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  • Breastfeeding 101: Beginning the Breastfeeding Journey

    I have been breastfeeding for 67 months, through 3 pregnancies with little break before each new baby was born.  We are expecting our 4th baby in a few months and will add on at least another 2 years or more to that total.  While I am not an expert, I have a few children’s worth of experience and I was raised by a lactation consultant mother, which means that boobs have been an open topic- my entire life.

    So let’s talk about the boobies. Breasts. Baby-Feeding Machines.  Because that is what they are meant for: feeding babies.

    Pregnant with my first baby, I was shocked to learn that breastfeeding takes work, and I am so glad that I had help.  The number one thing I will recommend to you is to seek out an awesome lactation consultant, preferably one that is board certified.  She will be worth her weight in gold and every single extra penny you may spend on her. Continue reading

  • Having a Newborn in the Winter: When to Take Baby Out.

    (I’ve decided to flood this article with newborn pictures, just to make sure I pull on your heart a bit.)

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    You can learn a lot about someone’s parenting by asking them when they first went out in public with their newborn.  You will hear everything from waiting 8 weeks to just hours after delivery.  There truly is no right or wrong answer; however, know that taking baby out in public is very different from taking baby outside.  Fresh air and Vitamin D is necessary, so don’t bottle yourself up in a bedroom for a month after having baby. Continue reading

  • Nautical Nursery Must Haves

    The key to a beautiful nursery is to stick to a color palette and keep things peacefully simple.  It can be easy to go overboard (HA – what a great pun!) on a nautical nursery and overwhelm the room with lighthouses, boats, animals, stripes, ropes, and everything ocean related.  This is not what you want.  Think clean lines and sweet, comfortable pieces.  Choose your accents wisely.

    A few staples all nurseries should have:

    A place to store clothing:  A good closet setup or a dresser.

    A place for baby to sleep (even if it goes unused for the first 2 years):  You can do a crib, a sweetly laid out floor bed, or even full mattress that baby will use as he grows.

    A great chair: You will spend so many hours in this chair.  Really, really, really make sure you love it.  It will be passed from child to child.  You will feed your baby, rock your baby, probably fall asleep yourself in it. Continue reading

  • Winter Driving and Car Seat Safety

    Car seat accidents are the leading cause of death of children ages 12 and younger.

    As many as 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.

    After reading reviews, ordering the safest car seat for your car and child, ensuring your child will be rear facing for as long as possible, and then reading the manual cover to cover (twice) and having the installation checked by a car seat technician, you may feel pretty confident that you’ve got this car seat safety thing nailed.  And I must say, you are steps ahead of most parents. However, winter adds a whole new element to keeping your child safe in the car.

    No matter where you live, if there is ever a moment you decide it is cold enough to put your infant, toddler, or child into a coat or jacket, then please read on. Continue reading

  • Easy Prenatal Exercise Ideas For Any Hot Mama

    You have 40 weeks (give or take) to grow this perfect little being, and one way to do so is to keep working out.  Prenatal Exercise is critical to have a healthy, enjoyable pregnancy.  Not to mention, all of the benefits for both mom and baby! If you haven’t read our article on the myths and facts of prenatal exercise yet, go read that one first.

    Now it’s time to get moving and stay motivated.

    The options for exercising while pregnant are pretty darn limitless.  People will tell you not to do certain things, but unless you are high risk, you can do anything your body feels comfortable doing.  If you have already started a routine, keep going with it.  If you were doing little more than walking around an office and arm curling doughnuts, it’s time to change things up. Continue reading

  • The Emotions Behind an Ultrasound

    The Emotions Behind an Ultrasound

    The day has come to say hello, to see the one who’s still so small.

    A heartbeat will bring many tears, but still will come all the fears.

    Will she grow strong and tall? Will we lose him… and my heart will fall?

    Are there two or three? Will my birth choice be mine to make free?

    My arms ache to hold you. My heart aches to know you.

    Above all else though, I know you are mine.

    I will love you in every way, no matter what the doctor will say.

    Today is the day that I will see your face, tiny and real, you will move to a place

    A place in my heart I had never found…

    Until today’s ultrasound.

    -E.MacDonald

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