Being A Mom

Being a mom is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to shower is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to eat is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to do laundry is difficult.

Being a mom trying to find time to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner is difficult.

Being a mom who pumps is difficult.

Being a mom who is trying to stop your milk supply is difficult.

Being a mom who oversupplies is difficult.

Being a mom who supplies just enough is difficult.

Being a mom who undersupplies is difficult.

Being a stay at home mom is difficult.

Being a part time working mom is difficult.

Being a full time working mom is difficult.

Being a mom of a child with medical conditions is difficult.

Being a mom of a healthy child is difficult.

Being a mom is difficult.

It is hard to invest every waking moment into your child. It is hard to lose endless hours of sleep. It is hard to forget about the person you once were. It is hard being a mom with postpartum depression and still yet moving forward.

Everyone tells you about the sleepless nights, about the endless diaper changes, and about how expensive it gets. Yet nobody tells you about the spit up stained shirts, the excessive hours of pumping, the struggle of hearing your baby crying, the never having enough time in a day.

Nobody tells you just exactly how hard it will be.

Nobody tells you thank you for how hard you work.

But you are a mom. You are a hero to your baby. You can have them from crying to comfortable sleeping in your arms. You are the savior of your baby. You are the producer of their meals. Your baby is what makes it all worth while. To be able to watch them grow. Take their first steps. Saying their first word. Growing in their first tooth.

You are a mother and at the end of the day you feel like your work goes unnoticed just know, your baby is proud of you.

Proud of you as their mom.

You are doing a great job, don’t be to hard on yourself.

Chicken with raisins and onion

1 chicken cut into quarters

1 lemon cut in half

Salt

Squeeze lemon onto chicken then sprinkle with salt let sit 30 minutes in fridge .

Rinse chicken before adding to the pot .

Spices used:

1 teaspoon Ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste

Garlic cloves leave skin on them

Olive oil 3 teaspoons

1 cup raisins

3 Onions sliced

Rinse chicken off with water add to pot with oil and spices sauté 5 minutes then add 3 cups of water and simmer until chicken is almost done add 1 cup raisins and cook 5 minutes then add 3 onions sliced cook 10 minutes.

Can add carrots or sweet potato when adding raisins.

Serve with bread or over rice .

World Breastfeeding Week

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August 1st through 7th is world breastfeeding week

Some ways to support a breastfeeding mother are don’t stare or ask her to cover up its rude and some babies don’t like their heads covered think of it this way would you like to eat your meals with a blanket over your head ? No it’s hot and not very comfortable.

Offer the mother a comfortable chair and water as well as snacks breastfeeding makes a woman hungry and thirsty .

Parent Of Special Needs Child

I am a parent of a child with special needs,

And I have been to places I never imagined.

I have fought for my child with many professionals,

I have won many battles, I know they are not over.

I have learnt that nothing comes easy,

I have grown so much more because of my child.

I see people differently, many for their kindness,

I have made new friends, who are strong like me.

I will wake again tomorrow, the same, but stronger.

Each day is new, I choose to focus on the positive,

I no longer worry about all of the little things,

And these days’ milestones have become the best things.

I am a parent of a child with special needs.

Tips For Flying 

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I am writing about flying in a airplane and here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

  1. Always pack a change of clothes in your carry on , this is especially important if your flying with children, 
  2. Gate check the stroller, wear baby / toddler in ergo carrier, if to big to wear then invest in a harness backpack we have one that looks like a monkey it will save you a lot of time and worry if you don’t have to chase a wondering toddler through the airport.
  3. If packing yogurts get the tube kind and freeze before hand and store in a lunch bag for keeping foods cold I did this and it was still frozen when I got to where I was going after 18 hours.
  4. Baby wipes for easy clean up, I use them to wipe down the seat armrests and tray
  5. Bring a pillow and blanket with you
  6. Pack a portable charger and have it fully charged for your phone or iPad 
  7. Snacks and empty bottle for water
  8. Extra pair of socks and underwear 
  9. Extra hijab 
  10. Travel in comfortable clothes 
  11. Have all your important information in one place ( I have a bag I pack my passport and flight information in with a list of emergency contacts )
  12. Something to read or do during layovers and on the flight, or headphones to watch movies if plane has them.

Know that when flying with your baby small children that you’re allowed to take them food and breastmilk, formula just tell tsa that it’s your babies food.

Breast Pumps My Personal Review

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Today I’m going to write a review of all the breast pumps I’ve tried, I’ll list the names and types of pumps I’ve tried and how I felt that they’ve worked for me personally .

Spectra love the setting of this pump , bottles are a bit oddly shaped not a fan of the one piece flanges as it’s harder to get into the pumping bras , note there are medela hacks to use medala parts with the spectra pump I’ll try them and give a review. Still playing around with the settings to figure out what personally works for me.

Medela is a good pump there are several different models I have personally tried the harmony hand pump the Lactina pump, symphony, in style pump they all work and are easy to use . There are so many different types of medala pumps and different size flanges it’s super easy to use just be very careful with the suction it’s super easy to accidentally hurt your nipples but using to much suction. Will show you the hacks I’ve used in another post in sha Allah.

Avent Manuel pump easy to use and store works great like the design.Love this design and the cushions flange pump. Not really a fan of the bottles because they are oddly shaped and a huge size even this smallest size ones.

Haakaa is a suction based cup thing that’s great for catching the second boob drips while baby nurses . Only issue I have is my baby seems to like to kick it off the other breast while she’s feeding. The suction and take a minute or so to get right .

Evenflo double electric pump it works like the extra cushion of the breast pump inserts small easy to pack design, don’t care for the one piece style flanges. I do like the extra flange cushions and I found a hack I use with medala flanges and evenflo cushions.

Amadela purely yours personal and hospital grade all I can say is don’t both they didn’t have any suction or speed even at the highest setting huge waste of time. Not a fan of the one piece flanges they are personal a pain to deal with and award to wash and get into pumping bras.like the duckbill valves and they will fit up in the medala parts I’ll show you the hack later.

Finding My Way..

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I have taking a part time job and am now trying to figure out how to incorporate everything in my life, at the moment I feel quite disorganized and I have decided to start with small goals , will post a update soon in sha Allah so please bear with me.