The first couple months of postpartum life is one of the only seasons that described as equally exhausting and exhilarating, joy-filled and tearful, shockingly slow and way too fast. I read every book, blog post and article on the postpartum experience during my first pregnancy and yet nothing could even come close to preparing me for it. I’m going to be as real as can be in this post in efforts to be as helpful as possible so buckle up, friends. Here is every single item I’d call essential to make the postpartum weeks as comfortable, seamless and healthy as possible.
I’m going to be doing this postpartum series in the order that makes most sense so here we are, starting off where it all begins: the birth center. Seeing as this is my third birth and if all goes to plan we don’t stay longer than a few hours after birth before going home, I was fully aware of how little I actually needed. I’ll share everything I packed but friends, birth was QUICK. I didn’t use much!
Zeameh Azariah Atogwe.
7lbs 15oz | 20.5″
On May 24th at 9:41 in the morning, our third child and second daughter was born. As many of you know, we’ve never found out the gender of our babies and that moment in the water waiting to see if we’re adding a boy or a girl to the family is pure magic. There’s just nothing like it in the world. After weeks of prodromal labor and months of contractions, labor was fast and intense and beautiful and so intimate. I spent so much time preparing for birth and trying to envision it that I can hardly believe it was already four weeks ago. How does time do that thing it does? Erasing seconds without us noticing?
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing a post in my postpartum series every Monday. I’ve received so many questions about favorite newborn items, how my recovery is going, my birth story, breastfeeding and everything in between. This is some of my favorite content to share because it’s my absolute favorite content to read myself. For any mothers pregnant or walking through newborn life in these strange, heavy times, know you’re not alone. There are women all across the world facing this season alongside you, even if from a distance. I’m still soaking in newborn snuggles and adjusting to life with three children so I’ve pulled back a bit on DM’s but if you email me I will always, always get back to you there.
I can’t thank you enough for the well wishes, prayer and kindness you’ve sent my way in the past month. I’m so grateful for this community and while it can be challenging to decide what to share and I’ve been feeling a bit of a pull to privacy, sharing snippets of brightness from our days as a family of five has been such a you. For day-to-day life, be sure to follow along on Instagram. For the in-depth postpartum series, be sure to check back every Monday. I’m off to go sneak in some sleep before it’s time to feed my girl again. These are the days xo.
I’m 38 weeks pregnant this week. These days are long and sweet and challenging and beautiful.
I am full term this week, y’all. Officially full term! Lord willing, at some point in the next few weeks I’ll be having my third unmedicated birth at the Birth Center. I know many people who have accidental unmedicated births and do just fine, I’ve read countless birth stories of women who just stumble into unmedicated labor intentionally without any prep and are cool as a cucumber. That’s not me. It takes a lot of work for me to get in the right mental state for the marathon that is labor but here, the third time around, I’m feeling more prepared than ever. Here are the things I do to get ready for the big day.
I found out I was pregnant with Keogena before Oshiolema even turned 1 which meant I didn’t need to purchase any big ticket items for her newborn phase. Aside from a couple new things that came out the year she was born (hello, Dockatot,) every baby item we own was purchased during my first pregnancy which was six years ago. SIX! I’ll be doing a complete round up of all my favorite newborn, baby and postpartum items soon but for now here are the few current purchases I’m making before baby arrives.