• Emmy’s First month // the fourth trimester

    Where on this earth did the month of March go? I literally don’t remember half of it #momlife.

    I have been so MIA – but what have we been up to at the Perrine household you ask? Here’s a little run down:

     

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    -First of all, bringing home a newborn equals zero sleep. I definitely love my sleep especially in consecutive hours. This whole two hours here, one hour there is really starting to wear on my sanity. I have felt so much guilt because my older two (&my hubby) are really getting the short end of the stick these days. I am like a nocturnal bat. The kids have been living off of pop tarts, (I NEED to point out that they are organic for judgement purposes) granola bars, and pirates booty basically- I don’t think they mind. My husband has been the biggest help EVER with them. I have no idea how we would eat, bathe or live without him being here. Thank you dear!

    -Feeding a newborn is also full time job- they call it the first trimester for a reason- Some days she literally doesn’t leave the boob a single time. Sheesh laweesh two was a lot easier than three!

    -We had A LOT of visitors this past month who came to see Emmy: Ma K, Aunt Cailin, our AMAZING photographer & friend Danielle, Aunt Rachel, Grandpa Bob, Honey, Nanna, & J Paw. They were all a huge help and I can’t thank them enough. It really does take a village people!

    -Costco is the only place Ive been in the past 30 days…

    -I am saving a ton of cash on makeup, clothes and basically all the things because I ‘aint got no time for that.

    -Having a new baby actually gets very very lonely. I have to take a break from all of the normal activities to keep baby healthy & its just a major hassle leaving the house right now to where I would rather just stay home. Being a stay at home mom is exactly where I want to be  for sure-BUT there are no other adults around to talk to & lets just say sometimes I go a little bit crazy m’kay? I also want to point out to any new mommies that this feeling is completely NORMAL after having a baby. Your hormones are nuts and the free time you used to have vanished into thin air. Give it time! I really need to take my own advice sometimes….

    -With all of that said, I really am loving Emmy in her newborn stage. She always wants her mommy, she’s a great snuggler, and her itty bitty features are just the most precious ever. I know ill look back in three months and think “where did my tiny girl go?”

     

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    -She is starting to gain some thigh and neck rolls. Emmy gained a whopping 22 oz in two weeks at her last appointment! She loves to eat. However, she is such a fast eater that its giving her some gas issues. Poor baby.

    -TMI? But I also have a super fast/forceful let down when she eats and her little bitty booty just can’t keep up at this age. We have tried all of these acrobatic new nursing positions & keep her elevated for a while after eating. It has all seemed to help!

    -She had a random 5 hour screaming fit a couple days ago that was AWFUL. No one wants to see their baby in pain and not be able to fix it. So I took her to the chiropractor, got some gripe water, started probiotics, and even tried that nifty Windi product that basically forces gas out of their booty hole. As for me, I cut out dairy in my diet to see if it will help her. Im still not convinced that diet affects a nursing baby to that extent but whatev. I actually got a lot of advice on what NOT to eat while nursing and it left me with a diet of crackers, water, and fruit hahha. Soooooo unrealistic and silly if you ask me.

    -Her big brother worships the ground she…lays on… he is getting those wonderful two year molars and has been a BEAR to everyone except her!

    -Big sister is a little mother and is extremely helpful with baby Emmy while giving lots of smooches.

     

    Terrible mother alert: I still don’t have a baby book or announcements done for her yet!! Any recommendations would be super helpful!!

     

    I promise I won’t bore you with the details of each and every month of our lives going forward! Just wanted to update friends and family who we haven’t seen/talked to in a month!

     

    xx BP

     

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  • Birth Story // Emmy

    Im back and it feels so good!

    After about a month of emotions & having a newborn #momlife, I am ready to blog and be myself again!

    Let’s start with February 27th around 3pm….

    I went to the doc to see what the heck was going on and why I was 6 days over my due date with my third babe. I was uncomfortable, emotional, tired, and ready to meet my boy/girl 🙂 My doc told me my cervix was completely thinned out & that baby was so low in my pelvis that my actual cervical opening was BEHIND the baby’s head. Meaning they could not strip my membranes. I could give birth at any moment if I would just contract, which I wasn’t.  I had so much anxiety about getting induced because i have heard basically every horror story about it. So when my doc suggested I get induced the next morning I couldn’t help but cry and feel like my body had failed me. I knew baby was getting bigger by the minute and healthy enough to be here but i couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by that decision. I felt like I was making God’s decision for Him because the baby should come in His perfect timing. I made the appointment for my induction at 6am the next morning and went home to discuss with the hubby. I prayed and prayed I would feel some peace about it all when I got to him. Of course my hubby talked some sense into me and made me feel safe, which he always does and we decided that at 6am we would head to the hospital as scheduled.

    Surprisingly I got a decent night’s sleep, drank a protein smoothie and away we went. I was oddly calm & at peace. Upon arriving to the hospital I had this erie feeling. My previous deliveries were very rushed and chaotic. With my daughter I went into labor exactly a week overdue, labored 12 hours and she was here. With my son, I started having contractions and he was here in 6 hours-very quick and such a whirlwind. But with this baby I felt like everything was so evenly paced, planned, and just out of body to me. The nurse basically told me to get naked and get my pitocin going. I wanted to start out very very slow and our nurse was great and listened to everything I wanted. An hour later the doc came in to check me and said he could break my water right then. I didn’t want to go from 0-60 so fast so I opted to contract for a little while longer. After about four hours total I was in quite a bit of pain and asked for my epidural. They then broke my water & about 30 minutes later I was ready to deliver! I pushed about three times and Miss Emmy was born February 28th at 2:47pm! My hubby was the first to announce “ITS A GIRL!” & we were so so happy to see how healthy and sweet she is. God made her so so perfect. She came out nursing and wanting her mama immediately.

    We wanted to get out of the hospital asap once they did all the necessary tests on Emmy so that she could meet her big sister and big brother at home! They were instantly obsessed with her!

    Moral of the story: God always provides and keeps his promises. My anxiety and stress was met with calm & a beautiful birth story. I am so so thankful for our healthy baby girl!

  • What Is In My Hospital Bag-Momma & Baby Essentials

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    Here’s a sneaky peak at what I have packed in my hospital bag for baby #3! 9 days to go! I may have procrastinated a little but hey third baby probs right? I feel like I packed all the essentials-nothing more-nothing less. Third time’s a charm 😉

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    • Rumina nursing bra-his can be used as a regular ‘ol nursing bra but its magical because it doubles as a hands free pumping bra. WIN!
    • Belly Bandit waist trainer– I’ve read hundreds of reviews on this thing & have decided I want to use a waist trainer after this baby to get my hip shape back and work on my lower back and ab support. There’s enough relaxin in your body postpartum that your body is much easier to “shape”. Review coming soon! 😉
    • Camo joggers– Because I’ll need something comfy to go home in 🙂
    • Loose fitting long sleeve top– Again, comfy, and easy to nurse in.
    • My fuzzy socks– Sounds silly but I’ve worn these socks when I gave birth to both babies and I just like ’em okay? Also, I can’t stand being barefoot anywhere but home especially during childbirth hah.
    • Dry shampoo– My favorite dry shampoo ever!! No grease, white powder, or flakey crud.
    • My favorite shampoo and conditioner– Because its just really nice to take a shower using your OWN goods. You deserve it momma!
    • Lavender roll on- Because childbirth….
    • My silky robe- I feel weird wearing those hospital gowns. Its nice to have your own robe for sure. (I got mine a while ago but this one is very similar)

    There’s really not much else you need for a typical hospital stay with bebe. You’ll be half naked most of the time you’re there with all the “checks”, tests, nursing etc. No need for real clothes until you’re ready to get out of there. Now for the sweet stuff….

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    • My plain white Aden & Anais swaddle blanket– I love how the white looks in pictures. Naked baby skin and white blankey-can’t get much sweeter than that!
    • Honest healing balm– A must have in all situations.
    • Baby fleece Zutano booties-THESE ARE EVERYTHING. They’re cute and other regular newborn socks never ever stay on!
    • Organic sleeper onesies– Looooove sleepers. All of my babies live in these for their first couple months. Make sure to bring extra just in case there are any mishaps 🙂
    • A hat or two to keep baby’s head warm and cozy.
    • Swaddle-Not to be confused with a swaddle blanket. This one is designed to make sure you’re not constantly re-doing that complicated swaddle fold. Velcro and done.

    I’m also going to bring along my Boppy pillow so that the older siblings have something to use when they meet their brother or sister 🙂 I don’t use a nursing pillow but this is GREAT to have for kids/guests when they are holding your new little.

    More advice: Use the hospital’s diapers, wipes (for you and babe) 😉 pacifiers, and pumps. There’s no need to bring all of that luggage and they have everything on hand for you. USE IT! Some hospitals even give you hats, blankets, & a diaper bag to take!

     

    –DON’T FORGET– If you’re shopping online don’t forget to first click on EBATES to get your 2-10% cash back on ALL purchases! Easy.

     

     

    What are some of your newborn favorites?? Please share!

     

     

    xx BP

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