Since I quit breastfeeding Weston a few months ago, it has been a real struggle to get him to drink milk. Every time I offer it to him, he throws it down. He simply isn’t interested in it. Because of his age, his pediatrician has told me how important it is that he gets a proper amount of calcium and vitamin D. I have fed him tons of yogurt and offer him cheese, but he isn’t the biggest fan of it (unless it’s on pizza – who can blame him for that?) Finding a healthy toddler snack is a little tricky. At least, it has been for my little guy.
One in three families struggle to provide diapers for their baby. One in three. Is that staggering to you? That number is so high and heartbreaking to me. In fact, I had to read it again and again for it to really register with me just how many people have a hard time fulfilling this need. For me, it has been a no-brainer for over 4 years now. We go to the store and diapers are always on our list. We pick them up as easy as we pick up bread or milk at the store. I don’t even put a lot of thought into it because it is just one of those things we have to buy. It is so sad that so many families struggle to afford their baby’s diapers. You may be asking, “what can I do to help?” That’s where Walgreens and Huggies® comes in!
Are you an expecting mom? First off, Congratulations! This is such an exciting time and can also be a little scary – especially for first-time expecting moms. I remember how scared I was throughout my pregnancy with my first son. All of the “what-if” questions. Not having a clue when it comes to having your own baby, being responsible for another person, not to mention all of the health concerns and issues that arise in some pregnancies and newborns. One little thing can turn an exciting time into a very scary moment. I have been so blessed to have three healthy babies, however, my third pregnancy was not easy. I had a “full placenta previa” throughout most of my pregnancy and was even on bedrest for 5 weeks. I also experienced a lot of pain that I did not experience in my first two pregnancies. It was very difficult and there were a lot of concerns about my sweet Weston coming early.
One thing that helped me during this time and really in most situations in my life is feeling prepared. There is only so much we can prepare for, but these little things really help put the mind at ease. I leave the rest up to God and pray – a lot. Packing my “go-bag” earlier on in my last pregnancy was something my doctor recommended just in case I went into labor early. Having that little bag with everything in it made me feel so much better because I knew I just had to grab it on my way out the door and I’d be good to go. Here is what was in my go-bag:
I have talked about probiotics here before and how much of a game changer they have been for me since having Weston. They really improve your gut health so much. I feel better and have had no more gallbladder issues (thank goodness). What if you could give probiotics to your baby? Well, you can! I have shared Evivo probiotics for babies before and I wanted to tell you about them again because they are just THAT good.
I remember being pregnant with Weston and having a 2 year old and 1 year old. It was a crazy time. To make things more difficult, there was a time when I was facing some complications and had to be on moderate bedrest. Not exactly easy with two toddlers. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and not unprepared – which is so unlike me. I am normally pretty organized when it comes to big life events. I like to be prepared at all times and so this was a foreign feeling and it was unpleasant for me. One thing I did while planning for baby boy #3 was of course, buy diapers and I also purchased formula. I did breast feed all of my babies but I have been in situations where I had to supplement or use formula for different reasons. I feel so much better having it on hand so that if a situation does come up, we have a back-up plan.
This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I love buying clothes for myself, but buying clothes for my babies is so much fun to me! I love piecing together little outfits for them, but sometimes it can be little overwhelming. That’s why I love Carter’s. They have the cutest outfits already pieced together that are perfect for all kinds of occasions. Weston recently outgrew all of his clothes. I’m talking, I had to put dirty pants on him one day because he had nothing else that fit him. With the change of the seasons and him growing like a weed, we ran out of clothes for him very suddenly. I knew Carter’s had the cutest baby boy clothes, so I popped in there and bought him some new PJs, a church outfit, crib shoes and the cutest outfit for every day wear around the house or perfect for running errands for mommy! Carter’s is also our go-to brand for bodysuits, so I love to stock up when I am there!
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Because of my partnership with Gerber, my little one is ineligible to win the Gerber Photo Search or a weekly prize, but you may be eligible so make sure you submit a photo of your baby and/or pet!
Each baby is so different. Even my three- having all come from the same mother and father are completely different in their make-up, strengths, weaknesses, preferences, etc. One thing that I think every mother has in common is that they want to keep their baby healthy and happy. Isn’t that why we try to sneak vegetables into mac and cheese and give in on that toy on the checkout aisle? We all want the same thing: a happy and healthy baby.
Hampton’s baby book is full of every first, every monthly photo, every little fact about him. Sophie’s has very little in hers, and I had not even started on Weston’s…that is, until I received the Artifact Uprising baby book! This baby book has made it so easy to put together photos and all the special moments I want to remember forever. To all my busy moms out there, this one is for you! I have had no time since becoming a mom to three (under 4) to do anything “extra” and that includes putting together a baby book. It is the phase of life we are in, and I am content with that, but I do want to have all of these memories gathered in one place to look back on.