Posts in motherhood
NUTRITION TIPS FOR NEW MUMS

The first few weeks of being home with your baby was great, wasn’t it?

They would sleep a lot and you could sit back with a cup of tea, enjoying lunch in peace. But now you’re tired all the time and your hair is falling out. During those rare baby naps, you’re taking care of chores instead of taking care of yourself.

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HOW TO PACK FOR A FLIGHT WITH A TODDLER

It's pretty easy to see we travel a lot around Australia (and recently over seas) with Millie in tow. We have become some what experts on flying with her and she has also become very good at being on a plane. She now knows when we hop on she has to do up her seat belt and recently even learnt to buckle it herself.

One of the most common things I get asked about is packing for traveling with her and tips on flying with baby/toddler.

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THE PRESSURE OF GETTING YOUR BABY TO SLEEP

Even before our babies are born we are bombarded with information regarding sleep for baby. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and scared of sleep deprivation (because I had suffered insomnia in the past I knew the effects it had on mental health) that I engaged the help of a baby sleep specialist who wrote me a program to follow once my daughter was born. 

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POST PARTUM RECOVERY & BEYOND – STOP THE JIGGLE AND REGAIN YOUR STABILITY!

When I was pregnant I couldn’t wait to get my old body back, not for the appearance but for the feeling of having my body back to myself. I wanted to feel comfortable, strong and stable again. In those last few months I felt like my tummy skin and muscles were stretched to their limits, my pelvis ached and I felt like I was constantly going to topple forward. 

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Dear Daughter - Our journey so far

The below is a letter to my daughter of our journey so far. Today I needed reminding of just how far I and we have come on this journey together. 

 

Dear Milena, 

I felt it before I knew it. I was so sick, scared and unwell but I knew you were there.

It was 9 months of hell - tears, hospitals, panic, fear and sadness most of which I did my best to hide because I was embarrassed that I didn't feel the "joy" I was meant to feel, I wasn't "connecting" the way they said I should 

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ANXIETY CONTROL

Motherhood can be stressful, in fact I believe life in general is stressful these days. There is always so much pressure on us to do more, give more, be more and achieve more that it leaves us highly strung because we feel like we can never keep up or do enough.

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motherhoodAlarice Stuart
MORE THAN JUST "MUM"

About a month ago I realised something - I was having a bit of an identity crisis. 

Since having Millie even though I have grown immensely as a person mentally I had lost myself in the nappy changes, topknots, active wear all day and  #mumlife daily routine. I stopped caring about or forgot about my own personal goals, my career , I was caring less about things that I usually loved to do and even in a way I was so much less focused on my relationships with my husband and friends. My whole focus was on being "Mum."

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motherhoodBrittany Noonan
WHAT POSITIVE PARENTING MEANS TO ME

Over the last couple of months I have been sharing with you my experience with Triple P’s – Positive Parenting Program.” I can’t even begin to explain to you the difference this program has made to me when it comes to my parenting skills, parenting goals and the expectations I place on myself and my daughter. In this blog I want to give you a wrap up on what I have learnt and what “positive parenting” means to me.

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motherhoodBrittany Noonan
WHEN THE HAPPIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE JUST ISN'T

There is a lot of information out there regarding PND (Post Natal Depression) which is fantastic as we create awareness, we can help the many mothers out there who suffer from this mental illness. But we do not hear much about depression or anxiety during pregnancy even though it is thought that up to 10% of pregnant women actually have antenatal depression. Is it because we are scared to admit that even though we are told its meant to be the happiest time in our lives, sometimes it's just not?

For me this was the case.

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motherhoodBrittany Noonan
"COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY"

I honestly believe this is true when it comes to pretty much every aspect of our lives but especially when it comes to motherhood.

 Being a Mum for the first time is hard work, overwhelming and anxiety provoking . Yes, our babies are beautiful and we love them to death but it doesn't change the fact that they are hard work to deal with and to know what to do with at times.

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PARENTING NOW HAS A HANDBOOK!

You’ve just found out you’re pregnant and you’re going to be a parent – how exciting!

Through out your pregnancy there is an overload of info, books and what to do’s to for yourself to make sure you bring your child in to the world safely.

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motherhoodBrittany Noonan
Housewifestyle - Pregnancy & Mum Bod Journey

I'm so thankful that Britt asked me to share my story, my personal experience with pregnancy weight gain and postpartum weight loss, and all the emotions that come with it. It was the most challenging mental and physical journey I had ever encountered and I hope through sharing my story it can give comfort and confidence to other women that all pregnancies are different, all bodies are different but all women are incredibly amazing and above all despite your figure it has earned your RESPECT and LOVE. 

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Tips For Packing & Flying with a Baby!

As my followers and friends know my daughter is a frequent flyer as we travel all over for business plus I’m originally from interstate so I go home to visit friends quiet often.

Before I had Millie I was quiet nervous about how I would go travelling often with a baby but over time and many mistakes made, I have learnt a lot and wanted to share my best tips on what to pack in your nappy bag for the flight  and a few other handy tips! This is something I get asked quiet regularly so I hope this helps.

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My Top 10 Useful Baby Products for New Mums!

This blog is inspired by Baby Luno - an online store that caters for all things useful and needed in the first year of your babies life!

So I thought I would put together a list of 10 products that I found most useful as a new mum! And to celebrate this blog you can get 20% off any product from babyluno.com by using our special code "LOVEMILLIE"!

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My Body After Baby Number 2

I’m in the middle of a body image crisis. It’s been 10 weeks since I gave birth to my second child, and before she was born I was so sure about how this whole postpartum recovery deal was going to go down. Wow, was I naïve! After the birth of my first child, when I was 19, my figure returned within weeks. Just like everyone told me, breastfeeding seemed to make all 17kgs of baby weight melt off. My recovery from the birth was slow as I’d had a physically traumatic birth, but a few walks around the block with the pram once I was able to seemed to be enough to get me back to my pre-baby weight of 50kg and looking like I’d never had a baby.

Now, I don’t say any of this to brag – of course at the time I was well pleased - but rather to show how high my expectations were for round 2.

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10 Things I Miss About Not Being a Mum!

1. Sleep - Full nights of sleep, going to bed early , Saturday afternoon naps, Sleeping in on Sunday's. A sleep in is now anything until 8am if we are lucky. They told me "nap when your baby naps" , yeah right when my baby naps I have to do clean the path of destruction the child has just created, do the house work, wash the clothes, prepare meals and possibly get 2 minutes alone to have a hot shower.

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