We have arrived!

We just arrived in Egypt yesterday. The flight itself wasn’t too bad and Roen was sleeping the whole time (thank god)The flight had a lot of kids and all were screaming and crying, it was hectic. After a long day of traveling we finally landed in Cairo… With a few issues. I lost one luggage and his stroller wheel is broken😫😫

2 Month Checkup

My little man just turned 2 months and today was his checkup. It went pretty well, he got a couple shots and cried a lot. But he’s doing great! The doctor was a little iffy when I told her he sleeps next to me tho. She was like ohh really, you know the risks right? (I’m not a fan of his pediatrician!)

So let me start by saying, I have tried the crib and the bassinet and both have not worked out. As soon as I get him to fall asleep I put him in the crib and he’ll wake himself up and be up for HOURS! It just becomes a restless night for all of us because now he’s fussy that he can’t fall asleep, and we can’t keep our eyes open. I also found that when he eventually fell asleep in the crib he woke up 30 minutes later crying! I fed him, and he was up for hours again. It was just a very rough night.

So after that, we tried the bassinet, which turned out the same. After being exhausted multiple nights in a row, I decided to let him sleep next to me one night. It went very well for both of us. He stayed asleep throughout most of the night. He woke up a couple times to eat but went right back to sleep after. I was finally able to sleep. It just worked. I do know the risks, and I am very cautious. (But this is only temporary)

We do want to get him to sleep in his crib eventually, hopefully before I go back to work. I am going to keep trying!

What are your thoughts on co-sleeping??

Weekends Are For Family

“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing.”🙏🏽

I am a huge believer in being close to your family. I grew up first generation Egyptian. My parents brought us to America when we were young (my 2 sisters and brother) but always made sure we knew where we came from. Since my parents felt pretty alone in this country, our family was extremely close.

Now that my siblings and I are older, with kids of our own, we still live fairly close to each other and see each other once a week sometimes more. We text in a group chat daily and are very much in each others lives. Honestly, I believe being so close to family helps with a lot of things mentally, especially depression. You just have your sisters or brother always to talk to if needed and it’s nice to always have someone check up on you.

When I married my husband he loved the fact that my family is so close knit. He grew up a navy brat, so he was always moving around and once he grew older he wasn’t close to either of his parents or siblings. That really bothered me because I told him I wanted our kids to know their grandparents and be close to all of them.

Now that we have our son, we visit his dad (who lives 10 minutes away) every week! We see my sister and her family every Sunday, and I’ll go during the week too. My younger sister and brother live down the street and come over for dinner every other night, and my parents live with us.

This is my niece and nephew and my son. My nephew is old enough to know that is this is cousin and video calls me everyday to say hi to baby cousin! He’s so cute🥰🥰

Travelling With A Newborn

I have a trip planned for my son and I that’s coming up quick. I only have a couple months left in my maternity leave😭 so I decided to go stay with my mom for a month in Egypt. I’m pretty excited, I feel like I haven’t had any real help with the baby and I have been struggling. At least I know my mom will make sure I’m well fed! Also, this will be the first time she’s meeting her grandson!

Since the date is getting closer (beginning of July) I’ve been getting his suitcase ready. I read a lot online on what to bring and not to bring.

I’m bringing diapers, wipes, clothes, a to go bassinet, his stroller and car seat, lotions, a first aid kit. I’m trying not to over do it, ahaha but also don’t want to forget anything.

Any ideas on what else to bring??

Quick Recipes

After having my son, I’ve been having a really hard time cooking. I just feel like if I’m not taking care of him, I’m sleeping! Which is fine, but I’m barely eating! My husband usually makes me breakfast every morning, but once he goes to work, I forget all about food! 😕.

Does anyone know of quick easy dinner recipes?? Please share in the comments section! I really need to try to balance motherhood and everything else that needs to get done around the house!

Tips From A New Mom

My son was born on April 29,2019, and even though I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I feel like I have learned a few things.

  • Self-care– This is very important! Once you have baby, don’t forget about yourself. Continue getting your nails done and pampering yourself. In order to give your baby the best care, you have to be at your best. I’m not going to lie, I still haven’t been able to completely take of myself, but everyday it gets better.
  • Have food ready in the freezer – Once that baby comes, forget about cooking! I learned that the hard way. My coworkers told me make food and put it in the freezer because you won’t have time later! And I should have listened. I really thought I would be able to do it all.. hahah. The day goes by so quick when you’re taking care of a newborn and before you know it, you haven’t eaten all day.
  • Enjoy the time you have with your baby– Don’t worry about going back to work and enjoy every single minute, it really does fly by!
  • Accept help– Once I came home from the hospital my mother in law was over for a week, and I just did not want her to do anything! If he cried, I went to soothe him. If he needed a diaper change, I would go change it. I wouldn’t even go sleep when he was sleeping. I just didn’t accept help at all! But it is very important to get as much rest as you can, so if someone is willing to stay up with the baby to let you sleep, then let them!
  • Go outside!– It’s important to get outside and get some fresh air. Just strap the baby and go for a walk! I know its overwhelming leaving the house with a newborn, but I just go right outside my house and walk. Just go out for fresh air, trust me you’ll feel better!

If you have any more tips please share in the comments!

Friends After Motherhood

Since I’ve given birth, almost all my friends have come over to visit my baby. My best friend even stayed a week at home with me to help out! After that, I really haven’t talked to them again. A couple of close friends have been in contact, but the truth is, it’s harder to keep our relationship now. I can’t really go out with them to the spa or even just to grab a cup of coffee. They text me every now and then to check up, but our lifestyles are completely different now. They want to go out, while I have a baby to take care of. I just can’t drop everything and “hang out” anymore and I’m okay with that. Since my son is only a month old, I’m having a hard time just leaving my house without having to worry about breastfeeding him in public if he gets hungry.

Its definitely an adjustment, but I’m enjoying motherhood and my husband so I’m okay with not seeing my friends as much as I used to.