Registry Tips: Make it the best experience!

I remember the day I went Regisrty shopping. I was guided that when I got there, I would be given a list of all the stuff I needed. And all I had to do is walk around the store with this clicker thing and pick out what I want.

Ok easy enough …so I walk in and get my handy list which is eight pages long. Ok maybe not eight but at least five! Long enough for the panic to set in.

You see I can follow a list, most people can. But what I read wasn’t anything I knew of, aside from maybe the words: blanket, bottle, and diapers. But even then, those items became a blur when I walked down the isles and saw twenty types of each blanket, bottle and diaper. And remember these were the words I knew! Did you know that a swaddler was a type of blanket before all of this?

So of course you can imagine how I was when I got to more complex parts of the list like bath tub protective faucet cover and interactive swing, bouncer, rocker, and sleeper! What!

I look back on that day and I must’ve looked like I was lost in a forrest to the people who were working at Babies R Us. I went up to them at least three times asking the question, “Um what is this?”. And they looked at me like, “Lady are you sure you’re ready for this!” LOL. But I really thought this was going to be no big deal. I remember saying to Jonathan, “Don’t worry, stay home relax, I’ll be home soon”.

 Did I mention that my cell phone died while I was there? I think I made three desperate phone calls before I was s*** out of luck. The first one was to my mom who didn’t know half of the items on the list. Because then there wasn’t as long as a list! The next call was to Jonathan who I think I yelled at because I told him, he should’ve come with me. (Mind you, I told the poor guy to stay home) And the third phone call was to my pregnant best friend who was patiently explaining to me the difference between a bassinet and a pack-n-play when the phone died! (She did her research!)

Needless to say that word overwhelmed is an understatement to describe how I was feeling and what I looked like to the public that day. Total Hot Mess seems more fitting!

So to save you from what might be a complete disaster, I have a few pointers that may help if this is your first time around doing THE Baby Registry.

  1. Stick to the basics. What are the necessities for this little bun in the oven? Bottles, blankets stroller, etc. for the first trip. Especially as a newborn, focus on the things you need right away. Go back to shop for the more in depth items.
  2. Don’t do it all in one shot unless you’ve done all your research and you know what items you want and what kind!
  3. Take another mommy friend with you who can tell you what is necessary on the list and what you can disregard for the time being.
  4. If you were like me and are clueless to it all, pick up the list first and GO HOME. Look items up to figure out what these things are and read mommy reviews. They are helpful.
  5. If the tall shelves of baby products freak you out like they did to me, do an online registry. And sit at home while doing it with your swollen feet up on the couch! (Amazon, BabyList, myregistry.com)
  6. Hold off on registering for clothes at a big store like Babies R Us because shipments will likely change and they will go on sale. Plus most likely you will get a bunch of onesies at your baby shower, which you will need.
  7. Register for what you want and as much as you want because often times you can get a discount if you purchase all the items that are left on the registry after your baby shower.
  8. If you can, enjoy this project with your sweetheart and look at it as a bonding activity that you guys can argue, laugh and be excited through it all!

Here were my must-halves and favorite items looking back…

The 4 Moms Mamaroo or a bouncer of some kind so that you can multitask!

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Dr. Brown’s bottles-loved these for my little one’s acid reflux and gasiness

 

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Swaddler Blankets-They have velcro and do it yourself!

Thermometer for little one’s ear-so much easier!

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Mini bathtub- you can put anywhere or just keep in your bathtub

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Pack N Play-there are so many out there and I used mine as a bassinet, changing table and play pen!

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Diapers! I use Pampers Swaddlers but also really like the Honest Diapers that get shipped to your house, are Organic and come in so many cute patterns.

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A video monitor that is high resolution, wireless and functions as a 2-way walkie talkie

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A snap-n-go stroller or click connect that your car seat can connect to-I can’t tell you how much easier these things are! They are more compact, lighter and quicker when you’re running around doing errands. And if you’re little one is sleeping you don’t have to risk waking them up by lifting them out of their car seat.

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Always learning,

Kelly

Words of Wisdom~Wednesday

 

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Pinterest Pins of the Week

Hair I’d like to try:

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I am loving this new hair trend called balayage. But don’t ask me to pronounce it!

Something I’d like to remember:

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I can be guilty of this. Be in my thoughts so much that I overthink every little situation that bothers me all because of a less unfortunate day. My life is rich in love and I need to remember this when I am only focusing on the negative.

Place I want to see with my own eyes:

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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy… I can’t imagine a bad day in this paradise! Incredible.

Outfit I’d love to rock:

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I have a thing for polka dots anything and I also love to wear red… the combo might be minnie mouse to some but I adore it.

Book I’d like to read:

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I don’t get around to reading much but this was a New Year’s Resolution of mine. I have read a few books, and some by Emily Giffin, which I really enjoyed.

Space I’d LOVE to be in:

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I WILL set up an outdoor space like this at my home one day. Who needs a bedroom when you can sleep under the stars? And eat, drink and cuddle.

What I’d like to make:

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Avocado Pasta= healthier alternative to the creamy I love in every pasta dish.

 

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It’s the little things

Pre-Baby: The little things you’ll miss

  • Sleeping in…When people so graciously warn you that you won’t sleep ever again. It’s not entirely true. You will one day when the baby gets on a sleeping schedule, a.k.a. they sleep through the night. Then you will sleep. Your head will hit the pillow like a ton of bricks and you ‘ll sleep like… a baby! You just won’t sleep in for quite a while, I am guessing the next 18 years.
  • Taking a long shower without opening the curtain to check the baby monitor, every few minutes. (Especially when your shower is only two minutes max! Too much other stuff to do!) Sometimes a leg is sacrificed during the shaving process and you’ll have to go halvsies-one smooth, one wilder beast! I look at showers in a whole different way now. It is pure bliss.
  • Getting errands done whenever you need to with no time limits. I had to let go of my two-hour Home Good excursions, unless Em happens to nap there in his stroller. Now that equals a great day lol.
  • That feeling of only having to worry about yourself. I sometimes think I had enough to worry about, just taking care of me and my hot mess self! If I think about it too much, it can be really overwhelming-the thought of being responsible for someone else forever.
  • The ability to get something done without any interruptions at all. Things you never imagined would even matter like plucking your eyebrows, or going to the bathroom!

Post-Baby: The little things you’ll never want to let go

  • The smile on their face when they see you walk through the door after a long day at work. It will make you forget the garbage you dealt with and remember why you wake up everyday.
  • The sound of them making little goo goo’s, happy screams and banging their toys. You won’t ever feel lonely again sitting at home.
  • The touch of their little hand on yours. And when you look down at the sight of it, you’ll say to yourself, “I can’t believe this is my baby”
  • When they do something they’ve never done before and you feel so proud. And if you’re like Jonathan and I, you will be biased from the get-go and ask each other, isn’t that so advanced???
  • The feeling of their breath on your neck when you’re holding them in the middle of the night. Yes there will be times when you’re so exhausted because you’ve woken up several times and hardly got a wink of sleep. And after many of these nights in a row, the feeling of crazy does rapidly approach. But I promise you there will be more moments that you wish you could bottle that feeling up so you could feel it forever. It’s that good.

We all have those moments of missing parts of our old lives sans child. And although it may be hard to admit or maybe a bit embarrassing, I think it’s the honest truth. We are after all human and becoming a parent has never been guaranteed to be a breeze.  Every now and then you will wonder, How am I gonna do this? And with that comes natural feelings of missing some of your old life while learning to connect with what’s new. This little angel will make you question yourself in more ways than one, your capabilities, your patience… But most of all, how you ever lived life before without this immense new love that makes everything, even silly things, out of this world.

Keeping it real,

Kelly

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Love is in the air!

So some people think this is not a real holiday and it is for the suckers of this world. It infuriates some people in fact! I say okay I know this holiday can be very commercialized and your love shouldn’t be only celebrated to this extent on this one day.

But why not let it be a day that you have an excuse to do something a little extra special, extra cheesy and sometimes over the top for the ones you love.

Whether you’re celebrating with your honey, with girlfriends or even by yourself, there is always room in your heart to let some love in!

Here’s a few ways that I thought would come in handy in case those of you who are skeptics of this day, change your mind and want to make the best of it! Or for those of you who are looking for a less expensive way to have a good time on this heart-filled day whether you’re with someone or a single gal.

  • Fondue dinner at home-that’s what we are going to try tonight, it should be interesting to say the least! (Just have to go buy one, they are everywhere) I am sure this would be so much fun to do with a group of girlfriends. Any excuse to dip bread in cheese or fruit in chocolate seems like a win-win to me.
  • A sunset picnic on the beach-imagine gorgeous weather, blankets, a bottle or two of vino, a view and a great conversation. With girlfriends, bring a bunch of magazines and just hang, bring three bottles and you’re all set! By yourself? Bring a book-fifty shades maybe and breathe in the air, listen to the waves and just relax. You deserve it.
  • Board game night-always bound to create belly laughs, makes you feel like you’re younger again, and usually is enhanced with cocktails and yummy snacks. If you’re with a honey, play truth or dare too (both hilarious and a little sexy at the same time) Make up your own set of rules. If you’re with friends, all of the above is all good too.
  •  Popcorn and Movies-Make him watch all of your favorites, you know the romantic comedies that he never wants to watch! Now is the time to break them out. Stay up late and snuggle. Or have a slumber party with your gals and do the same thing. I actually really miss sleepovers with my friends, don’t you?
  • Go ice-skating-there has to be laughs all around with this one no matter who the company is. I for one know that this would make me get close with Jonathan real quickly, because I’d be falling into is arms the whole night! Literally. Don’t drink and skate. Or do but wear a helmet!

Hugs and Kisses,

Kelly
A look at our day so far…first we tried to do a photo-shoot while daddy was at work! Very. Very. Difficult.

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Getting the hang of this…

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And here we go! Staring into your soul!

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While he napped… I played a bit.

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Then gramma comes over and brings ten baloons and a hundred kisses…

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and this…

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and gave mommy and daddy a treat too.

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Tried to make Lita this…(Em’s other grandma)…a failed mission.

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After recovering from that tantrum, I got a little creative, and some might think corny…

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daddy came home-thank goodness- with this sweetness or should I say spicy?

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and the rest is yet to come! Need a starbucks ASAP, to go get the fondue pot from Bed, Bath and Beyond with a coupon. And get this party started after baby E hits the sack!

Stay tuned!