Two month postpartum favourites

Well holy cow, have a two month old baby on our hands as of today! He’s still sleeping in our room, in his bassinet for now. Any day he’ll grow too big for it length-wise. But so far everything has been going great. I can tell his fake cries from his real one’s – the fake ones sound a bit more whiney and immediately stop as soon as I say his name haha!! He just wanted to chit-chat, sure!

He’s finding his voice more now, and that’s so interesting to see. Oh and he’s completely obsessed with his tongue, and sticking it out. Tomorrow now is a huge day for him as he see’s his pediatrician and gets a whack load of needles. Neither of us are looking forward to it.

I’m getting better sleep than I thought, these past 2-ish weeks. He tires out around 8-9-10pm, and when I put him down for the night, he’ll sleep right through until 3am. I probably shouldn’t type that out, because as soon as one thinks they have a schedule for their baby, it immediately gets thrown out the window, doesn’t it? After 3am or so, it’s all over from there. Once in a blue moon he’ll sleep a few hours after that, but mostly it’s every hour (which is ok, considering I tend to get that one big stretch of sleep at the beginning….IF I go to bed/sleep the same time as him).

During the day though? I don’t think he’s much of a baby for napping. He has a few 10-30 minute catnaps throughout, but doesn’t go for a few hour nap at all, at least not lately.

As many tell me, and oh boy do I know it, this time is precious and flies by quickly. So I’m not too worried about getting things done (like a load of laundry, 0r getting back to emails, etc). Because I know I’ll want this newborn stage back once it’s gone. Or any stage of his life, for that matter.

Our babe loves movement, so whenever we go for car-ride adventures (Alfie included) baby loves looking out at the window, and often falls asleep. But he can tell when the car stops at stoplights, because he’ll immediately wake up screaming like someone is hurting him. He’s a character for sure. Put the foot on the gas once the light turns green, and he’s golden again.

Enough chit-chatter, let me tell you some of my two month postpartum favourites (for both baby and me):

Bright Stars Playmat: This is the exact playmat we have for baby. I’m not sure if he’s too young for it, but once a day or so I put him down and play with him and he stares intently at some of the items swinging around. This is the spot where he also does tummy-time, and luckily since he loves lifting his head whether he’s on me, or on the mat, he doesn’t mind tummy-time.

Baby Bouncer: Our little guy is in this more than he’s on the playmat, mainly because he’s strapped in and ready to go lol. This thing rocks (has two settings for speed) and plays music or white noise. It has removable parts for throwing it in the wash when he spits up on it. Now that he’s getting older, he can stay in it for more than five minutes without getting upset. This is the bouncer where baby first smiled at me! I’m going to call that a win.

Mobile for crib: He hasn’t spent much time in his crib because he either naps in the bassinet out in the living room, or sleeps in our room (in the bassinet). He’s laid down on his crib for a nap I think once (lol), but we’ve added a whale-shaped mobile and he loves staring at it. So when I’m cleaning up the nursery room I lay him down and turn on the mobile and he’s totally content staring at the little whales moving about.
UPPABaby VISTA stroller: Still loving the UPPABaby VISTA stroller that I talked about last month!
Lille baby carrier: I’ve use this carrier a handful of times this month with baby and it’s so sturdy and a great carrier. Then again I don’t really have anything else to compare it to, ha! I have to admit though it’s a bit challenging to put it on by yourself – I’ve done it, but it’s hard.
Diaper backpack. I chuck it under the stroller, or it’s on my back constantly, and both hands are free for picking up baby. I love it, and I bought it on eBay for $16. Hunt for it, since this is the actual seller I bought it from, but you can totally find it for as cheap as I did (it took AGES to get in from overseas though… a few months lol). See more photos of it here on an old blog post from December.
Long sleeved tee’s from Target: I own I think 6 long sleeved tee’s from Target’s line called A New Day, in an assortment of colours. I have been living in these while pregnant, and postpartum. They’re comfy, they wash well and I can pitch them in the washing machine and dryer (unheard of! I rarely ever dry my clothes in the dryer!) and they don’t shrink. Ugh they’re so soft guys…and they’re $10.
Favourite Tanks from GAP: Since it’s still kinda cool here and I’m also nursing my baby, I like to be discreet when feeding and often wear two layers of clothing. The tank top’s from GAP are my favourite to wear under the Target long-sleeved tee’s. A word to the wise (or penny pincher like myself): never buy these full price, they go on sale for 30% to 40% off ALL the time.
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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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Our baby has arrived!

Our baby has arrived! I’ve been taking a bit of social media break since he’s been here, to take in all those newborn feels to cuddle this sweet little one. He arrived on Monday February 5, a big boy weighing in over 10lbs, 22″ long!

Taking a mindful approach to what I’m doing these days. I’m somewhat on an internet/social media break, but definitely post a few times a day to my IG stories on snippits of our days lately. This newborn stage, the whole being a new mom/parent thing is unreal and I want to soak up every last ounce all without distractions from what *doesn’t* matter. If that makes any sense. Many have reached out with congratulations and many more asked about how Alfie is dealing with being a big brother. It only took a few short days for him to become fully used to the fact that baby isn’t going anywhere and now he’s more interested in him, than us! Any time Alfie barked at baby he was removed from the room. So he caught on quick.

As for how I’m feeling, I’m (knock on wood) surprisingly great! Doc said I was “all-belly” (ahem…regardless of the rude comments I’ve received) and I asked for a belly band at the hospital which I’ve been wearing a few times a day, it helps make you feel secure when walking around, and it also I suppose you could say…suck everything back in. It’s interesting watching it all go sorta back into place. Haha. Every 3 days or so I take a photo of my belly to track the progress. I’m not obsessed over it, but it’s super interesting to see how quickly things have been squishing itself back into place. It’s wild to me. As of day 10 I was in my pre-pregnancy jeans (and they were too big!), and day 14 I was at my pre-pregnancy weight. I know this isn’t the case with everyone’s post-partum, so I’m happily surprised how well things are going on my end.

I don’t know if this sounds smug, or not — but I’m being honest with you. I thought for sure I’d hate my body after baby, that I’d require so much help around the house and be almost immobile, as everyone was telling me it would be so difficult. But it’s all been fantastic!

I’ve been a little lack-luster with my maternity wardrobe in the third/final trimester. I haven’t done many bump photos or even wrote about the pregnancy stages that I did in my first, and second trimesters. Living in the same clothing and rotating different colours of the same long-sleeved tee’s I’ve been feeling the most comfortable in. So it definitely felt good to shop my wardrobe again, and also receive some new goodies from prAna’s spring line (#mindfulprAna). So I thought I’d show you a little peek at how things are looking right now and over the past two weeks:

Day 6, 9, 12 and 15 (today is day 15!). Lol day 9 the belly was weirdly ‘pointy’ haha.

(And if you’re interested in shopping on prAna’s site, I have a 15% coupon code for you: MPSKS18 Note that it won’t work on sales/markdowns)

I know a lot of people enjoy documenting their birth stories on their blogs, but I’m not interested in sharing that with the world. I’ve mentioned this before, but we’re pretty private people despite me having a public blog and Instagram. Just as much as I’m not sure that I’ll be posting many photos of the baby’s face. I mean, I’m being mindful of it all – he’s gonna be his own person, and who knows if he even wants his pictures plastered all over the internet as an infant. That’s not to say I won’t post any, ever. But at this point in time I’m just leaning towards the “no” option lol.

Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your week :)

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