One month post-partum favourites

Well it’s here and was definitely the fastest month of my entire life. Our little boy is a month old today, and I thought I’d pop in here while he’s napping and while I have a few extra minutes to myself, to talk about a few of my post-partum favourites that I think may be useful/helpful to other’s.

Lou Lou Co swaddle – I received a few swaddles from different brands as PR samples, and this one from Lou Lou & Co. is a PR sample too, but I’m telling ya right now I should buy one or two more of these. The material is super stretchy (think jersey material) so save this particular swaddle on him during the night times since he tends to kick his way out of the other one’s during the day (and doesn’t with this one, so I feel safe leaving him while I’m sleeping, in it). Honestly not sure i’ll be buying more (since we do laundry daily and have that swaddle clean for every night) because they’re kind of expensive, and the site doesn’t have free shipping – penny pincher over here ;)

Burp cloth oh the burp cloths we go through! My friend bought these for baby, and they’re a fantastic size, and one part (the middle) of the burp cloth is reinforced with extra fabric to catch all those vom-spills lol. It’s great! Plus, they’re SUPER inexpensive and good ‘n soft since they’re made of flannel.

UPPAbaby VISTA stroller – I love this stroller because it’s easy to plunk in the bucko, and go’wan. It’ll grow with him too, since he’s in the bassinet part of the stroller in the above photos. He gets wrapped up in a swaddle for our walks, and the VISTA has a perfect sized bassinet attachment for him, so no buckling him and fussing with him while he’s napping. My Mom is visiting from Canada and she bought our baby a warm swaddle that velcros, so putting him in that for our chillier walks, is the perfect combo with the UPPAbaby bassinet, and off we go!

California Baby Diaper Rash Cream – baby had a small diaper rash for a few days and this cleared it up so quickly! I’ve been using a lot of the California Baby products….on our California baby ;). Their super sensitive cream is great for his dry skin, too.

Zippered sleepers – Zippered sleepers in my opinion are the way to go (for us). The buttoned up one’s, especially during a dirty diaper change at 3am take too long for me to button up, especially when I’m tired and have him all changed and ready to settle down again for another nap/nightly feed and then boom – another loud toot and a dirty diaper, and I have to start the process over again (this happens way more often than I thought it would… lol).

Breastfeeding pillow – my neighbour (who isn’t my neighbour anymore lol) Nicole, told me about My Breast Friend breastfeeding pillow; it’s a big ol’ pillow that you can buckle onto your waist. I feel like I’m a jello-shot seller at a local bar when I’m wearing one, because it’s flat on the top (and has two “boobs” on either side for the baby’s head to rest/raise). K, I’m describing it horribly, but it’s amazing for semi-hands-free feeding, while sitting.

Bassinet – this is the bassinet we had on our baby registry and my sweet friend purchased it for us! It has wheels so I’m carting baby around in it everywhere around the house. It’s the most-used item thus far. It even has a nightlight on it, so when baby is making really weird noises in the night time I check on him easily.

Bird Rock Baby – these booties have been on baby probably 75% of the entire month. They’re easy to put on, super soft (fleece), easy to wash and don’t get kicked off by him flailing about. He’s already starting to outgrow the size 1’s (we have a grey pair shown above, and a gorgeous bright yellow pair). I’m definitely going to have to buy some (these were sent to me) – I LOVE them and have already been recommending them to friends.

Nursing bras – I received two LaMaze nursing bras before I had baby, and they were pretty comfy. Mind you, I don’t have anything else to compare them to. But I loved them so much I bought two more (from Amazon) for like $16 for the pair. They’re cotton, easy to wash and chuck in the dryer.

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How IS Alfie doing, you ask?

I think I worried a few people with some minor changes I made to my social media profile accounts. I switched up my Instagram photo for the first time in 2 years, and my Facebook photo was “only” 6 months out of date with me gazing out of some window. Switching it up caused some alarm to a few friends who love Alfie as much as we do — so sweet!

A few days ago he went in for another bout of treatment. He’s doing great, and he’s still adventuring out with me as these days become numbered when it’s just the two of us. Soon he’ll have a little broski tourin’ around with him, that or my husband joked and told me that he’ll look after baby while Alfie and I adventure about in the funzo vehicles, ha!!! I mean, alright!

Alfie’s been a bit of a picky eater these last 2 weeks or so, which is definitely concerning for us. But I’m trying to keep positive and thinking the 3 walks a day, plus 5 meals a day is filling up his belly pretty good. He definitely needs a bit of stimulation throughout the day and although he loves his routine (he loves the couch, and grunts at me when I’m making my own breakfast, to come sit with him lol), adventures are totally his thing.

A few years ago I was loaned the Lexus NX200t, which I’ve now classified as my favourite vehicle of all time. Easy to drive, easy to park/judge and for me, no blind spots. Well this past week I had the joy of taking the Lexus NX300h out, and it toally reminds me of the previous one we had. I didn’t want to give it back, and that’s kinda rare! I mean, obviously a lot of the vehicles I take out for the week are great, but there’s far and few that I’d actually buy (even if I had the dollars for it).

The first day that I got the NX300h out, I mentioned that it would probably be the vehicle we’ll be driving to the hospital while in labour. And a few people mentioned I should probably protect all-the-cars I sit in, in case……. that water breaks. So, yep, I was sittin’ on garbage bags, Alfie’s potty-pads that we had left over (new obviously lol), and towels. Cause lord jumpin’s I don’t want to be ruining a brand new $50k vehicle! Oof!

No baby yet. But I’ve had a few people reach out to me and ask if our baby was here – I’m just MIA due to a head/sinus cold. And today (yes today Monday January 29) I’m forcing myself to nest. I haven’t gotten to the nesting phase yet, but we have no freezer foods made. I’m quite miserable (lol) if we’re being honest, with the whole cold-thing knocking me out. Though I needed to take charge before baby comes, so we have a few meals packed away in the freezer.

So far on the agenda:

  • two dozen egg muffins
  • chicken taco’s in the slow cooker (I usually serve on top of spinach, or cauliflower rice and lately I’ve not been making the avocado dressing)

I plan on making more food today while I can. Up next, I might go for a mac’n cheese to freeze. Then, pre-chopping some veggies, and storing them in the freezer for easy access for when we want quick meals, and make some cooked meat to freeze as well. Man oh man, I hope this cold subsides before baby arrives, let me tellya that much.

Many thanks for the fun times, Lexus. Alfie always enjoys these adventures, and I’m so glad you guys love him too.

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Healthy egg white muffins | Paleo + Freezer friendly

When I get a burst of energy (which is a rare occasion these days) I try to get as much done as possible before I feel completely exhausted again. Who knows if that nesting phase will full-on happen and I get everything done on my to-do list, but like I mentioned in my previous post I need it to hurry up and come along cause I definitely have a laundry list of “want-to-do’s” before my due date.

I wanted to prep some meals for when baby comes for my husband and I, and before my Mom comes down to Canada to help us out. As of right now I’ve prepped some egg white muffins using AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites, which are rich in protein (5g per serving), fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in calories. It’ll pack a punch and keep you full if you grab two of these in the morning — an excellent source of lean protein. It’ll keep me going, that’s for sure, and not require much thought to re-heat when I’m super tired in those upcoming sleepless nights and mornings.

They’re SO simple to make, and freeze well too. Just watch:

D i r e c t i o n s:

  • Line a muffin pan with muffin-papers then grease them with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together egg whites, and your desired ingredients, then divide the mixture evenly to your cups.
  • Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes, or until egg whites are fully cooked.

I ended up adding mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese (not paleo friendly), and dill spice. It’s like having a hand-held omelette in your hands! Once you’ve made these, they’re super easy to grab from the freezer, pop in the microwave and you have yourself a nice hot breakfast. Pair with some fruit, yogurt or avocado on the side and you’re golden.

They will keep in fridge for a few days, or you can freeze them up to a month. To reheat, pop the egg white muffins in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.

Obviously they’re completely customizable when it comes to fillings, so add your favourite ingredients, then whisk together with the AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites. If you’re a super-long time reader of Spiffykerms you may recall me making and posting about egg muffins when I was on Paleo for a 30 day challenge at my local CrossFit box, back in 2013. Time flies doesn’t it? I was definitely overdue for making them again.

You can also find tons of recipes using AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites, since they’re pasteurized for safety and is actually safer than traditional whole eggs – enjoy AllWhites® uncooked, in salad dressing recipes, shakes, and more, without fear of food borne illness.

What else do you suggest I pre-make in advance before baby arrives?

I will be giving away 3 free product coupons to one reader — if you give me some more suggestions on how you incorporate more protein into your daily diets! Comment below and get creative! :)

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