What a great line-up of events this week: birth circle, breastfeeding support, and lots of fun for the Sweet Pea toddlers in your life!
Reminder of this week's Wordless Wednesday theme:
Feelin' Green~ Show us the ways you are “greening” in your home, nursery, school, workplace
Each featured picture this month earns you an entry into our raffle for Sweet Pea logo gear. Send us as many pictures as you want - I will select those that best represent the theme, and you may get multiple chances to win - go for it!
WISHING YOU A MARVELOUS MONTH OF MARCH :)
Tumbleweed Park • March 7 - 9, 2014 • Time: visit website
The Ostrich Festival is a community family
event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and
regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts &
crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more.
In addition to bringing in nationally
known musical groups, the festival also features some of the most popular local
and regional talent in the Southwest.
Happy greetings to you! We are enjoying the spring weather in AZ - how about you?
We are enjoying the Nat Geo Kids Club so much that we have added listings for events in Glendale and Mesa to our calendar. We also feel it is important to expose our children to the visual and performing arts. In addition to the listings for the art museum (special times at no charge to families), the Mesa Arts Center is providing another FREE opportunity for families to enjoy a variety of music every Thursday through the month of March.
It's Valentine's Day this Friday - do you have any special plans with your Sweet Peas?
If you are living with food allergies, here is a link with ideas for non-food gifts and sentiments:
Creative Ideas for Non-Food Valentines - via Arizona Food Allergy Alliancehttp://bit.ly/1gmc2dx
Ideas for great DIY cards featuring your Sweet Peas thumbprints and handprints abound on the internet as well! Here are some of our favorites:
Have you started your Valentine's Day cards yet? We have some cute ideas from last year postedHERE
- lots of cute ways to make personal cards made with love from your Sweet Pea's fingerprints. Here are some pregnancy-birth-breastfeeding-child friendly events coming up this week:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014
This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and under to play
under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have
plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids
Happy New Year...and it's finally time to get our events calendar posted again!! Here are some events around the Phoenix area that support natural pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting. We try to get out and about as much as we can - we look forward to seeing you and your Sweet Peas around town :)
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014
The Nest at Babymoon Inn @ 6:00 pm
220 E Lexington Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014
Our Fall class is winding up...and we have already said, "Welcome, earthside!" to the first baby from that class. Fun times!
I thought today would be a great time to write about an idea that is gaining traction here in the West: The Babymoon.
There are actually two contexts for this term: The first one is taken before the baby arrives. A couple takes time away from their schedules to connect, intentionally make one more set of "before baby was earthside" memories; and maybe spend time talking about their birth, and their hopes and dreams for their family.
Did you know that there is a national organization advocating
evidence-based care and humanity in childbirth?
I first became aware of ImprovingBirth.org when they held their first rally
last year. In order to bring awareness
to the maternity health care crisis in our country, the organizers chose the
date of Labor Day for the national event.
This year, they are truly nation-wide – there is at least one rally planned in all
50 states, and as of today, it looks like they are up to eight international locations.
, Postpartum Depression
, Informed Consent
, Support Groups
, Natural birth
, Obstetrical Care
, Labor Support
, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
, Induction of Labor
, Labor Induction
, Rally to Improve Birth
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle. She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.
I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids. All of our family is back in Ohio. I was on my own. However, I knew I wanted a homebirth. I was determined to succeed with
breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH.
, Postpartum Depression
, Postpartum Plan
, Support Groups
, Postpartum Doula
, Baby games
, Baby blues
, Inside Look
We see the beautiful newborn pictures taken by professional photographers of sweet sleeping babies. We ooh and ahh and maybe wish we had found someone to capture these days with our children.
Here is what you do not see: the tired
mama, and probably papa, standing behind the photographer. They are not getting sleep between adjusting
to life with baby, learning how to breastfeed, and trying to figure out just
how often they are supposed to feed the baby.
How do you sleep when the baby sleeps?