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    August 13, 2015
    Things You Will Need Once The Baby Arrives…But Won’t Put On Your Registry

    Most first time parents will ask for things they need when their baby arrives. The absolute basics will probably be taken care of: onesies, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, toys, blankets, formula– maybe even a car seat or crib. However, once you get home from the hospital with your new bundle of joy, you will find that there are some things you need that you hadn’t even considered. Check out this brilliant list by Valeri Jones at Keep Up With Us Jones:

    -Good toilet paper- to keep everything down there treated gently

    -Gel breast pads- are soothing and cold against sore nipples

    -A Swaddle baby wrap- newborns love being tightly wrapped

    -Frozen meals so you don’t have to cook

    -A TV series to watch while you’re pumping

    Photo Credit: Emillian Robert Vicol 


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    August 4, 2015
    How To Sleep Comfortably While Pregnant

    I personally have never been pregnant, but I’ve lived in a house with my sister while she was. And a few of my friends have been pregnant recently, so I do have some outsider experience with how difficult it can be carrying around another human for nine months. One of the biggest things my sister struggled with was getting a full night’s sleep- she had bad heartburn, and broke out in a horrible itchy rash (PUPPP rash) in her last month. Plus, there’s all the kicking. For tips on sleeping soundly even if you are pregnant, check out this post by Amy Ratcliff at Pregnancy Corner:

    -Exercise daily, create a calming routine at night, and unplug from electronic devices.

    -You can never have enough pillows-  If you’re suffering from heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), use a pillow to elevate your upper body to relieve symptoms. 

    -Alternate sides- sleeping on your left side is better for both you and the baby, but you can occasionally switch to the right. Just stay off your back!

    Photo Credit: BonBon 


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    June 16, 2015
    Hospital Bag For Dad

    There are tons and tons of blog posts out there advising new moms on what they will need to bring to the hospital for the birth. Some of it is definitely necessary (clothes, toiletries, baby stuff, creature comforts), and some of it…not so much. But, Mom is most likely going to be taken care of by the hospital staff, Dad, and other family members and friends throughout her stay. Yes, she needs her stuff, and yes, the stay is all about her and the baby. However, what about the person that’s also going to be staying at the hospital for a week? That’s right- Dad. Check out this post by Babble for a handy list of what Dad should pack in his hospital bag. It’s pretty helpful and has things I would have never thought of, including a watch with a second hand- so you can pinpoint the exact time of birth. Pretty cool!

    Photo Credit: Cherie Joyful


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    June 1, 2015
    Telling Twins Apart

    I know I’ve talked about my friend who is pregnant with twins nonstop for the past month or so, but that’s because her due date is so close! It’s in ten days! And I’m so excited for her and her husband (and myself, I can’t wait to meet them and play with their little twin toe-sies). But it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room when it comes to newborn twins. How…do you tell them apart? Sure, when they’re older it’s easy- they’ll both have distinct personalities and will physically express themselves differently through clothes, hairstyles, etc. But when they’re babies…not so much. My biggest fear would be for them to get mixed up, and the wrong one being called the wrong name for the rest of her life. And I feel like it’s something all twin parents worry about. Well, my friend’s husband shared this article by Joe at Dad’s Guide To Twins on his Facebook today, and it has several great ideas on keeping them separate from the second they’re born:

    -Gender/Sex- for nonidentical twins, obviously.

    -Size- Even identical twins will be born with different lengths and weights.

    -Hair- color, length, baldness.

    -Skin color

    -Birthmarks

    -Clothing color schemes

    -Paint a toenail

    -Personality and mannerisms

    -Hospital wristbands- keep them on as long as you need to!

    Photo Credit: Donnie Ray Jones 


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    May 28, 2015
    Not Feeling So Swell? Home Remedies Here!

    One of my best friends is in the last few weeks of her pregnancy- with twins! Needless to say, all throughout her pregnancy, swelling has been a huge problem for her, especially in her ankles and feet. Now, at 8+ months, she can barely even walk (though that may also be due to the fact that she’s carrying two humans in her body!). If you are experiencing swelling during your pregnancy, check out this post by Susanna at Suze Homemaker for DIY natural home remedies:

    Take an Epsom salt bath in no hotter than 100 degree water.

    -Eat watermelon

    -Drink lemon or cucumber infused water

    -Keep your feet up whenever possible, or keep them flat on the floor- avoid letting them dangle.

    Photo Credit: Kelly Hunter


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    May 27, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Every Pregnant Woman Needs This

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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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