So I am still in the Dallas area as my daughter gave birth on the tenth of this month. I am helping her adjust to her daily life as being a new mom. I try to give her words of wisdom.

One thing for sure that has held true is me telling her to enjoy each and every moment. From being pregnant through now every stage of having a child. You will miss it as you move on. She already misses having that pregnant belly.

I also told her to take whatever she can when she is in the hospital. Any free formula or diapers. Oh and you will need the pads, wipes and other motherly not so fun items. Take them. You will need them and won't want to make a trip to the store.

What surprised me was the things I never imagined getting. Stuff that I never got. I was in awe. She came home with a pan of lasagna. The hospital in Arlington was awesome. I even asked Charlie if that was normal. He said they got a family meal to eat while at the hospital. No, this was a take home pan of lasagna ready for you to heat and eat when you need it. It also came with 4 pieces of garlic bread and 4 brownies too. Wow. We ate off that meal for days. What a blessing.

We also learn about swaddling a baby. I remember the classes to learn how to do this. Swaddling was something my mom taught me as a child with my baby dolls. Babies love the swaddle.

The outfits my grandbaby came home in still amaze me. Again, it's been twenty five years. Oh my goodness. It's a swaddle outfit. You put her in the pouch and zip it up. Then it has instructions.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

You fold over one side to help form the perfect "burrito" swaddle. The second side had velcro to hold it all together. Oh, and did Laila love her swaddle?

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Yep, that is how daddy wrapped her everyday and she was thrilled. I am amazed at the amount of new things that make being a mom so much easier. The support is just so great. I feel that when I head back to Amarillo on Sunday my daughter will be great but even more questions and help will be needed. I just know she has the perfect swaddle down.

Oh and what is with this blanket? I feel even twenty five years ago this one was still one I came home with.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

 

How about you? Did you at some point have this blanket too?

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