Happy Friday! Well, this week was busy busy. Getting used to the new routine of going back to work hasn’t been easy. I feel like I’m always trying to catch up with things to do and spending time with Olivia trumps everything. There were plenty of tears for the first couple of days. Even though I’m still not excited about having to spend time apart, we’re all getting a little bit better adjusting to this new routine.
Olivia is now almost three months old. I can’t believe it. With that, I wanted to share some of our favorite items during our first months together.
Honestly, I hadn’t made up my mind on pacifiers when the nurse at the hospital asked if we had one to keep her calm while they took her to get her hearing test done. Well, we did have one and that was it. Olivia took her pacifier like a champ and never had problems with nipple confusion. We use it when she needs to soothe or calm down, and even sleeping. It’s even recommended as part of the Safe Sleep campaign. We tried a few different ones, but the MAM ones are her favorite.
Once Olivia learned she could flail her arms around, she fell in love with chimes. I would place her on her play mat and she would just stare at the chime in total awe, moving about until she hit it and made it ring. The best part about it is that you can move it around and attach it to the stroller, car seat of play mat as needed. Plus, the sound is not annoying!
I know I have mentioned this before, but I do love the Boppy Lounger. It has been very useful for tummy time and at times when I wanted Olivia to be near, but not hold her. Now, I place it in the middle of the bed and she’s cradled while I get ready for work. On the couch or the floor, I sit next to her and sing, do leg exercises and play. She is super comfortable in the lounger. Makes me want one for my own…
There were times when the only thing that soothed Olivia was being held. Well, there’s so long you can hold a baby before getting tired. The Ergobaby was perfect to work around the house while keeping my baby safe and close. It has also been great on walks with Boone around the neighborhood or to the vet. It’s light and super comfortable. With the newborn insert, I was able to use it from very early on. I look forward to getting a bunch of use from the carrier once Olivia can properly hold her head up and we go out running errands.
Swaddling is the best and worst thing for new parents. If done right, it works like a charm. If not, it can be very frustrating. Olivia was fine being swaddled for a while, then she needed her arms out and now were back to swaddling. It actually is the only way they could get her to sleep at daycare. Of course, this new stage will be short lived since you can’t swaddle them once they learn to roll over. These muslin swaddle blankets are super soft and breathable, so I had no worry of Olivia getting overheated at night. I also used them to keep her warm while nursing right after a bath or as a nursing cover. Super versatile!
This was sent to use as a gift and I have used it every day for the past few weeks. Olivia is pretty good at sitting up with help and at an angle. I use this mainly in the kitchen when I need to cook or clean and can’t do it while holding her and rather not have her on the carrier. She sits there playing with her hands and laughing at my horrible singing. Right now, I use it with the kickstand in place so it doesn’t move. Once she’s a bit older, the rocker portion will be awesome. If you’re wondering about the vibrating, well it is definitely powerful. I plan on taking the rocker outside this weekend and enjoy what is to be a couple of nice sunny days.
To all the moms out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!