How To Prepare For Baby

Great for first-time moms, or moms who need a little refresher, these invaluable tips will help you get ready for your little one's big arrival.

Everything I Need for My Home Birth

I remember with my first two pregnancies, packing my hospital bag was so exciting. I would pack it and repack it, looking at all the contents, eager to put them to use in the hospital. But by my third pregnancy, I decided that a home birth was the direction I planned for. Technically, I didn’t have to pack anything–everything I could possibly want to make me comfortable was already in place. Home sweet home! However, there were certain items that I needed to purchase for the actual delivery and some additional things that would help me through my labor. I remember when I ordered my home birth kit and the small box arrived on my door step, I was completely surprised by how little was needed to have a baby at home.

What I Need for My Home Birth

Successful Breastfeeding from the Start

As a mama of three, I can honestly say that breastfeeding my babies has been one of the best parts of motherhood. It is a gift that I am so thankful I was able to give my girls, and it is something that gave me so much more than I ever could have imagined. That being said, breastfeeding is also one of the most challenging things I have ever done as well. I had to work at it like nothing else, but it was completely worth it each time. If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, know that there are women all over the world working hard to feed their babies. When the going got tough, I took comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone. Here are some of my personal tips for successful breastfeeding from the start…

Better Than a Baby Shower

I’m approaching the final weeks of pregnancy and the time that is typically prime for baby showers. Now, I love baby showers as much as the next mama, but since this is my second child and we already have all the baby gear and a ton of great gender neutral clothes I didn’t really “need” one. Regardless, it’s still nice to celebrate the impending arrival of a new baby and this weekend a couple of my friends teamed up to do just that. They celebrated Baby Clive and I…but it wasn’t with a baby shower. It was even better!

Better Than a Baby Shower

Real Nursery Inspiration: Magnolia's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

Tania is a mama I met through Instagram. She lives in Canada with her husband Dustin, their little boy Henri and new baby Miss Magnolia. I absolutely adore Tania’s style and blog – the girl has seriously fantastic taste – so it’s no surprise that she knocked it out of the park when she designed Magnolia’s nursery.

Here’s what she had to say about the space:

“When we found out we were having a little girl, we knew we wanted to make her space feminine but not girly. We didn’t have the intention to make it look vintage, but with all the sentimental pieces we incorporated (from our grandparents houses & our travels), it ended up looking very eclectic, which we love. We can’t wait for the day that we can share the stories with her of where all the elements in her room came from & what significance they have to us. For each element in her room we found at a large box store, we were sure to match it by introducing something unique & handmade, which made for a very custom & personal feel without the high price tag.

The challenge in a nursery is to the keep the functionality of everything, [while staying] stylish. We had ease of use in mind above aesthetic, which we were then able to customize & make our own both easily & inexpensively. Wish we could credit extensive planning & eye for design on the color scheme of the room, but truth be told, we chose a color we loved for the accent wall & relied on good old trial & error for the rest. We wanted things to ‘go well’ together but not ‘match,’ and the end product flows nicely.

Lastly, we wanted to incorporate the trend of having a reading nook for her to grow into but wanted it to be different. The idea of acrylic ghost shelving that let the books act as artwork on the wall appealed to us so much, but we couldn’t find any shelves in our budget. Finally, we stumbled upon a greeting card display wholesaler online & repurposed them as a library. It may be our favorite part of her room! We hope she enjoys spending time in her space as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We can’t wait to watch her grow up in her there!”

Check out all the lovely details below!

Real Nursery Inspiration: Magnolia's Eclectic Vintage Nursery

My Favorite Baby Names That May Never Get Used

As my second pregnancy is approaching its final weeks, there is a tiny bit of finality about it that is hanging in the air. I don’t want to say that we’re for sure done having babies, but in my heart I can’t really imagine having more. My husband would love to have a whole brood of little ones (realistically he’d love four), but I always had my heart set on two. Aside from that, as much as I love my children, I don’t particularly love being pregnant and with my 30th birthday falling just a couple of months after my son’s arrival, it kind of just seems like a good stopping place. One thing that does entice me to have more little ones is the prospect of coming up with more baby names. I know it’s not a good reason to have more babies, but I do love baby names and I still have so many favorites that never got to be put to use. I figured that since we’ve already got a name chosen for our little guy, I’d share some of my favorite baby names…the ones that may never get used and that I’m still a little sad about. If we do end up having more kiddos, these are the names we’ll be considering.

My Favorite Baby Names That May Never Get Used
Rocket Fuel