What’s saving my life right now newborn edition

As mentioned in my December recap post, one of my favourite podcasts series last month was the What’s Saving My Life Right Now series on The Simple Show. I thought I’d do my own post about what is saving my life right now the newborn edition…

Swing

 

We have both this fisher price swing, which was gifted to us, and the 4 moms mamaroo. Olivia really liked the mamaroo when she was little little, but now seems to much prefer the swing. I would not eat lunch, pee or get anything done on some days without this swing! Usually she will happily swing away in it for a good 20 minutes, which is precious time with a newborn who always needs to be held / entertained when they are awake and alert.

Baby wearing

As mentioned, I have a bit of a fuss pot on my hands these days and baby wearing is another way I am managing to get things done with a little babe who wants to be held all the time. I love the ring sling for around the house, I find it the easiest to get on and get her in all by myself. The other day I did a couple loads of laundry and cleaned and organized her room while wearing her in this sling.

When we had some warmer weather last week we got out for some nice outdoor walks using the Ergo 360. This is a much sturdier carrier and nice for outdoor walks or if I’m going to be wearing her for a longer amount of time. I’ve also figured out how to get this carrier on all by myself!

I also have a boba wrap but I need to practice with it more because the material is soooo stretchy and I have trouble getting it tight enough. The one time we did walk in it I felt like I had to have my hand under her bum the entire time. But I know some people who love the boba and carry their little one in it until they are a toddler so I think I just need to practice more.

Indoor track

So a couple weeks ago it got down to -44 C (-47 F) and this week it is around -35 C (-31 F) with the windchill. I am soo grateful for the amazing indoor walking track we have available to us (for free!). Olivia and I have been going almost daily with my mom. We push her in our BOB stroller, which is also a baby product I LOVE.

Family

Eric is on night shift right now, which means he leaves for work around 6pm and isn’t home until 7:30 the next morning. This means he is gone during the hardest time of day with Olivia, 6 – 1oish pm. She is usually quite fussy during this time and the last few days especially putting her to sleep has been a several hour process. If I was staring down the barrel of handling 14 of these evenings in a row all by myself I don’t know how I would have handled it. Thank goodness for family, mostly my mom, who have been coming to help in the evenings. The above photo is Olivia cuddling with Grammy (my mom) the other night.

Wonder Weeks App

I’m so glad I downloaded the Wonder Weeks app. I haven’t read the book yet, but even just the app has been super useful for understanding what is happening in that little head of hers. Since Olivia was 11 days overdue she goes through her leaps early. She’s only 6.5 weeks old and already going through the second leap, which is part of the reason she’s been so fussy in the evenings and so hard to put to sleep lately.

Nursing Nightgown

I was never a nightgown person, but I love this nursing nightgown from Motherhood Maternity and now wear it to bed every single night. It’s super duper comfy to sleep in and perfect for those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. I plan to order myself a second one!

What’s saving your life right now? Doesn’t need to be baby/child related 🙂 

7 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    The swing saved me with both girls for the first three months! I was going to say yesterday that the indoor track was such a great idea! With Avery being a November baby I felt like we didn’t go for walks until spring, but with Chloe in April we walked/ran outside twice a day.

  2. Patricia says:

    I love the Ergo 360 – I still use it with my 14 month old when she just wants to be held and I need my hands free. Mind you, now that she’s 20 pounds, it’s a bit more a workout for me.

  3. I’m so glad that you have your mom close by to help out with Eric being gone sooo many hours of the day – especially right now when he’s gone during her fussiest time. And I am sure she LOVES being able to help you and get all that time with her grandbaby. I’m definitely wishing my mom lived close as she is a total baby whisperer and a total work horse so she would be so helpful if she lived close. But she will come for a week after the baby is born and will help a ton during that time!

    Things that are saving my life right now are fairlife chocolate milk (it’s the only ‘sweet’ I can have that is ok for the gestational diabetes diet), a somewhat quieter schedule, all the baby gifts we are receiving from friends and family, my heated blanket as I’m always cold despite being 7 months pregnant, and reading as it’s the ultimate distraction.

  4. Stephany says:

    I’m really glad you have your mom to help out with Olivia while Eric is at work. I’ve already told my mom that if I ever have a baby, she’s moving in for the first three months minimum. 🙂

    What’s saving my life right now… podcasts, a really good audiobook, time with friends, and knocking out (most of) my January goals easily.

  5. Marie-Christine says:

    I didn’t know your mom was now living in Fort St. John! I thought she was living in Kamloops.
    It’s a great thing she can help you out with Olivia!

    Coffee is saving my life right now, I have been so tired the past few days!

  6. Allison says:

    A bunch of moms in my new moms group swear by the Wonder Week app but it just doesn’t seem to apply to Henrik. I have it on my phone and check it periodically but he doesn’t seem to be especially calm or fussy according to their schedule… he does match their developmental milestones pretty well though so that’s fun.

    The thing saving my life right now is probably coffee and also the toys that keep Henrik occupied so I can do things like check email and unload the dishwasher. He’s always been a pretty easy to entertain baby though so I am also very grateful for that!

  7. That is so great that you have your mom available to help you out, and that you get together to walk on the track most days.

    Olivia is SO cute!!!! She looks so cuddly 🙂

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