I hope you had a great Valentine's Day weekend.
We did a little bit of everything - stayed home, had an out of town friend stop by, ran some errands, had a game night with new friends, ate some festive food and treats and Kevin squeezed in some extra sleep because he wasn't feeling great. He's got another busy work week ahead so I hope he got enough rest this weekend. We got some snow so we tossed out our plan to get take out and made a frozen pizza for dinner. It was delicious :) How was your Valentine's Day weekend??
I feel like I have a lot on my mind lately with the upcoming arrival of our little Fletcher.
He's due to arrive in 8 weeks or less and I want to be as prepared as possible. I don't feel the anxiety to have everything perfectly ready, but I do have several thoughts going through my head. We're gathering things for his nursery now and plan to set it up once we move into our house sometime this Spring. He'll stay in our room for those first few weeks just like Olive did and then we'll work on his nursery later.
Here's what I've been thinking about and wondering...
I created a small Target registry for our little guy since my MIL is hosting a Sprinkle for us in a few weeks. What are your registry must have items? I don't want to forget anything. We've got all of the big items - car seat, pack n play, rock n play, etc from when Olive was a baby and we will be reusing everything. Any boy specific must haves or newer baby items that you've fallen in love with?
2. Double Stroller.
Do you have one to recommend or one that you don't love? I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts on them because we're going to need one. I'm interested in this Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller because it's got great reviews, is a good price and has tons of seating arrangement options. We love to go on long walks, go to the park and want something that will be comfy, roomy and durable for several years.
3. Transition to big sister status.
We have picked up a few little gifts to give Olive at the hospital from Fletcher, but I'd love to hear any recommendations on things that worked well for you when you brought home a new baby. Olive is excited about all this big sister and baby brother talk. However, I'm a little worried that her world is going to be rocked. Any and all tips would be appreciated.
4. Hospital Plan.
We're still working through exactly what our hospital plan will be. I was induced with Olive so I'm not sure what to expect with #2. We will need a day time game plan and a night time plan of what we'll do when/if I go into labor. Any suggestions or things that work well for you?
5. First few weeks at home with two.
Kevin has a pretty flexible schedule, but will be wrapping up his final few weeks of the semester in April. So he'll be around and trying to balance work obligations with home life. So I'm wondering what things I can do to make those first few weeks go smoothly. Freezer meals? routines? Again, any advice is welcomed.
6. Sprinkle favor.
I mentioned I'm having a sprinkle in just a few weeks so what is your favorite favor to get at a shower? I'd like to do something edible that I can make to give to my guests. I always think it's nice when the guest of honor takes care of the favors. I'd love to hear your favorites - I'm leaning towards chocolate covered pretzels or something along those lines.
7. Land of Nod.
I'm LOVING this Land of Nod A to Z Cube Bin for Fletcher's nursery. I think it'll be perfect for toys or books, but I've never ordered anything from them. Are you a fan or have you ever purchased any of their storage bins before?
8. Newborn Photographer.
I am on the hunt for a newborn photographer in my area. I need to ask some friends for recommendations. Any tips for having a really successful newborn session with a few sibling pictures? What types of outfits or boy things work best?? My strategy of gathering cute headbands and pink things for Olive's pictures is not going to work this time around.
THANKS for hearing me out and for any helpful suggestions you may have for me.