The first couple of months postpartum were not easy for me. Actually, they were pretty rough. I was a typical first time mom who had no idea what she was doing. I thought I was prepared because I had read. & read, & read…. & read some more. But
some most of things you experience as a new mom, a book can’t teach you. A book can’t describe the roller coaster of emotions you’re going to experience. Or tell you how to handle feeling like your in labor all over again as your uterus shrinks. It can’t prepare you for how insane you’ll feel or how frustrating it is not being able to explain why you’re even upset. & it most certainly can’t tell you how to deal with the seemingly overwhelming abyss that is your life as a new mom. Continue reading Life Postpartum: Be the Mom Friend that You Needed
Sensory: relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.
I’m a hands on learner, so sensory play is my go-to. Lucky for me, E seems to be a hands on fella, as well. So, I think we’ll tackle this mother/son learning thing pretty well! I’m always brainstorming fun & creative ways for us to play/learn to help spice things up. Now, don’t get me wrong. We love some blocking building (well, banging) but even that can get old after a while.
So, here are a few of our favorite inexpensive, DIY, at home (etc, etc) sensory play items from the past month or so! Continue reading Sensory Play: Babies 6 Months & Older
Today, I hit the limit. I couldn’t stand to throw out one more diaper box. We’ve thrown out so many & each time I think to myself how wasteful it is. I mean, yeah it’s just a cardboard box & yeah, we recycle but still. There had to be SOMETHING I could do with them.
As I looked around my mess of a house I thought about how badly I needed to clean. There are baby toys & photography props everywhere. I’m forever complaining about how much easier it would be to keep things tidy if I had more baskets for organization but never get any because they’re so expensive.
That’s when it hit me: diaper box baskets!! They’re the perfect size, so why not?! Continue reading From Drab to Shab: Diaper Box Baskets
Are you tired of seeing footprint art yet? I hope not, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a regular thing. March’s St. Patrick’s Day footprint art was a little difficult for me. I had crafter’s block; all I could think of was shamrocks. I wanted to make St. Patrick’s Day cards to send out, but there was no way I could fit a footprint shamrock on the size card I was trying to make. So, I broke out my handy dandy side kick: Pinterest.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art: St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Holidays are my jam. I love celebrating, decorating & documenting each month with whichever holiday is coming around. I focus on the bigger holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, BUT I found this site that has a bunch of random holidays that I also add to our calendar. Some of them are a little out there, but most of them are fun things you can easily celebrate (like take a walk in the park day), so why not?! It makes an ordinary Thursday turn exciting super quick. Can’t beat it! This makes our calendar get packed pretty quickly, but I always make sure to schedule time for footprint art & for a photo shoot. This way, I don’t end up scrambling at the last minute.
Continue reading DIY St. Patrick’s Day Photo Shoot
I am still in shock at the fact that I have a six month old. (Where has the time gone?!) But I’ve always known I wanted to do half birthday traditions as a mother. Six months old is probably the most significant half birthday mark, but I plan on implementing half birthday traditions for as long as E thinks they’re fun! Because, why not? I was able to do all five of these half birthday traditions just with items I already had on hand. So whats the harm in some budget friendly family celebrations?! #amiright!?
Five (& a Half) Half Birthday Traditions Continue reading Five Easy Half Birthday Traditions to Start Today
Y’all already know I had to do a Valentine’s Day photo shoot!! I mean, really, what’s cuter than a naked baby covered in kisses? Not much. Especially, if you’re a FTM that still has googly eyes for your baby. BUT, first & foremost, shout out to Hubs: there’s no way I could get these done without ya! He seriously has come so far. From being an avid picture hater to throwing out suggestions to improve the shot. Do I train them well, or what ?! (jk, jk)
The number one thing that parents struggle with when deciding whether or not to get pictures done of their little ones is cost. Hundreds of dollars for 30 minutes of clicking & 5-10 digital images isn’t cheap! That is why I am a huge proponent of DIY photo shoots. All you need is a few props, a couple common household items & Pinterest inspiration and you can get shots that are just as good as professional! To prepare for this DIY Valentine’s Day photo shoot, I went to Dollar Tree and got $5 worth of props. I bought plastic roses, rose petals, glitter hearts, heart stickers, & foam hearts. I ended up not using the heart stickers, so I’ll save them for next year!
Continue reading DIY Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot
Do you ever think of how Valentine’s Day was when you were a kid? The classroom is decked out, you decorated card boxes and everyone was your valentine. You anxiously wait for February 14 to arrive so you could enjoy the class party instead of math and eat way too much candy. That was the life!
You get older and the Valentine’s Day card appeal dwindles as romance becomes more prevalent. Which is wonderful & all, but as a new mom I’m now anxiously waiting for E’s class parties. I can’t wait for baking heart shaped goodies and making DIY Valentine’s Day cards. I’m totally going to be that mom living vicariously through him by forcing him to wear red and give a card everyone (even to the girl “with cooties”). & I’m SO excited.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art: DIY Valentine’s Day Cards
January has been a pretty busy month between traveling, doctor’s appointments, and family visits causing it to FLY by. Time almost got away from me, but luckily I broke out my paints & the bumbo with a few days to spare. I plan on doing monthly footprint art for at least the first year (surprise). Our little ones change so much over the first 12 months, it’s so precious to have keepsakes to help remember how teeny they once were.
we (lol, really Lori??) I decided to do snowmen & penguins. (Not that those are at all relevant to this North Carolina weather we’ve been having.) I also did a Mama Bear & Baby Bear craft just for fun!! I was feeling pretty confident this month since E can sit in his bumbo floor seat so well now. What I didn’t consider, however, is how interested he is in his feet lately…. I had to be sure to keep a toy in his hands the entire time in order to stop him from eating paint, lol.
Continue reading Monthly Footprint Art – January
E has come so far in the past month! He is able to sit independently (well, for a few seconds at a time lol), has started to play with his feet, and will reach out for things he wants! I love watching him grow and learn day by day. It is so astonishing to think that we were all his age once. We all had to learn the things that are so easy to us now. It’s amazing!!
He still enjoys many things we talked about in our three month post like his rattle & mirror, but here are his updated favorites from four months old!
Continue reading E’s Favorite Things: 4 Months Old