Thursday, September 29, 2016

Postpartum Update

I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a post like this because they are pretty personal, but I feel like there is SO much I didn't know about postpartum and I never want to forget it. With that being said I'm sure from the title of this post you can tell this post will be TMI... Therefore you have been warned!

The first week after having Emmett was definitely the hardest week of my life. Thankfully, Emmett was healthy and great! I on the other hand had a 2nd degree tear and was so internally swollen. The first 3 days were the worse (pain wise) than my entire labor and delivery... times 3! Haha! I don't say that to freak anyone out, that was just my experience. My epidural made my labor virtually painless and my actual delivery was so quick that I forgot about the extent of that pain almost immediately after it happened.

That whole first day went by so quickly, I was STARVING after delivery because I hadn't eaten since 5AM the day before. I have never been that hungry in my life. Wyatt and I finished 2 whole boxes of the oatmeal cookies by the time we left the hospital! Breastfeeding was difficult. Not for Emmett, but for me. I felt like my entire lower body was in so much pain that I could barely handle the pain of breastfeeding. Every way he latched hurt so bad I had no idea what a "good" latch was supposed to feel like. My swelling was supposed to subside by the end of Emmett's first night but it didn't. I was still so swollen that they put the catheter back in me and we had to stay and extra 24 hrs at the hospital until I could pee by myself, which I wasn't able to do until the next afternoon.

I barely experienced any swelling during my pregnancy but the first week after Emmett was born I was SO swollen. Especially my lower body, like my legs and feet. One of the nurses told me it's because of the IV and all those fluids they had pumping through me during my labor. But it was still totally weird. The lack of sleep was getting to me. The first 3 days Emmett was alive I barley slept. It was a combination of excitement, worry, and the fact that I hurt all over. My milk came in on the 4th day. I wouldn't say that was painful, just weird. My chest had never felt so heavy! After my milk came in, things started to turn around. Emmett was finally getting enough to eat which allowed both of us to sleep. I swear I became a much happier person after I finally got some rest.

For the next couple weeks, I really worked on breastfeeding. I was still pretty sensitive for the first month, but luckily I didn't hurt like the first few days. I was also still trying to find a comfortable way feed. But the pain wasn't the most discouraging part. It was my flow and the amount of milk that I had coming in, the overproduction was nuts. It would get milk everywhere and every time I fed I would have to change my shirt or bra because I would get soaked. I almost favored pumping during that time because I wasn't going through so much laundry with the pump. But breastfeeding got more comfortable as I started to change up my positioning. The "laid back" position is what changed it for me during those super overproducing days. It's still my favorite. I was going through less clothes and Emmett wasn't choking as much. I wished they would have suggested that way in the hospital because the basic hold was the worst for me and Emmett. Poor kid was drowning. 

Overall, I gained 30 lbs at my 41 week appt and as of 6 weeks I was 7 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. During my pregnancy I didn't have any visible stretch marks. But about a few weeks after my delivery I found one above my belly button. Also, when my milk came in I found a few on my chest area. I still don't understand how I went 10 months and only got 1 stretch mark on my belly area, but 3 days after getting my milk I get 4! Our bodies are so weird. I'm not worried about "getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight." Not because I don't care but because I'm more focused on my son. I would love to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight eventually but now I kinda like my mom bod ;) 

I had these really weird post partum guilt feelings my first week. I wouldn't consider them "baby blues" more like intense emotions. I would feel bad for Emmett if he started crying or wasn't completely comfortable (which is crazy I know) but I would cry a lot...Especially when I was happy, it was weird. Thankfully, I have an incredible husband that helps me immensely, and despite my overwhelming feelings he always keeps me calm and I feel 150% supported. I can't imagine having those heightened emotions without him by my side. I feel like I didn't know how to channel this amount of happiness. I would stare at Emmett sleeping/awake and cry because he was so peaceful & sweet. I felt so blessed that he was our baby to care for. I loved having another piece of Wyatt in our home. I also felt this great amount of responsibility, we get to raise him in our home and teach him what we know. It wasn't just Wyatt and I anymore; it became the 3 of us just like that.

Being a mother is such a humbling and selfless experience. If I've learned anything so far it's that being a mom shines a big light on my weaknesses, but allows me to refine them with my husband as we work together and rely on our Heavenly Father. It has brought Wyatt and I so much closer, watching him become a father has me trusting and loving him in a deeper way. It has further strengthen my testimony of the gospel knowing what a miracle we just experienced. I think about Jesus Christ and his Atonement, and the amount of selflessness He had and I compare it to parenthood. The fact that we get to experience that amount of love for our children is such a beautiful gift. <3 

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

XOXO






Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Baby Wearin'







When I was pregnant I looked into wraps because they looked awesome! Being able to be so close to my baby all while being hands free seemed perfect. But when I actually saw how wraps worked they seemed so complicated to me. I spent a good couple days trying to figure out how to use one that I got, which was so frustrating. But I love this ACK WRAP because they are lightweight, sturdy, and NOT complicated. I love how there is a button for the center it makes it so easy to wrap! Not to mention they come in these adorable striped patterns. If you're looking into baby wearing these are definitely my favorite! Check them out here >>> ACK Wrap :) 

XOXO

*Sponsored by: ACK Wraps*






Friday, September 23, 2016

Golden Toes












Good Morning! :) 

Ok, guys I have a hard time with flats. I honestly don't think I own more than 3 pairs... I'm 5'2 so I usually try wear some type of heel to make me look normal size. Haha! Also, it's hard for me to find flats that are comfortable I almost always get blisters with flats. But these Talaria Flats are AMAZING. Literally one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They are so soft and stretchy, yet they still support my foot and I don't feel like I'm walking directly on the ground. They also come in a variety of colors ALL so cute! The best part is they fold into each other so they can fit perfectly into your purse if you want change into them later. Check out their website Talaria Flats! :) I hope you all have a great weekend! 

(PS. I'm wearing the far right black jeans. But also LOVE the other two)

XOXO

*Sponsored by: Talaria Flats*






Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Newborn Must-Have's

Good morning :)

As a first time mom I'm pretty clueless about everything. When I was registering for our baby shower I was so overwhelmed, it was way more difficult than I anticipated. There are so many options and opinions out there for what you "need" for your baby. All of us want to feel prepared for when these babies come into the world, but I had no idea where to even start. So, I made a list of things that I have really worked for us... Especially things that I have used like CRAZY these past 6 weeks. There may be somethings on this list that might not work for you and your family, but hopefully it will help you and your baby shopping process! If you have any baby favorites to share, I'd love for you to leave them in a comment below. I love hearing what works for other moms! I hope you all are having a great week :)

P.S. There are also some pics of my little chubbers using these products ;) 

-Binky: Wubbanub--When I first saw these I thought they were adorable but then thought "what's the difference between that and a regular binky?" Well, I love the weight of this binky. With how often Emmett pops that thing out of his mouth it has hardly ever dropped on the floor.  Seriously, I can count on my hand how many times it's actually fallen out of his mouth. I've never lost it and Emmett hugs it like crazy... Which is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen <3




He loved the wubbanub right away ;)

-Baby Clothes: Sleepers, mittens, onesies- I feel like you can never have enough of these!


-A traveling system: I love having our traveling system. Especially, since we've been traveling so much during Emmett's first month it's awesome not having to take him out of the carseat when we're going from place to place. I love that the carseat locks right into the stroller. We decided on the Uppa Baby Vista Traveling System with Uppa Baby Mesa carseat, mainly because of the 2 baby capability. But it also came with a bassinet & it has a piggy back attachment. Uppa baby is the lightest/easiest stroller & carseat we tested out so that was a major plus! But we also really liked the Baby Jogger system.




Emmett's first walk ;)


(He had a blowout and I forgot an extra onesie... #momfail)

-Nursing tank top & bras: If you're going to be breastfeeding or pumping these will just make your life so much easier. I live in these!


-Bottles: Specifically COMO TOMO bottles- With Emmett I am nursing and pumping, I would say it's about 70/30 breastfeeding/pumping. I wasn't sure where to even start with bottles but I had a friend recommend these to me & she swore by them. My son will really take any type of bottle/nipple so that really wasn't a problem for us but I have noticed that this bottle gives him the least amount of gas and spit up. Also, they are so easy to clean and I love that.


-Nipple Cream: I'm all about this Nipple Cream. I got a few smaller samples from the hospital and had to restock about a week after. My first week of breast feeding was rough. I was SO sensitive, but I feel like the nipple cream made it tolerable. I still experience some rawness/soreness but this has definitely been a lifesaver.  


-Electric Pump: I feel like if you're going to be pumping at all, you're going to want to get an electric pump. I got one from our insurance which works great, it's the Ameda brand (on the right side.) I love that it has the little holders for the pumping bottles, because if you've ever spilt your milk you know its the worst thing ever. If my insurance didn't cover for a pump I probably would have invested a little more in a portable pump because I pump so often. I love this Medela brand down below (left side)


-Carseat cover: I love these because they dual as nursing covers! It's one less thing I have to worry about when I'm out!


-Diaper Bag: I had a few in mind before I decided on the bag I ended up going with. I felt the traveling system and diaper bag were hardest for me to decide on just because there are so many great and different options. I have the Lily Jade Meggan Bag in black canvas and I'm OBSESSED! It can be carried as a cross body, on the shoulder, and even as a backpack. The straps are so comfortable too! I wanted to make sure I got the option for my diaper bag to be carried on my back because I love being handsfree. Not only is it amazing quality but it is SO cute... Even when my husband carries it! ;) 



 

-Swaddle: There are a few swaddles that I like. I like the aiden and anais swaddles because they are so soft and lightweight, which worked great with my summer baby. We also use these thermal swaddles which I like because they are stretchy and much smaller. But my favorite one of all is The Ollie Swaddle. It's heaven sent. I got it when Emmett was almost 2 weeks old and I use it all the time. I love the stretchy material and all of the colors are so soft and pretty. We especially use it for nighttime sleep because it is SO incredibly fast and easy. Because when you're changing a poopy diaper at 4AM, the last thing ya want to do is take forever swaddling your baby and dealing with a tangled blanket. 



-Co-sleeper/ bassinet: What I've learned in this month of being a parent is I should never say never. Wyatt and I said we would "never" co-sleep. Well... that was short lived. We started out with this co-sleeper which is basically a smaller pack and play that pulls up to the bed. I totally love it! But have since switched to the DOCKATOT and it works amazing for us. If you have me on snapchat you probably see Emmett in it ALL THE TIME. It's safe for co-sleeping and I can literally take it anywhere and set him in it and he usually just chills. 



-Disposable Nipple Pads: When my milk first came in it was nuts. Literally everywhere. All the time. It has since slowed down but I still need to make sure I have these in all day or I have seriously embarrassing leakage... haha! I find these disposable pads are a lot more absorbent than the reusable ones.  

-Changing pad: This is probably so basic but I almost forgot to get one of these before he came! I got it literally a day before he was born and I was so glad I did. He's a wiggly worm and I love that it has a buckle to keep him safely strapped!



-Owlet: I'm sure you all have heard about it, it's everywhere and rightly so. I really can't say enough about this item. This is what gives us peace of mind when we go to sleep. It monitors your baby's oxygen level and heart rate. There is no price on the safety of your baby and this has been one of our best purchases. It also has a conjoining app so you can see how they are doing from anywhere, which is amazing! It literally is a lifesaver.




-Wrap: I didn't get one of these until Emmett was about 3 weeks old and it really should have been one of my essential items. I was so intimidated by wrapping my baby because I had seen them before and they looked extremely complicated. Well, I had enough people tell me they were awesome so I gave in and got one. It really took me what feels like a few hundred tries but since I've figured it out I swear by it. I love feeling that close to Emmett and being completely hands free. Plus the fact that he just falls right asleep in it is AMAZING :)





XOXO

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lip Sense Lipstick

Hey ladies! 
So, I'm sure you've been seeing and hearing about Lip Sense all over the place. It has blow up this past year and there's a reason why. It's AWESOME! I'm all about lip color/stick, I rarely ever leave my house without something on my lips. This stuff is my go to when I don't want to mess around with reapplying! It lasts 18 hrs, I actually wore this color the previous night and just touched up the gloss not even the color. It really is smear proof, rub proof, and kiss proof! I kiss my baby all day with this sheer berry color and none of it gets on my sons newborn skin. They have SO many colors, literally every color you can imagine. You can even create your own shade by layering different shades. Tauni Alexander is my go to girl, shoot her a message from a link down below and she'll hook you up :)

Instagram: Tauni Alexander 




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

1 Month Old

Emmett turned 1 month today! 

We've had our sweet baby boy for a whole month :) Wyatt and I were talking the other day about how it already feels like he's been with us forever. A lot has happened this past month. We had Emmett blessed at Wyatt's home ward the 2nd Sunday after he was born and he slept through the whole thing. At his 2 week check up he had weighed 10.7 lbs and was 22 1/2 in long. Ever since my milk came in about 4 days after he was born, Emmett has been a really good sleeper and eater. He sleeps for about 4/5 hours at a time and eats anywhere between 6-8 ounces. At first it freaked me out because everything I read said he was "supposed" to be waking up every 2 hrs and eating around 1-3 ounces. I would feel engorged and try to wake him up every two hours at first but then I felt like I was over feeding him because he was still eating a ton at those feedings. So I stopped and just followed his 4 hr cycle he had going on. I was so relieved when the doctor said it's nothing to worry about and that I should let him eat and sleep how he wants because he's gaining weight and staying healthy. I guess the only downside to that is I miss him when he sleeps. 

We moved from California back to Utah about 2 weeks ago, so we traveled about 10 hours with Emmett. He was great, we only stopped 2 times. Which was less than we stopped on our way to California when I was in my 3rd trimester haha! Emmett has been noticing when we smile at him and has been smiling back at us. Every time he wakes up it's with a huge smile, that's how I know he's actually waking up instead of wiggling around. He loves hymns, his arms out of his swaddles, his wubbanubs, cuddling with mom and dad, sleeping, and EATING! He's not a fan of baths or lotion. We started tummy time with him after his 2 week check up. We're just trying to enjoy ever minute of this newborn stage but to be honest we have NO idea what were doing. We just try our best and pray a lot. Every day feels like a success and we are just so grateful to have him in our lives.