Erin Loechner

Juggling an active Internet career with writing, speaking, designing, and styling, Erin Loechner can be found daily at DesignForMiniKind.com, a one-stop resource for loads of pint-sized inspiration, the latest-and-greatest products, and a daily dose of mom-friendly design. She also pens DesignForMankind.com, an art/design website honored by The London Times as one of the top 50 design sites in the world. Her latest project? A newborn daughter nicknamed Bee -- her favorite design yet. Erin lives in the midwest with her film-editing husband, Ken, two adorable pups, and of course, little Bee. Follow Erin on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

Preparing Your Children For An Adopted Sibling

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”

 

As our adoption plans slowly move along, we’ve been attempting a few intentional, practically ways to prepare Bee for the arrival of a baby brother. Today, I thought it might be fun to share a few methods that seem to be catching on as her excitement builds, slowly but surely!:

How to Support a Friend Who's Adopting

This is part of our ongoing adoption story; read last month’s post right here!

Throughout our adoption process, we’ve slowly been blessed with a slew of supportive friends. One by one, they’ve shared tales of triumph and grief, of waiting and longing, of fears and faith. And along the way, I’ve learned what it means to feel encouraged, led, and loved.

If you have a friend who’s in the trenches of the adoption process, might I share some support that has been the most helpful for us? Here are three notes to tuck away and offer in your own life, inspired by the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh:

Grab These for Your Baby's Christmas Stocking

I’ve written before about Bee’s affection for Dumbo, so this holiday season, I knew a big-eared elephant in her stocking would make her smile. If you’re looking for a sweet stocking stuffer for the Dumbo-lover in your life, here are a few perfectly-sized options, all under $20!:

If You Could Put Anything on Your Registry, What Would It Be?

“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” – Cinderella

Every mother dreams of creating a warm, comfortable nest for her baby. Of showering her baby with essentials — love and support and yes, diapers! — prior to her arrival. Of giving her future child the moon and the stars, whether that means a lovely, calming nursery or a college fund legacy.

But sometimes, our wildest dreams need a boost. A helping hand. A fairy godmother, if you will.

The Unforgettable Lesson We Learned After Her 1st Christmas

Bee’s first Christmas flew by for us, mainly because we were still in survival mode of nursing, (not) sleeping and adjusting to our newfound parenthood status. We bypassed a lot of activities, opting instead to stay in and hole up with holiday movies and hot cocoa. It was surprisingly relaxing, and sweet, and we savored that first year together so much – just the three of us.

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