So, I decided on sharing the following two items...
First item: "My Brest Friend" pillow. Yes, it sounds funny. However, this "boppy-like-item" is better than a boppy. It straps all of the way around me providing support for my back. It has two little bumps in the front to help support my hand under her head. And it is much firmer than a boppy, which I'd like to think Miss L enjoys. Lastly, it has an attached pocket for keeping small items in - say an extra pacifier, lanolin, or nursing pads. Basically, had I known about this...I wouldn't have registered for a boppy.
Second item: The exercise ball. We use it to bounce on while holding a crying baby and "usually" it will instantly calm her. We put her on it for "tummy time." And lastly, it makes a great ottoman in our living room.
In all honesty, these items are great...but what I really wanted to share but didn't want to sound showy...was that my new cell phone - HTC EVO 4G - is the best new mommy tool. I got this when Miss L was 9 days old...since my crackberry was on its last leg and my husband wanted to make me happy with a new little tech gadget. (Truth be told: He HAS to maintain a crackberry for work and wants a smart phone to call his own - this allows him to live vicariously through me!)
- allows me to set multiple alarm clocks for waking up little one to eat in the middle of the night
- provides hours of entertainment while nursing her at 4am...enabling me to read my library on my nook, enjoy facebook, read trashy E! news online or watch a youtube video on how to use one of the handy "wrap" carriers...moby, k'tan...etc.
- has endless "baby" oriented apps - such as "What to expect baby," "Baby week," "Baby care," "Baby Monitor (haven't figured it out yet!)," and the all-mighty "White Noise" app...need I say more!