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Ashley, Me, Myself & I, Pregnancy

Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day because I’m obsessed with my mom and any day that is all about her makes me the happiest. I spent 30 years saying “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of the moms I know, until one day something magical happened. My first Mother’s Day.

It was the greatest feeling to have someone wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. Even though my little bundle of joy (who was 3 months at the time) couldn’t say it, the words didn’t need to be spoken. The image of my sweet little Olivia peacefully sleeping in my arms was the best gift anyone could have ever given me, and I will cherish that memory forever.

Now I’m an old vet at Mother’s Day. It’s officially my second one and it’s gotten a lot more exciting. Olivia is walking all over the place and greets me daily with “mama!” “dog” and lots of yelling in what appears to be a different language. I don’t know what she’s saying, but the sound of her sweet little voice happily yelling while she knocks everything around the house down, will be the greatest second Mother’s Day gift I could ever ask for.

Now that I am a mom, I realize it isn’t about the breakfast in bed (although that’s nice), or the gift card to mom’s favourite restaurant. I will spend my Mother’s Day simply sitting back and taking in the gift of getting to be my little princess’ momma.

Motherhood is loud, exhausting, wild, fun, hard, joyful and life changing. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s truly a blessing if you are fortunate enough to get to have a baby. I am so thankful to spend my days and nights nurturing and protecting Olivia, and Mother’s Day reminds me just how lucky I am.

So here’s the biggest and loudest HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to those who have given every part of themselves to another little being. It’s the most rewarding job in the world and you are all superheroes!

Pampers and I would love to hear your story! Tell us about a Mother’s Day (your 1st or 12th) that stands out. What made that day special? Help us celebrate all the moms…. the pregnant ones, the first-timers, the veterans, etc! Can’t wait to hear your stories!

Ash
Xx

I’ve been using Pampers since day one and only partner with brands I truly love, prior to being contacted. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ashley, Pregnancy

The Formula Stigma In partnership with Enfamil A+

Since I announced I was pregnant, I have been bombarded with advice. Most of which is about how to feed my baby.  I had every intention of fully breastfeeding Olivia, but unfortunately, after months of trying (and several specialists), I realized that I would need to supplement as Olivia’s needs grew.  I researched a lot about formula, and knew I wanted to give her a formula that was enriched with DHA.  A baby’s brain contains Omega-3 fat and most of that fat is DHA, an important building block of the brain.  By age 3, babies brain growth is 85% complete, so I realized the importance of making sure she was getting the nutrition she needed for optimal health.  Enfamil A+ is enriched with DHA, which made it a clear choice for me.  I use the ready feed bottles (which make my life SO much easier), and I feel happy knowing I’m giving her everything she needs.

So I am currently pumping 3 times a day, and supplementing with formula, and I have noticed a huge difference in Livi.  She is satisfied and happier, which means more love and snuggles for mama 🙂

For more information on Enfamil A+, click the link below: www.whydha.ca

Ash
xx

Me, Myself & I

Earth Day Friday!

Currently: Sitting on the floor trying to organize everything for my taxes… It’s the actual worst job in the world. SAVE ME!

Wearing: Grey Nike Sweats and a Blue Tank

Eating/Drinking: TinyTea from Your Tea. I’m on day 2 of my detox and dreaming of a large cheese pizza

Plans for today: Taxes for the next couple of hours.  I have to get a run in today, and then a candle lit (earth day so we are turning off the lights) movie night with my sister-in-laws!

Currently Watching: 48 Hours Hard Evidence.  I don’t even know why I watch this because every single time I convince myself that there is a murderer in my house.

Current Stress:  I’m hungry.  Taxes suck.  & Oakley is currently experiencing Paraphimosis.  I won’t get into detail about what that is because it’s SUPER disgusting, but I have a feeling I will end up at the vet at some point today.

Cuddling with: Oliver and Oakley

Doggies

Hair: High bun

Make up: None

Voila 🙂

PS Remember it’s Earth Day!  Do your part to show the earth we love it! (Plant a tree, Turn out the lights, Make sure your sink isn’t leaking, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Go Meatless for a week etc.)