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Baby Shower

Your pregnancy journey may be filled with nausea, joy, fatigue, excitement, happiness pregnancy symptoms you never knew could occur… basically a roller coaster of emotions and experiences…then you take an expected turn and arrive at your…..
Baby Shower 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Hosted by your family and friends to
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This is the time for you to relax, sit back, enjoy and be on the receiving end of good wishes presents, joy and love.

I’ve noticed in recent years baby Showers have evolved. Where there use to be a cake games and diapers in a little room ; Baby Showers are now full out extravaganzas.

The most important thing to remember is that your baby shower reflects you. You want to be comfortable and relaxed. If you prefer a quiet intimate gathering or a full party- do what makes you comfortable ,happy and grateful as you celebrate the arrival of your baby.

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Having a baby boy & loving it!

Ms. Rickia Thomas celebrated her baby boy with family and friends.

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Rickia’s priority was to include her girls; wanting them to be a part of their baby brother’s life from the beginning. They are so excited to welcome their baby brother.

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The shirts are adorable! It’s a boy!!!

Food is a big part of any gathering. When choosing what to serve- include a variety and choose items you like as well. Make sure in all the excitement to sit down and enjoy a bite or 2 😊

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What’s a great meal without an Awesome dessert?

Cake and Cupcakes:

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Rickia had a beautiful shower and was grateful to have a moment for her family to celebrate a new life: A baby boy!

Join me in congratulating Ms. Rickia Thomas. A beautiful person inside and out. She is carrying a full plate with a smile– Mom of 2 adorable girls with a 3rd child on the way; working full time while in Nursing school. You will definitely be hearing more from this Amazing mom in the upcoming weeks.

Moms, I want you to know whatever theme or setting you decide to have for your shower know it will be memorable. It will be a moment in your pregnancy journey to sit back, relax and be “showered” with love!

( Pictures by HoneyBee Photography: Shameika Howell)

Facebook.com/honeybeephotography3)
Be sure to visit her page for your photography needs

 

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Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby

By : Mary Echols , RN,BSN,MSN

Wife/Mother/Registere Nurse/”Caretaker of all Pregnant Women”

Contact Mary: theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

amazing mom contributor, family, parenting, summer camp, Uncategorized

Before and After Kids—Camp Experience

I admit, before I had kids, my thoughts about parenting and raising kids was set in stone. It is always easier to think your way would be better than others.  Then reality hits and you actually have kids and things are not how you imagined it would be.

Recently, my two oldest sons spent a week at summer camp. I highly encouraged, ok ok, made them go… since they had no inclination to go themselves.  Eric and I talked about the wonderful experience and how much fun they would have and the friends they would make while at camp.  Eric and I both had the opportunity to go to summer camp when we were younger and talked about what we did and how we would go back if we could.  Of course, they still dragged their feet and feigned sickness as the day came closer.  And when the time came to drop them off, I was sad because the drop off was so “sudden.”  No chance to walk around the camp, to see their cabins where they would be sleeping, the cafeteria, where they would be eating or the beach where they would be swimming.  I didn’t have the opportunity to give them a hug.  Eric hurriedly ushered me awaits saying  “I didn’t want the camp staff thinking I was “that mom.”

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While they were gone, I thought about them; were they having fun? What did they eat? Did they sleep ok?  I would get teary eyed when reading the email Eric sent them.  It also made me think about what I used to think before I had kids.  I have to admit; pre kids- I may have been judgmental towards parents; thinking how could they send their kids off to summer camp. How could they send their kids away?  Didn’t they want to spend time with their kids?  I wondered if their children were affected by spending all this time away from their parents. Were they traumatized knowing their parents didn’t want to spend the Summer with them.  Obviously, my times away at camp were forgotten during my judgement. 😉

When we picked up the boys, they talked about how much fun they had. They were able to go swimming, canoeing, played games and they even said how much they liked singing camp songs!  My boys said the food was good and was impressed by showers where pull down ropes made the water come out.  They both spoke about the friends they made. 

The oldest had the chance to go canoeing and then spend the night in the woods in tents. He talked about how gross the boy’s outhouse was so they all used the girl’s outhouse.

The conversations and shared experiences did not end there. The boys sang the camp songs to their siblings and talked about their counselors and recited all their names.

The best part; they admitted they want to go back next year.

(Yes! right decision made by Eric and myself!)

As they talked, I thought about how wrong I was thinking parents were selfish for sending their kids to summer camp. With kids of my own, and having to work during their summer vacation, I realize summer camp is not only a time for kids to have fun, make new friends and enjoy new experiences.  Summer camp is an opportunity for parents to work. Not every parent has the luxury being able to take their summer off to spend with their kids.  Parents have to find alternatives to school, and childcare has to be made so parents can work and pay the bills.  Summer camp gives parents a sense of peace of mind knowing their kids are safe and having fun.

My eyes have opened now and I offer a heartfelt apology to all those parents I judged before I actually had to walk in your shoes. Summer camp is a great chance for kids to have fun and experience summer like a kid. 

If you get the chance to send your kids to camp, please do.

Your kids will thank you for the memories.

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By : Kristine Walton

Wife/Mother of 5/Registered Nurse

Contact Kristine @kd_2426@Hotmail.com

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