New Mom Gifts

When becoming a new mom everything can become a little overwhelming. You make sure you are feeding the baby on time, that the baby gets enough sleep, and that you have all the baby gear that you need. As a new mom there are some items that I am so happy to have had and if you are shopping for a new mom then today’s blog post is a perfect read. Below are the top 4 items that I recommend that you purchase for a new mommy:

 

 

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Dr. Brown’s 3-Pack Bottles | Lillebaby All Seasons Baby Carrier | Aden + Anais Silky Pack of 3 Swaddeling Cloths | Boppy Lounger

New Mommy Apps

I was talking to a friend earlier this week about mommy apps and I knew that this would also be a great blog post. I am so glad we had this conversation because I am excited to share these 4 great apps with you all.

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White Noise Lite: We do have a sound machine for Lexi in her nursery, but when we are out and about and she gets fussy this is a go to.

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Moms on Call Scheduler: If you like to have a schedule and be organized then this is for you.

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Baby Sparks: This app is great for development activities and milestones for infants from a newborn to a 2 year old.

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Baby Sticker: If you need to edit a photo of your little and decorate them this is perfect.

3 Benefits of Reading to Your Baby

I absolutely love reading to Lexi. I have been reading to her when she was still in the womb. Some people think that they do not comprehend  what you are reading   at such a young age, but they sense your tone,  mood, and get to hear their mommy and daddy’s voice. There are many benefits to reading to your little one and I would love to share those with you.

  1. Bonding Time: It’s an activity that turns into a special time with your little. The baby is exposed to the sound of your voice and of course that is soothing for them.
  2. Emotions Come into Play: Your baby is exposed to feelings through the different sounds you use when reading. Every parent does a voice for a specific character at times and they detect that. Also, when you describe the book to them they hear the emotion you are using to describe it to them.
  3. Showing Them Reading is Fun: Making it a part of your daily routine can teach them that reading can be something that they enjoy. That will help them not dread it when they start school.

Here are a few books we LOVE to read to Lexi:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | The Poky Little Puppy | Madeline | Daddy Hugs

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Photo by: Hannah Decossas Photography

Self Soothing

I have to start off and say that life with a 2 month old is exhausting but fun all at the same time. But when the crying starts so does the stress. I can’t help but wonder why can’t I soothe her at times.  I’ll try about anything. I’ll try the shushing method, swinging, sucking, and the swaddling ( which this one does work at times ). When all of this doesn’t work I resort to a method most parents may not like and that is letting her just cry it out. Of course I check the monitor to see if she’s ok and all but she does need to learn to self soothe. This method won’t only come in handy at night but it does when she wakes up from a nap. That way she can try to fall back asleep. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t, but self soothing is something that I would like for her to learn to do. Are there any other moms out there that do this?

 

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Photo by: Hannah Decossas Photography

Postpartum

Postpartum. The experience isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Of course the first few weeks was a whirlwind of emotions. Laughter and tears. The fact that I had a baby in the NICU didn’t make my emotional health any better. But let me just state that I was not depressed just sad that I had to leave her every night to go home.

My body of course is a lot different than it was a year ago. I had to embrace these new bumps, so I had to add to my wardrobe. After six weeks and exclusively pumping I was below my pre-pregnancy weight! I honestly had to do a double take at the scale. Before I got pregnant I was 155 pounds, the week I give birth I was 177 pounds, and as of a week ago I am 145 pounds. I honestly feel great about my body, all I need is just a little bit of tightening.

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I have also made a point to allow some “me” time. My husband has been great in watching Lexi and letting me take a long shower, go on a walk, go to the salon, get a mani/pedi, etc. I feel that has helped me so much mentally. Sometimes I just need an hour to recharge and I feel that time makes me a better mom when I come back home.

At the end of the day, I am so tired, have dark circles under my eyes, late to appointments, and having to entertain a fussy two month old who is crying for no reason. But this is motherhood and I love it.

Photo by: Hannah Decossas Photography