I am in no way claiming to be an expert on being a Mommy, I mean it has only been 4 weeks but there are a few things I wish I would have known. I know many of you that read my blog are pregnant or will be so I thought I should share. These are a few things that I have LOVED having and I think are worth the money.
1. Swaddle Blanket: After a few nights we started swaddling Chandler and he has slept MUCH better with it. We LOVE the Miracle Blanket.
2. Lansinoh Cream: They gave me a tiny tube of this at the hospital but I had a big one also and I have used it alot. Even if you don't think you need it, I would recommend using it after every feeding at first.
3. Soothies Gel Pads: My cousin, Alicia told me about these amazing things. You can buy them at Target. They are kind of expensive but worth it in my opinion. I used them for the first 2 weeks or so. I think I went through like 3 sets or so.
4. Motherhood Nursing Sports Bras: These have worked for me. I know everyone has their own opinion on nursing bras but I got these since I didn't know what size I would need. My only complaint is that they are razorback and sometimes that doesn't work with the shirt you are wearing.
5. Gripe Water: My friend Lynsey told me about this and I was excited to know about a natural product for gassy tummy problems.
6. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow: We got a Boppy initally but my friend Laura told me about this amazing jewel of a pillow. It is SO much more supportive than a Boppy. It goes all the way around your body and you velcro it to fit you. It even has a nifty little pocket. I am loving it.
Laura also posted an updated packing list with things she really used at the hospital. I saw two things I wish I had on my list.
1. My own towel: The hospital ones are TINY.
2. Depends: I know this sounds crazy but trust me they sound like a good idea now. :)
*Someone told me when packing to pack a bag seperate for labor type things. This worked out great for us. I only took this when we went to check my blood pressure since we didn't know if we were staying. I had all my essentials and Cody was able to get the rest later.
-Drivers’ License, insurance card, pediatrician info (No one asked me for my DL or insurance, you should probably still take it though)
-toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, deodorant, brush, makeup, bobbypins/headband, hairbands, shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, facewash, blowdryer, Always infinity pads(I used all these things, especially the chapstick, I held on to it pretty much all through labor because my lips were so dry, I did use the hospital pads instead though)
-bathrobe, nightgown, slippers/socks(I didn't take any of these things but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. I wore the hosptial gown and these changed into shorts and t-shirts asap and never used anything else)
-pillow/Boppy My Brest Friend (see above)
-I Pod/headphones (great to have)
-nursing bras/tanks/nursing pads/cream/Soothie's gel pads (see above)
-witch hazel pads and Dermaplast spray
-Bible, book to read
-going home clothes
-FAN (I didn't end up using my fan because the hospital room was cold enough)
-tennis ball (for back massage)
-diapers/wipes (just a few)
-baby clippers baby nail file(We just kept shirts with the mittens on him instead)
-socks (to put on his hands)
-camera/video camera (battery charger)
-Bible, book to read
-blanket/warmer clothes (Cody was freezing, especially during the night)
1 jar Ragu Roasted Garlic sauce (or whatever sauce you want)
2 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 ½ cup pizza cheese
Optional: other pizza toppings if desired
Preheat oven to 350. Brown and drain meat. Stir in sauce. Cut biscuits into 4ths. Gently stir in and mix until coated. Add in other optional toppings if desired. Pour mix into 9x13 pan. Bake 25 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and bake 10 more minutes.
1 lb. beef
1 can Ranch Style beans
1 onion, chopped
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can creamed corn
2 pkg. Jiffy cornbread
Brown and drain meat. Mix remaining ingredients (except cornbread) with meat and pour into a 9x13 pan. Prepare cornbread according to directions on box. Pour over meat mixture. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
Being a new mommy I am a little overwhelmed at grocery shopping, meal planning, and even the thought of cooking so in my spare moments lately I have been planning out a months worth of meals. I decided to go for a "theme" each night just to help me plan. Some recipes I have linked are from online and others are from my cookbook.
Thursday- Soup or Salad
Sunday- Any quick meal I can make for pot luck at church + a dessert
have been busy ones! We are doing great. Finally feeling a little "normal" again.
Chandler went to the grocery store for the first time Wednesday.
We had his newborn pictures taken yesterday. Sweet Ryan and Sara were so patient. Chandler didn't like the pictures so much. Most newborns look so calm and sleepy in their pictures...not Chandler. I'm pretty sure he is awake in 99% of his pictures. It is so crazy because he is such a good sleeper.
Today I had a doctor appointment to check my blood pressure and talk to my doctor about what is going on. My blood pressure was actually good for the first time since the week before Chandler was born. YAY! She reduced my medicine a little and said she thinks that by the time I have my postpartum appointment (in 3 weeks) I should be able to stop taking them.
We also went and got Chandler's birth certificate today!
I have taken a couple other pictures over the past few days but I haven't put them on the computer yet so I will try to post them soon!