Last November, our family went on a Caribbean cruise! I had been on a cruise 10 years earlier and loved it. This was the first time Bug and Jon went sailing into the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. My sweet husband was reluctant to go so far from the safety of land but I (and in the end, he) was so glad he did! (As he put it, he has seen Titanic. And it did not end well.)
Even as excited as we were (…I was), there was still much trepidation about traveling with a toddler. We had ventured to Canada to visit Jon’s family 4 months before the cruise which helped us prepare. We were able to get a better grasp on what we would need to bring for Bug – and our test-run was done where we were able to get something if we forgot. (Of course, in the middle of the ocean, you’re out of luck if you need something.)
I may not know many things about raising a child, but in my short three and a half months as a new mom, I have learned what some of the most useful baby items are. I want to share these items with you in order to make your life easier as a new parent.
For Out and About
First and foremost, I must say that this is the best and most used item that we have received: a stroller frame. This is a lightweight stroller that a car seat can click into. In order for it to be used and must have the car seat, unlike the traditional stroller that comes as part of a travel system. Many of these stroller frames have a basket beneath the car seat to carry your belongings, and some even have cup holders to carry a drink (obviously, specifications vary depending on the brand). These frames are very lightweight and easy to stowaway in your trunk without killing yourself. The frame that I use, is about 10 pounds. The stroller that came with my travel system, weighs about 20 pounds. And that is a big difference, especially if you are in and out of the car multiple times with the baby. For someone who has trouble carrying the car seat, this is a huge help. Aside from being lightweight the frame also folds up smaller than the travel system stroller. If you have a small trunk like me, this is very important. Continue reading Most useful baby items→
So, I am excited about this little Peanut coming…and I know our families are. Between our two families, this is the first grand- or great-grandchild. I’ve seen this (below) as an increasingly popular way to update the world on the progress we’re making during pregnancy, and my plan is to continue the tradition. It will be neat to look back on it as Peanut grows, and even after Peanut is born. Without further ado, my 15 week update!
How far along are you? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss so far: -12, thank you morning sickness
Wearing any maternity clothes? Yes, I have for several weeks. Certainly more comfortable than squeezing into regular jeans. However, still a fair number of regular clothes. Mostly shirts and sweatpants.
How’s the sleep? Some night are good, some aren’t so good. Naps are a common occurrence for me…even after a good night of sleep! (I feel like I’m turning into my mom…)
Do you miss anything? Cold sub sandwiches. I’ve already told Jon that the way to get to see me (or Peanut) after they come is to bring me a sub. No sub, no entrance. Continue reading 15 weeks and counting!→