I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to get moving and start preparing more actively for this baby’s arrival, so today I sat down and made a few purchases. Finally.
-1- New Look – Tall Grey Floral Print Tie Waist Wrap Dress for 19.99€, here.
I was initially looking for a nightgown of some sort and a lightweight bathrobe; ideally with short sleeves. I went to several stores, including a maternity one not too far from here, and I just couldn’t find anything. So – out of utter desperation – I decided to look for a cheap dress instead. One of the absolute requirements was lightweight / short sleeved, because it’s always so ridiculously hot at the hospital. So then I found this kimono style dress. It’s a wrap dress, which shouldn’t be too impractical if breastfeeding works out. I also figured I’d like to look somewhat presentable this time around when people come to visit. Last time was obviously a nightmare, and my overall appearance reflected it. This time, hopefully, we’ll have a happy outcome and nice pictures. I also like the wide sleeves, which should make it easy when the midwife comes to measure my blood pressure. I had to roughly guess what size will fit me right after birth, which isn’t an easy thing! I took one size larger than usual and this is also a “tall” version, as I don’t want a mini dress under these particular circumstances. Hopefully it will fit. The fact that it’s a wrap dress should make any sizing quite forgiving.
-2- Amazon France – Zoli Buzz B electric nail buffer for 37.81€, here.
This should come in very handy during the first month or two. I’m scared to death of cutting paper thin newborn nails, so I’m hoping this electric nail buffer will do the job. I read many reviews that said it gets useless past a few months. I’m personally aiming at the whole newborn phase for the most part, so as long as it gets me through the Summer without injuring my baby, I’ll be happy!
-3- Etsy – Monhtly stickers for 9.22€, here.
These are meant to be put on baby’s little romper each month, to take a cute picture and mark his monthly growth. I purchased similar stickers before Sam was born, but they were a different color. They’ve been packed in his box for a year and a half now, and I had decided I could simply use them for his little brother. But then Gert didn’t seem too crazy about the idea. He told me he’d rather keep Sam’s stickers in Sam’s box and asked if I could buy a new set for this baby. I was a bit surprised, since he’s usually the cool headed, practical one. But I thought it was actually really sweet of him, so I didn’t even try to change his mind about it. I had already looked for a new set of stickers about two months ago, but couldn’t seem to find anything that I liked. Today, I decided I just needed to make up my mind and buy one. After spending an hour today going through all the baby clothes we have ready in the nursery, I figured this blue set would match nicely.
-4- Amazon.com – Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Deluxe Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper for $70.99, here.
This had been on my list for several months now. I FINALLY bought it. It doesn’t seem to be available in Europe, so I had to purchase it from the States. It should arrive exactly one week before he’s born lol I read some amazing reviews about it. What really convinced me is the vibrating feature, which apparently really soothes babies and even seems to help with their digestion. You can manually rock it back and forth. And the best part of it all is that it’s lightweight and collapsible, so it doesn’t take much space to store away. The storage space in our house isn’t exactly huge, and all the models I found available in Belgium (and the rest of Europe too) were super bulky and couldn’t be folded or collapsed in any way.
That’s about it for now. There are a few more items I would really love to get. One of them is the AngelCare breathing monitor:
It’s supposed to trigger an alarm if it detects that baby hasn’t been breathing for 20 seconds. I know I’ll be petrified of the sudden infant death syndrome, so I really really want to get this before we bring him home.
Besides that though, I think we’re all set for the most part. Whew!