PEACE OF MIND : OWLET

It’s crazy that they just let us leave the hospital with our newborn, when (as new parents) we really had NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL WE WERE DOING. We left the hospital, a place where there were doctors and nurses who could jump in and take control if something were wrong, and we headed home feeling excited for this new adventure. We pulled into the drive way and talked about how we were going to introduce the dogs to the baby. We gave Dax a tour of his new home, and life as we knew it quickly began to change. That’s when I realized a new kind of fear had settled in.

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As a first time mom, I found myself worrying about every single little thing:

  • Is he breathing too hard?
  • Is he breathing too soft?
  • Is he breathing at all?
  • Is he hot?
  • Is he cold?
  • Why is he crying?
  • Why is his nose stuffy?
  • Did he get enough to eat?

Before we started using Owlet, whether Dax was taking a nap or had been put down for the night, we would constantly be checking on him to make sure he was breathing (like every other parent with a newborn). At this point, when any amount of sleep is cherished, having the Owlet baby monitor is like PURE GOLD. Nothing can compare to having peace of mind. If I wake up in the middle of the night, instead of holding my breath as I wait for his chest to rise and fall with air, I open my Owlet app and instantly see his heart rate and oxygen level. I am not anxious in the least bit, because I already know that everything is ok. If something had been wrong, the little owl on my phone would’ve alerted me. I feel a peace and calm wash over me as I fall back asleep watching the numbers blink back & forth at me.

Just a couple nights ago, we were worried Dax was having trouble breathing. We knew irregular breathing & snorting noises (just to name a few) were common things for newborns, but it seemed a little harder than normal for him to get a good breath. We quickly grabbed the Owlet sock and put it on him. Knowing his readings were normal, we were able to wait to take him to the doctors until the next morning. If we didn’t have it, I know without a doubt, we would’ve been up all night long, and possibly would’ve taken him to the emergency room. Paranoid parents, maybe… but these are our babies we are talking about!!! Peace of mind…. you can’t put a price tag on it.

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THREE TIPS FOR FUTURE OWLET BABY MAMAS

  • DON’T FREAK OUT at the first sign of an abnormal reading, aka Red Alert. Obviously, always check on your baby before anything else, but sometimes you can get a false reading (and there is no need to stress your heart out when you don’t need to). When I got my first Red Alert, I disconnected from the monitor & then reconnected to find normal readings. Come up with a plan ahead of time. Being prepared will help you remain calm, rather than stressed at the first sign of a Red Alert. If it is more than a false alarm, your plan will come in handy, & everyone in the house will be on the same page.
  • SET IT UP BEFORE YOUR BABY ARRIVES. The set up process is super easy, & knowing how to use it beforehand will make it so you can use it from day 1. Figure out a location for the base station, & get it charged & ready to go.
  • DISCONNECT during nighttime feedings. If you move too far from the base station, it will alert. So, unless you want to wake up your sleeping husband… disconnect! You can reconnect, at the click of a button, when you get your babe back down.

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“Raise the roof if you love Owlet!” -Dax

HAPPY BIRTH-DAY DAX

My labor & delivery were far from perfect, but it brought this little angel babe to us & he is absolutely perfect. My sister @___kaybaybay made us a video documenting the minute we walked into the hospital on Friday to the minute we walked out on Tuesday with our baby in tow. It’s a personal & intimate look into our lives & it was the sweetest gift! 

DAXON PIERCE POWELL

  • 7 lbs. 10 oz.
  • 19 1/2 inches long
  • August 14th, 2016
  • 3:06pm
  • 36 hours of labor
  • 3 1/2 of pushing
  • A birth plan that went out the window
  • A day we will never forget

You were a pea, then a lemon, then an eggplant. I followed advice. I read twelve books. I quit coffee. Could you tell I was scared? I talked to you, sang to you… I wasn’t ready. But then you were here. Ten fingers. Ten toes. 7 pounds. Love. BIG FAT LOVE!

BUMPDATE : WEEK 39

Welcome to my 39th week of pregnancy…. I am officially waddling everywhere, I can’t sneeze without peeing my pants, I have been cleaning & organizing like a mad woman, I wake up a million times in the middle of the night, braxton hicks are a real thing, I have sworn I was already having this baby at least 2 times, & I have tried everything to encourage this baby it is time to come out (acupuncture, teas, walking, bouncing on a ball, pumping, eating spicy foods) & nothing has worked. I believe that they come when they are good & ready, & sometimes it just happens to be after you get a pedicure or eat something spicy.

THIRD TRIMESTER TO-DO LIST

  • Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea : Helps strengthen the uterus & ease labor pains.
  • “Waste” Time : Plan days when you can do absolutely nothing important. Relax, nap, watch a movie… do whatever the heck you want before your new babe arrives.
  • Date Your Husband : Remind your husband how important he is to you & love on him as much as possible. Talk about what your dreams are for your baby.
  • Make an Appointment for Acupuncture :  Increases blood flow to the uterus & can even make labor/contractions more comfortable
  • Soak in the Miracle of it All : Get all of your ultrasounds together & look at them from the very first one to your most recent one.
  • Meditate : If you’ve never meditated before, look up videos on Youtube. This will help during labor as you practice focus, breathing, & reminding yourself that what you are feeling during childbirth is normal. Here is one that is a good starting place (Meditation for Childbirth & Labor)!
  • Take Pictures : Find a cute outfit & document that big belly of yours.
  • Take A Child Birth Class : If you haven’t already, & especially if you are planning on doing it natural, sign up for a childbirth class. Ask around, & get recommendations.

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IMG_7627Dress : Free People 

This babe is coming any day now & the next blog post I write he will most likely be in my arms while I write it! Someone please pinch me. Life is about to change & our world is going to flip upside down… but in the most exciting way.

xoxo

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