Preparing Alex for Baby #2

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A lot of changes have been happening in our household lately with a new baby on the way, and sometimes I have to remind myself that even though it’s a big change for us, it has to feel like an even bigger change for Alex. He is use to being the only child, and now he won’t be. He is use to having mommy’s undivided attention, but now mommy needs extra rest. A lot of things are different already, and the change will become even greater once the baby arrives. So I sat down and began to call around and ask friends and family about different ways they prepared their child/children for a new baby and I came across some pretty good strategies which I put to use. Continue reading

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20 Things to do Before baby is Born!

As I sit here 25 weeks pregnant with nothing really done, I realize that I need to start-up a list of things that should to be done before baby #2 arrives. When I was pregnant with my first son I was totally unprepared all they way around, and I was also a first time mother so I didn’t know what to expect, but now I feel more seasoned in motherhood. I know how hectic things can be before and once baby arrives, and I refused to be unprepared this time around. IMG_1272 Continue reading

Surviving Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness, the most annoying part about pregnancy. Lucky for me I did not suffer from severe morning sickness, but I have had a few friends and family members who had it bad. So why do we have morning sickness? And why do some women experience it worse than others? Morning sickness is a common condition of pregnancy — in fact, about three quarters of pregnant women suffer from nausea or vomiting during their first trimester, while others don’t seem to deal with it at all. Today I’m going to let all the soon to be mama’s in on a few of my tips and secrets. Hopefully it can help make your first trimester a bit easier.

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Pregnancy Tools: What to pack in your Hospital Bag!!

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When I went into labor with my son almost 3 years ago, I thought I had it all together. That was until I actually arrived at the hospital and realized that I had completed my first “Parent Fail” and that was because I had completely over packed my hospital bag. I was initially on the right track, but somewhere along the way I got lost with my pre-mommy brain. I think I panicked and packed everything I thought I would need right away just so everything would be perfect. Those 2 nights my tiny hospital room was full of a bunch of unnecessary junk. So today reminiscing about that time in the hospital inspired me to write this post! So hopefully another 1st time mother will read this and find their way.

So first things first, Call the hospital that you will be delivering your baby at and ask them what they provide for babies and mothers during your stay and cross those items off your list.

Next have 2 separate bags packed, (one for you and one for baby) so you don’t make a mess in the room trying to find you or the baby’s things all inside one bag!!! TRUST ME put the bag into your car or closet by 35 weeks.

Now I am going to separate these list into groups. One list for mommy, for baby, and a list of what to leave at home!!! Continue reading