Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Experience Of The First Week With A Newborn

Ebin finally arrived and tomorrow marks one week of having him here. I was expecting absolutely no sleep, a sore, worn out body, and crying. Lots and lots of crying, coming from me might I add. That's not how it's been though. I am tired and a little sore but all newborns do is sleep, eat, and poop. I've realized that you have lots of time to do other things too if you really wanted to because newborns sleep so much.

I feel like these weeks were he still sleeps 18+ hours a day are some of the easiest days. It's definitely an adjustment but you don't have to worry about entertaining an older baby all day. For all you moms out there that are worried you're gonna be a hot mess after your baby is born like me…. don't fret. It's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The First 10 Days Home With Your Baby

Time is finally ticking down and it's getting closer and closer to bringing our little bundle of joy home. I'm as ready as I'm going to be but that doesn't make me any more nervous. It's all getting so realistic! Today as I was looking through Pinterest I stumbled across this post from Glamomamas. I've been reading a lot of these types of posts about what the first couple weeks will be like. I really like this specific post because it paints a realistic picture. How it explains nail care and feeding and adjusting to the new life is easy for me to understand even though I haven't been through it yet.

*Here's the link to the post I'm talking about

Saturday, October 31, 2015

32 Tips for Younger/New Moms

Here I found an awesome list of 32 tips for younger/new moms. This is written by Club 31 Moms and I found it to be extremely cute. Some of the tips are obvious but good reminders and others are some you would've totally never thought of.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hilarious "What I Do All Day When I Am Home With The Baby" Article

I know that stay-at-home moms are always busy and have stuff to do but I've always wondered exactly what that is. I found this article in the Huffington Post and found it pretty amusing. It explains hour by hour what this stay-at-home does and it really gives me  a good idea of what I have to expect.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ingenious New Baby Products That Every Mom Needs

If you think technology is taking off and transforming into crazy new ideas, you should take a look at all the new products they've made for babies and parenting. It's crazy how much things they've invented to make things easier. A lot of the things they've come out with really does help and is useful but personally I think a lot of the stuff they've come out is just for lazy parents. Like do you really need a baby Keurig that mixes the bottles for you? You can't just warm up some water and shake the formula up? There's no need for a $200 machine to do that for you. Anyways, I've made a list of just a select few things that I think were pretty innovative and useful for moms. 

Forehead Thermometer

I think this is great idea. Personally, I don't really want anything shoved up my butt either so I don't blame babies for not enjoying it. Also, getting a reading from under the armpit isn't as accurate as I think this would be. A little expensive for a thermometer but worth it in my opinion.

Moby Wrap

I love this and I already one of course. I think it just looks so much cozier and easier to use than a baby carrier that has straps that dig into you and the baby. I mean, look at that baby. How cute and comfy does he look?

Highchair/Shopping Cart cover

I know this isn't something thats needed but I think its super nice to have. I work in a restaurant so I know how nasty those high stairs can be and I can only imagine what shopping carts go through so to have something that protects your little one from all those nasty germs would be pretty nice to have. Plus this specific one has fun colors and a couple little toys on it to hopefully keep the baby occupied long enough to where you can hopefully get one thing accomplished without a screaming kid. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prepare yourself for the big day!

Here is an article from the After all the lists I've looked at, I feel like this is the most realistic. Some people are telling me that I need to bring my whole apartment while others are trying to tell me that the hospital will give you everything you need. I know hospitals and people are different but there's still some certain things you need to bring to the hospital to make sure you're comfortable and not as stressed out (not like having a baby isn't stressful enough). 

Checklist: Packing a Hospital Bag
Forget all those other (excessive) checklists — this is the only one you’ll need, we promise.
Have your bags (one for you, one for baby) packed and in your car by 35 weeks. (Taxi-taking moms — stash your bags in the front hall closet.)
A tip for the thrifty: Ask your hospital what they provide for babies and mothers, and take those items off your list.


[ ] Insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one) 
[ ] 2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls before and after labor
[ ] A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause 
[ ] 2 maternity bras — no underwire — and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection) 
[ ] Lip balm (hospitals are very dry) 
[ ] Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends) 
[ ] Eyeglasses 
[ ] Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips — they’ll probably poke you) 
[ ] Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty) 
[ ] Pen and paper 
[ ] Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed) 
[ ] Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn’t allow cell phones) 
[ ] Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger 
[ ] A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner

Take it or leave it:

 ] Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white) 
[ ] Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in… sorry, but they’ll probably still fit) 
[ ] Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one) 
[ ] Hairdryer 
[ ] Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky) 
[ ] A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross) 
[ ] A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human) 
[ ] Breast pump, if you plan to use one 
[ ] Slippers that can get dirty 
[ ] Very light reading (think mags and newspapers, not War and Peace) 
[ ] Your MP3 (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course) 
[ ] Massage oil and tools like rolling pins or tennis balls, and lucky or inspirational objects (honestly, we doubt you'll use 'em…but feel free to prove us wrong!)

Leave Home:

[ ] Any clothes or nighties you really like (they will get ruined) 
[ ] Stopwatch (your nurse or a monitor will take care of timing contractions)

What to Bring For Baby:

[ ] Approved car seat
[ ] A coming-home outfit
[ ] Warm blankets (for the ride home) 
[ ] Outdoor gear like a snowsuit and hat, as seasonally appropriate (remember, babies are extra sensitive to cold)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Ultimate "Nester"

Everyone says how there comes a certain point where every mom-to-be becomes the ultimate "nester." I think I've hit that point. The past week I've washed so many little onesies and blankets and socks and towels and anything a baby could possibly need to try and organize his nursery into perfection for when he finally arrives. My love with Pinterest has helped me a lot with turning ideas of organization into reality the past week and I wanted to share some of my favorite articles I've found.
*This one uses lots of different storage ideas

Here is a blog solely for nesting and organization tips! I love love love this blog.