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Jennifer Freeman Thompson

After spending most of her life scoffing at the idea of having kids, Jennifer Freeman Thompson gave birth to Hank last December at the age of 43. Knowing absolutely nothing about preparing for motherhood, she crowdsourced her baby registry, watches endless YouTube videos on sleep training and frequently calls her sister-in-law to find out if Hank's poop looks weird. Jennifer is a marketing manager by day. She and her husband, Curt, live in Park Hill with their dog, Bear, and cats Pancho and Lefty.

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I didn’t have anything like the Ingenuity Dream Comfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper on my registry, but a good friend gifted it to me, anyway. it has allowed me to sneak back to bed for a few more minutes in the morning.

I didn’t have anything like the Ingenuity Dream Comfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper on my registry, but a good friend gifted it to me, anyway. it has allowed me to sneak back to bed for a few more minutes in the morning.

After spending four nights in the hospital, my skin needed some serious attention. The Flash Fix Kit from Sunday Riley put some life back into my skin.

After spending four nights in the hospital, my skin needed some serious attention. The Flash Fix Kit from Sunday Riley put some life back into my skin.

When Hank first came home and only slept a few hours at a time, I found myself singing to him while rocking him back to sleep, so I decided to make him his own Spotify mix.

When Hank first came home and only slept a few hours at a time, I found myself singing to him while rocking him back to sleep, so I decided to make him his own Spotify mix.

Dressing a baby can be hard with only two hands! One-piece outfits that zip or button are the easiest to grab and wrangle. We love these from trendyprintshop.com and the Stax Museum gift shop.

Dressing a baby can be hard with only two hands! One-piece outfits that zip or button are the easiest to grab and wrangle. We love these from trendyprintshop.com and the Stax Museum gift shop.

These Dot Muslin Swaddles from West Elm are perfect for swaddling Hank for bed, providing a little extra cover without being too heavy, or keeping in his bag in case I need to lay him down somewhere unexpected.

These Dot Muslin Swaddles from West Elm are perfect for swaddling Hank for bed, providing a little extra cover without being too heavy, or keeping in his bag in case I need to lay him down somewhere unexpected.

My niece gave us a diaper caddy from Parker Baby Co. and it has been extremely helpful—especially in the middle of the night when I need to be able to grab things without a lot of light. She was even kind enough to fill it with scented disposable diaper sacks from Sassy Baby.

My niece gave us a diaper caddy from Parker Baby Co. and it has been extremely helpful—especially in the middle of the night when I need to be able to grab things without a lot of light. She was even kind enough to fill it with scented disposable diaper sacks from Sassy Baby.

I was surprised how irritated Hank’s face got—even from products marked “gentle.” I found Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water. I use it every morning to wash his face, neck and head.

I was surprised how irritated Hank’s face got—even from products marked “gentle.” I found Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water. I use it every morning to wash his face, neck and head.

While buying clothes for little ones may be the most tempting gift-giving option, a more permanent alternative is to give books. I know we will enjoy these and the others we received for many years to come.

While buying clothes for little ones may be the most tempting gift-giving option, a more permanent alternative is to give books. I know we will enjoy these and the others we received for many years to come.