Thoughts in a moment: mindful discussion book club

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I have decided to create a thoughtful book club! The reason is two-fold: I want to read more and engage in constructive conversation! There are no hard and fast rules to this book club and you don’t have to read every single book to participate! If there are a select few books you’d like to jump in on the discussion for, by all means! We are meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399791290395171/

I made this selection of books because I believe these are all issues that are affecting our present day and also issues that relate to the intentions of this blog — some are little known. I believe we will generate positive dialogue and perhaps learn something about the world, ourselves, and each other! Happy reading!

April

For April, I decided to choose two books. The first, The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Live Well is a quick read about this Danish way of life that you may already be partaking in without even knowing it!

The second book, In Defense of Food, discusses the industrialization of food as it relates to the decline of the environment. Pollan looks at food from a health perspective and discusses the multi-billion dollar food industry with facts.

May

“When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.

Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood.”

June

TBD

July

“Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.”

August

“It started with a harmless quest for perfect wash-and-go hair. Every girl wants it, and Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt finally found it in a fancy salon treatment. They were thrilled—until they discovered that the magic ingredient was formaldehyde.”

September

“Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No―it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!”

October

“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.”

November

“#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed”

December

“From the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes an emotional and eye opening behind-the-scenes look at her descent into uncovering the mystery of chronic Lyme disease.”

January

“Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.”

February

“Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.”

 

Guest Post: pregnancy with PKU, a dream come true

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By | Amanda Cosburn

Becoming a mother has been a lifelong dream for me, and one that for a time I never thought would have been possible due to my health. In March 2016, my beautiful and healthy baby Girl, Madelyn came into our world, it was and is a dream come true.

Motherhood was something that would have been considered impossible because of my genetic condition. Thanks to advancements and years of research, we learned that it was possible.

I was born with a genetic metabolic disease called Phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is when someone like me, is born without the enzyme that converts one of the amino acids in protein called phenylalanine into tyrosine. Because I don’t have this enzyme, phenylalanine accumulates in my blood and is toxic to my body and brain. When the level of PHE (phenylalanine) is too high in my blood, it causes serious side effects and a risk of brain damage or mental disabilities and handicaps.

PKU is diagnosed through newborn screening at birth. It is a simple heel-poke blood test that all babies in North America are screened for at 24 hours old. Up until the 1960s there was no screening for PKU and most children born with PKU were severely handicap and ended up living in group homes as they are completely dependent on 24 hour full care.  Since screening began in the 1960s babies with PKU are caught before damage is done and can live a long happy healthy life when treatment is followed.

A positive result for PKU means you need to start a life-long treatment program immediately to protect your brain and body. Early diagnosis is key because if not detected most babies by six months will experience brain damage. Fortunately, because of the early diagnosis through newborn screening, babies can grow up to be happy and healthy adults, like me.

However, the treatment program takes discipline and commitment. Pregnancy with PKU can cause concerns for the baby if an even more strict diet is not followed, more on that in a bit.

PHE Free Diet

Those living with PKU have to follow a restricted, low protein diet. My diet consists mainly of fruits and vegetables as well as medical foods that don’t contain protein or PHE. I also drink a PKU specific formula that is full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and protein without PHE. The formula is essentially a crucial medication and my life support system.

This diet is very strict. Food needs to be weighed to the gram and then I count how many milligrams of PHE is in the food. If not followed to meet a daily tolerance, those with PKU can experience impairments – neurological and behavioral, and sometimes physical side effects, if the levels are too high.

It can cause mood swings, depression, anxiety, trouble focusing, retaining information, concentrating, and can cause you to lose IQ points. You can also experience tremors and headaches, to name a few. Too low, and you can become catabolic and your body starts to break down its own protein, which also can release PHE into the blood and affect your brain. 

Pregnancy and PKU

Until I was 18, I was told I would never have a baby because my PKU would make my uterus toxic and cause serious side effects to my unborn baby and myself. I was told that if I became pregnant my baby could be born deformed, handicapped or die. 

However, medical advice began to change and thankfully, we now knew that it was possible for women with PKU to have a normal, happy, and healthy baby. A healthy pregnancy would be possible if a woman with PKU worked very hard and followed a even more restricted diet and was closely monitored. This is called the maternal PKU diet. It was recommended that if a woman with PKU wanted to have a baby, she had to follow a preconception diet and treatment plan for three months before getting pregnant. This plan was recommended to lower the risk and toxicity to the fetus. 

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This was the news I had always secretly hoped to hear as my deepest and most secret dream was one day to be a mother myself. Every time one of my friends got pregnant or someone close to me, I ached inside, longing to carry my own child. My arms ached to hold my child. I dreamed and wished and prayed with all of my soul to one day be able to be a mother. It took me a long time to accept that it could happen one day.

Even with the new advancements and advice, I still didn’t fully believe I would be a mother I didn’t have all the tools I needed to be successful at the maternal PKU lifestyle available to me. I also didn’t have the confidence in my ability to comply to this restrictive diet plan.

In 2014, thanks to Health Minister Terry Lake, myself, and a team of PKU advocates, we were able to secure funding for our medical foods. This helped me to be more compliant with my special diet to help me one day realize my dreams of motherhood.  

A dream come true

In May 2015 I went off birth control to ready my body to one day have a baby! Over 10 years on birth control, I expected it would take my husband and I a while to conceive…not the case. I found out on June 17th, 2015 that we were expecting!! I was nearly three weeks along already. It was a surprise as we were  not officially trying.

I was filled with so many mixed emotions, from disbelief, then to relief that it was finally my turn. I began to fear the hard work needed so that I could give this baby a good healthy start but my emotions quickly turned to pure joy. Many tears were shed in those early days. I don’t think it fully sunk in for a few weeks. I barely remember breathing. I was not on the preconception diet yet so I was terrified.  My PHE levels in my blood were not in the safe range.

I immediately called the PKU clinic in Vancouver for help, which is where my medical team who monitors and treats my PKU is located. It is the only clinic to treat PKU in adults that is located in BC. The clinic consists of two dietitians who support me and guide my diet and treatment plan and they also monitor my blood levels. The clinic also has a nurse and a specialist doctor. The first thing I needed to do was get my blood levels down to safe range. I did a home blood test immediately. I take my blood from my finger and place it on a card and courier it to the newborn screening laboratory in Vancouver where they read the results. Because PKU is so rare, we don’t have a home testing device like diabetics do. 

The best way to get levels under control is to get my diet under control. I need to be very careful about what I was putting in my body now. I started getting back on track and doing regular blood tests. While pregnant I did blood tests three times a week and drove them to our local hospital so they could send them to Vancouver.  Thankfully got the results back quickly enough that if there was a issue or to high we could correct it before damage was done to my baby. 

I had to weigh and track every bit of food I put in my mouth down to the gram. I had to count how many milligrams of PHE I was putting into my body to keep it safe and not cause any side effects to my baby. I had to meet the required amount every day and not be under or over, as both would affect my baby. The first few weeks through the morning sickness it was tough, especially keeping my medical formula down. But I knew subconsciously I had to keep every mouth full down for the health of my unborn baby. I struggled everyday not to throw it up.

Throughout my pregnancy an OBGYN and a midwife cared for me and I had specialized ultrasounds to check for deformities and issues with baby’s heart and brain. Because I did stick to my diet and controlled my levels, my baby never had any side effects from bad PKU levels.  

Had I not gotten my levels down before organogenesis started in the fetus they baby would have been deformed, had a very small head, been mentally handicapped or stillborn. I had always been told most of my life it this happened that the clinic would strongly recommend abortion, and that was also drilled into my head from an early age by  my mother. This would not be an option for me. I wanted this baby for so long, I worked so hard every day. I never wanted anything more.

I was able to get my levels down three days after the first positive pregnancy test. I got my levels into range and kept them in a stable range before the end of my fourth week of pregnancy.

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In addition to my midwife and OBGYN I was also under the care of a maternal fetal specialist in Vancouver at the high-risk pregnancy clinic. This clinic is where I had most of my ultrasounds and fetal echo cardiogram done. We even saw our baby in 3D though we asked not to know the gender.  I will always remember this ultrasound the most. It was the first real look at our baby. Our first dating scan was done at six weeks but we hadn’t had another scan between then and this special anatomy scan at 21 weeks. We were looking at a real baby! We could see the little nose and cute little ears and eyes, even tufts of curly hair. We watched our baby move and roll and suck its hands. It was a powerful moment and I still remember the way the tears felt on my face and how full my heart felt. It was love at first sight. I could finally see myself counting and kissing all those fingers and toes!

Pregnancy helping PHE levels

A very interesting phenomenon occurs in maternal PKU in the second trimester. Once the baby is able to eat and break down protein in its liver, if it has the enzyme I am missing it takes my protein and breaks down the PHE and takes it out of my blood.

So my levels got even lower. Being too low can cause side effects and affect the growth of the baby, I had to start eating more protein. As my baby grew and developed and needed protein, my own tolerance to protein would increase. Because of this, while I was pregnant, for the first time in my life, I got to try new foods that I have never eaten before. My regular daily tolerance is seven grams of protein from food, and 90 grams from my medical formula that does not have PHE.  By the end of my pregnancy, I was able to eat 40 grams of protein just from food! 

However, as soon as my baby was born, I would have to give up all these new foods. I was very careful about what I introduced so I wouldn’t miss anything or struggle after my baby was born. I did enjoy being able to eat oatmeal and chow mein noodles.  I also developed a love for oreo ice cream. I never added any meat or dairy to my diet while pregnant. Instead we increased my protein with foods such as grains like rice, more of foods I could already eat, and by adding protein powder to my formula.

My pregnancy progressed well and myself and my baby were both very healthy.  I will never forget hearing my baby’s heartbeat for the very first time, or the first few flutters of movement.  I had dreamed of these moments, they beat all my expectations. I enjoyed every appointment and ultrasound.  Feeling my own baby grow and move and roll inside me gave me the strength I needed to persevere with my diet and blood tests.

With all the extra screening and appointments with my family doctor, OBGYN, midwife, fetal medicine specialist, my PKU clinic and dietician I felt so very well cared for and it continued to grow my confidence. I read all the baby books back to front. I went to meet ups and prenatal classes and prenatal fitness classes. I loved my pregnancy and my experiences. I kept a journal and recorded everything on my PKU blog and Facebook for all our friends and family. I also shared my story publicly with the PKU community so other women like me would know it’s possible for them too!

At 33 weeks my OBGYN was so impressed with my progress that my midwife was given the go ahead to deliver my baby when he or she was ready to be born.  My baby was born 10 days overdue —  a happy, healthy baby girl Madelyn,who weighed 6 lbs 11 oz, the same as her mommy did!  My dreams had finally come true and she really is everything I hoped she would be.

In my heart, long before we were ever pregnant I saw a brunette baby girl with her mommy’s curly hair and her daddy’s smile. I saw this little girl bouncing on his shoulders while walking along the beach, our family dog trailing beside us. It always made me feel whole inside. Madelyn is exactly that and I could not have asked for more. I know the angels sent her to us! She is everything I had ever dreamed of. She has fulfilled me and I feel complete.

I am so happy and blessed to have experienced a healthy pregnancy and have such a beautiful intimate birth. Surrounded by an amazing team, the love of my life Cole, our truly amazing and wonderful midwife Joanna and the fantastic nurses at the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.

Madelyn developed normally and she is growing and thriving and now a year old. She started walking at nine months! She knows a few words already and is very social and talkative. She knows mama, dadda, copper (our dog), hi, and yum yum!

Actually, doctors say she is very advanced for her age and size. She still wears nine month clothing but, she is meeting all of her milestones ahead of time and following her growth curve. She is a very good eater. Teaching her about food and weaning her has been a learning curve for me, since I can’t eat most of what she does. I work hard to give her a variety so she has a better relationship with food and is not a picky eater. We do baby-lead weaning and she eats everything! Her favorite fruit is banana, she loves rice, pasta, sweet potatoes, cod fish, chicken, and pork. She eats toast and muffins, oatmeal, all fruits and vegetables (especially carrots and broccoli), and so much more. She has a cow’s milk protein allergy so like mommy, we use almond milk in her food, and while cooking and baking.

However, for my own diet since giving birth and coming back to my regular protein and PHE tolerance and back down to my normal intake, I have struggled. I am having post partum anxiety and I get panic attacks. I have not been eating well or weighing and tracking my intake anymore. Life has been so busy. I don’t always find time to manage my diet or weigh and measure and prepare my meals and I am so hungry and eating over my recommended tolerance. I have learned in this past year that the first year for a mom with PKU is very hard to adjust back after pregnancy. I thought it would be easy since I did well while pregnant but, my diet lacks in nutrition and whole protein and is high in carbs and starches and sugars. I struggle with my weight, eating healthy, and staying full.  I thought my daughter would give me the incentive to stick to my restricted diet so I can be my best for her but I have definitely had my ups and downs. My PHE levels after birth took a while to come down and were high for the first few weeks, then dropped, and then went back up again. They have been mostly around 11 or 12 since because I haven’t been strict with myself.

I try every day to do better. At least I enjoy my special medical formula and drink it every day but, I am finding it hard to do my meal prep when I usually am cooking for three different diets.  I am working with my clinic again to get back on track and maybe lose some weight so I can be active with my daughter and lead by example for her.

I don’t ever want her to struggle with food, weight or activity like I have. I don’t look forward to the day I must explain my PKU to her and why mommy can’t share her foods when she tries to share with me. I sometimes wish I could eat the same healthy foods as her. I am so happy she does not have PKU. Even though there are worse health issues someone can have, and PKU is manageable, I am still relived she did not get it.

I tell myself every day is a new day and another chance to do better and try harder and fix what I didn’t do yesterday. Today I have already had my formula and some low protein bread I baked from scratch while she had her toast and banana.  

Either way,  I look forward to watching my daughter grow, helping her thrive and finding new ways to teach her and challenge her. She has taught me so much already and filled my life with so much joy and happiness. I am so in awe of this little person and that I was able to grow her and nourish her and give her the best start to life!

I will be forever grateful for advances in treatment for PKU however, PKU is still not well known. It is my mission to share my story and to spread awareness about this genetic disease. The more we know, the more we can research and evolve PKU care to improve quality life for people living with PKU. Alone we are rare, together we stand strong.

Amanda Cosburn is a mother, PKU advocate, and entrepreneur who lives in Kamploops, BC with her husband Cole, Daughter Madelyn and dog, Copper!

To learn more about Amanda’s PKU journey please visit her website, here.  www.pkuproud.com

“People with PKU are missing an enzyme to break down protein in food, specifically one aminio acid. This amino acid is called phenylalanine, often called PHE (pronounced fee). Since this amino acid cannot be completely processed, it builds up in the blood and excess amounts cross the blood-brain barrier. When excess amounts build up, brain damage and other neurological problems result.

“PKU is a rare and inherited metabolic disease that affects approximately 1 in 12,000 newborns in North America. Both parents must be carriers of the gene for there to be a chance that their child will have PKU.”


– The Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders Inc. http://canpku.org/about-pku-2

Guest Post: Calm Your Fear of Postpartum Anxiety

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By: Kristy Rodriguez

Postpartum Depression gets a lot of attention these days (which is great! Awareness is important), but did you know that postpartum anxiety can be just as disruptive? “Great,” I hear you say. “Another thing to worry about.” But pregnancy is a time of joy. Or at least it should be. It can be hard to really feel that joy if you are worried about what’s coming. But the best offense is a great defense! Ease your mind—and help make sure that you are not caught off-guard—with four easy steps:

Step 1

Educate Yourself: Learn about the signs and symptoms of postpartum anxiety, and how it is similar to (and different from) postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor, your midwife, your doula, and your mom friends. Then take matters into your own hands by seeking out information from multiple, reputable sources, in print or online. Do not just consume endless horror stories—there is nothing productive in that. Look instead for sources that focus on prevention and treatment.

Step 2

Make A Plan: Discuss your concerns with those around you. Get your partner, your care providers, and any friends or family that will be helping you in the early weeks and months on board. Make sure they know what to look for and have a plan for checking in on your mental wellbeing after delivery. You need the people who know you well on the lookout, just in case you yourself are not in a state to identify what is going on. And if things get bad, they may need to push you a bit to get help.

Step 3

Ask For Help: Compile a list of potential mental health treatment providers in your area, and know what your insurance does or does not cover. That way, if you need professional intervention, you can get the help you need faster, and you won’t need to scramble to find this information while under the influence of postpartum anxiety or depression, while learning how to care for your new arrival to boot. Think of it as your worst-case-scenario toolkit.

Step 4

Relax: When it comes to postpartum anxiety (or depression, or any number of physical or mental difficulties) the best prevention is to be as healthy as possible. So, take care of yourself the way you would anyway. Being kind to yourself, saying no to stress, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, getting quality sleep, making sure that you have at least some (doctor approved) movement in your days—all of these things will help you to be as physically and mentally healthy as possible.

In other words, now that you are prepared for the worst, take the focus off of possible future problems and put your focus on meeting your needs in the here and now. If you need any help with these things, consider picking up a copy of Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby, your guide to self-care during pregnancy.

If you are already struggling with postpartum anxiety, skip straight to steps 3 and 4. Getting help as soon as possible will help you get back on track faster. There is a way out, and there is no shame in needing a little help to find it.


Kristy S. Rodriguez, pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, is the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, LLC, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal wellness, Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online.


Just one of those days

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Do you ever have those days where absolutely everything gets to you? No matter how hard you try to get out of a funk or an annoyed feeling, you just can’t shake it? For me, today was that day. When I get in these moods, I know I NEED to just get out of the house and take my mind off of things for a little while. I have whole-heartedly enjoyed being on maternity leave for these 11 months and I will obviously sad to leave my baby to go to work but, there are definitely some days where I would do anything to get out of the house alone! Today I was not feeling like I was being my best mom at all. Usually on those days, I know what I need to do to feel  a bit better.

So, because today was one of those days I decided to try to ignore all the things that were driving me crazy at home and get out of the house.


Here are some things I try do when the mom life gets the better of me:

  1. Go for a walk – this is something I definitely need to do more often (hard when it’s -1000 degrees outside)
  2. Make a coffee, or get a coffee and get out of the house – either way have a coffee (or tea, tea is probably better)
  3. Go to a favourite place like the farmers market, a coffee shop, a park, etc.
  4. Take a minute – things can wait (constantly have to remind myself of this one)
  5. Watch a favourite show – I am currently watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix – pretty good!
  6. Visit with a friend
  7. Do my Beautycounter spa routine! Nourishing Cleanser, Charcoal Face Mask, Balancing oil. Instant refresh! 

Self care can take on many forms! Here are some things some other moms said they do to relax and recharge:

Go for a walk and listen to music

Blare music while running

Take the dog to the beach

Have a bath

Shower & face mask

Browse Whole Foods

Go for a drive

Go to the gym

Do something creative with the kids like a craft or something fun


What do you do to relax and recharge? tell us below in the comments! 

 

 

Guest post: 5 random things to know about postpartum recovery

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Guest post written by: Lacey Park 

When people find out you’re pregnant they like to give you advice. Lots and lots and lots of well-intentioned, out of the blue, nobody asked you, advice.

“Enjoy sleeping while you can.”

“It’s probably a girl, I can tell because you <insert slightly offensive comment about your body or behavior here>.”

“Make sure you give your baby a bottle in the first few weeks or he won’t ever take one.”

When I was pregnant (even with baby number 4), it seemed like everyone in my life had a piece of advice to share and while all of it came from a place of love, or concern for my wellbeing, not all of it was useful.

So here are 5 random things I wish people had told me about the postpartum recovery period:

Postpartum Mood Disorders are a common side effect of giving birth.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics screened over 1100 moms and found that 17% had anxiety symptoms in the weeks following birth. That’s a significant statistic and one that I think needs to be talked about more. Personally, I experienced Postpartum Depression and Postpartum OCD, both of which went untreated because I was afraid to tell anyone what was going on.

Not-So-Random Advice: Please, talk to your midwife or doctor if you do not feel like yourself in the weeks and months following birth. You and your family will be glad you sought support, I promise.

Peri-bottles are a miracle following vaginal birth (if you know how to use one)!

A Peri-Bottle is a squirt bottle usually provided by the hospital or your midwives after birth. Not everyone is lucky enough to get a detailed explanation on how to use one so here it is: Every time you use the bathroom, fill the bottle with warm water. Squirt the water onto your vaginal area as you pee, then pat dry when finished. It will reduce the stinging associated with urine meeting your sensitive lady bits and reduce the need to wipe (isn’t that a relief)?

Not-So-Random Advice: Don’t even attempt to use the bathroom without your peri-bottle until your bottom is feeling more comfortable.

Breastfeeding can result in intense cramps!

My breastfeeding clients are often surprised by the intense uterine contractions they experience while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding stimulates a release of oxytocin, a hormone that causes smooth muscle contraction. This cramping helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy state and reduces blood loss. The contractions may be more intense following subsequent pregnancies.

Not-So-Random Advice: Ask for pain medication during your hospital stay or call your pharmacist for pain relief recommendations. If you prefer to avoid medication, breathing and visualization techniques can help you manage the discomfort. A heating pad placed on the area may be soothing.

You don’t have to let anyone hold your baby.

You are under no obligation to let people hold your baby. It’s totally acceptable to keep your baby in an infant carrier when visitors arrive (or to simply tell them you aren’t ready for visitors). Furthermore, if you want to take some time to go for a postpartum massage or just take a long, uninterrupted shower while someone else enjoys the baby, that’s good too! Do what is right for you!

Not-So-Random Advice: For help around the house, assistance with breastfeeding, infant care, and self-care, and someone to hold your baby while you take that hot shower, without the random advice and judgment, a postpartum doula is an excellent investment!

You get to parent your way.

There’s so much information out there and it can be stressful trying to sift through it all. It’s important that you do what you feel is right for you and your family. People probably aren’t going to stop giving you advice once you are a mom but, you will eventually feel confident enough in your role to smile and nod!


Founder of Chinook City Doulas, Lacey Park is a Labour Doula, Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist, and Childbirth Educator.


 

Everyday chaos. Sweet, lovable chaos

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I thought I knew busy. I did not know busy. Busy before children was multiple plans in the same day or consecutive days in a week, or a lot of stuff going on at work. I now know busy in the sense of an unreasonable walking baby-toddler who is easily bored and enjoys garbage cans, cell phone chords, and brooms – real talk here. And us moms are dealing with all this on limited sleep and hyped up on coffee.

My child has been crawling since he was five and a half months,and he just started walking at 10.5 months. It’s exciting, of course but, it adds extra levels of unnecessary excitement to your day that’s for sure. Don’t even talk to me about stairs! Baby proofing only goes so far as they are super smart creatures and just move on to the next thing. I clean up one mess as another is being made.

Mealtime is another story. We elected to do baby led weaning at six months which was awesome and my child loves food BUT, it’s super messy as evidenced in the photo above. I know there are contraptions that help the bowl stay on the high chair and I will get one, eventually. He also enjoys dropping things on the floor, and feeding the dog.

I am writing this all down not as a complaint, although, some days it’s hard and constant. Some days,  you have no choice but to resort to tactics you never thought you would a.k.a Baby Einstein on repeat. I am writing this all down because as mothers, we all go through the same things. The constant “ta, ta!” or “uh, uh, uh!!” or “STOP CHILD STOP!” are common and all you can do is laugh. As much as it is trying, some nights when he goes down to sleep I just sit and look at pictures on my phone and miss him… even though I’ll see him again in three hours, more than likely.

This is motherhood. The roller coaster of emotions. Having two boys in my life (one step son), things are busy. I tip my hat to those moms with more than two children, especially those very close in age but, I know we all wouldn’t want things any other way. Even though these days are busy they go fast and I know I will miss this stage when it’s gone.

Just some random thoughts as my child is strapped in his high chair making a mess of the floor.

Happy Weekend!