The Baby Lists: Newborn/New Mommy Essentials

When I was pregnant with Ellie I was a compulsive list-maker (okay, I’m still a compulsive list-maker, so sue me). I was so concerned with be prepared for a new baby that I wrote down like, everything I could ever need.

After I actually HAD Ellie, I adjusted my lists – to be more realistic, to include things that I used regularly, and to exclude things I once thought I needed but really didn’t. I’ve had a number of friends and family members become pregnant with their first babies since then, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my OCD with all of them.

I recently had a few requests to share my SuperLists on the blog, so here you go! The topics include Newborn Essentials, What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag, What to Pack in Your Diaper Bag, and What to Keep in Your Baby’s Med Kit. I’ll share the lists in their own posts over the next few days, and I’ll include links to products wherever I can. Feel free to share, bookmark, and certainly to add your thoughts!

Superwife’s Newborn Essentials (or, Things I Couldn’t Live Without When I Was a New Mommy)

  • Munchkin Dog night light (or a Mobi Glomate) (I still use it every day, and now Ellie likes to play with it too!)
  • Fisher Price Seahorse (it’s like a gloworm!)
  • Cuff sleeve onesies (babies scratch themselves a lot)
  • Mittens (babies scratch themselves A LOT!)
  • A&D ointment (Target brand, green lid is my favorite)
  • Baby powder
  • JJ Cole BundleMe Carseat Cover
  • Some sort of carseat hangy music toy
  • Baby Tylenol
  • Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Wash
  • Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Lotion
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Baby hairbrush & comb (Ellie needed it!)
  • Cloth diapers (for burp pads)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Baby bathtub
  • Soothie pacifiers
  • Thermometer
  • Waterproof fitted crib sheets
  • Waterproof changing table pads
  • Blankies
  • Boppy nursing pillow
  • Crib mobile/projector
  • Swing! (absolute lifesaver)
  • Playpen w/changing table
  • Bottle dryer (the Boon grass thingy is cool and I still use it)
  • Wipes warmer (I like the Munchkin one)
  • Baby monitor (I love my Summer Best View video monitor)
  • Bottles (even if you plan to breastfeed, you may need to use a bottle for some reason or another sooner than you think. I like Playtex DropIns and Playtex VentAir bottles)
  • CarSeat: one that tightens in the front!!! (our Chicco Keyfit30 is great)
  • Babytrend Snap-n-Go Stroller (if you need a stroller… Nice for travel, but for shopping and stuff you just put the carseat in the shopping cart!)

And for Momma:

  • Breast pads
  • Nursing bra/tanks
  • Lanisoh Nipple Cream
  • Lanisoh Soothies Nipple Gel Pads
  • Dermoplast (numbing spray!)
  • Tucks Pads
  • Granny panties (you’ll throw them away)
  • Giant pads (lol, or ask for LOTS extra at the hospital)
  • Breast Pump (Medela is the best)

Instead of peppering this whole post with links to products, I thought I’d just provide this link to SUPERWIFE’S PICKS on Amazon. There, you can browse through photos and listings of most of the items I’ve listed here. Enjoy!

 

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Of course that’s the first thing he thought of…

When Adam and I went in for my first baby appointment for Superkid #2, we were told our due date was Thanksgiving. I immediately teared up, thinking of how this was such a wonderful thing to be able to give thanks for.

Adam, on the other hand, laughed out loud. My doctor and I both looked at him in confusion.

Me: Please share what is so humorous, Dear.

Adam: Oh nothing. Just thinking about the awesome timing. It should actually save us a lot of money this year.

Me: Huh?

Adam: Yeah… you’re totally not going to be able to go Black Friday shopping.

Me: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Can I hold it in?? Or push it out sooner???

I really, really hate it when he’s right.

At least there’s still Cyber Monday. 🙂

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It’s hard work growing a… baby.

I’ve been saving this story for a few weeks because I hadn’t made my announcement yet, but now that you (well, you that follow Superwife on Facebook) know that I’m growin’ Superbaby #2, here you go!

Adam and I found out we were pregnant on March 10th… right after I got back from a week in Chicago for work, during which I nearly fainted twice, had abnormally high blood pressure, and endured a monster migraine from hell (all while training on a new product I’m selling). I had suspected something was up, so I took two pregnancy tests the week I got home. Both turned out negative.

I had a dream a few nights later and shot out of a dead sleep at 3am just KNOWING I was pregnant. I knew it in my bones, if that even makes sense. When I took that 3rd pregnancy test at 6am the next morning… BINGO!! Got my positive. 🙂

So… we only shared with family and a few close friends, and then I waited to share with the entire world (aka Facebook) until after I had broken the news to my boss. And now here we are – 16 weeks pregnant!

This baby is totally a boy. No, we’re not finding out until I push it out of me on or around Thanksgiving Day (my due date!), but I just know it’s a boy. My pregnancy with Ellie was relatively smooth sailing (except for the damn kidney stones)… THIS little monster, however, decided to torture me for the first 4 months. I was sick, ALLLLLL the time, and I seriously had to pull over in the middle of my sales calls almost every day to take little 15-minute power naps so I didn’t fall asleep at stop lights. Therefore, I’ve decided it’s a boy. Only a dirty, grimy little mischevious mini-Adam could make me feel so terrible, lol. Slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails, right?

And now, a little bit of SuperHubs for you (I know you’ve all been missing him)…

Adam: How are you feeling today, babe?

Me: Ugh, terrible. I just want to go to sleep and wake up in June.

Adam: What’s wrong?

Me: Well I just feel like I can’t keep my eyes open. I’m so fricken exhausted I can’t do ANYTHING!

Adam: Well, it does make sense.

Me: No, it doesn’t. I never felt like this with Ellie. NEVER.

Adam: Yeah but this time you’re all tired because it’s super hard work growing a huge baby penis.

(Obviously we know what Adam is rooting for.)

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Baby Anxiety

This was originally posted on jennyfast.com in February 2009, when we had just made the decision to start trying for a baby. That was almost exactly one year before we actually got pregnant with Ellie… and I do still worry a little sometimes that I’m not capable of teaching her how to talk, or read, or anything for that matter!

Okay… I have to preface this post by mentioning that when this conversation too place I was:

a.)totally PMSing and

b.)drunk

I thought that our Valentine dinner at Orso would be an appropriate place to bring up my baby anxiety, since we’ve been discussing the issue of kids lately. So we’re having a GREAT night, we’re laughing and happy and lovey, and I start in with this:

Me: So, are we sure we’re ready?

Adam: Yep (he’s so succinct)

Me: Like really? Because it’ll probably change us.

Adam: It won’t. We’ll live just like we do now but with a kid!

Me: Ok but what if we resent eachother?

Adam: Are you high? We won’t.

Me: What if I suck? I read that whole pregnancy book yesterday, and it said I can’t have sugar or aspirin or anything! I don’t know anything about kids!

Adam: I’m not worried one little bit. You’re going to be such a great mommy Jen, stop being silly.

Me: But what if i’m terrible? What if I drop it? What if I’m too protective? What if I feed it something wrong? What if it has terrible grammar?

Adam: Impossible.

Me: BUT I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO TEACH SOMEONE HOW TO TALK!!

At this point Adam laughed at me uncontrollably, while I giggled and cried. Then this morning when he was kissing me goodbye before he left for work, he woke me up to tell me I’m going to be a good mommy.

I SO love my husband.

Also, don’t ask because I’m not pregnant. Just thinking about it. 🙂

38 Weeks: Kidney Stones, but No Kid

Seriously? My kidney stones are back. Not as excrutiatingly painful as last time, but STILL! So, I’m “relaxing” as much as I can and drinking TONS of water again. Although I think I’ve really been drinking tons of water anyway, but whatever. I have my vicodin on hand as well, but I’m trying not to take it because I really don’t want to just sleep through my days.

At my 38 week appointment yesterday, doc told me that she wants me to get an epidural as soon as I check in during labor, for 2 reasons:

  1. I’m prone to kidney stones (clearly). If I get dehydrated at all during labor, I could be looking at dealing with both the pain of kidney stones AND the pain of labor… yuck.
  2. The scars on my cervix that were originally preventing me from getting pregnant in the first place are going to be “uncooperative” when I go into labor and she suspects that I will NOT dilate even though I’ll be advancing in labor… so she’ll probably have to manually dilate me, which will be, in her words, excrutiating and awful. She also told me that when I do check into the hospital, I need to have them call her right away because they’ll try to send me home since I won’t be dilated. Eeek!

So I guess that takes away the guesswork. I’ll be getting the drugs. I’m a little disappointed because I was kind of hoping to get through labor without them so my husband could be all proud of me, but I’m seeing less and less reason to put myself through that pain when my labor is looking like it might be more abnormal. Bummer. But not. 🙂

So… now we wait.

Due Date: 9 more days.

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Denial: You’re in it.

After putting the pack-n-play together in the living room last week…

Me: Done! Where should we put it?

Adam: Not in the way of the TV. I’m trying to watch this game.

Me: Ugh. Where should we put it for real?

Adam: How about behind the recliners?

Me: Then we won’t be able to see the baby!

Adam: I don’t understand why you’re putting all this stuff together a MONTH in advance anyway, Jenny. Stop jumping the gun here.

Me: Um… I’m due in 2 weeks.

Adam: Yeah but I know how you exaggerate time, all girls do it.

Me: I’M DUE IN SEVENTEEN DAYS. That’s an exaggeration, but it’s still closer to 2 weeks than even, say, 3 weeks. And It’s certainly a lot closer than a MONTH. I could have the baby tomorrow!!!

Adam: You won’t.

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Now I think he’s just messing with me…

…because there is NO WAY this could actually happen. I refuse to believe it.

 

(No judging my messy coat closet. That’s what closets are FOR. And there ARE empty hangers in there… I checked.)