Favorite Things for a Newborn

Must Have Items for a Newborn:  My favorite baby thingsEven though we’re still very new parents (right at 3 months), I would love to share my favorite newborn baby items – a few unconventional.  These would make great Christmas presents if you need ideas!

Here are the top 20 things I recommend.  However, don’t make this one more thing to feel guilty about!  You’re actually not allowed to read the list unless you read my letter to new moms.  But once you do, this list may be helpful.  I know I run the risk of being more advice to confuse you, but I also want to pass along these because without someone telling me about them, I would never have known! [Read more…]

Dear New Mom…

Need some encouragement?  Must read advice for a new momI had a reality check yesterday morning.  It was preceded by a quite a display of immaturity and frustration that I’m shamed to admit.  It was one of those moments where I just lost it – lost my patience, my composure, my focus.  After 45 minutes of Elliot screaming at the TOP OF HER LUNGS, I decided to join her – raising my own voice and shedding plenty of tears.

This wasn’t the first reality check I’ve had [Read more…]

Date Night After Baby

How Soon Do You Have a Date Night After Having a Baby?We are celebrating the arrival of our baby girl Elliot!  This is our first child, so life is certainly an adjustment for both of us becoming mom and dad.  We had a wonderful birth experience, and you can read our birth story here.

When I was pregnant, I read First-Time Mom by Dr. Kevin Leman.  It was a wonderful resource, and I’m looking forward to re-reading it now that motherhood is here!  The book gives a challenge to parents to accomplish in the first ten days of their baby’s life – leave them.  The assignment is to go out with your spouse for some date time and work on your relationship – talk just about you.

So when [Read more…]

Baby Girl On The Way!

Baby announcement and gender reveal for realmarriedlife.comA few months ago, Ben and I bought our first home, and now we have another exciting announcement!  We are expecting our first child – a little girl!  We are so excited for her due date – the end of [Read more…]