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God is Still Here

Tabitha Helms

This week I found out that a woman who’s had an integral part in my growing up years has cancer. My heart is so heavy thinking about what they’re going through and remembering what it was like as a high school student to get that news about my own mom.

A few weeks ago I connected with a friend dealing with the aftermath of a breakup. I remember the feeling of being lost, “what now?”

This week I’ve seen my son acting out a lot because I’ve been out of the house working this week. It makes me wonder if I’m doing the right thing and doubt the decisions I’ve made.

These things are so hard. Life brings some really sucky things. You can’t help but wonder, why her? Why them? Why us? I can’t answer it. I’ve just prayerfully gone through my day, lifting things up to the One who can.

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Malachi's Birth Story - A Speedy, Natural Birth

Tabitha Helms

Second babies make for a very different pregnancy experience. For the most part, I didn't really think about being pregnant because I was so busy chasing around a toddler. A couple big differences this time are not being anxious, working out regularly at Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby, and having gestational diabetes. When third trimester hit, I began experiencing regular labor symptoms--meaning things that were clues that labor was coming any day with Judah were just trimester-long occurrences with Malachi. Unfortunately, this made third trimester reeeeeally drag, and I was torn between wanting this baby out and wanting him to stay put until I had finished my work meetings the first week of October. 

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Nesting

Tabitha Helms

Is there anything better than nesting when you're pregnant? I don't know about you, but I feel so productive during this stage. All the projects and plans and things that have been put off start getting checked off the list one by one. I'm a fan. Especially because you know absolutely nothing is going to be getting done the first few months of life with a new baby, lol. 

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First Mother's Day

Tabitha Helms

Last year, I was pregnant with Judah and we celebrated Mother's Day; I already was a mom! I got lots of lovely flowers and hubby gifted me a prenatal massage--#winning. But this year really felt like my first Mother's Day, because this time I now knew what it was like to be a mom. I now know this sweet little boy inside and out.

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Week 14 - Baby Helms 2.0

Tabitha Helms

I'm out of first trimester! {Insert "Hallelujah Chorus" here.} It wasn't too bad. I felt much calmer and less anxious this time around. I got nauseous almost every night the 2nd month and off and on the 3rd month. But it was usually close enough to bedtime that I could just go to bed early and sleep it off. Ginger and Peppermint Essential Oil were my friends. Big time. 

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First Ultrasound

Tabitha Helms

Here we go again! Baby number 2 is on the way, and we're soooo excited and eager to see what this family of 4 thing is going to be like. Judah has become more of a little boy and less of a baby and we're totally ready to have a little one again. God's timing is perfect. Always. 

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We're Moving!

Tabitha Helms

We've stayed in this small triplex as long as we could because our landlord is amazing and we've been able to save a lot with an excellent rent price that is unheard of in San Diego County. But we decided it was time to move on before summer hit and the competition for good housing was high. 

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What No One Told Me About Breastfeeding

Tabitha Helms

At Stroller Strides every day, we are given a question to answer when we go around the circle and introduce ourselves and our kids during our warm up. (Side note: I love that about Stroller Strides; it really adds a connection with the other moms and kids instead of just focusing on the workout the whole time!) The question we happened to have on that rainy day was one thing about mom life that you simultaneously love and hate. For me? That would be breastfeeding. 

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Dedication Sunday

Tabitha Helms

There were many components of today--the more humorous "mom life" side, and the more serious, and sentimental side makes me smile and fills my heart to overflowing. Baby dedications remind me of weddings, and dedicating our son took me back to that day two and a half years ago that we invited our friends and family to come be our witnesses as we pledged to honor each other and be true to each other for the rest of our lives. I cried my eyes out as I made my promise to my husband in front of all the people we love so dearly. 

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Night Shift with Baby

Tabitha Helms

The only thing everyone tells you is that you can kiss sleep good-bye when you have a baby. "Are you getting any sleep?" Is the first question we get after their comments about how cute Judah is and how much he looks like Reagan. But what does that mean exactly? What is a night shift like? Here's a peek at last night with Baby Helms! 

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Self-Soothe Training

Tabitha Helms

Judah is a wonderful baby. He's not colicky, his cry isn't very loud, and he has an active, inquisitive mind. From day 1, he's slept in three hour increments through the night--waking up to eat after each. This is great for a newborn!

The only thing that's been challenging during those night shifts is the 3 or 4am shift when he decides he wants to have Awake Time after eating and won't go back to sleep for another hour or two. Several people and sites had said how important it was to put them down drowsy, but Judah would cry and not sleep at all if we did that.

At 4:30am on Sunday morning, I hit the wall when he was wide awake and fussing every time I tried to put him down. I decided that was the moment we were going to start teaching him to self-soothe. 

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StitchFix Review #5!

Tabitha Helms

This is my first StitchFix box postpartum, and I was pretty picky about what I wanted. I'm attending an outdoor wedding in Washington next month and have had no luck in finding a dress that doesn't make me look pregnant still and is easy to nurse in. A shirt is easy enough to lift to nurse with just a nursing cover, but you can't really go hiking up your dress to feed your child decently. In my box, I asked for a dress appropriate for the wedding and nursing. The rest of my items requested were summery tops. All items were needing to be easy to nurse in and not clingy on my midsection that is still tightening back to normal size.

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

Tabitha Helms

Packing my hospital was the last thing I waited to do while preparing for Judah. I kept procrastinating because it was a big job, and I was really tired after work toward the end of my pregnancy. It was the thing we kept saying "Uh, we should probably pack the hospital bag soon..." as we thought about how close we were to having our son.

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