What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby + LILLEbaby Complete Airflow Carrier Giveaway!!

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What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels

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Hey friends!  It’s been a long crazy work week and I’m SO excited that the weekend is finally here!  This past weekend, Shane, Leighton and I finally got to check out the new Crosstown Concourse in the old Sears building in Memphis.  It was so neat!  The place was huge.  It was filled with condos, MemPops, coffee shops, restaurants, a gym, lots of art, and more.  It was such a fun way to spend our Sunday afternoon just walking around, eating and exploring.  We did A LOT of walking though, and I was so glad to have my LILLEbaby carrier with me after a while.  And even though Leighton is turning 3 in exactly 1 month, she seemed to still love it just as much (mom win!)  In honor of Leighton turning 3 soon, I wanted to share 6 things that I wish I would have known before having a baby.  P.S.  Make sure you keep reading below because I’m giving away a LILLEbaby carrier just like the one below.  = )

1.)  You need a tribe.  They say it takes a village, and for me, this was so true.  For the first year I tried to do most I could by myself.  Then I made mom friends and even joined a couple groups on Facebook.  This community has taught me and helped me so much.  Just knowing you’re not alone in this crazy new world is so nice.

2.)  Mommy Brain is a real thing.  Seriously.  Now what was I saying…or doing??  = )

3.)  Take most of the advice with a grain of salt…and trust your instincts.

4.)  Don’t compare your child, your parenting style or anything else to others.  We are all different for a reason.  What works for someone else may not work for you.

5.)  You will make mistakes.  We all do.  Just do the best you can and move on.

6.)  These moments are so fleeting.  Enjoy every last second of every moment…the pregnancy…the newborn stage…the toddler stage, etc.  They will be the best days of your life.

To enter to win the LILLEbaby carrier, just use the widget below and good luck!  How old is your little one and what is your favorite thing about babywearing?  What do you wish you would have known before having a baby?

What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels
What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High HeelsWhat I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels
What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High HeelsWhat I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels
What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High HeelsWhat I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels
What I Wish I Would Have Known Before Having a Baby by East Memphis mom Walking in Memphis in High Heels
On Me:  Dress c/o // Sandals c/o // Bracelet c/o // Ring c/o
On Leighton:  Dress c/o // Sandals (on sale!) // Carrier c/o

 

  1. Such cute photos, love the giveaway too!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

  2. All these points are spot on! I have a 5 month old and mom brain is still a thing. I thought it was only during pregnancy. And what is an outfit without spitup or drool?? Non existent right now!

  3. I love that print! I wear my 18 month old, but would love a carry on to be able to also wear my 3.5 year old!

  4. 14 months!

  5. Vickie

    Love these shots of you too! Those pink dresses and sandals are adorable! And that carrier is the nicest I've ever used!

  6. FTM at 42 and thought I knew it all. Turns out like Jon Snow, I knew nothing! All of these points are so right on. Couldn't agree more especially with taking advice with a grain of salt and the fact that we all make mistakes! Great post.

  7. Mine is on it's way! So minus 7 months 🙂

  8. My guy is 15 months and loves being carried! I wish I would have known to have more freezer meals and grab & go food in stock. I didn't cook for a long time!

  9. Noor Awartani

    I just found your blog and love it so far! I wear both my 5 month old and 2 year old 😀

  10. I have an 18 month old and I love my airflow complete. I also have a carry-on that I haven't been using as much but we plan on having another one soon and this is such a cute print.

  11. My little guy is 8 months. He is my third but the first I am babywearing. I wish I would have worn my older 2, it is SO much easier. I wish I would have known that with the first 2! Navigating middle school orientation and elementary football games Babywearing is a breeze! I love your blog post!

  12. Beautiful photos. I wish I had known looooots of things before having kids! I wish I could go back and slap the silly things right out of my pre-kid know-it-all mouth!

  13. Stacie

    I have a 1 week old I am just starting to babywear and a 2 year old I still wear occasionally ❤️

  14. I have a 3 month old and am just starting to baby wear her. She fusses in it, so we need to keep practicing!

  15. I have a very petite 3 year old that I wear when we go hiking or when he gets tired. He still fits in a complete, but a carryon looks so much more comfy ❤❤❤.

  16. Amy Saxton

    I would love to try a carryon! We just moved to 30 acres with a very petite almost 3 year old who loves to hold mama. This qould be so much easier!

  17. My baby girl is 14 months (where did the time go 😫) I have been wearing her since she was a month old. My favorite thing about our lille is that it allows us to have so many adventures that we couldn't do with a stroller while saving my arms and getting all the loves! There are so many things I wish I would of know before having a baby but figuring it out has all been a part of this crazy wonderful ride.

  18. Well my little I wear the most is 10m but I would love a carryon to wear her sister who is 4 on the 18th of next month. It would be fun to tandem too.

  19. First adore your outfit. Second this is an awesome giveaway with a fabulous carrier in a great print. I use my current carrier to wear my infant twins through the day. Would love a Carryon So my husband could carry our 2yr old

  20. You are so right! It really takes a village. I couldn't of done it the first or second time without my great support system.

  21. Karley Moore

    We are expecting a new baby next week, so this would be perfect! Thank you for the giveaway and Good Luck to everyone!

  22. My kiddos are 1,3 and I babysit a 9 no th old. All of whom I baby wear. I get Laundry done, cooking done,homework done, and even sewing while baby wearing. It has saved my life. Especially when I need to go to a few stores. Why pull out a stroller every time when my carriers are within reach �� I wish I would have known before having kids that time speeds up like no tomorrow. One second your in the hospital having your baby then suddenly they just turned 3.

  23. I love the spot on carryon! By far my favorite! My little boy is 3 and still likes to be worn every once in awhile.

  24. Great post! I have two littles, 2 years and 4 months old. I like to baby wear because it keeps them close for snuggles, allows me the use of my hands & keeps me balanced (hip carrying my babies causes soreness…my 4 month old is 18 lbs). I wish I would have known you don't need ALL the stuff! The baby lists have so many things on them, we travel a lot & have narrowed it down to the necessities…baby carriers are on that list!

  25. I would be carrying my 3-yrs-old-in-Dec daughter in this CarryOn, but then would be holding on to it for baby girl #2 that we are also expecting in Dec!

  26. My son is 9 months old and we love baby wearing. It is so much easier to navigate sidewalks and stores when I'm wearing him than when I'm pushing a stroller.

  27. I have a 19 month old who loves to back carry! I will have a newborn in Jan that hopefully loves to be worn just as much!

  28. My daughter is 8 months! I would love a carry on so I could back carry her now!!!

  29. Love these! Especially #6…so true! And, this carrier looks perfect!

  30. I carry my 14 month twins and would love another carrier for my 2 year old! It's so much easier to grocery shop when you just strap a baby in and go instead of trying to wrangle everyone on the shopping cart/stroller!

  31. I mostly carry my 10month old but my two yr old loves it! We travel for my husbands job so fit me to carry both boys♥️ What a blessing that would be!

  32. My son is 18 months and the love of my life! The newborn stage is over in a flash! I'm so surprised at how fast they grow!

  33. I babysat grandbabies and daycare babies. Current sweetheart is 2 1/2 years.

  34. Paige Brewer

    I'm due with our first baby December 3rd! I'm very excited to baby wear with her! I know it is going to be cold in December so I think baby wearing will help her stay warm and cozy when we do things outside!

  35. Amanda Hancock

    I babywear my 2 year old daily and my 4 year old about once a month. I've been wearing them both since birth ♡

  36. Leslie holcomb

    This is the carrier that I have been wanting to order, but seems that it hasn't been on the website. Hope it becomes available to purchase again soon!

  37. We wear 2 – 11 months & 2.5 yrs!

  38. My youngest is now an adult, but I did babywearing with her and her brothers. I'm hoping to win this to give as a gift to my expecting niece.

  39. Dani-Lyn

    I love wearing my 2yr old. He loves the snuggles.

  40. I have a 5 month old. I love wearing her and having her so close to me!

  41. My LO is 4 months old! I love wearing her. It keeps her calm and let's me get things done while she naps. It also keeps her off her head, so no flat spots here 🙂 I wish I would've known how hard breastfeeding was and I wish I would've known how many ignorant comments I was going to get. Although, I got many while pregnant, so I guess I should've expected it to continue. It's given me a thicker skin standing up for my daughter and my parenting choices.

  42. She's just over 2 yrs – getting larger every day! I have a Boba, and it has been life changing 😀

  43. I have a petite 3 year old that I'd love to try in a carry on. We also just welcomed our 3rd little girl on the 31st of August. I just tried her in my 6in1 yesterday for the first time. She loved it!

  44. Cute photos! He is 10 months.

  45. My youngest is 17 months and we still use our Lille for outtings and when she's overtired and mama has stuff to do. But my middle son who is 4 who has sensory sensitivities has asked me to get a bigger carrier for him when we're out in public too! A Carryon would come in handy!

  46. My babe is four months old, and I love babywearing, even though he is pretty particular about it. I have had the most success with soft structured carriers.

  47. All good things to know before having a child…this means you're ready for #2! 🙂

    XO, Lawren
    http://www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

  48. I've heard such good things about these carriers! I've got to try it!

    Maggie
    http://www.polishedclosets.com

  49. such great insights into motherhood!

  50. My baby will be a month on Sunday! I wish I had known more about babywearing with my 1st two kiddos. I have only worn my little guy a few times, but we are both enjoying the snuggles and closeness. Plus is makes life possible with a newborn, and a 5 & 8 yr old. 🙂

  51. 9 months

  52. my LO is 3 weeks!

  53. What great photos! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. I have twin toddlers who just turned two–they still want to be carried everywhere!

  55. I wear my 3yr old and my 15month old tandem wearing. I love being able to wear them even if its just a quick trip somewhere or walking with them to the store 🙂 i wish someone would have told me how hard it is to have them grow up so fast cause its like time just flies by and next thing u know yhey arent babies anymore, serioulsy i think i miss everyyhing about my 3yr being a baby from the diapers to the crying. I love that she is older and love seeing her grow but its so hard cause its like it happened over night. Forever grateful for these two little princesses God blessed us with !

    Thank you for this giveaway 🙂

    —Jacqueline

  56. I have 6 nieces and nephews.. the youngest is 9 months.

  57. My youngest is 7, but we are working on #2 🙂

  58. I loved reading this!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

  59. I SO could've used one of these when the kiddos were smaller!!! Love that list!! I could not agree more with all!!!

  60. my little one is 2, but she's the size of a 1 year old. lol

  61. Our sweet little one is 9 months old.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  62. My little guy is 2 1/2 yrs old.

  63. my son is 2, i have a daughter who just turned 1 me and my husband both carry one each and my older children walk. would love an air flow carry on!

  64. 12 months

  65. 6 months

  66. 6 months

  67. not yet born!

  68. This is so sweet! I have three kids myself and could connect with each point shared!

  69. I am expecting my first little one . What I love about baby wearing is the bonding moment you have with them .

  70. 4 months

  71. I have a 13 month old and a 3 year old.!!

  72. We love our Lillebaby! I wear my 18 mo old a lot since she always needs to be near Momma.

  73. These are good things to know! Keeping these mind for the future!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  74. My little guy is 2!

  75. My daughter just told me 2 days ago that she is expecting her first!!!!!

  76. Ash

    i'm pregnant with my 4th!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  77. mine is due in Nov

  78. JANIS OTTERSON

    This would be a gift for my niece who is due any day.

  79. This is for my friend's son–she would love this and he is 6 months old and a cutie! 🙂

  80. My little one is 2 and baby wearing allows me to do much needed shopping. I wish I would've known To SWADDLE!

  81. 2 1/2 years

  82. I will be having my first grand child in Nov.

  83. That is so awesome, love that thing!

  84. My little will be 2 next month. I love how baby carrying keeps me on the go! I wish I would have known how much support I would need to raise a well rounded child!

  85. 5 months

  86. My new baby will love this! 🙂

  87. Just found out I was preggers with my first! Thanks for the great tips

  88. 6 months! 🙂

  89. Anonymous

    My 20mo is a runner so I wear her often. I occasionally wear my 8yo as well! 😉

  90. Lyndsi Boysen

    I adore this blog post! ��
    My little one that I toddlerwear is 2!

  91. I am entering for my new great granddaughter due in ten weeks!! This would be so lovely to win! Love your your blog..and thanks for the opportunity!

  92. I am entering for my new great granddaughter due in ten weeks!! This would be so lovely to win! Love your your blog..and thanks for the opportunity!

  93. My little guy is 3 months old!

  94. My daughter is 14 months that I carry, we LOVE our LilleBaby❤️
    The one thing I wish I had of known was to buy more things at consignment sales. The babies grow so quickly and the mommy community is always purging to support buying the next size. I am able to get so much more for the money!

  95. Our daughter is 1 1/2.

  96. Kelsey vinson

    Turned 2 in May

  97. This is such a great post. I have yet to have kids but always hear my friends saying so many of the same things!

  98. Amy

    I am checking this carrier out now!

  99. Anonymous

    My two months

  100. My little is 16 months and he is just the light in my world every day!!! I love your posts so much 💙 Thank you for always being honest in your writings! BTW, I wish I knew these wild mama hormones were going to last what seems like forever….not that I would ever consider changing one thing. 💋

  101. Almost 11 months!

  102. Josephine

    11 months!

  103. My little one is two years old.

  104. My little prince is 2! 🙂

  105. Sunnie

    My little guy is 16 months!

  106. I don't have a baby yet that I wear, but I would love to win for when I do!

  107. The baby is a newborn.

  108. Hi she's not born yet 🙂 due in November

  109. I don't have a little one of my own, but my best friend is pregnant so I would love to be able to give this to her!

  110. These are such great tips and so true, what works for one may not work for someone else!

  111. I will definitely need to come back to this post in a few years! So much good advice.

  112. Great advice! We are thinking about baby #3 so I need to archive this!!

  113. I have one on the way … due in November!

  114. Kat

    due next month

  115. This carrier is too cute! I need to get one of these for my mommy friends!

    -Tristan

  116. Love the carrier and these are great tips!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  117. These are great tips!! I will need to save this post for the future!!

  118. My little one is 1 year!

  119. 3 months old.

  120. Such great tips and points that many people don't think about before having kids!

  121. Nedda

    I wore my son till he was 2 and plan on wearing baby 2 due in January. I loved it and have heard great things about Lillebaby carriers

  122. My daughter is 2.5 and we still wear her on hikes, but have #2 due in November so I imagine i'll being wearing them everywhere!

  123. Oh my goodness, we can't believe she's almost three! We love your mommy and me posts. Such a fun giveaway too!

  124. What a wonderful giveaway! And thanks for keeping it real – mommy brain is a real thing!

    xx, Stuart

    http://www.stuartsays.com

  125. Andie Nemeth

    Great advice! I am a ftm and have heard how quickly it all goes by. I have been experiencing baby brain and know it all too well.

  126. My youngest is 9 months. Thanks!

  127. Andie Nemeth

    Great advice! I am a ftm and have heard how quickly it all goes by. I have been experiencing baby brain and know it all too well. My little one is due in January.

  128. brittany marie thompson

    My little man is 1 month old and we love baby wearing

  129. I wear my 18 month old! He is outgrowing our carrier and I would love to try him in this!

  130. My youngest is 16 months tomorrow! I'd love to try a Lillebaby!

  131. 18 months old, this carrier is so cute !

  132. not born yet

  133. My girl is 8 months!

  134. Such cute carrier!

  135. What a great solution! I love the print on the carrier too, I'll have to remember this for when I have kids 🙂

    Birdie Shoots

  136. My petite 21 month old loves being carried! So much easier than a stroller!

  137. Anonymous

    He is not born yet Rosanne

  138. 2 years old!

  139. I have a 2 year old that is at the max for her infant carrier! I love babywearing!

  140. I have a 6 month old who is going through some separation anxiety so baby wearing is the only way everyone is happy lol

  141. Newborn grandchild

  142. Newborn Grandbaby!

  143. Cannot believe how much our babies have grown. She is so cute and these baby pink dress outfits are my favorite mommy+me Summer looks you did this year. I agree 100% with all the 6 advice tips you mentioned.

  144. I have a 7 month old that loves being worn!!! Fingers crossed.

  145. My little one is 13 weeks on Thursday. We are just getting into babywearing and she loves being close to momma plus it gives me some free hands!!

  146. I have a 6 month who loves being worn!

  147. Liz Ticona

    He just turned 2 but is so petite he really looks/weighs like a 1 year old 🙂 and I also have a just turned 5 year old who loves it when I wear him lol so i do still . not often but occasionally 🙂

  148. My daughter is 22 months, and I am expecting a baby boy due in March! I've worn my daughter since birth, and I have a feeling I'll be wearing baby brother even more.

  149. I currently wear this little one on the inside! About to join the mom tribe in January and I'm excited about it!! 🙂

  150. My youngest granddaughter is 20 months and i love to dress her in your products!

  151. Love this post! Thanks!

  152. Cute kid!

  153. I have a 3 year old but am trying for another

  154. lori clark

    3 months old, and I could really use this

  155. Amazing giveaway! My nephew is due in December!!

    wimbley73@aol.com

  156. My nephew is now 2 months old.

  157. I'll be having my 4th child in May of next year, so I would like to babywear him/her. My youngest now is 5 and he's a big boy so I'm not baby wearing him lol

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