Someone reminded me the other day that pictures don’t convey the context in which they are taken. So let me share a little about this picture. This is my middle son Lyric, who will be two in a couple of months. Every day when he wakes up the only thing I can count on for sure is that his hair will be wild and his attitude will match it. He is my strong-willed one. I love it. I also have no idea how to parent it. Most of my day with him consists of multiple tactics in seeking his obedience, most with little to no success. He almost always has a bloody lip from falling because he has no time for caution or sense of danger. He constantly pushes me to the limits with his whining and squealing about… well, EVERYTHING. But then there’s his smile , his humor and his affection. He plays hard and loves harder. This picture? This was one of those moments that I want to always remember. A moment of hilarity in the chaos. A glimpse of sweetness in a whole panorama of silly. We don’t have it all (or much in general) together at our house, but laughter is always good for the soul.
The holidays are right around the corner and now is a great time to get some amazing deals on some must have maternity items. So, whether you are buying for yourself or wish to give others a tip as to what they can get you; use this holiday wish list to guide to start your shopping!
Belly bands are the perfect item to ask for. Why? They allow you to get some extra wear out of your favorite work pants and jeans before fully switching over to maternity pants. They allow you to wear your items unbuttoned, but provide a layer of coverage and support to keep your pants up and keep you in your regular clothes longer.
Moisture Wicking Pajamas
One thing that all moms-to-be should have (especially toward the end of their pregnancy) is moisture wicking pajamas. They keep your body temperature under control and keep you feeling dry all night long. A luxurious treat (because they certainly aren’t cheap); be sure to ask for a few sets because they come in handy post-partum as well.
Most doctors agree that all pregnant women should engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Not only is it good for your body, but your baby as well. So, in order to remain active; you should probably ask Santa for a new pair of athletic shoes. You will need something that offers a lot of support. And, it may be wise to bump up your shoe size by a half size due to swelling and hormonal changes (oh, they joys of pregnancy).
A Body Pillow
If you don’t have a body pillow, you are missing out! They work wonders when you’re sleeping at night or just taking it easy on the couch. There are dozens of designs to choose from. And; certain pillows can alleviate sciatic pain, which many expecting moms suffer from.
The holidays are the best time to get your dream diaper bag. Top designers and major retailers offer baby bags at a highly discounted rate; and even allow you to use additional coupons or incentives. Look for something that is waterproof, large enough to carry all of your essentials, and best of all; fun to carry. This bag will become your purse and will be with you everywhere the baby is, so splurge on something you really love!
Whether you take this list out shopping yourself, or hand it over to friends and family members who are eager to shop for you; these are 5 must have items for a new mommy-to-be!
As you may already know, every time you purchase Promise Prenatal you are giving back! The Promise Give Campaign allows you to partner with us to bring prenatal nutrition to areas affected by poverty and malnutrition. When you receive Promise Prenatal Vitamins, so does a mom-to-be somewhere on the other side of the world.
During the month of December we are sharing stories and celebrating people and organizations who are giving back. We have some incredible Promise Mama’s who are changing the world, as well as Promise Give partners who are making a difference.