For Father’s Day 2013, Tommy gave me his input (“aoo? uhn geeee! ahh ahh!”) and we got Bryan an antigravity lounge chair for the backyard. He also instructed me that I should let Bryan order whatever he wanted for dinner on Saturday night (he picked pizza), purchase a six pack of decent beer (I picked a kolsch) and s’mores makings. We were to have our very first backyard fire for Father’s Day. We did it on Saturday so Bryan could stay up “late” and not be too tired for work. I also hid a box of mini powdered donuts in the cabinet as a surprise for Sunday morning, so along with his cards (one from Tommy, one from me and one from the cats), he had a sweet morning!
Regarding the chair: It’s pretty awesome, so I ordered a second one for me! Hahaha!
Tommy turned 7 weeks old yesterday. He’s just starting to look around more frequently and he’s loving the monkeys on his bouncer and swing. He studies my face when he’s in my lap which is my favorite. I recently switched him to the level 3 nipples on his Avent bottles as he was collapsing the level 2s due to sucking so hard. Level 3 nipples are for babies 3+ months usually. He loves the bath but hates getting out because of the cold. He weighs close to 13 pounds, is over 24 inches long and his head measures 16″. We’ll know for sure on June 13 when he goes in for his 2 month visit and gets measured and his shots.
I recently placed an order at diapers.com. I had a code for 20% off diapers and was looking for a good price on formula. We’ve been using Similac Sensitive for Tommy and it’s not exactly cheap. Thankfully, I’ve been getting coupons to help defray the costs, but still, I’m always going to be looking for the best deal possible. On diapers.com, they had the large tubs at the cheapest price I’ve seen, but you have to buy three. That’s fine; he’ll go through that within a month.
The 20% coupon was only good on the diapers, which made them cheaper than amazon.com, so I ordered both the diapers and the formula. I placed the order on Sunday. Monday was the Memorial Day holiday, so I was to get the product by Wednesday. That was with the free shipping option. I was thrilled about that. Fast and FREE shipping!
On Tuesday, I heard my doorbell ring. On my porch was the diapers.com box. One whole day early! Wow!
I opened up the box to put the items away. 200 baby diapers? Check. Three containers of Simila … oh wait, what is this? The scooper from inside the Similac package? Yes. Yes it is.
Baby formula in the plastic tub has a lid that is sealed by tape, which you perforate when you first open it. Inside that lid, there’s a scoop to measure the powder. The powder itself is sealed with foil.
The first tub was open and the scooper was outside the package. The other two containers had the tape perforated, but neither had opened up in shipment. Of the three containers, none of the foil was compromised and the powder was okay.
Had the formula been packaged more securely, I’m sure everything would have been fine. There was little to no packing in the box and the heavy box of diapers seemed to have banged up the formula.
That said, I would have no problem using the formula as it was received in this instance. I carefully inspected the foil and it was intact. Not all parents, especially new parents, would be willing to do this.
However, I did want to email the company and let them know the condition of the contents of the package I received. I wrote a nice note, letting them know that I was a first time customer and I was pleased with their prices and how quickly the items arrived. I went on to explain the packaging inadequacies and what happened to the containers of formula.
Within 20 minutes, I received a confirmation email for $0.00; a replacement shipment for the formula was made. I went onto the website and checked my account. I was also given a credit of $15.00 to use toward a future purchase. Finally, I received an email letting me know that I did not need to return the formula that I had already received and what they had done in order to remedy the situation.
I hardly expected all of this and sincerely wanted to let them know about their packing issue. I thought that they might give me a coupon code or something like that.
So, I’m completely impressed by diapers.com. I’ll be receiving the new formula tomorrow and the representative who emailed me promised it’d be well packed. I guess I’ll find out!
Today marks the first day I’m alone with Tommy ALL DAY LONG. Well, at least from 7:30am until whenever Bryan gets home from work.
So far, it’s not terrible. Tommy is having a good day. I’ve been thinking he hasn’t been getting enough sleep throughout the day, so I’ve been focusing on the EASY method this morning. Eating, Activity, Sleep, Yourself. I saw it somewhere written like that and it just made sense to me. We’ve done this twice so far and our activities have been dressing and playing on the play mat upstairs and once on the downstairs mat.
On the downstairs mat, I got my first social smile! We were playing with Sophie and giraffe and his “Bella”. Bella is what Adrianne, my niece, calls her giraffe lovey. I was rubbing his Bella on his forehead and nose and he was so excited about it, kicking and flapping his arms after I stopped moving Bella. I got a few more smiles from him and then he started to turn his head away. I read that it was getting to be overwhelming for him.
I don’t know what we’ll call his Bella. Maybe Guapo? Haha. When my brother was a toddler, he had this white teddy bear that wore a red shirt with a white fuzzy heart on it that he called “Johnny Bear”.