I’ve always been a big fan of schedules. I can be more relaxed if I know how my day will [sort of] play out, which is better for everyone involved.
Since I “work from home” for a majority of the time (I say “work from home” because you know that’s almost impossible to do with a baby, lol), my schedule is even more important; I do my best to schedule calls and get work done during his naps. Doesn’t always happen…
If I could go back to when my son was a newborn, I would tell myself to CHILL TF OUT on trying to get him on a schedule. Eventually I did learn to just take it day-by-day, and started following his cues. Overtime we compromised and developed a schedule that would work for us him. 😉
My son is 10-months old and we have been using this current schedule since about 8-months. This boy eats like a grown man and I’m trying to wean him off of one of his daily bottles at this moment, but it’s pretty difficult because sometimes I selfishly just want to TAKE A MOMENT TO RELAX and a bottle is a good way I can have that haha. My son has never been one to just sit on my lap; we have to be up or outside or crawling or sticking things in our mouth that we should not.
It’s safe to say I’m well-caffeinated during the day.
Anyways, this is the schedule that my son and I have come to an agreement on. Again, he eats A LOT. Maybe that’s normal? His pediatrician didn’t seem too alarmed. This is also my first child, so I have no reference on what’s normal. But is there even a normal??
Also note that he definitely does not sleep until 6:00 am. That’s just when he gets his first bottle. In theory it makes sense to get him used to eating at 6 so he would sleep until that time. Turns out babies don’t quite work like that.
Sometimes if he is feeling really nice to me, he will sleep up to 2.5 hours for his second nap. But I think he is just catching up from the days he only feels like taking 45-minute naps.
All babies are different. And I second-guess myself every time this hungry baby decides he wants to eat more, or sleep less, or eat less, or sleep more. I guess the moral of this post is to say every baby is different, and if you feel like you are screwing him up, you probably aren’t. 🙂 We are all just doing our best and winging it. Chances are, your baby will turn out juuuust fine!
I honestly don’t know what possessed me to go the cloth diaper route. I didn’t know anybody who had used them (turns out I did but I didn’t know), and it’s not mainstream so it’s not like it was right in front of me. But one day I just decided that we were going to use them. Annnnd here we are.
Reese is deathly afraid of bodily fluids so he was NOT on board. He has come a long way folks. A LONG way. He still gags when there’s a turd, but I find it highly entertaining and I honestly hope that he never stops.
Since it was such a foreign thing, I kind of just had to figure it out as we were going along. And I’m one of those people who does better just figuring it out rather than being told about stuff (which can tend to be a problem in life lol), so it didn’t matter how many Youtube videos I watched or how many facebook groups I joined – I had to wait for Lad to get here and just dive in! Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way and things I’ve learned:
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Do I need newborn diapers?
We didn’t get many newborn cloth diapers because since this was our first baby we thought it might be a good idea to figure out how to care for a child first before throwing in cloth diapers lol. A few weeks into it I decided to try out flats and covers and really liked them, but I was so unsure of everything and didn’t have the right absorbency flats and it was all a big mess. Looking back now (almost 10 months ago already!) I wish I would have started cloth totally from the beginning because it was so much easier to change him when he wasn’t able to squirm. I should have embraced my little sitting duck. This is the set I really liked for him as a baby:
Which brand is the best?
This is obviously a personal preference, but out of all of the diapers we have used I like the Bum Genius All-In-Ones – because they’re really simple and there’s no stuffing involved – and the Econobum covers we used on him when he was a tiny little tot.
Wetbags. Do I need them?
Wetbags are these handy little bags that are water resistant and you take them with you when you leave the house to put your dirty diapers in. Personally, I tend to just use old grocery bags just because in my opinion they don’t keep the diapers as “fresh” because you can’t zip a grocery bag shut.
Can I dry the diapers in the dryer?
Short answer: yes. I personally prefer to hang them outside if I have the option though because airing out in the sun really does make a BIG difference. Unfortunately that’s not always an option though, so in that case the dryer is fine! I just put it on low heat to save the elastic around the legs.
What is stripping and do I have to do it often?
If you have bills to pay then, I’d say at least twice a week….lolol I think I’m hilarious. 🙂 Diaper stripping is when you soak them in a little mixture to help get the urine smell out (I’ve noticed I don’t have to do this nearly as often if I’m able to line-dry). You also strip them when they become less absorbent. For the same reasons I wanted to use cloth in the first place – chemicals – I wanted to find a natural way to do this. I use vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil in a bath tub with hot water – let them soak a bit and then run them through a normal wash cycle. I don’t know if it actually works as much as other methods or not, but it helps with smell so we’re going with it!
Which type is the best?
This is another personal preference. I like all-in-ones because it’s easier. I think if I had more flats and covers I would really like those too. I would recommend getting several different types (you can buy used diapers so I would go that route because it’s cheaper – strip them obviously – and after you decide what you like you can get more of that kind. It might change as your baby gets older too, so keep that in mind.
Is it really cheaper to use cloth diapers?
For us it has been – mainly because I was able to purchase a huge lot of diapers used for a great price. I think we might have to replace the elastic around the leg for the next go-round, but that’s pretty easy (especially when you can recruit your nana, hehe). If we would have had to purchase all new diapers, I think we would definitely have more of the cover-type rather than the handy dandy AIO’s. Buying all brand new Bum Genius diapers would have been expensive but probably would have paid for itself in 2 or 3 kids.
Also – it’s probably a REALLY good thing we decided to use cloth diapers since they snap shut. Because every time we put him in a disposable diaper he likes to immediately take it off him himself. Which is really fantastic considering the height and force his pee stream has.
Looking back I’m very glad we went this route. It’s different now that he is eating real food, but I think I prefer it over the milk. We’re obviously a long way away from this, but I’m interested if the rumors that they make potty training easier are true. Overall, I can’t decide if the kid or the diapers were a bigger learning curve. Cloth diapers can be difficult at times, but at least they don’t wake you up all night. 🙂
If you have even the slightest notion of going the cloth diaper route I would highly recommend it. I don’t have experience using them with a daycare since I work from home (which is a very inefficient way of working TBH, lol), but I have heard that many daycare’s are willing to work with them! Cloth diapering is much easier than I (or my husband) thought it would end up being. Give it a shot!
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I’m writing this while in a state of delirium; drinking coffee, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and side-eyeing Lad as he escapes to somewhere he probably isn’t supposed to be. One day he was flailing on his belly and the next he was crawling away from us and pulling up on everything.
When Lad was younger he would sit in a spot and cry for a toy and I remember thinking how great it would be when he could get it himself. Now, I sit him down in one spot and 2 seconds later he has disappeared and is busy pulling shower curtains down and eating a dead bug off the ground (true story).
It’s impossible to watch him 24/7 so Reese and I decided it was time to invest in some sort of contraption to wrangle him in.
Lemme tell ya. This thing is AWESOME. It’s 63″ across so it doesn’t feel so claustrophobic like his pack & play. It came in a little bag like one of those folding chairs, and praise the Lord it was all in one piece so I didn’t have to use brain cells to assemble anything. They’re in short supply and I have to ration them accordingly.
One of the main reasons we ordered this one and not just the regular fence like we had planned was because this thing has a tarp-ish bottom. Now we can take it outside and set him down and not have to worry about him getting sticker burs or eating dog turds. Win-win!
We’ve only had it for a week, but so far I’d give it an A. If it would have came with a Nanny I would bump up my rating to an A+, but this will have to do for now. Hehe.
Overall, I’d recommend it. It’s about $10 more than a regular kid pen, so that’s definitely worth it in my book. If you have a baby that likes to escape, or maybe if you want to leave the kid outside of the pen and crawl in there yourself to eat a banana in peace without some little hands with sharp baby talons trying to steal it from you, then I’d totally recommend this thing.
After little babe is born, life as you once knew it is no mas. Of course I mean this in the most wonderful way possible, but it’s like a landslide of emotion. And changes. And everything. And you have zero clue what you’re doing.
One of the most daunting things to me was actually leaving the house. We live pretty much a half-hour from everywhere, so there is no such thing as a “quick trip”. Going somewhere in the car means packing bottles, pump supplies, diapers…the works. Which is totally fine, but it was a lot to wrap my head around at first.
The first two weeks (give or take) after baby pops out of your lady bits are the roughest in terms of healing. (I’m speaking from the point of vaginal delivery; I have no idea how the recovery process from a c-section is, although I’ve been told it’s pretty painful mainly because of the location.) Anywho. I had my own little personal care kit in the diaper bag for when I had to go potty when we were away from home. It was a little angel baby.
Peri Bottle – this thing will be your bestie for the restie. There are some really cool ones that you can buy, but this one was the one they gave me at the hospital. Well – “gave”. I’m sure it was in a bill somewhere along with the mesh granny panties and pads large enough to wrap around a space ship. This little guy will make you feel nice and clean even on the most blah days!
Always THIN Pads – Not that the XXXXXXXL pads they give you at the hospital aren’t great and all, but it was nice to not have to waddle anymore after 9 months of doing just that. All this fancy technology we have these days, means they can make super absorbency pads that aren’t 4″ thick. Hallelujer! Also, do yourself a favor and grab the ones with the helpful wings. They’ll attach to your granny pannies better.
Baby Wash Cloths – This may be gross to some people, but the whole mess of what you’re dealing with down there is pretty gross, so I promise it won’t even phase you. Toilet paper is a scary thought (especially if you had to get stitches), so it was nice having something to “dab” down there to dry things up after using my friend, Mr. Peri. And you really don’t want to deal with a yeast infection (or any kind of infection) after giving birth, so it’s best to keep things nice and dry.
Add some snacks to the bag, a giant water bottle, and a sh*t-ton of other things and you’re ready to go run that errand in town! 😉
I carried this bag around with me for about two weeks after my son was born. After that, things got back to (almost) normal and I wasn’t scared of toilet paper anymore. Every body will be different, but every vagina will appreciate this little tool kit. I guarantee it!
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Hello friends! We officially have an 8-month old “big boy” (who likes to stand up in his crib and scream at the top of his lungs. Since we’re no longer in the “baby” phase, I’ve put up several things we aren’t using anymore. I didn’t cry, but I did say “Reeeeese! Remember when Laddy was a little baby and could fit in this!” several times. I also love referring to specific moments in time and say “remember when Laddy was only [insert months-old] and we [insert activity].” Reese absolutely loves when I do that. Just ask him. 😉
There are a few things that we use every day that I thought I’d share in case there are any other mama’s out there creeping up on “big boy” status. Some of the items are things we’ve used the whole time, and some are relatively new. We put up the dock-a-tot, piano kicker thing (with the awful music, thank goodness), baby clothes and baby bath tub. Somehow now we’re using bowls and sippy cups and t-shirts that show his chubby wittle tum-tum! It’s precious.
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Nose Frida & Saline Spray
We’ve used both of these things from the first month. I will say I recommend having some of the spray on hand for when your newborn gets his first bout of allergies (which will of course coincide with the very week your parents decide to leave the Country so you can’t call your mom in a panic). When babies are still fresh they can only breathe through their little nosies, so it’s very important to keep the nostrils free and clear! But be careful – there are two bottles and they are both very similar. One is ok for newborns and the other is for ages 2+. It’s part of our nightly routine to give a little squirt up the nose and suck out the boogs with our Nose Frida. I’m actually a little concerned for the college years because he loves the nose spray so much. We’re crating a monster.
This was originally suggested by our friend Mollie. Who knew babies needed one of these? Not me. We’ve been using this since birth to help with his allergies at night and you can tell a difference in the morning if we forget to turn it on before he goes to sleep. It is annoying to empty it every day, but it helps his cough, so it’s worth it. We use a cool mist humidifier, but there are warm mist ones. I don’t have experience with those, but I’ve heard they can mold easier. If you clean it out on a regular basis I don’t think there would be any kind of issues though.
About an hour before bedtime, I’ll go into Laddy’s room and turn on his diffuser with lavendar drops. If you want to use oils, just be sure you are using pure oils. There are quite a few out there that are cheaper, but they are filled with junk. Doterra and ACAI are both good brands that I use that are more affordable. I turn off the diffuser once he goes to sleep so it’s not running all night because it would probably be a little too strong. You don’t have to get fancy with the diffuser; you can find them for $10 or $80. I prefer the latter. At first I was putting the oils in the humidifer to make life easier, but then I learned that it’s not a very great plan for various reasons, so here we are.
I have mixed emotions about using a sound machine. I don’t want it to become something he can’t sleep without if we go places, but at the same time it does make life so much easier because he isn’t woken up by noises from the living room since he goes to bed a few hours before we do. If you use one, I would suggest getting one that will stay on all night. It helps him self-soothe himself back to sleep in the middle of the night too (which he was great at before he realized he could stand up and yell). We have this one, but I don’t think it really matters! I like it because it has a little nightlight on it and a projector for the ceiling. We haven’t used that yet, but I can see it coming in handy when he’s a little older. I know there are several out there that you can control from your phone too. #fancy
We sort of “forced” Laddy onto his little cow mainly for sleeping purposes. It was our thought that if he got attached to it, it would help him soothe himself back to sleep if he had something to cuddle. It has worked so far thankfully! And it’s really precious to see a wittle baby cuddle something. 🙂 I can’t find the exact one he has, but the brand is Jellycat Ltd. and it’s the softest thing in the world. But to be honest, I’ve hugged quite a few loveys in my day and they are all pretty cuddly and wonderful. So I don’t think you could go wrong.
We don’t have carpet so we were very excited when Santa dropped this mat off at our house. Lad is learning to crawl, so that means more face-plants. If we didn’t have wood floors this wouldn’t be such an issue, but his forehead appreciates the softer surface. My only complaint with this is that it does not make a perfect square and my OCD can’t handle it. I understand that with 26 letters this is just not going to happen, but maybe add some numbers or a few squares pictures. Please. Just do it for all of us crazies out there.
As much as I love the jogger stroller for our run-walks, it’s so nice to have a smaller stroller for quick trips. They are much lighter too, so you don’t get winded trying to get it in-and-out of the back of your car. I’m WAY excited for spring so we can start going to festivals and places. This stroller will be a game changer. It also comes with a little pack thingy AND CUP HOLDER for your “mom drink”.
We also have little teefies now, so he is drooling everywhere and sticking everything in his mouth. These little bibs have a rubber thing at the bottom so he can entertain himself for 5 minutes. They are also a nice fashion accessory, which Lad clearly cares about. (One of us has to look decent from time to time lol.)
One of the most recent items we added to our home was due to this:
Yep. I walked into his room and he was sleeping belly-down, with his legs sticking out of the crib, straight as boards. Obviously I had to take a picture. WHAT?! I never registered for a crib set because we didn’t know the gender, and then after he was born I never got around to it just because #momlife. Plus, everyone tells you to stay far, far away from bumpers and anything in the crib. Well what’s a gal to do when her baby insists on kicking his little legs out the side? This mesh thing has worked pretty good for keeping all body extremities within the boundaries of the crib. I’d recommend it if you’ve got a wiggle worm.
There you have it! Obviously we use a million other things on the reg., but those are all pretty obvious. This list was full of things that were given to us that make our lives easier. Life with a babe can be exhausting at times, so if there is something out there that will allow me to conserve the small amount of brain power that I do have, then SIGN ME UP.
Posted at 12:30 pm by Kyla Goebel, on February 16, 2019
Hellloo friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. We’ve been running around non-stop lately and spending as much time in the sunshine as we can – until Texas decides to change it’s mind and turn into winter again. C’mon spring, amirite?! Fingers crossed Phil was right about the whole shadow business; I’ve never put as much hope into an animal as I do that dumb groundhog. And we’ve never even met.
When Lad was five months old we started introducing him to purees. I knew I wanted to make his food but I was a little skeptical because I assumed it would be a pain in the hiney. Luckily I was wrong! As tricky as everything else in mommyhood is, making your own baby food is one of the easier parts! We started with a wide variety right away to get him used to a bunch of different foods. Growing up we weren’t allowed to be picky in our house and I’m very thankful for that now that I’m a wise 27-year-old. 😉
I’m sure when Lad becomes a toddler all of our hard work at introducing him to a variety of foods will go out the window and he’ll only want to eat cheeto puffs, but until then, I’m embracing our baby’s distinguished pallet. Haha.
Saturday mornings are usually when the madness happens. He eats avocados more than anything else, so I usually make those every other weekend. The other fruits and veggies tend to last longer so I don’t need to make it that often. Currently, he eats food at breakfast, lunch and supper. He still drinks his six bottles a day along with this because he thinks he’s Starvin Marvin. I’m really not sure where it all goes – oh wait. His diaper. Yep.
I haven’t made any mixed foods yet because I wanted him to get used to the plain foods first. Bananas and avocado are the easiest because I just throw them in the baby bullet with a few ounces of water and they’re done. Sweet potato and butter nut squash have to be baked and cooled first, but I just put them in the oven when I wake up and forget about them for a while.
For the other veggies we cheat. I buy the plain organic kind in the steaming bags and do it that way. When they’re done, just throw them in the blender with some coconut oil and 2 ounces of water. My goal is to have a garden this summer like we had when I was growing up, and make his foods out of the veggies we grow. But my dead cactus in the flowerpot tells me otherwise.
Lad’s most controversial and gag-worthy meal is chicken livers. He started eating them pretty early on and has always liked it. Chicken liver is really rich in tons of vitamins and babies tummy’s are still best at digesting proteins and fats, so it’s surprisingly easier on them than other foods like grains. I put it in a pot with lots of coconut oil, some water, and pink salt, and boil it until it’s cooked. Throw it in the bullet and puree until it looks like a Wendy’s Frosty! It does not taste like a frosty, in case you were wondering.
Sidenote: apparently you do have to freeze the liver for 14 days before cooking it to kill any pathogens. I’m not any kind of expert on this, but I don’t have a microscope and my scientist genes are sub-par. It’s an easy enough step that we can do to be on the extra safe side.
After I make all of the food I put it in ice trays and freeze them into little cubes. When they’re frozen I pop them out of the trays and put them in ziplocks until it’s meal time!
Like I said, it’s all very easy. It takes a few hours a month and you’re good to go.
Here’s the water to food ratios I use. At first I used breast milk instead of water, but I switched to just water so he doesn’t get used to the foods being sweeter than normal. I also add a scoop of coconut oil to the puree’s too; the healthy fats help baby’s tummy break everything down.
It’s all really, really simple. I promise. Especially if you have several ice cube trays and you are able to make a ton of food at once.
When he gets a little older we will start giving him soft foods that aren’t blended up, but we aren’t quite brave enough for that yet. 🙂 Baby led weaning is very popular and a lot of people have tons of success with it! You have to do what is best for your baby and best for your mental state. Haha.
After having seven months of experience in mommyhood, I would have to say the only thing harder than childbirth is……breastfeeding. Holy cow.
Pun intended. El oh el.
Yes, labor is exhausting and painful and blah, blah, blah. But breastfeeding?!? That’s a whole different ballgame. Mainly because it’s so mentally strenuous. And I had noooo idea.
Thankfully, up until this point, we’ve been good with the whole milk sitch. When Laddy was five months old, we decided to try some purees with him and he loooved them! He’s a BIG avocado fan. Just like his mommy.
Buttt just because we added some foods to his little belly, he didn’t cut back on how much milk he drank; he was still holding solid at 5-6 bottles a day. Which is normal and all because babies need milk as a main source of nutrients for the first year, but I was hoping we would at least take a leeeetle less milk. Oh well. It takes A LOT of nutrients to support the triple thigh roll. 😉
But bad news – literally the day he turned six months old my body decided it wasn’t going to produce very much milk anymore. Which toootally didn’t follow my “breastfeed for 1 year” plan. Nowhere in my little head was there a spot for formula.
I tried EVERYTHING to make more milk. I already drink more water than anybody you know (I promise), I put gaaa-rosss brewer’s yeast in my oatmeal in the mornings, I eat my Eziekiel bread (because regular bread hurts the tum-tum), I eat my healthy fats, I already don’t drink any alcohol anymore (because after one drink I need a nap and AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR NAPS), and more recently – get ready for it – I GAVE UP COFFEE.
We’re on day four and I feel a little less like death than I have on previous days. So that’s good. But I really miss my snuggly warm morning cup. But I guess if it means we don’t have to supplement with formula for sweet little LaddyBoy, then so be it.
I’ve done all the research, read all the things, and unfortunately I think my body has had enough. Personally, I think it’s a revolt against Mr. Sucky (my pump). I don’t blame my body. Because I don’t like Mr. Sucky either. And I really don’t like visiting him every 3.5 hours for 30 minutes to only get three or four ounces of precious milk. As much as I hate Mr. Sucky, he is an essential member of the family and we need him.
I’ve mastered pumping in the car, so we can be productive with our driving time. But I get a twitch just trying to line up pump times – with nap times – with feeding times – while scheduling showings and inspections and real estate things and grocery store trips. I’m dying over here.
I know women do it all the time, and somehow manage doing everything with four other children en tow, but I bet they are drinking coffee while they do it. 😉
Just kidding. The fact is, they just have more practice. And they’re clearly better than I am. I’m ok with admitting that.
I’m giving my little bod one whole week. If there is no change, I will just have to accept the fact that this little chapter is done-zo and move on.
We’ve already started supplementing with formula for the time being, and of course I spent a million hours researching which was the best kind, because “first baby privileges”. And I know supplementing is fine. I’m fully aware. But I don’t want to.
But the boy’s gotta eat.
We settled on Holle formula – and he loves it – but it creates some pooping issues for the boy. I know he’ll get used to it and his tummy will adjust, but it’s a bummer. There is a goat milk variety that we may try him on next round. Because if he’s like his mommy he may not do very well on cow’s milk. We have sensitive constitutions.
So, funny story. If you’ll look at this box, you’ll notice that not a lick of the text is in English. Turns out, that is the only box they have. And it will come in the mail the exact same way. In German. With no English instructions. And your husband who has always claimed to be a full-blooded German man won’t be able to read it. Because who can read German?!
I speak read German once a year at the Christmas Eve service when we are singing Silent Night. And one time my brother and I told the Dairy Queen lady danke schön. But that’s it; my vocab is maxed-out.
Thankfully, I was able to google English instructions because apparently this is a common problem for us American folk.
Anyways. It’s a really clean formula and doesn’t have the nasty syrups, or soy or a bunch of nonsense that your baby doesn’t need in it. Plus there’s added probiotics and no GMO’s – I just liked the regulations that Europe has a lot more. I have no idea what “Folgemilch” means, but I’d imagine it’s something good. If you want to try it out for your babe, just click on the picture and it’ll take you to where you need to go!
We’ll see how it goes. We have some weekends away coming up and unfortunately our freezer stash is down to basically nothing. So if we go anywhere he’s going to have to be on strictly formula. Which stresses me out to no end just thinking about it, and I’m getting a twitch right now as I type this and praying to Jesus my boobs decided to start working again.
So prayers for milk – and mental stability – would be greatly appreciated. Also for Reese, because when I stress he gets stressed because apparently I’m grumpy. 😉
Anywho, we will see. The boys gotta eat somethin, right?!
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A few weeks ago I did my first ever guest blog post on another site! If you haven’t heard, collagen is ALL THE RAGE. It’ll make your skin gleam, nails grow, joints stop aching, and make that post-partum hair loss subside – PRAISE THE LORT.
(It’s insane. I don’t know how I have any hairs left.)
Apparently some people’s hair doesn’t fall out after they’ve had a baby. Good for them. I on the other hand, am shedding like a long-haired cat in July. Seriously. It just falls out. My previously unicorn-like, lushes hair is now just “meh”. Thankfully, collagen has helped A LOT. I put it in my coffee in the mornings and get on with my day. You can throw it in smoothies too. It is technically “unflavored” – and it may just be in my head – but I’m not a fan of it in plain water. Lemon water is ok, but coffee is better. (But “coffee is better” is a general rule in life that I live by. And will continue to do so probably forever.)
HOW VITAL PROTEINS HELPED ME STAY HEALTHY AS A FIRST-TIME MOM
Kyla Goebel is a wife, realtor, freelance writer and first-time mom. She spends her days trying to stay healthy and active all while navigating the ups and downs of motherhood. She chronicles her adventures on her blog The Natural-ish Mama. Here, she writes about how Vital Proteins helped her stay healthy as a busy mom on the go.
After I had my son, I was so ready to hop back on the health train. Prior to getting pregnant I was really good about eating my green smoothies, working out every day, and getting plenty of sleep. But the whole third trimester thing will really mess with a gal. Cookie dough, anyone? And you wouldn’t believe how exhausting growing a human really is. I missed my long, relaxing runs and smoothies, but I decided to give myself some downtime and just chill out those last few baby-less weeks.
Today, my husband and I are six months into our parenting roles, and although all of the baby cuddles and snuggles are 1000% worth it, being a parent is hard! We’ve heard that it does get a little easier eventually, but we’re too sleep-deprived to worry about the future.
One of the things I’m still learning is how to incorporate the healthy lifestyle I once knew into my new mom role. With everything else going on, eating healthy and staying active is still very important to me – but it’s definitely not the same! As a work-from-home mom, I’m not going to the gym several days a week or teaching my yoga classes anymore. These days, a workout means going on a jog with the stroller (which turns out is an arm workout, too), doing presses with our chunky baby, or squats between pushes on the swing. Also, when it’s time to do laundry or take the dogs for a walk, I strap that baby on! It’s like wearing a weighted vest. Except this one pulls your hair and drools down your shirt.
Eating healthy is another thing that has to remain a priority for two reasons: I’m breastfeeding, and I need all the energy. I’ve always been more of a grazer than a hearty meal kind of gal, but that isn’t always the best option when your baby has six bottles a day! I’ve learned I have to be really intentional about what I’m eating and make sure my meals have plenty of protein and healthy fats.
A regular protein bar won’t cut it. I need to have actual food, or I’ll be hungry again in 30 minutes. Plus, those are often loaded with sugar, and all that would do is make me want a nap. I’ve always loved green smoothies so having smoothie bags ready to go definitely helps. Just throw it in the blender, add some protein and coconut oil and it’s done. It also helps that I enjoy cooking. I like to have stuff like chicken salad or meatballs made ahead of time. And aside from the smoothies, eggs are my go-to. I’m usually cooking (and eating) with a baby on my hip, but whatever works, right?
The Vital Life
Incorporating Vital Proteins into my day-to-day diet has helped me tremendously – and I’m hooked! My son has a sensitive stomach, so I have to be careful about what I eat. I started adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which helps to support stronger hair, skin, nails, joints and gut, to my coffee and it has been fantastic.
Mom life is far from easy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. And although we have half a year under our belt, we’re still learning. I wouldn’t put us in the “survival mode” category like the first month home, but we still don’t know what we’re doing half the time. I’ve learned that although you can’t control a lot of what goes on (like your baby deciding he’s going to stay up all night long), what you can control is what goes into your body – and subsequently, your baby’s! Make it good.
And there you have it! My first time as a big girl writer for my blog.
If you are interested in trying Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for yourself, I highly recommend it. Reese also gets a scoop in the morning and he has noticed a difference too! Somehow, he has always been the one with the more lushes hair in our relationship, so I didn’t see how there could be any more of an improvement – but of course there is; he has the curls I’ve wanted my whole life.
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When Lad was probably a month or two old, we used the Halo sleep sack and it was a magical gift from the Heavens. It worked wonderfully until he developed his super baby strength and could bust out of the velcro arm straps. After that, we wrapped the straps around his belly like the directions told us to do…aaand then he learned how to roll over. So we weren’t too crazy about the idea of him being swaddled anymore.
We moved him to his crib at five months and he was doing great! Until recently. When the six month sleep regression hit.
We don’t like it.
At this point, Lad will fall asleep usually around 7 or 8 every night. He is all cuddly and having sweet dreams until around 11:00 or so. After that we are up every 1 or 2 hours until morning time. So things are going really great.
OBVIOUSLY we’ve been consulting Google about this – as all good parents do – to see if there is ANYTHING we can do to get even 5 or 6 hours of sleep; these patterns are very conducive to wrinkles and I’m not a fan.
So tell me, fellow sleep-deprived parents. Is there anything we can do? Do we just have to wait it out?
Amazon has these two sleepers for babies:
Halo but with holes for the feet, and this Magic Sleep Suit – which I’m positive would make Lad look absolutely hilarious. Anybody out there have experience with either one of these?
PLEASE let us know. We just need a night or two of sleep every now and then, that’s all. It’s definitely because of his sleep situation and not because he’s hungry, because he’ll go back to sleep if we hold him and rock with him on the recliner. He MIGHT be spoiled. Just a cuddly little ole’ babe.
Next week I’ve got some info coming about the whole breast milk / formula situation. Just some of our future plans. And more questions for the public. We ordered some to have on hand in-case we need to start supplementing, but as my luck would have it, every single little word on the box is in German. So that’s super fantastic, considering everyone in this household speaks English. Reese always claims he’s a pure bred so I told him to read up.
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When Lad was just a little(er) tot, I did a post on how cloth diapering was going. At that point, we had only been doing it for a few weeks because we didn’t have many newborn-sized cloth diapers. Next time, I will definitely get a few more in that size – I was hesitant this time because the whole being parents thing was new and we figured we should try and master that (as much as one can master parenting) before throwing the whole diaper situation into the mix. Update: we’re still at it!
Just like we figured it would, things have definitely changed since Lad has started solid foods. Nas-tay. The other day we had a situation that caused Reese to cover his face and start coughing from 15 feet away. Of course, I chased him with the diaper after that because….well that’s what any mature adult would have done in that situation. Once your baby starts eating real food and there are more frequent gross diapers, they suggest getting all kinds of contraptions that you can hook up to the toilet and spray your diaper before washing it. As of now I just take the diaper outside and spray it off. Then to the laundry room it goes.
Obviously the whole turd thing is usually what deters most people from cloth diapering. Yeah, it’s gross, but a turd’s a turd. Just gotta fling it off and get on with the day.
Welp, I’d say that’s about enough turd talk.
Here’s our little setup that we have going on in Laddy’s room:
The little do-dad on the left is actually a chicken-layer-box-thing that Reese’s grandpa had from yeeeeears ago! The white thing was just a buffet that I painted white and made curtains for (because I jacked up the doors). I’m truly the most awful diy-er. It only took me staring at it for 5 months before I broke down and started painting it. And then add another month to get all the coats of paint done. I would attribute it to the fact that I was pregnant, but that’s generally how long my crafts take on the reg. Hehe.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but there are about five different types of diapers in the doo-dad. When we first started this, we were cuh-lue-less about the whole thing. I joined some Facebook groups and discovered there is a straight-up cult out there of cloth diapering families. In the groups, women will talk about their “stashes”. EL-OH-EL.
We have AIO (All In Ones), Prefolds with Covers and Pockets.
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AIO: These little gems are probably the easiest; no stuffing required! They are definitely the most pricey so we only have a few that were given at showers. We use these at night with an extra bamboo insert because somebody is a super soaker and can’t use regular ole “sposies” (that’s cloth diapering lingo for “disposables”. I learned it from one of my cult friends).
Prefolds:With these you essentially wrap up the little tot in a burp rag and then use this waterproof cover over it to keep everything dry and in place. I like using these because you don’t have to wash the covers as often, but it took me a hot minute to figure out how the hell they worked. It’s really hard to rely on trial and error when there is feces involved.
Pockets – these are diapers with a little slot you stuff inserts in. Inserts are a whooole other ball game. There is microfiber (which the cult generally refers to as “the devil”), hemp, bamboo, minky, cotton, flannel…TONS. We have mostly micro fiber and bamboo. I’ve also made some out of burp rags and then sewed the edges. Just your regular ole’ Susie Homemaker over here.
For not knowing what we were doing, I’d say things are going pretty well. We have the wash routine down and it only adds about two loads of laundry a week. Frankly, I feel like I’m always doing laundry anyways so what’s the difference. Overall, I would definitely recommend at least trying the cloth route if you are even a little interested. It has definitely saved us tons of money because Lad goes through diapers like a crazy person. I just use regular non-scented Tide powder detergent so that didn’t change anything either. Some people recommend using special cloth diaper soap, but this is working fine; don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
If you have any question about cloth diapering, holler atcha girl! Reese was very hesitant at first, but he’s on board now too because it really is suuuper simple. Give it a shot!