Sunday, November 2, 2014

What I Learned in October


1. Almond milk is a great sleep aide

Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers GAM, I decided to try some almond milk recently. I drank it warm and it was very tasty. Not only that, but I learned it's a great natural sleep aide. I slept like a baby after one cup.

2. New babies are a LOT of work

It really helps to have an active and supportive partner. I don't know what I would do without the hubs, or as I now call him these days  "Mr. Changes Poopy Diapers". Teamwork is a must!

3. Rasberry Leaf Tea and Prenatal Yoga work wonders

Both worked in tandem to prepare me for a quick and successful labor. I had my daughter in 2 hours and 14 mins. Rasberry leaf tea also helps to supply mothers with milk post-partum.

4. Sometimes it's OK to take it easy

Things have been so very hectic in my life this month. I have been attempting to do it all....keep a clean home, run errands, be there for the baby, cook, play hostess, and snap back to my old self among other things. All of this has back fired, and really shown me that sometimes you have to take it easy, and right after birth is one of those times. It's OK to delay doing dishes, sweeping, combing your hair, etc. I've learned the importance of just resting right now, when possible. And after much trepidation, I decided to hire a cleaning service the other day. I must say, it feels sooooo good to have things tidy now and have more time for the baby. I might keep them around for a few months :-)

5. Kindness abounds

Over the past month our new little family has been shown so much kindness, from family and friends who've cooked and brought us meals, to loved ones who've generously showered us with unexpected baby gifts. We were even given the gift of a handmade baby hat from a stranger. I've been truly floored by the extent to which kindness exists in our lives, we are very lucky.

What did you learn last month?

12 comments:

  1. Almond milk sounds delightful, and hiring a cleaning service is a great idea, especially you know that cleanliness of your home affects your happiness. Yup we can't do it all and that's okay :)

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    1. Yes, I was actually surprised by how much cleanliness could affect my mood.

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  2. Love the cleaning service idea! It's something I'm seriously considering for (someday) when we have kids.

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    1. Definitely go for it Amanda. It's a life saver!

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  3. Glad you and your precious baby are nestled and cosy in your lovely home. The cleaning service is a brilliant idea, frees up a bit of time for you and baby girl. It's super hard work caring for a new baby!

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    1. Hard work it is....but VERY rewarding :-)

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  4. Congratulations!!! How did I miss that you have a new baby! : ) I remember those days after I had my girls... the goodies and casseroles ~ they were my favorite gifts! Hiring a cleaning service was a smart idea. hmmm... I would love to hiring a cleaning service here, but since my girls are now women and I don't work, I think that it would make me look lazy. : ) Bummer!!!!

    What have I learned this october.. I have learned that good things come to those who wait. Good things happen with patience and love.
    Happy November ~ You've got a lot to be thankful for this thanksgiving ~ I can't wait to see her.

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    1. Thanks Leslie. " Good things happen with patience and love. " That is a great lesson!

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  5. I love almond milk in lots of my foods now. It tastes good and has a lot less calories than dairy milk, plus it has more calcium!

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    1. Wow, I was not aware it had more calcium than diary milk....great!

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  6. It seems congratulations are in order for the new baby! Ahhh, a cleaning service. I once had a gal who came every week just to do my kitchen and bath for a while. Just that much offered such relief to me and made me feel like my house was always clean. And I don't have kids, but it was still a blessing. She kept my kitchen organized too. And kindness, yes, I'm finding that it abounds if we will look around us.

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I think you are right. The key to noticing kindness is opening our eyes :-)

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