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2 In Lifestyle/ Motherhood

I have been nominated for the Liebster award!

I am so excited and honored to have been nominated for the 2017 Liebster award.  The lovely Wendy Lemeric of Times With Kai – A Mommy Blog selected my blog as a nominee. Wendy is a pharmacist turned mommy who left her job to enjoy being a mom to her sweet little boy Kai and to grow her love of writing. She shares motherhood tips and and her daily adventures with Kai on her feed.

So what is the Liebster award?  As stated by the Global Aussie “The Liebster award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers as a way to support the blogging community” and recognize new bloggers.  (You can read more about the award here)

Since the award is all about recognizing bloggers, I’m going to feature a blog that I love and think everyone should love too:


Meet Stephanie from The Darling Mama


Stephanie is the face and mama behind her blog The Darling Mama. I found her page on Instagram and like me, she is a wife, furmama and new boy mom to sweet little Jacob. Not only are her photos beautiful, but her page is so inspiring. She shares her experiences on entering motherhood and how it has changed her. As new mamas, I think its helpful to connect with each other to share our stories so that we can see what others are going through so as to feel that we are not alone.  What I love about Stephanie’s blog is that she has created a “Thankful Thursday” post where every Thursday she shares things that she is grateful for and she will also publish others affirmations if they would like to share as well. Motherhood and life in general can be hard sometimes and I think this is a wonderful reminder of all we have to be grateful for. Go check out her blog and follow along!


Ten Random Facts About Me:


1.) I am left-handed and I think my son is going to be a lefty too!
2.) In high school I was voted “most likely to be a soccer mom”
3.) I once had a patient name her daughter’s middle name after me, coolest moment as a labor and delivery nurse ever!
4.) I could live off of watermelon, cheese and crackers and ice cream!
5.) My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – Jenna’s a lucky woman!
6.) My husband and I met in Boston, we lived in the same apartment building in college.
7.) I want to one day travel to Bora Bora to stay in one of those overwater huts and Africa to go on an African safari.
8.) I am a cancer through and through – emotional, intuitive, protective, homebody
9.) When I was younger my dream job was to be a marine biologist.
10.) The most rewarding thing about blogging for me has been connecting with other mamas and women and all supporting each other.


As part of the challenge I have to answer Wendy’s questions. 

1.) What is the most fun thing about traveling? I love meeting the people, hearing their stories.
2.) What is the most extreme thing you have ever done? Hmmmm, I’m not the extreme type. I’d have to say I quit my successful job as a sales/marketing director and went back to nursing school while my husband and I were newly engaged and in the process of house hunting. I’m lucky he’s super supportive!
3.) Bike or Train? Bike
4.) What’s the most unique dish you ever tasted? – Squid ink pasta!
5.) Batman vs. Spiderman who do you think will win? Batman
6.) How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse? ummm not long, I hate zombies!
7.) When do you find time to blog? I’m my most productive self in the morning so usually in the morning when the babe is still asleep I sit down with a cup of coffee and write.
8.) If you were going to be a character in someone else’s book who would you like to write it? Elin Hildebrand. I love the way she intertwines stories between the characters and all of her stories take place on gorgeous Nantucket.
9.) What is the scariest thing you have experienced while traveling? I don’t like flying it makes me very anxious and one time I was on my way back from a conference by myself and I woke up on the plane and we had hit alot of turbulence and I thought we were crashing.
10.) If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to? My parents. They are such amazing parents and have worked so hard to give my sisters and I the best childhood and everything we could ever need.
11.) Apple or Samsung? Apple

My nominations:

1.) The Darling Mama – Stephanie
2.) The Refined Mama – Courtney
3.) My Beckett List – Keenie
4.) The Millennial SAHM – Kermilia
5.) Hugs & Messes – Katie


 My questions for the nominees:

1.) How do you start each day?
2.) What is one blog post you are most proud of and why?
3.) Coffee or Tea?
4.) Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
5.) What has been one of the most challenging things as a blogger?
6.) If you could see one musician or band, one dead, one alive who would it be?
7.) What is your favorite TV or Netflix series?


If you have been nominated you will have to follow a few easy rules, you can find out more here.

I had so much fun with this challenge! Be sure to share your Liebster award post in my comments section below and in the comments at The Global Aussie. I think it’s an awesome way to get to know each other and support each other’s journey in blogging and motherhood!



2 In Lifestyle/ Motherhood

My newest obsessions and Jord Watch Giveaway!

The name says it all so let’s get right to it:

1.) Chicken Apple Sausage – I have never ever been a fan of sausage. But the other night I was over my parent’s for dinner and my mom made this yummy dish with chicken apple sausage, sweet potatoes, and roasted brussel sprouts – Delish! And super easy, and now I’m hooked.

2.) White Pumpkins – they give such a classy, glamorous look to the traditional orange pumpkins.

3.) Making my own cold brew at home – yeah I know it’s fall but it’s been so hot and to be honest, I love iced coffee year round but cold brew has such a richer flavor. To make your own: I make mine in my french press but you can use a mason jar. In my french press I put 2 scoops of coffee and 4 cups of cold water (I like a strong coffee). Stir well and then let sit overnight in the fridge.  In the morning I plunge to separate the grounds from the coffee and then serve. If you use a mason jar, strain so that you can separate the grounds from coffee.

4.) Rodan & Fields eye correcting cream – because #momlife and co-sleeping = mom bags. The lovely Miranda over at Miranda Southern was a gem and sent me this little goodie.  She is a guru on all things taking care of your skin (I mean her complexion is radiant!!!) so be sure to check her out here.

5.) This Nail Polish – You will only see me wearing two colors on my fingernails – light pink/white in the spring and summer and this dark burgandy “Carry On” in the fall/winter.

6.) Thieves – Because back to school, germs, and a teething baby that puts everything in his mouth. Put a drop on your tongue and touch the roof of your mouth for a minute or two for some extra immune boosting punch. We also love to diffuse and it smells like Christmas in a bottle.

7.) Jord Watches – So you may have seen these beauties all over social media. My husband is a huge watch fanatic so when Jord reached out to me about partnering and offering a giveaway to my readers I was ecstatic! And these wood watches are so perfect for fall fashion right now. One of the reasons we love Jord so much is because they “value sustainability, efficiency and experiential living” and all of their watches are made from raw materials.

I gifted hubby this Delmar series in dark sandalwood and blue carbon (https://www.woodwatches.com/series/delmar/dark-sandalwood-and-blue-carbon) for his birthday and it is easily his favorite out of his whole watch collection. The sandalwood is hand finished and scratch resistant. And the blue carbon fiber face is perfect for those “dark and stromy types”.  This is great for a casual night out for some beers or dressed up for a wedding or event. They also have a gorgeous collection of women’s watches as well.  You can browse their whole collection here.

From now until October 10th, 2017 you can enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift for your very own. All who enter get a $25 gift credit courtesy of Jord. (Gift codes must be used by November 26th, 2017).

Enter giveaway here!!!
https://www.woodwatches.com/g/ourtiny_nest

So now I want to know what are some things you currently can’t live without?

10 In Motherhood/ postpartum/ Support

Learning to love my postpartum body

 

We were on our first vacation as a new family of three.  I was getting ready for the beach and putting on my new one-piece bathing suit when my husband said to me “You look so beautiful.”
“Seriously can you just stop?” I replied as I gave him a look of disgust.
“I wish you were more confident in yourself and could see how incredible you are” my husband said to me.  Looking back, I have always struggled with poor body image.  I’ve never been comfortable being in a bathing suit or wearing shorts. Even when I was fit and toned when I was younger and in high school, I had pictures of thin celebrities plastered everywhere as a “motivator” to myself of how I should be.

Now motherhood has made my skin sag in certain places, I have a permanent scar on my bikini line from my c-section, my stretch marks on my breasts are like a road map, and I still have lumps in my behind from all those fertility injections.  I remember being freshly postpartum and feeling how jiggly my belly was, grabbing my skin that hung over my incision and thinking “I hope breastfeeding sucks me back in”.

But I am learning to love this new body and starting to change my perspective.

Instead I look at all the amazing things this body has done.  For 9 months it was a vessel, growing and nurturing a beautiful life.

Instead I see my postpartum body as a beautiful reminder of my strength, all that I went through to get pregnant and bring my precious son into the world.

When I look at my saggy tummy I remember how incredible it was watching my belly swell as life grew and how it felt to feel life moving inside.

My breasts deflated and nipples calloused are reminders of the sleepless nights nourishing my baby and the sacrifices I made.

I see selflessness of a mother and how I continue to put the needs of my son first. Instead of sessions at the gym I’m home doing endless loads of laundry, preparing meals or snuggling my sweet boy.

But I think the most important thing about learning to love my postpartum body is I can teach my son to respect women’s bodies and that this is what normal looks like – not those photoshopped images of women in magazines.  I can be an example of a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and for that I am grateful.

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12 In Baby/ Motherhood/ Support

To the mother suffering from mom guilt let it go

 

Photo by Casey Mackenzie Photography

“Are you breastfeeding?” asked one of my friends who was over visiting me and my new baby. “No, not anymore”, I answered quietly. The judgemental stare on her face said it all, she didn’t have to say anything. “I tried though, it’s really hard”, I added. “I breastfed Sophia for the first year of her life” my friend said smugly. The feeling of guilt swept over me. Why does it matter how you feed your baby?  Or whether you had a c-section or an epidural, or countless other decisions we make as parents. And why do we feel so much guilt? Why are other moms so judgey?

I have to admit, I was one of those people. As a labor and delivery nurse, I thought I knew it all, knew what was best for moms and their babies.  A mom would whip out the bottle to feed her kid and I would secretly think “I wonder why she’s not breastfeeding?”.  Oh how becoming a mother changed all of that.  See when I became pregnant, I had this beautiful plan all laid out of how my birth would go and what kind of parent I would be. Boy was I naive.  The reality is nothing went as I thought it would. I ended up getting induced at 37 weeks and 2 days for preeclampsia, had every intervention under the sun to try and get me into labor, got an epidural and then was a crash c-section because Maxwell’s heart rate dropped after my epidural.  After two weeks of breastfeeding, pumping and supplementing to try and help Maxwell regain his birth weight, I was utterly exhausted, anxious and becoming distant towards my baby. Breastfeeding was becoming unhealthy for me mentally.  After two weeks I made the painful decision to “take the easy way out” and formula feed.  Maxwell started gaining weight, was satisfied after feedings and I was able to enjoy being with my baby again.

Why are we as a society creating unrealistic expectations with sayings like “breast is best” that can lead moms to feel like failures?  As if the postpartum period with all of the changing hormones and new way of life isn’t hard enough lets hold moms to this standard of being this “ideal, perfect” mother on top of everything else that she is going through.  And what makes other moms think that they know what’s best and give them the right to throw shade at other moms for the decisions they make? It’s hard being a mom in today’s culture. We are criticized for every decision we make.
Had a c-section? She took the easy way out.
Had a natural medication free vaginal delivery? Who does she think she is a martyr or something?
Going back to work and sending your kids to daycare? Selfish
Stay at home mom? Slacker
Homeschool your kids? Wierdo.
Oh your kids go to public school? They’re average.
Dress nice and look put together? She puts her own needs before her kids.
Wearing yoga pants and a baseball hat? Slob

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Who the hell cares?

The reality is, there is no right or wrong way to parent your kids.  We’re all just winging this parenthood thing. You try it all and then see what sticks. You know what’s best for you and your baby. Whether you breastfeed or formula feed, had a vaginal delivery or c-section, are a working mom or stay at home mom, the list goes on and on. It truly doesn’t matter. Cut yourself some slack. These babies grow so fast, don’t let comparison trip you up and steal you from relishing in the joys of motherhood.

The bottom line is my kid’s no different than yours.

Sincerely,
this epiduralized, c-section, formula feeding, co-sleeping mama

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