I have totally been slacking on updating the blog. Work has been insanely busy and we had about a week of Libby not wanting to sleep. I think due to teething (again) and developmental strides. Thankfully, the last few nights she's settled back into a routine of going down for the night without a problem. I swear, I thought we might kill the blow dryer and break the rocking chair last week!
Libby's high chair arrived last week and it was a snap to put together. It's a Keekaroo Height Right Chair. We got it with the tray and cushion set:
The only thing "wrong" with it is that the warning label and logo were upside down on the parts. Perhaps that's why I got such a deal on it from Overstock.com. We paid less than $200 for it...similarly designed Svans and Tripp Trapps go for much more than that, so I am glad we found this deal. We definitely needed to get something that she won't outgrow since she is tending to be WAY off the charts in height and weight for her age. We just moved her into size 18-24 month clothing this week and she'll only be 6 months old come Sunday.
She loves sitting in her chair and started joining us for meal times. She's tasted a few things but has yet to really eat any food. That's okay with us and definitely part of baby-led solids anyway. Thankfully she's still nursing like a champ and my milk supply is as strong as ever (despite taking a hit last month due to stress).
We also got rid of her adorably cute but oh so impractical Bebe Lace Green rug. I love the design of it but it's impossible to keep clean even though we are shoe-free household and I vacuum it religiously. It seems to just attract dust like a magnet! After three months of use it was looking really shabby and not in a chic way. It wasn't cheap either and I am frustrated that a rug specifically designed and sold for children's rooms is so difficult. So, it's off to the cleaners to see if they can do anything for it and in its place are these awesome foam tiled squares. We got them in pink and white (one set of each color) for $49 from GetRung.com. They shipped quickly and were so easy to lay out and snap together. I put them in a checkerboard pattern (trying to echo the patchwork quilt on the daybed) and although they're not as "shabby chic" as my adorable yet filthy area rug, they are super cute and better still, super functional. Libby loved them immediately...she felt the texture of them for a good 20 minutes. And when she topples over she doesn't cry because they absorb the fall (unlike said chi-chi area rug, even with a pad)!
We are also preparing to take our first plane ride with Miss Libby and have decided to lug our Graco32 and Snap 'n' Go along for the trip. I wasn't comfortable renting a car seat and bringing our own seems to be the best solution. That said, she HATES being in it on the Snap 'n' Go because she'd rather sit up when she's strolling (we usually take her for walks in a second-hand Schwinn Jog Stroller that I got for $30), but we're bringing it anyway to navigate the airports on our travel days. We also got a J.L. Childress Ultimate Carseat Travel Bag to protect the car seat since they can get pretty beat up even when they are gate checked.
And I finally got an Ergo! We went with the Ergo Sport in black since it's supposedly a better fit for larger/taller parents and cooler fabric for the baby. I tried it the other day and the jury is still out on whether or not I like it. Libby seems sort of squished in it, at least when she is in front. I have yet to try a back carry with it. I have 30 days to return it and well, I am just not sure about it. I think I prefer wraps. I really, really want a Storchenwiege (Anna) or Vatanai (Koira) but they are pricey, especially because I want to get the longest size. So, maybe in the Fall I will have the funds to get a woven wrap. Libby seems to like being wrapped as well and I love that there are so many versatile carries that can be done with a wrap. Wovens are supposed to be very supportive which is essential since she's over 20 lbs. now. I wish there were a babywearing group or MeetUp here in Tulsa so I could meet other parents who wear their babies and also see/try out different wraps and carriers. I might just have to start one up...I see moms from time to time out and about with their little ones in ring slings or mei teis, so I know I am not the only one in town!