TMI Tuesday


     Thats right folks, lets get going with the first blog post for the TMI Tuesday category with the opening topic of poop. We all do it. Some more then others and some take a LOT longer then others. Gentlemen, that was meant towards you.
     Having two young boys of my own I feel as though I’m especially privileged to the male species particular bonding to poop. I always assumed my husbands insistence to comment and discuss his bowel movements was simply a “special” connection he felt the need to share with me. However, after hearing my 3 year old scream “Mom, its coming out fast and stinks!” I realize, it’s just a male thing.
     Parenthood brings on a whole new level and enthralling discussion to poop. The moment a baby is born life is consumed with not only their normal issues of wellbeing but also the fluids leaking from them. “Have they pooped today?” “What color was it?” “Was it solid?” Thats just the beginning barrage of questioning in life that becomes normal to us parents.
     Hearing the sound of my husbands screams the first time our newborn pooped on him was the beginning of our continuing journey into poophood, I mean parenthood. I have more poop stories I adoringly tell about my boys then “normal” sweet stories. Even as infants the sounds coming from their diaper was that of a grown man. I would cringe every time I’d hear a blow out from across the room just knowing that outfit was perpetually stained. **Side note, Dawn blue dish soap scrubbed into those stains prior to washing is a miracle cleaner. Many an outfit would have been saved if I knew that sooner in life**
     Now, not only in my household, but with other families I’m supporting, my topic turns to poop. It’s really the one way to know that your baby is fed and healthy. Honestly, any pending sickness, teething or allergy can be quickly detected by a simple discussion of their fecal matter. I love when I hear “can I ask you an odd question?” and then it’s about poop.
Trust me, that is not odd to me. Now, if you want to discuss with me how to feel like a successful parent everyday of your child’s life, I would state thats an odd question. Also it’s unattainable. Poop on the contrary is what life is about as a parent and certainly as a lactation counselor.
     Newborn poop goes through an array of colors that I simply compare to the rainbow. Some are to be ignored and deemed “normal” while others should raise concern. Newborn diaper changes are a different experience every time it’s peeled open. Not as often wiping a toddler can be alarming depending on the food coloring they might have eaten recently. Thank you St Patricks Day!
     So as you read this, if you don’t know the last time you had to wipe a different human beings nether region, what color someone else’s fecal matter happens to be today or have had to stand in the same confined area as a small human who was grunting along to “twinkle twinkle little star” while drops of crap fell from them…..consider yourself lucky.
                 If you have experienced any of those, congrats! Life is beautiful and so is poop.
originally posted April 5, 2016
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Not so April fools, here I am world!

logo-with-quote     Beyond Birth Doula is officially public and hitting the ground running.
      I am taking on this new adventure as a business owner with a passion. It’s been a field I’ve been involved with for years but it’s time for me to take a huge step and become what I know will be a serious asset to this community. Having three years as a Certified Lactation Consultant and training as a Postpartum Doula, I have up-to-date education along with my passion to help others. I want to reach as many moms, dads, families and their supporters in this wonderful community I get to call home.
      If you’ve been blessed to become a new parent, then you realize how rough the beginning of parenthood can be, truth is, parenthood at any time is challenging, but those first months can take a lot of additional love and support to accomplish (by “accomplish” I mean seeing the end of those early months with hair still attached to your head!)
      As a Lactation Counselor, I have seen firsthand the struggles a family gets put through, not only caring for this tiny human being, but also to care for themselves and anyone else in the home. That’s how Postpartum Doula became my goal for 2016. Well BOOM, goal accomplished! My passion in this industry is continually growing and furthering my education is highly important to me, so make sure to stick around to see what additional areas come along this year.
     I’m extremely passionate to help mothers through their journey of breastfeeding but I also want to include an extended area of support. Being encouraging yet nonjudgmental, along with educational support for families, I want to assist growing families succeed during those first few weeks and on-going months in more areas then just breastfeeding.
     Newborn care, sibling care, family role changes, sleep abilities, light household chores, day to day errands, and pet care to mention a few areas, is what I’m here to help parents “accomplish”.
     While I go through this journey I’ve decided a blog sounds like a tremendous outlet. My Blog Topics may amuse you or possibly disgust or offend you. Note: These Blog Topics will be my personal thoughts, stories and information to tell and will not include any past, present or future work related stories of my clientele. Sharing my own experiences with you, so that you know you’re not alone during this grueling marathon of parenting. My growing mission in helping others will be accomplished through these blogs with hopes they make you giggle and forget for a moment the daily worries of life.
 Here is to the beautiful beginning of a business  
created for support, encouragement, happiness and 
originally posted April 1,2016