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Five On Friday ::: Man, It Feels Good To Blog!

Boy, does it feel good to be back at the keyboard again for a little blogging! Don't get me wrong ... losing myself in my little one's eyes has been a pretty sweet feeling, but writing out a blog post is another passion of mine that I will be very happy to keep up.

So let's get right to it! Time for Five On Friday with my lovely cohostesses ChristinaDarci, and Natasha. This week, after a recent conversation with my middle sister about how she can help out a grad school classmate who is expecting a baby, I thought I'd focus on five easy ways to support a mom-to-be or new mom. All of these acts -- some big, some small -- have really meant so much to me.

O N E
Send a note or card via snail mail. I can't tell you how many times I've procrastinated on reaching out to a new mama because I was waiting to find the "perfect" gift to mail ... but I've realized that even just a simple "congratulations" or "thinking of you" card or note from the mailman's hands means a lot! New mamas aren't able to drive for at least one week, so -- speaking from experience -- sometimes the trip to the mailbox is a highlight of the day. If I get a personal card outside of the normal bills and junk mail, my day is made!

I want to receive mail like this!! Or atleast have the time to send mail like this :) Beautiful snail mail by Ishtar Olivera

T W O
Invite a mom-to-be to join you for a pedicure. For me, once I hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy, bending over didn't feel too good. And a little after that, it was downright impossible unless you are an experienced yogi (I am not).

I loved the opportunity to grab a pedi with a girlfriend! Even if you are watching your spending, you can just opt for a polish change which should run you $5-10 ... much less than the cost of a pedicure, but still gets the job done.



T H R E E
Drop off a meal for the new parents. This week we were completely spoiled by my friend Kristen with a meal fit for a king. This is how you know she's a pro (being a recent new mama herself): she made it abundantly clear to us that she was more than happy to just drop off the meal on our doorstep if life was a little too crazy for a visit. Obviously, I wanted her to meet Camille and I wanted to catch up with her, but that was such a sweet and selfless offer.



She packaged up a wonderful meal -- breakfast muffins, fresh fruit, fruit dip, and an amazing dinner complete with sides and "adult beverages" -- in containers that she doesn't need back. So easy, so thoughtful. And the coup de grace? She brought Drake a dog toy. A dog toy! And he loves it.



F O U R
Send a quick text to a new mom or a mom-to-be asking how they are feeling. That question never gets old and it's always appreciated!

A quick call is also sweet, even the calls I couldn't take where the caller clearly said on the voicemail "No need to call me back, I know you are busy - just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you!"

F I V E
If you are a mom yourself and you have baby gear you can lend out to a friend, that can be a godsend! There are an overwhelming number of baby gear items that are considered by marketers to be "essential", and guess what - they are all expensive. Sort of harkens back to the days of wedding planning where I found myself thinking "BUT I JUST HAVE TO HAVE GOLD CHIVIARI CHAIRS" when in fact, I really didn't need them at all to have my dream wedding.

You can easily drop a few hundred dollars on bouncers, swings, playards, bassinets, etc -- and your baby may not like them. We were so fortunate to be lent several items which is totally appreciated. Baby girl loves her borrowed bouncer, by the way!



So there's my five ways that you can support an expectant or new mama. I'd love to hear your tips as well!

Your turn to link up, ladies -- I'd love to read your five! Any five things on your mind will do. Just link to one or all of the hostess sites and insert the logo below. Then link up with us and you are set. :)




31 comments:

  1. First, Camille is so precious! Congrats again! Second, thanks for sharing such great tips. There must be something in the air because it seems like everyone I know is announcing baby news recently, so I will definitely be keeping your suggestions in mind. Have a great holiday weekend! - A

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  2. Camille is just precious, sweet girl! With a full head of beautiful dark hair like her mommy:) So glad you have been enjoying your first week as a Mama, and am loving these tips you posted. Agree with every single one 100%. Happy weekend!

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  3. Congratulations, again! It seems like you are settling in to motherhood seamlessly! Thanks for sharing all of these tips. One of my best friends is due this September, and it's always nice to know what is appreciated from a mom's point of view!

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  4. Such thoughtful acts! I love how your friend came by with a whole meal and a dog toy- that is really the sweetest thing!! Your new daughter is too cute- congrats again!


    Xo,L
    simplylowcountry.com

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  5. welcome back!! so many cute ideas for new moms :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. Okay (and I know this sounds a little mean) normally I don't think newborn babies are very cute...but Camille truly is GORGEOUS. My boyfriend didn't believe me when I told her how old she was!

    And apropos of your post, I'm thinking of you and hope you (and Ian and Drake) are doing well!!!

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  7. Great tips! As more and more of my friends are having babies, I will definitely refer back to them! When my friend Leslie has her 2nd baby, I thought to bring the big sister a little gift so that she wouldn't feel left out, but I didn't even think about the dog! Great idea! Little Miss Millie is absolutely adorable in that last picture. Her outfit is too cute.

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  8. As always, your post is great! These are wonderful "DUH" ideas that can be put in to use immediately! Millie is toooo cute! Congrats Mama!

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  9. All of these are such great suggestions!! I am taking notes for sure! Happy Friday! Hope y'all have a great long weekend!

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  10. Glad you are doing well. These are wonderful tips I'm looking forward to trying out when my BFF has her little one in approximately 4 weeks :) Can't wait to see more pictures of your beautiful baby girl!

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  11. No driving for a week? I was behind the wheel 3-days after :)
    WOW! That delivered meal sounds amazing and the drink part is the best!
    I guess I have something to live up to when I make it over next week. HAHA!! Happy Memorial Day!

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  12. This is a great post!! One thing I like to keep in mind is that every mom is doing the best she can. I have witnessed too many friends get so down on themselves because of the well-meaning advice from other moms. I find that even reminding them, "hey, you are doing the best that you can for you and your baby" seems to help with the mountains of advice and information new mommies seem to get everywhere they turn!

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  13. Camille is too sweet! (and her name is just perfect). Hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
    xo

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  14. Such great tips! I especially love the meal with the containers she didn't need back and a toy for Drake. So thoughtful!

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  15. Hi there! Congratulations on your little bundle. Camille is beautiful! I'm new to the link up; just posted our first Five on Friday today. I know you're busy, but if you have a moment, I'd love if you came by and visited us at Mama Dish. Have a great holiday weekend and thanks for hosting!

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  16. Congrats on that sweet baby girl. She's just perfect and precious. Aren't meals great after you've had a baby. I loved that our church did that for us after each little one. Really helps a momma out!!! One less thing to worry over. Enjoy these sweet days ahead.

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  17. You are right on the money with all this advice! Hope you are doing well, your friends sound amazing! Especially Kristen - how sweet is she?!

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  18. Meals and sweet texts or calls are definitely the perfect thing for a new mom! It can sometimes feel isolating when you are home with the baby all day at the beginning! I had family nearby to keep me company and help out, so I would have loved that if I didn't have my mom helping every day!

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  19. Totally agree with all of these! Meals brought over were life-savers for me, especially after my mom left! Glad you are hanging in there with your little one...she is too adorable!!! :)

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  20. Yes to all of this!! I also always ask if the new mama needs anything. From maxi pads to a bottle of champagne I'll go get it! :) Cards in the mail are always a good thing.

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  21. April! Your daughter is so precious. And I just loved this blog post. Going to be going under bookmarks to keep in mind for my girlfriends when they have their babies. And it also reminded us that we need to get our puppies some new toys when baby is here! Hope you doing well!

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  22. Great tips! And glad Drake loves the 'choke!! Let's get together again soon!

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  23. Congrats! Camille is beautiful! What a sweet and thoughtful friend!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  24. Congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful. I always like to bring a meal to new parents - I know I really appreciated it when I had my boys. Have a great weekend!

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  25. Such good advice! All of them are so true and really appreciated. It hasn't even been two years since I had my baby and I already forgot how nice it was to get calls, texts, etc. and the ready made meals are a godsend! I will be keeping these in mind for upcoming new momma friend!

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  26. So sweet and so perfectly true all of these tips. I love them! It was so nice to just get a txt during the newborn days when it was just me and baby endlessly nursing.

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  27. Totally agree with all of these! Nothing is better than a home cooked meal from a friend or family member. You're often so busy or too tired to cook and it's nice to just pop something in the oven and be good to go. Also I found if I could tell someone to pick something up for me and I would pay them back when they dropped it off, that was helpful. That and just advice! Sometimes it's too much but sometimes when you feel like you've tried everything, someone else's input is nice. You look like you transitioned to being a mom amazingly!

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  28. This is such a great post! I think it's so important for people to know that what's best for mama and baby .... Yes visitors are great, but it's even more great if they help out, watch babe while you shower, bring dinner, etc. people sometime ps forget that mama is tired, worn down, new to this mama thing, and are all too worried about seeing the baby!!! Great post. Congrats! Your little angel is precious!!!!

    Mitchalycia.blogspot.ca

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  29. I CANNOT get over all her hair! beautiful!

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  30. April, You are so right about hand written notes! There is nothing that makes your day more than getting the mail and having a note from someone. It means so much that someone took the time to sit down and write.

    I'm so happy your getting notes and good wishes from friends......I know how much they mean to me.

    Warmly, Kathleen






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  31. All great tips! I hope you're having fun adjusting to life with your beautiful baby girl!

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