Advice to New Parents

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Hey Y’all. It’s Erin.

Recently, I’ve been doing  “self discovery” journal prompts. 

I’ve just been searching on pinterest or google and trying out some that I find.

It’s been my effort towards self care.

Most of the time they’re so deep that I struggle to answer.

“Describe your perfect day.”

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

“What would you do with $1000?”

These are just a few of the ones that I’ve had a hard time answering.

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I thought that they’d be easy and fun to answer.

 However, self reflection tends to take some time and a lot of thought. 

This one really settled on my brain as I thought about motherhood. It made me think about what I would tell myself when I was pregnant.

“What advice would you give your younger self?”

I want to share my response in an open letter to new parents. 

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How to survive the summer with your baby bump

How to survive the summer with your baby bump

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Hey y’all! It’s Jess! 

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderfully sunny days! I love summer. I grew up in California and my heart yearns for the sun all year long. 

Dog taking sun bath, How to survive the summer with your baby bump by LilHelper.ca Blog Something is going around with the Lil Helper crew because many of us find ourselves baby bumpin’ this summer. I am already 7 months pregnant and summer has gotten a lot less exciting this year because I am HOT and SWEATY. 

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My first was born in the winter so the summer was a lot more bearable. Still, I picked up a few tricks from my first pregnancy and from friends that I will share with you to make the summer exciting again!

Sit back so your swollen and tired feet can take a break while you browse this post. 

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Breastfeeding Past One AKA Extended Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Past One AKA Extended Breastfeeding

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Hey y’all! It’s Jess again and I’m here to talk about something near and dear to my heart: breastfeeding.

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Let’s clear up one thing

Breastfeeding has come a long way. It isn’t just baby to breast anymore. I’m talking about anyone who feeds their baby human milk whether it be via donor milk, pumping, or nursing.

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As soon as my daughter turned 1, everyone had an opinion about getting her off the breast. My favorites were “she doesn’t get anything from your milk anymore,” “she doesn’t need it,” “she’s too old for it now.”

My daughter still breastfeeds on demand. Wakes up about 3-8 times (it varies greatly night to night) to nurse and I am comfortable with that. We have no plans of stopping anytime soon.  

Why do people always seem to have an opinion on feeding children?

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