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My Favorite Baby Stuff

10 Jun

Now that I’ve been a Mom for 10 weeks!!! I have some pretty strong opinions on baby stuff, including what the must haves really are. Spoiler alert: I definitely missed out on some crucial items when I created my baby registry.

Misconceptions I had regarding baby stuff:

The crib is the #1 thing to have! The crib must be ready before the baby comes!

Reality: My baby spends like 30 minutes a day in her crib (napping if I’m lucky). Newborns will want to co-sleep, be in a bassinet, and will basically sleep anywhere that is not a crib.

A newborn won’t care about toys. See this couch cushion, toy! This plastic cup, toy!

Reality: Babies like to look at things, especially things overhead. I didn’t register for a real activity mat, which now feels like a big mistake. We recently got one that doubles as a ball pit and now it’s fun time, anytime! Also, I no longer have to spend hours holding toys above my baby’s head.

There’s no way I’m turning my living room into a Babies R’ Us. My living room will remain posh and adult like.

Reality: Yes, my baby likes the classy Baby Bjorn bouncer that looks like a piece of Euro furniture, but she likes the used Fisher Price ‘Snugga Bunny’ rocker even more…. It’s totally OK to have baby stuff in the living room all the time. Also, babies like things that look like they’re made for babies vs. adults.

Baby wearing… not sure if I’ll do it… seems a little hippy-ish.

Reality: Baby wearing has been a life saver and overall is just a sweet fun thing to do. The $18 Balboa Baby Sling I found at Ross is used every day and lets me clean, write, exercise, and snuggle (on the go!). I only wish I would have found this sooner.

I’ll just buy medical stuff once the baby arrives.

Reality: While you can do this for some items, you’ll want to have a thermometer, diaper rash cream, lotion, etc. before the baby arrives vs. when you need it. No one wants to stress about buying a thermometer when you think your baby has a fever. I got the Kinsa and it’s really slick, but it takes time to set up. Give yourself that time.

I won’t register for any baby clothes because people will give me baby clothes anyways.

Reality: While this is somewhat true, I realized we were definitely lacking newborn sized clothes. A lot of clothes gifted to us were larger and sometimes not for the right season. Also, I learned quickly that I hated doing all the little snaps a million times per day for diaper changes. The zipper body suits were really the newborn clothes I wanted. In the early days, I definitely wanted function over fashion. Now that I have more experience being a Mom and am getting more sleep, I can handle the 3 piece outfits 😉

Looking forward to seeing what future must have items I’ll discover!

 

 

 

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I’m Back… Again

21 May

Faye Bee

So I’ve decided to dust off the ol’ blog. I can’t believe that my last post, hilariously titled ‘I’m Back!’ (from 2014?) was my last post. Oh well, you know, I’ve been busy and stuff.

I’m still at the awesome ‘new’ job, but the bigger news is that I had a baby. Yes, 7 weeks ago a baby came out of my body, AMAZING! So maybe this blog will turn into a baby blog? Who knows?!

Being a Mom has been great so far, but certainly with surprises. The top 3 surprises for me:

How smoothly my pregnancy went, but how rough labor was

Pregnancy was pretty great other than the lack of cute maternity clothes and constantly bumping into stuff. I didn’t have morning sickness and had enough energy to work out well into the third trimester. I was kicking butt at work and also had a valid excuse for extra long naps and eating regularly at Taco Bell. The worst day I remember while being pregnant was when I had a terrible acne attack and a melt down because I had no foundation or cover up. Once I bought some make up, problem solved.

Labor on the other hand was a different story. Everything was going great (the baby came on the due date!)… until it wasn’t. I won’t bore you with the details, but I learned that women who have a natural birth are probably super human and that a c section is indeed major surgery. Walking and using the bathroom for the first time after getting your stomach muscles cut open is extremely humbling.

How much I would love my baby <3!! and the craziness of hormones  

The hormones post pregnancy are crazy! The first time I saw my baby I completely understood the phrase love at first sight. For the first 3 weeks post birth I also cried at every commercial and/or show that featured Moms or babies. When you’re up at 3 am with your baby do not be tempted to watch the ‘A Baby Story’ marathon that will inevitably be playing unless you really love crying.

The crazy stuff you do as a parent even if you swore you would never do it

Pre-baby I laughed at the ideas of co-sleeping, going to insane lengths to breastfeed, etc… Of course I ended up co-sleeping with baby for the first couple weeks and am eating soy and diary free so I can breastfeed. A vegetarian diet free of milk and soy is crazy and so am I. Fantasizing about Olive Garden’s cheese ravioli with alfredo sauce and anything with soy sauce on it is now my new hobby.

Even with the ups and downs, 7 weeks into motherhood I’m feeling great and can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring!

 

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