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Month: February 2016 (page 1 of 3)

Review: Baby K’tan Original Carrier

Oh Baby K’tan how I love thee. This is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS to have for a new baby. I use mine literally hours every day for my baby, and it’s invaluable whether this is your first child or you’re chasing around other ones too! Read on for the ins and outs of the Baby K’tan Original Carrier.

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Always follow your heart. Especially when it comes to your kids.

Review: BabyList Registry (Site and App)

There are hundreds of opinions on what you should put on your registry. But WHERE should you register? Do you try and find a one-stop-shop that has everything you want? Do you register at multiple places, and hope that no one gets confused?

How about you do it all – from your phone?

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Review: Should I Bother With A Maternity Belt?

I started to get a lot of sciatic (lower back) pain in the second trimester of my first pregnancy.  After talking with my chiropractor and obstetrician, I decided to try a maternity belt.   Continue reading

Please, Write to Your Kids

Last night, as my baby slept in my arms, I wrote letters to her and to my 2.5 year old son. I’ve kept a journal for my boy since before I was even pregnant, writing wishes and thoughts on paper. I have one for my little daughter too, telling her of my pregnancy journey and all the wonderful things she does. I’m begging you to do something similar for your children. Write, paint, record your voice. Something. IT IS SO WORTH IT. Continue reading

You are enough.

A Complete Birth Plan

We are getting closer and closer to the big day!  We’ve spent a lot of time speaking to medical professionals, attending classes, and doing lots of our own research – all with the intention of making the best birth plan possible for our son. This birth plan is written with a hospital birth in mind, and my emphasis was on a natural/drug-free birth. I’ll write a birth center-specific plan soon.

I wrote this adorably innocent article in 2013. I’ve revised it now that I’ve birthed two kiddos 🙂 Free PDF download included!

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The Perfect Pediatrician

As Isaac and I get closer and closer to meeting our little bundle of joy, we’ve started looking into pediatricians.  There were lots of things I didn’t realize when choosing a doctor for your baby, and lots of questions I wouldn’t have thought to ask!

Below I’ve listed some of the things we’ve found out on our journey, followed by a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD list of questions which you should have with you when interviewing a pediatrician and their office. Continue reading

The Crappy Postpartum Symptom No One Talks About

It took me having two kids and going to various specialists before I really learned anything about this common postpartum condition. It’s like this taboo thing which is fairly familiar, but I never read anything about it in all of my research. And it’s frankly stupid that moms aren’t made aware of it. Because, frankly, it sucks. Continue reading

First Impressions: Graco Travel Lite Crib

Daddy wrote this in 2013 when we were expecting our first child; it still applies today and we still use this crib, so I wanted to pass on the information to you! Continue reading

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