Baby Stories

Hear the funny and heartwarming stories of raising babies from some moms who aren't afraid to share! These stories may make you laugh or cry or both…and you may just find a useful tip or two.

The Beauty of Birth Photography

When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t think about hiring a birth photographer. I guess I assumed my husband (a professional photographer and videographer) would take care of it. But the thing is, he was taking care of me. He was coaching me through contractions and helping me every step of the way. Luckily, my mom was also present. We handed her the camera and she did a pretty decent job capturing my son making his entrance into the world. I cherish those photos.

When we found out we were pregnant again, I knew I wanted to have a professional in the room with us to capture all the details of the birth. My friend, an amazing professional photographer, volunteered to provide this service for us. I am so thankful that she was there and that I didn’t have to worry about it at all. I could concentrate on laboring while my husband and mom could concentrate on helping me and making sure all the home birthing supplies were prepped and ready. Again, I cherish those photos. You can see the emotion and love in those special photographs. And I love that my babies’ births are recorded so we can look back and remember those life-changing days.

Did you hire a birth photographer? Have you considered using a photographer for future births? Check out this slideshow of some powerful birthing images. 

The Secret Reason Why My Babies Love Books

We like books around here. There are piles of books in nearly every room of the house. And with four kids, the majority of the books are understandably for the kiddos. That’s totally fine by me, as I adore children’s stories. I love to have many options readily available for my girls, so that anytime can be story time.

Since Amani was born, a daily reading routine has developed that will help foster her love of books.

Becoming a Baby Bookworm

When You Don’t Know What’s Best for Your Child

Always trust your motherly instinct. That’s what I’ve told myself every single time I’ve had an issue with my kids. Nearly every single time, I’d know what to do. I’d have no doubt of what was best for them. But this time around, I don’t.

3 Nicaraguan Treats That My Little Ones Love

My family is originally from Nicaragua. I’ve grown up on delicious Nicaraguan cuisine, and when I get a whiff of that aroma in the air, I’m reminded of home. I love Nicaraguan food, and I want my kids to love it too.

Lucky for us, my grandmother is an amazing cook, so we get to enjoy my favorite childhood treats often. But if you don’t have a Nicaraguan abuelita (grandmother) in your life, visit a fritanga (Nicaraguan restaurant) to try our top three favorite Nica treats.

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Miss Independent

When babies are born, they depend on us for everything. There truly isn’t much they can do without our help. They need us.

As the months fly by, we begin to notice that they don’t quite need us as much as they once did. First, it starts with being able to grab a toy on their own. Next thing you know, they are able to hold their own bottle. Indeed, with time they need us less and less.

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