I was made a mama on April 21, 2013 and then became mom to another beautiful baby on November 30, 2015. It has been the most amazing thing ever. I look at my little ones and happy cry because there is just no love like it. On the other hand parenting brings its challenges, chaos and teaches us so much about ourselves. I’ve learned that I am one strong mama bear, I need to do less controlling with certain situations and to use by breath and yoga practices when times get tough. I single parent most of the time as my hubby works away for 15, home for six. I do not resent him for this as he is supporting us and sacrificing his time away to support us. But this does not stop me from saying “holy shit, single parenting is not easy”. There are days I just want to cry because I’m so exhausted. And that’s healthy for me to say. I’m not going to pretend I’m super mom and everything is okay ALL the time. I think It’s healthy to say “I’m not okay”. It’s healthy to say to your kids and others “no we're not going out today because we’ve been running from four different events everyday all week and mommy just needs to put up her feet (or maybe have a glass of wine).
Chaotic moments don’t only happen to me. I’m sure most mamas out there can relate to this or have stories of their own. Right? That’s why I wanted to start a blog about the real, raw stuff that happens to moms. Sharing my stories as well as others. To know that we’re not alone. It’s okay for these things to happen and to be okay with talking about those uncomfortable, not so proud of moments. Come on, am I the only mom who has let their child watch those YouTube videos of opening up eggs just so I can have a nap?! Here is the first ‘Real and Raw Talk with Moms”. Submitted by my dear friend.
“I once went for a pee sample. I had my two boys with me 1.5 and 3 years. I decided this was totally doable so I went on a Tuesday forgetting that it was after a long weekend and I didn't make an appointment. I figured oh well it will only be an hour. I took my carrier and my iPad and thought I'm set. So we get there and they say it will be an hour and a bit wait. Okay I thought. I get there, register, sit down and give my three year old the iPad. Which within 5 min the batteries die. I'm trying to entertain while trying to get my one and a half year old to fall asleep in the carrier so I am bouncy and reading a book at the same time. Finally and I mean finally my little one falls asleep. Five minutes later I get a call to go do my test.They give me a styrofoam cup and I think, how am I going to pee and keep this sleeping kid in a carrier and prevent the other one from opening the door while my pants are down. I get pee in the cup and as I go to put the cup on the shelf my son opens the door. I say No. I realize I am still holding the cup and it breaks in half and most of the pee falls out onto my hand. I pull up my pants and casually ask the nurse with my small portion of cup left "Is this enough pee?" She looks at me and wonders what has happened. She accepts the cup and I get out of there as soon as I can. Mommy fail on so many levels."
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A mamas yin practice. When the chaos gets to you, take a shape. That's a yin shape. Try this version of melting heart using a couch as your prop. This is a nice back bend for the upper and middle back that opens the shoulders and softens the heart. Areas where we carry a lot of tension. On your hands and knees, bring your elbows to the edge of a couch. Palms can touch above you or bring them closer to your back. You choose. As long as you can feel something. Allow your chest to drop towards the floor. Keep your hips above your knees. Hold for three to five minutes. Feel and breathe. Remember it doesn't matter how you look. FEEL and your doing it!