They say that every child is different, and it’s true — right down to the birth and postpartum experiences. Having two kiddos now instead of one was another big difference this time around . . . and of course, there are new products I didn’t know about the first time. Keep reading for my postpartum recommendations for baby and mom — what I’m glad I had. Read more
With 6 years between my kids, holding a newborn again almost felt like the first time all over again. I had the memory of doing all this before, though, and so much more information this time around. So instead of being afraid of that first big bath at home, I felt prepared. Here are my tips for baby’s first bath. Read more
The only thing to expect in birthing is the unexpected. It’s one of those events where you need to prepare yourself as best you can for the outcome you’d like while also knowing that it may not go as planned. My plan for a natural birth with my daughter turned into an early induction loaded with hospital interventions. My son’s birth? It happened naturally and took just 20 minutes. Seriously. This is the story of River’s birth. Read more
The mint, gray and white color combo is huge this year. I noticed it as a rising trend while at the ABC Expo in October and immediately started planning my son’s nursery room with these colors paired with a star, moon and cloud theme. Not only does this room design allow for great color contrast, but it’s gender-neutral and simply gorgeous. Keep reading to see more! Read more
You’ve prepped baby’s bed, the car seat’s in the car and your hospital bag is packed (or birthing pool is set up at home). Everything is ready for when baby is born . . . but are you? One of the most important things that parents-to-be don’t learn in birth education classes is to expect the unexpected. Even if you have all the items you’re told you’ll need when baby arrives you could not be ready. Becoming a parent adds a whole new dimension to a person emotionally, physically and psychologically — you won’t be the same. So before you give birth, there are just a few more tips you need to read. Seven, actually, and I hope that these help you with one of the most magical events to take place — your child’s birth. Read more
I learned a lot about what I do and don’t want to bring to the hospital after having my first kiddo, including what the husband needs to pack. So this time around I packed comfort measures— Everything I’d need and want, plus some added items for creating my ideal birthing photos since this might be my last pregnancy. My goal? Make my hospital birth feel like a peaceful home birth. Keep reading to see what I packed for me, my husband and the baby to prepare for my second birth.
When my daughter was a baby I wished I had bought some clothing dividers to make it easier to grab a new outfit when I was low on sleep, so this time around I made some to fit the star, moon & cloud theme in kiddo’s nursery. Whether it fits your theme or you just like stars, this free printable will make organizing all your baby clothes a bit easier, and sorting sizes a breeze! Read more
Maternity photos aren’t for everyone, but if you decide to get some taken (nude, funny, or with the whole family), why not have them be the best they can be? Your body will never look this way again since no pregnancy (or pregnancy body) is quite the same. Maternity photos are a beautiful way to capture how your pregnancies were different, and how your body has changed. Parents are crazy about baby photos once baby is born, but with maternity photos you can start the photo book at the beginning! Keep reading for 6 tips that will help you get the affordable maternity photos you want. Read more
After two years trying to conceive and an IVF journey, Cleveland mama Kristin Moore and her husband brought home their little miracle, Alice, in July. They never planned on naming her Alice or being inspired by Alice in Wonderland for this super sweet un-themed nursery, but they did, and the result is beautiful.
Nursery rooms and baby showers have a theme, so why not your baby registry? Focusing on a theme can help make putting the shower together a bit easier, and also help ensure that the mom-to-be gets items that she actually needs and wants for the new baby. Since my nursery room is star, moon and cloud themed with gray, white and mint as the main colors, I created an ultimate star, moon and cloud baby registry to share! From something for the big sis or big bro-to-be to items needed for diapering (minus the given wipes & diapers) and bedtime, you’ll find this is a super complete list of musts for families expecting for the first time or again. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! Read more