I was in your shoes just 11 months ago. I read all the articles and research I could find to help make the transition as smooth as possible. I was anxious and nervous about how Connor would feel and I was especially sad that I would be loosing that one-on-one time with him.
I know World Breastfeeding Week is officially over, but I've still got boobies on the brain and I thought I'd share my favorite recipe for delicious and effective Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies. These are an adaptation from some recipe I found on Pinterest years ago, and I have to say that not only are the absolutely yummy, they really do boost my supply whenever I eat them.
August 1st through the 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. Last year, I posted a little about the history and motivation behind WBW and I focused on being supportive of breastfeeding moms without criticizing those who use formula for whatever reason. This year, I am celebrating nearly 11 straight months of breastfeeding with Kylar
If you are anything like me, you grew up dreaming about life as a married woman: your house, your kids, your husband, your dog(s). I watched endless hours of wedding shows like Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, A Wedding Story, Bridezillas, etc. I would critique and analyze these girls, make mental notes of what I liked and didn't like, and silently plan this outlandishly extravagant wedding, knowing that I would never really be able to bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a dress I'd wear once, for a couple of hours. I'm just not that girl.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working to minimize our lifestyle. We have too much crap that we never use and I’m sick of the overwhelming about of stuff in this house. I’ve managed to clean out our clothes (I did mine and the boys, hubs took care of his own) and book. Now I’m slowly culling the toys, but we’re entering that dangerous time of year: Birthday season. Connor’s is in August and Kylar will have his first birthday in September. Buying presents is always fun, especially when it’s toys for kids. However, since we already have so many toys, this year I’m requesting outside-of-the-box presents. I’ve decided to put together a list of gift ideas for anyone looking to buy for preschoolers, but don’t want to buy toys.
We've all seen the movies, Romantic Comedies (RomComs, if you will) following a slightly dysfunctional couple through their ups and downs. Miscommunications, perceived slights, hiding true feelings, overreacting, underreacting. Then one day, they seem to magically click and get their shit together, they get married and the screen fades to credits while they share a passionate kiss at the altar, or riding away in their limo (or on horseback if they're really good) after having the perfect wedding. It seems like life if going to be all puppies and rainbows until they die, right? Bahaha!! Talk about unrealistic expectations.
Vacations are fun. That's common knowledge. If they weren't fun, people wouldn't go places and everyone would just work all the time. No. We need vacations every so often to help reset our brains and keep us sane.
Traveling with small children is a whole new level of stressful and might seem like more work than it's worth. I'm here to tell you that it is doable, and it might even be easy!
I've been seeing a lot of posts and articles lately about how to prevent stretch marks. How to make them disappear postpartum. How to get your pre-baby body back. How to hide/cover your c-section scar. How to make your body look the body of a 22 year old woman who's never experienced life. I have to tell you, I'm honestly sick of people implying (or outright saying) that mom bodies are less than.
I often find myself thinking "If only they were bigger, then we could do *this* or go *there* or play *that*" then a few minutes later, one of them will do something "big" or I'll go through their clothes and pull out things that are tiny and think "They are growing up way too quickly." It's ridiculous and silly. I want them to be bigger so we can go on more adventures and I can stop changing diapers, but I want them to stay little and snuggly and sweet. I know this is a common predicament: The Parenting Time Paradox.
Over the last few weeks, we've been hosting our first giveaway with Kidorable. It ended last night and I contacted our winner this morning!
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