Okay…here is what I need your help with. I have many of the big items I need to bring baby girl home. No, they are not out of the closet, not cleaned, not set up, but I do have them. However, it has been nearly 6 years since I have brought a baby home and it amazes me how many things have changed, so I need some advice from those of you who are doing this now or have done it more recently than me. Please feel free to give me your input on the items I am struggling with making a decision on and anything else you may think I need to know!!
First of all…I need a diaper bag. I have no idea what I want. I have looked at Pet.unia Pick.le Bott.om and like theirs, but just don’t know what else is out there. I want something cute and fashionable, but not over the top…it is after all a diaper bag.
Next, a sling. I was going to buy this baby sling from Ser.ena & Li.ly. It was on sale even! But the sale ended on April 25th, Sophia & Ellie’s birthday, and I forgot to order it. So now I am thinking about what else is out there…what slings have you used, who makes a good one, who doesn’t? I just don’t know! And with the recent recall on slings, should I even be using one at all?
I also will be buying a new breast pump. I am looking at Med.ela’s which is what I used in the past, but want to know if you have tried anything that you maybe think is better. And if you have a recommendation, where did you purchase it?
I want a cover for the infant carrier I have. My carrier is black and gray, not very cool for the warm summer months ahead, so I want something to cover it. I know I could make a cover, but I really don’t feel like finding a pattern, getting the material, and figuring it all out right now. So if you know of a good brand, please let me know!
I have been looking at inclined sleepers too. Baby girl will be in a bassinette for the first
few several months, actually she will probably end up in our bed, but I saw this sleeper and this one. They are very different, and I don’t know which one would be better to use! So please give me your thoughts!
And one last thing that we need some major help with…her name! Hutch & I NEVER agree on names. We have not had names for any of our children before they were born, not because we wanted to see what they looked like and then decide, just because we can never make a decision. Actually, we did have a name picked out for Brady, but we thought he was a girl, so we had to re-pick! Anyway, a few months ago I thought of a name…it is a little different, so I was apprehensive when I told Hutch about it. I asked him to have an open mind and think about it before reacting and saying NO! So I told him the name and he said he had been think of it too! So weird, but we had
watched slept through a movie a few weeks prior to this and it was one of the character’s names, so I think it had been planted in our brains. Within in the next few days, I was at work. I have a crate that my students put their library books in when they are ready to be returned. I was teaching and happened to look in the basket and there sat a book titled with this same name. A little while later, I heard a girl at our school being called by this name, and then I was telling my hairdresser (we really haven’t told anyone IRL) about the name, she thought it was cute and we should go with it. After she put my color on, she was doing another client whose daughter is pregnant with a girl and they are going to call the baby this same name. So, you see, I keep getting these little signs, but we are still unsure. The name is unique, and to some it may sound more like a nickname or something you would name a pet, but I love it and keep coming back to it. Hutch has came up with an alternative that I really like too, but we still aren’t sure. He has also came up with a middle name that I love…see if you can figure out why! So here they are…please leave me your honest opinion, it will not offend me. I want to know what people think of it, so I know if I want to subject my child to it. Now you are all probably thinking it is really bad, so anyway here they are…
Original Name with Hutch's idea for a middle name: Gigi Elia
Alternative first name and middle name: Gia Gracie
Please give me your thoughts on all these things…I need all the help I can get right now! Baby girl will be here within the next 5 weeks and I really need to have things more ready than they are right now. Thanks for your opinions!!