New Mom Chronicles

Episode One: Back to Work

I’ve never known a love so beautiful and fulfilling. As my little girl continues to grow I feel like my love for her grows. I constantly joke with my mom saying, “Is this how you feel when you see me?” I’m sure you never stop loving your children, but I do believe the love you feel for them probably changes over the years. I pray that it just continues to grow.

This is love!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy my time with my little one because they grow up so fast. I’m already starting to feel like that is so true even though baby girl is only 10 weeks. Some days I want to stop time so I can soak up every moment with my sweet baby Scarlett. She has already started to scoot around on her back and stomach and even tries to roll over. She’s outgrown her clothes and is wearing 6 month outfits. I want time to stop or slow down so I can soak up every moment with her. I just pray I get to be there for as many of these changes as I can.

Each day my little princess seems to do something new that amazes me. She’s perfect in every way and I feel like she’s growing up so fast. That’s probably why I feel so guilty when I have to leave her to go to work. As she grows and learns more I hope that she knows how much I love her and that I would sacrifice anything for her. I thank my Heavenly Father for her daily.

Sweet Baby Scarlett

The guilt I’ve felt daily having to leave Scarlett is something I’ve never felt. I never thought that motherhood would come with so much guilt. Right now I’m more fatigue than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m an emotional wreck. This morning I had to fight back tears of sheer exhaustion and guilt. I didn’t want to come into work; I wanted to sleep and most importantly I wanted to be with my baby girl. I’m on my fourth day of having to be away from her for ten hours and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. I’m sure much of the emotions I feel have to do with the sheer exhaustion I feel, but I’m doing my best to push through.

Scarlett Olivia (4 weeks)

Patience. That’s my word for the rest of the month. I just have to remember to have patience with this new journey. My family has grown and there are going to be some growing pains. I just have to start each day with a positive outlook, seeing as Scarlett is a morning baby and is always smiling at me that’s not hard. I make sure I love on her and bond with her as much as I can when I’m with her.

XOXO

My Number One Pregnancy Must Have

Nipple Cream

www.eraorganics.com/products/organic-nipple-cream

I could honestly write a book on the need for some type of nipple cream while pregnant! Before I even found out I was pregnant I noticed that my breast were growing and becoming more irritated and itchy. Once the pregnancy was confirmed my breast continued to grow at an alarmingly fast rate. The fast rate at which my breast grew only amplified the amount of itching and irritation I felt. I can distinctly remember one morning in my first trimester going to my mom and crying like a baby. It was one of those cries that comes from the soul, with snot dripping out my nose (come on now you know what I’m talking about). I was in so much pain my breast were bleeding, yes bleeding! They hurt so bad I just wanted to rip them off my chest. Needless to say Ma Dukes was not for the drama (or snot). So I called Chris (baby daddy) and told him about it. After a quick google search he told me to try Lansinoh, which is 100% Lanolin. I would say Lanolin is the consistency of Vaseline, but is obviously better for you than rubbing petroleum jelly on your breast. Lansinoh provided temporary relief but it wasn’t quite doing the job. One thing I will say is that it worked better than the all-natural coconut oil and shea butter I was trying previously. Ladies please note that Lansinoh will ruin your clothes by giving them grease stains.

Here’s What Really Worked

Moisturize your breast prior to showering. I had to slather my breast with lanolin prior to showering. I tried other things like all natural olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter, but the consistency of the lanolin worked best. The Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm works as well.

Stop taking hot showers! This one is kind of a no brainer, but it took me a while to realized that my hot showers were drying out my breast. Hot water dries out and further irritates dry skin (duh).

Use sensitive skin soap. I noticed that my breast were the most irritated after I showered, so I figured my soap had something to do with that. The soap that I found works best is Dove Sensitive Skin.

Moisturize your breast after you shower. While your skin is stretching and expanding it is so important to keep it moisturized. After I shower I like to use a Nipple Balm or Cream. I sometimes will use the Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, but I prefer Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm, or Motherlove Nipple Cream.

Use nursing pads. If I feel like I am about to have a really bad flare up I will saturate my breast with a mixture of lanolin and healing balm and cover them with the nursing pads.

Let your breast breathe. If you don’t have anywhere to go I recommend letting your breast get some air. Not having clothes or a bra rub against them really helps. Just apply some balm or cream and be free baby!

https://www.eraorganics.com/products/natural-baby-balm

Products Mentioned:

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, Mother Love Nipple Cream*, Mama Mia Keep Calm Nipple Balm, Era Organics Honeybuns Mommy Balm*, Era Organics Healing Balm Extra Soothing & Moisturizing*

* These products are USDA Organic Certified

Please note photos taken directly from @eraorganics