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Every mother has their fair share of poop stories (what a fun way to start a blog post, huh?). But seriously, you get moms talking on this topic and the horror stories of blowouts, horribly timed leaky diapers, being found altogether diaperless in a public place, bathtub floaters, and other unmentionables come flowing out. No …Read More

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A Word to the Struggling New Mom

I recently got together with a sweet friend who has a six month old. It was the first time we had actually talked face-to-face since he was born and the first time I was able to hear firsthand about the struggle and hardship she had been going through since he was born. As she processed …Read More

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An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already a bit shaky because I never got a really good pregnancy test. The second pink line was really light and …Read More

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11 Healthy Make Ahead Meals for Little Eaters

My little guy is now 9 months old and pretty much eats what we do at the table. I guess you could say my infant food philosophy falls near the Baby Led Weaning philosophy except that I do make an effort to mush up certain foods and make a few combinations of various healthy ingredients …Read More

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 5. Baby Gear: What do you actually need? 6. What to Expect When Transitioning from One …Read More

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Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

Reposted from January 2012 Here’s a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom… A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children. As I prepared a meal to take to her, I wondered if there …Read More

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Jaw-Dropping, DIY Nursery Decor

My dear sister is due to have their first baby ANY day now. Poor gal has been instructed to say at home and simply wait. Talk about a long couple of days! She’s had a great attitude through her entire pregnancy and has been a great example to me about not complaining about her circumstances …Read More

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What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

First of all, I think this post’s title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said, I am now close to 5 months into my transition from one to two kids and have a …Read More

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Understanding the Fourth Trimester

We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped me navigate the first few weeks of having a newborn a bit more smoothly. Hope it proves to …Read More

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Newborn Gear that I’m Loving (The Second Time Around)

I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since our little man, Tyler was born. (Check out my birth story here). I can honestly say that having kids is WAY easier the second time around. At least that has been my experience so far. Despite some long nights, our transition from one kid to two has …Read More

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Five Tips to Help a Child’s Separation Anxiety

Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children’s ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it away, Jess! It happens every Sunday in churches everywhere: a mom or dad hands a kiddo over our door and they …Read More

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Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn’t have gone better. I’m not just saying that. I have truly seen and felt God’s hand in the timing and way he was born. I …Read More

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40 Reasons To Go the Full 40

In hopes of encouraging me to endure these last few weeks of pregnancy, my RN mother forwarded me these resources from the OB Nurse manager at the hospital she works at. Hope they can help any other uncomfortable pregnant mamas out there to hang in there! Download a printable version of this document here: FULL 40 WEEKS …Read More

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Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting on what it was like to have a newborn. Looking back, there was …Read More

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DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room to prepare it for a boy. I’m honestly not sure where the idea of a …Read More

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10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

All through this pregnancy I’ve felt as though I’ve had plenty of time to get things ready for Baby 2.0. However, as my due date inches closer and closer, I am starting to feel the time crunch. Here is a list of 10 things to do before a baby arrives: 1) Dig Clothes Out of …Read More

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Flushable Liner Fail

Flushable-shmushable. In my post, Cloth Diapering 101, I raved and raved about the flushable liners we used to help with the clean up of a poopy diaper. Turns out when you have a 70 year old house, the plumbing doesn’t handle “flushable” products very well. Below you will see the proof. Yes my friends, that …Read More

Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

If you’re a first time expecting mama, you may be wondering what you will need to pack for your stay in the hospital. I know I was.  I also knew the last thing I wanted to be doing while in labor was worrying that I forgot something important at home. With this in mind, I’ve …Read More

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Grandma’s Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

Let the nesting begin! Ah, who’s kidding. I’m in a continual state of nesting whether I’m pregnant or not. This week’s warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0’s changing table. I prefer to use dressers as changing tables for a lot of reasons. I like that their clothes are easily accessible and …Read More

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