against the martyr mama

Motherhood is sacrificial. It is life giving and hard and takes more of you than you could ever imagine. I have learned more about selflessness since becoming a mother than I have in my entire life before.

against the martyr mama

preparing for my second labor

Tomorrow I will be jumping into week 35 of my second pregnancy! I had my son at 37 weeks, so we’re really getting into the final countdown now.

The baby shower has come and gone, the car seat is installed, the baby clothes are washed and organized. What else is left to do?


One of the big things on my to do list is labor prep.

preparing for my second labor

how to keep a clean home with a toddler

I don’t know about your toddler, but mine loves to take things out as soon as I put them away. He loves scattering things around the house while giggling and having the best time. But just because you’re toddler doesn’t know how to pick up after themselves yet doesn’t mean your house has to always be a disaster zone until they grow a little more.

how to keep a clean home with a toddler

how to do disneyland while pregnant

My family loves Disneyland! I have had an annual pass for pretty much my entire life, so of course I wasn’t going to give that up when I had kids. On the contrary, I love taking my son to Disneyland! But that is a post for another day. Right now I am past the halfway mark of my second pregnancy and still going strong at Disneyland! Do you have a trip coming up to the Happiest Place on Earth? Are you expecting? It’s definitely doable and even enjoyable! Read on for tips to make the best of your trip.

how to do disneyland while pregnant

moving with a toddler while pregnant

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably know that my family recently moved! Added to that, my son is 15 months old and I am 6 months pregnant! Sound crazy? It actually wasn’t too bad! Here are my tips for moving while pregnant and with a toddler.

moving with a toddler while pregnant

cloth wipes

Cloth wipes seem to be intimidating to a lot of new cloth diapering mamas. Even my husband wasn’t sure if we should do it before we started! But to me cloth wipes and cloth diapering go hand in hand beautifully. In fact I don’t think I would like cloth diapering very much if we didn’t use cloth wipes!

cloth wipes

sarah's favorite breastfeeding outfits

I love clothes.  I’ve spent a lot of time curating my minimalist, mostly grayscale wardrobe.  It took me a long time to figure out what I like and what feels best on me regardless of trends.  Now that I’m breastfeeding my little one, and will be probably for the next year (or more if we have another babe) it’s important to me that my clothes are functional as well as fashionable…

sarah's favorite breastfeeding outfits

encouraging independent play

Independent play has been one of the top skills I wanted to teach my son from the very beginning. I’ve seen too many parents who can’t get anything done during the day because their children need them to play with them all day long. I’ve also seen how it can stifle creativity and overall independence in babies and kids.

encouraging independent play

how to create a birth plan

I credit a lot of his chillness to the way he came into this world, so I wanted to talk to you about how to create a successful birth plan. There are a lot of templates out there where all you have to do is check off boxes or answer a few questions, but for me those templates were not as thorough as I would’ve liked…

how to create a birth plan

cloth diapering while traveling

Yes, you can bring cloth diapers with you while on vacation!

I’ve travelled with both cloth and disposable, and both have their pros and cons. When I’ve been staying with family or at an AirBnb, there is usually a washer and dryer easily accessible. In these cases we usually are at the house for a decent amount of time during the trip anyway (if anything at least by the time baby goes down at night!). 

cloth diapering while traveling

your husband isn't babysitting!

All moms, but especially stay at home moms, can feel a certain claim over their children. We carried them in our bodies. We nursed them, woke up in the night with them, changed their diapers, all while healing from the bodily trauma that is pregnancy and childbirth.

your husband isn't babysitting!

cloth diapering on the go

Today is all about taking your cloth diapers on the go. A lot of people use cloth only at home and use disposable diapers when they head out of the house, and that’s totally fine! You do whatever works for you and your family. But! I’m here to tell you that it’s actually super easy to take cloth out of the house with you!

cloth diapering on the go

what to do before baby #2

If you’ve read any of my posts here on Besties With Babies (or Sarah’s for that matter!) you’ll know that I am a huge researcher and planner! With Gideon being 13 months old, I’ve kind of gotten the hang of caring for him and just have been having fun with him. But with baby #2 on the way, I have more to research! Yay!

what to do before baby #2

when your best friend becomes a mom

When I became a mom, I was the first of my friends. I had done my research and I had some other mom friends, but no one that I was really close to had entered into motherhood before.

when your best friend becomes a mom

my second first trimester

In case you missed the Instagram announcement… I’m pregnant again! I’m officially out of the first trimester now and onto the smooth sailing second. Going through pregnancy again, not to mention with a budding toddler to chase, has been interesting to say the least.

my second first trimester

how to cloth diaper a newborn

Are you having a new baby and want to cloth diaper them from the very beginning? Congrats! And don’t worry, cloth diapering a newborn can be pretty simple, and very similar to cloth diapering an older baby. Earlier in our cloth diapering series we’ve talked about different types of cloth diapers and how to wash them, so feel free to look back if you missed something.

how to cloth diaper a newborn