You Can’t Put a Price on Peace of Mind
June 21, 2016
This post is part of our popular “A Night in the Life” series where real parents share their Owlet experience. Click here to see more posts in the series.
My name is Deena Marie Manzanares and on March 16, 2016 I became a first-time mom to a little boy! He was so anxious to get out into the world that my labor was a record one minute and thirty six seconds. Four pushes, and there he was. I am so grateful for the smooth delivery, because what came next was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.
Charlie had pneumonia. My cheerful introduction to motherhood was cut short. He couldn’t stay in our room that night. My husband, baby and I ended up staying in the hospital for one week while he completed antibiotics through IV. I saw my new baby poked and prodded more times than I can count. Nurses came in frequently day and night to take his vitals, and I held my breath every time until they could tell me his heart rate and temperature were normal.
Needless to say, when the week was up I was a nervous wreck at the thought of taking him home by ourselves. I wanted to keep an eye on him round the clock. I was nervous for nighttime, I didn’t know how I’d ever be able to let myself sleep.
We set up our Owlet Monitor soon after we were home. He was, and still is now at three months, in a bassinet by our bed. We decided this was the only monitor we’d use, and the best option. Coming home I wondered what we’d do now that the nurses weren’t regularly checking on him. I felt like we were losing that extra eye we had on him in the hospital. This is where the Owlet really saved my sanity. It was such a help for me mentally, knowing there was something else helping us watch out for him besides myself or husband during the night. I honestly think it was the only thing that let me sleep. I found myself being able to sleep okay, now that I had a device on my child that is designed to notify if his heart rate or oxygen goes out of range.
I started out feeling so helpless, but the Owlet truly was a huge part in helping me build my confidence over the first few weeks at home. I often pulled up the app on my phone to check his heart rate and oxygen. I liked how proactive I felt, knowing I could access that information myself.
As each week passed, my little boy continued to flourish, and as I got my bearings as a new mom, I could start giving advice to expecting friends.
I told them the Owlet is definitely on my list of must-haves for baby. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, and in our personal experience, that’s exactly what Owlet gives you.
Keep up with Deena on Instagram @deena_marie.
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