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The other day I was going through some files on my computer and happened upon some videos of my baby.  (He’s eight now, so I guess baby is not quite the right word, but I digress.)  Anyway, I opened up a video where he is about one month old, laying on his back and cooing, while kicking his legs.  So sweet!

I called him over to watch with me.  It was such a sweet moment, as he thoroughly enjoyed watching himself as a tiny baby.  I realized it’s been a while since we pulled out our videos and photos; and I started thinking about how I REALLY need to organize all the little “memories” that I’ve been keeping.  Why didn’t I do a better job of that when he was little and reaching all of his baby milestones?  Oh yes, now I remember. I had an infant!

So, it got me thinking about ways to make recording the milestones of pregnancy and babyhood easier.  Here are some of the fun ideas that other moms have tried.

Make a Month-by-Month Chalkboard. –   This is a monthly task that with some planning up front, should only take a few minutes every month.  Think about some things that you’ll want to remember, like baby’s weight, height, number of teeth, new words, favorite activities, favorite foods, etc.  Write in a spot for each item on the chalkboard, leaving space to fill in the answers.  Don’t forget to leave a spot for baby’s name and the date.  Once baby is born, fill in the answers to each item at the one month mark, two months, etc.  Then just snap a cute photo of baby sitting by the chalkboard.  After you have a photo for each month leading up to his first birthday, you can put them all together in a cute little book.  It might be fun to do on each birthday for the first few years, too.  And, you could also do this during pregnancy.  Record the week or month, along with cravings, symptoms, etc.  Take a photo of your growing bump in your favorite dress and a pair it with a different pair of Preggers Maternity Tights or Leggings to mark the months as they go by.

 

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Use a Unique Hashtag to Tag all Pregnancy Photos and Baby Pics Online. – Use a cute nickname your little munchkin, or something else that distinguishes her.  Be careful with your selection.  Make sure it only spells or means one thing!

Set Up Baby’s Own Email Account. – You can start this one early in pregnancy, after the baby’s born, or whenever it strikes you.  Send emails daily, weekly or monthly about how you’re feeling during pregnancy, how much baby weighs at three months old and what he’s getting into at 10 months.  Attach photos of baby growing up. (Might be a good place for your chalkboard photos.)  This “diary” of your child’s life as his mother could continue for as long as you like – first day of school, tenth birthday party, new driver’s license, leaving for college, etc.

Memory Box. – Decorate a box for your baby.  Place it by your changing station and use it to store your favorite keepsakes of baby as she grows out of them.  Examples of things to keep: baby’s going home outfit or baptismal gown, baby’s favorite toy during a certain stage, a well-worn book that you will probably know by heart by the time it makes its way into the box.  The Memory Box is part of the nursery, so it’s always in arms reach and you won’t forget to deposit a few items when you think about it.

Use a Tracking Website or Mobile App. – Website’s such as Countdown My Pregnancy will allow you to create an account and personalize the details of your pregnancy.  You can record all the important milestones of your pregnancy, post bump and sonogram photos, and ask questions to other mommas like you.

Happy Mother's Day to our Preggers Mommas & ALL Mommas!

Happy Mother’s Day to our Preggers Mommas & ALL Mommas!

 

Being a Mom is far from easy.  So we’ve taken a moment to put together a Mother’s Day Wish List from a brand-spankin’ new mom:

  1. Sleep
  2. Sleep
  3. Sleep
  4. Food
  5. Sleep
  6. Food
  7. Shower
  8. Sleep
  9. Sleep
  10. Food
All kidding aside – what is/was on your Mother’s Day wishlist?

 

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Hospital Bag

April 11, 2013 — 4 Comments

For those of you who love to organize, more power tohospital bag you.  On the other hand, packing your hospital bag means your baby is almost here!  Heck yeah ladies!

Below is a list of suggested items to bring along with you on your big day.  Try to include items for you and your partner since this big, exciting event impacts both of you.

  • Picture ID, insurance card, and hospital paper work
  • Birth plan – if you created one
  • Glasses – if you wear contacts
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, hair ties, makeup, etc.
  • Bathrobe, nightgown, socks, or personal gown if you chose to bring one
  • Outfit for going home for you and baby! (Preggers Maternity Leggings for you perhaps?)
  • Anything to help you relax
  • Camera
  • Snacks – for your partner
  • Change of clothes for your partner
  • Money – for coffee or vending machines

That’s our must have list.  If you have a suggestion or we forgot something, let us know!

Post-Preggers

March 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

Most of us are waiting with baited breath for our little one to arrive; the rest of us are scared silly (myself included).  Regardless, your little bundle of joy will be here before you know it.  That’s when the real fun begins!

For first time (or second or third time) moms, questions about your baby’s well-being will arise.  Not to fret.  We’re here with answers to some of the most frequently asked baby questions.

How much should my baby sleep?

  • Every baby is different and only your health care provider can determine what’s best for your wee one.  Caregivers often recommend 16 hour of sleep a day on average.  When they say average, they mean some babies sleep more, some less.  If you’re concerned about you baby’s sleep, check with your health care provider.
  • Speaking of sleep, make sure you sleep!  The old adage of sleep when your baby sleeps has been around so long for a reason.  It’s true. So, sleep!

How often should I bathe my baby?

  • Bathe your baby as often as you feel necessary, but don’t overdo it.  Their sensitive skin can get irritated easily and it’s not like he’s been out working in the yard all day.  You can always opt to wipe them down with a damp washcloth.

Poop?

  • Yes, your baby will poop a lot.  They’re eating, sleeping, and pooping machines the first few weeks.  However, if you’re ever concerned about their bowel movement, check with your health care provider.

What do I need to do for myself?

  • Taking care of yourself is often overlooked, but it’s SO important.  Remember to be realistic.  You don’t need to be super woman (and you don’t want to be anyway – she’s boring).  Ask for and accept help.  We know this is easier said than done sometimes, but it really will help.
  • Eat often and well.  Make sure you’re getting enough healthy calories.  You need energy to take care of your newborn.
  • Get some fresh air.  Step outside and smell the roses, literally!  A little sunshine and fresh air will do you good.
  • Although it may seem impossible, try to relax.  Yes, we said the ‘r’ word.  But, please, try and relax!

These are just the tip of the iceberg as far as baby questions are concerned.  To find out more of what to expect from your baby, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.  We provide helpful tips and tricks that relate to you and your newborn baby as your pregnancy progresses.

Have a question we didn’t answer?  Let us know! We’re happy to help.

*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

baby gifts

First holiday with your baby (or a baby you love)?  How exciting!  We love babies and we love giving gifts to babies and we love holding babies … ahhh, babies!  Anyway, we’ve compiled our fav gifts from birth to 1 year for your baby’s first holiday.  Happy shopping!

From top left: board books // jammies // hair bows // Sophie Giraffe Teether // Discover ‘N Grow musical mirror // plush moose // Step Start Walk ‘N Ride // Dumbell Rattle

Months of being pregnant culminate in hours of labor and years of happy children.

However, there is a small window between labor and happy children that sometimes get overlooked. We refer to it as the baby scientist period. What’s that, you ask? We’ll explain!

Shortly after your wee one is welcomed into the world, it’s time to leave the hospital and go home with your baby. And, some mommas, especially first time mommas, may begin to worry about being a good parent and making sure their baby is properly taken care of. These worries are normal and will fade once you past your baby scientist boards.

At first, babies can seem tricky. They cry. And, as a frazzled, sleep deprived mom sometimes you’re thinking ‘WHY?! WHY are you crying?!?!” A very smart 4 year old once told me she didn’t know why the baby was crying because, “we’re not all baby scientists.” And, as a first time mom, this may ring very true. However, as you spend more time with your baby, you’ll be able to distinguish what each and every cry means. Shortly thereafter, you’ll become a bonafide baby scientist.

A short cry may mean “I’m hungry” or a quiet cry may mean “I’m sleepy”. As you bond more with your baby, you will develop a communication system. All certified baby scientists are well versed in this form of communication, or so we’re told.

Of course, as a mom, there will be many other things you’ll worry about. The worries will more than likely change as your little one becomes a big one, but we think getting over the first worry hurdle makes you a champ. And, not just any champ, but a baby scientist champ. Knowing how to make your baby happy and comfortable is important and, to many new moms, a relief. So, to all you baby scientists out there, we tip our hats to you!

One Incredible Preemie

February 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

A preemie received a pacemaker at 15 minutes old!  You’ve got to read this incredible story!

Check it out here!

Check out this really interesting article about your baby’s eyesight and vision developments.  It’s really cool!