We Are All Mamas

It wasn’t long ago that I came across an article online that pointed out cesarean section (otherwise known as c-section) shaming exists. I initially was sad and shocked, but than after I showed my husband the article (who wasn’t shocked at all), it quickly sank in that people are shamed for almost everything nowadays. But why!? I came across this …

Tips on How to Keep Your Kids in a Routine with Friends & Family Visiting

It has only been a few months now since my husband and I made a big move from Manitoba to B.C.  In the few months that we’ve been here, we’ve had lots of visitors… because who wouldn’t want to visit us here?  We have moved to a popular vacation spot, especially during the summer months, but the winter is pretty …

Becoming A Mom

My Mom has always told me, “being a Mom is the toughest job in the world.” She has said this numerous times to me since my first-born came into the world. Turns out, she was right again. Anyone can tell you how hard it is going to be, but until you are in the thick of it, you don’t quite …

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Expressing breast milk before birth!

As a Labour and Delivery nurse and a Mama Coach, I have had a lot of education on breastfeeding and what makes up breast milk, throughout my career. I understand the science behind breastfeeding and the benefits of it. I provide breastfeeding education and assist parents with the skills needed to breastfeed. When I’m working on the ward and met …

Beat the Summer Heat

Southern Ontario can get pretty darn hot in the summer time! The humidity was something I did not miss when we lived in Calgary. But since we moved back to Niagara, keeping cool is a big priority in the summer! Your baby may want to feed more frequently, but for shorter durations. This is ok since he may become uncomfortable …

Pawt of The Family

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In 2009 my husband and I had already been trying to conceive for months with no success. Each month came disappointment and discouragement that comes with infertility. I really needed a positive in my life, so we did the most logical thing I could think of. Get a dog. An 11-ish week mixed puppy found without her mother by a …

Becoming a mindful parent

Before I became a parent, I had a clear vision of myself as a mother and how my children would behave; today, I am a lot more experienced and a little wiser. We don’t really get a true picture of parenthood until the journey is well underway. Children are all so unique and come with different quirks and surprises, some …

Bottle Feeding Your Breastfed Baby

If there’s one thing that surprised me as a newbie nurse in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), it was how awful I was at bottle feeding babies! Seriously though… I can’t tell you how many times I had to call on my more experienced colleagues to feed a child for me. Bottle feeding is an art, and thankfully I …

It takes a Village

We have all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child and IT REALLY DOES!!! But this Blog is all about an AMAZING organization called ITAV “ It Takes A Village”. It is truly a remarkable story, one I want to share with you!!!    It all started from one Facebook post of a mama wanting to …