Romanian Food and Playground Fun – Pookie Moment of the Week

Ok, I know I said that I would stick to just ONE Pookie Moment of the Week, but I’m breaking my promise again. This week, I have 2 Pookie Moments for you to check out!

On Monday, we went to Romanian GardenĀ in Sunnyside, Queens for a taste of the homeland with the whole family. Pookie had a fabulous time. As usual, he thoroughly impressed everyone with his eating skills. And he ate SALAD! What? And then he proceeded to run all over the restaurant. Thankfully, it was practically empty, so no one seemed to mind.

On Tuesday, Pookie, Oma, Opa and I went to William Sheridan Playground in our neighborhood, and Pookie had a total blast. He of course did some swinging, some sliding, some climbing, some bird-chasing and lots of running around. His new favorite thing to say is “that way!” The cutest moment though was when he tried to make friends with some bigger kids. He walked right up to them and tried to show them the piece of bark that he had picked up off the ground (“look what I have!”). And they completely ignored him! They were like “go away, baby!” So my poor little munchkin just walked away. On to bigger and better things…

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Pookie’s not gonna lose any sleep over it!

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Again I couldn’t choose just one! – Pookie Moment of the Week

The idea behind my Pookie Moment of the Week posts is to choose Pookie’s most significant moment of each week, but this week, there were so many truly significant moments to choose from, so I’ve decided to share them all. I hope you don’t mind… šŸ™‚

Last Wednesday Pookie went to the dentist for the first time! Because I had read that babies should have their first dental visit around 6 months after their first tooth erupts, I had really felt like I was slacking. But after visiting the dentist, I feel reassured that we’re perfectly on track concerning Pookie’s dental care. Phew! Pookie’s first trip to the dentist couldn’t have gone better. We went to Bitesize Pediatric Dentistry, and let me just say that this will be one of those places that I will miss when we move to New Orleans. Yep, it was that great! When Dr. Malhotra started examining and brushing Pookie’s teeth, it wasn’t going so well until the doctor’s very sweet assistant put Pookie’s favorite (also the only one he’s ever seen) cartoon, Moana, on. Then it was smooth sailing. Overall, Pookie had a great time, was incredibly well-behaved and was rewarded with a ball and a ballon! And I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Malhotra.

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Last Thursday Pookie got to see his Oma and Opa for the first time in 7 months! So that was definitely an extremely significant moment! Pookie was so happy to see them, and he clearly remembered them (Facetime was a big help!), and Oma and Opa couldn’t be happier to be reunited with their munchkin.

Last Friday we celebrated Passover! It was our first time hosting, and it went so well! Pookie of course had no idea what was going on, but he had a blast! He loves being around a lot of people (I think he gets this from his Papa!), so he was in heaven.

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On Saturday we crossed an item off of our bucket list by having brunch at the Red Rooster in Harlem! Pookie loves going out to eat, so he had a great time. And then he had an even better time stalking birds and walking and walking around Harlem and Central Park and then hanging out in the front seat of the car pressing buttons and honking the horn.

On Sunday we celebrated Easter first at home over breakfast and later on with our friends in Jersey City! To say that Pookie had a fabulous time would be an understatement. We tried to show him how to “pock,” but he didn’t really get it. He enjoyed his gifts and enjoyed eating his very own mini chocolate bunny. Later on, at our friends’ house, he thoroughly enjoyed being around so many lovely people and getting SO much attention. He ate so incredibly well that one of our friends nicknamed him “54” after the number that she says will be displayed on his football jersey! (Ha! I don’t think so. I’m thinking tennis will be a safer sport for him to get into. But we’ll see I guess…)

On Monday something bad happened. We were enjoying a lovely visit from RR’s aunt and uncle when I accidentally opened the door to the playroom over Pookie’s toe. Thankfully, he only got a very superficial scratch above his toenail, but it REALLY hurt him when it happened, and he cried and cried and cried, and I wanted to cry and cry and cry. By now you can barely see it. Suffice it to say, I’ll be extremely careful to not let that happen again.

Other than that, it has been a fabulous fun-filled week! In the future I’ll try to be more selective with my Pookie Moment of the Week. This week I just couldn’t hold back!

 

 

A Successful “Clean up” – Pookie Moment of the Week

If you’ve ever been to a children’s sing-along, you know that the singer usually will pass out various fun props throughout the class. It usually starts with musical instruments like shakers, maracas and bells, and then we put those away, sing the “clean up” song and make way for the puppets, then the dreaded sticks and finally the colorful scarves. This is all great unless you have a child who very quickly becomes attached to each item and absolutely does not want to give them up. I have always watched other children give the items back like it’s nothing when it’s time to “clean up” while I’m stressing out and struggling to get Pookie to let go of the items.

Well, this week, Pookie made me so incredibly proud. During our weekly sing-along with Miss Annie, it was time to “clean up” the musical instruments (these are the most difficult to give back!), and I simply told him, “Go put those shakers into the box,” and I saw the gears in his head turning as he put one shaker into the box, looked at me, and then put the other shaker in the box. OMG! I couldn’t believe it! It was that easy! Because it wasn’t about “giving up” a toy that he was enjoying, but about following an instruction and helping out, he was happy to do it.

This was without a doubt Pookie’s Moment of the Week. I unfortunately don’t have a picture of the moment, but here’s a pic of him with the cow puppet on his hand and a video of him walking a toy puppy and crying whenever the puppy fell over on its side.

Thanks for reading!

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“If I Could Do It All Over” Baby Registry – Part 4 (Feeding)

Now that you can get around town with your adorably dressed baby,Ā and she’sĀ sleeping through the night (yeah right!) and perfectly clean and diapered, you probably should feed her too! Hereā€™s everything you need to get that baby fed!

I should start off by saying that whether or not you plan to breastfeed, you should have a breast pump. But don’t put one in your registry. Order one for free through your insurance company. I recommend the Medela In Style Advanced. I had no issues with mine (although, for the first few months, when I had to wake up and pump in the middle of the night to boost my supply, I wanted to smash it against the wall).

Bottles, Formula, etc.

Also, whether or not you will breastfeed, you will eventually need bottles, and you should have formula just in case you have issues with breastfeeding.

I recommend the Comotomo bottles. I recommend having 4 of the 5 oz bottles and 4 of the 8 oz bottles, so two of these starter sets work perfectly.

You should also have some newborn baby formula on hand just in case. We used two different German brands (Lebenswert and Holle) because they really are the best, but they are super expensive in the US. If you end up wanting to use one of the German formulas, either get someone to bring it to you from Europe or buy it in bulk from Biolgisch24. The only US formula that we ever gave to Pookie was Baby’s Only, but it stinks (literally!), and its ingredient list isn’t perfect. I do however believe it’s your best bet when it comes to American brands though.

You should have a bottle warmer, which you’ll be thankful for in the middle of the night! I recommend something simple like this one byĀ Munchkin.

Definitely get some burp cloths. I recommend some no-nonsense ones like these by Gerber.

 

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Here’s Pookie having no complaints with his Comotomo bottle. Take note of the Boppy nursing pillow in the background. That was before we had discovered the My Brest Friend. There’s a reason the Boppy is on the floor, and we’re just using a regular old pillow. Stay away from the Boppy!

Getting comfy

As far as nursing pillows go, seriously, just get the My Brest Friend. Nothing can be better than that one.

You absolutely need a comfy glider to sit in and breast feed, bottle-feed, rock, etc your baby. In my opinion, you should get something that looks nice and that you can continue to use afterwards. We really love our DutailierĀ gliderĀ and ottoman that we got from Amazon. The glider swivels, and both glider and ottoman glide. It’s fabulous, and it looks great. It’s a bit pricy, but worth it because I spent so many comfy hours in it while Pookie was tiny, and we’ll continue to enjoy it for a long time to come.

Making your own baby food

Your munchkin should start eating some solids by around 4 or 5 months or whenever she’s ready (Pookie started at around 5 months), so you should be prepared! If you’d like to make your own baby food, get a baby food maker that will make it pretty easy! I recommend the BĆ©aba Babycook. It’s pricy, but super easy to use and efficient because it steams and purĆ©es all in the same container. A more affordable, but also great option is the Babymoov Nutribaby, which does everything that the Babycook does, but also sterilizes and warms bottles, so that’s three machines in one!

You’ll also want to get some freezer trays for freezing individual servings of your homemade baby food.

Plates, utensils, bibs, sippy cups, etc.

When your little one starts to feed himself, you’ll want to have this ingenious Happy Bowl/ placemat by EZPZ. I would actually also get the Happy Mat since it has compartments! These things are great! It’s a silicone bowl and placemat in one that really sticks to the table so that your munchkin doesn’t tip it over or throw it on the floor. We actually bring it with us when we go out to eat.

You’ll need some suction bowls, some spoons and some food catcher bibs, so this is a great set that includes all of that and more.

I also highly recommend getting some bibs with sleeves like these by OhBabyKa. You can also get them from Ikea for $5. We call it Pookie’s hazmat suit, and I’m sure you can imagine why.

Also, grab some of these fresh fruit feeders. It’s a mesh pouch in which you can put fresh fruit for them to suck on. It sounded gross to me at first, but Pookie absolutely loved them!

Get a snack container like this one from Ubbi for when they can feed themselves cheerios or puffs or whatever snack they love.

You’ll also want some cute drool/ teething bibs like these cuties, some BumkinĀ starter bibs for when they first start solids and some Bumkins SuperBibs for when they start feeding themselves.

Get some sippy cups for when they first start solids and need that extra hydration! We like the Philips Avent sippy cups. And also grab a straw cup for when they graduate from the sippy. We like this one by Contigo.

High chair

You’ll of course need a high chair. Some people spend hundreds of dollars on fancy, stylish high chairs, but we absolutely love Ikea’s Antilop high chair with tray for jus $20! We love it because it doesn’t take up much space, and, without any nooks and crannies or removable parts, it’s super easy to clean. Because it doesn’t recline, you may want something different for when they first start solids but can’t sit up well. For Pookie, we first fed him in a little rocker like this one from Fisher Price.

Now you’re definitely ready to get that baby fed! I think so, at least. If I’ve forgotten anything, let me know in the comments!

Stay tuned for Part 5 of my baby registry series, in which I will talk about TOYS!

No quiero quesadilla – Pookie Moment of the Week

So, not all of Pookie’s moments of the week have to be good moments, right? After much thought, I decided that Pookie’s moment of this week was when he threw a total fit at dinner time on Tuesday. Normally, he’s such a good eater, but on this day, when I placed his delicious shrimp quesadilla in front of him, he basically got ultra pissed off at me, refused to eat and started screaming. The night before, he loved the quesadilla, so I’m not sure what happened here.

Trying to get him to calm down, I offered him his Humpty Dumpty, which made him somewhat happy, but he still needed cheering up, so I brought over the potholders, which had been a hit at dinner a couple of weeks ago. I tried putting them on our heads, but he needed them on his hands, so I obliged.

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This is what it took to get him to calm down and kind of eat his quesadilla. And just because it was definitely out of the ordinary, it’s the Pookie Moment of the Week.

Pookie’s runner up moment of the week was bathtime with the foam numbers and letters that I had gotten him for his half birthday last week. They are definitely his new obsession.

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Happy 18 Months! – Pookie Moment of the Week

Pookie turned 18 months yesterday, so we decided to celebrate with presents and a cupcake! He’s actually really interested in learning the alphabet so we got him foam letters and numbers for the bath, as well as a wooden alphabet puzzle and a fun ball. He loved the foam numbers so much that he brought them to the dinner table and held on to them throughout dinner. The only thing that got him to release them was… the cupcake!

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OMG give me that thing right now!

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We got him a vanilla ganache cupcake from Martha’s Country Bakery, and it was a hit! Those little ganache curls were perfect because he picked them off and ate them one by one instead of diving right into a pile of icing. This way, he ended up not eating so much of it and not making too huge of a mess.

Of course papa provided some entertainment during the cupcake-eating experience, and, as usual, Pookie wouldn’t allow him to stop playing for a second!

Happy 18 month birthday, Pookie!

Pookie’s Many Moments of the Week

I couldn’t choose just one moment for the Pookie Moment of the Week because this week was just too much fun! Pookie’s monkey uncles (my brother-in-law and his boyfriend) were in town, and Pookie had a blast with them!

On Friday, there was this hilarious moment when Pookie “shook it off.”

Saturday was a fun-filled day. It started out with a family brunch in New Jersey. Pookie had a great time eating everything in sight and playing with his cousins. Then we went to our friends’ gender reveal party, where Pookie was in a terrible mood, but at least he got to have this extremely sugary cookie. By the way, it’s a girl! šŸ™‚

On Sunday we went to Norman (we’re obsessed) with Monkey Uncle #1 and spent the rest of the day with him. We also had another family hat moment.

On Monday, Pookie had a great time being incredibly naughty at Miss Annie’s Music for KidsĀ at Wild Was Mama. I chased him around the entire time.

On Tuesday, Pookie and I took the “boat-ee” to Long Island City to say goodbye to the Monkey Uncles, but first we stopped at a playground where he pushed around a pink ball in a pink stroller and rang some bells.

 

 

On Wednesday, we had a fun Mama-Pookie moment. Never mind the fact that his moment was really with “his” iPhone 5.

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On Thursday, I took Pookie to Tribeca Pediatrics to get his cold checked out, and we had a great time making faces at each other (Look closely to check out my scary fish face). His cold is not serious by the way.

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Thanks for checking out Pookie’s Many Moments of the Week!

“If I Could Do It All Over” Baby Registry – Part 3 (Diapering and Bathing)

After reading Part 1 and Part 2 of my baby registry series, you have everything you need for strolling, sleeping (in babyland, this IS a transitive verb!) and clothing your munchkin. Read on to find out what you need for changing those poopy diapers (yay!) and for bathing your bundle of joy.

Diapering

So, here’s the not so fun part! … Although with the right diapers, it won’t be too too bad. After trying just about every diaper out there (Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Baby Dry, Honest, Huggies, CVS brand, Babyganics, Earth’s Best), I’ve decided my favorite diaper is Target’s Up and Up brand. I like everything about them. They not only are soft and (usually) don’t leak, but they are also pleasing to the eye and the wallet. I wish I had discovered them sooner. We used Pampers Swaddlers until recently, and they are definitely my runner up, but Up & Up diapers are almost half the price, so look no further. Put 2 giant packs of sizes 1-3 in your registry, and once you’re done with those, subscribe to have them delivered to your door so you’ll never run out.

Tip: Whatever you do, never try Pampers Baby Dry. They’re so horrible, I’m not sure why they even exist.

As far as butt cream goes, I’m very sorry to say this, but Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, you suck! We use a German brand calledĀ Penaten, and we like it the best. We like it because it works, and it’s the right consistency – not nasty and pasty like so many others (Boudreaux’s). It’s expensive ($20 on Amazon right now) unless you have friends and family bringing them to you from Deutschland. šŸ™‚ If this is not an option, opt forĀ Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream.

We’ve also tried many a butt wipe (Babyganics, Pampers, Huggies), and I’m not sure how any wipe could be better than Water Wipes. They’re super wet, they don’t smell like anything, and they’re 99.9% water.

We honestly use any hand sanitizer, but we’re switching to Babyganics alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer since it seems to be safer to put on baby’s hands, which I occasionally do when Pookie’s hands go wandering during diaper changes! Oy! Put some of theĀ on-the-go ones into your registry.

Now, where should you change your baby’s diapers? We went with a nice white dresser from Pottery Barn Kids, and I can’t say it has been perfect. I now wish we had gone with the Stuva Changing Table from Ikea. It’s great because you can change your baby from the front without having to move over to the side of the table. I love that there’s plenty of space on the surface for the changing pad and your diaper caddy and plenty of storage with open shelves and drawers down below. Even better, the changing table converts into a desk for when they get older. AND it looks cute. I think it’s perfect.

We got the Keekaroo peanut changing pad, but I don’t see why people love it so much. It’s not soft and cozy for baby, and ours actually stained our dresser somehow! If I could go back, I’d just get a regular changing pad like this one by Colgate.

You will also unfortunately need to change diapers when you’re on the go, so register for a travel changing pad. We’ve had no complaints with ours fromĀ Skip Hop. You’ll of course also need a diaper bag. I’d say definitely go with a backpack style so you can more easily hold it AND your squirmy baby. We went with the Skip Hop Forma, which is fine, but I’d go with the Swish BabyĀ if I could go back.

As far as diaper pails go, you may or not feel you need one. We were so lucky to be gifted the Ubbi diaper pail off of our registry, but we did eventually stop using it. Our apartment is so small that we found it was easier to just put the diaper into our regular garbage can. Of course, if you do this, you’ll want to take your garbage out very regularly. šŸ˜‰ If you do decide to get a diaper pail, the Ubbi is the cream of the crop!

Bathing

We went with a basic baby tub with infant sling, but found it pretty cumbersome. Today, I would get this adorable Blooming BabyĀ flower thing for bathing babies 0-6 months in the sink and the cute and compactĀ Schnuggle Baby Bathtub for when baby gets bigger. We also discovered this hard to find (Read: not on Amazon) bath seat by Keter while we were in Germany and highly recommend using it until you’re comfortable putting your munchkin directly into the big tub.

Don’t forget to add some super soft hooded towels to your registry and some nice lightweight washcloths like these by Spasilk. You’ll need some soap/ shampoo, so go with this nice gift set by Burt’s Bees that also includes lotion, diaper rash ointment, buttermilk soap and keepsake box. Also, grab some rubber duckies, any of these awesome looking bath toys, a faucet cover and a bath tub toy caddy.

We obsessively measured the bath temperature in the beginning, and I’m thinking you’ll want to as well, so put one of these bath thermometers in your registry.

Now that you have everything you need for bathing your munchkin and for those middle of the night poop-splosions, check out Part 4 all about feeding that hungry little munchkin!

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“If I Could Do It All Over” Baby Registry – Part 2 (Clothing)

After reading Part 1 of this series on compiling the perfect baby registry, you feel confident that you have everything you need for you (ha!) and baby to get a great night’s sleep as well as the right gear for getting around town with your little one. Now let’s discuss everything you need for dressing your munchkin.

Sleep Sacks and Blankets

I’ve put sleep sacks first in this post because they are SOOOO important. I’m sure you’ve heard all about swaddling babies for safe and comfortable sleeping, and if you’re like me, you’re terrified that you won’t be able to do it correctly. My advice to you is… don’t do it! Why swaddle with swaddling blankets, when the Miracle Blanket and the Halo Sleepsack exist? I highly recommend getting two miracle blankets and using them for as long as your little monkey still fits in them (probably for the first 3-4 months) and then using Halo Sleepsacks. You might as well get at least one Halo in each size (Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large). You’ll be so sad when munchkin no longer wears a sleepsack. I mean, look at Pookie as a burrito baby in the Miracle Blanket and then as a flying squirrel in his Halo Sleepsack.

While you may not use them as swaddles, you should definitely get several multi-purpose muslin swaddle blankets. I like the Aden and Anais blankets and recommend getting no fewer than 3 of them.

Pajamas

Pookie lived in footie pajamas his first few months. My mom was always saying, “When are you gonna put clothes on that baby?!” I was thinking, “Aren’t pajamas clothes?” Anyway, he was very cozy in his pajamas, and I highly recommend getting at least five in the 0-3 month size and a few in the 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 month sizes. The Babysoy pajamas were by far our favorite. We also liked the Carters Sleep N Play pajamas that snap or zip down the middle. But once I realized that most brands don’t make footie pajamas beyond the 9-12 month size, I panicked and, after much searching, found Leveret pajamas. Now, this is all we buy, and since they make footie pajamas all the way through toddler size 5, these are all you’ll ever need.

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Actual Clothes

When I did my in-store consultation at Buy Buy Baby, my consultant insisted I needed a billionĀ white onesiesĀ of the short-sleeve, long-sleeve and sleeveless varieties. But, why??????? I did get them, but I barely used them because why ever go with plain white, when you can always go with something adorable? So, my advice here is… chill out on the white onesies. I suppose a pack likeĀ thisĀ in each size is a good idea for layering, but no need to go overboard.

And then go overboard on different colored and patterned onesies and pants. Don’t get too much clothing in the newborn or 0-3 sizes because your nugget really will be in pajamas all the time in the beginning. For each of the 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 month sizes, get around 5-7 short sleeve and long sleeve onesies, 5 pairs of pants and a few sweaters/ hoodies/ cardigans. I personally didn’t find theĀ side snap/ kimono onesiesĀ necessary since our munchkin lived in pajamas while he still had his umbilical stump, but if you think you’ll need them, Aden and Anais makesĀ theseĀ and they look so nice! If you’re having a girl, of course go nuts on dresses and tutus (I try to ignore that adorable stuff since I probably shouldn’t put them on Pookie).

I recommend Gap and Old Navy for clothes. They have cute stuff and amazing sales. Amazon and Target have an amazing clothing selection as well. People also love Zara and H&M. Remember that you can easily put clothing items from Gap, Old Navy, Zara, etc. into your Amazon Universal Registry if you install the Amazon AssistantĀ button on your browser.

You can also try subscribing to Target’s Cat & Jackā„¢ Baby Outfit Box, which is basically like Stitch Fix for babies. I haven’t tested it out, but it seems like a lot of fun! When you sign up, you receive 7 surprise clothing items in your baby’s current size. You keep what you want and return what you don’t want, and then you automatically receive a new box for the next season and size. I think it’s a great idea. If you’ve tried it, let me know about it in the comments below.

Hats, Socks, Mittens, Shoes, Jackets, Snowsuits

We love Pookie’s super warm 7am Enfant hat. The mittens haven’t been so helpful since he absolutely refuses to keep them on, but maybe you’ll have better luck! You also can’t go wrong with one of these cut knit hats with EARS (!!) from Gap.

Get these awesome scratch mittens by Goumikids that actually stay on.

It’s amazing the amount of time I’ve spent looking for socks for Pookie. But I always end up coming back to Old Navy’s great 8-packs ofĀ socks, so I’d say get some of those!

It took me forever to find shoes that fit Pookie’s extra fat feet, but you can’t go wrong with shoes by Old Soles and Stride Rite.

Depending on where you live, you may need a baby jacket (I like North Face) or even a snowsuit. Carter’s has this nice solution that combines both.

Now go have a blast filling your registry with these Pookie-approved things and whatever other fun clothing items you find!

Next up: Part 3 (Diapering and Bathing)

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I think he looks like an astronaut ready for lift off here in his 7am Enfant hat.

No Jacket Required – Pookie Moment of the Week

On Wednesday, Pookie got to play outside for hours without a jacket on. Yes, that’s right. On February 21st, 2018, the temperature got up to 75 degrees in Brooklyn, and this was without a doubt Pookie’s moment of the week. Just look how happy he was.

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It’s a good thing he enjoyed it to the fullest though since it was very short-lived. In fact, poor baby has been cooped up for the last two days because winter has returned with a vengeance.