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My Least Favorite Parenting Advice

If you’re a parent, you know that people can sometimes tell you things which are not helpful at all (and instead, drive you crazy or stress you out). My great friend Marie, who helps parents over at Create Balanced Life, has some words of wisdom on this. Here’s what she has to say about that one annoying thing people tell new parents – her least parenting advice – and what to think about instead. Continue reading

The Most Underrated Items For New Moms

Congratulations! You’re having a baby. How exciting!!!! I’m sure that everyone is flooding your mind’s inbox with tons of ideas and suggestions of stuff you just GOTTA have for you and the baby.

While I have my own opinions of those things and what you really do (and don’t) need, this is not that post. I am teaching you what underrated – sometimes random – items you should add to your registry, or get for yourself before your baby arrives. These things are meant to make your life easier so that you can rest and admire that gorgeous little squish you grew! Read on for my list of the most underrated items for new moms! Continue reading

The Biggest Misconception About Parenthood

When you find out that you and your significant other are going to have a baby, the feelings of elation are matched by a thousand questions. You spend hours researching things like feeding and sleep, and daydream about the perfect nursery. But no one really prepares you for the changes which will happen once the baby arrives.

Namely, saying goodbye to your old life. For good. Continue reading

What You REALLY Need To Do Before Baby Arrives

We have all seen the usual lists about “what to do before Baby arrives.” There’s the stock list of things like cleaning the house and assembling the crib; I’m sure you’ve read dozens of those on Pinterest if you’re expecting. And I made my own list after my first baby. But from a mom of two, let me give you the list of unique, obscure, overlooked and totally recommended things you should do! Continue reading

Common Abbreviations in Parenting

Throughout your pregnancy journey, you will probably come across at least some of these common abbreviations.  I’ve compiled this list to hopefully save you some confusion! Continue reading

My First Two Weeks As A Mother

I wrote this right after my son was born in 2013. I read over it the other night and it made me smile (and cringe). I pass it on to you…

They weren’t lying when they said that parenthood is the most challenging, yet most rewarding, thing that you will ever do.  I felt so prepared to bring my son home and begin nourishing him, providing him with safety and love and guidance.  I had taken all the classes, bought all of the stuff, double checked all of our lists and asked all of our questions.  We were as ready as we could be!… or so we thought.

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How We Can Be Involved As Dads

Written by The Daddy before our first child was born in 2013…

Being the father of a baby that isn’t here yet can feel like you’re sitting on the sideline of the most important game of your life. But just because she’s the one doing all the work in actually carrying your future son or daughter, that doesn’t mean your involvement is not important. Sarah is now in her third trimester and I feel more needed than ever. There are so many things that we can do as husbands that will be much appreciated. Continue reading

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