Postpartum Essentials - Stock up on these postpartum supplies for a healthy recovery!

If you just gave birth vaginally, congrats! You did it! While childbirth is an amazing thing, recovering, and healing after birth can be a little painful! The postpartum period starts the second you push that baby out, and  It's important that you are on your way to a healthy recovery! Recovering successfully postpartum ensures that you are the best mom that you can possibly be for your new little addition to the family! 

 

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In a hurry, & don't want to read to the end? Here's the rundown : 

  • I've linked all the items I bought to have a successful postpartum recovery below 
  • Click here & use the code "MMM100" for a free milk band nursing bracelet/feeding tracker
  • Click here & use the code "MMM100" for free reusable breast pads
  • The Postpartum Party  gives you ALL the secrets to recovering postpartum


postpartum essentials for a healthy recovery

postpartum essentials for a healthy recovery

So let's get right to it, because I'm sure you're here to either prepare, or need this stuff NOW! (lucky for us, that Amazon Prime delivers within 48 hours, right?) If you don't have a prime account, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial (& you can even cancel it after you've gotten your postpartum goodies)!

Here's what you need on deck :

  • Disposable icepacks (to help soothe & heal inflammation)
  • Underpads (Chux) (to keep your bed sheets clean)
  • Underwear !!! (& not the pretty kind - you need these!)
  • Squirt bottle (a bathroom necessity for potty relief)
  • Pads (to soak up the blood and discharge)
  • Nursing Pads  (use the code "MMM100" for free ones!)
  • Numbing spray (for that ahhhh pain relief) THIS STUFF IS GOLD & IF YOU TAKE NO ADVICE FROM ME, EXCEPT FOR BUYING THIS, YOU WILL BE A HAPPY MAMA!!!
  • Witch hazel pads (a crucial piggy backer to the ahhhh pain relief mentioned above)
  • Nursing Bracelet (keeping track of feeding times can be hard when you're sleep deprived. Use the code "MMM100" for some free bracelets that track your latest feeding times!)

 

If you're like me, and want to be FULLY prepared and organized, you can check out the complete method on using these products in "The Postpartum Party"! Get all the secrets to a healthy recovery, straight from a mama who recovered from a 4th degree perineal tear (ouch) by 2 weeks postpartum! 

 

 Have questions? Drop them below in the comments! I respond super quick!  :-)

Happy healing, mama!

Xo

Amanda

HURRICANE HACKS - Be Prepared for the Worst!

Born and raised in South FL I have seen my fair share of storms. We have been pretty lucky as a family to bypass a lot of them. As a Floridian, it's basically our nature to "wait it out" and not freak out until last minute. It is what it is, people! We know the repercussions of our actions! Now that we have a baby, seeing that a category 4/5 hurricane is heading our way is a little more terrifying. As of now, we don't even know our plan - but I know we are getting prepared.

**The best way to stay safe from a hurricane or natural disaster is to get out. Take time to plan, and DO NOT leave last minute. Fun Fact :One of the safest places from natural disaster in the world is Oregon.. Go there ;)**

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Hurricane Preparedness

 

The Normal Stuff

I'm not going too far into depth with this, because this is the normal stuff that all the news channels are probably telling you every 5 minutes. Here's the list :

  • Water (1 case [24] per person per day is the rule of thumb)
  • Batteries (AAA for the small flashlights usually, D for the larger flashlights)
  • Flashlights 
  • Non perishable foods / food that can be kept in a cooler with ice easily
  • Ice (day before, kept in freezer until needed, or day of)
  • Important documents (License, social security card, birth certificates)

For Kids :

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby food
  • Distractions/toys
  • Formula / bottles 

That's just the basics, but let's think outside of the box a little bit!

Ice/food/fridge

We usually get ice the day of, honestly. I know, not the best plan. But surprisingly last year day of, their was plenty of ice to go around at our local twice the ice/ ice machine. We just had to bring our own cooler, and fill it. Now - if this is not an option, or you want to get ahead of the game, start freezing cubes in multiple trays at a time, putting them in sandwich bags, and squeezing them in various places in your freezer until needed.

If you are leaving, definitely do not go grocery shopping this week. Try emptying out your fridge the night before/morning that trash is supposed to come before the storm. Then, put all of your food in an iced cooler. Depending on your car situation, bring the food with you or keep it at a friends house who is staying. If you don't, then there's no point to this method bc all of the ice is going to melt and the food will go bad, anyways. I would suggest bringing the cooler with you, and putting it in a fridge ASAP wherever you are evacuating to.

If you are staying, try squeezing ice wherever you can in your freezer, and having a cooler on standby. Still go through your fridge and freezer the last trash day before the storm. You may not lose power at all, who knows. So if you are staying, keep everything in the fridge, easily accessible, and if the power goes out, quickly put everything in the cooler, throw the ice in there, and hope that your power will be on soon. (FPL is usually the bomb dot com at this - we love our linemen!) If not, then when it is safe, try to go out asap and get ice. Continuously do this until the power is back on, or you somehow find access to a generator. If it gets so bad that there's crazy flooding and a state of emergency and you have no roof, then screw the food obviously. Get out of there!

 

Pets

If you have animals PLEASE PREPARE FOR THEM. I am a dog mom, and am thoroughly preparing for this, and if we evacuate we are taking our sweet boy with us FOR SURE. 

Here are a few things you can do to cut back on costs, and also take care of your pets.

Fill old water bottle, jugs, or even Tupperware with tap water. Keep it in the fridge until hurricane time, or freeze it, or keep it wherever you freaking can. Just do it. This ensures that they are not taking from your water stock pile. If you keep enough aside, you can even use this water for cleaning yourself, washing hands, etc. If you're really terrified, and think you're screwed - fill your tub up before you lose power.

Stock up on various essential pet items such as their food. Also, make sure you have tags on them with your contact info, in case they get out or somehow get lost during the storm!

 

Electronics

If you are evacuating, bring all portable electronics with you. iPads, laptops, phones, and chargers for them all. I know I can't afford a brand new MacBook Pro or iPhone! 

Propane

Everybody always checks the basic places for propane, and they usually run out the first word of a storm coming your way. Almost immediately. Check around town for local feed stores, and RV camps. We got propane last year DAY OF at an RV camp in town. Nobody ever checks those kind of places for whatever reason, first thought is publix, Walmart, etc. If those places are out, try these! Google is your friend! Google local RV camps and feed stores! I'm almost positive there is one nearby you. 

Foods

Our essentials are probably a little different from people who are active campers, etc. We don't have a grill at this time, so we stocked up on easy cooler foods, and snacks. This is what we bought :

  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Bread
  • Lunchmeat
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Chips
  • Bean dip
  • Bananas 
  • Oranges

 

Lights

Don't have a flashlight? We are SO terrible about this. We have about 3 mini flashlights that put off pretty much no light, and that's it. We do, have a ton of candles but UGH those make things so hot! If you can somehow hunt down one small flashlight, and a jug of water, lean the light facing the jug, for maximum illumination. Or strap it, or put it on top. You get the idea. 

 

Babies

Doing this with a kid is extremely stressful, so we are really stocking up on her necessities, especially. We have a box of 148 diapers right now, a huge box of wipes, and a ton of baby food. We bought the baby food POUCHES because they are resealable (um awesome) and compact, so they can easily be thrown into the cooler. 

If there is a mandatory evacuation, take it seriously!! Do not mess around. If you are unsure of the powers of a hurricane and its' different categories, here is a (scary) reminder. 

Stay informed. Stay safe. Get prepared!

LEAVE!!

Xo

-MMM

Sleep Training 101; 4-6 Months

Hey friends! If you're curious on sleep training methods from 0-3 months click here to read up on that! 

As for us, we have progressed! We hit the 6 month mark this week so I guess I'm writing this a couple of days early but OH WELL

These couple of months were rough. Right when you think you're getting to know your baby, and their exact next move - BAM they change. Seriously. They change all the freaking time and they don't do it on purpose but DAMN I need a break! (excuse my language? Is damn bad? idk????? help??) ANYWAYS We have prevailed friends! And we made it through another sleep deprived couple of months! I keep telling myself dang I can't wait for our next baby (yes I can) because I feel like I'm going to be totally prepared with my online journal aka my blog. (I know this is unrealistic haha - let me dream okay!)

I had a sleep training epiphany though, last week. I realized that at different points of her life, different sleep training methods work...... differently.

Who woulda thunk it?

SOOOOOOO the first 3 months of her life we were ALL about swaddling, and it totally worked for us! But now that she has a better grasp on rolling over, it's not in our routine any long. Ttem permanence & cry it out totally did the trick for us from 3-4 months, but it just hasn't been working for us as well lately. So last week, when I was convinced I would never sleep again, I did some research.

At 3 AM. My favorite time at night if y'all didn't already know. 

I basically found that at this point in her life, a similar but totally different (are you still following?) method is working for her. I'm definitely not opposed to doing crying it out again at a different point of her life, but right now this other method is working best for us.

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sleep training your baby

Basically, our nightly routine (and nap time routine - consistency is key, besides bath time, of course) goes something like this :

7 PM Bath time

I try to make sure I don't do bath time any earlier, because then it throws off her entire routine. So we do bath time, which honestly takes us a solid 10 minutes, because who knew bathing a small human was super quick, Less surface to cover I suppose! After bath time, we do our normal baby lotion massage, and sometimes read a bedtime story depending if she's really fussy or not. She is different every single day, but also the same. I know, I sound insane. 

Jammie switch up!

If you read my last sleep training post, we weren't dressing her in those warm footie pajamas everybody swears by, because she was swaddled and we didn't want her to overheat! Well you guessed it! We are now in the footie pajama stage. I still stick to my word on 0-3 months about not doing it, but like I said before - she changes constantly! Since we are no longer swaddling, we have now switched to those warm and fuzzy footie pajamas! Not only are they absolutely adorable, but they keep my girl nice and warm at night (since we are not letting her sleep with blankets because of the risk it raises for suffocation and SIDS). 


Nurse

For us anyways. If you're formula feeding, this is where your bedtime (or nap time) bottle would come in. So we sit in our rocking chair, while I nurse. I usually turn her bedroom light off and nurse in the dark to set the calm atmosphere vibes. 

Independent crib time

I used to be pretty huge on rocking her to sleep, and then putting her in her crib and tip toeing to sleep, but more often than not she would wake before I could even leave the room. I thought she was regressing or maybe her "startle reflex" wasn't quite gone yet. Turns out, she just wanted to self soothe and be left alone. Since she can now understand item permanence and knows when I am no longer there, I talk to her. I know she doesn't understand exactly what I'm saying with my words, but she can sense my emotions and the different tones in my voice. So I coo at her, and turn her mobile on, and she smiles and coos back. Then I tell her that I'll be back to check on her soon. I quietly escape to our room, and watch her on the baby monitor. She continues to coo and play with her pacifier, as well as puts the pacifier in her mouth on her own when she wants to. Most nights, I go in her room about 3 times, just to let her know I am there and I am checking up on her. Then I tell her again each time that I will be right back in a calm happy manner. Make sure you are taking lots of deep breaths - even if this takes forever! Remaining calm is huge! 

Now, that being said - she does have bad nights when we try to do this. Where I leave the room, and she screams at the top of her lungs. In this case, I kind of let her cry it out. BUT by cry it out, I mean I let her cry and when she stops for a moment, I rush right in. I am trying to basically "reward" her for not crying. Does that sound terrible? I feel like it does - but it really works! These nights are far and few between and I feel like it's because she knows that if she doesn't cry and scream that I will be more likely to come in. Maybe I'm crazy who knows. But it's working. And usually, after about 3 times in and out of her room, she falls asleep on her own. I mean out of nowhere passes out, and doesn't wake up for 3 - 4 hours. (she still eats a lot throughout the night - we are working on that!) When she does wake up, I nurse her, she passes out, I put her down, and that's all.

Now, if you're just tip-toeing into crib transitioning, I suggest doing the 3-5-7-10 minute method. Put the baby down in their crib, leave for 3 minutes. Go back, soothe them, lay them down, repeat, but this time for 5 minutes. Then 7, and finally 10 minutes. The hope is that after that 10 minute mark they will be asleep! 

Remember that attitude is everything!

If you remain calm, and tell yourself this is something you can do - then you totally can do it! Babies can 100% sense our anxieties & our stress, so once we calm down, they tend to as well!

Back to bed for mama.  AHHHHHHHH

 

Final thoughts

 

  • Reward not crying
  • Dress in warm footie pajamas
  • Self soothing in the crib
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    This is what's working for us right now, but I'm sure it will change for 7-10 months!

     

    Happy sleeping!

     

    Xo

    -MMM

     

    An Open Letter to Overweight America

    I have found lately that I come up with the best blog topics when I'm rocking my baby to sleep at night. Maybe it's because I'm at complete peace with my little babe in my arms. Or maybe it's to get my mind off the fact that I've had to use the bathroom for 30 minutes now, and my arm is falling asleep. Who knows. 

    What I do know (and some of you who know me on a personal level also know) that I have a weird anxiety issue with death. It started when my friend passed away a couple of years ago. So every night, before bed, and most recently during my rocking chair time with my baby, I pray. I pray for so many different various things, and one of those things is the health of my friends and my family. I literally start to list off their names, and sometimes think OMG WHAT IF I FORGET SOMEONE??? and then remember that If they're in my heart, God knows I'm praying for them too.

    What does this have to do with Overweight America? 

    Health.

    I hate the word 'obesity' because I feel that it's so harsh and if you're apart of Obese America you feel like you are approximately 1 million pounds, and it just doesn't feel good. I understand Obesity is the reality of the situation, but it's still harsh. And if you're overweight, and have visited a doctor's office like, ever -  chances are they give you harsh realities about obesity all the time. This letter is a change from that information, but also equally important to know. 

    Have you ever tried to talk to an overweight family member or friend about their weight and health? If so, then you know how absolutely hard and uncomfortable it is for all parties involved.

    In fact, it is so uncomfortable, that I was on the fence about this post, because I am terrified that every single person I know that is overweight is going to come yelling at me for even writing it because they could possibly feel like it's aimed at them.

    Well, it is aimed at you, and sometimes things that need to be said are uncomfortable, but that is also what makes them beautiful. The point of an open letter, such as this, is that it isn't aimed at any one single person.

    SO if you're reading this, and you're overweight, or have been diagnosed with obesity, here are some things your family and friends want you to know - truly from the bottom of our hearts.

     

    You are beautiful.

    So important. You are beautiful - absolutely gorgeous, in fact. Your beauty is not only within. Every crevice that God hand crafted of yours, is so so beautiful. Just like your soul, and your heart. Your weight does not change the fact that you are beautiful inside and out. And it never ever will. Do not look at yourself as less beautiful, because you are overweight right now. Stop putting yourself down.

     

    Your loved ones do not see your weight.

    When we look at our family, and our friends, we do not see fat, or an excess in weight. I see the amazing person who I love to spend time with. I see the person who talked me through rough breakups. I see the person who held my hand at my friends funeral. I see the person that I laugh with on the couch on Friday nights. It is so hard for me to tell my loved ones "Yes you have gained weight." because it is so so hard for me to see. But the scale speaks numbers, and sometimes those numbers are scary for us, too. So do not get offended, or hurt, when we talk to you about those numbers.

     

    We want to help.

    In absolutely any way possible. I will help you meal prep, and I will pay for a gym membership (which is huge, because I'm such a cheap-o). We do not want to see our loved ones go down a path that ends in cardiac arrest. We do not want to watch as our loved ones leave this Earth far too soon. Let us help. Obesity is a disorder, and you need a support system to overcome something like that. Let us struggle with you, just like we would for cancer. 

     

    and lastly but most important -

     

    WE LOVE YOU.

    There is nothing you can say or do, or any amount of weight that you can gain, that will make us love you any less. You are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, best friends, and soul mates. You being here is part of what makes our lives whole. You are apart of something much much bigger than yourself, and we know that you can overcome your weight challenges. We believe in you, and will never ever stop loving you, especially not because of your weight. 

    Please understand that every unpleasant talk or uncomfortable mention about your health is nothing but love. Nothing but concern. Nothing but genuine, heartfelt, curiosity as to what we can do on our part to help your situation.

     

    This is such an uncomfortable situation to talk about, and I'm sure this post will get a minimal amount of views because of that, but I hope that somebody out there takes these words to heart. 

     

    Do you have trouble talking to your friends or family about their health? Share this post, in the hopes that they read it, and understand.

     

    Xo

    -MMM