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Parenthood

BabyIt Perineal Massage and Postpartum Gel

February 21, 2017

When I had my first child 2 years ago I knew essentially nothing about child-birth or at least all of the behind-the-scenes details which were failed to be shared with me and one thing that always struck me was the crunch time of our daughters birth and my Midwife coming in, ready to deliver our girl and hurriedly asking for some oils to start a perineal massage; If your reaction is ‘A what?’ then Isolove’s BabyIt is for you. Lets be honest though, it’s for anyone and little did I know, after my first perineal massage I would be insisting it for my 2nd baby with the most demanding of tones to my Laborist. No one wants to argue with a nearly 42wk (yes, really) pregnant lady at approximately 3:00am delivering what we now appropriately refer to as The Potato.
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Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt

February 8, 2017

Transitioning in to parenthood, in particularly motherhood, can be a nerve wracking thing and I found myself often times overwhelmed with many questions from nursing and diet all the way to breastfeeding-friendly clothing until I discovered Undercover Mama.

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What Do You Savor?

February 4, 2017

When we had our daughter we were fully prepared to do our keepsake box, our calendar with the cute stickers marking first events and our baby book, you know, the kind that goes all the way through primary school? In fact, we still have those items, only all the stickers are in tact, the keepsake box has nothing but dust and the baby book stopped after we announced the pregnancy. Why? Because life caught up. We kept memories in photos not in words 
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Angelcare is Expecting…

December 16, 2016

a new product, of course!

Are you ready to ring in the new year with some new baby gear? Check out the wonderful Angelcare in January 2017 (or before, because really their stuff is wonderful) for a new addition that will be perfect for yours!


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Parenthood

10 things you should never say to a breastfeeding mom

October 14, 2016


1. Can you please nurse in the bathroom? Oh, I’m sorry, do you eat in the bathroom???!

2. Can you please cover up? Sure! Let me put a blanket/cloth/full blown hazmat suit on while I nurse so when my child rips it off his face because he doesn’t like eating.in.the.dark I can go ahead and expose everything instead of an inch of cleavage that you’d see any other woman expose in normal, every day life. Did I offend you!?

3. Do you plan on pumping? Will the answer to this impact your life whatsoever?

4. Do you plan to bottle feed or supplement? See above. 

5. How long do you plan on nursing? Until my child gets their teeth in and bites me with what actually feels like fangs. 

6. You really should use your breast as a pacifier instead of an actual pacifier- it might effect latching! Okay!! So, YOU come hold my child so I can: shower, clean, cook, sleep, bathroom alone and not turn into a grizzly during witching hour. 

7. My (insert anyone but the one speaking, to whom they wrongfully sourced their info)  said that if you want any sleep during the night you should really consider bottle feeding otherwise, you won’t be healthy, alive, a person and basically a zombie. Maybe I am a Zombie! But I like being one and how I perform as the living dead should not affect you and your inexperienced opinions of my choices. No sleep? More coffee! || I did have someone tell me this recently, I went in for a blood patch after birthing my newborn and whatever title this maiden had in relation to the Doctor took it upon herself, based off her sisters experiences to suggest I not nurse because my NEWBORN eats every 2hours. Now he’s 3wks old and feeds less during the night as per his own rhythm. After my death glare she got the point and silenced. 

8. You should be eating more! Okay, so maybe not as bad but still equally annoying when a stranger comments on this. Want to see my logs on MyFitness Pal? 

9. Oh, you drank a beer? Oh, I pumped and dumped?

10. To follow my last two you should really stay away from ‘gassy’ foods. Well, my child came out literally farting so my one teaspoon of siracha should be okay. 

11. Bonus!! Oh my god, that’s too much. Okay I get it, you’re ignorant to what breast were intended for (specifically in a day when formula didn’t exists) but comments aren’t needed so judge-y teen at Mcallisters Deli, take your fruit cup and sour ‘tude and keep on walking. 

Parenthood

Ten Things You Can Blame On Pregnancy

September 25, 2016

As I reach the point of launching Little Gummi full time a few things are becoming more apparent so I created a list of the ten things you can blame on pregnancy. I’d like to add, it’s okay and natural to experience most or all of these things. A comment I frequently heard during my pregnancy was “you look so good” and sometimes “you’re so thin” but in my mind when I saw myself I felt huge, I felt as if someone had taken over my once wafered body and replaced it, and that’s exactly what happened; however, my view translated in to something entirely different than the others views of me. I experienced everything on this list but in a different context.

I looked normal but I felt estranged. 

  1. Tired all the time– inevitable, right? I thought I was invincible until suddenly I needed a nap…from taking a nap. 
  2. Hunger– I once read that growing a tiny human is the equivalence of climbing a mounting. Just remember that when you climb a mountain you don’t eat cake afterwards. 
  3. Nausea- “I think someone is smoking…it’s the guy in the car behind us” this happened and it made me sick. Everything. Made. Me. Sick. It’s normal just stay hydrated. Ginger everything. 
  4. Soreness- Bum soreness, am I right or what?! Something about the arse and a tiny human that just doesn’t mix so don’t be afraid to ask your hubs for a bum rub. 
  5. Cravings- Ask yourself, ‘all of those carbonated soft drinks OR sparkling water?’ Seriously, sparkling water tricks your mind in to believing you had carbonation without the syrup. Same decaf if you are drinking for taste/flavor. 
  6. Attitude- I think this goes without saying. Just try to think before you do the inevitable pregnancy rational speaking. 
  7. Gas- So, gas. Let’s face the facts. Pregnancy brings out our vulnerable side and this is just a lovely addition. No shame. Your hubby will find out one day that you do it so that might as well happen during pregnancy. 
  8. Memory loss- Uhm…?
  9. Peeing all the time- True. Still true. Just don’t confuse this with a bladder infection. Those come very easily while preggers. 
  10. Weight gain- right along with cravings and hunger. Eat what is right and think about options that will trick your cravings into thinking you had that cake or whatever your vice is. We don’t have to blow up like a balloon, we don’t have to eat for two. We have to be healthy. 

Parenthood

A Beer A Day Keeps Dried Up Boobs Away

October 26, 2015

  
 What?! You read that right! Let’s clarify though, a brew a day may help with lactation but we aren’t suggesting drinking and getting drunk. According to an old Mexican proverb, or likely a grandmother, the brewers yeast actually stimulates milk production, significantly. 

So we put it to the test and the results were amazing.

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Co-sleeping 

August 16, 2015

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Co-sleeping. One of the most debated words surrounding the logics of doctoring conflicted with the Granolas and the unbelievers. You know, the ones who believe that co-sleeping is better because of late night feeding and essentially no waking up during the night. Uh, guilty. Or the ones who realize the worst but don’t ever become educated on the best. So we know that co-sleeping is a big no-no from anyone in any medical profession, i.e. Pediatricians.

I wrote this because I want information out there about the co-sleeping world and why we choose this.

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My Boobs Aren’t An Object | the American Norm

April 10, 2015

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On a more personal level I’d like to put out my thoughts and feelings on motherhood and breastfeeding. I normally wouldn’t do this type of post but for the amount of slack bottle-feeders get, I feel safe in saying breastfeeders get that slack too.
When we found out we were expecting it was quite a surprise, one we knew nothing about. With that said, choosing to breastfeed was for no other reason but saving money. We both are fortunate enough to work from home so having the ability to breastfeed and save money while doing so seemed like the right thing to do.
For the better part of my life I spent my years working as a model, east to west and pretty serious about it. My body certainly wasn’t big breast and a big bum, it was, as you would have it, a model body.
Time and time over again I always caught myself looking at magazines and movie stars wishing I looked like those seductive, curvy women but knowing I couldn’t because of my work.
What struck me the hardest about falling pregnant was knowing I’d be sacrificing my body, the body that I spent day and night perfecting for a standard. That’s all it was; a standard but honestly guys, this all didn’t seem to matter once the shock factor went away.
I get teary eyed thinking about it but the fact is that I spent so long uncomfortable with my breast because they weren’t what society considers sexy.
As I watched my body change before my eyes I knew there was a difference in my outer appearance but that was were it ended.
It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I suddenly realized that those years I spent trying to perfect my body didn’t exist because my body didn’t really become perfect until I had her.
It seems like the objectification of breast have become so strong in this day in time that we half-heartedly lose sight in what their true intention is.
When I’m in public and my daughter needs to eat I have zero shame of feeding her. We are taught that breast are for men to see and no one else and I really think that influences societies views on bottle feeding and breastfeeding.
To see that bottle feeding has become the ‘norm’  in America as opposed to breastfeeding truly saddens my heart. When I feed my daughter and hear comments about it when clearly nothing is being shown I feel truly sad for those who feel the need to bring shame upon feeding a child.
I think bottle feeding is as equally important as breastfeeding but I think the standard of acceptance is what is wrong.
It has taken me years to realize the beauty in my breasts is not because of their size or shape but because they are the reason my daughter lives.
The nurture and care of a baby is what the center of the message is and it shouldn’t matter how you do it.
My boobs aren’t an object.