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Bringing Baby Home: The Prep List

Bringing Baby Home Are you bringing baby home soon? Congratulations! This is such an exciting time, but I also know it can be a stressful time. There’s a lot to think about, plus you may still be working or taking care of other children while also trying to prepare to bring your newest love home. […]

Top 9 Newborn Must Haves

With baby number 2 on the way, I’ve been going through blogs and registry suggestions to see what the newborn must haves are. Some of the lists are endless. I remember feeling so overwhelmed as a first time mama with all these lists of things I “needed” for my baby to survive. With the first […]

Nursery on a Budget

Doing things on a budget is what we do here at Maternity Traders. It’s the whole reason Maternity Traders even exists! While I was trying to put together a maternity wardrobe on a minimal budget early in my pregnancy, I was also trying to put together a nursery. Here’s how I created Sam’s hodge podge, […]

Our Nursery

I knew from the get-go I didn’t want to find out the sex of our baby. I had my reasons, and eventually convinced Josh that he didn’t need to know the sex of our baby either. That did, however, leave us with a dilemma. What would the theme of our nursery be? Just as for […]

Working Mom Guilt

I stayed home from work on Monday. Sam had been sick all weekend and still hadn’t kicked it by Sunday afternoon. I debated with myself for a good ten minutes before I brought it up to Josh.   “I probably should stay home with Sam tomorrow, right?” He agreed.   I sent a couple texts […]

When to Have Another Baby

There’s another debate happening in our home… when to have another baby.   Sam is not quite a year and half and the feels are starting to creep up on me.   The problem started when everyone around me started to get pregnant: friends, co-workers, the new Duchess…   I mean, I’m sure not everyone […]

I am a NICU mom.

Being a NICU mom is like getting inducted into a special club you never applied for. It’s not something you wanted, but it becomes a defining experience in your life.   I never imagined I’d become a NICU mom. But when I did, it became a part of my identity.   Even a year later, […]

Three Things I Learned in the First Year

My baby turned one today. I’ve been crying all week. Tears of joy, tears of sadness. Just tears. All week.   But as work started up again, I’ve had a daily hour long drive to reflect on Sam’s first year of life and my first year as a parent.   As a human, Sam’s doing […]

Top 4 Reasons I Love Babywearing

Even before I was pregnant, I knew I was going to be a babywearing mama. It just made sense to me. I wanted to keep baby close, but I had things to do: a house to clean, a job to do, a husband and stepson to love on. Baby, for a while, was just going […]

Accepting My Breastfeeding Journey

When I found out I was pregnant, I already knew that “breast is best” when it came to feeding your baby. Even if I didn’t, they would have let me know at my first birthing class. I was so excited to experience the “golden hour” after my child’s birth bonding and experiencing that magical first […]