Our Baby Registry (for Baby #2)

What’s On Our Registry for Baby #2? The short answer – not a lot. 

Since we’re having another girl, it seems like we already have a lot of what we need from our first baby, especially when it comes to clothes. At the same time, though, there are a few things that we realized we would actually make good use of this time around and also a couple of things that needed replacing. 

For both of my baby registries I used myregistry.com. It’s a great website where you can link multiple registries in one place and add items from websites that don’t have baby registry lists. I opened registries on amazon.ca, babiesrus.ca and buybuybaby.ca and linked them all together. 

Let’s get started on what I picked! I’ll attach links to everything we chose.  None of these items are ads and this post is not sponsored (but as usual it would be nice if it was).

When we were decorating the nursery the first time around, we went with a lot of grey neutrals thinking if we had a boy as a second baby, it wouldn’t need to all be redone. This time I registered for some really girly crib bedding and change pad covers to really make the room feel more girly. 

One of the things we had to replace for baby #2 are our baby swing/seat. Our baby swing was passed down to us secondhand for our first baby.  She loved it so much we ran it into the ground and it was broken by the end of our time with it. The baby bouncer seat I had used upstairs was lent to me by my boss and I used it all the time.  However her niece recently had a baby so it was passed over to her. When choosing our new swing, I was inspired by my sister-in-law who is very good at researching and finding the best of the best. We chose a swing that also converts to a bouncer/rocker seat so we will definitely get lots of use out of it this time around. 

The second thing we had to replace unfortunately was our stroller. The stroller we got for baby #1 was great and it came with the whole travel system.  However shortsighted me did not ask myself whether it could be used as a double stroller. Which it cannot. So even though there is nothing wrong with the stroller, we did register (and already receive) our new double stroller. On the bright side, the new stroller can be fitted to hold our existing car seat.  So at least we did not need to replace the whole travel system. 

On my first registry I did not register for a breast pump. I didn’t think I really needed one and someone gave me a fully sanitized one that I only used a handful of times. I mainly used my haaka pump (which I will also link here because they’re great). I found the pump I got very uncomfortable to use.  I struggled a lot with clogged ducts and I feel like the pump may have contributed to this. To be fair, I also didn’t have instructions on how to use it properly and never thought to actually look them up. This time around I thought about registering for a really good breast pump but I really didn’t pump enough the first time to justify it. Instead I researched single manual pumps and found a really well rated one that a lot of moms said worked better than their electric pump. I also registered for some breastfeeding shirts because you can never have enough of those even when you’re on baby #2. 

We also used white noise with baby #1 almost from day one. I had an app on my phone that I would play it on but I wanted to be able to have access to my phone without white noise blowing in my face. To solve this problem I registered for a white noise machine. I’ve never had one before but I’m looking forward to see if it works just as well. 

Our baby monitor is still going strong and is capable of linking up to four cameras.  But for some reason the company we got it from stopped selling the extra cameras separately. So I’ve registered for another whole package with the camera and monitor.  That way if our monitor breaks, we have an extra and we also have an extra charging cable. 

Finally, the last few items include a larger diaper bag to carry supplies for two kids, more burp cloths (because like breastfeeding shirts, you can never have enough burp cloths), a bath kneeler (a cushion you can kneel on for bath time – I didn’t even know this was a thing), and an extra car seat protector. 

I know it seems like a lot of things, but when I think back to our registry for baby #1 it’s really not a lot. I wanted to make sure we only had things on there that we really needed.   I would rather have what we really need bought for us than stuff we only want. Hopefully this helps if you too are preparing for baby #2 and need a little help putting a registry together! 

Links

Bedding: https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/Dream-Crib-Sheet—Watercolor-Flower/A46DBA13.html

https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/Bassinet-Sheet—Watercolour-Flower/F41E998F.html

https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/Change-Pad-Cover—Watercolour-Flower/74F19A6D.html

Baby Swing/Seat: https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/DreamComfort-InLighten-Cradling-Swing-and-Rocker—Pemberton/E42E2B82.html

First Stroller: https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/Chicco-Bravo-Trio-System-with-KeyFit-30-Infant-Car-Seat—Poetic/46C550C2.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI–W2yIm59AIVx21vBB3GlAaPEAAYAiAAEgKhjvD_BwE

Double Stroller and Carseat Attachment: https://www.babyjogger.com/city-select.html

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B019W2SNT6?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=IZQIXJKKILJKV&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link&th=1

Haaka Pump: https://www.amazon.ca/NatureBond-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Air-Tight-Hardcover/dp/B01LZ2ZVCY/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=haakaa+pump&qid=1638034737&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFBV0o3VExITkhJN1gmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzODQyMTcxVzNSMjRRQldYWjNEJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5MzUxOTYxM1lYSFc5VjBZVEJYJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Manual Pump: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01ELGYX06?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I1J4AYCYKIQZJJ&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

White Noise Machine: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B087QFT4SX?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I3GCUMS6I4Q5HF&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link&th=1

Baby Monitor: https://www.babiesrus.ca/en/Summer-Infant-Panorama-5-Remote-Panoramic-View-Video-Monitor/760D741E.html#registryNumber=61993171&registryOwner=EVIE%20TAVARES

Large Diaper Bag: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07S28MZ4F?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I2AVJA7G4HVNA6&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

Burp Cloth Set: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07HKHRVGY?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I2DNODAQX62KR6&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

Breastfeeding Shirts: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B084P9588N?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I3R349EWOZRX51&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

Bath Kneeler: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08LR3P9R4?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I1U4ATSVS6RQ26&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

Car Seat Protector: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07WVNL42F?colid=33Q0OF0QFBMEK&coliid=I2XP42HVQTB9TB&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link

It’s A Girl!

Well, it’s official! We’re going to be a family with two little girls, three if you count the dog. Baby #2 is a little girl and we are so excited. Surprised, but excited. Let me explain. 

Through this whole pregnancy I have been so sure I was having a boy. I felt so different from the last pregnancy and I had multiple dreams I was having a boy. How do you not believe it if you’re dreaming it? I had such a strong gut feeling I was literally already thinking of it as a boy. We’ve had a boy name picked out since we first started talking about kids, and I thought I was finally going to get to use it (before anyone else did).  

We decided to do a low-key gender reveal just for the three of us. On the day of my 20 week ultrasound, I sat in the dark room watching our baby on the screen. First of all, I was a bit sad because with this particular place and the current COVID-19 restrictions I was there by myself for the first time. It was emotional I’m not going to lie. Still, I sat there looking at the screen thinking to myself, “Yep, that definitely looks like a boy.” 

When it came time for her to look, she turned the screen off so I couldn’t see. Rightly so, because if I had seen anything that resembled a ‘you know what’ I would’ve written the answer down in the envelope myself. She turned the screen back on and continued to show me our baby. Then she said, and I quote, “There is the umbilical cord, once it falls off that’s where HIS belly button will be”. So obviously I thought she’d slipped up and that was it, it was a boy. 

I took the secret unopened envelope to the nearest Party City Store. I picked out a gender reveal box (which I can link here) and asked the clerk to please fill it with whatever colour was in the envelope, which I was sure would be blue. I said I would be back in half an hour but would call first so I wouldn’t walk in while they were doing it. Didn’t want to risk seeing those blue balloons before my husband. 

Nearby was a Home Sense so like any woman I went to browse around while I waited. I saw in the book section a Star Wars book. A little back story to this, I grew up with my brother watching Star Wars. I love and have always loved Star Wars and I just happen to be the only one within 100km of my home who feels that way. So I’m of course thinking if I have a boy I will get him all these Star Wars things and he will be my Star Wars baby (without telling my husband who can’t stand Star Wars). Here was this Star Wars book, and I thought, I’m so sure it’s a boy I’m just going to go ahead and buy this. I did buy it and hid it in my work bag so my husband wouldn’t see it and think I peeked in the envelope. 

Fast forward to around dinner time the same day. The box is in our house with the answer inside that we and our families have waited for. We take it outside and set up our cameras to document our reactions. After convincing Adds that the box is not scary, we countdown to the big reveal. Again, I was 1000% expecting to see blue, and what popped out? Well you can probably guess by now it was not blue. 

I don’t think shocked even covers how surprised I was. We were so happy but obviously there’s the realization that you feel like your body was tricking you this whole time. Not a cruel trick of course because two girls is just as good, but like a ‘ha ha I got you!’ trick. 

We both said after, we were happy we decided just to do it the three of us because we took the whole evening to process the surprise and let it sink in. Here’s the thing too, I’m only planning on having two kids. So this obviously means there will never be a boy in our little family, unless there’s a big oopsie in our future (if we do have an oopsie, and you’re my third child reading this in the future I do love you very much but yes you were an oopsie). It was very bittersweet. 

Once things settled though, we thought about all the fun it will be to have two girls, how much easier and less expensive it will be since we already have everything for a girl, and how much she is going to show us that this is exactly how our little family was meant to be. One day we’ll look back and laugh thinking that there was no way a boy could ever replace our beautiful second baby girl. 

Oh and I will teach them both to love Star Wars as much as I do. 

The One Where I Get Pregnant Again

Well, it’s official! We are having Baby Number Two! If you’ve been reading for a while you know I had a lot of apprehension about having another baby (see my blog post When Your First Labour Leaves You Unsure of a Second), but I honestly knew that we definitely wanted a second baby and I had a feeling my apprehensions wouldn’t get any better the longer we waited. So with that said, even though I’m a little nervous, we’re very excited to be adding another little one to our family. 

By the time I post this I will be a few months along since I didn’t want to announce to the internet something we haven’t announce to all of our friends yet but that’s okay, I’ll catch you up. Today (May 25th) I am five weeks and one day so still a bit early. My due date is around January 24th. I definitely knew very early that I was pregnant again. We were obviously trying so I was looking for early signs and it’s hard to describe but even within the first week I knew; the same thing happened with Baby T. I took the pregnancy test as early as I could and got a positive right away. 

So far I have already popped quite a bit, I’m actually thankful we’re in a pandemic and aren’t really seeing people in person because it would be a tough secret to hide. Not going to lie I thought I might be pregnant with twins because I had to undo the top button of my jeans before I could even take a pregnancy test. We’ve already shared the news with our families and a couple of friends and the rest we will wait another month or two before we do the official announcement. 

My favourite pregnancy apps that I used the first time around have been re-added on my phone including Ovia Pregnancy (the best articles and tips) and Pregnancy + (the best size comparison, and visuals of progress in the baby’s growth). According to these apps, Baby T # 2 is about the size of a smartie and has a little tail.  

As far as symptoms, I’ve just been exhausted and have to pee a lot more (including once during the night that I try to ignore but we all know how that goes). I feel like I’m more tired with this pregnancy than I was with Baby T but that could also be because instead of resting at the end of a work day or taking it easy on a day off I’m still taking care of a one and half-year old. Not that I’m complaining, because she’s honestly a good distraction from the tiredness and occasional nausea I’m already developing. She also motivates me to keep moving which is obviously good for you when you’re pregnant. 

I feel like it’s a boy but I also felt the same way with Baby T, I ended up changing my mind about a week before we did find out she was a girl so we will see if I stick with it this time. We would honestly be happy with either a boy or a girl this time around. I would love to be able to use all of Baby T’s clothes again and I would also love to have one of each in the family. We won’t find out until September so we’ve got some time to sit on it for now. 

Some other exciting news is that my sister-in-law is also expecting her first baby and is due in October! Once again I get to have a pregnancy buddy and our little babies will get to be only three months apart. I’m very happy to share my ‘wisdom’ and already-too-small maternity clothes and bras with her and she’s very happy to share her own new wisdom that I didn’t have before.

We’re going to be making some changes around the house including moving Baby T into a bigger bedroom to open up the nursery for the new baby and creating a kids playroom in our basement. Right now the play area is behind our couch which works good for now, but there are some toys in the bigger upstairs bedroom that will need to be moved downstairs to make way for Baby T’s big girl room. I’ll try and share some of the before and after of these changes as they happen and be sure to share some tips and tricks for Baby #2 including things we’ll be  replacing or changing and old things we’re happy to use again. 

I’m so excited to be able to document this pregnancy and the changes that come with going from a family of three (plus dog) to a family of four (still plus dog).

Summertime in Ontario

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Summer is in full swing now in Ontario which brings a whole new list of fun activities to do. We just finished a huge renovation on our deck in our backyard. The original plan was to keep the structure and redo the deckboards and railings, but upon pulling those things down we discovered we were fortunate the whole deck didn’t crumble down on its own before now. So after having to blow the budget a bit on that project we’re left with a beautiful deck that we can’t wait to make good use of it for the season. 

We’re big fans of smoking meat like pulled pork and ribs, and doing up some good old barbecue food, so one of our plans for the summer is to host some dinner’s for our friends and family in our backyard. 

Another exciting thing we go to do last week was go strawberry picking at a local farm. Baby T of course did lots of sampling and taste testing during the process. She was a very happy girl and we got a ton of strawberries. Needless to say our desserts for that weekend consisted of strawberry themed treats. I did make a delicious apple and strawberry crumble that I found on Pinterest, I will link it here for you as it’s definitely one I’ll be saving for future use. 

There is a small zoo about twenty minutes away from where we live so we went to visit last week as well and ended up getting a seasons pass. We already went back a second time this morning. Baby T loves seeing all the animals but her absolute favourite part is the ‘birdies’ which is a big collection of colourful budgies. She will stand there and stare at them for hours. 

Of course we’re doing things at home too like filling up the paddling pool on a regular basis and eating most of our lunches and dinners outside on the over-budget deck. Last year I also mentioned that we bought a trailer so we have already gone camping for a weekend and have booked places to go once a month from now until September. On our last trip my husband kept saying, “I know you didn’t always like camping but thank you so much for liking it now”. I really do though. It’s easy to pack up the trailer and it’s a very simple relaxing vacation which is what I always prefer. 

That’s all the updates I have for now. I hope your summers are off to a great start too! Kids are just finishing up school so I’m sure there’s lots of planning and activities to be done. They deserve a break after this long year, and so do their teachers! 

Little Humans with Big Personalities

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Something I think we all look for as our babies grow up is the physical similarities to people in our families. Baby T came out looking exactly like her daddy at the start, but as she’s gotten bigger I see a little bit of her Nanny, some of her Papa, she even makes one face that reminds of my Uncle. She doesn’t too often look like me and I still have my fingers crossed that her hair will go curly like mine, but one thing I find we’re pretty similar on is her fiery little personality. 

I recently said to my husband that most of the time she’s a happy, caring, loving and fun little girl but man oh man can she turn on the sass when she wants to. She will make it very clear when she doesn’t want to do or eat something and look down her nose at anything green and ‘healthy looking’. As soon as I said this, I realized she is me. I get that some of these qualities are a lot cuter on a one and a half year old than a  twenty eight year old but I swear I do it all politely. 

As the days have gone by I’ve seen more and more similarities; she takes a long time to wake up in the morning, she’s very shy and will be quiet for the first twenty minutes or so around new people, and she doesn’t like dirt and grass on her or her clothes. One day, one of our couch cushions was not in its usual spot so she went up to it, straightened it and continued on her merry little way. She loves books, music, dancing and quiet time to watch a show. 

Watching her settle so well into her big personality is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. The similarities help me to understand her and her needs a bit more, and give her the space and patience that she needs to work things out for herself. I don’t know why she does half the stuff she does but she’s always very determined to do whatever it is so we just let her go at it. 

One day when she’s older and knows more words, I’m sure my lovely stubborn personality will shine through even more and I’d like to hope that I’ll continue to give her the same space and patience that she needs. Whether that’s a cuddle on the couch watching her favourite show, dancing in the kitchen together or straightening all the cushions in the house, I’ll be there for her. 

The Last Few Weeks

I know it’s been a while since I’ve had any posts on here. It was a mix of not really knowing what to write and also enjoying doing some other things during my downtime like reading some good books and bingeing a good tv show (Anne With An “E” on Netflix – if you grew up in Canada you know exactly what this is). We are still in lockdown in case you’re wondering, apparently it will also be extended again but thankfully the weather is starting to get nicer so more time can be spent outside.

The weather is one thing that’s been keeping spirits high in our house, another is making our own little stay at home plans for weeknights. Each week my husband and I go through the calendar and on nights where there isn’t a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game (he’s a big fan) we plan something for us to do after Baby T goes to bed. Friday’s have been charcuterie and movie night and it’s my personal favourite. There’s also video game night to play Mario on the Nintendo Switch and card game night which has mostly consisted of me beating him at cribbage. 

Having little things to look forward to each week mixed in with work, laundry and vacuuming has definitely made things better and brighter around here. Baby T (she’s basically Toddler T now, she’s getting so grown up) has expanded her vocabulary and keeps us smiling and laughing. She’s definitely my daughter and has her moments of stubbornness and sassiness but thankfully I know that kind of personality quite well. 

It’s been a very quiet few weeks but being able to step back from busy schedules and enjoy time together as a family has been so nice. We’re hopeful that we will be able to have somewhat of a normal summer and make good use of our camping trailer that we got at the end of last year. We will find out soon enough but in the meantime I will continue to look forward to our charcuterie and movie nights every Friday. Nothing fights off pandemic fatigue like good wine and old cheese.