Over the last couple of days I've been pondering life and death.
Yes that sounds a little dark, but with the recent death of my Nanna and the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires or Black Saturday and my experience as a volunteer firefighter at the time (read more here), it has me thinking how fleeting life can be.
One moment we are here and the next we are not. For some people this is a prolonged experience and for others it is in an instant.
So I thought about the things I've been wanting to do but I've just sat on my hands and not done anything about. It is time to do these things. To book them in and commit.
I don't want to die missing out on experiences I've wanted to have because I was too lazy, too busy or (insert excuses here).
I love having a shower, it is my relaxing time where I am alone and can take a few deep breaths, before hoping back into mumhood. That is when my girls don't come on in and join me in the bathroom.
A couple of years back I heard about the benefits of having a cold shower. Yep a COLD shower (brrrrrr).
After the first time tried it a couple of weeks ago I felt so invigorated and alert when I got out of the shower, I knew I had to commit to a regular practice of finishing off my shower with the water temp on chilly.
It works wonders at 5:30am when I am getting into the shower almost asleep, needing to get ready for a personal training client.
During the week I shared on Instagram Miss A having a tantrum, and I asked for some advice from other mums who are going through or who have been through the fun 'threeanger' stage what they can suggest.
I just let Miss A go for it - I couldn't reason with her, talk to her, touch her or even be near her really. She was just in such a tantrum state, I had no idea what to do. So when the tips started to come in I thought I would share them with you all in case you are in the midst of this stage too; or you have it coming up.
Do you listen to your intuition?
Do you trust what it says to you?
Are you sensitive or intune with what is around you?
Have you seen or heard ghosts that other people can't see or hear?
Back when I first wrote this blog post it was massive for me, some of my friends didn't even know this about me. It is something I kept to myself and only shared with my family, husband and my best friends.
I like to say that I'm sensitive. I'm not psychic. I'm not a medium and I don't speak to the dead. But I can feel them and sometimes hear them. I am very good at doing oracle card readings.
My intuition is turned up a notch higher than most people and I get very strong 'feelings' about things and people.
Breastfeeding has been so different for me second time around. It has been harder and more challenging.
I have been unlucky enough to get mastitis twice (and I'm praying I never get it again). I thought women were exaggerating when they said it felt like you were dying, but I can say that, yep it does feel like that. Moaning and crying in bed with so much pain, it truly is horrific.
I have also had trouble with milk supply, at first when my milk came in, it was too much milk and now it is not being able to keep up with Baby Sophie some days.
Oh the joys!
But I am persevering and going to go as long as I can. Even if I need to supplement with formula some nights just to make sure Sophie is getting enough milk.
So on this breastfeeding journey this time around, I want to share with you some of the products I am using to help keep breastfeeding healthy (including a delicious chocolate lactation smoothie recipe that I came up with). Please keep in mind that we are all different and our bodies need different things, so some of these products that I use may not work for you. But keep trying and work out what works best for your body and your needs.