I still have another month, but I'm starting to prepare myself for the arrival of my new baby boy. I'm putting together the list of items I'd like to bring to the hospital. I have done this before, so I do remember the key things I found useful and other things that weren't necessary. As a result, my list this time around isn't nearly as long. Take a look - were their other things you found helpful to have in the hospital?
iPod/speakers - I loved having my own music, especially during early labor. I could focus on the songs during contractions.
pajamas (simple cotton nightgowns) and robe
toiletries (toothbrush, hairbrush, etc)
hair elastics - must be able to pull the hair back!
For K: couple drinks, snacks, magazines
For the little guy: going-home outfit and car seat (which we should probably install soon, huh?)
I know there are lots of other things on the lists that I've seen online, but last time I remember going home with about 5 bags full of stuff from the hospital! They provide so much - receiving/swaddling blankets, sanitary pads, nursing pads, diapers, etc.
These little bubble guns are the greatest - they let A make bubbles on his own,
- Good friends that I haven't seen in years
- Newly-blooming pink rhododendrons in our yard
- Golf-ball sized hail, in the middle of an otherwise gorgeous day
- My squirming belly. The little dude has been getting the hiccups a lot lately.
- Aaron's tow truck, monster truck, and garbage truck - we roll them back and forth across the living room floor. He's going to be disappointed when we finish the room and get a new rug.
- Kevin's quote of the weekend: "I feel like I should just keep eating the pulled pork, because really, how often do you get pulled pork, ya know?"
- Aaron, squealing and shrieking as he chases after bubbles
- Sweet basil seedlings, now planted in my herb barrel. Yum!
- Fresh cut grass. LOVE that smell! I also love being able to open up all the windows to let that fresh air in.
- Strawberry shortcake, lemonade, grilled chicken and pesto sandwiches, watermelon, blueberry pancakes...lots of tastes of summer!
Hot ham and cheese sandwiches
Chicken Scallopini (*Use thin-sliced chicken to save a step.)
Corn on the cob
Herbed mashed potatoes (I took the "fake it" approach and mixed Boursin cheese and a little milk with cooked red potatoes.)
Baked tilapia w/ roasted tomatoes
Here is a link to Amazon, where you can sample the songs and view the video to the album's first single, "Fire to Your Plain".
When we first painted this room, my husband was afraid it was "too blue". As a guest room, perhaps it was. But it is perfect for a little boy. I love how it came out.
I'm going to wait to post the real "before and after" shots for after it's really all done - painted and decorated and everything. But that will be a while. In the meantime, I thought I'd post another in-process picture. These are of our office. We ripped up torn and stained carpet, put in a new window, new overhead light... but the biggest improvement is this wall of built-in shelves and a desk. Isn't it fabulous?
We'll be able to have all of our electronics (hard drive, modem, printer...) inside the lower cabinets. We were able to get rid of an extremely large desk, we will now have a great working space that doesn't take up so much space in the small room, and we'll actually have some place to put all our books! Oh, it's going to look so so good! I can't wait to get it all done so I can set things up. (Deep breaths. Patience, Mary. I'm going to appreciate the progress we're making, I promise.)
1. A's transition to his "big boy" room went extremely smoothly. We just needed a white noise machine to block out the sounds of the cars driving by. ("The motorcycle scared me, Mommy!") Once that problem was solved, he happily gets in bed every night and waves "night-night". An added bonus of the new room is that he now also accepts Daddy reading bedtime stories to him, something he had typically resisted. Hooray!
2. Yellow tulips are blooming all over our yard. They look so cheerful, and they smell wonderful. I know they won't last long, but I also know that the lilacs are right behind them!
It is not the type of book that will make you cry - I don't think the author really gets you close enough to the characters to achieve that - but it is one that will keep you entertained and will make you think. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie eventually, but I almost always prefer the books over the movies anyway. If you're looking for something to add to your nightstand pile, I'd recommend this one.
Then I went to Costco this past weekend and discovered that they sell cases of Izze (for significantly cheaper than buying individual four-packs at the grocery store). The flavors sadly did not include Lime, which I've already determined is my favorite (after trying 3 others), so I'll probably still occasionally splurge on Lime. Lime is apparently pretty new, so if you already love Izze but haven't tried it, please do. It's yummy.
I haven't done anything in the way of a baby book or journal. I do have photo books made every year, and I did capture some of the big milestones (crawling, walking...) that way, but I am amazed at how much I already don't remember. To that end, I thought I'd put a post out here to capture some of the words and phrases that A currently says. At least I'll have it here.
My sister and her family keep a quote book - just a simple notebook where they write down the funny things that they all say. It is hilarious to go back and read them. A couple other ideas I love and plan to put into action: This one - having a jar to capture some of the funny things that A says. (I think this is an easier version of the journal concept for when he's little.) And this one - blank notecards featuring some of the funniest quotes. Wouldn't you love to receive one of these?
Here are just a few of A's current words that leap to mind...
spaghetti sauce = "scobetty sauce"
freckle = "inkle" ("not freckle, Mommy...inkle")
dirty diaper = "stinky stinky diaper"
lawn mower = "lawn mowmow"
helicopter = "hopcopter"
"Superstition" came on the radio the other morning on my way to work. What a great song to have in your head all day. I was going to post that one, but then I decided to post my favorite Stevie song. Enjoy, and have a happy Friday!