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I’m going to jump right in on the tips, so get out your notebook and jot these down!
SLEEP SUPPORT >> Some people LOVE the full body pillows that snake around your body. I used one my first pregnancy, and even for a while after baby was born. BUT, this time around I want nothing to do with that thing. It takes up too much room, makes me hot, and a lot of trouble to turn and adjust in the middle of the night.
This is the one I had:
(If you get one with the case already on it, DO IT! OMGOSH! Putting that pillow case on was practically IMPOSSIBLE!)
I also use essential oils to help with sleeping (which you can read about more here) . I use a simple sleep spray that I spray on my pillow each night that really helps me get a deeper, more sound sleep.
Sleep Spray Recipe:
16 oz spray bottle
Approx 1 tbsp of Witch Hazel
20 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
20 drops of Young Living Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water
EASY PEASY AND MAKES YOU SLEEP SOUNDLY!
Pregnancy changes your hormones, which effect your body temperature, which effects your sleep. And, these crazy hormones can cause CRAZY INTENSE DREAMS. Sometimes, women even have night terrors (YIKES!). I have experienced the crazy dreams with both pregnancies, and using the sleep spray really helps those dissipate as well.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT >> OK, so this is NOT A PROUD PARENT MOMENT. But for the sake of keeping your child safe, I’m obligated to divulge!
Practice using your car seat! Adam and I had it installed, and we took the time to make sure it was in correctly, weeks before we high-tailed it to the hospital. We did not, however, practice buckling the thing. Fast forward, and we are getting ready to leave the hospital to bring our bundle of joy home. Adam has to go get the car seat and bring it in so the nurse can show us how to buckle babe in and make sure he is secure to leave.
She places baby in the car seat pulls the straps in front of our precious baby. Puts his arms and legs through the straps and clips the chest buckle in front, in line with his belly button. Essentially, our sweet baby angel is in an “X” position. His two sleep deprived parents, look adoringly at him and hit the road in confidence that “we can do this”. Here’s the problem…HE WAS BUCKLED COMPLETELY WRONG! We drove around like that to dr visits for TWO WEEKS! It wasn’t until we went to a lactation appointment that we were told as soon as we came in the room, “uh, let me show you how he actually needs to be buckeled.”
We were in shock! We had no clue! We kinda half-laughed because we were too green and sleep deprived to even question how he was buckled, and for a fleeting moment that reality made us giggle, but then the shear terror of our neglect sank in and we were embarrassed and thanking God we had not had an accident! It was an awful feelings.
So all that to say, PRACTICE buckling the dang thing!
This is the car seat we purchased after a lot of research. It has a top rating for safety, great fabric for cleaning, and even SPF protection. I LOVE IT!
KEEP RECORDS >> I’ve always been a planner girl and when I got pregnant I started documenting milestones, and doctor visit notes right inside my planner. This was a GREAT habit because now with my subsequent pregnancy, I’ve referred back several times to that planner to see how I was feeling and what was happening with my body at different stages. It’s helped squelch some worries and given me peace of mind about my progress the second time around. PLUS, it created a habit I’ve carried through with keeping track of my first born! I’ve documented so many milestones and sweet memories, and I’ll always be able to go back and look at them.
This is the planner I LOVE because it has plenty of room for memory keeping, schedules, and doodling :). There are two sizes, and TONS of ways to customize them.
RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT >> It is SUPER helpful to involve your partner in the process. Especially, if it’s your first baby. There are tons of apps to download that have great weekly informational articles for both people and are fun to read together to learn what the heck is happening. It’s a great idea to take the obligatory baby classes. Even if you know A LOT, there is always something new to learn and they reinforce the idea of going through it together. PLUS, the baby CPR class was VERY helpful in feeling prepared and having two sets of eyes and ears ensures the success of remembering actions that can save your new baby’s life if God forbid you need to administer such help.
Make the time to do things alone. There is no way around it, your life is going to change with each new child brought into the world. Use the nine months to grow together, make memories, and have fun! You’ll be able to do those things after, but it will of course be different, and alone time is truly a precious gift (and one that won’t come often).
I have a Making Marriage Work series that may give you some good pointers to use to have a strong foundation before baby arrives. It’s four parts and you can check them out here.
I hope Part One and Part Two listed above have given you help for your pregnancy. I have loved this journey and welcome any questions! Please comment below with any questions, and I will try to help any way I can on this subject.
Be present, enjoy the miracle that you get to feel real-time, and relish in the experience God has given you with your partner. Life is a blessing and creating one is a remarkable one!
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