Pre-Holiday Rush

Well we’ve been slacking in the blogging world lately. Our heads are practically spinning with how busy we’ve been over the past few months. Every day and weekend seems to be filled with something – visiting family, charity events (shout out to the National Kidney Foundation Luncheon which we’re attending today!), errands, pumpkin patch, weekends to the cabin, and other trips out of town. We are loving every minute but hope desperately to have one weekend where we do absolutely nothing. We know we have plans every weekend for almost the next two months but I’m hoping I am miscalculating and there’s a free weekend hiding in there. :)

Visiting family

Deciding where she should scoot next while playing with her cousin

Claire is so active these days and SO adorable. She is an avid scooter and can get across the room in maybe 30 seconds. If she sees something she wants, she gets there quite quickly. Whether that’s the dog, us, our laptops, her toys… you name it, she’s a determined little one.

She’s also been teething lately and we’re wondering when the next one will pop out. She has two right now but we’re pretty sure that will change soon.

There are some minor updates we’ve made to the house in the past few months that I really want to post an update on. With working full-time and having such busy weekends, I feel like we barely have enough time to relax and the time we do have, we savor it instead of cramming something in (which I’m so grateful for).

We’re getting SO excited for the holiday season to begin especially because these will be Claire’s first holidays. Claire is going to be a pumpkin for her first Halloween and we have the cutest costume EVER for her to wear! I think it must be a requirement for babies to be pumpkins for their first Halloween because most people I’ve talked to have said that’s what they were.

I’m especially excited for Thanksgiving because it’s my favorite holiday of them all. A day to relax and spend with family while eating all of my favorite foods = the best day of the year.

Claire's first trip to the pumpkin patch

Claire’s first trip to the pumpkin patch

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

 

5 Months Old!

5 Months!

Yet again, the last month has flown by. We love watching her grow and develop and can honestly say we are loving this stage. It kills us how cute she is and we can’t stop saying “she’s SO cute” and “she’s SO adorable” all the time.

From Day 1, we’ve been able to see little bits of her personality come out and now it’s becoming even more apparent. She’s definitely an easygoing and happy baby (when people watch her they tell us how easy she is) but she is also opinionated. She knows exactly what she wants and will let us know right away. Whether that’s wanting to stand up (being held by us, of course), get a change of scenery (sometimes hanging out in one room all day is too boring for her), or hang out on the playmat – she’s willing and able to let us know what that is (in her own adorable language).

Onto the usual course of business, here’s a rundown of her basic facts:

  • Weight: As of right now, this is a mystery. We need to figure out a way to weigh her. She seems so much bigger!
  • Loves:
    • Sophie la girafe.
    • Tummy time.
    • Eating her toes (this just started a few days ago) and sucking on her fingers. She also enjoys sucking on her thumb with the rest of her fingers pointing straight out instead of in a fist, it’s so cute!
    • On the theme of eating fingers and toes, she loves grabbing our fingers and putting them in her mouth. Apparently, they taste quite delicious!
    • This has been true for the past several months but I keep forgetting to mention it – she loves the noise of a hairdryer. If she’s having a particularly difficult time, we’ll turn on a hairdryer noise (I have an app on my phone) and it will instantly calm her down. Magic!
    • She also loves her glowing seahorse sooo much. We’ll put her down in her crib to go to sleep for the night and turn that on and she’ll watch it until it turns off. Once it’s off, she goes to sleep. It can also calm her down if the hairdryer noise isn’t doing the trick.
    • Her mommy and daddy. She’s started to notice when we leave the room and gets upset. She has also started reaching up when she’s in her bouncy chair and wants to be held. And lastly, she smiles when either me or CJ walks in the room. I can’t even explain how happy that makes me when it happens.
  • Hates:
    • Being put to bed in the crib awake. We’re working on teaching her to fall asleep on her own so it’s been difficult but she’s getting more used to it.
Deep concentration

Deep concentration

  • Talents:
    • Last week she started to get up on her knees and, by the end of the week, she was able to get up on her elbows and knees. Over the weekend, it was hands and knees and now she sways forward and backward trying to figure out how to crawl. She hasn’t quite figured it out yet but she is getting soooo close. It’s so adorable to watch! We’ve been told that everything changes once they’re mobile and to soak up this time as much as possible but we can’t help but be excited for this new development!
    • I’m not sure if this qualifies as a talent but, hey, why not! Claire sprouted her first tooth last Friday! She wasn’t acting any different than normal so we’re grateful that it wasn’t too painful for her. That doesn’t mean future teeth will be as easy as #1 was. And I just discovered tonight that tooth #2 came in as well! She was a bit fussy last night so I’m pretty sure it was due to the pain.
  • Sleeping:
    • She’s still a great sleeper (knock on wood). We put her down to sleep between 8-9pm and typically wakes up between 6-7am. Once we started getting on that schedule of always putting her down between 8 and 9pm, things have fallen into place really nicely. She sleeps better, we get some nice couple time before going to bed, and everyone’s happy. :)
  • Other Random Facts:
    • We have solved the bathtub mystery! It wasn’t that she hated baths. She just hated the bathtub we had for her. It was cold, hard and uncomfortable. So, we bought the Luxury Spa Bath that I originally wanted to register for on our baby registry that has a fabric sling for her to lay in and a shower head to spray water on her and she LOVES it. We also got a bath time Sophie which she enjoys too. Now she just hangs in the fabric sling while CJ washes her and she enjoys herself the whole time. We’re SO glad we figured out that mystery.
    • People tell us quite frequently that Claire has the perfect head shape. It’s funny what comments you hear once you become a parent. We are quite flattered that people are impressed by her head shape but it is a funny thing to notice about a baby. We also get told all the time (from day 1) that she’s very alert. What does a child that’s not alert look like? I mean, if she’s awake, she’s awake… am I right?
    • I need to be better about taking pictures of Claire with family and friends when they visit. I tend to get so excited about someone visiting that I blank on the whole camera thing. This is my official request for any future visitors – please make sure I take photos!
    • We fed her rice cereal for the first time a couple weeks ago. She probably ended up with half a spoonful…the rest got all over her face. She wasn’t quite sure what to think about it. We still haven’t gotten around to feeding her again but we will soon! Things have been SO busy around here.

I think I might do a Baby Essentials Part 2 post with new items that we’ve fallen in love with. They also might be items we’ve had since Day 1 but have just recently become helpful or I may have just forgotten to include them in the first post. :)

If you made it to the end of this post, wow! I know it was long but I love writing these. It’s fun to see how she’s changed from month to month. I highly recommend it to any other mommas out there!

Best Friends

7 Years

In honor of our 7-year dating anniversary and 2-year wedding anniversary, I thought it would be fun to have a mini-timeline of photos of us throughout the years.

September 12, 2007 – CJ and I met.

September 2007

September 27, 2007

October 4, 2007 – Our dating anniversary!

October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007

October 12, 2011 – CJ proposed on Avila Beach.

We're engaged!

October 12, 2011

October 7, 2012 – We became husband and wife.

Just married!

Just married! October 7, 2012

So many important dates are coming up in the next few days. Happy anniversary to us! It’s amazing that we met when we were 18 and 19 years old and have gone through so much together already. We experienced college together, started our careers, got engaged and married, bought a house and a car, remodeled our house, and now are the parents of a beautiful baby girl. Even with all we’ve been through, I still feel like it was just yesterday that we met at the bonfires at Avila Beach. I’m so lucky to be going through life with my best friend and love of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!

Cheers to finding your other half. I know I have and I am thankful every day for this beautiful gift called love.

Just married!

Backyard Progress

And for a deviation from my most recent posts on mommyhood, here’s an update on our backyard!

For the past year and a half, we’ve wanted to do something with our backyard but haven’t gotten much further than the occasional weeding. Man, those weeds get OUT OF CONTROL quickly! People kept asking us, “Any progress in the backyard?” and unfortunately, we had nothing to report until now.

I honestly wasn’t that bothered by our backyard until we got our puppy Zoe. Now that Zoe’s here, I’m in the backyard multiple times a day to let her out to go to the bathroom and I had to face the reality of what our backyard looked like and it wasn’t pretty. We were already planning to replace our fence and work on the backyard this summer but being in the backyard every day really lit a fire under our toosh. Not to mention, we want it to be a fun play area for Zoe (and Claire! when she’s old enough) and it wasn’t so fun.

I can now proudly report that we have a new fence and it’s beautiful!! It feels like we have a real backyard now and I love how much more private it is. And, we finally have a new patio too. You have no idea how exciting this is to me. When the fence was finished, I squealed in excitement. No joke. Isn’t it amazing what you get excited about when you become a homeowner? My teenage self would have rolled my eyes at my reaction.

We have a very general plan for how we want our backyard to be but we’ll iron out the specifics as we go along. Right now, we are planning to have a table and grill on the main patio area. The circular area is going to have a firepit and chairs. At first, we were going to do a built-in firepit but then we decided it would be best to get a movable one so if we have parties (maybe Claire’s first birthday??), we can put the firepit away and add an extra table in that area for people to eat and relax. We’ll see! We also want a grassy area and some nice plants. CJ is also thinking about making the table for the back patio and I’m sooooo excited for that!! It’s going to be beautiful. That’s pretty much all we have planned for now.

Landscaping

Our very very rough idea of what we want. It’s not really to scale but you can tell that we have plenty of space to work with. Ignore the step, we decided against adding one as the new patio will be raised higher than the old one.

We did get a plan made by a landscape designer last year but it’s kind of gone out the window due to the drought. The plants in that design are not drought resistant and we’d rather not use much more water than we are right now.

Here are a few before and “current state” photos. I won’t say after since it’s a work in progress but holy moly is it a huge difference!!

Backyard August 9 2014

 

The concrete was ripped out and then they did the framing of the shape of the patio.

Backyard August 21 2014

We then had rebar laid inside of the framing.

Rebar

 

And then the beautiful concrete was laid and stamped! The new patio is higher up which means there’s less of a drop from the back door onto the patio. It’s so much better for us and will be for little Claire when she starts walking. Zoe likes having less of a jump now too.

 

Backyard as of Sept 22

The above photo is what our backyard looked like today! What a world of difference a new fence and patio can make. You can’t tell from the photo but our backyard is sort of a u-shape (you can see that in the drawing I did above) so we have a lot more backyard to work with still.

We actually enjoy going in the backyard now though! And the new patio is so much bigger which makes the yard feel bigger because we can now take more advantage of the space we have.

Stay tuned for more updates! We’ll be taking the backyard in stages but we’ll keep you updated along the way.

4 Months Old!

Claire 4 Months

Ummm hello! Didn’t I just write Claire’s 3 month update?!?! Time keeps going by faster and faster, I can barely keep up!

I feel like I start this post the same every time but we are falling more and more in love with Claire. She is so cute and adorable that we can’t get enough of her. She is constantly making us smile.

Here’s the rundown on 4 month old Claire:

  • Weight: 13 pounds 3 ounces – as of her 4 month birthday, September 8.
  • Loves: Seeing herself in the mirror, hanging out on her tummy, eating her fist and fingers, and Sophie la giraffe (teething toy).  She gets soo happy when Zoe is around and is truly fascinated by her.  We got her one of those keys teething toys and she loves it. We give it to her when we’re in the car and I always tell her when I’m putting her in the carseat, “Don’t forget your keys. We’ll need those to drive!”. :) She also loves hanging out in the baby carrier facing out. Which also means, she does not enjoy the Moby Wrap anymore. She’s interested in seeing what’s going on and does not enjoy having to stare at our chests. She still loves to talk a bunch which is the cutest thing in the whole world. She also loves grabbing the pacifier loop and taking it out of her mouth to wave it around. I don’t know why but I’m so entertained by seeing her hold her pacifier. It’s so cute seeing her hold things. Okay you caught me, everything she does is the cutest thing in the whole world.
  • Hates: Baths! Oh dear does she hate them. If you were in another room when we’re trying to give Claire a bath, you would think we’re torturing her. Poor girl is not a fan. We really want to bring her in the pool but I’m afraid she’s going to scream bloody murder. She really is the happiest baby except when she’s hungry, tired, or… you guessed it, getting a bath.
  • Talents: She’s started to reach out for things which means she once in a while gets a handful of Zoe’s hair and she grabbed Zoe’s nose the other day. Zoe looked so surprised but handled it very well. Such a good puppy. When Claire’s on her tummy, she’ll get up on her knees and try to move. We think scooting is in her near future. She just recently discovered her feet and loves holding them whenever she’s laying on her back. I don’t know why, but I was so excited for her to discover her feet so I’m very entertained by this new talent. It’s sooo adorable. It made taking the picture this month a little more challenging though because that, combined with her rolling over, made her a moving target!
  • Sleeping: Sleeping hasn’t changed much. We’re trying to put her down a bit earlier now (around 9pm) and I know that’s late for some people but she does not appreciate being put down before that. She reacts in a way that makes us think she’s saying, “What the heck! I thought we were having so much fun and now you want me to sleep!?!?”. Once we put her down, she wakes up once or twice if her pacifier falls out so we’ll put it back in and then she generally sleeps until 4:30am. Not too shabby! Oh and, I don’t want to jinx it, but three nights in the last week she slept the WHOLE night. Meaning, from about 9pm to 6:30am. To say it was glorious is an understatement.
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She is the queen of drooling. I really don’t know how such a tiny individual can produce so much drool. Like I said last month, we think she’s teething. No sign of any teeth popping out yet though.
    • Have other mom’s had people ask you if your baby is a good eater? I think that’s the strangest question but I get it all the time. Yes, she enjoys eating…What else do I say? And she is still exclusively being breastfed.
    • Our doctor gave us the go-ahead to feed her solids. He recommended starting with rice cereal so we might be doing that soon. We haven’t decided exactly when we’ll start but probably soon. She’s so interested in watching us eat now which is one of the signs they tell you to look for when they’re ready.
    • She falls asleep in the car whenever we drive somewhere so if we run a lot of errands in one weekend or drive a couple hours somewhere, it totally throws off her schedule. It’s almost as if she gets jetlag… except without the jet. She sleeps way longer than normal the next few days and is very lethargic. We’re going to try to avoid any long driving trips as much as possible because it really screws her up.

Other than that, I’m reminded every day how lucky I am to be the mommy of such a little angel. She really is the best.

A Mother’s Love

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You know what I’ve realized lately, I have a hard time talking about my life has changed since becoming a mommy. When people ask how things are going or how Claire is, I just say “great!” and tend to leave it at that. Other times, I just ramble about how things have been going. What they don’t know is that my heart is bursting with love for her. She is absolutely perfect and brings so much happiness into mine and CJ’s life. I’m learning as the years go on that the more personal and meaningful something is to me, the worse I am at talking about it and describing it to another person. I’m not really sure why but I’m much better at writing about it.

I’m a very emotional person. Very sentimental. And I can sound very cheesy when I talk about something that means a lot to me. Thinking about how lucky CJ and I are to have such a beautiful and perfect little daughter makes me cry sometimes. Cry from pure joy, from overwhelming love for our little angel.

I’ll be honest, those first few weeks with Claire (especially the delivery) were the hardest of my life. My whole world was turned upside down and I felt like yelling to all other mothers, “Why didn’t you tell me it was this hard!?!?” But they did, I just don’t think it resonated with me until I was going through it myself. I think that’s true about a lot of things in life. You don’t truly understand the impact that something (or someone) will have on you until you experience it yourself. But, those same people also told me that things get easier and that’s also true. I don’t think anything could be as hard as those first two weeks. Every phase has its joys and challenges and I’m loving watching her grow and develop into her own person.

When we have those moments where she looks at us and smiles, or when she falls asleep on our chest, or when she starts cooing and telling us a story, I want to grab onto those moments and pause time. I don’t want to forget it. I want to go back to that moment a million times and live it over again. I feel the same about our wedding day (actually, our whole wedding weekend) because that was the best weekend of my life. It’s hard accepting the fact that the best moments in our life come and go in a blink of an eye. But that’s life. I think that’s why I take sooo many pictures and videos. Because it’s the only way to go back to that moment in time and relive those feelings.

August 17 Picnic

I fall more in love with her every day and want the world for her. I want her to find her passion in life, pursue her dreams, find someone that she loves as much as I love her daddy, and so much more. I hope that she looks up to me and CJ the same way that I do towards my parents. And most importantly, I just want her to be happy.

I say and think this all the time but I’m so thankful to have such an amazing husband and daughter.

August 17 Family

Thanks for the Blog Award!

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I’m so flattered to have received this blogger award from Sunny Day Sundays! I absolutely love reading her blog posts about mommyhood and her son. She writes the most beautiful letters to her son that he’ll get to read someday when he’s older and they paint such a vivid picture of her love for him and the sweet moments they have together. It’s also fun because her son is a month younger than Claire. You should definitely check out her blog!

Here are the rules for this award:

  1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I have a strange obsession with mashed potatoes. There’s something about their creamy deliciousness that I can’t resist. It also explains why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
  2. My favorite color is purple. I didn’t really have a favorite color until CJ told me that a purple shirt looked good on me when we first started dating. Then, I started noticing that purple really is a beautiful color not just on me, but on everything. And, I think it was a subliminal choice to fall in love with the color because I actually forgot that story until CJ reminded me when we were planning our wedding and we chose purple as one of our wedding colors.
  3. I really hate getting splashed in the pool. Not that I go in the pool that often because I burn in negative 3 seconds. But on the rare occasion that I do, if someone chooses to get playful and splashes me… game over. I am no longer your friend. Well… at least for the next 10 minutes until my anger subsides. ;)
  4. During my bachelorette party, one of the games was for CJ to pre-answer some questions about me and my friends had to guess what his answer was for each. One of the questions was something like, “What is your favorite thing about Emily?” and his answer was “her loyalty”. Several of my friends guessed that during the game and that was the best compliment I’ve ever been given. I will never forget that. I pride myself on always being there for my friends and family so, for them to recognize that, it means the world to me.
  5. One of my life goals until recently was to drive a golf cart and I was able to happily scratch that off my bucket list last September when I got to drive one around at my work offsite. I was beaming ear to ear.
  6.  I’ve always gotten along better with people that are older than me. I think it’s probably because I’m the baby of the family.
  7. I do very strange things in my sleep. CJ can attest to this. One time, in the middle of the night, I got up and started freaking out about the light bulb needing to be changed. I stood on the bed and started to unscrew the lightbulb and woke up CJ to help me. In his half asleep state, he got up and started going along with my delusions. He decided to turn the light on to help us see while trying to unscrew the light and then realized…what the heck?!?! That woke him up enough to stop what he was doing and explain to me that, no, the light was just fine. That’s just one story but there are many others. I think they are quite hilarious. CJ does too in retrospect but they’re not so funny in the middle of the night when he’s trying to sleep. :)

Now, it’s time to tell you my favorite blogs that I enjoy reading! Okay so I’m cheating, I don’t have 15 to list but that’s okay. The ones that are listed below are amazing! Thank you for your funny, heartwarming, and honest blogs. I look forward to reading them every day!

  1. Young House Love
  2. Eat, Live, Run
  3. Nat Your Average Girl
  4. BowerPower
  5. Little Baby Garvin
  6. Bean in Love
  7. Thrifty Decor Chick
  8. Sunny Day Sundays – I know she nominated me but I do truly love reading her blog!

Happy Blogging!

3 Months Old!

3 Months

Claire turned 3 months old on Friday, August 8th! She is changing and learning so much every day. CJ and I really can’t get enough of her and we find ourselves saying, “She’s so cute” approximately a million times a day. She keeps us laughing and smiling constantly and is such a joy to be around.

As far as how Claire is at 3 months old, here’s the lowdown:

  • Weight: We’ll know her exact weight when we go in for her next checkup on Monday the 18th so I’m not positive how much she weighs. I’m guessing she’s a little over 12 pounds but don’t quote me on that. Our scale at home is not too accurate so we just have to wait until the next doctor visit.
  • Loves: Tummy time and rolling over. Now that she can roll over, she spends most of her time hanging out on her tummy. She also loves eating her fist and talking. I’m guessing we’ll need unlimited minutes for her cell phone when she gets one (in a million years) because she’s quite a talker already. I take SO many videos of her talking because I can’t get enough and want to hear it all the time. I wish I could know what she is saying. She still loves standing and is very curious so she likes to be held facing out so she can see all the action. She also loves being outside, ceiling fans, her BabyBjorn chair, and her burp rags. It’s so funny how she’s gotten attached to her burp rags but we can only assume it’s because she always has one near her for any spit up emergencies and they probably smell like us.
  • Hates: Not being fed on time. She likes to eat every 2 hours and 15 minutes on the dot and she will DEFINITELY tell us even if we’re a minute late. I’m not sure who gave her a watch but she’s quite amazing at telling how long it’s been!
  • Talents: Rolling over! She LOVES it so much. If we put her to bed and she’s not drowsy enough, she immediately roll over to her tummy and have a little party in her crib talking. I can’t even tell you how cute it is to walk into her room and see her adorable little face looking up at us.
  • Sleeping: She now sleeps in her crib, yay! We started putting her in her crib around 2 weeks ago and it’s been going pretty well. As far as how long she sleeps, it varies. If we’ve had a busy day and she hasn’t gotten any solid naps, she gets overtired and tends to wake up more. Other nights, she’ll sleep for 7 straight hours. Those are the nights we look forward to. ;)
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She gets really smiley when she first sees me or CJ. She loves her mommy and daddy. :)
    • She is starting to fall asleep when we’re driving again. She went through a phase where she didn’t like it but now she’s okay with it. She’ll hang out and talk for a while, suck on her fist, and then pass out.
    • We think she’s teething because she is drooling constantly. She also gets upset sometimes and we can only assume it’s from the teething pain because feeding, changing her diaper, and trying to put her to sleep doesn’t help.
    • She’s getting more and more interested in Zoe which is so cute. She stares at her and occasionally smiles when Zoe runs past her.
    • I started work again this week and everything is going pretty well. I definitely cried on Day 1 though… multiple times.

And then there were FOUR!

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I am totally a dog person. And to be more specific, I am totally a Pembroke Welsh Corgi person. Since as early as I can remember, I’ve had a Corgi in my life. First, we had Shotsey. Then, I got the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for when I was 10 years old, Abby. And now, we have Zoe, who we hope will become Claire’s best friend.

When Abby passed away, I was so upset that Claire would never be able to meet her. She was a huge part of my life and I wanted her to share in the love that I have for Abby. So the best way to do that, is to give her the opportunity to fall in love with a little furry best friend of her own.

We searched for MONTHS to find available corgi puppies to purchase (I personally like to say “adopt” but, I learned in my search that you only use that term when you are getting a rescue dog…who knew!) with no luck until late June. I didn’t realize how hard it was to find pure bred corgi puppies. The litters can be spoken for months in advance and breeders don’t always have one litter right after another. I eventually just emailed the list of breeders on the Corgi society website and found one breeder who pointed me to another who had two adorable little 10.5 week old sisters available. It was SO perfect because my mom and I had talked for a while about wanting to get two sisters, one for my parents and one for us. That way, they would have a friend to play with when we’re out of town. So we were so excited to finally find puppies available and picked them up after we returned from Vermont.

Some people might think we’re a little bonkers for getting a puppy at the same time as having a baby but there are definitely some advantages. For one, we’re trying to house train Zoe and it helps that we can take her out to relieve herself while we’re doing the middle of the night feedings. It’s also nice that Claire isn’t mobile yet so we only have one “little one” running around the house. The most important reason why we got a puppy right now is we wanted Claire to grow up with her little furry companion. As for Claire and Zoe are doing together, they’re doing great! Zoe will sniff Claire or lick her toes and then prance off. Claire just stares at Zoe and she’s probably wondering what the heck she’s looking at.

We’re starting a puppy training course next weekend!

Zoe

Our Baby Essentials

There are a few things that we’ve started using since having Claire that we absolutely can’t live without. Some we’ve had since the beginning, and some we just started using last week, but they’re all essentials at this point! We thought it would be helpful to share.

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Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym: Claire has been loving this activity gym lately. When she was first born, we would lay her down and she would fall asleep on it. Now that she’s interacting more with stuff, she’ll swat at the animals and grab onto them. It’s so fun to watch her play with the animals! We also put her down on this when we practice tummy time.

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft & Wooden Toy: We bought this last week after I read the EatLiveRun blog and saw that she loved using it for her son. I’m so glad we did!! It’s super pricey but we used gift cards to purchase it and it’s so worth it. It’s really lightweight so I can pick it up with one hand while holding Claire and move it to wherever I need it in the house. Cooking breakfast used to be impossible but the other morning I was able to cook oatmeal while Claire happily sat in this bouncer and spun around the wooden toys. She LOVES the wooden toys!

Baby Nursing Mobile App: I’m very forgetful so this app has been a lifesaver! Without it, I wouldn’t remember which breast I last fed Claire on or for how long. It’s helpful to have this app at doctor’s appointments so when the doctor asks how long she normally feeds or how many diapers she typically has, I can just open this app and tell him. I also use it to track how much I’ve pumped.

Tommee Tippee Pacifiers: Someone gave these to use as a baby shower gift (to whoever that was, thank you!!) and Claire loves them. We have a few other brands and we’ve tried the Wubbanub (a pacifier with stuffed animal attached) but these ones are the only ones she likes.

Baby Einstein Octoplush: This guy is Claire’s best friend. CJ got it from Babys R Us a couple weeks ago and she LOVES it. It sings when you squeeze his head and, when you squeeze a tentacle, it says a different color. It also can be changed to French and Spanish so she can learn a few other languages! My only complaint is that the music can’t be set to repeat, because she loves the songs and I have to keep squeezing him over and over again. Oh well, I’m happy to do it to see her adorable smile.

MobyWrap Modern: I already talked about this in a previous post but this was SO convenient when we were flying to Vermont.

Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: One of the moms in my mom’s group suggested this when I told her that Claire didn’t like being swaddled because she wanted her hands free and I’m so thankful I got it!! She loves sleeping with her arms above her head and she’s been much happier since we started using it.

Medela Double Electric Breastpump: It goes without saying why this is an essential. Everyone told me this was the brand to get and I love it… well as much as I can love a breastpump. Who enjoys having to clean all the supplies every single time?!?!? Not me. :) Oh and for those of you who don’t already know this, check with your insurance on whether or not they pay for breastpumps. Mine was covered 100%. Thanks to my cousin for telling me that before we ordered ours!!!

Gerber Burp Cloths: We can’t leave the house, let alone walk to the other side of the house, without one of these. Obviously, babies spit up, and these are the burp cloths that we use. They are super cheap and come in a pack of 10 so we never run out of them before it’s time to do laundry.

What items can you not live without? It’s always interesting to see what baby stuff people find and fall in love with!