So you’ve waited nine long months of carrying your child. You’ve enjoyed their little kicks, watched them on the sonogram screen and finally, you’ve endured hours of labor. They’re finally here, and everyone couldn’t be happier! images (48)But now that the pregnancy is over, what are some of the milestones that you can expect from your little one? When will you see the first smile, or when can you expect your tiny tot to roll over? Not all babies will progress at the exact same rates, but this is a handy timetable to learn what you can expect your child to learn within the first three months of their life!.
If there is ever one time in your life that you’ll need a lot of extra help, it is most definitely when you are going to have a baby. If you are already a mom, you’ll surely know this! Mom’s and dads will be incredibly busy getting ready for ther new little bundle of joy, and if you don’t have some extra help, other areas of life may suffer a little bit. Babies require a lot of our time, so sometimes we may forget to go to the take some time for ourselves, and we may even overlook the benefit of having someone else there to talk to about our feelings..
When our twins were born I vowed to be a better mother than the mothering I had received as a child. I made several resolutions I was going to make in my own life to become not only a great mother, but a more humanitarian person. I was going to breastfeed, co-sleep, use cloth diapers, have a chemical free home, only eat organic food, maybe even not eat meat and dairy, never speak a cross or frustrated word, play every game, always say yes, surround myself with enlightenment and positivity....
My daughters, Wonder Woman, who is four, and Pixie Puff who is about to turn two (taking a minute to giggle at the names again) love the iPad, learn from the iPad, and have never really known life without the iPad. 98% of the apps that we let them use are educational, and they are always, always supervised. That is the key to making anything a learning experience. If you are right there with them, or at least as familiar with and aware of the apps that they are using as they are, then it can be a truly fun and rewarding educational tool for the whole family. .
Once we become parents, we learn the hard way that we have to tote around all kinds of baby items. Diapers, bottles, a change of clothes, medicine, first aid kit, the list goes on and on and on. Let’s not even mention the mountain of toys that we tote with us all too often to keep our little one’s minds stimulated and occupied! Sometimes, we even over pack our diaper bags, not wanting to leave anything behind. So, rather then piling everything into the car every time that you need to go to the grocery store, why not just pack the essentials? .
If there is one market that is constantly changing and evolving, it would most definitely be the baby and toddler market. As the needs of babies and parents change throughout time, more and more companies are coming up with new products, or putting a new spin on an old product. The results of this are some of the latest and coolest items for parents and babies alike! Here at OohBelly, we’re always excited to see what new and awesome baby products are on the horizon, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest products on the market for 2013!.
Valentine’s day is, well, it is what it is: Created by greeting card/chocolate companies, middle school torture, pointless, since we should say, “I love you,” all year long, an excuse for epic nerd rage, a night to revel in the love of your cat/best friend/favorite Meg Ryan Movie, or a time of utter confusion for straight men everywhere. Roses, chocolate, sappy card, giant teddy bears, lingerie (never get her lingerie), dinner, a movie, that collectible action figure she’s had her eye on…which do you choose?.
Our readers are a wide range of people from partners trying to share advice, homeschooling questions, girlfriends chatting about what goes on during diaper changes to new Mommies looking for resources. When I became a new Mommy I continuously thought I was on my own. I didn’t know any other new Mommies of twins. As I got out of my social awkwardness and started to join play groups, expanding my circle of friends to other parents, I found often people all had situations they got a good laugh at, questions they needed help with, or advice they’d share. .
One of the biggest concerns for pregnant women is the ever looming idea that they will get stretch marks or “stripes” as some call it. Some women will spend hundreds of dollars on products promising the prevention of these lines from covering your abdomen. Of all the products that are advertised today, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, can be a saving grace from these “love lines”..
Time can fly as memories are made. But they can zoom by even quicker when you are pregnant. It seems as though one day you see the ‘positive’ sign on a pregnancy test, and the next you are folding up onesies and painting the walls of that extra bedroom a nice soothing color. One thing that you’ve probably thought about by now is what to bring to the hospital when you are ready to deliver. Clothes, check. Jammies? Check. A good book to read? Check..
Lately I have been noticing something pervasive in the mommy community. It is something no one ever talks about, and something no one tells you before you have children. I suspect that is partially because it is so hard to put into words, but hang in there with me while I try. As I mentioned in a previous post, I meditate twice a day (whenever and wherever I have to). Part of that process, for me, is letting my emotions (good and bad) come to the surface so that I may welcome them in with compassion..
I find there is a great divide in our culture between sexuality, pregnancy and birth. Sex is so often fetishized, commodified and stripped of its connection to life. It’s all about pleasure, and it is, but sometimes it is also the start of a new being. There’s something to honor there, something about that for me. Don’t get me wrong, I totally honor non-procreative sex as well, its vast iterations, but what I wish to bridge is the connection sex and sexuality have to birth and the pregnant woman. .
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