Happy Monday and happy Spring Break! I have to admit I'm a little nervous about being home alone with two kids, but our 6-year old is pretty self-sufficient and even though he probably plays too much on the iPad and video games, I'll take it right now. #reallife As you with newborns know, my days currently revolve around those at-least-every-three-hour feedings, but thank God, she's a good eater and breastfeeding is going well. I am going kind of stir crazy being home so much and I miss being able to get out more. It's not all sunshiney feelings, there's lots of hormonal emotions I experience that range from joy, fear, adoration, loneliness, jealousy, and, yes, happiness. I'm sure it's all normal and maybe you can relate to that now- even without a newborn baby at home.
As a new, breastfeeding mom, I wanted to share what I've found to be the essential items I'm using everyday. I know not all moms can or choose to breastfeed, so I understand that this post might not be particularly helpful everyone.
Must-Haves for New Mom
1 | Nursing Tank - I have found this nursing tank to be indispensable and I wear it almost every day. I only have one, so I have to wash it a bunch, but it is so comfortable and convenient with nice stretchy material, that I've been living in it lately. I have the small/medium, which fits perfectly with lots of extra room. I actually wish it was a little more fitted in the waist, but that's OK.
2 | Nursing Bra - my friend recommended this nursing bra and I ended up getting it in black and gray also in size medium and I'm pretty sure I'm at least a DD right now. These bras are perfect for wearing with any kind of top when you're not wearing the actual nursing tank.
3 | Water Bottle - I don't know what it is, but nursing makes me so thirsty, especially while she's nursing. You'll never find me without a big water bottle close by!
4 | Pumping System & Hands Free Bra - I've had this breast pump since my son was born 6 years ago and it still works! Even after lending it to my sister-in-law. I don't remember using a hands-free bra in the past, but what a genius invention! I used to hate pumping with a passion because you were literally stuck to the machine during that time. But this hands-free bra actually works really well. Freedom!
5 | Button-Down Pajamas - I found button down-pajamas to be the most convenient for middle of the night nursing and also for lounging around in the morning or before you feel like putting on clothes.
6 | Lanolin - sore nipples no Bueno. This really helps!
7 | Comfy Robe - I'm also a fan of a comfy robe. Easy access for nursing and cute to wear around the house.
8 | Baby Carrier - I've used this Carrier for our baby girl when we've gone out to a couple of our son's sporting events. I think it will be even better to use when she's a little bigger and I can keep her head exposed. Right now, I covered her head with a Muslin blanket because I felt like she was getting too hot being completely under this. But I do love the material and it's easy to wear, comes with a diagram that is actually easy to follow!
9 | Nursing Cover - six years ago, whenever I needed to nurse and I wasn't at home, I felt banished to relatives' bedroom and I never was comfortable nursing in public so I never did it. I'm done with those days! Seeing my sister-in-law nurse easily and discreetly, at our house on the couch with one of these covers caused me to realize I could do that too. This cover is great because it's lightweight so you don't get too hot and it also has a piece in it that lets you see down to your baby so you know what you're doing.
Car Seat & Stroller - I mentioned our car seat and stroller in the must-have's for newborn post, but I didn't get to show you a picture of it in action. Here it is last weekend when we went out to lunch. Of course James was all, "can I push the stroller?!" He really is very helpful! I have to say I'm totally not used to navigating the world with a stroller. It's all coming back to me now! This car seat and stroller are awesome, it's the kind where the car seat fits into the lightweight stroller frame and the frame has cupholders and room underneath for storage, bonus!
Medicine & Schedule | One of the first things I did when when we got home from the hospital was fill my prescriptions and figure out when I was supposed to take what medications. I was taking meds three times a day (4 if you count the middle of the night pain medicine), which can get pretty confusing, so I made alarms on my phone and also wrote on the lids of each medicine the times I was supposed to take them. This also helped when I was nursing and could ask my husband to bring me my medicine. He could just look at the lid to see what I needed. But ladies, it's so important to take care of YOU and remember to take what the doctor prescribes for your recovery.
Meal Delivery | We have been so very blessed to have a great group of friends who organized a meal delivery for us, so we are getting dinners 3 nights a week for 2 months!! How seriously AMAZING is that?! I cannot tell you what a huge relief and weight off of my shoulders this has been. It eliminates the stress of grocery shopping and cooking, which was particularly helpful when we first came home from the hospital and I couldn't get around very well.
It feels very indulgent to accept these meals, but we appreciate them so much and I just know that, in the future, I'll be the first one to sign up when we have friends in need. It can be difficult to receive so much, but when we do, we give other people the opportunity to serve and that is a blessing too.
What are your new mom must-haves?
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