Motherhood Maternity Sale

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Motherhood Maternity is having a great sale right now on maternity and nursing clothes. All clearance clothing is an additional 40% off, which adds up to some really awesome savings. I’ve been eyeballing a maxi skirt that is only $11.98 after discounts. They have t-shirts for nearly $8, jeans, I saw a couple swimsuits as well.

I always say I’m not going to buy more maternity clothes each pregnancy, but inevitably, I’ve worn out some of my favorite pieces over the years and considering most of my clothes get worn long after my kids are born, that doesn’t help. But I also can’t stomach the idea of paying full price for comfortable clothes. Lots of women wear their husband’s shirts and what not, but my husband is thinner than I am, so that’s not ever going to happen. So I need something comfy but that doesn’t make me feel frumpy when I have to run errands or volunteer at my kid’s schools.

This deal has been my savior every pregnancy. They also usually have their nursing bras buy 3 get 1 free as well which isn’t a GREAT deal, but it works when I’m in a pinch. If you aren’t in immediate need, sometimes they have nursing bras on clearance which is a better deal in my experience. Target has also started carrying nursing bra, although I haven’t tried them yet. They are generally cheaper though, so I probably should give them a try, I just haven’t been able to find my size in stores and I don’t like buying bras online.

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They actually just had the same sale not long ago and I managed to score a pair of jeans, two tank tops, and a summery cardigan for around $30. So go to your local store if you have one nearby or just shop online and snag some good maternity/nursing deals while the sale is going on.

 

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My Breastfeeding Journey

So now that the cat is out of the bag, I figured I’d share something personal and challenging for me. I’m 17 weeks pregnant with baby boy number four. It was a bit of an unexpected shock to say the least. My youngest son is only 7 months old and about 10 weeks or so when I was still exclusively breastfeeding, he started losing weight. Was grumpy all the time. I had successfully breastfed two other kids to 2 and 3 years old so I didn’t know what was going on.

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I soon realized that I was late. I was taking birth control so I was definitely in denial. But I took a test anyways because the only time my milk has ever dried up, I was pregnant. But that hadn’t happened until my older kids were eating three meals and snacks a day and they were able to dry nurse until my breastmilk came back in and then wean when they were ready. So I took the test, and sure enough it was positive.

At first, I had breastmilk donors. I am part of a couple local communities that help each other and moms were happy to donate their pumped milk to my baby. But  I was only able to find so many donors and eventually that tapered off and I had to start supplementing with formula. I was heartbroken. I felt like I was failing my baby. I had successfully breastfed my other kids and it was so important to me for him to be breastfed as well. I applied to be a breastfeeding peer counselor for WIC once. My mom was a breastfeeding peer counselor for WIC. Breastmilk is the best food for babies. Flu season was picking up and all I could think about was how he wasn’t getting antibodies from me anymore and what if he gets sick? So yeah, breastfeeding is very important to me.

But as he started to eat solely formula, he started to gain his weight back. He still dry nurses for comfort and I figure when this baby comes I’ll tandem nurse them both for a while. It’s been rough emotionally. As parents, we want to give our kids the best, and breastmilk is the best food there is for most babies. But you know what, he’s still happy. He’s growing, hes just as attached to me as he was before. I still feel disappointment, especially when I see other moms breastfeeding, but in the end, we can’t beat ourselves up because something doesn’t work out for us. Breastfeeding will continue to be something important to me. I will continue to offer advice and support to breastfeeding moms, but this experience has taught me that it’s okay if it doesn’t work out. As long as your baby is happy and healthy, that’s really all that matters.

Babies R Us & Toys R Us Closings

Most of you have probably already heard that Toys R Us is closing a bunch of stores all over the US. They sent out an email saying that closing deals will start today with items up to 30% off. At a glance it sounds like it may be a decent deal, but many items at Toys R Us are priced higher than they are at other retailers or on sites such as Amazon. So before just rushing out to buy a new stroller or a crib at a discount, remember to use a couple strategies to make sure you are actually getting a deal.

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Bring your phone or plan ahead and look up items you are interested in buying. Do the math. Is the price at Babies R Us or Toys R Us actually lower than what you could get the same item for on Amazon? If not, you might just want to pass. Also make sure you are asking about return policies. Will items you buy at a discount be returnable online or in a different location? You don’t want to buy something and then realize it’s broken or not quite what you wanted after all but now you’re stuck with it or have to sell it at a loss.

If something is cheaper than you can get it elsewhere, you might want to go ahead and get it now and not wait to hopefully get a better deal later on. Yes, many stores will mark stuff down even further as the closing date draws nearer. But don’t count on the things you want being available then. I have missed out on a lot of good deals by waiting and hoping for an even better deal.

So if you have a local store that is closing, go check it out. You might walk out with some amazing stuff for a bargain, but don’t just look at the price there and impulse buy when there’s a good chance that this early on you can potentially get it for a better price elsewhere. But it’s definitely worth a look. Just last year I got a stroller and carseat travel set at Target in the clearance section for $50. Originally priced at about $189. If you go check out a store closing and find a good deal, post it in the comments!