Mylo @ 12wks // Life In Beta

Baby Must-Haves (Months 1-3)

Mylo @ 12wks // Life In Beta

It’s hard to believe that Myles is 12 weeks old today. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite items I’ve been using a lot during his first 3 months. The’re not all must-haves necessarily, but they have come in super-handy!

iBaby Feed App // Life In Beta1. iBaby Feed Timer

This iPhone app saved my sanity during the first couple months. There are lots of free and paid apps in the app store for tracking your nursing/diapers/etc. but this one turned out to be my favorite. I use it every day, all day, so it was well worth the $2.99 price tag. Myles had pretty bad jaundice early on, so it was really important for us to track his feeding and pooping to make sure the bilirubin was getting flushed out of his system. When the doctors and nurses asked me about his feeding and bowel movements, I could confidently tell them exactly how he was doing thanks to this app. It even lets you export all your data, which I took to Myles’ doctor at our last visit. He was pretty impressed, let me tell ya.

(Download for iPhone, $2.99)

2. Wipes Warmer + Cloth Baby Wipes

I’m just starting to do more cloth diapering with Mylo (he was WAY too small for his “one size” cloth diapers when he was born, and is just starting to fit into them now), but I love his cloth wipes! For poopy-messes, the warm, wet flannel wipes work SO much better than disposable wipes! We still have disposable wipes for on-the-go, but at home I always reach for the cloth ones first. I soak the cloth wipes in a mix of 2 c. water, 1 tbsp. lavender-scented baby wash and 1 tbsp. olive oil, then roll them up and put them in the warmer.
(For the record, our favorite cloth diapers so far are BumGenius 4.0 snap closures, and we also love our FuzziBunz hanging wetbag/hamper!)

Cloth Wipes // Life In Beta

(Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer, $26.42 at Amazon.com // OsoCozy Flannel Wipes 15-pack, $10.95 at Amazon.com)

Moby Wrap // Life In Beta3. Moby Wrap

I know, I know. Everyone says this, right? But I love this thing. Myles is getting heavy enough that I really don’t like to carry him in his “bucket” car seat. It’s much easier for me to pop him into the Moby Wrap when we’re shopping and it keeps both hands free!
I also have an Ergo baby carrier but that was a little bulky when Myles was first born. I feel like it distributes his weight a little better than the Moby does, so I think we’ll be using it a lot more as he gets bigger. It’s nice to have both carriers to have options!

(Moby Wrap 100% cotton carrier in Pacific, $47.95 at Amazon.com // ERGObaby Carrier in Black, $110.00 at Amazon.com)

Medela Pump // Life In Beta4. Double Electric Breast Pump

This became really important when I went back to work. I actually got the Ameda Purley Yours Ultra first. I liked it because it was a closed-system and it came highly recommended. Unfortunately, it (a) didn’t have enough suction to work for me, and (b) it made this ungodly beeping noise that made me want to throw it through a wall. No joke. So I wound up with the Medela Pump in Style Advanced instead and it has been working great for me so far (3 days a week, 3 times a day).

(Medela Pump in Style Advanced with Metro Bag, $293.99 on Amazon.com)

Other things we love:

Mylo // Life In Beta

Happy Independence Day!

Mylo // Life In Beta

Mylo and I are a bit late because wishing y’all a Happy 4th of July because I’ve been having some issues with my web host.  (Argh!)

Mylo // Life In Beta

I hope everyone had fun celebrating! We had a low-key holiday. Mike had to work, unfortunately, so Myles and I went to visit my parents and my grandmother. My grandma is in poor health and isn’t able to get out of the house much, so we just took our picnic TO her.

Myles + Grandma // Life In Beta

As an aside, I’m going to try and start blogging more regularly again. I actually have a long list of post ideas saved in the notepad app in my iPhone, and I’ve been wanting to write them up. It’s just a matter of making some time – soon! (I promise!)

Our Family // Life In Beta

Family Photos

Our Family // Life In Beta

When I was a baby, my mother had professional photos taken of me each month. I’m hoping to do the same for Myles. In the future, I only plan on getting one or two shots of just Myles taken, but we hadn’t had family photos taken in … well, ever … so I wanted to get photos of everyone today too.

Mom, Dad + Myles // Life In Beta

I can’t wait to frame these; we have a big empty wall in the living room just begging for a photo-collage!

Myles // Life In Beta

Myles // Life In Beta

Myles // Life In Beta

Brothers // Life In Beta

Myles // Life In Beta

 

Myles, 4 weeks old // Life in Beta

Myles {1 month}

Myles, 4 weeks old // Life in Beta

It’s so hard to believe my little Mylo is 4 weeks old already! He had his 1-month checkup at the doctor on Monday. Everything was great. He’s now 6 pounds, 9 ounces, so he’s gained almost an entire pound since he was born.

Myles, 4 weeks old // Life In Beta

So far, Myles is a very easy-going guy. If he’s crying, it’s because he’s hungry or needs a diaper change, simple as that. Otherwise, he’s pretty content almost all the time. Every day he’s getting more and more alert. He smiles and even laughs occasionally. I know they say smiles are just gas when they’re so little, but it still makes my heart melt!

Mother's Day - 4 Generation Photo

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day - 4 Generation Photo

Three generations of mamas – my Grandma Rita, my mom, me and Mylo.

I thought I understood Mother’s Day, till this year. Now I get it, and it takes on a whole deeper meaning. I’m honored to join the ranks of other moms who came before and have sacrificed so much and given all their love to their children. I so GET it now. I am so lucky.