Month: January 2015

10 Things I wish I knew about Breastfeeding!

Let me preface this post by saying that I fully support parents who breastfeed and parents who don’t. Every family has their own circumstances that contribute to their decision/need to exclusively breastfeed (EBF), supplement or use formula.
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My mother EBF two of us three girls. She didn’t say too much about it besides confirming what facts I had already come to know through pop culture and brief conversations. I wanted to know more. So, I did what most BrandNewMom’s do these days-I Googled it! Turns out there are so many reasons why it’s beneficial for the entire family to EBF and I mean how hard could it be? Structure –>function…God gave us breasts to… breastfeed! I found a lot of “how to’s” and references to attachment parenting which, I quite liked. We were planning to practice the whole natural, skin to skin, baby-wearing, sensitive parenting, co-sleeping (some call) hippie train.

Additionally, my prenatal yoga chats often included anecdotes from seasoned EBF second timers. They all gleamed about the loving bond and convenience. I was sold! My husband and I even attended a breastfeeding info clinic offered by our region.

All in all, I thought I had done enough research on the topic.  EBF seemed to be painted as something absolutely lovely to look forward to. Or were all these mom’s keeping a brave face and concealing their EBF trials to maintain their “supermom” image?

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Monday Musings Blog Hop #4-Pinterest Party!

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Welcome to BrandNewMomBlog!  Thank you to everyone who participated in last weeks Monday Musings Blog Hop! Here are 5 of my favourite posts! If you were featured, please feel free to grab a “I was featured!” button. Please take a moment and check out the featured posts and make friends!!!

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My top 5 Picks from Last weeks Pinterest Party!!….

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Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Recipe

 

 

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Sometimes I can be all “noodled” out. Today was one of those days. So, I decided to make a very minimalistic version of a common dish in my mom’s repertoire sans noodles and all the fancy stuff.

This is my adaptation to my mom’s delicious Ka-Poon or red curry chicken stew. It’s actually a Vietnamese traditional dish served over rice vermicelli noodles garnished with cabbage slaw and cilantro.

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DIY Wooden Growth Chart Ruler

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This is another one of those DIY statement piece projects that has longevity, is totally functional and packs a lot of visual punch! We decided to hang it in our LO’s nursery but I have also seen them hung in the hallway for the whole family to share! I had some left over wood from my DIY Harvest Table so, making this wooden growth chart ruler was a no brainer! (especially since there is no cutting involved and I had left over stain) It can be personalized and decorated to match the decor of the nursery or room you choose to display it in. To continue with our neutral coloured nursery theme, we chose a dark stain that matched the original wood floors.

This won’t break the bank either! One plank of pine costs $7 or less and I used some left over stain from another DIY project.

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Monday Musings Blog Hop #3- Pinterest Party!

Welcome to BrandNewMomBlog!  Thank you to everyone who participated in last weeks Monday Musings Blog Hop! Here are 5 of my favourite posts! If you were featured, please feel free to grab a “I was featured!” button. Please take a moment and check out the featured posts and make friends!!!

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My top 5 Picks from Last weeks Pinterest Party!!….

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5 Love Languages- Which do you speak?

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After many years, Dr. Gary Chapman began to consistently see a trend among married couples he counselled. Husbands and wives would confess to being on completely different pages and were constantly butting heads. He concluded that men and women aren’t really from different planets after all. Instead, in his book, 5 love languages, he categorized couples’ communication quarrels into,

5 preferred ways of both expressing and receiving love.

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How Not to Break the Bank Buying for Baby!

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Who knew that baby’s needed sooooo much stuff! I mean all the fancy gear and cute accessories might not be necessities per se, but nothing can stop a pregnant woman from nesting! Am I right? Can I get an Amen?

It happened early for me, around the fourth month. All of a sudden,

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3 must see new mom movies!

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Prior to becoming a BrandNewMom and having my little guy, I’d watch movies involving young families but couldn’t truly relate. I mean how could I without having yet walked the walk? I could definitely empathize to a certain degree but parenting is just one of those things in life you have to experience first hand to really “get”. (Even then, some things remain a mystery! Like sleep! LOL) I digress.

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DIY Harvest table for under $80!

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This is quite possibly one of the easiest DIY projects requiring the least amount of construction “know how” while packing the most designer punch! This table is a functional statement piece that will hold many family meals and dinner parties for years to come. So why bother make your own?

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