pregnancy

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

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

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

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 get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

These simple moves help get your baby in the optimal position for birth, head down and on the left side of your uterus. This position gets baby perfectly lined up for his entrance into the world. The sooner and longer you get baby into this position, the quicker (and possibly sooner) your labor will be.

how to get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

prenatal care with home birth midwives

Never did I ever think when trying to make a baby that it would result in so many doctors appointments! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I messaged my neighbor’s midwife to reserve a spot on her home birth calendar, unfortunately…

prenatal care with home birth midwives

how i decided on a home birth

I’ve heard so many stories about women going into labor, traveling to the hospital, and then getting turned away because they hadn’t progressed far enough to be admitted. Or they were admitted and than labor stalled and the doctor wanted to induce.  I’m also very aware that hospitals…

how i decided on a home birth

sarah’s epic first trimester babymoon

As soon as we found out we were expecting, before we told anyone (except Kristin of course!) we planned a little getaway. We knew that we’d have to wait a long time if we waited until after our baby got here to make the trip, so when I was seven weeks pregnant...

sarah’s epic first trimester babymoon

postpartum essentials

I did so much googling while I was pregnant. Were all of my symptoms normal? Was my baby moving too much? Not enough? Was I eating right and buying the right things for when he arrived? One thing that seemed so mysterious to me was the postpartum healing period.

postpartum essentials

sarah's second trimester update

I just finished my second trimester of my first pregnancy and it was awesome!  It was such a contrast to my first trimester when I was sick and worried a lot.  I had so much energy! I could feel our baby boy move all the time which is so reassuring.  It was super fun when my husband was able to start feeling him move too. The first few times…

sarah's second trimester update

my biggest pregnancy fears and how i cope

My number one biggest fear is something happening to my baby.  I spent the whole first trimester low-key worrying about him constantly.  I did my best to convince myself that everything was fine and avoided anything that would stress me out.  Because of this we opted out of genetic tests and screenings. I’ve heard way too many stories about doctors telling expectant mothers their child has a genetic abnormality or a minute chance of down syndrome, etc.  The mom freaks out, but then when the baby was born they are absolutely perfect. It is always such a relief to hear his heart beating on a doppler or see him playing with his hands on an ultrasound, and now that I’m further along, feeling him move inside of me is the most comforting thing ever.  

my biggest pregnancy fears and how i cope

how to survive morning sickness

For over a week I’d wake up and think to myself “Is this morning sickness?  Do I feel it yet?” It wasn’t it. I felt fine. I felt fine all the way up until the end of week five, that’s when all hell broke loose.  I was nauseous all the time, there was no way I was going to eat any of those snacks I had stocked up on, and all I wanted to do was sleep and throw up as little as possible.  By the end of my first trimester I had lost over fifteen pounds and my throat would bleed every time I vomited.

how to survive morning sickness

how i keep my husband involved in my pregnancy

Getting pregnant for the first time is a life changing event. It’s a wonderful time full of tons of unknowns and most often dads stand by the sidelines helplessly. However, that does not have to be the case. There are so many ways to include your husband in your pregnancy.

how i keep my husband involved in my pregnancy

kristin's first birth story

I had a pretty easy and comfortable pregnancy, but the week of April 8th I was so uncomfortable! I had been on bed rest for 2 weeks (after preterm labor that had been stopped) and was finally free, determined to get this baby out. I walked all over trying to get the last of the things ready for baby. I even went to Disneyland!

kristin's first birth story

7 lessons i learned during my first trimester

Being newly pregnant, especially for the first time, is an exciting and crazy time.  There is so much going on within your body that is completely normal and foreign. Some may feel completely terrible without actually being sick.  It’s an amazing time of transition and learning. These are the top seven lessons I learned during my first trimester.

7 lessons i learned during my first trimester

the absolute minimum you need for baby

Expecting your first baby can be such a confusing time, especially if you’re trying to live a minimalist lifestyle. Everywhere you look retailers are trying to tell you everything you are going to need for this new person about to enter your life. Did you know that Amazon suggests over 50 different items you “need” to add to your registry? That’s crazy!

the absolute minimum you need for baby