Pothos

As of Late I’ve Been Tangled In My Own Vines

I have been thinking quite a lot about self care as of late. Being stuck in the house with nothing to do makes you wonder. What could you be doing instead. Recently I started studying plants and what they can do. I must admit I am very intrigued.

Pothos| Epipremnum

A species of flowering plant

Benefits

Removes household Toxins from the air within your home. According to a study that was completed the pothos removes the following pollutants

  • carbon monoxide
  • formaldehyde
  • toluene
  • benzene

Maintaining Life

  • Pothos is an indoor plant one in which requires light but not direct sunlight. (It can manage within direct sunlight)
  • Dry soil is best when it comes to this plant between waterings
  • Grows in just about any soil you can think of just as long as it is potting soil.

Water Me

When it comes to watering some of my plants I tend to get on a schedule. Some plants require more attention than others and you want to make sure you don’t over do it. This specific plant I generally only water once a week because I don’t want the soil to moist. This could potentially kill your plant and we don’t want that. So once a week should do.

Growth and Change

Would you believe me if I told you that this plant is a fast grower? Generally these plants can grow to be about 20 x 3 to 6 feet so if you into long and and can withstand temperatures up to 90 degrees. You can take care of this plant in your sleep literally it is easy at that.

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Plant Lover Paradise

If you are a plant lover like me then this might be something worth adding to your collection. With the low maintenance it takes to care for a pothos plant. It can basically maintain itself.

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Tantrums| Not In My House Hija

We are in that phase mama where you tell your toddler no and she literally has a moment of weakness. She simply cannot understand why she can’t do what she wants. I am okay with that but when she starts being extra now we have a problem.

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Zoii has been throwing her little tantrums for a period of time now that she is 1 and walking. Today I saw something new from her. Drinking juice in the living room she began to spill it. So what is your first instinct because mine is I don’t want to be stuck cleaning up spilled juice. So mommy took it, yes but that doesn’t make me a bad person. Zoii looked at me and the n she tuned up like one of those old fire fighter trucks back in time. She looked at me mama’s not budging on this sorry hon. No lie she instantly stopped crying and turned to me and slapped me.

She did what?

Yes she slapped mama, I looked at my husband and I said did you see that? I mean I was in complete shock. Maybe because my other girls never did this they common crying of course but hitting nope. I looked at her we have eye contact, I took to fingers and taped her little hands.

Disciplined capital “D”

I know some parents may be against spanking, popping but I learned from my previous mistakes. My 7 year old grew up fast and before I knew it she was mouth all mighty tongue everlasting. Me and my husband were like oh we don’t want to spank our kids. The reason being we used to get spankings when we were little.(its not uncommon just not spoken of openly) I mean who wants that, but I’ve come to realization that from those spanking I learned a valuable lesson. Stop Being Dumb, you get spankings for dumb things so the only solution would be to stop doing them. My daughter was living proof or lacking discipline. Yes I was that mouthy kids mom but that ship quickly sailed.

Don’t Prejudge Me

This is what I believe to be true but I do believe that discipline is a Must when it comes to your children. You can only take but so much, so I stopped feeling bad for popping my kids hands or spanking them. Only when it is needed, like if I told you a billion times not to do something. Then when you get in trouble you expect there to be no consequences.

That’s Just Down Right Bananas.

Raise sweet little humans, mine are from Mars

I do understand that you want you child to behave and yes it starts with you. It takes a village to raise a child or at least that is what I was raised on. The outcome of this would be that enstilling certain traits and behaviors in our littles now could mean less problems in motherhood, parenthood later on down the line.

Think about it, what type of forms of discipline do you use for tantrums?

Bullies In The School

How many of us have experienced some kind of bullying amongst children whether it be our own children or some one else’s. I tend to see this a lot and it really bothers me although I know that they are just kids I can’t help but wonder why they would want to bully others in the first place. In this case it’s not so much about why but how are they able to bully with adults being present.

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This is an ongoing problem in schools everywhere not just a general area. Most schools have chosen not to tolerate it while other schools tend to look the other way so to speak. My daughter attends a nice school where they teach a variety of different languages. She loves school and talks about nothing else literally. As of late I have seen a dramatic change in her when she arrives at school in the mornings. She is way less talkative then normal and she seems down not the normal motivated little person that I see everyday.

Is My Daughter Being Bullied

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I mean to any parent that’s a hard question to ask yourself because the next question is almost like how could I not have known this was happening. It’s okay it’s not your fault sometimes when there is a lot going on we tend to overlook things not intentionally but it happens. Try not to beat yourself up about this the only question that should be on your brain is how can I help, prevent, and stop this.

I happened to catch some things that were odd to me, but if you see a difference in your child or something that would lead you to believe they may be being bullied. Don’t overlook the signs if they are there.

Signs of Bullying

There is a wide variety of signs that your child could display from bullying other than verbally expressing it. There is no one that knows your child better than you, and you can tell whether or not they may be acting strange. I just want to make you aware that there are other things as well so don’t just limit yourself to one thing.

Signs

  • Lack of enthusiasm for school
  • Stomach Aches
  • Headaches
  • Hanging with a different crowd
  • Trouble getting sleep
  • Crying
  • Dramatic emotional reactions
  • Less Family Time
  • Withdraw from electronics

All of this may seem like nothing but just looking at this list I can pick out at least two of the actions being the ones my daughter displayed. What should I do now, address the situation of course. Everything starts from the top and works it’s way down the line.

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If your child is in fact being bullied at school I would start with the school

  • Speak to your child’s teacher
  • Address issue with administrators
  • Contact the school board

Sometimes when you talk to the teacher at times it can be swept under the rug or overlooked. Maybe the teacher is unable to handle all of the children within his care without help. Then the solution to that would be to get a volunteer or a teachers aide.

If you go to administration you have a chance of actually being heard and getting you issue across. Or maybe what you say will fall on deaf ears, you must always expect the unexpected. I’m not saying to just go straight above their heads, at least give them a chance to fix the issue. If nothing changes and in fact may be getting worst then I would encourage you to contact the school board.


Question:

If your child was being bullied what steps would you take to ensure their safety while in school?


Traits of A Partner


What’s Love Got To Do With It

-Tina Turner

Finding love can be somewhat of a hard task I mean you love who you love but in some cases maybe love is not enough. When looking for love you have to make sure that the person you may be seeking is compatible with you and have attributes that you my like, maybe even love them for. Most people look for partners with either one or the following.

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyalty
  • Stability
  • Compassion for others

Now this may be just me when it comes to compassion for others I am a real stickler for people who are rude and obnoxious to others it’s just not necessary. For us these components are of the upmost importance. It determines they relationship pretty much.

Trust Me

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Not everyone is trustworthy and only time will tell that if you pay attention to people rather than being in a state of lust things will become commonly clear. If you have found someone who is always been truthful this is a plus. Being with someone who is untruthful makes a person crazy because you never know when they are telling the truth even in urgent situations. When you are untruthful you have to constantly be that way because now you have to build on the lies that you have already secured for the foundation.

No One Wants A Person Who Constantly Lies

Loyal

It’s hard as is trying to find someone who will be loyal to you or do things that would otherwise compromise what you have. Disloyalty can cause a rift in a relationship but also goes hand in hand with trust. Once a person has been caught being disloyal there may not be a way for the other person to bounce back from the downfall. Something like this can have a huge impact on your relationship.

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Stability

When you think of stability what comes across your mind, if you are stable and seeking a partner he\she should be stable as well. You cannot build a house while carrying your partner not unless you are willing too. Stability ties into money as well if there is no steady income coming in this can cause rifts as well. Majority of relationship issues stem off of money.

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Compassion

This is always a plus for us we love to see how people interact with other people it says a lot about there character. Actions speak louder than words so if you feel like they are for you then go for it. If you see something that’s not settling in with you then say something. Normally we as humkans can see the early signs whether we want to or not.

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Finding the right person can be a hard task and sometimes they find you. I would advise that throughout your search you keep this in mind and if you see signs don’t ignore them. Remember that there is a someone for everyone.

Question of The Day

When looking for a partner or when you were looking for your spouse what were some of the things you looked for?

Healthy Eating Styles

Here You Will Find

  • What Are Some Different Types of Diets
  • What Are Good Eating Habits
  • What Are 5 Healthy Habits
  • The Disadvantages of Eating Styles
  • What is Folate

Have you ever thought that maybe you want to better yourself so that you can become a better you. Some people dwell on this but never really start, in order to be healthy it starts with taking care of yourself. Believe it or not it actually starts with what we consume and put into our bodies. There is a great deal of healthy eating styles around but picking one that is most beneficial to you can be tricky. Some of the eating styles may be but not limited to

  • Ketogenic (Keto)
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Vegan diet.

And Many More

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Keto

This is a high fat, protien, low carb diet in which enforces you body to burn fats rather than carbs. Great for losing weight as long as you stick to the plan.

There are however downsides to this as well, keto is still a fairly new diet and is still being researched but as of right now The disadvantages are not well thought of.  

Downside

Although this choice may be perfect for you, you still have to consider the long term damge of subjecting your body to this. Keto can potentially cause kidney damage, nutritional deficiencies. The side effects consists of constipation, dehydration, fatigue and nausea.

Veggie Please

Simply a practice to stay away from meat and products that my be “Animal Slaughter”. Some people choose this journey because they do believe that animals have the right to live as well.

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Down Sided Lettuce

Lacking Sufficient Supply Of

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Protien
  • Iodine
  • Vitamin B12

All should be checked on a regular basis, this diet is also more costly depending on the varied type of diet you may have become accustom to. The hardest part of this equation is the meat as you are much more prone to have a harder time.

Vegan Love

A practice of not utilizing animal products within the diet and rejects the consumption of animals. This is more so if a plant based diet. I actually tried this particular eating style some things were not my cup of tea but then other were. It was a very enjoyable journey but it just wasn’t for me.

Low Balled Grass

This diet lacks in pertinent vital nutrients, being as though this diet excludes all meat and animal products it’s going to have a downfall at one point of another.

This Diet Lacks

  • Calcium
  • Omega 3
  • B-12
  • Folate

What is Folate

I know this may not be a very common term utilize in our society of well should I say our group of friends dont feel bad if you don’t know what it means. I am one of those people that had to do vast research to understand this so you are not alone.

It is determined to be a salt or ester of folic acid.

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Good Eating Habits

  • Stock up on more fruits, low fat dairy products (low fat everything), vegetables, and whole grain
  • Try to eat together like a family meal as much as possible (Share the recipes)
  • Buy a healthy recipe book or just search pinterest for clean eating recipes

The Selections Are Endless

Maintain Your Healthy Lifestyle

We all say hey we are going to become healthy and actually make a difference but somewhere along the line we lose sight of that. Lets maintain the initial goal and go for green, once you get into the groove of things everything else will fall into place.

5 Healthy Habits For A Better You

  • Smoking Is Bad For Your Health (Ditch Them)
  • Weight: You want to make sure that the weight you are losing will still bring you to a healthy weight. Being underweight is not healthy and should be avoided, remember we are reaching our goal weight because we want to be healthy for ourselves.
  • Exercise: This is a very important component being as though if you are trying to lose weight it makes up of 30% of your weight loss journey. So let’s get fit even if it for 30 minutes a day.
  • Eating a healthy diet: Choose the diet plan that’s most beneficial to you. (Individual Project)

How About You

I am eager to know the type of eating style habit you have chosen to do and why. Have you had any luck with this diet if so for how long have you been doing this. Share your story below in the comments.

The Inevitable Fight

The struggle with kids is that when they are smaller they are like best friends with no care in the world except having there sibling there to play with and spend as much time as possible. Sadly to say that as they get older I wouldn’t use the term “become distant” but there interests will change. Causing emotional up’s and downs from siblings feeling as though they are being mistreated due to the sibling wanting to do there own thing. This can be a huge problem if not addressed because in some cases it can lead to fighting , arguments, etc. We don’t want that, so lets figure out a way to fix it.

In This Blog Your Will Find

Ways To Prevent Your Kids From Fighting

How To Stop Before Starting

Preventing problems like these can be simple if you don’t make them bigger than what they are. Preventing altercations between your children and addressing the issue can provide a teaching moment.


We Can Learn From The Mistakes That We Make and Live To Fight Another Day For We Are Warriors.

-SG

The method here is simple check out these neat ways for prevention.

  • Don’t compare your children under and circumstances
  • Give Lots of Individual Time
  • Keep Your Kids Occupied
  • Allow Them Personal Space
  • A Non Hungry Child Is A Happy One
  • Don’t Give Your Oldest Authority Over The Younger Sibling
  • Lead By Example

Comparison

Believe it or not some parents sometimes compare there children, whether they unknowingly realize or flat out just don’t care. This is not a good idea to do because then you may make your children feel as though they have to be in competition with the other. Which down the line could result in an even bigger problem causing a rift between your children.

Individual Time

Despite what others may think there is a thing such as group time it’s just not an everyday event for your kids. Think about it this way everyday would you want to do things daily with your siblings or would you want one on one time with your parents? I would choose one on one time that’s the same feeling for a child. Children need that one on one time with their parents away from other siblings.

Occupied Much

Make sure that you keep your children busy specially if they are busy bodies who like to constantly move around. Having a task for them to do will allow them to focus on something that they may very well enjoy as a solo or partner activity.

Personal Space You Say

Everyone and I mean everyone needs personal space, I’ve often heard moms says you don’t have personal space. Well don’t you, that’s just simply not cool sometimes kids just want to be kids and do their own thing. I allow my girls to have there personal space (Although it’s normally spent doing workbooks, my daughter loves school).

Tummy Rumble

This is no game I know this can be a stressful situation for moms, dads, and siblings. When a child is hungry they are hungry it’s kind of like one of those ASAP moments and you go from being on your time to theirs in half a second. It’s nit rocket science we can avoid all of the mood swing action and tantrums by staying ahead of the game. Schedules are our friends and utilizing them is the best thing we can do as parents, yes lets get dad involved.

#Teamwork

Authority Not Your Mama

This is something worth paying attention to when we have older siblings depending on the age we put them in charge of their siblings. This is a no go because in a sense you are giving them power over the other. No child should have that type of power to tell another child what to do.


I Am My Own Person In Which I Should Be Treated Accordingly.

-SG

It Starts With You

I know you have all heard the term to lead by example this is a real thing people. I understand that we are all creatures of habit but when you have children you become the center of their focus. What you do they will too, so let’s keep in mind what we do and say.

ADHD and Me

Being a mom is hard but being a Mom with ADHD is even harder. I am a Mom with ADHD, Married to a man with ADHD, and have 2 princesses with ADHD. This is extremely hard and chaotic at times managing and keeping up. However it is possible to manage being a mom with ADHD .

ADHD

Also referred to as attention deficit disorder as it pertains to that of a chronic condition in which a person may have attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

A mom with ADHD can edure a variety of different things such as the inability to sit still , losing track of their things, and staying on top of things.

This is not something that we as moms should be ashamed of. Over a period of time we have learned to deal with these barricades, we develop methods as to hos to achieve goals despite theses shortcomings. We all need help from time to time and don’t worry I will help you.

Shortcomings

Moms with ADHD cannot accept boring like boring task on an everyday basis can become exhausting to us. When we have to do task such as these it becomes unbearable, the type of things moms like us would stay away from.

Systems Are Life

Developing systems can be really beneficial and can really help, when you develop a system that is beneficial and created by you it really becomes easy and enjoyable to do.

Say for instance I am not a stickler when it comes to laundry but very picky at times in the order in which I do them. I do what works for me, so laundry is done on fridays, I tend to wash the girls clothes first, then mine and my husbands.

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Beneficial Habits

Developing habits can be useful but hard so start with one at a time. Establish a habit and start small, for instance making your bed. This will help you and teach you children a good habit as well.

Strategies for You

I know this may be had being as though you little ones come first but you must find a way to help you focus in your day to day life. I utilize color coding to help me accomplish my goals and stay on track. When I write a list i use a variety of colors always consistent with my tasks on a daily basis.

You Matter Too

Sometimes strategies can be tedious and you need to throw something in the mix to give you that extra umph. Listening to music while you get tasks done can be a motivational inspiration to keep you going.

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The Natural Way

Most people would prefer not to be on medication and believe that they can manage their ADHD by themselves. This is very well possible when you do your research. I utilize melatonin to help me relax and wind down because sometimes it is hard for me to get to sleep. It comes in different textures and can be found mixed with epsom salt for baths.

Dr. Teals has a very good line and the have both the liquid for as well as the epsom salt reasonably priced I might add.

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Food For Thought

Being a mom can be overwhelming especially when you have ADHD and so it is best to find somethings that will benefit you and help you be a calm mom. What are somethings that help you with you ADHD as a Mom?

Keeping Kids Busy

If your a stay at home mom then you may know the feeling f being unable to work and have your kids around. It simply just cannot be done, or can it. In most cases if we need something we will find a way to get it done in this case working from home can be frustrating to both you and your child not unless you gain a strategy as to how to keep them busy while you work.

Here we are going to come up with a couple of ways to help mom be more productive and get more done. Having something to distract your child is always the way to go plus it will allow you to focus with less anxiety.


Keeping Them Busy

  • Make Time for Play Time
  • Create a Space for them
  • Add Technology Into The Mix
  • Throw Backs
  • Always be Prepared

Play Time

I know that working to make an income, but spending time with your child is more important and it allows you to make a better bond. Obtain a schedule to map out play time and when it will be. Make time for what is important.

Creating Space

You will want a designated place for your child to play being as though you don;t want them to go from room to room wreaking havoc and making a mess. Let them know that this is their area, say for instance if you are working in the living room place your child somewhere within that room. This allows you to have space, and them allowing you to keep an eye on them as they play.

My daughter is 5 and she is very very busy so when I start to work I make sure that she is always in the same room with me and she has an activity to keep her occupied and focused.

The Wonders of Tech

I know we as moms don’t like the fact that this whole generation is being raised solely on technology now so when people suggest technology you like nope. I was kind of like that too until I started researching. If your a mom like me then you want you kid to be productive on technology so I strongly advise you to find learning sites.

ABC Mouse is Good (Only Go’s To Age 7) Teaches your children a great deal of thing including how to read this is something that parents should look into. I love you tube but not so much for my kids because not all content is for them.

ABCya! Is another good one but this site is mainly focused towards the older children K-5

Throw Backs

Remember when you were younger and your mom use to find ways to keep you occupied so she would get ideas maybe about crafts, workbooks, or coloring. These are what I like to call throwbacks, some of the things that you can share with your children.

Always Have a Back Up

When all else fails what can you rely on to keep your child focused and having fun so that you can continue to work. Always think of something else, something is better than nothing having a back up can make it easier for you and your child they will never get.

Nothing is ever as hard as it seems but if you take the time and gather different ideas so that you will be able to work then you will be A-Okay. You can find a wide variety of different activities in general and on pinterest.

4-5 years Never Better

So here’s the thing I became a mom of a 5 year old overnight.

Happy 5th Birthday Zanai
In This Blog You Will Find
  • What do you call a five year old?
  • Is a 5th birthday a milestone?
  • What can a child do around this particular age
  • What to teach them at 5

Panic Mode

Okay so I know that we as parents all have to go through the stages of our children growing up. No one is ever ready despite what they say. However truth be told I am never ready for my kids to grow, I am literally that mom in the background crying when my kids turns another year old. I know in some cases this may not be normal but I can’t see my life without my kids but now as I sit here and type what will I do when they become teens? Okay i’m over thinking this but I’know this is reality.

What do you call a five year old?

I never know what to call my kids as they get older there are so many names now. For instance

  • 3-5 years would be considered a preschooler or a young child
  • 5-12 years would be referred to as a school age child
  • 5-14 is a child
  • However 10-13 years would be called a preteen

The Milestone Reality

If your sitting there thinking to yourself okay there is no way that becoming 5 means that you are at a milestone of great importance.

Could it be?

Of Course!

This is just around the time that your child is getting into school and making new friends. Yes, friends the friendly faces that you can invite to their birthday and have mom time too with other moms. This is such a win, win if you ask me. All of this will cause a great deal of excitement in your child as well as their peers.

But wait there’s more!

What can my child do at 5

Well 5 is kind of the same as four but it just gets better from here they tend to become much more active, social, and responsible. So lets cove some of the things that you can look forward to with your 5 year old. These can be found in either Cognitive or Movement Milestones.

Cognitive

Focusing on a child’s development in terms of information processing, conceptual resources, perceptual skill, language learning, and other aspects of the developed adult brain and cognitive psychology.

Movement Milestones

These are often referred to as “motor development;”

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Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what these terms are fear not most people don’t and that’s okay. So now that we have a mutual understanding on what these terms mean we are now better able to understand in it’s entirety let’s get into it shall we.

Cognitive

  • Recognize majority of letters and possibly write their name
  • Have a better understanding of the concept of time and structure of daily activities, like breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner at night
  • Able to focus more
  • Follow two- to three-part commands.
  • Recognize familiar word signs, such as “Yes and No”
  • Know’s residency if taught

Movement Milestones

  • Stand on one foot for more than 5 seconds
  • Hop
  • Walk up and down stairs by themselves
  • Walk forward and backwards with ease
  • Peddle
  • Able to make and trace shapes
  • Stack 6 or more blocks
  • Use utensils

What do I teach them at 5?

Around this time with all the new things that is going on with your active 5 years old there is still more that can be crammed in there as well. For instance Values, these are very important it builds character.

Important Values

  • Honesty
  • Justice
  • Determination
  • Consideration
  • Love

Honesty

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Help them find a way to tell the truth.

Only with honesty can we Grow

In order for your child to be honest you have to be honest that’s the honest truth. Have you ever heard the term

“Teach what you Preach”

before? It may not mean anything but it simply mean that if I tell my child to tell the truth and I don’t how can I expect anything but what I am teaching them. There is not a kill switch here when you have kids you have to be on you P’s and Q’s because they pick up and imitate everything.

This is very important because if they are not honest now later on the issue could spiral out of control.

“Better to be safe than sorry”

Justice

Simply for children to make amends. If two children are having a disagreement things can be bad right then and there but later on down the line who wants all that built up tension? Children should not have to worry about fighting uneccessary battles at this age but rather to just be a kid.

Determination

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Encouraging them to take on a challenge can be somewhat of beneficial for them being as though they will want to press on. Determination in a nutshell is just doing what needs to be done whether you want to or not. Pushing through is the concept teaching them how to be fighter and to not just give up.

Consideration

(Thinks about others feelings before making irrational decisions. Sometimes kids say the awkwardest things but it’s our job as parents to help them stay on a healthy sociable path. Children do not neccessarily have a filter they simply say what comes to mind so why fault them. Instead of getting upset teach them to have consideration for other people.

For instance if two children Amy and Derek are having a dispute and Amy insults Derek. Although she may not know that this is hurtful and that it had an effect on her friend she unknowingly keeps going. Now how can we tell right off hand how a person feels we don’t but actions speak louder than words. Being considerate in this moment would be to apologize and next time be mindful of the words that you choose because they can become misconstrued.

Love

We all love our children of course but we need to take time to reciprocate back on the affections that they display towards us. When your child gives you a hug make sure that when you feel the urge to hug them you do so. It’s just simply letting you child know that you are here and you care a great deal.

I am aware that although you may feel s though you have the ability to get through this milestone or the the 5 year old blues and you very well can. We all can because we have so much help and a variety of resources to help us and our families. So in short do not ever think that you are alone.

Zoiis Labor and Delivery Story

My Story…

Surviving My Pregnancy…

When I first found that I would become a mom again I was ecstatic on the outside but scared and nervous on the inside which to me is a common feeling. Mainly because it had been years since my husband and I had a child and now we were starting over. Although I didn’t have the most common symptoms woman have I would have to say that my pregnancy was fairly easy. I did have this weird thing though where I would wake up like in the early a.m. Mom’s I’m talking about maybe 2, 3 a.m, not getting any sleep and being a mom by day. I thought maybe it just was the pregnancy that was making this happen. Sure enough it was after I had my daughter my sleeping pattern went back to normal.

Weird Right?

Shifting Into Reality.

Around this time was when it really kicked in and I said to myself “I’ve got this I’m going to be a mom and rock this thing”.So we started moving in full gear to get ready for the baby. To see a person inside of you makes time itself stand still and for that moment your just frozen with joy and the comfort of knowing your little one will be here soon.

Name Games.

Okay when it comes to names I feel like my husbands name picking is off the wall. Prior to having my third daughter, we had 2 daughters prior. Our first daughters name was Zuri, I chose this name because it meant “beautiful” and I thought it was beautiful for a girl different and unique. Now this was before the name Zuri had blown up and become a popular baby girl name. When we had our second daughter and we were trying to find names, I was told that no matter boy or girl they had to have the same letter name. So for instance if I had a daughter named amelia, my second daughters name would have to be anna. The A’s are the obeservational focus here.

So anyway we went back and forth about baby names for a while all starting with yes, you know what the letter “Z”. We did narrow it down to about 3 names and I was determined to get my name through the cracks. “Zanovia, Zara, Zoey”, my husband wasn’t a fan of Zanovia and so we moved on.

We’re down to 2 Zara and Zoey and then I ask my sister in law what would be a good name. She’s like really into that sort of stuff she strives to be different in her own way. So she says she call me back and when she does she says Zanai. Where did that name come from it was her name and a Z in the front it was cool yet subtle it. My husband loved it and so goodbye Zara, and Zoey hello Zanai.

I know it can be confusing and it seems odd but when we got the news that we were having a girl I stuck with the decision to name her yet another “Z”. I finally gave in and let my husband name her with a twist of mine. Zoii with double II’s its simply different but a surprise.

Going Into Labor?

This was a normal day when I got up and went about my normal day. I got the kids up for daycare and school, I got ready for work and out the door we went. I got to work early and I was in a good mood and then later on I had starting having these pains. I wasn’t really sure what the pains were from but I pushed through until I could anymore. My seat was in the front of the building and my managers were all the way in the back.

Imagine that!

I managed to walk all the way to a coworkers cubicle and I was talking to her and she asked me if I was okay. I generally have a high tolerance for pain and so the pains would come and go and so I replied with a “Yes”. That’s when it happened, that contraction so painful it stopped me in mid conversation. Now my anxiety is kicking and I’m like oh my god I think i’m in Labor!

My managers come rushing and they were so awesome they made sure I was comfortable until my husband came. We finally get to the hospital and my mind is racing by the minute. Now were in the room thinking maybe it’s a false alarm, i get the exam.

Your 4 cm Dialated and She’s Coming!

Welcome Baby Zoii!

In less than 4 hours in what felt like forever I finally gave birth to my 3 daughter a beautiful baby girl. I seems like it was just yesterday when I looked at her for the first time. I relive that warm beautiful feeling every time I look at her.

Time To Go Home.

Baby Zoii got to come home after anxiously awaiting her arrival

Now I’m going to be a gentle in what I say but I cannot tell you how ready I was to get out of the hospital. I was starting to feel that I had been there for forever and I was ready to take my baby home to introduce her to the family. Being a 3x mom I had seen enough hospitals and I was so over the hospital food. So when I was asked are you ready to go I asked the nurse if she had a pen so that I could sign my paper work for discharge.

And So We Were Headed For Home!

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