October 29, 2018
best-baby-products

The 3 Best Baby Products I Didn’t Think We’d Need

Now that our daughter is firmly in the toddler stage and her baby days are behind her, I’ve had time to think about this past year and reflect on the things that made our lives easier amidst the sleepless nights and crying. These three things were hands-down the best purchases and made our lives easier almost instantly. The irony is that all three were things that I didn’t consider a “necessity” before Jocelyn was born. Sure, they’d be nice to have, but […]
June 23, 2018

How To Get Off Your Phone And Be A Parent

All of us have been there and all of us are guilty of it. You’re at the park with your kid, everyone is playing happily, and you take the moment of downtime to check up on your Instagram feed. As you’re scrolling through friend’s pictures, your little one is calling out, “Mom! Look at me!” and jumps off the playset. You missed it because you’re still looking at that really important update on Facebook, Katie from college who you haven’t seen in 8 […]
May 27, 2018

Research is in: Spanking is not for Kids!

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” is one of the oldest idioms in the United States. The belief that by hurting children, you’re teaching them discipline and correcting negative behaviors is deeply ingrained in our culture.  Furthermore,  the lack of “discipline” towards children is often blamed as an underlying motive for the behaviors of youngsters today. But, what if I say that spanking children actually hurts them? What if  hurting your child actually hinders their emotional development and stuns their mental growth? […]
May 23, 2018

A Tale of Childbirth, Newborns and Dads!

I was 23 years old when my first child was born.  For 41 weeks the changes my wife underwent in preparation for the biggest change of my life. I was about to become a father, and I couldn’t be any more excited about it. But, nothing prepared me for one of the most traumatic, yet beautiful moments in any parent’s life… the birth of their child. Little did I know the mount of blood, sweat, tears, and poop that would leave my […]
March 23, 2018
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Crying Baby Questions Answered – Hint, You Won’t Spoil Them!

Babies are cute little adorable bundles of joy, but boy are they a handful, especially if it’s a crying baby! New parents are often unaware of how much attention a newborn requires on a daily basis. But, while dealing with the baby is hard enough, it’s managing their cries what will drive parents to the brink of insanity. Crying is how babies communicate with their surroundings and trust me when I say they will cry a lot. However, new parents always have the […]
March 17, 2018
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Get Dad Involved With The Baby ~ Starting Today!

Help Wanted ~ Daddy Needs to Be Involved Today’s article we will discuss methods to get Dad involved with the baby during those crucial first months of a baby’s life. It’s no secret that life changes drastically after the birth of a child, and oftentimes parents don’t realize the challenges that are ahead of them. But, it’s during those early moments of their baby’s life when communication is of the highest importance as many parents (especially mothers) can be overwhelmed by the […]
July 16, 2012
My personal struggle with Postpartum Anxiety and Self Doubt

Nothing Prepared Me For This!

One Year Last week marked the one-year anniversary of bringing our dear daughter home from the hospital. After three long weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we were so excited to bring our brand new baby home. This moment was the culmination of many years and many long nights waiting for a birth mother to pick our profile. Finally, after so much waiting we wheeled out little one out of the hospital, strapped her securely into the car seat, and […]
March 12, 2012
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My Well Groomed Baby Only Had One Sock On! (Gasp)

I am truly a perfectionist at heart. So, every time I leave my house, I try to be sure that both Jocelyn and I are clean and well groomed. This usually means that I have been carefully planning for days what outfit she will wear when we are out on the town. This planning often includes special loads of laundry to be sure the perfect outfit is ready. Well, the other day my hold on perfection began to slip and I realized […]
February 13, 2012
motherhood

Flexibility ~ The Number One Rule of Motherhood

I am quickly learning that the number one rule of motherhood is flexibility. No matter what I have planned, the things that Jocelyn needs takes center stage no matter my well-laid plans. The truth is, I love Jocelyn so much that I truly desire to meet her every want and need to the best of my ability. However, it would be much easier to do so on my schedule! You see, flexibility is not a virtue that I possess in plenty. However, […]