There’s only one secret to laboring efficiently and expelling a child without surgery. Get it wrong, and your likelihood of ending up in the OR is through the roof. Get it right, and labor will be as short, easy, and painless as it can be. (I mean, let’s not be crazy, it’s still labor.) But nail this, and it’ll be much closer to the birth of your dreams.
Welcome to parenthood! Maybe no one's really told you what to exactly expect in postpartum- especially about sex. And there's a lot to know beyond the simple "get to it!" from the doc at six weeks.
Thinking of hiring a doula or labor coach? Doula's are NOT all created equal, and that can make or break your experience. Don't hire your doula until you ask these 25 all-important questions.
A word about postpartum, and also everything else:
If we want anything in life to improve- we have to change something.
We can’t go about doing our daily Selfless Hero Mom thing and expect postpartum to breeze by. It’s not that way, the baby season. It’s a solid kick in the backside, if we're honest. And we can't do what we did last postpartum and expect better- not gonna happen.
So here are the rules, momma warrior. If you want an amazing postpartum, start with these unbreakables, and expand from there.
Let's be honest, for postpartum there's no plan more important than a food plan, amiright?! Momma needs to EAT. And also feed her people without doing anything to make that happen. So, if you've got a live-in chef, feel free to skip this one (husbands don't count, sorry. New babies oddly enough require at least two full-time staff.) Otherwise, read on for cheap, quick, and often free ways to fill up your freezer with delicious, ready-made meals.
Ever experience Creative Meltdown while scrolling Pinterest? Even on a really good day, the collective creativity of the entire world can feel just a touch overwhelming to the average woman. If you want a record of these first precious days but you just cannot with setting up an entire modeling shoot every week, check out these five super-simple ways to make an adorable log of baby's first everything.
Anyone here ever tried to feed a baby with a stuffy nose?
Yeah...me too. It's not really as much fun as you'd think. Tiny humans with colds can't seem to make heads or tails of life when trying to eat. Or sleep. Or function contentedly at all until you fix the problem. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to quickly clear the gunk and make life happy again.
For Christmas last year, we took a long (think 15 hours with stops) road trip to visit family. An ambitious undertaking with a newborn and toddler in tow! Read on for the gear, the details, and what you need to know to make a road trip with little ones successful.
The holidays are really intense for most of the western world, but when you add a tiny baby to the mix, it all becomes a whole different level of crazy. If you're ready to regain your calm, clarity, and peace around the holidays, we're here for you. Read on for some great resources to help your season stay centered on the things that really matter. It's totally possible to have a relaxed, joyful season- get ready!
Who as time to get sick?
Yeah...me neither. Yet trying to stay healthy during cold and flu season is an almost full time job- and if your little ones are around other kids, it can feel pretty impossible. Thankfully, there are some unexpected things you can do to nip that first sign of a cold in the bud, so you can stay on your mommying A-Game.
Traveling for the holidays? Travel with kids (and even babies) can actually be an enjoyable experience, with the right gear and enough prep. Don't miss these indispensable baby- soothing secrets for flying with anyone age five and below!
As anyone traveling more than 20 minutes with children can attest: traveling with small people can be…well, not exactly the carefree road trip you were hoping for. Thankfully, there is a magic trick that can keep your wee ones entertained for hours, and even have them looking forward to their time in the car (or plane, or wherever). Read on for the ultimate travel treat box DIY!
Life through the holidays can turn into harried, exhausting, stressful days- without a brand new baby. Learn how to create a peaceful, calm, sacred season even amidst the busyness and expectations!
Need some ideas to get thank you notes DONE quickly? Don't miss this post with every idea you need to tame the thank-you note beast once and for all!
Need some help around the house, with the baby, or just to have a few minutes to yourself? Don't miss this post on the secret trick to finding almost-free help!
You know how you thought your kid was completely done with waking at all hours of the night and so you celebrated and cried tears of joy just to learn that a few months (or years) later it all happens again?
You know what's not really happening for the mommas? Alone time. No matter how precious our people are, someone is always needing a boob, a snuggle, a butt wiped, a boo-boo tended. It's...a lot. Even when it's great. Still a lot.
Need the perfect playlist for postpartum? Whether you're looking for something that will magically soothe the baby, help the whole family sleep, or just give you a breath of fresh air and calm you down- you'll love these new artists and playlists!
Blogging through the baby years requires effort pretty much equivalent to hiking Everest-with a family on your back. Don't miss this post for the need-to-know tips and tricks to blog through life with small children without losing your mind!
Momma, you need a getaway. But when you've got kids, responsibilities, and the world to care for, who has time to get away?
Don't miss this post on how to create a sacred, momma-only space for you to restore and rejuvenate- in your own home.