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    August 20, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Maternity Shoot- From Above

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    July 14, 2014
    Baby Crafts Galore

    I love, love, love trying out new crafts. I taught myself to crochet by watching Youtube videos, I scrapbook, I have an art journal, I write stories, sometimes I paint… The idea of creating something with my own hands is very satisfying. I also love babies! That’s why I was super excited to find this compilation by Kristina Manscill at Mothers Niche- it’s the ultimate list of baby crafts and tutorials- one for each week of pregnancy. Alternatively, these also make great gifts for showers- almost all of them are extremely practical and desperately needed. The best part is, most of them don’t require many skills, except for basic sewing. Check it out! Here are some of my favorites:

    Burp Cloths

    If you only do one “baby project” I would totally advise burp cloths! We go through these like CRAZY at our house!

    Breast Feeding Scarf or Nursing Cover

    I currently have nursing covers, but my heart is starting to sway towards the nursing SCARF! How cute that you can wear it and no one would even know it’s for nursing?!

    DIY Diaper Rash Cream

    Coconut oil is awesome for rashes!

     crochet beard or if you have a girl, DIY bows and flower clips

    If only I knew how to crochet! This thing is ridiculously cute!

    To be honest, I’d make that beard hat even if I did have a girl! It’s too stinking cute! The DIY flower clips are also adorable.

    Photo Credit: Shrie Bradford Spangler 


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    July 7, 2014
    So, You’re Pregnant. Now What?

    Maybe you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, or maybe the positive pregnancy test is a complete surprise! Either way, it’s cause for celebration, mixed with maybe a little uncertainty or even dread. Lots of mixed emotions! But, just like there are things you need to do immediately after being engaged, there are even more pressing things that need to be done when you discover you are pregnant. Number one, of course, is get to the doctor, then get on prenatal vitamins, and make lifestyle changes to keep the baby healthy. But after that….what? Who do you tell? How do you prepare? Check out this post by Chelsea at Life With My Littles for a handy guide:

    -Don’t tell anyone besides extremely close family until after the first trimester.

    -Document your pregnancy with photos and journals.

    -Use lotion early and everywhere!

    -Find a prenatal workout plan and stick to it

    -Check all medications to make sure they are still ok to take.

    -Read as MUCH as you can!

    Photo Credit: Esparta Palma 


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    July 3, 2014
    Older Kids? How To Prepare Them For The New Baby

    Going from being an only child to being a big brother or big sister is a huge change in every child’s life. Sometimes, they might not be very accepting of the fact. Sometimes, they get extremely excited! Or they may be somewhere in between. But, helping them adjust to the changes can be easier if you start before the baby is born. Check out these tips by Paula at Beauty Through Imperfection:

    -Practice with a baby doll: little girls AND little boys need to learn how to be gentle with a baby- a doll can be good practice.

    -Read books about the transition

    Here are some of my mom’s personal tips:

    -At the baby shower, make sure the older sibling gets presents as well, so they feel included

    -Some hospitals offer big brother/ big sister classes! How fun! They also will give you tours of the hospital and the nursery, so your child knows what to expect.

    -When a baby is born, it’s extremely easy to get caught up in the excitement. They need tons of care, and lots of time: just make sure you constantly let your older child know how much you love them and don’t forget to give them attention as well!

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    July 1, 2014
    Helping Out The NICU

    Being a new parent with a baby in the NICU is probably one of the scariest things you can experience. It can be an extremely stressful time (the NICU= Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Newborns go here when they experience medical emergencies), and can last days, weeks, or even months. I have a family friend who recently had to deal with her new son being in the NICU for a few weeks– and it was rough. You want to do whatever you can to help, but what can you do when all there is is to wait and hope? Well, during times like those, it’s extremely important to have close support network of family and friends. Read this post by Krissy at B-Inspired Mama for some great ideas on how to help out NICU parents and their babies:

    -Don’t expect to visit- NICU limits visitation to only 1 or 2 people at a time

    -Offer childcare for older children- so parents can focus on their sick one

    -Wait on the baby gifts until the baby is home, give gas cards or cash to help out instead.

    -Listen, don’t pry. Limit your advice unless you have experienced their EXACT situation

    -Support the Children’s Miracle Network- they fund NICU hospitals

    Photo Credit: Official U.S. Navy Flickr 


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    May 14, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Photo Idea! Document Your Pregnancy

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    May 8, 2014
    Morning Sickness Without Suffering

    Morning sickness affects many pregnant women in their first trimester (and beyond) and can be an overall horrible experience. According to my sister, who recently had a baby, in her first trimester, she felt like she had been hit by a bus. She was incredibly sick, lethargic, and nauseous almost all the time. That’s another thing- morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning. In fact, it can last all day! Lucky you. However, there are lots of tips and tricks to making it a little more bearable. Check out this post by Katie at Clarks Condensed for helpful advice:

    -Survival kit: carry around emergency barf bags, toothbrush/toothpaste, facial wipes, a hair tie, and water to stay hydrated.

    -Let people take care of you

    -ID smell/food triggers, avoid them.

    -Get lots of sleep and relaxation

    -Try to eat anything that settles stomachs: ginger, lemon drops, peppermint flavor.

    -Don’t get out of bed too quickly!

    -Avoid greasy, fatty foods.

    Photo Credit: Evil Erin 


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    April 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Not Sure If That’s How It Works… Funny Maternity Shirt!

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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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