What were your biggest fears as a prospective parent? Did they change after Eli was born? Would your hubby care to comment on the same questions?
Anonymous

My biggest fear was actually about holding him. I was terrified that I would drop him or wouldn’t know how to pick him up or put him down or hand him to someone properly. That I’d hurt or break him while changing his clothes or diaper. Once I saw how the nurses handled him, I realized it’s really not that hard! Now my biggest fear is about his breathing. I’m always thinking swaddle cloths or the side of his bassinet or his car seat will cause him to suffocate somehow. I wake up and feel his tum to make sure he’s breathing. Don’t know how to get over that one! As for Tall Cake, sis biggest fear is that Elias (or any of his siblings) won’t take to the church. I’m confident that our babies will be strong members but that’s still his biggest worry. 

Parenthood is a sacred privilege, and depending upon faithfulness, it can be an eternal blessing. The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home.
Boyd K. Packer, The Witness http://ift.tt/1hEXknr (via ki4akr)
Elias must be having a growth spurt

because he’s back to eating every 2 hours throughout the night for the last 3 nights. If he could just grow a little bit out instead of always just up then I’d be so thankful! 

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he’s a mover and shaker

Elias turns 6 months old in 2 days and has FINALLY mastered rolling from back to front. He rolled from front to back a month ago, so now he can roll all around every which way! <3 

You guyyyyys

theshortcakefiles:

LivingProvidently is having her baby today! Almost exactly 6 months younger than my Cupcake and Eternally’s baby E. These boys will change the world one day and I’m so happy for all of us!

Send your prayers over to my girl hoping for a speedy and safe delivery. 

Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.
Howard W. Hunter (via theshortcakefiles)

oh-totoro:

GIVEAWAY EXTENDED!

When I posted this giveaway a month ago, I hadn’t planned to be in London on the 31st of July (the original closing date of this giveaway) and I am unable to select the winners until I get home later in the week. Due to this, I am extending the giveaway by just over a week and the winners will now be selected on Saturday 9th August.

Don’t miss out! This is your last chance to enter! ^___^ xox

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YAY!!! I cannot believe it, but I have reached a phenomenal 50,000 followers (now 55,555)! That’s 49,500 more than I ever hoped to have, hehe, and to celebrate and say thank you for your unbelievable support, I want to give a little something back.


There will be three lucky winners who will each win one of these prizes…

1ST PRIZE:
The large Oh-Totoro (grey) plushie.

2ND PRIZE:
The medium Chu-Totoro (blue) plushie.

3RD PRIZE:
The small Chibi-Totoro (white) plushie.

All three of these plushies are genuine Japanese merchandise and feature the official “Approved by Studio Ghibli” sticker, so are very high quality! ^___^


HOW TO ENTER:

1. You must be following oh-totoro
     - I will check this after making the draw and redraw if necessary.
2. You must reblog this post.
     - Each reblog counts as an entry. You may reblog once per day.
3. You must be willing to give me your postal address.
     - Well, this should be obvious.
4. A photo of each winner with their prize would be greatly appreciated so I can reblog it to oh-totoro, but this is not a requirement.


DATE OF DRAW:

SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 2014 (and will be announced a week later)

I will contact the three winners on this date and give them 48 hours to respond to my Ask. If I don’t receive a response, I will nudge up those who have responded and redraw the lowest prize. This will also be the case if Asks are not enabled. Make sure your Asks are enabled!


WHO CAN ENTER:

Anybody can enter. I will post to any country. So don’t miss out!

Good luck! x

reasonsmysoniscrying:

I just spent $87 in hearing test copays to clinically prove my 4yo is just ignoring me.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I know that feel. 4 month check up Elias didn’t startle to loud noises behind him. ENT appointment doesn’t show anything wrong but notes the same lack of startle reflex to sound. Sends us over to specialized testing at nearby university. Special appointment, 2 hours of testing, all to tell us his hearing is perfect and he just doesn’t care about loud sounds XD

I am incredibly thankful my baby is so healthy

I just cannot believe it. There are so many things that could have gone wrong, so many things that had to go right. He’s miraculous. 

I believe I am making the right choices for my child: A message to all mommy bloggers

I am a stay-at-home mother because I believe it is best for my child.

I vaccinate because I believe it is best for my child.

I bring my family to church because I believe it is best for my child. 

I put my child in a bassinet or crib because I believe it is best for my child. 

I am never saying that if you DON’T stay at home with your baby, if you DON’T vaccinate your baby, if you DON’T bring your baby up to worship God, if you DON’T give your child a separate sleeping space that you are a bad parent. Do I believe the things I’m doing are the best? Yes, that’s why I’m doing them. But I’m not going to sit here and call you out on your parenting styles and techniques. I disagree with you, I think your way is not the best way, maybe I think your way isn’t even a good way, perhaps I even think what you’re doing is detrimental, but I am never going to call you a bad parent over it. 

So grant me the same courtesy. Have your own opinion, share your beliefs, start a conversation, give advice and preach your style. But do not throw the term “bad parent” around because you disagree. 

raisingemilyjune:

frombumptobirdie:

gettingreadyformommylife:

gouldiloxk:

mommaebbie:

gettingreadyformommylife:

What are some of you moms wearing home from the hospital ? I don’t know if I wanna do pajamas or yoga pants

Yoga pants will probably be uncomfortable , I did sweats and a loose Tshirt.

I packed…

I wore sweats and a tshirt and wished I’d worn a dress or something because I had a c-section and the waist of my pants rubbed against my incision a bit. So, I think no matter what kind of birth a dress would be the most comfy.

I wore sweatpants and a baggy tshirt and was comfy city. I had a vagjnal birth and I bounced back really fast.

My most comfy dress <3

oh-totoro:

YAY!!! I cannot believe it, but I have reached a phenomenal 50,000 followers (now 55,555)! That’s 49,500 more than I ever hoped to have, hehe, and to celebrate and say thank you for your unbelievable support, I want to give a little something back.


There will be three lucky winners who will each win one of these prizes…

1ST PRIZE:
The large Oh-Totoro (grey) plushie.

2ND PRIZE:
The medium Chu-Totoro (blue) plushie.

3RD PRIZE:
The small Chibi-Totoro (white) plushie.

All three of these plushies are genuine Japanese merchandise and feature the official “Approved by Studio Ghibli” sticker, so are very high quality! ^___^


HOW TO ENTER:

1. You must be following oh-totoro
     - I will check this after making the draw and redraw if necessary.
2. You must reblog this post.
     - Each reblog counts as an entry. You may reblog once per day.
3. You must be willing to give me your postal address.
     - Well, this should be obvious.
4. A photo of each winner with their prize would be greatly appreciated so I can reblog it to oh-totoro, but this is not a requirement.


DATE OF DRAW:

Thursday 31st July 2014 (and will be announced a week later)

I will contact the three winners on this date and give them 48 hours to respond to my Ask. If I don’t receive a response, I will nudge up those who have responded and redraw the lowest prize. This will also be the case if Asks are not enabled. Make sure your Asks are enabled!


WHO CAN ENTER:

Anybody can enter. I will post to any country. So don’t miss out!

Good luck! x

the-fault-in-our-youtubers:

the internet summed up in one gif set

my favorite part of the vid. Made me and Tall Cake laugh XD

update: posted this on facebook and a girl from my ward who is anti-vax made a super passive aggressive post directed at me over it. jeezalu.