Usually I focus our blog on pregnancy, labor and birth since that is what our main topics are in our classes. If you already have your baby in your arms, you know that the Birth-Day is simply the first day of a lifetime journey. Today I offer some introspective thoughts after the passing of my "grandmother-in-love" yesterday. I am at peace, and I think the rest of the family is, too - she was ready and we had said our goodbyes. I strive to find the lessons in all experiences.
The baby you have always dreamed of is here!
They are precious, tiny, and completely dependent on you! You cherish the opportunity to nourish them,
teach them, and wait for the day when they begin to interact with you by
smiling at you, making and keeping eye contact, your first shared laugh
together…all of these moments are priceless.
Then something occurs to us - "when" is a matter of time. They are here
with you forever. You will never go back
to your life before baby.
Valentine’s Day is almost here! It’s the time of year when we break out the
craft supplies and get busy making handmade cards.
Since our children’s grandparents do not live near us, I
like to personalize the cards with the kiddos handprints or fingerprints. In my mind, it allows them to touch something
that their grandchildren have literally imprinted on, and it also gives them a
sense of scale for their size since our last visit.
a card idea from Scholastic that we modified for this year's St.
Another set of babies is about to turn one this month!! Time marches on…and as my mother-in-law so
sweetly reminded me yesterday, it only seems to go faster as we get older.
Here are five ideas to help memorialize the occasion outside of the “smash
cake” photos that are so popular now:
1. Make a print
Use a non-toxic ink or
paint to make a handprint or footprint on acid-free paper. Remember to date it, and also write some
favorites on the page: color, song, food, toy, etc. It’s okay if you forget to do it right on
their birthday – there will be a lot going on that day!
December is here and it’s time for my yearly PSA on
protecting your baby from respiratory viruses.
When there is a newborn in the house, everyone wants to come over to meet
the baby!! They are pretty hard to
Bruss and I are big advocates for our children, especially the youngest members
of our family, during cold and flu season. Our Night Owl had a
life-threatening experience with RSV when he was three months old, and that has
made us painfully aware just how fragile our sweet peas can be.
Ahh – today’s blog post is inspired by the class on
postpartum we just taught and two of our sweet students who are going through
some sleepless nights with their daughters.
Warm thoughts and wishes for the sandman are being sent for them.
A common suggestion when babies are sleepless is to let them cry it out, also
known as CIO. I cringe when I see those
words. I believe that babies are meant
to be with their mamas for the first nine months of their lives – you can read
more about why I believe that
My original intention forTuesday’s post
routines was to list some calming bath and shampoo options in the section for
“Bath and Brush”. Then I started looking
at the information on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website to see what
they had listed on their Skin Deep Database.
The database is “being refreshed”.
Which led me to look at their “How to Read a Label” list for this post.
Now I am completely reawakened to the Bradley Method® message of keeping a
pregnancy healthy and low-risk by avoiding harmful substances.
We got the opportunity to use our communication skills from
our Bradley™ training over the weekend.
It is always a good reminder that the skills we teach in class can serve
us long after labor and birth.
Our Angelika was in the hospital with an infection in her
neck. It looked like a big boil, and as
it turns out it was filled with pus and she needed minor surgery. As we navigated the hospital system, here are
the things we teach in class that we applied over the weekend.
I got an alarming text from a student last week. I won’t share the details since I haven’t
asked permission. What I can tell you is
that it reminded me how little the general public and employers know about our
breastfeeding and pumping “rights” as outlined in state and federal law.
Since my passion for breastfeeding is second only to my
passion for natural birth, I forget that I live in a vacuum of other BF
fanatics. Just because we know and
discuss the laws amongst ourselves does not mean that we are doing a good job
at educating the public.