Motherhood

My BreastFeeding Journey and Tips

May 19, 2017

I remember when I first got pregnant, I really had no idea how breastfeeding was going to work for me. I did get some advice but nothing actually prepared me for what was ahead of me…..

My son was born via c-section after 20 plus hours of labor. The recovery was brutal as it was my first every surgery. Although breastfeeding seemed to go well those few days in the hospital, it got a little harder when we got home. I was exhausted, sleep-deprived, in so much pain from the surgery and sore from breastfeeding. My son was colicky the first 6 weeks so you can imagine how that went along with recovery.

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Hope for Worry-Prone Parents – Don’t let anxiety suck the joy out of your parenting

May 17, 2017

This is a Guest Post from Randy Fishell from An Anxious Kind of Mind

So, I was an anxious person before Diana and I had children. But adding three boys to the mix didn’t exactly have a sedative effect.

My particular stripe of anxiety disorders has included obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. I’ve risen above all that, but that’s for another time. Suffice it to say that I speak with some authority on the subject of being an anxious parent.

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Reviews

The Best 18 Card Wallet – Borgasets Malta RFID Zipper Wallet

April 26, 2017

Let’s talk Wallets. I am one of those women who switches wallets like she switches handbags/purses. It was hard to find the right wallet for myself especially once I moved to the US 5 years and had my first baby in 2013. Many of my cards are for loyalty programs I am a part of like Costco, Ikea Family, Babies R Us, Body Shop, Walgreens, Grocery Stores Programs, Credit Card Point Programs, etc.

I found it really hard to store my cards in my previous wallets, I was constantly doubling up the cards and even if I had 10 card slots it wasn’t enough. This made my wallets tear up and I ended up with holes in the card slots and they looked really ugly. So I decided to one day run a google search for wallets.

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Motherhood

5 Tips for Mamas Living Far Away from Family

April 24, 2017

Last week I told my son to help me clean up quickly so we could eat and head to Aunty Iman’s house. He excitedly said “Yesss Mama then I can see Yusuf at Iman’s House!!” and did a little happy dance.  This broke my heart. Why you may ask… Well, he has 2 Aunty Imans. One is my sister who lives in London, the UK about 5500 miles away, and one is my sister-in-law who is walking distance away.  Does the broken heart make more sense now? To make it even more sad,  a few days later Yusuf said something similar about seeing my daughter and asking his mom to bring him to our house so he could play!

Being a mother who lives on another continent between 11-24 hour flights away from immediately family is extremely hard. Some days are easier than others, but most times it’s very tough.  I didn’t really understand how hard it could be until I had one child, and then another child. There is so much value in having your family around. Having them grow up getting to know their grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Giveaways, Reviews

Learning Arabic through the Alif Baa App

April 2, 2017

If your child’s primary language is English and you are trying to teach them Arabic, you will love the Alif Baa App. This iPhone/iPad based app is a great way to get your child to learn Arabic in a fun way.

Our Ethnic BackGround

Having our children grow up learning Arabic is very important to my husband since it is not our primary spoken language. My ethnicity is Yemeni Kenyan so my native language is Arabic and Swahili. My husband’s ethnicity is Eritrean and his native language is Tigrinya. For both of us, however, we grew up with English as our primary language (growing up in Dubai & America) and caught a little of our native languages but not enough to say we are proficient.

Being Muslims, the language of our Holy Book (the Quran) is Arabic so it was our natural choice to want to do our best to learn this language and also make sure it was the main language our children could speak (aside from our other native languages).

 

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Surviving Teething with Infants & Toddlers

February 28, 2017

Teething is the 2-3 year journey. It involves, drooling, biting, crying, fussing, no sleep, pain, crankiness, crazy behavior, fevers, flus, ear aches, diarrhea to name a few symptoms! A few? You call that a few? Seriously, it’s not a joke. For some moms, teething  just flies by and within 6-12 months their babies have all their teeth. One mom told me she never had any issues with teething, the teeth just popped in and no pain! If I were her I would go into hiding…

On the plus side, you get the cutest little pictures, transitioning from gummy smiles to rabbit smiles, to 8 teeth smiles (where we are at now), to a full set of beautiful teeth and you wonder where the time has gone. My 3 and half year old has a full set of teeth, and completed his teething journey about 8 months ago. My daughter who is 20 months now has 8 full teeth and her upper molars and upper canines are almost cutting through. We still have a long way to go but I am sure God willing we will get through it!

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Giveaways

Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover Giveaway!

December 16, 2016

It’s Giveaway time Mama’s! We have teamed up with Covered Goods to giveaway $34.99 towards a nursing cover of your choice. Enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below and make sure to read the terms and conditions. Good luck! Remember to comment below to let me know:

  • What would you use this cover for?

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  • This giveaway ends 26th December 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
  • The winner will get $34.99 credit towards any nursing cover at the Covered Goods online store. Shipping is not covered.
  • The winner will be chosen through random selection and will be notified by email.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
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  • If you are under 18, you must have parental permission to enter.
  • By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information for the sole purpose of contacting the winner.

 

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Shopping with my Toddler at Trader Joes

December 10, 2016

Shopping with a toddler can be somewhat a challenge. The whining, the screaming, asking for everything that they don’t really need and wanting to run around the store like a crazy child.

I take care of shopping normally so I almost always have to take my toddlers with me. So I have to plan it strategically to make sure there are no major tantrums or episodes. They end up happening anyway most of the time no matter how hard you try to avoid them!

I discovered the little kiddy shopping cart at Trader Joes recently and I just had to share my experience. It ended up being a fun shopping trip with my toddler. I didn’t leave the store feeling like a bad mom for losing my cool or making them wait through long lines!

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Motherhood, Reviews

How I Potty Trained My Toddler in 5 Days – Part 2

December 9, 2016

I hope you found the first post on potty training useful. Now let’s get into how days 2 to 5 went for us…

Potty Training Day 2:

We started the same way and took off the pull off first thing in the morning. Again I mentally prepared him to use the potty. This time I used the Daniel the Tiger card. A little bit of background in case you don’t know, Daniel the Tiger is one of the best kids cartoons ever and Ayyoub’s favorite at the moment. There is a famous potty episode with a song that seems to have helped many moms when training.

He resisted but eventually got better through the day as I rewarded him for every time he went potty. You will notice this resistance will constantly happen unless they are entirely willing. I used candy, snacks, stickers, and marked a chalkboard saying well done every time he went. One of the rewards on this day was allowing him to wear pants to see if he would be able to hold himself till the potty. Continue Reading…