It's been awhile since I posted my first newborn must-haves, and it's funny how much Henry has changed over the past two months. I took this video two days ago and I was so happy that he actually smiled for the camera! I feel like he will do it all day long, but the second I pull out the Flip Cam or my camera the smile gets put away. I'm so excited that I finally captured one.
But, back to the list! Now that we've had our little guy here for two months, I feel like I've learned a LOT more about what works for us, and what doesn't. So, here's my next group of items (numbers 1-7 can be located here).
8) Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper
9) California Baby products
And on the subject of baby products- we recently tried the Baby Balm courtesy of Mountain Girl Soap and Sundries. This was sent to us by the company to try, and I wouldn't ever recommend it unless we truly liked it...which we definitely do! It's an all-natural, vegan, and the ingredients are simple and nourishing- no petroleum or synthetics. Awesome.
10) activity mat
12) this one isn't an item...but I think a must-have would be the idea of really being gentle on yourself, especially if you are a first-time Mom. You will be a crazy mess of emotions after you deliver. I cried at the drop of a hat and I went from being super happy to being sad about all sorts of things- Henry was already growing too fast (keep in mind he was two days old), I didn't think I was a good Mom, the list went on. But after about three or four days I felt like my "normal" self, and I didn't feel weepy and overly-emotional. Perhaps it was a touch of postpartum, or maybe it was just my hormone levels regulating, but be prepared to feel a rush of all sorts of things. Perhaps yours will manifest like mine, or go your own way, but I'm sure most new Moms feel this. Be easy on yourself. It's normal to feel like you don't know what to do, how to do it, or how on Earth you are going to manage to keep on doing it. In the beginning there were times when I was getting up every hour, not getting any rest, and at times felt pretty hopeless that I was even doing a good job. Mix in extreme lack of sleep, recovery from a major surgery in some cases, and trying to do something you've never done before, and it can be a really tough combination. Just remember that it does get better, and you are not alone in feeling a little lost, or a little down. Just be sure to talk to someone about it. And remember how amazing you are...and what an amazing thing you've accomplished! :)
So, this is my second list of newborn must-haves. As Henry grows and as we try new and different products and items I will be sharing them along the way! Thanks for reading and have the best morning.