Maternity Leave Watch List

Let’s face it newborns are cute but they are incredibly boring.  Here is a list of shows that got me through when I was craving adult interaction.  It also helped for the times when all you REALLY have to pee but you don’t want to risk putting down your sweet angel because nobody should wake a sleeping baby.  (I have stared the ones that you cannot watch around children, newborns sure they can’t see further that 10 inches from their face.)

  1. Game of Thrones*
  2. Parenthood
  3. How to Get Away With Murder*
  4. Glee
  5. Breaking Bad*
  6. Dexter*
  7. Married at First Sight
  8. Grey’s Anatomy
  9. Odd Mom Out
  10. Gossip Girl
  11. Lost
  12. Friends

Ergobaby carrier review

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Ergo baby Original Carrier

I got the ergobaby carrier as a gift at a baby shower.  I was happy because I knew that wearing a baby can be super useful to be able to get things done and have your hands free when you have a little one.  With my son my hubby and I had used a Baby Bjorne and a Moby Wrap. We liked the baby Bjorne because it was easy to put on.  At the time I didn’t even know than the ergobaby carrier existed.

The Moby Wrap we didn’t like because it took awhile to get a hang of how to tie it.  Plus you can’t really prevent the wrap dragging the floor when you tie it which just bothered me because it felt like it was getting dirty and then that fabric was touching baby.

Picture below for comparison purposes.  I have not reviewed the Baby Bjorne but we do like it and it was our go to for our son.

Original Baby Bjorne
Original Baby Bjorne

 

I say all that to be able to really review the ergobaby carrier.

I really like the way it looks.  It has more style.  Also the padding makes it really comfortable to wear.  It also has a little fabric flap that can be used to cover the babies head.  The fabric snaps in place and can be used to protect the babies head from the sun or to block the babies view of bright lights/distractions when in the carrier.

I dislike the instructions.  They are just a series of pictures that my husband and I could not figure out.  Luckily there was a video on YouTube that we could watch.  It took a couple views but then we got the hang of it.  Also, for anyone that has limited range of motion (I have limited range from a shoulder surgery) it can be hard to hook the back buckle by yourself. I had to really adjust and loosen the straps so that I could actually wear it.

The biggest disappointment was that if you purchase the carrier in order to use it with an infant you have to purchase an infant insert which is pretty pricey after also purchasing the carrier itself.  I wish the insert came with the carrier.  Also it just was a pain to want to use it and discover that you need another piece to use it.  The insert is only needed for babies under 12 lbs or under four months.  There is more specific guidelines on when to use the insert provided in the instructions.

Ergo Baby infant insert
Ergo Baby infant insert

We wanted to be able to use the carrier way sooner than four months so we did purchase the insert.  We chose the mesh insert because our baby gets sweaty easily.

With all that said…

We LOVE it!  Including baby!  Money well spent!

Serious my little one loves it.  She is a little over one month old and she usually falls asleep in it within minutes of wearing it.  She falls asleep in the Baby Bjorne too however I can sit down with her because her legs are out and she knows.  With the ergo her legs are held tight (frog-like to your body) and are inside the carrier so she doesn’t know and after a while I can sit down and relax while she sleeps.  I don’t have to explain to any parent how much that little bit of time to recoup is worth.  We will use the both of our carriers but while our little one is small we will probably use the ergo more.

Disclaimer: I was not solicited to write this review.  This is this mama’s honest opinion.

Postpartum: Healing after a second degree tear

So you have had your little one and your labor and delivery was a little rougher than anticipated and you’re looking for more information on something that mom’s never tell you about…the less that glamorous recovery period after-birth.

First off I am not a doctor so this is just my experience after a very quick active phase of labor about 35 mins and baby E made her way into the world.  My birth was all natural which was semi-intentional.  It that, all natural was part of my birth plan – however when shit got real and the pain hit all at once…I was totally asking for drugs but wouldn’t give it to me because it was too late my baby was here.

Needless to say from the title of my posts…the quick labor did a number on me.  I had a second degree tear and something else the OB used a word that is unknown to me and I was too scared and tired to ask.  It took close to an hour to stitch me up and I would say I was in the 20+ stitches range.

I never thought that my birth would be quite like it was.  Second baby and I was still surprised.  Luckily, before birth I did prepare myself for some damage by buying the following items listed below (moms who were brave enough to share there stories swore by them).

Things purchased pre-baby and yes this really hurt on the inside to buy them but luckily everything was available on Amazon.

  1. A big pack of depends
  2. Tucks pads
  3. Mama’s bottom spray
  4. Dermaplast
  5. Maxi pads aka thunderpads
  6. Perineal ice packs
  7. Stool softners

The hospital should supply you with the following:

  1. A squirt bottle (However after I got home I ordered a 3-pack off Amazon because having to fill the bottle up constantly before I could pee while my baby was crying to be fed was no bueno)
  2. Perineal ice packs (take the ones from the hospital but if you have a significant tear you will want more – I honestly had to order them more than once as my recovery was rough
  3. Mesh panties
  4. Thunder pads
  5. A Sitz bath
  6. Demaplast (depends on hospital – mine gave it to me but I took a bottle to the hospital just in case)

Also note if they offer you something after delivery for pain take it!  They offered me 600mg ibuprofen and regular Tylenol that I took around the clock (I took it around the clock for at least 3 weeks).  Believe me you don’t want the pain catching up to you. Technically the hospital offered me Tylenol-3 but that’s not my scene so….

So the reason I’m writing this is that hospitals tend to not tell you a whole lot about what to expect when you get home or what is normal for recovery.  They said something like if you bleed more than quarter size clots or run a fever you should come in…great super helpful…NOT!

So here is what I experienced along with a lot of ladies on baby center…and yes everyone is different so if you heal faster that’s awesome.  I’m happy for you but really jealous to where we almost can’t be friends.

Recovery Timeline

At the hospital

At the hospital I thought I can get up and move around this is great.  I had a c-section with my first baby so just being able to get up and go to the bathroom fairly easily was a real win the first day.  I used my squirt bottle and remember thinking how can I pee out this much fluid.  Like really how can I still look this pregnant if I peed out so much fluid?  Did I really gain that much fat?

1-3 weeks

The first week being at home was interesting.  I was scared to poop as so many moms are.  However, since I took the stool softeners as advised by the hospital and moms out there everywhere it really wasn’t bad. What was bad was missing my dose of ibuprofen and realizing it mid-pee when it hurt real bad.  The first week is a blur between my nipples hurting/bleeding from breast feeding, my boobs being so engorged that I looked like Dolly, and wishing that I had a doughnut pillow to sit on.  Getting up and down from the sofa was super uncomfortable in my nether region.

At 2 weeks I thought…why am I STILL walking around like a sumo wrestler?  Why do steps suck?  Why does my toddler want me to pick him up…I just can’t my lady parts can’t handle it?  Why do my stitches feel exactly the same? Is any healing happening?  Why is sitting down and standing up so hard?  Am I bleeding too much?  I actually called the OB about this after reading about postpartum hemorrhaging.  I was told if it gets any worse or it doesn’t stop in the next couple of days come in/we will schedule a ultrasound.

3.5-8 weeks

At 3.5 weeks I felt better and my bleeding slowed down to where I could fall asleep and not fear I was going to wake up to me bleeding out somewhere.  Thank goodness!  Things finally started to feel better.  I didn’t have to walk like a sumo wrestler and some of my stitches felt like they had healed.  However, all of my stitches had not healed and I still needed to take ibuprofen for the pain.  Sitting was easier but occasionally I would feel like my stitches were being pulled.

4-5 weeks out I still felt the same as I did at 3.5 weeks.  At 6 weeks I felt sore sometimes when I walked but it wasn’t bad.

At my postpartum appointment (6 weeks) the OB said for the most part I had healed (no more stitches) but I still needed to wait 2 weeks to be back to normal.  Which translated to you can work out, take a bath, but you need to wait for hubby time.  I was also told that breastfeeding can make things take longer to heal because your body is focusing on making milk.

All in all if I had another baby I would still go the VBAC/no meds route.

 

Coping with morning sickness

Morning sickness SUCKS!  And it may last for well over the first trimester.  I had it terrible with my first pregnancy and even worse with the second one.  I blame her being a girl to the added sickness.  I never had to be hospitalized but I threw up on myself driving, commuting on the bus, it the Houston tunnel in from of lots of strangers, and so many more places.  I won’t promise you a cure but here are some ways to cope and be prepared for when you lose your lunch.

  1. Keep a plastic bag with you AT ALL TIMES and in quick reach.
  2. Keep hard candies on you at all times.  I found that if my mouth was too dry or if I had too much saliva it made me more sick.
  3. Invest in QueaseEase and take it with you EVERYWHERE.  It seriously helps with the nausea brought on by odors.  I could not go anywhere without it.
  4. Keep a spare change of clothes with you.  You don’t want to pick up your kid from daycare with vomit all over you. This is when I realized I needed to have bags with me at all times and close to me.  See #1.
  5. Eat in smaller portions and limit spicy foods.
  6. Never let your stomach be empty (if you can help it).
  7. Pray.  Pray.  Pray.
  8. Remind yourself of the sweet reward you will have at the end of your pregnancy.
  9. Let people help you.  I had a very kind co-worker who knew when I very desperately needed a glass of water and I let her get it for me.
  10. If you are having a really bad day, DO NOT try to power through (if you can call in sick), this prevented the number of times I threw up on my morning commute.
  11. Since morning sickness is usually bad in the mornings talk to your work if you can come in later.  I came in 30 minutes later than my normal schedule while pregnant.  This seriously made a HUGE difference.
  12. Morning showers made me get sick almost daily so I tried to take night showers but I pretty much passed out at night as soon as my husband and toddler would let me.  If I limited my showers time it seemed to be a little better as I didn’t get as hot.

That’s really all I got.  Good luck mamas!  I know it can be HELL.

8 Things Parents do out of LOVE

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It is truly amazing how much a parent can love their child.  Parents know (or quickly find out) that you can’t be that tiny-bit-selfish-person that you were before you had kids.  This sort of validates every parents statement that their child has made them a better person.  With that said, there are some terrible, awful, disguising things that parents do because they love there child. I’m not sure it technically makes them a better person, but it does make them a wonderful parent. Read on for what parents will do for their child out of LOVE.

  1. Pull poop out of their child’s butt when they’re constipated.  It’s so unbelievably gross.  You have no idea.  But when your child is bent over and crying, you will do what it takes to make them better.
  2. Deal with snot.  Lots and lots of it.  Suctioning out mucus is stomach-wrenching.  The sound it makes. And occasionally you may have to pick boogers out of your child’s nose that are stuck.  Somehow wiping kids noses with tissues and baby wipes will not free every stubborn dried booger.  Again this makes me cringe all over.  By all means try a warm washcloth first.  But some times you have to pick it.  That’s real love folks.  Almost too real.
  3. Eat something that their child has already drooled on, dropped on the floor, or drank out of because they were being good and sharing.  

    Sharing is caring.

  4. Stay up all night singing, snuggling, reading, walking around, or watching movies because their child can’t/won’t sleep.
  5. Let their child watch TV when their favorite show or movie is on.
  6. Miss social functions because they don’t trust anyone to care for their child.
  7. Feed their child first, when they are starving.  Like can-barely-function-starving, and their child is eating at a snail’s pace.
  8. Research child products for hours because they heard that something “may be bad” or have a recall.

There are so many more things that could go on this list.  What are some things that you do as a parent out of love?

First Baby Pregnancy Timeline

So lately I’ve had babies on the brain.  My husband and I are almost ready to dive in and try for a second baby.  That got me thinking about being pregnant again and made me nostalgic.  Growing a baby is beautiful, crazy, wonderful, and at times miserable.  I am so glad I got to experience it.  So much so, I think I’m ready to do it again.  Here is my first baby pregnancy timeline:

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6 weeks:

I discovered I was pregnant.  I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.  That same week I also had a blood test done, to confirm it.  There is actually a funny story behind the picture above.  The first 2 test are mine and the last one is my husbands.  He was my control, it’s just the scientist in me to make sure the tests were working correctly.  P.S.  if you need a pregnancy test you can get them from the dollar store.  The above pregnancy tests came from dollar tree.  Much cheaper, just saying.

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10 weeks:

Morning sickness starts.  1st ultrasound/check-up.  I got to hear the babies heartbeat.  It was pretty cool.  This is when I got the first ultrasound picture that looked like a bean.  I was already so proud and in love.  Landon was about 1.5 inches long.

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14 weeks:

2nd ultrasound/check-up and beginning of 2nd trimester.  This ultrasound Landon looked like a real baby.  My husband and I cried so many tears of happiness watching him move around in my belly.  At this point I had gained ~3 pounds.

15 weeks:

 I had a tiny bump.  It wasn’t noticeable to anyone else but I could see it.

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17 weeks:

 I bought my first maternity clothes.  They were a little big but my normal clothes were starting to be a little uncomfortable.

18 weeks:

Morning sickness FINALLY went away!

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19 weeks:

Check-up time.  I was definitely showing and had gained 7 pounds.

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20-21 weeks:

Half-way point.  Gender Ultrasound.  We almost didn’t get to find out his sex because he didn’t want to expose his ‘area’.  We were so excited when we left the ultrasound.  We bought him his first toy, a stuffed alligator.

22 weeks:

We had his name picked out and his nursery painted.  I started nesting pretty much as soon as we knew he was a boy.  This week we also made our registry, it took all day.

nursery

23 weeks:

Another check-up.

26 weeks:

Surprise baby shower at work.

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28 weeks:

Beginning of 3rd trimester.

31 weeks:

Another check-up.  I had gained 24 pounds.

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32 weeks:

Baby shower #1

33 weeks:

Another check-up.  This week I discovered I was lactating.  That freaked me out quite a bit.  My husband and I also took a 10 hour birthing class that week.  It was fairly intense but got us somewhat prepared for the big day.

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35 weeks:

Baby shower #2.  Another check-up.  I had gained 29 pounds.

36 weeks:

Got my TDap vaccine.  I was determined to keep whooping-cough away.  I also made sure anyone that would be around the baby also had the vaccine.

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37 weeks:

Another check-up.  This week my hands started to swell.  This was the week I started to become really anxious.

38 weeks:

Another check-up.  I had gained 31 pounds.

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39 weeks:

Landon came this week.  Sadly, my labor was 37 hours.  Landon did not read the exit manual and tried to come out face first instead of head first.  Don’t worry though, it’s incredibly rare (less than 2% of births).

For information on what to buy preparing for baby, click here.

Guidelines for buying baby clothes

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Have you ever wanted to buy a birthday or Christmas present for a niece or nephew and had no clue what size to buy?  Sure, you know that they just turned one, but what size baby clothes does that translate to?  Are all baby brands sized the same?

I’m here to help.  Here’s some things to keep in mind…

  1. If clothes are slightly big, kids can grow into them.  So when it doubt get a size bigger and a gift receipt (in case you really miss the mark, and buy baby Timmy a Christmas onesie that wouldn’t fit until July).
  2. It’s best to let parents pick out the “baby’s first” outfits. This is one of those parent’s rights that turns out to be a “big deal.”  The first 4th of July, Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day are important “firsts” outfits; ESPECIALLY if it’s someones first child.  By the second baby, things are more relaxed.
  3. Guideline #2 does not mean you can not buy holiday themed clothes.  Just DON’T buy the ones that say “Baby’s First _____” or “My First ____” on them.  Babies rocking red, white and blue or dressed like a pumpkin are adorable, so DO buy holiday themed outfits.
  4. For new parents, zippers are much easier that snaps.  So for sleep-n-plays which come with both zippers and snaps; buy the ones with zippers if the size you are buying is newborn or 0-3 months.  For those of you who don’t know what sleep-n-plays are…they are pajamas with the feet built-in.
  5. All baby sizes are not created equal.  Here are tips for sizing of popular baby brands.

Popular baby brands sizes

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In general, it is important to note that some babies skip the newborn size all together.  So if you are going to a baby shower, try to limit buying all the ridiculously cute, tiny newborn outfits (if the baby weights more than 7 pounds, it probably won’t fit).  For my son, he typically grew out of sizes a month early.  Which translates to….

He wore 0-3 month clothing until he was 2 months old.  Then they were too small and we bumped up to 6 month clothing.  At 5 months, he out grew his 6 month clothes.  So at 6 months, he was wearing 9 month clothes.  This trend stayed constant.  Now at almost 15 months he wears 18 month, 24 month, and even some 2T clothing.  In case you are wondering, he has always been average for his age in height and weight.

Baby sizing means “up to.”  Therefore, 6 month sized clothing is for “up to 6 months.” 9 month clothing is “up-to 9 months.”  Weird, I know.  Most babies follow the trend of being in bigger clothing than their age.  Babies born premature won’t fall into this category since they start off super tiny.

Super hero or super exposed

The other weekend we went to a 1 year old, super hero birthday party.  The birthday boy was the son of my husband’s boss.  I had never met this boss so I was a little nervous, going in to everything.  Will I have people to talk to?  Will everyone be dressed up?  Crap.  I don’t have anything super hero for me or Landon!  We ended up settling for this batman outfit.  He’s cute in it, but it’s not really a super hero costume.

batmanSo we got there and everything was going well.  The people were friendly.  L turned out to have one of the best outfits.  (Let’s just say the other kids weren’t very festive.)  And they had yummy food and snacks.  My embarrassment came in to play when the kids decided to play “pin the batman emblem on batman”.  All the parents were distracted with the game, when I saw the birthday boy crawling away for a bunch of not-baby-friendly stuff on a set of book shelves.   It looked like nick-knacks of some sort, small enough for a baby to choke on.  Since, I was the only one that noticed I scooped up the birthday boy and started playing and talking to him.  The Dad (who is M’s boss) walked over and talked to me for a couple of minutes and had this weird look on his face and insisted on taking back his son.  I couldn’t figure out why, he was giggling and happy.  It was fun holding a smaller baby the difference in weight was amazing and he is only a two months younger than L.  I insisted that I didn’t mind holding the little guy, but could tell the dad wanted him back.  After I handed him over I realized, why he wanted him back.  The little guy had pulled down my tank top to where a good portion of my girls and bra was exposed.  I guess I was too caught up in cute-little-baby to notice.  I quickly shifted my shirt back into its proper place. I felt like an idiot because I’m pretty sure I made the dad feel uncomfortable.  It’s embarrassing because I really had no idea.  But overall I know that I made sure the little guy didn’t get into anything that was trouble.  I may of inadvertently flashed more of myself than intended, however, I can live with that.

15 First Time Mom Essentials

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A lot of my friends or co-workers are pregnant or just had babies.

Another group of my friends are single and going to baby showers and have no idea what to buy for the moms-to be.

Therefore, I have decided to compile a list of what I think were MUST-HAVES during those crazy months of being a new mom. I know that some of these items are not truly must-haves in the sense that you can raise a child without them. However, why make life harder than it needs to be? This is what I would spend my money on.

  1. Crib, dresser, changing table

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    • These are kinda a given. Your baby needs somewhere to sleep. Ours did not like his crib AT ALL until about 4 months. Some babies like it right away and if your baby does be thankful, you’re one of the lucky ones.
    • We bought a changing table/dresser combo. We actually found our set at Costco for a really good price and are very pleased with the quality. It is a Cafe Kids set that converts into a toddler bed, and then a full size bed when they are bigger. You can find the it here.
    • When getting a crib, get a few fitted sheets. You will need extra for accidents and when you can’t wash right away. You DO NOT need a comforter or bumper. You can see a bumper and comforter in the picture but our son has never had either in his crib. It is just not worth the risk.
  2. Diapers

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    • You need diapers in multiple sizes. Remember some babies skip the newborn stage all together and while your baby is in the hospital, the hospital will provide diapers and wipes.
    • For our little one he stayed in the size 3 and 4 size diapers the longest. They grow really quickly in the beginning so you may not want to go too crazy with the value packs because you don’t want to end up with diapers you can’t use. However, when they are really little you will feel like you are changing them nonstop so a value pack is a wise buy. Just don’t buy several of the same value pack at once until you have a good idea of how fast your little one is growing.
    • Also, in the beginning save yourself the trouble of wondering if your baby is wet and get the diapers with the wetness indicator. DO IT! When babies are tiny, the amount of urine produced is tiny. This means it can be hard to tell if they are wet or not. In the beginning their skin is sensitive and you do not want even a tiny bit of urine sitting on their precious little skin.
  3. Wipes

    • I recommend starting with sensitive wipes, so if your baby skin is rash-prone, you wont have to worry about fragrances or additives irritating his/her skin.
    • I used Pampers Sensitive and then eventually switched to Kirklands wipes from Costco because they do the job and are cost-friendly.
  4. A Portable Sleepersnugglebunnysleeper

    • We used the Fisher Price Snug-a-Bunny sleeper. You can find it at Target or Babies R Us. This is great for when they are really tiny. It is small enough to carry from room to room or take on the go. We used it in the beginning when we wanted him in our room at night. Later, we made the transition to the crib (in the nursery). Here Landon is not strapped in, but it does come with a strap so you can rest easy your baby will not wiggle out.
  5. A bouncy/vibrating chairbouncy-chair

    • Trust me, you want this. This will help keep your baby happy in the days that they aren’t really able to do much. I want to say we used this for at least the first four months. It helped so much because your arms WILL NEED A BREAK. I used to talk, sing, and play with him while he was in his little seat. He loved it!
    • There are some really fancy chairs, you really just need one that vibrates and is safe. The flashing lights and sounds are great but your baby will respond more to the vibration then anything else. The vibration helped soothe Landon when he was colicky.
  6. A baby carriermobywrapbabybjorn

    • When I say this, I mean a Moby wrap or Baby Bjorn. This makes trips so much easier. Having your hands free is so nice when you are at the grocery store. When at a department store, it is also nice to go between isles without worrying about a stroller (its amazing how tight some isles are in department stores; you never notice untill you can’t go down one with a stroller).
    • Infants love to be worn. It makes them feel safe and gives them comfort being so close to mom or dad.
    • If I had to chose one I would chose the Baby Bjorn, hands down. It was just easy. I have been told recently, however, that it may not be good for hip development. So I will have to look into that.
  7. A car seatcar-seat

    • Most important thing is that it is safe. Do not buy a used car seat. You do not know if it has been in an accident or not. If a car seat has been in an accident it may be (and should be considered) defective. If you are ever in an accident (even a fender bender), you should file a claim with insurance and they will replace your car seat. DO NOT GAMBLE with your baby’s safety. We chose to get a travel system, this includes stroller, carrier, and base for the carrier (car seat).
    • When you install your car seat you can take your car to a local fire department and they will verify that it has been installed correctly.
    • The hospital will not let you leave with your baby unless you have a car seat installed.
    • A side note: Children are to be rear-facing until 2 years of age.
  8. A toy for the car

    • This made a huge difference in our travels. We got a simple toy that strapped across the handle to the carrier (that hooked into the base of our car seat). Landon could bat away at the toys and forget that he was by himself in the backseat. You can purchase the one we got here.
  9. A SwaddlePodswaddlepod

    • Our baby would ONLY sleep swaddled. If he got out of his swaddle, he would wake up. Our best, best, best friend EVER in the beginning was the Swaddle Pod. It is so easy and your baby cant wiggle its arms out. They sleep better and you will actually get some sleep. I think Landon loved this because it reminded him of the way he felt in my belly. We were all so sad when he out grew it. They only come in a small sizes. If your swaddling skills are sub-par, buy one of these. They are AWESOME!!
  10. Swaddling/Receiving blankets

    • These are multipurpose. Use them for swaddling, for covering up baby in the car seat, to lay down on a cold changing table, etc.
  11. Baby Einstein Baby Mozart DVD

    • We inherited several Baby Einstein DVDs from another mom and OMG did my baby love the Baby Mozart one. They are actually really good for your baby. They get their minds going and truly fascinate them. This particular one plays classical musical while looping through images of animals, puppets, trains, and all kinds of interesting things for baby to discover. Read more about it here.
  12. Baby bath tubfirstbath

    • For me this was a necessity. I know some people may use a sink to wash their babies, but at my house my sink stays full of dishes. Having a little tub with a sling made the first baths so easy. My little man always loved bath time and I think that part of it was he was so comfy in his tub.
  13. Hooded baby towels & baby wash clothshooded-towels

    • It’s so nice to take your baby out of the tub and have that perfect hooded baby-sized towel to wrap him/her up in. Little baby wash clothes are also so practical and take up such little space to store.
  14. No tears baby shampoo & Mustela

    • This is a given but I had to list it. I love the bedtime bath body wash and lotion. It smells so good. I love lavender and I swear it helps my little man sleep. I use Mustela shampoo because it works great for cradle cap and doesn’t smell bad. It foams up nicely too.
  15. Infant Medications

  • You never know when your little one may get sick but it’s good to be prepared. I suggest keeping a bottle of infant Tylenol, ibuprofen, and gas drops or gripe water on hand. You don’t want your baby to suffer any longer than needed so have medicine on hand to give when needed. Your pediatrician can tell you the correct doses for your babies weight and age. Most often they will have a chart on their website that is easy to access.

Mom’s out there, what are you must-haves when caring for your baby? What products have you found to make life easier?

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A beach trip with baby

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Recently, my husband played a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach. This meant bringing out little one to the beach with us. Traveling to the beach, with a baby, is SUPER DIFFERENT than when it was just you and your significant other. Prepare yourself and you will have a FABULOUS weekend like we did! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures at the end!

Here are some tips I learned alone the way…

  • Re-evaluate what your expectations are for the trip. If you expect to sun bathe and read book while listening to the ocean, you’re gonna be miserable. Your baby is gonna need you attention ALL DAY LONG. This isn’t a bad thing, it just may not be what you are used to. He may or may not like the sand. He may love water at home but then think the ocean water is too cold. You have to just roll with. He may try to eat sand or seashells. My little one absolutely WOULD NOT put his feet on the sand, even though he can walk. He would crawl in it but if you tried to walk him over to the sand, holding onto his hands, he would pull both feet up and just hang like a monkey from a branch of a tree. He also frequently changed his mind on if he wanted to play in the sand, water, or on mommy’s lap. But it was amazing to sit back and watch him take everything in.
  • Baby powder helps get rid of the wet sand that’s hard to brush off, but don’t let your baby inhale it!
  • Remember your baby will need a nap! You may want to cool off to in the room so it isn’t a bad time to take a break.
  • Lather on your sunscreen! No one like being sun burnt. And it is SO MUCH HARDER to take care of a little one when you’re not 100%. I used California Baby sunscreen since it doesn’t contain chemicals for Landon and applied in 30 minutes before we went out if the sun.  We were lucky and no one got burnt!
  • Figure out shade for your baby! We got a shaded pool that he cool splash around in. At nap time we even tried pouring the water out and laying down towels so he could take a nap there. Unfortunately, he never falls asleep in anything other than a crib, pack n play, or car seat. He squirms around like crazy when its nap time. A umbrella would work to. For our set up, we had a battery powered pump to inflate and deflate our pool. We would use a sand bucket to get water from the ocean for him to splash in and let him pour it into the pool at his own pace. This worked wonderfully and he played all day (for the most part)
  • Come to terms that your nights may end much earlier. We had my sister come with us to help, but felt guilty leaving her by herself in the room (while Landon slept)…so our nights out ended around 8pm. Such a big change!
  • Stay at a hotel or place ON THE BEACH.  You will be packing so much stuff with you, you are gonna want to be close.  Some of our essentials swim diapers, wipes, snacks, bath toys, large sand bucket, sippy cup, sunscreen, our baby pool (to provide fun and shade), towels, neat sheet, bottled water, and our inflater/deflater.
  • When in doubt of how to entertain your baby, DIG A HOLE.  Yeah, it’s that simple.  Bring a bucket of water up.  Instant entertainment for the young ones!
  • Get a beach bag and make your husband carry a backpack.  You are going to need help to carry all your baby essentials.
  • Consider water shoes.  Think about being the parent, you may have gradually stroll across HOT, HOT, HOT sand.
  • If your baby has never been in sand, maybe try a sand box out before you go to the beach.  You’ll know what to expect then.

That’s all the tips, I have!  What do you guys do to make things easier?

Here’s the photos I promised:

The ocean and all the Fields
The ocean and all the Fields
My twin sister looking GOOD :)
My twin sister looking GOOD 🙂
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun

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Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week....
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week….

 

Our family at dinner
Our little family at dinner
Twin Love

 

After a nap
After a nap
Hanging with Dad
Hanging with Dad
My Sand Soccer Champion
My Sand Soccer Champion
Co-ed winners
Co-ed winners