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Recovery after Birth New moms often face many challenges just after giving birth.  Every birth journey is different, but all of them are challenging, exhausting and involve some sort of recovery time.  A woman's body has gone through a natural albeit traumatic experience after birth, and her body has literally changed.  There will be some time needed for her to feel like herself again, and that all starts with allowing the body to heal. Here are a few things to keep in mind while recovering after birth: If you're lucky enough to have support, this will be the time that you will need it, and don't feel ashamed to ask for it.  Someone that is available to help you with basic things like food, and cleaning will be a huge help.  If you have a toddler, getting someone to occupy them for a couple of hours will give you more time to rest...

Amazing body changes during Pregnancy Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman's life.  There are so many new things happening with her body, both physically and emotionally, and it's hard to keep up with all that's happening.  Many first time moms find comfort in researching all the body changes so that they know what to expect during their 40 weeks.  Here are a few amazing body changes that many women experience during pregnancy:   Weight Gain- For most women 25-35 lbs is the recommendation.  If you are smaller in size, you may need a few extra pounds, and if you are larger in size, 15 to 20 lbs may be normal for you.  I know that it seems that weight gain is no big deal, but unnecessary weight can add more strain to your body.  Having an excuse to eat whatever you like without feeling guilty or being judged for it is...

5 new mom tips to ignore Everyone knows that life is exhausting and overwhelming for a new mom.  Let's face it, everything is uncharted territory, and a lot of the time, new moms will rely on friends, and family that have been down the parenting road before for advice.  Most of the advice received is very helpful, but there are some new mom tips you can ignore.   Keep the dogs away from the baby. I know it can be tempting to keep the dog and the baby separate in the beginning, but honestly your family dog is a part of the family too, and the introduction to your family's new addition should be immediate.  Don't isolate them, introduce them, and monitor their interaction well into the toddler stage.  Doing this early will encourage a safe and life-long friendship.   Noise-Free Zone. No one wants to wake the baby, believe me!  Further, every parent cringes...

11 Surprises from the first year of parenthood One of my best friends is about to have a baby. Her and her husband’s first child; a boy. I’m beyond the moon thrilled for them. My own first child, also a boy, is now a year old. It was the most incredible year of my life in every way imaginable. The love I feel for this little guy is so fierce that it hurts. I remember being so excited to meet him, and yet I can also remember that slight feeling of panic, dread, and terror in the days leading up to the birth. What advice can I give? What did I learn over the last year that will help ease their minds, or at the very least make them feel somewhat more prepared? The truth is, there is nothing that will ever prepare you for this. [blockquote text='Parenting is a crazy rollercoaster of emotions,...

  7 things that drive homebuyers crazy….. So my hubby and I have been looking at the possibility of moving for ages. We juggle with the idea of leaving the very close proximity to the beach for a bigger property, with some acreage, and a newer more modern house that we can run our businesses from. We’ve been looking at houses online for years and have visited dozens of houses and blocks of land both here in Australia and in Canada, though purchasing a property in Canada would solely be for long-term rental investment. So I know a little bit about real estate, my parents have been real estate agents themselves for over 15 years. My husband has owned and sold numerous properties here in Australia, and well like I mentioned before I’ve been regularly keeping my eye on the South West Western Australian and West Island of Montreal Market for over 7 years....

Five Fun FREE Activities to do With Your Toddler Playing with the Hose! Toddlers love to be outside and playing with their bath toys in the grass with the garden hose, but make sure you test the temperature of the water before you spray your baby.  The temperature in a hose can get well into the 100’s F and scald your baby, so make sure it gets cool while the water flows before handing it over to him. Pump up the play time by adding bubbles, a cool sprinkler for him to run through and don’t forget the sunblock! 2.  Stacking Cups! We all have those stacks of solo cups left over from last year’s family BBQ, so bring them out and let the kids go to town!  My son could stack and un-stack these plastic cups for hours on end! 3. Digging Around!  Find a flat container (I used a clean litter box but a...