I still remember those days as a new mom SO well. After bringing my sweet little girl home and spending the first few weeks in utter disbelief that she was finally here and I was actually a mom, real life started setting in.
The reality of having a tiny person constantly attached to me (literally she nursed ALL.the.time!) and the responsibility of taking care of not only myself but another precious life sank in. In the early days, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. My husband was still home on paternity leave, and we had family in and out. So I had extra hands to hold her so I could do things like going to the bathroom, changing clothes, and maybe eating a snack hands-free.
We recently got back from our first big vacation with our baby girl. Where did we go? My favorite place – the beach! And, let me add despite the 10+ hour drive both ways overnight and a teething baby girl, it was a VERY successful trip! Now, I probably have the majority of my family to thank for that as everyone was so helpful in spending time with her and keeping her content, but I’d also attribute it to a little bit of prep on all of our parts. So, I thought I’d share a few of our beach must-haves for making a trip to the beach with a baby as much fun as possible.
I get questions all the time on how I make my own baby food, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips! I decided before little girl was born that I wanted to make her food because I wanted to stick to as natural as possible and know as much as I could about what I was putting into her body. And, let me tell you, I haven’t regretted it for a second! Plus, homemade is cheaper and tastes better! So, why would I not take a couple of extra minutes to prep food at home for my precious little one?
Now, that being said, I know as mamas we’re all crazy busy! So, don’t feel like you have to make all of the food for your little one, but if you choose to make some, here are a few tips I found to help.
Each night before we tuck Grace into bed, we each have special things we say to her. Part of mine is telling her that God made her to do great things. I want her to know from a very young age that God set her apart and called her to be a woman after His own heart, someone that He has a purpose and a plan for, and that is one way I am instilling it in her. I’ve also claimed verses for her since before she was born, and this week’s key verse is one of them.
You may or may not be aware that received a somewhat uncommon diagnosis for our pregnancy after our full anatomy scan at around 20 weeks. The initial ultrasound indicated that we might have a marginal cord insertion, and when we had the follow up a few weeks later, it was confirmed. If you’ve ever experienced having an unconfirmed diagnosis (and being hours out of town before), then you have an idea of what I was going through. But, add on top of that that the diagnosis had more to do with my unborn baby than me, and you get a little mental image of what this mama’s heart was feeling… Continue reading
We were recently involved in a discussion on the practice of blessing your child – each day and night and on special occasions speaking a special verse over your child. The impact of this practice hit me full force as the discussion turned to one family’s experience as their daughter went off to college…
I wish I could find the article to share it with you, but nonetheless, I’ll try to explain as best as I can remember. Since the girl was born, here father and mother had taken the time to speak her blessing over her each night. As she grew, she would even request the blessing lest her mother and father had forgotten. As the girl’s parents prepared to drop her off for her first year in college, they created a plan of action to unpack everything, say their goodbyes, and quickly make their way to the car to avoid a public emotional breakdown. Continue reading