Comic Relief for Expectant Moms: 3 Funny Pregnancy Stories

There’s no doubt that pregnancy and childbirth can be a stressful experience.  While the first several weeks allow for the planning and fun of preparing for a new baby, as the day gets closer every mom begins to wonder to herself “can I do this?” The stress, and lack of control that comes with bringing a new baby into the world brings about some pretty amazing situations–some funny,and some that are just unbelievable.  Here are three of the most memorable for me… Continue reading “Comic Relief for Expectant Moms: 3 Funny Pregnancy Stories”

Packing for the Hospital–Part 1

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It’s the typical scenario—a mother’s water breaks and in a panic an unprepared couple speed off to the hospital with only the clothes on their back. In reality, most babies will give their parents plenty of time to prepare for their arrival–but just the idea of a sudden start of labor can send the coolest of couples reeling.  Being prepared is the name of the game, and knowing what to pack and what to leave at home can help make the birth experience less stressful and more enjoyable for the entire family. Continue reading “Packing for the Hospital–Part 1”

Fun Facts About March Born Babies

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Are you expecting a baby born in March?  If so, this is a fabulous month to have a baby.  March is the month which marks the end of winter and the start of spring.  Yeah!  Easter usually falls in April, but sometimes in March as well so throughout your baby’s life you will be able to celebrate their birthday as well as Easter and the start of spring.  These special days make March a month of renewal, rebirth and new life – a very fitting theme for your baby’s birth month.

March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war.  In ancient Rome, not only was March the beginning of spring, but also the start for many military campaigns.  As such, Mars is a beginning not just in nature, but traditionally a beginning for great human endeavors.  Great Britain and Russia and other countries traditionally began their old calendars in March, not January.  New Year’s celebrations are still held worldwide in March in many cultures.  March is definitely a time for beginnings.  Since your March baby will be starting their life’s journey, this too is obviously a new beginning.

March also marks a number of other festive holidays including Saint Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, and the tail end of Mardi Gras.

For the month of March, the traditional birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone.  Aquamarine is believed to be a soothing stone which can quell fears, protect, provide foresight, courage, and happiness.  As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought to reduce the effect of poisons.  Bloodstone represents fortitude and strength and is believed to attract abundance and wealth.  The flower for March is the daffodil, representing rebirth since it is one of the first flowers of spring.

If your baby was born before March 20, their Greek zodiac sign is Pisces.  For babies  born after March 20, they’re an Aries.  Pisces is a water sign and a mutable sign (meaning it is a sign of restlessness).  Pisces are usually believed to be shy, romantic, aloof and sensitive.  They are deeply emotional creatures with great capacity for empathy with others.  Pisces children are usually pliable, kind, and crave some extra affection.  Their passion remains with them throughout life.  Well known Pisces include Michelangelo (March 15), Albert Einstein (March 14) and Dr. Seuss (March 2).  Aries on the other hand is a fire sign.  Aries are considered to be curious, energetic and restless.  They are confident and direct.  Aries children are very competitive, a streak that usually remains with them throughout their future careers.  Well known Aries include Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15).

March is a wonderful month for a baby to be born.  Under such fortuitous signs of courage, strength and renewal, and with either of two very different but very powerful zodiac signs, March is indeed a wonderful month to be born in.  If you were born in March yourself, it would be interesting to note if you can relate to any of these traits described for March born babies.  Feel free to post your comments.

Diaper Planning for Your Newborn

Baby in a DiaperMoms-to-be are always nervous about the new addition to their family. They ask many questions, and do in depth research on virtually everything pertaining to their growing belly. One of the most common decisions is what type of diapers should she use:   cloth diapers or disposables.  If disposable, should they be eco friendly or regular and then what brand?  Moms want what will work the best for their own circumstance. Some may consider their budgets, while others may consider convenience.  For my kids I used disposable diapers because it worked best for me.  I know there is lots of debate so let’s get the discussion started.

Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers

If one considers a budget, cloth diapers will beat out disposables every time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics from birth to six weeks babies should have five to six wet diapers and four soiled diapers per day. Calculations done by realdiaperassociation.org suggest that the average child will need 60 diapers per week costing the family $1600 over a two year period for disposables. Families who use cloth diapers can spend roughly $300 over the same time frame and have the advantage of using them for multiple children. Those on the disposable side of the debate will argue that cloth diapering can add to energy usage and laundry costs not to mention the extra time involved for laundering.  Another solution is a cloth diaper service which delivers to your home.  You can check this industry trade association for service providers.   Although this reasoning may seem sound, mothers with older children will admit that leaks and stool “explosions” will happen regardless if you are using cloth or disposable diapers, So extra laundry concerns may be a moot point.

So…Who Wins the Diaper War?

If considering convenience one could argue that disposables are much easier to use. For those who work outside of the home and use daycare providers they might not have the option of using cloth or only cloth diaper at home but send in disposables to day care. Others may argue that disposables are easier to handle because they do not have the extra laundry to contend with. Some families may choose this option because they do not have washer/dryer in their home and do not want to hand wash diapers or take them to a commercial laundry mat.

Many families have gone “green” and have started looking at diapering alternatives. While eco-friendly diapers are not as widely used as much as their counterparts; the “green” movement is making a huge impact across the nation.  Eco-friendly or natural diapers come in both disposable and cloth forms. Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers are available at most retail stores at around the same price as Huggies and Pampers brands. gDiapers offer several options for both cloth and disposable supporters. The gDiaper flushable inserts gives families many more options by allowing the family to flush the insert down the toilet, compost it, or just toss it in the garbage. gDiapers are a bit more expensive then traditional cloth diapers but for a family interested in an eco-friendly diaper this may be an attractive alternative solution.

Some studies estimate that 83% of families are using disposable diapers.  However nothing factual has been published in many years and many families do use both cloth and disposable depending on family needs.

Choose the type of diapers that best suit your objectives and priorities. Stock up those shelves with the right choice of diapers that fits your needs as obviously there are many diaper changes on the way once the new baby arrives.

Your comments are welcome.