What I Bought And What Kept In Storage For Our Third Baby

By | The Brothers May | 4 Comments

We are in major baby watch mode over here—I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow! Baby watch has been an interesting thing this time around. With the twins, baby watch took place in a hospital. It was actually the best place to be on baby watch because I was literally at the right place, at the right time (I was on bedrest). With this pregnancy though, the uncertainty of when labor will start (and if it’s anything like last time, when it starts, it starts) and where has been interesting! Will I be on a client call? In the shower? At Target? I keep telling people this, but what happens if I’m in line at a drive thru, with cars ahead of and behind me? Tunnel out? Open the door and start running? Sheer ridiculousness, I know, but these are the things that are going through my mind!

We are as ready as we will ever be for this baby. We’ve got baby stations set up all over the house, clothes are washed and put away and the house is somewhat clean and organized. Heck, we even have a new-to-us minivan now sitting in our driveway.

When it came to taking stock of all of the gear, we had A LOT to choose from thanks to hand-me-downs from the twins. I always joke that our third floor rivals the inventory of Buy Buy Baby. Even so, there were a few things I felt like I needed that I didn’t have last time. And probably more interestingly, there were lots of things that I didn’t feel the need/want to bring out again (and are awaiting new homes).

So without further ado, here are some new things I hope we’ll love and some old things we decided to leave behind (to store, to sell, to give to a friend, etc.)

Baby Gear We Loved + What We Left Behind - GoHausGo.com

What I Bought For Baby #3

These are things that I hope will solve some things we had with our twins, but never quite found the right solution. I think at a certain point with the twins we were so tired of needing new gear (whether we borrowed it, bought it, etc.) that we “made do” on a lot of things.

1 – Solly Wrap in Baltic – We absolutely loved wrapping our twins, especially in those early months, so when Baby #3 came around we knew we would wrap again. We had Boba wraps for the twins and while we liked them, they got HOT in those summer months. The fabric is really thick and sturdy. So this time around, I went in search of a super light, breathable, but still-sturdy wrap. Nearly everyone said the Solly, so fingers crossed it works for us!

2 – Mini Fridge – Don’t laugh! Aaron brought home a mini fridge for me a couple of months ago and set it up in our master bathroom. I did a lot of pumping with the boys and Aaron has “fond” memories of stumbling down the stairs at 3 AM to put the milk in the fridge. And let’s be honest—I’m excited to have more drinks at arms’ reach.

3 – Lanolips – Please tell me I’m not the only one that uses Lansinoh Nipple Cream as a lip balm. It’s amazing! However, whipping out a big tube of nipple cream in meetings and while out-and-about got me my fair share of stares. Plus sticky fingers! I found this stuff called Lanolips that solves all of that for me. Same thing inside, but in lip-friendly packaging.

4 – Books, books, books! – With the twins’, the night feedings were hard on me. They were lonely and was when I most felt the pangs of PPD. I think a lot of that had to do with me constantly staring at my phone and browsing mindlessly through social media and random celebrity gossip sites. I found that when I read a book or listened to a podcast it was a huge mood lift and I actually began to look forward to those night sessions with just me and my babes. So this time, lots of books are at the ready.

5 – Haakaa Manual Breast Pump – While it says “pump,” I hear the Haakaa is less about pumping and more about catching leakage/extra milk on one side while nursing on the other. I am so excited about this little contraption because before I always felt like so much milk got wasted at nursing sessions. Plus, it’s only one piece! Fingers crossed.

6 – Fawn Design Diaper Bag – When I went back to work after I had the twins, I was met with the constant “bag shuffle” every morning, transporting my wallet and other important things from the diaper bag to my work bag. So, I went off to look for something that did both. My parents got me this for Christmas and it’s been awesome! Both as an “adult” bag (I took it to Scotland!) and as a diaper bag.

7 – Hipp Stage One Infant Formula – I have no idea how breastfeeding will go this time around. I always made enough for 1.5 babies with the twins, so we split it between them and supplemented the rest. I am not a formula snob by any means, but I’ve heard enough about this darn Hipp formula to be intrigued. It’s expensive, but if it means happy babies I’m sold. I figured we’d buy a box (it equals about 1.5 of the tubs sold here in the US) and give it a try.

8 – Baby Bjorn Bouncer – We never were super successful at finding a good “baby holder” for the boys when they were super young (hence all the wrapping), until we were at a friends’ house and we got to try out her Bjorn bouncer. My goodness it was magical. When we saw one pop up at a local online auction for $45, we grabbed it.

9 – Simple Wishes Handsfree Pumping Bra – This is a case where sometimes I get a little too committed to DIY-ing. You see, I attempted to make a handsfree nursing bra on my own, which meant taking a $5 sports bra from Walmart and cutting out holes for the flanges. And then I was so committed to my DIY that I used those bras the entire time. And they sorta worked, but in the end, I wish I would have gotten the real deal, which would have saved me a lot of time and frustration.

10 – Extra Boppy Cover – We always needed an extra cover (one was always in the wash!) with our twins, but never pulled the trigger. I spotted this one from Madly Wish and knew it would be the perfect back-up.

What I Left in Storage (aka Gear I Can Live Without, At Least For Now)

11 – Keekaroo Diaper Changing Pad – I have mixed feelings about this Keekaroo. The positives—cushy and excellent for wiping down (no laundry required). The negatives—it’s HUGE (doesn’t fit on a standard changing table, for example) and the surface gets really cold. I remember my boys always jumping a bit when I laid them down, which bothered me. So it’s in storage for now.

12 – Infinity Scarf/Nursing Cover – I could never figure this thing out. No matter how much I yanked, pulled and twisted, I was always 1″ away from a nip slip. I like to cover up when I nurse, so I’ve learned good ‘ole muslin blankets are the name of my game.

13 – High Chair – This one sort of makes me sad! Don’t get me wrong. We loved this BLAMES chair from IKEA—both its function and how it looked in our house. We used two of them for at least a year. But in the end, we found that our boys were much happier (and much more willing to eat) when they were seated at the table with us. Plus, without the chairs, we’ve been enjoying the extra floor space. With Baby 3, we’ll probably pick up one of those clip-on seats that attach directly to the table.

14 – Mixie Bottles – Oh lord. Yes these things are cool and they spoke to my planner, type A heart. It’s a way to measure out formula and water and store it all in the bottle until it’s ready to be mixed. Yes, they worked, but they were a huge pain to clean. Plus, so expensive. In the end, we kept it simple and stuck with Dr. Brown’s.

15 – Diaper Bag – This is another tricky one! Yup, we liked it. And used it a ton! But it doesn’t meet my need to have an all-in-one handbag/diaper bag requirement. I’m guessing we’ll still use it, especially for trips, but for now it’s retired.

16 – Gathre Play Mat – I bought into the hype with the boys (noticing a trend?) but in the end, it wasn’t the right thing for us. I’m a big fan of spot treating and washing things, which was tricky with the bonded leather material. Plus, it got hot! A good ‘ole blanket or quilt works better for us.

17 – 4moms mamaRoo – I’m sort of already regretting labeling this a retire—haha! We had an older model with the boys and while they loved playing with it, Teller was so-so on the motion. The brand gifted me a newer model several months ago, so we’ll try it again, but I haven’t brought it downstairs and set it up. I’m trying to stick to my “tried and true’s” before I resort to bringing down more gear, if that makes sense.

18 – Fisher Price Bouncer – This little seat is soo cute (ours had a lamb on it) and comfy, but my kids could never get comfortable in it. I think it was the recline angle. We’re covered from a bouncer perspective anyways, so this is another thing that will stay behind.

What about you? What’s the gear that you wish you had, or stuff you loved so much you wanted more of? Would love to hear your thoughts. I guess what this list doesn’t cover is the gear I had with the twins that I really loved and plan to use again. There’s tons! I’m itching to get back to home decor posts, so maybe another day. 😉

Pssst… Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!

xo,

emily

 

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Nursery Reveal for Baby #3

By | Room Makeovers, The Brothers May, Wallace Woods House | 16 Comments

Two months ago I was convinced I wouldn’t do an official nursery for baby #3. I figured hey, baby will be with us for awhile, what’s the rush? It took just a day or so before reality struck—probably something to do with my due date inching closer and closer—and I pulled together a design plan and got moving. I had SO MUCH FUN with this space and yes, I am so glad we tackled this space before baby’s arrival. Design-wise, it was exciting to take risks and just not overthink anything. Blue plaid floor? Sure! Paired with giant beetles on the wall? Why not! If I liked it, I figured out a way to work it in.

I have so many photos to share with you!

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

I started big and bold in this space, first with the buffalo plaid floor and then with the beetle wallpaper. I was going to do one or the other but then decided, aw heck, let’s just go crazy. I’m glad I did because they share center stage quite well. The wallpaper, by Sydney Harbour Paint Company, has been a dream wallpaper for a long time, so seeing it actually exist in my own house never gets old!

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Everything else in the space I kept as neutral, natural and light as possible—lots of tans, whites and wood tones. Textures were in the form of baskets, planters, raw edge wood and fur blankets. Accessories I pulled from what we had, like books, toys and other baby equipment.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

It didn’t feel like a room in the May household with something modern and brass, so this ceiling light was a much-needed addition. I love how petite it is—it makes a mini statement without competing with some of the other things I have in the space.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Hello green dresser! This is a dresser I bought off Craigslist and painted Peat, a color in Behr’s Home Decorators paint collection. I loved this dresser especially because of its inset drawers. It had brushed nickel knobs, which I swapped with some antique knobs I found on Etsy from this shop.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

I tried to touch as much surfaces as I could with little details, like lining the inside of the dresser drawers with leftover wallpaper from the previous house’s bathroom.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

We also changed out the door hardware in here to match the antique brass finishes we have throughout the room, like the dresser drawer knobs. We’ve since updated the rest of the doorknobs throughout the house with the same knob and it’s crazy how big of a difference they’ve made. I love how dark and heavy they are against the white doors.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

My favorite picture is probably the one below—this is the view I see every day (albeit way more messy) walking down the hall. We’ve got three cribs in this house! And two nurseries. Who woulda thought!? And you can tell I totally have a “style” when it comes to designing boy nurseries—bright blue is the name of my game. 🙂

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

For more posts on this room, check out the original design plan, how I created the buffalo plaid floors using carpet squares and the beetle wallpaper installation. Oh, and before it was a nursery, it was our guest bedroom. Our guests are now on the third floor, which I’ll share one day!

Here’s the before and after…

Before and After Nursery Reveal Go Haus Go

If you’re interested in any of the items we used in the nursery, here are some sources for ya:

Beetle Vintage Modern Nursery - See the full reveal at GoHausGo.com

1 – Baby Mod Parklane 3-in-1 Crib via Wayfair

2 – Flor “Made You Look” Tiles in Ocean, Pigeon and Pearl (see this post for a how-to)

3 – Sydney Harbour Paint Company Beetle Wallpaper in Chambray

4 – Lucent Light Shop Vortice Petite Ceiling Light (with 10″ drop)

5 – Metal Wall Mirror With Shelf via Target.com

6 – Mr. Maria Brown Bear Lamp XL

7 – Nate Berkus Baby Pom Pom Bin

8 – Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Rocking Chair, Light Beige, Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Ottoman Stool, Light Beige

9 – Pillomatic Rolling Hills in Green, Teal and Blue via Etsy

10 – Whisky Ginger Vintage Bugs Illustration with Walnut Magnetic Holder via Etsy

11 – Owen & Ozzie 2-Piece Crib Skirt and Sheet Set via Walmart

12 – DIY Painted Olive Dresser using Behr Home Decorators Collection in Peat

13 – Bungalow Rose Seagrass Basket via Wayfair

14 – Schlage Addison Collection Andover Passage Knob, Antique Brass via Amazon

15 – Live Edge Wood Side Table from Home Goods (but similar Target one shown)

 

A huge thank you to Lucent Light Shop and Sydney Harbour Paint Company for supplying some awesome goodies for us to use in this makeover. And now we just wait for this baby to arrive! My due date is a little less than two weeks away, so we’ve done a lot of lounging and snuggling with our boys. I have no idea how life will be with 3 little kids, but I can fully expect it to be 100% crazy and 100% full of love. We’re ready for you baby 3!

xo,

emily

 

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Cincinnati Find: Fast Track Online Auctions (AKA Where To Find Crazy Good Deals)

By | Cincinnati Finds, Haus Hacks | 6 Comments

I’m cringing a little bit as I write this post because there are many of you NKY/Cincinnati folks that would rather leave this crazy-good deal source a secret! Well, I’m kind of a brat like that. The people need to know! It’s my duty!

Fast Track Online Auctions

If you’re into the thrill of hunting for deals, but would rather not leave the comfy confines of your couch, then this site is for you. Welcome to the world of Fast Track It Online Auctions—think of it as the Amazon of garage sales (you’ll notice the sellers love calling themselves “Fasttrackazon” for that reason). This auction site operates like eBay, meaning you bid against others on items, but the item is located at a warehouse near you. You’ve won something? Great, now you just have to go pick it up.

WHAT: Fast Track Online Auctions (www.bidfta.com)

CINCINNATI-AREA PICK-UP LOCATIONS: 

  • Batavia – 518 W. Main St.
  • Eastgate – 8485 Broadwell Rd.
  • North Bend – 333 W. Seymour Ave.
  • Blue Ash – 7660 School Rd.
  • Amelia – 4000B McMann Rd.
  • Newport, KY – 54 E. 11th St.

Note: You don’t have your choice of pick-up location. There are separate auctions located at each of these locations. If you’d rather only pick-up from the Blue Ash location, for example, then you would need to only shop the auctions listed at that address. 

Technically, Fast Track Auctions also exists in the following cities but I have less experience with the type of inventory typically found there: Dayton (OH), Waco (TX), Elizabethtown (KY), Indianapolis (IN), Las Vegas (NV), Mentor (OH), Rogers (AR), Smyrna (TN), Spartanburg (SC) and Springdale (AR). For example, the Indianapolis auctions tend to be mostly merchandising equipment, like display cases and clothing racks, from moving or defunct big box stores.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: 

Fast Track Online Auctions

Anything and everything—truly. I’m browsing now and I’ve found everything from a box of spoons, doggy stairs, an UppaBaby Vista stroller system and a gas-powered generator. Our new record player (above) was listed among patio umbrellas and baby gates. It is truly the randomness you’d expect from a garage sale and in various state of conditions (more on that in a minute). As you get accustomed to the site, you’ll recognize that certain sellers tend to gravitate towards certain types of items. Some seem more apt to be in the business of tools and garage gear, while others prefer to deal solely in household appliances, decor and furniture. Obviously I’m pre-dispositioned to the latter.

WHAT YOU’LL PAY: 

Fast Track Online Auctions

You can expect to pay about 60-80% off of retail. For example, I was able to grab this $160 Bjorn bouncer for $45 which is almost 75% off. More popular items, like luxury strollers and tools, are likely to be more near the 60% mark. It all depends on the market and the need. I saw several gas-powered generators go for a little higher than normal last week due to all the storms and outage issues we had around town. The site is also getting more popular overall, so expect to do a little bit of fighting for the stuff you love. Get your bidding fingers ready. 🙂

WHERE DOES THIS STUFF COME FROM?

Fast Track Online Auctions

Fast Track Online Auctions

These sellers are in the business of buying “lots” from big box retailers. These lots include all types of items—some returned, some discontinued, some damaged—it really all depends. You’ll also see a ton of Amazon boxes in the mix. My guess is that as online shopping becomes more and more proliferous, the churn of constant returning has solidified this type of industry. In many cases, the act of returning, reviewing, restocking and relisting the item is often more expensive than selling it to one of these auction places. And for the damaged stuff, it’s a way for the retailer to still make a profit. All of this benefits us auction-goers. 🙂

WHAT’S THE CONDITION OF THE ITEMS?

The one thing in particular I love about this auction site is that it clearly states the condition of the item and if it’s broke, where and how. Each item is classified as one of the following:

  • APPEARS NEW – Nothing should be wrong with the item unless noted otherwise. Item is sometimes returnable if found otherwise
  • OPEN BOX – Final sale. Could be a return, a damaged or dirty item. This classification requires the most poking around. Often the box and packaging itself is also in poor condition
  • DAMAGED – Final sale. Something is wrong with the item. Baskets are bent, wood tables are busted, parts and pieces are missing, etc.

Now, I would say that sophistication isn’t this place’s strong suit, so sometimes an “Open Box” item will state pieces are parts are removed, or damaged. My counsel here is to read closely and examine the pictures even closer to make sure there aren’t any surprises.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

The process is quite simple, especially if you’re used to an online auction-style environment.

  1. Sign up for your unique bidder number
  2. Place a credit card on file—it will automatically be charged if you’ve won (the charge will also include a ~17% auction fee plus sales tax)
  3. It’s time to shop! Select your preferred pick-up location using the “Filter Auctions” yellow bar and browse the auction lots available at that location (there are typically 6-9 separate lots on a given day)
  4. Browse for items—put the ones you really love on your watchlist
  5. Bid on items (make sure you’ve signed in with your bidder number first)
  6. You’ve won? Awesome. Your card will be charged and a receipt will be sent to your registered email address
  7. Print the receipt and take it with you for pick-up, along with your driver’s license

The receipt will look something like this (this is the example they provide on their website):

TIPS AND TRICKS: 

  • The search function on their site, including trying to browse by category, is total garbage. Don’t even try—it doesn’t work. This is rough, but you’re going to have to go through each “lot” listing item by item to find the good stuff
  • Take careful note of the three times/dates associated with each “lot”—there will be a preview time (where you can go see any item you want in person), a bidding end time and a pick-up time. Make sure you’re available and your schedule is clear for at least the second and third (it’s completely up to you if you want to see it in person before bidding)
  • Really want an item but don’t have time to watch the auction all night? Set a max bid, which is the maximum amount you’re comfortable spending. The site will bid automatically for you while you’re away, but will not exceed that amount.
  • Take note of who else is bidding. The site allows you to see the other list of bidders. It’s easy to see who is gung-ho and who is not, which helps you gauge how easy/not easy it might be to win.
  • Visit the site often. Just like with any good deal hunting, grabbing the good stuff takes persistence and frequency. Visit the site a couple of times of week if you can.
  • At pick-up, try to avoid popular hours like lunch. Pick-up times are usually from 9 to 4 and at noon, the pick-up line (meaning, the line of people waiting to check out with their stuff) is looooong. It goes quick and the employees are efficient, but something to be aware of.
  • At pick-up, dress appropriately. Many of these warehouses lack heat or air-conditioning. It is not fancy by any means. Also, wear comfy shoes and someone to help you if the item is heavy.
  • At pick-up, you’ll need to bring two things: your printed invoice that is marked “Paid in Full” (see example above) and your driver’s license. They will not let you leave with your items without it. Ask me how I know ha!

I know so many of you are already big-time Fast Track Auction lovers. I’d love to hear more tips from you too! And if you’re just hearing of this whole phenomenon—congratulations. I hope you find the deal of a lifetime. And if you’re not a big fan of the whole auction thing—that’s OK too—here’s a post on how to find great online deals other ways.

Happy shopping!

xo,

emily

Fun fact: About a week after I paid $400 on Amazon for our new nursery rocker, I spotted a brand new identical one on this site. It sold for $89. *bangs head against wall*