Birthday morning opening pressies... fair to say they were a total hit! We literally had to take her ‘baby’ & pram EVERYWHERE with us today☺️ #two
Now that William has teeth it's time to start brushing them! A plastic toothbrush takes around 400years to decompose. I didn't like the idea of William's first toothbrush being around longer than us so I found this kids toothbrush by @jackandjillkids.
It is made from 100% corn starch which means it is biodegradable. The nylon bristles are recyclable and has a cute dinosaur on the front (essential cuteness)! William looks just as keen to get started on his brushing habit as I am knowing we are doing our bit for the planet 🌍 #greenmama #ecomama #jackandjillkids #biodegradabletoothbrush #firsttooth
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w w w . t u l l y a n d k o h . c o m . a u
So, this afternoon I was done. The kids were certainly past it.
We've had a couple of days of melodrama, I'd had a weird upper abdo pain in a certain spot for a week or so...so diligently ignored it but it got to the point where it was time to see a GP. The GP agreed it was odd. She sent me for bloods and a scan... and it appears all is well. Joyous! But this poor #littlebiggirlzoo
saw her Mumma worried and was stressed, and thats a pretty big emotion for a 3 year old. I also had to deal with more Centrelink and Child Support melodrama, more endless time on hold, more wasting a day on useless activities with seemingly no progress...
What do you do though, when everyone is past it and you just all need a mental break from the endless procession of post seperation BS?
You go get icecream. You go play. You go spend some quality time with the small people that make your heart sing.
Let's hope tomorrow is a brighter day because I'm tired, #instafam
#singlemumlife #inthecove #real #authentic #thismummaneedsabreak #icecreamfixeseverything #positiveparenting #gentleparenting #letthemgrow #sydneymum #sydneymummyblogger #northshoremums
Today's afternoon looks like this.
Sick toddler cuddled up next to me watching movies, while mama gets some reading and journaling done.
Diffusing Balance and Bergamot to help calm those grumpy toddler emotions and mamas hormones at a balance.
Essential oils for pregnancy, birth and babies is my little bible these days. It covers everything you need to know from conceiving, pregnancy, labour and bubs new into childhood.
It's a must have for every oily mama.
Also journaling and keeping track of everything in my beautiful journal by @pregnancyclock
Are you breastfeeding and want to get images to remember such a beautiful memory? 🤱🏻🤱🏼
The Australian breastfeeding project has sessions all over Australia to help raise awareness of breastfeeding, while creating special memories.
Comment with where you would like a session and we will send you a message to sign up for facebook notifications when sessions go on sale.
The 1st feed is a significant one! 🤱Like my first born, this may not be the first day of your babies life that you were able to breastfeed or express. Beginnings are important and worth celebrating. Let's celebrate your day 1, the day you were able to initiate breastfeeding. 🤱Comment below with a photo of your first feed or D.O.B.
This is another of our milestone e-cards to add to the collection and to represent your achievements. Be sure to hit like and 'see it first' at the top of this page to see the ever growing collection. :) #australianbreastfeedingproject
Parenting can be so incredibly challenging...and yet, showering my babes with positive affirmations has not only made it easier but also produced such happy babies. 💖 #RaisingTinyHumans #ShowerThemWithLove
It's days like today that make me the most grateful for my man. He's down to be at home full time with our babies to nurture, love and watch them grow while also handling temper tantrums, rocking to sleep and poopy diapers all day lol. Yes it is a blessing that he is able to work from home but it is also a choice he made even though it meant not having other luxuries or the security that comes with working a regular job.
He's breaking the mold of what a modern "man" looks like in every way and teaches by example how to be a leader, protecter and a gentle pappa bear. There's something to be said about a man that makes you feel safe and protected in every way but isn't afraid to shed some tears during a heart felt conversation or a touching song. ♡
Every relationship is so different, what do you love about what your partner brings to the table in yours?
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Let’s grab Tuesday by the... eyes 👀 ? Poor sea lion...
There is nothing like an adorable duckling to teach/remind a rambunctious toddler about being gentle.
We've been dealing with some pretty outrageous behaviour recently.. and I'm usually rather good at distracting or redirecting his energy but some times I just feel overwhelmed 😣
He met a 6 day old duckling at the farm the other day. My husband was scared he might break the poor thing but no.. he was sooooo careful. So tender. So soft.
And when he had enough he didn't chuck it across the room he handed it back to me.
Thank you nature for once again teaching my boy a beautiful life lesson. Thank you mama duck for sharing your young with us. Thank you little guy for being open to new experiences and for tuning in to the fragility of this little being. 💓
#naturedetective #motherearth #nature #mom #duck #boy #permaculturebaby #permaculturekids #momlife #boymom #toddler #motherhood #parents #sleepdeprived #wildmama #wildtoddler #gentleparenting #inquiry
Going from working full time as an ICU nurse to becoming a SAHM and moving 700 miles from family and friends has been quite the adjustment. It's easy to play the victim sometimes when shit gets hard. It can get lonely sometimes and we seek out other moms like us to make us feel like we are normal and not alone. Thats ok but we need to be careful about the kind of energy we seek. Motherhood is often depicted as a mom hiding out in the bathroom trying to pee in peace. A mother is someone who abandons her sense of self and her dreams because she is now a "just a mom". I've been there. I've complained to my husband about not having any "me time" or not being able to do the things I used to love because I'm a mom. But that's bull shit. We make time for the things we find important. Being a mom shouldn't be a scape goat for not taking care of ourselves or going after our dreams. Reflecting on this the last week has reminded me of my own mother. She sacrificed alot to give me a good life and raise me well but in that she also sacrificed some of her own happiness and hobbies. I know we want what is best for our children but teaching them to follow their dreams and take care of themselves is something we must model in our own lives. I am grateful for finding some mindful mamas who have opened my eyes and helped me shift my thoughts around motherhood.
When my family was young, I used this binder as a home management tool. I tucked photos of my little ones into the cover. I called it the “House Book”. Inside it I put recipes, grocery lists, and cleaning tips. I had lists of indoor playgrounds, emergency numbers, and DIY manicure instructions. I filled the book with so much helpful information because the truth was, I struggled to manage life. I struggled with basic grocery shopping, laundry, and meal prepping. I still do.
As my kids grew. I was honest with them. I told them that I struggle and I asked for their acceptance, their tolerance and forgiveness. ✨
This, to me, was how I showed up as honest, vulnerable, and authentic. By being honest, I felt less shame. I wasn’t hiding and making excuses. I wasn’t pretending to be super mom. By being honest my kids saw me as a human. They learned to pitch in. They learned not to judge. And they learned it’s ok to admit that you find everyday things hard. They learned that people will still love you. Sometimes they love you more, because they experience more of you, more of who you really are.
#courage #mentalhealth #emotionalwellness #motherhood #postpartum #pregnancy
, #motherthemother #parenthood #doula #newborn #baby #midwives #attachmentparenting #consciousparenting
The hardest thing with welcoming a new baby, isn’t the newborn but dealing with the first born.
I can’t give him the attention that I did when he was the only child. Some days I really miss him and the ways we used to interact. Some days I feel so guilty because he’s sad or needs a cuddle and I can only cuddle him with one arm while feeding Jacob.
It’s hard keeping my cool and not getting frustrated when my 2 year old has the listening skills, the memory or the impulse control of, well, a 2 year. It’s hard to stay patient running on so little sleep. And sometimes it’s so hard letting him deal with all the big feelings that he doesn’t really know how to express.
But my heart explodes when I watch them interact. Rory is obsessed with Jacob and constantly kisses him. And Jacob loves watching Rory.
Fingers crossed it gets easier to divide my time between them as they get older (I’m sure it will when J spends less time feeding and sleeping) and I hope they stay as infatuated with each other too. 📷 by @hayleyrichardsonphotography
One of my favourite quotes. I saw it for the first time while I was pregnant, and made a promise to the baby inside me that I’d do my best to live by it.
Now that my little love is talking, he talks a little bit of sense, and (what sounds to me like) a whole lot of nonsense. I’m trying my best to listen, and show interest, and not let that beckoning ‘to do list’ draw my attention away, or take priority over his ‘big stuff’.
One thing that I’ve found really helps on days at home is splitting my day into twenty minute chunks. Twenty minutes of high quality, distraction free, child directed time with my little. Twenty minutes of high quality, distraction free self care for me. Then twenty minutes of focused work on a task I have to do.
It suits me because I know that through the day, my son gets at least 4 hours of my completely focused attention, where I’m not even thinking about anything except him. But I also get all my jobs done and don’t neglect myself. I find that, if I’ve spend 20 quality minutes with him, he’s happy to continue his play for the next 20 minutes independently. In the last twenty minutes, while I get my jobs done, I do one of two things. If I’m doing something he can be involved in, I’ll invite him to join in. Otherwise I set him up another activity. Play dough, colouring, painting, a sensory tray etc. He also gets two 30 minute blocks of screen time each day in those blocks. 20 minutes of an app of his choice (at the moment he always chooses Alphablocks!) and 20 minutes of something he chooses on Netflix
I know it won’t work for everyone, but doing it this way really helps me, because I’m giving each thing I’m doing my full attention in the moment. If I try and do it all at once, I end up not doing any of it well. But I’ve found that he gets so much from our twenty minute blocks of special time, but he also gets a variety of quality independent play. I’m always amazed how much cleaning I can get done in twenty minutes. I don’t love cleaning, but knowing I’ve only got to endure it twenty minutes at a time, makes me feel less resistant to it.
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Social Media is incredible isn’t it???
Not quite a year ago I met this cute girl online @mebrierley
, she decided to trust me enough to try a workout program and meal plan. She went all in and saw outstanding results. She shared this program with her daughter who was struggling with her personal health and @jesicabrierley
crushed it too... like Mother like daughter.
Not only are they in the best shape they have been in for a long time, they have more energy and a better quality of life. Not to mention chasing a sweet 2 year around.
They have joined me in helping others on their health and fitness journeys too.
On Saturday I was able to meet these cute girls for the first time in real life and it was so much fun! Life is so much better with an amazing tribe 💕 @mommyfitgroup
If health and fitness is your passion reach out, let’s chat. Or fill out the form in my bio. We love our team and would@love
to see if this team is for you too!
للامهات اللي حاسة بالذنب 🙆♀️ ♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان ولدت قيصري
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان معرفتش ترضع طبيعي
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان عرفت ترضع بس ادت صناعي برضه
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مبتشتغلش
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بتشتغل
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بتسرف فلوس على العيال والبيت
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان عيالها بيوصلوها هي للعياط
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان خلت عيالها يعيطوا
♡للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بتسيب عيالها قدام التليفزيون علشان تريح شوية
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بتروح في النوم الاول و هي بتنيم طفلها
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان طفلها مبياكلش كويس
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان طفلها بيتعب كتير ♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان اتعصبت على طفلها
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مش بتهتم بنفسها
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مش بتعمل اكل حلو اوي و مختلف كل يوم
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان ادت لطفلها سناكس بدل وجبة علشان مش راضي ياكل
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بتدي لطفلها اللي هو عيزه علشان يسكت
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان طريقتها في التربية بتتغير كل شوية
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مش عارفة تشوف اصحابها ولا حتى تسأل عليهم
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مش عارفة ايه الجديد في الاخبار
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان خرجت من غير العيال و كانت مبسوطة جدا
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان عيالها مش في مدارس خاصة او انترناشونال
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان بيتها مش نضيف طول الوقت
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان في هرم لبس محتاج يتحط في الدواليب و هي مش قادرة
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مقصرة مع جوزها
♡ للام اللي حاسة بالذنب علشان مبتعملش زي الامهات اللي بتشوفها على النت و التلفزيون
للام اللي حاسة بالذنب
انتي مش لواحدك والله كلنا في نفس المركب. شيلي هم الذنب اللي حاسة بيه ده علشان مفيش حد في الدنيا مكتمل ١٠٠%. و عيالك شايفينك احسن ام في الدنيا من غير اي حاجة و هم اصلا مش عايزين احسن ام في الدنيا هم عايزينك تبقى أسعد ام في الدنيا 💙
#التربية #التربية_الإيجابية #gentleparenting #parenting #positiveparenting #مصر #الاطفال #الام #الاب
Entwined Forest // Babywearing Meets
Have you found a Babywearing meet near you? Meets are a great way to try different carriers to find one that suits you plus get hands on tips on optimising a carriers safety and comfort. They are also a great place to meet other parents and caregivers and make new friends. Be sure to find your local group!
🌟 Conscious Parenting Podcasts 🌟
I asked for recommendations on my IG story today & many of you wanted me to share them, so here are some of the most loved:
+ 2 Episodes with Ellen Boeder (@eboeder
) on the @magamamas
+ Sage Family Podcast by Rachel of @sageparenting
+ The Attachment Parenting Podcast (@attachmentparentingpodcast
// I actually have an interview with Megan in a few weeks!)
+ The Motherloving Future (@themotherlovingfuture
// THIS totally sounds like my kind of podcast!)
+ Wellness Mama (@wellnessmama
// More health-related but there seem to be a few parenting gems..)
+ The Simplicity Parenting Podcast by Kim John Payne (I love this book and much of his work!)
Another tip: I sometimes just search the podcast app for interviews with my favorite authors & parenting educators.
Anything else I should add? I’m excited to dive into these!
More nature, less stuff.
The more I move through this life, the more I realise how important simplicity is.
Nature, sunshine, whole plant foods, good water, rest, herbal medicines, play, a deep connection with loved ones, work that puts my passions out into the world, music and a few other things are what make me feel my happiest.
Relentlessly pursuing material things can give us a false sense of needing ‘more’.
What if we were happy in this moment?
We can desire abundance in our future and still be happy, content & joyful in this present moment.
Today I am grateful for the natural paradise I live in surrounding by waterfalls, beaches and tropical, lush greenery 🌴
So excited to swim here in a few days 💦💧
#gratitude #goldcoast #australia #waterfall #abundance #vegan #connection #nature #love #21daysofgratitude #barefoot #liveyourdreams #getoutside #swim #mermaid #unschooling #gentleparenting #consciousparenting #earth #water #mama #wastefree
Vibrations never lie, and usually children trust those vibrations, especially when it comes to adults in their lives whose vibrations are not in alignment with their own.
In social dynamics with their peers, children are, more often than not, in positive alignment. Sometimes they can form friendships more out of convenience then really looking through any sort of psychological magnifying glass. .
Since the people we spend our time with can greatly impact our own vibrations and alignment, it’s important to teach our children from a very young age, to surround themselves with people that help them stay in positive alignment. .
One way to clearly define these types of people to your children is through how these people behave. Those people who are in positive alignment typically spend their time lifting others up. Alternatively, Those who are out of alignment may judge others or try to make others feel bad. .
Unfortunately, we don’t outgrow this behavior, adults do this too. So you can apply this exercise in your life and the people that you surround yourself with as well!
When your children are voicing frustrations with their friends ask them:
-Does this friend seem happy for other people or jealous?
-Does this friend make you feel good or bad?
-Have you tried playing with a different friend to see if that friendship feels better?
Then ask your child to reflect. Remind them that they know what feels good and what feels bad. That is their inner guidance and it will always counsel them rightly.
Mindfulness tips for when your toddler wants to feed all the time .
First, it’s quite normal to go through these stages, depending on what is happening in your life, family and environment. We can also acknowledge that it’s exhausting, just when we think they’re not a little baby anymore, and might not need us so much, they ramp up the feeding again. .
Start by finding some moments to centre yourself. Focus on your breathing while you're brushing your teeth. Use ear buds and look up a ten-minute guided meditation on YouTube while your child is feeding at night. Pop a face mask on before you hop in the shower. If it's tricky to take a shower, time it to be right after your partner gets home, and pre-warn them that you'll be doing it. The initial excitement often gives 5 minutes spare time. .
A gratitude journal also helps when we’re feeling frustrated with the kids. Each morning or evening, write down a few things that you’re grateful for. It helps to maintain a positive mindset, that even though we have irritations and frustrations, overall there's a lot of good things.
It's normal to have ups and downs with kids, they're practically designed to push our buttons and trigger us to bring up every story and childhood program we have. .
a great job mama, you’ve got this.
Deb xo .
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Emotions matter available for babe and parents! Sweatshirt is ready too! Spread the message! #emotionsmatter
The other night, I hesitatingly told my husband that I don't feel like I'm at my personal best in this season.
I feel jealous when other moms talk about how much they delight in this time of their life. How much they'll miss this, and they can't imagine a day when their babies don't need them so much. How they feel completely wrapped up and satisfied in motherhood.
I don’t feel that.
Don't get me wrong. Motherhood is rich and good. My children are incredible people and enormous blessings. These are years I will always treasure and look back on with great fondness. I do love to nurture and teach, and I can't think of anywhere I’d rather be than with my babies right now.
But, if I can be totally honest, I don't think it's what I was "made for." Is that ok to say? I feel like that's not something that moms are supposed to say, out loud at least. Maybe it sounds ungrateful. Or selfish. Or... so many other things that all this makes me feel about myself at times.
But looking forward to future seasons doesn't mean I don't cherish the present. Being able to imagine a home and a marriage that is not by necessity somewhat child-centric doesn't mean that I won't bend over backwards in the here and now to make sure our kids are loved and adored and safe and attached.
It's just not a season where my strengths are fully harnessed, and I don't feel that I'm my best self right now.
When I admitted this to Dan, he just said "Oh, I know that. It's ok. You are doing a great job right now. And you're going to do great things when this chapter is over, too."
That was exactly what I needed to hear. And maybe you needed to hear that about your season, too, wherever you may be. ❤️
What makes your child highly sensitive?⠀
It seems to come down to genes. Although we can never negate the importance of a child’s environment, we see that individual children respond differently to the same environment.⠀
There is evidence that the trait of high sensitivity is linked to a particular set of genes that are responsible for regulating the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.⠀
There are several combinations of genes that help regulate the re-uptake of serotonin. Highly sensitive people are suspected to have the combination that is made up of two short alleles. The two short allele combo is less effective at taking up serotonin into the neural synapses and results in excessively high serotonin levels in the brain. Too much or too little of a neurotransmitter leads to the susceptibility of behavioral or mood problems.⠀
People with the short allele serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT) and related genes are more likely to experience stronger emotional reactivity towards both positive and negative events.