Sunday, May 31, 2009

Two things I'm loving these days........

I'm a swaddle nazi!

I clued in to swaddling after we had several sleep issues with Kaylyn, our first, when she was a tiny baby. We had many sleepless nights and my husband was looking forward to going to the Fire Dept to work so that he could get some rest. That's how bad it was.

I was told about the amazing Miracle Blanket by a dear friend. My sweet sister-in-law purchased one for us on e-bay and I've been the biggest fan of these swaddling blankets ever since! I've not found another swaddling blanket that even compares......and I've tried bunches! The key to the Miracle Blankets are the arm bands that tuck behind the baby's back making it extremely difficult for them to become un-swaddled.

I've swaddled all three of my girls (the last two from day one) until about 6 months and its made the biggest difference in how well they sleep and also when they are fussy. The idea behind swaddling is that it creates somewhat of a womb-like atmosphere for your baby by making them feel like they are nestled tightly in your tummy. Its a familiar feeling for tiny infants. The Miracle Blanket also helps their baby twitches from waking them up while they are sleeping.

(not my actual waste nor my blue full-body leotard)

The other thing I'm loving is wearing my abdominal binder. I was told about these by the same friend who recommended the Miracle Blankets. I purchased mine at a local pharmacy.

I'm not really a fan of the recovery that takes place after c-sections. But, this tummy contraption has helped me in HUGE ways this time around. I've not worn one with the previous two c-sections.

If you've experienced an abdominal surgery, you know the pain that follows. It hurts to even cough and laugh. When they cut through your abdominal muscles and uterus, it makes it difficult for it to shrink back to a normal size (but really, what is normal after having a baby???). I've noticed a huge difference particularly in this area. After my two previous c-sections, it seemed like it took forever for my tummy to shrink. But, I'm noticing much quicker shrinkage this time around.

The abdominal binder holds in your tummy and supports your incision. This has made it so much easier for me to get around and back into the swing of things.

There is nothing like a good girdle. Ain't that the truth??

I can't say enough about these two things right now! I'm loving them. The swaddle blanket is great for any new infant. And I'm telling all of my sisters in the "C-CLUB" about the abdominal binder.


Brandi said...

amen, my sister! i've used and loved both of those.

southerninspiration said...

I have a good friend who had quintuplets and I've volunteered regularly since they came home from the hospital....the Miracle Blankets were indeed invaluable in getting them all to sleep well.....I agree.


Brandi Tejeda said...

oooh love our miracle blankets!! Never used the tummy thingy..but I will keep in mind in case our delivery turns out the other way around!

QuiltedSimple said...

Dang - I don't know that they had miracle blankets when mine were born.....or maybe I wasn't paying enough attention. So glad things are going well for you!

Rachel said...

I am a huge Miracle Blanket fan. I don't know how I made it without one with Josiah!

I also used a tummy band after a normal birth (no c-section), and it was a huge help in the recovery. All that giggly belly is really tough. Supporting it made me feel so much stronger. My abdominal wall muscles had separated during pregnancy, so I really needed that extra support.

The Houstons said... you've got me pretty excited about the tummy support! LOL...I have yet to be pregnant again (need the husband to be back in the same but it makes me super excited! LOL...Im so glad easy recovery does exist after multiple C's! Im so glad to hear you are doing well! You give me so much inspiration:) hehehe!

The Montalbos said...

Ooooh. I will have to add the Miracle Blanket to my wish list. I love to swaddle but my babies always seem to Houdini their way out! I may have to try the band too, even us non-C girls need some assistance. ;)

theBirkenfelds said...

I have heard amazing things about the miracle blanket and swaddling.. if I need any tips when Sawyer gets here I will be giving you a call!

By the way, Ruthie is absolutely gorgeous Lyns! I'll have to drive to Brenham and come hang out some in the Fall!! :)

Grace said...

I lived in my tummy tightener for probably two months after I had Johnathan. They gave me mine at the hospital, and I only took it off for showering and occasionally to let my tummy breathe for a bit. It was a life-saver, and I can't imagine what it must have felt like to recover without one! Glad that you found yourself one this time around, your tummy will be back in shape in no time!

Anonymous said...

Hello, please pardon the intrusion. I’m Mike Gatten, inventor of Miracle Blanket. Your blog was brought to my attention because of your mention of the Miracle Blanket. I can’t thank you and others enough for helping us spread the word because people just don’t believe us when we tell them it might be “this easy.” That's why word-of-mouth has been the biggest source of growth for us since day one.

To show our gratitude I'd like to send you a free Miracle Blanket. If you don’t need it for yourself you might give it as a gift or maybe a giveaway on your blog.

Please contact Susan in Marketing and let her know what color you would like. or (214) 675.0539.

And again, thank you very much.


daniella said...

Your most definitely a woman after my own heart. I came here from Holly Mathis' blog, and must say that I do like you :-)

I had a c-section two years ago and am going for a VBAC this time around (in September), if all works out. My mom had 10 kids and she wore a two big ace bandages wrapped around her mid-section, starting from right underneath the bra all the way down to her hips. She did that for 40 days post-partum and she swore by it...the only way to get that uterus back to where it belongs. I did it too after my first baby, and no lie, in four months my stomach went back to how it was before (which was a COMPLETE surprise!). I'm sure nursing had something to do with it too.

And of course, my mom taught me all about swaddling, and I did it till my daughter was 6 months as well. It made the biggest difference.