Month: February 2018

4 Things You Should Do Before Trying To Get Pregnant

4 things to do before trying to get pregnant
***This is a guest post by Erica from Inner Parents***

Deciding to start trying for a baby is a very exciting time for any couple. Pregnancy is also a major life decision that should be carefully considered and planned. This article will help you prepare by explaining four key things to do before trying to get pregnant.

Talk about parenting with your partner

Before deciding to have a baby, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared to parent with your partner or prospective co-parent. This means talking about a variety of childrearing topics to make sure you’re on the same page regarding anything you consider important. In addition to agreeing on basics such as how parenting duties will be split up and whether one parent will stay at home with the child, it’s also a good idea to make sure you have a healthy communication style in general for those inevitable times when disagreements about parenting will arise. As top Canadian parenting website Today’s Parent reveals in an article for prospective parents considering trying to conceive, it’s important to be on the same page before your bundle of joy arrives because baby’s first year is stressful enough without added conflicts.

Get your finances in order

Raising a child is expensive! The U.S. Government estimated that in 2015 through 2017 the average middle class family spent approximately $12,000 per year per child. There are plenty of costs in a baby’s first few years of life, ranging from medical expenses to baby gear to the cost of childcare or the reduction in household income if one parent reduces their hours at work to stay home with the baby. Many parents start saving for their child’s future college education from birth or even before – yet another expense. Since this will be on top of other existing household expenditures and any debts such as mortgages or student loans, it is essential to make sure you are in a solid financial position before trying to get pregnant.

Take care of your health

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, women can take steps to ensure a healthy future pregnancy before they even conceive. Additional steps are in order if you think you might start trying to conceive soon. A good prenatal vitamin is essential while trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy. Another boost to the health of the mom-to-be could come from the many important dietary supplements such as probiotics for pregnancy.

Make the most of your childfree moments

Preeminent pregnancy and parenting brand What To Expect recommends crossing many must-do items off your bucket list before conceiving. Traveling to exotic locations, going to expensive restaurants or cultural venues, and trying exciting but risky activities are all hard to do with a child in tow. Before trying for baby, make sure you’ve done the things you want to do that are best done pre-parenthood.


Written by Erica at Inner Parents. If you want to read more from her, visit her website or follow her on Pinterest and Twitter.

So This Happened Over The Weekend… I’M ENGAGED!!!

we're engaged

This past Saturday, I thought Will and I were going on our first date day since Aria has been born, but it turned out to be more than just a date!

We made plans a week or so ago to go to Olive Garden and have some alone time together. Olive Garden is my favorite restaurant(I could drown myself in their alfredo sauce) and we go there a lot so I didn’t think anything of it.

Well, we pulled up to Olive Garden and Will immediately made a comment about how packed it was… I was thinking, duh it’s a Saturday at lunch time, but apparently he was starting to get nervous when he saw how many people were going to be inside.

I also noticed my mom’s car in the parking lot and said something to Will about it and he tried to play it off. My mom has a paw print sticker on the back of her car, which I could see, so I knew it HAD to be her, but still I didn’t think much of it.. I thought maybe she was at lunch with her friends… although it was weird she didn’t mention it, because we had JUST dropped Aria off with her and my dad.

So we parked, walked inside, and as soon as I walked in the door my mom, dad, and Aria were there. I was so confused at first and asked them what they were doing there. All they said was, “Turn around, turn around!” So I did and Will was down on one knee.

the proposal

We had our first date there almost 2 years ago so he wanted to ask me to marry him where it all started. It was so sweet and I cried. When I said yes, everyone in the lobby cheered and one of the hostesses was crying lol.

My ring is BEAUTIFUL and I couldn’t ask for a better man for me or a better dad for my daughter. I’m so excited for our future together ❤️

engagement ring

we're engaged


loveYOU challengeInstead of seeing negativity on social media, I want to see y’all #loveYOU 💓

Everyday until February 14th I’m gonna post something positive about myself or something I’ve done for myself that makes me feel good. Whether it’s a picture I feel fabulous in, a post about relaxing and drinking wine, or a picture of my nails freshly done, I’m gonna post something I do for myself in the name of self-care and I hope y’all will do the same.

Spread the self-love💕

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