The question I was asked CONSTANTLY while I was pregnant was “are you nervous”, or “are you scared to be someones MOM?” And my answer was always “no, not really”… Because if you know me, I am a very nonchalant person. I don’t stress over small stuff, and I am pretty good about looking on the bright side of things. With that being said, since having our little girl I’ve had some motherhood realizations that I didn’t think id be having!
The first thing I’ve realized since entering the world of motherhood 6 week ago is… MAMA BEARING is a very real thing. A wild amount of protective I have become is quite a shock. Of course I knew I would want to protect my child once they arrived. But now instead of going to the nearest Target, I will travel an 10 miles to go to the “nicer” Target because who knows what could happen in that parking lot! That’s a small example, but I think you’re catching my drift. Not on my watch!
This realization may sound kind of silly, but for me it’s a big one. I would consider myself an extremely independent person. Traveling out of the country solo, and doing things on my own is something I really enjoy. I know what you’re thinking… You thought you were going to be able to have alone time after having a baby? You fool! (HA HA). Not necessarily. More so in the sense of I can’t just take her with me when I want to go visit a friend out of state. Like hello, my husband may not want me traveling with our girl with out him! That request is extremely understandable if you ask me! So when I was pregnant, I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal, and now… I laugh at myself.
Now those are very minor new mom realizations but hey, they still count! If you’re going to be a first time mom soon or even just thinking about it. My unsolicited advice is, people have been having children since forever. If they were able to do it hundreds of years ago, with little knowledge or technology then you are more than capable!! We got this Mamas!
resources if you’re having a hard time after having baby
Calling all first time mamas! Four new Mom must haves for nursing your baby I wished I knew about after having my first baby! All four of these items will make your breast feeding experience a whole lot more enjoyable, and will help your breast not feel like they’re going to explode!
Amorini Silver Nipple Shields
Heating pad (for the girls when your milk first comes in. You’ll be happy to have something soothing)
Haakaa breast pump (AMAZING for catching the excess milk from the breast you’re not using when feeding baby. Also a great way to give yourself a break and give baby a bottle!)
If you’re reading this you’re either feeling desperate to find something to help cool your nipples or you’re probably wondering “how am I going to nurse this baby with out wanting to die”. Dramatic? You tell me (LOL)! Well, for me if it wasn’t for the silver shields I think I would have called it quits on day 3/4. Your milk is coming in… slowly but surely. And if your baby is anything like mine, they’re probably starting to “cluster feed”. Your nipples have probably seen better days, but once I put those shields on. The blistering and dryness disappeared with in a day or two!
The Medela Cooling pads are also really great. I would say if your needing the “cooling” aspect then use these in place of the shield. You will not need to wear both. When I was at the hospital these are what the lactation nurse recommended for me… BUT, you check that price tag. They’re a little pricey for how long they last.. which isn’t long. which is why I definitely recommend this for the moments your Tatas are on FIRE!
Oh the beautiful heating pad. A true God send for when your baby decides to sleep their first 8 hours through the night. You wake up and you are FULL. The heating pad will relax that milk, and if you pump like I do on one of the breasts while baby eats on the other. This will help relieve any pain or discomfort, and you’ll be good as new in a few hours.
Last but not least, the Haakaa Pump! I truly LOVE this product. It is easy, portable, and best of all not intimidating to use. This pump literally just suctions to your breast (also great for giving your boobs a break from the sucking motion). I use this while baby is on the other side. The Haakaa will encourage milk productivity all while being on the more “holistic” side of things!
Nursing is not easy, especially in the beginning! But those are the four New mom must haves for nursing your baby that have made this new chapter in my life way more enjoyable!
We welcomed our baby GIRL on September 13th 2021 at 10:56am. Labor was long but 100% enjoyable. Baby Penelope Rose weighed 7.12 lbs, and was 20 inches long. She is lighting up our world everyday, and we love learning about her everyday! Motherhood has officially begun!
The long awaited ultimate postpartum at home cooch kit. After some research, (and by research I mean talking to my mom friends/clients) I have narrowed it down to what seems to be the most important items for US after we give birth!
Fellow mamas have told me over and over again that whatever the hospital provides, you should try and snag more to take home. However, a lot of what they provide isn’t sold in stores or on amazon. Anyways, you should still have a “cooch kit” ready to go in your bathroom for your arrival back home. So lets get to it!
Postpartum at home Cooch kit must haves
Frida mom disposable underwear
Frida Mom peri bottle (REALLY NEED)
Frida Mom cooling ice pads
Regular large pads
Dermoplast burn and itch spray
Tucks cooling pads
Reusable and disposable nursing pads
Earth mama nipple butter
Because these Items aren’t necessarily cheap. One way you can go making your kit is by adding these items to your baby shower registry! The total cost of my “postpartum at home cooch kit” was around $100. Furthermore, I hope this helps you recover quick and a little less painless!
You must be feeling all of the feelings! If you’re getting that hospital bag packed, then that means baby must be around the corner! I am here to help you figure out what your Hospital Bag essentials are, and hopefully simplify somethings for you. There will be some links to the items I bought that I found 100% hospital bag necessary. Also, there will be some essentials for your support person to have with them. I gathered my hospital bag essentials based off what my mom friends found they needed, and what they definitely didn’t. Don’t forget this is my first time around the block too! So, don’t shoot the messenger!
going home outfit for baby! This can include a swaddle.
Button down Pj shirt or dress. Think easy access for nursing. No slip socks, and maternity bra/undies.
10 foot phone charger
Shower sandals, and whatever you want as far as face wash, body wash, hair ties, any sort of make up, and toothbrush/paste.
THIS ONE IS SO SO IMPORTANT!!! Proof of covid vaccination
Want-A little something extra! A wooden plaque to write the babies name, weight, date of birth/time! Great for announcement pictures (:
Literally can’t leave with out- the carseat! The hospital will not let you leave with out one
Partners hospital bag essentials
two clean shirts/ long sleeve (for a cold hospital)
pair of jeans/comfy shorts or sweats
10 ft phone charger
similar toilet trees (that I’m sure you will share)
Don’t need- diapers, formula, and basically anything for baby from home
Don’t need- ANY feminine hygiene products for after labor, they will provide everything and more while you’re in the hospital! Try and even snag some extras for when you go home
It would also be a great idea to pack a bag of snacks! Something your partner can munch on and of course something for yourself. I hear a lot that while in labor, food is the last thing on your mind. But it doesn’t hurt to have some options for yourself!
Lastly! I hope this simplified list of hospital bag essentials helps you figure out what you need and settles any nerves you have about that big day! I love that I have all these people around me guiding me through this new chapter in my life! I couldn’t be more grateful.