Monday, December 28, 2009

Kokopax Carrier

I absolutely love the idea of a baby carrier. The hubby has already asked if he can have a Baby Bjorn. How cute is that?! Seeing as I have plenty of time to make a well-researched list on the supplies we'll need for the bean, we're going to make sure that we're only going to get the things we absolutely need. We're thinking simplicity when it comes to baby products. The hubby and I were a little surprised at the number of things available after our first Babies R Us visit (we were there getting something for my brother's baby). We'll see how true we stay to our philosophy.

Anyhoo. I was reading a baby related blog when I came upon an image of this carrier. Seriously, how cute is it?! That's probably what got me first. The fabric. Yup. That's me. Then, I realized I should do a little research on this cutie carrier and find out whether it should be something added to our list.

Here's the details on it according to their website:

The kokopax classic carrier offers a fresh new take on the traditional framed carrier. Designed as the go-to gear for the cheers and chores of daily life, the fashionable, lightweight and easy-to-use carrier offers a safe and comfortable ride for baby.

  • made with 100% cotton canvas  
  • anodized aluminum frame
  • comfortable shoulder straps  
  • adjustable frame to fit individual user  
  • padded waist support  
  • handy storage pocket  
  • kickstand for easy loading  
  • 5-pt. safety harness  
  • ties to secure pax protector™
  • toy ring to attach koko™ or other toys
  • weighs approximately 2.7 lbs.
  • fits in airline overhead bins
  • makes a great every day baby backpack
  • for use from 6 months to 2 years (or up to 35 pounds)
  • patent pending
  • includes green carry bag

Now, what I've read from different sources:
  1. It's nice because it's up high.
  2. You can put the baby down still in it and their feet will dangle.
  3. It's comfortable, especially if you're prone to back pain.
  4. It doesn't have a gagillion straps to deal with.
  5. Babies love it.
  6. It's not super heavy like other carriers.
  7. It's about $150.00.
  8. Six different fabric options!
  9. Daddys like it too.

 This seems like a nice option for a baby 6 months or older up until he/she is 35 lbs. Thirty-five pounds sounds like a lot of weight to be carrying on my back for hours, but perhaps the baby daddy will feel different about this.

List or not to list: I think we would list this one, but it's still to early for it.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Bean Bump: Week 10

It's time now for the weekly bump shots. I wanted to start earlier, just to get a real {before} and {after}, but I've been tired and lazy, so we're starting here!

{the uniform: bump covered}

{bump exposed!}

{navel gazing shot}

Week: working on week 10!
Bean Size: a prune
Gender: we'll find out on February 2! My mom's guessing "girl."
Total Weight Gain: I have no idea. Maybe 2 lbs?
Maternity Clothes?: I'm not gonna lie. Stretchy waistbands are the best. Why would I continue to try and squeeze myself into my tight jeans? So, right now, only baby momma pants.
Sleep: not so good. I wake up a lot more during the night; most often cause I need to tinkle. Having two perros and a crazy sleeping hubby in the bed doesn't help either.  Oh, loving the afternoon naps!
Stretch Marks: no thank you. I'm starting early to prevent any of those from exposing themselves. Bio-oil is my best friend.
Movement: definitely not yet. But, according to the books, our little bean in moving around in there just having a ball, probably wishing he/she had a real ball to play with. Gotta use those hands and real fingers!
Status of the Button: way in.
What I Miss: not having a stomach ache every single day; heartburn is my nemesis. I miss wine. boo.
What I'm Looking Forward to: everything! Enjoying pregnancy and sharing it with my friends and loved ones.
Best Moment this Week: eating a finger-licking grilled cheese sandwich and not having heartburn. YES! I told the hubby bread, cheese, and butter are the best. Ever!
Preggers Bod-New and Exciting!..maybe: visible blue veins nourishing the bean! Yay! Breaking out like I never have. poop.
Bean Milestones: arms with elbows that bend and a tummy with working organs.
Food Cravings: one week it was anything with vinegar, another week it was tomato sauce, the next it was lemony stuff, this week...meat and cheese. Can I get a burger with that?!
How's the Rice?: the hubby is fabulous!! I have totally been slacking on my wifey duties, but he hasn't complained once. He's always there to help with everything.

Tib Bits: I know the bump doesn't look like much, but to me it is very noticable. I know what my body looked like before the bean and this is definitely different. It's not only grown in the front, but I'm now carrying a tire around my waist. woo. =)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A is for un avion

I just bought the cutest alphabet flash cards! I just couldn't resist getting them. They were really just calling out to me in their cutie little French voices. =)

Aside from having them in French, you can also pick them up in Spanish. They didn't have the Spanish ones at the shop I bought them at, but I just might have to get them later. You can buy your own at eeboo.

The hubby and I already have a plan to make sure our little bean speaks Spanish (which is mandatory if you're a part of my family), but I'd love to squeeze in a couple French words as well. I think these might do the trick!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bird, Bird, Bird... Bird is the Word

Although the hubby and I discussed waiting a few months before beginning the nursery (it's currently our guest room), this has definitely not stopped me from imagining what I'd like it to look like. Right now, it's looking like birds will definitely be involved.

On my way home from work today, I stopped by the bookstore and then popped in to West Elm to take a look around. They had lots of cutie things for sale, but the first thing that caught my eye was this...
West Elm Sheesham bird
{sheesham bird from west elm}

Even though my mind may change later on, I bought this little birdie with the nursery in mind. Even if it doesn't end up in the Bean's room, I'm sure I'll find room for in somewhere else. Isn't it cutie?!

Friday, December 11, 2009

I need this!

Sooo cute!

Birdie Images

I'm sensing a pattern with my posts. A birdie inspired nursery, perhaps? I mentioned this to the hubby and he loved it. He's so sweet. =)

What a vision!

It's like they read my mind! I definitely do not want a very gender specific nursery. I want it to be soothing; loving; a little bit of heaven right in my home. The nursery by Rhoney Design is the perfect mix of modern and vintage that I'd love to incorporate into our space. I just L-O-V-E that wallpaper on the ceiling!

What is there not to love?

Deck the...walls.

If you know me, you know I can't wait to start decorating the nursery. I have load of ideas stored in my cabeza! This frijolito's room is going to be fabulous! hehe

Anyhoo, I love these prints from Made by Girl. They are just soo cute and you can even get it personalized!

I just love alphabet prints.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Letter to Bean

Dear Little Bean,

I'm nervous. I'm scared. I'm worried about tomorrow. I had the chance to see you last week when the doctor let me know everything seemed normal. She thought she almost saw your heartbeat, but didn't want to promise anything, as you were still itty bitty and it was hard to tell. But, now, a week later, I'm crossing my heart that you're going to be bigger and stronger and capable of showing us that heart beat. The doctor said that having a heartbeat means we'll have a 90 percent chance of meeting you in about eight months. I'm having some slight pain on the right side and that makes me nervous, but I think it might just be a tummy ache. You're pretty picky about what I can and can't eat. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. I promise I'm going to be thinking only the best. If you show daddy and me how happy you're doing inside, I'm sure I will cry tears of happiness.

Te adoro frijolito.