I have a doula! Her name is Sarah and she was great to talk to on the phone. I felt a connection with her as we talked, and I think she is going to be just what I need. She's coming to the house to meet with us tomorrow morning and help me get a birth plan constructed. It's such a relief knowing I finally have someone who will be there with me and do all she can to help me achieve a natural birth. She just did a delivery at Dewitt (the hospital we'll be going to) and said they are very relaxed and flexible, which was GREAT to hear!
And now for some "covets"...mainly for my mother, who wanted to know what we need for the new baby. But also to share cool things that I'm currently drooling over LOL! It's fun to shop :-)
Diaper Bag! The ones we have for Graeme just barely fit all his paraphanlia - and it's funny that the older he gets, the more I find myself taking along somehow...books and shoes and cups and snack dishes and diapers...you get the picture. I love the look and size of this one (and she has some other cute bags in her shop)
The Learning Tower (this is something I'd like for Graeme, and I just think it is so cool!)
There are two kits you can purchase - a playhouse and an easel - that make it a really cool contraption.
I asked Mark if he could build it, and he said no - between the unique design and finding the perfect wood. One of Graeme's favorite things right now is "helping" in the kitchen - so there have actually been times where we both sit on the floor and mix pancakes or muffins or pudding...yes, on the floor LOL! I just can't hold him up to the counter while mixing something. But invariably, he wants to be "in" on the action! And he loves mixing (and licking the bowl LOL!)
Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze
I used a Moby wrap with Graeme, and liked it - but it stretched out a lot once he hit about 15-18 lbs. which made it uncomfortable for both of us. It's also a rather thick fabric, and when I tried wearing it in the winter, I got so warm! So I've done a lot of research and found a wrap that is a hybrid between stretchy wraps, like the Moby, and stiffer wraps. This particular wrap is light-weight and beautiful. And with a toddler desiring my attention, I will be wanting to wear the baby a good deal more than I did with Graeme.
I've actually been wearing Graeme in this Maya sling that I purchased used.
I love the ring sling! I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. It's perfect during pregnancy, because I can adjust the tension and height of where Graeme sits...I have used a pouch like this, but it's not adjustable, so it doesn't fall in the right place for us.
Okay, Graeme is waking up from his nap, so that's all I have time to share right now!
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