Eat Drink & Be Mary: June 2018



Another week has come and gone.  Gosh dang Summer always fly by WAYYY too fast.  BUT this week we have our toes in the water and booties in the sand so I can't really complain too much.  😉
So let's just hop right into it...

I have a new found love for listening to podcasts.  I blame those middle of the night feedings where my eyes are too tired to scroll through instagram or reading anything, but I need something to keep me awake.  My favorites  (spoiler: most are bachelor related) are: Almost Famous | The Lady Gang | Off the Vine | Help! I Suck at Dating | Babes & Babies | In This Together
If you listen to podcasts, leave your favorites in the comments below.

The other day Brittany (@brittfullwood) shared her go-to Starbucks drink and y'all it was so good, dairy free & cheaper than most starbucks orders.  WIN.  Grande iced coffee with almond milk and three shots of butter nut syrup.  Trust me; you need to try it

A couple of thoughts about last week's bachelorette.  1. I love Garrett and I'm pretty sure Becca does too - I'm guessing he "wins" at the end.  2. The whole Colton and Tia thing is just sketchy 3. They're obviously saving David and Jordan for the 2 on 1.  4. I'd be down for Blake, Wills or Clay being the next Bachelor.  Although I just read a facebook status about how Rashad Jennings should be the next one and I'd definitely be down for that.  Who do you want to be the next Bachelor?

Quite possibly the best invention ever.  We actually got this as a hand-me-down from my SIL (but I linked a similar one for you to get the idea) and it's legit.  It's just a little cushion that velcros around your carseat handle so it doesn't kill your arm as much. 




And that's it folks.  May your Monday be short and your coffee strong.  
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The Fourth Trimester | Postpartum Essentials

13.  13 must be the magical number around here because I've got thirteen postpartum essentials for y'all today and last week I shared thirteen pregnancy must haves.

It is so important to take it easy and recover during this "4th trimester" and these 13 (and one bonus) things really help during that period.  And I don't wanna waste any time without just hopping straight into so here they are...

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+ Depends - Easily my #1 suggestion for those first few weeks after birth.  So much easier than the mesh panties, huge pads, and all that jazz.  Trust me on this one.  

+ Nipple Shields - I didn't discover these until a week or two after Cole was born.  And while I don't suggest using them right away (unless a LC suggests or your baby isn't getting a deep latch) they did come in handy about 1.5 weeks in when I had some cracking and bleeding going on.  The shield simply gave that side some time to heal so we didn't backtrack in the progress we were making.  

+ Lanisoh Lanolin Nipple Cream - Speaking of sore nipples.  This stuff.  The hospital gave me a small tube (that still lasted a solid month) to use that was safe for Cole to breastfeed without me having to wipe it off, and then my mom went out and bought me a big tube of it.  It just soothes and makes it all a little better. 

one week postpartum

+ Disposable Nursing Pads - Two things about this product.  

1. I remember reading while I was pregnant to not use disposable ones but to get Bamboobies because the disposable ones would stick to your nipples.  BUT I found this to be the exact opposite, so I suggest getting the disposable ones and then saving the Bamboobies after the first 2-3 weeks when your nipples have healed and aren't as sensitive. 

2. We're 3 months into our breastfeeding journey and still going strong.  AND leaking is still happening.  I've heard varying answers on when you actually stop I'm thinking this is when the Bamboobies can come into play because you can just wash them and use again for months to come.

pictured: Bamboobies, Depends and large pads 

[ you might also enjoy HOSPITAL BAG: WHAT YOU REALLY NEED]

+ Baby Tracker App - As soon as we moved into our maternity/recovery room the nurse let me know she'd be in periodically to check how often and how long Cole was nursing for and his diaper count.  She mentioned some women use an app to track it (since your mind is basically mush) and I instantly downloaded this app -- and I haven't stopped yet.

It tracks nursing (bottle feeds, pumping and supplementing as well), diaper count, sleep, growth and more. 

You can see what the app looks like under my "Baby Products" Highlights on Instagram.

+ Oatmeal - Not only is this a quick & easy breakfast option, but it's supposed to be good for milk supply.

+ Snacks - Going along with the oatmeal above, anything that is easy to grab and eat is pretty essential.  More than likely you'll have a baby in one hand and only have one hand to grab something to eat.  Or you'll be trying to squeeze in something between all the cuddles and lack of sleep and quick and easy is the way to go.  And once again, this is especially crucial if you plan to breastfeed for two reasons: keeping up milk supply and you'll simply be hungry ALL. THE. TIME.

+ Water - You need all the water in those weeks of recovery, but especially if you are breastfeeding.  

+ Nursing Tanks & Bras - Easy access to the boob is pretty essential when you have a newborn and you're trying to figure it all out and get a hold on all the new changes happening.  For me, I just didn't wanna waste anytime having him scream his head of when he was hungry messing around with difficult I basically lived in nursing tanks for at least the first two weeks.  

+ Comfy Clothes - Whether you plan to breastfeed or not you need to feel as comfortable as possible.  Your body is recovering from a pretty intense experience and no need to try to cram it into jeans right away.  Leggings, comfy oversized tees, and pajamas are the way to go.  Not to mention it's easier on your mental health to not try to force yourself back into your pre-pregnancy clothes right away.

And along those same lines, don't be afraid to keep out your maternity clothes.  In fact, I purposely bought maternity shorts (and only wore one pair once while pregnant) for the sole reason of being able to wear shorts soon after having Cole.  Not to mention I still wear my maternity jeans.  #noshame

+ Facebook Support Group - I mentioned in my pregnancy must haves post that a group of women that are going through the same thing you are is a MUST.  It's just so good having people going through the same things you're going through.  And I was lucky enough that my "March Mommies Group" stayed together and now we are navigating this postpartum and new mom life together.  

+ The Positive Postpartum Project  IG Account - I fount this account during my pregnancy and just NEW it'd be someone to follow for after baby was here.  They constantly share uplifting messages that are good for the postpartum mama to read.  Everything from healing, recipes, and encouraging messages.  I find myself "saving" many of their posts to go back and read again later.  Definitely check this one out.  

+ Do Something For You - Lastly, I think it is so so important to find something to do that makes you feel happy.  Something that makes you feel like yourself again.  Whether its exercising (with the doctors approval), painting your nails, throwing on a little makeup or taking a quick trip to a coffee shop to pick up some much needed caffeine I think it's super important to not lose yourself completely.  

I feel ya, motherhood is exhausting and that new little baby takes up a lot of your time, and while I know we wouldn't have it any other way its so so good for your mental health to take a little me time for yourself even if its only 5-10 minutes at first.  

BONUS:: Have your mom stay with you for the first couple days/weeks.  Seriously.  This is actually my number one suggestion.  If your mom can come stay with you (or any helpful family member - but there's something special about your mom helping you navigate this new mom life) for that first little bit.  DO IT.  

My mom stayed with us the first two weeks and she was a total life saver.  She constantly got me water and snacks.  She offered to changed Cole's diaper all the time.  Cleaned everything.  She answered any questions, shared in my obsession over any little thing Cole did, and even helped me bathe Cole for the first time.  Like I said, there is something just so special, and unique about having your Mom there.  I highly suggest it.  


my postpartum recovery

Cole's birth story part I

Maternity Pictures

What do you think is a total must have when it comes to recovering during postpartum?  

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Jackson Cole | THREE MONTHS

SIZE:  Sweet boy is still rocking those rolls.  Cole is about 14 lbs, and is still in size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes.  But he's starting to fit into his 3-6 month clothes and his 0-3 month onesies are definitely snug.  

BREASTFEEDING: He's still eating 10-15 minutes every 2-3 hours.  BUT really he'd rather talk and smile up a storm while eating instead.  And I'm still pumping once a day to freeze for the future.
SLEEP:  At night Cole gives me 5-6 hour stretches and wakes up between 3:30 and 4:30am.  He also slept straight through the night a handful of times!!

SCHEDULE: We pretty much have no schedule whatsoever (still) -- it's Cole's world and we're just living in it.  ;)  
Cole now consistently wakes up between 6:50 and 7:30 everyday, and I'm going to try to move his bedtime up to 8:30/9 depending on when he eats.  He's also staying awake between 1 hr 15-30 minutes and naps anywhere from 30-2 hours.  The goal would be to get him napping a consistent 1.5 or 2 hours so we could get on more of a set schedule...but I'm just rolling with it for now.  

MILESTONES: Y'all on father's day he laughed for the first time.  Talk about my heart melting.  Cole is also talking so so much.  He's continuing to become more and more alert, holding his head up SO well especially when we're assisting him with sitting/standing.

LOVES: his hands (spends all day trying to get them to his mouth and this chews/sucks on them),  fans, sleeping on mama, "the wheels on the bus..", playing airplane, the pool, his daddy face (literally all Thomas has to do is say "hey" and he gets the biggest smiles, and he's still loving his paci


DISLIKES: same as last month: getting out of the bath time, nose frida, and he's starting to come around on Tummy Time the stronger he gets but still lets us know when he's over it

PLACES HE'S BEEN: now that he's older we've started taking him more and more places, so I'm obviously not about to list them all.  BUT he took his first trip to NC to see my family, we went out to restaurants twice and he slept the whole time and he went to church for the first time.

PERSONALITY: He really it such a good, calm, happy baby.  But he's come into his own a little and is letting us know when he's unhappy about something - usually he's tired and we haven't been home where I can do our normal naptime routine right when he starts showing the signs.

WHO HE LOOKS LIKE: Daddy's Mini Me.  But he definitely has my lips..I'll take it!

NICKNAMES: buddy, bug, Coley and anything else I randomly make up

  • celebrated Thomas' first father's day
  • first mini road trip to NC
  • met more great-grandparents (G.G. and Bubby)
  • went in the pool
when everyone is taking a picture, but you just wanna stare at the fan

Here's to month four.  Time can slow down any day now, k thanks.  

one month  |  two months
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Happy Monday friends.  Dang if the weeks aren't just flying by.  Cole turns three months old later this week HOW?! (stay tuned for his monthly update later this week) AND Cole's first beach trip is right around the corner.  Gah..I love summer.


Last week I brought back this "weekly five" series where I'm sharing anything and everything our little family is up to.  And I'm still so excited about it.  So, lets get started.  

We celebrated Thomas' first father's day yesterday and it was a fun, chill, relaxing day.  We started by taking Cole to church for the first time (he did awesome!) and then went to my in-laws to hang out for the day.  Hanging by the pool -- and in the pool because HOTTTT -- eating good food and Cole laughed for the first time.  Ughh my hearttttt.  

I'm definitely going to have to share the recipe my SIL made for us.  It's another quick and easy healthy recipe like the brussel sprouts I shared last week.

T W O | SeneGence LIP BALM
So I've ranted on here and IG stories all about my love for the lipsense products and their CCTM.  BUT their lip balm is the bomb dot com.  It took me months of hearing about it before I finally purchased it but it's totally worth the $20.  And that's coming from a girl that used to keep chapstick in her desk, bathroom, car, purse, and bedside table.  

Seriously, I only have to put it on after I brush my teeth in the morning and at night and I'm good for the entire day.  Plus if you used lipsense it really makes a difference in how much flaking and dry feeling your lips are.

ps.  thinking of trying some senegence products?  tell Brittany I sent you and we'll both get 10% off.

If you're anything like me you're always on the search for cute but practical items for your little babe.  And especially as a boy mom, I'm searching for cute (but not girly) items because they're out there sometimes ya just gotta look a little harder.  

After someone in my "March Moms" Facebook group shared about Brixton Phoenix I knew I wanted to get Cole one of their paci clips.  I had been searching for a cute one since before he was born but found there was a fine line between what I wanted and something that was too girly.  I ended up getting the Piper Paci Clip in marble and love it.  Good price, quality and can be used as a teether soon.

This past weekend we took our first mini road trip (4 hours) with Cole and y'all he did so good in the car.  We went up to celebrate Father's Day with my dad a little early and so Cole could meet more great-grandparents.  This weekend was so good for my soul.  The mountain air.  The family time.  And seeing everyone's love for Cole.  I can't wait to go back!

meeting G.G. and Bubby for the first time

And speaking of the beach...we have two trips coming up within the month.  And while I'm excited to see Cole at the beach and spend a week with our families soaking up the sun I'm not as excited be putting this postpartum bod in a bathing suit.  BUT I'm doing my best to embrace it.  So here are four nursing friendly bathing suits I've ordered.  I'm still trying to decide which ones to keep.

I'm obviously keeping this one.  It's shapewear (thank you very much) and out in this color but there are two other colors.
"Shapewear Swimsuit" | H&M

Help me decide which of these three to keep.  I'm thinking the back one shoulder and maybe another?

"The Forest" | CUPSHE     Ruffle One Shoulder | Old Navy    Vintage Lace | CUPSHE

And that's it folks.  Another weekly roundup.  Are you going to the beach this summer?  Share your swimsuit choice in the comments.

May your Monday be strong and your coffee stronger.

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