This week marks one year since “Stay at Home” mandates were declared for us here in the U.S. For those of us with children-even us homeschooling moms and even moms with a baby or very young children who felt we were home “so much” already, this was next level. Can we all agree on that in unison? It. Was. A. Lot.
Our sunshine girl turned four over the weekend. Let me give you a piece of advice: do not, I repeat, do NOT listen to ‘Stop this Train’ while setting up your baby girl’s birthday party. I can’t believe we’re already here! Keogena requested a Mermaid birthday party (a ‘purple and green’ mermaid party, to be exact) and I had so much fun setting up a simple party at home with family. This girl is so easy to celebrate. Here are some photos of the party, a few tips for how to have a celebration in COVID-19 times and a little roundup of the essentials that made this party come to life.
When Seventh Generation reached out to talk about their diaper campaign I was thrilled. It couldn’t have been a more natural partnership since I have used their diapers since Zeameh was two weeks old and recommend them to everyone I know! If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I try to keep things as natural as possible in our home. This is a no-brainer when it comes to baby products, but friends, that can be just plain hard sometimes. Committing to saying no to unnecessary toxins in my children’s playroom and wardrobe isn’t always easy, but thankfully Seventh Generation has made choosing a safe diaper delightful.
When Zeameh and I found ourselves COVID-19 positive in June, I found myself searching for products that would help ease our discomfort and speed up our recovery. Infants hardly have any immune system at all and yet can hardly take any medicine or supplements at all. Here are the things I’d recommend keeping on hand through Autumn to help shorten symptoms and build up the immune system of your littles.
As of right now, I have nursed for a total of 30 months of my life. Six years into this gig, I’ve certainly amassed a few favorites and while 2020 presented some new gadgets, many items are my tried and true favorites from 2015. I hope you find some things that make those early days of breastfeeding even a little bit more bearable below.
The first couple months of postpartum life is one of the only seasons that described as equally exhausting and exhilarating, joy-filled and tearful, shockingly slow and way too fast. I read every book, blog post and article on the postpartum experience during my first pregnancy and yet nothing could even come close to preparing me for it. I’m going to be as real as can be in this post in efforts to be as helpful as possible so buckle up, friends. Here is every single item I’d call essential to make the postpartum weeks as comfortable, seamless and healthy as possible.