Motherhood 5

November 19, 2012

-Breastfeeding is crazy. One day I got out of a hot shower and noticed I was letting down and had to go get back in the shower to clean myself off a second time.

-Here’s a tip for those of you who are expecting that I wish I had done: keep a spreadsheet of every gift you receive. I was diligent about thank you notes and wrote them promptly after receiving gifts. I finished all of my baby shower notes the night of the shower. I was determined not to get behind. But now that months have passed, my memory of who gave us each toy or outfit is fuzzy. I’d love to be able to say “Maze is enjoying his blocks” to the gift-giver, but especially since we received so many in one day, my mind is erased. I wish I’d kept up so I could give the givers updates!

-On the topic of thank you notes, these Rustic Wood cards are super cute and inexpensive per note as well. Notecards are pricy when you are writing them many at a time. I love the look of these!


-I’ve noticed that Maze sometimes has sparkles in his hair from my make-up rubbing off onto him. I wonder what he thinks about that. Similarly, whenever he spends quality time with his dad, he often comes back to me smelling faintly of cologne. (Just faintly on the top of his head – not doused in strong smells!)


-Stock up on these before you think you might need them:

Boogie Wipes. [Great product for wiping noses!]

Simply Saline [Which just missed our cold due to delayed shipping, but I hear is another must have for congested noses that many of you swear by]

Nose Frieda [Many of you recommended this to me, and my friend Jen gave me one as a gift. I was a bit horrified at the concept (you literally suck out your baby’s nose – but there is a filter barrier) but I agree, it works SO well. Maze hated it though Sad smile ]


-My very very very favorite bath time product: Lavanila body wash! What I love most other than the delicious smell is that it’s foaming so you don’t have to work the soap into a lather first. This makes a great baby shower gift!


-I had a freak out moment at about 8 weeks when I realized we might not be stimulating M enough. So I bought him an activity mat. This one isn’t the cheapest, but I love its style. He loves to smile at the animals on top.


-I now love cutting M’s fingernails with the baby clippers. I do it when he’s nursing and concentrate very hard. I remember Sarah telling me that her husband Josh does theirs and he is a surgeon, so when I cut M’s, I pretend I’m performing a serious surgery. It’s kind of fun now! Only not fun part is having the clippings fall into my bra and having to shake them out later.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle@Peachy Palate November 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Awh he’s so cute on the mat! Great tips!


2 Sarah (the SHU box) November 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Aghhhh!!! Cutting nails is the only baby task I dread :). We have to sneak and do it while I’m breastfeeding :). It is totally surgical- with the added challenge of an non-anesthetized patient!


3 Sarah (the SHU box) November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Oh, and I love the nose Frieda, too. Annabel is not a fan but it is effective.


4 Mom November 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love the wipes warmer! (Maybe you’ve already mentioned that.)


5 Holly November 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

A wipes warmer was a godsend for us in the early days when it was 2-5 wake-ups every night! (we actually still use it at 14 months)


6 KatyBug November 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for this — especially the bath soap. I have been using California Baby but it has no smell, so she ends up always faintly smelling of milk, even when she’s clean. 🙂

And I let down at the weirdest times…so bizarre.


7 dianna November 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

your baby boy is beautiful, congratulations! isn’t being a mom so much fun? our daughter will be 1 on friday, and even though there have been many, many super hard moments, it really is just the most incredible experience, isn’t it? hope your family has a lovely holiday!


8 natalie @ will jog for food November 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Great tips! I have an activity mat on my registry but I guess he won’t start using it for about 8 weeks? I’m 20 weeks along and have to use tons of saline spray myself, hehe.


9 Jen November 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Hi Kath,
My husband is actually a friend of your’s from Hillsborough which is how I found out about your blogs and I have to say I love reading both blogs. I’m 31 weeks pregnant and it’s been so lovely reading about your journey. Thanks for being so open and honest. Maze is adorable and you all look happy and healthy!
Wishing you all the best!


10 KERF November 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hi Jen! Glad you’re enjoying the blogs : )


11 Abby November 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

My sister uses the NasalClear Nasal Aspirator – BR140 for runny noses. It is seriously awesome and distracts them with lullabys!


12 Coco November 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

#1 happened to me last week and I laughed out. And last night I woke up with a wet sheet. Not fun!

Nail clipping gets easier with practice! 🙂


13 Allison k November 20, 2012 at 8:24 am

So… Why didn’t you run to the store for the saline? The boogey wipes are not helpful at all for Anderson when he is truly congested. He sort of has small nostrils though…


14 KERF November 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

Because I had already paid for the 1 that was on the way ! And didn’t realize it wasn’t Amazon prime


15 Carla C November 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hahaha oh my goodness @ the last part about the clippings falling into your bra…I’m sure that’s no fun!


16 Ashley November 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

Hi Kath, loving these ‘rumination on motherhood posts’. It’s a wonderful process, isn’t it? I love the Nose Frida too – way better than the hospital bulb.

I know in your pregnancy posts you’d talked about using cloth diapers – updates on how it’s going?


17 KERF November 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

We are easing into them with a hybrid system right now. Cloth at home and disposable when were out and for now at night too. We’ve already had some trouble with diaper rash type symptoms with the cloth but I don’t really want to get into for M’s privacy.


18 Ashley November 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Cool! We had some diaper rash problems in the past, hope they clear up for you! A cloth safe cream was our solution. 🙂 happy thanksgiving (early)!


19 Lindsey November 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

You can use breastmilk up the nose. I express a bit into a bowl and use an eye dropper to put it in his nose. It doesn’t dry out the nasal passages or sting the throat like saline. My baby likes it way better! You will feel super crunchy too.


20 Leanne November 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Boogie Wipes are awesome! I don’t use them all the time but when my daughters nose is really runny it keeps it from getting all sore and raw.


21 Natasha November 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I squirt saline water on tissue instead of Boogie Wipes…cost effective plus always have that on hand.


22 Denise November 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hey Kath, quick question. While you were ttc, did you follow your regular workout schedule or did you modify it as if you were pregnant? Thanks.


23 KERF November 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Regular, but I also wasn’t doing any crazy distance running or anything


24 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 22, 2012 at 1:39 am

I love when you mention a product you’re loving and why you’re loving it; it is so helpful to know what one mommy already thinks of the product! ……..Jackson and I are just getting into the yucky bugger thing- no fun. I feel so sorry for him, they always seem to be 100 times bigger than his little nose!


25 Alicia November 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We love Boogie Wipes. Even after you have an older child, they are still awesome!


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