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Saturday, April 18, 2009


After seeing our nursery many people have said to us "well... you don't need anything... you already bought it all!" I don't really see this as true... but I do admit that since we can not bond with our baby in the belly... we have bonded through shopping... BUT... I am sure we still need stuff!!!

We are registered but I have no clue if anyone will give us a shower... (please note - adoptive parents DO still want a baby shower... come on people!) Many people think that I will want a shower after the baby is here since we are adopting... something about it being "safer" but I am really hoping for a shower before she comes so I can got get what we still need. But since the recent fall out with my bff I may be on my own...

Anyway... Here is what we have. And what I need from you my blogger friends is a list of what we need!

WHAT WE HAVE - AKA the Finn-ventory

total nursery - all furnished
Amby bed
baby bath tub
car seat for NB (stilll need 1 car seat base)
sound machine
Dr.Browns bottles (a ton)
My breast friend nursing pillow
medela breast pump
baby food processor
Blankets - 11 recieving & 3 swaddling
formula - 4 cans or various (since we don't know what she likes... hopefully boob.)
SNS (supplemental nursing system)
lotions & potions - a TON
Diapers - 80 disposable NB
40 small g-diaper inserts (for babies 8 - 20 pounds)
7 small g-diaper covers (3 white, 3 orange, 1 pink stripe)
wipes - 2 tubs
2 nose suckers
gas drops
baby tylenol
1 toddler tricycle - from my dad :)


(13) NB, (12) 3-6, (1) 6-9
(18) NB, (1) 3-6, (1) 9-12
sleep sacks
short sleeve dresses
(21) NB, (17) 3-6, (5) 6-9, (1) 9-12
long sleeve dresses
(2) NB, (2) 3-6, (1) 6-9
(2) NB, (5) 3-6, (1) 9-12
(4) NB, (1) 3-6, (1) 6-9
short sleeve tops
(3) NB, (2) 3-6, (5) 6-9
long sleeve tops
(2) NB, (3) 3-6, (7) 6-9, (3) 9-12
(17) NB
(3) NB, (2) 6-12
(12) NB

ok girls... take it away...



Blogger Rachel said...

This is such an awesome, complete list! I'm so glad that you're getting ready by completing your shopping. I can't think of anything 'necessary' you don't have, but since you're expecting Finnley to arrive in the summertime, you might want to get a couple of sun hats (I presume by NB hats you mean the cotton ones) and a sunshade or umbrella for your stroller. Some people avoid sunscreen for the first couple months (I really don't know much about this debate to weigh in at all), and you'll be wanting to spend a lot of time outside with your little girl.

Also, do you have a baby monitor so you can listen to her when you're in another room?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

She'll need diapers, a blanket, food, and you're love. Everything else is an extra and you might want to wait until she is here and you've spent some time with her. We have three strollers we've used a handful of times because lo and behold my baby HATED the stroller.

Just the simple basics and let her guide you in what you NEED.

Still praying for an early early summer for you.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

your. GAH! Your love. Not you're love.

I will amend my earlier list - some sort of sling. You'll get WAY more done if you can hold her and use your hands. It's hard to put them down. 8-)

6:49 PM  
Blogger ASP said...

Hmmmm. Quite the the list of things you already have! Good for you! Hope you get that baby shower too. I'm sure you have these--but what about baby nail clippers?

7:33 PM  
Blogger Keta said...

You look pretty covered. What about a high chair or bumbo?

7:54 PM  
Blogger Keta said...

Good list so far. What about a high chair or bumbo?

7:55 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Yes, a sling or carrier suitable for a newborn. This is a necessity. An absolute necessity. Be sure to research this well, preferably try a few out if you can arrange it.

Also, are those swaddling blankets do-uppable by velcro? Because if not - get velcro ones for the first little while, til you get good at wrapping. Eg kiddopotamus/miracle blanket/etc.

Is the amby bed like a bouncer? Because I would say swing/bouncer of some kind as well.


11:44 PM  
Blogger Hekateris said...


Trust me on this can use recieving blankets as swaddlers in a pinch.

3:09 AM  
Blogger twinboysmom said...

I would add some 1's diapers, sometimes they are too big for newborns. i can't live without a swing or bouncy too. Also some "floor toys." The things they lay under and toys dangle over them, sorry forgot names. I wasn't sure if you added burp cloths and tons of wash cloths. Bibs too, sometimes they are messy eaters, even with a boob or bottle. Sounds good though, hopefully you get your shower to get all this other "stuff." Good luck!!

6:32 AM  
Blogger The Milroy Family said...

1. A bouncey seat (one small enough to fit in your bathroom, so you can take a shower and keep an eye on her at the same time)
2. At least two of the Swaddle Me velcro swaddlers.
3. Thermometer and probe covers
4. A dozen cloth diapers to use as burp cloths
5. Dreft or Baby All, and Dreft Stain Spray
6. a few different pacifiers (if you plan on using one)
7. baby carrier (my favorite is the Ergo. Expensive but worth it! It will save your back and will last till she's really big)
8. Comb and nail clippers
9. Blackout curtains for your room and the nursery to help both you and the baby sleep during the day.
I can't think of anything else!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

We couldn't live without the Miracle blanket. (look online) It is the best swaddler EVER. We tried all of them.

Also, I was so excited to use Dr. Brown's bottles and did so for quite a while. But they are a B*TCH to clean . . . . we ended up going with Playtex, then bought the converter tops for the sippy cups. It was a great fit for us.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Heather W. said...

-different bottle brands, just in case...same with pacifiers.
-diaper bag
-bibs for sure! Lots of them!
-I loved the Fisher Price Papasan

-consider a swing also, my kids enjoyed it!
-Baby Monitor
-baby Mitts, seems silly until you see all the little scratches they can make on their face.
-Hooded towels are fun, not a necessity, but cute.
-Oh, and gowns for sure...soooo easy for middle of the night changings!
-I have to add, that A&D Ointment Original is the BEST for diaper area redness, I swear by it.

Sounds like you have it all covered though! If she came today, you're pretty much set!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I agree with the carrier!

Something little that we couldn't live without is this little bath duck that has a digital thermometer, it beeps if the water's too hot.

I hope you get your shower.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Definately need a bouncy seat - one that has a vibrating setting on it - sounds weird but the babies love it - some babies only sleep in the bouncy.

A "pak and play" which is a portable play pen that you can take with you - or for when someone babysits.

I agree with the cloth diapers to use as burp clothes. You will start out with those cute terry cloth ones and realize that will last for 1/2 feeding - the burp cloths are thick and more importantly - absorbant. I would get 2 dozen.

Receiving blankets can be used to swaddle the baby.

Also - this might be a delicate question but - will Finn come home within days of her birth? If so, you may want to get 3 or 4 preemie outfits or stretchies to show her off in when people come to visit - I know the newborn clothes seem tiny - but they still will be a big on her when she comes home.

Also - get more wipes. Tons of wipes....Joey is 7 and I am still using them! LOL

Oh and a Bumbo Seat - they are WONDERFUL!!!

I agree with heather on the sleeping gowns - in the middle of the night it is way easier to change then the snaps on the stretchies!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Kendra said...

You are TOO CUTE with your Finn-ventory. I loved seeing it. The only thing I think you should add is a new pair of really comfy jammies for you. Trust me. You're gonna wanna sit in your comfy jammies and stare at your gorgeous girl for days on end. Getting dressed wastes precious time that can be otherwised used sitting and staring!

I am anxiously awaiting to hear about her arrival into your family. Lucky girl...

11:47 AM  
Blogger 3girls1angel said...

I've never posted here before, but have checked in on your blog from time to time. I think I was led here after my miscarriage in November, not exactly sure. Congrats on the baby girl. You're going to have the time of your life....I have 3. I wanted to post a comment here because I thought you might want/need to add a Baby Book & Handprint Kit to your Finn-ventory. I have a Baby Book for all 3 of my little girls. They even make some for adopted children. Also, if you have a Things Remembered nearby (they're online, too) & would like to get a silver baby brush & comb set, they engrave the baby's name & birthdate, etc. on the brush. I'm sure you already have picture frames in the nursery, but do you have brag books to carry in that fabulous baby bag? Have you heard of They have adorable baby announcements that can be posted to personal blogs & shared through email. Praying for the best & hoping you're ready for a million princess dresses, bows & teacups....enjoy! I can't wait to see her.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Georgina said...

I have been following your story too. I had two miscarriages and then finally got my little boy last year, when I was almost 42. You have a pretty extensive list but here is my two-pence worth.

Clothes - we had loads of clothes for Jude but found that those that are easiest to change became winners as in the early days you are changing diapers at least 10 times day. Most babies hate things being pulled over their heads so we just bought sleepers/onesies that zip/popper all the way down the front. He hardly wore any of the clothes people had bought as they were just too impractical.

Changing diaper - you will need a comfy changing pad and we used bowls of warm water with soft cloth diapers cut into square wipes to clean his bottom. Because they poo so much we found that the commmercial wipes gave Jude a rash and that warm water and soft clothes helped keep the area cleaner/less irritated. Now he is older we use the commercial wipes (unless his bottom gets sore and then we use water and cloths again)Also - do you have a diaper genie?

Breast feeding - make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sit. I had bought a rocking chair/ottamon and found I couldn't breast feed him on it - it was hard enough without moving at the same time! we ended up puttting an old futon and a static box to put my feet on in his room so I could be comfortable. Nipple cream is important to keep your nipples from cracking, you will also need something to stop the ointment ruining your clothes. I cut up more square of soft diapers and put them inside my bra as the paper ones can cause you to get fungal infections. We tried the SMS syystem and it was just too hard. the tube keeped moving out of his little mouth and it was just too stressful. Just keep it simple; breast feeed for as long as you can manage (I think I was doing 20-30 mins each side) and the top up with formular as needed. Also we kept a book and wrote down all his feedings - when we started feeding and how long I BF for and how much formular he got. this is a useful reference and it can also make sure that you are giving them enough food (so if there are any weight issues you can talk to dr/lactose consultanat). In the early days we fed Jude every two hours - that's two hours from when the last feed STARTED not finished. I had problems BF to start with and he lost too much weight so we had to fatten him up again :)

We put a ceiling fan in Jude's room as it gets very hot in the summer here and I read somewhere that having a ceiling fan reduces risk of SIDS by a big percentage.

You will also need eco-friendly baby detergent to wash clothes (make sure you wash them all before he wears them). Some of the little nubbly balls that go in the dry (as dryer sheets are a big no-no) and also some bath products shampoo etc that do not have nasty toxins in (Johnson's baby bath has nasties in for instance) check out this web site for more information

It depends how far ahead you are planning - obviously as they get older there is always more "Stuff" but that should keep you busy for now :)

Congratulations by the way!
Georgina x

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

You are very well covered for the first few months. The things I would add on your registry if you don't have them are
play mats
(I know you have the amby bed, but you will want something for social times)
high chair
play pen w/ bassinet (if you don't use it in the house, you will want if for travel, to get one from a hotel is $10 a night and you don't know who has been in it or if it is clean) plus when you are at family's houses it is nice to have.
More diapers (different sizes but mainly 1s and 2s) your daughter might grow fast or slow. My son is 15 months and still in size 3
More clothes in older sizes, I thought I had plenty of clothes in smaller sizes and it would be easy to get them as he got older but each time he gets into a new size it is really nice to already have some. Plus if you look early you can find some killer deals.
I would get more things for when she is older at your shower since you have so much for the first 6 months.
I am sorry that you are having issues with your BFF. I hope you are able to work it out, I can't imagine how hard it is having this fall out at this time in your life. I am sure you could use her the most right now. I am sure someone in your family will throw you a shower and someone at work will throw you a shower. Don't be afraid to ask about it, I would let them know that you would really like to have a shower before your baby gets here. Your family might not know how to approach it and might really appreciate you bringing it up. I would let them know that adoptive moms are like any moms to be and they need the love and attention poured on them like any mom to be does and once the baby gets here all the attention will be on her which is amazing and how it should be, but right now during the wait, you could really use the extra tlc.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I forgot to add shopping cart cover, there are a few more things but looking over the list everyone gave you, you are very well covered.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...


I can't wait for Finley to get here. I've been reading you for a long time too (3+ years) and it is so your turn to get your baby!

My little man is three months old and my daughter is two. Things we love(d) for them that I didn't see on your list are:

Wipe warmer (I thought I didn't need it but the newborns love warm wipes)
Bouncy seat that vibrates
Bumbo seat (awesome!)
Pack and play
Infant car seat cover (
Baby monitor
Jumperoo (my son isn't old enough to use it but my daughter had a blast)
Gas drops and Tylenol

Best wishes to you. Keeping my fingers crossed that she gets here soon. Oh, and I love her name :)

6:44 PM  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

you got lots of good advice and products, so no more from me. Just love from PA and a hope that very soon you'll be using these things in your house with your daughter!!!!

I know that she'll always get tons of LOVE. ANd that's the most necessary thing for sure. :)

10:40 AM  

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