During my pregnancy I thought a lot about being pregnant, being a new mom, what he would look like, how labor and delivery might go and if I would have enough time to finish his nursery. It’s funny how a lot of thought tends to go towards those things but not a lot of thought goes into the postpartum healing and recovery. I was definitely surprised to find that when the doctor said it would take 6 weeks for me to recover that it would really take those entire 6 weeks. I had mentally prepared myself for little to no sleep and the challenges of caring for a newborn but never really considered that I would also need to be cared for and give myself time to heal after giving birth. I think I had this mental image that I would be back on my feet within a week feeling like I did before getting pregnant…how very wrong I was! I realized quickly that this time with my newborn was not just a time to care for him and get to know him, but also a time for my body to mend, rest and heal.
With a new baby on the horizon for our family come June, I’m back in newborn/infant mode when it comes to purchasing gear and clothing. Last weekend I spent a good chunk of time digging out all of my daughter’s baby clothes to see which ones would work for our little man and was reminded of all of my favorite newborn staples…those items that were totally invaluable to my husband and I as parents, so I thought I’d share my favorite tips for dressing a newborn. Feel free to share any items you’d add to the list in the comments!
When I was a child, I remember always feeling loved. My mother made sure that, regardless of anything going on in our world, we were never doubtful about how much we were loved. I also remember feeling like my mother had big dreams for my life. She faced many challenges as a young girl in Haiti, so her hopes for my life were big. She wanted me to reach the stars and live a magical life that she only dreamed of when she was growing up.
As I turn the corner on the fourth month of pregnancy, it’s starting to dawn on me:
My “baby” is not really a baby anymore.
My youngest child is my son, who is about to hit 20 months and in this past month, my husband and I have both noticed incredible changes in him. His vocabulary has exploded, he is showing his own little personality, and he is asserting his independence in totally new ways.
A nursery should be a sweet escape for your little one. It is a space for them to be able to play and let their imaginations run wild. My friend, Morgan, created a space that is all of those great characteristics combined for her son Wyman. This nursery is perfectly eclectic in the most inventive ways. Morgan took old pieces of furniture plus $150 dollars to turn this room into a truly dreamy place. If you are on a budget or looking for great ways to transform the things that you already have into an amazing nursery, these photos are sure to give you some inspiration!