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.

Breastfeeding Journal No.01

I’m 10 weeks into my breastfeeding journey with Soren. Before he was born it was one of the things I was most determined to be successful at. I wanted to do everything I could to make it work and stick with breastfeeding for 6-12 months. I think one of the main reasons I felt so passionate about breastfeeding was not just the obvious incredible benefits, but also because my husband has struggled his whole life with environmental allergies and a poor immune system. I wanted to give Soren his very best chance at having the best immune system I could offer him. So on January 29th, 2014, when Soren came into this world, it was game on.

6 Tips for Dropping a Second Nap

With my first child, I dreaded the drop down to one nap. My free time! All gone!

With my second child, I’ve been much more anxious for her to make the switch, since having only one nap to work around will free us up a lot to do morning outings (and since my older child isn’t napping in the morning, it’s not like it’s free time for me anyway).

However, I’m remembering how difficult it can be for a baby to make the switch from being a twice-a-day-napper to a once-a-day-napper. Now that I’m going through it a second time around, I’ve learned a few tricks and secrets about what to expect and how to handle it:

#1: Early Bedtime

10 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn From Frozen

My toddler was a bit on the young side to sit through a movie when Frozen first came out, but now that it’s out on DVD the time finally came for us to sit down and watch it and like most toddlers, mine instantly became obsessed with it. We’ve actually only watched the movie once so far, but she loves all the songs and pretty much knows “For the First Time In Forever” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” by heart already. I loved watching the movie together and it’s definitely become one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. I love the heroines and the music and pretty much everything. These are princesses I hope my daughter looks up to. As such I put together a little list of some life lessons I took away from the movie that I hope my daughter will learn. (*Note: If you haven’t seen the movie, there are spoilers!)

10 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn From Frozen

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…

Always Trust Your Motherly Instincts

Last week Macks developed a cough. Both of my girls have had a cough on and off for weeks, so I just figured that he had the same and brushed it off as a cold. Over night the cough seemed to get a little bit worse and he seemed very congested. I checked his temperature and it was normal and he wasn’t acting fussy, but something deep down told me I needed to take him to the doctor.

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