Who the heck is THAT, Mom?: 5 Ways to Prepare Older Kids for a New Baby

5 Ways To Prepare Older Kids For A New Baby | The Blossoming Bump

1. Books ‘I’m A Big Brother’ by Joanna Cole ‘Brothers Are For Making Mud Pies’ by Harriet Ziefert and Chris L. Demarest ‘Sisters Are For Making Sand Castles’ by Harriet Ziefert and Chris L. Demarest ‘I’m A Big Brother’ by Parragon Books ‘What A Baby Needs’ by William Sears ‘Baby On The Way’ by William and Martha Sears ‘God Gave Us Two’ … Read More

Delayed Cord Clamping: Why we did it (and will again)!

Delayed Cord Clamping: Why We Did It | The Blossoming Bump

There’s something stirring birth wise over in the UK. It’s not unheard of certainly, yet neither is it considered common practice in western medicine. Well, at least not until now. And what is this exciting new ‘fad’ that’s causing an ever growing stir among UK midwives, you might wonder? Delayed cord clamping, that’s what. I think that The American College … Read More

The Second Pregnancy: Labor Induction; what’s the RIGHT thing to do?

The Second Pregnancy: Labor Induction? | The Blossoming Bump

Facing a second labor and birth is a lot like rerunning a marathon. Ideally, you’d like to do better than last time; be more physically capable, exercise a greater level of mental stamina, and beat out your personal time record. Also though, because you already know what to expect, you also know what’s ‘coming’. And that can be daunting. My … Read More

PINCHme Box September Review: Free Samples for All!

PINCHme Review | The Blossoming Bump

So, it’s my favorite time of the month again. That’s right, it’s PINCHme time y’all! Guys, if you haven’t checked out this truly awesome free sample service yet then you’re missing out. And you need to haul your tired mama butts over to their site and get signed up. Like yesterday. Every month the mailman drops off a box of sheer joy … Read More

The Two Kid Trapeze: Surviving The Second Child Dynamic (A KMB Post)

The Two Kid Trapze | The Blossoming Bump

Dear Moms in the Two Kid Trenches, I get it finally. I really, really do. Here I am, donned in day old pajamas and staring bleary eyed at the same near blank computer screen that’s been taunting me for the past half an hour. And it’s officially 7:15pm. And my day isn’t over yet. It’s not because I have a … Read More

Super Easy DIY Fall Wreath Tutorial!

Super Easy DIY Fall Wreath Tutorial | The Blossoming Bump

Well, it’s that time of year again. Everything has begun to take on a certain pumpkin-like quality and the hue of UT orange has infiltrated the wardrobe of even the most stoic of Knoxvillians. Folks, it’s Fall time in East Tennessee. In case you haven’t worked that out yet. So, in pure submission to this glorious season I’ve spent the … Read More

10 Ways to Help Prevent Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

10 Ways To Help Prevent Postpartum Depression And Anxiety | The Blossoming Bump

1. Herbs Please contact your healthcare provider before using any herbs during your pregnancy or in your postpartum period, especially if breastfeeding or if you’re on any medications! Common herbs used during postpartum recovery: St. John’s Wort Chamomile Hibiscus flower Lavender Rose Hips Lemon Balm Leaf 2. Nutrition Iron rich foods such as spinach, chicken and fish, and nuts and … Read More

‘New Mom’ Blueberry Zucchini Crumb Muffins!

'New Mom' Blueberry Zucchini Crumb Muffins | The Blossoming Bump

So, in the midst of stocking up my freezer for baby number 2 (stocking up is putting it lightly, this poor appliance is fit to burst!) I decided to branch out a little on the muffin front. I knew I needed something that would help with lactation for nursing Thing Two (why, hello raw oats and flax seed!), something I could … Read More

Parent Rivalry: When Our Kids Play Nicer Than We Do

Parent Rivalry: When Our Kids Play Nicer Than We Do | The Blossoming Bump

Ever witnessed a toddler the moment they realize their little playmate isn’t on board with their way of thinking? Perhaps they aren’t stacking something quite in the order they ‘should’ be, or they don’t see a scene play out exactly so, through their own imagination – whatever the reason, chances are said toddler may demonstrate that age old act known as … Read More

The Ultimate Freezer-Friendly Vegetable Lasagna

The Ultimate Freezer-Friendly Vegetable Lasagna | The Blossoming Bump

As the countdown to Thing Two’s arrival began to speed up (at least that’s how it seems in those last few weeks, am I right?), I decided to get my freezer cooking groove on once more, since it provides such a help with readying my family for the newborn chaos ahead. When our first was born I went all out with … Read More