The pros and cons of birth plans

If you or anyone you know has ever worked in a birthing unit, you will probably hear the theory that the more lengthy and complex a moms’ birth plan, the more lengthy and complex her birth will be. I’ve been a labour and delivery nurse for over 10 years now and I have definitely seen that theory become truth. I …

Baby carrier roundup

Baby Carriers are one of those things that you don’t really think you’ll need as a new mom until you have one. They can become even more handy when you have more kids and fewer hands! But picking a baby carrier can be daunting with all the types and styles and brands. A lot of it is up to your …

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 …

How are you?

Your beautiful, sweet and tiny nugget has finally made his or her appearance and everyone is so thrilled for you! All they want to do is snuggle that baby and smell that intoxicating newborn scent. As they should! What an exciting time; it definitely calls for celebration! But all too often, we don’t focus on you, mama. You grew this …

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 …

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 …

Your Newborn’s Stomach Size

On day 1 of life, your baby doesn’t need much food. It’s tiny tummy can only hold about 5-7ml or 1-1.4 teaspoons at a time. As babies get older, their need for larger volumes of milk will increase, and breastmilk supply will follow. All of this to say, DON’T STRESS about the seemingly measly drops of colostrum you produce on …

Work…One Year Later!

One year later and it’s not just the kids who struggle with the transition back to work.  It’s hard on the whole family, especially the mama!  Returning to work is a big transition.  Everyone’s world is going to change whether you like it or not, whether your ready or not.  The first day back is the worst, but trust me …

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 …