Monday, May 21, 2012

Helping out Mama: with That Mama Gretchen

While I'm waiting for baby to arrive and enjoying those first few moments once Pip has arrived I've got a few wonderful ladies looking after my blog. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and get ready to meet some fantastic people! 
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Take It Easy: 5 Things You Need After Birth

I'm thrilled to pop in and share a few words while Margot is snuggling her new baby!

Me and my baby girl at 3 weeks.

Since my daughter's birth I've become more and more of a believe in the 4th trimester. Have you heard of it? The 4th trimester represents those first few weeks after baby is home and the whole family is adjusting to a new and wonderful normal. To make things easier during this adjustment period I recommend having the following on hand ...
  1. Paper plate stash. I don't know many people who love doing the dishes. I, for one, barely tolerate them. After baby is born dishes become one more thing that needs to be done. I totally recommend buying a pack of 100 study paper plates and giving yourself a break! Before your green self has a heart attack, remember that many paper plates can be composted or rinsed and recycled.
  2. Nursing basket. So many hours are spent nursing during the 4th trimester and beyond. I loved having a basket in each of my favorite nursing spots (one upstairs and one downstairs) filled with nursing pads, lanolin, a bottle of water, a granola bar snack, burp clothes, and hair ties. It never hurts to have a good book tucked in your basket too - my daughter often fell asleep and I didn't want to risk moving so I got a lot of reading done while rocking my sweetie :)
  3. Freezer meals. Kind of along the lines of paper plates, easy, healthy, food is a must once baby is home. Nursing creates quite the appetite and to keep a solid milk supply mama has to keep her calorie intake high. Prepare before baby with a stock of freezer meals. Things like pasta dishes/lasagna, enchiladas, and soups all freeze really well. Here is a peak at some of the freezer meal recipes I made before my daughter's arrival.
  4. Massage appointment. The best push present is definitely a massage. There is nothing better than laying on your stomach and having all the aches and pains massaged away. Plan to have a family member or friend come along with you and your little one in the waiting room so you don't have to worry about being too far away during your relaxation time.
  5. An encouraging word. No matter what happens during labor, midnight feedings, or the days and months to follow. You must remember that you are the very best mama for your baby. The two of you are a perfect pair making the most priceless memories together. Embrace those memories and believe in yourself as you grow as a mama!
What else would you recommend? I'm all ears as my second baby is due in August!
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From Gretchen, at That Mama Gretchen

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