On the eve of the last day of the 20th edition of World Breastfeeding Week, here in Quebec we have gone as far as making the act of feeding your child a glamorous act. Mahée Paiement is the spokesperson for the week long event and she recently released a video where she has presented breastfeeding as being a very glamour. Dressed in a sexy black dress, hair all made up and posing in a velvet and leather decor with a baby on her boob. You can see the picture right here
If I am a mom who is presently breastfeeding, I fail to see how this represents my reality. On the other hand, if I am a mom who had trouble breastfeeding or failed to breastfeed, I still do not see how this can help. Finally if I am a mom to be and have no idea what to expect from breastfeeding, should this be the example in my mind???
Being 32 weeks pregnant with twins getting ready to breastfeed again after a very short break (my son was weaned only a few weeks before I got pregnant at 14 months) this sort of publicity stunt bothers me. I can see that having a celebrity endorse breastfeeding has the potential to encourage some women to take on the challenge. Only 48% of women in Quebec actually breastfeed.
I am no marketing guru by all means, but this seems to me like this was an amazing publicity opportunity to promote breastfeeding that missed the target. I could imagine many different scenarios that are very real and concrete where one promotes breastfeeding. A mom at the restaurant, or in the shopping mall, perhaps a shot at home with some other mom friends who are also breastfeeding. But all dressed up to go to a gala or something...how is that real? I, for one, if my presence was required at a gala and I had to breastfeed, I would do it before I put my sexy black dress on, or I would use the pump. One thing is for sure, I would not be wearing my 6 inch heals sitting on the edge of a leather office chair!
ta bulle a l’honneur de présenter des ateliers d’expression corporelle pour les
jeunes enfants, développés et gérés par Adriana, art-éducatrice spécialisée en danse
et en psychomotricité, fondatrice du Centre d’expression corporelle Colibri.
Au cours de ses dix années d’expertise dans
des institutions renommées (Centres de la petite enfance, écoles) de Rio au
Brésil, Adriana n’a eu de cesse de continuer à enrichir ses connaissances et
son talent auprès de professionnels émérites. Devenant dès lors, détentrice
d’un savoir et d’un savoir-faire d’une qualité rare, elle en révèle aujourd’hui
toute la richesse, dans le cadre des ateliers que nous offrons dans notre bulle (Espace
boutique-atelier : Dans ta bulle : 316, rue du Mont-Royal Est,
travers d’exercices ludiques, les ateliers d’expression corporelle amènent le
jeune enfant à une découverte de son corps, une exploration de ses capacités
motrices, ainsi qu’à une prise de conscience de sa présence dans un espace
accueillant, dans lequel il pourra en toute quiétude, se manifester de façon naturelle
au long de l’atelier, l’enfant est incité à exprimer sa potentialité créatrice,
à développer le sens de son individualité, de corps et d’esprit. L’originalité
de tout l’ensemble - non quantifiable- des exercices psychopédagogiques
qu’Adriana propose aux enfants, réside également dans le fait, qu’il est adapté
au besoin debonheur de l’enfant.
lors, on comprend bien que la progression des acquis permise par la
participation régulière de l’enfant à l’activité annuelle, favorise un
développement psychomoteur optimum.
support musical brésilien, les exercices ludiques et créatifs, l’accompagnement
vigilant et expérimenté d’Adriana, offrent à l’enfant la découverte de ce don
d’une présence pleinement vivante, dans un espace ouvert et chaleureux où il
fait bon jouer, apprendre et partager ses dons innés et acquis, au sein du
groupe, permettant en fin de compte, un bel éveil humain.
HORAIRE DU PREMIER TRIMESTRE
matinées sont réservées aux plus jeunes. Un espace-temps privilégié de 40 mn, à
raison d’une séance par semaine, pour un maximum de 8 enfants avec leurs
-10H40 : Les bébés (7/8 mois à 18 mois) accompagnés d'un parent ou grand-parent.
125$ pour 10 séances.
-11H30 : Les jeunes enfants de 18 mois à 30 mois, accompagnés d’un parent.
125$ pour 10 séances.
s’adresse aux plus grands de nos tout-petits, dans le cadre d’un cours hebdomadaire
d’une durée de 45 mn. Le tarif est de 140$ pour les 10 séances prévues au
-16H15 : Les jeunes enfants entre 2 ans et demi et 3 ans et demi. (12
à 17H15 : Pour un jeune public entre 3 ans et demiet 5 ans. (12 places maximum)
Début des activités : mardi 23 octobre 2012. Inscriptions obligatoires et frais payables à l’avance, avec la
possibilité de régler en deux parties. La reprise des cours du second semestre
aura lieu le mardi 15 janvier 2012, après la relâche durant la période des
plus d’information ou pour réserver svp contacter la boutiqueau 514 842 3019
There are many ailments of pregnancy that I have to endure, the back pain, the mood swings, the cravings, being nauscious, did I mention the back pain? Thank goodness stretch marks are not one of them!
There are things a girl can do to prevent them, or at least minimize them. Lets look at the options, but first, we should understand why stretch marks happen in the first place.
In a nutshell, stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched but is unable to return completely to its previous state. According to my extensive internet research, genetics play a major role in this. So if you already have some stretch marks or if your mom has them, chances are you are going to get them during pregnancy. Its important to mention that they dont look the same on everyone, depending on your skin tone it can be more or less visible.
If heredity is not in your favor, its best to work on prevention and early treatment. Having been in the natural cosmetics world for a while now and learing about different ingredients, your best friend in this case would be cocoa butter. Although it cannot make stretch marks completely go away, (there is no miracle product out there!) the moisturizing action of the product on the skin does increase the skin's overall elasticity. Dry skin makes it more difficult for skin to return to its previous state. Skin is better able to stretch when it is hydrated therefor I recomend to hydrate twice a day every day. Not too much so your skin is not greasy, just enough for the skin to absorb completly.
Magic in a bottle!
We do have a great product at the store I often recomend, its called the triple butter balm; a mixture of cocoa, shea and mango seed butter that has been whipped to help application. Its quite wonderful. I did use it during my first pregnancy and I am currently using it with the pregnancy of the twins. I love the natural smell of the cacao, its so yummy!!
There is another option out there if you lose your battle with stretch marks. Accept them as your battle scars for having to go through the most wonderful experience of your life; road to motherhood!
Tout d'abord un véritable moment de bonheur partagé, le massage réconforte, sécurise et apporte des bienfaits à la fois au parent et au bébé massé. Bébé se calme, les petits bobos s'apaisent les coliques et les constipations sont soulagées, son sommeil est favorisé. Bébé est heureux, maman et papa aussi. Le massage bébé vous conduit à un niveau de confiance et de relaxation qui se reflète dans la santé et le caractère de votre bébé ainsi que dans la relation que vous aurez avec lui. Plus l’interaction est supérieure, plus votre enfant maximisera son développement physique, émotionnel et social.
C'est le plus beau cadeau que l'on puisse s'offrir.
Dans ta bulle vous offre des ateliers afin d'apprendre à masser bébé. Quatre sessions d'environ une heure suffirons pour apprendre les bases de cette activité.
Linda Coté la massothérapeute qui offre ces cours est vraiment une experte dans le domaine. Elle enseigne des techniques simples de massage afin d'établir une relation parent-enfant positive et sécurisante.
Début des cours: mardi le 18 sept à 9h30
mardi le 23 octobre à 9h30
Réservation: 514 842 3019
When my little boy was born, I was always worried about all sorts of things new moms worry about. One of them was SIDS. Is he breathing? Is he too hot? Did he roll onto his tummy? Did he cover his head with the blanket? Well, some of those fears were calmed when I bought a sleep sack. I gotta say, its quite an invention. Combination sleeping bag and blanket, baby is snug and covered all night. I find that the perfect solution to keep my little monster warm efficiantly in the winter months without overheating him to a dangerous degree are aden + anais sleeping bags. The ones that are four layers of fabric. And the beauty of it is that I don't have to worry if he has rolled around and uncovered himself or covered his head with his blanket.
Each aden + anais cozy sleeping bag is made of 100% breathable muslin cotton, which allows baby’s body temperature to adjust naturally, reducing the risk of overheating. Not too hot, not too cold, just right!
When the warm summer days where here, I had a new dilema, the sleep sack was too hot, what to do? I quickly discovered that, aden + anais, makes light summer sleep sacks!! Only one layer of muslin fabric.
So what’s muslin anyway? Well its an ancient fabric, traditional for swaddling, has an open, loose weave that is breathable and allows air to circulate around your baby, a little bit like gauze pads. Aden+Anais have a whole line of swaddling blankets they make with this amazing fabric. They really are my favorite blankets.
Whenever I fall in love with a product like this, I end up buying industrial quantites for the boutique, knowing that a good thing should be shared. You can come and visit us and listen to me rambling on and on about muslin anytime you like!
I later found out that The CJ Foundation for SIDS recommends the use of sleepsacks instead of blankets to keep babies snug during bedtime. So thats another reason why all babies should sleep in one.
In any case, here are few tips to prevent SIDS. I got this from the CJ Foundation website
Always lay your baby to sleep face up
Remove all loose bedding, bumpers, stuffed animals, and pillows from the crib
Don’t let your baby get too hot, control room temperature where baby is sleeping
Lay your baby to sleep in an approved crib, on a firm-fitting mattress
Don’t smoke while pregnant and never smoke near your infant
Put your baby on his or her tummy to play when your baby is awake and supervised
There are other tips on the website, go and have a look.
Owning a business has its challenges. Trying to juggle family and work being one of them. I am trying to figure out how I am going to do all this with twins and a toddler. The coming year is going to be filled with lots of fun and not so fun moments I want to share with you. My adventures juggling business, toddler and twins sure promises to be entertaining to say the least.
Varak and my belly hanging out in the bedroom 5:45 am
Your skin really changes during pregnancy, well, everything in your body changes!! Some things are better like hair and nails and other things are worse, like my skin. Under normal conditions I have normal to combination skin and my regimen is pretty simple, rinse and apply sun protection in the morning. Cleanse and lightly hydrate at night. Exfoliate in the shower and apply a mask once in a while. But now its all messed up!! I have pimples, borderline acne, oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads as well! Thankfully I have access to the best skincare products on the market and I was able to get a hold of the situation pretty quickly. I've been using the Zorah organic products with argan oil. They have this new line for oily skin that I am in love with! There is the cleanser Kaïla with elderflower and also Inua, the matifying lotion with hemlock plant. The combination of these two products has been my lifesaver. My skin actually looks normal! The cleanser is in gel form but it doesn't lather too much and doesn't completely degrease your skin, which is great because to more you remove the more your body makes to compensate. The hydrating and matfying lotion is also great because its not heavy at all. Its a light formula that helps regulate your skins sebum production.
Haven't posted in a long time, I've been swirling in the whirlwind of being a store owner. Its been fun. Many changes here at the 316. We revamped the whole place, changed up the decor and most of the selection of products in the boutique. Searching for fun new lines to bring in is really my favorite part of the job. Aside from all the big and small changes at the store, there has been a huuuuge change in my own life. We found out in March that I am pregnant! Yaay! Such fun news! My son will be two years old when I give birth, they will grow up together and play, fun-fun! But the real curve ball came when I went for the first ultrasound in May...turns out that there are not only one, but two little bundles of joy inside my belly! Double yay? I am not sure! I'm sure going to have my hands full come December with a toddler and two newborns!!