Baby Stuff

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being up multiple times, I was woken up by my husband talking. However, he

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A Third Kid is Like…

“So, how is life with three kids?” is a common question I’ve been getting these days. It’s such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in the realm of parenting, one’s experience is entirely dependent on the existing

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One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

After having three babies, I’ve managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was a cesarian. My next two came into the world VBAC style (Tyler’s story & Clayton’s story). The truth

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‘Tis the Season…to Not Keep Up with Life

I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I’m just a person who is usually on top of things. However, since my third child

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He’s HERE! Clayton’s Birth Story

He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest baby of the three coming in at 7lbs

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Bed-Resting (Part 1)

Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I’ve decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest and 2) Some initial observations and things I’m learning from sitting on

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How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Stored Baby Clothes

A rumbling-tumbling-jumping belly, achy back, out of breath…all the time, decreased appetite, and hating 95% of clothing can only mean one thing: the third trimester! It’s game time baby. The nursery is starting to take shape and I’m starting to knock off some to-do’s before baby #3 arrives. Since we

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Polly’s Big News

Woot woot!! I’ve been dying to share fun our news with you all.  Today is finally the day! In April, my husband and I will be officially outnumbered by children. You guys. Now that I can openly talk about this, I must tell you that the first trimester kicked my

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Pacifier, Be Gone!

The time had come. My 2 year old, pacifier-loving son has reached a point in his manhood that takes much courage. Much strength. Much hardship. It was his time. His time to lose the pacifier. Every young man comes to this turning point in his life. Some at the ripe

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Seven Things I Swore I’d Never Do as a Parent

I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I’d be, the type of kids I’d raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless learning activities we would do together and so on.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  I can’t believe it’s already

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

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

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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

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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

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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:

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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.

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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

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Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need to Register For?

Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need?

  Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read our full disclosure policy here. I recently found out a friend of mine is 7

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Dyeing Baby Clothes: The Do’s and Don’ts

Since we only have one girl, the majority of our stuff is pink. Lots of pink. Tubs of pink. While we are thrilled to have a baby boy on the way, I realized that unless I want to dress him in pink and flowers (which I realize wouldn’t kill him,

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Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

Last night my 17 month old daughter choked. She’s ok but it was pretty scary. My mom was actually watching my daughter, Adelyn, while I was out with my husband and some friends for my 30th birthday. Adelyn was walking around and munching on a snack and apparently just froze

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Lessons from The First Trimester

Well friends, I’m through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit more kindly than my first, there have still been many moments and days that I don’t want

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Polly’s Big News

Remember the picture of my little lady on the yellow bench I painted? Here it is if you don’t remember: Well, I was super sneaky and photoshopped something out of the picture. Can you figure out what it was? This Spring we are going to be a family of four!

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Cloth Diapering Update

Cloth Diapering Update

One of our most visited posts on Thriving Home is Cloth Diapering 101. In this post that I wrote back in February,  I share why I cloth diaper, about the brand I use, how to care for cloth diapers, and even a slightly embarrassing video of how it all works. My daughter

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books for one year olds

Books for One Year Olds

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  My 14 month old has

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Healthy Recipe Ideas for a One Year Old

Feeding a little one can be so much fun! I love helping my daughter discover new tastes, textures, and combinations. At times, however, it can result in a lot of frustration. As a mom of a little one, you’re in the middle of figuring out what your baby likes and

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Cloth Diapering 101

Cloth diapering. Isn’t that something that hippies who don’t shave their armpits do? OK, so maybe that is stereotyping a bit, but I realized very quickly that not everyone is so keen on the idea of cloth diapering. At my baby shower, I could tell that many people were skeptical about the

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Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

In my years as an elementary school teacher, I saw the benefits of reading aloud to my students everyday first hand. It sparked their creativity, increased their vocabulary and grammar, improved their attention span, stimulated their interest in new ideas, promoted communication skills and gave us a platform to discuss

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Babies with Acid Reflux: Help for Moms

I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don’t use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a happy, delightful 7 month old who doesn’t even remember the rough days

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Football Blanket Tutorial

Football Blanket Tutorial

These cozy blankets are easy to make and can be a great baby boy gift. I made this one for a friend who has a baby boy on the way. Can’t wait to see their little guy wrapped up in it! Until then, I’ll just have to use my little

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Chew Beads: Inspired by Teething Babies, Worn by Moms

Chew Beads: Inspired by Teething Babies, Worn by Moms

Ever heard of Chew Beads? I hadn’t either until I got some at a baby shower. I didn’t think much of them until my little gal reached a stage where she is desperately grabbing and chewing on any jewelry I wear. After unclamping her jaw for the 56th time from my

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Favorite Toys for Six Month Old Baby

Favorite Toys for Six Month Old Baby

Six months old is a busy age for babies. Now that they can almost sit up, they are more interested in the world around them. Those hands are working and exploring anything and everything. I’ve found the following toys to be some of my daughter’s favorites in this busy stage

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Homemade Rice Cereal for Babies

Did you know you could make your own rice cereal for your baby? No need to buy the boxed stuff from the store. It is so easy to make your own, healthier version out of brown rice. Here’s how you do it. (Note: this is for babies 6+ months old)

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DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

DIY Baby Gift: Owl Pillow and Burp Cloths

A friend of mine had a little boy yesterday. I used it as an excuse to whip up a few fun burp clothes and an owl. These burp clothes are actually made from cloth diapers. If you have any sewing skills whatsoever, you can for sure make these. All it

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