Things that I love: 💗 Birth stories 💗 Walking while listening to birth stories 💗 Sharing my birth stories 💗 and Earth Mama Organics! . Tune in to @earthmamaorganics IGTV for the story of my twin birth and how I advocated for the three of us. Pop in your headphones and take a stroll with us 😎 . I’m grateful for the opportunity to share our story, including the parts I was not prepared for. I’ll be forever proud of myself for remaining true to my voice and trusting my body and my babies. . Video over at @earthmamaorganics IGTV . ✨bonus!✨ Use coupon code BALANCE for 20% off individual items at EarthMamaOrganics.com through the end of April (for US orders only).
What ordinary things are you enjoying or celebrating today? . Our ordinary day has involved sitting down to eat lunch with 3 of my kiddos, chiropractic care, superhero capes and sunshine. It’s funny how the ordinary can start to feel extraordinarily beautiful too. . Words and image from ✨ @brianandreas ✨
“The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller. . Grateful to follow this little girl’s heart-centered lead. Honored to learn from [and be inspired by] all the pioneers before us. . 💗 #internationalwomensday #girlpower 💗
Check out this repost from @earthmamaorganics ! 🥰 “From an early ultrasound hearing the words, So, I've got some news. There are two babies in there to a remarkable birth where each baby had their own plans, this is a story you won't want to miss. Join @amy_exercisingbalance for Earth Mama's first Instagram LIVE where she'll share her twin birth story and how she confidently advocated for herself and her babies. The journey of each mama and baby is unique and there's always a good story. Join us on Instagram✨LIVE✨tomorrow at 9am Pacific [12:00 EST] to hear the story of Amy's amazing #twinbirth. #mamasbumpsquad
It’s not just for your nips - also for you lips! 😉 Can I profess my love for this organic, Non-GMO Project Verified nipple cream?! I used @earthmamaorganics Organic Nipple Butter while breastfeeding the twins and it. was. everything! I still use it on my lips and cuticles, especially with this cold, dry winter air. ❄️😘❄️ . This blanket of snow is stunning, but currently awaiting spring.... 🌱
My curious boy who made me a mama 8 years ago today 🥰 He’s my silly sidekick who challenges me to see things differently. Plus, he’s a first-born, like me, soooo we’re a pretty great team 🤓 Love this kid to pieces 💕💕💕💕💕 #raisingkindkids
✨ Most surprising part about being a twin parent?✨ “How busy they are and how strong I've become. Strong in the ways that parents understand.” . I recently participated in a twin-parent Q&A with @nwpadoulas They are a birth and postpartum doula agency in the area. And they were a big part of my village when the twins were born. . Click the link in my bio to read the full conversation. 💗 . As these boys move at the busiest pace, I’ve discovered strength in slowing down and doing less. Strength comes from recognizing that it’s wise to ask for help. This twin-parent gig has taught me so much and continues to amaze me each day. . Twin parents, what is the most surprising thing you’ve learned so far from this experience? How old are your twins? 💗💗 . http://nwpadoulas.com/blog/erie-pa-twins-3
✨”Stress Less, Accomplish More” ✨by Emily Fletcher 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 . I’m doing a happy dance over here, not only because Emily is a long-time friend (we danced on Broadway together in our past lives 👯♀️👯♀️👯♀️) not only because she taught me how to meditate and how to thoroughly enjoy it, but because SHE WROTE A BOOK 💫 . I’m so proud of this woman and her mission to make meditation accessible to everyone, everywhere. It’s hard to describe how much I love the Ziva Technique @zivameditation When I commit to a regular meditation practice, I, without a doubt, feel like my best self. It’s powerful stuff that’s hard to explain, but Emily does a stellar job! . Her first book breaks it all down for you. 👉🏼 The why AND the how. 👈🏼If you’ve been curious about meditation and aren’t sure where to begin or want to uplevel your meditation practice, please check out her new book! “Stress Less, Accomplish More” @amazon . Proud of you, Emily! Giving you some time steps, paddles and fa-lap ball changes 🙏🏼✨✨✨✨
Or, better yet, no expectations. The things will happen, or they won’t. And still, everything will be ok. 💗 . As long as there’s coffee- please and thank you ☕️
It’s an exhausting honor to be the one to comfort and hold space for everyone’s emotions. “Yes, baby, you can be sad. Yes, little boy, you can cry. Yes, sweet girl, you’re allowed to be mad.” [this is an endless rotation in our house] I’m not here to make them stop crying, but to help them feel safe and loved. That’s it. While we’re all feeling all the things, I come back to ‘safe and loved’. Safe and loved. . Being home-base for 4 kiddos is demanding. Some days it’s completely draining. Those are the moments I realize I need space. I can’t be everyone’s everything- and that’s ok. I feel overstimulated, overwhelmed and underprepared, but I’m doing my best. I crave space and quiet and my own identity. It’s difficult to find sometimes, but I’m trying. My kiddos have heard me say it before and I’ll say it again and again, I’m doing the best I can. 💖 Deep breaths for all of us just doing our best.
Today’s sanity saver- car naps. I also parked myself outside of a coffeeshop to stream their WiFi while I worked on my laptop during naptime. 😬 I’ve spent plenty of cash there so I don’t feel too guilty 🤷🏼♀️ . Don’t you wish there was drive-thru everything?? . #minivanlife
They test all the limits and push me to my breaking point somedays. I’ve felt like the worst version of myself who feels inadequate for this job. Then there’s a reprieve and I’m filled with gratitude as I watch these two share pure joy. A twin bond is truly special.... and I’d better get a freakin’ medal after the toddler years 🌟
Today has been a cluster ______. (You fill in the blank.) So I’ve decided to share a peaceful-kiwi picture from this afternoon. I made myself sit down and scoop this snack while the twins played (e.g., screamed & fought over toys) in the living room. Mom’s, how often do you sit and eat? I find myself eating at the kitchen counter while I prep everyone else’s food way too often. Today’s stresses required a mindful snack break and a pause in the constant multitasking. . Oh, and there will be yoga happening today. . If you also need a yoga break, I’ve set up a sweet discount on my site. Use code SnowDay for 25% off either the dvd or instant streaming option of my pre/postnatal yoga videos ❄️❤️❄️ The offer is good 1/30 - 1/31. [Link in bio to shop] . We can do this mamas. 🙏🏼 http://exercisingbalance.com/shop
A perfect snowy evening to watch the live version of “Rent” tonight! Who’s watching @rentonfox ?! 🙋🏼♀️
When I shift the conversation from what I CAN do versus what I can’t do, I become empowered. . I’m still recovering, over two years later, from my twin pregnancy, birth and lack of regular sleep. Some days I’ve got energy to move my body, some days I don’t. I’ve let go of the focus on what I used to do: train for races, hit my mat for a sweaty yoga class weekly, run for fun because I love it. . Now, I check in and ask my body what it can do today. And I follow its lead 🙏🏼 . Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga can help you tune in and listen to your innate wisdom more and more and more. Celebrating all that you can do 💖 It’s a practice for each of us. I hope you can join me. Link in bio. 😘 http://exercisingbalance.com/shop
“Why walk when you can dance?” - Ellen van Dam . Pretty much my favorite mood shifter and energy booster 🙌🏼 I grew up dancing with my sisters in the kitchen, then dancing in college, in NYC, and now, dancing with my kiddos and hubby at home or wherever our journey takes us 💖 . Kitchen dance parties will always make the day brighter. What do you like to jam to? We’re still obsessed with “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack 🤩 It makes me think of my “Barnum” peeps every time ✨🤹♀️ 🤸♀️ ✨