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.

10 Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

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.

10 Tips To Make Breastfeeding Easier

From One to Three: A Journey of Motherhood

Last week, I took all three kids to the local aquarium. We spent four hours roaming the floors staring at fish, watching the trainers feed the seals, and even petty the jellyfish. We left happy, tantrum free, and with a new found love of under water creatures.

Five years ago, I would have never imagined myself in this situation. I was terrified to leave the house when my oldest was born. I feared that she would cry out in public and immediately all the attention would go to me. It was as if I had a huge sign on my forehead that said “Inexperienced First Time Mom” and everyone was aware of it. That fear kept me inside most days. Unless I had my husband with me or my parents, I wouldn’t leave the house alone with Harlan. 

8 Things to Enjoy Before Baby

Of course you’re exciting about bringing home your bouncing, beautiful, bundle of joy.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t a few last hurrahs before the baby is born, right?

7 Things That Helped Me Survive Postpartum

Postpartum is no joke, my friends. It can be totally rough and overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect (side note: if you want the no-holds-barred version of what postpartum was really like, I wrote a post about it here). After the birth of my first child, I had a pretty miserable postpartum experience, and during my second pregnancy, I spent a good portion of it dreading those early weeks after my little one arrived. But, now that I’m seven weeks post-birth, I can definitely say that postpartum has been a much better experience this time around thanks to a few key things that I learned my “rookie year”. I wanted to share them in hopes that they might help you have a more enjoyable postpartum as well!
7 Things That Helped Me Survive Postpartum

5 Ways We Helped Our Toddler Bond With Our New Baby

Bringing a new baby into an already established family with an already established routine can be a bit challenging for everyone, but especially for toddlers. Their worlds are often rocked by the shift in attention. Because of this, I was a little nervous about how my daughter would handle the transition once her little brother arrived.
5 Ways We Helped Our Toddler Bond With Our New Baby
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