As of yesterday, Owen is 7 weeks old! I can’t believe that we’ve come this far, and so quickly. I remember with Olive, time seemed to crawl by; but this time around, I feel like I can’t keep track of where the time is going.
We’ve had a couple of rough patches (particularly Week 6, which combined a Wonder Week, a growth spurt and what Weissbluth calls “The Peak Of Fussiness” ) – but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the newborn tunnel. Owen has started to give us his first social smiles; and a few night ago he slept his first long stretch! A couple of 4 and 5 hour stretches might not sound like a lot, but trust me, it really is!
I’ve put together a list of my First Month Favorites: a few things that have really made my life easier these past 7 weeks. Some of them I’ve used before with Olive, and others are new additions to my arsenal. None the less, i’m grateful to those who have recommended them, and hope you find them useful too!
Boppy Newborn Lounger: This pillow pod has been great for us to just plop Owen down on around the house. When they are that little, they’re really asleep most of the time, and you want them near you while you do other things around the home. We left this on our couch and were able to hang out with him while we folded laundry, played with Olive or watched TV – while having him at arms reach.
Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump: I never realized how much milk I was wasting until I used this device, which captures letdown milk (and a little more) from the non-nursing side. When your milk lets down, it obviously can’t just do so on just one side – so all that precious milk just gets absorbed into your nursing pad! It attaches by suction, so it’s mostly hands free. I’ve collected up to 4oz off one boob! A great time saver, and I’ve actually used my hospital pump a whole lot less this time around because of this little device. Genius. A video on how it works, here.
The Miracle Blanket: This intense looking swaddle blanket worked wonders with Olive, and has also been awesome for Owen. I’ve never, ever been able to figure out how nurses swaddle the babies so well in the hospital, so my kids have always wiggled free, which means they often wake themselves up from sleep. The Miracle Blanket takes all that guesswork away, and keeps the baby swaddled all night. It takes a little getting used to (like all things) but soon you’ll be an expert at this, and won’t be able to live without it.
The Brest Friend Breastfeeding Pillow: This is also something I used with Olive, and loved it so much that I saved it for my 2nd child. It supports the baby so you’re not constantly grasping onto that 15lbs giant kid while trying to feed him, saving your wrists and arms. Also, it leaves my hand(s) free to do other things with Olive, like read her a story. I liked this pillow so much that I bought an inflatable one to keep in the car with me as well, in case I have to breastfeed on the go. Love this thing, can’t live without it.
Sakura Bloom Ring Sling: I knew that this time around I needed to baby wear Owen more than I did Olive, because I needed to keep my arms free to do things with my firstborn. I’ve tried a lot of carriers, and while each has their own benefits, I’m currently obsessed with the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling, which was introduced to me by my friend Melissa. Not only does it come in many, many luxurious fabrics and colors, but there is something about wearing Owen in a ring sling that makes me feel so close to him – kind of like an earth mama. My other favorites are the Ergo and the Solly Baby Wrap.
Onto Month 2! Wish us luck!