Must-Have Nursery Items for a Fall Baby

My sweet cousin is getting ready to have her first baby. Not only am I super excited for the baby, but I also love that fall is one of the best times of the year to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world! The weather is not too hot, and in some cases not too cold (if it’s not snowing yet). But the best part of having a fall baby is that you get to kick off the holiday season with your new addition — starting with Halloween. The thought of shopping for your little one’s first Halloween costume can be so exciting. While adding a Halloween costume to the nursery closet is a must, here’s a list of some items that your fall baby needs for the changing weather. 

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Swaddle blankets

Because the temperature only drops at night, using a really cozy swaddle blanket for day naps is more than enough. Baby Tula baby blankets are made with 100% viscose from bamboo, making them cozy but also breathable. The pulp from the bamboo also makes these blankets plump with softness. Make sure you have plenty of swaddle blankets to provide the most comfort and warmth for your baby so you don’t have to worry about layering them with a ton of clothing. 

Wipe warmer

For those changes in the middle of the night, your baby is going to love the fact that their wipes aren’t freezing cold from being taken straight out of the package. There’s nothing worse than a cold touch after being snuggled up. Keep the crying to a minimum and remember to keep the warmer stocked up and plugged in. It’s also a lot quieter too when pulling a wipe from this device instead of from a crinkling package. 

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Preparing to Become a First Time Dad

Typically here on the blog, most things are directed towards women, right? I guess the main reason for that is that I AM a woman, so I know that world well! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of posts on various DIY projects that many a guy would appreciate, but I don’t know that I’ve ever spoken directly to men. SO. Here it comes! Are you ready?!

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Getting ready for the arrival of your first baby is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. Between all of the preparations, thoughts of sleepless nights and overwhelming joy of being able to meet your baby, it’s enough to make anyone feel a little dizzy. As a first time dad, there are a few things you can do to properly prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Check out these top tips for new dads!

Do Some Research

How many diapers do you need and in what size? What’s the right way to put the car seat in the car? What’s the right temperature to heat a bottle to for your baby? These are all normal questions to have, and taking initiative and conducting some research will not only give you some peace of mind, but it will help you to be as prepared for your baby as you possibly can. 

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Three Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

As you might know, we are celebrating Baby’s First Christmas this year – times two! The twins will be just over four months old come Christmas, which kind of threw us for a loop. They won’t be too “into” it, and they definitely won’t remember it! What should we do to celebrate Christmas with them without going overboard? 

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Our goal was to celebrate together as a family, to avoid wearing them out with too many events, and to not spend a boatload of money!

With those things in mind, I narrowed it down to three P’s:

Photograph

Of course, living in our house everyone gets photos taken of them often. However, I’m talking about something a bit more formal. This year, we took the girls to see Santa and had some photos done that way. If you’d rather schedule a family photo shoot with a local photographer, that’s perfect, too! Choose to do something a bit more momentous to mark the season than just a selfie!

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The Best Way to Organize Baby Socks (and Other Tiny Things!)

There are lots of tiny things around our house these days, as you can imagine. And they’re all the fault of two tiny 4-month-old baby girls! (Of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way!) But after a few weeks of doing their laundry and trying to fold all those teeny tiny little pieces that make up infant clothing, I was getting a little bit frustrated. And if I thought it was easy to lose socks in the laundry BEFORE kids, oh my goodness – BABY SOCKS ARE THE WORST!!!

After having to purchase more socks than I can remember due to the loss of so many, it dawned on me: I know how to fix this! Why didn’t I remember this sooner?!

The solution?

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Safety pins.

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Our Birth Story

If you haven’t read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of Our Infertility Story, or Our Pregnancy Story…well, you may want to do that before you move on!

Our Infertility Story, Part 1 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Infertility Story, Part 2 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Infertility Story, Part 3 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Pregnancy Story (<—CLICK TO READ!) 

All righty. On to Our Birth Story!

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It was Friday, August 12, I was 33 weeks and 4 days along, and I went in for a routine (well, routine for me!) doctor’s appointment. They wanted to do another test to monitor the babies’ heart rates, and I also had to turn in my 24-hour urine sample for them to test to make sure I wasn’t preeclamptic. It just so happened that Jerrod had taken off work to go in with me, as I hadn’t been feeling so great that week, and he was a little concerned for me to go by myself.

After the heart rate monitoring, with everything looking great, we sat and waited for the results of the urine test. My regular doc wasn’t in, so we were seeing his partner.

In a few minutes, the doctor came in, stated everything was looking good, and that he thought we were about a week or 10 days out from a delivery. “We’re not there yet,” were his exact words.

Perfect! The nursery was almost done, I would pack my hospital bag, wrap up some household projects, and get to see the two sweetest faces in the world soon!

Just after he gave us that news, he asked us to hold on for a moment, and stepped back out.

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