Three Things Thursday

  1. Let’s address the big elephant in the room. I’m back after more than a month away! My absence was mostly due to our trip to the States and Colombia in August (one word: exhausting). Here are some pictures if you want to see.
  2. Colin is 29 months old today. His language is exploding and he’s making four word sentences left and right. This week he started saying “Thomas” (After Thomas the Tank Engine). We started potty training this month (slow potty training), and while he gets the concept, we are still working on executing said concept 😉 #funtimes
  3. My chiropractor seems to double as my therapist. Last week, we had the below conversation.

Chiropractor: You Look Tired. And dehydrated, your lips are chapped.

Me: I am tired (and feeling guilty about the coffee I just had).

Chiropractor: How far along are you?

Me: Thirty Weeks. Yesterday I was talking to the hubby, and when I converted 10 weeks to days (70), I was like that’s.a.long.time.

Chiropractor: Snap out of it. Do you know how miserable these weeks are going to be if you continue with this attitude?

Me: Good point…

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“He had not been back to Nigeria in years and perhaps he needed the consolation of those online groups, where small observations flared and blazed into attacks, personal insults flung back and forth. Ifemelu imagined the writers, Nigerians in bleak houses in America, their lives deadened by work, nursing their careful savings throughout the year so that they could visit home in December for a week, when they would arrive bearing suitcases of shoes and clothes and cheap watches, and see, in the eyes of their relatives, brightly burnished images of themselves. Afterwards they would return to America to fight on the Internet over their mythologies of home, because home was now a blurred place between here and there, and at least online they could ignore the awareness of how inconsequential they had become.” – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  1. Today, I spent my day dealing with Egos at work. Egos that involved Emails being sent with explanation points and ASAP written all over them. And then, I got home to a toddler wanting to go to bed with flip flops. I’ll leave it up to you if you think that I fought him. 😉
  2. I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m absolutely loving the book. Some of the passages are so vivid and so real.
  3. Self-care is so hard, especially when you’re a mom. But during this second pregnancy, I’m finding it so important. My must do items when I’m feeling stressed / tired are : Manicure, pedicure, Chiropractor, Pregnancy Yoga, Sleep, Eyebrow and / or Lip Wax. Here’s to being able to do one of these things when Baby #2 arrives. #forreals.

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  1. I’m on a Pregnancy Yoga Kick at the moment and have attended a class at Canada Waters Studio, another one at work, and another at Yoga Creation London. I still think it’s important to get my heart rate up during pregnancy (this weekend, I tried this workout on YouTube and loved it), but I feel in less pain and less creaky after stretching it out at Yoga. Yay to having 17 weeks left!
  2. I’m seeing a Chiropractor during this Pregnancy as well. About two weeks ago, I felt a bit down because I had hip pain and I just envisioned a miserable 20 weeks ahead of me. Instead, I decided to do something about it, and made an appointment with a Chiropractor and I’m in love. She aligned my Pelvis during our first appointment, recommended a birthing ball, as well as a hypnobirthing book.
  3. I recently got myself some Pip and Nut Squeeze packs and they are to die for! The peanut butter tastes delicious!

The Magic of Everyday Life

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So much of being a mother and a father is drinking loads of coffee so that you have enough energy to pay attention to the small moments.  Meet Iwona Podlasińska, a fine art photographer based in Poland, who rediscovered the magic of everyday life by following around her two sons and their cousins. She now fills her days with capturing the magic of childhood. Check out her instagram or BoredPanda to see her beautiful pictures.

P.S. Check out another wonderfully creative mom, Sioin Queenie Liao, who created beautiful scenes while her son napped.

P.S.S. Or Laleh Mohmedi who transforms her son’s organic meals into magical creations.

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  1. This boy completely and utterly melts my heart. I think it was Monday, he advised me from the bottom of the stairs, that my coffee “tete” was ready. (I only really understood “Baba (Mamma)” “Tete (Coffee)” but that was enough to get me out of bed STAT.
  2. I went to a Pregnancy Yoga class on Tuesday and really enjoyed it. This pregnancy, I have focused more on Cardio and Lifting weights, but going forward, I will add Pregnancy Yoga as much as I can. Throughout this class we did Squats! Planks! Pigeon Pose!
  3. Recently, I donated to Alton Sterling’s Family GoFundMe. It wasn’t much, but I realized that just reading about Racism and being horrified about everything that’s going on in the States isn’t enough. If you want to learn more about institutional racism, read this, this, and this.

Jacob’s Food Diaries

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I’m very proud of myself if I manage to feed Colin a vegetable, a protein, and a healthy carb. Meet Laleh Mohmedi who transforms her son’s organic meals into magical creations. With over 48,000 followers on Instagram, she’s become kind of a big deal 😉 It’s no wonder that Jamie Oliver and Disney work with her to create food art for children of all ages.

Do you go all out while feeding your toddler?

P.S. Check out another wonderfully creative mom, Sioin Queenie Liao, who created beautiful scenes while her son napped.

 

 

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  1. Last week, I went to a Pediatric fist aid class for Babies and Toddlers and realized how naive and ignorant I was about what to do when a baby or toddler is choking. Did you know that you’re not supposed to put your finger in a baby’s palette if they are younger than a year old as its underdeveloped and your finger can go straight through? I also had no idea that to prevent toddlers and babies from choking on their own tongues you have to tilt their heads back.
  2. We are on an official eBay spree to get rid of things we don’t use, and no longer need. It feels so good to ship things onward to people who will use them more.
  3. I’m a big fan of cooking at home, but the recipes I’ve followed recently have given me a gigantic batch of food that has felt endless in my refrigerator. This Zucchini bread lasted for two weeks without going bad, but I felt bad if I didn’t eat some every time I opened the refrigerator. Likewise, this Ginger Carrot Apple Soup was amazing (and quite gingery), but I made so much, that I felt very overwhelmed by the food that I had to go through. Ultimately, I finished everything and was quite proud of myself, but I’m implementing a new policy. Going forward, I will half every recipe I cook. I will keep you posted on how this works out for me!

I Struggle With Motherhood When

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I struggle with motherhood when I feel lonely and yet I’m absolutely never alone, not even when using the bathroom.

I struggle with motherhood when I am so tired I just want to sleep past 5:30 a.m, and most days I can’t, because my son is awake and demanding attention. Now.

I struggle with motherhood when everyone expects me to be happy and grateful 24/7 because my son is handsome and happy and healthy and shouldn’t that just be enough?

I struggle with motherhood when I just want to talk about the darkness surrounding motherhood and whomever I’m talking to just changes the subject because talking about the darkness isn’t done. I am a mother, after all, to a happy and healthy boy; shouldn’t that just be enough?

I struggle with motherhood when nobody tells me that it’s okay to feel bad and that I don’t need fixing.

I struggle with motherhood when I’m pregnant with my second child and I’m so tired that I give my first child my iPhone so I can lay on the couch for a few minutes with my eyes closed.

I struggle with motherhood when childless friends complain about boyfriends and work problems that just seem so trite and irrelevant.

I struggle with motherhood when my boss pretends to understand what it’s like to be a working mother, but doesn’t really, because his wife stayed at home with the kids. And he really just wants me to answer his email now.

I struggle with motherhood when I don’t feel like smiling at my son, but I do anyways, because I feel like shit if I’m not constantly trying.

I struggle with motherhood when my husband goes out occasionally, and urges me to do so as well, but the thought of meeting up with my childless friends or my mother friends just seems like a ginormous task that’s too difficult to follow through with.

I struggle with motherhood when I know I should socialize more, but I don’t even have time to spend by myself, so it constantly feels like I’m shortchanging absolutely everyone, but most of all, myself.

I struggle with motherhood when I carry the guilt of the working mother, like a cross on my shoulders, and don’t take too much time for myself on the weekends because the hours, the days, the weeks, the years are passing me by and one day I’ll look back and believe I didn’t enjoy my child enough when he wanted nothing but me.

I struggle with motherhood when I believe that family should help out more than they currently are.

I struggle with motherhood when I feel like I don’t have enough energy in my pie for the rest of my family.

I struggle with motherhood when I believe that I’m just not doing enough.

I struggle with motherhood when people ask me if I’m pregnant when in fact I just don’t have time to exercise now that I have a baby to take care of.

But most of all, I struggle with motherhood when I feel lonely, and yet I’m absolutely never alone, not even when using the bathroom.

(Photo Credit: Kristen La Valley)

The Amazing Side Of Pregnancy

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Sometimes, pregnancy gets a bad rep. Whether you’re the one who is pregnant, or you know someone who is pregnant, it rarely is or looks like much fun (especially towards the end). But Bored Panda managed to compile a list of pictures showing mothers before and after birth, and these portraits show how mind blowing and life-changing the journey really is.

You can check out the whole series here.

The Passage Of Time

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Happy Monday Everyone! I’ve been thinking about the passage of time over the last few days, and how we all at one point or another say, “I can’t believe another year has gone by,” or “It’s almost July, how did that happen?” In my twenties, I used to measure my years by the achievements I accomplished, and in my thirties, I’ve focused more on moments, simple pleasures, and trying to fill my days with things that I love. Here are a few pictures of Colin that show how much he has changed in just six months. With his language exploding daily, I just want to hold time in my hands and enjoy him every moment.