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    Labor & Delivery – What to Expect with your Second Baby

    How your second childbirth will be different than your first So you are expecting your second little bundle of joy! Firstly, let me say congratulations. You might be starting to wonder what your second delivery will be like. Perhaps you had a very challenging labor with your first and now you have anxiety that it will be the same (or worse) with your second. Or maybe it was a breeze for you the first time and now you’re worried that you’re due for a rude awakening. Either way, chances are that your labor will be different with your second. Besides the fact that you will likely pack way less in…

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    10 Hacks for your Toddler’s Nighttime Routine

    10 Simple Rules to Follow to End the Toddler Bedtime Battles for Good! Having trouble getting your child ready for bed and off to sleep? You’re not the only one! Almost every mama out there has struggled with this at one point for another. Not to worry, I’ve pulled together some easy steps that will have you flying through your nighttime routine with a happy sleeping child at the end. 1. First tip, have a routine and a set bedtime! And stick to it. Now you don’t have to freak out if life gets in the way or if you’re on a family vacation, but the majority of the time…you…

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    How Kids Benefit from Having a Working Mom

    5 Ways Children Benefit from Having a Working Mom Last week I shared some of my struggles transitioning back to work after maternity leave. This transition left me contemplating: what are the benefits to my children of having a working mother? Quick caveat, this is nothing against any stay-at-home-moms and absolutely not meant to imply there are no benefits from staying at home with your children. Like everything in life, there are pros and cons of both choices. Your job is hard, and it never ends. I see you! However, for those struggling with guilt over leaving their child for many of their waking hours – many of whom have…

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    How to Make Starting Preschool Easy: Our Transition from Home to Preschool

    10 Tips to Make Starting Preschool Easy For those of you with a child who has stayed home with a parent or close caregiver for their entire life, the prospect of sending them off to school with no familiar face or recognizable surroundings can be daunting to say the least. I know, we lived it. My daughter was home with us for the first two years of her life. The prospect of sending  her off along supervised by strangers and surrounded by other rambunctious 2 year olds was scary. Regardless, I knew it would be beneficial for her to start to socialize more regularly with other children and to get…

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    Fun activities to do to spend quality time with your toddler

    In all the articles and posts that I have read about finding a good work-life balance, some of the best advice that I have read is that achieving balance is not about finding an exactly equal amount of time between the home-life and work-life, but it’s about finding quality time for both. I have found that to be an absolutely true statement, and I try to make sure that every day/evening I am home with Parker that I can spend quality time with her. This means putting away the phone/email and actually actively playing with her. I know it’s so hard to do these days, but I find I can…

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    Our Baby & Toddler Bedtime Routine

    HANDS DOWN the topic that I see the most moms talking about is getting a child to sleep. Not only is sleep important because it gives parents a much needed break to finish up other things around the house or have some down time, but good sleep is critical for a baby and toddler to grow and function normally. I would say that the vast majority of Parker’s “bad” days are driven by interrupted sleep or a lack of sleep. So I thought that I would share with you the routines we put in place to help get Parker to sleep at night (usually relatively easily). Having a set routine…

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    5 Things no one tells you about having a C-Section

    What it is Really Like Having a C-Section Delivery In the majority of scenarios, mothers are not going in hoping or wishing for a cesarean birth. However, in the United States in recent years, this is the ultimate outcome for ~30% of births. I did not go in planning for one, but it ended up being necessary when my daughter was born. I had some information on what a c-section entailed (I went to a birth class, which I highly recommend, and they went over the process in great detail), and I had a number of friends and family who had one (or more), but there were still a few things…

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    Product Regrets: Nonessential Baby Items I Regretted Buying

    So being a first time mom, I have made plenty of mistakes along the way. In general, I am definitely guilty of buying too much when it comes to Parker, but there have also been items we just have not used or did not work well. Looking back, I rounded up a few of the more costly purchases I made that ended up being a bit of a disappointment in the long run. I’m not saying that these products don’t work well for some people, but they did’t work well for us for various reasons. Hopefully this helps someone out there avoid making the same mistakes! I know this list…

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    Our Favorite Places to Buy Kids Clothes – for all occasions

    That time of year is drawing nearer and nearer….the Holidays. It brings with it a multitude of festivities that require new or special outfits, so I thought this was an appropriate time for this post. Since we only have one child (at least for now), and she is the first girl of our immediate family, we have done a lot of shopping for clothes since she was born. However, even if you are in a situation where you have a lot of hand-me-downs available to you (which I would highly recommend taking advantage of since kids’ clothing is grown out of so fast or destroyed by spilled food or other…

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    Packing Tips for Trips with a Toddler

    Given that we are headed to the beach for a week with our 14 month old, it seemed like the perfect time to write this post. If you are pulling your hair out planning your next trip, here are a few things that might help you with your next trip! I’ll also include a packing list at the end of the post in case that’s helpful. Select Toddler Friendly Location (if possible): Now you may be forced to go somewhere that isn’t where you would pick, if so, you can still follow the remaining tips. However, if you do have a choice, chose thoughtfully. We find it easier to travel…