And then I don't feeeEEL....SOOooo baaaaad...
Well, Ben feels bad, so we are looking at a few of his favorite things. Before he was born, I was pacing up and down the aisles of baby stores, trying to push my mind into this future place and figure out what we would really, really use. Just yesterday I realized- hey! This is all his stuff! We are using it! I won't take credit and say that my above average shopping skills and my friend's brilliant gift-giving skills just both happened to be on fire. But the truth is, I can't remember returning one single thing to the store after Ben was born. I love it all.
Myth: That you can have too many cushy, soft baby blankets.
False. Who would ever want less cushy cuddly blankets? I am looking at four right now, just from my spot on the couch and we use all of them to death. Special mention: A satin edged blanket that Auntie added the letters of his name onto by hand, along with a cute little patch that says "Made with Love". Also this soft, luxurious, suede-ey number from Steve and Anna, embroidered: Benjamin 2010.
Myth: You will only use the bouncer for three months and the baby swing for much longer. (These myths were mine, by the way, made up in my head).
False! (Sometimes): Observe, above, our naptime tools, at seven months with no sign of letting up.
1) Bright Starts Bouncer (thanks, Guggias!) sans cozy infant insert, and now regularly using all the buckles the sweet thing offers (sadly, only two) to try to pin down the writhing little beast so he doesn't plop out the side like a wriggling fish. He will nap in his crib sometimes, but not for as long as he will in the living room.
2) Pacifier (I'm such a sucker --ooo fun with puns!--for wanting his name on everything). We are getting our -well, Grandma's- money's worth out of that thing. Around his birthday we will work on weaning. Ugh, not looking forward to that.
3) Puppy, whose face and ears get eaten and petted as part of the winding down portion of this event. SO CUTE. Currently shopping for a backup as apparently this will be The Lovey. Numero Uno. The One Most Wanted. You know.
Baby swing. Sadly, he was over it before four months old. I took it really hard.
Another favorite: Our borrowed Infantino carrier. I loved the Moby when he was little, and used it all the time, but now that he is bigger, this is definitely faster and easier to use. Dad also used the Moby when it was in full effect, but here we are trekking to BevMo and Costco with baby in tow Sunday afternoon. Looking back at this photo, I can see he was getting sick already. Poor kid. We were stalking this other family (not on purpose) who apparently had the same to-do list that we did. Awk...ward...
He loves his crib, and always smiles when we put him in it. He loves his mobile, and we take it with us when we travel. He also has a starlight turtle thing, that shines stars on the ceiling at night, we travel with that, too. We got the breathable bumper, and he sleeps in a sleepsack, but its always a strange temperature in that room, and early on we started putting a blanket over his feet. Now that he can grab the blanket and roll around (even though he really doesn't) we only use this beautiful knit blanket from his great-aunt Sherri. I can't believe she handmade it, it's gorgeous. He loves that and it looks so cozy in there.
Okay, fun times! It will be fun to show Ben all the things he used when he was a baby. I wonder which ones will stick around in his memory. I have a stuffed frog I loved as a child (named: Froggo, pronounced "Frog Oh") and I have a photo of me holding him as a baby. Up until I saw that photo, I never realized how long he had been around. It did really explain the chewed eyes he had.
What is the long cherished thing you still have from childhood? The One Most Wanted, that kind of thing. Ready.... GO!