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10 things for Tuck // first month survival

I researched like the dickens when it came to what we needed for Tuck.  And need is a very loose term… could I get by without these things?  yes.  But they sure have made surviving my first month as a mommy a lot easier.

Honest Diapers and Products  //  I love these diapers.  Not just because they are cute (though I love that!) but a good value and free of nasty chemicals.  We haven’t tried all of the products out yet.  So far we love their body wash, lotion, healing balm, dishwasher pods, and detergent.  They are delivered to my door, when I need them, and in the quantity that I need for the month.  When you’re a new mom // someone paranoid about your babe getting the flu … you don’t want to leave your house much.  And when you do leave, you aren’t itching to go to Walgreens.  So delivered to your door is perfect when you’ve got to hibernate a bit.

Swaddle Me Blankets //  JB is obsessed with swaddling.  We call him the master swaddler over here.  These get the JB seal of approval.  They are great for teeny tiny newborns.  I know the others we got will be perfect as he gets bigger, but for now Swaddle Me’s are #1.

Kissy/Kissy // These are easily my favorite line for newborns.  They are so soft!  And the gowns are great for night time.  I don’t have to wake him to change a diaper.   

 Lamby Mat // I must admit that when I first got this as a gift (thanks stephy!) my sister and I were being a bit silly… okay scratch that, just me.  But I was in the passenger seat and kept pretending like the lamb was the passenger and waving his hands at people.  I was very pregnant, and in a state of pregnant induced insanity?  I’ll claim that.  People in the other cars were mostly amused. (:  BUT other than being a weirdo… Tuck seems to really love it.  And it’s super soft.  and so cute!

Sleep Sheep //   Trying to get him in the routine of night time is tricky when their internal clock is off.  We turn on some calming music, give him his blanky.  Eventually we hope this kind of repetition will signal his brain into sleep mode.  He’s sleeping about two shifts of four hours so far… on most nights.  The Sleep Sheep has a couple different sounds and it seems to soothe him during bedtime.  We use the whale sound. of course (:  And it’s small enough that we will be able to take them on trips. 

Brest Friend // I mentioned a bit about nursing in another post.  Those first few days my hormones were plummeting and I was learning to nurse.  It was tough for me!  For the first ten days, I’d have one cry a day.  And every single time it was related to nursing.  Plus when you’re sleep deprived, everything is a whole lot worse.  Amen?  But I’m happy to report that after the first ten days, I stopped crying about it.  Maybe this had something to do with my hormones leveling out a bit.  My quick bout of baby blues going away?  But It got easier, and though it’s still a work in progress we’re getting closer to really enjoying this time together.  Kelly Mom has been a great resource for nursing.  And if you choose not to nurse, no big … I’m just jealous of your normal looking nipples now. 
oh!  but this brest friend pillow.  It helps a lot!  So does a sweet husband that brings you water and snacks when you’re nursing. And hulu!  I was shocked to learn how much time I’d be hanging out nursing for the first month… that’s really all I’ve seemed to do. 

Medela Pump // I use this daily to store up, and then about every five days to make a bottle for JB to feed him the 2am shift.  I felt guilty about it at first, but after my mother doing the same with all four of her kids, and my doctor encouraging me to do this in order for some sleep …  I now just enjoy the little extra sleep.  I have three weddings the first week in March and I am just so thankful for the pump!  

The Bob // One day pre-tuck, JB and I went out to baby stores all day.   JB tested EVERY stroller out.  The Bob was the winner for strollers!  We’ve gone on quite a few walks around the neighborhood with Tuck in it, and JB’s still in love.  I love it too! 

Soothie Pacifier // Some people aren’t binky fans, but I am.  Tuck came into this world very alert, and a pacifier saves me from nursing 24/7.

baby carrier (solly // ergo ) //  The Solly is for me, and the ergo is mostly for JB.  I pretty much have Tuck laying on my chest or holding him throughout the day.  The Solly helps me actually do things that are essential to being a normal human.  like laundry and dishes.  they say to forget those things now, but maybe those people had full time help? … because I just can’t let go entirely.  So enter the baby carriers (: 

My apologies to all of those that don’t have babes // are not even close to it.  What a snooze this post must have been!  But to someone pregnant or in those early weeks, I hope this helps.  And if you are a mom, what are some items that really helped you out those first few weeks?? 

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