Life with Owen: Month 2

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Just as quickly as the months goes by, my love for you grows .

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Owen is such a happy boy, as the time has gone by I have noticed that he has such a warm spirit even though he is still young - that’s just something I’ve picked up from our time together.

Owen is sleeping very well during the night time, if he falls asleep around 9:30 he will wake around 2am to eat, back to bed until around 6, and then again a stretch of sleep until around 11. Which is great ( for me lol).

Eating well, and growing ! At his six week appointment he was weighing in at 10lbs!

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Guess who is smiling ? I am seriously in love with his gummy and often tongue sticking out smile, he will smile for no reason at all sometimes- it’s the cutest.

Owen has a super sensitive bum ! He often has a rash on one side and the best remedy has been a combination of olive oil and diaper rash cream from eco by naty.

He has been loving his “susu” (pacifier) by bibs and though I was slightly nervous about him becoming attached he has been great at falling asleep without it, and learning how to self soothe - I caught him with two fingers in his mouth but I’m praying that doesn’t become “a thing”

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  • Getting stronger: lifting his head with more confidence and stability, his kicks can move more than a blanket

  • Movements: no longer jerking uncontrollably when picked up or startled, his movements are much more fluid

  • Self-aware: discovering his hands and playing with them a lot more!

  • Coo-Coo: loves to make noises and hear the sound of his voice !

Landons paediatrician had handouts that went over various milestones to look out for (which is what I reference), also the help of google! I haven’t taken Owen to the paediatrician yet - judge me! Or circumcise him like we did his big brother (but I still want to).

Overall, Owen is doing great and has been such a sweet addition to our family !!

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Pregnancy Prep: Having a Baby Without Blowing Your Budget

Pregnancy Prep: Having a Baby Without Blowing Your Budget

Guest blogger:Emily Graham

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The cost of having a baby with or without insurance varies drastically from state to state and from hospital to hospital. But the day the baby is born is just the beginning of the bills. According to NerdWallet, 54 percent of prospective parents believe expenses for their baby’s first year of life will total $5,000 or less, while the USDA indicates the average amount is actually closer to $13,000. However, just because many families spend that much on their baby doesn’t mean you need to blow your entire budget and go into debt.

 

Start Saving Early

If possible, start saving for your baby well in advance of getting pregnant. Even if you don't start saving until the little one is on their way, you can put aside even a small amount of money each month to save for the baby. You might think you don’t have any room to spare in your budget. However, you should take another look. Go through your monthly expenditures line by line to find places to save, including reducing cable TV or internet packages, canceling subscriptions and memberships you don't use, and eliminating unnecessary expenditures like eating out.

 

Lower Your Expectations About Baby Products

Despite all the marketing for amazing nursery furniture and pricey baby products, newborn babies actually need very little. You can skip the changing table, bouncer, rocker, and even the stroller. You don't need fluffy crib bedding and bumpers, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, are actually dangerous for your little one. You can basically get away with just blankets, car seat, crib, diapers, onesies, wipes, a couple of soft toys, and of course, anything you need for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.

 

Shop Smart for the Baby and Yourself

Even if you don’t think you’ll have a baby shower (and you should make sure someone throws one for you!), make a baby registry on Amazon or other site in case anyone asks what you need. This will allow you to accumulate some of those much-needed baby essentials. And though you generally shouldn't buya used car seat or crib, baby and maternity clothes, as well as other baby items, can be purchased used. You can probably even find moms in your local area donating or swapping baby clothes and products.

 

Tone Down the Gender Reveal

These days, gender reveals are over-the-top. We understand the excitement about announcing the baby's gender, but it doesn't need to be an elaborate or expensive production. Instead, do a simple yet cute social media photo op. For example, you can snap a picture with shoes lined up for each person in your family with a new pair of baby girl or boy shoes at the end of the line. Or, as Kindred Bravely notes, take a photo of your older child(ren) wearing a T-shirt reading, "It’s a Girl” or "It’s a Boy." Another simple idea is just getting a store-bought pinata and loading it with pink or blue candy or trinkets, then posting a video of the parents bursting it. You can do something creative and cute for the gender reveal without spending much money at all.

Ask for Help

If you need assistance, all you need to do is ask! You may have friends who are willing to give or loan baby items to you. You also may be able to get baby formula, infant cereal, and other items through WIC. Police stations, fire stations, charities, and other entities often have car seats available for parents in need. Additionally, Wikibuy notes that some manufacturers and retailers give away plenty of coupons and samples you might find useful.

 

Preparing for a baby can be an exciting time but stressful too, especially if you are on a tight budget. Remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to raise a happy and healthy little one. Babies don’t need much more than food, shelter, care, and of course, your love.

 

Photo via Pixabay

Emily Graham is the creator of MightyMoms.net which offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms -- from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life.

Dear Postpartum Body

When we first got together I was a bit scared of you. I wasn’t sure how you would act, would you be the same as last time or completely different? You definitely started off differently. You didn’t send pain down my legs like before, you were a lot nicer to me. But you also came with a few surprises of your own. I was never too hung up on the concept of “snap-back”, I mean- isn’t that a type of hat? Well you sure did my head in when you housed my sweet boy. Once he left there was a void, and though my stomach didn’t look the same I secretly wished it did. Instead of firm with little kicks coming, you were droopy- and discoloured (still are-somewhat) and nothing like what so many people assume. You didn’t go back down to your pre-baby weight until around 7 weeks- but thats cool, I’m alright with taking things slow. I am doing my best to feed you right but I’m not sitting around eating salad either. I am eating what I want, what I like the most and feel no ways about it. We can often get caught up with all that we see in the mirror instead of recognizing all that we are capable of and posses that isn’t reflected in that way. I am so much more than a number on the scale. YOU are so much more than just a “postpartum” body. You are my child carrying, friend hugging, rhythm holding, food digesting, leg supporting-body. You do a lot, and I am grateful for you. There are days that I don’t think this way, there will be days to come where I won’t recognize this- so before I forget, and to allow me to reflect in times to come, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for making life extra special, for the milk production, the arms strong enough to hold my boys, eyes that though the vision has changed- they still work. Thanks for getting up when everything in me wanted to keep sleeping, helping me not to be selfish. Thanks for the anemia that reminded me to slow down, for the haemorrhoids that …umm..well it actually connected me to another mother, so theres that (lol). I think you get where I am going, I am grateful for you.

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