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July 25, 2019

One year growing a baby on the outside of my body and growing myself as a mom and person.  He is almost walking and has a mouth of teeth.  He gets carried more than his siblings ever did and probably spends more time in the stroller and car seat as well as we go on adventures with the older two.

I am more patient and more accepting of whatever happens.  And chaos happens daily.  I have realized that the most important thing in birth, pregnancy and parenting is finding my center and knowing that I will be okay no matter what happens.  Chaos will happen and no amount of planning or prepping will avoid it.  There are days when the plans changes 6 or 7 times due to illness, injury, or weather.  My kids need me to be solid in the...

March 26, 2019

Breastfeeding.  One of the many parenting skills you only hear and read about before doing it without practice.  Suddenly you are attaching a small slippery wiggling newborn to one of the most intimate parts of your body. As you do so, it feels like the weight of the world is laid upon you because with this act you will provide all of the essential nutrients for this little being to grow.  Our society is so removed from this life-giving occupation that most people have never seen another person breastfeed except through Youtube videos or maybe renaissance paintings. Unless a person works in the birth community, has a close connection with a sister or a memory of a mother feeding siblings, almost no person observes those first at...

February 25, 2019

All you need to know to support your breastfeeding journey. 3 hour Breastfeeding class, $40 per mom + support person April 13th 9-NOON

February 21, 2019

Here's the new dates for our parent connect events

November 6, 2018

Exciting news!  In partnership with Sprout Chiropractic and Wellness we are hosting free parent classes as PARENT CONNECT.  To be hosted at Sprout's location.  RSVP is helpful but not required.  RSVP on Facebook link or call or text 612-205-4340.  These are free drop-in groups and kids are welcome.  

Parent Connect

Where new and expecting parents can connect, share, and learn

Come and enjoy time with other parents while learning something new or creating something for you.

Sprout Chiropractic & Wellness

1935 County Road B2 W, Ste 185, Roseville, Minnesota 55113

Tuesday, November 13th 10am  How to sleep when baby sleeps?  Making the commitment to put self care first as a new parent

Thursday, November 29th 5...

September 5, 2018

As I am working through my postpartum recovery I want to share my experience as well as some pointers from an occupational therapy perspective.  Each of my pregnancy, birth and postpartum times has brought different learning experiences and different challenges.  This is my third child so I have had a variety of experiences after giving birth and some things worked (resting way more than I thought I needed to) and some things did not (thinking my husband and I could do it all alone and not ask for help).  So here is what I feel like were the most important experiences I wanted to share.

Setting up for success

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I spent my first postpartum standing next to an isolet while my first baby, Beck, wa...

June 20, 2018

Becoming a Mom is like finding an old purse (if you use one) or maybe an old backpack.  Suddenly life changes and when you have a moment, whether days after birth or years into parenting, to take a breath, check in with yourself, and look at how you have changed, you realize things are different.  You were so excited to try the new bag that you have left some things behind that as you sort through them, different emotions arise.  That chapstick you bought because you had to have it but never used it.  A keychain a friend gave to you.  Old coupons and gift cards to places you never visited but always wanted to.  A memory keepsake you have carried with you for many years as a talisman that is still very meaningful to you....

February 15, 2018

Hello everyone! 

Today let’s talk about rest.  Rest is one of the areas of occupations that rehab therapists address.  But what is rest really? What is support for new parents?

According to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework2, Rest is described as “engaging in quiet and effortless actions that interrupt physical and mental activity, resulting in a relaxed state.”  I would go even a bit further in thinking that rest is part of restoring oneself in order to return with motivation and renewed energy to daily physical, mental and social activities.

Now rest does not equal sleeping, even when that may be what we feel like we “should” be doing.  The advice of “sleep when the baby sleeps” can be hard to follow when we d...

December 31, 2017

Tips for surviving the cold months as a new mom

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MOM plus ME is located in Saint Paul, MN and services the northeastern suburbs.

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