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Birthing a mother

Whenever big milestones roll around, I always find myself getting introspective. Withdrawing inside myself, quietly observing, listening for clues to how I feel or what I think about things, and trying to understand what my truest and most basic hopes and dreams for the future are. I've just recently turned 36, my second birthday as a mother, and I've found myself looking back at the last year with curiosity. How did I do? How are we all doing now? How is my baby getting along this side of the womb? Am I grateful enough, am I happy? Sure, there have been some pretty testing moments, some very trying times to be sure. But I'm reminded always that bad moments don't...

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Expectant mum - baby shower gift idea Ep 2

In the first instalment of the baby shower gift ideas, we shared some of our favourite things to do for your expectant friends that may not wish to have presents for their unborn child. This may be just out of personal preferences, or cultural leanings. As the world around us opens up more and we learn to be more diverse and inclusive in our everyday lives, we think it is paramount that we consider how this translates to all aspects of our lives, including seemingly non-consequential things like baby shower gifts. We have been reflecting as well on how nostalgic parents can be. Those first few months seem to go by so quickly, and while it can feel to new...

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Expectant mum - baby shower gift ideas Ep1

Deciding what gift to get your expectant friend for her baby shower may be a minefield, and the situation is made even that much harder when you aren't close enough to risk too personal a gift. Depending on cultural differences, you may even find that some women are hesitant to have a baby shower in the first instance, let alone accept gifts for their unborn child. So what do you do when you feel it might still be nice to celebrate your friend, but are keen to respect their preferences? As it happens I was one of these expectant mothers whose cultural leanings did not allow for a baby shower, and so I had planned for a celebration after the...

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Postpartum recovery, Episode 2

In the first instalment of the postpartum recovery post, I shared what I viewed were the top 5 resources/products to help with the practical aspects of physically healing after the birth, as well as anticipating the baby’s needs as they hit key developmental milestones. In this instalment, I would like to share my thoughts on the other practical aspects of the fourth trimester that are easier to navigate when best prepared. This episode focuses on breastfeeding, as well as your own needs as a new mother. Here are some of the products and resources I found helpful. 1. Nipple Cream After a couple of days of breastfeeding, you may find that you experience some chafing as your delicate breast skin...

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Postpartum recovery, Episode 1

I will be the first to admit that I struggled with the decision of whether or not to put this post up. I find myself in the middle of a conundrum where I would loathe to offend anyone by brazenly discussing delicate issues without regard, while on the other hand I admit that there’s very little being said about this important topic to warrant the need for more advocacy and raising awareness. So please do bear with me; I will do my best to be tactful and tasteful. From my own experience, and perusing what has been said by some online resources I’ve found helpful in the past, it would seem that my feeling on this matter is justified -...

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