Let’s be Honest Mamas: Postpartum

Let’s be Honest Mamas: Postpartum

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Wow, it has been a while since an Honest Mamas post!  We took the summer off to spend time with our family and friends and go on any planned vacations.  This month the lovely Kacie from www.elementsofellis.com asked me and a few mamas to be part of this month’s Q&A.  This one is an important one for me since we are talking about postpartum  depression and postpartum life.  Hope you enjoy reading my answers and make sure to read the other collaborating mama’s posts!  Links are attached at the bottom 🙂

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1. Did you deal with the baby blues or postpartum depression? If yes, how long did it last and how did you cope? 

Yes, I have dealt with postpartum depression.  When Atticus was 2 months old I broke down and was diagnosed with Postpartum OCD and Anxiety.  I am still coping with it, but much better! Still go on monthly doctor visits and still on medication.  I relapsed once around July, but I can say that this week I am back to my old self.  Things I have done to make myself better are getting out of the house during the week, have lunch with friends, some therapy, sometimes exercise, travel and talk about it my PPD journey.

2. What are your must-have products for postpartum life? A belly band? Pads? Certain types of clothing?

For a few weeks after birth I rely on pads with witch hazel rounds.  I had a really bad tear, so that helped with pain and healing.  Flowy clothes, I couldn’t stand tight form-fitting clothes because they felt uncomfortable and I didn’t like myself in them.

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3. What is one thing you wish you would have been more prepared for postpartum?

I should have gone back on medication, since I was on them during my second and part of third trimester.  I should’ve read more about what postpartum depression looked like.  I know what depression feels like, but didn’t know about other types under postpartum like OCD and Psychosis.  As for my body, I really didn’t expect to have a third degree tear. I wasn’t prepared for that, but I guess is not something you can prepare for other than follow instructions about healing.

4. Share your favorite postpartum recipe…an easy meal, lactation cookies, etc.  

I would say tacos and fajitas were the easiest recipes to make.  Brown some ground beef and throw a taco seasoning packet.  Or cook some chicken with onions a peppers with fajita seasoning. White rice and chicken was on the menu too.  And of course take out and PB&Js!

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5. What do you love about your postpartum body?

I feel I like my body more postpartum than before I was pregnant.  I feel I am healthier than before and care more about taking care of myself so I am able to take care of my baby boy.

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Collaborating mamas:

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com

Dress by: Dwell and Slumber 

Pictures by: Merè and Me Photography

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

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Happy Monday! So excited about this month’s Let’s Be Honest Mamas!  This post is in collaborations with aden + anais and we are talking all about how are babies sleep during naps and bedtime.  Like always I am so grateful for Hannah from Hannah Renee for putting this together.  I have had the privilege of getting to know these mamas in the last couple of months and I truly love this little group of ours! It is always so fun reading all the different posts and seeing how different or likely we all are!  So make sure to check the other collaborating ladies on the links at the end of this post 🙂

ALSO! Stay tuned for a great giveaway on our Instagram later today!  Clue: the softest sleeping bags and dream blankets in the whole wide world!

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1. How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉

So far, Atticus has been a good sleeper (knock on wood!).  He started sleeping most of the night around 3-4 months.  Right now he sleeps from around 8pm until 6-7am. He might get up once in the middle of the night looking for his missing paci, haha.  He is also a good napper!  He has to nap, he demands to nap lol.  He takes at least 3 naps a day.  The morning nap is the longest one, around 1-1.5 hours after he gets up in the morning.  His afternoon nap, around 2pm, is a little longer too.  And little naps in between.  Prayer: Dear God, please let him be a good napper for like… the rest of his life.  Amen.

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2. Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?

I never really “sleep trained” Atticus.  I just used a couple of schedules or routines I found online to help me better understand and plan days.  Things I did to help him sleep through the nights was dream feeding which I did until he was like 4-5 months.  Reducing his night feeding by letting him fall back asleep instead of going making a bottle right away.  I feel they get up sometimes just to play or talk, so by not giving them the bottle they would not associate getting up at 3am every night to get that bottle.  Swaddles were my best friend, but I knew one day I had to stop swaddling.  I started early on this by leaving one arm out and then one night I just left both out and knew it was going to be a long night.  It took like a week to get used to.  He still sleeps in sleeping sacks most nights.

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3. Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

I start bedtime around 6:30pm when I feed him some baby food.  Then at 7pm I give him a bath and let him play for like 10-15mins.  I start at 7pm because daddy gets off work at 7pm, so I tried for him to be awake by the time daddy gets home.  Then lotion, brush hair,PJs and Snuza. We then put him in our midnight silky soft sleeping bag by aden + anais.  Guys, this sleeping bag is sooooo soft! By 7:30pm (when daddy gets home), he reads him a couple of books and gives him the last bottle of the day.  He is not wanting to drink his bottle when we carry him lately, so we put him in the crib and let him hold the bottle and when he is done we take it away.  Right now we are putting one of our pillows inside of the crib so he can fall asleep faster (we take it away when we go to sleep *do not worry mom* lol).  We do this because he was used to sleeping in our bed and the smell helps him and he loves putting his face against it too, which we then move the pillow a little bit.

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4. Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

He used to be in a better schedule and one day he didn’t want to drink his whole bottles or eat at the same times.  So now is all by waiting for his signals.  I base it on the time he gets up and go from there.  He eats every 3-4 hours and if he has been awake for like 2 hours he starts getting cranky and I know it’s because of that. My goal right now is to make sure he gets a morning nap around 8-10am and an afternoon nap around 2-4pm. Still, it’s not perfect because some days he wants to take a longer nap right before 12pm again and then a shorter nap at 2pm. I never know anymore haha.  I depend on his signals, that helps me so much!

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5. How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

I love co sleeping, I really don’t see a problem with it if you take some safety steps when they are tiny.  We had a little co sleeper from Swaddle Me that we put in between us.  I really does help for the first few months when they get up so much.  He outgrew that around 5-6 months.  Still, I didn’t want to let go!  He slept in between us for a little bit.  We have a king bed and he is a BIG baby, we put him on top of the comforter so we can definitely feel his weight.  Never put him underneath the sheets with us or on lay on top of the pillows or around our arms.  Then at 6 months is when the transitioning started.  We opened the pack and play and put it at the end of our bed and let him sleep there for over a week.  We started putting him in the crib after.  He would get up more often in the night and I don’t blame him!  I was too!  So if he got up at 2pm I would bring him back to our room.   I am guilty for this and my husband too!  We are more than ok sleeping with him.  We love him next to us and we feel more at peace when he is with us.  But we know we have to break this, so he is in the crib all night unless necessary.

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Check the rest of the beautiful mamas:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Mary Salas honeywild.co // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com //

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Love,

Natalia

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas- Living Simply and Spring Cleaning

Let’s Be Honest Mamas- Living Simply and Spring Cleaning

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Remember when a group of mamas and I did a Let’s Be Honest Mamas post about Stay at Home Moms back in February?  Well, we have decided to make this a monthly thing with different topics each month.  The lovely Hannah Renee asked a couple of mamas to be part of this and she is amazing for putting this all together! This month’s theme is Simply Living and Spring Cleaning.  A few mamas and I will be answering all about what our cleaning routines are and what simply living looks like in our lives.  At the end of the post you will find the links to the other mamas so you can read their responses!  Hope you enjoy reading our responses!

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1. Do you have any routine spring cleaning that you do? How do you go about it if so?

I have been living in my house two years this month and last year we didn’t do a deep clean spring cleaning.  We built our house (not literally) and felt it’s still looked pretty clean and new.  This year I have been setting the spring cleaning routine for the years to come.  They way I am going about it is concentrating in one room/section at the time.  So far I have done the master bedroom, master bathroom and guest bathroom.  I will leave the kitchen for last because I know it will be the big one to tackle.  In each room I do the normal sweeping, dusting, moping.  As part of the deep cleaning I wash curtains, dust blinds, clean the whole window, vacuum corners of walls and ceiling and air vents, go thru drawers and cabinets to throw things away and organize it, clean the base boards, clean fans and lighting and so on.  Each room might have an added tasks like bathrooms and kitchen.  We are going through closets donating or throwing things away.  I started creating a capsule wardrobe, keeping about 30% of my clothes and trying to sell the rest.  If by the end of the month they don’t find a new home, off to the donations bin.  We are also pressure washing the outside of the house and driveway.  Yes, we are going hardcore this year.  I want every supah clean and shiny haha.  Still, it has been difficult concentrating to deep clean with a baby.  Once I start I want to be completely done, if I interrupt I probably don’t want to start again.  It is taking me long to get through this, but it will be all done during the month of April.

2. What does living simply mean to you?

I have learned what simply living is like in the past years. I feel living simply is the mentality of less is better.  The feeling that there is no clutter or junk in closets, garage, drawers is amazing.  It’s a feeling of feeling free in your own home and in your life.  This principle teaches you to not really want more, therefore spending less.  The craving of buying starts to diminish.  It is hard!  I love clothes and home decor.  I started simplifying myself by starting a wardrobe capsule.  I got rid of so many clothes and started learning on how to start creating a curated closet with less clothes with, but better quality.  At the end, it makes cleaning easier and movings faster!

3. What are 5 of your go to products for your home? Organizational tools, storage, cleaners, essential oils, etc. that you can’t live without!

I probably gonna list more than five haha.  Since Atticus was born, I have been using harmless non-toxic products around the house with the exception of the bathroom.  Bathroom needs hardcore deep cleaning all the bleach action to me and everything has to be scrubbed.

All purpose cleaner- I am using the Method Lavender and I love it!

Water and vinegar mixture– I use this to mop the floors

Soft Scrub with bleach– You got it, for the bathroom. And for our farmhouse white sink, to keep it white and clean.

Free and Clear Detergent Pods– Right before Atticus was born we switch to free and clear to prevent any allergies due to harsh chemicals.  Probably never going back!

Baskets–  We have a basket in the living room to put all of Atticus toys every night.

Swiffers (dry)–  Our floors get so dusty and I hate sweeping dust with a broom (you know when you try sweeping dust and it gets all stuck in the bristles?) I also use Swiffers sheets to dust tables and furniture.

Also, notepads and my Field Notes notebooks.  Lists are my life saver.  I like making a list of things that need to be accomplished throughout the week.  I make my lists for the week instead of daily because with a baby you just don’t know what the day can bring! Grocery list is a must, I write things we need to buy as I am thinking about it.  Believe me I have tried to remember later… nope I do not remember nothing!  You see me walking through the house trying to figure out what it was that we needed haha.  I also use my iPhone calendar to keep track of important events, like doctors appointments and especial meetings.  I have this sync with my husband so he is the look of what I or we are doing.

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4. How do you approach tidying? For example, do you put everything away each day/night?

Tidying up happens EVERY day in the Thompson household.  I try to keep everything tidy throughout the day.  As soon as my husband gets home from work it’s when the hardcore tidying up happens.  He goes through out the whole living and kitchen putting things away and he can’t go to sleep before fluffing the pillows in the sofa haha.  Yeah, he is my OCD husband.  The reason why my house always looks so clean haha.  I am the cleaner though.  He might tidy up and hide things in drawers, but I am the one that actually makes sure things get clean.

5. How often do you clean your home? What are your daily tasks, weekly, bi weekly?

Tidying up happens daily.  Floors are swept a couple of times a week (so many dust bunnies!!!) and I try to mop it once a week.  Kitchen is wiped mostly every day and dishes are done almost every day (or every other day…. hate them!)  Bathroom have a quick cleaning weekly (toilet and countertops) and gets deep clean every other week.  Laundry, oh laundry…. like 3 days of the week.  Bedding gets washed every other week.  Water my plants weekly.  Dust every other week or when needed.  I need to get better at cleaning out the fridge (raise your hand if you are with me!).

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I am really interested and curious about how cleaning gets done in different homes! How are we similar or different on how we go about cleaning and living simply?

Now go see all of the participating mamas posts below and their answers!

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com//Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com //

 

Have a great week!

Love,

Natalia

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