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 🙂 

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Random Wednesday Thoughts

It’s 10am on Wednesday morning and I’m sitting here with my coffee reading blog posts while listening / watching my baby stir on the baby monitor and waiting until she actually starts crying to go get her because if I’m lucky she will go back to sleep. I am also looking at a pile of dishes on my counter and thinking about how I really need to have a shower and I should probably be using this precious sleeping time to do those things, but instead I’m reading blog posts, sipping my coffee and now writing my own blog post. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

I’m thinking about how tough last night was. It was the first shift of 14 night shifts for Eric. It’s not the overnight / middle of the night that’s hard, it’s putting the baby to sleep and dealing with the witching hour in the evening that was the toughest. From about 5 – 10 every night Olivia is fussy and just wants to be held and it’s also that early battle to put her to sleep for the night. Last night I started laying her down in her bassinet at 8:30pm and finally got her down at 9:45pm but I watched her on the monitor and she didn’t go to sleep until 10:30pm. Anyone else know that feeling where you just can’t relax when your baby is still awake? You feel tense until you know for sure they are asleep, or at least that’s how I felt. I finally got myself into bed at 11 because again – I just needed some quiet time in the quiet house for a minute. I ate a bowl of cereal and read my book and it felt luxurious. Luckily, our amazing sleeper slept until 3:45am and I was the one to get her up at that time because I needed to nurse her to relieve my rock hard boobs.

The other thing I’m thinking about is all you mama’s who live in cities with no family support and whose husbands work long hours. If I was staring down the barrel of 14 night shifts in a row with NO extra help I don’t know what I would do. Last night was tough, I know that I will have help from my mom or other family members several of the next 14 nights to make it more bearable, or I’ll have family visiting during the day and holding Olivia so I can do other things around the house or nap (though napping continues to be hard for me even with a newborn). It definitely takes a village and I am oh so grateful for mine. It’s made this whole transition to parenthood much easier than I think it is for a lot of people.

I’m also thinking about how on Monday I’m going to start exercising again. On Friday I will be 6 weeks postpartum and ready to start adding workouts back into my daily life. I miss them a lot. I’ve already been walking for an hour almost daily and I plan to add in Fitness Blender workouts to start and maybe go back to yoga once or twice a week whenever I can fit it in if Eric is home or I have a babysitter. In the next few weeks I’d also like to get back into running, I haven’t ran for over a year and I miss it.

Any tips for postpartum workouts or adding exercise back in postpartum?

Ok, now I’m thinking I really better go get in that shower. I really can’t push it off another day and this baby is going to wake up any minute…

What are your random Wednesday morning thoughts? 

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Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of November!

November is a bit of a blur honestly. My maternity leave started on November 1 at 38 weeks + 3 days pregnant and then 24 longgggg days later we finally welcomed our beautiful baby into the world. Time since then has absolutely flown by.

But I will attempt to recap November as best as I can!

Podcasts

I basically listened to podcasts non stop the first couple weeks of November because I was on maternity leave and doing a bunch of organizing, cleaning and cooking around the house. I really enjoyed the ‘It’s a Real Mother’ series on the Longest Shortest Time. Man did it ever make me feel extremely grateful for my 12-month paid maternity leave! Though a disclaimer to that is that it is not fully paid, for me it works out to about 1/3 of my normal salary.

Workouts

Walking, walking and more walking. I walked at the track with my mom for 30 – 60 minutes almost every day in November. I went to 3 prenatal yoga classes in November and 1 or 2 beginner yoga classes. I also swam 2 or 3 times. But, for the most part, walking was my go to in those last few weeks of pregnancy.

Books

I read 3 books before going into labour and then it took me like 14 days to finish a book post baby being born. I am hoping that once we get more established with breastfeeding I will be able to read books on my kindle while feeding Olivia. Right now I need both hands to adjust her / help her latch etc. but I have recently started listening to podcasts while feeding her because otherwise I was just mindlessly scrolling my phone (when I could use my hand) or watching whatever Eric had on TV, which has been Smallville as of late 🙂

Anyways… in November I only read 3 books but 2 of the 3 were 5 star books for me!

  

Two by Two was our family book club pick for the month. It was a typical Nicholas Sparks book. Kind of mindless and not terrible, but way way too long. Also it was written in the first person and the main character really annoyed me. 3 stars.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is probably going to be my favourite book of 2017. I loved this book so much. It follows the life of Cyril, a gay man in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. The dialogue between the characters is amazing and Cyril’s wry sense of humour is fantastic. I can’t recommend this book enough. These are the exact kind of books I love – it’s long, it follows a character for their entire life so you really get to know them well and it covers some incredibly deep and complex topics while also having some lighter and more humorous parts. I would recommend this for fans of A Little Life, though it’s not nearly as depressing as A Little Life.

This is How it Always Is was also an excellent book that got 5 stars from me. It’s very well written and includes some quirky, interesting and lovable characters. It also tackles some very relevant and current societal issues around raising a transgender child and what it even means to be transgender as a child.

Looks

I did get my hair cut in November – one last pre-baby do. Other than the day I got it cut I’m pretty sure it was in a ponytail for the majority of the month.

I basically lived in stretchy workout clothes in November. Here is a picture taken at 41 weeks – still 4 days before Miss Olivia would make her appearance. Remember when I had a 10 lb baby in my belly?? Yikes. I do NOT miss being pregnant.

November 2017 is one for the books for sure since we welcomed our sweet daughter on November 24th! And life will never be the same again, but in the best way 🙂

What were your podcasts, books, workouts and looks for November? 

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