How to Plan a Baby Shower

Throwing a Baby Shower can be really fun. It's a great way to celebrate the new mom or new parents as they go through a new journey and welcome a new baby into their lives.Traditionally, the mother has no involvement in planning a baby shower, it is usually a best friend or close relative who plans it for her as a surprise. But these days, most moms-to-be want to be involved in the planning in some aspect. And these days a lot of baby showers are co-ed as well.Rather than having someone throw me a shower, I was in charge…

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8 Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do As a Parent

Within three months of dating, my husband and I would talk about having kids. We had goals of having our children before hitting our 30's so that we could still feel youthful by the time they would graduate from high school. It's a goal that most people set but later find more complicated due to schooling, career paths, having the right partner, and especially "being ready". My husband and I were lucky enough to have found each other at a young age and having kids just after college so we've achieved this goal twice so far, maybe even a third by the…

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Nursing/BF Essentials

If you plan on breastfeeding your milk supply will be with you at all times, however, you'll need a few extra things to make things a little more comfortable for you and baby.For starters you'll need accessible clothing, like nursing bras and tops or dresses that make your breasts easily accessible. Secondly, you will need a breast pump, bottles, and a milk storage system. Thirdly you will need more particular things for your breasts, to protect from leakage or for healing and therapy. And lastly, you may need a nursing pillow and some swaddles/burping cloths. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links…

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Baby Bump Photo Sequence

When you're expecting a child everything is very exciting and you cannot wait to meet your child and start a new journey of life. It takes a long time to grow a child but its also a beautiful process. Most parents like to take professional photoshoots at the beginning and end of the pregnancy as well as after the baby is born. My husband and I aren't much for professional photography but with our first I did try to do my own baby bump photo sequence throughout the whole process. I got into the same outfit each time (I made…

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Car Seats & Strollers

There are tons of carseats and strollers out there, and honestly there is no "best" for either category. Parents are looking for different things depending on their needs and their family size. I can't tell you which double stroller is the best out there, for example, because I haven't taken my kids out in all of them but I can recommend the one I have and the same goes for our car seats. I could add the carrier I used with my children but I will omit that since I did not love it for more than 6 months and…

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The Birth of My Second Child via Planned C-Section

This is my personal story about the birth of my daughter, who was born via planned c-section just 15 months after my emergency c-seciton of our son. Our firstborn came to us via emergency c-section and 15 months later we were having baby number two! My doctor highly recommended a planned c-section this time around for me because the risk factors would be a little higher for having a vaginal birth while still in the healing period from the first surgery. So we picked a date and planned around that. It was great! No more worrying about going into labor…

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Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack

Men tend to carry very little big always have enough space in their pockets, while women love to carry a lot of things in a wonderfully heavy bag or purse. Women as mothers have a hard time making their regular purses work for them and baby, that's where Diaper Bags come in handy. A purse for mom and baby. But what's even better is a Diaper Bag that even dad can wear, because let's face it, we're in the 21st Century where Dad's will often be carrying the essentials. Any parent will need a great bag to carry their essentials.…

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Postpartum Recovery After An Emergency C-Section

Giving birth is a miracle, but postpartum stories are rarely shared. Our bodies don't go back to 'normal' and we get hit with the cold hard truth. Let's get real about the realities of the afterbirth period.I don't want to overwhelm you because being a mother is absolutely amazing, but we're not actually always glowing. Well, sort of, but that's because we don't often shower.If you just gave birth this is what I have to say to you: "Congratulations you just gave birth!! Oh hey, you look like shit by the way. Get ready to put on some sexy panties!!!"If…

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

If you're worried about packing your hospital bag, don't. It should be very simple and doesn't need a ton of planning. If you're like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable. And then when you get to the hospital you'll realize you barely needed a lot of those things and you ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they goes home for a shower, to eat, or to nap. The hospital provides a lot of essential things so you…

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The Birth of My First Child & Emergency C-Section

I'm currently a mother of two toddlers and have already had my fair share of parenting experiences. Thinking back to the beginning of when it all happened feels like an eternity ago already but it was an amazing experience on so many levels. Being a first time parent is so difficult, I was for sure clueless! Hopefully my stories and experiences can help you or at least entertain you. Here's the story of my son's birth. Late and a Paranoid Nervous Wreck I was 6 days past my due date with no dilation in my previous doctor visits and my…

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What You Really Need for Baby Shopping

Congrats, you're expecting a baby! So you're bringing a child into this world and everyone is telling you what you need for the baby. If you're a first time parent you're finding lists from magazines, stores, and online and guess what? A lot of it is just marketing!Companies benefit from advising toward specific items or category of things that most people may not even need. They take advantage of first time parents who are overwhelmed and don't know what to expect. Here's a typical list from Babylist.com I'm a mommy of two, of both sexes no less, and I can tell you…

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