As I sit here in the ER with my husband sleeping in a hospital bed (yeah, the spinal tap saga continues. His headaches were getting so severe that they had to perform a "blood patch"...kinda cool but kinda gross if you don't have the stomach for that kind of stuff) I'm thinking...hey, why not take advantage of this time to write a little something while my hubbs got some shuteye. And this way when we get home I can finish cleaning the playroom o' death once my honey badgers go to sleep...
OK...so first of all I need to take this time to give a shoutout to my mom!!! Best woman I know. I called her this morning trying to keep it together (yeah, ok...what does "together" mean again?) ...I swear...I didn't even ask her if she was busy or anything...I just spewed out half crying "Ma, can you take Arya today and then pick Gunnar up from school and maybe feed them dinner because I don't know what time we'll be home?!" BAM..."Sure, no problem" First good moment of the morning...Thank. You. Gaga. And good thing because here I am...in the ER. Sweet...
Ya see, I may have been smiling in the messy-kitchen picture from yesterday's post...but I was literally crying inside...like overwhelmed crying...like my mind wasn't working, could barely keep my thoughts straight and I may just lay on the floor while pulling out my hair, giving up in protest kind of crying! It just sucks when you have a headache, are overwhelmed and can't think straight but you don't want to complain to your husband because he just had a freaking spinal tap and is suffering from an excruciating migraine himself...so SUCK IT UP DAWN...Nope...sorry, I couldn't...my body and mind and emotions took over and I broke down the second I heard my mom's voice! Sweet!
Ok back to the miracle product in my title: SO, remember on my homepage introduction I said that I had a SERIOUS Amazon.com addiction? Well, I have actually yet to mention Amazon once....until today. And I wanted my first recommendation to be damn good.
Looking back on when my kids were newborns/infants...which wasn't very long ago but seems like FOREVER ago somehow...There were so many different products that I used to try and make my life easier (ha!) Some worked and some didn't. And some of them I thought worked but it could have just been a total coincidence. But whatever...I'll take it!
My good friend Stefanie Cole (owner of Stefanie Cole Photography - If you're in the Fairfield/New Haven area of Connecticut you should TOTALLY check her out. She's amazing!) ok...so she and I were talking one day because she had her son Jameson at the same time I had Arya and we were having some "mommy talk" and comparing notes and got onto the topic of sleep, swaddling, and transitioning from the basinet/rock-n-play to the crib. I had used the rock-n-play for Gunnar till he was about 5 months. He never liked being swaddled and I was terrified when he'd roll onto his belly in the crib so I kept him in that thing till the last possible moment and was planning on doing the same thing with Arya until Stef told me about the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit.
Holy hell, how did I not know about this thing??!!!! I thought I was the Amazon Queen! If it was out there I knew about it...or so I thought. This sleep suit was literally M A G I C A L. It looks like a straight jacket but it's not. It's soft, breathable and it keeps your little one on their back and if they don't like to be swaddled or are breaking out of the swaddle this is the answer. And the company is great...have any questions and they are there to answer! Their website is also very informative.
I know I know, it really does look super awkward and stiff...but I assure you it is not. These precious babies are not restricted and can move their limbs...but with babies this small they have that startle reflex which can wake them often and this sleepsuit helps calm them AND keeps their little razor-sharp baby nails away from their faces!
My family made fun of me for putting her in a "weird looking contraption" BUT I didn't give a shit...my daughter was SLEEPING...like, SLEEPING SLEEPING! It was like it flipped a switch and BAM...her flailing limbs were calmed and she was content. And did I mention that she S L E P T!!!! Woo Hoo! The transition from rock-n-play to the crib was seamless at both bedtime AND nap time. **And then once she grew out of it...I put her in the Halo Sleepsack with a seamless transition as well. One less thing (in my very large list of things) to worry about! (deep breath...sigh of relief...yyaaaaassss!!!!)
I'm sure, like everything in this world, this product won't work for everyone...but if this magical piece of cloth worked for me, who's daughter cried non-stop for the first four months of her life, the chances of it working for you are very high.
So, new parents and you preggo mommas...do yourself a favor and freakin' get this thing!
As always, be kind, take care, laugh at yourself (because you'd cry your eyes out if you didn't) and share this post because you never know who really needs it. There are plenty of mommas and daddas out there that may seem like they have it all together but are fighting a battle at home that you know nothing about. Thank you all again for reading! xoxo
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