5 Favorites – Baby Edition

I’ve never done 5 Favorites before, or this whole linking up thing so here goes nothing. I probably can’t have a baby edition if I’ve never had any edition, but since I’m encompassed in all things baby, here are my 5 favorite baby things I could not live without!

1. Beco Gemini Baby Carrier.

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I’ve had all the carriers – moby, bjorn, infantino, even the ergo. But my oldest two kids were never interested in facing inwards, only outwards, and the ergo doesn’t allow for that. Neither can it be used for a newborn without an insert. This Gemini does it all – forwards, backwards, wear it in the front or back. I used it until Lily was older than 1, and I’ve already used it a lot with my newborn. It is comfortable and I LOVE IT!
I got it from this website, Global Enfant, that sells gently used ones in their outlet section. I don’t think I paid for shipping and it came in two days. I paid $75 and sold all my other carriers and I haven’t looked back.

 

2. This Fisher-Price swing.

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All my kids have slept more in it than in their cradle. It saved my sanity when I couldn’t get the kids to calm down any other way. I went through way too many D-batteries at times but it was so worth it. In fact, Luke is sleeping in it now. Love. this. swing.

 

3. Bouncy seat.

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Can you tell I have fussy babies? Truthfully, Lily slept in this her first two months because it was the only way to get her to sleep. We would bounce her in it for hours until she calmed down and stopped screaming. So far Luke has enjoyed the scenery sitting in it a few times. I don’t want to jinx myself by saying this, but I think he will be our calmest baby.

 

4.  Nursing Cover

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My dear friend Lauren who blogs at Living Little got this for me when I was pregnant with my first. I love the cute design (oh all those ruffles!) and the functionality of it. There’s a lot of buzz these days over nursing in public, and my personal opinion is that the nursing cover solves it all. You can still nurse in public without worrying about offending anyone and preserve your sense of modesty. Plus, it keeps the baby focused on nursing and not get distracted and you can easily look down and see what’s going on!   I know breastfeeding is natural, but not everything that’s natural is meant to be done in public, right?.  So for me, I cover. I don’t know the right answer for everyone, but I was thinking the other day, what would Mary do if she was nursing Jesus as a little baby in this day and age? Would she wear a nursing cover in public or not? There are some great classic pieces of art depicting Mary nursing. But on the other hand that was centuries ago and I think our culture is different today.  I don’t have the answer to the question for you, but it’s something each mother can think about.

5. My family

I guess I could write about diaper bags and wipes and what not, but how can I forget my family! My husband is the greatest. He’s really helpful with the older kids, and he’ll bathe and burp and swaddle the baby when I don’t do the best job at those things. Plus the kids are (sometimes) helpful. They like to fight over who gets to throw the baby’s diaper away. My mom flew out for a week after the baby was born, and my inlaws have watched the kids or brought meals or all kinds of wonderful things and I could not live without all their help. It takes a village, right?

Hope this whole linking up thing at Mama Knows, Honeychild works!

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Labor Pains

This past Sunday’s second reading really resonated with me, since I can recall with clarity the labor pains I went through 3 weeks ago.

St. Paul writes in Romans: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. . . We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now. . .
we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”

On June 26th I woke up with contractions. Since my other two kids needed pitocin to induce contractions, I was not sure how to handle these on my own. The weren’t close together, but they were strong and so I headed to the hospital. When I was 6cm dilated later that day, my water broke during a strong contraction and I was ready for an epidural. You guys, even with a good working epidural, pushing was really hard.

My husband swears I only pushed for maybe 20 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. There was lots of groaning and “I can’t do this anymore” talk. But my body isn’t made to be pregnant forever, and I’m told after Luke’s head came out, next popped out his hand and he did a little wave like he was saying, “hello world. I’m here.”

There was groaning as I waited for my son to be born because I knew that there was something better coming than just my labor pains. I had to get through the suffering to be able to hold my new baby boy.

Just like we aren’t pregnant forever, so we aren’t on this earth forever. The redemption of our bodies, our birth into new life, is what we were made more. What felt like an eternity of pushing was really only 20 minutes. Our suffering on this earth can not last forever. We were made for more, and the suffering will be transformed into glory before we know it.

What sticks out to me during that time of pushing was all the encouragement from my husband, the nurse, and the doctor. “You are doing great!” “You’re almost there!” “You can do it!” That helped me make it through. We can call on the intercession of family, friends, and especially the saints to help get us through our current sufferings. The saints have all been there before us and they are cheering us on to the finish line, the end of labor pains, the crown of glory in eternal life.

"Hello, world!"

“Hello, world!”