The Friday Five – Recovering from Childbirth

The Friday Five – Recovering from Childbirth

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This week we will be focusing on the topic of Recovering from Childbirth.  Whether you have a unmedicated, natural or cesarean birth, your body has just undergone an incredible journey.  Taking the time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth all while adjusting to your new life and bonding with your new precious little one is very important.  Whether you are a first-time mom or you are preparing to welcome another bundle of joy into your home, these insights into the best ways to recover from childbirth will come in very handy!

Melody Fischer | dosMommas

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My recovery from my C-Section was one of the hardest things that I have ever been through, but I got through it and so can you. The recovery is very painful. It will take all of your strength and energy just to stand up straight those first few days. But you will, I promise. You will think that you’ll never be able to ween yourself off those pain-killers. But you will, I promise. Your incision may start to leak and you’ll think that you will never fully heal. But you will, I promise. You won’t think that you’ll ever be able to hold your baby without it being painful. But you will, I promise. Your incision will heal. Your baby will still be perfect. And you will be the mother that you always wanted to be.

Tiffany Houseman | The Wholesome Housewife

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#1 Take a break!

Let your midwife bring you food as you get to know your new baby. Let your mother-in-law wash your dishes. Let hubby do the diaper changes. Let your body lay around and recover. Quit trying to get up and clean your kitchen.

#2 Take lots of baths

My midwife provided herbal ‘tea’ that hubby ‘stewed’ in a big pot then poured into bath water for me. You can find postpartum teas online or just soak in plain Epsom salts. Add a few drops of a favorite essential oil and relax away.

#3 Take your mind off the pain

After my first, I was in pain from tearing, had extremely painful nursing (baby had tongue/lip ties), and was sore from 2.5 hours of pushing. We spent a lot of time watching movies, laying in bed together and getting to know the new baby.

#4 Remember this is only a season

Recovery can be trying. But just as baby is growing up fast, this time will go by fast. I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years since my first baby (and recovery). It feels long, and hard, in the moment, but Mama hang in there. You’ll be better soon!

Jasmine Austin | Love Live Laugh Motherhood

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Childbirth Recovery

The postpartum phase can be a difficult transition. Here are a few tips to help you ease into motherhood, focusing on your own self-care! The first, as much as you hate it-accept help. If someone wants to help you run a load of laundry or take the baby so you can rest, accept it! It may not come often, and it might even taper off. But you’ll need every opportunity you can get to take some time off.

Secondly, take care of your health! Just as during pregnancy, you still need to maintain a healthy diet. Not just for you, but for your tiny baby! Keep up with vitamins and always hydrate! Lastly, and sometimes the most difficult; don’t worry about your Mom bod! Your postpartum phase is meant to adjust to a new baby, and you’re going to be busy enough with that. Stressing about baby weight and stretch marks isn’t going to help that. Focus on that new tiny human-everything else will fall into place.

Ashleigh Wilson | The Crispy Mama

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As a first time Mama, I had no idea what to expect when it came to childbirth and recovery, so it took some trial and error to figure out what worked. First and foremost, sleep should be your number one focus. Sleep is king and it will be hard to come by, so get it when you can. Sleep when the baby sleeps (even though the dishes and laundry are probably piling up). Without some amount of sleep, your mind won’t be able to handle the amount of stress that you’re guaranteed to be under. Be kind to yourself. This is all new, and you are doing the best that you can. Even the most experienced Mamas have moments of self-doubt.

Once you’ve caught a few hours of sleep, you can focus on healing your body. Take several (seriously, three or four) hot baths, every single day. This will speed your recovery up immensely. I used my baby’s soap during this time since I knew that it would be gentler than my usual heavily scented body wash. The hospital will provide you with these incredibly sexy mesh underwear and maxi pads, but I chose to buy some even sexier adult diapers instead. If your bleeding is heavy (and it probably will be) this is so much more effective and comfortable. Once your bleeding lightens up, you can upgrade to the ultra-luxurious mesh underwear. You’ll want to get stool softeners and take them every day, whether you think you need them or not, because I guarantee that you do. Keep your clothing loose and breathable (think, cotton pajamas). Lastly, DRINK WATER. The first few weeks after delivery are really a blur and some days it will be dark outside before you brush your teeth, but you have got to stay hydrated. Listen to your body. If anything doesn’t seem right, you should absolutely consult your doctor. The worst that can happen is they will tell you that you have nothing to worry about. Don’t forget to enjoy your babies, Mamas! They are only little for a little while! Click here to read more about some of the weird things that happen after childbirth.

Katie Mac | From North to South

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Accept the help.

Take this scenario; you just had major surgery and you’ve been put on bed rest to recover. Your friends stop by with food. They offer to help you clean. They offer to pick up your groceries. You graciously accept all these things and think what wonderful friends you have.

I’ve never had surgery, but I’ve had three kids – take the damn help.  I see nothing different between the two. Swallow your pride, people are not visiting to see how clean your house is, how many pre-made meals you have in the freezer, or even to see you (sorry it’s true).  They want to come over to help you because they love you and more importantly get baby snuggles. Take their help, let them clean your kitchen and take out the trash. Watch the baby while you take a nap.  Enjoy the fact that you have picked some amazing people to have as a  part of your life.

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Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

I’ve developed a small obsession with fabric buntings lately.  You may also know them as a fabric banner.  They are really inexpensive, so simple to make, and seem to add just the right touch to any party or special occasion.  I recently used them at my son’s baptism party and my son’s first birthday party.  I’ve had several requests to either buy one or directions to make it yourself so I thought I would share the step-by-step simple directions with you so you can make your very own fabric bunting for your next party or special occasion.  If you’d prefer to have one made for you, please contact us and send us your request.

Supplies

(Directions are for 2 – Eight pennant fabric buntings.  Adjust your supplies up or down based on your desired length)

  • 3 Coordinating Fabrics: Either Fat Quarters or 1/4 yard cuts will work.  Prewash all fabric.
  • 1 Coordinating Spool of 1″ Ribbon
  • Paper Template (see directions below)
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Surface (alternatively fabric scissors will work but will take you a lot longer)
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine with Coordinating Thread
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Spray Starch (optional but recommended)

Paper Template

Fabric Bunting Template

The paper template is really easy to make.  Start with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock (printer paper will work if you don’t’ have cardstock, but won’t stand up as well.

  1. Draw a 6″ line across the top
  2. Measure 3″ to the center and draw an 8″ line down forming a “T”
  3. Draw a line from either side of the top line to the middle bottom line.  These lines should be approx. 8 3/4″
  4. Cut out your template

Step-By-Step Directions

Ironing:

  1. Fabric: Iron each cut of fabric.  Fold in 1/2 the long way – right sides out.  Spray with starch and iron again.
  2. Ribbon: Fold the ribbon in 1/2 and iron a fold in the ribbon.

Fabric Bunting Ribbon

Cutting

  1. Lay out your first fabric on your rotary cutting mat – Remember that it should already be ironed in half
  2. Trim the open end so that the fabric is exactly 8″
  3. Lay your pattern on the left edge of the fabricEasy DIY Fabric Bunting
  4. Cut each edge of your first triangle.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  5. Flip your pattern to cut an upside down triangle with your next cut.
  6. Continue alternating cuts until you have cut all the way across the fabric.  You will end up with two cuts of fabric back to back with right sides facing out.  Leave each set together.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  7. Repeat for each selection of fabric

Sewing:

  1. Take your first triangle set (two pieces of fabric wrong sides together) and sew down the right side of the triangle and up the left side of the triangle.  You will leave the top unsewn for now.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  2. Continue to do this for each triangle set you have cut.  It’s easier to “chain sew” these, meaning to just keep sewing from one triangle to the next.  Just leave a few stitches in between each triangle.  I decided to sew mine in the order I wanted to create the bunting in so I didn’t have to sort it later.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  3. If you chain sewed your pennants, cut them apart.  Make sure they are in the order you will create your bunting.
  4. Grab your ironed ribbon.  Leave a length of ribbon at the beginning of your bunting depending on how much extra length you need to tack/tie it up.  I stapled mine to the fence, so only needed about 2″.  You may need more or less depending on how you want to use it.
  5. Fold the ribbon on the top of your first pennant.  Sew with a zig zag stitch sewing the pennant into the ribbon.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  6. Repeat until you have sewn ribbon across all of the tops of your pennants.  You can sew either direction, so choose the one that feels the most natural to you.  I made two buntings so that I could lay they across the top of each other.  Adjust your bunting to fit your individual project.Easy DIY Fabric Bunting
  7. Finish the ends as you desire.  I lopped the end back on itself and sewed it down.

Easy DIY Fabric Bunting

That’s it!

You now have your own fabric bunting.  This would be perfect for party decor that you could use over and over.  It would also be a perfect project for your child’s room or baby’s nursery.  I would love to see pictures of your beautiful fabric buntings!  Send me your picture at: [email protected] and I may feature a few on this post.

Smash Cake

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First Birthday Smash Cake

First Birthday Smash Cake

First birthdays are always so much fun.  The guest of honor is in that amazing phase between being a baby and moving into toddlerhood.  Their personality is starting to shine.  For mom and dad, it is a gigantic milestone on their parenthood journey.  When it comes to the party, it can difficult to decide if you want to throw a huge party…they only turn 1 once!  Or doing something small…they’ll never remember the party anyway!  I would say that whatever path you choose, have fun with it and don’t forget to take a ton of pictures.

We had so much fun celebrating our youngest’s first birthday!  We recently had a big party to celebrate his baptism so comparatively, his birthday celebration was relatively low key.  However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make it just a little bit crafty.  I stuck to a few simple projects and am in love with how everything turned out.  After throwing three big parties in a little over a month (The Sleepover, The Baptism Party, and The Hockey Party), I was ready to keep it simple.

Smash Cake

We invited our immediate family and a couple of close friends over to a mid-afternoon party.  To keep things easy, we only served cake, ice cream, and soft drinks.  I made my son an adorable diaper cover and necktie to wear.  The highlight of the party was his Smash Cake.  He looked absolutely adorable, and the Smash Cake was every bit as fun as you would hope for it to be.  I also made a really simple matching fabric bunting that hung as a backdrop for the photos.

If you are planning a fabulous birthday celebration of your own and would like to order a diaper cover, necktie or bunting for that perfect touch, please contact me for a quote.

He wasn’t quite sure what to think about the smash cake.  After all, he had never tasted processed sugar before.

Smash Cake

It didn’t take long for him to decide that it was pretty darn good.  Yay!

Smash Cake

This is REALLY good!

Smash Cake

Time to Smash this Cake!

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There goes the bow!

Smash Cake

My adorable sweet boy in his diaper cover, necktie and covered in his Smash Cake

Smash Cake

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Boy!

Smash Cake

I hope you have enjoyed this post and all of the cuteness of my little ones 1st birthday!  Be sure to stay connected to all of the great ideas from The Crafty Organized Mom by signing up for updates.  When you do, you’ll also grab a free copy of our Family Meeting Guide + Meeting Printable!

Smash Cake

Photo Credit: Denise Greiner