Thursday, January 20, 2011

Safety first

Now that we're at the half way mark - with less than 20 weeks to go and an almost clean slate in the nursery - it's definitely time to get a little more serious about shopping. Not for clothes. We've got a good head start on that. Instead, we have to research and locate the items that will help us best care for Baby S upon arrival.

The first and most critical accessory is a car seat, since the hospital won't let you leave with the baby unless you have one. We'll also be seeking a sleeping solution for her until she moves to the nursery for overnights.

One of the other important purchases is the beloved crib, the sleeping sanctuary that must be extremely sturdy, safe and of course cute. Yesterday, after a lunch meeting, I stopped by a local baby product's supplier and almost instantly fell in love with a crib we had not seen during prior visits.

Wanna see it?



Okay. It's a good looking piece of furniture, right? Trust me when I tell you that it is also super solid. In fact, I've never seen a crib with wood so thick. This one also converts to a toddler and then full size bed.

There's one major sticking point. A little Googling fetched a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website (red flag) and a quick read revealed the crib, manufactured by Baby Appleseed, had been recalled in August 2008 due to a 'fall hazard' inherent in the product. (sigh)

I checked Baby Appleseed's site and their 'press room' mentioned nothing about it. In fact, there were only two publicly released statements from 2007 and one from Feb. 2008. The latter announced the company had worked hard to qualify for JPMA standards... This crib sells for $650 in stores today, yet so far I haven't been able to locate a single admission from the company that there had been a problem, nor a confirmation that the safety issues have been fully rectified.

Needless to say, this crib is no longer on the list. I realize this is just the beginning of making sure our babe is safe. Wow! What an awesome responsibility.

UPDATE: We learned that the cribs in question were manufactured prior to 2008. The distributor told me that they don't even sell cribs older than four months, so their current inventory was built last fall. I was very glad to hear this as I am in love with this crib. :-D

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A+ for Baby

Last week, we went in for a Level II Ultrasound. It's like an in-depth check up for the baby. Need I say I was also in search of a great  profile pic, but that's a whole other post. (sigh)

This look-see is usually when moms and dads find out the gender of their baby, but as y'all know we're on Team Green and waiting until Delivery Day to learn boy or girl. So, for us, the excitement was all about finding out how well our baby was coming along.

From top to bottom, the doc checked every thing. I joked the baby has my generously proportioned head and daddy's strong, runner's legs. The bottom line is the baby's brain, heart, lungs, and other vital parts are all good. Our little one weighs 11 ounces. Seems like so little considering there's only a few more months to gain at least five pound.

In the end, the doctor gave Baby S an A+ all around and said, "You're doing a good job cooking this baby." Praise the Lord for a healthy child. We left with a 23-minute video. It's pretty awesome to watch the baby moving around, which he/she did a lot during the exam.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

happy new year!

Happy New Year! It's 2011. The year of new beginnings, right? New experiences! One happened tonight! Anthony has been waiting for that perfect moment when his hand is on my belly and Baby S kicks or throws a jab. Well, just as he was drifting off the baby gave him a good kick that he was actually able to feel. I was all excited for him and then he said, "that felt like gas." LOL From what I've read a lot of first time moms mistake it for gas, so his take on the experience made sense. Soon, though, he'll be able to tell the difference.

We're 18 weeks and four days! Next week, we'll have a Level II ultrasound. It's a very thorough look at baby. We can't wait to see our little one again. It's been so long. On another note, this is what Baby S wanted for lunch today.