Here's to a very happy new year to you, my dear reader! A wintry storm is haunting the North today. Our lights are flickering because of ice on the power lines, but we are snug and warm inside enjoying some freshly made ginger and lemon tea.
Regretfully, I have not been posting a lot on the journal during these past few months. Becoming a mother has been both wonderful and daunting at the same time. I am sure that whatever I went through, all new moms have experienced. We've had the most beautiful couple of months together, my little boy and I. Memories I'll treasure forever and more memories to be made. I started a little diary where I write about what we've done and seen together, how he develops, things he does that make us laugh or cry... It's amazing how the littlest things can mean so much.
So here is a list of some of my favorites for babies and their new mommies:
- Swaddles by Aden and Anais, you honestly cannot have enough of them! These come in the cutest prints and patterns, and they are so very soft.
- These warm knit baby booties from Kids to Kids. I love the classic look and feel of their baby clothing.
- I am still using this unscented belly butter by Burt's Bees as a rich body cream.
- Jonah is so very fond of his Sophie the Giraffe toy and this beautiful toy from Petit Stellou.
- Our black and cream colored Bugaboo Cameleon stroller was quite the investment, but it's definitely worth it. Everyday we make long walks through the park and into town. Because the carrycot is deeper than in most other strollers it makes for a very warm, snug, and safe place for a baby. My mother in law made a beautiful sheep blankie for the cot, using organic Merino wool.
- The Solly Baby Wrap was an absolute favorite gift! We carried Jonah around in it on the beach in Ameland, the woods in Drenthe, and so many more places. Solly Baby has some great tutorials on YouTube.
- I have been using baby sign language with Jonah, and by now he has picked up on the sign for milk! With his little fists he will show us that it's time for his bottle. I am also teaching him the signs for eat, diaper, all done, pussycat, bunny, and book.
- Guess How Much I Love You is our favorite cardboard book and it allows us to practice some of the baby signs.
- Even though Jonah has not yet started with solid food, I am already so inspired by the book Easy Peasy. The book uses some great guidelines and food rules to make sure that your child eats plenty of fruit and vegetables and it discourages the use of refined sugar in a young child's diet.