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What do I recommend to a first time mom?

Things I learned after my first pregnancy/delivery/home coming experience…

First time moms often have so many questions for those who have “been there and done that” with the labor, delivery, and home coming process. One started an advice thread, and there were so many great bits. Here are some of my personal tips and some of my favorites mentioned.

It started with this thread on babycenter.com:   http://community.babycenter.com/post/a34434985/btdt_advice_thread

My advice (Yes we are getting REAL here people):

Read this entire post so that you can not only laugh, but have some great tips: dearbabyblog.com/post/4718750068/a-…

Vaginal Deliveries: Use the squirt bottle they give you from the hospital to clean your oh-so-tender lady parts… warm water feels best. Also use the witch hazel and dermoplast.– and take your Doc seriously about the waiting to have sex thing. It takes a while to get your groove back.

Trust your instincts. If you feel something isn’t right with you or your baby, call a doctor. If it turns out to be nothing or its normal- at least they gave you peace of mind that it is nothing to worry about.

TAKE STOOL SOFTENERS!! So you don’t have to push anything else out! A baby should be enough!   Also take the anti-inflammatory meds they give you. It’s just a higher dose of Motrin usually, but it really seemed to help.

Drink plenty of fluids. You’ll hear that a lot. It’s really true. 🙂

Have LOTS of breast pads handy for the first 2-3 days after you come home and your milk comes in!! Yowzah!!

Make a basket of granola bars/snacks, breast pads, extra burp rags, etc so that when you sit down to breastfeed you have all your things handy.

– And have a big bottle/glass/mug/cup of water, and your boppy or other pillow there too!

Nursing tank tops: You can make them! And for WAY less $!   Go to this site: thejensonjaunts.blogspot.com/2011/0…

Nursing: Use a safety pin or small hair clip to pin on the strap of your nursing bra. Pin it to the side you leave of with, so you can start on that side next time you breastfeed.

Know that your body will eventually look nice again. During that very hormonal week after birth I stood in the shower, looking at my body complete with GIANT breasts, stretch marks, and belly flab and just cried. Nothing felt or looked my own any more. My husband just did a lot of hugging during that time.

– Remember to give your spouse hugs too! It is important you two stay connected and united, and at times it is an effort.

TAKE PICTURES! Take sweet pics of your baby with every one you love. Especially parents/grandparents. I lost my grandfather when our daughter was less than a year. I still treasure the picture I have of him holding her as a baby.

Above all- Enjoy your precious baby. They grow so fast before your eyes. Stare at them, marvel at them. Soak up every moment.

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PS- Mamas out there–Please comment if you have any great tips to add from your own experience!

(These are just helpful tips,  no judgement here on any mom’s choices)


Pinterest inspired Pregnancy/Mommy ideas

Pregnancy & Nursing tips 

from Moms who amaze me!

I have 25 days to go until I hit my 39 week mark. I have now been on bed rest for  41 days. Because we were all ready to go for an induction at  34 weeks… I now find I have less on my “To-Do” list. So I have been spending more time reading, browsing, and pinning on Pinterest. I love Pinterest because I constantly find other moms who are awesome, encouraging, and have amazing ideas in their blogs.They come from many different points of view, but these mamas are crafty, thoughtful, and make me laugh! Here are some recent favorites:


I found this idea online when I was looking for some maternity tank tops. I’m not a super big fan of the no-support nursing bras that I wore with my first daughter, and wanted something more like a real bra with padding, underwire, etc. Side note: (Yes it is my mission along with my mother-in-law’s to get women to wear a proper fitting bra. If you haven’t been fit by a specialist at Nordstrom or somewhere else besides Victoria’s Secret, please please go! There are so many good brands that are meant to fit your body and will make you feel so good about yourself!) So I wanted to find some tanks to go with them. I stumbled across this idea from Undercover Mama. They took a tank top and made it hook to your bra! Genius!

**DISCLAIMER: I am not selling this idea. I am simply sharing this idea on a public blog for free. Since this is not my idea, I am not selling it in any way.

Then my sister-in-law found something even better– a DIY version of the same thing!


I am definitely going to make these!I found a pack of 9 cami’s on eBay for $36 with free shipping– that makes each nursing top $4! Can’t beat that!


This is a must-read for any moms-to-be! Whether you have had one before or not, this has a great list of laugh out loud things that are MUST have items and ideas! My faves are #9 and 10.  🙂



This working mom gained and lost her pregnancy weight. She is really funny, and very honest about what she did and how she lost her weight.

I recommend everyone reads this blog! She's hilarious and motivating! She lost 60 lbs in 5 months!  Pin now, read later



This mama with OCD tendencies has made over her trunk of her minivan with super smart ideas for her kids whether it is just a short trip or a road trip! Loved her tips and the pic!

Organized your car-kid style!



I am a huge believer in the power of prayer. As a mom, I pray my girls will be healthy, know they are loved, and know the Lord. Plain and simple. This picture is a great reminder of many different aspects to pray for in our child’s life.

31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your children




I just want to say that I am so thankful to all the women in my life who inspire me, encourage me, make me laugh, challenge me, and love me for who I am. Thank you for being the awesome people that you are. I hope and pray that my daughters will know in me the best that I have known in each of you, and be that kind of woman to those around them and eventually to their own children.  Love to all of you~ JS

Proverbs 31 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life….Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”