“Ah-guh!” Baby girl gurgled at me, a mischievous glint in her eye as she glanced over her shoulder. She’s headed for the coffee table, army crawling with incredible gumption. Vini, vidi, vici. She came, she saw, she chewed! There are so many new skills that your baby learns around six months: sitting up, more advanced rolling, even crawling! No more “lap babies,” these kiddos want action! With all these new skills come… you guessed it, a few more hiccups in your baby’s daily routine. With both my son and daughter, six months has been one of my favorite ages....Read More
Mama, you need a date night. I know it. You know it. Your hubby sure knows it. You’ve been spending literally all your time taking care of that sweet new baby. You think baby, you breathe baby. It’s all. about. that. baby! As a new mom, you’ve got a billion things pulling at you. Your mind never stops, and chances are you’re more than a little sleep deprived. But trust me, you need a date night. If you’re a nursing mom, you might feel like you’re stuck in a three-hour cycle of feeding and sleeping. Don’t get me wrong, there...Read More
Remember those newborn days, when your baby would almost instantly fall asleep in your arms, in the car seat, in church, in WalMart… pretty much anywhere? Well, those days are over, mama. The good news is that your baby is developing new skills and soaking in knowledge at a ridiculously amazing rate. The bad news? Your three-month old baby’s schedule needs work! Around three months the shoe drops. This is the time when you can tell if you’ve given your baby a foundation of good habits or not. Of course, even if you’ve managed to do the whole newborn...Read More
Had a few sleepless nights lately? I’ve been through my share as well, mama. Here’s a virtual hug and a cup of coffee for ya, friend. You’ll get through this! You know what you need? (Besides a hot shower and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.) You need an awesome swaddle for that baby. Lucky for you, I’ve also been through my fair share of swaddles and lived to tell the tale. Today I’ll share with you the pros and cons of each and give you my (definitely biased) opinion on which swaddle would beat the other swaddles in a...Read More
I couldn’t hold it in any longer. “I just can’t. I can’t do this!” My husband was leaving for work for the first time after our first child was born. I was about to be alone with the baby. The baby who wouldn’t sleep. The baby who was crying in his swing while I silently sobbed beside him. I desperately needed baby sleep advice that worked! Three and a half years later, and I’ve learned a lot. I graduated from the sleep school of hard knocks. To be honest, we are still managing the effects of all those bad...Read More
Everyone tells you that having baby #2 is a whole different animal. But we don’t believe them, huh? With multiple children, our love somehow multiplies exponentially. It’s impossible to explain. Your own mama told you when you were a kid, but you just didn’t get it. Yet, mamas really do love each child equally. Yes, our love multiplies. But our time? Our time is more divided than ever. There are suddenly two tummies to fill, two pairs of hands to hold, two faces to kiss, two children to carry…. Yet only one mama, and one lap to hold them...Read More
(Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase through my link. Of course, I only recommend products I use and love myself!) With our first baby, we went registry-crazy. Two different types of baby bathtubs, 18 sets of onesies. And “Oh yes, I can’t live without a wipes warmer. We’re not animals.” It was ridiculous. Part of the problem was that as brand new parents we simply didn’t know what we needed. There’s a pretty steep learning curve for first-time parenthood. But another misguided aspect was that we bought into the...Read More
Do you actually remember those first few days and weeks after your baby was born? A friend of mine once told me “The days are long, but the years are short.” I never knew just how true this was until my son was born. Oh. My. Goodness. Talk about emotional. The highs and lows we experience as new moms are simply hard to put into words. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Of course I only recommend products I know you’ll love! Along with a lot of prayer, the one thing that helped me look forward into the future...Read More
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TempTraq. All opinions are 100% mine. “It’s just a sore throat”, I always say. When my son gets sick, why does it always, always start with “just” a sore throat? Two days later, and my little guy is down for the count with a full blown cold or flu. Having a sick child is no picnic, and I’ve always wished there were better tools out there to make a mama’s job easier. For me, one of the most stressful parts of when my son is sick is worrying about...Read More
Close your eyes. Now imagine your most happy place. Whether it’s a beach, the mountains, a favorite chair and a good book, or your own backyard, chances are it shares one characteristic. Simplicity. Isn’t it beautiful? Now, if you dare, close your eyes one more time. Imagine your child’s playroom, bedroom, or learning space. Does the word simplicity come to mind? What about clutter, over-stimulation, or noisy? Yeah, I’m with you on that one. If you’re like me, you know its way too easy to add more toys, pile on the clutter, and stuff it all in a toy...Read More
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