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    What I’ve Learned in the First 8 Months of Motherhood

    We made it! We survived long nights, early mornings, diaper blowouts, and hormonal breakdowns for eight full months! Being a mom to an 8 month old baby by no means makes me an expert (or anywhere close to it), but I have definitely learned a lot along the way. I’ve been pretty bad about blog posts lately because I have figured out that an 8 month old baby take up even more time than newborns do. In the past month or so, baby boy spends a lot more time awake during the day. All he wants is for his mama to…

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    My Absolute Favorite Baby Products

    Now that I’m a little over 5 months into motherhood, I can confidently say that I still have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t think I ever will. But that’s okay because my little guy is the absolute best and he amazes me more and more every day. The one thing I do have more of a handle on is what favorite baby products are and that they have been absolute lifesavers. When I created my registry, I remember I had no idea what to register for. Gone were the days of wandering Babies R Us (RIP) and scanning…

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    5 (Bad) Pieces of Advice for Moms

    When you go to a restaurant and order the most decadent dessert off of the menu and the waiter brings it out to your table, you pick up your fork and dig in. Especially if you’re sharing it with someone (or even if you aren’t), you normally finish that glorious dessert in a few minutes. When the waiter comes back, what does he say as he looks down at your empty plate? “You didn’t like that at all, did you?!”  Har de har har. What a comedian. Pregnancy and motherhood is also full of cliché phrases like this that strangers…

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    Hospital Essentials for Labor, Delivery, and Beyond

    Even though it was only just over 4 months ago, I feel like it has been years and years since I was pregnant. In my third trimester, I remember feeling huge and uncomfortable and ready to meet my baby boy. In an attempt to let the universe know that I was ready, I packed my hospital bag with still about a month left in the pregnancy. After lots of Google searches, I still felt like I was forgetting something and did not have all of the hospital essentials for labor that I needed. In the end, Juan had a duffle…

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    Flying While Pregnant? A Carry-On Packing List

    Before living abroad, I used to make meticulous packing lists before any trip. After living in Spain for four years and traveling across Europe every chance I had, I perfected my packing strategy. My detailed lists were a thing of the past and I was especially confident in my carry-on packing skills. All of this changed when I realized I would be flying while pregnant. Fast forward to this past Christmas, when Juan and I thought it would be a great idea to make the long trip to visit family in Spain over the holidays. We had booked the trip…

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    5 Pre-Baby Freezer Meals to Keep Mama Fed

    One of the very best things I did for myself before giving birth was prepping a ton of food, popping it in the freezer, and reaping the glorious benefits of my actions. When I arrived home from the hospital, I was too sore/tired/delirious to even think about what my next meal was going to be. Because I had planned ahead, I was able to grab whatever sounded good to me at that moment from the freezer, throw it in the oven, and love that I barely had to move to enjoy a home cooked meal. I prepped about 10 different…