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Four Months of David Joseph

I’m four months into this mom thing and it fills my heart so much to finally be sharing my precious boy with friends and family.  Month four has been so fun as we ventured out to the lake, met cousins, started giggling, grabbing things, and chewing anything we can get our hands on! My favorite thing about this age is watching my little baby grow and being able to share traditions with him that are so close to my heart.  One of the traditions that I’ve been doing since I was DJ’s age is celebrating the Fourth of July up north with my dad’s family.  Another is spending summer weekends at my grandparents cabin in Minnesota.  Even though a 4+...
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Three Months of David Joseph

I can’t believe that our sweet boy is already three months.  To be honest, it’s been a ride. Everything happening in our world added to the challenges of being a new parent have worn on this mama.  I’ve had to focus on savoring the sweet moments and give myself so much grace when working through the hard things. DJ and I spent our first weeks home with just the two of us after my mom and sister went back to Minnesota, and there’s been a lot of learning.  I’m learning what his sleep cues are, what makes him laugh, and what helps his upset belly.  I’m learning which techniques get him back to sleep so we can actually have a...
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Reminders to love getting dressed when you’re not your ideal weight

Only have clothing in your closet that fits you right now. I’ve never needed this reminder as much as I do being two and a half months postpartum.  If I’m being honest, the proud warrior mama who was so grateful for her strong body started to be replaced by a much more weary and critical version who paid more attention to her saggy belly and flat butt.  And that wasn’t okay with me.  So of doing things that made me feel unworthy and ungrateful for my body, like trying to squeeze into clothing that fit me last summer, I chose to do things that helped me show up as the best version of myself.  And that started with how I...
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Two Months of David Joseph

       I had my first my-baby-is-growing-up-way-too-fast moment a few days ago when we no longer needed to use the newborn insert in our mamaRoo swing. Our little man is getting SO big.  He's getting rolls on his thighs, he's smiling and cooing, and starting to notice his surroundings.  He loves talking with his daddy, falling asleep on his auntie while she’s doing her homework, snuggling with his grandma, pooping on his mama (this has happened more times than I’d like to remember), keeping us all laughing at his silly faces and staring into his big blue eyes. I’m even more in love with being a mom after two months than I was after one month.  As DJ gets...
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5 Ways COVID Will Change Our Consumer Habits For The Better

With the best scientists in the world warning that we have a ten year window to start making some serious change, this black swan event could be the awakening we all need to check the pace at which we’ve been living and consuming.  Being forced into a slower paced life with less money coming in for many Americans, there’s increased consciousness of how we've been consuming and how it’s impacted our health and the health of our planet.  This global time-out could be the start of a new normal where increasingly mindful consumers are demanding better products from increasingly mindful brands, especially in the apparel industry.  Here’s 5 ways COVID will change our consumer habits for the better: We’ll put...
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Our Gender-Neutral Nursery

Call us crazy but Joe and I decided that for our first baby we didn't want to find out the gender. We figured this was one of the only truly good surprises left in life these days and finding out our baby’s gender when he or she was born was the way that surprise could be the most special for us.  We also had a practical reason for not finding out our baby’s gender.  We know we want at least two babies and we wanted to make sure all the products we were buying for baby number one would also work for baby number two.  So for us, a gender neutral nursery was a must. It was important for me...
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Create Your Best Work-From-Home Routine With These 3 Tips

I want to do more than just survive this time of being on maternity leave while being in quarantine.  I want to thrive.  That means I've had to be extra intentional with my daily routine.  I'm used to working from home, but with a new baby and my mom and sister here to help us, my day-to-day looks a lot different.  For years, I’ve had a work-from-home routine that I’ve adapted to serve me in different seasons of my life.  So it was fairly simple to fall into a new rhythm with my little man.  If you’re struggling to find a productive routine in this new normal, I’ve got you.  Here’s 3 tips to creating your best work-from-home routine: Focus...
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One Month Of David Joseph

    I can’t believe it’s been one month with our sweet baby boy.  David Joseph has already brought so much joy into our lives and our world completely revolves around him.  The first month has been such a journey.  It’s been filled with joy, fear, pride, fatigue, all the emotions! Some of the hardest things have been breastfeeding, sleeping, and being in quarantine during this time of so many unknowns.  DJ was a pretty sleepy feeder when we were in the hospital.  I ended up having to pump and then we would feed him through a syringe before my milk came in.  Because we hadn’t established breastfeeding by the time we left the hospital, we had to wait to...
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Our Birth Story

The relief I felt walking out the hospital doors with our sweet baby boy made me realize how nervous I'd been about the whole birth experience.  Joe carried our baby in the carseat and I waddled behind them, breathing in the fresh air and feeling so thankful for a healthy baby boy and an uncomplicated birth. Only days before we’d spent our last day as just Meg and Joe. Then, on that Sunday night at 11pm, I started feeling what I thought were contractions but I wasn't really sure. I'd been nervous that I wouldn't know when I was in labor.  It sounds silly, I know, but my midwife said it's a super common fear for first-time moms. But you'll...
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5 Best Snacks During Pregnancy

I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of naps and snacks.  Seriously, before it was a thing, this has been where my heart lies.  The first weekend Joe came to visit me in college his report back to his family was “Meg really likes snacks and she really likes taking naps!”  So, in that way, pregnancy has been a time for me to shine.  But during this time of growing a baby in my belly, I felt like it was more important than ever that I was nourishing my body well.  So I chose to be super intentional with my snack choices. Of course, cheesy Ruffles and mint M&M’s were enjoyed here and there.  But for the most part, I...
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