Archive for September, 2010

Doesn’t everyone get mad at the monkey?

Six months!


14.7 lbs.
25 inches

See September photos here.

My must-haves for new parents (0-6 months)

Last year, when we were frantically trying to get a baby registry in order, we were pretty overwhelmed with all the “stuff” we needed to choose from. Luckily, we had expert advice from lots of friends and family who sent us their own must-have lists. Here, compiled from those, plus our own experience so far is what we couldn’t do without.

Have these set up:

  • Swing: We have the Fisher Price Lil’ Lamb Dream Swing and highly recommend it. It has several different speeds, swings in two directions and several different sounds to accompany the mobile. Stock up on D batteries and keep them nearby.
  • Co-sleeper: We had a bassinet set up next to our bed, but ended up using the co-sleeper all over the house in the first days … in the middle of the table when we ate, on the counter in the kitchen, and eventually, when we stayed overnight at a hotel for a work event. A great, very portable sleeping spot for the brand new babies.
  • Boppy: Have one or two of these and at least one extra cover so when the inevitable mess happens in the middle of the night you have another clean cover to slip on. 
  • Bouncy seat: It’s not a  bad idea to have one of these in several rooms. We went with the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer, which has been a big hit, but you really can’t go wrong with these.
  • Playmat(s): We have this playmat, by Tiny Love, but this is another area I don’t think you can go wrong — and is another item where it would be great to have more than one, depending on how many rooms you will be in with the baby.
  • Of course it depends on the baby, but we couldn’t have survived without the Sleepsacks and Kiddopatumus‘ we had.

A few months in: 

  • Bumbo: We love our orange bumbo, which has come in very handy as E wants to be sitting more and more.
  • Jumper: We waited awhile to get a jumper, but after seeing the non-stop kicks of E and a few jumperoo’s at her friend’s house, we gave this one a try. So far, only one foot hits the ground, but E loves it.
  • High chair: This is one item we “bought ahead” and hope it works out. E will start eating solid foods in the next month or so, and if all goes well, from this Graco high chair.

Other smaller items that we loved having around in E’s first days include:

  • Taggies books, toys and outfits
  • Sleep sheep, which is used to this day in her crib and on the road
  • Infantino — Great products, but E especially loved the wrist rattles that could be attached to anything.
  • CDs — It’s great to have some classical “infant music” lined up.

I used coupons to stock up on several different brands pre-Ellie. If you’re not doing cloth diapers, it’s great to have a few different options to try out in the beginning. In particular, the Target brand has been great.

Books for Mom & Dad
In addition to the normal books you are already reading, I recommend checking out a variety of sleep books (which will be its own separate post) as well as “The Portable Pediatrician,” which is, hands-down, the best book we have read so far.

Happy birthday, Grandpa K!


You would *never* know Mom won two spelling bees back in the day. Ah well, we were on a tight timeframe before there was a sleeping E. She wishes she was chatting up Grandpa K. like she did in NYC!

Watch this

***Warning: Might make you cry, depending on current levels of sleep deprivation. Watch it anyway.

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