1. Austin's favorite book is a family photo album. I have filled the pages full of pictures of Austin with us. One of his favorite activities is to flip through his book and point at us in the pictures. I made this album for him shortly after we became aware of his speech delay. My hope was he would begin saying "mom" or some form of my name by seeing my picture. So far no luck...but he does love pointing at me.
2. My second item I want to share is the Chicco hook on high chair.
Last summer I discovered this nifty chair. I absolutely hated going into restaurants and using their germ infested high chairs. I always took along a high chair cover, but unfortunately a simple piece of material cannot protect you from everything. I quickly learned that while the staff "might" wipe down the high chairs in between uses, the straps probably go neglected for the entire life of the high chair. Another great reason for this chair is that every place you go with your baby might not have high chairs available for your use. This happened to us at a wedding reception. I found our Chicco hook on chair at a local children's retail shop for $16 - one of the best purchases I have made in the baby item department. Adam was not convinced that this item was a "need" simply a want. He quickly changed his mind after the 1st use. I love that I can wash the seat after each use and not use the community high chairs when we are out. I am sad that Austin has outgrown this chair, but I am looking into portable booster seats. I will keep you updated on what we get.
3. My 3rd "Mama Love" I do not have yet. But I am positive it will make my life easier. Currently I carry a Vera Bradley diaper bag. This bag simply hangs over my shoulder. I love this bag! It is huge and fits everything I need. When I was pregnant with Aubrey I thought that it might be easier to have a diaper bag that I could wear on my back with backpack straps. Being hands free was a feature that I thought would be helpful with two children to keep hands on. I have looked at backpack diaper bags and just haven't been able to commit. It seems silly to buy a new diaper bag when I currently have one that will do the same job.
Twice this week I took both children out - alone. This "want" of a backpack diaper bag is definitely a "need". Poor Austin got knocked out by my massive shoulder bag numerous times. I barely fit through doors with Austin holding my one hand, diaper bag on shoulder, Aubrey in car seat on other arm - but wait how did I even open the door in the first place.
So I am in the market for a new diaper bag to wear on my back. I am looking for recommendations, please let me know if you have one.
Also head on over to Julia's blog to check out other contributions to her Mama Loves.