There are many indications that my January baby is going to be a December baby instead.
I'm fine with that. If you've ever been pregnant, you know that the last days of a pregnancy are the longest days of a woman's life.
A week or two ago, Grace asked me if Santa Claus knew that we're having a baby.
After an instant of speechlessness, I told her that he did know.
Is he going to bring her presents? she asked.
I told her that Santa would, in fact, bring presents for the new baby.
And then I realized that I'd committed myself to buying presents for the new baby.
I set out to get a few very high quality toys for the new baby.
We have a family set of Pottery Barn Kids stockings. I got them last year or the year before, and I love them. As soon as we'd decided on the baby's name, I ordered hers so that it would match the rest of them.
Since she'll not be opening presents anyway, I decided to simply fill her stocking.
I paid for everything on this list; nothing was a promo or from a PR rep. I simply bought some nice things. Here's what I chose –
- A Sophie the Giraffe Teether – This was highly recommended by my friend, Allie, who writes No Time for Flash Cards. She insists that all newborns should have one.
- Flower headbands from Sassy Little Princess – I saw a baby at the Relevant Conference who wore huge flowers on her head, and she was stunning. I decided then and there to adorn my new baby with humongous flowers.
Whether she likes it or not.
- Flower headbands from Kelly Joy Designs – More flowers for my new obsession. Kelly Joy Designs put swag into our bags from the Relevant Conference, and I adored mine. I've ordered from her twice in the last month; everything she sells is beautiful and very well made.
I think I bought her whole stock of flowers, and Kelly Joy is expecting a baby around Christmas. It might take her a little while to get them back in stock. I expect her to have new items in her shop in a month or two.
- A letter-shaped rattle from Little Alouette – This was also recommended by Allie, who has some of their other shapes. They are so smooth and perfect; I can't imagine how much work goes into each one.
- A rainbow teether from The Purple Tangerine – After ordering the wooden letter rattle above, I set out to find more natural wood baby products. I loved the rainbow-colored silk cording on this one. It's not a rattle, just a natural teething ring.
It's completely uncharacteristic of me, but I stopped there and didn't go totally overboard.
Actually, my Paypal account ran out of money; otherwise, I probably would have purchased more.
What are your favorite handmade or specialty baby products?
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