We had Shep's nursery set up months before he was born, not realizing that he wouldn't actually sleep in there for probably 6 months after he was born. What did we actually need when he came home? Diapers, wipes (we use Pampers), milk, and a handful of basic things. We'll use the toys, the baby monitor, crib, and other things we registered for when he's older, but here's what we really use now:Read More
Most doctors recommend only walking as exercise for the first 6 weeks postpartum. Part of me wants to break the rules because I had an abnormally smooth/easy delivery, due to Shep deciding to come a month early, but the rule follower part of me definitely overpowers that tiny rebellious voice.Read More
I'm very tired, but very happy. I love being home with Shepherd and just staring into his sweet eyes when he's awake. I love the weird faces he makes. I love his snuggles. He makes Matt and I laugh a lot. It's been such a sweet 2 weeks with all three of us home all day. Matt goes back to work today, so it'll be just me and Shepherd today and tomorrow. Matt has Fridays off, so he will be with us Friday, and then my mom comes to town on Sunday. She's staying Sunday through Friday to help out with Matt's transition back to work. I'm so excited to see her!!Read More
We've been incredibly blessed by our community here. We haven't had to cook anything but breakfast since Shepherd was born because our friends set up a Meal Train for us, and people bring us dinner just about every day. And usually the portions are plenty to be able to have leftovers for lunch the next day.
These lists are based on my experience so far, as well as things I've heard other moms mention being helpful.Read More
Shep is a champ. He didn't have to spend any time in the NICU. He's back up to his birth weight (babies typically lose a bit after they are born and while they are learning how to eat). He doesn't have jaundice, and all of his check-ups have gone super well.Read More
I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom around 2am on Tuesday 9/26. Typically at this phase of my pregnancy, I'd get up anywhere between 3-8 times in the middle of the night to pee. I felt like I was leaking a little something when I woke up, but didn't think too much of it and went back to bed. At 4am, I woke up again -- this time my shorts were completely soaked. My initial thought was that I had peed my pants. I ran into the bathroom and took my pants off to investigate. It was clear, and it didn't smell like pee. I sat in there for a while trying to wake up and get my brain to wrap itself around what this might mean. Matt woke up and asked me what was going on. I said, "Either I just peed my pants, or my water broke." It kept leaking. A lot.Read More
When I went into the non-stress test room, I heard a weird chirping sound. I asked the nurse what the sound was, and she said that it was my doctor's new puppy. I freaked out a little bit and asked if I could meet the puppy. Not only did they let me meet the puppy, but I got to hold the puppy during my appointment!Read More
And I thought I was done with that macro-counting lifestyle...
Back in the day, I was really into counting macros. I discovered that macro counting was the most effective way for me to achieve and maintain a very lean physique, and I was obsessed with it.Read More
I'm officially 9 months pregnant and exactly 1 month from my due date. Um what?
As you might expect, I have a lot of emotions about today being September 22. What makes me feel safer about my life and more prepared? Lists. All the lists.Read More