Many of you remember my post Baby Must Haves I Do Not Have. It is one of my most popular posts, and I had a lot of fun writing it. I had a request to follow it up with stuff I do actually have, so here it is!
Maternity Clothes – I was pregnant through the winter months, and still working, so my wardrobe had to be work appropriate. Since I didn’t want to spend a fortune, I wore my work clothes (except the pants) during non work hours too. I had two jeans, one work pant, a work appropriate dress (that I actually still wore a lot after I had Calvin and am looking forward to being pregnant in it again!), a couple t-shirts and tanks, and a small pile of knit sweaters.
A couple weeks ago I pulled out one of the pairs of jeans only to discover that it has a hole where you don’t want to have a hole! So I am down to one pair of casual pants and a whole bunch of winter tops. I was able to get a few more springy items a bit ago though, so I am on my way to having a maternity wardrobe fit for the summer. Except for bottoms. I still just have the one pair of jeans.
An extra pillow – It’s actually more like my second pillow that is always on my bed, but never under my head. I just used it between my knees when I could not longer sleep on my front and was forced onto my side.
At the Hospital
Let’s see if I can remember what I brought…
Entertainment – We had the iPad along, but I don’t remember using it at all. We played a few card games after I was induced, before contractions started, but after they started, I didn’t need anything. I didn’t bring any special music or anything like that. After Calvin was born, I just hung out with him and family and friends who stopped by.
Clothes for Me – Before I was discharged, I just wore black stretchy pants and the hospital gown with nothing underneath. It was easiest for breastfeeding, and I wasn’t leaking or anything at that point, so a bra was not necessary I did have one to go home though. Don’t worry. But it was an ugly one from Walmart. I didn’t want to buy good ones until I knew what size I was going to be. And then of course I had clothes to leave in. The same stretchy pants and a maternity shirt. I brought my own underwear, but the stuff the hospital provided was way more comfortable.
Clothes for Calvin – I only brought one or two outfits for him. While we were at the hospital he just stayed in those little hospital wrap gowns. We also used the disposable diapers provided.
Random things – The top two things I would recommend are your own pillow and a pair of slippers. I loved having my own pillow that didn’t smell like a hospital, and the slippers were great for walking around of course. And then there were little things like lanolin which is your best friend, but the hospital can provide that as well, snacks, and whatever chargers you need for whatever electronics you bring.
Now That Baby is Here
Here is what our home looked like after I was done preparing it for the arrival of a baby.
The Crib – At this point we didn’t know if we were bring a boy or a girl home, so I made a mobile of something I had – pink cherry blossom lanterns. They were replaced by blue tissue papers pom poms from my cousin, but I think they will make an appearance if we have a girl in the future. A “mobile” didn’t serve a practical purpose for us, but it looked cute!
The crib itself didn’t have any fancy sheets sets or anything. I have two fitted sheets. Calvin never wet himself or spat up often enough that we would need more before laundry day came around.
The bins underneath held the extra linens and hangers (that room didn’t have a closet). They currently are in Nanaimo and hold clothes Calvin outgrew before we moved to Edmonton and a few girl items that we didn’t need (like those lanterns), and are hopefully making their way back to us next weekend
The Nursing Corner etc – I didn’t get the glider until well past my due date (but thankfully well before Calvin decided to show up), so I had a little old rocker in its place. side table had a clock on it and held the burp cloths. Suggestion: have a burp cloth in every room.
On the shelf were all of his worldly possessions. Toys in the basket, books, stuffed animals, and a couple blankets.
A Dresser – Yes, you do need somewhere to store clothes, surprisingly. I think I had arranged the clothes bottoms on the left and tops on the right, getting larger in size as we went down. Something like that. As he grew out of items, I moved them to the bins under the crib.
The blue box on top had the rest of the blankets. I didn’t have any special swaddling blankets, wraps or bags. Calvin wasn’t picky about his sleeping situation.
The Changing Station – I have read in multiple places that you must have a changing station in every room. I think that is ridiculous. Can’t you walk with your baby 20 feet to the nursery?
Anyway, At my changing station I had diapers (disposables as first, but we switched to cloth after the first few weeks), cloth wipes, and a spray bottle with water.
I think I have used diaper cream on Calvin once so I never had that around at hand. No other creams or concoctions either. What can I say? I like a simple life.
For a pail I have just a garbage can with a foot operated lid. Inside is a giant laundry bag that gets thrown in the wash with the diapers. It does a really good job at keeping the smell in. I just wish I knew where the bag came from so I could get another! I don’t know if it would do the same job at keeping the smell at bay with disposables and a regular garbage bag though.
Here are a couple shots of inside the drawers of the change table. I took them today, but they still have pretty much the same stuff as they used to.
Burp cloths (that used to be in the side table), wash cloths for bath time, the “newborn size” diaper inserts that came with my diapers. I use them now for extra night time stuffing.
Random lotions and potions I don’t use, other organic type diaper inserts I haven’t used, but will come up with a different purpose for them probably, purple diapers I got in a lot of Bum Genius off of Used Victoria that are awaiting a little girl’s bum to cover, and a little toiletry kit containing a toothbrush, nasal aspirator, comb, brush, nail clippers, etc.
Then we have a few towels, other bath type sponges and scrubby things I’ve never used, one extra change pad cover, one extra fitted crib sheet, a sling carrier made by a friend and this change pad.
Bassinet – A friend of mine kindly lent me hers so Calvin could sleep in our room for the first little while. I did make him nap in his crib though, so he would be used to it when he ended up there for nights.
The bears have a little bit of a story. Last winter Tim’s parents brought him a box of his old things, and inside was this blue bear. As soon as I saw it, I ran to wherever I was keeping mine, and pulled out the matching pink one! Mine saw a little more love, but I think it’s very cute that we had matching childhood teddy bears.
The blanket I crocheted. It’s the only thing I’ve made for Calvin. I think I should pull the hook out again and try something more complicated.
The only other things we had around the house were a swing chair in the living room, and a manual pump with a few glass bottles in the kitchen.
Oh, and a stroller (nothing fancy, just a Safety First) and a bucket car seat of course!
What Has Accumulated Over the Past Year
So 12 months have passed, and a fair amount of stuff has been collected. This is what Calvin’s room looks like now.
His closet is where most of the stuff has collected. There are clothes he has grown out of, a box with random paper memorabilia in it, the Bumbo, random inserts from car seats and things, a bath ramp, the pack and play, shoes he has yet to grow into, and a few toys that are currently out of circulation. And of course his hung up clothes that do fit him.
These are his things by the front door: a couple shoes, hats, and mittens.
And let’s see what’s in my diapers bag…a diaper, cloth wipes, a wet bag, the squirt bottle from the hospital to wet the wipes, a set of clothing that I am sure is 2 sized too small since I haven’t had to change him anywhere in a very long time, a couple toys, a Tupperware sippy cup, a Ziploc with a few arrowroot crackers, and my personal stuff like wallet and hand lotion.
We can’t forget about the eating implements! I don’t have too much. A bunch of bibs (I’m not sure why, but I rarely use them), cloths to wipe his face after eating, a Boon Spoon I used once and didn’t like, a mesh eater that I actually never used again after this post, a set of four Tupperware sippy cups (I actually bought those as a part of my Tupperware wedding shower), an eating set from IKEA (yes, that is the only spoon we have), my manual pump with an extra bottle it came with, a small handful of glass bottles (most from Value Village) and a container with extra lids and nipples and things. I rarely bottle fed Calvin, so I really only used two of them maybe.
And finally, all the toys that are in our living room. This is pretty tidy.
And that is all our stuff! It looks like a lot to me, but I know that it is far less that what a lot of other families have.