Let's Talk About What to Expect After Expecting

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Let's Talk About What to Expect After Expecting

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we say: why wait until Sunday to celebrate? Whether you want to treat yourself to a groovy swimsuit for all your upcoming beach escapades or want to help other moms in need, there’s always a way to honor mamas around the world. Here are 5 links that remind us that every day is Mother’s Day.

1. Where’s the pool? With Nununu’s first women’s swim collection, mama will be ready to take the plunge with her littles… in style! Check out the collection here.

2. Are you behind on your Mother’s Day shopping? Check out TOMS collaboration with Every Mother Counts. For every pair of Orange Rose shoes you purchase, the philanthropic shoe company will donate $5 to the organization to help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every mom, everywhere.


3. Looking to help a family in need? Makayla has stage 4 neuroblastoma and, at only 18-months old, will have to undergo chemotherapy while her parents take a break from work to care for her and her big brother, Jayden. Check out Makayla’s story and spread the word!

4. Matching our little girls on the beach and doing a good deed? Yes, please! Havaiana’s mommy-and-me flip flop collection, designed by Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum, isn’t just sweet; all of its proceeds will go to Baby2Baby and help provide low-income families with diapers, clothing and other kids necessities.

5. Are you desperate for sleep? Or maybe you’re crying at the thought of having to feed baby one. more. time. We don’t talk much about what to expect after expecting. So to get the conversation going, Icon collected the stories of women who’ve all experienced their postpartum lives differently. Take a look at the inspiring project here.


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    You will always be their safe space, mama

    You are their haven. Their harbor. Their sanctuary, their peace. You are comfort. Deep breaths. Hugs and back rubs. You're a resting place, a nightmare chaser, a healer. You are the calm within their storm. You are their mother.

    To your child, you are safety. You are security. You are where (out of anyone or any place), they can come undone. Where they can let it all out, let it all go. Where they meltdown, break down, scream, cry, push.

    Where they can say—"I AM NOT OKAY!"

    Where they can totally lose it. Without judgment or fear or shame.

    Because they know you'll listen. They know you'll hear them. That you will help piece the mess back together.

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    Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

    Thank you for understanding. ❤️

    In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

    Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

    Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.


    I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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    Kate Hudson’s kids prove that siblings with a big age gap can still have a close bond

    These pics of a big brother and baby sister are too sweet.

    Ryder Robinson

    To be born close in age to your siblings is a special experience. You have a built-in playmate and BFF for life, but being born after an age gap certainly has its benefits, too.

    Parents who are expecting again when their older children are already into double digits may wonder what the sibling bond will look like when the kids have more than a decade between them. Well, look no further, because Kate Hudson's oldest son, 14-year-old Ryder Robinson took to Instagram to show the world that while he and baby Rani Rose may not be playmates they have an equally powerful sibling bond.

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