Category: Baby Gear


Little boys need clothes, too


I know that this is hard to believe, given that little boys (and probably little girls the same age) would far rather run around naked in my experience, but little boys do actually need clothes.  And not just knit pants in weird colors and patterns to go with onesies in awkward designs, either.  Real clothes that they can be seen in public in and look just as cute as little girls with all the vast selection of casual and fancy clothes that can be found for them everywhere.

All I wanted was a couple of cute outfits for the Munchkin for Christmas and some Christmas pajamas.  I mean, it’s his first Christmas; he should look the part, right?  He has to go meet Santa and get his picture taken; he should look good for that, right?

HA!

Target laughed at me.  No non-knit pants in his size.  Heck, only one pair of pants in his size, period!

WalMart tittered behind its corporate hand.  Pants, I could have.  Something Christmas-themed?  Not if I don’t want ruffles or bows on it!

Old Navy snickered.  I could have a monkey snowsuit and some monkey pajamas, but Christmas stuff?  Pish.

Sears, JCPenneys, Dillards, and Macy’s invited me in and laughed in my face at the idea of finding something affordable AND Christmas-related.

I still haven’t made it to A Children’s Place, so I don’t know if they’re laughing at me or not.

So, clothing retailers who figure little boys apparently don’t need nice clothes, kiss my ass.

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Reason #1: This onesie

Reason #2: These pants

I'm blinded!

But they're all animals, that means they go together, right?

Who are you…


And what have you done with my brain?  I can’t remember anything these days; it’s getting patently ridiculous at this point, not to mention expensive!

Today’s forgotten item: an itty bitty, teeny tiny part on my breast pump, without which it becomes nothing more than a plastic paperweight.  It’s one of those things that you can’t replace without contacting the manufacturer and waiting a week for them to ship it to you.  So, once the whole “wow, these need to be emptied post-haste!” sensation got too great, I found myself fighting lunchtime traffic to get to Target, where I purchased the only cheap manual pump to be found,

All things considered, it works pretty well, especially considering it cost me a tenth of what I paid for my awesome electric pump.  There is a whole lot more work involved with it, but at least I’ll have strong hands when all is said and done!

And on a completely unrelated note, it’s really not a good idea to give your kid orange Pedialyte and then play Airplane.  You might end up wearing said orange beverage, and that’s not a good look.  Just sayin’…

…And the kitchen sink


Also known as possibly the only thing I don’t have to pack to take the Munchkin somewhere.  Although there are times when having a portable sink would be handy, now that I think about it.

We’re spending the better part of this weekend at my mom’s since she lives closer to the shop than we do and gas has gone up again.  And because she’s awesome, she’s watching him during the day tomorrow so we don’t have to backtrack to pick him up from day care.  However, since I have to be in the office by 8 and Southern Honey is riding the motorcycle, it means I have to be up even earlier than normal, so I have to get all his stuff packed up tonight.

So far I’m up to two diaper bags, a pack of diapers, and his play mat, and that doesn’t count the bottles, formula and wipes I still need to get together.  It really never ends these days.

And now I’m off to bed so I can hopefully be semi-coherent when my alarm goes off at 5:30 in the morning…


Happy New Year, everyone!  And what better way to start a new year than by preparing for the new addition to the family?

Southern Honey and I went on a bit of a shopping spree yesterday.  One that spanned two states, two malls, and involved the use of a price gun.  Plus we had dinner at IHOP and made it home by seven.  I’m still surprised I didn’t curl up in a tiny ball and whimper when all was said and done.

First thing first, we ran around town here returning duplicate Christmas gifts (we got two food processors, two stand mixers, two zesters, two power tool sets, and three copies of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens; next year, more diversity in the Christmas lists since no one checks with anyone else about what they’re getting).  Then we went back to the kitchen supply store and made me a very happy woman with a KitchenAid mixer; it’s not the black one that Southern Honey wanted, but they didn’t have any, so we got a metallic chrome finish instead.  Man it’s going to look lovely on my counter!

Then we grabbed some lunch and hit the road for the big city so I could take back a sweater I bought at A Pea in the Pod in Houston and then had buyer’s remorse over ($60 sweater, I still don’t know what I was thinking).  Getting to the mall down there was insane — traffic around the mall was horrible — and once we were there, we had trouble finding the store.  See, Destination Maternity bought out Mimi Maternity a couple of years back and was supposed to have converted all the Mimi stores over to DM or APITP.  Totally had not happened with this one, so we got to the really crowded mall, found a map, and then couldn’t find the store.  And DM’s customer service line was down.  I finally had to call the mall office just to find out what the heck was going on.  But I got the stupid thing taken back.  Finally.

After that, it was back across town toward home for Babies R Us.  We hadn’t planned on registering at that point, really, but I realized I didn’t want to make another trip down there if I could avoid it, so we got all set up with our gun and their extremely long list of things we should ask other people to buy for us and went to town.  I think we ended up with about thirty items, one of which is going to be removed and added to the Target registry we’re probably going to do today, but I was really pleased overall.  Even if nobody buys anything we zapped today, we’ll save money in the end with the 10% discount on stuff we’re going to need: stroller, car seat, crib sheets, first aid kit, temporal thermometer, etc.  And we bought our crib mattress while we were there, since it was fairly cheap and on sale (actually, I had to send Southern Honey back for it when we were at IHOP — they share a parking lot — since we forgot it on our way out the door).

I think we’ve decided on furniture, too.  NOT from Babies R Us — that stuff is seriously expensive for reasons I’m still working on fathoming — but from WalMart, most likely: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Delta-Baby-Crib-Changer-Espresso/10811686 There’s one at Target that we’re going to take another look at today when we go back into town.  It’s a crib and changing table combo with a drawer underneath the crib for storage, and then we’re going to move our mostly-unused dresser that should pretty much match the finish into the Munchkin’s room rather than buy a new one.

The rest of our evening was totally uneventful.  We were busy sitting around being geeks and playing Magic: The Gathering (he’s teaching me tactics since all of our other friends are either really into it or getting back into it) and would have missed the whole midnight thing if we hadn’t gotten a few texts reminding us we’d missed the ball drop.  Again.  😀