If you're new to hampersandhiccups.com, let me catch you up. I have a 17 month old Sweet Girl, and we just welcomed our new bundle of joy – Pipsqueak. You probably don't want to do the math, so I'll tell ya – that equates to me being pregnant for roughly 18 months out of the last 26. 69%! While both pregnancies were relatively uneventful and, dare I say, easy, they were still pregnancies! As I'm sure you've heard, no two pregnancies, births or babies are the same. I can agree with this and I'm going to share with you 7 of my pregnancy differences.
How to Survive the Final Month of Pregnancy
Hey all! This is an exciting post for me! I'm writing it at 36+1 which means I'm about 4 weeks from the estimated due date of our second baby, and officially in the final month of pregnancy! To say the time has flown by would be an understatement. There was so much I wanted to have done before #2 comes along, and it doesn't seem like the To-Do list has gotten any shorter, even though I've been running around like a crazy person for the last 6 weeks. In my final month of pregnancy I'm dedicated to tackling the list and getting everything ready for our sweet new arrival.
The final month of pregnancy is fraught with apprehension, curiosity, excitement, and an overwhelming need to get shit done! Each day I'm hyper-aware of every little movement and feeling, wondering if it's time. This excitement is immediately followed by slight panic when I realize I have virtually nothing ready for going to the hospital!
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So, instead of actually getting this stuff done, I'm writing about it – haha. I'm bringing you into my home for a glimpse at what my final month of pregnancy is looking like in hopes that you can find some motivation and comfort in your own final month of pregnancy.
How to Earn Money While Pregnant
I may have mentioned a few times (here, here, here, here, here, here) that I'm currently pregnant with our second little angel. If you signed up for my free 5 day email course, you'll also know that my go-to nesting habit is to purge. And it's seriously awesome.
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So, if you haven't already guessed it, the way I made well over $600 from my pregnancy was by initiating a purge (or 3) and selling a lot of the excess! I don't have an accurate total because it was money gathered over time (and I wasn't yet in the blogging mindset), but I will outline what avenues we took to selling our things.
How To Keep Your Kids’ Routine Over the Holidays
As I'm writing this I'm marveling at the fact that we're already at week 3 of my September Christmas series! Which has me realizing…less than three weeks from now is the expected due date of our second sweet baby! Meaning – I will have 2 kids to keep on track this Christmas. 2 kids with different routines, nap times, etc. It's bringing me up to some tips and advice for keeping your kids' routine somewhat normal over the holiday season.
Week 1 – Adorable Christmas Treats
Week 2 – Christmas Mess
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Routine is super important with babies and children. While older kids can handle it a little better, all little ones need structure in their lives. It doesn't take long to notice when your children have been out of sorts for a few days. They become grumpy, non-compliant, tired, and easily irritable.
Last year was our first holiday season with Sweet Girl. Before she was born I had decided I wanted to try sleep training via The Baby Whisperer method – highly recommend. I'll explain in a future post, but we had her sleeping through the night after 5 days of trying this at 2+ weeks old. Because of our structured routine, Christmas was slightly nerve-inducing for me. I wasn't uptight about it, but I knew I wanted to keep some semblance of normal in her little 8-month-old life to avoid a set back.
Since we were paranoid first time parents, we implemented a few strategies to help keep her on routine. And, lucky for you, I'm here to share them!
How to Have a Stress-free Holiday
With fall upon us, my thoughts are gravitating towards Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Tips. This year is going to be a little different for us since New Baby's due date is on Canadian Thanksgiving! While I'm super excited that it is approaching quickly, it also means we may miss out on all the
awesome grub family gatherings. Either way, it's going to be hectic 'round here.
The holidays are a busy time for many of us, especially with the discovery of “Friendsgiving”. Our family, in particular, usually has roughly 4 gatherings to attend. Neither of our parents are divorced. If you think that's a lot you should hear our Christmas plans. Phew!
Any way you can get ahead or make life easier you should, so listen up! I'm here to help. I'll be offering up some Thanksgiving tips for you to follow if you don't know where to start, are hosting for the first time, or are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of running here, there & everywhere. Maybe it's your first holiday with a new baby. Maybe you have to travel this year. I'll provide some ideas that can hopefully let you enjoy your holiday and not be stressed out.
DIY Halloween Costume Round Up for 2020
It’s August. I’m already thinking about Halloween and have been for a couple of months already. I’ve been on the …
How to Hand Wash Cloth Diapers Quickly + Easily
“EW! There is no way I am going to hand wash poopy diapers!”
This was my reaction when my mother suggested a vacation washing method.
Continue reading to find out how I overcame my disgust, what I did to learn more about how to hand wash cloth diapers, and my personal hand washing routine. Plus all the benefits along the way!