Soup-ta 

What a day.

My son talks, a lot. And very clearly for a new two year old. He says and understands words like: excavator, exercise, sacrum, locomotive, and the latest: double decker tour bus.  He talks and talks and talks. My husband talked very early as well and speaks for a living, so really I shouldn’t be surprised.

But today I was blown away, twice.

Sitting at lunch with this little goober, I can tell he’s trying to get something out. We’re eating homemade squash soup and he keeps saying “soup badhaba” or some variation of this.

I said: “No honey, it’s squash soup.”  Haha! As if I knew what I was talking about.

Later, I was up and in the kitchen and he says it again, really trying to get it out. I realize he saying “Supta Baddha Konasana”, which is Reclined Butterfly Pose in Sanskrit. The fact that he was eating “Soup-ta” kick started it. I literally almost crapped my pants, and then went over to my phone to video it, obviously.

My child is speaking in Sanskrit.

The second jaw-dropping moment came at dinner. I was telling my husband about our son’s brilliant speaking moment when my husband said: “Ahh legs up the wall pose.” I quickly corrected him, that no it was Reclined Butterfly.  Our son then looks at me and points to the wall and says “Mango”.

Once again, I say: “Yes honey you had a piece of dried mango this afternoon.” Ha! Again, what a silly Mom…

He pointed at the wall again (to where our yoga cat calendar is) and said: Mango!  And again my jaw dropped. I went over to the calendar, found the picture of Mango the Cat who indeed, had his legs in Butterfly Pose. WTF.

So there it is! Our 2-year old Sanskrit antics for a Wednesday evening.

I hope you have enjoyed.

M

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I’m Pregnant!

Finally, after 13 weeks of wanting to share the news but waiting, I can safely say everyone who is important to me knows I’m pregnant.  What a relief!

It has been interesting to go through the first trimester again while having a toddler running around.  The consensus around other mamas who have had their second already is that a lot of them didn’t experience any morning sickness with their first child, but they did with their second due to being in general more tired, and also not as wonderfully nourished.  Sometimes you just have to grab what you can to eat and it might not be the best thing for you!

I am happy to say my energy is quickly coming back, and any nausea I felt is now a memory.

In addition to sharing about occasional nausea, I have been dying to share this story with you since it happened.  I am simply still in awe.

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On our last home visit after Baby J was born, our midwife asked us for a cutting of a house plant that she loved.  I willingly gave her a piece, not sure if it would take, but hey, it was worth a shot!

The plant did nothing for two years.  It didn’t grow, it didn’t die.  She shared with us that she watered it, she talked to it, she gave it sunlight.  But still, nothing happened.

At the beginning of May, she said to the plant: “Alright buddy, you’ve got two weeks.  I can’t wait forever.”

About a week later, I called into the midwife clinic to make our first appointment for our second pregnancy.  (Horay!)

The next morning, when our midwife arrived in to work, the receptionist said to her: “You’ve got a repeat client.”

She said: “I know who it is!!!”

You see, the plant had sprouted two new chutes the night before.  A miracle.  She thought we would be coming back into her life, and sure enough we were. 🙂   She also thought we were having twins (because of the two chutes). 

Since then, there have grown three new chutes, I highly doubt we are having quintuplets.

I have not had an ultrasound yet, but I will surely let you know if there’s more than one baby in there. 😉

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I have got a few posts lined up surrounding pregnancy and birth, so stay tuned!

Lots of love,

Megan

 

Early Potty Training

I have officially witnessed my 20 month old go over to his potty, take off his diaper, sit down on the potty, grunt, and do a beautiful #1 and #2!

My husband has seen it before now, but I’ve never had the priveledge of witnessing it first hand.

I gave the little stinker a HUGE hug.

Granted, he did throw his new firetruck puzzle piece in the potty right after, but I had to choose to focus on the incredible success!!

To be honest, I have been waiting for this moment for a while. I was hoping that as soon as he was signing we would be gracefully and easily communicating his elimination needs, but…nevermind, I couldn’t be happier.

At 8 weeks we started pottying Baby J. And let me say there has been a LOT of frustration all along the way. But now I can say I fully, 100% believe in practicing the  ‘Diaper-Free’ method.

I have two books in my library that focus on this subject: ‘The Diaper-Free Baby’ by Christine Gross-Loh, (their website is here) and also ‘Diaper Free’ by Ingrid Bauer. I highly recommend these books to every mother!

Opposed to what you may think, practicing diaper-free is VERY easy. You can do it on occasion, part-time, or full-time. (We chose part-time.)  It is just like learning to diaper your own baby, instead you throw in a step where baby sits on the potty.

At 8 weeks, I would leave baby J diaper-free in the living room, laying on a few cloth diapers. A cute little stream of pee would float through the air every once in a while onto a diaper and I would go over to him and make a noise. Pairing this noise with the feeling of peeing, he was learning a little of Pavlov’s law.

Then one day, around 3 months, he woke from a nap with a dry diaper. I promptly hovered him over the toilet and made the noise (in our case: ‘pssss’) and he peed!

And so we kept it up, slowly but surely, exhibiting GREAT patience and love, and celebrating even the smallest of successes. And abandoning our fear of having a baby diaper-less in the house. It was quite interesting to observe other people’s reactions to seeing J buck naked and me or Andrew not running around chasing him with a diaper.

You see, babies are born ‘potty-trained’, we have an opportunity to help, listen, and learn to communicate with them to help them develop an association with eliminating. We can either train them to pee in a diaper (and then train them to not again later), or we can preserve their innate bodily knowingness to communicate their need to eliminate and help them through it.

If you have any questions about this method, please reach out. I would love to support you in practicing the diaper-free method.

Happy potty training!

Megan

Today’s Intention

I read this today, it is from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book ‘Everyday Blessings’. 

“I will make every effort to see who my children actually are, and to remember to accept them for who they are at every age, rather than be blinded by my own expectations and fears. By making a commitment to live my own life fully and to work at seeing and accepting myself as I am, I will be better able to accord a similar acceptance to my children. In this way I can help them to grow and to realize their potential as unique beings.”

-pg. 384

Beautiful.