For women who haven’t been pregnant, it can be daunting to read through a list of symptoms they may experience throughout the course of pregnancy. Sure, no one looks forward to feeling badly, but it’s good to remember that it’s so very worth it. What’s encouraging to know is that most symptoms aren’t happening all at once. They come at different stages, last for various lengths of times, and all women experience things differently…
In earlier articles (parts 1-4) I documented my experience of tandem feeding Luca and Jonah during Jonah’s first two weeks of life (Luca is 17 months older than Jonah). This article tells of my tandem feeding journey through the next two months.
While TV watching has been a common activity for several decades, the huge increase in TV and other media targeted at and watched by very young children has been described as “a large uncontrolled experiment on today’s infants and toddlers.” 1
In the end it was courage I needed. Courage to step out onto a path of raising children that was so well worn by generations of family history and the confidence in our ability to carve out our own haven: one that reflected mine and my partner’s shared values and our own family culture.
Weight gain in infants is an objective measure which is often heavily relied upon when assessing children’s health. When your child is gaining “good weight” you are assured that you are feeding them well and they are healthy. When your infant is not gaining “good weight” you question your parenting skills and start worrying about whether your child is healthy or not. However, there is more to your infant’s health than weight gain and its significance should be placed into perspective.
In parts 1 and 2 I wrote about my experiences of breastfeeding Luca (who is now 15 months old) during the first 24 weeks of my pregnancy. This article covers weeks 25 to 34.
The Swiss Ball or Fit Ball was first used in the 1960’s by physiotherapists in Switzerland as a rehabilitation tool –hence the commonly used name Swiss ball. Since its humble beginnings it has earned its place as a mainstay piece of equipment used in gymnasiums, rehabilitation units and households worldwide. Unlike many fad fitness devices, which end up under the bed gathering dust, the Swiss ball is here to stay. Posing challenges to both the beginner and elite athlete, the Swiss ball is a versatile, value for money exercise tool.
In the last magazine I wrote about my experiences of breastfeeding whilst pregnant. The article covered the first 17 weeks of my pregnancy. This article is a continuation of the previous one and covers weeks 17 to 25.