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1st Day of 1st Grade: Hope

The¬†time has come. Time to say goodbye to Cot Time, Play time and Snack time. Time to step from “baby” into childhood. If you haven’t guessed- its 1st GRADE time!

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Look at that little hand ūüôā¬†

Wow! Exciting happy, slightly emotional (and that just us parents )

I wanted to write a post about the first day of 1st grade for my little one.  I want to grasp what this milestone meant for  my baby girl  daughter ( can I still say baby girl?) and our family.

So while I was preparing,  packing school suppliesimg_9455 and gearing up for the 1st day of 1st Grade- I was continually thinking what does this mean for her and us? What do I want for her this year?

 

 

 

 

Then I saw the word

Hope

and it resonated within me and I knew:

I

  • Hope that her year is Amazing
  • Hope that she walks in the confidence of who she is
  • Hope that she never doubts her abilities
  • Hope she finds herself surrounded by True Friends
  • Hope that her world will be filled with¬† Love, Grace, Peace & Joy
  • Hope she feels safe and empowered
  • Hope she has the voice to speak her truth- Always
  • Hope her ear is turned towards the Lord’s voice
  • Hope she always dance like no one is watching

I cannot lie- The truth is, it can be uncomfortable sending your baby into the world- no matter the age or season or milestone. It may be the 1st day of Preschool, Kindergarten, High School, College or the 1st day at their 1st professional job. When we look at them – we still see that baby, that toddler just learning to navigate their world.

As parents we HOPE

Hope that they are living their best lives without compromise. So this year I join with you on this 1st day of 1st grade- as she enters into the a different environment-

I HOPE with you that your ‘babies’- no matter if they are 4, 5, 6 , 18 or in their 20s or more-that they excel in life, that they walk in their purpose , that they learn to¬†

Hope and Dream on their own.

 

                      Happy School Days Everyone!

 

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Wife/Mother/Nurse/”Champion ” for all pregnant women

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I don’t want to grow up, because if I did…I wouldn’t be a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid

"I don't want to grow up because if I did, I wouldn't be a Toys 'R' Us Kid

I saw this picture recently on social media and surprisingly it made me reflect….

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Not just on the closing of an Iconic store –that during my childhood made my spirit leap with joy.

My favorite area was the Barbie aisle the colors would illuminate the row pink and

I was in Barbie Heaven!

I could do and be anything!

…and I didn't just reflect on how I when I was pregnant, I walked the aisle picking out a stroller , car seat and high chair etc- thinking one day – my baby would come here with me

…and I didn't just reflect on the memory of when I introduced my child to Toys 'R' US  for the first time and saw her eyes   img_1566   light up at the unlimited possibilities of 

a WHOLE BIG WIDE STORE of TOYS!

I did truly reflect on the  fact that it is a reminder that life will always be a series of goodbyes. That nothing last forever. That change is constant and we are constantly evolving to another level and we should STOP and enjoy the moment we are in. As the saying goes, sometimes you never know what you have until its gone.

My daughter recently was promoted from Kindergarten and said Goodbye to her teacher and friends and she cried.

She says she will miss her teacher , friends, doing work, playing on the playground and the "Kindergarten life"–her words not mine :)   We reminded her, this does not mean the end of school, you will go back in August; and all was right with her world ūüôā

…and I realized this just the beginning of always saying goodbye

Goodbye to moments, and things that were constant in our lives

Goodbye to seasons in our lives-we thought would last forerver,

Goodbye to our jobs and careers- because situations and people change

Goodbye to friends who we have lost touch with -due to circumstances or life

Goodbye to family – because, unfortunately  those we love cannot live here on Earth forever

 Goodbye to things we know and thought would be forever.

Is it sad?

Yes! We are human and it hurts

But is it necessary?

Yes.
Its necessary to let go and 'Trust the Process' because without change there will be no growth. We also have to learn to cherish each moment without rushing to the nextbecause just like a snap of your fingers- it can disappear.

True,we can cherish the memories forever. However, it is important to  savor ,embrace , fully be in the moment of where you are in life at that moment.

If that's you taking your child to Kindergarten for the 1st time- enjoy that sweet innocent time-its hard , its challenging, but make that time AMAZING.

We celebrated my daughter's  1st day of Kindergarten with lunch and invited the grandparents. I took pictures. She may not remember this in few years, but I will always remember her face as we exclaimed how proud we were of her and going to school for the first time. I'll remember this season as the time I embraced the 'Art of Letting Go'

As emotional as her last day of Kindergarten was for my daughter and I'll admit-me and her  dad-  We embraced the moment- took a ton of pictures and took her to dinner to celebrate all that she had learned and acknowledged her transition.

You may be facing a career change or starting a new position- embrace it. Try not to yearn for the days gone by – enjoy the moment you are in- learn what the situation is teaching  you and wrap yourself around that experience.

If this is you , with your 1st baby or 10th-embrace this time- you will never be pregnant with this child again. Take a moment to just savor that you are creating a "WHOLE HUMAN BEING"!   Find the joy in the season you are in.

Goodbyes are a part of life , a part of our daily existence.

Take the moment you are in a make the Goodbyes count . Each moment in time is meant for you to learn from, experience, love , embrace, acknowledge; and then say goodbye too.

Just like Geoffrey

I don't want to grow up because if I did I wouldn't be a Toys R Us Kid

Yet,

all the children have grown up-there's no more Toys 'R' Us Kids

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So be like 'Geoffrey' with  his little suitcase leaving behind a global brand, a life,  passion, our history…

Embrace the change , Embrace the moment, Find the joy and say Goodbye!

I want to hear from you- tell me about your recent goodbyes- What have you learned? What are you embracing? Comment below…

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Wife/Mother/Nurse/"Champion " for all pregnant women

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Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Meet Kayla: A 20 year something-year-old female. Momma to a sweet one year old boy named Cameron.  Kayla shares her tips on returning to work after Maternity leave. Be sure to visit her blog as she shares her passion for fitness, healthy lifestyles, saving money, marketing, fashion, make-up and of course being a Mommy to a tiny human.

Visit Kayla’s blog at

www.Mommyingainteasy.com

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In June 2017 I returned to work after having a baby and being off work for over a year. I remember dreadfully counting down the number of days we had left together before I had to go back to my 9-5 office job. The first 3 weeks were the toughest. I was exhausted, struggling with what to cook for dinner, battling the traffic to and from work and being away from my son for 10 hours a day.

Here are my tips for returning to work after maternity leave and what worked for me and our family.

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 1) Get organized the night before, for you and your baby.

Not only do I pick out my son’s clothes for daycare, I also pick out my own clothes, pack my gym bag (for the gym at lunch), meal prep my lunch and snacks, get the coffee ready and set a timer, shower and straighten my hair the night before.

2) Wake up early and even earlier in the winter

 I give myself a full hour in the morning to get ready and out the door on time. The Canadian winters can be harsh and unpredictable. Snowy winter days means you’ll have to sweep off the car and let it run for 15 minutes to warm up. I give myself and extra 10 minutes in the winter months to get boots, coats, hat, gloves etc. on and into the car.

3) Bring photos of you baby to work

I was so excited to print out photos of my sons first birthday and decorate my office with them, I would look at a photo of him smiling, covered in cake and it instantly brought a smile to my face

4) See the value and take pride in your work

As amazing as maternity leave was and how much I valued this time with my son, it is nice to know you are good at something aside from parenting. Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is the best job in the world and I would not change it for anything. Getting back to the digital marketing and e-commerce world felt great.

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6 months later, we’ve all adjusted and settled into our new normal. We look forward to the weekends, stat holidays and vacation days. Most importantly, we value and cherish the time we have together.

 

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Canada Day 2017

 

Ms. Kayla

www.mommyingainteasy.com

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Pregnancy Love Month : #10 Pregnancy brought me you!

Today’s #PregnancyLove Month is a celebration of Pregnancy.

Words cannot say how much I love the pregnancy process.

Personally-because it brought me Her!

My baby girl

A dream come true

Faith Manifested

Blessings abundantly

Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

 

 

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My intelligent , inquisitive, loves the Lord, sensitive, creative , great sense of humor, lover of all things from the stuffed animal world,  will one day be a world traveler baby girl.

She is everything I ever needed and wanted and then more.

My Pregnancy Journey brought to her

and for that

I am forever grateful!

 

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Pregnancy Love Month: # 9 You are Not Alone

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

You are Not Alone!

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You walk with the glow of confidence , knowing your baby is with you. You can feel their kicks , rolls and flutters. Your love for them is already all consuming!

Your Pregnancy Journey, is miraculous. It is the one time in your life  where you physically walk with the one you love every day, every moment , every breath. It is the time in your life where you are truly helping with the miracle of life. A time in your life where you are sustaining and nurturing your little one-without even touching them .

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This pregnancy journey is a precious time as you connect and bond with your little one, even while they are still in utero. It is AMAZING when you think about when you are pregnant; your baby can hear your heartbeat from the inside, feel your emotions and form a connection that is far greater than anything you could imagine.

Today, celebrate #pregnancylove ,

celebrate the pregnancy journey

that let you walk

heartbeat to heartbeat

with the one you love

who’s within.

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Pregnancy Love: #8: Dreaming of Your Baby to Be !

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

dreaming about the baby you

will soon meet!

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Pregnancy is an opportunity to dream. Dream about your hopes, promises, future and who your baby will be.

Is the baby a boy or girl? Tall or Short? Dark hair or light hair? Freckles or none?

The truth is it doesn’t matter- Whoever your baby is and will become is

perfection.

Personally , I think this is the perfect thing to celebrate during #Pregnancy Love Month. From the moment you begin to attempt to conceive to that positive pregnancy test and throughout your entire pregnancy- You are dreaming.

Dreaming about when you will become pregnant. When you become pregnant , you dream about how you will tell everyone. How your pregnancy journey will be. You dream about your labor and delivery story. Most important you dream about this baby who is more than “just a baby” , this is your baby. During your pregnancy you not only “see” your baby, you see your future with your child. The places you will go, the things you will do, your new family dynamic; the hopes and dreams you will have for this child

Every moment will be perfect because they are yours.

So for this #Pregnancy Love Moment

Celebrate the dreams that are within you

for your pregnancy

for your future

for your baby

 

 

Happy Dreaming!

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What are you dreaming for your baby?

Comment Below….

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Pregnancy Love : #6 : Glorious Hair

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

having

GLORIOUS HAIR

during pregnancy!

Long , short, curly, straight, brown ,blonde, red or black! Hair during pregnancy is GLORIOUS!

Thank you hormones, especially estrogen ! These hormones cause your hair to grow thicker and stronger. Also during pregnancy , your hair does not go through the natural phase of growth, resting  and hair fall.  The hairs remain giving you longer, thicker Glorious Hair!

Unfortunately, this Glorious Hair does not last. After you have your baby, the hair that did not fall out with pregnancy tends to shed. This occurs as your body returns to its pre-pregnancy state and hormones return to normal levels.

However, for now , Celebrate #PregnancyLove Month and Swish that glorious hair as you rock your baby bump!

 

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Did you notice hair growth during your pregnancy- on  your head and other places..

Share your stories below….

 

References

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. Skin Conditions During Pregnancy. (2014). found online : https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Skin-Conditions-During-Pregnancy

 

 

 

 

 

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Pregnancy Love : #3:First Baby’s Flutter

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

Feeling  your

Baby’s

First Flutter

 

Your baby’s first flutter you feel is a moment to be celebrated this month.

That first flutter may leave you wondering : Is it gas?¬†A twinge? Movement? Your¬†imagination? Don’t worry moms , that flutter will soon turn into kicks and rolls – you may even be able to tell if its is a foot or hand ūüôā

First time moms may feel this movement the first time around 18  to 20 weeks gestation. While moms-to-be again may feel this movement earlier(https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/259724-overview#a2).

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(DISCLAIMER: Please speak with your doctor about all concerns/questions regarding what is normal for your pregnancy).

This is a wonderful part of pregnancy to celebrate during # Pregnancy Love Month. That first felt baby movement is a moment you will always remember. From that moment on you will not only know your little one is inside, you will also feel your baby move.

Enjoy the moment ,  Enjoy the journey , Enjoy pregnancy

as you celebrate

#Pregnancy Love

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By: Mary E.,RN , BSN, MSN

Wife/ Mother/ Nurse

I would love to chat with you- leave a comment below…..

or email me at : theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

Reference:

Rigby,F. B. , 2016. Common Pregnancy Complaints and Questions. Medscape found online: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/259724-overview#a2

 

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Pregnancy Love #2: Sharing the News with the Dad-to Be

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

Sharing the Positive Pregnancy Test

with the

Dad-to-Be

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I want to celebrate 2/5/2018 day of #Pregnancy Love with the moment you shared your pregnancy news with the dad-to-be

Did you take the pregnancy test with your partner? Or did you take the test alone and get to share the exciting news ?

This moment will be in your memories forever- the moment you realize 2 will become a family of 3 or more.

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Its a life changing moment. A moment of joy, dreams realized, hope and happiness. Its a moment that is yours together.

Listed below are 5 Unique Ways to Tell Your Partner you are Pregnant!!!

You can be creative, be simple, be fun, but most importantly – Be you!

(1) Be Creative

  • Give a the dad to be a Baby Gift¬† or Coffee Mug with a saying “Best Dad Ever”
  • Give dad a baby gift- stand back watch while he opens it and wait for the reaction….
  • Trust me- that moment will be¬†priceless ūüôā¬† Bonus points for recording it

(You can also use that gift for Baby Announcement photos later)

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(https://pixabay.com/photo-60343/ & https://pixabay.com/photo-2099949/)

(2) Just say “Hey! You’re going to be a daddy!

(3)Play a Game

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pictionary See the source imageCan you imagine the look on his face¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† when he guesses the answer?

(4)Give a card (you can save the card for years as a memory)

(5)Write a heartfelt letter with your news and about your journey to this point in your life

Take this time to share in it together! This the start of your journey. The ups the downs the nausea and the hopes! It is a time to dream and plan-together.

The truth is , it does not matter  how you share your news of that Positive Pregnancy Test-

It only matters that you make it a part of your story together

and Celebrate the

#Pregnancy Love

 

I would love to hear from you, and if you want to be featured on the Blog or Instagram during the month of February during the #Pregnancy Love series Рe-mail me (Mary) at

theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

 

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By: Mary E. , RN,BSN,MSN

Wife/Mother/Nurse

theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com

 

 

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Pregnancy Love #1: Positive Pregnancy Test

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

the

POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST!

Your pregnancy journey may have began with challenges. Your journey may have been long waited with anticipation and nervousness. A desire you wanted more than anything, counting the days until that little stick tells you : You are Pregnant!¬† Or your journey may have begun with a “I wasn’t “trying” yet here we are moment” : ‘A blessing baby’ , I like to call it.

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 I want to take this moment in time to Celebrate all of the Positive Pregnancy Test that will happen during  the month of February. It does not matter what your story of pregnancy is or where/how your journey started. It is your story to be Celebrated!

This is the beginning of a new world for you, even if this is not your first pregnancy.  This baby will be an  addition to your world that will bring its own happiness, and challenges and unspeakable joys.

That Positive Pregnancy Test will forever be ingrained in your memory of when you first found out you were having a baby!  Surprised? Happy? Disbelief? a Huh? moment a What am I going to do? moment, A finally moment as a singe tear slips down your face.

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This is your story  and it began with that Positive Pregnancy Test.

This month of Love: take a moment to own your story, your journey.

Relax in this season and prepare for a roller coaster ride of Pregnancy. For it is a journey that is unique  to you.

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Coming  Soon To You!

 

 

 

By: Mary Echols, Wife/Mother/Nurse

I would love to chat with you: send me a note: theamazingadventuresofpregnancy@yahoo.com