Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What helps me sleep at night

When Peanut was still in my belly,  we thought that we didn't need a lot of extra gadgets.

I'm going to go ahead and say we were wrong.

Especially about this little gadget:

picture from amazon.com

We received an old, but totally awesome baby monitor (the one that just has audio) from our neighbors and we were positive that it would satisfy our needs.

When Peanut was about 4 weeks old, I started walking on the treadmill in the basement during Peanut's naps.  While walking, I turned on the audio monitor and set it up on the treadmill.  And every time that Peanut made any kind of sound, I bolted up the stairs and into her room (now that I think about it, this was probably a better workout anyways).  So I talked to Jon and we decided that it might be worth it to invest in a video monitor.

I wanted all sorts of stuff from it - like the ability to see Peanut in the pitch black room, being able to move the monitor around the room without walking into her room, zooming in and zooming out.  I wanted to be able to adjust the volume and to hook up the monitor on the wall.  Basically, I wanted my cake and to eat it too.

Guess what?  This guy does it all!

Which means I get to spy...

Jon, feeding Peanut
and spy,

This doesn't happen often, but when it does, I spy
and watch my baby girl sleep.

Addi, sleeping like a little angel

And not miss moments like this.

Addi, learning to eat her toes.

This post was not sponsored by anyone.  I just wanted to share my favorite monitor with you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Evenflo - Exersaucer SmartSteps Walk Around Review

This is not a sponsored post.

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This activity center is awesome.  Peanut has recently decided that she prefers to stand rather than do pretty much anything else.  This isn't as fun as it sounds when you're trying to run around and get ready in the morning.  Here's where the exersaucer walked comes in.  We've set it up in the dining room and plop Peanut in while we try to pack her bottles, our lunches and feed the dogs (we prefer to keep her in our view t all times).  She's very happy to be in it.

We received ours as a Baby Shower gift - it's from Walmart.

Here's what we love about it:
  • It's super light and easy to move around from room to room.
  • It has height adjustments that fit our tiny little Peanut around 4 months of age.  She is able to reach the floor and move around.
  • The seat portion is super easy to move in so Peanut is able to turn from activity to activity on her own.
  • There are lots of entertaining toys like the birds and bees, rattles, and even a singing/talking tree.
  • It can turn into a walker that pivots at the center.
Here are some things that we're not big fans of:
  • There are a couple of spaces with no toys and I feel like it's a waste of space
  • Most of the toys are kind of out of her reach because she is so tiny.
  • There is a snack tray that we would never use and it takes up a bunch of the room.
  • The seat portion is made for bigger babies - this is something that most of you will probably love, but for our tiny itty bitty Peanut, it's too big.  We solve this by sticking a towel or blanket in to keep Peanut from toppling over.
  • I could do with more entertaining toys - things that Peanut can pull and push or even move around.

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