I have a new baby. Three primary thoughts have been: 1) I need more sleep than this. 2) We have so much junk. 3) Why aren’t affordable baby clothes cuter?
1) Milo’s birth mom told us he was waking up five to six times a night. After his first night with us in Utah, he was waking up three times. After his first night in his crib at home, he was waking up once. Then we got the genius idea that maybe he could sleep through the night! I skimmed Babywise, but it was a lot of information, and there are aspects of it (cry-it-out!) that are not good options for us. I joined a Babywise Mamas Facebook group to figure out alternatives while still keeping the aspects that work well for us… and whoa. The acronyms. LO, DWT, EWS. What are these? Why is that it mothers and gamers seem to be the primary users of acronyms in online forums? So strange. New world.
2) There have been a few things we’ve mean to sell for quite some time. And then we added a baby and his needed items (which we’ve really kept to a minimum), and suddenly everything I saw in our home looked like something I could sell. A friend recommended two local Facebook groups for selling and buying used items, and I joined. I’ve felt uneasy about Craigslist lately after a strange email exchange when attempting to buy a stroller. These Facebook groups are a whole new world of selling and buying things I was certain would need to end up at Goodwill. More acronyms here, too. NWT, EUC, GUC. What? New world.
3) Generally, I like to dress Milo like a smaller version of my husband with some added quirkiness. (I would love to see Dan in a pair of Little Hip Squeaks sweatpants and Freshly Picked moccasins!) Our friends and family have been very kind to compliment his wardrobe, and I have very much enjoyed picking out little outfits. The cute stuff is so dang expensive. I could act like I just realized this, but no, I realized this when I started “nesting” for Theo and Elliot’s arrival 2.5 years ago. Back then I bought clothes for them at full price. But recently I discovered the world of used kids’ clothes. Nearly everything we have for Milo was gifted, won in a giveaway, bought used, or bought new at a majorly discounted price. The best spots I’ve found for used clothes are Once Upon A Child (store chain), Kidizen (app), and thredUP (website + app — get $10 to spend using that link!). It is my great joy to spend an hour digging through the 3-6 month and 2T + 3T boys racks looking for good, cute, used clothes for my boys. New world.
Motherhood is weird.
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