Nesting in June

This month, we are in the process of both re-doing Baby I’s room and setting up the nursery for the new family member. I guess you could say I’m in full-fledged nesting mode, but I don’t think I can really attribute that to pregnancy, to be honest. Pregnancy just gives my ideas a deadline and an excuse to make things happen for real.

In June, I traveled about three hours to IKEA (or, Mecca) twice. Three hours both ways (and these were both day trips) is not the most pleasant thing when you’ve got to pee every hour, your hips hurt, and your feet swell, but these trips were super worth it.

It's like a beacon on a hill.

It’s like a beacon on a hill.

I got some really practical (and practically-priced) things for both rooms. Here are some of my favorite picks:

LACK side table in pink

1. LACK side tables in pink for Baby I’s room

HEKTAR Lamp

2. HEKTAR floor lamp for a punchy statement in the nursery

RASKOG

3. This RASKOG cart will serve as the perfect diapering/odds and ends station in the nursery

Trash baskets

4. I bought two of these trash baskets for Baby I’s room, and they’re perfect for holding her books!

I can’t wait to show you my purchases in action when I finally post Baby I’s room reveal (hopefully soon!) and the finished nursery (fingers crossed that gets done before baby comes).

And while I’m on the topic of buying things, I thought now might be a good time to share the things I’m buying/wanting for baby #2. When it comes to buying baby gear, I tend to sway more minimalist, but I definitely have a few things I’d really like to get that aren’t bare necessities. I also have a pretty tight budget to keep in mind. To help with Baby Gear Envy, I tend not to even look at the high-end items. With that in mind, here’s what I’m lusting after:

Bassinets aren't necessary - I didn't have one with Baby I - but they sure can make life easy. Now that we have the room for one, I'd really like to get one. This bassinet by Chicco is really cute, and reasonably priced.

Bassinets aren’t necessary – I didn’t have one with Baby I – but they sure can make life easy. Now that we have the room for one, I’d really like to get one. This bassinet by Chicco is really cute, and reasonably priced.

An infant carrier is SO much easier at first than a convertible car seat. Graco seats are classic and one of the most affordable options out there.

An infant carrier is SO much easier at first than a convertible car seat. Graco seats are classic and one of the most affordable options out there.

If more than one person will be chauffeuring your wee one on the regular, definitely invest in another base for your infant carrier.

If more than one person will be chauffeuring your wee one on the regular, definitely invest in another base for your infant carrier.

You'll get differing opinions on whether bouncer seats or swings will keep baby happier. I got a bouncer seat for Baby I at first because they're smaller and cheaper than swings. But - surprise! - Baby I didn't like the bouncer. She adored a swing. This seat bounces AND swings, so I won't have to gamble this time around.

You’ll get differing opinions on whether bouncer seats or swings will keep baby happier. I got a bouncer seat for Baby I at first because they’re smaller and cheaper than swings. But – surprise! – Baby I didn’t like the bouncer. She adored a swing. This seat bounces AND swings, so I won’t have to gamble this time around.

Since Baby I is still little enough for a stroller, it'd be nice to have a double so I can take both kids out at once. This one allows for all different configurations, including letting your big kid ride standing up, and accepts the Graco infant carrier I like.

Since Baby I is still little enough for a stroller, it’d be nice to have a double so I can take both kids out at once. This one allows for all different configurations, including letting your big kid ride standing up, and accepts the Graco infant carrier I like.

Really, of those things, I only need the car seat. Baby I had an infant carrier, but we traded it in at Babies R Us a couple of years ago in order to get a discount on her convertible seat she uses now. Other than the big gear, what I absolutely need to get ready for the new baby is pretty minimal – diapers, wipes and clothes will pretty much do it.

If you’ve had – or take care of – a baby, what gear could you never live without? What do you regret spending money on? And, most importantly, what are your thoughts on IKEA??

What Being a Working Mom Means to Me

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(Photo credit: hcplebranch) Creative commons license.

Alright, everyone. It’s time for some more mom talk. I’ve written before about being a working mom, and how that affects my family dynamic, but I wanted to address how it affects me as a person.

When I was fresh back to work post-baby, I read a lot of advice about being a working mom. Some of it was really helpful, and some of it was hurtful. But very little of it offered and insight into how working and being a mom would affect me.

I always try to be pro-whatever-works-for-your-family. But there is very little support out there for working moms, aside from the old “it’s okay to have a life outside of your kids” bit. I have several mom friends who recently re-entered the work force, or who will be returning to work post-baby soon. I don’t want them wandering the Internet for advice, feeling more and more discouraged with every mommy blog or advice column they read, like I did. So I’m offering these tidbits and hoping they help those moms I do know, as well as (fingers crossed) a mom or two I don’t know.

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