Lauren Hartmann

Lauren is a former preschool teacher, turned wardrobe stylist and blogger, living in Portland Oregon with her husband and high school sweetheart Craig (together 11 years and counting!), her daughter Fern and their German Shepherd Marley. She likes pretty things, funny things and a million other little things, and writes about them at The Little Things We Do. Read even more from Lauren at Babble, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

30 Baby Names Inspired By Broadway Musicals

Around this house, we LOVE musicals. OK, maybe my husband doesn’t love them quite as much as the rest of us (i.e. at all), but my toddler and I are big fans. When I was a kid, my favorite movies were Annie and The Sound of Music. I still have the words to all the songs memorized, and I have a feeling that my little one may follow in my footsteps. She loves to sing, and while she’s still too little to sit through a musical, we definitely listen to the soundtracks to our favorites quite often, and it got me thinking that Broadway musicals would make a great source of inspiration for a baby names list! These names would be perfect for musical-loving parents, but even if you aren’t, there are some pretty great names in this list.

30 Baby Names Inspired By Broadway Musicals

10 Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Breastfeeding is, hands down, one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life. Birthing a 10-pound, 8-ounce baby without so much as an aspirin was nothing compared to the challenge that breastfeeding was for me (you can read more about my breastfeeding journey here). Long story short, during my first go at breastfeeding with my daughter, I was never able to make enough milk for her and had to supplement with formula. I still nursed her half-time until she was 17 months old.

This time around, breastfeeding has been much easier. My son will be 2 months old tomorrow, and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to nurse him exclusively. Part of it is simply because I have a different baby who is a different nurser, but a good portion of my success is thanks to some things I learned after breastfeeding the first time around. I wanted to share these tips in the hopes that they might be helpful to you in your breastfeeding journey. I’m obviously not a professional – just a mama who has struggled through and figured a few things out along the way.

10 Tips To Make Breastfeeding Easier

3 Things My Newborn is Teaching Me

When you go into this parenting thing, you assume the responsibility for molding and shaping a little life and for teaching them about the world. Little do you know that they will be teaching you plenty along the way as well. Even as a second-time mom, there are still plenty of things I’m learning from my tiny, little baby.

The Sweetness of Newborns

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

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
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