Sunday, July 15, 2012

Getting Back to Blogging

I decided it was finally time to start back blogging. My last post was then I was about 22 weeks pregnant, awaiting the arrival of our baby girl, Grayson. Well she has arrived and we couldn't be happier. Isn't she the cutest thing ever???

I can't believe she is going to be 8 weeks tomorrow. 

Her big sister Riley (2 1/2 now) is adjusting a lot better than we expected. Every week she's gotten better at saying her name. It has gone from Baby, Baby Gracie, and now Baby Grayson. I think what really helped our family adjust was that my husband took 4 weeks off work to help. We kind of tagged team the kids to make sure they were both getting the attention they needed. There were times when my hubby would be holding Grayson and Riley would say, "Mommy you hold baby" or "Mommy take baby". This seems to happen when Riley really wants her daddy's attention.

It's been hard to get photos of Riley and Grayson together. I can tell Riley has taken to her, but she gets close to her when she feels like it. She isn't cool with me making them take photos together. When ever she gets close to her I try to snap some photos. Yesterday morning I snapped this one.

A little early morning sisterly love :)

Now that I'm getting back to blogging I think it's time to re-focus my blog. I never wanted to just write fluff posts about being a mom and make everyone believe everything is just rosey all the time. As a mom you realize it's not. There have been some days I've thought, "What have I gotten myself into" because I do get overwhelmed sometimes trying to juggle everything.  In my header it mentions I will talk about the gifts of pregnancy and motherhood. I know and plan to share that not all those gifts are wonderful. When it comes to pregnancy I found some new resources and little fun things I never got to share. My blog will also be used to promote online shops that offer maternity and baby products. There are so many on the web. I like the idea of making shopping easier while showing support for Mompreneurs.

As a working mom, stay at home mom, first time mom, 2nd or 3rd time mom we don't have a lot of time to shop online. I know I can't spend hours online shopping for maternity clothes, the perfect tutu, hair bows, baby items, etc.  I Heart puts a lot of these items in one place, making it easier to shop. I plan to list new items weekly.

I hope you all follow along, leave comments, share your stories. and have fun shopping
I Heart Maternity :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Guest Post: "Pregnancy Perks" by Carly of Living the Scream

Guest Post: Pregnancy Perks

Behind all of the heartburn, the morning sickness, the fatigue, and everything else that comes with being pregnant. There has got to be some perks right? I am almost in my 3rd trimester with my 4th baby and wanted to compile the things that I have found to be perks while having a bun in the oven.

1.No food guilt. Now I eat very healthy when I am pregnant and want to supply my growing little one with all of the nutrients she needs. However while pregnant I refuse to feel guilt about that slice of pie for dessert, a late night shake every once in a while, or an extra helping of my favorite dish. Food is one thing that makes me so happy while pregnant. (After that morning sickness fades of course) My favorite treats right now? Chocolate and baked goods.

2. Naps! With this being my 4th I am so tired all the time and find that I can hardly function without a little rest. I love that sweet my husband does not mind doing extra so I can snooze. Even my other children have been understanding and let me rest for a little bit each day.

3. People are friendlier. Now I know us pregnant ladies do not enjoy strangers touching our bellies so I am not talking about that. I have just noticed people are littler nicer to me, friendly smiles and small talk. This reminds me to not be in such a hurry when I am running around the store and to be friendlier to people around me. I once even got a free ice-cream at a fast food drive up because the employee saw my belly and told me the baby needed it. I gladly accepted.

4. Good parking spaces. Now I do not see this often but every once in a while I see a parking spot right near the front of a store that has a picture of a stork painted on it to be reserved for pregnant women and women with young kids. Love this!! If I was the political type I would lobby for this to be done at every store in the nation. These spots are rare but when I see them they make me happy!

5. Buying baby stuff. Having that excuse to shop a little more buying the cutest tiniest stuff for the baby is such a treat. I am a penny pincher and always am trying to save money so I love the fact that I need to buy some cute things for the baby.

 Even though we all can get wrapped up in the not so much fun part of pregnancy we should not forget about the good stuff. The biggest one being of course the actual arrival of the baby!  

What are some perks you have found while being pregnant?

Carly blogs over on Living the Scream

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Adorable Pregnancy Maternity Photo Ideas

One of the fun parts of being pregnant is getting to take maternity photos! Now that I'm 30 weeks it's about time for me to start thinking what kind of shots I want. I of course have went to one of our favorite sites, Pinterest, and gathered some really cute photo ideas and thought I would share. 

Some of these are solo shots and family shots. The photos below don't seem to hard to replicate. Stop by the I Heart Maternity FB page and let me know which is your favorite??

Here is a link to my Pregnancy Photo Idea Board: 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Inspired by Felicity Giveaway: Diaper Cover & Shoes

Inspired by Felicity is hosting a Giveaway here on the I Heart Maternity blog

Win these Zebra Print Diaper Cover Bloomers & Pink Feather Polka-Dot Crib Shoes

How to Enter: It's Simple :)

1. You Must Follow I Heart Maternity & Inspired by Felicity on Facebook - Comment below
2. You Must make a FB or Twitter post about the Giveaway - Comment below  

* Be sure when you comment you leave your email address so we can notify the winner*

Comment Below on these for Extra Entries: 

1. Follow the I Heart Maternity or Inspired by Felicity blogs
2. Make a blog post about the giveaway
3. Pin one of the two photos on Pinterest linking them back to this blog 

Contest Ends: March 17th at 12:00 am cst 
The Winner will be chosen by and notified on March 17th.
The prize will be shipped by Pamela of Inspired by Felicity.

if there are questions, feel free to email me at

Bloggers: Don't forget to link up in the sidebar in my blog hop I'm running all month long! Now let's have some fun and Good Luck to everyone :)