Monday, April 29, 2013

A Short Mama's Quest for a Carrier (it ain't easy, let me tell ya)

Before Sebastian was born, I was certain I was going to be a babywearing mother. There are tons of studies on the benefits of babywearing:
  • worn babies cry less
  • it promotes physical, mental, & emotional development
  • it's a bonding tool
But you know what else it does? GIVES YOU BOTH YOUR ARMS BACK! Holy tennis elbow Batman! My arms haven't been this sore since... well, EVER.

So I did my research and I decided to go with the Baby K'tan - "the baby carrier that slips on like a shirt and fits like a wrap". I ordered it from Target.com for free shipping and 5% off with my Target card. Ended up being about $47.
Awww, doesn't that baby look so happy and snuggly? Well, this picture is a bunch of LIES.

The Baby K'tan was attractive to me because I wanted something softer and versatile but didn't want the difficulty of actually wrapping my baby. The K'tan has multiple carrying positions but it's sized to fit the adult carrying the baby, so Serg & I couldn't share. I looked at reviews and the sizing info on the website and decided to go with an XS. Sounds fabulous right? Yep... until I had Sebastian and tried to put him in it. Kiddo screamed like we were trying to murder him. I very quickly returned the Baby K'tan and waited to regain my hearing before trying the next one...

The ErgoBaby Original Carrier. It's a soft structured carrier that's ergonomic for babies (cradling them in a natural sitting position) and allows for 3 different carries - front, back, & hip. It's adjustable with straps and buckles so Serg and I could share. Wonderful! I ordered it from Babies R Us with 15% off (about $90) in black/camel so it wouldn't be too "girly". 
Doesn't this woman look so happy and comfortable walking in the sunlight in her long sleeve shirt and wearing her heat producing child? Well, this picture is ALSO a bunch of LIES.

Because Sebastian is still a teeny baby, I had to also order the infant insert so I could actually wear him in the Ergo. The infant insert essentially turns your baby into a burrito. Yep, down comforter burrito. Hmm, this already doesn't seem like such a good idea considering the warmer months are quickly approaching. But I wanted to give it a try anyway.
Despite the straps and buckles being adjustable on the Ergobaby, I was NOT comfortable in it. It's very bulky, heavy, and not soft. It's actually pretty long and I don't have a very long torso so the waist band kept pressing on my thighs when I walked. And it made both me and Sebastian very sweaty. RETURN!

Up next... the JJ Cole Agility Stretch Carrier - brand spankin' new... only out in April 2013. You would think that I'd wait for reviews on the product but NOPE. I was determined to wear Sebastian. I NEEDED my arms back. So I headed to Babies R Us with a 20% off and a $10 off coupon and purchased it in a small (about $24). 
I wouldn't necessarily call this one a lie... buttttt....

It is similar to the K'tan in that it's sized to the wearer BUT it slips on like a tshirt and is more breathable. Sebastian did not scream bloody murder in it. You guys are waiting for the problem right? It's made of cotton t-shirt like material with no stretch... so the shape doesn't bounce back. It wasn't easy to put Sebastian in and I couldn't get him in the newborn position despite watching the "instructional" video a million times. I think the sizing is off and I may have needed an extra small. Augh, this is getting difficult...

I gave in and decided to try a wrap. I didn't go with a Moby because like the Agility, it's cotton with no stretch. Instead, I ordered the Boba Wrap from Diapers.com with free shipping and 20% off (about $30).

Not lying... but she definitely didn't wrap this kid at the park.

The Boba Wrap has spandex in the fabric so it's easier to wrap tightly and feels more secure. It's one size fits all so Serg can also wear Sebastian (although he was skeptical when I wrapped him in the 394830249 feet of fabric). There is definitely a learning curve with using a wrap but the instructional videos on the Boba Family website are very helpful. My only issue is that the fabric is SO long, you will end up dragging it on the floor and you don't want to do that in a parking lot or bar (just kiddinnnnggg).  I'll have to wrap it at home, drive to my destination, then put Sebastian in it. Not that big of a deal. I think this one is a keeper!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Month 1 Must Haves


#1 - aden + anais muslin swaddles - These are light weight, can serve many purposes (swaddle blanket, nursing cover, sun shield, etc), and they come in beautiful prints.

#2 - Fisher Price Rock'n Play Sleeper - My good friend Sally told me this piece was a life saver when her adorable son was a baby. It's light and very portable (it folds in half). Sebastian sleeps in it comfortably and it's easy to rock him by groggily rolling over in bed in the middle of the night.

#3 - Footed Zip Up Sleepers - Let's just say that NO ONE wants to deal with baby socks or snaps at 3AM.

#4 - Aquaphor Healing Ointment - I don't like Desitin or any diaper rash creams with zinc oxide. They are so messy. Bleh.

#5 - MARC by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Tote - We registered for an awesome Skip Hop diaper bag for me & Serg to use together but I wanted something more stylish. This bag is light weight and fits everything I need.

#6 - Similac Strong Moms Baby Journal App for iPhone - This app is seriously awesome for keeping track of everything Sebastian does - breastfeeding, bottle feeding, diaper changes, sleeping, & growth. And it's freeeeee!

#7 - MAM Start Pacifiers for Newborns - Popping a pacifier in Sebastian's mouth will soothe him in a matter of minutes (and as soon as he's content, he pops it back out) but he's VERY picky about which ones he likes. So far, these small MAM pacifiers are the only ones he approves of.

#8 - Cloud b Gentle Giraffe Sound Machine - Giraffes are my favorite animal and this one makes 4 different types of noises that calm Sebastian's fussing. Win-win.

#9 - Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles - Yes, these bottles have extra parts to wash but so far they are the ones that leak the least and they do seem to help with those pesky belly bubbles.

#10 - Fisher Price Discover 'n Grow Kick & Play Piano Gym - Although I don't think Sebastian knows that kicking his legs is what makes the piano play music, it's adorable to watch him mesmerized by this playmat. He especially likes the mirror - it makes tummy time more tolerable.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

1 Month

Yesterday marked one month since this little guy arrived. One month! I honestly can't believe how fast it's gone by and how much we have learned about each other so far. For example:
- When in doubt, turn to food. A bottle in the mouth seems to solve a lot of problems.
- Old school R&B makes this baby sleepy. Even better if it's Bob Marley's "Jammin" and you try singing along.
- Undo do the diaper, let the cold air in, put the diaper back on, and wait. If you do not do this, you will get peed on.
- If you need your baby to wake up (which by the way, is NEVER), just go into the bathroom or sit down for a meal that requires two hands. Your baby will sense it and immediately wake up. Screaming.
- Undereye concealer, mascara, & coffee are a power trio. Use as needed.


We can't wait to keep learning, little one.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

He's here...

Sebastian Lucas
March 26, 2013 - 10:50PM
8lbs 7oz - 19.5 inches

Let me begin by apologizing for taking so long to update. I can't seem to tear myself away from the delicious snuggles I've been getting from Sebastian these last two weeks. And when I do, I try to sleep, lol.

Needless to say, Serg and I are thrilled that our little man is finally here and we are loving every second of getting to know him. There are many moments where we catch ourselves staring at him in amazement and then we laugh because we have become "those" parents. To us, Sebastian is the most beautiful baby in allllll the land :)

Here's what happened:
On Monday, March 25, I had an appointment with my doctor in the morning. I had not progressed since my last appointment or my 2 false alarms. She also confirmed that he was "sunny side up" which is why I wasn't progressing as I should. I made another appointment for that Thursday so we could discuss the next steps.
That afternoon, I started having some strong contractions that were about 12-18 minutes apart. I sat on my exercise ball for the rest of the day, trying to get some relief. Around 8pm (while watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, lol) they got stronger and closer together - about 8 minutes. By 1am, I was out of bed and told Serg I was going to lay in the living room and for him to sleep because I thought this was it. Around 3:30 in the morning, after pretty much rolling around on the rug, getting in the tub, biting pillows, and crying, I went back upstairs to wake him up to go to the hospital. Contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart. They were SO bad that I rode to the hospital in the trunk of my company van on all fours. It was not pretty.
At the hospital, they checked me and I still had not progressed but they were a bit concerned about the baby's heart rate so they admitted me. My contractions were so intense that about 10 minutes of being in labor & delivery, I asked for an epidural. Let me tell you, those things are MAGICAL. Serg had to leave the room and when he came back he told me it seemed like I had been replaced by another person, lol.
And that was the beginning of my 17 hour labor at the hospital. The baby was not turning, my doctor decided he was going to be big, and I started to get a fever. She quickly decided not to have me push because it could cause a bigger problem if he got stuck so it all ended in a c-section and a beautiful baby boy.    
Despite my birth experience not being what I imagined, I trusted my doctor and have had a very easy recovery. Everyone at the hospital was wonderful, understanding, and helpful. I was even able to come home a day early!
So here we are, 2 weeks later, learning something new everyday. I couldn't be happier.