Newborn Must-Haves

Newborn Must-Haves

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:

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Baby Shepherd: 2 Week Update

Baby Shepherd: 2 Week Update

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!!

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How to Be Helpful to Someone With a Newborn Baby

How to Be Helpful to Someone With a Newborn Baby

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. 

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Shepherd's Birth Story

Shepherd's Birth Story

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. 

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