Preparing for Motherhood is Like Training for the Olympics

Being a mother is tough.  In fact, it's one of the toughest jobs out there.  No matter how many times anyone every tells you that though, you won't understand it until you really do have children of your own.  It's just one of those things in life that you have to experience for yourself. And the road that paves the path to becoming a good mother is a rocky one that demands much more than just the physical aptitude; mental strength is just as, if not even more important to your success. I like to compare motherhood to training for the Olympics because, in reality you are indeed preparing … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Make a Fussy Baby Smile

We've all had one of those days.  Baby is cranky.  Mommy isn't happy.  The solution? Time to get silly! Try one of these seven ideas to turn that baby frown upside down: 1.  Rockabye Baby As simple as it sounds, sometimes all baby needs is to be rocked in the bassinet or cradled in your arms to calm down.  This one should be the first on your list for ways to soothe baby. 2.  This Little Piggy "This little piggy went to market...this little piggy stayed home."  There is something about nibbling on those tiny fingers and feet that babies can't resist. They absolutely love … [Read more...]

Product Review: My BrestFriend Nursing Pillow

Picture this: You've finally fought off the urge to sleep through the cries of a fussy baby during the wee-hours of the morning. You grab the nearest pillow and blanket you can reach for, get baby to latch on, and all is well.  Well...not exactly.  Minutes later you find yourself hunched over in the middle of your bed with an aching back and numb arm. You didn't quite realize how much back, arm and body support you really needed while breastfeeding. Well ladies, this is the reality.  Breastfeeding most definitely demands a comfortable position for mommy...otherwise your body will pay the … [Read more...]

New Mother’s Group: Session I

Last week I took the leap and joined a New Mother's Group offered by my hospital.  I must admit I was a bit hesitant to join.  Traveling through rush hour traffic with a newborn on board, got me second guessing why I even needed to join a group at all.  Plus, who knew what those other mothers would be like!  Of course on the one side, I did want to meet other local mothers to see how they were dealing with the stresses of motherhood too...and maybe find a little refuge in knowing that I wasn't alone on the journey.  It would be nice to see how other rookie moms were handing the demands of … [Read more...]

4 Summer Activities for Mommy & Newborn Baby

Having a newborn baby around in the summertime can make things a little bit tricky when it comes to getting out.  Infants can't be exposed to direct sunlight until about 6 months of age -- the age at which they are cleared to wear sunblock.  It's also even harder to get away without stressing, if you are nursing and feeding on demand.  But that doesn't mean a new mother should be trapped indoors all season!  There are many summer activities that baby can partake in, you just have to be a little savvy about it. Here are 4 simple activities mommy and baby can enjoy during the sizzling summer … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Chili’s Newborn Photo Shoot

Chili's first ever photo shoot was a success!!! Not only did he sleep through most of it (a major requirement for picture perfect poses) but he only had one accident while totally nudey for several hours :)!! I love my little sunshine and will treasure these precious moments captured by the talented photographer, Amanda Manthey! … [Read more...]

When Breastfeeding Becomes Your Full-Time Job

Before I started nursing, I knew it would take a lot of practice, patience and some commitment...I just never imagined it would consume ALL my time.  To say breastfeeding is a challenge is certainly an understatement.  Definitely not something for the faint of heart. Hard work aside, there's no denying the medical benefits of breastfeeding.  Antibodies in breast milk can protect against major illnesses like obesity, asthma, diabetes and cancer, to name a few.  In addition, breastfeeding can help boost a child's IQ.  So, it makes sense that doctors recommend it. But the time commitment … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Decorating a Nursery

With only 12 weeks 'til my official due date, I am thrilled that our baby nursery is slowly but surely coming together. Charlie and his dad painted the room a couple weekends ago, to what is now a medium, tropical blue.  Once that was tackled, I spent hours (literally!) looking for a complimentary wall paper border.  I was having such a tough time finding a perfect match, simply because all the underwater-like themes were already blue, which was a bit redundant.  However, I finally found an adorable border that fit into the theme; not only does it bring a smile to my face (think: soft … [Read more...]