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+.

10 Things That Helped Us Get Through Breastfeeding Struggles

Of all of the things I have done in my life, breastfeeding has been by far one of the most challenging. It took a good couple of months and a lot of help before we got into the groove of nursing, but in the end I was able to nurse my daughter for 17 months and the beautiful bond we created through nursing was definitely worth the struggles. With Baby #2 due in a matter of months, I’ve been thinking a lot about breastfeeding again and thought I’d share some of the things that helped us get through our nursing struggles in the hopes that other mamas needing encouragement will find some here!

10 Things That Helped Us Get Through Breastfeeding Struggles

The Unique Way We're Preparing Our Toddler For a New Baby

The weeks are quickly ticking away leading up to the arrival of our new baby and aside from all of the usual getting ready for baby type tasks, we’ve also been in the process of preparing our toddler for the changes that are going to take place. I’ve read up on tips from others and tried to implement as many as possible, but I still didn’t feel like any of my tactics were working to get my daughter excited about the birth of her baby brother. When we would ask her about her baby brother she would either brush us off or respond with, “No. I don’t manna baby brother. I manna baby sister.” We’ve been hoping to find a way to get her to buy into the idea of a sibling…we’ve watched YouTube videos about babies growing in utero and read books about being a big sister, practiced with her dolls…but it hasn’t seemed to make much of a difference. Then one night during our bed time routine and idea came to me as a fluke, so I tried it…and it worked! Ever since that night my toddler has been getting more and more excited to meet her baby brother. Wanna know the secret?

The Unique Way We're Preparing Our Toddler For a New Baby - Disney Baby

Bumkins + Disney Baby: Clever Products That Make Our Lives Better

If you’re a parent, then you’re probably familiar with Bumkins baby gear, but now they have even more fun products from a great collaboration with Disney Baby. We’re already fans of Bumkins products around these parts, but recently we got to try out a few new items from the Bumkins + Disney Baby collection and now we have even more favorites because so many of them make our lives easier…and better! I let my daughter pick out all the fun prints for the items we chose which made her even more excited to use them. Here are our top picks!

Bumkins + Disney Baby: Clever Products That Make Our Lives Better

The End of the Only Child

I am 29 weeks pregnant today and with only 11 weeks (give or take) left to go of this pregnancy, I’m becoming acutely aware that my time as a mother to an only child is slowly coming to an end. The days of just she and I having our own little adventures (or rather “abentures” as she likes to call them) will soon give way to having adventures with a little brother in tow. It’s a bittersweet transition and one that I’ve experienced a lot of different feelings about.

Magical Moments of Pregnancy

Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday

When it comes to birthdays, I am of the strong opinion that the best celebrations are those that have personal details and a little extra love thrown into them. Such was the case for this adorable bear-themed party that Sarah Larsen hosted for her little boy Ivan’s first birthday. “As my 3rd baby’s first birthday approached, I wanted to ensure I kept my enthusiasm to celebrate such a milestone just as I did with my first two.” Sarah did a great job of achieving this and Ivan’s birthday was an adorable success – so many great DIY details and the love put into the process is clear. Check out Ivan’s birthday and be inspired!

Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday
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