I would like to take a few minutes to highlight another company that I have worked with and admired for some time now. The PiggyBack Rider.
Planning A Vacation
Last year I was planning a major vacation. We would be doing a road trip and be seeing sites like Mesa Verde, Yellowstone, and the Grand Teton to name a few. I knew there would be hiking, and I also knew that my then 4-year-old would have a hard time keeping up on the trails. Especially at Mesa Verde where I was hoping and planning to climb to the cliff dwellings and see the ruins.
While poking around on the internet to see what options were out there, (he had grown out of all of my other carriers), the Mya Sling, the Ergo and a plethora of other backpack type carry systems. I found the PiggyBack Rider website.
I have always known on some level that a massage is relaxing, and therapeutic on some level. Until I got into birth work, I don’t believe that I really understood the extent of that.
The extra training and knowledge that goes with a massage therapist that works on pregnant woman is a lot; but it is such a gift. Having a massage while pregnant can not only alleviate some basic aches and pains that are part of the transformation into motherhood, but can also help in so many other ways.
When you are a professional doula, sometimes the best of plans still work fail. Birth is unpredictable at best. You can have two clients in a month who go into labor on the same day or you can have a client who is due later end up in an induction during another labor. This very thing has happened to me on several occasions, but thankfully it has worked out every time. I always have at least one if not two doulas available to me who I can call in the event of something I hadn’t planned on.
A Few Weeks To Breathe
I have been preparing for this lull for a few weeks now. It is hard to plan for it in any way shape or form. Just as with a restaurant the slow times are the hardest. How to fill your time productively, and how to slow down without loosing your momentum. It is a fine balance.
Keeping routines for me has never been easy, so I was actually dreading the change that came with my son finishing preschool. Now I need to be in more control of the time that I spend each day, and be more intentional with each moment… If they are waisted now it is on me, and me alone. We have revisited the faithful Nozbe list (You can view the blog about this here: Home Organization 101), changed a few things, and buckled up for reworking the new normal.
Photo: I created a ‘baby’ out of a pipe cleaner that would work to show position and passage through the pelvis.