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Has anyone purchased an IKEA crib? We are looking at the Sundvik specifically. It only needs to survive one kid, but I do want it to last through the toddler bed stage! We have the Hemnes dresser in black/brown for a changing table and I can’t find any other crib that seems to match that color.
We have had two and LOVE them! They are inexpensive but so sturdy! We transitioned both of them to toddler beds with no issues. My daughter is 4 and still in using the GULLIVER. We have the Hemnes dresser, too, but in white. We plan on transitioning to the full sized Hemnes bed to match when she is out of the toddler bed. I can’t recommend them more highly.
We have a hand-me-down Gulliver that’s going strong.
My daughter’s Sundvik (gray finish) is still going strong – it’s been disassembled and moved twice but is still sturdy as ever. She has chewed a line of finish off the rails (teething), so if that would bother you, consider getting a rail protector.
This is what we have. With twins we wanted as inexpensive as possible (especially since we were pretty sure we’d be done after these guys). They’re perfectly fine. Very happy with them.
We had the Gulliver and it survived 4 moves and 2 kids and now is being used by another family. So yes, I highly recommend it. It’s affordable, my style, solid wood, and durable. Can’t beat it.
Also recommend an organic mattress as the most important investment…we all use natural latex/wool/cotton mattresses by Pure Rest purchased at Organic Grace (lowest prices by far and excellent service…not affiliated with either company but definitely satisfied customer after 4 mattress purchases over 7 years).
FYI though – Ikea crib mattresses have been recalled recently. My thinking when my daughter was born was to buy a cheap crib with a “healthy” (i.e., expensive organic) mattress, since babies/toddlers spend so much time on their mattress. The mattress my daughter uses fits very snugly in the Ikea crib and I have no safety concerns about the combo.
Yes, we were definitely planning on getting a higher quality mattress! I’ve heard a lot of iffy things about the IKEA ones for cribs/kids.
Can someone please explain pajamas for older babies?
My tall 5 month old is outgrowing the 9 month pajamas (Carters). I have a few other brands in similar sizes and she’s getting towards the end of those too. I can’t seem to find many footed sleepers in bigger sizes anywhere! When I search 12 month sizes, it’s almost all two piece pajamas. But I can’t believe she would be ready for those? And what about feet? Is she supposed to sleep in socks?
She sleeps in PJs and a light cotton sleep sack. It’s too warm in our apartment for anything fleece (we don’t control the heat).
Gap has plenty of footed sleepers up to about 2yrs, online only though, very few in store. Or, you can just put her in socks with the two piece sleepers. I found 2 pieces much easier for any late night diaper changes from about 9mos on, and it was also easier when potty training too.
Carters does make one piece footed pjs for 12 months and up – search on their site by age, pajamas and 1 piece and you should find them. They’re just not called “sleep and play” past 9M. I bought 6 or 7 in 12 M size just in the past couple weeks.
Thanks – I just looked and they are all listed as “snug fit” and reviewers are complaining that they are too tight. How are they working for you?
My son is on the small size (40% height/weight for his age), and he has always worn the Carters size exactly for his age. As in, when he was 18 months old, the 18M Carters stuff fit him perfectly. If your child is bigger than that, you may want to size up.
Mine is 90th for height – thus outgrowing 9 month PJs at 5 months and change :(
I’m kind of jealous of my friend with the tiny baby because clothes last her forever.
My kids are 90th for height and middleish for weight, and carters fit them fine about 1 size up. So my 12 month old fits perfectly in the 18 month footed sleepers right now.
Ours always outgrows them in height while they’re still baggy, but he is a stringbean (moving into 18 m at 10 m old). Boys sizes are slightly larger than girls sizes, so if that’s a concern, you could try the “boys” ones. We found this out by getting hand me down “girls” pjs that were the same size in months as his current pjs, but more narrowly cut.
They are snug but you just have to size up. My 14 month old wears the 24 month size because he’s too chubby for the 18 month size.
Carters are hands down my fav sleepers as they have nice grippy feet. Also makes laundry so much simpler to have one piece footie pyjamas vs. two piece pyjamas plus socks.
My kiddo outgrows them length wise before weight, so I tend to have her in the next size up for the Carter’s pjs.
Chubby babe here and I don’t love the carters pj’s. He’s pretty tall too but definitely chunky. The 12 month carters stopped zipping up at 6 mos, we sized up to 18 months which will barely zip over the thigh rolls, but his feet are just now (9 mos) coming close to the foot of the pj’s and they’re pretty much too tight already.
Haven’t found anything better though. >12 month sizes seem to go long & lean, even from gap which has been my go-to for chunker attire. May have to try the 2 pieces. We’ve been doing long sleeve onesies + soft pants which is fine and tbh we often leave him in what he wore part of the day depending on how dirty he managed to get…
Carter’s definitely makes them. Toddler Girl -> Pajamas. They have a bunch of footed one-pieces., all the way up to 5T!
Thanks! Asking you the same question as to sfg above – they are all listed as “snug fit” and reviewers are complaining that they are too tight. How are they working for you?
Not EB, but we have some of these too. They tend to shrink up when washing, as cotton does. I would say if you have a question about fit order up in size, and then at least it will fit at some point and it’s ok to be a smidge big. We get a lot of cousin hand me downs, and I can tell a big difference in size from new 18 mo jammies to HMD. Just meant we wore them earlier.
Preemie Mom says
The snug fit carter’s cotton pj’s work great for us, but he’s an incredibly skinny baby – 4% weight. They are very snug on his arms in particular, but not too snug, and fit perfectly everywhere else.
The cotton PJs are snug for sure, but we haven’t had an issue. We did get one that had really tight wristbands – but haven’t had that problem with any others. You may want to go up a size – this is what I usually do for the cotton snug fit ones. The fleece and jersey have a looser fit because they’re flame-resistant. The non-flame-resistant pajamas have to be tight.
In Housr Lobbyist says
I second Carters and always used them. I think they go up to 3T in footed pajamas at least. I also like the Children’s Place but theirs seem longer than Carters.
CPA Lady says
I thought the larger sized girls carters footed pjs were insanely tight on my daughter, who has thighs of glory. I found the brand leveret on Amazon and have been very pleased. They go up to bigger sizes (5t I think?) and are nice and roomy in the legs.
thighs of glory on a baby just made me snort coffee out of my nose. lol
we have found the Leveret ones to be oddly short in the torso, though (or maybe we just have a really long-torso’d baby?).
I also use the Carters PJs. My dd is 90+ percentile for height and weight. At 7 months she is wearing 12 month Carters pjs. They are definitely tight fitting but she is wearing 12 month stuff for all clothes, at least (some 18 month onesies). The other footed pjs we use are the Pekkle brand (I find them at Costco in Canada) which definitely fit larger than Carters. Finally, someone just gifted us a sleeper which is the brand Juddlies. I’m im Canada so not sure where you can get them in the USA, but I want to buy a ton more of these. They fit one size bigger than stated (ie the 6-12 month is really big on my dd) but they are so much cozier. Sort of a really thin sweatshirt. Still all cotton and bonus, they have a zipper that opens both ways.
I love the Juddlies material but I found they are not good for walking babies as the feet don’t stay in place very well and are not grippy like the Carters. We don’t get the babies dressed until at least after breakfast so this may not apply if they are dressed immediately on waking.
I have some really good intel on baby PJs after lots of research last year, as I was facing the same issues all the ladies here mention. I had/have a pudgy baby who is at or above 90% on both the height and weight curve and all footies after 9 mos fit terrible. Every single brand. Someone else may have mentioned this but the “snug fit” requirement is due to some bizarre fire safety regulations in the US, so all cotton pj’s have to be extremely tight…or if they are made of synthetics with fire retardant, they can be looser. I’m not a fan of polyester or extra chemicals for a baby, plus I live in the south, so going the “fleece” route was not an option.
Anyway, I started ordering at a British online store–Marks & Spencer. They have extremely good prices and their all-cotton footies are great quality and fit my taste in colors/prints. Sizes in general run bigger than in the US (i.e. size 12-18 mos actually fits babies who are, say, 15 months old). And sizes for babies at an age to walk or stand have grippy dots on the feet. They have free international shipping above a certain amount as well.
Thanks for this! I’ll definitely try marks & spencer.
I didn’t realize the difference between cotton & fleece carters, but it’s the 18 mo fleece that won’t zip on my 9 mo old so no hope for cotton.
I’m needing a new smart phone, and I think that my primary concern this go-round is a good, fast, easy to use camera for pictures of my baby and toddler. I have an Iphone 4s, and I suppose it’d be easiest to stay in the Iphone family, though I’m not really an Apple superfan and have no desire to have the latest and best (other than getting a better camera). Would prefer to keep the cost low-ish. Any thoughts on phone cameras (particularly for kid pics) that you’ve loved or regretted?
Meg Murry says
No particular phones to recommend, although I read a review that the LG V10 has a camera that can take pictures in raw format and all kinds of manual tweaking if that’s your thing.
I have a cheap Motorola that I hate so I wouldn’t generally recommend it, but some of the Motorolas (including better ones than mine) have a nice feature that brings up the camera by just twisting your wrist twice, so you don’t have to go through the whole unlock -> wait for it to come up -> find camera app -> wait for it to load mess
Unless you are good with downloading your pictures regularly or paying for cloud storage I would recommend getting a phone with either an SD card slot or a crap ton of storage – photos take up so much room on my phone now it’s crazy.
I have a moto x, and the shake-for-camera feature is great. Pictures are also good quality, and I haven’t had a problem with space. I had an iPhone 4s before this phone and the learning curve wasn’t too steep, plus the screen is so much bigger!
The camera on the iPhone 6 is a huge upgrade from the 4. It’s great. Really really great. I highly recommend it.
Imagine that you had the next 12 months of the year free, but you were still earning a salary equal to what you earn now. You are pregnant with your second, due in June. Your almost-3-year-old-son is in daycare FT until mid-Feb, after which he will go 2-3x a week in the mornings.
What would you do with all your time? I was laid off, given a package, and plan to do some consulting and casual job hunting until baby #2 comes. If consulting take off, son will go to daycare more, but in the meantime, I’m going to have a lot of free time.
So far on my agenda:
1. Self care/reward- schedule massage, spa day, and haircut, all long overdue, for some time between now and when FT daycare ends
2. Family time- (1) book trip with Son to somewhere warm and fun mid-week and let DH have the house to himself (this is crunchtime for him at work and he’s been pulling long nights anyway) (2) book trip to visit out of state family that I never see because to date, my work schedule had been miserable and all-consuming (3) take son and go visit my mom and dad who live 4+ hours away to get in some good grandparent time
3. SAHM time- find some local activities to do with son on his non-daycare days, including using our town (indoor) pool (never had time!), local museums, play outside in the snow, etc. (2) actually cook for my family instead of relying on whatever we pick up on the way home from work
4. Home improvement- painting, general sprucing/decorating, furniture shopping (within reason) for the 4 yet unfurnished rooms in the house we’ve lived in for 15 months…
5. new baby prep (beginning in April)- decorate nursery, bring down all baby junk, clean/sort etc
6. start a garden this spring
7. casually network and keep up my knowledge in the industry. I’m already on a few committees and have some consulting work lined up, so this one isn’t going to be a top focus necessarily as I am not going to be actively pursuing full time work until after baby #2.
What else? I’d like to pick up a new hobby, do some exercising (within reason given active pregnancy), maybe get more involved in my community.
Prenatal yoga is great.
Honestly, I think you are overestimating how much time you will have left over after all of those plans. Especially given that almost-3-year-old sons can be a little exhausting late in pregnancy and with a newborn to care for. :)
What are you interested in? For community involvement, I’d start at your local library. Mine has a lot of volunteer opportunities on the community board and organized through the library itself (job/computer skills workshops, hosting English language learners discussion groups) as well as board game clubs, book clubs, story time for kids, etc.
I meant mainly between now and June when the baby comes. After that, all bets are off! I mainly have 5 months to fill.
I am used to working a 60+ hour week or so, so going from 60 to zero is kind of overwhelming.
Any books you have been wanting to read? A few days locked up reading may be nice.
Meg Murry says
Oh yes, you should read ALLLL the books. Or if you can’t sit still, listen to audiobooks while walking, exercising, etc.
Meg Murry says
+1 to a prenatal exercise class if you can find one, or some other group where you might meet other parents
Do you have any friends (or friendly acquaintances) with kids that are SAHP or part time? Finding other adults to spend at least some part of your day with is important for your sanity, especially if your husband works a lot. Also helpful for after the baby comes, as you may be able to send your son off on play dates or have them over to entertain your son when new baby is here. You may be able to meet some at daytime play areas or library storytimes, or in the playground near your house once it warms up.
On the same note, since baby is due in June, start grooming a local teen/pre-teen to be a mother’s helper with your 3 year old?
And finally, don’t forget to stop, breathe and put your feet up from time to time. Not enough to get bored, just enough to slow down and appreciate that you have the time to do so
I agree that the time goes by faster than you think – I had a spell of time like this (though I didn’t have a kiddo) and had all these grandiose plans. I found that between (1) getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night, (2) running errands and dealing with various car/house maintenance we’d been putting off and (3) general household upkeep like cleaning and cooking, my days went by surprisingly fast!
That said, I think all your ideas are great and using a planner (real or electronic) is a good way to commit to things without the time getting away from you. Are there trips you can do with kiddo to visit friends? Even if Friend has to work during the day, you and kiddo and Friend’s kiddo (if applicable) can hang out during the day in their city for a change of scenery and chance to catch up before new baby.
You mentioned the pool with your kiddo but I would start there by yourself in terms of exercising. I’m not a great swimmer, but I have friends who swam all the way through their pregnancy and found it was the only activity they could really do. I personally would aquajog since I’m at doggie-paddle levels in swimming – maybe you can do that?
Did you already do a happy dance? This sounds kind of ideal to me right now…
Thanks for everyone who weighed in on my son, A, yesterday. My husband and I talked a lot last night (and did a lot of googling — never really a good idea) and we’re definitely getting him evaluated for autism. I think when I said I felt he was fine, what I felt was that he’s making clear progress toward speaking, he doesn’t seem to have any cognitive impairment — he won’t always join in in reading a book or a game, but he watches and will chime in with the appropriate animal noise or whatever at the right time. But the more we thought, the more there were things we could identify. Like if you go to take away a book or something, he will focus on your hands and will fight them off, but seems not to understand that the hands are connected to a human who can be influenced. His twin brother, B, however, will immediately look you in the face and scream, meaning he’s expressing his anger at what you’re doing and trying to scream to make you stop. But A never seems to realize that it’s the adults doing things. It’s like either the universe or these disembodied hands are the ones thwarting his plans. I’ve left a message for his doctor and am waiting to hear what the next steps are. Sigh. He’s only 22 months and it seems like early intervention can do a lot (and he’s already getting physical and speech therapy once a week), but it’s just this whole cloud of unknowns. And it’s painful to think he might have extra challenges. Life is hard enough as it is.
Meg Murry says
Has his vision been tested as part of the screening so far (I don’t know how they test vision for little tiny kids)? Any chance the “focus on the hands, not human” could be related to vision?
Either way, I think you are doing the right thing getting him evaluated, but not overly stressing on it. Maybe since he’s already in the EI system it won’t be quite such a process, or the current therapists can make referrals to other therapists for the appropriate intervention. And didn’t you say you would be looking into preschool next year? Preschool teachers are often great at identifying kid’s individual challenges and helping work through them. Since he’s in EI, he may qualify for a special needs preschool where he could get speech therapy there instead of through a separate therapy.
Hugs. I was convinced while I was pregnant that my kiddo was going to be autistic (anxiety is weird), and started reading a blog called A Diary of a Mom. I highly recommend checking it out. She has a great perspective on raising her autistic daughter, and I think I’m a better mom to my (non-autistic) kiddo because of reading her blog.
Just watch the spelling. I hear there is a blog with a similar name that is NSFW.
Lots of hugs to you. I know you’re feeling all the feelings right now (having recently been there myself), and just wanted to add my support. One small, concrete piece of advice: since you’re in the DC area, if your doc and therapists recommend an evaluation, I highly recommend Kennedy Krieger Institute (associated with Johns Hopkins) for the eval. It’s an amazing place.
Anon in NYC says
Hugs. No real advice, but I can only imagine how you’re feeling. You are doing the best you can for your son.
I know this is total ancedata but my cousin’s son was diagnosed at 20 months and has made fantastic progress with ABA therapy in only a few short months. Autism treatment programs have vastly improved in the last ten years.
My doula has two children with autism, the youngest was diagnosed at around age 2 and is extremely high functioning and she attributes it to early intervention, the oldest was not diagnosed until age 4 and has really struggled.
Moving on this right away is great. Even if it’s not autism, the evaluation process will eliminate it so you’ll know to look for something else which will get you closer to figure what’s going on.
Hugs. You are a great mama.
ARGH got the results of my prenatal DNA test and the gender of baby is SITTING RIGHT THERE ON THE VM ON MY PHONE but I swore to DH we could listen together.
All test results were totally normal (I did listen to the first part of the message because the woman told me she’d warn me before the gender part), which is the best news of course, but I am dying here. Man won’t call me back and I’m struggling to hold off until he gets home from work!
AHHHH that’s so annoying! My dude is also not great at responding (to be fair he’s a scientist who’s in the lab w/ no cell service a lot of the time….) and I feel similarly when I have exciting news, but nothing as exciting yet as baby’s gender!
Congrats on the good news! And you should take a picture or something – this is literally the last moment (or minutes, or hours) before you’ll know something very very exciting :) It’s all exciting, but this is such a fun one!
You have amazing self control. I would not be able to hold back!! Hoping he calls back soon and then please tell us!!
Didn’t see this until now, but he called back and we found out we are having a second girl! We honesty were ready and excited for either, but an added bonus is hand me downs and the girls may end up bunking together leaving me gorgeous office alone and not forcing it to be our office/guest room (this is a first world problem we would have dealt with if we had a boy)! DH is honestly probably slightly more excited to be a father of 2 girls as he is already my daughter’s favorite and now his fan club will expand ;)
lucy stone says
Glad your results were normal, I’m waiting for mine and am also super super excited to know gender! :)
Thank you for all the suggestions on my morning struggles. I implemented several of them, and this morning went so much better. I now dictate the flow of events and preview the next activity instead of asking for her input about which activity comes next, and offer a sub-choice (cartoon choice, choice of shirt, etc.) if she seems receptive. I keep her in one room for the entire morning routine and simplified some steps (she eats dry cereal while doing her neb instead of breakfast at the table, and I get dressed while she does her neb). We’ve had a few disagreements, but no tears or physical violence. I really appreciate the perspective.
Meg Murry says
Glad to hear it’s going better! Hopefully once she gets used to it things will go even smoother.
I’m so glad things are going better! I specifically thought of you today, when I had to physically force my two-year old to wear his shoes to the correct feet.
oh that’s funny. Because I let mine walk out the door with the shoes on the wrong feet and we fix it at daycare…or we don’t. :)
Yay! I’ve thought of you each morning as I’ve physically stuffed my children into their clothes. Congrats on the no tears!
Is there such a thing as gently-used double strollers for sale that will last for the next 2 kids?
Or is this something I have to bite-the-bullet on and buy new?
I don’t know how long they’d last, but double strollers show up twice a month on my mom’s listserv in Brooklyn. I’m either going to get one for our nanny share or maybe a folding wagon. We’re in a walk up and I just don’t know if one person can wrangle two kids and a double stroller (as opposed to two kids, one in a carrier and one in a stroller) or even where we’d store the thing.
I bought a used mountain buggy duet and it is going strong after 12+ months of heavy usage (off-road jogging) on our end. We replace tires as needed, but definitely do look used. You can find them in great condition
Most consignment stores will add you to a “wish list” of people they call for certain items. It’s worth a shot!
They definitely exist! I have one (City Mini, $150 steal) and zero regrets.
I’ve also sold a lot of strollers on CL that had plenty of life left in them. They simply didn’t meet our needs or preferences.
There is! I got a gently used City Mini double off Craigslist. Stalk CL like crazy!
water problems says
I have no idea if this is just some weird pregnancy problem I have, or if anyone else has ever had it, but if you have, I’d love some advice!
Normally I am a huge water drinker (to the extent where waiters/waitresses comment on how much they are refilling my water, my husband teased me about it when we met, etc etc). I had extreme nausea/gagging throughout my first trimester, and really struggled drinking water in addition to struggling to eat anything! Now my appetite is a bit better, and I’m eating a bit more (though still with some nausea and gagging), but water just tastes gross to me for some reason. I’m sipping it instead of drinking full glasses, and I don’t feel like I am getting enough.
I lost all my color, got really dizzy and passed out the other day, and the obgyn thought it might be from not having enough water (this was without me saying anything about my issues drinking – I assumed that I was still getting enough through soup/other beverages). So I feel like I really need to drink more, but I just can’t. This sounds ridiculous but I would love any thoughts from you all…I’m trying to drink juice/apple cider/other beverages, but I don’t want to be ingesting all sorts of bad calories. I’ve been trying lemon water but that only works sometimes. I miss my water bottle!
water problems says
*almost passed out! I didn’t actually. I know the warning signs and was able to quickly get my head down.
Try sticking fruit in your water bottle–think watermelon, strawberries, cucumber—“spa water”.
Herbal tea, crystal light, and watering down juice.
As you found out, you definitely need more than what you can get in food. Water needs in pregnancy are high. GL!
I went through something similar and drank SO MUCH Crystal Light iced tea while I was pregnant. I figured drinking water at all was better than whatever artificial sweetener I was ingesting.
Watering down juice, duh! Why didn’t I think of that? I will definitely do that. I have been drinking tons of lemonade, like MDMom below, so maybe I’ll try that half and half with water.
Make sure you’re getting the right amount of salt. I’m very tall and I drank a TON of water while pregnant, and then started getting head rushes all the time. I began drinking water with extra electrolytes (try smart water) and eating more salt, and the head rushes went away.
Also, try juice, fizzy juices, carbonated water, seltzer, etc. DRINK MORE FLUIDS!
I didn’t even think about that – I’m tall also, and I bet that has something to do with it (along with my relatively low blood pressure…which is why I’m so familiar with the signs indicating fainting).
I drank insane amounts of lemonade while pregnant. Didn’t have any particular issues with water though. If you are worried about empty calories, you can dilute juice with water. Cranberry would be great because pregnancy increases uti risk.
Use Nuun tablets (can get them on ama z o n and at sports stores). I drink a ton more when I use them (the citrus ones are best).
Meg Murry says
What about sucking on ice cubes/ice chips? Would that be any better? Carbonated water? Does your city have really chlorinated water or some other thing that smells off to you with your overly sensitive pregnant super-senses?
Don’t worry about drinking “bad” calories unless you have GD or something where you really need to watch your sugar – you need the fluids, even if it comes with some extra calories. Or you could water down your juice, etc.
I also was not into water at all and found that straws were the answer. As a bonus, I could drink while lying on the couch if I had a bendy straw :)
La Croix says
Try La Croix fizzy water! I like the berry flavor. I drink a ton of water too but sub this in every few days when I am just sick of it. Not really into juice, etc. (2nd trimester).
This is so helpful. Thank you, everyone! I also love La Croix but I was avoiding it due to the insane amount of burping I have been doing (sorry for TMI), but now that I’m starting 2nd tri and it’s easing off I should get back into it. I also ordered the Nuun tablets and I”m going to try these other options too. I’ll also try to stop worrying about “bad calories” since I’ve only lost weight so far this pregnancy (apparently that is fine so far) so it’s not like I need to be crazy with restricting calories. Just a mental holdover from my glory days of eating whatever the heck I wanted…
layered bob says
I really struggle to get enough water during pregnancy and especially during nursing.
1. Sparkling water
3. Really cold water with fruit in it
4. Really cold sparkling water with fruit in it with a straw
5. Pregnancy-approved tea
b. with a straw
I vary between being able to tolerate it better a) with constant sipping all day long or b) chugging a big glass as “medicine” a couple discrete times per day.
As a replacement for alcohol, I got a bunch of flavored stevia drops to make “soda” with sparkling water. I lurved the vanilla => cream soda! Also root beer, cherry, lemon-lime.
Along similar lines, you can make your own flavored simple syrup by boiling water w/ sugar and any flavorings – I like lime and basil a lot, it’s fun to experiment with flavors like apple cider or balsamic vinegar (really!). Add to sparkling water and maybe garnish with the herbs etc. to make a fun mocktail. Clearly, I missed drinking!
I’m not a water drinker. Ugh! But I am trying to get better about it. Have you tried any of these?
1. Drink with a straw. So much more water and you can hardly taste it! This is the only way I can drink enough.
2. Add a splash of juice. Not a lot of calories, and really helps me.
3. Infuse water with fruit. Add some apples or lemons & limes or raspberries to a pitcher in the fridge.
It will pass, but you want to make sure you don’t get so dehydrated you end up in the hospital. Thinking about that can be good motivation. :) Good luck!
I never even though of trying a straw…sounds like an excuse to buy one of those Starbucks cups I always admire.