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    Postpartum Recovery-2 months

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. If there were a February 29th, my baby would be 2 months old tomorrow! Does that mean we just get to skip and he gets to stay 1 month old longer, please? No…well, okay then…. Physical So I thought by this point I would have myself back into a movement/exercise routine. Let’s all take a moment to LOL at that. Ain’t happening. MAYBE after next week when I get into my new routine with working from home & the kids being…

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    One of the Postpartum Struggles….

    Can we stop starting conversations with new moms by saying “What’re you doing?” or “What’ve you been doing today?” New moms are SENSITIVE; our hormones are fluctuating, we are emotional, we are sleep deprived, and it feels like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders trying to make sure we’re doing everything right for this tiny human (or humans) that literally depends on us to LIVE. Then there’s the impending return to work fast approaching giving us anxiety: will my baby be okay away from me? Will he take his bottles okay? Will he get enough snuggles? How will I keep everything done when I have work…

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    Epidural vs. No Epidural

    I’ve now had a medicated and un-medicated labor experience. You can read Kenley’s birth story(epidural) here and Hollis’s here (no epidural) I’ve been asked by several different people which I preferred, what I’ll plan for my next delivery, and how different the two experiences were, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts here: Reflecting on my delivery with Kenley I feel that it went great. I labored naturally until I was 7cm and then requested my epidural. This allowed me to have a little time to rest before time to push and my epidural worked well, so other than feeling some pressure, I felt no pain. I…

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    1 Month Postpartum Recovery Update

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. My little man is one month old today and I can’t believe it! Time is going by so fast & I wish I could slow it down! I have 5 weeks of maternity leave left and I’m already dreading it being over. 🙁 Physical Physically I feel great! Breastfeeding…

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    Postpartum Recovery-2 weeks

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. At the time I’m writing this, Hollis is 2 weeks old. I may not publish the blog post for a few more days, so I just wanted to put that out there. I’ve been sharing very openly about my postpartum recovery over on instagram @theaubreyfam but I also wanted…

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    Hollis Birth Story

    What a wild ride.I could probably end it right there, but I wont lol We again decided to not find out the gender of our baby with this pregnancy. We did this when we were pregnant with Kenley & loved the experience. I gave birth to Kenely at 37 weeks and 6 days (you can read her birth story here), so I anticipated that I would have this baby around that same time in pregnancy. At 35 weeks we moved out of our house and the following weekend, at 36 weeks we moved into our new home! Everyone, myself included, was so nervous that I would go into labor prior…

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    Kenley’s Birth Story

    We’ll start with the back story: my husband, Blake, & I decided when we got pregnant that it would be fun for us to not find out the gender of our baby. My parents didn’t know my gender throughout pregnancy and I always thought this would be a fun thing to do, luckily Blake was on board. I love surprises, but in today’s world I feel like there are so few true surprises in life……so what better surprise than waiting to find out the gender of your baby, right? Weeks leading up August/September 2019 Blake & I were approved to be foster parents. In our area there is a great…

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    Vacation with an 18 month old & 4 year old

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I’m a planner, always have been, likely always will be. That means that in the weeks leading up to our week long vacation 9hrs from home, I did a lot of researching, thinking, and planning to try to make this trip as enjoyable and smooth sailing as possible. We have never flown with our kids before and given that our destination was only 9 hours away (I know, only right?) we decided that having our vehicle for the week was more…

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    Favorite Items For Mom

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Pregnant/Breastfeeding/Postpartum Round-Up Pregnancy This t-shirt pack is awesome because they’re super comfy & the white is NOT see through Again, white is NOT see through Wore these as a dress or a gown, had in a few different colors Wore this for maternity pictures Worn to my baby shower…

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    Favorite Baby Items Birth-One Year

    Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Items are in no particular order. I have personally used all of these items and found them to be very useful as a first time parent! Gender Neutral Baby Gowns Teethers Banana Toothbrush Sit-Me-Up Jumperoo Baby Carrier/Wearable Traditional Swing Nose Frida Baby tub-infant Baby tub seat-for once sitting up Play yard Hatch Carseat Toy Drying Grass Burp Cloths Newborn Sleeper Pillow Portable activity arch Love to Dream Swaddle Crib Liner Portable & Rechargeable Sound Machine/Light Portable baby play dome great for…