– Ask a Real Mom – What You Need for Every Stage of Your Baby’s First Year
September 30, 2021
When you’re preparing and registering for your new baby, it’s easy to focus on newborn diapers, clothes and accessories. It’s hard to imagine, but that little one will grow way faster than you expect! After my first baby shower, I wanted to exchange the only 12-month outfit I received for a smaller size. Luckily my […]
Thriving in the Fourth Trimester Thanks to Hatch!
October 13, 2020
When I was pregnant for the first time last year, I spent the majority of those nine months doing a lot of research. I read the books, I talked to all my mom friends/cousins/sisters-in-law, I went to birthing class. I knew that having a baby was something none of those things could truly prepare me […]
– Ask a Real Mom – What Do You Wish You Knew Before Your First Baby?
June 11, 2020
I cried when I had to leave the hospital after having our first son. I couldn’t believe they were letting us load his car seat in the car without their direct supervision. I couldn’t believe we’d have to make the 45-minute trek from our downtown hospital to our suburban neighborhood with a 4-day old baby […]
– Ask a Real Mom – What Should I Pack in My Hospital Bag?
May 19, 2020
I walked in to my 39-week prenatal appointment expecting a doppler check of our baby’s heartbeat and I walked out with strict orders to head right to the hospital for a c-section. I had listened to every mom I knew, telling me that my first baby was not coming before 40 weeks (at the earliest) […]
Virtual Gender Reveal
May 12, 2020
So, you’re pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic and it’s probably not what you had planned. Going to the grocery with a face mask, working from home, thinking through an alternate birth plan, postponing your baby shower. This pregnancy and the celebrations surrounding it may have to look a little bit different than […]
– Ask a Real Mom – What’s on Your Third Trimester Checklist?
April 23, 2020
What you should NOT do in your third trimester: pack up your first home, move into another place temporarily and then unpack and move into your new home. What I DID in my third trimester with our first baby: exactly what I just said you shouldn’t do. Needless to say, my third trimester […]
Oh Baby! Our Complete Baby Registry Guide
April 9, 2020
Registering for your precious new arrival (whether first or third) can be overwhelming! Retailers that offer baby registry services are there to help guide you on your way, but offer so many options that it’s difficult to figure out where to start or what to select. When I was expecting my first child, I wanted […]
– Ask a Real Mom – What’s Worth the Splurge in Baby’s Nursery
February 20, 2020
Let’s be honest: from the moment you take that positive pregnancy test, you start dreaming up your baby’s nursery. At least, that was the case for me. I couldn’t wait to paint and decorate and spend time in a room just for our new little one. But, as it tends to go in the world […]
– Ask Cheryl – Is a First Baby Shower Mandatory?
February 11, 2020
You’re pregnant with your first baby! Congratulations! This is such a special time, and it’s a time to celebrate. Chances are, your friends and family will want to celebrate the upcoming arrival of your little bundle of joy too! But is a baby shower necessary? Maybe you feel like a baby shower is just another […]
16 Awesome Gender Reveal Ideas
January 16, 2020
Gender reveals were virtually unheard of fifteen years ago, but today, they’re everywhere! It all seems to have started with the gender reveal cake, which is what we decided to do with our firstborn. At our ultrasound, we told the doctor we did not want to find out what we were having but asked him […]
10 Cute Ideas for Announcing Your Pregnancy on Social Media
December 17, 2019
As the old schoolyard chant goes: “First love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Our social media accounts reflect these big life moments (as well as the everyday moments in between!). And as I’m sure you’ve noticed, people are getting more creative with the ways they share some of life’s […]
– Ask a Real Mom – How to Prepare Yourself for a New Baby
May 7, 2019
It was January 3rd, I was 39 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I was still stuck in the “holiday hangover” phase when I walked into what would be my last prenatal appointment. When my doctor announced that what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions were in fact, real contractions, and that I was […]
Hot Baby Trends of 2014
February 28, 2014
There are quite a few baby trends picking up steam for 2014. We did some research and came up with a few things that are very hot in the world of babies this year. What’s in a name … Baby name trends continue to evolve. This year, more and more girls will have traditional boy […]