Surprise Pregnant Mama! You’re Having Twins

Posted July 25th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Like most expecting moms, you went into your first ultra-sound nervous and excited to see your little baby bean on the big screen. You diligently and excitedly watch the technician poke around and study the images, while you anxiously await a visual confirmation that your baby is just fine. The happy news finally comes, there is a baby, but not just one…there are two!

Take a minute and let yourself freak out…

Okay, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system, you’ve got some planning to do.

Preparing for twins is definitely different than preparing for just one baby. Here are some tips from some Lullabelly staffers:

Start Preparing Early: You’ll have more energy in the earlier stages of pregnancy for shopping, baby-related projects and assembling the nursery.

Make Lists & Keep a Budget: Make a list of the items you’ll need for when you’re twins arrive and set a budget. You’ll need more gear and more space for two babies and you don’t want to get out of control with spending. Stick to the essentials and stay on track. Buy what you need to bring them home in and space out purchases from there.

Evaluate Your Lifestyle: Will the babies sleep in the same room or will you separate them? Will you breast- or bottle-feed? Should you cloth diaper? These are all things to think about even if you’re not expecting twins, but you’ll have to consider these questions more carefully with two.

Make a Plan for Bringing Them Home: Bringing one baby home from the hospital takes planning, but bringing two home takes a good solid strategy. You’ll want your house in good working order when your babies come home and you’ll need to enlist some help too! Maybe you can even make some freezer meals to help you nourish your body during those tiring first weeks at home.

Make Time to Relax:  Twin pregnancies come with added risk, so be sure to take plenty of time to rest your growing body. Remember, your body is working hard and the last thing it needs is to become overloaded or stressed. Create a soothing playlist and relax on the couch with your Lullabelly music belt wrapped around your belly. You’ll thank us later – and so will your babies!

Take it one step at a time and remember to enjoy the ride. A baby’s first year can go by fast, and with two it happens in a flash!

How did you feel when you found out you were having twins? Please share with your Lullabelly friends!

Babyproofing – Protect Your Baby From Day One

Posted July 18th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

When you think of babyproofing you probably think of gates on stairs and locks on cabinet doors. But babyproofing really begins at birth! With each new stage come new safety precautions, so it’s best to get into a few good habits before bringing baby home.

Car Seat

Have your car seat installation inspected by a professional. Sometimes your local fire department or hospital will have a safety squad on site to inspect your handy work before baby’s arrival. Or you can log on to usa.safekids.org to find a professional inspector near you.

Back is Best

Always put baby to sleep on his/her back and remove any blankets, pillows and toys from the crib. Sorry, yes that means that cute bumper that came with the bedding set too. It’s a suffocation hazard.

Safety Straps

Be sure to use the safety straps on changing tables, bouncy seats, strollers and high chairs. Never leave baby unattended on a high surface and don’t rest your car seat with baby in it on a table or couch. It could easily tip over.

Mind Fido

No matter how friendly your pup may seem, never leave your child alone near a dog or other pet.

Keeping these safety tips in mind will create a safe environment for your baby when he or she enters your home. Remember to do a safety check periodically to make sure that everyone that cares for baby is following the rules!

 

 

 

 

 

Sex and the Single Mom-to-Be

Posted July 12th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Sex and the Single Mom-to-Be

Let’s face it, once you get over the morning sickness and the bloating, being pregnant can actually make you feel like jumping in the sack and getting it on. Having sex while pregnant is easy for the mamas with spouses, partners and significant others, but what about sex for the single mom-to-be?

Single women have needs and you are certainly entitled to a sex life even though you’re expecting.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Be Discriminating

Motherhood makes the search for the right partner a lot easier. Why? Because now you are more discriminating. You’ve got more than just yourself to think about and you’ll be scrutinizing every new person you’ll be bringing into your life to determine if they are worthy of being around your little one. 

The Fix Up

Since you’re probably not up for the bar scene these days, a great way to meet a new partner is getting set up.  This will also allow for “pre-screening.” People who know you know you are pregnant and can be upfront with your potential date about your upcoming arrival. There won’t be any surprises should you meet in person.

Getting Busy

Pregnant women are sexy. If you make a connection with someone and feel comfortable taking your relationship to the next level, you’ll want to be prepared. You’ll both want to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (which are not only harmful to your health, they can affect your baby too) and use protection!

And hey, if you don’t find the right person to carry on with while you’re pregnant, there is always your battery-operated friend!

 

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Top Summer Songs to Add to Your Lullabelly Pregnancy Playlist

Posted July 3rd, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

My two year old daughter loves listening to pop music and loves many of the songs on the top 40 radio station. We kind of skipped the kiddie songs with her and she can sing all the words to One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

It’s so cute to listen to her belt out the words and I always say yes to her requests of staying in the car until the song we are listening to on the radio is over. I love that she LOVES music!

As she grows older and I hear those silly summer songs she used to love to sing, they will always remind me of the summer of 2012 and how I would drive her to camp and head to the pool.

Do you remember some of your favorite summer songs? Why not add them to your Lullabelly musical belt playlist so your baby can get a taste of what mom likes to bebop to (you don’t have to always play classical or kiddie music).

And while you’re at it, this summer has cranked out some great ones you can also add to your Lullabelly playlist. It will be a great way to introduce your baby to the songs you love to listen to yourself! (Plus, you’ll be able to avoid listening to The Wiggles, hopefully!)

These are Billboard’s top ten songs as of June 25, 2012 – or as I call them, my Summer 2012 playlist: 

1.)  Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

2.)  Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra

3.)  Payphone – Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa

4.)  Wide Awake – Katy Perry

5.)  We Are Young – fun. Featuring Janelle Monae

6.)  What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

7.)  Starships – Nicki Minaj

8.)  Where Have You Been – Rihanna

9.)  Wild Ones – Flo Rida Featuring Sia

10.)                 Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

What is (or will be) on your “Summer 2012” playlist?

 

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