This weekend was another good ‘un. We embarked on “Baby’s First Costco Trip” as I like to refer to it. You see, I pretty much just fill in the blanks for wherever we’re going where we haven’t taken Sam yet. It’s this thing I do. “Baby’s First walk,” “Baby’s First 4th of July,” “Baby’s First Target trip,” (that was an important one! ;) “Baby’s First…” well you get the idea. It’s fun and makes the trip, no matter how big or small, just that much more exciting. Or something. SOOOOO. We went on Baby’s First Costco Trip and it was a success! I wore him in the wrap (more on that in a second) and he was awake at the beginning, and went right to sleep within minutes and stayed asleep the entire time! That is really just best case scenario for any kind of shopping trip with an infant, I do believe.
Okay, now about the wrap. I bought the Solly Baby Wrap about two months ago, and I’m going to be honest now because, I mean, that’s what I do after all- the first time I wore him in it, I thought that he hated it. Like, he was crying and I had read all of these amazing reviews and seen like millions (slight exaggeration) of Instagram mamas wearing their babies in the Solly and raaaaaving about how amazing and miraculous it was, and then I put my baby in it, and he hates it? W. T. F. I literally thought there was something wrong with my baby for a second, with all of the ONLY GLOWING reviews I had read about it! Okay, not really, because my baby is perfect in every single way, but you know. I was freaking out a little bit. So, I just kind of set it aside for a few weeks and swore I’d come back to it and try again later, because- HI!- $70 price tag! So, enter a couple of weeks ago. We were headed out somewhere, and it was H-O-T and I was nooooot about to wear the Ergo Baby (LOVE that carrier, but it gets rill rill hot and sweaty up in there on a super hot day) and the whole reason I got the Solly was for this sole purpose (it’s super lightweight and breathable) so I put the damn thing on (sorry) and slid Sam in and LO AND BEHOLD he was loving life! I was in (a very happy state of) shock. And so, that is how our relationship with the Solly went from bad to good. SO. All this to say, mamas out there, I recommend you get the Solly. And I recommend you watch the tutorial video online at least 20 times. And practice with a baby doll until you feel confident, even though you probably won’t feel too confident with it until a few times with your actual baby. And that’s okay! That’s how it should be. And if your baby seems to hate it at first, well, you know what they say. Try, try again. Because it’s basically a miracle worker now. And that feeling, having your baby all snuggled up to you nice and close, is the best feeling in the entire world (or one of them- it’s up there!) and it’s priceless. :) Wow, Solly Baby should really be paying me for this, but alas, no such luck. ;) But seriously. We love it now. Okay, moooooving on.
So we did something this weekend that I need to record here, for God and all of mankind to see. We canceled cable. See, the thing about us and cable is, we really didn’t watch much tv, but it only kind of seemed like we did. And we were paying like $80 a month for this thing that we didn’t really need, like not even a little! Because, there’s these programs called Netflix and Amazon Prime and also this little thing called the INTERNET, which really made spending moneys on cable a complete and utter waste. For us, anyway. Now, if you watch lots of shows that aren’t available online or you don’t have other means of watching them, I ain’t saying that’s a bad thing! It just didn’t make sense for us. So, we said sayanara to our cable box, and I couldn’t be happier about the decision! I mean, yeah, DVR is awesome, and being able to pause and rewind (and fast forward! Oh, how I haaaaaate commercials!) live tv is an awesome thing that makes you feel kind of like you are a superhero, because seriously- HOW DOES IT DO THAT?! But yeah, in an effort to start saving more money, we canceled cable. High five!
Also, my baby is 3 months old now!!! You can read all about him at this age here!
What’s something you’ve done recently to save money?
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No cable is the best- and Netflix is a lifesaver!
Agreed! We’re loving it so far! :) And Netflix is always fun!
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
YAY for cutting cable! it really is so expensive. We’re getting it for free at the moment (long story, hah!) but the next place we move, I’m going to try reeeeeally hard to convince my bf that we can live without it!
Oooh yay for free cable!! :) It really is so easy to watch shows lots of other ways, cable almost seems unnecessary, really!
Funny, I was just thinking about canceling our cable since we also have Netflix and Amazon. We record stuff for Ayden to watch on our cable but could easily just put on Netflix. The only issue is the upcoming football season… #husbandisobsessed
Haha yeah, that was the major hurdle for Zack, was the whole sports thing. But! Thursday night football is going to be on regular tv (cbs), which we get with our bunny ears (haha old schoooool!) so he’s happy. Plus, we can stream from ESPN.com! :)
I want to cancel cable so bad, but it is one of my husband’s “splurges”. I love the looks of the Solly wrap – It looks like a lighter, easier to use version on the Moby. I have the Ergo (love it, but too hot in the summer) and the Moby, which has the same problem. They will be great this fall, but I keep sweating through my and Blaire’s clothes when I wear her outside. I may have to convince my husband to cancel cable and invest in one of these.
I’m also very impressed that you are able to continue to blog so consistently and with great content. I feel like there are days where all I do is sit on the sofa and feed Blaire.
I’ve heard the moby gets really hot, too, which is why I got the solly instead! Definitely love it! And thank you so much! You are the sweetest!! :) Your comment made my day- I read it out loud to Zack. And for the record, there are most definitely days where all it feels like I do is feed Sam! Like, many many days feel like that! I just try to take advantage of his naps as much as I can! It’s so funny, because I used to be the biggest procrastinator ever, but now? Procrastination is out the door! Which, I suppose, has been a very positive change! ;)
i’ve been turning my wheels about cutting out cable out too. we really don’t watch “tv” all too often. it’s netflex for us mostly. :)
Yesss Netflix is the best!! :) I say, do it! It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. I’m definitely not missing cable at all!
Hooray for trying the wrap again and having Sam love it!! And I’ve been in a long-term love/hate relationship with cable and I think it’s time for me to end it as well.
It was a long time coming for us to finally quit cable! And I am loving not having it! :)
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Yay for baby sleeping! That’s the best when out running errands.
My husband and I haven’t had cable since day one, and I’m so glad. Like you said, it’s suuuper pricey, and there’s plenty of other options. We’re really not huge TV fans either. I also think that it helps eliminate mindless TV watching. I think the only time we really miss it is during football season, but we have family and friends that have us over to watch games so it’s not a huge deal.
YES, I have already noticed a week in that we were really just mindlessly watching tv a lottttt! I mean, having Sam definitely cut that back drastically, but now that we don’t have cable AT ALL, it’s just the best. I love it! And Zack was hesitant just because of the sports thing, too, but like you said, we have family we can watch them with, and also we can stream ESPN.com so he’s happy ;)
I hear ya on cutting back-also ordering a solly next week!!!:) maybe you can do a how to put on a solly tutorial for me? ;)
YAY for getting the solly! Girl, you’re going to love it! :)
I haven’t had cable F O R E V E R and I am a fanatic of many tv shows. Every time I go to my parents or friends house I always watch their tv because ya know – I gotta catch up on the Real Housewives, Kardashians, Pretty Little Liars, The Bacherlorette, etc… you’re probabbbbbly going to want to thank me for this but I found a way to stream all of my shows from here http://watchseries.lt/ (That totally sounds like a sponsored advertisement or spam lol) I swear it ain’t! But seriously – they have like every tv show you can think of and new eps pop up about a day after their airing. ALSO – I can’t wait to get the Solly! I’ve had fears of my baby not liking it but I am determined to get one :)
Oh, that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing the link :) I was worried at first about my fave shows (The Bachelorette and PLL mostly) but they post them on the network’s websites the day after they air, too! So that’s pretty awesome and also FREE! haha key word there ;)
Leslie @ With Love, Leslie
Ack! Canceling cable is brave! How will you watch The Bachelorette?? ;)
I have started giving myself manicures and pedicures.. I invested in a really good base coat and top coat and they are a life saver! They don’t quite look like salon quality nails but they will work! I do not have $60 every two weeks!!
Haha we found a website to stream the Bachelorette- don’t worry! Plus, we still get basic tv stations, so abc is there! We just went old school and have bunny ears now lol! I alwayyyyys paint my own nails! I just don’t see spending lots of money on something I can do fine myself! But it is a nice splurge now and then :)
Way to go on cutting cable! We watch a lot of tv/movies on demand, so I don’t think our cable is going anywhere any time soon, but we did just cut our cell phone bill almost in half last week! We were due for an upgrade, so we went to AT&T and talked to the guy, and we were on an old plan, so we switched to a new plan, with less data (we weren’t even close to using the amount we had on our old plan), and we decided to keep our phones and not get new ones to save money too…so our bill was basically cut in half-score!!
Cute photos! Your baby is adorbs!!
awww thanks!! :)
My lil’ guy had a “first Target trip” as well!
And I love that wrap. I’m going to Google that now. Mine sucks, I need a new one.
My husband and I gave up cable almost 2 years ago (wow! didn’t realize it had been that long until I said that!) and we couldn’t be happier! i don’t think we will ever pay for it again. We use Netflix mainly, but most of the network channels offer next day tv anyways so whats the point of cable! It has saved us alot of money!
Score!!!!! We had cable for 3 months when we first got married and realized that it is a waste! I do miss HGTV though.
yes yesss, i love those firsts! and we went to costco today, although it was not baby’s first time. i did think about, though, how baby hadn’t been in some months. hehe. also, we totally gave up cable a few years?!! ago now! it’s crazy. i seriously rarely miss it, except for when i just want the sheer experience of turning on the tv and having channel flippage and background noise. but practically speaking, there is no excuse for how much it costs just to have crazy amounts of channels!! insanity! so many ways to work around it these days… good for you guys! yay!!
I was just going to ask you about the wrap! I put my babe into for the first time yesterday and he was happy for about 30 minutes and then started screaming. And all I can think is what the heck is wrong?! I thought all babies loved wraps. And then I got super sad, because my baby wearing dreams were crushed. And yes $70 down the drain. So I’m so happy to hear Sam Sam loves it now. How long does he stay happy in it?
I don’t have cable either. Instead I have rabbit ears and I love it. I get about 40 really great local stations. Two movies stations, two stations that play old tv shows, news stations and all my favorite local stations. I grew up without cable until my parents moved 16 years ago and were forced to get cable. There were no antenna signal’s close by. Where I live, I’m able to get really good TV signal. I love it! I don’t pay anything to watch TV. It reminds me of how I grew up. We only about 20 good stations growing up and I was very happy back then. If I really want to watch something on cable I go and visit my parents or my in-laws.
My heart has been having a really rough time lately. Today was the same. And you know what I thought tonight? I have not read Katie’s blog in a long time & she is the only blog I feel like reading right now. She always makes me happy and feels like getting to see a good friend. And so here I am after A LONG TIME of no blog reading & commenting. Maybe you should prepare for lots of blog comments ;)
Oh, and thank you for being you. ♥♥♥