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. 

Resources for Moms - Find Your Village

"It takes a village to raise a child" as the saying goes. In our day and age, we don't have that sort of environment that the saying came from. We lead very independent lives and our work and home schedules keep us busy and separate. I've been pleasantly surprised to find how easy it's been to build my village!

Week 14 - Baby Helms 2.0

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. 

What No One Told Me About Breastfeeding

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. 

Dedication Sunday

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. 

Self-Soothe Training

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. 

StitchFix Review #5!

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.

Thank You Nurse Bags

I read several Pinterest pins about providing the nurses with something to thank them for their help during labor and delivery. I always believe in thanking people when they do a good job, especially when their job could often involve many long hours and not enough thanks. I put together some goodie bags for our nurses after asking on our hospital tour how many nurses would be assigned to help during delivery. I got some insight from a dear friend of mine who is a labor and delivery nurse herself what she would appreciate receiving. 

Tackling the Baby Registry: What Do You Really Need?

Due to our small space at home, we didn't want an overload of things we didn't really need, so I chose the few necessities I felt were important. Now that Judah's here and we're actually using things, I can reflect on many of the items and give you my two cents about 12 things I wouldn't want to live without and some additional notes on things we've used or are waiting to use. I'll update more when we use some of the items he needs to be bigger for! :)