Embrace Technology (+ Other Entertainment Options for Kids)

This is Day 4 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. On a typical week day, our girls may watch one 30-minute video in the afternoons during their quiet time. … [Read more...]

Sleep When Baby Sleeps (& How to Do That)

This is Day 3 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. Probably the number one advice experienced moms give Mamas-to-be is to "sleep when the baby sleeps." While that's wise counsel, in reality, finding those little pockets of time and … [Read more...]

Accept Help & Ask for it When You Need it

This is Day 2 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. For some people, asking for help comes easy. Not so for me -- unless, of course, it's my Mom. I'd venture to guess that many women are like me. We try to do everything and be everything to … [Read more...]

Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn: Series Introduction

There's a lot of guilt associated with motherhood -- something I had no clue about until my first daughter was born. Suddenly, I couldn't do enough for her. When she cried, I did everything in my power to help her stop. When she couldn't sleep on her own, I nursed her to Snooze-ville or carried her on ridiculously long walks (we're talking 2-3 hour hikes) to help her fall asleep and stay asleep. I believed it was my job as her mother to make life as tear-free as possible. Boy did I have a lot … [Read more...]