Owlet Baby Monitor

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When using the newborn size 1 sock, the sensor goes on the bottom of the foot. With larger sizes, the sensor goes on top. Leo is wearing Newborn size in the pictures, and the monitor is wrong side up for photography purposes. Elephant in crib is also used for photography purpose. Any kind of lose item in baby's crib is highly advised against!

 

Tada! Leo's Room Reveal!
This is just the first stage cause there is a lot that I want to add and change! Anyways, that's not what you are here for ;)

Lots and LOTS of you have asked me about my Owlet Monitor! I'm here to spill!

This is the best thing that was ever invented and I am so freaking thankful for this kind of technology. If you've heard about the Owlet Monitor, you know that it monitors your baby's Heart Rate and Oxygen Level. The Owlet monitor uses hospital technology, and it is designed to alert you of changes in Heart or Oxygen readings. For someone who is deathly scared of SID stories, It doesn't get better than the Owlet Monitor.

Little Leo naps in his room by day and sleeps in our room at night. And that little cute monitor sock follows him when his eyes are closed! The monitor is our side-kick and i'll tell you why. Leo struggles with crazy Acid Reflux. It's so heartbreaking to watch. On top of that, Leo is the kind to suffer in silence. We realized this during our stay at the hospital! There we were... laying in bed, watching TV and I decided to get up and check on him in his little hospital bassinet and he was choking on his own puke!!! I felt all of the blood leave my body and immediately started crying! I was so mad and scared that-that happened plus i'm sure Postpartum hormones did not help! Coming home from the hospital to find the Owlet Monitor on our doorstep was truly heaven-sent.

At our place, we sleep with a light fan in our room, and though his starter-crib is literally right next to me, I sometimes don't hear him. *BREIF INTERMISSION* Yes, you do develop mommy senses and mommy ears when your baby arrives! BUT when you've had a horrible C-section, a long and hard recovery at the hospital, several infections once at home, plus very few hours of sleep cause of Newborn baby, those super mommy senses are only human too. And though Hubby is great, husbands still sleep like husbands! There were one too many nights where the monitor woke us up, and i'd look over at Leo (again, crib right next to me) and he'd be choking on his own vomit! I still get chills thinking about it!

You guys, your baby might arrive just perfect! Baby might have the best digestive system, no health problems, etc, and you might have a dream delivery to help with recovery and all the long nights ahead of you... but it's better to be safe with little ones. Always. 

PURCHASING AN OWLET MONITOR

If you decide to get your own Owlet monitor, I've got the hook up for you!
Owlet Care is giving Posh By Kat Readers $20 Off when purchasing through THIS link! And shipping is FREE!! YAY! 

 

OWLET MONITOR FAQ'S

Does the sock fall off easily? Do they like the sock?
Leo had a hard time adjusting to the sock at first! He wiggles so so much, so the sock would fall off (Luckily, the monitor notifies you when the sock comes off)! So here is a trick for that....
During the day, when baby is awake and/or you are watching baby, put the sock on baby without turning on the base monitor. This way they get used to the sock and you don't have to hear the false alarms. Worked like a charm with Leo!

What kind of false alarms do you get?
The false alarms we have experienced, aren't really false alarms.  It hasn't notified me of wrong readings. The false alarms you can get are... The sock came off or your internet dropped. So train your baby to wear the sock and get yourself stable internet!

Do I have to give up footie Pajamas?
Heck no! The monitor still works with footie Pajamas. And while Leo was learning to get used to the sock monitor, we would put actual socks over the foot monitor so that it was harder for him to kick it off.

Should I get a basic baby monitor as well to hear my baby? 
We had actually bought a video & sound baby monitor before we got the Owlet. We love having both. Leo is being watched like a hawk by his parents!

Where should I keep the base?
We keep ours on my night table. Even when I'm not in our room and he is sleeping, Owlet connects to your phone and you get the same notifications on your phone. 

Would you recommend Owlet Baby Monitor?
Without a doubt, yes. The Owlet Baby Monitor cannot claim to be a life-saving device but in my opinion it comes pretty close to it. Some of my fears are definitely first-time mom fears, but the safety of your child shouldn't taper off with each additional child.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • While the Owlet is designed to alert if your baby stops  breathing, that does not mean that the monitor itself is a lifesaving device. The device is designed to alert then the parents decide what to do.
  • The Owlet Monitor is NOT a medical device,  nor should it be used as a diagnostic tool.
  • Owlet cannot and does not claim to help prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS because SIDS is defined as a sudden death that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. 

PostPartum Diaries

[5 Weeks Postpartum]

 

Hi!
So i've thought about what to write for this post longggggg and hardddd. To this day this is one of the hardest and most intimate posts I have ever written. Before we get into the deets, I need to give my husband a shout out. As we started this shoot, I all of the sudden felt overwhelmed and asked myself why I was exposing myself like this. Chris always knows how to comfort me and put a smile on me. He encouraged me to not stop because this is a reality more people need to be aware of. If you go back to the pictures, I am tense at first and eventually loosen up! Thanks Babe! 

Today I want to open up about two tricky subjects! Weight and PPD!

First, The Weight

I am currently 6 weeks PP. 
Before pregnancy, I weighed somewhere between 109 and 112 lbs. We were newlyweds and ate our weight during our honeymoon. Those are the last numbers I remember on the scale as we got pregnant shortly after the honeymoon. The last week of pregnancy (Week 39) I weighed 156 lbs.  During my postpartum stay at the hospital, I went up to 162 lbs because of a weeks worth of IV fluids.  So I gained a total of 44-51 lbs! I am currently weighing 131 lbs. 


Why am I talking about weight?
After THIS post and THIS post on Instagram, I received lots of sweet compliments and how great I was already looking after having a baby. Ironically this made me feel a little bad. Not because of the compliments --Those are always nice! But because I felt like I wasn't being honest and was scared that anyone going through what I was going through would be just as hard on themselves behind closed doors. I want to clarify that in those pictures, I am wearing a waist trainer underwear and it definitely helps that my Agnes & Dora leggings are form-fitting and tucking my PP bump.

I know what it feels like to feel like a stranger inside your body! I cried everyday during our week-long stay at the hospital when it was shower time! I would just stand naked in front of the mirror and wondered how I was going to get my body back! I would love to take the high road and say how I don't care that I gained weight and that my new found curves make me feel more like a woman. Nope. Because weight is now a controversial subject too, this is tricky to talk about, and while you should appreciate every size (and I do) I do not currently love mine! Weight has been a contributing factor to my PPD and If you feel this way, you are not alone!

Second, PostPartum Depression

Everyone tells you that the beginning of motherhood is hard and it's an adjustment but that you then JUST LOVE being a mom! I did not feel like that right away. In fact, no one said just how HARD it was going to be at the beginning and I wish someone would have stayed on that subject a little more so that I didn't feel crazy or like a bad person and a bad mom.

I'll cut to the chase. I did not feel like hurting myself or the baby. I did feel like...
...Nothing was going the way I planned.
...I did not feel that magical connection I felt with my baby at the Hospital.
...I felt like I was not cut out to be a mom.
...Leo was better off with a different family.
...I wanted to disappear and hide from the world.
...I was scared of anything and everything.
...I felt like I was a crazy person in a white room with no windows or doors.
...I LOATHED my body!
...I felt like I was not in my own body because of pain, weight, and recovery.
...And though my husband is not just help, but a great dad and super supportive, I felt alone.  

Then, I felt guilt because of all of the feelings mentioned above. Isn't this what I wanted? To be a mom? I struggled with infertility for years because of endometriosis. How dare I feel anything but grateful. All of these feelings went on for the first two weeks of being home from the hospital. The crying continued everyday (EVERYDAY) for two more weeks! How did Chris not leave me? 

I know that the way my labor & delivery went down probably put me at a bad start. I labored for almost 30 hours + plus had an unexpected and very unwanted C-Section + plus 2 panic attacks + plus a major cold afterwards (Read about my labor HERE). On top of that, once we got home, I got a UTI and Mastitis TWICE. Add a colic-acid-reflux newborn baby to the mix.....We barely got sleep! 

At times I felt so overwhelmed that I would forget to eat. I used to make fun of moms that would say that! Like..... HOW do you forget to eat? It's true! You do! Serves me right! So naturally because of the lack of eating, I lost 24 pounds in two weeks! Loosing weight this fast affects your hormones. Correction, It attacks your hormones! Those were the worst two weeks of my life. 

We are living proof that lack of sleep and lack of eating makes you crazy. I have found my phone in odd places like the laundry hamper, the pantry, and my favorite... the dishwasher! And Chris has come back from work and left our car running for 8+ hours! Now I know how parents accidentally leave their babies in the car! THE STRUGGLE IS REAL BABY! 

Because of the physical hardship, my mental state was not okay. Depression started to creep in, my anxiety was getting worse, and my OCD was out of control! I felt really scared to talk to anyone about this, specially because in my culture, (Venezuela), depression, anxiety, and OCD are all things that are swept under the rug and not acknowledged .

The worst was getting asked; "Don't you just love being a mom?" "Yes!" But no. How can I explain?! I never not loved Leo. From the minute our little boy came into this world, I have been obsessed with him and have loved and adored him. But no, I did not LOVE being a mom the first few weeks. Cue the guilt. And when I explained my experience, I would get the typical follow up question "But wasn't he so worth it?"..... My son is worth more than you will ever know but NO I would not want to go through our horrible labor experience and those crazy weeks ever again. Baby Romrell #2 has been postponed for Summer 2026.

Hating my labor and my new mom experience had nothing to do with my love for my son but it seems like a lot of people didn't know how to separate the two.  This just made me resent myself even more. 

Things To Know

  • Postpartum can start as soon as the adrenaline of labor & delivery goes away.
  • Your body will start the process of reversing everything it changed during pregnancy and it is a very uncomfortable, painful, and yucky process that can last up to 8 weeks or more.
  • Reality of being a mom will most likely not kick in until you leave the hospital and are no longer surrounded by the help of doctors and nurses around the clock.
  • If you feel PPD after 8 weeks, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have chronic depression, it could just mean that you still have a hormone imbalance.
  • PPD is more common than you think!

Conclusion, It DOES get better!

For those of you going through a similar experience to mine and reading this, I want to end this on a good note for you. It does get better!

My husband is graduating from Psychology this year, so I like to think that he knows a thing or two. Chris helps me talk things out and helps me help myself put things into words. Like you would with a toddlerπŸ˜‚. It really does help when you are able to recognize that your emotions are heightened because of your hormones. That DOES NOT mean that what you're feeling is not real, nor that you are crazy, nor that your feelings shouldn't be validated because you're "hormonal". Wether or not your feelings and behavior would be different without the extra hormones, what you are feeling now is real to you and that is okay! ..... I know, you normally wouldn't be easily bugged, on edge, or cry-me-a-river super sensitive at all times. It's all because of your hormone imbalance due to giving birth and part of your body regulating itself after stocking up on so many hormones and many different kinds of hormones to help cook a baby. 

Mom life truly is so sweet! You may not feel like it right away and THAT IS 100% OKAY AND UNDERSTANDABLE. Don't let ANYONE tell you differently. I WILL punch them for you. It might take you more than two weeks or maybe even the whole 6 weeks, or longer! I can't say that my PPD has absolutely gone away and that I'm all of the sudden in mommy paradise but the cloud that was hanging over me is practically gone and little by little I am feeling like my old self again. I feel like that beautiful connection with Leo back at the hospital has come back and growing bigger and stronger everyday! And little milestones like leaving the house for the first time on your own and with baby are things to be proud of all the way!

From here on out, we are new women. Pieces of the old you may come back to help you navigate through this new journey, but there is real empowerment to being a mom and you should own it. Don't let ANYONE make you feel inappropriate, inadequate, or wrong about your choices and your parenting style.  -Yes- it's okay to ask questions and listen to advice. After all, It takes a village to raise a kid, but it starts with you and it starts at home with very personal decisions. So long as your child is healthy and you are sane, that is ALL that matters. 

I am so grateful for such a loving husband who already surpassed my expectations of being a dad! I am thankful he educated himself on PPD before the baby came and has been supportive and understanding of my crazy. I am truly grateful for supportive friends who let me open up and not judge me, because this is vital to help you come out of that PPD cave. And I am eternally grateful  for all the love and help we have received from everyone through this new journey!
 

PS: You might find these three articles very helpful!

 

Nursing Scarf

Nursing Scarf: Bebe Au Lait | @BebeAuLait | Outfit: Target

 

Okay mom's to be, lets talk about nursing accessories! 
Right before Leo came, I stocked up on so many different kinds of nursing covers. Mainly, nursing scarves. I have no regrets. A nursing scarf is by far my favorite kind of cover. It covers you all the way around and it's CUTE! ...Peace-out nursing aprons!  Not to mention that you can style it in different ways.  I styled mine in 3 different ways.
1) Poncho Style    2) Shawl Style   3) Infinity Scarf style
And yes, it has full coverage!!!

So....
I am going to open up here for a minute about breastfeeding.  It's not as easy as it looks. In fact, it has been one of the hardest things to deal with post-partum. I have been very very emotional about Leo and I learning how to nurse, how to make it work for both of us, and how to roll with the punches. There have been many many times where both of us have ended up in tears and I'd be lying if I said I didn't consider choking the life out of a few lactation consultants. Getting a nursing accessory that will help you through the learning curve has been so so vital for me! So if you are a first-time mama like me and are nervous about nursing and what will be the best way to do it comfortably, I'd definitely recommend trying different covers! Head to Bebe Au Lait, as they have all the things you need!

At the end of the day, just know that fed is best wether it's formula or breast! Don't let anyone pressure you one way or another. Only you know what is best for you and baby!
Xo
 

Beluga Baby Wrap

 

Oh hi!
Check out my newest baby swag! 

I am so in love with my Beluga Baby Wrap! I have worn my new baby wrap to walk around the neighborhood with baby and hubby, walking around Salt Lake, and during shopping. I love that I can wear it with anything too and keep your style true. And you already know that baby boy LOVES the wrap. Every time I have worn it, he passes out and goes to sleep heaven! He loves cuddling on my chest because it keeps him up-right and helps against his acid reflux! 

I used to be scared of these wraps cause I always thought "There is no way comfy fabric can hold up a baby, or there is no way it's safe" But it does the job perfectly and it completely feels safe! 

HERE ARE SOME Q&A'S THAT HAVE BEEN COMING MY WAY:
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Can you nurse with it?
I haven't tried nursing with it, but I am sure that if you are wearing the right thing, it could be possible.

Can you be hands free & safe with it?
I have no idea! My instinct is to hold his head. I did wear it while shopping and I am sure I took a few liberties here and there.

Does it hurt your back after a while?
No. I've worn it for hours and hours at a time and it has never hurt my back (I have scoliosis and my back got worse during pregnancy) but I think that if you wear it tight and right, it should feel comfortable for both of you!

I definitely recommend getting one and in every color!
xoxo

Pampered Mommy

 

Hello mommy-friends! You need this!

I got the opportunity to try out a Pampered Mommy Subscription box and it is right up there next to meals delivered to your door-step after delivery.

I am a huge fan of subscription goodies like Ipsy and RocksBox, so of course I was going to jump on the band-wagon of a subscription box that's made just for mommies! Pampered Mommy boxes has things like beauty, bath, lifestyle, health, wellness, and mommy gifts! YES PLEASE!!! It's like a surprise gift to yourself every month!

My box brought:

AmpiLash Fiber Mascara!
Though you all know I'm a Lash-Extension fanatic, mascara is ALWAYS needed when you are running behind on your lash-fill appointments.

Mini Makeup Eraser!
Get one and keep it in your bag! Its perfect for when your mascara or eyeliner is running on a super hot day. All you need is water and bam! You are good to start from scratch!

Nail File!
Keep it in your bag too! Just cause! You know how it goes!

GreenLeaf Candle!
I am a lover of all candles. 'Nough said. 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Mix by The Mason Jar Company!
TO.DIE.FOR! They are long gone! I made a batch and only had a few because my HUSBAND scarfed the rest! So delicious! This was probably my favorite item from the box this month. Let's blame it on nursing ;)

 

Needless to say, I am way excited for next month's box!!!
Mommies, spoil yourself to a little monthly subscription of these goods!