I don’t think I’ve ever really posted about it, because I still have so much shame and sadness about the fact that I need to medicate D to get our family through the day… (isn’t it silly, that I can proudly treat my own mental illness but not my son’s?)
Anyways, we decided to skip a couple of days medicating after he had a wicked stomach bug. I took the kids out yesterday to grab a few brownie-baking supplies, and the cashier said something about his spiritedness (literally spinning in circles, blabbing nonsense, punching the air) and I made some comment about how he skipped his medication this morning. She asked me what I meant and I explained that he has ADHD, and he didn’t take his pill today. She replied with, “Oh I don’t believe that’s a thing… some kids are just more intense.”
I was so worn out from 2 days without sleep (his stomach bug) and 2 days of him not being medicated, and shocked at her comment, that I didn’t say anything. I don’t know that I could have said anything meaningful in the few seconds before she’d have to ring the next customer up. But let me clarify a few things…
Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me about a little place in Bloor West Village called West End Mamas. It’s a “dedicated wellness clinic for mothers and mothers-to-be,” and boasts services from prenatal yoga to acupuncture, to family counselling and pelvic floor physiotherapy. And since, you know, I kept peeing myself when I coughed, sneezed, or did a squat, I thought I’d check them out, if only for the physio.
First of all, the location of the clinic is super convenient — right across from Jane subway station. It’s actually above my optometrist’s office! Second, everyone in the space is just so gosh darn friendly. I feel like I walk in and I’m just having a chat with one of my best girlfriends — you know, if I had a best girlfriend. Nothing is off the table with these ladies, and I mean, really, once you’ve had a child, your modesty is pretty much gone anyways. Amirite?!
Annnnnnd just like that, in the blink of an eye, more than a year has passed since our second little guy came to join us.
Sorry that I’ve been so quiet on the Charlie front — there just hasn’t been anything to update with. He’s doing so well!
He has become quite the little shishter lately, and loves to do everything the rest of the family does.
After spending his first year focused on the physical, Charles is now catching up with all the communications skills he’d pushed to the side. He’s signing milk, more, eat, and slide. He can say (with greater clarity each day) ball, Declan, mama, dada, balloon, nana (banana), milk, BeatBo, kitty, water, and more.
I have a bit of a confession, and I know that I’m not alone in this.
Sometimes, when I sneeze (or cough, or laugh, or jump, or squat, or run, or breathe) I dribble a bit of pee. I also have to run to the bathroom 50 BAZILLION times a day, and sometimes there’s not even anything that comes out.
THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
Which is why I decided to do something about it (holla for prioritizing that self-care!) and recently went for my first pelvic floor physiotherapy session at West End Mamas. I’ll have a more thorough review on the clinic and my experience coming soon, but I wanted to share some thoughts that run through your mind when you’re in the midst of a session.
Losing my mom when I was just 17 years old was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. While the pain of her death feels less acute in the day-to-day, I feel it now more in all those milestones she doesn’t get to be a part of. Graduating high school, earning my degree, that first real job, getting married, and especially when I had my kids.
Hello everyone, I’m so excited to share some new and exciting developments in my professional life with you.
Today you are 1. Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister, gas costs about $1.05/L, and if current trends continue, there soon likely won’t be any papers left for me to tell you what the front page story was.
Gone (mostly) are the tears, fears, and uncertainties of what your future holds, and in their place is hope. Hope for who you are now and who you will become. Hope for each day that we are blessed to have you with us. Hope that with each day you simply are, you are beating any odds that may have been stacked against you in those early days.
Hey guys! I’ve got a fun little giveaway for y’all to participate in, as part of Canada’s 150.
Carter’s/OshKosh and the Toronto Maple Leafs have partnered to launch a FREE Limited Edition Lil’ Leafs Bodysuit to celebrate the Leafs and Canada’s big year. This fun collectors item is available exclusively to Torontonians and families in the GTA until April 30, 2017. It’s as simple as registering online at Mapleleafs.com/hockeydreams to redeem a FREE bodysuit at supporting GTA Carter’s/OshKosh stores.
The bodysuit is a fun gifting idea to celebrate newborns and hockey fans alike (because of course, if you are a fan…they will be too, right?) It also aligns with both the Leafs and Canada’s Centennial year, so what better way to say Happy Birthday than with Canada’s favourite sport.
I am giving away 5 (FIVE) of these body suits in size 6 months, and 1 (ONE) official Toronto Maple Leafs baseball cap in size one-size-fits-most to some of my lucky readers! All you need to do to enter is follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment with your handle below so I can follow back and verify entries. That’s it! Don’t forget to share this post with friends so they have a chance to win as well. I’ll notify all winners within one week of contest close, and will draw the body suits before the hat. I will use Random.org to select winners. Valid only for Canadians. Contest ends April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
I can’t believe the amount of traffic that comes to the site via my recipe for easy air-fried broccoli, so I just knew I had to air-fry some more delicious veggies for everyone. And, thanks to my NEW Philips Digital Airfryer, that task was even simpler. I’m going to have a full review up on the blog very very shortly for the new airfryer model, but in the meantime, here is a delicious recipe for one of my most favourite vegetables! And, asparagus will soon be coming into season — win-win!