite was the Lansinoh brand. I used it for the first week or two and it helped alot. I also recommend a breastpump. Although I hate pumping, it’s nice to have one just in case you need it. I love love love mine and I bought it used! The one I used was the Medela Pump in Style. I’ve heard that some health insurances will pay for you to buy a brand new pump.. But I had already found mine for $40. It’s definitely worth looking into.
Life has been super busy with the baby, school, and starting my new position at work. Although it’s hard to leave the baby, its nice to get out of the house every once in a while. She stays with family when Im gone, which makes leaving her so much easier!! I think Im really going to enjoy work though. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to work a few days a week so that I can focus on school and be home with Alayna most of the time. On a side note, can you believe it’s almost FALL! Im looking forward to all of the holidays with the little one. I’ve been searching all over for the perfect Halloween costume and I think i’ve figured out what shes going to be. You will all have to wait though 🙂 just know that it’s super cute and seems pretty simple to do myself! Anyways, I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about you. Looking forward to more and more blogging as the holidays draw near.