The Mantra Helping Me Deal with Anxiety Over Becoming a First-Time Mom

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By Kate Kole

Without ever labeling it, I began struggling with anxiety in college. It was the first time in my life that I was overcome with a desire, which felt more like a need, to be perfect. I hit the gym at 6 am for the perfect body, and I studied like crazy for perfect grades. It became an almost addictive pattern. The more control I felt I had, the more control I craved.

And so, it didn’t stop with graduation. It only intensified. I had all the classic symptoms that came with it: excessive worry, trouble sleeping, stomach issues, and a lot of inexplicable sweaty panic. But I justified my anxiety as a good thing. Because as much as it destroyed me, I’d convinced myself that it simultaneously drove me to be my best. Until it didn’t. Continue reading

Good Enough Really Is Good Enough

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By Kate Kole

I love Melissa McCarthy and I really love Ellen DeGeneres, so I was a little bummed when I forgot to record their interview a few days ago. I asked my parents if they’d seen it and immediately knew they hadn’t when my dad responded something along the lines of, “Oh yeah. It was so funny.”

“Okay, so you didn’t see it either.” I said.

“Why do you say that?” He asked.

“Because, you’d say it was just okay,” my mom and I replied in unison. Continue reading

6 Pregnancy Fears I’ve Had, And Why I’m Choosing Faith Over Them

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By Becky Houdesheldt

Our first baby was born in March of last year and we are currently 2 months pregnant with baby number two. We are overjoyed to be adding another member to our family and we are excited to be walking this journey again. I was happy when I saw that second line on the test and it has been fun to dream about how the kids will play together. But I’m going to be honest, it is scary. I’m in a lot of fear, more than I thought I would be my second time around. Although, I’m not really afraid of pains and tugs, what labor will feel like, and if I’ll be able to handle newborn poop and running on basically no sleep. My fears are now manifesting in different ways. Continue reading

7 Steps to Creating a Cozy Nursery

By Brigitte Evans

A new baby is a fantastic gift, and parents want to do everything in their power to make their little bundle of joy feel loved and welcome. One of the ways of doing that is definitely by designing a beautiful nursery. That enthusiasm often results in overcrowding the baby’s room with tons of unnecessary and expensive things, and sometimes even forgetting about the essential items for the baby’s wellbeing. That’s why you need to stop, take a deep breath, and think about what you really need in the nursery. Just in case, we have prepared a short guide for you. Continue reading

The Pressure On New Moms to Be Perfect Is Overwhelming

By De Elizabeth

It begins, appropriately enough, with pregnancy: the need to do everything — and I mean everything — to perfection. Drink enough water. Exercise, but not too much. Eat healthy foods, but watch out for ones that are dangerous. Get the nursery ready, but don’t over-exert yourself. “Sleep while you can,” but not on your back. Prepare as much as possible, but know that some things are out of your control.

That lack of control, that constant mystery, that’s what’s so difficult when striving to be as perfect as possible. You can have all the information, and yet, you don’t really know what’s happening inside your body, not until the baby is born and it’s all over.

But it’s not really all over, because a whole new layer begins. Continue reading

6 Sanity and Time-Saving Tips For Moms on the Go

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By Brigitte Evans

Moms are professional jugglers, but every now and then, it’s okay to admit that you’re worn out, stressed out and too tired to achieve everything you need to do. You know the situation is bad when you’re sleep deprived, your schedule is hectic, and your mind is chaotic. In that case, you’ll want to manage your time the best you can and learn to cope with stress, so that you can fit in your well-earned rest. These six tips will help you save your time and sanity, while still being the best mom you can be. Continue reading

5 Essential Baby Sleep Products

By De Elizabeth

This post originally appeared on De’s new parenting blog, Edits From Motherhood.

From the very first weeks of my daughter’s life, I became somewhat obsessed with understanding baby sleep. I must have googled “baby sleep schedules” at least 100 times since she’s been born, and I’ll admit: I still don’t have it completely right. Part of the issue, of course, is that babies are constantly changing, so what works one week doesn’t necessarily work the next. However, at the time I’ve written this post, she’s 4.5 months, taking consistent 3-4 naps throughout the day, and — for the most part — sleeping through the night. So I must be doing something right…right? Continue reading