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    7 Month Favorites

    Where does the time go? Eliza is almost eight months old! It’s an absolute joy watching her grow and learn. She’s now at that age, where she’s really starting to play with toys…and pick some favorites. I try to be very intentional about which toys she plays with. Playtime, while fun, is a great time to start learning. I wanted to share some of her current favorites & mine! Some of these are affiliate links. If you purchase something using them, it is no extra cost to you, but I may receive a small commission. (If you chose to buy anything, know that I am super appreciative!!!)  This first toy…

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    What I packed in my hospital bag

    I am a planner. I live for planning and organizing…so I packed my hospital bag at 30 weeks. I had absolutely no intention of giving birth then, but you just never know what’s going to happen. I wanted to be prepared. For my bag, I packed: Robe Button up shirt These made it super easy for breastfeeding. Sweatpants Socks Nursing bras Cute home coming outfit that I didn’t wear Honestly, I just wore sweatpants and a flannel shirt home. I didn’t care to look cute; I just wanted a shower and to get comfy!  Shower shoes Slip on shoes to walk around in Face masks  Gotta love covid…am I right? Sound…

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    Overcoming the Overwhelming

    “I can’t do this.” Palms sweaty. Heart racing. Can’t breathe.  “Where’s the exit?” Head spinning. Too many people. Not enough space.  “Am I going to pass out?” These aren’t typically one’s thoughts at Disney…but they happened to be my mom’s. Her first of many panic attacks at the Happiest Place on Earth. Can you imagine? Kids hugging characters, experiencing the best day of their little lives, eyes full of excitement and hope. Parents carrying cameras around their necks, ready to capture the sparkle in their children’s eyes. And you…all alone with the deafening sounds of anxiety, crippling every inch of your body. This was the beginning of a treacherous journey.…

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    My Birth Story

    All of my life I have been absolutely terrified of giving birth…well that and clowns. So moments after I saw that positive pregnancy test, excitement was met with fear.  ‘Holy crap. I have to push a little human out of my body.’ On December 3rd, I got up and went to work. Huge and pregnant. I was wearing a dress I had worn a million times before…mainly because I refused to buy maternity pants. That afternoon, I had an appointment with my OB, who was going to examine how far along I was dilated, if at all.  After an uncomfortable exam, my doctor informed me that I was 2 cm…

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    Benefits of Reading to Your Baby

    When I found out that I was pregnant, one of the first things that I did was buy sweet baby E some books. I’ve always enjoyed reading and want that for her as well. There are so many benefits to reading, no matter your age…but what about babies? Reading to your infant aloud can help: Teach babies about communication Build listening skills Increase vocabulary Fun fact- Did you know that babies who have been read to often tend to know more words by the time they reach their second birthday over other children, who have not been read to? It also introduces them to words that you may not use…