I was one of those women who swore up and down that I would never be “that mom.” You know…the one that dresses her kids in matching outfits. And then I had my second child, and it was all over. I mean…have you seen how cute two tiny people in coordinating outfits looks? The level of adorable is kind of unreal. And thus, I’ve totally become “that mom” and I’m not even the teensiest bit sorry about it, because it’s cute.
Before you become a parent, you think you know what it’ll be like…at least a little bit. You read all the books and blogs and you have all these ideas about it, but then you actually become a mom or a dad to a real-life tiny human, and it’s a whole new ball game. You’ll definitely learn some things on your own, but I’m going to share a few things no one really tells you about being a parent…
A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the sweetest farmer’s market inspired baby shower for my friend Meghan. It was so lovely that I asked the hostess, Mackenzie of Honeycomb Blog, if I could share it here at Disney Baby, and thankfully she agreed. It was such a beautiful party, but simple as well, which is always something I love. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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.
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.