This month has seriously flown by but it’s consisted of lots and lots of cuddles, only a couple of up-all-nights, and buckets of coffee. We got the diaper thing mostly figured out after the first week (if you have boys, you know what I mean…) and the sleeping and eating things he had figured out from day one (loves both passionately).
We had our first sickness (a round of horrific sinus infections for everyone!), our first party (yay babies!), first walk (it was hot!), and first plane ride (yay, Homeland!).
He loves baths and fuzzy blankets and wearing his hats over his eyes.
He does not love getting out of the bath, being (accidentally) hit in the face with a ball (little brother hazard), and sleeping in a crib.
Here are some of our other favorites from month one:
- Space Heater. Nothing pleases the small boy more than sitting in a bouncy chair, with a space heater going, while someone takes a really hot shower. Saurus was SO HOT all the time and wanted no clothes and fans on (exactly like his dad) so I mistakenly thought baby dos would be as well. Negative. I think this boy could be on the surface of the sun and take a comfy snooze (exactly like his mom). So our little space heater runs a lot (both for noise and warmth) which makes two Hunters very very happy and two Hunters very very sweaty.
- Honest Diapers. I think I must have the only children in the world who can’t wear Pampers. With Saurus, we used Huggies (and cloth) and I still like them but figured I’d give these fancy pants a shot. Labels and name brands and what not aside, I actually really love them. They have been great for the little guy (no rash! no leaks!) and come on – how cute are they?! It’s such a shame they’re just a poop receptacle because they’re downright adorable and, if you do the bundle packaging through the website (DO NOT buy them on Amazon!), then they’re really not much more expensive than anything else. And have I mentioned they’re adorable?! I’ll add this to the list of over-the-top things I buy my children. Like celebrity diapers and Starbucks decaf caramel macchiatos.
- Burp Cloths. Someone from work gifted us two of these AMAZING chenille burp cloths and they are the best things ever. I don’t even know why other kinds of burp cloths exist. I may have been known to rinse these out every day just so I don’t have to use other ones. Super absorbent, perfect size, and pretty darn cute. Because snot and spit up receptacles need to be cute. Obviously. Go ahead and add this to the list from number two: celebrity diapers, Starbucks, and cute things to puke in.
- Raccoon Cocoon. I’m not sure what these are technically called (I’ve termed it the Raccoon Cocoon, which I find catchy) or even if you can still get them any more but I bought this on a whim as a gift for a friend and, long story short, it’s ended up being in my attic for months. Turns out it was the best accidental-whim-purchase-that-I-forgot-about-in-my-attic ever (which happens a lot more than you’d think). Neither of my children like being swaddled, not even a little bit, but the little fox LOVES fuzzy blankets so I just tuck him in here at night and loosely fold over the flaps and he’s snug as a bug all night.
- KicKee Pants. I didn’t have to buy anything for this guy since he has an older brother who had EVERYTHING. But I did order a few more of these jumpsuits & coveralls. They are seriously the softest, coziest things I’ve ever felt but still lightweight and breathable. If I could have everything I own made out whatever magic they’ve woven into these, I would! (ps – Zulily has them occasionally so that’s a great time to stock up)
- Mr Fox. This adorable fellow is a close second for cutest-thing-in-our-monthly-pictures
- Avent Bottles. Saurus only drank from Tommee Tippee bottles and then, later, Dr. Brown’s. This dude does best with Avent Naturals and Medela. Of course. Because they can’t do anything the same at all. Which ensures that we have NINE MILLION BOTTLES AND PARTS EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME. Which is great for me because I just adore washing bottle parts. In related news, I’m not prone to exaggeration or sarcasm.
- Travel Bassinet. Total genius move for whoever created this thing. It folds up to fit easily in a suitcase and has been well-tested and approved by both Hunter boys. We use it when traveling, outside when I’m working in the yard, in the barn when I’m decorating for a wedding (true story), on the beach…you name it, we’ve done it.
- Sleep Sheep. Like the bassinet, we never go anywhere without Sleep Sheep (or sleep turtle or sleep puppy or any of the other sound and light machine menagerie). I’m convinced it is the difference between life and death when traveling. Since Little Fox has been sleeping in our room, I’ve gotten so used to listening to the waves at night that I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to get myself one for when the dude moves into the nursery
I should probably tell you that no one pays me anything to talk about their products and as much as I would love to get free stuff, I definitely don’t get that either. I write about what we love most as a mom and a baby who actually use this stuff.