Figuring out what to get new and expecting families for the holidays doesn’t have to be tricky. Take a break from gifting clothes and check out some of these thoughtful gifts instead! The best part? They can all be bought online!Read more
Like a lot of moms-to-be, I had a lot of expectations for my third birth. As a trained doula, I knew quite well that the only thing you can expect in birth is the unexpected, but I still put a lot of stock in the hope that this birth would give me closure to heal the trauma from previous experiences. I had to, it was my last pregnancy. Of course, nothing went as planned — in fact, a lot of things were quite the opposite — but this unplanned birth story turned out to be a good birth experience.
Organizing the heaps of baby clothes you inevitably get from friends and family is one of the bigger pre-baby chores. I advise against washing everything you’re given but am a huge fan of hanging up what you have by size so that you can see what’s available and which sizes you’ll need more of. To do this, you’ll need some great clothing dividers!
“You want me to do what to the garage? I thought we were just getting baby items ready right now.” Sound familiar? Often we think of the need to “nest” or organize and ready our living space during pregnancy in preparation for a new baby as something to do with just baby. Nope! But you’re going to support as many DIY, renovation and organization projects as possible before that baby is born because it’s extremely important. In this post, I’ll tell you why. Read more
This year, skip the “First Christmas” ornament and gift families a few things they’d really need for their little one instead. Our list of useful gifts for new families will take the guesswork out of what to gift for both December newborns and older babies about to experience Christmas for the first time. From gorgeous gift sets to travel essentials, these items are sure to be a hit for the parenting journey ahead. Read more
Family and friends were a bit confused when they heard that I was having a mother blessing instead of a sprinkle or baby shower to celebrate my third baby. I got a lot of confused, “What is that?!” responses even after explaining it to them. But I knew a mother blessing was definitely the right choice for this pregnancy and after attending, my friends and family agreed. Read more
This conversation is sponsored by First Response. All opinions are mine alone and are not medical advice (always consult your doctor).
The pregnancy journey isn’t always easy. For many, getting pregnant requires a lot of work and careful planning. But with the right tools to help you get there, it can happen. If you’re trying to conceive, check out this list of things that can help. Read more
This conversation is sponsored by First Response. All opinions are mine alone.
After having our second baby, my husband and I decided that we’d both be up for one last kiddo. With our daughter and son having a 6-year difference between them, we wanted to have this baby closer to our son’s age, so we started trying for our last baby about 4-6 months into postpartum. Read more
Taking week-by-week or even month-by-month photos with numbered photo cards has become a fairly regular occurrence in pregnancy and after the baby is born. Everyone loves the weekly or monthly baby updates showing how your little one has changed since birth, and mamas-to-be enjoy recording the changes to their body through each pregnancy as they transition into new motherhood. This week, I’m sharing some lovely numbered floral wreath photo cards that you can download for bump updates or baby updates! Read more
This cloth diapering post is sponsored by P&G and Tide but all opinions are honest and my own.
Have you ever thought about trying cloth diapers? I was determined to cloth diaper when I had my first baby and even tried a cloth diaper delivery service! But with little information and a high delivery bill, my time with cloth diapers didn’t last very long. With my second kiddo, I had more information about the types of cloth diapers and how to clean them myself so I’ve learned a lot about cloth diapering and how to make it work for my family. Here are a few things about cloth diapering that I’ve learned over the years that you should know. Read more