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New Mom Must Haves

So this is my first rodeo and as much as people want to offer advice and what worked best for them – you gotta just experience it all and learn and adapt as you go. 

I’m convinced we have a pretty well tempered baby who cries at the obvious and can totally chill on his own… But there a few things we’ve quickly learned are necessities – this is our list below: 
Newborn clothes (sets a plus!) – we had only 2-3 newborn outfits and we constantly did laundry. 
Wubba pacifier – easy for them to hold and a great way to buy a couple extra minutes before you have to nurse again. 
Velcro swaddles – Nick does the swaddling and the velcro ones are fool proof, easy to use and keep the little wiggle worm snug as a bug. 
Mittens – after the first scratch or two you’ll never want your babe to be without mittens. Even after you file! 
Boppy (not pictured) – a wonderful pillow he’ll love to sleep in. It’s easy to transfer and doesn’t take up a ton is space. 
Sleep sheep (not pictured) – white noise is great for you and him and it’s easy to move. 
Nursing bras – I have 4 and could probably use more and possibly in a bigger size. 
Nursing pads – buy in bulk! I can’t control these two gigantic things so I always have pads in my bras and/or in my back pocket. 
Mama Bee Body Oil – keeping the areas that are trying to get back to normal well mositurized. 
Full coverage undies – don’t get super nice ones, but new ones feel good and help while you still waddle around the house.  
Nipple cream – start using right away and always have an extra tube on hand. Breastfeeding is so great but also so painful in the beginning. I’m hoping it gets better soon. (Please!) 
Stool softener (not pictured) – makes going #2 not so terrifying, promise. 
Thin maxi pads (not pictured) – a must have for the first couple weeks while you’re still recovering. 
I’m sure this list will change as Hudson gets older, but being home with a newborn these items were critical. 
Can’t believe my little man is gonna be a month old this week! 

Baby Bump in Review

I officially didn’t make it to 40 weeks, but the 39 went by so fast. 
Can’t get over what we’ve created 

Our birth story

It started at 5:30am on New Year’s Day. (Photo above was taken 12:34am New Year’s Day! Our last photo before baby) 

After an evening of Shake Shack, sparkling cranberry juice, Cards Against Humanity, and some fire works our lives were about to change. 
I started timing the contractions and anxiously waited for them to be 5-7 mins apart. I told Nick what I was up to after my second trip to the bathroom. We made it a normal morning and slowly got dressed, he ate breakfast and made his yummy coffee and by 9:30am we were heading to the hospital with our bags packed and a mini cooler filled with randomness. 
They got me in a room and totally checked me out. I was indeed in pre labor but I wasn’t dilated enough for them to admit me. So we were told to go back home and to walk it out. Well, luckily we live 2 miles from the hospital but I didn’t walk – I layed on the couch with the Rose Bowl on and continued to time my contractions. Nick wasted no time in trying to de-Christmas our house so we wouldn’t have to worry about it later when we are home with OUR BABY. 
By 1:30 contractions were 3-5 mins apart and much more intense. Any previous thought of doing natural childbirth went right out the window. 
Nick finished up the Christmas lights and we got back in the car and made our way to the hospital. 
I was admitted by 2pm and had an epidural before 3pm. They wasted no time and I was extremely grateful. 
Nick and I watched some movies as I continued to dilated on my own. I was averaging a centimeter an hour with anticipation that this little boy was coming around 8pm. Contractions every 2-3 minutes. 
We started some preliminary pushes to get Hudson in the right spot. I rotated from side to side and pushed. What turned out possibly being an 8pm birth turned into an 11:29pm birth. 
I pushed consistently every 2 mins for 2 hours. Little man wasn’t in the perfect position (facing up) but was so far down the birth canal pushing him out as quick as I could was my only option. 
His heart rate fluctuated a little bit which led me to wear an oxygen mask to make sure he got enough air. For the most part I stayed calm… I followed every direction… Focused on my breathing and pushed with all my might. 
His little hairy head was in view for awhile which was exciting but also disheartening since you would think the rest of him would come quicker. Not the case. 

It’s a surreal moment getting your first glance. Nick followed him to the heated table as soon as he was born. He was a perfect 7lbs 5oz | 20 inches long. He spent an hour on my chest sucking on his fingers and figuring out his eyes. 
Our family came in and we passed him around. He’s sooo loved. 
I know I couldn’t have done it without Nick. He never left my side. He held my legs, watched the contraction monitor and was so encouraging. I was almost in awe with just how amazing he was in the room. He made the experience what it was for me – he and I are a team and I never want to experience elements of life without him. 
Hudson has immediately brought us a new perspective on life… what’s truly important and how amazing it is to be his parents. 
He definitely looks like his father with a touch of Todd – the dimple on his chin is shared with my father, sister and grandmother.  
Everyday he changes some and it’s so crazy to see. His first month of life has flown by which makes the mom in me so sad. He’s already wearing size 1 diapers and weighs over 9.5 lbs. I call him my hungry little hippo. 
We are definitely figuring out this life as a family of three and finally venturing out into the real world. I might be tired but I’m so in love and want to cherish every second I have with this little man and my amazing husband. 

Hudson Alexander

I’ve been a little busy lately loving on my two men

Hudson Alexander helped us kick off the New Year – he arrived 1/1/15 at 11:29pm. 
Our sweet boy was 7lbs 5oz and 20 inches long. 
I’ll post more photos soon, along with his birth story. 
But until then I’ll be basking in this new found love for him and husband. 
Family life is pretty surreal. 

Bringing Up Bebe

Yes, I’m still reading this book and it’s not taking me forever because it’s a terrible read – it’s actually pretty amazing and I’m loving it… 

My goal though is to finish it before Hudson comes and from time to time go back through the sections I highlighted and re-read the notes I left. 
I do wish to incorporate French parenting techniques with raising Hudson. The perspective of the book is refreshing and I really connected with ways the French women raise their kids and live their lives. I hope Hudson is a strong, independent and inquisitive little man but who also knows his manners and can be content in his own space. 
I encourage every new mom or mom to be to read this book. Perspective is good and so is balance. We all want to be a great mom but I think we Americans lose sight of other things in the process. 
I’m not sure I’m fully prepared for the explosive amount of love for him, but I know the second I see Nick and Hudson together my heart will probably beat out of my chest. When I thought I couldn’t love my husband more… 

I can’t wait to start this journey of 3. 

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