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    May 18, 2015
    When Morons Feel The Need To Comment On Your Pregnancy

    I don’t know what it is about pregnant women that attracts so much unwanted “advice,” but for some reason, people think that a baby bump is public domain for criticism. While most of these comments are well meaning, pregnant women often find that their body is constantly policed. Is the food you’re eating healthy enough? Too much stress will hurt the baby! And let’s not forget about strangers who suddenly think it’s okay to touch your belly.

    Seriously, what? If you’re pregnant, be sure to read this guide by Zoe Williams at The Guardian on how to put these “well wishers” in their place. She deals with the struggles of people calling attention to weight gain, alcohol intake, and other rude comments that are leveled at pregnant women, all with humor and grace. Read it here!

    Photo Credit: Frank de Kleine 


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    April 16, 2015
    Quirky “Nature” Baby Names

    In my spare time, I love writing stories. One day, I’d like to actually write a book. But in the meantime, I love coming up with characters and scenes. Part of that involves hoarding baby names. It takes me forever to name a character, and I can’t imagine what would happen if I ever had to name an actual human! But, I love it when I stumble across lists like this one from Meggie Maye, which has several gorgeous names that come from nature! Since “word” names are gaining in popularity (like Lyric, Lake, Sonnet, etc.), here are some of my favorites:

    Cedar

    Hyacinth

    Ocean

    Willow

    Lavender

    West

    Ivy

    Clay

    Clover

    Reed

    Daisy

    Dale

    Some of these are a bit funky, and would probably do better as middle names. Still, I think they’re all quite refreshing.

    Photo Credit: Cygnus 921 


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    November 13, 2014
    For Breastfeeding Mamas: Unique Way To Increase Milk Supply

    Disclaimer: This post will discuss, very frankly, the action of breastfeeding. While I won’t include any pictures, if the idea of a mother feeding her baby grosses you out, you probably shouldn’t read any more. Anyway, while browsing Pinterest the other day, I saw a recipe for something called “lactation brownies”. At first, I admit I was grossed out (I thought they were brownies made with breast milk, or baby formula….yuck!), but when I actually read about it, I found that it was something completely different. It’s a treat for breastfeeding mamas that help increase milk supply! How cool is that? Check out this post at Coweta Fayette Families for the recipe (and why it works):

    1 Box of your Favorite Brownie Mix

    1 Egg (2 if you prefer your brownies more cake like)

    4 TBSP Brewer’s Yeast (You can find this on Amazon or at your local vitamin store…I haven’t had good luck finding it at my local grocery)

    2 TBSP Flaxseed meal (I found my bag in the organic aisle at Kroger)

    Water/Oil according to brownie mix directions

    1 extra TBSP water

    Directions:

    Combine dry ingredients and then add the oil, egg, and water. Mix until combined and cook according to box directions. Super simple and perfect for busy, exhausted moms.

    Photo Credit: U.S. Army 


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    November 4, 2014
    Newborn Sleep Safety

    Over the years, through the acquisition of new medical knowledge, scientists have changed (and changed again) what the safest way for a newborn to sleep is. Bassinets, cribs, co-sleeping, NO co-sleeping, baby on his side, baby on his back- they’ve all been popular at one point or another. The changes can be maddening, but it’s important to keep up with them to ensure that your baby is sleeping safely. Pregnant or have a newborn? Be sure to read this article at Get Your Baby To Sleep for the most updated information:

    -Baby should sleep in a crib or bassinet in his own room, or in parents’ room.

    -Baby should never sleep in an adult bed, and never with an adult.

    -Baby should sleep on his back

    -Baby should wear pajamas, a blanket, or be swaddled. A hat should be on his head as well. This will keep newborns warm and snug!

    Photo Credit: Bridget Coila 


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    October 21, 2014
    Baby Name Ideas: The ‘Write’ Stuff

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE collecting baby names. Now, I realize I will never use the majority of them, but the obsession doesn’t stop. I have around 5 naming books, pages and pages of lists, and 2 sites that I visit DAILY for new names. I also love writing- my own creative stories, and this blog. That’s why I love this list by Lauren Hartmann at Disney Baby- for names inspired by writers. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Blake

    -Langston

    -Maya

    -Kate

    -Morrison

    -Oscar

    -Walt (of course).

    Photo Credit: JE Theriot 


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    October 14, 2014
    In-Hospital Newborn Decisions

    After your child is born, there is a LOT going on- and there will always be a lot going on for the rest of your life as a parent. But it all starts in the hospital. Newborns, even if they are perfectly healthy, will need a lot of care in their first day or two on earth. And it’s up to you as the parent to research what needs to be done ahead of time- and decide what you want to do. Of course, always discuss healthcare decisions with a medical professional to determine what is best for your child. But for some beginning information, read this post by Christina Szarma at Keeper of the Home. Be sure to read the entire article for descriptions of each option, as well as pros and cons for each:

    -When to cut/clamp the umbilical cord

    -Washing/Weighing/Swaddling Immediately vs.”Kangaroo Care”

    -Prophylactic Eye Drops

    -Hearing Test

    Photo Credit: Nana B. Agyei 


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    September 30, 2014
    Nursery Checklist

    We’ve all seen the picture-perfect nurseries on Pinterest: personalized monogram art, luxury cribs, and high end baby gadgets are the “must haves” for new parents if you check there. If your child’s nursery isn’t a color-coordinated fantasy pirate ship with crystal chandeliers and a free-range, organic, gold plated changing table- you’re probably going to be the worst parent ever (according to Pinterest). Now- I love Pinterest, and I love all the creative ideas they have on there- but sometimes, you just need to know the basics of a room before getting too fancy with your design. If you’re an expecting parent, and need a checklist of (actually essential) nursery items, read this post by Casa Diseno:

    -Crib or bassinet

    -Crib bedding: sheets, mattress, blankets

    -Dresser

    -Nightlight

    -Baby monitor

    Photo Credit: Tabitha Blue 


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    September 23, 2014
    Post-Partum Needs For The New Mommy

    The period of time right after the new baby is born can be the hardest and most trying for the family. If you’ve never had a baby, you have to learn how to respond to all his needs. Though it’s rewarding, it can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Plus, on top of all of that, Mom is recovering from major surgery. When my nephew was born, my sister had to have an emergency C-section. It was a pretty traumatic event for her, and taking care of her for the next few weeks was MUCH more difficult than adjusting to life with the new baby. When you’re pregnant, or when your partner is pregnant, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the baby. You plan for every detail of his arrival, and forget that Mom will need just as much care as well. For how to prepare to be a post-partum mommy, read this article by Whitney Gustafson at the We Are Gustafson blog. Here are some of the things you’ll need. Be forewarned, it’s an honest post that discusses all the gory details of the “after” birth process:

    -Poise pads

    -Tuck’s cooling pads for hemorrhoids.

    -Pain relieving/numbing spray

    -High waisted granny panties that you can dispose of later

    -Tailbone donut or folded towel for baths

    -Bra pads

    -Motrin or other pain reliever

    Photo Credit: fruitymonkey 


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    September 11, 2014
    Pregnancy Announcement Inspiration

    The internet, particularly Pinterest, is positively fertile with pregnancy announcement ideas. Gone are the days when you just called everyone and told them. People are getting creative! If you recently found out that you are pregnant, and want to reveal it in an original way, there is plenty of inspiration out there. Check out this compilation post by Katherine Martin at the Baby Center Blog for ideas:

    -Have a younger sibling announce that they’ll be a big brother or sister!

    -Line the family up and take a picture in your shoes. Add a pair of baby shoes at the end of the line!

    -Design a fake magazine cover

    -Try a baby countdown photo

    -Take a family photo with you holding the ultrasound!

    Photo Credit: Babycenter 


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    September 5, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Interesting Facts About Pregnancy
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox230ua8

    Some of these are super cool! But, if I were pregnant for a year then I think I would die.


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