Friday, May 13, 2016

New Born Product Favorites + Post Partum Updates

Good morning! So it turns out I haven't gotten better at managing my time with a new born yet. I find since I am home all day right now, we are using the house so much more which has created a lot more housework for me. Every time it seems I have a minute to type something up, I think to myself nah, I'm just gonna snuggle with this sweet little baby. But today he is sleeping, and all of my housework is done, so here I am!

Before I jump into our favorite newborn products, an update on post partum recovery. Overall, I feel fantastic. I've been able to be really kind to myself while I navigate this post partum body which is unfamiliar to me. This has been surprising to me because historically that's not my style. To be kind to myself when I'm not 100% happy with my body.

1st Date Night!

Each day that passes I feel more and more like "me" again. I haven't been released to work out just yet. I do go on walks, like Sunday stroll kind of walks, and I try to watch what I'm eating. I'm not drinking enough water and I know it. I've tried to eat somewhat balanced and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. Well this morning I weighed myself and I am within one pound of pre-pregnant weight. That said, it looks a whole lot different on the way down than it did on the way up. Last summer I was doing a lot of lifting, and obviously my work outs became less and less intense over my pregnancy. My body composition is completely different. I did put on some weight prior to my pregnancy. Because vacation and pina coladas.  Monday, I have my 6 week follow up with the doc, and I'm praying for the all clear. I miss being active! I'm participating in a weight loss challenge with my run group that starts Monday and I could not be more excited to get cracking on my blank slate body!

Newborn product favorites, must of these are pretty common knowledge but since I knew diddly I'm going to share my basics.

1. The Rock N Play: Rafe has loved is Rock N Play from the day we got home from the hospital. It's been a life saver. He's taking a little nap in it right now as I type of this post. It's light weight and follows me from room to room.

2. The Summer Infant Snuzzler. I'm so glad a friend told me to buy this prior to Rafe's birth. Without the car seat insert, Rafe would have absolutely floated in his car seat. The tight fit provided the support he needs to be comfortable in the car.  It's already become too tight and I had to remove the bottom portion, but at under 12 dollars, it's well worth the purchase.

 *he had plenty of breathing room between his mouth in that blanket. It's just the angle of this picture*

Homeward Bound

3. Water Proof Changing Pad Liners. Absolutely genius. I would be washing changing pad covers all day long without them. 

4. Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing- Rafe loves this swing and we love this swing because it's so easy to bring from room to room! I can carry the baby and the swing no problems. Love it.

We love swinging!!!!

5 Gripe Water- I don't want to get too much into what and how we are feeding Rafe because everyone has an opinion on how babies should be fed, but I can't in good conscience not recommend Gripe water to other new Moms. You find out what you're really made of when your baby is crying, in obvious discomfort and you are at a loss as to how to fix it for them. No Bueno. Our pediatrician recommended Gripe Water. Game Changer! Happy Baby , Happy Mom and Dad!

Next up on the blog, getting back into fitness! If I get the all clear from the doctor Monday, crossing all crossables, I'm getting right back into running Monday. I literally find myself fantasizing about a run. Craziness Step One:  Going out for a little 5k. Gonna try my hardest and see how long it takes me. Step two, spend the next 6 weeks trying to improve upon that time. Starting all over is definitely intimidating, but also exciting! There aren't many times in life when you get a true blank slate, and I've got one now!

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  1. Yes to the Gripe Water! My daughter had reflux and would get awful hiccups and that stuff cures them instantly. You look great, momma, and I'm glad you're soaking up all those baby snuggles!

  2. Another option if he's super fussy and uncomfortable is Gerber soothe, it's rather pricey but I've heard it's a miracle worker!

  3. Another option if he's super fussy and uncomfortable is Gerber soothe, it's rather pricey but I've heard it's a miracle worker!

  4. I agree with all of these! The rock n sleep was a life saver the first month of Caroline's life. My two other essentials are a white noise machine and a baby wrap. If caroline is fussy the white noise helps sooth her easily. We have an app on both our phones to use it on the go as well. The wrap has been great for helping me get housework done with Caroline tagging along. Also, I 100% agree about feeding your baby. I have been having major mom guilt about it lately and hubby does not get it at all!!

  5. Rafe is super cute!! I'm glad things are going smoothly for y'all. I am excited about you getting back into your routine because I look to 'my people' for motivation and just about all of my bloggers have quit blogging.