Baby Names So Old They Are New (and Cool) Again

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Finding the right name for your new baby can be stressful. You may be working with a family name or first initial, and you certainly don’t want your grown up child walking around with a strange name. You want a name that sounds like a sweet baby and a successful adult. You want a name that will last the test of time. But how do you do it?

When my husband and I embarked on figuring out a name for our first daughter, I was in love with the name Pearl. When I told my husband my fantasy about giving our little girl a little old lady’s name, he put the kibosh on it (but we did compromise and named our dog Pearl). He said it was just too old and too old-fashioned for his taste.

Little did my husband know that old grandma and grandpa names were going to come back into style. Sweet babies are bearing the names of Sophie, Sydney, Rose and Emily. What was once old is new again.

If you’re expecting a baby and want to give your baby a retro-cool name, here’s a quick list of retro names making a splash again!

 

Boy

Gus

Henry

Harry

Max

Walt

Oswald

Calvin

Leo

 

Girl

Adele

Beatrice

Bess

Betty

Charlotte

Dorothy

Martha

Opal

Zelda

What other retro-cool names do you love or did you use for your baby? Please sound off by leaving us a comment!

Post Pregnancy Body Changes – A Few Things You Weren’t Expecting

Posted August 21st, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

There were a few things you knew were coming your way once baby was born – stretch marks, exhaustion, diapers galore! But just like in pregnancy, there are definitely some unexpected changes your body will go through after birth.

Here are a few things you may not have seen coming until it was too late!:

Big Feet

Yes, your feet and ankles swell during pregnancy, but you didn’t think your shoe size would change permanently, did you?  Because you did a good thing and gained weight during pregnancy, that extra weight put pressure on your feet. Your hormones, particularly relaxin, caused your ligaments to stretch too.

So between the pressure and the ligaments stretching, you may be due for some new kicks when all is said and done. (Is being forced to go shoe shopping such a bad thing?!?)

Smaller Boobs

Lots of mamas expect their boobs to get bigger after birth, especially if you plan to breastfeed.  But once you stop breastfeeding, or decide not to at all, your boobs may seem smaller and less bouncy.

It’s not uncommon to drop a cup size after pregnancy and if you have more children, you’re boobs may sag and get smaller with each pregnancy. This is often due to the stretching of the ligaments in your breast tissue. Just make sure you have a supportive bra – and there are great push-up bras to perk up your girls too!

Less Hair

Your mane may have never looked better than during your pregnancy – so full and shiny (thanks to prenatal vitamins and increased levels of estrogen).

After pregnancy, your estrogen levels drop and return to normal and your hair may fall or thin out. You may start to see excessive shedding one to five months post birth; but the good news is your hair will grow back. Hair loss peaks around month three or four after birth and usually returns to normal by your baby’s first birthday.

Embrace these changes – they only mean you now walk the proud walk of motherhood! Welcome to the club!

How to Have a Happy Pregnancy – Enjoy Those 40 Weeks!

Posted August 14th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

You know the drill – regular prenatal visits, healthy eating (as humanly possible), prenatal vitamins, some exercise and rest, rest, rest.  These are the key ingredients to a physically healthy pregnancy.  While your physical health is crucial, so is your emotional health too.  Pregnancy can feel like an out of body experience for some and can bring to the surface mixed emotions of happiness, grief and fear.

Here are few things you can do to make sure you’re whistling a happy tune until your due date:

Set Your Expectations

It’s important to mentally prepare and have realistic expectations about your pregnancy, labor, delivery and parenthood.

An easy way to do this is talk with other parents (expecting and non-expecting). You’ll be able to learn from each other’s perspectives and you will also discover that everything you are thinking and feeling is totally normal and you are not alone.

Read up on how your baby is progressing each week and take some classes on baby care and breastfeeding so you feel prepared when baby comes. This will help alleviate any overwhelming feelings you might harbor.

Know that if you don’t love being pregnant, that’s okay. No one ever said pregnancy was glamorous.  And if you’re feeling one with your bump and totally an “earth mama,” that’s okay too!

Don’t Dwell on the Worries

Having concerns and worries is very common in pregnancy. The important thing is not to dwell too much on each worry. Acknowledge your concerns and take actions to help you feel more prepared.  For example, if you have some concerns related to your health or labor, be sure to talk about them with your doctor or midwife.

A lot of moms-to-be worry they won’t be good moms – this is usually not case. Be confident and share your concerns with a health care professional or other mom – they will help put your worries at ease.

And as for the worries over what stuff you will need for the baby – you don’t need much when they are first born so have a few essentials on hand and figure out the rest as you go.

Accept the (Physical) Changes

Okay, the numbers on the scale are rising and your waistline is expanding. It can be a lot to handle, but try not to let your physical changes overwhelm you; you’re growing a baby after all. The best thing you can do for your mental state is accept and even embrace the changes in your body. Know that the weight will come off and your body will go back to normal.

And remember to de-stress and pamper yourself as much as possible. Write in a journal, get a pedicure, a prenatal massage or go for a walk (or have a bowl of ice cream – why not?!?). We also suggest relaxing by listening to your favorite playlist together with your baby on your Lullabelly music belt. Music can be the best medicine to soothe and relax your overworked body and stressed out mind.

 

If You’re Having a Baby Before You’re Married Read This

Posted August 7th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Whether you’re doing it absolutely solo, or have a supportive partner you’re not married to, having a baby before you’re married is not such a big deal these days. Right?!?

A recent report from the CDC shows that more and more people are having kids before they get hitched – and we’re not talking teen pregnancy – these are adults. According to the National Survey of Family Growth, first births among unwed parents between the ages of 15 to 44 have risen from 12 percent in 2002 to 22 percent between 2006 and 2010.

A group that has seen one of the greatest a baby booms is couples that live together but have not tied the knot. Just like Brad and Angelina, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott and Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson– minus the fame and cameras of course! Maybe celebrities have set the stage for baby carriage before marriage!

There is no rule that says you have to be married to have a baby. Lots of couples do it and lots of single mamas do it too!

Were you married before you had your baby? Do you think it really matters? Please sound off!

Documenting Your Baby Bump in the Digital Age

Posted August 1st, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

As a mom myself, I couldn’t wait to share the news of my pregnancy with the world – and I couldn’t wait to share pictures of my growing belly with my friends and family via Facebook.

Once you’ve passed the three month mark, have you thought about how you’ll share your “news” with your extended network of friends and family?

It’s the digital age, so get online and start sharing that bump.

Here’s a few tips on how to digitally scrapbook your pregnancy!

Tip 1: Snag some Sticky Bellies on amazon.com. Sticky Bellies are sticker labels that adhere to a tight fitting tee and designate what week you are in your pregnancy.  Pop on the sticker and snap your photo each week – starting at 12 weeks.

Tip 2: Use an online service, such as animoto.com, to upload your weekly belly bump shots.  Choose from their selection of music and easily edit your own timeline slideshow.  Click to share on your favorite social sites like Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. and your bump will go viral.

Tip 3: Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Then a time-lapse pregnancy video is just the thing for you. Take photos during your pregnancy at regular intervals (be sure to wear the same clothes and have the same backdrop each time). Once you have gathered enough images that demonstrate the growth of your belly, edit them together (YouTube has a free video editor) to create a magical prenatal performance.

Have you documented your growing baby bump digitally? Feel free to share a link and tips with other Lullabelly fans!


 

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