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    February 1, 2016
    Before The Baby: Conversations Parents Should Have

    Before you decide to have a child with someone, it’s important that you both agree on some fundamental issues. Sure, you and your partner don’t have to share all the same beliefs and ideals, but you should be able to agree on how to raise your kid. Check out this post by Michele Zipp at The Stir for conversations that you and your partner absolutely need to have before the baby arrives:

    -How you want to birth- hospital or in home?

    -Baby name choice- find something you both love

    -Potential complications- what will you do if your child has special needs, etc. ?


    -Discipline methods

    Photo Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes 

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    January 25, 2016
    Nature Baby Name Ideas

    I’m obsessed with baby names. I love looking at name books, reading lists online, and discussing future baby name ideas with friends. My favorite kinds of names are ones that are unique, yet still recognizable as names. I’m also a hippie at heart- I love nature and love names that incorporate the great outdoors. Here’s a list of cute nature based names that I like.















    Personally, I think lots of these would work better as middle names, since they’re a little out of the box!

    Photo Credit: Mohamed Malik 

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    January 12, 2016
    How To Prepare For A C Section

    When my sister had her son, she had to have an emergency C-section after being in labor for 8 hours. The fact that it was so last minute was scary, and she had several complications arise when recovering from it. Everything’s fine now, but if she (and the doctors) had known that it was going to be a C-section going in, I feel like it would have gone much better for her. Therefore, if you are pregnant and know you’re going to have a C-section (or if you’re pregnant at all- it’s always a possibility), it’s important to do your research first and know what to expect. Check out this post by Katie at Double the Batch for how to prepare for a C-section to make recovery easier:

    -Find the best possible doctor- ask around and read reviews

    -Focus on the positive things- ask other C-section moms to tell you the positive parts of their deliveries

    -Make sure you are as healthy as possible

    -Prep for surgery- make sure you know all the details of what is done, so that it’s less scary

    -While recovering in the hospital, be sure to eat lots of fiber and try to walk as much as possible.

    Photo Credit: Lauren Nelson 

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    January 11, 2016
    Pregnant? Here’s What To Stop Eating

    Most people are aware that eating sugary, fatty foods should be avoided anyway, especially when you’re pregnant. It’s also common knowledge that alcohol and shellfish should be avoided at all costs, because of the potential damage to the baby. However, there are also other, less known foods that can harm pregnant women and their babies. Check out this list by Maanasi at Mom Junction for more foods that pregnant women should skip:

    -Raw and undercooked ANYTHING- Meat, eggs, and even produce. This should be common sense.

    -Unpasteurized dairy products and cheese

    -Unwashed fruits and veggies

    -Nuts that cause allergies

    Just pay attention to what your body is telling you, and be sure to use common sense. Don’t eat anything that you think was prepared un-hygienically, or anything that may be raw or undercooked- and always ask your doctor if you are unsure!

    Photo Credit: Tips Times Admin 

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    November 23, 2015
    You’re Pregnant! Now What?

    Most people are aware that when you find out that you’re pregnant, you should immediately make a doctor’s appointment and throw out the cigarettes. Then, you maybe tell the father and close family/friends. Other than that, there’s not much else, right? Wrong! There are plenty of things you should probably start doing- for your health, the baby’s, and for the future. Check out this post by Chelsea Johnson at Life With My Littles for things you should do when you find out you’re pregnant:

    -Wait until the end of the first trimester before you tell anyone outside of immediate family

    -Document your pregnancy! Take lots of pictures and keep a journal!

    -Use lotion EVERYWHERE and use it early

    -Find a workout plan that works for you and stick to it

    -Start taking a prenatal vitamin

    -Check all your medications/talk with your doctor to see if you should continue them.

    Photo Credit: Janine 

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    November 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Thanksgiving Maternity Shirt Idea

    Photo + Shirt from Etsy

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    October 30, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Breaking News! Adorable Pregnancy Announcement

    The parents both work in the media, so what better way?

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    October 20, 2015
    Gross Things That New Parents Learn About Babies

    When you’re pregnant, you’re probably so busy preparing for labor that you may come across some unexpected things when the baby actually arrives. Yes, you set up the nursery, have a stockpile of diapers and formula, and you’ve educated yourself on how to actually take care of a newborn, but you still may be in for some surprises. Babies come with their own set of medical weirdness- stuff that may make you think there’s something wrong with them-even though it’s totally normal. When you’re a new parent, any one of these things may seem like a huge crisis, but they happen to almost everyone. Here’s some of the less glamorous things that come with a newborn, from

    -My baby’s head looks strange: cone-shaped heads and squashed facial features are a normal part of delivery. Give it time, and your baby will look more like an angel and less like a troll.

    -My baby has a blister on his lips- this is a callus that can be formed from sucking on a bottle or a nipple.

    -My baby’s skin is flaky- it’s normal for babies to shed the outer layer of their skin (it protected them from fluid in the womb). Don’t pick it- it will go away in a week or two.

    I’m not going to post them all here, because frankly, they’re a bit gory. However, I definitely encourage all new and expecting parents to read the full article!

    Photo Credit: Seattleye

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    October 12, 2015
    What Pregnant Women Should Ask Their Ultrasound Tech

    When you find out that you’re pregnant, the first thing you should immediately do is make a doctor’s appointment. After making sure the baby is healthy, you go back every so often for regular checkups. Perhaps the most exciting appointment is for the anatomical ultrasound- where you learn the sex of the baby. However, this ultrasound also reveals several crucial bits of information about the health of your and your child. For a list of questions to ask at this appointment, read this post by Mama in the Now. Print the list out, take it with you! I won’t post any of it here, because I feel that you need the entire thing. Go check it out!

    Photo Credit: Stephen Cummings 

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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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