Happy new year folks!
Juli here, your friendly-overzealous-Wine-Lady-mom-of-four.
So guys, I have a problem. I'm falling apart here.
As an introverted person, choosing to dance wasn’t an easy choice. I knew I wanted to do something active that included my daughter, and attending the Salsa Babies class offered in town really pushed my boundaries and made me leave my comfort zone. When the opportunity to teach the Salsa Babies classes came up, I was nervous but saw it as an opportunity to create a modest income without having to sacrifice time with my child. Writing this blog, I hope to inspire you to push your comfort zone, leave the house, meet new people, experience new things and make new memories.
Did you know that we are all born musical?
It’s interesting to ask parents two questions:
1. Do you consider yourself musical? (the answer is usually no!)
2. Do you consider your child musical? (the answer is usually YES!
This question tells us a lot about our ideas of Nature versus Nurture. Before the invention of the radio, families would gather together to sing ‘Parlour Songs’. It was usually a way to entertain themselves after dinner or when they had friends over. It didn’t matter if you were ‘talented’, it was just something you did. It was just part of your day.
I don't know about you, but I'm still wondering how this past year went by so quickly? It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New (2017) Year and welcoming back to back babies in January during that deep freeze (you remember the one, don't you)?!
As work wives, Sarah and I are at the point in our relationship where we can read each other's thoughts, and know exactly what the other one needs us to do. We have grown together as doulas and business owners over the last year and are enjoying this time as our visions and hopes for our company come to fruition.
In 2018 we supported over 90 families through their prenatal, birth and postpartum journeys and have grown our local Facebook groups (Orangeville & GTA) to over 700 local families combined.
Expanding Our Classes
Growing Our Team
When Spring came to us, so did Daniela - and she was the perfect addition to our incredible team. Daniela and I did our doula training together many moons ago, so when we reconnected on a professional level this year, I had no doubts that this was the right step for us.
We also met Nadia in the fall, and although we weren't looking to expand our team at the time, after meeting with her, we couldn't imagine NOT having her as a part of the LOL team!
I want to thank Daniela, Nadia and our veteran team member Nicole for an amazing year - for being a part of our growth, for being such amazing women, mothers and doulas. All three of you are an inspiration and a joy to be around. We are so thankful to be on this journey with you! Now, if we could only get a photo of the 4 of us together!!
Perpetual student is an accurate descriptor for both myself and Sarah. After having to reschedule multiple times (babies come first), Sarah was finally able to attend her Labour Doula cross-training with with ProDoula and is on track to complete all of the certification requirements by the end of 2019.
It will be an incredible moment in my career when I am able to support families in the capacity of an IBCLC!
Let's Get Social!
Sarah & I continue to host our Mom & Baby Socials in Orangeville at The Lion's Den Yoga Studio on the first Monday of every month. A special thanks to the Lion's Den as well as Mochaberry Coffee for their continued support of this FREE event!
We have loved collaborating with local business owners and practitioners to attend as special guests. Be sure to check out some of their blog posts if you haven't already:
"Mom's Best Kept Secret" - Dr. Carly Butterworth (Chiropractor)
"Why Your Baby is Not Too Young for Music Class" - Pamela (Owner & Director of Music Together of Orangeville)
"Becoming Unstuck" - Nat Kipling, H. B.Kin, MOMSc (Osteophath)
"Trick or Treat: Tips for Managing Halloween Treats" - Angela Wallace (Registered Dietitian - Nutritionist)
"#DitchDecember Challenge" - Naomi Higenbottam (Registered Nurse & Holistic Nutritionist)
Birth Options Night with the Midwives
I feel as though collaboration has been a theme over the past year, and one collaboration that I'm particularly fond of has been with the Midwives of Headwater Hills and their Birth Options Night. It was over a year ago when Melissa Nowell, RM approached me about being a part of their semi-monthly Birth Options Night - and it was a match right from the start. Besides the fact that I get to meet so many incredible families at these events, I have learned so much from Melissa - she is an incredible facilitator, and incredibly passionate not only about her career, but about supporting families during this important time in their lives. Thank you for continuing to include us in this informative (and fun) evening you facilitate for local families!
To our own families, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To our husbands and children, who sometimes have to do things without us because we are "at a birth", to our parents and extended family who are always willing to step in and help us - Thank you, thank you, thank you! You make it possible for us to do our work as doulas and serve the families in this incredible community of ours.
I’m sitting here getting my hair done for the first time in a year and half. It’s been a self imposed ban on hair due to budgeting (I opted for a house cleaner instead - who is now one of my favourite people ever). Unfortunately, when the care of the hair went out the window so did something of my ‘self care’ routine. This also included my crafted vision of what I wanted my reality to look like.
I'm not gonna lie - I'm still in a little bit of denial that we are well into December and 2019 is quickly creeping up on us! What a year it has been! We are always so thankful to the incredible contributors we get to our blog. This year we covered a lot of topics including being a single parent, sex, chiropractic care, music, mom life, healthy eating, midwifery care, cesarean birth, osteopathy, nursing (the job, not the act of - though we covered that as well), pelvic floor therapy, postpartum health & fitness, delayed cord clamping, disabilities, photographs & healthy eating (phew - I think I got them all).
Below is a compilation of our most popular blogs of the year - a special thanks to all those people who took the time to enrich our website by contributing their writings! Here are our top ten most popular blog posts of 2018!
The woman on the right is who I was before I had my daughter.
Corporate, professional, serious. I worked extremely hard for the career I had before becoming a mom. I committed myself to my degree, then my internships, and my professional development. It took long hours, taking risks, giving it all I had. I felt that it defined me. My work was who I was. It proved my worth.
It's that time of year again - resolution time!
If you are like me your resolutions involve working to improve your health. A huge and often overlooked part of our health is our exposure to toxins. We usually don't think of our cosmetics as a source of toxicity but the average woman is exposed to 168 chemicals EVERY day (men are exposed to about 85 chemicals daily).
I invite you to start your resolutions early and join my #ditchdecember challenge
As a child I always enjoyed getting dressed up and going trick or treating with my family and friends. I even more so enjoyed eating lots of candy! If you know me, you likely know I enjoy candy (I don't have it often, but when I do I REALLY enjoy it). I can still remember my favourite Halloween treats (Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Popeye Candy Sticks, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups). These are fun memories that make Halloween so nostalgic and exciting. However, with all that being said I believe there are ways to limit excessive sugar intake during Halloween and enjoy your treats mindfully.
Tips to Help Your Children Enjoy Halloween Candy Mindfully
Prior to having children, I envisioned myself as a working mother. I really enjoyed working and when I became pregnant with my first son, I knew (or thought I knew) that I would have no issues returning to the work following maternity leave. I mean, I’ve seen other parents in the office return from maternity/parental leave. They all seemed to adjust fine; still staying on top of their workload and tasks at home.
I thought I could have it all:
Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary. My hubby has planned a weekend away and we made arrangements with the grandparents to stay with my babies.
I need time away. I truly do.