Super fit? Or Fit-ish?


I’m totally ok with being FIT-(ish)!!!

Before my pregnancy, I naturally had a pretty active lifestyle without even trying. We love being outdoors and the ocean is our favorite. Not until I was pregnant did I decide to top off my active lifestyle with a workout routine. This was mostly due to the Gestational Diabetes. So, shout out to you Gestational Diabetes! You kill-joy party pooper! At the same time, I’m thankful. It really helped me change my lifestyle for the better. After I gave birth to my wonderful gentle giant, I thought I was going to be able to whip it back without any issues. WRONG. Here’s the thing. I actually slept part of my pregnancy and those hormones gave me a boost, making me some type of freak of nature. I labored hard and birthed harder, so I thought I would be back to my pregnancy strength in no time! I surfed some days out of the summer after Q was born, but lost a lot of my confidence and skill. The reality is, there were so many factors and obstacles for me, it was frustrating that I was unable to be where I wanted to be, physically.

I thought, “Hey, I was on a diabetic diet for nearly 9 months. Why not do it again?” So I decided to cut down on carbs. It was easy and it felt good. On top of this, I added a workout routine to my schedule, mixed with breastfeeding and very little sleep. Talk about needing a chill pill. It started to become too much for me and even affected my milk production. I learned that it wasn’t wise to just get up and change my eating habits without realizing how my body would react or how it could affect my baby’s food source. My milk production did not stop but it did decrease significantly. I was pumping 9-12 extra ounces a day and it went down to 4 oz, sometimes even less. Now in retrospect, I should have given my body enough time to catch up on rest and allowed for more healing.

I was too concerned about staying fit, not educated enough about the birth process, and what it really meant to “heal” before going full force again. Through my research, I found a Birth Fit group here in San Diego.  We get to bring our babies, meet other moms, and really focus on strengthening those muscles that may have been weakened through our motherhood journey. So as much as I would like to be a super “fit mom,” for now, I am okay with being “fit-ish.” My focus now is to strengthen from within, slowly, carefully, and efficiently.  I don’t know if you have seen my kid, but he’s only 4 months and weighs 19lbs, so I need to get fit the right way in order to keep up with him.

As of now, I welcome carbs. I try my best to stick to the healthiest forms and I’m not hating it. I actually feel thinner than when I was avoiding them, which really shouldn’t matter but it’s definitely a plus. I take long walks with the baby in the morning, a couple of baby and me yoga classes from home (Youtube videos), and have just started the postpartum mini-series at Birth Fit San Diego. My milk production is exactly where I want it to be. My baby is clearly eating well and now I just need to take it easy and strengthen slowly. The rest will follow. The point of this post is, it’s ok to chill. Listen to your body. Exercise is great but it doesn’t have to be aggressive, so if your body needs more time, give it that. For the time being, as long as my family and I are healthy, I’m okay with starting from scratch, and instead of being super fit, I’m owning that I am “fit-ish”.


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Simply Love YYC



Mustache leggings by Simply Love YYC

As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.

Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC

I started my business as a distraction.  My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction.  When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it.  To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”.  Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis.  Following that we started IVF.

In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present.  Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.

I have always been able to sew.  I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school.  I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing.  I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on.  I have made them with patterns and designed my own.  I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love.  Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing.  I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes.  I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin.  I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child.  I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!

Ann’s pregnancy struggle

As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now.  We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this.  In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility.  Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.

We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area.  The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts.  People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful.  My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.

Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals

Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest.  I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle.  It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out.  You have to have a positive outlook.  Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through.  Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.



Super inspiring Ann Rocha from Simply Love YYC

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Born Free and Me



Baby Q rockin’ his Panda Party Raglan from Born Free and Me

Do any of you other Moms out there get bored with the same old, boring, repetitive prints to dress your little one in? Well, I found a Mom Boss that wasn’t impressed with what kid’s fashion had to offer, so she was inspired and created some pretty awesome stuff for our littles!  Can you even believe the cuteness of this Panda Raglan outfit from Born Free and Me?! Being this cute should literally not be allowed! Okay, so you already know that I meet amazing Moms doing what I do, but I mean come on! This week’s Mom is a SUPER Mom Boss! Keep reading to find out what her other WORK is! Like creating kid’s fashion or being a mom wasn’t already enough…

This week’s Mom Boss is Jules from Born Free and Me

I started Born Free & Me whilst on maternity leave with my first baby, Evangeline as I was fed up with a wash if baby pink florals and Disney themed clothes. I wanted my brand to be fun and playful letting our littles be little.  Like every mum working from home, you try and squeeze as much into nap time as you can and then work away when they’re tucked up at night (or at least that’s the theory). So in between the constant demands of mum life, various tantrums, bouts of teething and sleepless nights, you just kind of get on with it.
My day job is a doctor. I graduated in 2010 and I’m a junior pediatric doctor. When I go back to work this time round, I’ll be working on the neonatal intensive care unit which looks after the extreme prem babies as well as those with serious medical/ surgical conditions in the region. I LOVE IT. That being said, I wanted to find a way to reduce my hours at work so I could be home more with my babies and watch them grow up, so I started a business. It’s so different to everything I’m used to doing but I have enjoyed every minute of it and have found some really kind people who totally get that. I know I’m not the only mama out there trying to make it happen!
A pregnancy struggle Jules has experienced
My pregnancies have been pretty plain sailing I have to say but run into problems with repeated mastitis whilst breastfeeding. I had to be admitted to hospital first time round. (I’m actually sat in the waiting room at the doctor’s surgery waiting for some antibiotics as I type!) Regarding mastitis, I’ve had multiple bouts of it, which mostly I’ve been able to sort out myself (lots of hot/cold compresses and hours spent glued to a breast pump). Glamorous I know. I’ve always chosen to carry on feeding each time it’s happened. I guess I wanted to decide when to introduce formula milk rather than feeling forced to do it. And despite the booby drama, I actually really enjoy breastfeeding my babies. I’ve ended up in hospital twice (once with each baby) because it got so bad. Miles is 5 months old and I’ve started to introduce some formula milk during the days and feed him at night.
A motherhood tip from Jules 
Tips for mums would be to let yourself off the hook if you’re still in your pajamas at lunchtime, your house is a mess or you can’t remember the last time you washed your hair! Just be proud of yourself for making a small human and that they’re alive and well at the end of every day!

Doctor, Mom Boss, and Creator of Born Free and Me  – Julie, with her adorable son.


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Sacred Legacy Arts



My beautiful locket made with Mom’s ashes by Sacred Legacy Arts

My sweet baby Q was a wish that my mother made before she passed away. Although I was not ready to start a family, it happened (unplanned) and I couldn’t be more grateful for this beautiful son of mine.  Every time I look at him, I see her and am reminded of how much she wanted me to have a child. Cancer took her from us in April of this year, only 2 months before Q was born. On many occasions I find myself imagining the joy he would have brought to her during her final days.  During my pregnancy journey, I met a remarkable Mother who creates special DNA keepsake jewelry for loved ones to keep their memories close. The necklace I am wearing is made with some of my mother’s ashes and it brings me so much comfort to be able to keep her so close to me at any given time, in such a beautiful way. If you are looking to have a special piece made I highly suggest reaching out to this mama. There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from and there are even keepsakes for you breastfeeding mamas out there! I’m so thankful that Kelly from  Sacred Legacy Arts has taken the time to share her story with us.

Kelly and the story behind Sacred Legacy Arts

I (Kelly) started Sacred Legacy Arts in December of 2014, right after my second son was born.  I was looking both for a creative outlet to give me something to focus on while wrestling with postpartum depression as well as searching for a way to truly honor and manifest a symbol of my birth and breastfeeding journey with both of my children.  I was in the middle of dealing with low supply while fighting to breastfeed my second child.  We needed to use an SNS feeder because I just was not producing enough and my son was losing too much weight.  I wanted to find a tangible, creative way to honor our struggles and triumphs and my experiences as a mother.  That’s when I began experimenting with jewelry making and creating DNA keepsakes.  To me, it just seemed so natural and perfect to fulfill the longing in my heart of what I was looking to manifest.

Sacred Legacy Arts was originally named Ollie & Jai (after my two sons — Judah and Oliver) and was in the beginning a side hobby for me as a SAHM.  As I practiced my skill, it gathered interest from friends and family and I began creating for others.  I soon learned that this was more than just a hobby for me.  It was a therapeutic outlet for both me and the people I created for.  The DNA keepsakes I created were more than just jewelry.  They were tangible expressions and sensory stimulating tools for honoring memories, struggles, and celebrations.  People expressed such joy and fulfillment in being able to have a part of their story casted into wearable jewelry for them to carry and see.  This is when I began branching out and offering my art to others… when I realized just what a positive impact this art form could have on people’s lives.  As the identity and mission of my work began to unfold, I rebranded into Sacred Legacy Arts — describing my work as “tiny time capsules of wearable art [created] out of the most precious, sacred moments of your life.”


Memories of my mother that I will always have close to me. The Crystal Point is another piece made with my mother’s ashes. 

SLA has since grown into my full-time job.  I work approximately 35 hours a week and am the sole designer and creator of the jewelry.  In May of 2016, I hired my first part-time assistant, Beth, who is both my personal friend and the best employee I could ask for.  Beth is very much an integral part of Sacred Legacy Arts and she is just as much a face of the brand as I am.  To me, she is much more a partner in SLA than an “employee.”  She handles all of our social media and email communications and is responsible for checking in customer’s inclusions for processing and packaging completed jewelry for shipping.  Beth has had her own profound experiences in motherhood from exclusively pumping for her first baby and being a milk donor (she donated approximately 40 gallons of her breastmilk to babies who needed it!)  to then going on to having a second child who she was able to nurse for over a year and counting. (She is a warrior mama, I tell you!)

Sacred Legacy Arts has grown very quickly into being one of the largest DNA keepsake design companies in the world.  We’re very blessed to have an international reach and to create some of the highest volumes of keepsakes seen worldwide.  Before becoming a full time jewelry designer, I had actually been a social worker previously for six years.  Community development and “doing work that matters,” is critically important to my values.

When Sacred Legacy Arts shifted from being just a “hobby,” to my “vocation,” I vowed that I would found a company committed to making a difference in the world.  We’re involved in multiple projects in an attempt to “give back,” and be mutually supportive to our local and global community.  Ten percent of every sale through SLA goes to a local maternity home for expecting mothers.  This maternity home is an empowerment center who, while giving these women a place to stay, equips them with the education and resources they need to reach self-sufficiency through stable housing, education, and employment.  We’re very proud to be a regular supporter of their mission.  We also strive to partner with as many small businesses as possible for our jewelry supply.  Well over half of our metal jewelry settings come from other small businesses like us versus large wholesale corporations and many of these small business metalsmiths have their own philanthropic endeavors that we are able to help sustain by purchasing from their shops.  For example, many of the copper pieces we’ve featured have come from a women’s empowerment workshop in a Mexican village that teaches vocational skills to the women in the village along with educational and life skill opportunities that help lift these women out of poverty and into self-sufficiency in a dignified, empowering way.  We’re always looking for these kinds of connections to keep the ripple effect going.

Sacred Legacy Arts is also well known for our design collaborations with other artists.  One of the best ways we are able to offer worldwide exclusive, unique designs to our customers is through collaborating and using the artistic vision of other jewelry designers in other material mediums.  Some examples of this include our exclusive tree of life wire wrapped design from Maid in the Woods and our hand casted solid gold ring from Anueva Jewelry or our DNA meditation mala in partnership with Blue Moon Holistics.  Not only does this give us a very unique edge to our design collection, but it helps other small businesses just like us to broaden their reach and influence to our customer base as well as theirs.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my life, but especially in motherhood, is to just “let it be,” and to let go of your expectations.  So many times in life, without even realizing it, we gather all of these expectations.  What our children will act like, the kind of support we’ll receive from a partner, how you’ll behave and interact as a mother, what you’ll accomplish, what your relationship with your children will look like…. All of these things are shaped from our life experiences of what our family life was like, what we witnessed within our community, and what we’ve decided we want to repeat or avoid.  But when reality doesn’t line up with our expectations (as it often doesn’t), it can be so hard to face that disappointment.  We get clouded with self-doubt, with comparison, with jealousy or feelings of failure — even resentment.  All of these things hold us back from being able to grow and develop within the actual circumstances that we find ourselves in.  But when we release these expectations from our heart, it frees up the space we need to blossom into who we are within the life that we are living and to see the beauty in what is versus what we thought it would be.  My advice to all of you is to release those expectations, breathe, and just let it be.


Kelly (on right) and her assistant Beth of Sacred Legacy Arts 

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Little Bipsy



Adorable Romper and Pet’s Tails Book from Little Bipsy 

My sweet and mellow baby boy is just a little over 3 months old now and I can hardly believe it. People weren’t joking when they told me to soak it all up because they grow so fast. I feel like every time he wakes up he’s smarter and has developed more of his own amazing personality. Books are a total win with this guy and if they make noise or he can put them in his mouth they get extra points. One of his favorite books is from Little Bipsy, an online shop we have fallen in love with. Whatever you mamas out there need for you or your little one, they’ve got it. The selection is amazing and of course so is the Mom Boss behind this shop. I am so glad to have met Brittani and happy that she is sharing her darling story with us. Give it a read and check out the links below!

The Name 

I have been asked so here it is…. I (Brittani) am the original “Little Bipsy”. It was my nickname given to me by my grandpa when I was just a baby. I went everywhere with my mom, so he started by calling me “little gypsy” soon turning into “bipsy”, I am guessing because my name started with a “B”. My Grandpa passed when I was 19, but the name stuck with me and has always had a very special meaning in my heart. So when the time came to name my shop…. well, it was a no-brainer!

The Little Bipsy Story

The idea behind Little Bipsy came about when I was pregnant with my son. I found myself loving and adoring EVERYTHING baby! I was instantly drawn to small shops who were creating one-of-a-kind products with style and quality in mind. It gave me the idea to start up a little shop of my own, but it didn’t go much further than that at the time. After having my son April of 2015, I left my career in the dental field and chose to be at home with my little babe. Quickly realizing my identity was escaping me, I needed to find something that made me feel like my own person again all while having my little dude by my side. I started up an IG shop selling my sons unworn and gently used clothes (Conors_Closet), loving it, my idea quickly became more than I ever would have imagined. I began to reach out to some of my favorite shops/brands and told them of my idea behind Little Bipsy, it was a hit! I took some of my personal favorites and the most popular items and turned it into a one-of-a-kind collection…. “The Little Bipsy Collection”.

A Pregnancy Struggle Brittani Experienced

I feel very blessed and fortunate that my pregnancy was fairly smooth sailing. The hardest part for me during pregnancy was the unknown! The unknown of when I was going to meet my little guy, how my delivery was going to go, his health, if I wanted to go back to work, my recovery and all other possible “unknowns”.

Brittani’s Motherhood Tip

I am still figuring out this motherhood thing! But, every day is something new, different, at times difficult but overall wonderful! Time goes fast… way too fast! Cherish every moment of their littleness, as hard as it is to accept it, it only lasts so long. You can never give too many cuddles, kisses, and loves.


Beautiful Brittani of Little Bipsy and her adorable son. 

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Blueberry Boo Kids


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My little monster in his Wild Thing onsie from Blueberry Boo Kids

When I found out I was having a boy I started browsing for cute clothes and I was not very impressed with the options you normally see at the big retail stores, The have all have so many of the same old designs and are so very basic. I really wanted to find fun clothing for my bub and dress him in unique outfits that come from small shops. Along my search I came across Blueberry Boo Kids. Their clothing is super cute and comfy, and like every other small shop I come across, there is a motivated Mom behind the scenes. I seriously don’t know how it’s done, having children and running a business, but it’s so very inspiring. Thanks for checking out today’s post, don’t forget to check out the links below!

This week’s Mom Boss is Gemma and she shares how her business Blueberry Boo Kids got started 

“Blueberry Boo Kids launched a year ago, in July 2015, I had been selling personalised prints on Etsy for a year previous but my designs had started to become more inspired by my little man and so I decided to split the kids design into a new store and thought about launching a few tee designs. I closed my previous store after Christmas to focus fully on Blueberry Boo Kids and we now have over 20 tee designs. Blueberry Boo Kids is a design led kids lifestyle brand. We focus on modern and fun apparel, we believe that apparel for Babies & Children should be fun and unique, just like little ones are. Our designs focus on Adventure, Fun and Dreaming Big, and are perfect for boys and girls alike and we also offer several personalised tees designed to celebrate little ones qualities and individuality. Blueberry Boo Kids is inspired by my little man, and I run the brand from our home in Devon in the south west of the UK with the help of my husband. Finding unique decor and apparel on the high street is getting harder and harder, particularly for boys, and we offer a fun, unique range aimed at both boys and girls alike. We have been blown away by the response to Blueberry Boo Kids so far and we look forward to exciting things in the future.”

A pregnancy struggle Gemma experienced:
“I was very lucky, my pregnancy was relatively straight forward and trouble free. I had a pretty scary bleed at 10 weeks but a scan showed my little man was in there waving away as happy as can be. Apart from that and some hip pain which required physio, I had no appetite for the first 16 weeks and could only to eat very beige food, Double Cheeseburgers & Mac n Cheese were all that I fancied, to this day my husband can’t eat Mac n Cheese as we ate so much of it while I was pregnant.”

Gemma’s Motherhood tips:

“Every baby is different, no approach suits all, sometimes you have to be flexible. Watching my little man grow up alongside other babies you realise they are all developing at their own rate and that ultimately what ever parenting approach you choose they will be just fine. Also a happy mum really does equal happy baby, make sure you take your own needs and feelings into account as well, especially in those early days.”

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Gemma and her adorable boy


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New Mom With New Fears



The only Dad I surf better than is one that does not surf, haha!

Sooo, I had to take a blog break for a couple reasons. First one being, it’s summer time and there’s so much to catch up on since I’ve been pregnant for almost a year! I started surfing again and really trying to get back in shape after being out of commission since baby Q was born. The second reason? Well, because being a Mom is the hardest damn role I’ve ever had in my life and I’m just getting started. A new wave of fears have found their way into this brain of mine and I’ve needed time to face them and build up the courage to overcome them. They may sound silly to some of you, while others may be able to relate. Either way, fears are fears and they only do one thing; discourage. I’ve spent the last couple months overcoming some of my fears while others I am still dealing with.

I was not leaving the house with the baby unless I had someone with me. This was strange to me since I was such a bad-ass during my pregnancy. I was doing everything alone then and I didn’t want anyone to help me. After my bub arrived, I wasn’t confident enough to do anything alone. It eventually started to bring me down since I was only getting out of the house if my husband was around. I had to ask myself why I needed assistance. Ok, so the baby and his gear are a little heavy, but nothing I can’t handle. I mean, I used to deal with much heavier things at work. I finally realized that I was afraid. I have never been in this position before; a Mom with a new baby. The unknown was causing my fear.  What if he has a meltdown at the grocery store? Or I can’t get his stroller to work or get him in and out of the car seat? Blah, blah, blah. You know, the usual, “what if” bullshit.

Quality sleep is a thing of the past and I am learning how to operate with what I can get. Most days I’m in my nursing bras and underwear, hair is a damn mess, no make-up, and if I don’t have my baby on one of my odd sized boobs (you ladies know what I’m talking about, one large one small) it’s a pump instead. It’s not the cutest look. It’s actually quite the circus. So here comes yet another fear. What if my husband is grossed out by this barbaric woman, with bags under her eyes and leaky boobs, with a side of mood swings?What if the baby consumes all of my energy and leaves very little for Mom and Dad time? What if distance comes between us since I am burned out so often and he is working so much?  I know, ridiculous right? But still, the truth is, that’s the type of crap that is trying to take over my mind these days.

I started surfing again and had to ease into it. Guess why? Yup, more of that negative-ass fear. I was afraid that the water would be too cold, or that the waves would keep me under too long, or that the baby would need my milk and I wouldn’t be able to tell. And the list goes on. I had forgotten that I used to be able to deal with all of these conditions before the pregnancy and I suddenly snapped out of it. I decided to quit being a punk and just go for it. I’m so glad I did. I feel like surfing is helping me prepare for motherhood. It is teaching me to stay calm when things get crazy and it is giving me confidence each time I attempt to surf. I get a feeling of accomplishment, not to mention a hell of a workout.

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So I did it. I decided that I was going to stop being afraid of being a Mom without a helper. Now when the hubby is unavailable, I am totally confident and capable of taking bub anywhere I need to go all by myself, and it’s quite empowering. We have been going on very long morning walks, I’ve been meeting friends for coffee and just exploring again, but now with my adorable sidekick. If he has a meltdown, so be it. I’ll have to deal with it at some point in our lives. If any baby equipment malfunctions, well I better learn how to figure it out, because I refuse to be the fragile mom that stays home all day. No judgment on those who choose that route, it just ain’t for me.

As far as the husband fear…well, I can either let it consume me or I can trust that I married a man that loves me for me and sees right past the disaster I am on some days. I know he does but isn’t it just so human of me to question from time to time?  This is where hubby and I need to make a conscious effort to make time to stay connected and not let parenthood rob us of our love life. Each time I overcome a fear I become more confident and ready to face the next one. It gets a little easier each time.

Overall, we have been having a ton of fun getting to know our little creation. Every time he awakes from a sleep, he is more aware, more interactive, and more amazing. I’m sure there will be real shit to fear in the near future as he gets older, so these little baby fears are good practice. I would love to hear some of your fears as a parent and what your strategies are when it comes to facing them.



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