Birth Plan: the dream, the reality, and everything in between

(Post originally from Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart)   I realize now the impact of birth and your birth story. It’s been almost a year and I still have not written the post I planned on writing about Birth Plans and Labor. I think in a way, it’s just been more comfortable to not go back and think about it again. After I finally felt like it was done and dealt with, going back to thinking about it and writing about it, was more than I wanted to handle. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not traumatized, nor do I regret anything. And above all, the most important thing, was a healthy baby and healthy mommy, which fortunately we were blessed with. However, being in labor, having a baby, and becoming a mother is one of the most powerful things that will ever happen in your life. And rightfully so, you have expectations about how it will happen. And the reality of what DID happen, are the memories that will stay. In between, is where the difficult emotions lie. In between are the dreams that you did not see come true. In between are the feelings of frustration, sadness, and grief. In between are thoughts, doubts, feelings of incompetence, and what ifs. In between, lies the difficult reality that is hard to accept: you can not control everything in your life; you can not do everything the way you would like for your child and for yourself, from the get-go. Like I mentioned in my last couple of posts, throughout my pregnancy I gave a lot of thought to what my...

Daily Activities with a Baby – September 23, 2014

(Post originally from Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart) This was our activity for today: an aquarium sensory bag!   What you need: ziplock bag (preferably the ones that have the zipper, for added security); cheap hair gel – I got this one at the Dollar Store and it was already blue. But you can also buy clear one and add food coloring; Foam fish – we used this because we had it around the house from other projects; Duct tape – to secure all ends. Just add some hair gel to the ziplock bag, put in your fishy and duct tape all around! And voilà! Your baby can have fun pushing the fishy around the gooey bag! It’s cute and a great sensory activity for the kids! Touching different textures is a great tool for babies’ development. You can do this in different themes and with different objects and substances. For example, you can use shaving cream or water. You can add different objects like small beads, buttons, and other plastic or foam toys and shapes. Just make sure you pick objects that won’t poke holes in the bag and if you have a younger baby that still puts everything in their mouths (I am there with you! When will that phase ever pass?) keep a close on eye on them in case the bag does get damaged and leaks. Here are some other ideas: Sensory Baby for Baby by Plain Vanilla Mom Halloween Sensory Bag by Hands on as we Grow Glowing Sensory Bag by Growing a Jeweled Rose Button Sensory Bag by Falling Flanellboards Glittery Sensory...
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