Friday, February 23, 2018

What’s in My Diaper Bag

Since November, my diaper bag has been like a third child that I drag around, I thought it only appropriate to mention what I have in this bag. I love this bag, it’s a Marc Jacobs bag that I got from Nordstrom and have had for 4 years. It’s durable and easy to wipe down when needed. I simply stick my wallet in the bag and keep it moving. I don’t get a lot of compliments on the style of the bag, but only I know how great and easy it is to move around with.

Bag essentials:                                

Extra clothes
Nipple butter/cream
Alcohol spray
Lysol spray (travel size)
Extra t-shirt for mom
Snacks for my 4-year-old
Extra fork and spoon for 4-year-old snacks on the go
Bottle of water
Gauze blanket (for nursing and napping)
Diaper bag -
Marc Jacobs diaper bag (Nordstrom)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Valentine's Fun: Toddler/Baby fun ideas

I can truly say that I have never had the same Valentine’s Day twice, every year is different. This year is no exception and with a new born, I wanted to celebrate all the love in my life with all my favorite boys. First things first though, my son’s school asked all for preschoolers to bring in a decorated tissue box and they were going to have a fun celebration in the classroom.  So, I went to work on the tissue box, I’m not the craftiest girl, so I swung by Michael’s in the hopes I could get some inspiration. Jackpot, Michael's had some great kit, so I bought one and took it home and added my little touches, just some stickers that we got out of McDonald's happy meal after wrapping the box using the inside cover of wrapping paper.

Tissue Box decorated with Michael's box kit and stickers from McDonald's

Tiny rose bush, an excellent teacher Valentine

My son's Montessori guide decorated for Valentine's Day and it was so adorable

Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday this year, so getting a sitter would have been challenging in addition to the flu season raging and having a newborn, I figured staying at home would be easiest to have a little fun, baked a heart shaped cake and allowed my 4-year old to add some fun sprinkles to the cake. I also had a small gift (Mr. Potato Head left over from Xmas) for my 4-year-old. I lit a candle as we ate dinner and truly had a simple enjoyable evening.
My son had fun add sprinkles to our heart shaped cake

A small gift for my son and candlelight for me and Dad made our family Valentine's Day complete

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Maternity Leave

It's so funny, I think most people think of maternity leave as being a time of rest and watching Netflix...well that was maternity leave for me when I had my first son, not so much for the second one. I end up doing a LOT of work around the house and also giving a lot of hugs to my boys. I think my 4 year old is glad for me to not be rushing off to work constantly and giving him extra attention and making cookies and his favorite's a quick look at my maternity leave so far, 10 weeks in.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Special Stork Delivery - New Baby Boy

I delivered my son in November of 2017 and its turned my days upside down, but I am enjoying every minute...check out my birth story.

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Survive the First Few Weeks of Breastfeeding

I am about to begin week 3 of breastfeeding my newborn. I was very worried about breastfeeding this time around (baby #2) because I struggled with my older son and began supplementing at 3 days old and was never able to breastfeed exclusively until he didn’t want to nurse any longer. This time around I was a little more prepared when I went to the hospital and though I had to supplement a few feedings it didn’t prevent me from nursing exclusively when my milk came in.  Here are my tips for making it through those first 2 weeks.

1.     Drink loads of water in the hospital and when you get it home. I didn’t do this before and saw a major difference in my milk when I did.
2.     If you must supplement, be sure to do it while nursing through a supplemental nurser, it’s basically a syringe that you place in the baby’s mouth while he/she is nursing to get in some formula along with the colostrum. I needed to do this as my son needed to void (pee) before he could get his circumcision as they needed to make sure he wasn’t having any problems before they performed the procedure.
3.     Mother’s Milk tea is your friend. I didn’t discover it before until a friend showed it to me when my son was 6 weeks old, by then I was really struggling to keep up with feedings.
4.     Rent a hospital grade pump or use one in the hospital at least. This really helped with the milk coming in for me as well. Plus, I could capture some milk and stick it in my baby’s mouth to know for sure he was getting the colostrum.
5.     Feed baby every 2 hours, this really stimulates the breast and even if he isn’t eating, having him on or near the breasts stimulates production, too.

I am so happy to be nursing exclusively and will send an updated post at 6 weeks to see where I am and talk about my babies sleep pattern, which right now is still at every 1.5 to 2 hours of waking up.