5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Parenting

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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I always knew I wanted to be a mom.

It was never a question, even when I was ridiculously young and couldn’t even begin to conceive of this insane idea of parenting another human. While I couldn’t begin to flesh out the details, even in my mind, there were so many things I “knew”, or thought I did. I remember starting stories with, “One day when I have kids, we’ll..” Or, “I can’t wait to take my kids here one day.” I had it all figured out in my head, or so I thought, but really I knew next to nothing. Except one thing.

I always knew I wanted to be a mom.

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That said, I’m one of five kids, and I remember all of our scattered ages, stages, and phases better than I should! I have incredible long-term memory. I remember when the youngest of us were in diapers. My mom used Luvs Diapers. The packaging has changed, but one thing that hasn’t changed for me is seeing Luvs diapers in my home! My parents always used them for the five of us, and my mom kept the boxes for decades to store baby clothes. She probably still has those boxes!

I remember what the boxes looked like. And now it’s more like this:

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Some things change, and others stay the same. I’m seven years into parenting, but the learning curve is steep and powerful. I love talking to my sisters about having babies, and I love knowing that the door hasn’t closed on that part of my life.

5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Parenting:

1 – Kids develop at their own paces. I learned to walk when I was 18 months! Some kids learn at 8! I learned to read at age four. Some kids learn at six or seven. Try to enjoy each milestone, without always thinking about the next one to come.

2 – Have a good sense of humor and embrace the messy chaos, and chaotic messes!

3 – When your baby grows up and you’re at a parent/teacher conference you might glaze over the academic talk just to get to the good stuff: “Is she happy? Is she KIND? Do other kids like her?”

4 – You will parent better if you take the time to do something you love. Regularly. It’s good for you and it’s good for the kids to see you achieving your own happiness. Take breaks. Take breaths. Take it easy on yourself. You’ll need it.

5 – You will go through a LOT of diapers. And diapering is an art form too! Luvs is the official diaper of experienced parents, and they are offering big savings this month! From now until May 27th, you can find this $2 print-at-home coupon from coupons.com. Then it will change to $1 off until 6/10. There will also be a high-value coupon in your Sunday paper – this Sunday, the 28th – for $2 off any one pack or box of Luvs diapers. Don’t miss these big savings!

Use this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold.

No doubt about it, I wish I had known that we’d need a lot of diapers, and that parenting is expensive! Luckily, Luvs is offering great money-saving opportunities. Luvs introduced their new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™, which are softer and more absorbent than before*. They have large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection, and a money-back guarantee. Parenthood is a roller coaster ride, and Luvs provide features that both babies and parents need, but for less cost than premium brands. Experienced parents value the things that help them get through long days and make their lives easier. And what’s better than that?

AND, their contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit and a super soft cottony material – gentle on baby’s skin. Here is a $2 off Luvs diapers coupon! Print it at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs Diapers are sold!

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Happy Savings!

5 Ways to Support Fetal Brain Development

This review was made possible by iConnect and UpSpring. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Pregnant or trying to conceive? Here are 5 ways to support brain development and take care of both YOU & your baby as best you can! #spon #UpSpringBaby #TTC

Sometimes, you just know it’s time to make decisions about starting or expanding your family.

Pregnant or trying to conceive? Here are 5 ways to support brain development and take care of both YOU & your baby as best you can! #spon #UpSpringBaby #TTC

It’s funny how much I’ve learned in the last four years, and in the last seven years, since I first found myself pregnant and pleasantly surprised. I was 27 and I didn’t know ANYTHING. Scarlet was a happy, early surprise, and I was so young and only a few months married. Des was planned, but it was a stressful time of moving and change and adjustments. I always have said that if I should be so lucky to have a third or even fourth pregnancy, I would do everything differently than I did before. The bottom line is – taking care of the baby and taking care of ME.

Or YOU, of course.

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Here are five ways to support fetal brain development:

1 – UpSpring Prenatal+. UpSpring is a mom-founded and mom-run company – with a mission to empower parents with confidence and to give them the freedom to enjoy motherhood even more. UpSpring does this by finding innovative solutions to the everyday health and wellness challenges and frustrations facing mothers of a baby or young child. Since 2005, UpSpring has made all-natural products based on true science that solves real problems.

“More fun, less worry.”

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UpSpring Prenatal+ is a complete multivitamin that also includes omega-3 DHA and choline (in the form of Alpha GPC) – clinically shown to support fetal brain development. Also, Alpha GPC is a highly bioavailable form of choline, and it’s the only form that crosses the blood-brain barrier to nourish your baby’s growing brain. These three delicious mango-peach gummies, taken once a day, provide 100% of the daily value of 11 essential nutrients, and brain-building omega-3 and Alpha GPC. The gummies are easy on the stomach! There’s also one-a-day, easy-to-swallow softgels too! UpSpring Prenatal+ Gummy is all natural, low in sugar, and non-GMO.

Get your delicious daily dose of three great tasting gummies and one liquid softgel.

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2 – Get your Omega-3s! Omega-3/DHA is for motor skills development. Omega-3 fats, especially DHA, are concentrated in the brain, and the brain has the greatest need for omega-3 during the fetal growth period and up until age two! Pregnant women who take fish oil have higher levels of omega-3 in their breastmilk, and higher DHA levels in infants are associated with better hand-eye coordination.

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3 – Eat fruits and vegetables, and boost your protein intake. Fresh produce contains antioxidants, some of which can protect your baby’s brain tissue from damage. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly! And you need protein now more than ever. Check with your doctor for the recommended protein intake – mine jumped by 10 extra grams a day. I loved yogurt smoothies, bean soups, peanut butter on toast, and even lean beef.

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4 – You need iron too! Your iron needs to double during pregnancy since iron deficiency can affect your baby’s growth and brain. You will most likely be tested for iron levels. Eat iron-rich foods too.

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5 – Find your Folate. Luckily, it’s in UpSpring Prenatal+. It’s a natural form of vitamin B9, which is found in dark leafy greens and lentils, among other foods. Prenatal+ uses the natural form of B9 – folate – and pregnant women should get at least 800 mcg of folate per day, which is the amount delivered in their prenatal gummies.

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And what else can I say? Read to your baby and get him/her used to your voice. Sing to your baby. Relax yourself. Be mindful of mercury; avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Above all, make excellent choices. Like UpSpring Prenatal+.

UpSpring Prenatal+ Gummy retails for $24.99 at Target – in the Women’s Health & Family Planning aisle. Prenatal+ is also available in an easy to swallow tablet with 18 mg of iron. Visit UpSpringBaby.com to find out more!

And ultimately, enjoy!