Actually, he got here back on September 1st, and ever since my life has been a whirlwind of breastfeeding, diaper changes, burping, napping, short errands to maintain sanity, visitors, baths, trying to find time to cook, eat, bathe myself, etc. So far, life with Little Dude has been pretty sweet, and no matter how frustrated I get when he’s too lazy to latch properly, or poops through the diaper I just put on him, I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. We saved up so that the hubby could take 4 weeks off with us- this is by far the best idea we’ve ever had, and I only wish we could afford to have him stay with us longer; he’s been keeping the house clean, washing laundry, making food, doling out vitamins, taking care of midnight diapering, rocking, burping, bonding- essentially serving as second in command, and helping me from being completely stuck in the bedroom. I have no idea what would become of us if he weren’t here!
Things I’ve learned in the last 2 1/2 weeks:
No matter how much you educate yourself prior to giving birth, you will still have a metric ton of questions, second guess everything you pre-planned, and spend hours googling your parenting skills during 4am feeding sessions.
You will be pooped on.
You will be peed on.
You will forget to wear deodorant, and unless your hubby reminds you, shower.
If someone offers to bring you dinner, let them.
You will learn what tastes good after being neglected in a crockpot all day.
If you didn’t pre-make meals, prepare to live off of cereal, or takeout for the next 2 months.
A ring sling, or other infant carrier might just be your saving grace to get your little one to take a nap, or relax them without nursing 24-7.
You will go through a million baby wipes, so you may as well learn how to make them.
DIY Coconut Baby Wipes
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, making it great for preventing and treating diaper rash. These will mold if made early, and will last roughly a week or so before spoiling- though in the early weeks you’ll find yourself going through a roll every 2-4 days. Do yourself a favor and buy a jumbo pack of paper towels, cut them all in half and have them ready so you can make a fresh supply of wipes in 5 minutes!
1 Roll Viva! or similar, thick, non-quilted paper towel
1 Tbs Organic coconut Oil
1 Tbs non-toxic/USDA Organic shampoo or baby wash; non-minty. Make sure it’s free of sulfates, fragrances, parabens, dyes etc.
1 1/4 c hot water
Take a large kitchen knife and cut the roll of towels in half widthwise. Cram one roll into your container. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the oil, soap, and water. Pour half of the liquid into the center of the roll of towels, and pour the rest over the top and into the sides of the container- pull the center of the roll to help get solution into the sides. Place the cap on, and tip the container upside down. Let soak for 5 minutes before pulling out and discarding the center tube. Et Viola! Your wipes are ready.
I’ve read on numerous sites that oatmeal and quinoa can help foster a good milk supply, and when combined they make a great hot cereal that’s affordable, filling, and high in protein and fiber! I make a container of trail mix once a week, and spoon it generously on top, and add chia for extra omegas and protein.
Crockpot Quinoa and Oat Cereal with Coconut Trail Mix and Chia
Makes 8-12 servings- can be halved
10 cups water
2 cups steel cut oats
1 cup quinoa
1 crock pot
Coconut Trail Mix
2 cups raw walnuts
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 to 1 cup raisins
1/2 to 1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup coconut flakes
Chia seeds, non-dairy milk of choice, agave, cinnamon, for serving- optional
To make the cereal, combine the water, oats and quinoa in a large slow cooker, and set on high for 4 hours. Stir well before storing in the fridge. Combine all of the trail mix ingredients and store in an airtight container- use or as much or as little of the fruit as you’d like. To serve, spoon some of the cold cereal into a bowl or sauce pan and add a few tablespoons milk. Microwave, or heat until hot, stirring occasionally, adding more milk as needed. Top with a tablespoon of chia and add some cinnamon, agave, and trail mix to taste.