Mother's Day Fun: 5 Ways to Celebrate Mom This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect opportunity to show the special woman in your life how much she means to you. From birth, our mothers play an irreplaceable role in our lives, providing unconditional love and guidance. They are our first teachers, best friends, and biggest cheerleaders. This year let's make sure to go the extra mile and celebrate our moms in a big way. Whether it's your mother, grandmother, wife, or mother figure, here are five thoughtful and meaningful ways to honor and appreciate them on this special day. So, get ready to shower your mom with love and gratitude as we explore five heartwarming ways to celebrate her this Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Fun: 5 Ways to Celebrate Mom This Mother's Day

Blend Contemporary Fashion With Motherhood With These 10 Pieces

As a mom, every day brings new adventures and challenges, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style for practicality. In fact, with the right wardrobe staples, you can effortlessly blend the demands of motherhood with the High-fashion. Join us as we explore 10 indispensable pieces that will revolutionize your mom's wardrobe and have you looking chic and confident, from playdates to errands and everything in between.

Blend Contemporary Fashion With Motherhood With These 10 Pieces

Juggling Motherhood and Chronic Pain

When you're a mom, your world is full of to-do lists that never end—packing lunches, wiping noses, and finding lost toys. Layer on the challenge of managing chronic pain, and some days it can feel like climbing a mountain before breakfast is even on the table. But moms are nothing if not resilient, and finding simple, holistic ways to keep the pain at bay can be a real jackpot. Yes, we're talking about good ol' heat therapy and massages, the unsung heroes that can sometimes make all the difference when it comes to tackling pain, including the kind that shoots down your leg—hello, sciatica.

Juggling Motherhood and Chronic Pain

Becoming a Super Fit Momma at Home - Our Top Tips for Ultimate Fitness Success

In the world of motherhood, finding time to break a sweat can feel like a daunting task. But we're here to tell you that it's not only possible, but also incredibly rewarding to become a super fit momma at home! Fitness isn't just about shedding those post-baby pounds; it's about cultivating strength, boosting your mood and reclaiming some much needed 'me' time.

Becoming a Super Fit Momma at Home - Our Top Tips for Ultimate Fitness Success

You might be thinking, "How on earth am I going to squeeze in a workout between diaper changes and nap times?" Well, we've got some tips up our sleeves that'll help you turn your home into the perfect fitness hub. From maximizing your workout time with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), to using everyday household items as gym equipment—there are countless ways for busy moms like us to stay active without even stepping foot out the door.

We know firsthand how challenging it can be juggling parenting duties and personal care. But trust us when we say: establishing an at-home fitness routine is doable and beneficial. So let's dive into our top tips for becoming a super fit momma at home!

5 Key Tips to Help You Thrive as a New Parent

When you’re a first-time parent, you’ll discover that no parental guidebook will tell you how to become the perfect mother or father. This new chapter in your life can be nerve-wracking as there’s so many new experiences, understanding what’s right and wrong, and what you and your child need to avoid.

5 Reasons Why Body Confidence Is Essential for Moms

Being a mom is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you can have. But it can also be an incredibly taxing mental and physical journey. As a result, many moms struggle with their body image and self-confidence. Unfortunately, this lack of self-love can take away from the joys of being a mother. The good news is that there are ways to boost your body's confidence, which in turn can make motherhood more enjoyable. Here are five reasons why body confidence is essential for moms.

Don't Forget to Laugh

Five Months Old

Lizzie turned 5 months old yesterday. I can't believe it!

We got Family Pictures taken on Saturday; May 7, 2011. Click the image to view the rest of the pictures (if we are friends on Facebook.):)

Here's her on Mother's Day sitting in a big girl high chair for the second time ever all by herself. :D

And TODAY she sat all by herself! Click the image to read the milestone. :)

I'm a MOMMY!!!

This is my birth story:

So Wednesday (Dec. 8th) at 9:15 a.m. I had an OB appointment. I had noticed that I was more swollen, I had been having some unusual nauseous, and I had been having consistent headaches in the front of my head, PLUS I fell on Sunday even though I had no bleeding, pain, or less baby movement.

I told the doctor all about this. I had protein in my urine and my blood pressure was elevated. So my doctor (Dr. Gabriel) sent me to the hospital (Southern Regional). They decided to induce me in triage (BTW I go to a practice and the first time I met Dr. Youngblood was at triage...and he had to check me. Talk about shaking hands, right?) and I was admitted into L&D.

When the nurse put in the IV so I could get fluids and antibiotics, I was so swollen she had to dig into my arm and THEN the vein wasn't good and was getting swollen so she had to dig into my hand. I cried a LOT. My mom and MIL had to leave the room. My mom went to try and find another nurse. lol But since I was so swollen it was like 'digging in the dark'.

Then she put in a Cervadil and said it may be a while since I was only 30% effaced and 0cm dilated. They thought they were going to have to put more than one in but they started me on pitocin after the 12 hours (actually 13 because they gave me an hour to eat and walk around since I wasn't allowed to on the Cervadil and wouldn't be able to on the pitocin). I had started having contractions on the Cervadil even though they weren't showing up on the monitor. They gave me something to help me sleep that night that made me feel warm and loopy but it was to calm my body (they gave it to me later that day but it didn't help much since I was having regular contractions at that point although it did help me sleep in between contractions). My sister and my mom stayed the night (I got very annoyed with them and my husband but it was because I was in pain and they were laughing at me not being nice).

I'm glad they were there though because since my contractions weren't showing up on the monitor the nurses didn't think I was progressing. So my sister and husband pushed the issue. Then a nurse came in and told me to tell her when I was having a contraction, when I was they moved the monitor and YUP I was having one. Then she asked me to do it again and she had to move it again but YUP I was having one. So they decided to check me. I was 5 cm dilated. And I asked if this meant I could have a epidural. lol If my sister hadn't pushed the issue and I hadn't asked then I wouldn't have got one because by the time the anesthesiologist came and put in my epidural I was dilated to 9cm. No one was allowed to be in there when I was getting the epidural except my husband and the anesthesiologist had FOUR other people ahead of me (and they kept saying he would be there any minute, HA!). It took longer to get than expected but they didn't rush because no one thought I was far along as I was. So once they put in my catheter and broke my water they checked me again and I was at 10 cm. They said all we had to do was wait for her to come down the canal!

I actually fell asleep and woke myself up snoring at that point. I couldn't feel any pain. And getting the epidural was not scary at all. I guess because I was in so much pain by the time I got it. I was in so much pain I was begging Hubby to run down and find the anesthesiologist. lol

I could feel when she came down, I could feel my contractions, I could feel her head come out but not in a painful way. My epidural was just enough so that I had an awesome birthing experience. I pushed for 45 minutes (pushing is NOT like taking a poop, BTW, regardless of what the baby books tell you - DO YOUR KEGELS!). Elizabeth Nicole was born at 2:56 p.m. on December 9th, she weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 18 and a half inches long.

Clean up took longer than expected and even Hubby wasn't allowed to hold her at first because she was having trouble breathing because of fluid in her lungs. But she has no problem breathing now, she's a screamer! :) I only had to have six internal stitches. I didn't need an episiotomy. I'm breastfeeding and it's going...we are both still learning but she's going potty like a champ! So I know she's getting something. :)

I can't believe my little one is here. I'm so happy and it all feels so surreal. More pictures to come soon! :)