September 29, 2015
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My sister-in-law is preparing to give birth to her second child. She’s almost 40 weeks and it’s very obvious she’s ready to get on with it.
Today, I’m not talking to that two to three, or three to four type of mother. I’m talking about the ‘almost;’ new mom that is inevitably and absolutely gaga, goo-goo, and smitten with their child. The type of mom that never knew how amazing motherhood would be and is completely astonished at how quickly that, “Oh, I’m going to have my baby on my schedule” mentality goes out-the-door.
I remember being a first-time mom and not having a clue about what I needed to put in my diaper bag.
There are a lot of infant and maternity products on the market that all claim to be must-have items, but not all of what they promise holds true.
If you cringe at the words ‘potty training’, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
Some women are born with the determination to have kids and some women play it by ear. Some women know exactly what type of mother they want to be, if they will breastfeed or not, and other women take it one day at a time. And both approaches are perfectly fine.
Have you ever failed in life, and if so, what did you learn from it? This was the basis of the final question at Sunday night’s Miss Universe Pageant in Manila.
The world has changed drastically over the last decade or so. The way we think and choose to raise our kids, the ideals we subscribe to, and the things we value as important have somewhat changed as well.
The beginning of every year is a good time to put new things into place; to start something with no excuses that will make a positive difference in your life.
What is it about this time of year that makes you feel like you have to wrap up and put away all of the loose ends of this year? For me, I never want to bring the untidy and stressful stuff into the next year, so it makes sense to want to clean things up a bit.
IT IS hard to believe that another year has come, and almost gone.
Some women are born with the determination to have kids and some women play it by ear.
The holidays are all about family and traditions.
There are a several times in the year that make me super excited. And if you’re anything like me, you may concur with these dates.
For a couple weeks now I have used and heard these three words over and over, “Are you OK?” I started many conversations with these words.
You know this word well. Chances are you’ve heard or read over and over in the last few years. People talk about it, and it’s all the rage right now, kind of like how yoga, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO are. It’s that other ‘G’ word – gratitude – and it makes some of us very anxious.
Most people think that power comes in some sort of big boom of light; a giant roll of thunder, something huge and substantial is needed to create this giant of a word – power. Truth is, power comes in all shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t have to be a giant affair of sorts, but a small gesture of kindness and truth can have the same effect on a person’s life as all the power in a strike of lightning.
Thankfully we live in a world that is starting to embrace, or at the very least becoming more tolerant, to differences.
Pregnancy is great, amazing and life-changing. But there are a few not so pleasant things that come with being pregnant and giving birth. Women read all about the scary things that can happen, the embarrassing, and not so pleasant things as well.
Parenting is the hardest job on earth. And not just because it requires your full attention at all times, but because it’s the only job that no matter how challenging it gets, you can never quit!
Thank goodness school is back in session! Whew, is it just me, or does summer feel like the longest time ever?
You walk into a store to find a beautifully put together young mother with her toddler shopping in the store. All seems well until the little person starts throwing a fit.
New moms often face many challenges just after giving birth. Every birth journey is different, but all of them are challenging, exhausting and involve some sort of recovery time.
Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. There are so many new things happening with her body, both physically and emotionally, and it’s hard to keep up with all that is going on.
There are many things that we are taught when having children for the first time. Most of this information comes from family, our doctor, or books that we may have read. But after giving birth, there are a few things that may surprise you about the glorious parenting journey.
Everyone knows that life is exhausting and overwhelming for a new mom. Let’s face it, everything is uncharted territory, and a lot of the time new moms will rely on friends and family that have been down the parenting road before for advice.
In honour of Father’s Day this past Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss dad bonding with baby. Surely, the men aren’t interested in reading about all of these women and mother conversations, but you may be surprised to know that some men actually feel a little left out during the whole pregnancy journey.
Maternity photos are a beautiful way to celebrate and remember an amazing part of your life, and it’s becoming the norm, as common in pregnancy as the baby shower.
When I was a child I had a several favourite books, and now well into my 30s, and with my own children, I still remember those books.
In life it is sometimes it’s hard to look at things from a “glass half full” perspective. Honestly, I think most of us do try to live our lives every day with that attitude. Sometimes we accomplish that, and sometimes we don’t. But the good thing about having a bad day is that most of us make up our minds to not stay in that mind-set for any length of time.
When you become a mom for the first time it’s life-changing, isn’t it?
They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and yes, we all have things that we like and find attractive in others.
It’s funny how most men think women can be difficult creatures. Sure, we’re emotional, sensitive, pondering human beings, but we’re not that complicated.
It’s a challenging time for women shortly after giving birth. Not only are hormones still running amok, but having to deal with the trauma of birth, especially all of the body changes, is not fun. Adjusting to life with a newborn is not always seamless, even for a seasoned parent. Pair that with the lack of sleep, and it can become very overwhelming.
This month’s special area of focus for Rotary is maternal and child health. Rotary is an organisation dedicated to helping people around the world and within their own local communities: “1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.”
Partying while pregnant sounds like an oxymoron I know, but inevitably at some point during your pregnancy you’ll be invited to an event of some kind which involves dancing, drinking and having boat loads of fun, or not, considering your extra weight and sometimes balance issues. Feels a bit like being humpty dumpty; I get it!
If you want to find a great quote, look to Maya, she’s got thousands of them; meaningful, poignant and significant for pretty much any topic.
It’s easy to sometimes take things for granted. Life moves super fast and we’re all pretty busy, especially if you happen to be a mom.
I grew up in a family that ate meals together most days of the week, but for sure we ate together every Sunday for dinner. It was a family tradition that both sides of my family maintained for generations. My mom’s family ate Sunday lunch, and my dad’s Sunday dinner, which considering how many siblings my dad had, was no easy feat.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge country music fan, but the likes of Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum have made country music much more mainstream in my opinion.
Travelling for many people is stressful. Add an infant or toddler to the picture and it’s enough to make even the most seasoned parent anxious.
Microcephaly is a word most of us up until a few weeks ago had never heard of before. A seemingly uncommon and rare condition caused by the Zika virus has created a panic in the Americas, especially for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
It’s hard to keep things going in a world that moves at the speed of light. Being a working mom, a single mom, any mom, is challenging.
It can be very tiring taking care of an infant; many sleepless nights and fatigue can catch up with you.
HAPPY New Year! Can you believe its 2016?
Life moves so much faster than we wish sometimes. Between daily responsibilities and the expectations we place on ourselves, finding the “sweet spot” when it comes to balance is really hard. It’s easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed, overworked and never enough. There are many days I think, “Kids, I’m sorry I can’t be there for you.”
The Christmas holidays are here and before you know it, a new year will be here too.
Don’t blink! Christmas will be here sooner than you know it.
THIS WEEK is Thanksgiving and although I’m not an American, I do celebrate Thanksgiving as if I were.
The secret “M” word is miscarriage. Like postpartum depression, miscarriage is not openly talked about; not with our peers or even our family sometimes. In the aftermath of a miscarriage I imagine that it’s a dark and lonely place, and it’s unfortunately riddled with guilt and shame.
Choosing to breastfeed is giving your baby the best start at health in life, but it is a labour of love as there can be challenges and trying times in the beginning, but sticking to it will come with big rewards in the long run.
You may be tired of thinking and hearing about all the things to do before baby arrives.
For some being pregnant for 40 weeks is more than enough. By the end of the third trimester a lot of women experience lots of discomfort. They’re feeling heavy, their mobility has slowed, some have very swollen feet, they’re probably finding it very difficult to get comfortable when they sleep or they can’t sleep, and they’re still plagued with the dreaded heartburn.
There is something satisfying about pre-planning and preparing for things when you are about to have a baby.
A growing belly welcomes much more than just the pregnancy glow. From the second you announce your pregnancy, so many people, not just close friends and family, will offer you their words of wisdom on how to take care of both yourself and your growing baby during this delicate time.
We all have those days where nothing seems to go right. When one thing – and it’s usually something small – sets the tone and mood of the day and little things keep going wrong, it causes extreme frustration.
I love technology. I’m an iPhone, iPad kind of girl; sorry Android lovers! Nothing allows me the sense of freedom like my device. If I feel like redecorating or trying out a new recipe, within seconds I’m browsing, searching and connecting to programmes that allow me to be inspired and get creative.