Ever since Gigi was born I’ve had this desire to embrace everything primal about myself. Our doula @iloveyourainbow prepped us for this wild primalness that would awaken during labour and rawr it’s elemental psyche throughout this transformational journey that leaves no woman the same. In fact, there are permanent brain changes that occur after birth, and neurologists have discovered that women have an entire brain network, which can be thought of as a "brain-hormone-behavior constellation" ✨ that's automatically primed for mothering. Like a secret garden we’ve had access to all along but never knew it was there - the blueprint for mothering behavior exists in the brain even before a woman has children. Primal ♡
Even the act of embracing my roots feels like a fabulous outlet for these primal urges to surge. .
Something beautiful I would like to note is that men and adoptive parents also show similar brain changes when they're deeply involved in caregiving. When they are tuning in on a day-to-day basis, the brain creates new pathways for this paternal instinct to form. Therefore, the act of simply caring for one's baby forges new neural pathways—undiscovered constellations 🌌 it secret gardens in the parental brain ♡ ♡ ♡
My baby boy turned 11 months old today. I can't get my head around the fact that he's almost a year old already! He is so big and bonny, and so so clever. He loves to brush my hair and my teeth as well as his own, and to read stories and sing songs and mimic the sounds we make. He's incredibly curious about everything and only stays still when he's asleep. Grown up and all as he's getting, he still loves breastfeeding as much as he did when he was born, and this picture shows how we spend half the day, where ever we are and whatever we may be doing. (Visiting Windsor Castle, in this case!) I absolutely love the fact that we have this very special bond, and I will treasure it for as long as it lasts. He just lights up our days and we are the luckiest, proudest parents in the world. 💛 #motherhood#mamasboy#elevenmonthsold#firsttimemummy#breastfeedingmama#nursingmama#parenthood#windsorcastle#windsor#familytime#tudorhistory#henryviii#medievalist#medievallivinghistory#thesearethedays
For all dads (and mums) out there. This is a piece of content from a clients project we are working on. But it’s a really important message to new parents. I wish I knew this with my first, who cried all night and never slept for nearly 12 months. But this crying curve shows that crying is part of their development. Those first 8 weeks were hell. Full of love but no sleep, like no sleep at all. I felt that we were not doing a good job. But had I known that this was a natural process, yes we were on the top of his graph, but at least we would have known it was not bad parenting. It was just a normal process. .
Deeply committed to following gut wisdom so we can offer clients support that is embodied and truthful to its core. Listening to gut isn’t always easy, often it’s not. Gut parses through logic or politeness. But gut freely channeled has grace, grace like a handful of smooshed ripe blackberries. Grace like gumboots in August. Grace like a raw heart bravely still beating. It’s okay if your gut doesn’t “make sense” to everyone else. It’s okay to look weird or be uncool, to not match or fit in. Gut doesn’t understand all those constructs anyway. Gut probably doesn’t have Instagram 😂🤷🏻♀️ Once upon a time a witch in a red canyon said to me “The reason you feel this way around me is because I don’t give from a well I have to dip down into. I walk around like a jewel encrusted chalice splashing it’s abundant joy everywhere- you can’t help but feel that when you’re near me.” GOALS. I think about that all the time. (I should mention this person was not actively parenting small children 😂😂😂) GOALS. Sending out some cosmic blackberries to anyone who needs it today. 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 #livethework#doulawork#birthwork#embodiment#workingonit#messytruth#bewithit#parenthood#embodiedmindfulness#embodiedmotherhood#availablejoy
“Emotional intelligence begins with the wiring of the approach pathway, which comes from feeling safe in skin-to-skin contact. The eye-to-eye contact, bonding, love and trust are the start of social intelligence. Together these form the basis for all other relationships. Right in these first minutes of life both emotional and social intelligence are being fired and wired into your baby’s brain”-Nils Bergham pc @expectful
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We're drooling over this lunchbox from @LunchesandLittles, which features a whopping seven #FairTradeCertified ingredients. Can you name them all?
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Photo by: @lunchesandlittles
Josiah: mama! I’m hungry! What do you want to give me? Cookies, fruit snacks, or juice?
The three year old is giving me options, folks! Using my parenting trick against me! 🤦🏾♀️🤨🤨 #momlife#lifewithboys#parenthood
Happy 2nd birthday Autumn-Rose! Today we went to Chester Zoo and it was brilliant. Me and @galaxies.and.dimensions had been here before. Way before we had the girls so this time was even better. Especially wih Autumn becoming more and more interested in the animals and naming some of them. Even the weather was good despite it looking a bit shit when we were checking prior to today. One of the highlights of the day was @galaxies.and.dimensions carrying Autumn like a rugby ball out the busy gift shop mid Autumn meltdown. Thank you to everyone got her a card, present or wished her a happy birthday. She’s currently in bed with both her dolls in a headlock. Best way to end a day I’d say. #parenthood#happybirthday#family#zoo#chesterzoo#love
26 weeks pregnant with baby #2 this pregnancy is just flying by, the kicks are much stronger, so hard to sleep at night and I’m constantly waking up throughout the night to go restroom. •
We are about two weeks away from my sweet boy turning 2!!! This weekend I’m doing some shopping for his party 🎉❤️
I wonder if he’s ever bored. When he’s just sitting or laying there staring at me with a serious facial expression, taking it all in. I leave him alone majority of the time. This time I left him there, went to make breakfast, did laundry and he was still looking at himself in the mirror when I came back. I don’t understand it but I love it! 😂 #morningtomyself#makingmemories#lifewithababy
Happy birthday baby mama! Watching you adapt to this new role in life so beautifully and effortlessly is such a gift. Wyatt and I are so lucky to have you. Have an extra drink tonight, I’ll bottle feed him and you can pump and dump. #parenthood#datenight
I’ve been in these diy shorts all summer. It’s my favorite item of clothing that I have for this summer. I wear them everywhere and they go with everything. They make me feel good. It’s safe to say I got my moneys worth out of them. These are what you call my mom shorts get it like #momjeans , mom shorts🤣🤣. What’s the one item of clothing that made you feel good this summer?
nurture the Heart & feed the Soul ❤️🙏
Blossom & Shine to soon feel Whole 🌼🤪
You are Enough...
and You are Beautiful.
You Light up the World...
cause You are so Wonderful.
Thank You for You 👊🤪
We Love You 😋🙏❤️