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A Night In the Life With Owlet + Amberly

November 9, 2016

I’m Amberly and I blog at A Prioritized Marriage where it is my goal to provide couples with the inspiration and resources they need to make their marriage a priority, no matter their stage in life. My husband, Joe and I have been married for five years and are the parents of an 18-month-old boy and a two-month-old baby girl, born eight weeks premature. IMG_3697   

As first time parents, we had a list of things we planned to do differently with baby number two. We started compiling the list before our first was even born and I’m sure we’ll be adding to it for many years, as our family continues to grow and our children get older. Some things on our list are trivial and unimportant in the grand scheme of things and others are really important. A lot of the things that we’d planned to do haven’t happened the way that we wanted but we’ve made sure that the things that truly matter are taken care of.

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We planned to be more prepared for our little one’s arrival earlier on in my pregnancy this last time around. Our first was born two and a half weeks early, so we figured having all of our “must be done before baby’s arrival” tasks completed a month before my due date would be sufficient. After our little girl made her appearance at 32 weeks gestation, we came to terms with the fact that we will probably never feel fully prepared to welcome our precious little ones into the world.

My breastfeeding journey was not a successful one the first time around. In preparation for baby number two, I did a lot of research and prepared myself mentally to succeed. Because our daughter was a preemie, I was unable to nurse her from the beginning like I’d planned and instead had to rely on a pump. This was far from ideal, but I did more research, got help and advice from our amazing nurses and made my story a positive one anyway.

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When we created our baby registry, we picked out a very simple monitor; one that would allow us to hear our child when he woke up in the morning or if he needed us at night. As our son has become an active toddler, we wished we’d had something a little more high tech so that we could check up on him without having to sneak into his room and risk waking him. What I didn’t realize that we needed, and what I wish we’d had with our first, is our Owlet Smart Sock.

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Owlet is a name that we’ve heard many times before but we didn’t research the monitor fully until I went into preterm labor with our precious little girl. She spent the first three weeks of her life in the NICU, hooked up to monitors 24/7. We could look and see in an instant how well she was breathing and what her heart rate was. I got so used to the around the clock monitoring, it made me nervous to think about bringing her home without it, especially because she came home five weeks before her due date.

Having Owlet in our home gives me the same peace of mind that I had in the hospital, knowing that our little one was well taken care of and in the best place in the event that anything should happen to her. With our first, I was frequently placing my hand on his back, his chest or next to his face to check his breathing. Now, I simply open my app and I can see that my baby girl is sleeping peacefully. Whether I’m in bed, cleaning my house or making dinner or in the other room playing with my toddler, Owlet tells me what I really want to know when our other monitor only lets me know if my infant is awake.

There are already a lot of things that I plan on doing differently with any future children that we might have. Parenthood is a learning curve and one thing that we will spend the rest of our lives mastering. One thing that I know we won’t ever change is our use of Owlet. Putting the Smart Sock on our little one’s foot will be the most important part of our bedtime routine for years to come.

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The Smart Sock comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically-proven pulse oximetry. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong.

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