• My baby •
It's two weeks until pocket has been with us for a whole year. It really is mind blowing how fast they change. It's mind blowing how much I have changed as a person, I am completely different. It's been an absolute fucking rollercoaster. In a good way obviously.
I am so happy to see so many women working to breastfeed their babies! Even with knowing they will be returning to work in the coming weeks, ladies are striving to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Some of the key things that I feel are important for breastfeeding mothers need to feel good about breastfeeding are: resolve any challenges straight away with the help of a great lactation counselor😊, observing her baby happy and relaxed after a feeding, and getting some cherished sleep. These 3 things tend to help mothers find their way to a solid milk supply by the time they return to work and feel confident about continuing breastfeeding. #grnaturalbirth#healthypregnancy#newmotherhood#mothering#enjoymotherhood#motherhoodjourney#exploremotherhood#breastfeedingandwork
We are home again to the big skies of Oklahoma. Home from what we hoped would be the happiest trip of our year. But it wasn’t really to be. A stomach virus and colds causes us to cut the trip short. Now we are alternating between cuddles under blankets, unpacking, and getting some fresh air.
As kids we had a similar experience with a stomach virus on a trip to Washington. Is it just our bad luck or has this been something that has happened to you on a trip?
Notes to remember how I feel today - 3 months of being inactive with my yoga practice has really took a toll. I have pain from my neck reaching to my lower back, my hips and bones feel creaky, plus a huuuuge weight gain. I am 3 complete months pp and I don’t feel like myself. I didn’t have this much all over pain in my entire pregnancy 🙈 I never even felt the need to get adjusted because I felt so good, by keeping active (compared to my first pregnancy where I did weekly adjustments + massage). Today I woke up with the motivation to start and I feel so thankful that I gave myself time to remember to b r e a t h e. I find myself having to modify and reteach my body to move. It’s time to find myself again and become more intune with my body. This journey through motherhood is sooo worth every struggle and I wouldn’t change it for the world 🤗 #3monthspp#backontrack#motherhoodjourney#practicenotperfection#findthetime#selfcare#morningvibes#findwhatfeelsgood#mommylife#momoftwo
Treat yourself to quality experiences. Travel, eat well, indulge in wellness practices + tools that make you feel like magic; book the ticket, take the vacation, embody the best version of yourself. That person you see yourself being in the future? just BE that person today + watch how your life changes!
Up and out of the house by 7:30!? 😱We had family dental appointments this morning and little man did amazing! —————————————————-
Finally home and I’m taking a second to drink some coffee, eat some grub, and catch up on Total Divas 😂🙈. —————————————————-
Then it’s time to straighten up and get some coaching work done! People think this is a “get rich quick scam” and I promise you that it is not. Coaching takes a lot of work and diligence.
🌟Motherhood Moments!! 🌟When you go to a wedding with kids and you end up outside watching them run around just so they’ll stay quiet and not make a scene! 🤣😁 I’ve got one wiping dirt off her hands and the other looking for bugs 🤷🏻♀️ #toddlerliferocks#motherhoodmoments
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” - Mark Twain
Some days that’s taking a risk.
Some days that’s following a dream.
Some days that’s saying what you believe (even if your voice shakes).
Some days that’s picking yourself up and trying again.
Some days that’s a cozy blanket and coffee.
Some days that’s holding the ones you love, when they’re hurting and unsure.
Some days that’s belly laughing over drinks.
Some days that’s text messages and FaceTime.
Some days that’s just showing up.
Some days that’s shifting your perspective from what went wrong to what it taught you.
Some days that’s admitting I don’t know.
Some days that’s being ok with being uncomfortable.
Some days that a cool breeze and a picnic in a park.
Some days that kitchen dance parties.
Some days that’s a freshly baked batch of cookies.
And Some days that’s painting pumpkins in the living room.
Every day isn’t easy, but every day there’s beauty and joy, we just have to look for it.
What’s the beauty in your today?
Working moms are expected to do it all—including get dinner on the table after a long day. Do you make daily homemade meals for your family? .
If you’d love to, but just don’t know how to find the time, energy, or meal-planning ability, follow #ChaoticCommuter @gennthompson’s tips and be a gourmet genius in no time!
This is my "office"! It's the local coffee shop tucked into the gathering space @lakeforesthuntersville.
I write to you from this spot a lot of the time. It's so beautiful and quiet and seems far away from the distractions of home. It's really only 4 minutes, but getting away from the laundry and dishes and toys is huge for my brain space.
Especially on the mornings when things aren't so smooth getting out the door. We had one of those mornings today. I will come to this space today and receive peace. I won't be writing, but I'll be filled up by my womens bible study class.
If you had one of those mornings, it's ok.
Where can you find your peace? If you're home, choose a spot and allow yourself to have 5 minutes of rest. If you're able to get outside, try a short walk. Let the negative self-talk float away and remember you are worthy. You are right where you are for a reason. You are the mama to those kids for a reason. You are chosen and loved by a good creator. In Him we can find our peace.
Postpartum is such a roller coaster. Some days I feel like I’m doing so freakin amazing and I’m nailing it. Then others I find just emotionally and physically tough 🙎🏼♀️
My biggest challenge is trying to adapt back into work and Mum life. Learning to not over do it and stretch myself thin is something I have to constantly work on
Now that Jack is on the move and becoming more and more inquisitive I have to be mindful of how and where I’m focusing my attention. He’s growing and changing so quickly and I want to cherish these moments as much as I can. My eldest two are also changing and growing up and it’s amazing how this changes you as a Mum as well
But tomorrow is a new day and I’m taking some #Mumtimeout and I’m going to let go of the pressure. My cleaner is coming, I have a selfcare session booked in and I’m going to spend some precious time outdoors with my kids
So to any other Mum out there feeling similar today, feeling all the pressure, be kind to yourself, this too shall pass 💖
LEARNING TO LOVE THE NEW ME
I've found myself feeling apprehensive about posting this photo. Firstly, it is completely out of my comfort zone and something I never thought I would post. Secondly, I thought of the judgement that could possibly arise from sharing this but you know what?
I'm proud. My body was the home for my little girls. It's the place they were nourished, shared their first movements and were comforted by the sound of my heartbeat.
My body went through so much before and after pregnancy that as much as I miss the way I used to look, these two little rays of sunshine have made this journey worth it.
The stretch marks, the saggy tummy, the love handles, extra kilos, the surgeries, all of it; I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Life took a huge twist on my health after Skyla and what makes me feel the most blessed is the fact that if I didn't have the girls at a young age, I don't know if I'd be able to even have a healthy pregnancy now. As much as it makes me emotional that the decision of having another child is more than likely out off the cards, Sienna and Skyla are my priorities and being around for them is the most important choice I can do for them.
I may have given life to two little girls, but these amazing little humans gave me a life I couldn't have wished for more 💜
Ps Link in bio to a new blog post. "It's okay to mourn your birth experience."
Tomorrow parks 83 and a half hours of placement done 😎I’m so excited to have this over and done with so I can spend more time with the girls. Lyncoln has started not going to be without me because she knows I’m not going to be there when she wakes. When we’re home tho it’s all cuddles. And all next week is night time so I don’t miss them as much 💕
In the last 24hrs our life has been a little turned upside down as we discovered a MOLD problem within our home (which we have been renting for almost 5 years) 😬
We’ve recently realized that what we thought was a nasty head/chest cold, is in fact a very likely reaction to this sneaky mold, and is at the root of what has been making me and my kids so sick for the last 2 weeks!
We’ve been riding a roller coaster of emotion with nearly becoming suddenly HOMELESS yesterday (because the house was deemed “UNINHABITABLE” by a home inspector who encouraged us to “VACATE IMMEDIATELY”) 😭
And being told by a mold remediation specialist today, that we can stay while a large portion of our house is being “QUARANTINED” during the mold clean-up and rebuilding of 2 of our master bedroom walls, some carpet, and the crawl space under the house!
Because YES- it is IN MY WALLS guys!! 😱😭
This is a nightmare, which may have been avoidable had the landlord fixed a known broken sprinkler valve years ago when we first notified her, and hired professionals to come in to do a proper flood clean up- the FIRST time we discovered flooding in the crawl space...
Which was over 4 years ago and has unfortunately flooded many times since- which she has been made aware of each time we have discovered it.
But instead she has had Jake climb down into that crawl space, move the pump to where the water is deepest and turn it on.
Powering it with an extension cord which is ran from the crawl space through an opening and into my bathroom where it is plugged into an outlet.
All of which thus further exposed my closet, bathroom and bedroom areas to even more swampy, possibly mold spore carrying air from the flooded crawl space and also into those areas- you know where we sleep and get ready! 🤢
And now realizing that there is and has possibly been MOLD down there (which btw begins to grow in flooded areas after 48hrs)...
We have possibly been exposed to this for over 4 YEARS and have been at risk, and still may be at risk for major health complications!
Especially for young kids and people with asthma like me!!! 😭🙈 ((Continued in comments))
•• Nighttime is always when my anxiety creeps up on me, I think it’s because it’s the only time I can hear myself think these days, (lol, oh momlife) I don’t always know where it comes from, but it’s there... 1 million thoughts rush in, my todo list, work stress, my heart races, and I just have an uneasiness to relax sometimes... but I always choose to pray, breathe && pray some more. •• ———————————————————————— •• Tonight I read this verse, and I hope it helps someone else: “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:6-7 ••
• Be you! •
In the midst of motherhood the balance between being mum and maintaining your individuality is a very thin line. I have crossed that line many times and finally got stuck on the side of 'being mum'. I felt like I was just a mum and had nothing else to offer.
Being a mum is a blessing but I longed for more than just motherhood. What I didn't realise is I had given other situations in my life so Mich power that it was inhibiting me from living my life to the fullest. Motherhood just seemed to bear the brunt of my reasons why I couldn't do what I wanted to outside of my mum role.
So to any mum out there who feels like motherhood is all life has to offer her, read the post and repeat it. Let it become your mantra and soon enough you will find ways to explore your individuality/career/creativity again! .
In the middle of this family Vegas trip, we got a 24 hour stomach flu. A bad one!! 🙈 We quarantined ourselves in our hotel room with our sickness, missing out on all the fun planned and we rode it out together! 😂 Ryker was the only one who didn't get it, so glad he didn't! .
And as weird as it sounds this stomach flu helped me recognize a #transformation in myself. That a few years ago I probably would have moaned and groaned and thrown myself a misery party. But now I have trained my brain through personal development, positive books and activities of my Coaching job, to notice that I was ABLE to focus on the good. ✨✨✨ To comfort myself better, while comforting my family too. To look for the good, even when feeling my absolute worst! .
If you ever find yourself feeling like you wish you could be happier, more thankful, more anything. You can! 💃🎉 Do it just for yourself! We all have the ability to start fresh every single day and keep learning. After my family had that day of being so sick together. I came out more thankful for my health, my mind, my body, my family, my job, my everything. More motivated to live a life I'm proud of. One that's meant for me and what matters most to me. Life's not perfect. It's just beautiful and fragile and the way we choose to see it. 💛☺️
sebelum pergi sekolah tadi pagi, mommy pip sempat wefie dengan #mythreenyawa .
setiap pagi ada drama di rumah . Amin jenis breakfast hampir sejam baru siap , mmg setiap saat mommy pip baca mantra "Amin, cepat makan, nanti lambat pergi sekolah"
Iman pula jenis breakfast makan laju, lepas tu sibuk minta kertas mau melukis, lepas tu pensel pemadam letak sana sini, bila mau pergi sekolah sibuk tanya " mommy, mana pensel Iman?"
tambah pula drama Iman n Amin gaduh2 manja buat mommy pip sakit kepala pagi pagi 😕 . apa saja benda, semua mau gaduh2 ... hiks.
time mandi mau berebut masuk tandas, masing masing mau mandi duluan, bukan reti mau bergilir. bila mandi bersama pula, yang sorang mesti mau conquer shower pipe, so bila mau siap mandi yang sorang lagi?
lepas tu time mommy pip 'me time' di toilet, time tu lah si Nami pula menangis mau BF 😐 .
macam ni la mommy setiap pagi , banyak drama kena hadap .. lagi lagi bila mr.Husband tiada di rumah, semua kena handle sendiri .. dari bangun pagi, siapkan sarapan, siapkan anak2 ke sekolah, hantar anak ke sekolah, lepas tu sambung buat kerja rumah lagi ..
bila anak anak pergi sekolah, sunyi pula rumah, rindu suara Iman n Amin , mulalah tengok jam berkali kali, bilalah habis waktu sekolah .. .
walaupun rumah banyak drama dan sketsa, tapi tetap happy jadi surirumah ... di sini cintaku terbit setiap saat 😘😘😘 Mrs Pip
“You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” —Naya Rivera
The house is messy.
There’s been lots of puke this afternoon. (Bryan caught a bug)
And I’m pretty sure the boys are both soon gonna apply to be on WWE because they wrestle like nonstop over toys 🙈😂 But moments like this, cuddled up watching movies on a Wednesday morning, remind me that I’m right where God needs me to be.
The best dreams we have for ourselves don’t even compare to the dreams God has for us.
Soaking in every single moment of each day with my babies AND finding a career that helps me provide for our family is so much more than I ever dreamed of. But God knew all along and I’m so thankful I walked through every open door He placed in my path.
Don’t get stuck in the middle and believe it’s the end friends...I promise you God has something special for each and every one of us.
So what dream do you have in your heart that you’re putting on the back burner? God put that there. Stop ignoring it.
I promise you that each moment of your life, good or bad, is a step in His path. He already knows what’s ahead for us.
But ultimately, the step is up to us ❤️