When we found out we were pregnant, my husband and I both agreed that we wanted to raise a bilingual child. Then our son was born and the reality hit us, WE have to speak in Spanish in OUR household. Both of us grew up in Spanish speaking homes but we spoke English to one another. Its been such a difficult thing for us to do, but we have now COMMITTED and here is our experience so far.
We did it!!!! We survived a theme park with our little guy and now we can share what we learned with you!
Sesame Place is theme park completely catering to the little ones in your life. Its in Pennsylvania and its a huge blast.
Imagine going to your first ultrasound and seeing one healthy egg, then returning a couple of weeks later and learning your egg split in two?
On episode 040, we catch up with Sindy. She is a mom of identical twin girls. She talks about:
- how she learned she was pregnant
- when she learned she was having twins
- her pregnancy
- details on her c-section
- and a bonus section all about essential oils!
At MommyCon, my son had the pleasure of tasting KABRITA USA toddler formula and he loved it.
I almost cried watching my breastmilk snob actually enjoy something other than mama's liquid gold but it was also reassuring to know that there are quality products out there that my baby boo likes.
I had the opportunity to sit down and interview Dr. Annie Salsberg, ND, Senior Manager for Medical Engagement & Education for the brand.
Kabrita USA delivers nourishment and comfort to children and their parents through our naturally easy to digest Goat Milk Formula. We empower families with a new choice in formula feeding-one that marries the ideal of all-natural with the rigor and safety of science. We’re very excited to be not the “typical” formula company.
Kabrita USA is 100% women run and led by Moms. Their mission is to empower parents to nourish their child with confidence. They strive to add value to their community of Moms through their commitment to education, transparency & supportive communication. You can see Kabrita USA's core values here: http://www.kabritausa.com/about-us/
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Colic is so short lived that I feel like we forget how hard it is. For the mom that's in the thick of it,however, it feels like an eternity.
In this episode, I explain colic, share my empathy and survival tips and give you some comfort from a mom on the other side. We survived. You will too.
If you're in the midst of it now, I understand your pain. If you're pregnant, listen. Don't be afraid. 1 in 5 children are said to have colic. If you're child does, you will survive it. If you had a child that was colic-free, listen to offer a consoling ear to a friend in the future.
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As the primary caretaker for my son, I found myself taking on all the parenting responsibilities. It wasn't because my husband didn't want to but because I felt I had to. Turns out I was excluding him and taking away his opportunities to learn how to parent. In this episode, I go over some of the steps we took to make both of us happier.
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I made it to MommyCon!!! Definitely a fun and awesome experience for mothers to connect with likeminded women living in the same area.
I absolutely loved the event and recommend you check it out.
This is not a paid post. Just sharing information about an event that I found super valuable.
Here is some info from the MommyCon website:
"MommyCon takes a gentle and positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. We advocate values of holistic health, eco-friendly diapering, child safety standards and procedures, and female self-care and wellness. Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance and non-judgement for women journeying through parenthood."
If you have a MommyCon coming up near you, listen to this episode, grab your baby, your partner, and some friends and go!
Melanie Santos is a cosmically connected New Yorker, millennial Latina, wife, mother, and self-love and mental health advocate dedicated to shining her light in an effort to stimulate change. Using her online social presence, she motivates her followers to reach deep within, connect with their higher selves, and manifest their best lives by living purposely and loving unconditionally.
MEL À LA MODE caters to women of all walks of life with a focus on overall empowerment, spiritual enlightenment, modern parenting, budget-friendly fashion and organic beauty, travel, the promotion of self-love, and the destigmatization of mental health.
Connect with Melanie, watch her birth story, and claim your simple manifestation tools on https://melalamode.com
Right after having baby, I experienced this great deal of mourning of the person I once was and the life she lived. Now, 16 months later, I reflect on how much I've changed and give you permission to mourn while showing you how to embrace your new life. The new you.
Before you listen to this episode, make sure you listened to Episode 032. It's all about how and why we started night weaning.
This episode is the tail end of that experience. I'm proud to say that we are all much happier as a family.
Night weaning is NOT a necessary step for a breastfeeding relationship. Mothers and their children can nurse for however long they want and whenever they want. Night weaning is an option for you if the night nursing relationship is no longer working for you. There are so many options on how to night wean.
I read the Jay Gordon method, the Dr. Sears method, and a couple of mommy blogs to see how they night weaned. We chose to follow Dr. Sears advice to have the non-nursing parent wake and console the baby. It worked best for us. If you want to night wean, have a conversation with your partner and decide what's the best way to proceed. Then move forward as planned. If your child responds well, continue going. By well, I mean there will be some crying but they eventually fall back to sleep and begin understanding the process. If you're child does not respond well, reassess if this is the best decision.
Good luck and please let me know how it goes! Please subscribe, review, and share the podcast with your friends.
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So the time has come. I decided that I should cut night time feeding out of mine and my son's breastfeeding journey. It was a very hard decision to come to but he started to become very aggressive and demanding about when and for how long he wanted the boob in his mouth at night time.
I was becoming angry and uncomfortable and I decided that I needed to set boundaries. I nursed on demand for 16-months. Its been a very emotional experience for me and we are only three nights in.
This episode is a very real account about how we night weaning and what I am feeling. Please be kind. I'm so sensitive right now. I decided to record the episode because other moms told me they want to night wean but can't find the real life accounts on how it affects everyone's life. Most of the content out there is from professionals and it all seems so smooth. But its not a science. So here's my contribution to the realness of it all.
As an empowerment and wellness mentor, Elvira Cabreja helps ambitious women take strategic action to reach both their short term and long term goals.
It is her passion to work with women one on one and give them the support they need to turn their dreams a reality.
Elvira discusses the births of her three daughters and the impact that time, education, and advocacy has made on the birth industry and profession. At her first daughters birth, she was not allowed to walk around to labor and doctors and nurses attempted to persuade her not to breastfeed. By the time her third daughter was born, things changed in the labor and delivery room. She was allowed to labor as she felt her body needed to and breastfeeding was less of a fight with hospital staff. It was actually encouraged.
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I was hesitant to post this episode because I don't want to jinx it but my son has been sick a handful of times between colds, the flu, and the stomach flu and I've managed to keep the germs far away from me.
In this episode, I give you my personal tips on how to remain healthy when your household is ill. Many of my tips are lifestyle changes to boost your immune system year round and not just while the sickies are in your home.
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In this episode, I give you details on the products we used for our son. Every product mention is one that I felt has really given me lots of use for its cost.
Babies are newborns for such a short time and having products that they can use beyond the newborn stage is always helpful.
Links to products COMING SOON.
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A little on my postpartum experience and the products I used to help me overcome a few challenges.
Earth Mama Organics products: https://earthmamaorganics.com/categories/postpartum.html
Medela Tendercare Hydrogel Pads: https://www.medela.com/breastfeeding/products/breast-care/hydrogel-pads
Lansinoh Therapearl 3-1 Breast Therapy: https://www.lansinoh.com/lansinohr-therapearlr-3-in-1-breast-therapy
Medela Washable Bra Pads: https://www.medela.com/breastfeeding/products/breast-care/washable-bra-pads
Memory Foam Wedge: http://amzn.to/2ElsrSd
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I began following Cisca because of her beautiful photos on her Instagram feed. Once I started digging deeper, I learned more about her story and background.
Born and raised in South Africa, she is a first time mom to Hudson. Taking on a journey that is sometimes met with questions and uncertainty, but filled with giggles and cuddles in between the poop nappies and burp cloths!
Her story offers much insight on what it feels like to tread through the journey into motherhood. From the loss of a parent, to an unplanned C-section, a stay at the NICU, and postpartum depression, Cisca's strength and her support team guided her through difficult times.
A great listen.
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I often say this podcast is my therapy and today it's my confessional. Prior to being a mom, there were things I saw other parents do that I would scowl at or say "I would never do that" and today I have to bite my tongue because I do the same EXACT thing!!!
I never judge a mom now. I give the "I see you" nod and show my appreciation for her showing up every single day for her family. But BEFORE becoming a parent, I did, I judged. And 20-something year old Melissa would never had thought that 35-year old Melissa would be doing all of the she once judged but she is. Oh well.
Listen to the episode and use the #reppinmamahood hashtag to tell me what you once judged and totally have to put your foot in your mouth for.
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Catch you next week!
Our community of mothers is growing every single day so I decided to ask THEM to offer US some advice to the question, "How can momma take care of herself better?"
I received so many gems, many I will be attempting myself. We all need our mommy time. It's so necessary and we NEVER seem to take it.
Listen in to hear some of our community's self-care tips.
Which one is your favorite? Which one do you currently do and which are you willing to try?
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For most women who have one or more noncancerous fibroids experience no pregnancy complications. However, for 10 to 30% of pregnant women, fibroids can cause severe abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding.
Maria Duncan was growing a baby in her body as a fibroid continued to grow. The experience was unique but the lessons are universal.
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So here is the deal. Everyone AND THEIR MOTHER is telling you that THEIR weight loss program is THE ONE that is going to get you your pre-baby body back.
Marketers are selling you everything they can. And I get it, I was in the weight loss industry for eight years but I am here to tell you that you DO NOT NEED ANY OF IT.
Listen to this episode to get some REAL tips on WHAT WORKS. I'm not selling you a thing, just helping a fellow mother out. I don't want you making this resolution every single year for the rest of your life. I want you to get healthy FOR LIFE!
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Tell me what you thought about the episode and which of my tips you will be following this year.