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Big Changes, Little Baby

June 7, 2017

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

We had heard for months that our world was about to be turned upside down, but it wasn’t until March 5th that we really understood what that meant. Everyone was right… a baby changes everything…and I mean everything. It’s been three months since our little Henry entered this world and made us parents. This was a new title for both of us and one we had been dreaming about for quite a while. Henry made his grand entrance at 9:28pm on a gray and rainy Sunday night, and just like that, we were a family of three.

We had been preparing for months to bring him home – from painting his nursery, to stocking up on diapers, building his crib and scrubbing every surface (nesting is SO real!). Since Henry is our first child, we didn’t have any hand-me-down clothes from previous babies and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of soft and cozy outfits for him to wear in those early days. Friends kept telling us that Carter’s would have everything we would need, and we absolutely fell in love with their Little Baby Basics line. Their prints are the cutest around and their fabrics are so soft and durable. In my opinion, they had the best selection of baby boy clothes and it was hard to leave without buying the entire line! The original bodysuit was an absolute must for Henry’s wardrobe and we particularly love the side snap option that makes dressing baby a breeze. It made this mama happy to stock up on cute baby clothes that I knew would last forever and look cute too!

There’s nothing sweeter than washing those tiny clothes for the first time and filling his dresser with his first little outfits. And there’s nothing more bittersweet than watching him outgrow his newborn styles and change in the blink of an eye. But with Carter’s affordable prices, it makes it easier to stock up on all those first year sizes. Henry is currently wearing 3 month clothes, but I know it will be any day now that he’ll outgrow those as well. Until then, I’m going to enjoy every minute, because a baby changes every day and I want to remember this sweet little stage forever.

Be sure to check out Carter’s Little Baby Basics line and receive 20% off your purchase of $40 or more by clicking here! (See coupon below) Whether you’re expecting a little one or looking for the perfect baby shower gift, Carter’s has you covered!

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Family Vlogs

Putting My Marriage Before My Child?

May 30, 2017

So which has priority – your marriage or your children? It’s a very interesting question with no real answer that differs with every couple. From what I’ve seen, culture, faith and circumstance all play a major role in people’s thoughts on the topic. The main point I wanted to get across here was that regardless of which way you look at it, our mission is the same. Those who prioritize their kids aren’t ignoring their partners and those prioritizing the marriage aren’t neglecting their children. We must reserve judgment and continually encourage other young parents regardless of style. I see way too much of the former and not enough of the latter.

Making this video has made me a better father and husband. I had so many more quotes and I wish I could have included more arguments from both sides, but the video would have run for an hour. It’s clear where I stand on the topic, but I know many will both agree and disagree. Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum the main goal is to elicit thought and conversation on the matter so spouses can become better parents and partners. One of our subscribers sums up our opinion best when she says:

It’s not about neglecting your child, but more about not having your entire world revolve around your child 24/7. It doesn’t mean ignoring your child when they need you. This means intentionally scheduling date nights, making time to talk and reconnect emotionally and physically on a daily basis, knowing when your partner needs a break and giving them the break. We are a marriage first family. So many others have said it already, but having a solid marriage will only strengthen your ability to parent and to live in a home where the parents are on the same page and not constantly fighting or are unengaged with one another.

If you’d like to read some more interesting articles on the topic check these out:
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Family Video Shorts

The Birth Story of Our Son, Henry

March 15, 2017

This is the labor and delivery story of our newborn baby boy, Henry! We’re so excited to share the moment we became new parents. Although we weren’t allowed to film the actual birth, I’m so happy to have been able to capture audio and the subsequent moments after he was born. After 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, we were so happy to welcome our son to the world.

Henry James Tiu
March 5, 2017
6 lbs, 2 oz.
20 ins. long.