Mom Guilt when Pregnant with Baby #2

53070185_10156004355888053_4345622659980066816_nIts one of the topics I don’t see alot of Mom’s talking about, but I know its real and I know it happens to alot of us.

For those of you that don’t know I have a daughter that just turned 2 and I am currently 21 weeks pregnant with our second child. Which will make them a little less than 2 1/2 years apart when Baby #2 is born. This second child was planned but just because it was planned doesn’t mean the guilt was any less, I actually didn’t even know I had it until the day I found out I was pregnant.

On the day we found out we were pregnant, my first initial reaction was tears of sorrow. I know I know, I should have felt blessed, happy, excited, all the amazing things you should feel when you find out your expecting but, that just didn’t happen for me. At the time my daughter wasn’t two yet, and still breastfeeding and there were multiple feelings of guilt that overwhelmed me in that moment.

“She won’t be my baby anymore”,  the realization that my once baby will no longer be the baby, she will be the big sister.

“How can I love another child?”, the realization that my heart can love more than one, but will I bond with the new baby like I have her? Will my love be the same? Will I have the same amount of love? How can this one compare to the love I have for her? How can I share my love?

“She will no longer be the only child”, the realization of having to share my love, my time, my devotion with another one. Can I handle it?  Will I have enough to give to both?

And the hardest one, “How will she react/feel?”

All of these thoughts rushed through my mind at the moment we found out, and I never thought of them before then and as soon as they came to mind, I just broke down on my husbands shoulders sobbing.  It was one of the feelings of, did we make the right choice, was it to early to have another? I was so overwhelmed by these emotions.

But, then clarity came and I was given perspective. The perspective of the ability to give our daughter a sibling is such a blessing, an honor, and the best gift we will probably ever give her.  The guilt I was feeling was okay because they are real challenges that, I will have to face, but I am up for the challenge because this baby will be one of the best things that happen to this family and to my daughter. We will all have to adjust, we will all have to learn as we go, but what is more precious than a sweet baby to do that with.

I know this baby will be her best friend, I know she will be the BEST big sister, and I know she will be bonding with the baby forever. I know they will build a closeness that many people dream of, and I know they will always protect eachother. This is what adding to your family looks like. This is what the miraculous addition a baby creates.

We are looking forward to all the new “first times” to come and adding this sweet bundle of joy to our family. But, before then, I am spending as much time with just my daughter and husband, and cherishing these moments we have together that we won’t ever get back.

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How to cure Hand Foot and Mouth in 3 days Naturally!!

First off, I truly feel for you if you are reading this and just found out your little one has Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. I just want to encourage you to stay strong, rest when your kiddos rest, and love on them as much as possible. I know its hard to see them go through the pain but I promise you that it doesn’t last forever.

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We used these tips to help with the comfort and to kill the bacteria as soon as possible, I hope this helps those of you looking for a more natural approach. And I pray these work for y’all like they did our family.

Tip # 1: Relieve the first part which are those icky fevers. First remember that fevers are actually good for your body. They occur to help the body fight off the infection causing it. You don’t want to give your child a fever reducer as this will just suppress the body at work. (Now I am not a Dr and I am not saying that you never want to, there are times that a fever reducer can be necessary. I would encourage you to do your own research on when that is). What we do to relieve a fever is a series of things.

  1. Try and give the child a small glass of Himalayan Salt mixed with water,honey, and lemon, this will help them retain the water, replace electrolytes and get hydrated.
  2. Luke warm baths Often ( Note: you must be careful of the temperature you do not want the bath to be to cold because this will increase the bodies temperature because its trying to warm the body up.  You want to make sure its warm enough that they do not have goose bumps and they are comfortable.)
  3. Cool Washcloths and a Fan

Tip# 2: When giving the Luke warm baths you want to add these 3 important things.

  1. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to the bath. Epsom salt is known for so many things but for this specifically heals inflammation & flushes toxins
  2. Add 5-10 drops of 100% pure lavender oil to the bath (I suggest Young Living since they are guaranteed pure- Keep in mind Grocery store oils are NOT pure) If you are part of Young Living, you want to also add Gentle Baby. These oils will help soothe the sores on your baby, and relax them. (If your interested in learning more about Young Living click this link for more)
  3. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. It contains the much needed acidity and antiseptic quality to fight the bacteria so this helps heal the sores quickly.

Tip # 3: Once the sores are visible take Tea Tree Essential Oil diluted (Again PURE is important) and dab each sore with the oil. If they have sores on their diaper area do not do this with those sores use a diluted mixture of Lavender and Gentle Baby with Coconut Oil on that area.

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Tip # 4: After the sores have dried up from the Tea Tree Oil, take the diluted mixture you made for the diaper area and put it all over their body.

Tip# 5: Keep them Hydrated! I still breastfed so I feel like that was a huge part in her healing but if you don’t. Continue to give them lots of water.

Tip# 6: Give them a probiotic. If they already take a probiotic, increase the dosage, if you don’t give a probiotic I cannot encourage you enough to start. You can message me, if you would like advice on the best one for your little one.

Tip# 7: Give Elderberry Syrup daily. If you haven’t heard of it before, you HAVE to keep this in stock at home. Its an amazing immune booster and helps almost instantly.  In addition it helps with immflamuation and pain as well.

Tip # 8: Load them up on Vitamin D – Another immune booster. I gave our daughter 2ml a day of  pure COD Liver Oil.

Tip# 9: They most likely will not be hungry due to the sores being in their mouth as well as the fever making them feel icky. But, that is where this holy grail comes in. Make sure you always have on hand Bone Broth, it is a serious miracle working for the immune system and helps with dehydration. Its packed full of so many good nutrients.

Tip# 10: Lots and Lots and Lots of REST. This is so important! If that means the only way they rest is if you rock them and hold them all day, then Momma, be strong and do it.

I hope these tips help you in this battle of this! My prayer is that it works just as fast on your little ones as it did mine. If you have any questions please comment or email me direct I will be more than willing to help!

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a licensed physician and by no means should you take this as medical advice. Please advise your medical provider for any medical assistance, concerns or questions.

Top 10 Newborn Must Have’s

10 Newborn must have's

Hi Ya’ll,

I know I am so sorry for not posting for a LONG while! Life just got ahead of me and things have been a little crazy but, I am back at it!

This post is ALL about Newborn must have’s! I’m talking to you all about the 10 things that saved me in the newborn phase.

Again, thanks for checking out my blog and keep reading if you want to hear more! 🙂

  1. Changing Pad Liners- Little did you know, Newborns have the best poops 🙂 haha. These pads are LIFESAVERS!! They really help for those blow out poopy diapers. I can’t stress enough on getting a few of these so you can easily change those nasty diapers without worrying about not getting it anywhere. Pop them in the washer after and easy clean up. Find them here.
  2. Moby Wrap- I tried multiple wraps and none beat this one. The material is so stretchy and soft just perfect for the little newborn. I couldn’t live with out this! Abygail loved it and it allowed me to not feel like I was suck to the couch, bed, or chair all day. Find them here.
  3. Boppy 2 Sided Breastfeeding Pillow- This has been the ultimate live saver for a nursing mom. But, really even if you aren’t nursing its the best! Abygail literally slept on this pillow for a good 2 months of her life! It was the only thing she was comfortable sleeping on. It has two sides, I soft pillow side and a firm memory foam side. Just perfect for all stages. Find it here. 
  4. Full footed Onesie with Zippers- Of course you need your little newborn to stay nice and cozy at all times. To add to this, its very important for your sanity that you get onesie’s with zippers! The buttons, just don’t go there! The zippers just make it easy.
  5. Burp Clothes- This is a staple! You will need these at all times! Lets just leave that right there. 🙂
  6. Rock n Play (Auto)- This item is a lifesaver! We got the non auto one for a gift and she loves it, even today! It makes it easy for me to bring her in the kitchen, bathroom, etc. while I am busy. I’m recommending the auto one because the manual one, well lets just say, I might as well hold her if I have to stand there and rock her. 🙂  Find them here.
  7. Swing- Another staple for your sanity….. It gives you 15+ mins to yourself 🙂 Some babies love their swings so much they sleep in them. We weren’t so lucky.. but her AM routine is swinging for about 20 mins right when she gets up to wake up. 🙂 Still to this day.. Even though she’s almost grown out of it.
  8. Bath Tub w/ Temp gage- You don’t really realize you need this until you have it. It has been so convenient and helped me feel comfortable giving my  baby a bath. Find ours here.
  9. Glass Bottles- You never know what kind of junk is in plastic so I would highly recommend using glass at least during the newborn phase.
  10. Breast pump- I got one of these through my insurance for free and It just didn’t work for me. I tried for weeks and weeks and got maybe an ounce everytime. I reached out to some of my close friends and one of them had the one I attached in the image. It has been WONDERS, completely different experience. I would suggest getting the one from your insurance and see if it works but if it doesn’t don’t be discouraged thinking its you. More than likely its just the pump 🙂

 

Well thats it I hope you all enjoyed my recommendations stay tuned for 0-6 month must have’s coming soon 🙂 Thank Ya’ll for reading and please subscribe!

 

 

 

Dresses – Pink Blush Maternity

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I had to quickly share these pieces. I loved them when I was pregnant and love them now when nursing. They are a must buy! Check out this site http://pinkblushmaternity.com and BUY these dresses, you won’t regret it!!!

I forgot to mention you can also find them discounted at times from www.zulily.com

I bought three different styles because I loved them so much!!!!

They worked great for all stages of pregnancy, and then after baby below shows they still look great! Now, because they have a wrap type top you can easily pull it to the side to nurse. Seriously the are just fabulous!

Adjusting to New Mom Life!

You don’t realize just how much pressure a new mom is put under until you become one. You are about to bring a life into this world that God gifted and trusted you with. Every decision you face going forward will affect your child if you want to believe it or not. That alone is a ton of pressure! But, then you have the pressure of Breastfeeding, struggling with hormones, struggling with self image, not neglecting your husband and marriage, and adjusting to all the responsibilities. Its no doubt a lot to handle and every single one of you Momma’s deserve the world for all your sacrifice.

Over these last 3 1/2 months I have gone through the most personal change I believe in my entire life. I am now responsible for another human, I am responsible for providing everything down to wiping the poop of that little darlings bottom. All you want to do is give them everything they’ve ever dreamed of. Your love for them is completely un-measurable. I remember my thoughts during my entire pregnancy, I was just so incredibly grateful, I’ve always loved everything about children. I believed that being a mother was my God given gift. When she was born, I really understood the magnitude of gratitude I would have. Its overwhelmingly amazing to think that this is now my life.

But, its not always as good as strawberry pancakes. I think the scariest part of this journey is I am responsible for being this little girls emotional support. Am I doing the right thing?, is she happy?, Why is she crying?, What is she seeing that will affect her?, Does she know how much I love her? etc. These are all the things I struggle with daily. But, I’ve come to learn that I can never be perfect. I am a sinful human that strives for perfection when that is impossible. I’m learning to accept the fact that I will make many mistakes during this journey and I need to welcome each one in order to grow.

Breastfeeding luckily came easy to Abygail, she immediately latched and breastfed great. But, no one ever talks truths about the struggles of breastfeeding even if you have a good baby. I cannot express enough on how extremely demanding it is. How being a new mom you feel uncomfortable leaving your house because you know your baby will want to eat. And feeding in public? Let’s not get on that subject, but let me just say its ridiculous the looks you will get. I suggest if you plan to breastfeed that you prepare yourself for what’s to come. You are up at all hours of the night, your baby does get more attached to you so the less happier they are with others, they do not have a schedule to eat, your nipples will get sore and sometimes raw, them sleeping by themselves in a crib or bassinet? What’s that?  But, even though these are some of the many struggles, its still incredible that my body produces what it needs to for my baby to survive and that bond is so worth it. For all you other soon to be Momma’s don’t give up on it, take one day at a time. For you other breastfeeding Momma’s you’re doing amazing, keep up the commitment and just know you are doing the best you can.

Now, lets get into the hormones, self image and not neglecting your marriage. These are other areas of New Mom life you don’t think about. How can you be intimate with your husband if you just feel like a fat, stretch mark, old milk smelling, tired MOM! Not to mention the scares of how that might feel after having a baby…  Its okay to feel all of these raw emotions. But know and be confident in the fact that your husband loves you and all those things don’t matter to him. He still feels your beautiful yesterday, today and always, you should believe that too.

If your one of the lucky ones (like myself) your body doesn’t bounce right back and you know it will be hard work to get it there and right now your priority is your new baby. Don’t beat up on yourself if your not the mom that is out walking with their baby the next week after birth. All babies are different, all bodies are different and just give yourself and your baby time to work “Mom time” into the equation. That time will come just be patient and don’t get yourself in a rut if you can’t find the time to make your weight loss a priority at first. Though its very important for Mom’s physical and mental health to come first, be confident that time will eventually come. At some point your baby will be okay with an hour or two a day away from Mom. I promise!

In closing I want to encourage every Mom to be or New Mom to know that being a Mom is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. But, everything you do will now be for a purpose and that purpose is so worth it. Your baby loves you, depends on you, and cherishes every ounce of time they get with you. You cherish it too and don’t worry about the struggles of this world. Take time to appreciate the time you have with them, and enjoy all seasons of all these next chapters of life. When you get overwhelmed, walk away, give yourself a moment, put your big girl panties on and handle this Mom life like its everything you ever wanted!

 

Best Lactation Cookie Recipe

DSC00639It took me a couple tries to get these right! Let me tell you, most recipes taste okay, but these are absolutely delicious! My husband is even in LOVE with them!

I would recommend getting all good ingredients. Meaning, organic, non processsed, etc. I got all ingredients from Sprouts Farmers Market except for the salt. I think using these ingredients makes a huge difference in the taste. I do also believe they work! The brewers yeast, coconut oil, oats, and flax make the difference. Now let’s be real, you aren’t going to see a drastic change in your milk supply, but you will see some.  If you want a drastic change, stay tuned as I’ll be writing another post on all I did to increase my milk supply drastically.

Ingredients list: (Makes about 32 Cookies)

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats – DO Not use instant oats

1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons brewers yeast

3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter -COLD

4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar

1/2 tablespoon of organic dark brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon of organic light brown sugar

1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl mix in most of the dry ingredients. ,Oats, Flour, Yeast, Flaxseed, Baking Powders, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, and Salt. Set aside.

In your electric mixer bowl, beat butter and coconut oil on medium speed until completely creamy. (Its important its creamed all together with no chunks of butter)

Add in all the sugars (Cane, Dark Brown, and Light Brown) and beat on high until creamy and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Make sure you are scraping the sides of the bowl down periodically so everything is mixed.

Add in the Egg and Egg Yolk, beat until mixed. Then add in the Vanilla extract and mix everything for about a minute.

After all wet ingredients and sugar is mixed in, set the mixer on low speed and slowly start spooning in the dry ingredients.

Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips with a spoon to distribute them throughout the dough.

Scoop the dough in about an 1 inch rounds, I find it easy to use a small ice cream scoop to make them all the same size. They do spread so make sure you leave about 1-2 inches in between the cookies.

Bake them for 10-14 minutes just until the bottoms are slightly golden. Let them cool slightly, then scoop them on a cooling rack for resting. DO not place them in a container until they are cooled completely.

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe, these cookies seriously taste amazing! If you make them, please let me know what you think!!! I’d love to hear.

 

 

 

5 Tips for taking Newborn Pictures at Home

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Becoming a new mommy is one of life’s precious gifts and hiring a photographer to capture the sweet blessing can sometimes be daunting.

How will I get the baby quiet quickly? Will the baby sleep? When is the best time? How comfortable are you with someone else touching them so soon? How much time do we have? Will the baby just want to feed all day that day?

All of these questions go through a new mom’s head when thinking about Newborn photographs. I’ll be sharing with you some tricks and tips on taking your own beautiful newborn photos stress-free and enjoyable for your baby and the entire family.

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1.  Lighting is Everything!

The biggest mistake most DYI photographers make is the lighting in the photograph. Natural lighting is the best for all photographs but when shooting a newborn finding natural light can be difficult. The sun is always the best source but you can’t necessarily take a newborn outside, so you will want to make sure you are shooting next to a window. You want the reflection of the light from the window on the baby, you do not want to place the baby directly under the window.  I always shoot next to a window, and if that is not enough light or there is shadows somewhere on the baby, I use artificial lighting.  I do use the Nova ring light for that (when/if needed).

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2. Be Patient!

Getting the best shots can sometimes feel impossible with a Newborn. Make sure you are being patient with baby. The best part about shooting your own pictures is you will have time to get baby comfortable, full, and happy without feeling rushed. Make sure you remind yourself of that during this time because getting them in the perfect position can sometimes feel frustrating. If its not working today, try again tomorrow.

3. Find a Solid background

The best background for Newborn is always a solid color. You want the center of attention to be on the baby so any other backgrounds can be distracting. I suggest purchasing a large white blanket that has some texture on the blanket. If you get a blanket that doesn’t have any texture you will see every imperfection, crease, wrinkle, etc. Believe me, you will not be able to make it perfectly smooth. You can take the blanket and just lay it flat on the ground or you can blanket it over a chair. Also, using pillows to help prop the baby or hold that baby works. I found that using a Boppy under the blanket works perfect.

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4. Keep Newborn Happy

There are a couple simple things that you can do to help baby feel comfortable and happy. First thing is to make sure the shooting area is very warm. I use a small space heater and turn that on 5-10 minutes before the start of the shoot. Also, a white noise machine or your cell phone with a white noise video playing will help calm the baby -make sure you keep it as close to them as possible. Then you want to make sure they are completely full and into the deeper part of their sleep before laying them down. Lastly, you want to consider the time of day you shoot the pictures. A newborn is normally happier in the morning between breakfast and lunch. I would suggest shooting during the time your baby is least likely to be fussy.

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Newborn Sleep

5. Don’t forget the details

Of course we all want those cute sleeping newborn poses but, I can’t tell you how important the small detail shots are. You will miss being able to kiss their sweet small fingers and toes and you will forget just how little they were. Their little button nose will become a distant memory, and those little soft lips that you love so much will change. Don’t forget to take those photos of the details that make your baby so unique. Noses, lips, eyelashes, ears, toes, fingers, belly buttons, hair, fuzzy shoulders – those details will change so fast as your baby grows and this preserves those beautiful memories. Sure these shots can be a little more difficult but I am telling you they are worth the extra time you will take to get the perfect shot.

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Instant Pot First Impression

I have heard so many people raving about this and so many people on Instagram showing their perfectly cooked meals in under 10 mins. So I decided to take the leap and buy it. I couldn’t decide at first which size to get, they have an 8 quart and a 6 quart. So, I thought as a new mommy, making more always makes life easier for me. So, I went for the 8 quart.

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About the Instant Pot:

The first thing I noticed was it is alot larger than I thought, who knows where I am going to store it.  It came with an instruction manual, and recipe book, rice scoop, ladle, and a stem rack. It’s designed to equally cook your foods by 7 different options. Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt  Maker & Warmer.

Here is what Instant Pots website has to say:

Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

If you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.

With multiple sensors and a micro-processor,  Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Most importantly, Instant Pot cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients.

The benefits of Instant Pot can be summarized in five aspects.

  1. Convenient:  12 turn-key function keys for the most common cooking tasks. Planning the meal with delayed cooking up to 24 hours,  reducing cooking time by up to 70%.
  2. Cooking healthy, nutritious and tasty meals: smart programming for delicious healthy food, consistent every time.
  3. Clean & Pleasant: absolutely quiet, no steam, no smell, no spills, no excessive heat in the kitchen. 6-in-1 capability reduces clutter in the kitchen.
  4. Energy efficient: saves up to 70% of energy.
  5. Absolutely safe and dependable: Instant Pot is UL/ULC certified and has 10 fool-proof safety protections.

What I did wrong:

I’ve never owned a pressure cooker before so I was a newbie at this.  Even though I didn’t read the instructions, here’s why I highly recommend it.

I started cooking the chicken first by using the sauté option with a little bit of avocado oil. I browned both sides, then placed the stem rack in, added 1 1/2 cups of water and pressure cooked them on high for 5 minutes.  When I turned the pressure cooker on I didn’t realize that it took a few minutes to heat up and also during that phase stem comes out. I got confused so I grabbed the instruction manual and decided to find out why? Well… needless to say that’s normal and once it gets to the right amount of heat a red button pops up and the stem stops. I let them cook the 5 minutes, then let them sit for 5 minutes inside without releasing the stem or opening the lid. When I took them out they weren’t quiet done because I didn’t read the instructions on how long they should be in there. I put them back in for another 3 minutes. Well, when they came out they were a tad bit dry. So, If I read the instruction they would have been perfect if cooked for around 6 minutes instead.

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Summary

I would highly suggest the Instant Pot for anyone, but especially the busy mom. I told you all right, it took around 6 minutes to make Chicken! That alone is worth it in my book. But, let’s not forget it can do many more things. I would recommend reading the instructions and looking at other recipes, to get a better understanding on how it works. But,  All and all I’m glad I invested in it, love the size, and can’t wait to make more things with it!

 

 

10 Important things to do before your baby is born!

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Right before I had my baby girl, I thought I couldn’t research enough. I’m here to tell you all what is REALLY important to do before baby comes.

  1. Freezer Meals- I cannot tell you enough how IMPORTANT this one is, which is why its #1. My husband and I took two evenings and made about 30 meals. It has literally saved us so much time and hassle after Abygail was born. It is so easy to just pop them in crockpot and leave it. Here is a link to the recipes I used. These tasted so good and were simple to just throw in a bag without much prep.
  2. Clean Floors, window coverings and seals- You never know if your newborn will have allergies and the most collection of dirt, bacteria, and allergens are in both of these places. You don’t want to skip out on making sure they are nice and deep cleaned. I’d add ceiling fans to this too (if you have any).  My Husband helped with the floors and I broke up the windows over a fews days and only did a couple at a time.
  3. Waterproof Mattress Cover- I know they say that only a small percentage of women’s waters actually break before labor. Do you want to chance it?  I was that small percentage so i’m glad we took precaution. But, for those of you that don’t have a waterproof mattress cover like us or can’t afford it, a $2 shower curtain liner under your sheet works just the same! Tricks of the trade! haha!
  4. Nursing Bra- Don’t buy too many of these because your size changes, let me tell you! But, I would suggest buying one or two before hand because you are not going to want to go get any right after the baby comes. You will need it! Click here for my favorite. It’s comfy and you can grow into it.
  5. Wash only Newborn-3 months clothes- I say this because you never know how fast they are going grow. The baby will more than likely grow out of the clothes before you get to them all. You want to make sure they are washed so its one less thing to worry about. You can wash with all natural detergent but I had to use dreft for that baby smell that is to die for!
  6. Maxi Pads– No one wants to talk about the after birth, but let me tell you. You need these and lots. Get them before so you don’t have to worry about it or embarrass your hubby to go get them for you.
  7. Install that Car Seat- you never know when that beautiful blessing is coming. I’d recommend installing the car seat at least 3 weeks before due date. If your worried about safety, check your local Sheriff Department or Kohls if you have that store near you. They will check your seat and help install it properly if they feel it’s not safe.
  8. Make goodie bags for Nurse staff- You don’t realize how much support they give you. It’s nice to reach in your hospital bag and hand them a little goodie bag for their long hours. They really appreciate it and you get to show them just how important they are. If it wasn’t for my delivery nurse, I may not of had my baby girl natural. She was amazing!
  9. Book Newborn photography- You are going to be so overwhelmed with being a new mom, trying to figure out nursing and your babies needs. You will have no time to even think about this. If you know how and decide to take your own, that’s great too. Just make sure you plan everything out before hand and get props, charge batteries, etc.
  10. Rest Rest Rest- I never really understood why everyone always tells you this before you have your baby. Now that she’s here and almost 3 months, I cannot stress this enough. Getting good sleep is almost impossible with a newborn and you have never experienced this level of sleep deprivation before. So, SLEEP as much as you can before baby. Enjoy it!

Pink and Gold Nursery – Abygail’s Nursery Tour

I don’t know about all you other momma’s out there, but when I found out I was having a baby girl, my creative mind started! We all know little girls are so fun to shop for and they always have the cutest things. The first thing I thought about was making the perfect Nursery for her. I was so excited to get started on it even though I was told by many she would never be in it for about the first year. I was still looking forward to getting creative and have something new to decorate!

Wedding day backdrop

When Alex (My Husband) and I got married I made this soft,subtle, romantic back drop for us. I held on to it thinking that one day if we so happen to have a baby girl, this would be hers. I wanted her to have something special in her room from our special day. So, this was the first thing I thought about when I began planning her Nursery and theme.

 

I took this same backdrop added an additional color to match her bedding and made it as an accent wall, hanging it behind her crib. It was absolutely perfect and every time I go in there it takes me back to one of the best days in my life. I can’t wait to share this story with her one day.

Nursery Tour Crib

We got her bedding from Babies R us, I saw it there and put it on our registry to soon find out that they may discontinue it. I loved it so much I couldn’t risk it and we bought it ourselves but, it so happens they still have it.

We got her Crib, Dresser, and Rocker at Babies R Us also.  Her crib is one of those all in one that allows you to convert it to a toddler bed then eventually a twin. It was pricey but beautiful, an investment, and worth every penny in our eyes. When we got her dresser, I loved the fact that they had locking drawers so when she gets older and wants to investigate everything, she won’t be able to open it. Both the crib and the dresser are a beautiful pearl ivory color with bow accents, just elegant. Her Rocker was a custom color, I knew I wanted something light but not too light, this was a perfect in between. Nursery Crib detail

Nursery Tour Changing Table

Light pink wall accent Nursery

Nursery Tour DYI Diaper Holder

We found these baskets at Home Goods, the other baskets holding all her books at the container store and spray painted them gold to match.  Filled these up with Diapers making them easy to access for those messy changes and filled the others with all kinds of different books for her night time stories.

Nursery Tour Changing table

Nursery Tour Detail Going home

Of course we had to get some small details in, we bought this going home outfit from a cute little etsy shop its so adorable! We had to make sure our baby was always protected by our lord above, so we placed this cross in the center of her mobile perfect for always protecting her.

Nursery Tour Detail Mobile

All and all I am so proud of her nursery and how it turned out, its perfect for our beautiful baby girl. I fall in love with it all over again every time I step in there. I know she will enjoy it many years to come!