Sources: What to Expect, World Health Organization
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From picky baby to good eater in 7 steps
When Elvie was in the hospital for her second stay a year ago, one of her doctors suggested that she might be interested in solid food. She was six months old at the time, so we thought we'd give it a whirl. She was on heavy antibiotics, so I figured that brown rice cereal with added probiotics would be an excellent place to start. It was soundly rejected.
"That's okay," I thought, "maybe she just prefers fruit or vegetables." So I bought some pears and some squash, both of which were swiftly rejected as well. Over time, I tried every suggestion and option available to me, but she just wasn't into it. She didn't want to eat solid food. We laughed it off, nicknaming her Picky Baby, and figured she would begin to eat solids in her own time.Related: 48 cool baby names OUTSIDE the top 1,000 list
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What's the right age to have a baby?
Yet due to a series of medical and social advancements (the Pill to IVF treatments), we've extended the age at which women can choose to start families - with the age for first-time moms climbing up around the world. The road to motherhood has more routes than ever before - some less traveled than others.Related: 50 baby names inspired by flowers!
Even though we can start having babies at a later age (and even though many young women are very happy to do so), there's still the biological pull to put those maternal instincts to work. A lot of my childless 20-something friends are starting to wonder: What's the best age to have a baby?
And so it's an interesting time, right now. The generational gap between parents is wider than it's ever been - with 21-year-olds and 41-year-olds living the new-mom experienceRead More »from What's the Best Age to Have a Baby?
It's hot out there! Maybe you're looking for a quick and easy snack to cool down with that isn't full of sugar. Have you tried frozen bananas? They are so creamy and delicious and taste like ice cream! Especially when you add some flair to them! Keep reading to see how to make them! It's so easy…Ingredients:
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. Melt the chocolate.
3. Cut up the bananas into bite-sized pieces.
4. Using a fork or spoon, dip the banana pieces in the melted chocolate until they are coated.
5. Place them onto the baking sheet, sprinkle with your favorite topping, and freeze!- By Becka Robinson
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Tips for second-time momsThis week, I realized Ingrid (my youngest) is as old as Adair (my oldest) was when Ingrid was born. My girls are close together - just 16 months apart. As I reflect back on that time, I am full of all sorts of emotions. Parenting two children that close together has been no easy feat. It is every bit as challenging as it is wonderful. Some days I feel like a seasoned mother, then my girls throw me a curveball and all of that confidence sneaks back under the covers. From one mama to another, here is some advice if you are expecting your second child…
1. First of all, congrats!
Even though you may feel worried or anxious about being the mom of two, don't fret. A baby is a blessing and so you should celebrate! Congrats to you, mama!
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2. Confidence is key
The best thing about expecting a second baby is knowing you've done it before. You've delivered a baby. You've mothered a child. Be proud of your experience and hold onto
A lesson learned in motherhood.
Motherhood is quite a humbling journey, isn't it? From trying to conceive, to watching your body grow and change while pregnant, to labor and delivery, to then trying to raise happy, well-adjusted kids - it's a daily rollercoaster ride with many opportunities to grown and learn. I realized the other night, as I nursed my 3rd baby to sleep, then held him in my arms 30 minutes past the time since he had fallen asleep, that one of my biggest lessons I've learned as a mom is to never say never. I had once proudly proclaimed that I would never nurse my babies to sleep because they needed to learn to be good, independent sleepers. Three children later, this is just one of the many examples of how I've eaten crow as a mommy. But it doesn't start or end there; read on to see a list of all the times I've eaten crow in the last 8+ years.
1. Before I had my first child, I said I was never going to leave my career to stay home with her.
I loved my job too much, and she needed to grow up to
In the late 19th century, naming babies after flowers, plants, and trees was the thing to do and a popular trend. Parents have been using many of these names for years, and celebrities are just a few of the people who have jumped on the flower naming trend. Jamie Oliver's wife, Jules Oliver, is a big fan of flower names and chose names pertaining to flowers for all three of her girls - Poppy, Daisy, and Petal - while Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner famously named their eldest daughter Violet.
From Begonia and Zinnia to Aster and Yarrow, these are 50 of the sweetest baby names inspired by flowers.- By Read More »from 7 Flower-Inspired Names for Your Summer Baby
10 pieces of non advice for new moms
There are some moms who just kind of "get it." They they were born to be mothers… such naturals… like they just woke up one morning and were suddenly transformed into these wonderful motherly beings. I wasn't one of those moms. I didn't know much about babies, but I was eager to learn. In those early challenging newborn days I pored over every book, website, forum or even Instagram thread that I could get my hands on. I wanted to know: "What do her cries mean," "How often should I be feeding her," "Has anyone ever died from sleep deprivation?" I wanted to know about every sleep method under the sun, and about how I could be a super over-achiever mom. A lot of times the pressure (mostly self-induced) was overwhelming and there were definitely some tears, but lately I am able to look back at that time with some experience under my belt and I know I will be approaching it much differently the next time around. I wanted to share some "non-advice" (more like encouragement) for those ofRead More »from 10 Pieces of Non-Advice for New Moms
5 ways to reduce stress
I realize these may not work for everyone, but for all of us mamas, there comes a time when we need to take a step back and really try to relax. I know its hard, but as soon as I take a mini-break I feel so much better!
I am full-on with two kids, work, and a husband who travels quite often. These past two months, I've realized that I simply need to cut back on a few things, take care of ME, and learn to say NO. Just a few small changes here and there have helped me de-stress a bit. Here are five ways to help reduce some of that mama stress we all have - including swapping out my coffee for a green smoothie. YIKES!
What ways have you found to relieve stress?
1. Green Smoothie
I know, I know we need caffeine in the morning, but I replaced my cup of joe with a green smoothie after my friend and health coach suggested I try it. It keeps me full for longer, alert, and not to mention it's packed with fruits and veggies, which I was lacking.
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