7 Things That Helped Me Survive Postpartum

Postpartum is no joke my friends. It can be totally rough and overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect (side note: if you want the no holds barred version of what postpartum was really like, I wrote a post about it here). After the birth of my first child I had a pretty miserable postpartum experience and during my second pregnancy I spent a good portion of it dreading those early weeks after my little one arrived. But, now that I’m seven weeks post-birth I can definitely say that postpartum has been a much better experience this time around thanks to a few key things that I learned my “rookie year”. I wanted to share them in hopes that they might help you have a more enjoyable postpartum as well!
7 Things That Helped Me Survive Postpartum

How I Was Converted to a Baby Monitor

I tend to be something of a minimalist parent.

One thing I didn’t think we needed was a baby monitor. For almost four years, we went without one.

Baby Monitor

Baby Monitor

5 Ways We Helped Our Toddler Bond With Our New Baby

Bringing a new baby into an already established family with an already established routine can be a bit challenging for everyone, but especially for toddlers. Their worlds are often rocked by the shift in attention. Because of this I was a little nervous about how my daughter would handle the transition once her little brother arrived.
5 Ways We Helped Our Toddler Bond With Our New Baby

Keeping Baby's Toy Box Full on a Budget

For all the money you spend on them, clothes and toys get used remarkably few times before being outgrown. As soon as you get the perfect assortment of stylish clothes and toys they’ll actually use, you snap your fingers, and boom – your kiddos hit a growth spurt and are on to the next stage. In keeping up with them, you watch money fly out of your wallet faster than the Diaper Genie fills up.

That’s where your neighbors come in.

Our New Nighttime Routine at 6 Months

I love our nighttime routine. It’s something we’ve been doing since Soren was 1 month old, and I look forward to this special time with my family each night. Now that Soren is sleeping in his own room throughout the night, it’s been the perfect recipe to get Soren sleepy and ready for sweet dreams. Now that Soren is 6 months old, here is our updated nighttime routine:

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