Category Archives: Mommyhood

Getting Through The First 3 Months

Getting Through The First 3 Months As New Parents

Since I had my baby, I could think of one phrase to best describe the process of labor and being a new parent:

The hardest and best thing you’ll ever do.

Your nest just became fuller by one (or more). This tiny bundle has been in your or your partner’s belly for 9 or more months and all you’ve had to do until now was eat, sleep, and occasionally talk to them or sing them songs. That was the extent of your responsibility. You’ve made decisions about what you are going to purchase, how you are going to parent, and how you will birth. Yet now they are here, and they are looking at you with boundless curiosity. They are completely dependent on you and your expertise as a parent. Except wait, you don’t have any.

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Our Best-Rated Baby Items For 0-3 Months

Liv is now 3 months old and we have found some great toys and items to help accompany her progress and growth! Here is a list of the items we purchased and loved and would recommend:

1. Boppy Nursing Pillow and Organic Cover

Though I didn’t use the boppy much to breastfeed Liv when she was a newborn, I use it all the time now for two reasons. The first one is that she always naps in my arms and recently also while latched on to my breast. Sometimes my arms get tired and other times I need to work on a blog post while she’s napping. So I have the boppy around my waist while I’m sitting and her body and head rest on it easily while she stays latched on and sleeps. Two handed typing, win-win! The second reason is that now that she’s a little older, we use it a lot to prop her up to sit, with a towel or pillow behind her neck. It’s much better than just sitting her up with no support around her midline. There are probably other nursing pillows with a similar shape that you can purchase, but we got this one along with an organic cover.

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Liv is 3 Months!

Our little bug turned 3 months Friday!

What has Liv been up to?

We are just getting out of a major growth spurt. Whether this was an early sleep regression, growth spurt, or teething, we don’t know. We’ve learned that when it comes to these periods, all these things look the same and leave you feeling just as crazy. I’ve heard that each major growth spurt leads to some kind of major development, so we are excited to see what new skill she will present us with next.

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9 Things To Do With Baby Within The First Year

It is exciting to watch your baby learn numerous new skills within their first year, such as walking, vocalization, playing with toys, smiling, and many others. Baby’s brain develops rapidly from the moment they are born and they quickly become a non-stop learning machine. They will look at things wide-eyed in fascination with “o” lips as they are intrigued by the world around them and you watch with joy as they take it all in. The first year can be an exciting time for both baby and parent, and there are many ways in which you can help your little one learn and explore the world around them and grow. Here are some things you can do with your baby within the first year.

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Blooming Motherhood: Surviving and Growing During Our First Month As Parents

They say that when a baby is born, so is a mother.

It has officially been 4 weeks since we’ve been parents and since we’ve been home with our daughter, Liv Espen. Our journey so far has been difficult, exhausting, and absolutely beautiful. My birth as a mother started long before Liv came in to the world, yet I was born as a mother the day Liv was born in many ways that I’d soon come to learn about.

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9 Pregnancy Myths

Today I’m 40 weeks and we are so excited! Hooray!

I owe a lot of my readiness and comfort level and even excitement of my birth to trying to be informed and making decisions that are best for me and my family. Before I took an amazing birth class with my husband prior to our move, there were a few things I believed or imagined about pregnancy that I believed to be true. However after taking the class, and experiencing pregnancy first hand, I came to realize that there were some silly things that I thought to be true which indeed were not. Here are some pregnancy myths that my husband and I unveiled as we have journeyed through our first pregnancy together:

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39 1/2 Week Update

Baby isn’t here yet but she could arrive at any minute!

There was definitely some stress around the breech situation and the limited options we had regarding our birth, however Ant and I have modified our birth plan and have made sweet, sweet peace with it. I feel like I can breathe again! I’m very much ready for baby to come and I have no words to describe how excited we are to greet her. It definitely feels so unreal that she can be here any day and that there’s a full grown baby in my belly! However we are relishing these moments. We have cleaned house, prepared postpartum meals, and have everything ready to go. What a wonderful feeling! We really thought baby would come last week as we started feeling some things progress, but then things sort of slowed down again. Seems like baby L can come at any time, now or two weeks from now!

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14 Must Haves For A Natural Birth

I’ve known I wanted a natural birth since before I was pregnant. Reading up on all the information and seeing what birth could be like for me was really exciting and empowering, especially since I have never liked the hospital environment. Over the years my husband and I have educated ourselves on all there is to know and we really found ourselves in strong agreement about natural birth and home birth and we knew that this is how we would want to bring a child into the world.

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37 Week Update

We are officially in the baby zone!

We are so excited to be at 37 weeks, as it marks the first week that baby is fully grown and developed and can technically come at any time, even though first time mothers usually carry fully to about 40 weeks. I have a feeling that this little explorer might want to come a little earlier. Speaking of exploring, our little one is really preferring the frank breech position! Mama spends a good amount of time going to acupuncture, chiropractor, and crawling around on hands and knees and so far baby has retained her position. This situation has actually made us really aware of the legal situation surrounding birth and women and we were sad to discover that in most states, a woman’s hands are tied regarding her birth, even if she and baby are fully healthy. For example my husband and I were never huge fans of c-sections (except in emergencies) as we find it to be a majorly invasive, and at this point unnecessary, surgery as both baby and I are super healthy (as we keep being told). However, because baby girl is breech, our midwife is legally not allowed to deliver her at home as we originally planned. Since there is only one doctor in the entire metro area that will deliver a breech vaginally, this automatically puts us (and many other parents) in the c-section zone. Lets just say that we were not happy about that. I strongly believe that a woman, and that parents, have an intuitive sense about their birth  and their baby and that the choice should be theirs in terms of how and where they birth. This has been an interesting challenge and we have been a little stressed by it, but we have decided to do our best to try to turn baby and then take it from there. Breech is after all considered by many a variation of a normal position, granted that mother and baby are healthy and there are no complications.

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