March 25, 2006Baby Stuff)
Lexi weighs about 12 lbs. The stuff she owns weighs about 12 tons. I think every room in our house now has baby gear cramed in at least one corner. And honestly, about half the stuff is just gathering dust.
Here's what lying around:
Carseat - need that - obvisouly
Crib - yup, need that too
Bassinet - Used it 4 nights and now it holds dirty laundry
Pack-n-Play - haven't used it yet, but we've only been out of town once.
Swing - She really likes it
Bouncy-Seat - she really liked it until we upgraded to a swing.
Tummy - mat - makes me feel less guilty about laying her on the hardwood floors.
Boppy Pillow - I use it occasionally, but bed pillows work fine too, maybe I'll use it more when Lexi starts sitting up.
Sling - wouldn't give this up for the world. Lexi loves it and so do I.
Wipe Warmer - (see previous post)
Exer-saucer - haven't tried it yet.
Backpack - need it for all her stuff.
Diaper Genie - I'm fine with throwing diapers in a regular garbage can, but I didn't want to find out if the dogs would pull them out again.
And the list doesn't even include all of her clothes, stuffed animals, burp rags, bottles, nuks, hats, books, blankets, baby monitors, and other stuff I can't think of at the moment.
Here's what we don't have lying aroud:
Highchair (but one is coming)
There is a ton of stuff out there that baby companies try and pitch as a "must have" and absolutely essential product to raising a happy baby but in reality the product is pretty much just one more thing to take up space. One of those things is the Wipe Warmer. It's a little heated box to put the wet-wipes in so you don't truamatize your infant in the middle of the night with a freezing cold wet-wipe on his/her little butt. This sounds like a good idea but we found out that the wipes don't actually get very warm and in the time between pulling them out of the warmer and wiping her butt, they cool off to their original temperature. And, the last 20 wipes or so are wasted because they completely dry out before you can use them. Oh well, I guess it's back to room temperature wipes for Lexi. Hopefully, it won't lead her to years of therapy.
March 17, 2006Baby Stuff)
So we got Lexi a new swing the other day--a neglecto-matic, as some people call them. Ours is a little travel one, not so much because we want to travel with it but because our house is so small we don't have a spare room to devote to the baby swing.
We got a Fisher Price Aquarium Take-Along Swing. It's small, works well, plays non-annoying music and has pretty lights and fishies. Plus a crotch belt!
But the instructions included a few priceless gems:
The maximum weight limit for this product is 25 lbs. If your child weighs less than 25 lbs., but is really active and appears to be able to climb out of the swing, immediately discontinue its use.
Active=OK. Really active=bad. Got it.
March 9, 2006Over-Achiever)
Lexi has started "talking" in the last week or so. She used to make only two noises - cry or grunt. Now she's added "happy" noises like cooing to her vocabulary. We have much more indepth conversations now.
I read somewhere (or maybe someone told me) that when a baby is born they are able to make the sounds of every language. Basically, they are a blank slate and will start to miimic the sounds of the culture they are growing up in, growing stronger in their native language and losing the ability to mimic other languages. It makes me wish I knew a second language so Lexi could hear/learn more than one right from the start.Over-Achiever)
Madeleine is now 5 1/2 weeks old. Here is what she has accomplished in that amount of time:
Holding her head up
Sucking on a nuk
Sucking on her fist
Turning her head to watch her mobile
Making and holding eye contact
Grabbing Mazie's ears
Grabbing her own ears
Kicking her legs
Sticking out her tongue when she sees someone else do it
Raising her eyebrows when she sees someone else do it
Recognizing her dad's voice
Recognizing her mom's voice
What have you learned to do in the last 5 1/2 weeks?