The first of the goodies

Devin’s mom came by on Tuesday night and brought us a whole bunch of goodies (thank you again!), all of them from Devin’s own days as an infant. Among them:

A knitted hat and sweater (both from Devin’s grandmother, I think), two long nightgowns and a wee little shirt with his name embroidered on it. I’m considering adding an apostrophe and an s.

Two pairs of very awesome 1970s overalls and a little button-down shirt.

Three blankets, including two knitted by his grandmother and a quilt made by his mom.

Bunches of brightly colored toys, some made of wood and some made of plastic.

Our teddy bears. That’s Devin’s (whose name is pronounced “Shasha”; nobody knows if it’s ever been spelled out) on the left, and mine (Paddington; his clothes and face are gone but his music box still works) on the right. I’ve been winding up the music box and playing it to my belly before I go to sleep at night.

All of these things are right in keeping what we hope to encourage throughout this process. If people want to give us things, and we by no means expect it, we’d love hand-me-downs or gently used stuff. There are plenty of baby clothes and toys and things already in the world — there’s no need to manufacture more. :)

Aside from the goody box, the only new items we’ve acquired specifically for the baby are a bunch of prints. Somehow, after years of not really buying any art, we’ve kind of been on a spree. We bought a Bernadette Sipkes piece, and several ilustrations by Mike Dutton.

We are still (slowly) making changes around the house. After much fretting and research about what’s leaching off our nonstick pans, Devin bought some new ones this week and we should be using them any day now. We’re still weighing whether to replace our plastic food-storage containers. I almost never drink out of plastic, already. There are still more contaminants to think about around the house, but we’re starting with these ones.

As for the baby, it seems to be growing and wrestling around and generally doing well. The past three days have been full of movement and kicking — including the first externally visible kick, during the presidential debate Wednesday night (for the record, McCain was talking). Much of the smaller movements really, really tickle — which is both delightful and a little weird. Sometimes it’s all I can do not to just drop everything and focus on those movements.

— Beth


  1. Tara said,

    October 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    This is my very favorite post so far, mostly for the adorable photos of Devin’s old stuff. Sewing an apostrophe + s on the shirt would qualify you guys for Cute Overload in no time. Those overalls reminded me of stuff I wore as a tyke, too!

    Your teddy bears have held up really well, even though yours lost its face. I still have my janky old My Little Pony stuffed unicorn (Moondancer!), though she’s a pale shadow of her former self with no hair, no eyes and ratty fur.

  2. Kelley said,

    October 19, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    too freaking cute!!! wee Devin clothes!!!

  3. Heather Anne said,

    October 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    So awsome, and cute!

  4. James said,

    October 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Wonderful selections of toys and softness. Ahhh, I remember them well. The wooden toy, fourth from the left/third from the right on the bottom row, is a collectors item, btw, and very magical because of how it sounds when shaken by a baby. That’s the first thing I noticed when I picked it up. And Devin loved the way it sounded and would attract his attention every time it was shaken. Of course he was easy that way, with sound and toasters.

    Terminally cute… ;-))..thanks for the memory laner

    I have PLENTY of Legos, so don’t even think of getting them anywhere else…except under your feet in the middle of the night, in your cereal, clothes hamper, and the ever present loo.

    Enjoy these moments. You’re looking more beautiful everyday, Beth..

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