We are two months into being parents and whoa! Half the time I still can’t believe we have a child :) It’s been a fun, crazy, tiring ride so far and we’ve both learned a lot about ourselves and being parents. Pretty much nothing can prepare you for welcoming a screaming bundle of love into your home but I put together a few of my favorite things that have helped me feel a little more sane. Do I have any clue as to what I’m doing… nope, but hey, we wake up each day and start over!
We’ve had a good 2 months! Cora is great at sleeping in her crib and is already getting so big, I can’t believe it. I am still in recovery and cannot run quite yet, but hopefully at this next appt I will be cleared! In the past month we also celebrated Halloween, which was really fun. Even though she didn’t love her costume, we did. She does well in her car seat and seems to just love to cruise along with us, which is awesome. She takes her bottle and pacifier like a champ, loves to go for walks, and is starting to smile which makes both B and I very happy.
Onto the stuff that has helped keep us sane! Hospital stuff that helped a ton:
Kaftan – I mentioned it before but this made me feel better about myself while I was recovering and I love the photos from the hospital because I don’t look at horrendous as I felt. It buttons all the way down the back for easy dr access and is super comfortable.
Moccasin Slippers – I got some from Kmart for cheap, which worked out great because they almost looked like shoes, had a sturdy sole and I’ve worn them around the house so much since coming home.
Things that have saved our/my sanity:
Angel Care Monitor – This is a life saver! It detects movement in the crib so when she’s sleeping I know she’s breathing. We don’t have the video one, just the movement one and it allows me to sleep so much better at night knowing I’d be alerted if she wasn’t moving in her bed.
Veami Nursing Bra – This is the softest bra! If it was more supportive I’d wear it ever day.
Changing pad cover for messes – I had originally got these to go on our crib… then I realized they didn’t fit on our crib because our crib has a back section that doesn’t allow things to tie to the rails. I had already washed them so I had to keep them. I cut off the strings and use them on our changing pad as an extra layer so we are not constantly having to wash and change the changing pad. We tried the munchkin ones but they are so slippery on the bottom they move around a lot.
5 for $25 Gilligan O’Malley Underwear from Target – This is a huge piece of advice I would give someone. When you get home and are brave enough to try normal underwear again you’re going to want to put on the largest and most comfortable pair you own. I went to target and picked out the 5 for $25 before I had Cora and was so thankful I did. Then I wasn’t sad if my other underwear got ruined and had some big pairs to choose from. Because yea.. nothing can prepare you for that.
Pumping Bra – For some reason I thought when you pumped, the pumps stuck to you. NO. You have to HOLD THEM ON for however long you pump for… This was life saving and actually allowed me to do things while pumping.
Halo Sleep Sack – I thought I needed every swaddle blanket in the world. Turns out I needed sleep sacks! These are genius. She loves them, especially the fleece ones and sleeps so well in them. We have a light weight one for nap time and a fleece one for overnight.
Wellements Gripe Water – This seems to help when her tummy is a little upset and she really likes it.
Functional Burp Cloths – These are absorbent, easy to wash, and inexpensive. Hooray.
Hamper on Wheels – Best idea ever. Wheel it right into the laundry room. Unload. Wheel back.
Puj Tub – My friend Nina gave us this and I didn’t understand how it worked when we first got it but now I LOVE IT. She told me it’s so hard to bathe a slippery newborn and it sure is! It’s a necessity for giving sink baths and makes it so much easier. Cora loves to sit in it for up to 15 minutes and just let the water run over her. I call it evening spa time.