Life Lately, Six Months Postpartum

We reached the six month milestone! Here’s a look back at motherhood and parenting over the last few months:
I openly admit to people that I meet that the newborn period as a first-time mom was challenging and hit me hard and fast. Things move quickly when you have a newborn but it also felt like my old life came to a screeching halt.

Thrifting a backpack

This month’s 12 Months of Thrifting prompt is to thrift a backpack for the upcoming school year. I took my niece and nephew with me Goodwill Akron to shop for backpacks that we can fill for a couple of families in need of school supplies this fall.

How I organized baby’s nursery

When I was about eight months pregnant and getting the nursery together I thought I’d never figure out a plan to get all of the items we were generously gifted at our baby shower. With a little help from my sister, the internet, and through five months of trial and error, we found a system to works perfectly for us.

Going back to work as a first-time mom

The first few weeks of maternity leave were so hectic I completely put work out of my mind (as you should!). I was so busy trying to get her sleeping schedule sorted and was so pre-occupied looking up things like the Amazonas Koala Baby Hammock & Stand, everything else totally slipped my mind. But toward the end I started to feel very anxious about returning.

Finding My Postpartum Style

I know, I know. I’ve only been a mom for four months. But in this short period of time, I think I’ve truly come to understand the meaning of “mom style.” Finding that “sweet spot” when it comes to postpartum style can be challenging. Maybe you gained or lost a lot of weight, or you’re recovering from a painful delivery, or your body shape has permanently changed.

My maternity essentials

Looking back at my pregnancy, there were a few things that really helped ease the process. Here are some of the items, clothing, and resources that were lifesavers during my pregnancy. What are some of yours?
Learning & Resources
– Moms on Call books and app: Every baby book I read left me feeling overwhelmed and scared.

Thrifting Books for Kids

Before I became a mom, I would venture off to the children’s book section at Goodwill to buy books for my niece and nephew. Now that I have a little one of my own, I’ve been slowly building the nursery library with books from Goodwill. Besides the fact that books are incredibly affordable at 50 cents to $1 per book, I love the process of finding books at Goodwill.

Thrifting a dressy outfit for kids

As schedules start to fill up with spring holidays and summer events, it’s always a great idea to have a few dressy outfits on hand in advance so your family isn’t scrambling to find something for your little ones at the last minute.