Monday, June 30, 2014

My Personal Top 4 Newborn Items

Before I gave birth to Elora, I was the typical new Mommy that was nesting and thinking everything had to be perfect for the baby to come home to. When I went to the hospital the first time, a week before she came, we knew she would come early and I panicked. I cried and begged my husband to get the room perfect for her. My dad and his wife came and painted while Josh worked, and after he got off work he made the crib and everything else to go into the room. Well turns out she didn't even sleep in her room for about 5 months, or maybe longer. After having your first child you come to realize that you don't need everything right away.

So here is my own personal list of items I could not live without as a parent of a newborn.

Rock 'n Play Sleeper by Fisher Price

This is my number one, could not live without item! Perfect size for the side of the bed, so baby can sleep close. I loved the way it is slightly tilted and seemed to comfort Elora with it's cozy holding feel. I loved this because it was so easy to fold up and tote up and down my stairs, or anyway for that matter, so she could nap or just lay there watching me in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, everywhere! And when she started to fuss, I could gently rock her back to sleep. There was even a couple times when she was sleeping in her crib and had a bad cold with that awful stuffy nose, that I would transfer her into this, the slight elevation helped so much on that poor nose. Another plus, you can find this pretty much everywhere! Target, Walmart, Babies R Us, Online, and more. I have seen it for about $50 and $75 for the Deluxe.

 1 Month Old
5 Months Old

Nursing Cover


I loved, loved, loved my nursing cover! It was given to me as a gift from my dear friend Jolen who owns Maddie Mae and makes and sells these awesome covers/infinity scarfs. Now there is nothing wrong with feeding your child in public, I personally am a bit modest so I don't have the guts to feed without a cover. I loved this cover for many reasons! It covered my back, which a lot of covers don't, and I don't want my whole back to be showing if I decided to not wear a tank top under my shirt. I loved the material, and so did Elora! It was made out of a jersey material and it was light but not see through. It was perfect for those hot days. Talk about multiple uses! I could wear it as a scarf, nurse my daughter, swaddle her, lay it down on the grass, and I even used it as a car seat cover when Elora was sleeping and we were shopping. I loved it so much I ordered two more! They run for about $20 plus S&H. *Click Maddie Mae to go to her Facebook and see her other items she sells such as hats and bags that are upcycled! 

Baby Bullet

Oh yes, my Baby Bullet. Obviously this is a couple months down the road for baby food, but I used it for smoothies for myself as well. I loved making Elora food! And how great is it to know what exactly is going into your food. Now I will admit once she was old enough to start eating meat, I chose not to make that. Something about pureeing meat, just makes me sick. No thank you. But for all her fruits and veggies I would make a few batches, some for the fridge and some frozen to have for later. I super loved the freezer silicone pop out container! Perfect size and easy to get those frozen pieces out! These run about $60, and I purchased mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond with my 20% off coupon making my total $48! I got a lot of my baby food recipes from the Wholesome Baby Food website. Which is a great tool to use for making baby food, it has each food, when to introduce it, and different recipes for it. 

Baby Carrier

First off I have the Baby Bjorn. I used this a lot at the beginning, once Elora was big enough to fit in of course. I loved this because I could hold my sweet baby and do many things around the house, or even shopping or walking. Plus she did much better being held than in a stroller or car seat. You can buy these new for about $50-$70 and I always see them at second hand baby stores or boutiques for less!

The next one I chose to buy was the Boba Carrier. This one is a little more pricey at $125 new. I don't like spending that much money so I waited awhile, trying to find it at a second hand store or on sale. Unfortunately the nicer carriers like Boba and Ergo very rarely go on sale and I think people are quite fond of theirs because you also don't see them in second hand stores often. I ended up getting mine at non other than Bed, Bath, and Beyond and was able to use my BB&B coupon for 20% off, purchasing the carrier for $100! My coupon was one of those in store was, however they don't carry this item in store so I went in and ordered it at the store, able to use my coupon, and they were VERY helpful! I absolutely love this carrier! I love the support it gives me and my daughter, a lot more comfortable than the Bjorn and you can use it a lot longer as well. You can carrier a bigger child on your back! I chose the Boba over the Ergo for a few different reasons. The Ergo needs a infant insert that you purchase separately for $80 where the Boba just folds up to hold an infant. That was my main reason, but I do enjoy the clasp on the shoulder to hold a purse or bag which the Ergo does not have. I highly recommend this carrier, I still use it for walks or hikes and my daughter is 15 months old! Again, a little more expensive than the Bjorn but well worth it in the end!

Well those are my top items, at least those are the ones I could not forget about! If you have any questions feel free to ask! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Colic


Colic, the name alone will send shivers up any parent's spine. This could be a couple hours a day, night time colic, or the full blown all day colic. Elora was about 3 months old when she started her night time colic and it progressed to all day colic over the next FEW months. Yup, she had it for a few months! Knowing my daughter had colic for a few months I had a lot of mommies messaging me asking for advice.

My advice? Breath, and know it will end, eventually. Other than that it is really all about finding what works best for your Baby. One thing could work one night and the next night it has little to no effect. We were blessed with a pediatrician that  knew what we were going through and gave us a couple ideas.

My list of everything that worked, whether for a night or just an hour, might seem intimidating but for all you Mommies that are about to pull your hair out, I hope one of these helps for you!

Share Baby: Mainly with your spouse, but anyone willing to hold a screaming baby can help. If it last all day, try to take hour shifts, this way you can pay attention to the clock and not the cries and once you get to a point of loosing your mind, hand baby off!

Gripe Water: Now I have heard this helps for others, but this did not help for Elora one bit.

Positioning: Two positions that worked best and was recommended by her Dr: In the burping position but push the baby up a little so their tummy is resting near your collar bone, this gives just enough pressure on their tummy to help relive some discomfort they might be feeling. The other is almost in the football position where they are laying face down on your arm. Those two were the best for us, but changing often helped too.

Movement: This one is hard because there is not much sitting while baby has colic, but constant walking, swaying, dancing helps tremendously. You might notice that the moment you stop moving Baby will start fussing again, that is another good reason to take turns with your spouse.

Running Water: Position baby, sway, and turn on some running water. It helps draw Baby's attention away from their discomforts and the sound is soothing.

Fresh Air: Bundle Baby up and put baby in a front carrier, or just hold Baby, and go for a walk. This helped may times, even just standing outside, or standing in front of the fan. If you stand in front of the fan don't put Baby's face directing in front because any air on their face makes it difficult for them to breath.

Baby Einsteins: We finally tried this, and it was a life savor! No, I never wanted to be the parent that puts their baby in front of a TV, but when they have been screaming because of something you can't fix, you will do just about anything to help them. I don't know what it is about Baby Einsteins but it puts her in a trance, even now, if she is having a rough time and I put it on, she will not move and she just loves all the animals and noises.

Car Rides: This was my last go to. It worked many times, but when it is late at night, loading up the car is the last thing you want to do.

So I went through all of these multiple times a day, going from one and when it stopped working, going to the next. If you found something that works for your baby and know about when baby is going to be fussing, start your routine before baby starts to get fussy.

*Side Note, if you bottle feed there are formulas and bottles to help with colic too! I personally don't know how well this works because Elora would never take a bottle, but I think it is worth a shot.

The biggest thing is to know you are not alone. Many parents go through this and it can be hard at times. I have locked myself in the bathroom crying multiple times, or just holding Elora and crying, and that is ok. It is one of those helpless moments you may go through in life, but talk to people that have been there and know there is light at the end.

Feel Free to Comment any other ideas that worked for you.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Long Time No See

It has been over a year since my last post. I do slightly regret that but I have been quite busy becoming and embracing the Mommy life! I do miss writing though, it has always been a passion of mine. Luckily I have been really good with keeping up with Elora's baby book, first year calendar, and my Pinterest Calendar. I'm on year 3 with my Pinterest calendar and I love seeing how different your life can change over just a few years!

This past year has been the most amazing, most learning, most tiring time of our lives! It has been incredible. Becoming parents has done wonderful things for Josh and I. It has given us patience, understanding, and a new way to look at life. Seeing life through our daughter's eyes is indescribable. Something new happens every day and the little things like new foods, faces, and words, become our most joyful part of our day.

So what has been going on? SO MUCH! Too much to put in one post. So hopefully this weeks project is catching up on some unforgettable times, sharing many photos, and filling in all the new stuff too!

So Welcome Back to my page, To Love Beyond Words, because sometimes words don't do our feelings justice.