Fall Schedules!

Fall schedules for Baby and Tot have been added!

Both classes are close to sell out so sign up now!

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-baby-sept-nov-2019/

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-sept-nov-2019/

Have you RSVP to the picnic on August 24?

We are SOLD OUT for the free pizza spots but you can still come and enjoy our Twoonie Carnival!

Big shout out to Once Upon A Child Grande Prairie for sponsoring our GLITTER TATTOO TABLE .


#mcpicnicinthepark #mommyconnectionsgp #onceuponachildgrandeprairie #pizza #picnic #park #glitter #tattoo

Exploring the community is tons of fun – especially while making new friends!
It’s toddler-focused – something that can be hard to find in a daytime program
Baby siblings are welcome to tag along!
No two classes are the same
It’s (almost!) as much fun for caregivers as it is for tots

REGISTER NOW! https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-april-may/

 

New Classes have just been announced starting in APRIL!  Space is limited so join today!

Becoming a mom is the BEST experience of your life, but a little hidden truth is that it can also be isolating.
Having a mom group to see every week (and look forward to) can make mothering better, in all ways. Are you having the greatest week ever? Sharing your successes (no matter how small), helps to amplify that good feeling! But what if you are having a harder week? Well, sharing the downs actually make the weight feel less, makes it easier to weather whatever storm you might be facing.
Not only do our programs allow for talk time in every single class, but we also get you out doing fun things with your new friends so that each week is something exciting to look forward to with your little one!!

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-baby-winter-2/

This modernized and fun program is held on Friday’s and includes Mommy & Me photography session, and more! Each class leaves plenty of time for mom-talk and baby-babble each week so that you are sure to make friends with everyone!

Babies are usually between 0-12 months old, non-mobile and crawlers/early walkers!

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-fall-tuesday-2-2-2/

 

Do you have a confident walker that would love to get out with you and try a bunch of new activities? Then this program is perfect for you!

The Travelling Tot program runs for weekly and is FIELD-TRIP BASEDEach week we will be at a new location doing something totally different! It’s a great chance for you and your toddler to have fun together and make new friends as you try out various activities around town!

Watch for new sessions coming soon !

Do you have a confident walker that would love to get out with you and try a bunch of new activities? Then this program is perfect for you!

The Travelling Tot program runs for 8 weeks and is FIELD-TRIP BASEDEach week we will be at a new location doing something totally different! It’s a great chance for you and your toddler to have fun together and make new friends as you try out various activities around town!

When: Tuesdays, November 13- December 18 (6 weeks)

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-fall-tuesday-2/

Did you miss out on the Fall Classes?

Great News! New Programs have been released For November!

Check out the links below and SIGN UP TODAY

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-fall-tuesday-2/

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-baby-fall-fridays-2/

Only 2 spots left for this popular toddler program for the FALL!!  Register today!

https://www.mommyconnections.ca/grande-prairie/store/products/mom-and-tot-fall-tuesday/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah the pregnancy 🤰 belly! My favourite! I really enjoyed being pregnant 🤰

(picture credit from Google)

Starting in the Second trimester The first trimester your tired AF. Your Bitchy AF as all the hormones are going wonky and you may or may not feel sick 🤢 or be sick 🤮 everyday!

The second Tri is the magical stage! You have a burst of energy! Your happier! You feel better and that beautiful little bump is growing!

The third Tri is all good until the last 3 weeks. As you are up all through the night having to go pee! Your back hurts! Your spouse won’t let you learn on him to help with the back-pain as ‘it hurts his back’ #eyeroll

Depending on if babies a girl or boy, you may get kicks in the rib cage or feel like your pelvic is gonna break in half every time you stand up!

What I do Love is you are treated like royalty People are holding the doors open for you! You get the chair while others have to stand! Everyone is so polite to you!
Then you have baby and your back to being Cinderella before her ‘if the shoe fits’ time.

I went through 4 pregnancies 🤰🤰🤰🤰2 boys, then 2 girls! My boys loved my Ribcage, while my girls loved to hang out in my pelvis/pelvic (like which one is it???) area !
After each birth tho, I would always become super sad about my nice hard and round belly being turned into this chunky and squishy belly that hung over my pants. Seriously tho, couldn’t all that extra chunk-ish just make its way down the birth canal as well! “All of you are getting evicted!! OUT! Up, you as well Chunk O, See ya the Fawk later!” Ahh. That be nice eh?


(picture credit from Google)
For me tho, I wouldn’t want anyone to look at me. I would always hide behind my children.
I used to never gain weight in my belly!
Before kids that is! It all went to my butt and thighs! #thunder
Now tho! I look at a burger and I am already busting a gut out of my pants
Besides the no sleep and the changes in life that come with being a parent, I find the hardest part (for me anyways) is the body change!
You may get stretch marks (I was lucky and didn’t get any with all 4 babies, not on my stomach anyway! My boobs, they were not so lucky They ended up with the fried egg look! Years of nursing 🤱 will do that. Nursing is amazing. (a topic for another time)

You may just be forever stuck with the muffin, and you just may not give AF! That’s super kool that you have that confidence.
Me personally tho, I don’t. That is myself conscious area! I will literally avoid hanging out with ppl if I feel “too fat” This probably sounds lame I know! But it’s my truth!

So, how to “deal” with the “leftovers”?
Well it all depends on you as a person! You may be happy with it all!
But, for those of you who are not, here are a few tips for dealing with the leftover blues:

This is Easier said then done, but that don’t mean you cannot start. You may fail too. So what. Start again and again and again. Each time you will get further on your journey!

1. Be active! (ask your doctor ⚕️
2. Go for walks, swimming ♀️ , Yoga 🧘🏼‍♀️

3. Embrace the moment! Remember everything takes time! Chill with baby snuggle, love Your body just pushed a baby out!
4. When cleared from your Doctor ⚕️ (usually 6 week mark) Start Exercising! Low impact at first and work your way up!

5. Abs are made in the kitchen! Pay attention to what you are eating, but also eat enough Calories if you are nursing 🤱 Your body NEEDS those extra ‘Healthy’ calories.

6. Read Personal Development! Ones that relate to body image or confidence or even being a new Mom!
7. Wear Pretty and flow-e dresses Nothing that is tight around the waist!

8. Wear high waisted leggings! Like SweetLegs. Not only are they comfy AF, they come in a sorts of funky to chill to kute patterns.
Like the ones shown here…

http://instagram.com/sweetlegs.grandeprairie_rae

I know it can be depressing to have the extra chunkage! But, just remember, that belly of yours was a home for your little one! And with a little extra hard work, you can sweat all or at least most of that off

Emily Hart

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#momlife

This is me, but with two little girls. My four older boys prefer to ask all the questions and need all the things as I am walking towards the bathroom or just about to shut the bathroom door.

When you become a parent. Going to the bathroom alone is like a vacation. I call it a win win if I get to wash my hair, and shave my legs during the same shower session.

Even to just go to the bathroom without anyone bugging you is like a Big Deal.

It does not matter what time of the day you go to the bathroom either. Nope. Your kids can be sleeping, playing outside, chilling in their room, eating lunch, playing with their toys. It’s like there is an alarm that goes off as soon as you step foot into the bathroom. This alarm sends signals to the children telling them they need to pee right then or that all of a sudden, their siblings are now annoying them.

Sometimes they suddenly need a hug and a kiss or feel the urge to try to make each other mad and throw their food around.

A few tips and tricks I have learned over the years when it comes to having a shower,  from the baby to teen stage are:

Babies

You probably won’t really even care to shower as you are tired AF. But, in case you do…

  1. Put your little one in a bouncer chair in the bathroom. That way they can see and hear you while you get to shower up. *not guaranteed to work every time.
  2. Have music playing. Turn up if need to.

The Toddler

There are only 2 choices here. Choose your battle.

  1. Ignore the whiny and crying while you are in the shower.
  2. Bring Toddler in the shower with you.

Pre-School

There is lots of talking and asking questions about all the things and for all the things at this age. They are very curious about everything. All they want to do is just talk. Or else they are just starving and can not wait until you get out, so there could be lots of whining.

  1. If it’s a debate while you shower, all you can do is role with it until you are done and you can kick them out and lock the door to get dressed while you both calm down.
  2. Have snacks out and a show on or an activity they can do while you are in the shower. That way you can enjoy a full shower.

School Kid

The school kid can be totally chill and let you shower with out bugging you.

But, as soon as you step into that shower. That is when there is knocking at the door and his friends want to play. So, he/she will be coming to ask you if they can go play with their friend, or if they can come in. And you won’t be able to her them, so you have to turn off the shower to hear what they are saying or get out and open the door ajar all like ‘WHAT!”

  1. Tell School Child that you are going to go shower and if anyone comes to the door or calls, that they will and you (child) are to wait until you are out of the shower to ask for anything.
  2. Blast Music, have on bathroom fan and pretend you can’t hear them. They will wait until you get out.

Pre-Teen

The pre-teen usually knows by now to not bug Mom while she is in the shower or even just the bathroom, unless it is an emergency.

They even tell their friends that they need to wait until their Mom is out of the bathroom before they can ask for anything or to go anywhere.

But, as soon as you step out of that bathroom, be prepared to get bombarded right away with all the questions.

TeenNow the Teen thinks that they have some sort of entitlement. That you ‘owe’ them. And when they want or need something, it is right now. And it’s not them that can’t wait. No, it’s all the friends that are waiting on them. No time for your shower while the world is about to end if they don’t get to where they need to go on time.

But, if you are in the shower. They won’t bug you until you are out.

With the Teen tho,

  1. They can entertain their little siblings while you have a shower.
  2. You can tell them they ain’t getting no money from you if they don’t let you get yourself ready before you go anywhere.

As you can tell from what you read, you are not alone (literally) when it comes to zero privacy or interruptions in the bathroom when you become a parent. It’s really just #momlife

 

Emily Hart

MCGP Blogger

July 28 2018

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