Whoah we are one month into motherhood and there is so much stuff I have learned. First, I never thought I could love a little human being as much as I love my son, he is the perfect little baby and I couldn’t be any more happy to be his mom.
Second, what I have learned is that everyone will try to give you advise on how to parent your baby, I mean everyone! What I have to say about this is parent your child the way you see fit, don’t let anyone discourage you, and only take the advise of some one if you ask them. Everyone has their own way of taking care of their child. When I first brought IV home I had so much unsolicited advice on what I needed to do, and how I needed to do it. This honestly had me so frustrated and wondering if I was being a good mom all together. Jimmie reassured me I was doing a great job and to continue taking care of IV the way I was.
Now that we are one month into Motherhood, I think I have this thing down ahah. IV is on a pretty good schedule at night he goes to sleep around 9-10 and wakes up at 1 and 5 to feed. During the day he naps at 7-11, and about 2-5. of course sometimes it is off but we are getting better at it.
During my recovery period a few thing I wanted to talk about, one being i was so grateful and blessed to have Jimmie home with me and so thankful that his schedule allows him to be home 4 days out of the week. Read about my birth story here. When we got home I was bed bound for the first week and half. Hunched over walking to the bathroom with Jimmies assistance and he even helped me bathe when I could. I couldn’t even stand to change IV so I wasn’t able to for the first two weeks home.
Items that I used during my recovery period were, my prescription pain meds! I alternated between them so that I was still alert at home, my pain was bearable just sore. I took a few meshed panties from the hospital but once I ran out I used Always Discreet Underwear and they worked great! OnceI transitioned into underwear I bought highwaisted underwear to avoid rubbing on my incision which was still pretty sore.
Once I was able to move around a little more and care for IV a little more independently I kept all my necessities in a basket next to my bed. I had things like water, snacks (because breastfeeding makes you hungry) breastmilk bags, breast pump, and nursing pads. It was convenientto have these things bedside.
Newborn must haves
My favorite part must have newborn items, these are items that I have used on the regular since IV was born. Items I have used throughout his day to day routine and things I can’t live without.
- Maxi Cosi Zelia 5-in1 Modular Travel System– the stroller and car seat that we I love it! It is all black and I couldn’t be happier, I love that you can put the carseat not he stroller piece for transport or use the bassinet portion.
- DockATot Deluxe– this is a co-sleeper and has been great for his nap times and when I need to place him in there while I get a few things done around the house.
- Boppy– this has been another great tool for baby, in the morning we do 15 mins of tummy time, an I use this boppy to assist. I also have this cover.
- Safety 1st HD Wifi Baby Monitor– great for when baby is taking a nap or I want to sneak a peak at what he is doing while I’m away and with Jimmie or my mom has him. I love this camera, you can through it and also set up alerts on your phone to notify you if baby is moving or crying.
- Diaper Warmer– this has been a lifesaver! IV hates cold wipes, especially when we are changing him at night I understand it can be uncomfortable. We bout this one and have had no issues.
- SkipHop Diaper Bag– Love our diaper backpack. It holds so much stuff, I keep 3 extra outfits in there just incase of blowouts (he has them a lot).
- Gripe Water– IV has had some pretty bad gas the last couple of days and this has been great for him. It helps to ease gas, hiccups, colic and more.
- Baby Dove– this stuff smells so good and keeps his skin nice and soft, I have always loved Dove for my skin and when baby boy arrived I wanted to ensure his skin would receive the best nourishment it needed when bath time arrived .
- Tons of receiving blankets– You need a ton of receiving blankets! We use them for all types of things. Spitups, wrapping him in to swaddle burping cloth and on surfaces in case of blowouts.
- Aquaphor Baby Ointment– way better than petroleum jelly, doesn’t leave stains on clothes or sheets. I use this to prevent diaper rash and also on his peeling/ dry skin.
- Boom Baby Grass dryer rack– Great for getting all the bottles nice and dry but also SUPER easy to clean.