“The days are long but the years are short.”
My friend Robin said this to me when I told her how exhausted I was after the first couple of weeks. It’s very true! … Even though we are only just shy of Quinn’s 4-week birthday. We are surviving and are finding our groove slowly but surely!
Our morning routine which starts anywhere from 5:30-7:30 a.m., depending on Quinn’s nursing schedule, begins with a daily devotional called “First 5” from Proverbs 31 ministries. It’s a short devotional, but so very much needed. Especially if it’s been a long night. I need all the grace and Jesus (and coffee!) at that time. I read this aloud to Quinn. Mostly so I stay awake, but also so she knows that it’s morning. I usually try not to talk to her during the nighttime feedings. The less stimulation, the better! We follow this up by the “Matt Maher” station on Pandora. I’ll sing to her in my groggy morning voice, but she loooooves music. It puts us both in a better mood.
After a diaper change and a warm washcloth on her face, we are ready to make mom some breakfast. If Scott is home he’ll make my breakfast for me. If not, I put Quinn in the K’Tan wrap and we make breakfast. Then, it’s time for nap number one of the day. I’ll put Quinn in the Mamaroo while I drink some coffee and do my morning pumping session.
Quinn nurses about every 2.5-3 hours .. or 2 hours if she’s going through a growth spurt. So the routine of eat, change diaper, sleep repeats itself anywhere from 8-9 times throughout the day. During the times she’s asleep I try to do stuff around the house, wash pumping parts, eat (I feel like a teenager! Breastfeeding hunger is no joke!) or just sit and zone out with HGTV and the DIY network. Haha!
At night I will say that she’s been doing a great job. For the past week she’ll go 4-5 hours between feedings. This is amazing! This means that we get about 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Game changer!! However, it’s best if this chunk falls around 9 p.m. … not 6 p.m. like last night.
Overall, Quinn has been a really good baby. She has her moments of fussiness and crying, but that’s a newborn for ya! We are really looking forward to the next couple of weeks when she will start to lock eyes with us, smile, coo, etc. Essentially transition from a newborn to a baby. All that being said, I’m trying not to wish these weeks away! Even though some days are really exhausting, I still try to soak it in.
So, here are nine things that have made this past month waaaaay easier on Scott and I:
1. Boppy Pillow
I use this thing every time I nurse. Lifesaver. Back saver! Scott uses it when Quinn just wants to be held. I also use it for tummy time, or if I’m by myself at the house and need to use the bathroom, I’ll just prop her up in this under a ceiling fan (her favorite!) and I have bought myself 3-5 minutes.
2. Fisher Price Rock n’ Play
Quinn sleeps in this at night and it is awesome!!! I don’t know what it is, but she sleeps so well in this thing. We keep it by our bed and if she wakes herself up in the night be accident, I can reach over and lightly rock her back to sleep for an extra 20 minutes. Love it!
3. Swaddleme Infant Wrap by Garanimals
We lightly swaddle Quinn during the day if she has trouble going to sleep, but at night little Houdini is wrapped nice and snug in one of these! She sleeps so much better when her arms are wrapped nice and tight.
4. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
We use this at each diaper change. It actually heals diaper rash rather than just creating a barrier between her booty and the diaper. Four weeks in and we haven’t had one hint of a rash.
5. BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller
I know jogging strollers aren’t for everyone, but we use this at least once a day. We have the Chicco KeyFit 30 attachment that allows us to snap in her carseat. We go on walks every day (we are up to 2.5 miles!) and sometimes if she’s being fussy we’ll just put her in it and walk around the house with it. Whatever works! I would seriously go stir crazy if it wasn’t for this thing. Especially with the weather being as nice as it is. Super big thanks to my aunts and grandma for this gift!
6. Fluid Knit Wrap Robe by Gilligan O’Malley at Target
This robe is made of a modal fabric and is suuuuuuper soft and stretchy. So comfortable. I wore this while in the hospital and wear it all the time at home. I’ve been using it at during those nighttime feeding sessions when it feels a little cooler in the house. I love it in black too so I don’t have to worry about poop stains when Quinn has an … um … explosion on the changing table.
We actually received this from a lady at our church who’s daughter didn’t need it anymore. It has been amazing!!!! I doubt we would have bought this ourselves since it is so expensive, but it has been a lifesaver. Quinn likes to move. A lot. So rather than walking around the house for hours on end, we can put her in this, crank up the white noise setting and she is out. Definitely has saved my sanity a couple times!!
8. Nursing Tank by Gilligan & O’Malley
I have a few of these nursing tanks and they are great. I especially love this gray henley one since it looks more like a normal top and can be layered underneath a jacket. Only thing that gives it away are the nice milk and spit up spots I have all over it. #classy # momlife
9. Baby Relax Mikayla Glider from Wayfair
We received this as a gift from Scott’s grandma and we use it SOO much! First of all, it’s super comfortable. It swivels, rocks, reclines, has great back support, you name it. I sit in this chair to nurse and it is wonderful. Scott will use this at night in case Quinn won’t sleep. He’s 6’2″ and it’s not too small for him to sleep in. We have it in the mocha color and so far it cleans and hides stains really well. I also love that it doesn’t scream “nursery chair” and we can use it in other rooms of the house when I’m not nursing her anymore.
So that’s what we’ve been up to the last few weeks. I’ll try to include more photos of Quinn and update you on all the fun stuff we’ve been doing with her. She’s getting so big already! We weighed her at home today and she’s at 9.5 lbs! She’s also starting to get neck and legs rolls. Holla chunky monkey!