Now that we have three kids, ages three and under, I get asked a lot about what life is like. There is usually only one world that comes to mind…BUSY.
Most days, by the time I have fed the two older boys their breakfast, nursed Graham, tossed in a load of laundry, then cleaned up from breakfast, I have to start making lunch. Time absolutely flies by! And while I’m not heartbroken that the days aren’t dragging, I end up forgetting exactly what day it is (it’s like Groundhog’s Day, but with children). Which means I’m always on the look out for anything and everything that can possibly make my life easier. Fortunately, with every pregnancy there always seems to be new and better products to help achieve just that.
Shortly after we found out that we were pregnant with Graham, I came across DockATot on Instagram, and their product immediately sparked my interest. Truthfully, what really stood out was the number of moms gushing about getting better sleep at night. It seemed like every new mom I came across that had given DockATot a try only had magical things to report about the product.
I went back and forth for months on whether it was something we really needed. Not even a week in to having Graham home, I was desperate for anything that would help with our around the clock feedings. (Yes, I know that newborns need to eat every 2-3 hours to grow, but Graham was nursing every 90 minutes. And that is from start time to start time. Meaning mama was only sleeping MAYBE an hour between each feeding at night.) And that’s when we decided to give DockATot a try.
The first night we used it, Graham started stretching out his night feedings to every three hours – I was shocked. A few more nights in to the transition, and Graham went five hours from his bedtime feeding to his first night feeding. I actually woke myself up and had to check on him! That next morning, I felt like a new woman. Which is kind of sad when getting 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep is a positive, but in mom world, it is. Needless to say, we will be using the DockATot until he outgrows it. Seriously. I wouldn’t even say that Graham was a bad sleeper, but something about the comfort of being in a snug, cozy environment helped him turn into a great sleeper.
So what is DockATot exactly?
DockATot is a lightweight multifunctional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger. It’s designed to replicate an environment similar to the womb, which is what makes it so magical. It’s also hypoallergenic and made out of 100% all natural cotton to make the perfect breathable microclimate for baby.
In other words, it’s mommy and baby’s best friend. So while life has been crazy at the Hill household, at least we have all been getting better sleep!
A few days ago I posted on Instagram stating that if anyone had any questions they wanted to know about life with three kids or parenting questions in general to shoot me a message and I would add them here. Below are some of the most asked questions I received.
1 // Now that you have a newborn, do you still stick to a routine?
Oh boy…while Graham is by no means on a schedule (he is still nursing about every two hours since he was so tiny at birth), I do try to keep the older boys in their routine. It’s not as exact as is was before Graham, but we still take our afternoon naps, and try to get to bed around the same time every night. Since it’s also summer, we do tend to let the boys stay up about 30 minutes later since it’s still light outside.
2 // Do you plan to sleep train Graham?
We will 100% sleep train. I have trained both Noah and Emmett and it was an absolute game changer. We won’t be training Graham right now, because establishing our nursing routine and having him put on weight is our top priority. We will probably start working with him around 12 weeks, and that is when we will transition him out of our room. The book I read, and will always recommend to other parents is Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old.
3 // How have the boys adjusted to having a baby in the house?
They have done a great job! Emmett was a little unsure at first, so it took him a few days to warm up to Graham, but I will catch him all the time laying with Graham on the floor, or trying to give him one of his toys. It’s super sweet. And Noah is an absolute natural. He always tries to comfort Graham when he is crying, and wants to be there for every diaper change. Just to keep on the safe side though, we remind them daily that Graham is little and that we have to protect him. So they are extra gentle (for the most part) when they are around him.
4 // How long do you plan to nurse?
That is totally up to Graham and my body. With Noah I only nursed for four and half months, because I wasn’t eating enough calories or drinking enough water, so my body just slowly stopped producing milk (you can read more about that here). Emmett on the other hand was an entirely different story (which you can read here), and we ended up nursing for eleven months.
5 // Have you lost your pregnancy weight?
That would be a big fat NO. My bod is still clinging to about 10 pounds, and I am not one of those people that can cut calories or have a strict eating regimen while nursing without it affecting my milk supply. So for now, I just try to do the best I can during this new transition, and will start working out after my six week checkup.
If you have any other questions about how I’m juggling life with the three babes or questions about anything parent related, please feel free to leave them in the comments below and I would love to answer them! Hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday! XO
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In partnership with DockATot. All opinions are my own.