Wednesday Wins! (6-12-13, Baby Edition)

Justin brought sexy back, and now I’m bringing Wednesday Wins back. Good one, Katy. Thanks, Katy.

Eventually when I get more than 8 readers, I will turn this into a LinkUp, because I can’t find one I like, so I’ll create one I like. So there. First, some light housekeeping: if you haven’t already liked my Katy Wins Facebook page, please do. Leave yours in the comments and I will reciprocate!

This Wednesday Wins is dedicated to baby crap. There is SO MUCH stuff out there, most of which you don’t need and will never use. Here are a few things we definitely need and always use. Hopefully it will help some of you expectant mamas and papas out there to narrow down that registry.

1) Diaper Genie. We actually thought we didn’t need this. Henry was two days old when Chris ran out to get one from the store. If you have a small apartment like ours and are sensitive to odors like I am, you will love this thing. It’s relatively cheap, too.

2) NoseFrida. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Ew, gross. That’s what I hear all the time when I tell people this is what I use. But I don’t care what anyone says, I can’t live without this little snot sucker. Henry screamed bloody murder when we used the standard bulb sucker. I used to wait right before nap time or feeding time to use it because I knew it would induce tears that only sleep or food could remedy. With this thing, he doesn’t fuss. Hell, he actually giggles. And, it’s fast and gets so much out. Also, easy to clean. This will be gifted from me in every future baby shower I attend.

3) Video baby monitor. This thing satisfies my worst neurosis, that I am sure most new moms share: the constant checking that sleeping baby is breathing. Instead of creeping to his crib at night and checking, I CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT ON THE MONITOR. That’s how good the video quality is on the Motorola one, anyway. He sleeps better, I sleep (slightly) better. It is a little Paranormal Acitivity-y, but you’ll get over it.

photoA little creepy.

Here’s the deal.

Talking to family today, I was told I should start building my baby registry now. This makes me very anxious as I have yet to buy anything for this baby (except a Beatles shirt I got years ago from a client at my old job in Los Angeles).

See, I had a miscarriage last year, and it was really hard to deal with. It’s still really hard to deal with. It was an early miscarriage, but painful nonetheless. I’m still terrified about this pregnancy, even though I have a feeling everything will be alright. It’s like if I let myself plan anything – a registry, a shower, diapering options – something bad will happen.

As I was going through adding things to a registry that will surely change a lot in the next 5 months (especially once we find out the gender), I felt the little bean in there moving around. It just reminded me that this time is different. Worrying doesn’t help anyone; stress is not healthy for me or baby.

Side note real quick before I move on: miscarriage has a way of fostering loneliness in a way I’ve never felt before. People don’t know what to say or how to act. Sometimes they innocently say something that really stings. Some people don’t understand why it’s hurting so bad. The internet really helped me find stories I could relate to, and if anything, I hope this post helps someone else going through the same thing. Maybe I’ll write something longer in the future, but even putting this out into the universe gives me palpitations.

Moving on. My mom is making a quilt for the baby, and I’ve been sharing it piece by piece on Instragram (follow me, @djkatyk). Today, we went over to her house to help organize the squares. My designer husband was a huge help. The pic below is NOT the final layout. I took it before he worked his magic. I’m so excited to see it finished and have something homemade with so much love for baby K. My mom made me one when I was 20 and I still cherish it.

Here’s what we have so far:

Oh! I just want to reiterate, the Snoogle rocks so much. After the second night of using it, I felt much more rested today. Still sleepy from being pregnant, but not like before. What I need now is a vacation. Or a day off. Or half a day off. I’m not picky.