12 Tips From a First Time Mom: One Month In

My baby is a month old today! I can’t believe it! What’s funny is that for all the sleepless nights and stress, it really has flown by. Now that I have the first month of motherhood securely under my belt, I can look back and determine what I should have done differently, what I should have done sooner, and what I should have done period.

For all you first time mommies out there, here are the tips I have to pass on after one month of mothering my little one.

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The Best Thing I Did for My Body and Mind During My Pregnancy

Being pregnant can take its toll on you mentally as much as it can physically. There’s a lot going on! Hormones are flying everywhere; your body is changing completely. During my pregnancy, I wanted to make sure that I was keeping myself “in shape” both mentally and physically. Here’s how I did it.

Disclaimer: I am not a health care provider. If you have any questions regarding physical activity during your pregnancy, please consult a health care professional. This post is meant to show my personal experience.

Being pregnant can take its toll on you mentally as much as it can physically. There’s a lot going on! Hormones are flying everywhere; your body is changing completely. You’re crying one minute, laughing the next (one time, I even cried and laughed at the same time).

While I wasn’t the best at eating healthy all the time and I think I only went to the gym once (and I was only there for 15 minutes), I did still want to make sure that I was keeping myself “in shape” both mentally and physically during my pregnancy.

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Nipple Shields: It’s a Love/ Hate Kinda Thing

Disclaimer: The contents contained in this post are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions.

From the very start, I knew I was going to have to use a nipple shield while I nursed. You see, I have an inverted nipple. Which means I have a problem.

Enter the nipple shield! Boom! Problem solved, right?

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Sundays are for Snuggles

Don’t mind me… I’m just here loving on my baby girl. Sundays are going to be my snuggle days. No blogging, no freaking out about cleaning the apartment, or doing the laundry, or anything. Just spending time with my baby girl.

If you need me, I’ll be back tomorrow.

I’m just so in love with her!


Healthy Weight Gain? Check!

For the last week or so, we’ve been struggling with feedings in my home. The main concern was that my baby girl wasn’t gaining enough weight. She actually lost a significant amount of weight at one point.

You see, she’s been having trouble eating “effectively” which then caused my supply to drop to almost nothing.

Today, I’m happy to report that we actually have some good news on the feeding front!! Norah gained weight!! Not just a little weight. We’re talking a whole whopping 6oz in 3 days!

Yay for weight gain!!

I talked before about what I’m doing to boost supply and get her weight up. You can find that post by clicking HERE. We have altered the routine just a little bit for my mental sanity. So, as an update, here is what we’re doing to make sure baby girl stays healthy and my milk supply doesn’t drop again:

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Heirlooms: A Tradition Worth Starting

My mom started something when I was born. My dad bought her a beautiful pearl necklace, and she wore that necklace to every one of my major life events (kindergarten graduation, college graduation, and everything in between). And then, on my wedding day, she gave it to me to wear.

I now have that necklace and I now have a daughter. My plan is to follow in my mother’s footsteps and wear it to all of Norah’s big events and one day pass it on to her.

In addition to the necklace, my dad gave me a ring with Norah’s birthstone in it. That ring will join the necklace as one of the pieces of jewelry that I will be wearing, loving, and passing down to my daughter.

I just love heirlooms. The necklace and ring aren’t the only ones I have. My engagement ring was my mom’s; the rocking chair in Norah’s nursery was the one my mom used with both me and my brother.

These things are so important to me, and I’m so excited to share them and this tradition with my little girl one day!

Do you have any traditions or heirlooms you hope to pass down to your kids?

5 Breastfeeding Tips I Wish I Had Known Two Weeks Ago

Baby Girl turned two weeks old yesterday! (Cue the happy/sad/baby-blues/my-hormones-are-still-going-crazy cry) I can’t believe it. I know people say it goes by fast, and it’s only been two weeks… but seriously! It goes by so fast!

I’ve learned a lot about breastfeeding in the last two weeks. Some things I expected. Others I didn’t. Here’s a quick recap of things I wish I would have known two weeks ago and what advice I have for other new mommys:

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My Happy Place

My house isn’t as clean as I would like it to be. I need to go to the grocery store. It seems like there’s a constant pile of laundry in my closet. Oh, and I’ve been wearing my pajamas for so long I can’t even remember a time when I wore “real” clothes.

It’s hard for me not to stress in these situations. I’m obsessive and kind of a perfectionist. I love order and organization and I HATE when my home is messy.

But, right now, none of that matters. In this very moment, I’m not worrying about the breastfeeding issues we’ve been having; I’m not thinking about the dishes or making the bed. When I’m sitting here, snuggling my baby girl, I feel completely at peace.

She’ll only be this little once. I want to soak up all the time I can with her.

Snuggles make everything better

For more on my breastfeeding journey, check out my other blog posts by clicking here:

They Warned Me It Would Be Hard

A Day in My Norah Loving Life

To Reveal or Not to Reveal…

From the very start Hubby and I knew we didn’t want to know the sex of our baby. What we didn’t know was how much not knowing the gender would add to our pregnancy experience. We both agree that it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

From the very start Hubby and I knew we didn’t want to know the sex of our baby. It was something we had talked about long before we ever realistically started thinking about kids, actually.

“It’s one of life’s last great surprises,” we agreed.

What we didn’t know was how much not knowing the gender would add to our pregnancy experience. While we didn’t get to have a gender reveal party, and picking out clothes and a theme for the nursery was a little tricky, we both agree that not finding out if we were having a boy or a girl was one of the best decisions we ever made.

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Baby Blues- My Experience

Everyone talks about baby blues. It makes sense that a woman would be all kinds of emotional after having a baby. Between the hormones, the drastic lifestyle change, the lack of sleep, and the fact that now you have this little person in your life that you worry about and obsess over non-stop, it’s no wonder postpartum women don’t completely lose their minds!

My baby blues have come in waves. One minute I’m great, happy, and chipper. The next I’m balling my eyes out because my husband didn’t remember what time the baby peed (“I specifically asked you to make a note of it. How can you not care? Didn’t you listen to me?”). The biggest source of sadness for me surprised me, though.

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