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.

Packing a Diaper Bag for Two: Tips and Tricks

Recently I realized that in the next couple of months I’ll be packing a diaper bag for not only one, but two little ones. My daughter is still in diapers and also requires some toddler essentials when we’re out. And a newborn? Well…newborns require a lot of gear. I started feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the prospect of packing a diaper bag for two kids – would all of that stuff even fit in one bag? So, I decided to do a trial run and pack my bag with all the essentials for a newborn and a toddler, and it ended up being a great success! I definitely had to pare things down from when I had my daughter and would bring along everything except the kitchen sink for even a simple outing to the grocery store, but I think it will be much better this way. I still managed to pack all the essentials to keep myself prepared, but not over-prepared. I figure, I can always leave some emergency rations in my car! Take a look in my bag and see what I packed along with a few tips and tricks!

Packing a Diaper Bag For Two: Tips and Tricks

Activity Bags for the Big Kids While We're at the Hospital Welcoming Our New Baby

Soon (like today?!) my husband and I will be at the hospital welcoming our new baby girl and Adair and Ingrid will be at home with my parents. (Of course, they’ll visit the hospital to meet their new baby sister!) To ease the girls into life with a new baby, I thought it’d be fun to put together some activity bags for them to enjoy while we’re away.

Most likely, we’ll only be gone 2 or 3 days. To be on the safe side, I went ahead and put 3 activity bags together. 1 for the day we go to the hospital, 1 for our stay overnight, and 1 for the day we’ll most likely come home. Each bag has a  little note from us, some fun things for the girls to do while we’re away, and a fun treat, too! My hope is that the girls feel a little bit special when most of the attention will be on the new babe. At the same time, it’ll give my parents something fun to do with the girls. Click through to see the contents of each activity bag…

A DIY Gender Reveal Party!

With the announcement of our fourth pregnancy, I’ve had the slight feeling that the reaction surrounding this little one is a bit more subdued than say, our first daughter.

While obviously we all cherish the new life growing inside of me, there becomes a little bit of a “been there, done that” attitude after the second baby, doesn’t there? And not just for other people, but for us as well. We’ve got this new baby thing down to a routine at this point.

So I was definitely looking for a way to “spice” up the fun of our fourth baby–and with my husband’s birthday coming up, I thought why not make it a little more fun with a gender reveal cake? I did some research to find some adorable gender reveal cakes and set off to make our own easy DIY gender reveal party. 

10 Unexpected Perks of Pregnancy

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit down on pregnancy. I know it’s a wonderful blessing to be able to grow a tiny human, but it’s also super exhausting doing so while chasing around a toddler and working from home. So, in order to boost my spirits, I decided to take the time to focus on the positives…the lovely, unexpected perks of pregnancy if you will. Yes…I promise there really are some!

10 Unexpected Pregnancy Perks

5 Unusual Ways to Baby Proof Your Home

I’m not honestly one of those moms who gets crazy with the baby proofing. 

I’m much more of the “live and let learn” variety. Sure, I’ll put up a baby gate to save myself a bit of worry and yes, I’ll bust out the outlet covers, but other than that, I don’t believe in making my house a plastic bubble for my kids.

That being said, however, there are some things I’ve seen, especially in my work as a nurse, over the past year that have made me re-think my stance on baby proofing. There may be some unusual ways that we all need to baby proof our homes…

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