Potty training, oh the fun has begun! This task may seem simple but when it comes down to teaching a tiny human how and when to use the bathroom, it can get tricky, sticky, and downright messy. At what age did you start potty training your child? Was it an easy task or was it daunting? Did you read the books, or practice the 3 day rule? I began potty training my toddler at 2.5 years old and although we still use a pull-up from time-to-time at night, we’re almost at the finish line! There are quite a few concepts … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of Potty Training A Toddler
Here I am, laying on the couch with a baby asleep in my arms and another asleep on my legs, I’m in heaven. Motherhood can be difficult but at times like these I’m grateful that I can experience it. Anaís … Continue reading 12 Wishes I Have for My Daughters:
It’s official princess, you’ve been chillin’ with us earth-side for half a year! Mama began planning your first birthday party yesterday. I’m overjoyed to see what new things you will learn, discover, and experience before you hit that big 12 month mark! However, I am in no rush for you to grow up. If there’s one thing I learned from raising your sister it’s that time is fleeting and before I know it, you’ll be a sassy, independent lady who wants to do it all. Where do I begin? We are still exclusively breastfeeding *fist pumps* and you have no … Continue reading Happy Six Months, Katya!
I saw mothers in TV shows, movies, at the mall, at restaurants, and on social media breastfeeding their babies, and I thought to myself, “How beautiful is it that she’s able to feed her baby from her own body?” There … Continue reading My Breastfeeding Journey with Katya: Why I Went Dairy, Soy, and Egg Free
Am I a good mother? I have been repeatedly asking myself this question for months. Parenting two babies is heavy and difficult to navigate because they both have their own needs, wants, and require different parts of me.⠀⠀ My patience has been shorter and so has my temper, I feel stretched too thin. I broke down at least three times over the past few months, hearing both of my kids cry at the same time and having to take care of one before the other has brought me to my knees more than once. I feel guilty, how can ones … Continue reading Am I A Good Mother?
Did you know that SIDS is the third leading cause of infant mortality? There are approximately 2,500 infants who die from SIDS in the United States, yearly. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can occur between one month to one year of age, but most deaths occur between two to four months of age. Scientists and medical professionals haven’t discovered the exact cause of SIDS but they have some ways that us parents may be able to prevent it. How terrifying is that? Not knowing is one of my biggest fears as a parent. After the birth of my first daughter, Anaís, … Continue reading Breathe Away Your Anxiety with Smart Beat
First off, congratulations on your new bundle of joy! And welcome to the fourth trimester. This is the time where you get to bond with your tiny human, get to know one another, learn how to be a mama, discover a new side of yourself (if it’s your first time), and just soak up all of the newborn love and bliss. I just welcomed my second daughter into the world and had to start from scratch because my first daughter is two. While taking care of my newborn, I decided to use my experience and share my version of Essentials … Continue reading Essentials for Surviving The Newborn Stage
When swaddling is done right, it works! If you ask parents if they think swaddling is helpful, most likely they will say yes. In fact, research shows 9 out of 10 parents recommend swaddling. Swaddling can help baby fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, help you keep your sanity, and even prevent SIDS! Read on to learn more about the benefits of swaddling baby. Why Swaddle Your Baby? When done correctly, swaddling helps your baby get better sleep and keeps them calm. It also can help prevent SIDS, as long as you don’t put your baby to sleep on their … Continue reading The Benefits of Swaddling Baby
It’s the day before my due date, the day before we hit the 40 week mark and my darling little girl shows no signs of wanting to join us earth side. I decided to have an induction. I know that each birth story is different and ultimately, it’s the baby who decides when they want to exit the womb. My first daughters birth story was intense and lasted for over three days. She came on her own before we hit 39 weeks. However, this little angel doesn’t want to budge, she seems content where she is right now, safe inside … Continue reading Katyas Birth Story
I am an emotional mess as I sit here and type this letter. Your sister has fallen asleep on my tummy, as I caress her little face, lightly snoring, and far away in dreamland. I look at her in awe and think about how soon you too will be here by mommy’s side, resting right by your sister. “Motherhood is my purpose, I was created for this, your sister taught me that and you’re solidifying it my darling.” I have loved you since the day I saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test. I couldn’t believe it, I was … Continue reading How I’m Feeling about The Arrival of Our Second Princess — A Letter To My Newest Daughter