There's a joke that owning a pet "fur baby" is the first step to couples becoming parents. Although it is definitely not the same thing as being a parent to a child, it really does teach you valuable lessons. A pet becomes part of your family and soon their little paws become a big part of your life.
In honour of #nationalpetday, this post is dedicated to everything our dog has taught us about the responsibilities and joys of being a parent. Although we now have children and she doesn't always get the same kind of attention she used to - she'll always be the first "baby" that came into our lives.
Here are some quick tips to help you upgrade your babymoon by being intentional with how you choose to spend your money so that you prioritize the things you and your partner want to get out of this holiday - whether you have a few hundred dollars to spend, or you’ve been saving for a luxury babymoon.
Before baby arrives - and this applies to whether or not it's your first or second+ child, have some fun with these unique date ideas. These are the kind of dates that will be tougher to do while baby is small and most likely - completely dependent on mom. There's so much focus on planning a babymoon - why not treat yourselves to some romance that's right in front of you?
Malou Motherhood was started to meet a need we saw in our community: a lack of ethically-made capsule wardrobe pieces that work for the changing female form during and after pregnancy.
That being said, we know that sustainable, slow fashion choices are not inexpensive. In every decision we make there's a push and pull between choices that bring us closer to sustainability while still remaining competitive. We're now a few months in and we're happy to announce that we're able to adjust our pricing which will ensure that our items are accessible to more women.
Over the next few months, we will be tackling some big questions about adjusting finances, financial decisions and budget planning to account for the needs of a growing family. Here are some of the pieces we plan to explore:
- Unexpected costs of starting a family - Identifying family financial goals - Tips on adjusting to a new budget - How to plan a baby moon on a budget - The diaper decision: to reuse or not to reuse
The sleepless nights... The sheer exhaustion... The love you feel the first time they wrap their little fingers around yours...
You'll go from wondering how you'll get through the day to wondering how you could ever love someone so much. And as they grow up and you go from mama to mommy to mom - you'll wonder how time went by so fast.