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

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

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

Childbirth Scripture Cards: FREE Printable

Childbirth Scripture Cards Free Printable | The Blossoming Bump

Labor and birth can be a nerve-wracking time (even for the most seasoned of moms!), so it stands to reason that while we’re certainly busy preparing physically for the big event, we also need to invest time in preparing ourselves mentally and spiritually too! Voila! Just save, print, cut out and stick these free Childbirth Scripture Cards somewhere you’ll see … Read More

Pregnancy Scripture Cards: FREE Printable

Pregnancy Scripture Cards Free Printable | The Blossoming Bump

Faith and prayer have done a lot for me on a personal level, never more so as I prepared for and entered the battlegrounds of motherhood! It’s my pleasure to share with whoever seeks it, some of the scriptures that really guided me through this life transition and brought me such peace. Just save, print, cut out, and stick these … Read More

10 Best Things I Did When Preparing for Baby Number Two!

10 Best Things I Did When Preparing For Baby Number Two | The Blossoming Bump

1. Be Patient It was all we could do to make it to 20 weeks to find out the gender with Thing 2. With all my incessant puking, fatigue, and craving of sweets (ahem, that last one may just have been me) I was sure we were on track for pigtails and ponies. Well, nah, turns out I was built … Read More

Healthy Pregnancy Affirmation Cards: FREE Printable

Healthy Pregnancy Affirmation Cards Free Printable | The Blossoming Bump

Pregnancy is a bit of a strange time for any mom-to-be, and preparing for birth can involve all kinds of different commitments; regular doctor or midwife visits, a careful diet, exercise and stretches, and a little ‘me’ time (while you still can!). So why not take a moment to invest in positive thinking, reassurance and the total excitement of the blessing … Read More