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My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baby Gear 2nd time around

I've been scouring the internet trying to come up with a list of things we will need to get for the new baby. Of course, if it's a boy, there will be a whole lot more shopping left to do, rather than a girl. At least our car seat and stroller are red, and versatile... <Lynn insert laugh here>  Except this time around, I found a double stroller that is the same brand as our current- Britax, and will work with our Chaperone pumpkin seat and haul Hayleigh all at once.

The problem I'm running into again this time around, is all of the nifty gadgets, and cool stuff. I will be..well, we will be getting a new pack and play, and swing. We have a swing, but it is only usable to the age of 6months, and I want one that I can stick the kiddo in up to a year, only to keep Hayleigh from trying to pack him/her around the house when I'm trying to do something I can't be physically right on top of them. I sold our old pack and play- opted for a nicer one for this time around. I have one picked out through Target.

We don't have a Babies R Us here, or close to us, so Target will have to step in and be our go to baby store. I'm just thrilled that earlier this year Tommee Tippee that was exclusively sold at Babies R Us, is now available through Target as well. We will be using the same bottles, I just think I will pick up more nipples for the bottles, and a Tommee Tippee bottle warmer. With Hayleigh, the bottle warmer was ridiculous- one setting BOILING hot, and I hated the screeching beep noise that sounded off on the silly thing. I ended up giving it away, and stumbled upon the new Tommee Tippee that has come out since Hayleigh was a baby, and fell in love with it. It has 3 settings on it, so I am hoping that it would work out just right. We ended up not really using the warmer too much for Hayleigh, because we ended up having to us formula, and I would just heat up the water in a glass in the microwave instead, and it was only for a short while. This baby, I am going to try to exclusively feed breast milk whether it is off of me, or via pump. I will be pumping as much as I can, because this time I have a really nice pump, and I don't care if the baby is on the boob or bottle- I'm going to do it this time. I'm not working, so this should be a do able thing. Plus, we would be saving around $100/month not paying for formula. I know Hayleigh turned out just fine from being formula fed from 2-3 months on but, I want to give it a good try this time, and a warmer would be a must with frozen breast milk.

Some of the other things I looked at was a new crib set- and an over sized chair glider that will reside in the living room. I think the glider chair is on the top of my wish list this time. I/we need a good place to sit with the baby with Hayleigh too- being able to rock, or just cuddle. I think in the living room would be nice- anyone that comes to visit can hold the baby there, and it will have arms to hold everyone in.

The baby's future room is tiny- 8x8.. and I cannot paint it, so my guess is decals out the wazzooo, and just a crib and taller dresser in there to store clothes, since the closets will have to double to hold toys. At least the room is painted neutral, so it should make it easy for either boy or girl. We have toyed with the idea of getting Hayleigh a new bed, and just giving the new baby Hayleigh's crib and dresser. I just cannot do it. We just got her toddler rail last year, and we bought it for her. The crib will convert into a full size bed when we are ready, and I also just don't think the set would fit and look right in the baby's room. I want both kids to feel special- like we did equal for both, not give all of Hayleigh's hand me downs to the new baby.

Ohh, what else did I look at... ummm... boppie covers, high chairs- found Hayleigh's exact same one on Target.com, ohh yeah, a thermal Tommee Tippee bag for storing bottles in the diaper bag, a room temperature/humidity checker. It is very dry out here, and I can set each room to a different temperature just like our old house, and I just want to make sure there is enough humidity in the room, with the temperature set just right.

Other than that, I think we are pretty much set. I love our baby monitor- an Angel care, and we already have a supply of bottles, and a sanatiser- all Tommee Tippee of course. I will be using the same diaper bag Allen got me for my birthday before we found out Hayleigh was a girl when I was pregnant with her- it is brown so it will work either way. Maybe some more sleep sacks,  more changing pad covers, sheets, clothes, and warmer stuff- we already have a car seat cover, and have 2 bases for the car seat. Diapers of course... I'm going to start stocking up in the next month or so, building a surplus, since this baby will be born hopefully in the end of fall/ beginning of winter time, and I doubt if we will be getting out too much. I think if I could order food online from the grocery store, and have it delivered,  I would, but I would say we will be learning how to stock up for a month at a time, and only going to the store when Allen is home, so Hayleigh and the baby won't have to get out too much in the cold. Ohh and gripe water- I will def. have a supply of that already with a can of formula just in case on standby... don't want to think we have everything we need and not have enough like last time. Expect the unexpected that is.

But, until we find out what we are having, shopping is on hold- I cannot wait to start buying stuff for the new baby- clothes, blankets, sleepers, etc. I just want to get my theme going for the nursery, and colors right for the baby- not a big fan of neutral stuff. I even have a going home outfit for the baby picked out, and matching shirt for Hayleigh for when we all come home off of Etsy.com. Of course they will say Big Sister, and either Little Brother or Little Sister, with their names on them. I'm really excited about that part- the custom stuff we can do. I just about cannot even wait for our Christmas cards this year, and I already have birth announcements picked out as well- for both boy and girl, hats marked as favorites on etsy, hair bows, and just about anything you could imagine. I have baby books picked out at Hallmark- probably be the first place we go after that doctors appt. in a couple of weeks.  I think matching the kids will be soo much fun to do, and like I will be able to get away with it for too much longer~

I just got Hayleigh's growth chart the other day in that I had ordered off of Etsy, it is beautiful! We got it hung up and marked with her past height checks, and I am just waiting to order a new one for the new baby as well. It is canvas with Hayleigh's name printed on it- the link to order is here> https://www.etsy.com/transaction/82845530   Hayleigh's looks just like the main picture- pink with green lettering just like shown- and it was very reasonably priced too.

I think above all of my wants when this baby comes and is healthy, I mainly just want the photos for this baby on people that come to see him/her to reflect just as many as Hayleigh had. I don't ever want them to feel like they were not loved/anticipated as much as Hayleigh was, just because she was born first, and first grandbaby on both sides.

I'm gonna cut it there, and go outside now to mow and color the patio with chalk with Hayleigh.

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