May Peace and Serenity surround you this Holiday Season and 2013!

The First 8 Days of Being a Mom

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Slow down!

Rest. Take some time off. Breathe. Get a massage. Relax. DO NOTHING! Just be. Take a nap. Slumber. Veg. HANG OUT. Lay on the couch. Daydream. Laugh and Play. Hug your children one more time. 

In our society, an especially during this time of year..... we feel compelled to do it all .........to get on that treadmill and go.

 

Life on the treadmill of go, go, go is stressful, it’s unhealthy and it doesn’t bring much peace or happiness. Give yourself permission and encourage yourself to take time and do at least one of the above every day the rest of this month and in 2013. 

 

Put your self-care at the top of your ‘to-do’ list. Only when you take good care of yourself you can take care of others. 

 

  • While in the car: breathe, find flow and realize that everyone around is doing the best they can.
  • When standing in line, instead of getting impatient, practice standing Yoga, feel your feet, stand tall, breathe deeply, and stretch your spine from side to side. Look at the people around you and quietly send good wishes tot hem and their families.
  • Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Connect with your feelings of love and caring as you shop for gifts by focusing on your heart and the reasons you love that person. 
  • Take a break from the media: radio, TV, computer and cell phone for half an hour at the end of the day before dinner.
  • Give to a stranger.
  • Simplify, spend some quiet time looking deeply into your activities. If there is something that doesn’t really feed your soul or reflect your values, consider letting it go. You really don’t have to go to every event and party, be selective.
  • Take small breaks throughout the day. Three to five mindful breaths or a five minute stretch can change your attitude completely. 
  • Be creative in your giving - give a certificate for quality time-  together doing something.

Lucky winners!

The winner of the Mom’s First Day Kit is Pam Diamond of First Daze & Nigthzzz. She is forwarding this wonderful set with Breast Soother, Feme Pad, Nursing Pads, Breastfeeding ointment, canvas tote bag of Smart Choices Women and a copy of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom to one of her clients Tami Kirk. 

Winners of the Moms First Day Kit and our guide

 


After the birth, what a family needs

“Let me know if I can help you in any way when the baby is born.” … “Just let me know if you need a hand.” … 

Most pregnant women get these statements from friends and family but shy away from making requests when they are up to their ears in dirty laundry, unmade beds, dust bunnies and countertops crowded with dirty dishes. Gloria Lemay summed up a great 10 point list to send to family and friends with suggestions on how to make a difference. Take a look at this great list and use it.

Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2013 to you and your family.
Gea

A raving review on Amazon.com

"Well written and concise, this book was a go-to manual for those first days at home with baby. I kept it next to the bed and referred to it many times over the course of the first couple weeks home. There is also a place for memories and notes so that the book now becomes a precious keepsake and one I will want to pass on to my daughter someday. Full of tips on maternal care and recovery and many "how to" photos and illustrations, this book makes a perfect shower or new mom gift!!"

Karenhogie

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