The Top Ten Things that Helped Me Survive My First Ten Weeks of Motherhood!
So this isn’t totally book related, but as my life has expanded beyond books as of late, and I thought it was still appropriate since I have a bookish item on there! And you know, if this isn’t your kind of post, you can always skip over this one! I just want to say being a Mom is one of the best experiences in the world. Seriously. People tell you that there is nothing like it and it’s true. I didn’t get it before, but I do now. And as the title of this post says, here are the ten items that I currently cannot live without!
1. MY EREADER!
I have three eReaders. Yes, three. Well actually four if you count my iPad, but I rarely ever read books on there so I’m not going to count it. I have an old style Kindle Keyboard, a Nook Touch and the new Kobo Aura HD, which I LOVE. I’m actually doing a review of the Kobo soon. Anyway… I doubt I would have read anything these past ten weeks had it not been for my eReaders. I’ve been doing lots of tasks with only one hand and that’s all you need to push or swipe for the next page.
The boppy pillow. I didn’t realize that there were several different kinds of pillows like this, but I’ve been happy with my boppy. I use it during breast feeding, to prop miss up on her own when I need both hands. This things is with me at all times. It’s actually sitting beside me on the couch as I write this post.
3. Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump
Yes, a breast pump. (I’m sure I’m going to have a million spam comments with all the “breasts” in this post!) I’ve never used a breast pump before, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but she’s treated me just fine.
4. Boon Grass
I was hesitant to buy this stuff, because I’m not using a lot of bottles, but then I realized that I’d be having to wash all those breast pump parts I thought it would be a good idea. And thank goodness I decided to get it! It’s just a drying rack and I’m sure I could have found something much cheaper to do that same job, but it just looks so cool on the counter and it really holds all those little pump parts so well. I actually wish I would have upgraded to the lawn!
5. Ubbi Pail
I wasn’t planning on getting a diaper pale, because do you really need one? No. A trash can would work, right? But I am sooooo glad I invested in this. This one was more on the pricey side compared to others, but the good thing about it is you don’t have to buy those dang inserts it just uses regular tall kitchen trash bags. In the long run I think that alone will make it worth the bit extra I paid. Plus, it keeps those poopy diapers under wraps, I smell nothing! And it looks awesome in the nursery.
6. BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance
This is the reason I am able to take a shower every day. Just put baby in this bad boy and hop in the shower and do a few peeks around the shower curtain and you are good to go! Little miss didn’t do much bouncing at first but now that she’s kicking she loves to get this thing going! It’s great for naps too!
7. Mobi Wrap
I use this more now than I did was she was itty bity. I just wear little miss and get some house cleaning done. She has a tendency to fall asleep too, so two birds with this one!
8. Best Baby Monitor App
I have a baby monitor that I received as a gift, but since little miss is still sleeping in our room I haven’t set it up yet. This app is an awesome baby monitor and I’m not even sure I’ll be using my other monitor. (Sorta wished I hadn’t opened it!) I use this right now for nap time in the crib, to get her used to sleeping in there before the big move. And we’ve used the call feature when we were at a family cookout, totally worth the $3.99!
9. Swaddle Blankets
Miss loves to be swaddled. She recently grew out of her swaddle wraps from the hospital, so I decided to try the aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets. I LOVE them! They are super soft, and it’s easy to wrap miss up. Plus I use them for tummy time and a stroller cover when we are out. I just wish they weren’t so darn pricey. Worth it though.
10. Belly Bandit
So I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. I loved it when I was fresh out of the hospital, especially with my c-section incision. It’s not fun coughing or sneezing when your belly has a cut in it, and this thing held me together! It was also great to squeeze that post preggers body, I didn’t feel like such a whale. (Great at hiding that muffin top, lol!) But I didn’t get to wear it long because I grew out of it, or I guess it became too big. They need to add more velcro to the thing so you can wear it longer instead of making customers buy an additional size. These things aren’t cheap, luckily I got mine at a discounted price.