The Baby Stuff I’ve Bought Lately

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Because let’s face it: I don’t have a whole lot going on right now. I blew through the seasons of Downton Abbey WAY too quickly and now I’m suffering withdrawals – although Bryan is glad it’s over, because I tend to speak with a British accent and throw dramatic shady looks his way when I’m in my Downton throws. I have three series waiting for me to begin them (Sherlock, Justified, and Sons of Anarchy), but it’s getting harder and harder to find time.

That’s what’s insane about the newborn period. You’re bored. BORED SILLY. And yet? You have no time. You’re exhausted, but the baby sleeps probably 15 hours a day. You’re overwhelmed, but dying to go back to work so you have something to do. NONE OF THIS MAKES SENSE. It’s amazing we’ve continued as a species, because why would anyone willingly go through this more than once?

We’re doing well here, in spite of the insanity of a new baby. We got new carpet this week, which has made this place feel like a whole new house. I didn’t realize how dire our old carpet situation was until this new stuff got put in, frankly. Vinnie is a relatively good baby, although he’s a bottomless pit. We worried for the first three weeks that he had lost a significant amount of weight, so we switched to formula and he chunked right back up. (I call Vinnie the frat boy – he’s loud, he gets [milk] drunk and then vomits, and he has no idea what to do with a boob.)

Anyway. Stuff.

I’m a big believer of the swaddle for newborns. This is mostly because I like to sleep. When we were registering prior to the baby, I mentioned registering for some premade swaddles (as in Insert Limbs Here and Here and TA DA! Swaddle Complete!), but Bryan said he was really good at swaddling with a blanket. I did not remember this, but I didn’t remember us swaddling Tony, either. When the time came and Bryan looked lost at the prospect of forming a baby burrito, I ordered two SwaddleMe blankets with a quickness. These are SUPER easy to use (Insert baby / Zip / Sleep), and the zipper is a two-way, meaning you can change a diaper without completely unswaddling. They wash well, too.

We registered for Tommee Tippee bottles for no discernible reason other than I thought they looked cool. A month into feeding with them and .. meh. They’re okay. The shape – while cool looking – is kind of not made to fit into any normal diaper bag holders or things of that nature. The design of the bottle itself is not bad at all, although their is a vent-hole in the nipple that has to be facing up for air to pass through. At three o’clock in the morning, trying to find a miniscule hole is not the easiest task. But in the pro side, the numbers are EXTREMELY easy to read, which is a problem we’ve found on other bottles.

My mother was nice enough to pick up a Brest Friend Pillow for me early on, and I cannot rave about it highly enough. (Although, COME ON with the name .. at least SPELL Breast correctly!) I used a Boppy with Tony and while it was okay, it wasn’t stable enough for me to feel safe using it. This thing is seriously sturdy, enough so that I make Tony wear it when he feeds Vinnie. It’s comfortable, it supports your back, and it’s straight up like a tray table. I would have an entire plethora of stuff on mine around the baby. It held my wine glass PERFECTLY. (I kid.)

.. or do I? MWUAHAHAHA. (Again, not a lot of sleep happening here guys.)

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