4 Things No One Tells You About Labor

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There are certain times in life when it’s totally okay to bury your head and embrace the bliss that is ignorance. It’s things like not checking your bank account during your freshman year at college, not stepping on the scales after a very good Christmas and an even better summer, and not reading what ingredients go into making those bright orange Cheetos. But sometimes, just sometimes, the best thing you can do is soak up all the knowledge you can, even if it scares you, and that’s exactly what you should do when it comes to labor.

 

If you’re pregnant (and we presume you are because you are reading this), you need to accept that a little, tiny, slightly gross-looking but still impossibly beautiful human is going to come out of you, and the best way to prepare is to do all the research you can, speak to moms who have been through it and, yup, be willing to find out all that stuff no one is willing to tell you. That’s where we come in.

 

Not all of the below is going to be pretty, but it will all be helpful.

 

  1. When Your Water Breaks…

It doesn’t happen in some ceremonious flood akin to the Old Testament. We know that’s what happens in the movies, but that’s not what happens in real life. Instead, it will feel like you are peeing yourself and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Oh, and it might not happen all at once. It could last all day. Sorry.

 

  1. Contractions Are The Worst…

Most first time moms think it’s the pushing out a sprog that is going to be the worst, but that’s rarely the case. For most women, it’s actually the contractions that feel like you’ve fallen into that part of hell usually reserved for the worst kind of people. It’s like being prodded with a hundred hot pokers in your lower back and abdomen, and all you can do is breath. The pushing bit feels like a spa session compared to this.

 

  1. Trust Your Doctor…

You are right, doctors are just humans. Yes, they are incredibly well-trained, well-educated and highly-paid humans, but they are still just humans and that means some new moms find themselves Googling https://getlegal.nyc/medical-malpractice/birth-injury-attorneys/. But there is a reason why you chose the doctor you have. You trusted them, you were impressed with their experience and they have a soothing voice. Revel in that.

 

  1. Epidurals Are Great…

There is so much stigma in today’s world -so much judgment – to the extent that moms think they shouldn’t rock any painkillers and should instead feel every niggle of birth because that’s what being a mom is about. Sod that. Getting an epidural is great. The needle doesn’t even hurt and it brings about a sweet, sweet numbness to your thoracic area. Go natural if you want, but don’t afraid to yell “Yes!” when asked if you want an epidural either.

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Tis’ the season for back to school! School actually does not start here in NY for about 4 more weeks. I always loved back to school shopping as a kid, everything from pencils & notebooks to the clothes & shoes got me excited. I actually always saved my school clothes until the week of school (one must NOT wear prior to the start of school!!)

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Our absolute FAVORITE backpacks this year are these pictured above by Parkland. They have so many cute styles that you can choose from. Doesn't hurt that they are also made from recycled bottles! You can use code BRITTANY10 to save 10% on your order through their website. Marley's style is The Parkland Edison Candy Hearts & Kellan is wearing the Parkland Edison Patches Retro.

I am rounding up my top picks for back to school. The backpack game is STRONG this year, I found SO many that I loved. There are also so many cute shoes, boots and coats! See all of my top picks below.

Kalahari Resort: The Perfect Family Staycation

Planning a family trip? Kalahari makes the perfect family getaway!

We recently had the opportunity to be hosted by Kalahari Resorts in The Poconos and had the best time! This resort made the perfect “staycation” for us and it will for you as well. They have multiple resorts, all boasting HUGE indoor/outdoor water parks, throughout the country. The Poconos was only about 2.5 hours from our home and our kids are at the perfect age that the car ride wasn’t too bad.

We told the kids ahead of time that we were going and they could NOT have been more excited. You can read the post about our surprise Disney themed scavenger hunt HERE!  We loved getting the Kalahari Surprise Box in the mail; it really made the trip more special for them because they had such cute keepsakes!

I knew we wanted to arrive early on Sunday because we were only staying one night; I wanted to take FULL advantage of the water park both days. Kalahari is kind enough to let you use the park the day you check in starting at 9:30AM (check in is typically around 4PM) and you can also use the park the entire day of your checkout day as well!

The kids headed straight to the outdoor water park first. We were lucky enough to visit during “National Water Park” weekend and there were so many fun activities planned. Kalahari has amazing events planned year round; we just got lucky planning our visit during this time! You can find a full list of their daily offered events by heading to their website and entering in specific dates of your stay.

In addition to the water parks, Kellan & Marley loved the indoor bowling, the arcade, mini golf and all the food offered on the property. The property is huge and they even have a separate train ride you can book and an outdoor zip line course which I definitely want to check out on our next visit. There was honestly SO much to see and do that we did not have time to do it all. I can’t wait to go back and check out the outdoor mini golf that is being built, their spa and their fitness center!

We stayed in the “Desert Room” and it was perfect for the four of us. The couch pulled out to a bed and Kellan claimed that as his. We requested a crib for Marley and the staff kindly sent one right up to us. Everyone got a great night’s rest after the fun day at the water park.

One thing I felt that was nice about Kalahari for our children’s ages was that they offered many different water areas for younger children. In similar theme parks or water parks, younger children are typically only getting one area to play in. Not the case at Kalahari! We had PLENTY of areas, tons of open tables and lots of options if the kids grew bored on certain areas. I honestly think they could’ve spent an entire week at Kalahari and not grown bored. I loved that the property really thought of everything for families needs. There was shopping at our finger tips, plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner options and even a spot to grab a treat when the day ended! We look forward to our next visit to Kalahari. We are hoping to make it a tradition with the kids and visit a few times a year because we had SO much fun.

Planning an end of summer trip? Kalahari Indoor Water Park makes the perfect family trip!