I’m always fascinated to hear what other moms are carrying around daily between busy lives of grocery runs and scheduled playdates. And today, I thought I’d share a peek into my own diaper bag, filled to the brim with 15 of my favorite products and items that keep Bee happy and occupied (and mama stress-free!). Tell me, are you stashing any of the below in your own diaper bags? I’d love to hear!
One of the bigger surprise souvenirs of babydom for me has been an incredible surge of creativity. Prior to mothering Bee, I’d heard tales of the opposite – the sacrifice and the commitment and the exhaustion. I certainly wasn’t painted a negative portrait; I was just offered one where there was a healthy dose of realism and expectation management. But now that I’m eight months into my own journey (and quite enjoying the view!), I’m noticing that motherhood truly does lend itself to a most beautiful burst of imagination and creativity and spark. (Hint: We just have to look for it.) Just in case you’re stuck (or are wearing the blindfold of sleep deprivation and teething), here are five ways I’ve spotted the resurgence in my own life:
If you mamas are anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for fresh, new ways to entertain your baby. The weather is still fairly chilly here in the Midwest, so we’ve been making the best of these dreary days by maximizing our playtime indoors and doing our best to explore hidden treasures in our own home. Below, enjoy a few activities that are keeping us happy, active and entertained! Tell me, what are your favorite go-to games and toys for your own little ones? As always, I’d love to hear!
Bee is achingly close to learning how to walk. She’s standing on her own, often testing the boundaries of gravity and matter in the daredevil-est of ways. She’s always been a fairly active baby, lifting her head in one week, rolling over at two months, crawling at four. As a first-time mother, it feels too fast, as if we’re surpassing the baby phase and moving straight into toddler territory of playgrounds and playdates and tantrums. Yet with every ounce of my being, I’m continually reminding myself that independence is an important (yet ever-so-difficult) gift to give our children.
Easter can be sort of a letdown for the under-20-pound club, right? Our sweet babies are not yet mobile enough to hunt and gather eggs from the back lawn, and the concept of an Easter basket surprise is mildly lost on them. Yet the good news is that there are plenty of springtime activities your baby will love if you can get creative enough! Here are a few we’ve been indulging in around our own home. Happy Easter, babies!: