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Mama’s Monday Musings – A MUST Read – April 25th Edition

To those of you who celebrate Easter – Happy belated Easter! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with joy.

To those of you who do not celebrate Easter – I hope you also had a wonderful Sunday filled with joy.

Well – I went to the doctor last week for a butt check and things are healing as they should. No good news, no bad news. I have 6 more weeks of inactivity before I can ease back into life. “Ease.” Suuuuuure. I don’t “ease” well. I’ll be running full bore the second I am given the ok. Anyone in my way had better move quickly. J Tiny is still hanging in there although she is having a few behavioral responses. I’m dealing with it. No big surprise. I figured her patience and understanding would not last forever. After all, she is 2!


I have LOTS planned for my blog in the next three months. I can’t divulge all of my secrets but I will share with you that I have some great giveaways coming up as well as some wonderful posts. Speaking of which…I am NOT turning into a product review/giveaway blog. Over the next 2 months I have a few giveaways lined up but they are for items that I either feel so passionately about that I want to share them with the world or items that I love so much that I just want you to have the opportunity to enjoy them too. So don’t worry – my blog is still about parenting, traditional eating, and green living. After June you won’t see much in the way of giveaways.

My blog in May is going to be dedicated to parental stress and anger and managing these. I feel that these are extremely important topics to delve into. I have a lot of posts ready to go and I hope that you will pass them along to other mamas who could benefit. Even if you feel like the most centered person in the world, you might be surprised to learn where stress and anger creep in. I will also look at how parental stress and anger affects your children. I learned a few things in my research and feel strongly that I need to share. I am also looking for a guest post to use in May. I would love to hear from someone who grew up in a household where one or both parents had angry outbursts. I am interested in getting your perspective on how that affected you as a child and how it has stayed with you as you parent your children. Any takers? If you do not blog, but want to write something, that is wonderful too!

I have a couple of upcoming traditional food posts for you. These are in a Q&A format as I have been getting a lot of emails from you with great questions. I think that everyone will find these posts useful no matter what your eating habits are. I delve into what really goes on in our household when it comes to food.

I also have another Q&A post that addresses how I personally “get it all done,” manage my home, live a fairly green lifestyle, and follow a traditional diet. A friend asked me to also address how this might translate to a mom whose life involves more time outside of the home and away from her family.  Do any of you have any specific questions for me that might fall under this post topic? I’d love to tackle them!

I have written several guest posts for other bloggers recently but have failed to provide the links. I will get a list together and get that posted so you can see what else I have been up to.

My blogroll is coming together. If you are a blogger and would like to be added, please email me a two line description of your blog along with your URL and FB page if applicable. Hybridrastamama [at] Hotmail [dot] com.

And finally, I just had to share. I have never had a problem with milk production. I am a SOLID producer. My milk flow is the issue. Picture yourself standing under a huge waterfall with your mouth open. Picture trying to fit all of that water in your mouth without spilling a drop, gagging, or drowning. That is the life of my breastfeeding Tiny. Poor girl has had to put up with an enthusiastic milk flow for 25 months, 13 days. What a trooper. She is an efficient breastfeeder but has not mastered the art of keeping it tidy. There is always milk everywhere. My husband actually said he forgets what I smell like naturally because I always smell like milk. Ha! (I won’t share what I told him he always smells like. But for a giggle, it rhymes with binkey stalls.)

P.S. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog posts! It always blows me away when someone else follows my blog or likes me on Facebook. I do not feel that deserving. A big thank you to all of you who leave wonderful comments either here or on Facebook. Although I do not expect comments from anyone, it is nice to get feedback, to be challenged, to be inspired, and most importantly, to meet other like-minded moms. This is such a warm community and I enjoy connecting with you all!

Comments

  1. Not happy to say it, but I fit the description of the guest blogger you requested and it’s one of the issues I am working on. I’ll email you later today. This will be a good challenge for me. <3

    Glad to hear you’re mending up well! I went thru 2 surgeries the past year on both shoulders and trying not to pick up my kids was sooo hard. I wound up hurting myself worse trying to be Supermom and push myself too much.

    Namaste

  2. Glad to hear you are recovering! I would be anxious to get up and going too. That was how I felt after my son’s birth since I was bed ridden for a long while. I look forward to the posts coming up!

  3. I work outside the home and have found that our diet and natural living have really slipped since I went back to work. I don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch as much. I am horrified at the amount of processed foods that we are eating now. Sigh. Also, my girls have become very picky eaters and have a very limited diet. Any suggestions?

  4. I was eating Jelly beans when I got to your paragraph about your milk flow and what you told your husband he always smells like and I nearly choked on Jelly beans with laughter!!! I haven’t laughed like that in a while, thanks for that! :)

    I’m a new follower too! Guess I’ll be sticking around…. :)

  5. This post made me laugh. I remember those days of nursing fondly. My daughter used to open the corner of her mouth to let the excess milk dibble out. She would have dried milk behind her ears.

  6. Jen – yeah…trying not be supermom is pretty tough. I have no clue how you avoided picking up your children for that long. I am not supposed to be lifting Tiny but it is impossible not to. You are pretty amazing to have survived that!

    Wolfmother – I was bed ridden from c-section complications and there is nothing worse than that. It ia hard for us mamas to take the down time we need!

    Erin – I will incorporate your question into my Q&A post. That be up within the next two weeks. I got a little backlogged. :)

    Lauren – my sole intent with my binky stalls comment was to have you choke on jelly beans! Yay! Mission accomplished. Glad to hear you will be sticking around. I’ll see what else I can drum up that may nearly kill you. :) LOL

    Granola – yep! I know that dried milk behind the ears and just about everywhere else all too well. Just when I think I cleaned it all, there is more!

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