What the heck is a padsicle? DIY postpartum relief

What the heck is a padsicle you ask? Nope, it’s not a homemade treat to enjoy on a hot summer day. They are the ultimate pain relief go to for your post baby lady parts! Make them a few weeks before you are due, throw a few in your bag to bring to the hospital freezer and have some ready for when you bring …

Sleeping Babies and Vacations: You CAN have both!

When my first son was 8 weeks old my husband and I decided to set off for a weekend vacation… with our little dude. We thought it would be a relaxing, recharging weekend. Not sure why we thought sleep would come in the hotel and not at home! We packed the entire house, and three trips to the car later …

Mothers not Martyrs

I had an “ah-ha” motherhood moment the other day. It came to me as I was driving down the highway with tears rolling down my cheeks. I had been looking forward to these few days to myself for a month, and was doing a silent countdown in my head every time I had a challenging parenting moment, which occur at …

Baby up with the birds?

Whose baby gets up with the birds? Tis’ the season. The sun is rising earlier, the birds are singing and many babes think 5 AM is a grand time to wake up. UGH… TOO EARLY! An early wakeup can set the tone of the day and make for an exhausted, crabby baby, and a worn out mama. First off, this is …

Too much stuff! How to pack what you need for the birth of your baby!

“You are huge!”  “You look like you’re going to pop!” “Wow do you have twins in there?” Comments so many women have heard as they reach the end of their pregnancy. You are almost there, nine months pregnant, and  on the home stretch. Have you started thinking about the big day? It is probably on your mind most of the …

Breathing and Birth

  “Don’t forget to breathe” might sound like the most obvious piece of advice you can give someone, but learning special breathing techniques for labour can help you get through each stage, stop you from involuntarily pushing (which is important- you don’t want to push when you aren’t fully dilated!), and help you feel more centered throughout your birth experience. …

How to transition your baby from two naps to one

I get many emails from mom’s asking how they’ll know if their baby is ready to go from two naps a day to one. Babies are usually ready for this change around a year of age. I have seen babies go as early as nine months and I’ve also seen babies hang on to two naps a day until well …

How you feed your baby is YOUR choice!

Nursing in public is a hot topic. There are many social media posts about flash mobs of breastfeeding women, or women who have been patronized for nursing uncovered in public. There’s also criticism out there for women who choose to nurse discreetly or feed their babe a bottle. I find this extremely frustrating. There are so many different ways to mother and just …

Breastfeeding MUST haves!

Have you made the decision to breastfeed and are knee deep in information and products that all claim to be vital to your success? Take a deep breath. As an IBCLC Lactation consultant and a mom of two little boys, both of which I breastfed, I am here to help. With my first son, I purchased every gizmo and gadget out …

Bring extra colostrum with you to the hospital: Here’s how!

Colostrum is the yellow, first milk women produce from about their 20th week of pregnancy. It is the ideal first food for your baby. Known as “liquid gold”, it’s full of immunoglobulins that provide the vital initial framework for your baby’s immune system. Ideal circumstances would ensure all babies receive colostrum after birth. Being a labour and delivery nurse, I know health …