HOW TO COMBAT SIBLING RIVALRY WITH A NEW BABY

How to combat sibling rivalry with a new baby

Naiya has officially fallen in love with her baby sister, Sadie. The only problem? Sometimes, she loves her TOO much. Naiya has a tendency of leaning into Sadie to give her big hugs and kisses but within seconds, she ends up getting too aggressive.  I end up having to watch Sadie like a hawk because even though she doesn’t know her own strength, I know Naiya could accidentally hurt Sadie. Naiya loves going in for her face and head (cue the new mama heart palpitations!). Figuring out how to get through to Naiya in a constructive way has been a big learning curve for us but we’re getting closer! For other mamas and mamas-to-be in the same boat, I’m rounding up a few ways we’ve been combatting sibling rivalry that have worked for us so far.

A LOOK BACK: NAIYA’S FIRST YEAR

oshkosh baby girl dress from Target

And just like that, Phil and I are the proud parents of a one-year-old! The first time I held Naiya exactly one year ago last night (#imnotcryingyourecrying), my nurse handed her over to me and told me to savor the moment because I’d blink and the next year would fly by.  While I assumed that time would go quickly, in the insanely sleep-deprived, over-the-top stressful first few weeks of Naiya’s life, I never could have imagined just how quickly.  When she was first born, I often wanted to speed up time so that we could find our new normal. Now here we are, exactly one year later (at 11:40pm last night!) and I only wish we could go back to that first moment with Naiya to do it all over again.

5 HACKS FOR SURVIVING YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD

Los Angeles mom blogger, RELish By Arielle shares how to survive your first year of motherhood

Since Naiya is about to turn one year old later this week, I’ve been feeling overly nostalgic recently (I’m not crying storing her 6-12 month old clothing in the attic–you’re crying!). Hands down, this has been the most incredible, meaningful, pivotal and exhausting year of my life. I’ve never felt such extreme highs and lows in the same hour, let alone in the same week as I have this year. I’ve also never felt so happy, terrified and also so fulfilled all at the same time. 

CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST-TIME DAD

RELish By Arielle's husband Phil Galanty with new baby Naiya Lennon

I’m excited to share the below article with you today where my hubby, Phil makes a special appearance. Since I’ve been sharing so much about our lives as first-time parents recently, I asked Phil to open up about his experience with fatherhood too.  Truth be told, it took him a while to answer these questions because his journey into fatherhood was not as easy as he had hoped. Fatherhood initially felt extremely overwhelming and it took him a while to work through a lot of unexpected anxiety. Now that he’s found his new normal, he’s opening up about his journey below in hopes that it may help other dads and dads-to-be know that they’re not alone. Without further ado, here are Phil’s confessions of a first-time dad in his own words: