Even though I still have another 3 months before our new little addition joins us, I’ve already begun stocking up on some of the baby essentials as I see great coupon and sale combinations. I’ve bought several boxes of diapers in different sizes for next to nothing.
One product I just saw recently is the Little Movers Slip-on Diapers from Huggies. I saw an ad for it and thought this was an interesting product.
Many babies, especially as they enter those toddler years, cannot stay still for even 5 minutes while someone tries to change their diapers. So these might make it a little easier for diaper changers everywhere – they simply need to catch their little squirmer and slip the diaper on in one quick sweep. This can be done easily while holding a baby or picking them up and making it seem like a game.
When Bruce was little, he was definitely a wiggle worm. He can’t sit still now either. So, I used to have to make diaper changes interesting if I had any hope of getting him in a new diaper before he made his way across the house.
Occasionally, i had to employ some creative tricks in getting him to cooperate and settle him down so I could get him into a clean diaper.
- We used to sing songs – The wheels on the Bus was the one song that always made him sit still, stop crying or solve whatever made my normally happy baby upset. He loved that song. So, with 1 verse of that song I could settle down the squirmy little guy.
- I also used to make him smile at me by using eye contact and talking to him really close while I changed his diaper. He was so concentrated on my face that he had no idea what else was going on.
- I found that as long as I used a fun voice and smiled alot, it was easy to distract him from an otherwise unpleasant task.
- Of course, teething type toys or toys that made noise always helped in creating a distraction if I need both hands and mind on the diaper job.
- Bruce used to like it when I made it a game and lifted both his feet up in teh air as I grasped them with 1 hand and laughed. It was fun for him and allowed me to keep him from moving while i removed and put on a diaper.
- I set up 2 diaper stations in my home. Both are completely stocked at all times. It’s much easier to get the job done if you have all your necessary tools handy.
I am looking forward to meeting my little girl and getting to know her personality and traits. That is always one of the most exciting parts of raising children. They are all so different and so interesting. I love it when their little personalities shine through and they show their individual personalities.
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I can’t even hide my excitement over the years of Barbies and doll houses in my future. I’ve already been gushing over the cute pink dresses and ballerina tutus. I went a little crazy with girl clothes on our baby registry. It was the closest thing I can do to buying them all on the spot myself. That took restraint. My house is going to look like a bubble gum factory exploded with all the pink that is about to appear.
I’ve already begun mentally decorating the nursery and dreaming about gymnastics and dance classes and mother-daughter spa days. Yes, I know I’m getting ahead of myself.
See, I know my main hope is supposed to be for a healthy baby, regardless of gender. And it is. But I can’t help the fact that I really, really wanted a girl. The obvious reasons are there – I’m a girly girl so I love the idea of doing all that girl stuff.
But there is another reason.
The last few months I’ve been worrying about the fact that for 8 years Bruce had Ryan and I all to himself. We’ve obviously bonded and have been together a long time. He’s not really the jealous type (although I do recall a day when he was much younger and I picked up a baby and he went into a state of panic that there was another baby in his mother’s arms.) and he has always loved having other kids around and been really good at sharing, even as a toddler. But after all this time what if he now feels that the baby took his spot on mommy and daddy’s priority list because we have to split our attention and he’s getting older and less reliant on us?
If this baby was a boy, would I be able to bond with it the same way and truly say I didn’t have a favorite? Would the new baby resent that Bruce had us all to himself for so long and feel like he was not as important to us as Bruce was?
I shared this with a friend of mine a few weeks ago and she said “Don’t worry about it because both of them are going to insist the other one is your favorite anyway!” As an only child, it’s hard to imagine how to juggle 2 children who are so far apart in age. Sometimes I think the age difference makes it easier but then sometimes I’m afraid the differences in needs of each child makes it that much more difficult to evenly split your affection between 2 children.
Those of you who have siblings - Did you think you were mom and dad’s favorite or did you think your sibling was? Did you feel they loved you equally?
Those with multiple children - Is a smaller age gap any easier than an 8 year age gap? Do your children ever accuse you of loving the other child(ren) more?
The great name debate continues in my house over what to name The Lemon. Hopefully, we are 1 week away from finding out if it is a boy or girl which will at least eliminate one side of the list that is hanging on the refrigerator.
At this point, Ryan doesn’t like ANYTHING but has no suggestions or ideas. I have no problem with his not liking a name I suggested but he should at least contribute something (beyond the 10 minutes of his time he already donated to this process:). Everyone needs to bring something to the table. This is a bit of a sore point with me. Can you tell?
While considering names, there are some requirements to consider:
1. It has to be a name that I can hear myself screaming over and over at the top of my lungs as I repeatedly get ignored.
2. While we want an original name it can’t be annoying or obnoxious. I’m sure I’ll give my children enough topics to discuss with their therapists some day – their name shouldn’t be one of them.
This isn’t like Hollywood, where I’m sure they have a school specifically for children of celebrities with stupid names. A safe-haven where they won’t get beat up or teased for being named after a piece of fruit or foreign country. Kids in the real world are mean.
3. It has to have a nickname that I love because I don’t call anyone by their full name if it can be shortened somehow. That goes for my own children. I caught a lot of flack from my 80-year old aunt when we selected a first and middle name but decided he would actually be referred to by the 2 letters that start those names.
4. It can’t be too ethnic, especially if that ethnicity is not Italian. A brown-eyed brunette with a long last name that ends in a vowel cannot be named Finn or Kelly. Bruce’s suggestion of Jacquia or Jackson did not make the cut. Bruce won’t even entertain girl’s names at this point.
5. While we like normal names that are modern but classic it can’t be ugly or remind you of an old lady. Much to my uncle’s dismay Bertha and Beauregard did not make the cut.
6. Names with meanings are good but shouldn’t entice thoughts of strippers and escorts. Yes, there is such a thing as a stripper name.