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July 29, 2014

{Top 10 Confessions for a Tuesday Morning}

1. I confess that my life has completely turned upside down since Millie came home. You think that just because I write about happy things in this blog and post cute little staged photos that it's all cupcakes and ice cream. Well, it's not. I have two weeks worth of laundry that I haven't even touched. I've resorted to wearing the hospital mesh underwear they gave me in a plastic package. 
TMI? Sorry...I'm being real here. 
Our master bathroom hadn't been cleaned for 3 weeks until my mom graciously cleaned it for me yesterday. FYI- my husband is a hairy beast and there was a furry animal starting to form on the tile floor. 
TMI? Sorry. 
We opened a jar of cheese sauce for taco night last night and there was a lot of green mold. Like, a lot. Gag me.
TMI? Sorry.
I haven't plucked my eyebrows since before my C-Section. That's almost 4 months. Just call me caterpillar face from now on.
We moved in our house 4 months ago...and we still have no furniture in our front living room, nor do we have plans to get any. 
Medical bills > Furniture

2. I confess that when I do get to take a shower, sometimes I cry through the whole thing...not because I am sad, but because I am completely overwhelmed. Millie has terrible colic and screams 80% of the day. The only time she isn't screaming is if she is eating or laying in your arms with a Wubbanub in her mouth. 

Our view 80% of the time. Love you, Mills.

I am somewhat regretting typing in a past blog that I look forward to getting up with Millie in the middle of the night. I looked forward to it for like the first two weeks...then when she got to the point where she wasn't sleeping at all, I started to question what the heck I was thinking typing that. I love her so stinkin' much...but I'm exhausted. 

3. I confess that when we do finally get her to sleep and put her in the Mamaroo (because she can't lay flat from acid reflux), we are too scared to strap her in for fear of waking her. So, 30 minutes later she ends up in this not too safe position because she has ADHD and can't even sit still while sleeping. Then, I have to sit and stare at her to make sure she doesn't move any further down which means I don't get a nap. 

4. I confess that I totally watched the Bachelorette for the first time this season last night, don't know either of the people involved, and yet got so teary eyed over their proposal and engagement. It was so sweet and I discovered I am just a huge sap for love stories in general. 

5. I confess that I have become completely obsessed with my Erin Condren Life Planner I recently purchased. I have color coded everything, jotted down everyone and their dog's birthdays, planned out 2 months worth of future blog posts (now let's see if I have the time to post them), planned my menus for each week, jotted down a cleaning schedule, laundry schedule, doctor's appointments, etc. I wholeheartedly believe this is the only way I will stay afloat these days. 

6. I confess that I purchased a dress for Millie's newborn pictures/family pictures, wore it, left the tags on and returned it the following day. I was going for a specific look and knew I would never wear it again. Sue me. I broke the law. 

7. I confess that I would give my right AND left arm for a Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza or a box of Kraft character shaped mac' n cheese right now. I gave up dairy for Millie and it is seriously one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Dairy is in EVERYTHING and you don't realize it until you no longer have the luxury of eating it. 

8. I confess that I get some sick satisfaction from removing the sock lint from in between Millie's toes. I am like a mama ape always picking and perfecting my baby. 

9. I confess that I went the better part of yesterday at work with my nursing bra straps not hooked under my shirt. 

10. I confess and finally admit that I literally can't survive without my husband. He is out of town this week on a mission trip and won't be back until Saturday. Life with a newborn baby is exhausting. I am seriously thanking the Lord right now for my mom's help. Love you, mama.

July 25, 2014

The First Month: My Must Haves

One Month Favorites

Millie is 15 weeks old. However, all of her growth and development is tracked as her "adjusted age" which should only be just over 4 weeks. Since we brought her home, she hasn't needed much. Babies this age don't do a whole lot as you all probably know. They sleep, pee, poop, cry, eat and cry some more. What I am trying to say is you really only need the necessities...diapers, wipes, onesies, etc. However, there have been a few things that have really made our lives easier as new parents.

4Moms Mamaroo- As I have mentioned before, Millie has really bad acid reflux therefore, she cannot lay flat without feeling uncomfortable. The only way she has been able to sleep is in this "spaceship" looking device. We don't turn it on because we've found she doesn't really love the movement. She just likes the fact that it is elevated. It has been a lifesaver and has allowed us to get the sleep we need as well.
4Moms Mamaroo

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets- These are probably on every mom's favorite's list and I am no different. They really are as good as they say they are. Because it is summer, we haven't wanted to put her in a thick swaddle. These are lightweight and sooo soft. My husband can swaddle Millie and make her look like one big, bad burrito. We've also used it as a little blanket when we take her out or we drape it over her stroller so no one will be tempted touch her. (Because germs though...I'm overprotective.)
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets

Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge- I received the 4moms Infant Tub for my baby shower from my friend Sarah. We absolutely love it because it has a color coded digital thermometer that makes it really easy to set the perfect temperature for Millie's bath. It also drains the dirty water while fresh water constantly flows in. However, Millie is just way too small for it to be comfortable for her during bath time. My mother-in-law and father-in-law watched us give her a bath over Skype (they live in Florida) and noticed how difficult it was to hold her in place while bathing her at the same time. Not even 4 days later, we received a package in the mail from them with this foam bath insert. IT IS A LIFESAVER and for the first time ever, Millie didn't cry during her bath. We place it in the 4moms tub and it fits perfectly. And the best part...it's only $7.00. Go get one of these! It is worth it.
Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge

Nosefrida- Unfortunately, both Tyler and I were blessed with summer colds after we brought Millie home from the hospital. It was bound to happen with the exhaustion associated with having a NICU baby. We wore masks and did everything we could to keep Millie from getting sick but we failed. She ended up coming down with a cold and was congested and snotty for a good week. This was the only thing that gave her some relief. Once a day, usually in the morning, we would drop some saline in her nostrils to break everything up and then just suck it right out. The concept is gross but those hospital bulbs just do not work. Don't worry...no snot was inhaled on our end. :)
Nosefrida Snot Sucker

Boudreaux's Butt Paste- I had a coupon for a free tube of this from Target. I think I received it in a goody bag I got from Destination Maternity when I purchased a pair of jeans. I am all about trying free stuff. I ordered the Honest Company healing balm and diaper rash cream and also received some Desitin for a shower. To be honest, I have tried all of them and nothing works better than the Boudreaux's. Millie started to get a little diaper rash around 9 weeks and this literally cleared it up within a day. Now, we skip everything else and go straight to this. I use it about every other diaper change to avoid it happening again. Smooth as a baby's butt. She is happy. If she's happy, I'm happy. Plus, it smells good too.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags- Pumping bags are expensive! When Millie was in the hospital, they gave me all the Snappies I needed. But when she came home, that free stuff ended. :) I was spending a lot of money on the Medela bags and to be honest, they didn't really hold a lot of milk. My supply is quite large because I pumped every three hours for a solid three months. These bags are great because they hold over 240ml which amounts to about 8 ounces. I joined Amazon Prime and am able to get 100 of these bad girls for only $17.00 which beats the $19.00 I was spending on 50 bags of Medela at Buy Buy Baby.
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

Honest Dryer Cloths- This is probably my favorite product from the Honest Company and that is saying a lot because I really do love them all. These leave Millie's clothes so soft and you can re-use each sheet more than once. These are the best baby safe dryer sheets you can buy.
"That's really all there is to say about that."-Forrest Gump
Honest Dryer Cloths

WubbaNub Pacifier- If you see Millie out and about, chances are this is in her mouth. She loves this thing. This unique design helps the pacifier stay in her mouth because the giraffe rests in the laying down position on her chest holding it in place. Genius. Why couldn't I have thought about this? I'd be rich. We've also never lost it because it is so cute and hard to miss. Now, to keep the dog from thinking it is his toy to play with.
WubbaNub Pacifier

Hopefully our list of must haves for month one helps any expectant parent prepare for their baby. While every child is different and prefers various things, these have made our past couple of months with Millie a little easier. What are some of your favorites? Am I missing anything?

Thanks for reading!