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Bringing Home Baby: 4 Tips To Make Your First Week Easier

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It has officially been 1 full week since we brought home our first baby from the hospital! It has been an incredible week filled with both highs and lows, and I wouldn’t change a second of it. Our first week has truly been a week of learning and adjustment. But overall, I feel like it has gone smoothly, without too many bumps in the road! Today, I want to share what I’ve learned and my advice to any first-time expectant moms on their journey to motherhood in the hopes that it may make your first weeks a little bit easier!!

#1 Ask Questions!

While you are in the hospital, take advantage of the knowledge and experience that you are surrounded by. (After all, a few short days after giving birth you are sent home and expected to do this all on your own without the constant 24-hour help and advice of your doctors and nurses.) I am very thankful that I did this and have felt much more confident as a new mom back at home because of it. I asked every single, silly, little question that came to my mind before I left the hospital. There was a wealth of knowledge at my finger tips: from educational videos available for me to watch from the comfort of my bed, to nursery nurses who were willing to teach me one-on-one how to do anything from cleaning my baby’s umbilical cord to how to bathe him, and of course the patient & knowledgeable nurses who answered my one million questions about how to care for both myself and my newborn when we returned home. And to go along with this, remember to take a notebook to write down all of the answers to your questions. You may think that you’ll remember everything, but trust me, those first few days postpartum are a blur and you will be glad that you wrote everything down once you return home!

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#2 Prepare Ahead of Time!

You will be glad that you did! I put quite a bit of thought and effort into preparing ahead of time to ensure that our return home and first few weeks postpartum would go smoothly. Here are a few things that I did ahead of time that I was so glad that I did:

Meal Preparation: If you know me at all, you know I can’t go without talking about meal planning! The month prior to my due date, (with the help of my mom) I prepared a bunch of freezer meals so that dinner time would go smoothly in the first several weeks! I am so glad that I did this! It has made dinner time a breeze and both my husband and myself have really been enjoying having a hot, homemade meal for dinner every night!

Keep the House Clean: In the weeks leading up to your due date, try to keep the house clean and in order because you never know when the moment will come for your little bundle of joy to enter the world! Your last few weeks of pregnancy, you will definitely be tired and exhausted, so don’t overdo it. Pace yourself and just do a few things a day. I don’t know about you, but if I have tasks undone, it stresses me out! It is much less stressful to know that you don’t have anything hanging over your head and everything at home is in good order for you to return home to.

Relax and Rest: Make sure that in your flurry of nesting in your final days of pregnancy that you don’t forget to take time to prop up your feet and rest! After all, these may be your last days to get a long afternoon nap, watch an uninterrupted movie or get a full nights sleep! Take advantage and rest your body for the marathon of labor, delivery and newborn care that is right around the corner!!

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#3 Have Confidence in Yourself!

You can do this mama! Yes, there is a lot to know and so many worries and questions running through your mind, but you can do this!! You are strong and capable and before you know it, you will be a pro! You were made to do this and so much of it will come as instinct to you! But when you have a moment of doubt, call your mom, a mom-friend or your pediatrician to answer those nagging questions!

#4 Accept Help When Offered!

When friends and family offer you a helping hand, by all means, accept their help! Whether it is picking up a few groceries for you or running the vacuum while they are over for a visit, take advantage of your loved one’s generosity. You will be focusing on caring for your baby and your own recovery, so this is one time in your life when it will be impossible to keep up with your normal tasks and errands. Accept other’s help, you’ll be glad you did!

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And one final thought, make sure you take time to enjoy every single second! I speak from experience! This first week has flown by entirely too fast! Treasure & cherish every single second of this experience because you will never get it back. Just consciously pause often and remind yourself what is going on! In the moments of a contraction ripping through your body, you don’t think you will ever be sad that this moment has passed. But, you will be. These moments pass too quickly, so be sure to pause and enjoy! From the first contraction, to the first cries of your little one, to your first night at home: pause, soak up the joy & excitement of each moment, and remember to cherish each and every second with your little one. Because time is so fleeting and before you know it, you will be longing to relive those times!

These are just a few things that I could think of and I’m barely scratching the surface. I’m sure that there are many more pieces of advice that I could give. I am definitely not a professional in this subject but just wanted to share my thoughts after experiencing my first week as a mom! It has been exciting, rewarding and so very fulfilling! I am excited about this journey of motherhood that I have begun and look forward to the many special moments that lie ahead of me!

What are your memories from your first week with your first child? What lessons did you learn? What surprised you most? Share your thoughts and comments below in the comments, I love to hear from my readers!

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My 2 Week Meal Plan {The August 21st Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Tacos, Creamed Corn
Monday-Tortellini, Asparagus
Tuesday-Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, Tossed Salad
Wednesday-Venison Hamburger Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Carrots
Thursday-Basil Pesto Pasta & Sausage (We’ve been eating lots of basil pesto because my herb garden is going crazy! I will be sharing my recipe for pesto.. on the blog soon!!)
Friday-Pizza, Tossed Salad
Saturday-Lasagna, Green Beans, Garlic Toast

Week 2
Sunday-Shrimp Kebabs, Roasted Red Potatoes
Monday-Breakfast
Tuesday-Asian Meatballs & Rice
Wednesday-Chicken Tenders, French Fries
Thursday-Grocery Night-We always grab something while we are out for $10 or less
Friday-Taco Salad
Saturday-Pierogi Casserole, Cooked Spinach

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

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My 2-Week Meal Plan {The August 7th Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Monday-Fish & French Fries
Tuesday-BBQ Pork Sandwiches & Tossed Salad
Wednesday-Tacos & Salsa Rice
Thursday-Shrimp Kebabs, Quinoa & Roasted Red Potatoes
Friday-Going Out!
Saturday-Family Picnic-Burgers, Hot dogs, potato salad, and more!

Week 2-Vacation Week
We are both on vacation from work this week! YAY!! We have a lot of different activities planned throughout the week, so it will not be a normal week for us. We will probably be eating a few meals away from home. So, I didn’t make a formal meal plan for this week. However, I do have a few meals in mind for the evenings we find ourselves at home.

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

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My 2-Week Meal Plan {The July 24th Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Sorry that this week’s meal plan is a few days behind! But better late than never!!

Week 1
Sunday-Going to a picnic!
Monday-Chicken Quesadillas
Tuesday-Basil Pesto Pasta w/ Sausage, Oven Roasted Red Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Bread
Wednesday-Leftover Basil Pesto Pasta w/ Sausage
Thursday-Venison Stroganoff
Friday-Pizza, Tossed Salad
Saturday-Family Reunion

Week 2
Sunday-BBQ Chicken Quarters, Baked Potatoes
Monday-Breakfast
Tuesday-Pork Chops, Oven Roasted Potatoes
Wednesday-General Tso’s Chicken & Fried Rice
Thursday-Grocery Night-We always grab something while we are out for $10 or less
Friday-BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Saturday-Grilled Hamburgers

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!

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My 2-Week Meal Plan {The July 10th Edition}

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Hey Friends! Today, I’m sharing my family’s meal plan for the next 2 weeks! My hope is that my ideas will inspire you in your own meal-planning adventure! You know from my previous posts that I am pretty passionate about meal-planning. It has made such a huge difference for our family. It brings so much peace and order to our evening routine and makes my life so much less stressful! And who doesn’t like less stress-I know I do!!

If you haven’t already, check out my methods and tips for meal-planning here!
What’s for Dinner? The Reason I started Meal Planning
Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Week 1
Sunday-Grilled Cheddar/Bacon Burgers, Potato Salad
Monday-Tacos, Salsa Rice
Tuesday-Halushki
Wednesday-Hot Ham Sandwiches
Thursday-Venison Hamburger Steaks, Mashed Potatoes
Friday-Pizza, Tossed Salad
Saturday-Grilled Pork Chops, quinoa, vegetable

Week 2
Sunday-BBQ Chicken Quarters, Baked Potatoes
Monday-Breakfast
Tuesday-Chicken Tenders, Fries
Wednesday-Pierogies
Thursday-Grocery Night-We always grab something while we are out for $10 or less
Friday-Basil Pesto Pasta & Sausage
Saturday-Venison Stroganoff

If there is a particular meal that you would like to see the recipe for on the blog, let me know! Also, if you have any questions about my meal plan or need advice on making your own, please feel free to comment below or send me an email! I always love to hear from my readers!My 2-Week Meal Plan 7-10