5 Baby Shower Ideas

 

I feel like it’s that time of year again when i open up Instagram and my feed is filled with pregnancy announcements.  To me, it brings back this excitement for these families because i recall that feeling so well.  My last pregnancy i announced i had announced in the fall, and today she is six months old, so maybe that’s why i feel more sentimental about it.  The overall pregnancy experience brings so many highs and lows, let’s be real.  It can be challenging, exhausting, sickening, amazing, incredible etc…  For me, one of those highs, was my baby being showered with gifts and be surrounded by the people i loved in celebrating our little bundle of joy.

 

 

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Why It’s So Important To Hydrate During Pregnancy

(14 weeks pregnant in photo above)

 

How many times have you read an article or left the doctor’s office and been reminded to “drink lots of water” while pregnant?  Probably more times than you can count, right?

Here in Vancouver, my OBGYN saw me every two weeks once i reached the second trimester and EVERY week by the time i got down to the last three weeks of my pregnancy.  Can you imagine over that time, how many reminders i got to drink lots of water and stay hydrated?

Let’s just say, A LOT!  Yet, did i?  

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7 Simple Steps To Maintain A Work/Life Balance

 

I was watching the news a few days ago and a study was conducted about what people would prefer when it comes to a good job, a lot of money, more time with family or the proper work/life balance.  In the day and age we live in, i assumed people were thinking about money.  I was WRONG.  The number one thing people wanted was to achieve the proper work/life balance.  I guess it isn’t surprising when another study showed that 53% of people in BC are not only working full time, but then work on the weekends.  Oddly enough, this is something i talk about all the time and it’s something i am always trying to master because i believe it is SO truly important to maintain a work/life balance.  So i am coming at you this week with a whole blog post on this.

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11 Questions About Blogging

 

The liebster award is an award nomination that is given to bloggers by bloggers.  It is just a way to show recognition for one another and to build a sense of community by helping expand our reach.

 

To start, i have to thank my girl Kama Jones from Ethigal blog for the liebster award nomination.  I had a blast answering the following questions that she presented me.

Kama currently lives in the Fraser Valley area where she is a school teacher, a mother and a busy blogger!  She is a conscious community woman and that is what her blog is all about!  Sharing things that inspire her regarding social good and motherhood.

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Potty Training 101: How To Potty Train Quickly

 

 

So your starting to feel completely done with diapers and diaper duty (haha, pun intended), but your not sure when you should start weaning them off diapers and onto the toilet.  Is it too early?  Are we late getting started?  Am i ready for changing sheets through the night?  Can this process even be done quickly?

 

So many questions right?  Right!  

 

Here is the thing, i do NOT have a 3 day potty training miracle for you.  Honestly, i don’t even know how mother’s have trained there children in 3 days.  All i know is props to you mama’s who have!  What this article is going to present to you, is how i trained my toddler fairly quickly to potty train by the time she was about 21 months.  She is now 2.5 and has been potty trained for quite a while now, she goes to the bathroom all by herself and we never had to do double diaper duty with her and our newborn (thank goodness!).  If you want to know my suggestions on how YOU can do this too, keep scrolling!

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The First Three Months With Two Kids

 

So you have finally delivered your second bundle of joy and your sitting in the hospital thinking, “I can’t wait to get out of here and be back in the comfort of my own home!”

 

But wait a minute…

 

This isn’t like the first time you came home with your baby.  The house isn’t empty and quiet, you don’t just gently lay your newborn into their bassinet and while they sleep you peacefully sleep…No no, let’s get real.

 

The First Month

If you came here in the hopes that i was going to tell you the first month is a breeze, then you might want to click the back arrow now and escape this blog post while you still have time (haha), or hang tight, give this a read and understand that it’s not ALL bad, but it’s hard!

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How To Overcome Post Baby Body Issues

 

My Two and a half year old often follows me everywhere, so its no surprise that when i am in the middle of changing for the day in our bedroom, i turn around to see her standing there.  As i am changing, she will look at me with her big brown eyes, smile and say, “i like your body mommy.”  Adorable right?

 

Not so fast…

 

Then there is my husband who is constantly complimenting me on how i look even after having two kids, endearing right?

 

But wait… 

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My Natural Birth Story

 

As many of you may know from reading my other articles, i was pro an epidural with my first labor and delivery experience however i did suffer a post dural headache.  Second time around, i was still open to getting an epidural as it did help me immensely in dealing with the pain during labor. However let me start by saying that the second time around, i ended up doing it naturally.

 

This is how it went down… 

 

I was due May 18, 2018, however at my 38 week mark my doctor had noticed that my fluids looked a little bit low so she scheduled me for an ultrasound just to check things out.  Sure enough, my fluids were low but not anything drastic so we decided that we would just kind of keep our eye on it and i would look for signs that i was leaking fluids and we would just monitor everything sort of together.  Nothing really happened which was great, but when i went in for my 39 week appointment she noticed fluids were still low.  I went in for another ultrasound to make sure that the fluids weren’t even lower than they were before.  If they were, then we would discuss the possibility of an induction just to be extra safe. Continue reading “My Natural Birth Story”

My Epidural Experience

 

To get an epidural or not?  That is the question…

 

It can be overwhelming to make all these decisions as your approaching labor and delivery.  My advice is to do your research LONG before your estimated due date.  I read countless articles on the benefits of an epidural and the cons to an epidural.  I watched countless videos on YouTube of woman getting epidurals so i could mentally prepare  myself should i take that route.  Everyone has there own story with an epidural.  If you read my birth story you already know i have quite the experience with my first epidural.  I am going to explain how my week after i got the epidural went down for me.

 

The raw, unpleasant story of what happened, and how it didn’t scare me to consider the possibility again.

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