Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today, my son had surgery. When he was just a few days old I discovered a lump behind his ear. I remember that day, I googled immediately what it could be. Most result said it was a lymph node; nothing to worry about. I was still concerned mostly because lymph nodes are suppose to move. My sons bump was not moving. I mentioned it to the pediatrician and she referred us to neurology.
The neurologist said it was a growth that would need to be removed otherwise it could grow and make a hole in his skull.
We went ahead with the surgery and I'm glad we did :) the surgeon said it had already penetrated into his skull. Had we waited longer it would have made a hole. Luckily since he is still young the bone will heal itself and no metal plate will be necessary.

I'm glad that the surgery is over and we caught it in time.

My only complaint: why did none of the doctors who examined the baby after birth or his pediatrician notice the bump!! If I hadn't found it, we could have really faced a larger problem months down the road.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Leap frog learning dinosaurs • lettersaurus

Although this toy is meant for children 12- 36 months we bought one :)

What I like about it:
🌟It's overall cuteness
🌟The ability for music, alphabet & colors
🌟The personalizing " Z is the letter of your first name"
🌟The top of the head lights up

What I don't like about it
✨ The letter buttons are really small. I know it's meant to be a kids toy but parents need to be able to interact with the toy too.

Overall it's a cute toy :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fisher-Price Cradle Swing - Animal Krackers

I don't know what I would do without a swing to sooth my baby!!
It's the one item in the house we use the most.

What I like about it:
🌟swings side to side and head to toe
🌟swing speed can be adjusted
🌟pattern of the fabric and it's machine washable
🌟mobile rotates and has a light changing center
🎶plays music & soothing sounds
🎵volume can be adjusted
✨has seatbelt straps to keep him safe

What I don't like about it :
🌀the area that it takes up ( I always bump into the frame)
🌀you can't move the mobile out of the way to get the baby out
🌀the lack of cushioning, I wish it was softer and more comfy
🌀there is no iPod capability which would be nice since the songs can get repetitive
🌀I wish the seat belts would be placed in such a way that when I place him in the swing I wouldn't have to search for the seatbelt underneath him.

I actually purchased the mamaroo but my baby loves his swing :)
Overall I don't know what I will do when he grows out of it. This swing keeps him happy and he loved the lights mobile.

We purchased ours on sale at babies r us.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong & Roger Roth

I never imagined this would be the one book out of so many we own that we love the most. I have never been much into history but my husband has alway loved it. We try every night to read our son one or two stories. We actually make it family time and we learn something new about history. My favorite story is about how the picture on our $1 bill was obtained.
Our goal is to finish this 368 page book by the time out son turns 1.
I think reading is so important at any age (This book is meant ages 9-12).

OXO Good Grips

The first time I ever saw these was at marshalls. I fell in love with them; I purchased my set at Macy's.
The set costs $99 but Macy's sometimes has 20% discounts you can use in housewares ( although most regularly sent out coupons exclude housewares). I was lucky enough to have 20% off and a gift card.

What I love about them:
• the pop up system to open/close
• the airtight security really works*
• the white colored tops
• the see-through container
• bpa free
• freezer & fridge safe*

What I don't love about them
• the package I purchased comes with more smaller containers than larger containers.
• one lid is questionable, it seems to get stuck sometimes
• although it says they are airtight, some reviews complain about their airtight efficiency after long periods of time.
• they have to bee hand washed (except for the plastic rubber lid piece) if you have to hand wash everything what is one more piece !

Overall, I like them :) I love how organized and pretty they make everything look. And I like being able to see immediately if I'm running low on something.
Also, the plastic itself is really clear and shinny. So, it doesn't look so plasticky. Just compare them to martha Stewart's storage container to see the difference.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Craigslist shopping: wooden airplane

I found this wooden airplane for sale on Craigslist. I fell in love with it at first sight. I'm always looking for original toys for my baby !!
Just thought I would share :)

ERGOBABY® original carrier in galaxy gray

ERGOBABY® original carrier in galaxy gray was my choice in baby carrier.

What I love about it:
• no back aches after walking
• convenient front pocket for keys, wallet, cell etc.
• love the design
• overall comfort for myself and baby
• built in hood for those windy days

What I don't like about it:
• the back strap can be a pain to close
• the hip lock sometimes gets caught in fabric and does not lock properly ( thank goodness for the elastic trap for extra security)
• the falling hazard even for babies over 12 lbs ( especially if you have a wiggle worm)
• the built in hood is sometimes a pain to clip into the shoulder strap

It's worth not having the backache !!
The cost is high but believe me it makes a difference on your back when you're carrying a growing baby!
You get the hang of clipping the carrier after a while. Overall I love my carrier :) My baby and I love going on walks!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Twilight Turtle Cloud B

We love this nightlight!! It is so cute :)
It's just the right amount of light for the room. We can check on the baby at night without turning on any lights and it's perfect for those two am diaper changes. Great gift for any mom to be or any mom out there!
We purchased ours at babies r us for $30-$35

Modular Star finished !!!

From the blog : kid giddy

I found this project a few months ago after finishing an origami modular star. I had to cut every triangle by hand but I finally finished this project!! Hooray!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New 53" teddy bear @ Costco

During the holiday season (2011) my husband and I saw this giant bear at Costco. I wanted to purchase it but resisted. So, when we saw it again for the Easter season we couldn't resist!
I love it but it can be a hazardous toy for babies. We will keep it far away from our little boy until he's older. For now it's a great room decor piece in my room :)
Cost $29.99