My Must Have Baby Items :)

Alright guys, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my favorite baby gear so I figured I should just share here. Of course there are a lot of baby items out there –  these are just the ones I use the most and am most excited to have.

  1. Of course I love my cloth diaper stash, but for times when I need a disposable diaper OR wipes/rash cream I head to a new site I discovered – Brandless! They sell certified organic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free baby items. So important for those of us with little ones that have sensitive skin. And their prices are AMAZING. Not just on their baby stuff – on everything. Check them out! Continue reading “My Must Have Baby Items :)”

Nesting with Tarra… 37 weeks again

I finished the nursery today. First of all let me say how CRAZY it is how primal and instinctual I (and I assume most other women) am during pregnancy. Omg. I woke up today and out of the blue, the nursery HAD to be done. I was almost rabid waiting on the amazon packages. I couldn’t wait for Brian to hang the curtains – I had to do it myself. And the wall art. And everything else. It was like some outside force was controlling me.

Any who , i finally pulled the trigger and ordered the rest of the decor from amazon over the weekend and then went to hobby lobby today (who happened to be having a 50% off wall art sale 💃🏾).

Take a tour with me

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Nesting with Tarra – 37 weeks aka cloth diaper prep

I haven’t been nesting lately. Since my earlier escapades (17/18 weeks – Nesting with Tarra, 16 weeks in “Nesting with Tarra”, This week in “Nesting with Tarra”) I have slowed down. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of energy and I haven’t done anything.

Yesterday I had the urge to get the babies stuff together. So I washed my first load of laundry – her 0-3 month and newborn clothes.

And then I tackled the cloth diaper prep.

How did I do it?

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Cloth diaper stash

Who wants to take a peek inside my cloth diaper stash??

This is my first go round with cloth diapers. I wanted to cloth diaper when I was pregnant with LB, but with daycare being a factor and just my overall fear of being a first time mom – I decided not to. This time around I decided to go for it! I get to be home with this baby due to my coaching biz. Plus I believe in the benefits of cloth diapering. Which include:

  1. SAVINGS. The average family spends about $2400 on disposable diapers from birth to potty training. I personally have spent less than $100 on my cloth diaper stash (I’m crazy thrifty and have been gifted plenty).
  2. Theyre ADORABLE. I mean really. Look how cute they are.
  3. Cloth diapered babies tend to potty train sooner (they are more aware of when they are wet).
  4. Less chemicals. Disposable diapers even SMELL like chemicals to me. Unless you buy the more expensive organic brands, when brings me back to #1.

Idc that I have to wash poop or even touch it. I’m a mom. It’s gonna happen. So anyways – my stash!

I knew I wanted mostly AIO and pocket diapers. These do cost more but they’re also so cute and easier to put on. I was also told to get a bunch of different brands and see what I like once she’s here – so I did. I also built a newborn cloth diaper stash (mostly gifts). Some moms opt to use flats/prefolds (more old fashion style cloth diapers) or disposables until babies can fit into one sized diapers (typically around 8-9 lbs). Newborn diapers typically fit 5-12 lbs.

Enough blabbing. Here’s the goods!:

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Grovia Newborn Diapers

It’s been awhile since I took you through my cloth diaper stash for baby girl. This week I plan on giving a rundown on everything I have – but first I wanted to tell you about these ADORABLE Grovia newborn diapers that they gifted my baby girl. How cute are these?!

These adorable diapers are designed to fit babies 5-10 lbs. they have adjustable snaps to size down/up. Here is a comparison of them sized to different sizes.

It’s an all in on diaper so the soaker pad is sewn in. However unlike some newborn diapers, it’s only sewn on one end. I am guessing this will help it dry a lot faster.

It’s soakers are made of cotton and hemp and the soft interior is microfleece.

These are soooo cute and they look like they’ll fit baby girl perfectly from the time she is born for the first couple of months. Can’t wait to see her in them!

Want some? Check out Grovias diapers here!

Why I decided to hire a doula

Welp, I hired a doula. And i’m really excited about it! But I did want to document and share why I decided to hire a doula. First, I guess I should explain what exactly a doula is for those who don’t know. By definition, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born. Doula’s are a support person for mom (and dad!) during labor and delivery. A doula is different than a midwife or OB. They are there to support you and keep you comfortable during labor – not to delivery the baby or make medical evaluations. Different doula’s offer different services but most will help you draft a thorough birth plan, are trained in massages/relaxation/pain mangement techniques, and ensure your birth team (midwife or OB) follow your birth plan and any deviations are explained to you.

So, with all that said – here is why I chose to hire a doula this time.

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Why workout while pregnant?

I get a lot of questions/comments about my fitness journey now that I’m pregnant. Most of them go in 1 of 3 directions:

“Wow omg is that safe?”

“Oh you look great I wish I could have done all of that, I’m too tired”

“You’re gonna have a great snapback!”

So I thought I should address them.

My pregnancy is not high risk (though my delivery, being a VBAC, is slightly more risky than the norm – my pregnancy is not). I am within a healthy weight gain range, my blood pressure/sugar/blood work is all good, my baby’s anatomy scan was good, and we are healthy. With that in mind, most doctors suggest that a woman can continue workouts of the same intensity as they were doing prepregnancy and follow her bodies cues for when to slow down. There are some things I can’t do (ab work, and I try not to do anything that leaves me breathless) but other than that I’m good. I mean, I ran a half marathon a few weeks ago. I’m good.

Not only is it safe, it’s IMPORTANT. Babies born to momma’s who are active and healthy have a lower chance of having birth weight issues, issues latching/breastfeeding, and are more likely to have an easier delivery. Postpartum recovery time is statistically easier too and the chance of csection is much lower. Honestly, in the US the norm is for mom’s to sit around and be kinda uncomfortable during pregnancy and it shows in our high rate for csection/complications/assisted delivery.

With all that blabbing said – I do EVERY workout with the health of me and my baby in mind. I’m TIRED. I want to just lay around a lot of days. I don’t because I want to have a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery.

The comments about being too tired… I am too. But you know what I learned during labor with LB? Labor is HARD. Pushing is HARD. It is an endurance sport. I’d be silly not to train for it.

Oh, and I don’t do a single workout with my “snapback” in mind. I won’t be restricting calories after I give birth. I’ll be active (once I’m cleared to workout and feel up to it) and I’ll eat healthy foods because those things make me feel good physically and emotionally. But with breastfeeding – I won’t be actively trying to lose weight. My body will do what it wants to do in it’s own time. I’m fine with that.

Oh and for labor – there are some things I concentrate to make that easier (hopefully!). I plan to delivery squatting or on all 4’s, so I have been doing a lot of leg work. I squat often – I try to squat down anytime I need to pick up something or help LB with something (instead of just bending from the waist). I do this to help with my pelvis flexibility and leg strength. I also do workouts that have planking for core strength. And with everything – I practice good posture because that helps the baby get into the best position. And I spend a lot of time on my birthing ball (I’m sitting on it now). Most of yal know I’m studying hypnobirthing so I follow their suggestions.

 

What is a Mumbelli and why did I choose it?

As yal know i’ve been collecting baby items like I’m due tomorrow. I had been researching sleeping options since I was about 12 weeks.

With LB, we made mistakes. We had his crib of course and other than that just a pack n’ play with a built in bassinet. LB hated it. We ended up cosleeping (safely) and I was ok with that – but I want to be better prepared this time.

In my research, I came across the mumbelli. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of these!

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