This page is dedicated to all you wonderful mama’s! I too became a new mama on April 1, 2014 to a sweet baby boy named Nova! Prior to becoming a mother, I had no idea of what was in store for me on this overly exciting, joyous and sometimes challenging journey. In those first few weeks postpartum I vowed to share my experiences with other women to help ease a little bit of the sometimes scary unknown, in hopes that you can spend more time experiencing the joy and enchantment and less of the challenges and fear that can sometimes make motherhood feel overwhelming. With that being said, my mantra for motherhood is “diaper by diaper”, this helps me focus on the present, which after all, our babies are constantly reminding us of. In fact, I dare say it’s the only way I think possible to fully enjoy motherhood.
//I chose to have a natural home birth. To learn more about the empowering and ecstatic experience I had during pregnancy and childbirth click here.
//Eating and using my placenta for healing, emotional support, milk production and energy during postpartum was the biggest gift nature bestowed upon me aside from my son. Click here to learn how I prepared a simple tincture and smoothies that aided me during postpartum and beyond.
//I get much joy when cloth diapers are hanging on the laundry line, it makes my yard look extra festive! To learn which cloth diapers I use and love check this video out!
//As much as I love food, I began to dread the day my baby would start solids. Partly because I was attached to breastfeeding, I absolutely love it! Honestly, it saddened me to think that food would eventually replace this incredible experience. Then I talked sense into myself, acknowledging all of the positive things that food brought my baby and that Nova might very well want to breastfeed well into his toddler years (we’ll see, I hope)! Regardless, I also remember feeling very overwhelmed by what his first food would be. In fact a lot of new mothers are overwhelmed by this decision and often don’t rely on their intuition instead solely on their pediatricians guidance. For me, I trusted mother nature and went with her guidance. Click here to find out what I chose as the perfect first food for Nova.
//I believe Postpartum Depression should very well be renamed to Postpartum Transition. It’s a whole new world for first time moms from coping with healing, the demands of motherhood both physical and mental, working through parenting differences, letting go of expectations, control and perfection. For me it was a period of mourning the loss of the old self, sense of freedom and routine that I became comfortable and familiar with and then navigating through the new land of motherhood a.k.a. the unknown. I mean not only do our insides go through a brand new miraculous experience, but so does everything else in our outer world. In my opinion, it would be crazy to not feel somewhat lost, scared, sad, and confused at times during the transition. Attending new moms groups really helped me to learn that I wasn’t alone feeling the way I did which helped me navigate my mothership back towards calm waters. I felt it was natural to feel confused, short tempered at times, mourning the loss of former freedom, tired, forgetful and have random far out crazy thoughts zip by in a stream of consciousness. I had to make this video one day to let other moms know they were not alone and talking about everything that just seems to help! Here are some other coping techniques that might help you to transition with a little more grace.
//I got mom butt, or as some people call it pancake butt. Whatever you want to call it, it had to go- here’s what helped!
//Then there was that one time I thought I was going bald.
//Although I never hopped on a scale during my pregnancy, I guesstimate I gained around 25lbs. The cool thing is from 8 months postpartum I did hop on a scale and found out that I weighed less than ever before in my adult life. Some people say I can thank breastfeeding for that, but I also believe it’s because I make a point to stroll Nova daily and eating clean certainly helps a lot too! At around three months pp I was back into my smallest pre-prego garment, thanks to tlc (tender loving care) check it out!
//Then around 8 weeks pp ***t got real and I was exhausted… So here’s what I did for myself and my relationship with my family.
//I decided to partially vaccinate Nova. A decision that gave me slight anxiety when first pondering to do OR not to. Knowing that I would be traveling a lot with Nova both domestic and international shortly after he was born, here’s what I chose for my little Euro Baby.
//Teething-Ouch! I swore I would never give himTylenol…well, I learned never say never. After trying frozen celery, sophie, gaia herbs calm restore and every other homeopathic remedy including the ever popular camillia which did help through most of teething, just not the breakthrough. I had to alleviate the pain my little sweetheart was facing which meant swallowing my own natural remedy pride. Truth be told, the tylenol helped almost immediately and I only had to use it a couple of times during the most extreme intensity when not even nursing could do the trick. Luckily it helped and as a bonus I got to work through my feelings of pride, ego, control, self-image, and a whole slew of personal issues with making the decision to give Nova an otc as opposed to a natural remedy. Looking back, I guess you could say it was good medicine for me too. For the record, I firmly believe nature has all of the medicine we need in natural forms, but these couple of times I was caught off guard and ran for the closest pain relief I could find. I do love having teething tablets on hand and comfort measures such as frozen celery and mango wedges in my freezer when the pain gets real. Nova also wears an amber necklace as of 10 months old.
//I chose to cleanse at 3 months postpartum in an effort to feel lighter inside and out. I ate only raw foods and felt fantastic! This helped me tune back in to my bodies needs and redirect my focus from emotional cravings to nutritional necessities. Here you’ll find a lot of the beautiful things I ate such as a giant rainbow pizza!
//Nova loves green juices full of ginger, turmeric, spinach, celery, cucumber and green apple. He’s been drinking these juices since 5 months old. Aside from green juice, he’s fanatical about roasted garlic hummus and all hummus for that matter. I started feeding him foods full of flavor from fermented veggies to garlic and gingeriffic juices he hasn’t tried anything that he doesn’t enjoy (this makes me very happy)! My only suggestion is to make eating experimental, fun and full of natures bounty.
//The one gift I would suggest any expectant mother to have on her registry would be a freezer full of healthy homemade meals. Getting back into the kitchen felt impossible those first few months after Nova was born. Luckily I began batch cooking during my last month of pregnancy and a dear friend of ours organized a meal drop off with all of our wonderful friends and thank goodness for Alex!
If you’re local you can hire me to stock your freezer with nourishing meals that way you’ll have more time to focus on your new love and ensure your needs are taken care of.
//Alex and I went to the beach the day before going into labor. I remember feeling so relaxed and trusting that Nova was going to come when he felt the time was right. I knew he had the inside view and that I could trust he was going to come out when and how he felt was best for him and I. The last few weeks of pregnancy were bliss! Nova was comfortably positioned and I was still taking walks and moving about with ease.
My thoughts and experiences on feeding my baby solids:
Feeding a baby can seem very complex and i’ll admit I had a bit of anxiety over what I would feed Nova, how to go about it, and even had many gagging moments at which scared the bejeebees out of me (especially the first several times they happened). I am far from an expert, if I had to label myself in this realm, it would be an experimenter, observer and believer. I try things out, see how Nova reacts and believe that the choices I make as his mother are nourishing him.
Overall I’ve come to find that feeding my baby is quite simple (when I follow my gut). With intuition, a trusty bib & sponge I move confidently forward feeding Nova what I believe to be the most nourishing foods for his curiosity and growing being.
Nova’s not a picky eater, he’s a very curious little fella. He’s loved absolutely every food he’s ever tried and even eats a raw onion like an apple at times. I’m constantly amazed at how he devours spicy foods and has an abundant love for all things green. Let’s hope this lasts… regardless, I trust that how I feed him now will undoubtedly set him up for a lifetime of being love fed (a mom can hope and do her best to be the example).
Here’s hoping you have many fun moments feeding your sweet baby and trust in your innate motherly wisdom.