2016, you were so, so good to us! It was hands down, 100% the most life-changing year I have EVER experienced. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, I grew a baby, gave birth to our sweet Lucy, and we became PARENTS. We packed a whole bunch of firsts and a ton of happiness into 2016, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! I have plenty of goals that I want to accomplish this year, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! I couldn’t thank you all enough for following along on our journey, and I hope you have a blessed and healthy new year:) Bring it on 2017, xo.
I sat down to blog today and thought, oh…wow it’s probably been two weeks since I’ve sat down and written something. WRONG. It’s been a month!!!! I have never done that, ever! I could sit here and make excuses like, “blah blah motherhood babies four month sleep regression breastfeeding laundry” OR I can just say whoops and move right along. So, WHOOPS.
Speaking of sleep regressions, (not an excuse just an update) Lucy gave us a serious run for our money for a couple weeks. She was waking up four or five times a night every night and she was waking up at 5 am for the day. FIVE. A. M. Lord help us all. Luckily she figured it out on her own, and we are back to a regular sleeping schedule of waking up one or two time a night. Phew. That may or may not have had a large impact of my lack of blog posts, but once again…..I’m not here to make excuses;)
There really is not a ton to update you all on, we are just starting to find our groove as a family & we are enjoying the holiday season! There really is nothing better than having a baby to share these fun times with. I can only imagine how much better it gets every year! Lucy is obsessed with staring at the lights on the tree and grabbing the ornaments, she’s not sure what to think about the snow, and she really prefers being in a warm pair of footies hanging out on the couch (same, girl).
I have been spending my entire Sunday brainstorming and making a list of things to improve my blog, so I will be sharing those things soon! Don’t give up on me yet, better things are ahead! Thank you all for following along and reading about my super exciting whirlwind of a life*, I appreciate you. Really.
*really aggressive sarcasm
Now here are some really cute pictures of my baby. Have a good night!
I have had so much fun putting together Lucy’s nursery, I’m actually a little sad that I’m done! She doesn’t actually sleep in her room yet, but I hope once she does she loves it as much as I do. This room started out covered in old Packer’s wallpaper, and it. was. terrible. I knew that I wanted it to be neutral with little pops of color, but it turned out completely different than I originally planned…and I love it! Can I move in?;)
October is a crazy month around here. We have soooo much going on, and I feel like we are always on the go! Luckily Lucy loves her carseat, and my car gets 35 mpg;) If I’m not updating my blog, I can promise you that I am on Instagram…Follow me @maryssaalbert to stay up to date on my #momlife. Cubs Hat | Lucy’s Bow | MAC Impassioned Lipstick READ MORE »
We seriously love bath time in our house, and I wanted to share our favorite baby bath products! Lucy is just like her mama, she loves to kick back and relax in a nice warm bubble bath, and she has some favorite products she likes to use;) I swear, she told me. After some trial and error with many different products, we finally figured out what works best!
Shampoo/Body Wash: I switch off between the Shea Moisture Head to Toe Wash (HERE) and the Tubby Todd Hair & Body Wash (HERE). I love the smell of both, and there is really no reason why I switch between them, I just get bored of smells really easily;) They are both natural and perfect for Lucy’s super-sensitive skin!
Lotion: Tubby Todd’s Everyday lotion is our must-have (HERE)! It is so gentle, and the smell is subtle yet soooo yummy! I have tried Cetaphil Baby and Aveeno Baby, and they both made Lucy break out in a pretty aggressive rash. This is the only lotion yet that works for her, so we are hooked!
Diaper Rash: At the first sign of a diaper rash, I put coconut oil on her bum at every diaper change…and that usually does the trick by the end of the day! If the rash looks a little more severe, I use Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment (HERE). Can you tell I’m obsessed with their products? This isn’t sponsored, I just absolutely love what they do for my baby’s skin! This stuff is MAGIC. You need it, trust me.
Cradle Cap/Baby Acne/Scratches: All Over Ointment! Remember when I said that it’s magic? It really is…I don’t know why or how, but it heals everything! I even put it on my blemishes before bed and when I wake up they are gone! It’s worth every single penny.
Man, these babies of ours are high maintenance;) I wouldn’t have it any other way! What are your favorite baby products? These work best for us, but I am always open to trying something new!
Happy Thursday, friends! Since I don’t always have a chance to post on my blog, I thought I would share what has been going on recently on my Instagram! Life is so good here, everyday Lucy is learning something new and it is my absolute favorite! Follow me @maryssaalbert to always stay updated 😉
Booties | Dress
My cute fall baby!
Early fall mornings with my girl.
I’m just in love with how she has to touch my hand while she’s nursing!
One of us can fit into our jeans, one of us can’t;)
Our precious two month old!
Someone took her first successful crib nap!
Since I am officially recovered and feeling awesome, I felt that it was time to share what you really need for post-partum recovery! Well, what I needed anyway;) I had a few things that seriously helped me recover from the trauma that is childbirth, and I knew I needed to share them. This is by no means going to be a glamorous post……But recovering from a baby is basically the least glamorous thing you will ever do. Ever. Ever. Ever.
- Padsicles. Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t work. They. Are. Amazing. My hospital gave me a huge bag of them to take home, so I never had to make any….But here is a how-to if you need to make your own. I had a crap ton (yeah, that many) of stitches, so they really helped you know….numb the area.
- Nipple Cream. Lucy and I haven’t exactly had the smoothest breastfeeding journey thus far, so this stuff is a necessity. The day I came home from the hospital I was in so much pain, I couldn’t stop crying! I used the Motherlove Nipple Cream, and I think it definitely helped to speed up the healing process. I can not tell you how important it is to get into contact with a lactation consultant though, and make sure your babe has a good latch, or else you will be like me rocking back and forth icing my nips 24/7.
- Motrin. Have that shit in every room. You’ll need it. Again, I had a crap ton of stitches….So maybe if you didn’t need your lady bits completely sewn back together, you could do without it. I however, could not. Just take the meds.
- Stool Softeners. I’m going to be very real, and very blunt….The thought of pooping after having a baby is absolutely freaking TERRIFYING. Stool softeners will make the experience much more pleasant. I promise.
- Big ole’ undies, also known as granny panties. Coming home after you give birth to a small (but feels very, very large at the time) human, the last thing you want to do is scurry into your pre-baby cute underwear. For one, they probably don’t fit; and two, you are in no condition down there to be wearing anything tight ANY time soon. At least me anyway, but see above statement *lady bits being completely sewn back together* I went to Walmart and picked up the biggest pair of Hanes briefs and settled in. I didn’t even splurge for the bikini cut….I mean, who am I trying to impress here. I also highly recommend snagging as many pairs of the mesh underwear from the hospital as possible, and don’t feel bad….They are charging you thousands of dollars to birth a child, take the free stuff. “free” lol.
- Nursing bras. So many people told me I didn’t need nursing bras, so I only had two. Well listen here, they lied to me. Nursing bras are SO convenient. They make it so much easier to just whip out your boob and not fumble around with pulling up your sports bra and covering it in milk. I love the sports bra style with the clips (I have THESE), they are so comfortable and an absolute must!
- Nursing Pads. I had no clue that your boobs just leak at any given time. Keep nursing pads in your bra at all times, or else you will be like me and be casually getting ready for the day in your freshly cleaned clothes (which is a huge accomplishment when you just had a baby) and you look down to see milk covering your shirt. & if you’re like me, you leave it for a few hours. Seriously, this is glamorous stuff people. These Lansinoh pads are my favorite.
- Post-Partum Belly Band. I don’t know that this really made a life changing difference in the size of my stomach, but it helped me to feel so much more put together the first week after I gave birth. You are so jiggly those first few days, so anything to really suck you in will make you feel just a tiiiiny bit better about yourself. A tiny bit.
So there you have it, eight things that really helped me recover from the whirlwind of childbirth. There are definitely more things that I am probably just completely blanking on, but these stood out. I managed to feel semi-normal again relatively quickly, and by four weeks I felt amazing! Lucy was 100000% worth it all, and I would still do it a million more times;) Happy recovering!
She is a little squirmer, I swear this girl is always moving…Even when she’s asleep! She loves to hangout in her mamaroo & absolutely hates when her feet are cold. I’ve never had a baby before, but I think she’s preeetty easy going. Feed her, change her, give her some cuddles, and she’s out cold. Home girl LOVES to eat and has spit up in my hair a total of six times now, and I swear she smiles every time she does it. She. Knows. Her Dad and I are completely obsessed, and even that is an understatement. We love you Lucy girl!
Also- I am finally getting into a routine, which means I will be blogging regularly again! Woohoo! Thank you for your patience while I figure out this whole motherhood thing;)
Where to even begin! Our sweet little Lucy is three weeks old today, and she completely changed our lives forever! I am finally getting around to sharing Lucy’s Birth Story, but this post is going to be very long winded….you’ve been warned;)
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our baby girl, little miss Lucy Clare Albert! She was born July 18th at 7:38 am, weighing in at a perfect 6 lbs 12 oz & 20.5 inches long.