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

    Photo from Pinterest


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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!

    Photo Credit: flash.pro 


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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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