The time leading up to my first birth was full of fear of the unknown.
The second time, the time leading up to birth was full of nervousness because I knew the pain to expect. But it was also full of excitement because I knew that I could do it and that was the most empowering feeling.
Each of my two births were completely different from one another, yet both were the best moments of my life. Never have I felt so proud of my body, never have I felt so empowered as a woman, and never have I felt so in love with another human being.
If you’ve ever given birth vaginally, you know how amazing padsicles are. The nurses gave them to me at the hospital and I asked for a new one every chance I could! Then I tried making some at home…well they just weren’t that good. I completely soaked maxi pads in water and froze them in a ziploc bag, not realizing that 1) you shouldn’t soak them because if there’s too much water they are hard and uncomfortable (the opposite of what you want), 2) if you use more than water they’re way better for healing, and 3) that if you don’t lay them flat to freeze before putting them in a ziplock they will warp in shape and again are uncomfortable. So now that I am on baby #2, I have learned a few things from other mamas and my own experiences and want to share. Here is the best padsicle recipe I have found so you are better prepared then I was for round one!
I can’t believe we’re 38 weeks pregnant! And that I saved packing my hospital bag until now! For my first birth I was over-prepared for everything, including packing my hospital bag 6 weeks before my first born was due. Instead of 2 weeks before this baby is due! And my first was born one week early, so I highly recommend packing your bag a little earlier. 🙂 I decided to post this list because last time I also packed waaayyyy too many things that I did not need. For example, I thought I would enjoy playing cards and board games with my husband between contractions. I definitely did not open a single board game at the hospital hahaha So learn from my mistakes and enjoy the list below:
I am so grateful for all the mamas that registered to yoga with their beautiful baby bellies in my virtual prenatal yoga series. It was such a lovely group and I truly looked forward to sharing space together every Sunday for 4 weeks. I recorded one of the four classes to share on Youtube as I strongly believe in yoga accessibility for everyone, so I hope this class helps bring a little joy to a pregnant mama. Please feel free to share the class, it is meant for all yoga levels and is safe for pregnancy in any trimester. I am 31 weeks pregnant myself while teaching this class. 🙂
Yoga has been a massive part of my life for the past decade. It has healed my physical body, guided my decisions beyond the mat, calmed my mind, introduced me to true self-love, and now, yoga is deepening my connection to my growing baby and helping me prepare for birth. I am so grateful to have this practice and that technology has gifted us the ability to yoga together online during these unusual times. The best part of online yoga is that we can share this practice not just locally, but all around the country/world! So join me from the comfort of your own home as I guide a 4 week prenatal yoga series live on zoom every Sunday, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 1:00-2:00pm MST.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a few weeks ago that I changed my Instagram handle. After 7 years of being @NictheHappyYogi, I edited my name to @NictheHappyMama. I did this to be more honest, vulnerable and open to who I am now. The person who created NictheHappyYogi 7 years ago was very different from the person I am now, and I did not feel I could be true to myself anymore with this name.
Ready to yoga together online some more? I know crazy schedules sometimes do not allow for everyone to be available for Live-Streamed classes. So I’ve uploaded a couple more classes to YouTube for you to do anytime, anywhere!
This cake is THE BEST THING I HAVE BAKED IN A LONG TIME! I say that in all caps because I have been on a many year stretch of not having a successful baking experience. I have burnt many muffins, had many banana breads not cooked all the way threw, and been very disappointed with overall taste of anything I’ve baked. BUT THIS!! This was exceptional and is my new favourite cake to bake and to eat!! The best part is…it’s SO EASY! Enjoy!
I am so excited to offer my first Online Mom & Baby Yoga series to all the mamas with babes under 1 years old! There will likely be crying, definitely a poopy diaper, but most importantly it will put a smile on your face.
So if you are 6 weeks or more postpartum and have gotten the approval to exercise from your doctor, please join me from your home on Thursdays at 1:30-2pm MST. I will be hosting a 3 week series April 16, 23 and 30. Class will be focused of regaining pelvic floor and abdominal awareness and strength, relaxing shoulder muscles from all that baby carrying, as well as just moving the body to feel good!