Newborn Essentials

Eesa is almost 6 months old now, so I think we can officially say he is out of the newborn stage. Even though he was a really easy baby, a newborn is still a handful! Here’s what worked for us 🙂 P.s. Follow us on instagram for daily updates!

1. Wubbanub Pacifier

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Not only is it just fun to say, I found these super useful. This was Eesa on his first plane ride to London. We introduced the pacifier at 3 weeks old to avoid nipple confusion, and honestly it was so useful, especially for car rides and fussy babies. The wubbanub helps to hold the pacifier in the baby’s mouth because they’re too young to do so on their own, and once it does fall out it’s right there in front of you instead of digging around for it. Many times at night we would put it back in his mouth in the dark easily. We had a giraffe and a bear that we kept with us at all times. Unfortunately we lost them both in Italy 😛

2. Aden and Anais Blankets 

I heard so much about these blankets that I had to get them. I got the 4-pack giraffe themed one’s (obviously) and used them all the time. We found they worked better for us as swaddlers than the velcro or zip up swaddles that we had. They are also multi-purpose and I used them as blankets in the carseat, swaddlers, nursing covers, blankets to lay down baby on, burp cloths and changing pads too. They wash so easily and well, highly recommend!

3. Rocker/Swing

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The rocker we had was the mamaroo. It was so nice to be able to put him down and get in meals together with my husband, or take a quick shower. He loved the motions and it kept him quiet – for a little while at least! Any type of seat/swing to put the baby down in can really come in handy.

4. Carrier 

The carrier we had was the baby bjorn. It worked great for him as a newborn, and he loved it so much. We kept the carrier for those times where he was really so fussy, and it worked great at calming him down. The carrier plus the wubbanub was an instant knockout for him. It was also so so useful on our trip to Italy when he got tired of his stroller.

5. Stroller System 

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The stroller system we chose was the Uppababy Cruz. We liked it because it was lightweight, easy fold, and big storage. We’ve been using for almost 6 months now and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Regardless of which stroller you get though, having a stroller system where the carseat connects to the stroller will save you loads of cranky babies. Babies tend to fall asleep in car rides, and taking them out the carseat generally wakes them up. We went out all the time when Eesa was a newborn because he just loved sleeping in his carseat. Sometimes we even drove him around in his stroller at home as shown above, and sometimes my kitten joined in on the fun if you look closely 🙂

6. Baby Monitor 
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The baby monitor for us was very useful. Surprisingly enough, when you’re really asleep it can get tough to hear a newborn. We co-slept for the first 3 weeks but after that he slept in his crib. For naps too, having the monitor was a must-have for us.

7. Glider/Chair 

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When your baby is a newborn there are countless hours spent feeding, rocking, and soothing your baby. This chair was a lifesaver for us, and especially my husband. He was able to rock and soothe our baby while I slept and recovered from my c-section. Whether you get a glider or a chair, you need somewhere comfy to hold and feed your baby. We also kept a table beside the chair where we would keep water, books, and other things we might want while the baby fell asleep.

That’s it for now! Sorry for the long post 😛

 

The Nursery

I started thinking of Eesa’s nursery almost immediately after I got pregnant. I knew we would be moving to a new place before we had the baby, so I had to hold off on the actual doing of the nursery, but I sure had fun planning it in the meanwhile! The theme was easy, my husbands favourite animals are giraffes. Perfect for a neutral nursery. The furniture I knew I would want it to be white, and the room colour we chose together was mint. So here’s a look, part by part 🙂

The Door

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Pretty self-explanatory.

The Crib 

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The crib I wanted was super simple, I wanted straight clean edges and a minimalistic look. We actually chose a crib that was curvy and I just couldn’t imagine it, so we switched before receiving it, and I’m very happy we did! My mother in law graciously offered to pay for the crib and the baby’s dresser, which we were so grateful for. The paintings above the crib were done by me, and in bright colours to attract baby’s attention. He loves them, and talks to them each morning!

The Dresser 

The dresser I wanted was something he would be able to use when he was a bit older too, so we went for a basic IKEA 6 drawer malm dresser. On top of the dresser we keep the changing pad with a mint cover, and a giraffe quilt hand sewn by my best friends mom. We also keep a basket of things we use often like creams, saline spray, the nosefrieda, and a few other random items. We also keep his giraffe nightlight on there, which projects stars and moons on his ceiling in different colours. He loves to sleep on his back so I’m not too sure how useful that really is haha. I made his paintings here to help him learn his english and his arabic alphabet.

The Mirror Wall 

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I’m very interested in the Montessori style of education, and so a component on the room that I wanted was a mirror wall with a bar. It is intended to capture their interest and encourage the baby to pull themselves up. It also helps them understand their environment better. Both the mirrors and rod were from IKEA, totalling less than $30. Eesa is getting used to the wall but really enjoys looking at himself and us in the mirrors.

The Play Area 

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Again keeping with the Montessori style, his play shelves are short and within his reach. The bottom shelves are empty for now, but once he starts crawling I will probably keep his favoured toys there. The top shelves have giraffe printed baskets which contain some of his toys (he has way too many toys already) Above his shelf right now are his books, as he gets a bit older I intend to build some sleek shelves there to use as a simple bookshelf. The paintings here are also made by me.

The Nursing Corner 

Another aspect that was super important to my husband was to have a comfy chair in the room. We didn’t know what kind of baby we would have but wanted to have a place to rock and soothe him. We found this Dutailier glider second-hand for a great price, because they are very very pricey new. We love it so much! It works amazing, especially in that newborn stage where they just love being held. Beside it we keep a table with all his little shoes, and some space for anything we may want to have with us while we rock him. Above the table I made a chalk drawing that says “First we had each other, then we had you, now we have everything” and it genuinely feels that way even though my husband feels it is unfair to any more children we have 😛

And that is it! I had a lot of fun with his nursery and I really hope he loves it too. We will probably redesign it around the 1 year mark, follow us for more updates! If you’d like to see  Eesa pictures more often, follow us on instagram 🙂

Until next time!

Love

-Sana and Eesa 🙂

 

 

 

Trip to Italy

We recently took a trip to Italy with Eesa. He was 2 months old at the time! Here are some details about the trip and how it went 🙂 Let’s get to it!

DAY 1 – VENICE 

After cancelled flights and running across Heathrow airport, we eventually landed in Venice. Tired and exhausted we went looking for our air B&B rental for the night. Right away we were charmed and amazed at the beauty of Venice. There are no cars whatsoever in Venice. We hopped onto the public bus and toured through Venice. We went to take a nap in our rental and then went out for dinner and gelato that night. We tried the famous black spaghetti and it was funky! After that we went to bed and woke up the next day and had breakfast, visited the Rialto bridge and left to take the train to Florence.

DAY 2 – FLORENCE

On our second day we visited Florence. We went to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. We also visited the Piazza Michelangelo and the Basilica Di San Lorenzo. We also saw the Piazza della Signoria. Italians are all about their piazza’s! We also went to see Ponte Vecchio, also known as the bridge of love. This is where people used to place love locks, but we were disappointed to find out that this is now illegal due to environmental issues! We then strolled down the streets shopping and looking around and finished the evening with some renowned florentine steak.

DAY 3 – PISA

Moving on! On our 3rd day we decided to pass through Pisa, as it is not too far a train ride from Florence. There’s really only one thing to do in Pisa which I’m sure you can all guess!

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DAY 4&5 – ROME 

Our first day in Rome we visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hills. This took us all day and was so much climbing and walking! Especially with a stroller and a baby this got us very tired out! We slept well that night. The next day we woke up and went to see the Trevi Fountain, and shopped around for the rest of the day, which was a nice break from the loaded sightseeing we had been doing up until this point.

DAY 6 – NAPLES 

After Rome, to the land of pizza we went! Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and is the closest city to the Amalfi coast. Naples was much more city like than any other place we had been to in Italy! Also, there were more street vendors here than actual stores!

DAY 7 – POMPEII AND AMALFI COAST

Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast are right off the coast about an hour from Naples. We took a tour of both, on what happened to be a very rainy day! Even with all the rain Pompeii was a very interesting place, much of it preserved. The Amalfi coast even with the fog and the rain was absolutely beautiful and magical, complete cities built on mountains! The pictures do not even come close to doing it justice.

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DAY 8 – VENICE 

From the Amalfi Coast we travelled back to Venice where we would take our flight out of Italy from. This time we visited the Grand Canal, Saint Marks Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and Piazza San Marco. Venice was honestly the highlight of the trip for my husband and I, it was so unexpectedly magical. I would return to Italy just to go to Venice alone.

Overall this trip was my dream come true, and I’m so grateful to have gone. It was everything I could have hoped for and so much more, and to be able to do it with my husband and baby was a big bonus!

Can’t wait for my next adventure 🙂

 

5 Month Update

I can’t believe my baby is five months old already! I feel like every day goes slowly and at the same time passes by so quickly. I’m trying to appreciate the moments that we’ve been given by writing on here to keep memories of my baby growing up. So here goes nothing!

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Height/Weight: The last time Eesa was weighed was at his 4 month appointment, where he weighed 13.5lbs and his height was 60cm. He’s always been on the lower end of the scale, but we love his size! He often gets mistaken for older than he is.

Daily: Eesa’s days consist of playing, eating and sleeping. He usually starts off around 8-8:30am with a feeding, and then we put him in his crib and he talks himself to sleep. He naps until about 11:30am. When he wakes up I feed him, and then we do independent play time while I make/have breakfast. Once he’s done with that, we sing some nursery rhymes together, and then we do some time in the jolly jumper while I clean up the bedrooms. He’s been loving the jolly jumper! After that he takes a nap from around 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Once he’s done napping we usually go out for the day, if not we play until bedtime, which is about 9:00pm.

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Bedtime: Eesa is an amazing sleeper. We are truly blessed. At 9:00pm I feed him, put him down in his crib, tell him goodnight and walk out the door. He is usually asleep within 1-3 minutes, and this is true for 90% of the time. Naps go the same way.

Eating: We started solids last month with purees (banana, avocado, carrots, and oat cereal) and this month we’ve moved on to baby led weaning. He is very good at it, and can easily guide the food to his mouth. He sucks on it more than he eats, but that’s the point at his age! We started baby led weaning with some sweet potato, and will soon move on to other foods 🙂

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Sizes: He is currently wearing size 3-6 months and he fits into them comfortably. He still has at least 1-2 months before he outgrows them. He also wears size 4-6months.

Milestones: 

Here are some of the things he’s learned recently:

  • Can sit up on his own for a few minutes at a time
  • Can roll over from back to front and front to back
  • Can take items out of baskets
  • Can grab with both hands and guide to his mouth
  • Turning himself when on his tummy in all directions

That’s all for now! I love him more and more each day and can’t wait for what’s to come! Looking forward to writing on here more often.