QOTW: How do YOU carve out alone time? When’s the last time you had some?
Parenting by the numbers, toddler fight club, and does Mommy need a time out? It’s episode 54 of the Mama Natural Show.
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First, according to some scientists, everything is made of mathematics.
You. The world. The universe.
Whether that is true or not, many things can be broken-down to numbers.
And those numbers tell a story.
Even being a first-time mom.
Here’s a fun mathematical breakdown, inspired by CafeMom:
1: Number of romantic dinners you and your partner will enjoy the first 6 months postpartum.
15: Number of times you’ll look at your phone during that dinner for any sign the babysitter called or texted.
35: Number of pictures you will take of your child each day.
20 of which: while they’re sleeping like an angel.
2: Number of hours of sleep you will get at any given time.
10: Number of times per day you’ll wonder, “Are other mothers this tired or is it just me?”
60: Number of times you will Google something pertaining to your child per month.
245: Number of times you will kiss your baby each day.
3: Number of times you will change your baby’s outfit per day.
100: Number of times every day you will look at your baby and think to yourself, “I didn’t know I could love someone so much.”
The numbers don’t lie.
They all add up to an amazing experience called Motherhood.
Next, routine circumcision procedures are down over 25% in the last 30 years.
There are two major factors for that:
1. Crunchy mamas
[Stand proud Ladies!]
And 2. Surprisingly, the decision by 18 states, over the last decade, to stop covering the cost, considering it more of a “cosmetic” procedure.
It’s a chicken and egg scenario as this could be part of the reason for the drop in circumcisions but we’ll take it wherever we can get it.
Now, if we could get the medical establishment to promote healthy guts.
It seems a new study shows babies given antibiotics under 6 months of age are more likely to become obese.
In fact, nearly 30% of these infants had measurable weight gain or obesity.
A warning that we need to be cautious when tampering with babies’ fragile intestinal flora.
The solution is simple – stop doling out pills as the first method of treatment.
Seems obvious…but common sense appears to be lacking these days.
Take for instance, a daycare center in Delaware.
Three of the workers have been charged with allegedly running a toddler fight club.
Caught on video, even one of the toddlers understood that something was wrong.
The child was crying and wanting to stop as he yelped, “He’s pinching me.”
But one worker pushed him back into the fray, saying, “No pinching, only punching.”
Sadly, incidents like this reinforce there is no room for standing on the sidelines for parents.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal thought standing on the sidelines was exactly where parenting looked easy…
Until she had a child of her own.
She confesses she use to be judgmental of the way other people raised their kids
She’d see a mother talking on a cell phone while her child slept in a stroller thinking…
After giving birth to daughter Ramona in 2006, Gyllenhaal ended up doing it herself. “She’s sleeping; I have 10 minutes; quick make three calls.”
Becoming a mom allowed her to be gentler with herself and others.
And how about teaching our kids to be gentler with Mother Earth?
Celebrity mom Alicia Silverstone gives us three tips how to teach children green living early.
Tip #1: Post conservation reminders around the house.
• Light switches, saying turn off when not in use
• Or on the bathroom mirror, so you turn off water while brushing your teeth
• And, on the television, to unplug when done watching, or better yet, don’t own one
Tip #2: Make recycling easy.
• Set-up a recycling station.
• Clearly mark receptacles, making it fun and easy for kids to help out
• And put a canister near kitchen sink if you compost
Tip #3: Plant a garden
• Nothing satiates better than fresh food right out of your garden.
• It’s cheaper and more nutritious.
• Shows your child firsthand the cycle of life
Learn it young; practice it for life!
Now it’s time for some community news!
First up, natural mama Devin is celebrating her daughter, Macy Ranae’s first birthday on September 2nd! Mama says she’s the sweetest little thing, always happy and rarely cries and such a pleasure to be around.
Aw, congratulations Devin and happy birthday Macy! You’re adorable!
Natural mama Carrie, from Natural Moms Talk Radio, gave birth to her SEVENTH, yes, SEVENTH child on August 14. Victoria Helen arrived 2 weeks late after a VERY intense, 2.5 hour labor. She was born at home in the water into her Father’s hands. Aw… way to go mama! Hope you’re in Seventh Heaven!
Natural mama Stefanie gave birth to her baby on June 3 via an unmedicated VBAC. Woo Hoo! Now, mamas, in the heat of the moment, when Stefanie was about to go into transition and couldn’t even comprehend the pain, she actually begged for an epidural. But God stepped in as He often does and the nurses literally couldn’t get the IV in her arm! By the time they could, it was too late. Stefanie was throwing up and in full transition. 29 minutes she pushed out her precious little one.
Congratulations to you Stefanie. You did it! Enjoy new baby bliss!
Lastly, one of the greatest challenges new parents face is the loss of alone time.
Once you deliver a child, the days of solitude, quiet and long stretches of “me-time” are over.
It can be a harsh adjustment for some and sleep deprivation makes it worse.
But even when the child starts walking and talking there’s no let up.
Kids are constant – good, bad or indifferent – they’re constant.
Parenting is constant!
However, out of necessity, many moms do find creative ways to carve out a slice of alone time, in whatever way they can.
The lengths in which moms have confessed to grabbing even just a moment to exhale, which is often all that is available, are impressive.
Moms have admitted to:
• Feigning sickness
Gives new meaning to “I’ve got a headache.”
• Putting the kids to bed early
When are they able to tell time?
• Getting up early just to be alone
Sacrificing even more sleep IS an option
• Hot baths & longer showers
We need a larger water heater!
• Hiding in the bathroom
Where the kids will eventually find you
• Sitting in the car….alone….
While parked in the driveway!
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