Something that I will tell every new mom – the hardest part does not happen in the hospital. No no, by far the most difficult part of being a new mom is successfully taking care of a newborn in a zombie-like, sleepless state with craziest hormones you’ve ever experienced. It’s a wild ride especially after going weeks with two middle of the night feedings and no REM sleep. There are a lot of moments of helplessness and loneliness, and I often felt discouraged and overwhelmed. Will I ever sleep again? I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen, but I was determined to get sleep as a new mom. It took educating myself and a little mom intuition to get there, but we made it happy before Benentt hit three months old. See how we were able to get Bennett sleeping through the night with the newborn sleep tips in the full post.
I’m sure you know how important probiotics are for everyone, but did you know that they’re also important for babies? I’ve been learning how critical baby gut health is from birth through the first 6 months especially for proper immune and metabolic development. I honestly wasn’t super aware of baby probiotics until recently when I began researching formula and how different types can affect gas, fussiness and trouble sleeping. (We have been supplementing my low supply – we are now on our third kind trying to find one that agrees with Bennett’s tummy!) I wanted to put this post together to share some of the interesting things I’ve learned about using a baby probiotic as well as my experience with Evivo.
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For nine months, you get used to seeing your little bump grow right before your eyes… until suddenly the baby is out and that bump STILL remains. There was nothing that prepared me for how I’d feel looking at myself in the mirror the first two weeks postpartum. (And even still today two months out.) Hopeless, helpless and inside a stranger’s body looking back at me. You might remember from my 4th trimester blog post, that I wore a belly band to help jumpstart things. But even that isn’t enough to fully get back into normal jeans again. After my six week checkup and the okay to exercise again, I’ve been trying to remind myself of three post-baby health tips that I’m outlining in today’s post.
Although I’d heard this so many times, I’m finally realizing first-hand that maintaining a marriage post-baby requires a lot of time and energy – the two things I can’t get enough of right now. Between the late-night feedings and constant diaper duty, finding quality time with Jordan feels like an impossible stretch. It’s been a little bit over a month, but I’m already learning so much about relationships (and patience!) after a baby. The first time we left Bennett at home to go eat dinner, I teared up no less than seven times. But now, I totally understand why the two of us getting out of the house is so important. Dishing some of my thoughts on why having regular date nights are so essential to prioritize each week.
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As a first-time mom, I learned that a lot of people tell you how to prepare for pregnancy. BUT no one really talks about what happens after the baby comes. So I wanted to dedicate a post with all the things that I’ve learned thus far into the 4th trimester. (We are officially over a month in now!) I feel like I’m literally learning something new every day at this point, but these are the biggest lessons that I’ve taken away from life post-pregnancy.