Babywearing

Wanting to hold your baby is natural and has benefits for both parents AND baby.

Babywearing. This is literally the ONLY way I was able to grocery shop with my twins (six months old in this picture.) I wore them in different ways at different ages and I hope this review of the hows and whys encourages you to look into the many different babywearing options there are out there for parents these days. They are two now and our sling is still getting a work out, mostly around the house when I’m cleaning up and with light food prep for dinner these days.

Babywearing makes life easier and more comfortable for all, keeping our little ones close while also freeing up hands. Babywearing allowed me to tend to LIFE (including my two older kids) while also meeting my twins most basic needs. The need to be held.  [Read more…]

How to Massage Your Pregnant Belly

Put on some relaxing music and follow along with this video on prenatal belly massage for a therapeutic bonding time with your baby!

Tips:

1.  A good time to start is the middle to end of your second trimester, especially if you are already feeling your baby(s) move.

2. Sit on your bed or a couch with a couple pillows behind your back. Avoid lying flat.

3. Use oil over lotion as lotion tends to dry out quickly. Pick something that will help you avoid stretch marks.

4. Use light pressure and work at a comfortable pace.

5. Remember to breathe and have fun. This is a special time for you to connect with your baby. xo

I’m really feeling our sweet little baby boy and girl move now. Though I’ve claimed to feel them for many weeks, secretly I’ve wondered, “Am I just having some serious trouble digesting something?!?!” These kicks lately are undeniable…  to the point where my husband and the kids can put their hands on the growing bump and feel them too. Awww. This has got to be one of the best parts about being pregnant; these sweet, not-yet-painful little love bumps that say, “Hi mom, we’re in here!!!” Just felt one now. How’s that for timing? *smiles*

Now, as any veteran pregnant women will tell you, I am fully aware that these love bumps have the power to turn into a whole ‘nother thing entirely. I have not forgottenthe foot lodged in my right lower rib cage for the final 8 weeks of carrying Miss Reilly, our first. I have not forgotten being woken up in the middle of the night by Miss Morgan, our second, and her late night raves in the final few weeks of that pregnancy.

These love bumps make me want to do some bumping back. Thinking about how much I like massage… how much my own babies and the babies whose parents I teach Infant Massage like massage, I figure now is the time for me to begin massaging our twins regularly. Yep… it’s Belly Massage time!!!

I just got oil for preventing stretch marks and it’s perfect for this. As it’s made from some of the same oils I recommend using on new babies (Almond and Grapeseed) among other things, this bottle will take me right into when I’ll actually massaging our sweet little babies after birth too. Click here for details and the video on how you can do this too. That way if you want to tell your baby(s) “I love you” in their first language (touch is the first sense babies develop inutero),  if you want to bond with your baby(s) well before they are born via massage, and on a practical level, if you want to help yourself avoid stretch marks, you can!

Write and tell me if you are enjoying feeling movements from your little peanut yet. And if you’re not pregnant now but have been, around what week do you remember feeling your babies move? Finally, if you ever done belly massage and/or  Infant Massage with your babies, tell me all about it. (One of my favorite things to talk about in the world!)

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When we follow our bliss, anything is possible. I hope you walk with me and other moms here because motherhood (and life) is better when we’re holding hands.

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Zen Mommy Minute: Share your Life…Journal

“Our lives are not our own; they are for us to share.” -Henri Nouwen

Thinking about this quote in terms of journaling, and how journaling is such a great way to share our lives… not only with ourselves, but with our kids. [Read more…]

How to Connect to Your Baby…and Yourself

“How was your weekend?” “Fine. Thanks for asking. How about yours?” Pretty standard, right? I’ve said it. That’s just what people say on Monday. But today if you’d asked me this question over a cup of coffee, my answer would have been different. Not longer really, just different. How was it then you ask? In a word, it was “connected”.

It was one of those rare treats of a weekend. Dinner with my husband, drinks with a couple we hadn’t seen in years, a family BBQ in the backyard, complete with roasting marsh mellows (in the fire pit we bought 3 years ago that has seen about as much action as my bread maker…not much…), a “clothes swap” with 15 girl friends where we all picked through each other’s unwanted items over gooey butter cake, each leaving with an armful of free “new” clothes… and to top it off, a beautiful Sunday morning walk with my 5 year old daughter and our puppy Trixie. Sometimes “fine” just doesn’t cover it.

Sure, the laundry is insane, a tall pile of bills still sits here by my computer begging for attention and my dog isn’t quite there when it comes to being house broken (as I just discovered on the dining room rug). No, I did not fall off planet Earth into Bliss-ville. I’m still here, two feet planet firmly on the ground. But this past weekend and the sense of connection it left me with, spending time with friends, family…and myself, makes the other things feel just a little bit easier to accept today.

And so it is with our babies. How’s that for transition? You knew I was going to bring this back full circle to parenting didn’t you? But I cannot help but think that this is exactly how our babies feel when we give them our full attention. It is the thing I like best of all the many benefits infant massage…CONNECTION.

Connect Through Massage

Speaking as a mother that once tried to breastfeed and change her babies diaper at the same time, I know the need for support in slowing down to just be with our babies. Simply creating special time for massage with your little one does this. It will leave you and your baby feeling, in a word, “connected”.

If we are moving fast, sometimes we can forget how connected we really are in this life. As parents, our children help make this “A-PARENT” for us. It’s part of their job description. They help us slow down and remember. This week, I invite you to connect with your children in a very simple way through massage. I hope you enjoy this short little photo film I created to help inspire you to make massage a ritual in your family. Just click on the title that follows“KNOW LOVE MASSAGE”.

So crank up the computer volume and get ready to feel that awesome feeling that we all want…for our children and for ourselves…connection. I’d love to hear from you if you already use massage with your children and what you and your children have gotten out of it. I hope you have a good week and that it’s better than fine!

 

 

 

Suzanne, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne owns a holistic health center in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach.