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Tips for your baby's first Christmas

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Tips for your baby's first Christmas

The most wonderful time of year is even more wonderful now that you’re a parent. Revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment with our tips and tricks for creating traditions, taking photos, keeping travel stress-free and more.

  • Design your holiday card. If there’s one thing new parents love, it’s whipping out baby photos every chance they get. Holiday cards are the perfect excuse to foist your baby’s adorableness on pretty much everyone in your address book, so take advantage with a primo photo card. I love the modern designs from Tiny Prints and Minted.
  • Splurge on baby's first christmas PJ's. Nothing amps up the Christmas morning cute factor like a pair of cuddly holiday footie pajamas. Sure, your baby can only wear them for a month, but if you get something unisex, you can hand them down to the next kid.
  • Choose a stocking. This is the stocking you’ll pull out year after year, so get something you really love. If your stockings hold their fair share of the gift booty, look for something roomy. If you only use stockings for little trinkets, go with something smaller.
  • Pick and Choose Traditions. Do you love how your family always throws a kitschy Christmas sweater party, or how your husband’s spends Christmas Eve playing board games? Now you have your own little family, and you can hand-pick the traditions that you like best to form your own set.
  • Start a NEW Holiday Tradition. As much as you’ll be influenced by how you grew up, it’s also fun to come up with something that’s all your own. Make it a ritual to read the same special holiday book each year, watch retro holiday specials like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We started the tradition of our own Thansgiving the weekend after Thanksgiving. Makes it more "homey."
  • Visit Santa. Sure, your baby has no idea who the portly guy in red is. But you do, and so do your parents, who will get a big thrill out of seeing your babe (even if he’s screaming) sitting on Santa’s lap in photos. We will be running Mini sessions next weekend with the big ole' Jolly Man! Also, enjoy the total lack of interest in getting on Santa’s gift list—it won’t last! 
  • Create an Ornament. Ornaments are all about the memories associated with them, and this first Christmas is a biggie. So commemorate it with a sweet ornament you’ll love pulling out year after year. Create a photo ornament with your fave snapshot of the year, or personalize one with baby’s name.
  • Give an Heirloom Gift. Along with the requisite brightly-colored baby toys, this is the year to give a gift that your baby will have forever and can pass down to her own kids some day. Need ideas? A locket, pretty snow globe or keepsake box with prints from their newborn session are all classic choices.

This is the time of year where we see our friends and families the most! Make the best of it!

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Womb Wednesday - Tips for before you get pregnant - Moorestown NJ

Before even trying to get pregnant, it is important for you to stay healthy and prepare for that baby! It will be easier to keep a healthy lifestyle if you start a routine. Here are some tips on how to start, stay healthy and prepare for your pregnancy.

  • Start a prenatal vitamin. Prenatals are healthy all around. I still take them and my son is one. They will help with not only gorgeous skin and hair but also to increase your folic acid which is important in the beginning of a pregnancy.
  • See your Doctor. Have a physical done to make sure you are healthy.
  • Exercise! Starting now will help you stay in shape during pregnancy, can lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce labor complications and length.
  • Eat a new vegetable you haven't tried.
  • Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you.
  • Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes.
  • Track your cycles. Learning what you can about your cycles will help determine when you ovulate and when you conceived. These make for more accurate due dates.
  • Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive.
  • See your dentist before you get pregnant and brush your teeth daily. I know so many moms who have dental issues during and after pregnancy so make sure you keep up with the daily routine!
  • Tell any medical professional that you may be pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant. This can prevent exposure to harmful tests and chemicals if you are pregnant and don't know it yet. Examples: Dental xrays, medical procedures, etc.
  • Stop changing the cat litter!
  • Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects.
  • Nap when you can!
  • Drink 6-8 ounces of water a day to keep hydrated.
  • Join prenatal yoga.
  • If you are decorating your house or a nursery remember to avoid fumes often associated with paint and wall paper. Perhaps have friends do the heavy work while you help make snacks for them. Keep the windows open!
  • Baby sit a friend's baby and learn a bit about caring for a newborn.
  • Take a breastfeeding class to help prepare you for the realities of breastfeeding.

Hope these are a help!

Womb Wednesday | Tips for Pregnancy during your first trimester

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Womb Wednesday | Tips for Pregnancy during your first trimester

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Womb Wednesday | Tips for Pregnancy during your first trimester

Pregnancy is a blessing, a miracle and down right hard. When I found out I was pregnant, I had just returned from an overseas trip to Macedonia and Greece to see my husband who was deployed. Now, getting pregnant during a 4 day trip was not planned. HAHA

When I found out I was pregnant, I didn't know that technically I was 4 weeks along... I had just seen my husband 2 weeks ago, that makes no sense. Well, technically you start your "pregnancy" when you start your last period... Weird and confusing but at least you get 2 weeks without any sickness HAHA

So, when we found out I was pregnant, I texted my husband right away and said he needed to Skype me. I didn't want to tell him in a text. I wanted to see his reaction. Well it was the best reaction ever! He was so happy, excited and even more ready to come home. That evening I went to my parents house for "dinner" and gave them a gift each. I have my mom a Valentine's Day onesie, since it was right before Valentine's Day when I found out. I gave my dad little boy baseball slippers. They were soooo happy.

4 weeks was great! No nausea, no sickness, no problems.

5 weeks was a completely different story.

Nausea, sickness, migraines, bloating, you name it I had it.

My symptoms didn't let up until 16 weeks!!! But, I do have some tips, tricks and products that I used very often.

Ginger Ale

I am not a soda drinker but the ginger and the bubbles settled my nausea.

Snacking

I was not very healthy snacker until I realized how much I was eating. HAHA Pretzels always helped but they bloated me. Veggies and ranch helped a lot also and they are low in calories. Having smaller meals will keep for belly full and happy.

Essential Oils

Peppermint helped me with my migraines. I suffered from migraines since I was 16 years old. I had a head injury that caused them. The first trimester was absolutely horrendous because I could not take my normal medication. It could potentially cause birth defects and I was in now way going to risk that. I used coconut oil to be the "carrier." Used a large spoonful in my palm and put 3-4 drops in my palm. The heat of my palm would soften the coconut oil.

Lavendar helped with relaxing. I used 4-5 drops in a hot bath and relaxed for 20 minutes.

(Some people are against essential oils in the first trimester... I asked my doctor and he said it was fine as long as you used them correctly. This is just a personal choice that I made so that I did not have to put medications into my body. I use Young Living.)

Tons of water

Cucumber, lemon, crystallized ginger in a water bottle helped with nausea and keeping me hydrated.

Herbal Tea

Traditional Medicinals has a great pregnancy tea. I loved it. I then switched over to several of their teas since they are organic and non-gmo.

Start lathering up now!!!

I had some horrible stretch marks. (still do) Even though stretch marks are hereditary and my mother had stretch marks for years... I recommend you start to get used to moisturizing that belly now!

Get some SLEEP!

I literally slept 16 hours one night. No lie... My foster dog, Dorie, woke me up one night while I slept on the couch so that I could feed her and my own two dogs dinner. Get as much sleep as you can. While sleeping you don't feel sick too lol

Even though this first trimester is hard and sometimes you may wonder how a small human being can cause so much sickness and headache... It is such a blessing to become a Mom. I would not change it for the world and as much as I told my husband we are adopting our next child, I would do it again... in a year. HAHA! Hope this helped out!

Comment below with those baby bellies!!!

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