Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Battling Brachycephaly- The Update (First 6 Weeks)

My husband and I just got home from Children's Hospital of Atlanta where Waylon had his second scan on the StarBand machine to see where he stands so far with helmet therapy. For those of you curious, the StarBand scanner doesn't transmit and radiation, unlike Xrays, and looks like this:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The List: Things I'm Glad I Did As A New Parent

Being a new parent was probably the most daunting thing for me prior to Waylon's arrival. I was so scared. At 28 years old, I had only ever held a baby twice in my entire life. Matter of fact, I was the youngest in my entire family up until a month prior when my wonderful nephew was born. Never changed a diaper, never bottle fed a baby. Everything was so new.

That being said, I wanted to congregate a list of helpful tips. And by tips I mean, they worked for me so maybe it's worth taking a stab at yourself. Just remember, every single baby is so different. What works for me may not work for you, so pick and choose as you please. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Plagiocephaly & Brachycephaly (Positional Flat Head Syndrome)

Two words I had heard of during my extensive (read: neurotic) research while pregnant. I read about all the new cases of Plagiocephaly since the 1990s Back to Sleep campaign. I purchased the snuzzler. I purchased the head pillow. I was bound and determined that I wasn't going to be *that* mom after reading so many hurtful comments from close circles of friends about "being a lazy mom" if your child had to wear a helmet, assuming that you never picked your child up. This was not me. In fact, I was quite the opposite and friends/family might say that I was (am) a baby hog. I never let my child down- he was always on my hip. You see, the truth of the matter is that he is and always has been an incredible sleeper. Currently, he sleeps 12-13.5 hours a night (I KNOW, CRAZY!). On top of this, he usually gets in a few hours of napping in a day as well.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Hospital Bag for Minimalists

If you've reached this blog you've probably already spent the last several hours on Pinterest for the most perfectly packed bag for the big day. That was me, anyway, and I’m here to hopefully simplify things for you.  

REAL TALK: I had two stabs at packing my bag. The first try left me with a suitcase large enough to take a month vacation in and the second time I was able to downsize to a carry on suitcase. Even still, I could have taken so much more out. I'm a girl that loves options so packing is always a nightmare for me.