Returning to work + Fighting to believe the truth about it

Encouragement for returning to work after maternity leave

Today marks the end of my maternity leave… Or, rather, the start of my return to work. I’m a ball of mixed emotions as I drive to the office today.

A huge part of me mourns the hours of my week that will no longer be devoted solely to meeting the physical and emotional needs of my daughter. I’ve spent the past 8 weeks learning how to care for her, anticipating what her needs may be and constantly shifting my priorities from my needs to hers. Very little during that time required me to shift my thoughts from her to something else. Those eight weeks passed in what now feels like the blink of an eye, although I know some of those nights felt like an eternity in themselves.

Related Post: Adeline’s birth story

But a small part of me fights to speak truth into my sad heart this morning. That small part reminds me that I’m acting out of obedience to God by returning to this job. I know this responsibility is a calling he has placed on my life – a calling he has given me in addition to motherhood and being a wife that I want to walk in because above all else, first I am his daughter.

My job is completely a gift from God; it’s one of the several loud, tangible examples I’ve seen of his grace in my life over the past two years. In fact, about this time last year I realized this job was the dream job I didn’t know my heart desired!

But I now know motherhood is another job I didn’t realize my heart desired… I had no idea how much I’d want this and never want to turn back.

So as I drive to work today, I’m reminding myself of these truths, because despite the changes this new season of working and motherhood will bring, I know I’m walking in God’s desires for me and my family.

When I go to work, I get to spend part of my week exploring how we can help people encounter God each week through the arts. I get to brainstorm and bring to fruition these ideas with people who are passionate about making the gospel known to our community.

When I go to work, I’m surrounded by people who inspire me to grow and be better. They inspire me to renounce selfishness and remind me this life is about more than just myself and my wants.

When I go to work, I get to lead my community in meeting God through song. What a joy and what a responsibility! I don’t take Sunday mornings lightly. What a privilege to gather freely as a community to preach truth to ourselves, to each other and to unbelievers who visit with us through the words we sing in those songs. I am incredibly grateful that God has entrusted me with the responsibility to lead part of his people in this act of obedient worship each week.

When I go to work, I get to use my gifts as a musician and grow in them! I get to collaborate with other musicians and be inspired by their discipline and talent. I’m driven to further develop my gifts and that brings me incredible joy.

When I go to work, I get to help provide for my family. I’m not leaving Adeline for my own selfish gain (not that “me time” isn’t a healthy thing for moms to have each week!) – I’m leaving her so that I can help keep a roof over her head, clothes on her body and food on the table! I am glad I get to help demonstrate for her the discipline and value of work.

When I go to work, I am walking faithfully in one of the many callings of my life. I’m renouncing Satan’s whispers that I’m neglecting my daughter or that I’m not qualified or that I’m not creative or talented enough for this job. And boy does he try to lure me away with those lies! Motherhood is another string for him to twist in my heart. No – when I go to work, I am honoring my commitment as a follower of Christ, as a wife to Jacob, as a mother to Adeline and as a woman who values growth, hard work and chasing a dream and life she loves.

So when I need to remember why I’m going to work, I’m going to re-read this post and ask God to use me, to make those hours count for his Kingdom and to help me remember the freedom I have to do so joyfully.

Ladies, no matter what your season of life looks like – whether you stay at home or go to work or do a mixture of both, live this season faithfully! If you are struggling with where you’re at, I encourage to to sit with the Lord and ask him to show you why you’re there. And then write it down! When Satan tempts you to sink into the lies that where you are isn’t enough, read that list to remember God’s truth. And then walk in it confidently! All of the seasons of our lives and motherhood look different, so don’t worry yourselves by comparing yours to the people around you… You matter right where you’re at, right now. As I press “publish” today and drive into work, I’m praying for each one of you reading this, that you’ll believe the truths God has for you in this season instead of Satan’s temptings to despair.

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Thanks for your encouragement as a new mom these last 8 weeks! I hope we can continue sharing so much more encouragement with each other!

What’s an area of your life that you are struggling to believe is purposeful or valuable?  Claim that truth today and ask God to help you believe it!

To all the moms I judged: I’m sorry

Judging Moms

Before I became a mom, I was kind of judgey about other moms. I didn’t mean to be that way, and I definitely didn’t vocalize those passing thoughts … But I was judgey nonetheless. I’d be all, “I don’t want to lose my identity after I have a baby.” Or “just let her cry it out and get over it.” Yikes!!

I never said these things to any mom, but I thought them.

To all the moms I silently and nonchalantly judged, I’m sorry.

I now understand everything.

1. No wonder all you do is talk about your baby… It’s because she runs your life!!! All of your mental capacity is taken up by counting how long it’s been since she nursed and how long you have before she wakes up! Your eating, sleeping and going anywhere depend on these things. Plus, she is really cute. 😉

2. So going back to work is hard and scary and you don’t want to do it? Me either!!! And I have an awesome, flexible, part time job that I love! Six weeks flies by, that’s for sure.

3. You look like you haven’t slept in a few days. Well, apparently babies don’t have an adult-like sleep schedule for quite some time and you wouldn’t know that unless you’re googling everything possible about your 3 week old child. Also, listening to your baby cry just about wrecks you. I feel you. Rock those top knots and yoga pants, girl.

4. Sorry I (inwardly) scoffed when you admitted you weren’t reading your Bible (Guys, I promise I’m not a total hater)!! No offense, Lord, but when I’m reading anything these days, sleep puts up a pretty darn good fight. And I usually let her win. I’m sorry. (PS I’ve been reading Numbers and Deuteronomy so that DOES NOT HELP.)

5. For the first time in my life, I actually forget to eat, too. I never understood how that could possibly happen to ANYONE, but it does. Somehow that same forgetfulness doesn’t apply to coffee, though…. That’s basically my first priority every morning. So just try to go for something more substantial than Cheez-Its, I guess.

6. You’re late, again. Well, when going anywhere with a child, you must multiply how long you think it will take to get out the door by three. Always. Absolutely no exceptions, unless you are superwoman and then you must teach me your ways.

7. WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT. Like who stinking cares?! No one. Not even judgey pre-mom me… So stop worrying about it. We’re all looking at your cute baby anyway:) (And for the rest of you, DO NOT COMMENT ON ANOTHER WOMAN’S WEIGHT. WHEN IS THAT EVER OKAY?!)

8. MOM GROUPS. All of a sudden, this weird phenomenon totally makes sense. I actually want to go sit with other moms and their kids and talk about mom stuff. And I think it’s fun!! (Who am I anymore?!)

 

In all seriousness, Moms, I love you and I’m glad to have joined this weird cult of moms and mom groups. And I am truly sorry for how much I have inwardly judged or thought “I’d do ________ differently when I’m a mom.” Turns out, cliche is true… you just don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes. Or, in my case, started wearing the same kind of shoes. Mom shoes.

All that to say: You go girl.

PS Happy Mother’s Day!! I’m so excited to be celebrating my first as an actual mom myself. What a huuuuge gift I couldn’t even fathom until God showed me through Adeline. She is literally my treasured gift, and so is owning the title MOM.

Now go show some love to the moms in your life this weekend!

Let’s Chat: May Edition

Reading Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan and Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup.

Hoping to establish some sort of basic eating and sleeping schedule with Adeline before I return to work… I think we are making some progress here!! So far I’m seeing she likes to sleep until 9-10ish, stay awake for a while, snooze sometime around 11-1, snooze again sometime in the afternoon, and is awake again sometime around 4-6. We’ve been starting the “bedtime routine” somewhere in the 8pm hour each night.  We will see how much this holds up! 

Watching “Friends” and “Last Man Standing” with Jacob on Netflix.

Listening to Adeline’s grunty sleepy noises. All the heart eyes here. 

Clicking all over Google for every baby question you can imagine.

Wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans, lots of loose-fitting tops for easy breastfeeding, and my Happy Wrap!

Craving homemade chocolate chip cookies and tons of Dunkin’s cookie dough iced coffee. But really just coffee in general. I think I’m making up for my aversion to it in my first trimester. 

Writing in Adeline’s baby book!! It’s so fun to record all the “firsts” and summarize each month so far. I love the style of the calendar baby books and I’ve been using some of my Messy Box supplies to dress it up a bit! (See photo above)

Feeling so grateful to be Adeline’s mom. And extremely grateful for God’s unimaginable provision throughout her story so far. And on a less weighty note, feeling so good to have my body back! It feels great to be the sole occupant these days :). 


Eating
alllll the fruit and anything else I can eat with one hand. 

Praying for a smooth transition back to work in a couple weeks AND for a good “first flight” experience with Adeline later this month!! I’m also praying for the discipline to develop a new morning devotion routine. I had been doing so well getting into the Word this year, but having a baby really threw me for a loop!! I got up during Adeline’s last sleep interval yesterday morning to read and get some things done and that worked really well!! I’d love to try to make that a habit as much as I can! 

What you REALLY need for your new baby (a minimalist approach)

What you REALLY need for your new baby
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I don’t know about you, but when we created our baby registry, I was totally overwhelmed.

There are about a million different baby products that you “need” and about a trillion options for each product type. Or at least that’s how I felt when I set foot inside Babies R Us. In preparation for creating our registry, I read tons of “what you really need for baby” lists from Pinterest (these were the most helpful – 1, 2, 3), but we still ended up with way more than we truly needed.

So… I wanted to put together a list of what we actually use (and how many of each item!) while we’re still in the thick of this newborn phase of life. Hopefully this will be helpful to any of you who are preparing for your first little one, or even those of you who are looking at your friends’ registries at a total loss for what to buy them. Here’s the scoop:

Clothing + Accessories

Sleepers (8) – Adeline lived in these things for the first couple weeks! They are so easy for the million diaper changes each day, but especially the night time changes when you’re a little foggy brained and your patience is a bit thinner. I’ve found we like the sleepers that snap down both legs to be the easiest to deal with during the night time changes. The sleepers that zip down one leg are super hard to get on and off her at night and the last thing we want is to be up longer than necessary. Also! Those mid-diaper change pees soak the puddle pad as well as the sleeper…. So a simple diaper change often becomes an outfit change. And that happens a lot. Hence the need for 8 so that I’m doing laundry about every other day and we aren’t left in a pinch in the middle of the night.

Onesies (5-7) Two things: only register for or buy onesies that have the crisscrossed head openings (they are bigger than the plain circle openings) or that button or tie down the side and don’t stock up on plain white ones. Now that I have an actual baby to dress, I’d rather put her in the patterned or colored ones because they are more fun! And since we do laundry so often, she honestly doesn’t need more than 5.

Jackets/cardigans (5) – This is obviously seasonal, but for my early spring baby, I love layering these jackets over her cute short sleeved onesies! We have two hooded sweatshirt jackets and one cardigan, but I think we’d be set with a total of 5. I feel a little like she wears the same outfit every day with the 3 options we have now.

Pants (5) – Five pairs of pants in colors to coordinate with your onesies and you’re set!

Socks (3) – these can totally be re-worn between washes, but I haven’t even done a load with 3 pairs of socks in it yet! Several of her pants have feet built in, which helps.

Hats (3-5) – Again, this is mostly to have enough options to coordinate with outfits :)! Adeline still wears hats most days and nights due to the chilly spring weather and her small size, and I like to change them each day/night to keep her hair looking fresh between baths. PS – this hat of hers is my FAVORITE and it’s on sale!

Swaddle blankets (3) – These are great for swaddling, of course, but also for snuggling, covering the car seat, using as a nursing cover and as a light blanket throughout the day! We got tons of these (like more than 10), but I’ve found 3 seems to be the magic number for having them when I need them. I can have one dirty, one in the wash and still have one when I need it!

Bath

Baby towel (2) and washcloths (3-4)  – Since you give newborns baths every 2-3 days, there’s no need for tons of towels. We use 2-3 washcloths with each bath for blanketing her to keep her warm during the bath and for sudsing/rinsing.

Baby bath tub (1) – We use the Puj and love it so far! It’s small and easy to store as well.

Baby lotion (1) – Newborns often have dry skin, and Adeline definitely does!! We lotion her after every bath and with every outfit change each day.

Bath soap (1) – A little goes a looooong way, so don’t worry about stocking up. Registering for just one bottle will last you quite a while!

Gear

Car seat/stroller travel system – This has got to be the most convenient thing in the world!! I looooove how easy it is to get Adeline into the stroller by myself with the car seat/stroller combo. The stroller folds and unfolds with the pull of one strap, the car seat clicks right in and off we go to run our errand! She snoozes through the whole thing! It’s all super light weight and compact so we just keep the stroller in the trunk of the car, ready to go.

Rock n play – This thing is amazing. I originally got it to use downstairs for napping during the day, but Adeline has been sleeping in it at night as well for the past couple of weeks. A few weeks ago she decided she was done being swaddled and did not want anything to do with the bassinet, so out of desperation we put her in the rock n play and all of a sudden we got to sleep again. Praise God! It’s also incredibly portable, so I can easily move it to the bathroom or up and down the stairs throughout the day!

Crib – She can only sleep in the rock n play or bassinet for so long;). But! The crib doesn’t have to break the bank. We got ours brand new and on sale for under $100.

Carrier – I can’t recommend my favorite yet because I’ve only used our Happy Wrap a couple times, but so far I’m really enjoying it! (I hear it is more lightweight and has less fabric than the comparable Moby wrap). We also have a Tula, but I bought the wrong infant insert and am waiting to get the correct one in the mail, so I haven’t tried it yet. I’d also really like to try a ring sling because they seem so much more simple than the Happy Wrap style carriers. Regardless, being able to wear Adeline some during the day is HUGE for me. I don’t like putting her down in the rock n play much throughout the day because she already spends all night in it, so the carrier enables me to keep her close while also accomplishing a few things during the day. 😉 ( PS – Check out this post for some great tips on how to safely baby wear!)

Diapering/Changing

Puddle pads (6) – We go through these like diapers, except they aren’t disposable ;). Our little one loves to pee while we are mid-diaper change, so all of ours cycle through the wash about every second or third day. We have two “changing stations” in our house – one in the nursery and a small diaper caddy downstairs – so we have two puddle pads in use at a time. It’s so nice to just change the puddle pad instead of messing with the changing pad cover in the middle of the night! And it’s especially nice for the puddle pad to catch the pee when we’re using a more portable changing pad – those things are usually water resistant, so the pee would just run right off! The puddle pad keeps that from happening.

Changing pad and table – We have converted an old desk to a changing station in Adeline’s room. We keep a changing pad and puddle pad on it and I love having a place to change her at night that’s not the floor. After many changes on our table, I’d recommend you make sure yours is a good height for you! Ours is a bit short, since it’s actually an old desk, and my back hurts if I’m bent over for too long.

Diapers – You can’t have too many. Plain and simple.

Wipes – Ditto.

Feeding

Nursing cover – Learning to nurse modestly was quite the challenge for me! There’s just so much to maneuver underneath these covers: my shirt, bra, disposable leak pad, nipple shield, MOVING BABY…. all the while making sure none of my skin is exposed. How do people make this look so easy?!? I tried using a “nursing infinity scarf” first and that was a joke. I couldn’t figure it out to save my life, so I quickly bought this out of desperation. I like that it hooks around my neck and covers my front and sides so easily. However, I did cave and buy this Copper Pearl nursing/car seat cover for more 360 degree coverage, which I love due to ALL THE THINGS you have to maneuver under there. The full coverage option also lets me wear any type of shirt to nurse, since it won’t matter if it pulls up in the back.

Disposable leak pads – I wear these pretty much all the time with my nursing bras. I haven’t had a soak-through-my-shirt experience, but out of fear I wear these just in case!:) I do leak when I let down, so anytime she cries or while she’s nursing the other side will leak bit. These pads are great – they also keep your bras cleaner longer between washes!

Soothie gel pads (always have an extra set on hand) – Man oh man. There are two things I’ve called “life changing” in pregnancy/postpartum: the epidural and these soothies. I have (thankfully!!!!) had a pretty smooth breastfeeding experience so far, but about two weeks in I experienced extremely sore nipples. One wear between feedings with the soothies and all was right in the world again! I can’t recommend having these on hand enough!

Nursing bras (2-4) – I have only tried this kind from Motherhood Maternity, but I love them! They are super comfortable and easy to use. I have 4 – three nude and one black – and wash them all about twice a week… You could probably get away with only two, though. 

Lansinoh cream – Like I said, my breastfeeding experience has been relatively painless, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this cream had a lot to do with it. I religiously apply this after every feeding and I bet it’s why I haven’t experienced cracks or much soreness!

Burp cloths (3) – With the amount of laundry I’m doing already, 3 is just enough. I typically use the same burp cloth all day and change them out each morning. However, Adeline literally never spits up, so I just use these for wiping excess milk off her face during and after each feeding. If your baby is a big spitter, you may go through more than one in a day. I looooove these burt’s bees cloths because they are super soft!

Breast pump – If you plan on being away from your baby at all, this is a must! And now that they are covered with insurance, there’s no reason not to have one! I just started using mine last week and I’m happy with it!

Breastmilk storage bags (can’t have too many) – These are a must have for freezing milk for later!

Hands free pumping bra – Before I got this bra, I had to pump one side at a time, so it took twice as long and I couldn’t do much with only one free hand! It is soooo nice to have both hands free to write thank you cards, read, etc.

Bottles – We have really only used the bottle/nipple that came with my pump/the extra medela accessories I bought, so I can’t recommend a brand or type. But! I’d say you need 2-6 of these on hand, totally dependent upon how often you plan to bottle feed and how often you do the dishes.

Other

Soothies pacifier (2) – This is the only pacifier we’ve tried with Adeline because she takes it, but having a pacifier has saved my boobs! There have been several times Adeline would cry and I’d try nursing her, but she just wanted to use me as a paci… In comes the (real) pacifier.

Baby grooming kit – Ours has come in handy multiple times! We use the oral thermometer to check the bath temperature (ha!), the hair combs and nail file often! I’ve found filing her nails while she is sleeping is easier than clipping them – just a personal preference.

Baby book! – I know, this may seem unqualified for the “must-have” list, but I beg to differ. I want to remember my baby’s “firsts” for forever! I love this book because it’s calendar-style, so it’s easy to read as I look back to see all the notes! It also limits space so I can’t over record things ;).

Clorox 2 Laundry Stain Remover – THIS GETS STAINS OUT OF EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING, Y’ALL! I’m talking mustard yellow poop out of white onesies! This stuff is life changing and I’ve used it on something in almost every baby laundry load so far.

Baby Tracker App (it’s free!) – This app helped me keep track of Adeline’s feedings, diaper changes and sleep in the early days of her life. In the hospital, the nurses always wanted to know if she had dirty diapers, when she nursed and for how long on which side, etc. It was impossible for my  foggy new mom brain to remember her nighttime feedings come morning, so this app was a lifesaver. I love that it helps me track which side I started on last and it times her feedings for me. I still use it to track her feeding schedule almost 6 weeks later!

Books

Essential Guide to Breastfeeding – This book prepared me so well for breastfeeding! I read it shortly before Adeline was born, but have referenced it again many times since. It has answered all of my questions about breastfeeding, pumping, milk storage, etc.

Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality – I borrowed this book from a friend and read it after Adeline was born. This is a staple in my opinion – I have looked up many questions in this book to find answers quickly! It has been extremely helpful and I’d tell all my friends to register for these two books!

Not “Necessary” but items I do love…

Diaper caddy – We have a two story apartment and Adeline’s nursery is upstairs. We spend most of our day downstairs, though, so we keep a small caddy with diapers, wipes and a foldable changing pad (came with the caddy!) under our end table by the couch. Since she goes through about 16 diapers a day, I enjoy not making 16 extra trips up the stairs to change her.;) But as someone who also hates clutter, the compact nature of this makes me incredibly happy.

A more “hardy” blanket for travel – We got this blanket from Etsy (PS it’s on sale!) and I love everything about it. One side is super soft with nubs on it and the opposite side is a little more durable. It’s a great blanket to cover Adeline in her carseat for chilly days or in the rock n play while she naps. It’s the perfect size and we take it with us everywhere!

Carseat Mirror – Like most first time moms, I sat in the backseat with Adeline for probably the first 5 weeks of her life. That is, until I had to drive by myself. In comes the car seat mirror… this comforted my paranoid mom heart because I could still see her!

Boon Drying Grass – There are so many small parts to my pump and bottles that I love having a separate place to dry them. Since we don’t have a dishwasher, I hand wash everything and this rack allows me to keep all those pieces together and away from our regular dishes.  

Okay mamas, is there anything you would add to the “must-have” section of this list? What about the “nice to have” part??

A slice of my heart in this newborn world of ours

 
Being a mom has rocked my world – little Adeline has stolen our hearts and has us eating out of her teeny tiny little hands. (You can read her birth story here!) Our lives have changed so drastically in the last three weeks, but I can’t imagine it any other way. 

Most days and nights consist largely of the same thing – feedings, sleeping in intervals and changing what feels like a million diapers – but I’ve loved every minute. 

I can’t get enough of the newborn cuddles and giggling with Jacob at all her facial expressions and noises. Watching him be a dad has transformed my world in a way I didn’t know was possible. What they say is totally true – you feel love in an entirely new and different way once you’ve had a child, and watching my husband with her is like falling in love with him over and over again. 

But truthfully, motherhood has also been incredibly hard. 

Since we are breastfeeding, I am the sole provider of food for Adeline, which means I’m at her beckon call to eat at all hours of the day and night. I’ve adjusted fairly well to the lack of sleep/increments of sleep, but I have my moments y’all. 

It’s easy to sink into bitterness in the wee hours of the morning because I have to be up whenever she needs me and Jacob does not. And, believe me, he helps so much! He gets up to change her, rock her, hold her when she just won’t sleep, etc… But the truth is, he can’t feed her (yet – I need to work on pumping so he can!). 

So in those moments I want to resent him because he can sleep or watch TV in peace, I have to choose to remember these moments are fleeting. The way she wraps her little hand around my finger and looks at me while she eats is absolutely heart-melting. I love every second of it, and these days are already numbered. 

I’m learning that parenthood is a long journey of sacrificing myself over and over again, much like marriage – but kind of harder in this sleep deprived stage at least 😉 – and I’m trying to learn to sacrifice joyfully. 

Jacob, I love you and I appreciate you so much. Thank you for dealing so patiently with my grouchy self at all hours of the day, but especially in the middle of the night. Thank you for holding her at 3am so I can sleep in peace and waking up with me all throughout the night. Thank you for the endless treks to get me water, more diapers and fresh clothes at 4am. You are an awesome dad and a sweet husband. 

Adeline, I love you, too, sweet girl. And I’m so grateful for all the cuddly moments we get together and I hope you’ll let that continue for a long time. I love being your mama and am incredibly grateful that God gifted you to us in this life. I plan on soaking up every waking moment with you and cheering you on as you discover who you are. You are beautiful, baby girl. 

What I read: March 2016


While the early arrival of our sweet little girl threw a wrinkle in my reading groove, I still checked quite a few books off my list last month!

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass Series, Book #2)by Sarah Maas // ***** Fiction/Fantasy. This has been such a fun series to get lost in! I loved the twists and turns in this book – it kept my attention and delight just like the first book. (See my book #1 review here.)

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger // ***** Non-Fiction/Self-Help. I’ve been borderline obsessed with getting rid of STUFF in our lives (see this post for proof), but this book was a great reminder that it’s not about just clearing space in our lives. It’s about being generous to others with what we have. I loved the author’s perspective and relationship with Clarence. This book tangibly challenged me to grow in generosity in several new ways.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty // ***** Fiction. This was a great read – one where I totally got sucked into the world these characters lived in. This was a twisty, great plot that kept my attention and surprised me again and again. Loved the author’s style – I’ve come to really enjoy her books!

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series, Book #3) by Sarah Maas // *** Fiction/Fantasy. This was by far my least favorite in the series so far. It seemed to delve so much deeper into this weird fantasy world and SO MUCH was happening with all the narrative focus changes. I lost interest in this not very far in and really only finished because I was already invested in the main characters. It felt long and very drawn out. (See my book #1 review here.)
Want more book reviews? Check out what I read in January and February.

Here’s what’s coming down the line for next month: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Great Expectations: the Essential Guide to Breastfeeding by Marianne Neifert, Finding Spiritual White Space: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray, Heading Home with Your Newborn: from Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana and more I haven’t even started yet!:)

What have you read lately and loved? I’m always looking to add more to my GoodReads “to read” list! If we haven’t connected on GoodReads yet, let’s connect!