My baby fell out of bed

I never thought I would say this but…

Wyatt fell out of bed – as in our big queen sized bed – because we are still cosleeping. :/

Now, let me preface this by saying, it sounds MUCH worse than it actually was.

My little monkey is super active. Whenever he wakes up, he flips himself onto all fours and be-lines it for the side of the bed. He’s usually searching for our cat Oliver. If I’m lucky the cat is curled up on the bed and distracts Wyatt long enough for me to get to him. Poor Kitty. We are working on the concept of gentle petting. 

Anyway…

I awoke to Wyatt making an “ugh, ugh” sound. I opened my eyes and screamed, “OMG where is the baby?!?!” My husband does not have the reaction time that I do as he mumbled and lay there half asleep not seeming concerned at all.

I looked over the side of the bed and there was my child slowly sliding towards the floor. Yes, I’m now accepting nominations for Mom of the Year. *head smack*

Since I had been anticipating this day, I had previously lined the floor on my side of the bed with a 3 high stack of pillows. Along the top of the bed had been a body pillow with another pillow on top of that. Wyatt must have rolled around and gone overboard with the pillows from the top of the bed.

He did not touch the floor. He was laying on top of a minimum of 5 pillows.

I picked him up. He snuggled into my chest and went immediately back to sleep.

See, I told you. It sounded MUCH worse than it actually was.

In fact, the worst part about the situation was that it was 5am and I couldn’t go back to sleep after running all of the worst case scenarios through my head. Anxiety is lovely – isn’t it? 

The next day I ordered a BabyHome Side Rail. It came. I assembled and installed it. It works awesome.

I WISH I had listened to my gut months ago and ordered it instead of listening to my husband who wanted to wait “just a little longer”. The irony is he is the one who insists that Wyatt stay in our bed even though he complains non-stop about having no room. The bed rail has given us what feels like 2 feet of space back! I love it!

Moral of the story: Get a bed rail. They work. They make everyone more comfortable. Mom has less worries…. except… he loves to use it to stand up now. OIE!

Almost 9 months in, I still love cosleeping. I get to sleep. I get to snuggle. I can easily feed him. I’d like to transition him to crib naps before we transition night time. He’s had 2 crib naps so far. Hopefully we can build up to more before the end of the summer.

 

 

 

 

The one baby item we didn’t buy

I was convinced that this was an unnecessary overpriced baby item. I had many people offer to sell me theirs second hand,  but I refused.

‘Oh no,  I’ve got another one. A traditional back and forth swing. My baby doesn’t need a Mamaroo.”

Turns out, I was wrong.

This Momma needs a Mamaroo.

He’s boycotted the other swing and had spent maybe a total of 5 mins in it.

We had supper at a friends on New Year’s Day. She got her husband to pull their Mamaroo out of the storage closet for Wyatt to use while we ate.

And… 

We are currently borrowing our friend’s model. Wyatt has been happily giggling at the monster ball mobile and kicking his legs for almost half an hour now.

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My baby loves the Mamaroo.

Our baby boy’s nursery

When I first set out to design out nursery, my plan was fairly open. I built a design inspiration board to get me started. I selected a variety of pieces as I found them mixing and matching to get to where we ended up. Everything in the room was new or “new to us”.

We hung the blackout blinds, curtain rod and curtains. We also replaced the light fixture with an Ikea one versus one that had originally been hung when the house was built in 1979 (certain kinds of retro just aren’t cool).

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The gallery wall is still a work in progress.

Under the TOP SECRET, we hung the letters of our son’s name which we painted the same blue as the dresser. Ok fine, I owe some credit here. My husband painted them – all by himself! 🙂

The grey frame holds an illustrated print of a variety of vehicles that I found on clearance at Chapters.

It is the Owl pattern in the wood frame is a sign my Mom is cross stitching for us. I printed off a template online just to see how it would look on the wall. Obviously, she needs to wait until he is born to add his birthdate info.  Yes, that means Ruby June is NOT our little man’s name.

The small silver frame holds our pregnancy announcement – a photo of a Rawlings baseball and glove with October 2015 written on the baseball.

The small blue frame holds a print of a chihuahua in a hot air balloon that I found on Etsy.

The green frame I bought at the Dollar Store (believe it or not). It’s currently empty. We are debating between putting a photo of the 3 fur-babies in it or one of our son’s newborn photos.

The metal stars were an item from my previous home that we decided to “re-do”. They were originally green and red. My husband spray painted them orange and yellow. We hung them on the wall using sticky tack (which took me way back to the days of hanging posters in the dorm room in University).

The antique dresser was another DIY project we tackled.

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I bought the antiqued mirror at HomeSense and the rocking chair was a custom order.

The pillow cover came with my bedding set from Pottery Barn, but I made the actual pillow insert for it.

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The handmade felt mobile was a custom design from lovelyfriend on Etsy.

I found the ”Always be brave and wild at heart” painting at a local coffee shop.

The “Follow Your Dreams” sign was another HomeSense find.

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I found the magazine rack on an online classifieds site for $15. The vintage books were a gift from a friend who was looking to downsize. The collection includes a ton of classics like Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Cinderella, etc.

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Yes, we have an abundance of clothes after buying some, receiving gifts and especially after my sister-in-law gave me my nephew’s hand-me-downs. Right now, the Ikea shelf and storage containers hold our cloth diaper supplies and a few random items that we won’t need right away (like the baby monitor).

The chihuahua piggy bank is one of my favourite items – a birthday gift to me from my best friend. 🙂 image

My husband actually built and painted the 2nd shelf that hangs just above the bar. I love having more storage space for blankets and other items. The Ikea laundry hamper also fits nicely in the closet.

The baseball-themed closet dividers were another Etsy find. 

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I’ve got the quilt and stuffies hiding out in the crib for now. Clearly, once baby moves into his crib these items will move out.

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The knitted Blue Jay’s hat was a special purchase I made for my husband. Since the Jays are on a winning streak this year, we haven’t been able to find any newborn-sized Jay’s merchandise. It’s all sold out. I found this hat on Etsy for our little guy to wear during playoffs and maybe even in a few newborn pics.

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I found the “Shoot for the moon even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” sign at my friend’s crystal shop. It was one of the last pieces I purchased for the nursery, but I thought it tied in nicely with the stars on the gallery wall and the mobile. My husband also swapped out the original light switch for a dimmer light.

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So, that’s it – our nursery! My husband and I put a lot of effort into making it a special space for our little man. ❤

Baby Buys – Part 9: Creepin’ on the little one

Back in my 2nd edition of Baby Buys, I mentioned that I had decided to go with the Philips Avent – SCD570/10 Dect Baby Monitor. I purchased it from West Coast Kids (WCK) at the beginning of June. After numerous phone calls and emails (many of which we not responded to), I finally decided to cancel the order. WCK originally told me it would be on back order for 6-8 weeks, but it had been over 12 with no idea of when it may be available. Lesson learned: I need to listen to the many warnings that WCK has horrible customer service. 

Instead, I went with the Motorola 2.8″ Wireless Audio/Video Baby Monitor with Pan/Tile (MBP41) in White. I found it on sale at Best Buy for $128.99, regular price $258.99.

The Baby Bargains book gave Motorola video monitors a B rating. My brother and sister-in-law actually have this model and really like it. I actually saved $4 between the first model I tried to purchase and this one, so I figured the price was right to try it out.

I wasn’t convinced that I NEEDED a video monitor, but a good friend kept nagging me about how convenient they are to use. It kinda creeps me out to think about constantly watching our child though. I’ll let you know how it works out for us once we actually start using it.

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Baby Buys – Part 8: Diaper pail

Two weeks ago, I asked where to put the stink? We were looking for recommendations for a quality, smell-free diaper pail.

We ended up going with the Ubbi in Light Grey.

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The Ubbi is made of powder coated steel with rubber seals. Compared to other diaper pails, it has a sliding lid with a child lock instead of a foot pedal. It also has a nice slim profile that fits our small nursery well. The Ubbi holds an average of 35 diapers and is available in 13 colours! Red is missing from the photo below. 

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Although the Ubbi is the highest priced diaper pail on the market, it requires no special bags or liners which reduces it’s overall lifetime cost. Plus, it’s both cloth or disposable diaper friendly.

In Canada, the Ubbi sells for $99 full price. I had a coupon for $40 off an order of $100 or more on shop.ca. I got our Ubbi for $69.99 taxes in with free shipping.

Honestly, buying a diaper pail wasn’t high on my list of to-do items. The reason I purchased it was due to the recommendation from ExpectingtobeExpecting that it can also be used for pet waste. Our chihuahuas are pee pad trained for when we aren’t home and during the bitter Winters. During my nesting frenzy, I was cleaning out their area and noticed the garage bin we put their pee pads in smelled NASTY!!! Essentially, the plastic had totally taken on the pee/poo smell. This can was over 5 years old and more than due to be replaced. We went to Walmart, Marshalls and Bed, Bath and Beyond trying to find a reasonably priced stainless steel garbage bin with no plastic interior. We couldn’t find anything plastic-free that was less than $150.

When I found the coupon, I convinced my husband that we needed to get the Ubbi to try out for the dogs. Anyway, a few days after ordering it, I found a brand new Ikea Knodd stainless steel bin with a lid on a local online classifieds site for $10.

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I picked it up for the dogs and decided to keep the Ubbi for the baby!

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The rocking chair has arrived!

I’ve been waiting to receive our rocker for 28 days… Doesn’t seem like long compared to everything else we’ve waited for, but the wait was hard when it’s a critical piece for finishing the nursery!

I ordered the Poplar Naptime Rocker in Grey Linen from a custom Canadian furniture company called Off Your Rocker.

I also ordered the Mum’s Helper which is a matching slipover sleeve with pockets to hold items while you are rocking. Our nursery is not a very large room. I thought this accessory would save me having to find a side table to go with the chair.

The owner/craftsman Frank has excellent customer service. He kept me in the loop throughout the building process to let me know where he was at. It took 3 days to ship from Ontario to Saskatchewan.

Assembly was super easy. The chair itself came in 4 pieces and the ottoman came in 3. All bolts and an Allan key were supplied. I will get my husband to tighten everything – just to be sure – once he gets home, but most people should be able to handle it themselves.

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The chair and ottoman

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Oliver checks it out

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The Mum’s helper (should have ironed it before I snapped this pic)

Next steps for the nursery:

  • Finish making a few pieces of wall art
  • Hang wall art
  • Sew a pillow for the chair

Almost done! 🙂

Where to put the stink?

Alright folks, I need your opinion. We are doing disposable diapers for the newborn phase and will transition into cloth as baby gets bigger.

Here’s the options I’m considering for dirty diaper disposal/storage:

  1. Wet bag only
    1. Pro: Economical – I already have two, Space-saving, Easy to clean,
    2. Con: Won’t work for disposables
  2. Diaper Dekor Plus
    1. Pro: Large capacity, Pedal for easy access with childproof lock, Reasonably priced
    2. Con: Plastic, Have to buy disposable refills
  3. Ubbi
    1. Pro: Steel holds less odor, Can use regular garbage bags (less refill cost), Childproof lock
    2. Most expensive

I thought I might just use a wet bag, but that doesn’t help during the newborn phase when we have disposables. We could just use a regular garbage pail during that period though.

What diaper pail do you recommend and why? What option is most versatile for cloth/disposable combo? Is a diaper pail worth the investment? 

Baby Buys – Part 7: Preparing to cloth diaper

I decided a long time ago that I wanted to try cloth diapering. Once I started researching it, I realized it’s kinda complicated. There’s so many options and I didn’t know where to start.

A few weeks ago, I visited a local baby boutique that specializes in cloth diapering for some advice. This boutique is known for their excellent customer service. They are in business to help women, rather than try to upsell them. The associate ran me through all of the different style options and costs. In the end, it was obvious that prefolds are typically the least expensive option.

Later that night, I was browsing my favourite local online classifieds and found a Bummis Organic Cotton Infant Diaper Kit for sale, never used for $180 – $40 off local retail price. This kit is for infants 8-15 lbs and is the prefold + cover style. The kit includes:

  • 24 Organic Cotton Prefold Inserts (infant)
  • 6 waterproof wraps: 1 Simply Lite, 1 Duo-Brite Wrap, 3 Super Whisper Wraps, 1 Super Snap
  • 3 rolls of Bio-Soft Liners (small)
  • 5 Fleece Liners
  • 1 Fabulous Wet Bag (large)
  • 1 Snappi
  • User Guide

I decided to pick it up to begin my adventure into cloth diapering. The woman also threw in a few extra rolls of the Bio-soft liners. 

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I also connected with another amazing friend who is a big cloth diaper and baby-wearer. One night a few weeks ago, I stopped by her place to view her stash of diapers. She compiled her cloth diaper collection through gifts or buying used, and a combination of trial and error. She explained what she likes/dislikes about each one. She loves prefolds personally, but finds they are more difficult for her husband and other family members to use. She said they like pocket-style better and her preferred brand is Bum Genius. She also explained the pros/cons of snaps versus velcro.

I was excited to hear that buying used is an option. I didn’t realize there was such a market for used cloth diapers. The thing is with proper care, they can truly last for years! My friend tagged me in a classified post of a huge variety lot of diapers, but they were gone immediately. After I realized how much you can save buying good condition used diapers, I decided to start my own hunt.

I found a used Bum Genius and Flip lot for $250. Although this seemed like a big dip in my pocket book, the lot was worth well over $700 brand new retail price. It included not only diapers and inserts, but the diaper sprayer for the toilet, 4 wet bags, and a 2L container of laundry detergent. I sent the ad to my friend for her approval. She confirmed that it was an excellent deal.

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The total lot included:

  • 6 Twilight Velcro Bum Genius 4.0 pocket diaper
  • 6 Grasshopper Velcro Bum Genius 4.0 pocket diaper
  • 6 Albert print Snaps Bum Genius 4.0 pocket diaper
  • 4 Mirror snap Flip diaper covers
  • 2 extra large wet bags
  • 1 small travel wet bag
  • 1 wipes wet bag
  • 1 Bum Genius diaper sprayer
  • 21 small inserts
  • 28 large inserts
  • 9 Flip diaper inserts
  • 2 L of cloth diaper detergent

I contacted the poster and hoped this would work out for me. When you purchase used items, there’s always that fear that 1) the house will be super sketchy, 2) the person will be super sketchy or 3) the product won’t be as advertised. All my fears disappeared when I heard back from the seller a few days later and arranged a time to see the diapers. This woman, her husband and children were all adorable. She explained how to use each item to me and how she handled washign them. She even threw in a few extra covers and liners that she had at no extra cost (not listed above as I pulled those numbers from her ad).

She had also recently replaced the elastic in a few covers and threw in a few extra elastic/velcro replacement kits for me. Bum Genius actually sells replacement elastic and velcro kits. I may consider replacing the elastic in a few other covers just to ensure they are a tight fit for our baby. I watched some tutorials online and it seems like an easy fix. Although the velcro and elastics were going in a few covers, that is regular expected wear. The rest of the lot was in very, very good used condition with no stains. I paid well under half of full retail price per diaper. I have no problem putting in a bit of effort for maintenance if it means that much savings to start. Another plus about Bum Genius is that they adjust to fit almost all sizes. No need to upgrade once baby reaches the toddler stage!

So far, we are $430 invested into cloth diapering with a combo of brand new/used styles. I have MORE THAN enough diapers to last me right through to potty training. I’m debating just using the wet bags and not getting a diaper pail which may save us even more money.

One thing my husband and I have agreed upon is that if our baby is too small to fit cloth right away (which is highly likely), we will use disposables for the first few weeks. I’m also open to using disposables for convenience when travelling. I’d prefer to use a more eco-friendly disposable diaper, but those options are so expensive.

We’ve also agreed that if we end up truly frustrated, we will just resell our cloth diaper stash, but I do really hope this venture works out for us. I’ll be sure to let you know as we go. 🙂

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Baby Buys: Part 6 – nursery bedding

Since we plan to add pops of colour to our nursery with our furniture and wall art, I wanted a more neutral bedding scheme. I contemplated mixing and matching bedding, but I found this Pottery Barn Organic Nursery Bedding in Rowan and fell in love! Except, I was not impressed with the price. I bookmarked the set, but knew it was beyond our budget. 😦

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I checked the site again a few days later and magically, the set is on clearance!

  • Quilt $51.74 (regular $208.66)
  • Bumper $40.42 (regular $160.13)
  • Crib Skirt $24.25 (regular $95.43)
  • Crib sheet $38.82 (full price)
  • Decorative sham $11.31 (regular $47.72)
  • TOTAL: *$166.54 versus $550.76

With taxes, duty and shipping (which I got anothe deal on – 1/2 off), I paid a total of: $208.22

*Note: as per usual, all prices listed are in Canadian dollars. 

As for extra sheets, we will most likely mixed and match since there’s so many colours that can go with this set.

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Last week, the sheet, bumper and skirt arrived. The quilt and sham are coming in a separate shipment.

Wowzers! Trying to put a crib skirt on is a pain in the butt! Our crib had barely enough space between the mattress platform and the crib sides to wedge the skirt down into. I ended up using a kitchen flipper to push it down. I pulled and tucked and pulled until it fit and was aligned on each side. Now, our precious kitty thinks it’s a prime hiding spot. He loves laying underneath the crib and swatting at us as we walk by.

Hopefully, I can share some photos of the nursery soon! We just ordered a rocking chair. Once we have it, we will hang some wall art and call it finished! ❤

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Baby Buys – Part 5: Breastfeeding basics

I hope to breastfeed our little man and decided it was time to get a few items to prepare us for that adventure.

My Brest Friend Pillow in Sunburst 

I also scored this pillow from a local online classified site for $10. At Babies R Us, it retails for $54.99

I think the woman ended up not breastfeeding as her little one was just teeny tiny and the pillow was in excellent used condition. Besides, for $10 – who could go wrong?

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Medela Pump in Style Breastpump with Slouch Bag 

I found this used breastfeeding pump for $150 from the same online classifieds site. This exact model retails at Babies R Us for $379.99. I saved well over $230 with this purchase! SCORE! The pump is in excellent used condition. The woman only used it for 6 weeks. The reason I selected this model is that it actually has better reviews than the more expensive Medela Freestyle pump.

It comes with:

  • 1 black micro-fibre bag with integrated motor
  • 2 breastshields with assembly
  • 4 bottles with solid lids
  • 2 valves
  • 4 membranes
  • 1 cooler bag with contoured ice pack
  • 2 bottle stands
  • 1 Battery Pak
  • 1 AC/DC transformer
  • Instruction Manual

The woman was also kind enough to give me:

  • Half a pack of breast pads
  • 6 extra bottles with lids
  • A unopened pack of freezer bags
  • A unopened pack of membranes
  • A sample of Lanolin cream

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I also picked up some Lanolin cream today as it was on sale and doesn’t expire until 2018. I don’t plan on buying any nursing bras until closer to/after my due date.

*Note: all prices are in Canadian dollars. 

Are there any other breastfeeding MUST HAVES that you recommend I purchase?

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