#NJMOM Adventures of the Week

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We made it through week 4, mamas— that’s right, one whole month. And with new moms giving birth, 70-degree weather and driveway chalk art, we’re still having lots of #NJMOM adventures. Thanks for sharing your week with us!

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Psst! We love seeing your adventures around New Jersey, even if they’re at home. Be sure to tag your photos with #NJMOM and @njmom for a chance to be featured in our round-up next week.

Our hearts go out to new mamas—you got this ❤️❤️❤️

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I birthed without fear… and so can you! ⁣ ⁣ I birthed during a pandemic… and so can you! ⁣ ⁣ Listen momma to be, we got this! Our world is a little crazy RIGHT NOW but what's about to come of it is truly amazing.⁣ ⁣ I love being a mom. ⁣ I love being pregnant. ⁣ I love given birth.⁣ ⁣ Truly one of the only things that only US WOMEN can do! ⁣ ⁣ If you need a pep talk, I'm here! ⁣ If you need to chat post delivery, I'm here! ⁣ If you have any questions, I'm here!⁣ ⁣ We wore masks whenever we were in contact with others. ⁣ ⁣ During our labor, a mom to be in labor was under investigation for COVID, so the whole maternity was locked down for 5 hours. She was transported in a bubble and had to deliver in a negative pressure room. The hospital had an awesome protocol to keep us safe. ⁣ ⁣ I felt safe! We felt safe. ⁣ ⁣ The only thing that sucked was, no new medical intervention for progression for others, so I couldn't get pitocin, I was hanging around 4/5 cm. ⁣ ⁣ So we were anxious! ⁣ ⁣ But as soon as it was lifted it was go time. ⁣ ⁣ Our staff here was amazing. ⁣ ⁣ Dr. Jim, J – Ro I will remember you forever. ⁣ ⁣ Birth without fear my friends <3 mindset is 100% ⁣ ⁣ But seriously #momstobe I'm here to help you get through this. We have to stick together. ⁣ ⁣ #birthwithoutfear #laborduringanepidemic #pandemicbirth #givingbirthduringanepidemic #birthingduringcovid #momsareawesome #girlmom #boymom #littlesister #april3 #mybirth #mothers #breastfeeding #doulas #bumpsonlockdown #njmom #feelthefearanddoitanyway #wearemagical #strongmom #coronavirus #covid19 #novisitors #birthstory #432020 #girlmom #boymom #midwives #momssupportingmoms

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🎶 ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright 🎶

When mom and dad make you change out of your sweats 😂

It’s like Mother Nature knew we’d be needing the warm weather ☀️

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Pure j☀️y #ellevictoria #gaplove

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Sometimes you just gotta get dressed up ✨

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Had fun with a silly little birthday photo shoot! I got “dressed” up in this jumper I bought weeks ago anticipating I would be working on photo shoots or shopping with clients in it. Oh well, felt great to get dressed up in something fun and pretty despite having no place to go. – It’s all about mindset! And my mind was set on getting dressed up and having fun on my special day. Here’s to all the Aries stuck home on their birthdays this year!#alldressedupandnowheretogo #mybirthday #birthdayoutfit #aries #ariesgirl #mindset #personalstylist #nj #westfieldnj #summitnj #scotchplainsnj #backyardfun #springflowers #springstyle #springoutfit #fashionover40 #thisis43 #njmom #busymom #mompreneur #njpersonalstylist #anthropologie #jumper #springoutfit #ootd

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These mosaics are getting wild 🤩

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Yesterday was a GREAT day. ☀️ 🖍 ⠀ ⠀ Not every day is a great day. ⠀ Not everybody is having great days. ⠀ ⠀ But my other half made a great point….⠀ ⠀ Despite the undeniable devastation going on around us, this time we have right now, if used wisely, could possibly save a lot of us and this country in so many ways. Sometimes he has good ideas, so I keep him around. 🥰⠀ ⠀ What I know for sure, is that under normal circumstances, on a random beautiful Monday afternoon, this never would’ve happened because of the rat race we call life. 🏃🏼‍♀️ 💨⠀ ⠀ I am so incredibly grateful for all we have been blesssed with 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦. And we will continue doing our part staying 🏡, counting our blessings and praying HARD for all those who are suffering and have been affected negatively by all of this each and every day. 🙏🏻❤️⠀ ⠀ There is beauty everywhere and sometimes we even get to create it ourselves. 🎨 ⠀ ⠀ Not bad for two of the me most “unartistic” people around. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #NJMOM⠀ #njmom

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Just some front lawn shenanigans 😜

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I’m grateful for these beautiful days outside. I’m also grateful that my kids are still too young to understand what is happening. I keep hearing talk about when we get back to normal, but I’m not sure it will be the normal we all know. I think life will be a little different, I think we will all be a little different, especially the ones who lost jobs & livelihoods, those that are fighting for their life or lost loved ones, & the ones on the front lines. Things may not go back to the way they were, but may we all find peace & come out stronger on the other side when this is all over. . . . . . . #motherhood #newnormal #njmom #njbloggers #njblogger #motherhoodrising #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughig #monmouthcountynj #ig_motherhood #letthembelittle #magicofchildhood #magicofmotherhood #covid_19 #momtruths #acupofmotherhood #realmotherhood #discoverunder10k #rawmotherhood #ourcandidlife #oureverydaymoments

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Talk about resourceful 💪

“Hang on, mom, I gotta wash my elephant!”

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Animal wash! Water play is probably the most independent play for the B-man. The only time he pulls me in is if he needs a new towel to “dry dry.” There are so many opportunities to develop both fine and gross motor skills through water play. Using the pump, pouring, scrubbing, and wiping are just a few activities that help in fine tuning those skills. FYI…I saw this sink on @7daysofplay a while back and had to have it. It fits perfectly in the Ikea Trofast bin and I use the gray water to water my plants. #stayhome #preschoolactivities #invitationtoplay #motherhoodinspired #playbasedlearning #imaginativeplay #kidsactivities #playathome #toddlerlife #toddleractivities #playislearning #sensoryplay #letthemplay #ohheymama #raisingcreativekids #motherhood #openendedplay #preschool #playtolearn #greywater #messyplay #letthemexplore #learningthroughplay #njmom #nymom #momlife #playmatters #playideas

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Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.

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