Monday, November 10, 2014

BabyLit Board Books

Reading with N is one of our favorite activities. He loves books so much that sometimes I will find him sitting alone, reading a book "aloud." The book will usually be upside down and he will be babbling things I can't understand but his determination melts my heart.

We were sent a few board books from BabyLit and I don't know who loves them more: me or him. All of the BabyLit books, written by Jennifer Adams, turn classic literature into easy to read baby books. Alison Oliver joins Adams to bring beautiful illustrations to every page and they are simple enough to hold the attention span of my one year old.  As a mama, I find them to be so charming.

We just love them!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Prenatal Vitamin Routine For Pregnancy #2!

by Sarah

As of today, I can happily announce that I am sixteen weeks pregnant with my second baby. To kick off more pregnancy blog posts, I thought I would start with which vitamins I am taking!
Garden of Life Kind Organics Prenatal Multivitamin--When I was pregnant with N (seems like it was literally just yesterday), I swore by Garden of Life's Vitamin Code Prenatal Vitamins. This time, I stuck with the same company but I switched to a prenatal vitamin they have recently come out with that is made entirely from real, whole foods. So far, I am noticing that my nails are stronger than they have ever been and my hair is more lustrous than usual, which is always a perk of taking prenatal vitamins!
Garden of Life Kind Organics Plant Calcium--During my last pregnancy, I noticed my teeth seemed to weaken and I'm assuming it was because I needed a little more calcium than usual. When you're growing a baby inside of you, baby's growing bones will always be able to grow because they will take all of the calcium out of your bones, so it's important to make sure you have plenty of calcium for the two of you. This is just as important when you're breastfeeding, because you're making special milk for your baby with your body so stock up on tons of calcium. I have only been taking this brand for a few weeks now, so I will report back if I continue to like it. I try to get a good majority of my calcium from real food because it is more easily absorbed, but unfortunately, I'm not a major milk fanatic, so I eat yogurt every day. (Raise your hand if you eat your toddler's YoBaby yogurts!)

Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA-- DHA is really important for brain development so I make sure to take this every day. I bought this at Whole Foods on sale, but I will most likely be purchasing off of Amazon  to restock (click the link above) because it is way cheaper.
I'd love to know- what prenatal vitamins do you take when you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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