Birth Story: Baraka’s Unfolding

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Happy Monday, beloveds. I hope you’re still basking in the glow of Mother’s Day. Make yourself a cup of tea, let the cool breeze dance through your window, and enjoy this truly lyrical story of the day a woman gave herself over to the rite of passage of becoming a mother. I love the way my friend and mentor Baraka has with words, and the way she tells the story of her natural, nearly unassisted homebirth is sweet indeed. Tomorrow, her husband, Todd, will share his recollection of the day their daughter, Akasha, arrived Earthside. —xoxox jenni   The First Letter I Wrote to My … [Read more...]

Self-Care from Ahhh to Zzzz

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So I was thinking I'd change the name of this Mamahhh blog to Mamazzzz once I've mastered self-care. :-) OK, not really, but those ZZZs? That is the epitome of excellent self-care for me: consistently great sleep. What is first-rate self-care for you? Self-care is an ahhh to zzzz kind of practice (and ample ahhhs usually lead to the best zzzzs), and I'm excited to spend all day tomorrow talking about this crucial topic with women in Athens, Georgia. In the morning, we'll check in at the Georgia La Leche League 2012 Breastfeeding and Parenting conference. Snuggles, shared laughs, … [Read more...]

A Long Courtship with Self-Care

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A long time ago, in a life I’ve nearly forgotten—the one before kids—I had a one-dimensional view of self-care. It involved calling in sick to work for a “mental health day.” Or, “spa day.” It was all the same to me, really. One other time, someone told me I should schedule some “white space” into my planner. (Waaay back in the days of paper planners zipped into leather-bound binders!) The idea was to pencil in some “me” time.  I was never very good at it. Even when I was responsible only for the care and feeding of moi, I didn’t get far with self-care. I piled on the stress and worked … [Read more...]

Is Your Self Care a Pile of Poop?

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As I pulled into the driveway at a friend’s house this weekend, I noticed her in the backyard. She had on her cozy sweater (don’t we all have that sweater?!), well-loved pajama pants, and a pair of hard-soled slippers. Then I noticed the plastic bag in one hand and the shovel in the other. She was scooping the dog poop. I went around back and teased her about the glamorous chore. She laughed, and then confessed: With a baby and a just-turned-3-year-old, she no longer had time for gardening. Picking up dog poop was about as close as she got, she said, and actually, it had a sort of … [Read more...]

Mamahhh’s Self-Care Month – Shift Your Perspective

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I love those days when “self-care” means “get a massage.” And more and more, I’m appreciating those days—like today—when “self-care” means “shift your perspective.” That’s how I’m easing into this month of creating nurturing and protections for myself as I do the work of moving my family from Georgia to Tennessee over the next two months. I’m changing my mind about what I need in order to handle this big task in a way that feels intentional and loving. I was explaining to my friend and colleague Baraka Elihu of womanspace that blogging about self-care this month was a way to hold myself … [Read more...]