Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse turned writer and a young mom of four. She is the author of Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy, and loves encouraging mothers to pursue their dreams while raising little ones at home. Find her on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

2-in-1 Disney Compact Potty Seats on Sale!

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve tripped over the stools and potty seats currently littering my bathroom, I would probably be spending my money on these genius 2-in-1 Disney Compact Potty Seats instead.

Not only do these seats save space by working double-time as a step-stool for baby and a potty chair, but the Disney designs will make your little one so excited to have their own special seat (and stool!). Whether you choose Minnie Mouse or Nemo, you can’t go wrong. Oh, and did I mention that they’re on sale? Click through for the details!

50 Beautiful Blended Baby Names

In the search to find the perfect baby name for your little one, why not consider blending old and new for the perfect combination?

Blended baby names are a tradition that dates back many years, when families would blend names together to form new combinations. A son might have a mix of a father’s name and his role, for instance, such as in a name like, “Benson,” which literally means, “Ben’s son.”

Alternatively, a blended baby’s name might be a wonderful way to incorporate a mother’s maiden name or honor family members that are important to you. Or, maybe you simply can’t agree on your favorite name with your partner and can simply blend the two together. Click through for some examples of beautiful blended baby’s names for your own inspiration!

Is Your Family Complete?

After welcoming our fourth baby into the world two months ago, my husband and I have had a lot of discussions about whether or not we feel that we are “done” having babies. 

It’s such a foreign concept to me, having had a couple of surprise pregnancies that changed my life in completely wonderful ways, that we could plan such an eventful end. Family planning is such an individualized decision and for me, I’m not entirely sure that I could ever close the door on more babies. I love having a big family, and even when the arrival of our babies seemed unexpected, it always seemed like the most perfect gift once I held them in my arms. How could I ever doubt that?

I’m struggling with any decisions of whether or not we would like more children. We are both young parents and have a lot of years ahead of us where we could grow our family if we choose to do so, but it also feels like a road could be open for us to walk down for growing dreams, careers, or new experiences as well.

How to Survive Your Baby's First Year of Check-Ups

Today was the day.

The day that I absolutely dread as a parent–my daughter’s two-month old check-up. The check-up. You know, the one where you have to make the dreaded decision:

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. To space or not to space. To delay or waive.

It’s a tough decision. But someone’s gotta make it. 

10 Dead Giveaways That You're a Parent

There are times (rare times, admittedly) when I’m out and about alone in public and I suddenly realize–

Hey, I’m alone! No little kids around me! I could pass for your average, carefree, twenty-something young adult! I wonder if I am fooling anyone?

The truth is, I could wonder if I could fool the outside world into thinking I’m anything other than a frazzled mom, but when it comes right down to it, I think that there are always a few ways you can tell if someone is a parent, like…

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