Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What More Could A Tiny Human Need?

So I've been having an existential crisis for the past few months.  Let's call it the "Eternal Stroller Debate."  Beginning in about May 2010, I learned, for the first time in my adult life, that there are approximately eleventy-billion different kinds of strollers.  There are travel systems, there are umbrella versions, there are ones that fold up, fold down, fold inside out, teach your kid to read, teach your kid to talk, teach your kid Quantum Physics.

When we first started trying to register, I was stupefied by all of these choices.  I'm still rather stupefied by them, but luckily I have a few friends with a great wealth of stroller-choosing experience, so I gleaned all of the information that I could from them (read: bugged them to death until they gave me a rundown of each stroller they've used and why, as well as a list of the other stuff worth registering for).

And I think I've done it.  I think I have selected and identified every single product on the face of the planet that a tiny human being could need in her first few months of life.

So with that introduction, I give you our registries.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to let me know if I've forgotten anything.  Is there anything out there that Sophie absolutely cannot live without that I didn't manage to put on either registry?   And conversely, are there things on the registry that are silly and useless? (Not that I will be removing them -- I'm rather proud of the compendium of baby products that I've managed to compile in those registries, but still, it would be good to know if you found a product to be less than worth the hype it got....)

Anywho.  Here are the links.  Tell me what I've missed or what I don't need.

Babies R Us


(Only 2-ish months to go.  It feels like an eternity and the blink of an eye, all at the same time.)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Iron Supplements! The Breakfast of Champions!

I have an irresistible urge to start a thousand new projects tonight.  No, its not nesting, its too soon for that.  (Isn't it?)  But I did just start taking iron supplements in the past few days, and it has drastically increased my energy levels.

Apparently not enough to take pictures of anything, but I'm sure I'll get around to that soon.  In the meantime, help me pick a new project:

Topaz Wool Baby Dress

Boheme Cardigan


Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan

And nobody ask me about all the knits I've started but haven't finished yet for Sophie.  We're ignoring those right now.  New projects yield so much more promise than halfway finished ones that I've lost interest in.

Garden update: My tomato plant fell over, cage and all.  I'm planning to buy a few wooden trellises tomorrow to resurrect it, but for now, its laying on the ground, growing sideways toward the sun.  Oh well.  I think it can still make tomatoes that way.

Technology update:  We bought Steven a new cell phone tonight.  He was way overdue for an upgrade. And after a few hours of "how do I do this" and feeling sort of technologically impaired, I think he's starting to figure it out.  This is what we got him:

He pretty much adores it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

On Documenting Things

And what a poor job I've been doing of it lately.  Truth be told, there's just too much going on, and by the time I sit down at the computer to write a blog, I'm ready to fall asleep (or I hear a sinkful of dirty dishes calling my name...)

[Insert comments here about how it will only get worse once we have the baby, etc etc.  And so forth.  I hear you.]

Steven's parents, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews came to stay with us last weekend.  We had a total blast!  I somehow managed not to get a single picture of the whole weekend, except for a pic of Jenny's boys in their Fourth of July gear.  I'll let her post her favorites for you at her blog.

So, in an effort to start documenting things better, we decided to go have a 4d ultrasound done.  It was really great, despite the fact that Sophie was being sort of stubborn and facing my backbone the whole time.  Here are a few of our favorite shots:

Pretty little thing.



Sleepy girl.

The whole time we watched her, she kept playing with the umbilical cord - reaching out, grabbing it, pulling it toward her face, and even opening her mouth toward it.  We managed to catch one shot of her sticking out her tongue at it.  Ha.  Oh, blackmail.

We also asked the tech to check again to make sure Sophie is a she.  I will spare you that picture, but trust me.  It is unmistakable.  (Which is good, because I don't know how we would have gotten those pink curtains down.)

We also bought a DVD, but when we put it in our DVD player, it said the DVD was blank, so we are going back to the sonogram place today to pick up another copy of it.  Worst case scenario, they tell me the video is lost and we have to do another ultrasound.  Fine by me!!! :)  More time to see my girl!