What a month for Leighton!

31 07 2013

Holy cow has it been a really exciting and busy month for the Gitter group.  Being 8 months old is a tough job Leighton will tell you – as she’s babbling all the time, and more and more often we’re understanding her, she says Mama, Papa, Dada, and Hello.

And she finally started to crawl!  We knew this milestone was coming soon, but honestly I just figured she was so big that she may just skip it and go on to walking.  She does more of an army crawl, but for her size she sure can haul around quickly.

We had to put away the stationary jumper because she’s just gotten too heavy to be jumping down on her little baby joints, and we have put her in the walker – and man oh man does she love it!  She FLIES around our kitchen and smashes into us.  Poor Tucker and Bogey just stand on the carpet until someone picks them up when she’s out on the prowl.  I told Tucker he should get in his Coupe Car and play bumper cars with her.  He loved the idea

Tucker and Leighton have been interacting so much more this past month.  Sometimes it’s good and he’ll make her laugh and sometimes she’s just a stinker and will crawl over to whatever he’s playing with or she knows is his and nab it from him.  And when he yells she laughs – I’m pretty sure she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing pushing his buttons.  She’s getting grabbier with Bogey and he’s so great with her – he’ll just lick her hand and move away…we’re eagle eyeing them very closely cause we can’t blame him for nipping at her when she grabs so tight.

She’s also cut her 8th tooth this month and we see another one coming in, if you look at her you’d never know she’s only 8 months old…she looks like she should be a toddler.  She’s also started to eat more and more real food.  We cut it up in small pieces and she’s showing less interest in getting fed and more and more self feeding.

Time is moving pretty fast, and I fell like I’m drowning some days, but we’re just hanging in there trying really hard to find kairos moments and carpe them, cause let’s be honest I don’t think I’ve had an entire day that I want to carpe – so we enjoy the moments.

Leighton's Crazy Colic All By Myself Big Baby in a little suit

Dear Leighton,
My sweet baby girl – you are growing up so fast I can hardly believe it!  You are becoming so much your own person more and more each day.  I just love the way you light up when we walk into the room and how you snuggle your head into the crook of my shoulder, and how you have just one dimple on your right cheek when you smile big, and how the rolls on your legs go from hip to toes!   I am just so loving being your mom – and the gift of watching you grow has been just amazing!  It’s been so fun watching your relationship with Tucker blossom and how the two of you always want to be together but don’t want to share me is simply hilarious!  Your grandma can’t believe how much you change in the 10 or more days that her and grandpa are upnorth, honestly Leighton, I can’t believe how much you change in the 9 hours I’m at work.  You’re my little Yeighty and we all love you so! 

‘Little’ Leighton

16 05 2013

My life is just busy and crazy now, with the wonderful addition of Leighton, what little time I have left is used to just sit, and since our laptop took a dump, blogging has taken a back seat.  Sad but true – It’s been months since I’ve put anything on here and I feel as though I am slighting my baby girl.  You all have to get to know her – she amazing!  Let’s catch you all up – here we go…

Since day one Leighton has been much more labor intensive than Tucker ever was.  I’m not sure if it’s a girl vs. boy thing but Leighton has NOT gotten the second child memo.  She loves to be talked to and is now chatting away back at you.  She requests LOUDLY to be held at all times – and holding while sitting is not an option unless she’s eating.    I’d say what makes Leighton different from every other baby that I know is her size…she’s a biiiiig girl.  Let’s do a weight check through the last few months –

  • she was born 8 lbs 15 oz. on a Monday – Big but not off the charts
  • when we left the hospital, on Wednesday, she was down to 8 lbs 7 oz. again nothing to write home about
  • We went in to our pediatrician’s office on Friday and she was 9 lbs 4 oz!  Dr. Hankins said that she’s never had  a baby get back to their birth weight and gain another 5 oz so quickly…the super juice is working she said.  She didn’t need to see her again til she was a month old
  • 1 month check up 12 lb 2.4 oz 22.5″
  • 2 month check up 15 lb 3.4 oz 23.5″
  • 4 month check up 19 lb. 15.8 oz 25.5″ 100% for weight
  • 6 month check up 23 lb. 0 oz. 28″ over 100% for weight and height

She’s a lot to lug around – Tucker didn’t weigh this much til he was 18  months old.  Karma wooped me a good one poking fun of my girlfriend’s pudgy baby girl, and making comments like “seriously who carries their 30 lbs child in a bucket seat – this is nuts that they make bucket car seats for kids that big” eating my words we had to go out and buy one.  My friend Mel has had her triplets in size 6 diaper forever – and I on multiple occasions commented how she wasn’t using the right size diapers…6.5 months in both Leighton AND Tucker are in size 5 diapers!  All that weight is just more to love – I cannot wait for summer to come to the Midwest and put Leighton in rompers and show off those cute ‘little’ leggies, I actually feel bad trying to squeeze her leggies into pants! She’s moving through not only clothes faster than Tucker but milestones too!  By 6 months Leighton had 3 teeth in and one more on the way, she was full on rolling, and could just about pull her self to a sitting position.  She’s crazy strong and is one determined little lady.  The teeth are an issue that I am trying to work though but that’s a whole nother story my friends.

Here is Leighton over the last few months:

One Month Old  3 months old  4_months_old  DSC_0314  5 months old  Picture 300

Our kids run the roost now, we try so hard but bed time gets pushed back for Tucker when Leighton’s off her rocker, and dinner is for the most part what Tucker will eat, I’m more concerned with his diet being balanced than mine.  There’s more TV time, more laundry and dishes that pile up in the day, more dirty diapers and time scrubbing out stains in the sink, more toys and things and a lot less room in our little house – but on the flip side there’s 2x as many smiles, giggles, and great memories.

Life is Good As a Gitter my friends…it’s just good.

Dear Leighton,
It’s been 6 months already that you’ve been part of our family and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by and how much you’ve grown!  You’re such a wonderful beautiful baby.  It’s hard to even imagine what life was like before you came into our lives – it seems like it was a million years ago that it was just your dad and I and Bogey.  Along with all the hard work that leaves me feeling like I’m in the minority the majority of the time in our house – comes the extra smiles, hugs, open mouth kisses, and joy that you’ve brought into our lives.  I was worried that I wouldn’t connect with you being my second baby the way I did with Tucker, but Leighton we’ve found our own way to connect and at night after Tucker goes to bed it’s our time, just you and me.  I have dozens of pictures of you sleeping at night in my arms, some of my very favorite moments that I have with you is the peace that comes with you still in my arms.  I love the way that you light up a room – the sunshine theme nursery suits you to a tee! I’m so glad your here, so glad that God gave me the privilege of being your mom and so glad that there is more of you to snuggle and kiss than 99% of all other 6 month old babies!  You are my sunshine my only sunshine Little Leighton.

And Baby Makes Four…

29 11 2012

I can’t believe that it’s been 7 weeks since my last post…well obviously A LOT has happened, first and foremost we did it, we had a baby girl – a bouncing, cuddly, beautiful baby girl, but before that we had the last week of my pregnancy with her, a slow start to labor and delivery, a battle of name the baby, and a sobbing last night of putting Tucker to bed as an only child.  Let’s back this train up from where the last post left off…

Eric and I went into Liz’s office for my 39 week check up thinking that FOR SURE that the baby had made some progress…no none, well Liz said that she was in a good mood and she’d say that I had thinned out about 5% more.  Whoopdee doo daa.  I basically have been 1 cm and 50-55% effaced for a month, a month!  I sat there, pantless, thinking that she’s gonna make me do this myself, and she’s never gonna talk induction with us.  Low and behold, she asked what we thought about induction, and we again scheduled induction on her due date, October 15.

The week came and went and LeAnne made me “Happy Last Day of Work” cupcakes (my favorite funfetti) and had a great last day tying up loose ends, doing a maternity leave mailbox message, and putting in the out of office assistant on.  The day flew by and I went home for the last Friday night as a family of three.  And as fast as the last day of work flew by, so did the last weekend, we went to my parents house for dinner on Sunday night and I snuggled with Tucker, and didn’t want to leave.  I laid him down in his bed at my mom and dad’s and cried, hard – scared of what was coming, not delivery but beyond.  Would there be enough of me for Tucker to know that I still love him as much Sunday as I will on Monday when there is a new baby to care for too?  It’s really the first time I gave into these feelings and it felt good to let them out.  Eric and I got home, put the finishing touches on our hospital bag, carseat, and stuff that we wanted footprints on, packed them in the car and I slept like a baby.

5 AM came early, oh wait that IS early.  And I got up, showered, dried my hair, and put on my last HUGE maternity clothes and we were out the door by 6 am.  Here is  picture of me in the morning just before we left.  Even Bogey couldn’t believe how big I was!

We checked into the hospital and I was hooked up to an IV and the check in nurse was getting all our vitals and info.  Liz came in and checked me and to my surprise, there was still barely ANY more activity.  I was 1 cm and 75% effaced, high cervix and not softened.  Bummer.  But my contractions were less than 3 minutes apart – but I couldn’t feel them.  Liz told me that there is a chance that if this doesn’t work, they would have to send me home and come back when real labor began.  The though petrified me.  She inserted the first dose of Cytotec (yes yes I know it is controversial to use for induction – I did my research but this was the path that Liz and I decided upon) around 7:30 am and I was told to lay down and sit still then I was to pace the hallways and get my labor moving.  At 10:30ish I was checked again and was 100% thinned out, 2 cm, softened and forward cervix!  Yahoo! I got the second dose of Cytotec and again told to lay down for a while and continue power walking the halls to progress labor.  I continued to progress slowly and around 2 pm Liz came in I was 3 cm and she then broke my water…that moved things quickly.  I was no longer smiling, talking, or laughing the contractions were coming fast and were painful.  The anesthesiologist was paged and he put in the first step of the two step epidural.  It was pretty instantanous and life was good again.  Here is a picture of me after it took effect…

Eric and I walked a little bit more, and I was told to let Liz and Nylene know when I was feeling pain or pressure again because the second part of the epidural takes about 20 minutes to take effect.  We got about 3 laps in before I told Eric that I was feeling some pressure, he told me to tell Liz, to which I replied – “I don’t want to be a whiner” Eric’s response – “Ahhh, news flash you’re having a baby you’re not a whiner”  He told Liz when we passed her in the hall and she said she’d check me, low and behold I was 9 cm and we were almost ready to push, and I still needed the next part of the epidural.  I was given the second epidural and bed ridden, and at 4:14 began pushing, at 4:18 the epidural kicked in, and at 4:20 pm, our baby girl was born.  She was a screamer at 8 lbs 15 oz and 21.5″ long.  She was placed on my chest and was 1 of the 2 most perfect people in the whole wide world.

We were totally in LOVE with her the instant we met her.  Every thought, fear, flutter, worry, doubt, everything went away and God filled my heart with unwavering love for this tiny (okay well tiny compared to her brother) new life that we created!  My blessings overflowed, and all was good with the world.  She looked just like Tucker – chubby cheeks, little button nose, and had hair – even more than Tucker.  Liz and Nylene (her midwife student) fixed me all up down under and the rush of family entered into the room to meet Baby Girl Gitter (that was her name for another 5 hours).  Everyone oogled and snuggled her, took pictures and then the nurses checked her vitals again, she was running a temperature of 101, and then dropped to 97.4  they suggested that we do skin to skin for a while to help regulate her temperature, it worked, right from the start she just needed her mommy.  Later that night my sister and brother in law came to meet her.  We were discussing names, we liked Mollie – Kenzie – Lily – Annabelle – Abilene – Quinn…but NONE of those were her.  I thought she looked like a Leah and Eric thought she looked like a Lucy…so finally after a while of discussing we had common ground her name should start with an L.  I suggested Leighton – LeAnne and Matt both liked it and our general manager’s at the Sandals Resort we stayed at in January (do the math people 9 months before) was named Leighton (LAY-TON)…we thought it fit, BUT Eric was hesitant.  So, not annoying at all, I pointed out every 3 or so minutes that I like Leighton, I like Leighton, I like Leighton.  I grabbed the birth certificate form and the three of us all told Eric how much we liked Leighton, when he was on the phone, and he finally caved in and came to the right decision.  So our Mollie-Kenzie-Lily-Annabelle-Abilene-Quinn became Leighton Annette.  She was a great sleeper that first night, but the nurses kept waking us up to check on me and her and nurse every 2 hours.  We had a plethora of visitors that came and went in the 3 days we were in the hospital, we are so blessed with so many family and friends.  My friends Mel and Mandy stopped in and gave us some of the coolest gifts…Leighton was all the rage with the wand in her bassinet!  I love how the Buschke’s stayed with the yellow sunshine theme!!!

Tucker came up to the hospital…he would not pose for any pictures he was too busy pushing buttons, but did once acknowledge the Baby one time, then he was done.  That has pretty much been his approach – likes her when he likes her and doesn’t really care the other times.  My mom said that’s nice, I HAD to help with everything when my sister was born and it was hard to keep me away from LeAnne.  She’s right, I do have it good.  My life is good as a gitter my friends.

I’d like to introduce you to Leighton Annette Gitter, who has us all wrapped around her little fingers.  Thank you McManigal Photography for her beautiful pictures!

Dear Leighton,
Welcome to our family.  We are beyond thrilled to have finally met you.  I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t quite sure if God really knew what he was doing – could I handle 2 kids under 2, 2 in diapers, still working full time…yes I can – God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.  He knew exactly what he was doing when he gave us you.  I fell head over heels in love with the second they put you on my chest – even gooey and bloody you were still so beautiful, and I couldn’t wait to start this journey with you, my precious daughter.  You came into this family just at the right time, we all needed to see the physical face of God’s grace in you, after Auntie’s diagnosis…just like when I was born after Papa died, you my daughter, show us that life is a brutiful and fragile thing.  I know that getting to snuggle you in Auntie’s arms was the blessing that helped to take her mind off of life for just a few minutes…and she didn’t even have to change your diaper – boy life is good!  I stare at your little button nose, your full sweet lips, your big slate colored eyes (quickly turning brown like all the rest of ours), and smile knowing that our family is complete with you now.  I love you with everything I have, even though I didn’t know if I could love you and your brother both as much as you guys needed – God doesn’t give us a shortage in love.  Our new journey is just beginning, you’ll soon learn how good life as a gitter really is Leighton! 

It’s a…

25 05 2012

So today was the day. The baby looked great and healthy and it we found out it is a…I’ll let Tucker tell you…



It’s a girl!! We’re the qinessential American family. Just need the white Pickett Fence! He’s decided that we need to have a baby girl every night if he gets pink cake and balloons!

We’re thrilled and got her a Little Sister outfit it was so foreign shopping in the girls department. Now a girl name, and some shoes!

Have a good holiday weekend!

First year of baby our love em or hate em product reviews

5 01 2012

As we celebrated the first year of Tucker I have begun packing up clothes and things.  Some have been AWESOME and some have well, not.  I’m gonna pay homage to the things I love and well explain why we didn’t care for the things we well, didn’t care for.  Mind you this is MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION, what has been great and not so great  for us with Tucker…the unmade unborn baby 2 could be a TOTALLY different story.

Top baby items we received or bought and flopped in the Gitter household…in no particular order:

1.  The Mamaroo Swing.  This was my BIG splurge when it came to things for Tucker.  He maybe slept or hung out in it 2 hours total in the entire first year.  The concept is AMAZING, but the seat is not conducive to a newborn, too up right even in the most reclined position.  It wasn’t very cushiony compared to the Little Lamb swing which I originally had on our registry that was about $50 less and I’m sure Tucker would have gotten a lot of use out of.  Who knows…maybe he just wasn’t a swing baby and the next will love it.

2.  The Boon Spoon.  I tried this once.  The baby food has to be VERY finely pureed to come out and the cover doesn’t stay on and I find it difficult to clean it out.  A good old fashioned baby spoon did the trick very well.  To us this technology wasn’t better.

3.  The Chicco KeyFit 30.  Let me start by saying Thank you to my SIL for letting us use this which was hers.  But we both feel the say way about this infant carseat.  If you’re still toting your 30 lb kid in a bucket seat, I just don’t know what to say.  It is designed to hold your kid until they are 30 lbs and therefore constructed bigger and doesn’t fit in anything that usually can fit a carseat in (grocery cart) safely – it’s also a lot heavier.  It doesn’t seem like it when you’re holding just the seat, but when you’re adding the extra weight of a baby in there…it’s a pain in the ass on the arms and makes it difficult to carry anything else.  We moved Tucker into a convertible rear facing Britax Boulevard 70CS Memorial Day Weekend (5 months old), it was just too much.  Great seat, just an overkill – will borrow a friend’s Chicco Keyfit for the next one – Godwilling there will be.

4.  Suction cup car window shades.  They barely cover the window and it never seemed to shade where I wanted them to.  I got the kind that stick to the window like a sticker.  I have to put them up – right now I have jerry-rigged 2 suction cup ones on one window and it just isn’t holding up.

5.  The bassinet.  Again something that was bought by someone else (thanks Bunny!) but never really got much use out of.  Tucker was 9.4 lbs and 22.5″ long he was almost too long for it when we brought him home.  I slept like crap when he was next to me – he wasn’t making noise I’d freak out – he was making noise I’d freak out.  The bassinet was a lose lose for us.  We moved Tucker into his own (very nice and expensive crib) at 3 weeks old.  For us best decision.

6.    The Britax Boulevard 70CS – the CS part was the biggest waste of money!!!  A good friend told me that but the sales chick talked us into it.  Silly first timers here!  The CS stands for Click Safety.  It clicks when it’s tight enough…or so it thinks.  Every time I can get it at least 3 to 4 fingers between Tucker’s chest and the buckle.  I have to hear it click 2 – 4 times before it is actually tight enough.  It was about an extra $20 or so dollars – save it you’ll need it for diapers!!

Top baby items we received or bought and the Gitter household couldn’t have gotten through this year without them…in no particular order:

1.   The NoseFrieda.  Tucker has had a cold more days than not in his first year.  Sad but true my baby has learned to sleep and breathe through snot 70% of his first year.  The bulb syringe is great and we use it sometimes but it doesn’t compare to the NoseFrienda’s power for sucking the loose snot out of that little nose.  It sounds gross but the snot NEVER NEVER NEVER got any where close to coming in contact with my mouth…you’re sucking your kids brain out their nose if snot is making contact with your mouth – just saying.  I love this investment, one of the very best!

2.  The Sleepsack Swaddleme.  The velcro swaddlme part comes off the sleepsack and we wrapped that around Tucker’s arms in his normal pajamas.  He often would wake himself up when he was little by smacking his face or keep himself awake rubbing his face and eyes.  Swaddling just his arms was such a great answer for us.  We loved this, as all things we didn’t use it too long but when you’re living life that first year the moments are forever but the whole year just flies by.  It was totally worth it for us.

3.  The Summer Infant Slim & Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor.  The best best best baby item that we got.  This product is not just for people with big houses, we have a ranch and for the most part can hear through the wall when Tucker is moving in his crib as it bumps the wall, but there are so many moments that we would have missed not being able to see him when he didn’t know we were watching.  For example a few nights ago we’re working on putting him to bed drowsy but awake and Tucker was not having it – he was screaming and throwing a temper tantrum stomping his feet in his crib.  I flipped on the camera and watched him stomp off his pajama bottoms and flail them around like a lasso – one of the funniest moments at 3 in the morning.  The video gives me a sense of security being able to see him, there have been a few times that his limbs have gotten caught in the slots (and yes we have a brand new crib) and I could run in before something bad happened.  This is not an Anglecare Motion/Breathing dector by any means, but I can usually see Tucker’s chest rise and fall where we have the camera placed.  We both love this monitor Tucker TV is my favorite channel to watch.

4.  A baby carrier.  We were fortunate enough to get both these as gifts and Tucker really did like to be baby-worn. These were soooo handy when were out and about and a stroller wasn’t an option or I needed all the room in the grocery cart for stuff or I wanted to vacuum, steam mop the floors, do laundry, or in the right time of the year walk the dog.  We kept the Moby in the diaper bag it was nice and compact and super easy to wash.  I was sooo leary about it at first but am a firm believer in the Moby.  The Ergo offered better back support for me but didn’t fit on me right away where the Moby did.  I didn’t realize that the gray would have stars embroidered on it, Eric wasn’t too thrilled about wearing it but he did a few times too.

5.  The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump.  Things to splurge on – if you’ve decided that you can BF then a GOOD pump is worth it’s weight in gold.  I LOVE my Freestyle – well it’s more of a love/hate but for what it does, it does an amazing job.  The hands free worked great for me while I worked, and it’s totally portable and doesn’t require a plug to work (just to charge).  It’s super light and often just put it in the diaper bag with bottles and tops.  We spent so much time together I affectionately named her Frieda Freestyle.  I wouldn’t say that I was sad to pack her away but did so with a great feeling of accomplishment.  Also medela has the best customer service!  I had some issues with my pump and they sent me a whole new one!  I was pleasantly surprised.

6.    I know that this is an expensive and to some silly toy, but we had tons of toys and teethers and Tucker loved the Sophie the best.  We got a really good deal on it, so I didn’t feel too ripped off when I first bought it.  Sophie is created in such great proportions for a small child – just small enough to grab but too big to get stuck or choke on.  Tucker loved to squeeze it and hear the noises it makes.  I’m not a big organic/green person but the fact that everything on it is chemical free makes me happy.  Overall Sophie soothed a number of what would have been loud church services for us.

7.  The Britax Boulevard CS70 – The actual carseat…it’s awesome – minus the CS (see above) we also have an Safety 1st Alpha Omega Carseat in our other car, and man almighty this one takes the cake in terms of ease of in and out, buckling, also the pieces that are around his head (for some safety impact thing I’m sure) help hold his sleeping head in an upright position.  He’s a much happier baby in this seat and the construction of anything Britax is top notch and technology driven using higher standards than other brands.  It wasn’t cheap by any stretch of the means but Tucker’s safety is our first priority ALL the time.  Save the $20 and just get the 70 loose the CS.

8.  Changing pad.  Tucker’s nursery isn’t very big at all.  So we knew we didn’t have enough room for a dresser, cube storage, crib and rocker AND a changing table.  So we got a changing pad to put on top of Tucker’s dresser.  We are the kind of parents who always change Tucker in the same spot.  I can’t remember the last time we were at home and didn’t change him on his changing table.  Maybe one or two times downstairs in the man cave.  We have covers for it, started with 2 but fast learned that we needed more especially at the beginning.  Not saying diaper changing where ever around the house is wrong, it’s just what worked for us to always do it in the same spot.  We put A&D on everytime and have only  had 1 very minor diaper rash that Desitin cleared up right away – it’s just easier to have everything we need right there in one place.  It’s how we roll (:

9.    The bumbo seat.  We loved the bumbo, we think it helped build up Tucker’s core and helped him sit early.  He’s always been ahead of his milestones and sitting was no different.  Although again, it felt like we used it forever, we in actuality only used it for about 9 maybe 10 weeks, but honestly that’s an eternity in baby time especially in the first year.  He loved to sit in it and we fed him, he watched bogey and at Easter he was our center piece (:  hehe.  It was great for us.  My my niece though, she hated it, so to each their own.

10.    The Eurobath.  A friend from Church gave us one and my mom and dad one for their house.  Honestly I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this bath.  Tucker has been able to be in this bath since he could be in one (after the cord fell out – still kinda grosses me out that people keep this) and I have been able to have both hands to wash him.  He is now almost 13 months and is still using it.  We begin on the reclining seat side washing hair and body then turn him to the ‘big boy’ side where he plays with his bath toys.  It will be a sad sad day when he out grows it.  Mel and the boys were over one night and we gave the triplets a bath in there at the same time…insane but so funny!  Only negative is the size it doesn’t compact so we just store it in the shower and take it out when we use the shower.  But overall one of my most highly recommended baby products.  If you’re interested in one let me know I have a contact who sells them for less than the stores.

11.    The Valboa Blanket.  I have STOCKED up on these. They are Tucker’s comfort thing.  Every kid has one – my godson had the lovies (little blankies with the animal heads) and Tucker’s is this blanket.  I have a ton of these with different designs on them and one or two at each grandparents house.  When he’s sad or tired or frustrated his bla bla settles him down.  I know a few grown men who still love their blankets.  I won’t name any names here (: I have heard from a number of people that their children grew attached to something and by the time it was ‘dead’ there were no more to replace it.  So we have a lot of Valboa blankets, along with other kinds too that he thinks are fine.

12.    The Genius NUK pacifier.  This is the only pacifer that Tucker will take and calm down with.  He plays with the box ‘o binkies we have but these are the only ones that he will keep in his mouth.  They are also $5 a piece!!!!!!!!!!!  But what’s the price of sanity?  NUK says they are superb because they provides optimal oral development, are extra soft, extra thin, offers maximum softness and flexibility thanks to integrated soft channels, the pressure on jaw and teeth is reduced to a minimum, the additional cavity space maximizes space for the tongue, the NUK AIR SYSTEM vent enables air to escape from the nipple, thus ensuring that the pacificer is particularly soft and liable, and the natural shape stimulates mother’s breast while breastfeeding…I’m not sure about all that but I know that Tucker loves them and knows the difference between all the others.

The baby items we received or bought and that Eric and I are ‘eh’ about or one of us is ‘eh’ and the other loves it:

1.    The Diaper Champ.  It has it’s days where it’s a great thing…but man it reeks up the whole room when you open it to put another diaper in it, it goes away kinda quickly but man – can my kid lay a stinker.  I still stand by the fact that we have a ranch and an attached garage and we could walk them out, but it is quite convenient to not have to do that.  I got some dog poop bags at the dollar store and am going to start packaging the soiled diapers in them and then into the diaper champ.  Hopefully it will help the odor…and this is a more so recent thing, it has not been smelly since we got it.  So maybe it’s just time for  a new one.

2.    The Breathable Bumper.  There were 2 days in a row that Tucker’s legs got in between the slots in his crib and he started screaming, checked the monitor and saw that his foot was stuck and he was squirming to get loose potentially doing major harm – so I immediately ordered a breathable bumper.  Eh, it doesn’t really stay up above the mattress and it isn’t very tall so it doesn’t offer all the comfort that I thought it would  bring.  It works fine, I don’t by any means love it, but I also don’t really hate it.  I’m so so about it.

3.    The Babytrend jogging stroller.  I should be honest here…I don’t jog.  I hate running but the park that we speed walk with bogey has trails that are filled with gravel and the regular stroller just won’t cut it.  This one works great when it works.  The toggle in the front (to change from jog to walk) often gets stuck in limbo and the front wheel wobbles making it difficult to push.  It’s huge and difficult to fit in the trunk without some McGuyvering.  (my mom warned me about this) I love the fact that I can play music from my iPhone while I’m walking though.   I like this stroller but would have rather used that money towards something great like a BOB (I borrowed Eric’s cousin’s for the Brigg’s & Al’s Run/Walk for Children’s Hospital and immediately felt the difference and theirs was 10 or 11 years old.  When and if we’re so blessed as to have another baby we will make the investment of a really good double stroller.

4.  The Boppy Pillow.  Eric used this more than I did.  I had the issue of MAJOR milk production and had to get inventive in the ways I could BF Tucker without him choking and getting drenched (sorry that’s prolly tmi).  I worked with my nurse in the hospital who is a lactation specialist, to find interesting ways to BF him which where NOT comfortable for me but better that than a choking child.  With that being said I don’t think I used it after my milk came in…I did in the hospital when I made colostrum though.  We also used it for Tucker to sit/lounge in many times.  So I would say that we’re glad we had it, but not a LOVE or HATE thing, just a nice to have thing.  For most of my BF’ing friends though this was a staple item – again to each their own.

5.  The Baby Bullet.  Overall I’m glad I got this for $35 – a deal of the day from Target.  I made my own baby food.  It’s not hard it’s just putzy.  I overall felt really good knowing that I knew which piece of fruit or veggie his food was made from.  I knew that each one was cleaned thoroughly and made the way I wanted.  With that said, when we began solids, this was great I could make small batches of foods and store them and test them with Tucker to see how he liked it and more importantly if he has any reactions to the foods.  But when I really got into making the food, I made big batches in my mom’s Blendtec major blender.  I wasn’t too impressed with the date dial containers, 3 or 4 of them broke one of the feet off of it and it doesn’t stand unless in it’s holder, and the silicone tray portions were too big at first and then not quite big enough when Tucker was really into eating solids.  I did love the grocery guide book and the recipe book that came with this though.  The commercial says that it will make baby food in 2 minutes, well that’s a real stretch because, yes it only took 2 minutes to blend but it took FOREVER to steam, boil, or bake the food.  If you’re really into making baby food making easy – get an all in one steamer and blender it’s worth the money, and go to Bed Bath and Beyond and get a silicone ice cube tray.  the cubes are just under an ounce but they are so easy to get out of the container and you’d rather have small cubes and pull out more than big cubes you have to fill less or cut down.  I wouldn’t pay what they’re asking for now.  I got a MAJOR steal on this one.

I think that is the best, worst, and blah of our first year with baby.  There are a million other things that aren’t on here, but these are what came to mind.  I hope you enjoy your first year with your baby as much as we did, each dollar spent was a lesson learned, and with our next who knows, we’ll prolly have to relearn them all over again!

Dear Tucker,
Man almighty have we gone through a lot of things with you this year.  You have been pleasantly surprised us and utterly disappointed us in some of the things you’ve loved and hated.  You’re a typical Eric/Patty child in your desire for things that are much more expensive than the other brands.  All in all kid I can’t believe that you’re still striving – we didn’t break you trying all these crazy contraptions and baby things, you’ve made us very well rounded parents, a little on the broke side, but well rounded none the less.  I have loved trying all these new and wonderful things with you this year and am loving that we’re both at a new stage in toys and products – I hope it keeps getting better and better. Love you tot!

Planning the party of the year…literally…one year

11 11 2011

Wow…I can’t believe that I have to be in high gear planning mode for Tucker’s First Birthday party?  It seems like yesterday that I was trying to squeeze me and my GIANT belly into the crowded family table at Uncle Bill and Aunt Sandy’s last Thanksgiving.  Where does the time go?  It is just moving so fast that I can barely comprehend how VERY different our new normal really is now.  So here I am almost 1 year later planning a birthday party for our baby boy.  I hmm haw’ed about a ‘theme’ for his party for a few months now, I have this weird pulling towards all things pirates when I think of Tucker, but it just didn’t seem right.  So I thought and thought and poof – an epiphany…duh a GOLF theme.  We have so many golf things already and it’s right up Eric’s ally…it’s something that we can enjoy doing together.

The first step to planning any party is to dig into all that Pintrest has to offer.  There are COUNTLESS examples of every different kind of party decor you could imagine.  I stumbled upon the perfect party golf theme that someone else threw for their 3 year old.  And away I went with my Photoshop CS5 to create cutie patootie invites, water bottle labels, photo banners, cake, food, ect.  It’s going to be a really fun day!

Here’s a little sneak peak into the theme of the day.  Owenge and golf.  Great combo!

Some friends are going to come over and help me make some cake pop golf balls (in vanilla, chocolate, and pumpkin) some other friends are going to make cookies and a small cake for Tucker.  I am right now thinking of ways to keep A MILLION kids occupied and out of things that don’t belong to us, as we cannot fit close to 100 people into our house, so we will be using an offsite location.

I am sure you’re thinking 100 people for a 1 year old party is insane, well you’re right, but mine and Eric’s family is HUGE, and we have some awesome friends who have been really important in our lives and Tucker’s first year.  It wouldn’t be a party without them.  It’ll be close to Christmas so maybe we will have less, but less or more,  I can’t wait.

My only real concern is the mood of my child.  I pray for a good day with him, 99.9% of them are good, but every so often he becomes overwhelmed and I am sure everyone will want to hold him and oochie coochie him, I have no issues with that but he may.  I hope no one is offended if he is standoffish.  But come what may I am going to do what my friend Mel has taught me, “Let go and let God” all I can do is pray and do my best to make sure that he has a low key few days and good naps the days leading up too and the day of the party.  Do what a I can and let Jesus Take the Wheel on the rest.

I feel fortunate that we will get to celebrate Tucker’s first birthday period.  With dozens of family and friends period.  Our blessings are overflowing, and we are so grateful for all that the Lord has blessed us with.  Maybe this is a little over the top, but I’m a realist, this party is for everyone else.  The only memories Tucker will have of this day will be from the pictures he sees.  So Eric and I are going to make it a great day for us all with the help of our family and friends.  And we will carry the memory of the day with us forever.  It’s another great occasion for the Gitters…there is bound to be snow there…so if you’re one of the lucky 100 make sure you have a snow brush in your car!

Dear Tucker,
You’re first birthday is fast approaching!  I am jumping the gun a little bit as you will only be 11 months on Sunday, but we have a lot to plan for!  Your dad and I are working hard to create a fun day for all your family and friends to celebrate the day that you arrived on this earth.  It was  a joyous day filled with wonderful people.  I can’t believe how much you’ve changed.  You make our lives richer everyday.  Being your mom is just the very best job, and getting to plan your party is just a great perk.  I love to plan parties, I can’t wait til we can look back at the day and tell you the story of Tucker Turning One.  Maybe I’ll make into a picture book that we can read every year on your birthday.  Well until you’re too old to think that’s cool.  Your dad and I have to find a place for you’re growth chart I bought for you, it’s almost time to make the first mark on it.  wow!  You’re only a baby for a little bit more.  I love you and all the gifts you have given me. 

30 Day Giving Challenge – Day 9

10 11 2011

Today I gave a donation to my brother, he is going into jail.  Well not real jail, but he’s putting himself in jail to raise money for the march of dimes.  He’s such a wonderful and giving guy.  He donated to me when Tucker and I walked in the Al’s Run/Walk for CHW as OWENge Warrior Walkers.  The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  That’s a tough job but what a great cause, to keep people with their babies longer.  So today I gave a donation to March of Dimes in hopes of getting my brother out of jail.  Maybe you’d like to donate to help get my brother out of jail (or to keep in him in there…that’s an option too) just click here.
Happy Giving