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Life with Babies, Identity as Mother, Play, Feeding Struggles. With Featured Advertisers, Pamper & Play, Edmonton and Area Doula's, Birth Photographer by Appletree Photography

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Volume<br />

02<br />

Fall<br />

2016<br />

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BABY<br />

A Motherhood Magazine for Edmontonians

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Athena Raypold<br />

06 BABIES PLAY?<br />

Jennifer Bly<br />

14 WHERE DID I GO?<br />

Chelsey Krause<br />

20 MADE YOU LOOK!<br />

Marjorie Campbell<br />


Shauna Roughley<br />

EAT + SLEEP<br />

FAMILY<br />



Rachel Jones<br />


Cynthia Priest<br />


Hannah Hamilton<br />


Christine Bruckmann<br />


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JENNIFER BLY is the author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to<br />

Homeschool, creator of local blogs The Deliberate Mom and Deliberate Homeschooling,<br />

and contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith,<br />

and life with her husband and two girls. She has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service<br />

Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.<br />

CHRISTINE BRUCKMANN is the writer behind Just Another Edmonton Mommy<br />

and a born and raised Edmontonian with a background in social work. As a trusted<br />

voice for many families and passionate about supporting her local community, Christine<br />

writes about things to see and do in Edmonton as a family, local events, DIYs, food, and<br />

more.<br />

MARJORIE CAMPBELL is a bilingual stay-at-home mom with two children. From<br />

Montreal, Marjorie has worked extensively as a volunteer in communications wearing<br />

many hats: graphic designer, writer, and editor – most notably for the Glastonbury<br />

Gazette. Married, she met her husband in London, England where she worked as the<br />

graphic designer for the Canadian High Commission.<br />

HANNAH HAMILTON writes at Edmonton blog, The Momoirs, where she shares her<br />

honest and often hilarious take on motherhood. Dreaming of cultivating true community<br />

wherever she happens to be, Hannah wants to live in a world full of creativity, where<br />

naps are mandatory and good food is priority. When she isn’t writing you can find her<br />

teaching yoga, taking pictures or sharing life with a friend over a bottle of wine when<br />

not spending time with her husband and two mischievous little boys.<br />

RACHEL JONES is the blogger behind Edmomton and is a new mother who recently<br />

left the desk job of her dreams to parent full-time. A talker, connector, planner, and<br />

community enthusiast, Rachel enjoys living in the heart of downtown Edmonton with<br />

her young family. Learning as she goes, Edmomton centres on important places, news,<br />

events, and resources for new parents in Edmonton.<br />

CHELSEY KRAUSE is the author of novels Can’t Always Get What You Want and<br />

All Shook Up. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two girls, Chelsey can often<br />

be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether or not the library will<br />

let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing.<br />

CYNTHIA PRIEST was born and raised in Brunei, where co-sleeping is a cultural<br />

norm, Cynthia is a cloth-diapering and baby-wearing first time mother, who loves to<br />

cook and bake. Cynthia plays and teaches piano, develops recipes, maintains a food<br />

blog, Cynful Kitchen, and aspires to write a cookbook in the near future.<br />

SHAUNA ROUGHLEY is a photographer, writer, and mom to two boys. Her<br />

photography business, Roughley Originals, is a partnership ran with her husband,<br />

Gareth. When she’s not working, Shauna loves camping with her family and being<br />

outside as much as she can. With a passion for travel, she hopes to continue to travel<br />

the world with her family.<br />



“As a mother, raising an empathetic child is my<br />

primary goal. More than anything, I want my son<br />

to approach and engage others with sensitivity and<br />

kindness.”<br />



Unlike sympathy or compassion, which inevitably<br />

place distance between two people – you feel sorry for<br />

her loss, you feel compassion for his pain – empathy<br />

requires that you understand and share another’s<br />

feelings and respond in kind. It compels us to disengage<br />

from our own thoughts and feelings in order to<br />

engage in another’s; which can be extremely difficult,<br />

particularly during a disagreement. But when we<br />

willingly enter another’s emotional space with empathy<br />

– be it frustration, grief, or elation –we find genuine<br />

connection.<br />

As a mother, raising an empathetic child is my primary<br />

goal. More than anything, I want my son to approach<br />

and engage others with sensitivity and kindness. When<br />

he sees someone struggling, I want him to respond<br />

with empathy, to be supportive, helpful, genuine, and<br />

gentle with others. Because when we allow ourselves to<br />

view a situation from another’s perspective, we truly<br />

hear them. And being heard, being understood, is<br />

paramount to creating trusting relationships and happy<br />

people. Empathy is healing. Empathy is understanding.<br />

Empathy is everything.<br />

John Medina, author of Brain Rules for <strong>Baby</strong>, dubs<br />

empathy “the glue of relationships” because it binds us<br />

to each other. Medina argues that the seeds of empathy<br />

are planted in parenthood. Through parents’ conscious<br />

choice to practice empathy with each other, they not<br />

only mitigate and reduce marital conflict, but they<br />

also positively affect their baby’s development. Medina<br />

notes that “Infants younger than 6 months old can<br />

usually detect that something is wrong [when parents<br />

are in conflict]. They can experience physiological<br />

changes – such as increases in blood pressure, heart<br />

rate, and stress hormones – just like adults.”<br />

Stress hormones are detrimental to babies and can<br />

increase risk of anxiety disorders, depression, lower<br />

the immune system, inhibit focus, decrease emotional<br />

regulation, and lower IQs. However, this doesn’t<br />

mean that we should avoid conflict at all costs because<br />

conflict is inevitable. What’s important is how we<br />

engage in conflict, how we fight with each other,<br />

and especially, how we make up. In conflict, then,<br />

we should refrain from abuse and name calling, stick<br />

to the “When you..., I feel...” statements and if your<br />

baby is present, resolve that conflict in front of her.<br />

Babies absorb everything: tone, body language, facial<br />

expressions, but if they witness conflict followed by<br />

healthy resolution, they will internalize and grow up<br />

understanding that disagreement is normal, but that<br />

through empathizing as a way to resolve conflicts,<br />

relationships are nurtured instead of injured. Thus,<br />

raising an empathetic child starts with practicing<br />

empathy ourselves – with our partners, our families,<br />

and our children.<br />

For anyone, but particularly babies, empathy has a<br />

calming effect. When your baby is teething and in pain,<br />

respond with affection and verbalize what you imagine<br />

your baby is feeling, “I know, honey, your mouth is<br />

hurting you.” Medina says, “Your ability to move from<br />

you to them, which is what empathy forces anyone to<br />

do, makes all the difference to your child’s brain.” As<br />

hard as it is to catch yourself when you’re frustrated,<br />

when your baby is forcibly squirming away mid diaper<br />

change, or melting down in a store, the more you<br />

vocalize what he’s feeling, name his emotions, and<br />

empathize with him, the sooner your baby will calm<br />

himself. And the more you practice empathy, the more<br />

you model it for your child.<br />

Even as young as six months old, babies look to their<br />

parents for how to respond and interpret the world<br />

around them. How we engage and speak to our babies<br />

and children matters, we must empathize with them,<br />

especially when we feel frustrated by their behavior; we<br />

must talk about other people’s feelings (ours, theirs,<br />

their friends, their siblings, and even their pets); we<br />

must give them examples of how to show empathy (i.e.<br />

Sarah’s upset, let’s offer her a hug); and we must model<br />

empathy for them in our interactions with others. As<br />

Medina says, “The more empathy your child sees, the<br />

more socially competent he’ll become, and the happier<br />

he’ll be.” And what parents universally want more than<br />

anything is happy children.<br />

References: Medina, John. Brain Rules for <strong>Baby</strong>.<br />

Seattle: Pear Press, 2014. Print.<br />

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“The brain is the only unfinished organ at birth”<br />

(Schiller, n.d.). Isn’t that amazing? This means that you<br />

can directly contribute to the formation of your child’s<br />

brain. While secure, caring relationships are essential,<br />

there are some other things that parents can do to help<br />

nurture healthy brain development. Here are some of<br />

my favourite brain-building activities for babies.<br />

Cause and Effect<br />

Babies learn through interactions with things in their<br />

world. Set up activities that allow your infant to<br />

experiment with cause and effect.<br />

• Stack some soft blocks for your infant. Watch him<br />

knock it down. Repeat.<br />

• Place a soft ball by your infant, when it rolls away,<br />

bring it back to her. Repeat. When your infant is<br />

older, she will enjoy crawling over to the ball and<br />

pushing it away.<br />

• Shaking any toy that makes noise is a great cause and<br />

effect activity.<br />

• Set up shatterproof mirrors for your infant to<br />

interact with. Wave at the mirror, make faces, smile,<br />

etc.<br />

• Place a lightweight piece of fabric on a chair or stool<br />

by your baby. Allow your baby to pull the fabric off.<br />

Repeat.<br />

Music<br />

This is a wonderful time to expose your infant to a<br />

variety of music. Classical, jazz, ethnic, contemporary…<br />

make time to play music for your infant. Observe his<br />

face as he hears the tunes. You can also dance with him<br />

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or play along with his favourite rattles.<br />

Read. Read. Read.<br />

I cannot over-emphasize the importance of reading<br />

to young children. This key component of brain<br />

development applies to babies as well! Short, repetitive<br />

stories are wonderful for infants.<br />

Allow your infant to interact with books too! Babies<br />

learn so much by touching and putting things in their<br />

mouths! My favourite books are the “Indestructible<br />

Books.” The manufacturers claim that these books<br />

are “chew proof, tear proof, non-toxic and washable.”<br />

I also love that the nursery rhyme stories show<br />

interesting, worldly “twists” on the rhymes.<br />

Rhymes and Songs<br />

Words are a big part of your infant’s brain<br />

development. Sing to your infant – any simple song<br />

will do! You don’t even have to be a good singer; your<br />

baby doesn’t care if you can carry a tune. Simply make<br />

eye contact with your baby and belt out those tunes.<br />

Simple classics like Mary Had A Little Lamb, The<br />

Wheels On The Bus, and the Itsy, Bitsy Spider will<br />

surely delight your infant.<br />

Sensory Play<br />

Infants learn about their world through their senses.<br />

Expose your baby to a variety of sensory experiences.<br />

Set up an environment which is safe for them to<br />

explore, taste, and touch:<br />

• Place a variety of different fabrics around your infant<br />

and allow him to explore the different textures<br />

and colours. You can extend this activity by using<br />

descriptive words with your infant while he is<br />

exploring the fabrics i.e. rough, soft, smooth, silky,<br />

prickly, etc.<br />

• Fill a large Ziploc bag with shaving cream and two<br />

different colours of paint. Tape the opening closed<br />

and secure it to your infant’s high chair with more<br />

packing tape. Allow her to squish and squeeze the<br />

bag. The texture is unique and the mixing of the<br />

colours is fascinating. The bag can be filled with<br />

other things as well… hair gel and glitter; water, food<br />

colouring and oil; etc. Get creative!<br />

• Allow your infant to finger paint. Afraid they’ll<br />

eat the paint? Let them finger paint with food (rice<br />

cereal, pudding, etc.).<br />

• Infants are fascinated by water. Set up a small basin<br />

of water and allow him to splash and play with it.<br />

(Always make sure to be present when your infant is<br />

playing with water).<br />

• Cut shapes out of sandpaper, foil, and other<br />

materials and tape the shapes to the tray of her<br />

highchair. Your baby will love touching these<br />

interesting things!<br />

Simple Games<br />

What baby doesn’t love Peek-A-Boo? You can also cover<br />

baby’s favourite toy with a piece of fabric or a bowl,<br />

then unveil it: now you see it, now you don’t!<br />

Talk. Talk. Talk.<br />

Your baby loves you and your voice delights him in<br />

ways you can’t even imagine. You are his world! Talk to<br />

your baby frequently.<br />

• Let your baby know all the steps of her diaper<br />

change, “Off come your pants; there’s your belly;<br />

Mommy’s wiping your bum clean; here’s a fresh<br />

diaper,” etc.<br />

• If your baby is in the early babbling phase, mimic his<br />

sounds.<br />

• Extend her simple sounds into words (i.e. mmmmm…<br />

mama; baaaaa… baby; duh… dada, etc.)<br />

Playing with your baby creates special, precious<br />

moments. It’s such a privilege to watch our babies learn<br />

and grow. Enjoy this age and stage because it really does<br />

go by quickly!<br />

References:<br />

Schiller, P. (n.d.). Brain research and implications for<br />

early childhood programs. Retrieved January 19, 2012,<br />

from, http://www.teamcnionline.com/company-login/<br />

TrainingExchange/pdf/EarlyCare2.pdf.<br />

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EAT + SLEEP<br />

“I wasn’t the only one who felt overwhelmed, guilty, or concerned<br />

about feeding my baby.”<br />



As a first-time mom, feeding my baby was a constant<br />

source of concern, but I’m realizing that, after fifteen<br />

months, it didn’t have to be. While pregnant, I had read<br />

and heard unfamiliar terms like lactation, let-down,<br />

latch, supply, top-up, formula, donor milk, colostrum,<br />

mastitis, expressing, engorgement, pumping, bottlefeeding,<br />

solids, purees, infant cereal, and baby-lead<br />

weaning. Feeding seemed to be a big topic, but nothing<br />

I couldn’t handle.<br />

When my baby was born, and breastfeeding began, I<br />

started to experience what some of these words meant.<br />

I felt overwhelmed. I wanted to give up. I sobbed to my<br />

mom, telling her I didn’t have the strength to keep it up<br />

for much longer. I wondered if I should be nursing on<br />

a set schedule, if I was producing enough milk, or if I<br />

was eating something that upset my baby. I thought my<br />

son would miraculously sleep through the night if I fed<br />

him formula, but I felt guilty if I gave it to him; it was a<br />

time-consuming (and sometimes embarrassing) process<br />

to get my boob out; trying to bottle-feed felt like more<br />

effort than pumping; and my boy has a tongue and lip<br />

tie, so we had to work at getting him to latch properly.<br />

It felt like an endless struggle.<br />

Once I’d met other moms who’d had difficulties,<br />

my perspective changed. Some of my friends were<br />

unable to breastfeed due to post-partum depression<br />

and anxiety, physical pain, or an anatomical inability<br />

to express milk. Some babies couldn’t latch. Some<br />

babies were fed formula or donor milk from their first<br />

day of life. Some mothers pumped exclusively just to<br />

bottle-feed breastmilk. I wasn’t the only one who felt<br />

overwhelmed, guilty, or concerned about feeding my<br />

baby. I started to feel better – because it was tough<br />

for everyone.After three months, my baby and I had a<br />

routine down. At five months, he was trying solids. But<br />

then the worry crept back again – this time, about food<br />

variety. I would buy one of every vegetable, making a<br />

puree for each. It was time consuming and sometimes<br />

frustrating to have my baby reject it. But, I kept at it.<br />

And it got better and better. Six, nine, twelve, and now<br />

fifteen months have gone by, and guess what? We are<br />

still breastfeeding, imagine that!<br />

I wish I could rewind the clock and tell myself to keep<br />

it simple. I’d tell myself to trust my instinct and mute<br />

the opinions of others unless they were positive. I’d be<br />

more confident in my choices and adapt when I felt the<br />

need. I would reach out for more support, and I’d try<br />

to feel good about my choices from the beginning - for<br />

myself and for my baby.<br />

Resources<br />

Breastfeeding Clinics<br />

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La Leche League facilities offer free group and oneon-one<br />

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EAT + SLEEP<br />

“ They don’t have to know that I bed-share. It’s our<br />

dirty little secret.”<br />



Babies are primal beings; they will wake up hungry and<br />

cry. Sharing a room with my almost three-month old<br />

son, Art, has been such a joy; I fall back asleep so much<br />

more easily. As Art sleeps for four hour stretches or<br />

more, it has been five nights since I have moved him to<br />

the nursery. Nonetheless, we still bed-share when it is<br />

time for his night time feedings.<br />

Bed-sharing can be such a dirty word, can’t it? My<br />

cousin who gave me the What to Expect books firmly<br />

told me that sharing a room is fine, but I should never<br />

bed-share for fear of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome<br />

(SIDS). If you are breastfeeding, however, bed-sharing<br />

is completely safe. The night I chose not to bed-share, I<br />

woke up a few hours later in the rocker glider, instantly<br />

panicking about whether or not I had dropped Art.<br />

Worse, my husband once found me napping in a<br />

recliner with Art rooting on my lap, edging towards the<br />

foot of the chair, not in my arms!<br />

When my husband and I were taking Hypnobabies<br />

birth classes during pregnancy, the instructor<br />

recommended that we read Sweet Sleep - Nighttime and<br />

Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by La<br />

Leche League International (LLLi). The book outlines<br />

the following requirements for safe bed-sharing: you<br />

must be a non-smoker; you must be sober (not using<br />

drugs, alcohol or drowsy medications); you must be<br />

breastfeeding; your baby needs to be full-term and<br />

healthy; your baby needs to be kept on his back when<br />

he is not nursing; your baby needs to be unswaddled<br />

and lightly dressed; and, both baby and mother need<br />

to be on a safe surface. For a safe surface, since our<br />

bed has a soft memory foam, we place yoga and rubber<br />

mats on my side of the bed under fitted sheets, with<br />

an adult-sized bed meshed rail, so that our baby will<br />

not fall once he starts to roll (do not bed-share on the<br />

sofa). Keep the baby at breast-level, expose one breast,<br />

curl around your baby for sleep while laying on your<br />

side and you will immediately form a protective frame.<br />

LLLi calls this the “cuddle curl,” which is also known<br />

as the side-by-side nursing position. Make sure you do<br />

not use any nursing pillows as they can be a suffocation<br />

hazard. Oh, and you want to make sure you place a<br />

waterproof mattress protector under the mats for<br />

potential blowouts and leaks.<br />

As the weather starts to get chillier at night, to keep<br />

myself warm, I wear a long sleeved nursing pyjama<br />

top and a pair of long johns with socks. My hair is<br />

usually up in a high ponytail bun. For comfort, I use<br />

a tiny pillow wedged between both knees to maintain<br />

a sideways position for a long time. It isn’t a foreign<br />

position to sleep in since I have been trained to sleep<br />

sideways with a Snoogle during pregnancy!<br />

Babies are not easy to sleep with! Some babies don’t<br />

like sleeping on their backs, but bed-sharing saved my<br />

life as I was able to let Art sleep with his shoulders on<br />

my arm in the cuddle curl. “How is the baby sleeping?”<br />

I am often asked. I smile and say, “Good.” They don’t<br />

have to know that I bed-share. It’s our dirty little<br />

secret: I get decent sleep while getting cuddles with an<br />

infant who seems to grow so fast by the day.<br />

References: Wiessinger, Diane, Diana West, Linda J.<br />

Smith, and Teresa Pitman. Sweet Sleep. New York:<br />

Ballantine Books, 2014. N. pag. Print.<br />



“Becoming a parent isn’t necessarily akin to drowning or walking<br />

an endless desert (though, there are times, when it certainly feels<br />

that way), but I feel like there’s this cultural expectation that<br />

“good” mothers live their entire lives for their children. And this<br />

pressure can make you feel like you’re the worst mother ever.”<br />



To be honest, the first few months (with both kids)<br />

are a blur. I’m so glad for photos, they captured the<br />

months that I was too busy and frazzled to really<br />

remember clearly. When I was pregnant for the first<br />

time, I didn’t realize how fully and completely having<br />

a baby would change me, change my life, my goals,<br />

my worldview. Sometimes I wonder what the hell I<br />

did with my time before I had kids; my day revolves<br />

around them so much now, that it’s hard to remember<br />

what life was like before them. Before kids, I worked<br />

full time as a nurse on a busy acute care ward. I met<br />

up with girlfriends, I read books, and I had sex with<br />

my husband whenever we wanted, wherever we wanted<br />

(can any of you relate? If not, I’m sure you’re laughing,<br />

and that’s good).<br />

And then, I had my darling baby girl and suddenly, my<br />

entire life revolved around this beautiful, demanding<br />

creature. Between feedings and naps and consoling her<br />

cries, I rarely had time for myself. I was just so focused<br />

on being a mom and keeping my baby alive that there<br />

were days I’d forget to eat. And privacy? Pffft. Forget<br />

privacy. For months, I’d set her up in a bouncy chair in<br />

the bathroom with me so I could shower. (That doesn’t<br />

go away, by the way! My four-year-old still loves to<br />

barge into the bathroom just to say “I love you” or ask<br />

what I’m doing).<br />

Anyway. So had I this new baby. I loved this dear, sweet<br />

little one more than anything. I loved cuddling her and<br />

dressing her in cute outfits and talking to her. I enjoyed<br />

taking her for walks, and playing with her, and giving<br />

her baths. But there were many days (most days, in<br />

fact), where I would cry and feel helpless and absolutely<br />

lost when I couldn’t console her, no matter what I did.<br />

And once I finally got her to sleep, and she slept for<br />

three hours, I was convinced that she’d died then felt<br />

guilty for wanting her to fall asleep at all.<br />

I was in a body that I didn’t recognize, I felt<br />

embarrassed that I had to wear maternity pants for<br />

months after delivery because they were the only<br />

thing that felt comfortable. My once clean, trendy<br />

living room was peppered with gaudy toys and huge<br />

battery operated swings and burp rags and wipes. My<br />

pretty purses were replaced with ugly, squashy diaper<br />

bags. My husband and I were usually too exhausted to<br />

do much more than watch TV and go to bed. These<br />

might sound like trite complaints, but damn, they<br />

felt important! And though I absolutely loved being a<br />

mom, I felt as though the things that made me me were<br />

slipping away.<br />

Life became more complicated when I had my second<br />

baby. I was so excited to have a new baby girl. I loved<br />

that my two girls were close in age, and envisioned<br />

them being close sisters, but life got complicated fast.<br />

My new baby projectile vomited at every single feeding.<br />

She’d drink for a few minutes, and then wail loudly, as<br />

through she were in extreme pain. She wasn’t growing<br />

well. Changing her diaper and bathing her were<br />

absolute torture because I could see each of her ribs,<br />

so I consulted my midwife and doctor about possible<br />

reasons and solutions. I tried feeding her upright. I<br />

elevated the head of her bed, so she’d digest better. I<br />

fed her in quiet, dark rooms, where she could focus<br />

(because if the slightest sound or movement disturbed<br />

her, she’d come off my breast, wailing). Nothing<br />

seemed to work. My doctor thought it might be reflux,<br />

but figured she’d grow out of it.<br />

When she was older and I tried giving her solids,<br />

she’d either choke or puke everything up, and cry<br />

inconsolably. Every meal felt like going into battle. I<br />

started to dread feeding her. It even got to the point<br />

where I had to feed her with a syringe, a few millilitres<br />

at a time, just to get something into her. At my request,<br />

we finally got a swallowing assessment done, followed<br />

by visits with dietitians and occupational therapists,<br />

all of whom reassured me that I was doing everything<br />

I could, and that she was probably just following her<br />

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own growth curve. But when I’d bring her into the<br />

public health clinic, I had judgy nurses breathing down<br />

my neck, accusing me of not feeding my baby properly,<br />

sending fiery letters to my doctor. On top of this, my<br />

husband was working a lot of overtime, including 12-<br />

hour night shifts, and I was potty training my two-yearold.<br />

My maternity leave was almost done, and I dreaded<br />

going back to the stressful, understaffed environment<br />

of hospital nursing, but I didn’t want to give up my<br />

career. I was stressed beyond comprehension.<br />

Now, this might seem like a weird time for me to start<br />

writing a book, but that’s what I did. My youngest was<br />

about nine-months old, as I recall. Looking back, it<br />

seems so strange, but I’d always wanted to a be a writer,<br />

and had this idea for a book. And one night, when my<br />

husband was working and my kids were in bed, I just<br />

decided to start. I used writing to explore my fears of<br />

choosing the wrong career, and to wonder what my<br />

future options might be. I used writing to enter a new<br />

world for a while, and to forget about my own. It was<br />

cathartic, soothing, exciting! And though it didn’t erase<br />

or diminish any of the challenges I was facing in real<br />

life, for me, writing became my lifeline. I felt like I got<br />

a bit of myself back.<br />

Now, my kids are four and six years old, I’ve written<br />

and published two books (the first with Random<br />

House in 2015, and the second this summer, with Tryst<br />

Books), I’ve just done my first book signing and book<br />

launch this summer, and I’m getting great reviews. I<br />

love writing and I plan to do this for the rest of my life.<br />

Being a writer is something I’ve wanted to do since I<br />

was a child, and I feel like it’s an important part of me.<br />

I imagine you’re thinking, “I can’t do that. Besides, I<br />

don’t even know what I’d want to do!” Believe me, I<br />

hear you. The challenges you’re facing right now are<br />

real. Each family situation is different. And yet, I’d<br />

venture that despite the varying details, every new<br />

parent feels exhausted, overwhelmed, and drained. I’ve<br />

been there, and I imagine that some days, dear reader,<br />

you feel like you’re barely keeping your head above<br />

the surface. You feel like you’re about to drown. I<br />

don’t mean to make it sound more dramatic than it is.<br />

Becoming a parent isn’t necessarily akin to drowning<br />

or walking an endless desert (though, there are times,<br />

when it certainly feels that way), but I feel like there’s<br />

this cultural expectation that “good” mothers live their<br />

entire lives for their children. And this pressure can<br />

make you feel like you’re the worst mother ever.<br />

For example, if I go out without my children, I can<br />

guarantee that someone will ask “So, who has the<br />

kids?” My husband is rarely asked this question (and I’d<br />

wager, he’s only asked this when I’m with him). I could<br />

go on and on about this point alone, but suffice it to<br />

say that there is immense cultural pressure for women<br />

to limit who they are and sacrifice their personal<br />

identities in the name of family. But it’s important that<br />

as women, we examine our lives and take stock of how<br />

much we invest in ourselves, in our time, our interests,<br />

our goals, our aspirations, and our dreams.<br />

A pitfall we often fall into (myself included) is that we<br />

take better care of other people than we do of ourselves.<br />

That’s why having an identity, separate from being a<br />

spouse or parent, is so important: it’s your lifeline, your<br />

flotation device, your oasis in the desert. Your flotation<br />

device doesn’t have to be anything big, it doesn’t have<br />

to be something you’re passionate about (though, if<br />

you do have something you’re passionate about, go<br />

for it!), it merely has to be something that gives you<br />

joy, something that piques your curiosity. It could be<br />

anything: photography, writing, painting, running,<br />

anthropology, car mechanics, starting a business,<br />

traveling, or learning a new language. Anything you<br />

want. Once you’ve decided on something, begin carving<br />

out space for it. And I deliberately mean carve, because<br />

that means you have to cut something out.<br />

If you’re like me and struggle with the guilt of not<br />

giving your family 100%, then here’s your homework:<br />

Listen to Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons.<br />

Season 1, Episode 1 is about a mom blogger who wants<br />

to write a memoir and devote more time to writing, but<br />

she is struggling with the belief that she’ll somehow<br />

take something away from her family if she does so.<br />

Liz basically gives her (and all listeners) permission to<br />

follow her curiosity and to be a “good enough mom.”<br />

Oh, to be released from the pressure of perfectionism!<br />

To let go of the expectation that we must do it all and<br />

make it look effortless. I don’t know about you, but<br />

that’s damn exciting for me. More than anything, I<br />

want to lead my girls by example. I want them to do<br />

things that give them joy. I don’t want to dissuade them<br />

from being a wife or a mother because there is joy and<br />

beauty in being those things, I just want them to know<br />

that there’s so much more they can be.<br />


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“My dear old Mum said something back in 1975 that is even more true<br />

for embattled parents today: it is way more important to seek out and<br />

find people who lift you up, support and love you (in all your flawed<br />

wonder), and say, ‘Tomorrow will be a better day, have a hug and your<br />

favourite [beverage of choice]!’”<br />



I have been gearing up for a return to the workforce<br />

after a nearly ten-year hiatus, during which I was a stayat-home-parent.<br />

If I can impart one piece of wisdom<br />

from my time in the trenches, it is this: never, ever, ever<br />

get involved in an online discussion with a friend based<br />

on a click-bait parenting article they have shared online.<br />

Like. Ever.<br />

Everyone has fallen for clicking them – they are like the<br />

kryptonite of the Internet. Click-bait articles usually<br />

start with a screaming headline that targets your primal<br />

outrage, and they have several things in common: they<br />

are usually opinion dressed up as fact; they have little<br />

or no verifiable sources or basis in provable fact; they<br />

are an offshoot of an impossible-to-replicate-withoutstaff<br />

celebrity lifestyle or fad; and they have a mean,<br />

judgmental, and/or preachy tone. Following these links<br />

is like traveling down a rabbit hole, delivering you to a<br />

land where all commenters eventually resemble those<br />

kids from Lord of the Flies!<br />

We, as parents, are in a constant state of doubt and<br />

anxiety over whether we are doing this thing right.<br />

Like no other generation before, we have access to an<br />

ocean of resources for advice on childrearing. Back in<br />

the day, the odd book would come out, but your Mum,<br />

smoking her fifth cigarette lit from the last, whilst<br />

driving you in her no-car-seat car, would likely read<br />

some of it, ignore most of it, and get on with her day<br />

being mentally healthier for it. Back then, people just<br />

got on with being insecure about things and didn’t<br />

turn it in to a weekly article, competition, or try to<br />

make everyone else feel bad about doing it differently.<br />

People certainly judged, but they were far more discreet<br />

about it. Ghosting – cutting someone off completely in<br />

a social context – is not new. The virtue in this was that<br />

it was based on people not telling you why you were<br />

not invited to have your gin and tonic with the other<br />

bad mums in the ‘hood – it was just that you didn’t fit<br />

in. You would have known before the ghost and been<br />

relieved that it happened. Eventually, you would find<br />

your group of like-minded parents and all would be<br />

well in the world.<br />

We are the “say everything” generation. You know<br />

what? Don’t. People (myself included) are not very<br />

clever overall. Giving my opinion is not going to change<br />

anything. I now carefully pick and choose who and<br />

how I share my thoughts – and by not sharing every<br />

single thing, I save my blushes. I don’t need everyone to<br />

agree with me, and when I really am incompatible with<br />

someone, I am okay with them drifting out of my life.<br />

My dear old Mum said something back in 1975 that<br />

is even more true for embattled parents today: it is<br />

way more important to seek out and find people who<br />

lift you up, support and love you (in all your flawed<br />

wonder) and say, “Tomorrow will be a better day, have<br />

a hug and your favourite [beverage of choice]”!<br />

You won’t remember those times you got your pithy<br />

point across in the comments section – but you will<br />

remember that friend who showed up with a coffee and<br />

an offer to give you a sanity break from your kid(s). Be<br />

kind to each other and yourself – resist falling for the<br />

click bait, or if you can’t, don’t pass that darkness on.<br />



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I’m jerked awake from sleep once again. There is no<br />

slow waking in this house, not anymore. My alarm<br />

clock has barely been used in the last three years. My<br />

days start when my kiddos decide it’s time to rise. Some<br />

days, that’s a glorious sleep in (until 7 am), and some<br />

days, I’m up before the sun.<br />

Most of my days are theirs, so our mornings typically<br />

centre around their moods. If they need to stay in their<br />

pajamas and go play in the sand box first thing in the<br />

morning, that’s what they do; if they need to run and<br />

chase each other and shout at the top of their lungs,<br />

that’s what they do. My coffee constantly goes cold,<br />

I rarely eat my breakfast sitting down, and my plans<br />

revolve around keeping them happy.<br />

Our decision to keep our kids at home with us (only<br />

using occasional child care) has been a choice I will<br />

forever be grateful we made. I love that I get to spend<br />

my days taking my sons on adventures and introducing<br />

them to new experiences. I want to know my boys, and<br />

I want them to remember the time we spend together.<br />

It’s rare that parents can take their kids swimming on a<br />

random Tuesday morning; I feel constantly lucky that<br />

we’re able to.<br />

Trust me, there are days that can’t end soon enough.<br />

Some days, I’m grateful for Netflix and naptime, and<br />

there isn’t enough coffee in the world. Some days, the<br />

endless chatter and questions make my head feel like it’s<br />

going to explode. This parenting gig is never, ever easy,<br />

but most days I try to make it fun.<br />

Most people don’t realize the flip side to trying to run<br />

a business while having your kids at home with you.<br />

My job as a photographer has unconventional hours<br />

in which childcare isn’t available. My parents are my<br />

biggest supporters, and without their help, there is no<br />

way we could do our jobs.<br />

I feel a constant nagging in my head trying to figure<br />

out when to work, balancing the time with my kids and<br />

time away from them, when to book shoots, when to<br />

do the laundry, all the while wondering when the house<br />

is ever going to be clean again. Because with our whole<br />

family home all the time, the messes are endless. Most<br />

days, I choose not to worry about the constant clutter,<br />

the dishes that are always piling up, and the neverending<br />

laundry. The house will be quiet and clean<br />

soon enough, and I know I will miss the bustle. Some<br />

days though, it eats me up and there is a whirlwind of<br />

cleaning. And then it’s messy the very next day.<br />

I’ve considered getting more childcare. I’ve thought<br />

about the need to have more time to work and cultivate<br />

this business, our passion, and the way we pay our<br />

bills. But soon enough the boys won’t want us around<br />

constantly. They will entertain themselves, be off and<br />

busy with their friends, and I will miss these days.<br />

So for now, I’ll put on pots of coffee at 8:00pm to keep<br />

me up for late night work sessions, I’ll guzzle more the<br />

next morning, and I’ll practice my truck sounds and<br />

digging skills.<br />





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FAMILY<br />

“I noted how small he looked while he slept and how during<br />

the day he seemed so big in comparison to his younger brother.<br />

I tried to think of the last time I had spent any valuable oneon-one<br />

time with him and none came to mind. ”<br />



I have a very strong bond with my firstborn. Like a<br />

carefully sewn quilt, we are woven together in the most<br />

intricate and intimate way. He gave me the title of<br />

mother and taught me more about about love than I<br />

ever knew was possible. Our relationship didn’t come<br />

easy though; it was an unplanned pregnancy followed<br />

by a traumatic birth, and a long, dark year suffering<br />

with postpartum depression. We fought for each other,<br />

my son and I, every success we greeted between us was<br />

preceded by a mountain that we had had to climb. The<br />

trust we built together was unspoken but powerful,<br />

it echoed, “Even when it is really, really hard, I am<br />

with you.” He was mine and I was his, and I couldn’t<br />

imagine it any other way.<br />

He was three when I found out I was pregnant with<br />

our second. I clearly remember looking into his big<br />

brown eyes and wondering how exactly our lives would<br />

change by adding another person into our very tight<br />

knit family of three. “When you have a second child,<br />

your love is multiplied, not divided,” I heard this<br />

phrase often when I was pregnant and I always nodded<br />

in agreement. I did believe it, but I wasn’t sure how<br />

exactly I would feel. I couldn’t fathom a multiplied<br />

love, but I knew it must be true. What I wasn’t so sure<br />

about was a multiplied interest. How is it possible to<br />

be fully engaged with both children? How would I<br />

navigate the hours in a day to equally give my attention<br />

to both children, let alone my husband and myself? As<br />

my due date approached, I took my son on fun dates,<br />

frantically trying to soak in our last moments together<br />

before our family dynamic was completely changed.<br />

The birth of my second child was easier, lighter, and<br />

less intense than that of my first. My seasoned body<br />

greeted him with knowing. Within 15 minutes, he was<br />

nursing with ease, something that had always been a<br />

difficult, frustrating task for me and my firstborn.<br />

My mood was light and happy, I felt in control (such<br />

a foreign feeling for me with a newborn baby). I was<br />

not fumbling through the day, emotional and unsure,<br />

desperately wanting to bond with my baby and feeling<br />

completely unable to do so. I thought I had been quite<br />

confident as a first-time mom; however, this time I felt<br />

graceful in mothering. I knew what cries demanded<br />

my attention and which ones I could sleep through. I<br />

was better able to recognize needs, and I cherished the<br />

cuddles a little more because I knew how quickly they<br />

would grow from sleepy infant to busy toddler. There<br />

was a stark difference between my first experience with<br />

infancy and my last. The result of this led me down a<br />

road I hadn’t anticipated, and one that caused me a lot<br />

of guilt in the coming months.<br />

My husband started taking our eldest out on dates<br />

to give me time to rest with the new baby. Because<br />

our children are almost four years apart, this habit<br />

continued on for quite some time. It seemed as though<br />

our family split: my husband and my son on one side,<br />

my baby and I on the other. I appreciated the one-onone<br />

time I was getting with my youngest, I loved how<br />

easy it felt to bond with my new baby. I noticed how<br />

close my husband and my son were becoming, and felt a<br />

mixture of joy and relief that they were growing closer<br />

and giving me space at the same time.<br />

Months went by, and on one particularly hard day that<br />

ended with me quietly stepping into my eldest’s room<br />

late at night to look at his peaceful face, it occurred to<br />

me how much our relationship had changed. I noted<br />

how small he looked while he slept and how during<br />

the day he seemed so big in comparison to his younger<br />

brother. I tried to think of the last time I had spent any<br />

valuable one-on-one time with him and none came to<br />

mind. I marveled how within a few mere months, the<br />

pendulum had completely swung the other way. While<br />

I was once worried I wouldn’t have the space for my<br />

new baby, I now found myself realizing I hadn’t kept<br />

enough space for my eldest.<br />

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in having a second<br />

child is that you must be intentional about your<br />

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desired family dynamic. It’s common to go through<br />

seasons of life bonding more naturally with one child<br />

than the other. I don’t think this is favouritism or a<br />

reason to feel guilty. The challenge during these times<br />

is to be aware of which child you might have to work<br />

harder for, which one might need more intentional<br />

love, and which one may need more thoughtful time<br />

spent together. I now try to grab onto the small<br />

opportunities that I have during the day to connect<br />

with each member of my family. I’ve noticed that<br />

these connections don’t have to be extravagant dates<br />

that take a lot of time, they can be as simple as reading<br />

books before bed, or conversations while you drive.<br />

After all, it is a cumulation of small, thoughtful<br />

moments that lead to a big, whole hearted life.<br />

Offering a complete circle of support to enhance your<br />

childbearing year. We understand the complexity of readying<br />

for a baby and how busy life can be. We have a team of birth<br />

related professionals, who are trained to assist families by<br />

further preparing them with additional resources, classes and<br />

complimentary services, uniquely setting our practice apart for<br />

families in Alberta.<br />

www.fullcirclebirthcollective.com<br />

www.yegppdoula.com<br />

7903-14 Ave SW<br />

Edmonton, AB.T6X 1H3<br />

Office: (587) 521-2717<br />

Mobile: (780) 708-0615<br />





“At a birth, the moments after baby has arrived are so full, the<br />

overpowering joy and relief are so tangible.”<br />

What makes you passionate<br />

about birth photography?<br />

Being there for my families, whether it’s a first child<br />

or the seventh. I photograph the moments that are<br />

too easily forgotten with the surge of endorphins and<br />

hormones that make remembering this exciting time<br />

fuzzy. Sometimes that means quietly capturing their<br />

story as it unfolds, and sometimes I’m more present:<br />

holding a hand, grabbing a cold cloth between photos,<br />

or lending support. Sometimes I am hired to capture<br />

a successful VBAC where a momma feels redeemed<br />

by having the birth she dreamed of but was denied<br />

the first time. I capture first time parents that have<br />

struggled with infertility and have finally matched with<br />

a surrogate. Or, sadly, capturing the short life of a baby<br />

who is not able to survive earth side, or a rainbow baby<br />

to a mom who has lost a pregnancy. It’s meaningful<br />

to visually offer a family the beginning of their child’s<br />

story.<br />

What are your favorite<br />

moments to capture?<br />

Emotion. We (as humans) try to be perfect, we try to<br />

hold everything together and have order and control<br />

over every aspect of our lives including our emotions.<br />

At a birth, the moments after baby has arrived are so<br />

full, the overpowering joy and relief are so tangible.<br />

Moms often drop their heads back and close their eyes<br />

while clutching their new babe to their chest and you<br />

can see the emotions playing over her face. I often hold<br />

my breath (and some tears) in these magical moments<br />

and I can almost hear them mentally shouting,” I did<br />

it!”<br />

Why do families choose<br />

you?<br />

I hope it’s because they trust me, and connect with me,<br />

and have fallen in love with my work. I think birth is<br />

the most vulnerable and intimate style of photography;<br />

my families are not only trusting me to capture images<br />

and memories of their child, but also their rebirth<br />

into someone new: a first time mother or father, or<br />

expanding their family to add another child. It is not a<br />

responsibility I take lightly.<br />

How do clients respond to<br />

your photography?<br />

My families are so excited to see their images and see<br />

their child’s story from another angle, remembering the<br />

fleeting moments they missed or forgot. I am humbled<br />

by their gratitude when they express their joy to me.<br />

Most parents would say the day their child was born was<br />

the best day of their life; it was a day where everything<br />

changed. I am truly blessed to witness these moments.<br />

Some births do not go as planned, and moms have<br />

told me the photos are both palpable and therapeutic.<br />

One mom said after a difficult birth that ended in an<br />

emergency c-section, “my photos helped me to reframe<br />

my experience in a more positive light.”<br />

What advice can you offer to<br />

new parents?<br />

Don’t be afraid to reach out to a birth photographer, ask<br />

questions and really determine if you want this “one of<br />

a kind” experience captured. Many parents are hesitant<br />

to be photographed during such a raw, vulnerable, and<br />

admittedly graphic experience, but we can customize<br />

your session so that it suits your comfort level. For some<br />

that means I meet them for an hour in the first 48 hours<br />

of the baby’s life capturing where he or she was born but<br />

not the birth itself. For others, it’s an above-the-waist<br />

session, shooting only the emotions and connections<br />

between the parents and their supports and the new<br />

baby. And still others want me to photograph everything<br />

from every angle and we’ll cull the images they aren’t<br />

comfortable with. I am here to tell their story in a way<br />

that best represents them and means the most to them.<br />

Contact<br />

www.photosbyappletree.com<br />

appltreephotography@shaw.ca<br />

780.953.5802<br />


FAMILY<br />

“Diapers are one thing you can’t compromise on and wipes are<br />

multi purpose: sticky hands, spills, and other surfaces that you’re<br />

not too sure have been wiped ever.”<br />



Whether you’re travelling for the first time or are a<br />

seasoned traveller, travelling with a baby definitely<br />

requires some preparation and patience. Following<br />

these simple tips will help make travelling with your<br />

baby easier.<br />

Use Ziploc Bags<br />

Packing clothes in Ziploc Bags is a great way to organize<br />

for travel. Simply get some large or extra large bags and<br />

a permanent marker. Pack one outfit in each bag and<br />

label it accordingly. Don’t forget to pack extra outfits<br />

and put a few in your diaper bag for easy access! Ziploc<br />

Bags are also perfect to have on hand to store clothes if<br />

you’ve had to deal with a poop explosion or some other<br />

sort of clothing mishap. Need to make an emergency<br />

diaper change? They work great to contain the diaper.<br />

Empty Ziploc Bags barely take up any room in your bag<br />

and if you do have to store something in them you can<br />

just seal it up and deal with it later.<br />

Drinks + Snacks<br />

If you’re little one is on formula, make sure you pack<br />

enough bottles, formula, and water for the whole trip.<br />

Having the formula pre-measured in easy to open<br />

containers helps to make the process more convenient.<br />

For the babies eating solids, pack baby food and other<br />

snacks such as cheerios, crackers, fruit cups, cheese<br />

strings, as well as bibs, a Sippy cup and spoons. If<br />

they’re old enough, pack a few treats too as you never<br />

know when they might come in handy!<br />

Diapers + Wipes<br />

Whether you’re on a plane or driving to your<br />

destination, you do not want to be in the position of<br />

not having enough diapers or wipes! Think of how<br />

many diapers you usually use in a day and then pack<br />

more. Diapers are one thing that you can’t compromise<br />

on and wipes are multi purpose: sticky hands, spills,<br />

and other surfaces that you’re not too sure have been<br />

wiped ever. Wipes come in handy for a lot of things,<br />

not just diaper changes. Also don’t forget a change pad!<br />

Entertainment + Comfort<br />

Small rattles, teething toys, board books, an iPad,<br />

blankets, and soothers are just some things to<br />

remember. Consider bringing a new toy or two that<br />

you can take out during the trip – especially if times<br />

are getting a little tough. There are many great apps<br />

that you can download onto your device that are baby<br />

friendly, and having comfort items on hand can help<br />

make an unfamiliar or out of routine situation a little<br />

more comfortable.<br />

<strong>Baby</strong> Carriers + Strollers<br />

A baby carrier is a great way to get your little one from<br />

point A to point B, especially if you are travelling<br />

alone. They are easy to store in your carry-on bag when<br />

not in use, and can also come in handy when you’re on<br />

a holiday and exploring, not to mention if you have to<br />

use the washroom! Strollers are also a must if you are<br />

travelling for extended periods of time. A compact or<br />

umbrella stroller is ideal because they are light and easy<br />

to pack at the gate. A stroller can be a lifesaver when<br />

you’ve spent the day exploring and your little one needs<br />

to doze off.<br />

Other Essentials<br />

You never know what you are going to experience with<br />

your little one. Pain relievers and a change of clothes<br />

for both of you, teething drops, birth certificates, and<br />

passports are important. If you are flying, make sure<br />

you pack it in your carry on bag, and if you’re driving,<br />

make sure passports are easily accessible.<br />

For air travel, always be sure to check with the airline<br />

to find out their guidelines and rules are for travelling<br />

with a baby.<br />

Remember you’ve got this and enjoy your trip!<br />

Volume 02 Fall 2016 <strong>Issue</strong> BABY


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