May is here and my newborn is already in size 2 diapers. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions coupled with calorie loading (eating more now nursing than when I was pregnant) while trying to squeeze in as much quality time as I can with my two older kids. They actually reminded me it was May Day yesterday. Every year we’ve knocked on our neighbors doors with flower baskets. I totally forgot this year, go figure. I bought a bunch of tulips and twine in between doctor and dentist visits, school pick up and drop off, and gymnastics and we got it done! I even got to take Paigely to see Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty this weekend while Hubby hung with the boys in the city. It wasn’t easy but I was determined to do it. I’ve been taking her to the Ballet since she was 2. We didn’t always stay. We came with plenty of snacks. Their were always multiple bathroom trips. But now she’s 6 and she watches it with an intensity that makes my heart full. She learned how to sit still. She knows to hold her questions until the applause and when they come out they are thoughtful and insightful. I loved my exposure to the arts and I love giving back to her even more. This show is a must-see if you are in Boston.
These days showers are a luxury. And Sleep…what’s that? I have always had a love-hate relationship with every monitor I’ve ever used. Do I really want to hear the baby cry in the middle of the night? The monitor is really to blame for my lack of sleep, right? But okay, okay, I have to Mother. There was always something not quite right with all of the models of monitors I’ve tried, and I’ve tried at least 6 other brands over the years. They turned off too quickly when not plugged in or the picture wasn’t clear enough or the feedback was too much or my personal biggest fear in a city apartment building – it would SHOW A DIFFERENT BABY. I finally found one that fixed all of my issues:
This is the Porsche of Monitors. Get this one on your registry, ASAP. It features a 7 inch (that’s a big un!) monitor screen and a 12 hour battery life. It tells you the time right on the screen which is super helpful in the middle of the night when I’m deciding whether to go feed him or not and the temperature is always nice to know, too. It’s super thin even though the screen is large and easy to carry all around the house. It even features invisible LED night vision so no squinting to see them doing the 1am dance.
I’ve been looking for products to help make my life easier these days and I found a couple of great ones. I posted The Nursie giveaway on my Facebook recently. This pillow beats out all of the other nursing pillow “helpers” out there. I love that you can just slip your arm right into it. It even doubles as Decker’s… foot warmer?
Milkies is a no-brainer product if your nursing. You simply slip the little contraption into your non nursing bra side and you could collect as much as 2 ounces just in drips. You’re welcome. And have you heard yet about Tranquilo Mat?
The woman who started this company is a personal friend of mine and I had the thrill of watching her compete and win on Shark Tank recently. This is a vibrating mat that mimics the sounds and motions of a mother’s womb to sooth fussy babies. They are giving away a large mat to a lucky MIM winner and Instagram follower! Head over to my page for details on how to win.
And Lastly, a non-baby related super cool new MIM scouted service –
KIDBOX (okay, there’s a BabyBox option too)
Finally, hassle free shopping for your kids. Tell KidBox about your unique kid. Then, every season a stylist will hand select clothes. Kids love unpacking the surprises. Keep and only pay for what you want, send back the rest. Feel-Good Bonus – for every box kept KidBox donates an outfit to a kid in need! (Psst: The clothes are SUPER cute, check them out!)
Psst: The baby outfit Riggs is wearing in the cover photo of this post was sent by ittikid. Check out their adorable Scandinavian clothing lines, here.
Happy May MIM’ers!