Our girl is eleven weeks old now. Before she came, I was nervous about helping her find her place here; this whole adjusting to life with two babies thing. I was especially stressed over the simple practicalities of it all. Where would I put the baby when I needed to get something done that required both my hands and wasn't suitable for baby wearing (e.i cooking over the stove)? What if Behr needed me to help him with something and the baby also wanted to be held? And there's was the (somewhat selfish?) dilemma of not wanting our home to become cluttered with an overwhelming amount of baby gear.
I had seen a number of mamas who used Dock-A-Tot and I wanted to try it for Scout. So, I reached out to their company and asked if they would be willing to send one over for me to review on my blog. They did, and I'm so grateful because I'm not exaggerating when I say we use ours everyday.
Our Dock-A-Tot Deluxe arrived just in time for Scout's first trip to Tennessee. We weren't sure how she was going to sleep during the trip as she's never slept anywhere at night except for our home. I'm thrilled to report that she LOVED it and slept soundly (and safely!) in it for hours everytime we put her in it. We especially loved that we didn't have to bring an extra pack-n-play. Anything to lessen the amount of stuff you have to bring on trips with two children is wonderful in our book!
I know I've mentioned it before but, we try to invest in baby gear that's both functional and beautiful. It might sound shallow, but it's a teeny-tiny way to lessen my inner stress levels. We look for baby/kid products that meet needs, have a pleasing atheistic and enable us to have less things altogether in our home by having more than one function (this is one of the many reasons I love babywearing but that's a post for another day).
The Dock-A-Tot is just such a product. Scout loves it and I've even caught Behr trying to us it a few times. :)
I am truly, honestly, thankful for companies like Dock-A-Tot that think through issues families with new babies might have and design products to help out. We love how our Deluxe has helped this potentially intense transition go a bit easier on all of us.
So, here we are, a little over two months into life with her and I'm so thankful that helping Scout fit in hasn't been nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. I know that our rhythms as a family of four will ebb and flow--especially in the coming months!--but for now, we seem to have found where we belong. How thankful I am that it's here, in that tender, beautiful heart-place called Together.