Monday, January 30, 2017

The Aftermath of Childbirth

Sorry for the delay in getting this to you! We have been in moving hell for the past month and half and are just starting to get settled. I thought it was hard before, but with a kid it's even worse! 

As I said in my last HuffPost Article, the baby I was prepared for - the aftermath to my body I was not. Although no words can really describe it, I thought I would give it the old college try: 

1. Squirt Bottle (Given at Hospital)
2. Ice Diaper (Use newborn size, since you will probably have extra)
3. Stool Softeners (Colace or Target Brand)
4. Depends Fit-Flex (Sexy), Regular Pads, Panty Liners
5. Sitz Bath (Given at Hospital)
6. Belly Bandit (Got mine at Destination Maternity)
7. Nursing Gowns (Target or Motherhood Maternity)
8. Oatmeal (My fav are Quaker Oats individual Real Medley's)
9. Nursing Pads (Lansinoh or Target Brand)
10. Nipple Cream (Medela Lanolin & Mother's Love)

- You will also need all of the above (minus ice diapers & sitz bath) because you will bleed as well. Your body needs to get rid of stuff too. 
- I reached out to my friends and they said that they avoided bikini briefs and chose high waisted underwear/depends/mesh underwear from hospital to avoid rubbing against the scar. 
- It's best to keep the scar clean and air dry it as much as possible. 
- The binder they give you to wear is clutch!

If this scared the hell out of you, I really do apologize. But sometimes if you go into something and know what's in store, it's not as bad as it sounds. That is my hope for you my friends :) 

Comment below if you have any other suggestions or tips for mamas-to-be!

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share Rynnie's 6 month snapshots with you guys! As you'll see, taking these pictures is getting much more difficult...

2016 was all about baby. I took a six month maternity leave and let myself worry about nothing but her. But now it's 2017 and time to get back into the swing of things. Motherhood has definitely brought a whole new meaning to the term 'multi-tasking,' but alas the time has come. 

During my last trimester, I craved sweets and unfortunately that craving hasn't gone away. I could eat an entire watermelon in one sitting (which was slightly impressive, yet alarming) and a half dozen donuts. I sure wish I had the same excuse now!

I know it can be a slippery slope, so this week, I started setting my alarm an hour before she wakes up for some 'me' time with breakfast, meditation, and a quick workout. It's not about the weight for me, its about what makes me feel good, hence making me a better wife and mother. 

If you've wanted to hit the snooze button and grab a bag of Reese's at night like me, let's power through and start the year off right. 

My next post is a video about "The Aftermath" of pregnancy and everything you'll need to know about it. I touched on it in my last article for the Huffington Post, but will get deeper into it - oh goodie for you, I know ;)

Wishing you the happiest 2017 yet!