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Link Love: MommieKnowsFresh Tips for Relieving Mommy Guilt

mkfWhile perusing Facebook earlier this morning I stumbled on this wonderful post by blogger friend and fellow mom Caprece of MommieKnowsFresh.com. We’ve featured Caprece here on BabyBrownSugar before. Caprece hilariously captures what all us first-time moms are thinking. Shrug off that mommy guilt with Caprece’s thoughtful and encouraging life lessons below:

There have been times when I’ve felt completely overwhelmed by motherhood. Like pull my hair out burst into tears kind of overwhelmed. She won’t eat, she won’t sleep, and she’s got a cold….again. At these times I become a tears time bomb ready to explode at any moment. So you know what I do? I let the tears fall. I go into to my bathroom and I cry out my frustrations. I let it out and let it go, realizing that my emotions are out of love. Remember, you’re doing a better job than you think. Matter of a fact you’re awesome. Here’s so other things I’ve learned along the way:

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Winner! Shea Moisture BABY Giveaway

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Thank you to everyone who entered the Shea Moisure BABY (Fragrance Free) product giveaway! If you haven’t already, check out my Product Review HERE.

And the Shea Moisture giveaway goes to….

Shauni Drake-Reid! Congratulations! Please email christina(at)babybrownsugar(dot)com to claim your prize!

Thanks again to all who participated. We’ll be doing tons more this month so stay tuned.

C is for Cadence: How I Named My Baby

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The Name Game

I can remember playing with my dolls as a little girl and calling them my “babies”. I gave them all different names and got comfortable with the idea that one day I too would have a real baby to name. I’ve had baby girl names picked out since Jr. High School. What can I say? I’ve always been the type to plan ahead. I would add a few to my approved list every few years or so but for the most part, my list was solid. Fast forward 15 years when I find out I’m pregnant and all those names were out the door. Instead I went with the flow and picked a name that had great meaning and that I thought was unique.

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Link Love: MommyNoire’s 15 Things Every Mom Should Know

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I stumbled on this article on Mommy Noire last October and have been referring back to it every now and then as a quick reminder and pick-me-up. As a new mom, you automatically assume you have to do everything “perfect” or the world will come to an end. Here are some important things to keep in mind so you don’t drive yourself crazy:

1) Dad’s got this. I know it’s hard when the kids are eating junk and their clothes don’t match (sorry, dads), but that stuff won’t kill your kids. Just let dad do his thing and relax. You have to trust him to do things his way.

2) Your kids want to workout with you. Believe it or not, your kids would love to do yoga, take a walk, or play Wii boxing with you. Get in shape and bond with them while doing it.

3) Family dinners make a difference. People bond over food. Eat with your family as often as possible and you will notice a difference in how connected everyone is.

4) Trying to cook after work is never a good idea. Sure, we want our kids to eat healthy meals, but cooking every night is hard, whether you work outside of the home or not. Try to prep a few meals on Sundays, freeze as much as you can, and remember that a grilled cheese sandwich with some warm tomato soup (could be homemade and frozen) is definitely a meal.

5) Laugh at yourself as much as you can. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You will mess up. Just laugh as much as you can about it. It also teaches your kids to accept their mistakes with grace, which leads to a less stressful life.

Click HERE to read the other 10 tips at Mommy Noire

BabyBrownSugar Update: Two Months

cadence-at-2-monthsI cannot believe how quickly time flies when you have a baby. When they said “enjoy it while it lasts”, they weren’t kidding. I mean just 8 weeks ago, my little squishy came home looking like this:

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And now her little face is getting more defined, she has a sassy personality and she giggles on demand like this:

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Cadence is officially two months today. She was born on February 4th, 2014 and since her birth she has grown into the most adorable, smart and happy little infant. She is fascinated with everything up above – especially the ceiling fan. She likes The Chica Show on Sprout, Elmo’s World during Sesame Street and she still loathes when mommy watches Scandal on Thursday night (did I tell you guys about that time I went into pre-term labor after watching that episode of Scandal when we found out that Mama Pope was alive? Yeah, she’s not a fan of Scandal – too much suspense!)

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 She also enjoys taking selfies with mommy for Instagram (Follow us @BabyBrownSugarBlog).

Here’s what Cadence can do now:

- she lifts up her head and holds it steady

- she pushes her upper body up using both arms

- she knows the difference between day and night

- she is almost completely out of her Size 1 diapers (chunky little legs!)

- she laughs ALOT, especially after she eats

- she is now sleeping “through the night” at 6-7 hours (hallelujah!)

Man, this motherhood thing is like the gift that keeps on giving. It’s hard work but my little sweet pea makes it all worth it.

What about you guys? Any fun kid updates this month? Share them below!

Giveaway: Shea Moisture BABY Ultra Sensitive Collection

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In celebration of BabyBrownSugar.com’s relaunch, Shea Moisture will be running a giveaway with us each week in April! First up is their newest collection of Ultra Sensitive products. Check out my review HERE.

Because I love the products so much, Shea Moisture has agreed to give away a set of products to one lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment below in the comments section!
2. Fill out your contact info in the widget below.
3. Become a fan of BabyBrownSugar on Facebook

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Good luck!

BBS Review: Shea Moisture BABY Ultra-Sensitive

shea-moisture-baby-fragrance-freeI’ve already raved on here about how much I love Shea Moisture Baby products. I mean I started using them on myself way before Cadence got here. I love the gentle and natural ingredients in their products, the scents are always yummy-smelling and you can tell they chose their ingredients wisely. For those of you with little squishy babies who have more sensitive skin, Shea Moisture has a product line for them too now!

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Shea Moisture’s Baby Fragrance-Free and Gluten-Free Ultra Sensitive collection consists of the Extra Mild Wash & Shampoo as well as the Healing Lotion. Particularly with a newborn, you always want to be careful of products with harsh ingredients that might irritate their skin, so I was really excited to receive this new collection to try out. The products are free of parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, sulfates, silicones, fragrance and artificial coloring.

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BBS Style: How To Hide A Baby Bump

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So it’s your first or second trimester and you’ve definitively decided that you don’t want people to know you’re pregnant until you’re ready. Perhaps you’re working on a big reveal or maybe your job security depends on you keeping it under wraps? Don’t fret. Even the style novice can finesse their way through at least the 4th month of pregnancy without anyone noticing, with a slight shift in wardrobe. Below are the top fashion items you’ll need in your closet to pull it off:

1. Peplum Tops

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This was my saving grace towards the end of the first trimester when my belly bump started to poke out a bit. Peplum tops are designed to flare out right above your waist, exactly where the baby bump would begin. They give a little extra volume to that area so that nobody will notice if there’s actually something growing under there. Check out my outfit post HERE for more pics of me rocking this peplum look.

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5 Products For Soothing Stretch Marks & Pregnant Belly Itch

Products for Stretch Marks

This was one of my biggest concerns when I first found out I was pregnant. How do I prevent these dreaded stretch marks that will apparently plague my skin like a bad nightmare? Keeping it all the way 100, there is NO tried & true way to prevent or stop stretch marks from appearing on your skin. I personally tried every skin oil and cream under the sun and STILL ended up with friendly little “gifts” on my belly after giving birth to Cadence.

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