Babies and toddlers have quite a bit of stuff, including toys! I’ve found that as Cora Beth is starting to play and move around more I wanted her to have a cozy place to play in our home where all her toys would be corralled together. Unfortunately there is no playroom in our 1300 sq ft home. And I won’t lie scrolling through Pinterest makes me quite envious of those that do! There are some super, super cute and functional ones out there! Maybe in our next home? But until then I needed to get creative for a solution to our no playroom problem!
Does anyone actually go into motherhood full prepared? I’m pretty the answer is a resounding no. But I think there are some aspects of being a parent that we are more or less prepared for. There are a lot of areas I felt under prepared for but the top three of those? 1. How much I would question myself. 2. How hard breastfeeding would be. 3. How hard it would be to leave the house with a baby.
During pregnancy we sacrifice our bodies for our babies. I did so with a joyful heart, I loved feeling my little girl wiggle about (although time may have faded just how bad my swelling was!). However, a part of me was glad I was going to get my body “back”. I’m not talking about working out to try and look like my pre-pregnancy self. I actually was very fortunate and I pretty much went right back down (breastfeeding perk!). What I was looking forward to was not having a baby attached to me any longer. Ha, I was so wrong there!
Some parents opt from the get go to co-sleep and/or bed share, that parent was not me. I knew from day one I wanted Cora Beth to sleep in her crib. Even if I did have to get out of bed and stumble into her room every 2 hours! Honestly, her sleeping in her crib went great! She was even sleeping through the night (all the praise hands!) until she hit about 5 months….
Mamas I finally found it! The diaper that is both easy on my baby’s bottom and my bank account! While I was pregnant I read about all the harmful chemicals in so many household and skin care products including diapers and wipes. I made sure all of Cora Beth’s shampoo, soaps, lotions, and diaper creams were free of the harmful chemicals. I even bought her an organic mattress and mattress cover. But for some reason I stuck with a big name brand diapers and wipes.
I remember coming home after my baby shower feeling SO overwhelmed! Who would’ve thought that such a little person would need so much stuff! And while this being my first I probably have more than I truly need, organization still has to happen whether it’s your first or your fifth! Now that she’s almost 6 months old I feel like I finally have a system that works. I’m certainly not an organizing pro but I wanted to share with y’all 5 tips to organizing baby’s room! Of course this may vary from baby to baby and room to room but overall these tips should apply!
While I was nesting and preparing for Cora Beth I got a little diy crazy! But in my swollen, exhausted pregnant self I had NO energy to blog so I’m finally getting around to sharing the smaller details of her nursery! While most of Cora Beth’s clothes are kept in her dresser I keep her nicer outfits in her closet! And I wanted some dividers to help separate the sizes but I didn’t want to buy any so I created these printable nursery closet dividers! The floral ones were made to go with Cora Beth’s floral nursery but I didn’t want to forget the boy mamas! Fingers crossed I’ll get to use the boy ones one day!
Have you ever seen the meme on Facebook that says “when your mom deserves an island but you can afford a candle”? It makes me giggle but it’s SO true! Moms really are the best! I don’t feel like there’s anything I could do to show my mom just how much she means to me. I made this free printable Mother’s Day card so that maybe you can put your $5 toward a gift instead of a card (why are they so expensive now?) for your awesome mom!
I haven’t blogged about deployment at all, to be honest I don’t even really talk about it to my family and friends all that much. About 90% of the time I’m fine but at the same time it’s always a thing. He’s always not here, it’s always in the back of my mind. Recently I read this article and realized that being a married single mom is totally a thing, a thing that happens to apply to me. My husband left half way through my pregnancy and got to come home for about 3 weeks after she was born to which I realize I’m luckier than a lot of military wives. However, he won’t be home for good until sometime this summer which means for over half of the first year of her life I have been/will be a single mom even though I’m married.