6 Surprising Things I Learned as a Second-Time Mom

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The age of the internet – What a time to be a mom! We have resources at our fingertips. It’s a great thing and also very overwhelming. Having the “mom” experience under your belt certainly makes things easier the second time around. However, it is true what they say, “every child is different” and every experience is different. Let me share with you the surprising things I learned as a second-time mom:

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Baby Photography Ideas

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As exhausting as the first days with baby can be, I highly recommend taking the time and effort (yes, it takes quite a bit) to take photos with and of your little one. Capturing the moments with your newborn is truly memorable and powerful. You’ll look back in the years to come and be glad that you did it.

Here are some simple photography ideas for your baby.

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16 Must Have Items for Baby’s Diaper Bag

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Congratulations! You are now responsible for another tiny human being. You come home with your precious bundle of joy and spend the next few weeks honing your survival skills with the newest family member. Before you know it, a trip to the grocery store is warranted. What seemed like a menial task before baby was here, now feels like you’re packing to go on a trip to Italy. Worry not! Here’s a list that can help you get ready to brave the world again with your tiny tot. This list may applicable up to baby’s first year.

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What I Wish I Knew Then About Breastfeeding

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When I became pregnant with my first child, I was beyond ecstatic. As the months passed, the feeling of happiness started getting mixed in with anxiety. I felt like there was so much to learn to prepare myself, yet so little time. I spent that nervous energy researching away… From topics like what my body was going through, what to expect during labor and birth all the way to exciting things like picking out things for baby. Breastfeeding was not at the top of my list to read up on. After all, it’s a natural thing to do, right? The innate instincts of motherhood should take over as humans have existed for centuries. Piece of cake! I was wrong!

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Confessions of a Mom: Mom Guilt

Mom guilt! Let’s talk about that.

I am a working mom. I have a 3-year old and a 5-month old. I went through almost the exact same thing leading up to the birth of both my children… at home, I was nesting – terribly! I wanted to organize everything to make room for baby. At work, I was putting in extra hours to get ready for maternity leave. I barely slept in anticipation for my little one’s arrival. Finally, the big day was here! All of the things that kept me up at night on the matters of the home and work had taken a back seat, because now, I have a new focus. My precious little bundle of joy has entered the world. And just like that, I knew my only job was to take care of this helpless tiny human that I loved so dearly.

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Hello Vegas! Our Trip to Sin City with Our 19-Month Old

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We visited Las Vegas with our 19-month old toddler when my long-time pen pal and friends from Belgium came to the USA for the first time. We were excited and nervous at the same time as we planned for this trip that’s been years in the making. As fate would have it, my poor baby caught a stomach bug a few days before the trip.

Like any logical actions first-time parents take, we rushed to the pediatrician’s office to have her checked. The doctor advised to let her system work through it. In the meantime, our job was to keep her hydrated. With that, we were cleared to travel. Oh boy! We were in for a trip! We certainly knew it was going to be rough. Nonetheless, we made the most of it.

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A Review of the Kiinde Breastmilk Storage System

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I was in the process of doing research on how to store breast milk and what was available in the market when a friend of mine gifted me the Kiinde Kozii Breastmilk and Bottle Warmer. This is probably the most expensive purchase in the system, so I began to look into the company’s products. This post will not be covering a comparison of other systems because I didn’t get to try them. Below, I’ll be covering the advantages and the disadvantages of the system based on my experience.

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Exploring the Island of Bohol, Philippines with a Toddler

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I’m not unique… like many people, I enjoy travelling. But the truth is, the thought of travelling with a toddler seriously made me want to reconsider my hobbies and interests… only for the time being. New hobby: Avid homebody. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Kidding aside, I love my kids and I love experiencing the world with them. However, let’s face it, the toddling years are challenging! Fast forward to today, I’m proud to say we did it and we made it. My daughter just turned two during this trip. Here are the highlights of our travel to Bohol.

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A Mom’s Survival Guide to the First Month with Baby

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Before my first child was born, I would read books and articles of experiences from other moms on how they welcomed baby and what the next few months was like for them. In truth, none of these truly prepared me for what I was about to experience.

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