Tummy Time || Is It Necessary? || Tips, Advice and Alternatives

Most of us parents have heard of “Tummy Time”. If you haven’t, that’s okay, I will explain it for you. It’s when you put the baby on their tummy. Pretty self-explanatory. With two kids I feel like I have gotten a grasp on Tummy Time and I’ve decided to write this quick guide for any new parent who does not know what tummy time is or who has a baby who hates tummy time and is looking for ways to cope.

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When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Go As Planned | Second Time Around | Combo Feeding

My most popular post on the blog is when I wrote about my || failure to breastfeed Gemma ||.  I opened up a little bit during the World Breastfeeding Week, about my breastfeeding journey with Evander but I wanted to go into a little more detail here.  In all  honesty, I hope this post will either encourage someone going through the same thing or just be another story out there exclaiming that FED is BEST.

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Two Under Two | Postpartum Update | Advice & Essentials

Evander is now three months old which means a few different things.  First, he is no longer a newborn.  Secondly, I have been caring for two babies under two years old for three months now.  That’s a quarter of a year!  This postpartum journey has been a whirlwind.  Seriously I’ve felt it all.  At times it seemed too easy, effortless and joyful.  Other times I have called Dallas at 2 pm begging him to get off on time and take the kids on an adventure because I cannot handle them anymore and just need an hour of silence.  Some days everything is jiving and I’m daydreaming about homeschooling so I can keep my babies home with me forever.  The next day I’m buzzed on coffee and thinking about going back to work so I can get out of the house and interact with adults.

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Nesting and Organizing in the Third Trimester

 

 

Hello Third Trimester!  The countdown to baby Evander is getting real.  We have exactly 53 days until we hit our “baby window”.  Gemma was born at 39 weeks and 0 days, so I’m predicting Evander’s arrival to fall somewhere in between 38-41 weeks.  I am in full on nesting mode and I wanted to share a little bit about what I am doing this time around to prepare.

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What we are investing in for Baby #2

The clock feels like it’s ticking faster than normal as we anticipate the arrival of Baby Smith number 2.  Luckily, a good thing about having babies so close together is that we are pretty much set on baby items.  There are only a few things I am looking at investing in for Evander.  Some are on the list because we will have two under two.  Others are on the list because I realized that what we used with Gemma either didn’t work or I didn’t like.

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How we Conquer Nap Time

Sleep came easy to Gemma as a newborn. As she has grown up and become more aware of her surroundings I have to constantly monitor how much sleep she gets. It makes a world of difference in her behavior and demeanor.  Nap time and sleep are a priority in our house right now.  When Gem is rested she’s happier and more alert.  When she doesn’t sleep well, all of us pay the price.

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Top 10 Basic Newborn Essentials

What exactly do you need to care for your newborn baby?  Because of finances and the small duplex we live in, Dallas and I don’t have the room or money for a lot of items.  We are minimalists at heart and both despise clutter.

So I’ve decide to list out what I believe are the Newborn Essentials.  Make sure you get these on your registry or have them before you bring home your baby.

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