A Night in the Life with Owlet + Audrey
September 30, 2016
Hi there! I’m Rachel, and I run a lifestyle blog called petals and quill. On July 7th of 2016, I became a first-time mother to my beautiful baby girl, Audrey. From the moment she entered into the world, my life forever changed. I will never forget laying eyes on her for the first time. I was so full of love and joy, and I could just not believe that she was mine. As cliché as it sounds, it truly is a love that you will never be able to put into words.
As the day of her birth ended and the night began, pure exhaustion washed over me. The minutes turned into hours as the night drifted by, and not once could I bring myself to rest my eyes. I was in awe of her, and I couldn’t stop watching her as she lay there all swaddled up in the bassinet next to me. I watched as each sweet breath caused her chest to rise and fall. I lay there day-dreaming of what the future held for her. I wondered what she thought of the world so far and who she would become. All of these wonderful thoughts circled around in my head, and before I knew it, it was morning.
By the second night, we were able to take our bundle of joy home. I was thrilled with the idea of sleeping in my own bed. I wish I could say that I was able to finally get some much needed shut-eye, but that wasn’t the case. When I did have the opportunity to finally sleep, I found myself worrying about her. Anytime I started to drift off, I would quickly startle and look at her to make sure she was okay.
Being home with her was wonderful, but it didn’t have the same “safe” feeling that the hospital full of doctors and nurses provided. Instead of lying awake to watch her take sweet breaths while daydreaming of her future, I laid there awake constantly checking to make sure she was breathing while fearing the worst. This continued on for the first few weeks of her life. It actually became harder to not startle awake to check on her, because she was sleeping longer and longer stretches at a time. I was in a constant state of worry whenever she slept.
I saw an advertisement for the Owlet on Facebook, and I thought to myself how nice it would be to have something that uses the same technology the hospitals use to monitor her oxygen level and heart rate as she sleeps. I received it not long after, and the first night I tried it on her was nothing short of amazing.
Setting up the Owlet was a breeze. They provide you with everything you will need including 3 different sock sizes. I was afraid that Audrey would hate the sock or that she would accidently kick it off. I am pleased to report that the sock stays snug on her foot, and she doesn’t mind it one bit.
My favorite part of the Owlet is the app. Without a wifi connection, the dock of the Owlet is still designed to notify you should your little one’s heart rate or oxygen level fall out of range. However with wifi, you will be able to tap into the app on your phone which provides you with the actual heart rate and oxygen level readings. Your phone is also designed to notify you should those readings fall out of range.
The Owlet has provided me with much more than a good night’s sleep. It also provided me with a worry-free night out! My amazing mother-in-law babysat Audrey while I attended a good friend’s wedding. I quickly set up the app on her phone (you can add the app on as many devices as you’d like), and I explained to her what the different notifications mean. The Owlet is designed to send a blue notification if there is a disconnect from the smart sock to the base station. A yellow notification is designed to sound if the smart sock is not getting a good reading. This notification is designed to go off if the sock isn’t placed correctly on the foot or if it falls off. Lastly, a red notification is designed to sound if there is a heart rate or oxygen level out of range.
I also showed her how the sock is easily placed on the baby’s left foot, and that was it! She was able to use it that night, and she loved it just as much as I do! It brought her comfort as she babysat our little one!
I am so thankful to have the Owlet. It is, by far, my most loved baby product that we own. It has given me the ability to sleep soundly at night, and for that, I am so very thankful. After all, I am a better version of myself when I am well rested, and that means I can be an even better mother to my sweet baby girl.
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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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