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From the moment you even think about having kids there’s a million questions to ask and they of course need an answer. Unfortunately, I don’t think it ever stops. Parenthood seems to be a never ending series of question marks! But some questions can be more pressing than others and these five are ones you want to answer for yourself before giving birth.
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A monumental day has come, my little one has slept through the night in her crib! Since she was about six months old and we became accidental co-sleepers I’ve kind of been longing for this day! I won’t sugarcoat it, making the transition from co-sleeping to crib wasn’t easy. In fact there were a lot of tears involved (for both her and me). But we did it and I’ll tell you how!
TVs, cell phones, and tablets have become a part of our daily lives! It’s kind of a scary fact that the average adult spends 4 years of their life looking at their phone. I’m not sure entirely where the idea to go screen free with my 14 month old came from, it was honestly probably a combination of sources. But once I got the idea in my head to go screen free with her for a week I couldn’t get it out.
If you know my daughter you know she LOVES to eat. Like she does a happy dance when you put food in front her. She also demands for us to share our food with her! As she’s grown and nursed less she’s been wanting snacks more, what can I say she gets it honestly. I know as a mom I can hung up on not having any ideas for what to feed her especially healthy snacks. So I thought I’d share our go to favorite healthy snacks for older babies in case you’re in need of some snacking inspiration!
After writing about what I would do differently in my baby’s first year it was easy to feel a little down about myself as a mom. So to change my outlook I want to write a counter post about what I felt I did right in my baby’s first year. After all we’re all just doing the best we can to be the best mama we can be to our babies. So just as inevitably that we’ll get some things wrong along the way we’ll also get some things right! Here’s what I feel I got right with my little one.
It’s weird to type out that I’ve been a mom for a year now. It was probably the fastest, yet best year of my life! You know how they say hindsight is 20/20? There are several moments in my life where I’ve known that to be true. Motherhood is definitely one of those! If I could go back in time there are a few things I think I would do differently during my baby’s first year.
The season of giving is upon us friends! It’s time for the bottom of our trees to slowly fill with gifts for those we love. And to see their faces light up on Christmas when they open them! How great would it be to keep that look of joy on their face going beyond the holidays? Too often our gifts end up in the back of a closet, drawer or cabinet just a few months after Christmas. Instead I propose giving a gift that’ll last the whole year (or possibly longer!). In fact I’ve got 5 gift ideas that keep on giving after the holidays and they work for just about all ages!
I always loved having a Christmas tree in my room as a kid. There’s just something about falling asleep to the glow of a Christmas tree. So, I knew I wanted to put one up in CB’s room this year! Even though she doesn’t sleep in her nursery, ha! But we’re working on it and she’s started napping in there at least. And, of course for my girl’s nursery Christmas decor I just had to go with a pink and red theme with a nod to Santa’s reindeer and toys!
I’m still a little bit in denial that my baby girl has turned a year old! The weekend before Thanksgiving we had her first birthday party at my parent’s house! My mom is amazing at throwing parties and should seriously be a party planner. I’m so thankful she and my sister helped out! We threw CB a super cute pink and gold birthday party for her first birthday! We threw in some flowers because I’m a sucker for florals! And a few pumpkins to make it a little more fall. I couldn’t be happier with how gorgeous her party turned out!
This past year has been a hard one. And I hate to write these words out but I’ve felt so far from the Lord. A part of me has been frustrated with Him because of deployment, and and even after my husband’s return his job still keeps him away more days than not. Becoming a mom has a learning curve and I was at point of just surviving. No thriving was happening on my part. I was having a hard time getting in the Word myself let alone including Jesus in my baby’s routine.