This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.
“Do you want to meet for dinner?” asks your carefree (aka child-free) friend who checks out a new restaurant as often as you dine in. While there’s nothing more that you’d want to do, the dreaded thought of your rambunctious toddler causing havoc makes you cringe at the prospect.
By Melissa Uhles
This is a letter I found recently that I wrote to my soon-to-be baby boy while I was pregnant with him. I’m happy to report he’s now a healthy, happy eight-year-old boy.
I’m sharing the letter with you because I think it’s a fun tradition and looking back on it, it’s interesting to see what I already knew and didn’t know before I started the real parenting journey.
By Melissa Uhles
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it got me thinking about what I’m grateful for. Each year before tearing into turkey I ask my family to tell us about one thing that they are grateful for. It’s interesting to see that no one’s response is immediate, it takes time for the good stuff to rise to the top of mind sometimes.
By Sarah Snyder-Castañeda
We’ve all been there before. Trudging through piles of baby toys, books and stuffed animals, only to step on the pointiest toy possible. (After only getting 3 hours of sleep, this feels great by the way!) What do your closets look like these days? Are they full of baby shower gift bags filled with outgrown clothes? Is it a boneyard of carriers, bassinets and disappointing gadgets? You’re not alone. And there is a solution.
At some point during pregnancy or soon thereafter, parents create a mental contract, a mother's commitment. It begins with a promise to provide warmth, food, safety, affection, and most of all; love. We learn our lives are not our own.
And it's ok.
Somehow, time alone, adventures and a peaceful cup of coffee turned into babbles, silly songs, diarrhea marathons and sleep-deprivation caused delirium.
But that's ok.
The worst thing you can do to a parent is deprive them of sleep. Yet, babies accomplish this right from day one. How to get your baby to sleep through the night is a question every parent asks. Not just once, but many times. And just when you think you have it figured out, something changes. But, there are sleep solutions and baby products that help you and your baby rest peacefully.
Do you need to prepare for your new baby, but don't know what baby essentials to purchase before the little one arrives? Don't worry, I was in the same bassinet. But, two pregnancies back-to-back forced me to become prepared.
I have a mom friend who loves to shop for baby products all the time. I’m one of those moms who loves to shop, but can’t stand all the stuff. I really only buy things that I feel are absolutely necessary.
As I planned for the arrival of my little one, I had no idea what essentials to buy before bringing the baby home . In fact, I was completely overwhelmed. I was one of those new moms that didn’t even know how to change a diaper, let alone know what a swaddle was or even how to use one. Then friends and family kept asking me if I had a baby registry, and I started to sweat.