Mommin’ Hard

I’ve been mommin hard over here for a whopping 2 weeks. I figured it was time to sit down and write out some memories…you know the things I don’t want to forget about as time goes on.

First of all, Maryn is perfect. That probably goes without saying. But, she really is a dream. She has her moments (usually around 11:00pm and 4:00am that she’s inconsolable and pissed off at the world… quite a bit of drama…) but other than that she really is quite easy. We’re exhausted and super sleep deprived. But life goes on. It’s hilarious when people say things like “get some rest!” and “sleep when the baby sleeps!” Haha. 

We’ve been keeping busy around here. Lots of staring at her and learning all about her. Somehow, in the midst of the chaos we find a few moments to breathe. Or do a load of laundry. 

The laundry, oh the laundry. I always heard new moms talk about the amount of laundry. Good God the laundry! I’m also a crazy person when it comes to dirty clothes. If it has one tiny bit of something on it… DIRTY! WASH IT. Immediately! The funny part, Maryn doesn’t believe in tiny bits of anything. When she poops…. she POOPS! When she spews, those spewie guys are kinda like the scene from the Exorcist. It’s an all out circus around here. I now understand why people say it’s hard. ITS REALLY FRICKEN HARD!

She also has some super fun things about her. She has this patch of hair (okay fuzz) on the top of her left ear. I first noticed it in the hospital and thought it was a fuzz from the blanket. I went to pull it off and realized it was attached! I love it and I’m sad for the day that her bear fur will fall off because I know her little ear will lose it’s fuzzy patch. 

She also gets a nice boob print on her face when she nurses HARD. She knows how to go hard too. Michael calls it Motor boatin’. She’s a nursing queen. 

Everyone that’s seen her in person says how much she looks like Michael. Before I had her I worried that crazy hormones would make me sad if people said she looked like him. The opposite couldn’t be more true. I LOVE it. I love seeing those two together. He’s the best dad in the world. He changes all of the dirty diapers he can (when he’s home) he rocks her to sleep, he snuggles her on his chest, he talks to her in funny voices and calls her Mrs. Pickles and Grumptard on the daily. He loves her so much it’s silly! All of that to say, when she makes funny faces (OH THE FACES!!!) he adoringly looks at her and says “you look just like the mom!” Apparently she has my expressions. She did a one eyebrow, tongue out, cross eyed duck face look the other day and Michael busted up laughing saying he’s seen me do that face. I looked at him without seeing her and said “this one?” And we both got a good laugh. Apparently I’m a professional at replicating her gassy faces.  

There are some things that have significantly made my life easier as a first time mom. I never want to forget the things that I’ve loved especially if I’m ever stupid brave enough to do this again.

Aside from the mesh undies, ice packs for sore lady bits, Lanolin, and all of the one handed snacks a mama can handle.. these are some of my favorite PP necessities that really don’t get the kind of recognition they deserve.

1. Eye mask– sleeping during the day is a LOT easier with an eye mask.  

2. Vitamin E and this Lush Bar

I didn’t get one stretch mark until a week from my due date when I got one right over my belly button ring hole. As the baby dropped over the next two weeks (AFTER my due date) I started getting tiny little stretch marks on my lower abdomen. They’re so itchy now that I’m recovering PP. I was complaining how itchy I was to a girlfriend of mine and she picked up this Lush bar for me. It’s not only soothes and moisturizers (guys the MOISTURE!!!) but it also smells so so good.  

3. Straws- nursing moms need straws. It makes staying hydrated a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about tipping a glass or spilling on your baby.

4. A heating pad. 

This one came from a doctor Michael has been seeing for his back who has a 5 month old baby. He was telling his doctor that we have a hard time transferring her when she falls asleep on our chest or in our arms to her Dock-A-Tot or her Rock N Play. She recommended putting a heating pad for a minute or two inside the sleeping vessel to warm it up and then remove it to put her to bed. GUYS! THIS IS NOT A JOKE. It worked like magic. Transferring a sleeping baby has become our jam! NOTE: Remove the heating pad after 1-2 minutes and Duhhhh don’t put the baby on the heating pad! We did NOT do that. I just want to be clear.

5. Halo Sleep Sack and the Rock N Play— these are life giving.

6. These pads for PP bleeding. And for transporting your leaky vagina to the hospital after your water breaks. Also, puppy pee pee pads will save the interior of you car. Trust. 

7. Champagne and Starbucks. (Mom life)

8. This YouTube video was shared with me from The Domestic Mermaid.  It’s one of the best things to happen to my life. Note to moms…turn your phone over the video is creepy.

9. Oxyclean.

Sleep deprivation is a real thing. When M spit up all over her Dock-A-Tot I threw it into the wash with some other dirty clothes. When the wash was done I realized that I had put brand new teal terrycloth burp rag in with the Dock cover resulting in a dye transfer to my bright white Dock turning it this hideously ugly dingy bluish grey color. I cried. And googled what to do. I soaked the Dock cover overnight in Oxyclean and sure enough it’s (almost) perfectly white again.  

Overall mommin hard ain’t easy. I have so much respect for women (families) that do this more than once. It seems impossible right now to imagine!   What are some of your favorite unsung PP heroes?

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