Today’s Mom Crush Monday is such a passionate and beautiful soul. We have followed this woman on Instagram for months now and she fills our hearts with so much happiness. Check out Instagram Business Page here.
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I’m a mom and wife, mom to identical 19-month-old boys Kellan and Elijah. We struggled for two years with infertility before seeking the help of IVF to start our family. On July 15, 2016, we transferred one embryo that split naturally (very rare) giving us our identical twins born at 33 weeks as I went into labour due to HELLP Syndrome
Twins! Haha! My business Journey Tree
, being a wife, living on an acreage, playing sports and visiting friends and family
Play womens rec hockey, and sip hot tea (usually a local blend from Freedom Flow Teas) and listen to music
Sea foam / Teal / Turquoise
Cranberry Chicken! Best 4 ingredient meal! 250mL French dressing, 1 pouch of onion soup mix, one can of whole berry cranberry sauce mixture and pour over 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts cook in the oven at 350 and serve over rice.
IVF and emergency C Section after attempting to deliver vaginally
Post partum depression, a lot of my stress and anxiety is surrounding what to feed/ cook for the boys. Balancing me time, time for my husband, running a business and a family
Probably carrying my “piss purse” (catheter) around the Maternity ward and NICU in Prince George after the boys were born (I don’t recall it and definitely didn’t care then but if I wasn’t completely out of it I know I would have been embarrassed)
Kindness, patience, understanding, motivation, how to inspire others by following your dreams, to be hardworking
How to be kind, compassionate and caring.
Don’t compare, don’t beat yourself up, ask for help, take help, we are all just guessing, no one has the answer to how to do this thing called motherhood.
Thrive Supplements (literally! I’ve gone a month without them and it wasn’t pretty) also finding things to look forward to really helps on the tough days
The dogs! Clean up everything!! Also, laughter! Laughing at yourself, out loud, at your mistakes, laughing as you cry, it’s good for the soul and we all need to do it more often
That they still think I am funny.
Screen time and fast food oh and fall behind on filling out baby books.
Massages, play hockey and occasionally get away to Grande Prairie to visit my BFF without the kids.
It’s always tough to leave the house when your kids are crying for you, but I don’t let it bother me much as I know as soon as I am out of the driveway they will be playing with their dad, Nana, Grandpa etc.
Marital advice. Marriage is tough, marriage, infertility, IVF, high-risk traumatic birth near-death experience, parents to multiples etc is tough. A stranger could tell me I’m doing a great job, to keep working on it, and to seek professional help. (Seeing counsellor on Tuesday).
My mom waited until she was older to have me at 36, my sister at 38 and my brother at 40. She never let that slow her down. She is nearing 65 and is always up for anything. She is a hardworking, ray of sunshine that I am so fortunate to be so close with. She is brave, loving, caring and would drop anything to help anyone!
Go for walks, we live in the country, it’s so fun to see the boys explore
So many support groups and resources for new moms, moms to be, moms who are struggling, moms who have suffered a loss. Great locally owned stores! Health food store, olde creek store, bloom family wellness, vintage and restoration love, littlest boutique and so much more!
A clothing swap and shop.
I’m a pretty open book, I talk about it all- real and raw on my Journey Tree pages. Ask me anything 🙂
Birthing my children via cesarean, coming home with our tiny babies from the NICU with the boys and myself all healthy.
Still in the Dawson Creek area, supporting others on their journeys as my children grow and possibly receive additional siblings.
My good friend Leesa LeRoy, she is always there for me when I need it the most, her advice is always helpful and she was the one who urged me to seek help when my depression and anxiety were really bad. She has supported me from the moment I met her and I look up to her as a friend and a fellow mother