Sassy Pants Saturday!

I started something a couple weeks ago and never continued it. I hate when I do that! So as not to make a complete liar out of myself, I’m going to give this another go!

Since Saturday’s are my days to spend with my family (or, like today, my friends- yay for a much needed girls’ brunch!), I want to keep my posts short and sweet. For that reason, I’m simply going to share an adorable picture of my daughter letting her spunky personality shine.

So, here she is. My little miss sassy pants!

Hope everyone out there has a wonderful weekend!

My Little Leaper

I’ve talked about Leaps before and I’ll talk about Leaps again. If you have a little one at home, you should be talking about Leaps, too!

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I’ve talked about Leaps before and I’ll talk about Leaps again. If you have a little one at home, you should be talking about Leaps, too!

Leaps are developmental “growth spurts” that babies go through in the first 20 months of life. They are outlined in a book that is quickly becoming my new best friend titled The Wonder Weeks.

My baby is currently going through her second leap, and let me tell you, it’s a doozy!

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Baby

Bringing a baby into your home will change everything. From the way you think, to the way you go to the bathroom (suddenly you’re going as quickly as possible- forget the phone, you have a baby to get back to!), having your little one around will revolutionize your life.

You’re going to be stressed. You’re going to be tired. You’re going to be stinky. But, you’re going to survive! And, to help make these first few months a little easier, I’m going to share with you the things I wish I knew before bringing my baby home from the hospital.

*Note: This is different than my 15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth post. This is about raising baby, not delivering it.

Ready? Let’s get this thing started!

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My Baby Has a Heart Murmur… What if Yours Does, Too?

I know the title of this post might be a bit jarring. Believe me, when I heard the words “heart murmur” my entire body went numb. That’s why I decided to write this post–just in case any of you other new mommies out there hear those same words.

NOTE: The contents contained in this post are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions.

Before we get too far along here, let me start by saying this: DON’T FREAK OUT. I know the title of this post might be a bit jarring. Believe me, when I heard the words “heart murmur” my entire body went numb.

That’s why I decided to write this post–just in case any of you other new mamas out there hear those same words. I can’t promise that your experience will be the same as mine but I can at least tell you what mine was in the hopes of calming your nerves (as much as they can be given the circumstances).

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What I Keep at my Breastfeeding Station (And Why You Should, Too)

My “breastfeeding station” is really just a spot on the couch with a little blue basket stuffed full of everything I could ever need to have at arm’s length.

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My “breastfeeding station” is really just a spot on the couch (that’s beginning to get a little indented…) with my boppy, a couple pillows, and a little blue basket I bought from the dollar store stuffed full of everything I could ever need or want at an arm’s length.

I’ve seen a lot of posts about breastfeeding stations and what each woman recommends keeping nearby. This is my list of ultimate must-haves. Trust me, you won’t want to sit down to feed your little one without these things!

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Baby Books: What to Read and Why

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When it came to picking out baby books to read, I was pretty specific with what I was looking for. There are tons of options out there, but I didn’t have tons of time. Sure, nine months seems like a long time, but the truth is, there’s so much to do and so much to prepare (not to mention you’re going to be exhausted) that you don’t want to read something that isn’t worth the precious time you’re dedicating to it.

For that reason, I picked four books to read to prepare for my little one. I liked all of them and absolutely loved one of them. If you’re looking for something to read while you wait for your little one to make his or her appearance, here are my recommendations!

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Finally Breastfeeding!

It’s been over three weeks of meeting with the lactation consultant, pumping, finger feeding, crying, weighing, more crying, and a lot more pumping, but all that hard work has paid off!

I hope I don’t jinx it… I’ve waited almost a week before blogging about it just to make sure… I think it’s safe to say…

WE FINALLY GOT BREASTFEEDING TO WORK!

It’s been over four weeks (and Baby Girl is only 5 weeks old) of meeting with the lactation consultant, pumping, finger feeding, crying, weighing, more crying, and a lot more pumping, but all that hard work has paid off!

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