Surprise Baby Announcement

Do you remember that day you announced that a baby was on its way?   It was a moment I will never forget.  Partly because we captured it all on video in this surprise baby announcement. 🙂   On this day 3 years ago, I had NO idea how being a parent would change me.  I also had no idea that I was going to be a mother to a special little girl who would have heart surgery and a pacemaker before she had solids.  A little girl who would look a little different from her peers because of a genetic condition. When this video was recorded, I did not know that motherhood would break me down to my core and make me feel so alone some days, or that I would come out the other end so much stronger.   Nor did I know that my mission in life would be to help other moms like me who worry about their little one’s health, nutrition, or growth.   Watching this video brings tears to my eyes thinking about what we have been through and how far we have come. How did you announce your pregnancy?  How have you changed since becoming a...

Why I’m taking my own advice (and eating a turkey leg for breakfast)

Let’s face it.  Motherhood can be exhausting, stressful, sleepless, and bring out the not-so-pretty-side of us.  While we may not ‘see’ it happening, our demanding days take a toll on our health in so many ways:  we get sick more often, can’t think straight, are forgetful, and can’t muster up energy to exercise. We feel lousy but we ignore it.  Because our kids come first. We spend so much of our time worrying about our little one’s health and development (which makes us wonderful moms) yet spend less time nourishing ourselves with good food, staying active, and getting some downtime.   If we are not feeling 100%  - or even 80% - how the heck do we expect to give our kiddos the best of us?  If we feel sluggish, brain is foggy, and we’re not loving the body we are in, we can’t possibly be the BEST mother we want to be for them, our partners, and for ourselves.   As a Pediatric Nutritionist, I speak with mothers everyday who are looking to help their children thrive, grow, and eat better.  However, virtually every mom realizes they aren’t doing so hot either.   I remind them that they can’t put themselves on the backburner.  Here’s why: We are their role models - Our little ones see what we eat (and will often want the same), how we move, and they sense our stress.  So if we’re not operating at 100% we can’t expect them to be. They need us - Our kids need us to be the happiest and healthiest version of ourselves because we project our bright and colourful side onto them.  When we are blah or feeling ick we don’t have...

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