Newly Mommy: Mommy must-haves

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By no means am I an expert in the baby department, but I have 5 months of experience under my belt and I’m still learning on the fly. There have been a few key items that I’m so incredibly thankful that someone invented.

  1. 31cuFVPmn-L._SY450_Dekkor : $46 on amazon.comΒ -This garbage disposal system blows the diaper genie out of the water in my opinion. While the diaper genie does wrap each individual diaper to lock in the stench, the dekkor has a trap door that locks in the scent as well. Now, the dirty diaper scents will escape when you dispose a diaper but c’mon it’s literally 1 second. My favorite perk about the dekkor is that while they do charge $15 for refill bags but you don’t have to get them!! You can use any old trash bag for it! I went to the dollar store and purchased a roll of trash bags that looked similar to theirs and it has worked out perfectly! Another benefit of the dekkor is that once your baby grows out of diapers, it turns into a regular trash bin! The dekkor is a lifer!
  2. 71PhT5dDnUL._SL1500_Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother: $43 amazon.comΒ – Mobiles are a thing of the past. Get with the times and get a baby Einstein Sea Dream Soother. Seriously. Ittybot ADORES this thing. We don’t let him sleep with us and he sleeps in his crib so this has been extremely helpful. It lights up and the little sea creatures move and he stares at it until he falls asleep. Which only takes about 5-10 minutes. There’s even a remote in the shape of a seashell! Well done baby einstein, well done.
  3. 41XxjQd+XlL._SY450_Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether: $20.59 on amazon.comΒ He hasn’t completely fallen in love with Sophie yet, but she definitely catches his attention because she squeaks. He has been biting her face and her legs so I can see this being a very useful item in the near future. Mucho thanks to Kate and Rachel for this adorable teether πŸ™‚

Some honorable mentions…

91pNrh8D5cL._SL1500_Fisher Price Laugh & Learn love to play puppy $19.97 on amazon.comΒ — The whole reason I got this little guy is because I stacked some coupons and got him for around $4.50. Ittybot wasn’t really into him at first but he was probably a little too young to be enthused by him. Ittybot is starting to love the ABC’s so maybe I’ll give it another go and see how he feels about him. I think this guy will be a great learning tool.

41TV2p1uoyL._SY450_Cloud B Sleep Sheep (travel) $32 on amazon.comΒ — I really, really wished that Ittybot bought into the whole “white noise” thing. He could care less for the sleep sheep. Everyone that I have bought this for has sworn by it but my child is the one child that white noise has no affect on. It is super cute and it works on most babies — it has definitely put the Mr to sleep! I would still recommend it!!

Ittybot: Five months!

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My baby boy is 5 months this week! Oh my goodness, he’s getting so big! His happy-go-lucky personality is really starting to show through πŸ™‚

We tried to give him some solid foods because milk just isn’t satisfying him anymore but that was a fail. He really wasn’t having any of that. A number of people suggested that I put cereal in his milk but doctors advise against it. I’ve read that it could cause him to develop food allergies. I realize that many people have had cereal and don’t have food allergies, but why risk it? I’d hate to have to deal with food allergies down the line! We can hold out for one more month, it’s no biggie!

He is playing with his toys and refusing to sit down. He only wants to stand which is a lot of work for this tired mommy. We didn’t want to get him a walker because we are moving in a week and it would be one big item to take with us in the car ride up to MN.

Trying to clean and move with this little bugger is a lot of work! Especially since he refuses to be put down. Almost there, I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel… Anyways, here he is!!!

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New Adventures

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As many of you know by now, we are relocating to the NETHERLANDS!! Big, big changes in 2013. The Mr was given the opportunity of a lifetime and it was too good to pass up. We will be traveling up to MN to visit our friends and family before we hop on the plane to Amsterdam.

This is an exciting and nerve wracking new chapter in our lives. While Europe was never on my radar as a “must see”, now that the opportunity has fallen on our lap, I won’t let it go to waste. Paris, London, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the list goes on!

We decided that it would be better if I didn’t work so I could spend time with our Ittybot. He was in daycare for only a couple of short months and I already felt like I missed out on so much. Now I will have all the time in the world with him and we will get to explore Europe together.

I am super excited to spend a month (maybe more) with friends and family back home in MN. Every trip back to MN has been both short and jammed packed with work. Hopefully this time around we can squeeze in some R&R and enjoy the company of my little munchkins. From what I’ve seen, they have grown so much since the last time I saw them. 😦 I’m going to miss them SO much while we are over there! Since we’ve moved from MN, I have been able to see them a couple times a year but that won’t be the case after September. I hope they will remember me when we come back!

Been extremely busy moving, hope to do another post soon!