✨Unfiltered motherhood✨ . The cluttered countertops, leftover Halloween decor and lap covered in vomit. Can you relate? . There’s beauty here too though. It’s not what you initially see, but what you notice with a shift in perspective. A warm home, food to eat, comfort to share when my baby’s sick. It’s not magazine-worthy, but it’s full of love. I’m resisting the urge to add a cute IG filter here and just share an authentic moment of motherhood. Why is this a rare thing? Let’s share more of our unfiltered moments! . For a glimpse at how I found gratitude after being covered in vomit for the 3rd time that day, click the link my my bio for my latest blog post. I can’t help it, I’ll continue to be forever optimistic. ✨✨✨ http://exercisingbalance.com/blog/motherhood/item/73-what-s-the-bright-side-here-motherhood-unfiltered
✨The sacred work of mothers ✨ . It really can’t be measured or given a quantitative value. The hours put in seem endless and yet finished too soon. . I have no clue how much time I’ve spent under sleeping children, the amount of tears, bums and boo boos wiped, the miles paced in the middle of the night. Let’s not even talk about the laundry. While it feels lonely and thankless at times, all I can feel is ✨grateful✨ . There are times I miss my freedom, but then I pause to recognize this sacred work of mothering. To be the safest, most comforting place for my children to lean in to, to rest on, to feel love. There is no way to measure the magnitude of love shared and received. How powerful is that? And how rewarding 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
This concept has been on my mind lately when I feel like bailing on my meditation, or that run I had planned on, or my “daily” (it’s more of a 3x a week occurrence) core & pelvic floor work. It’s really easy to make excuses for why I don’t have time *i.e. don’t want* to do these things that ALWAYS help me feel better. . “When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse. Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.” ✨@msrachelhollis ✨ . When I start to make excuses, I come back to the idea of this promise I’ve made to myself. To do better. For me. . We all make an effort to keep the promises we commit to for our friends and family. Do the same for yourself 💖 . The promise I kept to myself today was a run/walk, no matter the weather ☔️ and I feel happier & healthier for it.
The list is always there. Are you on it? Today before folding the laundry, I moved myself to the top of the list and meditated. I’ve recognized the importance of making myself a priority too. Lately, it’s something simple like, a reminder set on my phone for a weekly face mask, or making food that I want to eat, even if I know the rest of the family will complain saying soup is not dinner 🙄 Whatever. It is. . Today, it was the practice of moving myself to the top of the list and taking 15 minutes for ✨me✨ before more of the household stuff. . Keep trying. It’s not always easy. It’s not always consistent. But it’s absolutely important. You matter too, mama. 💞
A perk of parenthood is acting like a kid too. Although, if you know my husband, you’re aware he doesn’t need much encouragement in that department. He makes me laugh all the time, and that saves our sanity in this parenthood gig. . “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” - Charlie Chaplin . Did you hit any fun, fall festivities this weekend? I hope you jumped, climbed, slid, crawled and acted as silly as your toddler (or partner) 💛
Today was uhhhh, yeah, tiring. But then my friend, Lea’s words popped into my head “There will never be another moment like this”. It’s a reminder to be present. It’s also a reminder to be gentle with the intensity of motherhood. It all passes, like clouds drifting by. If you’re stuck in a rough patch, remember, it’s not forever. If your loves are lighting up your heart with their own sweet magic, pause to be fully present in it. ✨Right now✨ is where life is happening 💖 . My love-bomb tonight was twin-yoga-cleaning-magic.
Upper body workout, courtesy of twins, and yoga, but mostly twins. . My primary exercise is - momming. I am up and down steps, wrestling opinionated 2 year olds for diaper changes, hauling them in and out of car seats, folding and unfolding the double stroller, squatting, stretching, the list goes on... I honestly feel like I’m in some sort of 50 mile obstacle-challenge race every day. And instead of mud, it’s oatmeal. Or poop. 🤷🏼♀️ . This is why I yoga. It helps me pause. Breathe. Stretch in a non-cleaning-food-off-the-floor type stretch. Yoga clears my head and reminds me that I’m doing some pretty powerful work. Yoga brings me back to gratitude for my body, my babies, this life I’ve been gifted. It helps me to pause and be present, really present, to notice the good stuff, right in front of me. I could not imagine anything more beautiful or sacred. . I miss running, biking, swimming, barre class. But right now, this season calls for the mom-life-daily-marathon balanced out with yoga for some deep breaths of gratitude. We all deserve to slow down and press pause more often 🙏🏼 . What is your exercise of choice in this current season you’re living? Need a lovely compliment to the fast pace or high intensity? Join me on your mat at home. Click the link in bio http://exercisingbalance.com/shop for yoga during pregnancy or postpartum. . Favorite new ✨comfy✨ bralette from @baobeimaternity Plus I can nurse the twins in it! 🤱
🍎 My latest blog post shares how I incorporate math into our time spent making messes - I mean cooking - in the kitchen. 🍎 Let me know how you chat math with your kiddos. 👇🏼 And If you love it as much as I do! 🤓 🍎 Link in bio - http://exercisingbalance.com/blog/in-the-kitchen/item/72-math-in-the-kitchen-with-applesauce
I wish I could come to your house, sit and enjoy the meal you prepared, tell you how delicious it is, eat everything on my plate, using silverware, and a napkin, without any screaming or throwing of food and plates. I’d even help you clean up. Because, one day, this is what dinner-time will be like... . If it takes two hours that will be because we were enjoying each other’s company, not begging, pleading or bribing me to finish three. more. bites. for the love!!!!! 😤🤬😫 . So, tell me, what’s for dinner tonight? And I’ll tell you, “Mmmm, that sounds amazing” 🤗 . I hope the mess is minimal 🙏🏼 Mine will surely be another floor-buffet.
What if, before you worked out, you took a moment to ask yourself, “What do I need most right now?” Sometimes it’s energetic and active, other times, the day calls for something a little gentler. . The good news is, YOU get to decide! If you can pause and tune in, listen to what your body is telling you it needs today, then 🙏🏼 honor it 🙏🏼 . As a mom of 4, I’m drawn towards more gentle movement lately. Guys,✨ I’m tired! ✨But I know that moving my body, even if it’s a 5-10 minute session is better than skipping it all together. I’m not busting out a crazy intense workout, because, remember✨ I’m tired ✨ . I challenge you to tune-in, and move your body in a way the feels best to you this week. But get a little movement in! 🙏🏼💕💕💕 or a nap. Because, mom-life. . Need a little guidance? You can access my Prenatal and Postnatal yoga video’s here. [Link in bio.] http://exercisingbalance.com/shop . Each video is broken up into chapters so you can select a shorter workout depending on what you need today 💕🙌🏼💕 Love ya! You’re doing an amazing job. Always. . 📷 Sales:Creative
The emotional storms of our children, they’re hard to move through. All 4 of my loves experienced these sentiments at some time today. Doing my best to remain patient and present through each one is flat-out exhausting. There are times (when I can) that I have to walk away to try and compose myself. Literally counting down from 10 as I take some deep breaths. Repeating, “his/her actions are not my own” “this is not an emergency”. . For me, the most challenging outbursts are the ones from my oldest son. He is always so mature, responsible, considerate and joyful. It is a total upheaval for him when he loses it. As all humans naturally do. . I expect quite a bit from him and am always stunned when I see this very raw and vulnerable side. But then I remember, he’s seven. The most important work I can do is to simply be with him. To hold space. . It’s so difficult though! His emotional release is almost as exhausting for me. I coach myself through saying, “show him he’s safe. Remind him it’s ok to feel what he needs to. It’s ok to cry.” I ask him what he needs and if he doesn’t know, I just stay in the room with him and wait. . My hope is that he learns how to navigate these storms with some clarity and compassion for himself as he grows older. We must go through these emotions to grow-both he and I. I’m still growing too, I lose my sh✨t all too often. We’re all a work in progress, doing our best. I promise to give myself grace in this process. . Here’s to sleep (because everyone’s in bed early tonight 🙌🏼) and a fresh day tomorrow.
👆🏼 this. . I wish we could all remember this. In those moments of critique or comparison, remembering our bodies will never look like anyone else’s. It’s impossible. . Just like “bouncing back” after baby is impossible. You grew and birthed a baby. You’re forever changed in the most amazing way. . I hope you see your power. . I hope you understand how epic pregnancy, birth and postpartum are. . I hope you give yourself lots of time and grace as you heal, in all ways. . I hope you view exercise as a way to love your body in it’s new shape during this season of your life. Movement heals us physically and emotionally. Exercise can be a positive tool as you regain strength and healthy functioning of your body. . Aches and pains might be part of our healing, but they should not last forever. I want to show you that when we lead with love, exercise can be a positive force in our postpartum healing process. . Join me for a postpartum movement workshop Wednesday 9/26, 5:30-6:30 at @yogaerie . Sending a big embrace to you and your perfectly unique shape.
The Yoga of Motherhood . Motherhood requires a strength you never knew you had, but it has always been there, under the surface, just waiting to reveal itself. . With practice and patience, you hone your skills, gaining confidence along the way. . As you focus on nurturing this life you’ve created, your lens expands beyond yourself. Then, in time, after feeling like you've strayed from your own path, you recognize the importance of redirecting your focal point back towards yourself. . Your inner voice chimes in saying You matter, You are strong and You've got this even when you have no idea how. You just do. Because, you're Mom. . The commitment required to grow, birth and nurture your baby teaches you that we're also committed to our own growing. With each child and each season, we're born into new versions of ourselves. . Motherhood reveals to us that the lessons are constant. Learning to fall is part of the process. Striving to execute this new role with perfection is pointless and frankly, boring (or so I'm telling myself). . You'll look back with fondness or complete amazement at what you've worked through and how you've grown along with your child(ren). . Your body will change in the most miraculous and terrifying ways. Throughout this metamorphosis, you will work hard to embrace this new and improved version of yourself. Bouncing back is impossible because ✨time moves forward and so must we✨ . There is blood, sweat and tears, and somehow we fall even more in love each moment. This journey of self-discovery is the most powerful practice you'll ever commit to. Every milestone, big or small, is important and worth celebrating. . When you feel like you're the only one struggling, who doesn't know what to do or how to do it, trust that you're not alone. Besides making boo boos disappear with magical kisses, moms are pros at supporting each other. The power of our sisterhood is strong. . This is my yoga. Thanks for being a part of my tribe. 🙏🏼 . Tag a sister 😘💕💕💕
Make these for your pregnant bestie. Not the most glamorous gift to give, but I guarantee it’ll be one of the best! . 💖 Padsicles! 💖 . For those that asked, here they are. Heavenly, soothing ice packs for down-there-care before and after birth. . Did you make and use padsicles? I made these for a fellow twin-mama 💞 plus #mamasbumpsquad is currently prepping their birth bags and I just had to share this with you too ✨Gotta look out for each other, sisters 😘 . @earthmamaorganics Organic Herbal Sitz Bath https://earthmamaorganics.com/products/organic-herbal-sitz-bath.html
Don’t turn your head for a second, or someone’s dumping coffee on themselves. Don’t worry it was cold. #MomsCoffeeIsAlwaysCold . So I decided to take their 2-year-old photo anyways. The imperfections in life are more interesting, funnier, character builders and make better stories. Who wants perfectly well behaved kids anyways?! 🙃 . My oldest son heard the phrase Terrible Twos and mentioned it while describing the boys. I said I’m renaming this age to the Terrific Twos, because nothing about these curious boys is terrible. Tiring? Yes. But terrible? No. ✨💞✨ . “It takes two...” shirts made at @the_preppy_pickle_erie 🤗
Are you able to accept and receive help when offered? Even if it’s not done to your standards 😏 (Thanks, Georgie 😘) . What I learned during my postpartum experience with my first two children was that I was not supposed to do everything after birth. In fact, I shouldn’t be doing much of anything. My body needed and deserved every opportunity to rest and recover from pregnancy and birth. This was hugely apparent after the births of my twins. Laundry, dishes, cooking, caring for the big siblings was not on the top of my list. I had family and friends organized to help with all of those tasks. Meals were arranged through my sister-in-law. And I didn’t feel badly when someone came over to visit (hold babies, empty the trash, unload the dishwasher) while I showered or napped. [Thanks, Sue!!! and Jill!!! and Mariah!!! and mom!!! and the rest of my village!!! 😘] . Lying-in and bonding with my babies were some of the most sacred parts of this journey. I’m so grateful for that opportunity. . Do you have or have you had a Lying-In plan to help you rest, recover and bond with baby during your postpartum? It’s more than just physical healing, it’s for your mental and emotional well-being too 💞 . I used to be someone who folded my underwear, I was THAT particular. Now, I’ve loosened my grip on micromanaging each situation. With my team in place, including the kids, I’ve learned that what needs to get done, will. What isn’t that important, won’t. And it’ll all be ok. . Unsure where/how to begin? @earthmamaorganics has a Lying-In plan easily found on their website (link in bio) to help you prepare for a smoother transition postpartum. Mama’s, you should be #LyingInLikeAMother You deserve it 💞 . https://earthmamaorganics.com/free-postpartum-lying-in-plan/