• the perfect breastfeeding station/breastfeeding
    Baby,  Breastfeeding

    The Perfect Breastfeeding Station

    When I first started breastfeeding, I had one spot that I always went to nurse. It was the most comfortable spot for me, I could add some pillows around me, and it was nice and private (in baby’s nursery) so I could have some time to figure it out. I had lots of family around at that time and although they probably wouldn’t have cared, I didn’t really want to pop a boob out when I didn’t know what I was doing yet. Those first weeks were hard, especially as a new mom who has never breastfed before. I almost gave up so many times, but fortunately I had lots…

  • Baby on a budget
    Baby

    8 Awesome Ways to Prepare for a Baby on a Budget

    Preparing for a baby can seem daunting, especially on a budget. Babies need a lot of stuff, from somewhere to sleep to something to wear, to somewhere you can put them down so you’re not literally holding your baby 24/7 (although at first, it may seem like you’re doing that anyway). There are so many things out there that are marketed towards parents, especially new parents who don’t necessarily know any better (I was, and still am, totally one of them). We are told we need this and that, and it has to be this good or it’s not good enough. This makes it seem hard to have a baby…

  • Pregnant woman birth story
    Labor and Delivery,  Pregnancy

    Birth Story

    I am finally sitting down, while holding and feeding my newborn, to write out his birth story. That’s my life now, because the only way he stays asleep is if he’s in mom or dad’s arms. And I’m okay with that. March 7th I went in for what I didn’t know was going to be my last OB appointment before my precious son was here. My mom came along as she was here from Ontario for his birth and to be here when he arrived. It was the day before my due date and the fact that I was so over being pregnant was an understatement. My OB checked to…

  • Pregnant woman and partner in winter
    Pregnancy

    11 Ways to Fight the Seasonal Blues During a Winter Pregnancy

    It’s hard to get outside and do all outdoor things you can do during the summer, and there’s always so much more going on during the summer months, no matter where you are. I personally live in a small town where there is next to nothing to do during the winter. When you’re pregnant, it’s harder to fight this feeling. Even if you do normally enjoy winter sports, you may not feel as up to doing them and some of them become less safe when you’re pregnant. First of all, I am not talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder, as I am not a doctor and can’t say I personally suffer…

  • Man and pregnant woman couple
    Pregnancy

    Babymoon Ideas That Are Easy and Affordable

    A babymoon was something I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to do with my husband. Even if it was something little, I knew we needed to have some time away before the arrival of our first little one. I didn’t want to go anywhere far or expensive so we needed to plan something that didn’t take too much work to plan, was relatively close, and would still be a nice getaway for us! WHAT IS A BABYMOON? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a babymoon is a little getaway you and your partner take before the arrival of your baby. It’s a chance…

  • Mother holding baby feet in basket
    Pregnancy

    Your Last Weeks of Pregnancy: 9 Last Minute Things to Do While Waiting for Baby to Arrive

    The last few weeks of this pregnancy have been so hard. They seem to be going by so slowly. I’m getting more uncomfortable, more tired, and more impatient! I really just want this baby here, in my arms. It doesn’t help that I’ve started maternity leave, because I just can’t work anymore. I’ve been struggling to find things to do while waiting for the baby! It can be easy to get bored these last few weeks while I’m not working. It seems like all I’m going to be doing is waiting around, which I don’t want to do. It can also be easy to fall out of a routine. I’ll…

  • Notepad for checklist
    Pregnancy

    What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag: A Checklist

    Although I have been surprisingly good at staying on track when it comes to getting ready for the baby, packing my hospital bag has been the one thing I have been procrastinating. You can spend almost nine months preparing for the arrival of the baby, but when it comes to taking maybe a few hours to pack my hospital bag and prepare for the actual event of giving birth? Nope, too much to ask! However, I have finally started. I think part of it has been the fact that when I mentioned to people that I had not started around 35 weeks, some people started freaking out. I feel like…

  • Birth plan and flowers
    Labor and Delivery,  Pregnancy

    A Natural Birth Plan

    My Birth Plan for Labour and Delivery I’m hoping that writing this will actually force me into finally writing out my birth plan, because that’s one of the few things I’ve been putting off (along with packing my hospital bag… but that’s another post for another day). I have about 5 weeks left and it’s ending fast. For those who don’t know what a birth plan is, it’s a plan that you can either have in mind or actually write out on how you want your labour and delivery to go. For example, whether you want any kinds of medication or not would be on there. You can write a…

  • Relaxing cup of tea
    Pregnancy

    7 Ways to De-Stress During Pregnancy

    When I think about pregnancy, especially in my third trimester, I don’t think about how ‘de-stress’ and ‘pregnancy’ go together in the same sentence. The closer you get to the end the more stressful it can be! It seems like babies need so much stuff, but they really don’t need a lot. From car seats to strollers, to onesies and socks (so many socks…) to diapers and baby bath stuff, it seems endless. Plus all the nursery stuff! It can definitely get overwhelming. I know when I first started researching all the stuff baby would need, I found endless lists on Pinterest, perfectly categorized into nursery stuff, the amount of…

  • Notepad and flowers
    Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Must Haves For a More Comfortable Pregnancy

    As I near the end of my pregnancy I start thinking about the beginning. Looking back, it seems like it’s gone by fast but it feels like the closer I get to meeting our little one, the farther away it seems! It’s been a process for sure. I guess that’s what pregnancy is, the process of making a little human! However, it’s not all fun and games. It can get uncomfortable and you’re often an emotional mess. For example, the other day my husband came home with a coffee he got before work, like he had had this coffee all day. But I saw the Tim’s cup and I immediately…