The 4th of July, Independence Day. Barbeques, swim parties, parades, fireworks, flags – this is almost synonymous with summertime. If you’ve got toddlers or small children, they might not be able to partake in all of the holiday festivities – but there are still lots of activities they can do. Here are some fun crafts and treats to try with your kids, and who knows – maybe you’ll start a new tradition of your own!  4th of July Noisemakers When you think of the 4th of July, fireworks and parades often come to mind. Fireworks can be scary to… Read More

When you find out you’re pregnant, one of the first decisions to make is who will be your pregnancy care provider. While you’re probably anxious and excited to make sure that everything is going well with your little one, you shouldn’t rush into choosing a provider. You want someone who has an attitude about pregnancy and birth that aligns with your own. How can you narrow down your options when it sometimes seems like you’re just picking someone from a hat? The vast majority of women are attended to by obstetricians (OB-GYNs), but the number of midwife-attended births has… Read More

I’ve been contemplating writing on this subject for some time now. As I near the end of my pregnancy, I have been gifted many more great examples to include on this topic. No, I won’t necessarily be doling out my own advice. Instead, I’ll discuss the deluge of “advice” (typically unsolicited) that friends, family, and strangers alike start to share with women as soon as they announce their pregnancies. I will preface this by saying that I know most of the comments and suggestions are well-intended. Pregnancy & Body Image There is something about seeing a pregnant woman… Read More

As of this writing, I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant! In some ways, it feels like my pregnancy has gone incredibly fast, and in others, it feels like I’ve been pregnant for much longer. With experiencing infertility and loss, we have been on this journey for several years now. But most days I wake up and pinch myself because we are finally HERE! So close to meeting our little girl and it feels completely surreal. We are overjoyed and cannot wait to meet her! Since I prescribe to the notion that due dates are a little more fluid (anytime between… Read More

No, it’s not your imagination: you really are losing your mind. Well…maybe not THAT, but during pregnancy (especially the third trimester), many women really do experience “placenta brain,” “baby brain,” or “pregnancy brain.” This typically manifests as forgetfulness or feeling “spacey,” and like so many other things in pregnancy, it’s due to hormones. Lack of sleep (hello constant bathroom trips) can also impact memory and focus, too – as can stress or anxiety. During the last trimester of pregnancy, brain cell volume actually decreases temporarily, further affecting cognition. Although it’s frustrating, the good news is that this is all situational,… Read More

As my due date is fast approaching, we’ve put the finishing touches on our nursery and it’s finally complete! Early on, many people asked us what the “theme” of the nursery would be. I’m not big into specific themes per se and wanted to keep the room, itself, neutral with pops of color and some feminine touches. I had a photo saved of this beautiful handmade floral mobile from Etsy on my Pinterest board and decided to recreate my own version early on in my pregnancy. That was my first DIY project for her nursery and the “shabby chic”/floral touches… Read More

We’ve all done it: when you have a baby, it’s totally normal to frantically search and keep tabs on the general milestones, to help reassure yourself and give you an idea of what’s “within normal range,” as well as to see what’s in the near future. The key words, though, are within normal range. There is a broad spectrum of typical development, and what’s “normal” can be different for each baby. After all, each baby is unique, with individual characteristics and different environments and social interactions. Yes, there are some instances where not meeting milestones can signal something bigger, but in… Read More

In my Week 30 post “The Nesting Urge” I mentioned my list of “to do’s” I wanted to accomplish over the next several weeks. I’m happy to report that all the items on that list have been completed! We completed our classes, our birth center bags are waiting by the door, the car seat has been installed, the nursery is complete, and we have a freezer full of meals for the next couple of months. When we took our newborn care class several weeks ago, Lorraine had mentioned a wonderful idea. She suggested getting together with a friend… Read More

This week, my “bumpdate” looks a little bit different than weeks past. While I did take the traditional photo that I’ve been taking all along, I want to share several photos from our maternity session with you. My very talented friend, Cassie, owner of FireRose Photography, graciously offered to take maternity photos as her gift to us. I was delighted at the prospect of capturing this special moment in time and convinced my husband to come along so we could have some photos together. We originally had plans to go to the Arboretum, but with graduation and Mother’s… Read More

Baby+Company recently hosted a “Meet the Photographer” event at the birth center to highlight a few of our favorite Triangle photographers. We had some incredible artists from various fields exhibiting their work: from birth photographers to folks specializing in newborn, lifestyle, family, and portrait photography. We are very lucky to have such creative community partners in the Triangle area! Below are the folks that participated in the event. We thought it would be beneficial to outline their specialties and include some of their work for those that might be searching for photography options. So without further ado… Dana Ashley… Read More

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