SF New Baby: Freshly Picked Giveaway

Would it be a week devoted to new babies without mentioning Freshly Picked? No way! We have a crazy exciting giveaway today, FP is giving away a pair of their brand new, just launched today, exclusively designed Camo Moccasins! But not just one pair, four lucky winners will receive a pair of these moccs.
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We like to believe, no, we KNOW we are some of Freshly Picked’s oldest and most loyal fans. We have pairs of Susan’s first generation moccs and have put our oldest boys in them since they were tiny, tiny babies. We’ve passed them down to their brothers, and added to the collection year after year. Watching Susan’s company boom over the last few years has been so exciting and it is all well-deserved, and earned after hard, hard work. Don’t miss the chance to win a pair of these limited edition Camo moccs before they’re gone!

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New Baby Advice : Little Green Notebook

We are so excited to have Jenny from Little Green Notebook here sharing her new baby advice and the most unbelievably amazing birth story we’ve heard to date, just try to read it without your jaw dropping! Jenny is one of the most wise and savvy women we know in this industry (her DIYs and decor style are so great!) and of course her advice for mothers is the same way.SF New Baby : Little Green Notebook
1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
I would tell my new-mom self to really commit to writing in my journal at least three days a week. All of those mommy moments where you think to yourself, ‘I will remember this face/sentence/moment for the rest of my life! There’s no way I could forget something this cute, right?’ Wrong! You’ll forget like 90% of everything! Write it down. And unless you print them out in a book every year, instagrams don’t really count. :)
2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?
I was hit with a bout of postpartum depression after having my second baby, Claire. After months of slogging through weird sadness and emptiness, my friends and family finally helped me figure out that what was happening was treatable and not permanent. I started taking St. Johns Wart, which helped, and I started writing a blog about my favorite things (mostly interior design stuff), which really helped. And then I remember waking up one day when Claire was about six months old and it was like a switch had flipped and the fog had lifted and I was totally back to my old self. It was completely unreal.
A couple years later, when I was in my last trimester with Evelyn, I remember being so worried that I was going to have postpartum depression again after giving birth. My blog and design business had taken off and my two other girls were still so young – there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room in the schedule.
I don’t pretend to understand the psychology behind postpartum mental states, but for some reason I was fine (better than, even!) after Evie’s birth. I was on top of the world and I remember being so grateful every single day that this time I wasn’t experiencing any of that really hard stuff. Maybe it was her exciting entrance into this world, or maybe it was that
Evie was a super easy and happy baby, or maybe it was just plain and simple good luck? But being healthy and clear-minded was such a huge blessing for me then, and even now. We’ve struggled with infertility for the past few years and I’m coming to grips with the reality that Evie might be my last, even though we’ve hoped for more. I hold onto those beautiful, nothing short of heavenly moments in 2010, when all of my girls were still practically babies and life was simpler, and we could have cuddle parties in my bed until 10:00 am every morning. :) I’m equal parts thrilled about my future as a mother of older children, and devastated at how fast it’s going by. I’m so, so grateful for these angel-girls I have, who are always willing to show up for the long-standing cuddle party date in my bed every Sunday morning. :) How lucky am I?

SF New Baby : Little Green Notebook

3. Do you have a special routine for bedtime?
Each night we have family prayers and then we all pile into one bed for the book(s) du jour. My husband and I love when the girls choose Goodnight, Moon (such a classic) because it pretty much guarantees sleepy-eyes with only one reading! Baby Mine, that heartbreaking song the momma elephant sings to Dumbo, has always been our go-to lullabye. Evie loves it so much and always has.
And keep reading after the jump for Jenny’s birth story for her daughter Evie, born on Christmas Eve! You will NOT believe this story, it’s so incredible. Read more

New Baby Advice : Say Yes

Welcome Liz from Say Yes! Liz is funny, gracious, and so wise. She takes such good care of us and we look up to her so much. Her style is so effortlessly cool (this!) and We all jumped for joy at the news of her second pregnancy after a long hard road of Secondary Infertility - read all her posts about it here – and with every picture of Edie is a reminder of hope and a fresh start. Here’s Liz’s new baby advice with photos by Rachel Thurston:

1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?

SF New Baby Advice : Say Yes

Breastfeeding isn’t worth it when you feel like you’re fighting with your baby everyday and think you might pull your hair out! I had a horrible time nursing my son and am shocked and a little embarrassed how long I went struggling with it (over a year). I’m so much more relaxed about that stuff this time around. Generations of smart, well-adjusted, happy people have been fed formula (my parents being some of them!)

Also, don’t jump into baby outings too soon. You have the next 18 years for that! My group of friends at the time I was a new mom all had older children so I felt like I was always hanging out at the park with a 3 month old. So silly. Why wasn’t I toting my baby accessory around the mall and out to fancy cafes while I still could? Live it up while you still can. There is far too much Dora and playground babysitting already scheduled in your future.

2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?

SF New Baby Advice : Say Yes

Oh, yeah. That big fat lie that breastfeeding doesn’t hurt at the beginning. It kills! Even in the hospital this time around, the lactation consultant was trying to tell me I was doing it wrong soley because it was hurting (once again I had been lured into the lie!) Truth: It will kill and you’ll want to scream. But just wait 2 weeks and your beautiful bionic nipples will emerge!

3. What’s your bedtime routine?

SF New Baby Advice : Say Yes

My son hates when I sing. I know, he’s trying to torture me. But, so far, my daughter loves it. My favorite right now is “Moon, Moon Moon’ by Laurie Berkner. It’s pretty and simple to learn, and she’s usually dosing off by the second verse.

Such great advice! And we’re so thrilled that Liz could be the first to utter the word nipples on Small Fry, a momentous day!

Also, don’t miss our huge nursery giveaway with Land of Nod below!

SF New Baby: Land of Nod Giveaway

Land of Nod needs no introduction from us, we’re long time lovers of their brand and the people behind it. When we finally met Katie, their PR queen, at Alt we hugged her so hard it might have been classified as a tackle. You liked it, right Katie? There isn’t a company out there more in line with our way of life, to focus on the joys of child/parenthood and not the stress. Just reading their product description copy will make you smile! Today, they’ve graciously offered a whole nursery set-up. Just BYOB, bring your own baby.
Land of Nod + Small Fry Giveaway

Here are the items up for grabs:

X Marks the Spot Book Caddy $99 — The perfect caddy for storing all those bedtime books.

Print Noir Canvas Wall Art $59 — A graphic art piece that is durable as it is beautiful!

Geometric Lamp $79 — This lamp is so awesome. On-trend, while still gender neutral, this lamp fits in just about any decor.

Plush Penguin $49 — Super sweet, super soft penguin plush.

Sweet White Bedding $200 — Nothing is sweeter than a baby swaddled in white. We love the crisp clean and peaceful look.

Here’s how to enter, good luck! Also, don’t miss our other giveaways this week! Orbit G3 Stroller System, Boon Nursery Package, and a 4Moms Mamaroo and Breeze!

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New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

The mamas of Brickyard Buffalo are here! Two inspiring business women and mothers whom we love and adore. And don’t forget their third Blair, who is as hard-working as she is hilarious and will make the best mother some day!

First up, Kami!

My mom had just arrived to town and I took a big sigh of relief. The two people that calm my nerves are my husband and mom. Now that she was in town, baby boy could come! As we sent my husband off to school, we headed to Wal-mart for a few last minute things. The next thing I know, my water broke…in Wal-mart! We had a good laugh. I mean, of all places! My husband was carless for the day so he bummed a ride to the hospital from his buddy who just so happened to ride his motorcycle to school. I wish so badly that I had a picture of those two on the bike– his friend with the handle bars in his armpits and my husband dangling off the back wheel to avoid too much contact.

Fast forward through 4 nurses, 1 epidural and 23 hours of labor with 4.5 hours of pushing and my beautiful first born son came into our world. I will never forget his goofy looking cone head and his chubby cheeks. Love at first sight!

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
Calm down! It’s really hard to not be anxious bringing a newborn home. You’ve heard so much advice and it can be hard to sift through it and determine what is useful. I would tell myself, it’s fine if your baby uses a pacifier. It’s fine if your baby doesn’t sleep through the night at six months old. It’s fine if you get the baby blues.

2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?

It seemed like every friend of mine just popped their baby out in 15 minutes. I was shocked to push for hours! Why didn’t someone tell me that most people don’t push for just 15 minutes?
3. Do you have a bedtime routine? Our nightly routine varies a little but one thing that is consistent is a snuggle song. As an infant I would choose a song for them but now that they can express their opinion on which song they want– they request it and we snuggle and sing.

And next we have Karlee:

Our little Perry Shea Dutson safely arrived on Friday, October 29th, 2010. This is her birth story.

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

At my 39 week OB appointment I was informed that I had an “unfavorable cervix.” (Sounds harsh, right?) Long story short, I was carrying her very high and it was unlikely that she was going to drop on her own. After discussing some possible scenarios, we decided a C-section was our best option. Just like that, we were scheduled to meet our little girl the following morning!

The rest of my day was a blur. I got in my car and drove around aimlessly as it sunk in. Once I made it home I took the longest shower of my life, packed our bags (that’s right, I still hadn’t packed the bags), and we headed out on our final childless dinner date.

Waking up at 4 A.M. the next day was a cinch knowing we were about to meet our baby. We hit up McDonalds and headed up to the hospital. As soon as I stepped foot into the OR I couldn’t stop shaking. I’m talking major shakes, people. I should have felt right at home given I spent 40+ hours a week working in the OR. But I knew too much and I was scared. Brad held my hands as the anesthesiologist popped the spinal block in my back and I immediately felt relaxed.

Surgery began and it was time for her to come out. Normally, they would just scoop the baby right out. But, as my sore ribs already knew, that little gal was tucked way up under my rib cage. After a lot of (them) pushing and pulling, I heard the cutest little cry. My doctor held Perry up long enough for us to spot some dark hair and fall right in love with her. Brad and Perry were swept away to clean her off and I was closed back up.

We spent the next couple of days at the hospital recovering and cuddling our little girl. We were blessed with a perfectly healthy, happy and sleepy baby. We didn’t know we were capable of loving her this much and can’t wait to raise this little beauty!

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?

To stop crying! No really, I was a never-ending waterfall of happy, sad, scared and crazy tears. I would tell myself to relax and soak up that newborn baby love.

Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?

I read Jenny McCarthy’s book, Belly Laughs, so I was prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly. The only thing that truly surprised me was how much fun it is to be a Mom. I knew I would like being a Mom, I didn’t know I would love it.

Do you have a bedtime routine?

One of my favorite routines was smothering Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime baby lotion on her every night. (Purple bottle.) The smell of that stuff will always bring back the greatest memories of our little Perry Shea as a baby.