Welcome Baby Sonia!

I’m so happy to announce the arrival of our baby GIRL, Sonia!  Third times a charm for getting our sweet baby girl.  We were totally shocked and excited to hear those words, “It’s a girl” as our little Sonny Girl made her way in to the world on that snowy first day of Spring.  Totally worth the almost 42 week wait!  We’re all soaking up the sweet girl energy in our house, especially after five years of living in rough and tumble boy world! It’s amazing how equally wonderful, yet so uniquely different and special it is to love your baby girl. Loving every sweet moment! 

And then there were three.  Lots of joy, and plenty of struggle.  I don’t know what all those Moms were talking about saying going from 2 to 3 kids was so much easier than going from 1 to 2.  I’m totally feeling outnumbered, and barely keeping my head above water.  Even though I’m feeling calmer and trusting of my inner Mommy wisdom this time around, which is slightly easing the transition, I’m realizing the logistics of managing my world with 3 kiddos is challenging me big time.  From the simple things like how to load three kids in the car, which I just found out is not going to work for our new family of 5 (wish I knew that when I got the car a month before I got prego with babe #3), to refereeing my 4 and almost 2 yr. olds as they engage in a hitting and pushing match while I’m seeing stars and my toes are curling with the extreme pain as my baby latches and loads on to my breast!  Here’s a little helpful hint, never yell at your kids while your baby is latched on your boob.  Feels like a hermit crab clamped down and gave you a “titty twister” on your already super sore nipples!  Ouch! 

Then, there’s the “crumbs.”  The crumbs on the floor that I don’t have time to clean up.  I can’t stand it!   I’m a “recovering” Type A perfectionist that gets eaten alive on the inside when things are out of order and just aren’t the way I want them.  Yeah, I know crazy!  Believe me, I’m working real hard and praying a whole lot to put the crazy perfectionist in the corner for a long time out.  Not there yet! The crumbs are constant reminders of the out of order chaos that is my life right now.   I always knew one of the many reasons God blessed us with baby #3 was to help me let go and throw my hands in the air and surrender a little more.  To help me embrace more of a “Let Go and Let Love (God)” way of living.  I have to learn to be OK with the “crumbs.”  To find peace in the midst of life’s many chaotic moments, and be light with myself as I’m learning to do it.  So, learning I am.

Here’s to taking it one “crumb” at a time, and trusting that someday I will be light enough with myself to find peace and humor with life’s and my many imperfections. 

Hugs, 

Dani  

Sonia Renee, Born 3/20/15, 7lbs 14oz

Her big brothers are smitten!

Mommy loves her sweet baby girl!

 

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Creamy Chocolate Mousse Smoothie

My day got completely derailed by crazy, winter weather and a sick kid yesterday.  Typical life of Mom!  At 39 weeks prego, my hormones were running wild, and so was my mood.  I guess getting your day turned upside down, scrubbing vomit out of your rugs, and running continuous loads of puke soaked laundry will do that to ya!  

I needed something super satisfying to keep up with my crazy day that would quench my intense chocolaty smooth craving.  So I took it to my Vitamix, and away I played. Oh, I was so happy I did! Because what came out soaked every part of my body with velvety chocolate deliciousness and mood boosting goodness. Here it is. 

Silky Smooth Chocolate Mousse Smoothie

Stress Hurts!

What in the world was I thinking moving to a new home with a 21 mo. old, 4 yr. old, and 34 weeks pregnant! After looking for a home for 2.5 years, we finally found it, and now became the only option to make the move.  I had no idea what I was in for.

Enter complete overwhelm!  Add in my hubbs starting a new job in January, which left me with just about all of the move duties; we’re taking on a demo/renovation in our new house in addition to all of inspection "to do's" being done as we moved in; I'm still working; figuring out what to do with my kiddos during the move; and oh yeah, I have 3 professional certifications up for Recert all due before this 3rd baby arrives in 5 weeks. It gives me ogeda just thinking about it!  Now add my arch nemesis, Type A Perfectionist personality that I've been working so hard to tame in to the mix, and we've got an all-out Mommy meltdown ready to blow at any given moment! Which, by the way, already happened three times.  I know we all have a load to carry, and that it’s how we carry it that makes all the difference.  Well, I'm realizing I'm not carrying this load very well at all.

Take the 7 Day Green Juice Challenge! Melt Fat and Feel Good.

 

The Powerhouse Juice that Rocks Your Body and Health

No wonder why this has literally saved me during my last 2 pregnancies (1 is still going!).  Helping me prevent/treat Charlie Horses, Varicose Veins, Low Energy, Mood Swings, and is a key ingredient in keeping this pregger only gaining Healthy Pregger Weight!  It’s been my saving grace through Post-Partum Depression/Anxiety as well as easing the daily stresses that come along with MommyHood.  Can you say, totally worth it?  Totally! 

Why it works!

The Feel Good Power of the “Golden Green,” Kale, Apple, Lemon Juice

It’s power packed with energy/mood boosting Vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, and B2; body balancing minerals magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, and potassium (Has more Calcium per gram compared to Whole Milk! Say, “Sayonara” mucus causing milk, and hello to super green goodness!)  To top it all off, it’s fully loaded with Immune Boosting Antioxidants like beta carotene, flavonoids, quercetin, lutein and zeaxanthin.  Can you say cancer fighter?  Absolutely!             

Health Benefits

Weight/Fat Loss:  Cleansing, nourishing, stress reducing!  You name it, this juice does it.  Beats the bloat, improves digestion, helps regulate blood sugar, and melts the fat away!

To Doula or Not to Doula

A First Time Mom-To-Be asked this question today in my PreNatal Yoga class.

Personally, I've had both experiences (1 birth with, 1 without, and third will be sans doula too). I didn't have a positive experience with my doula. I had a 14+ hr. labor that went from 7pm to 9:30am, and she refused to come until I was getting ready to push so she could “save her energy.” Really! My whole reason for paying good money for a doula was to help me get through the labor best I could minus the meds. She showed up after I started pushing, and long after I already begged for and received the epidural. Needless to say, I was not a happy Mama, and the whole doula thing only added stress and frustration to an already challenging labor experience!   On the flip side, I've heard lots of great things about other doulas. So, explore, feel it out, and go with your gut! Just remember to ask the doulas you interview when she will show up for Labor and Delivery, and what her role will be when she gets there. I also learned that the nurses at the hospital I delivered at (shout out to Paoli Hospital L & D Nurses) Rocked, and were like doulas anyway. Ask around about your hospital's L & D nurses, and feel out whether you should Doula or not.

Why Do the Doula

Surviving Sugar Shock from My Pregnancy Glucose Test and Better Options to Avoid It

I just survived another sugar shock episode from my pregger glucose test. Thank God it was only very blurred vision, some jitters, and then followed by a violent bout of a bowel clean out 2 hours after the test! Last time I broke out in hives, felt like I drank 10 Red Bulls, had blurred vision, and took two whole days to get myself back to neutral. My body totally freaked out!  I prepped better this time (with my plan below), but this totally made me think this happening two pregnancies in a row just isn’t right.  This obviously can’t be good for me and my baby!  So, what’s a pregger to do? 

I shared my glucose pregger test nightmare with my gal pals, and one of my pregger friends chimed in with a “Help a Mommy Out” comment that said, "She was shocked my OB made me do this!"  She said her OB offered an Organic OJ as a healthy, better option.  What! I had a choice?  I could've saved me and my baby from the chaotic shock this test puts my body through! Why wouldn’t all OBs get on board with this better for Mom, better for Baby option? I felt both pissed and inspired to dig in a little deeper to help other Moms-to-be avoid the negative effects of this ever so dreaded test.  

Talk About Sleeping Baby. Sleep Deprived Moms Want to Know!

New Moms, Moms who’ve been around the block a few times with the babes, and every Mom in between wants to know, “How do I get my baby to Sleep?!”

We’ll try anything to attain that holy grail of sleeping baby. It’s the hot topic of Mom conversations everywhere, and one that I’m asking myself as I prep for baby #3.  So, what’s your secret to sleeping baby success?  Sleep deprived, desperate Moms want to know.

I always try to remember that the most important thing here is the health and wellbeing of me, my baby, and my family, so whatever works to accomplish this, I think is all good and priceless.  You and your hubbs (significant other) have to be on the same page too.  You’re a team.  If one of you isn’t buying in to the plan, the plan won’t work.  And, remember plans change!  We’re getting to know our babies, and understanding how they behave and respond to different things.  So, be consistent with your efforts, and very open to the change-up plan when it’s needed.  I always give it 3 straight days of consistent effort to see if what I’m doing is working, or needs a revamp. 

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier Foods

There’s a Halloween Hangover going on in my house!  My kids are drunk off candy, and I’m scurrying to find any and all outlets, including the trashcan, to dump that crazy, laced loot somewhere other than spread out all over my living room floor.  Now, I’m all about getting my treat on, and allowing my kids to do the same, but I can’t have candy mania running up in my house lingering right into the Holiday sugar rush.  My kids, and me will go nuts!  It’s time to get our Healthy On.  I’m bringin’ healthy back to our home!  Here’s how.

5 Easy Ways to Bring Healthy Back to Your Home

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