Alright guys, it’s that time of year that I need a swimsuit. I used to spend time store hopping and trying on things but now I just don’t have time or care that much. Last year, I ordered my new bikinis from Amazon. Honeslty I over order, try them on, and then send the ones I hate back. Last year I kept these three:
If yal know me you know I love rompers. Especially ones that could transition from pregnancy to postpartum in a flattering and comfortable way 😊
A bunch of people have asked where I got these 2 in particular from. I keep forgetting to share.
Disclaimer – I’m not an expert at cloth diapering at all. Only been in it 2 months with Viv (though LB has been using cloth pull ups at night for about 6 months). But here’s my 2 cents on wash routine
Before I knew anything about wash routines I threw LBs cloth pull ups and inserts into a heavy duty wash with some detergent and called it a day. I didn’t have any issues except a slight stink. But that was just a few months, and I need vivs diapers to last years.
So here we are.
There’s a ton of routine advice out there, Continue reading “Cloth Diapering Made Easy – Wash Routine!”
I decided to do a “Cloth Diapering Made Easy” series 😊. I remember when I was pregnant with LB and researching cloth diapers, I was overwhelmed. I felt like the pricing was crazy high, and they’d be hard to use – Did we have hard water? What’s a prefold? Wash routines? Etc. There was so much conflicting info and I was a first time mom who had to go back out to work in 12 weeks, so I decided to go with disposables.
This time with Viv I decided to just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen? And we are 2 months in! It’s been great. I’ve simplified my routine and my stash is much different now that I’ve found out what I like. I currently only own Mama Koala pockets ( shown in the pic above – use code VIVMKTHX to save 10%), Grovia AIOs (all in ones), Grovia hybrids, Thirsties pocket diapers and 3 sigazor AIOs that I’ll probably get rid of (they’re hubbys fave, not mine lol).
Anywho, enough blabbing. Today I want to go over the first thing that confused me while researching diapers years ago – all the types! Let me make this as easy as possible. Continue reading “Cloth Diapering Made Easy – Types of cloth diapers explained”
So there were a lot of odd responses to my plan to cloth diaper Viv. Most were just that I wouldn’t do it (I am doing it and loving it). The other was that I would do it – but use disposables sometimes. I agreed with that. Maybe at night (since disposables absorb more, typically). Maybe when we left the house. Etc.
However once I started cloth, I realized – it’s not that hard. The world isn’t set up as convenient for cloth diapering BUT it can be done anywhere for less stress than going out and figuring out what size/brand of disposables to buy and how many you need lol. When I leave the house for an errand, I just grab another diaper or 2. I carry disposable wipes only because I don’t have a case that will hold wet cloth wipes yet, and I don’t feel like carrying wipe solution. Anywho, I figured if that was easy enough – I could cloth on our trip!
We were headed to Mississippi to see my in laws for my sister in law’s graduation (she got her MBA, yall. Shout out to black excellence -dance-). So I thought, ok. We always book an airBNB when we travel (because I mean hello, why pay $100 for a hotel when you can get a whole house??). So I knew we would have a washer and dryer – which kept me from having to carry back home dirty diapers (one of my fears – BUT possible).
So, I just grabbed enough diapers for 2-3 days. I only grabbed my favorite prints because I was going to be showing Viv off of course and wanted her to look her best. Here is what I brought:
Plus a few extra diapers in the diaper bag. It came out to 12 Mama Koala’s Continue reading “Cloth diapering on a 4 day trip”
Baybeeeee let me tell you what I forgot to prepare for.
I prepared for pregnancy. I was fit. I’d been running and my cardio was poppin. Viv wasn’t planned but I was in the best shape of my life prior to and during pregnancy. I ran a half marathon at 20 weeks, yal.
And i was prepared for labor. I did the hypnobirthing home study guide. I had two whole ass playlists. I had a YouTube list of ASMR videos. I was relaxed (up until transition 😂).
But I was NOT prepared for postpartum. I hadn’t even thought about it. I was so focused on achieving a vbac that I didn’t think of what it would be like after.
Healing from a vaginal birth, especially with a tear, is much different than healing from a C-section. Main difference is, after a c section they give you Percocet 😳😂
That’s enough rambling. Here are my tips to an easier vagina birth recovery:
So Viv is now over 2 weeks old and I’ve had more time to reflect on our successful unmedicated vbac. Im going to eventually blog on tips for having a successful vagina birth after caesarean, but today I just want to blog from the standpoint of a “normal” labor and delivery. Since I labored at home and didn’t get to the hospital until pushing time, I was treated like any other laboring mom and other than wearing a monitor I didn’t have any weird requirements as a result of having a past c section.
So let’s talk about unmedicated child birth. First things first, no epidural doesn’t mean no pain management. You HAVE TO have a plan to deal with the intensity of contractions to make it through an unmedicated child birth. Continue reading “Managing pain during unmedicated labor/delivery”