I teach classes to expecting parents. We talk about diapering, bathing, how to take a temperature...the logistics. What we don't talk about is the emotional stuff. How, when you are massively sleep deprived, you are absolutely going to lash out when you normally wouldn't. How, when you are being pulled in five hundred different directions, you may react more harshly than you would have before children. So I'd like to correct that mistake...the not talking about these things...here are the five most important emotional tools in my parenting tool kit.
I don't remember much from my childhood, but some of my most favorite memories take place in my parent's kitchen. When I was very young, I remember helping out with meal prep (my Mom would cut up vegetables and would be my job to put them in our salad bowls). As I got older, I took on jobs of my own but we still had tons of fun (dancing around the kitchen while clearing the table and doing dishes). Now that I am a Mama, one of my favorite places to connect with my daughter is in the kitchen.
My family and I have eaten a vegan diet for over almost 10 years. Although we don’t have the cost of meat at the grocery store, the “alternative” products are sometimes even pricier. Even with this added cost, I consistently manage to keep our grocery costs at, or below, $100 per week – including staples!
What’s the secret sauce? I follow the same five steps every week…and now you can too! Here they are…
STEP ONE: Plan your meals around the sales in the store’s flyer:
You have just peed on a stick (or two or twenty) and gotten that life-changing news that you are pregnant. Rest assured…this is just the first test in a long line of pregnancy screenings and diagnostics.
First of all, let’s understand the difference here: screening tests gauge risk factors for certain issues whereas diagnostic tests are just that…they confirm or deny the presence of those issues. Many of the tests early in pregnancy are the less invasive screenings. If those results warrant further investigation, you will be sent for the usually more invasive diagnostic tests.
I know this is overwhelming. You are probably still trying to wrap your head around the fact that your body is growing a new human being and here you are being thrown right into the tornado of decisions that come with parenthood. Which tests are required and which are optional and how do you navigate through it all?
Here’s the good news…as with EVERYTHING in life (including during your pregnancy, labor and birth)…you ALWAYS have options! To help you wade through it all, we are breaking down the most common pregnancy tests by trimester; including the what, why and when for each one.
Lynn Turcotte-Schuh is a Childbirth Educator, Parenting Mentor, wife and Happy Mama. When she is not supporting other families, she loves spending time with her own family on their wannabe homestead. She loves cooking, gardening, all things outdoors and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. The best parts of her day are enjoying simple things with the people she loves.
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