Lorena and Lennox
Hello all. Thanks for visiting Motherhood Unfiltered. My name is Lorena, I am a first time mom of a CRAZY 1.5 year old, Lennox. Since giving birth, motherhood has been a series of struggles and eye-openers for me — from experiencing PPD, sleepless nights, to raising a bicultural/lingual child—and I am here to share those struggles with you all and how I overcame them.
Don’t worry though! Motherhood hasn’t been all struggles, there have been lots of joys as well: going through Lennox’s milestones, helping him become a great eater ( follow the page Lennox’s eats to see the benefits of Baby Led Weaning), watching him love playing soccer and dancing among many more. I can’t wait to share all of the experiences with you all.
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Therefore, as a gift to all you new, and not-so-new mamas, as well as friends and family buying gifts for a baby shower, I am offering you my list of MUST HAVES to survive that INTENSE transition to motherhood. I promise you, all of these items have been solely tested by me and they were ABSOLUTE MUSTS.
I will post these MUST HAVES for items in a series of 7 theme-related posts this week. The first, and the most important being FEEDING necessities. Stay tuned and please subscribe to our e-mailing list and receive a free, printable check-list of the Ultimate Baby Registry. =)
I’m just going to throw this out there, Crafts with young toddlers is not easy. In fact, it’s messy, hectic and A LOT OF WORK, at least in my case with a busy-bodied, tantrum-throwing, strong-willed toddler who wants to do things his own way. That’s ok though, Lennox has a blast and hey, messes can be cleaned up and thank the heavens for wine, you deserve it.
If you are going to attend a baby shower, I recommend skipping the cutesy clothes and gadgets and go straight for a practical gift, especially if the mother plans on breastfeeding.
How do you know if your baby has reflux? In my case, for instance, ever since I brought Lennox home from the hospital, his spit up became my new perfume. It was non-stop and it wasn’t necessarily after a feeding either. Sometimes he would wake up from a nap and immediately spit up. It got to the point where I always draped a receiving blanket over top of me every time I was holding him. I also always precautioned all of my family and friends to be careful before holding or bouncing him. It was OUT OF CONTROL.
We were no longer talking about spit up. We were talking about a constant, projectile warfare. Sometimes I was scared Lennox was going to shower me in my sleep from his bassinet. Let’s just say it was NOT, let me repeat, NOT pleasurable. Add his spit up buffet to him being a sleepless newborn (I know, sleep with newborns is pretty nonexistent, but Lennox was an extremely sensitive sleeper) I basically turned into a mombie, a great smelling one at that.
Nonetheless, every couple of months or so we go through a couple weeks where I have no clue what is going on. All of the sudden Lennox starts waking a lot, gets extremely fussy and unbearable from being overtired and his whole sleep schedule goes out of wack.
It’s these times like tonight where I put Lennox to bed at 8 and he was up crying by 10 that I have to remember that Lennox is a sensitive sleeper. Regardless of what might be the reason waking him up; teeth, overstimulation, fever etc., I have to stick to my basics.
Below are some important tips to follow to help your sensitive sleeper sleep better.
Gender reveal parties might not be for everyone. The stress of spending money on a party when you are about to bring a tiny human into the world can be daunting!
“Postpartum depression makes a woman feel like she is in the grip of something dreaded and dark, and it’s scary. . . but she’s likely ashamed to admit it because she can’t explain it!” – Judy Dippel
“The very damaging, frightening part of postpartum is the lack of perspective and the lack of priority and understanding what is really important.” – Brooke Shields