Wednesday, August 26, 2009

baby products we LOVE

I am a sucker for all things baby! I want to get my hands on anything that would make my/Grayden's life easier or cuter! Here are some of our favorite products we've tried!

~the Wet Happened? wet bag. A saw a friend of mine pull one out of her diaper bag a few times when we were together and after she told me about it I had to have one! I ordered one up and it came the next day! They used to be sold at Target, which makes it even cooler I think! I love this bag! I carry it in my diaper bag all the time now! It's perfect for separating wet burp cloths, soiled clothes etc from the rest of your stuff in your bag. I have even used it for wet swimsuits in our overnight bag when we head home from the lake. One of my favorite things about the bag is that its machine washable so I can just throw the whole thing in the washing machine once we get home and its ready to re-use again! I love this thing!

~ the Hotsling. I have 2! I love wearing Grayden and he loves to be worn! The thing I like about the Hotsling is that its so easy to put on and use, no snaps, ties or rings, its just on continual piece of fabric. It works great around the house and while shopping in close quartered stores where there is no room to push a stroller around and if you have no muscles (like me) the infant car seat gets SO heavy after awhile! Grayden loves to be held so this makes life so much easier!

~a "lovey". this is a must have for Grayden! He got it as a gift and loves it! I'm not sure what it is about this taggie blanket but he just loves to hold on to the tags and have the soft fabric near his face its so cute how it calms him right down if he's crying! You can get one just like it for your babies here.

~Moby Wrap. I just bought a Moby Wrap recently and already love it! There is a little more work involved to put it on but its feels more secure and is so versatile I can wear Grayden in lots of different holds. When I put him in it for the first time he was out like a light within minutes of putting him in it! He loves to be close to me and snuggle. I only wish I had one sooner!

~Miracle Blanket! This is a must for any new mom! We got two of these shortly after Grayden was born and from that day on he has slept like a champ and has NEVER broken out of his swaddle!

~Happiest Baby on the Block! Oh my goodness I can not say enough about this book/DVD. It teaches you about a baby's natural calming reflex and how to trigger it, we use all the techniques on Grayden and feel that its a huge part of why he is such a happy baby and can be soothed so well!

~BabyLegs! I'm too embarrassed to tell you how many pairs of babylegs I've collected since ever before Grayden existed but I just love them! Personally I think they are adorable but that's not the only reason we love them! They make diaper changes so much easier and there is always a pair of these and a onesie in my diaper bag in case of any diaper leaks that require a change of clothes, this takes up way less room in my bag than an entire extra outfit would. As Grayden gets older and learns to crawl (oh my!) it will save his knees from getting rug burns on the carpet as well!

~AngelCare Monitor! If there was one thing I could suggest to parents it would be this monitor! It's a sensor pad that you put under the crib mattress and if the sensor doesn't detect movement after 20 seconds an alarm beeps! It also acts as a regular sound monitor as well as the movement monitor! Robb and I sleep so much better at night knowing we can count on this monitor to let us know if anything was wrong with Grayden's breathing during the night

~Summer Infant Handheld Video Monitor~ Love Love Love this monitor as well! We use the cords to attach the monitor to our small TV we have in out bedroom and love to be able to see Grayden as he sleeps and if he cries we can just look at the screen to see if he spit out his paci or what the deal is. The handheld monitor is also battery powered and has a range up to 300 yards so we can still see Grayden in his crib no matter where we are in the house or outside! It even has night vision! Love it!

So what are/were your favorite baby products? Or baby products you'd like to try sometime?

Monday, August 24, 2009

He's on a roll

As many of you read, Grayden rolled from belly to back on Friday and even more surprisingly on Saturday, he rolled the other way too....from back to belly!! He's on the move!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Excitement around here

Look who rolled over today!!

I was just talking to my friend Nicole this morning and she asked if Grayden was rolling yet. At that time he wasn't but I think he must have wanted to prove me wrong!!

We are so proud!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Today I....

*slept in!
*got groceries
*scored some major deals at doubling is my new obsession! I might go
*back later this week!
*took a nap with Grayden :)
*made dinner
*went to yoga class
*went for a walk with the boys and picked up 2 bags of trash along the road
*sat around a bon fire
*ate peanut butter smore's
*drank Sunkist margaritas while we watched the sunset ;)
*tucked Grayden into bed

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Another new toy

His exersaucer/jumperoo made its debut yesterday!
He'll be 3 months old tomorrow....time flies!

Oh and P.S. thanks for all your baby lovin....but....come on...doesn't anyone think he looks like me? Not even a little bit? :)
Robb is eating that up when I tell him that y'all think G looks like him! That is a huge compliment...which is exactly why I am a smidge jealous...hehe! I must admit I did land myself some handsome men!

God truly has the best plan for our lives and has every detail perfected!

"Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own"

Monday, August 10, 2009

date night

Who knew date night could be even more fun when you bring your baby along?

Friday night we took Grayden to one of our favorite restaurants, Porto Bello's, in Grand Haven. We hope he grows to love Italian food as much as we do someday :)

He may be my new favorite man to go out with :) Kidding of course!

I love my boys!

After dinner we walked around town and stopped in a few cute shops. We bought Grayden this really cute bear that recites "The Lord's Prayer" when you hold it's hands....its so sweet.

On the way home we stopped at Kohl's and Robb took Grayden around the store and kept him entertained while I shopped for an entire hour for myself! It's been awhile since I've done that or really wanted to do that (its so much more fun to buy things for Grayden) but it was needed so I have a brand new wardrobe now thanks to my wonderful hubby!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

too cute not to share

Grayden tried out his bumbo seat for the first time today!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Camping Recap

I'll start with the Friday (the 24th) before we left for camping. Robb and I had our first night away since Grayden was born, we went to our friends' Craig and Lindsay's wedding. It was a great night and Grayden had lots of fun with Grammie and Grampie!

Then we left for the campground on Saturday morning (the 25th) and had an awesome time on our first camping trip!! Here are some pictures:
Our Campsite:

We did LOTS of playing!
Grayden played in the dirt with the rest of the kiddos!showing how he can get dirty too :)
we did LOTS of eating :)we sat around campfires every night!

On Friday Jessica and I and the babies hit a couple garage sales! Emma and Grayden fell asleep in the car! So cute!

Friday night we headed to the county fair and checked out the festivities!

I love this picture Jessica took of us, oogling over Grayden...we do this ALL the time
Some other cute random pictures from camping
I love these little feet!

We came home on Saturday morning and had a busy day of laundry and cleaning!
At night we headed to a church outing on the lake!
And Sunday we spent the afternoon at a pool party and went back out to the lake at night!
It was such a great past few days and we loved being able to spend so much time relaxing together!