Lily's growth recap

Life with Lily has been one wild ride.


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After getting home the first couple of days were difficult as we had breastfeeding issues. I exclusively pumped breastmilk and bottle fed it to her. I remember our days and nights being mixed up for a bit. Bryan was and has continued to be an amazing support and amazing father. I am so, so thankful for him.



I learned as much as I could about breastfeeding (since it was and is always on my mind) through a trained IBCLC. I am extremely grateful to the ladies over at Success With Breastfeeding out of Farmington, Utah for their help throughout Lily and I’s breastfeeding journey. They provided amazing resources like: a tummy time class and referral to a pediatric dentist who performed Lily’s tongue tie revision. Thats a post for another day. After she recovered from the tongue tie revision, breastfeeding improved and her weight gain improved.

Thankfully, pediatricians, friends, family and strangers always told us she is such an alert baby, strong, and healthy.

We really took it easy after she was born. Well, up until the first month. When she was 5 weeks old we moved into an apartment and I had my work cut out for me unpacking and also taking care of her. She wasn’t taking long naps and wasn’t sleeping well at night either.

At about a month old (on my birthday) we took a fun tummy time class! And have made it a daily part of our routine.

I started baby wearing which allowed me to be more active and get things done around our home.

At 4 months she was rolling onto her side and tummy. And finally took a pacifier. We started nursing and bottle feeding and her sleep at night improved as well as

At 5.5 months she had her tongue tie revised and did great! Her weight gain increased.

At 6 months longer tummy times and rolling from back to tummy more quickly. She started sitting up.

At 6.5/7 months she started eating sweet potato puree and avocado and little bit of banana.

At 7 months she started crawling (Thanksgiving break while visiting my mom in North Carolina). Sitting up on her own but needed assistance (pillows or person nearby). We saw she loves playing with kids, especially loves the ones that are closer to her age/size.

At 8 months continued crawling. and Had her first stomach bug, terrible. Sick but still happy for a few days. We started telling her no when approaching cords/outlets (which have safety covers on them). We also re-introduced her to her dog, Bandit, and she loves being around him!

At 9 months she started standing up on her own. She started understanding what the word, “no,” means and is doing better about not engaging in the negative activity or direction of objects we don’t want her touching. She also started spending more time at grandma and grandpa’s house and has really enjoying it!

At 9.5 months her eating strike ended. She started playing with her spoon during meal times. For sure, this girl is not a vegetarian. We turned a corner and she started feeding herself, with her hands. She loves chicken and beef ( unseasoned). She’s had some cheese (not sure if her tummy can handle it) and eggs she seemed to enjoy at first but she has a sensitivity to them at this time. When she likes a food she says, “mhmm,” which is adorable.

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She has discovered her voice can be louder and increase in pitch so she’s enjoying that! Sometimes its after mealtimes and other times its just random- which has scared me in the past because I wasn’t expecting it.

She is spending more and more time standing up, and moving from object to object while standing. She can move side to side when holding onto the couch. And she still loves playing with other kids. She does well away from mommy when there are other kids involved. She even played for half an hour at our church’s nursery room.

We are taking each week day by day! Waiting to see what she gets into next. I’ve got to watch her very, very closely. I am so excited to see what the next two weeks of being 9 months old will bring as well as jumping into life with a ten month old!



Baby essentials checklist

For quite sometime I thought there would be a lot of necessary items one needed for a baby- and while thats true it's been helpful for us as a family to realize there is a difference between needs and wants. There are so many items families choose to purchase they end up using for a short amount of time or not at all. 

I figured I would compile a list of baby items we decided to make a priority- some of these are no-brainers, but I'm a list maker and I hope this helps you as you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy.

Baby essentials according to the Practical Potters...

For baby (Scroll Right to see items listed below two by two)

  • Mittens (so baby won't scratch face/body)
  • Onesies (short and long sleeve are good) 
  • Pants
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Hat(s): for keeping baby's head warm 
  • Sun hat: to protect baby's head, face, and neck from the sun
  • Swaddles (to aid with better sleeping)
  • Baby towels (X2) (I love the ones with a cute corner for baby's head)
  • Small wash clothes (don't have to be for baby- anything soft would do)
  • Pacifiers (we chose to go with Dr. Brown's)
  • Pacifier clips
  • Bottles (we chose to go with Dr. Brown's)
  • Bottle brush
  • Baby bath (we were gifted this cute flower sink bath)

 

Health/wellness

  • Forehead thermometer
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Weight scale (for some this is a necessity, I think it's good to have to keep an eye on baby's weight gain)

 

For nursing mommas (Scroll to the right to see more items)

  • Nursing pump (generally need a prescription from your provider and can get one through your insurance- I'm going with the Medela Pump)
  • Nursing cover (even if not nursing, these are generally made out of a stretchy material you can use as a cover for the carseat)
  • Nursing pillow option (you can keep this as basic as a regular pillow, choose a nursing pillow, or if your like me and splurged on a pregnancy body pillow use that bad boy!)
  • Breast Milk Storage bag(s)
  • Nipple cream
  • Nipple shields
  • Nursing camisole
  • Nursing night gown (seasonal)
  • Washable nursing pads

 

For home (newborn - 5 months)

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  • Bassinet
  • Sheet to cover the bassinet insert
  • Diapers
  • Wipes (we decided to make our own thanks to Wellness Mama)
  • Baby monitor (we opted for wi-fi free, for safety reasons) This is what we went with!
  • Changing pad
  • Changing pad cover

 

Baby lounging options

  • Some sort of baby lounger (for a surface like bed/couch) 
  • Baby swing or rocker- there are so many options to name. We decided to go with the rock and play because it vibrates and makes noise. I wanted something higher off the ground that was easy to fold/carry and put away in a closet!
  • Bean bag- I know that sounds totally crazy, but when they're itty bitty and can't move an oversized bean bag can do the trick, I've seen it done (obviously with supervision)

 

For mom and baby

  • Newborn/infant carrier (could be a simple wrap to start out- you can buy one or just pick out a jersey knit and or spandex material from a local craft store and make your own no-sew wrap!)

 

For home (5 months +) We are waiting on a few of these items until we need them

  • Crib (Bryan actually made Lily's!)
  • Crib mattress
  • Crib mattress waterproof cover 
  • Mattress sheet X2
  • Bumper for crib (I also like these in the event you have an outlet and a sound machine for example plugged into it, keeping it out of growing babies reach is very important)

 

For travel

  • Diaper bag
  • Changing pad (sometimes diaper bag comes with one)
  • Wipe box (necessary if you're making your own)
  • Infant car seat and base
  • Carseat mirror
  • Carseat cover (to ward off the elements (snow, wind, rain, and stranger's hands!)

 

Optional/ can wait on

  • Stroller (If you're fancy and purchased a travel system set that's awesome) 

Some parents choose to wait on purchasing a stroller because momma bear wants to carry her little one on her and not have to deal with lugging around a carseat. Another reason is some little ones don't like a carseat/stroller positioning and prefer to be upright in a wrap or carrier. 

We decided we would wait on a stroller because the carseat we were gifted is older and no longer compatible with any stroller the company currently makes. I love the idea of having my little one snuggled up with me so I'm going to hold off on a stroller for now. It's not something thats difficult to find pre-loved from a friend or order one online, etc when we're ready.

  • Feeding/ high chair

 

I know this was quite an exhaustively long post. I hope it helps to have a break down of items for mom and baby you may not have yet considered. If you have anything to add I'd love to read about it in the comments or feel free to direct message me on Instagram or Facebook at the practical potters!

Third trimester...so far

The third trimester- where you know what gets real!

                       33 weeks pregnant

                       33 weeks pregnant

At week 28 Bryan and I were taking a road trip out to California and it would be our longest one yet. He was so patient with me during the 11+ hour drive. Of course, make sure you are cleared by your physician when it comes to travel and follow their guidelines. We stopped every 1.5 - 2 hours for me to walk around and use the restroom. It actually worked out well for us so we could fill up at about half a tank of gas and keep trucking along. We brought plenty of water, food, and snacks (and because we were driving at night) it made it pretty easy to just have dinner and drive through the night. After the fun weekend Bryan and I got sick, I was out for the count for about 3 weeks which was really tough. I was well for two weeks and then ended up getting the flu. Yeah, when it rains it pours.

It's crazy to think a week ago I was diagnosed with the flu, thanks for medicine, the power of prayer, and the amazing care from Bryan I am feeling much much better.

I would probably have to say being under the weather has been the hardest part about the third trimester because it's made it difficult to sleep. I was already limited to sleeping on my left side with my amazing pregnancy pillow but then had an even harder time sleeping. I ended up sleeping in a reclined position with my pillow fort and then slept sitting upright. It worked well for me and I'm sure helped with the snoring I was already doing. I've just kept up the same routine for the most part, when you find something that works you just go with it!

Overall, I really have not had any discomfort due to the growing bump in terms of round ligament pain, etc. However I did notice some discomfort in my foot. A big thanks to Bryan for his awesome massages and a lacrosse ball as its really helped ease the tension and do away with the pain. I decided to set aside two old pairs of sneakers I had and go back to a favorite type of shoe I've tried in the past- orthotics (I know, I feel like I sound old). I ended up snagging a pair of gently used Vionic Orthotic sneakers and it's been a huge blessing! I'm pretty much living in them! It's cool, I guess I started wearing my momiform early. 

The biggest physical change starting the third trimester was the really intense heartburn and acid reflux I ended up getting ginger ale which helped alleviate it. However, I think the biggest change has been with my diet- staying away from garlic, heavy chili's (although hearty) have been well worth it. 

Nesting is a thang! I've pretty much wanted to buy everything pink and with birds on it I could get my hands on- I've resisted because accountability is real, y'all! I've been working hard to spend on essential items and I think have been surprised by how much is out there for babies (and moms/dads) we don't really need. I'm excited to do a post soon on items that made our list and what didn't. Obviously as a first time mom I have a limited perspective and with videos and online reviews being so handy I trust a few online sources and also advice from my doula, family, and friends on what we need.