Most of us parents have heard of “Tummy Time”. If you haven’t, that’s okay, I will explain it for you. It’s when you put the baby on their tummy. Pretty self-explanatory. With two kids I feel like I have gotten a grasp on Tummy Time and I’ve decided to write this quick guide for any new parent who does not know what tummy time is or who has a baby who hates tummy time and is looking for ways to cope.
My most popular post on the blog is when I wrote about my || failure to breastfeed Gemma ||. I opened up a little bit during the World Breastfeeding Week, about my breastfeeding journey with Evander but I wanted to go into a little more detail here. In all honesty, I hope this post will either encourage someone going through the same thing or just be another story out there exclaiming that FED is BEST.
Evander is now three months old which means a few different things. First, he is no longer a newborn. Secondly, I have been caring for two babies under two years old for three months now. That’s a quarter of a year! This postpartum journey has been a whirlwind. Seriously I’ve felt it all. At times it seemed too easy, effortless and joyful. Other times I have called Dallas at 2 pm begging him to get off on time and take the kids on an adventure because I cannot handle them anymore and just need an hour of silence. Some days everything is jiving and I’m daydreaming about homeschooling so I can keep my babies home with me forever. The next day I’m buzzed on coffee and thinking about going back to work so I can get out of the house and interact with adults.
Okay you guys it is getting real! We are officially TWO days away from our “Baby Window” (more on that in a minute) and SIXTEEN days away from our actual due date. I am beyond ready to finally hold our precious Bubs. So I have decided to talk about my hospital bag which is now completely packed and ready to go.
Hello Third Trimester! The countdown to baby Evander is getting real. We have exactly 53 days until we hit our “baby window”. Gemma was born at 39 weeks and 0 days, so I’m predicting Evander’s arrival to fall somewhere in between 38-41 weeks. I am in full on nesting mode and I wanted to share a little bit about what I am doing this time around to prepare.
The clock feels like it’s ticking faster than normal as we anticipate the arrival of Baby Smith number 2. Luckily, a good thing about having babies so close together is that we are pretty much set on baby items. There are only a few things I am looking at investing in for Evander. Some are on the list because we will have two under two. Others are on the list because I realized that what we used with Gemma either didn’t work or I didn’t like.
Gemma Raine is three months old today! What a wild ride. Life is so sweet right now. She truly is a happy, smiley, easy baby to take care of. But I want to open up about how it wasn’t always easy. Bonding with her did not happen overnight for me. It was a journey, learning how to mother and learning how to love that deeply.
Sleep came easy to Gemma as a newborn. As she has grown up and become more aware of her surroundings I have to constantly monitor how much sleep she gets. It makes a world of difference in her behavior and demeanor. Nap time and sleep are a priority in our house right now. When Gem is rested she’s happier and more alert. When she doesn’t sleep well, all of us pay the price.
What exactly do you need to care for your newborn baby? Because of finances and the small duplex we live in, Dallas and I don’t have the room or money for a lot of items. We are minimalists at heart and both despise clutter.
So I’ve decide to list out what I believe are the Newborn Essentials. Make sure you get these on your registry or have them before you bring home your baby.
You can read in this post here about how I keep a Diaper Bag ready to go so I can get up and go at a moments notice. So, I decided to go into more detail about how I try to keep Gemma’s bag organized and ready at all times.
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