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What I needed the first 3 months…

I have a couple of blog readers who I KNOW are pregnant at the moment (and I’m so excited for you), so I’m putting together a list of the top things I have needed/used over the last three months.  These are only things that I highly recommend and would totally register for/buy again in a heartbeat.  These are in no particular order..I like them all!  And these are things that I believe to be necessary, as they were for me/Finley…

For feeding (note that Fin is solely a breast milk baby at this point):

  • The Medela Pump in Style breast pump.  I’m sure there are several great pumps, but this is the one I have…and I like it.  It’s a double-pump and has great suction.  I started pumping at 4 weeks and pumped daily to get my supply up…and now I hardly ever pump since I’m with Fin 95% of the time.
  • A ‘hands free’ pumping bra.  I’m sure any brand will do just fine, but it’s SO much better than holding the bottles for 20 minutes each time you pump!  Trust me!  You’ll want to be googling all kinds of baby stuff on your phone during this 20 minutes instead.  I promise.
  • Tommee Tippee bottles (make sure and get the 0-3 month bottles, as they have the ‘slow flow’ nipples that won’t get your baby use to a fast flow and make her only want bottles).  These bottles are pretty ‘breast like’ and Fin had zero problems taking the bottle and going back to the boob whenever.  Dr. Browns bottles are also suppose to be great, but they have a LOT of parts to wash, so keep that in mind.

For sleeping:

  • For the first 5ish weeks, Finley slept in the Rock n Play we got from target.  Picture below.  It’s light…it folds up…we travel with it (still…so much easier than the pack n play at this point)…you can carry it from room to room at home…it worked for us.  We also have a sweet pack and play, but before we could transition Finley from the rock n play to the pack n play I had to kick her out of my room because she was so noisy…so we just moved her to the crib in her room.

rock and play

  • Finley is quite the mover, so we HAVE to swaddle her to get her to sleep well…otherwise her hands are in her face and they wake her up.  That said, her middle name should be Houdini, because she can get out of pretty much any swaddle.  Seriously.  Because of her special escape abilities, we found two things that worked/work for us: 1).  The miracle blanket.  This thing was the first wrap we found that could keep Fin’s arms in….and it worked well until about 2.5 months (just a size thing, I think) and 2). The halo sleep sack with swaddle.  This is what we are using currently, and it’s UBER user friendly and can be used for quite a while


  • miracle blanket
  • Halo

For diapering

  • We used disposable diapers for the first 2.5 months.  We preferred the Pampers Swaddlers to all other kinds we tried (and I hear it’s different for boys vs girls and chubby babies vs skinny babies, etc).  We are now in cloth diapers and loving it..but that’s a whole other post in itself.

For hygiene

  • The Nosefrida.  I know, it totally looks gross and might be ‘too much’ for people to think about, but it works WAY better than the suction bulb thingy..and Finley doesn’t mind it half as much.  Plus…and maybe I’m gross…but I like to see if I’m getting anything out.  Yes, you put one end in your kid’s nose and the other in your mouth and you suck out the snot.  Don’t fear, though, there are filters to keep you from getting anything in your mouth.  Trust me…get one. You’ll thank me later.


  • We’ve been using Aveeno bath products and lotions….with no problems.  They don’t smell fancy or anything, but they work and don’t break her out…so that’s a win in my book.

For sanity

  • We have two monitors.  The first is the Motorola 3.5″ video monitor.  It’s amazing and we love it.  You can see/hear/talk to baby/play music/etc.  It has great range and the picture quality is very good.  Some people don’t want/need the video monitor, but I need it for my sanity and it’s so nice to see if Fin’s making noises in her sleep or ready to get up.  The second monitor we have is the BabySense Infant Movement Monitor.  This is the one that goes under the mattress and senses if there is no movement (including breathing) after like 15 seconds.  We went with this brand for two reasons- 1…great reviews…and 2…the Angelcare one that everyone raves about just had a recall.  Needless to say, we are happy with our choice.  We have never had a false alarm and it was super easy to set-up.  All I have to do is push a button on the panel (see bottom right of crib..white box) once Fin is in her crib and that’s it.  Whenever I go to pick her up, I push button again. Easy peasy….and SOOOOO much peace of mind.  Love this.

monitormonitor 1

     monitor 2

  • Also for sanity are my baby carriers.  I use the plural on that, as I have three of them.  A little much, I know, but different sizes and temperments call for different things….and seeing as I’m a work-from-home mom, I have to do whatever possible to keep this baby happy and let momma get some stuff done!  For the first month and half to two months, I used Maya ring sling.  This worked perfectly for us.  Finley still loves it, but I don’t use it as much nowadays.  Mostly, I use my Ergo.  I use it around the house…when we go grocery shopping…when we go on quick walks…when I’m going to be around a bunch of people and don’t want to play ‘pass the baby’…etc.  If Fin is in it for more than 20 minutes she passes out.  Every.single.time.  The third thing I have is the BabyBjorn that I got at Rhea Lana.  It was uber cheap or I wouldn’t have bought it.  I don’t use it often (there are lots of reviews on how you should have your infants hips in a carrier…and the Ergo is the way to go from what I read), but it’s easiest for Chris to use AND sometimes Fin is just fussy and wants to face out and move around…so it’s good for that.
  • The Fisher Price sit-me-up. Finley thinks she’s a big girl and likes to sit-up a lot.  This can be tiring on mom and dad, so we tried several different seats and what-not.  We tried swings…we have a MamaRoo and she likes it just ‘ok’…we have the Bumbo….and then we have the Fisher Price sit-me-up.  She loves it!  It’s much softer than the bumbo and has more ‘give’ in my mind.  Highly recommend

sit me up

Fin yawn in chair


  • Finally (and yes, this goes under sanity)…invest in several different infant gowns.  We have SOOOO many clothes for Fin, but for the first month and half she just lived in the same 5 gowns because they were easiest for changing diapers and getting on/off.  When you are up every few hours, you don’t want anything complicated!  I’d avoid leggings/buttons for as long as possible, at least at night.  =)
  • infant gown

That’s really all I can think of at the moment…I’m sure I’m forgetting something (and if so I’ll edit this and update the preggos I know), but this is a good start.  I’ll try to do this every few months and maybe start a “Fin’s Favorites” or something.  =)  Hope this helps someone!

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Weeks 6 and 7

As of yesterday, Fin is 7 weeks old.  It’s so cliche to say, but time really does fly at this stage.  I don’t know if it’s because her looks change every single week or because she’s doing new things daily, but I feel like I blink and a week goes by.  It’s going too fast.  I always though I’d want to skip the whole first several months, just due to how needy and scary they can be, but now I realize how precious every stage must be and I’m so thankful and appreciative of every little thing.  So…what’s new with Finley and parenthood?

When Finley turned 6 weeks old (last Tuesday), I bit the bullet and moved her into her room/crib at night.  I’d been thinking about it for several days…just because of how noisy she is when she’s sleeping..and when I looked at the calendar and realized that Chris is going to be gone for a week very soon I figured there was no time like the present.  I was a little nervous at first, but the fact that we have a video monitor and a movement monitor made the logical part of my brain think “she’ll be fine, Jen….just relax.”  The video monitor is great, but it can be addictive.  I’ve taken to calling it Finivision because I watch it non-stop any time I hear a sound (and sometimes when I don’t).  I’m trying to get better with that.  So the camera (which we mounted up in the corner near her crib) has this little green light on it when it’s on, and I’ve noticed that when Finley wakes up sometimes she just stares at the light.  It IS the only light in the room at night, so I don’t blame her.  What’s weird about this, though, is that by her staring at that light she is also staring into the camera itself.  This can make for some pretty freaking scary pictures on the monitor!  Case in point:

Video monitor demon child

Now TELL me that wouldn’t scare the shit out of you out of a dead sleep if you looked at it!  Seriously creepy (for such a beautiful baby, of course).  You may also be curious what the movement monitor is…well…it’s peace of mind.  It’s a square tile that goes under the mattress that senses the slightest of movements (including breathing).  If the monitor is on and doesn’t detect any movement for 15 seconds then it sounds an alarm.  So far, we have not had any false alarms.  There have been times when Chris has picked Finley up out of her crib and forgotten to turn it off first (so it went off), but that’s it.  With her laying on her back and possibly spitting up, etc, this really makes me relax because I know she’s breathing without me having to watch her.  Totally not a necessary monitor, but totally worth it for the peace of mind it provides to me across the house at night when Fin is in her crib!

So how are our nights going now?  Amazingly.  She has really transitioned better than I could have hoped for!  Our schedule so far has been something like this:

  • 7: feeding
  • 8- 9: nap
  • 9- 10: bath (every other night)/swaddle/relax time
  • 10: feeding
  • 11- put Finely into crib (sometimes fully asleep, other times half asleep)
  • Sometimes between 2:30 – 3:30 she’ll wake up and I’ll feed her and she’ll immediately go back to sleep
  • Sometimes between 7 and 8:30 she’ll wake up and I’ll feed her again

From there it varies….often she’ll nap again for another 2 hours after her morning feeding.  For the last two nights I’ve gotten a 3.5-4 hour stretch at first…and last night I got a 5.5 hour stretch!  She’s really doing great.  And the more we do this, the better I’m getting at not waking up to every little sound in the monitor. I’m working on it.  Now we really just need to work on a nap routine during the day!

Bath time has also gotten better since I’ve gotten the ok to bath and have just been having her join me.  I’ll take a super hot bath for about 20 minutes, then I’ll add some cool water and have Chris bring me Finley.  I’ll have her on my chest with a washcloth over her to keep her warm (or have her lay down on my legs so that she’s pretty much in the water mostly) and she’s really enjoying it!  I’ll probably do this until she can sit up on her own or until she starts to enjoy it on her own more.  So far this is the only thing that keeps her from crying during bath time….and in fact she loves it!  Last night was the best yet, as she just kept smiling and cooing at me most of the time.  Too damn cute.  I’m just happy she didn’t shit on me.

What else is new this week?  Hmmmm…I’d say that Finley has really turned over a new leaf as far as interaction goes.  Most people can get a smile from her when she’s happy…and she is THISCLOSE to talking back to me after a feeding.  You can see in her eyes that she’s trying…and her mouth is moving…but the sound just isn’t there quite yet (on purpose).  It’s adorable.  She smiles a lot with her eyes and it just melts my heart.  I try to capture it on film, but as soon as I get that camera or phone up, all she does is stare at it and focus in on that vs me.  Oh well.  One for the memory banks.

Fin is also enjoying laying on her back more, finally!  She’ll lay around and kick and kick and move around..and until this week she wouldn’t do that at all (didn’t like put down much, really).

Overall, my baby is also much happier this week.  She still has her bouts of gas that really get her worked up, but she’s generally pretty content.  She’s growing and changing so much, especially this past week.

As for me, I passed my 6 week check-up with flying colors.  Uterus looks good…vagina is still beautiful (thank you, c-section)…my scar is healing perfectly and I have no signs of postpartum.  I got the go-ahead for some late-night activity with the hubs, normal activity, work and hot baths.  We discussed birth control options, and I actually ended up getting on a very light pill.  I was planning on just using condoms for a while, but there is a newish pill out that doesn’t have progesterone and only works if you are breast feeding…and my doc said it wouldn’t affect fertility at all…so I’m trying that.  We shall see.  I still haven’t had a period or any bleeding- yay!

Ok, time is up (shocking).  Below are the adorable birth announcements we did, as well as a couple of pics…enjoy!



Baby Love

 Car ride to Grans

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