Today marks the last week in my pregnancy! Can I get a woo to the hoo? I swear Jesus makes you so miserable that you don’t care what it takes to get your baby out of your body – delivery, c-section, or alien abduction – none of it seems like a bad idea at this point. I have had contractions, some as steady as 6 minutes apart for several hours, and I am dilated to 2cm, so Shepherd could certainly make his arrival earlier than planned. I have a hair appointment on Thursday and a date with my bestie to see Gone Girl on Friday so after that I am ready and waiting for his arrival! Do you think he can work around my weekend plans?
In the meantime am focusing on wrapping up my to-do list for my blog and business this week. We are also getting all of our baby gear out of the attic, put together, and in place ready for infant action. Most of the larger baby gear items we already own from our first son,Axton, so the amount of stuff we had to purchase this time around was minimal. I also opted not to register for my baby shower and instead just created a Pinterest Board and included the link on my baby shower invitation.
On a side note: I would not recommend using a Pinterest Board for your baby registry – even if its for a laid back 2nd baby shower. Guests worried they would double purchase items, especially from Etsy, which are non-returnable. This is a totally valid concern and one I didn’t even consider when whipping up my registry! I had tried to use MyRegistry.com but I could never get it to work right – so I reverted back to my comfort zone of Pinterest. (If you have found a better alternative I would love for you to share with us!)
Today I am pretending I am Blue Ivy’s momma and showing you my dream baby registry items along with my real-life must have baby items I can not live without. These items worked so well they lasted through baby #1 and will be reused again with baby #2. As much as I would love to imagine being as beautiful and fabulous as Beyonce sometimes you just gotta admit your Solange and be okay with that!
Beyonce Version: ubabub Pod Crib $2,300.00 + $199.00 for white glove shipping
Okay, doesn’t this seem insane to you? Plus, you’d think they would throw in free shipping. This one is not on my personal wish list but it was so outrageous I had to throw it in there.
Real Life Version: DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib $199.00
With Axton I bought a rather expensive crib that converted to a toddler bed and then to a full bed. I wish I wouldn’t have spent the money on a fancy crib because the full-sized bed takes up so much room and the quality has proven to be less-than-great because in the process of moving the bed a few weeks ago the wooden bed rail cracked in half. This time I opted for a more inexpensive crib with the plan of moving Shepherd into a twin bed when the time comes for him to move out of his crib.
Beyonce Version: Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller $1,109.00
Obviously Beyonce would use a stroller named after the hit song by Destiny’s Child Bug-A-Boo.
“You make me wanna throw my pager out the window
Tell MCI to cut the phone calls
Break my lease so I can move
Cause you a bug a boo, a bug a boo”
That was the jam. Anyway, this stroller looks like it does everything short of cleaning your house. I personally will not be slapping down elevenhundreddollars for a stroller but it’s always fun to dream.
Real Life Version: Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System $329.99
We have the 4-years-ago version of this stroller and car seat system from when we had Axton and we will be reusing it again. It has held up perfectly, is easy to clean, and when you buy two car seat bases you can just switch the carrier from one vehicle to another.
Beyonce Version: 4moms MamaRoo $249.00
I have actually considered purchasing this swing – but after asking folks on Facebook if it was worth the splurge I got mixed reviews. Based on your feedback it sounds like baby will either love it or hate it. I might take Shepherd into the store for a test drive to see if it is worth the hype and then call the children’s consignment store to see if they ever get these in stock. The jury is still out on this one but I will let you know what I decide.
Real Life Version: Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Cradle & Swing $119.00
We still have this swing from Axton and it worked fine. Axton was never a big swing lover but it was a good way to get a break in the middle of the night.
Beyonce: Uppymama $950.00
I don’t understand the price tag on these and I’m not even going to try to understand. Can someone enlighten me here?
Real Life Version: Baby K’tan in Heather Gray $49.95
I wasn’t that into baby wearing with Axton and the wrap I did use has since been recalled. I have a feeling this time around I will be wearing baby a lot more with two kids in tow. I settled on trying this one out and I will let you know if I like it or not. Some of the wraps on the market seem intimidating to use so this one struck the balance of manageable to use and comfortable to wear.
Pack N Play
Beyonce Version: 4Moms Breeze Playard $299.00
This playard seems like an answer to prayer. Look how easy it is to assemble… If you have ever put a Pack N Play together you feel my pain on this one.
Real Life Version: Graco Pack ‘n Play Little Hoot $90.00
Yep, another hand-me-down we will be reusing. It is a BEAR to put together and take apart but aside from that challenge it does the job and has held up great.
Beyonce Version: Mamas & Papas MAGIC Astro Bouncer $219.00
What makes this bad boy so special? Mamas & Papas website says:
Innovative new MAGIC technology stimulates key senses through light and sounds stored on every MAGIC card.
Interactive kick pad and pull toys, with baby’s movement creates quality sounds and soft light bursts underneath the gym arch, to encourage sensory development
Two movement options, soothing vibration or gentle bounce to imitate mom’s heartbeat with three speed settings.
I don’t personally know anyone who owns this bounce seat so if you have this one let us know if it’s worth the price tag!
Real Life Version: Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Infant Seat $49.00
We loved this bouncy seat simply because Axton had acid reflux so it was a great place to keep him propped up after feedings. It also vibrates and plays lullabies. A bouncy seat is not a must-have but definitely worth it if you have it in your budget!
Do you have some must have items you don’t see on the list? Let us know your go-to baby gear in the comments below!