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    September 28, 2015
    When Is The Best Time To Have Another Child?

    My sister and I are five years apart. So, besides elementary school, we were never at the same school together. I resented this when I was younger, because I had to experience everything first and had no idea what to expect. Now, though, I’m glad I was so much older. I feel like it has made me more responsible, and able to adapt to new situations better. Plus, I feel like my sister and I are very different and individual people, yet we are still best friends. My boyfriend and his brother are only 2 years apart, and their relationship is a little different. They experienced things at almost the same time, so they’re more similar in personality. I have another friend who is almost 20 years younger than his sister- and they aren’t very close. So, does that mean that having kids closer together in age is better? Well, not necessarily. Read this post by Hilary at Pulling Curls:

    Far spaced children:

    -more individual time for each child.

    -older kids can help with younger ones

    -less comparison between siblings

    Close spaced children:

    -easier to room together (my sister and I shared a room together…once. It did not go well).

    -get it “done”- if your kids are close together, you won’t be in the PTA for 12 years.

    -easier to do activities, similar interests. They will be friends when they are younger.

    -you have more energy when you are younger.

    Photo Credit: Mood Board 

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    September 2, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Cute Pregnancy Announcement

    Photo from Earth Porm

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    August 27, 2015
    Why You Should Exercise When Pregnant

    When you’re in your third trimester and waddling around like a pregnant penguin, the last thing you want to do is hit up a high energy Zumba class. In fact, even getting up and going on a short trip to the grocery store can seem grueling. You’re lucky if you get off the couch more than twice a day. But, keeping your body healthy during pregnancy not only benefits you, but also your baby. Getting regular, moderate exercise and eating healthy will help you tremendously, and even alleviate some of the ickier pregnancy symptoms. Check out this post by JJ at the Belly Itch blog for reasons you should exercise when pregnant:

    -Back pains- a trainer who specializes in pregnancy and post partum exercise can lead you through routines and stretches that will prevent the issue.

    -Fatigue- exercise will give you renewed energy.

    -Labor/delivery- train for labor like you are training for a marathon! You’ll need to improve your strength and stamina for the optimal and easiest delivery.

    Photo Credit: John Spade 

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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


    -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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