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    April 7, 2014
    High Energy Kids + Low Energy Mom Ideas

    Raising kids and looking after them all day is downright exhausting. You have to be in pretty good shape, have your daily schedule together, and be at top energy every day. But, we’re all human. Sometimes, if you’re sick, pregnant, or just feeling off, it can be extremely difficult to deal with crazy children! But, there are ways to divert their energy (into meaningful activities) while not taxing yourself. Check out this list of ideas by Frugal Fun 4 Boys:

    -Ask for help!  If you’re on bedrest or sick for an extended period, don’t be afraid to ask for help! 

    -Lay on the floor with a pillow while they build with blocks, etc.

    -Head to the library for new books or movies

    -Color or do crayon rubbings

    -Sidewalk chalk. You can spend time outside without running around!

    -Paper airplanes

    -Legos

    Photo Credit: Michael Bentley 


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    March 27, 2014
    What’s The Difference Between Identical And Fraternal Twins?

    Most people know the basics: identical twins are, well, identical! And fraternal twins….aren’t. Duh! But, it’s a little more complicated than that. There are intricate biological processes that happen when twins are made- and identical and fraternal twins happen completely differently. This post by Dr. Ashley Roman at The Bump blog explains:

    Identical twins develop from the same fertilized egg and are essentially genetic copies of each other. Fraternal twins, on the other hand, develop from two separate fertilized eggs, and are no more genetically similar than any other set of siblings.

    There you go! Identical twins come from the same egg, and were both originally one cell, while fraternal twins are just separate siblings that happen to be born at the same time. (Not that identical twins aren’t separate siblings! Haha!)

    Photo Credit: Gustavo Devito 


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    January 20, 2014
    Delivering Baby (Home) After Delivery

    So, you just had a baby. You can’t stay in the hospital forever, but how do you get ready to bring your new bundle of joy home? Adding a new member to your family requires some adjusting, especially for first time parents. But, by planning a little in advance (before the hospital trip), you can make it a little easier on you and your new baby. These tips by Jennifer Fountain at Growing Up Triplets will help:

    -Prepare to be tired: Think through how you can minimize this so you can actually function! Let go of what you absolutely do not need to do during the first weeks and months of bringing babies home from the hospital.

    -Hire Household Help If it’s at all in the budget, hire a house cleaner. Having someone mop the floors and scrub the toilets is, for a period of time, a way to gain valuable minutes and hours with your babies or even sleeping! Consider asking family and friends for help to save money.

    Photo Credit: Seattle Eye


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    December 30, 2013
    How to Tell Your Partner that You’re Pregnant

    Obviously, if you look like you’re shoplifting a watermelon under your shirt, your husband or partner is probably going to know that something is up. Hopefully, you”ll have told him by that point! How you do that, though, is entirely up to you. If you and your significant other are quirky, fun people who enjoy the whimsical side of life, you might enjoy this post by Stephanie Wiersma at Yahoo Voices. It has lots of fun, silly ways to tell your partner the news. Here are some of my favorites:

    -When it’s time for your husband’s favorite sports team to begin their season, tell your husband you thoroughly support his addiction and bought a gift to prove it. Hand him a box or gift bag that contains an emblem from his favorite team — on baby clothes. 

    -Take a picture of your pregnancy test (or scan your ultrasound photo, if you have it yet), and change the desktop photo on his computer or laptop.

    -Tell your husband it’s time to rearrange the bedroom. Draw up a quick sketch of the bedroom and where you’ll want to put the furniture. Then show it to your husband: This is where you’ll put the dresser, here’s the bed, this is where the crib will go….

    Photo Credit: Sonya Green 


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    December 12, 2013
    C-Section Recovery

    I’ve never had a C-Section, but a few of my close friends have. It can be a scary experience if you’re not prepared for it (or the possibility of it). It’s also a serious medical procedure that takes major physical recovery– more so than natural childbirth. Plus, you now have a newborn baby to take care of on top of all of it! But, if you are armed with knowledge in advance, you can make the whole ordeal a lot less frightening and stressful. This post by Jody Allen at Stay At Home Mum has some great advice for anyone who has just been through a C-section or would like to know more about recovery:

    -Accept Help First and foremost, you are going to have to slow down and accept that, for the next couple of  weeks, your only two jobs are caring for the baby and caring for yourself.

    -Heat and Ice Keep hot packs handy to place on your stomach when breastfeeding to help with the after pains as well as ice packs to help with any vaginal pain if you needed to labour before having the C-section.

    -Stay Regular When you need to go, don’t hesitate as waiting will make it worse and even harder to do that first bowel movement.

    -Keep a Pillow With You Anytime you sneeze, cough or laugh, it can hurt your incision. One way to minimize the pressure around this area is to place a pillow on your stomach to stop the pressure.

    Photo Credit: Brett Neilson 


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    December 10, 2013
    Pregnancy Prep: To Do Before the Due Date

    There are lists upon lists online of what to do right after your baby is born, but what do you need to have done before the trip to the delivery room? Well, everyone knows you need to have a stockpile of baby stuff (diapers, clothes, bottles, toys, etc) and a nursery (or at least a crib/bassinet ready). But is that really it? Of course not. You also need to make sure that you know as much as you can about life with a baby and have finalized all plans for the delivery. Krista at Dailymom.com has put together this amazing checklist in this post. Here are a few things you’ll definitely need to do:

    -Prepare baby’s sleep area

    -Install the car seat

    -Learn all you can about feeding your baby beforehand

    -Finalize plans for older children and pets

    -Preregister with the hospital

    -Pack your hospital bag

    -Have a healthy supply of diapers

    Photo Credit: Jacob Boetter


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    November 25, 2013
    Items to Stockpile Before Having a Baby

    We are expecting a baby in our home in just a few months (not mine! Haha!), and I feel like I could not have stumbled across this article by Crystal at Money Saving Mom at a better time. By purchasing baby items throughout your pregnancy, you will save a whole lot of time and money once the baby arrives. It also helps a TON to stock up on other household items that get used up quickly to save time when grocery shopping. Check out the whole article for a full list, but here are a few definite necessities:

    -Toilet Paper

    -Paper Towels

    -Diapers

    -Formula

    -All personal hygiene items: deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc.

    -Dishwasher detergent

    -Paper Plates

    -Trash bags and storage bags

    Photo Credit: Chris Waits 


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    November 5, 2013
    Necessary Delivery + New Baby Photos to Take

    When you’re in labor, one of the last things you’re probably thinking of is taking photos. Even though you’ll want them in the future (and they will become some of your most treasured possessions!), it can be pretty low on the priority list during the actual event. If you’re a first time mama, you also might not know exactly what pictures you’ll want to take. That’s why Katie at Babble.com has compiled an ultimate list:

    Final Belly Picture

    Picture of the Hospital Room

    Clock At the Time of Birth

    You and Your Babies’ ID Bracelets

    The Scale

    Meeting Mom for the First Time

    Meeting Dad for the First Time

    Meeting Siblings

    Meeting Grandparents

    Sleeping Newborn

    Picture with Doctors/Nurses

    Going Home Together

    Photo Credit: futurestreet 


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    September 10, 2013
    Packing Your Hospital Bag

    If you’re currently pregnant or have had kids before, you’ve probably heard that having a hospital bag packed in case of emergency is pretty much a necessity. Even if you’re planning on having your baby induced and can conveniently plan when they will be born, sometimes nature takes over. They can come when you least expect it! In order to make the experience less stressful, having as much planned in advance as possible will help a lot. Workman Family has an awesome list on what to keep on hand:

    For the baby bag:

    4 different outfits

    baby wipes

    2 different soothers

    hand sanitizer

    scratch mittens

    socks, hats, etc.

    receiving blanket

    baby toiletries

    For the Mom’s bag:

    flip flops and socks

    chocolate!!

    underwear, sports bra

    nursing bra

    snacks for Dad

    2 outfits

    paper and pen

    toiletries

    and finally….the camera!

    Photo Credit: Richard Elzey 


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    August 8, 2013
    Gender Reveal Parties: “Waddle” it Be?

    If you haven’t heard about gender reveal parties, you’re not the only one. A fairly recent trend that has taken the blogosphere, Pinterest, and pretty much the entire online community of expectant moms by storm. It’s a bit like a baby shower, but instead of opening gifts, the soon-to-be parents find out the sex of their baby while surrounded by family and friends.

    I’ve seen tons of great ideas for the big reveal: you cut open a cake revealing either a pink or a blue middle, you release a box of mystery colored balloons, open up a gift to find a gender-specific onesie— the possibilities are truly endless. It does require a lot of secrecy and planning from one designated friend, but the payoff is always worth it.

    One of the best ideas for these parties that I’ve seen is a duck-themed one titled: “Waddle It Be?” Isn’t that the cutest?

    For more gender reveal cakes and ideas, check out this post from The Newlywed Pilgrimage.

    Photo and Cake from Sweet Grace 


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