Welcome Jessica Garvin of Little Baby Garvin! Jessica shares her family life in such a sweet and tender way and we’re big fans. Check out her Etsy shop filled with unbelievable chalkboard prints. Her penmanship is crazy good! Jessica is sharing her best new baby advice, funny memories and a moving birth story, welcome Jessica!
Let’s open with a funny memory…It was our first “outing” since Harper was born, we were going out to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day (and I was really looking forward to a sip of green beer!) so of course we were all wearing green. We had our little one month old on the changing pad on the kitchen island, I was standing next to her & my husband was changing her diaper. She happened to sneeze right as her diaper was off & of course poop shot straight out onto my husbands shirt, the very green shirt that I had just insisted that he wear to dinner.
1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
To relax and enjoy the newborn stage. I think this might be impossible for a first time mom, since we worry so much. But looking back, I wish I had said yes to letting her sleep in my arms more instead of putting her down once she fell asleep so I could get things done. What I would give now for her to nap with me!
2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?
I feel like I was totally unprepared for the crazy emotions that I felt after Harper was born. I went from happy to sad at the drop of a hat, crying over totally reasonable things like
worrying that our cat didn’t think we loved her anymore. I finally realized that the hormones mixed with zero sleep, and hardly making enough time to eat had left me running on empty. I eventually felt normal again after about two weeks, but it was really tough and I never saw it coming. I remember my husband telling me that I needed a time out after I started sobbing uncontrollably when he turned her lullaby music on the first night home from the hospital, I was a wreck!
3. Do you have a bedtime routine? I used to hum “If all the raindrops were lemon drops & gum drops…” to her when she was a newborn, now we actually sing it at bedtime & she loves it! I’m a little embarrassed to say that I think it came from Barney?
And Jessica’s awesome birth story after the jump! Read more