As I look at my perfect baby I have been blessed with, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that it is me with the defects and not her. I was worried for nine strait months that she was going to be affected by my surgeries I had when I was unknowingly pregnant. I love my family and pray that my face will recover. On Monday, exactly one week after childbirth, I went to the ER because I couldn’t feel half of my face. I have Bells Palsy where half of my face is now paralyzed. This is common after childbirth, It’s 90% recoverable, it’s just a waiting game of when it will hopefully go away.
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Why hello Birdalamode! Took a vacation from the blog world for a bit as a my summer plans got turned upside down. One min. I’m having the time of my life…
The next I’m sending my BFF home
Thanks Paris for helping me get the point across as I am at a loss without a BFF at the moment.
If you followed me on my trip to Hawaii you know that my Olivia got Bells Palsy. Like how? I swear I hate that word so-o much! We cut our trip short along with our summer and are waiting for her to recover.
Just over here learning to dance in the rain, run with the lightning and scream with the thunder. We must all remember storms don’t last forever. Well, lets hope!
A very exciting , but brief update.
This is a very sensitive subject in our family, we’ve been very hush-hush about it this go around and always, it’s a very real and scary thing to us. But today I can finally say that my silence has been broken.
Immediately after Brooklyn’s baby blessing I started feeling tingling in my upper lip. I proceeded to bite the inside of my cheek every time I would eat. I couldn’t hear my husband talking to me in the car, out of nowhere my face was numb and I had lost the hearing in my left ear.
Having had Bells Palsy before, I was no stranger to the early stages and signs. But instead of my eye not being able to close, my ear was super sore, and the only noise I could hear from it was a dim ringing.
7 weeks & two different prescriptions later, I am happy to report progress. I now sleep on my normal side of bed, I had to switch with my good ear towards the cradle & door so I could hear Brooklyn when he woke up. But that meant I could hardly hear my husband in bed next to me. Which was super weird to say the least.
I am also relieved that I can now talk on my cell phone without it having to be on speaker. I remember telling my mom her phone was broken because I would dial on it, put it up to my ear and couldn’t hear, she put it on speaker and it was indeed ringing. I just wanted to cry and couldn’t believe this was happening to me.
I recently got a hearing test and my right side scored 100% and my left a 98%! So happy to report happy news and that my silence has been broken.
I asked a specialist why this happens to me. She said it’s like an autoimmune side effect and it stays dormant in my system and flares up when my body undergoes a lot of stress i.e. childbirth.
I’ve never felt more grateful for the face & hearing I now have, and the four children I’ve got.
& may it never return. -knock on wood-
*I decided to finally share this bc I often get emails about postpartum and how I need to stop making it look so easy bc it makes others feel bad, never my intention. I just want everyone to know everyone has different struggles some you can see some you can’t. Whether it be not being able to lose weight, not getting your milk in, not being able to hear just know it’s hard for everyone.
Having a child is the single most selfless thing you’ll ever do. And as mothers we are all in this together. God Bless each and every one of you, and those sweet babies too.
my red dress (shein) / leather jacket (andrew marc) / white sunglasses (banana republic) / black nikes (nordstrom) / black choker (forever 21) / avent bottle (phillips event ) / hollands sweater (crew cuts) / pink joggers (joyfolie) / britons burberry sweater (nordstrom) / khaki pants (peek) / blue sneakers (sperry)
18 months later and I am still not ready to say goodbye to breastfeeding. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some freedom once in a while. Thanks to our new best friend, the bottle.
Lately we have started the weening process by incorporating bottles throughout the day. I’m trying to slowly reduce my milk supply to avoid mastitis. This being Briton’s first bottle experience I went with the bottles I used for Holland, when I pumped for her exclusively when I had bells palsy and she had a hard time latching onto me and gaining weight (we later found out she was both tongue and lip tied). I found most success with Avent Anti-colic bottles.
I also love how I can switch out the nipple to a sippy cup. We are using the nipple for now because it is so close to nursing. This is another reason I had Holland on the Avent anti-colic bottles, because she could simply latch with out the nipple collapsing on her. She didn’t get any unwanted air in her stomach and she never burped after feeding, so she went to bed without a fuss.
Below I have shared actress and new mom Sarah Chalke first child experience with colic and how she’s trusting Philips Avent to ensure the best feeding experience for her new daughter, Frankie.
Every baby is unique whether it be colic, lip tied, tongue tied, hard to ween, etc. We as moms can all agree we want our babies to feel comfort and have an enjoyable feeding experience, because when baby feeds well everyone sleeps well 🙂
Compensation was provided by Philips Avent via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Philips Avent or Momtrends.
I spend a lot of my life in a swimsuit, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And believe it or not I have things about the way I look that bother me, just like everyone else. I often get the sweetest emails from you that praise me for being perfect, which makes me feel so good but today I want to go over things that aren’t so “perfect” and things that I have had to overcome.
1.I don’t have a thigh gap
I wish I did. I have even had consultations to get rid of my inner thighs, but back out every time.
2. My “11”
I am getting wrinkles! Sometimes in pictures I get two line creases in between my eyebrows. I am going to wait on botox for as long as possible while keep on smiling.
3. My big toe & princess toes don’t touch, there is a huge gap between them. I do not wear flip-flops for this reason. I feel like it accentuates the problem.
4. I have 4 nips, the extra 2 look like cat nips. When I was younger I used to tell my friends when we would swim, they were cat scratches and where the thumb claw went into my skin, which is a complete fib.
5. I can never have short hair. I have scoliosis and like to cover my “s” curve with my hair.
These are 5 “Shannonisms” as my husband calls them. He is really liking that I am accepting my athletic build and that he no longer has to help me surran wrap my inner thighs when I feel like I am retaining water lol
I have embraced the fact that I am who I am, and I need to be a body positive role model to my children. I am so grateful to have a body that brought my family here and one that allows me to play with them day in and day out. I love my body it is the biggest blessing of all.
Sometimes we as women focus too much on what we don’t have and not enough about what we do have.
I always say with every negative thought you have about yourself you have to say 2 positive things about yourself.
So here are 10 things that I am grateful for about my body. This has seriously taken me 30 mins. to come up with. It goes to show how much easier it is to point out our flaws than our blessings.
- That I am a girl, I love being a girl!
- That I have been able to have 3 babies
- That I have been able to nurse my babies
- That I am athletic
- That I can play with my kids
- That I am not allergic to anything
- That I am healthy
- That I have the ability to be healed -post bells palsy, babies etc.
- That my hair finally grew after cutting it in an aggressive a-line
- That I haven’t gotten pregnant while nursing, it always happens the month I stop nursing
A couple days late, but today I just want to wish my beautiful mom a Happy Mother’s Day, and let you know I love you. We are a 6 hour time difference away, she is in Hawaii helping my sister who just had a baby, and I in the Dominican. Not knowing when the best time to call or reach you I thought this would do the trick until I got home to tell you myself. Mom I just want to let you know you are the perfect example of Motherhood and I am so lucky to call you mine.
My mom has 9 children and 26 grandchildren. She is amazing and takes her role as a mother to a whole new level. My mom has always been a stay at home mom, I remember growing up my dad saying the best thing I could ever do for you is give you your mother, and he is absolutely right. My mom worked around the clock for me and our family.
My mom is a nurturer and puts everything she has into taking care of other people, I am so lucky I am one of them. She always goes above and beyond. One of my favorite examples is when I would get out of the tub. My mom would iron mine and my siblings underwear and socks so we would be warm when we got out.
I loved waking up to a hot breakfast, especially french toast, while my family read scriptures. Having a brown paper lunch sack with my name on it and a hand drawn picture of a curly haired girl on it amongst 8 other sacks (one for each of my siblings). A snack was always on the table upon my arrival of coming home from school and dinner was always served when my dad got home from work.
My mom is a mother to all. One of my dear friends Jessica who runs the blog (thejpetite) recognized how good of a mom mine was and would call our house the Brady Bunch House. She would rollerblade up to my house miles up hill in the morning to eat breakfast and read scriptures at 6am with our family. We would often open the door to her sleeping on my front porch not knowing what time she had gotten there. My mom would make her a lunch sack with her name on it too. There was even a time or two I would come home from school to find my cute friend nestled in my bed. She would call my mom when she got sick from school. Jessica later became baptized into our church. (her conversion story)
I never really knew how good I had it until I went to college. This is when I did laundry, grocery shopped, and cooked for the first time. 18 years later I realized how good of a mom I had been blessed with.
Fast forward to when I gave birth to Hudson, my mom unintentionally walked in -she was told I already had the baby- and was there for the delivery. This was the first birth she had ever been part of outside of her own. I felt very close to her and loved having her there.
When I had Holland and had bells palsy my mom stayed with me while my husband traveled and totally took care of Hudson, Holland and I in the manner I was used to as a child.
I love the way she takes care of me. From the perfect way she folds laundry, irons clothes, and I’ll never get enough of her cooking. I love her and that she always goes the extra mile.
Everyday I try to be more like her. I am grateful for her example of what being a mother is all about. She doesn’t do it for the praise, she does it because it is just an extension of who she is.
Happy Mothers Day Mom!
I am also very thankful for my angel mother in law who raised my husband in a similar fashion, lets hope I can do the same for the little ones I’ve got. I feel very lucky to have these two examples in my life.