We are overjoyed to share that our sweet baby girl is here! Blair Karmen was born on July 20, 2017 at 5:07 p.m after 18 hours of labor. I’ve always enjoyed reading birth stories, and now I want to share my own VBAC success story. Blair’s birth was exhausting, redemptive, and oh so amazing. Here is the story of Blair’s journey to the world.
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I can’t believe Baby Girl will be here this month! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the transition from only child to big brother a smooth one for Colton. After all, he’s been the center of our world for 2.5 years. I’m sure it will be challenging for him to have to share Mom and Dad’s attention. One task I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for is feeding Baby. Newborns eat a lot, and I want to be sure Colton doesn’t feel left out or forgotten during those times. So, I’ve put together this list of How to Entertain a Toddler while Breastfeeding a Newborn.
I have some very exciting news to share: Colton is potty trained! My husband and I couldn’t be more proud of how quickly he grasped the concept. It’s been a month and he’s had very, very few accidents. So, I think it’s safe to say he is successfully trained! And it was honestly easier than I thought it would be. Here’s how to potty train in 3 days or less…
We only have a few short weeks left until Baby Girl makes her debut! I’ve started thinking about what to include in my hospital bag, and a cute maternity hospital gown was near the top of the list. With my first baby, I wore the standard hospital-issue gown for my entire stay. Which, for those of you keeping track at home, ended up being close to 2 weeks long for a myriad of issues. I felt so gross and frumpy. And, to be frank, I was embarrassed when the hospital’s newborn photographer came by to take photos of Colton and I. Am I vain? Probably. But at least I own it, and I’m planning ahead with some more stylish options this time around. That’s why I was so excited to find this cute hospital gown to pack for our little girl’s birth!
If you’ve been reading here for awhile, it’s no secret that I’ve been having a lot of fun decorating our baby girl’s nursery. I chose a monochrome color scheme and added a lot of personalized details to make the room perfect for our little lady. But, one nagging area bothering me was the flooring. We have builder basic carpet in the upstairs of our home, which doesn’t exactly scream “stylish.” We didn’t have much use for the upstairs bedrooms when we built the house 5 years ago (pre-kids!), so we went neutral. I wanted to add a fun rug to the nursery to make the floor fit in with the rest of the room’s decor. After some research on the best rugs for baby nursery, I found one that checked all my boxes!