03 March 2018

EVERLY UPDATE: 1 MONTH ESSENTIALS

I can't believe my Little Bug is 1 month old! She has grown so much 😭Soon she'll be off to college.
I would like to share with you our likes & dislikes for the month of February. I hope you find this post useful and enjoy!



Swaddles! 

These are a must-have new baby item. We use them for everything - car seat blankets, burp cloths, and swaddling! They are the perfect all-around, any-time-of-year blanket to use for babies of all ages. Everly loves to be swaddled but there are times when her arms get loose... no matter how tight we swaddle her.


See? She's a little Houdini.


Our favorites (in order):

I won this swaddle from a giveaway at my OB/GYN's office. 


Wonderful quality--very soft and light (not at all flimsy). Quite nice quality, on a par if not nicer than Aden & Anais. Once you wash them a few times, they get softer and softer. These blankets are ideal especially since Everly sweats quite a bit when she's sleeping. These are HUGE compared to our other muslin swaddling blankets, which allows us to wrap Everly up comfortably every time.

We received this swaddle in our Amazon Welcome Baby Box.


 The hedgehog print is gender neutral. Simple, yet adorable. I thought the blanket was cozy upon first arrival, but after the first wash it is so much softer. This blanket is large and provides generous room for swaddling and has the breathability that everyone loves with muslin cotton. The binding around the edge looks like it will add durability through all the inevitable washing baby items need. 

I purchase this collection at Target for $34.99.
Don’t be fooled by the rough texture when you open the package. Wash them and they melt like butter. The large size makes it easy to continue swaddling as baby grows. These are slightly smaller and not as soft as the original Aden + Anais swaddles, but the designs and price range are too good to pass up. 

Kelly Baby: Elephant Car Seat Strap Covers


These adorable elephant car seat strap covers are a favorite of Everly - she started sucking on the ears on her first car ride home (pictured left). It's so soft and well padded to ensure Everly's comfort.
These are absolutely essential since the straps are so close to her that they would rub against her face if the covers weren't on them. 

These were a baby shower gift from my Mother-in-Law, but you can buy similar ones HERE!

Everly's Favorite Food:
Mommy's Milk 😁

The Little Porker drinks every 2 - 3 hours during the day, and once at night. 
It’s unrealistic to think that you are ALWAYS going to be able to nurse your baby. You may need to give your nipples a break from nursing and pump, catch up on some sleep or run some errands and want your partner or a family member to help with a feeding, etc. Thank goodness we have breast pumps so women can still give their babies breastmilk even when they aren’t able to nurse.

Medela Pump in Style Advance
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I managed to snag this breast pump for FREE through my insurance  (not counting the $20 copay). If you have health insurance, you MAY qualify to get a breast pump at a low cost. Click HERE to see if you qualify. (My pump was processed and mailed out a month before my due date.)

The Medela pumps feature their two-phase expression technology. The idea is to mimic how your baby would nurse. It starts out in Simulation Phase which is a fast and light suction to get your milk flowing (just like a hungry baby does).
Phase 2 is the Expression Phase. It is slower with deeper suction that mimics the deep swallow of your baby after your milk lets down. The two-phase technology allows mothers pump more milk in a shorter period of time. 

In case you were wondering, she did great at her 2 week check up:

Weight: 9 lbs 10 oz (90 %)
Length: 22 inches (98 %)

Doctor says she's happy, healthy and very alert.

Everly currently:
- Coos & Ahhs (when we talk to her)
- LOVES to smile 


- LOVES to fart & poop (especially after we change her 'wet' diaper)
- Loves Tummy Time


- Dislikes Pacifiers 


- LOVES Bath time

 
1st Chinese New Year          &          1st Valentine's Day

- Dislikes Hats, but OK with headbands (sometimes) 


Mommy Must Haves (AKA: Postpartum Essentials)
During pregnancy, expecting mothers tend to spend so much time preparing for the baby, but they forget to think about themselves, the recovery after birth, and the transition of becoming new parents. We all go through the “postpartum period” (the first three months after giving birth). During that time there is a lot of healing, learning, and many sleepless nights. It can be difficult to adjust during this period if you don’t know what to expect.

This is why I’ve come up with a list of products that I think are essential to have. I highly suggest getting these products organized and set up in your bathroom and bedroom a few weeks before your due date so they are ready, you can never have too many baskets!

PADS
After giving birth, you will have lots of vaginal bleeding and it can last as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks (Note: Do NOT use tampons). I highly recommend stocking up on some Maxi Pads (NOT pantyliner), otherwise stock up on training pads when you're at the hospital. 

NURSING PADS
Disposable breast pads are convenient, but can sometimes be uncomfortable and itchy. A company that I highly recommend is Bamboobies. They have soft, organic washable and reusable nursing pads. Otherwise, Target's Up & Up Disposable Nursing Pads are inexpensive.

DIAPERS
Diapers are an obvious essential and new parents NEED diapers. 

HAND SANITIZERS
Every new parent wants to protect their newborn so having some hand santizier on hand can keep those germs at bay. It’s great to have around the house when visitors stop by so no matter where you’re in the house, you can make sure that their hands are clean before holding your baby. 

BOPPY
Breastfeeding pillows are a nursing mom’s best friend since they provide relief to your back, neck, spine and arms. The primary function of the pillow is to bring your baby close to your body and closer to your breasts. This is obviously important if you want your little one to get a good latch and keep you comfortable during the process. 

BELLY BANDIT
Great concept and fabric is strong and soft. It's comfortable until you sit down or try to function as a mom in it. Once you start moving it's wrinkles up and bunches - this might be due to my curvy hips. It is visible underneath clothing so it might be best to purchase a different band with no velcro (I recommend: Target's After Band) if you need to run errands. I've been alternating with Target's After Band since I wasn't able to fit into my XS Belly Bandit until week 3. 

WATER WIPES
I am very conscious about all the chemicals put in most of the baby wipes. Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs anything you apply to it. The only thing in Water Wipes is filtered water and grape seed extract, which is non-toxic and kills bacterias. It is easy on the skin without reacting to it. 

Your hospital should supply you with these items right after your delivery (or before discharge):

DERMOPLAST
A numbing spray that's easy to use and offers instant relief for your vah-jay-jay.

 PERI BOTTLE
Peeing will sting (especially if you have stitches) for the first few weeks. Having a peri bottle handy filled with warm water each time you go to the restroom helps lessen the sting.

 STOOL SOFTENERS
Colace will be given to you after giving birth and continue taking it a week or so after. I was able to go 4 days after giving birth - and believe me, I was scared AF. Spray your bum with Dermoplast and you'll be fine :)

I didn’t quite realize how hard the postpartum period would be on my body. I had fair warning from family but I still feel like I wasn’t quite prepared. I had a pretty easy birth but did tear and require several stitches – it took over a month for me to feel somewhat more like myself. Please check with your healthcare provider before trying or using any of these items.