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Breastfeeding The Last Born : The Final Frontier

October 27, 2017

This post was sponsored by #BumpUpYourCalcium with #Viactiv. All opinions are mine. There are many bittersweet “last” experiences that come while nurturing the last newborn I will ever have. It almost makes me teary to type that. While I am comfortable and confident that our decision to not have any more children is the right choice, it’s still a rollercoaster of emotions when you know that the decision is firm. This is the last time I will have a baby…

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5 Tips and Tricks To Relieve Colic

October 20, 2017

This post is sponsored by Mommy’s Bliss. All opinions are mine. Lincoln must be my good karma, because he is actually a dream. For the most part, he’s a very pleasant baby. He sleeps well already, he is rarely upset, and he is consistent with his moods so far. However, every now and then, he is a little hard to settle and seems to have an achy tummy. As much as I adore my sweet Charlie, she was quite the…

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Transitioning Your Newborn From Bassinet to Crib

September 20, 2017

This post was sponsored by Halo. All opinions are mine. My kids are SO. DIFFERENT. All of them. It blows my mind how three siblings can be so very different in personality and temperament. When Charlie was a baby, she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but on one of our chests. That is not an exaggeration. The first time she slept independently was somewhere around nine months old. Crazy, right? Lincoln seems to be way more “chill” and easy going. He will…

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Dear Moms of Older Kids: Be Our Lighthouse

September 9, 2017

Being a mom of small children is not easy 99% of the time, and that seems to be universally understood. We hear things from friends and strangers in the grocery store like “You have your hands full.” “You’re in the thick of it.” Or “You’re in the trenches right now.” On one hand, it’s comforting to know that people recognize the struggle. On the other hand, it’s a reminder of our overwhelm. To be honest, those phrases can be daunting.…

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How To Survive Having a Newborn and a Toddler

August 31, 2017

Several people have messaged me and asked if I have any tips on how to adjust to life with a newborn and a toddler. Disclaimer: I’m only six weeks in to this chaos, so I have loads to learn. (Don’t worry, I will keep you posted.) Disclaimer 2: this is just my experience. For now, let’s chat about life so far. My new normal is anything but organized. In fact, it usually just feels like a total disaster. 24 hours…

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Raising Good Humans in a Divided Political Climate

August 18, 2017

I think we can all agree that the state of our country right now is not awesome. It feels hostile, tense, unpredictable, and regressed. Regardless of what your political beliefs are, I’m sure you feel it. Now more than ever, we are divided. Not only are we divided by party lines and belief systems, but it seems that basic human values aren’t even something we all have in common anymore. As an objective and educated adult, it’s easy for me…

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Dear Middle Child: A Letter To My Only Daughter

August 17, 2017

Dear Charlie, It’s hard to believe you are already two years old. On one hand, I feel like I have known you for 100 years, and on the other it seems like you just got here. To say you have given me a run for my money these last couple of years is an understatement. Even as I write this, you are trying to do back flips off the couch. You will then transition to cuddling your baby doll, then…

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How To Diaper Bomb The New Mom

August 9, 2017

This post was sponsored by Pampers and Luvs at Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine. It’s BABY SEASON! What is baby season? It’s the most common time people are giving birth! In the U.S., nearly 12,250 babies are born in the late summer/early fall months. When I worked in Labor & Delivery, we pretty much knew that no one was getting time off in August or September…ever. All three of my babies were born in this time frame, too! More…

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Lincoln’s Birth Story

August 2, 2017

I used to tell my Doula clients to write their birth stories as soon as possible while it was fresh in their minds. Two weeks later, I’m taking that advice and diving right in to the birth story of the tiniest Crenshaw. I hadn’t had a chance to update after my 36 week appointment, but the news we took home from that was that Lincoln was probably going to be a big boy. My fundal height was measuring 41 weeks…

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Going Outside to Play | How To Avoid Cabin Fever With a New Baby

August 1, 2017

I’ve partnered with Rite Aid and Pampers for this post. However, all opinions are mine. #RiteAidSummerFun Cabin fever is a real thing after you have a baby, y’all. We ventured out yesterday for a bit of fresh air, and it was so refreshing to get out of the house! Lincoln is already two weeks old (don’t get me started), and I am feeling loads better from my C-Section. We’ve been trying to make it a priority to get the kids…

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Newborn Necessities

July 26, 2017

I can’t believe I FINALLY have a newborn to talk about with you guys! I have been dying to test out some of the products that have been laying around in boxes waiting for Mister Lincoln to make his arrival. He’s been around a week now (WHAT?!) and I have a list for you. I will keep you posted on the best products I find as we go, but for the very early days- these things are all phenomenal to…

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Introducing Baby Lincoln

July 21, 2017

This post was going to be a 37 week pregnancy update, but, alas, life cares nothing about our plans. Instead, I am so excited to introduce you to our newest addition, born at 36 weeks and 2 days. We weren’t expecting him so soon, so bear with me while I catch my barrings! We are all smitten with him (minus Charlie, who changes her mind about him pretty frequently). I will update more soon and definitely post his birth story,…

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The Scoop on Fidget Toys and Our Four Favorites

July 14, 2017

This post was sponsored by Educents. All opinions are mine. If you haven’t heard the term “fidget spinner”, you might be living on the moon. One of the current crazes on the kid scene are these things. I have seen articles about them all over social media and, of course, my seven year old begs for them. While they have drawn a lot of attention and popularity, they actually have an intended purpose! The spinners are intended to help antsy…

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