Mom Tips

When it comes to being a mom, there are no rulebooks…but there are ways to make it just a little bit easier. These helpful mom-to-mom tips offer ideas, inspiration, creative solutions, and a little laughter, too.

5 Simple Ways to Pamper Mom

With Mother’s Day just a few short weeks around the corner, I wanted to share some ideas to make Mom feel special – no gifts required. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference and warm your heart as a Mom. Just a few weeks ago, I shared how it was so important to take time for you. With a holiday dedicated to Mom, you’ll want to make sure your special day is just perfect. Which means you’ll need to share this post with your significant other–print it now! When Mother’s Day comes around, I really look forward being able to catch a little breather, and I also look forward to the pampering. I’ll take the handmade cards and beautiful colored pictures… forget the gifts. You won’t be able to find the things I want for Mother’s Day at your local Target. For Mother’s Day it’s all about YOU and here are simple ways you can be pampered at home.

I Can't Do Baby Showers... and 6 Other Things Your Friend with Infertility Wants to Tell You

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This is my fifth NIAW, the first since I gave birth to my son last year.

I have these moments when I look at my son Judah in absolute wonder and amazement. I can’t believe he’s really here, I think: I can’t believe he’s really ours. Even as we approach his first birthday next month, the wonder hasn’t faded. It stays ever-present in my mind and on my heart because of the long, difficult, emotional four-year journey through infertility to welcome Judah into our family. I am immensely humbled by and grateful for every single moment we share with him.

But I know there are plenty of people who are still waiting for their own baby hopes and dreams to come true. In fact, there are 7.3 million people with infertility in the United States alone, as many as 1 in 8 couples. There’s a very good chance that 1 in 8 is someone you know, too.

In honor of NIAW, here are 7 things you need to know to help support someone with infertility in your life. I was so fortunate to have an amazing support network of family and friends as we struggled with infertility; I truly couldn’t have made it without them. I hope you’ll join me in taking a minute to share this post to help advocate for and raise awareness of infertility in support of NIAW this year!

7 Things Your Friend With Infertility Wants to Tell You

5 Ways to Get Siblings Involved with Baby

I have two little girls that are always eager to touch and hold their baby brother. The first person they ask to see in the morning when they wake up is Macks and he’s the last one that they want to kiss goodnight at bedtime. He has truly won over their hearts.

Macks is only 10 weeks old, so there is still a lot that he relies on me for, but I know how important it is for the girls to get involved too. I am very lucky to have two little girls who love to help out whenever I ask them. They think their little brother is their own personal baby doll that they want to help out with and take care of. In an effort to help them feel included and involved, I have them help me out with many of the routine things we do during the day.

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10 Ways I'm Distracting Myself From the Third Trimester Slump

This pregnancy has seriously flown by. It seems like I was just announcing my pregnancy and now here I am in the home stretch – 33 weeks pregnant! You would think I would have this sudden burst of energy and excitement simply from knowing that I’m almost there and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel…but the third trimester is no joke you guys and I’ve fallen into a slump.

10 Ways I'm Distracting Myself From the Third Trimester Slump

Visiting the Pediatrician

Now that all of the OB visits are over, they’ve been replaced by pediatrician visits for Soren. We’ve found ourselves looking forward to his appointments and learning about how much he’s grown and how he’s doing. It’s also our time to ask lots of questions! Of course, it’s not our favorite when the little guy gets his vaccines, but so nice to comfort and cuddle him afterward. He’s such a little trooper! Below are my top tips for preparing for your pediatrician appointments!

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