And guess what? I've found something that has been working. Ok, 2 somethings.
1. Getting away by myself for an hour a day. It might be swimming or yoga at the YMCA, or sewing a new carseat cover. Just something by myself where I don't have to worry about the other 3 hooligans for a bit. It's nice.
2. Shopping for the baby. Now since things are tight around here, I've been mostly window shopping. But it's still fun. And it turns out that after 5 babies, a lot of things are hashed! So, I may be actually shopping at some point in the not so distant future.
It started the other day when I went to Kohls to get Amelia some new shirts and all the kids some pajamas. Turns out our year round fleece jammies from Utah just are too hot for this climate. Who knew? Anyway, when I was there, I picked up a few shirts and rompers for the baby. They are so cute and small and fun.
Then, I got out all of Seth's baby clothes. These are things that haven't seen the light of day in almost 7 years. The kids and I ooh'ed and ahh'ed over how sweet and little they are.
But, the icing on the cake was when I found Baby Earth the other day. I was looking for some good training undies for Miss Libby and wanted to buy them locally. So, I was searching online and found this store. It is minutes from my house, and had exactly what I wanted.
The kids and I went to the store with one purpose and one purpose only, to get training pants.
I did get those, but I also fell in love with SO many baby items, I couldn't even stand it.
First, I found these swaddle blankets from Aden+Anais. I have never used them, but know that Loralee swears by them, and drooled over hers a bit when her Butterlump was a baby. And she thought it was all his spitup, HA! Fooled her!
I was drawn to these because they are made of muslin, and living in a place where Winter lasts about 2 weeks, I need light weight stuff. So, when I saw these sleep sacks, I almost started doing cartwheels.
Of course, I will need another Miracle Blanket. I love mine so much and it was SO helpful when Libby was a baby. And look at this one, in a giraffe print!!! Be still my heart!
The kids were happily playing with toys in the other room, so I kept looking and dreaming.
I've said it before, my babies sleep with me a lot, but not all the time. I have long wanted a baby hammock and when I saw this, I wanted to climb in myself. What baby wouldn't want to sleep in here??
I saw Robeez, and Robeez, and more Robeez. Since I have lost my bag of baby socks and all of the Robeez Seth wore, I was really drooling now. These are all SO cute!!! But these, are my favorites. I mean come on, look at those little loafers!
Now, I am not one for gadgets or anything like that. My babies sleep with me the majority of the time, and when we're outside, they can be on a blanket in the yard. At least that was the case in Utah. Here in Texas it is considerably HOTTER and we have chiggers. So, having a place where I can put the baby down and he can be protected is really pretty dang cool.
I really am having so much fun dreaming and finding things that I want for the baby. Even if I don't buy a single thing, I am just really grateful to have found something that has helped me "get that feeling again".
Because really, who can look at this and not be happy?
*Disclaimer: I got nothing for writing this post other than the pure satisfaction of finally being excited about this baby being born. Baby Earth had no idea I was going to write about their store, nor do they even know who I am. I mean really, who is going to search for PrairieMama? Anyway, I just really liked that I could find all of those things so close to my house and that I could register for them all online.