Are you a brand, retailer, PR representative, Etsy shop, or independent consultant looking to promote your gift ideas this Christmas? We are now accepting submissions for listings in This West Coast Mommy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Our guide will run from the beginning of November through to Christmas and feature gift ideas for the whole family – babies, kids, moms, dads, and the home. Feel free to check out last year’s Holiday Gift Guide to see what you can expect.
It’s been 9 months since I had Riley. Can you believe that?! She’s been on the outside as long as she was on the inside now, and I’ve been reflecting on the weirdness of pregnant and postpartum bodies. It’s absolutely incredible how dramatically they change in such a short span of time, but it’s a bit alien as well. I loved my pregnancies, but having my body stretched out in all directions to accommodate a tiny human inside of me felt otherworldly at times, and not being able to fit into my regular wardrobe only intensified that feeling.
Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Today’s story comes from Louise, a maternity nurse and mother of two, who describes the delivery of her first baby as “wonderful, short, and uneventful.” She encourages women to view birth as doable and nothing to fear. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia
As a nurse working in Maternity, I had seen it all! I had my ideas of how I was going to labour, how long I was going to breastfeed and what sort of mother I was going to be. These are obviously hilarious now that I look back on it as none of it went the way I was planning!
While my pregnancy consisted of perfect blood pressure, text book weight gain, and asymptomatic gestation, I regretted saying I would work until 38 weeks. At this rate I could just come in to work, casually stroll over to Labour and Delivery and have the perfect drug-free labour. Instead I finished working on Good Friday and my husband and I went out on a mini babymoon a couple of towns over.
After indulging in WAY too much ham for Easter supper I went to bed thinking about the lazy few weeks I was about to have: catch up on Netflix, do a rigorous cleaning on the house, get the dogs groomed, etc., when a strange feeling in my pelvis indicated that my water broke!! My doctor had assured me that the water generally only broke while in labour and while the ‘Hollywood Gush’ was rather rare, here I was running to the bathroom leaving a trail behind me. My husband, panicked, had no idea what had gotten into me and followed me into the bathroom.
Are you interested in learning about birth, cloth diapering, babywearing, and natural parenting? Would you love to connect with local like-minded parents and meet your favourite natural parenting brands? MommyCon is your destination!
2017 is going to be a stellar year for MommyCon! Do you know why? Because for the first time ever, this natural parenting conference is coming to Canada! I’m so excited to be attending MommyCon in beautiful Vancouver next summer. Are you? Come find me!
What is MommyCon?
MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.
It’s time for another cloth diaper roundup! I love putting these together for you. This is a great chance to discover talented new WAMHs and diaper artists, as well as check out some fun new Halloween prints. Even though my two are out of diapers now, I still love seeing and sharing all this adorable fluff!
Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Today’s story is from Mallory of One Nerdy Momma who has generously shared the scheduled repeat C-section birth of her second son. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia
I have been married to a wonderful man for nearly 7 years, and am now the proud SAHM of 2 gorgeous, brilliant little boys. With my first delivery, things got complicated rather quickly and I ended up having an “emergency c-section”. I put it in quotes because the staff and my OB were all very calm and made it seem like no big deal. I found out later that it was actually a lot scarier than they let me believe, but I’m very grateful for their casual behavior. That was 2 years ago. This is the story of how we brought our second son into the world.
I spent the early part of my last full week of pregnancy stocking up on groceries and easy meals for the next couple weeks, and trying to get as much laundry done as possible. The day before our scheduled c-section, Connor (our firstborn) and I had an adventure day, because it was our last time to be just the two of us. We went out to breakfast and had a donut date, played at the Children’s Museum with Mema, and went to lunch with Dad before coming home for a good, long nap. Hubby’s sister stayed the night with us on Tuesday and at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning, we checked into the hospital. I really thought I’d be anxious; I thought I wouldn’t get any sleep and have at least one (probably 2) panic attacks before his birth. Instead, I went to bed like normal, slept like normal, and was completely calm all morning. I was a little anxious when we got to the hospital because we were running late and I hate to be late places, but other than that I was good. I shocked myself. No panic attacks, no massive fear or anxiety.
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The temperatures are starting to drop quickly here on the West Coast. The winter duvet is on my bed, and I pulled out our warm coats a couple of weeks ago. I’m used to switching our wardrobes over with the seasons, but of course other things need seasonal maintenance too. Things like our home and my car. I’m in that car every single day driving the kids to and from school and karate class, commuting to work, and running errands, so I can’t skip or skimp on fall and winter maintenance. I’ve got precious cargo in there!
Normally hubby takes the car in to our mechanic for regular maintenance, but I’d really like to be more self-sufficient when it comes to these kinds of simple tasks (plus save a little money too), so this time I decided to try doing some of it myself.
Last July, Lindsay and I hosted our annual Made in Canada Baby event, and natural skincare specialists Garden by the Sea joined us for the first time. What really stood out to me was the obvious care and attention this mother and daughter team from New Brunswick put into all their skincare products. They’re all handcrafted in small batches and 100% natural. You won’t find any parabens, dyes, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or other harmful ingredients. Instead, they use only pure essential oils, high grade carrier oils, natural fruit butters, and natural botanicals.
I was so impressed with their ingredient list (and more importantly what’s not in it), I wanted to try some for myself. So last month, Garden by the Sea kindly sent us a selection of their natural skin care products to try out and review for you.
Hand & Heel Balm and Lip Butter
I always have dry hands and rough, dry, and hard heels, so the first thing I wanted to try was Garden by the Sea’s Hand & Heel Balm ($16.95).
Can you believe it’s October already? I took the girls to karate class yesterday, and on our way home the streetlights came on and all of a sudden I realized I had to turn on my headlights. That was a depressing moment, I tell you. I’m sad that the days are getting shorter and cooler (and wetter for all of us living on the West Coast), but there is a silver lining.
School’s back in session and we’re back to our regular routines. I’m kind of sad that summer’s over, but I’m excited for fall too. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and that means it’s time to put away my shorts and sandals and break out the cozy sweaters and boots!