How I’m Preparing For My Second Pregnancy + A $75 Pink Blush Gift Card Giveaway

This post is sponsored by PinkBlush

Over the past few months, we have been considering giving our toddler a sibling. She is now 21 months and we wanted to wait at least 18 months to get pregnant again.

Part of the reason for waiting until 18 months is the benefits it has for the mother. Your chances of having a low-risk pregnancy are higher and it allows your body to heal from the first pregnancy.

Since I’ve been pregnant before I have the benefit of knowing what to expect. Today I wanted to share what I’m doing to prepare for a second pregnancy.

As I prepare for my second pregnancy making sure I have good maternity clothes is important. I'm excited to try PinkBlush's maternity jeans.

Stocking up on Maternity Clothes

A few weeks ago PinkBlush reached out to me to review some maternity clothes. The timing could not have been more perfect as we have been thinking about Baby #2.

Maternity Jeans

In my first pregnancy the items I wore the most were my maternity jeans. However they never really fit me properly. The next time around I knew I wanted to find a better more supportive pair.

Upon receiving my jeans from PinkBlush I could tell they were good quality. The jeans have a band around the belly that extends around to the back. The support is full coverage which will be really nice in the third trimester.

Kimono

The second item I received from PinkBlush was this beautiful kimono. I have always admired this type of layering piece. I was excited to receive it.

My favourite part about this kimono is that I can wear it through all stages of pregnancy and postpartum. It’s the perfect layering piece for over a dress or with jeans and a tank.

Bralettes

Ever since I started breastfeeding I have preferred wearing bralettes over nursing bras. They are a lot easier to pull down than a nursing bra and overall more comfortable. Plus I can sleep in a bralette and still nurse throughout the night.

Long Tank Tops

My other maternity clothing go to are long plain tank tops. I have a few from Old Navy from my first pregnancy which I still wear daily.

I like how these shirts are easy to nurse in and can be worn all throughout pregnancy.

Eat Healthier

I typically eat pretty healthily but as I prepare for pregnancy I’m focusing on eating more protein, drinking lots of water and of course taking my prenatal vitamin.

During my first pregnancy, I wrote a post on my favourite healthy pregnancy snacks. I’ve been referring back to that post to help stock up on some healthy foods.

Stay Active

Having a toddler I am constantly on my feet. I know that when I’m pregnant I’ll be super tired. I’m trying to savour the time I have while I still feel up to being more active.

Some of my favourite things to do with Lyla are going on walks, going to the park, exploring the Farmers Market.

Giveaway with Pink Blush

PinkBlush has generously offered to give away a $75 gift card to their site.

To enter:

  1. Head to my latest Instagram post and be sure you are following me
  2. Like the photo tagged #shopPinkBlush and #prettyinPinkBlush
  3. Tag one friend per comment
  4. Follow @shopPinkBlush

This giveaway is open internationally and any person who has not won a PinkBlush giveaway in the last 6 months is eligible to win.

Becoming a Mom Wasn’t as Scary as I Thought it Would Be

I wrote this post on new mom fears a while ago. At the time I wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish it. I thought I would share it in light of mother’s day to encourage other moms on the journey of motherhood. 

As a new mom, I remember having many fears before having my daughter. Now more than a year later I know my fears were nothing to worry about.

At the time I didn’t want to be only a mom. Leading up to this moment I had been Courtney. A married young woman finishing up her university degree. She was an autonomous adult.

Yet ever since another human life inhabited my body I haven’t been the same person. I lost some of the previous version of myself. It wasn’t until my postpartum days I realized this change. At the time I was not only coping with the presence of a baby but the partial loss of my previous self.

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How to Make Mom Friends as an Introvert

As an adult making friends is not always easy. Add on being a mom and not leaving the house often it can be hard to meet other mom friends.

Being an introvert (and a type 9 on the Enneagram) I enjoy staying home, I don’t need a lot of friends and I find it difficult to put myself out there when meeting new people.

However, over the last year and a half I have made some new mom friends. In the beginning it was hard for me but the rewards of a new friend are worth it.

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5 Ways to Support a New Mom

To support a new mom is to support her need to care and provide for her baby. The next most important person to a baby is the father. Everyone else’s role should be to support the new family. In this post, I will outline some practical ways to help a new family while promoting bonding between the baby and parents.

In my undergraduate, I studied the Family, therefore, I hold the view that attachment bonds are very important to cultivate in early childhood.

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Top Posts of 2018

The top blog posts of 2018 for the Courtney Kramer Blog. This past year a lot of my writing centred on being a mom. My writing has evolved over the years as my life has changed.

 

First of all, thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate every comment, view and share of my posts more than you know. I started this blog back in 2013 because I had so many thoughts floating around in my head that I wanted to share with others. I have always been into journaling so blogging was a natural extension of my love of writing.

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What I Wish I’d Known as a New Mom

Becoming a mommy has been the most incredible experience. It’s a feeling I cannot describe. Even on my darkest days postpartum as a new mom, I felt such a deep love for my baby. Now a year later I have a much broader view of the first year. I have perspective compared to in the thick of newborn days. I’m not going to lie bringing home a new baby was a total shock. I remember going into our church nursery at 4 weeks postpartum and asking how mom’s with multiple kids did it. A year later I know it’s possible to make it through the infant stage to the cuddly, kisses on our face, hugs around the neck, starting to talk stage.

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How Do You Know You’re Ready to Have a Baby?

Deciding to try for a baby is a big decision for any newlywed couple. Although there is no perfect time there are better times to try for a child.

There is no perfect time to have a baby but there are better times. This post is by no means a checklist of things to have in place before having a baby. Rather it’s a list of things a couple may find helpful to discuss before starting their family. As I note at the end only God is the one who gives life and each life is a precious gift. 

Full disclosure we got pregnant nine months after our wedding while I was in my last semester of university. Looking back I wouldn’t reccommend being pregnant while in school because it was very stressful. However, it can be done and I did have the benefit of a very flexible schedule to accommodate all my appointments. 

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5 Ways to Stay Strong Mentally as a Mom

As a new mom or really anyone leading a busy life, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by one’s present circumstances. Maybe you feel stuck or like things will never change or improve.

However, a goal I have for this year is to overcome my mental outlook and instead of being lead by my feelings into despair and sadness I’m working on telling myself how to feel.

My daughter is a great source of joy and I find myself choosing to be happy for her instead of moping around feeling sad or discouraged. She deserves to be happy and I want her to feel secure and loved despite how I’m feeling on the inside.

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