The holidays are a time of year where people come together to enjoy time with their family and loved ones. The problem that a lot of people have is balancing the need to give their loved ones everything that they want and not starting off the new year drowning in debt. Fortunately, there are things that you can do that will help you financially prepare for the holidays, helping you achieve the balance of giving the perfect gifts while being easy on your budget.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that you are reading those post because you were invited to a baby shower and have no idea what to give as a present. Or maybe you do know, but just want to find better ideas than the clique (blankets, binkies, cute outfits, etc.). Don’t disregard those though; they come in handy for new moms and dads. However, if you want to stand out and/or give a gift that is super awesome, here are some great ideas.
It’s no secret that when you become a mom you pretty much take the entire house with you when you leave to go anywhere. It seems like a lot of things to take with you, but you will become a pro at it in no time, I promise.
First and foremost, you are going to need a diaper bag. It is the most essential thing you can get when you have a baby and/or a toddler. I happen to have 2 diaper bags that I lug with me, one for my baby and the other for my toddler, because….well….they both need different stuff. I purchased the RUVALINO Large Diaper Tote and it is by far the best and most stylish diaper bag I could find. If you open my handy dandy diaper bags you will find:
If you have a toddler who is more than capable of using the potty, but too stubborn to comply, then you have come to the right place. Potty training is as much of a blessing at it is a curse. Having a hard headed toddler sure does make potty training a super ultra-hard CHORE. She knows what she has to do, she gets the concept, but she just would not go because I was the one telling her to do it. After tons of attempts and tons of failures, we have finally gotten to a point where she is about 90% potty trained. Hallelujah! It has been a power struggle, but we are making ground. Here is a list of things that I have tried and what did/didn’t work for us.
Relationships tend to suffer once children come along and my husband and I are not immune from that statement. Our relationship changed drastically after we became parents and I was nowhere near prepared for it. Why did the man I was so deeply in love with turn into someone I was always angry at? My entire pregnancy I was preparing for the arrival of our daughter that I neglected to prepare for the changes my husband and I would go through. I was naive to think things would be exactly the same. There were times where I was wondering if we were even going to make it. But in the end we did and we came out stronger than ever. It just took some work and a mutual desire to grow together during this new chapter of our lives.
So onto the meat and potatoes, here are some ways relationships change after you become parents. Hopefully it can somewhat prepare you for what is to come.
Once upon a time, you endured pregnancy, gave birth and had a beautiful little baby. You are exhausted and seem to be on a ferris wheel that never ends. Diapers, bottles, spit up, crying, more diapers. Then one day it happens. Your little baby turns one and is officially not a baby anymore. You start to miss that baby stage and all that comes with it. That’s when your ovaries kick back into high gear. You think to yourself “I want another one!”
The decision to have my second child was A LOT harder to make than my first. The first time was easy because I knew I wanted to be a mother. The second time I had a much better understanding of what I was in for. I had to decide if I really wanted to go through it all over again. My brain and my instincts were at war with each other. It was a struggle between: