My Favorite Baby Stuff

10 Jun

Now that I’ve been a Mom for 10 weeks!!! I have some pretty strong opinions on baby stuff, including what the must haves really are. Spoiler alert: I definitely missed out on some crucial items when I created my baby registry.

Misconceptions I had regarding baby stuff:

The crib is the #1 thing to have! The crib must be ready before the baby comes!

Reality: My baby spends like 30 minutes a day in her crib (napping if I’m lucky). Newborns will want to co-sleep, be in a bassinet, and will basically sleep anywhere that is not a crib.

A newborn won’t care about toys. See this couch cushion, toy! This plastic cup, toy!

Reality: Babies like to look at things, especially things overhead. I didn’t register for a real activity mat, which now feels like a big mistake. We recently got one that doubles as a ball pit and now it’s fun time, anytime! Also, I no longer have to spend hours holding toys above my baby’s head.

There’s no way I’m turning my living room into a Babies R’ Us. My living room will remain posh and adult like.

Reality: Yes, my baby likes the classy Baby Bjorn bouncer that looks like a piece of Euro furniture, but she likes the used Fisher Price ‘Snugga Bunny’ rocker even more…. It’s totally OK to have baby stuff in the living room all the time. Also, babies like things that look like they’re made for babies vs. adults.

Baby wearing… not sure if I’ll do it… seems a little hippy-ish.

Reality: Baby wearing has been a life saver and overall is just a sweet fun thing to do. The $18 Balboa Baby Sling I found at Ross is used every day and lets me clean, write, exercise, and snuggle (on the go!). I only wish I would have found this sooner.

I’ll just buy medical stuff once the baby arrives.

Reality: While you can do this for some items, you’ll want to have a thermometer, diaper rash cream, lotion, etc. before the baby arrives vs. when you need it. No one wants to stress about buying a thermometer when you think your baby has a fever. I got the Kinsa and it’s really slick, but it takes time to set up. Give yourself that time.

I won’t register for any baby clothes because people will give me baby clothes anyways.

Reality: While this is somewhat true, I realized we were definitely lacking newborn sized clothes. A lot of clothes gifted to us were larger and sometimes not for the right season. Also, I learned quickly that I hated doing all the little snaps a million times per day for diaper changes. The zipper body suits were really the newborn clothes I wanted. In the early days, I definitely wanted function over fashion. Now that I have more experience being a Mom and am getting more sleep, I can handle the 3 piece outfits 😉

Looking forward to seeing what future must have items I’ll discover!

 

 

 

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I’m Back… Again

21 May

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So I’ve decided to dust off the ol’ blog. I can’t believe that my last post, hilariously titled ‘I’m Back!’ (from 2014?) was my last post. Oh well, you know, I’ve been busy and stuff.

I’m still at the awesome ‘new’ job, but the bigger news is that I had a baby. Yes, 7 weeks ago a baby came out of my body, AMAZING! So maybe this blog will turn into a baby blog? Who knows?!

Being a Mom has been great so far, but certainly with surprises. The top 3 surprises for me:

How smoothly my pregnancy went, but how rough labor was

Pregnancy was pretty great other than the lack of cute maternity clothes and constantly bumping into stuff. I didn’t have morning sickness and had enough energy to work out well into the third trimester. I was kicking butt at work and also had a valid excuse for extra long naps and eating regularly at Taco Bell. The worst day I remember while being pregnant was when I had a terrible acne attack and a melt down because I had no foundation or cover up. Once I bought some make up, problem solved.

Labor on the other hand was a different story. Everything was going great (the baby came on the due date!)… until it wasn’t. I won’t bore you with the details, but I learned that women who have a natural birth are probably super human and that a c section is indeed major surgery. Walking and using the bathroom for the first time after getting your stomach muscles cut open is extremely humbling.

How much I would love my baby <3!! and the craziness of hormones  

The hormones post pregnancy are crazy! The first time I saw my baby I completely understood the phrase love at first sight. For the first 3 weeks post birth I also cried at every commercial and/or show that featured Moms or babies. When you’re up at 3 am with your baby do not be tempted to watch the ‘A Baby Story’ marathon that will inevitably be playing unless you really love crying.

The crazy stuff you do as a parent even if you swore you would never do it

Pre-baby I laughed at the ideas of co-sleeping, going to insane lengths to breastfeed, etc… Of course I ended up co-sleeping with baby for the first couple weeks and am eating soy and diary free so I can breastfeed. A vegetarian diet free of milk and soy is crazy and so am I. Fantasizing about Olive Garden’s cheese ravioli with alfredo sauce and anything with soy sauce on it is now my new hobby.

Even with the ups and downs, 7 weeks into motherhood I’m feeling great and can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring!

 

I’m Back!

28 Sep

Greetings! It’s certainly been awhile!

It looks like my last post was Jan 2 and now it’s Sept 28 so that will make a whopping 2 posts for the year. Clearly I’m very dedicated to this blogging stuff. Anyways, I’m hoping to get better at that since there have been lots of new exciting changes going on in my life right now. Here’s the quick run down.

I went to Hong Kong which was amazing. The food was so good and the shopping was even better. Lots of cool cultural sites to see as well. I miss the efficiency of their MTR already.

I got a new job in the summer! I’ve been there 4 mo. now so I’m not as new (but really everything still feels new). This job feels like a new adventure and promotion all in one so I feel very happy career-wise right now.

Another fun thing, I got to see 2 new US cities: New York and Chicago. Both had amazing architecture and great food.

The summer weather has been AMAZING! I’ve felt really lucky to spend so much time in the sunshine. Even in late Sept, it’s still warm enough to wear shorts. So awesome.

Two new trips are in the works 🙂

I’ve also been trying to exercise more, read more, and save more money. I’ll try to post book reviews soon! The exercise portion of this goal needs some serious work before a real update.

Happy 2014 from meganlol!

2 Jan

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It’s officially 2014, WHOA! Hmm…I sure haven’t posted in a long time so I figure it’s time to do a big 2013 recap. I don’t think I made a formal goals list for 2013, but I did do a lot of very cool things. Here is the stuff that made the list of my highlights of 2013 in no particular order:

  • Finally made it back to Japan! I had wanted to go back since I was there in 2000 and especially wanted to bring my husband there. The trip did not disappoint! (I also went to California and Arizona)
  • Learned some new recipes and have been cooking less things that come from boxes….kinda. I made really yummy potato pancakes last week and am looking forward to making more. I also learned that I want to eat potato pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I learned even how to cook one new food item per year, this will be a success.
  • Saw my game launch at work and got a promotion. I’ve officially been in the video game industry for 2 years which although short still feels like an important milestone.
  • Got LASIK which has been amazing. I had been wanting to do this for awhile and can’t believe I finally did it. I will do a whole other blog post dedicated to this. Seeing without glasses or contacts though is pure magic.
  • Found a haircut I actually like and want to stick with! I have been searching for the perfect haircut and hairdresser for the past 10 years. I think I finally found both.
  • Attended so many amazing family events and parties and friends houses. These are always my favorite memories.
  • Planted a garden. My sunflowers grew super tall and later withered. I didn’t manage to get any of my veggies to grow though. It was cool.

I hope 2014 brings as much fun as 2013 did!

 

PAX 2013

15 Sep

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I haven’t done a blog post for quite some time so I figured I better update everyone about PAX 2013! It was definitely a lot of fun, but not as fun as last year’s. It somehow felt smaller: there weren’t as many games to play, not as much good swag, and I wasn’t interested in any of the panels this year. I didn’t even get to really see a PS4 or Xbox One in person, just the controllers.

PAX highlights for me included:

  • PopCap booth with PvZ 2 and Peggle 2!
  • Capcom store was amazing with so much Sanrio x Street Fighter (the line was super long though!!)
  • Hatsune Miku booth with the most energetic Hatsune Miku cosplay gals you’ve ever seen (they never stopped dancing); game was fun too
  • The entire indie games section although it was packed
  • Oculus Rift
  • I got a very cute Raccoon plush (y.com mascot??)

Looking forward to PAX 2014 with the hope of more playable games and more games that I really want to play.

What I Learned on My Japan Vacation :)

4 Jun

ImageI’m back from Japan! Actually I got back a couple weeks ago, but I’m back in the blogging spirit.

My recent trip to Japan was simply amazing and further reinforces my view that if you want to go somewhere and can afford it, just do it! In years past I was always nervous about going back to Japan due to cost, possible language barriers, and worries about getting around. Turns out I was wrong on all counts! It was particularly special getting to take my husband to Japan and show him some of my favorite things from my first trip some 10+ years ago. Some things I learned on this trip:

  • Japan isn’t as expensive as people make it out to be. Food in particular was very reasonable, even in the heart of Tokyo. We only spent maybe $3-$6 each on meals generally. One of our ‘expensive’ meals was $9. It’s not 5 star dining, but it was always delicious and gave the chance to eat a lot of delicious Japanese food. Udon, ramen, and gyudon spots were generally our favorites.
  • Some things are expensive….like Starbucks (400+ yen). Why not enjoy a 144 yen 7-11 coffee instead? Coffee also tastes sweeter in Japan.
  • The train and subway system is not as daunting as it seems. All the signage is in English which helps, but not all announcements are made in English so you still need to pay attention. The subway line which we were closest to (Marunouchi) was a great starting point for exploration. If you’re at a hotel that has wifi, bring an iPad or other hand device to map out which lines to take for where you want to go. This was extremely helpful and saved a lot of planning time.
  • Don’t buy the spendy JR Rail pass unless you’re going to use it (like going to Kyoto from Tokyo). We didn’t buy one and mostly walked places or spent $1.60-$2.20 each time for the subway or train. We still spent way less than the rail pass would have cost.
  • Tokyo is huge! You probably already know this but if you really want to explore Tokyo give yourself a few days. It’s much more similar to a state than a city. Every area is different and has its own special attractions. Shinjuku, Ueno, and Akihabara were our favorite areas.
  • If you like shopping, save room in your luggage or pack extra luggage. We found so many great things and great deals we ended up having to buy bags to pack home all the gifts and souvenirs. If you like Hello Kitty, video games, anime, electronics, or Japanese things in general your head might explode from the vast amount of stuff to buy. The elaborately boxed candies and sweets are particularly nice to get as gifts and will take up space.
  • One of the easiest ways to get from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo is the Airport Limousine Bus (don’t let the name fool you, it’s just a bus). It’s $30 per person, but definitely worth the 90 min trip. No dealing with luggage at the train station! The extra bonus? They accept credit cards!!!
  • Bring cash if you can get a good exchange rate or use the 7-11 ATM machines (I’ll save the full awesomeness of Japanese 7-11s for another post). Credit cards are accepted at very few places. Japan runs almost exclusively on cash so be prepared!
  • Lastly, if you have time learn some Japanese, it will help a lot. Not everyone in Tokyo speaks English (contrary to what friends/ websites/ etc.. will tell you). I am 100% sure you will use it! If you can memorize hiragana/katakana that’s even better! One of my favorite parts of Japan was getting to use the Japanese I learned in college. I feel even more inspired to keep up with it.

I hope these ‘learnings’ can help anyone who is interested in visiting Japan. I’ll be sure to add other Japan posts in the coming weeks!

Busy Times!

14 Apr

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It has been some time since my last post, but I’m back! Things I’ve been up to:

Short trip to Arizona to visit my parents: It’s nice to be in the sun, but as always I remember why Washington is clearly the best state to live in. We went to the Pima County Air Museum and the Desert Museum which were both a lot of fun. I saw owls and falcons!

Birthday: It was in Arizona, but I also had birthday celebrations in Washington with more family. I turned 28! Check later for blog posts on some of my special gifts I got!

Weddings: There was one this weekend in Seattle and I have one next weekend in Alaska. I finally got a chance to wear my Neiman Marcus for Target cape by Prabal Gurung (pictured above). I also wore a Prabal Gurung for Target dress, matchy matchy!

Future Travel: Alaska next weekend and Japan in a couple weeks.

Goals: Continue planning for Japan and studying Japanese. We have plane tickets, hotel booked, a voucher for the Miyazaki Museum, my high school and college Japanese language skills, and then a bunch of my ‘ideas’. Should be great, right?!

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