January 9th, 2013
I have been telling myself that I want to get back to blogging regularly, but only if I can figure out what to blog about besides Lucy. The trouble is that, at this point in my new stay-at-home life, Lucy is the only thing to blog about.
And she’s freakin’ adorable.
I’m not really cooking because awesome family and friends have supplied us with food since early December (not that I ever cooked much). And I haven’t been cleared for exercise yet, which is really what I’d blog most about.
So here it is, a post about mom things. I’m sorry, I hope that I don’t post too many of these. But here are some products that I love and have made my transition to mommy-hood go relatively smoothly this past month.
ItzBeen Pocket Nanny: This is with me almost constantly, just like my cell phone. It keeps track of four things: baby’s last dirty diaper, last time baby ate, baby’s last nap and something else of your choosing. At this point, I don’t keep track of her sleep, but it’s great for feeding! If she’s fussing, i just look at the timer and can usually tell if it’s a hungry fuss or a gassy fuss. I also use it while I’m nursing to keep track of how long she nurses on each side (it also lets you keep track of WHICH side). And I use the miscellaneous timer to keep track of the last time I took ibuprofen (nursing is NO joke, people). There’s also a flashlight!!! I can’t say enough good things about this! (Yes, I realize your cell phone can do all of this, but you can’t really leave your cell phone with a baby sitter, can you?)
Lansinoh‘s Lanolin and Soothies Gel Pads: Like I said, nursing is no joke and the girls end up being quite sore…and chapped. The combo of Lanolin and these gel pads really help the pain and soreness. I also have Lansinoh’s manual breast pump, which is easy to use and painless. I honestly have yet to meet a Lansinoh product that I don’t like.
AngelCare Movement and Sound Monitor: I love this monitor because not only can I hear what’s going on in the nursery, it monitor’s Lucy’s breathing for me. Newborn breathing is really erratic and I had her sleeping in a bassinet next to me for a while, but I was stressed about her breathing (although it’s normal!), so we put her in her crib and I’ve been sleeping well ever since. This monitor will let me know if she goes longer than 10 seconds without breathing. Some people have complained about false alarms, but I’d rather have false alarms than no alarms at all.
SwaddleMe Blankets: Swaddling is great for newborns. It puts Lucy to sleep and keeps her warm, but it’s difficult to do a good job swaddling at 3 am in a dark nursery. SwaddleMe is the solution. Some fabric and velcro and VOILA! swaddled! Sleeping baby, happy mom.
Moby Wrap: Baby wearing is all the rage right now, and I’m totally on the band wagon. When I put Lucy in the Moby wrap, she goes right to sleep and I can get some chores done. And it won’t give her a flat head. Also, it keeps us warm, so I don’t need to crank the heat (Dave loves that, too). It’s just one long piece of fabric, and once you know how to put it on, it’s easy to use!
Boppy Pillow: This is great to use when I’m nursing, and it’s also a good prop. I will often swaddle her and prop her up in the boppy (on the bed or couch) when she’s awake. She can see what’s going on and is safe and mommy has her hands free! I think that its use will increase over the next few months, too.
Also, I really like gowns! Snaps are a pain in the butt in the middle of the night, so gowns are great because you just pull them up to change the diaper and then pull them back down. I try to be really quiet at night, so the less I can upset or disturb her when I’m up with her, the better. So I recommend getting a bunch of those to wear at night!
Ok, well, that’s it for my mommy post. Sorry if I bored some of you. I really hope to be running and exercising soon… but I don’t know if my life will ever be interesting. Thanks for sticking around!