Miss A’s Summer Fun!

I (heart) Twin Oaks Day Camp.  They are making Miss A’s summer her best one yet!  She leaves everyday excited & comes home everyday with a huge smile and lots of fun stories to tell!

Today we had visiting day at camp….Part I.  When I went to sign in, the director’s exact words were….”Ohhhh Miss A….With the MOUTH!”  Her head counselor said she’s the mayor of camp, and when someone won’t say hi to her, she says “It’s OK….they must be shy!”  Every mom there said they’re child comes home everyday talking about Miss A!  (And in a good and happy way!!!!)  What a difference a year makes!

Here are some shots from our day at camp!

First we started and Fun & Games:

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Randy Candy 9Then we followed them to the field!

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The last activity was swim…which happens to be Miss A’s favorite activity!

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Swim 4Before we headed home…we had snack!  Miss A was really excited to have her Grandma, Auntie S & Cousin H with her.  Cousin H wasn’t being so cooperative for a group photo…but we did get one with Grandma!

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54789340854678678567 Baby Products….Our 11 Favorites!

There are a lot of baby products out there….and lots of them are a waste of time and money.  It can be really hard to navigate which ones are worth it!  (yes….everyone’s “worth it” is different!)  We didn’t have anyone to tell us what was a good buy and a pointless buy the 1st time around.  This time…I’m keeping track for our future and for any friends, family or strangers who stumble onto our blog! These are the items we love for infants age 0-3 months… ** I was not paid or incentivized to give any of these opinions….these are just things I like 🙂 . 0-3 favs Feeding:

1.  Bottle feeding is our choice.  I know there are many people who judge me, but that is ok…this is our choice for our family and it works for us.  With Miss A we tried just about every bottle on the market.  We preferred Born Free.  Incredibly, our bottles (and some other infant things) were something that survived the flood (thanks attic!), so we didn’t even have to replace them!  We did replace the nipples!  We used the small 5oz size first…now we use the larger ones.  There is a glass option if you feel that is for you.  We thought about it but the cons outweighed the pros. bottle 2.  We got the Avent sterilizer when Miss A was born & it has served Miss A, our cousin CJ, and now Baby D.  I know I could boil the bottles and pieces too, but this is super quick (about 5 minutes) and all of the pieces for 6 bottles fit nicely inside…and then they come out sterilized!  I’m all for things that save me time!  They don’t make this model anymore, so the link is to the newer version

3.  Bibs.  Miss A was a spit up girl.  Thankfully, so far, Baby D only spits up on occasion….HOWEVER….he can rival a St. Bernard in the drool department!  We love the Silly Billyz bibs.  The front gets wet, and the back stays dry.  We used Mum2mum with Miss A but I like the Silly Billyz a little better since they have a tighter seal at the neck! BibPlay:

4.  Baby D spends a lot of time traveling around, as most 2nd children do!  When he gets into the carseat, he isn’t too thrilled!  This small Tiny Love travel mobile has a detachable arm that allows you to use it on a crib (like a pack and play or travel crib or bassinet of the stroller etc) or velcro to attach it to the car seat so it can entertain him while we drive.  Both of my kids loved this mobile! travel mobile 5.  Another thing that Baby D has to deal with is being put down in his crib for periods of time while I attend to his big sis’.  We like this bigger Tiny Love mobile to keep his attention off the fact that we left him in there!  Its colorful and the music is soothing, and when he starts to stand and pull on the top, we’ll probably keep the music box attached like we did with Miss A!

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6.  Our original playmat didn’t make it through Sandy.  Our friend AG gave us her son’s playmat when they came up to visit, and we also got this Fischer Price Piano playmat that we saw our cousin J play with, as a gift from our friends.  This has been amazing for us.  I have put him down on this mat and he’s played independently for over an hour.  He’s been doing tummy time and playtime on this mat since basically he came home from the hospital!  The only thing this is missing is a gate surrounding it to keep T from making out with Baby D!

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Diapers, etc:

7.  Honest Diapers.  I love them.  They are about the same, if not a little cheaper than if I were buying Pampers diapers and Huggies wipes (which is my chosen combo when not ordering from honest.com).  The best benefit I’ve seen is that we’ve had basically NO diaper rash since we stopped using the Pampers/Huggies.  I will say that I prefer the Huggies wipes for my wipe warmer, because the Honest wipes can’t be used with our warmer…it’s the way they’re folded in the package that doesn’t work…oh well!  Bonus…they are fun looking!  Seriously….check out the patterns!  I also have bought their shampoo/body wash, conditioner, lotion, lip balm, and a bunch of other products from them for Miss A and our house.  I’ve enjoyed them all.

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Sleep:

8.  I started my love affair with Aden & Anais when Miss A came into our lives.  It was ridiculously hot that spring and we were living in a house with window A/C’s.  I used their swaddling blankets with her until she fit into the Miracle Blanket.  Baby D will never get to wear the miracle blanket, because you can’t swaddle a thumb sucker!  You also don’t have to go into their room 50 times a night to put their bobo’s back in when they spit them out!  This go-round, our friends bought us a package of Bamboo swaddling blankets.  Unreal.  The softest, lightest, but still warm, great for swaddling (with his arms out), perfect for covering the carseat or stroller to protect him from the sun while still letting him breathe!

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9.  We are sound machine lovers in this house.  I refuse to tell Miss A to “SHHHHH” a zillion times a day, nor will I tell our dog not to bark while the baby is sleeping!  We used the sleep sheep for Miss A, and that worked great, but now that there’s an older sister running around, sometimes the 45 minutes of ocean sounds aren’t quite enough!  My Aunt R gave the Sound Machine Projector to us as a gift for Baby D and we have loved it.  You can set it to a timer, or leave it on all night.  I can’t speak much to the projector side, although I think it is a cool feature, since this baby is a belly sleeper, he doesn’t see much of those lights!

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10.  The next one is something that helps Mister LK and I sleep soundly.  Our Summer Baby Monitor.  We had an older model before the storm, but we needed a new one..since…well…it is NOT waterproof!  It is a really nice thing to be able to put the baby to bed and check on him without getting up in the middle of the night to go into his room!  We are blessed with a sleepyhead and when I take Miss A to wait for the bus, it is nice to be able to keep an eye on the baby and make sure he’s not screaming!  This new version makes adjustments easier!  The camera can be moved on the touchscreen.  That should be helpful once he moves around the crib more!

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Other:

11.  Finally…the item that 2nd time parents often find “so-so” useful the 1st time around and “SO….SOOOOOOO” useful the 2nd time around!  Our baby carrier!  With Miss A I had the Baby Bjorn.  I put her in it once and she came out with her whole leg red and bruised after 10 minutes from broken capillaries, a result of the carrier and her thighs not really working together!  At that point I was too nervous to use another one…so it wasn’t until she was about 8-9 months old that I got the Moby Wrap.  I loved it, and still do, but it’s pretty heavy fabric and since it is being lent to our friend right now to wrangle her 1 year old, I got myself a Solly Baby Wrap.  It is so lightweight, perfect for the summer, so soft and keeps Baby D close to me, upright and my hands are free to do everything I need to do!

So those are my favorites so far!  We’ll be spending the next 3months figuring out what things we need to add & the stuff we can pack up!

Baby D….In Month 3!

My baby boy is 3 months old.  Time is flying.  I’m trying so hard to enjoy every moment of my favorite baby bliss.

Baby boy you are so big.  You are 25″ tall (90th %) and 13.11lbs (75th%).  You look so big to me, but you’re still in your 0-3 month clothes.  Although you have some 3-6 month stuff that you wear!

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You are still sleeping 12-13 hours a night.  Your napping isn’t on a very tight schedule just yet…we are still figuring out the best set nap times but you’re almost there and you take 2-3 crib naps a day, not including cat naps in your swing or in my arms!

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You are clearly still sucking your thumb and you haven’t totally found it while on your back.  You seem to find it right away when you’re on your belly.

D grey eyes 2A new things you’re doing are your little sucky fishy face.  It is really cute, and one of these days I’m going to catch it on camera!

D grey eyes 3We just up’d your bottle to 7oz, every 4 hours.  Today was the first day of that, and you’re doing really well with it, so I guess tonight we’ll see how you do with 28oz of formula daily.

D grey eyes 1You are just the sweetest little boy.  You still love bath-time and your big sister!  You are playing for long stretches on your playmat and we’ll be introducing you to the bumbo seat any day now!

We had your 3 month check up on Monday…and the Doctor told me…”he’s very very verbal”…yea…you read that right.  VERBAL!  No kidding Doc.  This is my lot in life…to have kids that never stop talking!  Your big sis is the leader in that group!  I’m sure she’ll have a lot to teach you…and apparently you are already a quick learner!

D4I can’t believe my baby is 3 months old.  We love you very much little boy.  You make all of our days brighter with your infectious smile and little giggles!  Thank you for being you and making me a very happy Mommy!

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