Get Out of the House

This is Day 17 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. When you have a new baby, it can be easier to stay home. Baby needs to take a nap. What better … [Read more...]

Get the Kids to Help Out

This is Day 16 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post contains affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. The house seems to be falling down around you, but you only have two hands and right now, they're … [Read more...]

Wear Your Baby

This is Day 15 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post contains affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. As I mentioned before, with my first child I practiced more of an attachment style of parenting. We … [Read more...]

Find Freedom in How You Mother

This is Day 14 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. With my first child my life revolved around our daughter. Because I demand-fed her and nursed her every time she cried, she was my constant companion -- day and night. She even … [Read more...]

Quit Trying to Be Super Mom!

This is Day 13 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. My house is a mess. Baskets of laundry -- both clean and dirty -- are scattered around the house awaiting their final destinies. The food in our fridge is either spoiled or inedible. … [Read more...]

Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

This is Day 12 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I caught the stomach bug and was in bed for most of the day. The other day I wrote about waiting for a new normal, and I'd like to … [Read more...]

Make Time for God

This is Day 10 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. Before Abigail was born, I woke up around 5:15 every morning for coffee and quiet time with God. That 30 minutes of quiet concentration helped me focus on Him and His plan for my day. … [Read more...]

Wait for a New Normal

This is Day 9 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. With the arrival of a new baby, life as you once knew it will never be the same again. Now, you and … [Read more...]

Don’t Neglect Your Marriage + Date Night Ideas for New Parents

This is Day 8 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information.  Babies are 100% dependent on their parents. They need someone to feed them, change their diapers, … [Read more...]

Say “No” & Stay Home

This is Day 7 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. In my second trimester, I suddenly realized that life with a newborn plus other little people was going to … [Read more...]