Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

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 …

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 …

Building Connection with a Family Physician

Finding a family physician can be a difficult task as a mom. Often, we are sent to family doctors because they are accepting patients and you are made to feel like there is no choice when deciding who plays a role in the health of your family. Sometimes we see the same doctor for years because our busy lives have …

An accurate study of life before and after kids.

I wrote this post about parenthood on my personal blog a few years ago and it showed up on my memories on Facebook. I had a good laugh remembering the day that this all became clear to me, so I thought I would share. I am not going to delve into the over talked about differences between people without kids …

A Mama Coaches’ View of the Growth Curve

Your doctor turns from his computer and says “your baby isn’t following a growth curve”. This statement is usually followed by instant mom guilt, panic, and compulsive Googling. Before we arrive home from the doctor’s appointment, we have researched every serious illness at traffic lights, and likely planned for how our child is going to stay in their 40lb booster …

Getting a break is IMPORTANT!

This is a BIG one!!!! Seriously, it took me a long, long time to figure this out, and not feel the mama guilt that came along with it. It is so important to have some time to yourself, self care is essential to motherhood! Being a mama is a full time job, and in order to survive all the joys …

It’s only a problem if it’s a problem for you- Managing mom guilt

It is unavoidable. I place it in the same category as balance. In ideal world, all of us would feel “balanced” and guilt free. I don’t think that is possible. Life is busy, stressful at times and striving for perfection will exponentially worsen the feelings of failure and guilt. There are a million different ways to parent. Social media forgets …

6 Tips for Becoming a Mother-Runner

Before I started running I would have laughed if someone told me I would become a long distance runner after having kids. I was not able to run around the block without feeling winded. Two pregnancies, bedrest, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation (did I mention, sleep deprivation?) were all valid reasons why I couldn’t start running. For proof, I have …

When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Giving New Moms the “New Mom” Experience

Our visions of having a new baby are often about going for stroller walks in the sunshine while baby naps, rocking baby to sleep in our arms in the most beautiful chair money can buy, watching for those first smiles, first laughs, first gassy grins. As a nurse who has worked in pediatrics, intensive care and neonatal intensive care for …