Our Social Media Manager Sarah Ortmayer shares her experience of becoming a "Girl Mom" after having four boys: "Finding out the gender of my first baby was one of the most exciting moments of my life. Even though my husband and I had both been convinced we were having a girl, we couldn’t have been happier to find out we were having a boy! ..."
In this fast-paced world of never-ending news, social media posts, and hyper-scheduled days, it’s so easy to feel like we’re not measuring up to all the moms out there who seem to be doing everything perfectly. Can I tell you a secret? You’re doing a wonderful job. Seriously.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we don’t always talk about the emotional expectations of motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking. When Mother's Day rolls around and it's our turn to be celebrated, a complicated mix of emotions and expectations can sometimes lead to stress.
Heading out with your baby (for the first or even the 100th time) can be so exciting! If you’re like me, you meticulously plan outfits for max cuteness overload, because you know that everyone will be oohing and aahing at your precious babe. Then comes the packing of the diaper bag.
Spring is here. And so are the many delicious fruits and vegetables that spring brings. This is the perfect time for your family to indulge in the season’s best. It will be a pleasant change from the winter menu, especially for your toddler, as there will be more colors, flavors, and textures on the plate. Plus, introducing this variety will help create healthy food habits in your little one. Read more of our collaboration with What to Expect!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
When you’ve just brought home a brand-new baby, you’re immersed in feeding, diapering, and trying to get whatever sleep possible. Your body is also healing from delivery, and your emotions are likely all over the place. The newborn phase is both blissful and challenging, and it’s easy to put your relationship with your partner on the back burner. Read on for some ideas for staying in and going out that are sure to spice up your relationship!
Having a newborn is one of the most special times for you and your partner. There’s nothing like bringing home that precious bundle and settling into your new life together. With all of the wonderful changes during this time, there are also challenges in developing a new routine, including finding meaningful ways to stay emotionally connected with your partner.
There may be no greater joy than being tackled by your giggling toddler, squeezed into a bear hug, and smothered in kisses. That’s the kind of thing you might have daydreamed about when you got that positive pregnancy test. You probably didn’t daydream about the laundry, dishes, and tantrums. You probably didn’t daydream about how tough motherhood can sometimes be. In this article, we'll share 10 of our favorite parenting affirmations (downloadable) to help you in those tough times.
What can you do so that this time next year you can say, “2019 was a success.”? What does it mean to have a successful year? Does it mean your friendships were stronger than they were a year ago? Does it mean you’re proud of who your children became this year? Does it mean your marriage was better this year than last? What if it meant that 2019 was your most positive year?
Guest blogger Erin Nelson opens up about motherhood: "When I reflect on my early days as a mother, especially when I had two children under the age of two, I realize that there were parts of motherhood that no one could have prepared me for. Sure, there were moments of joy and laughter each day, but some of it was just hard."
We love checking things off lists, especially when they’re mom-approved lists. Since traveling with babies and toddlers can be complicated (even more so during the holidays), we’ve put together our favorite tips and packing must-haves, and we created a streamlined, downloadable packing list for you.
Kindred Bravely Facebook Manager Alix writes, "With my November due date feeling both far away and way too close, I’ve put my organization skills to their best possible use. I want to be as prepared as possible for when my baby boy arrives (cue laughter from all the veteran moms out there), so I decided to make some ready-to-go meals for when life is too chaotic to cook or for when I just don’t feel up to it after taking care of a newborn all day." She shares five yummy freezer meals that will make your newborn days just a bit easier.
A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.
Newborns rely on loving parents to soothe their sensory overload and meet their basic needs. Through this consistent caregiving, the parent-child bond grows. The beauty of this phase is that every moment – when you gaze at your newborn, touch her skin, feed her, rock her to sleep, change her diaper – is a part of the bonding process. With mindful communication and these simple tasks, the parent-child bond can flourish.
I know a lot of moms who struggle to find community. They had a community before they had kids, but when they became mothers, things changed. Perhaps some of their friends weren’t ready for the new dynamics. And that’s fine. Friendships evolve. I also think most moms want a community experiencing the same life events as they are. My ideal community, and what I think we really need, is a combination of people who’ve known us forever and people who are in the thick of it with us. I asked our followers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for their tips on how to build community.
In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."
Celebrating a first Father’s Day – and acknowledging all the wonder and challenge that becoming a parent can bring – is an opportunity to reconnect with your partner. Father’s Day can also be a time to celebrate any men in your life supporting your transition into motherhood, whether it’s your own father, friends, or other father figures in your family’s life. Check out our ideas for Father's Day gifts and activities to celebrate the dads who enrich our lives in so many ways.
Since November is a month of giving thanks, I wanted to share the gift of our BraveMoms' blessings with you. Their words filled my heart with happiness, gratitude, and a reminder to keep celebrating the good in my life. I hope that you too can enjoy the wonderful expressions of others’ grateful hearts.
While every mom’s breastfeeding journey is unique, many words and phrases make a sudden appearance in everyone’s new vocabulary. Some of these are easy to understand, others may be a little confusing. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite, most confusing, and most important words every nursing mom should know.
Every Friday, Sophia, our Instagram Manager, asks a mom-related question. Since so many of our team members are moms of little ones, we loved reading the responses and swapping stories from our own #newmom days. Check out our favorite replies, and let us know in the comments how you would fill in the blank.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with the ones we hold dearest – our little one/ones, significant others, and our dear friends and family. My family had our own Thanksgiving celebration this weekend, (before several families were traveling out of town for the week), and I got to spend time with some of the people I’m most thankful for. I’m also grateful for each of you because without your encouragement and support I would not have made it this far.