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In Motherhood, My Journal on
November 20, 2016

It’s 6 AM on a Sunday and I’m Writing This

Parenting a newborn

The thing I’m coming to learn about parenting is that it does take up all your time, does often require a village, and that it’s totally worth it when your baby smiles for you.

But I’m also trying to accept my shift in identity, and the emotional grief I’ve experienced with that, because it is not something I anticipated. Logically, everyone knows that having a child changes you. You know that your priorities have to shift. What I didn’t comprehend was how deep it went. Until you feel it, I don’t think most people can understand how profoundly your entire being changes. Read more

In Motherhood, Sponsored on
October 19, 2016

My First Month as a Parent

New parent tips for dealing with newborns

I’ve been a parent for 6 weeks now and boy has it been a learning experience. Today I’m going to share with you the products and practices that helped keep me and Chris sane during the month and half so far. This post has been sponsored by UPRIGHT, an innovative product that helps train your posture – which has been so helpful to me when it comes to breastfeeding.

Before I share these new parent tips, have you noticed anything different? Don’t you love the new blog makeover? I’m so happy to finally be in the 21st century now. I’ve loved my blog look over the years, but my site has never been easy to use on mobile so I’m glad to have upgraded.

Now, onto my tips. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts on both this topic and my new site. I’d love to know your opinion.

When you become a parent, suddenly your whole life and all of your time belongs to someone else and that is not an easy transition to make. Chris and I have had some trouble “shifting” our identity, so to speak. No matter how much you love your child, transitioning into a caregiver role changes you and that’s not always easy to cope with.

Here are the three things that have helped with the process.
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In Motherhood, My Journal on
September 7, 2016

Jack Douglas Cortes – 6 lbs, 15 oz – September 2, 2016

It’s official, Chris and I made a baby. With our own hands! …Or bodies. Either way, this is our creation. Probably the best thing we’ll ever do. This little cutie pie is going to take over the world.

It all started the week of August 22, when I caught a pretty nasty cold. If you know anything about me, you know this is a big deal. I don’t get sick. At all. It’s just not a thing my body does. So when I told my doctor I had fever and the shakes for a week, she told me to come in as soon as I could because she wanted to check me out and possibly induce me. I told her I’d give it a little more to get better before coming in. And I did get better! I was really hoping Jack could stay in my womb for a little longer, but that wasn’t part of his plan it seems! So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.

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So I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday, August 31, when I did come into the office for my checkup.

But then during my pelvic exam, my OBGYN says “Are you sure your not feeling contractions already?” Cue the panic. “No. Why?”

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In Motherhood, My Journal on
July 12, 2016

Third Trimester Update – 7 Month Pregnancy Symptoms (31 Weeks)

I am seven months pregnant, holy crap!

Hey there, Kind Friends. Today I’m going into some details about my seventh month of pregnancy. It’s insane to me that I have less than two months to go until Chris and I get to meet the little alien/monkey in my stomach (also known as Jack).

As of the time I’m writing this, I’m 31 weeks pregnant, so one week shy of eight months. Insert my freaking out face here, because I just did that math now and I had no idea I was already almost done with my seventh month! To say I feel underprepared is an understatement, especially since Chris and I are just starting to set up the house now and don’t even have a crib or car seat yet. Yeah, it’s #CrunchTime.

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In Beauty, Motherhood on
June 1, 2016

6 Month Bumpdate and Pregnancy Favorites

We’ve got a lot to go into during this pregnancy update. The difference in my body 5 months to 6 months has changed dramatically, so let’s jump right in to my 6 month bumpdate.

Weight Gain at 6 Months Pregnant

During my 5 month pregnancy update I talked about how my hunger had increased and that has maintained this past month. In the first four months I gained very little weight and in these past two I can see more significant increases. I believe I’m up close to 15 pounds, but I try to stay away from the scale for the most part just for the sake of my sanity.

5 month versus 6 month pregnancy changes

As for my clothing, I’ve had to put a few of my dresses into storage because my belly lifted the dresses enough to make them too short to wear to work. For the most part I’m still able to wear my non-maternity clothes, since I typically wear clothes that are more flowy, but I have added three maternity dresses to my capsule wardrobe this past month. I still only have one pair of pants that fit, as well as the one pair of maternity pants I purchased last month, so most of my wardrobe is dresses. I just hate pants.

Changes in my Body and Symptoms

My belly button is days away from popping out and that is just so strange! My belly has grown pretty significantly in the past month so there is now no question that I’m expecting.

My vaginal discharge has also increased the past month, so much so that I’ve purchased Summer’s Eve Feminine Deodorant Spray. This is something I use twice a day to minimize odor and make me feel more dry and comfortable.

I’m also finding more smells in the home to be bothersome, so I’ve added two home fragrance items this month, thanks to Simply Heaven Candles. They have sponsored a portion of the below video and a full review post will be coming on these products soon.

Featured: Lemon Drop Candle (for the kitchen) and Lavender Reed Diffuser (for the bedroom)

My energy levels are also a lot lower this month, so I’ve been going to bed a lot earlier and have had trouble keeping up with my blog and other freelance work. I’ve had to scale back a lot in that way, which emotionally was hard for me to accept, but now I’m trying to be more understanding of what the rest I need.

The last change this past month has been the introduction of acid reflux. Not fun! I’ve had to keep antacids in my purse at all times because, as of yet, I haven’t been able to find a pattern as to what I’m eating/doing that leads me to that discomfort. Thankfully it’s not a daily problem, but something that comes up 2-3 times a week.

Kicking

Jack is not much of a kicker, Chris has only been able to feel him kick a handful of times and no one else has had the pleasure. He seems really calm, fingers crossed that he stays calm after birth too. Most of the time he kicks in the nighttime, but he also kicks when I’m watching TV using my iPad (since I lean it against my stomach) and when we go to the movie theaters. I assume it’s the loud sounds that get him going, but it’s still pretty cute.

That is all I have to report this month for my 6 month bumpdate. Pregnancy isn’t getting easier! Make sure to follow me on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat: rebecca.kelsey) for on the go bump photos and symptom checkins.

In Free Printables, Motherhood on
May 3, 2016

10+ Free Mother’s Day Printables and Gifts

Mother's Day Free Printable Cards

I can’t believe this is going to be my first Mother’s Day! While there is no baby to snuggle with yet, this pregnancy thing is taking it all out on me (My feet have started to swell! Ah!) so I’m excited for a breakfast in bed this weekend.

Today I have a post in collaboration with KidzStuff, one of the companies I’m working with at AB&A Advertising, sharing some great last minute Mother’s Day printables that I know you all will love. I’m thinking of downloading the printable crown, just so I can show Chris how much of a queen I am this weekend.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out their Mother’s Day Pinterest board for more inspiration.

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, you may be thinking about different gifts that you can buy or make to show your mom (or wife) that you love her without breaking the bank. That’s where these gorgeous, free Mother’s Day printables come in. Not only do they show that you put thought into her gift, but they can also help enhance the perfect gift.

And for the moms reading this post, feel free to forward it to your spouse or kids. Don’t forget to include a winky-face emoji!

Here are 10 different printable Mother’s Day cards, gifts and even cake toppers (with a few different style options in each) to help you celebrate that special mom in your life:

1. Amy Locurto’s DIY Mother’s Day Printable Artwork and Printable Tags

This set has a chalkboard feel and would look adorable in a wood frame for a rustic or country styled home. This free Mother’s Day printable is available as a card, art-print, or a gift tag.

2. Alex & Co’s Floral Chic Free Mother’s Day Art Print

If your mom prefers a more elegant look, this floral art print with a gold frame will help class up her office or bedroom.

3. Lolly Jane’s Hand Painted Mother’s Day Art Print

While this has a similar backdrop to the first printable, the hand-painted look of these roses gives it a whole different vibe.

4. Oh Happy Day Printable Cake Toppers

Now that is a cool cake topper! This floral set could easily cost $10 or more and here it is for free. All you need to do is print it on sturdy cardstock, add it to popsicle sticks and place on the cake.

5. October Ink’s Simple Stylistic Cards

If your mom is interested in simpler stylings, these printable Mother’s Day cards feature gorgeous typography that lets the message shine more than the card itself.

6. Party Delights’ Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons

If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift for the kiddos to share, a staple gift for parents has always been the coupon book. They include a whole bunch of tasks kids don’t typically feel up to doing but will when their mom needs a little break. These cute coupons come with a nice girly print too. If you’d like a printable coupon set that uses less ink, this Mother’s Day coupon set is just as cute.

7. Lia Griffith’s Mother’s Day Printable Menu Card

Pretty much all moms love to relax on Mother’s Day and if your plan includes breakfast in bed, this free printable menu was made just for her. Not only does it add some sophistication to your setting, the extra effort will not go unnoticed. This set includes a Mother’s Day printable card, matching envelope and menu.

If you’d rather have your mom choose her breakfast menu, there is also this cute printable door hang where she can check off what she wants as if she were in a hotel.

8. Cool Mom Picks’ Printable Mom Crown

Who doesn’t want to be queen for a day? Show mom how much you love her with this adorable printable crown she can wear for the day.

 
9. Skip to My Lou’s Coloring Page for Young Kids

If you have a young child looking for a Mother’s Day gift, this coloring page is a great way to help them share how they feel. Once they add their mom’s likeness to the cartoon, they can answer easy questions about their mom to help them feel special.

10. Oh Happy Day’s Mother’s Day Banner

This banner is so gorgeous that you’ll definitely be bringing it out every year to remind mom how special she is. Just make sure to print on quality cardstock paper so it will stand the test of time.

There you have it, over 10 different DIY Mother’s Day gifts and printables for you to share with your mom or wife. We hope they help inspire you this year.

Didn’t find exactly what you were looking for, or would just like to see more options? Check out our Mother’s Day Pinterest board for new projects and gifts all week!

[Images in collage are from Lia Griffith and an unknown source]