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.
You may be thinking, "hang on a minute Kylie, you only have two kiddies". But I actually have three as I lost a baby to miscarriage in January 2017 (which you can read about here). I definitely count my angel baby as my baby number two. Which makes Sophie baby number three.
I was going to share this story with you in a video blog, but I have decided to share it with you in a couple of parts on my blog instead. And a little side note, if you prefer listening, I have done an audio recording of this blog post for you so you can listen on the go. Just scroll down below to listen to this blog post.
Where shall I begin with my third pregnancy...I found out I was pregnant with Sophie in early June 2017. I knew I was pregnant before I even did the test. I had that little niggle feeling; a knowing that I couldn't explain.
The weeks before we conceived I had a vision in a mediation of a baby presenting itself to me. I reached out my hands to accept and placed my hands on my womb space. The following month, Sophie had entered our lives. Even before I peed on the stick, I wrote in my journal that I am going to have a baby girl and her name is Sophie.
My little munckin not only presented herself to me, she told me what her name was. I was gobsmacked.
From that moment on, her and I have been very much connected in this way, even during birth (which I will talk about in part two).
Self-care is uber important for everyone, but I have to say especially for mums.
We are working 24/7. There are no sick days, public holidays, annual leave or mental health days available in this job. But we wouldn't have it any other way, would we?
Saying all that, to help us get through in a good frame of mind, self-care time is a must and something that should be on your priority list every single day. Even 5-10 minutes a day is better than nothing - so schedule it into your day.
If you have been following my work for a while, you may have noticed that I harp on about this topic a lot. I am passionate about it and really want to inspire other mum's to invest that time in themselves so they can be the best mum and woman they can be. Mothering is a tough gig, so if you can make it a little bit easier on yourself, why wouldn't you.
I shared the above photo on Instagram a week ago, and it really resonated with some of you. It is a photo of me having some self-care time while Baby S plays on the floor.