The last year of Kendall and I’s life has been quite eventful; if you need a short recap we finished up a six month deployment, got married, had a baby and moved into our first home. Seeing him become my amazing husband and a father […]
I fell in love with Wrigley the moment I picked him up from the shelter three and a half years ago. This sweet dog is a huge part of my life and honestly, used to be my entire life until my husband and son came along. When I had a rough day he would be there to snuggle me, when my husband was deployed for six months Wrigley kept his side of the bed warm, and while I was sitting on the bathroom floor puking my guts up in my first trimester he was right there with me. Our dog sitters even joked about how there were more pictures of Wrigley and I in our home than of my husband and I…whoops. He is my first love and I have spoiled him rotten, so naturally, I became worried how he would react to a new baby.
Let me start off by reviewing the medical definition of colic; If your baby cries for three hours a day For at least 3 times a week For three consecutive weeks If you’ve answered yes to all three of those congratulations, you probably have yourself […]
Stretch marks are something that most people know comes with having a baby. I was stretch mark free my entire pregnancy so naturally, after giving birth I thought I was out of the woods. That was not the case, within a few days of delivery some pretty gnarly looking stretch marks started to show up on my sides, buttock and thighs. My pregnancy routine just consisted of lathering myself with belly butter but now that I was covered in crazy stripes I wanted to get a bit more serious.
Deployments can be tough! I have crazy admiration for the families that are stateside going through deployments because I know just how exhausting they can be on a relationship. The best advice I was given was to stay busy. Other than working full time, I found little ways to occupy my time such as making monthly care packages for him. Read more to see some awesome ideas that will surely brighten your significant other’s deployment!
Most expecting Moms worry about having all the right products ready to go when they bring their little one home from the hospital. Amidst the excitement and stress of bringing a new baby into this world your self-care routine is often forgotten. I know in those first few weeks I always forgot about myself for the sake of my baby. This is a big NO NO in my book. I now believe that before you can be fully present and able to care for your baby you must meet your own basic needs. I’m not talking a five-course meal, 30-minute shower and your full-faced makeup routine but a quick shower everyday, a full belly and a fresh face will go a long way, I promise. Here are my top five must-haves for surviving the first few weeks of postpartum life.
At the end of the day a healthy baby is all every mother should ever want. Although I must admit after delivery I did mourn the loss of my perfect birth plan for a while. I now believe it was best for my baby and myself at the time. I think in writing this blog I am also helping myself process my birth story and come to terms with how I brought my beautiful baby into this world. Every Mom needs support and space to talk about such a monumental experience in their life and to celebrate their strength through the process.
Similar to my essentials for new moms list, this is the top five items I could never live without in those first few weeks after bringing baby home. You might find your top five will vary slightly depending on your baby’s wants and needs. If you have no clue what items to have at your beckon call when you get home from the hospital, feel free to start with these.