Funniest April fool's joke - or not.

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Funniest April fool's joke - or not.

April Fool's Day tons of women & couples take to their social media to share their "great news". Expect that news isn't great t everyone.

 

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This great news goes something like this "I'm expecting", we're having a baby and the list goes on. 

BUT It's not entirely true. It's a joke, a prank, a little white lie. 

 

 

Some of these "genuine positive pregnancy" tests can be purchased all over the web. TSK TSK

Some of these "genuine positive pregnancy" tests can be purchased all over the web. TSK TSK

For some people who have suffered pregnancy & infant loss, this isn't a joke! It's painful, triggering, disrespectful & sad... Don't get me wrong, I know "it's just a joke to you", you never intended for that mom, or that family to feel that way. You see the bible talks about how we feel, the words we use and we should do to uplift others. If we are in Christ we are new.. And by new I mean we walk in me.

 Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) says "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." 

Everything we do and say should be for edifying, uplifting and breathing life into others. Might seem like there is no correlation between a simple "joke" & God. But there is. That joke is at te expense of  others' pain & suffering. That is absolutely NOT something Jesus would so. 

If I'm being completely honest just a few weeks ago I posted a pregnancy joke on my facebook and at the very end told others to go "like my facebook page". I wasn't being very Godly, I wasn't being mindful, I most certainly wasn't being intentionally mean & hurtful. Thank God for great friends! A fellow Doula friend of mine called me out in a private message, she didn't yell (use caps), disrespect me or hurt my feelings she simply explained why it  wasn't a nice thing to do. BUT I already knew that but at the moment I wasn't being MINDFUL. I remember being on the other end of the joke a few  years back when I suffered my second miscarriage and was deeply sad. I never want another woman to experience that anguish which is why I am admonishing you to stay away from these "jokes."

To you, it might be "funny" (Hopefully not after reading this post) but to someone else it IS hurtful. Choose to share non-hurtful, supporting post & comments. Let your words be WWJD

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The real dirty on cloth diapering.

Cloth Diapering is so very RAD! I sure wish I was committed to it. Saying that cloth diapering is rad does not take away from disposables or EC. It just so happened to me what I'm talking about today. 

I do not own the copyrite to this image

I do not own the copyrite to this image

 

Here's 3 tips to a successful cloth diapering journey. 

#1: Try different diapers to know what works for you.

#2: Invest in a good wet bag. 

#3: Use detergent that's cloth diaper sensitive. 

 

3 Benefits of Cloth Diapering

#1: Cute diapers on your tiny's bum. Very few disposable diapers have cute prints. You can never go wrong with personality.

#2: Reduced waste/fewer diapers in landfills

#3: YOU SAVE  MONEY. who doesn't wan to save money? 

 

 

Here on the blog today we have the amazing, Casey Yeager from Casey's cloth service. I was so very eager to interview her and get to know more about cloth diapering, her business, and life as a mom-preneur. 

Cleaning cloth diapers have been a headache for lots  of new parents, even to te point where it has made some parents quit.  Lack of education & support can also lead to some parents quitting.

Casey's cloth service is operating right here in the Capital District. 

Watch as Casey explain the real dirt on cloth diapering, debunk some myths, & show you some different types of cloth diapers. 

Need expert advice and a cleaning service check out & connect with on her website and via facebok
 

Have any questions or comments? Please leave them below in the comment section.

"Cloth diapering can be completely overwhelming but it's easy once you get a routine." - Nicole Gonzales

"Best advice is to educate yourself on it." Casey Yagear

 

Are  you residing in New York's Capital Region? Check out The Bundle Store's cloth diaper collection. also think of joining the facebook group for support in cloth diapering. 

 

What was your cloth diapering experience like? Leave your comment below. 

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Parent life = #nojudgementzone

A very honest throughly post was written by yours truly for the Huffington Post. 

I'm 110% AGAINST parent shaming. Don't get me wrong, there are parents who deserve to get the full extent of the law.... But that's not what this post is about. 

This post is a cal to support, empower, encourage and help parents in need. 

If you're so mad that a parent cannot provide brand name for their kids, why don't you buy it and gift it to them? 

We were created to help each other. 

The Bible says in  Luke 3:10-11 "And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”"

Allow your light to shine, allow God's grace to shine within you so that you (we)  can help each other. See a parent struggling? Reach out and leave the judgement out. 

Read the article here, be kind & share!

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Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep.... new parents, & new babies hafi get dem sleep!

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Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep.... new parents, & new babies hafi get dem sleep!

Yes, you're supposed to sing the the title of this post o the tune of Rihanna's  werk! Yes,  I'm funny. :-D

 

Our interview was pretty amazing. Besides being an expert IIisa is an amazing woman. If you have any questions don't be to shy to ask her. 

Ilissa Goman

Certified pediatric sleep coach and child passenger safety technician. She works families who are struggling to get their babies/toddlers/kids to sleep but are totally ready for a change. She gives parents the tools to make easy changes to bring sleep back into the home for everyone and restore the peace that once was, and she coaches them along the way to deal with any hurdles that make come up. Ilissa lives with her husband and sassy two year old daughter in the Saratoga Springs area. To work with her visit www.binxbaby.com 

 

>>: Explain to us what sparked your interest in becoming a sleep consultant?

IG: Before I started BINX, I worked as a nanny and as a babysitter for many years. I wanted to grow more as a person and came across the baby planning profession and then sleep coaching. By nature, I’m a helper, a nurturer. I just love helping people. So by being a sleep coach it gives me the best of it all, I get to help families and work with babies + kids. 

>>: At what age do you recommend weaning a baby at night?

IG: Most babies can go without a night feed by 6 months of age, some even earlier, but some breastfed babies wait until closer to a year to night wean. It really is a case by case basis and is based on your child’s growth. This is something that should be discussed more with your pediatrician. 

>>: Cry-less sleep training aka helping baby sleep without endless crying. Is it possible? How?

IG: Yes, it is possible. Sleep has a few major puzzle pieces to it, and when all those pieces are in place then you have a healthy sleeper. The way you get there is depending on your comfort level as a parent, but also the needs of your child. You want to look at their schedule, their sleep environment, their bedtime routine, what you are doing at their wakings, and their feeding needs to get a good look at their sleep puzzle.

>>: What are your recommendations for a baby who has recently been born, do you recommend putting babies on a sleep schedule?

IG: In the newborn stage, you can really do no wrong when it comes to sleep. You need to meet the needs they are telling you they need while keeping them safe. Babies don’t have the ability to learn habits until around 12 weeks of age, so before that, almost anything goes. Around 10 weeks of age, you’ll notice them start to develop their own feed + wake schedule, instead of it being all over the place. 

For safety recommendations, it is very important that your baby is always laid down on their back to sleep on a flat, firm surface that is free of other bedding. This means no crib bumpers, no blankets, and no stuffed animals. You also want the room temp to be around 68 degrees and if they seem cold then use a sleep sack that is designed for safe sleep. Swaddling a baby should be discontinued by age 4 months, or as soon as your child is rolling over. 

>>: Sleep deprivation is a real harmful thing for parents. Do you have any recommendations for parents who are struggling wth sleep? 

IG: If you are a parent struggling with sleep, reach out to a trusted friend, family member or hire a Postpartuum Doula for help! Ask them to watch the baby for a bit so you can catch up on that sleep. When you’re more rested then take the time to examine your child’s sleep and see what can be worked on. Sleep deprivation can make you as a parent be less patient, it can lead to depression and anxiety, obesity, a disconnect between you and your partner and much more. It doesn’t have to be this way! (And also follow the BINX page on FB because I do live sleep chats where I help parents like you! www.fb.com/binxbaby

 

 

 

 

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7 ways a Doula can help you during pregnancy!

7 ways a Doula can help you during pregnancy!

We all know how difficult things can be  during pregnancy,  especially towards the  end.  

Too  exhausted  to do ANYTHING!  To round  to  bend!  Trust me, I get it. I was there once upon a time.  Honey, I am here  to help you out. You know and understand the value of having me as your Doula, I love that it's the  unspoken understanding emotional aspects that brought you to this article. Here  are just a few  ways I can help, support and  empower you!

  • Meal & Smoothie prep. 

Most  people find that having prepped meals, and smoothies it helps them remember to eat, and keeps them healthier. During  pregnancy, it's easy to forget to eat especially if you  have  other kids to take care of.  Let's be honest, having someone come in to cook takes a load off. Sweetheart put your feet up grab your favorite book and let me chop, peel, cut, cook and dance my way around your kitchen.  Don't worry I'll bring the faux wine!

 

  • Light housekeeping & nursery organization.

Allow me to help you get rid of the overwhelm you feel surrounding your bundle of Joy's nursery and  keeping of  your household. You're "pregnant, not  handicap." I get it, but Darling you're a Queen even superwoman takes a break. 

 

  • Light errands such as virtual grocery shopping

 

 

  • Baby shower prep.

You know what you want for your shower. Your mom/friend/family member is throwing it and they're going completely contrary to what you want. You're not shy, but you also don't want to seem ungrateful. Let me be the middle woman! 

Or maybe you're planning it on your own?  You need some extra help and support to organize and get everything together? I'm your woman,  I don't disappoint!

 

  • A friend who  is a pregnancy expert

Not touting my own horn but my love, I'm trained for this. My compassion, support and care come natural, my expertise was taught.  I am the  friend who you know you can trust, the friend who will remind you of your appointments. The friend you can call to talk to about how your day is  going and so forth and so on. We  can even go get  our nails done together, or maybe a provider's appointment?

Self-care is important! Together we will devise a plan and I will help keep you accountable so you can feel empowered, happy and supported.

Self-care is important! Together we will devise a plan and I will help keep you accountable so you can feel empowered, happy and supported.

 

  • Sibling bonding support

Just like we as adults have to adjust to a new baby so does BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER. Having someone who your  child can connect with, someone your child can play with someone  with experience working with children. Experience with  helping siblings bond and understand each other, will make the process much smoother and make them feel cared for, included and loved.

Just like we as adults have to adjust to a new baby so does BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER. Having someone who your  child can connect with, someone your child can play with someone  with experience working with children. Experience with  helping siblings bond and understand each other, will make the process much smoother and make them feel cared for, included and loved.

 A class which is open for discussion about you're currently experiencing and what is to come. 

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From yours truly..

Hello Doll, 

How are you doing today? I hope you get some super warm fuzzies while reading this. I am glad that you decided to come here. I'm here for you! Here to chat about fashion, baby, being pregnant, birth options and everything else that comes to your mind. 

I am here to support you physically in Albany NY and virtually available. Girlfriend. I've got your back & belly. 

xo

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