1.30.2015

A Few Words of Encouragement...

If you've been around for long {{or even just a short time}}, you may know I'm a new mama... My little one is almost five months old *runs to the corner to cry*. I'm thrilled to say that we've had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship, and I'm so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to nurse my little one.

Let me first say that this post is not at all meant to criticize you if you don't nurse your child. Our personal beliefs have shaped our decision for our sweet Hannah to nurse, but I understand that others may choose or have to formula feed for various reasons. Our responsibility as parents is to nourish and care for our children. The breastfeeding debate is definitely out there, but this isn't the place for it! I simply want to share a few words of encouragement with those who desire to nurse {or are currently nursing} for the first time! Please also know that I'm not at all a lactation consultant, nor do I have any formal training in breastfeeding. I'm simply a new mama who wants to share some encouragement with other new or soon-to-be mamas.


Find a support friend or family member {or several!!}... Several of the mamas in our church are nursing mamas, and they have been a wealth of knowledge when it came to nursing my own little one. I also turned to my own mama for encouragement. You'll appreciate the knowledge and tips of other mamas... And they'll appreciate that you've asked them for help! Take my word for it... An encouraging friend or family member is essential because the times may get tough! Nursing is painful at first, and it may drive you to think you can't do it. My mama and husband and friends were super helpful in reassuring me that the pain would not last {yes, it does eventually get better!}... It can be discouraging, and the lack of sleep and changes your body is going through may add to the discouragement... But be strong. It does get better {sometime around two months I realized that nursing didn't hurt anymore and that Hannah can often latch without me even "feeling" her latch}. Sorry if that's too much information, but stay strong, mama!

Take care of yourself... This is hard as a new mama. If you're anything like me, you like a clean house, a cared for husband, and a loved and happy baby. It's so incredibly easy to overlook your own needs, but your baby and family need you to care for yourself! This doesn't mean you have to take a shower and be fancy every day... But get some sleep, and be sure to eat enough! Your body is producing the nutrition for your baby, and your baby will get everything she needs from your milk - but it's draining on your own body!

Read, read, read. Read all you can before your baby arrives {or even in that first few weeks}. I attended a short intro to breastfeeding class after our hospital tour where they shared a video about nursing. I also tried to read as much as I could before Hannah arrived. I was able to learn different position ideas and how to help Hannah latch properly and more... And this helped build my confidence in nursing even before Hannah arrived.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. I didn't want to leave the hospital before I knew Hannah would eat well enough to grow and develop like she should. I asked several nurses for help while we were there. Our nursing success wasn't immediate, but I was determined that we could make it work {and I prayed for wisdom often}... I should've called a local lactation consultant, but my pride stood in the way. I'm telling you - if you have questions and have access to a lactation consultant, take advantage of it! Seriously. They've seen it all {or more than most}, and they have infinite amounts of knowledge and advice. If you don't have access to a lactation consultant, see my first piece of encouragement. Find a friend or several who can help. Yes, nursing can be a "weird" topic to talk about, but we nursing mamas gotta stick together! If it's truly important to you to continue a breastfeeding relationship with your baby, ask for help. Those who have nursed understand where you're at and will often want to help you be successful in your nursing relationship as well!

Your turn... What words of encouragement do you have for brand new nursing mamas? Leave a comment... I'd love to add your tips to my list {credit will be given}!

You might also enjoy this post I shared when Hannah was just one month old!

1.25.2015

Snapshot Saturday on a Sunday {{01.25.15}}

It's time for another recap of our week in pictures! We've had a packed-full week with working on our new house, but I was able to get a few pictures to share from the week! Ready to see what we've been up to?!


01.18.15 - No words necessary...

01.19.15 - Hannah loves her baby, and I love mine...

01.19.15 - There's a fun little "game" on Instagram where you tag people to share what their doing at the moment... I was tagged when I was looking at my extra planner inserts Monday night, trying to figure out what I could salvage to sell at a discounted rate... Also in the picture are my daughter's nail clippers and baby. I've learned that being a mom means toys and kid stuff is everywhere. And I'm good with that...

01.20.15 - This girl. Seriously. She's just such a happy little one... I'm so in love!

01.21.15 - So this last week Hannah decided to wake up early almost every morning. By early I mean 6:00 or 6:30... But that's too early for this mama. Anyway. She usually "plays" with Daddy {which means she lays on the floor or couch next to him while he reads his Bible} while I try to catch a few extra winks of sleep. Anyway. Usually around 8:30 or 9:00, I find her like this... And it's the sweetest thing ever. Of course everything she does is the sweetest thing ever.

01.21.15 - Here's a glimpse at the first half of my planner this week...

01.22.15 - Hannah's grandparents got her an exersaucer for Christmas, and she's finally starting to really enjoy it. Like she's playing with the toys and moving herself around... So fun! She's getting to be such a big girl!!

01.22.15 - Speaking of big girl... She sat in the cart at the store for the first time this week. It didn't last long because she's not quite able to sit up on her own, but I wanted to get a picture of her in the cart anyway. The poor kid is a child of a blogger. Can you tell?!

01.23.15 - I'm so blessed to be able to nurse my sweetie, and this is the face I get to see when we're done... Guess we're having a Hannah-overload this week. #sorrynotsorry

01.23.15 - Hannah's been working on kisses... They're wet, but they're the best!

01.24.15 - Remember when I said she falls asleep while playing in the morning... Yep. This was right before she fell asleep Saturday morning.

01.25.15 - My sweetie after church this morning...

01.25.15 - Impromptu photo shoot... Eek!

01.25.15 - She loves putting things in her face {or in her mouth!!}.

01.25.15 - And she's recently been pushing things away {or dropping them on the ground}... Haha! Maybe it's a sign of what's to come {with food and toys being launched from the high chair}?! I wouldn't trade this for the world though!

01.25.15 - I saw this idea on Pinterest once upon a time, and this week when I remembered that I wanted to do it, I was devastated because I thought I'd missed it... Then I counted the weeks and realized that Hannah was 20 weeks old yesterday - so I didn't miss it after all. What didn't I miss?! The top picture is from our 20 week ultrasound with Hannah-girl... That was the day we found out she's a girl {and when we started calling her Hannah}... It's amazing to me just how much she looked like a baby in the womb. I know, I know, she was a baby. But so many believe that babies aren't babies until they're born. My friends, God is amazing in so many ways. Even in ways as "small" as this. Babies are precious from conception. Don't take it for granted. Oh, and on a side note, she's always loved having her hands near her face... Again, so sweet.

Alrighty, lovelies... Caleb's working hard at our new house tonight, and I'm going to work hard on Etsy orders. I hope y'all have a great week - I'll check back in as soon as I can!

Motivational Monday {{01.25.15}}

Hey there, friends!! How has your weekend been? I hope y'all have had a great week! We've made quite a bit of progress in the area of demolition, and we're getting excited about the next few weeks with getting our new house put back together! It's been a roller coaster ride, but we're looking forward to moving in {and sharing pictures of the before and after!}... Oh, and Hannah's learning new things daily it seems. Wednesday night we came home from church and she had covered herself with a blanket. Caleb came in and played peek-a-boo with her, and she just laughed and laughed! This being a mama thing is just indescribable! I'm just loving each stage... Seriously!

Are you ready to get to this week's party?! We had several fun projects linked up last week, and I can't wait to hop around and see what you've been up to... Let's hop right in... 
As always, here are the Motivational Monday co-hosts!


Burlap and Babies
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The DIY Mommy
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Dwelling in Happiness
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Curly Crafty Mom
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Sew Much Crafting
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Making It In The Mitten
Blog | Etsy |  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

The Dempster Logbook
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The Southern Couture
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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is of this link up to focus on craft, DIY, and home posts so please try to remember that when linking up!
  • Limit it to three links per week, and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog!
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to...because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all!
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Thursday at 5:00 p.m. {PST}.

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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's features are...

Valentine's Day Gift Idea from {{Bravely}}

Valentine Art from {{The Ribbon Retreat Blog}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party?! Link up below!

1.18.2015

Motivational Monday {{01.18.15}}

Happy Sunday, lovelies! I hope y'all have had another great week! Did you do anything fun? Caleb worked quite a bit at our new house this week, and Hannah laughed for the first time! I think she also found her hands - beyond just sticking them in her mouth. I watched her watch them a few times this week! Being her mama is seriously the best! So many new things...

Anyway. We're here to party, so let's jump right in!! Have you been creating? Well, link up below! As always, here are the Motivational Monday co-hosts!


Burlap and Babies
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

The DIY Mommy
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Bloglovin’

Dwelling in Happiness
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ | Bloglovin’

Curly Crafty Mom
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

Sew Much Crafting
Blog | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ | Bloglovin'


Making It In The Mitten
Blog | Etsy |  Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

The Dempster Logbook
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

The Southern Couture
Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ |  Bloglovin’

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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is of this link up to focus on craft, DIY, and home posts so please try to remember that when linking up!
  • Limit it to three links per week, and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog!
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to...because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all!
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Thursday at 5:00 p.m. {PST}.

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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's features are...
 Pallet Pipe Side Table from {{My Own Home Blog}}

Free Valentine Printable from {{Pitter and Glink}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party?! Link up below!

1.17.2015

Snapshot Saturday {{01.17.15}}

Hey there, lovelies! I wanted to swing by with a quick recap of our week in pictures... It's been a fun week with Hannah finding her hands {beyond just putting them in her mouth!}, and she laughed for the first time! She's giggled here and there, but this was a full-on laugh! So sweet. I've been busy with more Etsy orders, and if you've been one of my many customers, thank you!! It's been a fun journey, and I look forward to seeing where it takes me! We've also been working on our new house. It's a big project, and we're finding that it must get worse before it gets better... But we know it will be much better! Let's get to the pictures...


01.10.15 - We had to run to Costco to pick up church supplies... Hannah was super tired, can you tell?! She fell asleep while we were shopping and slept for quite a while!

01.11.15 - Hannah goes to choir practice with us... And so do her toys!

01.11.15 This is one stack of paper from my orders this week... I've gone through almost 2000 sheets of paper in the last couple of weeks! Yikes!!

01.13.15 - Joy of my life...

01.14.15 - Someone requested a different monthly layout, and I delivered! Yay!

01.14.15 - I won an Erin Condren Life Planner a couple of weeks ago, and it arrived this week! I'm loving the change {though I will continue making and using my own planner inserts!}... They're a bit spendy, but if you use this code, you can save $10.00 off your first order!! Oh, and the stickers and fun additions can be purchased from various Etsy sellers... Would anyone be interested in a post of my favorite supplies?! I've got coupon codes for some of the shops... Leave a comment! I'm willing to share some more pictures if there's enough interest!

01.16.15 - I received these PenGems pens a couple of weeks ago to try out, and boy, are they lovely! They're plain ball point pens {which I love!} and write super smooth... The crystals add a gorgeous touch. I'm hosting a giveaway for two PenGems pens on my Instagram page... Hop over and enter to win if you're interested!

01.17.15 - I updated my Cleaning Checklist... Now if I could just remember to use it!

01.17.15 - I asked some of my Instagram followers a few weeks ago if there'd be any interest in a planner insert sampler pack, and I was shocked at the overwhelming response of YES!! I finally wrapped up the design of the sampler in personal size, and it's now available in my Etsy shop! While I'd love to have the business of many, I believe we're all different {and so are our planning methods!}. This sampler allows you to try out some of my top selling inserts without buying a TON that you may not use... I know, I'm supposed to get your business, but I want loyal customers - not just sales... Anyway. You can find this sampler here - and more sizes will soon be available!

01.18.15 - I've been reading through and studying the book of James in my quiet time these last couple of weeks... One of my favorite books of the Bible!

Well, lovelies, we've made it through another week... Seriously, time keeps on a flyin'! I'm trying to embrace and cherish each moment because what I once heard is true... The days may be long, but the years are short! And actually, the days are pretty short too! I'm off to soak in some baby snuggles! Have a great weekend!