Max’s Favorite Things

February 28th, 2013

Whiskers on kittens? Not here!

It’s fascinating to watch Max gravitate towards certain objects and toys. The best part is, they entertain him for more than five minutes at a time. Five minutes. You know what I can now do in five minutes? Especially with both hands? It’s a sonic boom of cleanliness in the house when I have a spare moment.

So, without further ado, these are the things Max loves:

1) Vulli Sophie Giraffe Teether: I’ve heard myths about this object. For decades, this has been a baby’s go-to toy. I didn’t believe them when they told me so; especially when I squeaked her the first time for Max. Needless to say, he was nonplussed. It was only around the 3-month mark when he could really start reaching and holding objects that he took to Sophie. Now, he lights up when he sees her. Squeaks when she squeaks. Loves playing with her tiny rubber feet along his tiny rubber gums. He’s in love.

2) WubbaNub: I came across this miracle toy at a local baby boutique here in Tucson. Binkies are noise hole plugs. They are amazing, especially when nothing else seems to work. They also have a tendency to bounce 3,000 feet away to land underneath a neighbor’s couch the next county over. No lie, there is a Max binky at the bottom of the duck pond at our local park. This toy is easy for Max to hold, easy to find, and it stays put when it lands. Max loves this toy so much that if you hold it in front of him, he kicks excitedly and opens his mouth. Worth. Every. Penny.

3) Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym: Perhaps any activity gym would have made Max happy, but we’ve been so pleased with the quality of this toy. There are tons of little surprises sewn into the mat and into each hanging toy. It’s so fun to see Max find a new favorite creature each time he’s playing. There are times when he’s played on the mat for more than 30 minutes at a time. 30 minutes! I bragged about five minutes earlier, do you know what 30 means?!

4) The Magic Blanket: This blanket was a gift to us, so I have no idea where it comes from. However…it’s miraculous. It’s chenille on one side, with super thick chunky chenille-like material on the other. Whenever we have trouble soothing Max or getting him to sleep, this is our secret weapon. He loves to play on it, nuzzle in it, chew it and fall asleep while wrapped in it. If I could, I would make all his clothing and bedding from this material because he loves it so damn much.

5) Mommy and Daddy: That’s right. We’re the coolest toys ever. We squeak at him, soothe him, play with him and nuzzle him. Swiss Army Knife parents: multi-faceted and multi-functional. It’s fascinating to watch him discover and love new toys, but there’s nothing like the smile you get when he’s playing with his absolute favorite toy–you.

Magic Blanket

Insta-Sleep with the Magic Blanket.

The Nursery

February 17th, 2013

Originally, we weren’t going to find out the sex of the baby. Only a few months into pregnancy and the secrecy was driving us nuts – we wanted to know. However, we still wanted to keep the room gender neutral. The hardest part about gender neutral rooms is that most of the items available for sale are either brown or yellow – not my favorite choice of colors. We also thought about using gray since that’s the main color throughout most of our house, but we still wanted it to be colorful and fun – it is a baby’s room after all.

We finally settled on a colorful polka-dot theme by Skip Hop. Not to make the room too matchy-matchy, we decided to incorporate a bird theme as well. To do this, we added a tree decal to one of the walls to give the room some pop. Plus, it’s best not to have too many things hanging on the walls, especially above the crib. This easily solves that problem.

Paint was the hardest choice. What we ended up choosing was a light pistachio green. Not too baby-ish, gender neutral, and can grow with him for several years. We thought about blue once we found out the sex, but we had a blue room in our old house and  frankly, were pretty sick of looking at it…

Furniture was an easy choice! We knew we wanted something modern and convertible. The bed we chose converts to a toddler and twin bed later on down the road. The dresser slides apart to reveal a changing table. When he’s older, he can use it as a desk, or just slide it back and use it as a dresser. This particular set is called “Cube” by Baby’s Dream Furniture. There are plenty of cheaper, modern sets out there, but Baby’s Dream doesn’t use particle board and is built right here in the U.S.A. It was worth the extra $100.

 

Max in His Crib 

No, we don’t let him sleep with bumpers or stuffed animals, this is just for show.

Looking into the Nursery

The color of the room looks a little yellow here. I didn’t have time to color correct it. Newborn, remember? To keep with the bird theme, we bought the cutest little LED branch light from IKEA to hang over the changing table. It’s perfect for late night diaper changes.

Corner of the Nursery

Again, looks darker and more yellow than it really is. We accented the room with white and red. Max LOVES staring at the red curtains and the red birds. He’s also mesmerized by the dots in his crib.

If I had to do it all over again I would:

1) Start sooner. Technically, you don’t need the nursery for the first few months. However, trying to paint the room at 7 months preggo was no fun. It’s really hard to manuever… Also, the dresser ended up being on back order for nearly two months. Once the baby is here, it’s harder than ever to pull the room together because you’re so busy taking care of him. I would have started it at 5-6 months pregnant.

2) Not fret so much over everything being perfect. Nesting is at an all time high in the final months of pregnancy and I panicked his room wouldn’t be ready. Of course it wasn’t ready. And that’s ok. All Max really needs the first few months is the be held, fed, and loved.

3) Not listen to input. People love to offer their opinions. You don’t need them. You’re the one who will be spending the most time in that room. Especially at 11 p.m., 1 a.m., 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Do the room to your liking. If I didn’t love those birds, I should as hell wouldn’t want to stare at them for hours a day. I like how the room looks and it works perfectly for us.

4) Remember it’s a work in progress. Not all the photos are hung. This is because the best memories are yet to be made and captured.

5) Realize that pee, spit-up, and explosive poo will end up all over the…well, everything. Don’t get too invested in stuff. Babies will combust all over your perfectly matched nursery.

6) Seriously, pee everywhere.