Insta Recap – Babyland Bliss

Insta Recap – Babyland Bliss

Happy friday folks!

I’ve had two wonderful full night’s rest, and am feeling wonderfully serene and peaceful with the little routine the babe and I have established with one another.  I can’t believe little man is nearly two weeks old (yes, I’m already sentimental and dreading him growing up too fast).  I keep getting asked if I feel like a mom, and I still don’t quite know how to answer.  I feel like me.  Exactly the same, only with hawk-like instincts of protection and limitless patience.  I’m not quite sure what that “mom” feeling is supposed to ring in as, but I’ll keep you posted as to when it finally strikes.

I wanted to thank everyone who dropped by to read my last post on Nolan’s birth story – your feedback and sweet well wishes mean a lot to me, and I’m grateful for those who were able to take away some inspiration from my experience.  A few things I forgot to add:

  • If you’re looking for a natural birth, remember: the pain isn’t anything you can’t manage.  The pain IS you.  Nothing more than you.  Your body will balance everything out in a way where you can handle it.  Trust yourself, even when it doubt.  When I was birthing throughout the night (amongst what I considered one of the hardest parts), I repeatedly kept on questioning whether or not I’d be able to get through it all.  In the end, I kept reminding myself that the stronger the contraction, the more progress was being made.  Not once throughout my labour did I want/ask for the drugs (I am still more afraid of the needle, not actual birth).  I just took things as they came.  When it was time to push, there was a moment when I yelled out “I can’t do this!”.  That’s when I took control, got into a position that worked for me, and gave it my all (do it your way!).
  • I was very lucky to have an experience free of complications and interventions (I know often this is not the case for many women).  I believe that I made it significantly easier on myself without drugs.  I think it’s much harder (even terrifying) to deliver when urgencies pop out of nowhere and take away the comfort of control you may have thought you had.  Whatever way gets your babe safe into the world is perfect to me, and no one should ever be judged based on their decisions/outcomes.  It’s all about knowing your body, preferences, and trusting your instincts without letting fear decide for you.  The way people would warn me before giving birth when I mentioned that I wanted to do it naturally, you’d think it was the most horrific encounter of life.  Not true.  It was hard, beautiful, and the ultimate high.  Don’t believe me?  Ask my mom… right after little bean was out, while still in the delivery room, I mentioned wanting four more babes…
  • While I studied hypnobirthing throughout my pregnancy, when it came time to call the techniques into practice, they got abandoned by the sidelines.  There was no way in hell I could slow my breathing down to a sleep level, or “breathe” my baby down in the final stages.  I was huffing, puffing, and screaming till the cows came home.  And it worked beautifully for me – go with the flow mama (ain’t no shame in your game)!
  • Support – you need it!  When I was pregnant, I thought I needed a midwife and/or doula.  While professional aid is always welcome should you not have intimate/family individuals that “get” you around, it’s not the only way.  I was adamant about letting the man know my preferences and ensuring that he was involved both physically and emotionally.  I found solace in his words, and my mother’s.  Between the two of them, I had the consistent attention I needed to stay focused and happy.  Forever grateful – don’t underestimate that birthing is very much a team effort!

And now for a quick visual catchup…

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A beautiful bouquet courtesy of the man’s work…

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Sweet treats and celebratory words from mama to mama…

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Dressing the sweet bean.  I’ve got a good rotation of clothing going, but am increasingly worried about a looming online baby shopping addiction…

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Gorgeous tulips from the mom…

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The return of my belly button piercing!  When I put it in at first it kind of stuck out awkwardly from my inny still being an outy.  Each and every day forward I find it tucking itself ever so slightly back in…

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My little denim daydreamer…

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Mama-break treats flown in from Vancouver’s Wholefoods – thank you Uncle Reza (god those caramels are heavenly!)…

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Our first outing at five days old… to the ham and cheese/dijon sandwich shop of course…

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Father and son cuddlefest…

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Welcoming wishes for Mr. popular…

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Paying thanks for our perfect little creation at Sunday mass…

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New York incoming pigeon treats for our teeny bird watcher (and some yummy soaps for mom’s aromatherapy enjoyment)…

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Still obsessed with the Gap’s Paddington Bear collection (snapped up a sweet marmalade lesson tee on sale), and these little monster party invites for upcoming celebrations!

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Lifefactory makes the coolest glass bottles (great for holding snacks, and transforming to sippy cups later), and the Weleda diaper rash cream is awesome.  Fan of their natural products for life (can’t wait to use that massage oil on baby boy)…

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Even monkey’s have baby monkey friends… my sweet sleeper & co…

Have a beautiful weekend lovelies!  Posts will resume to their regular tempo as of tuesday.  Until then, soak up the family around you, sleep in, and eat pancakes for good measure!

xox

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