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The Village  #BringingBackTheVillage through our parenting based community, magazine & #GatherTheVillage events. It Takes A Village® Next City: Temecula, Nov 8th

“In my 7+ year journey of feeding little ones, I’ve experienced my number of highs and lows. It hasn’t been easy and it didn’t come naturally for us at the beginning. When my first baby was born and after recovering from a traumatic cesarean birth, my milk didn’t come in. Took us a couple weeks of pumping and hand stimulation to get some flow going. I supplemented her early days with formula and I remember feeling so ashamed and guilty, like somehow I had failed her and myself for not being “normal”. I blamed my cesarean and my recovery. I thought if i had been stronger this wouldn’t be happening. All these thoughts of blame and guilt. I would sit there and cry my eyes out as I was feeding her because it was just so painful. Nobody told me this would happen, I thought breastfeeding would be beautiful and easy and that it would come so naturally for both of us. But it wasn’t so.

When my second was born things were much easier. We did extended breastfeeding and we also tandem nursed her and my son for a few months. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve experienced as a mom. I never stoped nursing since my first was born. We’ve come so far. I’ve learnt so much and I’m still learning. Every baby is different, and each has given me a different perspective. I’ve let go of all guilt and shame. Because one thing stands out from everything else and that is LOVE. •
Breastfeeding while my nipples were cracked and in so much pain: LOVE

Supplementing with formula because I needed my baby to eat: LOVE

Waking up every three hours to pump in the middle of the night: LOVE

Tandem nursing my littles and struggling to wean my daughter: LOVE

Breastfeeding in their toddler years: LOVE

All of it, i did it for LOVE. And guess what mama? You do it too! No matter your journey, your struggles, and victories, it was all done from a place of LOVE. And that is something worthy to celebrate.”
Written by @she_plusfive

Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey sweet mama, how amazing you are. To share, tag your images #BringingBackTheVillage

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no matter what comes your way,
no matter the season of life you’re in,
there will always be brighter days,
even if you can’t see them on the horizon.

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”Truth be told it’s rare I have a day that is anxiety free to some degree. On the worst of days I feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff and if the wind shifts I will go over. I wasn’t this person before I had my boys. While I dealt with anxiety from time to time it was never even close to something that appeared every single day and manifested in the most unlikely of ways. Sometimes I wake up scared to face the day because I feel like a ticking time bomb. But I get up. Sometimes I say “Why me?” on repeat because living with it is hard. But I put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Sometimes I wonder what I would think of myself if I could step outside of my body and view me from the outside. But I look in the mirror, brush off the dust and keep going. Sometimes I cry to the point of exhaustion because I’m so tired of fighting and long to breathe. But I keep fighting. Sometimes I wonder if I would have still had kids if I would have known how my body would so drastically change. But then I look at my beautiful boys and say that even on my worst of days they are worth the hard. Sometimes I want to give up because panic has set in so deep that reality becomes fiction and it’s hard to get out. But I refuse to give up.
Anxiety you try so hard to break me. To break us. You go all in and can be relentless. But I am here to tell you that you will never break me. You will never break us. Everyday we discover new resources and new communities of amazing people that remind us how strong we are. We are, and always will be, stronger than you. A for effort my friend. A for effort.”
Written by @michelelovetri

Feeling this right now, thank you sweet mama for bearing your soul. To share, tag your images #BringingBackTheVillage

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Have you reserved your seat for our upcoming Gather The Village dinner with @TheMomCulture at @1909temecula in Temecula CA.
We’re so excited for this very special dinner and cannot WAIT to see you all at our table. It's going to be a night you don't soon forget.

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“I’ve been debating whether or not to share this. But I can’t keep quiet. A “friend” was discussing with someone else having more children and her concern was taking the risk of having an “unhealthy” child because she didn’t want to ruin her family dynamic. She didn’t want to ruin the relationship with her husband. Now honestly I wanted to turn around and kick her, but I restrained myself and cried with a friend. I want to make this so clear. Ruby has only made our family better. She hasn’t ruined any dynamic we have. She hasn’t destroyed the relationship with my husband. She has only made our family better. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have discovered our love for hiking and the outdoors. Even with the difficulties Down syndrome has brought, we learn. We have learned how to be nicer people (although i am still learning obviously) and we are learning patience and compassion and determination and I could do a whole post just on what we have learned. But she has not ruined anything. I have found purpose and passion in my life because of her. And when I look at this picture of my family, I only see that she has made our family whole.”
Written by @downwithadventure

I wish I could give you a big ole hug and wipe away your tears. How blessed you all are to have each other! Thank you for sharing. *Melody encourage families with special needs children to adventure! While visiting every Ntl Park with their special hitchhiker with an extra chromosome. Head on over to her feed to be inspired!
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Gather The Village + Mom Culture
November 8th at 5pm
Located @1909temecula
In Temecula, CA
Join us as we team up with the remarkable Sarah Komers, founder of @themomculture, a beautiful brand & community centered company, that coined the phrase ‘Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting’. Together with @1909temecula, an ideal spot for unique food, handcrafted cocktails and craft beer, we are bringing you a night you wont soon forget filled with new friends and old, as we Gather under market lights and enjoy a stunning curated menu built for you, our Village.
*Seating is limited, reserve yours by clicking the link in our profile! There’s always a seat at our table.

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It’s feeling a bit like Fall here in SoCal *knock on wood*, and by Fall I mean it’s 73 degrees outside and we’re all running around in sweaters and sweating 🤦🏾‍♀️. Our ‘It Takes A Village®️’ tee is perfect for layering, just sayin.🍂

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STOP! Right now, whatever you’re doing, just stop. I know, easier said than done, but just trust me. Now take a deep breath... in through your nose, and out through your mouth.
Let it allll go,
the pain,
the anguish,
the frustration,
the sadness,
the guilt,
the fear.
*Deep breath*
let go of your worries,
let go of your never-ending to-do’s,
let go of the annoyances in your mind,
let go of the mishaps that happened today.
Let it all go,
and just breathe,
if only for this moment,
just breathe.

#WorldMentalHealthDay #bringingbackthevillage #ittakesavillage #itakesavillage #motherhood #parenting #community #wearebettertogeather #support #youvegotthis #justbreathe
📷 @annalaerophoto

Just in case no one has told you today. You've got this, I promise you do.


”I have struggled so much in the past to love my body, I clung to the idea of getting back to my pre baby body as fast as possible.

The truth is I don’t really want that pre baby body anymore. That body doesn’t know the beauty of carrying a human being, that body doesn’t know what it’s like to nurture and care for a baby, that body doesn’t know the real meaning of self sacrifice, that pre baby body has no idea how strong and amazing it actually is.

It took me five pregnancies, two cesareans births, and three vbacs to love my body for what it’s done and for what it looks like.

Whatever stage we are experiencing, my hope is that we will embrace the miracle of our changing bodies every day! So to all my mamas out there: take note 📝 YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!”
Written by @she_plusfive

Yes mama YES!! 🙌🏾✨ To share, tag your images, #BringingBackTheVillage

“Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in motherhood. I’ve said it before, but I’m saying it again, because I feel it so heavily. Some days I feel like I’ve lost myself. Some days it feels like my job is in crisis management and I struggle to breathe. Sometimes I’m quick to lose my patience and my temper sneaks up on me in all the worst ways. Sometimes my family sees me at my absolute worst, despite the fact that I’m doing my absolute best. Sometimes I question everything I’m doing and forget what I believe in. These are the days I need to remember to face the light. Because when I face the light, it enters me. When I seek to be strong, kind, patient, loving, and present, remembering this is all I really need. See the light, face it, absorb it, exhale it. Now the key for me, is to remember to do it. The remembering is the hard part. I’m working on it. That’s the part that feels like drowning, I think. All the heart work, it’s the hard work.”
Written by @treeoftash

Gah! 😭 This went straight to my heart sweet friend, thanks for sharing. To share, tag your images #BringingBackTheVillage

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