Sunday, August 19, 2007

a baby registry

So the next order of business, on strict orders from both my mom and Steve's mom, is to make a baby registry. I'm embarrassed to admit that we have made only one visit to a baby store so far (lasting an hour, at most). We have, however, started building baby's book collection, to which we would welcome contributions and suggestions. (I listed the books we've already bought on the right-hand side of the page.)

I've started registries at buybuybaby , babiesrus , and babystyle, with both the basics and some fun stuff.

I registered for a bare minimum of clothes - I'm sure everyone can figure out what a baby needs, and it's more fun if we're surprised by your cute picks. In general, onesies, hats, long-sleeved bodysuits with and without feet, nightgowns and sleepsacks, sweaters. You won't know the sex of the baby until s/he appears, but we prefer a variety of colors anyway.

As for toys, dolls, books, etc., think 19th century. We like wood and cloth instead of plastic and vinyl. We'd rather get one nice toy than five cheaper ones. Books are always welcome. Please, a minimum of things that are based on a television, movie, or Disney character, as we prefer to leave some room for the imagination. And for our sanity and happiness, nothing that requires batteries, makes noise, or blinks lights.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

lead lead lead....

Is it just that I'm newly aware of lead paint issues, or is it that it's a hot new topic for the media, or is it really true that there have been a lot of stories about lead paint contamination and toy recalls lately?

There was Thomas the Tank Engine: nytimes.com
followed by toy jewelry: nytimes.com
then Mattel: nytimes.com/2007/08/15/business/worldbusiness
and now baby bibs: nytimes.com/2007/08/15/business/

I try not to be an overly paranoid person, and obviously I don't go in for China-bashing, but these stories do make me nervous about buying mass-market toys (and apparently other things) for the baby.

belly pic

Me, this morning. Lotta belly.
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hello!

Steve and I have decided to start a baby blog so that we can share our thoughts and musings (fear and anxiety?) about this wonderful (crazy?) adventure and, more importantly to many of you, post pictures of our soon-to-be baby.

Neither of us has ever blogged before, but since I am always at my computer at work and then I'll be home for about eight months after baby is born in early November, I hope to write somewhat regularly. Unsurprisingly, I've also developed a fresh new interest in all things baby-related, so I'll occasionally post links to articles I'm reading about babies, toys, child care, education, etc. Feel free to comment on any of our postings; we'd love to hear from you.

Initial report: things are off to a good start. So far the pregnancy has been easy - I've felt great, have continued to exercise, and have had no strange pickle and ice cream cravings (although I have had perfectly normal ice cream cravings). I'm at the very beginning of the third trimester and am getting a real kick out of feeling the baby's movements. I have a wonderful doctor here in the city, and plan to have the baby at Roosevelt Hospital, on 59th and 10th.