Preparing for Our New Baby

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Time is marching along.  I’m 35 weeks through this pregnancy.  I’m at that stage where the newest little baby to join our family will arrive any time in the next three to seven weeks. It won’t be long now!

This is the time in pregnancy when many women begin “nesting” – putting the finishing touches on post-baby plans, doing some extra cleaning, and generally “feathering” their nests/homes in preparation for an infant.

While I’m not really the type to nest with a mop and a pail, I have been doing some “feathering” of my own around here in preparation for the arrival of a new baby.

Here are some of the things that have been going on at our house …

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Family Stories that Bind

The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

Iremember the first time I really became personally interested in the stories of my ancestors.  I was a newly minted teenager when a family friend pointed out how much I resembled my great grandmother.  She was referring to a picture I had seen on a shelf my whole life.  I had noticed her, and probably even been interested from time to time, but it wasn’t until after that comment that I suddenly became interested in her as a part of myself.  From that moment on I didn’t just look at her picture, I looked for myself there. Her long, dark hair, the shape of her lips, the outline of her face.  It was suddenly not about features, but about connections.

My great -grandmother died when my grandpa was just a toddler, so my family didn’t have much in the way of memories to rely on, but what we did have were her stories.  These were handed down verbally through the family, and also recorded in a journal that she kept.  And just as with her picture, I began to look for myself in her stories as well.
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Weekend Links

Just Doing It: The Most Important Part of Family Fitness

Sarah Clachar of Fit Family Together is back today to finish up her series on family fitness. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your knowledge with us this week.  We’ve loved having you here as a guest poster!

Family fitness covers a gamut of activities . . .

Some families live on their bikes, touring from camp spot to camp spot for weeks.

Others make dance jams part of their regular Saturday morning schedule.

While others simply join in when their four-year-old starts skipping and sashaying down the sidewalk.

There’s no one way to do family fitness.

But there is one critical element that runs through all the different ways families make fitness part of their family life . . .

They just do it! (Thanks, Nike)

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3 Ways to Make Family Fitness Simple and Delightful

Sarah Clachar of Fit Family Together is back with our series on family fitness. I think you’ll enjoy her philosophy on simplifying family fitness.

I remember vividly how time sped up with mommyhood. Two minute tasks ended up taking half an hour. Before I knew it the day was almost over. And it felt like nothing had gotten done.

In this parental time warp, my commitment to fitness started to falter. It seemed impossible to sneak it in.

However, my husband and I were determined to make sure this didn’t happen. So from the time my kids were tiny we made fitness a family thing.

Sometimes it meant combining yoga with blowing on my baby’s belly or using my children as wiggly free weights. As they got older we went through a series of bike attachments so we could hit the road together.

Ultimately, over the years we developed a whole host of ways to make family fitness work for us. But even more importantly, we discovered that fitness together as a family did more than keep us trim and energized. It helped us forge stronger family bonds and provided us with special parenting moments.

On Monday, I talked about how you can learn about fitness from your children. To build on this, here are 3 principles you can use to make family fitness part of your family AND make it simple and delightful for everyone.

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