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Happy #bookloversday guys!
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Do you guys read a lot? What are you reading now? πŸ“š .
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#dkcanada #bookstagram #books #booklover #read #reading #startthemyoung #bookworm #bookphoto

She lets out a little cry to let me know her tummy is ready for food. As soon as she feels my hands on her she quiets, she knows her mama has come to her. I lift her, kiss her gently on the cheek then hold her against me, she lays her head on my shoulder while I sit down preparing to nurse. -
We instinctively assume our position, I take her from my shoulder and lay her across my lap, one arm tucked along her body against me and her other arm lifts up to find my finger, she wraps her tiny hand tightly around and then she finds me in the dark and feeds.
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All this is in the pitch dark, and in silence - a familiar exchange by mother and babe. l feel the breath from her nose against my skin as she takes what she needs. She gently turns her head away and settles when she's had enough and returns to her slumber.
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I place the full bellied sleeping babe back into her bed and that's the end of our nightly exchange. It's my most favourite time, no mater what time of the night it happens because I know soon enough, it will end. Soon enough she won't require the extra nourishment at night, soon enough she will sleep through the night. But until then, I will with tired eyes but abundant love, be there to nourish my babe. -
What she will come to learn is that even when she doesn't need me to fill up her little belly at night, she will know that I will always be there for her, day or night. -
As #worldbreastfeedingweek concludes I wanted to jot this down as a reminder to why I don't complain (much 😏) about the fact that my baby doesn't sleep through the night yet, I savour these moments. I remember watching as Max's legs would start to drape over my lap, and I knew our nighttime seasons were coming to an end. I've already watched Madi's feet go from the crook of my arm, to now draped across my lap. I breastfed Max for 28 mos, we stopped as per the recommendation of our acupuncturist who suggested I needed to conserve energy in order to conceive. I was happy to give him a good start, boost his immune system, lower his chance of a myriad of diseases, help prepare him to have a healthy gut, but mostly, I am happy for those extra minutes of bonding we got over the 28 months.

Karate! And so, his journey into the fighting arts begins... #maxstratus #karate

So much big brother stuff going on here ... and yes, they match πŸ˜πŸ‘«
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m a x + m a d i SWIPE ⬅️⬅️
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#maxstratus #madisonpatricia #3yearsold #6monthsold #bigbrother #littlesister #siblings #twinning #thatsdarling #littlereaders #dkcanada

Strolling into the long weekend like ....
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What are you guys up to this weekend? Long or not, hope it's a good one!
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#civicholiday #longweekend #tgif #friday #friyay #momlife #toddlerandababy #maxstratus #madisonpatricia #maxandmadi

And that was the first moment we bonded.
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We were fortunate enough to have had an unmediated natural birth, so moments after bringing her earthside, she was on my breast. In that moment she learned that she could rely on me for nourishment and she could find comfort here as we nursed skin to skin, my body warming hers.
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I feel so grateful that my body is blessed with the ability to provide for my babe (I know this is not the case for everyone). And, I feel empowered knowing I had the choice to accept being solely responsible for both of my babes' health and nutrition. Women's bodies are incredible! I look at Madi at 6+ months knowing she's been exclusively breastfed and I can't help but give my body mad props for growing her so nicely πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ (.)(.)
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On this #worldbreastfeedingweek, let's celebrate a woman's right, choice and ability to feed their baby... and, let's normalize this so she may do it whenever and wherever she damn well wants! 😜
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Oh! And to those who want to comment on my boob, puppies, or whatever you want to call them, don't waste the effort, it will be
@matthardybrand'd anyway *DELETE*. And, I don't care to read how you wish you were that baby - you're basically saying you wish you were a minutes old baby drinking breastmilk, really? The amount of brain capabilities may be similar, but how about just keep that to yourself, cause it's weird actually.
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#breastfeedingawarenessweek #breastfeeding #fedisbest #normalizebreastfeeding #firstlatch #naturalbirth #skintoskin #mysuperpower #breastfeedwithoutfear #breastfedbaby #unsexualizebreastfeeding #candidchildhood #birthphotography #newborn #candidchildhood

And, she sits! So Madi is 6+ months already - it took me a minute to find time to snap a pic (in this adorable @oliviarosetm tutu dress - had to dress the little miss up for her half year birthday!) - it was like she wanted me to wait til she could show off her sit game ... yah, that's why it's late 😬 #nothingtodowithbeingabusymomoftwowithatoddlerandababy
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Madi is rolling front to back and back to front, sitting for longer periods before toppling over (which is one of the funniest things to watch πŸ˜‚), Lots of upward dogging, and she just started getting up on her knees too. If we place a toy just out of her reach, she wiggles over and gets it. Oh! And she cut her first tooth!
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We've started Baby Led Weaning. I'll post more on this later - it's a great way to transition to solids and teach babes to eat. We did it with Max and he is an excellent eater. No purΓ©es, no mashed foods, real food all day, erry day. Like I said I'll post more about our BLW journey, but google it if you are at that stage - and check out @youtube and see 6 month olds noshing away - it's amazing and a great way to see what your baby is capable of! So far she loves avocado, egg yolks, sweet potatoes, and LOVES watermelon (and all fruit actually!). She's also started using a transition cup, she's doing pretty good I must say! Isn't it crazy how different a baby is only a month later!?
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Max and Madi continue to bond. It's a serious love fest now between them. When Madi joined us at the table he was walking her through it and showing her how to eat. Lots of good big brother-y stuff!πŸ˜πŸ‘«
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We're now sleeping 7-8 hours before first feed, then another 4-5 hours til she (we) wake up in the morning. I should be reporting about how rested I am, alas, there is @netflix
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Note to Madi: some of your fav things include playing in your @babyeinstein exersaucer and as of this week you're loving the jumperoo thingy. You still love rolling around on your @brightstarts playmat and being carried in the @babybjorn. Last week you sat up in your @4moms_hq #mamaroo, so sadly, we must say bye bye to that πŸ˜”Also, you're eyes are getting more blue - exactly the same colour as your brother at this age!

I thought these would be apropos since my toddler eats like a turtle lol 🐒 Mind u, he did gobble these up, but he's not winning first prize for speed eating at breakfast, lunch or dinner any time soon!
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Anyone else with a sloth-like, snail paced, turtle speed eating kid?? .
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#sundayfunday #toddlerfood #toddlersnack #toddlersnackideas #funfood #toddlerfoodideas #foodart #fruitart #turtle #kiwi #grapes #toddlerlunch #sloweater

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