When I first mentioned to our editor-in-chief that I was thinking about writing a post that addressed childhood constipation, she was far more excited than I was expecting. "Kids and poop?" she said, "Our readers will eat it up!" There was a moment of silence before we both burst out laughing. As parents, we may find ourselves handling poop more often than the average person, but hopefully not eating it.
Healthy Moms Blog
As a second time new Mum who’s gotten a lot more particular about the products I use on my little ones, one of my biggest challenges is finding healthy and safe products to use on the sensitive skin of newborns. Let’s face it, we’ve got enough on our minds to deal with. When we’re toughing it out in the trenches of the fourth trimester, surviving on a few hours of sleep a day and recovering from pregnancy, the last thing we want to do is spend hours looking up ingredients on Google.
I was thrilled to learn about the line of natural newborn skin care products made by The Homemade Organics Company. They’re a Canadian-owned producer of certified organic skin care products for moms and babies, as well as cleaning products for the home. All of the ingredients they use are eco-conscious, vegan, chemical-free, pesticide-free and alcohol-free. They’re even certified through PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program. This is the real deal.
As I sit here writing, I am drinking a glass of wine and munching on caramel-filled milk chocolate wafers. I’m going to tell you right now, I am not the best example of finding balance, when it comes to holiday indulgences. I have been Paleo during the holidays, which was its own form of insanity, and I have had plenty of years like this one, when I baked cookies, drank more than my fair share of alcohol, and indulged at every opportunity.
When considering the differences between my births in England, India and Canada, in the most important way there were no worthy differences to mention. I had access to wonderful medical care in each case. Experienced midwives and doctors attended the births and emergency care was close by if needed. This is an enormous contrast to the birth experience of hundreds of millions of women around the world who have no access to medical care and no access to safe deliveries,
When thinking about my own birth experiences I can’t help but think about some of the very memorable births I’ve attended during my missions with Doctors Without Borders.
One of the hardest things, when it comes time for the holiday season, is finding a balance between old and new, or between mourning those who aren't with you, and celebrating with those who are. Losing someone you love is never easy, and the circle of life goes on no matter what you have planned, which means that sometimes you have to live in a contradiction of feelings. This Christmas has been exactly that, for me and my family.
The first months of Payton’s life were also the last months of my father-in-law’s. The starkness of that contrast continues to weigh on our hearts, especially as we experience the holidays with her this year. While we rejoice in all of our daughter’s firsts, and enjoy every moment she shares with us, we also mourn the loss of her Nono, whom she will never know.