I kinda like the green better anyway... And, as an added "bonus", I overheard someone complaining while I was paying for our car seat today that their set they had bought did not come with the car seat base that latches into the car! When you buy the car seat alone, it comes with a base...not so in the case of buying the car seat and stroller apparently! We'll be buying a second base for Garrick's car, but those are only $40 ($34 with a coupon) though. Even with buying a second base, that means we will have spent $187 total on our "set"! Go back up to that set price for the convenience of buying it all in one box...yup, I saved $17 on that price and would have had to buy two bases still (another $80)!
What I really like about having the "matching" stroller is that the car seat locks into it securely, there's no popping off with this guy! I know, because I had a heck of a time getting them apart in the store! It latches onto the stroller just like it latches onto the base in the car. I can't wait to have the little man here and take this for a spin!
Next up, I got all my one-size and size small diapers stuffed and ready to use! The blue tub on the top shelf of the changing table has all the pre-stuffed small/OS diapers ready to use and within reach. The clear tub (which has a blue lid that is now on it) is full of diapers in the Medium or Large size as well as all the "extra" liners. I figure we may need to double up the liners for over night, but for now...each diaper got one microfiber "cleaning" cloth that was folded in half. The bright blue and green ones in the clear tub are shaped like Swiffer pads (and are actually designed for use with a Swiffer), we'll see how they do though! The other liners all came with the cloth diapers (save for the two at the bottom of the photo that my Mom made for us). In the photo of the changing table, see the second blue tub, down a shelf? That's got hats, bibs, and mittens in it! The mittens may go somewhere else, but for now, it works.
Then there's the closet! I know I promised you a whole post just about the closet, but I'm too lazy and I really don't think you really want to read yet another whole post about a closet, do you?
First, how awesome does that look?!? I want my own closet to look that "put together"... But, this closet has a story...a story that starts with my Mom and I finding a set of ClosetMaid wire shelving closet organizer(s) on clearance for $19! Keep in mind we also purchased a "as yet unrevealed" shelving system for $50. Can we say woot? But, not so fast...we thought we'd start by getting the closet organizer put up to help clear up some space, so we popped open the box only to discover why it was so deeply discounted...one of the post caps and all four post pieces were missing! I tried for several days to get through on the customer service number included on the instructions...my call was less important than they claimed though...I never got through to anyone. So, off to Home Depot and Lowe's we went in search of the support poles. We did not find them though...what we did find was a whole lot spendier, but in the end, well worth the money in my opinion! We ended up getting a shelf track (basically, you screw this to the wall the hang the uprights from it, ensuring everything is level), four upright pieces (each measuring 60-inches), and 8 shelf brackets (two for each shelf). The three large shelves all have "clothing rods" built into them...not sturdy enough for adult sized clothes, at least not loaded down anyway, but perfect for little baby/kid stuff! We also left the wooden shelf and clothing rod in the closet...this is totally mounted below that, adding to the storage space in the closet! Currently, all the spare bed parts are up there though...the toddler rail pieces, pieces for converting the crib into a full-size frame, and all the leftover dresser pieces. Also, a few toys that are "too old" for a baby...one that may or may not end up being a birthday/Christmas present for one of our nephews!
Talk about an organized space though...let me start in the top left and show you what I mean...empty hangers are on the old rod up there and on the shelf just behind them, a crib pad that Garrick's Mom crossed stitched! I'm debating hanging it on a wall or using it...the size is a bit "off" for the crib, but I'll use it one way or another! I think it would also make a great little "throw" for playing on the floor with. Going to the right on that top shelf, is baby's bath supplies (wash cloths and then towels, with his hot water indicator ducky). We ended up getting two of those duckies that say "HOT" on the bottom if the water's too hot...I had never seen that in ducky form before! This one looks like a policeman, lol. Hanging from that first shelf is all of little man's jackets and "outside" gear (he has 3 "snowsuits")! The one on the farthest right is, of course, a terry cloth ducky "suit" that I believe is meant to put on after a bath...nephew #1 got a lot of use out of it when he was tiny! Continuing across the top of the photo, we have more empty hangers (the ones my Mom crocheted for us), the sleep sacks (both are size small, but one is significantly larger), and behind that, hidden from view here, is our giant stack of homemade blankets! You can see a tiny bit of bright red binding peeking out from under the sleep sacks... The stack is being held on the shelf from the side by the diaper stacker we have in there...it was the diaper stacker my Mom got when I was born! The diaper stacker itself is full of the "old-style" cloth diapers, or rather it was...I took two of the three packages downstairs today and just brought them up fresh out of their third time through a wash/dry cycle! They are currently waiting to be folded (in the crib), but will be going back in the stacker along with the set I left in the package and the bunch of "plastic pants" I have in the bottom of the stacker...they look too big for use right now anyway. I do have two diaper covers for use with this style diaper, but figure I'll save those for my use while Garrick is otherwise engaged and save him the "hassle" of learning to use them too (at least right off the bat).
Down to the short shelf...it is currently housing one of the "large" size tubs that matches the ones on the changing table, in this tub, I have crib sheets, a couple of the little plastic changing pads (for in a diaper bag), and on top of the sheets, sheet savers! The sheet savers are plastic backed and go over your crib sheets to keep them dry in case of overnight leaks (of course, all the photos of these show them going under baby's head...but under their butt seems more useful to me). We ended up getting three terry cloth ones (green, blue, and cream) on sale for $3.99 at BRU and one (not pictured) that is a dark brown faux-fur that I paid $4.49 for. Down another shelf (and to the right), we have a stack of receiving blankets (some as old as me). Both baskets on this shelf are ones that I made in my basket weaving class last year! The one just to the right of the blankets is full of baby shoes (mostly size 2), while the melon basket is currently holding "odds and ends" that I'm not sure where to put just yet (including both bathroom travel kits my sister made...). The clothing hanging from this shelf is all "sets" with the exception of three of them which are all "baby's first Christmas" stuff.
On the last shelf, the large tub is holding "lap pads" (waterproof flannel pads for use in keeping oneself dry should baby spring a leak), the other changing pad cover (I only got 2, those suckers are expensive, $9.50 each at WalMart, $18+ at BRU), our other sets of cloth wipes (we currently have 3 sets of 10 wipes), and both of our burp cloths (yes, we only have 2...one my Mom made that has a PUL backing to keep Dad clean once he has to go back to work and one I bought a few weeks ago that appears to be made out of a couple of printed cloth diapers, this one also has snaps so it can be used as a bib once baby is big enough to need a large bib and no burp cloth). To the left of the tub, in the clear totes, is the diapering "bits" I talked about earlier, and above that is a tote full of socks! The clear tote with the white lid is all clothes that are larger than 0-3 months (so, 3-6 months on up to 6-9 months). And pay no attention to the wiring in the bottom of the closet...our WiFi is still coming from the connection there...Garrick needs to get that moved sooner rather than later...for now the router is sitting on an empty kitty litter tub just outside of the closet doors!
Well, I'm off to fold this lovely load of extra clean cloth diapers! And don't worry..there was no fabric softener in that Downy Ball! I use it to hold my White Vinegar (an excellent fabric softener)...baby's stuff doesn't get anything but Vinegar to help soften them...I do use homemade dryer sheets and Unstoppables (fragrance beads) in our clothes, but not for baby!
One last thing...we have a date set for our (my) C-section! But, it's still not a "for sure" date, it will depend on the results of the amniocentesis the day before whether or not we have a "go" or a "wait a week and get steroid shots", so I won't close the voting just yet! At our last ultrasound, little man is still measuring in the 92nd percentile for size and hasn't bothered to go head down at all...in fact, he has adopted a "stand up right" position!