June 23, 2016

You are a Good Mom

We all have those moments as mothers where we wonder if we are being good enough for our children and our families.

Are we truly being good mothers?


The truth is, we are all trying to figure it out. We are all doubting ourselves and while you might see one mom who looks like she has it all perfectly together, there are moments even in her day where she wonders...

Am I a good mom?

You are, that much I can promise you. You are the perfect mother for your children; exactly the one that they need.

You are a good mom, heck probably even a great one!

Consider in this moment, right here and now, all of the wonderful things that you did today as a mom.  You clothed your children, fed them breakfast, packed lunches, dropped them off at school or got them safely to the bus stop. You challenged their world and encouraged them to grow as individuals. You took a few moments of peace for yourself, even if it was only a quick trip to the bathroom to sneak into your secret chocolate stash that they don't know is there.

You are there when they cry, giving them a safe place to fall.
You are there to cheer them on and celebrate their victories.

You
Are
A
Good
Mom

Don't forget that, and don't let anyone make you feel any different.

xoxo
Shannon

June 21, 2016

Coping with Heat: Summer Pregnancy Tips

Being pregnant in the summer is such a fun and wonderful thing. Trips to the beach, baby bumps in bikini's, ice cream for maternity pictures and so much more!

But being pregnant in the summer also comes with a whole host of challenges, namely surviving the heat.



Heat and humidity generally leads to water retention and swelling, which are friends of no pregnant woman. Here are a few tips to keep you cool during the hay lazy days of summer!

Put a fan in your bedroom

If you or your partner loves to sleep with the windows open to let the summer breeze in, investing in a small fan that can circulate the air and blow cooler air on you while you sleep can be really lovely.

Kiddie pools aren't just for the kids!

One of the most enjoyable moments during my last pregnancy was putting on my bikini and enjoying the sunshine in our backyard, while having my feet in a cold kiddie pool. It was absolutely glorious! Add is a frosty drink of some kind and it's heavenly!

Keep the ice stocked in your freezer

For drinks, for cold plunge baths for your feet, to fill freezer bags and be able to put cold compresses on your swollen joints...keep ice handy!

Crank the AC!

When all else fails, stay inside, close the blinds and shut the windows and crank the AC. Set up a loungey area in your living room, have your ice water or lemonade handy, and enjoy a good movie.

Surviving the summer heat during pregnancy can be tough, but you can do it! Remember that it will pass, it is temporary and soon yuor sweet baby will be here!

xoxo
Shannon

June 13, 2016

Don't Give up On Dad

In a month where we honour all of the father's and father figures in our lives, and the lives of our wee ones, I wanted to take a moment to write a piece about Dad's. In the realm of birth, Dads and partners often get overlooked. They get given up on; treated like they don't have the foggiest idea of what's going on.


I will fully admit that there are times in my mama journey where I get frustrated with my husband for not being intuitive enough or following my lead when it comes to parenting. I will fully admit that there are times where I give up on him as a parent and think I know better.

And I will fully admit that I am wrong for it. (hey Husband, did you read that? Love you!)

My message this month is to not give up on Dad. They are fully capable of changing diapers, soothing babies, feeding them and they know full well what they are doing. We need to trust them, and we need to now give up on them. We need to feel confident about taking time away so that Dad can bond with baby, and not guilty for taking that time away. While our instincts might be strong, so are theirs...it's just different.

When it comes to birth, absolutely Dad's get pushed aside. It's such a great moment to connect with them as the doula in the room and say "hey, why don't you come here and hold her hand?" or "rub her back with a bit of pressure right here", then stand back and watch while Mom and Dad (or partner!) have a few quiet moments just the two of them.

It's amazing to be the person in the room providing emotional support to both parents, as it can be hard to watch the woman you love in such intense pain and emotion. Being the one to hold the space and be the calm in the storm is incredible, and I wouldn't trade those moments for anything.

So, don't forget Dad. He's a huge part of this process, and he needs to feel confident and incredible during birth, as a father and a partner and human. He needs to feel capable as a parent during the postpartum transition and he needs to trust himself just as much as Mom needs to trust herself.

Don't give up
Don't forget

xoxo
Shannon

June 2, 2016

Summer Meditation Schedule at North Yoga & Wellness

Happy hearts and minds rejoice! Meditation is staying during the summer months!


Our guided Vipasana class will take place each Sunday, except for the following dates throughout the summer:
  • June 12th
  • July 3rd
  • July 31st
  • September 4th
And our Free drop-in Wednesday morning meditation class will be staying as well!


Summer dates are:

  • June 15th
  • July 20th
  • August 17th
  • September 21st
The September date is actually a really special one as it is Shannon's birthday...so you're in for a treat!

Happy hearts, happy minds!

June 1, 2016

Invite Joy and Silliness into Your Home

Happy June!!!

June is absolutely one of my favorite months....perfect for getting outside, log rolling down hills, playing with water balloons and just being plain silly with the kids.


As adults we have a load on our plate, and sometimes that adulting in hard.

There are bills to pay, mouths to feed
Decisions to make
Places to go and people to see

But life doesn't always have to be so serious. There are sweet moments spent making forts and shadow puppets with flashlights. There are times when washing the car in the driveway turns into a soapy water fight.

Those are the moments to relish, and this summer I encourage you to be silly and have fun with your kids. They grow up all too fast and one day will be adults, making those same hard adulting decisions that you are faced with right now.

Slow down.
Live
Laugh

Be silly

xoxo
Shannon
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