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S: Precious Moments. Advice. Must Haves. Friendships. Support. Elli's baby shower 2010

BC: Made with love, friendship and endless free passes to call me when you want advice, have a question or just need someone to listen! xxoo, Sarah Surritt

FC: To Mama-to-be Elli With love, Sarah

1: Dear Elli, What an exciting time! I am so thrilled for you! Before you know it your baby girl will be here with us! Here’s something I put together for you to reference when you just need a moment to yourself to figure things out! I interviewed close to 40 moms (even a couple not-yet moms!) and asked them for their must haves, advice on parenting, favorite quotes or any other advice that stuck in their minds and made an impact on who they are today and what they do with their own little ones when the goin' gets tough. It was all pretty thrilling for me to be a part of. I have collected these thoughts and put them down in this keepsake book for you to thumb through when you wish. Each page you come across includes a familiar face along with the mom, family member or friend who shared it. You'll also find some of the popular must haves in the gift box . I hope you will enjoy this as a dear friend made a similar gift for me. and it still holds a special place in my heart! One day,... or several!... you may find yourself breaking out in a deep sweat (these are the days you need the wine handy!)due to ultimate embarrassment because of your child’s behavior in public, or you may be on the phone crying to your friends (call me any time!), your mom or your pediatrician because your baby won't sleep, eat or has a fever. You may also become overrun with pride, admiration and a new inexplicable love for someone you never thought possible. When these days happen take a deep breath, close your eyes and take a picture and know that everything will be okay. Just when you think it can’t get better, it does! This tooshall pass!Memories will last a lifetime. So many moms told me ”it goes so fast, they grow so fast”..it’s true, so enjoy each and every moment. I wish you and Darryl all the best on your new adventure with your baby girl. I hope you enjoy motherhood every bit as I have. . It's the hardest, yet most rewarding job I've ever had and every day I am thankful for the experience. I know you are going to be great too! I hope this gift brings you a few laughs, some tears and most of all empathy for all moms in the world around us. It did for me. Welcome to the club! With love and endless friendship, Sarah Surritt December 2010

2: Must Haves!!! Baby Bjorn that's what got us through her fussy evenings-life saveR! Papasan a Cozy place for them to sleep Alison Donaldson Mother of Haley, 2 yrs | Tucks Pads For some of us, the pushing had some longer term reminders. Have in case you’re a bit extra sore down there when you get home from the hospital. Amy Abola, Mother of 2 | Aspirator and Saline Drops AKA: The booger sucker works wonders!!!! All Moms | Charlie | James

3: "Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love." - Mildred B. Vermont | Advice Be sure that you can always say "I am my kid's mom" and "I am my husband's girlfriend." - Dr. Laura | Pear Cider is awesome on those nights you want to rip your hair out-AManda Stroberg, Mother of 3 | Austin

5: Advice: Don't CHANGE your lives for your baby rather ADJUST your lives to INCLUDE your baby :) & Always have your camera close by... Kari Toni, Francesca 19 mo Advice: Make Darryl do the vomit. It stinks. Literally. Fake sleeping works well, too. Work on lying as still as possible so he thinks you don't hear the baby screaming. In the morning, act like you never heard a thing. "Spanking is ok starting at 18 months." From my brother-in-law, a pediatrician who is a hospitalist. Must Have: Baby Signing Books & Babywise Book Amanda Stroberg- Ethan 6.5yrs Austin 4 & Emmerson 21mo

6: Motherhood Motherhood just keeps getting better and better! There is nothing like hearing your daughter say "mommy" in her sweet, girlie voice and giving you a big hug accompanied by a wet, open mouthed kiss! -Pam Blumenkranz mother of 1 Advice “Set a good example.” Penny Coleman, mother of 3, grandmother of 8 "You've always been excellent at your job and excelled at all tasks. well being a mommy is your new job. Embrace it with the same focus and enthusiasm." -Tanya Hauer Advice work as a team- multi-tasking is a must- you have to give up some things and pick and choose your battles in order to remain sane, enjoy all the little moments-they go by fast, trust your gut-it's probably right 90% of the time, play with your kids and be creative-they enjoy even the simplest things like rainbow sprinkles, shake-milks, pancakes for breakfast, a new box of crayons and a blank piece of paper... Jacqui Campuzano, Ryan 7, Caden 5, Keegan 2 | Must Have Video baby monitor. I didn't start using this until Sawyer was about 5 months old, but when I did, there was no turning back! When your baby cries (and she will!) you just turn on the monitor to view the activity in the other room. You don't even have to get out of bed! Plus, if the monitor is by your bed, it doubles as a night light in the middle of the night. A multi-purpose machine! Pam Blumenkranz, mother of 1 Must Have Umbrella Stroller I love the umbrella stroller, it's soooo easy - especially for shopping, gets around all the tight spots and Chelsea is big enough that she likes to push it too. -Megan Eriksen, mother of 2 Favorite Quote (Jill Jones) "I had a mind once. Now I have small children." | Advice Don’t do anything at home that you can’t do or bring “out and about”. Ie: Diaper wipe warmer heating up bottles of formula. And always have lollipops in your car. Libby Perry, mother of 3 Must Have Vaseline Some doctors require you to take the baby’s temp through the rectal area. If so, you want plenty of Vaseline. -All Moms Must Have Snacks! Once you hit the toddler years be sure you pre=pack a mini cooler of on-the-go snacks!! You will be so thankful you did. In the car, in the stroller, at the the park. WHEREVER you are....you will hear the statement: "mom.....I'm hungry, I want a snack!"

7: Upon entering motherhood Elli, you'll find what you are truly capable of- whether you find the need to give yourself a "time out" when on the brink of a breakdown, to throwing on a little salsa music and "dance your sillies out" (compliments of Raffi) when all else fails to stave off a tantrum or fighting. Motherhood makes you realize how strong and fragile you really are. Just realize that your child will reintroduce you to the pure joy and wonder present in our day to day lives that we often overlook. And most importantly, hold her, hug her, kiss her and look her in the eyes to tell her you love her every day. -Jill Jones, Hannah 5.5 yrs & Dylan 3.5 yrs | Always pack an extra outfit for the baby and yourself. There will be juicy, wet blowout diapers when you are all dressed up with your little one in their finest...it never fails. Don't forget to have a change of clothes for you both. I also learned this the hard way. Mustard colored poo is not hot to sport at a dinner party all over your outfit especially when you've actually showered, put makeup on and done your hair for the first time in months. ;) You will have to go home and mama doesn't want that when daddy's on duty and mama has cocktails. | "Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all." Oliver Wendell Holmes | "Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." Lin Yutang. | Hannah | Dylan

8: Advice Always try and stick to an early bed time for the kids! This way you have some quality quiet time in the evening reserved just for you! All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. -Nicole Lane, Mother of 1 | James & Mason | Charlie

9: Advice The best advice someone gave me was to think about a habit you are starting and ask yourself if it is something you want to keep doing EVERYDAY. -April Amoroso,Paige 6 & Sydney 4 Must Haves Top things you need: wet-wipes, large quantities of pacifiers, Lily-Padz nipple covers, Tucks pads, a good bra, a good bottle of wine (really cheap beer works too), swaddle blankets, cozy PJ's for you to stay in all day, a shower, 1000 diapers for the 1st week and did I mention wet-wipes... -Heather Maloney, mother of 2 | James & Dylan

10: Remember that being a mom is the mostly selfless and underappreciated job you can do, but it is the most rewarding. You will no longer go to the mall for yourself, but instead to shop for your little girl. Make sure to take lots of pictures and videos-it goes by fast - Heather Maloney, Jeremy 5 yrs & Brayden 2.5 yrs | Motherhood While some think of this as the marriage vow of love, it certainly has true affinity to loving the children who will test us, question us and some days, wonder where we came from, but despite that, we are the mothers who bear them, and we have the honor of raising them and showing them the way, and loving them unconditionally. Therefore, this holds the test of time with children, to always keep them in that most sacred place. Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Becky Vermillion, mother of 2 | Brayden & Jeremy

11: Advice Keep a Journal, Get their hands and feet imprinted, Get dressed first thing in the morning or you'll never get another chance all day! Drink lots of iced tea and beer--its good for breast milk and you too! Christina McTigue, Haley 5 & Joseph 2! | "It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." -Ann Landers

13: Be flexible! Many things will not go as you planned, but that's all part of the motherhood adventure you're about to undertake! Enjoy every stage of your baby girl - she will be such a blessing! And just in case you have been misinformed, your size 2 jeans will not fit when you leave the hospital! If they do, I will never speak to you again! -Pam Blumenkranz Sawyer | Sawyer

14: Motherhood is a privilege given by God to take care of one of his special princes or princesses. Be thankful of the life He has allowed you to guide and love your baby through it all like the Lord loves us. This will come in handy during those never ending sleepless nights, tantrum filled moments, and naughty behavior which begins at about 4 years old and never ends, and all we can think is why did I sign up for this?!- Marisol Ortiz Sofia 4 & Olivia newborn

15: Coming from me, Mrs. Granola I would say what I have found to be the best for my girls is to be as natural as possible. Breastfeed as long as you can and eat well so you have strong, abundant, nourishing milk! Wait until 6 months to give food and start with veggies or fruit, made by you and preferably organic! GO ORGANIC!!! It truly takes minutes to make batches of it and baby Addison will love it. It's so OK to spoil your baby, cuddle her forever as much as you can because before you know it they won't want you to cuddle them at all.- Marisol Ortiz Mother of 2 | Sofia & Olivia

16: Dear Elli, If could think straight I would tell you this about being a mom: YOU should always look your best- be clean and tidy and and keep a clean house! Be sure to wear your jewelry and nylons! Your baby should NEVER be fussy or dirty! You should be just fine with a white couch AND rug! Teach her that toots are funny but dirty fingernails are NOT! If you are lucky she will have my drinking gene and you can really have fun at holidays when she is grown up. I love you, Gram Ma Billee | Elli, Should your little angel show strong will as a toddler, be glad- it will serve her well as an adult. However, be sure she doesn't rule with it. Never reward a deliberate temper tantrum with attention; she'll give up the tactic if it doesn't achieve the desired effect. Oh, and Enjoy Her! Aunt Pat | Must Have “wine” Andrea Coleman, mother of 3 | Q-Tips These are great for getting boogers out of the little noses.. I know, gross but a Kleenex and your big finger just don’t work that well! All Moms | Gran Ma Billee

17: Dear Sweet Elli, I'm so glad I got to enjoy you growing up! I KNOW that you will be a great mom because I watched you with your little brother. If I can remind you of anything it is to read to your baby every day- I know you will. And, seriously, a dirty house can wait! HAVE FUN and go outside and PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!!! Love through eternity, Just Plain Grandma Advice Double wrap your crib mattress with a mattress pad and sheet twice so when you have to change it in the middle of the night you can peel off the top two layers and then have a fresh set of sheets already on it – cribs are a pain to change so it gives you an extra round of use! - most moms | Elli, Always remember that you are God's representative to your child - to help them learn how to love Him. Discipline with His discipline but most of all Love with His love - unconditional - because that's how He loves you. You can't give too many hugs and kisses. And always remember that it is your right to use the eyes God gave you - in the back of your head. They always wonder how you do that. It will give you great power. LOL. Love, Aunt Linda | Just Plain Grandma

18: YOU have been the biggest gift God could have ever given me. From the minute you were born you changed my life for the better and have continued to do so. I am beyond thrilled that you will have this little girl to fill up your heart and life with the same kind of joy. I know you will be as blessed as I am and she will become your most treasured friend. I love you biggest-Momita, Mother of 3 | My precious Elli-girl, | Advice: Throw the lists of "to-do's" away for at least 6 weeks... just eat, sleep, exercise and snuggle with her and her daddy. | Listen carefully; she will tell YOU who she is | Just Plain Grandma & Elli (1) | Elli 5 years | Momita & Elli (30min old)

19: Put books in your car, not food, to keep her occupied but always have cheerios in your purse along with something interesting and "new" each week. You never know when you will be stuck somewhere.- Momita | "The story of a mother's life: Trapped between a scream and a hug."- Lety Miller, Mom of 2 | Add 30 minutes to the time that it takes you to get out the door... out the door and into the car takes another 10. then add another 5 minutes to go back for what you forgot...that is a total of 45 minutes additional- no kidding.- Momita | Kleenex Tissue - cause we all had our moments of "joyful-torturous emotion"

20: Daddy Darryl!! | A mother's heart is the child's classroom | No cartoons.Always put the oldest child in charge. Dog crates make great cribs & can function as baby sitters all the way through jr high. Make sure she is forced to eat things she doesn't like. & never, EVER let grandpa babysit! -Uncle Caleb

21: Darryl resembled Mr. magoo until he was a little over a year as he was bald. Not far after turning two his nickname became Daredevil Darryl there truly wasn`t anything he couldn`t do that he put his mind to. -Holly Christian | Darryl | Don't hesitate to put her in a kennel for the night if you find the need to go partying. When she poops on the floor don't rub her nose in it, that never works. Don't forget to feed her. -Uncle Carson

22: Advice Get Elli time as hard as it may seem at times don't loose Elli. You will sometimes, but get back to doing things for you! -Stacey | Mason & Tyler | Must Have Kirkland (costco) baby wipes are a must!. They get a lot of tough stains out of clothes when you're out and wipe up any mess! -Stacey Little Mason 4 &Tyler 15mo

23: Advice Can't go without lip gloss...Alba organics rocks! And for baby when she can eat Trader Joe's O's cereal.. Sofia loved it for years...best snack ever for you too!- Marisol | Thoughts on Motherhood The unconditional love of a child is amazing, but the mother that cares for the child is astonishing! Mothers can be referred to as heros, super human, and sometimes crazy people! -Stacey

24: Must Have Cheerios MORE snacks Never leave home without a snack! It helps with everything- From distractions to avoiding possible nuclear meltdowns! ( I said I would never let my daughter eat in the store.little did I know!) Steph Rossler, mother of 1 Toy On your long walks or trips out to conquer your errands, make sure you have a little something to keep the little one entertained. All moms | Must Have Coloring book and Crayons Don’t assume your child can entertain themselves and don’t assume that the Dr.’s office or restaurant will provide things for your little one to play with. Super Nanny Lansinoh If you want Darryl to enjoy your boobs again some dayyou will put this on religiously! Anonymous | Advice Sleep when the baby sleeps. The dishes and laundry will be there when you wake up! Routine, routine, routine. Nighttime routines are a MUST! It took 9 months to put the weight on... you have to give yourself at LEAST 9 months to get it off! -susie Metzger, June 5, TJ 3 | Charlie

25: Must Haves Socks Shout Extra Wipes Extra Diapers Spare outfit Baby Orajel | Must Have Extra Outfit Always keep an extra outfit and diaper with wipes for the baby in the car and at least a pair of pants in the diaper bag. I've had Liam prance around in his diaper with only a shirt on too many times you'd think I'd learned my lesson. I usually put an outfit in the bag that's not my favorite so it wasn't too missed. Amber Wilson, Liam 3.5 & Sophia 4mo | Must Have Duck thermometer Use this all the time so you don’t have your toddler look and say to you ”you burnt the baby!” - Katherine,Babysitter | Must Have: Motrin Just a quick tip that you can alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 2 hours when baby has a fever or is sick. Also, Motrin is much stronger than Tylenol. -All Moms

26: Must Have Books Books Books It's never too early to start reading to your child! They are never too young to listen. I think we started at about 6 months old. James and Charlie LOVE books. Their first favorites became: Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Big Red Barn and I love you through and through. It made my heart skip a beat in utter amazement the first time James pointed to the red balloon when I asked him where it was (Goodnight Moon). Damn he's smart. Ha Ha. Proud mama moment. Nothing better than having your little one grab a book and walk up to you wanting to cuddle into your lab on the floor so you can read a story. At 16 months James did it and NOWCharlie tells ME what books he wants me to read. I love that they love story time so much!! Sarah Surritt, mama of 2 | Advice For the safety of your child, don't teach or promote your children to be magnetized to dogs. Choosing the fantasy of look how much the dog loves the baby leads to heartbreak too many times. -Sarah, dog mom | James

27: Advice Go with the flow and give up expectations of yourself. Follow your instincts and your her cues. You will learn her language. Be patient with her, with yourself and with your loved ones. Be sure to have a bottle of wine on hand. And lastly, ask for help. -Sarah Surritt, proud mama of 2 boys | Camera Splurge and buy an SLR Digital Camera. Take pictures -lots and lots of pictures. Each month during her first year, take a photo next to a favorite stuffed animal to see her growth. Use your camera to take little video clips- that way they are simple, 1 minute videos you don't have to worry about editing later. Even if you don't print every photo, you can keep them organized on your computer. Sometimes it's nice to just sit down and look back on your little ones to see how far you've all come....time goes by so fast and trust me, you'll be so glad you captured those moments. And don't listen to Darryl if he tells you that you take too many!! PS. Don't forget to label those photos- when she's a year old (or older) and you go back you'll forget how old she was in the photo.... was that 2 weeks? 6 weeks? 12 weeks?? Sarah Surritt, James 4 & Charlie 19mo | James & Charlie

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