Friday, January 11, 2013

My Best Friend Will Be a Mom! {Dear Best Friend... pregnancy series}



You know how you loose touch with all of your childless friends once you have kids? Yeah, that happens. You know how you have a friend that no matter how long you haven't seen each other, you don't feel like you grow apart, like they have always been there? I am fortunate to have a friend like that.

An guess what? She's pReGnAnT!

I was over-the-moon filled with joy to find our over the holidays that her husband and her are expecting their first baby! Immediately my mind started racing with just how awesome this is. How our babies can have play dates. How I can let her borrow all the maternity clothes and baby gear. How I can't wait until the baby shower. Mostly, how much I want to share with her about parenting and our personal journey because now she'll be genuinely interested!

The baby is due in June, so I am going to write a series of "Dear Best Friend..." letters which will be addressed to my friend (who is also my cousin), but really to all expecting mamas and especially first time moms

A little bit of opening up my heart. A little bit of sharing knowledge. A lot of "This is your journey and the mistakes are yours to make, but learn from mine." A little bit of humor that every parent must posses to stay sane (I can use some myself).

There is a lot in it for you too! Wondering about baby must haves, nice to haves, and don't-need-to-haves? That moment the baby starts kicking? Labor and birth? What it feels like to be 9 months pregnant? Eating healthy, cloth diapering? What those first 3 months are like with the baby home? We'll be writing about all this and more!

Any suggestions on topics for a first time mom are welcome, fire away in the comments! 

(Dear best friend... I know you're reading this, so please share what YOU want to know in the comments too!)



13 comments:

  1. I can't wait for these posts :) I've thought of another thing... baby bottles. There a million of them out there, so overwhelming. Any suggestions?

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    1. I mentioned to you today that I never had the need for baby bottle because I was fortunate to always be with baby, even while working :) I did buy some glass bottles that I never used. There are many out there and I'll include my top picks in the baby gear post! In general, stay away from plastic and check out stainless steel. It may cost a little extra, but at least it isn't leaching chemicals and it will last and last.

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  2. That hurts when people lose touch with childless friends. Some people are not childless by choice.

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    1. It is sad, but I don't think it is necessary and certainly not true for everyone. It wasn't really lack of children as the reason we lost touch, more like getting married and starting full time jobs that leave no time for anything else. We were close when we were single, with not a whole lot of responsibilities, and we were part of the same church so we saw each other at least every weekend! :) Life circumstances happened. But what is certain, we shouldn't dwell on the past, but live in the present. So if we lost touch with someone, today is the day to get back in touch and not put it off :)

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  3. Aww! Congrats to your friend! My cousin-one of my best friends in Junior high/high school just had her first baby 2 weeks ago after 10 years of waiting and three years of struggling with infertility and I was just as excited as you are to finally be sharing the experiences of motherhood with her. :)

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    1. That's awesome, congrats to her and to you! You remind me of just how common infertility issues are present in women today, I've been meaning to write on the topic for months now. I have a lot to share about it... someday I'll get that post up!

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  4. I think these posts are going to be awesome. This is so very sweet (and helpful, too) of you to do. I look forward to reading these as a new mommy to-be (in just 2 weeks) myself! :)

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    1. Awesome, congrats! I love 'newly baked' mommies and moms-to-be! It would be great if you can follow along :)

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  5. When I was pregnant, I felt like I was prepared for everything through readying blogs, forums, talking to friends, etc. But what I REALLY wish people would talk more about and be more open with is their post-partum and newborn phase. And obviously, the depression. I felt like I was such a terrible mom for feeling the things I felt for the first month after the baby was born, but as my best friend has been going through this the past month, I've realized that what we've felt is probably pretty normal.

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    1. That is something I have never written about but definitely will for this series, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  6. Love that idea! I'm a first time mom and my baby boy is 4 months old..starting to teeth and just got his 4 mos. old shots yesterday so maybe a post on how to deal with a fussy baby because of those things! :) Can't wait to read these posts :)

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    1. Oh yes, the teething - we had it really hard with both babies. Both started teething early like yours around 3-4 months and both had teeth actually come out really late. Long and painful process! There is a lot I can share on that from experience.

      I wouldn't be very helpful with shots though, we don't vaccinate for many reasons. Which would deserve it's own post, but as you know it is a VERY touchy subject. Part of me wants to and part of me doesn't want to touch it with a 10 foot pole! :) I might write about it, but I don't know how politically correct I'll be able to be given my strong views on the subject.

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  7. Thanks for this post! I'm expecting my first one and I'm overwhelmed with all the "essential" baby gear. Lol. We have a tiny apartment and it's good to read a list of the not-needed and nice-to-haves

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