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  • Day 25 
#motherhoodmeditationjourney 
Breathe 
Today, continue the practice of day 24, Notice. Continue to shift from thinking to feeling how the stressors manifest in the body. 
Today, as you Notice, then focus on Breath. Breathe deeply into the discomfort of the body. With intention slow the breath, lengthen the breath. If your day and the particular instance allow, communicate with your child or your people that you need to take “a break”, remove yourself from the situation and find a comfortable standing or seated position. Here, use your breath to settle the body, settle the mind, and find a moment of peace for yourself.  Throughout your day, practice this as many times as needed and you are able. In these moments honor yourself, care for yourself, and be intentional about it.
  • Day 25
    #motherhoodmeditationjourney
    Breathe
    Today, continue the practice of day 24, Notice. Continue to shift from thinking to feeling how the stressors manifest in the body.
    Today, as you Notice, then focus on Breath. Breathe deeply into the discomfort of the body. With intention slow the breath, lengthen the breath. If your day and the particular instance allow, communicate with your child or your people that you need to take “a break”, remove yourself from the situation and find a comfortable standing or seated position. Here, use your breath to settle the body, settle the mind, and find a moment of peace for yourself. Throughout your day, practice this as many times as needed and you are able. In these moments honor yourself, care for yourself, and be intentional about it.
  •  3  1  14 minutes ago

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  • There have been days I wake up and think, I can’t do this. I’m exhausted, drained, mentally + physically just pooped from being on overdrive caring for 3 littles. What were we thinking having them all so close in age?!
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The mental load of motherhood is rough. Life has been rough. Trying to navigate parenthood, adulthood, marriage, my own mind has worn me down. I’m at the point I want to throw my hands up, throw the towel in.
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I have a positive affirmations list I’d read every morning during those times I would lay there thinking, I can’t do this. Reading the positive affirmations helps motivate me to get up each day with a positive outlook. However, It’s been awhile since I’ve even looked at it. The past 2 years kind of went into overdrive when our family grew... when I was pregnant for what felt like 2 years straight. And for 2 years, my mind and emotions have been all over the place, battling inside.
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So last night, I erased my old daily positive affirmations list and created a new one. I could only come up with one thing for now, but it’s enough:
“I will take care of myself in order to be a good mother.”
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Postpartum depression, I will kick your butt.
I suppose that’s positive affirmation #2.
  • There have been days I wake up and think, I can’t do this. I’m exhausted, drained, mentally + physically just pooped from being on overdrive caring for 3 littles. What were we thinking having them all so close in age?!
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    The mental load of motherhood is rough. Life has been rough. Trying to navigate parenthood, adulthood, marriage, my own mind has worn me down. I’m at the point I want to throw my hands up, throw the towel in.
    .
    I have a positive affirmations list I’d read every morning during those times I would lay there thinking, I can’t do this. Reading the positive affirmations helps motivate me to get up each day with a positive outlook. However, It’s been awhile since I’ve even looked at it. The past 2 years kind of went into overdrive when our family grew... when I was pregnant for what felt like 2 years straight. And for 2 years, my mind and emotions have been all over the place, battling inside.
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    So last night, I erased my old daily positive affirmations list and created a new one. I could only come up with one thing for now, but it’s enough:
    “I will take care of myself in order to be a good mother.”
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    Postpartum depression, I will kick your butt.
    I suppose that’s positive affirmation #2.
  •  18  5  39 minutes ago
  • **Calon pak suami dan pak suami WAJIB banget baca nih**
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Semoga semakin banyak calon suami & suami yang mau belajar tentang #babyblues dan #postpartumdepression sehingga kelak jika dititipi Allah seorang anak sudah siap mendampingi istrinya dengan baik.
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Pak,
#babyblues dan #depresipascamelahirkan itu nyata adanya, dirasakan banyak ibu di dunia
Bukan mitos bukan krn krg mendekatkan diri
Bukan kurang ibadahnya
Pengaruh Hormon pak
hormon yg kasih Allah si ibu nggak bisa nolak

Banyak Orang berfikir faktor utama itu karena kelahiran si buah hati
Bukan, biasanya baby blues berujung PPD itu karena suami sendiri yg tak mengerti atau pihak keluarga /sekitar yang terlalu menekan sana sini.
Ditambah tuntutan pekerjaan rumah yg harus dikerjakan sendiri.

Ketika curhat, Malah Dibilang kamu krg bersyukur lah
Itu udah tugas kamu lah endebra endebra.

Padahal istri cukup didengar keluh kesahnya, dipegang tangannya ditatap wajahnya diyakinkan untuk kuat plus dibonusi pelukan hangat
InsyaaAllah bisa melewati ini 💕
#simpel lho

Tapi yang muncul terkadang pengabaian
"Halah kamu lebay, sensitif nggak bersyukur"
Lalu diabaikan
Dianggap biasa saja

Hingga berujung baby blues bahkan depresi lalu ada yang menganiaya bayi, ada yang habis melahirkan bunuh diri dll
Itu ibu ibu yg melakukan nggak sadar
Bukan gila beneran tapi gila krn tekanan krn g ada yg rangkul
Tiap hari diabaikan, ditekan sana sini, dicaci, dicerca, dijudge, dll

Padahal seharusnyya happy
Tapi fakta di lapangan banyak ibu ibu pasca melahirkan yang tersakiti

Mari belajar lagi bahwa menikah tidak hanya sah
Tapi ada ego yang harus dirubah
Ego mu pak, harus dirubah menjadi empati untuk menyehatkankan jiwa ibu dari anak - anakmu

By @wifetalk
  • **Calon pak suami dan pak suami WAJIB banget baca nih**
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    Semoga semakin banyak calon suami & suami yang mau belajar tentang #babyblues dan #postpartumdepression sehingga kelak jika dititipi Allah seorang anak sudah siap mendampingi istrinya dengan baik.
    .
    Pak,
    #babyblues dan #depresipascamelahirkan itu nyata adanya, dirasakan banyak ibu di dunia
    Bukan mitos bukan krn krg mendekatkan diri
    Bukan kurang ibadahnya
    Pengaruh Hormon pak
    hormon yg kasih Allah si ibu nggak bisa nolak

    Banyak Orang berfikir faktor utama itu karena kelahiran si buah hati
    Bukan, biasanya baby blues berujung PPD itu karena suami sendiri yg tak mengerti atau pihak keluarga /sekitar yang terlalu menekan sana sini.
    Ditambah tuntutan pekerjaan rumah yg harus dikerjakan sendiri.

    Ketika curhat, Malah Dibilang kamu krg bersyukur lah
    Itu udah tugas kamu lah endebra endebra.

    Padahal istri cukup didengar keluh kesahnya, dipegang tangannya ditatap wajahnya diyakinkan untuk kuat plus dibonusi pelukan hangat
    InsyaaAllah bisa melewati ini 💕
    #simpel lho

    Tapi yang muncul terkadang pengabaian
    "Halah kamu lebay, sensitif nggak bersyukur"
    Lalu diabaikan
    Dianggap biasa saja

    Hingga berujung baby blues bahkan depresi lalu ada yang menganiaya bayi, ada yang habis melahirkan bunuh diri dll
    Itu ibu ibu yg melakukan nggak sadar
    Bukan gila beneran tapi gila krn tekanan krn g ada yg rangkul
    Tiap hari diabaikan, ditekan sana sini, dicaci, dicerca, dijudge, dll

    Padahal seharusnyya happy
    Tapi fakta di lapangan banyak ibu ibu pasca melahirkan yang tersakiti

    Mari belajar lagi bahwa menikah tidak hanya sah
    Tapi ada ego yang harus dirubah
    Ego mu pak, harus dirubah menjadi empati untuk menyehatkankan jiwa ibu dari anak - anakmu

    By @wifetalk
  •  9  1  45 minutes ago
  • 👏🏻BREASTFEEDING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING! 👏🏻 ⁣
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you matter too, mama! ⁣
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figure out a plan that works for you AND baby. if that’s on demand every 1-2 hours, then that’s what works for you. If it’s once a day, and supplement with formula or pumped milk for the rest of the day, then THAT’S what works for you!⁣
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i say this all the time, but i am HUGE believer that formula actually PROMOTES breastfeeding. having the mental/physical touch break for some moms allows them to extend the life of their breastfeeding journey and also allows other care givers to step in. ⁣
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do 👏🏻 what 👏🏻 works 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 you!
  • 👏🏻BREASTFEEDING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING! 👏🏻 ⁣

    you matter too, mama! ⁣

    figure out a plan that works for you AND baby. if that’s on demand every 1-2 hours, then that’s what works for you. If it’s once a day, and supplement with formula or pumped milk for the rest of the day, then THAT’S what works for you!⁣

    i say this all the time, but i am HUGE believer that formula actually PROMOTES breastfeeding. having the mental/physical touch break for some moms allows them to extend the life of their breastfeeding journey and also allows other care givers to step in. ⁣

    do 👏🏻 what 👏🏻 works 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 you!
  •  111  10  1 hour ago

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  • One in five postpartum deaths are suicide related. Postpartum suicides are the second leading cause of death among new mothers. When a baby is born, a new mother is born as well. It is a life changing experience for everyone involved. New mothers experience all sorts of emotions. Ranging from pure bliss to anxiety or worse. Often times these surge of feelings and hormones can be overwhelming. They may even lead to harmful thoughts. But know that good mothers can have bad thoughts. Know that you are allowed to accept help, it’s ok to reach it. You don’t have to do this alone. 🦋

#maternalmentalhealth #postpartumdepression #postpartum #fourthtrimester #postpartumdoula #virtualdoula #support #judgementfreezone
  • One in five postpartum deaths are suicide related. Postpartum suicides are the second leading cause of death among new mothers. When a baby is born, a new mother is born as well. It is a life changing experience for everyone involved. New mothers experience all sorts of emotions. Ranging from pure bliss to anxiety or worse. Often times these surge of feelings and hormones can be overwhelming. They may even lead to harmful thoughts. But know that good mothers can have bad thoughts. Know that you are allowed to accept help, it’s ok to reach it. You don’t have to do this alone. 🦋

    #maternalmentalhealth #postpartumdepression #postpartum #fourthtrimester #postpartumdoula #virtualdoula #support #judgementfreezone
  •  14  1  1 hour ago
  • The fact that mommy doesn’t have to leave you, is the biggest gift I could imagine. .
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I get to have as many cuddles as I want.
I get to hold you as much as I want. 
I get to look at you as much as I want. .
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I don’t have to go back to a job where I’m away from you. .
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It was unbelievably hard going back to work when Caden was just 10 weeks old. I honestly feel like the first year was such a blur to me. .
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If I were still doing what I was doing, I would be me leaving in just 3.5 weeks to go back to work. That’s CRAZY! And what’s crazier is that a lot of other mommas have to go back even SOONER! .
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To those mommas leaving their babies when they really don’t want to, I feel you girl. It’s so hard. We do what we have to do at the time, but just know there are other options! .
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If you want more time with your babies. I want to help you get there.
If you want more income to get diapers you need without worry, I want to help you get there. 
If you want to feel better and feel more awake all day, I can help you with that. .
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All it takes is a leap of faith my friend..
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Just know mama, no matter what, YOU are a great mama. Whether you work full time, work two jobs, or stay at home, YOU are a great mama. A job doesn’t define how good of a mom you are. YOU do. Your love does. So know that ❤️
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. #momlife #boymom #sahm #stayathomemom  #mom #toddlermom #workfromhome #depression #selflove #selfdevelopment #bodypositivity #newborn #positivequotes #momoftwo #babynumber2 #pcos #onemonthold #fourthtrimester
#postpartum #postpartumdepression #anxiety #weightlossjourney #nutrition #energy
  • The fact that mommy doesn’t have to leave you, is the biggest gift I could imagine. .
    .
    I get to have as many cuddles as I want.
    I get to hold you as much as I want.
    I get to look at you as much as I want. .
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    I don’t have to go back to a job where I’m away from you. .
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    It was unbelievably hard going back to work when Caden was just 10 weeks old. I honestly feel like the first year was such a blur to me. .
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    If I were still doing what I was doing, I would be me leaving in just 3.5 weeks to go back to work. That’s CRAZY! And what’s crazier is that a lot of other mommas have to go back even SOONER! .
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    To those mommas leaving their babies when they really don’t want to, I feel you girl. It’s so hard. We do what we have to do at the time, but just know there are other options! .
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    If you want more time with your babies. I want to help you get there.
    If you want more income to get diapers you need without worry, I want to help you get there.
    If you want to feel better and feel more awake all day, I can help you with that. .
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    All it takes is a leap of faith my friend..
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    Just know mama, no matter what, YOU are a great mama. Whether you work full time, work two jobs, or stay at home, YOU are a great mama. A job doesn’t define how good of a mom you are. YOU do. Your love does. So know that ❤️
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    . #momlife #boymom #sahm #stayathomemom #mom #toddlermom #workfromhome #depression #selflove #selfdevelopment #bodypositivity #newborn #positivequotes #momoftwo #babynumber2 #pcos #onemonthold #fourthtrimester
    #postpartum #postpartumdepression #anxiety #weightlossjourney #nutrition #energy
  •  32  1  1 hour ago
  • S E L F C A R E. These kids right here are the reason YOU should be making an effort to take care of yourself. I don't remember the first year of Charlie's life and I was in a dark place when I got pregnant with Thea. I can't go back and change it. I can't go back and relive those years with them. Now that I'm "sober minded" and out of the gutters, it hurts me deeply that I've missed some significant moments in their lives, simply because I didn't seek out help. .
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Don't wait. Don't wait to get help. Don't wait to make yourself a priority. Don't wait to share your struggles. Please PLEASE don't wait. .
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For the first time in what seems like 5 years, I can finally ENJOY my kids. You heard that right. I can finally pause and smile and soak in some of those precious moments, like when my two youngest daughters sit on the side of the road in their undies/pull-up, just to hang out while I unload the car. .
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I still find some things irritating and probably more so than I should, but I'm finally able to breathe and actually listen to myself when I tell myself "it's fixable" or "we can wash it off". It may be a constant mental battle, telling myself it's not that big a deal, but at least now I listen!! I'm not blind to it anymore. It's losing its grip on me. .
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Seriously, take a moment to look at your kids. Take a good long look at their beautiful eyes and big toothy smile. Take a minute to find the reason for your self care. It's so freakin' important!!! Your babies need you and you need you, too.
  • S E L F C A R E. These kids right here are the reason YOU should be making an effort to take care of yourself. I don't remember the first year of Charlie's life and I was in a dark place when I got pregnant with Thea. I can't go back and change it. I can't go back and relive those years with them. Now that I'm "sober minded" and out of the gutters, it hurts me deeply that I've missed some significant moments in their lives, simply because I didn't seek out help. .
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    Don't wait. Don't wait to get help. Don't wait to make yourself a priority. Don't wait to share your struggles. Please PLEASE don't wait. .
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    For the first time in what seems like 5 years, I can finally ENJOY my kids. You heard that right. I can finally pause and smile and soak in some of those precious moments, like when my two youngest daughters sit on the side of the road in their undies/pull-up, just to hang out while I unload the car. .
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    I still find some things irritating and probably more so than I should, but I'm finally able to breathe and actually listen to myself when I tell myself "it's fixable" or "we can wash it off". It may be a constant mental battle, telling myself it's not that big a deal, but at least now I listen!! I'm not blind to it anymore. It's losing its grip on me. .
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    Seriously, take a moment to look at your kids. Take a good long look at their beautiful eyes and big toothy smile. Take a minute to find the reason for your self care. It's so freakin' important!!! Your babies need you and you need you, too.
  •  13  2  2 hours ago
  • My friend from college had a part in starting this account for moms who struggle with anxiety and depression. (Not just RIGHT after the baby is born either...) Here you can find A LOT of good resources and helpful feed for mamas and their families.  Having struggled with this myself, it hits home for me, and I think it's important to spread awareness.  There are also great podcasts and encouragement available through their account.  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions❤ If you ever need to talk, I am here and would love to share my story and help you find the support and resources that are available to you! There is HOPE! We cant control what happens to our bodies, but we can find help, support, hope and resources to carry us through! These are FANTASTIC WAYS you as a family member can also support those you know who may be struggling. #postpartum #support #newmom #mom #postpartumdepression #anxiety #help #encouragement #resources #howtodeal  #hope
  • My friend from college had a part in starting this account for moms who struggle with anxiety and depression. (Not just RIGHT after the baby is born either...) Here you can find A LOT of good resources and helpful feed for mamas and their families. Having struggled with this myself, it hits home for me, and I think it's important to spread awareness. There are also great podcasts and encouragement available through their account. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions❤ If you ever need to talk, I am here and would love to share my story and help you find the support and resources that are available to you! There is HOPE! We cant control what happens to our bodies, but we can find help, support, hope and resources to carry us through! These are FANTASTIC WAYS you as a family member can also support those you know who may be struggling. #postpartum #support #newmom #mom #postpartumdepression #anxiety #help #encouragement #resources #howtodeal #hope
  •  10  0  2 hours ago
  • I love music. Music was my live. I listened to is wherever I went, whatever I was doing and no matter how I felt. But after I gave birth I couldn’t anymore. -

I had a postpartum despression and it made me not feel like me at all. I had this tiny human who I loved very much, but I did not love myself. -

I remember the day, it was about nine moths after Max was born. And I told my sis I started to feel like myself again because I enjoyed listening to music again. I felt so euphoric. It took me a long time to really feel like me again. And I never really felt like the old me, but maybe an improved me. Someone I really love 🧡 .
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#ninemonths #mom #momlife #postpartum #postpartumdepression #depression #lovingme #mumlife #jongcreatures #momoftwo
  • I love music. Music was my live. I listened to is wherever I went, whatever I was doing and no matter how I felt. But after I gave birth I couldn’t anymore. -

    I had a postpartum despression and it made me not feel like me at all. I had this tiny human who I loved very much, but I did not love myself. -

    I remember the day, it was about nine moths after Max was born. And I told my sis I started to feel like myself again because I enjoyed listening to music again. I felt so euphoric. It took me a long time to really feel like me again. And I never really felt like the old me, but maybe an improved me. Someone I really love 🧡 .
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    #ninemonths #mom #momlife #postpartum #postpartumdepression #depression #lovingme #mumlife #jongcreatures #momoftwo
  •  20  2  5 hours ago
  • Brave faces. Fake smiles. I know so many of you know these all too well.
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We survived a 1st birthday party today. It was a beautiful day of celebration for my best friends little girl. 
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‘Aunty Jacqui’ was so happy to be there. ‘Grieving Jacqui’, was not. My heart hurt all day. And honestly, even after several wines tonight, it still does. 
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I lost count of all the times we were asked, “how are you?!”. Less than a month after our second stillbirth. I felt like replying with “Would you like the bullshit answer, or the real answer...?” I wanted to scream from the rooftops, “I’M A MOTHER TOO!!!”. But, I didn’t. I grinned and beared it. We both did. It was a tough day, to see all the happy mums and dads and bubs. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I love the birthday girl like she’s my own, and it was her special day.
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And despite it all, I do realise that life goes on. Birthday parties won’t stop. Baby showers won’t stop. Pregnancy announcements won’t stop. So I’m just  learning to grin and bear it. 
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This photo was taken just after Liam was born. I could feel his cold skin through the blanket. I was a mess. My second stillborn baby, lifeless in my arms. My mum took this photo and asked me to try and smile. It was the hardest smile of my life. 
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I’ve hated this photo until now. I was so drained in this moment, and I look at this knowing it’s a fake smile. But I’m learning to appreciate it for what it is. Because it took everything I had to smile that day. And everyday since. 
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It’s ok to put on brave face and fake a smile every now and then. It’s ok to do whatever you need to do to get through the day. We hit a little ‘pregnancy loss milestone’ today. We survived a first birthday party. And I’m having a little wine to celebrate 😌. Cheers to that 🥂
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#stillbirthawareness #pregnancyandinfantloss #babyloss #griefsucks #braveface #postpartumdepression #iam1in4 #stillbirthawareness
  • Brave faces. Fake smiles. I know so many of you know these all too well.
    __________
    We survived a 1st birthday party today. It was a beautiful day of celebration for my best friends little girl.
    _________
    ‘Aunty Jacqui’ was so happy to be there. ‘Grieving Jacqui’, was not. My heart hurt all day. And honestly, even after several wines tonight, it still does.
    __________
    I lost count of all the times we were asked, “how are you?!”. Less than a month after our second stillbirth. I felt like replying with “Would you like the bullshit answer, or the real answer...?” I wanted to scream from the rooftops, “I’M A MOTHER TOO!!!”. But, I didn’t. I grinned and beared it. We both did. It was a tough day, to see all the happy mums and dads and bubs. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I love the birthday girl like she’s my own, and it was her special day.
    _________
    And despite it all, I do realise that life goes on. Birthday parties won’t stop. Baby showers won’t stop. Pregnancy announcements won’t stop. So I’m just learning to grin and bear it.
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    This photo was taken just after Liam was born. I could feel his cold skin through the blanket. I was a mess. My second stillborn baby, lifeless in my arms. My mum took this photo and asked me to try and smile. It was the hardest smile of my life.
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    I’ve hated this photo until now. I was so drained in this moment, and I look at this knowing it’s a fake smile. But I’m learning to appreciate it for what it is. Because it took everything I had to smile that day. And everyday since.
    __________
    It’s ok to put on brave face and fake a smile every now and then. It’s ok to do whatever you need to do to get through the day. We hit a little ‘pregnancy loss milestone’ today. We survived a first birthday party. And I’m having a little wine to celebrate 😌. Cheers to that 🥂
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    #stillbirthawareness #pregnancyandinfantloss #babyloss #griefsucks #braveface #postpartumdepression #iam1in4 #stillbirthawareness
  •  118  40  5 hours ago
  • #Repost @healthynewmomsmaryland (@get_repost)
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Repost • @theperfectmom 💗

Have you ever noticed that when your baby is born, naturally, much of the focus is on the new baby? How is baby doing? How is she sleeping? Is she latching? Etc. •
I think we need to take a step back and ask the more important question: “Mama, are YOU okay?” How are YOU doing? Are you sleeping? Are you eating? •

And we as moms need to give ourselves permission to say, “I’m not okay. I’m not myself.” •

#MyWishForMoms is that they are asked simple questions and that they would give themselves permission to be able to honestly answer.
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 My Wish For Moms is that they would see a Doctor sooner and make the necessary changes to step out of the season their in. 
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My Wish For Moms is that they would be reminded that they aren’t alone. Motherhood is an undeniable journey of love and truth, pure exhaustion and challenging moments, joys and tears. I want you to know that you are supported in all our differences and similarities. 
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My Wish For Moms is that they would not walk through the struggles, the hard days, the exhaustion, and the agony of anxiety and depression alone. 
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My Wish For Moms is that they know that their postpartum journey doesn’t define them as a Mom and that it is okay to not be okay. There is no shame in your journey, Mama. 
#healthynewmoms #maternalmentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma
  • #Repost @healthynewmomsmaryland (@get_repost)
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    Repost • @theperfectmom 💗

    Have you ever noticed that when your baby is born, naturally, much of the focus is on the new baby? How is baby doing? How is she sleeping? Is she latching? Etc. •
    I think we need to take a step back and ask the more important question: “Mama, are YOU okay?” How are YOU doing? Are you sleeping? Are you eating? •

    And we as moms need to give ourselves permission to say, “I’m not okay. I’m not myself.” •

    #MyWishForMoms is that they are asked simple questions and that they would give themselves permission to be able to honestly answer.
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    My Wish For Moms is that they would see a Doctor sooner and make the necessary changes to step out of the season their in.
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    My Wish For Moms is that they would be reminded that they aren’t alone. Motherhood is an undeniable journey of love and truth, pure exhaustion and challenging moments, joys and tears. I want you to know that you are supported in all our differences and similarities.
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    My Wish For Moms is that they would not walk through the struggles, the hard days, the exhaustion, and the agony of anxiety and depression alone.
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    My Wish For Moms is that they know that their postpartum journey doesn’t define them as a Mom and that it is okay to not be okay. There is no shame in your journey, Mama.
    #healthynewmoms #maternalmentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma
  •  45  1  5 hours ago
  • Anxiety in mothers is at epidemic proportions.

It is a debilitating experience which deeply affects a mothers ability to enjoy her little ones. 
It also affects their children.

This is what my mothers retreat in Bali is specifically designed to combat. 
A week away, in a nurturing setting, 7 full nights of sleep & no pressure. 
Plus, rest for your body with swimming & massage.

And rest for your mind through yoga, reading, & meditation. 
And time.....time to find you again. 
To be you. 
All the ingredients needed for a shift. 
Please don't feel like it can't change. It can. And I can help you. 
Join me & finally find relief & freedom & start enjoying life again....PM me if you are interested.

It's an investment in you & your child's future. 
I would love to hold your hand & show you the way through xx (link to article in comments)
  • Anxiety in mothers is at epidemic proportions.

    It is a debilitating experience which deeply affects a mothers ability to enjoy her little ones.
    It also affects their children.

    This is what my mothers retreat in Bali is specifically designed to combat.
    A week away, in a nurturing setting, 7 full nights of sleep & no pressure.
    Plus, rest for your body with swimming & massage.

    And rest for your mind through yoga, reading, & meditation.
    And time.....time to find you again.
    To be you.
    All the ingredients needed for a shift.
    Please don't feel like it can't change. It can. And I can help you.
    Join me & finally find relief & freedom & start enjoying life again....PM me if you are interested.

    It's an investment in you & your child's future.
    I would love to hold your hand & show you the way through xx (link to article in comments)
  •  15  2  5 hours ago
  • -Sometimes Words don’t Mean a Thing-

Before my husband and I were married we had premarital counseling.  We paired up with a more seasoned couple to go over very important issues before we tied the knot.  We equipped ourselves with tools to navigate these issues.  One of the biggest topics was communication.  Our premarital couple gave us amazing insight when it came to this topic.  We learned that tone is important when it comes to communication or rather miscommunication.
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Who has experienced a disagreement based on how the other person said something rather than what was actually said? 🙋🏻‍♀️ You don’t have to respond to that, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.  I tend to analyze tone and body language when I am communicating with someone...even through email or txt msg.  I somehow believe I can hear the tone and see the non verbal communication (emojis) in the message.
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Someone could say “yeah” and if the “wrong” tone coupled with the “wrong” body language are used, I may hear “feelings” or “implied intent” that may not truly exist.  Tone has the power to make or break a conversation.  Tone has the power to make or break a relationship.
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Self-centered thinking can result in feeling that a response is a direct reflection of how a person views or feels about you.  I wonder how often this is NOT the case.  In fact, I venture to say this may rarely be the case. 
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#postpartumdepression #maternalhealth #maternalmentalhealthmonth2019 #mmhmonth2019  #maternalmentalhealth #bluedotproject #postpartumanxiety #postpartumhealth #postpartumsupport #thisispostpartum #momsofinstagram #momlife  #mom  #momtruth #momstruggles #postpartumhealing #stigmafighter #ppd #pmad #storiesbehindthephotos #makingovermotherhood #postpartumstories #fightthestigma #mintpslams
  • -Sometimes Words don’t Mean a Thing-

    Before my husband and I were married we had premarital counseling. We paired up with a more seasoned couple to go over very important issues before we tied the knot. We equipped ourselves with tools to navigate these issues. One of the biggest topics was communication. Our premarital couple gave us amazing insight when it came to this topic. We learned that tone is important when it comes to communication or rather miscommunication.
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    Who has experienced a disagreement based on how the other person said something rather than what was actually said? 🙋🏻‍♀️ You don’t have to respond to that, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. I tend to analyze tone and body language when I am communicating with someone...even through email or txt msg. I somehow believe I can hear the tone and see the non verbal communication (emojis) in the message.
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    Someone could say “yeah” and if the “wrong” tone coupled with the “wrong” body language are used, I may hear “feelings” or “implied intent” that may not truly exist. Tone has the power to make or break a conversation. Tone has the power to make or break a relationship.
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    Self-centered thinking can result in feeling that a response is a direct reflection of how a person views or feels about you. I wonder how often this is NOT the case. In fact, I venture to say this may rarely be the case.
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    #postpartumdepression #maternalhealth #maternalmentalhealthmonth2019 #mmhmonth2019 #maternalmentalhealth #bluedotproject #postpartumanxiety #postpartumhealth #postpartumsupport #thisispostpartum #momsofinstagram #momlife #mom #momtruth #momstruggles #postpartumhealing #stigmafighter #ppd #pmad #storiesbehindthephotos #makingovermotherhood #postpartumstories #fightthestigma #mintpslams
  •  12  1  6 hours ago
  • I sit in pool of breastmilk and loneliness.
So many people talking to me at once but no one listens to what I say. 
I gaze at the children I have in my care how they laugh and scream with no worries to spare. 
I look at the man beside me, his eyes look at his phone in a trance. 
I look around, is it possible?is there a chance? Is there a probability that I am somewhat invisible?fading in and out of this dimension only when needed by someone else. How can I be so important, so essential to their survival and wellbeing yet my mental state and teary eyes are not worth seeing. I wonder if this is what it will be like, one day a year where I’m thanked and congratulated. This adventure we call motherhood today leaves me feeling unappreciated and isolated. This experience we call child rearing is daunting and must be calculated. I’m sitting in a pool of breastmilk and loneliness when my child pulls herself up holding on to my sleeves, she smiles because she’s proud of herself. Her happiness illuminates my mind like the first ray of the sunrise. I stand up holding my power and my child. The fog of my anxiety fades away and I am able to see. I am able to see that the only thing I need is a hug and a smile from these three. .
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As a mother, especially a stay at home mother I have come to live through many moments where I can feel so much frustration and even anxiety. It has been a struggle to let go of my selfish need and/or desire to be tended to and being the center of attention. Resentments are sometimes born when I make dinner and no one offeres to wash the dishes. I have moments when I feel unappreciated and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But it’s moments where i’s surprised by my husband preparing my coffee and our breakfast without being asked or my daughter just giggling when I breathe all that frustration away. .
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#momanxiety #anxiety #postpartum #postpartumdepression #newmom #newmomblogger #blogger #lifestyleblogger #loveblog #mompost  #familyblog #writing #momfrustrations #blog #blogger #bloggermom
#stayathomemom #sahmlife #housewife #notjustahousewife 
Ps. Not my art
  • I sit in pool of breastmilk and loneliness.
    So many people talking to me at once but no one listens to what I say.
    I gaze at the children I have in my care how they laugh and scream with no worries to spare.
    I look at the man beside me, his eyes look at his phone in a trance.
    I look around, is it possible?is there a chance? Is there a probability that I am somewhat invisible?fading in and out of this dimension only when needed by someone else. How can I be so important, so essential to their survival and wellbeing yet my mental state and teary eyes are not worth seeing. I wonder if this is what it will be like, one day a year where I’m thanked and congratulated. This adventure we call motherhood today leaves me feeling unappreciated and isolated. This experience we call child rearing is daunting and must be calculated. I’m sitting in a pool of breastmilk and loneliness when my child pulls herself up holding on to my sleeves, she smiles because she’s proud of herself. Her happiness illuminates my mind like the first ray of the sunrise. I stand up holding my power and my child. The fog of my anxiety fades away and I am able to see. I am able to see that the only thing I need is a hug and a smile from these three. .
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    As a mother, especially a stay at home mother I have come to live through many moments where I can feel so much frustration and even anxiety. It has been a struggle to let go of my selfish need and/or desire to be tended to and being the center of attention. Resentments are sometimes born when I make dinner and no one offeres to wash the dishes. I have moments when I feel unappreciated and I’m sure I’m not the only one. But it’s moments where i’s surprised by my husband preparing my coffee and our breakfast without being asked or my daughter just giggling when I breathe all that frustration away. .
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    #momanxiety #anxiety #postpartum #postpartumdepression #newmom #newmomblogger #blogger #lifestyleblogger #loveblog #mompost #familyblog #writing #momfrustrations #blog #blogger #bloggermom
    #stayathomemom #sahmlife #housewife #notjustahousewife
    Ps. Not my art
  •  18  2  7 hours ago
  • #momguilt post: how do you deal with it? And I am certain #dadguilt or #workingparentguilt should also be mentioned. .  Today I took a vacation day off from work. Elizabeth and I snuggled in bed before I dropped her off, later than the usual morning rush, at #daycare. She had a blast with her bestie and the other daycare kids! I went grocery shopping, cleaned the house, mowed the lawn, and caught up on laundry. I even properly did my hair and makeup for once! My girl and I still had the afternoon and evening together, but something didn’t feel right...I felt guilty for sending her to daycare so I could get things done uninterrupted (especially mowing the lawn!) - as a single parent working full time, I don’t have someone who can just watch her while I get something done for an hour. My evenings when she is at her dads are for my self care, but usually only end up being time for chores.  I missed being at work. I love my job so much, and we are a small team and I feel like shit when I take these much-needed days away from the amazing progress and invention we are doing at Auracle. And my brain misses it too.
Just seems like there is no winning sometimes, even when there are golden moments throughout the day.  If I had a partner, I would feel guilty that I couldn’t give them 100% of me, and sure enough, history proves I’m not able to.  How do you all deal?!! Or is everyone just a “broken column” like me? #freidakahlo #workingmom #workingdad #workingparents #stem #geoscience #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #recovery #whatyouseekisseekingyou
  • #momguilt post: how do you deal with it? And I am certain #dadguilt or #workingparentguilt should also be mentioned. . Today I took a vacation day off from work. Elizabeth and I snuggled in bed before I dropped her off, later than the usual morning rush, at #daycare. She had a blast with her bestie and the other daycare kids! I went grocery shopping, cleaned the house, mowed the lawn, and caught up on laundry. I even properly did my hair and makeup for once! My girl and I still had the afternoon and evening together, but something didn’t feel right...I felt guilty for sending her to daycare so I could get things done uninterrupted (especially mowing the lawn!) - as a single parent working full time, I don’t have someone who can just watch her while I get something done for an hour. My evenings when she is at her dads are for my self care, but usually only end up being time for chores. I missed being at work. I love my job so much, and we are a small team and I feel like shit when I take these much-needed days away from the amazing progress and invention we are doing at Auracle. And my brain misses it too.
    Just seems like there is no winning sometimes, even when there are golden moments throughout the day. If I had a partner, I would feel guilty that I couldn’t give them 100% of me, and sure enough, history proves I’m not able to. How do you all deal?!! Or is everyone just a “broken column” like me? #freidakahlo #workingmom #workingdad #workingparents #stem #geoscience #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #recovery #whatyouseekisseekingyou
  •  18  2  8 hours ago
  • I started therapy 2 weeks ago and it has seriously already been life changing for me. Growing up with a mom that is a therapist(LCSW) I always knew the benefits of it. I always knew that there was a stigma about mental health. I'm grateful for a mother that gave me the knowledge and tools that I needed to help myself. We should never be afraid or ashamed if we need therapy or medication, in fact I think the strongest ones are those who realize what's happening and choose to help themselves. More people then you realize go through some kind of mental health struggle, and it's so real it should be a conversation had more often and more openly. Think of the changes that could take place in this world if we really went and tried to understand and help the root cause of things instead of just criminalizing everything and being scared. If you need help, get it. If you know someone who could use help, love them and talk about it with them, don't brush people off. If you need help and dont know where to start, please message me and I will help you! I'm not sure exactly why I'm writing this post but I felt inspired to share what I have learned. Mental health is a subject very dear to my heart, and I am still learning and struggle everyday but there is hope and help and you can feel happy and like yourself again 😊 #mentalhealthawareness #therapy #anxietyrelief #postpartumdepression
  • I started therapy 2 weeks ago and it has seriously already been life changing for me. Growing up with a mom that is a therapist(LCSW) I always knew the benefits of it. I always knew that there was a stigma about mental health. I'm grateful for a mother that gave me the knowledge and tools that I needed to help myself. We should never be afraid or ashamed if we need therapy or medication, in fact I think the strongest ones are those who realize what's happening and choose to help themselves. More people then you realize go through some kind of mental health struggle, and it's so real it should be a conversation had more often and more openly. Think of the changes that could take place in this world if we really went and tried to understand and help the root cause of things instead of just criminalizing everything and being scared. If you need help, get it. If you know someone who could use help, love them and talk about it with them, don't brush people off. If you need help and dont know where to start, please message me and I will help you! I'm not sure exactly why I'm writing this post but I felt inspired to share what I have learned. Mental health is a subject very dear to my heart, and I am still learning and struggle everyday but there is hope and help and you can feel happy and like yourself again 😊 #mentalhealthawareness #therapy #anxietyrelief #postpartumdepression
  •  20  4  8 hours ago
  • I had to to share this beautifully raw image and these gorgeous words that were sent to me by one of my upcoming clients. I was so touched she thought of me when she read this...this is the heart of why I do what I do.❤️ Posted @withrepost • @snuggle_me_organic Let go of the baby, as sweet as he is, and focus in on lifting and healing the MOTHER.
The Mother is not meant to be an after thought, but is the source of light for this little one, she must be gently tended.
It’s her body that fuels and must be even and in good balance.
It’s her confidence that will keep everyone steady and must be strong and unquestioned.
Do not worry yourself with the baby, as the mother is equipped to handle him.
Worry yourself on whether the Mother is Full so she can be everything she is designed to be.
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Words by @mia_carr_ 
Pic by @claireholt
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#snugglemeorganic #postpartumdepression #postpartum #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged
  • I had to to share this beautifully raw image and these gorgeous words that were sent to me by one of my upcoming clients. I was so touched she thought of me when she read this...this is the heart of why I do what I do.❤️ Posted @withrepost@snuggle_me_organic Let go of the baby, as sweet as he is, and focus in on lifting and healing the MOTHER.
    The Mother is not meant to be an after thought, but is the source of light for this little one, she must be gently tended.
    It’s her body that fuels and must be even and in good balance.
    It’s her confidence that will keep everyone steady and must be strong and unquestioned.
    Do not worry yourself with the baby, as the mother is equipped to handle him.
    Worry yourself on whether the Mother is Full so she can be everything she is designed to be.
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    Words by @mia_carr_
    Pic by @claireholt
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    #snugglemeorganic #postpartumdepression #postpartum #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged
  •  36  1  9 hours ago
  • “Remember: the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.” •
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Growing a business feels very much like growing a baby, they both take time as all things do. Losing our lease (way back when) forced us to rethink and reevaluate what exactly this business baby needed and after a lot of thought and some hard earned lessons, it feels like things are starting to align and send us in the right direction. •
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I had a very serendipitous meeting earlier today and if feels like I am back on the right path, which further affirms my belief that when you decided exactly what you want, the universe listens.
  • “Remember: the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.” •


    Growing a business feels very much like growing a baby, they both take time as all things do. Losing our lease (way back when) forced us to rethink and reevaluate what exactly this business baby needed and after a lot of thought and some hard earned lessons, it feels like things are starting to align and send us in the right direction. •


    I had a very serendipitous meeting earlier today and if feels like I am back on the right path, which further affirms my belief that when you decided exactly what you want, the universe listens.
  •  38  2  9 hours ago

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  • Can we take a moment to appreciate the power of make-up? I have always been the torch bearer of self-love and self-confidence. I loved my body even through the pregnancy as I watched the weight pile on cause I was growing a human and that’s a super-power, alright! 
Cut to post-delivery and bam, all the body positivity went down the drain. 30 f*ing kilos! The extra weight, the baby stuck to my breast, sometimes for fifteen hours a day, the stretch marks, everything! I just felt my body had betrayed me. On top of that I hardly got time to comb my hair. That matted mass of hair tied up in a bun was my go-to hair do for months. Once a fortnight I used to untangle it. That was my alone time. I hardly ever stepped out or met other people. 
This all changed when I had to host a function for my little boy(it was a compulsion!) and I thought of calling a professional make-up person because, why not?! I dunno what changed that day. The alone time I got to get ready or seeing myself with makeup after months or meeting that many people, I just felt alive! 
It’s taking immense determination to hit the gym(been 10 days). It’s taking a lot of effort to get dressed and step out even if it’s just for grocery shopping but yeah, it’s time! It’s time to get back to life, to work, to gym. It’s time to stop being just a Mumma(who complains a lot) and embrace motherhood with all the other roles! Let’s do this! This Mumma can do it all!#fingerscrossed .
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  • Can we take a moment to appreciate the power of make-up? I have always been the torch bearer of self-love and self-confidence. I loved my body even through the pregnancy as I watched the weight pile on cause I was growing a human and that’s a super-power, alright!
    Cut to post-delivery and bam, all the body positivity went down the drain. 30 f*ing kilos! The extra weight, the baby stuck to my breast, sometimes for fifteen hours a day, the stretch marks, everything! I just felt my body had betrayed me. On top of that I hardly got time to comb my hair. That matted mass of hair tied up in a bun was my go-to hair do for months. Once a fortnight I used to untangle it. That was my alone time. I hardly ever stepped out or met other people.
    This all changed when I had to host a function for my little boy(it was a compulsion!) and I thought of calling a professional make-up person because, why not?! I dunno what changed that day. The alone time I got to get ready or seeing myself with makeup after months or meeting that many people, I just felt alive!
    It’s taking immense determination to hit the gym(been 10 days). It’s taking a lot of effort to get dressed and step out even if it’s just for grocery shopping but yeah, it’s time! It’s time to get back to life, to work, to gym. It’s time to stop being just a Mumma(who complains a lot) and embrace motherhood with all the other roles! Let’s do this! This Mumma can do it all! #fingerscrossed .
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  • Brave faces. Fake smiles. I know so many of you know these all too well.
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We survived a 1st birthday party today. It was a beautiful day of celebration for my best friends little girl. 
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‘Aunty Jacqui’ was so happy to be there. ‘Grieving Jacqui’, was not. My heart hurt all day. And honestly, even after several wines tonight, it still does. 
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I lost count of all the times we were asked, “how are you?!”. Less than a month after our second stillbirth. I felt like replying with “Would you like the bullshit answer, or the real answer...?” I wanted to scream from the rooftops, “I’M A MOTHER TOO!!!”. But, I didn’t. I grinned and beared it. We both did. It was a tough day, to see all the happy mums and dads and bubs. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I love the birthday girl like she’s my own, and it was her special day.
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And despite it all, I do realise that life goes on. Birthday parties won’t stop. Baby showers won’t stop. Pregnancy announcements won’t stop. So I’m just  learning to grin and bear it. 
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This photo was taken just after Liam was born. I could feel his cold skin through the blanket. I was a mess. My second stillborn baby, lifeless in my arms. My mum took this photo and asked me to try and smile. It was the hardest smile of my life. 
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I’ve hated this photo until now. I was so drained in this moment, and I look at this knowing it’s a fake smile. But I’m learning to appreciate it for what it is. Because it took everything I had to smile that day. And everyday since. 
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It’s ok to put on brave face and fake a smile every now and then. It’s ok to do whatever you need to do to get through the day. We hit a little ‘pregnancy loss milestone’ today. We survived a first birthday party. And I’m having a little wine to celebrate 😌. Cheers to that 🥂
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#stillbirthawareness #pregnancyandinfantloss #babyloss #griefsucks #braveface #postpartumdepression #iam1in4 #stillbirthawareness
  • Brave faces. Fake smiles. I know so many of you know these all too well.
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    We survived a 1st birthday party today. It was a beautiful day of celebration for my best friends little girl.
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    ‘Aunty Jacqui’ was so happy to be there. ‘Grieving Jacqui’, was not. My heart hurt all day. And honestly, even after several wines tonight, it still does.
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    I lost count of all the times we were asked, “how are you?!”. Less than a month after our second stillbirth. I felt like replying with “Would you like the bullshit answer, or the real answer...?” I wanted to scream from the rooftops, “I’M A MOTHER TOO!!!”. But, I didn’t. I grinned and beared it. We both did. It was a tough day, to see all the happy mums and dads and bubs. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I love the birthday girl like she’s my own, and it was her special day.
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    And despite it all, I do realise that life goes on. Birthday parties won’t stop. Baby showers won’t stop. Pregnancy announcements won’t stop. So I’m just learning to grin and bear it.
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    This photo was taken just after Liam was born. I could feel his cold skin through the blanket. I was a mess. My second stillborn baby, lifeless in my arms. My mum took this photo and asked me to try and smile. It was the hardest smile of my life.
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    I’ve hated this photo until now. I was so drained in this moment, and I look at this knowing it’s a fake smile. But I’m learning to appreciate it for what it is. Because it took everything I had to smile that day. And everyday since.
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    It’s ok to put on brave face and fake a smile every now and then. It’s ok to do whatever you need to do to get through the day. We hit a little ‘pregnancy loss milestone’ today. We survived a first birthday party. And I’m having a little wine to celebrate 😌. Cheers to that 🥂
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    #stillbirthawareness #pregnancyandinfantloss #babyloss #griefsucks #braveface #postpartumdepression #iam1in4 #stillbirthawareness
  •  118  40  5 hours ago

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  • One of my faves - can you relate? “If you were to ask me when I knew I was done having kids, I would tell you, “I knew I was done the day after I brought my son home from the hospital The day when PPD hit me like a category 1 hurricane.” One year after I became a mom, I was getting a mani pedi next to a woman who asked if I had children. I told her I had a 1-year old boy. She then asked the dreaded question most people follow up with. “When are you having your next one?” I told her I wasn’t–that my husband and I decided one was enough and the right decision for our family. Our family felt complete.
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I don't even know why I felt like I had to justify my decision to a complete stranger.
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I guess I didn't want my response to be met with the usual, "You will change your mind." Or "What do your parents think? Don't they want lots of grandchildren?" "Don’t you think he should have a sibling to play with?"
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But she surprised me. She replied that, “She only had one son and that sometimes when you create a masterpiece, it doesn’t make any sense to paint another.” .
Saying you are "one and done" isn't always met with such acceptance.
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I made the best choice for my family. I wanted to be the best mommy I could be to my son and part of that meant taking care of my health. I chose to give him a happy, healthy mommy rather than a sibling.
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When Mason turned 1, I finally felt confident and happy as his mommy. I felt like I had come so far. I went through so much in that first year and I just knew I couldn’t go backwards. No more pregnancies, no more infant stage, no more sleep training or bottles of formula. I just wanted to keep going forward, growing as my son’s mommy, as he continued to grow into a little person. Also, I didn''t want to get PPD again. I already missed so much of his first year and I refused to miss any more. He'd also be old enough to see his mommy suffering.
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My baby has grown into and independent, brave, strong, compassionate, opinionated, social, amazing 5-year old. He is my masterpiece. I'm proud of both of us.
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And on a more superficial level, an airplane row fits us perfectly. Mommy, daddy, and son. iPads out, headphones on, and away we go!”
  • One of my faves - can you relate? “If you were to ask me when I knew I was done having kids, I would tell you, “I knew I was done the day after I brought my son home from the hospital The day when PPD hit me like a category 1 hurricane.” One year after I became a mom, I was getting a mani pedi next to a woman who asked if I had children. I told her I had a 1-year old boy. She then asked the dreaded question most people follow up with. “When are you having your next one?” I told her I wasn’t–that my husband and I decided one was enough and the right decision for our family. Our family felt complete.
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    I don't even know why I felt like I had to justify my decision to a complete stranger.
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    I guess I didn't want my response to be met with the usual, "You will change your mind." Or "What do your parents think? Don't they want lots of grandchildren?" "Don’t you think he should have a sibling to play with?"
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    But she surprised me. She replied that, “She only had one son and that sometimes when you create a masterpiece, it doesn’t make any sense to paint another.” .
    Saying you are "one and done" isn't always met with such acceptance.
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    I made the best choice for my family. I wanted to be the best mommy I could be to my son and part of that meant taking care of my health. I chose to give him a happy, healthy mommy rather than a sibling.
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    When Mason turned 1, I finally felt confident and happy as his mommy. I felt like I had come so far. I went through so much in that first year and I just knew I couldn’t go backwards. No more pregnancies, no more infant stage, no more sleep training or bottles of formula. I just wanted to keep going forward, growing as my son’s mommy, as he continued to grow into a little person. Also, I didn''t want to get PPD again. I already missed so much of his first year and I refused to miss any more. He'd also be old enough to see his mommy suffering.
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    My baby has grown into and independent, brave, strong, compassionate, opinionated, social, amazing 5-year old. He is my masterpiece. I'm proud of both of us.
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    And on a more superficial level, an airplane row fits us perfectly. Mommy, daddy, and son. iPads out, headphones on, and away we go!”
  •  3,807  213  22 May, 2019
  • 👏🏻BREASTFEEDING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING! 👏🏻 ⁣
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figure out a plan that works for you AND baby. if that’s on demand every 1-2 hours, then that’s what works for you. If it’s once a day, and supplement with formula or pumped milk for the rest of the day, then THAT’S what works for you!⁣
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i say this all the time, but i am HUGE believer that formula actually PROMOTES breastfeeding. having the mental/physical touch break for some moms allows them to extend the life of their breastfeeding journey and also allows other care givers to step in. ⁣
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do 👏🏻 what 👏🏻 works 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 you!
  • 👏🏻BREASTFEEDING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING! 👏🏻 ⁣

    you matter too, mama! ⁣

    figure out a plan that works for you AND baby. if that’s on demand every 1-2 hours, then that’s what works for you. If it’s once a day, and supplement with formula or pumped milk for the rest of the day, then THAT’S what works for you!⁣

    i say this all the time, but i am HUGE believer that formula actually PROMOTES breastfeeding. having the mental/physical touch break for some moms allows them to extend the life of their breastfeeding journey and also allows other care givers to step in. ⁣

    do 👏🏻 what 👏🏻 works 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 you!
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  • I gave you my time.

I gave you my body.

I gave you my sleep.

I gave you my prayers, my tears, my nights, and my days. 
There were moments where I felt like I gave you all of me.

Moments when I wondered if there was more of me left to give to you. 
And in those moments when I felt like I had nothing left to give, I was reminded what you give to me. ☀️ .
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You give me a new perspective, a better way to see the world.

You give me a new look at time. 
You teach me that time is precious and each moment counts.

You give me a new body.

One that is strong and powerful and flawed all at once.

You give me a new faith, one that knows I can’t do this life on my own strength.

You give me a new name.

Mama.

This name that gives life new meaning.

You give me a new version of myself.

A version that is more compassionate, caring and hopeful then the one before.

So even when I give you my body, time, sleep, days and my nights, I know that it is worth it.

That motherhood is meaningful.

That these little moments matter. 
That motherhood is full of seasons of giving and moments of receiving. 
That even though this is one of the hardest things I have ever done, it is also the best thing I have ever done. 
God gave me to you, and you to me, and for that I will always be thankful. .
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☀️What’s something you’ve learned about your self as a parent??☀️
  • I gave you my time.

    I gave you my body.

    I gave you my sleep.

    I gave you my prayers, my tears, my nights, and my days.
    There were moments where I felt like I gave you all of me.

    Moments when I wondered if there was more of me left to give to you.
    And in those moments when I felt like I had nothing left to give, I was reminded what you give to me. ☀️ .
    .
    You give me a new perspective, a better way to see the world.

    You give me a new look at time.
    You teach me that time is precious and each moment counts.

    You give me a new body.

    One that is strong and powerful and flawed all at once.

    You give me a new faith, one that knows I can’t do this life on my own strength.

    You give me a new name.

    Mama.

    This name that gives life new meaning.

    You give me a new version of myself.

    A version that is more compassionate, caring and hopeful then the one before.

    So even when I give you my body, time, sleep, days and my nights, I know that it is worth it.

    That motherhood is meaningful.

    That these little moments matter.
    That motherhood is full of seasons of giving and moments of receiving.
    That even though this is one of the hardest things I have ever done, it is also the best thing I have ever done.
    God gave me to you, and you to me, and for that I will always be thankful. .
    .
    ☀️What’s something you’ve learned about your self as a parent??☀️
  •  613  21  24 May, 2019