Right, we’re ready for chino shorts & sandals now ☀️ I feel as though Josephs getting as bored of this weather as I am now (within an hour of waking my house looks like it’s been ransacked ) isn’t outdoors fun just the best?! Picnics, trips fo the seaside, Knoll Park, Greenwich etc so excited to share more new experiences with Josephs now that he is getting older! Can’t wait to go to Swanley Park and sling him on a pedlo 😜
We promise we didn't steal our Feb discussion theme from @mypostpartumtribe although we wouldn't be ashamed if we had! We love the ladies over there! If you're looking for more community, are suffering with/have suffered with post partum mood disorder, missed this month's LLL meetings are just wanna get out of the house with the kids, check them out! #Repost @mypostpartumtribe ( @get_repost ) ・・・ TRIBE MEETING THIS THURSDAY! We will continue the discussion of Love in All Seasons ❤️ How do we Love ourselves after having children? How do we continue loving our babies and families even during the rough times? How does loving your partner change? Let’s talk about how all of that love changes and looks different. This is a combined group- parents of children all ages welcome! See you there; Penn Park 10:30am-12:00pm. #parenthood #letstalkaboutit #whittiertribe #momstrong #newlife #ourbabies #healthyparenting #support #goodvibesonly #mamahood
The key to labour is a hormone called Oxytocin, like many of the hormones that had created my baby this one would pay a huge role in him entering the world. This hormone is released when in a comfortable, relaxing state of mind and so this is what I wanted to create to reach maximum levels of it. Mammals generally have a nesting instinct before birth and this comes down to creating a safe place for it to happen, when oxytocin is flowing during labour it happens more naturally. In fact to take an expectant mother away from her nest, can cause a more stressful labor. Quite often just a small intervention like going to a hospital which is unknown and not familiar can cause stress, eliminating this hormone that is too important. But it isn’t just this intervention that can cause problems, just tiny interventions can cause a whole snowball of things, that lead up to the labour going bad or the baby becoming distressed. I simply wanted to eliminate these interventions and do it the way women had been doing it naturally for years before hospitals and modern interventions happened. I’m not saying that a hospital birth isn’t right for many woman and to be honest carrying a baby for 9 months and then birthing them in which ever way needs to happen is an amazing thing. The most important thing is getting a healthy baby at the end. But for me this was right and I’m so glad I chose it. But respect for any mother birthing a baby in what ever circumstance. It’s painful and hard and but so special and worth it. It takes a lot of strength in body and mind as is an amazing thing.
I knew from the minute I was pregnant that I would have a home birth. At that stage it was just something inside me that gravitated towards the need for a peaceful environment where I could feel comfortable in my own home to bring my baby into the world. For me hospitals are places for sick people, growing up I would visit my Mum a lot inside them as she has been very ill throughout her life. For me this wasn’t an environment for a joyous occasion like giving birth, it was a place where people came when they were sick. Of course from the moment I told people my choice I faced opposition but I chose to ignore it and slowly I began to research and make sure it was indeed the best decision for myself and baby. I obviously did not want to risk our health in anyway. Some people even doubted my ability to do it naturally without pain relief, but I’ve always been a strong person and this made me just want to prove all the more that this is something I could do. Quite simply the more I found out the more it made me know this was the right choice for me. I’ve always kept an open mind, knowing that birth is unpredictable and sometimes medical intervention is needed, so with that in mind I told myself I would try my best for a home birth, but if the help of hospital staff was needed it was under 10 minutes away to my nearest hospital. I spent months creating a calm environment for my sons birth. I collected salt lamps, candles, an oil burner, printed positive birth affirmation, choose soothing, calm music to listen to and put together all the supplies I needed including towels, hot water bottles, a birthing ball and a hospital bag if a transfer was needed and my mum bought me a birthing pool which would help with pain relief. I enjoyed this process. I enjoyed being in that room. I would some nights, create my birthing environment inside that room, listen to calm music, breathe deeply and think about my baby, it would bring me a lot of happiness.
Ezekiel Kai Silva was born on the 19th February 2018 peacefully, naturally, with no pain relief, healthy and at home weighing 7.5 pounds I had three amazing midwifes, my amazing friend Natalie, who captured the whole thing in photographs and his daddy Diego by my side the whole time who cut his cord. I was upright the entire time and I think it was the final descent downstairs that moved him right down to be birthed. He was so chilled when he took his first breathe he barely even cried. I laughed, smiled and cried at that point and he just looked at me with a look of hey, your who’s laugh I’ve heard every day for months your my mummy, I held him close to my chest and my heart exploded.
Guten Morgen Ihr Lieben 🙂 Gestern sind Lea und ich spontan zu Ihrer Uroma um Sie für einen #spaziergang abzuholen. Da haben wir doch dann glatt noch Lea's Oma und Tante angetroffen 🙈😍 Also haben wir halt einen #familienspaziergang gemacht und die Uroma war einfach mega #glücklich ❤️ #familienleben #family #familie #familygoals #familyfirst #meinleben #meinmädchen #mädchenmama #happyday #happymom #proudmom #stolz #dankbar #meinefamilie #lebenmitbaby #lebenmitkindern #10momths #mamahood #mamazeit #mamaleben #sister #großesmädchen #grandmother #oma #mama #picoftheday #photooftheday
TRIBE MEETING THIS THURSDAY! We will continue the discussion of Love in All Seasons ❤️ How do we Love ourselves after having children? How do we continue loving our babies and families even during the rough times? How does loving your partner change? Let’s talk about how all of that love changes and looks different. This is a combined group- parents of children all ages welcome! See you there; Penn Park 10:30am-12:00pm. #parenthood #letstalkaboutit #whittiertribe #momstrong #newlife #ourbabies #healthyparenting #support #goodvibesonly #mamahood
There are limited spaces left for the Mama & Me Yoga and Wellness retreat! ✨ July 6-8 at the Moonlight Bay Retreat Center on wabamun lake, Alberta. . A $55 non-refundable deposit is required to save your spot - flexible payment plans available. For full details on activities, meals, special guests and accommodation check out the Welcome e-book (link in bio ) 💕 . #mamaandme #wellnessretretreat #yogaretreat #momandbabyyoga #momandtotyoga #yogalove #selflove #selfcare #mama #mamaom #mamahood #postpartum #mother #mindfulness #yoga #namaste
Miss angry kitty is in that zone where she does about 11 things a day that make me crazy, but also make me laugh. So then I find myself both scolding and hiding behind the nearest wall to crack up...you know, because I’m a serious parent with my sh*t together. Somehow she always knows, then calls me a name (such as “stinky pace” ) hysterical laughs and we start all over .... 🤷♀️🤦♀️ 😼 #whatjusthappened #whosincontrol #gottahavebalance
Oh baby girl, your smile infects my soul with joy. I truly couldn’t have dreamed up a better life than this one you’re part of. Sometimes this motherhood journey can be isolating, lonely, challenging, but time and time again God reminds me that this is where I belong. I belong in the messes, in the mundane, I belong in all of it next to your side. #blurrygoodness
Today was literally a mess. Everything that we touched made a mess forty times worse than what would be expected. But instead of focusing on the mess I am going to focus on what I DID accomplish today: 4 hours worth of lesson plans, e-mails, and laminating for work, hanging with Nolan and sneaking kisses on his cheeks whenever he came near, actually taking the time to make dinner, and buying this shirt that I have been eyeing for a week for 50% off. 👐 When I focus on that it just makes me want to dance around and shout, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!" which is funny because that's what I made. 😏
While I never really cared whether we would have boys or girls or both, I always kind of hoped to be blessed with a little boy first. There was always something about the thought of my kids growing up with an older brother💚 plus RJ has been in our hearts since we started dating. On our first date we talked about how my name would go with my husband's last and how our first son would be named Rolando James and go by RJ. And here we are💙 our little dream come true. Continents apart, coasts apart, it all was meant to be
Join us in celebrating what you LOVE about yourself with @thebirthsquad I love that I can take a photo of myself without makeup on because there was a looonnng time there that I totally didn’t feel comfortable thanks to some serious hormonal acne. I love my big brows (thanks, dad! ) which come up a treat when they’re tinted (like now ) And I love that I feel happy. That is the BEST part about life right now. In fact, the only thing I dislike about this pic is the HUGE pile of clean washing next to me that needs folding! But even then it reminds me of how much I have, including the husband who belongs to the jocks... So go on, mama, post a pic of yourself that isn’t so perfect and focus on all the things you love ❤️ #lovinyomumself
Hey Buggo, While getting you ready for bed tonight, Dada did the weirdest thing, and decided to open up your diaper while you were kneeling on the bed. And guess what? You’d done a poo. And guess what else? It rolled out onto the bed. . At first, I was VERY annoyed. There was poop on the bed, on your legs, and who knows where else. We also were on a timed bedtime routine tonight because Dada was leaving to see his therapist at 7:30pm. So I was aware of the time constraint which we only have one night a week. . Anyways, long story short, a minute after Dada rolled this turd out (which, I might add, wasn’t the first time he’d done so bahahaha ), I burst out laughing. And you started laughing, too. . If I can’t laugh at SHIT like this, then life will end up being DOUBLY shitty (like, shitty because I’m annoyed but can’t change the past + shitty because there was poop everywhere, like on Dada’s arm ). Never a dull moment with you and Dada. Haha. . Love you little nugget. Hehe. . xo Mama
As a photographer, I always tell my clients “even if they’re driving you nuts, just smile! You may be whispering bribes, but you won’t be able to tell in the images.” Wanna know where I learned that little trick? From these two, during our family sessions. Sure, this looks like a cozy and great fucking time, BUT I’m about 110% sure that I was bribing him with some ice cream 😂 also, @nea_nabayan takes all of our family pics!
“My own wild desire to protect my joy at all costs is the exact force that kills my joy. Flames need oxygen to light. Flames need a bit of wind. The theology’s putting on skin. . . There it is, the secret of joy’s flame. . . Humbly let go. Let go of trying to do, let go of trying to control. . . Let go of my own way, let go of my own fears. Let God blow His wind, His trials, oxygen for joys fire. Leave the hand open and be. Be at peace. Bend the knee and be small and let God give what God chooses to give because He only gives love and whisper surprised thanks.” 💗 - Ann Voskamp ‘One Thousand Gifts’ . . #honestmotherhood #gracefilledmotherhood #handsfullheartfull #mamahood #thisismotherhood
My favorite meal so far in 34 days!! Oh my gosh these zucchini noodles “zoodles” with chicken and pesto were 👌! So super tasty!!❤️ . . . . #tastyfood #ilovetoeat #zoodles #chicken #pesto #positivemindset #mindsetshift #timednutrition #80dayobsession #80days #workforchange #trusttheprocess #postpartum #postbabybody #utahmom #mamahood #mommyhood #ldsmom #choosehappy #choosejoy #homeschoolmama #supportgroup
Freshly bathed babe. Crazy hair. And a smile that takes over her whole face 😍😍😍
This is a beautiful book! Courtney wrote an amazing post about how to grow your child’s library !!! Check it out! Link in bio 📚 #readtoyourchildren #BHM #blackauthors #momblogger #kcmo #kcmom #mamahood #storytime #joyfulmama #smallmoments #newmom #pregnancy #sahm #wahm #workingmom #bedtimestories #bedtimeroutine #representationmatters #midwestmama #blackboyjoy #boymom
It was in the upper 70s today!! It felt so good to be outside and luckily some of Easton's summer clothes still fit from last year 😂 Our yard is a bit of a muddy mess thanks to terrible landscaping from our builders and our dog who enjoys digging but we had fun anyways. It made me so excited for spring! What are your toddlers favorite backyard activities? I need ideas! . . . . . #toddlerplay #magicofchildhood #childhoodunleashed #toddlerfun #momlife ❤️ #toddlerlifestyle #mombloggers #mamablogger #mamahood #mymamahood #heymama #uniteinmotherhood #candidmotherhood #motherhoodalive #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodinspired #outdoorkids
#Repost @thepositivepregnancyjourney ( @get_repost ) ❤️❤️❤️ ・・・ We HONOR the HEROIC work that you are doing, we SEE you. You are not alone in this, we validate your energy and effort, your time and unconditional love. #Repost @drlauramarkham_ahaparenting #motherhood #mamahood #sisterhood #momsarethebest #momwork #stayathomemom #workingmom #motherhoodiswork #validation
If the weather could stay like this, that’d be great (minus the wind )🌞
We move out of our first home 🏠 tomorrow. Good things to come, but this view with the mountains in the background of my kids playing on the playset will be something I'll never forget! A true favorite for me. P.s. I totally slayed today!! I've gotten so much done and we're pretty much ready to move on out and on to the next thing 👊🏻 #feelssogood #gome #talknicetoyourself
Blessed to be able to work from here with this view and sea breeze after massages and a full hydrotherapy spa treatment @villadelpalmarl @villagroupresorts feeling so fresh and revitalized 🏝💻 #workcation #bossmomtote #loretobcs #islandsofloreto #chefweek
Blowing little bubbles in the “big bathtub” 🐠🐠🐠 . . #candidchildhood #roomwithaview #toddlerfun #magicofchildhood #interiors #thisishome #letthembelittle #ourfamily #newhouse 🏡 #girlmom #mamahood #flashesofdelight #sheislight #thatsdarling #preciousmoments #myeveryday #naturallight #captureoftheday
“My tummy has had enough of toast,” said Mr4 this morning. I looked at his plate. 2 of 8 small squares had been consumed at breakfast. “Buddy, you asked for toast. You’ll be hungry as soon as you get to school. Well, can you eat porridge instead?” He obliged and our morning routine was going swimmingly. Out the door and in the car by 7.50am. 🚗 . “Yes! We are winning this morning,” I thought to myself. And then 10 minutes into our drive to school, I heard what sounded like liquid being poured out on the backseat. Then tears. “Oh no.... mum-meee,” he wailed from the back. It wasn’t good. I quickly pulled over, turned on the hazard lights and could smell it instantly. Child puke. On the uniform, on the floor, on the booster seat 🤢 . Well, that was a change of plans! Home it is. Warm bath. And while the tummy queasiness has been at bay since, we’ve got a bucket on standby and got straight into a good tummy rubbing with KidScents Tummygize. It’s not often we use this—it’s still pretty full. But boy, when you need it, you REALLY need it. 🤗 . Puke is the worst. And even with an unscheduled double wash duty and an unpleasant car clean this morning (sadly, not the kind I can outsource ), I’m so thankful to be able to stay at home with my boy and flexibly work around taking care of family first. Here’s to the motherhood moments—the stinky, disgustingly wet and “gimme all the rubber gloves”🧤 moments that make up our lives as much as the beautiful, precious and photo album worthy ones.
Looking through my camera roll and found this one that I never shared...
The boys and I made some sugar free ✔️gluten free ✔️and carb free ✔️cookies the other day. .........They were the worst cookies ever in the history of our kitchen. We threw them all out and had some fruit instead. I did take some photos on my Pentax though, so I'll still consider the afternoon a total success . 👌🏻🍪 • • • • • #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodrising #motherhoodslens #motherhoodalive #mamahood #honestmotherhood
We HONOR the HEROIC work that you are doing, we SEE you. You are not alone in this, we validate your energy and effort, your time and unconditional love. #Repost @drlauramarkham_ahaparenting #motherhood #mamahood #sisterhood #momsarethebest #momwork #stayathomemom #workingmom #motherhoodiswork #validation
Just went for a nice long walk on the beach with the girls, my mom, and a friend. Trying all the tricks to start labor... any suggestions? I need this baby OUT. 😫 I am SO uncomfortable. Can’t sleep and can’t do normal things like tie my shoes or clean up toys or pick up my children. Running errands are an impossible task. I’m SO huge and SO swollen. Nothing fits me. Like nothing. Just SO pregnant and SO SO done. What’s currently getting me through this misery is spending quality time with my girls and picturing holding my baby boy.... 🤱🏼💙👶🏼 #babynumber3 #38weekspregnant #cooked #38weeks #9monthspregnant #babybump #2moreweeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #stylishbump #bumpstyle #maternity #babyontheway #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momswithstyle #momstyle #momfashion #mommyhood #mymamahood #mamahood #momsofinstagram #ohmamamoment #ohheymama #unitedinmotherhood #mommymoments #ig_motherhood #instamoms #pregnantandperfect #Inspirepregnancy
Turn-on Tuesday. Getting in the groove. Lighting up the day. Moving. Making the juices flow. Firing it up. Turning on my light. Some days all I get is a few jumps, a chant, and a hover. But there's always a playful spirit and lots of kisses. #mama #mamalove #mamalife #mamahood #move #handstand #yoga #yogalife #yogamama #yogawithbaby #mantra #gayatrimantra #light #love #makelifemeaningful #loveyourself #turniton #turnontuesday #inspiration #stayawake #lifeisart #domesticgoddess #play
Wastin' time 🌃
My sweetie pie loved running around on the prom tonight, cuddling all the doggies and looking at the water 🐕🌊
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Storms are necessary; they replenish the soil and the trees to keep doing the work of growing and thriving. // CWF 2018 • A good reminder for myself. Storms of all kinds are often needed - whether literal to wash away the debris or internal thundering to cause you to slow down and focus. I’ve been in a stormy few days of illness and overwhelm. • The way we overcome those downpours is with slow living and prizing rest and recovery and letting other things wait. It’s why I fell into bed last night without prepping morning coffee or finishing the dishes. Growing a new life inside you takes energy that can’t be sourced from anywhere else - and I can’t think of anything calling my attention more plainly than being a safe harbor for this baby and for Amelia. My most important jobs; right next to supporting Marc, our senior pets, and my daddy. • Today I asked Amelia what she wanted to do after picking her up at preschool. We landed on “coffee date!!!” with some time before and after to run joyously up and down the green space at the park across from @levure_bakery We shared a cozy leather couch seat at Levure and shared a berry tart and a cookie and coffee and milk. Amelia made me giggle when her milk request was apparently so urgent that she downed my tiny pitcher of cream for my coffee in one fell swoop (next up, introduce her to French style yogurt! ). • Yesterday evening she said something to me that I say to her pretty much every night as we rock and snuggle before bed: “I’m so proud of you!” I was so happily surprised - I asked her why she was proud of me. Her reply: “your baby in your belly!” I’m proud, too. Even with the side effects trying my comfort lately, I’m so grateful to be right here. • An upside (one of many many many ) of shepherding and guiding a little bright life through this world (even in the tantrum phase which comes on so suddenly at times ) is the gift of what they can teach us while we are teaching them. • @mpflores222 #mamahood #mamamusings #coffeedate #levure #mamadaughter
Happy Tuesday! I've been a busy 🐝 the last few days but I did find the time to list this cute parenting mug! Love it for any mom raising tiny humans! 🤗💕 💓 💓 💓 #soshediddesign #theycallmemom #mommy #momlife #loveyou #tinyhumans #raisingtinyhumans #mybabies #momproblems #mommytobe #toddlerfun #toddlermom #mom #motherhood #toddleryears #lifewithlittles #littleones #staylittle #lovebeingamom #mamahood #mommymode #boymom #lifeofamom #blessedmama #blessed #mommoments #toddlers #momhumour #momtruth #momprobs
We woke up to an ice storm & the surprise of a snow day off of work for our guy! So naturally we bundled up & went to one of our favorite coffee spots near by. Elouise loves sitting at the bar, waving to all the cars. . . . #elouiseausten #ellisjones #motherhood #honestmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodinspired #thisjoyfulmoment #ministylekids #littleandbrave #letthekids #littlefierceones #twoundertwo #joyfulmamas #motherhoodthroughinstagram #shared_joy #enchantedchildhood #thatsdarling #motherhoodrising #teammotherly #childhoodunplugged #wildandfreechildren #igmotherhood #ig_motherhood #igbabies #risenmotherhood #thisismotherhood #mamahood #motherhoodalive #kc
Let’s be honest, is there anything better than a Sunday afternoon nap? Naps on Sunday have always been my favorite. My bed is a little more crowded these days but I wouldn’t have it any other way! . . . #elouiseausten #ellisjones #motherhood #honestmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodinspired #thisjoyfulmoment #ministylekids #littleandbrave #letthekids #littlefierceones #twoundertwo #joyfulmamas #motherhoodthroughinstagram #shared_joy #enchantedchildhood #thatsdarling #motherhoodrising #teammotherly #childhoodunplugged #wildandfreechildren #igmotherhood #ig_motherhood #igbabies #risenmotherhood #thisismotherhood #mamahood #motherhoodalive