2) Can't live without the swaddle blanket! We have the swaddle blankets that you can buy at BabiesRUs from Kiddopotomous (about $10). But my neighbor has one from http://www.miracleblanket.com/ ($30) that I would've bought if I didn't already have 3 from BRU. Swaddling mimics the confined space in the womb and is great for calming a fussy baby. (You can read Happiest Baby on the Block for further benefits of swaddling.) I've also found that Colt sleeps MUCH longer at night when he is swaddled than if he is not. His arms will flail around when he's not swaddled and that ends up waking him up. When I try to swaddle him in a receiving blanket, he just wiggles out of it... thus, the necessity of a swaddle blanket!
There are a number of gadgets available for moms and newborns, but these 3 are ones that I use EVERY SINGLE DAY! Thank God for such wonderful inventions :)
On another note, the reason I am in Houston is because Ty's dad is having some issues with his health right now. It was discovered that he has blood clots in his lungs, so Colt and I came to help out (me, not Colt) and give him moral support (more so Colt than I). Steve (aka Bang Bang) is a very wise man and already enjoys sharing his "pearls of wisdom" with Colt, and we want him around for many, many more years. Please pray for Steve and his health!