these baby shoes are made for walking

My Experience

My daughter started crawling at 8 months and within two weeks was cruising around her pack-n-play.  I started looking at walking shoes when she was 10 months thinking it might go quickly, and I needed to be prepared with appropriate shoes.  We were at my parents at the time in the US. So my mom and I went and looked at shoes to see what was out there, because I don’t get to spend much time with my mom, but also because everything is cheaper in the US (or at least it used to be until Brexit!).

First we went to Stride Rite on our own and looked at the shoes – there was a lot of leather in boring colors and nothing that I thought was cute.  Next we went to Journeys for Kids with my daughter.  Speaking to the manager I found out that a good pair of shoes is essential for learning how to walk correctly.  I initially wanted to get her converse because I think they are so cute.  However the manager informed me that they are hard shoes to learn to walk in because the sole doesn’t flex.  New Balance are flexible soles that she recommended for first walkers.  I also learned that when babies are learning to walk they need to be barefoot to get the ‘feel’ for walking, however if you wait too long to put proper shoes (not soft soles) then it becomes difficult for them to accept shoes becoming a struggle for both of you.

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how to avoid arguing with your partner

My Experience

No matter what kind of relationship you have or how understanding your partner is without a baby, doesn’t mean your life or relationship will continue as is once the baby arrives.

My husband is a good guy – some women will think I have it really good or easy in fact. However I am a Millennial women and now mom, so I feel that I have been brought up in a different world to my mother and therefore have had different experiences (i.e. not had to be as domesticated) but I also feel that my peers have different expectations of men than my mom’s boomer generation do.  I always wanted a partner who was exactly that, my partner – not me acting like their mom.  So I looked for and luckily found a husband who likes cooking, and isn’t that bad at doing the dishes or cleaning.  With that said, before baby, we didn’t have that many arguments about domestic stuff beyond – me “why can’t you put your laundry in the actual laundry basket not on top?” and him “why can’t you take the garbage out ever?”

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newborn photography

My Experience

I thought I wanted some really cute sleeping newborn images while I was pregnant but for whatever reason I was too busy researching and preparing for stuff for the baby that I never looked into it.

In the hospital we got some Bounty shots which were cute and captured the hospital moment well – but it made me realize that I definitely wanted to get more professional shots done.  I was so busy the first week that I put off researching photographers until day 7 and at that point I knew that I needed to find someone local fast.  So I searched Google for newborn photographers in my area and found one that was nearby and most importantly I liked her portfolio and photography style.  I emailed frantically and asked about appointments and I totally lucked out because the website advised to make an appointment during your third trimester!  Melanie from Lavender & Sage responded quickly and gave me an appointment the following week on day 11.

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how I try to prevent & treat baby cold’s

My Experience

Christmas morning my husband woke up sick on our baby’s first Christmas. My parents were visiting from the US and my mom also started not to feel great but a different sick then my husband.  At this time our baby was three months old and sleeping in our room still in the Snuzpod (co-sleeping bed).  I knew I couldn’t get sick and that I didn’t want the baby to get sick either because they are so tiny and you can’t give them anything to relieve symptoms.  What makes it even more heart breaking is that they can’t blow their nose so they often struggle to breathe when they are congested.

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