If you’re a mother of a high needs baby, I want you to know you’re not alone. I completely understand you. It feels like a dark and lonely time, but there are people, who get it. I get it! And, in some ways, it gets better!
Dear Mama Struggling with Her High Needs Baby,
I’m guilty of having watched from a distance as you tried, and failed, to console your baby. Though I tried not to stare, I failed at times. I’m pretty sure I saw you glimpse my way as I quickly tried to turn away. I tried to pretend as though I didn’t notice what you were dealing with. At the time, I thought what you needed was to feel as though no one [...]
Traveling with a Newborn? Springtime is coming! For most families, this means travel. And if you have a newborn in tow, this can sometimes be a lengthier (and difficult) process. I’m often reminded of the trips we took with my son while he was a newborn. It isn’t easy, but here are a few things I learned along the way through some trial and error.
When preparing for long distance travel destinations, consider these tips that I used, for those long trips in the car…
1. Plan Extra Time for Feedings I exclusively breastfed my son, but this applies to everything – breast, bottle, or tube. You must allow a certain amount of time for feedings. [...]
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Last summer my husband received orders to transfer from the Coast Guard station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Kodiak, Alaska. To get from North Carolina to our new home in Alaska, we embarked on a 12-day road trip with our 6-month old daughter and our yellow lab. Traveling anywhere with a baby can be stressful, even if you’re just driving to the grocery store. Road trips with baby have the potential to be traumatizing. 12 days of driving taught me several tips, tricks, and [...]
My favorite budget Valentine’s day gift idea is actually not just one gift. It’s 14. This gift idea is called 14 Days of Valentine’s Day. 14 days of Valentine’s is an excellent way to give your loved ones something special without blowing your budget. The gifts are incredibly small, but when placed with a special note and given over the course of 14 days, it becomes extraordinary.
The first time I heard of 14 days of Valentine’s was a few years ago when I wanted to give my husband something extra special for Valentine’s Day, but we didn’t have any extra cash. I saw this post on Pinterest titled 14 Days of Valentine’s by Mommy by Day Crafter by Night [...]
How amazing is that baby smell? Those of us currently in possession of smelly elementary school kids longingly remember that squishy, powdery deliciousness as though it were yesterday. Sadly, at my house, that tantalizing eau d’enfant has been replaced by armpit stench and foot odor that emanates from those precious little bodies of mine like a pungent green cloud.
Fear not. If your kids have lost that fresh infant scent, I have some solutions. Even though my third grader might balk at smelling like a newborn, I’ve added a few things to my grocery list I used to buy when my children were younger. Do you smell the end of your womb nugget’s babyhood rapidly approaching? [...]
When my first baby turned one I was that mom who had planned the party for months and had a secret Pinterest board full of ideas. I’m not kidding, I literally spent hours pinning decorations, cakes, and décor. My car was on autopilot as I drove to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby in the weeks leading up to the big event. Amazon Prime was my best friend and UPS was delivering things for the party on an almost daily basis.
I had a lot of fun and in the process I learned that I was craftier than I had given myself credit for. My parents had come to visit, and I’ll never forget my mom and I staying up until 3 am the night before the party making sure that we had everything [...]