The Nutritionist Reviews

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WubbaNub Review and Giveaway

WubbaNub Brown Puppy
I am excited to share this review and giveaway with you today because the WubbaNub is on my list of top 5 baby products. We use this product all throughout the day and night and never, ever leave home without it. 

Adalyn has the red dog WubbaNub which we received from a family member for a baby gift. For review, she received the brown puppy. We love both of these and alternate between the two.

WubbaNub Brown Puppy
Why is this such a must have product? Because it soothes Adalyn when nothing else can. She loves to suck (I read that all babies have the need to suck even when they are not eating) and loves to use this pacifier. It uses a Soothie pacifier which is attached to the stuffed animal. It makes it a bit harder for the pacifier to fall out which is great because pacifiers come out all the time and we have to get it back in her mouth right away or else we hear loud screams! 

WubbaNub Brown Puppy
Also, Adalyn at 7 weeks is getting to where she can hold onto the WubbaNubs a bit better which she likes. The little bit of weight that it has sits nicely on her chest and is a great toy to have.

I will probably buy a few more of these eventually because we are using them throughout the night and off and on during the day. I highly recommend this product and will be purchasing these for baby shower gifts in the future.

The giveaway will be for one WubbaNub to one reader of The Nutritionist Reviews.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ripe Maternity + Nursing Clothing Review

Ripe Maternity + Nursing Clothing
Ripe is a brand that sells maternity and nursing wear. I was not able to try them out when I was pregnant but was sent two different pieces for nursing that I love. Both of these items fit me so well and have been awesome for easy and convenient feedings.

Ripe Maternity + Nursing Clothing
The ultimate express tank is perfect to be worn under any cardigan, sweatshirt or jacket. Right above the breast, there are adjustable clip release straps. What I love about this tank that is different than my other nursing tanks is that there is some padding in the chest so you don't have to wear a bra with it. This makes it easier since it is like a 2 in 1 product. 

Ripe Maternity + Nursing Clothing

It is very comfortable and flattering as well. I have already worn this a few times and plan to wear it a lot more.

Ripe Maternity + Nursing Clothing
The belinda tunic dress is a beautiful dress for both maternity and nursing. I love the gold zipper details on it. This dress will be great for work, church, etc. The zipper in the front comes down for easy nursing access. I like nursing specific clothing because it lets you feed your child discreetly without having to pull up your top or other things.

These items from Ripe are excellent quality. They are great additions to my wardrobe. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, I recommend checking out Ripe for their beautiful styles.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Adalyn Grace: 2 Month Update

Well, I missed Adalyn's 1 month update but finally got myself together to do a 2 month update. My girl is 2 months old today!! Also, I turn 25 today! I want to remember the little things she is doing right now and share with all of you in case you have young children of your own.

 Clothes size: Adalyn wears pretty much all size 0-3 month right now.

Diapers: size 1
Feedings: Adalyn is exclusively breastfed. She eats 6-8 times in 24 hours. She usually gets 1 pumped bottle per day from Troy. She loves to eat.

We are loosely following Babywise which has us feeding her at least every three hours during the day, sometimes more like 2 1/2 hours. We do not have an exact set schedule but always try to do a full feeding as opposed to "snacks" and keep her awake to play after each feed. Also, we try to fill her little belly up a lot during the day so that she does not have to eat much at night.

Baths: Adalyn has started to love baths, especially with Mom. She enjoys floating around in the water but HATES getting out. She screams from the time I take her out of the bath until she is fully dressed.

Nicknames: Don't judge! A lot of these are semi-Polish. Addy, Addy Grace, Doo Baby, Ah-doosh, Miss. Grace,

Sleep: Starting at about week 6, sleep has gotten so much better once we started putting her to bed earlier. Many times, it takes a long time (1-1 1/2 hours) to get her to sleep but before, she was not going to bed till 11 or 1 which I thing is way too late for a baby. Now, we start putting her down at 7:30-8:30.

She gets a diaper change, swaddled in a Halo swaddle and then fed. We then put her down in her crib and turn on the baby monitor. A couple times, she has fallen asleep just like this but not usually. We usually have to turn on her Sleep Sheep and put her pacifier in a few times.

Once she falls asleep, usually around 9-9:30 PM, she either sleeps till 3:30-5 before she needs another feeding or if she fell asleep earlier, Troy will feed her a bottle around 11. We do not have this worked out perfectly yet but it is going so much better than it was prior to 6 weeks old.

I love that I am only feeding her one time during the middle of the night which helps my sanity so I am not exhausted. She then sleeps till about 6:45-7:30 when she is fed again. We are loosely following Babywise which is going well.

Adalyn  takes a couple of naps through the day, usually mostly in the morning. We do not have her on any nap schedule but she just sleeps wherever she falls asleep.

Favorite baby gear:
-Wubbanub- We have the red dog and the brown puppy Wubbanubs and literally have them within reach at all times and never leave home without them. Adalyn loves these so much.

-Halo swaddles- We found out that on Adalyn's 1st night home, she can bust out of any swaddle and then her hand movements wake her up. The only swaddle that works for us is the Halo ones. We have 4 of the newborn size and 2 of the small size. We use these every single night.

-Boba carrier- We love our Boba carrier which is awesome to wear into a store or to take on a walk. It is comfortable and Adalyn likes it.

-Solly Baby Wrap- This is our other favorite carrier. It is so soft and comfortable and I love having Adalyn wrapped so closely against me.

Milestones: Adalyn has started smiling more. This makes us so happy! She has also been staring at people's faces for long periods of time, is more alert and is starting to be able to track objects with her eyes when you hold them in front of her. She does not love tummy time but is quite good at holding her head up.

Likes: Eating, her Wubbanub dogs, staring at people's faces, standing (while we hold her of course), dancing with Daddy, bath time, being held, walks.

Dislikes: Being cold, diaper changes, getting out of the bath, being hungry, when the pacifier comes out of her mouth.

Other tidbits:
-Ava started to love Adalyn!!! She watches over her and comes and lays on me when I am feeding her. This makes me so happy!

-Adalyn went to my parent's farm twice this month and did awesome. She sleeps so much better there than at home. We went on a tour of the farm and showed her everything.

-We have been able to go out to eat a few times (for breakfast or lunch mostly) and she has done very well.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Letter to the Newborn Mom


First of all, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby. There were things that I did not know what to expect with the birth of my first baby and I wanted to write a letter to the mom of a newborn (but also to myself for baby #2) for things to remember (some of these may be TMI but I feel like the new mom would like to know).

I just want you to know, things in the first 6 weeks are going to be tough, enjoyable, but tough. Things feel like they are never going to get back to normal. Your body feels all sorts of crazy physically as well as emotionally. I wanted to let you know some of the things that I went through and remind you that it shall pass and return back to "normal". This letter was actually my husband's idea and I thought that it was genius. I am going to print it and tuck it with my maternity clothes for when our next child is going to be born.

1. You are going to have some wacky hormones. For the first week and a half, I cried every single day. I was not sad about anything. In fact, I was so happy which was a lot of the reason that I was crying. I read that hormones and emotions will be out of control for a bit and this was so true for me. I remember when Adalyn was 5 days old, I was crying because she was "so old already"- hah.

Remember, your hormones will get back to normal and you will feel like yourself again.

2. The pain seems like it is never going to end. I had pain from my episiotomy for 1 whole month. The first week or two, sitting down ranged from hard to impossible. I remember, I was at my dad's work for a pizza lunch and sat down too quick in a chair and cried from the horrible pain.

Remember, soon, the pain will be gone and you will feel back to normal! Hang in there.

3. Breastfeeding is hard in the beginning but gets easier. I read and read about how to breastfeed, certain issues that may come up, etc. Adalyn had a great latch from the beginning but what was crazy was that the pain lasted about a month for me. It was not always horrible but I did have an open wound for a bit. Also, in the beginning, there is a lot (and for me, I mean A LOT) of leaking. Tip: use disposable nursing pads. The reusable ones were not enough in the beginning. This felt like it would never end but after about 5-6 weeks, my body finally got used to it and stopped most of the leaking.

Hang in there! Breastfeeding is so good for you and your baby. Do not give up mama! Also, go see a lactation consultant if you are having issues (I saw one and it was very beneficial!).

4. You will spend time alone with your spouse again. In the beginning, even though Troy and I were seeing each other everyday, it felt like we never had any time just the two of us. After about 6 weeks when we started getting Adalyn to bed earlier, we finally had couple time again which feels great.

Hang in there these first 6 weeks. Remember that things will get fairly back to normal as a couple. Also, always make time for your spouse. I believe that a strong, healthy marriage is a fundamental part of parenting.

5. Feeling like yourself again- I thought that during these first 6 weeks I felt like myself but really didn't though. Once we started getting more sleep, I feel a world of difference. It is important to make time for things you enjoy too. I love to go on walks, read blogs, spend time blogging, get dressed nice, etc. These are important to me to feel normal.

Remember that in the beginning, you are more in survival mode and this is okay. The time will come that you will feel normal again. My tip is to try to sneak in a bit of time for yourself so that you feel somewhat like yourself as soon as possible.

6. The days fly by- When Adalyn was 10 days old, I remember crying when Troy came home from work his first day back because I could not get the whole house cleaned (hello crazy hormones- see #1). You just cannot do it all. Remember that your number one priority is your baby. The rest can wait. It doesn't really matter if your house is not perfect, etc. Enjoy time with your little one and hold and love them lots.

 7. You WILL sleep again. People love to tell you that you will never sleep again after you have a baby. Not true. First of all, the first few weeks are really crazy. The baby does not at all know days from nights and will be up a lot at night, Within a few weeks, the stretches of sleep will get a bit longer, baby will feed less times in the night and you will sleep again. The growth spurts are tough occurring at about 3 weeks and 6-8 weeks. They only last a few days of fussiness and increased feedings and then your baby will back to their sweet self.

At 7 weeks old right now, I feed Adalyn at 8:30 before I go to bed, Troy feeds her a pumped bottle at ~11:30 and then I feed her when she wakes up 1x/night (anywhere from 3-5 AM) and then of course first thing in the morning when we wake up. I am getting pretty good sleep now.

If you can just make it through this tough period, I promise you, things will get better and easier. You will start to feel like you are in a groove and got this mom thing down. You will feel normal again.

Enjoy this period because everyday, they change so much. Most of all hang in there, you are doing a great job.

A new mom who is starting to figure a few things out (maybe)
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