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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Baby

Bobblehead is now 12 weeks old, and looks A-DOR-ABLE wearing absolutley nothing (or a cute Santa hat!)  He has also officially outgrown his "MY FIRST CHRISTMAS" outfit - but luckily my friend Regina came over and shot these AMAZING photos of him last week, while we could still snap it all up.

The first one is my favorite, and the rest are in no particular order:

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dear Santa....

Today my little Bobblehead met Santa Clause.....

He only asked for ONE present: DADDY home from Afghanistan!

He shouldn't have wasted a wish though.....Daddy is definitely scheduled to be home before Christmas, and can't WAIT to meet this precious little gift.

Monday, November 8, 2010

the wings on the clock

I can't believe how TIME FLIES!

My sweet baby Bobblehead is now 7.5 weeks old.  Next week is his 2 month checkup, with shots and everything!

Last week I weighed myself holding him, and then weighed myself again without him; the difference was 12.5 lbs!!! I know this is not an accurate way to weigh a baby, but it has to be close...which means he is officially HUGE.

He has outgrown all of his newborn clothes, and a couple of sleepers that say they are size "0-3 months".  He's in size 2 Huggies diapers already, too!  We were using the Kirkland (I looooooove Costco!) brand size 1-2 but they are too small for him now - I actually gave away the last dozen or so from that case after he leaked through 3 of them in one day.  The leaking was purely because they didn't FIT him, not because the diapers are poor quality.  They are actually just the same as the Huggies we love, but with a better price. 

We did portraits 2 weeks ago, and I can't wait to go AGAIN, since Bobblehead is all smiley now.

In the meantime, here are some of the results from that shoot:

Monday, November 1, 2010


Baby Bobblehead is six weeks old - and he finally gave me a REAL smile!  Unfortunately the only camera I had handy was my cell phone camera, but this is what I got:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

More product "reviews"

My future postings on product reviews may be SHORT because, well, holding my sweet baby is a lot more fun (and more important) than blogging.  Sorry, just being honest :)

So, here are the slightly abbreviated reviews for today:

Sony Babycall Monitor

This monitor is AWESOME, especially for the price - $45.00!  I got the model that only has one receiver, because I am used to carrying gadgets around with me from room to room anyway (cell phone, iPad, kindle, etc) so it's not like I needed a second receiver.  In fact, if I don't want to actually carry it around the house with me, there is a belt clip that allows me to WEAR the monitor with me.

The 900 MHz transmitter is more than adequate in our 2200 sf house.  There are 27 possible channels to transmit/receive on, so I don't have to worry about interference from neighbors' baby monitors.  The sound coming through the receiver is so clear, I can literally hear the nursery clock TICKING when I have the monitor on.  If I don't want to hear noises loike that, I can switch to the 'voice activation' mode, which saves the battery on the receiver - but I am comforted by the ambient nursery noises, because that little 'tick tock' of the clock tells me that the monitor is still working.  If I am doing something loud, like vacuuming, I can watch the light display for any change in the noise level in the nursery. 

I love the fact that the receiver is rechargable, and so far it seems to last me a couple weeks without needing to re-charge (though I will confess, I don't use it as much as I thought I would, as it is really REALLY hard to tear myself away from this baby....I spend a lot of time just holding him)

Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail


And that statement carries a lot of weight, considering the number of diaper pails I have used over my two decades of mothering, and two decades as an early childhood professional.....

I think I have literally changed more than 50,000 diapers.  Seriously - I just did the math, and just my own children so far are responsible for at least 22,000 diaper changes - but an hour working in a toddler room at a preschool can easily include 10 more diapers - so, yeah, 50,000 might be a low-end estimate.

This diaper pail is not like the diaper genie (which was revolutionary when I first got one, years ago, but turned out to be a bit of a pain, and not necessarily all that effective in the end).  This one uses a single bag, which so far holds about a week's worth of our 'upstairs' diapers.....if I change a diaper downstairs, I tend to just throw it away in the kitchen trash, and when his diapers start to stink more, then the downstairs changes can just go directly out to our outside trash bins. If I threw away every dirty diaper in this diaper pail, I would probably go through two or three liners a week - so factor that price in if you are considering buying this diaper pail.

The bag/liner is part of what makes this pail so great: it clips into place at the top of the pail, and has a gathered design that lets the pail's teeth-like flaps close it for an airtight seal in between changes.  When the bag is full, the plastic ring that holds the bag in place also folds in half to seal the bag shut - so you don't have to smell the contents of the bag while carrying it out to the garbage bin.  Closing the lid also sprinkles a little odor-killing dose of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda at the opening from the little dispenser built into the lid.  This dispenser is refillable, so you don't ever have to go buy a new cartridge or anything - just open it like a jar, pour in some baking soda, and twist the cap back into place inside the lid of the diaper pail.  Simple and CHEAP.

I also love that there is no 'perfume' smell to this.  I have a pretty sensitive sniffer, and have always hated the heavily perfumed room deodorizers.  I can tolerate the fruity scented ones, but prefer a clean and natural smell overall.

The diaper pail sells for around $35, and the liners are $5 to $6 for a box of ten.  Look for coupons and stock up when you can, and if you have a multi-level home, you might consider having one pail for each floor.

Friday, October 15, 2010

four weeks already...WOW!

Can you believe Baby Bobblehead is already almost four weeks old?!  Time really does fly. 

He already rolls from his back to his tummy (not often, and it takes him awhile to do it, but he is NOT supposed to be able to do this yet!)

His smile is still fleeting, so I have video of it but not many still photos....which is sad because he has some seriously CUTE dimples now that he is filling out so much. Of course as SOON as I get photos of the dimples, I will post them on here. :)

He has gained weight and grown out of  most of his newborn sized stuff, which really doesn't surprise me that much, considering the fact that he eats CONSTANTLY.

Here are a few pictures from this week.....many MANY more of these to come, if you can stand my frequent bragging about how GORGEOUS this baby is! Can you tell I am in L-O-V-E with my little man?  Oh, and Daddy is in love, too - he can't WAIT to get home in a couple months.

(the pooping face)

Big yawn!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nursery pics!

OK This is strictly a pictoral blog because I am just too tired/sleepy/lazy to really type anything - but I PROMISE I will be back soon with regular blog posts! 

Here is the transformation (step-by-step) our former guest room went through to become Bobblehead's nursery: