Jayne @ The Naptown Organizer

Jayne is a mother of one awesome little guy and a new baby girl on the way in December, as well as a speech pathologist. Jayne can be found @thenaptownmama on twitter or follow her crunchy trek through parenting, any and everything granola, and a life more organized on TheNaptownOrganizer

3 Reasons Why Having a Second Child Is Much Easier Than Having Your First

First-time parenting can be a blur for many people: the lack of sleep, the confusion and the seriously fast transition between stages and phases of development can leave many first time parents feeling a little (fine! a lot) frazzled. Being a second time mama (or dad!) can be so much more simple and... Read more

How I Know the Hardest Parts of Parenting Have Yet to Come

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When you become a parent, it's normal to expect it to be tough. You never really know just how tough until you have your child, but when they arrive, many new parents realize it is probably going to be both the hardest and best thing they've ever done. But when your children are young, tough... Read more

What to Expect After Baby Arrives (and How to Handle the Changes!)

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Moms -- I'm not talking about the cute, squishy, sweet little baby in your arms. I'm talking about the deflated mama kangaroo pouch, the flabby arms, the back fat, the residual swelling, the thinning hair, the super frizzy hair, the tired eyes, the leaky breasts, or the mama-sized diaper you've been wearing around for the... Read more

Confessions of a Two-Time Mom: What I Won’t Be Doing This Time Around

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After having my second beautiful baby in December of last year, I've had a few months to adjust to life as a mother of two, and I'm finding things to be very different than my first go at this. I wholeheartedly believe that -- for me -- it has been much easier to transition from one... Read more

10 Reasons I’m Planning for a Summer Baby — and You Should, Too!

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Whenever anyone talks about having a child during the summer months, most people automatically turn to thinking about being massively uncomfortable in sweltering heat at the end of a pregnancy.  You know -- the swelling, the sweating and just the general feeling of discomfort. However, after having two children, both born in the... Read more

The 4 Commandments Every New Mom Needs to Follow

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This may not be the list you expected to see... I'm not going to tell you how or where your baby should sleep, what the best remedy is for a gassy babe, if or when you should try crying it out, or even the best baby products for your new child. Even though there are... Read more

Dealing With Postpartum Emotions — How I Made It Through

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Tears. Quick changes in mood and demeanor. Teeny, tiny things setting me off... these are some of the ways I've been reacting to the postpartum hormones. After writing the other day on my personal blog regarding postpartum emotions, I wanted to take it one step further and really delve into what is... Read more

5 Surprising Things I Miss Now That I’m a Mom

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We all know the typical things you miss when you become a parent -- sleep usually tops the list, spending time with friends, as well as time to do things you enjoyed before baby came along. Parents I know have said they miss being able to leave the house easily by themselves and others miss... Read more

How to Leave the House With Two Children — A Mom’s Guide

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If you've read the title of this post, you probably are expecting a clear, concise answer as to how the heck you can get out of your home in one piece with two small children... I hate to disappoint you, but I don't know either. After recently adding a newborn daughter to our family of... Read more

Can Baby Really Fix Your Relationship?

I've heard before that having children can either make or break your relationship... And, well, recently- as some of you know - we've added a second child to our family.  Our little family of three became a larger family of four this past month and, so far, it's been wonderful. But it's been a whole... Read more