Holy Cow! I can’t believe that Rowan is eight weeks. haha well she is almost nine now but, wow! Time really does go by so fast. We are off to her 2 month check up this morning. I am a little scared because she will be getting her first shots today. Poor baby. I don’t want to get into the whole immunization thing because, wow being a parent can be so political and what is right for your family doesn’t mean its right for ours. I will say I think immunizations are important, but we have chosen to go with a delayed schedule for some of them.
Rowan has really grown in the last week. In size and in personality. She really is turning into the most precious little baby. Her fussiness is subsiding and we are actually having some really nice evenings all together when Kev comes home. She LOVES to look around. She gets all upset when she can’t see what’s going on. We went to the mall the other night and she just stared wide eyed at everything for like 2 hours. It was so cute. She is liking her swing more and more. She even will fall asleep in there and take a nap. I really just love this little baby so much! Seeing her grown more and more everyday just makes my heart so big. She is so smiley and is starting to talk to us a little with her cute coo’s.
Aren’t her little shoes so cute? I love them so much!! They are from the most adorable etsy shop called Gracious May. They were nice enough to send Rowan these cute little Mary Janes. I think I need to order some more though! They have so many cute styles to chose from.
I have been asked a few times to list out what I thought were my baby “must haves” for the first 2 months. There is no denying that there is A LOT of baby crap out there. It’s easy to fall victim to thinking you need it all, but as I was thinking of what I couldn’t live without, not a whole lot came to mind. Really, the baby needs your love and attention. They aren’t really entertained by a whole lot when they are that small. They just want to be held. Here are a few things that have helped us though and I am glad that we have had them…
1. Our Stroller!!!
I can not say enough about the Uppa Baby. I freakin’ love this thing. Not only is it a great stroller, but the bassinet is perfect. Rowan has slept in this every night since about week 1. We roll it right next to our bed and it’s easy access to her when she needs to be nursed. It’s a great way to bring her bed when you go to Grammy’s as well because its her stroller too. You are not bring hundreds of things. Just 1. It’s small and cozy and fits her just perfect. It creates this little safe bubble for her and I like to think that is why she sleeps so good. She is starting to seem big in there though and we will be transitioning her to the Pram for sleeping in a little bit I think.
2. A good Blanket and a good Swaddle Blanket
We love our Lola Miren Blanket. It goes with us everywhere. It’s soft, cozy and warm. I like to think she knows that its her blanket and feels comforted by it. I would say the one thing that we could not live without are these swaddle blankets. Rowan has always been super strong or maybe just extra fidgety and has always busted out of regular blanket swaddles. The velcro kind keep her tight and wrapped up all night, which keep her sleeping soundly. This baby needs to be swaddled at night or she doesn’t sleep.
3. Ocean Wonder Sea Horse
We got this seahorse (or “bubbles” as its nicknamed in our house) as a gift at our shower and it has become a night time favorite. It has such soothing music mixed with ocean bubble sounds. I feel like I even need to listen to it to fall asleep now a days. hehe. Kev was putting Rowan to sleep last night and aftering being gone for quite a while I went to go check on them. Kev was fast a sleep as well with Rowan and Bubbles on his chest. It was very cute.
4. Boppy and a baby holder
The boppy is an arm life saver. I think its a no brainer for new moms, but it really is so helpful. I call it my pillow tutu. If that baby is going to be nursing you can guarantee that, that pillow is around my waist. Also something that will hold the baby safely is a must. That could be a swing, a vibrating chair, a bouncer whatever you got, its good. The baby may not like it yet (Rowan is just starting to enjoy hers now) but sometimes a momma just needs to take a shower, or go pee or do something. I would bring our Baby Bjorn Chair in the bathroom with me and would take a quick shower with her sitting in it. Totally helpful.
5. Lotions, Soaps and Nipple Care
I really have loved the Aveeno and Burt Bee’s baby care lines. We use the Aveeno baby shampoo and wash for bath times and the few times she has gotten a little red on her bottom we have used the Burt Bees Diaper Ointment. It smells amazing and the tiniest dab works wonders overnight. Also we keep this BabyGanics Hand Sanitzer right by her change table. Its quick and easy and no alcohol in it. I also have a little one for the diaper bag.
6. Oh Yeah and a baby carrier and sling. We take these everywhere with us and are totally helpful when your little one wont let you put her down. I have done many chores around the house with her in a sling. We have a Baby Bjorn, a Moby wrap and a Maya sling.
Those are our picks. What are yours?
p.s. We have been using our cloth diapers now for about 2 weeks and I will be writing a whole post about them on Monday!
p.p.s someone mentioned in a comment White Noise and I couldn’t agree more!! I should have added Vacuum! haha it sounds funny but whenever Rowan has been really upset and we can’t calm her, we turn on the vacuum and instantly she stops crying. It has worked 100% of the time. It makes us laugh because it’s so instant that she stops. We also sleep with a loud fan on for white noise at night.