PPD triggers and how to overcome them

First, thank you so much for the response on my last post about my experience with PPD! So many of you reached out to offer support or identified with the purpose, and it really means so much to me!  I wanted to offer a little more insight into triggers and risk factors, as well as touch on some “plans” you can make with your support system to help overcome these triggers.  Some of you may think it will be difficult to involve your partner, or maybe you and your partner are at odds with the adjustment into parenthood and you think they don’t “get it”.  Let me say, usually, by the time you realize you are struggling, your partner and support system have already seen it.  They see you struggling, they realize you don’t seem the same, they are hurting for you and they want to see you back to the YOU you used to be.  So let’s just jump in! Continue reading “PPD triggers and how to overcome them”

bringing home baby: newborn essentials

I remember going into Babies R Us when I was pregnant with my first son to complete my registry. I didn’t know places like this existed, and I walked in to baby stuff everywhere.  Hormones took over, I had a mini meltdown of “oh my gosh, what is all this stuff”, and ultimately decided to google every baby list there ever was. Now as a second time mom and baby nurse, I like to think I’m a bit smarter in narrowing down what we actually have used in these first few months.  So I’ll break it down by section and share with you what we’ve used and why we love it.

*Some of the items in this post were provided to me for free to facilitate a review. All opinions and statements are mine.  Thank you, Owlet and iBaby Labs, for allowing me to try your products! And thank you all for supporting the brands I love!

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Baby wearing 101

Okay, as promised here’s a video of how I wrap my Tuck and Bundle wrap and get baby all snuggled in there.  This took for-freaking-ever to do, because apparently my kids hate me making videos.  Every time I started to film or edit, they lost their minds.  So after like 5 attempts, this is as good as it gets. Continue reading “Baby wearing 101”

A letter to my second born.

Dear second born child,

Truthfully, I feel like I hardly gave you a thought before you got here. My mind was so worried about your brother and how he would feel and how he would adjust. Your “nursery” is basically a junk room with a changing table in it. Your clothes (read your hand me downs) weren’t washed, then folded and sorted. The house wasn’t cleaned and neatly organized to welcome you. Read more

Ummm…hi

Hi guys! So here’s the deal.  I’ve always wanted to start a blog (a real blog, not like a live journal that I had in high school to vent about all my feels), but I’ve talked myself out of it over and over again.  After just thinking about it for like three years, I’m taking the plunge.  If nothing else, at least I’ll have some place to put my words instead of in my long AF instagram captions that no one wants to read, amirite? But I’ll share with you my why’s and goals. read more!