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How to pick your baby’s name

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Picking your baby’s name
Deciding on what to name your baby is a big decision!  This name will stick with him or her all throughout their life.  Some parents have names picked out long before baby even arrives and others, like myself, will still be trying to finalize a decision days after he/she has made their debut.

Those baby name books can be overwhelming, usually filled with thousands of names and not much direction. This is a decision that will affect her nicknames.   Will it be hard to spell or pronounce as they get older? Will it fit well with the last name? What will her initials be? Will you lean more towards a traditional, trendy or unique name? Whatever you choose, I think we can all agree that it’s a decision that you will spend hours and sometimes even months thinking about.

Here are some things to think about when choosing a baby name.

Picking a unique name

It can be difficult trying to pick a unique name.   A unique name usually means something that will stand out in a crowd and break away from the traditional choices. When deciding on a name, you don’t want it to be so far out there that it is embarrassing for the child, but still one that is different and distinctive.   Some ideas for a unique name can come from:

  • ŸNature
  • ŸSurnames
  • ŸDestination names
  • ŸVery old names
  • ŸCombining names
  • You generally wont find a unique name on a TOP 100 list.

Picking a name with meaning

My husband is really into the meaning behind a name. This is why we didn’t have one picked out until four days after our last daughter was born. Some ways to decide on picking a name with meaning can come from:

  • ŸReligion/faith
  • ŸFamily name
  • ŸInspiring people
  • ŸWhere/what the name originated from

A few things to consider when picking a name is you and your spouse probably won’t immediately agree.   Something to consider in this situation is for both of you to make a list of your top baby girl or baby boy names and then swap to see if there are any similarities.

If you just can’t come to a decision on naming your baby, the internet has some wild options to help you out.

ŸThebumb.com allows you to pick a name out of a hat

ŸBabyNameGenie.com has an online name generator by picking out first and middle boy and girl names.

ŸThe app Kick To Pick allows your baby to pick its name from the womb by placing the phone on our stomach and waiting for baby to kick picking a name from a name generator.

As a mom of five daughters, deciding on a name became harder with each one. We didn’t want to pick something that sounded strange but also didn’t want her to sit in class with 5 other girls holding the same name.   My husband really wanted each name to have a special meaning so we always made sure to check that. We wanted to make sure that each name was one they would be able to pronounce as they began to speak and one that wasn’t overly long so they would be able to learn to spell it at a younger age.   We spent countless hours googling different baby name lists. While it was not the easiest thing for us to make a decision on it always felt so good when we finally decided and agreed on a name!

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The best thing to do when trying to come up with a name is to not let yourself stress out about it. You and your spouse may argue and feelings may get hurt if one side doesn’t agree or tends to dislike what the other suggests. Remember you will find one and it will be perfect! If nine months isn’t long enough to make this big decision you have 60 days after the birth to register your baby!

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Lactation Cookies

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Hey nursing mamas,

If you are looking for a good recipe for lactation cookies you have come to the right place. Karith from justmommies.com has created something delicious! Whether or not you need to produce more milk these cookies are hit.

3 cups of steel cut/ old fashioned oatmeal
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips (I prefer the milk chocolate morsels)
1 cup of butter (I prefer salted)
4 table spoons of water
2-4 tablespoons of Brewers Yeast (be generous)
2 tablespoons of Flaxseed Meal (I’ve used plain and the milled Flaxseed from Trader Joe’s with blueberries)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda (yes like Arm & Hammers)

Preparation time is around 15-20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
1) Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
2) Cream (beat well) butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
3) Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.
4) Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.
5) Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats then chips.
6) Scoop or drop onto baking sheet. The dough is a little crumbly, it might be easier if you use a scoop- I just use a spoon- no need to get too fancy.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies. Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

*Again, I can only vouch for myself, but this definitely increased my milk supply and it was a delicious treat that was easy to make. A HUGE plus when you’re crazy busy with a newborn.

**Where to Get Brewers Yeast
You can get brewers yeast from health food stores, or in the health food isles of supermarkets. It’s a bit cheaper to buy brewers yeast from supermarkets than from health food stores.

As Paula Deen and I would say, HAPPY NURSING Y’ALL!!!

 

http://www.justmommies.com/blog/2013/02/the-best-damn-lactation-cookies-youll-ever-eat/

Tips on bringing home your new infant

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Bringing home your new baby!

“Are you ready?” I’m guessing the closer you got to delivery the more you heard that question. “Not yet” or “almost” seem to be a common answer among most moms.

Although I’m not sure we are ever fully prepared for the moment we bring home a new baby, there are a few things that can make the transition easier.

1-Tour the hospital or birth center- Taking a tour of where you plan to give birth can give you piece of mind in knowing what to expect when you get there. It can be helpful to visualize the process. Most places will schedule a tour and some even accommodate to walk-ins. Take your birth partner with you if possible so they also know what to expect. If doing a home birth, be sure to have all needed supplies in advance and make sure your support team knows what is expected.

2- Take some prenatal classes- Taking classes helps you to be aware of your options. There are times when labor doesn’t go as planned and it’s nice to know what else you may be able to do. Taking your birth partner with you to most classes can be helpful. If planning to breastfeed your baby, a breastfeeding class can be very informative.

3- Say yes- Say yes to help. Sometimes it can be hard to accept help from others. If someone wants to help by cleaning, providing meals, watching older children or anything else, let them.

4- Say no- Say no to activities, events or commitments that cause you to be over scheduled and stressed after your infant has arrived. This is such a short time and your body needs time to heal and recover after birth. Enjoy the quiet time bonding with your new baby.

5-Give yourself a break- It’s important to take care of yourself too in the weeks after delivery. There will be ups and downs. Bringing home an infant can be full of joy but it can also be exhausting. Remember to accept help when you need it.

Congratulations on your new love. Enjoy this time momma.

If you have any helpful tips on bringing home a new baby let us know in the comments!

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