Wednesday, April 3, 2013



It's amazing how fast time is flying! I hit 26 weeks today (photo is from last week) and I'm feeling so. much. better. I'm so grateful to friends who've been so compassionate and kind to listen to all my questions and concerns with an encouraging ear. As the weeks get closer and closer to her arrival, Cree and I start to realize just how much we don't know! Thank goodness we have nine whole months to prepare.

Any thing you wish you knew for your first baby? or any brands you loved, feel free to share. We're all ears! (We've only bought her a swimsuit, a toy duck and a stroller—ha! We've got a ways to go.)


41 comments:

  1. I know the feeling! I'm 33 weeks along, and am still finding out new things all the time. It's such a happy time though. Hope you're enjoying it. Cheers!
    -A

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  2. I'm so excited for you! she is going to be adorable!!! I don't have any parenting advice for you, but I am certain you will be a wonderful mother! :)

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  3. You look great Amanda! I'm 3 weeks out and still feel like I don't know so many things! There's so much to learn!

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  4. looking good, mrs. jones! aden + anais muslin wraps are great, especially for babes born in the warmer months.

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  5. From what I hear from friends and family, everything you really need to know will come pretty naturally... I'm sure you'll have a special gift for motherhood and Cree will be an awesome father, so I wouldn't worry too much :)

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  6. You are just so beautiful! Pregnancy looks amazing on you.

    Tim and I loved having an Ergobaby carrier with the newborn insert in the first couple of months (and still love it now). It is really comfy for walks and Roo went straight to sleep cause he was so snug and warm and close to heart beats. Tim would take Roo on early morning walks everyday so I could have a little more rest.

    Just take everyday as it comes, don't be afraid to ask for help or to tell people you need some rest. And nap when baby does, they are some of my most favourite memories, snoozing with my tiny, sweet baby. I'm so excited for you. Such a special time!! xx Kesh

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  7. You don't actually need very much, and I think what's important varies from one family to the next. We were lucky enough to have friends and family close by, so we were able to borrow a lot of the bigger expensive items like swings, bouncers, various seats. I would also resist the urge to buy cute clothes for her. That's the kind of stuff other people love to buy for you, and you won't know until it's happening just how quickly baby will grow. My daughter had many many newborn/infant outfits she never even wore. We had really good luck with the miracle blanket, I give it credit for my daughter sleeping through the night so early. I'd also recommend the medela hands free breast pump. They are a little bit more expensive, but well worth it. I'd also advise that you get bigger expensive items like the stroller and car seat in a gender neutral fabric for future babies. I hope that helps. Good luck and Congratulations. Being a mother is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I've ever done. Oh, and don't forget to take tons of pictures!

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  8. You look fabulous mama! It sure does go fast though, doesn't it? This week I am 20 weeks and am already amazed at being halfway. I'm looking forward to following along on your guys' new journey.

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  9. you look beautiful, amanda! excited for you and cree with this new adventure! xx

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    1. Remember to pack your hospital bag at least a month early. My little one was 3 weeks early and we weren't ready for the hospital at all! Love the Aden and Anais muslin blankets and bibs. Also mittens! It's amazing how feisty the little ones can get. Mittens will definitely prevent those scratches on your babes face. Good luck!

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  10. I am at 38 weeks myself and the greatest thing that we did was go to birthing classes. We took the Bradley Method approach and feel soooo prepared for the birth and for life after. After each class we would high-five and say, "Let's have a baby!" It's such a blessing and a joy to be going through this, cheers to you both!

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  11. You're looking gorgeous! Even though I'm a couple of months ahead of you, I feel just as behind! So far I have a lot of carriers (an ergo, a moby and a sakura sling), a stokke pram I got second hand, and a chest of drawers to use as baby storage area and change table. A lot of other things (like a bassinet, more clothes etc) I'm borrowing from friends. Oh, and I totally agree with Angela. My husband and I did a wonderful birth preparation weekend here in Australia which left us both feeling so excited to have our baby. Other pregnancy lifesavers: prenatal yoga, chiro, pregnancy massage and acupuncture. Whew, that was a long comment! x

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  12. I work in a pediatric hospital, so i don't know from personal experience, but we love the swaddlers! They're like sleeping bags for babies!!!!!!http://www.target.com/p/summer-infant-swaddle-me-2-pk-woodland-friends-large/-/A-13964916#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton

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  13. You are such a cutie! I have absolutely no baby advice... but I have a feeling that you and Cree are going to be such amazing parents...

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  14. Oh, this was a wonderful surprise Amanda! I've discovered you and your work a while ago and loved every single part of it (even wrote an article on your Better Half on the blog --> http://thisisevamaria.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/my-better-half/) and for a long time I haven't visited your blog... until today. Found thi pic your Pinterest and smiled instantly. :) Congratulations, mom and dad. You a are a beautiful mom and you sure make the most cute "follow baby growth" ever. Wishing you the best***Maria

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  15. Sleep gowns with fold-over mitten sleeves and elastic open bottoms are wonderful in the first few weeks when they're being changed so frequently and parents are so sleepy. I thought they were such a silly piece of clothing before I had my kids and now they're the first thing I recommend to new parents.

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  16. Swaddle Swaddle swaddle!! Everyone told us to buy swaddlers and to swaddle our babe but we never listened until a couple months in. Your baby will sleep for longer periods when swaddled therefor so will mommy and daddy.

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  17. Oh my goodness this is SUCH a cute photo! Love the design and simplicity of it. With 25 weeks, you guys don't have too much longer before the baby will be here! Congratulations and good luck! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at BT

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  18. Adorable picture, Amanda!
    I'm glad everything is better.. :)

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  19. hey hey, my son turned 9 months yesterday so all the memories are very fresh:)
    first of all, have you decided on the diapers? if you choose cloth diapering, you might want to take a class sometime soon 'cause it's a little but confusing at first and also you will need to get some diapers and wash them a few times (benefits of using cloth beside it being 'green': organic cotton or other fabric is better for the skin than any huggies; pretty noticeable savings and you will also be able to re-use them with your second child or sell them for almost original price; covers look awesome; using cloth is supposed to ease the potty training)check out this site http://www.cottonbabies.com/.
    secondly, baby carrier. I was highly recommended to use Moby Wrap so I got one and I didn't really like it:1) it's awfully long and if you wrap it in the street, half of it will be on the ground and by the time you have finished you will need to take a rest (I suppose not everybody has these troubles), 2) using it in the summer is a hell for both of you, 'cause it's pretty warm and make you sweat a lot (but it is supposed to be convenient in the cooler weather). So, I tried on a few carriers and chose Beco Gemini which I really love: it works in 3 ways ( front carrier, back carrier, hip carrier), it's very easy to put on even holding a child at the same time, it's sturdy, you can nurse while carrying a baby (which was important to me).

    swaddlers, as people mentioned above are use useful, consider this brand (http://www.adenandanais.com/shop/swaddles.aspx). They make really good quality stuff, and their muslin collection is a must for summer.

    Pump?) you might get one from the hospital. If not, I'd think about buying one.

    Clothes: Janie and Jack (http://www.janieandjack.com/) make amazing baby clothes (no bunnies, 'bananas over mommy' etc, leave it for Carter's).

    Lamaze (http://www.lamazetoys.co.uk/) is one of the best talking about toys and development. We got a couple toys for the baby shower and they are really the best. Then we got space-themed activity mat, which is absolutely perfect.

    Uniqlo makes baby cloths too. Their kimono style baby onesies are really convenient.

    Good luck!)

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  20. This may sound silly and trivial, but one of the best pieces of advice that we got from a nurse at the hospital was to not worry about baby nail clippers (terrifying) and just use an emery board to file baby's nails. They're so soft (yet get soooo long and scratcheriffic), but it's nearly impossible to clip them with clippers. Filing them works perfectly. When Graham was super tiny Nick would file his nails while I nursed him and held him still; now Nick puts him in the Bjorn, facing out, and Graham gets a little manicure while he and Daddy walk around ;)

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  21. Velcro swaddles. So easy for the middle of the night. Swing - must have. I'm 25 weeks as well with my second! :)

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  22. What a cute idea to measure your pregnancy!

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  23. What a perfect little bump. You look fantastic!

    dani // andbubblegum.com

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  24. Our little boy is 6 months old now. He was born at our humble little home in Canada where we lived for 3 months before relocating back to Australia. I love pregnancy, especially the 2nd half! Birth was a wonderful experience. Being a mum is a wonderful, difficult and rewarding job!

    We didn't buy...well... hardly anything. I bought a cute hand printed onesie and a few basics. We were given gifts (no doubt your friends will also be very generous) and hand-me-down clothes in perfect condition.

    Baby slept with us on our mattress on the floor and still does. He has never had his own room (and never complains about it) though I suppose he will eventually. We never bought a special bath, he just has a bath (or now shower too) with us. He drinks the milk my body makes. Although it is special to prepare you really don't need much at all. Babies don't really need toys until at least 3 months. Possibly even much later.

    Jumpsuits and onesies with zips are super easy, especially for night time changes. Shoes are cute but not really needed until little one is walking.

    Some helpful essentials
    - a baby carrier you are comfortable with
    - towels/cloths/wraps for cleaning spills, leaks, anything and keeping warm
    - a good water bottle, breast-feeding is thirsty work
    - comfortable dresses with front zips or buttons (for feeding) or else just blouses and bottoms
    - some frozen meals and ready-to-go snacks or friends to bring them ;)
    - epsom salts for relaxing and healing baths

    Hmmm I suppose the list could go on but you will have lots of helpful friends. Enjoy! Bless you and Cree and your precious little one. What a miracles we are blessed to partake in.

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  25. if you're going to be nursing, get a bebe au lait nursing cover. when we first had our little man i grabbed one of the cheapest covers out there and it does not work. just kept falling off. the bebe au lait kind are the best! and i love my ergobaby carrier.

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  26. you look so wonderful. i am really excited for you! the miracle blanket was a lifesaver for us - no matter how well we swaddled her with other blankets, after a couple months she was way too strong and kicked her way out. miracle blanket worked wonders until she got too tall and started rolling over. also a swing, which i didn't really want because they are mostly ugly and take up a lot of space but sometimes it was the only thing that could soothe her.

    other things i love(d): puj tub, shi shu blankets, a dria cover.

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  27. hi.

    i really love your site. i just wonder what font you use on the "BABY JONES.."

    xoxo

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  28. Beautiful photo! I hope you're having a great pregnancy. Love that I found your sweet space on the interwebs! xo

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  29. You look absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your little one!

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  30. so excited for you, you look great! we were like you, we hardly bought ANYTHING until like the week before he was due, that was crazy. but...one thing that we got as a gift that was super helpful was one of those little chairs that they can lay in. we'd move it room to room and he'd watch me cook all contentedly in it - it also could bounce gently. anyway, its not something i would have bought i guess but i was glad to have it!

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  31. You guys are so cute. Glad you are feeling better these days and good luck to you on this last stretch. You're such a beautiful lady, Amanda!

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  32. I am so happy/excited for you, Amanda! There is nothing like having a newborn baby in the home. It is such a spiritual time. A few baby things that have worked wonders for us and our 6 (!!!) children:
    -Good swaddling blankets. The thin muslin variety work great. They're lightweight and allow you to get a nice tight swaddle.
    -The Miracle Blanket. I'm not even kidding when I say that it is a miracle. Eventually our babies all got smart enough to wiggle out of even the best swaddle. The miracle blanket keeps them wrapped up nicely so they feel secure while sleeping. A must have.
    -The Puj baby tub. Takes up minimal space and is comfy for even the tiniest babes.
    -A nice supply of Carter's white onesies. I love a baby in a white onesie. :)
    -Cloth diapers were great as burp rags.

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  33. Amanda! You are so cute. I'm so excited for you and Cree! Pregnancy seems to be suiting you well and I'm so happy for you :)

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  34. What a beautiful photo. You look fantastic. I was in the less is more camp when it came to baby gear. There is so much out there it's overwhelming. Here were the 4 things I could not have gotten by without: A swaddle, a Boppy, a bouncy chair and my ergo carrier.

    Before I had my daughter, my mother said this to me, "You are about to be surrounded by cuteness all day, every day. Aren't you lucky?" It was so true. Congratulations.

    -bronwyn

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  35. If you're a baby wearer, I swear by Ergo (http://store.ergobaby.com/). It's THE BEST.

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  36. Ah I'm pregnant with my first too! How exciting is it just waiting to be a mum :) can't wait to watch you're progress xx

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  37. Hi Amanda! I have a 3 1/2 month old boy at home (which is why I haven't been to your blog in forever - congratulations on your upcoming arrival!!!). My best advice to you, if you care about the baby being a good sleeper, is to pick a philosophy for the everyday routine and stick to it from the beginning. As hard as that sounds, it is totally worth it. I had a preemie so I didn't have those last few weeks to prepare and read everything I wanted to in time. But we went with Baby Wise which is a parent-guided schedule where the baby eats every 2 1/2 - 3 hours on a cycle of eat, awake time, sleep and repeat. We started late so it was hard but our boy is 14-weeks and can sleep 10 hours straight. You set the day and baby's metabolism starts to eventually adhere to it and therefore the baby thrives (they love routine). I just wish I would have known about it before I gave birth because it's SO MUCH EASIER if you start from the beginning. Now that I've written you a novel...enjoy your last trimester. It's hard physically but was pretty enjoyable for me.

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  38. congratulations! I'm at 32 weeks with my second :)

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