Bonds That Last A Lifetime

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In the fogginess and joy of breastfeeding a newborn, I had the sudden realization: I’m providing everything my baby needs to thrive.

Barely 5 weeks old, my son looks to me for love, comfort, nourishment, affection, and protection … basic needs that don’t cost much.

I am grateful for the gift of breastfeeding; when all else fails, it’s the one thing that soothes my baby.

Though feeding on demand can be exhausting, it’s so rewarding to witness my breast milk growing my child, 1 gram at a time.

Skin-to-skin, we cuddle and chat, even as the world dreamss away. Gazing into each other’s eyes, we share smiles and laughter, building memories to be cherished forever.

What special moments do you cherish with your little one?

The bonds that last a lifetime don’t bind overnight—they form slowly over time (Jenn Sinrich)

I’ll Have Some Vitamin C With My Arithmetic

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As the parent of a threenager, meal times can be a battle—the bribery and pleading required to get my 3-year-old through a feeding cycle can be exhausting.

Sometimes I have no will to fight and easily succumb to her ridiculous antics (procrastination, escapism, whining). Other times I find creative ways to keep her engaged AND eating, which is the end goal.

Recently, when the threenager refused to eat her fruit, I decided to make a game of it. I peeled a clementine and asked her to count the individual segments as she ate them. Since she loves counting, she’d eat a piece, count how many remained, eat another, and so on until she’d munched all 12 pieces. In the end, baby girl had gotten a dose of vitamin C and practiced some arithmetic.

How do you inspire or encourage feeding with your toddler?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Walking through the Montreal Metro (underground subway system), I was captivated by the wall art and architecture. The symmetry, alignment, and whimsy were simply poetic.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Craving Peace

I toss
I turn
I worry
I doubt
I cry
I shout
I panic
I lash out
I scream
In vain
I pray
For peace
In God
I trust
I surrender
To sleep
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 4:6–7

Knock Knock

That was yesterday
This is today
What will you do with tomorrow?

Will you whine about struggles?
Or pray for solutions?

Will you sleep in complacency?
Or fight on bended knee?

Will you choke in frustration?
Or knock down the door?

Never give up
Give the Lord no rest
Until he completes his work

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you ~ Luke 11:9

What’s the Fuss About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea?

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Brewing some red raspberry leaf tea

Red raspberry leaf tea (RRLT): I stumbled across this herbal tea as I was researching ways to successfully prepare myself for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

At 38 weeks + 6 days pregnant, the restlessness has surely kicked in, and I’m determined to have a natural birth. Through my research, i’ve read claims that pregnant women use RRLT to strengthen and tone the uterus in preparation for childbirth, and postnatally to strengthen the uterine and pelvic muscles. Though I am not vouching for the safety and efficacy of RRLT, I’ll certainly give it a try.

Have you ever taken raspberry leaf during pregnancy? What was your experience?

God’s Timing is Best

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Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Are You Fluent in Emoji?

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Yes, I’m a self-confessed dummy when it comes to “speaking” emoji.

A Japanese transplant, the word emoji literally means “picture” (e) + “character” (moji) or “picture letter.”

I can handle the simple Smiling Face :) or Disappointed Face :(, but I have no idea how or when to use the myriad of other emoji.

Only today, I discovered the icon for The Joy emoji —also referred to on the ­Emojipedia website as “Face With Tears of Joy” or “the LOL Emoji.”

In an effort to stave off my ignorance, I thought it was time to learn this evolving language, so as to better use the emoji keyboard next time it flashes on my smart phone.

Take the quiz: How well do you speak emoji?

Below you’ll find meanings for some basic emoji. Check out Emojipedia for a more comprehensive list of emoji meanings.

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